By NEMS Daily Journal
OKOLONA – Omie Lee Motes Autrey, 97, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. Born on Feb. 28, l916, in Lamar County, Alabama, Mrs. Autrey grew up there but lived much of her adult life in the Okolona area. She married Norman Autrey on Aug. 12, 1939, in Aberdeen. He died Dec. 3, 1975. She was employed several years as a seamstress for Del Meade Slacks in Okolona but will long be remembered as a master homemaker, a devoted mother and a doting grandmother to 11 grands, 22 great-grands and seven great-great-grands who loving called her “Granny”. “Miss” Omie’s yard was always perfect and her garden and flowers adored and respected by her family and community. She was the perfect green thumb and loved all God’s creatures and creation. Her cooking, her smile and her simple approach to life and living are legendary and she was a perfect example of living the ’Golden Rule”. She was a longtime active member of the Carnation Baptist Church in Okolona and was the oldest member at her death.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 1, at the Carnation Baptist Church in Okolona with Bro. Truman Carter officiating. A graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Beavertown, Ala., with a visitation from 3 to 3:30 p.m. at the Church there. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel is entrusted with all arrangements.
Survivors include her five children, Guy Autrey (Nellie), Sue Doss (Curt), Barbara Franks, Dale Cruse (Jackie), all of Okolona and Peggy Bailey (Jimmy) of Houlka; her grandchildren, Terry Autrey (Tina), Patrice Bryant, Lisha Kwaninski (Robert), Tina Sturgeon (Tom), Amy Chaney, Mandy Crane (Joey), Jamie Long (Amanda), Renee Collums (Scott), Wayne Moore (Marsha), Leanna Bailey (Timothy) and Norman Cruse (Jamie); 22 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Faye Barnes (Fred) of Sulligent, Ala.; two brothers, Elbert Cole of Beavertown, Ala. and William “Dick” Cole (Martha) of Birmingham, Ala.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Max Dale; a grandson, Davis Owens; and two great-granddaughters, Savannah Moore and Harley Autrey.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today and noon until service time Monday, all at Carnation Baptist Church in Okolona.
Memorials may be made to Carnation Baptist Church, P. O. Box 596, Okolona, MS. 38801.
Condolences may be e mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judge William Lamb
OXFORD – Judge William Robert Lamb, 82, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. He was born in Water Valley to William Jackson and Walda Holladay Lamb. He was a graduate of the University High School in Oxford and the University of Mississippi where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 1, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford with the Rev. Taylor Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery in Oxford. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Peggy C. Lamb of Oxford; daughter, Elizabeth Duke Hellmann (Bruce) of Fairfax, Va.; two sons, Williams K. Duke (Betty) of Oxford and James A. Duke of Oxford; sister, Virginia Lamb MacNaughton (J.V.) of Harrisonburg, Va.; four grandchildren; and five nieces.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home. In honor of Judge Lamb’s service, the flag of the United States Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions in Judge Lamb’s memory may be made to Interfaith Compassion Ministry, 440 North Lamar, Suite 5, Oxford, MS 38655.
For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call (662) 234-7971.
TUPELO – William H. “Buddy” Pate, 83 died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehab Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
OXFORD – Elizabeth “Pumpkin” Lewis, 55, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
RED BAY, Ala. – Jimmy A. Massey, 72, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at ECM Hospital. He was born Nov. 5, 1940, in Franklin County, Ala., to Marshall David and Geneva Inez Humphries Massey. He was a member, deacon and Sunday school teacher at New Union Missionary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 4:30 p.m. today at New Union Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Greg Philamlee and Bro. Bobby Massey officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Mayola Massey of Red Bay; four children, Mark Massey (Linda), Rhonda Hardin (Jimmy), Beverly Kennedy (Mike) and Jarod Massey (Kristin), all of Red Bay; 10 grandchildren, Candi Weaver, Chasity Franks, Nathan Gray, Lauren Gray, Colt Hardin, Allie Kennedy, Alex Kennedy, Anna Kate Kennedy, Andrew Massey and Addie Massey; two great -grandchildren, Melee Weaver and Abryanna Franks; two sisters, Linda James and Kathy Coats (Harold); one brother, Bobby Massey; special family member, Freda Massey; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Nella Jean Massey.
Pallbearers will be Joel Bolding, Gerald Collum, Larry Haithcock, Andrew Franks, Greg Strickland and Tony Massey. Honorary pallbearers will be Colt Hardin, Nathan Gray, Alex Kennedy and Andrew Massey.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until service time today at the church.
GUNTOWN – Juanita C. Brown, 80, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at her residence. She was born April 12, 1933, to Kernit and Beulah Russell Martin. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Baldwyn where she was a former Sunday School teacher. She was a former employee of Sears and Roebuck and Montgomery Ward. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, July 1, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating with burial in the Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Charlie F. Brown of Guntown; sons, Steve N. Brown (Beth) of Madison and Michael F. Brown (Sue Ann) of Hoover, Ala.; sister, Ann Peterson (Wayne) of Villa Rica, Ga.; grandchildren, Ben Brown (Rachel) of Virigina, Ian Brown of Mississippi, Chris Brown (Melissa) of Denver, Colorado, Michael Brown of Hoover, Ala., and William Brown of Columbus, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Quinton Martin and Jimmy Martin and sisters, Jean Martin Blair and Betty Jo Gates.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of her Sunday School Class.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
RIENZI – Bobby Joe Weathers, 58, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at his residence.
