By NEMS Daily Journal
MANTACHIE – James A. Reich, 82, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family. James fought a courageous battle with cancer for three years. He was a kind, gentle man with a big heart, always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. James took great pride in his beautiful yard, and each year he raised a bountiful garden to be shared with his family and friends. He shared his love of the outdoors and fishing with his two grandsons, Cole and Hunter.
James was born June 6, 1930, in Itawamba County to Dewey and Hattie Hood Reich. He proudly served his country by entering the U.S. Army on July 23, 1952, and arriving in Korea on Jan. 1, 1953. After the war, he returned to his beloved Mantachie. Shortly thereafter, he met and married Betty Whitt Reich on April 29, 1955. He was a member of the Mantachie United Methodist Church.
James received his degree in tool and die from Itawamba Junior College in 1957 and began working for Super Sagless Corp., retring on June 6, 1995, after 32 years of service. Never one to be idle, he begain working with his son-in-law at Ben Mears Taxidermy Supply Inc. where he devoted 10 years as a saw room foreman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Ron Schwake and Bro. Ronnie Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in the Mantachie Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Betty; his daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Ben Mears; two grandsons, Cole Mears (fiancée, Laken Grimes) and Hunter Mears (girlfriend, Anna Hood), all of Mantachie; and one sister, Polly Spigner Frederick of Little Rock, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Charles Reich.
Pallbearers will be Cole Mears, Hunter Mears, Randy Beane, Jacob Beane, Michael Jones and Johnny Jones.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Mears, Loyce McMillen, John Marvin Pearce, Chris Fair, Mark Mayhall, Terry Whitt, Robert Whitt, Phil Spigner, co-workers from Super Sagless Tool and Die Room, and co-workers from Ben Mears Taxidermy Supply.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
Eva Delle Montague
GREENWOOD, Ark. – Eva Delle Otts Montague, 85, died at Sparks Regional Medical Center in Ft. Smith, Ark., on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. A Lee County native, she was born on Aug. 7, 1927, to Hosie Monroe and Frances Parker Otts.
She worked as a seamstress for many years until she was able to pursue her passion of loving and caring for countless unwanted and homeless cats and dogs. For those she loved or who just needed a helping hand, she was always very giving of herself for others and because of that the world was a better place. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Verona, where she taught a ladies’ Sunday school class for many years before moving to Greenwood, Ark., in 2005 where she lived with her son, Brad, as her caregiver.
Survivors include her son, Bradley Hosie Otts of Greenwood, Ark.; her daughter, Donna Frances Root Miller (Mike) of Maumelle, Ark.; her stepson, James L. Montague III of Tallahassee, Fla.; two grandchildren, Sherry Otts of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Michael E. Miller Jr. (Paula) of Kingwood, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Christian Marshall Ramsey and Alexander Bradley Ramsey of Randolph, and Alexandria Iris Miller of Kingwood, Texas; her grandson-in-law, Marty Ramsey of Randolph; one sister-in-law, Madeline L. Otts of Grand Junction, Colo.; and two nieces, Melanie Otts Hoy of Grand Junction, Colo., and Pamela Otts Gutierrez.
She was preceded in death by her beloved grandson, William Bradley Otts; her beloved niece, Patricia Otts Thompson; her two brothers, Donald Franklin “Buddy” Otts and Robert Monroe Otts; her two nephews, Robert Franklin Otts and Thomas Prentiss Otts.
Because of her passionate love for animals, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local animal shelter.
