By NEMS Daily Journal
John R. Johnson
FULTON – John Richard Johnson, 81, went to be with his beloved wife of 58 years, Bettye, on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. He was born Oct. 10, 1929, in Itawamba County to Rance and Nancy Graham Johnson. He was a logger, a sawmiller and a carpenter. He was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church and a devoted fan of ICC sports.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Dr. Bill Adams and Dr. David Cole will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Shelia Pettigo (David) of Fulton; two sons, Ricky Johnson and Jason Johnson (Angela), all of Fulton; four grandchildren, Brett Johnson, Rich Johnson (Tori) and Kaitlyn and Cameron Brown; three great-grandchildren, Austin, Harleigh and Kylee Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents; three brothers, Quitman, Charlie and J.T. Johnson; and five sisters, Mary Bell Williams, Gladys Adams, Alsie Mae Waddle, Ruthie Lee and Lucy Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Brett and Rich Johnson, Heath and Rance Johnson, Donnie Johnson, Stevie Johnson and Daris White.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday.
BREWER – Mary Luene Roebuck Waycaster, 93, known to her family as “Mama Ene,” went to be with the Lord Feb. 9, 2011, at the Gregory Green House at Traceway. She was born Feb. 2, 1918, to Claude and Gussie Morgan Roebuck of the Nettleton community, where she spent her early childhood and attended school. In 1937, she married W.E. “Elgar” Waycaster. The couple spent the majority of their life together in the Brewer Community and were both employed by the Shannon School. Luene loved to cook and prepared many meals in the Shannon School Cafeteria and for family and friends. She loved helping her husband tend a garden and people from around the county regularly came to their home to get vegetables. She loved to give food, flowers, seeds and other items. Luene made sure that anyone who came to visit her home never left empty handed. She was an active member of Brewer Baptist Church for over 60 years and served last as a Senior Adult Sunday School teacher. In her senior years, she received her license to drive and commuted to First Baptist Church of Tupelo to help with their Mother’s Day Out Program.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Billy Langley and Rev. Keith Wiseman officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty Long (Jim) of Brewer; three sons, B.W. “Bill” Waycaster of Houston, Texas, and Old Union, Benny Waycaster (Martha) of Old Union, and Mitch Waycaster (Christy) of Tupelo; two sisters, Sis Pettigrew of Nettleton, Jewelene Barber (Herman) of Memphis, Tenn.; her brother, Claude Roebuck (Ruth) of Tupelo; 11 grandchildren, Kim Waycaster, Kristen Lee (Kevin), Kara Wedemeyer (Steve), Jon Long (Susanne), Melinda Tidwell (Cliff), Sam Long (Diane), Brad Waycaster (Pam), Greg Waycaster (Kathy), Ginger Miller (Matt), Jill West (Josh), and Ross Waycaster; 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elgar Waycaster; a brother, Thomas Roebuck and wife, Laura; her brother-in-law, Carlos Pettigrew; three grandchildren, Kellany Waycaster, Keelyn Waycaster and Clay Waycaster.
Pallbearers will be Steve Wedemeyer, Kevin Lee, Jon Long, Sam Long, Cliff Tidwell, Brad Waycaster, Greg Waycaster, Matt Miller, Josh West and Ross Waycaster.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Faith Food Pantry Building Fund, 102 Front Ave., Nettleton, MS 38858; or Elgar and Luene Waycaster Ministerial Scholarship Fund, c/o CREATE Foundation, P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo MS 38802.
The family would like to express appreciation to the nurses and nurses assistants at the Traceway Gregory House and of North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice for the tender love and care they have given our mother, especially over the last few weeks.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Kathy Jo Kelly
After a long and courageous battle with “this thing called cancer,” Kathy Jo King Kelly left this earth for her heavenly home on Feb. 8, 2011, while at Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa, Okla. There at her home away from home, she was surrounded by her beloved husband, Bob, her daughter, Beth, and her extended family at CTCA of loving doctors, nurses and other caregivers. As she had said, she is now dancing on the clouds with Jesus!
