Obituaries March 30, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

CPL. Jacob Lee Wooley
Jacob Lee Wooley, formerly of Corinth, died on March 21, 2013, at Quantico Marine Headquarters, Quantico, Va.
Born Jan. 25, 1990, in Amory, Jacob is survived by his parents, Linda Wooley of Tupelo and Jim Wooley of Corinth; sister, Anna Lauren Wood and husband, Nick; and nephew Nicholas, nieces Blakeleigh and Anna Paisleigh Wood; his paternal grandmother, Ruby Wooley McGill; his paternal grandfather, Tommy McGill; his maternal grandfather, Charles Butler; aunt, Debra Butler Wallin and husband, Rick, and their children and grandchildren; uncle, Ricky Butler, his children and grandchildren; uncle, Thomas McGill; aunt, Tammy Inman and husband, Jackie, all of Corinth; and a “special aunt,” Freeda Vinson McDowell of Trinity, Ala.; and a host of relatives, friends and his Marine Corps brothers. He shared a very special bond with his cousin Matthew, and David “Dave-O” Reece, his dear friend who became a second father.
Jacob was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Ann Wilkins Cornelius and Dennis Cornelius, and his paternal grandfather, Jim R. Wooley.
Jacob attended Alcorn Central High School and Northeast Mississippi Junior College before joining the Marine Corps in February 2010, where he served as a field radio operator. Promoted to Corporal in July 2012, he had received the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Jacob had a rare gift for making those around him feel special. His Marine Corps brothers said he had a light in him that few possess. He cared deeply for his family, God and country, and shared everything he had when he saw someone in need. Jacob always had a big smile for everyone, and never met a stranger. Jacob was quick to defend anyone who was being threatened or mistreated, and he became a Marine to defend his country.
Jacob truly loved life and lived it to the fullest! By nature, Jacob was competitive, adventurous and curious, and he wanted to learn as much as he could and be the best at everything he attempted. Although he loved being a Marine, and often said that boot camp was the most fun he had had since he was a kid, at heart he was a Mama’s boy, and made sure everyone around him knew it! Jacob loved spending time at family gatherings sharing laughter and a good meal. He loved to wake his sister Anna to make late-night food runs to McDonald’s, just to spend time with her. Jacob loved the outdoors, and he spent time hunting, fishing, camping, rock climbing, hiking, scuba diving and swimming. During the past three years in the Marine Corps, Jacob was stationed for two years in Okinawa, Japan, and had spent time in Thailand and the Philippines.
Jacob grew up playing sports – football, baseball, basketball and golf. As a child, he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player and always told his mother where to sit at his games so he could see her. Jacob loved Mississippi State football and playing golf; he and “Dave-O” shared many happy times over their Ole Miss/State rivalry, attending games and playing golf together.
Jacob became a Christian at the age of 5, and he was a member of Central Pentecostal Church. He had begun preaching before joining the Marine Corps, and planned to dedicate his life to God and continue his ministry at the end of his enlistment.
Jacob’s goal in life was to touch others and make a difference, and one of his dreams had been to attend Mississippi State University. His family has set up a scholarship fund in Jacob’s memory, to make it possible for a student to attend Mississippi State University. In-lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Jacob Wooley Scholarship Fund, in care of the John Stallworth Foundation, 200 Pratt Avenue, Suite B-2, Huntsville, AL 35801. Donations can also be made online at www.johnstallworth.com or at Magnolia Funeral Home, Highway 72, Corinth, MS.
Visitation will be held at Magnolia Funeral Home from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 31. Visitation will continue on Monday, April 1, at Church of the Crossroads from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the funeral at 1 p.m. at the church. Interment will take place at Valley of the Dogwood Cemetery in Corinth. The Patriot Guard, VFW Color Guard and U.S. Marine Corps will assist the family during the visitation and service. Bro. Austin Malone and Bro. Donald McCoy will officiate the service.
Jacob’s motto in life was adapted by Bear Grylls from a Hunter S. Thompson quote: Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, covered in scars, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ‘‘Yahoo – what a ride!”
Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.

