Obituaries July 31, 2013

Herbert B. Bailey
OXFORD – Retired Lt. Col. Herbert Barton Bailey Jr., 94, passed away peacefully at Hermitage Gardens of Oxford, Sunday, July 28, 2013. Mr. Bailey was born on May 11, 1919, in Stacyville, Maine, the youngest and fifth child of Herbert Barton Bailey and Elizabeth Warren Crickett Bailey.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 60 years, Eppie Jo Lowe Bailey; his brothers, Fred (Eleanor) and Marshall (Alice) Bailey, and sister, Margaret Bailey Roberts. He is survived by his son, Bart Bailey of San Diego, Calif.; a daughter, Barbara Bailey Young and her husband, Ken, of Oxford; a brother, Charles Bailey (Sylvia), of Cottage Grove, Ore.; brother-in-law, Robert Roberts of Pittsburgh, Pa.; three grandchildren, Jerry Barton Young (Chantelle) of Sembach, Germany, Lauren Young Bailey (Brad) of Denham Springs, La., and Tiffany Young Bonow (Matt) of Waco, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Colton, Madison, Brianna and Nathan Bailey, and Elijah, Ethan, Rhys, Trustin and Blythe Bonow; along with two nieces and four nephews.

Mr. Bailey graduated in 1935 (after skipping two grades) from Oxford High School, Oxford, Pa., as Valedictorian of his class. He attended Military Training School following graduation, then entered the Army as a 2nd Lt. in December 1940. He completed Officers Training School at Maxwell Field, Ala., and was sent to Greenville Air Base, Miss. There he met a pretty young secretary, Eppie Jo Lowe, in the officer’s headquarters, who invited him to her home in Oxford one weekend after learning that he was from Oxford, Pa. Having grown up on a dairy farm, he was an instant hit with his future mother-in-law, Mamie Lowe, who had just bought her first herd of cows!

After completing primary training, flying PT 19′s in Pine Bluff, Ark., he married Eppie Jo Bailey on May 31, 1942. They were sent to Randolph Field, San Antonio, June 1. There he flew BT 13’s. He then went to Okmulgee, Okla., Amarillo, Texas, and Dalhart, Texas, for glider plane training and flew CG 14′s. He officially became a glider pilot in August 1942. In June 1943, Herb and Jo gave birth to their son, Bart. In February 1944, Herb flew to England to begin his World War II tour of duty. In September 1944, he flew a glider carrying a jeep and members of the 82nd Airborne to Grosbeck, Holland, Operation Market Garden. He received the Bronze Star. In December 1944, he flew into Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal. Fourteen out of the 50 gliders flying into Bastogne were lost. His glider was hit several times by enemy fire, but he got it to the ground in a snow-covered, plowed field. The glider was a wreck, however, the ammunition was intact and he was unhurt. This mission was hastily thrown together, so there was no organized plan for the glider pilots to get home. After Gen. Patton got the road open, they hitch-hiked home. His grandson, Cpt. Jerry Young, Chaplain in U.S. Army, marched this same 15 miles in February 2013 in honor of the WWII soldiers who had fought for their liberation, dedicating his march to his Granddad.

On March 24, 1945, Herb Bailey flew his third glider mission east of the Rhine River, landing at Wesel, Germany. He was awarded a second Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal. As he was cut loose and headed for the ground, there was a lot of smoke, and the ground wasn’t visible. The smoke cleared away a little and he saw power lines across the field where they were supposed to land. Being afraid of hitting the lines, he turned north and landed in another field a couple miles away.

After landing safely on the ground, he walked back to the field where they were supposed to land. It had burned out and wrecked gliders all over the place. A German 88 gun was in the orchard beside the field, and had shot down numerous gliders. There were snipers in the orchard and they shot many soldiers as they got out of their gliders. Mr. Bailey’s decision to stay away from the assigned landing field saved his and many soldiers lives. They stayed in Germany several days, then marched in a group to the Rhine River, crossing it in army ducks.

