Obituaries December 23, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Billy Wayne Eaton
MONTPELIER – Billy Wayne “Wild Bill” Eaton, 50, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at his home in the Montpelier community. He was born Dec. 5, 1961, in West Point to Glenda Joyce Dendy Eaton and Billy Joe Eaton. He worked at Bryan Foods for a number of years and most recently at Long Branch and Ellis Steel. He was of the Methodist faith. He loved watching NASCAR and football. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Palestine United Methodist Church with the Rev. Harold Robinson officiating and the Rev. Cary Sutphin assisting. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery at Montpelier. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his sister, Melinda Jo Josey (Mike) of Starkville; his nephew, Weston Tyler Abshire of Starkville; a number aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Andy Moore, David Hodnett, Kevin Clark, Robbie Kelsey, Brad Davis, Frank Todd and Tyler Hodnett.
Honorary pallbearers will be his friends in Clay County and Montpelier.
Memorials may be made to Palestine Cemetery Fund, c/o Jim Murray, 18515 Hwy. 46, Pheba, MS 39755.
Visitation will be from 12:30 until 2 p.m. today at Palestine United Methodist Church.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Leandre Johnson
WEST POINT – Leandre Johnson, 42, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, in West Point.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at St. Paul M.B. Church in West Point with the Rev. Eddie Longstreet officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Jim Witt
MOOREVILLE – James Ercell “Jim” Witt, 82, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at The Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born April 25, 1929, to Shelby and Ruby Ridings Witt. He was retired from Rockwell/Delta after 33 years of service as an engineer. He enjoyed traveling, visiting with good friends and family around a cup of coffee, but most importantly, he loved his family and adored his wife of 22 years, Daris, whom he affectionately called “Sweetie.” He was a member of Andrews Chapel Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Sammy Washburn and Rev. Robert McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Daris Martin Witt of Mooreville; his son, Jim Witt Jr. (Annette) of Peppertown; two stepsons, Tim Martin (Donita) of Verona and Tony Martin (DeAnna) of Gallatin, Tenn.; his sister, Sybil Edwards (Leon) of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Leigh Ann Melear (Scott) and Johnathan Witt, all of Peppertown; two great-grandchildren, Ashton and Cole; five stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Catherine Witt; and a daughter, Cathy Pennington.
Pallbearers will be Tim Martin, Tony Martin, Kirk Alderson, Gary Carroll, Kenneth Walker and Paul Stroud.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult Sunday School Class of Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be from noon to 2:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church in care of Margie Hussey, 1412 A Hwy. 371, Tupelo MS 38804; or The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Paula Carter
NEW ALBANY – Paula Ann Carter, 63, died at her home. She was born on Jan. 29, 1948, in New Albany to Paul and Louise Kirk Cossitt. She was a member of Mt. Olivet Methodist Church and a retired home health nurse. She was an avid sports fan.
Services will be at noon today at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with Bro. Jerry Bishop and Bro. Trey Lambert officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Methodist Church Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Rhonda McDonald (Chris) of New Albany; her father, Paul Cossitt (Neadie) of Baldwyn; two sisters, Jan Cossitt of Clinton and Sherry Hillensbeck (Jack) of Biloxi; step sister, Sarah Hall (Dwight) of Baldwyn; two brothers, Mike Cossitt (Caity) of Searcy, Ark., and Kevin Cossitt (Lorie) of Biloxi; granddaughter, Shayna McDonald; and two close special friends, Bonnie Dunnam and Ann Studdard.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Louise Kirk Cossitt.
Pallbearers will be Mike Cossitt, Kevin Cossitt, Jack Hillensbeck, Kirk Hillensbeck, Dwight Hall and Cole Busby.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today.
Memorials may be made to Keownville Baptist Church or Mt. Olivet Methodist Church.
Cynthia Hill
OKOLONA – Cynthia Moore Hill, 46, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at her home. She was born Sept. 16, 1965, to Mathis Moore and Ruby Rogers Moore. She received her education from the Okolona Schools. She was a member of Red Bud M.B. Church and a former employee of Bryan Foods and Lee Manor.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Red Bud M.B. Church with the Rev. Jamal Bodie officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Ruby Moore, and her father, Mathis Moore, of Okolona; one daughter, Jasmine Hill of Okolona; three sons, Eric Hill, Robert Scott Hill and Jasper Forshee, all of Okolona; four brothers, Kincery Moore (Michelle) of Nettleton, and Lester Moore (Linda), Anthony Moore and William Wilburn (Gai) of Okolona; one sister, Tracey Wilburn of Okolona; three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one brother.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Senora Cousin Sr.
HOUSTON – Senora Cousin Sr., 77, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.
Lucille Washington
WEST POINT – Funeral arrangements for Lucille Washington are incomplete and will be announced later by Carter Funeral Home of West Point.
John K. Byrd
LAMAR – John K. Byrd, 81, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in the John K. Skelton Cemetery at Lamar.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.hsfuneralhome.com.
