By NEMS Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – Mattie Lee Scales Blake, 81, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Dec. 25, 1929, in Lee County to Dan and Mary Brooks Scales. She married James Blake and they had 11 children. He preceded her in death.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Bordoc Baptist Church on Hwy. 178. Bishop Jamie Lee Foster will officiate. Burial will be in Bordoc Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Ernest Teen Price, Mary Ann (Perry) Graham and Martha Boyd, all of New Albany; six sons, Ernest James (Sonya) Blake of Racine, Wis., L.C. Blake of Brandon, Marcullus (Opal) Blake, Willie (Demetris) Blake, Van Lee (Gloria) Blake, all of New Albany, and Charles (Tessie) Blake of Mantee; four sisters, Samella Scales and Ada Scales of New Albany, and Lillie Bell Scales and Mary Ann Taylor of Racine, Wis.; one brother, Cliff Scales of Racine; 18 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today at the funeral home. Seating and visitation space is limited at the church.
Jamie P. Johnson
RIPLEY – Jamie P. Johnson, 85, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
WALNUT – Clara Vanedia Phelps Pace, 69, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. She was born Feb. 14, 1942, in Saulsbury, Tenn., to Choice C. Phelps and Birdie Lorene Phelps (McDowell). She was united in marriage to Bobby G. Pace on Aug. 9, 1958. She retired from Biltrite Corp. in 2004 after 35 years and many knew her from 26 years of selling Avon.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Ramer.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Bobby G. Pace; a son, Mark A. Pace of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Angela L. Cook (David) of Selmer, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Kyle Reeder of Orlando, Kayla Pace of Edgewood, Fla., Geordan Tomor of East Palestine, Ohio, Shane and Cameron Cook of Selmer, Tenn., and Brandon and Morgan Cook of Baldwyn; five brothers, Gene Phelps (Roberta) of Corinth, Van Phelps (Judy) of Jackson, Tenn., Donald Phelps (Barbara) of Dyersburg, Tenn., Bruce Phelps (Brenda) of Quitman, Texas, and Boyd Phelps (Patty) of Katy, Texas; and 10 nephews and eight nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Ricky Lee Pace and Bobby Joe Pace; two brothers, Lacy Terry Phelps and Lawrence Phelps; one sister, Florence Replogle; a nephew, Jared Lee Phelps; and a niece, Sandra Louise Phelps.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
HAMILTON – Wilburn Edgar Gunter, 85, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, he was born Oct. 12, 1925, in Quincy to James Edgar Gunter and Modie McCullough Gunter Waycaster. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy and a self-employed carpenter. He loved his work, hunting and fishing, and his cows.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of God of Prophecy in Hamilton with Rev. Jerry Hill and Rev. Tim Winters officiating. Burial will be in McDuffa Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Viola Mae Allen Gunter of Hamilton; one daughter, Nora Duggar and husband, Jerry, of Hamilton; three sons, Wilburn Wayne Gunter and wife, Toni-Jo, of Hamilton, Jim Gunter and wife, Lynn, of Smithville, and Jackie Gunter and wife, Lenda, of Fulton; two sisters, Alderine Wardlaw of Hamilton and Opal Blair of Byhalia; two brothers, Elton Waycaster and wife, Ann, of Jasper, Ala., and Jerome Waycaster and wife, Donna, of Memphis; and eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kenneth Gunter; one grandson, Scott Roberts; one sister, Jimmie Lee Patterson; and two brothers, Charles Waycaster and Buddy Waycaster.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the Church of God of Prophecy in Hamilton.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
WEST POINT – Robert David Hemphill, 55, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born Dec. 1, 1955, in West Point to Arthur Robert Hemphill and the late Mary Ruth Bedford Hemphill. He was a truck driver and a member of First Baptist Church. He married Tobie Brown Hemphill on June 24, 1976, in West Point.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Tobie Brown Hemphill of West Point; one son, Robert Michael Hemphill of West Point; one grandson, Robert Michael Hemphill Jr., and his mother, Shelley Hooker Hemphill; his father, Arthur Robert Hemphill of West Point; two sisters, Nancy Hemphill Taylor of Tupelo and Carol Hemphill Vest of Jacksonville, Fla.
