Obituaries March 17, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Zana Hill
BOONEVILLE – Zana Caver Hill, 92, of Booneville, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at her home. She was born July 25, 1919, to William Luther and Minnie Belle Breedlove Caver. She was a graduate of New Site High School and Wood College in Mathiston, where she served as president of Wood College Alumni Association. In addition to a full life given in service to her family, she was formerly employed by the Prentiss County Welfare Department and the Northeast Mississippi Junior College Cafeteria. She was a member of Candlers Chapel Baptist Church and a faithful supporter of Meadow Creek United Methodist Church through the years.
Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 2012, at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel.
She is survived by her daughter, Martha Ruth Whatley and son-in-law, William Wayne Whatley, of Columbus, Ga.; a son, Larry David Hill of Baldwyn; a grandson, Logan David Hill of Birmingham; three stepgrandsons, William Wayne Whatley Jr. and his wife, Joy, of Montgomery, Ala., Ansel Gideon Whatley of Columbus, Ga., and Clarence Hill Whatley of Auburn, Ala.; and seven stepgrandchildren, Hill Whatley, Jane Whatley, Billy Whatley, Stephanie Whatley, Jacob Whatley, Michael Campbell and Michele Campbell.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Maurice Logan Hill; and her seven brothers, Fred Caver, Hershel Caver, Olen Caver, W.L. Caver Jr., Horace Caver, Ralph Caver and Harmon Caver.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to D.W. Mathis and Alma Vuncannon, special friends and caregivers.
Memorials may be made to The Blythe’s Chapel Cemetery Endowment Fund, c/o The Mississippi United Methodist Foundation, P.O. Box 2315, Jackson, MS 39158.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Desergio Graham
CORINTH – Desergio Graham, 3 months, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.

Cherita Jeffries
RED BANKS – Cherita Denise Williams Jeffries, 52, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Hill CME Church at Mt. Pleasant. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Sunday.

Charlotte Navickey
LAFAYETTE, Tenn. – Charlotte Pickle Navickey, 71, died on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Kindred Hospital in Nashville. Born on Oct. 4, 1940, in Smithville, she was a daughter of the late Lonnie and Millie Knight Pickle. She enjoyed working in her garden and listening to music. An animal lover, she had several dogs, cat and birds as pets. A former member of Smithville Baptist Church, she attended Holy Family Catholic Church in Lafayette.
A graveside service with inurnment will be at 2 p.m. today in Wesley Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Dennis Smithey officiating. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. today. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Navickey of Lafayette, Tenn.; sisters, Julia Carter of Homewood, Ala., Myrtle (Red) Robinson of Houston, Texas, and Eunice Pearce of Smithville; brothers, Huey (Billie) Pickle of Knoxville and Dewey (Peggy) Pickle of Lindenhurst, Ill.; special niece, Gail (Tommy) Ford of Amory; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Juanita (Brandt) May of Bella Vista, Ark.; and stepdaughter, Maria (Dick) Gillespie of Waukegan, Ill.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Arlie and Arnold Pickle, Grace Gilliland, Dorothy Clay and Otis Pickle.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Neal Miller
VINA, Ala. – Neal Miller died Thursday, March 15, 2012.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Old Burleson Cemetery at Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Billie G. Ray
GOLDEN – Billie G. Ray, 77, died Thursday, March 15, 2012.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Glin Phillips
OXFORD – Glin Phillips, 88, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at his home in Oxford. He was born in Lafayette County. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He retired from Avent’s Dairy after 40 years and raised cattle throughout his life. He was a deacon of Toccopola Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, yardwork and bird watching.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Linda Lancaster of Preston, Deborah King (Ronald) of Water Valley, Brenda Brannan (Bub) of Oxford and Kathy Watson (Tommy) of Oxford; one son, Sammy Glin Phillips (Joyce) of Batesville; one stepson, Charles Anderson of Holly Springs; one brother, Roy N. Phillips of Oxford; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a special caregiver, Sandi Cook.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Geneva Phillips; his second wife, Mildred Phillips; three brothers, Toy Phillips, Hugh Phillips and Due Phillips; and a grandson, Ritchey Brannan.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to North Mississippi Hospice, 104 Skyline Drive, Oxford, MS or the charity of the donor’s choice.
To sign an online guestbook, visit our website at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Eardist Ware
ABERDEEN – Eardist Bell Ware, 86, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the Community Hospice in Verona. She was born July 10, 1925, to Gus Bell and Lizzie Gladney Bell. She was a lifelong member of New Hebron M.B. Church, where she served in the choir and the Missionary Society. She was a homemaker who truly loved her family.
Services will be at noon today at New Hebron M.B. Church with the Rev. Sam Crawford officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Lizzie Carter (Willie) of Chicago, Iola Conner (Albert) of Denver, Colo., and Annie R. Ware Smith of Aberdeen; one brother, Robert Bell of Ben Harbor, Mich.; two grandchildren she reared, Deon Ware (Debra) of Aberdeen and Sharon Ware of Atlanta, Ga.; four other grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert Ware Jr.; a son, Nathaniel Ware; a sister, Ada King; and four brothers, R.C. Bell, Willie Bell, Leonard Bell and Milton Bell.
The body will lie in repose from 11 a.m. to service time today at the church.

