Obituaries June 24, 2013

Whitney Hoover

TUPELO – Whitney Vinton McCall Hoover, 66, died Friday, June 21, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born June 4, 1947, in Memphis, Tenn., to John McCall and Whitney Butler McCall. She worked many years as a property manager for Ambassador Realty Company. She moved to Tupelo from Memphis 11 months ago, rescuing animals of all kinds and especially loving cats and dogs. Her greatest joy has been spending time with her grandchildren. She was of the Episcopal faith.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Burial will be private.

Survivors include her daughters, Tracy Schmitt (Jeff) of Jackson, Tenn., Carey Wilson and her family, Melissa Thomas, both of Belden and Shea Wilson of Saltillo; three brothers, Bill McCall (Linda), Bo McCall of Australia, and Johnny McCall of Memphis, Tenn.; two sisters, Marsha Wunderlyk and Mabel McNeil (Phil), all of Memphis; five grandchildren, Bailey Schmitt, Taylor Schmitt, Lex Christian, Shay Wilson and P.J. Gunn.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Warren McCall.

Visitation is 3 p.m. until service time Wednesday. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net. Tinker Moody

ETTA – John Wayne “Tinker” Moody, 59, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born Jan. 7, 1954, in New Albany, to James Wilson and Mamie Sue Swatley Moody. He was a Baptist and had worked as a furniture manufacturing employee. He loved his family and his friends.

Service is at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Bethesda Baptist Church in New Albany with Bro. William L. Cook officiating. Burial is at Enterprise Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are three sons, John W. Moody Jr. (Samantha Hall) of Etta, Justin Butler (Nicki Jones) of Pontotoc and Dustin Butler of Myrtle; three daughters, Jessica Bishop (Jeremy) of Myrtle, Laken Stanley (A.J.) of Hickory Flat and Cheree Clayton (Jonathan) of New Albany; four brothers, James, Billy Gene, Danny and Donald Moody; three sisters, Mary Evelyn Willard, Mary Ann Killough and Patty Hale; and 13 grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Jody Porter, Gerald Rea, Joe Hanes, Johnny Raines, Billy Wooten and Michael Churchill. Honorary pallbearers are Ray Porter, Jeff Moody and Richard Boyer.

Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Grace Pate Rogers

BOONEVILLE – Grace Holley Pate Rogers, 89, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013. She was a resident at Longwood Community Living Center. She was born Aug. 7, 1923, to Leland and Minnie Scott Holley. She was a Baptist and loved her church in Memphis where she lived most of her life. She worked at the business owned by her husband called Tri State Limb and Brace and then at the Holiday Inn in Memphis. She was a member of Eastern Star and she loved to travel.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dwain Morgan officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Memphis Memory Gardens.

She is survived by two sons, Gerald Pate of Odessa, Mo., and Larry Pate of Houma, La.; one daughter, Brenda Pate Hunter (Mike) of Mountain View, Ark.; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and her caregiver for the past five years, her niece, Doris Pace.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Clarance Holley and Harold Holley; two sisters, Lucille Hoard and Ethel Taylor; one daughter-in-law, Cheryl Pate; one grandson, Lynn Pate; her first husband and the father of her children, Vernon Pate; and her second husband, Bobby Rogers.

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Bro. Thomas Rossi

AMORY – Bro. Thomas Rossi, 73, died Friday, June 21, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born on May 14, 1940, in Keokuk, Iowa, he was a son of Thomas J. Rossi and the late Arveda Forquer Smith. He was the owner-operator of Rossi Drilling. A dedicated minister of the Gospel, he was a supply preacher and evangelist, having recently served at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. Passionate about missions, he traveled to several Third World Countries to drill wells, build churches, repair equipment and to do gardening. Last year, he received his Doctorate in Theology from Oxford Baptist Institute. He was a member of Traceland Missionary Baptist Church in Verona and a Mason. A hardworking and wonderful husband and dad. He enjoyed gardening, mowing yards, studying on the computer preparing for his sermons and Sunday school lessons and gospel music.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Charles Faust officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.

