By NEMS Daily Journal
HICKORY FLAT – Bonnie June Kirk Ayres, 84, passed away on Monday, July 30, 2012, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, surrounded by friends and loved ones. She was born to Christine Elizabeth Craig and Nathan Abston Kirk on Aug. 13, 1927, in Ripley, Tenn.
Visitation will be today, Aug. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. and the service at 4 p.m. at the Hickory Flat United Methodist Church, where she had been an active member for over 60 years. The Rev. Brownie Tohill and the Rev. Neal Vick will officiate. Burial will be at the McKay Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She was a graduate of the University of Mississippi and taught third and fifth grades in Ashland from 1953 to 1957. In 1957, she was named director of public welfare for Benton County by Gov. J.P. Coleman. In the late 1970s, Gov. Cliff Finch named her to the State Board of Mental Health. She retired in 1985 after 31 years of service. Years later, two homes in Corinth designed especially for citizens with developmental disabilities were named in her honor. They are “Bonnie June Ayres Poplar Point Community Homes.” She was an inactive member of the Ishtehotopah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her many interests included reading, painting with oil and pastels, tracing genealogy, watching the Atlanta Braves baseball and Memphis Grizzlies. She was dedicated to helping others.
She is survived by a son, Jimmy Kirk Ayres; a daughter, Barbara Ayres Bradford, (Warner); five granddaughters, Christi Bradford Barker (Tommy), Angie Bradford Hopper (Ritchie), Jeanna Ayres Campbell (Mike), Kallie Kirk Ayres and Katie Lynn Ayres; one grandson-in- law, Gerry Paul Moffitt; ,eight great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Ayres Moffitt, Olivia Jerrianna Moffitt, Abigail Grace Barker, Thomas Jason Barker II, Benjamin James Barker, Minor Elton Hopper, Bradford Darden Hopper and Morgan Lea Rakestraw; one brother, Samuel Brent Kirk (Jeanette); twin sisters, Nina Kiddy and Norma Rooker (Jimmy); and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Minor Lanier Ayres, in 2001; two granddaughters, Theresa Kent Ayres in 1985 and Bonnie Ayres Moffitt in 2004; two brothers, Nathan Abston Kirk (LaJune) and Ralph Craig Kirk (Yvonne); and one sister, Betty Kirk King.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Ballard, Chuck Gadd, Jack Gadd, George Rowland, Don Taylor and Randy Walls.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hickory Flat United Methodist Church or McKay Cemetery at P.O Box 162, Hickory Flat, MS 38633.
TUPELO – Mildred McCarthy Prather, 82, passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany after a brief illness. The daughter of the late John Thomas McCarthy and the late Maudie McCarthy, she was born Aug. 1, 1929, in Saltillo. She was a graduate of Northeast Mississippi Community College (A.A.), Mississippi State University (B.A.) and the University of Mississippi (M.Ed.). She taught school for more than 40 years, the majority of those with the Tupelo City Schools. She was one of the original members of the West Main Church of Christ in Tupelo.
She is survived by her two sons, Paul E. Prather (Mandy) of Memphis and David Brent Prather (Viki) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, David Prather (Eva) of St. Ignatius, Mont., Brian Prather (Mary) of Cadiz, Ky., Michelle Christian Parmer (Daniel) and Justin Prather (Kayla), both of Tupelo; one great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Prather.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul T. Prather.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to the Arthritis Foundation Mississippi Chapter, 731 Avignon Road, Ste. 2, Ridgeland, MS 39157; Sunnybrook Children’s Home, 222 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
VERONA – Gregory Hughes died Monday, July 30, 2012, in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
TUPELO – Charlie Leon Clark, 71, died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Golden Living in Tupelo. He was born July 18, 1941, to Marvin Clark and Idora Glenn Clark. He attended Monroe County Training School, Okolona Junior College and Mississippi Valley State with a math major. He joined the U.S. Army in 1963 and received a Vietnam Service Medal. He was employed with L.D. Hancock in Tupelo for many years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rose of Sharon Church of God in Christ in Amory. Elder Leonard Howell will officiate. Interment will be in New Hope Cemetery No. 2 in Smithville. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Vera Clark; three children, Pastor Shelia (Danny) Howell, Teresa (Barry) Woods of Amory and Gloria Clark of Amory; one brother, George Allen Clark (Gloria) of Smithville; one sister, Vina Mae Robinson; seven grandchildren, Marcus, Austin, Aliyah, Hope, Courtney, Barry Jr. and Meghan; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Anthony Dilworth; a brother, Douglas Ray Young; and a brother-in-law, Earl Robinson.
FULTON – Sandra Kay Boozer, 65, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
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.
