Obituaries June 23, 2009

Myrtle Montgomery
OXFORD – Myrtle Barrett Montgomery, 85, died Monday, June 22, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Lynell Kemp
ABERDEEN – Lynell Lynn Kemp, 68, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at his home. He was born March 8, 1941, to Christopher Columbus Kemp and Edna Earl Williams Kemp in Brooksville. He moved to Aberdeen in 1950. He had been employed as a supervisor for Conoco and was last employed by Hartzell Fan. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Sue Cockrell Kemp of Aberdeen; four daughters, Tammy Zook of Texas, Melinda Kemp and Cindy Kemp of Aberdeen, and Shelly Welch of Vernon, Ala.; two stepdaughters, Angie Fretwell and Pam Neil of Aberdeen; one nephew, Billy Ray Kemp of Brooksville; and 15 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Tracy Kemp; and two brothers, Charles Russell Kemp and Clarence Ray Kemp.
Pallbearers will be Joey Fretwell, Eric Fretwell, Sam Johnson, Herbert Fretwell, Dustin Fretwell, Jake Baugh, Carnell Martin and Archie Jones.
To sign the online register book, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Opal Clark
TUPELO – Opal Montgomery Clark, 88, formerly of Kilmichael, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at Cedars Health Center in Tupelo. She was the daughter of the late Ichabod and Ida Fox Montgomery. She was married for 68 years to the late Robert Ernest Clark Sr., with whom she worked alongside for many years at R.E. Clark Grocery in Kilmichael. She was a member of Kilmichael United Methodist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School teacher, and a past president of the United Methodist Women. Active in the community, she was a member of the Kilmichael Women’s Club. She was a faithful wife, loving mother and grandmother, and a devoted homemaker. Known for her delicious homemade food, she loved feeding friends and family. Her beautiful yard and flowerbeds were enjoyed by all, and she had a unique ability to create gorgeous flower arrangements using anything from roses to wildflowers.
Services were Thursday, June 18, at Kilmichael United Methodist Church. The Rev. Barbara Lott officiated, and Susan Salley delivered a eulogy. Burial followed in Friendship Cemetery in Kilmichael. Oliver Funeral Home of Winona was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Carol Clark Sarullo (Sonny) of Marietta, Ga.; her son, Bruce Clark (Cathy) of Tupelo; three sisters, Frances Fisher of Winona, Nell Salley of Nashville, Tenn., and Sylvia Hood of Greenwood; three grandchildren, Chris Clark (Rona) of Brandon, Jason Clark (Kelly) of Tupelo and Clark Sarullo of Marietta, Ga. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; a son, Robert Ernest Clark Jr.; and a brother, Vernon Montgomery.
Pallbearers were Leon Rogers, James Ed Rogers, Robert Rogers, Rodney Mortimer, Murray Lott and Danny Russell. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Hodges and Sonny Lott.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kilmichael United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 329, Kilmichael, MS 39747.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.ofhwinona.com.

Ouida Wilemon
AMORY – Ouida Jane Pierce Wilemon, 76, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born July 14, 1932, in Brooksville to Yancy and Verma Miles Pierce. She married Bobby Wilemon in 1948. She was homemaker and a member of the Rocky Springs Baptist Church. She was a former employee of Amory Manor Nursing Home and she had worked for Chris Tony Bakery as a cake decorator. She enjoyed hummingbirds, watching deer and crocheting.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Sid Ree officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby Wilemon of Nettleton; one son, Eddie Wilemon (Dian) of Amory; four daughters, Barbara Curry (Mike) of Pensacola, Fla., Lynn Burt (Ricky) of Nettleton, Teresa Vandiver (Philip Elam) of Amory and Tonya Hipps Pharr of Nettleton; one sister, Bettye Mixon (Rhonnie) of Amory; a special niece, Pam Begin of Massachusetts; 19 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Joe Pierce; and a granddaughter, Kandi Wilemon.
Pallbearers will be Byron Riddle, Ben Boyd, Nick Lindsey, Bro. Mike Tucker, Dud Weaver and David Thompson.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to a church of choice.

Vernetta Jones
WEST POINT – Vernetta V. Jones, 58, died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at Nolan Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Paul United Methodist Church in West Point. Burial will follow in the West Point Memorial Gardens. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.

