Obituaries January 27, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Nell Pope
TUPELO – Nell McNeese Pope, 80, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. Nell was born on Dec.29, 1932, in Prospect, Giles County, Tenn., to Lee and Ruth Garrett McNeese. She grew up there and graduated from Elkton High School where she was a standout basketball star. She married David Harold Pope on June 16, l950, in Iuka. They spent their early years in Tennessee and moved to Tupelo 52 years ago. Nell had a wonderful personality and was known far and wide as a caregiver to her family and hundreds of others in need. A member of Harrisburg Baptist Church for over 50 years, she was a leader in the homebound ministry and a former choir member. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed bowling in the area Church league. A master housewife, homemaker and extraordinary cook, she was passionate about the ministry of Sanctuary Hospice House. She enjoyed travel, camping especially at Pickwick Lake and all music. She was affectionately known as the “Butterfly Lady”.
A life celebration service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Sanctuary of Harrisburg Baptist Church with the Rev. David Langerfeld officiating. Private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, David H. Pope of Tupelo; two daughters, Pam Hester of Tupelo and Sandra Zbynski (Tim) of Palmetto; two grandsons, Michael D. Hester (Monica) of Tupelo and Zack Zbynski of Palmetto; one great-granddaughter, Peyton Kinley Hester; two sisters, Nancy Filyaw of Propect, Tenn., and Lillian Magnusson (Jim) of Ardmore, Ala.; and nieces, nephews and her friends and caregivers at Sanctuary Hospice House.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Frances Hall; and a brother, Malcolm McNeese.
Pallbearers are Leslie Nanny, Jedd Jernigan, Andy Griggs, James Tidwell, Kenny Fralix and Chris Pope.
Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from 1 p.m. until service time on Monday at Harrisburg.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church Building Fund, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS. 38801 or to Sanctuary Hospice House, P. O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS. 38801.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Kathleen Horton
SALTILLO – Kathleen Horton, 80, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Santuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was a Pentecostal. She was a former employee of Hunter Sadler and Long Uniforms. She enjoyed quilting, puzzles and gardening.
There will be no funeral service. Private burial will be in the Springhill Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include sisters, Mary Alice Finney (Ezra) of Belden, Ella Faye Turner of Saltillo and Barbara Stanford (Dalton) of Tupelo; brothers, Henry Gattis of Saltillo, Sidney Gattis (Wilma) of Memphis, Lawrence Gattis and Carl Gattis (Linda) of Saltillo; brother-in-law, Eugene Norris of Saltillo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sindey and Sarah Gattis; husbands, Hollis Osborn and Alton Jack Horton; brothers, Robert Gattis (Keron) and James Lee Gattis; sisters, Anna Mae Rogers (V.C.), Lennie Bell Hutcheson (FL), Lela Gattis, Maggie Mansell (Ellis) and Hazel Norris; and sisters-in-laws, Arleen Gattis, Mona Faye Gattis and Euretha Gattis.
The family requests no flowers.
Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.

Louise Griggs
OKOLONA – Louise Griggs, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors-Okolona Chapel.
Susan Rutledge
WHEELER – Susan Rutledge, 65, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a homemaker.
A private ceremony will take place at a later date. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include daughters, Penny Rutledge of Wheeler and Shani Robinson (Humbert) of Hernando; sons, Kenny Rutledge (Cindy) of Tupelo and Brett Rutledge (Melinda) of Marietta; grandchildren, Kaleb Robinson, Dezirae Robinson, Mattie, Mason and Novia Rutledge; and special friends, Dewayne Polland and Shirley King.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Clara Rutledge.
Ethel Dunaway
SALTILLO – Ethel Mae Dunaway, 88, passed away January 25, 2013, at her daughter’s home. She was born June 9, 1924, to Claude Andrew and Alma Archibald Putt. She was employed many years with the North Mississippi Center as a nurse’s aid and with Playcraft as a seamstress. She was a long time member of Mayfield Church of Christ. She loved to sew, cook and was known as “Big Mom” by everyone that knew her.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Minister Clyde Mize and Minister Leon Willis officiating. Burial will be in Mayfield Cemetery.
