Obituaries December 7, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Carolyn Gupton
TUPELO – Carolyn Magee Gupton, 81, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. She was a retired administrative assistant.
She is survived by her daughters, Marianne Knapp (Randy) of Charlotte, N.C., and Charlotte Pierce (Robert) of Memphis; her sons, Gary Roberson of Tupelo and Donald Roberson (Cindy) of Hernando; sister, Helen Winandy of Scottsdale, Ariz.; brother, Jack Magee of California; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the people at the Green Houses in Tupelo for the care she received, and the 5th floor west wing at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, with services to follow at 2 p.m., all at Forest Hill East Funeral Home. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery Cemetery.

Nona Blain
BALDWYN – Nona Campbell Baldwyn Blain, 71, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born April 23, 1942. She was a warm, loving servant of God who treasured the opportunity to entertain others. Her passion for life was contagious and anyone who met her quickly became her friend. Her love of beauty was rivaled only by her love of others. She always met you and left you with a sweet smile. She enjoyed shopping, shoe collecting, spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was a member of West Booneville Church of Christ.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Ward Hogland and Brian Meade officiating. Burial will be in Campbelltown Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Harold T. Blain of Baldwyn; two children, Tisha Baldwyn Mastin (Drew) of Buford, Ga,, and Todd Baldwyn (Charlotte) of Guntown; stepson, Tim Blain (Melissa) of Whitehouse, Tenn.; mother, Mary Bess Campbell Wheeler (Bob) of Baldwyn; one brother, Benny Campbell (Rosalyn) of Saltillo; three sisters, Mary Ruth Puckett (David) of Tupelo, Roseanna Behrman (John) of Guntown and Gay Downs (Ronnie) of Baldwyn; three grandchildren, Tyler Baldwyn, Cole Baldwyn and Caitlin Baldwyn; one stepgrandson, Glen Blain; two great-grandchildren, Ava Blake Baldwyn and Elijah Baldwyn.
She is preceded in death by her father, Johnnie E. Campbell.
Pallbearers will be Tyler Baldwyn, Cole Baldwyn, Kirk Downs, Kyle Downs, Daniel Davis and Glen Blain.
Honorary pallbearers will be Drew Mastin, Tim Blain, Ike Gable, Jacob Gable, Matt Campbell, Judd Wade and Jon Campbell.
Visitation will be today from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Flemon Danner
HAMILTON – Flemon Leigh Danner, 71, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Jackson Mortuary in Aberdeen.
Cassell Wiseman
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Cassell Wiseman, 71, formerly of Holly Springs, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Christ Temple Church of God in Christ in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. Saturday.
Gene Hood
TUPELO – Richard Eugene “Gene” Hood, 82, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born Aug. 9, 1930, in Tupelo to Richard Henry Hood and Effie Rogers Hood. He was a patriotic man, serving in the Mississippi National Guard. He worked in the furniture industry his entire adult life. He attended Union Grove Church of God in Mooreville. He enjoyed cars, listening to gospel music and working in his garden.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Billy Adams and Bro. Curtis Sutton officiating. Private burial will follow in Union Grove Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to service time today at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Doris Hardin Hood of Tupelo; one son, Richard Alan Hood (Nita) of Grenada; three daughters, Vickie Purser Smith of Jackson, Susan Renee Hood (Stan Head) of Copwell, Ala., and Denice Enis (Larry) of Shannon; one brother, Wayne Hood of Tupelo; three sisters, Radar Keith of Mooreville, Odell Franks of Verona and Lorene Montgomery of Mooreville; five grandchildren, Chris Purser, Alan Hood (Stephanie), Kyle Hood, Brandi Russell and Brandy Head; four great-grandchildren, Damien Hampton, Brandon Scales, Kevin Scales and Aubre Scales.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stillborn child, Rickie Hood; brother, Haskell Hood; and sisters, Olene Bell and Rupel Grimes.
Pallbearers include Bub Yielding, Bobby Norris, Stan Head, Larry Enis, Chris Purser and Damien Hampton.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Martha Smith
LUVERNE, Ala. – Martha Lou Akins Smith, 73, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. She was born Jan. 9, 1939, in Vardaman to John Akins and Aaron Colston Akins. She was a homemaker.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Patsy (Cotton) Jordan, Sheila Ann Guess, Dan R. Smith Jr. and Machell (Alan) Johnson; her eight grandchildren; her 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dan R. Smith Sr.; her daughter, Judy Lynn Smith; and her son, Danny Frank Smith.
Visitation will be from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Houston Funeral Home.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Joyce Watts
BREWER – Joyce Mallory Watts, 74, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born on May 29, 1938, in the Pontocola community of Lee County to Charlton and Laurine Thompson Mallory. She graduated from Shannon High School in 1955, attended Itawamba Junior College. She received her B.A. degree in education from Mississippi University for Women and pursued other education work at MSU and Ole Miss. She married Charles Watts on Dec. 12, 1969, and they have made their home in Brewer for 43 years. She was a beloved and devoted K-8 grades public school teacher at Shannon School, retiring in 1990 after 30 years service. Her favorite subjects were English, math and science. She also served as eighth grade basketball coach many years. A stellar musician, she was pianist/organist at Brewer Baptist Church for over 40 years. As a young girl, she played piano at Pontocola Baptist Church for 10 years. Her hobbies included working crossword puzzles, reading her Bible which she read cover to cover three times, fishing, watching Fox News, playing and listening to gospel music and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
A life celebration service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Brewer Baptist Church with Bro. Tim Tutor officiating and Keith Wiseman delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, Charlie Watts of Brewer; two sons, Michael Watts (Tina) of Tupelo and Ronnie Watts of the Ratliff community; her daughter, Jennifer Watts of Brewer; nine grandchildren, Lane (Beth) Watts, Matthew Watts, Mark Watts, John Luke McCord, Stephanie Watts, Tucker Watts, Avery Watts, Ali Watts and Ivy Watts; two great-grandchildren, Gavin Watts and Madison Estes; a sister, Carol Mallory Davis, and a brother, Don Mallory (Linda), all of Pontocola; her aunt, Mandy Pickering; a sister-in-law, Pauline Mallory and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Thomas Lynn, Paul and Baby Boy Mallory; a brother-in-law, Dub Davis;
Pallbearers will be nephews, Rodney, Randy and Ricky Mallory, Robin Davis, Roger McCormick, Randy and Richard Watts, Phil Mansell and Ricky Haulcomb.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Memorials may be made to Brewer Baptist Church Music Ministry, 302 CR 520, Shannon, MS 38868.

