Obituaries February 19, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Sidney E. Howell
AMORY – Sidney E. Howell, 69, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born Jan. 5, 1943, in Amory, he was a son of the late Roy and Ona Faye Herndon Ausbon. He graduated in 1961 from Amory High School and attended IJC. For 40 years, he was employed with NESCO, formerly Ausbon Supply. A kind and gentle man, he was a member of Amory Church of Christ. He enjoyed eating out, going to concerts and spending time with his family, especially his grandson. He enjoyed listening to country music and was fond of his dachshunds.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 1 p.m. today at Amory Church of Christ with Philip Hathcock officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge.
Pallbearers will be Keith Nash, Rick Ballard, Jimmy and Phillip Sullivan, Jason Minch and Keith Sanders. Honorary pallbearers will be NESCO associates.
The body will lie in state at the church from noon until the hour of service today.
He is survived by his son, David Howell (Tammy) of Amory; sisters, Martha Wilkes and Jan Minch (Dennis) of Amory; grandson, John Michael Howell; nieces and nephews, Melissa Harper, Michele James, Ashley Minch and Jason Minch; and special friends, Joe Fowler, Tangy Caldwell and his NESCO family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Lucy Howell, and a niece, Meredith Minch.
Memorials may be given to Amory Humane Society, 1317 Old Hwy. 6, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Bill Holloway
BOONEVILLE – William Burl “Bill” Holloway, 51, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Holloway Family Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Sarah Gregory
PONTOTOC – Sarah Helen Henderson Gregory, 91, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born in Pontotoc on April 5, 1920, to Ruth Corinne Ray Henderson and Jesse Joseph Henderson, Helen was a 1938 graduate of Pontotoc High School. Throughout her years in the Pontotoc schools, she studied piano and in junior high organized a youth music club. Helen attended Blue Mountain College and graduated in 1941 with a double major in English and music, with an emphasis in piano. In 1964, Helen earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Mississippi State University and later completed advanced graduate coursework in higher education at the University of Mississippi.
Helen’s professional career spanned 31 years and was highlighted by the five years she taught in the Gulfport Public Schools during World War II, the 10 years she spent teaching first grade at Amory Elementary School, and the 13 years she was an English instructor and Remedial Reading instructor at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit. While a teacher in the Amory Public Schools, Helen was elected president of the Amory Teacher’s Association. In 1969, Helen became a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honorary society of women educators. While an instructor at the community college Helen served for several years as a dorm director. Helen retired from teaching in 1982 and returned to Pontotoc.
As a 20 year resident of Amory, Helen was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church where she served as a ladies Sunday School teacher, was a member of the sanctuary choir and the Women’s Missionary Union, and taught in programs for children. Helen was also active in the community as a member of the Amory Musicale, the Fortnightly Culture Club, the Cosmopolitan Club and a bridge club. While living in Summit, Helen was a member of the First Baptist Church where she was a member of the sanctuary choir, taught an adult Sunday School class, and taught a church training class.
Upon returning to Pontotoc, Helen was a member of First Baptist Church where she was active in the Women’s Missionary Union and taught the Latham Sunday School class from 1983 through 1999 and the TWL Sunday School class from 2000 to 2001. Helen remained a substitute teacher for several more years. Helen’s community activities included membership in the Pontotoc Hills Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution where she served as Chaplain, Vice-Regent and Regent, membership in the Pontotoc County Historical Society, membership in two bridge clubs, Friend of the Pontotoc County Library and participation in Rotery. Helen was also a member of the John Taliaferro Chapter of the 17th Century Colonial Dames.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester and the Rev. Grant Gregory officiating. Burial will be at the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her brother, Dr. Robert P. (Joyce) Henderson of Jackson; her four children: Dr. Linda Gregory Jones of Pontotoc, Steve (Lois) Gregory of Fulton, the Rev. Grant (Laura) Gregory of Kosciusko, Joe (Shana) Gregory of Oxford; seven grandchildren: Rob (Katherine) Gregory of Franklin, Tenn., Meg Gregory (Patrick) McManamy of Atlanta, Ga., Alisha Walker (Corey) Hughes of Tupelo, Dr. Starner Jones of Memphis, Tenn., Henderson (Rebecca) Jones of Tupelo, Joni Gregory (Jason) Ingram of Starkville, Janna Gregory (Brandan) Wollfarth of Kosciusko, Jeri Gregory of Kosciusko; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Joe Ray Henderson.
