By NEMS Daily Journal
RED BAY, Ala. – Floyd Paul Winchester, 94 years old, born April 4, 1916, joined his loved ones in Heaven on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. All of his children were with him, lovingly remembering the past, his childhood and theirs. He loved nature. Some of his best times were spent enjoying his garden, fishing with sons and friends, and hunting. After he came to live in Memphis, he loved to go to Shelby Farms with his daughter, Melinda, and great-grandson, Jerry Michael.
He was very proud of all his great-grandchildren that are playing sports at Red Bay. He took such delight in the love and attention of the little ones that came to visit him. He always had smiles and admiring words for them. His last words were how much he loved all his family.
He was a farmer and also retired from Blue Bell Inc. Floyd was a member of Pleasant Site Church of Christ and he was always saying how much he loved the Lord.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Larry Hill officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., will be in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two sons, Ralph Winchester (Cheryl) of Red Bay, Ala., and Danny Winchester of Memphis, Tenn.; four daughters, Melinda Humphres, Patricia Burns (Tommy) and Anita Winchester, all of Memphis, Tenn., and Nancy Childers (Ronnie) of Hamilton, Ala.; daughter-in-law, Paulette Winchester of Red Bay, Ala.; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Pauline Hunt Winchester; a daughter, Jeanette Winchester Lindsey; a son, Paul Winchester; two grandsons, Ashley Rhett Winchester and Christopher Lee Winchester; his parents, Rev. Sidney Albert and Dona Vinson Winchester; and three brothers and four sisters.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons, Gary Lindsey, Jamie Childers, Chase Lindsey, Blake Brummett, Jerry Michael Eddinger and Zach Pounders. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews, Willard Winchester, Mike Winchester and Sam Reid.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.
FULTON – Dorothy Holley, 88, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born Jan. 4, 1923. She married Sim Holley on Oct. 11, 1941. She was a member of Gum Church of Christ. After working for many years at Blue Bell in Red Bay, she started taking correspondence courses to finish high school. She then graduated from Itawamba Junior College. She drove to Mississippi State University (99 miles one way) and earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education at the age of 45 years. She then received her master’s degree from the University of Mississippi. She taught school at Tremont for 20 years. She was a member of the Itawamba County Library Association, The Garden Club, The Retired Teachers Association and The Red Hats. She enjoyed traveling to every state, Canada and Mexico. An avid reader, she loved to cook and work in her garden.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Allen Coker and Greg Clayton officiating. Burial will be in Gum Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Yvonne Hughes (Jim) of Fulton; three sons, Joel Holley (Mayola), Danny Holley (Jan) and Randy Holley (Loretta), all of Fulton: eight grandchildren, Mark Holley (Kristin), Angie Holley, Kim Clayton (Greg), April Pounders (Brad), Kristy Coker (Allen), Jill Hayes (Bill), Amy Moore (Josh) and Matt Holley; 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Greg Clayton, Allen Coker, Mark Holley, Brad Pounders, Bill Hayes, Josh Moore and Matt Holley.
Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. to service time today.
HUNTSVILLE – Velvet Smith died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at her home.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Union Cemetery. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
TISHOMINGO – Kirby Scott McClung, 58, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m.. today at the Tishomingo Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Tishomingo Cemetery. Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
SMITHVILLE – Joanne Baker Pearce, 78, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at The Meadows in Fulton. Born in Wren on July 24, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Robert Ellett and Ila Mae Farley Baker. A loving and caring person, she married James Dudley Pearce on Dec. 5, 1953. Mrs. Pearce was a Methodist. She worked in the furniture industry at Pullman Coach and Townhouse Penthouse Industries before her retirement. She loved working with animals and flowers, and enjoyed gardening and watching birds.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Edward Puckett and Bro. Earl Farley officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
She is survived by her husband, Dudley Pearce of Smithville; a daughter, Denise Carter (Woodrow) of Detroit Ala.; a son, Gary Pearce (Crystal) of Smithville; a brother, Charles E Baker (Nan) of Shannon; two sisters, Anita Hammock and Betty Harmon, both of Amory; five grandchildren, Wesley Gilmore (Melisa), Matthew Gilmore, Jodie Gilmore (Consettia), Ashlyn Pearce and Barrett Pearce; two stepgrandchildren, Gerald Carter (Veronica) and Rachel Robertson (James); five great-grandchildren, Tyler Gilmore, Kylie Gilmore, Addison Gilmore, Kirstin Tidwell and Kinsley Tidwell; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Laura Parker, Clint Carter and Travis Carter.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, James Robert Pearce, and a brother, David L. Baker.
