Obituaries February 7, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ruth Pegram Davis
RIPLEY – Ruth Pegram Davis, 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Sept. 2, 1924, to Walter Winchester Pegram and Viola Childers Pegram.
Before retiring, she worked as a dental assistant for 25 years and later at North Mississippi Savings and Loan. She was a Girl Scout in Mrs. Elizabeth Smith’s troop and became a Girl Scout leader for her daughters. She was pianist for Shady Grove Baptist Church for more than 40 years. She also served as church treasurer. She was a member of Ripley Century Civic Club, the sewing club, Tippah County Hospital Auxiliary, Young at Heart and West Ripley Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir.
Ruth’s father died when she was only 3, but her mother and three grown brothers spoiled her by making sure she had everything she needed. She and her mother often lived with her brothers in Akron, Ohio, and Los Angeles, Calif., providing wonderful adventures in her life. She married the love of her life, Vernon Davis. Their marriage was one of true love and adoring devotion that lasted 61 years until his death in 2008. They enjoyed traveling, often in caravans of campers with friends and family. Together, they created a home filled with love and happiness.
She enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing the piano, crocheting and painting. She was well-known for her sense of humor and was often the instigator of a humorous prank. She loved to travel at any opportunity.
She is survived by three daughters, Sally Bennett (Mike) of Terry, Jane Gair (Tyson) of Starkville and Carol Davis Mauney of Ripley; her grandchildren, Jenny Jones (David) of Tupelo, Spencer Holley of Madisonville, Ky., Alex Mauney of Chicago, Ill., Taylor Gair of Starkville, Molly Mauney of Ripley and Bentley Mauney of Ripley; and six great-grandchildren, Brooks Holley, Tanner Jones, Gwen Holley, Kate Ward, Mia Ward and Allie Bennett.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Y. Davis; her parents; one sister, Martha Pegram; three brothers, Walter Ray Pegram, Cap Pegram and James Pegram; one son-in-law, Phillip Mauney; and one grandson, Samuel Davis Mauney.
Funeral services will be today at 10 a.m. at Ripley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Alex Mauney, Bentley Mauney, Taylor Gair, Spencer Holley, David Jones, Mike Bennett, Tyson Gair, Kelly Ward and Eddie Joe McMillin.
Memorials may be made to West Ripley Baptist Church or Girl Scouts Heart of the South.
To sign guest book online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Billy Johnson
NEW SITE – Billy Joe Johnson, 83, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 7, 1929, to William Joel Sr. and Lillie Mae Johnson. He was a member of Mt. Nebo Methodist Church. He was a Korean War veteran and a retired carpenter.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Glenn Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Little Brown Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors are his wife, Betty Joe Johnson of New Site; one daughter, Marilyn (Max) Wilson of Booneville; one son, Ricky (Robbin) Johnson of Booneville; four grandchildren, Marca (Danny) Williams of Guntown, Nikki (Kevin) Oaks of Blackland, Marlee Wilson of Booneville and Brett Johnson of Booneville; four great-grandchildren, Kirk Williams, Joey Williams of Guntown, Avery Grace Oaks of Blackland and Ellie Louise Williams of Guntown; and one brother, William Joel Jr. (Mary Ellen) Johnson of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Donna Cunningham, Clara White and Mary Lou Johnson; and three brothers, W.C. Jack, J.C. and George Johnson.
Visitation will be until service time today.
Condolences can be made at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Bobby Joe Jones
PLANTERSVILLE – Bobby Joe “Shack” Jones. 64. died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 27, 1948, in Lee County to Henry Lee Jones and Ernie B. Shumpert Jones. He was an employee of Super Sagless for more than 20 years and of Hoener Box for 19 years, where he retired.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Lowell Walker officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Garden in Tupelo. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Karen Jones; eight sons, Allen Rogers, Rodney Jones, Tkoyo Jones, Rodrequis Green, Anthony Ruff, Denarius (Christine) Ruff, Andrea (Tosha) Ruff and Rana Owens; four daughters, Gloria Garth, Linda Garth, Marie Penro and Shaytra (Tommie) Frazier: one brother, Billy Joe (Maxine) Rosebud; one sister, Kim Jones; 25 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Steven Jones; and one sister, Sandra Jones.
Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Kenneth Vaughn
TUPELO – Kenneth Ohara Vaughn, 59, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at his residence in Tupelo. A native of Lee County, he was the son of James Everette Vaughn I and Lillie Mae Vaughn. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Tupelo. He was a retired captain for the City of Tupelo Police Department with 28 years of service. He also worked at North Mississippi Medical Center as a security guard, a third shift foreman at Penn Tire and a journeyman wireman for I.B.E.W. Local Union 852 of Corinth. He loved to fish, watch football and grill.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at St. Paul United Methodist Church Family Life Center. The Rev. Gloria McKinney will officiate. Burial will be in Porter Memorial Park. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Toni Vaughn of Tupelo; one daughter, Kelly Vaughn of Tupelo; one son, Kevin Vaughn of Memphis; two sisters, Ramona Vaughn and Priscilla Sloan, both of Tupelo; one brother, Thomas Paine of Tupelo; three grandchildren; one aunt, Pearl Dooley of Tupelo; three sisters-in-law, Ethel Moore, Willie (Robert) Glover and Clytee (Nathaniel) Stone, all of Tupelo.
Visitation is from noon to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Tupelo.
Patsy Rooker
FULTON – Patsy Idwilda Rooker, 48, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Fulton following an extended illness. She was born in Houston on April 4, 1964, to George David Forrester and Patsy Jeanette Wise Whitehead. She worked as a seamstress at Seminole Furniture Mfg. before becoming disabled. She always put her family first and enjoyed staying in touch with friends on Facebook. She was a very giving person who thought of others before herself. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Egypt Baptist Church.
All arrangements are private at the request of the family. Holland Funeral Directors Okolona Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Patterson (Matthew) of Fulton; two sons, Buddy Rooker of Ripley and Jimmy Rooker of Okolona; two grandchildren, Amber Mae Patterson and Natalee June Rooker.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Mackey South
CORINTH – A gathering of remembrance for Mackey Ray South of Corinth are set for 2 p.m. Friday at Rowland Mills Baptist Church in Burnsville with Bro. Warren Jones officiating. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
He died on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born on Jan. 3, 1941, in Iuka to Estes and Audie Belue South. He worked for Little’s Construction. He loved to fish and ride four-wheelers, enjoyed spending time outdoors and above all he loved to spoil his grandchildren.
He is survived by three sons, Mackey Dwayne South of Jackson, Tenn., Terry Scott (Kristy) of Corinth and Robert Sherial Scott (Barbara) of Blue Mountain; two daughters, Kim King (Ricky) of Corinth and Angela Morgan (Jerry) of Rienzi; three brothers, Charles South (Barbara) of Rienzi, Truman South (Betty) of Burnsville and Noel “Red” South (Janice) of Iuka; one sister, Earnistine Trimble of Burnsville; seven grandchildren, Bradley, Mallory, Justin, Austin, Matthew, Tara and Megan; three great-grandchildren, Jada, Chandler and Haley; one brother-in-law, Garvin Walker; one sister-in-law, Faye South; several nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Arneta; three brothers, Wallace, Ted and Bobby South; one sister, Meb Walker; and two infant siblings.
The family will receive friends beginning at noon Friday at the church.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that memorials be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Lung Association.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
Maggie Burkes
CORINTH – Maggie Mullins Burkes died in Greer, S.C. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors of Corinth.
Frances Childs
RIPLEY – Frances Wall Childs, 69, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at her home. She was born March 15, 1943, to Frank and Lovie Cagle Wall in Blue Mountain. She was a teacher at Pine Grove Elementary School with 36 years of service. She was a member of Peoples Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Randy Isbell officiating. Burial will be in Lowry Methodist Church Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Ben Childs of Ripley; two sons, Heath Childs (Amanda) of Tupelo and Todd Childs of Birmingham, Ala.; one sister, Totsy James of Starkville; two grandsons, Cooper and Carter Childs of Tupelo; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Stan Childs, Marty Fuller, Greg Fuller, Chad Newby, Craig Rowell and Cole Childs.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Fl., New York, NY 10001.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneral home.com.

