Obituaries February 8, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Dennis Mitchell
GUNTOWN – Dennis Mitchell, 68, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at his home. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Guntown. He was retired from HMC in New Albany, where he was in tool and die. He loved playing golf. He did woodworking and he was a die-hard Alabama fan. He truly loved his family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Neal Murphy officating. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Suvivors include his wife, Sandra Mitchell of Guntown; three daughters, Michael-Ann Cardenas of Guntown, Marsha Cheney (Scott) of New Albany and Rhonda Mitchell of Tupelo; three sons, Clinton Poores (Michelle) of Saltillo, Robert Mitchell (Shirley) of Guntown and Dean Mitchell of Oklahoma; two sisters, Sandra Mitchell of Tupelo and Dorene Gullett (Bill) of Huntsville, Ala.; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a special grandson, Jessie Cardenas of Norfolk, Va., who is serving in the U.S. Navy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lela Mitchell, and one brother, Robert Mitchell.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday.
Brenda Hardwick
DERMA – Brenda Faye Hardwick, 58, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Calhoun County Health Services in Calhoun City. She was a member of Christian Fellowship in Houston.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Dentontown Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church. Bishop Jimmy Dale Jones will officiate. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry Hardwick of Derma; one daughter, Barbara Renee Hardwick of Memphis; five brothers, James H. Sykes and James E. Sykes of Pittsboro, Sammie J. Sykes of Memphis, Ricky Wayne Sykes of Derma and Terry D. Sykes of Calhoun City; three sisters, Donnie Draine of Derma, Jeffie Ezell of Vardaman and Ida Sykes Campbell of Derma.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

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 has also worked at the 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 at 2:30 p.m. today 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 was Thursday. The body will be placed in the church one hour before service time today.

Samella Black
NEW ALBANY – Samella Scales Black, 79, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at her home. She was a member of Bordoc M.B. Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bordoc M.B. Church with Bishop Jamie L. Foster officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Melvin Scales of New Albany; three sisters, Ada Scales of New Albany, and Mary A. Taylor and Lillies B. Scales, both of Racine,Wis.; one brother, Cliff Scales of Racine,Wis.; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Darrin Gaston
SALTILLO – Darrin Dakota Gaston, 27, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in Itawamba County. He was born Jan. 3, 1986, in Chicago to Sharon Gaston and Darrin Smith. He accepted Christ at an early age at Poplar CME Church. He attended school in Saltillo and Guntown and later earned his G.E.D.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Community Church in Guntown with the Rev. J.S. Agnew officiating. Burial will be in the Camp Creek Cemetery in Guntown. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Sharon Gaston of Saltillo; his father, Darrin Smith of Pontiac, Ill.; four brothers, LaTreze (Nicole) Clemons of Chicago, Corderal Gaston, Damieon Gaston and Arsiel Gaston, all of Saltillo; his daughter, Carmen Gaston of Baldwyn; a special friend, Meagan Renee Britt; five aunts, seven uncles.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. 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.

Harold Ray Crocker
BRUCE – Harold Ray Crocker, 59, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. He was born Sept. 22, 1953, in Bruce. He was retired from the U.S. Navy with more than 20 years of service. He was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating and Bro. Darrell Logan assisting. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
He is survived by his mother, Corinne Bryant Crocker of Bruce; one brother, Glenn Crocker Jr. of Bruce; two sisters, Betty Marie Magee (Houston) of Byhalia and Margaret Ann Young (Joe) of Brandon, Fla.; three nephews, David Young, Dr. Dustin Inman and Brian Inman; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Crocker.
Pallbearers will be Keith Bloodworth, Don Bryant, Jeff Bryant, Charles Herring, Paul Hurst, Harvey Longest, Kenny Murphree and Robert Edward Oakley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Akins, Jim Beckett, Hollis V. Bryant, Jerry Fred Bryant, Kyle Clark, Robert Lee Logan, Dr. Bruce Longest, Tom Longest, A.D. Spratlin, A.H. Ward and Dr. Willie Wells.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may made at www.parkermemoiralfuneralhomes.com.

