By NEMS Daily Journal
Dr. Guy Farmer Sr.
CALHOUN CITY – Dr. Guy Robert Farmer Sr., 75, of Calhoun City, died Jan. 19, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 20, 1936, in Wesson, the son of Robert Hugh and Lavern Batton Farmer.
Funeral services will be Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Calhoun City. Visitation will be today, Jan. 21, 2012, from 3 until 5 p.m. at Pryor Funeral Home. Dr. Anthony Kay will be officiating with speakers Stephen Farmer, Kit Bryant and Michael Joe Cannon.
Pallbearers will be Michael Joe Cannon, Kit Bryant, Michael Caviness, David Hill, Bobby Steel, Jimmy Ball, Sonny Clanton, Jimmy Ball, Paul Moore Jr., Ed Neeley and John Burt.
Survivors include sons, Dr. Guy Farmer Jr. (Amy) of Oxford, Stephen Farmer (Amy) of Greenwood; daughter, Celeste (Faz) Krikorian of Washington D.C.; sisters, Laverne Wenninger of Arizona and Catherene Dulaney of New Albany. He is also survived by six grandchildren.
Dr. Farmer served two terms as alderman in the 1970s, which he took great pride in. The core group was made up of Dr. L.D. Webb, Charles Beasley, Rupert Lunceford and George Lacy Vanlandingham, with Karl Wayne Easley, Rex Marshall and J.R. Denton also involved.
During Dr. Farmer’s eight years on the board he served as police commissioner; the town built its first tennis courts; built the first paved basketball courts; built baseball fields for young and older ages; established the Calhoun City Industrial Park; built a new library; built new fire and police departments; and dramatically improved housing for less fortunate citizens with public housing structures.
Dr. Farmer was also involved in many countywide ventures, which he said was often challenging due to the “North-South rivalry” being much more intense in those days.
He served on the airport board that ultimately led to the construction of the county airport in Pittsboro.
He worked with Dr. Webb, Paul Moore Sr. and Supervisor John Warner to obtain the certificate of need for the county hospital to be built in Calhoun City. The same effort was made by the group for the county nursing home, ultimately built by the hospital.
Dr. Farmer served as director of the nursing home from its onset until a few years ago when he resigned.
Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
Online condolences may be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Charles Stanley Cooper, 64, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Jan. 28, 1947, in Ripley to Grady Charlie and Hazel Bishop Cooper. He had been a resident of New Albany since 2006. He was a Baptist and was retired from First Tennessee Bank in Memphis. He enjoyed playing golf.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with the Rev. Jeff Lawrence officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include his mother, Hazel Cooper of Myrtle; two daughters, Tracey Weichel of Cordova, Tenn., and Sandra Cooper of Olive Branch; a brother, Bobby Cooper of Byhalia; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday.
BALDWYN – Willie Lee Williams died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at his home in Baldwyn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
WEST POINT – Maxine Ada Hinshaw, 89, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born Nov. 14, 1922, in Cass County, Ind., to Cora Alice Pryor and Hobart Lewis. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church. She married Allen Eugene Hinshaw on Aug. 25, 1938, in Monrovia, Ind. He preceded her in death on Aug. 30, 1987.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn Burgess (Mickey) of Columbus and Mary Lou Darsey (Robert) of West Point; her sons, Max Hinshaw (Wilma) and Kenny Hinshaw (Debbie), all of West Point; eight grandchildren, Teresa Osbirn (Scottie), Paul Hinshaw, Brad Burgess (Coy), Katye Reese (Jason), Anne Noble (Dave), Rebecca DeSantis (Andy), Ben Darsey (Shonda) and Janna Darsey; 12 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Florence Taylor of Mooresville, Ind.
