By NEMS Daily Journal
EGYPT – Charles B. “Charlie” King, 80, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born to James Albert II and Florence Coburn King on Aug. 30, 1932, on the Redbud Plantation near Egypt.
He graduated in 1950 from Okolona High (almost Egypt, it closed the year before), then Mississippi State University in 1954, where he was a member of the AE Fraternity and Air Force ROTC, then meteorology training at Florida State.
He married Elizabeth Nan Hayes, “Betty,” in August 1955, and then was stationed in the Korean War in 1957. From 1958-64, he forecast the weather for experimental NASA rocket launches at Wallops Island, Va. They then moved to Picayune and in May of 1965 had their only child, Charles Albert King.
After his father’s death, they moved back to Egypt in 1966, where he worked as a meteorologist at the Columbus Air Force Base, where he retired to manage the farm fulltime in 1988. Charlie was very active in the First United Methodist Church of Egypt and Okolona. He served as a youth counselor, PPR chairman, treasurer and many other positions. He also served on the Methodist District Board of Laity. Charlie spent much of his time taking care of his family, neighbors and church. Betty passed away in November of 2009, but he continued on with their good works. He loved helping others, putting everyone else before himself, and was a wonderful asset to the Egypt/Okolona area as well as his family.
A service celebrating his life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Okolona First United Methodist Church with the Rev. H.B. Miller officiating, and military honors. Private burial will be at Oddfellows Cemetery in Aberdeen. Visitation will be Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to service time at the church only. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
Survivors include his son, Albert King and wife, Donna, of Amory; brother-in-law, Bud Brakmann of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Ladye King of Aberdeen and Diane King of Canton; grandchildren, Zak King, Eli King and Charlie B. King, all still at home in Amory; and a host of nieces, nephews and other near relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers, David King and Jimmy King, and sister, Sally Brakmann.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be sent to Okolona First United Methodist Church, General Budget, P.O. Box 436, Okolona, MS 38860.
BOONEVILLE – Hurshel Leonard Bates, 88, of Booneville died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Prentiss County on Aug. 24, 1924, to William Leonard Bates and Audrey Elizabeth Eldridge Bates. He was a member of Oakleigh Church of Christ. He retired from Quartet Manufacturing after 17 years of service at the age of 77. Prior to that, he worked at Brown Shoe Company for 27 years until the Booneville manufacturing facility closed. During the three to four years that he spent in Chicago, Ill., as a young man, he worked for Wilson Show Horses, showing Belgian horses up and down the East Coast. He also worked for Sunbeam Corporation and the Union Pacific Railroad. During World War II, he served honorably as a combat engineer throughout northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe. He was awarded ATO Medal, EAMETO Medal, Good Conduct Medal and a WWII Victory Medal. He was awarded the Chevalier Medal of Honor from the French Ambassador for his service and bravery in liberating France during WWII. His hobbies included reading, gardening and studying history, especially Old Testament history.
He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years, Geneva Mae Davis Bates, who he considered to be “a grand lady.” He was also preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Harley Bates and Carl Bates. He is survived by three children, Debra Bates Gallaher and husband, Darvis; David Bates and special friends Jennifer, Will and CarrieAnn Horton; and Donnie Bates and wife, Susie. He also leaves behind six grandchildren: Meagan Gallaher Gunn and husband, Trey; Christopher Bates and wife, Tish; Jennifer Bates Faulkner and husband John; Camie Bates Jones and husband, Doug; Joshua Bates and wife, Alica; and Caleb Bates. He was blessed with five great-grandchildren, Katie and Kayla Bates, Cayley Ann and Ainsley Jones, and Jada Faulkner. He is further survived by special aunts, Virginia Stevens, Polly Morgan and Ruth Bearden; a special uncle, Stanley Eldridge; a host of nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Wade Davis an wife, Sue; sisters-in-law, Dimple and Peggy Bates; special friends, Randy and Rosetta Stubblefield; and special caregiver, Elaine Tucker.
Services will be held at Booneville Funeral Home, with visitation today, Feb. 22, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. and the funeral with military honors on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. Dr. Ernest Jobe and Minister Wade Davis will be officiating, and congregational singing will be led by grandsons, Josh and Caleb Bates. Pallbearers will be Randy Stubblefield, Ricky Way, Sid Stevens, Larry Stevens, Kevin Davis and Dale Kendrick. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Oakleigh Church of Christ. Burial will be in Jacinto Cemetery.
