Obituaries April 28, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Kimberly Smothers Gurley
ABERDEEN – Kimberly Anne Smothers Gurley, age 41, died Monday, April 25, 2011, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Aug. 6, 1969, to Jerry Smothers and Ann Dunn Smothers in Amory. She was a life long resident of Aberdeen where she worked as a waitress at Town and County Fish and Steak House. She graduated from Aberdeen High School. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Aberdeen.
Services will be at held at 2 p.m. today in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Rev. Roy McKay and Rev. Steve Lampkin officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Caitlin Leigh Gurley of Aberdeen and Jessica Nicole Gurley of Aberdeen; one son, Christopher Alan Gurley of Pensacola, Fla.; her parents, Jerry Smothers and Ann Dunn Smothers of Aberdeen; her beloved companion, Duane Ott of Aberdeen; her grandfather, Robert Smothers and wife Betty of Hamilton; two aunts, Donna Scarbrough and husband Brent of Chandler, Ariz., and Joyce Martin of Deltona, Fla.; one uncle, Larry Smothers and wife Deborah of West Point; two great-aunts, Mary Long of Birmingham and Barbara Hollingsworth and husband Burnell of Tupelo; a special friend, Kim McCandless; and a number of cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Pat Smothers; and her maternal grandparents, Robert Houston Dunn and Kathleen Dunn.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Ott, Dillon Ott, Daniel Lucas, Nick Butters, Kyle Reeves and Nathan Reeves.
An online guestbook can be found at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

T.G. Parmer
TUPELO – Thomas “T.G.” Parmer, 71, went to be with his Heavenly Father Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at his residence after a long illness. T.G. was born Jan. 6, 1940, in Marion County, Ala., to Grady and Ethel Feltman Parmer. He was a 1959 graduate of Mooreville High School and worked at Daybrite for 35 years before becoming disabled. T.G. lived his life as a Christian and helped build Wildwood Baptist Church where he served as Deacon and former Chairman of Deacons. An avid Ole Miss fan, he attended games and worked as an usher at the Stadium before becoming disabled. He enjoyed coaching the local M and K Plumbing women’s softball team and was a huge supporter of Tupelo High School Golden Wave football, basketball and baseball for many years. T.G. loved his Church, his family, his community and his God.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, with Bro. Doug Jones officiating. Talmadge Smith will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park on Joyner St. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carolyn Owen Parmer of Tupelo; his daughters, Carol Parmer Lewis of Richmond and Banita Reed (David) of Collierville, Tenn.; a son, Dennis Parmer (Donna) of Tupelo; his grandchildren, Darrell Martin (Susan) of Richmond, Blake Parmer of Tupelo, Daniel Mabry (Ashley) of St. Charles, Mo., and Kennedy and Kayce Reed of Collierville, Tenn; his great-grandchildren, Will Riley, Brantley and Meg Martin of Richmond and Kellen Reed Mabry of St. Charles, Mo.; his sisters, Gladys Mann (Roy) and Imarie Hughes, all of Tupelo; his brothers, Wexford Parmer (Wanda) of Tupelo, Grover Parmer (Doris) of Fulton and Winford Parmer (Joan) of Selma, Ala.; an uncle and aunt, Charles and Naomi Lee of Tupelo; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Ethel Parmer and a grandson , Darris Dalane Martin.
Pallbearers will be Delane Parmer, Jonathan Parmer, Jason Farris, Jeffrey Farris, Tim Parmer, Len Mann, Danny Coleman, Mike Parmer and Greg Hughes.
Honorary pallbearers will be Victor Armstrong, Robert Armstrong, Billy Messer, Sam McGraw, Danny Mackey and all fellow employees of Daybright Lighting.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Charles Pounds
GOLDEN – Charles Monroe Pounds, 81, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at his home. He was a native of Tishomingo County and was a carpenter for more than 40 years. He was a member of Liberty Church of Christ.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Ron Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Sammie Lee Goodwin Pounds of Golden; one son, Andy (Rita) Pounds of Golden; two sisters, Helen Yarber of Florence, Ala., and Dorsa Sparks of Belmont; three grandchildren, Luke Pounds, Erin Pounds and Anna Pounds; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Belvie Moore Pounds; and two brothers, Cecil Pounds and Fred Pounds.
Pallbearers will be Mickey Collum, Donny McKinney, Hollis Hicks, Phillip Orrick, James Gentle, Reggie Roberts, Joel Page, Anthony Page and Lee Page.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay and until service time on Friday.
The family has requested no flowers.