Pallbearers will be Justin Klutts, Terry Pitts, James Beatty, Nathan Sinko, Jackie Stovall and Pete Portera.
Honorary pallbearers will be the East-West Motor Freight Company co-workers of Selmer, Tenn., Dr. Edmund A. Miller Jr., Dr. Julian Hill, Dr. Kristopher Whitehead, the North Mississippi Health Care staff, and staff and nurses of North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284-8217.
Visitation will be from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
SHANNON – Cora Lee McGaughy, 88, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 2, 1922, in Lafayette County to Sarah Pasker-Morrison. She was a lifelong member of Whitehill M.B. Church. She was a homemaker, and a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend, who was devoted to her family.
Service will be at noon Friday at Whitehill M.B. Church in Tupelo with Rev. Jeffrey Daniels officiating. Burial will be in the McGaughy Cemetery in Shannon. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 61 years, Mack McGaughy Sr.; her daughter, Dorothy Edwards; two sons-in-law, three grandchildren and nine siblings.
Survivors include four sons, Mack McGaughy Jr. of Verona, Dallas McGaughy, James McGaughy (Carolyn) and Floyd (Susie) Wren, all of Shannon; four daughters, Sarah Copeland of Verona, and Juanita Shannon, Mattie Edwards (Don) and Cora Blaylock, all of Shannon; one brother, Whitman Clifton of Tupelo; 33 grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren, 26 great-great-grandchildren; three godchildren, Janice Jackson, Myrna Lauderdale and Delois Page; a sister-in-law, Everlois Morrison of Shannon; and a host of nieces and nephews,
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
CORINTH – Lester Earl “Pete” Pratt, 78, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born Nov. 15, 1932, in Shannon to Edwin and Helen Forsythe Pratt. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Radford stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, from 1953 to 1957. He retired from Tennessee River Pulp and Paper Co. after 32 years. He was a member of Tate Baptist Church. He enjoyed watching Ole Miss football, cooking on the grill, jazz music and spending time with his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tate Baptist Church in Corinth with the Rev. Mickey Trammel officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Joyce Kitchens Pratt of Corinth; a son, Michael Pratt and wife, Kim, of Corinth; a daughter, Debra McCullough and husband, Greg, of Bartlett, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Ross and husband, Terry, of Corinth; a brother, Jerry Pratt and wife, Linda, of Corinth; sisters, Jane Gurley and Dianne Hilburn of Corinth; his grandchildren, Alan Pratt, Britni McCullough, Landon McCullough, Brooks Pratt, Baylor Pratt, Addie Pratt and Emily Ross.
He was preceded in death by his son, Joel Craig Pratt; his parents; two brothers, Melvin and Floyd Pratt; and two sisters, Sue Pyron and Mae Oma Jones.
Pallbearers will be Alan Pratt, Kenny Pyron, Danny Ray Pyron, Brandon Gurley, Todd Gurley and Clay Inman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tate Baptist Church Building Fund, 1201 Harper Road, Corinth, MS. 38834.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Condolence can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
PONTOTOC – Brenda Clarke Russell, 60, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at her home. She was an art teacher at the Community Bible Church School. She was a home decorator, winning many awards for her paintings, arts and crafts, and crosstitching. She was a member of the Homemakers Club. An avid animal lover, she leaves behind her faithful friend of 10 years, Rosa.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Chris Moody and Bro. Jed Daniels officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Rodney L. Russell; a sister, Marsha Hudson; three sons, Steve K. Russell (Marcia), Shane R. Russell (Jeanette) and Scott R. Russell; one daughter, Amber Hicks (Josh); 11 grandchildren, Allyssa, Brittany, Tyler, Abby, Meagan, Maylana, Matthew, Landon, Chandler, Jace and Stevie; and one great-grandson, Dominick.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Frances Hudson; her father, Lister Clarke Hudson; a sister, Susan Hudson; and her grandparents, Susie and Lorenzo Dial Fondren.
