Obituaries Jan. 29, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Eva L. Pittman
WEST POINT – Eva L. Pittman, 84, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Old St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Pools Memorial Garden. Carter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lester Childress
HOLLY SPRINGS – Lester Childress, 74, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Adolphus 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.
Rosemary Prato
FULTON – Rosemary Prato, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at Courtyards Community Living Center after an extended illness. She was born Aug. 17, 1924, in Shamokin, Penn. She lived in South Florida for a time, but was a longtime resident of Ripley in her later years. She was the widow of Carmen Gentile, who preceded her in death 49 years ago. She was a retired employee of the U.S. Postal Service and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She continued to be active with her many hobbies. She enjoyed playing bingo, puzzles and flower gardening.
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Father Mario Solorzano officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Cindy Nance of New Albany; one son, Carmen Gentile (Tara) of Florida; four grandchildren, Carli Gentile and Denielle Gentile of Florida, Samantha Nance of New Albany and Staci Kline (Tom) of Fulton; one brother, Bob Shepard of Shamokin, Penn.; two great-grandsons, Thomas and Andrew Kline.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Bertha Wilbanks
CORINTH – Bertha Inez Barnett Wilbanks, 81, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Alma King
MERIDIAN – Alma Kathleen King, 87, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Infinity Hospice. She was a native of Tishomingo. She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and a former member of Central Presbyterian Church. She worked several years at Meridian and Bigbee Railroad.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Dr. Morris Taylor will officiate. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Dr. Jerry King and wife, Teena, of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandsons, John King, Scott King, Christopher King, James Macdonald, Grant Macdonald; one nephew, Nash Vickers; one niece, Martha Lynn Ferrell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John King, and daughter, Sue King Macdonald.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.robertbarhamffh.com.

John Givhan
SHANNON – John Givhan, 78, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 20, 1932, in Shannon to Ezekiel Givhan and Nancy Woods. He was a lifelong member of Union Baptist Church, where he was a member of the first male chorus and a deacon since 1977. He enjoyed baseball and served as an umpire.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Baptist Church of Shannon. Pastor Richard Boone III will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two brothers, Dloys Givhan of Shannon and Floyd Givhan of Ypsilanti, Mich.; one sister, Vanessa Givhan of Waterloo, Iowa; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Charlie Mae Lee; and two brothers, Clyde Givhan and Lester Givhan.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Thomas Smith Sr.
BANNER – Thomas G. Smith Sr., 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi Hospital in Oxford. He was born Aug. 9, 1920, in Banner to Leslie Amos Burton Smith and Bera Wilson Smith. He grew up in Banner and graduated as valedictorian from Bruce High School in 1938. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He worked in the timber industry for many years, starting out as a sawmill employee and truck driver, then as yard foreman for E.L. Bruce Company. He retired as a security guard for Memphis Hardwood Flooring. Throughout the years, he enjoyed working on his farm and managing cattle as long as health permitted. He was a member of Banner Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for many years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. A graveside service and burial will be at the Bruce Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Epting and the Rev. Jackie Douglas will officiate.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marjorie Ann Riddle Smith; four children, Betty Sue “Susie” Kopf and husband, Jim, of Ridgeland, Thomas G. Smith Jr. of Banner, George Herman Smith and wife, JoAnn, of Sevierville, Tenn., and John Burton Smith and wife, Nancy, of Vicksburg; three grandchildren, Loren Kopf Beason and husband, Clay, of Searcy, Ark., Leah Smith Patterson and husband, Justin, of Brandon, and Beth Walker and husband, Logan, of Saltillo; one great-granddaughter, Ann-Clayton Beason; one brother, Derwin L. Smith of Madison, Ala.; a nephew, Andrew H. Edwards Jr. of Banner; and a niece, Jeanette Edwards Wilkinson of Hernando.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Virgie Costner Smith; two sisters, Clarice Smith Edwards and Grace Smith Miller; and a brother; Odell Smith.
Pallbearers will be Donald Camp, Bennie Thompson, Eddie Moorehead, Thomas Allen Camp, Clint Camp, Gary Ledbetter, Ted Camp, Randy Baker and James Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Edwin Baker, Ellis Baker, Lane Dickson, Robert Gordon, Doc Watson, Carl Baker, Homer Brown, L.H. Johnson, Clinton Ledbetter and Andy Edwards.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jimmye West
WESTVILLE – Jimmye Carter West, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Sept. 1, 1917, to Guy Carter and Lillie Moore Carter in Greenwood Springs. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. She was a homemaker and worked as a seamtress at TIL in Aberdeen.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Minister Marshall Eubanks Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Carroll Kornrumpf and husband, David, of Knoxville, Tenn.; one sister, Doris Simineau of Port Orchard, Wash.; two grandsons, David Kornrumpf II and wife, Laura, and Dr. Brian Kornrumpf and wife, Kathryn; one great-grandson, Nathan Kornrumpf.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Laverne Arrant.
Pallbearers will be Woody T. Taylor, Allen Boyd, Jerry Umfress, Norman Simineau, Wayne West, Ferrell Williams and Lee Griffin.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
Sign the register and leave condolences on line at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Audrey Rogers
EVERGREEN PARK, Ill. – Audrey Rogers, 93, formerly of Shannon, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at Little Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.

