Obituaries March 28, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

George A. Kay
SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. – George A. McKay, 73, died Friday, March 23, 2012, at Genesys Regional Medical Center. He was born Nov. 30, 1938, in Mantachie to Almus and Nomie Wren McKay. He married the former Janice Poteet on Dec. 28, 1965, in Jasper, Ala. He served his country in the National Guard, fighting in the Detroit Riot of ’68. He was employed by General Motors as a skilled trades tool amp& die maker for 38 1/2 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of UAW Local 659.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ozark Baptist Church in Marietta. Cremation has taken place. Swartz Funeral Home of Flint, Mich., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Janice; daughters, Nancy (James) McKittrick, Stephanie (Mark) Galbreath, Theresa (David) Cooper; son, Gregory (fiancampée, Cindy Cales); grandchildren, Morgan, Kaitlyn, Lauren, Lucas, Kyle and Blake; sisters, Earlene Strong and Bobbie Hines; brother, Johnny McKay.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Joe and Charlie; and a sister, Maglene.
Contributions may be made to the Stephens Cemetery Trust in Mantachie for upkeep of the cemetery.
Ricky Frierson
OXFORD – George Ralph “Ricky” Frierson, 62, died Monday, March 28, 2012, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Warner Hester
AMORY – Warner Junior Hester, 86, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. Born June 16, 1925, in Joppa, Ala., he was the son of Warren and Willie Shipp Hester. On Dec. 14,, 1946, he married Laverne Riley of Nettleton. He was a World War II veteran and served in the Navy for four years prior to marriage. He worked for Monroe County Electric, City of Amory and T.V.A. until he retired at 65. He was a born again Christian who attended and was a charter member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church. He lived a life of dedication serving his church and community. He was a gentle giant and a man after God’s own heart. He was a huge outdoorsman, spending his time hunting and fishing.
A Celebration of the Life service will be at 1 p.m. today at St. Andrews United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tim Sisk and the Rev. Aubrey Boren officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Dale Leech (Johnny) and Debbie Palmer (Larry), all of Amory; grandchildren, John Leech (Christe) of Tupelo, Collie Jo Hill (Stacy), and Brian and Lynn Palmer, all of Amory; great-grandchildren, Gabby and Mason Hill of Amory, and John Harris and Cate Leech of Tupelo; sisters-in-law, Pat Riley of Nettleton and Sue Riley of Lakeland, Fla.; brothers-in-law, Paul Riley (Frances) of Nettleton and Mitchell Riley of Amory; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wife, Laverne; brothers, Walter (Audrey), Albert (Bert), Huey (Minnie) and Arlin; sisters-in-law, Gertrude “Sis” Davis (Dick) and Louise Riley; brothers-in-law, Eugene Riley (Irma Mae), Thomas Riley and Herman Riley.
Pallbearers will be Billy Glasgow, Rayford Jones, Jim Dye, Rev. Gus Shelly, Thomas Griffith, Ralph Salters, James Burrow and Ed Finley. Honorary pallbearers will be Hollis Parker, Paul and Mitchell Riley, members of the Crusader Sunday School Class, employees of Oak Tree Plantation, and Legacy Hospice.
The body will lie in repose at the church from noon until the service hour today.
Memorials may be given to St. Andrews United Methodist Church Kitchen Fund, P.O. Box 535, Amory, MS 38821; and First Friends, P.O. Box 117, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Paul Hawks
OXFORD – Paul Harvey Hawks, 80, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the Oxford-Lafayette County First Regional Library, 401 Bramlett Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655; or Oxford Park Commission, 310 S. 15th St., Oxford, MS 38655.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
Florence T. Boehm
BYHALIA – Florence Taylor Boehm, 86, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Byhalia.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Willie A. Conaway
WEST POINT – Willie A. Conaway, 71, died Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Strong Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Robert Nutt Sr.
ASHLAND – Robert Jackson Nutt Sr., 94, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at Ashland Health and Rehab Center in Ashland.
Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. today at Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Benton County. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Bob Bunda
IUKA – Bohdan Robert “Bob” Bunda, 86, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harmony United Methodist Church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshalfuneralhome.com.
Alvin Lewis
CORINTH – Alvin Lee Lewis, 82, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Mississippi Care Center in Corinth. He was a used car dealer, truck driver, and owner and operator of Lamp&M Motors. He was a Baptist. He enjoyed hunting, flea markets and auctions.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.
