Obituaries January 29, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

James Miller
BRUCE – James Alvie “Jimmy” Miller, 68, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at his residence. He was born on Feb. 19, 1943, in Banner. He was a member of Mt. Comfort Baptist Church. He was a retired truck driver and saw filer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. W. R. Harrelson officiating with the Rev. Will Turner assisting. Burial will be in Mt. Comfort Cemetery in Bruce. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife Jannie Savage Miller of Bruce; two daughters, Connie Miller Logan of Bruce and Tana Bumgardner McQuary of Houston; two sons, Jeffery Lee Miller of Cordova, Tenn., and Scotty Bumgardner of Oxford; his mother, Mrs. Lera Miller Ward; one brother, Billy Miller of Bruce; 12 grandchildren, Richie Logan, LaDonna Lee, Austin Miller, Sam Miller, Hannah Miller, J.B. Bumgardner, Aerial Pryor, Brylee Poteete, Zack Poteete, Gavin McQuary, Denver McQuary and Parker McQuary; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Wayne Miller; a daughter, Celia Miller; and two sisters Laurette Little and Helen Turner.
Pallbearers will be Robert Earl Blount, Tony Bond, Richie Logan, Austin Miller, Dion Miller, Brylee Poteete, Zack Poteete and Junior Turner. Honorary Pallbearers are Jim Earl Aron, Jean Carter, Junior Carter, Billy Frank Cantrell, James Coleman, Harold Mann, Tom Pryor, William Rogers and Randall Sutherland.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Celia Miller Scholarship Fund, c/o BancorpSouth, P.O. Box 368, Bruce, MS 38915.

John Fields
OKOLONA – John E. Fields, 48, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Elby Boutwell
VARDAMAN – Elby M. Boutwell, 89, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. She was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Ellisville.
She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Good Hope Cemetery in Ellisville with the Rev. Cliff Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Good Hope Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Bob Boutwell (Linda) of Vardaman and Ken Boutwell (Bonnie) of Hendersonville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Debbie Ourso of Denham Springs, La., Brooke Grissom (Eric) of Dorsey, Jason Boutwell (Dena) of Boulder, Colo., Leigh Ann Colfer (Jeremy) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira and Ethel Walters Odom; and her husband, G.B. Boutwell.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Vardaman.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Eloise Swain
FULTON – Eloise D. Swain, 92, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Countrywood Plantation
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Vance Michael
BOONEVILLE – Vance Willard Michael, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at his daughter’s home in Florence, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Gertrude Lindsey
AMORY – Gertrude Weaver Lindsey 87, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 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.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneral home.com.