Hank Hankins
BOONEVILLE – Lawrence “Hank” Hankins, 65, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at his home. He was born Dec. 6, 1946, to Lawrence Green and Lois Emma Estes Hankins. He was a member of East Booneville Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family.
Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Bro. Dwight South officiating. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Hankins; two sons, Luke Hankins (Rachael) of Eads, Tenn., and Joseph Hankins (Meliss) of Booneville; two sisters, Emogene (Robert) Gibson of Saltillo and Betsy (D.W.) Beasley of St. Augustine, Fla.; one brother, Paul Hankins; one granddaughter, Gwendolyn Hankins; and his mother-in-law, Ruth Tollison.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Spud Tollison.
Pallbearers are Mark Nowell, Jody Rone, Robert Cornelius and Chris Parson.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and from 1 until 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the American Cancer Society, 607 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Bertha McDonald
RIPLEY – Bertha McDonald, 85, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at the Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.

Ruth Gillentine
DORSEY – Ruth Walton Gillentine, 89, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at her residence. She was born April 26, 1922, to Ed and Clara Gasaway Walton. She worked for Westbrooks in Tupelo for over 30 years. She was a lifetime member of Greenwood Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling and flower gardening.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Gary O’Neal officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Richard Gillentine Jr. (Donna) of Dorsey and Rodney M. Gillentine (Corinne) of Hattiesburg; one sister, Clydus Comer of Dorsey; five grandchildren, Ricky Gillentine (Tammy) of Dorsey, Cindy Collier (Steve) of Iuka, Michael Gillentine (Josie) and Matt Gillentine, both of Tupelo, and Romona Gillentine of Oxford; five great-grandchildren, Nikkie Gillentine Kelley, Brittney Gillentine, Justin Gillentine, Holly Little and Kayla Collier; and three great-grandchildren, Kira Kelley, Ayden Kelley and Remington Hougeland.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, C.R. Gillentine, who died Feb. 13, 2010; four sisters, Genevee Clayton, Emma Lesley Wigginton, Clara Mae Parker and Betty Sue Harris; three brothers, Doyle Walton, Jabe Walton and John Senter Walton; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Michael Gillentine, Matthew Gillentine, Ricky Gillentine, Robert Parker, James Brown and Dale Martin.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Gerald McDaniel Sr.
TUPELO – Gerald Clinton McDaniel Sr., 72, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. A native and lifelong resident of Lee County, he was born May 31, 1939, to Clinton Lidelle and Clara Wilson McDaniel. On May 9, 1957, he married Muriel Hester McDaniel. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and the Mississippi National Guard. He worked as a tool and die maker at Krueger Industries and Super Sagless. He had been a member of Bissell Baptist Church for over 55 years. He enjoyed working on old cars.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Roger Smith officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Muriel Hester McDaniel; his daughter, Tracey Flournoy (Larry) of Mooreville; his son, Clint McDaniel (Vicki) of Blue Mountain; his sister, Mary Evelyn Holcomb of Byhalia; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two granddaughters.
Pallbearers will be Jim Carter, Tommy Wilson, Jerry Mancill, Jerry Ruffin, Shane Metcalfe and Jim Barnes. His grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Bissell Baptist Church, 4662 W. Main St., Tupelo MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Melvin Q. Gresham
ASHLAND – Melvin Q. Gresham, 89, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at his home in Ashland. He was born June 29, 1922, in Ashland. He was a deacon and lifelong member of Ashland Baptist Church. He was a farmer and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Ashland Baptist Church with Bro. Randy Smith and Dr. Gerald Hodges officiating. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his son, Glenn Gresham (Sandra) of Ashland; his daughters, Juanita Childers (Stanley) of Ashland, Linda Gambrell (Harold) of Tupelo, Shelia Smith (Randy) of Ripley and Penny Poff (Stanley) of Ashland; two brothers S.B. “Tubby” Gresham of Holly Springs and Edward Gresham of Memphis; one sister, Dorothy Bishop of Memphis; grandchildren, Amy Trotter, Dana Mann, Kim Crausby, Ashley McIntosh, Jennifer Gresham, Brian Gresham, Dana Moffitt, Heather Robertson, Hannah Wilson, Randy Smith Jr., Lori Chapman and Christy Williams; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Akin Gresham; and his parents, Marvin Gresham and Elizabeth Johnson Gresham.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the church.

