By NEMS Daily Journal
GRENADA – Inez Willcutt Lee, 89, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Webster Long Term Care in Eupora. She was born in Corona, Ala., on Feb. 7, 1922, to Henry and Susie Jane Kimbrell Willcutt. She was a dedicated homemaker and a member of Central Baptist Church in Grenada.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Garner-Harper Funeral Home in Grenada with services following at 11 a.m. The Rev. Bill Lee will officiate. Interment will follow at Tranquil Cemetery in Wren.
She is survived by five children, Bob Lee of West Point, Betty Lee of Jackson, Gloria Petro of Leland, Bill Lee of Grenada and Tommy Lee of Tupelo; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Pauline Banks.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert Ewing Lee Sr.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Thailand Mission Fund, Central Baptist Church, P.O. Box 876, Grenada, MS 38902-0876.
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. – Vivian Justice “Cupie” Bell, 87, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, in the Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, Fla.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow in the Hebron Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
TUPELO – Ulish “Lish” Gray died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born on Feb. 26, 1933, to Ed and Julia Gray in Noxubee County. A member of New Providence Missionary Baptist Church, he was a former employee of Bonds Company and Jerry Enis Motors. He loved traveling and spending time with family and friends.
A celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the New Providence Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Elston Charles Kemp officiating. Burial will follow at Porter’s Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his daughters, Rena (Lenard) Harden of Pontotoc and Blanche (Curtis) White of St. Louis, Mo.; two brothers, Jimmy Gray and Gregory Gray, both of Tupelo; four sisters, Vonnia (George) Clay, Mary (John) Bradley, Lena Gray and Lucille Partlow, all of Tupelo; one grandson, Maurice Harden of Pontotoc; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Tommy Gray and Willie Howard Gray; and one sister, Eddie Mae Gray.
Viewing will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Wednesday.
Online condolences can be made to the Gray family at www.grayson-porters.com.
IUKA – O’Neal Dickerson, 82, formerly of Memphis and Michie, Tenn., died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Iuka. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean conflict. He enjoyed reading.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Liberty Church of Christ in Michie, Tenn. Malcom George will officiate. Burial will be in the Liberty Church Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a stepson, Mark Lenti of South Dakota; a stepdaughter, Tracey Lenti Crum of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Johnnie Dickerson of Iuka; one sister, Jo Ann Dickerson of Nashville, Tenn.; two stepgrandchildren, Paige and Haley Laurie; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marty Dickerson; his parents, Thomas and Vera Dickerson; and his sister, Virginia Whitehurst.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Hollis E. Harrison, 76, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehab. He was a native of Franklin County, Ala., and a security guard for five years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Harvest Temple Church of God in Amory with Bro. Hollis Boyd and Bro. Jeff Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Hatley Cemetery at Amory. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife of 51 years, Evia Oaks Harrison of Amory; a daughter, Anitia J. Harrison Colburn (Wayne) of Amory; two brothers, Bobby Harrison of Itawamba County and Edward Harrison (Eva) of Red Bay, Ala.; one sister-in-law, Alpha Harrison of Red Bay, Ala.; eight brothers-in-law; eight sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mary Harrison, one sister, Dorothy Jackson (Richard); brothers, R.C. Harrison and Virdie Mae Harrison, J.T. Harrison, Thomas Harrison; two brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Forrest and Thelma Oaks.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Oaks, David Watson, Vance Watson, Jonathan Watson, Eddie Oaks and Jackie Ruple.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont. The body will lie in state from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Fredia Ann McCabe
SINTON, Texas – Fredia Ann McCabe died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. She was born Dec. 27, 1942, in Tupelo. She grew up in Tupelo and graduated from high school and nursing school. She remained in Tupelo until marrying Charles W. McCabe on March 20, 1964. She worked as a surgical nurse in the Corpus Christi area for 42 years until she retired in 2004. She served her nursing career with the utmost dedication and professionalism. A loving and devoted wife, mom, grandmother and friend, she was a strong, intelligent woman who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel in Sinton, Texas.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Charles; two sons, Charles McCabe Jr., and daughter-in-law, Nellena, and Claude McCabe; five granddaughters, Kaitlynn, Shelby, Tabetha, Ashley and Shannae; one grandson, Dustin;and a cousin she grew up with as sisters, Brenda.
