Obituaries February 4, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Annias Ware
ABERDEEN – Annias Ware, 93, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

Oliver Davis
FULTON – Oliver Davis, 65, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at noon Monday at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church at Nettleton. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Roosevelt Hale
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Roosevelt Hale, 63, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Westbrooks Memorial Chapel. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time today.
Dorothy Johnson
SALTILLO – Dorothy Mae Johnson, 76, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at her home after a long illness. She was born March 14, 1935, in Lee County to Coot and Charlene McCallister Hill. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined Red Oak Grove M.B. Church in Saltillo, where she was a former member of the Usher Board and a member of the choir. She was formerly employed at several county restaurants. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and spending time with family and friends.
A celebration of life service will be at 11:30 a.m. today at Red Oak M.B. Church in Saltillo. The Rev. Charlie Frank Barnes will deliver the eulogy, and Pastor Michael Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by four children, Henry Harris and Rodney Hill of Saltillo, Sandra (Carl) Johnson Shannon of Shannon and Shelia Young of Plantersville; two grandchildren, Alexis Hill and O’Jerrin Burress of the home; her mother-in-law, Snobie McKinney of Corinth; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Harris of Fulton; one uncle, Charles C. (Viola) Barnes of Saltillo; her caregiver and special friend, Cricket Springer, Katherine (James) Harris of Saltillo, Debra Ward of Baldwyn, Mary Copeland and Johnnie Agnew of Saltillo; godsister, Helen Penson of Saltillo; 23 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.,
She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, John L. Harris and Aalisha J. Jones; one grandchild, Maxie Shante Jones; one brother, Lonnie Hill; one sister, Laverne Shaw; one great-grandchild; and one aunt, Gracie Penvon.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time today at the church.
Online condolences may be made to the Johnson family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Virginia Loden
VAN BUREN – Virginia Melovee Loden died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at The Courtyards Nursing Facility. She was born May 22, 1925, to Joseph and Fannie Taylor Dozier. She was a member of Big Oak Baptist Church. She was a home-maker and a factory worker and worked at Gilbert Home Health as an aide. An avid reader and accomplished cook, she enjoyed shopping and talking to her friends on the telephone.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Doug Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Dorsey Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Joey Loden (Kim), Andy Loden (Janet) and Rusty Loden (Anne), all of the Van Buren community; two daughters, Rosemary Byram (Eddie) of Amory and Judy Kennedy (Morris) of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; 12 Grandchildren, Sara Kennedy, David Kennedy ( Cindy), Amanda Loden, Emily Jones (Mark), Sam Loden, Austin Miles, Katie Clark (Barnett), Buck Loden, January Loden, Alexandra Simicek (Drew), Cory Loden and Matt Loden; five great-grandchildren, Katelyn Burrow, Madison Sky Warren, Claudia Osbirn, Kennedy Jones and Dugan Jones; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Jud” Loden; one brother, Travis Dozier; and four sisters, Lema Palmer, Viola Parker, Verble Estes and Ruby Grice.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Neal Johnson
ABERDEEN – Neal Franklin Johnson, 78, died on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at PressiCare Personal Care Home. Born on Aug. 3, 1933, in Newport, Ark., he was a son of the late Joseph and Gertie M. Brown Johnson. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked as a singer and songwriter in California before moving back to Monroe County. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. Kind-hearted with a big heart and a gentle spirit, he enjoyed singing, playing the guitar, writing songs and gardening.
A committal service with military honors will be at 1 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Monaghan and Bro. Austin Bowen officiating.
