Obituaries January 24, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Sarah Amanda Gilliland Adams
TUPELO – Sarah Amanda Gilliland Adams – On January 21, 2013, Sarah Amanda Gilliland Adams walked thru the shadows of death with Jesus Christ and her family at her side. Her life, full of many examples of kindness and generosity, was a testament to the Holy Scriptures example of a virtuous woman found in Proverbs 31:10-31.
She was born on December 28, 1923, to Charles Thomas and Lucille Harkins Gilliland in Waddell, Mississippi, a small Clay County Community. Her early life was spent on the family farm. Her early career in education began in Pontotoc, MS after graduation from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. She later moved into the Community College System at Northwest Community College, Senatobia, MS. It was there she met and married Roy Clark Adams, a returning World War II veteran. He was later elected Highway Commissioner of the Northern District of Mississippi, a position he held for twenty years.
Together they reared four children: Senator Nancy Amanda Adams Collins (Jim), Martha Kathleen “Kathy” Adams Cooke (Mike), Roy Clark Adams, Jr. (Linda) and Dr. John Calvin Adams (Regina).
“Mannie”, “Miss” Amanda, or “G.G.” as she was affectionately called, left her family a legacy of life lessons which have been tenderly preserved in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. These lessons of placing Christ in a position of honor, caring for elderly parents, cherishing each child as if they were her only one, instilling strong work ethics in children, sharing one’s talents and always opening the door of hospitality to others were the cornerstones of her life. A culmination of these life lessons along with her peaceful assurance provided a stabilizing influence in the lives of her family.
One of the most evident demonstrations of all who knew her was the prominent presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in her home. His picture was always hung near their dining table to remind her children of His presence and their need for daily prayers at meals.
She was active in her beliefs, teaching Sunday school to teens for many years at Calvary Baptist Church, the Adams family church for over sixty-four years. Her diligence and determined attitude that all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren be brought up in the admonition of Jesus was evident throughout her life.
She possessed a giving heart and compassion for those who were not as fortunate as herself. Her friendships of the greater and the lesser were a testament of her faith and person.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of forty-nine years, Roy C. Adams; one brother, Charles Thomas Gilliland and two sisters, Mary Addie Gilliland Geiger and Willie Warren Gilliland Martin.
She is survived by her children; two brothers, John E. Gilliland (Ann) of Mathiston, MS and Richard D. Gilliland (Gola Mae) of Ackerman, MS; her grandchildren, Albert Adams Paxton (Christy), Dr. Amy Carslile Blossom (Benjamin), James Connor Collins, Joshua Rogan Collins, Kathryn Taylor Cooke Short, Mary Amanda Cooke Godwin (John), Emilie Arden Cooke Lewis (Edwin Henry Lewis, III), Roy Clark Adams III, Laura Paige Adams, Leslie Elizabeth Adams, Lindsey Amanda Adams, Zachery Clark Adams (Lydia); and great-grandchildren, Benjamin David Blossom Jr., Carslile Collins Blossom, Charles Adams Blossom, Ethan Andrew Short, Evelyn Meade Godwin, John Phillip Godwin Jr., Sims Bishop Godwin, Dr. Lane Baxter (Bo), Drew Napier and Tucker Napier. She also leaves her special friends and caregivers, Alice Virginia Daniels, Sharon Chandler, and Hanna, Rhonda, and Jessica Long.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013 and on Saturday morning January 26, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors in Tupelo, Mississippi.
A private family celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues Funeral Home with Dr. David Eldridge officiating. A private family burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Iuka, Mississippi at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and grandsons-in-law; Albert Adams Paxton, James Connor Collins Jr., Joshua Rogan Collins, Roy Clark Adams III, Zachery Clark Adams, John Phillip Godwin Jr., Edwin Henry Lewis III and Dr. Benjamin Blossom.
Memorials may be made in her honor to Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, PO Box 42048, Memphis, TN 38174-2048 and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Lena Sanderson
FULTON – Lena Irene Sanderson, 97, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She was born Dec. 14, 1915, to Wiley Harris and Margaret Nola Riggs Palmer. She was born and reared in the Clay community of Itawamba County. She was Primitive Baptist in belief. She retired from OMC in Waukegan, Ill., and was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing and quilting.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Chuck Herring officiating. Burial will be in the New Home Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Geraldine Webb (Daulton R.) of Murfreesboro; five grandchildren, Kimberly Watkins, Scott Webb, Steven Webb, Rita Elgin and Michael Webb; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Quilliam Q. Sanderson; one daughter, Madie Sue Webb; one granddaughter, Tammy Sue Benefield; four brothers, Gene, Graden, Sid and Rube Palmer; four sisters, Leta Earl Harbor, Mamie Pierce, Linnie Duvall and Minnie Mae Palmer; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Daulton R. Webb, Scott Webb, Steven Webb, Michael Webb, Rick Watkins and Eric Toombs.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

