Obituaries April 21, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Fae Cantrell
AMORY – Andree Fae Cantrell, 87, passed from this life on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Oak Tree Plantation, Amory. Born May 19, 1924, she was the daughter of the late R.T. and Ola Pearce Cantrell.
Fae lived her life with a strong work ethic, helping others and most of all having faith in God. She attended Greenwood Springs schools. She owned and operated Fae’s Café in Birmingham until moving to Pensacola, Fla., then worked in the manufacturing business at Monsanto in Pensacola, Fla., before her retirement. She regularly attended First Freewill Baptist Church unless she was sick. Gardening, working with her flowers, feeding the hummingbirds and shopping with her sisters gave her most enjoyment in life. She was a loyal friend and was passionate about her nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her sisters, Nell Inman (Frank) of Southaven, Rose Coker (Ed), Carolyn Knight (Joe), all of Amory; sisters-in-law, Betty Cantrell of Amory and Vivian Cantrell of Bartahatchie; a host of nieces and nephews; special friends, Edna Richardson, Katherine Allen, Josephine Beasley and Loui Myatt.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Ralph, John and J.C. Cantrell; sisters, Evelyn Woods, Mae Killan and Myriam McKay; and two infant siblings.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2012, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Duncan and Bro. Chris Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Pickle Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Cantrell, Joey Knight, Jared Knight, Luke Benedict, Mark Benedict and Keith Woods. Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews.
Visitation will be from 1 until 2:45 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
Donation may be made to First Friends, P.O. Box 117, Amory MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Dave Kendrick
BOONEVILLE – David Eugene “Dave” Kendrick, 73, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 until 9 p.m. today.

Jessie Johnson
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Jessie Eades Johnson, 91, died Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. She was a native of Lee County. She was a special person and she will be truly missed by those whose lives she touched.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. Ivy K. Gillespie Moody Memorial Chapel of Grand Rapids is in charge of the arrangements. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home is assisting the family locally.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Eades Smith of Tupelo; one son, Prentiss A. Eades of Grand Rapids, Mich.; two grandchildren, Johnny (Eva) Smith Jr. of Tupelo and Dr. Melissa (Cedric) Godson of Atlanta, Ga.; two great-grandchildren, Marcus Mitchell and Semaj Smith, both of Tupelo; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

William Poindexter Sr.
ABBEVILLE – William Earl Poindexter Sr., 55, died Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Jackson Chapel M.B. Church in Bruce. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery at Calhoun City.
Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Jimmy Owens
OLIVE HILL, Tenn. – Jimmy Franklin Owens, 70, died Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Hardin Medical Center in Savannah, Tenn.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ben Bennett
WEST POINT – Ben Bennett, 66, died Monday, April 16, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel in West Point. Burial will be in the Town Creek Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Monday.

Larry Barnes
AMORY – Larry Donell “Dodgers Blue” Barnes, 49, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Golden Living Center. He was born on Sept. 4, 1962, to Essie Mae and the late Forrest Barnes. He was a member of West Amory Church of Christ. A 1982 graduate of Amory High School, he was employed at Tecumseh in Verona for 16 years until his health failed. He was an avid sports fan of the L.A. Dodgers, L.A. Lakers, Oakland Raiders and the MSU Bulldogs. He loved to fish and watch his favorite television shows, and he loved his wife and family.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Rose of Sharon Church with Bro. Lorenzo Jones officiating. Burial will be in the United Memorial Cemetery. Darden & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Edith Barnes; one daughter, Deidre “DeeDee” Barnes of Amory; a special granddaughter, Kayln Danielle Herron of Amory; his mother, Essie “Lizzy” Barnes of Amory; three brothers, Willie “Bible” Akins, Exie Blair and Rome Barnes, all of Amory; two sisters, Marilyn Barnes and Brenda Spearman of Amory; three aunts, Mary Rowe of Amory, Carrie Pargo and Debra Patton of Illinois; a special sister-in-law, Mary “LuLu” Harris of St. Louis, Mo.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his father he was preceded in death by one brother, Billy “Donsey” Barnes; his father-in-law, Clovis “Chuck” (Papa Bear) Akins Jr.; a brother-in-law, Oliver Jerome Tucker; a sister-in-law, Mary Pearl Blair; and several aunts and uncles.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service on Monday at the church.

Billy Burns
VERONA – Billy Burns, 75, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at his home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He loved his family, friends, music and his dog, Princess.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Calvin Warren and Bro. Wayne Thorn officiating. Burial will follow in the Zion Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Jean M. Burns of Verona; two sons, Billy (Beth) Burns of York, S.C., and Terry Burns of Brandon; one granddaughter, Britney Burns of Brandon; and one sister, Sarah (Edward) Shackleford of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.
His nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Mildred Barnes
GUNTOWN – Mildred Barnes died Friday, April 20, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.

