Obituaries June 10, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Daisy Bell Rowland
BALDWYN – Daisy Bell Ashley Rowland, 91, a lifelong resident of Baldwyn, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born July 31, 1919, in Baldwyn to Berta Outlaw Ashley and William Edward Ashley. She was a wonderful person, always full of joy and encouragement for everyone. She was a graduate of Baldwyn High School. She was a leader in all aspects of life–from her business to her church and community. Daisy was Regional Sales Manager for Union Bankers Life Insurance and thoroughly enjoyed her employees and clients. She was recognized and honored for many award winning accomplishments. She never met a stranger, and if she could locate someone who needed her help, she was delighted to oblige. Daisy and her husband Roy developed a rental business together which she continued to run until her death with assistance from Dale Williams. She and Roy were charter members of Hillcrest Church of Christ where she taught the Ladies Bible Class for 25 years. She will be greatly missed by her Hillcrest Church family who have been so loving and supportive in every aspect of her life. Daisy enjoyed her beautiful yard and the many flowers tended by her and Dale. Her porch was a favorite spot with its view of the natural pond, multitude of flowers and beautiful landscape. Holidays were especially wonderful at her home with decorations for each season, both inside and out. During Christmas, her home and yard were ablaze with Christmas villages and twinkling lights. Her family was a tremendous source of pride for her, and she enjoyed and rejoiced in any and all accomplishments of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During her last years, she was cared for very competently by Sylvia Levi and Edwina Grice. The family owes them a great debt of gratitude. She was pleased to have two wonderful families as neighbors, Ruth Cagle and Mike and Sue McCloud. She enjoyed traveling both foreign and domestic. Some of her favorite travels included Europe, Hawaii, Jamaica and Switzerland.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Childs and State Representative Jerry Turner officiating. Burial will be in Baldwyn Masonic Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Roberta Compton (Charles) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Melba Gamble (Tommy) of Baldwyn; three grandchildren, Julia Compton, Amy Crane (Scott) and Mark Gamble (Alisha); great-grandchildren, Katie and Ashley Crane, Lawson, Meg and Gavin Gamble; many first cousins and a loving church family.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Noah and Mattie Outlaw; parents, William and Berta Outlaw Ashley; infant son, Telford Edward Rowland; and her husband of 52 years, Roy Telford Rowland who died May 26, 1989.
Pallbearers will be Larry Long, Grady Wiggington, Bobby Christopher, Jackie Cole, Johnny Miller and Ted Trollinger.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home.
Donations may be made the Roy Rowland Scholarship fund, c/o Hillcrest Church of Christ Church, 956 S. 4th St., Baldwyn, MS 38824.

John Burcham
PELL CITY, Ala. – John Harmon Burcham, 68, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital in Pell City. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Arthur O’Neal Sr.
WEST POINT – Arthur Lee O’Neal Sr., 69, died Monday, June 6, 2011, at Clay County Medical Center.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus with Pastor Thomas Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Tony Lewis
GUNTOWN – Anthony R. “Tony” Lewis, 44, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011. He was born March 24, 1967, to Jimmy Roger and Jean Whitaker Lewis. He worked for 26 years at Stone Container Corp. He enjoyed fishing, shooting sport and aviation. He loved his family.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Walter Prather and Bro. K.B. Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Tina Lewis of Guntown; two daughters, Casey Lewis and Kelley Lewis of Guntown; on son, Cade Lewis of Guntown; six brothers, Steve Price (Mirlon) of Booneville, Mike Wages (Donna) of Guntown, Randy Wages, Mark Lewis (Zonna) and David Lewis (Francis), all of Fayetteville W.V., Roger Lewis of Guntown and Brad Lewis (Amber) of Fayetteville; 22 very loved nieces and nephews; and a host of special cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother-in-law, Ricky Wayne Kennedy; and his best friend, Chris Edwards.
Pallbearers will be Billy Hendrix, Joe Worthey, Steven Boone, Tyler White, Dwayne Lewis, Dustin Kennedy, Matt Hardy and Doug Whitaker.
Honorary pallbearers will be Paul McReynolds and Butch Martindale Jr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home.

