Obituaries May 14, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Jerri McAdams
PLANTERSVILLE – Jerri Gay Stansbury McAdams, 45, died Monday, May 10, 2010, in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 27, 1964, in Greenville to Verline Warren Atkins and the late James Jerry Stansbury. She attended First Baptist Church in Plantersville. She was a 1983 graduate of Caldwell High School in Columbus. She loved her dog, Murphy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Roller-Swift Funeral Home in Osceola, Ark. Burial will be in the Mississippi County Memorial Gardens in Osceola.
She is survived by her mother, Verline Atkins, and stepfather, James Atkins, both of Plantersville; one sister, Connie Stansbury of Atlanta, Ga.; and one brother, Chris Stansbury of Decatur, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Jerry Stansbury; and her grandparents, Troy and Gussie Stansbury, and Grady and Allene Warren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Online guestbook can be accessed at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Marjorie Matkin
NEW ALBANY – Marjorie Matkin, 87, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany.

Neal Powell
MABEN – Viola Neal Powell, 72, died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Upper Prairie Creek M.B. Church in Mantee. Burial will be in Jesus Christ Blessed Hill Temple AOH Cemetery in Cedar Bluff. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Hale Logan
CEDAR BLUFF – Hale Logan, 77, died Friday, May 7, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Johnson Creek M.B. Church at Pheba. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Alma Smith
TAYLOR – Alma Smith died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.
Margie Hodges
TUPELO – Margie R. Perkins Hodges, 74, died Monday, May 10, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 17, 1935, to Robert Perkins and Catherine Gude. She was a member of Rising Star M.B. Church in Tupelo.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Rising Star M.B. Church in Tupelo with Rev. Greg McGee officiating. Burial will be in the Porter Memorial Cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangement.
Survivors include three daughters, Phyllis (Frank) Ewell of Tupelo, Shelia (Phillip) Bruce and Zeda Yvette (Rock) Tiffault of Indianapolis, Ind.; six sons, Jeffrey (Vanessa) Perkins of LaGrande, Ky., Clay (Katherine) Perkins and Serrell Perkins, both of Tupelo, Aundray (Sandra) Perkins of Verona, Rodney Perkins of Brooklyn, N.Y., Frederick Perkins of Flint, Mich.; three sisters, Mable Perkins, Elise Perkins and Debra Perkins, all of Milwaukee, Wis.; three brothers, Willie James Gunn of Tupelo, Willie P. (Nedra) Perkins of Milwaukee, Wis., and Jerry Perkins, all of Milwaukee; 27 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Kathy, Bernice and Marilyn Perkins.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today and the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Salvation Army at 527 Carnation Street in Tupelo. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.

Rozell Pegues
HOLLY SPRINGS – Rozell “Scobby” Pegues, 57, died Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Holly Springs. He was born Jan. 13, 1953, in Byhalia to Lee Pegues Sr. and Jealean West Pegues.
Services will be at noon Saturday at New Zion M.B. Church of Olive Branch. Burial will be in Millers Cemetery in Olive Branch. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his siblings, Tymon Pegues, Peter Pegues, Layeunice Thomas and Josephine Bougard, all of Red Banks, Lee Pegues Jr., Earnestine Pegues, Julie Thomas, Ella Dortch and Iola Craine, all of Holly Springs, Mary Louise Faulkner and Elaine Pye of Byhalia, Rubye Jackson and Otis Pegues of Memphis, Eric Pigues of Arlington, Tenn., Robert Faulkner of Rossville, Tenn., and Larry Pegues of Olive Branch; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Reaves
HOLLY SPRINGS – Mary Louise Young Reaves, 68, formerly of Michigan City, died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ashland High School Auditorium. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove M.B. Church Cemetery in Grand Junction, Tenn. 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 and from noon to 12:55 p.m. Saturday at the school.