Hal White
JACKSON – Harold Taylor “Hal” White Jr. of Jackson passed away on March 28, 2013, from complications associated with an aneurysm. Hal was born on March 13, 1949, in Hattiesburg and spent his childhood in Stone County. After graduating from Booneville High School in 1967, Hal attended the Northeast Mississippi Community College on a football scholarship where he received a degree in Hospitality Management. Hal also attended his beloved Mississippi State University. Hal met and married his soulmate, Ann Getwan, on July 17, 1988, and they spent the next 25 years together building family and community.
Hal, along with his middle brother Malcolm, opened and operated historic Hal & Mal’s, a downtown Jackson institution, in 1985.
He is survived by his devoted and gracious wife, Ann; his brothers, Malcolm and Brad; his daughters, Brandi Lee and Erica White; his son, Taylor; son-in-law, P.J. Lee; and his grandchildren, Cameron White, Cailyne White and Rivers Lee.
A funeral service will be held at St. Richard’s Catholic Church in Jackson on Monday, April 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. with visitation from 9 until 10:45 a.m. A celebration to honor the life and legacy of Hal White will be held at Hal & Mal’s on Monday evening from 6 until 9:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Harold T. White Memorial Scholarship Fund at Hinds Community College and/or St. Richard’s Catholic Church, of which he was a faithful member.
Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland is assisting with arrangements.

Nancy Funderburg
CALHOUN CITY – Nancy Lois Cannon Funderburg ,79, died at her home in the Pleasant Hill Community on March 28, 2013, where she had lived for more than 60 years. She was a resident of Calhoun City. She was born on Feb. 13, 1934, in Calhoun County, the daughter of Graves Cannon and Artie Parker Cannon. She was a homemaker, a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and a member of Tri Community Homemakers Club. Her life interest were not hobbies or entertainment but people. She loved working in Pam’s store, family gatherings, lunches with close friends, class reunions, club meetings, church socials, showers, gospel singings, Blast from the Past, the Bollinger Theater, anywhere she could be among people. She was not interested in just making acquaintances; her circle of friends always had room for one more. She loved writing the news from Pleasant Hill for the Calhoun County Journal because it kept her connected to countless people, celebrating good times and sharing bad times.
She is survived by her husband, Ervin Funderburg; one daughter, Pam (Britt) Burt; one grandson, John Graves Burt, all of Calhoun City. She was preceded in death by her son, Danny Funderburg; parents, Graves Cannon and Artie Parker Cannon; and two brothers, Joe Bob Cannon and J.W. Carter.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 31, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City. Funeral service will be Monday, April 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City, officiating Rev. Jimmy Vance and Rev. David Frederick. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Calhoun City. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Michael Joe Cannon, Jeff Cannon, Sean Cannon, Andy Cannon, Brad Smith and Ronnie Patterson. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Perry Goodson, Hugh Cannon, Billy Parker, Bobby Parker, Wayne Parker, Junior Parker, Ace Cannon, Richard Clark and her classmates.
In lieu of flowers send donations to Calhoun County Relay for Life, c/o Bethany Bryant Cooper, 276 Carroll Street, Walthall, MS 39771.
Online Condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.