Pallbearers will be Rob Gregory, Patrick McManamy, Corey Hughes, Dr. Starner Jones, Jason Ingram, Henderson Jones and Brandan Wollfarth.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joseph Montgomery, Robert Welch, Shane Crosby, Hunter Patterson, Danny Todd, Jonathan Foster, Josh Wise and Michael Simon II.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Pontotoc.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blue Mountain College, Office of Institutional Advancement, P.O. Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS 38610, or First Baptist Church Pontotoc, 31 Washington Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Paul Jarrell
TUPELO – Paul Calvin Jarrell, 83, died peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born on Dec. 23, 1928, in Chesapeake, W.Va., to Robert and Ina Rae Jordan Jarrell.
Paul worked in the aluminum industry serving in various management positions. For nine years, he served as a United Methodist pastor to several rural churches in the coal-mining areas of West Virginia. He considered his biggest achievement in life to be his marriage to his grade school sweetheart, Margaret Lavender. After eloping, they spent 64 years together. He will best be remembered for his unfailing love to his wife and family always serving their needs.
A memorial service celebrating Paul’s life will be held at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors at 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, with the Rev. Wade Tomlinson officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2:45 p.m. prior to service time.
His survivors include his wife, Margaret Jarrell of Tupelo; one son, Greg Jarrell and wife, Donna, of Tupelo; one daughter, Deanna Ginther of Sikeston, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Clay Jarrell and his wife, Ashley, Mary Claire Jarrell, Lacey Carroll, Lindy Carroll, John Christopher Ginther and wife, Joanne, Matt Ginther and wife, Kristin, and Todd Ginther and wife, Deanna. Great-grandchildren include Caitlin Ginther, Jacqueline Ginther, Jack Ginther, Jaydn Ginther and Jaren Calvin Ginther. He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Paul Calvin Jarrell Jr.; two brothers, Herbert Jarrell and Averille Jarrell; and one sister, Priscilla Jarrell.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Northeast Mississippi Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 7321, Tupelo, MS 38802 or Health Care Foundation-Hospice Care, 830 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Charles Thomas
Pontotoc – Charles Richard Thomas Jr., 67, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born in Berks County, Penn., on May 16, 1944, to Charles Richard Thomas Sr. and Collen Moore Thomas. He was a maintenance mechanic and retired from Quadrant in Reading, Penn. He loved being outdoors, hunting, target shooting, nature, his animals and his dogs.
Survivors include three children, Cindy Dierolf of Reading, Penn., Jean Thomas of Pontotoc and Michael Thomas of Harrisburg, Penn.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and five siblings, Cheryl Wooten and Carol Culpepper (Robert) both of Okolona, Chandra Alford (Donnie) of Houston, Cynthia Moore (Roger) and Clifton amp”Bugamp” Thomas, both of Okolona.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Nancy Louise Palmer, and by his .
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
James Wortham
OXFORD – James Wortham, 82, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home.
Wayne Rutledge
ETTA – Wayne Lamar Rutledge, 87, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at his residence. He was a retired Baptist minister and member of Horton Memorial Baptist Church. He was a life member of Rocky Ford Masonic Lodge, Chapter 185, and Grand York Rites, Chapter 49.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Horton Memorial Baptist Church in Ecru with the Rev. James Rutledge and the Rev. Owen Hitchcock officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany is in charge.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ila Rutledge; two brothers, Billy Rutledge of Tupelo, and the Rev. James Rutledge of Amory; one sister, Annette Rutledge Smith of Etta; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his two children, a son, Toy Rutledge, and a daughter, Glenda Rutledge Crutchfield; his parents, Barm and Cuebell Benjamin Rutledge; and one brother, Barm Rutledge Jr.
