Obituaries December 8, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Billy Simpson
ASHLAND – William Reese “Billy” Simpson, 88, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at his home. He was born June 3, 1924, to A.C. “Gus” and Pearl Norris Simpson. He was a member of Beech Hill Church of Christ, a Bible school teacher and deacon for 43 years. He served his country during World War II in the Navy. He was a retired well contractor for many years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Beech Hill Church of Christ with Minister King McCarver and Minister James Horton officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Farrow Simpson of Ashland; two sons, Bob Simpson (Penny) and Ken Simpson (Cynthia), both of Ashland; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Tracey Simpson of Crozet, Va., Katie Simpson McCammon (John) of Cane Ridge, Tenn., Hannah Simpson Hopper (Joab) of Ashland, Will, Jacob and Carrie Simpson of Ashland; one great-grandchild, Levi McCammon of Cane Ridge, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kerry Simpson; one sister, Reba Simpson Moody; and one brother, Donald Simpson.
Pallbearers will be Micah McBride, Robert Farrow, Jacob Simpson, Will Simpson, Joab Hopper, John McCammon, Dustin McMillin and Eddie Joe McMillin. Honorary pallbearers will be Grant Graves, James Willingham and all his nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Middle Mississippi Chapter, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite I, Jackson, MS 39216.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Mildred Sheffield
FULTON – Mildred B. Sheffield, 100, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Brandon Nursing Home and Rehab Facility in Brandon. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
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. today 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.
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.

Max Griffin
PONTOTOC – Max Kellon Griffin, 72, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Pontotoc Health Services. He was born in Pontotoc County on July 24, 1940. A graduate of Pontotoc High School and Mississippi State University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he owned and operated MKG Realty in Pontotoc. He enjoyed working, spending time with his family and was very passionate about the NACD Foundation.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating and Danny Weatherly delivering the eulogy. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Martha Klair Griffin of Tupelo; one son, Mike Griffin (Melinda) of Aiken, S.C.; four sisters: Elsie Blanke, Clarice Duff, Wilma Chittom and Marlene Michael, all of Pontotoc; two grandsons, Brad Griffin and Matthew Griffin, both of Aiken, S.C.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marlin Griffin and Sue Stanford Griffin; and his three sisters, Estelle Henry, Grace Dandridge and Velma Sue Long.
Pallbearers will be: George Duff, Walter Chittom, Randy Long, David Henry, Sam Earst Long, Marlin Duff, Al Duff, Edward Dandridge and Ralph Dandridge. Honorary pallbearers will be: Danny Weatherly, Charles Thomas and Jerry Morgan.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the NACD Foundation, 549 25th Street, Ogden, UT 84401, or www.nacdfoundation.org.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Rosie Dukes
OXFORD – Rosie Dukes, 80, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at her home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.
Bill Cherry
SALTILLO – Billy Richard “Bill” Cherry, 75, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. A native of the Birmingham Ridge Community, he was born April 9, 1937, to G.R. and Mittie Miller Cherry. He had lived most of his adult life in Saltillo, where he was a current member of Saltillo First United Methodist Church and a former member and deacon at Saltillo First Baptist Church. Earlier in his life, he served with the Mississippi Army National Guard. He served as alderman for the city of Saltillo for 13 years. He was employed at Tire Town of Tupelo for 32 years and owner for five years. He was instrumental in organizing the first Saltillo High School Football Booster Club which he served as president. He also had served as president of the Saltillo Civitan Club. He was a member of Saltillo Men’s Club.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Tim Green and Dr. Ken Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Janis Franks Cherry; two sons, Craig Cherry (Angela) of Mooreville and Dave Cherry (Debbie) of New Albany; five grandchildren, Brandon and Lauren Cherry of Tupelo, Will, Ben and Matt Cherry of New Albany; one niece, Bebe Roper Stewart (Clay) of Saltillo; a brother-in-law, Fred Franks of Saltillo; a sister-in-law, Faye Pyle of Hamilton, Ala.; and cousins, Brenda Gibbons of Saltillo, Sara Miller Simmons of Tupelo and Grady Miller of Tuscaloosa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Betty Roper.
Pallbearers will be Max Stephens, Gil Simmons, Tommy Rock, Al Rice, Jimmy Long, W.K.Webb, Clyde Neaves and Pat Carr.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the building fund at Saltillo First United Methodist Church, 737 Old Hwy. 45, Saltillo, MS 38866.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Bud Evans
JACKSON, Tenn. – Richard Clayton “Bud” Evans, 85, died Nov. 24, 2012, at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. He was born Aug. 11, 1927, in Big Creek. He was a veteran of the United States Navy who served at the end of World War II at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as a radio communications operator aboard a minesweeper ship which functions to clear the harbor of explosive mines for safe civilian use. It was there that he began his training in communication electronics and eventually industrial electronics engineering which would become his lifetime career. He was also an entrepreneur and successful business owner. He participated in the Benevolent Order of Elks and held membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He will be remembered for being an active sportsman and for his love of the outdoors including his hobbies of hunting, fishing and camping.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with Dr. Johnny Hearn officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Big Creek.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Evans Avery of Cabot, Ark.; two sons, Richard C. Evans Jr. of Corona, Calif., and Marty Evans of Birmingham; a stepdaughter, Regina Harrison of Sharon, Tenn.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Hardy “C.H.” Evans and Onie Exel Johnson; two wives; one brother, James Carl Evans; and one sister, Catherine Elizabeth Evans Liddell.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Richard Clayton “Bud” Evans to the Mt. Nebo Cemetery Fund, c/o Billy Rounsaville, 109062 Graysport Crossing Road, Big Creek, MS 38914.
Online condolences can be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.

