By NEMS Daily Journal
LAKE CITY, Fla. – William C. “Pete” Dickerson, 66, died on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at the Lake City Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Born in Tupelo, he was the son of the late William Wily and Mary Helen Dickerson. After moving to Lake City in 1984, he worked with Al Buie as a painter supervisor. He loved hunting, NASCAR, his dog, Lucy, and spending time with his family and friends.
Services were Monday, July 2, at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Lake City, Fla., with the Rev. Lewis Daniel officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Crematory of Lake City, Fla., was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Lola Webb Dickerson; three sons, Terry Wilson Dickerson (Camille), Gregory Allen Dickerson (Kasie) and Charles William Dickerson, all of Mooreville; two sisters, Jean Webb and Billie Cole of Tupelo; two brothers, Jimmy Dickerson of Nettleton and Donny Dickerson of Mooreville; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and his caregivers, Al Buie and Dwayne Aldridge.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Thomas Dickerson.
Pallbearers were Julian Hall, Earl Stafford, Joe Fisher, James “Doodle” Parnell, Jerry Norris and John Norris.
Online condolences may be left at www.gatewayforestlawn.com.
CORINTH – Fredra Brooks Wilbanks, 95, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at Mississippi Care Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Kossuth Baptist Church. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Kossuth Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Don Pace, 907 Hwy. 2, Corinth, MS 38834.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Arthur Cowan Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Arthur Lee Cowan Jr., 60, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Services will be at noon Thursday at Jones Grove M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
VERONA – Phyllis M. Morris Turner, 52, died Thursday, June 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical center in Tupelo. She was born April 8, 1960, to James Morris and Lillie Mae Morris. She was a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church, serving in the choir and Welcome Committee. She attended Shannon High School and was a former employee of NMMC and Foamcraft Mfg.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Zion M.B. Church in Verona with the Rev. Donnell Nichols officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her brother, James Russell Morris; and her grandparents, Louis and Liza Morris, and Larmia and Annie Bell Ambrose.
Survivors include her parents, James and Lillie Mae Morris of Verona: one daughter, Ashanti Morris of Verona; one son, Rodrico (Kristie) Morris of Jackson; her husband, Charles Turner of Verona: two sisters, Betty (Jackie) Meardith of Verona and Lillie Rith (Terry) Johnson of Plantersville; two brothers, William Morris and Alvin K. Morris, both of Verona; four grandchildren; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.
Visitation is from 1 to 5 p.m today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons,com.
BLUE SPRINGS – Chance Nobles, 8, died Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. He was a gifted student at East Union Elementary School. He loved to fish, ride go-carts and play baseball. He liked Mustang cars and playing with his brother and sister. He was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Matt officiating. Burial will be in Zion Hill cemetery.
He is survived by his mother, Sarah June Stinson (Jason Sprouse) of Blue Springs, and his father, Billy E. Nobles Jr. (Jory Harlow) of Blue Springs; one sister, Memorie Diane Carole Sprouse of Blue Springs; one brother, Bo Chase Nobles of Blue Springs; his grandparents, Nathaniel and Felicia Stinson of Guntown, Billy E. Nobles Sr. of Blue Springs, Ricky Lewis of Myrtle, and Diane and David Jarvis of Blue Springs.
He was preceded in death by grandmothers, Pennie Lewis and Nellie Nobles; his great-grandmother, Irene Ratliff; and his great-grandfather, Bill Cobb.
Pallbearers will be Trevor Harlow, Hunter Adsit, Tyler Sprouse, Shun Lewis and Shannon Lewis.
Honorary pallbearers will be Shane Lewis and Johnny Files.
Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
FLORENCE, Ala. – Anthony Lamar Cherry, 38, died Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala. He was a native of Pontotoc and the son of Flimmity Cherry and the late Maggie Badie Cherry. He was a graduate of Pontotoc High School. He was an outgoing person who loved people and his family.