Bettie Wilson
SMITHVILLE – Bettie Marie Stanford Wilson, 60, died Monday, June 6, 2011, at Boulder, Colo., Community Hospital. She was born Nov. 2, 1950, in Marion County, Ala., to Odis and Janara Younghance Stanford. She was a graduate of Sulligent High School. On June 26, 1980, she married Raymond Dale Wilson. She was a homemaker and a faithful member of Smithville Church of Christ. A loving and devoted wife and mother, she enjoyed cooking, traveling, shopping and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Mickey Beam, minister, officiating. Burial will follow in Pearce Chapel Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 31 years, Dale Wilson of Smithville; a daughter, Emily Marie (Brandon) Lackey of Amory; a sister, Margaret Davis of Sulligent, Ala.; two brothers, Johnny (Wanda) Stanford and Ricky Stanford of Detroit, Ala.; a father-in-law, Cecil Wilson of Amory; a brother-in-law, Bobby (Johnnie) Wilson of Smithville; two sisters-in-law, Betty (Jerry) Nixon and family of Corinth and Brenda Wilson of Smithville; five nieces, Pebble (Greg) Pinkerton of Vernon, Ala., Ginger (Tony) Tooke of Bristow, Va., Natasha (Tony) Saine of Detroit, Ala., Joey (Michael) Hughey of Smithville and Janie Taylor of Smithville; and great-nieces and nephews, Erika and Jordyn Pinkerton, Corey and Chelsie Tooke, Blayne Saine, Josh (Ashley) Bostick, Ashley Miller and Jacob, Haley, and Addison Grace Hughey.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Jim Davis; a mother-in-law, Nannie Fay Wilson; a sister-in-law, Nola Gail Wilson; and a niece, Sherry Bostick.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Pierce, Danny Stephenson, Bill Steverson, Sonny Riggan, Frank Gaddy and David Long.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Smithville Church of Christ, 60007 College St., Smithville, MS 38870; or to the American Diabetes Association, 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave., Ste. 2470, Jackson, MS 39213.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Sarah Bishop
QUINCY – Sarah Bishop, 67, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial R.M.C. in Amory.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Bryant Williams
TUPELO – Deacon Bryant Williams, 75, died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a member of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church where he served as chairman of the deacon board, a deacon, a choir member, a trustee of the choir and a Sunday school teacher. He was a former employee of Paul Anthony Construction, later retiring from Super Sagless.
Services will be held at noon Saturday at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Torrance T. McIntosh officiating. Burial will be in the Porter’s Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Corene Shaw Williams; three sisters, Dorothy (Andrew) McIntosh, Nevar (May) Crawford, all of Tupelo, and Bobbie Beckham of Cleveland, Ohio; two brothers, Jimmy (Mae) Williams of Coffeeville and Willie (Vera) Williams of Chesterfield, Mo.; two brothers-in-law, Andrew (Evelyn) Harris of Libinty, Ky., and George Hobson of Tupelo; two sisters-in-law, Fannie Lyons of Dallas, Texas, and Mary Cooper of Nashville, Tenn.; a special care giver, Janice Walker of Tupelo; and a number of special godchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be deacons and trustees.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the J. W. Porter’s Chapel. Family and friend hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Saturday.
Online condolence can be made to the Williams family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Jewel Autrey
MANTACHIE – Jewel Patterson Autrey, 86, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center-Baldwyn Nursing Facility after an extended illness. She was born in Limestone Co., Ala., on March 20, 1925, to Eldridge Patterson and Cora Lee Wilbanks Patterson. She and her late husband, Johnnie Autrey, lived much of their life in the Zion/Waukegan, Ill., area where she was employed as a civil servant in the housekeeping department of the Great Lakes Veterans Administration Facility. She had lived the last few years at Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie. A Baptist, she loved playing bingo, flower gardening, attending flee markets and her grands whom affectionately knew her as MamMaw.
A prayer service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. James Lawson officiating. Private burial will follow in the Union Grove Cemetery near Mooreville. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Dorothy Autrey of Mantachie; her granddaughter, Sherry Watkins (Jeff); her great-grandson, Corey Grooms; a great-great-grandson, Gavin Grooms, all of Mooreville; a brother, J.P. “Uncle Jay” Patterson of Hartselle, Ala.; and numerous nieces and nephews who cherished her loved and devotion.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Johnnie Melvin Autrey who died Jan. 17, 2007; her only son, Johnnie Lyle Autrey who died Feb. 20, 2006; and two siblings, Poca “Pokie” Breeding and Junior Patterson.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Hank Bierman Sr.
LONGVIEW COMMUNITY – Hank Bierman Sr., 73, died at his daughter’s home in the Longview Community of Pontotoc Co., after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors of Okolona.
Clara Hurley
AMORY – Clara Hurley, 73, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Larry Brownlee
TUPELO – Larry Joe “Uncle Flop” Brownlee, 55, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Community Hospice, Inc. He was a former employee of the City of Tupelo and a truck driver. He was also employed with South Fair and Super Sagless. He enjoyed music, dancing and spending quality time with his family.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at New Hebron M.B. Church with Rev. Sam Crawford officiating and Rev. Odell Bowen delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Paatricia Dixon Brownlee; four children, Jermaine (Chell) Brownlee, Eric Brownlee of Tupelo, Shay Brownlee of Guntown and Cassandra Brownlee of Moultrie, Ga.; three stepchilddren, Maurice Gren of Tupelo, Latavia Green of Moultrie and Garrita (Lorenzo) Green of Moultrie; six grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; two brothers, Ronnie (Ollie) Flakes and Robert Earl (Kate) Brownlee of Verona; one sister, Luella Brownlee of Houston; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Brownlee and Josephine Bowen; his brothers, Henry Brownlee and Lee Earnest Brownlee; three sisters, Lyebirda Brownlee, Florine Tucker and Virgie Traylor; and one nephew, Lee Earnest Brownlee.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Online condolence can be made to the Brownlee family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Martha McKinney
SHANNON – Martha McKinney, 81, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She was born April 18, 1930, in Greenville to Burney and Mary Lou Robbins. She was a longtime insurance agent in Okolona. She was a faithful member of Shannon United Methodist Church where she served on the administrative board, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and served and chaired on various committees. She enjoyed gardening, her flowers, sports and music. She was an avid Ole Miss Rebel fan and loved spending time with her family.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chris McAlilly and Rev. Truman Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Jim McKinney (Sue) of Ocean Springs, Tim McKinney (Tempi) of Fulton and Ken McKinney (Kathy) of Houston, Texas; one sister, Connie Miller of Shannon; eight grandchildren, Megan Coker (Matt), Patrick McKinney, Justin McKinney, Sean McKinney, Erin Burgett (Nathan), Kyla Grace, Alexis Orrick and Elizabeth Orrick; and one great-grandchild, Madilyn Coker.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James Horace McKinney.
Pallbearers will be Patrick McKinney, Justin McKinney, Matt Coker, Buster Shamlin, Trey Shamlin and Richard Buckner.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shannon United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 1, Shannon, MS 38868.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

