By NEMS Daily Journal
RANDOLPH – Dempsey Quay McGreger, 93, of Randolph, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Church Street Personal Care Home of Ecru after an extended illness. He was born Jan. 21, 1918, in Randolph to Dr. Adley Harrison McGreger and Carrie Sue Collums. He was a high school graduate of Randolph School, attended Sunflower Jr. College and a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he has been an avid State fan, “Bulldogs No. 1.” Quay married Evelyn Buneva Sullivan on Nov. 28, 1940, and they celebrated 68 wonderful years of marriage before her death in 2009. He served in the U.S. Army four years and was a World War II veteran, serving in Germany and France, was a school teacher and worked as a Social Worker with the Pontotoc County Welfare Department before retiring Jan. 30, 1981. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and gardening, but his greatest accomplishment was being a loving husband, father of nine children, grandfather to 18 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was a member of Randolph Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, secretary/treasurer, Training Union teacher and member of Brotherhood for many years.
Services will be today, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. in Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Gerald Finley and Bro. Terrell McGreger officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include five daughters, Brenda Mize (Curt) of Shannon, June Lantrip (Larry) of Longview Community, Teresa Baldwin (Danny) of Randolph, Tammy Bass (Mike) of Furrs Community and Robyn Riddle (Jody) of Algoma; one son, Barry McGreger (Regina) of Friendship Community; one sister, Rachel Grisham of Olive Branch; 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; a special daughter-in-law, Mary McGreger of Brandon, and special son-in-law, Charles Cowsert of Randolph. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and three children, Joseph Kent McGreger (infant son), Sylvia Cowsert and Paul McGreger.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Mike Mize, Gary Cowsert, Wesley Kisor, Jeremy Baldwin, Lane Bass, Benjamin Riddle, Derik McGreger and Jason Harlow.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.
CORINTH – Janis Arnice Crayton, 54, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at her home after a brief illness.
Services will be at noon Saturday at City Road Temple CME Church. Burial will be in the Wade Chapel Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
HODGES, Ala. – Violet Jane Chamblee, 74, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at the Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Red Bay.
ASHLAND – Cathy Inez Hopkins McLain, 46, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. She was born on March 31, 1964, in Ashland. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Ashland.
She will be cremated, as that was her wish. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Ashland. Bro. Herbert Luther will officiate. Burial will be in Hopkins Cemetery in Ashland. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Barbara Martindale Hines of Ashland; her stepfather, Leonard “Tony” Hines of Ashland and Mobile, Ala.; four brothers, Terry Lee Hopkins (Candace), Jessie Dwayne Hopkins (Hazel), Kevin Doyle Hopkins and Charles Dale Hopkins (Debra), all of Ashland.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Paul McLain; her father, Leland Terrell Hopkins; her grandparents, Vance and Velma Hopkins, and Marion and Audry Martindale; and a nephew, Austin Kelly Hopkins.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time Saturday at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Billy Wayne Allen, 48, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at his home in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
HINKLE – Henry Austin Lovell, 94, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth. He was born Oct. 13, 1916, in Prentiss County to Ben and Minnie Stacy Lovell. He was a retired painter and a member of Hinkle Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon and past music director. He enjoyed working on his farm.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Hinkle Baptist Church with Bro. Excail Burleson and Bro. Paul Stacy officiating. Burial will follow in the Hinkle Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Ruth Yancey Lovell; two sons, David (Chris) Lovell of Peoria, Ariz., and Donnie (Glynda) Lovell of Hinkle; four grandchildren, Robin (John) Turner, Lori (Donald) Julen, Allison (Todd) Talley and Don (Lydia) Lovell; eight great-grandchildren, Lindsey Julen, Lee Julen, Mallory Julen, Chelsea Edge, Gillian Turner, Jenna Turner, Will Talley and Andrew Lovell; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and four sisters.
