Obituaries June 3, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Forrest Lessel
PONTOTOC – Forrest Woodford Lessel, 90, died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi and had been a resident of Mississippi State Veteran’s Home in Oxford. He was born May 30, 1923, in Blue Springs to James Robert and Ruth Ann Hollimon Lessel. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He retired from Amour & Company in Memphis. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Pontotoc and a former member of Fairlawn Baptist Church in Memphis.
He was known in the community as “The Lawnmower Man.” He was a loving husband, Daddy, Granddaddy, uncle, and a friend to many.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Kara Blackard officiating. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Howe Lessel; his daughter, Janie Lessel Weisberger (Al) of Fisherville, Tenn.; a step-son, Randy Robbins (Alyssa) of Olive Branch; two grandchildren, Jeff and Allison; four step-grandchildren, Danny, Christina, Michael and Jennifer; four great-grandchildren, Jackson, Georgia, Shelby and Fera; three step-great-grandchildren, Jared, Dalton and Gracie; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Fera Thomason Lessel; two sisters, Orelia Pannell and Bernie Mae Rogers; and three brothers, Marvin, Howard, and Curnie Lessel.
The family requests memorials be made to Mississippi Veterans Home in Oxford.
In honor of Mr. Lessel’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army Flag during his visitation and service.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Willa Crowell
CHEROKEE, Ala. – Willa Crowell, 91, died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at her home.
Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Cutshall Funeral Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Morris Hill Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Joseph Jones Jr.
DUMAS – Joseph E. Jones Jr. “J.J.”, 58, died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Claudette Price
NETTLETON – Claudette Candevan Price, 72, died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at her home after an extended illness. She was born Sept. 17, 1940, in Oakland, Calif. to Eugene and Rose Perry Candevan. She had lived most all of her life in Nettleton, was a retired supervisor over health and nutrition at North Mississippi Medical Center, and was a member of the Nettleton First Baptist Church. She enjoyed writing stories and poems, her prison ministry, and playing word games.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at Nettleton First Baptist Church with the Rev. Thomas Magers II and the Rev. Donald Pounders officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Price of Nettleton; two daughters, Tammy Jones (Terry) of Saltillo and Ranee Taylor (Alan) of Nettleton; one son, Johnny L. Price and special friend, Linda White of Blue Springs; five granddaughters, Shawnda Morgan (Paul), Johnnie Bass (John), Alanna Teeple (Keith), Amanda Magers (Thomas), and Monica Fuller; and 10 great-grandchildren, Ryle Holmes, Darby Holmes, Cade Teeple, Thomas Aaron Magers III, Ella Bass, Breanna Fuller, Aryanna Magers, Dalton Teeple, Nate “Moose” Bass, and Titus Magers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Bobby and Leon Candevan.
Pallbearers will be Paul Morgan, John Bass, Keith Teeple, Jason Price, Tom Anderson, and James Rowe.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the church.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Alvin Snow
OKOLONA – Alvin Snow died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Mary Brand
WEST POINT – Mary E. Brand, 92, of Cedar Bluff, died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

Lee Jones
MEMPHIS – Lee Russell Jones, 75, formerly of Oxford, died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Signature Health Care at St. Francis in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Peggy Williams
DECATUR, Ill. – Peggy Joyce Williams, 77, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, Ill. She was born July 4, 1935, in New Albany to Arbie and Katleen Crain Miller. She had worked at Munsingwear, Piper Impact, and Denton Mills. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, tending to her Quaker parrot, Babe, and watching nature.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at United Funeral Service. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Jan West (Ron) of Decatur, Ill. and Phyllis Tomlin of New Albany; three sons, Allen Williams and Rickey Williams (Betty), both of New Albany, and Bill Williams (Linda) of Oxford; two sisters, Sybil Tackett of New Albany and Nelle Rakestraw of Blue Mountain; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Phillip Miller.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

