Obituaries June 15, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ike Hollis
CALHOUN CITY – Ike Hollis, 95, died Sunday, June 13, 2010, at his home in Calhoun County. He was born March 27, 1915. He was a retired member of the Calhoun County road crew and a member of Sabougla Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with Bro. Jim Vance and Bro. Charles Abbott officiating. Burial will be in Pine Crest Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Glyn Hollis of Calhoun City; two sisters, Allie Mae Reid of West Point and Mable Hamilton of Calhoun City; seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ila Hollis, and a granddaughter, Susan Allbriton.
Girtrue Maxey
SMITHVILLE – Girtrue Cowley Maxey, 96, died Saturday, June 12, 2010, at The Meadows in Fulton. Born Sept. 3, 1913, in Saltillo, she was the daughter of the late William O. and Jennie Maude Bradley Cowley and the late Della Towery Cowley. A homemaker, she was a member of the Smithville Baptist Church, where she was involved in the senior citizens’ group. She married Hermon W. Maxey in 1929; he died in 1980. She enjoyed gardening, working with flowers, sewing, quilting and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Smithville Baptist Church with Bro. Wes White officiating. Burial will be in the Young Memorial Gardens. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Sidney M. Maxey (Annie) of Smithville; daughter-in-law, Wilma Kneisly of Saltillo; one sister, Mary Wright (Denver) of Smithville; five grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, 14 stepgreat-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Della Towery Cowley; two sons, Gillie and Jimmie Maxey; three sisters, Odean Walden, Joyce Angle and Eva Lou Vail; two brothers, Thomas and Stacy Cowley; and a stepgrandchild, Ricky Rogers.
Pallbearers will be Dudley Chandler, Wayne Vail, Phillip Walden, Ricky Wright, Bob Trotter, Randy Rogers, Scotty Rogers, Jonathan Rogers and Anthony Little.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from noon until service time Wednesday at the church.
Sammie Knighton
MYRTLE – Sammie Sue Snider Knighton, 71, died Sunday, June 13, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born March 22, 1939, in Paw Paw, Okla., to Pink James Snider and Daisy Price Rothschiller. She had worked as a seamstress for Stratford Co., Barclay and Hillcraft. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Rev. Donnie Shuman officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Roy Knighton Sr.; two sons, Roy Knighton Jr. (Betty) and Jim Knighton (Donna); a daughter, Deborah Baxin, all of Myrtle; three sisters, Patty Spier, Bobbie Stout and Frances Rothschiller, all of Roland, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Niva Kitchens (Jason), Eric Knighton, Matt Knighton (Katesha), Adrianne Knighton, Dakota Hopper, Tony Baxin and Alex Baxin; seven great-grandchildren, Anna Kitchens, Valarie Kitchens, McKaylia Denson, Ethan Denson, Braxton Denson, Paden Knighton and Reiley Knighton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Jim Snider and Tommy Dale Snider; and one sister, Kathryn Deese.
Pallbearers will be Eric Knighton, Dakota Hopper, Johnny Knighton, Ralph Knighton, Bob Knighton, Jr. and Jason Kitchens.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to Temple Baptist Church Building Fund in Myrtle.
Charles Epperson
BURNSVILLE – Charles Lucien Epperson, 83, died Sunday, June 13, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Burnsville.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Burnsville Tabernacle. Burial will be in the Burnsville Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the church from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday.
Gerald Coker
PONTOTOC – Gerald Coker, 83, died Sunday, June 13, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 4, 1926, in Pontotoc County to Dowe Estes Coker and Mattie McMillen Coker. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1945. He was a retired foreman for Fruehauf Trailer Company and a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Ray Ware and the Rev. Trent Coker officiating. Burial will be in the Redland Cemetery.
