Obituaries January 13, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ossie McGee
TAYLOR – Ossie Susan Alice Martin McGee, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. A native of Taylor, she was the daughter of the late Duff and Antonia Brown Martin. She was a member of North Hopewell M.B. Church in Taylor, where served as an usher. She was a retired teacher for ICS Headstart. She loved children and people and cooking. A great salesman, she was known as “The Avon Lady” for her work and long salemanship with Avon. She was the widow of Eddie McGee.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tallachatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford. The Rev. Jamuel Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Yocona Cemetery in Taylor. Kenneth I Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by seven daughters, Mary Ella (Miller) Backstrom and Osceola (Paul) Knight, all of Joliet, Ill., Flora Bland of Water Valley, Daisy Walton of Taylor, Diane McGee and Loretta Betts, both of Houston, Texas, and Luevenia Phillips of Oxford; four sons, Willie (Regina) McGee of Detroit, Mich., James (Mary) McGee of Oxford, Chester McGee of Taylor and Tommie (Cindy) McGee of Houston, Texas; four sisters, Landers Slack of Oxford, Annie Curtis of Memphis, Maudie Rockette of Water Valley and Roberta Johnson of Taylor; 36 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at North Hopewell M.B. Church in Taylor.

James Edwards
TREMONT – James Christopher Edwards, 52, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at his home. He was born July 22, 1959, in Alabama to Raymond and Helen Vanderford Edwards. He enjoyed being with his friends and woodworking.
Services were Thursday, Jan. 12, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Shane Ray officiating. Burial was in Salem Baptist Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Edwards; his mother, Helen Edwards; four daughters, Jackie Edwards of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Sheena (Daniel) Brewer of Tremont, Amanda (D.R.) Thompson of Fulton and Toni Reiner of Tremont; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two brothers, Wayne Edwards (Louise) of Gulfport and Raymond (Linda) Edwards Jr. of Hamilton, Ala.; two sisters, Linda Dempsey of Colorado and Glenda Edwards of Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Edwards.
Pallbearers were Scott Reid, Daniel Brewer, D.R. Thompson, Jesse Riley, Ronnie Timms, Danny Brewer, Brad Wilson and Derek Edwards.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Evelyn Duncan
TUPELO – Evelyn Homan Duncan, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 20, 1926, in Gunnison to B.W. and Ethelene Homan. She has been a resident of Tupelo since February 1936, and graduated from Tupelo High School. She also completed several college courses and many job-related seminars through the years. She was a partner with her sister, Clytee Benson, in establishing the Benson-Duncan Insurance and Real Estate Agency, which operated from 1955-1995. In 1978, she moved to the Gulf Coast and was employed by NASA, returning to Tupelo in 1983. She was employed as a tax fraud investigative aide with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service until she retired in May 1993. She was active in her community as a member of many clubs and organizations including the Christian Women’s Club, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Shepherd Center and NARV. She was a charter member of the American Business Women’s Association. She was a member of First Baptist Church since April 5, 1936, where she served as a choir member and Sunday School teacher, and was active in the Women’s Missionary Union and the senior adult ministry, LLL.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church with Rev. Chad Grayson, Rev. Dave Jensen and Dr. Lou Zemek and officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Lee Duncan (Zina) of Tupelo; her stepdaughter, Jodi Town of Grain Valley, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Sandi McMillan of Tupelo; one brother, Bubba Homan (Carolyn) of Tupelo; a sister-in-law, Jean Homan of New Albany; six grandsons, Richard and Scott McMillan of Crossett, Ark., Tré, Shaun and Chris Duncan (Angela), and Dustin King, all of Tupelo; eight great-grandchildren, Honey, Andrew, Amber, Courtney and Valerie McMillan of Crossett, Ark., Alex and Shaun Michael Duncan of Wren, and Sawyer Richey of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Bob (Duncan) McMillan; her stepmother, Mae Homan; three sisters, Clytee Benson, Jo Calloway and Louise Kirk; and a brother, Zeke Homan.
Pallbearers will be Chris Duncan, Dustin King, Dennis Gable, Pete Hastert, Tony Foster and Gregg Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Richard and Scott McMillan, Shaun Duncan, Dr. John Bowlin, Stanley Stone, Jimmy Clifton, Tommy Lee Ivy, Butch Benson, Don Goldsberry, Wes Ratliff, and Dick Wiggers; and employees of the Crosstown Walgreens.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church and will continue from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Olon Hudgins
OXFORD – Olon Hudgins, 78, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at his home in Oxford. Born in Lafayette County, he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and Gideon’s International. He participated in mission trips in South and Central America, where he cooked and helped with construction. He participated in the Lafayette-Marshall Baptist Association disaster relief projects. He was a retired transportation supervisor at the University of Mississippi.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with Rev. George Crowden officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Dallie Avent Hudgins of Oxford; his daughter, Sherry Russell (Richard) of Oxford; his son, Richard Hudgins (Billie) of Oxford; two stepsons, Keith Watts (Ashley) of Mobile, Ala., and Ken Watts (Suzann) of Taylor; one brother, Dwight Hudgins (Doris) of Hernando; seven grandchildren, seven stepgrandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Corrine Hudgins; his brother, Kenneth Hudgins; and his grandson, William Russell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to: Calvary Baptist Church, 15 CR 207, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Natasha Cox
WEST POINT – Natasha Ann Cox, 32, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Northside Christian Church in West Point. 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.

