Obituaries January 23, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Pete Williams
NETTLETON – Pete Williams, 59, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a two week illness. He was born on Oct.13, 1952 in Caledonia, one of 11 children of the union of Joe and Jettie Cantrell Williams. He lived most of his life in the Nettleton area where he was a self-employed master mechanic and farmer. At his death, he was employed as a mechanic for Fastening Solutions of Amory. He loved life and living and his family, especially his four grandchildren whom “Poppy” constantly doted over and spoiled. An avid deer hunter, he loved all God’s creation and being “amongst it.” A jack of all trades, he enjoyed piddling with anything in his shop and “fixing” things. He was a member of Palestine Baptist Church where he had served as an ordained deacon and was known each Sunday for his hospitality in greeting all the men and hugging all the women. He will forever be remembered as having a servant’s heart.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Mike Brazeal officiating. Private burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Pam Simmons Williams, whom he married in Tupelo on April 30, 1976; his sons, Brad Williams and wife, Brandie and their children, Sadie, Bradon and Emry and Scott “Bondo” Williams and his wife, Riley Roebuck Williams and their daughter, Presley, all of Nettleton; his sisters, Shelby Gray (Travis), Lottie Edwards and Linda Joyce Williams, all of Nettleton and Myrtle Streetman of Mooreville; two brothers, Harold and Tom Williams, both of Nettleton; his special brother-in-law, Ernie Simmons (Sandy) of Tupelo; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a large group of friends everywhere.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Jettie; his siblings, Bill, Lucille, James and Betty Williams, and his in-laws, Bro. and Mrs. Ernest Simmons, Sr.
Pallbearers will be Mike, Matthew and Jon Paul Barber, Glen Burt, Pat Malone and Justin Hall.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time on Monday, all at Holland-Nettleton Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Palestine Baptist Church Youth Fund, P. O. Box 312, Nettleton, MS 38858. Condolences may be e mailed to

David Johnston
GOLDEN – On January 20, 2012, the Pearly Gates of Heaven opened and a host of angels ushered David Lee Johnston into his glorious, eternal home. He was 54 years old, born in Franklin County, Ala. on November 18, 1957 to his loving parents, Thurman and Florence Guinn Johnston. He lived in the Red Bay area for 34 years and then moved to the family farm in Golden, MS where he resided until his death. He died at his cabin in the woods with his precious wife, daughter and son by his side and holding his hand.
David worked for Norfolk Southern Railway for 19 years. He was an avid hunter and life-long collector of 1946 Chevy trucks and hotrods. He loved gardening, nature and all of God’s creations, fishing with his grandkids and son, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family and loyal companion, Buddy. He enjoyed living on the farm and designed and built their home, which he called “the healing place.” He also enjoyed teaching his grandchildren about the cattle and all the many animals on the farm. He was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church, and he loved his church family dearly. He fought a courageous battle with cancer for over 10 years, but found his true strength in his Lord and Savior.
Visitation will be from 5-6 p.m. today with a celebration of life service following at 6 p.m. at Golden Central Baptist Church. Bro. Shawn Davis, Bro. Tommy Purvis, Bro. Billy Burge and Bro. Greg Forbus will be officiating. A private burial will held on Monday at Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Ala. is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his wife and best friend of 31 years, Sandi Davis Johnston; precious daughter Jodi, that was his nurse until the very end, and her husband Pat Reed Jr.; a son that was his pride and joy, Jake Johnston; special grandchildren, who brought so much joy to his life, Tucker Daylen Thorn and Brylee-Grace Reed; older brother and best friend-Danny Johnston and wife Marilyn; father and mother-in-law-Floyd “Red” and Jo Davis; brother and sister-on-law, Ricky and Sheree Davis Humphries; niece, Heather Humphries and her son Brodie, and nephew Zack Humphries; and his faithful companion “Buddy.”
He was preceded in death by his parents and a special aunt-Rena Guinn.
Honorary pallbearers will be friends of his son: Devan Hurst, Brian Malone, Reed Gasaway, Brodi Pounds, Chandler Higginbottom and Billy Nunley.