Rev. Douglas Browning
EUPORA – The Rev. Douglas Browning, 81, of Eupora, born Feb. 7, 1932, in Justice, W.Va., passed peacefully from his home into the arms of Jesus on March 27, 2013.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with burial in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Webster County. The Rev. Sam Edwards, the Rev. Don Boren and the Rev. Jerrod Whittington will officiate.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mona Toler Browning and Elliott Browning; his stepmother, Virgie Browning; his first wife of 49 years, Marjorie Holland Browning; one son, Roger E. Browning; a sister, Alice Keene; a brother, Dallas Ray Browning.
The Rev. Browning came to know the Lord as his personal Savior about the age of 23. Soon he accepted the call to minister the word of God, by Word and Example. He came to Mississippi about 1957, preaching revivals with God being glorified as people were being saved by the grace of God, being sanctified and receiving the Holy Ghost and fire. Praying for God’s choice for a pastor’s wife, Marjorie attended one of his revival meetings and this was the beginning of their relationship. With her help and support, he pastored numerous churches in Mississippi including Taylor, Bruce, Mary Springs, Amory, Natchez, Fairview (Houston), Adams Abhor, Greenville, Eupora and Maben.
He and his family lived in Adrian, Mich., for eight years where they worked in the local church and he served as clerk and treasurer. They moved back to Mississippi after the death of his Dad, continuing his ministry and pastoring some of the churches listed above. He and his family operated the Eupora Motel for a number of years. Whatsoever thy hands find to do, do it with all thy might…. was an evident principle he lived by. He did repairs on many church buildings and also built new church buildings at Amory, Fairview and Greenville. He served as District Overseer for most of the churches where he pastored. Many have testified that, “If it had not been for Bro. Browning, I would not be serving the Lord today.” He was ordained Bishop in March of 1979 in The Church of God of Prophecy, with the certificate quoting Revelation 3:12 – “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out…” Rev. Browning was currently a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Verona, where he served as assistant minister to his wife, the Rev. Margaret Adams Browning, and taught Sunday School. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Pacific.
He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Margaret Adams Browning of Eupora; three sons, Clifford (Lucretia) Browning of Eupora, Earl (Christy) Adams of Houston, Kenny Adams (Chasidy Reynolds) of Pontotoc; two daughters, Melody Corbell (James) Bensend of Eupora, Judy Adams (Sid) Knight of Houston; five grandsons, Clay (Kristina) Browning of Starkville, Thomas Browning of Aberdeen, Nick Browning (Cayley McClellan) of Eupora, Landon Adams of Houston and Danny Smith (April Moore) of Houston; six granddaughters, Bethany Browning of Greenwood, Lillie Corbell of Eupora, Erin Bensend of West Point, Samantha (Marvin) Griggs of Okolona, Lauren and Lakyn Adams of Houston; three great-granddaughters, Misty and Alivia Griggs of Okolona, Brielle Bensend of West Point; one brother, Danny (Rita) Browning of Taylor, Mich.; two sisters, Ruth Wilson of Adrian, Mich., and Alma Browning of Ypsilanti, Mich. He also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Chuck Grimsley, John Grimsley, Brock Carter, Tracy Brown, Trevor Shipman, David Boatman, Danny Smith and Landon Adams. All ministers in the Church of God of Prophecy are considered as honorary pallbearers.
Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.

Marilyn Lee
HAMILTON – Marilyn Diann Lee, 52, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at her residence. She was born April 20, 1960, in Columbus to Herbert Louis Head and Allene Pounders Head. She had lived the last 20 years in Columbus and Hamilton. She was a bookkeeper for several doctors in Memphis. She was affiliated with the Baptist church.
There will be a private memorial service. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Melanie Lee of Heber Springs, Ark.; one sister, Anita Tennyson of Hamilton; one brother, Tommy Head (Janice) of Lavergne, Tenn.; her father, Herbert Louis Head of Hamilton.
She was preceded in death by her mother and one sister, Virginia Kaye Head.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Tammy Stearns
MYRTLE – Tammy Jo Stearns, 37, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at her residence. She was born April 4, 1975, in Indiana to Ivy Weaver and Ester Pencil Weaver. She was a homemaker. She attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Steven L. Stearns of Myrtle; one daughter, Chloe Stearns, and one son, Liam Stearns of the home; and two sisters, Melody and Laura.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Ivy Weaver.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Evora Shumpert
FULTON – Evora Shumpert, 91, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Pine Grove M.B. Church in Dorsey.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Pine Grove Dorsey with the Rev. Leodis Tucker officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Amory is in charge.
She is survived by one brother, Ray Shumpert of Diboll, Texas; two sisters, Doris Clifton of Fulton and Debra Mitchell of Diboll, Texas; and six grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Belle Memorial Funeral Chapel of Amory.