Bertha Brown
ST. LOUIS – Bertha Lee Brown, 82, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in St. Louis, Mo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Third Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. 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.
Troy Simpson
NEW ALBANY – Troy Lee Simpson, 98, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born Sept. 25, 1913, in New Albany to George and Trudie Wade Simpson. He was a member of beaver Dam Baptist Church, where he served on the Deacon Board. He was a veteran of World War II. After his honorable discharge, he worked for the Veterans Hospital in Memphis for 75 years until his retirement. He was the husband of the late Troy Ann Stone Simpson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Beaver Dam M.B. Church with the Rev. Benny Cobb officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his caretakers and goddaughters, Bettie Hardin and Etera Ivy; two sisters, Mary Huffman and Ann Stovall; a sister-in-law, Bessie Simpson of St. Louis, Mo.; special friends, Dewey Foster, Martha Bowen, Hattie Cooperwood and the Blakely family of Memphis, Virginia Hines and the Hardin family; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, one sister and five brothers.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today.

General Gunn
MEMPHIS – General Gunn, 102, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at Poplar Point Nursing Home in Memphis. He was born April 28, 1909. He was retired.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Ball Hill M.B. Church in Tiplersville with the Rev. Alphonso Adkins officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four children, Zadie Williams, Laura Gunn, Catherine Brown and George Steele; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.

Margaret Boxx
BALDWYN – Margaret Boxx, 55, died at her home. She was a graduate of Baldwyn High School. She was a retired nurse, working more than 30 years at Oakview and Baldwyn Nursing Homes. She was a member of Parkers Chapel Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Rex Bullock and Bro. Chuck Boxx officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include seven brothers and sisters, Terry Boxx of Baldwyn, Bonita Scott (Mike) of Baldwyn, Cindy Bullock (Lyle) of Booneville, Robert Boxx (Regina) of Tupelo, Brenda Barnes (Ernie) of Baldwyn, Linda Nichols (Bobby) of Booneville and Wilma Looney (Bobby of Byhalia; a host of nieces and nephews; special friends, Martha Gardner, Glenda Turner and Joyce Ragin, all of Baldwyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Lillian Moore Boxx, and two brothers, Larry Boxx and Gene Boxx.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Scott, Cody Boxx, J.R. Boxx, Steve Barnes, Braxton Barnes, Chuck Helton and Randy Potts.
Honorary pallbearers will be Cory Lee Boxx and Tommy Boxx.
The family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Vaughn L. Johnson
TISHOMINGO – Vaughn L. Johnson, 85, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont. Burial will be in Carters Branch Cemetery in Tishomingo. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.

Dorothy Robison
TUPELO – Dorothy M. “Polly” Robison, 84, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Charlie Bishop
NETTLETON – William “Charlie” Bishop, 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born Nov. 18, 1922m in Monroe County to William Porter Bishop and Lily Cinderella Dupree Bishop. He lived in Nettleton for the past 30 years having come from Hammond, Ind. He was a master sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in Germany, France, England and South Africa. He retired after many years of working as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of the American Legion Post 49 and Veteran’s Breakfast Club of Tupelo, and Operating Engineers Local Union No. 150. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was of the Baptist faith. He was dearly loved.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Private burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Nettleton Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his stepson, Tommy Owings of Guntown; stepdaughter, Betty Hall of Clinton; two half brothers, Daniel Bishop of Alabama and J.T. Bishop of Arkansas; sisters, Carrie Mae Baulch, Velma Ruth Medley (Grover “Bud”) and Maveline Bennett, all of Nettleton; two half sisters, Peggy Joyce Inmon and Lillie Green, both of Winfield, Ala.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and his caregiver, Mary Carson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ellouise Medley Bishop, who died in August 2007; brothers, J.T. “Bud” Bishop, George Robert “Rob” Bishop, Earnest Dick Bishop and James Curtis Bishop; half brother, Homer Bishop; and granddaughter, Avery Ann Gordon.
Pallbearers will be Keith Bishop, Phillip Baulch, Gary Flurry, Bucky Hester, Joe Bishop and Micah Baulch. Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Bishop, Travis Patterson, Shane Minich, Billy Rouse, Tommy Bishop and David Baulch.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 1140 W. Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Charles Bell
SALTILLO – Charles “Junior” Bell, 81, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at his residence after an extended illness. A native of Paris, he was born March 18, 1930, to W.J. and Ruth Goforth Bell. He worked 32 years for the Ford Motor Company as a general superintendent in Chicago. The past 10 years, he lived in Saltillo. He enjoyed playing golf and working in his yard.
A private family memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Sammy Lansdell officiating.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Joyce K. Bell of Saltillo; five children, Linda Waters (Mike) of Grenada, Sandra Edwards (Ricky) of Grenada, Clay Whitten (Glenda) of Saltillo, Jeannie Blackwelder (Billy Scott) of Corinth and Chuck Bell; one sister, Louise Zachary of Southaven; two brothers, Noel Bell (:Hollie Field) of Coffeeville and Boots Bell (Beulah) of Water Valley; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Tommy Bell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803; or Faith Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1014, Saltillo MS 38866.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Ollie Chairs
CHICAGO – Ollie Chairs, 76, formerly of Holly Springs, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Chicago.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hudsonville CME Church in Hudsonville. Burial will be in Isom Chapel 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 state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Saturday.

