Obituaries July 21, 2011

Joe Hann
TUPELO – Joseph August Hann, 79, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at his residence after an extended illness. A Milwaukee, Wis., native, Joe was born March 22, 1932, to John Joseph and Anna Gamper Hann.
He served as an Airman with the 1st Air Transport Squadron (MATS) in the Korean Conflict with the United States Air Force.
He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1959 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked on the Apollo Program with General Motors at Cape Canaveral. Joe retired as Director of Operations at Super Sagless in Tupelo and later retired from Girard Wire in Florence, Ala. After retiring from Girard Wire, Joe and his wife, Anne, moved from Florence, Ala., and made their home in Biloxi for 12 years. While in Biloxi, they were members of Our Lady of Fatima Church and he was involved with various committees and boards for Our Lady of Fatima grade school and St. Patrick’s High School. Additionally, he served as a Lector and used his woodworking skills to build furniture and other items for the Church. They then returned to Tupelo to be closer to their family and have lived here for almost two years.
Joe was a devout Catholic and a member of St. James Catholic Church. His faith was central to his life. Joe was an avid golfer and enjoyed fishing, reading and woodworking. His greatest love was his wife, children and grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2011, at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tom Lalor officiating. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Anne Gardetto Hann of Tupelo; two daughters, Jo Anne Hann Williams (Mark) of Tupelo and Lynn Hann Campbell (Smith) of Alpharetta, Ga.; one son, John Hann of Belden; four grandchildren, Lauren Williams, Tyler Campbell, Kelsee Campbell and James Hann.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Theresa Hann.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. to service time Friday, July 22, 2011, at St. James Catholic Church.
Memorials may be made to The Gardetto/Hann Memorial Scholarship. Please make the check payable to Our Lady of Fatima Church with a notation in the memo section of the scholarship name. Memorials may be addressed to Our Lady of Fatima, 2090 Pass Road, Biloxi, MS 39531.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Mary DeVaughn
OXFORD – Mary Irma DeVaughn, 89, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Azalea Gardens Assisted Living in Oxford.
Services will be at noon Friday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Hill East Cemetery in Memphis.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to: The Salvation Army Headquarters, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313 or a charity of the donor’s choice.
To send an online condolence visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Irene Kilgo
RIENZI – Eva Irene Kilgo, 80, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at the Mississippi Care Center of Alcorn County in Corinth. She was born July 19, 1931, to Jack and Estelle Morrison Kilgo in Tippah County. A faithful member of Biggersville Pentecostal Church, she helped with the making and selling of peanut brittle, picking peas, or anything else she could do for her church. She loved her grandkids, church and her granddog, Peanut. She enjoyed doing find-a-word puzzles, reading, drinking coffee, playing bingo, going joyriding and fishing with her friends at the Mississippi Care Center. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends and her nursing home family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Biggersville Pentecostal Church with Bro. T.G. Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Gayle (Danny) Spears of Rienzi and Leslie (Dale) Pollard of Rienzi; five grandchildren, Andrew “A.J.” Spears, Elizabeth Spears, Jennifer (Vic) Victorian, Melanie (Nathan) Clemons and Joshua Pollard; six great-grandchildren; a special friend, Mona Gibbs, who adopted her as a mother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Kathleen Eaton; and two brothers, Aubry Kilgo and Olin Kilgo.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Polly Ray
BYHALIA – Billie “Polly” Arnold Ray, 80. died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Dove Health and Rehab in Collierville, Tenn. She was born April 8, 1931, in Harmontown to Bill Walker Arnold and Zayda Billingsley Arnold. She was a homemaker and a member of Barton First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Barton First Baptist Church with Bro. John McMullen and Bro. Max Billingsley officiating. Burial will be in Memory Hill Garden in Memphis. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Clifton L. Ray of Byhalia; one son, Gary G. Ray of Olive Branch; one sister, Connie Arnold Savely of Pontotoc; three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Paul Clifton Ray, and her parents.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.

