Obituaries June 26, 2013

Patey Ezelle

TUPELO – Lauren Patey Ezelle, 9, passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013, with her father, who adored her. She was born in Tupelo to Brian and Heather Walls Ezelle. She was an amazing little girl with a quirky personality. Extremely artistic, she loved to develop storylines, loved any color green, zebra stripes and animals, and dreamed of being a pet store owner when she grew up. A tomboy, she loved to swim and was always involved in swimming competitions. She had just completed the third grade at Pierce Street School. She was very smart and earned straight A’s all through school. A beautiful little girl, she had reigned as Little Miss Tupelo for three years.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, June 26, at The Orchard in Tupelo. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include her mother, Heather Walls Ezelle; her brother, Cole Ezelle; several aunts and uncles; her paternal grandmother and namesake, Mary Maxine Patey Ezelle; her maternal grandparents, Sherrye and Johnny Wiginton.

Pallbearers will be Rudy Caldwell, Chris Clay, Graham Thompson, Scott Taylor, Mike Patterson, David and Danny Cox, Pat Stafford, and Chris, Cliff and Carey Rial.

Honorary pallbearers will be her brother, Cole Ezelle; her friends at the Wildwood Daycare; her Sunday School Class at The Orchard; and her three best friends, her cousins, Reece and Patrick Helms and Taylor Bennett.

Memorials may be made to the funeral account of Patey Ezelle, c/o W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors, 535 W. Jefferson St., Tupelo, MS 38804.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Brian Ezelle

TUPELO – Brian Coleman Ezelle, 46, passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013, with his beloved daughter, Patey. He was born in Tupelo on Dec. 29, 1966, to Donald Coleman and Mary Maxine Patey Ezelle. He grew up attending Harrisburg Baptist Church and with his family was currently attending The Orchard. He graduated from Tupelo High School and Mississippi State University. He was a conditioning specialist with Progressive Health at the Toyota Plant in Blue Springs. A family man, his life centered on his children. He was an avid Mississippi State fan, coached baseball, and loved baseball and football and anything with his children.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, June 26, at The Orchard in Tupelo. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Heather Walls Ezelle; his son, John Coleman “Cole” Ezelle of the home; his sister, Amy Ezelle Bennett (Don) of Saltillo; his brother, Don A. Ezelle (Jan) of Tupelo; several nieces and nephews; and his mother, Mary Maxine Patey Ezelle.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Coleman Ezelle; his brother, Perry Ezelle; and his sister, Robin Ezelle Cobb.

Pallbearers will be Rudy Caldwell, Chris Clay, Graham Thompson, Scott Taylor, Mike Patterson, David and Danny Cox, Pat Stafford, and Chris, Cliff and Carey Rial.

Honorary pallbearers will be his son, John Coleman “Cole” Ezelle, Reuben Doty, Britt Ezelle and members of the Nationals & Allstars Baseball Team.

Memorials may be made to the funeral account of Brian Ezelle, c/o W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors, 535 W. Jefferson St., Tupelo, MS 38804.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Demonte Partlow

ABERDEEN – Demonte T. Partlow, 17, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, June 26, at Jerusalem M.B. Church in Nettleton. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his parents, Daryl and Kathy Partlow of Homestead, Fla.; five sisters, Keytorri, Carleesha, Da’lecia, Desiree and Jasmine; two brothers, Jaqiwan and Pharrell; his grandmothers, Gloria Fleming and Brenda Fair; his great-grandmother, Annice Cannon; his great-grandfather, K.C. Partlow; two aunts, Shtina Partlow and Tiffany Williams; four uncles, Terrance and Darryl II Partlow, Orking Gilbert and Caleb Hatchett; six great-aunts; two great-uncles; cousins; and godparents.

Wesley Talkington Jr.

