Obituaries February 5, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Josephine Austin
PONTOTOC – Josephine Bowling Austin, 80, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at Graceland Nursing Home. She was born Nov. 3, 1931, in Pontotoc.
She was retired from Glenn Slacks. She was a member of Robbs Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. on Monday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Pittsboro Cemetery.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Margie White of Pontotoc and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Fannie Blaylock White; her husbands, Alvin Bowling and William Austin; her son, Glenn Bowling; three brothers, William, Garney and Humphy White; two sisters, Clara Lower and Derline Waldo.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials and online condolences may be made @www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Oliver Davis
NETTLETON – Oliver “Tojo” Davis, 65, died on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at the home of his brother, Excell. A native of Itawamba County, he was born on August 31, 1946, to Excell and Shula (Cowley) Davis. He was a former employee of Gibson Corrugated for over fifteen years. He loved the outdoors and especially fishing. He also loved sports, baseball,football and basketball.
Services will be at noon on Monday at Pleasant Grove UM Church in Nettleton. Interments will be at Pleasant Grove UM Cemetery in Nettleton.
Survivors include one brother, Excell (Gwen) of Fulton; four sisters, Francis (Don) Young and Delois (Oliver) Shumpert, both of Fulton, Carnell Sanders and Mary Randolf of Tupelo; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends to cherish his memory. He was lovingly known as Papaw to Alex Trice.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Bobbi Jean Watkins; three nephews, Douglas Shumpert, Kenny and Eddie.
To visit online guestbook: bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Clara Hutcheson
GUNTOWN – Clara Bishop Hutcheson 88, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was a member of the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker, she enjoyed crafts, flower gardening and she was a former employee of Guntown Slacks. She especially enjoyed keeping her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Ray Wallace and Bro. Burdell Harp officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Betty Moore (Jack), Carolyn Floyd, Joyce Lindsey (Ronnie) and Angie Watson (Donald Wayne) all of Guntown; one son, Andy Hutcheson (Pam) of Guntown; grandchildren, Teresa Hill, Gary Moore (Jennifer), Sharon Anderson (Jimmy), Missy Cheeks, Anthony Floyd (Lisa), Brent Lindsey (Roxanne), Keith Lindsey (Amy), Chad Watson, Tiffany Lindsey (Adam), Zac “XX” Hutcheson and Hannah Hutcheson; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great- great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nute and Ellen Bishop; her husband, Curtis Hutcheson; son-in-law, Pete Floyd; four brothers and four sisters.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Wayne Gillen
BOONEVILLE – Wayne Gillen, 40, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Linda Patterson
GUNTOWN – Linda Patterson 51, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, in Tupelo after an extended illness.
Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Charlie Russell
MOSCOW, Tenn. – Charlie Wise Russell, 93, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at the Baptist Hospital Memphis. He was born June 13, 1918, in Moscow to Ethel Bryant Russell. He was a member of Slayden Baptist Church. He was on the national cotton council in Memphis and was an Air Force vet in WWII.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in Slayden Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Ernest Russell and Bryant Russell both of Moscow; a daughter, Connie Spencer of Milton, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Rusell; and his wife, Ethel Bryant Russell.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. before the service at the church.

Wayne Connor
BLUE MOUNTAIN – T.W. “Wayne” Connor, 78, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at his home. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Visitation will be from 4 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 Nettie Buchannon. Her father passed away when she was eight years old, and her mother married Woodrow Mask, whom she thought of as her dad.
Graveside services were Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, 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 (Kevin) 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.
Ryan Porter
THAXTON – James Ryan Porter, 30, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at his home. He was a member of Thaxton Baptist Church. He was a loving father, husband, son and brother. He was an avid Alabama fan.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Thaxton Baptist Church with Bro. Jimmy Russell and Bro. Tommy Inmon officiating. Burial will be in Thaxton cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Deona Porter; children, Becca Porter, Robbie Ellis and Chelsey Nabers; mother, Kim (Robert) Gilliam; father, Adrian (Jan) Porter; brothers, Ben (Marien) Holcomb and Blake (Kelsie) Porter; sisters, Mandy (Jonathan) Horton and Anna Gilliam; grandmothers, Avis Porter and Charlotte Hooker; and several nieces.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Preston Porter and Oakley Hooker; uncles, Randall Porter and Larry Hooker; a niece, Kaley Horton.