Visitation will be Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m., at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home on Jefferson Street.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com/
TUPELO – Purvy Long, 75, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 10, 1937, to Louis Long and Gertrude Pennington Roberson. He was an active member of Red Oak Grove M.B. Church in Saltillo. He was a member of “Never Grow Old” Senior Ministry of New Salem M.B. Church of Pontotoc. He was a member of St. John Masonic Lodge 202A and William Chapter 417 of the Order of the Eastern Star of Saltillo. He was retired from Mississippi Department of Transportation, where he worked for many years
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Salem M.B. Church in Pontotoc with the Rev. Michael Williams officiating and Minister Christopher Long delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Minister Christopher L. (Gloria) Long, Clifford Long, Russell Long and Nathaniel (Onnie) Betts; one daughter, Anita Young; two brothers, Billy (Ruby) Robinson and Nathaniel (Clytee) Stone Sr.; two sisters, Luxsola Shack and Jeanette Merritt; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cora Long; his parents, two sisters, four brothers, three sisters-in-law and six brothers-in-law.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
MYRTLE – Mary N. Smith, 73, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
METAIRIE, La. – Ernest E. Barton, 85, formerly of Calhoun City, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Rivers Regions Hospice House. He was born Sept. 28, 1927, in Calhoun County. He was a member and deacon at First Baptist Church in Kenner, La. He was a retired civil engineer and a U.S. Army veteran.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Oak Springs Cemetery in Derma. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Shippey Barton of Metairie, La.; two daughters, Shelia (Allan) Davy of Nashville, Tenn., and Sandy (Troy) Lizenby of Metairie, La.; a son, Ernie (Amanda) Barton of Birmingham, Ala.; a brother, Robert (Nancy) Barton of California; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Edgar Barton and Pearl Williams Barton, and a sister, Evelyn Wright.
Online condolences can be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.
EUPORA – Elizabeth “Libby” Justice Hood, 82, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Dorothy “Dot” Edwards, 89, died on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Amory. Born on Oct. 1, 1923, in Itawamba County, she was a daughter of the late W.H. and Feona Samples Bullen. She married Jessie Burns Edwards in 1943. She was proud of rearing their three young children following her husband’s death in 1958. Working in the garment industry, she retired after more than 40 years of service. A woman who loved the Lord, she was a member of New Temple Church of God and attended East Amory Baptist Church. Very loving, she was dedicated to her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking for her family, gardening, quilting, gospel music, and visiting, eating out and shopping with her dearest friend.
She is survived by her daughters, Peggy Edwards Fooshee (Harrel) of Amory and Margaret Long of Greenwood Springs; son, Jimmy Lee Edwards (Donna) of Amory; sisters, Mavis McCullar (T.J.) of Hamilton, Ala., Luna Pugh of Tacoma, Wash., and Geneva Barrett of Corbin, Ky.; grandchildren, Richard Long (Kathy), Anthony Fooshee (Marla), Chad Fooshee (Missy), Jennifer Reeves (Steven), Jessica Hendrix (Justin), Deric Edwards, Chase Parham (Kara) and Dylan Edwards; great-grandchildren, Joseph Strickland (Courtney), Will Strickland, April Edwards (Matt), Courtney Fooshee, Casy Peden, Ethan, Emma and Ellie Fooshee, Grace and Audrey Reeves, Matthew and Lauren Fooshee, June Hendrix and Eli Edwards; great-great-grandchildren, Lexius Edwards, and Reed and Cooper Strickland; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, A. B. Bullen; son-in-law, Dale Long; and dearest friend, Beatrice Parker.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Akers and Minister Marshall Eubanks Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Union Methodist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Richard Dale Long, Anthony Harrel Fooshee, Chad Keith Fooshee, Deric Lee Edwards, Dylan Cody Edwards and Chase Parham. Honorary pallbearers will be Casy Peden, Justin Hendrix, Steven Reeves, Will Strickland, Joseph Strickland and Matt Edwards.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to First Friends, P.O .Box 117, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – James Devon Freeman, 81, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He was born May 15, 1931, in Union County to James V. Freeman and Ludie Greenwood Freeman. He was a retired employee of the New Albany Light, Gas and Water Department. He was a member of the Wallerville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Horace Thomas and the Rev. Johnny Rakestraw officiating. Burial will be in the Wallerville Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gail Drummond Freeman of New Albany; his daughter, Lisa Norwood (Robert) of New Albany; two sons, Steve Freeman (Shirley) and Terry Freeman (Janet), both of New Albany; two sisters, Evelyn Beaty (Reuben) of New Albany and Martha Bagwell (Jerry) of Hernando; a brother, Gene Freeman of Tupelo; and three grandchildren, Valerie Frakes (Josh), Josh Freeman and Will Norwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister-in-law, Jean Randolph Freeman; and a brother-in-law, Bobby Robbins.
