Obituaries September 25, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Patsy Sparks
GUNTOWN – Patsy Parker Sparks, 70, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was a retired apartment manager and dorm mother at Northeast Junior College. She was an avid reader and she loved to travel. She was a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ.
Services will be today at 3:30 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Childs officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include four daughters, Mary S. Morrison (Tommy) of Baldwyn, Susan S. Miller (Paul) of Guntown, Bobbie Leister of Baldwyn and Robbie Ryder (Jerry) of Tupelo; one sister, Wilma Beasley of Tupelo; one brother, Bucky Parker (Wanda) of Saltillo; 15 grandchildren, Johnna Johnson, Reed Morrison, David Morrison, Jessica Rodgers (Adam), Bridgett amp”B.J.” Hale , Corey Cruse, Brooke Scott (Jay), Nikki Miller, Bree Miller, Dallas Leister, James Roy Leister, Luysa Leister, Gabriel Leister, Olivia Rose Ryder and Kelly Ryder; two great-grandchildren, Easton Rodgers and Eli Rodgers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Mary Driskell Parker; sister, Nita Mann and brother, James Roy Parker; stepfather, Odell Grissom.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to Sanctuary Hospice House.
Cheryl Stringer
RIDGELAND – Cheryl Yvonne Stringer, 56, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, after a lengthy battle with diabetes and gastroparesis.
Cheryl was a lifelong resident of Madison County. Prior to her retirement in 2005 because of health reasons, Cheryl owned and operated Cheryl McCoy’s Hair Studio in Jackson, one of 100 World Class Salons in the World. She was a graduate of Austin Roffler Design College in Austin, Texas where she won numerous hair design awards in the State of Texas. In recent years, she dedicated her life to praying for others and raising public awareness of gastroparesis, its diagnosis and treatment. Prior to her illness, she was actively involved in the pray ministry of her church and in mission work. It was on a mission trip to the 1996 Olympics that her and her husband fell in love. She loved the Lord and strived every day to do His will. Over the last six months, she was working on a book of poems and proses describing her journey through this life and the people she had met. One of the greatest joys that she had in her life was to be “Aunt She She” to her nieces, nephews, grandniece and grandnephews. She loved them all with all of her heart.
A graveside service will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Jassemine Cemetery in Ridgeland.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Stringer; her sister, Charlotte Brown of Flora; and three brothers, Mike McCoy of Pocahontas, Ken McCoy of Madison and Heath McCoy of Flora.
Visitation will be today from 3 until 6 p.m. at Natchez Trace Funeral Home in Madison.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the GPD Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to finding treatments for gastroparesis, at www.gpdfoundation.com or by mail to 4351 East Mineral Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85044, (480) 369-9688.
Mary South
IUKA – Mary Willie Reid Sparks South, 83, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, Ala.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Rex Deghuee
AMORY – Rex P. Deghuee, 84, died on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at Golden Living Center. Born on Apr. 11, 1927, in Bethlehem, Pa. he was a son of Reginald Phillip and Mabel Ann Purcell Deghuee. He received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. and was certified as a professional engineer. He proudly served his country in the Coast Guard. He worked as a Design Engineer for Rockwell Manufacturing Company. He was a member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing, reading, gardening, woodworking, and fixing things. He was a former member of the Amory Jaycees.
A graveside inurnment service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Masonic Cemetery. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery at 9:50 a.m.
Survivors include a daughter, Emily D. Schmidt (Eric J.) of Alpharetta, Ga; a son, Bradley Deghuee (Rebecca Vest) of Morrison, Co.; grandchildren, Andrew Gregory and Elliot Thomas Schmidt; and brothers, John and Sean Deghuee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Sophie James Toney Deghuee on November 29, 2005; and brother, Joseph Deghuee.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Friends, P.O. Box 117, Amory, MS 38821 or to Alzheimer’s Association, MS Chapter, 196 Charmant Drive, Ste. 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Earl Spencer
BOONEVILLE – Earl “Bun” Spencer, 92, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at his home. He was born Aug. 18, 1919 to Guy and Irene Nichols Spencer. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, the American Legion, and he was a Navy Veteran of WW II. He was retired from Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Funeral services with Military Honors will be at 2 p.m. on Monday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Rex Bullock and Jamie Gray officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include three daughters, Martha (Aaron) Mize of Booneville, Edna (Billy) Gray of Baldwyn, and Sue (Kenneth) Farrar of Memphis; one son, Timmy (Christina) Spencer of Booneville; eight grandchildren; thirteen great- grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby Manley Spencer; one son, Terry Spencer; three sisters; and two brothers.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, and until service time on Monday. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Reba Swindle
CORINTH – Reba Paden Swindle, 93, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center after a brief illness. Funeral services are set for Wednesday, at 12:30 p.m. at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, with burial in Henry Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Flowers and food may be sent to Magnolia Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be made at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Gladys Lovelace
IUKA – Gladys Lovelace, 91, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at her residence. She was a member of the Iuka United Methodist Church and an avid reader.