Jeya Suppiah
VERONA – Jeya “Jay” Suppiah, 46, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Verona. Born Sept. 26, 1966, in Malaysia, he came to the United States and earned a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Mississippi in 1993. As an entrepreneur he sold vehicles, owned and managed properties and was involved in numerous business ventures. He was well known for making people smile, selflessly giving his time to help others, and being a hard-working and honest friend. He proudly became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006. He was an active member of St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tom Lalor and Father Joe Dyer presiding. The Knights of Columbus will serve as pallbearers. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his father, brother and sister in Malaysia.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and continue at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials may be made to Saint James Catholic Church, 845 Lakeshire Drive, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Johnnie Collins
WEST POINT – Funeral services for Johnnie Collins will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Union Star M.B. Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Pauline Reed
TUPELO – Pauline Guyton Reed, 80, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A native of Tupelo, she was the daughter of the late Emma Parks and Jeffery Lee Guyton. She lived in Grand Rapids, Mich., for many years before returning to Tupelo. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Belden. She enjoyed working crosswords puzzles.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hopewell Baptist Church in Belden. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors includes her sister, Delcie Ezell of Tupelo; brothers, Robert (Lillie) Guyton of Shannon and Eddie (Ruth) Guyton of Memphis; a special niece, Tracy (James) Long of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Clyde Guyton; a niece, Emma Jean Ezell; and a brother-in-law, Henry Ezell Sr.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ruby Spencer
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Mae Spencer, 85, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth. She was born Jan. 26, 1927, in Prentiss County to the Rev Steve Winston and Fannie Hall Winston. She was a member of Wolf Creek M.B. Church in Booneville and a member of the usher board. She worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital for 23 years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wolf Creek M.B. Church with the Rev. Alphonso Adkins officiating and the Rev. L.A. Springfield delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the Wolf Creek Cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Jeanette (Frank) McGee and Annette Swinney, both of Booneville; one son, Gary S. Spencer of Booneville; one sister-in-law and five brothers-in-law; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Spencer; her parents, one daughter, one son, two brothers and one sister.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 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.

