Obituaries July 12, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Robbie Jernigan
SOUTHAVEN – Charles “Robbie” Robert Jernigan, 54, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at Blue Bluff in Aberdeen. He was born on July 24, 1956, to Robert Edwin Jernigan and Elizabeth Watkins Jernigan. He was retired from the Army Reserves. He attended Cornerstone Assembly of God in Southhaven.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston with Bro. Cody Childress officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Houston.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ilene Curtis Jernigan of Southhaven; one daughter, Robyn Villalobos (Miguel) of Dallas, Texas; four sons, Chuck Cole (Jamie) of Walls, Bo Cole. Seth Cole and Curt Brewer, all of Southhaven;one brother, Edward Jernigan (Cathy) of Houston; five grandchildren, Andrew Jernigan, McKenzie Cole, Kayla Cole, Sailor Cole and Crimson Cole; three nephews and one niece.
He was preceded in death by his mother Elizabeth Watkins Jernigan and one son, Mathew Jernigan.
Pallbearers will be Chuck Cole, Bo Cole, Seth Cole, Curt Brewer, Miguel Villalobos, Jimmy Jernigan, Edward Jernigan, Curt Jernigan and Chris Gross.
Visitation will be from noon until 3 p.m. today.
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Huwey Dilworth
RAMER, Tenn. – Huwey Lee Dilworth, 53, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Little Zion M.B. Church. Burial will be in the Annie Dilworth Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Martha Foster
WEST POINT – Martha Ann Foster, 84, died Sunday, July 10, 2011 at the Grace Living Center in Edmond, Okla. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

Ruth Goss
OXFORD – Ruth Summers Goss, 82, died Sunday, July 10, 2011.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford.Services will follow at 11 a.m. in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel.
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RH Kennedy
WARREN, Ohio – RH Kennedy, 64, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. He was born Feb. 7, 1947, in Halltown, Ark., to Chester and Mildred Aldridge Kennedy. He retired after 30 years of service from Super Sagless Corporation in Mississippi, where he worked as a foreman. He attended Grace United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on lawn mowers and small engines. He was described as an all around people person who never met a stranger.
Survivors include his wife, Cathy Greenlee Kennedy, whom he married April 14, 2000; a daughter, Deanne (Alan) Wiley of Missouri; a son, RH (Stephanie) Kennedy Jr. of Mississippi; a stepson, James (Christy) McCaslane of Mississippi; a stepdaughter, Lauren Baker of Farmington, Ohio; his grandchildren, Taylor and Jordon Wylie, Chaney and Tanner Kennedy, Matthew, Austin and Emily McCaslane; his siblings, Leon (June) Kennedy, Joyce “Jody” Gammons, Linda (Larry) Woods and Chester Kennedy Jr., all of Mississippi, and Jean (David) Attaberry of Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Larea Harrington; and a brother, Stan Kennedy.
Per Mr. Kennedy’s request, there will be no services or calling hours. Cremation will take place. Interment will be in Pineview Memorial Park. Carl W. Hall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Raymond Love