Cecil Mitchell
OXFORD – Cecil Lidell Mitchell, 92, died Sunday, June 21, 2009. He was born Feb. 5, 1917, in Kossuth to Ernest and Emma Davis Mitchell. He was a chemical engineer for Dupont during World War II. A teacher and basketball coach, he was superintendent of education for the cities of McComb, Ecru and Sardis. He was an AXA Equitable Insurance agent and a real estate broker. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the First Baptist Church of Holly Springs.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with the Rev. Gregory Davis officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Hallye Young Mitchell; one son, Charles Mitchell of McKinney, Texas; two daughters, Sheron Steele of Byhalia and Pamela Walker of Oxford; four grandchildren, Jo Anna Waller of Bartlett, Tenn., Rusty Steele of Holly Springs, Kaylee Walker of Gulfport and Elise Walker of Oxford; one great-grandchildren, Aidan Waller of Bartlett. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Daisy Bowden
CORINTH – Daisy Bowden, 84, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at her home in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Marty Bonds
IUKA – Marty L. Bonds, 53, died Monday, June 22, 2009.
Graveside services will today at Hebron Cemetery in Iuka. Ludlam Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Milton Benefield
NEW ALBANY – Milton A. Benefield, 78, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany.

Jason Ray Amaya
January 5, 1980-June 15, 2009
On January 5, 1980, the world was blessed with the gift of a life that impacted and touched each person whose path he crossed: Jason Ray Amaya.
If you met him briefly, your heart was no doubt touched with the warmth that only his friends and loved ones were so blessed to be a part of.
He grew to be a man who put his faith in the Lord; a fearless heart, whose dreams and goals in life had no limitations – a man who was motivated to do and be the best solely on his own will and desire.
On June 15, 2009, the entire world changed for those of us who knew him or had the gift of meeting him. Now what we keep in our hearts about him, the heavens are rich with. Until we are called by our heavenly Father to be reunited with him, he will remain alive in our thoughts and hearts because he was as bright shining as the sun. He brought great warmth and unwavering love to those he held dear.
There was no better man to have as a friend, because he cared so much. His personality was one of the many great things about him. He was a very sweet and gentle-hearted man, and he always had a way to make anybody smile and laugh. He was an extremely motivated person and was always hard-working; striving to do more, to do better. He was always so diligent to that which he wanted to achieve. It was seen in his actions, in his eyes, but mostly in his heart.
To say he had heart would be an understatement. His heart was so big, and that’s why so many were drawn to love him. He was such a beautiful person in every way. He was the life of the party, and he liked attention, but he always put other people first. No matter the age, he loved kids; he always wanted a big family. He touched the hearts of so many people. Ja was the “tough guy,” strong, fast and always up for the challenge. Never to back down or quit.
Jason lived what he believed; it is more blessed to give than to receive. He was full of compassion and filled with perfect love. – Psalms 100.
Jason was survived by his parents, Raymond and Mary Alice Amaya; his fiancée, Rachel Kilby; his sister, Raelene Amaya; and brothers, Ryan, Nathan and David Amaya.
Contributions are preferred to the Jason Ray Amaya Memorial Fund, Acct. No. 74334335, c/o BancorpSouth, P.O. Box 309, Fulton, MS 38843.
A memorial service will also be held in Mississippi, with details provided at a later date. Gunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home of Hollist, Calif., is in charge of the arrangements.

Phillip Watts
POTTS CAMP – Phillip L. Watts, 55, died Sunday, June 21, 2009. He was born April 13, 1954, in New Albany to Horace Watts and Christine Phillips. He was a Baptist. He was disabled.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home.
Survivors include one brother, John David Watts of Little Rock, Ark.; two sisters, Frankey Bennett of Potts Camp and Joyce Ann Fields of Little Rock, Ark.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Bernell Ledbetter
TUPELO – Bernell Ledbetter, 89, formerly of Belmont, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born May 5, 1920, in Belmont to Olen and Martha E. Shook Yarber. She was a member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church and a factory worker. An avid reader, she enjoyed quilting and growing flowers.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at West Jackson Street Baptist Church with Bro. Bert Harper officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Cecil Ledbetter Jr. (Mary) of Tinley Park, Ill., and Billy Ledbetter (Carol) and David Ledbetter (Dianne), all of Tupelo; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elna Shackelford of Florence, Ala., and Eunice Pace (J.W.) of Florence, Ala.; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Marjorie Yarber.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the church.

