By NEMS Daily Journal
RIPLEY – Cecil Kenneth “Pokey” Jones, 73, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Regional Medical Center in Memphis as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Jan. 17, 1939, to Cecil W. Jones and Sudie Tapp Jones. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Ripley. He owned and operated Jones Custom Lime and Fertilize, and served in the Mississippi National Guard.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Barefield officiating. Burial will be in Unity Church Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Beavers Jones of Ripley; two stepdaughters, Angela Boggs and Lisa W. Booker, both of Ripley; two stepsons, Roger Wood (Rebecca) and James Battles (Julie), all of Ripley; six stepgrandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren; a host of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Cole Childers, Will Hall, Keith Lowry, Randle Beavers, Stoney Medlin, Jason Graves, Scott Graves and Jeffrey Beavers. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Lowry, Lloyd McClusky, Donny Stokes, Carl Witt, Mike Graves, Hines Graves, Russell Clemmer, Bob Medlin, Jack Garner, George Gafford and Jeff Willingham.
To view the obituary online and sign the guestbook, go to www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Ila Cole, 85, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.
Billy Wells Sr.
VARDAMAN – Billy Eugene Wells Sr., 80, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born Jan. 21, 1932, in Vardaman to Jordan Conrad Wells and Etta Keys Wells. He was a retired Baptist minister, teacher and coach and school administrator. He was a member of Midway Baptist Church. After serving in the US Army during the Korean War, he attended Mississippi State University, securing B.A. and ,aster’s degrees. He also worked on his doctorate at the University of Mississippi. His school teaching career began at McComb High School in McComb. He then was head coach at Union, teacher and coach at Bruce, and retired as principal of Calhoun City High School. He pastored churches at Rocky Branch Baptist, Mt. Tabor Baptist, Shiloh Baptist and Wallerville Baptist at New Albany. He was loved by all who knew him, even those he had to discipline during his school work years.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Midway Baptist Church with Bro. Don Q. Wilson officiating, and Dr. Gary Roberson and Bro. Darrell Logan assisting. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery at Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time, at the church.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Sue Penick Wells of Vardaman; his mother, Etta Keys Wells of Bruce; four sons, Col. Billy E. Wells Jr. (Kathy) of Dalonega, Ga., Dr. Charles R. Wells (Rebecca) of Vardaman, Robert Barry Wells (Bonnie) of Pontotoc and John C. Wells (Dana) of Huntsville, Ala.; 16 grandchildren, Jennifer McCammon (Robbie), Holly Maher (Jay), David C. Wells, Charles W. Wells (Valerie), Charles R. Wells II, Tripp Tacker (Anna), Katherine McNeal (Matt), John Michael Tacker (Nikki), Sarah Jordan Wells, Susan Grace Wells, Lee Wells (Krista), Hannah Wells, Josh Wells, Robert Barry “Ripp” Wells Jr., Amber Grace Wells and John Bryson Wells; 15 great-grandchildren, Zeke, Miriam, Matthew, Lily Beth, Emma Grace, Kate, Haley, Jordan, Kristen, Lily Katherine, Patrick, Abigail, Ridge, Braves and Mary Holland.
He was preceded in dearth by his father, Jordan Conrad Wells Sr., and two brothers, Jordan Conrad Wells Jr. and Robert Donnas Wells.
Pallbearers will be deacons of Shiloh Baptist Church and Midway Baptist Church, Harold Clark, Billy Hal Rounsaville, Frank Anderson, George Yeager, David Magness, Sidney Parker, Ken Edgeworth, Bobby Inmon, John Michael Harmon, Bobby Whitt, Lynn Casey, Billy Joe Barfield and Wayne Johnson.