Pallbearers will be Larry Smith, Chuck Crutchfield, Andy Vancil, Kirk Rutledge, Mark Bandy and Jerry Horton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lanny Benjamin, Danny Benjamin and the gentlemen of the Adult Sunday School Class of Horton Memorial Baptist Church, J.P. Garrit and Robert Todd.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at Horton Memorial Baptist Church.
Wayne Wilson
CALHOUN CITY – Wayne “Willie” Wilson, 59, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at his home. He was born June 12, 1952, in Webster County. He was a retired employee of Kellwood and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home with the Rev. Ricky Holloway officiating. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Vicky Wilson of Calhoun City; two daughters, Tammy Jackson (Corbitt) of Sturgis and Paula McGahey (Horace) of Washington; a son, William Wilson of Jackson; a sister, Cindy Holder of Walthall; two brothers, Dale Wilson (Barbara) and Tom Wilson, both of Walthall; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey Wilson and Frances Swindle Wilson.
Pallbearers will be Ken Smith, Larry Johnson, Frank Warren, Barry Mims, Ricky Card and Sammie Wright.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
Jeff Kerr
REINZI – Funeral services for Jeff Kerr, 37, of Rienzi are set for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Raybon Richardson officiating.
Mr. Kerr died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. He was born on Friday, September 6, 1974, to Eddie Ray and Barbara Nell Wooley Kerr in Hobbs, NM. He was the owner and operator of Kerr Auto Repair and Machine, enjoyed fishing and looked forward to going four-wheeler riding. He was a hard worker, great father, loving husband, wonderful son, enjoyed life, and lived it to the fullest. He never refused to help anyone and always joked to brighten up your day.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Reese and Lois Wooley; his paternal grandparents, Jeff and Eddie Maude Kerr; and one sister, Jeff Ann Kerr.
Along with his parents, he is survived by his wife, Cheryl Morgan Kerr; sons, Cody Kerr and Tyler Wiginton; four daughters, Cynthia and Madyson Kerr and Kati and Tasha Morgan; one brother, Terry Kerr and wife Sonya; one sister, Bobbie Case; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Visitation will be on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, from 5 until 9 p.m., and from 10 a.m. until service time on Tuesday.
Condolences for the family can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
Aalliyah McWilliams
RIPLEY – Aalliyah McWilliams, 17, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.
Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home in Ripley.
Pauline Miller
BALDWYN – Pauline Miller, 87, died Saturday Feb. 18, 2012, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was a member of Prospect Baptist Church. She retired from BlueBell Manufacturing after many years. She loved to sew, garden, read, flowers and she loved baby-sitting her great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Sammy Coker and Lanny Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters Jo Ann Waters (Danny) of Belden and Judy Hamblin (Johnny) of Baldwyn; two sons, Dewayne Miller (Janet) of Vancleave and Danny Miller (Peggy) of Baldwyn; a sister, Edith Adams of Mantachie; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin Miller; her parents, John and Cora Samples; a sister, Maveline Gentry; and a great-grandchild, Joseph Brandon Miller.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Waters, Patrick Waters, Marty Hamblin, Joey Miller, Kevin Miller and Kyle Miller.
Honorary pallbearers will be Greg Hamblin and Scotty Miller.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today.
Mirtle Buckingham
AMORY – Mirtle Louise Buckingham, 83, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Gilmore Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Son Funeral Home in Amory.
Kathy Johnston
AMORY – Kathryn “Kathy” Hawkins Johnston, 53, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at her residence. Born on June 26, 1958, in Amory, she was a daughter of Madgie Marie “Peggy” Hawkins Thunderburk and the late Tulon Hawkins. She attended Hatley High School. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church. An outgoing lady who knew everyone, Kathy loved to laugh. She worked part time with A-1 Furniture. Kathy’s family was her life.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Wade Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Randy Lyle, Vince Patterson, Chris Randolph, Herman and Josh Tomlin and Glen Berryhill. Honorary pallbearer will be W. D. Duncan.
