Obituaries June 11, 2013

Margaret J. DeMoville

TUPELO – One of Tupelo, Okolona and Northeast Mississippi’s most beloved citizens, Margaret Jock DeMoville, died peacefully Sunday, June 9, 2013, at her home in Tupelo. DeMoville was born in Tupelo on July 19, 1948, to her legendary parents, John Quinn “Jock” DeMoville and Margie Allen Bassett DeMoville. She grew up on the DeMoville family farm south of Okolona, graduating from Okolona High School, where she excelled academically and honed her lifelong commitment to selflessly serving others.

She attended Mississippi State University, where she was selected Homecoming Queen, was a featured twirler in the famous Maroon and White Band, and was a member of Chi Omega. Her early career included being a flight attendant for TWA Airlines based out of New York City. She later transferred to the Public Relations Department of TWA Airlines. During the early 1970’s, she served as public relations director for the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

She had a lifelong love and appreciation for the lands of Chickasaw and Monroe Counties and maintained interests in the family farming operation which included cattle and row crops after the death of her father, Jock DeMoville, in l981. Margaret Jock was passionate about Okolona, her citizens and her future, and practiced civic leadership in countless areas for her community including many years’ service to the Bank of Okolona, where she served as Chairman of the Board of Directors. She uplifted the spirits and quality of life for so many with her philanthropic and personal commitment to progress for all Okolona’s citizens.

Her great love was her lifelong involvement with the Daughters of the American Revolution, where she held virtually every local, state and national office including honorary regent of the Mary Stuart Chapter of the D.A.R. as well as honorary President of the statewide organization and Vice President General of the national organization. She traveled extensively promoting good citizenship and civic responsibility with the DAR, speaking to countless thousands along the way. Her service included also serving as Senior State President of the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.), past president of the Colonial Dames and past president of the United States Daughters of 1812. Her service among women of distinction will long be remembered locally, statewide and nationally.

Margaret Jock was blessed with a deep heritage in the Presbyterian Church. She grew up faithfully attending the Okolona Presbyterian Church, where she developed and grew her love for spiritual fulfillment. Her mother, Margie Allen, was church organist for over 50 years. After making Tupelo her home, she affiliated with First Presbyterian Church of Tupelo, where she was active as an elder, deacon and Sunday School teacher. Among her other civic involvements included membership in the Tupelo Garden Club, the Tupelo Junior Auxiliary, the Mutual Culture Club, the Fortnightly Musicale, the North Mississippi Medical Center Auxiliary, the Art Society and other service, musical, artistic and philanthropic organizations.

A grateful community expresses its appreciation for the lifelong commitment of Margaret Jock DeMoville to serving God, family and community.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June, 12, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo with her pastor, the Rev. Dr. Tom Groome, officiating. A private burial will follow in the DeMoville Family Plot at Oddfellows Cemetery in Okolona. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo and Okolona, is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Margaret is survived by her sister, Dixie Johnson and her family of Germantown, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Members of the Session of First Presbyterian Church will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Okolona.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1725, Tupelo, MS 38802; the Okolona Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 142, Okolona, MS 38860; or the charity of your choice.

Frank Whitten Sr.

SCOBEY – Frank Ray Whitten Sr., 66, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Adams Arbor Church of God of Prophecy in Charleston. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Dennis Memory Gardens in Dennis. Garner-Harper Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge of the arrangements.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Zion Grove Church of God of Prophecy, 2538 Strider Rd. Scobey, MS 38953.

Mary Denley

THAXTON – Mary Evelyn Denley, 76, formerly of Greenville, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 9, 1936, to Thurman and Lottie Jenkins. She was a member of Hurricane Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, reading, cooking and traveling.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today, June 11, at Hurricane Baptist Church. Bro. Philip Brock and Bro. Kevin Merritt will officiate. Burial will be in Jenkins Cemetery in Sumner. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her children, Louise Hall of St. Paul, Neb., Doris Gentry (Paul) of Greenville, Robin Denley (Crystal) of Vilonia, Ark., Phillip Denley of Palmet, Neb.; her siblings, Edward Jenkins of Stwart, Wennie Pennington (Bob) of Thaxton, Penny McAtee of D’Iberville, Lizzie Moffett of Jena, La., Ellen Russell of Byhalia, Ellis Jenkins (Rosemary) of Greenville and Martha Faye Dean (Dewayne) of Oakland; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Denley, and her parents.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Pennington, Scott Russell, Clayton Russell, Gary Denley, Butch Aven and Henry Pennington. Honorary pallbearers will be Ryan Hall and David Gentry.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today.