SALTILLO – Ronald Dee “Ronnie” Grissom, 50, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at his residence after a sudden illness. A Kenosha, Wis., native, he was born Nov. 17, 1962, to Oliver Wendell and Margaret Putt Grissom. He was an employee of Burger King Inc. of Tupelo for the past 12 years, and formerly worked for T.M. Restaurant and The Front Porch. He was a very avid sports fan and a member of Faith Baptist Church of Saltillo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with the Rev. Bob McCustion officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Oliver Wendell and Margaret Putt Grissom of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Donald Ray Grissom, Charles Lyndel Grissom, David Allen Grissom and Bruce Wayne Grissom, and his grandparents.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Baker, David Baker, Terry Watson, Wes Spradling, Joel Baker and Chad Nichols.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Annie Pearl Jones, 38, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County as the result of an automobile accident. She was born Oct. 16, 1974, in New Albany to Barbara Brownlee McDonald and the late Roy McDonald. She was a graduate of Ingomar High School and a member of Gates of Praise Church. She was an employee of Diversity-Vuteq-Toyota, where she was a senior team leader.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Church of Acts in New Albany. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Willie Jones of New Albany; four children, Issac Cortez (Ranisha) Cook of Pontotoc, Amber Gardner and Alesha Gardner of New Albany, and Andrianna Monique McDonald of Fort Sill, Okla.; her mother, Barbara McDonald; a sister, Rosey Jane (Mike) Stewart, and a brother, Albert McDonald, of New Albany; and three grandchildren, I’Rhianna Cook, Issac Cook Jr. and Malan Prather.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
FULTON – Climmie T. Pounds, 77, passed away on Jan. 31, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center as the result of an auto accident. He was born in Itawamba County on March 1, 1935, to Tommie Idella and William Pounds. He was a member of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Employed with the City of Tupelo, he was very well known in the community. He was loved by everyone for his big smile and his greeting to the people while working and in his personal life.
A life celebration service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church at Dorsey. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one brother, William Pounds Jr. of Nettleton; two sisters, Isbella Conway of Shannon and Bettie Mae Word of Fulton; and several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, James Pounds, Bailey Pounds, Etorish Pounds and Curtis Pounds; and five sisters, Leeader Shumpert, Berniece Garth, Channie Rankins, Avow Schumpert and Littia Pounds.
Viewing will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at J.W. Porter’s Chapel. The body will be placed in the church at noon Saturday.
Online condolences can be made to the Pounds family at www.grayson-porters.com.
SALTILLO – Annette Eubanks, 87, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2012, at Specialty Select Hospital in Birmingham after an extended illness. She was born May 30, 1925, in Gulfport to Kennie and Virgie Turner Bynum. She graduated from high school in 1942 in Houma, La. She was a 1952 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a master’s degree in education. She was a retired teacher with more than 30 years of service. She taught at a number of schools with her last 15 years at Saltillo Schools. She enjoyed golf, puzzles, reading her Bible and hummingbirds, and she loved USM and spending time with her friends and family, especially her great-grandchildren. She was a member of Saltillo United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Tim Green officiating. Private burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Eubanks Reifers; two granddaughters, Wendy Morris (Chad) and Amanda Morris (Billy Joe); great-granddaughters, Emily and Jasmine Morris, and Jennifer, Jada and Natalie Morris, all of Amory; two first cousins, Frank Turner (Jeanne) and Harold Turner (Barbara); three sisters-in-law, Laura Dawson, Alta Fisher (James), Lois Knight (Don); and a brother-in-law, Charles Eubanks (Debbie).
She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Andrew J. “Andy” Eubanks; and two great-granddaughters, Lindsey and Krisi Morris.
Visitation will be from 5:30 until 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at Waters Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Saltillo.
