Obituaries August 20, 2013

David Carnell Jr.
BOONEVILLE – Mr. David Milton “Coach” Carnell Jr. was born Feb. 12, 1946, to David Milton “Book” Carnell Sr. and Mildred Irene Carnell.

Surrounded by his family, he passed from this life on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, after battling cancer for over 10 years.

Carnell was a member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed sharing his faith with those around him, as well as teaching Sunday school classes.

Coach Carnell was well known in the sports world of North Mississippi.

Carnell graduated in 1964 from W.P. Daniel High School in New Albany, where he was a member of the Bulldog football team and helped lead the team to an undefeated Little 10 championship in his senior season. He was also a member of the Bulldog football team that won 20 straight games and was named to the All Little 10 Conference team. Carnell was also a member of the Bulldog baseball team in high school.

Following his varsity career, Carnell signed a football scholarship with Mississippi State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1969.

Shortly after graduation, he began his coaching career at Biggersville High School, where he was hired as the first football coach in school history. He coached at Biggersville until 1972 when he completed his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Mississippi and was hired at Northeast Mississippi Junior College as a member of the Tiger football coaching staff.

Carnell served as assistant coach on Coach Bill Ward’s staff until he took over the program as head coach in 1983. After three years as head coach, he gave up the head-coaching role and returned to be an assistant until 1996 when he finished his football-coaching career and turned his attention and energy to softball.

Coach Carnell restarted the slow-pitch softball program in 1993 and transitioned it to fast-pitch softball in 2001. He coached the program through his retirement in 2005. In 1996, Coach Carnell took over as athletic director and held that role until his retirement in 2006. After retiring, Coach Carnell returned to help Coach Jody Long on the diamond until 2008, when he wrapped up his coaching career. In total, Carnell recorded 301 wins against 223 losses during his time as head football and softball coach.

Carnell was a part of five North Division titles, 13 straight Region XXIII Tournaments, a Region XXIII title with softball in 2003 along with a NJCAA National Tournament appearance. He was named Region XXIII Coach of the Year in 2003 and MACJC Coach of the Year in 2005. Coach Carnell was given the NJCAA Loyalty Award in 2005, as well. In 2010, he was inducted into the Northeast Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame. Northeast’s softball program honors Carnell each year with its highest honor – the David Carnell Six Inch Award – for the softball student-athlete that makes the best decisions. His final sports achievement came in April 2013 when he was inducted into the MACJC Sports Hall of Fame. After his retirement, he turned his focus back to his first love – his cattle and farming. Carnell was a lifelong cattleman and was a member of the Cattleman’s Association.
Carnell was extremely proud of his family and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends – especially his four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, David Milton “Book” Carnell Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Patricia Carnell; two daughters, Heather Lee (Jeff) and Holly Arthur (Daniel); one son, David Milton Carnell III; four grandchildren, Beau and Lydia Lee, Emma and Trey Arthur; his mother, Mildred Irene Carnell; one brother, Roye Carnell (Elizabeth); two nephews, Chris and Will (Lauren) Carnell; and a host of nieces and nephews. Coach Carnell is also survived by numerous teammates from his playing days, coaching friends and former players.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to David Carnell Scholarship Fund c/o NEMCC Development Foundation, 101 Cunningham Blvd., Booneville, MS 38829.

Visitation will be today, Aug. 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Bonner Arnold Coliseum on the campus of Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville. Service time will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Bonner Arnold Coliseum. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, and continue until service time. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Chuck Boxx and Ricky Neaves will officiate the ceremony.

Burial will be at the New Albany Cemetery with immediate family only.

Pallbearers will be Jody Long, Bill Ward, Jock Calamese, Willie Blake, Chris Fulper, Bill Spain, Billy Southward and James Williams.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Front Porch Coffee Club, former teammates, players and coaches.

Wayne Dill
FULTON – Troy Wayne Dill, 74, passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in Iuka. He was born June 26, 1939, to Troy Dill and Reba Cooksey Dill. He retired from Action Lane after 31 years of service. He was a member of Fulton Free Will Baptist Church, and he enjoyed gardening and landscaping. He was an avid MSU Bulldog fan.