Memorials may be made to Midway Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 72, Vardaman, MS 38878 or Calhoun Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 167 Calhoun City, MS 38916.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
VERONA – Kathleen Simmons, 57, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 13, 1954, in Lansing, Mich., to Gerrit and Shirley Sprong. She was a homemaker and a Christian. She enjoyed crafts and listening to Christian music.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Leon Willis officiating. Burial was in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, Ron Simmons of Verona; one son, Jeremy Hix (Heather) of Ft. Lewis, Wash.; two stepchildren, Scott Simmons (Michelle) of Ashland City, Tenn., and Carenza Tyree of Dowelltown, Tenn.; one grandson, Drake Hix of Ft. Lewis, Wash.; two stepgrandchildren, Caitlin Tyree and Peyton Tyree; her parents, Gerrit and Shirley Sprong of Arizona; one sister, Susan Sprong of Vancouver, Canada; two brothers, Bill Sprong of California and Don Sprong of Texas.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorial online.com.
Chalma Neill Whitaker
COLUMBUS – Chalma Neill Whitaker, 84, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. He was born on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1927, in Granger, Iowa, to Luther Whitaker and Retta Gates Whitaker. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church. He spent seven years in the Navy, three in China Occupation Forces.
Mr. Whitaker was a registered nurse and a licensed physical therapist. He graduated from Alexian Brothers Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago and the University of Kansas physical therapy program. He came to Columbus in 1959 under the auspices of the United Cerebral Palsy Association and in conjunction with Columbus Junior Auxiliary. There were 18 Cerebral Palsy Telethons in connection with his work, and an eight-county area was served. He owned and operated Columbus Rehabilitation Center, and Camp&D Hospital Supply Company. He performed physical therapy at Columbus Hospital, Doster Hospital and Lowndes General Hospital. He retired in 1993. In 1961, he was named Outstanding Young Man of the Year by the Columbus Junior Chamber of Commerce. At the time of his death, he was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Physical Therapy Association and the Civitan Club of Columbus.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gunter amp& Peel Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Whitney officiating. Burial will follow at Friendship Cemetery with U.S. Navy honors. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Survivors include one son, Stephan Michael (Janice) of Calera, Ala.; two daughters, Kathleen Marie Whitaker Bryden (Robbie) of Hickory, N.C., and Carole Jean Moore (Carl) of Tupelo; one sister, Adeline Brown of Higdon, Ark.; two brothers, Richard Whitaker (Dodee) of Reno, Nev., and Luther Whitaker of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Whitaker of Des Moines, Iowa, and Carole White of Virginia Beach, Va.; 14 grandchildren, Drew Moore, Carlee Grace Moore, Amy Dilworth, Deidre Dilworth, Christopher Bryden, Daniel Bryden, Stephen Bryden, Robert Bryden, Karen Bryden, Tiffany Bryden, Chris Sanders, Julie Johnson, Ginger Angle and Cindy Selzer; 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy “Dottie” Whitaker.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Cyr, Dale Fulton, Bert Chain, Danny Thornton, Mitch Cargile, Danny Edwards and Chris Whitney.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Doyle Sumrall, Dr. Bart Williams, Dr. Billy Sullivan, Dr. Robert Dill, Dr. Wylie Hutchins, Don Walden, B.J. Wegener, Bill King, Billy Price, Fred Bell, the men of Grace Baptist Church and the Columbus Civitan Club.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Golden Triangle Contact Help Line, P.O. Box 1304, Columbus, MS 39703; or Grace Baptist Church, P.O. Box 9095, Columbus, MS 39705.
SALTILLO – Jonathan Andrew Douglas “Drew” Penny, 1-day-old infant son of Douglas and Kara Smothers Penny, died Friday, Jan. 20 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital. He was born Jan. 19, 2012.
A private graveside service will be Wednesday at Tupelo Memorial Park with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Douglas and Kara Smothers Penny of Saltillo; his twin brother, William Rice Steven Penny; his grandparents, Bill and Karen Smothers of Tupelo, and Steven and Louetta Penny of Tupelo; his great-grandparents, Pearline T. Smothers of Tupelo, Nona Penny, and Gene and Mary Lou Roberts, all of Paragould, Ark.; his aunts and uncles, Michael and Alecia McMath of Arlington, Tenn., John and Mary Stewart of Tupelo, and Nicholas and Kim Penny of Oakland, Tenn.; five cousins, Anessa, Anna Grace and Peyton McMath and Ross and Kalyn Penny.
