Obituaries May 1, 2011

Lenell Harris
CORINTH – Lenell Harris, 83, died April 30, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.

Carolyn Gardner
CORINTH – Carolyn Gardner, 53, died April 29, 2011, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.
Ruby South
IUKA – Ruby South, 77, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Salem Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to services today at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home, 230 Kaki Street, Iuka, MS 38852.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Shelley Ware
TUPELO – Shelley G. Ware, 69, died Friday, April 29, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Mary Geiger
RALEIGH, N.C. – Mary Addie Gilliland Geiger, 84, died peacefully at home on Friday, April 29, 2011. She was a loving wife, devoted mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother as well as a supportive and inspiring friend. She touched many lives with her unconditional love, caring attention and zest for life.
Born on April 30, 1926, in Cedar Bluff, Mary was the daughter of the late Charles Thomas Gilliland and Lucille Harkins Gilliland. She graduated in 1947 from Mississippi State College for Women with a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology. She began her career in medical technology in Chattanooga, Tenn., where she met and married her husband John Carlton Geiger. They built their lives together as John worked for IBM and Mary raised their four children. They have been in Raleigh for the past 46 years where Mary was a founding member of Capital Quilters Guild and a longtime member of Trinity Baptist Church. She’s best known by her family and friends for her gracious hospitality, holiday and family gatherings, and baby quilts for her grandchildren.
In addition to John, her husband of 60 years, Mary is survived by her children, Patricia Geiger of Boone, Margaret Chesson and husband Earl of Chapel Hill, John Carlton Geiger Jr. and wife Barbara of Raleigh, Janie Schaeffer and husband John of Raleigh; nine grandchildren; Elizabeth Hutchison and husband Don; Win, Mary, and Tricia Chesson, Robert and Margaret Geiger, Steven, Richard, and Chris Schaeffer, and four great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Oliver, Charles and Ella Hutchison.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Gilliland of Macon, and sister, Billie Gilliland Martin of Okolona. She is survived by her sister, Amanda Gilliland Adams of Tupelo, and brothers, John E. Gilliland of Mathiston, and R. Douglas Gilliland of Ackerman.
Family will receive friends on Monday, May 2, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home at 7209 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m, officiated by her brother-in-law, the Rev. Don Geiger. Burial will be at Raleigh Memorial Park, with a reception to follow at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Hospice of Wake County or the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.MitchellatRMP.com.

Rylee Marlar
BOONEVILLE – Rylee Marlar, five month old daughter of Brad and Brooke Marlar, died Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors.

William Hall
TUPELO – William W. Hall, 86, died Saturday, April 30, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Robert Shaw
CROWDER – Robert James Shaw, 76, died April 28, 2011, in Oxford. He was a self-employed contractor. He loved his family and eating milk and cornbread.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Jody Rock officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Gwen Shaw of Pontotoc; his children, Randy and Paula Shaw of Lake Cormorant, Roger and Jean Shaw, Rusty and Nancy Shaw, all of Pontotoc and Rita Berryhill and James Boyd of Myrtle; 10 grandchildren, Michael Shaw, Mitchell Shaw, Wayne Shaw, Ricky Shaw, Charlie Conlee, Justin Shaw, Liz Shaw, Nicky Shaw, Shawn Shaw and Shane Shaw; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marie Shaw; his son, Robert Shaw; and his grandson, Richard Shaw.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Shaw, Wayne Shaw, Michael Shaw, Mitchell Shaw, Shane Shaw, Justin Shaw, Shawn Shaw, Nicky Shaw and Liz Shaw.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Louise Jolly
VAN VLEET – Louise Davis Jolly, only child of Lindsey Lockhart Davis and Vida McGraw Davis, was born Sept. 15, 1916. On April 29, 2011, surrounded by beloved family, she was gathered home in the arms of Christ.
