Obituaries August 15, 2013

Mildred Moreland
TUPELO – Mildred Jeanette Sorrell Moreland, 93, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a lengthy illness. Born in Friendship, Tenn., on April 5, 1920, to Herman Aaron and Grace Payne Sorrell, she grew up in Memphis, where she was a 1938 graduate of Messick High School. She married Dewey A. Moreland on Aug. 13, 1938. They were married almost 59 years before his passing on June 17, 1997. They lived in several states before moving their family to Tupelo in 1953. Mildred was an active member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church, where she served as Outreach Leader of the Ruth Langford Sunday School Class. She loved to visit class members who were in the hospital or in nursing homes. An excellent seamstress, she won awards at the county and state level for garments she entered through the Home Demonstration Club. She was a longtime member of the Young At Heart at the Bel Air Center, where she had served as a registrar. Mildred will be remembered for her vibrant personality, her passion for living, and her love for her family and friends. She especially loved to dance, enjoy music, and fellowship at Alpine Family & Friends, and the DAV. Many of her friends will remember her from Wilma’s House of Fashion in Tupelo where she worked for a number of years. Sometimes affectionately known as “the Gardenia Lady,” she loved to share her flowers, homebaked cookies and jewelry bags with friends and neighbors.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at the W.E. Pegues Funeral Home Chapel in Tupelo. Dr. H.K. Sorrell, her brother, and the Rev. Bill Sorrell, her nephew, will officiate. Her son-in-law, Ken Cole, will deliver family reflections. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Gardens.

She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Hamilton and Joyce Davis (Charles “Buddy”), both of Tupelo, and Marsha Cole (Ken) of Fairhope, Ala.; three grandchildren, Wendy Fil (Joe) of Huntsville, Ala., Brian Davis of Los Angeles, Calif., and Brad Davis (Selena) of Tupelo; four great-granddaughters, Rebecca and Mary Fil of Huntsville, Ala., and Megan and Kristen Davis of Tupelo; and one brother, Dr. H.K. Sorrell (Jean) of Brownsville, Tenn.; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in law, nephews, nieces, and a host of other relatives and friends. She also leaves a very special friend, Charles Parker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two sisters, Mary West and Helen Howle.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Ronnie Harrison, Cayce Harrison, Mark Sorrell, Stephen Sorrell, Paul Sorrell and Richard Howle.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Ruth Langford Sunday School Class.

The family would like to thank Sanctuary Home Hospice, AvonLea Assisted Living, and Sanctuary Hospice House of Tupelo for the compassionate care given to their mother during her illness.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Judy Gosa
HIRAM, Ga. – Judy Swan Gosa, 60, died on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at the Wellstar Cobb Hospital in Austell, Ga. She was born July 31, 1953, in Amory to Mary Jo Cunningham Swan and the late Richard Swan. She lived in Amory until moving to Georgia in 1995. She married Garfield Gosa Jr. on Feb. 19, 1972, at First Baptist Church in Amory. She relied on her faith in the Lord to guide her daily. She was a gifted published writer and a quiet, kind person. She especially appreciated God’s gifts of nature and animals. She was a strong supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She was a vegetarian and valued traditional Western scientific treatment in conjunction with homeopathic and holistic assistance.

She had a great thirst for knowledge and collected books. She volunteered with Sav A Life and served as a volunteer in the adult literacy program. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Amory. She loved her three pets, Dahlia, George and Lea.

A Celebration of Life Service will be 2 p.m. today, Aug. 15, 2013, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Garfield Gosa Jr.; her mother, Mary Jo Swan of Amory; one sister, Kathy Parker (Terry) of Amory; niece, Kristy Prescott; two nephews, Tyler Parker and Trey Parker; and two great-nieces, Karmen Dallas and Delta Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Swan.