Joy A. Rose
CORINTH – Joy A. Rose died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at McNairy Regional Hospital.
Services will be at noon Monday at Fifth Street Baptist Church in Iuka. Burial will be in Little Brown Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at the church.

Rodney Fitzpatrick
NORFOLK, Va. – Rodney Fitzpatrick, 39, formerly of New Albany, died Friday, March 29, 2913, in Norfolk, Va., as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Ollie Gober
CULLMAN, Ala. – Frank Oliver “Ollie” Gober, 85, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. He was born in Pontotoc County on Aug. 6, 1927, to Goerge Mitchell and Lennie Mae McCullough Gober. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Services were held Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Cullman Funeral Home Chapel, with interment in Cullman Memory Gardens. Cullman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Janet (Stott) Campbell of Birmingham and Amy (William) McCracken of Cullman; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mae Jean Dillard of Ecru, Jettie (Billy) Beasley of Tupelo and Christine Griffin of Pontotoc; a brother, Dual (Mamie) Gober of Nettleton; two sisters-in law; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 60 years, Virginia Brown Gober; a sister, Dovie (Glover) Pannel; and three brothers, Dallas Gober, Everett Gober and Lester (Jean) Gober.
Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cullmanfuneralhome.com.

Nina Fields
ABERDEEN – Nina Rochelle “Shell” Fields, 43, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 9, 1970, to Willie T. (Carolyn) Walton and Doris (Willie) Crothers in Aberdeen, Monroe County. She was a member of LeBell Church of God in Christ Church of Grand Rapids, Mich. She attended Jefferson High School in Grand Rapids, She was a good-hearted people person, who loved everybody. She enjoyed singing, playing cards, singing in the church choir and dancing.
A celebration of life service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Daniel Baptist Church in Aberdeen with the Rev. Derrick Anderson Sr. officiating. Burial will be in the Christian Relay Cemetery in Aberdeen. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents; one son, Chauncey Fields Lambeth of Aberdeen; one brother, Jimmy Tyrone Fields of Atlanta, Ga.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Alice Fields, and two uncles.
Visitation is from 3 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to service time on Sunday.
Ruth Garrett
NEW ALBANY – Ruth Elizabeth Garrett, 84, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Charles Gaines
NEW ALBANY – Charles Gaines, 76, died Friday, March 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Vaudine Landess
WEST POINT – Vaudine Mae Landess, 100, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. She was born March 26, 1913, in Kennedy, Ala., to Alice Ashcraft and Willis Sanders. She was a dietitian and head of the West Point School System Cafeteria for 10 years. She was a member of First Christian Church. She was a topnotch bridge player and could outplay anyone including her son. She was preceded her in death by her husband of 49 years, Foster Landess, on Dec. 28, 1985.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kirby Loyd officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Carol Lynn Flanigan of Jackson; two sons, Dr. Elmer Willis Landess (Betsy) of Clarksdale and Joe Landess (Eva) of Ooltewah, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and her 104-year-old sister, Eunice Skinner of Gulfport.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; a daughter, Nancey Landess Gideon; two brothers, O.S. Sanders and Lummy Sanders; and her son-in-law, John Flanigan.
Pallbearers will be Bryan Landess, Neal Myers, Bobby Fulgham, Stephen Williams, James Edward Cook and Clovis Duncan.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, P.O. Box 208, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Addie Thompson
NATCHEZ – Addie Tucker Thompson, 86, formerly of Holly Springs, died Monday, March 25, 2013, at Natchez Regional Hospital. She retired from Addie’s Antiques in Natchez at the age of 80 to spend time with family. She was a published poet, artist and songwriter. She was honored by several states for her work with disasters.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. A private service was held Wednesday, March 27, at the family home with the Rev. Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Red Banks Cemetery at Red Banks.
She is survived by her husband, James; daughters, Judy “Sissy” Weatherly of New Orleans and Natha Jean “Peanut” Jackson of Falkner; her grandchildren, Mary Ann Weatherly, Truman Weatherly, Jamie Thompson, Joy Thompson, Misty Hudspeth, Justin Thompson and Joshua Thompson; and many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sons, Charles, Aubrey and Jimmy Thompson, and one grandson, Chuckie Thompson.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Carey Robinson
AMORY – Carey “Captain” Robinson, 74, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at his home. Born Aug. 30, 1938, he was a son of the late Woodie and Juanita Redd Robinson. He married Betty Ann Cates. He grew up in and attended school in Coahoma County. After school, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army. Moving to Amory, he was a welder at Palmer Bodies. He was forever changed by the birth of his grandchildren, who were the light of his life. Possessing the gift of gab, he never met a stranger. A staple around Amory with his white sailors hat, he enjoyed drinking coffee with the night crew at Exxon, and considered the Amory P.D. officers as his buddies.
He is survived by his daughter, Carol Robinson Bray (Billy) of Becker; son Alan Robinson of Helena, Mont.; sisters, Grace Moore, Clytee Smith and Eloise Foster; one brother, Don Robinson; grandchildren, Anthony Bray (Crystal) of Wren and Tiffany Bray Ridings (Josh) of Cason; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Robinson.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mac Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Anthony Bray, Wesley Robinson, Josh Ridings and Willie Myatt. Honorary pallbearers will be the Amory Police Department.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. t 12:45 p.m. today.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Donations may be given to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, 848 Adams Ave., Memphis, TN 38103.
Hayden Burns
BOONEVILLE – James Hayden Burns, 78, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Tuscumbia Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Maggie McCray
BELDEN – Maggie I. McCray, 82, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2013, at Golden Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
James Brown Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – James Brown Jr., 86, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the Veterans Cemetery in Memphis.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Grace Childers
SOUTHAVEN – Mary Grace Childers, 81, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at her home in Southaven. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Mary Vines
IUKA – Mary Lucille Vines, 82, formerly of Tuscaloosa, Ala., died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sylvan Springs Cemetery in Sylvan Springs, Ala. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.Wanda Blackburn
VINA, Ala. – Wanda Lee Parker Blackburn, 62, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Trinity Assembly of God in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery in Vina. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at Trinity Assembly of God until service time today.Johnie W. Miller
RED BAY, Ala. – Johnie W. Miller, 71, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Generations of Red Bay.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.