With the exception of her last few years, Louise lived her entire life in the green fields and woods of Van Vleet. With five others, she graduated from Van Vleet High School in l935, where she was captain of the basketball team and a member of Who’s Who. On Dec. 12, 1944, Louise married George Thomas Jolly, recently home from service in World War II. He was handsome, good and strong. Sitting beside him in Van Vleet Methodist Church, Louise said she felt “so well taken care of.” Together, they reared three children, George Davis, Bonnie and Sherrye, in Louise’s childhood home in Van Vleet. In l965, Geroge suffered a fatal heart attack at his garage and service station in Okolona, and Louise was left to bring up her three children alone. She went to work, serving for the majority of her career as a social and activities director at Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona, where her cheerfulness, gentleness and artistic flair blessed countless residents throughout the years. She retired in l982.
Louise loved to quote these lines from the poem by Sam Walter Foss “Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.” This is an apt description of what her home meant to friends and family alike. Children and grandchildren, brothers and sisters, in laws, nieces and nephews for generatons ate around her big pine dining room table, watched football in her living room and sat around her little kitchen table drinking coffee, talking and enjoying the view of the garden and woods beyond her back door. Louise welcomed people to her home with open arms and pure delight.
Louise was beautiful. She will be long remembered for her dainty little frame, her snowy white heair pinned in a Victorian-style bun and her laughing blue eyes. More than this, she will be remembered for her capacity to find beauty in absolutely everything and everyone. Her eye was continually drawn to whatever was true, just, pure, lovely, worthy of praise…Even as her mind became more frail, and when was given to prepetition, it was the beauty around her that she would notice and repeat-the slant of sunlight through the window, the delicate veins in a leaf, the sweet faces of her great-grandchildren.
A service of thanksgiving celebrating her life will be at 2 p.m. today, May 1, 2011, at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Billy Langley officiating. Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the Okolona Chapel. A private family burial will be on Monday in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Louise is survived by three children and their spouses, Geroge Davis and Ann Jolly of Cedar Bluff, Bonnie Jolly and Joe Allen Sisk of Old Union and Sherrye and Bill Henson of Pontotoc; six grandchildren, Brian Jolly, Joe Sisk, Rhesa Sisk Gilmore, Hope Henson Williams, Emily Henson and Elizabeth Henson; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family is very grateful for the loving help of the caregivers over the past several years, Shirley Fells, Alisha Burnett and Minnie Gale Dillard.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

J.T. Washington
PONTOTOC – J.T. Washington, 88, of Pontotoc, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. He was born Nov. 5, 1922, in Pontotoc to George Edward Washington and Emma Segars Washington. He served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police during WWII, stationed in Italy. He worked as a supervisor for Kimberly-Clark in Memphis until retiring. He enjoyed farming and was a member of West Heights Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home with Bro. Junior Ritchie officiating. Burial will follow in Baldwin Memorial Gardens of Pontotoc. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Imogene Herndon Washington of Pontotoc, and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Q.P. Washington, O.C. Washington, K.C. Washington and infant, Alvis Washington; five sisters, U.V. “Leedy” Dodson, Lola D. Reeves, O.V. “Polly” Tutor, U.D. Holloway and Cusene Green.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from noon until 2 p.m. today.

Mildred Elam
SMITHVILLE – Mildred Farrar Stephens “Granny Mildred” Elam, 79, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, as a result of the Smithville tornado. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Ora Stennett
BOONEVILLE – Ora Stennett, 97, died April 30, 2011, at Longwood Community Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Celia Jackson
SMITHVILLE – Celia Faye Jackson, 92, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, as a result of the Smithville tornado. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Wilma Jones
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. – Wilma S. Mullins Jones, formerly of Corinth, died Saturday, April 30, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth.
Keith Tucker
HATLEY – Keith A. Tucker, 43, died Friday, April 29, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Mitchell Brown
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Mitchell Brown, 63, died April 30, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home.

Terry Bridges
RIPLEY – Terry Lynn “Shag” Bridges, 50, died April 30, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home.
