Obituaries February 13, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

William Hughey
MEMPHIS – William Asbury Hughey, born Oct. 24, 1927, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 11, 2012, at the age of 84. A graduate of Fulton High School, his parents were John William Hughey and Louella Brown Hughey. He retired after service as a Captain with the Memphis Fire Department, and he was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of Bellevue Baptist Church and a member and class officer of Yokefellow Sunday School Class. Mr. Hughey was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Merlene Graham Hughey; sisters, Pauline Walker, Maxine Sheffield and Earnestine Fancher; and his brother, John Wesley Hughey. He is survived by his daughters, Sandy Morgan (Jeff) of Collierville, Tenn., and Lou Anne Carter (Skip) of Cordova, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Jane Carter Gravier, Blake Becker and Christi Carter; and two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Riley Gravier. Homegoing services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Poplar Avenue with burial in Memphis Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Tom Whisenant
NEW ALBANY – Tommy Gene “Tom” Whisenant, 55, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at his home. He was born in Aurora, Ill., on March 24, 1956, to Winfred Wray Whisenant and Velma Elizabeth Howell Whisenant. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and had been a member of AA for 21 years, serving as a district officer. He was employed by Riverside Traffic as a payroll clerk and EEO official.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Glenfield Funeral Home with Bro. Louie Williams officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Marnelle Plunk Whisenant of New Albany; one son, William Raymond Franks of Smyrna, Ga.; two brothers, Ron Whisenant (Wendy) of Arley, Ala., and Wray Whisenant ( Patty) of Yorkville, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Larry Koon, Richard Crisel, Charles Shettles, Brad Farr, Tim Elkins and Tony Harden.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today.

