Obituaries March 27, 2011

Jessie Stanton
POTTS CAMP – Jessie Pipkin Stanton, 88, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, in New Albany. She was born Feb. 22, 1923. She was a member of Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. She was a grocery store owner and a pawn shop owner.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Wilson, Bro. Bob Pugh and Bro. Ralph Pipkin officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Carol Jean Davis of Potts Camp and Deborah Hunnicut (Randy) of New Albany; eight grandchildren, Randy Paton, Karen Garrison, Carl Pipkin, Lisa Clayton, Scott Paton, Perry Pipkin, Crystal Wilson and Chantz Hunnicutt; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands, C.R. Pipkin and David Stanton; her son, James Carl Pipkin; and her parents, Lee and Nancy Lemons.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be accessed at hsfuneralhome.com.
Jewel Ray
THAXTON – Jewel Ellen Ray, 87, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo. She enjoyed walking, attending church, going to yard sales and buying antiques. She was a member of Reynolds Chapel Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Greg Herndon officiating. Burial will be in Guinn Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Verrell Ray; her son, Keith Ray; two sisters, Mamie Gober and Hazel Smith; and one brother, Paul Wayne Reynolds.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Reynolds; and three brothers, Carl Reynolds, Leroy Reynolds and Travis Reynolds.
Pallbearers will be Randy Reynolds, Toby Reynolds, Grant Reynolds, Dennis Reynolds, Andy Hamlett and Ethan Reynolds.
Lavelle Johnson
FULTON – Lavelle Johnson, 92, died Friday, March 25, 2011. She was born Jan. 19, 1919, to William Griffin and May Files Sanderson. She was an avid gardner and loved working with her flowers. She loved spending time with her family. She was a charter member of Zion Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Grover Laird and Bro. Eugene Digby officiating. Burial will be in East Fulton Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Billy Johnson of Fulton; one daughter, Nell Manasco (Joe) of Ruston, La.; five grandchildren, Carla Tucker, Sharon Thunderburk, Kurt Manasco, Dina Butler and Reid Johnson; nine great-grandchildren, Ross, Joshua, Samantha, Reagan, Ryleigh, Tyler, Peyton, Christina and Dean; two great-great-grandchildren, Abri and Sydni; and one sister, Marcelle Horne of Louisville, Ky.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Gina Wilburn; and one grand-daughter, Dawn Johnson
Pallbearers will be her grandsons
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time today.
Reba McGaughy
BOONEVILLE – Reba I. Nunley McGaughy, 69, died Friday, March 25, 2011, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab of Corinth. She was born Jan. 22, 1942, to Bernard Ray and Arlene T. Nunley. She was a member of Caanan Assembly of God Church and Woodman of the World.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ricky Peebles officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a son, Tim (Kim) McGaughy of Booneville; a daughter, Michelle (Tim) Hilbun of Vicksburg; two sisters, Ouida Bishop and Mary Lynn (James) Gargus, both of Booneville; three brothers, Benny Nunley of Booneville, Larry Nunley of Goreville, Ill. and Joel Nunley of Booneville; two grandchildren, T.J. (Katie) McGaughy and Kelsey Stacy; and the father of her children, Bill McGaughy.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Randale Johnson
OXFORD – Randale Johnson, 38, died Friday, March 25, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.
Billy West
HAMILTON – Billy Bryant “Bill” West, 78, died Friday, March 25, 2011 at his home. He was born Oct. 24, 1932, in Hamilton to Eron West Sr. and Betty Gann West. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He retired from the U.S. Federal Court Security as a guard. He was a Mason. He was Mississippi State Commander of the American Legion in 2002-2003. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 11a.m. Monday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Lynn Pigford officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Williams West of Hamilton; two daughters, Gwen West Jolly and husband, Dan of Okolona and Jackie West Mathis and husband, Terry of Hamilton; two sons, Lynn West and wife, Leigh Ann of Hamilton and Glenn West of Hamilton; four sisters, Frances Stanford of Smithville, Sue Peters and husband, John of Aberdeen, Mae Le-May of Kenosha Wis. and Pat Lundquist of Aberdeen; one brother, Donnie West of Aberdeen; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Eron West Jr. and Leroy West.
Pallbearers will be his nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Aberdeen.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Robert Scott
CORINTH – Robert Lee Scott, 70, died Friday, March 25, 2011, at his home.
Honoring his wishes, there will be no service. Burial will be in Shady Grove United Methodist Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Thomas L. Hastings
TUPELO – Reverend Thomas L. Hastings, 94, died Friday, March 25, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 16, 1917, in Louisville, Ky. to Thomas and Anna Hastings. In May 1942, he graduated from the University of Louisville, and in May 1945, he graduated from General Theological Seminary in New York City. He ministered for 50 years as an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church from 1945 to 1995. He served as a caring and dedicated Episcopal priest for five years in Kentucky, five years in North Carolina, ten years in Georgia and for thirty years in Mississippi. From 1966 to 1985, he served as priest at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Tunica and Church of the Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Como. In 1985, he retired from the active priesthood. From 1985 to 1995, he served as Priest in Charge at St. Stephens Episcopal in Batesville and Nativity Episcopal in Water Valley.