She was born on July 7, 1955, in Tupelo to Joe and Kathryn King. She was employed as a graphic artist at MTD up until her illness. Earlier, she had worked in that same field for Richardson Printing. She served as a Weight Watchers leader for several years and encouraged so many at both Tupelo and Booneville locations. Kathy Jo was an avid Mississippi State fan who loved her Bulldogs. As season ticket holders, she and Bob attended football games all during her cancer treatments. She even recorded a video for Cancer Treatment Center of America with Coach Mullen, who told her if the Dawgs fought as hard as she did with cancer, that they would always be winners.
Kathy Jo made her profession of faith at East Heights Baptist Church and was a longtime member, teaching Adult Sunday School, working with the Children’s Music Ministry, and active in the annual Easter Pageant. At her death she was a devoted member of Harrisburg Baptist Church, where she was active in the Adult Choir, Prayer Ministry, had taught fifth grade Sunday School and also participated in the Drama Ministry. All during her illness she was an ambassador for her Lord with her daily updates on her Care Page, where she gave uplifting, inspiring and encouraging devotional thoughts to everyone who read them. These updates were a strong testimony to her unwavering faith in her Jesus and offered hope and inspiration for so many who visited those pages daily. She was a spokesperson for Cancer Treatment Center of America, featured in Facebook with almost 6,000 visitors – many of whose lives were changed because of the messages she sent out.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo with Dr. Forrest Sheffield and Bro. David Langerfeld officiating and Bro. Jerry King, her brother, delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Plantersville Cemetery. Holland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Bob Kelly; her son, Jason Kelly (Sheila) and her daughter, Beth Kelly (fiancé, Trevyn Hollis), all of Tupelo; her two precious granddaughters, Josie Kelly and Riley Grace Hollis; her brothers, Philip King (Jean) of Tupelo and Jerry King (Priscilla) of Starkville; her sister-in-law, Jane Phipps (Bill) of Plantersville; and her brother-in-law, Mike Kelly of Brandon; several nieces and nephews who were all special in her life.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Jeff King, Mitch King, Kevin Edge, Mike Powell, Michael Kelly and Bill Phipps, Scott Lambert and Jim Livingston.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Simeon Jaggemauth and all the staff of Cancer Treatment Center of America and all the choir members of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 10, 2011, and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday, both at Harrisburg Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 E. 79th St., Tulsa, OK or to the Choir Fund at Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com.
Tommie L. Timbes
BURNSVILLE – Tommie L. Timbes, 94, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at her residence.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Burnsville Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Glen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Burnsville Cemetery Fund at First American National Bank in Burnsville.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – Frances Holliday Schrock, 67, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at her residence in Aberdeen. She was born Sept. 26, 1943, to Belton Holliday and Alice Colburn Holliday Johnson in Sulligent, Ala. She was a receptionist at Aberdeen Care Center and a member of Grace Chapel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, April P. Hemric of Amory, Cristina Schrock and fiancé, Ken Jones, of Hamilton, and Raquel Rooks and husband, Patrick, of Hamilton; five sons, Nathan B. Smith and wife, Hattie, of Amory, Daniel Schrock and wife, Robin, of Columbus, Martin Schrock and wife, Kylie, of Franklin, La., Ruben Schrock of Aberdeen and Johnny Schrock and wife, Svetlana, of Aberdeen; one sister, Mary Pennington of Hamilton; one brother, Larry Holliday of Marseille, Ill.; 14 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Samuel Schrock; two children, David and Emily Noe; and brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be DeWayne Holliday, Adam Holliday, Kyle Smith, R.J. Stiles, Johnny Schrock, Patrick Rooks, Ruben Schrock and Ken Jones.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
You can sign the register and send condolences on line at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
WALNUT – Alvis Nathaniel Wilbanks, 71, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Christian Church of Theo. Burial will be in the County Line Baptist Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the church from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday.
Condolences may be left online at www.magnoliafuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Sherlyn Springer, 55, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
FULTON – William E. Witherspoon died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Brandon. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
FALKNER – William “Garfield” Gillard, 94, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
BOONEVILLE – George Friar, 83, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at the Landmark Nursing Home in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
CORINTH – Berome Denise Luster, 49, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, in Memphis.