Harold Deaton
TUPELO – Harold Eugene Deaton, 80, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at his home. He was born July 11, 1929, in Gallman. He loved the Lord and did not die in his bed.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Stringer Family Chapel in Crystal Springs. Burial will be in Gallman Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary G. “Gwen” Deaton; one daughter, Marilyn Deaton Ellzey of Ellisville; one son, Chris Harold Deaton of Tupelo; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Willie Freelon
PITTSBORO – Willie Freelon, 81, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at his home in Pittsboro.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Belle Memorial Chapel in Bruce. Burial will be in Zion Springs Cemetery at Bruce.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Zereda Houston
JACKSON – Zereda Houston, 89, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at the Willow Creek Nursing Home. She was born March 10, 1920, to Ras “Dick” and Dora McDowell Johnson in Itawamba County. She was a retired employee of the Zion Curtain Factory in Zion, Ill. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sandy Springs Baptist Church. Dr. Charles Dake will officiate, and Gary Baldwin will deliver a eulogy. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Baldwin (Don) of Byram and Sharon Dake (Charles) of Delano, Minn.; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, T.J. Houston; three sisters, Bradie Moore, Gradie Spencer and Essie Blaylock; one brother, Vardie Johnson; and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Mark Baldwin, Gary Baldwin, Don Baldwin, Charles Dake, Andrew Baldwin, David Pettigo and Chris Baldwin.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Frances Gibson
BELMONT – Frances Gilley Gibson, 78, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born July 1, 1931, in Mississippi to Bluffford and Helen Moffett Gilley. She was a seamstress for 20 years and an employee of Ford Motor Company.
Services were Thursday, Jan. 28, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Jerry Ginn officiating. Burial was in Lindsey Cemetery in Dennis.
Survivors are one son, Lanny Virden (Patricia) of Belmont; one granddaughter, Shana Virden of Whitelake, Mich.; one great-granddaughter, Alana Virden of Whitelake, Mich.; one sister, Carolyn Kennedy of Belmont; seven nieces, Missy Braden (Mike), Shirley Ivey (Marcus), Glenda Williams (Wallace), Virginia Johnson (James), Fredia Willorford and Kathy Gober, all of Belmont, and Debbie Browning (Joe) of Tishomingo; and one nephew, Tim Gilley of Tishomingo.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Edgar Gilley and Ervin Gilley.
Pallbearers will be Steve George, Allan Williams, Jay Tate, James Johnson, Kyle Bennett and David Bennett.

Joe Weaver
CORINTH – Joseph Thomas “Joe” Weaver, 53, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, in Tuscumbia, Ala. He was a graduate of Tupelo High School and Mississippi State University. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo. He was a feed mill manager for Pilgrim Pride in Tuscumbia, Ala.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at McPeters Funeral Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Holloway Weaver of Corinth; one son, Clayton Jeffreys McKissack; one daughter, Taylor Leigh Ann Weaver; and a grandson, John Lyric Clayton McKissack, all of Corinth; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Weaver of Tupelo; two brothers, Timothy J. “Tim” Weaver (Julie) and Thomas J. “Trey” Weaver III, both of Tupelo; one sister, Rebecca “Becky” Weaver Hampton (William) of Noblesville, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, Sondra H. Ellis (Larry) and Kim H. Roberts (David) of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Etheridge Griffin Holloway.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Chapel Fund, 901 N. Fillmore St., Corinth, MS 38834 or the American Cancer Society, Prostate Cancer Research, 6508 N. Shiloh Rd., Corinth, MS 38834.