As priest, he was known for caring for his congregation and for serving God and his community. He also loved serving as camp chaplain at Episcopal youth and adult summer camps. As a husband and a father, he was a faithful and compassionate servant who loved God, family and life. He was an avid reader, walker, tennis player, golfer, sports fan and solver of crossword puzzles. During his retirement years in Sardis and Batesville, he served as president of Panola County Habitat for Humanity.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Como. Graveside services will immediately follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home of Sardis is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Carolyn Warner Hastings; his four children, John (Kathe) Hastings of McClean, Va., Anne (Mark) Koonce of Cleveland, David (Jean) Hastings of Tupelo and Richard (Leslie) Hastings of Tupelo; a twin sister, Pattie Hastings Barrow of Phoenix, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, Evans Koonce (Andi), Anna Koonce Catt (Jason), Catherine Hastings, Kendra Hastings Lee (George), David Hastings, Jonathan Hastings, Patrick Hastings, Abbey Hastings and Olivia Hastings; and one great-grandson, Henry Lee.
Tupelo visitation will be at 6 p.m. today in the parlor at All Saints Episcopal Church. Como visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church at 309 North Main St. in Como.
Memorials may be made to Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Como.
Anita Baldwin
PONTOTOC – Anita Baldwin, 96, of Pontotoc, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Sunshine Health Care. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home.
Betty Lambert
BURNSVILLE – Betty Lambert, 87, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Tishomingo Manor. She was a homemaker and member of Harmony Hill Baptist Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star #359 Chapter in Burnsville.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Harmony Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Larry Marshall and Bro. Josh Hite officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughters, Patricia (Bobby) Cullwell of Burnsville and Judith Robinson of Iuka; her sister, Berdenia Smith of Corinth; her grandchildren, Cindy (Jackie) Waldrop, David (Carol) Crum, Andre (David) Richards, Melissa (James) Hall and Bobby Walden Jr.; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David Lambert; her sister, Margaret Robinson and her brother, Ralph Campbell.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time today at the church.
Irene Whiteside
NEW ALBANY – Jimmie Irene Higgins Willard White side, 99, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. She was born Feb. 19, 1912, in Union County to Jim and Vinnie Dunlap Higgins. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, working in flowers and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Harvey Reeves and the Rev. Charlie Cooper officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Martha Zoller of Louisville, Ky, Marilyn Camp (Buford) of Myrtle, Sharon Burt (Jim) of Southaven and Deverlin Forsyth (Danny) of Water Valley; three sons, Melvin Willard (Joann), Billy Willard (Brenda) and Hubbard Willard, all of Etta; two stepsons, C.V. Willard (Clara) of Etta and Robert Willard (Mary) of Enid; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grand- children; and 34 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, J.O. Willard; her second husband, Will Whiteside; a daughter, Mary Bexley; three stepsons, Melvis Willard, James Willard and Dutch Willard; three sisters; and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Mike Willard, Brad Willard, Brett Willard, Brian Forsyth, Jason Willard and Glen Lorenson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from noon until 2 p.m. Monday at the church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Mildred House
FULTON – Mildred Joy House, 79, died Thursday, March 24, 2011, in Itawamba County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Pearline Kaufman
TOLEDO, Ohio – Pearline Kaufman died Monday, March 21, 2011, in Toledo, Ohio.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Greater New Prospect MB Church in Nettleton. Burial will be in Mullen Cemetery in Nettleton. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Flora Miller
BALDWYN – Flora Bell Miller died Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Baldwyn Nursing Home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Baldwyn. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral Home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
Paul Barnes
BALDWYN – Paul Barnes died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Community Hospice House in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Janice Wright
NETTLETON – Janice Wright, 60, died Friday, March 25, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born Jan. 20, 1951, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of Molene Christian Lann and Clyde L. Lann. Janice attended Nettleton High School and ICC. Before becoming a homemaker, she was a teacher with Head Start. Janice was of the Full Gospel faith. She cherished spending time with her family. Living life to the fullest, Janice was an active member of the Beauty Shop Gossip Club. She enjoyed cooking, reading, talking and listening to Country music. Outspoken and talkative, Janice never met a stranger.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory with Bro. Gary Williams and Bro. Billy McBunch officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Elmer Earl Wright of Nettleton; daughters, Sonya Hall of Belden and Jessica Riley of Nettleton; sons, Jeff Cayson and Jason Wright, both of Nettleton, Michael Wright of Centreville, Ala. and Justin Wright of Nettleton; mother, Molene Christian Lann of Nettleton; brother, Jackie L. Lann of Nettleton; grandchildren, Tyler, Jade, Corey, Dylan, Kesha and Brandon Cayson, Morgan Wright, Jasmine and Zack Gilmore, Hayden Hall, Janie Kay Wright, Terra and Misha Riley and Dylan Phillips; great-grandchildren, Jess, Braxton and Jamie Cayle; nieces and nephews, Jennifer, Jerry and Janna Lann, Joe Coptane, Michael and Boo Sheffield, David and Heather Wright, Daniel, Billy Jacob, Christy and Jamie Wright; and special friends, Patricia Stanford, Janice Neal and Dr. Quana Taylor.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Jamie L. Lann.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Lann, Chris and Shane Cayson, David Wright, Joe Coptane and Boo Sheffield.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Sheffield, Nicky Hall, Steve Lavender and Larry Riley.
