Obituaries June 10, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Billie Morgan
TUPELO – Billie Jean Murdock Morgan, 76, died on Friday, June 8, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. She was the youngest of seven children born to E.C. and Lula Bruce Murdock on Aug. 9, 1935, in the Geeville community in Prentiss County. She married Harold R. Morgan on May 31, 1957. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to so many.
After graduating from Baldwyn High School in 1954, she began a long retail career. Through the years she worked in several area businesses and built many dear friendships. She loved being with people and people loved her spirit of kindness and giving. She made everyone she met feel instantly comfortable and special. Known to so many as “Miss Billie,” she worked at several stores in Booneville before owning a women’s and children’s apparel store, Tots N Teens (later named Clothes Closet) in Booneville from 1978-1988. When she sold the business, another door opened called The Velveteen Rabbit in Tupelo, where she worked from the early 1990s until the store closed in 1997, and then again worked for Jim and Lisa Hawkins at Room to Room until January 2012.
It was in 1997 that she began a favorite time in her life, being a grandmother. After a few more years, she finally convinced her husband, Harold R. Morgan, that they needed to be closer to “the boys.” In the summer of 2005 they moved to Tupelo and later that year joined Calvary Baptist Church. Prior to moving to Tupelo, she had been a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Booneville since 1958. She taught children’s Sunday School for many years. She was a woman of great faith who led those who knew her by a strong example. Her great love for people was evident by her every word, deed and action.
A time of celebrating her life will be on Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Dr. David Eldridge will officiate. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
Billie is survived by her husband of 55 years, Harold R. Morgan. She is also survived by her daughter, Gretta Morgan, Oxford; her son, Greg Morgan (Susie), Tupelo; her two grandsons, Noel and Eric Morgan; two sisters, Mattie Chisholm, Waverly, Tenn., and Bruce Furtick, Rienzi; and countless nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, E.C. and Lula Bruce Murdock; two brothers, Martin Murdock and William Murdock; two sisters, Jewell Estell and Sara Nell Gentry.
Pallbearers are Reggie Furtick, Todd Rickman, Donnie Chisholm, Billy Swindoll, Randy Russell and Tommy Green.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House or Calvary Baptist Church, Tupelo, MS.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time on today, Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Waters Funeral Home.

Nell Beard
FULTON – Nell Beard, 86, died Friday, June 8, 2012. She was born May 21, 1926, in the Tilden community of Itawamba County, to John and Effie Wallace Wiygul. She attended Itawamba County schools. She married Junior Travis Beard in 1946, and they lived in Kenosha, Wis., until their return to Fulton in 1959. She was involved in raising broilers and gardening for many years and was employed with McMellon Fabrics as a seamstress and salesperson. She took great pride in making clothes for her twin daughters and the public. Her greatest pleasures were her grandchildren and family gatherings. She attended East Fulton Baptist Church and Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church until becoming disabled with Alzheimer’s.
Services are at 2 p.m. Monday at Senter Funeral Home with Bro. Gary O’Neal officiating. Internment is at Itawamba Memorial Garden.
She is survived by her twin daughters, Brenda Summers (Larry) of Yazoo City and Glenda Gray (Robert) of Fulton; son, John David Beard (Brenda) of West Point; grandchildren, Bill Summers and Jennifer Smith, both of Yazoo City, John Allen Beard and Amanda Beard, both of West Point, and Lisa Gray and Cheryl Snipes, both of Fulton; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Wiley Wiygul (Billie) of Tilden, Tommy Wiygul (Bernice) of Amory; sister, Hermine Burnett of Amory; and brother-in-law, Bobby Beard (Anna Lois) of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Junior Beard; her parents; sister, Ruby Ham; and brothers, Glen and Mitchell Wiygul.
Visitation is noon to 2 p.m. Monday at Senter Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her honor be sent to the Alzheimer’s Care Unit, 1215 Earl Frye Blvd., Amory, MS 38821 or Gentiva Hospice, 1140 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
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Lynn Stout
PLANTERSVILLE – Lynn Stout, 48, died Saturday, June 9, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors.

