By Judy McGhee
TUPELO – Jimmie Mae Leatherwood Taylor, 87, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born Aug. 9, 1943, in Pontotoc County, she was the daughter of the late Jimmie Lee Leatherwood and Ester Mae Leatherwood. She was a graduate of Pontotoc High School and a member of the Greater New Prospect M.B. Church. She was a former employee of Reed Manufacturing of Tupelo and a seamstress by trade. She loved and supported her child and family, and she enjoyed fishing and traveling.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Greater New Prospect M.B. Church with the Rev. Leon Griffin officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Dalton (Linda Renee) Leatherwood of Amory; two grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Luther Taylor.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services on Saturday.
HOUSTON – Deara Beaty passed away at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.
CORINTH – Dora Mae Miller, 90, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab. She was a member of Foote Street Church of Christ. She was retired from the retail business, having worked for Abe Rubel amp& Co., Pete Curry Shoe Store, the Mowery Shop and Jean Hardin’s.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth with James Vansandt and Terry Smith officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Paul T. Miller of Corinth; her daughter, Paula Williams of Corinth; sister, Alma Dee Phillips of Eastview, Tenn.; grandchildren, Kent Mohundro and Rob Williams; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Georgia Cooksey; sisters, Myrtle Moore, Mabel Faires and Mary Overton; and brothers, Taft Cooksey and Floyd Cooksey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Annie Lois Wood
NEW ALBANY – Annie Lois Easley Wood 80, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born in Union County on Nov. 24, 1931, to Levi Will Easley and Mattie Velma Garrison Easley. She was a homemaker. She played basketball at Tippah Union High School on the team that won the state championship her senior year. She loved traveling, sports and bowling and did League bowling, winning several trophies. She and her husband were members of the Edsel Club and drove their Edsel to all the meetings.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Keownville Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Bishop and Bro. Terry Rodgers officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Cemetery, United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Betty Overmyer of Conroe, Texas; one sister, Louise McCutcheon of Bedford, Texas; two brothers, Billy Easley (Shelby) and Clifford Easley (Sue), all of New Albany; one grandchild, Jason Overmyer of Conroe, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy Houston Wood; and two sisters and six brothers.
The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 a.m. until service time today.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
BATESVILLE – Michelle Renee Loness, 41, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Batesville.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Locke Station Baptist Church. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at the church.
Pete Gill Sr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Pete Gill Sr., 86, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Free Branch M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. Saturday.
HOUSTON, Texas – Shelia Elaine Malone Richards, 55, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at her home in Houston, Texas. She was formerly of Holly Springs.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at New Hope M.B. Church at Laws Hill. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family present from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The body will lie in repose at the church from 9 to 9:55 a.m. Saturday.
MEMPHIS – Susie Etta Mull, 69, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Grove M.B. Church in Memphis. Burial will be in Roberts Chapel CME Church Cemetery in Slayden. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Union Grove M.B. Church in Memphis. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
WEST POINT – Lois Jean Davis, 79, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Third Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
POTTS CAMP – Edd Benjamin Sanders, 74, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at his home. He was born April 26, 1938, in Marshall County. He was a trim carpenter, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in Stone Cemetery at Potts Camp.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Sanders of Potts Camp; four sons, Randy Sanders, Gene Sanders and Billy Sanders, all of Potts Camp, and Brent Sanders of Waterford; one sister, Brenda Henderson of Potts Camp; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Sanders, and his mother, Lillie Smith Sanders.
TUPELO – Gabriel Aiden Marion Swafford, infant son of Polly and Robert Swafford, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
TUPELO – Bettye Sue Duncan Estes died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at a local healthcare facility. She was born in Smithville on April 5, 1930, to Lester and Myrtle Duncan. She was a member of Belden Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, yardwork, crossword puzzles, Scrabble and her cats.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Belden Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Holcomb and the Rev. Philip Craddock officiating. Burial will follow at Plantersville Cemetery. Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda (Ricky) Thompson; a grandson, Andy Young; a sister, Aileen Craddock; a brother, W.L. “Buddy” Duncan; a brother-in-law, Lawrence (Mary) Estes; sisters-in-law, Fay Estes and Joanne Bouchillon; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, T.K. Estes; son, Kenny Estes; and sister, Evelyn Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Andy Young, Nelson Craddock, Carter Craddock, Duncan Craddock, Dennis Hall and Steve Nanney. Honorary pallbearers will be Peggy Brooks, Louise Pearson, Ethel Feather, Diane Spears, Betty Campbell, Jimmie Johnson, Janice Strickland, Cindy Kidd, Rita Thomas, Angie Cooper, Frank Johnston and David Hollingsworth.