Services are scheduled for 11a.m. on Monday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Jon Kaufman. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Jim Lovelace (Annette) of Oak Brook, Ill., Amos Lovelace (Nancy) of Winston Salem, N.C., Tom Lovelace (Nancy) of Lindenhurst, Ill., and Rick Lovelace (Judy) of Batavia, Ill.; three stepbrothers, Gene Smith of Old Wayne, Ill., Doc Smith of Nashville, and David Smith of Madison, Wis.; one stepsister, Lily Pearl Smith of Waukegan, Ill., 14 grandchildren, Jim Lovelace (Mary) of Hinsdale, Ill., Mark Lovelace (Lucy) of Hinsdale, Ill., Tom Lovelace (Lynette) of Hinsdale, Ill., Brian Lovelace (Michelle) of Barrington, Ill., Vanessa Heeg (Art) of Corona, Calif., Eric Duele (Allison) of Elgin, Ill., Robert Powell (Rebecca) of Winston Salem, N.C., Jason Lovelace (Jill) of Western Springs, IL, Susanna Lovelace of Lombard, IL, John Lovelace (Cassie) of Orlando, Jaimie Lovelace of Orlando, Katie Lovelace of Orlando, Justin Lovelace of Batavia, Ill., and Ryan Lovelace of Batavia, Ill.; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Robert Lovelace; and a son, Bobby Joe Lovelace.
Pallbearers include Jim Lovelace, Mark Lovelace, Tom Lovelace, Brian Lovelace, Ryan Lovelace, Jason Lovelace, Rusty Wolford, and Bobby Bonds.
Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Iuka United Methodist Church. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Gerald Bennett
BOONEVILLE – Clarence Gerald Bennett, 76, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Danny Short and Bro. Tracy Arnold officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Betty Reese
HOULKA – Betty Jean Watson Reese, 73, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at the Golden Living Center. A native of Tippah County, she graduated from Dumas High School, where she played basketball.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Johnny Cook officiating. Burial will be in Robbs Cemetery.
Survivors include one brother, Ray Moore; three daughters, Barbara Walker, Rebecca Castle, Linda (Jerry) Swords; one sister Area Akins; two sons, Charles (Janice) Watson, and Tommy Watson; 30 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Watson; one son, Jimmy Watson; her father, James Moore; and her mother, Pearl Moore; and two brothers, Vernon and Malone Moore.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
Augusta Hogan
AMORY – Augusta H. Hogan, 95, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Darden amp& Sons Funeral Home.

Veroy Agnew
CORINTH – Veroy Agnew died on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 at Magnolia Regional Health Center after a brief illness. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson Funeral Services.
Eric Pope
HAMILTON – Eric Wayne Pope, 33, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, as a result of an auto accident. Arrangements were incomplete and will be released later by Tisdale Lann Memoral Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Nora Morgan
BOONEVILLE – Nora Jean Morgan, 61, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Gordon Williams
COUNCE, Tenn. – Gordon Williams, 86, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 at Hardin Medical Center in Savannah, Tenn.
Services are set for 3 p.m. today at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah, Tenn. with Gary Henline and Paul Childers officiating. Burial will be in White Sulphur Cemetery, Pickwick Dam, Tenn.
Rickey Bean
MEMPHIS – (formerly of Holly Springs) – Rickey Bean, 45, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Services are set for 2 p.m. Monday at J.F. Brittenum amp& Son Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Gardens.
The remains will lie in repose at funeral home, 125 North Memphis St., Holly Springs on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1:55 p.m.
Bobby Freely
BRUCE – Bobby Fred Freely, 78, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 10, 1933, in Vardaman. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. He was a former electrician, service station owner and truck driver. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander and the Rev. Billy Joe Beckett officiating. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Hayles Freely; one son, Randall Freely (Charlotte) of Grenada; two daughters, Pam Beville (David) of Calhoun City and Patricia Scallion of Bruce, one sister, Dot Beckett of Columbus; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert McDonald Freely and Janie Lavera Vanlandingham Freely, and a brother, Danny Mac Freely.
Pallbearers will be Joe Beckett, Tim Beckett, Wayne Edwards, Elton N. Free, Donald Freely, Scott Freely, Lee Peden and Greg Rowsey. Honorary pallbearers will be David Bevill, Mike Blount, Clint Freely, Edwin Hellums and Jonathon McKinny.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhome.com.
Daphne Fitzpatrick
NEW ALBANY – Daphne “Pede” Fitzpatrick, 44, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 at Baptist Hospital East Memphis. She was a twin born on Sept. 17, 1967 in New Albany to Brazil and Dorothy Harris Fitzpatrick. She was a former press operator of Pipers Impact. She enjoyed cooking.
Services are scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Serenity Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Woods officiating.
Survivors include three children, Ashley Kimmons of Atlanta, Chauncey (April) Kimmons and Gavin Kimmons of New Albany; her siblings, Brazil Jr. “J.B.” Fitzpatrick of Houston, Texas, Brenda (Al) Broughton, Deborah (Melvin) Shackleford, Rose Mary (Larry) Hughes, Darlene (Steve) Woods and Sarah Fitzpatrick all of New Albany; two grandchildren, Laila and Chance Kimmons, a special friend Darrell King of Racine, Wis. and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and other family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Kathy Kitzpatrick and a brother, David Fitzpatrick.
Pallbearers please wear bright colors to service. Visitation is private and for family only today from 3 to 7 p.m. at Serenity Chapel.
Julie Armstrong
BOONEVILLE – Julie Armstrong died today, Sept. 24, 2011. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Ozell Hazzle
ABERDEEN – Ozell Hazzle, 64, died in Seattle, Wash. He was the brother of Coach Roy Hazzle, Sr. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by NL Jones and Sons Funeral Directors of Aberdeen.
Linda Price
TUPELO – Linda Price died August 19, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by NL Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Willie Hankins
TUPELO – Willie Hankins died Sunday, September 18, 2011 at North Mississippi Medical Center. Graveside service was held Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. NJ Jones and Sons Funeral Directors were in charge of the arrangements.