TUPELO – Sharon McKissick, 64, beloved daughter, beloved sister and beloved friend, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Vanderbilt University Hospital after a lengthy illness. A Tupelo native, she was born March 19, 1949, to Bill C. and Lila Oline Mullenix McKissick. She was a 1968 graduate of Saltillo High School. She served the Tupelo City and County Government for 35 years. She was currently employed with the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau as a sales manager. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, traveling and was especially known for her beautiful gift wrapping skills in which she made perfect bows. She had an outgoing personality and a great sense of humor. She attended West Jackson St. Baptist Church.
She will be truly missed by all her family and friends. Her family and friends loved her. She loved her family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Bert Harper officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sisters, Betty Jo Stacks of the Ballardsville Community and Corinne Keith (Kenny) of Belden; two brothers, Jerry McKissick (Bonnie) of the Unity Community, east of Saltillo and Billy McKissick (Faye) of Iuka; a very special friend, Johnny Timmons of Tupelo; her mother, Oline McKissick of Tupelo; numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bill C. McKissick; her grandparents, O.C. and Elaine Mullenix, and Tom and Dora McKissick; one brother-in-law, L.C. Stacks.
Pallbearers will be Marty Stacks, Tracy Stacks, Stacy Stacks, Kenny Keith, Morris McCain and Don Austin.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today, July 28, 2013, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Lanny Lemuel Autry, 66, went home to be with his Savior, Friday, July 26, 2013, at his home in New Albany. He was born in Hickory Flat on Oct. 31, 1946, to Rev. Ewart and Lola Mae Autry. He married his high school sweetheart, Deborah Sue Ayres, in 1969.
After earning his graduate degree from Mississippi State University, he began a 40-year career as a consulting forester and founded Mid-South Forestry in New Albany. During his professional years in forestry, he was well respected and served in various leadership capacities, including a tenure as president of the National Association of Consulting Foresters.
Founding Gilead Ministries in 1995, he and Deborah led retreats for pastors and their wives for 12 years. He later earned his doctorate from Pillsbury Seminary in Biblical Counseling.
He was the founding co-pastor at Christ Church in New Albany, where he also fulfilled the passion of his heart by offering counseling to individuals and couples in need. He and Deborah also frequently counseled couples in their home.
Lanny often said that his greatest desire was to “finish well,” in a way that others would see the glory of Christ in a life well-lived. Those who knew him believe that his desire was realized.
Lanny is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Deborah; two daughters, Amy Williams (Ken) of Tupelo and Susan Currier (Joe) of Mobile, Ala.; a twin sister, Martha Crawford (Ray) of Blue Mountain; and a brother, James Autry (Sally) of Des Moines, Iowa. Lanny was the beloved “Papa” to six grandchildren: Emily, Luke and Sam Williams; and Mason, Josiah and Amos Currier.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ewart and Lola Mae Autry, and two brothers, Jerry Autry and Ronald Autry.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 29, 2013, at Christ Church, 608 Hamilton Drive, New Albany, with Dr. John Snyder officiating. Burial will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Benton County. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be today, July 28, 2013, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the church.
Memorials may be made to Christ Church, P.O. Box 795, New Albany, MS 38652.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
HICKORY FLAT – Bessie Eugene Rucker, 85, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at her home. She was born June 25, 1928, to Enoch and Willie Ethel Prather Rucker in Falkner. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Falkner.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Falkner. The Rev. Jimmy Larry Godwin Jr. and the Rev. James Howell will officiate. Burial will be in Ruckersville Cemetery at Falkner. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by four daughters, Eloise Prather (Zean) of Falkner, Shelia Turnage of Potts Camp, Zolia Burns of Blue Mountain and Elaine Robbins (Willie) of New Albany; two sons, Ezra Charles Rucker of Holly Springs and T.C. Rucker (Lorine) of Ripley; 25 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, D.C. Rucker; her parents; one son, Jimmy Eugene Rucker; one daughter, Louise Prather; and 12 brothers and sisters.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. to service time Tuesday at the church.
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BLUE MOUNTAIN – Jack Russell Compton Sr., 83, died Friday, July 26, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 29, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 to 5 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Monday.
