By NEMS Daily Journal
MANTACHIE – Charles Edward “Charlie” Cates, 70, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at The Meadows. He was born March 15, 1942, to Cullen and Cressie Clouse Cates. He worked at Walled Lake Door, Arvin Industries and Mantachie Manufacturing. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Danny Wilburn officiating. Burial will be in the Mantachie Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Cates (Jennie) of Fulton and David Cates (Becky) of Pontotoc; two grandchildren, Bethany Cates and Chase Cates; one brother, Archie Cates (Arlene) of Mantachie; two sisters, Lola Jane Wilburn (James Coy) of Mantachie and Earlene Ellis (T.L.) of Shannon. two sisters-in-law, Jeanette Cates and Toxie Lee Cates, both of Mantachie; one brother-in-law, Charles Adams of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Purlis, Hoyt, Earles, Junior and Earnest Cates; two sisters, Movline Adams and an infant sister; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Wilburn, Tommy Adams, Larry Adams, Jerry Ellis, Nathan Wilburn, Allen Cates, Phillip Cates and Tiny Cates.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
GOLDEN – Sarah L. Johnson Spencer, 43, passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Red Bay Hospital. She was born March 6, 1969, in Itawamba County. She retired from Cindy’s Cafe after eight years of service. She enjoyed reading, butterflies, tulips and music, and she loved her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton with Bro. Jason Blakney officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Jerrod Spencer of Fulton; her mother, Katie Denson of Fulton; two sons, Jerrod (Kristy) Spencer II of Iuka and Preston (Amber) Spencer of Golden; one daughter, Shania Spencer of Golden; two sisters, Cindy (Kendall) Harmon of Mooreville and Stephanie (Leo) Espanosa of Fulton; grandson, John-Grady Spencer; and granddaughter, Haley Spencer.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Gertrude Johnson; her grandfather, Grady Johnson; and a brother, Tony Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Jones, Alex Jones, Brantley Harmon, Jeff Burns, Matthew Hudson and Josh McCreary. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Spencer, Leslie Dexter and Ray Dexter.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Arthur L. Barnett
TUPELO – Elder Arthur L. Barnett passed away on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born on April 7, 1934, in Kossuth. He was a former employee of the State of Illinois and the City of Memphis. He was a member of the Church of the Living God. He pastored a church in Brighton, Ala., and he did missionary work in Alcorn, Tippah and Tishomingo counties. He always exemplified true dedication to his church.
A life celebration service will be at 11 a.m. today at the Church of the Living God in Tupelo. Burial will be in Mason Saint Luke Church Cemetery in Corinth following service. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his children, Loretta Elaine (Tracy) Barnett and Derrick (Cynthia) Barnett, all of Chicago; one sister, Allie Burress of Cleveland, Ohio; one brother, Rufus (Rosemary) Barnett of Corinth; sisters-in-law, Genetta Barnett and Mary Barnett of Illinois; 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; a special friend to the family, Valerie Barnett; several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kelsey and Eloise Barnett; his wife, Clarice Barnett; a son, Christopher Kelsey Barnett; two brothers; Clay D. Barnett Sr. and Henry Franklin Barnett.
The body will be placed in the church at 9 a.m. today.
Online condolences can be made to the Barnett family at www.grayson-porters.com.
OXFORD – Nicholas “Nick” Sandefer, 82, passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at his home in Oxford. He was born in Oxford. He was a retired railroad and construction worker, and a member of Taylor Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Watts Sandefer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Dr. Donald Baggett officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Flat Cemetery.
He is survived by two stepdaughters, Judy Watts of Oxford and Lisa Watts of Detroit, Mich.; one sister, Stella Harwell of Tula; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pine Flat Cemetery Fund, 667 Hwy. 7 South, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Charles Wesley Bishop
MILTON, Fla. – Charles Wesley Bishop, 75, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at West Florida Hospital. He was born Aug. 29, 1937, in Tupelo to John Wesley Bishop and Clytee Kingsley Bishop. He joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 18 and served for 23 years before settling in Milton, Fla.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. National Cremation and Burial Society of Milton, Fla., was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lynette Wilson Bishop; two daughters, Deborah (Danny) Bishop Hood and Vicki Jo (James) Bishop-Crain; two granddaughters, Danielle Lynette and Dayna Leigh, all of Milton, Fla.; a sister, Barbara Ann Tucker of Tupelo; a brother, Douglas (Melba) Bishop of Tupelo; three nieces, Charlotte White, Crystal Tucker and Dawn Coon (Steven) and children of Tupelo; one nephew, Johnny Bishop (Donna) and children of Pelahatchie.