PONTOTOC – Emma G. Clingan, 88, formerly of Pontotoc, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Morton Terrace Nursing Home in Morton, Ill. She was born Nov. 17, 1924, in Pontotoc County to Robert and Annie Gregory Patterson. She married Erskin Clingan on Jan. 14, 1948, in Ecru. He preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1988, in Peoria, Ill.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Rob Grant will officiate. Burial will follow in the Zion Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four children, James Clingan (Sherrie) of Detroit, Mich., Barbara Jenkins (Clarence) of Canton, Joseph Clingan of Peoria, Ill., and Deby Hutchison (Pete) of Morton, Ill.; sister, Annie Mae McCormack; 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and three sisters-in-law, Elaine Patterson, Donna Patterson and Laura Patterson.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; three brothers, Charles, James and John Patterson; two sisters, Laney Reynolds and Faye Hellums; and a grandson.
Pallbearers will be Steve Conlee, Ricky Patterson, Robert Patterson, Herb Hellums, Russ Patterson and Butch Jenkins.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
WEST POINT – Walter Vance, 57, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Payne Chapel M.B. Church. Burial will be in the Lake Grove M.B. Church Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CEDAR BLUFF – Michael Angelo Holmes, 35, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Cedar Bluff.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Assembly in Jesus Christ. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of visitation, a guest register book will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel in West Point.
WEST POINT – William Deandrea Temple, 30, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Minot, N.D.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Northside Christian Church of God. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
John T. Prince
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. – John T. Prince, 78, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Methodist Hospital in Germantown. He was born Nov. 13, 1934, to John Wesley and Gladys Crumby Prince. He was a retired commercial landscape contractor and a Baptist preacher. He was also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Jack Whitley and Bro. William H. Burcham officiating. Burial will be in the New Lebanon Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Joann Jourdan Prince; two daughters, Elizabeth Julia (Kenny) Slack of Benton, Ky., and Jennifer Carolyn Prince of Pipertown, Tenn.; one son, Joel (Margie) Prince of Slidell, La.; two sisters, Ruth Armstrong of Atlanta and Mildred Hill of Saltillo; one brother, Wayne Prince of Cairo; and four grandchildren, Bruce Prince, Jordan Prince, Tricia Slack and Tyler Slack.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Louise Booker; and one brother, Harold Prince.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
RIENZI – Elaine Green, 71, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born on May 27, 1941, to Haskle and Mattie Glenn Wren. She was a member of North Corinth Baptist Church. She was dedicated to her family, loved gardening and traveling to the mountains. In her latter years, she found great strength and inspiration from the TV ministry and gospel music.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville with Bro. Bill Wages officiating. Burial will be in the Jumpertown Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Lana (Phil) Burnett of Tupelo; two sons, Brian (Mitzie) Green of Corinth and Jason Green of Rienzi; her former husband, John Green; one brother, Gearry Wren of Corinth; three grandchildren, Lindsey Green of Olive Branch, Cody and Luke Burnett of Tupelo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ellis Wren.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today and until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
RED BAY, Ala. – Benny Cox, 56, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.
TUPELO – Terry Carr, 72, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at his residence. He was born Oct. 14, 1940, in Tupelo to O.T. “Buck” and Suzanne Poole Carr. He attended Itawamba Junior College and Memphis State University, where he graduated with a BBS and then went on to receive his master’s in counseling. He served in the U.S. and worked as a counselor at State Technical Institute in Memphis. He was an avid photographer.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Kay Carr of Tupelo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
WREN – William Allen “Bro Field” Fields, 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at his home. He was born Nov. 9, 1933, to Lennie Fields Sr. and Corvella Alice Neely Fields. He lived in Chicago for 32 years, returning to Mississippi 26 years ago. He was self employed in construction. He was a member of New Hebron M.B. Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hebron M.B. Church with the Rev. Sam Crawford and Minister Gloria McKinney officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Emma Wilson Fields of Wren; three daughters, Carolyn Fields of Amory, Cynthia Ann Tisdale of Atlanta and Brenda Gilliam (Larry) of Maryland; three sons, David Fields (Carla) of Lithonia, Ga., Tommie L. Fields of Wren and Michael McIntosh of Memphis; a special son, Wendell McGee; four sisters, Roxie McAlister (Glen) of Aberdeen, Bessie Fields of Los Angeles, Calif., Frances Ann Shumpert of Tupelo and Jeanetta Epps of Tupelo; four brothers, Lee Andrew Fields (Betty) of Chicago, Eddie Reese Fields of Oak Park, Ill., Willie Fields (Marie) of Wren and Robert Epps of Drew; 24 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, William Allen Fields Jr.; a sister, Robbie “Tiny Baby” Epps; two brothers, Lemmie Fields and Sam Neely.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MEMPHIS – Mamie P. Anderson, 56, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Signature Health Care in Memphis.