Jackie Culver
NETTLETON – Jackie Floyd Culver, 65, died Thursday, March 16, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. A lifelong resident of Nettleton, he was born Oct. 26, 1946, in Lee County to Ernie Narvis “Jack” and Nellie Dickerson Culver. He was a retired carpenter and a member of Cason Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing golf and going fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Shane Crawford officiating. Carroll Pettigrew will deliver a eulogy. Burial will be in Union Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry Harris Culver of Nettleton; four sons, Dwayne Culver (Robbin), Jason Culver, Michael Culver and Joshua Culver, all of Nettleton; two sisters, Diane Culver Lindsey (Gary) and Kathy Culver, all of Nettleton; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Roy Smith, John Steele, David Cresap, Troy Cresap, Mark Burroughs and Ricky Culver.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Edward Kesler
BALDWYN – Edward Kesler, 74, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was a used car dealer for many years and one of the first members of the Natchez Trace Golf Course. He was a member of Pratt Christian Church, where he was the Sunday School superintendent and a deacon. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He often referred to his friends in passing as “Pardner.”
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Joe Carraway and Bro. Mike Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Pratt Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Lana McVey Kesler of Baldwyn; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kellie and Robin Conwill, and Debbie and Rodney Moore, all of Baldwyn; one sister, Helen Powers of Sommerville, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Jed Duke, Mary Alice Moore, Kaitlin Conwill, Will Moore, Nichole Carpenter and Jonathan Conwill; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Velma Scott Kesler; and a brother, Pete Kesler.
Pallbearers will be Billy Gray, Rodney Burns, Steve Phillips, Jeremy Wiltz, Ray Scott and Stan Scott.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorials may be sent to Christian Holyland Foundation, c/o Joe Carraway, Pratt Christian Church.