William Mitchell
RED BAY, Ala. – William Dexter Mitchell, 68, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at ECM Hospital. He was born in Red Bay, Ala., and was a plumber for Tiffin Motor Homes.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, Ala. with Bro. Jerry Humphries, Bro. Billy Nichols and Bro. Andy Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Survivors are his wife, Mary Mitchell of Red Bay; daughter, Nita Osborn (Danny) of Vina; son, William Mitchell (Pam) of Red Bay; three grandchildren, Dannie Leigh Osborn, Josh Mitchell and Jessica Mitchell; his father, Winsol Mitchell; two sisters, Betty Jean Miller (Al) of Lewisburg, Tenn. and Peggy Jane Maxwell (Danny) of Red Bay; three nieces, one nephew, one great-niece, four great-nephews; and a dear friend, Haley Blackburn.
He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Dexter Mitchell; his mother, Jewel Mitchell and a granddaughter, Tiffany Osborn.
Pallbearers will be Brad Umfress, Michael Miller, Tyler Umfress, Lee Bishop, Joey Eades, Dwayne McCarley. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Hamm, Richard Hisaw, Jerry Umfress and Johnny Bell.
Visitation will be until service time today.

Katie Grisham
IUKA – Katie M. Grisham, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Carrington House. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home.
May Ola Tate
FULTON – May Ola Tate, 90, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at the Meadows. She was born May 21, 1921, to Ivy Lee and Dezzie May Moore Stovall. She was a factory worker and a faithful member of Dorsey Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. She loved sewing and flower gardening.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Danny Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Rickey Tate of Fulton; four grandchildren, Charles McCabe, Claude McCabe, Alan Tate, and Lee Tate; and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Webster Tate, in 1999; her daughter, Fredia Ann McCabe, in 2011; one brother, Dolan Stovall; one sister, Mary Lou Cromeans; her parents; and her stepmother, Hattie Stovall.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Kennneth McGehee
TUPELO – Kenneth Lee McGehee, 54, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at his residence in Tupelo after a short illness. A Miami native, he was born September 9, 1957 to Richard Kenneth and Bonnie Jane LandrumMcGehee. He was a graduate with honors from Mississippi State University and had additional graduate studies from New York University. He had lived in New York, Connecticut, and Florida before returning to Mississippi in 2006. Until declining health, he was curator of Tupelo’s Oren Dunn Museum. He enjoyed reading especially literature of historical nature. He loved gardening and was known as an excellant cook.
A family memorial service will be held at a later date. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Richard Kenneth McGehee and Bonnie Landrum McGehee of Endville; his brother, Richard Curtis McGehee (Debbie) of Endville; a nephew, Curtis McGehee of Gainsville, Florida; a niece, Mellie McGehee of Oxford; his aunts, Mary Jones of Mars Hill, N.C. and Sally Dotson of Topeka, Kan.; and his uncle Sam Landrum (Ann) of Raymond.
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Addie Weaver
SMITHVILLE – Addie Mae Clark Weaver, 92, died on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home. Complete arrangements will be announced later.
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Raymond Rinehart
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. – Raymond Cylvester Rinehart, 90, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at his home in Jacksonville, Ark. He was born May 10, 1921, in Rienzi to Lee and Sally Massengill Rinhart. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a brick mason for many years in Memphis.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
He is survived by his daughter, Jessie Elaine (Charles) Thomas of Jacksonville; a brother, Fray (Juanita) Rinehart of Rienzi; three grandchildren, Carol Anne Cavano, Cindy (Todd) Helmbeck and Charles Raymond (Tricia) Thomas; seven great- grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred Burks Rinehart in 1989; his second wife Mildred West Rinehart in 2001; his parents; and six sisters and two brothers.
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Joe Carnathan
MOOREVILLE – Joe Carnathan, 66, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Princeton Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., after a brief illness. He was born July 23, 1945, in Mooreville to Claude and Gladys Carnathan. He was a 1963 graduate of Mooreville High School and served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He and his brother owned and operated Belmont Farm Supply, Mooreville Farm Supply and Amory Farm Supply for several years. He was a longtime building supply salesman, most recently working for Riley Building Supply for the past 17 years. He was an active member of Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, a member of the Mooreville-Richmond Water Association Board and a model train enthusiast. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his dog, Buddy.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Sammy Washburn and Bro. Robert McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Carnathan of Mooreville; two daughters, Marilyn Reed (Sammy) and Carolyn Green (Jeff) all of Tupelo; two brothers, James Carnathan (Barbara) and Berny Carnathan (Patsy) all of Mooreville; one sister-in-law, Marvinell Carnathan of Fulton; eight grandchildren, Bryan Reed (Mandy), Patrick Green, Brent Reed, Kelsey Gillentine, Anna Green, Rob Herring, Jordan Gillentine and Peyton Reed; his close friend, Scotty Hughes and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Billy Carnathan.
Pallbearers will be Mark Carnathan, Brent Reed, Rob Herring, Daryl Riley, Patrick Green, Chris Hussey and Wayne Morgan. Honorary pallbearers will be his Sunday School Class members, employees of Riley Building Supply and board members and employees of Mooreville-Richmond Water Association.
Memorials may be made to Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church c/o Margie Hussey, 1412 A Hwy. 371, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
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Ina Goree
HOLLY SPRINGS – Ina Jones Goree, 86, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Methodist Germantown Hospital in Germantown, Tenn.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Jones Grove MB Church in Holly Springs with the Rev. John Powell officiating. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery in Corinth.
The remains will lie in repose at J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home, 125 North Memphis Street, Holly Springs, MS from 2 to 6 p.m. today. The remains will lie in repose at the church on Tuesday.

