Obituaries December 18, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Robert Shumpert
SHANNON – Robert Shumpert, 56, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 at his home. He was born July 31, 1954 to Ellis and Irma Smith Shumpert in Itawamba County. He was a member of Blackland M.B. Church in Verona. He was a truck driver.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Blackland M.B. Church with the Rev. Earlie Eddie officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Shirley Shumpert of Shannon; three daughters, Shameka Smith (Titus) of Tupelo, Tameka Smith (Tim) of Germany and Chiquita Smith of Shannon; six sons, Michlin Shumpert (NeSheka) of Virginia, Ronnie Shumpert (Peggy) of Tupelo, Randall Moore of Columbus, Timothy Smith of Baldwyn, Antonio Smith of Shannon, and Jeson Smith (Cora) of Shannon; five sisters, Julia Dennis (Roosevelt) of Verona, Dorothy Jean Shumpert of Tupelo, Patricia Blackmon (Robert) of Dorsey, Brenda Little (Jimmy) of Plantersville, and Keron Evans (Lane) of Okolona; three brothers, Randy Shumpert (Cheryl), Billie Joe Shumpert (Linda) and Chris Shumpert (Vickie) all of Dorsey; 23 grandchildren; mother-in-law, Annie Smith of Shannon; a special sister-in-law Linda McCoy and five brothers-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ellis Shumpert, Jr.
Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service. Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com

Shirley Baldwin
ABBEVILLE – Shirley DePriest Baldwin, 66, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. She was retired from Furniture World in Oxford. She was the former Town Clerk of Abbeville and was a member of First Baptist Church of Abbeville. Also, she was a member of the Darrell DePriest Lafayette County DAV.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Hope officiating. Burial will follow in Abbeville Cemetery.
Survivors include her mother, Arlie Mae Irwin DePriest of Abbeville; three daughters, Evelyn Windham and Teresa Baldwin of Southaven, and Karen Walters and her husband, Jimmie of Abbeville; one sister, Linda Kisner of Abbeville;
two brothers, Danny DePriest and Keith DePriest both of Abbeville; four grandchildren, Zachary Walters of Oxford, Blayze Windham of Tupelo, Chase Windham of Tupelo, and Christian Walters of Abbeville.
She was preceded in death by her father, Hillard E. DePriest; one brother, Darrell DePriest and a son-in-law, Stewart Windham.
Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.
To sign an online guestbook, visit our website www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Larry Bryant
CORINTH – Larry Dale Bryant 43, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. He was raised and believed in the Lord. He was disabled and he was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Pleasant Valley Church of Christ with Bro. Benny Milam officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Valley cemetery.
He is survived by one daughter, Ashley Bryant of Corinth; mother, Dorthy Milam Anglin and his step-father, JR. Anglin of Corinth; one sister, Marilyn Whitney of Bradford, Tenn.; two brothers, Steve Mills of Kossuth and Ricky Mills of Victoria, Va.; his father, Tommy Bryant; two aunts, Ronda Koon of Tenn. and Hilda Moore of Frankstown; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great- nephews.
Pallbearers will be Arron Milam, Travis James , Alex Lewis, Steve Mills and Bobby Koon, Wayne ,
Colton Bain, and Douglas Matney.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
Charles Easterling
NEW ALBANY – Charles R. Easterling, 76, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany.
Etoyce Pilcher
NEW ALBANY – Elsie Etoyce Littlejohn Pilcher, 87, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Nov. 17, 1924, in Union County to Billie E. Littlejohn and Myrtis Reid Littlejohn. She was a retired employee of Futorian Manufacturing, where she worked as a order status clerk. She was a member of the Liberty Schoolhouse Club, Relay for Life, and the Liberty Baptist Church. She liked arts and crafts, traveling, and she loved her flowers.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Liberty Baptist Church with the Rev. Jason Pilcher, the Rev. Mike Powell and the Rev. Glen Reeder officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Carr of New Albany; two sons, Johnny Pilcher (Marie) and Neal Pilcher (Lynda), both of New Albany; two sisters, Opalene Dunlap of New Albany and Faye McCullough of Blue Springs; a brother, Kenneth Littlejohn of Benton, Ark.; nine grandchildren, Tammie Reeder (Glen), Mark Carr, Chris Carr, Scott Pilcher (Amy), Kevin Pilcher (Beverly), Jason Pilcher (Valerie), Benja Johnson (Ben), Ginger Stiles (Sam) and Allen Pilcher (Jessica); 16 great- grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ellis Pilcher; a sister, Edith Reed; and a son-in-law, Travis Carr.
