Obituaries July 17, 2013

Amber Peeks
BOONEVILLE – Amber Elizabeth Grace Peeks, 13, of Booneville on Sunday, July 14, 2013, beneath a double rainbow, surrounded by her loving family, was ushered on angel wings. Meeting her there were her fellow St. Jude friends, Keely Imel, Tyler Bartlett, Stella Wornament and Caroline Turns.

Diagnosed with Rhabdomyoscoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, on Aug. 24, 2007, Amber fought bravely, with grace and dignity. She lived by her favorite Bible verse, Phil 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

Amber always found the good in people and encouraged others to do the same. She inspired many people to grow closer to God and to lean on Him in trials and trouble. Amber lived the life she preached and even through her death, will give life to other children battling cancer by allowing research of her tumor after her death.

She was an honor student all through school and was most proud of being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society this year. She was chosen as student of the month on several occasions. She was active in Girl Scouts. She took pride in being a Junior Varsity Cheerleader for the Booneville Middle School.

Regardless of how she felt, she never missed a practice or game. She received the Dare Award for the most courageous student of the school year. Her greatest activity was attending Booneville Church of Christ, where she was baptized December 2010. She was active in Lads to Leader with the puppet ministry. She loved her dog, Taco, who spent many days at her side as her health failed.
Amber’s purpose here was done in her 13 years, thanks to her medical team, led by Dr. Sherri Spunt, who worked tirelessly in searching for a cure for Amber.

We rejoice that Amber received her healing and is now cheering, swimming and enjoying watermelon and grilled chicken and sweet tea.

She will always be remembered for accepting her illness and never giving up. Always saying “No matter what, God will take care of me. Don’t be sad when I’m gone. I’m at peace with Jesus”.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the Booneville High School Gymnasium with Minister Greg Pollock and Bro. Lamar Walker officiating.

She is survived by her parents, Angie (Chip) Worley and Jerry Peeks, both of Booneville; her grandparents, Jerry and Marjorie Hester of Booneville; one sister, Katyann Faith Worley of the home; two brothers, Jay Haynes and Jacob Worley, both of the home; her Godmother, Tami Berrios of Booneville.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, W.L. and Ruby Peeks.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Visitation will be 4 to 9 p.m. today and until service time on Thursday at the Booneville High School Gymnasium.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Thornton Hutto
DALLAS – Dorothy Thornton Hutto passed from this life in the early morning of July 6, 2013. She now abides with her loving Heavenly Father.
Dorothy (Marcy as she was known in Tupelo) was born in Sylacauga, Ala., on May 4, 1935, to Cora and Horace Thornton. She grew up quickly and was a teenage single mother in 1953. She worked hard to educate herself and provide for her small family.

She married Dewey Robert Hutto Jr. in 1956 and they moved to Tupelo in 1964. While in Tupelo, in addition to being a housewife, Dorothy worked for M.M. Winkler Accountants as Mr. Winkler’s personal assistant. She also worked for Mr. Bud McCarty at L.P. McCarty and Sons. Her closest friends in Tupelo were Grace Wallace, Sissy McCarty, Freda Marion, Dr. Antone Tannehill and Mrs. Bob Heim. All of these kind people loved Dorothy and provided much support during her days in Tupelo.

After the death of her husband in 1969, she moved to St. Paul, Minn., for a career as the Director of Communications for the Radisson Hotel. There she made many friends and was regarded at their “Georgia Peach.” While in St. Paul she worked for Radisson Hotels for 30 years, receiving many accolades for her work in turning the Communications Department into a successful revenue operation. During her tenure at Radisson she never missed a day of work and was known for encouraging her workers to always “have a smile in their voice.” Outside of work, playing bridge was one of her favorite pastimes.

After her retirement, her final years were spent in Dallas, Texas, where her daughter, Jill, and her husband, Denny, and her daughter, Janet, provided her with love and support.
Survivors include one son, Joey Hutto (Michelle) of Tupelo, and daughters, Janet Wright and Jill Hanrahan (Denny) of Dallas, Texas. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Hank Hutto of Tupelo, John Hutto of Oxford, Steele Hutto of Nashville, Tenn., Nathan Wright of Oxford, William Wright of Dallas, John Hanrahan of College Station, Texas, and Georgia Hanrahan of Dallas. Other survivors include her brothers, Chuck Thornton (Maxine) and Don Thornton, and her sister. Pat Miller.

