Obituaries June 23, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Leonard Pershing Smith
TUPELO – Leonard Pershing Smith, died in Kenosha, Wisc., in his sleep on Father’s Day morning, June 19, 2011, at the age of 91.  Leonard was born on September 25th, 1919, in Saltillo, the youngest of seven children of Lewis Pinckney (aka Pink) Smith, and the last to die.  He served in the Army during World War II in Persia where he was a baker. Leonard enjoyed playing guitar and singing country music with friends and family whenever the opportunity arose.  He was very honest, charitable, kind in spirit, and was always available to help anyone who needed it.  He liked to garden, giving away much of what he grew to those who needed or wanted it, and loved to eat, with good old country cooking his favorite. He lived and worked for years in Kenosha, Wisc., mostly at American Motors, before retiring to Fulton in 1979.  Always a country boy at heart, Leonard could never forget the red dirt hills of North Mississippi and wherever else he lived, that was always home.  He moved to Verona in 1981, where he became a member of the Verona Church of Christ and attended services regularly. Leonard will be missed by all who knew him and was much loved by his family, friends and church brethren.
 Graveside Services will be 10 a.m. today at Lee Memorial Park with Bro. Wayne Cox officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Leonard is survived by his sons Jerry and William, as well as four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virgie Mae Smith and a daughter, Mary Ann.
Online condolences and a registry may be entered at www.leememorial online.com.

Curell Galloway
PONTOTOC – Curell Galloway, 93, went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center – Pontotoc. She was a pastor’s wife for more than 15 years, serving alongside her husband, Rev. Leo Galloway, at Splinterback Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and Judah Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Prior to her move to Graceland Care Center, she was an avid gardener and accomplished quilter. She loved her church, Abundant Life Church, and was a faithful prayer warrior. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 24, at Abundant Life Church, Hwy. 15 and 8th Street in Pontotoc. Officiating will be Rev. Murray Galloway, Rev. Charles Wright and Rev. Gary Wright. Burial will be in the Judah Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Pauline Wright Still (Grady) of Pontotoc; two granddaughters, Brenda Owen (James) and Beth Wray (Chris) of Pontotoc; seven grandsons, Rev. Charles Wright (Debbie), Rev. Gary Wright (Sandy), Mitch Williams (Patti), Mike Williams (Jimmie Lou), Rev. Murray Galloway (Andrea) all of Pontotoc, David Wright (Debbie) of Amory and Rev. Monty Galloway (Cara) of Spokane, Wash.; two sisters, Aubry Bennett (Prince) and Katherine Wilkinson (G.W.) both of Buna, Texas; one daughter-in-law, Bobbie Galloway of Pontotoc; 21 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Leo Galloway; her son, Rev. Billy Galloway; her parents, Alec and Annie Washington; and her brother, Hershel Washington.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 23, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Abundant Life Church and beginning at noon on Friday prior to service.

Stan Pumphrey
OXFORD – Stan Pumphrey, 59, a manager at Kroger, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. Born in Memphis, Tenn., he served in the Army National Guard. He was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church and the Antique Auto Museum of Tupelo.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. John Kramer officiating. Burial will follow at Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ash Pumphrey of Potts Camp; a son, Jake Pumphrey of Marshall County; his parents, Samuel G. and Juanita Caldwell Pumphrey of Oxford; a step-daughter, Cathy Garrison of Potts Camp; and a granddaughter, Abigail Pumphrey.
Mr. Pumphrey was preceded in death by his brother, Samuel Anthony Pumphrey.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Pumphrey’s memory can be made to: American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801 or St. Andrews Building Fund, P.O. Box 6, Oxford, MS 38655.
In honor of Mr. Pumphrey’s service to our country, the flag of the Army National Guard will be flown over Waller Funeral Home during the time of services.
For additional information or to send an online condolence, please visit our website,www.wallerfuneralhome.com, or call 662-234-7971.