Robert Thompson
OXFORD – Robert Thompson, 76, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Johnny Gray
DERMA – Johnny C. Gray, 52, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. He was a member of Church of Christ in Water Valley.
Services will be at noon today at the Civic Auditorium in Water Valley. Burial will be in the Church of Christ Cemetery in Water Valley. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Ruthie A. Gray of Derma; one son, Darrick Moore of Pittsbor; one daughter, Jamirquille Gray of Derma; one brother, Eddie Gray of Derma; two sisters, Mae Nell and Mittie Gray of Water Valley; three grandchildren and one godchild.

Durward Ellis
TUPELO – James Durward Ellis died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 6, 1919, in Okolona to Elmo Judson Ellis and Hazel Jernigan Ellis. He retired from Rose Hill Table Company in 1990. After retiring, he read the electric meters in Okolona for 17 years. He attended school at Egypt. He attended Okolona First United Methodist Church and Boones Chapel while residing in Okolona. He also served on numerous boards and committees in Okolona. He and his wife moved to the Tupelo/Saltillo area in 2006 to be near their sons and families. He was a member of the Saltillo First United Methodist Church. A man of his word, he was dedicated to his wife and his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Okolona with the Rev. Tim Green officiating. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Doris Naron Ellis; one son, Terry Kay Ellis (Jackie); a daughter-in-law, Judy Crans Ellis, all of Saltillo; five grandchildren, Jason Ellis (Kami), Claire Harrelson (Jason) of Saltillo, Katie Simmons (Chad) of Olathe, Kan., Kim Huddleston (Rob) of Pontotoc, Bryan Ellis (Natalie) of Saltillo; 10 great-grandchildren, Ashton, McKenna and Madison Ellis, Ethen, Gabriel, Mary Ellis and Evelyn Harrelson, Ella Kate and Raelynn Simmons, and Aubrey Huddleston; one sister, Sarah John Westbrook (Frank) of Brandon; one brother, Kenney Ellis (B.J.) of Bristol, Tenn.; four sisters-in-law, Hazel Ellis and Mary Ruth Ellis of Okolona, Martha Smith (Lloyd) of Vardaman and Joyce Naron of Houston; one brother-in-law, Tommy Lane of Grenada; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jamie Ray Ellis; and two brothers, E.J. (Pert) Ellis and Oliver Ellis.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Ellis, Frankie Ellis, Jimmy Wayne Ellis, Jerry Jernigan, James Carl Cook and Howard Crump.
Honorary pallbearers will be the men from the Saltillo Methodist Church, Okolona Methodist Church and Boones Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2188, Tupelo, MS 38803; or Tupelo Veterans Park and Memorial for the Tupelo Vietnam Wall, P.O. Box 3608, Tupelo, MS 38803 in memory of his son, Jamie Ray Ellis.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Ashley Scott
BALDWYN – Brenda Ashley Scott, 25, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in an automobile accident. She was born Nov. 15, 1987, in Tupelo to Larry Eugene and Brenda Scott. She was a 2005 Mooreville High School graduate. She attended Zion Hill Baptist Church in Alpine. She was a loving mother of three and she devoted her time and energy to her children.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Dunlap officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Trent Glover; three children, Hannah Bladge, Briley Addison and Jaycee Allanis Glover, all of Baldwyn; her father, Larry Scott (Teresa) of Mooreville; two sisters, Laken and Paige Scott; her paternal grandfather, Wayne Scott (Larue) of Marietta.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Brenda Robinson Scott.
Pallbearers will be Lamont Johnson, Logan Hendrix, Lee Robinson, Jason Malone, Jody Mont and J.W. Potts.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her funeral account, W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors, P.O. Box 1488, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
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. today at First Presbyterian Church, Tupelo, with the Rev. Dr. Thomas P. Groome III officiating. Visitation was 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in McFadden Hall at First Presbyterian and will be again at 10 a.m. before services today.
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.

