By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – James White “Jimmy” Pryor of Tupelo passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012, at his home after an extended illness. Mr. Pryor was born on June 30, 1928, in West Point to Sarah Ware White Pryor and Roger Winfred Pryor. He and Judy Cook Riley were married Aug. 8, 1975. He was an honor graduate of West Point High School and entered the Citadel in Charleston, S.C., at the age of 16. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in civil engineering and began his career in 1949 in Santa Fe, N.M. He returned to West Point, worked briefly at Pryor’s Department Store, then became the first employee and plant engineer of Babcock and Wilcox. He became a partner of J.T. and Robert Harrell in Building Service Company and in 1967, founded Pryor Construction Company Inc.
Mr. Pryor was a deacon and served in numerous capacities at First Baptist Church of West Point. In Tupelo, he was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher for several years. He was a founder and first state president of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Mississippi. He was National Director, among other leadership positions, in the Associated Builders and Contractors. In West Point, Mr. Pryor was president of the Clay County Industrial Development Corporation and member of the Board of Directors of First National Bank. He served on the community board of the Bank of Mississippi and was a member of the Northeast Mississippi Industrial Association, Newcomen Society, Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Kiwanis clubs of West Point and Tupelo for over 50 years. He was a longtime member of The William Gray Chapter of The Sons of the American Revolution. Mr. Pryor was an avid student of history and traveled widely.
Jimmy Pryor is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Judy, of Tupelo; four sons, Jim and wife, Emily Pryor, of Columbus, Roger and wife, Mary Ann Pryor, of West Point, Chris and wife, Jennifer Riley, of Tupelo, Brad and wife, Cathy Riley, of Tupelo; three daughters, Jan Cressman of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Melanie and husband, Ted Olson, of Portland, Ore., and Anita Pryor Mayer, also of Portland, Ore.; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Pryor McCall, and a brother, Roger Winfred Pryor Jr.
Service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. David Eldridge and Dr. Bryant Barnes officiating. A private entombment will be held in The Chapel of Faith Mausoleum at Lee Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Larry Eaves, Haywood Washburn, Dr. Bill Hilbun, Ken Nester, Collin Maloney, Jim Weir, Dick Guyton, Dan Steele and Charles Leggett.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Carroll, Joey Hutto, Artie Ott, Bill Anderson, Dr. James “Buck” Shirley, Bill Cheek, Hoyt Pitts, and caregivers Janice White, Sharon Young, Carey Robertson, Angie McCollum and Bonite Scott.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home in Tupelo.
Special thanks is expressed to the Sanctuary Hospice House nurses and staff who provided wonderful care for Mr. Pryor, especially Dr. Lee Greer and his nurse, Brenda.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1008 Tupelo, MS 38802; The Alzheimer’s Society, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite 1 Jackson, MS 39216; or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
CHARLESTON – Charles Winfred Parker, 89, died on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born and raised in Vardaman. On May 10, 1948, in Pheba, he married Dorothy Moore Parker. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. In addition to being a vocational agricultural teacher at Charleston High School, he was active in the community as a Mason, a 50-plus year member of the Lions Club and a Mississippi State University alumnus and He was a member of First Baptist Church in Charleston.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Moore Parker of Charleston; a son, Ronnie Parker (Anne) of Emory, Texas; daughters, Debbie Parker Akre (Steve) of New Ulm, Minn., Patti Parker Livingston (Darrell) of Leland and Pam Parker Stevens (Terry) of Anguilla; a sister, Karlene Parker Robertson of Calhoun City; and 10 grandchildren, Lisa Parker Blume, Laura Parker, Leslie Parker Vandiver, Charles Parker, Jeff Akre, Jennifer Akre, Rex Livingston, Parker Livingston, Brett Stevens and Nick Stevens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Boyd Parker and Vida Ellard Parker.
Services were Saturday, July 28, at First Baptist Church in Charleston. Graveside services followed at Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman. Newsom Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Charleston or The C.W. Parker Endowment at Northwest Mississippi Community College.