Pallbearers will be O’Neil Warren, Cade Hooker, Graden Hooker, Jonathan Horton, Rick Walker and Colt Hooker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday all at Thaxton Baptist Church.
Velma Freeze
BOONEVILLE – Velma Christian Freeze, 87, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 6, 1924, in Forrest City, Ark., to Dan and Minnie Vuncannon Christian. She was a retired quality control inspector in the garment manufacturing industry, and she was a Baptist. She enjoyed cooking and Camp Bluebird activities. Most of all, she loved her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Dewayne Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Garden.
She is survived by two sons, Jim Freeze of Wheeler and Gary Freeze (Vicki) of Brandon; a brother, Eugene Christian (Betty) of Guntown; a sister, Viola Searcy of Guntown; four grandsons, Doug Freeze of Southaven, Jeff Freeze of Tampa, Fla., Mark Freeze of Brandon, and Jason Freeze of Ridgeland; two great-grandsons, Alex Freeze and Carter Freeze; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death on Sept. 11, 2005, by her husband of sixty years, James Oliver Freeze.
Pallbearers are her sons and grandsons.
Mayda Scott
COFFEEVILLE – Mayda Jacqueline Scott, 88, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 8, 1923, in Chickasaw County. She was a retired river boat cook and a homemaker. She was a member of Rocky Mount Baptist Church.
Services are at 3 p.m. Monday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bernette Fielder officiating. Burial will be in Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery, Pittsboro.
Survivors include two daughters, Frances Newman of Southaven and Mary McDaniel (Garland) of Houston; three sons, Louis Cotten of Banner, Floyd Harris (Lynne) of Bruce and Wayne Harris (Dawn) of Calhoun City; 15 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Tellie Johnson Hoke; her husbands, Clifton Louis Cotton, Vesters “AC” Harris and Ralph Scott; one son, James Edward Cotten; two great-granddaughters, Traci Stone and Laken Chantel Harris; two brothers, Benjamin and Thurman Hoke; three sisters, Gladys Powell, Helen Spencer and Katherine Turner.
Pallbearers will be David Cotten, Joey Cotten, Spencer Manor, Leroy McCluskey, Otis Lee McGreger and Stacy Wiggs.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials and online condolences may be made @www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

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; 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.
Fayra Knight
SMITHVILLE – Fayra Elaine Knight, 64, died on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at her residence. Born on Aug. 16, 1947, in Bartahatchie, she was a daughter of Samuel and Arizona Mitchell Reeves. She attended Hamilton High School. She worked as a supervisor in the furniture industry. She had worked at Burris, Townhouse/Penthouse and Alan and White. She retired from Dollar General in Smithville. She attended Smithville United Methodist Church. A wonderful lady who was always happy, she was centered around her husband, children and grandchildren. She enjoyed fishing, sewing, cooking and listening to country and gospel music.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Coggins officiating. Burial will follow in Pearce Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Hubert Wayne Knight of Smithville; sons, Tony Holcomb (Faye) of Paragould, Ark., Jimmy Holcomb (Marilyn) of Splunge, Ken Holcomb of Hamilton; stepchildren, Michael Knight (Edith) of Splunge and Angie Irvin (Dean) of Aberdeen; sisters, Kathleen Lochridge (Truman) of Hamilton, Earlene Crow (Jerry) of New Hope and Loraine Ott (Jimmy) of Hamilton; daughter-in-law, Tina Holcomb of Amory; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Ann Reeves, and a son, Tim Holcomb.
Pallbearers will be Michael Knight, Michael Knight II, Joshua Knight, Kyle Knight, Chris Irvin, and Mitchell Alred.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Smithville United Methodist Church, c/o Caroline Barnes, 60027 Gap Rd. Smithville MS 38870.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Danny Littleton
TUPELO – Danny A. Littleton, 40, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. He was a nurse anesthetist and was formerly of West Monroe, La.
Arrangements were incomplete at this time and are under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, West Monroe, La.