He is survived by two daughters, Patricia Lynn Teas of Bartlett, Tenn., and Cheryl Clements (Jerry) of Tupelo; a son, Larry Coker (Gloria) of Germantown, Tenn.; a sister, Melba Bootz (Hal) of Evansville, Ind.; five brothers, John Larry Coker (Fay) of Sardis, and Billy Coker (Lavara), Travis Coker (Glynda), Donald Mack Coker (Mary) and Jackie Coker (Dorothy), all of Pontotoc; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Betty Jean Russell Coker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Way, Memphis, TN 38105; or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Willie Causey
NETTLETON – Willie D. Oswalt Causey, 80, died Sunday, June 13, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born March 31, 1930, in Lee County and lived most of her life in Monroe County. She was a Baptist and the former owner of Tamp&W Grocery Store in Nettleton. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and playing bingo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with Bro. Sammy Hardin and Bro. Clinton Worthey officiating. Burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, John Causey of Nashville, Tenn., and Tim Causey (Dennis) of Amory; three sisters, Linda Chapa of Trenton, Ga., Carolyn Parden (Welden) of Mobile, Ala., and Brenda Joyce Kirksey of Citronelle, Ala.; four grandchildren, Hannah Causey, Carmen Mayer, Austin Causey and Elijah Causey; two great-grandchildren, Michael Mayer and Ava Reese Carson; three special kids, Britt, Angelia and Bailey Young.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Causey; her stepfather and mother, Dewey F. and Gennie Mae Oswalt Baker;
Pallbearers will be Guy Pettit, Britt Young, Shawn Chapa, Chad Haughton, Paul Hardin and Sammy Bethay.
Honorary pallbearers will be the patients and staff of RiverPlace Nursing Center in Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Marion S. Dampeer
COLUMBUS – Marion Sims Dampeer, 74, died Monday, June 14, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. She was born on Sunday, Aug. 25, 1935, in Bay Springs to Nonnie and Christine Morgan Sims. She and her husband, the Rev. Charles R. Dampeer, were married for 54 years and during that time lived in several different cities in Mississippi and Illinois, where he served as a Baptist minister. She graduated from nursing school in Jackson and worked as a LPN before returning to college. She attended William Carey University in Hattiesburg and graduated from Whitworth College in Brookhaven with a degree in education. She then taught third grade for many years, retiring in 1990. She was active in WMU and the Illinois Baptist Association and had been a member of First Baptist Church since moving to Columbus 15 years ago.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Columbus with Dr. Bobby Douglas and Dr. Shawn Parker officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Charles R. Dampeer of Columbus; two daughters, Marsha Cosby (Dr. Walter Cosby) of Columbus and Cindy Bolin (Kent) of Covington, La.; one son, Charlie Dampeer (Donna) of Pontotoc; four sisters, Betty Jane Hart, Anna Jewel Brown, Charlotte Salpaw and Hilda Jean Bowman; one brother, Van Sims; six grandchildren, Nate Cosby, Callee Cosby, Brooks Dampeer, Blair Dampeer, Baylor Dampeer and Breck Bolin.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The pallbearers will be Harry Cosby, Cole Cosby, Nate Cosby, Brooks Dampeer, Baylor Dampeer and Breck Bolin.
Memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Sequndo, CA 90245.
Steve Morrow
BLACKLAND – Junior Steve Morrow, 60, died Sunday, June 13, 2010, at his home in the Blackland community. He was born May 17, 1950, in Prentiss County to Hubert and Clytee Essary Morrow. He enjoyed shooting pool and playing golf.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today at the Jumpertown Cemetery with Bro. Scotty Downs officiating. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Arnold Morrow; his mother, Clytee Morrow; two sons, Michael (Brenda) Morrow and Eddie Ray (Suzanne) Morrow; five grandchildren, Brandi, Blake, Manuel, Alex and Breonna Morrow.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hubert Morrow, and one brother, Bobby Ray Morrow.
Visitation will be until 10:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Marlene Gates
PONTOTOC – Marlene Gates, 61, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. A native of Pontotoc County, she was the daughter of Doil Scott Gates and Inez Gates. She was a member of Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church in Pontotoc. She loved shopping and communicating with others.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church. The Rev. George Pulliam will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by five brothers, Jerry (Betty) Bean of Belden, Jimmy Dale Bean, Terry Bean and Arnett (Diane) Bean, all of Pontotoc, and David Miller of Beloit, Wis.; one aunt, Lula Mae Hatchett of Pontotoc; two uncles, Elbert Beckham of Pontotoc and Walter Beckham of Gary, Ind.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today with the family hour from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before service time.