Helen Shelton
BOONEVILLE – Helen M. Moore Shelton, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Willie Williams
BALDWYN – Willie Lee Williams, 59, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at his home. He was born January 7, 1953, to Otis William and Katie Francis Felton Williams.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ruben Chapel C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Henry Damons officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangement.
Survivors include his sister, Vivian S. Mitchell of Baldwyn; three brothers, Otis Williams, Hosie (Belonda) Williams and Joseph Williams of Nashville, Tenn.; one brother in-law John Garner, Jr. of Baldwyn; and his caretaker, Joyce (Larry) Shumpert of Baldwyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and three brothers.
Visitation is from 3 to 5 p.m. today and family hour 5 to 6 p.m.
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Barry Bramlett
PONTOTOC – Barry Keith Bramlett, 54, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 at the Pontotoc Hospital after a long illness. He loved Nascar racing, putting model cars together and loved his grandchildren.
Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Billy Nelson officiating. Burial will be In Good Faith Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Lou Bramlett; son, Adam Bramlett; a daughter, Jennifer (Blake) Mardis; two grandchildren, Brandon and Suzanna Mardis; two brothers, Steve (Marty) Bramlett of Hood River, Ore. and John Wayne Bramlett of Norwark, Calif.; one sister Debbie Fately (Ron) of Hood River, Ore.; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Preston Bramlett; a sister, Susan Wagner; a brother, Delaney Bramlett; grandparents, Bert and Myrul Ketcher, John and Ludie Bramlett and numerous aunts and uncles.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan McCollum, Adam Bramlett, Steve Bramlett, Blake Mardis, Eric Webster and Pat Pettit. Honorary pallbearers are Ronald Howard and co-workers from American Furniture.
Visitation is from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Georgia Smith
OXFORD – Georgia Mae Smith, 72, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Arrangements were incomplete with Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Jean Johnson
BELMONT – Jean Lois Johnson, 89, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be annouced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
Online condolences can be made at