There will be a short memorial service honoring her life at Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo today, July 17, at 11 a.m. with Dr. David Eldridge officiating. Joey Hutto will deliver the eulogy.

Memorials may be made to Parkgate Pregnancy Clinic, 100 Parkgate Ext. 2A-H, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Marjorie Norris
VERONA – Marjorie June Norris, 63, died Monday, July 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center, Hospice. She was born Jan. 22, 1950, in Tupelo. She was a graduate of Tupelo High school and attended nursing school at Itawamba Community College. Her career as a registered nurse spanned for over 30 years beginning with the Mississippi Department of Corrections Hospital where she met her husband. She later worked at the North Mississippi Medical Center and the

Trace Regional Medical Center in Houston. On Oct. 17, 1987, she married Jackie Delaine Norris, who preceded her in death Jan. 28, 2011. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at Unity Cemetery in Plantersville with the Rev. Jimmy Bryan officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is entrusted with the services.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Roberson (Keith) of Okolona and Monica Camp (Timmy) of Shannon; one stepdaughter, Ashley Sullinger (Todd) of Clarksdale; seven grandchildren, Courtney Delaine Russell, Madison Fowler, Britnie and Anna Marie Camp, Haden Hodges, Michael Braiden Mills and Annsleigh Paige Sullinger; one stepsister, Maria Billini Cheremeta (Andrew) of Jacksonville, Fla.; two stepbrothers, Gregory Billini (Libby) and Phillip Billini (Rita), all of Jacksonville, Fla.; aunt, Joyce Herring; and one niece, Laura Jewell Corley.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Lavert Hill; her mother, Dale Stovall Billini Lawhon; stepfathers, Dr. Jose Billini and Holden Lawhon; one sister, Aletha Hill Corley; her nephew, Will Corley.
Pallbearers will be John Stewart Sr., Cody Stewart, Jammie Franklin and Cody McCord.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Faith Outreach Church Youth Fund, 272 North McDonnell St., Okolona, MS 38860.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Merlaine Nichols
WEST POINT – Merlaine Young Nichols, 96, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center, in Tupelo. She was born July 10, 1917, in Nettleton in Lee County to Winnie Isabella Coggin and Henry Juette Young. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church. She loved to sew and shared her talent for many years doing private seamstress work and repairing clothing items. She loved to cook and was an excellent country cook.

She married Walter Lee Nichols on Sept. 25, 1938, in Egypt. Had she lived until September, they would have been married for 75 years.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today, July 17, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating. Burial will follow in West Point Memorial Garden Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Walter Lee Nichols; one son, Ralph Nichols (Priscilla) of West Point; two grandchildren, Douglas Nichols and Angela Noles (Alan); and two great-grandchildren, Ember Noles and Lyndsey Noles; and her great-grandson, Thailer Nichols.

She was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Alford, Eddie Alford, Richard Milstead, Frank George, Mal Young and Harry Stevens. Honorary pallbearers will be North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point ER doctors and staff, and North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo CCU doctors and staff.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773.

The body will lie at the church from 9:30 a. m. until service time.

Friends may leave online condolences at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Francis McCormick
BRUCE – Francis Jo Lee McCormick, 77, died Monday, July 15, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was born Sept. 11, 1935, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a retired supervisor for Glenn Slacks.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today, July 17, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Bro. James Taylor will officiate. Burial will be in Rocky Mt. Cemetery at Pittsboro.

She is survived by a daughter, Marsha (Charlie) Fortner of Oxford; a son, Tim (Vicki) McCormick of Bruce; two sisters, Barbara Turner of Bruce and Ann McKibben of Bruce; two brothers, Leon Lee of Oxford and Billy Lee of Bruce; four grandchildren, Kraig (Bridget) Smith, Chris (Gency) Smith, Corey (Jamie) Fortner and Andy (Jessica) Fortner; and four great-grandchildren, Cole Fortner, Lawson Fortner, Jace Fortner and Liam Fortner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene McCormick; her parents, Elton Lee and Mrytle Logan Lee; a daughter, Tilda, and son-in-law, Jerry Smith; and a sister, Jimmie Nell McCormick.
Pallbearers will be Andy Fortner, Cole Fortner, Corey Fortner, Jeff Lee, Chris Smith and Kraig Smith.