Susan Higgins
TUPELO – Susan Furr Higgins, 42, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks after an extended illness. A Tupelo native, she was born Feb. 16, 1967, to Donald Paul Furr Jr. and Mary Ruth Sims Furr. She worked in Human Resources at Aircap/MTD Industries for 16 years. She enjoyed life and spending time with family and friends. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Jason McAnally officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Kelsey Higgins and Lexie Higgins, both of the home; her mother, Mary Ruth Furr of Tupelo. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Paul Furr Jr., and a brother, Donal Paul Furr III.
Pallbearers will be Kebby Hardin, Mark McLarty, Berry Jaggers, Marc Baily, Ted Moll and Joe Compbell. Honorary pallbearers will be John David Rodgers, Pat Rodgers and Bobby Michael.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Bill Godwin
TUPELO – William Herman “Bill” Godwin Sr., 73, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 22, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Bill was born in Tupelo on Feb. 20, 1936, to the late Herman Aubry and Mary Annie Eubank Godwin. He graduated from Tupelo High School in l954. He was married to Ann Homan Godwin, who died Sept. 24, 2006. While living in Clarksdale, Bill was a deacon at the Clarksdale Baptist Church. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Shannon until his death. He retired after many years service as a Vice President of People’s Bank and Trust Company (now Renasant Bank). He was a longtime active member of the Verona Civic Club. Bill loved to play golf with his friends and family. He enjoyed spending mornings with his Hardee’s breakfast group and loved his Boston Terriers, which were appropriately named Mickey I, Mickey II and Mickey III, which survive him. He will be deeply missed by his friends and family. His family is most grateful for Martha Homa, his dedicated caretaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Mark Cayson officiating with personal tributes by his good friend, Don Alexander, and his son-in-law, Kelly Cofer. A private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Survivors include his daughter, Kathy Cofer (Kelly); a son, William Herman “Butch” Godwin (YoYo), all of Tupelo; a stepdaughter, April Godfrey Hallmark (Ronnie) of Shannon; one sister, Frankie Ann Godwin Martin of Calhoun City; his grandchildren, Clay Godwin (Laine), Laura Godwin and Kyle Cofer, all of Tupelo; his stepgrandchildren, Tyler and Trey Hallmark of Shannon. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ann; and his grandparents, Elisha L. Godwin and Agnes Johnston Godwin, and William E. Eubank and Hybernia Jackson Eubank.
Pallbearers will be Don Alexander, Billy Burks, Darwin Cozart, Clay Godwin, Ronnie Hallmark and Farris “Doonie” Homan Sr.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 21, Shannon, MS 38868.

Buddy Moore
FULTON – Nolan A. “Buddy” Moore , 82, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at The Courtyards Nursing Home in Fulton. He was born June 24, 1926, to Shelby and Irene Moore. He was a member of the Center Star Methodist Church. He worked 13 years at Penn Tire. He did carpenter work. He enjoyed trading livestock and flea markets. He last worked at the Mississippi Forestry Commission, retiring at age 72.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. Burial will be in the Friendship Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Danny Moore of Mantachie, Nolan “Keith” Moore (Cheryl) and Buddy Moore Jr., all of Peppertown; one daughter, Wanda Kyle (James) of Dorsey; one brother, Kenneth Moore (Mary) of Tupelo; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Grady Lou Moore, in May 2002; one grandson, Mark Wayne Gholston; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Doris Hulsey
NEW ALBANY – Doris Hulsey, 67, died Monday, June 22, 2009, at Baptist Hospital in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.

Terri Mims Roberts
PLANTERSVILLE – Terri Mims Roberts, 48, died Monday, June 22, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Dot Leech
TUPELO – Dorothy H. “Dot” Leech, 74, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born Aug. 30, 1934, in Baldwyn to Kirby and Myrtle Miller Hill. She was a longtime resident of Tupelo and an active member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was a medical transcriptionist for over 30 years at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She loved spending time with her family and her dog, Heidi.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with the Rev. Jim Oberkircher and the Rev. David Eldridge officiating. Burial will be in the Pratts Cemetery near Baldwyn.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Leech of Tupelo, whom she married March 31, 1969; one daughter, Debby Morgan Garrison (Jim) of the Auburn community; one son, Mike Bishop (Sandra) of Pratts; two stepdaughters, Jo Ruth West (Mark) of Melber, Ky., and Sheila Oberkircher (Jim) of Houston, Texas; two stepsons, Larry Leech (Deborah) of Mayfield, Ky., and Greg Leech (Christi) of Houston; one brother, Jerry D. Hill (Cathy) of Baldwyn; one sister, Mauvelene Minor of Olive Branch; four grandchildren, Carey Morgan (Kayla) and Eric Morgan, both of Plantersville, and Becky Bishop and Kayleigh Bishop, both of Baldwyn; one great-grandson, John Marlin Morgan of Plantersville; five stepgrandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother-in-law, Casey Minor; one son-in-law, Freddy Morgan; and one great-grandson, Charlie Morgan.
Pallbearers will be Carey Morgan, Eric Morgan, John Oberkircher, Walker Garrison, Shawn Hutcheson and Andrew Shelton.
Expressions of sympathy can be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Jones Williamson
NEW ALBANY – Jones “Joe Scooter” Williamson died Monday, June 22, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.

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