Jeffery Lynch
GOLDEN – Jeffery Lee Lynch, 35, died Saturday, April 30, 2011, at his home. He was employed at Max Home in Fulton. He loved hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Debra Lynch of Golden; his mother, Linda Lynch Bentley of Dennis; his sister, Vickie Lynch Farris (Jeff) of Dennis; three nephews, Chase Hollingsworth and Dustin Farris, both of Dennis and Charlie David Powers of Mt. Morris, Pa.; one niece, Hope Earnest of Mantachie; his father and mother-in-law, Gaddis and Erika Earnest; special aunts, Martha Cleveland of Red Bay and Nelda Grimes of Golden; and three brothers-in-law, Derek Earnest of Smithville, Keith Earnest (Jennifer) of Mantachie and Charlie Powers (Jamie) of Mt. Morris, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lee Lynch.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Samples, Ronnie Johnson, Gary Ivy, Billy Rogers, Ray Lynch, C.J. Lynch and Jeff Roberts.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the funeral home in Belmont.

Norma Kizer
MYRTLE – Norma Jean Blackard Kizer, 71, died Friday, April 29, 2011, at her home. She was born Dec. 6, 1939, in Union County to Bryant Robert Blackard and Ruby Mae Floyd Blackard. She was employed at Master Bilt, Mohasco and Piper. She was a member of the Baptist church. She loved working in her flower garden, quilting and doing all types of crafts.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Randy Futral and the Rev. Bobby Butler officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, William David “Bill” Kizer; four sons, Joe Kizer (Carla), Edward Ray Madonna, Michael Allen Madonna (Carrie) and Billy Gene Kizer, all of Myrtle, two sisters, Judy Tanner (Billy) of New Albany and Louise Churchill (Edward) of Myrtle; two brothers, Robert Blackard (Shirley) of New Albany and Charles Blackard (Kay) of Myrtle; eight grandchildren, Matt Kizer, Jason Kizer, Tracy Kizer, Corbin Madonna, Crystal Madonna, Bo Madonna, Kirstie Kizer and Dalton Kizer; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and Randy Salmon.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Courtney Easter
SMITHVILLE – Courtney Danielle Easter, 21, died Thursday, April 27, 2011, as a result from the tornado in Smithville. Born on Aug. 27, 1989, in Effington, Ill., she was a daughter of Jimmy Davis and Katie Donetta Easter.
Courtney attended Smithville High School. A very caring person, who was giving and full of energy for life, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Courtney was employed by Southern Foam in Amory. Courtney had many friends whom she loved doing things with everyday. Courtney was a Christian and enjoyed all music, especially country.
A celebration of life service was held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Mr. Mickey Beam officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her father, Jimmy Davis of Smithville; her mother, Katie Donnetta Easter (Danny Holliday) of Amory; sisters, Kimberly Long (David) and Kristina Easter (Jesse Jones), both of Amory; brother, Damian Easter (Leia Mixon) of Amory; grandparents, Linda Spears of Springfield, Mo., Jewell Holley Tibbetts of Amory, Frances Cox of Smithville and Charles Easter of Sulligent; nieces and nephews, Bryce Long, Alex Bradley, Cade Long, Dalton Bradley, Ty Long, Jesse Jones, Jayne Jones and Dixie Jones; and special friend, Chris Crenshaw.
She was preceded in death by her step-grandmother, Jeanette Vann; and her uncle, Kenneth Patterson.
Pallbearers will be Adam Walters, Mark Spradling, Eddie Brewer, Jesse Easter, Bobby Easter Jr, Terry Long, Mitch McCoy and Drew McCoy.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Jessica Pace
SMITHVILLE – Jessica Leigh Pace, 18, died Thursday, April 27, 2011, as a result from the tornado in Smithville. Born on Aug. 6, 1992, in Amory, she was a daughter of Michael Leigh Harris and Trina Kay Pace Bishop.
Jessica attended Itawamba Agriculture High School in Fulton. Very loyal, outgoing, open minded and accustomed to speaking her mind, Jessica enjoyed life to its fullest. She was a homemaker who loved children and animals, especially her dog “Squirt Boys.” Country music was her favorite type of music and her favorite song was “Strawberry Wine.” Jessica enjoyed riding motorcycles, four wheelers, going to the river, hunting and fishing.