Pallbearers will be Mark Carr, Chris Carr, Scott Pilcher, Kevin Pilcher, Allen Pilcher, Ben Johnson, Sam Stiles and John Mark Jarrett.
The body will lie in state from 1 p.m. to service time today at Liberty Baptist Church.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Rachael Rinehart
BOONEVILLE – Rachael Lynn Pollard Rinehart, 54, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Booneville. Burial will be in Hinkle Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Heather Mayo
CORINTH – Heather Harville Mayo, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Other arrangements are incomplete at this time
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tate Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday 11:00 to service time at Tate Baptist Church.
Condolences can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
William Nichols
BYHALIA – William Jeffrey Nichols, better known as Jeff by friends and family, went to be with Christ on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. He loved Christ with all his heart and was a member of First Baptist Church of Byhalia. To all who knew him he was a shining example of faith and courage. Throughout his long battle with leukenmia, then liver failure, he never gave up hope, no matter the odds. He maintained his sense of humor, keeping those around him smiling and their hearts warm. He had a radiance about him, a beautiful godly heart and personality, and he will be greatly missed.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Emory Methodist Church in Byhalia.
Survivors include his mother, Betsy Nichols; his father, Jerry Nichols; his brother, Jonathan Nichols, his sister-in-law Megan Nichols, his grandparents, William (Billy) Nichols, Fannie Mae Nichols, and Nellie Rikard.
Visitation will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up in Jeff’s memory at Citizen’s Bank of Byhalia in Byhalia, Miss. and the other at Bancorp South in Senatobia, Miss.
Cynthia Moore
OKOLONA – Cynthia Moore, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Gail Thomas
TUPELO – Gail Thomas, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors.
Mae Frances Hill
OKOLONA – Mae Frances Hill, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors.
Elijah Frazier
NEW ALBANY – Elijah “Eli” Frazier, 13, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 at LeBonheur Children Hospital in Memphis. He was born Elijah O’Neil Frazier on June 22, 1998 in New Albany to William Neil Frazier and Tela Mitchelle Watson. He was a 5th grade student at New Albany Middle School. He enjoyed playing sports with his friends and being on facebook.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in New Albany High School Auditorium. The body will lie in state one hour before service. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his father, William Neil Frazier; his mother, Tela Watson (Greg) Richardson of New Albany; his siblings, Amaudric and Zariah Frazier, Brayden, Jayden, Mikah and Kalick Richardson of New Albany and Alayssa Souter of Pontotoc; his grandparents, William and Gloria Frazier and Amelia Kay Watson of New Albany; his great-grandparents, Evelyna Smith, Johnny and Mary Neal of New Albany; Sandra Raper of Tupelo and a host of other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles Watson; his great-grandparents Jeffie Smith and Lamar and Maurice Frazier.
Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Hannon
AMORY – Dorothy “Dot” Harris Hannon, 88, died on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at her residence. Born on Dec. 9, 1923, in Splunge Miss., she was a daughter of Matt M. Harris and Sudie Odom Harris. She met, fell in love with, and married the love of her life, Dewey Hannon Sr. in 1940. Before her retirement, she worked for Monroe Trousers in Smithville for 46 years. She was a member of Smithville United Methodist Church and attended Joel Davis’s Sunday School Class. A homemaker, she enjoyed making others happy and giving away cakes and pies. A Godly woman, caring and generous, she lived for her husband and family.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with the Rev. Charles Coggins and the Rev. Sammy Washburn officiating. Burial will follow in Smithville Cemetery.