F.L. Rowell
RIPLEY – F. L. “Spud” Rowell, 75, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Mildred M. Winsette
IUKA – Mildred McCombs Winsette died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Southern Magnolia Estates. She was born Nov. 30, 1923, in Jackson, Tenn., to Benjamin and Lena McCombs. After her father’s death at age 34 during the Great Depression she and her five siblings and young mother had to move back with her mother’s parents to Booneville. “Tootie,” named by the family, learned to work hard at farming. Her work career covered many years in Memphis with Delta Airlines and culminated, at retirement, as a physician assistant for 25 years with Dr. John McGee. Married to John Winsette in 1946, they retired to Grand Junction, Tenn., where they became involved in their community and made many lasting friends. They enjoyed a full life of travel and had a second home on Pickwick Lake for 30 years.
She is survived by her daughters, Vicki Yates of Iuka, and Pat Gill of Horseshoe Bend, Ark.; son, Jon Winsette Jr. of Amarillo, Texas, and their spouses; grandsons, Patrick and P.J. Gill, and Robby Yates; granddaughter, Heather Yates, as well as their spouses; and four great-grandchildren, Padon, Straton and Elliott Gill; and Finnegan Yates; a sister, Virginia Young; and a brother, Horace McCombs.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2000; sister, Kathy Graham; and her brothers, George and Leo McCombs.
Services were Friday, Jan.11, 2013, with her brother, Bro. Horace McCombs of Booneville, officiating at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park Mausoleum in Memphis.
Pallbearers were Patrick Gill, Robby Yates, Tim Little, Max McCombs, Ronnie McCombs and Stan Young.
In lieu of flowers please, send memorials to Forked Oak Baptist Church, Burton, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Maurice Brown
TOCCOPOLA – Maurice “Dock” Ven Brown, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at his home near Toccopola.
Services will be at noon Friday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Toccopola Cemetery. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until noon Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Toccopola Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 302, Toccopola, MS 38874 or to the American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com
Shirley Johnson
BOONEVILLE – Shirley Dean Johnson, 65, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo following an extended illness. She was born April 22, 1947, in Lee County to Earl and Moline Wimbs Buskirk. She was a member of Barnes Crossing Baptist Church. She worked as an insurance agent for several companies over a period of 25 years. Her favorite hobby was collecting angels. She also enjoyed cooking, flowers, gospel music, singing and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doug Rakestraw and Bro. Dale Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Tuscumbia Cemetery. Booneville funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Joe R. Johnson; a daughter, Sonia Wooldridge (Michael) of New Albany; her mother, Moline Buskirk of Saltillo; two sisters, Betty Carter and Iris Richey (Phil), all of Saltillo; two grandchildren, Kira and Tanner Swanson of Blue Springs; three stepchildren, Lisa Wilson of Oxford, Clay Johnson (Melanie) of Booneville, and Brent Johnson (girlfriend, Rosa) of Oxford; four step grandchildren, Abby Grace Johnson of Oxford, Katelyn Johnson of Booneville, Josh Maldonado and Casey Presley, both of Booneville; a very special nephew, Brad Carter of Saltillo; a very special first cousin, Joey Gildridge of Tupelo, who donated a kidney to Shirley six years ago; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father; and a brother-in-law, James S. Carter.
Pallbearers are Gerald Wayne Johnson, Johnny Thorten, Phil Richey, Zachary Miller, Tyler Miller, Logan Miller, Gary Johnson and Michael Wooldridge.