He is survived by his daughters, Starla Pietranczyk (James) of Dunkirk, N.Y., and Charlotte Snipes (Henry) of Attala, Ala.; his son, Andy Johnson (Margaret) of Attala, Ala.; nine grandchildren, Shane Dadkhah, Amanda Kshavarz, Alicia Johnson, Juanita Roberts, Cevey Absher, Duane Roberts, Eric Snipes, Beth Snipes and Jacob Snipes; 13 great-grandchildren; and special friends, Danny Hester of Columbus and China Johnson of Aberdeen.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Corzette; his brother, Junior; and four half brothers.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Donald Falkner
PONTOTOC – Donald Clark Falkner, 82, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Oxford, where he taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir. He was a retired major in the United States Air Force and retired social studies teacher at Oxford Jr. High School. He enjoyed traveling, reading, writing and sharing wisdom and inspirational readings.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Oxford with Rev. John Kramer officiating. Burial will follow in the Bellevue Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Susan Ward (Larry), Jane Yoe (Eddie) and Betsy Cary (John); three sons: Paul Falkner (Marina), Pat Falkner (Carla) and Michael Falkner (Penny); one sister: Emily Shull; one sister-in-law: Ann Falkner; 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy Falkner and Robbie Clark Falkner; his wife, Eugenia “Genie” Falkner; and two brothers, Lee Falkner and James “Chuck” Falkner.
Pallbearers will be Adam Yoe, Jesse Ford, Nick Ford, Ian Cary, Dima Falkner and Todd Nelson.
Memorials may be sent to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 431 N. 16th St., Oxford, MS 38655.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Kevin Robertson
NEW ALBANY – Kevin Elmo Robertson, 44, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Annie Colburn
AMORY – Annie Mae Colburn, 94, died on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Golden Living Center. Born on Sept. 3, 1917, near Okolona, she was a daughter of the late Forrest Jackson and Viola Burt Whitt. She married John Lee Colburn in 1935 in Okolona. Before retiring, she was a seamstress with Delta Trouser in Okolona. While retired, she enjoyed keeping children, especially her grandchildren, during the day. Moving to Amory in 1974, Mrs. Colburn was a member of First Baptist Church. Feisty and full of life, she looked forward to spending time with her family. She enjoyed cooking for her family, gardening, playing bingo, dancing, fishing and listening to country music, especially Vince Gill.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 3 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
She is survived by her brother, Jack Whitt of Oklahoma; a son, John E. Colburn of Okolona; a daughter-in-law, Ann Colburn of Amory; grandchildren, Debra Coleman, Steve Colburn, Curt Colburn, Donna Sanderson, Rhonda Weeks, Jeff Colburn and Jennifer Beattie; great-grandchildren, David Conwill, Emily Tubb, Camille Weeks, Matt Colburn, Baylee Colburn, Laura White, Joey Mills, Derik Graves, Claudia Bounds, Ada Colburn, Rease Colburn, Jackson Beattie and Elisabeth Beattie; and great-great-grandchildren, Alex Conwill, Sarah Grace McGill, Collin Patrick McGill, Colby Mills, Chloe Mills, Blake Colburn and Tristan White.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Gene Colburn; and sisters, Lillian Angles, Ethel Colburn, Millie Lucius and Dorothy Webster.
Pallbearers will be Alan Coleman, Alan Weeks, Jeff Colburn, Joey Mills, Derik Graves and Rick Sanderson.
Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Ruble Plaxico
DUMAS – Claude Ruble Plaxico, 81, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at his daughter’s residence at Dry Creek. He was born July 21, 1930, to Dode Plaxico and Tennie Ford Plaxico. He was a logger and a farmer. He was a member of County Line Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Dumas Baptist Church with Bro. William Copeland officiating. Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Hermie Ann Plaxico Ford (Bobby) of Booneville; one sister, Faye Jackson (Doyle) of Booneville; one son-in-law, Rudy Moore of Ripley; six grandchildren, Andy Ford (Leslie) of Booneville, Angela Gray (Donald) of Dumas, Cindy Hamilton of Hillsboro, Ill., Jonathon Hamilton of Litchfield, Ill., April Goode of Hickory Flat and Dakota Moore of Ripley; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hermie Lee Vandygriff Plaxico; his parents; one daughter, Martha Moore; and three brothers, Wade Plaxico, Hardy Plaxico and Elmer Plaxico.
Pallbearers will be Tim Williams, Billy Joe Vandygriff, Darrell Williams, William Van Plaxico, Kenny Vires Fillin, Jason Riddle and Billy Wade Plaxico.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Williams, James Ray Plaxico, Jerry Robinson, Gary Robinson, Milton Smith and Johnny Smith.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at Dumas Baptist Church.