Audrey Jackson
MARIETTA – Audrey Earlene Jackson, 86, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born July 4, 1924, to Eddie and Archie Bell Jackson. She was a member of Marietta United Methodist Church, and she retired from Brown Shoe.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Friday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Elbert Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Marietta Methodist Church Cemetery.
She is survived by two nephews, Mitchell Jackson and his fiancee Betty Floyd of Marietta, and Gene Jackson and his wife Cathy of Florence, Ala; and one niece, Shirley Holt of Florence, Ala.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Vivian Kelley and Charlene Jackson; and four brothers, Lee, Lester, Max, and Lloyd Jackson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and until service time on Friday.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Max Shells
TUPELO – Max Earl Shells died Friday, June 17, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born March 11, 1965, to the late Willie James and Loretta Hunt Shells. He was a graduate of Tupelo High School and Itawamba Community College, where he excelled in football.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Church of the Living God with the Rev. Charles Shell officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his son, Quinn Shell and daughter, Alissa Shell both of Amory; four brothers, James T. (Patricia), Calvin (Lorita), and Kenny Shells all of Tupelo, Joseph (Jennifer) Shells of Nashville, Tenn.; three sisters, Janice (Rev. Donald) Babbitt, Merlyen Standifer both of Okolona and Alice Merl Shells of Tupelo; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, loved ones and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation is today from 2 to 5 p.m. and family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. 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. A guestbook may be signed at nljonesandson.com.

Willie Moss
WATER VALLEY – Willie Melverine Jones Dodson Moss, age 86, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at the Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley. She was born in Pontotoc County on October 1, 1924, to William Finus and Maudie Mae Martin Jones. Willie retired from Big Yank of Water Valley and was a member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church. She loved flowers, gardening, quilting and cooking. Willie enjoyed selling Avon, and she loved spending time with her children and family.
Funeral services will be held at Seven Oaks on Friday at 1 p.m. with Rev. Thurman Hodge and Rev. Tim Ellis officiating. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. in the Carey Springs Cemetery in Pontotoc County.
Visitation is today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley.
Online condolences may be made at www.sevenoaksfuneralhome.com.

William Smith
CORINTH – William Harold Smith,82, also known as Hamburger Harold, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Visitation will be Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at McPeters Funeral Directors.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth.

Valera Dalton
CORINTH – Valera Frances Wicks Kirk Dalton, 89, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at Community Hospice in Verona.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Jana K. Arnold and Charlie Browning officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be today from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Condolences may be registered at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Betty Davidson
SOUTHAVEN – Betty Joyce Davidson, 76, died June 20, 2011, at Baptist Desoto Hospital. She was born on Dec. 22, 1934, to James Erskine Williams and Evie Terry Roye in Hurricane. She was a member of Longstreet United Methodist Church and retired from Bellsouth after 30 years of service.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the stateroom graveside service at 11 a.m., Friday at Family Funeral Care in Memphis. Interment will be in Memphis Memory Gardens.
Survivors include her two children, Rhonda Thornton (Danny) of Lake Cormorant and James Moore of Southaven; two stepchildren, Stan Davidson (Kathy) and Lori Davidson, both of Illinois; three sisters and one brother, Bertha Pannell (William), Irene Brand, Flora Lee Carroll and Donald Roye (Mary Jo) all of Pontotoc; five grandchildren, Brandon, Tara, Zach, James Thomas and Stan; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Willie Moore and Robert Davidson; her parents, James Williams and Evie Terry Roye; her stepfather, E.J. Roye; and two sisters, Ann Peden and Thelma Ruth Dearman.

Geneva Thompson
SARDIS – Geneva Thompson, 85, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at her residence in Sardis. Arrangements are incomplete with Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Sardis.

