Obituaries July 1, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Travis South
CAIRO – Travis L. “Frog” South, 71, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in New Lebanon Cemetery.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Rev. Nat Mayhall
CORINTH – The Rev. Nathaniel G. “Nat” Mayhall, 87, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 until 1:50 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church.
Memorial may be made to First Baptist Church Cooperative Fund, 501 Main St., Corinth, MS 38834.
Condolences may be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
Tommy Fines
AMORY – Thomas Elbert Fines, 81, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born April 13, 1929, in Townley, Ala., he was the son of the late Euple and Sarah Louise Bagwell Fines. He graduated from Jasper High School and Itawamba Community College. He married Peggy Ann Miller Fines in 1953; she died in 1992. He married Shirley Ann Ausbon in 1994. He owned and operated Fines Cleaners in Amory for 20 years and was an agent with the Frisco/BNSF Railroad for 46 years before retiring. He was a member of the 20+ Frisco Club and the NRA. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the Korean War. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching old westerns and playing solitaire.
Services were Tuesday, June 29, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Sammy Washburn and Bro. Charles Coggins officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Ann Fines of Amory; three sons, Thomas David Fines of Tupelo, Randy Morgan of Fulton and Lee Morgan of Amory; one daughter, Tracey Bean of Shannon; five grandchildren, Allison Langford (Chris), Corey Fines (Jennifer), Ryan and Zakkery Bean, and Devon Putney; and three great-grandchildren, Kensli and Rylee Langford, and Mason Bean.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; and a half sister, Jackie Alba.
Pallbearers were Leamon Edgeworth, Charles Langley, Tom Crook, Tim Walters, Corey Fines, Kerry Cole and Paul Morgan. Honorary pallbearers were Dick Millender, Douglas Crook, Pete Randle, Jr. Crook, Joe Suggs, Peanut Estes, coffee buddies at Phil’s Place; Oak Tree and BNSF employees; and Dr. Bill Rogers.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.

Micheal Nunnally Jr.
BYHALIA – Micheal Anthony Nunnally Jr., 9, died Thursday, June 24, 2010, in Watson. He was born Nov. 24, 2000.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Asbury Family Life Center. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Micheal A. Nunnally Sr. and Toyla Ramsey Nunnally; three brothers, Ahmad Nunnally, William Ramsey and Malique Antwane Nunnally, all of Holly Springs; three sisters, Beunica Ramsey, Nandi Ramsey and Banasha Byers, all of Holly Springs; his grandparents, Robert and Clara Nunnally; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday.
Lois Bethay
CLARKSDALE – Lois Jobe Bethay, 97, formerly of Booneville, died Monday, June 28, 2010, at Northwest Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale. She was born Sept. 30, 1912, in Clifton, Tenn., to Charles Edgar Jobe Sr. and Mattie Ethel Warren Jobe. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Booneville. Known as “Mawmaw” by her family, she was a loving grandmother to her extended family, the Roy Brown family, the Morris Favi family, and the Joe Davis family. She was a wonderful cook and friend to many.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Lee Memorial Park in Verona.
She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Martin and her husband, Larry, of Havana, Fla., and Frankie Davis of Clarksdale; two grandsons, Joseph Davis and his wife, Laura, and Brent Davis, all of Memphis; two great-grandsons, Thomas and Graham Davis; her sister-in-law, Mae Jobe of Tupelo; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Bethay; her parents; her brother, Edgar Jobe; and her son-in-law, Thomas Davis.
Visitation will begin at noon Friday and continue until service time at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Sarah Pannell
MYRTLE – Sarah E. Wommack Pannell, 86, died Tuesday June 29, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born Jan. 4, 1924, in Tippah County to William Calvin “Bud” Wommack and Josie Ann Henry Wommack. She was a homemaker and a member of the Temple Baptist Church in Myrtle.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Jason Howell officiating. Burial will be in the New Harmony Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Joy Pannell Schwalenberg (Don) of Myrtle and Avis Pannell Hamblin (Perry) of Blue Springs; one stepdaughter, Mavis Pannell Ryhan of Baldwyn; three sons, William David Pannell (Frankie) of Ripley, Roger Dale Pannell Sr. (Deloris) of New Albany and Mitchell Pannell (Jennifer) of Myrtle; one stepson, Ellis Pannell (Irene) of New Albany; one brother, Eugene Wommack of Ripley; 26 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Madison Pannell; three sisters and three brothers; and one stepson, James Boyce Pannell.
Pallbearers will be David “Buddy” Pannell, Roger Dale Pannell Jr., James Pannell, Dustin Pannell, Jesse Pannell and Zack Smith.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Eula Mae Young
BALDWYN – Eula Mae Young died Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Emma Erby
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Emma L. Erby, 71, died Monday, June 28, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Vernon Shook
MOOREVILLE – Vernon Odell Shook, 72, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A native of Muscle Shoals, Ala., he was born Feb. 20, 1938, to Claude and Rosella Coggins Shook. He was self employed as a concrete finisher for many years. He enjoyed going to flea markets and auctions. He was a member of Allen’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Andrews Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Chris McAlilly officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, LaVonia Stokes Shook of Mooreville; his daughter, Katrina Shannon (James) of Brewer; one sister, Rose Marie Shook, and two brothers, Gary Shook (Norma) and Bill Shook (Marissa), all of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; one grandson, Walker McClain Shannon of Brewer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Mack and Claudie Shook.