Vivian Zinn
OXFORD – Vivian Lee Bennett Zinn, 87, died Sunday, June 13, 2010, at Azalea Gardens in Oxford. She was born Oct. 13, 1922, in Ellard. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Methodist Church. She was a secretary for more than 20 years for the ASC offices in Coffeeville and Columbus.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Aubrey Boren officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Bennett E. Zinn (Connie) of Oxford; two grandchildren, Bennett E. Zinn Jr. and Michael L. Zinn; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raybon Zinn, on March 24, 1986; her parents, Maude Bennett and Mamie Taylor Bennett; two brothers, Leon Bennett and Price Bennett; and two sisters, Erma Jewel Collins and Thelma Stribling.
Pallbearers will be Brooks Collins, Larry Collins, Bobby Stribling, Keith Zinn, Jerry Franklin and Sonny Stewart.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday.
Patsy Whitehead
OKOLONA – Patsy Jeanette Whitehead, 71, died Sunday, June 13, 2010, at her residence in Okolona. She was born in Chickasaw County on Dec. 10, 1938, to Travis Kirby Wise and Jimmie McDowell Wise. A resident of Okolona for 40 years, she attended Okolona Church of God. An avid conversationalist, she enjoyed cooking, working with flowers and spending time with her family.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. There will be no formal service. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Earl Forrester of Stamps Ark., and Randy Forrester of Okolona; four daughters, Jimmie Hood (Lonnie) of Nettleton, Martha Palmer (U.L.) of Richton, Patsy Rooker of Richton and Barbara Garcia (Ramon) of Okolona; one brother, Gaylon Wise (Bonnie) of Bartahatchie; two sisters, Jackie Vandergrift of Pascagoula and Carolyn Bunt (Robin) of White Oak, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Brenda Wise and Dee Wise, both of Okolona; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, James Avery “Pap” Wise and Travis Wise; one grandson, U.L. “Bubba” Palmer Jr.; and one great-granddaughter, Madison A. Stanphill.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Alicia Smith
YPSILANTI, Mich. – Alicia Morris Smith, 42, died Saturday, June 12, 2010, at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Karen Goodrich
TUPELO – Karen Goodrich, 51, died Monday, June 14, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors.
Lillian Brown
AMORY – Lillian L. Brown, 89, died Monday, June 14, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Pauline Jackson
RIPLEY – Pauline Jackson, 88, died Monday, June 14, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Billy Aron
ALGOMA – Billy F. Aron, 77, died Sunday, June 13, 2010, at the Sunshine Nursing Home. He was involved in law enforcement most of his life. He was a Mason.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with the Rev. Mitch Royals officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery.
Survivors include his daughter, Debbie Denton (Mike); his son, Billy Derl Aron (Katherine); four granddaughters, Kim Jackson (Eric), Misty Steward (Davis), Jennifer Dawn Luzar and Lynn Cobb; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Jean Davis of Magnolia, Fran Snyder of Metairie and Virginia Love of Covington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jewel and Theron Aron; his wife, Mary Joyce Brazil Aron; and two brothers, Wayne Aron and Lamar Aron.
Pallbearers will be Randy Ray, Dusty Ray, Marshal Morphis, David Steward, Eric Jackson and Raymond Royals.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today.
Samuel G. Gilliam
TUPELO – Samuel G. Gilliam, 80, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 18, 1929, in Lee County to the late Bob Gilliam and Ozell Rebecca Stovall Gilliam.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Verona Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Garden.
Survivors include his wife, Annie Gilliam of Tupelo; three sons, Sammy (Renee) Listenbee of Charlotte, N.C., Sammy T. Gilliam of Jacksonville, Fla., and L. Scott (Renae) Gilliam of Los Angeles; three sisters, Fannie Cleveland and Dorothy Gillard, both of Tupelo, and LaVell Walker of Jacksonville, Fla.; three brothers, Moses Gilliam and George B. Gilliam, both of Tupelo, and Paul (Lula) Gilliam of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Jean Ella Gilliam; one sister, Wilma Gilliam; two nieces, Phyllis Turner and Revanda Gilliam; and one nephew, Arthur Walker Jr.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today and the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons,com.
Judy Linton
HOULKA – Judith “Judy” Johnson Linton, 63, died Monday, June 14, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at Houlka Church of the Nazarene.
Bro. Charles Holcomb
GOLDEN – Bro. Charles Holcomb, 73, died Monday, June 14, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
Nettie Wade
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Nettie Wade, 57, died Monday, June 13, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.