Services will be at noon today at Berea Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Adams Chapel Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
TISHOMINGO – Aretha Mae Brock, 47, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born March 7, 1963, in Shelby County, Tenn. She was a nurse for 27 years and a member of Carters Branch Missionary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Carters Branch Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Anthony Welch officiating. Burial will be in Carters Branch Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are her mother, Ruby Brock of Tishomingo; her father, Louis Brock of Tishomingo; three brothers, Jerry L. Brock, Bobby L. Brock (Farcelina) and Danny L. Brock, all of Tishomingo; two sisters, Angie Houston (Myron) and Lee Ann Fossett, all of Tishomingo; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Carters Branch Missionary Baptist Church.
ABERDEEN – Wanda Denise Walker, 46, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Aberdeen. She was a faithful member of St. Peter United Methodist Church, where she served as a lay leader, worship leader, choir director and usher. She served on the Banquet Finance Committee, Kitchen Committee and Scholarship Committee. She was employed at North Mississippi Medical Center for 17 years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter United Methodist Church in Aberdeen. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her father, William Walker; a son, Christopher Walker; a daughter, Sherrina Walker; seven brothers, Thomas (Wanda) Walker, William D. (Yolanda) Walker, Whitney (Pam) Walker, Richard (Mary) Walker, William Walker Jr. II, Jeffery (Katrina) Smith, Christopher Smith of Chicago; three sisters, Wendy Walker and Ashley Walker of Louisiana, and Pam Vasser of Chicago; a grandson, Christopher Walker, and a granddaughter, India Fears.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Jean Alexander, 86, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville after an extended illness. She was a housewife and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Alexander and Dr. Lynn Jones officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.
She is survived by three sons, Dan Alexander (Frank Kirkowski) of New York, Eddie Alexander (Billie Sue) of Memphis and Ronnie Alexander (Vickie) of Walnut; four grandchildren, Chris Alexander (Meridith) of Knoxville,Tenn., Kelly Bunker (Scott) of Douglasville, Ga., Aubrey Broome (Neal) of Jackson and Ryan Alexander of Walnut; two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Bunker and Alex Bunker of Douglasville, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bondie Lee and Tilma McGill Palmer; her husband, Bruce Alexander; a sister, Mary Etta White; and three brothers, Donald Palmer, Pete Palmer and Carl Palmer.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
WALNUT – Michael Wayne Gomoluh, 51, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born Feb. 8, 1960, to Clara Irene Gomoluh Jones and the late Robert Louis Gomoluh Sr. He worked for Delta Inc. on a military base in the commissary. He was of the Protestant faith.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Danny Moss officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery.
He is survived by his mother, Clara Irene Jones of Walnut; two brothers, Carl Gomoluh (Niki) of Las Vegas, Nev., and Robert Louis Gomoluh Jr. of Medford, Ore; and several nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Lynn Swindle, Charles McKee, Mike Felton, Ricky Melton, Terry Swindle and Carl Gomoluh. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike McAfee and Eric Swindle.
Visitation will be from 11a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
William Clemit Williams
IUKA – William Clemit Williams, 85, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the V.A. Medical Center in Memphis. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member if Airport Mission Baptist Church.
Services were Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Daniel and Bro. Leon Snyder officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Roberta White (Perry) of Iuka; two brothers, Clarence Williams of Florence, Ala., and John Leonard Williams (Norma) of Havanna, Ill.; one grandchild, Anna White, and one great-grandchild, Cole Norris; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Minnie Murphy Williams; four brothers, James Clifford, Ernest, Oneal and Lester Williams; and a sister, Bobbie Holland.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Carlisle, Roe Arnold, Jerry White, Jimmy Daniel, Ricky Dillard and Jesse Glen McDuffy.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Daisy Mae Hogan
AMORY – Daisy Mae Hogan, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
GUNTOWN – Gary Bailey, 54, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, as the result of a motor vehicle accident in Choctaw County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
BELMONT – Thadis Sartain, 74, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.
