By NEMS Daily Journal
Jessie M. Talley Sample
Jessie Mable Talley Sample, 98, transitioned from this world to the next on April 17, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a long and fruitful life.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home, 535 Jefferson St. in Tupelo with the Rev. Richard Robbins officiating. Visitation will be from 5 -7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
She was born on August 29, 1911, in Lee County to Jess Monroe Talley and Jodie Elizabeth Estes Talley. The family moved to Verona so that Jessie and her older brother and sister could attend school there. She graduated from Verona High School as Salutatorian in 1929, and then took courses at Miss Wiley’s Business College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Back home, she joined her sister Annie Lou in the office of the Reed Manufacturing Company in Tupelo and worked there for fifty-nine years. Good with numbers, she served as Reed Manufacturing’s bookkeeper. Other books she kept through the years include Rex Reed’s dairy, the Kid Company, Skeet Hill’s Gun Shop in Verona, Cottonrow Bookstore in Cleveland, Miss. and Dorothy Shawhan’s checkbook.
She was introduced to George Vay Sample by his sister and her friend, Margaret Sample at the fair in Tupelo where the couple saw the stage show and remembered thereafter the song “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody” as their own.
Jessie and George Vay were married on October 15, 1938, in Oxford, Mississippi, in the Stark Young home which at the time was the Presbyterian manse of the Rev. and Mrs. Wallace, family friends.
The couple made their home in Verona for the next forty-nine years and raised their two daughters there. They became lifelong Methodists. Jessie taught the Be-Square Sunday School class and was an active member of the United Methodist Women. Their home was one full of laughter, good stories and good food.
With George Vay’s death in 1987, Jessie moved to Cleveland, Mississippi, to be near their two daughters and grandchildren. She participated in the First United Methodist Church of Cleveland and volunteered with Helping Hands and Habitat for Humanity. She spent a great deal of time chauffeuring and mentoring her grandchildren.
In 2002, she moved to the Waterford Retirement Home in Jackson. In 2006. she celebrated her 95th birthday with a big party in the home of her daughter Margaret Anne.
Known for the best fried chicken on the planet, she pulled her walker up to the stove at her grandson George’s house in Baton Rouge when she was 96 and taught him the secret.
She moved to the Traceway Retirement Community in Tupelo in 2008.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, George Vay; her sister, Annie Lou Hill; her brother, Amos Talley; and her nephew, R.L. (Skeet) Hill.
She is survived by her daughters, Dorothy Shawhan of Cleveland and Margaret Anne Robbins (Jimmy) of Pontotoc; three grandchildren, George Shawhan (Anne), Ned Mitchell (Mary Beth) and Jessica Mitchell Bendele (Marvin); two great-grandchildren, Madeleine Shawhan and David Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Bucky Brooks, Huston Lilly, Tom Lilly, Ken Sample, Bud Talley, Charles Talley, John Tatum and Jim Tims.
Memorial donations can be made to the Verona United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 370, Verona, MS 38879, or to the Baddour Center, 3297 U.S 51, Senatobia, MS. 38668.
NETTLETON – Henry Allen Brown, 82, died Saturday, April 17, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.
WALNUT – William L. Bell, 56, died April 15, 2010, at his home. He was a farmer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Foster & Son Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor William Gunn officiating. Burial will be in Ruckersville Cemetery. Foster & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, William Bell Jr. of Corinth; three sisters, Helen (Wayne) Luster of Tiplersville, Bobbie Sue (Edward) Bell of Ripley and Geneva Luster of Memphis; and two brothers, James (Shirley) Bell and J.L. Bell (Marie Cox), both of Tiplersville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Reen Bell.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from noon until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.
BYHALIA – Francis “Billy” Pattat, 75, died Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. He was born Feb. 4, 1935, in Memphis. He worked in vehicle maintenance for GM. He was a member of Victoria United Methodist Church.
Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Victoria United Methodist Church with the Rev. Anita Lawson officiating. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Gayle Fleming Pattat of Byhalia; and two sisters, Bonnie Gean Wiles and Diane Billings, both of Memphis.
Pallbearers will be Chris Reed, Chessley Hulsey, Steve Heinrichh, Don Reed, Todd McNeil and Bill Hulsey.
