TUPELO – Sue “Suzy” O’Neal, 65, died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at her brother’s residence after an extended illness. She was born May 15, 1943, in Santa Barbara, Calif., to Carl and Dorothy Alice Finster O’Neal. She lived most of her life in Tupelo and worked at Aircap in the office for many years. She was the director of the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society for a number of years. She later worked at Weatherall’s Printing and wrote weekend obituaries for the Daily Journal for years. After retiring from Weatherall’s, she continued to devote her energy and time to her passions. She was an early member of the Community Theatre and also the co-founder of Spay Inc and currently served as secretary/fundraiser. She loved animals and dedicated her life to animal welfare.
Memorial services were at 2 p.m. May 13 at the The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Dr. Melvin Lewis officiating.
Survivors include her brother, Pat O’Neal (Narda) of Tupelo; one niece, Robbin Buchanan and children, Halie and Jack, of Amory; one uncle, Bill Finster (Esther) of Grass Valley, Calif.; one aunt, Frances West (Herman) of Tupelo; and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be made to Spay Inc., c/o Ann Land, 3421 Mossy Cup, Saltillo, MS 38866.
ENTERPRISE – Talmadge Wesley “Dick” Clay, 83, died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at the Jeff Anderson REgional Medical Center. He was born July 31, 1925, in Noxapater to Hollie Talmadge and Abbie McBrayer Clay. He graduated from Noxapater High School in 1943. He married Virginia Murphy of Louisville on July 26, 1947, and they moved to Enterprise in 1952. He was a member of Enterprise Baptist Church. He enjoyed more than anything fishing and playing with his great-grandchildren. He earned the rank of sergeant first class in the 186th Railroad Operating Battalion and served at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. After being discharged from the Army, he worked for GMamp&O Railroad for a few years before going to work for Southern Natural Gas in 1949 where he worked until he retired in 1985.
Services were at 2 p.m. May 12 at Enterprise Baptist Church with the Rev. Taylor Wallace, Richard Cothern and Arlis Nichols officiating. Burial was in Enterprise Cemetery. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home of Meridian was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia; three children, Ann (Sonny) Turnage of Meridian, Olyn “Sonny”(Gaytha) Clay of Aberdeen and Susan Moore of Enterprise; brothers, Mantel (Betty) of Louisville and Charles (Patricia) of Georgetown, Texas; sister, Sylvia (Carlos) Cordon of Franklin, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Trey (Sidnette) Turnage of Brandon, Lori (Kenny) McGowin of Enterprise, Rae (Scott) Taylor of Orlando, Fla., Brandi (Nicolas) Johansson of Sweden, Wes Clay of Aberdeen, Amy (Todd) Brand of Meridian and Beth (Burt) Flanagan of Greenville; and six great-grandchildren, Essi Morales Turnage, Anna Kate McGowin, Macy Taylor, Mya Johansson, and Eli and Noah Brand.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Helen Chambliss.
Pallbearers were Clint Lee, Kenneth Murray, Cecil Melton, Steve Helms, John McPhearson, Wayne Kidd, Randy Kidd and James Robert Kamper. Honorary pallbearers will be Butch Goodin, Noffett Boggan, Charles Helms, Jimmy Helms, Dan Kersh, Mark Kidd and the Eugene Walker Sunday School Class.
AMORY – Jack Veral Cox, 83, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born June 15, 1925, in Nettleton to John Marcus and Edna Pearl Butrum Cox. He married Ruby Jewel Jones in 1949. He worked at International Harvester and Fowlkes Ford. He co-owner of Camp&M Garage with Denley Mobley, and he retired as supervisor of Monroe County Landfill. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW, and he was a Mason. He was a member of the Becker Baptist Church. He enjoyed rabbit hunting, fishing, gardening and watching basketball.
Services were at 2 p.m. May 12 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Mac Phillips officiating. Burial was in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Ruby Jewel Jones Cox of Amory; one daughter, Beverly Hamilton (Elmer) of Amory; sister-in-law, Hazel Sue Cox of Tuscaloosa; two grandchildren, Brad Hamilton (Amy) and Lana McGonagill (Joe); six great grandchildren, Jackson Hamilton, Koehn Hamilton, Zack McGonagill, Jared McGonagill, Brody McGonagill and Ana Grace McGonagill; a special niece, Pearline Petty; a special nephew, Billy Cox; and special friends, Margie Hoots and Wanda Hoots Wright of Amory.