Service is at 4 p.m. Monday, July 1, at Magnolia Funeral Home.
Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family also will accept friends after the service.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
WEST POINT – Douglas R. “Buddy” Griggs, 65, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013, at USA Medical Center, in Mobile, Ala. He was born Jan. 20, 1948, in Monroe County, to Odele Garrett Griggs and Rufus Woodrow Griggs. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and was presently attending Strong United Methodist Church where he grew up. He graduated from Aberdeen High School. He started Griggs Car Quest in August 1977. He enjoyed his farm working with his cattle and was an avid duck hunter and fisherman. He was presently a member of the Clay County Cattleman’s Association. He was serving on the advisory board of Four County Electric Power Association and was a nominations committee member. Active in community works, he had served as past president of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. He was a Ducks Unlimited Sponsor where he was past chairman. He served as a chairman of trustees at First United Methodist Church where he was an MYF Leader. He was a board member of First National Bank and Cadence Bank of West Point. He served on the Board of Oak Hill Academy. He married Gale Young Griggs on Aug. 30, 1969, in West Point, at First United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Truman Thompson officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Gale Young Griggs of West Point; one daughter, Leigh Elizabeth Griggs Camp of Madison; one son, Brian Douglas Griggs of West Point; two grandchildren, Neely Caradine Griggs of Birmingham, Ala., and Abigale Evans Camp of Madison; three sisters, Kay Griggs Rogers of Aberdeen, Mavis Griggs Chism (Buddy) of Amory and Lula Mae Griggs Kilgore of Birmingham, Ala.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and his brother, Johnny Griggs.
Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Simmons, Lonnie Brand, Steve Watson, Joey Michel, Jimmy Donahoo, Ralph Bradley, Doug Wood, Jimmy Wood, Robert Darsey, Glenn Robinson, Ray Millard, Larry Pitre, Mac Steadman, Bobby Jenkins, J. B. Kisner, The Wednesday Night Supper Club and the Strong United Methodist Church Family.
Memorials may be made to Sally Kate Winters Family Services, P. O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773 or to Strong United Methodist Church, c/o George Watson, 10337 Strong Road, Aberdeen, MS 39730.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
PRAIRIE – Ellen Randle, 81, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Lake Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Burial is in Lake Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
OKOLONA – Lillian Brown, 67, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Cedars Health Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
BALDWYN – Bobby M. Sullivan, 78, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 13, 1934, in Prentiss County, to Jessie and Havana Sullivan. He retired from Daybrite Lighting Co. after 34 years. He was at deacon and Sunday School Teacher at Mt. Olive M.B. Church. He was a member of Young Lodge 38 and IBEW.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Baldwyn with the Rev. Wayne Myles officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Baldwyn. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Sullivan of Baldwyn; two sons, Rossie (Marilyn) Sullivan of Baldwyn and Stevie (Delander) Sullivan of Manchester, Tenn.; two daughters, Markeda (Kenneth) Coleman of Baldwyn and Renata (David) Wren of Shannon; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Gail Grice (Ira) of Baldwyn and Louise Rubin of Memphis, Tenn.; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Charles McKinney Jr.; and four sisters, Lucille Fountain, Alllie Bush, Bessie E. McGaha and Earline Sullivan.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
CORINTH – Scotie O’Neal Evetts, 65, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at his residence.
Service is at 11 a.m. Monday, July 1, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial is at Wheeler Grove Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
TUPELO – Irma Terrill, 92, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
ABBEVILLE – George Thompson, 78, died June 28, 2013, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home.
NETTLETON – Bobby Jean Odom Damron, 60, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 1, 1952, to Thomas Odom Sr. and Rachel Tubbs Odom. She worked at MTD in Verona for many years.
Service is at 4 p.m. Monday, July 1, at Senter Funeral Home with Jimmy Dale Sartin officiating.
She is survived by her husband, Earnie Damron of Nettleton; son, Brian (Beth) Damron of Nettleton; daughter, Michelle (Jamie) Williams of Tremont; grandchildren Samantha Damron of Nettleton, Taylor Roberts of Tremont, Makayla Damron of Nettleton and Zachary Williams of Tremont; sisters, Carol (Jack) Sullivan of Strongsville, Ohio, Peggy (Don) Cameron of Warren, Ohio, Patsy (Bob) Schuler of Bluesprings and Sandra (Terry) Whitt of Mantachie; and brother, Thomas (Stacy) Odom Jr. of Anniston, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Odom Sr.; and mother, Rachel Odom.
Visitation is 2 p.m. until service time Monday.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
HALEYVILLE, Ala. – Bivian Bessemer Bates Newborn, 70, formerly of Corinth, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala.
Service is at 3 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home.
Visitation is 2 p.m. until service time today.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
EUPORA – Earline Bailey Williams, 84, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 1, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Lollars Grove Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
ABBEVILLE – Willie Herod, died June 29, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home.