She leaves behind one daughter, Paulette Frazier (Bob) of Saltillo; one granddaughter, Suzette Ethridge (Anthony) of Saltillo; two great-granddaughters, Kelsie Ethridge-Hankins (Andy) of Tupelo and Taylor Ethridge-Witt (Stuart) of Saltillo; her namesake and great-great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Mae Hankins; and special caregiver, Melissa Samples-Ethridge of Mooreville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Dunaway; her parents; and one brother, Jack Putt.
Visitation will be two hours prior at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Velda Brown Kindle
TUPELO – Velda Brown Kindle, 93, formerly of Kenton, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at The Green Houses of Traceway in Tupelo. She was born on Jan. 20, 1920, in Hardin County, to William P. and Grace Haundenschield Dettwiler. On Jan. 30, 1941, in Hardin County, she married Clyde “Mike” Brown and he preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 1965. She later married Arthur Kindle on May 7, 1967 and he preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1988. She had owned Browns Market-Pfeiffer Station for many years. She was a member of the Latham Chapter O.E.S No. 364 where she was a Past Matron, Painter Creek Grange and First Reformed U.C.C where she was a former choir member. She also volunteered for Hardin Hospice.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Price Funeral Home in Kenton, Ohio. Burial will be in Grove Cemetery.
Surviving are two sons, Aaron (Joanne) Brown of Tupelo and Joel (Rebecca) Brown of Liberty Center, Ohio; two stepsons, Mickey (Mary Kay) Kindle of Port St Lucie, Fla., and Clifford (Sarah) Kindle of Columbus, Ohio; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to Hardin Co. Hospice or Latham Chapter O.E.S.
Online condolences may be expressed at pricefh.net.
Beverly Mardis
HICKORY FLAT – Beverly Mardis, 57, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Dec. 11, 1955 in New Albany to Willis Smith and Mabaleen Reed Smith.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Hickory Flat U.M. Church. Interment is at McKay Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, James Mardis of Hickory Flat; daughter, Cheryl (Chad) Roberson of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; parents, Willis and Mabeleen Smith of Hickory Flat; sister, Debra D.D. (David) Rogers of Clue Springs; two grandchildren, Chloe and Reed Roberson of Tennessee; two special nephews, Collin and Cavin Mill of Hickory Flat; and a host of other family.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Serenity Chapel in New Albany.

Laverne Ivy
FULTON – Margaret Laverne Reeves Ivy, 88 , died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at The Meadows in Fulton.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Burial will be in Harden’s Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation is 11 a.m. until service time Monday at McNeece-Morris funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
Laurel Borcicky
TUPELO – Laurel Joyce Bistel Borcicky, 68, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Tupelo. Born July 29, 1944, she was a daughter of Carl E. and Iva Ruth Paris Bistel. A woman of faith, she was a member of the North Boulevard Christian Church. Never meeting a stranger, she gave to all freely and will be remembered for her smile and a warm hug. Before her retirement, she worked as a dental assistant, was secretary at Woody’s TV and a homemaker. Her hobbies included cooking, cake decorating, watching and raising birds, knitting and enjoying spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the North Boulevard Christian Church in Amory with Bro. Ferman Anderson officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Robert D. Borcicky Sr. of Tupelo; three sons, Robert Borcicky Jr. (Barbara) of Tupelo, Bill Borcicky (Sue) of Amory and Larry Borcicky of Booneville; one daughter, Audrey Beck of Geneva, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Emily Borcicky, Melissa Borcicky, Adam Borcicky, David Cameron, William Beck, Jacob Beck and Michelle Stewart (Joe); two great-grandchildren, Patricia Stewart and Sarah Stewart; one brother, Carl Bistel of Phoeniz, Ariz.; and one sister, Sharon Bistel of Trinidad, Colo.
