Obituaries August 6, 2013

Judy Jones
TUPELO – Beloved wife, mother and dear friend to many, Eleanor Judith Bouchelle Jones passed away peacefully at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. Judy was born in 1943 in North Wilkesboro, N.C., to William and Eleanor Bouchelle. As a graduate of the University of Mississippi she received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Southern Studies. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo and her beloved Mutual Culture Club. She was a Girl Scout leader for over 20 years.

She is survived by her husband, Rick; two sons, David and Jeff; two daughters, Gwen and Caroline; two sisters, Pat and Rebecca; her loving mother, Eleanor; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Bouchelle, and two sons, Rich and Jonathan.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, where Judy was a volunteer for about five years.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo, 400 W. Jefferson St., Tupelo, MS 38804.

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

Kenneth Burnside
TUPELO – Kenneth Ray Burnside passed away on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born May 31, 1926, in Onalaska, Wash., to Emmett and Bessie Burnside.

A service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Tupelo with Bro. Chad Grayson, Bro. Rick Young and Bro. Randy Wood officiating. Burial, with Navy military honors, will be at Gilvo Cemetery in the Skyline community. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, and from 10 a.m. to service time on Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 300 N. Church Street, Tupelo.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Annie Lou Wheeler Burnside; one brother, William James Burnside, and one sister, Shirley Arlene Stetner, and preceded by Donna Jean Koontz. His family survivors are three daughters, Carol Burnside of Tupelo, Evelynn Sue Pomerantz of Simi Valley, Calif., Gwendolynn Sue Johnston of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Michael Burnside of Eugene, Ore. Kenneth adored all of his family which includes eight grandchildren, Lisa Cochran Rollins, Joshua Burnside, Jaimee Pomerantz Simoni, Justin Pomerantz, Janna Pomerantz Connelly, Jenifer Daruty Duran, Nichole Daruty Brodsly, Brittany Countryman Whitley; and 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Upon completion of high school in Mabton, Wash., in June 1944 he joined the U.S. Navy and advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. After 20 years active duty in the Navy, Ken worked as a Civilian Electronics instructor for the Navy in the civil service . After then retiring from the Civil Service, he moved to Tupelo where he became the maintenance manager for North Mississippi Medical Center.

During his tenure at NMMC, Ken was blessed with a group of coworkers he considered a second family. After 14 years of fulfilling employment, he retired for a third time and final. Ken enjoyed his retirement living as a country gentleman, playing golf – lots of golf – and traveling with his wife, Annie Lou.

Mr. Burnside was an active and faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Tupelo, where he taught Sunday school, enjoyed the Senior’s fellowship groups and often cooked for Wednesday night fellowship. Known for his friendly attitude, gentle demeanor, quick wit and humor, and strong in his faith, he will be missed deeply by all.

Myrtle Hankins
FULTON – Myrtle Virginia Reese Hankins born on Oct. 6, 1921, to Winona Leech Reese and Roy Reese in the New Salem community of Itawamba County, died Aug. 3, 2013, at her home in Fulton.

She attended Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, East Mississippi Junior College in Scooba and Mississippi State University in Starkville. During World War II Mrs. Hankins supported the war effort by working in a heavy artillery munitions production facility in Prairie. On Dec. 21, 1942, she married Elzie Lee Hankins. She and her husband, along with Rex and Gena Brown, opened the Itawamba Manufacturing Company in 1948. For decades Mrs. Hankins served her community and churches, First Baptist of Fulton and Southside Baptist in Fulton, by sharing her singing and piano skills while also serving youth ministry as a Sunday school teacher.

Her ardent desire to improve the lives of the youth in her community led her to becoming a Cub Scout den mother, and further support of scouting led to her proudly witnessing all three of her sons achieving Eagle Scout awards. Additionally,

Mrs. Hankins and her husband avidly supported and attended Itawamba youth sports. To fulfill her ardent desire to instruct and shape the lives of children, Mrs. Hankins employed her time substitute teaching at the Fulton Grammar School.

Through service to the South Fulton Homemakers and Home Demonstration Association, Mrs. Hankins wrote regular recaps of her community activities for the Itawamba County Times as well as representing her organization and Itawamba

County both regionally and nationally. She loved her family, friends, and community, and left a legacy of love, giving, and service to her God and others.

