Obituaries August 25, 2013

Danny Walker
RIPLEY – Danny Wayne Walker, 70, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 30, 1942, to Charles Thomas and Ruth Shelton Walker. He was a Baptist, and he was retired from Hankins Sawmill as a mill-wright.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Beulah Howard Walker of Ripley; five daughters, Donna Holmes and Sandra Skelton, both of Potts Camp, Waynette Pendley (Eddie) of Cyril, Okla., and Dana Walker and Stephanie Bateman (Darrell), both of Ripley; three sisters, Norma Jean Moffitt (Roy) of New Albany, Kay Holliday of Ripley and Mary Ann Forsythe of Counce, Tenn.; one brother, Lynn Walker (Kathy) of Blue Springs; 12 grandchildren, Nick Howell, Erica Holmes, Bridget and Amanda Walker, Maury and Dusty Syms, Robert Lee Millwood, Michal Miller, Beth Russell, Annie Shoupe, and Casey and Destany Moore; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Frances Slay.

Pallbearers will be Joey Holliday, Greg Duncan, Tony Walker, Clay Gerry, Randy Moore, Wayne Taylor, Larry Howard and Jonathon Hudson.

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

To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Annette Mortensen
AMORY – Annette Kelly Mortensen, 68, passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at her residence. She was born Aug. 28, 1944, in Red Bay, Ala., to Elbert Floyd and Della Mae Burns Daniel. A graduate of Tupelo High School, she then received her degree as a registered nurse from MSCW. As well as being a registered nurse, she enjoyed volunteering her time at nursing homes, helping others to understand their health. She was an avid scrapbooker, gardener and crafter. She loved her family and cherished time spent with them. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Robert Garland and Dr. Roy McHenry officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, Bro. P.J. Mortensen of Amory; three children, Kim Kelly, Christi Shields (Jimmie) and Michael B. Kelly (Tonia), all of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Josh and Kelly Witcher, Joey Shields, and Robby and Hope Smith; and one niece, Lysha Lentz (Kelly) and their children, Austin and Steven Lentz, all of Tupelo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Frances Patterson; and one grandaughter, Lauren Kelly.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Ridling, Jimmie Shields, Ray Wright, and Austin, Steven and Kelly Lentz.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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

Bob Green
BALDWYN– Robert J. “Bob” Green, 88, died Aug. 23, 2013, at his residence in the Pratts community. He was Born May 31, 1925, to Lynnie Cooper and James Milton Green. He resided in Byhalia, Memphis and the Pratts community until his death. He served his country during World War II and the Korean War. He received the Good Conduct medal, Asian Pacific Ribbon, Battlestar and Victory Ribbon (Japanese and Phillippine Occupation). He was retired from Gorden Trucking of Memphis. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church and a Gideon.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Neal Murphy and Bro. Toby Mears officiating. Burial will be in Pratt Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by neices, Sara Satterfield of Libertyville, Ill., Ladenis Lasseter of Renzi and Mary Tranin; and nephews, Jodie Mears, Toby Mears, Johnny Mears, William Mears, Joe Mears, all of Baldwyn and Howard Durham, Tim Green ,Terry Green, Gerald Felks, Paul Felks, David Felks and Edward Felks.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Isabel Green; and his parents.

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

Vincent Hester
AMORY – Vincent L Hester, 40, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Ruth Lancaster
WOODLAND – Ruth Alice Davidson Lancaster, 95, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. She was born July 19, 1918, in Clay County to John Juette Davidson and Lola Alice Russell Davidson. She was a housewife and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.

Services will be 2 p.m. today, Aug. 25, at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with the Rev. Sammy McMillen and the Rev. Wade Mathis officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Woodland. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her son, Russell and Jo Carolyn Lancaster of Houston; her granddaughters, Carol Lancaster of Houston, Cathy and Chuck Spencer of Woodland, Cindy Lancaster of Houston, and Merry and Dr. Chad Carson of Helena, Ala.; and her great-grandchildren, Charles Wayne Spencer, Kyler Spencer, Faith Carson, Jack Carson and Ava Carson.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Gillespie on July 30, 2013; her husband, Owen Wilson Lancaster on April 5, 2005; her parents; her son-in-law, Jack Gillespie; her sister, Maggie Belle Wooten; and her brother, John Davidson.