Services will be 2 p.m. today, Aug. 20, at Senter Funeral Home with Bro. Gary Isbell and Bro. Scott Nicholson officiating. Burial will be in Mantachie Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include daughters, Trina Turner of Fulton, Melissa Thayer of Mantachie and Ruby Dill of Pontotoc; sons, Danny (Belinda) Dill of Fulton and Richard Dill of Pontotoc; stepdaughters, Pat (Randy) Roper of Brewer, Donnie (Darrell) Husffman of Houston and Donna (Rex) Clingan of Pontotoc; granddaughters, Amber (James) Shumpert of Tupelo, Morgan Gillespie of Mantachie, Anna (Jason) Porter of Fulton, Mallory Turner of Fulton; grandsons, Noah Dill of Fulton and Bentley Dill of Pontotoc; six stepgrandchildren; great-granddaughter, Aliyah Shumpert of Tupelo; four stepgreat-grandchildren; sister, Roxie Ledlow of Mantachie; and caregiver and special friend, Brandy Duke

He was preceded in death by his father, Troy Dill; his mother, Reba Dill; his wife, Betty Faye Dill; a daughter, Donna Faye Dill; a stepson, Terry Williams; and two sisters, Retha Ledlow; and Opal Dill.

Pallbearers are Kirby Turner, Noah Dill, Scotty Pannell, Randy Rodgers, Brad Windham and Nathan Rodgers.

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

Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Dan Justice
TUPELO – Dan Sheppard Justice, 66, formerly of Altavista and Forest, Va., died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. He was the husband of Brenda Hughes Justice for 47 years. He was born Oct. 29, 1946, in Morganton, N.C., a son of the late John H. Justice Jr. and Lucille Sheppard Justice. He retired from The Lane Company in 2008 after 42 years of service. He enjoyed participating in all forms of athletics but had a passion and skill for golf. He especially cherished the friendships he formed over the years while a member of Altavista, Boonsboro and Tupelo Country Clubs.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Jay Justice (Andrea) of Altavista, Va., and Leighton Justice (Laura) of Waynesboro, Va.; two brothers, John Charles Justice (Lupita) of Guadalajara, Mexico, and Charles David Justice of Powhatan, Va.; and three grandchildren, Andrew Justice, Julia Webster and Ryan Webster.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Finch & Finch Chapel in Altavista, Va. Finch & Finch Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive friends at the home of his son, Jay, at 1206 Woodland Ave. in Altavista, Va.

The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials consider a charity of their choice.

Visit the online tribute at www.finchandfinchfuneralservice.com to share a memory or send a condolence to the family.

Arnold Breedlove
MICHIGAN CITY – Arnold Breedlove, 73, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Collierville. He was born Jan. 2, 1940, in Ashland to James Addison Breedlove and Annie Louise Watkins Breedlove. He worked as a supervisor with Troxel Manufacturing. He was a Mason, had served in the National Guard and was an avid sports fanatic. He was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. He married Nancy Breedlove on Nov. 13, 2012.

Services will be today, Aug. 20, at the Main Chapel of Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar, Tenn. Interment will follow at Hickory Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Moscow, Tenn.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Beverly Sigler of Rosemark, Tenn.; a son, Mark Breedlove of Cordova, Tenn.; a sister, Ellen V. Davis of Ashland; a brother, Morris Breedlove of Somerville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Brandon and Derek Sigler.

The family requests memorials be directed to the Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 8065 Yager Road, Moscow, TN 38057.

Mary Wren
CORINTH – Mary L. “Nokie” Wren died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.

A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Corinth. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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

Online condolences may be made to the Wren/Jones families at www.grayson-porters.com.

Harriett Cochran
HOLLY SPRINGS – Harriett Thompson Cochran died Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at Christopher’s Care Home in Holly Springs.

A memorial service was held Monday, Aug. 19, at Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Norma Lemons
PONTOTOC – Norma Smith Lemons, 73, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Baldwyn Nursing Home in Baldwyn. She was a born Feb. 12, 1940, to Richard “Red” Smith and Gladys Sloan Smith. She was a graduate of New Albany High School and Blue Mountain College. She taught school in Mississippi, Florida and Alabama. She was the owner of Rainbow Fabrics in Pontotoc, worked at Hancock Fabrics and also worked at the Mississippi State Extension Office in Pontotoc as a nutritional specialist. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Pontotoc, where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a member of Pontotoc County Retired Teachers. An accomplished pianist, she enjoyed sewing, ceramics and music.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Sonny Smith, the Rev. Mickey Gentry and the Rev. Paul Sims officiating. Burial will follow in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral

Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her son, Ted Lemons of Tupelo; her grandson, Corey Lemons of Pontotoc; her brother, Richard “Dickie” Smith (Sherry) of New Albany; a sister-in-law, Laney Sims (Paul) of Pontotoc; three nieces; and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Tommy Lemons.

Pallbearers will be Ted Lemons, Trey Huey, Butch Huey, Marshall Jenkins, Patrick Bramlett, Corey Lemons, Scott Smith and Dickie Smith.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, c/o Youth Fund, 31 W. Washington St., Pontotoc, MS 38863.

Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Tillman Hurd
SPRINGVILLE – Tillman Hoyt Hurd, 64, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2013, at his home after a long illness. He was born Sept. 10, 1948. He graduated from Fulton High School and Itawamba Community College. He was one of the first male nurses in Northeast Mississippi in the 1960s. He was a supervisor when the Tenn-Tom Waterway was built. He also worked as a security guard at North and South Pontotoc schools, and as auxiliary deputy, dispatcher and chief chauffeur for Sheriff Lloyd Moore. A unique individual who loved life, he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Uvond Tutor Hurd; three sons, Charles Hurd, Jeffery Hurd (Jennifer) and David Hurd (Lisa); one daughter, Lacreshia Crawsby; his grandchildren, Miracle, Lindzie, Andi and Alisha Hurd, and Kimberly and Kevin Crawsby; sister, Betty Adams (Ricky); brother, Martin Hurd (Myra); his mother, Maxine Hurd Carlisle; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Harold Hurd, and his twin brother, Hillman Hurd.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Jody Riddle and Bro. Richie Jones will officiate. Burial will be Springville Cemetery with Masonic rites and Rites of Passage at the graveside.

Pallbearers will be Jason Owens, Wayne Tutor, Justin Tackitt, David Hall, Tommy Hancock, Derrick and Michael Johnson. Masonic and Shriner brothers will be honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday.

Vernon Ray
WEST POINT – Walter Vernon “Bonehead” Ray, 84, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center, in West Point. He was born Nov. 19, 1928, in Webster County to Nannie Peeples and Luther Barrett Ray. He was a retired “A” machine Operator for Babcock & Wilcox Company for 38 years. He was a member of West End Baptist Church. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He married Betty Files Ray on Aug. 21, 1949, in Eupora. The couple would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James Towery officiating and the Rev. Roy Myers assisting. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Eupora. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Files Ray of West Point; one daughter, Sandra Ray White (Eddie) of Tupelo; three sons, Wayne Ray (Judy) and Michael Ray (Evelyn), all of West Point, and Timothy Ray (Beth) of Cedar Bluff; five grandchildren, Leslie Hood, Susan Fulgham, Danielle Hood, Kevin White and Matt Ray; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Abbie Rico of Eupora; and one brother, Milton Ray (Frances) of West Point.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his brothers, Octa Ray, John Wister Ray and Willie Ray.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Rico, James Rico, Larry Gore, Jeff Peeples, Tom Ray and Donald Files. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Edmund A. Miller Jr., Jake Sisk, Stanley Sisk, Sam Wiggs, his nieces and nephews, the Barnabas Sunday School

Class, the West End Baptist Church family and former co-workers at the Babcock & Wilcox Company.

Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, P.O. Box 388, West Point, MS 39773.

Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.

Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Katie Anderson
WALNUT – Katie Elaine Barnes Anderson, 61, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at her residence in Chalybeate. She was born June 4, 1952, to K.C. and Birdie Mae Null Barnes. She was a member of Christ Temple Church and retired from Jetco.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Christ Temple Church with Bro. Gary Porterfield, Bro. Clay Hall and Bro. Travis Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in Providence Baptist Church Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one daughter, Tammy Cameron of Corinth; one sister, Kathy Carlise of Walnut; two brothers, Billy Barnes (Sarah) and Roger Barnes, both of Walnut; three grandchildren, Ashley Hodum (Cody), Brittany Williams (Cody) and Tiffany Gentry; one great-grandchild, Daniel Tucker Hodum; four aunts, Jean Talley of Chalybeate, Lovie Cross of Falkner, Ruby Aldridge of Walnut and Eleron Shaw of Chalybeate; and one special aunt, Edith Hamm of Chalybeate.
Pallbearers will be Dewayne Porterfield, Cody Hodum, Cody Williams, Michael Porterfield, Shane Barnes and Chris Beasley. Honorary pallbearers will be Kerry King and Cody Clifton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Kenneth Barnes.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. today until time service time Wednesday at Christ Temple Church.

To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

William Sartor
OXFORD – William Smith Sartor, 84, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Born in Hamilton, he was a private 1st class and medical technician in the Army. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church, and a member of Gideons International, American Legion, Grand Lodge of Mississippi, Free and Accepted Masons, and Phi Delta Kappa. He was principal at Hamilton High School and Natchez High School before retiring from Marks Junior High School.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Allen officiating. Burial will follow at 5 p.m. in Center Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Hamilton. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Betsy Emerson Sartor; two daughters, Harriet Gorove (Stephen) and Beth James (Walt); one son, William S. Sartor Jr. (Rebecca); one sister, Irene Kennon; one brother, Ray Sartor (Janice); six grandsons, John

“Veazey” Powell Jr, Davin James, William James, Barret James, Henry William Sartor and David James; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 until 6 today and from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.

Visit wallerfuneralhome.com to sign the online guestbook.