Pallbearers will be Paul Hinshaw, Ben Darsey, Brad Burgess, Justin Osbirn, Jason Reece and Andy DeSautis.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. T.N. Braddock, Dr. Edmund A. Miller Jr., the Wesley Wasson Sunday School Class and the Marcella Joiner Circle.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773 or to the charity of your choice.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave online condolences at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Thomas E. “Tom” Brown, 78, died on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Feb. 19, 1933, in Lucy, Tenn., he was a son of the late William David and Martha Jane McKee Brown. An outstanding all-sports athlete, he graduated from Bartlett, Tenn., High School, Class of 1952. He honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Wynelle Sullivan on Sept. 8, 1953. For 22 years, he worked as a general supervisor at the Ford Assembly Plant in Vermilion, Ohio. Moving to Amory in 1981, he was a member and a deacon of Meadowood Baptist Church. A strong and compassionate man, Tom’s life was guided by his faith, family and friends. An avid sports fan, he also enjoyed woodworking, making wire-craft jewelry, and listening to gospel and bluegrass music.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt and Bro. Tommy Buchanan officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Wynelle “Nell” Brown; daughters, Debbie Pounds (Johnny) and Terrye Rice; son, David Brown, (Tammy), all of Amory; sister, Dolly Deen of Brighton, Tenn.; brothers, Odis Brown (Ginny) of Millington, Tenn., and Glenn “Brownie” Brown (Jo) of Birmingham, Ohio; mother-in-law, Inez Sullivan of Amory; brother-in-law, Steve Sullivan (Elizabeth) of Becker; grandchildren, Nathan Brown, Jon Pounds, Rachel Pounds, Jacob Pounds (Courtney), Andy Rice (Blair), Becky Pounds (Clay Hinds), and Kara, Kayla, Cody and Connor Brown; great-grandchildren, Marty Joe Fowlkes, Cayleigh Beth Pounds, Magnolia Joon Hinds and Chloe Harper Rice; a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Hilda Edwards; and brothers, Major, Everett “Bo” and Hoyt Brown.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Brown, Jon Pounds, Jacob Pounds, Andy Rice, Clay Hinds and Cody Brown.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Meadowoood Baptist Church, P.O. Box 535, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Mozella Bradley Ellis, 91, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born May 28, 1920, in Tupelo to Ed and Maggie Bradley. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined with Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church of Chesterville. She later joined Springhill M.B. Church in Tupelo and remained a member until death. She graduated from College Hill High School. She was a homemaker, cook and caterer for many years. She was married to the late Albert Ellis. She was fondly known as “Zell,” “Aunt Zell” and “MU.”
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Springhill M.B. Church with the Rev. Gary Long, the Rev. Joseph Long and the Rev. Nollen Elzie Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Leamon Ellis (Darlene) of Las Vegas, Nev., and Orenthal Duncan (Margaret “Judy”) of Tupelo; two sisters, Zora Wise of Tupelo and Luzinnia Holland of Jackson, Tenn.; one brother, James Henry Bradley of St. Louis, Mo.; five non-biological children, Jim and Med Leake, Kathy Fristead, and Mike and Mary Hunter Sadler; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a multitude of nieces, great-nieces, nephews and great-nephews.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday 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.
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OKOLONA – Hazel Virginia Lancaster Sullivan, 90, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona. She was born in Tishomingo County on Dec. 28, 1921, to John Melton and Minnie Clyde Lancaster. Following the flooding of Pickwick Dam in 1937, she and her family relocated to Van Vleet. She lived much of her adult life in Okolona, having moved there from Van Vleet in 1964. Revered by all as a “hard-working woman,” she was employed by Prairie Arsenal Plant during World War II and later worked many years as an inspector for Futorian Industries and Meadow Sportswear of Okolona. In her retirement, she worked as a caregiver until reaching 78 years of age. She loved working outdoors in her flowers, especially roses and gardening. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Okolona. A beloved citizen of Okolona and friend to all, she will long be known for her sweet countenance, her uplifting spirit, and her service to her family, community and church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. H.B. Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Boone’s Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Judy Ellis of Columbus; three stepchildren: O.D. Sullivan Jr. (Mary Nell) of Southaven, Kenneth Sullivan (Roseanne) and Diane Rogers (Bubba) of Plantersville; three sisters, Minnie Pearl Wiseman of Houston, Mary Lois Wilson of Houston and Reba Conner of Martin, Tenn.; her brother, Jimmy Lancaster (Mary Ella) of Van Vleet; four grandchildren, Chris Gaskin of Okolona, Chad Gaskin (Stephanie) of New Albany, Monica Cross of Okolona and John Ellis (Heather) of Columbus; eight great-grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, O.D. Sullivan; her daughter, Virginia Sue Lovern, on April 18, 2008; two brothers: Harold and Lloyd Lancaster; and two sisters: Flora Mae Pierce and Clyda Lancaster.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the Okolona Chapel.
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IUKA – Leo Nichols, 93, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Carrington House in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
RED BAY, Ala – Bettie Michael, 66, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at her son’s residence in Littleville, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
FLORENCE, Ala. – Wilton “Buddy” Calley died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at the Glenwood Nursing Home in Florence, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
SELMER, Tenn. – Vanessa L. Gaines, 49, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at the Regional Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.
TUPELO – Mary “Lorena” Wesson, 98, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at United Methodist Senior Services, Leeper Green House. She was born May 13, 1913, in Saltillo to Pinkney Green Wesson and Norma Wilson Wesson. She received her undergraduate degree from Mississippi State College for Women and later earned a master’s degree and completed the course work for her Ph.D. In her younger years, she worked as an elementary teacher in Natchez. She lived in Memphis for the past 60 years, working as a teacher, principal and supervisor of teachers for Memphis City Schools before retiring. She was a longtime resident of Kirby Pines Retirement Community before moving to Tupelo. She enjoyed reading, worldwide traveling and current events. She was a member of Buntyn Presbyterian Church in Memphis.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Wil Howie officiating. A private burial will follow in Campbelltown Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by five nieces and nephews, Dr. Thomas W. Wesson Jr. (Jeanne) of Mantachie, Dr. Matthew B. Wesson (Hope) of Tupelo, Norma Lynn Wesson of Guntown, Vicki Wesson (William Wilson) of Mantachie and Dale W. Rybick of Athens, Ala.; three great-nieces and great-nephews, Will Sabin of Starkville, Lorena Sappington (Will) of Collierville, Tenn., and Cliff Rybick of Athens, Ala.; cousins, Margaret Wilson of Farmington, Conn., Tommy Dale Wesson of Memphis, Amelia Rushing (Dutch) of Greenville, Mary Anne Berger (Rut) of Cleveland, Dr. Bill Wilson of Jackson, Anne Pitkin of Seattle, Wash., and Joe Purvis (Susan) of Little Rock, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Dr. Thomas W. Wesson Sr. and John E. Wesson.