A wake will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Belden Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be given at www.freemanfh.com.
Memorials may be made to Belden Baptist Church Building Fund, 4121 McCullough Blvd., Belden, MS 38826.
TISHOMINGO – Merle Trimm, 94, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Tippah County Health Services in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
VERONA – Corene Shaw Williams passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at her home after a long illness. She was a retired licensed practical nurse from the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Cruger to Raimond and Betsy Enochs Shaw. She was a member of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, where she was one of the founders and served faithfully until her death. There she was president of Pastor’s Aid, president of the Kitchen Committee and president of the Missionary Board. She was a graduate of Bruce High School in Bruce and Valley State College in nursing (LPN). She enjoyed cooking and feeding friends in the community.
She is survived by her sisters, Fannie (Charles) Lyons of Dallas, Texas, Mary Cooper of Nashville, Tenn., Margie Jones of Calhoun City; her brotherss, Theodis Harris of Nashville; special friends, Julius (Mary) Foote, Bobbie J. Barr and Sandra Burnes, all of Tupelo; and a host of nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bryant Williams; two sisters, Mable Hobson Cruthirds and Louise Harris Humphrey; and one brother, Theodis Harris.
Life Celebration service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Tyrone Macintosh officiating. Burial will be at Porter’s Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Viewing will be from 3 until 5 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour pre to service.
Online condolences can be made to the Williams family at www.grayson-porters.com.
MARIETTA – Boyd Wayne Hunkapiller, 63, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.
MANTEE – Willie Herman Lofton, 63, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at the Starkville Manor in Starkville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Upper Prairie Creek M.B. Church in Woodland. Burial will be in Community Cemetery on Dixie Road in Clay County. Montgomery Mortuary in Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
SOUTHAVEN – Iola Pearl Ferrell, 93, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Life Point Village in Southaven. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
OKOLONA – Ethel Major Johnson died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at the Care Health in Chicago. She was born May 9, 1933, in Egypt to Henry Major and Eliza Major. She was a member of the Eastern Star. She was a retired educator with the Chicago Public School System. She was active in her community and politics, serving as a judge for the Board of Election in her district. She enjoyed knitting, gardening and painting.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Calvary Outreach Ministries in Okolona with the Rev. Nudennie Moore officiating. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, William Moore of Chester, Ill., the Rev. Nudennie Moore (Dr. Onie Moore) of Una and Wilbert Moore of Chicago; one brother, Garfield Major; two sisters, Bessie Gladney and Evenlyn Ware, all of Chicago; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today.
Norris Robertson Sr.
OXFORD – Norris A. Robertson Sr., 93, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Mississippi State Veteran’s Home in Oxford. He was born March 11, 1919, in Oxford to William Earl Robertson and Ila Welch Robertson. He was a former resident of the Macedonia community in Union County. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University. He retired after 33 years of service as a teacher and as an employee of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. As a teacher, he taught returning servicemen agricultural skills. He was a former member of Macedonia Baptist Church and taught the adult men’s Sunday school class for 50 years. He was voted Deacon Emeritus at Macedonia. He was a member of Yellow Leaf Baptist Church in Lafayette County. He was a Mason and had served as Master of the Rocky Ford Lodge. He was a member of American Legion Post 72.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Lee Foley, the Rev. Jerry East and the Rev. Louie Williams officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery. United Funeral Service will be in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by four daughters, Sybil Ellen Robertson of Oxford, Patricia Wilson (Buster) of Tupelo, Jane East (Jerry) of Oxford and Kathy Sipes (T.J.) of Ecru; three sons, Norris A. Robertson Jr. (Helen) of Gaithersburg, Md., James Ross Robertson (Betty) of Oxford and Dan W. Robertson (Jane) of Columbus; one sister, Cherry Renfrow (Buster) of Oxford; 19 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Denson Robertson, and his parents.
