Obituaries Jan. 18, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Flora Virginia Fant
HOLLY SPRINGS – Flora Virginia Fant, 93, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs. She enjoyed gardening and her dogs and cats. She had been a resident at Christopher’s Personal Care Home in Holly Springs for the past two years.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hillcrest Cemetery with Dr. Curtis Ferrell officiating. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, W.R. ‘Bobby’ Fant (Martha) of Holly Springs, Billy Thomas Fant (Janey) of Holly Springs, James Edward Fant (Joyce) of Horn Lake and Joe S. Fant (Jeanie) of Holly Springs; one brother, Andrew Carter of Ripley; her caretaker, Nicholas Vasquez of Holly Springs; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Lorada Carter; her husband, W.R. Fant Sr.; 11 siblings; and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be her sons and grandsons.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Carolyn Cowan
AMORY – Georgia Carolyn Owen Cowan, 75, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born May 21, 1934, to James and Marie Odom Owen. She married Otis Hiron Cowan Jr. in 1953, who survives. She was a member of the St. Andrew’s Methodist Church. A homemaker, she was a devoted wife and mother.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with the Rev. Aubrey Boren officiating. Burial will be in the Durrett Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Otis Hiron Cowan Jr. of Amory; one son, Otis Hiron Cowan III of Kansas City, Mo.; three daughters, Georgia Cowan Marlin (Mike) of Belden, Lois Marie Sanderson of Tupelo, and Barbara Cowan Hughes (Ewel) of Vicksburg; and five grandchildren, Carrie and Amanda Hughes and Caitlin, Brett and Tyler Marlin.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Harvey Owen; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Sammy Smith, Ralph Salter, Charles Blankenship, Boyd Bryan, Warner Hester, Frank Comer, Thomas Griffith and James Burrows.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Quincy Cemetery, 60438 Old Hwy 6, Amory, MS 38821.

Rodney Royce Roberts
PONTOTOC – Rodney Royce Roberts, 39, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in a hunting accident in Arkansas. A native of Pontotoc, he was born Sept. 10, 1970, to Royce Roberts and Sue Gillespie Roberts. He married Cassidy Overby Roberts on Dec. 18, 2005, and worked as a self-employed TVA contractor. Rodney was a member of West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc where he was active in Children’s Ministry. He was a member of the Pontotoc Country Club and an avid outdoorsman. He was a loving husband, father, son and brother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at West Heights Baptist Church with Dr. David Hamilton and Jimmy Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in West Heights Cemetery. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents and his wife, all of Pontotoc; his son, Rhodes Rayburn Roberts of the home; a daughter, Addy Roberts of Clinton; his father and mother-in-law, Charley and Charlotte Overby; two sisters, Teresa McGreger (Terry) and Tammy Morris (Bubba); one brother, Randy Roberts (Marylyn), all of Pontotoc; and a host of dear relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Ryder Royce Roberts; his maternal grandparents, Lester and Nola Gillespie; and his paternal grandparents, Ed and Irene Roberts.
Pallbearers will be Jim Littlejohn, Wayne Mahon, Lance Martin, Jody Stringer, Carney Walden and David Waldrop.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to West Heights Baptist Church Upward Basketball Program, 328 W. Oxford Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863.

Alice Rose Mitchell
WEST POINT – Alice Mitchell, 77, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born on Jan.13, 1933, in Cheyenne, Wyo. to Anna Faye Willmon and E.O. Casten. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, EPC and a retired school teacher at EMCC.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Steve Davis officiating. Robinson Funeral Home in West Point is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her sons, Doug Mitchell (Dawn) of West Point and Ron Mitchell of Dallas, Texas; one sister-in-law, Virginia Mitchell Edwards of Auburn, Ala.; six grandchildren, Ronnie Mitchell, Brandi Mitchell, Colby Mitchell, Haley Mitchell, Susan Mitchell and Sarah Mitchell; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Family and friends will gather at the cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association 200 Office Park Dr. Suit 303 Birmingham, AL 35223.