Services wil be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home. The Rev. David Wayne Pulliam will officiate. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Kelly Cherry of Florence, Ala.; his father and stepmother, Flimmity and Annie Cherry of Pontotoc; and three brothers, Rodney (Alisha) Cherry and Tim Duncan, both of Pontotoc, and Michael Cherry of Tupelo.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
AMORY – Hazel Louise Carlisle Herndon, 87, died on Monday, July 2, 2012. at the Choctaw County Nursing Center in Ackerman. Born Nov. 14, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Gideon Clark and Annie Louise Bobo Carlisle. She was married to J.C. Herndon. A woman of faith, she was a member of the Amory Church of Christ. A graduate of Okolona High School, she and her husband co-owned Billy’s Drive-In in Amory and before her retirement she worked as an inspector for Stratolounger. She enjoyed sewing, yard work, cooking and listening to music.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Philip Hathcock officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Chris Threadgill, Jeremy Threadgill, Leedrew Wise,. Dickie Wise, Bo Miller and Dickie Miller. Sgt. 1st Class Mike Reeves will serve as an honorary pallbearer.
Survivors include one daughter, Jeannie Reeves Threadgill of Ackerman; one son, William Stanley Reeves Jr. (Joan) of Becker; one sister, Mary Ann Carlisle Thompson of Vicksburg; one brother, Dennis Carlisle of Holly Springs; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John C. Herndon; two brothers, Charles “Buck” and Jimmy Carlisle; and two sisters, Margie Carlisle and Laura Wise.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Amory Church of Christ, P.O. Box 371, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Mary Agnes Neeley
VICKSBURG – Mary Agnes Neeley, 86, died Monday, July 2, 2012, at Select Specialty Hospital in Jackson. She was formerly of the Ozark community. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
GUNTOWN – Vance Epting Wildman, 98, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at her residence at the Greenhouses in Tupelo. She was a former resident of the Camp Creek community. She was a retired seamstress. After working at several plants she retired from Blue Bell in Guntown. She was a lifelong member of the Camp Creek Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and sewing.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Martin Jacks and Bro. Felix Hutcheson Jr. officiating. Burial in the Camp Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Frances Hendrix (Stanley) of Booneville and Janice White (Gerald) of Jericho; grandchildren, Jeff White (Tammy), Richard White, Kevin White (Cathy), Amy Wigginton (Marty), Brad Hendrix and Carol Ann Smith; 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; S.L. and Sally Gibson Epting; sisters, Ruth Epting, Mildred Kyle, Dale Waters and Katherine Eping; and four brothers, Jack Epting, Fleet Epting, Brooks Epting and Bub Epting.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home.
COLUMBUS – Otis Lee Morris, 79, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at his sister’s residence. He was born April 12, 1933, to Robert Morris Sr. and Irene Anderson Morris in Lowndes County, where he attended St. Paul School. He was gainfully employed with and retired from Cash Distributing Beverage Company.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Shiloh Full Gospel Missionary Baptist Church with Bishop Freddie Edwards Sr. and Pastor Glen Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Brick Church Cemetery in Columbus. Fields Funeral Home of Okolona in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Lauara Ann Sherman of Columbus; three sisters, Louise Morris Harris of Columbus, Debra Walter and Jackie Kemp, both of East St. Louis, Ill.; seven brothers, Jessie Morris and Billy Morris, both of Columbus, James Davis Morris of Lansing, Kan., Clifford Dancy, Auhdra Dancy, Jeffery Dancy and Freddie Dancy, all of East St. Louis, Ill.; two godchildren, Lynnette Brooks and Teresa Walls, both of Columbus; seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Elnora Morris Phillips, Rosie Morris Wilson, Robert Morris Jr., Willie Earl Morris, Bobby E. Morris and Jessie Morris; and one great-grandchild, Tilisha Moore.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Carter’s Funeral Services in Columbus. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Friday.
CORINTH – Chloe Dean, infant daughter of Jason Dean of Dresden, Tenn., and Chasity Ford of Corinth, died Monday, July 2, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Corinthian Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Christian Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home.
ATHENS – Robert E. “RoRo” Head, 24, died on Monday, July 2, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born Feb. 2, 1988, he was a son of Bobby Joe and Elizabeth Louise “Ebo” Foster Head. A member of the Bethel Apostolic Church, he was kindhearted, compassionate and always willing to help anyone in need. He enjoyed working with his farm animals, driving the family’s wrecker, and hunting and fishing with his friends.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Stanley Blaylock and Bro. Steve Saywer officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Nick Ballard, Adam Long, Blake Wilson, Dewayne Foster, Bobby Lee Foster, Josh Head, Clarence Smith, Timothy Parrish and Michael Foster. Honorary pallbearers will be Lamar Hood, Billy Hood and John Hood.