Bera Miller
BRUCE – Bera Kimbrell Miller, 100, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. She was born March 27, 1912, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a member of Concord Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery in Bruce. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a niece, Thelma Hallman of Bruce; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Miller, on July 14, 1987; her parents, Walter Lee Kimbrell and Mary Jeanette Davis Kimbrell; a sister, Ruby K. Thomas; and a brother, Olie Kimbrell.
Pallbearers will be Paul Carroll, Matt Davis, Rick Faison, Scotty Hughes, Dale Morgan and Nelson Vanlandingham.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Online guest register may be signed at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Bertha Griffin
ABERDEEN – Bertha Griffin, 56, died Sunday, April 15, 2012, at the University of Alabama Medical Center. She was born Nov. 17, 1955, to Willie Griffin and Fannie Griffin. She was a 1974 graduate of Aberdeen High School. She was a former instructor and bus driver for the Aberdeen Elementary School. A sweet mother and grandmother, she will be deeply missed.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Mt. Moriah M.B. Church with the Rev. Willie Sims officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Vashalundelia Henry (Quincy Jr.) of Columbus; one son, Emmerson Terrell Paine of Aberdeen; two sisters, Emma Griffin and Annie Paine, both of Aberdeen; three brothers, Jessie Griffin of Tupelo, Willie Grififn Jr. (Vernice) of West Point and Robert Lee Griffin (Joyce) of Ypsilanti, Mich.; three grandchildren, Melik Henry, Madisyn Henry and Kailea Paine.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at the church.

Walter Jefferson
WEST POINT – Walter Lee Jefferson, 54, died Friday, April 13, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Old St. Peters M.B. Church. Burial will be in Poole’s Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Hazel Cheney
NETTLETON – Hazel Wright Gillentine Cheney, 89, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona after a long illness. She was born Sept. 16, 1922, in Lee County to Claude and Viola Bennett Gillentine. She was a native of Nettleton and a former factory worker. She attended the Church of God. She loved flowers, going fishing and being with her family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Phil Woods and the Rev. Billy Ray Adams officiating. Burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Jane Dunlap (Carey) of Birmingham, Ala.; two sons, Jerry Box (Shirley) of Nettleton and David Box (Bonnie) of Bourbon, Mo.; one brother, Earl Gillentine (Elaine) of Nettleton; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Troy Box; her second husband, William G. Wright; her third husband, J.C. Cheney; a special friend, Jimmy Green; her parents; two sisters, Josie Pate and Claire Humble; five brothers, Jack Raper, Johnny Shelton, Roy Gillentine, Henry Gillentine and Hubert Gillentine; two sons, Frank Box and Johnny Box; and one grandson, Randy Cheney.
Pallbearers will be Troy Dunlap, Carey Dunlap, Johnny Cheney, Vince Cheney, David Box and Johnny Box.
Honorary pallbearers wil be William Boyd, Ricky Northington, Scott Simonson and Robert Mulligan.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to service time Monday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Tommy Robertson
TUPELO – Tommy Robertson, 85, a War World II veteran, died Thursday, April 19, 2012, at the Greenhouses of Traceway Retirement Community. He was a retired maintenance supervisor for the City of Clarksdale and Taylor Chair Company.
Visitation is Sunday at 1 p.m. at Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale with burial in the Oakridge Cemetery. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale is handling the arrangements.
Mr. Robertson was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors and spending time with his family.
Survivors include son, Ricky Robertson (Cindy) of Tupelo; daughter, Carolyn Pitchford (Tim) of Clarksdale; brother, James Robertson (Shirley) of Van Vleet; two grandchildren, Tyler Robertson (Misty) of Guntown and Ryan Robertson of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Bernice Brown, and one son, Jerry Robertson.
The family would like to express a special thanks to the staff at Traceway Retirement Community. Memorials may be sent to Traceway Retirement Community, 2800 W. Main, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Roye Green
BILOXI – Roye Green, 84, died Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the Emeritus Assisted Living Center in Biloxi. He was born April 1, 1927, in Tibbee to Iona Bonds Green and Alexander Stewart Green. He was a retired vice president of construction/maintenance and engineering at Sara Lee/Bryan Foods. He was a member of First Baptist Church in West Point. He was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of World War II.
Graveside services will be at noon today at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. The Hon. Judge Lee Sorrels Coleman will officiate, and Kenny Green will assist. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Dorothy Kellogg; and four brothers, Culton, Bernard, Alexander and Jack.
Visitation will be from 11:45 a.m. to noon today at the cemetery.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Edna Cook
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Edna Gray Cook died Friday, April 20, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany.

Earlie B. Balford
PITTSBORO – Earlie B. Balford, 68, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at home in Pittsboro. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.

George Roberson
WALNUT – George R. Roberson, 55, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.