Survivors include four children, Sheila Burch (Harold) of Jackson, Tenn., Rickey Glen Lewis (Sherry() of Booneville, Lisa Clark of Amory and Anita Stegall (Bobby( of Smithville; seven grandchildren, James and Sherry Strickland, Kortney White, Ashley Figge, Layken Cooper, Tommy and Amber Brown; 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Lewis; two brothers, Ruie and Bernic Lewis; his parents, Robert Lee and Carrie Lindsey Lewis; and four infant children.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Figge, Trey Cooper, John Wildman, Steven Wildman, Michael Clark, Nick Brown and Tommy Brown.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Wayne S. Fitts
PONTOTOC – Wayne Fitts, 96, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at his home. He attended Liberty Baptist Church for the past 90 years. He was drafted into the military and served 1942-1944. He owned and operated a restaurant in Pontotoc for about 20 years. He loved gospel singing, fishing and gardening.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Bro. Tommy Inmon, Bro. James Lewis and Bro. Harvey Sewell officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a special niece and caregiver, Dorothy Hodges; many nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Nell Fitts.
He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 75 years, Vera Fitts; his parents, Charlie and Myrtle Flaherty Fitts; a sister, Lola Fitts; and brother, Oral, Eulus and Lowell Fitts.
Pallbearers will be Joey Fitts, William Sloan, Daniel Russell, Scott Sloan, Robert Henry and Austin Clark. The men of Liberty Church will be honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the church and continue until service time Thursday.
Ollie Gunn
RIPLEY – Ollie Daniel Dunn died Monday, March 26, 2012, after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Home of Corinth.
Raythel Thornton
FULTON – Raythel Lanward “Ray” Thornton, 90, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a long illness. He was born Dec. 9, 1921, in Itawamba County to Ira Green and Narcie Franks Thornton. He honorably served with the U.S. Army Air Corps. of Engineers from 1942-1946 and Company A-861st Division Aviation Battalion EAMETO Eastern Mediterranean, England, France and Germany. He was a lifelong member of VFW Post 4976 and American Legion Post 51. He lived in Zion, Ill., for 12 years and did body and fender work for several dealerships while he lived there. He moved back to Itawamba County in July 1971 and opened his own body shop and salvage yard. He enjoyed spending time with his dog, Buddy.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Rhoda Thornton of Fulton; three daughters, Rhonda Thornton Richardson (Chuck) of Tupelo, Nita Thornton (David) of Denton, Texas, and Rebecca Thornton Cates (Phil) of Woodstock, Ga.; one son, Robin Thornton (Barbara) of Saltillo; 10 grandchildren, Timothy Richardson (Melissa), Jeremie Richardson (Jenny), Melissa Richardson (Dennis), Amy Dewett( Cory), Sarah Bates (Brad), Lerie Walsh (Krista), Jordan Walsh, Shiloh Thornton, Claire Cates, Cole Cates; six great-grandchildren, Annabelle, Abigail, Chloe and Caleb Richardson, Addison and Brayden Dewett; two sisters, Ella Thornton Rogers (Oscar) and Betty Thornton Umphers (James); one brother, George Thornton (Sue).
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jimmy Ray Thornton; four brothers, Vadrel, Bon, Authel and Noonan Thornton; and one sister, Beatrice Taylor.
Pallbearers are his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Macky Thornton, Gary and Terry Rogers, Mike Taylor, Jeff Umphers, and Greg, Toni and Brian Thornton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials can be given to the Gideons or Sanctuary Hospice House.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Noma DuBoise
FULTON – Noma Davis DuBoise, 78, died Monday, March 26, 2012. She worked at Johnson Motors as chief clerk for many years and at Charm Step in Fulton. She was co-owner of the Texaco Service Station in Fulton and later was co-owner of Tamp&N Enterprises until her retirement. She lived her life for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Harold Rushing and Warren Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Tom DuBoise of Fulton; daughters, Gail Thomas (Wade), Sandy Ragsdale (Jimmy), both of Fulton; brother, Oma Davis of Fulton; brothers-in-law and sisters-in law, Harold (Barbara) Rushing and Warren (Jean) Wilson; grandchildren, Salena (Stephen) Armstrong, Blake DuBoise, Hollis Wayne (Amanda) Thomas, Gary David (Stephanie) Adkins, Gunner Ragsdale; great-grandchildren, Chaney Kennedy; Carleigh and Chandler Armstrong, Braylin and Gauge Thomas, Brianna Adkins; numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ploma, Roman, Edward and Dwight Davis.