Visitation will be noon until service time today at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Ida Morgan
ABERDEEN – Ida Dell “Baby Doll” Morgan, 80, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Daniel M.B. Church. Pastor Alonzo Sykes will officiate. Interment will follow in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Walter Morgan of Aberdeen; two sons, Willie A. Buchanan (Susie) and Jerry Jones, both of Aberdeen; five daughters, Idella Curry, Barbara A. Jones, Amanda Jones and Helenstene Jones all of Aberdeen, and

Mary K. Jones of Los Angeles, Calif.; one brother, Elliot Jones Jr. of Amory; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Victor Hale Sr.
ABERDEEN – Victor Hoza Hale Sr., 58, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a member of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was employed at Aircap MTD until his health failed.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Belle Memorial Funeral Chapel in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Ann Hale of Aberdeen; one son, Victor H. Hale Jr. of Aberdeen; two daughters, Latonya Holland of Aberdeen, and Yolanda Hale of Tupelo; two brothers, Tyrone Hale of Aberdeen and Clarence Hale of Okolona; two sisters, Patricia Garth of Aberdeen and Mitizie Burks of Jackson; and four grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Bobby Parker
BYHALIA – Bobby Joe Parker, 50, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in Byhalia.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today, Aug. 15, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Byhalia Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Christopher Payne
ABERDEEN – Christopher Cornelius Payne, 30, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in a car accident on Hwy. 25 South. He was a member of Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church. He was employed at Severstal as a line supervisor.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Aberdeen High School. The Rev. James Cook will officiate. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen will be in charge.

He is survived by his wife, Dione Payne of Aberdeen; son, Chase O’Neal McIntosh of Aberdeen; his parents, Jessie and Mary A. Payne of Aberdeen; three brothers, Jesse A. Payne of Jackson, Tenn., Jessie J. Payne Jr. of Baton Rouge, La., and

Rodriguez Payne (Brenda) of Aberdeen; and one sister, Amber S. Payne of Aberdeen.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Jeffrey Parker
QUINCY – Jeffrey Allen Boyd “Fred” Parker, 41, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. Born Aug. 27, 1971, he was a son of J.W. Boyd and the late Martha Faye Plunkett Boyd. A gentle and free spirit, he lived his life to the fullest and was always found being with his family and friends. Kind hearted and compassionate, he would always help anyone in need. An avid Dallas Cowboys fan, he enjoyed playing his guitar, watching NASCAR and just hanging out with his buddies. He attended

Hatley School, was of the Baptist faith and worked in construction.

He is survived by his father, J.W. Boyd of Quincy; sisters, Jena Leigh Pickle (Timmy) of Hatley, Tina Hulett of Tupelo and Crystalyn “Sissy” Leech (Jon) of Smithville; brother, Joey Boyd of Quincy; special aunt, Eddielene Parker of Amory; and nieces and nephews, Tanya Burks, Jennifer Elam Hendi, Ashley Markham Carter, Kerry Sintikakis, Stefanie Hulett, Steven Hulett, Robert Hulett, Danielle Hill, Tiffanie Nantz, Tori Cook and Hunter Leech.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Toni Kaye Boyd and Debbie Boyd Markham.

A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Burks and Mr. Chris Hawkins officiating. Burial will follow in Durrett Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Chris Hawkins, Chris “Hook” Crenshaw, Phil Mann, Dayton Farrar, Toby Hawkins, Richie Rich and Josh Gray. Honorary pallbearers will be Andy Farrar and Niel Roberts.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Zelma Wallis
BALDWYN – Zelma Oswalt Wallis, 77, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was a retired homemaker and a Methodist.

Visitation will be today for one hour, beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Hodges Chapel Cemetery. There will be no funeral service. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two sons, Charles Wallis of Baldwyn and Mike Wallis of Grand Rapids, Mich.; one daughter, Brenda Wallis of Blue Mountain; two sisters, Vivian Johnson of the Ratliff community and Emily Hall of Baldwyn; one brother,

Raymond Oswalt of Saltillo; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cotton Wallis; nine brothers and sisters; and her parents, Henry and Alma Adams Oswalt.

Clydie Eddings
CORINTH – Clydie Eddings, 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.

Keith Kimmons
CHICAGO – Keith Kimmons, 51, formerly of New Albany and Oxford, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Loyola University Hospital in Chicago. He was born March 25, 1962, to Varnell Ford Kimmons and James Kimmons in New Albany. He was a graduate of W.P. Daniel High School in New Albany and the University of Mississippi. He was married to Katie Bearden Kimmons. They had two children. He was employed at Loyola University in Chicago, where he was the T.V. studio manager in the School of Communication. He had also worked at WTVA Channel 9 in Tupelo, WCBI in West Point, in Biloxi and at the School of Journalism at Ole Miss.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Watson Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Avence Pittman officiating. Burial will be in the New Albany City Cemetery. Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two children, Kayce and Kyle Bearden Kimmons of Batesville; his mother, Varnell Ford Kimmons; a sister, Cherly Kimmons Brewer; and a nephew, Julian Brewer, all of New Albany.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Kimmons.

Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

Dudley McCully
SALTILLO – Dudley T. McCully, 93, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at The Meadows in Fulton after a short illness. A Lee County native, he was born June 23, 1920, to John Thomas and Minnie Lee Cowley McCully. He graduated from Saltillo High School in 1938. In 1966 he opened McCully’s Electric Service Inc. and worked full time until his retirement in 1990. A U.S. 8th Army Air Force veteran, he enjoyed long walks in the woods, pointing out all the different plants and animal life he encountered and was an avid gardener. He loved his family and cherished time spent with them. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Saltillo and a former Sunday school teacher.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 15, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. John Stevens officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Ron McCully (Sue) of the Fellowship community and Dennis McCully (Pam) of Lebanon, Tenn.; and three grandchildren, Matthew McCully (Jade) of Savannah, Ga., Katherine McCully and Sean McCully, both of Lebanon, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Opal Jackson McCully; his parents; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Honorary pallbearers will be Carl McKissick, Merle Baker, Jerry McKee, Jerry and Tommy Smith, his former employees of McCully’s Electric Service Inc. and his nephews.

Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. until service time today.

Memorials may be made in his honor to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 311 Mobile St., Saltillo, MS 38866 or The Meadows, 1905 South Adams St., Fulton, MS 38843.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Johnnie Wheat
GUNTOWN – Johnnie Jacqueline Herring Wheat, 78, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Branson, Mo.

She is survived by her brothers, Robert Herring (Joann) and Jimmy Dale Herring (Nan) of Guntown; her children, Judy Carolyn Mink-Stanley and James Michael Mink of Branson, Mo., Mitchell Mink (Wendy) of North Carolina, Derrick Edwin Mink Sr. (Suzette) and Timothy Lynn Wheat Jr. (Leanne) of Memphis; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earnest W. and Bonnie Owens Herring; her husbands, James Herman Mink and Timothy Lynn Wheat Sr.; a sister, Maxine Herring Daniels; a brother, Earnest Edwin “Tapper” Herring; a daughter, Cheryl Diane Mink-Teal; and a great-grandson, Sean Taylor Mink.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Friendship Baptist Church in Guntown with Bro. John Cagle officiating. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is assisting the family locally.

Gualterio Bradley
BELDEN – Gualterio “Grunt” Bradley, 37, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born Aug. 13, 1976, in Tupelo to Alfred and Gennie Bradley. He was a 1994 graduate of Mooreville High School. He then completed barber school at Fosters Barber and Cosmetology College in Ripley. He was employed at Bradley’s Hair Center in New Albany. He was an active member of Oak Grove M.B. Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 15, at Oak Grove Baptist Church in New Albany with the Rev. Rodney Spears officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Jermey Bradley of the home; his parents, Alfred and Gennie Bradley; a brother, Romney Bradley, all of Belden; a niece, Keysha Bradley of Pontotoc; a special friend, Cassney Rayford of Belden; and a host of uncles, aunts and cousins.

Pallbearers will be the “Chesterville Boys.”

Charles Galmore
BATESVILLE – Charles E. Galmore, 66, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.

Eddie Brown
HOLLY SPRINGS – Eddie B. Brown, 59, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at his home in Holly Springs.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Christ Temple Church of God in Christ in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion CME Church Cemetery in Ashland. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

The body will lie in repose from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to 12:55 p.m. Friday at the church.

Verlean Elliott
TUPELO – Verlean Patton Elliott died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Aug. 1, 1952, to Earon Patton and Flossie McGlown. She was married to Jimmy Elliott. She was a funny, loving, caring, good-hearted and friendly person. She will be dearly missed.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at White Hill M.B. Church with Pastor Jeffery Daniel officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three sisters, Ydell Floyd, Delais Caruthers and Ruby Bailey, all of Tupelo; three brothers, James (Susie)), Sam Patton (Mae) and Terry Patton, all of Tupelo; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and special neighbors. Jeffery Gassaway, Charles Holmes and Travis.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.