Kenneth Parker
FULTON – Charles Kenneth Parker, 61, passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 27, 1952, to Charles Parker and the late Mary McVey Parker. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with Bro. Chuck Box and Bro. Lloyd Minor officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Angelia Parker; his father, Charles Parker of Tupelo; two daughters, Pam (Ryan) Warrington of New Albany and Christy (Lee) Burrow of Nettleton; one son, Robby Dickens of Fulton; grandsons, Frankie Burrow and Jesse Burrow of Nettleton, Hayden Dickens of Guntown and Samuel “Sam” Warrington of New Albany; five granddaughters, Kirsten Burrow of Nettleton, and Abby Dickens, Gracie Dickens, Samantha Dickens and Riley Dickens, all of Guntown; one sister, Gwen (Earl) Wheelington of Booneville; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Verdie Dickens of Fulton; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary McVey Parker.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Holcomb, Jimmy Johnson, Steve Holcomb, Reed Adams, Steve Hurd and Tim Rogers. His grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Syble Brasher
BRUCE – Syble Massey Brasher, 89, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born July 6, 1924, in Merigold. She was a homemaker and a member of Bruce First Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Bruce High School Class of 1938, and she attended Jackson Commercial College.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Bro. Darrell Logan will officiate, and Dr. Daniel Hathorne will assist. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three daughters, Diane (Mike) Young of Bruce, Hilda (R.D.) Cline of Amory and Janet (Ronald) Jenkins of Bruce; seven grandchildren, Reba Dunn, Carla Lee, Amy Beachum, Rachel Pomeroy, Sarah Stevens, Ben Jenkins and Jesse Jenkins; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, J. Thurman Massey of Bruce.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arvin Buford Brasher; her parents, Truman Zack Massey and Alpha Card Massey; and brothers, Ernest Massey, Hubert F. Massey and Tack Massey.

Pallbearers will be Eugene Beachum, Scott Dunn, Ben Jenkins, Jesse Jenkins, Anders Lee, Billy Pomeroy and Michael Stevens.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

For online condolences, visit www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

George Scott
TUPELO – George W. Scott passed away Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.

Shea Padgett
BOONEVILLE – Rickey Shea Padgett, 40, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Virgie Murry
MYRTLE – Virgie Anniebelle Smith Murry, 82, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Union County Health and Rehab Center in New Albany. She was born Dec. 17, 1930, to George W. and Isedora Hopkins Smith in Tippah County. She was a homemaker and a member of Old Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 20, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Bro. Doc Shelton and Bro. Elvin Willard will officiate. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery in Union County. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one daughter, Rita Thompson (Mitch) of Myrtle; one brother, James Marion “Buddy” Smith (Faye) of Ashland; three grandchildren, David Thompson (Penny) of Myrtle, LaWanda Craig of Guntown and Shane Murry of Etta; five great-grandchildren, Brandi, Vivian, Hunter, Trace, Elijah; and the mother of her grandson, Shane, Evelyn Mason of Etta.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Murry Jr.; her parents; one son, Bennett Murry; and one sister, Mildred Smith.

Pallbearers will be Richie Beeler, Bengi Kelly, Layton Smith, Hunter Thompson, David Thompson and Jackie Smith. The Rev. David Jordan will be an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Mary Jo Swan
AMORY – Mary Jo Swan, 86, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Christopher Lockett
NETTLETON – Christopher Lockett, 25, died suddenly on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in DeSoto County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Nettleton Chapel.

Spiven Johnson
AMORY – Spiven Lee “Spider” Johnson, 69, died on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at River Place Nursing Center in Amory. Born on April 4, 1944, in Amory, he was a son of the late Elzie and Clara Mae Johnson. He was a graduate of West Amory High School and a member of the St. Paul M.B. Church. He was a former employee of Brasfield & Horn Furniture Store for many years. He worked part-time as a plumber and carpenter for family and friends. He loved working in his flower beds and helping others in the community. He was of the Baptist faith and loved his pastor and church and was very passionate and excited when his pastor was singing.

He is survived by his son, Tremain Wayne (Tina) Howard of Tupelo; three granddaughters, Kiara and Kanisha Howard of Amory, and Kiuana Thomas of Wren; three brothers, Clark Johnson and Zelbert (The Deacon) Johnson, both of Amory, and Davis Lee Johnson of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and five sisters, Dorothy Johnson of Virginia Beach, Va., Annie Sims of Grand Rapids, Vivian (James) Parker of California, Deloris Johnson of Weirton, W.Va., and Gracie Jean Freeman of Amory.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Harry Johnson and George Lee (Putt) Johnson.

A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at St. Paul M.B. Church with the Rev. Lesley T. Mabry officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today The body will lie in repose one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.