BALDWYN – Roy Crump died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the Starkville Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
MANTEE – Irene Vernon O’Brian Griffin, 80, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis. She was born Jan. 29, 1930, in Winston County to Edna Lovorn Vernon and Lewis Vernon. She moved to Clay County in 1945 with her family. She was a retired seamstress and homemaker, and an active member of Mantee Baptist Church. In 1948 she married Sam O’Brian; he died in 1969. In 1970 she married Howard Griffin; he died in 1991.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Marvin “Bo” Farrior officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include two daughters, Diane O’Brian Brand (Ray) of Olive Branch and Susan O’Brian Rodgers (Charles) of Birmingham; two grandchildren, Amy Rodgers Mackintosh (Todd) and Joel Rodgers (Amy); five great-grandchildren; one sister, Frances Johnson of Columbus; two brothers, L.E. Vernon (Nora) of West Point and James Vernon (Peggy) of Booneville; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Sammy Lovorn O’Brian, in 1969; her parents; five sisters, Ethel Lee, Earlene Weaver, Katherine Tackett, Lucille Swindol and Lucy Warren; and an infant brother, Lewis Vernon Jr.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Vernon, Brad Vernon, Mike Vernon, Matt McCory, Tim Roberson and Doug Wilson.
Honorary pallbearers will be her friends in the Mantee community.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time Friday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – Lawrence Andrew Ott, 81, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at his residence. He was born Sept. 13, 1929, in Illinois. He was retired from Sunshine Mills. He was a member of Halltown Methodist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Scott Lindsey and his brother-in-law, Tommy Halcomb, officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his son, Mark Ott (Cheryl) of Russellville, Ala.; a daughter, Robin Patterson (Stanley) of Russellville; a grandson, Cory Hale of Russellville and his girlfriend, Breanna Easter, of Florence, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Bobbie Halcomb Ott; his parents, Charles Conrad and Agnes Barbara Palaschak Ott; and two brothers and three sisters.
Pallbearers will be Cory Hale, Scott Robison, James Lindsey, Heath Halcomb, Danny Taylor and Eddie Lofton.
Visitation will until 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
ECRU – Delaine Mote, 81, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born May 16, 1929, in Pontotoc County to Lawrence B. Mote and Pearl Washington Mote. In his younger years he farmed, worked in furniture manufacturing and served in the U.S. Army. He served two terms on the Board of Aldermen for the City of Ecru and worked as a security guard until he recently retired. He loved horses and trail riding. He was a member of Ecru Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in West Heights Cemetery.
Survivors include seven nephews, Jeff Mote and Kenny Mote of Jackson, Tommy Mote of Memphis, Billy Mote of Stoughton, Mass., Keith Walls and Charles Walls of Ecru, and David Walls of Hernando; a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Mote, Kenny Mote, Terry Upchurch, Brad Perrigan, Charlie Rowzee and Richard Walls.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Friday.
TUPELO – Bobby Isby, 49, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
TUPELO – Jewel Cummings died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
SALTILLO – Larry Morse, 69, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Peggy Huey, 81, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at the Columbus Hospice House in Columbus, Ga. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hattiesburg and the Hattiesburg Garden Club. She taught Sunday school, GA’S and Act Teens at First Baptist Church. She served on the state national levels with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Women’s Missionary Union. As a young adult she was a hair dresser and owned the beauty shop in Pontotoc in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. She left work to become a full time mom and homemaker in 1962. She participated in mission trips abroad and in the states. She loved to travel and sight-see. She was always “ready to go.”