His grandsons will serve as pallbearers. American Legion Post 72 will serve as honorary pallbearers and present military honors.
Memorials can be made to the V.A. Home in Oxford for furniture for the new Activities Center, to Gideon International or to Awana Club International.
United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during his visitation and service.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at Macedonia Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
BOONEVILLE – Mary Gwin Trimble, 81, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at her home. She was born June 5, 1931, to George and Ida McCoy Murphy. She was retired from Dana Factory.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home with Jerry Trimble officiating. Burial will be in the Carter Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors are five daughters, Janice (Donnie) Wren, Helen (Skip) Martens, Joyce (Barry) Brumfield, Betty Rogers and Cindy (James) Bateman; three sons, Phillip (Debbie) Trimble, James Trimble and Steven Trimble; one sister, Ollie Treat; one brother, Billy Murphy; 19 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by, her husband, Hoyle “Slick” Trimble; her parents; two sisters, Bobbie Amick and Elizabeth Murphy.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.
Condolences can be made at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Evelyn M. Wilbanks
WALNUT – Evelyn Marie Parker Wilbanks, 77, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
CORINTH – Henry Story, 79, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born Jan. 1, 1933, in Clarksville, Tenn., to Nolan and Ethel Story. He was a retired preacher, serving 44 years in the Methodist Conference. He was a graduate of Blue Mountain College and Memphis Theological Seminary. He started serving at Mt. Carmel in the Wenasoga community. Throughout the years he was chaplain for Alcohol and Drug Center in Columbus and chaplain and counselor for Methodist Outreach in Memphis. He was director and chaplain for the Wesley Foundation at Mississippi Delta Community College and also taught Bible classes at Northeast Mississippi Community College. He pastored several church in North Mississippi, including Ripley Circuit, Calvary Church in New Albany, Grace and Liberty Churches in Booneville, St. Stevens in Columbus, Belmont and Golden churches. Most recently before his retirement he served in the churches of Mt. Carmel, Indian Spring, Hopewell and Box Chapel here in Corinth. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He enjoyed reading, music and spending time with his family.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors with Bro. Bobby Whiteside and Bro. Nelson Hight officiating. Burial will follow in the Forrest Memorial Park.
He is survived by his daughters, Kathy (Glen) Fowler of Corinth, Kim (Ray) Wallace of Memphis; a son, Jeff (Deni) Story of Willimgton, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Gail (Joe) Doty of Corinth; grandchildren, Kristen, Hunter, J.B., Mitchell, Will, Lilli, Emma, Jack, Shelly, Erin, Elizabeth, Adrienne, Ryan and Nigel; great-grandchildren, Jude and John.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Jeanette McCalla Story; his parents; and several brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Mike Maxcy, Adrown Essary, Joe Wells, Wesley Ross, Hugh Tate, Lynn Hartnell, Donnie Waldrop and Michael Todd Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Summers, Jim Holly, Jim Roberson, Sherman Wilson, Jack Williams and Gordon Evans.
Memorial may be made to the donor’s choice.
Family will receive friends from noon to 2:15 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences can be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Gertrude Harrell Hobson, 93, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Narazeth Hospice in Philadelphia, Pa. A former resident of Houlka, she was a native of Pontotoc County and the daughter of Charlie and Verdell Harrell. She was a member of Thompason Chapel CME Church in Houlka, where she was a member of the choir, an usher and a director of the youth department. She was a founder of the Willing Workers Club in Houlka and a beautician. She loved to work in her garden and quilt.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Thompson Chapel CME Church with the Rev. Carl Jones officiating and Supt. Glenn Huggins bringing the eulogy. Burial will be in East County Line Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Tamera (J.T.) Wilcoxson of Bensalem, Pa.; two sons, David (Sandra) Hobson of Cleveland, Ohio, and James Timmy ( LaTonya) Hobson of Houlka; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Vistation is from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. – LaRue Katherine Kennedy Jones, 90, died on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Harton Regional Medical Center. Born on Nov. 10, 1921, in Smithville, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Janie Mansell Kennedy. She was a graduate of Smithville High School, Class of 1939. Passionate about nursing, she worked as an LPN with Dr. W.T. Oakes over 20 years. She was of the Mormon faith. She enjoyed working in the yard, sewing and watching the Grand Ole Opry. She had lived with her daughter in Tullahoma since Christmas 2008.