Lillian Wiseman
VARDAMAN – Lillian Louise Wiseman, 98, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Floy Dyer Nursing Home in Houston. She was born Oct. 6, 1914, in Calhoun County. She was a member of New Providence Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was formerly employed by the Forestry Commission as a fire tower watcher.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Providence Baptist Church with Dr. John Stewart and the Rev. Joe Smith officiating. Burial will be in New Providence Cemetery in Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley (Roy) Chapman of Pelahatchie and Marjori (John Jasper) Adams of Vardaman; two granddaughters, Donna Howell of Pelahatchie and Johnna Bowling of Lacy Springs, Ala.; two grandsons, Jeff Ellison of Pelahatchie and Dr. Joe (Shelley) Adams of Pontotoc; nine great-grandchildren, Jennifer (Tank) Dugger, Haley Howell, Tyler Howell, John Britton Bowling, Rusty Bowling, Randi Jo Bowling, Merideth Adams, Bo Adams and Kent Adams; two great-great-grandchildren, Shelby and Savannah Dugger; nieces, Olene Kojako, Melba Hitt, Nancy Vaughn, Sue Barnett and Martha Nell Havens; nephew, Billy Russell; and special friend, Faye Lucius.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John W. Russell and Zolia Loftin Russell; her husband, Barney Curtis Wiseman, on June 17, 2004; two brothers, Odell Russell and Victor Russell; two sisters, Estelle Reedy and Josie Hamilton; and grandsons, Randy Adams and Mike Ellison.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Barnett, Bud Green, Phil Lucius, Ray James, Troy James, Steve Ramage and Joe Smith.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the church.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Charles Watkins
VERONA – Charles Levi Watkins, 51, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. A devoted husband, father and friend, he was the son of Jeanette Watkins and Levi Watkins. He was a member of Second Baptist M.B. Church in Verona. He attended Verona High School. He enjoyed fishing and restoring cars. He never met a stranger and was kind to anyone in his presence.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Second Baptist Missionary Baptist Church in Verona with the Rev. Larry Stone officiating. Burial will be in Verona City Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary Watkins; one son, Zachary Keyon Watkins, both of the home; one grandchild, Zy’Kiria Ayana Watkins of Shannon; his father, Levi Watkins of Verona; two sisters, Rhonda Watkins of Verona and Janice (Robert) Banks of Guntown; five brothers, Johnny (Lisa) Watkins and Philip (Martha) Watkins of Shannon, Benny (Nadine) Watkins, Jerry Watkins and David (Cocoa) Watkins, all of Verona; three uncles, James Watkins, Henry Watkins and John Watkins, all of Verona; niece and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Jeanette Watkins Berry, and a sister, Mattie Fields.
Viewing will begin at 3 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel, with family and friends hour from 5 until 6 p.m. Viewing will continue at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday one hour pro to service.
Online condolences can be made to the Watkins family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Linda Pearce
DORSEY – Linda Pearce, 62, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was born April 18, 1950, to Billy and Virginia Gambrell Hughes. She was a homemaker and a faithful member of Hopewell Baptist Church. She enjoyed working in her yard and doing home improvement projects. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hopewell Baptist Church with Bro. Matt Hudson and Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Hershell Pearce of Dorsey; two daughters, Carla Pearce (Brian Pitts) of Mooreville and Shea Guntharp (Jason) of Dorsey; one brother, Scotty Hughes (Renee) of Mooreville; one sister, Lana Leathers of Dorsey; six grandchildren, Lierin Loden, Reid Loden, Jordan Guntharp, Lauren Guntharp, Eden Guntharp and Emma Guntharp; one sister-in-law, Bobbie Schreppel; and her best friend, Sue Gray of Dorsey.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a nephew, Michael Leathers; and her stepfather, C.D. Pitts.
Pallbearers will be Roy Rock, John Gray, James McMillen, Rick Carson, Adrian Mattox and Tommy Lee.
Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Reed, Tim Sellars, J.D. Clifton, Chris Nash and Bob Knight.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 until 10 a.m. Saturday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
Myrtle Brown