Thomas L. Williams
EUPORA – Thomas L. Williams, 52, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Montevista Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Joan Hanback
IUKA – Joan Scruggs Hanback, 68, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Bobby J. Barnett
SALTILLO – Bobby J. Barnett, 70, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Erik Wigginton
GOLDEN – Erik Wigginton, 29, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.

Rachael Luneal Kimbrough
BALDWYN – Rachael Luneal Kimbrough, 66, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at her home, after a lengthy illness. She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Mission Church in Shannon. She was a housewife and she loved her family dearly.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Rickey Gaddis and Bro. Billy Wayne Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby Kimbrough of Baldwyn; three sons, Joseph Neal Kimbrough ‘Joe’ of Baldwyn, Charles Mitchell Kimbrough of Corinth and Christopher Wayde Kimbrough (Janet) of Shannon; one brother, Kermit Sides (Edna) of Tupelo; and one sister, Sara Hall (Wesley) of Baldwyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank & Jettie Sides; and two sisters, Linda Dye and Lyda Dunnam.
Pallbearers will be Larry, Andy, Robbie, Ronny, Richie and Matthew Kimbrough, Terry Palmer, Jimmy Dye, Billy Wayne Henderson and Tim Sides.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 today at the funeral home.
In Lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Billy Robbins
SOMONAUKA, Ill. – Billy Dean Robbins, 77, formerly of Pontotoc, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Rush-Copley Hospital in Aurora, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.

Dorothy Prescott
PONTOTOC – Dorothy Prescott, 88, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at her residence, after a lengthy illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.

Vowary Elizabeth Strickland
BURNSVILLE – Vowary Elizabeth Studdard Strickland, 76, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. She was a homemaker and a member of Berea Church of Christ in Burnsville. She previously owned H&S Enterprises and Magnolia Flower Basket for several years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Berea Church of Christ in Burnsville with Ministers, John Hardwick, Aaron Foster and Jim Estes officiating. Burial will be in Rowland Mills Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Hoyt A. Strickland of Burnsville; one daughter, Beverly Russo and her husband, Richard of Burnsville; two sons, Randy Strickland and his wife, Mary of Burnsville and Robert Strickland and his wife, Karen of Glen; eight grandchildren, Kevin Strickland, Sabrina Strickland, Logan Strickland, Kaylee Strickland, Elizabeth Strickland, Lucas Russo, Neely Strickland and Weston Henderson; two brothers, Billy Studdard and his wife, Lynette of Atlanta and Roy Studdard of Michie, Tenn.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her father, Milton L. Studdard; her mother, Mary Elizabeth Potts Studdard; and two brothers, Hardee Studdard and J.W. Studdard
Pallbearers will be Kevin Strickland, Logan Strickland, Lucas Russo, Jason Strickland, Richard Russo and David Hill.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Potts, Jimmy Calton and Rick Wixom.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the church.

Jerald Dicks
FULTON – Jerald Witt Dicks, 67, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at his residence. He was born Oct. 12, 1942, in Lake Butler, Fla. to Ressie Witt and Jenneva Taylor Dicks. He was employed in the trucking industry. He loved trucking and traveling across the country. He also enjoyed going on cruises. He was a member of the Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Fulton.
Services will be at 7 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. James Earl Wilson officiating. Another funeral service will take place Thursday in Lake Butler, Fla. Burial will be in New River Baptist Church Cemetery in Lake Butler, Fla.
Survivors include his wife, Jettie Dicks of Fulton; one son, Witt Dicks and his companion, Joyce Wall of Middleburg, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Lynn Bibee of Reedsville, N.C. and Linda (Ron) Short of Fulton; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Joseph Dicks of Jacksonville, Fla.; and one sister, Jone Welch and her companion, Maurice Jacobs of Lake Butler, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Gary Sanderson
SMITHVILLE – Gary Sanderson, 49, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Vivian Davis
BOONEVILLE – Vivian Louise Gray Davis, 88, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Peggy Jones
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Margaret Ellen ‘Peggy’ Jones, 64, wife of Bobby R. Jones, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, in Little Rock.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery near Tremont. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.