Johnnie Tyler
RIPLEY – Johnnie K. Tyler died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lottie Evans
OKOLONA – Lottie B. Evans, 97, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Okolona Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Montgomery Mortuary Service in Houston.
Steve Hatcher
AMORY – John Stephen “Steve” Hatcher, 48, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at his brother’s residence. He was born Aug. 30, 1963, in Amory to John E. and Eva Mae Strawhorne Hatcher. He was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1982. For twenty years, he built furniture in the local furniture industry. After this, he worked at True Temper until finding the work he enjoyed the most that allowed him to be outdoors, driving a log truck. He was Baptist. An outgoing and hard-working person who had a big heart, his life revolved around his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed helping others, being outdoors hunting and fishing, spending time with his family and riding four-wheelers.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Sutton and Bro. Kevin Crook officiating. Burial will be in Coontail (New Hope) Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, John and Eva Mae Hatcher of Wren; sons, Josh Hatcher (Sarah) of Amory and Brandon Hatcher (Leigh Lynn) of Wren; stepchildren, Chelsea, Emily and Kimberly Anderson, and Derik Anderson, all of Amory; brothers, Jerry Hatcher (Linda) of Amory and Jamie Hatcher (Sandy) of Wren; grandchildren, Hailee and Elizabeth Hatcher, Jaiden Hatcher, and Cameron and Riley Anderson; and nieces and nephew, Justin, Lesley, and Kortney Hatcher.
He was preceded in death by wife, Linda Sue Hatcher in 1998.
Pallbearers will be Chris Ford, Derik Anderson, Richard Armstrong, Gary Wouldridge, Aaron Parker and Dylon Parker.
Honorary pallbearer will be Danny Jones.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Sandra Gale
MANTACHIE – Sandra Gale “Aunt Kay Kay,” 51, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in New Albany on Nov. 23, 1960, to Lonnie and Betty Tallant. She was a member of Cairo Baptist Church in Ecru. She loved shopping, yardsales and collecting light houses.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cairo Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Butler officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Cemetery in New Albany. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Wendy Thomas (Ryan) of Enterprise, Ala.; her son, T.J. Gresham (Shannon) of New Albany; her mother, Betty Tallant Wilhite (J.W.) of Pontotoc; seven grandchildren, Allison and Shelby Thomas, Chasity and Brianna Gresham, Kendrea Guyton, Skyler and Anna Reese Harmon; her brother, Larry Tallant (Judy) of Ecru; two sisters, Patsy Mills of Mantachie and Brenda Roberson (Steve) of Cairo; special friend, Ryan Russell of Mantachie; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Lonnie Tallant; her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Preston Gale; her brother-in-law, Robby Mills; and grandparents, Fairy and Earlee Denton and Mary Alice and Clovis Tallant.
Pallbearers will be Ronald, Roy and Ray Seger, Michael Ray Wood, Allen and Timothy Ellis.
Honorary pallbearers will be Neal, Chris, Nicky and Michael Gant, Randy Seger and Lee Tallant.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Hilda Hadaway
AMORY – Hilda Hollis Chandler Hadaway, 90, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at her residence. She was born Nov. 26, 1922, in Vernon, Ala., to John McDaniel and Ada Louise Rogers Hollis. She attended Lamar County High School and received her LPN degree from ICC in 1970. Retiring from Gilmore Memorial Hospital in 1995, she worked as a neonatal nurse. Before becoming a nurse, she worked at Glenn Manufacturing in Vernon and Amory. A devout Christian who was a gentle lady and who was firm in her beliefs, she was an active member of the Free Will Baptist Church. With her kind-hearted nature, she touched many lives. She was a good mother, and she cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting and listening Gospel music.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Wright and Bro. Van D. Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughters, Kawatha Koonce of Columbus and Rebecca Chandler of Amory; son, Arnold Ray Chandler (Norma) of Caledonia; sisters, Mary Sue Yerby (Raphael) of Fayette, Ala., and Jewel Reeves of Saltillo; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Clovis Chandler and Chester Alvis Hadaway; son, Allen Hollis Chandler; sister, Juanita Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to a church of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Myrtle Roberts
GOLDEN – Myrtle Lou Roberts, 95, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn.
Sonny Sanders
BOONEVILLE – Sonny Nell Sanders, 57, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She attended Anchor Holds Church. She was a retired clerk and a homemaker. She enjoyed watching “All My Children.”
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Sanders and Bro. John Mask officiating. Burial will be in the Centerhill Cemetery near Counce, Tenn. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her sons, Junior Sanders (Tammy) of Mantachie and Ricky Sanders (Beth) of Guntown; daughters, Melissa Oswalt (Beretta) of Booneville, Paula Mask (Bobby) and Rita Matkins (Wade) of Pontotoc; brothers, Doyle Butler, Jerry Butler and Roger Butler, Mattie Lingelbach (Wendell) and Robbie Presley; grandchildren, Brittany Trulove, Ashely Elliff, Brent Elliff, Zachary Elliff (Brittany), Austin Grenlee, David Greenlee and Dylan Greenlee, Tyler Oswalt, Denise Lie, Rick Sanders (Hope), Josh Sanders (Amber), Julie Sanders, Haley Mask, Nikki Mask, Shane Fowler (Kayla), Wendy Fowler, Ashley Matkins, Hillary Matkins and Will Matkins; great-grandchildren, Dalton, Ava, Ellea and Hudson Trulove, Marleigh and Jaysen Sanders, Lyrik Mask, Chloe, Desi and Zoe Fowler, Serena Mayo and Johnathan Mayo; and a special friend, Cathy Gumm (Bobby).
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Joe Sanders; her grandson, Corey Fowler; and an infant grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Brent Elliff, Zachary Elliff, Rick Sanders, Josh Sanders, Brandon Whitley, Darrell Butler and Tommy Sanders.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dalton Trulove, Hudson Trulove, Austin Greenlee, David Greenlee, Dylan Greenlee, Tyler Oswalt and Jayson Sanders.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Frances Hanley
RANDOLPH – Mary Frances Hanley, 81, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Hillcrest Hospital in Calhoun City. Her hobbies and loves were reading and the little children in her life. She also enjoyed taking care of a little dog named “Angel.” She was a member of Cooke Memorial Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Cooke Memorial Baptist Church with Bro. Kevin Merritt and Bro. Junior Ritchie officiating. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters and two sons, Jane Hanley of Randolph, Clay Hanley and wife, Connie Hanley of Bruce, Byron Swindle of Randolph, Mindy Parrish and husband, Bob of Canton, Ga., and Caroline Graham of Hubert, N.C.; six grandchildren, Carissa Hanley Wages of Pontotoc, Caleb Hanley of Bruce, Michelle Swindle Woltz of Georgia, Angela Swindle and great-granddaughter, Tatum of Georgia, Steven Swindle of Georgia and Jennifer.
She was preceded in death by her husband Levi “Sonny” Hanley and her parents, Shelby and Ione Staten.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Ridling, Mike Ridling, Thomas Pittman, Chris Ritchie, Mark Ritchie and Kevin Purdon.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the church.

John Bobo
SARDIS – John Dell Bobo, 57, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at his home in Sardis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Robertson Funeral Home of Sardis.