Pallbearers will be William Wilson, Will Sabin, Cliff Rybick, Tommy Anderson, Lou Remmers and Robbie Howell.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Buntyn Presbyterian Church, 561 S. Prescott St., Memphis, TN 38111 or Campbelltown Cemetery Fund, c/o Virginia Duffie, P.O. Box 388, Guntown, MS 38849.
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CALHOUN CITY – Thomas Howell “Tom” Therrell, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Calhoun Health Services. He was born July 5, 1926, in Vardaman. He was the former co-owner and operator of Custom Dimensions. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of Vardaman Baptist Church and the VFW.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Kenneth Armstrong officiating and the Rev. Jimmy Vance assisting. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City.
Survivors include two daughters, Patrelia Conner (Dab) of Calhoun City and Judy Alred (Larry) of Nettleton; six grandchildren, Tesa Blount, Taffie Conner, Tiffany Ragon, Jennifer Chandler, Larry Evans and Taylor Evans; 13 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Winfield Therrell and Ila Stewart Therrell; a sister, Norma Reid; and two brothers, Rex Therrell and Buddy Therrell.
Pallbearers will be Dale Teynolds, Kevin Stone, Little Ray Hamilton and Kenny Clanton.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Mary Virginia Souter, 80, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Springville Chapel Baptist Church in Pontotoc. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Serenity Funeral Home.
FRANKLIN, Ky. – Michael Anthony Moore, 52, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Franklin, Ky. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
NORTHPORT, Ala. – Lucille Billings Huff, 96, formerly of Reform, Ala., died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at the DCH Regional Medical Center after a long illness. She was born July 1, 1915, in Gordo, Ala., to Henry and Lizzie Byars Billings. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Reform. She was an Avon representative for 56 years and the district manager in Reform. For the last four years she had lived at Merrill Gardens in Northport, Ala. She will be remembered for her kind heart, kind words, sweet gentle heart and radiant smile.
A celebration of her life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Reform First Baptist Church with the Rev. Brannon Pinion, Rev. George Shadix and Rev. Terry Billings officiating. Burial will be in Graham Memorial Cemetery. Skelton Funeral Home of Reform, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Charleen Grayson of Northport, Ala., and Francille Hinchey (Harold) of Tupelo; one son, Michael B. Huff (Shirley) of Fayette, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Trudie E. Billings of Northport, Ala.; six grandchildren, Bobby Grayson (Oxana), Kristi Grayson Lent (fiancé, Tony Nelson), Jeff Huff (Carla), Steven Huff (Christy), Michelle Huff Brown (David) and Carly Hinchey Johnston (Richard); 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, A.D. “Sonny” and Nita Yearby, Henry and Gypsy Helmers, Bill and Pam Latham, Mary Hyche and Bonnie Doughty.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Boyd Judson Huff; a granddaughter, Camille Hinchey Carruth; her parents; and brothers, Albert M. Billings Sr. and James Billings.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Huff, Bobby Grayson, Steve Huff, Richard Johnston, Conner Carruth and Grayson Lent.
The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to service time Sunday.
Memorials may be sent to Reform First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 100, reform, AL 35481.
GOLDEN – David Johnston, 54, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at his residence.
Services will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at Golden Central Baptist Church. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Golden Central Baptist Church.
HOUSTON – Ezra Eunice Gore, 84, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at his home. He was born Nov. 8, 1927, in Chickasaw County to Rev. W.N. “Bud” Gore and Alice Ferguson Gore. He was a carpenter and a member of New Hope Church of God.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Hope Church of God with Bro. Greg Moss and Bro. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will be in Elzey Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Carvie Gore of Houston; his children, Rita Alley and Don of Iuka, Cathy Rodgers of Houston, Jo Ann Ferguson and Donnie of Houston, Donna Crowley and Tommy of Mantee, Ruby Norman and Mike of Big Creek, Tess Nichols and Doug of Houston, and Johnny Shipley of Houston; one sister, Dot Alford of Tupelo; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Gloria Jean Gore; a great-grandson, Matthew Tunnell; a son-in-law, Billy Rodgers; and six brothers and five sisters.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Alley, Wayne Potts, Michael Ferguson, Jordon Nichols, Danny Joe Norman and Johnny Shipley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lane Ferguson and Jason Brassfield, both deployed to Afghanistan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Southern Funeral Chapel. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.