Elizabeth Wilson
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Elizabeth Ann Wilson, 71, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at her residence in Collierville, Tenn. She was born Feb. 17, 1941, to Gifford Sigh and Marie Young Conwill in Hamilton. She was a graduate of Aberdeen High School. She lived the past eight years in Collierville, Tenn. She retired as owner of Wren Body Works.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Helen Sigh of Collierville, Tenn.; an adopted sister, Oradean Ringold of Memphis; one niece, Weezie Horn; one nephew, Billy Ray Sigh; and five great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Marie Conwill.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Friday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
You can sign the register book and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Tom Griffis
HOUSTON – Thomas Cleo “Tom” Griffis, 69, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Union Temple M.B. Church in Houston with Elder Terry Baber officiating. Burial will be in Houston City Cemetery. Montgomery Mortuary of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Dolly Mae Griffis; his children, Milton Keith Griffis, Janice Thomas and Lora Ann Griffis, all of Houston, and Michael Griffis of Una; stepson, Andrew Williams of Nashville, Tenn.; six sisters and two brothers; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.
Lou Ella Milam
BRUCE – Lou Ella Neal Milam, 90, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. She was born May 16, 1922, in Calhoun County. She was a retired employee of Kellwood Manufacturing and a member of Westside Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memory Memorial Garden with Bro. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Billie Lou Neal Brand (Reginald) of Calhoun City; granddaughter, Beth Brand Harrington (Ryan) of Southaven; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Norman Neal and Hattie Griffin Neal; her husband, Verlie Milam; four sisters, Loie Jones, Odess Roane, Earline Ward and Faye Boyd; and three brothers, Johnnie Neal, Bruce Neal and Boyce Neal.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Page Huffman
STEWART – Page McMullen Huffman, 24, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Tomnolen Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Pheba Cemetery at Pheba. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.

Robbie Morton
WEST POINT – Robbie Mary Morton, 87, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at the West Point Community Living Center.
Services will be at noon Friday at Towncreek M.B. Church. Burial will be in the 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.

Betty Brown
HOUSTON – Betty J. Brown, 52, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Mildred Crutcher
BYHALIA – Mildred Richmond Crutcher, 81, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at noon Friday at St. Matthews M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in repose at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Friday.

Jeanette Huebschman
RIPLEY – Jeanette Huebschman, 84, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at her home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Charles Mills
NETTLETON – Charles Mills died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.

Shirley Moore
NEW ALBANY – Shirley Ann Moore, 59, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.
Services were Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Hughes Funeral Home in Daphne, Ala.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.hughesfh.com.