Pallbearers will be Hollis Wayne Thomas, Gary David Adkins, Chaney Kennedy, Gunner Ragsdale, Stephen Armstrong, Mike Davis, Marty Marshall and Marty Rushing.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Rev. Dr. Benjamin Ashford Jr.
MEMPHIS – The Rev. Dr. Benjamin H. Ashford Jr. died Wednesday, March 21, 2012.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis. The Rev. Torrie Wilson will officiate. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday at City Cemetery in Kosciusko. M.J. Edwards Funeral Home of Memphis is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his children, Denise Ashford (Stephen Santo) of Apache Junction, Ariz., Carmelia Ashford of Chattanooga, Tenn., Dr. Donna Ashford of Nashville, Tenn., Benjamin H. “Chip” Ashford III (Carolyn) of Tupelo and Pallas “Trina” Ashford of Nashville; his sister, Mary Ashford Harrison of Chicago; son, Terrence D. Glasgow (Sonya) of Arlington, Tenn.; granddaughters, L. Lashay “Shay” Ashford of Tupelo, Janskey Jones of Greenwood; grandson, Terrence D. Glasgow Jr. of Arlington, Tenn.; two great-grandchildren, Jayarri and Jerrance Jones; nephews, Emmit George Jr. (Erica) of Chicago, Barren George of Birmingham, Orlando Ashford of Athens, Ala., Emmit Stevenson Jr, of Itta Bena; nieces, Cynthia George of Chicago, Cheryl Ashford (Darryl Sr.) McMillan of Birmingham; former wife, Joyce Lovelace Ashford of Shreveport, La.
He was preceded in death by four siblings, Edward, Winfred, Ruth and Dorothy.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis.

Sue Burcham
TUSCUMBIA – Sue Burcham, 64, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

John C. Byrd
BOONEVILLE – John Calvin Byrd, 86, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at Landmark Nursing Center after an extended illness. A Pontotoc County native, he was born March 22, 1926, to William Lafayette and Mary Belle Adams Byrd. He worked in the furniture industry. He enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Pastor Neal Davis officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include his daughter, Arbetha Smith Krzesicki (Michael) of Largo, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Ramona Kendrick of New Albany and Antoinette Summerford (Buddy) of Newton; his brother, Dillion Byrd (Dolly) of Saltillo; many nieces and nephews including Jennie Cox and Vernon Arnold of Saltillo and Gale Oswalt of Shannon; special friends, Ricky and Marie Tyus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Olli Jewelene Byrd; two sisters, Eva Lowrey and Iva Arnold; and four brothers, Edward, Herbert, Noonan and Eldon Byrd.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Tyus, Michael Krzesicki, Nick Tyus, Scottie Tidwell and Richard Davis.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Bobby Ritchey
OKOLONA – Bobby Gene Ritchey, 80, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at Shearer Richardson Memorial Nursing Home in Okolona. He was born March 2, 1932, in Chickasaw County to Otis Carl Ritchey and Gertrude Carter Ritchey. A lifelong resident of Chickasaw County, he graduated from Pontotoc High School. He served his country for three years in the U.S. Navy and later worked many years in the furniture industry for Futorian. A lover of music, he enjoyed blue grass and visiting the Sparta Opera House. He loved working in his yard and spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his church family of Okolona First Baptist.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Roy McHenry and Rev. Jim Ray officiating. Burial will follow at East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary F. Ritchey of Okolona, whom he married April 25, 2003; his son, Carl Ritchey (Angela) of Okolona; two daughters: Jeanie Smith (Jack) of Amory and Lynda Sullins (Jeff) of Houlka; his sister, Ann Herndon (Jesse) of Okolona; five grandchildren, Jacob Smith, Charlie Ritchey, Andy Lewis, Jessica Oravits and Holly Grimes; eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Jacob Smith, Andy Lewis, Ian Oravits, Clay Butler, Derryll Williams and Ellis McVay. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Okolona First Baptist Church.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.