Marijo Hunt
NEW ALBANY – Marijo Kirk Hunt, 74, died Friday, June 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 3, 1937, in Union County, to Buford and Clara Todd Kirk. She retired from Siemens in Aurora, Ill. She loved to cook and watch cooking shows. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Aurora, Ill., and was a member of the Eastern Star.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at United Funeral Service with Dr. Kara Blackard officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Willie Hunt of New Albany; two daughters, Rhonda Copeland of Ecru and Kim Becker (Pete) of Aurora, Ill.; two sons, Charles Swords (Becky) of New Albany and David Swords (Angie) of Montgomery, Ill.; 13 grandchildren, Kyle Swords, Shane Swords, P.J. Becker, Chance Becker, Angela Jenkins, Nicole Swords, Devin Swords, Jennifer Escobar, Stephanie Burk, Taylor Becker, Kira Swords, Klarissa Swords and Madison Swords; 12 great-grandchildren, Austin Sanders, Nikolas Russell, Tyler Pickens, Dylan Baker, Collin Burk, Kandice Swan, Addison Pickens, Owen Grace Swords, Ella Swords, Ava Kate Swords, Emma Burk and Fenley Gooch; and two great-great-granddaughters, Lilly Swords and Rylee Kate Raney.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, David Swords; and son-in-law, Stan Copeland.
Pallbearers will be Shane Jenkins, Jimmy Burk, Kyle Swords, Austin Sanders, Nick Russell and P.J. Becker.
Visitation will be noon until service time today at the funeral home.
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Tom Buskirk
SHANNON – Tom Buskirk, 79, died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Riverplace Nursing Center. He was born Nov. 17, 1932, in the Pontocola community to Victor and Bertha Mae Buskirk. He graduated from Shannon High School and attended Mississippi State University. He served his county in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. He had a strong work ethic and worked for over 32 years at Barbers Milk Company and running the daily operations of his cattle farm. He was a founding member of Carnation Baptist Church in Okolona. He loved spending time with his family.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Park with Dr. Roy McHenry officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Tanya McCord (Larry) of Chesterville and Tara Leech (Phil) of Smithville; one son, Thomas Buskirk (Sherrie) of Shannon; two sisters, Gladys Anderson and Jean Pannell (Dulane), all of Okolona; one brother, Danny Buskirk (Jackie) of Wren; seven grandchildren, Waylon Buskirk, Josie Buskirk, Caleb Ballard, Coleman Leech, Caleb Leech, Jolee Leech and Jake Johns (Kendra); one great-grandchild, Kylan Johns; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Vic Pannell, Danny Buskirk Jr., Rod Herndon, Dr. Ron Herndon, Lee Herndon and Jacky Moore. Honorary pallbearers will be Houston Minniece, Devan Hanna and Tommy Moore.
Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. today.

Howard Hopkins
BALDWYN – Howard Hopkins, 94, died, Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Exie Daniel
RED BAY, Ala. – Exie Arniece Daniel, 95, died Friday, June 8, 2012.
Services are at 1 p.m. Monday at Friendship Baptist Church in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Friendship Baptist Church.

Bobby Thomas
FULTON – Bobby L. Thomas, 70, died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home.

Mable Claburn
HOULKA – Mable Dyson Claburn, 95, died Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston after an extended illness. She was born April 26, 1917, in Union County to George W. Dyson and Dovie Moore Dyson. She worked for many years as a waitress in the food service industry. She lived a happy, healthy life until becoming ill the past year. She loved gardening, working in the yard and burning leaves. With a caring personality, Mable loved her family and her neighbors. She was a member of New Hope Methodist Church.
A celebration of life service was held Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Bobby Lynn Brock officiating. Interment was in Vista Memorial Gardens in New Albany. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her grandchildren, J.R. Kilgore (Tina) of Houlka, Suzanne Bailey (Joel) of Tupelo, David Kilgore of Birmingham, Ala., Phyllis White of Memphis, Tenn., Tony Houston of Tupelo and Nathaniel McLennon of Hernando; seven great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and special friends, Joyce Jolly, Opalena Spraggins, Emma Moore and Patsy Jean Holcomb.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton P. Claburn; eight siblings; and two daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley Kilgore (Howard) and Sue McLennon (Sammy).
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Hope Methodist Church, 148 CR 137, Okolona, MS 38860.
Ollie Tucker
SMITHVILLE – Raymond Ollie Tucker, 76, died Friday, June 8, 2012, at his residence. He was born July 4, 1935, in Smithville to Maude Grace Hadaway and James Gaither Tucker Sr. He attended schools in Smithville and Becker. He married Shirley Jean Capps on April 22, 1961. Prior to retiring from Fabri-Valve, he had worked at Walker Manufacturing. After he retired, he worked for Amwood Products part-time. He was a former member of the U.S. Army National Guard. He enjoyed the peacefulness of walking in the woods on his property, hunting, fishing, reading, watching old movies, traveling and listening to classic country.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will follow in Young Memorial Garden.
He is survived by his daughters, Janice Marie Boyd (Steve) of Claremont, Fla., Debbie Kay Gharst (Kirk) of Panama City, Fla., Rita Raper (David) of Smithville and Karen Hamilton of Smithville; son, Raymond Tucker (Sherry) of Bigbee; sisters, Violet Sizemore of Amory and Sue Giuliani of Smithville; grandchildren, Jamie, Eric, Jonathan, Jessica, Misty, Dusty, Bethany, Brandy, David, Bryan, Kala, Shaun, and Jason; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Tucker; his parents; sister, Gracie Tucker; and brother, James Tucker Jr.
Pallbearers will be David Raper Jr., James “Killer” Capps Jr., Rick, Sonny, and Nathan Sizemore and Jason Flippo.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Bobby Tutor
FURRS – Bobby Glen Tutor, 69, died Friday, June 8, 2012, at his residence. He was a truck driver, an avid fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors.
Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Charlie Ganey officiating. Internment is at Pontotoc City Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Valerie; sons, Kevin (Monica) Jones of Tupelo and Justin Jones of Tupelo; grandchildren, Bo Lingenhag of Ashland City, Tenn., Jacob Tutor, Josh Tutor and John Tutor, all of Pontotoc, James “Pee Wee” Tutor of Guntown and Isabella Jones of Tupelo, three great-grandsons; and numerous other family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, E.C and V.C. Tutor; sister, Ann Dyar; daughter, Jean Hall; and son, Donald Tutor.
Pallbearers are his grandsons.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today and noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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