Visitation will be from 1:30 until 3:15 p.m. today at the funeral home.
She is survived by her daughter, Kayla M. Harlow, Amory; son, Brandon Cox, Becker; mother, Peggy Thunderburk, Amory; stepbrother, Randy Lyle, Huntsville, Ala.; grandchildren, Destinee and Bryce Johnston, and Braxton Harlow; and special friend, Patty Tomlin, Amory.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a son, Shane Johnston; sister, Cindy Hawkins; and brother, Tommy Hawkins.
Donations to help with funeral expenses may be sent to the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
L.B. Dixon
GLEN – L.B. Dixon, 70, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at his residence.
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will follow in Sardis Cemetery in Rienzi.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today, and 11 a.m. until service time on Monday.
Michael Wilhite
RAMER, Tenn. – Michael Jason “Willard” Wilhite, 33, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at McNairy Regional Hospital in Selmer, Tenn.
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer. Burial will follow in West Shiloh Cemetery in Stantonville, Tenn.
Phil King
BELDEN – Philip Wayne “Phil” King, 71, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A Lee County native and lifelong resident, he was born Aug. 27, 1940, to Joseph Franklin and Kathryn Elizabeth Phillips King. A1958 graduate of Tupelo High School, he attended Mississippi State University. His employment career began with RC Cola Bottling. He also owned and operated Joe’s Minit Mart and Catering Service and then worked as the production manager at Fomex. He served as Visitation Coordinator at W.E. Pegues for the past 10 years. He was well known in the area as the bass singer for the Southern Gospel quartet The Landmarks, of which he was a founding member. His family was the joy of his life and he loved spending time with them. He also enjoyed camping, hunting fishing and motorcycles. He was a member of Belden Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Belden Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Holcomb officiating. His brother, the Rev. Jerry King, will deliver the eulogy. A special musical tribute will be given by the Landmark Quartet. Burial will be in Endville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Jean Altom King of Belden; his son, Jeff King (Angie) of Tupelo; his daughter, Alicia Powell (Mike) of Saltillo; four grandchildren, Katie and Alex King, and Tanner and Tristan Powell; his brother, the Rev. Jerry King (Priscilla) of Starkville; his brother-in-law, Bob Kelly of Tupelo; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Kathy King Kelly; and a brother-in-law, Harold Altom.
Pallbearers will be members of the Landmark Quartet, Richard Gray, Larry Kirk, Wayne Hussey, Larry McCord, Jeff Crews, Billy Nelson and Allen Rooker ; and the staff of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors, Greg and Sandy Pegues, J.C. Robbins, Landon Roberson, Mike Easley, Robert Wilson, Harvey Raper, Joey Tutor, Joan McCraw, Steve Bramlett, Jack Lesley, Marla Ledbetter, Shirley Mills, Dewayne Daniels, Bill Williams, Sammy Lansdell, Willis Swain and Rex Heygood.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Jim Green
PITTSBORO – Jim Eldridge Green, 93, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at his residence. He was a farmer and member of Rocky Mount Baptist Church. His hobbies were hunting and fishing. He was an avid sportsman who loved his horses and dogs. He was the best dad in the world to his family.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce, with Bro. Bill Green, Bro. Randy Rinehart and Bro. Clovis Logan officiating. Burial will follow in Rocky Mount Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Grace Delania McGreger Green of Pittsboro; daughters Bettye Smith of Edwardsville, Ill., Kay Hunzinger of Peroria, Ariz., and Anita Carolyn Thomas of Pittsboro; a son, David Jim Green of Pittsboro; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Hool and Sarah Ethie Murphree Green; three brothers, Jess, Henry and Winfred Green; and three sisters, Ella Ferguson, Annis Bryant and Clemmie Green.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Terry Baker, Mason Chance, Bruce Green, Bobby Hunzinger, Harold Niebruegge and Andy Young.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. Monday.
Condolences may be left at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
F.V. Holland
VINA, Ala. – F.V. Holland, 86, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Vina, Ala. Burial will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church from 1 until 2 p.m. today.