Michael Foradori Jr.
BOONEVILLE – Michael David Foradori Jr., 25, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at Specialty Hospital of Meridian, a division of Rush Foundation Hospital, in Meridian.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in Marion County, Ala. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Booneville Parks and Recreation Department, 203 No. Main St., Booneville, MS 38829.

Jimmie Houston
BALDWYN – Jimmie Lou Houston died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Sarah Dunn
TUPELO – Sarah Jean Dunn, 67, died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. She was born Dec. 23, 1943, in the Eggville community to Clyde and Ruth Geneva Love Lucas. She was a graduate of Mooreville High School and lived most of her adult life in Tupelo. She worked many years with Boyd’s Flowers and Gifts and also in the payroll department at Daybrite Lighting. Her greatest joy in life was providing for her four children. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, working with stained glass and fishing. She enjoyed traveling with her mother and had visited most of the U.S. States. During her younger years she was in Jaycee’s and later in life enjoyed caring for people in her community. She grew up attending Eggville Free Will Baptist Church. During her adult years, she was an active member of Gloster Street Church of Christ with her children and in her later years was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Gerald Gann, Dr. Forrest Sheffield and Doug Greenway officiating. Burial was in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Susan Boyd (Jeff) Kershaw of Dallas; two sons, Kirk Boyd of Baldwyn and Bill (Holly) Boyd of Tupelo; one sister, Lerlin (Durell) Comer of Dorsey; three cousins, Roger Lucas of Atlanta, Brenda Ivester of Hamilton, Ala., and Dane Lucas of Jacksonville, Fla.; five grandchildren, Melissa (Jason) Boyd McAnally of Tupelo, Taylor Boyd of Tupelo, Madeline Boyd of Tupelo, Carson Kershaw and Sarah Katheryn Love Kershaw, both of Dallas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oren F. Dunn who preceded her in death Dec. 8, 1996; and one son, Mark Allen Boyd who died Dec. 21, 2002.
Pallbearers will be Jason McAnally, Ken Spradling, Zachary Spradling, Matthew Prestage, Mike Vandiver and Karl Baccus.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

John Davidson Jr.
CORINTH – John Davidson Jr., 75, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Corinth. He was a veteran of the Army during the Korean conflict. In 1964, he graduated from Memphis State University, where he received his business administration degree. He later earned a transportation law degree. He and his wife currently own Diversified Logistics, P.C. specializing in Transportation Law and Logistics. He was an avid golfer who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with Dr. Prentiss Gordon and the Rev. Dennis Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Henry Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanine Davidson of Corinth; three sons, Brad Davidson of Corinth, Cullen Davidson of Fairhope, Al., and Johnny Davidson III of Marion, Ark.; and two sisters, Barbara Cox of Horseshoe Lake, Ark., and Peggy Walton of Baton Rouge, La.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marguerite Davidson Sr. and one son, Greg Davidson.
Pallbearers will be Gene McFall, Bob Krohn, Frank Oliverio and Ben Avent.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. John’s coffee drinking friends from Martha’s Menu and McDonald’s.
Visitation will be 6 until 8 p.m. today, and from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be made to mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.