Louise Sharp
SHANNON – Mable Louise Sharp, 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. A native and lifelong resident of Shannon, she was born Aug. 22, 1923, to Ben and Ada Christopher. She loved cooking for her family, taking care of the elderly and her grandson. She was Pentecostal by faith.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Ben Raper officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery.
Survivors include one grandson, Jimmy Brown of Van Vleet; one sister, Myrtle Barnett of Shannon; and one brother, Johnny Taylor Christopher of Oxford.
Visitation will be noon until 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Claudia Kramer
TUPELO – Claudia Kramer, 53, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at her home. Born on Nov. 11, 1959, in Kitzingen, Germany, to Ed and Irene Kosark, she married Dennis Kramer in Lincoln, Neb., on Nov. 17, 1979. Since her father was in the Air Force, she had the opportunity to travel all over the world, but considered Hattiesburg her home. Since moving to Tupelo, she was employed at North Mississippi Medical Center as a data analyst and was a member of St. James Catholic Church.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Hattiesburg.
She is survived by her parents; her husband; four children, Kyle (Keri), Andrew (Cathy), Brian and Laura; and her siblings, Sandy Hayward, Scott Kosark and David Kosark, all of Nebraska.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at Forrest Funeral Home in Hattiesburg.

Gayle Chrisp Thomason
RUSKIN, Fla. – Gayle Jean Chrisp Thomason, 82, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Life Path Hospice. She was born in Jackson, Tenn., the daughter of the late Charles Milton Chrisp and Gladys Marie Young Chrisp. She worked as church secretary at Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn. She attended Plant City’s First Baptist Church in the winter months and also attended Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo. She was married in 1949 to Billy Neil Thomason. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was also her daughter’s shopping buddy.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Englewood Baptist Church with Dr. Paul Williams and Dr. Philip Jett officiating. Burial will follow in Hollywood Cemetery. Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are her husband, Billy Neil Thomason of Tupelo; her son, Dennis Thomason (Kathy) of Ooltewah, Tenn.; her daughters, Deborah Gurriere (Raymond) of Asheville, Tenn., and Dorothy Rogers (Tommy) of Okolona; seven grandchildren, Will Richardson, Rad Richardson, Charlie Thomason, Adam Thomason, Abby Shipley, Andy Rogers and Brian Rogers; and great-grandchildren, Reese, Issac, Samantha, Clara Grace, Kelsey, Bradley, Amara, Gracie, Destiny, Eason and Gabe.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Bette Marie Chrisp; and a grandson, Bradley Rogers.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Will and Rad Richardson, Charlie and Adam Thomason, Andy and Brian Rogers and grandson-in-law, Corey Shipley.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (www.pdf.org) or a church of your choice.
Visitation will be 1 until 3 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Beulah Boozer
COLUMBUS – Beulah Christine Ward Boozer, 99, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Trinity Healthcare Center in Columbus. She was born in Mississippi on Oct. 31, 1913, to Robert Emmett and Eliza Antonette Kilgo Ward. She graduated from Vardaman High School in 1933. She lived for many years in the Big Creek and Saltillo area. She worked as a seamstress for several years at Play Craft in Saltillo. She was a member of Saltillo United Methodist Church in Saltillo where she sang in the choir in her earlier years.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in New Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include her two sons, Sam Grady Boozer (fiancée, Linda Collins) of Madison and Emmett Brison Boozer (Anita) of Jasper, Ala.; six grandchildren, Brice, Barry, Amanda and Katie Boozer, Angie McHann (Kevin) and Melissa Englehardt (Wayne); five great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Grady Boozer Sr.; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Jerry, Paul and Don Ward and F.B., Robert, Allen and Randy Boozer
Honorary pallbearers will be her great-nephews and the staff of Trinity Healthcare.
Visitation will be 11 to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
William Mills