For online condolences visit www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Gilbert Hester
AMORY – Gilbert Hester, 91, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Bobby Robinson
FULTON – Bobby “Bob” Robinson, 77, died Sunday, July 14, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Bernice Sweeney II
GOLDEN – Bernice Holmes Sweeney II, 76, died Monday, July 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born June 9, 1937, in Nashville, Tenn. He was an assistant market manager at Publix. He was a member of Golden Chapel United Methodist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at Golden Chapel United Methodist Church with Bro. Donnie Riley officiating. Burial will be in Dennis Memory Garden at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 56 years, Evelyn Sweeney of Golden; five children, Mary Evelyn Sweeney Diehl (Robert Alan), Martha Diane Diehl (Daryl R.) and Franklin Daune Sweeney (Jacqueline), all of Golden, Bernice Holmes Sweeney III (Mary Ann) of Fairview and Lisa Elaine Finch of Nashville, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren, Michael Alexander Harland (Selina), Trudy Melissa Liadacker (Josh), Robert Alan Diehl Jr., Daryl Richard Diehl Jr. (Renee), William Junior Sweeney, Bernice Holmes Sweeney IV, (Stacy), April Pounders, Shondra Gail Blanton (Kyle), Nikki Kennedy (Kevin), Lynne Carranza (Anthony) and Tonya Alonso (Borris); great-grandchildren, Clayton, Savannah, Benjamin, Devin, Bryan, Molly, Richard, Emilee, Gracie, Sara, Zachary, Jacob, Randy, Mackenzie, Ariana, Anthony Jr., Sophia, Joshua, Aaron, Noah, Marissa and Clarissa; one brother, Willard Sweeney (Judy); and one sister, Juanita Garrell.

He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Heather Hammock and Michael Brian Sweeney Clement; three sisters, Imogene, Emmajune and Hazel; and a brother, Douglas.

Pallbearers will be Benny Sweeney, Jay Sweeney, Bernie Sweeney, Joe Slayton, Cody Martin, John Brown, Rick Sweeney and Kyle Blanton. Honorary pallbearers will be Daryl Diehl and Robert Diehl.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Golden Chapel United Methodist Church and until service time on Thursday.

Luerena Hancock
NASHVILLE – Services for Luerena Hancock will be at noon Thursday, July 18, at N.L. Jones Funeral Home in Tupelo. Burial will follow at the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Baldwyn.

Randy Johnson
OKOLONA – Randy Johnson, 42, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

Irene George
BOONEVILLE – Irene McCoy George, 93, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013, at Landmark Nursing and Rehab. She was born on Dec. 12, 1919, to William and Ada Belue. She loved her family. She was a member of East Booneville Baptist Church. She had a host of friends and loved to serve God and do for others.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, July 17, at McMillan Funeral Home with Dr. Steve Howell and Bro. Jim Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.

She is survived by one daughter, Dyann (James) Hannon of Booneville; two grandsons, Rickey (Janet) Hannon of Booneville and Mickey (Cheryl) Hannon of Jackson, Tenn.; two great-grandsons, Broc (Kristen) Hannon and Evan Hannon, both of Boonville; one great-granddaughter, Amy Dyann Hannon (Carey) Martin of Booneville; one great-great-grandson, Hayden Martin of Booneville; two sisters-in-law, Mary Annis Belue of Iuka and Erline Belue of Olive Branch; and a host of nephews and nieces.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Roland McCoy; her second husband, Leland George; an infant son, Jerry Carl McCoy; nine brothers, Talmadge, Wallace, John, Fred, George, Robert, Sid, Eugene and Billy Belue; two sisters, Pauline Waddle and Maxine Stahl; and a half sister, Ila Shubert.