Leon Sprayberry
NETTLETON – Clovis “Leon” Sprayberry, 84, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at his home after a long illness. A lifelong resident of Nettleton, he was born March 7, 1928, in Lee County to James D. “Jim” and Dessie Lee Mangrum Sprayberry. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran with 43 years of service, including serving in World War II. He was a retired insurance salesman at Liberty National Insurance Company after 19 years. He was a member of the Nettleton First Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing golf, going fishing and working in his yard.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Nettleton First Baptist Church with Bro. Donald Pounders, Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Tommy Ray Dabbs officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary Harris Sprayberry; one son, David Sprayberry (Jennifer); his mother-in-law, Ruby Harris of Nettleton; his sister-in-law, Hazel Sprayberry of El Paso, Texas; and four grandchildren, Ashley, Colby, Colin and Caleb Sprayberry.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Unice Arvilla Sprayberry; and two brothers, J.D. Sprayberry and Houston Sprayberry.
Pallbearers will be Co`lby Sprayberry, Colin Sprayberry, Caleb Sprayberry, Tyler Henson, Henry Hankins, Johnny Holland, John Hampton and Dayton Dennington.
Honorary pallbearers will be the group from First Friends of Amory.
Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. to service time today at the church.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Raphael Semmes Jr.
GRENADA – Raphael Semmes Jr., 92, died Thursday, March 15, 2012. He was born Sept. 28, 1919, in Grenada to Raphael and Catherine Jennings Semmes. He was a United States Air Force veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was an active deacon and elder of the Grenada Presbyterian Church and a past president of the Grenada County School Board and the Grenada Chamber of Commerce. He had served as president of the Grenada Rotary Club and had been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America, where he had been presented the Silver Beaver Award. Having spent the majority of his life in the real estate and insurance business, he was instrumental in industrial and business development in Grenada. He served on the Board of Directors and the executive committee of BancorpSouth.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Garner-Harper Funeral Home Chapel in Grenada with the Rev. Andrew Perry officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Semmes of Grenada; two daughters, Ann Semmes Landrum (Ronnie) of Houston and Mary Semmes Lancaster (Carl) of Olive Branch; one son, Raphael Semmes III of Jackson; one stepdaughter, Sandra Cash of Grenada; one sister, Olive Semmes Lawton of San Mateo, Calif.; four grandchildren, Pryor Landrum (Michelle) of Atlanta, Ga., Catherine Landrum Tillman (Caleb) of Pontotoc, Andrew Semmes Lancaster and William Cook Lancaster, both of Olive Branch; two stepgrandchildren, Jennifer Cash of Grenada and Palmer Cash Melbourne, Fla.; two great-grandchildren, Emma Landrum and Jennings Tillman; and one stepgreat-granddaughter, Keirin Alberg.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary A. “Cissye” Semmes; and a brother, William O. Semmes.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday at the funeral home.

George Fair
TUPELO – George Fair died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Judie Harris
TIPLERSVILLE – Judie Wright Harris, 60, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Charlene King
BALDWYN – Charlene King, 70, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Frankie Boyd
CORINTH – Frankie Boyd, 82, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.

Charlie Mae Isby
FULTON – Charlie Mae Isby, 94, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the Courtyards Nursing Home in Fulton. She was a former schoolteacher for many years. She was a former employee of Eloise Jenkins Motel, Green Hill Grocery and Tombigbee State Park. She was a member of Warren Chapel CME Church in Mantachie, where she worked with the Usher Board, the Missionary Society and the Stewardess Board. She was secretary of the Colored Benevolent Societies for many years. A devoted person, she put her all in whatever she was involved in the church and the community.
A life celebration service will be at 1 p.m. today at Mount Pisgah M.B. Church with the Rev. Albert Copeland officiating. The Rev. Jerry Christian Jr. will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Warren Chapel Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy M. Shumpert of Fulton, Dorothy J. Merritt of Tupelo and Barbara (Stevie) Sharp of Mooreville; two stepdaughters, Gussie (George) Fair of Saltillo and Audrey Daniels of Tupelo; one brother, Loyce (Betty) Cummings of St. Louis, Mo.; one sister, Ruby Elliott of Mantachie; 10 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby L. Isby; four brothers, Troy, Ruth, Archie and Jewel Cummings; three sisters, Violit Cooperwood, Pearl Rhodes and Gertrude Stone; and one great-grandchild, Monteil Corrie.
Pallbearers will be Tony Shumpert, David Vaughn, Billy Joe Shumpert, Tony Luckett and Walter Wright.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time today.