Pallbearers will be Kevin McBrayer, Ray Hall, Chris Bullock, John Bullock, Bruce Sanford and Terry Hill.
Honorary pallbearers will be Norman Hill, David Coleman, John T. Rakestraw, Billy Don Bevill, Charlie Huffstatler, Charlie Hall, Donald McNutt, Harold Smith, Kenny Sheffield, the senior adult men’s Sunday school class, the New Albany Electric Department, and his dominos buddies, Norman Treadaway, Terry Treadaway, Bing Wildman, Billy Little, Sid Priest, Will Pugh, Stacy Martin, Larry Chism and Louie Wages.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
SALTILLO – Carl Lee White, 66, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at his home. He was born May 7, 1946, to William Essery and Ila Mae Allen White. He had lived the last 20 years in Saltillo. During his life, he was proud to have been a carpenter, a farmer and a painter. He enjoyed gardening, yard work and was an avid fisherman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Neil Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery in Saltillo.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Dorothy “Dot” White of Saltillo; his four children, Brian Keith White (Lori) of Norridge, Ill., Timothy Carlton White, Carla Dianne Riddle and Grant Lynn White (Melissa Evans), all of Saltillo; six siblings, Pauline Bennel of Pontotoc, Shirley Sapp of Saltillo, James R. White (Kathryne) of Hickman, Ky., Brenda White of Tupelo, Doyle White (Kathy) of Pontotoc and Linda Newman (David) of Olive Branch; a sister-in-law, Lola White of Amory; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers, Thomas White, William Edward White, Bobby White, Jackie White, Billy Dunn White and Joe Frank White.
Pallbearers will be Jason Farquhar, Thomas, Richard “Bo”White, Ronnie White, Ray Smith, Randy Goines and Billy Edward White.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
VERONA – Lenora Swanson died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
AMORY – James Doyle “Tiger” Adams, 84, died on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. Born July 8, 1928, he was a son of the late L. Owen and Jane Myrtle Skelton Adams. He was a graduate of Amory High School and he attended Itawamba Junior College. Before his retirement, he worked for True Temper Sports. Having a love for children and sports, he later worked for the Amory Park and Rec. for many years where he umpired countless ball games and coached many children. He enjoyed visiting with friends and sitting at Walmart and McDonald’s. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a Baptist. He was an avid Ole Miss football fan.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes and Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Carol Adams of Cordova, Tenn.; two sons, Jimbo Adams (Kathy) of Greenwood Springs and Brett Adams of Oxford; one sister, Minnie Mae Adams of Amory; two grandchildren, Jeremy Adams and Taylor Adams; two stepgrandchildren, Jamy Jones and Brittany Jones Seal (Almon); one great-grandchild, Ayden Brock Adams; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Bella Kate Jones and Dixie Seal; and nieces and nephews, Danny Russell, Burt Adams, Robert Adams Jr., Carl Adams and Sam Adams.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert “Bobby” Adams; and one sister, Ernestine Russell.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Russell, Jared Walden-Leavell, Justin Derrick, Tracy West, Larry Leavell and Rusty Culver. Honorary pallbearer will be Bobby Jones.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Wednesday.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Annie Mae Southward
TISHOMINGO – Annie Mae Southward died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at her residence. She was born in Tishomingo County. She was a seamstress at Golden Manufacturing for 25 years and a member of Carters Branch Church of Christ.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Thomas Holiday officiating. Burial will be in Martin Cemetery at Tishomingo. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are two children, Buddie Southward Jr. and Anna Southward (Jeff Rogers), all of Tishomingo; one granddaughter, Cherri Cox of Tishomingo; one great-grandson, Myles Cox of Tishomingo; one stepgreat-grandson, Latherio Cox of Aberdeen; two sisters-in-law, Azzie Lee Martin of Red Bay, Ala., and Minnie Lee Murray of Athens, Ala.; one brother-in-law, Eddie Gene Southward of Chicago, Ill.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Buddie Southward Sr.; her parents, Johnnie Martin and Henrietta Burge ss Martin; and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Kenny South, Lane Nunley, J.T. Carr, George Powell and Floyd Brock.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont and until service time on Wednesday.