James A. Barnes
HOLLY SPRINGS – James Arthur Barnes, 85, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. He was born April 8, 1926, to Arnie Arthur and Verona Hopper Barnes. He attended Kirby Woods Baptist Church “Deaf Ministry.” He was a machinist for Ace Pump and Supply. He had a good life and was loved by all. His sweet whimsical spirit will surely be missed.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Kirby Woods Baptist Church at 6225 Poplar Ave., Memphis, Tenn., with the Rev. Chip Penland officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery in Tiplersville.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Hester (Scotty) of Southaven and Bobbie Wright (Burnie) of Cordova; two sons, Ronnie Barnes and Mark Barnes, both of Holly Springs; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Francis Adelle Robbins Barnes; his parents; and one grandson, Josh Barnes.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Kirby Woods Baptist Church at 6225 Poplar Ave., Memphis, Tenn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to James Barnes Memorial Fund/28914750, 8115 Country Village Drice, Cordova, TN 38016.
To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneral home.com.
Virginia Tate
PONTOTOC – Virginia Logan Tate, 78, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. A native of Danville, Va., she was the daughter of Crenshaw and Katie Logan. She was a member of New Hope Pentecostal Church in Pontotoc where she served as an usher and missionary. She loved working in the kitchen and telling others about the goodness of Christ. She was the widow of Dave Tate.
Services will be at noon Monday at New Hope Pentecostal Church. Bishop Ishmel Campbell will officiate. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one sister, Mother Vella Mae Green of Pontotoc.
Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ruby Powell
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Ruby W. Powell, 92, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born July 28, 1919 to Clarence E. Wilbanks and Emma E. Jones Wilbanks. She was Baptist by faith. She worked as a dietitian for Blue Mountain College for 42 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jack Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, James C. Mercer (Vina) of Blue Mountain; two grandsons, James F. Mercer of Cordova, Tenn., and Roy A. Mercer of Largo, Fla.; two sisters, Lila G. Murphy of Memphis and Gail W. Rogers (Eddie) of New Albany; and one brother, Dale Wilbanks of Hamilton.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy D. Mercer; second husband, Harvey Eugene Powell; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneral home.com.
Melvin Renfroe
AMORY – Melvin Ray Renfroe, 87, died on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Born on April 27, 1924, in Branch he was a son of Robert Dillard and Lena Cox Renfroe. He was a graduate of Canton High School and a Business College in Nashville. He honorably served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a corporal during World War II. On June 12, 1949, he married Helen Miller. He worked at various jobs throughout his career; he owned his own business for many years, was a car salesman, a parts store manager and a motorcycle salesman. After retirement, he worked part-time at Amory Garment in Amory for 18 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Amory. Throughout his life, he served as a Sunday school teacher, a discipleship training director and a deacon. He was a mason and a past member of the Civitan Club. His passion was gardening and he loved to give away his produce and make jellies for gifts. He loved to fish, listen to bluegrass and gospel music, and loved animals especially dogs, cats and birds.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church with Dr. Allen Simpson and Bro. Jimmy McFatter officiating. Music will be provided by Matt Chisholm and Robert Frederick. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery.
He is survived by his daughters, Becky Burke of Amory and Jan Raper of Huntsville, Ala.; sons-in-law, Ray Burke and Joe Raper; grandchildren, Michael Raper and Julie Brewer (Tim) of Huntsville, Ala.; great-grandchild, Aaron Brewer of Huntsville, Ala.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; a sister; and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be Michael Raper, Tommy Love, Bobby Joe Stephens, Lawrence Stevens, Frank Finney and Howard Boozer. Honorary pallbearers will be member of the men’s Sunday school class.
Visitation will be from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. today and prior to service hour.
Memorials may be given to a First Baptist Church Comfort Fund, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821 or to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneral home.com.

Claudia Marcy
TUPELO – Claudia Marcy, 98, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at the Green Houses at Traceway. Arrangements are incomplete and will be released later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Bill Jackson
BALDWYN – James V. “Bill” Jackson, 84, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Booneville. He was born Aug. 8, 1927, to Dee Carroll and Nancy Upton Jackson. He was a retired machinist. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of Korea, having served two tours.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Brandon Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by three daughters, Karen Goode of Madison, Kathy (Jim) Mosier of Starkville and Jennifer (Greg) Sparks of Booneville; two sons, Steve Jackson of Batavia, Ill., and Danny Jackson of Madison; one sister, Florence Credille of Booneville; three grandchildren, Tyler and Emily Sparks and Colette Jackson; and the mother of his children, Jerri Jackson of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Raye Gilley; and six brothers, Clovis, Gene, Buster, Alton, R.H. and Odis Jackson.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Quay Whitehurst
BOONEVILLE – Quay Whitehurst, 76, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Bartlett, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Vera Martin
TISHOMINGO – Vera M. Martin, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Home.

