Obituaries June 21, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

CORRECTION:
The obituary for Harold Phillips, which ran in the Daily Journal on June 15, contained some incorrect information. He was a graduate of Sherman High School.

Demontae Partlow
ABERDEEN – Demontae T. Partlow, 17, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Betty Jones-Henderson
ABERDEEN – Betty Jean Jones-Henderson, 60, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Charity F.G. Church in Aberdeen.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Charity F.G. Church in Aberdeen. Pastor Bennie Coleman will officiate. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two brothers, Robert G. Jones (Mae) of Trebloc and Albert Jones (Frances) of Aberdeen; three sisters, Rose Barrentine and Fannie Heard, both of Aberdeen, and Mary Helen Vance of Oshasa, Wis.

Linda Newman
NAPLES, Fla. – Linda Lou “Lulu” Newman, 65, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Naples, Fla., after a long illness. She was born Aug. 10, 1947, in Ashland, Wis., the fourth child of Edward Raymond and Mary Dorothy Bick. The family moved to the northern suburbs of Chicago in the early 1950’s. She graduated from New Trier High School in 1965. She graduated from Southern Illinois University, where she met and married Dan Newman on Sept. 9, 1972. She was an ardent Catholic and a member of St. James for over 30 years. She was an artist, seamstress, decorator, homemaker and an adventuresome person who was always positive and upbeat. She had several jobs in Tupelo and finished her career as an employment counselor for the State of Mississippi, where she worked for 10 years and helped many people find jobs. She was a kind, caring, generous and loving spouse, parent, grandparent and friend. Her special relationship with her sisters was marked by numerous vacations together and nightly group phone calls.
She is survived her husband of 40 years, Dan Newman; three children, Melissa Lesley (Donnie) of Germantown, Tenn., Daniel Newman (Tyler) of Charlotte, N.C., and Mary Ewert (Cory) of Tampa, Fla.; three grandchildren, Liza and Ava Lesley, and Yale Ewert; her sisters, Barbara Niehaus (Ed) of Escondido, Calif., Mary Susan Bick of The Woodlands, Texas, and Diane Dicks (Frank) of New Port Richey, Fla.; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, William Flynn Bick.
A memorial Mass will be held at 4 p.m. today, June 21, at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo. The family will meet and greet attendees from 3 to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Jauris Alford
TUPELO – Jauris Wyndle Alford, 76, formerly of Derma, died Wednesday, June 19, 2913, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Unit in Tupelo. He was born March 4, 1937, in Chickasaw County to Eurbane Alford and Clara Gore Alford. He was a retired self-employed upholster and a member of New Hope Church of God in Thorn.
He is survived by one daughter, Reba (Paul) Ward of Big Creek; one son, Mike (Sonia) Alford of Tupelo; one stepdaughter, Becky Murphree; two stepsons, Bobby Chrestman and Jeffrey Tedder; a special friend, Alice Cobb; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at New Hope Church of God in Thorn. Bro. Gregg Moss will officiate. Burial will be in Elzey Cemetery at Vardaman. Pryor Fuenral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Ward, Nathan Ward, Juston Robertson, Tim Neely, Jeffery Tedder, Danny Alford, Billy Alford and Jimmy Alford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.

