By NEMS Daily Journal
BRANDON – Our precious little angel sent from above, Pruett Taylor Bowen, 4 months old, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Funeral services are today, Jan. 20, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Pinelake Church with burial to follow in the Lakeland Place Garden Park Cemetery in Brandon. Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon is handling the arrangements.
As an answer to his parents’ prayers, Pruett was born on Sept. 29, 2011, in Flowood and was a resident of Brandon. He was a member of Pinelake Church. An avid Mississippi State fan, he loved watching sports with his daddy and reading Bible stories with his mama. He was dearly loved by an abundance of family and friends. We will forever remember and miss our beloved “lil’ man.”
He is survived by his parents, Brandon and Maren Bowen of Brandon; his maternal grandparents, Brenda Beasley of Brandon, and Larry and Janet Beasley of Pearl; his paternal grandparents, Brenda Pruett Patrick and her husband, David, of Bartlett, Tenn., and Stephen Bowen of Aberdeen; his great-grandparents, Billy and Mary Beasley of Madison, A.W. Boleware of Jackson, Billy and Shirley Pruett of Aberdeen, and Velma Bowen of Aberdeen; his uncles, Taylor (Laura) Beasley of Germantown, Tenn., Jason (Jennifer) Beasley of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Kris Bowen of Oxford. He is also survived by many cousins, family members, and friends who will truly miss his beautiful smile and big blue eyes.
Pruett is preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Marion and Evelyn Harris of Brandon, and Phillip Bowen of Aberdeen.
Donations may be made in Pruett Taylor Bowen’s name to BancorpSouth Bank at any branch location.
OKOLONA – On Jan. 19, 2012, the Pearly Gates of Heaven opened and a host of angels ushered Ozell Robbins into her glorious, eternal home. She is 97, born in Chickasaw County on June 6, 1914, to Robert and Pearl Hadley Kelso and lived most of her life in Okolona. She died in the Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona, where she has lived for eight years.
Ozell worked at Delta Trousers Manufacturing for 40 years and later was manager of Bill’s Dollar Store in Okolona. She loved gardening, hand work, cooking and Bible study, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She was the oldest member of Okolona Christian Church, where she taught Sunday school for 30 years.
A celebration of life service will be Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with her grandson, Jason Weathers, and Bro. Eric Boykin officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in the Pleasant Grove community west of Shannon. Visitation will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Durrell Robbins; four brothers, Herbert, Thomas, Tucker and Richard Kelso; one sister, Annie Sue Porter; and four grandchildren.
Survivors include her five daughters, Elaine Goldsby and Christine Bethany of Memphis, Barbara Homan of Okolona, and Frances (Ray) Ryals and Dot (Joe) Gann, both of Tupelo. She leaves 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 38 great-great-grandchildren and her special caregiver, Gay Palmer.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Stanley and Mike Carter, Kenny Homan and Jody White; and her great-grandsons, Justin Homan and Mark Weathers.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association (Pleasant Grove Community) Fund at Renasant Bank, P.O. Box 36, Shannon, MS 38868 or the charity of your choice.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BELMONT – George Lee Wiltshire, 93, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a native of Attala County. He was a communication lineman for Illinois Central Railroad for 37 1/2 years. He was a member of Belmont United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Belmont United Methodist Church with Bro. Ronnie Goodwin and Bro. Greg Forbus officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery at Belmont. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife of 60 years, Nancy Wiltshire of Belmont; five children, Phyllis Strickland (Jerry) and Sylvia Chamblee (Robert), all of Fulton, Dixie Griffin (Tim) of Iuka, George D. “Buddy” Wiltshire (Peggy) of Belmont and Donna McAnally (Mark) of Oxford; one brother, Luther Howard Wiltshire of Belmont; 13 grandchildren, Jenny Jenkins (Doug) of Tupelo, Becky Strickland of Fulton, Rob Chamblee Jr. of Ridgeland, Kate Neal (Travis) of Wichita, Kan., Lee Griffin, Anna-Claire Griffin and Madelyn Griffin, all of Iuka, Emily Wiltshire, Allison Wiltshire and Wesley Wiltshire, all of Belmont, and Lauren McAnally, Jake McAnally and Carlee McAnally, all of Oxford.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Jennie Wiltshire; two brothers, Frank Wiltshire and Henry Wiltshire; and one sister, Minnie Streetman.
Pallbearers will be Rob Chamblee, Lee Griffin, Jake McAnally, Wesley Wiltshire, Doug Jenkins, Travis Neal and Jerry Streetman.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at Belmont United Methodist Church.
