Obituaries July 7, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mary Ellen Simpson
JACKSON – Mary Ellen Simpson, 81, died Sunday, July 3, 2011. She was born Aug. 6, 1929, in Jackson. She was a retired librarian with the State Library and a member of First Baptist Church in Jackson.
Memorial services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kenny Strickland officiating. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four nephews, Donald E. Simpson of Houston, Texas, Jeffrey Simpson of Slidell, La., Ronald Simpson of Mandeville, La., and Robert Simpson of Calhoun City; and two nieces, Jane Simpson of Calhoun City and Linda Simpson Roberson of Little Rock, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Wilton W. Simpson and Kate Gulledge Simpson; and two brothers, Herbert D. Simpson and Virgil Abyar Simpson.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Silver Johnson
WEST POINT – Silver Lee Johnson, 74, died Friday, July 1, 2011, at her home.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Living Manna Church with Rev. R.H. Brown officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Gaynelle Orick
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – Gaynelle Orick, 86, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at the Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home Red Bay, Ala.

Barney Lowrey
HOUSTON – Barney Orland Lowrey, 85, died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. He was born Feb. 17, 1926, in Chickasaw County to James Nathan Lowrey and Ida Alford Lowrey. He was a retired owner operator truck driver. He also was a veteran of World War II where he served his country in the Navy. He was a member of VFW in Houston Post #07149 and attended Thorn Church of God.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Thorn Church of God in Thorn with Bro. Arnold Amason and Bro. Frank Samples officiating. Burial will continue at Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by six daughters, Sandra Benson (Buddy), Brenda Brewer, Barbara Gail Cook, Kathy Smith (James Wayne), Tracey Hillhouse (Mike), all of Houston, and Lisa Sanford (Mike) of Carthage; one son, John Orland Lowery (Brenda) of Houston; two brothers, Dale Mooneyham (Clara) and Otis Mooneyham (Martha “Boots”), both of Houston; three sisters, Jeanette Pumphrey of Houston, Maxine Brown of McKense, Tenn., and Glenda Faye Moore of Houston; 21 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lozelle Lafayette Lowrey; his parents; and one great-granddaughter, Nollie Katherine Falkner.
Pallbearers will be Jesse Brewer, Nathan Brewer, Justin Brewer, Carl Cook, Jr., Andy Cook, Jack Cook, Jamie Smith, Adam Smith, Michael Sanford and Clay Hillhouse.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to Thorn Church of God 1517 CR 405 Houston MS 38851.
For online condolences visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Danny Darnell Sr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Danny O’Neil Darnell Sr., 62, died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at his home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Adair officiating. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ricky Perry
RIENZI – Ricky Hill Perry, 55, died Tuesday, July 5 , 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 24, 1956, to James Franklin and Bertha Mae Palmer Perry. He was of the Baptist faith.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Cecil Woodruff and Elder Steve Leggett officiating. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Jamie Donahue Perry; two sisters, Sarah (Tommy) Allen of Corinth and Lorrain (Grover) Childs of Picayune; three brothers, James “Pete” (Linda) Perry of Rienzi, George (Stella) Rinehart of Rienzi and David Perry of Ellisville; his mother-in-law, Vera Donahue; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Rubel Rinehart; his father-in-law, E.J. Donahue; and one nephew, Danny Childs.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Huddleson, Ronnie Donahue, Justin Perry, Phil Rinehart, Mike Palmer, Charlie Rinehart, Jeff Allen and Wayne Childs.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Michael Brown
MEMPHIS – Michael Scott Brown, 40, died Thursday, June 30, 2011.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven.
Survivors include his mother, Virginia Brown of Southaven; his father, Thomas E. Brown (Sylvia) of Tupelo; four brothers, Tommy Brown of Memphis, Steve Brown (Renata) of Medon, Tenn., Brandon Donaldson (Melisa) of Red Banks and Eric Brown (Stephanie Martin) of Horn Lake; one sister, Micci Brown of Snow Lake; his maternal grandparents, Dorothy Lipsey of Memphis, and Wayne and Kay Moose of Lewisville, N.C.; one stepbrother, Bill Woods (Sonia) of Tupelo; and one stepsister, Elizabeth Gray of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his older brother, Brad Brown.
Visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