Services will be at 11 a.m. WEdnesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. The Rev. Jimmie Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is mourned by her sons, Jordan (Katherine), Ross (Fara Shook) and Patrick; her grandchildren, Loren, Nancy (Jeremy Stewart), Richard, Bonner and Anne Carolyn Virginia; sister, Rivers Smith, and Kim and Steve Jarrett.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 32 years; brothers, Curtis Reese, who was lost over Germany during World War II, Allen Reese, Newman Reese and Russell Reese; and sisters Wilma Lindsey and Helen Harrison.

Visitation will be today, Aug. 6, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Senter Funeral Home.

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

Jennie Mae Goolsby
RIPLEY – Jennie Mae LaBarreare Goolsby, 88, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 25, 1925, to John William and Minnie Mae Benson LaBarreare. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She was a longtime member of Ripley Garden Club, a master gardener and an excellent cook who loved baking cakes for loved ones and sharing flowers.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Ripley Funeral Home with Dr. Rex Yancey, Bro. Bill Baker and Bro. Jack Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Falkner Cemetery.

She is survived by one daughter, Patti Childs (Jimmy) and one son, Lonnie Goolsby (Martha), all of Ripley; three grandchildren, Matthew Goolsby (Shannon) and Abby Bryan (Zane), both of Ripley, and Ellen Skrmetti (Tim) of Madison; and five great-grandchildren, Allie Goolsby, Dylan Goolsby, Evan Goolsby and Bentley Bryan, all of Ripley, and Meg Skrmetti of Madison.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Treadwell Collins Goolsby; one sister, Avie Dickson; and eight brothers, Haston, Ed, Bryson, Murry, Johnny, James, Troy and Leon LaBarreare.

Pallbearers will be Bob LaBarreare, Darrell LaBarreare, Matthew Goolsby, Dylan Goolsby, Evan Goolsby, Zane Bryan and Tim Skrmetti. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Bingham, Tom Moffitt, Tom Shackelford, J.P. Shackelford, Greg Richardson, Elbert Gaillard and Ruth Sunday School Class.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Falkner Cemetery Fund, c/o Tommy LaBarreare, 21170 Hwy. 15, Falkner, MS 38629.

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

Betty Hession
WEST POINT – Betty Hamby Hession passed away Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Robinson Funeral Home in West Point.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home.

Jassmeka McGaughy
SHANNON – Jassmeka E. McGaughy, 28, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. The daughter of Beverly McGaughy Walls and John Earl Cox, she was born Dec. 10, 1984, in Lee County.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Whitehill M.B. Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Daniels officiating. Burial will be in McGaughy Cemetery in Shannon. Agnew & Sons Funeral of Verona is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her children, NaChristian Isby and Jordyn Isby, both of Shannon; her mother, Beverly, (Billy) Walls of Tupelo; her father, John Earl Cox of Shannon; three sisters, Kantina (Robert) Shannon of Shannon, Heaven Copeland and Porsha Brown, both of Verona; one brother, Marcus McGaughy of Verona; and her grandparents, Gloria (Johnny) Kimble of Belden, Mack McGaughy Jr. of Verona, and the Rev. John and Gloria Cox of Shannon.

Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Paul Ford
ABERDEEN – Paul Ford, 80, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of Baptist Grove M.B. Church in Prairie. He worked as an electrician, plumber and carpenter. He loved spending time watching old westerns.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Baptist Grove M.B. Church. Pastor Joseph Lampkin will officiate. Burial will be in Baptist Grove Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two sons, Gayphil Ford (Gwen) of Columbus and Dennis Ford (Carol) of Tupelo; two daughters, Diane Jones of Aberdeen and Sandra K. Hogan (Lynn) of Horn Lake; one brother, Eddie Ford of Prairie; four sisters, Callie

Davis of Ypsilanti, Mich., Josephine Harris of Canton, Mich., Inez Ivy of West Point and Lessie Gathings of Prairie; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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

Annie Hansen
MYRTLE – Annie Pearl Merritt Hansen, 72, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at her residence. She was born July 3, 1941, in Myrtle to James Clark Merritt and Annie Lou Hudson Merritt. She was a homemaker and a member of New Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Hansen of Myrtle; a sister, Dot Funderburg of Little Rock, Ark.; a brother, M.C. Merritt of Myrtle; and two grandchildren, Brandon Rhea and Amanda Rhea.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Cynthia Renea Rhea.