David Peel
HOUSTON – David “Pie” Eldred Peel Sr., 78, died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 6, 1935, in Chickasaw County to Ben Jourdan Peel and Wilma Roberta Beasley Peel. He was a army Veteran of the Korean War. He was a retired truck driver and plant manager. He was a Godly christian husband, father, and grandfather, who loved the Lord.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Daniel Heeringa officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens in Houston. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one son, David Peel Jr. (Marie); two daughters, Mary Margaret Smith (Jimmy) and Peggy Shempert (Scott), all of Houston; four grandaughters, Jannie Peel, Deanna Reynolds, Terri Curry, and Lakyn Shempert; eight grandsons, Kyle Peel, Chaise Porter, Jourdan Peel Smith, Cody Brooks, Skeeter Peel, Gage Huffman, Jacob Shempert, and Stevie Peel; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Peggy Johnson of Concord, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Marie McGraw of Clinton; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben Jourdan Peel and Wilma Roberta Beasley Peel; his wife, Margaret Ann Peel; three brothers, Jimmy Peel, Billy Peel, Ben Peel Jr.; one sister, Eleanor Castle; and one grandson, Luke Smith.
Pallbearers will be Kyle Peel, Chaise Porter, Skeeter Peel, Cody Brooks, Stevie Peel, Jourdan Smith and Jacob Shempert.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Moore, Ricky Rowe, Jim Crowley, and all his coffee shop buddies.
For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Herman McMorris
SHANNON – Herman “Pete” McMorris Jr., 83, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Amory. He was born March 3, 1930, in Shannon to Herman McMorris Sr. and Daisy Rogers McMorris. He was a Christian and a member of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He was considered a friendly and kind-hearted man by his family.
Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Eck & George Shumpert Chapel of N.L. Jones Funeral Directors with the Rev. George Kendrick officiating. Burial will be in Fields Cemetery in Shannon. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his step-son, reared as his own son, Ollie Earl Moore of Shannon; grandchildren, D’Army Willis of Clarksdale, Jessica (Hershel) Hunter, and Alicia Gordon of Tupelo; great-grandchildren, Loupe, Nicholas and Jada; mother of his grandchildren, Leatha Gordon; brother-in-law, Tom Albert Johnson of Shannon; sisters-in-law, Arnetta Baker and Bobbie Ford of Shannon and Emma Dean Daniels of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and his nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Elvin Kilpatrick
PONTOTOC – Elvin Eugene Kilpatrick, 82, died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at NMMC Hospice in Tupelo. He was a member of By Faith Baptist Church and was retired from Arow Glass as a boat manufacturing supervisor. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War and was proud to serve his country. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed the fish frys.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at By Faith Baptist Church with the Rev. Marcus Coward, the Rev. Ray Guin and the Rev. Jason Whitehurst officiating. Burial will be in Eddington Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements
Survivors include his three daughters, Nina Jean Whitehurst of Hohenwald, Tenn., Brenda Faye Cavender of Pontotoc, and Wanda Lynn Capozzi of Palm Coast, Fla.; one sister: Jettie Mae Amsden of Memphis; two brothers, Lawrence “Jack” Kilpatrick of Independence and Lawrence Henry Kilpatrick of Baldwyn; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Clovis Kilpatrick and Velda Mae Houston Kilpatrick; one sister, Frances Lorraine Brisco; and five brothers, Wiliam Clovis Kilpatrick, Archie Lee Kilpatrick, O’Neal Kilpatrick, John Bassel Kilpatrick, and Ernest Vardmen Kilpatrick.
Pallbearers will be Lawrence Frazier, Jimmy Rainer, Denton Terry, Danny Collins, Dustin Baldwin, and Tommy Pound.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Herbert Rayburn
ITAWAMBA – Herbert M. Rayburn, 83, died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at North Mississppi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born to John Sherman and Ada Cummings Rayburn in Indianola on Feb. 15, 1930. He married Mary Louise Rayburn. He was a loving father and grandfather and always had a nickname for everyone. He was a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints. He retired from Sales and Security.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Christy Rayburn of Knoxville, Iowa and Laberta Mae Johnson of Ashland; five sons, Ronnie Rayburn (Tina) of Lambert, Reggie Rayburn (Clementine) of Indianola, Mike Rayburn of Philadelphia, Bobby Dulaney (Marquitta) of Pontotoc, and Max Dulaney of Des Moines, Iowa; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one sister, Johnnie Athey (Jack) of Tutweiler; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one daughter, Dianne Hare Roberson; two granddaughters, Rivers Rayburn and Ivy Rayburn; and two sisters, Nell McGraw and Verdie Trice.
Pallbearers will be Sammy Dulaney, Anthony Mitchell, Ben Garrett, Chris McCollum, Rane Rayburn and Wayne McGraw.
Honorary pallbearer will be Ross Simpson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 1 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be made at www.baldwinnowellfh.com/admin.