PHEBA – Jean Wooten Harkins, 74, passed away on Friday, July 26, 2013, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. She was born July 11, 1939, in Mathiston to Alma Frances Wright and Walter S. Wooten. She was a homemaker and a member of Pheba Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing and working in her yard. She married William Robert Harkins on April 27, 1957, in Pheba. He preceded her in death in 1998.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Scott Griffin officiating. Burial will follow in Pheba Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Shelby Dinese Wilson of Mascoutah, Ill.; two grandchildren, Mallory Wilson and Marissa Wilson and Teeny Bigham of Pheba.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two sons, Jerry Wayne Harkins and Robert Paul Harkins; two brothers, Grady Wooten and Harvey Wooten; and one sister, Dorothy May.
Pallbearers will be Samuel Bigham, Nicholas Bigham, Jason Bigham, Billy Wayne Mitchell, Joby Washington and Robert Washington. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Bates, Ruble Alford and all her church family at Pheba Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Pheba Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 5, Pheba, MS 39755.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Clara Ann Chandler Heavener, 58, died Friday, July 26, 2013, at her home in Ripley. She was born July 7, 1955, to George Clayton and Clara Gray Chandler. She was a beloved member of Mt. View Baptist Church. She was a housewife and vice president of Heavener Electric, working beside her husband. She loved decorating for Mt. View Baptist Church and making flower arrangements. She was a loving mother and a mother figure to many including USMC Major John Beal, Gary Willis and Cynthia Cross Richards.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 29, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Hurt and Chaplain Bobby Russom officiating.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Steve Heavener of Ripley; one daughter, Andrea Ketchum (Fred) of Ripley; one son, Tommy Heavener of Ripley; one sister, Pat Bosarg (Raylon) of Pascagoula; one brother, Eddie Chandler (Betty) of Pascagoula; one niece, Angie White (James) of Jumpertown; six grandchildren, Stephen Heavener, Ava Heavener, Oliver Heavener, Jak Ketchum and Aiden Ketchum, all of Ripley, and Tyler White of Jumpertown.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brother, Billy and Bobby Chandler.
Pallbearers will be Doyle Simmers, Lee Chandler, Mike Mosley, Gavin Mosley, Robert Sanford and Tyler Mosely. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Heavener, Randy Bennett, William Sanford, Johnny Johnson, Larry Price, John Price, Darrell Hurt and Ronnie Hurt.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cars for Kids, 14340 Hwy. 15 North, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – George “Pete” Maxey died Friday, July 26, 2013, at Magnolia Hospital in Corinth. He was born June 23, 1940, to Henry and Beulah McMillen Maxey. He was an avid hunter and a charter member of the Duck Pond Hunting Club in Brunswick, Ga. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, especially attending motor cross races his grandson participated in. He was a retired pulp mill superintendent.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 29, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Walker officiating. Burial will be in the Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Marie Woodruff Maxey of Booneville; sons, George “Andy” Maxey (Susan W. Sackett) of Booneville, William Scott Maxey (Kim) of Savannah, Ga.; daughters, Lana Maxey Wall (Ernie) of Mobile, Ala., Mia Maxey Newell (Derek) of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren, A.J. Maxey, Adam Maxey (Maralina), Kyle Wall, Erin Wall, Evan Wall, William “Tommy” Maxey, Sarah Newell, Leah Newell; great-grandchild, Aubrey Maxey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leland and Neal Maxey; sisters, Ruth Durham and Jolene Hallmark; and three grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be members of the Duck Pond Hunting Club.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Monday.
AMORY – Robert Lee Ghoston, 86, died on Monday, July 23, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 21, 1926, in Monroe County, he was a son of the late Essie Bell and Hosea Ghoston. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of St. Paul M.B. Church. He completed high school in Aberdeen. He graduated with a B.S. degree from Mississippi Industrial College of Holly Springs and later received his master’s degree from Jackson State University. He did further studies at both Mississippi State and Ole Miss. He was a Master Mason teacher for more than 40 years. He was assistant principal at West Amory School for many years. He coached basketball at Athens, Sulphur Springs and Hamilton. An avid diehard Amory Panthers fan, he enjoyed all sports, and he also liked fishing, hunting and gardening. He loved his church. A family- oriented and sensitive man with a big heart, his life revolved around his wife, children and grandchildren.