He is survived by his wife, Hattie Mae Rossi of Amory; father, Thomas Rossi (Allie) of Luray, Mo.; daughters, Joyce Dillard of Sulligent, Brenda Carruth (Roger) of Sulligent, Patty Hawkins (Thad) of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Debbie Mayfield (Mike) of Vernon; sons, Rick Martin of Sulligent, Danny Baughn of Amory and James Johnson of Hamilton, Ala.; brother, Roger Rossi (Delores) of Arizona; 20 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Herbert Smith; first wife, Helen Martin Rossi; daughter, Lisa White; and granddaughter, Jody Hunizenga.

Pallbearers will be Bro. Charles Lamb, Bro. Benny Loveless, Ricky Holliday, Bro. Thad Hawkins, Jimmy King and Matthew Carruth. Honorary pallbearers will be teachers and staff of Oxford Bible Institute.

Memorials may be given to Traceland Missionary Baptist Church, 1317 Palmetto Rd., Verona, MS 38879.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Mary Gardiner Tims

TUPELO – Mary Gardiner Tims, 30, died Sunday at North Mississippi Medical Center.

She was the daughter of Pamela Cox and Otis Tims of Tupelo. A graduate of Tupelo High School, she also is survived by her sister, Clark Tims, and numerous other relatives and friends.

Services at All Saints Episcopal Church in Tupelo are incomplete with Pegues Funeral Directors in charge.

Paul Baskin

TREBLOC – Paul R. Baskin, 97, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Care Center of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home.

Cecil Wilson

FULTON – Cecil Raymond Wilson, 90, died Friday, June 21, 2013, in Amory. He was born Sept. 6, 1922, in Prentiss County, to Russell William “R.W.” Wilson and Elvie Winfield Wilson. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church. He grew up in Itawamba County, lived in Aberdeen and returned to Fulton in 1990. He served in the Civilian conservation Corp working in irrigation in California. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army 10th Armored Division in charge of ammunitions. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium, and in France and Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Euro-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Attachment (Triple), WWII Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII and Marksman Badge and Rifle Bar. He operated heavy equipment for Fowlkes Contracting in Aberdeen for 20 years before retiring. He then worked in explosives for beaver control overseeing all Town Creek watershed lakes in 5 counties. He enjoyed coon hunting, deer hunting, trapping, fishing and raising cattle. He also raised registered Tree and Walker coon hounds.

Service is at 2 p.m. today, at Senter Funeral Home with Bro. James Wilson officiating. Interment is at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

He is survived by his sons, Bobby (Johnnie) Wilson of Tremont and Dale Wilson of Smithville; daughters, Betty (Jerry) Nixon of Corinth and Brenda Wilson of Smithville; stepsons, Donnie Johnson, Danny Johnson and Tony Johnson; grandchildren, Janie Taylor of Tremont, Joey (Michael) Hughey of Smithville, Emily (Brandon) Lackey of Amory, Rodney Nixon of Pearl, Amy (Brian) Craven of Brentwood, Tenn., Bobby (Melina) Nixon of Columbus, Ohio, and Jeri Anne (Clint) Darby of Chicago, Ill.; brothers, Grady (Mozell) Wilson of Fulton and Thad (Agnes) Wilson of Tremont; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Diane Wilson of Mosinee, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his father, R.W. Wilson; mother, Elvie Wilson; daughter, Nola Gail Wilson; brothers, Murden Wilson, Ottis Ray Wilson, Roger Wilson, Velton Wilson, Bluford Wilson and Paul Wilson; sister, Pauline Wilson; granddaughter, Sherry Bostick; daughter-in-law, Bettie Wilson; sister-in-laws, Olene Wilson and Elsie Wilson; previous wives, Lera May Yielding Wilson, Nannie Fay Weaver Wilson, and Jane Langley Johnson Wilson.

Pallbearers will be his nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be his coon hunting buddies.

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

Lillie Brown

ECRU – Lillie Ophelia Brown, 89, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. She was born Feb. 21, 1924, to James Robert Rutledge and Florence Stewart Rutledge. She was a member of Ecru Baptist Church and a retired beautician.

Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Ecru Baptist Church with the Rev. Barry Littlefield officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter, Gail Guyton (John) of Knoxville, Tenn.; two sons, Joe Brown (Avis) and Jerry Brown, both of Ecru; eight grandchildren, Scott Brown, Tonya Smith, Brett Brown, Felecia Pollard, Paige Norton, Jennifer Johnson, Brad Brown and Darla Webb; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wayne Brown; two sisters, Mavis Davis and Dorothy Crook; and two brothers, James R. Rutledge Jr. and Nathaniel Rutledge.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Gene Sparks

BELMONT – Audie Gene Sparks, 80, died Saturday, June 22, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in Tishomingo County, to Audie Bryan and Lera Mae Johnson Sparks. He was a Veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean War. He was a member and deacon of New Bethel Baptist Church where he also served as Sunday school teacher. He was a retired teacher. He was principal at Belmont Elementary, bus driver and PE coach, who had an avid love of basketball.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. Brian Weems and Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Sparks of Belmont; three daughters, Lisa Clarin of Corinth, Tracy Eubanks (Scott) of Golden and Amy Goss (Eddy) of Dennis; six grandchildren, Mary Heather Martin (Jason), Breanna Brown (Todd), Hannah Johnson (Zach), Dane Eubanks, Kaleb Eaton and Addy Goss; two great grandchildren, Lily and Ruby Martin; two step-grandchildren, Eric and Jake Goss; two sisters, Maxine Pardue and Mabel Alexander; and three sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Lex Sparks and Delbert Sparks.

Pallbearers will be Joe Chumbley, Evonne Newell, James Segars, Greg Sparks, Wade Pardue and Floyd Henry. Honorary pallbearers will be members of his Sunday school class.

Visitation is until service time today.

Lonnie Parker

BRUCE – Lonnie W. Parker, 88, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at his residence. He was born on June 27, 1924, in Calhoun County to Willie Pearson and Pearl Shoemake Parker. He was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and a member of American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and a Veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kevin Chrestman officiating and Bro. Joey Hamilton assisting. Burial will follow in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

His survivors include one son, Larry Wayne Parker (Kay) of Oxford; three daughters, Peggy Ann Ramsey (W.C.) of Calhoun City, Marsha Gail Cannon (Marshall) of Calhoun City and Bobbie Sue Murphree (Richard) of Bruce; three sisters, Sybil Aven of Calhoun City, Jane Bryant of Pittsboro and Billie Bailey of Pensacola, Fla.; nine grandchildren, John David Ramsey, Jeremy Parker Cannon, Craigg Marshall Cannon, Amanda Murphree Reynolds, Ginger Ramsey Flemons, Karla Murphree, Kellie Murphree, Landon Wyatt Parker and Amelia Gail Parker; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Faye Burgess Parker; his parents; brother, Buren Parker; and four sisters, Etoyle Edwards, Trudy Patterson, Nell Sprouse and Lila Mae Turner.

Pallbearers will be Craigg Marshall Cannon, Jeremy Parker Cannon, Charles Chrestman, Bryant King, Jay King, Tommy King, Billy Fred Murphree and John David Ramsey. Honorary pallbearers will be the Men’s Sunday School Class of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.

Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Brian Ezelle

TUPELO – Brian Ezelle, 46, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Patey Ezelle

TUPELO – Patey Ezelle, 9, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Kimberly Mims

MANTACHIE – Kimberly “Kim” Mims, 44, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, at her residence in Itawamba County. Arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date. Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.

Robert Anderson

BALDWYN – Robert Anderson died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Charles Jenkins

STEWART – Charles Dempsey Jenkins, 71, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at the VA Nursing Home in Kosciusko.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the William Springs Church of God in Choctaw County. Burial is in the Church Cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all arrangements.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Roland Gipson

TUPELO – Roland Gipson died Saturday, June 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

Solon Tomlinson Jr.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Solon Tomlinson Jr., 77, died Friday, June 21, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn.

Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Interment is at Hill Crest Cemetery.

Visitation is at 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday.

Memorials may be sent to the Institute for Cancer Research.

Jimmie Johnson Sr.

DORSEY – Jimmie Leland Johnson Sr. 74, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

For online condolences, visit mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com

Ruby Rusoe

MANTACHIE – Ruby Rusoe, 91, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.

For online condolences, visit mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Mary Nickens

ABERDEEN – Mary Evelyn Bowen Nickens, 82, died Saturday, June 22, 2013 at her home in Katy, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Max Gosa

HAMILTON – Max Gosa, 79, died Sunday, June 23, 2013 at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Paul Irwin

IUKA – Paul Richard Irwin died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.