NEW ALBANY – Wayne Gaines, 82, died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at his home. He was born Oct. 17, 1929, in Union County to Quay and Ruby Tyer Gaines. He was a lifelong resident of Union County. He was a graduate of Ingomar High School and attended Northeast Mississippi Junior College. He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War. His lifetime career in law enforcement included three terms as Union County Sheriff and service as a Court Security Officer with the U.S. Marshals Service. He was a small business owner, who also enjoyed farming and cattle ranching. He was a member of Myrtle United Methodist Church for over 56 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Myrtle United Methodist Church in Myrtle with the Rev. Earl McAnally and the Rev. Eugene Stockstill officiating. Burial will be at Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Hargrove Gaines; two sons, David Wayne Gaines (Susan) of Olive Branch and William Andrew “Andy” Gaines of New Albany; one sister, Ruby Jean Colston (Dudley) of Tupelo; two brothers, Charles Gaines and Bobby Gaines (Lucy), both of Tupelo; and five grandchildren, Matthew, Jonathan and Rosa Gaines, Lacie Broadus and Sean Ingram.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Quay Jr., Bidwell A. “Pete,” and Benny Gaines; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Nazrie and Rosa Spencer Hargrove; and a daughter-in-law, Janet Murphy Gaines.
Pallbearers will be Bill Mattox, Jeff Gaines, Robert Gaines, Craig Gaines, Christopher Hargrove and Dennis Spencer. Honorary pallbearers will be Adam Gaines, Brad Gaines, Phillip Gaines, Billy Gaines, Jimmy Gaines, Graham Spencer, William Adair, Ernest Cousar, Fleet Rowan, Jr. Wilson, Jimmy Manning and Benny Little.
The family requests that memorials be made to Joy Sunday School Class Memorial Fund, Myrtle Methodist Church, 1369 CR 88, New Albany, MS 38652 or Sanctuary Home Hospice, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at United Funeral Service of New Albany and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at Myrtle United Methodist Church.
In honor of Mr. Gaines’ service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Air Force flag during his visitation and service.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
WALNUT – Lenora Beatrice Bond Lee, 80, died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born May 28, 1932, to William Elard and Bennie Cook Bond in Steele, Mo. She was a self-employed caregiver and a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Walnut with Bro. Danny Moss officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Hopkins (Nick) of Walnut; two grandchildren, Tammy Ard (Shane) of Pontotoc and Trave Hopkins (Lauren) of Corinth; four great-grandchildren, Haley and Will Ard, and Case and Ava Hopkins; one brother, Jim Bond (Willa) of Missouri; three sisters, Jewel Brimingham of St. Joe, Mich., Martha Sisco of Boliver, Tenn., and Barbara Mosier of Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Lee; her parents; and one sister, Wilma Spencer.
Pallbearers will be Will Ard, Shane Ard, Trave Hopkins, Scott Herron, Douglas McCoy and Bobby Jackson.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Walnut.
ASHLAND – Ronald Vincent Tega, 94, died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at his home in Ashland. He was born Sept. 19, 1917, in Minturno, Italy, to Peter Paul and Marianna Alicandro Tega. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during World War II. He was retired from Wyndot Chemical Inc. He was also a minister of the Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Minister Jerry Owen officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Tippah County. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Lois Tega of Ashland; two daughters, Loretta Jean Graves (Larry) of Tupelo and Jan Parker (Ken) of Hayesville, N.C.; two sons, Bob Parkman (Carol) of Jupiter, Fla., and Dick Parkman (Marie) of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be Larry Graves, Michael Graves, Jack Ohler, Keith Bullock, Glen Capps, Jeff Davis, Rickey Dobbs and Broc Davis.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Mary Beth Tidwell, 94, died Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born Aug. 6, 1917, to Manuel Commander and Viola Street Carmichael. She professed her faith in the Lord at age 11 and was baptized into the fellowship of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Tippah County. Later she became a member of Crestwood Baptist Church in Booneville. One of the greatest privileges of her life was serving as the first female supervisor of the 1st District of Prentiss County, filling the unexpired term of her late husband, Bobby Tidwell, in 1970.
Services will be at 7 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville with Bro. Jerry Wallace, Steve Wildsmith and Mike Wildsmith officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Dobbins of Booneville and Charlotte (Robert) Wildsmith of Knoxville, Tenn.; three grandsons, Steve (Tessa) Wildsmith, Mike (Beth) Wildsmith and Robert Scott Fowler; one great-grandson, Ezra Wildsmith; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Taylor, Morgan and Josh Voyles; and one stepgreat-great-granddaughter, Arianna Stratton.