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 60 years, returning home three years ago. Her love of children helped her 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. today 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 2 to 3 p.m. today at the church.

Betty Wood
MOOREVILLE – Betty Wood, 57, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. She was born on June 25, 1955, to Wilbur Dillard and Prebble Fay Johnson Wood in Illinois. She was a member of the River Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed being with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. David Perry officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Laurie Carwile (Donny) of Dorsey; a son, Casey Rowland (Wendy) of Dorsey; five grandchildren, Corey Rowland, Kennedy Rowland, Kase Rowland, Brandon Carwile and Brooklyn Carwile; one great-granddaughter, Lily Raines; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Margaret Steele; a brother, Dillard Wayne Raines; and the children’s father, Johnny Rowland.
Pallbearers will be Bronson Miller, Dakota Steele, Rawdy Rooker, Chris Wood, Jeff Pearson and Zack Pearson.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to: Boguefala Baptist Church, 690 Hwy. 371, Mooreville, MS 38857.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Annie Young
ABBEVILLE – Annie Mae Young, 84, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Abbeville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Herschel Brown
CORINTH – Herschel Brown, 92, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2012, at his home in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Opal Hales
SALTILLO – Opal Workman Hales, 90, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Saltillo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Burial will follow in Longtown Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 108 W. Lee St., Sardis, MS 38666.

Betsy Pinckley
NASHVILLE – Betsy Boyd Pinckley, 79, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Alive Hospice in St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Calvert City First Baptist Church. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is assisting the family.
Memorials may be made to Calvert City First Baptist Church or Alive Hospice at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Daryl Mitchell
TISHOMINGO – Daryl Myer Mitchell, 66, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Rienzi. Burial will be in New Lebanon Cemetery in Cairo. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the church.

Ela Shurden
CEDAR BLUFF – Ela Williams Shurden, 98, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point. Burial will follow in Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery at Cedar Bluff.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Billy Shepard
HOULKA – Billy Wayne Shepard, 64, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. He was born May 19, 1948, in Pontotoc. He was a Baptist.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Collums Cemetery with Bro. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his siter, Jimmie Faye Johnson of Mantachie; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cliff and Annie Pearl Carr Shepard; brothers, C.J., Collum, Earnest Shepard, Wilburn Ray “P.A.” Shepard and Cliff Dewayne Shepard.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
Online condolences may be made to parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.