Obituaries January 13, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Peggy C. Gray
NETTLETON – Peggy Cathcart Gray, 74, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Gilmore Hospital in Amory. Peggy was born northeast of Nettleton in Lee County on April 13, 1938, to Benjamin Franklin and Lula Mills Cathcart. She lived her entire life in the Nettleton area and was employed for years as a seamstress for Reed’s and Lucky Star. She was a homemaker, enjoyed sewing, crafts, spending time with family and friends and good conversation in the spirit of the Cathcart/Mills family tradition. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Nettleton.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Netttleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Donald Pounders officiating. Private burial will be in Nettleton Cemetery.
Survivors include her two sons, Charles Herbert Smith (Judy) of Tupelo and Bobby Tidwell of Nettleton; six grandchildren, Sparky Smith (Ashley), Kelsea Smith of Tupelo, Caitlin, Catherine, Abby and Derrick Tidwell; two great-grandchildren, Maddie and Maize Mackenzie; three brothers, Benjamin “Max” Cathcart of Cadillac, Mich., Glen Cathcart of Gallatin, Tenn, and Cyril “Bo” Cathcart of Lebanon, Tenn; and her special friend and ex-husband, Buddy Tidwell of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a husband, Charles Smith Sr.; a daughter, Terri Ann Tidwell; three sisters, Willodean Thorn, Nell Green and Bonnie Patterson; and two brothers, Rex Cathcart and Gwen Cathcart.
Visitation is 1 p.m. until service time today at the Nettleton Chapel.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 256, Nettleton, MS. 38858.

Paul Thorn
RED BAY, Ala. – William Paul Thorn, 84, a faithful servant to his Lord, went to his heavenly home on Satruday, Jan. 12, 2013 at his residence. He was a devoted minister, father and friend. He was a Baptist minister and pastor for 48 years. He was a member of Burnout Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Burnout Baptist Church, Highway 24, Red Bay, Ala. Officiating will be Bro. Dan Hindman, Bro. Jim Gables and Bro. Bobby Amos. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala., will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his four sons, Ronald and wife, Karen of Red Bay, David and wife, Ann of Birmingham, Ala., Donald and wife, Dawn of Red Bay, Mike and wife, Jill of Sumrall; one daughter, Shewana Ashe and husband, Jeff of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Kitchens and Opal Thorne, both of Muscle Shoals, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, Marjorie H. Thorn; his parents, William A. and Dezz Thorn; two brothers, Elmer Thorn and Ernest Thorn; and one sister, Madge Donaldson.
Pallbearers will be Jonathon Thorn, Taylor Ashe, Austin Morrow, Jason Heym, Dale Hester, Donald Gober, Andrew Ashe and Tyler Morrow.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay and noon until services Monday at Burnout Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Burnout Baptist Church Building Fund, 25 Hwy 2, Vina, AL 35593.
The family would like to thank Dr. Lynn Ridgeway for his years of kindness and compassion while he treated their father for his illness. The family would also like to thank the caregivers who lovingly cared for him, Marie Cole, Deloris Davis, and Melissa Wilkinson, along with the nurses from Keller Home Hospice.

Inez R. Ogg
Okolona – Inez Roden Ogg, 97, died at her residence in the Chalk Bluff Community of Okolona after a long, wonderful and blessed life. Mrs. Inez was born in Forrest County, on July 8, l915, to P.G. “Percy” and Kathryn Roden. She lived most of her life afterwards in Chickasaw County and graduated from Egypt High School. A master seamstress professionally and personally, she spent many years working at Futorian Furniture and Delta Trousers in Okolona. She and her husband were the longtime owners of the Depot Grocery where she was a storekeeper and trusted friend to many. A longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Okolona, Mrs. Inez enjoyed sewing, crocheting, gardening, crossword puzzles and reading her Bible. She was a consummate conversationalist who loved her family, her community, her Church and God and all His creation and children.