A celebration of life service was held at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her father, Michael Lee Harris of Vardaman; her mother, Trina Pace Bishop of Fulton; fiance, Marc Palmer of Smithville; brothers, Jamie Pace and Joshua Pace, both of Fulton; step-sisters, Dixie Lee Harris and Makala Harris, both of Vardaman; grandparents, Donna and Andy Pace of Fulton and Shirley Harris of Vardaman; aunts and uncles, Steve Pace (Sunny) of Becker, Tony Pace (Sondra) of Pontotoc and Chrissy Halterman of Odon, Ill.; cousins, Nick and Donovan Turner, Jaylee Pace, Nathan and Austin Halterman and Austin and Ashley Harris.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Loraine Dale.
Pallbearers were John Moreland, Max Rafter, Steve Pace, Jake Russell, David Greenhill and Matt and Jason Palmer.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Lucille Parker
SMITHVILLE – Lucille E. Parker, 86, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, as a result of the Smithville tornado. Born on March 15, 1925, in Folkstone, N.C., she was a daughter of Rodolph and Delphia Bain Everett.
Mrs. Parker attended Dixon High School in Holly Ridge, N.C. She was a homemaker and a member of Cross Bound Church. Mrs. Parker was a former church preschool teacher, served as a church secretary and sang alto in the church choir. A classy, loving and unselfish lady, her family, faith and church were her life. Known for her great cooking, especially her famous pimento and cheese and fruitcakes, Mrs. Parker would feed everyone who came to her home. She was a former member of the Hookerton Home Demonstration Club. Mrs. Parker enjoyed sewing, reading and singing hymns and contemporary praise music.
A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Pastor Ron Blanks and Pastor Shannon O’Dell officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Ron) Blanks of West Plains, Mo. and Vickie (John) Clingan of Smithville; son, Randy (Patricia) Parker of Smithville; grandchildren, Cindy Clingan (Shannon) O’Dell of Lead Hill, Ark, Richie (Crystal) Blanks of West Plains, Mo., Jennifer (Ben) Ryan of Joelton, Tenn., Mark (Happie) Clingan of Smithville, Ryan (Charla) Blanks of Kansas City, Mo., Carl (Krystle) Parker of Tupelo and Alex (Hollye) Parker of Smithville; great-grandchildren, Anna, Evan, Sara and K.J. O’Dell, Jared and Zack Blanks, Evan, Ella and Eli Ryan, Jake and Gabriella Blanks, Aiden Parker and Katilyn and Austin Mask; sisters, Hazel Hines, Luella Davis of Holly Ridge, N.C., Doris Schindewolf of Canal, Ohio and Billie Coston of Holly Ridge, N.C.; a host of nieces and nephews; and special friend, Lucy H. Hill of Hookerton, N.C.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, C.A. Parker; and a brother, Wayne Everett.
Pallbearers will be Mark Clingan, Richie and Ryan Blanks, Ben Ryan and Carl and Alex Parker.
Honorary pallbearers will be the church leadership at Cross Bound Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the Smithville Church Relief Fund, % Amory Federal, 213 2nd Ave. N., Amory, MS 38821 or to First Free Will Baptist Church, 315 Thornburgh, West Plains, MO 65775.

Elvin Patterson
Laverne Patterson
SMITHVILLE – Elvin Ray Patterson, 80, and Laverne Patterson, 77, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, as a result of the Smithville tornado. Born on Oct. 18, 1930, in the Oak Hill Community, Mr. Patterson was a son of Robert Barney and Ovie Brewer Patterson. He attended Oak Hill School and was a graduate of Smithville High School and IJC. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Patterson worked at the sawmill, at E.R. Patterson Sand, Gravel and Pulpwood, drove a truck for Scribner Equipment Company, retiring after 25 years, and later worked for Monroe County. Hard working and always staying busy, he enjoyed working outside. A tender-hearted family man, he cherished time spent with family. Mr. Patterson enjoyed hunting and working word puzzles. He loved to sing and listen to gospel and country music.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Nelda Fay Patterson; and a brother, Bobby Dean Patterson.