Pallbearers will be Ronald Michael, Randy Michael, Robert Dodson, Don Horn, Johnny Wright and Kenny Claunch.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Eunice Carter
NEW ALBANY – Eunice Young Carter, 100, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Velma Garvin
BOONEVILLE – Velma Virginia Walker Garvin, 79, died Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born April 28, 1934, in Prentiss County to William Jeff Walker and Velma Viola Crow Walker. She married Billie Harold Garvin March 14, 1951, in Toccopola in Pontotoc County. She retired from Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville as the director of Environmental Services. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, reading the Bible, attending gospel singing events, and sharing her faith. She was a faithful member of Jumpertown Baptist Church and the Praise Seekers Ladies Group. Her passion was listening to Southern gospel music and sharing her faith through prayer and public speaking.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, July 17, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Scott and Bro. Gerald Crabb officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

She is survived by two sons, Terry H. Garvin (Rebecca) of Russellville, Ark., and Michael W. Garvin (Diane) of Booneville; two daughters, Patricia Garvin Timbes (Ronnie) of Booneville and Deborah Garvin Tubb (Greg) of Jackson; 14 grandchildren, Derek Garvin, Nathan Garvin, Jamie McDougal, Shane Garvin, Jennifer Casteel, Nicholas Garvin, Michael Garvin, Jessica Pollard, Hannah Holley, Carleigh Holley, Anne Marie Holley, Derek Timbes, Rayce Timbes and Ericka Timbes; 14 great-grandchildren, Audrianna Garvin, Aidan Garvin, Dylan Hunt, Walker Hunt, Caleb Hunt, Jackson Garvin, Caroline Garvin, Michael Peyton Eldridge, Makenzie Eldridge, Madalyn Grace Pollard, Rozlynn Millay Holley, Lukas Timbes, Eliot Timbes and Ella Jane Timbes; two special sisters-in-law, Lera Garvin and Lucy Garvin; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billie H. Garvin, on Dec. 3, 1997, and her parents.

Pallbearers are Derek Garvin, Nathan Garvin, Jamie McDougal, Nicholas Garvin, Shane Garvin and Wm. Michael Garvin.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Jumpertown, Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Jackie Wilson
BALDWYN – Jacqueline “Jackie” Faith Presley Wilson, 47, died suddenly Monday, July 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a beautician and owner of the Kuttin Korner Beauty Salon in Baldwyn. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Baldwyn, but attended Friendship Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, caring for her pets, gardening, and spending time with her friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy Presley and Bro. Mike Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Pratt Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Joey Wilson of Baldwyn; three sons, Jordan Wilson (special friend, Katy Rose Blassingame) of Baldwyn, Jeremy Thomas and Justin Thomas (Jennifer); her father, Jack Presley of Baldwyn; two grandchildren, Presley Jaxon Thomas and Adlyn Thomas; two stepgrandchildren, Egan Wilhite and Bailey Wilson; one brother, Mike Presley of Blue Springs; two stepsons, Jason Wilson and Jeremy Wilson; aunt, Freida Roberts (Larry) of Baldwyn; uncle, Billy Presley (Claire) of North Carolina; her niece, LeShae Tapp (Justin) of Booneville; and great nephew, Porter Tapp of Booneville.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Dot Presley; her grandparents, Roy and Clara Rogers; and a cousin, Kim Roberts.
Pallbearers will be Kenny Rutledge, Kurt Roberts, Tim Roberts, Gary Leathers, Jim Barnett, Ronnie Kesler, Mike McCloud, Brent Long and Keylon Gholston. Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Stone, Brent Gholston, Clay Gholston and Paden Stone.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.

Billy Murphree
BRUCE – Billy Fred Murphree, 78, died Monday, July 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 1, 1935, in Bruce. He was a self-employed farmer, and a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and the Chicken Bone Fire Dept.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Bro. Joey Hamilton, Bro. Steve Murphree and Bro. Wayne Cobb will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery at Bruce.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Long Murphree of Bruce; three sons, Lynn (Connie) Murphree, Joey Murphree and Kimmy (JJ) Murphree, all of Bruce; three grandchildren, Jon Murphree, Luke Murphree and Kadon Murphree; two great-grandchildren, Jon Hodge Murphree and Kalynn Murphree.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elvis Dee Murphree and Carnell Alexander Murphree.