To view obituaries on-line and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Rev. Billy Dunahoo
NEW ALBANY – The Rev. Billy Fred Dunahoo, 72, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at the Veterans Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. He was born March 14, 1939, in New Albany to C.B. Dunahoo and Minnie Hall Dunahoo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was retired from Wal-Mart as a manager. He was an ordained minister and a member of the First Baptist Church of Gardendale, Ala.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Charlie Ransier officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Daniels Dunahoo of Warrior, Ala.; two daughters, Billie Murphy (Greg) and Tracie Dunn (Richard), both of Columbia, Tenn.; a son, John Dunahoo of Mississippi; a sister, Helen Bryant of New Albany; two brothers, Q.C. Dunahoo and Houston Dunahoo, both of New Albany; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Jonathan Dunahoo and Keith David Dunahoo; and a brother, E.K. Dunahoo.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon today at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. Dunahoo, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Air Force at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Grace Potts
TUPELO – Grace Kathryn Potts, 88, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at her residence. She was born in the Unity Community of Lee County on Dec. 23, 1923, to Samuel Joseph and Nettie Cleo Brown Bishop. She was a high school graduate of Unity High School. She retired from Sadler Manufacturing after 40-plus years of service. She was a member of East Main Church of Christ. She loved her family and her cats.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Minister Gary Williams officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include one son, Scotty Scruggs of Tupelo; one daughter, Judy Jones (Pat) of Saltillo; five grandchildren, Lisa McNeece, Deanna Anthony, Kelly King, Jeff Scruggs and Rhonda Smith; nine great-grandchildren, Avery, Taylor and Jill McNeece, Lauren, Zack and Emily Mask, Zoe and Logan King, and Callie Anglin; two great-great-grandchildren, Tahrleigh and Alli; her sister, Elsie Rushing of Dorsey; one brother-in-law, Pete Barber of Mooreville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elbert D. Potts who died in August 2005; two brothers, Carl and Jim Bishop; and two sisters, Bertha Barber and Gertha Nell Herring.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Velma Freeze
BOONEVILLE – Velma Christian Freeze, 87, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Garden.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Stacy Turner
WATER VALLEY – Stacy Turner, 79, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at his home in Water Valley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.
Ben Jones
BALDWYN – Omar Ben Jones, 68, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. He was a licensed mortician, a funeral director and past co-owner of Jones Funeral Home in Booneville. He was a graduate of the John A. Gupton Mortuary School in Nashville and a graduate of the University of Mississippi. He was a teacher in the Thrasher School System and a member of the East Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He loved gardening, pets and spending time with his friends. He was dearly loved by everyone who met him.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Bill Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Peters Family Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Carolyn Peters Jones of Baldwyn; his mother-in-law, Kathryn Peters of Baldwyn; a nephew, Will Bingham, and his daughter, Erica Bingham, of Booneville; and his brother-in-law, Danny Jones of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Omar and Louree Weeks Jones; a sister, Betty Jones; and his father-in-law, Tulon Peters.
Pallbearers will be Marty C. Gilliland, Jason Peters, Cody Farrar, Johnny Hopkins, Troy Stevens, Scotty Peters, Kary Peters and Ron Hopkins.
Honorary pallbearers will be his other dear friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Essie Wilbanks
RIENZI – Essie Lee Buchannon Wilbanks, 80, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at her home in Rienzi. She was born March 23, 1931, to Prentiss and Bettie Buchannon. Her father passed away when she was 8 years old and her mother married Woodrow Mask, whom she thought of as her dad.
Graveside services were Friday, Feb. 3, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Dumas. Bro. Doc Shelton officiated. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Bobby Wilbanks (Caren) of Byhalia and Larry Wilbanks (Nancy Stivala) of Rienzi; one daughter, Janie Bryant (Keirn) of Memphis; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Andy Mask (Mary) of Blue Mountain; and her friend and companion, Cletus Pannell of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leslie Gerald Wilbanks; and two sons, James Leslie Wilbanks and Benny Ray Wilbanks.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.