G.W. Long
RIPLEY – G.W. Long, 77, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Cedar Mound Church in Ripley. Burial will be in Cedar Mound Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Ella Timmons
GUNTOWN – Ella Timmons, 98, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Lorine Ligon
SHANNON – Lorine Ligon died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Roy Johnson
HOUSTON – James Roy “Mose” Johnson, 86, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born May 15, 1925, in Redland to Horace Greely Johnson and Lena Williams Johnson. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the 2nd Infantry Division Company G38 Regiment. He served in the Battle of Normandy, the Battle of Northern France, the Rhineland Battle, and the Battle of the Ardennes, and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts. He returned to Houlka where he farmed for a few years before going to Houston to work as a mechanic for Patch Tractor Co., Crosthwait Equipment Company and Rowland Auto Parts before becoming a partner at West End Service Station. He was a member of Houston First United Methodist Church. He loved his family, gardening and being outdoors.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Houston with Rev. Larry Patrick and Rev. Mike Childs officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Johnson of Houston; his sisters, Doris J. Williams of Houston, Laura J. Peden of Houlka; his brother, Thomas L. (Faye) Johnson of Houston, Texas; his sisters-in-law, Laverne Johnson, Helen Nelson of Houston, Nancy (Al) Cook of Bartlett, Tenn., Betty (Lester) Dean of Columbus, Dora (Bill) Coggins of Tupelo; his brothers-in-law, Jim (Christine) Nelson of Buena Vista, David (Mary Anna) Nelson of Columbus, Oliver (Phyllis) Nelson of Woodland; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Nelson Johnson; his parents; and two brothers, his twin brother, Ray Johnson, and Lynn Johnson.
Pallbearers are David White, Jimmy Smith, Carroll Kirkpatrick, Daryl Love, Bruce Franks and Robert Black.
Honorary pallbearers are Lynn Johnson Jr., Robert Taylor, the Wesley Fellowship Sunday School Class members, Tyler Voyles, Alex Coggins and John Kirkpatrick Jr.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 123, Houston, MS 38851.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Hurschel Nelson
AMORY – Hurschel Nelson, 65, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Amory.
Tommy Esmon
HOLLY SPRINGS – Tommy Esmon, 58, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Faye Martin
IUKA – Faye Martin died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
Nona Eaton
BOONEVILLE – Nona Bell Eaton, 82, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 28, 1929, in Dumas. She was a sales clerk at Sell-Rite Furniture Company and a machine operator at Blue Bell and Kingsley Manufacturing Co. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jumpertown. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching, and she loved being with her family.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Scott and Bro. Milton Koon officiating. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery.
She is survived by two sisters, Luna Campbell (Billy) of Kirkville and Shirley Tennison (Gerald) of Burton; a sister-in-law, Maxine Eaton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Linnie Eaton; a brother, E. C. “Bud” Eaton; and a sister, Eva Rinehart.
Pallbearers are Dr. Eric Dukes and her nephews, Tony Campbell, Bobby Rinehart, Roger Campbell, Larry Rinehart, Steve Eaton, Eddie Tennison and Mike Campbell.
Keith Sumrall
AMORY – Keith Sumrall, 58, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Glen Wood
PONTOTOC – Glen Wood, 64, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. He was a member of Green Valley Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his sister-in-law, Marianne Wood of Lake Cormorant; two nieces, Kimberly Northcutt and Kerry Yarber; a great-niece, Kaylee Yarber; and a great-nephew, Augustus Yarber.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thurman Wood and Margaret Hawthorne Wood; and his brother, Lee Hawthorne “Butch” Wood.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Miller, Adam Miller, Randy Young, Eddie Wood, Danny Biffle and Pete Reeder
Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Green Valley Baptist Church, 265 Old Airport Road, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Charles Childress
MEMPHIS – Charles Childress, 72, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at his home in Memphis.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Temperance Hill Cemetery in Potts Camp. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Brenda Noel
DRY CREEK – Brenda Anderson Noel, 66, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo following a brief illness. She was born May 28, 1945, in Tippah County. She was a homemaker and a retired cosmetologist after many years. She enjoyed decorating, crafts, needlework and working in her yard.
Services will be at noon today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rex Bullock officiating. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery.
She is survived by two sisters, Treva Moore (Van) of Ripley and Linda Tigrett (Billy) of Dry Creek; a brother, Glenn Anderson (Shirley) of Somerville, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Judy Anderson of Booneville and Betty Anderson of Memphis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Askew; her parents, Euclid and Jimmie Turner Anderson; three sisters, Imelda Zane Heavener, Bobbye Meeks and Wanda Bullock; and two brothers, James Anderson and Jerry Anderson.
Pallbearers are Wyatt Nelms, Lee Anderson, Jay Thorson, Mackie Barnes, Kane Tigrett and Keith Mauney.
Shirley Watkins
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Shirley Ann Andrews Watkins, 71, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. She was a native of Memphis. Mrs. Watkins was a Baptist and the wife of the late Howard Wesley Watkins.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Middleburg Baptist Church in Bolivar, Tenn. Burial will be in the Middleburg Cemetery. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Somerville, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Dorothy Barkley and Patsy Rybka, both of Houston.
Memorials may be made to the Middleburg Cemetery Association.