Pallbearers will be Charles Chrestman, Jack Kimbrell, Wade Kimbrell, J.B. Rogers, Shawn Snellings, Earl Swanson, J.T. Turner Jr. and Dwayne Young. Honorary pallbearers will be his Sunday School class, Mike Brown, Fred Hawkins and the Chicken Bone Fire Dept.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Chicken Bone Fire Dept. Rope Rescue Team, 2-B CR 151, Bruce, MS 38915.

For online condolences visit www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Tommy Poe
HATLEY – Tommy Poe, 53, died Monday, July 15, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Columbus. Born June 19, 1960, in Amory, he was the son of Clara Doris Poe and the late Thomas Neely Poe Sr. He graduated from Amory High School and studied tool and die at ICC. He was of the Baptist faith. He had worked for ITT Fabri Valve in Amory for the past 12 years and was owner of Amory Machine Works for over 20 years. Loving life and living it to its fullest, he enjoyed spending time with friends and family at his cabin, telling stories, hunting and fishing, and working in his shop. More than anything, he was a great dad, proud of his children and often cited his mother as his greatest influence in life.

He is survived by his daughter, Krysti Poe of Amory; his son, Thomas Poe of Largo, Fla.; his mother, Clara Doris Poe of Amory; sister, Donna Clement of Frankfurt, Ky.; cousin, Clay Clement; niece, Miranda Williams; great-niece, Meilya McKitchen.

In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by a sister, Jan Poe Carr.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Dudley Nash officiating. Inurnment will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.

Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Shelton, Bob Carr, Neil Pringle, Denver Earnest, Lavis Vaughn, Drew Parham, Jackie Wilson and Larry Gray.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Beverly Taylor
CORINTH – Beverly J. Taylor, 54, died Sunday, July 14, 2013, at her home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be in Forrest Hill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Virgle Jones
OXFORD – Virgle Jones died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.

John Williams Jr.
TREMONT – John Allen Williams Jr., 50, died Friday, July 12, 2013. He was born Aug. 14, 1962, in North Carolina to John Allen Williams Sr. and Linda Joyce Bryant Williams. He did construction work and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today, July 17, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church with Bro. Scot George and Bro. Jerry George officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include the mother of his children, Cynthia Borden; three daughters, Tiffany Michelle Williams, Jessica Lynne Williams and Samantha Nicole Williams; one stepson, Adam Pettigo; one grandson, John Clayton Williams; and two stepgrandchildren, Timothy Pettigo and Tyler Pettigo.

Pallbearers will be Adam Pettigo, Jackie Pettigo, Jeffrey Grant, Brandon Beam, Matthew McNinch and Billy Dale Parker.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Bud Gunter
PEACEFUL VALLEY – Everette Ray “Bud” Gunter, 68, died Sunday, July 14, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born March 27, 1945, to William Everette and Evieline McLendon Gunter. He attended school in Sulligent, Ala. He earned a degree in management from the University of Mississippi. He worked in management at Mueller Brass for 18 years and worked 16 years at Cooper Tire. He was a Freewill Baptist. He was a member of

Richmond Lodge No. 97 where he had served as Master three times. He was a member of Evergreen Chapter No. 399 Order of the Eastern Star where he was Worthy Patron three times and served on several Grand Chapter committees. His greatest joy was his wife and constant companion, Sue, who was his everything, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His loved his family and friends unconditionally.

Services with Masonic and Eastern Star rites will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Bill Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Bourland Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Sue Gunter; one son, Tim (Mary) Gunter of Holly, Mich.; one daughter, Melonie (Daniel) Campbell; a granddaughter, India (Shawn) Lucas; a grandson, Nate Campbell; great-granddaughter, Maci Lucas; great-grandson, Colt Lucas, all of Fulton; one sister, Jimmie Nell (Robert) Merchant of Sulligent, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Edith Gunter of Sulligent; a special sister-in-law, Alene (Wayne) Hill of Birmingham Ridge; nieces, Tabatha (John) Shackleford, Mary Ann Dollar, Rhonda (Keith) Hill and Cheryl (Eric) Stein; nephews, Eddy Gunter, Teddy (Donna) Gunter, Mike (Donna) Gunter and Richard Hill; and special friends, his best friend and hunting buddy, Greg Guinn, Lee and Margaret Barnes, Sherman Burton, Rusty and Anne Loden, Barry Green, Donnie and Debbie Bennett.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Lester and Wilma Johnson; two brothers, William Gunter and Bob Gunter; a great-niece, Amanda Otts; and a great-nephew, Chris Edwards.

