Obituaries February 3, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Wayne Hussey
TUPELO – Russell Wayne Hussey, 54, died suddenly at his residence in Tupelo on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. He was born on June 22, 1958, in Nettleton, to Charles and Bessie Fowler Hussey. He graduated from Nettleton High School in l976. He married his sweetheart, Pam D. Nichols on March 3, 1979, in Hamilton, Ala. They had made their home in Tupelo the last 12 years. He was longtime affiliated with the furniture industry for many years and, at his death, was employed as Logistics Manager for J.I.T. Services. He was an active and engaged member of the Word of Life Church in Tupelo, where he was the drummer in services. He had a love of music all his life, especially southern gospel. He served many years as a member of the fabled Landmark Quartet, where he played drums. He loved the rivers and waterways of this area and was an avid boater. An admirer of all things Miss. State, he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother and his legacy of providing and caring for his family was a gift from God for all.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Word of Life Church at Cliff Gookin Blvd and Thomas St. with Pastor Tommy Galloway and the Landmark Quartet officiating. His son, Chris Hussey, will represent the family with personal reflections. Private burial will follow in Chesterville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Pam Hussey of Tupelo; his son, Chris Hussey (Amy) of Tupelo; four daughters, Chelsea Aycock (Hunter), Chelly Garrett (Darius), Cherie Hussey (fiance, Nick Denoran) and Kristin Eads (Billy), all of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Abby Hussey, Emery Hussey and Beckett Aycock; a brother, Mack Hussey (Vicki) of Fulton; a sister, Dot Waycaster (Gwyn) of Ridgeland; his mother in law, Ruth Nichols of Tupelo; father in law, Orville Nichols (Nell) of Lewisburg, Tenn; his extended family at Word of Life Church; and the Landmarks and their fan base all over the South.
Pallbearers will be the Landmarks and Bob Plunkett.
Visitation will be from 1 PM-service time today at the Church.
Memorials may be made to the Word of Life Ministry, P.O. Box 3393, Tupelo, MS. 38803.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Linda Hogue
TUPELO – Linda Ann Hogue, 56, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at her residence. She was born in Mississippi on Oct. 4, 1956, to James and JoAnn Swindoll Clark. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church. She worked with the railroad and locally at Shipley’s Donuts. She enjoyed writing and playing the piano and was an avid frog collector.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Pastor Robert Garland officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include her mother, JoAnn Clark of Tupelo; her brother, Larry Clark (Loyce) of Nettleton; and her sister, Bobbie Jo Elmore (Steven) of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Hogue; her three sons, Donald Jason Gatlin, Donnie Lee Gatlin and James Leonard Gatlin; her sister, Mary Jane Farmer; and her father, James Clark.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Lyle Dixon
WALNUT – Herbert “Lyle” Dixon, 74, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Magnolia Hospital in Corinth.
Services are at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Interment is at Lowry Cemetery in Ripley.
Visitation is 7 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
To view and sign an online guest book, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Rudy James
BRANDON – The Rev. Rudy Vallee James, 82, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Veteran’s Hospital in Jackson. He was born Oct. 27, 1930, to Van. D. and Annie Lon Paseur James in Tippah County. He was a Baptist minister for more 40 years and a veteran of the United State Air Force, servicen during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Thornhill Baptist Church.
Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lyndle Davis officiating. Burial will be in Criswell Cemetery with Military Honors.
He is survived by sons, William James (fiancee, Teresa) of Brandon, Tommy Joe James of Corinth and David James (Debra) of Ripley; stepsons, Harold Given of Natchez and William Givens of West Helena, Ark.; sisters, Hazel Horton (Bobby Guyton) of Tiplersville, Ginger Brown (Alphia) of Falkner, Bettye Ray of Heber Springs, Ark., Gladys Miller (Danny) of Ingomar, Judy Robertson (Donald) and Jane Cross (Joe), both of Falkner; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and 16 step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Iris Ella Mask James; jis second wifem Sybil A. James; son, Tony James; brother, Jimmie James; and two infant brothers.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
To view and sign an online guest book, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Roy Gaskin
CALHOUN CITY – Roy Gaskin, 66, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at his residence. He was born June 7, 1946, and was retired from Kellwood Company.
Services are at 2 p.m. Monday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City, with the Rev. Chris Conley officiating. Interment is at Bethlehem in Calhoun City.
He is survived by his wife, Agnes Reynolds Gaskin of Calhoun City; daughter, Stephanie (Shane) Allen of Calhoun City; sons, Keith (Michelle) Gaskin of Pittsboro and Cody (Heather) Gaskin of Calhoun City; sister, Carolyn White of Calhoun City; brothers, Durell (Mavis) Gaskin of Calhoun City and Jimmy (Linda) Gaskin of Big Creek; and six grandchildren, Kayle, Emily, Haley, Kolton, Will and Landon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James K. Vardaman Gaskin and Daisy Goodwin Gaskin.