Richard Reynolds
PONTOTOC – Travis Richard Reynolds, 54, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. He was a truck driver and self employed. He was a member of Reynolds Chapel Church. He enjoyed fishing and mechanic work, and also loved and enjoyed his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Greg Herndon officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Jane Reynolds; one son, Reed Reynolds and wife, Amanda, of Pontotoc; two daughters, Tina Howell and husband, Jeremy, and Amanda Mills, all of Pontotoc; three grandchildren, Wesley Mayo, Dillon Mayo and Tyler Mills; one sister, Felicia Reynolds; and special aunts, Jewel Ray and Mammie Gober.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Louise Reynolds, and his father, Travis Reynolds.
Pallbearers will be Toby Reynolds, Randy Reynolds, Keith Ray, Danny Long, Dexter Long and Dennis Long.
Honorary pallbearers will be Clifton Harlow, Dennis Hamilton and Chad Harlow.
Visitation will continue from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family.
Ralph Hatfield
BOONEVILLE – Donald Ralph Hatfield, 64, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at his home. He was born June 28, 1945, in Booneville. He was a member of New Covenant Family Worship Center. He was a retired electrician and a United States Navy veteran. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, cooking, and riding motorcycles.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Ronald Michael and Bro. David Krech officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
He is survived by three sons, Richey Hatfield (Robynn), Mitch Hatfield (Stephanie) and Chad Hatfield (Jennifer), all of Booneville; a daughter, Carla Woolum (Ken) of Booneville; two brothers, Arnold Hatfield (Jane) and J. B. Hatfield, all of Booneville; eight grandchildren; three nieces; and four nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by a son, Michael Hatfield.
Pallbearers are Johnny Haynie, Mark Tapp, Pat Patten, Jerry Livingston, Donald Harris, William Moses and Booboo Hatfield.
Memorials may be made to the New Covenant Family Worship Center Building Fund, 511 Outlet Road, Booneville, MS 38289.

Judson A. Johnson
TUPELO – Judson A. Johnson, 88, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A lifelong Lee Countian, he was born on Aug. 22, l921, to John Duncan Johnson and Martha Kate Martin Johnson. He graduated from East Tupelo High School and attended Itawamba Junior College for two years. He married Lottie King Johnson on Dec. 22, l945. Early in life, he was a master bricklayer and carpenter, being self employed at age 14.
He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps from Aug. 8, 1942, until Oct. 1, 1945, as a member of the 320th bomb group, a division of the 12th Air Force serving during World War II. He served 63 combat missions as a crew member of a B-26 Martin Marauder. His active duty combat experience included the war time campaigns in Sicily, Naples, Rome and Southern France. He was involved in three major combat invasions; Sicily, June 13, 1943; Salerno, October 1943; and Anzio, January 1944. His commendations include an Air medal, three Bronze Stars, a Presidential Unit Citation with Palm and The French Croix De Guerre with Palm.
After returning from the war, he established a successful Allstate Insurance Agency, where he worked for 35 years before retirement. He received many sales awards for productivity and quality. A member of the East Heights Baptist Church for over 50 years, he was a vital part of the building of the present sanctuary and a former longtime deacon and Sunday School teacher. A former member of the Breakfast Civitan Club, he was civic and community minded and a devoutly patriotic Mississippian and American. He was an active participant for several years with the City of Tupelo Municipal Election Commission and served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Christian Women’s Job Corp. After retirement, he greatly enjoyed flying his Cessna 172.
Services with full military honors will be at 2 p.m. today at the East Heights Baptist Church with Bro. Kermit Brann officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Lottie King Johnson of Tupelo; one daughter, Cheryl Johnson Bowie (Shelton) of Collierville, Tenn.; one son, Dan K. Johnson of Tupelo; three grandsons; Brian and Andrew Bowie, both of Collierville, and Justin Johnson of Tupelo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Johnnie Fay Christian, Elizabeth Wyatt, Vera Kelly and Lucille Sisk.
Pallbearers will be Thomas King, Jimmie Christian, Brian Bowie, Andrew Bowie, Shelton Bowie and Justin Johnson. Honorary pallbearers are Harry Martin and his Sunday School Class.
Memorials made be made to the Christian Women’s Job Corp, 530 W. Jefferson St., Tupelo, MS 38804-3834.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.

