Obituaries December 12, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mildred Sheffield
FULTON – Mildred Moore Sheffield died in Tupelo on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. She was born in Fulton to Alice Brown Moore and Roten Watts Moore. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, where she was active for many years. She was educated in the Fulton School System and held both bachelor and master degrees from Mississippi State University.
A retired teacher, she taught English and history at Itawamba Agricultural High School and Western Civilization at Itawamba Community College. She was a member of numerous professional, civic and social organizations throughout her life. Along with her late husband, Philip A. Sheffield, the first president of Itawamba Community College, she assisted in establishing the college in 1948.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother as well as a master gardener and bridge player.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev. Kenneth Bishop and Rev. Glyn Wiygul will officiate. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Jane Threldkeld (Jim) of Tupelo; her son, Dr. Philip Sheffield (Cindy) of Athens, Ga.; grandchildren, Mimi McGraw (Robin) of Tupelo, Susan Kimbrough (Jim) of Jamestown, N.C., Sally Threldkeld of Tupelo, Laura Westmoreland (Jason) of Carlton, Ga., and Nina Plagenhorf (Brent) of Marietta, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Jim McGraw (Allyson) of Tupelo, Mary Jane Cook (Chris) of Hillsborough, N.C., Ned McGraw (Marianthi) of Nashville, Tenn., Philip Kimbrough of Los Angeles, Calif., Chris White of Tupelo, Matt White of Tupelo and Paul Westmoreland of Carlton, Ga.; great-great-grandchildren, Jacey Beth Jenkins and Lilli McGraw; and sister, Ola Rae Brown of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Robert Watts Sheffield; a granddaughter, Melissa Sheffield; sisters, Eupal Thornberry, June Pearson and Dorothy Marlin.
Her great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Virginia Lindsey
FULTON – Virginia Lindsey, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at The Meadows in Fulton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Martha Shannon
NEW ALBANY – Martha Shannon, 86,died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Margie Murray
WOODLAND – Margie Leonette Smith Murray, 91, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at her home. She was born in the Pearsell community of Chickasaw County on Feb. 28, 1920, to Sylveston Smith and Delia Carter Smith. She was the retired owner and operator of Murray’s Grocery. She married William Eugene Murray on Dec. 11, 1937. They were married for 39 years until his death on Feb. 28, 1976. She enjoyed working in her yard and cutting grass and did so until she was 89. She enjoyed taking care of her dogs and cats. She was a member of the New Montpelier Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston with Bro. Eddie Brock officiating. Burial will be in the Palestine United Methodist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Delia Murray Davis of Woodland; two sons, Donnie Murray (Carolyn)of Woodland and Willie Edd Murray (Helen) of Branson, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Ray Murray (Julie), Donna Todd ( Chris Davis), Susan Moore (Andy), Mark Murray, Wendi Watson (Scottie), Brad Davis (Dawn), Amanda Murray, and Donald Murray; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Joanne Wofford of West Point.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Eugene Murray; her parents; and one sister, Virginia Smith Hinton Maxwell.
Pallbearers will be Brad Davis, Will Moore, Donald Murray, Jim Murray, Mark Murray and James Wofford.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Brandon, J.T. McQuary, Ray Murray, Adam Todd, Trent Todd, John Allen Verell and Deedy Harrington.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Palestine United Methodist Church, 18850 Mac Pate Rd., Cedar Bluff, MS 39741 and Arbor Grove Baptist Church, 883 CR 93, Houston, MS 38851.
Ethel M. Towery
TUPELO – Ethel M. Towery, 87, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. A Saltillo native, she was born Feb. 1, 1924, to Robert E. and Birdie Hatley McComb. She was the widow of Buddy Towery, who preceded her in death in 1959. She resided in Saltillo until 1961 when she relocated to Tupelo. She was a homemaker and enjoyed flower gardening and working in her yard. She was a member of the Baptist church.
Graveside services will be at 2 p. m. Tuesday at Auburn Cemetery with Rev. James Marks officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Mack Towery (Kathy) of Tupelo; two daughters, Linda Guntharp of Tupelo and Betty Kellum (Earl) of the Brewer Community; one daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Towery of Tupelo; one granddaughter, Lisa Sherrill (Stan) of Chicago; three grandsons, Sean Towery, Joe Towery (Allison) and John Towery (Jennifer), all of Tupelo; one sister, Faye Fountain (A.J.) of Biloxi; one sister-in-law, Louise McComb of Biloxi; five great-grandchildren, John Michael, Tommy, Aly and Elizabeth Towery, and Reagan Collier; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Tommy Joe Towery; one grandson, Matthew Towery; two brothers, Roy and Allen McComb; and one sister, Bessie Sample.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. today at W.E. Pegues in Tupelo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Wade Green
BOONEVILLE – Theron Wade Green, 63, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at Community Hospice in Verona. He was born Aug. 24, 1948, in Booneville. He was a frame builder in the furniture manufacturing industry, and he was a Baptist. He loved all animals, especially horses. He enjoyed going to gospel singings and visiting with his family and friends. Most of all, he loved the Lord.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Stanley Shook and Bro. David Baker officiating. Burial will be in Allen Line Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Chapman Green; a daughter, Lynn Eldridge (Eric) of New Site; a sister, Freda Barron (Sherron) of Booneville; a granddaughter, Christina Mae-Lynn Gray of Dumas; a grandson, D.J. Gray of Dumas; a special niece, Shonda Barron of Snow Lake; and a special cousin, Larry Green of New Site.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Green Gray; and his parents, Truman R. and Christine Smith Green.
Pallbearers are Lee Baker, Buddy Baker, Jeff Green, Henry Green, Jason Green and Andy Ford.
Faye Johnsey
BOONEVILLE – Mary Faye Simmons Johnsey, 83, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at her home. She was born March 16, 1928, in Booneville. She was a machine operator at Blue Bell and Prentiss Manufacturing Company. She was a member of Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and cooking pecan and chocolate pies for family and friends. She loved her dogs.
Services will be at 11a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Edwin Yates officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
She is survived by nieces and nephews, Dora Whittemore (Max) of Booneville, Rita Carpenter (Wade) of Cairo, Judy Tollison Anderson of Blackland, Jim Key (Pat) of Moscow, Tenn., Marilyn Marr (Phillip) of Vancleave, Charles “Chick” Key (Ann) of Booneville, Monty Yates (Diane) of West Point, Edwin Yates (Wanda) of Booneville and Johnny Key (Debbie) of Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Johnsey; her parents, Clint and Birdie Simmons; sisters, Lillian Green, Lula May Key, Hazel Yates and Dorothy Simmons; a brother, Edward Simmons; and a nephew, Shawn Simmons.
Memorials may be made to the Liberty Cemetery Maintenance Fund, c/o Sheila Owens, 2002 E. Church St., Booneville, MS 38829.