James Pierce Sr.
HOULKA – James Edward Pierce Sr., 63, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Macedonia M.B. Church in Houlka. Burial will be in Cane Creek Cemetery in Vardaman. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Dixie Norman
HOUSTON – Dixie Norman, 84, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Southern Funeral Chapel.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Laura Barnes
GUNTOWN – Laura Monroe Barnes died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 18, 1924, to Rothie Williams and Harold Monroe in Tennessee. As a young woman, she received Christ in her life. She married Jimmy L. Barnes, and they had two sons. She worked for Doctor Robinson in Saltillo. She was also a cook at the Guntown Lowes High School. In 1962, she and her husband moved to Chicago. She attended a school of cosmetology where she learned the basics of styling hair. She later worked for Borg Warner where she retired.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors in Tupelo with Rev. George Kendrick officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Forrest A. Barnes (Yvonne); a daughter-in-law, Alma Barnes; five grandsons, seven granddaughters; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy L. Barnes; her son, Louis A. Barnes; and her siblings, Sarah, Harry and Alfred.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m Sunday at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
Sign the online guestbook at nljonesandson.com.

Kathleen Simmons
VERONA – Kathleen Simmons, 57, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 13, 1954, in Lansing, Mich., to Gerrit and Shirley Sprong. She was a homemaker and a Christian. She enjoyed crafts and listening to Christian music.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Leon Willis officiating. Burial was in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, Ron Simmons of Verona; one son, Jeremy Hix (Heather) of Ft. Lewis, Wash.; one grandson, Drake Hix of Ft. Lewis, Wash.; her parents, Gerrit and Shirley Sprong of Arizona; one sister, Susan Sprong of Vancouver, Canada; two brothers, Bill Sprong of California and Don Sprong of Texas.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Mildred Porter
OKOLONA – Mildred Lucille Porter, 82, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at Shearer-Richardson Memorial Nursing Home in Okolona. She was one of 19 children born to Virgil and Liddie Elder. She was a member of Church of Acts in New Albany, but attended Faith Outreach Church in Okolona. She was the owner and operator of Mildred’s Café for over 37 years and served up to three generations of families her home-cooked food.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Faith Outreach Church with Bro. Jimmy Bryan and Bro. Charlie Ganey officiating. Burial will be in East Chickasaw Memorial Garden. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Carol Porter of Amory and Diane Rappe (Jimmy) of Okolona; one son, George Porter Jr. (Sandra) of Woodland; a daughter-in-law, Judy Henson of Okolona; five sisters, Mae Bell Minton of Michigan, Ano Wilson, Mary Jo Moss, Velma Ragan and Beulah Taylor, all of Tennessee; five grandchildren, Stephine Harrelson (James), Anthony Rea, Joseph Henson, Maggie Beth Porter and McKinsi Porter; two great-grandchildren, Gabby McWhirter and Elizabeth Harrelson; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Johnny Henson; a grandson, Johnny Henson II; and 13 siblings.
Pallbearers will be Anthony Rea, Joseph Henson, John Goode, Larry Williams, Larry Butler, Jeff Helms, Bobby Carnathan and Bob Gregory. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Helms, Robbie Joe Carnathan, Bob Henson, Jerry Rogers, Sam Anderson, Robert Tallant, Dr. Bill Simpson, Jerry Hollaway, Jimmy Simmons, Preston Sullivan and all her family of longtime customers.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at Faith Outreach Church Fellowship Hall and 12:30 p.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Kenny Scott
WHEELER – Kenneth “Kenny” Scott Jr., 51, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He became a quadriplegic after an automobile accident in 1977. He was a 1978 graduate of Wheeler High School. He received his master’s degree in psychology from Mississippi State University. He had worked for the Department of Vocational Rehab in Long Beach.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn. There will be no service.
Survivors include his mother, Joan Scott of Wheeler; one sister, Vanessa (Todd) Hodges of Wheeler; his caregiver, Tammy Scott of Booneville; and a family of aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Scott Sr.; his grandparents, J.M. and Bertha Harper; one uncle, Morris Harper; and an aunt, Fay Burns.
Earnest Smith
TUPELO – Earnest Lee Smith died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Jan. 10, 1968. He was a member of Victory Temple Holiness Church. He was employed by (ER) Carpenter Co. in Verona.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Victory Temple Holiness Church with Pastor Willie Thornton officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Saabar Smith of Tupelo; his wife, Tameka Smith; four children, Moneaka, Joshua, Ganesha and Lighting Smith of Plantersville.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Smith Jr., and his mother, Amanda Bobbett.
Visitation will be ffrom 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
To sign the online guestbook, visit nljonesandson.com.