She is survived by her daughter, Cathy Jones Eifert (Charles) of Tullahoma; grandchildren, Todd Eifert, Angela Wade and Shawna Eifert; great-grandchildren, Addison Eifert, Mallory Eifert and Timmie Gooch.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Archie “Mutt” Jones; and brothers, Houston, Wilford, Ernest and Joseph “Bug” Kennedy.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today in Masonic Cemetery with Gene Kennedy officiating. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
WREN – Dorothy Faye Reeves, 77, died on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Golden Living Nursing Center. Born on Feb. 27, 1935, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Mary Belle Strawhorn White. She was a graduate of Okolona High School, Class of 1955. On June 25, 1955, she married Truman Earl Reeves. Before becoming a homemaker, she had worked for Elmore’s Dime Store, Amory Garment, Dollar General and the Tenn-Tom Inn. She was a faithful member of Nettleton Church of Christ. Spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was very important to her. Friendly and outgoing, she enjoyed working in her rose garden, reading books, shopping, traveling, and gospel and country music.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Truman Earl Reeves of Wren; daughters, Debbie Nicholson (Randy) of Wren and Lisa Holeman (Carlton) of Yazoo City; sons, Wayne Reeves (Betty) of Pontotoc, Truman Ray Reeves of Wren and Donnie Reeves (Peggy) of Pontotoc; sister, Ida Frances Hogan; grandchildren, Jessie (Megan), Junior (Nikki), Tesa, Donna, Adrian and Lacresia; great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Lindsey, Dakota, Kayden, Jaxton, Kimberly and Kevin; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Diane Reeves, and brother, Charles White.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 today at Nettleton Church of Christ with Jimmy Bates and Jeff Bates officiating. Burial will follow in Wren Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jessie Reeves, Curtis Reeves, Ricky Reeves, Jimmy Allred, Dakota Reeves, Kevin Crosby and Andy Kembry.
Memorials may be given to Nettleton Church of Christ, P.O. Box 97, Nettleton, MS 38858.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Margaret L. Cook, 82, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born in the Quincy Community on Jan. 13, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Clinton E. and Audrey Howell Hill.
In 1946, she married Curtis H. Cook Sr. After years of traveling with her military husband and four sons, she returned to her family home in Amory. Mrs. Cook made many friends while working at Amory Garment, Sterling’s and Black’s before retiring at age 62. Her church families were Baptist and Methodist at different stages of her life. During the last several years, she enjoyed many wonderful friends and family who enjoyed spending time with her. We will miss her good humor and infectious laugh.
Survivors include two sons, Curtis H. Cook Jr. of Bolton, Conn., and David L. Cook of Tupelo; her daughters-in-law, Linda Cook and Shirley Cook; her brother, Clinton (Bo) Hill of Athens and his wife, Sue; six grandchildren, Kristie, Casey, Stacey, Julie, Jacey and Jason; and 12 great-grandchildren in Illinois, Connecticut and Mississippi. She enjoyed many hours during her last years with a special friend, Cathy Moffett, a special niece, Joyce and Larry Armstrong, a special cousin, Patricia Pinkerton, and tender, loving care provided by Shirley Camp.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home, Amory. A brief graveside service will follow in Hatley Cemetery where she will be laid to rest alongside her late husband and two teenage sons, George and Wesley, who passed away in 1966. Following the graveside service, friends and family are invited to gather at her home for food and fellowship.
Pallbearers will be David Cook, Curtis Cook, Bo Hill, Butch Moffett, Luke Moffett, Stephen Armstrong, Jimmy Ashley and John Blake Riddle.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Sanctuary Hospice, 5159 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38803.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Betty Rabe, 72, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Graceland Nursing Home in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.