Faye Ausbon
AMORY – Faye Ausbon, 86, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangments are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Tommy Hildreth
AMORY – Tommy Hildreth, 63, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at his home. Arrangments are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Wayne Lowery
CORINTH – James Wayne Lowery, 61, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 11:30 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Gertrude F. Russell
ASHLAND – Gertrude F. Russell, 87, formerly of Pontotoc, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born Nov. 15, 1922, in Pontotoc to Noah Chester Bass and Annie Lois Lann Bass. She was a homemaker and member of Valley Grove Baptist Church in Pontotoc.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Valley Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Billy Ray Nelson officiating. Burial will follow in Valley Grove Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Jimmie Stevens (Mike) of Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, Buddy Russell of Ashland; four sisters, Patty (Billy) Burks of Tupelo, Martha (Don) Stewart of Tupelo, Jane Coggins of Memphis and Jimmie Russell of Tupelo; three brothers, Bobby (Janice) Bass of Tupelo, Billy (Margaret) Bass of Memphis and Paul (Sadie) Bass of Pontotoc; sister-in-law, Mary Ruth Bass of Tupelo; grandchildren, Scott (Amanda) Russell, Stacy Teel, Patrick (Kim) Simpson, Joan (Kenneth) Kuykendall, Michael (Cindy) Ough and Cindy (Duane) Bunn; great-grandchildren, Shelby and Laney Teel, Nathan and Lauren Russell, Cameron, Austin and Jordan Simpson, Taylor and Jordan Bunn, and Kirsten Ough; host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Holland Russell; son, Donny Russell; daughter, Diane Shaw; two brothers, Alonzo Bass and Thomas Bass; two brothers-in-law, Kermit Russell and Wayne Coggins; and sister-in-law, Morie Bass.
Pallbearers will be Greg Burks, Kelly Stewart, Glen Bass, Scott Russell, Paul Bass Jr., Danny Bass, Terry Coggins, Bubba Bass and Bill Russell.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Charles Gilleylen
AMORY – Charles Edward Gilleylen died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. He was born June 24, 1936, to Lorenzo and Emma Gilleylen in Monroe County. He attended Jonesboro School and Monroe County Training School. He was a member of West Amory Church of Christ, where he was a trustee and church treasurer until his health failed. He married Mary Ann Walls on Nov. 24, 1968. He was a retired employee of True Temper Sport in Amory, where he worked for more than 30 years. An avid hunter, he also enjoyed fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at West Amory Church of Christ with Bro. Lorenzo Jones officiating. Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Anita (Charles) Dixon of Amory, Brenda Mosley of Smithville and Gail Walls of Amory; one son, Thomas Earl Williams of Aberdeen; sisters, Avezinner Dean of Detroit, Mich., Pearl Sullivan of Madison, Ill., Margaret (Doug) Phelix of Chicago, Louise (Frank) Spencer and Cenola Nunn of Smithville; brothers, Willie (Katie) Gilleylen of Aliceville, Ala., and Curtis (Linda) Gilleylen of Flint, Mich.; sisters-in-law, Robbie Gilleylen, Virginia Adams and Winnie Adams, all of Amory, Betty Brownlee of Chicago, and Gwen Walls, Annette Walls and Dana Walls, all of Grand Rapids, Mich.; brother-in-law, Robert Walls of Amory; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James Gilleylen and Richard Gilleylen; and a sister, Pallie Mae Nunn.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Church of God in Christ in Amory. The body will lie in state from 12:30 p.m. to service time Saturday at the church.

Charlie James
NETTLETON – Charlie James died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen.