Obituaries March 1, 2012

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Donnie Mae Pottenger
POTTS CAMP – Donnie Mae Pottenger was called home by her Heavenly Father on Feb. 25, 2012. She was welcomed there by her mother, grandmother and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Donnie was born Nov. 30, 1941, in Potts Camp to Winnie Mae Ash and Thomas Grady Evans. She was named after her grandmother, Donnie Morgan Ash, and her mother, Willie Mae Weaver.
In 1958 while working at F.W. Woolworths in Memphis, she met her eternal companion. She married Jimmie R. Pottenger while they both were working there at Woolworths. Jim always said he got a million dollar baby at the 5&10 cent store.
Jim and Donnie were married Jan. 30, 1959, in Memphis, but then transferred to Dallas, Texas, and were blessed with two wonderful sons, Douglas Edward and Steven Troy. AFter moving to New Orleans, they moved to Waco, Texas, where they were blessed with beautiful daughters, Rebecca Ann and Melissa Lynn.
She leaves behind her husband of 53 years; children, Douglas Edward Pottenger and wife, Shelly, Steven Troy Pottenger and wife, Kelly, Rebecca Ann Gray and husband, Gary, and Melissa Lynn Bucholz and husband Ben; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson; two half brothers, Jim Weaver of Alabama and Mike Weaver of Tennessee; three stepbrothers, Hoyt Johnson, Lake Johnson and Fred Johnson, all of Mississippi.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.
She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had held many callings. In Montana her last callings were Stake Missionary and Temple worker. She was Sealed to her husband at the Idaho Falls Temple, Aug. 30, 1975.
Donnie was a very talented poet and artist. One of her proudest accomplishments was her Christmas Store on Broadwater Avenue and helping her husband at Jim’s Jungle Garden Center.
A memorial service will be held in Apache Junction, Ariz., on March 5, 2012, at the IDS Chapel on Goldfield Road and burial at Mountain View Memorial Gardens on Apache Trail Road in Mesa, Ariz.
She will be missed by so many friends and family, but most of ll by her husband.

Harry L. Morrow
AMORY – Harry L. Morrow, 90, died on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born on Aug. 7, 1921, in Vardaman, he was a son of the late Bennet Harmon and Betty Leachman Morrow.
Harry was a graduate of Vardaman High School and Mississippi State University. An Army Air Corps pilot in World War II and the Korean War, he honorably served his country in England and Korea. A successful businessman, he was the owner of Monroe Marine and Sprint Boats with his son-in-law. Remembered mostly for his drive-in theaters, Harry owned and operated Trace Drive-In and 41 Drive-In. Formerly a member of Vardaman Baptist Church, Harry had been a member of First Baptist Church since 1959. A persistent gentleman who possessed an infectious smile, a great laugh and a wonderful sense of humor, Harry loved his family, especially being with his daughter. He enjoyed spending time at Pickwick fishing with his grandsons, who were the highlight of his life, and son-in-law, who showed him where the fish were always biting. Harry was a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow. He always anticipated meeting with the coffee drinkers at Renasant Bank while sitting around the table solving all of Amory’s problems.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be John Creekmore, Woody Brand, Butch Faulkner, Tommy Cole, John Burk and Jerry Frederick. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Corder, Gene Shackleford, Malcolm Farris and Carter Dobbs.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Denise Morrow Faulkner (Phil), Amory; grandsons, Bryan Lewis Faulkner (Rachael) and Phillip Faulkner of Amory; great-grandson, Jack Thomas Faulkner; and nieces, Sally Morrow Axton and Suzanne Morrow Shrum.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Frances D. Morrow; and brother, Thomas D. Morrow.
Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society, c/o Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821 or Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Joyce Langston
BALDWYN – Violet Elaine ”Joyce” Langston, 68, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 12, 1944, in Vermillion County, Ill., to Roy and Jane Garner Owen. She recently came to North Mississippi from Lake Station, Ind., to be near her son. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hobart, Ind., a member of the “Tops” Club of Northwest Indiana and a devoted and loving mother. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her son, Reuben Langston of Baldwyn; one brother, Chuck Owen of Demontte, Ind.; two sisters, Jean Campbell of Knox, Ind., and Christine King of Lake Station, Ind.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents and two daughters, Fonda Rea Langston and Randie Langston.
No local services are scheduled at this time. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Earline Hawkins
WATER VALLEY – Earline Hawkins, 75, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.

Helen Swanson
PONTOTOC – Helen Ruth Swanson, 75, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany. She was a member of the Church of Christ. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she enjoyed taking care of her family and going to church.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Highway 15 Church of Christ in Pontotoc with Bro. Danny Rogers officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Harrison “H.E.” Swanson; two sons, Randy Swanson (Cathy) and Mike Swanson; two daughters, Tammy Swanson Jones and Kathy Swanson Long (Shane); all of Pontotoc; and two sisters, Imogene Bozeman of Sarepta and Dorothy Reynolds of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Millie Braddock; a sister, Alma Gray; and two brothers, William “Bill” Braddock and James Braddock.

Roy Rollins
RED BAY, Ala. – Roy Lee Rollins, 78, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Robert O. Green
TUPELO – Robert Oklen “R.O.” Green, 80, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. A native of Itawamba County, he was born July 20, 1931, to Ulmer and Myrtle Helen Phillips Green. Earlier in life, he worked 16 years in sales for Pepsi Cola Bottling and later for Saunders & Associates Food Brokerage until his retirement. He was a past member of the Breakfast Civitan Club He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and church clerk. He also coached the church men’s softball team and participated in the Senior Adult PEP Club. An avid sportsman and Mississippi State Bulldogs fan, he enjoyed restoring old tractors, cooking for his family and gardening. Every Thursday he enjoyed playing Rook with his church friends and every Tuesday morning, having coffee at Papa V’s.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Gayle Alexander, the Rev. Chad Grayson and the Rev. Ricky Young officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 59 years, Frances Herndon Green of Tupelo; two daughters, Deborah Green Martin of Tupelo and Denise Green Martin (Richard) of Hoover, Ala.; two sisters, Grace Sanderson (Jerry) of Amory and Olene Waddle of Dorsey; three grandchildren, Michelle Richardson (Bobby) of Saltillo, Marc Martin of Pittsburg, Pa., and Brian Bullock of Starkville; and two great-grandchildren, Addison and Avery Richardson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Margaret Green.
Pallbearers will be Richard Martin, David Martin, Brian Bullock, Marc Martin, Bobby Richardson and Thomas Wayne Sanderson.
The Terry Byars Sunday School Class will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will continue from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Tupelo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Helen Clark
HOUSTON – Helen Lavern Cook Clark, 86, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. She was born Sept. 2, 1925, in Chickasaw County to Azier Howell Cook and Neva Dein Winsett Cook. She was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Baptist Church. She dearly loved her family and her church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Friendship Baptist Church in Houston with Bro. Gladwin Carpenter and Bro. Jack Maroon officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her sons, Joe and Earline Clark of Pass Christian, Danny and Mary Clark of Houston, Earl and Shirley Clark of Grenada; her grandchildren, Allison Clark of Nashville, Eric Clark of Houston, Anita Simmons of Guntersville, Ala., Darice Jones of Statham, Ga., Michele Henle of Destin, Fla., John Kyzar of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Trisha Perry of Benton, Ark.; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Paul and Daphna Cook of Vardaman; and her special caregivers, Glenda Loggins and Mary West.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oneal Clark; her brother, Floyd Cook; and her sister, Maudein Clark.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.
The body will lie in repose from 1 p.m. to service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Marianne Caradine, P.O. Box 7, Vardaman, MS 38878.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the online register at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Danny Joe Barron
BOONEVILLE – Danny Joe Barron, 57, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 11, 1955, to Joe and Frances Millstead Barron. He was a Methodist and a carpenter.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. Jimmy Glover officiating. Burial will be in East Prentiss Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene Jacobs Barron; one daughter, Stacey Barron of Booneville; his father, Joe Barron; two sisters, Cindy (David) Hood of Kirkville and Sandy (Jimmy) McGough of Belmont; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Barron.
Pallbearers are Macky Denson, Brad Wilemon, Jonathan Hood, Joey Hood, Justin Whitten, Bobby Taylor, Billy Taylor and Jimmy McGough.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Esther Pannell
WEDDINGTON, N.C. – Esther Rogers Pannell, 91, of, formerly of Tupelo, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at the Jesse Helms Nursing Center of Carolinas Medical Center-Union in Monroe, N.C. She was born June 27, 1920, in Bourg, La., to Clovis Joseph Rogers and Alice Robichaux Rogers. She was a member of West Main Church of Christ.
Services will be at noon Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will follow in the Chesterville Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Alice Pannell Roberts (John Roberts) of Weddington, N.C.; two grandchildren, Jill Roberts Keane (Michael) of Washington D.C. and Michael Roberts of Auburn, Ala.; and one great-grandchild, Siobhan Ella Keane.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Pannell, in 2010; a son, Michael James Pannell, in 1969; six brothers, Garner Rogers, Nolan Rogers, Mike Rogers, Guy Rogers, Hugh Rogers and Raymond Rogers; and two sisters, Phyllis Aucoin and Norma Arseneaux.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until noon Friday at the Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorials be made to support of research for Parkinson’s disease at www.pdf.org. or to a charity of one’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

John Burdine
WAUKEGAN, Ill. – John T. “J.T.” Burdine, 77, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Waukegan, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.

Aaron Stearns
NETTLETON – Aaron Wells Stearns, 41, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at his home in the Evergreen community after an extended illness. He was formerly of Houma, La.
Private family services will be held at a later date. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Jones
VERONA – Charles Jones, 83, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.
Geraldine Nix
PONTOTOC – Geraldine Emeline Long Nix, 89, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at her residence. She was a member of Buchanan Baptist Church and a retired supervisor at Modernized Dean’s. She was a member of the Ecru Eastern Star.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Buchanan Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Barefield officiating. Burial will follow in the Buchanan Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Jerry Ruth Montgomery, of Pontotoc; two grandchildren, Nicole Montgomery and Nathan Montgomery; and two great-grandchildren, Savannah Simmons and Makenzi Mongtomery.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin W. Long and Nora Carwyle Long; her husband, J.C. Nix; five brothers, Nubern Long, Charles Long, Cortez Long, Cullen Long and Hubert Long; and a granddaughter, Natalie Montgomery Bailey.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Montgomery, Doug Simmons, Tracy Mooneyhan, Joe Owens, John Mark Short, Nicky Nix, Spencer Nix and Bradley Montgomery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Buchanan Baptist Church.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

T.Y. Kimmons
NEW ALBANY – T.Y. Kimmons, 90, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at the Mississippi State Veterans Hospital in Oxford. He was born June 7, 1921, in Union County to Jet Kimmons and Elizabeth Pegues Kimmons. He was a member of Water Grove Baptist Church and an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Watson Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his son,, Rev. Thomas Lonnie (Lolean) Kimmons of New Albany; his siblings, Harry Kimmons of Holly Springs, Claude Kimmons of Montgomery, Ala., Harvester Kimmons of Racine, Wis., Mable Kimmons of New Albany, Maxcine Crem and Eloise Richardson of Aurora, Ill.; two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Fannie Jeanes
RIPLEY – Fannie Scott Jeanes, 87, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 24, 1925, to Benny Ray Scott and Lizzie Billings Scott. She was a lifelong member of Bethlehem M.B. Church. She married A.Z. Jeanes in 1979 and raised many nieces, nephews and grandchildren. She loved to cook and sew.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem M.B. Church with Pastor James Howell officiating. Burial will be in Ruckersville Cemetery at Falkner. Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sisters, N.C. Wade of Ripley, Lula Jane Rogers of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Mary Lee Turner of Ripley; two brothers, Walter Scott of Tiplersville and Robert Scott of Chalybeate; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, great and great-great-nieces and great- and great-great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Leander Scott, Lacey DeeCee Scott and Ike Braddock; one sister, Maggie “Mag” Braddock; one niece, Linda Rogers and five stepchildren, Lazine, Linda, R.L., Roy and Geneva.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Phyllis Prestage
ABERDEEN – Phyllis Roberts Prestage, 73, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at her home in Aberdeen. She was born Dec. 30, 1928, to Leon Leazenby and Ella Leazenby Sullivan. She was a homemaker and a member of Prairie Baptist Church, where she was the pianist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. George Collins officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Walter Rayford Prestage of Aberdeen; two daughters, Melissa Roberts Weinstein (Ron) of Bluford, Ill., and Billie Roberts Rose (Ryan) of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two stepdaughters, Kim Prestage Fretwell (Eric) of Aberdeen and Rachel Prestage Caldwell (Harvey) of Batesville, Ark.; one stepson, Tony Roberts (Lisa) of Elkmont, Ala.; four sisters, Carolyn Satterfield (Bruce) of Muncie, Ind., Della Beaty (Larry) of Anderson, Ind., Linda Allen (Ronnie) of Anderson, Ind., and Mary Serano (Juan) of Astatula, Fla.; one brother, David Leazenby (Irene) of Huntsville, Ala.; six grandchildren, Lexi Weinstein, Austin Fretwell, Landon Fretwell, James Caldwell, Karson Caldwell and Camden Roberts.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Martha Tuttle, June Oxley and Ella Simmons; and her husband, Cecil W. Roberts.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Willie F. Swader
RIENZI – Willie F. “Billy” Swader 74, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at his home. He loved to raise banty chickens, and he enjoyed fishing. He was an employee of Ralph Hare Tire, a United States Army veteran and a member of New Covenant Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. David Krech officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem cemetery in Tishomingo County.
He is survived by four daughters, Etna Inez “Cricket” Strickland of Corinth, Peggy Swader of Booneville, Brenda Owens of Booneville and Rebecca Strickland of Rienzi; four sons, Billy “Dollar” Swader (Amy), Vernon Swader (Teresa) and Marty Wilson, all of Booneville, and John Adair of Oklahoma; two sisters, Nellie Allen of Savannah, Tenn., and Jean Adams (Ulas) of Booneville; one brother, Johnny Swader (Neta) of Belmont; 20 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Sarah Melisse Swader; two brothers, Jerry Swader and an infant brother; and one grandson, Bobby Owens.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Swader, Phil Hall, Kenneth Stevens, Shaun Horton, William Strickland, Justin Blaylock and J.D. Wilson.
Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home.