After serving four years active duty, he was relieved to Ready Reserves, where he served for the next 22 years. On July 10, 1965, Mr. Bailey was appointed Lieutenant Colonel. And in 1968, he transferred from Ready Reserve to the Retired Reserve. He retired in 1979, after 39 years service. After the war, Mr. Bailey returned to University of Louisville. While in Louisville, Ky., they had their daughter, Barbara, in May 1946. One year later, they moved to Oxford and he transferred to the University of Mississippi. Upon graduation from Ole Miss in l948, the family moved to Jackson, where he was employed as an accountant with Buckeye Cotton Oil Company. He earned his CPA in 1958. While in Jackson, they were active in Leavell Woods Methodist Church. As a lay minister of the Methodist church, he would preach from time-to-time at small churches in the surrounding Jackson area. Mr. Bailey served as Scoutmaster at the church and Little League Baseball commissioner at Leavell Woods Park.

In l960, they moved to Long Beach, where he worked with Gulfport Glass and Mississippi Steel Corporations, and were active in Long Beach Methodist Church. In 1972, they moved to Elba, Ala. (working for Dorsey Trailer Company) until his retirement, when they moved back to Long Beach. Herb played tournament chess, as well as keeping as many as 25 different chess games going at one time by mail. He also had regular chess games with friends on the Mississippi Coast. After retiring, Herb and Jo traveled in Europe, Canada and spent at least one night in all 50 American states. During this time, they built their cabin in Oxford so they could enjoy the company of Jo’s twin brothers, Ed and Eph Lowe, dividing their time between Long Beach and Oxford. Mr. Bailey began living permanently in Oxford following her death in 2002. In 2004, he fell in love with his son-in-law’s mother, Lura Young and they had four sweet years of friendship before her death.

Their grandchildren found it strange at first that their “grandfather was dating their grandmother” – but loved the joy their grandmother found in her last years, after having been a widow for 25 years.

Mr. Bailey was a faithful member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, attended Memory Makers of Oxford and Ole Miss football, basketball and baseball games as long as he was able. He was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles.

He was a remarkable man, who was always happy and never ever complained. He was humble, kind and generous. He asked for nothing, yet would do anything asked of him. His life served as a wonderful example for his family and friends to follow.

The funeral service will be Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Barksdale officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the funeral beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations in Mr. Bailey’s memory may be made to Memory Makers of Oxford, Respite Day Services of Oxford Inc. c/o Bill Arnold, 2318 West Wellsgate Drive, Oxford, MS 38655 or St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 431 N. 16th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.

In honor of Mr. Bailey’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.

For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit our website www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call (662) 234-7971.

Henry Stanford
BALDWYN – Henry Troy Stanford passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. He was born Aug. 2, 1919, to George and Anna Stanford in Saltillo. He served in World War II in the U.S. 8th Air Force division in England for four years. After returning from the war he married Sula Holt Stanford. They were married for 67 years and made their home in the Unity community. He was a member of Unity Baptist Church. He retired from Lee County Solid Waste. He enjoyed playing the guitar with his friends and camping. He never met a stranger.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Jay Stanley officiating. Burial will be in the Unity Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Sula Stanford of Baldwyn; two daughters, Betty Akin (Mike) of Tupelo and Kim Stanford Campbell of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Michele Akin Orr (Melvin) of Tupelo and Tyler Campbell of Oxford; and one great-granddaughter, Olivia Orr.

He was preceded in death by parents; brothers, Penn Stanford, Clarence Stanford, Robert Stanford, John Stanford and Elbert Stanford; four sisters, Maida Rogers, Annette Easterling, Mel Miles and Ivy Farrar.

Pallbearers will be J.W. Michaels, Fred Hall, Melvin Orr, Bob Stanford, Jerry McKissick and Coley Smith.