STARKVILLE – Raymond Edwin Love, 66, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, Baptist Memorial Hospital-GT in Columbus. He was born Jan. 22, 1945, in Oktibbeha County to the late Lucille Reed Love and Samuel Shannon Love. He married Sylvia West Love on April 13, 1991, at the Osburn Presbyterian Church. Known as an expert in production in the oil and gas business, his career spanned a 40-year period. After college he worked extensively with the Mississippi Oil and Gas Board. Through the years he worked for Thompson-Monteith Torch Energy, Hillcorp Energy and Constellation Energy Group. After retirement he worked as a consultant in the oil and gas industry for companies across the United States. He had served in the Mississippi Army National Guard.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Starkville. He was very active in local, state and national politics. He was a member of Starkville Masonic Lodge and Hamasa Shrine Temple of Meridian. He had served on the Board of Directors of Oktibbeha County Hospital and the Board of Directors of American Petroleum Institute. He had served as president of the Board of Directors at Black Warrior American Petroleum Institute. He enjoyed the family farm and cattle farming after retirement and spending time with family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Starkville with the Rev. Olin McBride officiating, assisted by the Rev. Steve Davis. The body will lie at the church from 10 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Oddfellows Rest Starkville. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia West Love; one son, Raymond Edwin “Bud” Love (Melanie), all of Starkville, one daughter, Lynne Pace Mize (Thomas) of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Raymond Edwin “Trace” Love III, Owen Pace Mize and William Thomas Mize III; two sisters, Linda Love Necaise (Doug) of Kiln and Janet Love Bardwell (Gary) of Starkville; three brothers, Samuel Shannon “Sam” Love, Jr. and Alec Lovem both of Starkville, and William Ward “Bill” Love (Trina) of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his son, Lewis Nathaniel “Tinker”Love.
Pallbearers will be Owen Pace Mize, William Thomas Mize III, Jim Love, Jason Love, Tim Roberson, Tom Forsyth, Kevin
Hamilton and Lee Graham.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Jason Dunn, Dr. Cameron Huxford, Dolph Bryan, Phillip Delovoris, Corey Taylor, Kenny
Runnels, Ronnie Stewart, and Harvey Powell.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 307 University Drive, Starkville, MS 39759 or to American Cancer
Society, P.O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home in West Point.
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Robert White
BOONEVILLE – Robert L. “Bob” White, 89, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. He was born Aug. 31, 1921, to Samuel Duncan and Annie Laura Greer White. He was a member of Gaston Baptist Church. He attended Pisgah High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the 124th Infantry 31st Division. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and working with cows.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Rev. Matt Brown officiating. Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Louise Gilley White; two daughters, Karen Kruszka of Fort Worth, Texas, and Barbara Cagle of Chattanooga, Tenn.; one son, Jerry White of Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister, Evelyn Lancaster of Hinkle; one brother, Doug (Anita) White of Pisgah; four stepchildren; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Gene White and Charles White; two sisters, Elizabeth Yancy and Annette Sumner; and one great-grandson, Alex Bray.
Pallbearers are Gary White, Russell White, Robbie Garner, David Bales, Leslie Bray and Tommy Kindred. Honorary pallbearers are the Men’s VII Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Rubie Gregory