She was preceded in death by one brother, David Bistel; and her parents.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Emmet Agnew
TUPELO – Emmet J. “Crow” Agnew, 73 died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 27, 1939, in Lee County to Clifton and Jessie Davis Agnew. He was a member of Bethel C.M.E. Church in Guntown. He united in holy wedlock to Ledora Cherry. He worked many years as the maintence man at Barley Court Apartments and retired from Super Sagless Mfg. after 20-plus years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Mt. Zion Community Church in Guntown with the Rev. J.S. Agnew officiating and the Rev. Jeffrey Freeman delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery in Guntown. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Ledora Agnew of Tupelo; one daughter, Jennifer Ray of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Brittany Walker of Columbus, Jharissa Agnew and Jerrick Ray, both of Tupelo; one great-grandson, Courtland Pass of Columbus; four sisters, Ola Mae Agnew, Belois Agnew, Allene Salter, all of Baldwyn and Lezora Stewart of Cleveland, Ohio; and three brothers, John Lee Agnew, Lawrence Agnew and the Rev. James D. (Earnest) Agnew, all of Baldwyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Tammie Agnew; and two sisters, Elnora Agnew and Audra Agnew.
Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home in Verona. Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Mildred Lovelace
OXFORD – Mildred Tyler Lovelace, 84, died on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at her home.
Graveside services held at 2 p.m. today in Pine Bluff Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Lovelace’s memory may be made to: The Pine Bluff Cemetery Fund, 287 CR 431, Oxford, MS 38655.
For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call (662)234-7971.

Buener Arnett
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Buener Herod Arnett, 76, formerly of Oxford, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Greater Pleasant Hill M.B. Church in Memphis. Interment is at Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home today and 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.

Troy Murphy
BOONEVILLE – Troy M. Murphy died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Leon Marcy Sr.
TUPELO – William Leon Marcy Sr., 91, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Magnolia Hospital in Corinth. He was born in the Auburn community of Lee county on May 21, 1921, to William Mark Marcy and Mary Wilma Christian Marcy. He graduated from Auburn High School and entered the U.S. Army on Sept. 8, 1942, during World War II. He served in the Casualty Armored Training Division training soldiers in operational procedures of tanks. He was honorably discharged on March 6, 1946. He and his family lived for more than 30 years in Memphis, Tenn., where he was a physician assistant in the urology department of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center there. After retirement in 1975, he returned home to Tupelo. A patriotic American, he enjoyed a lifetime of volunteer service for causes important to veterans and their families. He served several years as the Lee County Veterans Service officer, was active in the American Legion and the DAV chapters and was a founder and the first chairman of the Veterans Park Commission on Veterans Boulevard. in Tupelo. He oversaw and raised much of the money to get the park built. His civic involvement was solid and he served as the National charter president of the American Association of Urological Assistants, served many years on the Mississippi Prison Industries Board and was active in Masonic orders and Shriner activities especially their work with crippled children. He was a longtime member of the Auburn Baptist Church.
A life celebration, with military honors, will be held at 3 p.m. Monday in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jimmy Henry officiating. Private burial will follow in the Marcy family plot at Auburn Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Doris Putt Marcy of Tupelo, to whom he married Jan. 3, 1948; two daughters, Paula Marcy Swindoll (Paul) of Tupelo and Jeannie Marcy Kelly of Tupelo; a son, William L. Marcy, M.D. of Saltillo; a sister, Hazle Marcy Norton of Auburn Community; eight grandchildren, Davy Estes (Brandy), Will Marcy, Lee Marcy, Kelly Marcy, Forrest Marcy (Sarah), Simon Marcy, Julie Kramer and Johnny Otts; three great-grandchildren, Boston, Bria and T.J.; and special friend and caregiver, DeeDee Robinson of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and five siblings, Lon Marcy, Elsie Stanford, Estelle Parker, Lavada Hankins and Johnnie Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be all members of the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans Park Commissioners.
Visitation will be 2 p.m. until service time Monday at the Tupelo chapel of Holland.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Ruby Williams
BECKER – Ruby Williams, 86, died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at River Place Nursing Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Charles Castleberry
BANNER – Charles “Bub” Armond Castleberry, 80, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at his residence. He was born May, 12, 1932, in Bruce. He was retired from Ford Motor Company and Calhoun County Maintaince Department. He was a member of Banner Baptist Church, Banner Masonic Lodge, Shrinners Association of Calhoun County and Woodman of the World.