TUPELO – Kenneth Ohara Vaughn, 59, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at his home in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
ABERDEEN – Sheila Annette Kennedy, 40, died on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Columbus. Born March 21, 1972, she was a daughter of Mike Stanike and Lois Dean Taylor Kennedy. She attended Aberdeen High School. She was the manager of Terry’s Pizza and Deli, and also worked as a babysitter for Robert and Jennifer Tomey. Passionate about the Lord’s work, she was a member of the Aberdeen First Pentecostal Church, where she enjoyed fellowshipping with the youth. She enjoyed going to the movies, volleyball, playing cards and collectable horses.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. today at the Aberdeen First Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Ricky Bowen, the Rev. James Terry, the Rev. Cody Kennedy and the Rev. Joseph Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in the New Chapel Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Mike and Lois Kennedy of Aberdeen; her sister and best friend, Keena Lunea Kennedy of Gatlinburg, Tenn.; two brothers, Michael Darrell Kennedy (Revital) of Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Marty Dean Kennedy (Brandi) of Wren; her grandfather, Dexter “Deck” Taylor of Fulton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, George Samuel and Norma Kennedy, and Lorain Taylor.
Pallbearers will be her two brothers, Michael and Marty Kennedy, and Brad Kennedy, Cody Kennedy, Zack Kennedy, Matt Kennedy, Jamie Bailey and Austin Pennington. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Terry, Winford Terry Jr., the Rev. James Terry, Winford Terry Sr., Daniel Jiminez, the Rev. Austin Bowen and Tanner Tomey.
The body will lie in repose from 10 a.m. until service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Sheila Kennedy Fund, c/o Aberdeen First Pentecostal Church, 204 S. Locust St., Aberdeen, MS 39730.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
RED BAY, Ala. – Fay Thorn, 90, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born Feb. 22, 1922, in the Pogo Community. He was co-owner of Thorn & Thrasher Garage in Red Bay for many years. He was founder of the Pleasant Site Volunteer Fire Department on Feb. 22, 1991, and was the only chief. A member of Harmony Baptist Church for over 70 years, he was a deacon since 1967 and Sunday School teacher for over 50 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II in the occupation of Japan.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Harmony Baptist Church at Pleasant Site with Bro. Roger Wood and Bro. Greg Thorn officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Site Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one son, Norman Thorn (Lottie) of Red Bay, Ala.; one daughter, Rebecca Holland (Randy) of Red Bay; one brother, Ray Thorn (Hildred) of Red Bay; four grandsons, Tim Thorn, Greg Thorn (Kristie), Radley Holland (LaKesha) and Reggie Holland (Lauren); six great-grandchildren, Jordan Thorn, Matthew Thorn, Austin Thorn, Nicholas Thorn, Brantley Holland and Case Holland; and one great-great-granddaughter, Ansley Brooke Hallman.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Malene Bates Thorn; his parents, Luther Dow and Nannie Russell Thorn; and a brother, Milton Thorn.
Pallbearers will be Tim Thorn, Radley Holland, Reggie Holland, David Thorn, Dale Hester, Keith Bates, Billy Bates and Verlon Kiel. Honorary pallbearers will be Austin Thorn, Nicholas Thorn, Matthew Thorn and Tom Wingfield.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Pleasant Site Cemetery Fund, 2655 Highway 90, Red Bay, AL 35582.
GUYS, Tenn. – Wilburn Wayne “Bill” Bonds, 72, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at McNairy Regional Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Wheeler Grove Baptist Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Wednesday.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
SMITHVILLE – Jettie Laura “Mama Jet” Brasfield, 93, died on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at River Place Nursing Center. Born on Aug. 3, 1919, in Pontotoc, she was a daughter of the late Hartwell and Dawny Gregory. She attended schools in Pontotoc. On Aug. 23, 1934, she married Bascom Brasfield. After 40 years of service as a seamstress, she retired from working in the local pants factory. She was a member of Pearce Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. A sweet and hard-working lady, she enjoyed working in her flowers and garden, cooking fish at The Plantation, playing bingo with her friends, and country and gospel music.
She is survived by her daughter, Peggy Sanderson (Robert) of Smithville; sisters, Net Stevens of Smithville and Mae Milligan of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; brothers, Albert Gregory of Adamsville, Ala.; grandchildren, Greg Sanderson (Diane), Lynn Sanderson (Kim), Tommy Brasfield Jr., Michael Brasfield, Jimmy Brasfield (Talisha), Sunny Pace (Steve) and Crystal Ferguson (Ricky); great-grandchildren, Jesse Sanderson, Bobby Lee Sanderson, Starr Perry, David Streets, Beth Streets, Nick and Donovan Turner, Jaylee Pace and Tommy Brasfield III; great-great-grandchildren, Grant Sanderson, Megan Streets, Jordan Bray, Lynsey Bray, Sorayla Brasfield, Sadie Laura Brasfield, Stephen Brasfield and Cody Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred Gregory and Herman Gregory; and by one sister, Eunice Lann.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Kelvin Price officiating. Burial will follow in Pearce Chapel Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Greg, Lynn, Jesse and Bobby Lee Sanderson; Jimmy and Michael Brasfield; and David Streets. Honorary pallbearers will be the River Place staff.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Pearce Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Buddy Sullivan, 1845 Hwy. 371 S., Nettleton, MS 38858.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Maudie Lois Nolan, 94, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie. She was born Oct. 7, 1918, in Burnsville. She was a faithful wife and devoted mother. She dedicated her life to taking care of her special daughter, Rachel, until her health failed when she was almost 90. She was a strong Christian woman who loved her Lord and Savior. She was a member of Priceville Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Tim McMillan and the Rev. Wayne Gullett officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Rachel Ann Nolan of Fulton; five grandchildren, Brad Nolan (Gena), Deanna Harrington (Russ) and Dennis Nolan (Melissa) all of Tupelo, Kevin Nolan (Selena) of Fulton and Tara Priest (Shelton) of Tupelo; 10 great-grandchildren, Bentley, Auston, Ben, Sam, Seth (Samantha), Ethan, Jon Eli, Katlin, Jaxon and Jude; one great-great-grandchild, Taze; two daughters-in-law, Ellen Todd (Bill) of Fulton and Judy Nolan of Tupelo; one granddaughter-in-law, Andi Nolan of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Nolan; two sons, Benny and Jerry Nolan; one grandchild; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Bentley, Auston, Seth and Ethan Nolan, and Ben and Sam Harrington.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jaxon and Jon Eli Nolan, and Jude Priest.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Mississippi Regional Rehab, 615 Pegram Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Wister Gary Jr.