Memorials may be made to Victoria United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 31, Victoria, MS 38679.
TUPELO – Drexie Lyle, 85, died Friday, April 16, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She was born May 24, 1924, in Hamilton. She was a homemaker and a member of South Green Street Baptist Church.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. today at Tupelo Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Barry Loren Lyle and wife, Marian of Tupelo, Larry Keith Lyle and wife, Michelle of Fairhope, Ala. and Ronald Wayne Lyle of Tupelo; four grandsons; and one great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Lyle; and a son, Robert Lyndon Lyle.
To leave an online condolence, visit www/leememorialonline.com.
MYRTLE – Carlton Andrew Fair, 84, died Friday, April 16, 2010, at the Mississippi State Veteran’s Home in Oxford. He was born May 12, 1925, in Mississippi to Virgil Fair and Lula Whitehead Fair. He was a Veteran of the Korean War having served in the U.S. Army. He was a retired industrial maintenance employee of both Munsingwear and Master-Bilt. He was a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church where he served as deacon for 37 years.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Louie Williams and the Rev. Billy Foley officiating. Burial will be in the Macedonia Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred Vance Fair of Myrtle; a son, Larry Fair (Valerie) of Myrtle; a sister, Addie Lou Smithey of Ripley; and two grandchildren, Lauren Garrett (Daniel) and Logan Fair.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
In honor of Mr. Fair’s service to his Country, United Funeral Service, Inc. will fly the flag of the United States Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
Online condolences may be left at unitedfuneralservice.com.
BOONEVILLE – Barbara Anne Robinson McKinney, 63, died Saturday, April 17, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Hodges Chapel Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BECKER – Betty Carol Rock Guyton, 63, died Friday, April 16, 2010, at the Rush Hospital in Meridian. Born May 23, 1946, in Itawamba County, she was the daughter of Thurman D. and Sue Robinson Rock. A resident of the Becker Community for many years, she was the wife of J.C. Guyton whom she married in 1961. Before her retirement, she worked as a CNA; and she was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Her hobbies included camping and her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Mac Phillips and Bro. Jay Knight officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, J.C. Guyton of Becker; two sons, Brandon and Devin Guyton, both of Becker; five daughters, Elizabeth Guyton, Chasity Guyton, Crystal Adair, Myra Carter, all of Becker, and Patricia Owings of Wren; six brothers, L.D. Rock of Mooreville, Junior Rock of Amory, David Rock of Amory, Roy Rock of Peaceful Valley, Walter Rock of Mantachie and Danny Rock; five sisters, Virginia Christian of Fulton, Patsy King of Amory, Nancy Watson of Eupora, Blanche Rock of Amory and Brenda Parker of Amory; eight grandchildren, Jonathan Carter, Miranda Cason, Jacob Carter, Hunter Adair, Connor Adair, Madison Adair, Katherine Guyton and Dan Owings; and two great-grandchildren, Isabella Carter and Bradley Williams.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Joseph Christopher Guyton; one brother, Elijah Rock; one sister, Emma Ruth Rock; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Chris Brown, Mike Steele, Michael Thompson, Jamie Rock, Brian King and Jay Knight.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time Monday at the funeral home.
FULTON – Franklin Eugene Palmer, 86, died Saturday, April 17, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born June 30, 1923, in Itawamba County to Eugene Curtis and Myrtle Irene Harper Palmer. He was a carpenter and an electrician, and he did odd jobs for the public. He was a member of the Beans Ferry Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Minister David Paden officiating. Burial will be in the New Home Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two aunts, Lena Palmer Sanderson, of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and June Palmer of Baldwyn; a sister-in-law, Bess Palmer, of Fulton and her children, Berenda Craig, Larry Gates, Marty Gates and Brad Gates; and a host of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Charles Allen Palmer and Margin Edwin Palmer.