Thomas Bell Jr.
RIDGELAND – Thomas Alvin Bell Jr. died Friday, July 15, 2011, at his home on July 15, 2011. He was born Feb. 13, 1962, in New Orleans to Thomas Alvin Bell Sr. and Barbara Trapp Bell of Jackson. After receiving his early education in Jackson, he continued his education at Hinds Jr. College, Millsaps College and New York University, New York. Always seeking beauty in the arts, he was drawn to the culinary world, as well as to the people he met. Never meeting a stranger, he enjoyed meeting and conversing with all manner of people from all walks of life. His career was in the catering business. He worked in Jackson at Kitchen Delights, The Purple Parrot in Hattiesburg and he later started a business of his own which gave him much pleasure.
After a private interment, visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Barbara Trapp Bell; four special cousins, Betty Marble Martin of Jackson, Sallie Martin Riddell of Madison, Linda Ashford Hill of Grenada and Barbara Ashford Mood of Oxford; and many other cousins from the Bell family, the Trapp family and the Glidewell family.
He was preceded in death by his father and a sister Cecelia Bell Delbridge.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1390 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39202; the Thomas Alvin Bell Sr. Memorial Scholarship at The Reformed Theological Seminary, 5422 Clinton Boulevard, Jackson, MS 39209; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Sign the online guestbook www.wrightferguson.com.

Macy Ray
NEW ALBANY – Macy Ball Ray, 89, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was a member of Beaverdam Missionary Baptist Church.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Beaverdam M.B. Church with the Rev. Bennie Cobbs officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her six children, Louise Ray (Leonard) Jones of New Albany, Mary Ray of New Albany, Annie (Thomas) Cook of Jackson, Tenn., Bobby Ray of New Albany, Dorthy Carruthers of Tupelo, Jamie Wilson of Ripley and Rickey Ray of New, Albany; one sister, Elizabeth, of Milwaukee, Wis.; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel from 2 until 5 p.m. Friday. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Saturday.
Online condolences can be made to the Ray family at www.grayson-porters.com.
Robert W. Pearson
HOLLY SPRINGS – Robert W. Pearson, 63, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, as the result of a motorcycle accident on Hwy. 4 east of Holly Springs. He was the retired chief of the Holly Springs Police Department. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Doxey Auditorium on the campus of Rust College with the Rev. Edward Moses officiating. Burial will be Monday, July 25, in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Jackson, Mich. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis H. Pearson of Holly Springs; two sons, Jason Dan Pearson of Las Vegas, Nev., and Troy Humes of Milwaukee, Wis.; his mother, Josephine T. Pearson of Saginaw, Mich.; three brothers, Ivan O. Pearson Jr. of Dallas, Texas, Clarence Pearson Sr. of Shreveport, La., and John Pearson Sr. of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Linda P. Smith; grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ivan O. Pearson Sr.
The body will lie in state at the funeral home from 3 to 7 p.m. today. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at Rust College from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Friday.

Carolyn Proctor
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. – Carolyn Proctor, 76, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at her residence in Germantown. She was born April 26, 1935, to Douglas Franklin Melton and Zethal Mae Richardson Melton. She was a Southern Baptist. Mrs. Proctor was a business owner in telephone communications.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home with Bro. Michael Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Proctor of Germantown, Tenn.; one daughter, Donna Proctor of Germantown; one son, Steve Proctor (Ann) of Walnut; one sister, Shirley Reaves of Walnut; one brother, Norman Melton of Walnut; one grandchild, Mande Proctor.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Lois Jones.
Pallbearers will be Mark Gibens, Chris Bullock, Dustin Gibens, David Voyles, Dana Kamp and Paul Voyles.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p,m, today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Eunice Little-Rice
BLUE SPRINGS – Eunice Little-Rice, 69, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at her residence after an extended illness. She was born in Lamar County, Ala., on Aug. 12, 1941, to Luther Aaron and Weader Sims. She worked as a waitress for a number of years. Her favorite pastimes were watching football and NASCAR. She loved animals especially her six “puppy dogs.”
Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Barry Rice of Pontotoc; one son, Lynn Little (Saunda) of Sherman; one daughter, Melissa Gail Jackson (Richard) of Bigbee; two sisters, Betty McMillan of Pontotoc and Shirley Stegall of Tampa, Fla.; one brother, Wayne Sims (Judy) of Smithville; and several grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
While there will be no local service or visitation, expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Winfred Daniel
BRUCE – Winfred Daniel, 78, died Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Jackson Chapel M.B. Church in Bruce. Burial will be in the Pittsboro Community Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday at the church.
To sign the online registry, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Reginald Berry
TUPELO – Reginald Berry died Monday, July 11, 2011, at Casper Medical Center in Casper, Wyo. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., on May 22, 1968, to Minnie and Frank Berry. He was affiliated with Mt. Herman Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago since an early age. He attended Calumet High school in Chicago.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the N.L. Jones Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dan McCullough officiating. Burial will be in Heavens Gate Memorial Garden in Nettleton.
Survivors include his mother, Minnie Berry; five children, Bria, Justin, Milik, Cheyenne and Andres; one sister, Frankie Lee Wilson (Harold) of Sagnaw, Texas; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.
To sign the online guestbook, visit nljonesandson.com.