BOONEVILLE – Charles Wesley Talkington Jr, 84, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at home. He was born Aug. 23, 1928, to Charles Wesley Sr. and Kathryn Jackson Talkington. He was a retired farmer and house parent at Baptist Children’s Village. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. today, June 26, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Shannon Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lavelle Talkington; three daughters, Pam (James) Keeton of Booneville, Pat (Tommy) Swindoll of Robinsonville and Kay (John) McEntyre of Memphis; one sister, Eula Tarver of Iowa, La.; two brothers, Ken and Bill Talkington of Lake Charles, La.; six grandchildren, Mechell Downs, Tommy Swindoll II, Kelly Carper, Jennifer Barton, Kim Manues and Shawn Keeton; and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a great-granddaughter, Alli Kelly.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Swindoll II, Shawn Keeton, David Barton, Charlie Brunes, Tyler Downs, Dylan Downs and Jordan Fox.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Paul Irwin

IUKA – Paul Irwin, 72, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.

Graveside services are scheduled for 3 p.m. today, June 26, at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery. Interment will follow. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.

Visitation is scheduled for 1 until 2:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Evergreen Cemetery Fund or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Peggie Gaillard

RIPLEY – Peggie Gaillard, 63, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home in Ripley.

Reecie Thompson

ABERDEEN – Reecie Lou Thompson, 95, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born, April 20, 1918, in Greenwood Springs to Monte Evans and Maggie Lou Evans. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. She worked at Seminole Manufacturing Company until its closing in 1974. She was co-owner of Tots to Teens and a permanent fixture for 32 years. She was a member of Aberdeen First United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Keith Williams officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one grandson, Amos Graham Thompson (Lee Ann) of New Albany; two great-granddaughters, Olivia Reece Thompson and Elena Belle Thompson; two sisters, Eula Mae Kennedy of Athens and Louise Von Minden of LaGrange, Texas; and one daughter-in-law, Sharon Graham Thompson of Aberdeen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Amos Milton Thompson Sr.; her son, Amos Milton Thompson Jr.; one sister, Grace Cameron Nash; and two brothers, Grover Evans and A.G. Evans.

Pallbearers will be David Houston, William Drake, Murphree Evans, Roy L. Pruett, Robert E. Irvin, George Provias and Bobby Switzer. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Land, Dennis Ransom and Buddy Teffeteller.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday.

An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Earnest Harris

OXFORD – Earnest Wayne Harris, 53, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Greenville, S.C.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, June 26, in Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Yellow Leaf Cemetery at Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.

Keats Baldwin

PONTOTOC – Gerald Keats Baldwin, 79, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He attended Mississippi State University. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He also was a U.S. Marine for 21 years before retiring. He enjoyed his retirement and drinking coffee with the “Hardee” boys.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Sonny Smith will officiate. Burial will follow in Immanuel Baptist Church Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Shirley Brooks Baldwin; his children, Jerry Baldwin of Natchez, Elizabeth Wiedman of Gluckstadt and Robert Hudson of Blue Springs; grandchildren, Chris Baldwin Potts (Sam) of Kosciusko; Beth Baldwin Chamblee (Luke) of Jackson, Keats Baldwin of Atlanta, Ga., Georgia Wiedman of Gluckstadt, Jennifer Hudson of Blue Springs, Matthew Hudson (Britney) of Blue Springs; and great-grandchildren, Rachel, Burton and Sarah Potts of Kosciusko, Keaton and Linlee Chamblee of Jackson, and Levi and Mila Hudson of Blue Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theron Baldwin and Anita Baldwin.

Pallbearers will be Keats Baldwin, Matthew Hudson, Sam Potts, Luke Chamblee, Mike Blakely and Ben Brooks.

Visitation will continue from 1 p.m. to service time today.