Pallbearers will be Charles Lowry, Jimmy Holley, Keith Kelly, Danny Ballard, Fred McCord and Danny Bradley. Honorary pallbearers will be James Roy Marecle, Charles Yancey, Joe Gray, Keith Ballard, Noble Williams and Doug Johnson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Gideon Bible Program.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Curtis Melvin Parker, 78, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born June 28, 1932, in New Albany to Will Lee and Martha Evanor Messer Parker. He was retired from retail management and a butcher. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Dr. Kermit McGregor, Rev. Trymon Messer and Rev. Terry Floyd officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne Stroud Parker of New Albany; two daughters, Karen Mayo (Donald) of New Albany and Cindy Shotwell (Hugh) of Hideaway, Texas; two sons, Dan Parker (Suzanne) of Madison and Mike Parker (Lisa) of New Albany; two brothers, Charles Parker of Arlington, Texas, and Allen Parker (Joan) of Sebring, Fla.; six grandchildren, Amanda Wilson, Parker Dawson, Abbey Wright, Kayla Tullos, Allie Speck and Ashley Parker; and seven great-grandchildren, Curtis Wilson, Matthew Yoes, Cory Dawson, Elyss Dawson, Marianna Wright, Will Speck and Jacob Tullos.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Wright, Adam Speck, Andrew Tullos, Larry Cato, Bobby Anderson and Rich Hodges. Honorary pallbearers will be David Anderson, David Medlin, Larry Parker, Roger Alexander, James Hamblin, Burnice Floyd, Buddy William, J.C. Bennett and Ricky Grubbs.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Hillcrest Baptist Church Building Fund, 216 Hwy. 15 S., New Albany, MS 38652; or Sanctuary Hospice House, 1879 N. Coley Road, Tupelo, MS 38801.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
POTTS CAMP – Woodrow Murphy, 90, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at the Veterans Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ at Potts Camp. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
HAMILTON – Marie Grace, 86, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Billy Joe Sewell
PONTOTOC – Billy Joe Sewell, 83, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at his home in Pontotoc. He was born Dec. 23, 1927, to Leonard A. and Jimmie Clyde Pitts Sewell. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, American Legion, Jaycees and Rotary. He was a power use advisor for the Pontotoc Electric Power Association for more than 50 years. He coached Little League and American Legion Baseball, and he was very active in his church and in the community.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ella Ruth Perry Sewell; a daughter, Kathy (Keith) Reece of Tupelo; a son, Perry (Sharen) Sewell of Pontotoc; a brother, James (Laveda) Sewell; three grandchildren, Ian Boswell, Haley Sewell and Wesley Sewell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two granddaughters, Kathryn Bethany Reece and Ilisabeth Anna Reece.
Pallbearers are Judge Fred Wicker, Claude Jones, Sammy Cruse, Jimmy Wise, Bill Jackson, Floyd McCullough and Bobby Davis.
Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Wise’s Sunday School Class; and the past and present employees of the Pontotoc Electric Power Association.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 31 Washington St., Pontotoc, MS 38863.
CORINTH – John Edward “Eddie” Hutchins, 59, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at his home.
A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth.
Visitation with the family will be from 3 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Eddie Hutchins Memorial Fund, c/o Julie Hutchins, 921 Webster St., Corinth, MS 38834; or Our Resource Center, 710 Bradley Road, Corinth, MS 38834.
MEMPHIS – Sonya Drusilla Gordon, 50, formerly of Holly Springs, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Methodist Hospital South in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the funeral home from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Friday.