He was preceded in death by six brothers, Otis, Leslie, Eulus, Jude, Hollis and Leander Cox; three sisters, Lena Robinson, Hazel Schweikert and Mammie Berryman; and special friends, Price Hoots, Doris and Denley Mobley, and George and Winnie Reed.
Pallbearers were Brad Hamilton, Billy Cox, Bobby Hill, Ricky Mobley, Brian Mobley, Billy Kirkpatrick and Jimmy Kirkpatrick.
Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 152, Becker, MS 38825.
NETTLETON – Jordan Kirk Lindsey, 23, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday, May 11, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 5, 1986, to Douglas Kirk Lindsey and Kathy Tucker Lindsey in Tupelo. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton, where he was a member of Nettleton First Baptist Church. He was a 2004 graduate from Nettleton High School and a 2008 graduate from Itawamba Community College in Fulton. He was a full-time student of the Unviersity Medical Center in Jackson. He was employed as a registered radiologic technologist at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was an avid Ole Miss sports fan and enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing men’s softball.
Services were at 2 p.m., May 13, 2009, at the Nettleton First Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Berry, the Rev. Wayne Higgins and the Rev. Tommy Ray Dabbs officiating. Burial was in Jones Chapel Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Kirk and Kathy Lindsey of Nettleton; one sister, Blair Patterson and husband, Clay, of Nettleton; one brother, Kyle Lindsey of Nettleton; a special nephew, Cade Patterson of Nettleton; his fiancampée, Ashley Stanford of Guntown; his maternal grandparents, John and Betty Tucker of Nettleton; his paternal grandmother, Sarah Lindsey of Verona; his paternal grandfather, Harold Lindsey and wife, Clara, of Nettleton; two aunts, Sandy Collier and husband, Johnny, of Nettleton and Jennifer Pettigrew and husband, Jeff, of Plantersville; two uncles, Milton Lindsey and wife, Tracey, and Ricky Harris and wife, Kim, all of Nettleton; several cousins.
Pallbearers were Phil Senter, Ryan Clayton, Ty Humble, Brian Smith, Tyler Humble, Luke Adkins, Zach Green and Jonathan Collier.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Montgomery Berry, Dr. Christopher Croot, Nash Stanford, Britt Ezell and the employees of the North Mississippi Medical Center Radiology Department.
ABERDEEN – Doris Haney Tate, 59, died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at her home. She was born May 6, 1950, in Monroe County to James D. and Mavis Miller Haney. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she married Jimmy D. Tate in 1967. She was a homemaker and a member of Rocky Springs Baptist Church. She enjoyed being with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren, reading, cooking, flower gardening, fishing and her dog, “BB.”
Services were at 3 p.m. May 14 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes and Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial was in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Jimmy D. Tate of Aberdeen; two sons, Dwight Tate (Robin) of Hamilton and Chris Tate of Aberdeen; one brother, Eugene Haney of Amory; one sister, Judy Spencer (Keith) of Fulton; and three grandchildren, Justin Tate, Dillion Tate and Lane Tate. She was preceded in death by her parents; father- and mother-in-law, James Coley and Flora Tate; brother-in-law, James R. Tate; and sister-in-law, Bobbye Haney.
Pallbearers were Dirk Lucas, Dennis Thompson, Danny Parham, Ken Griffin, Brad Brewer and Danny Worthey. Honorary pallbearers will be Raymond Little, Dillion Tate, Justin Tate, Lane Tate, and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 2178, Ridgeland, MS 39158.
PRAIRIE – Mosella Townsend, 86, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.Services were at noon May 16 at Crossroads CME Church. Burial was in New Hope Church Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
Wade Dixon Sr.