A celebration of life will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Roy McHenry and her grandson, William Harold Ogg Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Boone’s Chapel Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty Jo Sullivan of Okolona; three grandchildren, Garry Wayne Sullivan of Okolona, Jerry Clyde Sullivan of Columbus and William Harold Ogg Jr. and wife, Kay of Shannon; her great-grandchildren, William David Ogg, Sarah Mackinzie Ogg, Richard Jeffrey Sullivan (Jennifer Runnels), Garry Dixon Sullivan (Alli) and James Clyde “Jamie” Sullivan (Audrey); her great-great-grandchildren, Jenna Beth Sullivan, Hannah Claire Sullivan, Ellie Anna Sullivan and Richard Jackson Sullivan; her daughter in law, Martha Ann Ogg Williams of Okolona; and her loyal caregiver, Shirley Willis of Aberdeen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William H. Ogg; her son, William Harold Ogg; a son-in-law, Charles M. Sullivan; and seven siblings.
Pallbearers will be William Harold Ogg Jr., William David Ogg, Garry Dixon Sullivan, James Clyde “Jamie” Sullivan, Richard Jeffrey Sullivan and Jimmy Rappe. Honorary pallbearer will be her great-great-grandson, Richard Jackson Sullivan.
Visitation will be at 2 p.m. until service time today.
Memorials may be made to Boone’s Chapel Cemetery Upkeep Fund, c/o Bank of Okolona, P. O. Box 306, Okolona, MS 38860.
Jewell Pepper
HOUSTON – Jewell “Mama Jewell” Wofford Pepper, 96, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. She was born Nov. 28, 1916, in Chickasaw County, to Robin Wofford and Maggie Scott Wofford Nov. 28, 1916. She was married to William E. Pepper in 1934. She was a loving mother and grand mother. She loved cooking and quilting for her family. She was a faithful member of Parkway Baptist Church in Houston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parkway Baptist Church with Bro. Randy Rinehart and Bro. Carl Morris officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Webster County. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Billy W. Pepper (Louise) of Houston; five grandchildren, Donna Wright (Wesley), Billy “Buddy” Pepper, both of Houston, Bobby Pepper of Sherman, Randy Pepper (Sylvia) of Van Vleet and Linda Cornwell (Tim) of Fredricksburg, Va.; eight great-grandchildren, Brandy Cook (Tim), Dane Wright (Nikki), Phillip Pepper, Samantha Pepper, Andy Pepper (Laura), Amber Pepper(Mitchell), Michael Cornwell (Christene) and Amelia Brown (Michael); five great-great-grandchildren, Lindsay Cook, Jordan Cook, Carrie Byers, Jaxon Wright and Khylur Gray; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Edward Pepper; one son, Joe Leon Pepper; three sisters, Lila King, Bobbie Kendrick and her twin sister Julia Dill; three brothers, Leon Wofford, Scott Wofford and Jesse Wofford.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great grandsons.
For online condolences go to memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Purley Smith
AMORY – Purley Mae Smith, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Joey Perry
WEST POINT – Joey Perry, 55, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
Chris McGonagill
CALHOUN CITY – Christopher Todd McGonagill, 51, died Friday, Jan, 11, 1013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born June, 20, 1961, in Memphis, Tenn. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman. He was self employed as a Carpenter.
Service is at 1 p.m. Monday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jon Doler and Bro. Joe Caraway officiating. Interment is at Old McGonagill Cemetery in Delay Community in Lafayette County.
He is survived by his wife, Alicia Caraway McGonagill of Calhoun City; two daughters, Holley and
Anna Grace McGonagill of Calhoun City; one son, Patrick McGonagill of Buckhorn; his mother, Helen McGonagill Wheeler of Ellisville; and one sister, Melinda Sams of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his father, Todd McGonagill; and a sister, Jan McGonagill.
Pallbearers are Eddy Creekmore, Paul Harrison, Eddie Hitt, III, William Hubbard, Jr., Jeff Jones, Timmy Jones, Shurden Owen and Lee Vance.
Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences maybe made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Ginger Fryar
ECRU – Ginger Chism Fryar, 34, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. She was born May 6, 1978. She graduated from North Pontotoc High School and attended Ecru Baptist Church. She was a loving mother and wonderful daughter, and she loved her horses.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc with Bro. Tom Summerall officiating. Burial will follow in the Locust Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Victoria Brook Chism of Ecru; her mother, Barbara Chism Sparks of Ecru; grandfather, D.L. Swords of Ecru; four aunts, Mary Hightower (Bud) of Russellville, Ala., JoNel Haynie, Patricia Speck and Sandra Wilson (Donald); seven uncles, David Swords (Lesa), Danny Swords (Jeanie), Junior Swords (Shelly), Danny Chism (Kim), Doc Chism (Deborah), Cotton Chism (Shirley) and Carol Chism (Jane); four cousins, Ashley Swords, Daranda Cossey, Justyn Swords and Hannah Swords; and a host of other cousins.
He was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Chism; grandmother, Weta Swords; stepfather, Bobby Sparks; grandfather, James C. Chism and grandmother, Jewel Chism.
Pallbearers will be John Westfall, Danny Chism, Doc Chism, Junior Swords, Danny Swords and David Swords.
Visitation is noon to 2 p.m. today.
Jewel Rushing
BOONEVILLE – Jewel Mae Vandevander Rushing, 86, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Booneville. She was born Jan. 26, 1926, to Bernard and Rosie Bennett Vandevander. She was retired from Quartet Manufacturing and a member of East Booneville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Ronald Michael officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by one aunt, Dewdrop Shields of Booneville; one uncle, Clarence Bennett of New Site; a host of cousins; and a special friend, Dr. Cliff Cartwright.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation is until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Mildred Landers
TUPELO – Mildred “Millie” Schlater Landers, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Cedars Healthcare Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo with Dr. Jim Curtiss officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at W.E. Pegues in Tupelo and one hour prior to services Saturday in the Gathering Room of the church. A full obituary will be released later.
Kenneth Smith
MANTACHIE – Kenneth E. Smith, 70, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born April 18, 1942, to Elton and Lula Smith. He worked for Gibson Corrugated Manufacturing. He enjoyed wood work and was an avid NASCAR and Alabama Crimson Tide fan.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Henry Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in the Mantachie Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Shelia Moss (Roy) of Mantachie; one son, Charlie Smith of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Tasha Moss, Dewayne Moss (Christy) and Tristan Moss, all of Mantachie, James Roy Moss (Tiffany) of Marietta and Dylan Smith of Pontotoc; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Velma Eskridge (John) of Double Springs, Ala., and Barbara Moody (Dale) of Phil Campbell, Ala.; three brothers, Jake Smith (Lanora) of Brilliant, Ala., Rayburn Smith and Jimmy Carmack, both of Booneville; two sisters-in-law, Gene Smith of Russellville, Ala., and Margaret Smith of Phil Campbell, Ala.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shelby Smith, on Aug. 21, 2011; two sisters, Virginia Whitfield (Red) and Vertie Mitten; two brothers, Howard Smith and Junior Smith; and his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Mantachie.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Denise Feltman
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – Leslie Denise “Tooter” Feltman, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Old Line Cemetery in Hodges, Ala.
Visitation is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Richard Pounders
NEW SITE – Richard Clifton Pounders, 88, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Meadows in Fulton. He was born Feb. 9, 1924, to Richard and Myrtle Punders. He loved his family, gardening and playing with his dog, Lady.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Tony Pounders officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
He is survived by four daughters, Cherie (Richard) Johnson of Fulton, Judy (Eddie) Dene of Cleveland, Ohio, Debbie (Don) Thornton of Strongsville, Ohio, and Jeana (Mike) Davis of Cleveland, Ohio; three sons, Donald (Linda) Pounders of Lakeland, Fla., Terry Pounders of Cleveland, Ohio, and Gary (Jane) Pounders of Hillard, Ohio; one sister, Sader Goodin of New Site; one brother, Roy (Joyce) Pounders of Marietta; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren; and special caregivers, the staff of Meadows and Sanctuary Home Hospice.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Franks Pounders; his parents; six sisters; two brothers; and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Margaret Gray