Visitation will be from noon until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

Foy Lou Basden
MOOREVILLE – Foy Lou Estes Ruth Basden, 93, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Center. She was born Dec. 5, 1919, to Mannie and Selma Shumpert Estes. All of her life she lived in Lee County. As a profession, she worked as a seamstress for Reed Manufacturing. Gardening and quilting were two of the pastimes she enjoyed. She was a faithful member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Wexford Parmer officiating. Burial will be in Boguefala Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Claudie Basden of Mooreville; one son, Fred Ruth (Sheila) of California; two daughters, Annette Rundquist (Bob) of Saltillo and Peggy Wood (Ken) of Mooreville; five stepchildren, James, Robert,

Raymond and Joe Basden, and Betsy Bede; eight grandchildren, Cynthia Hyland, Kimberly Althausen, James Wiggins, Cathy Smith, Pam Winkler, Bob Rundquist, Kenneth and Scott Wood; great-grandchildren, Thomas Hyland, John Althausen, Addison and Lora Beth Wiggins, Kim Carroll, Ben Smith, Megan McGee, Shelby Craig, Jake and Sydne Bane and Heather Rundquist; four great-great-grandchildren, Mia, Drew and Mason Carroll, and Nathan McGee; two sisters, Mae Ruth and Ellen Stroup; two brothers, Mannie and John Estes; 11 nieces; and 12 nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Lewis Ruth, in 1984; two sisters, Marie Jones and Lucille Allen; two brothers, Earnest and Leonard Estes; one great-grandson, Charles Robert Smith.

Pallbearers will be James Wiggins, Scott and Kenneth Wood, Bob Rundquist, Ben Smith, Jerry Putt and Fred Mayes.

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

Louise G. Sweat

SALTILLO – Louise Gurley Sweat, 89, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born in Corinth on March 5, 1924, to Orlando and Bess Martin Gurley. She along with her husband, Raymond, owned and operated Tri-State Wholesale Florist for over 30 years. She was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for more than 40 years. She is currently a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Rick Brooks and Dr. Eldridge Fleming officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.

Survivors include her two children, Rev. Joel Sweat (Nancy) of Saltillo and Deborah S. Blaylock (James) of Guntown; five grandchildren, Jay Sweat of Saltillo, Christy Phillips (Kirk) of Saltillo, Cary Sweat (Melinda) of Richmond, Va., Matt Blaylock (Stacie) of Hattiesburg and Beth Anne Warren (Kavin) of Guntown; and seven great-grandchildren, Bailey Phillips, Reece Phillips, Oliver Sweat, Alese James, Cameron Blaylock, Peyton Warren and Emilee Warren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Lee Sweat; parents; brother, Gordon Gurley; and sisters, Bertha Scott and Vernice Orman.

Pallbearers will be Matt Blaylock, Kavin and Peyton Warren, Jay and Cary Sweat, Kirk, Bailey and Reece Phillips.

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

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

Billy Bowdry
BALDWYN – William “Billy” Bowdry, 81, died Tuesday, July 31, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Marietta McCarter
COLUMBUS – Marietta Ward McCarter passed away Monday, July 29, 2013, in Columbus. She was born Aug. 22, 1917, in Houston to Rufus Alexander Ward Sr. and Mary Etta Huffman Ward. In 1921, she moved to Columbus with her family. In 1942, she married Robert Bruce “Bill” McCarter. They were married 65 years until his death in 2007. She was a graduate of S.D. Lee High School in Columbus and Wylie Business College in Memphis. She worked for the American Red Cross in the Field Director’s Office at Columbus Air Force Base during World War II and then was employed by the Columbus City Schools for 21 years. Since her husband’s death, she maintained his farming interests in Lee County. She joined First Baptist Church after she moved to Columbus and remained a member throughout her life. She was a member of the Bernard Romans Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and Society of the Descendants of George Washington’s Army at Valley Forge.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Kate McCarter Roberts; son-in-law, William E. Roberts III; granddaughter, Mary Margaret Roberts; grandson, Porter McCarter Roberts; one sister, Margaret Ward Faris of Columbus; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Rufus Ward and Mrs. Archie Thomason of Tupelo; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings, Nannie Kate Ward Smith, Naomi Ward Moody, Ralph Rogers Ward, Lucian Alexander Ward and Rufus Alexander Ward.