Edward T. Lewis
SALTILLO – Edward T. “Mr. Ed” Lewis, 84, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 at Sanctuary Hospice House following an extended illness. He was born April 26, 1929, in Rochester, Minn., to Charles and Laura Hadler Lewis and lived most of his childhood in Minneapolis, Minn. He was patriotic, serving his country in the U.S. Navy working on aircraft during peace time. He married Alberta Brumm on June 13, 1963, and they moved to Saltillo from Florida in 1995, making Lee County their home for the past 18 years. He was a rock and always provided for his family, working many years as a truck-driver before retiring. He attended Open Door Baptist Church.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Chesterville Baptist Church with Bro. Sammy Coker officiating. Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. to service time only at the church. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Alberta Lewis of Saltillo; two daughters, Sandy Shumaker (Chuck) and Jean White (Roy), all of Tupelo; and two grandchildren, Brittany White and Brianna White, both of Tupelo.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to Chesterville Baptist Church, 376 CR 41, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Henry Spencer
FULTON – Henry Murl Spencer, 75, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Jan. 10, 1938, in Fulton. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of New Home Baptist church.

Survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and John Pauls Jones of Texarkana, Ark.; one stepsister, Maxine Burch of Arizona; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Jack and Debbie Hutson of Fulton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Audra Spencer.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with the Rev. Jim Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gerald Wallace, Ted Wallace, Joe Wallace, Jerry Wallace, Charles Reeves and Rick Holland.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Sarah Walls
HOUSTON – Sarah Elizabeth Criddle Walls, 80, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Unit in Tupelo. She was born May 26, 1933, in Chickasaw County to James Chester Criddle and Lela Bell Hill Criddle. She was a homemaker and a member of Macedonia United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Macedonia United Methodist Church in Houston with the Rev. Steve Lampkin officiating. Burial will follow at Macedonia Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter, Ann and Tommy Smith of Houston; her grandchildren, Lynn and Clay Nabors, and Chris Smith of Houston, Kenneth and Adele Yearby, and Joe Yearby of New Hope; her great-grandchildren, Mykkie Smith,

Megan Nabors, Ashley and Ross Haig, Matthew Yearby, Dylan Chain, Ashley Chain, Robyn Yearby, AJ Yearby and Mattison Yearby; her great-great-grandchildren, Damion Haig and Gabriella Haig; and her special caregivers, including Rhonda Burrows and Robbie Tutor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Walls; her daughter, Frankie Yearby; and her parents, Chess and Lela Bell Criddle.

Pallbearers are Chris Smith, Kenneth Yearby, Joe Yearby, Mykkie Smith, Eugene Criddle and Tommy Criddle. Honorary pallbearers are Clay Nabors, Ross Haig, and the men of Macedonia United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time Friday at Macedonia United Methodist Church.

Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Lavenia Allen
LAMAR – Lavenia Allen, 87, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, i Lamar.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery at Lamar.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Lois Robinson
RIENZI – Lois Robinson, 60, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.

Harry Adair
NEW ALBANY – Harry Adair, 80, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.

Javon Smith
OKOLONA – Javon Arius Henry Smith, 4 weeks, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. He was born July 8, 2013.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Williams Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Okolona. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Cemetery. Williams Memorial in Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his father, Jonathan Henry Rogers, and his mother, Natasha Smith; his grandfather, Leon Moore; his great-grandmother, Alberta Smith; two sisters, Adriana Rogers and Amazing Rogers; and one brother, Jonathan Rogers.

Willie Brandon Jr.
ABERDEEN – Willie “Tank” Brandon Jr., 32, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. He was born Aug. 13, 1980.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at New Hebron M.B. Church with the Rev. Eugene Brandon officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Brandon; his father, Willie Brandon Sr., and his mother, Henry Jean Brandon Parks; daughters, Catisha Brandon and Jerica Word; sons, Dayton Ezell and Bobby Traylor; his grandmothers, Alice Forshee and

Louise Jarmon; his grandfather, Edward Blanchard; a great-aunt, Mary Gladney; a sister, Regina “Lady Bug” Brandon; and brothers, Christopher Brandon and Jaquis Brandon.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.