By NEMS Daily Journal
GREENWOOD – Vona Beatrice Bean Morgan, 91, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, in Greenwood. A native of Itawamba County, she was born June 10, 1920, to Thurmond and Agnes Beene. She attended Itawamba Agricultural High School and was a member of their state championship basketball team. She was a very prolific citizen and was self motivated beyond belief. An accomplished musician, she enjoyed playing piano, organ, guitar and was a wonderful vocalist. She encouraged her children, including nieces, nephews and children in the church and community to be interested in music, many of whom are in the music field today. She was an active member of Fawn Grove Baptist Church. During her lifetime she was very interested in drama and would promote plays and skits with the young people and participated in competitions. She was known for her beautiful yard. Flowers were her specialty. She was a very active member of her civic clubs such as the Rural Community Development Club and Home Extension. She was also proficient in the arts, painting and making crafts.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Grady Davidson and the Rev. Danny Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Fawn Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Beverly Morgan Smith of Greenwood; two grandchildren, Scott Morgan Smith (Angela) of Morgan City, La., and Amy Jo Davis of Greenwood; five great-grandchildren, Jessica Morgan Davis and Casey Jo Davis of Greenwood, Austin Lishman Smith and Peyton Smith of Morgan City, La., and Morgan Rivers Smith of Collierville, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jesse Vardaman Morgan; and her daughter, Charlotte Morgan Liska.
Pallbearers will be Tim Taylor of Greenwood, Tim Jones of Mantachie, Bobby Irvin of Dorsey, William Morgan of Atlanta, Ga., Austin Smith of Morgan City, La., and Rodney McFerrin of Mantachie.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Sarah Loyce Wiley Thomas, 78, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born May 9, 1933, in Union County to Elmo and Mary Etta Cobb Wiley. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. She enjoyed going to auctions and yard sales and loved fishing and playing dominos.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at United Funeral Service with Sister Kathy Davis officiating. Burial will be at Blue Mountain City Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Jennie Barnett (Ricky) of Blue Mountain and Brenda Willis (Davy) of New Albany; four sons, Charles Thomas (Suzi) of Iuka, Kenneth Thomas (Darlene) of Myrtle, Larry Thomas (April) of Ecru and Donnie Thomas (Jane) of Ripley; one sister, Janie Sanford of New Albany; one brother, Sam Wiley (Jamie) of Blue Springs; 33 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harvey Thomas; two brothers; two sisters; one grandchild; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Avant Jeffries Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Avant Jeffries Jr., 64, died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Middle Baptist Church in Memphis. Burial will be in McIntyre M.B. Church Cemetery 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 7 p.m. today with a family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today, both at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Friday.
GLEN – Robert Wayne Hudson, 56, died Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Blytheville, Ark.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Corinthian Funeral Home in Corinth. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday.
LAKE CHARLES, La. – Leomia Merritt Carr, 86, died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. She was born July 25, 1925, in Aberdeen to Bennie and Callie Merritt. She graduated from Aberdeen Colored High School in Aberdeen, Okolona Junior College in Okolona and Rust College in Holly Springs. She did additional studies at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tenn., Delta State University in Cleveland and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. Her teaching career spanned 44 years in the Aberdeen School District, beginning at Jarmon Rosenwald School. She taught at Shivers Junior and Senior High, Aberdeen Middle and Prairie Elementary before retiring on May 31, 1989. She was a member of New Hebron Missionary Baptist Church in Aberdeen.