Obituaries February 11, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mildred Davis
RIDGELAND – Mildred Gannon Davis, 90, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Highland Home in Ridgeland after an extended illness. She was born Oct. 27, 1921, in Pittsburgh, Penn., to Patrick and Mary Kelly Gannon. She married Crawford Gilliam “Gil” Davis of Houston. They made their home in the Bossier City, La., area for many years. She served as legislative assistant to State Rep. Jesse Dean. She was a devout Catholic and a pioneer parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Conception Catholic Church in Houston.
A Mass of Resurrection will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Richard’s Catholic Church in Jackson with Father Michael O’Brien officiating. Private burial will follow in Houston City Cemetery in Chickasaw County. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Kelly Farrish (David) of Ridgeland; three grandchildren, Davis Secrest of Jackson, Gray Secrest of Ridgeland and Sarah Neal Secrest of Ridgeland; and one great-grandchild, John Morgan Secrest of Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings and her husband, Gil Davis.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to service time on Tuesday at St. Richard’s.
Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 814 North Jackson St., Houston, MS 38851.
Condolences may be made to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

George Butler
TUPELO – George Miller Butler, 72, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Laura Reece
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Laura Lorraine Little Reece, 92, died on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at Bradford House Nursing and Rehab. Born on Dec. 12, 1919, in Lamar, Colo., she was a daughter of the late Laura Jane McVey and Jessie Ray Nelson Sr. Having lived in Northwest Arkansas, she enjoyed many things in life. She retired as a supervisor with Great Southern Life Insurance Company. Possessing a strong faith in God and a hope of the resurrection, she was a member of Amory Church of Christ. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, oil painting, sewing and country and western music.
A Committal Service will be at 10 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Ronald Beaty officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughters, Gladys Louise Powell (Richard) of Humble, Texas, and Margaret Beaty (Ronald) of Bentonville, Ark.; son, David Burns Little of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Laurie Ramos, David Simpson, William Reeves, Richie Henson, Kenneth Beaty, Brian Beaty, Ronda Phillips, Travis Little, Jason Little and Lana Rose Little; 13 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Brenda Kay Nelson, Andy Nelson, Melodie Allen, Mary Allen and Dewey Alley Jr.; and special friends, Alpha Mae Little, Darlene Fears, Cora Lee Rogers, Arch Justice and Philip Hathcock.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Elbert Burns Little and Joseph T. Reece.
Memorials may be given to Amory Church of Christ, P.O. Box 371, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Patricia Bradley
ABERDEEN – Patricia Elieen Bradley, 61, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 22, 1950, to Manuel Mello Silvia and Marguerite Emily Tonelli Silvia in Fall River, Mass. She graduated from Dominican Academy and attended Fall River Technological School. She was a homemaker. Creative in art and sewing, she also loved to cook and read.
A graveside service will be at 2 p. m. Monday at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen with Bro. Truman Thompson and Father Vince Burns officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of the service.
Survivors include her husband, Floyd Andrews “Brad” Bradley III of Aberdeen; two sons, Jason Bradley (Sie) of Leesburg, Va., and Kevin Bradley of Aberdeen; one sister, Julie Ann Marcelino (Armand) of Westport, Mass.; one sister-in-law, Suzanne Bradley Rogers of Dallas, Texas; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Sign the guest register and leave condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Hazel Towery
SMITHVILLE – Hazel Moore Towery, 73, died on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn. Born on March 19, 1938, in Haleyville, Ala., she was a daughter of the late Andrew Jackson and Omie Susie Thomas Moore. She attended Haleyville and Huntsville, Ala., schools. She married Kelley Doyle Towery in 1954. Before retiring, she worked as a seamstress for 20 years with Smithville Garment Plant. She was Baptist. A very caring, gentle, appreciative and compassionate yet private lady, she loved her husband and family dearly. Outspoken and a model for the Golden Rule, she enjoyed family activities, riding in the car with her husband, playing Monopoly, television, laughing at jokes, flower gardening and country music, especially George Jones.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at noon today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Van D. Hudson officiating. A private family burial will be held in New Hope Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughters, Wanda Cooper (Robin) of Maryville, Tenn., Denietsia Coates of Tuscumbia, Ala., and Sandra T. Walters (Tim) of Smithville,; sons, Rodney D. Towery (Genia) of Rock Hill, S.C., and Steven W. Towery of Smithville; brother, Wayne Moore of Huntsville, Ala.; grandchildren, Brian and David Cooper, Neil and Eric Walters, Katie Johnson, Kirk Walters, Mandy Hudson, Erin Dyer, Kerri Berryhill, Steven D. Towery, Bryan Coates and Tyler Towery; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kelley Doyle Towery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11:45 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Mikie Johnston
CORINTH – Mikie Murphy Johnston, 55, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.