Born on July 1, 1933, in Hodges, Ala., Mrs. Patterson was a daughter of David and Amanda Lovelady Cagle. She attended Smithville High School. Mrs. Patterson was a homemaker and enjoyed babysitting for 35 years. A gentle soul who loved everyone, she was always helping others. Mrs. Patterson loved her grandchildren and enjoyed spoiling her great-grandchildren. She was known for her flower gardens, listening to gospel music and old hymns and watching the gospel channel on television.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Murray Doyle; and a brother, Lawton Cagle.
Married on Dec. 23, 1950, they were members of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. They enjoyed spending time with their dogs.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Wes White officiating. Burial will be in Young Memorial Garden. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Donna Renee (Larry) Seales of Smithville; sister, Linda Kay (Wayne) King of Greenwood Springs; grandchildren, Ryan Douglas (Miranda) Seales of Smithville and Emily Brook (Joel) Washburn of Starkville; and great-grandchildren, Kaleigh and Kelby Seales and Riley, Olivia and Samuel Washburn.
Pallbearers for Mr. Patterson will be Ryan Seales, Michael and David Johnson, Mason Stevens, Melvin Parker and Pat Patterson.
Pallbearers for Mrs. Patterson will be Joel Washburn, Jackie Paine, Craig Cantrell, Ricky Williams, Wade Murray and Ordis Cagle.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Smithville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 52, Smithville, MS 38870.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Scott Morris
SMITHVILLE – Allen Scott Morris, 41, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, as a result of the Smithville tornado. Born on May 26, 1969, in Winfield, Ala. He was a son of Doris Gene Morris and Ralph Morris. Scott attended Winfield High School. Living in Smithville for 18 years, he did framing and flooring work for a mobile home manufacturer and worked as an upholsterer for Town House Home Furnishings. A hard-worker, he displayed great talent in construction work. He was a Baptist. Loving, outgoing and determined, Scott would do anything for anyone. His daughter, Amber, was the love of his life. Scott always looked forward to family get-togethers, especially their barbeques and 4th of July fireworks. An avid NASCAR fan, Dale Jarrett and Kasey Kahne were his drivers, and he enjoyed meeting and watching them when he went to the Talladega races. Scott was very passionate about Alabama football and enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with the Rev. C.W. Box officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery in Haleyville, Ala. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Doris Gene Morris of Smithville; grandfather, Ozel Perry of Jasper, Ala; sisters, Elizabeth Morris (Mark) Estes of Eldridge and Melissa (Joey Linley) Morris of Winfield; brothers, Wayne Morris of Smithville and Michael Morris of Fayette, Ala.; beloved nieces and nephews, Dakota Estes, Sidnie Estes and Tyler Linley; and special friends, Landy and Melissa Tucker.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Amber Morris; and grandmother, Rachel Perry.
Pallbearers will be Mark Estes, Joey Linley, Landy Tucker, Mike Odom, Dakota Estes, Wayne Morris and Michael Morris.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Jo Helen Lindley
SMITHVILLE – Jo Helen Lindley, 67, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on June 18, 1943, in Red Bay, Ala., she was a daughter of Milton Martin and May Bell Martin Snow.
Mrs. Lindley was a graduate of Red Bay High School. After retiring from Amory Garment, she worked part-time at Oak Park Amoco. Mrs. Lindley was a member of Smithville Church of Christ. A loving and fun lady, her family, especially her grandchildren, were very important to her. She looked forward to eating and traveling to the mountains with Danny and Teresa Stephenson; as well as, her weekly trips to the beauty shop. Mrs. Lindley enjoyed reading romance novels and listening to gospel and Elvis Presley’s music.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Mr. Mickey Beam officiating. Burial will be in Young Memorial Garden. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her sons, Freddie Joe Lindley II of Smithville and Mansel Scott (Laura Jo) Lindley of Amory; sisters, Joyce Snow of Washington State and Barbara Cowley of Smithville; brother, Johnny Ray Snow of Smithville; and grandchildren, Joseph Scott and Freddie James Lindley; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-dad, George Snow; and brother, Leroy Martin.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Pierce, Danny Stephenson, Will Frederick, John Rutledge, Jackie Abels and Dale Ford.