If you would like to send flowers, the family would appreciate potted plants/flowers so they may be planted in Mrs. McCabe’s garden.
TUPELO – Mildred Parker Gilliam, 91, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Cedars Heath Center after a brief illness. A Verona native, she was born Jan. 17, 1920, to Jourdan and Nancy Caroline McCollum Parker. She retired in 1982 from Reed’s Manufacturing after 35 years of service. She was a lifelong member of East Heights Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and helped with the VBS programs until declining health. Her hobbies included quilting and crocheting, and she was an avid reader. She was a talented artist and pursued her art and art instruction after her retirement.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Danny Balint, Bro. Charles McCormick and the Rev. Tim Williams officiating. Burial will be in Priceville Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Jeanne Whitt (John) of Athens, Ala., Joyce Foster (Roy) of Nettleton, Lynn Awad (Sami) of Ocean Springs and Sue Frye (Curtis) of Bartlett, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren, Roy Foster Jr. (Rebecca) of Nettleton, La Mesa Whitt of Forestville,Calif., Thomas Whitt of Athens, Ala., Steve Whitt (Christy) of Athens Ala., Robert Foster (Stacy) of Nettleton, Nicolas Matina (Sonja) of Los Angeles, Calif., Angelo Matina (Maria) of Gulfport, Tonya Kelly (Sam) of Huntsville, Ala., Tammie Coggin of Tupelo, Tina West of Tupelo, Andrew Gilliam of Baltimore, Md., Michael Silver of Fayetteville, Ark.; 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, F.A. Gilliam, in 1993; her son, Jerry Gilliam, in 1995; a grandson, Andre Matina, in 1989; a great-granddaughter, Hallie Foster, in 2000; and five brothers and four sisters.
Pallbearers will be Roy Foster Jr., Robert Foster, Rick Foster, Will Foster, Rocky Foster and Tony Silver.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Sarah H. Keith
BYHALIA – Sarah H. Keith, 70 died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Stillwater Church. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
To leave condolences online, visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Gilroy Bails Sr.
RIPLEY – Gilroy Bails Sr., 77, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at the Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster amp& Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
TUPELO – Yolanda Carnel Foster, 49, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. She was a cosmetologist and nail technician, and a student at Itawamba Community College, where she was majoring in psychology and criminal justice. She served in the U.S. Army. She was president of the Platinum Lady Social Club.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Chicago. Smith and Thomas Funeral Home in Chicago is in charge of arrangements. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is assisting the family locally.
Survivors include her husband, Russell Wayne Foster; two sons, Jeremy Foster and Eddie Griffith of Houston; four daughters, Ashley Holmes of Nashville, Tenn., Ebony Griffith, Nytress Delane and Tatiana Delane, all of Houston; brothers, Greg Warner of Chicago and Chauncey Smith of Nashville; a godbrother, Jeffery McIntosh; sisters, Kira Delane and Kimberly Delane, both of Houston; godsisters, Brenda Pulliam, Cindy Metcalf and Kim Unruh; godniece, Tyeyoneke Hill; two special sisters-in-law, Myra Bowens and Julia Foster; eight grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Belle Memorial Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, send potted plants.
Access the online register at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Jack Clifford Nanney, 80, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. He was born Nov. 29, 1931, in Kolola Springs to William Clarence Sr. and Vera Simmons Nanney. He was a U.S.Navy veteran, serving in the Korean War. He retired from Daybrite after 46 years of service. He was a faithful member of Monument Drive Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He enjoyed playing games and eating out with friends. He loved his family and serving his church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Roaten and Bro. Tommy Tackett officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Peters of Tupelo; two sons, David Nanney (Mary) of Shannon and Steve Nanney (Jennifer) of Endville; two brothers, W.C. Nanney Jr. (Lydia) of Fairhope, Ala., and Robert Wayne Nanney (Jane) of Tampa, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Bob Harrelson (Dot) of Tupelo; one sister-in-law, Frances Buskirk of Tupelo; 10 grandchildren, Connie Credille (Jeff), Sonya Owens, Dave Nanney, Jay Nanney (Robin), Lara Nanney, Michael Nanney, Abram Nanney, Rachel Nanney, Hope Nanney and Will Nanney; two stepgrandchildren, Brittany Evans and Michael Evans; four great-grandchildren, Isaiah Sheffield, Ava Credille, Ella Credille and Hunter Nanney; one stepgreat-grandchild, Vincent Kilbourne; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Geraldine Nanney; and one brother, James Lamar Nanney.