CLINTON – Wister D. Gary Jr., 57, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at V.A. Medical Center in Jackson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Webster Memorial Garden Cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
MARIETTA, Ga. – Jane Riley, 75, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. She was born and reared in Fulton. She received her education degree from Delta State University and taught school in Mississippi after graduation. She moved to Marietta, Ga., in the 1960s and began her educational career with the Marietta City Schools System. She worked as a classroom teacher and as the kindergarten coordinator in the systems’ Central Office. In 1974, she was selected to serve as principal of Hickory Hills Elementary School and remained in that position until she retired in 1989. The school’s Media Center was named for her in honor of her service. She remained friends with many staff members, parents and students, all of whom extol her leadership. Two churches in Marietta, Eastside Baptist, where she was a member, and First Baptist, where she had many close friends, had a profound impact on her life. She will be remembered for her unfeigned faith, her unconditional love, her keen wit and her selfless service to others.
Survivors include her two nieces, Jeannie (Harold) Vinson of Golden Cathy Riley of Tupelo; a sister-in-law, Ann (Ray) Hamilton; an aunt and several cousins, including Dan (Dena) Steele, Joan Cotham (Lou), Marie Brown and Thelma Shumpert, all of Tupelo, Cindy Steele Barnes, Karen Steele Shotts and Joey Steele of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earnest Cecil Riley and Clara Nell Dulaney Riley, and a brother, Ray Riley.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home Chapel in Marietta, Ga.
A graveside service and interment will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Itawamba Memorial Gardens in Fulton. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of local arrangements.
Donations may be sent to Calvary Children’s Home, 1430 Lost Mountain Road, Powder Springs, GA 30127 or a Christian children’s home of your choice.
BOONEVILLE – Samuel Brice “Sam” Edge, 20, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Tippah County. He was born Oct. 6, 1992, in Tupelo. He was employed at Silver Dollar Sales in Golden. He was a member of Victory Harvest Church in Booneville. He enjoyed baseball, football and video games. He was well known for his large personality and everyone who knew him understood how much he loved his mother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Charlie Wynn and Bro. David Krech officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
He is survived by his parents, Jimmy and Beverly Edge of Booneville; two brothers, Coty and Matthew Edge, both of Booneville; grandparents, Randy and Judy Mackin of Booneville, Junie Simmons of Ripley and Sammy Cumberland of Houston; great-grandfather, Milton Downs of Booneville and Roger and Ruth Finn of Greenville; godparents, Charlie and Jamese Wynn of Columbia, S.C.; a host of uncles, aunts and cousins; and special friend, Bailee Sparks of Belmont.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Judy Cumberland, Billy Edge, and Dean McKiney; and an uncle, Stevie McKiney.
Pallbearers are Aaron Duncan, Tre Welch, Clark Martin, Carlin Stephens, Adam Nichols, Clint Tucker, John Michael Carey, John Tull, Taylor Teddlie and Dalton Cartwright.
SLAYDEN – Richard Hurdle, 89, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Trinity Mission in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Carey Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday.
OXFORD – Berkley Redmond, 85, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.
HAMILTON – Nancy Heard, 61, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Jessie Chandler Jr.
VARDAMAN – Jessie Chandler Jr., 74, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
NEW ALBANY – Inez Pannell, 99, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany.
FULTON – Arrie Sartin, 57, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Erskine Williams Jr.
CORINTH – Erskine Williams Jr. died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Dallas, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth.
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Muriel Spooner Estes, 94, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in the Blue Mountain Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Muriel Estes Memorial Fund at Life Connection Church, P.O. Box 158, Blue Mountain, MS. Donations also may be made through the church website, www.lifeconnectionms.com or at The Peoples Bank.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
BURNSVILLE – Kenneth R. Conaway, 72, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
WALNUT – William Nabors, 77, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Middleton Pentecostal Tabernacle in Middleton, Tenn.
PONTOTOC – George T. Hodge, 88, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.