BATESVILLE – Mary Ida Johns Cook LeQueux, 57, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Interment will follow in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
WEST POINT – James Anderson Curry, 83, died Monday, July 30, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – Edna Leona Sanders, 72, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 16, 1940, to Thomas and Myrtle Hathcock. She was a member of Anchor Holds in Blue Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Mike Sanders and Bro. Mark Sanders officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Ricky Sanders (Beth) of Guntown; two daughters, Rita Matkins (Wade) and Paula Mask (Bobby Lee), both of Pontotoc; grandchildren, Ricky (Hope), Joshua (Amber), Denise, Shane, Wendy, Ashley, Hillary (Jake), Will, Haley (Patrick) and Niki; great-grandchildren, Chloe, Desyray, Zoey, Aariana, Alley, Tori Kate, Gracie, Corbin, Marleigh, Jaxson, Malachi and Lyrki.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two grandsons, Cory Fowler and Jeremy New; two brothers, John Rufus Hathcock and William Edger Hathcock; a sister, Florance Sagley; a son, Bobby Joe Sanders Jr.; and a daughter, Paulette Sanders.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Sanders, Joshua Sanders, Andrew Sanders, Ronnie Hathcock, Junior Sanders, Chris Sanders and Johnny Hathcock. Honorary pallbearers will be Shane Fowler, Will Matkinx, Jaxson Sanders and Malachi Keith.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
ABERDEEN – Carl Vander Turnage, 68, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at his residence in Aberdeen. He was born March 23, 1944, to Jesse Vander “Jake” Turnage and Mary Winifred McRae Turnage in Camp McCain. He was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen. He attended Aberdeen Schools, graduated from Columbia Military Academy and attended the University of Mississippi. He worked as pipeline engineer for Enterprise Pipeline. He was a member of Aberdeen First United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Truman Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Tessa Ashe Turnage Nelson (John) of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Caroline Virginia Turnage of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three brothers, Smith Turnage (B. Sue) of Amory, John Turnage of Aberdeen and Lee Gray Turnage (Frances) of Biloxi; nieces and nephews, Gray Turnage (Jeannie), Virginia Turnage Jones (Tim), Mary Graham Turnage Williams (Chris), McRae Turnage (Casey), Meredith Turnage Erickson (Andy); and special friend, Jane Owen Cunningham.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Gray Turnage, McRae Turnage, John Finn, Kenny Tisdale, Foster Kennedy and Lee Cooper.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
NEW ALBANY – Robert Joseph Portis, 60, died Monday, July 30, 2012, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs. He was born on Aug. 20, 1951, in St. Louis, Mo., to Bob Portis and the late Alma Portis. He had resided in New Albany since 1961. He graduated from W.P. Daniel High School in 1969 and the University of Mississippi in 1973. He was a former football coach and teacher, and had retired as a city policeman from the New Albany Police Department. He was a member of New Albany Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Doctor’s Drive in New Albany with Bro. Charlie Ward officiating. Interment will be in New Albany City Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Aston Portis, and a son, Bobby Portis, both of New Albany; his father, Bob Portis, and stepmother, Shelby, of New Albany; two sisters, Carol Portis and Tracy Holmes of New Albany; brother, John Portis of Grenada; five stepsisters: Pam Futato, Teresa Cannon and Karen Davis, all of New Albany, Sharon Whiteside of Tupelo and Rebecca Austin of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his mother and a sister, Julie Portis.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
CORINTH – Randy Lee Shook, 56, died Friday, July 27, 2012, at his home.
A memorial service will be Friday at North Corinth Baptist Church. Family and friends will officiate. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
STARKVILLE – Edward Wayne Vaughan, 86, passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Growing up a farmer, he attended Maben High School. His mother accepted his high school diploma on his behalf while he was serving overseas with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served in Okinawa and the Battle of the Philippine Islands. He was a carpenter for several years before working for the Housing Department at Mississippi State University for over 20 years. He was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church.
He is survived by his two sons, Gary Wayne Vaughan (Beverly) and Don Rodney Vaughan (Sharon); his sister, Katheleen Vaughan Carlson; brother-in-law, Elton Shurden (Ruby); grandchildren, Rockford Wayne Vaughan (Ellie), Victoria Noelle Vaughan, Quintin Kyle Vaughan, Paul Benjamin Vaughan; and great-grandson, Ryder Wayne Vaughan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Duff and Velma Vaughan; and his wife of 58 years, Martha Lou Shurden Vaughan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Center Grove Baptist Church in Maben. The Rev. Randle Poss will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Welch Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to the Center Grove Baptist Church.
Sign the guest register at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.