A graveside service will be at 9:30 a.m. today, July 31, in Friendship Cemetery with Dr. Shawn Parker officiating. Memorial Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers are Frank Faris, Jr., Kenneth Holditch, Rufus Ward, Ike McCarter, Joe McCarter, John William Rice, Tommy Moody, Judson Ward, Lucian Ward Jr., Hal McClanahan III, Jan McClanahan and Mac McCarty.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Baptist Children’s Village, P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Rickey Harris
LEXINGTON, Okla. – Rickey Harris, 57, formerly of Red Bay, Ala., died Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery in Russellville, Ala.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. today and until service time on Thursday.

James Browning
NEW ALBANY – James Leighton Browning, 83, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. He was born Nov. 7, 1929, in Union County to Clarence Edward Browning and Alma Langford Browning. He was a retired farmer and former employee of Mississippi Department of Transportation. He was a avid fisherman, gardener and dominos player. He was a member of Bethany Primitive Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Bethany Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Roger Browning and Elder Larry Wise officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by a daughter, Nancy Yates (Hugh) of Blue Mountain; four sons, Sen. Nickey Browning (Brenda) of Pontotoc, Gary Browning (Paula) of Ecru, Tim Browning (Anita) of Pontotoc and Elder Roger Browning (Rebecca) of New Albany; a brother, Gene Browning (Catherine) of New Albany; 10 grandchildren, Tracy Riddle (Jamie), Jason Browning, Brea Klair Browning, Ashley Mitchell (Jeffrey), Jackson Browning, Brooke Gordon (Robert), Kelly Robbins (Heath), Russ Yates, Hunter Browning and April Depoyster (Zack); and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Winnie Mae Robbins Browning; three sisters, Eunice Dunnam, Grace Wray and Nona Fooshee; and a brother, William Howard Browning.

Pallbearers will be Jackson Browning, Hunter Browning, Jason Browning, Russ Yates, Robert Gordon, Jeffrey Mitchell, Heath Robbins, Jamie Riddle and Zack Depoyster.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at Bethany Primitive Baptist Church from 10 until 11 a.m. Thursday.

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Linda Gillespie
HOUSTON – Linda Louise Lancaster Gillespie, 70, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Shelby Ridge Rehab in Alabaster, Ala. She was born Oct. 27, 1942, to Owen Wilson Lancaster and Ruth Alice Davidson Lancaster. She was a retired beautician and owner of Linda’s Beauty Shop. She was a beautician for Leigh Ann Howell at Wave Lengths and a clerk at Pearson’s Drug Store. She was a member of Parkway Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Parkway Baptist Church with Dr. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Ridge in Woodland. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her mother, Ruth Lancaster of Houston; her daughter, Merry and Dr. Chad Carson of Helena, Ala.; her grandchildren, Faith Carson, Jack Carson and Ava Carson; her brother, Russell and Jo Carolyn Lancaster of Houston; her nieces, Cathy and Chuck Spencer, Carol Lancaster and Cindy Lancaster; and her great-nephews, Charles Wayne Spencer and Kyler Spencer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Gillespie, on Aug. 21, 1997; and her father.

Pallbearers are Mark Lancaster, Lewis Easter, Frank House, John William Lancaster, Jimmy Calvin Lancaster, John Fred Lancaster and Wilbur Lancaster. Honorary pallbearers are Thomas Rowlette, Steve Pearson and Floyd Pumphrey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, c/o Phyllis Nelson, 570 CR 68, Woodland, MS 39776.

Friends and family may leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Mariah Hassell
BALDWYN – Mariah Hassell, 94, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was a housewife. She enjoyed cooking and loved gardening and working in her flowers. She was the oldest member at First Christian Church of Baldwyn.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, July 31, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Chuck Hassell, Bro. Kelly Carmichael and Bro. Joe Caraway officiating. Burial will be in the Pratt Cemetery.