George Gurley

POTTS CAMP – George Edward Gurley, 74, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. He was born Feb. 9, 1939, to H.U. and Mary Lois Nelson Gurley. He was a Baptist and a businessman. After working for the USDA National Sedimentation Laboratory for about 34 years, he retired on Jan. 1, 1996, to pursue other business ventures. After high school, he spent some time traveling. He worked in Memphis and joined the Mississippi National Guard. He was a former reserve deputy for the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department. He enjoyed spending time with his family, but spent most of his time on the farm and at his shop and spending time with his buddies. He enjoyed having a small garden and sharing fresh vegetables with family and friends.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 28, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Bro. Steve Wilson and Bro. Randy Hamilton will officiate. Burial will be in Potts Camp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Carol McAlexander Gurley; two sons, Steve Gurley of Southaven and Craig Gurley (Jennifer) of Olive Branch; one daughter, Kym Morris of Hickory Flat; one stepson, Kevin Shaw (Lori) of Potts Camp; one stepdaughter, Heather Hodges (Mike) of Germantown, Tenn.; one brother, Mitchell Gurley (Judy) of Potts Camp; eight sisters, Margaret Hart of Holly Springs, Mary Minor, Joan Gurley, Doris Poole (Arthur), Sue Rowland (Bill), Jeanette Stone (Mitch) and Nancy Green (Harold), all of Potts Camp, and Pam Gurley of Memphis; seven grandchildren, Andrew Gurley, Luke Gurley, Shade White, Nikki Syms, Jennah Morris, Faith Gurley and Caden Gurley; five stepgrandchildren, Avery Grace Shaw, Mary Claire Shaw, Addie Lynn Shaw, John Brooks Hodges and Madelyn Rose Hodges; and three great-grandchildren, Davy, Sandler and Frank Syms.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Gurley; and a brother-in-law, Jimmie Hart.

Pallbearers will be William Griffin, Danny Stanton, David Martin, Jeff Hoskins, Jake Gray, Johnny JOnes, Larry Cox and Jody McMinn.

Inlieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Bobby Gafford

OLIVE BRANCH – Bobby Gene Gafford, 81, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at his residence. He was born Nov. 7, 1931, in Union County to Isaac and Beulah Rutledge Gafford. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was retired from Delta Airlines. He was a member of Scottish Rite and the Delta Pioneers. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Olive Branch.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 27, at Salem Methodist Church Cemetery, Highway 355, Etta. The Rev. James Everage will officiate. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by a sister, O.D. McDougal of Bryan, Texas; a brother, Raymond Gafford of Floresville, Texas; his caregiver, Sue Burns of Olive Branch; and three nephews, Dennis McDougal of Bryan, Texas, John Gafford of Floresville, Texas, and Roger Gafford of Bossier City, La.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Shirley Barnett

VARDAMAN – Shirley A. Bush Barnett, 68, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 13, 1944, in Calhoun County. She was a retired employee of the Kellwood Co. in Calhoun City and a member of New Providence Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. today, June 26, at New Providence Cemetery with Dr. John Stewart officiating. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Billy Wayne Barnett of Vardaman; four sisters, Jessie White of Benton, Ark., Lorene Ward of Benton, Ark., Jean Kendall of Vardaman and Linda Gail Lovell of Marietta, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leroy Bush and Maudie Mae Hyde Bush, and two sisters, Ruth Weeks and Bettye Massey.

Pallbearers will be Ron Daughtery, Forrest Kendall, Kyle Kendall, Michael Kendall, Tony Ward and Larry White.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.

For online condolences visit; parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Dr. James Tolbert Jr.

VERONA – Dr. James Lee Tolbert Jr. died Monday, June 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Inpatient Hospice. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Mary Ruth Edwards

SALTILLO – Mary Ruth Edwards, 86, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at her son’s home. A lifelong Lee Countian, she was born July 25, 1926, to Arthur and Mary Buskirk. She was a member of Mayfield Church of Christ. She was a homemaker and an accomplished cook. She loved canning and working puzzles. She enjoyed meeting new people and doing for others. She had a friendly disposition, compassionate heart and an enormous love for her family.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Gary Williams officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include three sons, Phillip Edwards (Shelia) and Harold Edwards (Sherry), all of Guntown, and Brian Edwards (Kay) of Saltillo; one brother, Merle Keith VanBuskirk (Barbara) of Lacey, Wash.; one sister, Laverne Raper of Saltillo; five grandchildren, Kevin Edwards, Tonya Goodin, Lucus Lee, Grant Bailey and Heath Bailey; six great-grandchildren, Mason Calomese, Jacob Bailey, Kelsey Lee, Brooklynn Bailey, Lanna Bailey and Braxton Bailey; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Buford Edwards; two grandchildren, Chris Edwards and Jason Edwards; one sister, Grace O. Long; and two brothers, Earl Buskirk and Donald Buskirk.

Pallbearers will be Mark Neaves, Lonnie Neaves, Clyde Neaves, Pete Worthy, Grant Bailey and Shelby Lyons.