Visitation will be from 2 until 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Margie Cox
RIPLEY – Margie Phillips Cox, 80, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bessie Mills
SKYLINE – Bessie Naomi McAfee Mills, 72, died at her residence in Mooreville after an extended illness. Born March 21, 1941, in Amory to Daniel Rowland McAfee and Tamar Melinder Blackstone McAfee, she lived much of her adult life in Lee County, where she was employed at R.D. Seating and Beauty Equipment Co. She was a private investigator in Northeast Mississippi for many years and a night manager for a jewelry store. She was a member of Church of the Living Waters near Mantachie, where she enjoyed praising God and reading and studying her Bible. She was a blessed mother and grandmother, who loved her children and grandchildren and her dog, Sassy.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 6, at Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Horace Barnes officiating. Burial will follow in New Home Cemetery in the Clay community of Itawamba County.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today only at the Tupelo Chapel.

Survivors include two sons, Louis Newcomb (Glinda) of Fulton and James Mills (Toni) of Mooreville; a sister, Maudeen McAfee of Amory; a brother, Albert McAfee; five grandchildren, Tanya, Kim, Tina, Anthony and Rochelle; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom Mills; an infant daughter, Nicole Newcomb; her nephew, Jerry McAfee; and her siblings.

Dayna Norman
BIG CREEK – Dayna Shae Collins Norman, 37, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at her home. She was born Dec. 19, 1975, in Bruce. She was a 1993 graduate of Bruce High School. She earned an A.A. degree in nursing at Holmes Community College.

She is an R.N. at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Emergency Nurses Association and Big Creek Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Dr. Daniel Hathorne will officiate, and Bro. Jon Haimes will assist. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Big Creek.

She is survived by her husband, Scott Norman of Big Creek; a daughter, Courtny Norman of Big Creek; her parents, Benny Collins and Barbara Mahan Collins of Pittsboro; a sister, Dawn Ruth (Jeff) of Caledonia; her grandmother, Mabel

Collins of Tupelo, formerly of Bruce; nieces, Blaire Ashlye and Cheyenne Ruth; uncles, Albert Collins and Fred Collins; an uncle and aunt, Pop and Bobo Byars; and her best friend, Beth Howell.

She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Jennifer Allisha Collins; and her grandparents, L.D. Collins, and Jack and Bertis Ferguson Mahan.

Pallbearers will be Terry Bounds, Buddy Collins, Joby Collins, Buddy Litton, Bryan McCarty, Barney Norman, Mike Norman and T.J. Pickering. Honorary pallbearers are the NMMC E.R. staff and BHS Class of 1993.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

For online condolences, visit www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Leo Bawnhart
CORINTH – Leo Benjamin Bawnhart, 56, passed Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, as the result of an auto accident.

A memorial service honoring his life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab Center. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his siblings, Saundra Bawnhart Ceballos, Cathy Mallory, Beno Bawnhart, Susan Blanford, Harold Brewer and Terry Rodney.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Edit Odell Bawnhart.

William Mong
HOLLY SPRINGS – William Eugene Mong, 76, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Heritage Apostolic Church. Burial will be in the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Shirley Donnelly
BOONEVILLE – Shirley Layton Donnelly, 65, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at her home.

No visitation or services are scheduled. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Diane Burbank
CORINTH – Sylvia Diane Burbank, 62, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Liberty Hill Cemetery.

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

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

Lillie Mae Hargett
GOLDEN – Lillie Mae Hargett, 96, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at Red Bay Hospital.

Graveside services will be at noon Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Lindsey Cemetery in Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.

Inez Henderson
EUPORA – Inez Missouri Neal Henderson, 89, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Aug. 6, at Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow in North Union Cemetery.

Drusilla Grady
RED BANKS – Drusilla Grady, 57, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Bessie Nix
BOONEVILLE – Bessie Mae Johnson Nix, 85, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at her home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Garden. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the church.