Bobby Clark
WREN – Bobby W. Clark, 75, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Riverplace Nursing Facility in Amory. Born Nov. 29, 1937, he was the son of the late Allen and Ethel Moss Clark. He married Ellen Finley in 1957. A lifelong resident of Wren, he attended and graduated from Wren School and retired from BNSF Railway as a conductor with over 40 years of service. He was affiliated with the Christian Church. He was the property coordinator at Coontail Cemetery. Being a railroader and having a caboose in his backyard, he enjoyed talking about his days on the railroad and reminiscing on days past, gardening, farming and being with his dog, Frisco. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Pop.” His greatest accomplishment was taking care of his wife of over 55 years, who had been sick for the last two years.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen Finley Clark; daughter, Beth Gann (Tommy) of Wren; sister, Carolyn Huffman; grandchildren, Caleb Gann, Leah Gann and Curtis Clark, all of Wren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. David Pannell officiating. Burial will follow in Coontail Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Caleb Gann, Mike and Richard Huffman, and David Strawbridge. Honorary pallbearers will be his railroad buddies.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Donations may be given to the Coontail Cemetery Fund, 20199 Adams Rd., Aberdeen, MS 39730.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Janice Morris
POTTS CAMP – Janice Morris, 66, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Potts Camp. She was born Nov. 19, 1946, in Memphis to Harvey J. Gurley and Mattie Goolsby Gurley. She was a postmaster and a Christian. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who cherished and valued God, family and friends.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Chewalla Primitive Baptist Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Danny Ray Morris of Potts Camp; two daughters, Tanya D. Griffin (Clayton) of Southaven and Jennifer McMinn (Jody) of Potts Camp; sister, Sherry Lothridge of Denton, Texas; four grandchildren, Austin Griffin, Chase Griffin, Jacob McMinn and Hailey McMinn; one great-grandchild, Avery Griffin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.