SMITHVILLE – Rubie Culpepper Gregory, 91, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at her home . A native of Chickasaw County she was born on July 7, 1920, to the late James David and Beulah Aston Culpepper. Mrs. Gregory, who led a long full life, was a loving and caring person, always helping others. She was a retired seamstress, working at Amory Garment Co., Wilson Mfg, and Red Kap Industries before her retirement. She married Hermon Gregory, who preceded her in death. She was a member of Smithville Baptist Church and enjoyed engaging in biblical discussion. She enjoyed fellowship with the ladies of the church, especially last week when they celebrated her birthday together. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and loved gardening her many flowers, which she could name if asked even recently.
She is survived by her son, W.H.(Virginia) Gregory of Smithville; sister, Elsie Gregory of Pontotoc; grandchildren, Arnold (Meg) Gregory of Sturgis, Paul (Becky) Gregory of Amory, Norman (Jennifer) Gregory, Lynda White and Debbie Lansing all of Smithville; 11 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Don Lansing of Smithville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years; her daughter, JoAnn Lansing; four brothers, Milton, James, Robert and Bill Culpepper; and two sisters, Earline Russell and Mary Collins.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today Tuesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Wes White officiating. Burial will follow in Pearce Chapel Cemetery in Smithville.
Pallbearers will be her nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be Will, Evan, Austin and Elijah Gregory, and Colby White.
Visitation will continue today until time for the service to begin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pearce Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Patricia Horne, 60146 Hadaway Bottom Road, Smithville MS 38870 or Smithville Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 52, Smithville, MS 38870.
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Teresa Daniel
MATHISTON – Teresa Wells Daniel, 45, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Mathiston First Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Byron Wilson
HOUSTON – Robert Byron Wilson, 84, passed away Monday, July 11, 2011, at NMMC in Tupelo after a brief illness. He was born Nov. 27, 1926, to James Leonard and Melinda Elizabeth Ford Wilson in Houston in Chickasaw County.
He attended Houston School and graduated high school in 1945. After graduation, he entered the service and received his training at Keesler Field. He was a World War II veteran. He served as an airplane mechanic in the Air Force. He spent time in Germany, France and Belgium. He loved his country and kept up with the world news. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion, and president of the Sparta Water Association.
He loved music and attended all the Homecoming, Relay For Life, Sweet Potato Festival, Jesus Thang, and other performances set up by Sonora Sound Productions.
He enjoyed sports and played football for the Hilltoppers. He didn’t miss many of his sons’ and grandchildren’s ball games. His saying was, “We’re going to lose a crop going to the ball games.” He sponsored the American Legion Baseball team in Houston.
He was devoted to his family and grandchildren. Lanny and Jeffery were taught to be carpenters, electricians, plumbers and draftsmen. He was looking forward to seeing his other great-grandchildren that are due to be born this year.
He was a lifetime member of Prospect United Methodist Church. He taught Sunday School several years and was a trustee. He was an excellent reader and read the Sunday School scripture every Sunday. He always had a comical joke to cheer the class on, and never forgot a joke.
After returning home from service, he attended Mississippi State University, majoring in mechanical engineering.
His first job was as a draftsman on the first cotton picker with International Harvester in Memphis.
After the death of his father, he moved back to Houston at the home place, caring for his mother for 32 years, and helping his brother, Johnny, get through four years of high school. He entered the farming and dairying business for 23 years.
He received his Civil Engineering degree from ICS in Scranton, Pa. He taught for five years at ICC in Tupelo; the first Engineer Technology Program to be taught at ICC.
He worked 25 years for the Department of Transportation. Since his retirement, he worked part-time with Springer Engineering as an inspector on the county and state jobs.
When at home, he was in his woodwork shop, drafting and making crafts, especially for the Houston Parish Bazaar.
Services will be today at Prospect United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements. Officiating will be Rev. Larry Patrick and Rev. Jane Houser, and the eulogy by Lana Whitworth. Visitation will be today at Houston Funeral Home from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church beginning at 2 p.m. until the funeral service at 3 p.m.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Lois Lancaster Wilson; his two sons, Lanny and Alice Wilson, and Jeffery and Donna Wilson of Houston; his three grandchildren, Brian and Misty Wilson of Santa Rosa, Fla., Hanna Wilson of Houston, and Kyle Wilson of Houston; his two stepgrandsons, David White of Houston, and Derek and Casey White of Hernando; his stepgreat-granddaughter, Claire Olivia White; his brother, James Ford Wilson of Baltimore, Md.; his sister, Mary Emma Abernathy of Gulfport; his sister-in-law, Nancy Wilson of Columbus; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Johnny Wilson.
Pallbearers will be Alan Whitworth, Walt Dallas, Steven Sullivan, David White, Derek White, Brian Wilson, Doug Love and Daryl Love.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Lancaster, Glenn Henry, Ed Springer and employees of Springer Engineering, employees of Sonora Sound Productions, members of Prospect United Methodist Church, and past employees of the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prospect Cemetery Fund, Attn: Bruce Wofford, 1207 Hwy. 8 East, Houston, MS 33851
Friends and family may leave a message on the funeral home’s website at