Pallbearers will be Kelby Hughes, Gary Hughes, Chad Hughes, Larry Gates, Marty Gates and Brad Gates.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Anna Catherine McCoy
TUPELO – Anna Catherine McCoy, 20, died suddenly Thursday, April 15, 2010, in Saltillo. She was born on Feb. 23, 1990, in Tupelo to Jimmy L. “Cotton” and Alison Romito McCoy. Anna was a lifelong resident of Tupelo and a graduate of Tupelo High School where she played soccer. She was a member of the 2005 State championship team. She was a student at Itawamba Community College and played on the ICC ladies soccer team. She attended The Orchard and East Heights Baptist Church. She was an avid horse and dog lover.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Nathan Fitts and Rep. Steve Holland officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Jimmy “Cotton” and Alison Romito McCoy of Tupelo; grandparents, William and Eileen Romito of Tupelo; sister, Carolyn R. Walters of Tupelo; niece, Baily Fulton of Tupelo; brother; Jim McCoy (Jennifer) of Houlka; nephews, Zack and Paxton McCoy; niece, Lexi McCoy; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Noel and Kate McCoy
Pallbearers are Adam Romito, Woody Wooten, Taylor Posey, Reid Curtis, Kelsey Crayton, Brandon Keith, Tyler Weathers, Lee Huffman and Efram Gillard.
Honorary pallbearers are members of the ICC Ladies and Men’s Soccer Teams and Coach Sullivan.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon until service time on Monday.
Memorials may be made in Memory of Anna to the ICC Soccer teams. Send to: ICC c/o Carrie Ball-Williams, 602 West Hill Street, Fulton, MS 38843.
CORINTH – Houston Wayne Devers, 67, died April 16, 2010, at his home. He was retired from Lewis Brothers Bakery after 35 years. He graduated from Biggersville High School in 1961, and was a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his granddaughters and family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Kara Blackard, the Rev. Ray Bennett and the Rev. Shane Evetts officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Nelda “Nell” Devers; daughter, Donna D. Trim and her husband, Terry; son, Joey Devers and his wife, Sonya; his mother, Maxine Nunley Devers; a sister, Joyce Morrow (Buddy); his brothers, Bobby Devers (Diann), Jim Devers (Susan) and Mike Devers (Rhonda); his granddaughters, Anna, Alie and Abie Trim and Kristen Devers; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Houston Devers; his grandparents, D.P. and Jennie Nunley and Arthur and Minnie Devers; his father-in-law, Malcolm Bodiford; his mother-in-law, Ella Lee Bodiford; his sisters-in-law, Patsy Dickey and Rose Suggs; and his nephew, Richard Devers.
Pallbearers will be Brian Hutcheson, David Nunley, Dustin Devers, Joe Doty, Milton Barker, Carroll Morrow, Todd Morrow and Steve Morrow
Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Bacon, Don Nunley, Elton Bodiford, Kenneth Essary, Dwight Dickey, Shawn Bodiford, Eric Fowler, Adam Fowler, Jimmy “Lil Jimmy” Devers, Jack Nichols, Neil Wilson and Don Wilson.
Visitation will be from noon until 1:30 p.m. today in the church state room.
Online condolences can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
POTTS CAMP – Annie Adell Hudson, 83, died Saturday, April 17, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the church.
GUNTOWN – Luther Wayne Phelps, 74, died Friday, April 16, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 30, 1935. He was a Navy Veteran. He retired from Ford Motor Co. in Lorain, Ohio after 32 years of service.
Services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Guntown with Bro. Bobby Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery in Shiloh, Tenn. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Sarah Jane White Phelps of Guntown; his daughter, Pamela Hanson and her husband, Tim of Hogansville, Ga.; his grandson, Jonathon Hall; his step grandchildren, Matthew Hanson, Amanda Holloway, Austin Hall, Michael Hall, Emma Hall and Aiden Hall; his sister-in-law, Brenda Mills and her husband, Charles of Tupelo; his brother-in-law, Bobby White of Corinth; and the father of his grandson, Geoffrey Hall and his wife, Shelby of Lone Oak, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Phelps and Effie Cunningham Phelps; his father-in-law, Dolmer White; his mother-in-law, Ludie White; and his sisters-in-law, Faye White and Reba Faye White.
Pallbearers will be deacons of the First Baptist Church of Guntown.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Guntown Lions Club.
GOLDEN – Robert Scott McLarty, 46, died Saturday, April 17, 2010, at his home.
Services will be held at a later date. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.