Mary Crouch
FULTON – Mary Evelyn Crouch, 62, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011. She was born July 2, 1948, in Itawamba County to Curtis Lee and Sivola Upton Crouch. She was a member of Lonestar Baptist Church. She enjoyed going to church and being with family.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Senter Chapel with Bro. Mike Franklin officiating. Burial will be in Williams Sanctuary. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Michael Crouch of Fulton; and two aunts, Wilby Smith of Red Bay, Ala., and Dot Crouch of Hodges, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until service time Friday.

David Wilbanks
CORINTH – David Joel Wilbanks, 56, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at Mississippi Care Center.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Warren Jones officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Friday. Both will be at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Ron Crawford
BALDWYN – Ronnie “Ron” Lee Crawford died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Billie Sue Witcher
TUPELO – Billie Sue Ivy Witcher, 78, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc after an extended illness. The lifelong Lee Countian was born March 6, 1933, in the Palmetto community to Robert S. and Ola Mae Payne Ivy. She graduated from Verona High School in l941 where she was an outstanding basketball player. She married Quenton Witcher Jr. of the Bissell community on Dec. 19, 1952, and he survives. They were among the original homeowners of the Bristow Acres Subdivision where they have continually made their home for 45 years. A member of the West Jackson Street Baptist Church, she was a homemaker much of her life. She worked several years as the hostess and cashier at Malone’s Fish and Steak House, a job she dearly loved. She was known throughout her life for being a caregiver to her family and many friends.
Services are 11 a.m. today at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, with Bro. Dale Carr and Bro. Jay Stanley officiating. Her great nephew, Steve Holland, will deliver the eulogy. Committal services will be private.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years; Quenton “Junior” Witcher of Tupelo; her daughter; Darla D. Kirk of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Lindsey Kirk Hughes (Brandon) of Oxford and Austin L. Kirk, a student at Ole Miss; a sister, Janie Ivy Kutka (Vince) of Tupelo; a special sister-in-law, Alice Sylvester of Tupelo; two special friends; Frances Daugherty and Agnes McCollum Warren, both of Tupelo; numerous nieces and nephews and their families and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and 11 siblings, Farra Mae Holland, Christine Miller, Eva Hall, Clara Montgomery, Mary Estes, Fred Ivy, Robert B. Ivy, John Ivy, Polly Davis, Josephine Roebuck and Virginia “Sip” Scribner; and a special nephew Fred “Bubba” Leslie.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time today.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

George Jones
EASTMAN, Ga. – George C. Jones, 89, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at Crescent Ridge Nursing Home in Eastman, Ga. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Sammie Rogers
RIPLEY – Sammie Lee Rogers, 95, died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital. He was born Jan. 14, 1916, in Tippah County to Sam Rogers and Annie Hill Rogers. He was a self-employed painter, barber and farmer. He was married to Abbie Priscilla Knox Hill.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Oak Grove M.B. Church in New Albany. Burial will be in Academy Cemetery in Blue Mountain. Serenity Funeral Home in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Fate (Perlie) Rogers of Etta and William (Gayle) Rogers of Alexandra, Va.; two brothers, Paul (Elizabeth) of Ripley and Amos (Georgia Mae) of Blue Mountain; five sisters, Effie Bonner of Blue Mountain, Gracie Turner of Racine, Wis., Mary Brown of Minneapolis, Minn., Natalie (Charles) Evans of Peoria, Ill., and Verlean (Penn) Oscar of St. Louis, Mo.; eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other family and friends.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at Serenity Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Susie Parker
MATHISTON – Kathleen “Susie” Parker, 56, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at her home. She was born Aug. 11, 1954, in Memphis. She was a homemaker and a member of Clarkson Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Marion Tumberlinson officiating. Burial will be in New Gauley Cemetery in Calhoun City. Pryor Funeral Home Inc., is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Phillip Parker of Mathiston; one daughter, Angelina (Troy) Tumberlinson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one son, Don (Amanda) Parker of Southaven; two sisters, Elizabeth (Lynn) Bingham of Bartlett, Tenn., and Lenora Ann Edmistor of California; three brothers, Peter Sides of Nashville, Tenn., James Sides of Virginia and Ralph (Lynn) Sides of Virginia; and five grandchildren, Halla, Lina, Connor, Gage and Mackenzie.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon Sides and Lucille Nelson Sides.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Samuel Lacey
HOUSTON – Samuel Theodore “Speck” Lacey, 78, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at his home in Houston. He was born Aug. 8, 1932, in Duncan to Linnie Theodore Lacey and Lillian Clardy Lacey Lowe. He was an Air Force Veteran and a retired 23 year member of the National Guard.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Houston First Baptist Church with Rev. Daniel Heeringa and Rev. Terry Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow at Houston Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Ella Williams Lacey of Houston; his daughters, Sherry and Marlan Walton of Paragould, Ark., Dottie Parks of Houston, Connie Lacey of Houston, Anna and Esteban “Steven” Montoya of Houston; his son, Dale and Michelle Lacey of Okolona; his brother, Linn and Margaret Lacey of Houston; 14 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Andy Harmon, Billy Voyles, Bobby Sanderson, Patrick McCulloch, Victor Parks and Robert Lacey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.
Friends and family may leave a message at the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