Rubie Gault
AMORY – Rubie Ling Gault, 91, died on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Oak Tree Plantation. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Complete arrangements will be announced later. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Joshua Ekes
CORINTH – Joshua Ryan Ekes,28, died Monday, June 20, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
A memorial service will be Friday at 5 p.m. at McPeters Funeral Directors Chapel.
Visitation will be Friday from 3 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Burial will be Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Neely Cemetery in Neeley.
The family request memorials be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Joan Neblett
WHEELER – Joan Neblett, 75, died Wednesday, June 22,2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of the Wheeler Church of God. She retired from Brown Shoe Company after 21 years. She loved to talk on the phone. She loved her family dearly, especially her great-grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Bud Wheatley officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Busby Neblett of Wheeler; one son, Jackie Neblett (Patricia) of Wheeler; one grandson, Brandon Neblett (Leslie) of Wheeler; three great-grandchildren Jamie Johnson, Caleb Cantrell and Jacob Neblett; one sister, Velma Hill of Baldwyn; and one brother, Boyd Johnson of Wheeler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Bessie Johnson; a sister, Jane Shook and a brother Thomas Johnson.
Pallbearers are Adam Moses, Randy Trulove, Matt Hogue, Brandon Neblett, and Rusty Hutcheson.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Dianna Bryson
NEW ALBANY – Dianna Mae Arneson Bryson, 72, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete at this time, but will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Reba M. Harmon
BRANDON – Reba Jo Monaghan Harmon, 81, died at home on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, surrounded by her family, after a long illness. Reba was born March 5, 1930, in Ballardsville, Mississippi. She was the daughter of Marvin and Lena Monaghan. She graduated as class valedictorian of Mooreville High School in 1948. She was a long-time resident of Jackson and retired as Office Manager of Home Life Insurance in June of 1992. Following retirement she served with St. Dominic Hospital volunteer services in the critical care waiting room. A committed Christian, Reba was a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church until moving her membership to Brandon First United Methodist upon relocating to Brandon in 2003. Her favorite pastimes were cooking and entertaining, playing bridge, gardening and spending time with family. Reba is best remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and gracious host.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
She is survived by sons, Stuart Sanders and wife Diana of Brandon, Clark Sanders of Asheville, N.C.; a step-daughter, Susie Hays of Brandon; and grandchildren Rebecca Butler, Steven Sanders, Lisa Sanders, Matthew Sanders, Shelly Abernathy, and Casey Gaia. She is also survived by siblings Eloine Turner, Shirley Chism, and Wayne Monaghan of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, E.D. Harmon in 2008.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 196 Charmont Place Suite 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Edith McDaniel
TUPELO – Edith McDaniel, 76, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A native of Itawamba County, she was born September 23, 1934, to Orlie and Edna Crocker Barber. A longtime resident of East Tupelo, she attended Priceville Baptist Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Rev. Dee Brown and Rev. Andy Dozier officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include her nieces, Peggy Stults (Quay) of Saltillo, Janet Stacy (Larry) of Nettleton, Geraldine Holloway of Conway, Ark., Virginia Bowen of Quincy, Fla.; her nephew, James Phillips (June) of Saltillo; a special great-nephew, Bryson Stacy of Nettleton; a number of additional nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 25 years, Caleb McDaniel; a sister, Jo Ann Prosser; a brother, Ottis Barber; three half sisters, Ruby Phillips, LaVirne Roberts, and Bernice Prescott; two half brothers, Mackie and Quinn Cockrell.
Pallbearers will be Quay Stults, Gerald Adderholt, James Phillips, Frank Jones, Rusty Culver, and Kenneth Robinson.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Jeaneatte Mobley
TUPELO – Jeaneatte Mobley died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at her residence after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Michael Orr
NEW ALBANY – Michael Christopher Orr died Monday, June 20, 2011, in Desoto County as a result of an automobile accident.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.

Barbara Ann Tackett
SALTILLO – Barbara Ann Tackett, 57, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at her residence in Saltillo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

J. C. Golden
PONTOTOC – J. C. Golden, 82, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at his residence in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete with Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Debbie Denton
ALGOMA – Debbie Denton, 56, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She loved to hunt and fish, as well as spend time with her three grandsons.
Services will be Friday at 6 p.m. at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc with Rev. Mitch Royals officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Mike Denton; one daughter, Misty Denton Steward (David); three grandsons, Wyatt, Gable and Mason Steward; and one brother, Billy Derl Aron (Katherine).
She was preceded in death by her parents, Billy and Joyce Brazil Aron; her mother-in-law, Bennie Johnson Denton; her grandparents, L.L. and Mildred Smitherman Brazil and Theoran and Jewel Lancaster Aron.
Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Thomas “Bird” Warren
RANDOLPH – Thomas “Bird” Warren, 62, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home.