NEW ALBANY – Lola Mae Rea, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born March 29, 1926, in Lafayette County to C.W. Ausburn and Josephine Watts Ausburn. She was a retired employee of Kellwood and the shirt factory. She loved writing poetry and sewing. She was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Lowery and Rev. Tony Monk officiating. Burial will be in the Enterprise Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Wanda Barkley (Hugh) of Fort Worth, Texas, and Juanita Russell (Wayne) of Enterprise; two sons, James Rea of New Albany and Gerald Rea (Ann) of Myrtle; a sister, Allie Mae Medlin of Myrtle; seven grandchildren, Ronnie Rea, Jim Rea, Cindy Bruner, Randy Barkley, Tina Cornelius, Melanie Scott and Jesse Rae; and 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph Avery Rea; and five brothers, James Ausburn, Arthur Junior Ausburn, Harry Paul Ausburn and Arthur Linder Ausburn.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Cornelius, Randy Barkley, Ronnie Rea, Jim Rea, Jesse Rea, Brandon Scott, Richard Scott and Robert Bruner. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Rutledge and William Grose.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
CALEDONIA – William Bradford Blevins, 63, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at his home in Caledonia. He was born July 24, 1947, in Monroe County to Charlene Blevins. He was a 1965 graduate of Shivers High School. He confessed and accepted Christ and united with Brownlee United Methodist Church. He was a 32nd Degree Mason.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen. Burial will be in the Sardis Cemetery in Hamilton.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Linda Blevins; his mother, Charlene Blevins Davis; a daughter, Vicky Moore; a granddaughter, Rochelle Northington; his sisters, Genet Blevins Cook, Wanda Davis Phifer and Francine Davis Newman; his brothers, Johnnie Wells, Matthew Blevins, Jerry Davis and Terry Davis; sisters-in-law Renae Danner and Dorothy Crampton; brothers-in-law Danny Danner and Tony Danner; an adopted aunt, Barbara Hutchinson; an aunt, Essie Will Herrington; an uncle, Al Blevins; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
An online registry can be signed at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Ara Ilene Byrd, 75, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs. She was born June 26, 1935, in Myrtle. She was a Pentecostal and a member of Heritage Apostolic Church. She was a homemaker, a beautician and a Holly Springs utility dispatcher.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Roberts, Bro. Steve Wilson and Bro. Frank Feathers officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Joe Byrd (Karen) of Holly Springs; one daughter, Robin Steele (Richard) of Chattanooga, Tenn.; one sister, Dorothy Carlton of Holly Springs; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Penny Hudson and Kate Kiddy Hudson, and a son, Larry Dean Byrd.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
FULTON – Grace Lucille Blair Shumpert, 64, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was born on June 8, 1946, to Leroy Blair and Jimella Pulliam Blair. She married WIlliam Roy Shumpert on May 19, 1976. She was an employee of Reed Manufacturing for 26 years. She was a faithful member of New Temple M.B. Church.
Services will be at noon today at New Temple M.B. Church of Fulton. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 35 years, William Shumpert; three sons, Derrick (Melissa) Shumpert of Guntown, Gary (Beverly) Shumpert of Houston and Alexander Shumpert of Fulton; three daughters, Deborah Fortson of Okolona, Lashern McEden of Southhaven and Steplianie Shumpert of Tupelo; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; five brothers, Dallas (Gloria) Blair, Marcia (Lady B) Blair, Rev. Richard (Glendora) Blair, Jimmy (Louise) Blair and Louis Ray Jr.; four sisters, Louise Weatherspoon, Shirley (Wilford) Springer, Glenda (Steve) Sims and Anita (JoShawn) Watkins; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the church.
The online guestbook can be signed at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Robert Edward Dooley, 70, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
SHANNON – Jimmy Eddie Matthews, 72, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at the Care Center in Aberdeen after a brief illness. He was born in Centerville to Jimmy Rayford and Gertie Lee Sanders Matthews. He was a member of Old Union Baptist Church. He was a farmer and an insurance agent for many years. His many talents included preaching, singing, and playing the guitar and the piano. He used these talents in the nursing home to entertain and lift the spirits of those around him.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Holland Funeral Directors-Okolona Chapel with Bro. Billy Langley officiating. Private graveside services will follow in Old Union Cemetery.
He is survived by three sons, Earl Goodwin (Debra) of Memphis, John Matthews (Juanita) of Saltillo and Doyle Matthews of Eupora; two daughters, Jennifer Osterhout (Dink) of Pontotoc and Ona Mae Matthews; eight grandchildren, Joey, Nicholas, Carissa, Samuel, Hunter, Shelby, Billy Rain and Chloe Maelynn; several great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ona Mae Azlin of Okolona, Sarah Tilson (Alvin) of Shannon and Betty Booth of Grenada; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
.Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from noon until service time Friday at the funeral home.
MEMPHIS – Clarence O’Mayes, 62, formerly of Marshall County, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at Methodist Germantown Hospital in Germantown, Tenn.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Memphis. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 11:25 a.m. Friday.
Fred Bush Jr.
TUPELO – Fred Bush Jr., 94, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at his home after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
WEST POINT – Susie Anner Morris, 90, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Crossroads CME Church. Burial will be in Sykes Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.