Obituaries May 13, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Gara Bogue
ETTA – Gara Gwynn Bogue, 74, died Friday, May 11, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. He was born March 1, 1938, in Union County to Isom Berry “I.B.” Bogue and Loy Robbins Bogue. He served in the Mississippi National Guard. He was in the furniture business and a farmer. He loved his church, family and friends, hunting and fishing, playing dominoes. He was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Harvey Reeves and Rev. Keith Benefield officiating. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by three sons, Jerry Bogue (Jan) of Booneville, Gerald Bogue (Lisa) and Brad Bogue (Julie) both of Etta; a brother, Robby Bogue of Thaxton; seven grandchildren, Brandy Hamilton (Brooks), Case Bogue, Emily Baecher (Lance), Bailey Bogue, Riley Bogue, Easton Bogue and Alyssa Bogue; and four great-grandchildren, Katie Brook, Allie Grace, Hayden Hamilton, and Emerie Baecher.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Schwanda Foley.
Pallbearers will be Chris Russell, Gary Harrison, Scott Maxey, Phil Bogue, Mike Reeves and James Wallace Little. Honorary pallbearers will be Cliff Jackson, Robert Goggans, E.C. Jackson, Carlton Robbins, Narshall Weeden and Quince Stroud.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
In honor of Bogue, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the United States Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
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Ollon Standifer
AMORY – Ollon Standifer, 85, died Friday, May 11, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen.
Helen Hester
AMORY – Helen Culver Hester, 86, died on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at her residence. She was born on July 26, 1925, in Sturkey, Ark., to Efraim Jackson and Mary Elizabeth Ford Bivens. She attended school in Moody, Mo. A pioneer of women working in factories, she retired after 24 years of service with Goodyear Tire and Rubber in North Chicago.She moved to Amory in 1994 and married Buddy Hester on Jan. 15, 2000. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church where she cooked for Men’s Brotherhood. Having a generous and compassionate heart for people, her life was guided by her faith, family and friends. A wonderful, loving and caring wife and mother, she enjoyed volunteering at the Goodwill thrift store, her two dogs, Gospel music, especially the Gaithers, country music, going to singings, traveling, watching the Fulton gospel channel, crocheting and baking fried pies.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. C.D. Hood and Bro. Ryan French officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband and soulmate, Buddy Hester of Amory; daughters, Charlotte Willems of Waukegan, Ill., Betty Joseph of Wheaton, Ill., and Mary Jane McCoy (Bobby) of Texarkana, Texas; son, Doug Culver of Land of Lakes, Mo.; stepchildren, Bryan, Lynn, and Chris; sister, Martha Stanczak of Antioch, Ill.; grandchildren, Chris, Matt, Ayrica, Meghan, Jason, Jordan, Adam, Cassidy, Eddie and Evan; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Rachel, Gus, McKenzie, Grace, Samantha and Nic; several nieces and nephews; and very special friend, Linda Hester Maxey.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Culver; and sons, Rick and Sam Culver.
Pallbearers will be Brian Hester, Johnny Ray Sloan, Larry Pennington, Larry Maxey and Larry Yeager. Honorary pallbearer is Jay Davis.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Gentiva Hospice, PO Box 83, Amory, MS 38821 or to Amory Humane Society, 1317 Old Hwy. 6, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepickle
Conner Whitt
MANTACHIE – Robert Conner Whitt, 79, died Saturday, May 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Nov. 19, 1932, in Tremont to Delmer and Ida Crocker Whitt. He was retired from Dura-Containers as a sawmiller. He enjoyed coon hunting, going to auctions, country music, and dancing. He was a born-again believer.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Bill Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Tremont cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Whitt (Teresa) and Terry Whitt (Sandra), both of Mantachie; two sisters, Betty Reich (James) of Mantachie and Annie Turner of Saltillo; two grandchildren, Tonya Dial (Tommy) and Kim Hood (Danny); two great-grandchildren, Samantha Dial and Sarah Dial; and 1 great-great-granddaughter, Presley.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Whitt; 11 brothers and sisters; and his parents.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Online condolences can be expressed at mcneecemorris
Ramonia Clayton
RED BAY, Ala. – Ramonia Clayton, 80, died Friday, May 11, 2012, at Helen Keller Hospital.
Service is at 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Internment is at Burgess Creek Cemetery.
Visitation is 11 until service time today at the funeral home.
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Roxton Jones
PONTOTOC – Roxton Cash Jones, infant son of Richie and Lori Dawn Jones, died Friday, May 11, 2012.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Baldwin Nowell Memorial Gardens. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his parents; grandparents, Alfred and Racheal Jones and T.L. and Sina Riddle; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Barbara Jones.
Thomas Freeland III
OXFORD – Thomas Henry Freeland III, 82, died Thursday, May 10, 2012, at his residence. Born in Brookhaven, he lived in Oxford for 58 years. He practiced law for more than a half century and mentored generations of attorneys, first as a part-time law professor and later by hiring promising law students as clerks. His practice included precedent-setting cases in civil rights, commercial litigation, and libel law. In 1988, a case he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court forced Mississippi to reform century-old inequities in public school finance for the state’s northern 23 counties. He was a founding member and past president of the North Mississippi Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Oxford. He was a lifelong quail hunter, avid fly-fisherman, master of the occasional well-placed cuss word and devoted teller of courthouse yarns and family stories, some of which were true.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church of Oxford. Interment will be in the Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Judith H. Freeland of Oxford; two sons, Tom Freeland and Hale Freeland, both of Oxford; one daughter, Lee Freeland Hancock of Tyler, Texas; and six grandchildren.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Memorials may be made in memory of Hal Freeland to the University of Mississippi Foundation, Innocence Project at the Ole Miss Law School, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677.
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Ottie Coleman
PONTOTOC – Ottie Coleman, 96, died Friday, May 11, 2012, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time on Monday at the funeral home.
Earlie Hollis
FULTON – Earlie Mae Hollis, 70, died Saturday, May 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

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