Willie Graham
NEW ALBANY – Willie Alfred Graham, 64, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at the Tippah County Hospital. He was born May 27, 1947, in Union County to Alfred Graham and Willie Faye Ray. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mosley Chapel at Cotton Plant. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Angela (Edward) Graham; and five grandchildren, Sequenna Graham, Tianna Graham, Chris Floyd, Monica Floyd and Maleria Floyd, all of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Sam Wilson
NEW ALBANY – Sammy Lee “Sam” Wilson, 50, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, in Pontotoc County. He was born March 18, 1961, in New Albany to Ross Wilson and Nora Mae Spiller Wilson. He was a member of Union Grove Church and an employee of Best Foam in Pontotoc County. He enjoyed growing flowers and working outside.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two aunts, Louise Satterwhite and Mary Ann Harris, both of Evanston, Ill.; an uncle, Doug Wilson of Pontotoc; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Joe Edward “Smokey Joe” Wilson.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Almer Mitchell
FALKNER – Almer Nylene Mitchell, 94, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at her home in Falkner. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Helen Gray
CHERRY CREEK – Mary Helen Steward Gray, 88, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. She was born June 3, 1923, in Pontotoc County to Earl and Sallie Steward. She was a member of Cherry Creek Baptist Church, where she taught GA’s for many years and arranged flowers for the communion table for 40 years. She retired from Schwabe Shirt Factory after 37 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Cherry Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Russell, the Rev. Matt Russell, the Rev. Andy Russell and the Rev. Roger Reeder officiating. Burial will follow in the Cherry Creek Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Ronnie Gray (Sylvia); two daughters, Sylvia Moorman Tatum (Wayne) and Janice Russell (Rev. Jimmy); her grandchildren, Scotty Gray (Rhonda), Randy Gray (Michelle), Susan Farris (Donnie), Julia Stubblefield (Carlisle), Bennie Moorman Jr. (Miranda), Bro. Andy Russell (Susan), Bro. Matt Russell (Marley) and Alan Russell (Allison); great-grandchildren, Dwayne Farris, Josh Farris, Penny Skeen (Matt), Mandy Gray, Trevor Gray, Justin Gray, Summer Gray, Anna Brooke Russell, Emily Russell, Hannah Russell, Mallory Russell, Cason Russell, Nathan Stubblefield, Alisha Stubblefield, McKenzie Moorman and Morgan Moorman; and one great-great grandson, Gavin Skeen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William E. Gray; three sisters, Blanche Wardlaw, Lucille Lee and Sarah Steward; and one brother Horace Steward.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff at Church Street Personal Care Home.
The visitation will be at Cherry Creek Baptist Church from 5 to 8 p.m today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Cindy Tutor
PONTOTOC – Cindy Tutor, 49, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Pontotoc Community Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.