Mary Dees
RIPLEY – Mary Laska Akins Dees, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at the Tippah County Health Services in Ripley. She was born on July 20, 1924, in Tippah County to Bondy A. and Mary F. Carmichael Akins. She was an officer for Dees Oil Company and a member of the Ripley Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Dr. Patrick Chapman officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, James Michael Dees and wife, Melinda, of Ripley; two grandchildren, James and Rachel Dees of Ripley; three sisters, Hilda Horton of Ripley, Julia Mallard of Pontotoc and Carolyn Hayes of Germantown, Tenn.; and her caregiver, Dorothy Mejia of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Lynwood Dees; her parents; one sister, Bonnie Faye Blackwell; and one brother, Harry Akins.
Pallbearers will be Mitch Ward, Benny Carter, Gary Parsons, Mike Graves, Jerry Reno, Leon Bailey, David Duncan, Harry Grisham and Johnny Carter.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby P. Martin, Dr. Charles Elliott, Floyd Hayes and Will Weddington.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Avanell Bishop
MARIETTA – Avanell Gardner Bishop 91, of the Ozark community died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at the Community Hospice House in Verona. She was born June 4, 1920, to E.C. and Idella Gardner. She was a member of the Ozark Church of Christ. She was a former school teacher, employee of Mantachie Manufacturing and a retired employee of Marietta Manufacturing. She was a loving wife, mother grandmother and mother-in-law.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Ministers Carl Dunlap and Tony Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Ozark Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Larry Bishop (Jackie) and Jerry Bishop (Betty), both of Ozark; grandchildren, Cindy Layman (Gary) of Ozark, Lana Jo Lollar (Mike) of Mantachie, Marla Kay Harris (William) and Jerry Craig Bishop (Sonya), both of Ozark, Joesph K. Bishop (Ellen) of South Carolina; great-grandchildren, Jake and Jackie Layman, Alex and Heath Lollar, Jenna and Madison Harris, Steven, Brittany, Kailee and Samantha Bishop; stepgreat-grandchildren, Grace Blanchard and William Jackson; stepgreat-great-grandchild, Morgaine Blanchard; sisters, Winna Jean Sheffield of Kenosha, Wis., Robbie Habor of Guntown and Peggy Scruggs of El Paso, Texas; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by; her parents; her husband, Bondie Bishop; brothers, Ellis, Edward “Buck” and Charlie Gardner; sisters, Mattie Ruth Tabler and Joann Sheffield; and a great-grandson, Brandon Bishop.
Pallbearers will be Joseph Bishop, Steven Bishop, Jake Layman, Alex Lollar, Phil Harbor and William Harris.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
The funeral is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at
Waters Funeral Home.

Lynette McIntosh
ABERDEEN – Lynette McIntosh, 45, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Dorothy Franks
MANTACHIE – Dorothy Franks, 90, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Odell Thomas
SARDIS – Odell Thomas, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at her home in Sardis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Sardis.

David A. Caldwell
TIPLERSVILLE – David A. Caldwell died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Hazel Hines
NEW ALBANY – Mary Hazel Hines, 80, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Union County Health and Rehab. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.