Pallbearers are Jimmy Calvin Lancaster, Frank House, John William Lancaster, Chuck Spencer, Chad Carson and Rickey Chambers.

Honorary pallbearers are John Robert Woodruff, Floyd Pumphrey and James R. “Hard Rock” Criddle.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Phyllis Nelson, 570 CR 68, Woodland, MS 39776.

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

Bobby Tribble
AMORY – Bobby Gayle Tribble, 71, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at his home. Born Nov. 9, 1941, in North Carolina, he was a son of Harold Robinson and Velora Brown Tribble. He was married to Linda Isbell. A Methodist, he was also a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. A graduate of Hatley High School, he proudly served 25 years in the U.S. Army. Before his retirement, he worked 17 years for the BNSF Railroad. He enjoyed spending time with his family, going to estate sales, playing cards and dominoes and gardening.

A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. today, August 25, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park.

Survivors include three daughters, Tina G. Holcomb of Amory, Teresa L. Holley of Hatley and Tiffany A. Comer (Dee) of Wren; seven grandchildren, April Fooshee, Jacob Holcomb, Tessa Holley, Jordan Holcomb, Courtney Fooshee, Kelsey Holley and Sydney Holley; two great-grandchildren, Lexius Jean Edwards and Witt Comer; and nieces and nepews, Harold Tribble, William Tribble, Debbie Myatt and Jan Palmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and two brothers, Billy Harold Tribble and Raymond Earl Tribble.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Fooshee, Patrick Traynor, Jody Comer, Josh Comer, Barry Tribble and Steven Miller.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert McNeece, Roger Miller and David Thompson.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Keith Williams
GUNTOWN – Keith “Budman” Williams, 41, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Latimer Park football field during a Baldwyn High School football game. He was a team leader for Mitchell Dist. Co. for 20 years and a member of First Baptist Church of Saltillo. He loved playing golf, boating with his family, working out at the gym and hunting.

Services will be 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Hatfield and Bro. Joe Herndon officiating. Burial will be in McNeil Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Wendy Evans Williams of Guntown; two daughters, Molly Grace Williams and Marla Faith Williams, both of Guntown; one sister, Diava Beth Leslie of Mooreville; one stepsister, Tonya Jackson of New Albany; his mother and stepfather, Teresia Lynn Morgan and Roy Jr. of Saltillo; his father and stepmother, Kenny Williams and Debby of Iuka; his grandmother, Maxine Willimas of Baldwyn; his mother and father-in-law, Mary and Robert Evans of Saltillo; and a very special friend, Lawrence Buse of Endville.

Pallbearers will be Steve Phillips, Tony Carley, Adam Mitchell, Danny Cash, Mike Davis, Roy Timms and Hal “Hollywood” Page.

Honorary pallbearers are the employees of Mitchell Dist.

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

Jackie Burdine
AMORY – Jackie Neal Burdine, 74, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born Dec. 5, 1938, in the Carolina Community, he was the son of Elvie and Gladys Neal Burdine. He was a graduate of Amory High School, and he married Betty Wardlaw. After graduation, he worked for Pullman Couch in Amory as a foreman and before his retirement, he was plant manager for Amwood Products. He attended Hatley Primitive Baptist Church, and he enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening and spending time with his dog, Annie.