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hebron M.B. Church in Egypt with the Rev. Sam Crawford officiating. Burial will be in New Hebron Cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Debra Ann Carr Cunningham of Lake Charles, La.; a son, Merritt Stanley Carr (Debra) of Dallas, Texas; a brother, Dr. Robert L. Merritt (Thelma) of Aberdeen; two sisters-in-law, Pearl Hykes Merritt McLean of West Point and Beverly L. Carr of Chicago; three granddaughters, Carlene C. White (Travis) of Richmond, Va., Amanda Cunningham of Richmond, Va., and Amber S. Carr of Houston, Texas; one great-grandson, Jackson Bennett White of Richmond, Va.; two nieces, Callie Merritt-Jones (Torrance) of Lees Summit, Mo., and Valerie Carr of Gary, Ind.; three nephews, Dexter R. Merritt (Zina) of Gaithersburg, Md., Wallace Hatten (June) of Gary, Ind., and Melvin Hatten Jr. (Molly) of Gary, Ind.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
HAMILTON – Lucian Reed Andrews, 46, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 6, 1965, in Columbus to Warren Dwight and Annie Grace Junkin Andrews. He lived in Lowndes County and Monroe County his entire life. He attended Caledonia United Methodist Church in Caledonia and he was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus. He graduated from New Hope High School, where he was a part of the 1984 state championship baseball team. After high school he continued playing baseball at East Mississippi Community College at Scooba. He was employed at Columbus Rubber and Gasket as inside salesman for 15 years before his illness. He played acoustical guitar with several local bands and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Lowndes County Cattlemen’s Association. His will to live was driven by his wife and to see his children grow up and succeed in life.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ben Butler officiating and Bro. Jaron Andrews assisting. Interment will be in Egger Cemetery at Caledonia. Lowndes Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Kellie Andrews of Hamilton; daughter, Mollie Kate Andrews of Hamilton; son, Will Andrews of Hamilton; his parents, Dwight and Ann Andrews of Columbus; sister, Sonia (Johnny) Patchen of Kennedy, Ala.; brothers, Tim (Carolyn) Andrews of Ethelsville, Ala., and Dave (DeeDee) Andrews of Columbus; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Robbie Mitchell, Myron Atkins, Eric Sularin, Kurt Ash, William Darnell, Lawrence Darnell, Wayne Studdard Jr. and John Leslie Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Perkins and Billy Kerstetter; current and former employees of Columbus Rubber and Gasket; staff at Hematology and Oncology at Bridgepoint; New Hope Class of 1985; NMMC 3 West staff; Scottie Farrell; and former band members.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Lowndes Funeral Home in Columbus.
Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, c/o Lowndes County Relay for Life, 607 West Main Street, Suite C, Tupelo, MS 38804; or Caledonia United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Caledonia, MS 39740.
BOONEVILLE – David Curtiss, 45, died Monday, April 23, 2012, in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
BOONEVILLE – Mary Wright, 69, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at her home. She was born Nov. 12, 1942, to Jesse and Myrtle Thornton. She was a member of Gaston Baptist Church. She was a babysitter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Gaston Baptist Church with Bro. Matt Brown officiating. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Cindy (Jimmy) Taylor of Booneville; two sons, Dwight Wright of Booneville and Dennis (Angie) Wright of Thrasher; one brother, Jimmy (Terri) Thornton of Pell City, Ala.; three sisters-in law, Betty Ann (Ed) Sparkman, Juanita (Gary) Risner and Rhonda (Jim) Short; a brother-in-law, Tim (Tammy) Cabler; three grandchildren, Kaylee (Markus) Pace, Leslie (Lane) Hutcheson and Isabella Wright; and one great-granddaughter, Marley Hutcheson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Wright; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Friday.