Visitation will continue until the service hour today at the funeral home.
Donations to help with funeral expenses may be sent to the funeral home at P.O. Box 127, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Fred House
FULTON – Fred Doyle House, 77, died March 24, 2011, in Itawamba County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Rebecca Wilson
SHANNON – Rebecca Catherine Pettey Wilson, 87, died Friday, March 25, 2011, at her son’s residence in Michie, Tenn. after a lengthy illness. She was born July 12, 1923, in Lee County to W.R. “Willie Bob” and Eula Melvinia Allen Pettey. She was a graduate of Shannon High School. She and her husband, Orville Wilson, co-owned Tupelo Upholstery and Wilson’s Upholstery and Antiques. She loved her flowers, listening to Gospel music and watching Wheel-of-Fortune. She lived in Old Union Community, West of Shannon, until her health failed her.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Richard Doyle officiating. Burial will be in Shannon Cemetery. W.E. Pegues is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Jimmy amp”Jimamp” Wilson (Jane) of Michie, Tenn., Robert amp”Bobby Wayneamp” Wilson (Pat) of Brewer and Randal amp”Randyamp” Wilson (Tammie) of Tupelo; six grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Orville Wilson; three brothers, Robert Allen Pettey, Clyde Pettey and Cary Pettey.
Pallbearers will be Shawn Crownover, Danny Smith, Sam Atkins, Homan McFarling, Andy Brazeal, Wesley Wilson, Paul Schulz and Will Vaughan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
George Maynard Jr.
TUPELO – George F. Maynard Jr., 90, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born Oct. 6, 1920, in Tupelo, the son of George F. and Margaret Bonner Maynard. He graduated from Tupelo High School and attended the University of Mississippi. During his career, he was a buyer for Anderson Clayton Cotton Company in Tupelo, the former owner of University Sporting Goods in Oxford, and he also served as assistant director of the Tupelo Art Museum.
He was a decorated member of the U.S. Air Force during WWII. He served with distinction as a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator in the South Pacific from April 1942 – October 1945. He flew 49 missions while assigned to the 13th Air Force and 5th Bomb Group., 23rd Bomb Squadron. He was awarded an Air Medal with 8 Silver-Bronze Leaf, Asiatic-Pacific Medal with 3 Battle Stars and the American Campaign Medal with 3 Stars.
He served on the Tupelo Park and Recreation Board during tremendous growth in the 60′s, and he was awarded a Silver Beaver by the Yocona Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church.
The Funeral Mass of Resurrection will be held at noon Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church with a reception following in the fellowship hall. A private graveside service will be at Glenwood Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of almost 65 years, Shirley Russell Maynard of Tupelo, one son, George F. Maynard III (Crissy) of Greenville, S.C.; two grandchildren, George F. “Bo” Maynard IV (Elizabeth) of Memphis and Benjamin H. Maynard (Jessica) both of Orlando, Fla.; two great-grandchildren, Luke Carter Maynard and Sophie Belle Maynard, both of Orlando, Fla.; and one sister, Sarah Maynard Kelly of Rochester, Minn.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Baker and Molly Burd; and one brother, Robert Maynard.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until noon Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Lee Swindle
SALTILLO – Lee Swindle, 79, died Friday, March 25, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born March 30, 1931, in North Mississippi. He was retired as a longtime auto mechanic, and he had worked at Firestone in Tupelo. He had also served for six years as Chief of Police in Elaine, Ark. He was a Baptist; and he loved his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Horace Barnes and Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Louise Harris Swindle of Saltillo; three daughters, Wanda Harris and Shelia Mays, both of Belmont and Cindy Fickett of Sturgis Bay, Wis.; five sons, Freddie Swindle of N.C., Roy Swindle of Fulton, Edward Swindle of Red Bay, Ala., Phillip Swindle of Fulton and Chris Swindle of Mantachie; one sister, Eloise Snowden of Elaine, Ark.; one brother, Jackie Swindle of Elaine Ark.; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Harold Vinson, Gary Vinson, Tim Pounders, Jeremy Pounders, Kenneth Harris and Mickey Towery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

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