Pallbearers are Jeremy Moore, Jim Gaskin, Jamie Gaskin, Scott Wood, Stacy Hawks and J. Lee Ward.
Visitation is from noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
Helen Miller
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Helen Ruth Newman Miller died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at the Collierville Dove Health and Rehab Nursing Facility. She was born March 13, 1923, in Baldwyn to Richard Wesley and Lil Norman Newman. She graduated from Baldwyn High School and attended Mary Washington University. She came to Memphis, Tenn., July 5, 1943, and married William George Miller in 1949. She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church and later at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, where she was a devoted servant of the Lord. She became administrator for the Mary Galloway Home Assisted Living for Women and managed the home for many years. In her later years, she became a resident of the Mary Galloway Home, continuing to inspire the many people whose paths she crossed.
Graveside services will be held at noon Tuesday at the Baldwyn Masonic Cemetery in Baldwyn, with the Rev. David Carroll officiating.
She is survived by her son, William George Miller Jr. (Donna) of Charleston, S.C.; a daughter, Melanie Lynn Miller Moss (Ken) of Collierville, Tenn.; two granddaughters, Hailey Newman Moss and Kathryn Marie Moss; a grandson, Jordan Wesley Miller; and a multitude of beloved cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William George Miller; and sister, Margaret Louise Newman.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Collierville Funeral Home in Collierville.
Any memorials may be sent to the Mary Galloway Home.

Helen Little
NEW ALBANY – Eloise Helen Little, 86, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 6, 1927, in Tippah County, to Kirby Bishop and Velma Clark Bishop. She was a retired employee of Benchcraft where she worked as a bookkeeper. She enjoyed garden work, sewing, quilting, eating out and tractor pullings. She was a member of the Wells Chapel Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Charlie Cooper and the Rev. Michael Lumpkin officiating. Burial will be in the Wells Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by two sons, Randy McDaniel (Lisa) and Gary Little (Elaine), both of New Albany; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lee R. “Goobe” Little; a daughter Marcie Little; and two brothers, Brooks Bishop and Bill Bishop.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Curtis Finley
NEW ALBANY – Curtis Finley, 67, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany
John Pierce
FULTON – John Richard Pierce, 74, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at his home. He was born Sept. 16, 1938, in Itawamba County to Prentiss and Trudie Harden Pierce. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Bean’s Ferry Church of Christ. He worked for the Itawamba County Times, Air Cap, theAmory Advertiser, Alabama Labels, Pro Graphics and Mantachie Printing. He loved farming, going to the coffee shop and spending time with his family and coffee buddies.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Billy Burleson officiating. Burial will be in the Harden’s Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Pierce of Fulton; his children, Barry Pierce (Nancy) of Plattsmouth, Neb., Terri Young of Mantachie, Jerry Pierce (Mary), Tina Harden (Morris), and Kevin Pierce (Hope), all of Fulton; his grandchildren, Kelly Dennis (Greg), C.M. Young, Gregory Pierce, Alan Young (Samantha), Brad Dennis, Selena Pierce, Kaitlyn Harden, Brittney Lindsey, Dakota Pierce and Grace Pierce; great-grandchildren, Preston Young and Aubree Dennis; four sisters, Ruth Howell of Fulton,
Rayoma Williams and Ruby Wadlington, both of Memphis, Tenn., and Robbie Limer of Woodstock, Ga.; and special family friends, Remelle Davis and Mona Washburn of Birmingham, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Steven Young; and a special friend, Jerry Davis.
Pallbearers will be C. M. Young, Alan Young, Danny Waddle, Bill Howell, Brad Howell and Wayne Wood.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Billy Franks
SALTILLO – Billy Edwin Franks, 72, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at his home. He was born May 31, 1940, in Itawamba County, to Elgar Lee and Sarah Sheffield Franks. In his earlier years, he was a customer service manager at Rockwell International. In his later years, he owned and operated his own business. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Tim Tutor officiating. Burial will be in Dorsey Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, James Edwin Franks of Saltillo and Jeffrey Nelson Franks (Cindy) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; three daughters, Donna Franks Whitten (Gary) of Collierville, Tenn., Lisa Franks Lougee (Kevin) of The Woodlands, Texas, and Sondra Franks Pinson (Terry) of Tupelo; the mother of his children, Anita Franks of Saltillo; one brother, Dr. Cecil Franks (Estelle) of Tupelo; two sisters, Sue Adams Miller (Clell) of Collierville, Tenn., and Zelda Walden of Ripley; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and 15 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Dr. Houston Franks; two sisters, Earlene Taylor and Christine Moore; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Joe Taylor, David Franks, Jim Walden, Devin Franks, Drew Maynard, Jordan Whitten, Zach Whitten and Shorty Franks.