Services will be at noon Saturday at St. Paul M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in Southwood Memorial Gardens Park. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BAGLEY, Wis. – Benny J. Benson, 64, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Healthcare System in LaCrosse, Wis. He was born Dec. 25, 1948, in Tupelo, the son of John and Jane Benson. He married Theresa Stoehr on July 31, 1975, in Galena, Ill. He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad until his retirement in 1993. After retiring he worked for Walsh’s Hardware and later Design Homes in Prairie du Chien, Wis. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed catfishing, hunting (wild game and morel mushrooms) and making fishing tackle. He was known for his colorful sense of humor and his willingness to help where needed.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Theresa, of Bagley, Wis.; his children, Michelle (Doug) Ankele of Loves Park, Ill., Becky Matthews of Marquette, Iowa, Derrick Benson of McGregor, Iowa, and Donald Benson of Monona, Iowa; his brother, Randy, of Tupelo; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Garrity Funeral Home Chapel in Prairie du Chien, Wis. The Rev. Lynn Schreck will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Prairie du Chien.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of services on Monday.
Visit the website at www.garrityfuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – Gloria Barnett Freeze died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors in Corinth. Burial will be in Holly Baptist Church Cemetery.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Honnell Essary, 89, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at his home.
Services with military honors will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in the Lone Oak Baptist Church Cemetery.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday.
CARTHAGE – Annie Marie Cox, 41, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in Kosciusko. She was born Sept. 24, 1971, in East Chicago, Ind. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. James Miles officiating. Cremation will follow. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her father, John Cox of Stanford, N.C.; two sons, John Austin Smith of Kosciusko and Julian Lee Williams (fiancée, Ashley Mahan) of Oxford; one daughter, Nancy Allison Berketha Smith of Columbus; one brother, John Gilbert (Lisa) of Smithville; and two grandchildren, Memphis and Logan Smith of Kosciusko.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Rose Anthony Howard Corbin, and a sister, Helen Pauline “Dixie” Cox Brown.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Lottie Watkins, 92, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Union Star M.B. Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in repose at the church from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday.
INDIANAPOLIS – Catherine Boyd, 78, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Indianapolis, Ind.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Union Star M.B. Church. Burial will follow in the Shady Grove Waverly Cemetery. Carter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Gary Douglas Dunaway, 63, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
MANTACHIE – Eva Dill Roberts Spencer, 86, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at her home after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplmete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
ABERDEEN – William “Pete” Simpson, 83, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was a member of Second Baptist Church of Prairie.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Baptist Grove M.B. Church in Prairie. Burial will be in the Second Baptist Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Katie I. Simpson; two sons, William Patrick James and Taurus James of Aberdeen; five daughters, Elizabeth Howard of Conyers, Ga., Earnestine Metcalf and LaToya Mason, both of Aberdeen, Annette James of Jackson and Sharon Simpson of Chicago; 17 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Charles Ray “Charlie” Mullinnix
TUPELO – Charles Ray “Charlie” Mullinnix, 92, a longtime local and regional civic leader, former Tupelo Outstanding Citizen, master Civitan Club member and leader of the United Methodist Church, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at his residence in Tupelo.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, c/o Betty Moore, 975 Hwy. 348, Guntown, MS 38849; or Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club, P.O. Box 661, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PERU, Ind. – Quinure “Mack” Denman, 62, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne, Ind. A native of Nettleton, he was the son of James and Rosa Ella Denman. He was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church in Peru, Ind., where he was a faithful member of the Men’s Ministry. He was a retired engineer for Norfolk Southern Railroad Corporation. He loved to fish, hunt, grill and attend church.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Springhill M.B. Church in Nettleton. The Rev. Johnny Jointer will officiate. Burial will be in Mullens Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Rhonda (Willie) Strickling and Christa (Howard) Stevenson, both of Fishers, Ind.; three sisters, Burney (Ralph) Corde of New York, N.Y., Lillie Denman-Pooe and Linda (Howard) Mabry, both of Nettleton; one brother, Connie (Willen) Denman of Nettleton; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Visitation will be two hours before sevices today at the church.