FULTON – Myrtle Lois Brown, 82, died on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks. Born Nov. 11, 1930, in Hamilton, she was a daughter of the late Ira Griffin and Willie Bell Noe Brown. She attended Becker School. She was a retired seamstress with Amory Garment. A spiritual person and the youngest of nine children, she was the monarch of her family. Feisty and full-of-life, she enjoyed being with family and friends, her cats, reading, working puzzle books, embroidery and cooking. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 4490, of Aberdeen.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Volene Lois Edwards Brown Walkers of Corinth; nieces and nephews, William Doyle Brown (Barbara) of Brandon, Donnie Brown (Debra) of Mooreville, Iris Brown Pearson (Jack) of Amory, Jan Brown Speck (Don) of Blue Springs, Barbara Brown Hutson (Bart) of Amory, Gail Barnes of Golden; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Emma Glo Brown; brothers, William Alvis (Edna Mae Bobo) Brown, Arvil Wilburn (JoAnn Varner Grant) Brown, Jessie Audis (Geneva Mae Cantrell) Brown, Artice Brown, Hershal C. (Marvel) Brown, John Bankhead “J.B.” Brown, Ira Darling “R.D.” (Eunice Elsie Malone) Brown; nieces, Judith Eileen Brown Jones, Myra Elizabeth Brown Flurry, and Kathryn Hoey Brown; and nephews, Jack Arvil Brown and John Charles “Pete” Brown.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grady’s Chapel United Methodist Church at Wren. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be given to American Heart Association, c/o Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821 or to Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks, P.O. Box 333, Sherman, MS 38869.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Sara Gilreath
AMORY – Sara Pearl Roberts Gilreath, 94, died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Trinity Healthcare Center in Columbus. Born on March 24, 1918, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Wood Jefferson and Sweet Atkins Roberts. She was a graduate of Pine Grove School. In 1946, she married Maurice Thomas Gilreath. For many years, she and her husband managed Sherman’s Department Store. In 2003, she retired from Dollar General Stores. Strong in her faith and trust and love for the Lord, she was a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. A very giving and loving lady, she was always optimistic and positive, would help anyone in need, and loved her grandchildren. With work being her hobby, she was a supporter of the American Diabetes Association, enjoyed keeping up with the news and politics, and doing for her grandchildren.
She is survived by her son, Tommy Gilreath (Patricia) of Amory; grandchildren, Josh R. Gilreath (Ashlea) of Starkville, Adam W. Gilreath (Ashle) of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Natalie Gilreath of Amory; and great-grandchildren, Jet and Eva Cate Gilreath of Starkville.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Lois Brown and Willa Mae Roberts.
A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. today at Haughton Memorial Park with Bro. Josh Gilreath officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Ken Randolph, Jake Randolph, Roy Randolph, Bill Kyle, Bill Clements and Robert Gilreath. Honorary pallbearer will be Adam Gilreath.
Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. today at the funeral home. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home at 2:45 p.m. today to go in procession to the cemetery.
Memorials may be given to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Woodson Price
MYRTLE – William Woodson Price passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, on his 80th birthday. He was born Dec. 4, 1932, in Union County. After graduating from Myrtle High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country from 1953-1957, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. While stationed at Hunter Air Force Base in Savannah, Ga., he met and married his wife, Marlene. In 1957, they returned to Myrtle, and he established a custom cabinet and woodworking business, Price’s Cabinet and Woodworks. Hobbies he enjoyed were woodworking, gardening and his daily coffee breaks with friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Eugene Stockstill officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene Evelyn Griner Price of Myrtle; one daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Diane and Joe McCarley Rials of Myrtle; one grandson, Price McCarley Rials of Oxford; and one granddaughter, Brittany Diane Rials of Windermere, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Foster Price and Hattie Roberts Price.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Shands, Benny Allred, Casimiro Aguirre, Edgar Hall, Billy Myers, Robert Russell and Lynn Cook.
Memorial gifts may be made to the American Heart Association, Myrtle United Methodist Church or Union County Health and Rehab Chapel Fund.
Visitation will be Friday, December 7 from 5:00p.m. till 8:00p.m. today at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. Price’s military service, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Air Force flag during his visitation and service.