Linda Goss
IUKA – Linda Goss, 70, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at her home.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today, June 21, at New Prospect Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Albert Smith Jr.
AMORY – Albert Smith Jr., 63, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born April 18, 1950, he was the son of Juanita and Albert Smith Sr. He was a graduate of West Amory High School and received a B.S. degree from Lane College of Jackson, Tenn., where he became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He was known as one of the Top Q Dogs on campus. He was a Baptist and a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Male Choir. He was formerly employed by Cooper Tire Inc. of Tupelo. He loved sports and enjoyed talking and joking with family and friends. He was a people person who loved people and enjoyed helping them.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Smith; a son, Albert Aaron (Rochelle) Smith Jr. of St. Louis, Mo.; two daughters, Amanda Brook of Amory and Scarla (Lamar) Butler of Atlanta; two sisters, Gwendolyn Faye (James) Treadwell of Jackson and Shelia (William) Oliver of Atlanta; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Eric Lamont Smith.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at St. Paul M.B. Church with the Rev. Lesley T. Mabry officiating. Burial will follow at the Masonic Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home 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 lie in repose one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Devin King
BIG CREEK – Devin Elizabeth Smith Reeves King, 25, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, as the result of an auto accident on Old Hwy. 8 at Big Creek. She was born Oct. 29, 1987, in Lawton, Okla., to Douglas Smith and Sheila Shirley Smith. She was a homemaker and wife, and a member of First United Pentacostal Church in Houston.
She is survived by her husband, Anthony Neal King of Big Creek; one daughter, Presley Elizabeth Reeves of Houston; two stepsons, Landen Seth Parker of Calhoun City and Anthony Neal King Jr. of Big Creek; her parents, Douglas and Sheila Smith of Snyder Okla.; her grandmother, Charlotte Smith of Tipton, Okla.; two sisters, Stevie Dawne Smith of Houston and Star Kay Smith of Snyder, Okla.; three brothers, Douglas Scott Smith of Oxford, Jonathan McCorkle of Snyder, Okla., and Sean Edward Smith of Snyder, Okla.; her godparents, Wayne and Terri Bristow of Oklahoma City, Okla.; uncles and aunts, James and Carla Smith, and Samuel Smith, all of Tipton, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, James Smith, and grandparents, Charly and Margaret Shirley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Bro. Jim Crowley and Bro. Matt White will officiate. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery at Houston.
Pallbearers will be Scott Smith, Jeremy Smith, Andy Smith, Terry Guthrie, Bobby Joe Crowley, B.J. Long and Jonathan Nix. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Bristow, Clint Whitt, Kade Whitt, Jason Smith, Eric Webster, John Smith and Shalena Marie Smith.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.

Howard Smart
JUMPERTOWN – James Howard Smart, 97, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. He was born Sept. 1, 1915, to William Henry and Annie Lou Michael Smart. He was a retired inspector with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He was a member of Jumpertown United Methodist Church. He enjoyed collecting Mustangs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, June 21, at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Greg Smart, Bro. Joshua Smart and Bro. Jason Franklin officiating. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Ona Mae Huddleston Smart; one daughter, Sarah (Buddy) Glover of Wheeler; three sons, Hansel (Marjorie) Smart of Jumpertown, James Dennis (Kathy) Smart of Tyrone, Ga., and Freddy Thomas (Carolyn) Smart of Conyers, Ga.; six grandchildren, Greg (Deborah) Smart, Teresa Olive, Vicky Massey, Benjamin Smart, Brent Smart and Derek Smart; and two, great-grandsons, Matthew Smart and Joshua Smart.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Loree Padgett Smart; his parents; one sister, Charlene Barker; and one brother, Clifford Smart.
Pallbearers are Bobby Smart, Billy Smart, Gifford Smart, Jerry Smart, Brent Smart and Derek Smart.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Nancy Fondren
OKOLONA – Nancy Hays Fondren, 86, died unexpectedly Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at her residence in Okolona. She was born Oct. 18, 1926, in Shannon to James Franklin Hays and Hattie Barnes Hays. Upon graduating from Guntown High School, she furthered her education at Wood Junior College in Mathiston. She worked as a quality inspector for Futorian Furniture Mfg., where she devoted over 40 years. An active and faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Okolona, she drove the church bus and taught in the pre-school department for 40 years. She loved nurturing children and cooking, especially making candy and cakes, and on the 50th anniversary of Futorian, she cooked a cake in the exact replica of furniture manufacturing facility. Her hobbies also included embroidery and cross-stitching and bowling in a league for Futorian Furniture. The last survivor of 11 children, she a beloved figure in Okolona and a devoted mother, grandmother and citizen.
A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. today, June 21, at Okolona First Baptist Church with Bro. Eric Boykin officiating. Private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today at the church. Holland Funeral Directors Okolona Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include her only daughter, Bonnie Cox of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; two grandchildren, Christi Sipos (Mike) and Kevin Cox (Kara), all of Ft. Walton Beach; three great-grandchildren, Danielle Jamison of Ft. Walton Beach, Dawson Scragg of Navarre, Fla., and Jordon Cox of Pensacola, Fla.; one great-great grandson, Trey Holbrooke of Ft. Walton Beach; numerous nieces and nephews.
Her church family at First Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, 201 West Main Street, Okolona MS 38860.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Nan Wilbanks
DESTIN, Fla. – Beryl “Nan” Wilbanks passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013, at The Manor of Bluewater Bay after a short illness. She has been a longtime resident of Okaloosa County for over 50 years. She retired from the Okaloosa County School System after working 20 years at Bruner Middle School.
She is survived by her daughter, Sheron Valsamakis (Chris); three grandchildren, Alex (Leslie), Christina (Ben), Katie (Chris); and two great-grandchildren, Zoe and Charles, all of Aberdeen; her son, Russell Wilbanks (Ilon); one granddaughter, Ila Reeder (Stephen); and two great-grandsons, Caleb and Logan, all of Destin, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Durell Wilbanks.
There will be no formal funeral service. Her wish was to be cremated. Davis-Watkins Funeral Home of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church, Destin, Fla., or St. Jude Research Center.