RIPLEY – Charlie Wesley “Bubba” Bell, 72, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born Feb. 6, 1939, to William “Bill” and Arie Lee Cox Bell. He accepted Christ at an early age and joined Moses Chapel United Methodist Church and remained a member until his death. For many years he sang with the Spiritual Travelers, The Pilgrim Aires and The Gospel Aires gospel groups.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Moses Chapel United Methodist Church in Ripley with Rev. Joseph Stone officiating. Burial will be in Boyd Cemetery at Ripley. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Pearlie Bell; two stepsons and two stepdaughters; his siblings, William Junior Bell and Virginia Prather of Ripley; Minnie (James) Anderson and Lucille (Oliver) Spencer of Booneville, and Lola (Joseph) Wingale and Nattie Mae Paden of Trenton, N.J.; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Billy and Jimmy Bell; and a sister, Louise Bell.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 8 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
Arnold Huggins Sr.
HOUSTON – Arnold Huggins Sr., 72, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 6, 1939, in Houston to Mack and Trudy Huggins.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at West Side Church of Christ in Houston. Bro. Herman Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Houston Cemetery. Montgomery Mortuary of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include seven sons, Gerry Huggins of Buffalo, N.Y., Arnold Huggins Jr. of Aberdeen, Keith (Molette) Huggins of Houston, Vernon (Le’Cresha) Mosley of St. Louis, Mo., Ronnie (Vesta) Huggins of Culpepper, Va., James (Brenda) Huggins of Houston, and Dewayne (Sabrina) Huggins of Charlotte, N.C.; one daughter, Dasia McKinney of Mathiston; and a son he raised as his own, Nathaniel (Shenia) Jones of Houston.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Montgomery Mortuary Chapel.
Minnie B. Berthay
SALTILLO – Minnie B. Berthay, 87, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2012, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was born Aug. 10, 1924, in Alcorn County to Tal and Sally Box Johnson. She grew up in Mooreville and the Fawn Grove community. She was a former employee of TKE drug store, Saltillo Mfg. Co., Guntown Mfg. and Hunter Sadler Mfg. in Tupelo. She was a homemaker and helpmate on the family farm in Saltillo. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a member of Euclatubba Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Minister Eddie Boutwell officiating. Burial will be in Euclatubba Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn Clary of Saltillo; one son, Michael Berthay (Rita) of Saltillo; and three grandchildren, Clint Berthay, Ryan Berthay and Beau Clary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Quitman C. Berthay; her parents and two brothers, Hugh W. Johnson and Levi Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Douglas Johnson, Gerald Owens, Scott Dillard, James Price, Guy L. Patterson Jr. and Michael Swindle.
Her grandsons and Thomas Berthay will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until service time today at Waters Funeral Home.
The family ask that memorials be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 1073, Tupelo, MS 38802 or National Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.
MEMPHIS – George Hill, 44, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Hearn Grove M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in Southwoods Memorial Park in Memphis. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BYHALIA – Lula Ellen Tunstall Bell, 98, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at her home in Byhalia.
Services will be at noon today at Antioch M.B. Church at Victoria. Burial will be in the McCraven Cemetery at Victoria. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. today.
MEMPHIS – Ada Harris McKinzy, 86, formerly of Holly Springs, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at her home in Memphis.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church at Red Banks. Burial will be in Hillcrest 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 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church from 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. Saturday.
OXFORD – Essie Jones, 79, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
TUPELO – Charlie Wren died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at his home. He was born March 20, 1920, to Charlie and Irene Wren. He accepted Christ at an early age and joined Johnson Chapel M.B. Church, where he remained until death. He was a member of the male chorus and a Sunday School teacher. He was a member of Prince Hall Mason Wilson Chapel Lodge 350 in Shannon. In his younger years he played for the Negro League in baseball. He also served in the U.S. Army in 1943.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Johnson Chapel M.B. Church with the Rev. Marvin McWhorter officiating. Burial will be in Johnson Chapel Cemetery. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter and caregiver, Jeannette Berry of Tupelo; one sister, Lorean May of Detroit, Mich.; four granddaughter, Betty (Curtis) Rogers, Dorothy (Brant) Vaughn, Deloris (Leonta) Nabors and Ashley (Autravis) Richey; one stepgranddaughter, Sheree Clark of Chicago; one stepgrandson, Terry Clark; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Cecila Wren; one stepson, James Albert Clark; one sister, Charlene; three brothers, L.Z., Willie Bell and Jessie Bell; and one step-granddaughter, Latanyia Clark.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today and the family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
To sign the online guestbook, visit nljonesandson.com.