Pallbearers will be Dave Nanney, Jay Nanney, Michael Nanney, Abram Nanney, Jeff Credille and Martin Blaylock. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Monument Drive Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Monument Drive Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Wednesday.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
RED BAY, Ala. – Stan DeFrench, 70, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.
Memorial services will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Red Bay.
Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, at the church. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
CORINTH – Patricia Smith, 62, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.
NEW SITE – Lester McCreary, 80, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – James Edgar Robinson, 68, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at his residence in Booneville. He was born April 26, 1943, to Hattie Young and Murry Sorrell. He was a member of Wolf Creek M.B. Church. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a construction worker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wolf Creek M.B. Church with the Rev. Alphonso Atkins officiating. Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Corinth. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Michael Betts (Virginia) of Booneville; one daughter, Beverly Agnew of Baldwyn; his mother, Hattie Young of Booneville; eight sisters, Annie Justice, Joann Norris, Mary White, Earnestine Taylor, Geraldine Dawkins, Marilyn Sorrell, Lorenza McGee and Barbara Sorrell; eight brothers, Charles Justice, Robert Young, Charlie Sorrell. Jerry Sorrell. Eddie W. Sorrel, Jimmy Sorrell, Russell Sorrell and Walter Sorrell; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a special friend, Annie Ruth Jones.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gennene Robinson; his father, Murry Sorrell; and his stepfather, James L. Young.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. 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.
STARKVILLE – Katherine Griffin Davis, 90, died on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at Starkville Manor. Born on March 17, 1921, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Willard VanBuren and Villa Brasfield Griffin. She was a graduate of Smithville High School, Class of 1939. From 1953 until retiring in 1991, she worked as an inspector with Monroe Trousers. Guided by her faith, Mrs. Davis was an active member of Smithville United Methodist Church, where she was the Sunday School treasurer, Communion steward, and a member of the Joel Davis Sunday School class and the Mayflowers. A very giving lady who was always smiling and doing for others, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. She enjoyed reading, gardening, canning and quilting.
She is survived by her sons, Jerry Davis (Sherry) of Columbus and Harry B. Davis of Hamilton; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Davis of Smithville; grandchildren, Melissa Boleman, Candace Gibson (Jeffrey), Greg Davis, Jennifer Smith (Donnie) and Elizabeth Simpson (Jason); eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Andrew Davis; son, Joel Davis; sister, Jean Slack; and brothers, Robert, Junior and Kenneth Griffin.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Sammy Washburn and Bro. Charles Coggins officiating. Burial will follow in Smithville Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Gibson, Donnie Smith, Jason Simpson, Paul Morrow, Boosie Leech, Phil Goodwin, Mike Fikes and Phillip Goodwin. Honorary pallbearers will Jasper Thompson, Billy Morrow, Dick Cox, Dewey Hannon and Bonnie Joe Coker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For those who prefer, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Smithville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 93, Smithville, MS 38870 or to the Smithville Cemetery Fund, c/o Phyllis Morgan, 63471 Hwy. 25, Smithville, MS 38870.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneral home.com.
SALTILLO – Ronald Falcon, 63, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A San Angelo, Texas, native, he was born Jan. 20, 1948, to Joseph L. and Elida Zuniga Falcon. While living in New Orleans, La., he was director of operations for a chain of cafeterias for 13 years. He later owned and operated Ron’s Cafe in the Park in Marion, N.C. He moved to the area with Wal-Mart as deli manager where he worked before becoming disabled. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Saltillo.