She is survived by her son, Thomas Hassell (Sandra) of Pratt; two sisters, Sue Minga of Amory and Nell Turner of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Pam Trantham (Ray) of Odessa, Ukraine, Chuck Hassell (Tami) of Deland, Fla.; stepgrandchildren,

Gregg Tucker (Lori), Kim Jenkins (David), Jennifer Richardson (Dan), Brad Tucker (Kristy); six great-grandchildren; 13 stepgreat-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marcus Hassell; her parents, Deb and Clela Philpot ; one brother; one sister; and her daughter-in-law, Ruth Hassell.

Pallbearers will be Adam Russell, Darrell Adams, Johnny Davidson, Terry Taylor, Mike Harbor and Jon Grisham.

Honorary pallbearers will be Rusty Hassell, Taylor Hassell, Jamie Hassell, Tucker Jenkins and Derrell DeRoche.

The family requests memorials be made to the First Christian Church of Baldwyn building fund.

Jerry Hughes
HORN LAKE – Jerry Hughes, 66, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at his home. He was born April 3, 1947, in Bruce. He was a Navy veteran, a Baptist and a former ramp agent for Northwest Airlines.

He is survived by wife of 32 years, Cathy Pennington Hughes of Horn Lake; two sons, Glen Jewell (Sandy) of Covington, Tenn., and Dusty Hughes (Jennifer) of Southaven; one brother, William Hughes of Water Valley; two sisters, Martha Faye Griffin of Bruce and Anita Howell of Statesboro, Ga.; and seven grandchildren, Caleb Lambirth, Hunter Lambirth, Noah Jewell and Carli Jewell, all of Covington, Sarah Jewell of Hernando, Kalen Hughes and Easton Hughes, both of Southaven.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Ruth Hughes, and one brother, Truman Cantrell Jr.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven. Visitation will be from noon until service time.

Floyd Tomlin
FULTON – John Floyd Tomlin, 82, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Darlington Oaks in Verona. He was born Sept. 18, 1930, to William Henry and Mary Beulah Parker Tomlin. He retired from Sears after many years of service. He was a member of Dorsey Baptist Church, where served as a deacon and taught Sunday school classes for many years. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He enjoyed fishing, and visiting with family and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Dorsey Baptist Church with Bro. Buddy Rushing and Bro. Jerry Estes officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Bill (Cindy) Tomlin of Fulton; three grandsons, Isaac Tomlin, Harley Tomlin and Jeffery Chamblee; one granddaughter, Deaven Tomlin; one sister, Marcel Smith of Fulton; brothers-in-law, R.L. Estes of Tupelo and Jerry (Peggy) Estes of Shannon; sisters-in-law, Jimmie Ann (Richard) Layman of Birmingham and Linda Hood of Tupelo; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene Estes Tomlin; his parents, William Henry and Mary Beulah Tomlin; a son, Jack Tomlin; and a sister, Sue White.

Pallbearers will be the deacons at Dorsey Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home. The body will lie in repose at Dorsey Baptist Church from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday.

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

Michael Shempert

HOULKA – Michael Leo Shempert, 55, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at his home in Houlka. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Montgomery Mortuary Chapel in Houston.

Raymond Spight
HOLLY SPRINGS – Raymond Spight, 62, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at his home in Holly Springs.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Isom Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in repose at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Thursday.

Rev. ArthurD’Haillecourt
AMORY – The Rev. Arthur L. D’Haillecourt, 95, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. 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. Thursday at the funeral home.

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

Luther Cox
SALTILLO – Luther L. Cox, 97, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his residence. A Burnsville native, he was born Aug. 30, 1915, to Oliver C. and Birdie Henry Cox. He was in construction all his working life. He was a very avid fan of racing and wrestling. He loved his family, grandchildren and his dog, Sophia. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Saltillo.

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial services will follow at Liberty Cemetery in McNairy County, Tenn.

Survivors include one daughter, Frances Pearson (Billy) of Saltillo; two sons, Freddie Cox of Saltillo and Marvin Cox (Ann) of Saltillo; one sister, Birdie Luck of Jackson, Tenn.; one brother, Celcil Cox; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Rosetta Cox; an infant son; two great-grandchildren; and his parents.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan and Marty Cox, Coty Payne, Jeff Jackson, Scott George and Arlie Henry.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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