Maggie Burkes
CORINTH – Funeral service for Maggie Lee Burkes will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at McPeters Funeral Home in Corinth. Officiating will be her grandson, Kimble Wilbanks, and her grandson-in-law, Stan Fields.
She was born May 30, 1921, to Luther and Josie Mullins. She died in Greer S.C. She retired from Magnolia Regional Hospital as a longtime nurse. She was a member of Brigham Hill Baptist Church. She was well-known for her wonderful cooking, gardening, seamstress and quilting skills and love for family.
She is survived by her daughters, Shirley Wilbanks, Jean Boothe, June Howard (Edward) and Linda Newcomb; nine grandchildren, Kimble Wilbanks, Kerry Wilbanks, Karen Wilbanks Hodges, Jeff Boothe, Jeanne Boothe Monroe, Eddie Howard, Steve Howard, Pam Newcomb Fields and Angie Newcomb Jones; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of in-laws, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Emmitt Burkes; her parents; three sisters, Ida Mae Jones, Dosie Lee Lynch and Imogene Holloway; three son-in-laws, Charles Wilbanks, Hubert Boothe and Philip Newcomb; and one great-grandson, Jonathan Hodges.
The family will receive friends at McPeters Funeral Home from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Alma Richardson
RIPLEY – Alma Richardson, 89, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at the Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Bessie Murphy
AMORY – Bessie Joe Fowlkes Murphy, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born on Feb. 6, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Joe M. and Pearl Adams Fowlkes. She was married to the late John Ralph Murphy. Growing up in Becker, she attended Becker School and Antioch Baptist Church, later moving her membership to Gregory Chapel Baptist Church. She worked at Amory Garment and Wilson Manufacturing, and was a caregiver to the elderly until her health began to fail. Growing up in a large family, she knew the value of her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She enjoyed gardening, baking, fishing, traveling, and just being able to sit, talk and laugh with family and friends.
She is survived by her daughters, Doris Murphy Riddle of Tupelo and Shirley Murphy Phillips of Amory; a son, James Ralph Murphy of Amory; grandchildren, Brandy Murphy Hatch (Robert) of Cumming, Ga., Kymberly Murphy, Eric, Stephanie and Amanda Phillips, all of Amory, John Blake Riddle of Tupelo, Lauren Murphy of Amory; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Abby Phillips, Mason Cates, Dylan and Skyler Hatch; a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Janie Irene Fowlkes, Ninnie Tubb, Josie Woods, Mollie Chism and Irene Willhite; and her brothers, Gene, I.B., Charlie, George, John Henry and Joe L. Fowlkes.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mac Phillips and Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Kenny Sanders, Jimmy Douglas Tubb, Rickey Moffett, Jimmy Doyle Fowlkes, John Blake Riddle, Eric and Tyler Phillips.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Betty Jean Nelson
TUPELO – Betty Jean Cole Nelson, 82, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility after an extended illness. A native of Itawamba County, she was born Oct. 27, 1930, to Dee and Alma Clayton Cole. She graduated from Mooreville High School, where she was a member of the state championship basketball team. For nearly 30 years she worked as a sales clerk at Super D Drug Store. She was a member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading and sewing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with her grandson-in-law, the Rev. Rickey Kelly, officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include four daughters, Gail Mattox (Edwin) of Belden, Cheryl Park (Terry) of Tupelo, Jean Vails (Wayne) of Saltillo and Melissa Smith (Jerry) of Fulton; her son, Wayne Johnson of Tupelo; 10 grandchildren, Terri Smith (Pat) of Saltillo, Scott Mattox (Michelle) of Saltillo, Angie Kelly (Rev. Rickey Kelly) of Booneville; Dennis Park (Rhonda) of Tupelo, April George (David) of Tupelo, Alicia Johnson of Tupelo, Wendi McFerrin (Stacy) of Tupelo, Quinton Vails of Saltillo, Jessica Smith (Michael) of Pontotoc and Brent Smith of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Nelson; her first husband and the father of her children, Truman Johnson; two brothers, Memory Cole and Dee Witt Cole; and two sisters, Mildred Barnett and Nell Comer.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Park, Scott Mattox, Quinton Vails, David George, Kyle Park and Brandon Smith.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Tommy Williams