Matt Geriner
BATESVILLE – Charles Matthew “Matt” Geriner, 48, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at the Golden Living Nursing Home in Batesville.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at 124 Forked Creek Road in Hernando. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.
J.T. McQuary
WOODLAND – James Thomas “J.T.” McQuary, 92, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 26, 1919, in Chickasaw County to Walter Jackson McQuary and Lena Mae Tedder McQuary . He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW. He was a farmer, cattleman and employee of Chickasaw County. He was a member and deacon of Amity Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with the Rev. Sammy McMillen and the Rev. Scott Griffin officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Woodland.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Bennett McQuary of Woodland; his daughter, Paula Maier of New Albany; his stepdaughter, Eva Rico of Eupora; his sons, Gary McQuary (Judy) of Houston and Larry McQuary (Lou) of New Albany; his stepson, James Griffin of Eupora; his brother, Peyton and Evelyn McQuary of Ball Ground, Ga.; his grandchildren, Audrey and Kevin Wigington, Scott McQuary, Jack and Nicole McQuary, Nikki Gore and Jerry, Carol and Lane Gibson, Kevan and Tana McQuary; his stepgrandchildren, Jeff Griffin, Heather Avant, Cody Griffin, Craig Griffin; his great-grandchildren, Hunter McQuary, Hannah McQuary, Madison McQuary, Caroline Wigington, Anna Claire McQuary, Abby McQuary, Hastings Gibson, Annie Gibson, Gavan McQuary, Denver McQuary, Parker McQuary, Jacob Gore, Jasper Gore, Zack Poteete, Brylee Poteete, Brier Avant and Cross Avant; and his stepgreat-grandchildren, Cade Griffin, Halli Griffin and Emma Grace Griffin.
He was preceded in death by his wife and the mother of his children, Elizabeth Willis McQuary; his sisters, Virginia Gore, Mae Bishop and Clarabelle Neal; and his brothers, Hulon McQuary, Larkin McQuary and Doyle McQuary.
Pallbearers are Kevan McQuary, Lane Gibson, Jack McQuary, Scott McQuary, Kevin Wigington and Jerry Gore.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on our register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Raymond Winders
SALTILL0 – Raymond Donald Winders, 76, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at his residence in the Natchez Trace Villas. A Tupelo native, he was born April 22, 1935, to Raymond Lee and Ruby Lucille Kazziah Winders. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Pilot Cadet. He was raised in The Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church in Tupelo. He worked 20-plus years as a car salesman at George Ruff and recently owned his own insurance agency. He also owned the Hot Tub Store in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with the Rev. Glen Martin and the Rev. Mark Cayson officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Quana Cayson Winders of Saltillo; three children, Kimberly Daniel (Edwin) of Jackson, Don Winders (Sharen) of Orlando, Fla., and Amanda Thomason (Keith) of Saltillo; one sister, Pat Martin (Glen); six grandchildren, David Daniel, Megan Daniel McCarty (Cole), Britany Winders, Don “Trey” Winders III, Robert Thomason and Breanna Thomason; special niece, Patsy Harris of Tupelo; and several other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Billy Burks, Bob Bennett, Robert Lunston , Charles Davidson, Wagner Johns and Henry Humphrey. Honorary pallbearers will be Ed Crider and Freddy White.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church Building Fund, Calvary Baptist Church or Open Doors.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Bernice Flora
TUPELO – Bernice Pegues Flora, 70, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born March 1, 1941, in Lafayette County to I.O. Pegues and Ludie Ivy Pegues. She received her education from Lafayette County schools. She was a member of the Union Hill M.B. Church before moving to Racine, Wis., in 1960. She joined St. Luke M.B. Church in Racine. She retired from Chrysler Auto Industries in 1990. She returned to Mississippi and lived in Tupelo since 2010.
Services will be at noon Monday at Union Hill M.B. Church with the Rev. Porchia McGlown officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, John Flora of Tupelo; two daughters, Demetria Pegues of Racine, Wis., and Pamela Bogan of Tupelo one son, Antonio Pegues (Shanna) of Cordova, Tenn.; three brothers, Edward Pegues of Oxford, Thomas Pegues (Velma)( of Racine and John Pegues of San Diego, Calif.; five sisters, Melissa Smith of San Diego, Bobbie Goolsby of Oxford, Dorothy Donaldson, Mamie Jennings and Patricia Pegues, all of Racine; and six grandchildren,
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Monday at the church.

Thomas Russell
OXFORD – Thomas Russell, 67, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Jeffrie Chapel M.B. Church at Abbeville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. today.
Maribeth Lewis
AMORY – Maribeth Wall Lewis, 75, died on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Nov. 7, 1936, in Newton, she was a daughter of the late E. Rosser and Cecil Major Wall. She was a graduate of Newton High School and attended Belhaven College. On Aug. 18, 1957, she married Jerry R. Lewis in Newton. After moving to Amory, she worked as a receptionist for Dr. Oakes and Dr. Hodges. A woman of faith, she was a member of Meadowood Baptist Church and had served as a Sunday School teacher, Acteens leader and Bible Drill teacher. A vibrant lady who was passionate about life, her family and grandchildren were her pride-and-joy. She was responsible for creating the Singing Christmas Tree and was a supporter of French Camp. She enjoyed singing, cooking, taking care of her grandchildren, classical and gospel music, and Elvis Christmas songs.
A Committal Service will be held at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry R. Lewis; daughters, Betty Bagwell (Joe) and Jane Maxey; and son, Jerry M. Lewis (Rhonda), all of Amory; brother, E. Rosser Wall of Shelbyville, Tenn.; and grandchildren, Carroll Lee (Seth), Matthew Lewis, Emily Faulkner (Jess), Byron Hurt, Josh Maxey and Sarah Beth Maxey.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Lewis, Byron Hurt, Josh Maxey, Joe Bagwell, Jess Faulkner and Seth Lee.
Visitation will be from noon to 1:45 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, 196 Charmant Dr., Ste. 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Leroy Westbrook
MICHIE, Tenn. – Leroy Westbrook, 61, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at noon Monday at Saulter Chapel CME Church. Burial will be in the National Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Andrew Carpenter
FULTON – Graveside services for Andrew Blake Scott Carpenter, infant son of Miranda Scott and Corey Carpenter, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Tilden Community Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Issac McGuirt
OXFORD – Issac McGuirt, 48, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.