Survivors include her son, Dewey Hannon, Jr. (Kay) of Amory; two grandchildren, Christie Francis (Chris) of Baton Rouge, La. and Matt Hannon (Lauren) of Amory; four great-grandchildren, Baxter, Ethan Francis, Will and Abby Hannon; sister-in-law, Mary Ruth Cowart of Amory; nieces and nephews, Bobbie Barnett, Kenny Harris, and Bill Clement; life-long friend, Evelyn Kennedy; special friends, Deborah Northington and Ruby Gideon; and special neighbor, Bobby Oliver.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Hannon in 1983; one brother, Mac Harris; one sister, Sue Clement; and niece, Susie McCann.
Pallbearers will be Bill Griffith, Thomas Griffith, Dr. James Monroe, Paul Morrow, Phil Goodwin, and Bobby Oliver.
Memorials may be given to Smithville United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”
Proverbs 31:10
Robert Ganss
WEST POINT – Robert “Bob” Emil Ganss, 84, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 at Anderson Regional Medical Center, in Meridian. He was born Jan. 4, 1927 in Peoria, Ill. to Theresa Kennedy and
Emil L. Ganss. He worked in Consumer Finance; he came to West Point working with Gulf Finance Company, then later worked for Bank of Mississippi developing a small loan office business. He later established West Point
Finance Company in 1974. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Lions Club for over 50 years, and had served as State Governor of Mississippi. He and wife Martha traveled countries over the world including Japan, representing the Lions Club. He was an avid Lion’s Club pin collector; he enjoyed
traveling and trading pins with other collectors. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during WWII. He married Montez Thompson Ganss, March 3, 2007, in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point, Miss.
Survivors include his wife, Montez T. Ganss of West Point; step sons, Scott Murrah (Barbara) of Columbus, and Dennis Fulgham of Meridian; five grandchildren, Jeff Murrah, Drew Murrah, Robert Clark, Steve Clark, and Stehanie Tindell; 11 great-
grandchildren; one sister, Miriam Cote (Phil) of Donners Grove, Ill.; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Scott Ganss on June 9, 2006; step daughter Linda Murrah Clark.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Murrah, Drew Murrah, Robert Clark, Steve Clark, Butch Fulgham, and Randel Whitmire.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Members of the Friendly Fellowship Sunday School Class, Dr. John Cox, Dr. T.N. Braddock, all members of the West Point Lion’s Club.
Memorials may be made to the Mississippi Lion’s Club, 431 Katherine Drive, Flowood, MS 39232 or to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 293, 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

Roberta Mays
ABERDEEN – Roberta Edwards Mays, 83, died on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 at North Mississippi Medical
Center in Tupelo. She was born July 15, 1928 in Oktibbeha County, Miss. to Essie McClelland
and Hugh Edwards. She was a homemaker and a postal worker at Prairie Post Office for 20 years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and formerly of the Muldon Community in Monroe County. She was married to Richard Jasper amp”Busteramp” Mays.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery West Point.
Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Pfost (Jim) of Colonial Heights, Va.; two sons, Richard Mays and Todd Mays both of Aberdeen; step mother, Christine Edwards of Columbus; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two
sisters, Peggy Boone of Sanger, Texas, Juanita Brewer of Mountain Home, Ark.; her brothers, Clorus Edwards (Joyce) of Terry; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1986; two sisters, Dorothy Holley, and Hughdell Stokes.
Pallbearers will be Mike Mays, Lee King, Buddy Mobley, Buddy Griggs, Eddie Howell, Donnie Collier.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Felix amp& Annette Jackson, Patsy McKee, Buddy amp& Hazel Mobley, Jimmy Raigins, Hugh amp& Leta Mae Hill, Danny amp& Donna Honnoll.
Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com
Brenda Ballard
VERONA – Brenda Ballard died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at her residence after a lengthy illness. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
David Sorrells
AMORY – David Sorrells, 68, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at his home in Becker. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Yolanda Foster
TUPELO – Yolanda Foster, 49, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 in Lee County as a result of a car accident. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Dale Overstreet
OXFORD – Dale Winter Overstreet, 87, retired Recruiting Coordinator at the University of Mississippi Placement Department, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Holly Springs, Miss. Mrs. Overstreet was the widow of Mr. Joe William Overstreet, Sr. She was a very active member and former secretary of First Baptist Church of Oxford where she served as 3rd grade Sunday School Director for forty years. She was a member of the Oxford Pilot Club and the Oxford Squares and was a devoted Ole Miss Rebel Fan.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Eric Hankins officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Joe W. Overstreet, Jr. and his wife, Kathy of Germantown, Tenn. and James A. “Tony” Overstreet of Biloxi, Miss; two grandchildren, Matthew Brock Overstreet and Chelsey Lynn Overstreet.
She was preceded in death by six sisters, Emma Waller, Madge Minor, Pauline Robertson, Willie Ruth Lee, Marine Morrow and Josie Garrett; and one brother, Willis Dalton Winter.
Visitation will be prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Overstreet’s memory may be made to First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655.
For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit our www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
W. E. Pegues funeral directors

James Jenkins
TUPELO – James Norman Jenkins, 69, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 at River Region Hospital. He was born to William Jenkins and Martha Roberts in Dublin. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church and was in sales and management with Allstate Insurance.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Stricklin-King Funeral Home. Burial will be at Hebron Baptist Cemetery in Yazoo County.
Survivors include his wife, Frankie Jenkins of Tupelo; a daughter, Kim Newton of Bentonia, Miss.; a son, Doug Jenkins of Tupelo; his mother, Martha Jenkins; two sisters, Linda Jenkins and Mariette Wilkinson, all of Yazoo City, Miss.; two brothers Louis Jenkins of Starkville, Miss., and William Jenkins, Jr. of San Diego, Calif.; two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Jenkins, Sr.; a brother, George Jenkins; a sister, Ellen Ann Kinard; and an infant son.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Ruth Spivey Gray
JACKSON – Ruth Spivey Gray, 83, of Jackson died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 at St. Dominic’s Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was born March 10, 1928 in Canton, the daughter of Lloyd Gilmer and Ruth Miller Spivey. She was educated in the Canton Public Schools, All Saints Episcopal School in Vicksburg and the University of Mississippi. She was a lifelong Episcopalian and a fifth generation Mississippian. Throughout her adult life Mrs. Gray gave her time and energy to a variety of civic, educational and religious concerns and especially to the cause of reconciliation of the races in Mississippi. During the turbulent decades of social change in Mississippi, she supported and joined her husband, Duncan Gray, Jr., in his public involvements in civil rights and human rights causes while living in Cleveland, Oxford, Meridian and Jackson. Among her abiding concerns was the education of all Mississippi children. She was a strong supporter of public schools during the integration crisis and served as citywide PTA president in Meridian during a critical time of transition. She was involved in numerous educational causes and citizen lobbying efforts on behalf of public schools throughout her life. She was a longtime supporter and staff member at Camp Bratton-Green, the Episcopal summer camp near Canton. Other church involvements included medical missions, various other outreach ministries and many years of singing in Episcopal parish choirs, reflecting her lifelong love of music. She considered her primary calling and will be remembered most by family and friends as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson with burial following in Canton Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, the Rt. Rev. Duncan M. Gray, Jr., of Jackson; two sons, the Rt. Rev. Duncan Gray III (Kathy) of Jackson and Lloyd Gray (Sally) of Tupelo; two daughters, Anne Finley (Mack) of Adams, Tenn., and Catherine Clark (Shelton) of Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, Lloyd Spivey, Jr., (Ebbie) of Canton; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Marie Anne Lloyd (Thames).
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at St. Andrew’s and from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. on Monday prior to the funeral service. Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland is handling arrangements.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Camp Bratton-Green, in care of Duncan Gray Center, 1530 Way Road, Canton, MS 39046.