Graveside services will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Ecru Cemetery with Rev. David Jussely officiating. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her two sons, Glenn Dexter Huey of Memphis and Harry Cummings Huey Jr. (Chip) of Peachtree City, Ga.; four grandchildren, Glenn Huey of Memphis, Audra Delancy of Hattiesburg, Ana Isabel Huey and Samual Huey of Peachtree City, Ga.; and her great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Vardaman Bishop and Floy Anderson Bishop, and her brothers, James K. Bishop and Dewey Bishop.
Visitation will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday at Browning Funeral Home.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.
NEW ALBANY – Jessie Mae Bennett Taylor, 77, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Jan. 30, 1934, in Tippah County to William Lee and Georgia Ann Gullett Bennett. She was a homemaker and a member of Moss Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
She is survived by her husband, Curtis Daniel Taylor of New Albany; two sons, David Lee Taylor and Philip Daniel Taylor (Laura); a sister, Elizabeth Shappley; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Roy Bennett, Jimmy Heyman, Danny Gafford, Stoney Hardy, Jason Jordan, Danny Jordan, Brian Davis, Cortney Pugh and Toby Hall.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Sarah Jane Ratliff
BOONEVILLE – Sarah Jane Ratliff, 54, died Tuesday March 1, 2011, at her home. She was a factory employee most of her life. While in high school, she was on the Tupelo High School swim team. She enjoyed swimming and interior decorating.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Ray Fulter officating. Burial will be in the Jericho Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her love companion, Lonnie Franks of Booneville; one son, Jarrett Watson (Kayla) of Blue Springs; one granddaughter, Lilly Watson of Blue Springs; her mother, Sarah Jane Gough of Oxford; her father, Thurman Longcrier of Booneville; one stepson, Matthew Franks of Walnut Ridge, Ark.; one brother, Phillip Gough (Julie) of Tupelo; one sister, Leslie Hall of Utah; and two nieces, Molly and Ally Gough.
Pallbearers will be Winston Young, Andrew Sisk, Gerald Fore, Michael Mink, Richard Chittom and Steve Waldon.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today.
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. – Robert Lewis Buchberger, 86, formerly of Booneville, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.
HOUSTON – Edward Johnson Mays, 71, died Tuesday, March 2, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
AMORY – Dorothy Brown Anthony, 95, died on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at her residence. Born on Jan. 15, 1916, in the Liberty community of Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Romie Thomas and Callie Malone Brown. She was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1934. Involved in two family businesses, Mrs. Anthony and her sister, Mae, opened the Dorothy Mae Shop in 1941, and with her husband, they opened Anthony’s Men’s Shop in 1946. A faithful member of First Baptist Church, she served on various committees and in the WMU. Always active in the community, she was a member of the Aurora Club. She enjoyed flower gardening, reading, traveling, sewing and cooking.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson and Bro. Jimmy McFatter officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Dottie (Gene) Haney of Amory; granddaughter, Elizabeth (John) Barron of Columbia, S.C.; and great-grandchildren, Ashley and Hailey Barron.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hudson Anthony; sisters, Ruby B. Harwell and Mae B. Alexander; and brothers, Mark, Carlos and Claudie Murle Brown.
Pallbearers will be Steve Greenhaw, David Henry, H.L. Robinson, Tommy Parish, Larry Knox and John Clingan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821 or a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Greg Tindoll Sr.
HATLEY – Gregory Wade “Greg” Tindoll Sr., 50, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
IUKA – Myra Lomax Page, 53, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Iuka Gospel Chapel. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Melinda Priddy Buckley, 44, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011. She was born July 11, 1966, to Olen Priddy and Linda Cummings. She was a Baptist. She enjoyed working in her flower garden and cooking.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby Cleveland officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden.
Survivors include one daughter, Darrian Buckley of Fulton; her mother, Linda Cummings of Fulton; two sisters, Melissa Shumpert of Fulton and Michele Priddy of Mooreville; one brother, Timothy Priddy of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her father, Olen Priddy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.