Paisley Jackson

SALTILLO – Paisley Sinclaire Jackson, 3-week-old daughter of Dustin and Samantha Counce Jackson, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at her home.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Adam Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Euclatubba Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ethan Johnson, Joey Robbins, Austin Presley and Johnny Jackson.

She is survived by her parents, Dustin and Samantha Jackson of Saltillo; her brother, Caden Jackson of the home; her grandparents, Steven Counce of Plantersville, Stacy White of Tupelo, Andy and Pam Jackson of Saltillo; her great-grandparents, Ray Counce (Sarah) of Pontotoc, Roger and Bea White of Tupelo, Geraldine Benefield of Ripley, Louise Westmoreland of Shannon and Linda Nanney of Sherman; her great-great-grandmother, Nell Malone of Sherman; a host of aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Wanda Counce Flurry, Ray Benefield and Johnny Jackson; and great-great-grandparents, C.E. Westmoreland, Arthur Malone, and Woodrow and Eva Counce.

Visitation will be from noon until service time Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home.

Fay Beckham

BYHALIA – Fay Loraine Beckham, 80, died Friday, June 7, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. She was born Feb. 10, 1933, in Memphis. She was a factory worker and a member of Meadow Brook Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Oscar Geeslin officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park South Woods in Memphis.

She is survived by two sons, Steven Beckham and Gary Beckham Sr., both of Byhalia; three daughters, Monda Culver Sulaiman of Waterford, and Dorrie K. Johnson and Tina Haley, both of Byhalia; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil B. Beckham; her father, Henry Richard Wray; her mother, Ethel Loraine Wray; and her stepfather, Eugene Taft Lawson.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

Dillard Wright

EUPORA – Haven Dillard Wright, 93, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013.

Services will be at 5 p.m. today, June 11, at Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Clarkson Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to service time today.

Donna Fuller

HOUSTON – Donna Dale Frye Fuller, 57, died Thursday, June 6, 2013. She was born Aug. 13, 1955, in Lowndes County to Denver Jackson Frye and Sally Faye Belle Frye. She was a member of Pineview Mission Church.

Services were Sunday, June 9, at Deweese Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston was in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Bobby Gene Fuller of Houston; three sons, Christopher Fowler Sr. of Houston, Corey Hawkins of Grenada and Gary Horn; five daughters, Jessica Fowler of Grenada, Dessiree Villasana of Houlka, Lamanda Gonzalez of Houston, Sabrina Nall and Destiny Nall, both of Mathiston; 13 grandchildren; her mom, Sally Faye Bell Frye; three sisters, Judy Barton (Eddie) of Columbus, Frankie Smith of Houston and Edna Ferrairo of Long Island, N.Y.; and three brothers, Terry Frye of Augusta, Ga., Joe Shaw and Kenny Frye both of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her dad, Denver Jackson Frye, and her brother, Benny Frye.

Pallbearers were David Fuller, Thomas Fuller, Elliot Watson, Corey Hawkins, Josh Staten, Chuy Gonzalez and Jaime Villasana.

For online condolences visit, www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Cordra Hill

OKOLONA – Cordra Warren Hill, 93, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility in Baldwyn. She was born Nov. 24, 1919, in Pontotoc County to John Elbert Warren and Vaudie Bishop Warren. She was a longtime member of Okolona First Baptist Church, where she was faithful in her attendance and her service to the church. She was retired after many years of employment with Okolona Hospital. She enjoyed attending church, growing flowers and vegetables, and visiting with her neighbors.

She had no children but loved all of her nieces and nephews as if they were her own. After her retirement, she continued her service to her community by giving transportation to church, grocery store, drug store, etc., to anyone who needed it. She was a kind and considerate person and was well loved by her peers in her community. After breaking her hip, she moved to Baldwyn Nursing Home, where she was a well-loved resident.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today, June 11, in the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Roy McHenry officiating. A private family burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to service time today.

Survivors in the local area include a niece, Sandra Burns, and a nephew, Jerry Ryder, both of Tupelo; and a host of other near relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers and sisters, and her husband, Charles Hill.

Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church of Okolona, 201 West Main Street, Okolona, MS 38860.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Jimmie Williams

BELDEN – Jimmie Dean Williams, 75, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehab. He was born in Pontotoc County on Oct. 14, 1937, to Oscar Odis and Carrie Belle Williams. He was a Baptist and a retired produce deliveryman. He was a great dad and a good man.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Glenfield Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Lee Foley officiating. Burial will be in West Heights Baptist Cemetery in Pontotoc.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Williams of Belden; three sons, Danny Lynn Williams of Guntown, and Jimmy Allen Williams and Mickey Joe Williams, both of Pontotoc; five daughters, Rebecca Ann Sprayberry of Mt. Olive, Sheila Dean Hill of Ecru, Lisa Carol Hughes of Plantersville, Martha Shirley of Hurricane and Cyndi Hester of Myrtle; 25 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Williams, Adam Hughes, Daniel Hill, Rusty Williams, Mickey Williams Jr., Jay Shirley, Damon Mills and Brian Sprayberry.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today.

Dan Williams

VERONA – John Daniel “Dan” Williams Sr., 67, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born July 15, 1945, to Howard and Maybelle Williams. He graduated from Shannon High School in 1963 and attended Itawamba Junior College and the University of Mississippi. Being very patriotic, he served his country and state in the Mississippi National Guard. His work life began by helping his dad at the family-owned Williams Service Station. He spent over 24 years as a purchasing agent for Malone and Hyde in Tupelo until the business moved out of town. He retired from Lane Furniture in 2010 after 13 years. He was an active member of First Baptist Church, Verona, where he sang in the choir and served his church for many years. He was known for his quiet and gentle spirit.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at First Baptist Church in Verona with Bro. Larry Dunlap and Bro. Anthony Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Shirley Mann Williams of Verona; two children, Dr. Anita McGraw (Brad) and John Daniel “Dan” Williams Jr. (Sarah) all of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Noelle and Clint McGraw, and Ellen Kate, Beckett and Campbell Williams, all of Tupelo; three brothers, Bobby Williams, Billy Ray Williams (Louise) and Jimmy Williams (Susan), all of Verona; one sister, Betty Armstrong of Verona; one aunt, Faye Johnson of Memphis; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Clint McGraw, Randy Gammill, Ray Williams, Steven Armstrong, Kyle Matkins and Zach Matkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremy Williams, Sammy Matkins, Reed Williams, Alex Armstrong, Elton Williams and Gene Williams.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Verona or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, both at the church.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Joe Ann Mitchell

IUKA – Joe Ann Mitchell, 74, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.

Michael Taylor

PONTOTOC – Michael ‘Mike” Anderson Taylor, 56, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice following an extended illness. He was born Feb. 19, 1957, in Pontotoc County to Thomas J. Taylor Sr. and Joyce Wiggs Taylor. As a longtime resident of Pontotoc and Lee County, except for the time he spent in Nashville, TN, he was self-employed as a residential painter and worked in landscaping before becoming disabled. He enjoyed his work, fishing, singing in church, listening to Elvis gospel music and adored his grandbabies.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. today, June 11, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with his brother, the Rev. B.J. Taylor, officiating. Graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. in Ingomar Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to service time today. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Toni Taylor Floyd (Steven) of Guntown and Amber Raye Taylor of Oxford; two brothers, Billy Joe “B.J.” Taylor (Marilyn) of Waynesboro, Ky., and Timothy Dale Taylor (Terri) of Pontotoc; one sister, Helen Louise Bramlett of Pontotoc; grandchildren, Dakota Blayze Bowen, Kayla Shea Floyd, Brandon Jake Moses and Paul Christopher Floyd; and one great-granddaughter, Locklynn Brooke Bowen.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, T.J. Taylor Jr.

Pallbearers are Blayze Bowen, Gregory Stovall, Steve Floyd, Jordan Beane, Kent Crenshaw and Steven Floyd.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Lavelle Hale

TREMONT – Lavelle Hale, 75, died Monday, June 10, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

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

Jackie Burnett

PICKWICK, Tenn. – Jacqueline Prince “Jackie” Burnett died Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Hardin Medical Center in Savannah, Tenn.

A gathering to celebrate her life will be at 2 p.m. today, June 11, at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.

Betty Brown

OXFORD – Betty Mack Priest Brown, 72, died Thursday, June 6, 2013, at her home in Oxford.

A service was held on Monday, June 10, at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. A graveside service followed in Priest Cemetery in Houston. Waller Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Glenn Harris Sr.

WEST POINT – Glenn Allen Harris Sr., 54, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Stronghill Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Stronghill Stockholders Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Caldwell

CORINTH – Mary Delorise Caldwell, 79, died Thursday, June 6, 2013, at her home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 6 yo 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Carole Duke

PONTOTOC – Carole Lynn Sofield Duke, 73, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Other information will be released later by the funeral home.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.

Daveta Gann

BOONEVILLE – Daveta Renee Gann, 45, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Booneville Church of Christ. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Garden. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Booneville Church of Christ.