RIPLEY – Vance Kyle Collier, 93, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Batesville. He was born Dec. 27, 1918, to Joe Hill and Martha Addielene Janes Collier in Ashland. He was a businessman, a veteran of the United States Army and a member of Springdale Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Springdale Baptist Church in Ripley with Bro. Randy Hamilton, Bro. Stacy McKee and Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in the Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Laura Medlin Collier of Ripley; one daughter, Ann Collier Stevenson (C.L.) of Batesville; three grandchildren, Todd Collier Hensley (Robbin) of Brandon, Scott Stevenson of Winona and Paige Stevenson Daniels (Joey) of Inverness; nine great-grandchildren, Ashtyn, Aspen and Aliza Hensley, Sara Glenn, Halle Ruth and Maddie Stevenson, Mary Weldon, Joey and Avery Daniels; two sisters, Joyce Bernice Smith (Jim) of Bartlett, Tenn., and Iva Manning of Southaven; two brothers-in-law, Donald “Pete” Medlin (Betty) and Lecoy Medlin, both of Ripley; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Collier of Memphis and Gynell Foote (Billy) of Manchester, Tenn.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Marshall Hill, David Medlin, Stanley Manning, David Myers, Ricky Woods, Bobby Shan Medlin, Morris Belk and Eddie Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Senior Men’s Sunday School Class at Springdale Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 to 19 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Springdale Baptist Church, 581 E. Walnut St., Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
BRUCE – Wilburn Bagwell, 77, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. He was born Aug. 19, 1934, in Calhoun County. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was a retired millwright for Kimberly Clark and a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James West officiating and Bro. Philip Caples assisting. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Bruce.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth A. Carson Bagwell of Bruce, whom he married Dec. 20, 1987; a daughter, Lisa M. McDaniel of Bruce; a son, Mark C. Bagwell of Burlison, Tenn.; a sister, Hazel Reavis of Atlanta, Ga.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis Early Bagwell and Esther Hazel Robinson Bagwell; and two brothers and three sisters.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Bagwell, Benjamin Baker, Danny Baker, Randy Baker, Hollie Easley and Dalton McDaniel.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home.
The online guest registry may be signed at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
JUMPERTOWN – Garry W. English died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at his home after a brief illness. He was born on May 4, 1947, to Ethel Brumley English and Woodrow English. He was an avid reader, a collector of Civil War memorabilia and a “history buff,” including biblical history. He enjoyed the success of his three sons and being Granddaddy, Papaw, Pops and Pa to Curt, Kelsey, Sam, Charlie, and Sara Kate. He was not only a loving husband, father, and grandfather, but a renowned educator for 36 years, serving as guidance counselor in the Prentiss and Booneville School Districts and Middleton, Tenn.; Chapter I coordinator; and Prentiss County Vo-Tech director. He loved his church and church family and sat on the front pew nearly every Sunday and Wednesday night. He was a faithful member of Jumpertown United Methodist Church and served as Sunday School teacher and Sunday School superintendent.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Jumpertown United Methodist Church with Bro. Jason Franklin and Bro. Robert McCoy officiating. Burial will be in the Jumpertown Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Wimberley English; three sons, Mark (Lisa) English of Walnut, Todd (Michelle) English of Booneville and Brock (Emilie) English of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Curt, Kelsey, Sam, Charlie and Sara Kate; and one sister, Sarah Lee of Jumpertown.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ethel and Woodrow English, and a brother- in-law, Weldon Lee.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
GLEN – Vera Case died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be private. McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choosing.
RIENZI – Janice Langston Cox, 71, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Cherokee, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery in Rienzi.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
CORINTH – Wilma Catherine Followell, 90, died Monday, April 23, 2012, in Corinth. She was born July 9, 1921, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Emory and Ada Trowbridge Bocock. She married Aubrey Leon Followell and they spent their early years together in Columbus, Ind., raising a family. Her husband’s work sent them to Oneida, Tenn., and later to Tupelo where they lived for many years. She worked as a day care center owner while in Oneida. After her husband’s retirement, they became flea market vendors, selling their own homemade crafts. She was also an excellent seamstress, making hand painted dolls, stuffed animals and pillows.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Warren Jones officiating. Private burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda Taylor (Tommy) of Goodrich, Texas, Brenda Henderson (Gary Briggs) of Corinth and Judith Koger of Tupelo; one son, Larry Followell (Ann) of Curry, Ala.; four grandchildren, Pamela Taylor, Lance Taylor (Chelsea), Steve Koger and Mike Koger (Sara); four great-granddaughters, Tasneem, twins Ameera and Saara, and Noora Kalid; four great-grandsons, Elisa Aubrey, Ezra Taylor, and Jacob and Drew Koger; extended family including, Sonja Sue Piper, Chuck and Carlin Tally, Eddie Briggs (Pam), Rhonda Kirk (Keith) and Robin Ferguson (Joe).