Visitation is 11 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
Nelda Pickle
HAMILTON – Nelda Malone Pickle, 82, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Dec. 10, 1930, to Cleve Malone and Celia Smith Malone, in Monroe County. She was a lifelong resident of Hamilton, where she was a homemaker. She was a graduate of Hamilton High School and a member of New Prospect Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Terry Edwards officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Lisa Dobbs (Scott) of Hamilton; three sons, Woodie Pickle (Theresa) of Hamilton, Tracy Pickle (Grace) of Hamilton and Chris Pickle (Missy) of Amory; one sister, Doris M. Holman of Hamilton; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three special caregivers, Marian Gates, Gale Holiday and Brenda Danner.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Grafton C. Pickle Jr.; and twin sister, Velda Malone.
Pallbearers are Wayne Malone, Mike Holman, William Holman, Donnie Dill, Josh Coleman and Ricky Thompson.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
You can sign the register and send condolences online at www.tidalelannmemorial.com.

Patricia Johnson
ABERDEEN – Patricia Ann Johnson, 62, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Amory.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Pearce Chapel Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Van Dale Hudson and the Rev. Philip D. Craddock officiating. Interment will be at Pearce Chapel Cemetery in Smithville. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, J.L. Johnson of Aberdeen; stepdaughters, Janice Strickland of Aberdeen and June Roebuck of Amory; stepsons, James Johnson of Prairie, Frank Johnson of Amory and John Russell Johnson of Tupelo; and sister, Bobbie Lockhart of Amory.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home.
Bobby Mills
GOLDEN – Bobby Dwayne Mills, 54, died Satruday, Feb. 2, 2013, at his residence. He was born March 29, 1958, to Robbie Dean Mills and Hassaline Kennedy Mills, in Baldwyn. He enjoyed fishing, camping and playing with his dogs.
Service is at 1 p.m. Monday at Senter Funeral Home with David Timms officiating. Interment is at Casey Creek.
He is survived by his son, Bobby (Courtney) Mills Jr. of Mantachie; three daughters, Jennifer (Derek) McMIllen of Mantachie, Holly (James) Fowler and Cassie Dillard; sister, Linda West of Golden; brother, David (Carolyn) Mills of Golden; three granddaughters, Stephanie Heatherly of Dorsey, Aubrey Hughes of Tupelo and Elizabeth Barnett; four grandsons, Brodie Ray of Pontotoc, Cory Mills of Mantachie, Zackary Mills of Mantachie and Alex Barnett; two aunts, special aunt Hazel Grammer of Shannon and Betty Donahue of Tupelo; and sister-in-law, Patsy Mills of Mantachie.
He was preceded by his father, Robbie Dean Mills; mother, Hassaline Mills; brother, Robby Mills Jr.; and sister, Diane Grant.
Honorary pallbearers are Austin Ashley, David Mills Jr., J.C. West, Jonny West, Robby Mills, Ray Seger, Jason Kent and Terry Mills.
Visitation is 11 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Sam Edge
BOONEVILLE – Samuel Brice Edge, 20, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Tippah County.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Visitation is 4 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Earl Grimes
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – Earl Grimes, 83, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at ECM Hospital.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Interment is at Dennis Memory Gardens in Dennis.
Visitation is 1 to 3:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Billy Williams
BOONEVILLE – Billy G. Williams, 55, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Otra Smith
ETTA – Otra Smith, 94, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Baptist Memorial-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.

Cecil Loyd
SHANNON – Cecil Loyd, 76, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Gaynell Hudson
ETTA – Gaynell Hudson, 65, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Geraldine Smith
OXFORD – Geraldine W. Smith, 64, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.

William Allen
TUPELO – William “Doug” Allen, 68, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Golden Living Nursing Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Shirley Lundy
BRUCE – Shirley Ann Barnes Lundy, 76, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at her residence. She was born on April 16, 1936, in Houlka to Earnest Hansel and Maylene Lowery Barnes. She was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church. She was a retired bank loan officer and a homemaker.
Service is at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Taylor officiating and Dr. Daniel Hathorne assisting. Interment is at Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce.
She is survived by one daughter, Jana Lynn Haggerty (Michael) of North Plainfield, N.J.; one son, Ron Lundy Jr. (Susan) of Los Angeles, Calif.; two grandchildren, Mark Haggerty of Long Beach, Calif., and Erin Haggerty of North Plainfield, N.J.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred Ronald Lundy; daughter, Samantha Lynn Lundy; and brother, Delayne Barnes.
Pallbearers are Ralph Barnes, Wesley Harris, Carl Hayles, Josh Long, Trent Long and Tony Martin.
Visitation is from noon until 2 p.m. today.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.