James Abston
VINA, Ala. – James Adrian Abston, 77, died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Red Bay Hospital.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay. The body will lie-in-state from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Ella Gilleylen
AMORY – Ella Mae Gilleylen, 75, died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Clayton Nelson
HATTIESBURG – Clayton Victor “Cub” Nelson, 99, died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Provision Living. He was a longtime employee of Hercules, Inc. He was a Veteran of WW II and retired as a Major in the Army Reserve. His passion in life was aviation. He was a flight instructor and enjoyed building ultralight planes with friends. He was a charter member of Heritage United Methodist Church.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hulett-Winstead Chapel. Burial, with military rites performed by VFW Post 3036 Honor Guard, will be in Roseland Park Cemetery. Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home of Hattiesburg is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his son, Dr. John C. Nelson Sr. MD (Jan) of Hattiesburg; daughter, Vicki (Harold) Kornfuhrer of Fulton; six grandchildren, Chole Nelson, John Clayton Nelson Jr., Leisa (Ron) Farris, Lauren (Stephen) Gravereaux, Holly Roberts, and Kevin (Jennifer) Kornfuhrer; nine great-grandchildren; and fiancee, Earlyne Taylor.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Byrd Nelson; one daughter, Sandra Nelson Perkins; and his parents, John and Alma Nelson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg.
Memorials may be made to Heritage United Methodist Church, 3 Baracuda Dr., Hattiesburg, MS 39402.

Jonathan Coleman
THAXTON – Jonathan Brooks Coleman, 30, died Saturday, June 1, 2013, in Thaxton. He was born Dec. 14, 1982, in Tupelo to Johnny and Martha Coleman. He graduated from North Pontotoc High School in May of 2001. He attended Itawamba Community College. He was of the Baptist faith, attending Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and Laodicea Primitive Baptist. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of Clearcreek Wildlife Management Association. Most of all, he enjoyed his family, especially his son, Jarrod. He worked at Eaton Industries.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Paul Sims and Bro. Wayne Ward officiating. Burial will be in Thaxton Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Johnny and Martha Coleman; son, Jarrod Coleman of the home; grandmother, Jo Stegall; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jewel and Nylee Hunter Coleman and Fred Stegall of Pontotoc.
Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Coleman, Eric Coleman, Jarrett Bishop, Chase Bramlett, Daniel White, and Justin Warren.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lane Jaggers, Michael Hunter, and Tyler Stewart.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m today at funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Thaxton Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 23, Thaxton, MS 38871.

Melissa Clemmer
SALTILLO – Melissa Bucy Clemmer, 51, public school teacher at Plantersville School, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Billy Cannon
CALHOUN CITY – Billy Earl Cannon, 72, died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. He was born Sept. 19, 1940, in Shaw. He was a retired painter and a member of Central Baptist Church in Grenada.
Services will be 10 a.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Lee officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Garden in Calhoun City. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Sue Tharpe Cannon of Calhoun City; two daughters, LaQuita (Ed) Moorhead of Bruce and Gloria Cannon of Homa, La.; two sons, James Cannon of Gore Springs and Craig (Nancy) Derrick of Homa, La.; sister, Betty Jean Langford of Vardaman; two brothers, Bobby C. Cannon of Pittsboro and Richard Johnson of Hernando; and four grandchildren, Chad Carpenter, Summer Sultan, Loring Cannon, and Dustin Hardin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Melvin “Bill” Cannon and Bessie Marie Gray Cannon; two sisters, Martha June Cannon and Shirley Baker; and two brothers, Charles Dewey Cannon and John Henry Cannon.
Pallbearers will be Steve Baker, Barry Cannon, Scott Cannon, Terry Dauzat, T.J. Dauzat, Shane Langford, Carol Ray Mooneyham, and Joe Mooneyham.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ace Cannon, Durwood Cannon, Paul Griffin, Royce Jones, Benny Smith and Billy Vance.
Online condolence can be made at parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Rita Elliott
NEW ALBANY – Rita Kay Elliot, 54, died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Keith Johnson
BOONEVILLE – Charles Keith Johnson, 53, died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at his home.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Jacinto Church of Christ Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Kate Graham
FULTON – Wilma “Kate” Graham, 80, died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born June 19, 1932, to Ben and Myrtle Barnes Graham. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening while living at her home in the Fairview Community. She as an avid reader and animal lover who cared for many special pets throughout her life.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Gene O’Brian officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her caregiver and special nephew whom she helped raise, Wesley Graham (Kim) of Fulton; one brother, John Graham of Fulton; one sister, Joyce Merriman of Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Kenneth Graham, Charles Graham, James Graham, and her twin, Jim Graham; and one sister, Warnie Rozell.
Pallbearers will be David Willcut, Steve Johnson, Mike Steele, and Mark Williams.
Honorary pallbearers will be her family at Courtyards Community Living Center.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at http://www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com/.