She is preceded in death by her husband; one son, Robert James Tidwell; her parents; one sister, Mildred Jeanette Carmichael; four brothers, John A., Paul Stanley, Olive Gray and Eugene Carmichael; and one granddaughter, Dawn Michelle Wildsmith.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
MEMPHIS – Mamie J. Miller, 76, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Baptist Trinity Hospice House in Collierville, Tenn. She was born April 29, 1936, in Blue Springs. She graduated from New Harmony High School in Union County, Itawamba Community College in Fulton and Florence State Teachers College in Alabama. She taught math in Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi, retiring from the Horn Lake School System.
She was a 25-year breast cancer survivor and was very active in numerous cancer groups, including Camp Blue Bird and Flying Colors. She was a mentor to many cancer patients recovering from surgery and chemotherapy. She attended Hope Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service in New Albany. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery in Blue Springs. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her son, Brian Miller (Sonya); four brothers, Kenneth Thomason (Stella) of Tupelo, Guy Thomason (June) of Eads, Tenn., Winston Thomason (Nancy) of Sevierville, Tenn., and Donald Thomason (Maxi) of Battle Creek, Mich.; three grandchildren, Amanda, Brandon and Cayden; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leroy and Edith Thomason; a son, Brad Miller; a sister, Fera Lessel; and a brother, Dwight Thomason.
In lieu of flowers, send donations in her honor to Flying Colors, 7945 Wolf River Blvd., Germantown, TN 38138.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
EUPORA – Ada Faye Swindle, 81, died Saturday, July 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Choctaw County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
AMORY – Ruth Thornton Hilliard, 90, died on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Jan. 15, 1922, in Becker, she was a daughter of the late W.A. and Estelle Harmon Thornton. She was a graduate of Becker High School, Class of 1940, and received her degree from Mississippi State College for Women. On June 7, 1945, she married William W. “Bill” Hilliard. She taught at Smithville High School until leaving to rear her children. Returning to work in 1963 as the director of Food Services for the Amory School System, she retired in 1986. A devoted Christian lady, she was a member of First Baptist Church. Her mission was reaching out to people by cooking and delivering food to them; when she was unable to cook, she continued her ministry by sending flowers. She was a member of the Century Club, Mississippi School Food Association, and the Ex-POW Association. A loving and caring mother who was always thinking of others, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Cook (Steve) of Birmingham; her son, Joe Hilliard of Becker; a brother, Harmon Thornton (Mary) of Chambersburg, Pa.; a brother-in-law, Albert Hilliard of Amory; grandchildren, Cayce Cook (Andrea) and Kevin Cook of Birmingham; great-grandchild, Harper Annalee Cook of Birmingham; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby Estelle Thornton.
A celebration of life service will be held at noon today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Simpson and Bro. Jimmy McFatter officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Neil Hilliard, Billy Kirkpatrick, Jimmy Downs, Gerald Marion, Gary Swan and Lendon Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis Herndon and Bud Everett.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11:45 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Bernice Nell McCormick, 88, died on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Golden Living Nursing Center in Amory. Born on Sept. 5, 1923, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Coleman T. and Omie Nash Hathcock. She married Ernest Lecil McCormick; he died in 1994. She was a graduate of Smithville Schools. Before her retirement she was a seamstress in the garment industry. A woman of faith, she was a member of the New Hope Church of Christ. She enjoyed singing, shopping, flower gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Philip Hathcock officiating. Tom Fair will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Alana Fair (Tom) of Meridian; one son, Monty McCormick (Cindy) of Hatley; two sisters, Delores Cox of Amory and Joyce Bunch of Tuscaloosa; five grandchildren, Emily Geter, Elizabeth Gurley, Sarah Small, Meredith Rhodes and Miranda McCormick; two great-grandchildren, Will Geter and Hank Geter; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one brother, Hoyet Hathcock.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Brown, Wayne Roebuck, Larry Spann, David Highland, Jimmy Dahlem and Mark Parham. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Geter, Jeremy Gurley, Josh Small, Mark Rhodes, John Fausz, Steven Bunch, Scott Bunch, Shea Bunch and John Hathcock.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the New Hope Church of Christ, c/o Herbert Parham, 60241 Hatley-Detroit Road, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
OKOLONA – Rubye Dendy Jolly, 93, died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A lifelong Chickasaw Countian, she was born Feb. 25, 1919, in Houston to Thomas Brutus Dendy and Neater Stovall Dendy. She married Hal T. Jolly Jr. “Baby Hal” in 1942. She worked as deputy clerk for the Chickasaw County Sheriff Department and retired in 1981 after serving 20 years as city clerk for the city of Okolona. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Okolona, where she taught Sunday school for many years and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed feeding every preacher that pastored at the church with her excellent cooking and opened her kitchen to everyone. She was active in civic activities, sharing her beautiful roses when needed at the church and for civic groups. She loved her extended family, never forgetting a name, but her greatest joy was caring for “Baby Hal” until his death in 2006.