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Aubrey Followell, who died July 31, 2008; her grandson, Scott Henderson; her twin sister, Alma; her brother, Charlie; and her son-in-law, Clifton Koger.
Visitation will be noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
BRUCE – Gayle Morris Turner, 62, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at her home. She was born Jan. 30, 1950, in Houston, Texas. She graduated from high school in Texas. She received her B.S. degree from the University of Mississippi. She was a retired schoolteacher with more than 25 years of service.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Darrell Logan officiating. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce.
Survivors include one daughter, Tracey (Ricky) Box of Bruce; one son, Barry Turner (Kelli Camurati) of Cleveland; the father of the children, Danny Turner of Bruce; her stepmother, Mary Mathias of Spring, Texas; two half brothers, Michael Berry of Houston, Texas, and Tim Barry of St. Louis, Mo.; a half sister, Cindi Gallaugher of Flower Mound, Texas; four grandchildren, Alex Box, Barrett Box, Ashlyn Box and Janna Turner.
She was preceded in death by her parents, D.E. Morris and Libby Dole Morris, and a granddaughter, Belle C. Turner.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online guest register can be signed at www.parkermemorialfuneralhome.com.
MARIETTA – Retha V. Stacy, 90, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Amory. She was born May 18, 1921, to Joe S. Bailey and Sarah Melvina Barnes Bailey. She retired from Reeds Manufacturing. She was a homemaker and great mother. She was a member of Norris Chapel Baptist Church. She enjoyed watching television, especially Channel 38 in Fulton, working in her flowers and gardening. She loved the Lord and talking to her friends on the phone.
A celebration of ;life service will be at 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Grady Davidson and Bro. Bill Adams officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Cemetery.
She is survived by her children, Donny Stacy (Sandra) of Dorsey, Bonnie Nechvatal (Bob) of Peppertown and Debbie Ellis of Marietta; a half sister, Betty Joe; and 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Manuel Stacy; her parents; son, M.C. Stacy; grandson, Ray “Bubby” Smith; three brothers, Joe, Jewell and Floyd Bailey; two sisters, Marie Julius and Gracy Holt; and two half brothers, James and Quitman Bailey.
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Nell Rogers, 72, died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Beckley Chapel CME Church. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church.
Eula Mae Johnson
FULTON – Eula Mae Johnson, 94, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.
CORINTH – Maria Mascort died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Dogwood Plantation in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors in Corinth.
BRUCE – Louetta Collins Wren, 96, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Calhoun County Nursing Home. She was born Dec. 6, 1915, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a member of Duncan Hill Baptist Church. She was active in quilting circles.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Larry Collins Wren of Olive Branch; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Wren; her parents, John Collins and Flossie Foshee Collins; and her stepmother, Betty Sue Camp Collins.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Jennifer Marie Skinner, 33, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A Tupelo native, she was born June 24, 1978, to Larry and Una Skinner. A 1996 graduate of Tupelo High School, she then went on to Itawamba Community College, where she graduated with an associate degree in accounting. She was employed by Steak Escape and the Candy Shop at the Mall at Barnes Crossing. She was a loyal, caring and loving person who loved her children. She is graciously donating her organs so that others might live.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Kevin Ray, Ryan Loving and the Rev. Richey Miller officiating.
Survivors include three sons, Alex Coggins, Kaleb Coggins and Geovanni Wright, all of Tupelo; her parents, Larry and Una Skinner of Tupelo; her brothers, Chris Skinner of Okolona and Will Skinner of Tupelo; very special friends, Tammy, Johnna and Shea.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Talmadge and Virginia Stubblefield; and her great-grandparents, Lester and Lou Ella Cross.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
AMORY – James Foy Little, 86, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Charles Mitchell Stewart Jr., 91, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at his home.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
No visitation is scheduled.
Betty Jo Stewart
MYRTLE – Betty Jo Stewart, 78, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Olive Branch. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to hsfuneralhome.com.
BRUCE – Darrio Moore, 21, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, in Walnut. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.