Freddie Paul Ashmore
BALDWYN – Freddie Paul Ashmore, 63, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, at his home. He retired from FMC Corp. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of Ingram Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Joel Strahan, Bro. Joe Herndon and Bro. Jason Webb officiating. Burial will be in Ingram Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jennie Land Greer Ashmore of Baldwyn; two sons, Nick Ashmore (Heather) and Nathan Ashmore (Allie), all of Baldwyn; a grandson, Brody Greer Ashmore.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Jr. and Virginia Bearden Ashmore, and an infant brother, James Edward Ashmore.
Pallbearers will be the deacons of Ingram Baptist Church and James Newby, George Heavener and Cliff Foster.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to Ingram Baptist Church Building Fund or Sanctuary Hospice House.

Kevin Bowens
OKOLONA – Kevin Lamar Bowens, 35, died on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. He was born on Jan. 4, 1978, to Juanita Bowens and James Judd.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Red Bud M.B. Church in Okolona with the Rev. Jermal Boddie officiating. Fields Funeral Home of Okolona in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his father, James Judd; his grandparents, Adella Doss and Clarence Bowens; four brothers, Quintavius Bowens, Derrick Berry, J’Quan Hughes, all of Okolona, and James Judd II of Phoenix, Ariz.; eight sisters, Demertia Crawford, Kanyada Bowens, Kiara Hughes and Marisha Hughes, all of Okolona, Chiquita Parivette of Jackson, Jasmine Shumpert, Jalan Shumpert and Jada Shumpert, all of Dorsey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Pearlie Conley
MICHIGAN CITY – Pearlie Be Conley, 63, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at Cornerstone Church of God in Christ. Burial will be in Sims Chapel M.B. Church Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time.

Esau Shaw
HOLLY SPRINGS – Esau Shaw, 68, died Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Baptist Trinity Hospice House in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Mt. Peel M.B. Church in the Laws Hill community. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with family time from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in repose at the church from 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. Saturday.

Luvenia Gorman
HOLLY SPRINGS – Luvenia Ambrose Gorman, 75, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at her home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at noon Saturday, June 22, at Kimbrough Chapel M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home with family time from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The body will lie in repose at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday.

Demetrea Pegues
RACINE, Wis. – Demetrea Pegues, 52, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Hospital in Racine, Wis.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Union Hill M.B. Church Cemetery in Oxford. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Elsie Francis
TUPELO – Elsie Francis, 95, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at her home. She was born in Memphis on Aug. 3, 1917, to Frederick I. and Robbie Mae Trout. She was a graduate of Humes High Schoo in Memphis. She began working with the Tupelo Community Development Foundation and later for 28 years with T.V.A. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church. A creative and imaginative person, she was known for her table decorations.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Tom Groome and the Rev. Dr. Ron Richardson officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
Survivors include her son, Ke Francis Jr. (Mary) of Oviedo, Fla.; one granddaughter, Kerry Francis of Tupelo; three great-grandchildren, Zoe, Hana and Akasha.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ke Francis, and one daughter, Carol Francis.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Audrey Strickland
GOLDEN – Audrey Mae Strickland, 85, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Golden. She was born April 17, 1928, in Alabama. She was a homemaker and a member of Golden Central Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today, June 21, at Belmont Memory Gardens in Belmont with Bro. Roger Wood officiating. Burial will follow. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are one daughter, Donna S. Ivy (Tillman) of Golden; one granddaughter, Lesley Jones (Will) of Memphis; one sister, Madge Logan of Memphis; three sisters-in-law, Mary Graham (John), Alene Wiginton (Elton) and Betty Montgomery, all of Golden; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, S.A. Strickland; her parents, Tom Inman and Sarah Shelton Inman; and two sisters, Thelma Forgerty and Faye Barnhill.
Pallbearers will be Dudley Strickland, Andrew Strickland, Ralph Montgomery and Joe Bostick.

