Obituaries May 12, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Willie Matthews
BATESVILLE – Willie Thomas Matthews, 81, died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at his home in Batesville. He was formerly of Benton County.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Zion CME Church in Benton County. 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 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. Sunday.

Gilbert Whitaker Jr.
CORINTH – Gilbert Lee Whitaker Jr., 66, died Thursday, May 10, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First United Christian Church. Burial will be in Union Baptist Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at First United Christian Church.
Doyle Herndon
ABERDEEN – Doyle Womble Herndon, 81, died Thursday, May 10, 2012, at his residence. He was born Nov. 11, 1930, in Monroe County to George Kenneth Herndon and Cleo Jones Herndon. He was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen. He graduated from Aberdeen High School, where he was a member of the Monroe County Ham Radio Club. He was a retired general manager of the Aberdeen Electric Department, where he worked for 36 years. He was a member of the National Guard as well as involved in the Korean conflict. He was a member of Aberdeen First Christian Church. He enjoyed hunting.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. David Foreman and Bro. George Peavy officiating. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Dennis E. Herndon (Nona) of Aberdeen; one daughter, Janice R. English (Steve) of Aberdeen; one sister, Joyce Ann Peavy (George) of Slyvania, Ga.; one brother, Billy Herndon (Mary Green) of Aberdeen; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and a special friend and caregiver, Toby Luker.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nellie Ruth Herndon; his son, Kenneth Ray Herndon; one sister, Doris Forsyeth, and two brothers, Frank Harold Herndon and Robert Herndon.
Pallbearers will be Brian Herndon, Rob English, John Allmond, Bill Herndon, Leroy Jones and Frank Herndon.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Ernest Bright
STAR CITY, Ark. – Ernest Lee Bright, 44, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, Ark.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel Eupora. Burial will be in the Wood Springs Cemetery in Choctaw County.
Sperry Reaves Jr.
RIPLEY – Sperry Ellis Reaves Jr., 67, died Thursday, May 10, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born Sept. 4, 1944, to Sperry E. Reaves Sr. and the late Mildred Earline Gaillard Reaves. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Ripley. He and his wife, Martha, owned and operated Reaves Cream Cup for a number of years. He was a volunteer fireman for the Ripley Fire Department for 25 years and served as Alderman for the City of Ripley.
He served more than 30 years in the funeral service industry. He was manager and funeral director for Ripley Funeral Home for 20 years. He was past district governor of the Mississippi Funeral Directors Association. He served on the initial Board of Directors of Allied Funeral Associates Company. He was actively serving on the Board of Allied Funeral Associates Insurance Company and Allied Funeral Holdings Inc. He was loved by his family and everyone who knew him.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jack Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Carmichael Reaves of Ripley; one daughter, Janet R. Morton of Ripley; two sons, John C. Reaves and Sperry E. “Chip” Reaves III, both of Ripley; his father, Sperry E. Reaves Sr. of Ripley; one sister, Sherry R. Tapp (Tommy) of Amory; one brother, Lonnie E. Reaves of Ripley; eight grandchildren, Mindy Morton Preston (Adam), Kelly Morton, Dylan Morton, Dalton C. Reaves, Anslee Reaves and Laura Beth Reaves, all of Ripley, LaKann C. Reaves and Sperry E. “Quade” Reaves IV, both of Corinth; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Steverson, Rayburn Jennings, Bobby Shands Medlin, Gerald Brown, Ray Henderson, Butch Tapp, Jim Jackson, Bonnie Reaves, Chris Reaves and Gerald Crawford. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 3 until 8 p.m. today and from 6:30 a.m. until time for service Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Brenda Vick
HICKORY FLAT – Brenda Ann Cox Vick, 54, died Thursday, May 10, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. She was born on Feb. 16, 1958, to William R. and Ora Mae Young Cox in New Albany. She was a former employee of Sunbeam and Woodcraft, and a member of First Baptist Church of Potts Camp.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Paul Hicks officiating. Burial will be in New York Cemetery at Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Nicky Vick of Hickory Flat; three daughters, Christy Ann Theisen (Daniel) of Mt. Vernon, Wash., Stacy Nicole Vick of Blue Mountain and Nikki Leann Vick of Hickory Flat; two brothers, Romer R. Cox and Marty Cox, both of Hickory Flat; and three grandchildren, Danielle, Christopher and Matthew Theisen.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Sunday.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Joseph Jones
ABERDEEN – Joseph Jones, 80, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Helen Hester
AMORY – Helen Maxine Culver Hester, 86, died Thursday, May 10, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

David Ball
PASADENA, Calif. – David Bradley Ball, 48, died Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Pasadena. He was formerly of Ecru. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Mary Ann Shumpert
SHANNON – Mary Ann “Sutter” Baker Shumpert, 63, died Monday, May 7, 2012, at her home. She was born April 29, 1949, to Nathaniel Baker and Daisey Hodges Baker. She was a member of Poplar Springs CME Church. She received her education from Fannie Carter School. She was a former employee of Reed Manufacturing, Lee’s Sports and Quality Foods. She was loved by all. Her personality was exceptional.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Poplar Springs CME Church with the Rev. Dr. Clementine Mays officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Nicole Rogers of Shannon; a stepdaughter, Roberta Williams of Verona; a mother-in-law, Fannie Shumpert of Tupelo; a son, Willie Baker of Shannon; three sisters, Daisy Pearl Sims of Verona, Linda Gates of Verona and Shirley (Rev. Charles) Shack of Shannon; six sisters-in-law, Mable Baker of Nettleton, Annetta Baker of Shannon, Carolyn Brinker of Booneville, Earnestine Cummings of Tupelo, Carrie (Wayne) Brown of Tupelo and Marilyn Adam of Tupelo; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was prececed in death by her parents; and six brothers, Eddie, Willie C., Howard, Archie, Nathaniel Jr. and Jimmie Baker.
Bud McGee
YOUNGS LANDING – Bud Dempsey McGee, 76, died Friday, May 11, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born April 19, 1936, in Chickasaw County. He was a retired construction carpenter and a member of Carpenters Union Local 345 in Memphis for over 40 years. He was a volunteer firefighter for Clear Springs Fire Department. He was a resident of Youngs Landing in Grenada County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Shiloh Baptist Church at Big Creek with the Rev. John Hearn officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery at Big Creek. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret McAnally McGee; son, Dewane Eiland (Christine) McGee of Independence; daughter, Anette (Wayne) Redwine of Youngs Landing; sisters, Carvie Gore of Thorn and Doris Haire of Big Creek; four grandchildren, Julia Brandon, DeAnna Redwine, Amanda McGee and Boden McGee; three great-grandchildren, Cole Brandon, Lia Melton and Kerstin Vickers; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Eiland McGee and Alma Franks; a daughter, Julia Ann McGee; and three brothers and three sisters.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the church.
Online condolences can be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.