A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Wes White and Elder Tim Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Burdine of Amory; one daughter, Teresa Snow (Johnny) of Smithville; one daughter-in-law, Teresa Howell Burdine of Amory; one son, Greg Burdine of Amory; six grandchildren, Brandy Burnette, Beth Long (Jamie), Brittany Burdine, Taylor Burdine, John Snow (Amy) and Carrie Anderson (TJ); five great-grandchildren, Gracie Beth Long, Audrie Long, Jaxton Burdine, Ashtyn Hensley and Marley Kate Snow; numerous nephews; and a host of brothers and sisters by marriage.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a grandson, Michael Schrock.

Pallbearers will be Todd Finely, Mike Fowlkes, Robert Wardlaw, Ricky Finley, Frank Smith Jr., Bryan Smith and Craig Wardlaw.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ira Kennedy, Don Fowler, Richard Neal, Thomas Greer and Don Leech.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 919 Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611 or to First Friends, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821 in honor of Betty Burdine and in memory of Gladys Burdine.

Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Cathy Hartzog
MADISON – Cathy Stalnaker Thornton Hartzog, 60, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson after an extended illness. A Tupelo native, she was born Aug. 28, 1952, the daughter of Harold and Peggy Stalnaker. She graduated from Tupelo High School and received her graduate degree from Mississippi University for Women and Mississippi College. She worked as a registered nurse at North Mississippi Medical Center and then after moving to Madison in 1989, she worked for Network 8 as CQI coordinator, retiring due to her health. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church while living in Tupelo and Traceridge Baptist Church in Madison. A truly genuine and warm individual, she enjoyed most the time spent with family and friends and caring for her special pets including her dog, “Beau.”

Services will be 3 p.m. today, Aug. 25, at Wesley United Methodist Church with Rev. Ray Rooney Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 13 years, Denis Hartzog of Madison; her mother, Peggy Stalnaker of Tupelo; three children, Denny Hartzog (Crystal) of Brandon, Jacob Hartzog of Rincon, Ga. and Skyler Hartzog (Joseph) of Rincon, Ga.; her sister, Nancy Clements (Paul) of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Xan and Ash Hartzog; a sister-in-law, Cindy Hartzog; a special niece, Lindsey Turner (Dan) of Tupelo; and several other nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Denis Hartzog Jr., Jacob Hartzog, Jeseph Austin, Dan Turner, Dennis Stafford and Sonny Jones.

She was preceded in death by her father; and her husband, Gary Thornton

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Mississippi Animal Rescue League.

For online condolences, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Kenneth Clement
CORINTH – Kenneth Wayne Clement, 67, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Jerusalem Church of Christ Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Bill James
CORINTH – Willie L. “Bill” “Foxhunter” James, 78, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Patricia Novarese
THAXTON – Patricia Marie Novarese, 50, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born in Memphis on Aug. 25, 1962. She worked at Pop Tunes. After becoming sick, she moved to Thaxton to be with her mother and brother, where she was a homemaker.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Chip Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Turnpike Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her mother, Linda Mills (Bobby); father, William Butler; daughter, Nicole Novarese; son, Matthew Dillion; brother, Joe Mills; aunt, Ginger Whitehorn; and uncles, James O. Butler and Hubert Butler.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; and other aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

James Reese
SMITHVILLE – James Wayne Reese, 51, died on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Monroe County as the result of an automobile accident. Born Sept. 14, 1961, he was the son of Wayne Washington Reese and Sanda Kay Homer Reese. He attended Smithville schools and worked as a supervisor for FFM in Amory. He enjoyed fishing, watching westerns and gambling.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in Young Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include special friend, Cynthia Ford of Smithville; his mother, Sanda Kay Reese of Smithville; one daughter, Jessica Lynn Reese of Hatley; one son, James Glenn Reese of Hatley; one sister, Anna Maurine Brown of Greenwood Springs; and one grandson, James Daniel Reese.

He was preceded in death by his father; and by his wife, Nona Reese.

Pallbearers will be Derrick Brown, Allen Coker, Greg Coker, A.J. Murphy, Travis Dulaney, Donald Thompson and Chris Gray.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and will continue until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Anita Stacy
AMORY – Anita Stacy, 69, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.