Public visitation for family and friends will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Harrisburg Baptist Church Children’s Ministry, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo MS 38801; or the North Mississippi Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Bereavement Fund, 830 S. Gloster St., Tupelo MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Addie Mae Weaver
SMITHVILLE – Addie Mae Clark Weaver, 92, died on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Jan. 8, 1920, she was a daughter of the late William David and Myra Staten Clark. She attended Wren High School. A loving mother who took care of her home, she was a homemaker. Strong in her faith, she was a dedicated member of Smithville United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed being with family, talking on the telephone with her friends, listening to the radio, watching gospel Channel 39, and listening to gospel music and church hymns.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 1 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Sammy Washburn and Bro. Charles Coggins officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
She is survived by her daughter, Dale W. Guins of Canton; her son, Carl David Weaver (Joan) of Oakland, Tenn.; grandchildren, James Edward Weaver (Donna) and Ava Marie Witt (Paul); great-grandchildren, Chandler, Hastin and Henley Witt, and James David “J. D.” Weaver; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Lilla Suggs, Becky Weaver and Mary Anne Carlisle.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arna Weaver; sister, Vera Childers Crimm; and brothers, Leroy, Allen and Murff Clark.
Pallbearers will be Jim Weaver, Paul Witt, Hastin Witt, Henley Witt, Sidney Weaver and Kenny Weaver. Honorary pallbearer will be J. D. Weaver.
Memorials may be given to Smithville United Methodist Church, c/o Caroline Barnes, 60027 Gap Road, Smithville, MS 38870.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Katie Mae Grisham
IUKA – Katie Mae Ramsey Grisham, 92, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at the Carrington House in Iuka. She was born Nov. 8, 1919. She received her B.S. degree from Mississippi State University and taught 34 years in elementary schools before she retired in 1981. She began her teaching career at Central Consolidated School. She also taught at Poplar Springs and Crossroads. She spent the bulk of her teaching years at Snowdown and Iuka Elementary schools. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, reading, working crossword puzzles, going to singings, listening to gospel quartet music, genealogy, and having friends stop by to visit. Known as “Big Mama” by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she traveled to various parts of the United States with her children and she liked to tell about her trips. She was a devoted member of Harmony United Methodist Church and was active as long as she was able.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Harmony United Methodist Church with Rev. Ronnie Goodwin and Rev. Tony Pounders officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Ann Saucier (Ken) of Brandon and Jennie Pearce (Dean) of Corinth; her sisters-in-law, Joyce Peterson and Maida Grisham; grandchildren, Stan Pearce of Corinth, Lyn Kohler (David) of Franklin, Tenn., Pam DeGroot (Scott) of Appleton, Wis., and Dr. Christopher Saucier (Cheryl) of Chattanooga, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Henry and George DeGroot, Reed and Will Pearce, Victoria Kohler, and Anna Kate, Brennan and Rachel Saucier.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Ledgie Grisham; her parents, Roscoe and Lillie Ramsey; her brother and sister-in-law, Clifton and Ruth Ramsey; and her brother-in-law, Clifford Peterson.
Pallbearers include Stan Pearce, Chris Saucier, Scott DeGroot, David Kohler, Jim Ramsey, Gary Peterson, Henry DeGroot and Reed Pearce. Honorary pallbearers include Jack Ramsey, Robby Johnson, V.W. Grisham, Russ Robinson, Charles Emmons, Will Pearce, and George DeGroot.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Harmony Cemetery Endowment Fund, 396 CR 231, Iuka, MS 38852.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Rodney Russell, 64, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Jimmie J. Berryhill
RACINE, Wis. – Jimmie Junior Berryhill, 83, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Calhoun City on July 17, 1928, to Perry and Mary Burns Berryhill. He owned and operated Blueberry Hill Landscaping and Tree Service.
A memorial service was held Monday, Jan. 23, at Maresh-Meredith amp& Acklam Funeral Home in Racine, Wis. The Rev. Joseph Thomas officiated.
Survivors include his children, Gregory D. Berryhill, Camilla McKinney and Patrice Willis; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Rev. Willie Paul Berryhill and Perry (Phyllis) Pittman.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Ethel, and three brothers, Ernest, Harvest and James.