Kay Cook
PONTOTOC – Cynthia Kay Fields Cook, 58, died Monday, June 20, 2011, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis after a sudden illness. She was born at Fort Sill, Okla., lived many places as a child with her family including France where her father was stationed. She settled in Pontotoc and graduated in 1971 from Pontotoc High. She received her bachelors degree in education from the University of Mississippi and worked as a teacher in Union county schools and Memphis. She and her husband, Ted, were also loyal supporters of the Memphis Humane Society where Kay worked as a volunteer for 15 years and fostered many animals.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Kenneth Corley officiating. Burial will be in Ecru City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 29 years Ted Cook; her mother, Doris Fields of Pontotoc; her brothers, Frank (Connie) Fields of Pontotoc, David Fields of Arlington, Tenn. and Zane Karr Fields of Bartlett, Tenn.; nieces, Windy (Evan) Steward of Pontotoc and Rachel (Ryan) Swanson of Pontotoc; nephews, D.J. (Emily) Fields, Logan Fields all of Pontotoc and Sgt. Zane (Jessica) Fields of Hattiesburg; great nieces, Addie Grace Fields, Claire Fields and Leah Fields; great nephews, Max Henry Steward and Jonah Steward and her beloved pets, Keely, Ethan and Layla.
She was preceded in death by her father, Major Zane W. Fields (Ret.)
Pallbearers will be Frank Fields, David Fields, Zane Karr Fields, D.J. Fields, Logan Fields, and Sgt. Zane Fields.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Pennington, Rex Cook and Walter Cook.
Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and before the service.
Memorials may be made to any local Humane Society or First United Methodist Church of Pontotoc.

Troy Williams
BELMONT – Troy Williams, 85, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Deaton Funeral Home.

Dot McCarley
BALDWYN – Dot McCarley, 96, died at home on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, after a brief illness. She was born on April 12, 1915, in Booneville. Dot married Gordon McCarley in 1935 and settled in Baldwyn. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Baldwyn, playing piano for most of her life. Dot worked for 45 years in retail merchandising for Baldwyn Dry Goods and later M. Gorden. Dot devoted much of her retirement to travel, having joined her family and friends in Paris, Germany, Hawaii, cruises to the Caribbean and numerous bus tours throughout the U.S. later in life. Her Friday night card games were a mainstay.
Services will be held at First Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2011, with Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating. Burial will follow at Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Thomas G. (Ellen) McCarley of Hutchinson, Kas.; four grandchildren, Dawn Blanton (Shane) of Meridian, Bryon McCarley (Shelley) Watkinsville, Ga., Kyle McCarley of North Hollywood, Calif. and Kellyn McCarley of Hutchinson, Kas.; eight great-grandchildren; and five nieces and six nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Gordon McCarley; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. N.J. Sartin; two sisters, Mrs. Earl Parker and Evelyn Sartin; four brothers, William Henry Sartin, Leeland Sartin, Rob Sartin and Robert Edward Sartin. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Cunningham, Leland Roberts, Buddy Wardlaw, Charles Meadows, Bryon McCarley and Kyle McCarley.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Baldwyn building fund.
Visitation will be Friday at Waters Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m.

Lucy Sherer
CORINTH – Pearlie Lucille Sherer, 76, died at her home Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
Shirley Bullard
IUKA – Shirley Bullard, 78, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at her residence.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Poplar Springs Freewill Baptist Church. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to service time. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Poplar Springs Freewill Baptist Church Fund or the Fairview Cemetery Fund. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Martha Lou Jones
WALNUT – Martha Lou Jones,80, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Community Pentecostal Church with burial in the church cemetery. Bro. Roger Wilbanks, Bro. Jesse Cutrert and Bro. Titus Mathis will be officiating.
Visitation will be Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. until time of service Friday at Community Pentecostal Church.
Online memorials can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net