Pallbearers will be Wesley, Matthew and Jodie Gilmore, Ashlyn and Barrett Pearce, and Tyler Gilmore.
Visitation will continue until time for the service to begin.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Lillie Crouch Paseur
PONTOTOC – Lillie Belle Graves Crouch Paseur, 93, formerly of Ripley, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at Pontotoc Nursing Home. She was born June 18, 1917, to George Franklin Graves Sr. and Doritha Bailey Graves. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Pontotoc. She was a retired manager for Oak Haven Apartments in Ripley.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. today Saturday at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial service at the church.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden.
She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Carter (Wayne) of Pontotoc; three sisters, Mary Edge of Joliet, Ill., Ethel Wright of Falkner and Billie Jean Brown of Walnut; one sister-in-law, Louise Moore; five grandchildren, Cheryl Gowan, Gene Crouch Jr., Clay Crouch, Rayanne Adams and Jason Carter; eight great-grandchildren, Brigitte Rankin, Kelsey Crouch, Miranda Crouch, Ryke Meeks, J.D. Holliday, Anna Butler, Merilese Adams and Katherine Adams; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Marshall Crouch and George Paseur; one daughter, Virginia Breton; one son, Gene Crouch Sr.; two sisters, Adieu Reed and Frances Bumpas; two brothers, G.F. Graves and Oliver Graves; and two grandchildren, Robin Crouch White and Caryl O’Kelly Brown.
Pallbearers will be Jason Carter, Clay Crouch, Jerry Gowan, Anion Adams, Lowell Bumpas and Wesley Reed.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made Pontotoc County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 486, Pontotoc, MS 38863; or to First Baptist Church, 31 W. Washington St., Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Nancy Johnson, 58, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born May 18, 1952, to C.V. and Ollie Loveless. She was a member of Gaston Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Flint, Mich., Southwestern High School; Northeast Junior College with an associate degree in elementary education; Blue Mountain College with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education; and and the University of Mississippi with a master’s degree in education, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and a specialist’s degree in education leadership. She was an employee of the Prentiss County School District as a teacher; the GED coordinator for over 20 years; curriculum coordinator; professional development coordinator; director of 21st Century CCLC; and Title 1 instructional supervisor. She was a Teacher of the Year in 2002, in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and a STAR Teacher.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ben Parman and Bro. Matt Brown officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
She is survived by her daughter, Heather (Jesse) Stevenson of Booneville and her children, Draven, Kaylee and Kyson; her son, Jason (Kimberly) Johnson of Booneville and his children, Jada, C.J., Paden Chism and Kenzie Owens; her mother, Ollie Loveless; and one brother, Mark (Beverly) Loveless of Columbia, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her father, C.V Loveless; and one brother, Michael Loveless.
Pallbearers are Bryan Fisher, Jason White, Brad Gann, T.J. Pharr, Levi Pharr and Kenneth Chism.
Honorary pallbearers are the Prentiss County teachers and county personnel.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 a.m. today and until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Josephine S. Gooch
QUITMAN – Josephine S. Gooch, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at H.C. Watkins Memorial Hospital in Quitman. She was a loving wife and dedicated partner in the ministry of her husband, Richard, for more than 63 years.
Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Wright’s Funeral Home Chapel in Quitman. Bro. Tim McCarter officiated. Burial was Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Saucer Creek Church of Christ Cemetery at Fulton. Wright’s Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Gooch of Quitman; son, Jeff Gooch and his wife, Carolyn, of Vossburg; grandchild, Jessica Risher of Enterprise; brothers and sisters, many nieces and nephews, and extended family members of the Philippine Islands.
PONTOTOC – Neldeane Harris, 78, of the Zion community died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at her home after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Mae D. Ray
SHELL LAKE, Wis. – Mae D. Ray, 81, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at Cumberland Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 26, 1929, in Red Bay, Ala., to John and Cordelia Ozbirn Black. She married David A. Underwood on Aug. 9, 1947, in Iuka. He preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 2003. She married George J. Ray on Aug. 11, 1973. He preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 1976. She moved to the Chicago area in the early 1950’s and lived in Waukegan, Ill., until moving to Shell Lake in 2000.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka with Elder Herman Clark officiating. Burial will be at the Rutledge-Salem Cemetery in Iuka. Skinner Funeral Home of Shell Lake, Wis., is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Gary (Sherry) Underwood of Byhalia; one daughter, Pam (Dennis) Regenauer of Shell Lake, Wis.; four grandchildren, Melissa Underwood of Chicago, Rebecca (Daniel) Ables of Byhalia, Teresa Regenauer of Apple Valley, Minn., and Shawn Regenauer of Eau Claire, Wis.; three great-grandchildren, Brianna, Makayla and Ava Ables of Byhalia; three sisters, Shirley Clark of Paden, Leavie Dell Stockwell of Iuka and Ruby Mae Rast of Iuka; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and close friends Wes and Millie Jackson of Beach Park, Ill.
She was preceded in death by two brothers Loyd and Floyd Black; two sisters, Earlie Malone and an infant sister.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka.
Access the website at www.skinnerfh.com.
WEST POINT – Mary Ruth Bedford Hemphill, 91, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at Dugan Memorial Home. She was born Nov. 18, 1919, in Pratt. She was a teacher and a member of First Baptist Church. She was active in Girl Scout leadership and in PTA when her children were younger. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.
A private family service will be held today with Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Arthur Robert Hemphill of West Point; a son, Robert David Hemphill (Toby) of West Point; two daughters, Nancy Hemphill Taylor (Tommy) of Tupelo and Carol Ann Hemphill Vest (Steve) of Beverly Hills, Fla.; five grandchildren, Michael Hemphill, Brad Taylor, Katie Taylor, Madison Taylor and Quinn McKee; and one great-grandchild, Robert Hemphill.
OXFORD – Linda Irene Goodwin, 66, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She worked as an LPN for several years before her health failed.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with Bro. Kevin Franklin officiating.
Survivors include one brother, James Belcher; two sisters, Debbie Steward and Jeannie Chaney; an aunt, Lottie Redd; nieces, Rhonda Adrani, Jennifer Chaney and Tabatha Gonzales; nephews, Billy Chaney, Thomas Chaney and Jason Billingsly; a great-niece, Demmy Adrani; and a great-nephew, Tyler Adrani.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Maxine Leach, and her father, Marion Belcher.
HUDSONVILLE – Aubrey Jake Humphrey, 74, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at Olive Branch.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – David H. “Dick” Michael, 70, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Floyd Stewart, 57, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. He was born on Jan. 31, 1953, in Helena, Ark., to Rev. Diamond E. and Alice Stewart. He graduated from South Panola High School and served in the United States Army as an MP stationed in Germany. He worked at the University of Mississippi in house security for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and at Cooper Tire for 20 years. He was a Mason. He was a member of Hope Church, where he played in the band. With a passion for music, he played the drums, the bass guitar, wrote songs and ran the sound system. He was involved in lay renewals in many churches and the Prison Ministry at Pearl. He loved helping people when they needed it, which included building houses for Habitat For Humanity, mowing yards for widows and running the sound system for Sav-A-Life banquets.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Hope Church with Rev. Michael Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park with military honors. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Kay Kemp Stewart of Tupelo; two daughters, Lauren Elizabeth Stewart and Anna Claire Stewart, both of the home; his mother, Alice Stewart of Saltillo; one sister, Dianna Lynn (Jerry) Choats of Tallahassee, Fla.; three brothers, Rev. Robert Michael (Joanna) Stewart of Glenmora, La., James Edward Stewart of Virginia Beach, Va., and David Alan Stewart of Burnsville; one grandson, Baker Allen Williams; five aunts, Carolyn Hess, Margaret Edwards, Mary Fuller, Helen Campbell and Dot Dubach.