William Dogan
PONTOTOC – William Lloyd Dogan, 86, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Billy Springer
NETTLETON – Vervone “Billy” Springer died Friday, June 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a graduate of Nettleton High School and attended Piney Wood Junior College. He was a member of Palestine United Methodist Church. During his residence in Marion, Ind., he untied membership with Grace Community Baptist Church and served on the usher board. He retired from Dana Corporation after 40 years of service and returned to his Mississippi home, Nettleton, in 2009. He married in 1967 with Helen McCain and unto this union two children were born, Kimberly Ann and Keisha Monique.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Palestine United Methodist Church, Hwy. 6, in Nettleton with Rev. Dr. James Tucker officiating. Burial will be in Heavens Gate Memorial Garden. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include five daughters, Cynthia Owens (Lee) Hutton of Jackson, Kimberly Ann Springer (Todd) Walker of Virginia Beach, Va., Keisha Monique Springer of Smyrna, Ga., Kelly Carson (John) Goldsby of Portsmouth, Va., and Kim Carson (Shawn) Coats of San Diego, Ca.; one sister, Rosemary Springer Culpepper of Southfield, Mich.; twin brothers Ervonne “Bobby” Springer and Eddie Don Springer of Tupelo; another brother, Leonard (Teresa) Springer of Nettleton; granddaughters, Cherish Goldsby of Portsmouth, Va., and Journey Marie Walker of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandsons, Deonte Watson of Kansas City, Mo., Brian Coats of San Diego, Ca., Joseph Vervone Goldsby of Portsmouth, Va., and Christopher Anderson of Virginia Beach, Va.; special friends, Jocelyn Whitticker and son, William Whitticker of Marion, Ind.; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, R.B. and Celester Shumpert Springer; and one brother, Emmitt Clifton Springer.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the N.L. Jones Funeral Home in Tupelo. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
Sign the guestbook at www.nljones.com.