BLUE SPRINGS – Troy W. Bingham, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 27, 1919, in Tishomingo County to William and Amanda Bingham. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a farmer prior to working at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville, where he was a laundry and housekeeping supervisor and worked in security. Upon retiring from Baptist Memorial Hospital in 1985, he moved to Blue Springs. He was a member of East Booneville Baptist Church, but he was currently attending Beech Springs Baptist Church at Blue Springs.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville with Joshua Blythe, Bro. Felix Hutchison and Bro. Doug Westmoreland officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Billie (Kenneth) Robison; grandchildren, Pam (Gary) Robison and Ken (Heather) Robison: great-grandchildren, Brooke (Bryan) Morris, Joshua (Tara) Blythe, Cole and Caleb Robison, Madison, Kennedy and Tripp Robison; great-great-grandchildren, Ivie, Lexe and Gage Morris, and Halle Jo Blythe; sister-in-law, Launa Bingham; a niece, Carol Loden, and a nephew, Mike (Vickie) Barnette.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mae Orene Millsaps Bingham; infant daughter, Joyce Ann Bingham; his parents, William and Amanda Bingham; a brother, Wilton Bingham; and two sisters, Marie Bingham Barnette and Opal Bingham.
Pallbearers will be Cole Robison, Caleb Robison, Tripp Robison, Bryan Morris, Mike Barnette and Mike Dean. Honorary pallbearers will be Mitchell Brown and Jerry Carter.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Margaret J. Rogers
FULTON – Margaret Jo Waters Rogers, 56, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at her home. She was born Nov. 29, 1955, in Wilson, Ark., to William J. and Dolly F. Waters. She married Freeman Rogers on Sept. 11, 1970. She was employed as a Lift Inc. case manager in Itawamba County. She enjoyed arts and crafts, spending time with her family and taking care of her grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Bobby Jarrell officiating. Burial will be in Hardens Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Freeman Rogers of Fulton; one daughter, Amy (Randy) Kelton of Banner; two sons, Steven (Sherry) Rogers of Fulton and Brent (Jennifer) Rogers of Red Bay, Ala.; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; her mother, Dolly F. Waters of Fulton; two sisters, Patricia (Jerry) Hopkins and Theresa (W.J.) Patterson of Fulton; and three brothers, Tim (Wanda) Waters of Mantachie, and Billy (Penny) Waters and Donnie Waters, all of Florida.
She was preceded in death by her father, William J. “Pop” Waters, and an infant brother, Michael Joe Waters.
Pallbearers will be Tony Hopkins, Ricky Lindley, Greg Lindley, Randy Rodgers, Anthony Rogers, Tracy Rogers, Austin Kelton and Ralph Crowley Jr.
FULTON – William C. Marion, 75, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Amory.
Joy Ann Winters
BRUCE – Joy Ann Winters, 56, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at her home in Bruce. She was born Sept. 10, 1955, in Chicago. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Bro. Darrell Logan will officiate, and Bro. Robbie Moss will assist. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Angie Gail Kelley (David) of Paris, and Tangela Washington (Ronald) and Crystal Garcia (Juan), all of Bruce; her mother, Angeline Gregory (Mac) of Bruce; sisters, Annette Parker, Retha Bowling (Kenny) and Barbara Edington (Jimmy), all of Bruce; brother, Gary Graham (Diane) of Bruce; nine grandchildren, Nikki Zarazua , Montana Goodwin, Madison Kelley, Reese Washington, Joy Washington, Alex Washington, Leann Simmons, Cindy Xevar, Joseph Xevar; three great-grandchildren; and a special uncle, Tommy Robinson of Ellisville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Lee Winters; a son, Tony Mac Winters; and her father, Reese Helman Graham.
Pallbearers will be Joe Collins, Robert Mata, Dean Mann, Bobby Nino, Robert Patterson and Ricky Ulland.
Online condolences may be left at parkermemorialfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – G.W. Lindsey, 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born April 25, 1923, to John and Ora Miller Lindsey in Benton County. He was retired from the Genesco Corporation with 32 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of North Ripley Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for 54 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at North Ripley Baptist Church with Bro. Lamar Grisham officiating. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Beverly Brown (Larry Griggs) of Saltillo; one son, Greg K. Lindsey (Janet) of Glen; one sister, Audrey Glidewell of Ripley; three grandchildren, Nicole Jones (Frankie) and Brandon Mack (Jenny), both of Macon, and Jennifer Lindsey of Long Beach; and six great-grandchildren, Dylan Ruth, Natalie Ruth, Dakota Jones, Halee Mack, Hunter Mack and Lexlie Mack.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lila Maxine Shelton Lindsey, and his parents.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 7 a.m. to noon today. Visitation will continue at the church from 1 p.m. to service time today.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
OKOLONA – Hazel Lancaster Sullivan, 90, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at the Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
FULTON – Sylven Thurston Stegall, 93, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a native of Itawamba County and the son of Argalius Stegall and Annie Walls Stegall. He was a member of Shiloh CME Church in Fulton, where he served as a steward. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He loved to do gardening. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Dale Hollis Stegall, on May 27, 2011.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh CME Church. Rev. Bettye Clifton will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Fulton Community Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by four sons, John Earl (Cheryl) Stegall of Akron, and Ohio, L.B. (Lucy) Stegall, Excell (Elizabeth) Stegall and Wayne Stegall, all of Fulton; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be two hours prior services at the church on Saturday.