Services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Earnie Urias and Tom Kuzma officiating.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Karen Wilson Falcon of Saltillo; two daughters, Cheryl Falcon of Tunica and Kerry Falcon Hood (James) of Saltillo; one stepson, Timothy Morgan (Dianna) of San Diego, Calif.; his mother, Elida Falcon; three sisters, Margaret Atcheson of Nashville, Grace Kuzma of Clarksville, Tenn., and Anna Urias of Smyrna, Tenn.; two brothers, Joseph Falcon Jr. of San Antonio, Texas, and Randall Falcon of Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren, Dylan Scott, Kendall Giroux and Kameron Hood, all of Saltillo; four stepgrandchildren, Chris and Cody Hood, and Desiree and Wayne Morgan.
He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Steven Falcon.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Saltillo Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Mary A. Bowen
FULTON – Mary A. Bowen, 91, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born Feb. 1, 1920, in Alabama to Jesse E. and Annie E. McFadden Welch. She was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. She enjoyed her flowers, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Gary O’Neal officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry (Cheryl) Bowen and James Bowen (special friend, Vicki Steele) of Fulton; four grandchildren, Britnie (Chet) White, Matt Bowen, Lauren Bowen (Adam Whitehead) and Lindsay Bowen; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Erie Y. Bowen; her parents; one brother; and five sisters.
Pallbearers will be Matt Bowen, Chet White, Bobby Wood, Dan Farrar, Michael Montgomery, Davis Reese, Robert Welch and Mark Welch.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Richard L. Fetter
MASON, Tenn. – Richard L. Fetter, 85, formerly of Ripley, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Methodist Hospice Residence in Memphis. He was born Nov. 19, 1926, to Lawrence and Edna Luma Fetter in Auburn, Ind. He was a Baptist and a truck driver for Mayflower. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Johnny James officiating. A committal service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Frances Ketchum Fetter of Mason, Tenn.; one daughter, Sherry Washburn of Mason, Tenn.; three sons, David Cooper of Munford, Tenn., Mark Cooper and John Cooper, both of Southaven; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be family members.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 4625 Hwy. 59 South, Covington, TN 38019.
Visitation will be from 8:30 until 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneral home.com.
OKOLONA – Mary Wofford Shotwell, 62, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at her home. A native of Woodland, she had lived in Okolona for the past 17 years. She was born Sept. 10, 1949, to Jessie McGregory and Mary L. Johnson. She received her education from the Woodland School System. She was a member of the Eastern Star M.B. Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Eastern Star M.B. Church with the Rev. Anthony Rainey officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery in Woodland. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Eddie M. Johnson (Willie) and Tamika Tucker (Jeremy) of Okolona; five sons, Tommy Hunter (Rita), Allen Hunter (Rebecca), Eddie Hunter (Sherry), Antonio Hunter (Santanna) and Chelsey Deon Shotwell, all of Okolona; 21 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today.
RIENZI – Helen Eugene Mitchell, 74, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 31, 1937, in Rienzi. She was a strong, proud woman who worked hard. She was a caring and loving wife and a wonderful mother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Hight Funeral Home in Corinth with Bro. Greg Warren officiating and her son, Timmy Mitchell, delivering the eulogy. Entombment will be at Forrest Memorial Park. Hight Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Clovis Mitchell; sons, Randy Mitchell (Lisa) of Jumpertown and Timmy MItchell (Sharon) of Huntsville, Ala.; daughter, Tammie Mitchell-Harris of Memphis; brothers, Johnny Lauderdale (Betty) of Jumpertown, Donnie Lauderdale (Frankie) of Booneville and Perry Lauderdale (Lisa) of Jumpertown; sister, Susie Lauderdale of Pisgah; her grandchildren, Kevin Mitchell, Brittany Reed, Shannon Phillips, Kaely Rae Mitchell, Brianna Marie Mitchell, Austin Riley Mitchell, Mitchell Brandon Harris, Mackenzie Ashlynn Harris and great-grandchildren, Tristen Mitchell and Karleigh Mitchell.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James D. and Mauveline Gray Lauderdale; and a brother, Nick Lauderdale.
Pallbearers will be Craig Lauderdale, Terry Lauderdale, Paul Goodwin, Chance George, Mark George and Devin Lambert.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today.
BYHALIA – Jeremiah MacChesney, 32, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Harmontown.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
TWENTY-NINE PALMS, Calif. – Mannora Mosby, 94, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
CORINTH – Alice M. Gunn died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Home in Corinth.