Survivors include his parents of Athens; three brothers, Bobby Ervin (Amanda) of Hatley, Tony Keith of Amory and Michael Craig of Amory; nieces and nephews, Josh, John, Austin, Destiny and Alex Head, and Taylor Lewis; special friends, Nick and Jessica Ballard.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Helen and Hal Foster, and Earnest and Effie Head; and by his great-grandparents, Lillie and Jessie Foster.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Lena Lee King, 92, died on Monday, July 2, 2012, at River Place Nursing Center. Born on Nov. 23, 1919, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Willie Mae Gordon Camp. She attended Trace Road School. In 1942, she married Cliff King. Retiring in 1984, she was a seamstress with Monroe Trousers. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. A feisty and independent lady, she loved her family dearly and enjoyed quilting, crocheting, fishing, and watching Gospel Channel 39.
She is survived by a daughter, Dot Dean (Junior) of Amory; a son, Herman King (Linda) of Smithville; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today at Wren Cemetery with Pastor Shane Crawford officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Chase Tubbs, Alex Tubbs, Blake Dean and Chris Bourland.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Johnye Ruth Hardin
TISHOMINGO – Johnye Ruth Hardin, 81, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka. Burial will be in Forrest Grove Cemetery in Tishomingo.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TISHOMINGO – Thaddeus L. Blackburn, 89, died Monday, July 2, 2012, at his home in the Paradise community.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be Allsboro Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today.
BOONEVILLE – Herman Woodrow “Pops” Freeman, 80, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – James Kyle Steward, 85, died Monday, July 2, 2012, at the V.A. Medical Center in Jackson. He was a member of Randolph Baptist Church. He was a member of the American Legion Post 16 in Pontotoc and the DAV Chapter 43 in Tupelo. He served as Mississippi State Commander for both the American Legion and the DAV. He was an active advocate of veterans and projects to help veterans. Among them were helping raise money to purchase a handicap accessible van for the Veterans Home in Oxford and lobbying congressmen in Washington D.C., and governors and congressmen in Jackson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Gerald Finley officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Goodman.
Survivors include his second wife, Mary Ruth Tutor Steward of Randolph; two daughters, Carol Steward Mathis of Statesboro, Ga., and Lucy Steward Al-Awaj (Alayham) of Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas; five grandchildren, Kyle Rhine, Zach Mayo, Dylan Mathis, Alayna Al-Awaj and Emma Al-Awaj; one great-grandchild, Lydia Rhine; two stepsons, Steve Tutor (Margaret) of Tupelo and Terry Tutor (Mary) of Randolph; one stepdaughter, Beth Tutor Ball (Jimmy) of Pontotoc; two stepgrandchildren, Luke and Rebekah Ball; three sisters, Modean Steward Quarles (Winston) of Randolph, Laverne Steward of Tupelo and Elaine Steward Quarles (L. Dean) of Randolph; many nieces, nephews, cousins and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Christine Criswell Steward; his parents, Radford and Lottie Miller Steward; and his brother, William Steward.
Pallbearers will be Tim Quarles, Randy Quarles, Ronald Quarles, David Wise, William Holcomb and Pete Reeder.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Randolph Baptist Church Adult Men’s Sunday School Class, and his grandsons and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday.
PONTOTOC – William Dalton Harrison, 63, died Monday, July 2, 2012, at his residence. He was a retired factory worker. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will follow in the Guinn Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Verna Swords Harrison of Pontotoc; a brother, Jerry Harrison of Pontotoc; three nieces, Tammy Tutor (Billy), Teresa Magill and Teri Strickland (Robert).
He was preceded in death by his father, William Doyle Harrison, and a half brother, Frank Dowdy.
Pallbearers will be Randy Carr, Mitch Corley, Joey Oswalt, Duane Tutor, Robert Strickland and Billy Tutor.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. today.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.