Visitation will continue until the service hour today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Ruth Estis
Roy Lee Estis
SMITHVILLE – Ruth “George” Estis, 61, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, and her husband, Roy Lee “Peanut” Estis, 63, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo as a result of injuries received from the Smithville tornado.
A daughter of Paul Britain and Omie Mae Mize Robinson, Ruth was born June 8, 1949, in Lee County. She was a graduate of Nettleton High School. Ruth was a loving homemaker and had worked as a seamstress in the garment industry in Smithville and as a checker at Jitney Jungle in Amory. She also had served as a babysitter for numerous children. Good as gold, she enjoyed gospel music and watching Bro. John Hagee on television.
A son of Charlie Eldon and Mattie Evelyn Chism Estis, Peanut was born April 23, 1948, in Itawamba County. He attended Smithville High School until being drafted into the U.S. Army, during the Vietnam War. Peanut was a mill worker at True Temper Sports, a former Chief of Police for the Town of Smithville and a police officer for the Town of Hatley. He had also worked for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and served as the District 1 Constable of Monroe County. He was a Master Mason. Always jolly and known as a jokester, Peanut enjoyed visiting with his café buddies at Phil’s Place and Mel’s Diner, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and listening to country music. A tough yet very loving man, he could always be found helping others in the community.
They were members of Trace Road Baptist Church. Inseparable and doing everything together, they enjoyed fishing, playing cards and camping. Spending time with their children and spoiling their grandbabies were very important to them.
A celebration of life service will be at 4 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Ryan Musgrove officiating. Burial will follow in Young Memorial Gardens. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
They are survived by their children, Shellie (Dwayne) Brown, Kellie Estis, Paul (Amy) Estis and Brian (Kim) Estis, all of Smithville; grandchildren, CaraAnn, Savannah, Jimiann, Gable, Maggie, Garrett and Kerra; Ruth’s brothers, Ken Robinson of Tupelo and Jimmy Robinson of Aberdeen; Peanut’s sisters, Paula Comer and Marilyn Noe of Smithville; and nieces and nephews they dearly loved.
Ruth’s pallbearers will be Colby Comer, John Hallman, Justin and Jason Comer, Josh Maxey and Jay Way.
Peanut’s pallbearers will be Pat Leech, John Noe, Jerry Bennett, Tony Weaver, Cody Caldwell, Daniel Ford and Tommy Lovern.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the Smithville Relief Fund, Sav A Life, 306 2nd Ave. N., Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Mary Geiger
RALEIGH, N.C. – Mary Addie Gilliland Geiger, 84, died peacefully at home on Friday, April 29, 2011. She was a loving wife, devoted mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother as well as a supportive and inspiring friend. She touched many lives with her unconditional love, caring attention and zest for life.
Born on April 30, 1926, in Cedar Bluff, Mary was the daughter of the late Charles Thomas Gilliland and Lucille Harkins Gilliland. She graduated in 1947 from Mississippi State College for Women with a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology. She began her career in medical technology in Chattanooga, Tenn., where she met and married her husband John Carlton Geiger. They built their lives together as John worked for IBM and Mary raised their four children. They have been in Raleigh for the past 46 years where Mary was a founding member of Capital Quilters Guild and a longtime member of Trinity Baptist Church. She’s best known by her family and friends for her gracious hospitality, holiday and family gatherings, and baby quilts for her grandchildren.