Ozie Zachary
AMORY – Ozie Lee Zachary, 77, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 at Gilmore Memorial Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Darden & Sons Funeral Home in Amory.
Alice Moore
HOUSTON – Alice Faye Moore, 54, died, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born October 18, 1957, in Calhoun County to Willie David Higginbotham and Ethelene Brassfield Higginbotham. She was a member of Faith Bible Church in Houston.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Bible Church with Bro. Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will be in Pine Crest Cemetery in Calhoun County. Memorial Funeral Home in Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband Marvin Moore of Houston; one daughter, Donna Hamblin (C.J. Jackson) of Tupelo; one stepdaughter, Beth Moore of Houston; five grandchildren, Alexis Hamblin, Patrick I. Evans, James T. Evans, Jordan G. Evans, and Jayden Moore; a niece Christie Higginbotham and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, James “Nate” Sims; a grandson Peyton Sims and a brother, Jerry Higginbotham.
Honorary Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel and from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at Faith Bible Church.
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Janell Roberts
BOONEVILLE – Janell Goodin Roberts, 75, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at the Hardin County Medical Center in Savannah, Tenn. She was born Feb. 11, 1936, in Prentiss County, to John Harvey Goodin and Gladys McCoy Goodin. She was a restaurant/tavern owner, and she was a member of the Past 60 Ladies Sunday School Class of Riverview Baptist Church in Savannah, Tenn. She enjoyed cooking, flowers, and socializing. She had a big, kind, and generous heart.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Mark Larue officiating. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Winston Roberts; a son, Joe “Buck” Barnett (Diane) of Wilmington, Ill.; a daughter, Martha Janell Barnett of Riverside, Ill.; a brother, J.M. Goodin (Bettie) of Covington, Tenn.; a sister, Betty Carol Henderson (Dale) of Imboden, Ark.; three grandsons, Reggie Barnett of Lockport, Ill., Jason Barnett of Symerton, Ill., and Dylan Barnett of Key West, Fla.; a granddaughter, Bianca Barnett of Adamsville, Tenn.; and a great-granddaughter, Ali Krause of Alsip, Ill.; two special nephews, Woody and Ronald Brackeen; and several other nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Gerald Goodin, Tab Goodin, and Leon Goodin.
Pallbearers are Dylan Barnett, Jason Barnett, Woody Brackeen, Rusty McCoy, Sam McCoy, and Jason McCoy.
Memorials may be made to Riverview Baptist Church, Past 60 Sunday School Class, c/o Doris Stewart, 269 Wayne Rd., Savannah, TN 38372, or to the Gaston Cemetery Fund, 1908 Gaston Rd., Booneville, MS 38829.

Annie Wicks
BOONEVILLE – Annie P. Wicks died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Booneville.
Mac Evans
THAXTON – Mac Evans, 68, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a short illness. A Palmetto Community native, he was born January 24, 1943, to William Elmer and Lillie Geneva Cody Evans. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1965-1971 and had served from 1975-1988 in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He had lived most of his life in the Brewer Community. He was retired from Southcentral Bell/Bell South/ AT&T with over 27 years of service. He was a member of Pleasantdale Baptist Church. Known as a sports fanatic, he loved Southern Miss football, GreenBay Packers football, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball and was a MHSAA certified Umpire. He was a big gardener and loved caring for all his many miniature Datsons through the years. Caring for his grandchildren was the joy of his life.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Don Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Brewer Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Suzanne ‘Suzie’ Mathis (Lynn)of Thaxton; two sons, Michael Evans of Winfield, Ala. and Matthew Evans of Holly Springs; one sister, Elizabeth Bates (William E.) of Tupelo; nine grandchildren, Brittany Evans, Michael Evans, Zack Evans, Tony Evans, Lil-Mac Neal, Katie Neal, Jacob Evans, Emily Evans, and Bradin Neal; one great-grandson, Vincent Kilborne.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife JoAnn Evans who preceded him in death October 12, 2009; one son, Anthony Evans, his siblings, John, Edith, Charles, Gene and Bob Evans; and two sisters, Hilda McGee and Millie Lobdell.
Pallbearers will be Bill, Greg and Steve Bates, Wade Hammock, Derrick Darby and Robert Mason.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at

Kenneth Jones
RIPLEY – Cecil Kenneth Jones, 73, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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