Agnes Plunkett
FULTON – Agnes M. Huling Plunkett, 66, passed away Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born April 26, 1947, to Olympus Fred and Dessie Mae Owens Huling in Pontotoc. She was a member of

Saucer Creek Church of Christ for more than 50 years. After graduating from nursing school, as a registered nurse in 1986, she worked in the E.R. and later, with home care for many years before her retirement. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, traveling, and taking care of others in time of need.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton. Paul Epler, Ryan Ary and Dale Carr will officiate. Burial will be in Saucer Creek Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Eldon Plunkett of Fulton; two sons, Freddie (Rachelle) Plunkett and James (Melanie) Plunkett, both of Fulton; five granddaughters, Kalle Plunkett, Kelsie Plunkett, Kitt Plunkett, Kaitlyn Plunkett and Kinsey

Plunkett, all of Fulton; two grandsons, Kory Plunkett and Karson Plunkett, both of Fulton; sisters, Ruth (Bob) Popp of Sterling Heights, Mich., Dee Moore of Vidor, Texas, and Patricia Shields of Sylvester, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Olympus Fred and Dessie Mae Owens Huling; two sisters, Rosemary Popp and Edna Petroski; and two brothers, George and Glen Huling.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home.

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

Carolyn Smith
TUPELO – Carolyn “Tolly” Smith, 75, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at her home after an extended illness. Arrangements are
incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Walter Trice Sr.
TUPELO – Walter Trice Sr., 79, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Virginia Dykstra
TUPELO – Virginia Dykstra, 91, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at her home. She was born Feb. 17, 1922, in Saltillo. She was a graduate of Nettleton High School and the Salutatorian of her class. She attended MUW and Ole Miss. She served in the

United States Army during World War II, attaining the rank of corporal. She worked as a billing clerk at Blue Bell for 31 years. She was a longtime member of Nettleton Baptist Church and presently a member at Harrisburg Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, watching T.V., swimming, traveling and spending time with her family and her grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Smith officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Survivors include her daughters, Ann Beasley (Larry) of Tupelo and Phyllis Wigginton (Dr. Jimmy) of Smithville; one sister, Kinlock Brown of Nettleton; five grandchildren, Angela Wigginton and Jason Wigginton, both of Smithville, Kim Shelton (Nicky) of Olive Branch, Karl Beasley of Saltillo and Scott Beasley (Krissie) of Tupelo; seven great-grandchildren, Jasmine Wigginton, Chase Wigginton, McKenzie Wigginton, Victoria Beasley, Madison Beasley, Emily Shelton and Ethan Shelton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.C. Hall and Kinlock Shumpert; one brother, Billy Shumpert; one sister, Christine Shumpert; and two grandsons, Kennon Beasley and Kevin Wigginton.

Pallbearers will be Larry Beasley, Karl Beasley, Scott Beasley, Dr. Jimmy Wigginton, Jason Wigginton, Nicky Shelton and Ethan Shelton.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Duane Murley
BOONEVILLE – Terry Duane Murley, 82, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice in Tupelo.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Arlene Horton
UNITY – Arlene “Aunt Lene” Kerr Horton, 97, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born June 4, 1916, in Prairie County, Ark., to Rev. Chester C. and Ora Bell Hill Kerr. She moved to Lee County in November 1929.

She has been a member of Unity Baptist Church since Nov. 6, 1930, and enjoyed teaching Sunday School and playing the piano. After the death of her sister, Edith, she continued with the good job of mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to both family and friends. She used the skills she had learned working for years at Playcraft Manufacturing to make wedding gowns and clothing for family. She enjoyed playing basketball in her younger days, crocheting, quilting and gardening.

She was a former secretary of the Unity RCDC.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Unity Baptist Church with Bro. Eddie Boutwell and Grover Laird officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include nieces, Hilda Franks (Harlon) of the Unity and Gloria Smith of Illinois; nephews, Paul Smith (Barbara), James Horton (Barbara), Gerald Horton and Jackie Horton (Rita); great-nieces, Laura Blast (Bill) of Unity and Lana Lansdell (Clay) of Saltillo; brother, Troy Kerr of Alaska; adopted grandchildren, Ben Blast, Josh Blast and Anna Brooke Lansdell; special caregivers, Lisa Coggins and Lorie Hinds; and several in-laws.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clasford Horton; her parents; her sister-in-law, Lee Kerr; brother, Alton Kerr (Mary); sister, Edith Smith (Lawrence); nephews, Melvin Smith and Sammy Smith.

Pallbearers will be Jackie Horton, James Horton, Bill Blast, Clay Lansdell, Randy Letson, Kevin Letson and David Long. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Wright, Gerald Horton, Perry Horton, Earl Brown, Johnny Letson, Dale Letson, Carol Herring, Wiley Parham and Jerry Palmer.

The body will li in repose at the church from 1 p.m. to service time today.