He is survived by four sons, Russell Lee (Nancy) Ghoston of Buffalo, N.Y., Bobby Ray Ghoston of Amory, Kevin Gene (Edna) Ghoston of Philadelphia and Tony Anthony (Wanda) Ghoston of Memphis; one daughter, Vanessa Ghoston (Howard) Turner of Missouri City, Texas; one sister, Joyce Vasser of Aberdeen; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Connell Ghoston, and one son, David Earl Ghoston.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013, at St. Paul M.B. Church with the Rev. Lesley T. Mabry officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services on Monday.
BLUE MOUNTAIN – James Earl Guyse, 75, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born Nov. 28, 1937, to William Harvey Thomas and Edna Earl Owens Guyse in Ashland. He was a retired truck driver for TNT Holland Motor Express Inc. and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, July 28, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. The Rev. Joe McKnight will officiate. Burial will be at the Blue Mountain Church of the Lord Jesus Christ Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Bennett Guyse of Blue Mountain; one son, Marty Guyse (Donna) of Olive Branch; one sister, Demetria Winters of Pontotoc; one brother, Lester Guyse (Barbara) of Portland, Ore.; three grandchildren, Mandy Bowden (Matt) of Mason, Tenn., Nathan Guyse of Olive Branch and Noah Guyse of Olive Branch; one great-grandson, Dillon Bowden.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Libby Gail Guyse; and one sister, Geraldine Wommack.
Pallbearers will be Mike Mauney, Dale Mauney, Vernon Reed, Ed Stroupe, Ryan Windham and Bryan Linville.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
SALTILLO – Hettyola Cook Harrell, 79, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a short illness. A Jackson native, she was born Nov. 1, 1933, to Andy and Ola Summerlin Cook. She was a graduate of Tech High School in Memphis and a longtime resident of Saltillo. She retired from the Mississippi Forestry Commission after 25 years of service. She served as an officer in the Salvation Army Church in Tupelo. She loved to read, watch old movies and never met a stranger. She was a member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, where she was involved in the Daughters of the King ladies group.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 29, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Tupelo with Father Paul Stanford officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Benny Harrell of Saltillo; six children, Duane Harrell (Lynn) and Debra Thorpe (Pete), both of Bartlett, Tenn., Robert “Bob” Christensen of Louisville, Ky., Doris Loyd (Roger) of Saltillo, Debbie Christensen of Memphis and Tim Harrell (Regina) of Saltillo; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Andy Gusmus, Tom Smith, Lonnie Neaves, Roger Loyd, Clifton Homan and Steven Gumm. Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Harrell’s domino playing buddies.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday at All Saints’ Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Sanctuary Hospice, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 608 W. Jefferson St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
</b>HOUSTON – Margaret Ann Baird Lacey, 76, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at her home. She was born April 16, 1937, to Aubrey Lorette Baird and Ruth Boatman Baird in Turrell, Ark. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Houston and a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, crafts and quilting, and made Mississippi State quilts for her grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston. Bro. Randy Hays will officiate. Burial will be in Houston City Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Lin Lacey of Houston; two children, Sharon (Frank) White of West Point and Brian Lacey of Houston; five grandchildren, Steven (Angel) Peacock of Anniston, Ala., Tim (Samantha) White of West Point, Stephanie Peacock of West Point, Linnie Lacey of Houston, Jessica (Jonathan) Redmond of West Point; eight great-grandchildren, Madison, Morgan and Katie Peacock, Reed and Lacey White, Andrew and Mackenzie Redmond, and Brennan Lacey; six siblings, Sarah (Elkin) Heair of Houston, Helen Cooper of Memphis, Aubrey (Dorothy) Baird of Lakeland, Fla., Rachel (Dave) Richer of Bradenton, Fla., and Richard (Delphine) Baird of Fayetteville, Tenn., and Martha (Bob) Allen of Pearl River, La.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Aubrey Lorette Baird and Ruth Boatman Baird; two daughters, Linda Faye Lacey and Tommie Lacey Hughes; one grandson, Andrew Wiley Lacey; and one sister, Nell Reeves.
Pallbearers will be Steven Peacock, Tim White, Linnie Lacey, Jonathan Redmond, Kirby Smith and Johnny Reeves.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday.
Online condolences may be made at www.southernfuneralchapel.com.
</b>FULTON – Acel Mattox Moore, 97, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at her home in Fulton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.