AMORY – Wade “Baseball” Dixon Sr., 97, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at his home. He was born April 12, 1912. He grew up in Macon and lived in Columbus. After moving to Amory he worked as a loader for the Frisco Railroad and the Mississippian Railroad for many year. He worked for the City of Amory, then retired from True Temper Sports in Amory. He played baseball until 1955. He was a member of St. Paul M.B. Church in Amory. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed riding his bicycle, fishing, hunting and gardening. He was known for his famous curve balls and his dedication to Christ. He married Ruby Jane Banks in September 1947.
Services were at 2 p.m. May 15 at Freewill Gospel Temple in Amory with Elder Willie D. Morgan officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory. Darden and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Sammie Lee Dixon of Birmingham and Charles E. (Anita) Dixon of Amory; five daughters, Mary Louise (Elder Willie) Morgan, Lois (William) Blunt and Edna Ruth Williams, all of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Susan Irene (Donny) Nichols and Linda Renna (Dalton) Leatherwood of Amory; 40 grandchildren, 87 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Helen Brownlee of Amory and Ella Dixon of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Jane Banks Dixon; his father, Willie Dixon; and his mother, Lou Ella Moore Dixon; his children, J.W. Brownlee, Willie Lee Dixon, Elma Dixon, Wade Dixon Jr. Ola Jean Jones, Debra Carol Dixon and Aaron Wade Dixon.
ABERDEEN – Frances Adams Weatherly, 77, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born Jan. 14, 1932, to Pete Adams and Willie Tate Adams in Aberdeen. A lifelong resident of Aberdeen, she was a caregiver and a seamstress for Sharp Garment. She attended Itawamba Community College in Tupelo for two years.
Services were at 11 a.m. May 16 at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Sheila Harvey (Michael) of Aberdeen; one son, Gary Smith of Starkville; two sisters, Mae Owen (Johnny) of Aberdeen and Gladys Hanson (Fred) of West Columbia, Texas; one brother, Walter Adams of Amory; two grandchildren, Sherry Rasberry and Jay Smith; two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters and brothers.
SMITHVILLE – Lewis H. Thompson, 87, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at the Riverplace Nursing Center in Amory after an extended illness. He was born Jan. 10, 1922, in Smithville to the late Condie Lee and Vangie Bennett Thompson. He married Mary Helen Ross in 1946 who predeceased him in 1998. He was retired from Monroe Trouser and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II serving in Normandy, Northern France, and Central Europe. He was a member of the Smithville Church of Christ and he enjoyed gardening.
Services were at 2 p.m. May 18 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Smithville with Ministers Hoyet Hathcock and Mickey Beam officiating. Burial was in the Maxey Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Smithville was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Dannis Mason (Ken), Vickie Weatherbee (Wayne), Allene Morgan and Kathy Baucom, all of Smithville; one sister, Jeanette Roche of Smithville; 11 grandchildren, Brad, Clay and Chad Thompson, Cayce Carter, Jody Powell, Kim Mills, Deedra Wray, Derek Thompson, Layce and Wesley Hacker and Shaun Kinsey; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three sons, Howell, Benny and Darwin Thompson; and two daughters, Susan Elam and Kelly Thompson.
Pallbearers were Brad, Clay and Chad Thompson, Cayce Carter, Jody Powell, Derek Thompson, Shaun Kinsey and Wesley Hacker.
Memorials may be made to First Friends, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821.
Suzy T. Unobsky
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Suzy T. Unobsky, 82, died Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, TN after a short illness. Her husband, Bert Unobsky, predeceased her. She was born in Amory, graduated from MSCW in Columbus, and honed her craft in the advertising field at Goldsmith’s in Memphis prior to moving to New York, where she enjoyed a long career as an advertising executive.
No funeral service is scheduled. A memorial service will be held in Amory at a later date.
Survivors include two neices, Natalie Tubb Marshall of Winter Haven, FL, and Suzy Tubb Reed of Acworth, GA; Four nephews, Bill Dees of Bulverde, TX, Carl Dees of Kailua, HI, Brian Dees of Hawaii, and Mark Tubb of Valrico, FL; a sister-in-law, Marcie Tubb of Amory; a step-daughter, Mary Unobsky Ball of Nashville, TN; her husband’s nephew, Miles Theeman of Bangor, ME.