A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Okolona with the Rev. H.B. Miller, the Rev. Dr. Wally Cason and the Rev. Dr. Bryan Scarborough officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Tucker Jolly (Vicki) of Cuyahouga Falls, Ohio; one daughter, Becky Morrow (Bill) of Smithville; sisters-in-law, Billie Dendy of Meridian, Virginia Jolly Brookins of Okolona and Doris Sue Jolly of Okolona; grandchildren, Melissa Jolly (Jason Rudolf), Leigh Buchanan (Ben III) and Mark Morrow (Heather); great-grandchildren, Matt and Halle Morrow and Beau and Brock Buchanan; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and a special family, Gennie Butler (Jay) and their children, Callie, Jacob and Layn.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; brothers, Evans Dendy, T. J. Dendy, Marvin Dendy, Durwood Dendy and Aubrey Dendy; and sisters, Ethel Pettigrew, Idele O’Barr and Laurice Terry.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Harry Dendy, Pat Dendy, Ryan Terry, Brook Brookins, Mike Pearson and Richard Stallins.
Memorials may be made to Okolona First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 436, Okolona, MS 38860.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
MEMPHIS – Martha Jean Mounce Russell, 80, died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She retired from Great Western Financial Services and was a member of Bellevue Baptist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Kirkland (Steve) of New Albany; her sons, Don Meador (Mona) of Arlington, Tenn., and Steve Russell (Donna) of Germantown, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Bobbie Russell of Olive Branch; sister, Joyce Livingston (Jim) of Tupelo; and brother, Jimmy Mounce (Jenny) of Omaha, Neb.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Johnny Russell.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Poplar Avenue. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ecru Cemetery in Ecru.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society.
ABERDEEN – Verna Maines, 77, died Monday, July 30, 2012, at Personal Place in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
BOONEVILLE – Malvin Dewayne Jackson, 57, died Monday, July 30, 2012, at his home following a sudden illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Zion Rest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Harry H. Brandon, 58, died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.
BOONEVILLE – Eugene “Gene” Jowers, 77, died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at his home. He was born Aug. 29, 1934, in East Monroe, La., to Clearance Eugene Jowers and Mala Sawyer Jowers. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A United States Marine veteran of the Korean conflict, he was awarded a Purple Heart and was discharged with the rank of lieutenant. He worked as a purchasing manager and helped open new stores for J.C. Penney. He was vice president of Paramount Casualty Insurance Inc., and later owned and operated an insurance agency. He was also executive vice president and administrator of a large business college for several years. Additionally, he was a restaurant manager. He retired from Goodyear after managing stores in several locations and then being promoted to area manager. In earlier years, he was a professional square dance caller. He enjoyed reading, riding his ATV Mule, and his animals.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Booneville, with Bishop Wayne Smith conducting. Shaun Tittle will deliver the eulogy. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Jowers; two sons, Jeff Jowers (Raye) of Collierville, Tenn., and Jason Jowers (Holly) of Cordova, Tenn.; two stepsons, Shaun Tittle (Sandy) of Houston, Texas, and Joel Tittle (Tracy) of Booneville; two daughters, Brenda Tarrott (Brad) of San Antonio, Texas, and Kim Love (Kenny) of Oklahoma City, Okla.; a brother, Derik Boren (Martha) of Magnolia, Ark.; a sister, Arlene Coker of Jonesville, La.; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and three special stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Alice Jowers, and a daughter, Jennifer Pollard.
Pallbearers are Jeff Jowers, Jason Jowers, Shaun Tittle, Joel Tittle, Chandler Tittle and Brian Jowers.