Gabriel Wells
TUPELO – Gabriel Montrel Wells, newborn, died Monday, Dec. 3. 2012. He was born Dec. 3, 2012, to Madison McAllister and Leo Wells III.
Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Porter’s Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Chris Traylor officiating. N.L.Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Madison McAllister and Leo Fred Wells III of Topelo; his grandparents, Natasha Shack Hughes (Douglas) of Tupelo and Xavier McAllister (Tiffany) of Tennessee, Paul Moton (Ashley) of Tupelo, Regina Brasell and Leo Fred Wells Jr., both of Oxford; his great-grandparents, Daisy Fields (Tyrone) of Tupelo, Jerrold Jones (Isabel) of Calif., Pastor Patricia McAllister of Tennessee, George McAllister of Tupelo, Katie Wells and Leo Fred Wells Sr. (Nita), both of Oxford.

Pearlene Stone
RENO, Nev. – Pearlene Stone, 94, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. She was born on Aug. 31, 1918, in Fulton to Jimmie and Ethel Stone. She was a member of Shiloh CME Church and the Sunday School secretary. She later married and moved to Reno, Nev., where she became a member of Bethel CME Church, where she was secretary and treasurer. She enjoyed singing in the choir.
Services were held in Reno, Nev. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of local arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jimmie R. Stone and Fully L. Stone.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Polly Anna Jones
ABERDEEN – Polly Anna Gunn Jones, 88, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Pioneer Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born April 6, 1924, to Marion “Dude” Gunn and Polly Anna Gunn in the Egypt community. She lived in St. Louis almost 40 years, returning home three years ago. Her love of children caused her to help rear more than 40 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and foster children. Her passion was cooking for and helping everybody.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Poplar Spring Methodist Church with Dr. Clementine Mays officiating. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Cemetery at Okolona. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are three daughters, Doris Fair of Centerville, Ill., Diane Jones and Denise Jones, both of Aberdeen; a son, Henry Jones of St. Louis; 40 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Hank Boerner
TUPELO – Henry Alexander Leopold “Hank” Boerner, 57, died Thursday morning at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He died of complications from severe septic shock.
Boerner was the 20-year director of the North Mississippi Medical Center Wellness Center, which includes facilities in Tupelo, Pontotoc and Baldwyn.
He was born in Miami, Fla., and spent most of his young adult life in Rockledge, Fla. He was a graduate of Florida State University and earned his M.S. in exercise physiology at Florida State. He was a former chairman of the Medical Fitness Association and a longtime member of its board of directors.
Boerner was co-chair of the widely honored Tupelo Health Task Force, and he had served as a member of the All-America City competition team.
In 2011, Boerner was presented the Pioneer Award by the Medical Fitness Association for his work to advance the wellness industry.
In addition, he was a founder of Project Hope, which raises funds for heart disease, cancer and diabetes patients in Northeast Mississippi. The organization has raised almost $1 million through its annual events.
He was a member of the Community Development Foundation’s leadership class. He served on the boards of directors of Mississippi United Methodist Senior Services, the Yocona Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and on the advisory board of the Tupelo Parks and Recreation Department. He was a chairman of the council’s Apilachi District. He was a former assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 3 and was founder of Venture Scouting’s Crew 3, both in Tupelo.
Boerner was an active member and ruling elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Tupelo, and a longtime member of the Mission and Outreach Committee. In addition, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Clean Water and Medical Mission Team, which makes annual trips serving partner congregations in Guatemala.
He is survived by his wife and best friend, Helen Hunter Boerner; daughter, Hunter Harrington (Zack); and son, Hal Boerner. In addition, he is survived by his sister, Nancy Jenkins; brothers Tommy Boerner (Terri) and Douglas Boerner (Max).
His father-in-law, Lauchlin Hunter, survives, as well as in-laws Suzanne and Joe Rey, and Lock and Lisa Hunter, and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Tupelo, with the Rev. Dr. Thomas P. Groome III officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today in McFadden Hall at First Presbyterian and again at 10 a.m. before services Saturday. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ann and Danny Kelly, Bess and Grayson Robbins, Lin Joiner, Lisa Johnson, and Steve and Kathy Corban.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Guatemala Mission Fund of First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1725, Tupelo, MS 38802, or Project Hope, P.O. Box 4236, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Warren Matthews
MICHIGAN CITY – Warren H. Matthews, 92, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Sinai M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 9 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

George Walker
AMORY – George Walker, 65, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.

Lila Prather
CORINTH – Lila Prather, 76, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.

Mary Tuggles
HOLLY SPRINGS – Mary Ellen Falkner Tuggles, 79, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Smith Grove M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today with a family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday.

James Howell
HOLLY SPRINGS – James Lee Howell, 40, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Collierville Health and Rehab Center in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Stinson Community Church in Rossville, Tenn. Burial will be in Charity Gardens. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Robert Fryar
BOONEVILLE – Robert Fryar died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at his home in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Booneville.

Billy Simpson
ASHLAND – William Reese “Billy” Simpson, 88, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Beech Hill Church of Christ.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Flemon Danner
HAMILTON – Flemon Leigh Danner, 71, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Jackson Mortuary in Aberdeen.

David Abbott
RED BAY, Ala. – David Abbott, 89, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at the Red Bay Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery in Belmont. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday.

Betty Wood
MOOREVILLE – Betty Wood, 57, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Other arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Jim LeClair
FULTON – Jim LeClair, 66, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.