Annie Jones
CHICAGO – Annie Jean Cherry Jones, 60, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago. She was formerly of Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Elmer Little
AMORY – Elmer Little, 74, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 21, 1937, in Mooreville to T.E. and Norene Little. He was a self-employed electronic technician for many years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Steven Little (Lynn) of Columbia, S.C., Greg Little of Tupelo and Stan Little (Judy) of Memphis; one brother, Gerald Little of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Jeff Little (Taren), Jennifer Little (Mike Clifton), Jonathan Little and Katie Little; and two great-grandchildren, Kaiden Dupree and Brady Clifton.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Donis Deaton
FULTON – Donis Deaton, 90, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at The Meadows in Fulton after a short illness. She was born Oct. 16, 1921, in Tupelo to John and Minnie Raper Presley. She was a member of Richmond Pentecostal Church. She loved watching the Hallmark Television channel and the Fulton T.V. Ministry. Most especially, she loved her family.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Richmond United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Ricky Pierce and Rev. Jerry Keith officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Larry Deaton Sr., of Mooreville; five grandchildren, Phillip (Wendy) of Madison, Ala., DeeAnn Deaton of East Dubuque, Ill., Chrissy Foster (Ricky) of Ripley, Larry Deton Jr., (fiancee, Barbara) of Palestine, Texas, and Amanda Deaton and her mother, Theresa Deaton of Fulton; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Buford Deaton; and ten brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Larry Deaton Jr., Phillip Deaton, Al Linley, Truman Presley, Davis Lee, Travis Mask and Rick Foster.
Honorary pallbearers will be Amanda Deaton, Chrissy Foster and Kay Linley.
Visitation will be from noon until service time at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Travis McCain Sr.
RANDOLPH – Travis L. McCain Sr., 73, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. He was born Nov. 10, 1938, in Columbia, Miss. He was a member of Spring Hill Methodist Church. He was a retired logger. He was the dealer and owner of McCain Wood Yard with Pulp Wood. He served two terms as Constable for Calhoun County. He was a former police chief of Houlka.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rick Camp and Bro. Roger Webb officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery in Pontotoc. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Patti McCain Carter and husband, Bert of Mooreville; two sons, Travis L. McCain Jr. of Houlka and Joe McCain and wife, Shelia of Randolph; six grandchildren, Josh Ballard, Beth Carter, Casey Holley, Bobby McCain, Colee McCain and Waylon Owens; three great-grandchildren, Addyson Holley, Adriannah Holley and Eli McCain; and a brother, Melvin McCain of Foxworth.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Coley and Audrey Mae McMichael McCain; his wife, Nancy McCain; a sister, Colia Bedwell; and a brother, Marvin McCain.
Pallbearers will be Josh Ballard, Larry Bedwell, Jimmy Holley, Bobby McCain, Colee McCain and Waylon Owens.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Jimmy McVay
HOULKA – James “Jimmy” McVay, 73, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of Gershorm Baptist Church and a graduate of Algoma High School. After graduation, he moved to Nissaw, Minn., where he lived for 10 years and obtained his pilot’s license and flew for a power company, checking power lines. When he returned to Mississippi, he farmed and owned a construction company. He was a member of the Pontotoc County Airport Board for over 20 years, a member of the ASCS Advisory Board, president of the Algoma Water Association and a member of the Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He was a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard. He was selected Young Farmer of the Year for Pontotoc County and the State of Mississippi in 1970. He enjoyed flying, bird hunting, camping and playing with Bruno, his English bulldog.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Rev. Tommy Inmon and Rev. Kevin Purdon officiating. Burial will follow in the Macedonia Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jane Jackson McVay of Houlka; one daughter, Dayle Cosper and husband, Tony of Houlka; two sons, J.J. McVay and wife, Paula of Pontotoc and Ted McVay and wife, April of Houlka; one sister, Mary Pope of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Danny Holcomb Jr., Cambry McVay, Bailey Jack McVay, Raleigh Kate McVay and Shanda McVay; and special sons, David Taylor, Terry Taylor, Durrell Taylor and Charlie Gilbert.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Odell Brazil McVay; a sister, Barbara Harville; two brothers, Alvin McVay Jr. and David McVay; and one special cousin, Woody Gilbert.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Martin Brazil, Kevin Brazil, Shawn Brazil, Mike Brazil, Johnny Mac Ray, Cody Harville, Chris Foster and Brian Jamison.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the past and present Algoma Water Association Board.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Thomas Crowley
MATHISTON – Thomas J. Crowley, 66, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Hebron Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.

Herbert Kitchens
CORINTH – Herbert Kitchens died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home.

Sarah Copeland
VERONA – Sarah Copeland died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Maria Seals
PLANTERSVILLE – Maria S. Seals died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.