SMITHVILLE – Tommy Lane Williams, 75, died on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at River Place Nursing Center. Born on Oct. 24, 1937, in Smithville, he was a son of the late Woodrow and Ruby Green Cowley Williams. He was a graduate of Smithville High School, Class of 1955. Transferring from IJC, he graduated from Mississippi State University in 1960. He married Katie Blake on Dec. 21, 1963. From 1960-1965, he was the assistant manager of Glenn Manufacturing and from 1966-1968, he was the plant manager. Enlisting as a private in the Mississippi Army National Guard in 1953, he was an administrative officer, 1st Battalion, 198th Armor Division in Amory from 1969-1988. In 1989, he became the administrative officer, 1st Cavalry Division in Tupelo until retiring as colonel on Oct. 24, 1997. From 1993-1998, he was the safety manager at Amory Garment and the plant manager at Monroe Trouser. Guided by his faith in God, he was an active member of Smithville Baptist Church, serving as a deacon and church treasurer. A family man who lived by example and always put others first, he enjoyed being with family, friends and watching his grandchildren participate in their sports and other activities. He was a former board member of Monroe County Power Association. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Katie B. Williams of Smithville; daughter, Lisa McNeese (Greg) of Smithville; sons, Ken Williams (Chris), Barry Williams (Christy) and Greg Williams (Julie), all of Smithville; sisters, Helen Parham of Mobile, Ala., Carolyn Ford (Jerry) of Amory, Judy Stevens (Williams “Bo”) of Smithville and Kathy Harris (Luke) of Amory; brothers, R.L. Williams (Shelby) of Lynn Creek, Mo., Jimmy Williams (Phyllis) of Amory and Teddy Williams of Smithville; grandchildren, Taylor Williams, Hayden Williams, Claire McNeese, Cole Williams, Katie Beth Williams, Will McNeese, Layne Williams and Callie Williams; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Williams.
A celebration of life service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Wes White officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Chad and Jim Williams; Brad and Brian Stevens; Craig Ford; and Mike Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be members and former members of 1-98th Cavalry Regiment in Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Nancy Heard
HAMILTON – Nancy Fay Burnett Heard, 60, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of Valley Chapel United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Belle Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen. The Rev Denvil Clark will officiate. Burial will be in the Sardis Cemetery in Hamilton. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge.
She is survived by her mother, Rossie Burnett; two daughters, Regina Heard and Beverly Burnett of Hamilton; four brothers, Cvester Brand, Arthur Burnett (Shirley), Jerry Burnett (Donna) and Danny Burnett (Nina); one sister, Joann Burnett Hill (Robert) of Texas; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
William Pettis Sr.
OXFORD – William “Neg” Pettis Sr., 89, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at his residence in Oxford. A native of Lafayette County, he was a member of Buford Chapel United Methodist Church in Oxford. He was a retired plumber for the University of Mississippi. He loved to fish, hunt and anything outdoors.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Buford Chapel United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bobby Dailey will officiate. Burial will be in Oxford Memporial Cenetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Swaydie Mae Pettis of Oxford; two daughters, Elizabeth Pettis and Sandra (David) Williams, both of Oxford; four sons, Harold (Gwen) Pettis of Sardis, Dwight (Emma) Pryor of Houston, Texas, William Burnett and Paul (Tracy) Pettis, both of Oxford; three sisters, Ida Moss of Indianapolis, Ind., Mary Mitchell and Christine Benford, both of Milwaukee, Wis.; four brothers, William Terrell and Charlie Terrell, both of Oxford, E.L. Terrell and Eddie “Diego” Terrell, both of Davenport, Iowa; 18 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren.