PONTOTOC – James Melvin “Jim” Bennett, 82, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 12, 1929, in Blue Mountain to Leona Goudy Bennett and Lamar Bennett. He graduated from Blue Mountain High School, and attended Northwest Junior College, Delta State College and the University of Mississippi. He served in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Chun Chung during the Korean conflict. He retired in 1994 after 25 years with Brookwood Furniture as an accountant. He was previously employed by Tupelo Manufacturing, Mississippi Highway Department and Futorian-Stratford. He was a devoted member of First Baptist Church in Pontotoc for 52 years, serving as secretary in the youth department for 27 years. He served as secretary-treasurer for the Pontotoc Civitan Club for 38 years and he was a former member of the Pontotoc Jaycees. He enjoyed all types of sports, playing basketball in high school and college. He became interested in golf at a young age in Blue Mountain, learning the game from his dad. He was an avid Ole Miss fan and had a lifelong love for the St. Louis Cardinals. He loved gospel music and enjoyed collecting baseball cards and old coins.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester and Dr. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens with a private graveside service. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Peggy Montgomery Bennett; his sons, Dean Mitchell (Linda) of New Albany and Don Bennett of Pontotoc; his daughter D’Anne (Jeff) Stafford of Pontotoc; grandchildren, Tommy (Kate) Mitchell of Sarasota, Fla., Torrey (Heather) Mitchell of Ingomar, Mary Bennett and Claire Bennett of Memphis, Carson Bennett of Atlanta, Ga., Blake Shettles of Tupelo, and Nolan and Adrian Stafford of Pontotoc; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Lane; a sister-in-law, Betty Bennett of Cordova, Tenn.; three nephews, Rodney (Lisa) Bennett of Chicago, James Bennett of Memphis and Glen (Barbara) Bennett of Florida; three great-nieces, Sabrina Bennett of San Francisco, Calif., Meredith and Maegan; and great-nephews, Brent Bennett of Chicago and Adrian Bennett of Houston, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Maxine Bennett; and a brother, Joe Bennett.
Pallbearers will be Nolan Stafford, Torrey Mitchell, George Higginbotham, George Stegall, Joe Phil Whitten, Cris Armstrong and Gary Carroll.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Pontotoc Civitan Club and the Jimmy Wise Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 31 Washington St., Pontotoc, MS 38863 or Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, MS 38610.
GOLDEN – Eva Grissom, 95, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Fulton. She was a native of Alabama. She was a seamstress at Blue Bell for 25 years and a member of Altar Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. J.C. Blackburn officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are one daughter, Diane Kent (James) of Fulton; two grandsons, Anthony Pounds (Shay) and Kevin Pounds, all of Golden; four great-grandsons, Jade Pounds, Jace Pounds, Jake Pounds and Hunter Pounds; two sisters, Ellen Carico and Eugenia Morgan; and two brothers, Edward Ledbetter (Edith) and Troyce Ledbetter (Marcifay).
She was preceded in death by her husband, B.O. Grissom; two sisters, Ernestine Self and Vaudie Ledbetter; and three brothers, Golden Ledbetter, Robert H. Jr. Ledbetter and Hollis Ledbetter.
Pallbearers will be Mike Grissom, Chris Swindle, Ricky Grissom, Edwin Grissom, Danny Pearson and Ronald Gene Scott.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – Darlene Baines died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Keller Landing Care and Rehabilitation Center in Alabama. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
WHEELER – Wynona Mabry, 83, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at her home. She was a member of Wheeler Primitive Baptist Church. She had worked at Blue Bell and Lucky Star Manufacturing. She also worked as a nurses aide. She loved to read and she loved animals.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Jimmy Glover and Bro. Rex Bullock officiating. Burial will be in the Prospect Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Mabry; her parents, William and Lela Kesler; and one brother, William Kesler Jr.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Hutcheson, Mike Jones, Lee Swinney, Curtis Bishop, Tim Kesler, Tim Lambert, Billy Eaton, Brodie and Jerry McCreary.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today.
ABERDEEN – Nedra Knox, 41, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
CORINTH – Mary A. Hardin Porter, 85, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth. A graveside committal service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
CHICAGO – Gatewood Jones, 63, formerly of Lamar, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at South Shore Hospital in Chicago.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Roberts Chapel CME Church at Slayden. 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 12:30 to 1:25 p.m. Saturday.
TUPELO – Lorena Wesson, 98, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Traceway Manor Greenhouses. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Mozella Ellis died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.