Norman Peacock Jr.
PONTOTOC – Norman Peacock Jr., 53, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Nov. 4, 1958, in Grenada to Norman Peacock and Nora B. Pittman Peacock. He grew up in Calhoun County and Grenada and lived in Pontotoc the past 20 years. He was a former employee of Cabinet Wood Work. He loved his wife and family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Calvary Outreach Ministries in Okolona with Pastor Melvin Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery in Okolona. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Katina Heard Peacock of Pontotoc; three daughters, Lastashia P. Robinson of Shannon, Nora Peacock of Tupelo and Angela N. Randle (Travis) of Shannon; one stepdaughter, Jennie Heard of Pontotoc; one son, Norman Peacock III of Tupelo; his mother-in-law, Mae Heard of Pontotoc; two brothers, Rickey A. Peacock and Eddie Peacock; six sisters, Rose Peacock, Dorothy Johnson, Carrie Pittman, Shirley Armstrong, Jennie M. Holmes and Tilla Woods; 12 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandchild.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday and a wake will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Eugene Sims
OKOLONA – Eugene Devan “Duck” Sims, 69, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 9, 1942, to Herman Sims and Evenly Ware Sims. He was a graduate of Fannie Carter High School. He lived in Los Angeles, Calif., for 38 years before returning home to Okolona four years ago.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the Zion Spring M.B. Church with the Rev. Nollen Elzie officiating. Burial will be in Zion Spring Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Lavern Blanks Sims of Okolona; four daughters, Tianna Sims and Vickie Sims of Los Angeles, and Tonya Sims and Tina Sims of Chicago; one son, Tony Terrell Sims of Chicago; two brothers, James R. Sims and Lorenzo Sims of Okolona; seven sisters, Mildred Dean Sims, Cremolia Wren (Joe), Bobbie Boone and Margellen Sims, all of Okolona, Frankie Evenlyn Gardner (Charles) of Aberdeen, Herma Floyd of Summers and Rhuchella Cunningham of St. Louis; eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lee Austin Sims; and his twin sister, Lee Ada Sims.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Jacqualyn Lewis
BALDWYN – Jacqualyn Marie Ann Lewis died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born June 2, 1964, in Mumford, Tenn. She attended Ellis Georgia High School.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors Chapel in Tupelo.
Survivors include two daughters, Lacrecia Parks of Washington and Jennifer Lewis of Tennessee; three sons, Raynaldo Williams, Sylvester Lewis and Jamal Lewis Foster of Mississippi; two brothers, Robert Lewis of Illinois and A.D. Lewis of Florida; one sister Doris Lewis Jones of Tennessee.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Latheree Mosley Lewis and Amos Lewis; three brothers, Freddie Lee Lewis, Willie Lewis and Cornell Lewis; and two sisters, Carrie Lewis and Linda Lewis.
To sign the online guestbook, visit nljonesandson.com.

Durward Durham
TISHOMINGO – Durward Durham, 81, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.
There will be no service. Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is assisting the family.

John Hopkins
RED BANKS – John Paul Hopkins, 47, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at his home in Red Banks.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Holly Springs Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Naquisha Berry
TUPELO – Naquisha Berry died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Porter’s Memorial Cemetery.
N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Don ‘Skip’ Gleason Jr.
TUPELO – Don ‘Skip’ Gleason Jr., 40, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waller Funeral Home in Oxford.

Timothy Rogers
BOONEVILLE – Timothy Joel Rogers, 50, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.