ECRU – Benny Ray Kelly, 73, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
CASON – Dwight Bunch, 65, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at his residence. He was born March 26, 1947, in Amory to Eulis and Statha Rollins Bunch. He married Linda Hallmark in 1967. He attended Amory schools. He worked as a vendor with Vend Foods with 20 years of service. A man of Christian values, he was a very caring and giving man who loved to help people. He had over 25 years of service with the Cason Volunteer Fire Department, where he was a former chief. His dedication and commitment to his family, the Cason community and the CVFD has earned him the respect of many. He loved to spend time with his great-granddaughter, Whitney.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Bunch; daughters, Tammy Bunch of West Point and Gloria Spence of Amory; two grandchildren, Nick and Brittany McDaniel; a great-granddaughter, Whitney Lynn McDaniel; and an aunt, Maxine Carter.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, J.D. Bunch, and a granddaughter, Whitney McDaniel.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Rob Sargent officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery.
Members of the Cason Volunteer Fire Department will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Carter, Jerry Anderson and Glenn Parish.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
PLEASANT VIEW, Tenn. – Sue Jean Blythe Elam-Smith, 76, of the Flewellyn community in Springfield, Tenn., died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at her home. She was born Feb. 8, 1936, in Ripley to Howard Columbus and Ethyl Spires Blythe. She was a retired nurse and a member of the Flewellyn Baptist Church. She was affectionately known to many as “Ma Sue.”
Services were Monday, Dec. 17, in the chapel of Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, Tenn.,, with Bro. Lenwood Nichols and Bro. Joey Jones officiating.
Survivors include sons, Morris Greg (Kay) Elam of Nashville, Alan Howard (Pandora) Elam of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter, Suzanne Elam (Jeff) Reel of Nashville; stepson, Edward Herbert (Debbie) Smith Jr. of Springfield, Tenn.; stepdaughter, Nancy Smith Prescott of Clarksville, Tenn.; sisters, Helen (John) Long of Saltillio and Nancy (Jim) Adams of Mobile, Ala.; grandchildren, Charles Bret Elam of Baltimore, Md., Andrew Greg (Naomi) Elam of Kailua, Hawaii, Brooks Alan (Ashley) Elam of Cleveland, Tenn., Derek and Jessica Reel of Nashville; great-grandson, Grayson Herb Elam of Kailua, Hawaii; three stepgrandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Herbert “Pa Herb” Smith Sr.; son, James Bret Elam; and former husband, Morris G. Elam.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203.
Visit the website at www.austinandbell.com.
RED BAY, Ala. – Velma Ree Wingo Harden, 94, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at her residence. She was born July 12, 1918, in Rienzi. She had been an employee of Golden Manufacturing. She was a member of Red Bay Free Holiness Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Dean Bowling and Bro. James Smith officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay Free Holiness Church Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are five children, Dan Harden (Betty), Dora Newell (Jerry) and Geneva Harden, all of Red Bay, Joel Harden (Kimberly) of Marietta, Ga., and Sherry Donaldson of Piedmont, Ala.; one brother, Joe Wingo; one sister, Jewell Rogers; 18 grandchildren, Bill Harris, Genell Hall, Terry Harden, Barbara Upton, Johnny Stanphill, Danny Harden, Tony Harden, Jeff Harden, Ron Harden, Rhonda Williams, Amanda Harden, Stephen Funderburk, Pamela Williams, Jubal Donaldson, Heath Donaldson, Shane Donaldson, Dewayne Donaldson and Kim Higgins; and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Calvin Harden; her parents, James Walter Wingo and Mollie Raines Wingo; two daughters, Bonnie Ree Harden and Annette Harden; a son, William Troy Lee Harden, a granddaughter, Shelia Catherine Harden Carr and several brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Terry Harden, Johnny Stanphill, Jeff Harden, Ron Harden, Stephen Funderburk, Jubal Donaldson, Bill Harris and Adam Harden. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Sparks, Heath Donaldson, Geral Rogers and Ricky Lindley.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay and until service time on Wednesday.
PERRYVILLE, Mo. – Julie Anne Tenkhoff, 58, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at St. Joseph Medical Center in St. Charles, Mo. She was born on July 5, 1954, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., daughter of Alton G. Tenkhoff and Marian (Preusse) Tenkhoff.
She is survived by her mother, Marian Preusse Tenkhoff of Tupelo, formerly of Sikeston, Mo.; two sisters and one brother: Lynne (Kent) Coleman of Dallas, Texas, Kathryn (Bob) Gatlin of Tupelo and J. Kirk (Mari) Tenkhoff of Franklin, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her father; and her grandparents, Oscar and Rose Preusse, and George Dewey and Lora Tenkhoff.
A graveside service was held Sunday, Dec. 16, at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. The Rev. Matthew Marks officiated. Young & Sons Funeral Home Inc. of Perryville, Mo., was in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Emmaus Home 2200 Randolph St., St. Charles, MO 63301.
ECRU – Lois Denton Vernon, 74, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at her hom in Ecru after a long illness. She was born June 13, 1938. She worked at Ram Golf and Precision Manufacturing and retired from Ashley Manufacturing. She loved her family, friends and God. She was a member of Shepherds Chapel. She spent her time reading God’s word, playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and spending time with family and friends.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Family members will pay tribute at the memorial service. There will be no graveside service.
Survivors include her husband, Danny Vernon; son, David Denton (Wanda) of Hanceville, Ala.; daughters, Pat McCaine (Junior) of Ecru, Becky Walker of Smithville and Pam Lantrip (Jerry Walton) of Ecru; one sister, Lucille Bratton (Jimmy) of Oxford; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Randy Vernon and Nancy Rush; several nieces, and nephews; stepchildren, Samantha Tutor and Christy Gann and their families; a special daughter, Cathy Denton Page, and a special grandson, Eli McCaine.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Esther and Frank Gordon; one sister, Virginia Lantrip; one brother, Henry Gordon; one niece, Carolyn Plunk; one great-nephew, Rodney Britt.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
BOONEVILLE – Luther B. Tennison, 81, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 19, 1931, in Prentiss County to Rollin Holmes Tennison and Mamie A. Woods Tennison. He was a member of Thrasher Baptist Church, he was a United States Marine veteran, and he was a dredge runner for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He enjoyed fishing, pontooning, hunting, traveling and spending time with his family.
Funeral services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Edward Lowrey, Bro. Gary Huddleston and Bro. Dale Ross officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Harris Tennison: a son, Phillip Harris Tennison of San Antonio, Texas; two daughters, Camilla Ann Herron and Teresa Dawn Lowrey (Eddie), all of Booneville; two brothers, Melvin Tennison (Ida Lou) and Shields Tennison (Joyce), all of Booneville; two sisters, Gladys King (Leroy) of Birmingham, Ala., and Carolyn Robinson (Dewayne) of Booneville; grandchildren, Nick Herron, Eric Lowrey, Preston Lowrey, Jennifer Johnson, Brittany Gregory, Aaron Tennison, Elizabeth Tennison, Danyelle Allred and George Tennison; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Pandi Renee Allred; his parents; three sisters, Mavis Gentry, Inez Jones and Shirley Berryman; a granddaughter, Shannon Allred; and a grandson, Shane Herron.
Pallbearers are Bill Sells, Kenny Harris, Joel Harris, Marty Tennison, Curtis Tennison, Donnie Tennison and Jerry Tennison.
Honorary pallbearer is Kenneth Jones.
George E. Pegues
OXFORD – George E. Pegues, 54, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Union Hill M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrange
FULTON – Funeral services for Kristen Shumpert, 21, are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.
Edward Walker Jr.
ABERDEEN – Edward Lashawn Walker Jr., 36, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
BARTON, Ala. – Patty Terry died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
IUKA – Betty Roberts died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at University Medical Center in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.