Herman Gregory
SHANNON – Herman Gregory, 76, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at the Darlington Oaks Community Hospice House in Verona. He was born Jan. 15, 2011, to Herman Gregory Sr., and Jessie Mae Fells in Lee County. He worked at Plantersville Scrap and Metal for many years. He enjoyed fishing and meeting people.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion M.B. Church with Rev. Donnell Nichols officiating. Burial will be in the Johnson-Chapel Cemetery in Shannon. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home in Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sisters, Earline Fells and Barbara (Andrew) Dixon, both of Shannon, and Virgie Watson of Tupelo; one brother, Algia Fells of Shannon; two sisters-in-law, Ella Wee Washington and Barbara Rogers, both of Shannon; a special friend, Jimmy Washington; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today. Family hour is from 5 to 6 p.m.

Edwayne Peeples
TUPELO – Edwayne Peeples, 73, died suddenly Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at his home in Tupelo. He was born in Goodman, Holmes Co., on Dec. 15, 1937, to Everett Peeples and Jewel Collins Schoggins. He had resided in Lee County for 50 years. He was a longtime employee of Collins Pest Control. A Baptist, he enjoyed conversations with friends, watching TV, gospel and country music and being outdoors.
A committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Truslow United Methodist Church Cemetery, west of Senatobia. Burial will follow in the Peeples family plot there. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Gary Bennett, Michael Whitten, Bubby Collins, Phil Wooten, Lynn Peeples and Zack Dominque.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and 30 minutes prior to the service on Saturday at the cemetery.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

John Thomas
HOLLY SPRINGS – John Anthony Thomas, 49, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Dimension Salt and Light Ministries. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from noon to 12:55 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Cathy Williams
PONTOTOC – Cathy Williams died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Joy Walton
MANTACHIE – Joy Friday Walton, 73, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Syble Bushart
BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. – Syble Earlene Bushart, 76, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at her home. She was a native of Mississippi and was a butcher for 30 years, having been an employee at IGA. She was a member of Poplar Corner Baptist Church in Brownsville, Tenn.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Old Union Baptist Church in Belmont with Bro. Billy Credille officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two children, JauRhonda Middleton of Brownsville and Dennis Bushart (Dot) of Bethel Springs, Tenn.; two sisters, Mary Arce of Floorsville, Texas, and Reba Jordan of Greenville, Ky.; one brother, Harold Bennett of Tishomingo; five grandsons and 11 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Errick Cobb, Derrick Cobb, Darrell Bennett, James Oaks, Bobby Tate and Paul Clingan.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Old Union Baptist Church.

Tosha Merritt
LAFAYETTE SPRINGS – Natosha Layne Merritt, 30, died Monday, June 6, 2011, at her home. She was born March 26, 1981, in Union County to Clint McDaniel and Vicki Pipkin McDaniel. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed reading and computers. She always had a pleasant smile. She was a member of Denmark Baptist Church in Oxford.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at United Funeral Service with Rev. Joe McKnight officiating. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her parents, Clint and Vicki McDaniel of Blue Mountain; her fiancee, David House; one daughter, Kaitlyn; four sons, Clayton, Jon Brian, Kaleb and Brandon; three sisters, Nita Knight (Randy Chunn), Mandi Merritt (Corey Johnson) and Tiffany Merritt; four brothers, Jason Merritt (Sherri), J.R. Merritt, Paul McDaniel (Andrea) and Bubba McDaniel; her grandparents, Gerald and Muriel McDaniel and Betty Merritt; and 16 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clay and Frances Canerdy, John Pipkin and George Merritt; one aunt, Diane Merritt; and one uncle, Mike Pipkin.
Pallbearers will be Corey Johnson, Will Hall, Jeff Butler, Kevin Barnes, Rob Bishop and Steven Rossell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.