John Hallman
TUPELO – John Hallman died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

John Eubanks
CORINTH – John Edward Eubanks, 65, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at his home.
Services with military honors will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Merle Spearman officiating.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be made at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

W.T. Walls
HOULKA – W.T. Walls died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc.

Howard Stanford
IUKA – Howard Lee Stanford, 63, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Magnolia Gardens in Iuka. Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of arrangements.

Gloria Kolesar
SLAYDEN – Gloria Elizabeth Kolesar, 59, died Friday, April 22, 2011.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday.

Jimmie Clippard
MANTACHIE – Jimmie Earl Clippard, 72, died Monday, April 25, 2011. He was born in Itawamba County on May 29, 1938, to Oscar Doyle and Alta Dean Barnes Clippard.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Humphreys and Bro. Castor Buse officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery in Prentiss County. Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by four children, David Clippard of Mantachie, Regina (William) Brooks of Sacramento, Ca., Brenda (Hoyt) Blassingame of Dorsey and Steve Clippard of Guntown; one sister, Evon Smith of Mantachie; four grandchildren, Mandy (Derek) Cockrell, Alia Brooks, Alex Brooks and William Smith; three great-grandchildren, Ian Curteman, Anela Hardy and John Smith; the mother of his children, Laura Elizabeth Clippard of Mantachie; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Ruth Clippard.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Shirley Cromeans; two brothers-in-law, Gene Cromeans and Kenny Smith; and an infant child.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Virginia McLain
RIPLEY – Virginia Sanderson McLain, 91, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at North Oak Regional Medical Center in Senatobia. She was born Aug. 3, 1919, to Willie M. and Mary Etta Street Sanderson in Ripley. She was retired from Blue Bell Corporation with over 25 years of service. She was a member of Ripley Church of Christ.
Services were held at 2 p.m.Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Minister Donnie DeBord officiating. Burial was in Tippah Memorial Gardens. McBride Funeral Home in Ripley was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Jimmy (Frances) McLain of Senatobia; three grandchildren, Johnny McLain of Senatobia, Jan (Jim) Ishee of Jackson and Judy (Gaylon) Reed of Batesville; and three great-grandchildren, Mary Gracen Reed, Austin and Owen Ishee.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Franklin McLain; her parents; two sisters, Mae Aston and Mary Poe; and one brother, Milton Sanderson.
Pallbearers will be Johnny McLain, Jim Ishee, Gaylon Reed, Eddie Orman, Jonathan Orman and Kevin Orman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ripley Church of Christ, 1300 Hall Dr., Ripley, MS 38663.
An online guestbook can be signed at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Luther Samples
ASHLAND – Luther “Dube” Samples, 83, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Desoto. He was born June 9, 1927, in Benton County to Nathanial P. Samples and Ida Shelby Samples. He was a farmer and attended Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Steve Cohea officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Fay Hobson Samples; one son, Randy Allen (Sonya) Samples; one daughter, Cathy (John) Carter, all of Ashland; two brothers, Clyde Samples of Nashville, Tenn., and Waymon “Buster” Samples of Ashland; two sisters, Melvie Grace Elliot of Ashland and Mary Dickerson of Memphis; and one grandchild, Chase Samples.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Holbrook, Wayne Wilson, Jimmy Fortner, Shawn Hudspeth, Pete Samples and Josh Mensi.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Bobbie Jo Gregory