He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.
Pallbearers will be Sam Thomas, William “Hollywood” McCaulley, James “Cuz” McPhail, Alan Stewart, Ed Stewart, Richie Lomineck and Terry Perrigo.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hope Church Benevolence Fund.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
WEST POINT – Frances Kendrick Linley, 77, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born June 14, 1933, in Smithville to Era Mae Lovvorn and Luther Kendrick. She worked for Monte Glove Manufacturing in Maben for a number of years. She was a member of Church of Living Water. She married Raymond E. Linley in 1976.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Bro. Kirk Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Pete Linley of West Point; two daughters, Gayle Jenkins (Wesley) and Linda Kay Brisbine (Dave), all of West Point; two sons, Smokey Doster (Susie) of Grenada and Wayne Doster of West Point; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Judy Davis of Battle Creek, Mich., and Nellie “Polly” Mays of Hasting, Mich.; two brothers, Milton Kendrick (Alice) of West Point and Billy G. Kendrick (Beth) of Carthage.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Patricia Norton; and a grandson, Jerry Wayne Norton.
Pallbearers will be Doug Jolly, Bert Allen, Charlie Jones, Brad Doster, Shannon Doster, Tucker Henley and D.J. Doster.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Henley, Sammy Henley, Lloyd Hendon and Bill Walker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
TOPEKA, Kan. – Shirley Nadine Mauney, 70, formerly of Ripley, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, in Topeka, Kan. She was born Sept. 26, 1940, in Ripley. She was a Baptist. She married Allen Rudolph Mauney in 1955. He died Oct. 5, 1995.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Criswell Cemetery.
She is survived by two sons, Troy Mauney and James Harold Mauney; one grandson, Raymond Gene Mauney; and a sister, Betty Vuncannon of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and four siblings.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Terry Barkley died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
SALTILLO – Robert L. “Sonny” Buse, 69, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born March 26, 1941, in Guntown to Dewey and Ruby Wiggington Buse. Retired from furniture manufacturing, he worked at Leggett & Platt, Claude Gable and Johnson-Baker. He was a Baptist. He enjoyed fishing and going to auctions.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Buse officiating. Burial will be in Campbelltown Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Rennia Lynn Buse of Saltillo; two sons, Gary Buse (Daphne) and Terry Buse (Norma) of Guntown; three daughters, Loretta Buse (Eugene) of Indiana, Vicki Ross of Amory and Melissa Buse of Guntown; a stepdaughter, Rena Strange of Mantachie; two sisters, Faye Miller of Pontotoc and Linda Hogue of Guntown; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Charles Palmer, Truman Lindsey, and Boone and Diane Sanders.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Robert Dean Buse and Andy Joe Buse; and a sister, Bonnie Wallace.
Pallbearers will be Blake Buse, Eugene bowling, Austin Pleasanton, Landon Sanders, Robbie Buse and Mac McBrayer.
MANTACHIE – Herman Farrar, 82, of the Centerville community died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Alta Wood Seago, 90, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at McPeters Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
TISHOMINGO – Nick Starkey, 80, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka. Burial will be in Highland Baptist Church Cemetery in Tishomingo.
AMORY – Jerome Dobbs, 45, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Health Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
IUKA – Johnnie Ledgewood, 85, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at the Carrington House in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Kevin Eatherton, 52, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel.
ASHLAND – Herman Lee Williams died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Ashland.