George Kelly
CLINTON – George Morris Kelly, 71, died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Central Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born March 22, 1940, in Plantersville to Candler and Vera Stovall Kelly. He taught at Hinds Community College and Northwest Community College after serving as a teaching assistant at Mississippi State University where he earned a bachelor and master’s degrees. He studied business at the University of Mississippi after graduating from Tupelo High School in 1958. He served in the U.S. Army and later served as a sales administrator at Delta Chemical Corporation, an office manager for Shelby Sales in Memphis and as credit manager at Sherwin-Williams Paint Company in Jonesboro, Ark. His publications include “M.L.A.S.,” a poem in the “Georgia Review,” “An Interview with Thomas Hal Phillips” in “Notes on Mississippi Writers,” short stories “Turbulence” and “A Fair Ride” and book reviews in the “Library Journal.” Among his presentations were “Clinton Writers’ Use of Clinton in Their Fiction” and “Old Time Radio.” He was active in the Hinds Junior College Education Association and the Northwest Community College Faculty Club. A member of Phi Kappa Phi, he served as president of Sigma Tau Delta, English honor society and was a former member of the delegate assembly of the Modern Language Association. A former book review editor for “Teaching English in the Two-Year College,” he had served as a former board member of the Friends of the Clinton Library. He was an avid reader, a local historian especially of his native Plantersville and a sports fan.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Clinton with Dr. John Compton, Rev. Paul Sims, Dr. B.J. Bennett and the Rev. Ramey Hankins officiating. A graveside committal service will be in Plantersville Cemetery at 3 p.m. Friday with burial in the Kelly family plot. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carole Tackett Kelly of Clinton; his daughter, Cameron (Cam) Chennault and her husband, Tim of Ridgeland; his granddaughter, Carly Grace Chennault of Ridgeland; sister-in-law, Margaret Pickard of Tupelo; and nephew, Marshall Jenkins of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will begin at 2:30 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Hinds Community College Student Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1100, Raymond, MS 39154.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Jerry Hickman
MARIETTA – Jerry Daniel Hickman, 71, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at his home in the Kirkville Community. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Melvina Kendrick
SMITHVILLE – Melvina Cole Kendrick, 85, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Oak Tree Plantation.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be held tonight.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Robby Hale
NEW ALBANY – Robert “Robby” Edwin Hale, 46, died Monday, July 4, 2011, at Pickwick Lake while saving the lives of others. He was born March 18, 1965, in Tupelo to Ralph Hale and Mary Helen Harris Hale. He was an insurance agent for Farm Bureau in New Albany. He was a member of the Ingomar Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He coached golf for Ingomar High School. He loved hunting, fishing, the lake, riding his motorcycle with his wife, and watching and coaching his children in sports.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Ingomar Baptist Church with Rev. Clyde Pound and Rev. Gary Linville officiating. Burial will be in the Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Lisa Cobb Hale of New Albany; two daughters, Ashley Jo Hale and Molly Claire Hale, both of New Albany; a son, Matthew Edwin Hale of New Albany; his mother, Mary Helen Hale of New Albany; and a brother, Robert “Bobby” Lewellen (Amelia) of Raleigh, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his father. Ralph Hale.
Pallbearers will be Scott Maxey, Buddy Dixon, Larry Roberts, Mark Pannell, Chris Basil and Keith Shirley.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of the Ingomar Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Ingomar Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made through the Ingomar Baptist Church for his niece Terri and Steve Robinson’s ministry in Nicaragua, The Association of Baptists for World Evangelism.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Hollis Wooten
DENNIS – Hollis M. Wooten, 84, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.

Howard Watkins
PONTOTOC – Howard Ester Watkins, 54, died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.