He was proceeded in death by his father, Kernal Herman Castleberry; his mother, Adell Greene Castleberry; and sister, Justine Stewart.
Service is at 11 a.m. Monday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Caples officiating and Bro. Ricky Harris, and Bro Jackie Douglas assisting. Interment is at Banner Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene “Mulkey” Castleberry of Banner; one daughter, Sherry Ferguson of Banner; one son, Shane “Rizpah” Castleberry of Grenada; two brothers, Tillman Castleberry of Collierville, Tenn., and K.P. “Goldie” Castleberry of Banner; and five grandchildren, Taylor Castleberry of Vardaman, Lucas Ferguson of Banner, Brooke Castleberry of Grenda, Rudy Ferguson of Banner and Easton Castleberry of Grenada.
Pallbearers are Larry Bailey, Ted Camp, Joe Cowsert, Wendel Covan, Wiley Ferguson, Scott Ledbetter,
Bennie Thompson and Barney Wade. Honorary pallbearers are Banner Lodge Mason’s, Homer Brown and Donald Camp.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers donation may be made to Antioch or Banner Cemetery fund.
Online Condolences may be made to parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Mary Morgan
AMORY – Mary Halyard Morgan, 88, died on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. Born June 29, 1924, in Memphis, Tenn., she was a daughter of Leroy and Willa Johnson Halyard. She married Thomas E. Morgan in 1941. Before her retirement, she worked at Security Bank. She was instrumental in starting and leading the Monroe County Baptist Senior Adult Program and was the chairman of the Amory Triple L Club from its inception until 2012. A woman of faith, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Amory where she sang in the church choir and she was very active in various women’s organizations in Amory. A member of the Order of the Eastern Star, she was a recipient of the 50-year pin. She enjoyed traveling.
A Celebration of Life Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson and the Rev. Jimmy McFatter officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 71 years, Thomas E. Morgan of Amory; one daughter, Carolyne Reece (John) of West Point; three grandchildren, John T. Reece, II (Kimberly), Jeff Reece (Stephanie) and Morgan Lee Reece (Ronda); and five great-grandchildren, Justin Reece, Tucker Reece, Campbell Reece, John T. Reece, III and Dane Reece.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Glen Bingham, Gerald Marion, Lester Cagle, Frank Finney and Bro. Jim Harrington. Honorary pallbearers will be Wilma Stockton Sunday School Class and the Triple L Club.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Monday.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Senior Adults, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Bettie Hollis
SMITHVILLE – Bettie Sue Wallis Hollis, 68, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at her home. Born Aug. 13, 1944, she was a daughter of Walter Lee and Ernie Ruby Green Wallis and married Charles D. Hollis. A woman of faith, she was a member of the Green Valley Baptist Church and attended Bethel Baptist Church in Nettleton. Enjoying her daily bible reading, she also enjoyed playing piano, singing at her church and listening to gospel music. Loving children, she babysat in her home for many years. Her hobbies included attending auctions, playing bingo and visiting with her friends. She loved her little dog, Tippy.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Thomas Neal and Bro. Tim Tutor officiating. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery in Sherman.
Survivors include her husband, Charles D. Hollis of Smithville; two daughters, Melissa Tutor (Tim) of Shannon and Julie Bray (Matt) of Tupelo; one stepdaughter, Tabitha Baker (Lee) of Booneville; one son, Chris Loden of Mantachie; one brother, Howard L. Wallis of Tupelo; eight grandchildren, Dustin Tutor, Andrew and Belle Bray, Will and Jesse Loden, Casey Baker, Catherine Baker and Keegan Baker; and one great-grandchild, Carley Baker.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Ben Rollins, James Sullivan, Eddie Leach and Ricky Moffett.
Visitation will continue until service time on today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Brandi Kirk
BYHALIA – Brandi Nicole Kirk, 28, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Alliance.
Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Interment is at Lebanon in Olive Branch.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.