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BOONEVILLE – Terry Lenn Groves Sr., 54, died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born Oct. 28, 1958, to Earnest Jr. and Annie Marie Groves in Helena, Ark. He was a veteran of the United States Marines. He was employed as a supervisor at Ashley Furniture Inc.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McBride Funeral Home in Ripley with Minister Stanley Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Tippah County.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Sellers Groves of Rienzi; one son, Terry “T.J.” Groves Jr. (Candy) of Booneville; two stepdaughters, Tami Glissen (Keith) and Beth Hudson, both of Falkner; five grandchildren, Raevan Hudson, Vanessa Groves, Maci Groves, Elizabeth Glissen and Mallory Glissen; and two brothers, Larry Groves of Helena, Ark., and Dwight Groves of Anniston, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his former wife, Rachel Bryant Groves; and a sister, Phyliss Wallace.
Pallbearers will be Keith Glissen, Dustin Hatcher, Clay Hunter, Johnny Childs, David Gibens and Richie Bryant.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
HICKORY FLAT – Elsie Marie Keen Ayres, 88, died Monday, July 30, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born March 13, 1924, in Ackerman to John and Musette Ward Keen. She was a graduate of Ackerman High School and Blue Mountain College. After college graduation she began teaching school at Hickory Flat where she met and married her husband, Sidney Rivers Ayres. A longtime teacher and homemaker, she and her husband lived near Hickory Flat for over 65 years where they farmed and raised their family.
A visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Hickory Flat United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Brownie Towhill, the Rev. Neal Vick and the Rev. Lanny Autry officiating. Burial will be in the McKay Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
In addition to her husband of 65 years, she is survived by a daughter, Deborah Autry (Lanny) of New Albany; and son, Sid Ayres (Karr) of Hickory Flat; a sister, Betty Sue Adams (Everett) of Ackerman; a brother, Lamar Keen (Clarise) of Oxford; and a sister-in-law, Maurice Keen of Leland; four grandchildren, Jessica Simmons (Glen), Annah Barnes (Brandon), Amy Williams (Ken) and Susan Currier (Joe); and seven great-grandchildren, Ty Simmons, Mason, Josiah and Amos Currier, Emily, Luke and Sam Williams.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Harold Keen and Leon Keen; and special brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Minor and June Ayres.
Pallbearers will be grandsons-in-law, Ken Williams, Glen Simmons and Brandon Barnes; great-grandson, Luke Williams; and Gerry Paul Moffitt and French Woods.
Online condolence may be left at hsfuneralhome.com.
GUNTOWN – Amos A. Raper, 79, died Monday, July 30, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
IUKA – Bobby Davis McKee, 73, died Monday, July 30, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Private graveside services will be held at a later date for family and close friends. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
BRANDON, Fla. – Charles Wayne Austin Jenkins, 68, died May 28, 2012, at his son’s home in Brandon, Fla., after a long illness. He was born in Okolona on April 18, 1944, to Bernice Henderson and J.T. Austin. He was very successful in the furniture industry. He was an avid mechanic, restoring classic cars, motorcycles and boats.
A memorial service was held Monday, July 30, at the home of James Jenkins of Tupelo. Holland Funeral Directors assisted the family.
Survivors include two sons, Todd (Susan) Jenkins of Brandon, Fla., and Wayne Jenkins (Donica) of Tampa, Fla.; one daughter, Brianna (Josh) Trigleth of Nashville, Tenn.; one brother, James Jenkins of Tupelo/Pontotoc; one sister, Juaniece Wood of Tupelo; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Charles Talmage Jenkins; his stepfather, Ernest Jenkins; and two half brothers, Jim Henderson and Lamar Croft.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PONTOTOC – Perry Edd Foster, 52, died Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Pontotoc. He was a 1977 graduate of South Pontotoc High School. He was an employee of Eutaw Construction.
Services will be at 2 p.m Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home. Bro. David Hamilton will officiate. Burial will follow in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Kathleen Young Foster; two daughters, Kirsten Foster and Lindsay Foster; one grandchild, Kinslee Ferguson; three brothers, Ted Foster (Brenda), Terry Foster (Martha) and Rick Foster; nieces and nephews, Craig Foster, Brent Foster, Paula Foster Gillespie (Denny), Chris Foster, Maegan Foster and Dusty Foster; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Eric Miller, Mackenzie Foster, Madison Foster, Marley Foster and Preslee Boatwright.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edd Davenport Foster, and his grandparents, Floyd and Mellie Foster, and Barry and Lois Young.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Wednesday.