Hazel Kirk
POCAHONTAS, Tenn. – Hazel Marie Kirk, 46, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Jackson Madison General Hospital.
Services are at 2 p.m. today in Gentry Chapel Church with burial in White Oak Cemetery with Brother Travis Wilbank officiating. Daily Corinthian is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is prior to service time at the church.
Rev. Butch Knight
TUPELO – Joseph Bruce “Butch” Knight, 62, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born in Tupelo on Dec. 25, 1949 to Willard Bruce Knight and Lillian Hazel Armstrong Knight Buse. He grew up in Tupelo and graduated from Tupelo High School in l968, attended Clarke Junior College and graduated from Mississippi College in Clinton. He furthered his education by receiving a Master of Divinity and a Master of Religious Education from the New Orleans Baptist Seminary. He pastored churches all over Mississippi and Alabama in his 43 years of ministry with his last pastorate at the Hollanddale Baptist Church, where he served for 14 years until his health failed. His service to God included tours as a missionary in Venezuela and Honduras. He served the Southern Baptist Convention as an Association Sunday School Director, Pastoral Ministries Director, on the AMDP Committee, Public School Teacher ministry, worked with the National Day of Prayer and was a radio devotionalist. His service to the SBC also included Vice moderator and Moderator of the SBC as well as the Nominating Committee, the Associational Transition Committee and Church Credential Committee. He was an avid Bible scholar and reader of great literature and loved working in his yard and tending his flocks.
A life celebration service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Robin Walker and Dr. Tim Williams officiating. Private burial will take place in Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in Slate Springs.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Hardin Knight of Tupelo; one son, Anthony Shane Knight (Meredith) of New York, N.Y.; two daughters, Katie Lea Knight Ward (Matt) and Kristie Lynn Knight, both of Pearl; three grandchildren, Gage Williams,
Nadalyan and Madison Ward; his mother, Lillian Armstrong Knight Buse of Tupelo; sisters Rebecca Ann Knight “Becky” Walker (Larry C.) of Albertville, Ala.; a nephew, Chad Walker (Lizzy) of Columbia, S.C., his aunts and uncles and cousins and a host of friends and parishioners all over the South.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Monday only at the Tupelo Chapel.
Pallbearers will be Bob, Harry and Eddie Armstrong, Hal Edge, Jr. Roberts and Larry C. Walker. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Armstrong Jr., Tommy McDaniel and Harrison White.
Memorials may be made to the Baptist Childrens Village, P. O. Box 27, Clinton, MS. 39060 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Charlene Tanner
NEWTON – Charlene Putnam Tanner, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She received her undergraduate degree in home economics from Mississippi State College for Women and her masters degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She was a former Newton County Home Economist. Her career span as a teacher began as Home Economics teacher in Lake, MS.
Upon completion of her masters degree she taught elementary school at Beulah Hubbard and Newton until retirement. After her retirement, she served as director of the Newton Senior Citizens Center for several years. She and her husband, also owned and operated Tanner’s Grocery & Market in Newton. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Newton where she served as a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the choir. She was a former community volunteer. She served as a Girl Scout leader, a Boy Scout leader, and was a member of the Newton Business & Professional Women’s Club, of which she served as President many times. Her sweet spirit, kindheartedness, and sense of humor will be remembered by many of her former students and friends. She was a resident of the Beehive Assisted Living Facility in Newton for the past five years.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Newton County Funeral Home, South Chapel with Bro. Randy Cuchens officiating. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, MS is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three children, daughters, Nancy Crisco of Brandon and Amy Tanner McClellan (Danny) of Tupelo; and son, Jimmy Tanner (Gloria)of Forest; two granddaughters, Lane Elizabeth McClellan of Tupelo, and Kristen Danielle McClellan, of Denver, Colo.; one sister, Lois Putnam Derway of Forest.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ed Tanner, Jr., of Newton; her son-in-law, Charles M. Crisco of Brandon; and her parents, Otho and Lillie Mae Putnam of the Steele Community in Scott County.
Visitation will be held from 1to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com.