Frank L. Lettieri
TUPELO – Frank Louis Lettieri, 84, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona after a brief illness. Frank was born in Jersey City, N.J. on April 14, 1925, to Louis and Maria Lettieri, Italian immigrants to the U.S.A. He grew up in Jersey City. He attended the public schools there as well as Dickinson College. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II serving in the South Pacific. An entrepreneur all his life, he was in the real estate business in Jersey for 23 years before moving to Mississippi in l970. An innkeeper, he owned the Okolona Motel for over 10 years and later owned the Ettowah Motel in Ettowah, Tenn.
He attended Mississippi State University, studying industrial engineering. He retired as an engineer from Franklin Furniture Mfg. in Houston. Not the retiring type, he was the concession manager at the Bancorp South Center in Tupelo for 11 years. He grew up Catholic and then became a member of the Monument Drive Baptist Church several years ago. He was a unique personality, an avid conversationalist and practical jokester. He was full speed in work and play. He was an accomplished bowler, golfer, poker player and pool shark. He cut a wide path for 84 years.
Services, with military honors, will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Tommy Tackett officiating. A private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Weaver Lettieri of Tupelo, to whom he married Sept. 12, l966; three sons, Louis Lettieri of Mantachie, Frank Lettieri (Karen) of Toms River, N.J. and John Lettieri (Pam) of Tupelo; one daughter, Rosemary ‘Rose’ Sabato (John) of Toms River, N.J.; three sisters, Felicia Sasso of Teaneck, N.J., Frances Ralston (Thomas) of Bergenfield, N.J. and Anna Brown of West Long Branch, N.J.; a brother, Eddie Lettieri of Hemlock Farms, Hawley, Pa.; 11 grandchildren, who affectionately knew him as ‘PaPaw,’ Dawn, Michael, Kristine, Misty, Amber, Amanda, Frank Jr., Krystal, Louis, Kala and Annaliese; 10 great- grandchildren; and a host of friends everywhere.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Nunzio and Jerry.
Pallbearers will be Marvin Bryant, Sonny Long, Carey Simmons, Richie Sansone, Donnie Wayne Sullivan, Tommy Long and Mark Weaver.
Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Stafford, Mike Milstead, Sammy Graves and Don Whitlock.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice, Darlington Oaks Care Fund, P. O. Box 333, Sherman, MS. 38869.

Mitchell McCamey
OKOLONA – Mitchell McCamey, 89, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory, after an extended illness. He was born in Chickasaw County on Sept. 7, l920, to Lemuel and Ida Jolly McCamey. He graduated from Egypt High School in l939, and later served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during World War II. A member of the 1st Infantry, he served as a POW for over 2 years. He received several medals for his bravery and was a distinguished military hero until his death.
He had a full career as a civil servant employee at Columbus Air Force Base after his honorable discharge. He was a master house painter in the Okolona area well into his 80’s. A member of the Aberdeen Church of God, he loved Church and was a man of faith and principle. He enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing and gardening. Corp. McCamey was active in local VFW and POW military organizations. He was a patriotic American citizen who enjoyed military history and going to World War II reunions everywhere.
Services, with full military honors, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. A. T. Dewberry officiating. A private burial will be in Boone’s Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Edwards ‘Polly’ McCamey of Okolona; two sons, Michael Edward McCamey (Harriet) of Ocean Springs and Jerry Wayne McCamey of Okolona; two daughters, Deborah McCamey Himel of Austin, Texas and Lisa McCamey Bannerman of Tupelo; nine grandchildren, Treyce Bannerman, Josh Bannerman, Anthony Himel, Allison McCamey Herring, Jennifer McCamey Bond, April Himel, Nancy McCamey, Mitch McCamey and Jeremy McCamey; three great-grandchildren, Nathan Michael Bond, Emma Katheryn Bond and Melodi McCamey; a sister-in-law, Jewel Myers of Mobile, Ala.; and a brother-in-law, Robert Buchanan of Meridian; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, L.C., Adolph, Bradford and Bishop; and two sisters, Mabel Morgan and Molly Buchanan.
Pallbearers will be Mitch and Jeremy McCamey, Treyce and Josh Bannerman, Anthony Himel, Nolan and Lance Belcher and Lee and Nathan Bond.
Honorary pallbearers will be fellow POW and VFW members.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until service time on Tuesday, all at the Okolona Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Boone’s Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Bank of Okolona, P.O. Box 306, Okolona, MS. 38860, to St. Jude Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or to your favorite veterans organization.