HOUSTON – Bobbie Jo Gregory, 49, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at her home after an extended illness. She was born Aug. 8, 1961, in Clay County to Andrew and Lucille Hudson Langford. She was retired from M.P.I. and was of the Assembly of God faith.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Southern Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Griffin officiating. Burial will be in Amity Cemetery. Southern Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Leon “Sonny” Gregory of Houston; one son, Mitchell Gregory and Kim of Houston; two daughters, Stacy Hughes and Brandon of Woodland and Kimberly Maladonado and Hilario of Okolona; three grandchildren, Brianna, Bailey and Jacob; two brothers, Jimmy Langford and Larry Langford; three sisters, Elizabeth Shempert, Martha Cohea and Betty Gregory.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Calvin Gregory, Josh Langford, Peewee Cohea, Tony Gregory, B.J. McCowan and Gary Langford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Southern Funeral Chapel.
Visit www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Edward McCoy
BOONEVILLE – Edward Elmer McCoy, 72, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at his home. He was born Nov. 8, 1938, in Booneville to Elmer E. and Susie Beasley McCoy. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Booneville. He was a graduate of Booneville High School, Northeast Mississippi Community College and Mississippi State University. A long-time educator, he began his teaching career at Rocky Creek near Lucedale. He then moved back to North Mississippi to teach at Kossuth. He taught electrical trades at the Prentiss County Vo-Tech for many years. After that, he taught agriculture at Thrasher and Alcorn Central. He earned his degree in school administration and served as principal at Jumpertown. He was Prentiss County Superintendent of Education for eight years. He was a farmer and a conservation pioneer, known for his love of the land. He was always willing to help his fellow man and was a friend to all.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Gaston Baptist Church with Bro. Milton Koon officiating. Kim Eubank will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Olive McCoy, whom he married on June 10, 1967; two sons, Rusty McCoy (Carrie) and Jason McCoy (Cheryl), all of Booneville; a brother, William J. “Billy” McCoy (Edith) of Rienzi; a sister, Sue Anderson (David) of Guntown; five grandchildren, Carley McCoy, Colton McCoy, Justin McCoy, Gabbie Hall and Gabe Hall, all of Booneville; a niece, Kim Eubank (Kevin) of Booneville; three nephews, Sam McCoy (Jamie) of Booneville, Bobby Anderson (Catherine) of Madison and Brad Anderson (Mary) of Phoenix, Ariz.; three great-nieces; five great-nephews; and his mother-in-law, Nell Olive of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his father-in-law, Lawrence Olive.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. until service time Friday.

Cameron Kinsey
AMORY – Cameron Malachi Kinsey, infant son of Cory Kinsey and Holly Putney, died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial RMC, Amory.
Cameron was born April 24, 2011.
In addition to his parents, Cameron is survived by his grandparents, Brenda and Steven Putney and Shirley Parish and the late Van Kinsey.
Private family graveside services were held on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in Hatley Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home was in charge.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Melvin Greer
HOLLY SPRINGS – Melvin Louis “Hard Rock” Greer, 39, died Monday, April 25, 2011.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at New Dimension Salt and Light Ministries in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Powell Chapel M.B. Church Cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.