Kate Kingsley
TUPELO – Kate Kingsley, 97, left this life for a much greater life, for which she lived her whole life. She was born to Robert and Mollie Lummus in Lee County, in the Eggville Community. She resided in Lee County all her life except for a brief time in Arizona. She worked at a public job some, way back in the days of the Great Depression, but she spent the majority of her life as a dear housewife and splendid homemaker. She was a self-taught artist, painting very life-like portraits and beautiful scenery. She was a charter member of the East Main Church of Christ in Tupelo and was lovingly faithful to her Lord. She was a great example to everyone. To know her was to love her. She was affectionately known as Mama Kate to everyone.
Services in loving memory will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the East Main Church of Christ in Tupelo with the Bro. Gary Williams and Bro. Robert Kingsley officiating. Her oldest grandson, Eddie McCaskill will give a loving eulogy. Burial will be at Crossroads Christian Church Cemetery. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Jane McCaskill (Grady) of Saltillo; one son, Robert Kingsley (Betty) of Pontotoc; one sister, Marie Cate (James) of Springville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, J.R. Kingsley in 1992; her daughter, Brenda Nichols; two sisters, Nannie Lou Barber and Bobbie Rhudy; two grandchildren, Sherry McCaskill and Karen McCaskill.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Eddie McCaskill, Terry Kingsley, Randy Kingsley, Todd Nichols, Brad Nichols, Kent Nichols and grandson-in-law, Neal Crabb.
Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, and continued one hour prior to service time on Monday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Dr. John Russell Jr.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – John Russell Jr., of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and formerly of Columbus, MS, died on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. He was a longtime orthodontist in Columbus, and was born on Nov. 10, 1925, to John and Lydia Russell of Memphis, Tenn. He enrolled at the University of Tennessee for his freshman year and then joined the U.S. Army infantry and served during World War II. He later joined the Dental Corps after graduating from the University of Tennessee Dental School. He later finished his postgraduate work in Orthodontics at the University of Tennessee. He was a member of the Mississippi Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the American Association of Orthodontics. He and his wife, Carolyn Russell of Corinth, were married in l951.They moved to Columbus where he opened an orthodontic clinic in l955, which he operated until l992. He was an active part of the Phillips Memorial YMCA in Columbus and served as Chairman of the Board for ten years. He was also a member of the Rotary Club and very involved with Bethany Christian Services. An elder emeritus, he loved and served Main Street Presbyterian Church faithfully until he and his wife moved to Murfreesboro in l999. He then joined Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville. He was an avid golfer and loved playing handball for many years. He most enjoyed spending time with his family and many friends.
Private graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus. A public memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at Main Street Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife Carolyn of Corinth; a daughter, Susan Aldridge (Gary) of Ridgeland; two sons, John Russell III (Pat) of Columbus; and Merrill Shepard (Theo) of Murfreesboro; eight grandchildren, James and John Aldridge, of Ridgeland, John Mark, Will, Hannah, and Stephen Russell of Columbus and Sam and David Shepard, of Murfreesboro; one sister, Betty Evans of Zeeland, Mich.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lynda Langerfeld (David), and a sister, Helen Roberts.
Visitation with the family will follow the service. Gunter and Peel Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary McMillan
SPANISH FORT, Ala. – Mary Grace Myers McMillan, 80, died on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 at Westminster Village where she had lived for six years. She was born April 5, 1931 in Canton to Grace Dean and Albert A. Myers but considered herself to be from Meridian, where she lived for eight years. Mary was a lifelong Presbyterian and graduated from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) with a BA in history. There she met the love of her life, Morton McMillan, who would go on to become a Presbyterian minister.
In addition to serving as a minister’s wife, Mary assumed many other church leadership responsibilities during her lifetime. She also was active in civic organizations including the League of Women Voters and she taught high school in several states where her family resided. While teaching in Tupelo, she thoroughly enjoyed coaching the academic decathlon team. Her sons are so grateful for the countless ways she made their lives better, including her many attempts (not always successful) to teach them proper grammar.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. omn Saturday, March 3 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairhope, Ala. The family encourages those who wish to make memorial gifts to contribute either to the T. Morton McMillan Scholarship Endowment at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary at 1044 Alta Vista Rd, Louisville, Ky., 40205 or go to www.lpts.edu & follow links to give online) or to the Mary McMillan Memorial Fund at The Nature Conservancy at PO Box 6014, Albert Lea, Minn., 56007, reference account number 11589790, or online at http://support.nature.org/goto/Mary.McMillan.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas Morton McMillan, III of Navarre, Fla. and Andrew Rule McMillan of Olympia Wash., and their wives, Nancy and Evonne; five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Dr. Albert A. Myers, Jr., of Conyers, Ga. and a sister, Ann Myers Redus of Huntsville, Ala.
Her children are greatly comforted that, after a life filled with “grace,” as befits one so named, she is now reunited with her beloved Morton and her son Wallace.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. T. Morton McMillan, Jr., and by a son, Dr. William Wallace McMillan of Baltimore, Md.

Robert Patterson
OXFORD – Robert Lee “Mr. Pat” Patterson Jr., 91, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North MS. He was a retired Federal U.S. Probation Officer. He was born in New Albany. He was a veteran of World War II where he served as a Staff Sgt. in the United States Air Force. He was a teacher and coach at several high schools in MS and Education and Recreational Director at “Parchman Farm” State Penitentiary for thirteen years before he came to Oxford to join the Federal Probation Service. He was a member of the Double Circle Sunday School Class at Oxford-University United Methodist Church, served as Bailiff for the Lafayette County Circuit Court since 1985, was Past-President of Kiwanis Club and a member of Oxford-Lafayette Country Crime Stoppers Association. He was also a Mason and a Shriner. To recognize his involvement with the youth of Oxford and Lafayette County, he was honored with the dedication of four baseball fields in his name at FNC Park.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oxford-University United Methodist Church with the Rev. Warren Black officiating. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery. In honor of his service to his country, the flag of the United States Air Force is being flown at Waller Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Altie Saunders Patterson of Oxford; two daughters, Carol McGonagill (Cary) of Oxford and Ginger Patterson (John) of Oxford; two sons, Robert Lee Patterson III (Bette) of Oxford and Russell S. Patterson (Elaine) of Gastonia, N.C.; twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held prior to the service from noon until 2 p.m. in Wesley Hall at the church. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 South 10th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.
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