Girtha Sandifer
NETTLETON – Girtha Maybell McIntire Sandifer, 79, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. A native of Cleveland, she was born Feb. 5, 1932, to James Fred and Frances Letha Alexander McIntire. She had lived in Nettleton for the past 33 years. She was a homemaker and a Pentecostal. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Bryan Collier officiating. Burial will be in Greenbriar Cemetery in Becker.
Survivors include two daughters, Frances Davis and Martha Guess, both of Nettleton; one son, Billy McNutt of Nettleton; two sisters, Peggy Gates of Pontotoc and Virginia Collier of Thaxton; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace E. Sandifer; her parents; one daughter, Beverly McNutt; one son, Elmer L. Sandifer; three sisters, Mavis Edwards, Loise Shields and Artis Sullivan; and four brothers, James McIntire, Eugene McIntire, R.L. McIntire and Martin McIntire.
Pallbearers will be Scotty Null, Matthew Null, Charles Estes, Gary Brown, Jeremy Caples and Andrew James. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Mann and Jason Hester.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

James Turner
CALHOUN CITY – James Arthur Turner, 59, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at his home. He was born Aug. 17, 1951, in Calhoun County. He was an offshore rig worker and a member of Derma Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City with the Rev. Billy Ray Patterson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Springs Cemetery at Derma.
Survivors include one daughter, Stephanie Allred of Pontotoc; three sisters, Linda Reedy of Steens, Glena Normandin of Columbus and Marilyn Whitaker (Mark) of Calhoun City; two brothers, Roy Turner (Christine) and Roger Turner (Sandy), both of Calhoun City; three grandchildren, Savannah Allred, Danica Allred and Sierra Allred.
He was preceded in death by his parents. A.J. Turner and Nellie Langford Turner, and a son, Dusty Turner.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Harold Jones Jr.
NETTLETON – Everett Harold Jones Jr., 74, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with burial in Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors-Nettleton Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be in Friday’s Daily Journal. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Margie Hoots
AMORY – Margie Knight Hoots, 92, died on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at her residence. Born on Dec. 6, 1918, in the Liberty community, she was a daughter of the late Elbert Ephram and Sallie Lou Green Knight. She married James Price Hoots on May 26, 1939. They had one daughter, Wanda. she was the class valedictorian at Nettleton High School. After graduating from Blue Mountain College with a B.S. in Education, she received her Master’s in Education from Mississippi State University. A dedicated educator who worked for 40 years, she began teaching in 1939 at Van Buren School. From 1940-1947 she taught at Pine Grove and taught elementary school in Smithville from 1947-1951. She started teaching at Hatley Elementary School in 1953 and retired as Principal in 1981.
A compassionate and giving woman who believed in doing unto others, Ms. Hoots was an active member of Smithville Baptist Church and the Dorcus Sunday School Class. Very passionate about her faith, she loved the Lord and used His Word to guide her daily life. She cherished time spent with her family. A loving and kind lady, she enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, reading her Bible, traveling, dinners with friends, and playing cards. She was an Easter Seals supporter.
She is survived by her son-in-law who was like her son, Benny E. Wright of Amory; sisters, Juanita Ausbon (Buster) of Waukesha, Wis., and Glema Dale Young of Nettleton; grandchildren, Penny Boyett (Patrick) of Winfield, Ala., and Ryan Simmons (Hope), Ben Wright (Leigh Ann) and Justin Wright (Claire), all of Amory; and great-grandchildren, Reagan, Rush, Reece, Riggs, Jilanna, Brody, Emma, Paxton, Garrett and Tripp.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Price Hoots; daughter, Wanda Dale Hoots Wright; granddaughter, Emily Wright Horne; sisters, Inez Burt, Audrey Pearl Laney and Annie Carpenter; and brother, Bruce Knight.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Wes White and Sam Stevens officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Simmons, Patrick Boyett, Ben Wright, Justin Wright, Sam Carpenter, Edsel Carpenter, John Holland, Jerry Frederick and Donald Young. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Dorcus Sunday school class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Smithville Baptist Church, P. O. Box 52, Smithville, MS 38870-0052.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Johnny Elmore
OXFORD – Johnny Lee Elmore, 57, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Forrest City Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.

Arnese Ivy
OXFORD – Arnese Faye “Punkin” Ivy, 48, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.

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