BALDWYN – Margaret Gray, 86, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at her residence. She was a longtime member of East Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. She was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing. She enjoyed working puzzle books and spending time with her family, all her grandchildren and her church family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at East Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Bro. Rex Bullock officiating. Burial will be in East Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Betty Leathers (Dane) of Baldwyn and Diane Sanders (Boone) of Saltillo; two sons, Danny Gray (Bobbie) and Billy Gray (Edna) of Baldwyn; four granddaughters, Lisa Harkey (Ray) of Baldwyn, Charylee Swindle (Jessie) of Corinth, Pam Roper (Danny) of Saltillo and Shelly Fields (Roman) of West Monroe, La.; seven grandsons, Todd Leathers (Amy), Cary Leathers (Regina), Gary Leathers (Missy), Michael Gray (Marla), Jamie Gray (Kim), Buddy Edge and Andy Skelton (Casandra), all of Baldwyn; six great-granddaughters, Paige Sutton (Bryan) of Saltillo, Hollie Brooke Roper of Saltillo, Megan Newsom (Travis) of Winsboro, La., Candance Copeland (Anthony) of Baldwyn, Amber Fields and Makenzie Fields of West Monroe, La.; 12 great-grandsons, Cody Edge of Wheeler, Dalton Edge of Mantachie, Clayton Gray, Garrett Bray, Joshua Harkey, Jacob Harkey, Cody Leathers, Cayson Leathers and Johnathan Leathers, Byron Skelton, Joy Skelton, Shane Gordon (fiancée, Megan), James Willis and Jerry Willis (fiancée,Megan), all of Baldwyn; one great-great-grandson, Gavin Copeland and Bo Gray of Baldwyn; one great-great grandaughter, Gabby Willis of Baldwyn; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Gray; daughter, Peggy Wages; parents, John and Ruth Joyner Hughes; grandaughter, April Skelton; sister, Bessie Hall; and brother, Burnis Hughes.
Her grandsons will serve as her pallbearers.
The body will lie in repose one hour prior to the service at the church.

Shirley Crum
CORINTH – Shirley Temple Crum, 66, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at her residence.
Services are at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Interment is at Crum Family Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today and noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Leave condolences online at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Jean Denton
PONTOTOC – Carolyn Jean Harlow Wilson Self Denton, 73, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at her residence. She was born on Nov. 29, 1939, in Longview. She was a faithful member of Fairview Baptist Church in Itawamba County. She also attended Watchman Baptist Church in Thaxton. She loved her church family, all church functions, revivals, good old gospel singers, vacations in Florida and traveling.
Service is at 11 a.m. at Tutor Funeral Home in Pontotoc, with Bro. Gene O’Brien and Bro. Robert Wood officiating. Interment is at Hinds Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by husband, Bro, Wray Denton; son, Mike (Lacey) Wilson; daughter, Sandra (Dan) Atkinson, both of DeSoto County; step-children, David (Wanda) Denton of Hanceville, Ala., Pat (Junior) McCain, Pam Lantrip of Ecru and Becky (Ricky) Walker of Smithville; brother, Gaylon Harlow of Germantown; sister, Mavis Robbins of Pontotoc; many nieces and nephews; and her caregivers, the staff at Sanctuary Hospice, Melanie Murrell, RN and Beverly Robinson, CNA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Annie Reed Harlow; husband, James W. Wilson; brother, Morris Harlow; and sister, Hortense Sappington.
Pallbearers are Jeff Shuttles, Tommy Cobb, Jimmy Foreman, O’Neal Warren, Larry Poole and Rex White.
Visitation is 9 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Sanctuary Hospice.

Margrette Welch
HAMILTON – Margrette V. Welch, 76 died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born in Belk, Ala., to Amos Vice and Willie Kate Kennedy. She was a life long resident of Monroe County. She was a retired seamstress. She was affiliated with the Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home with Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters; Deborah Webb (David) of Aberdeen and Rebecca Jones of Aberdeen; three sons, Lester Welch (Reta) of Hamilton, James Welch (Brenda) of Aberdeen and Marvin Welch (Elaine) of Aberdeen; four grandchildren, Crystal Batey of Sulligent, Ala., Lester Welch Jr. of Columbus, Jamie Sellers of Nettleton and April Garrett of Aberdeen; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Marlin Aaron Welch.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Crosby, Kenneth Humbers, Mike Cook, Sammy Fields, Ricky Honeycutt and Michael Pennington.
Visitation is 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
An online guest registry and condolences amy be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.