Charles Mills
CAROLINA – Charles L. Mills, 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at his home after an extended illness. He was born July 8, 1933, in Itawamba County to Millard and Sybil Johnson Mills. He was a native of Itawamba County, a graduate of Shannon High School and a self-employed painter. He served as a private first class in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a Master Mason and a member of Richmond Masonic Lodge 97. He was a Baptist and attended Bethel Baptist Church in the Carolina community. Affectionately known as “Pops,” he enjoyed working in his garden, riding his four-wheeler, hunting and fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.
Services with Masonic rites will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Joey Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Wiygul Cemetery in the Carolina community.
Survivors include one daughter, Carol Ingle (Joe) of Carolina; two sons, Dale Mills (Margaret) and Hal Mills (Angie), all of Carolina; three sisters, Eldred Jones of Nettleton, Margie Hill (Coy) of Amory and Judy Bland (Bo) of Tupelo; one brother, Donald Mills (Louise) of Nettleton; four grandchildren, Amanda Grace (Adam), Nathan Ingle (Jen), Brian Mills (Quena) and Justin Mills (Tessa); one great-granddaughter, Brilee Mills.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Burma Jean Farris Mills; his parents; and one sister, Ruby Dickerson.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Ingle, Brian Mills, Justin Mills, Adam Grace, Brownie Vann and David Hankins.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Jessie Fox
OXFORD – Jessie Marie “ReeBaby” Fox, 68, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.