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

Sereda Sims

BELDEN – Sereda Green Sims, 54, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.

Bill Dauler

PONTOTOC – William Stanley Dauler, 75, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at his residence. He was raised a Lutheran and attended church at Friendship Baptist Church. He earned a B.S. degree in animal husbandry from the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu. He was retired from the catfish industry, where he was a founding member of Delta Pride Catfish Co. He was later associated with Consolidated Catfish Producers, where he was in sales and special development. He was a founding member of the Mississippi Traditional Archery Association. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Friendship Baptist Church with the Rev. Jonathan Baker officiating. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Michelle Henry-Dauler of Pontotoc; three daughters, Kristi Paxton (Adam) of Tupelo, Amy Sage Ligas (Jim) of Atlanta, Ga., and Brandy Nicole Lynch (Jeff) of Blue Ridge, Ga.; one son, Mark William Dauler (Leigh Ann) of Pontotoc; a sister-in-law, Joyce Dauler of Ft. Washakie, Wyo.; 10 grandchildren, Lane Baxter (Bo), Drew Napier, Tucker Napier, Will Dauler, Wyatt Dauler, Olivia Ligas, Luke Ligas, Harper Lynch, Hayden Lynch and Hudson Lynch; one niece, Leigh Anne Simpson; and two nephews, Doug Dauler and Rex Dauler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Doyt William Dauler and Mabel Gertrude Fell Dauler, and his twin brother, Richard Douglas Dauler.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to: St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148 (Tribute Acc. 33771978); Friendship Baptist Church, 85 Friendship Road, Ecru, MS 38841; or Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Attn: Member Services-William Dauler Memorial, 5705 Grant Creek Drive, Missoula, MT 59808.

Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Thomas Walls

NETTLETON – Thomas A. Walls, 66, died on Monday, June 24, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Born on Dec. 15, 1946, in Slate Springs, he was a son of Mary Ellen Clements Walls Burleson and the late Duell Walls. He attended Calhoun City schools. He married Betty Cavender on Feb. 7, 2002. Before becoming disabled, he was a heavy equipment operator with Eutaw, Kent and Hill Construction companies. He attended Central Grove Baptist Church. A hardworking, outgoing person who had a great personality, he was a jokester, antique collector, and enjoyed country music. He was passionate about helping others. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and his dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Betty C. Walls of Nettleton; his mother, Mary Burleson of Amory; daughters, Melesa Walls of Nettleton and Angela Walls Hammontree (Daryl) of Mantachie; brother, Allen Walls (Wilma) of Nettleton; grandchildren, Jeffery Eugene Sullivan, Hunter Garrett Holley, Dave Mills, Tiffany Mills, PV2 Timothy Langley, USARNG, Nathaniel Langley, Joseph Chaves and Joshua Chaves; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Rob Westbrook officiating. Burial will follow in Hatley Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jeffery Sullivan, Hunter Holley, Timothy Langley, Nathaniel Langley, Joshua Chaves and Patrick Foster. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Eutaw Construction.

Visitation will be from noon to 1:50 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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

Louise Prather

BLUE MOUNTAIN – Louise Prather, 65, died Tuesday. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.

Henry S. Weir

BRUCE – Henry Selby Weir, 83, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 30, 1930, in Newton. A graduate of Newton High School, he attended Millsaps College on a golf scholarship. He later transferred to Mississippi State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in forestry. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a retired forester with Weyerhaeuser in Bruce. He was a member of First Baptist Church In Bruce, where taught Sunday school for many years. He was an avid golfer and a fan of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He was past president of the Lions Club of Bruce.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Dr. Daniel Hathorne will officiate, and Bro. Darrell Logan will assist. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Vida Mae Weir of Bruce; one brother, Sam Weir of Hickory; a stepson, Joe T. Grist (KC); two grandsons, Joe Therrall Grist III and James Mayer Grist of Tupelo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary Jenkins Weir; a sister, Sandra O’Neal; and an infant son, Michael.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Gordon Brown, Don Bryant, Mike Jones, Andy Reid, Mark Taylor and Mike Winter. Honorary pallbearers will be Ace Cannon; his grandsons, Jimmy Grist and J.T. Grist; and his golfing buddies.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

For online condolences visit parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.