Online condolences may be made at www.meredithfuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Olga Reed “Reedy” Buchanan Sanders, 89, died on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Born on March 8, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence Clyde and Adee Smith Buchanan. She attended Aberdeen Schools. In 1984, she retired as a seamstress with Amory Garment after 34-plus years of service. She was a member of Greenbrier United Methodist Church. A loving and caring mother, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies were flower gardening, cross stitching, quilting, playing card games with family, traveling, visiting on the phone with friends, word search books, watching the Atlanta Braves. She enjoyed gospel music, especially The Gaithers, and watching gospel Channel 15.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Sheffield and Rev. Aubrey Boren officiating. Burial with will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
She is survived by her sons, Harold Sanders (Betty Ruth) of Amory and Dail Sanders (Linda) of Columbus; grandchildren, Eddie, Chris and Brian Sanders; Deborah Mullins, Mitzi Smith, Lynn Nordquist and Angela Johnson; 12 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Betty Webster, Lois Varnell, Wynona Dowdle and Sybil Wilson.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, C.W. Sanders; son, Stanley Sanders; sisters, Odie Gosa, Opal Brown and Carolyn Raper; brothers, Clyde, Claude, Cully and Charles Buchanan.
Pallbearers will be Art Buchanan, Charlie Oldham, Brad Tate, Robert Buchanan, Eric Sanders and Clayton Thompson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Greenbrier United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 292, Becker, MS 38825.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
GARDENDALE, Ala. – Jean Lois Johnson, 89, formerly of Belmont, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. She was born Oct. 10, 1922, in Mississippi to General Price and Gladys Elvira Caveness Moore. She was a member of the Red Bud Baptist Church. She was a home maker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Red Bud Baptist Church with Bro. Jack Maroon officiating. Burial will be in Allen Chapel Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Pernecy Allen of Warrior, Ala.; an honorary grandson, Alex Green; a host of nieces and nephews; one sister-in-law, Faye Moore of Belmont; a brother-in-law, Howard Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herman Johnson; her stepmother, Currie Moore; one brother, Paul Moore; and one sister, Helen Moore.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Moore, William Greene, Hugh Greene, Bennie Allen and Johnny Moore.
Honorary pallbearers will be Doug and David Bennett, Alex Green, Scott Moore and B.D. Stacy.
The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. to service time today.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Rose Pearl Ables
GOLDEN – Rose Pearl Ables, 30, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
BALDWYN – Irene L. Copeland, 86, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 17, 1925, in Lee County to Jessie Lucas and Minnie Lucas. She was married to the late Clarence Copeland. She retired from NMMC after 25 years. She was a member of Springhill M.B. Church and the Mother Board.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Springhill M.B. Church with Rev S.W. Shinault officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Mary Landum Copeland; one brother and two sisters.
Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth Ann Barnes and Mary (Henry) Edwards, both of Lansing, Mich., and Shelia Copeland of Baldwyn; three sons, Jerry Copeland and Larry Copeland, both of Baldwyn, and Bobby (Shirley) Copeland of Lansing, Mich.; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Annie B. Randolph of Baldwyn and Sarah Windham of Erie, Pa.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today.
John H. Mitchell
CORINTH – John H. Mitchell, 93, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at the Whitfield Nursing Home. He was born June 17, 1918, in Tishomingo County to Henry Clay and Marilyn Mitchell. He was a retired mechanic and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church with Bro. Warren Jones and Bro. Scott Brady officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his sons, Johnny Mitchell of Corinth and Jack Mitchell of New Johnsonville, Tenn.; his daughter, Louise Rider of Jackson, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren 20 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vetress Mitchell; a daughter, Brenda Knight; a grandson, Kirk Mitchell; and three sisters, Della, Lulie and Mary Lou Berryman.
Visitation will follow the service at the church Wednesday.
SELMER, Tenn. – Vannessa Gaines, 49, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Jackson Regional Hospital.
Services will be at noon Thursday at Berea Church of Christ. Burial will be in Adams Chapel Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
NETTLETON – William Calvin Marion, 75, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Friendship M.B. Church in Fulton. Burial will be in Mullen Cemetery in Nettleton. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Thursday at the church.
To access the online guestbook, visit bellememorialfuneralhome.com.