Berkley Redmond
OXFORD – Berkley Redmond, 85, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial will be in Hurricane Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Clemie Williams
TUPELO – Clemie Williams died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at the Tupelo Nursing and Rehab. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Jim Snider
PONTOTOC – James Paul “Jim” Snider, 58, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at his home in Pontotoc. He was born in Kerrville, Texas, and raised in Waco, Texas. He attended Texas State Technical College. He worked as an underwater welder. He could fix anything and would help anyone. Because of his kind nature and big heart, he had many friends.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Campground Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Bartha, of Pontotoc; two children, James Paul Snider Jr. and Michelle Lea Snider; two stepdaughters, Alice Lightfoot of Texas and Stephanie Taulli of New Orleans; four grandchildren, all of Port Lavaca, Texas; one sister, Cindy Rafter of Waco, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Bill Rafter.
Pallbearers will be Brock Bishop, Riley Seale and Don Owens.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the funeral home for funeral expenses.

Curtis Finley
NEW ALBANY – Curtis Lee “Bear” Finley, 67, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona. He was born March 2, 1945, in Union County to Louis Finley Sr. and Lula Bell Phyfer Finley. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from Stratford/Cayes Furniture Industry where he worked for 34 years before his health began to fail.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by two children, Tony and Tammy Rogers of New Albany; a brother, Louis “Fats” Finley of New Albany; a sister, Lottie Ruth Riddle of Peoria, Ill.; a special friend, Vera Sanders of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roy Lee Finley.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Shelia Page
ETTA – Shelia Gale Evans Page, 47, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was born Nov. 18, 1965, in Oxford to Glen and Gale Beckworth Evans. She was a homemaker. She loved her cat, Wolff.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service in New Albany. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth G. Page Jr.; one son, Stephen Page; her parents, Glen and Gale Evans; a brother, Michael Evans; her paternal grandmother, Corrine Evans; and two nieces.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Destini Nickolette Page.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Randy Camp
HAMILTON – Bryan Randolph “Randy” Camp, 72, died on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Born Aug. 17, 1940, at Gattman, he was a son of the late Lawrence Roy and Hattie Pearl Noe Camp. He was a 1959 graduate of Aberdeen High School. He worked at Potash, Kerr-McGee and Prairie Chemicals before establishing Camp Construction which later became Camp and Son Construction when his son joined him. He married Delana Thompson with whom he enjoyed spending his afternoons. Known as a loving Christian man, one of his greatest accomplishments was being a cancer survivor. An avid jokester, he also enjoyed building birdhouses and keeping an immaculate yard.
A Celebration of Life service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Mike Allen officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Delana Thompson Camp of Hamilton; one daughter, Sherry Camp Parkhurst (Scott) of Jackson, Tenn.; one stepdaughter, Regina Tubb Poe of Hamilton; one son, Bryan Randy Camp (Michelle) of Amory; two stepsons, Randall Tubb of Hamilton and Robert Tubb of St. Louis, Mo.; two sisters, Charlene Camp Cook (Jimmy) of Columbus and Yvonne Camp Stanford of Aberdeen; one brother, James Arnold Camp of Columbus; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer Swan Spencer (Clint), Nicholas Waldrop (Brittany), Bryce Camp, Bryn Camp, McKynlie Camp, Chad Brahl, Cameryn Tubb, Kaytlin Bohn, Krysti Poe and Thomas Poe; two great-grandchildren, Neely Sha Spencer and Lucas Kyle Waldrop; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers and sisters, Larry Camp, Armond Lee Camp, Eulene Graham, Ofia Lee Silas, Donald Camp, Dorothy Duke and Willadean Collins.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to 8 Days of Hope, P.O. Box 3208, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Jeanette Huebschman
RIPLEY – Jeanette Alma Taylor Huebschman, 84, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at her residence in Ripley. She was born May 19, 1928, to Howard Taylor and Sarah Robbins Taylor. She was a member of Peoples Baptist Church. She was a retired nurse and had worked at Union County Baptist Memorial Hospital and Tippah County Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Latch officiating. Burial will be in Peoples Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Regal (Terry) of Nashville, Tenn., and Eugenia Huebschman of Ripley; one son, Kevin Huebschman of Ripley; one brother, Gerald Taylor (Norma) of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Otra Smith
ETTA – Otra V. Smith, 94, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a member of Bethlehem CME Church, a Mason and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem CME Church with Pastor Lesha Agnew-Hampton officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Delois Williams of Etta and Loretta S. Howell of Kalamazoo, Mich.; four sons, Selby Buford of Silver Spring, Md., L.C. Buford and Melvin Smith, both of Aurora, Ill., and James Smith of Etta; 22 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.

Bill Sweet
PINEDALE – William Loyd “Bill” Sweet, 84, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was born in Union County on Oct. 9, 1928, to Claude and Bythie Roberts Sweet. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and a member of the The Wagon Train. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He formerly worked for Mid South Packers and Bench Craft.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with Bro. Jason Pilcher and Bro. Bud Reaves officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Sweet; daughter, Patricia Churchill (Freddie); stepdaughter, Susie Holland (Glyn), all of Pinedale; granddaughters, Melissa Foster and Heather Parker; stepgranddaughter, Leslie Stanton; great-grandchildren, Makenna Ewing, Dylan Ewing, Kyla Parker, Chloe Foster and Coen Foster; and sister, Nellie Ruth Miller of Denton, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Inez Sweet.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today.

Jada Nichols
BOONEVILLE – Jada Alanna Nichols, 1 month child of Jennifer Nichols and Jordan Cannon, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in Prentiss County.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Baldwyn. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas Murray
KOSCIUSKO – Thomas Austin Murray, 70, formerly of Holly Springs and Philadelphia, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Bowens Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the funeral home from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

John Spencer
HOLLY SPRINGS – John Henry Spencer, 75, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Alliance Healthcare System in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Samuel Chapel M.B. Church in Ashland. 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 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. Saturday.

Sallie Burgess
AURORA, Ill. – Sallie Martin Burgess, 97, formerly of Holly Springs, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Provena Mercy Center in Aurora, Ill.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Yarbrough Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. 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 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Geraldine Smith
OXFORD – Geraldine W. Smith, 64, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Clear Creek M.B. Church in Oxford. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

John Tallie
WEST POINT – John H. Tallie, 65, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Fountain Head M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mable Brownlee
MANTEE – Mable Corrine Brownlee, 83, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Beasley CME Church. Burial will be in Lower Prairie Creek Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jessie Cannon
MANTEE – Jessie James Cannon, 59, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Siloam 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. Saturday at the funeral home.

Christine White
HOUSTON – Christine White died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at the Shearer Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Phyllis Maness
GOLDEN – Phyllis Helen Maness, 65, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.