Dixie Lynn Jones
RIPLEY – Dixie Lynn Jones, 1 month old, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital. She was born June 6, 2011, to Doug Jones and Krista Bullock Jones.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Whittentown Baptist Church with Bro. Trey South and Bro. Bob Trotter officiating. Burial will be in Whittentown Baptist Church Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her parents, Doug and Krista Jones of Ripley; one sister, Kylee Marie Jones of Ripley; grandparents, Joanne and Virgle Jones, Tracey and Bobby Bullock, and Henry Hamblin; great-grandparents, Neva and Bobby Meeks, and Penny and Jimmy Martin; and a host of aunts and uncle.
She was preceded in death by her uncle, Justin Jones; and her paternal and maternal great-great-grandparents.
Pallbearers will be Joey Jones, Brandon Jones, Virgle Jones, and Bobby Bullock. Honorary pallbearers will be Tyler Bullock, James Bullock, Bobby Meeks, Henry Hamblin, Jesse Burnett, Dink Burnett, Chris Bridges, Marvin Luttrell and Phillip Rogers.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. today until service time Wednesday at Whittentown Baptist Church.
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Donald Banks
AMORY – Donald Banks died Monday, July 11, 2011, at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Helen White
WEST POINT – Helen Lee White, 88, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

Kathlyn Rackley
PONTOTOC – Kathlyn Purdon Rackley, 89, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at her residence. She was a charter member of Maple Drive Presbyterian Church and a retired bookkeeper. She was a 1939 graduate of Pontotoc High School and a graduate of Wylie’s Business School in Memphis. Ms. Rackley was a member of the DAR, Cosmopolitan Club, Eastern Star, Pontotoc Music Study Club and the Pontotoc Historical Society.
Services will be at 11 a.m.. today at Maple Drive Presbyterian Church with Rev. David Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Odom and husband, Reg ,of Pontotoc; a son, Mark Rackley and wife, Kitty, of McDonald, Pa.; a daughter-in-law: Alice Tumberlinson Rackley of Pontotoc; and a sister: Erma Hise of Coco, Fla.; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil Victor Purdon and Myra Marie Anderson Purdon; her husband, James Calvin Rackley; her son, James Victor “Jimmy” Rackley; and a grandson, James Victor “Tory” Rackle Jr.
Pallbearers will be Harold Hodges, David Anderson, Toby Winston, Bruce McCoy, Karl Nelson and Joe Tynes. Honorary pallbearer will be Bill Galloway.
Visitation will continue from 10:30 to 11 a.m. today at Maple Drive Presbyterian Church.
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JoJo Gamble
IUKA – JoJo Gamble, 74, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at his home after a long illness. He served in the U. S. Army and he was an operating engineer for 45 years. His greatest love was for music, and he would play his bucket for anyone that wanted to listen. He also enjoyed golf and collecting cars. He never met a stranger and would help anyone in need.
Visitation is scheduled for 5 until 9 p.m., today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Dixon. Cremation will follow.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Rebecca Gamble of Iuka; one son, James Bazzy of Iuka; four daughters, Leah Carter (Michael) of Iuka, Barbara Davis (Marty) of Iuka, Patti Bertsche (Greg) of Seattle, Wash., and Deanne Gamble of Des Plaines, Ill.; two brothers, Jerry Gamble of Burnsville and Rick Gamble (Sandy) of Sheffield, Ala.; two sisters, Ellen Dixon and Linda Lee, both of Iuka; three grandchildren, Matthew and Nicholas Davis of Iuka, and Isabell Bertsche of Seattle; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; by phone by calling 800-ACS-2345; or online at
An online guestbook can be accessed at

Nell Davis
PERRYVILLE, Ky. – Nell Meeks Davis died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Charleston Health Care Center in Danville, Ky. Born May 4, 1930, in Mississippi, she lived in Hawaii, Indiana, Alabama, and for the past 32 years in Brentwood, Tenn. She had lived in Perryville, Ky., one year. She was the third daughter of Howard and Eugenia Meeks of Tupelo. While living in Tupelo she was a member of the Gloster Street Church of Christ. She was a 1948 graduate of Tupelo High School. She attended Freed-Hardeman University and was a student of art at Indiana University and the University of Alabama. Mrs. Davis served as a research associate in the Dept. of Anatomy and Physiology at Indiana University. Multi-talented, she was an accomplished musician, painter, and writer.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Douglas Davis, and two sons, Douglas III (Sharon) of Perryville, Ky., and Dennas, (Ruth) of Franklin, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Lindsey, Evan and Valeria; and one sister, Ruth Shappley of Corinth.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Eleanor.
Her ashes will be interred in a private ceremony at the Tupelo Memorial Gardens.

Wanda Ford
WREN – Wanda Ford, 80, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Amory after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.

Leo Green Jr.
TUPELO – Leo Green Jr. died Sunday, July 10, 2011, in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete will be announced later by Agnew and Son Funeral Home.

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