Tom Longest Sr.
BRUCE – Tom Bruce Longest Sr., 75, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1938, in Bruce. He was a retired equipment supervisor. He was a graduate of BHS Class of 1956. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Bruce and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Vicksburg 95.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiated. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Bryant Longest of Bruce; three sons, Dr. Bruce Longest (Lori) of Bruce, Paul Longest (Lisa) of Braxton and Harvey Longest of Nashville, Tenn.; four brothers, Dr. William Longest of Oxford, David Longest of Bruce, Buddy Longest of Bruce and John Longest of Plant City, Fla.; two stepgrandchildren, Bryant Longest and Chad Longest, both of Vicksburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William joseph “Jo” Longest and Bertha Mae Crawford Longest, two sisters, Ruth Bowen and Joan Brasher.
Pallbearers will be Ken Akins, Tim Bowen, Tony Bowen, Jacob Brasher, Chuck Herring, Gwin Longest, Scott Longest and Art Spratlin.
Visitation will be from nooon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 535, Bruce, MS 38915.
For online condolences visit parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

George Johnson
TUPELO – George Johnson, 85, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Jane Andrews
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Jane Frances Andrews, 87, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born March 21, 1926, in Scranton, Pa. She graduated from Pittston High School in Pittston, Pa. She married Edward G. Andrews, moved to Mississippi, then Tennessee, and then settled in Blue Mountain. After rearing her children, she returned to college and graduated from Blue Mountain College with a B.A. in fine arts. She worked for many years as office manager for Dr. Dan Callicutt, a New Albany veterinarian. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ripley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, June 21, at McBride Funeral Home in Ripley with the Rev. Jason Harris officiating. Interment will be in Ripley City Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Edward G. Andrews of Ripley; two children, Dale “Bud” Andrews (Amy) of New Albany and Karen Ashleigh Hannimen Kelly (Dale) of booneville; three grandchildren, Amanda Hannimen, Paul Hannimen and John Hannimen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Ann Stephens Frances, and her brother, Sonny Frances.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home. There will be no graveside service.
Memorials may be made to Warm Fuzzy’s Cat Rescue, P.O. Box 7373, Tupelo, MS 38802; (662) 269-4634.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

William Ballard
PHEBA – William Edward Ballard, 75, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at First Baptist Pheba Church. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion M.B. Church Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Billy Galloway Sr.
PONTOTOC – Billy Monroe Galloway, 48, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. An avid golfer, he enjoyed skeet shooting, hunting, fishing and spending time with his children. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today, June 21, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Gerald Finley and Bro. Pete Gregory will officiate. Burial will follow in the West Heights Baptist Church Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by two sons, Billy Monroe Galloway Jr. and Jake Galloway; his parents, Monroe and Hazel Galloway, and Linda and G.E. McCown.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Laken Galloway; a brother, Tony Lynn Galloway; and his grandparents, Presley and Gertrude Galloway, and Bill Roe and Susie Prewett.
Pallbearers will be Marty Davis, Bobby McCaine, Mitchell Wood, John Carter, Jake Galloway and Danny Pennington.
Visitation will continue from 9 to 10 a.m. today.