In addition to John, her husband of 60 years, Mary is survived by her children, Patricia Geiger of Boone, Margaret Chesson and husband Earl of Chapel Hill, John Carlton Geiger Jr. and wife Barbara of Raleigh, Janie Schaeffer and husband John of Raleigh; nine grandchildren; Elizabeth Hutchison and husband Don; Win, Mary, and Tricia Chesson, Robert and Margaret Geiger, Steven, Richard, and Chris Schaeffer, and four great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Oliver, Charles and Ella Hutchison.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Gilliland of Macon, and sister, Billie Gilliland Martin of Okolona. She is survived by her sister, Amanda Gilliland Adams of Tupelo, and brothers, John E. Gilliland of Mathiston, and R. Douglas Gilliland of Ackerman.
Family will receive friends on Monday, May 2, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home at 7209 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m, officiated by her brother-in-law, the Rev. Don Geiger. Burial will be at Raleigh Memorial Park, with a reception to follow at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Hospice of Wake County or the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.MitchellatRMP.com.

Mackenzie Forrester
AMORY – Mackenzie Alexus Forrester, infant, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Memphis at The Med. Mackenzie was the infant daughter of Patrick Ray Forrester and Kimberly Key Forrester.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Wade Cook officiating. Burial will be in Hatley Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
Mackenzie is survived by her brother, Jayden Forrester of Amory; grandparents, Jerry Forrester (Sybyl) of Amory, Brenda Forrester of Ripley and Rhonda Key of Amory; and great-grandparents, Rodney and Shirley Parish of Amory and Sue Shelton of Amory.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Arnold R. Bruff.
Mackenzie’s pallbearers will be Patrick Forrester, Jerry Forrester, Josh Chavis and Nathan Brown.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Louise Jolly
VAN VLEET – Louise Davis Jolly, only child of Lindsey Lockhart Davis and Vida McGraw Davis, was born Sept. 15, 1916. On April 29, 2011, surrounded by beloved family, she was gathered home in the arms of Christ.
With the exception of her last few years, Louise lived her entire life in the green fields and woods of Van Vleet. With five others, she graduated from Van Vleet High School in l935, where she was captain of the basketball team and a member of Who’s Who. On Dec. 12, 1944, Louise married George Thomas Jolly, recently home from service in World War II. He was handsome, good and strong. Sitting beside him in Van Vleet Methodist Church, Louise said she felt “so well taken care of.” Together, they reared three children, George Davis, Bonnie and Sherrye, in Louise’s childhood home in Van Vleet. In l965, George suffered a fatal heart attack at his garage and service station in Okolona, and Louise was left to bring up her three children alone. She went to work, serving for the majority of her career as a social and activities director at Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona, where her cheerfulness, gentleness and artistic flair blessed countless residents throughout the years. She retired in l982.
Louise loved to quote these lines from the poem by Sam Walter Foss “Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.” This is an apt description of what her home meant to friends and family alike. Children and grandchildren, brothers and sisters, in laws, nieces and nephews for generatons ate around her big pine dining room table, watched football in her living room and sat around her little kitchen table drinking coffee, talking and enjoying the view of the garden and woods beyond her back door. Louise welcomed people to her home with open arms and pure delight.
Louise was beautiful. She will be long remembered for her dainty little frame, her snowy white hair pinned in a Victorian-style bun and her laughing blue eyes. More than this, she will be remembered for her capacity to find beauty in absolutely everything and everyone. Her eye was continually drawn to whatever was true, just, pure, lovely and worthy of praise…Even as her mind became more frail and when was given to repetition, it was the beauty around her that she would notice and repeat-the slant of sunlight through the window, the delicate veins in a leaf, the sweet faces of her great-grandchildren.
A service of thanksgiving celebrating her life will be at 2 p.m. today, May 1, 2011, at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Billy Langley officiating. Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the Okolona Chapel. A private family burial will be on Monday in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Louise is survived by three children and their spouses, George Davis and Ann Jolly of Cedar Bluff, Bonnie Jolly and Joe Allen Sisk of Old Union and Sherrye Jolly and Bill Henson of Pontotoc; six grandchildren, Brian Jolly, Joe Sisk, Resa Sisk Gilmore, Hope Henson Williams, Emily Henson and Elizabeth Henson; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family is very grateful for the loving help of the caregivers over the past several years, Shirley Fells, Alisha Burnett and Minnie Dale Dillard.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

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