AMORY – William F. “Bill” Mills, 98, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on April 27, 1914, in Guin, Ala., he was a son of Matt and Mary Mills.
Mr. Mills attended school in Guin, Ala. In 1935, he married Myrtle Lee Burks. Working at Johns Manville in Zion, Ill., he retired as a supervisor in 1965 and moved back to Amory. For several years, Mr. Mills operated Hatley Road Furniture. Very outgoing, he never met a stranger and enjoyed visiting with folks, especially at his store. Mr. Mills was a Mason with the J.A. Mayfield Masonic Lodge No. 165. He enjoyed going to the casinos, fishing, and squirrel hunting.
He is survived by a daughter, Helen Neblett (Lester) of Verona; sister, Mae Mills of California; grandchildren, Mike Mills, Billy Wayne McAnally, James Mills, Kathy McAnally, and Hubert Franklin Mills Jr.; 10 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sons, Hubert Franklin Mills and Basil Gordon Mills; a great-granddaughter, River Grace Mills; four sisters; and two brothers.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Van Dale Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
The pallbearers will be James, Mike, John, Matt, Jamie and Josh Mills.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Bennie E. Kennedy
GOLDEN – Bennie Earl Kennedy, 74, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Red Bay Hospital. He was a native of Itawamba County and was Leadman at Day-Brite for more than 45 years. He was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Roger Wood and Bro. Shawn Davis officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in Golden, Miss.
Survivors are his wife of 521⁄2 years, Paulette Kennedy of Golden; three children, Richard Kennedy of Southaven, Regina Kennedy of Golden, and Renee Kennedy; one grandson, Nickolas Torok; and five first cousins, Helen Sparks, Mary Lee Robinson, Marvis Summerford, Morris Kennedy and Horace Kennedy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pervie and Ruby Kennedy.
Pallbearers will be Morris Kennedy, Horace Kennedy, Terry Robinson, Troyce Taylor, Phillip Horn, Kane Harris and Raymond Fennel.
Visitation will be 6 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, and until service time on Friday.

Kamreion Hurt
FULTON – Baby Kamreion Da’Wanye Hurt died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.
Kamreion was born on Dec. 22, 2012, to Marie Hurt and Donald Dawayne Shumpert. He is also survived by his sisters, Kathy Spragin and KaMaya Spragin, his brother, Deion Shumpert, his grandparents, Pinnie and Norman Pounds, and Anthony and Ann Marion.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Pine Grove M.B.Cemetery in Fulton.
N.L.Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Emmett Agnew
PALMETTO – Emmett J. Agnew died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
John Ross
FULTON – John Wayne Ross, 61, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Services were incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Peggy Y. Godsey
TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – Peggy Yvonne Godsey, 73, formerly of Marshall County, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Helen Keller Hospital. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Holly Springs Funeral Home.

Paxton Knight
BOONEVILLE – Paxton Zane Lee Knight, infant, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Hospital. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Mary Ann Chism
AMORY – Mary Ann Chism, 48, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home, Amory. Complete arrangements will be announced later.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Frank Schrodi Jr.
FULTON – Frank Blaze Schrodi Jr., 68, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Itawamba Christian Church.
McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.

Wilma Johnson
COLDWATER – Wilma Berry Johnson, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at her residence. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, Ala. Burial will follow in Halltown Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Visitation will be 9 until 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Edward Ledbetter
RED BAY, Ala. – James Edward Ledbetter, 83, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, Ala. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 6 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, and until service time on Friday.

Ruby Williams
PONTOTOC – Ruby Williams, 54, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
Visitation will be Friday.