Jim Maharrey
TUPELO – James William ‘Jim’ Maharrey, 81, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Mr. Maharrey was born west of Shannon on July 28, l928, to Bennie Harold and Rilla Mitchell Maharrey. He attended public schools locally and joined the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the 101st Airborne in Kawasaki, Japan. A paratrooper and glider pilot, he served with distinction and honor for 6 1/2 years. He was injured during service which ultimately led to 100% disability. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal. He married Mollie Wheeler on June 11, l950, and they made their home for over 55 years in the Winthrop Harbor, Ill. area. Jim worked at U.S. Steel for several years and later worked in concrete construction for Mohawk Construction Co., retiring after nearly 25 years. He was a member of the Zion Church of God. He was a God fearing Christian man who was completely devoted to his family and his country. A patriotic American, he enjoyed telling of his military life, reading history, fishing, conversing with family and friends, motorcycles, gardening, yard work and especially coming home to Mississippi every Christmas to visit family and reconnect with his southern heritage. He and his wife had just purchased a permanent retirement home in Mooreville at his death.
Services with military honors, will be at 11 a.m. today at the Tupelo Church of God with Bro. Jack Ezell officiating. Burial will follow in Gilvo Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel have been entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mollie Wheeler Maharrey of Winthrop Harbor and Mooreville; his son, Thomas Kelly Maharrey of Tupelo; two daughters, Betty Jean Spiller (Phillip) of Winthrop Harbor, Ill. and Sue Johnson (Andy) of Pleasant Prairie, Wis.; a sister, Betty M. Buchanan of Crawford; two brothers, Curtis Maharrey (Helen) of Okolona and David Maharrey (Linda) of London, Ohio; a special sister and brother-in-law, Ken and Ann Burnside of Tupelo; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Burn Hadaway and Mike and Jane McDonald of Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Barbara M. Westbrook and Aileen M. Mobley; and brothers, B.F. ‘Bill’, J.D. ‘Jerry’ and Bennie E. ‘Lum’ Maharrey.
Pallbearers will be Tom Kelly Maharrey, Daryle and David Spiller, Curtis Alan and Donald Ray Maharrey and Tom Carey.
Honorary pallbearer will be Shane Scribner.
Visitation is from 10 a.m. until service time today at the Church.
Memorials may be made to the Tupelo Church of God, 1813 Briar Ridge Road, Tupelo, MS. 38804.

Mildred Miller
OXFORD – Mildred Miller, 75, retired ICS headstart teacher, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford.

Annette ‘Mickey’ Holland
OXFORD – Annette ‘Mickey’ Holland, 49, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford.

James Anderson Brown
OXFORD – James Anderson Brown Jr., 29, died Jan. 11, 2010, at Baptisit Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Jeffrie Chapel M.B. Church in Abbeville with the Rev. MacArthur King officiating. Burial will be in Owens Cemetery in Abbeville. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

Willie Frank Bowie
OXFORD – Willie Frank Bowie, 83, retired techican from the University of Mississippi, died Jan. 10, 2010, in Oxford.
Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Second Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Eddie Brown officiating. Burial will be in West St. Peters U.M. Church Cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

Aamitta ‘Teekie’ Gaines
SANTA MONICA, Ca. – Aamitta “Teekie” Gaines, 36, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, in St. John Hospital in Santa Monica. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford.

Lizzie Lee Walker
ABERDEEN – Lizzie Lee Walker, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services were Sunday at Baptist Grove MB Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial was in charge of the arrangements.