David E. McVay
TUPELO – David E. McVay, 65, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 19, 1948, to Edgar T. and Rena Foster McVay. A 1967 graduate of Tupelo High School, he went on to graduate from Itawamba Community College in 1969 and then attended Mississippi State University for a year. In earlier years, he worked at Tupelo Manufacturing Company and Tupelo Aluminum Products. He then began his 42 year long career with the Mississippi Forestry Commission and retired in 2011. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
He shared with his family and friends a true love for everything outdoors. Known for his many abilities and talents, he was a writer of poetry and short stories, a master craftsman, and excellent musician. With all types of music being one of his true passions, he played several different instruments well and was called upon to perform in many different settings from high school bands to church organist. He was an avid photographer, often taking pictures of the outdoors as well as of his beloved grandchildren, Cooper and Mary Cullen. He was also an avid sports fan, with the St. Louis Cardinals being his favorite team. He was admired and regarded for his knowledge and integrity and his opinion was often sought by all who knew him. Though he was a man of many acquaintances, he greatly valued his relationships with his long-term friends. He loved his family and was a much beloved husband, father and grandfather. People who knew him, knew he was a kind and gentle person and was known for helping others.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Danny Burks officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his high school sweetheart and wife of 42 years, Carol Sanderford McVay; his son, Jason David McVay (special friend, April Rost); two grandchildren, Cooper Robins McVay and Mary Cullen McVay; his mother, Rena Foster McVay; his brother, Paul McVay; his sister, Betty McVay Cummings (Jeff); two brothers-in-law, Richard Sanderford (Carol) and P. K. Sanderford (Rhonda); seven nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Edgar T. McVay.
Pallbearers will be Jacob McVay, Rick Sanderford, Blake Sanderford, Austin Sanderford, Stoney Sanderford and Thomas Kelly.
Honorary pallbearers will be former co-workers of the Mississippi Forestry Commission, Lee County and Northeast District.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, June 21, 2013, at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Roy Morgan
RIPLEY – Roy L. Morgan, 55, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a long illness. He was born Sept. 19, 1957, to Roosevelt and Mattie Brown Morgan of Ashland. He was a member of St. James COGIC in Ripley and a retired employee of American Biltrite in Ripley, where he worked for 36 years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at St. James Church of God in Christ with Supt. Bernell Hoyle officiating. Burial will be in Samuel Chapel Church Cemetery. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Maelean Morgan of Ripley; one son, Shane (Stacy) Morgan of Ripley; one daughter, Sherrie (Lee) Morgan of Ripley; three brothers, Roosevelt (Bonnie) Morgan of Holly Springs, Walter (Eudora) Morgan of Tupelo and Joseph (Crystal) Morgan of Lamar; four sisters, Mattie Mae Morgan of Memphis, Ethel (Walter) Hampton, Margaret (Charlie Thomas) Morgan and Vaitor (Eddie) Joyner, all of Ashland; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 8 p.m. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to services.

Jessie Mae Mister
GUNTOWN – Jessie Mae Mister passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. The seventh of eight children, she was born April 26, 1951, in Baldwyn to James Lee Mister and Salley L. Nabors Mister. She was a lifelong member of Spring Hill M.B. Church in Baldwyn. Sne enjoyed walking, dancing and singing.
A service honoring her life witll be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Spring Hill M.B. Church in Baldwyn. The Rev. Issac Shinault will officiate, and the Rev. Albert Copeland will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by five children, Cynthia Agnew of West Point, Virginia McMillian, Willie Mister, Jessica Mister and Lula Mister, all of Guntown; one sister, Alberta Tyes of Baldwyn; one uncles, John Henry Nabors of Baldwyn; six grandchildren; and a special friend, Junior Griffins of Guntown.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Dorothy Faye Mister; four brothers and three sisters.
Viewing will begin at 5 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel. Friends hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Thennie Doss
OKOLONA – Thennie Wade Doss, 79, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Aug. 30, 1934, in the Egypt community to Edgar Gates Sr. and Catherine Cunningham. For 30 years, she lived in Chicago and worked in respiratory therapy.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at Red Bud M.B. Church with the Rev. Jermal Boddie officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are a daughter, Melody Fields of Conway, Ark.; sister, Mary Emma Haynes of Maumelle, Ark.; brother, Tommie Lee “Buddy” Gates of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Indiana Gates and Ora Lee Conway, and two brothers, Edgar Gates Jr. and Benny Frank Gates.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.