Sue T. Gwyn
TUPELO – Susan T. “Sue” Gwyn, 74, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A native of Roan Mountain, Tenn., she was born March 14, 1936, to Miff and Aletha Teague. She and her husband moved to Tupelo in the mid 70’s. She was an engineering secretary for Tecumseh Products until 2001. Earlier in her life she worked in Texas for IBM and she also owned an art gallery and a weekly newspaper, The Oak Hill Review. Her passions included working in her flower gardens, her little dog, Tori, collecting art, and shopping with her granddaughters.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Tupelo Memorial Park with Rev. Bert Harper officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Sonja Wood (Bill Wood III) of Tupelo; one brother, Ronald Teague of Arlington, Texas; two sisters, Ida May Contas of Clyde, Ohio, and Mary Martin of Winston-Salem, N.C.; three grandchildren, Josh Priddy (Ashley) of Memphis, Callee Johnson of Tupelo and Meagan Johnson of Tupelo; her best friend and caregiver, Phyllis Barber (W.C.) of the Troy community.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 27 years, Robert “Bob” Gwyn; a son, Jeffrey Gwyn; and two sisters and a brother.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tupelo-Lee Humane Society or the ASPCA.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
CALHOUN CITY – Joshua “Josh” James, 24, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at his home. He was born June 26, 1986, in Grenada. He was a welder at United Chair in Bruce. He was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church of Vardaman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Benny Hill officiating. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Survivors include his mother, Debby Campbell (Chris Bullard) of Slate Springs; his father, Doug James (Lisa) of Vardaman; one sister, Abby James of Pontotoc; two brothers, Jacob James (Lindsey) of Calhoun City and Shaun James of Vardaman; his grandmother, Sandy Franklin of Bruce; his grandfather, James Earl Jones of Calhoun City; his great-grandmother, Avis Jones of Calhoun City; a nephew, Garrett Reece James of Calhoun City; and a host of aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Reece and Barbara James; his great-grandfathers, J.O. “Son” Jones and Grady Suggs; and a cousin, Tyler Jones.
Pallbearers will be Corey Alexander, Nathan Ballard, Josh Monaghan, Brent Sullivan, Cody Long, Adam Brown, Josh Fersuon and Jamie Webster.
Online condolences may be left at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Curtis Hayes Ray, 59, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at his home. He was born May 5, 1951, in Beloit, Wis., to Charlie A. Ray and Jennette Bell. He was a member of Naylors Chapel. He worked for Tupelo High School until becoming ill. His hobbies were restoring cars and playing in a local band.
services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Naylors Chapel CME Church in Pontotoc with the Rev. Matthew Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial City Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents; two children, Curtisha (James) Anderson and Lynett Ray of Kansas City, Kan.; two brothers, Charles Ray of Pontotoc and Arnell Penson of Omaha, Neb.; five sisters, Carol Annette Ray Moore, Virginia Johnson and Nicole (Donnell) Wilson of Pontotoc, Brenda Penson of Beloit, Wis., and Vickie Doss of Washington; seven grandchildren; aunts, Shelby (Rex) Bell and Pearlie Bell.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Charlene Ray Siddell.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Mary Edith McNeece, 95, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Roosevelt Freeman Sr.
AMORY – Roosevelt Freeman Sr., 102, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at his home in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
WALNUT – Luther Watson died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at Charity Church in Tiplersville.
TUPELO – Harold Bastain, 68, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
ACKERMAN – Steven Britt Moss, 37, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, as the result of a motor vehicle accident in Choctaw County. He was born Jan. 28, 1974, in Kosciusko. He was a coach and teacher at Ackerman High School. He attended Ackerman Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, coach and friend.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ty Cobb Complex Gymnasium at the Ackerman High School. The Rev. Danny Irvin and the Rev. Steve Jordan will officiate. Burial will be in the Enon Cemetery in Ackerman. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Abigail Clouse Moss of Ackerman; his daughter, Lily Katherine Moss of Ackerman; his father, Jackie Moss of Nesbit; his mother, Jeanie McBride Hearon of Kosciusko; a half sister, Lynn Brown of Lake Cormorant; and his grandmother, Mary McBride of Kosciusko.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Arthur Jack and Elizabeth Moss, and Britt McBride.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Coach Steven Moss Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 902, Ackerman, MS 39735.
To sign the guest registry, visit www.colemanfuneral.com.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Ty Cobb Complex Gymnasium at Ackerman High School.