Pallbearers will be Greg Guinn, Lee Barnes, Sherman Burton, Skip Johnson, Edsel Carpenter, Rusty Loden, Donnie Bennett and Barry Green.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of Richmond Lodge No. 97 and other Masons; and the Cardsville Baptist Church family.

Special honorary pallbearers will be Steve Holland, Lyndon Perkins, Aaron Loden, Boyce McNeece, Walter Harper, Chris Dickinson, Romona Edge, Tara Enlow, Carol Gates, Pat Thornton, Teresa McNeece, Dr. John Greer and Dr. Sedran Verstroski.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Evelyn Talley
CORDOVA, Tenn. – Evelyn Ricketts Talley, 75, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at her home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Lydia Boxx
BYHALIA – Lydia Marie Mink Boren Boxx, 87, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Shannon. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Matt Greene
BOONEVILLE – Walter Matthew Greene, 28, died Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Booneville.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.

The family requests memorial donations toward funeral expenses.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Thomas Lakey
ASHLAND – Thomas Ellis Lakey, 90, died Monday, July 15, 2013, at his home. He was born Nov. 8, 1922, to Robert Lowry and Ethel Ellis Lakey in Falkner. He was a retired truck driver for CoOp Oil Company. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving as a seaman 1st class, and a member of the American Legion. He was a member of the Ashland Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, July 17, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. The Rev. Gregory Davis will officiate. Closing prayer will be by Randy Graves. Burial will be in Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery in Benton County. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Edith Marie Crouch Lakey of Ashland; one daughter, Barbara Jeffreys of Ashland; two sons, Jim Lakey of Ashland and Ronnie Lakey of Oxford; one sister, Olene Parks of Kosciusko; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Albert, Robert and Milton; and four sisters, Hermy, Maydel, Grace and Esther.
Pallbearers will be Randy Graves, Bobby Joe Mathis, Charles Fortner, Scott Hopkins, Michael Adams, Danny Jeans, Tommy Fortner and James Jeffreys III. Honorary pallbearers will be Ransom Bolden, Dale Derrick, Jerry Hartley and Jeff Parks.

Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Ira Crook Jr.
HATLEY – Ira T. Crook Jr., 92, died on Monday, July 15, 2013, at Oak Tree Manor. Born on July 25, 1920, in Amory, he was a son of the late Ira T. Crook Sr. and Mary Parchman Crook. He graduated from Amory High School, Class of 1938.

On April 6, 1941, he married Mary Nell Rodgers, who died on Feb. 17, 1981. He honorably served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II and was a member of the American Legion. On March 26, 1982, he married Mary Fay Cox Ritter.

Passionate about his family and work, he was a farmer and cattleman. He was a member of Hatley United Methodist Church for many years. After the church closed, he attended Smithville United Methodist Church. Hard-working and striving to be a good steward of his land, he enjoyed gardening and using his mechanic talents to work on his equipment.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Fay Cox Ritter Crook of Hatley; son, Ira T. “Tom” Crook III (Nina) of Hatley; stepdaughter, Marsha Wren (Tommy) of Batesville; stepson, Van Ritter (Mary) of Amory; grandchildren, Thomas Christopher Crook of Dallas, Texas, William Kevin Crook (Jill) of Amory and Richard Cory Crook of Atlanta, Ga., Amy Easter of Brandon, Sam Ritter of Saltillo, Daniel Wren of Oxford, Rebekah Gray of Batesville, Sarah Brashier of Tupelo and Elisabeth Carney of Jackson; great-grandchildren, Jillian Reese Crook and Kaleb Thomas Crook of Amory; and 16 other great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Nell Rodgers.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. today, July 17, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Sammy Washburn and Bro. Charles Coggins officiating. Burial will follow in Hatley Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joe Benton, Billy Kirkpatrick, Jim Parchman, Sam Ritter, Andy Easter and Daniel Wren.

Memorials may be given to St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 535, Amory, MS 38821 or to a charity of choice.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.