Pallbearers will be James Shannon, Mark Oglesby, Mitchell Oglesby, Jimmy Shannon and Will Rogers.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Bonnie Freeman
HOUSTON – Bonnie Houser Freeman, 92, died Tuesday, June 29, 2919, at the Trace Regional Hospital. She was born April 26, 1918, in Calhoun County to Paul Lee Mooneyham and Emma Schwalenberg Mooneyham. She was a homemaker and a nurse’s aide at Houston Hospital. She then worked in child care and elderly care. She was a member of Van Vleet Methodist Church. She was affectionately known as “Big Mama” by the many children who were in her care.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. William Adams officiating. Burial will be in Arbor Grove Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include nine children, Mary Fox of DeBerry, Fla., James Earl Kennedy (Brenda) of Slaughter, La., Winnie Crump of Reno, Nev., Helen Eidson of Mathiston, George Ellis Houser (Denise) of Guntown, Bennie Tackett, Lela Norris (Terry) and Jane Houser, all of Houston, and Jean Baradar and Abbie of Beaumont, Texas; 2 stepchildren, Kay Watkins and Ruth Byars, both of Olive Branch; one brother, T.D. Mooneyham of Bartlett, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death her parents and her husbands, C.F. Freeman and Ben Ellis Houser.
Pallbearers will be Terry Norris, Ellis Houser, Ben Norris, Todd Shettles, James Robert Criddle and Rick Huffman.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.
Access the online registry at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Vernon Crum
DENNIS – Vernon L. Crum, 71, died Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Thelma Gilreath
ABERDEEN – Thelma Inez Gilreath, 96, died Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
L.C. Abbott
ASHLAND – Louie Calvin “L.C.” Abbott, 80, died Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at his residence. He was born Jan. 10, 1930, in Blytheville, Ark., to Tom and Lola Davis Abbott. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Ashland. He was retired from International Harvester in Memphis, where he worked for 33 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Tom Wilder officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Faye Tutor Abbott; one daughter, Pamela Joyce Mathias (Tommy) of Memphis; one son, Lynn Abbott (Mary Jo) of Tupelo; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Mitzie Harris (Timothy) of Southaven and Lanora Hickman of Hernando; one stepson, Paul Covington (Christine) of Hernando; six sisters, Ruby Nichols, Lula Hardy, Agnes Hill, Jean Rogers, Ann Cagel and Helen Tubman; one brother, William Abbott.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Louie Dewayne Abbott; and two brothers, Dewey Abbott and Russell Boyd Abbott.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Jeremy Parks
WALNUT – Jeremy Dale Parks, 21, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Tracey Butler
FALKNER – Tracey Louann Butler, 38, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was the former owner of Tracey’s Day Care and a member of Juliette Baptist Church in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Carroll Talley officiating. Burial will be in Little Hope Cemetery at Falkner.
Survivors include her mother, Shelia Smith (Larry) of Corinth; her father, Johnny Butler (Linda) of Ripley; one brother, Brandon Butler (Amy) of Falkner; her grandmother, Mavis Wilbanks of Falkner; a half sister, B.J. Butler-Lewis (Paul) of New Albany; one stepbrother, Brad Keesee (Tammy) of Ripley; one niece, Anna Grace Butler ; one nephew, Blake Butler, both of Falkner; and a special friend, John James of Falkner.
Pallbearers will be John James, Larry Smith, Robert James, Jacob Jones, Paul Lewis and Arthur Wilbanks.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brad Keesee, Kerry Keesee, Mandy Grisham and Lauren James.
Memorials may be made to ALSAC-St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Rosaline McClung
TUPELO – Rosaline Maryanne Botelho McClung, 63, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.

Gayra Thompson
AMORY – Gayra LaRue Falls Thompson, 67, died on Monday, June 28, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House surrounded by her family. A native of Tremont, she was a daughter of the late Marvin Stanhope and Corinne Cody Falls.
Full of life, Gayra was always very happy, joyous and loved unconditionally. She was a graduate of Tremont High School Class of 1961. Gayra loved and was very dedicated to her home church, Hopewell United Methodist Church. Formerly a receptionist for P&S Clinic, she managed Walker-Mississippi Federal Credit Union over 20 years. Generous to a fault and possessing a huge heart, Gayra was very proud of her family and loved family get-togethers where she would always play Gospel music on the piano and conclude with “Boogie Woogie.”
Music was her passion as she could play the alto sax, piano and organ. Gayra also enjoyed reading, shopping, playing board games, cards and playing Wii with her grandchildren. Thanks to her two brothers carefully looking out for her, she was brave and confident throughout life. Having a contagious laughter, she enjoyed entertaining and storytelling.
She is survived by a daughter, Pam Miller of Saltillo; sons, Chuck Johnson of Saltillo, David (Melissa) Thompson of Smyrna, Tenn., and John (Melanie) Thompson of Flowood; “sisters by marriage,” Inez and Jean Falls, both of Tremont; six grandchildren, Leslie, Sidney, Taylor, Cole, Blake and Ellie; several nieces and nephews; and an extremely close circle of friends since elementary school who were like extended family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Will Thompson, and two brothers, Verser Lynwood and Denzil Falls.
A Celebration of Life service for Gayra Thompson will be held at 2 p.m. today, July 1, at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Eugene Stockstill officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Tremont. Pallbearers will be Tony, Jake, T.C. and Jeremy Falls, and John and David Thompson.
For those who prefer, memorials may be given to Mt. Moriah Cemetery, 1548 Mt. Moriah Rd., Tremont, MS 38876. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at picklefh@att.net. Arrangements for the Thompson family are in the care of E.E. Pickle Funeral Home, Amory, (662) 256-2644.