James L. Wise Sr.
EUPORA – James L. Wise Sr., 89, died Saturday, May 8, 2010, at his residence in Eupora.
He was a dedicated public servant who liked helping people in his community. He was the former owner of Wise Funeral Home for over 50 years. Also, he was former owner of Wise Bros. Furniture and Hardware stores. He was a member of the Eupora Board of Alderman from 1961 until his retirement in 1989. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eupora and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Eupora. The Rev. Trey Harper will officiate. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his two sons, James L. “Jimmy” Wise Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Gautier and John D. Wise and his wife, Kristi, of Pensacola, Fla.; four grandchildren, Amanda, David, Brooke and Makayla.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary D. Wise; a grandson, Chris Wise; and three sisters, Theo Starnes, Martha Hunt and Mirium Simmons.
Family will greet friends at the church from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church in Eupora.

Zella Mae Jones
OXFORD – Zella Mae Jones, 77, died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Cordie Givhan
PONTOTOC – Cordie Harris Givhan, 94, died at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was a member of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher. She was devoted to her family and she loved spoiling her grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Salem M.B. Church in Pontotoc with Pastor Carl Shack officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Hugh Melvin Isom of Champaign, Ill.; five granddaughters, 10 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; special cousins, Estelle Ezell of Okolona, Melba Burton of Millwakee, Wis., and Glendora Nabors of Milwaukee, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvis Givhan; one son, Earnest Young; one great-great-grandchild, Michael Hill Jr.
Pallbearers will be the Deacon Board of New Salem M.B. Church.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Online condolences can be made to the Givhan family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Johnnie Faye Wheeler
HOUSTON – Johnnie Faye Sutherland Wheeler, 78, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 10, 1931, to Johnny Lewis Sutherland and Jimmie Lee Dye Sutherland in Union County. She retired as an LPN from the Heritage Manor in Grenada. She was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. David Smith officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Eleanor Kathryn Wheeler of Destin, Fla., and Regina Lynn Long of Houston; one son, Walter Michael Wheeler of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, James Randle Sutherland of Bruce; five grandsons, Chris and Scott Long, Jimmy, Michael and Daniel Wheeler; one great-grandson, James Anthony Long.
She was preceded in death by one son, James Paul “Jim” Wheeler; three brothers, Charles, Jimmy Ray and Lee Sutherland; three sisters, Louise Carrol, Audrey Sutherland and Eleanor McMillen; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to service time today.

Earlene Guth
TREMONT – Earlene H. Guth, 79, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 9, 1930, in Marion County, Ala., to James Rupert and Azie Johnson Hargett. She was working in Washington D.C. when she met her future husband, Roger A. Guth. They married in 1951. After his career with the U.S. Marine Corps ended, they and their sons moved to Tremont. She was a faith member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, where she attended until her health failed. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Dee Brown and Bro. Gary Guth officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Roger Guth of Tremont; three sons, Gary Guth, Greg Guth and David Guth (Donna), all of Tremont; a sister, Dot Mabus of Tremont; 10 grandchildren, Chris Guth (Danyel), Lori Hale (Johnny), Marsha Ferguson (Tony), Brad Guth (Amy), Amanda Minichino (Adam), Charlotte Leathers (Brandon), Adam Guth (Angie), Anna Marie Guth Lee, Caleb Guth and Kaity Guth; 11 great-grandchildren, Payton Guth, Courtney, Mary Grace and John Preston Hale, Maddie Guth, Abbie Leathers, Austin Minichino, Bryan Lee, Landon Guth, and Eric and Emily Ferguson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Sandy; a great-grandson, Joshua Seth Guth; and a daughter-in-law, Karen Guth.
Pallbearers will be Chris Guth, Brad Guth, Adam Guth, Caleb Guth, Brandon Leathers and Joe Bennett.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today.

Dorothy Brooks
RED BAY, Ala. – Dorothy Virginia Brooks, 74, died WEdnesday, May 12, 2010, at Terrace Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Russellville, Ala.
Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Old Burleson Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.

Keith Strickland
IUKA – Keith Strickland, 55, died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Iuka United Methodist Church Youth fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Velina Gann
AMORY – Velina A. Bobbitt Gann, 79, died Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at the DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Born May 22, 1930, in Kennedy, Ala., she was the daughter of the late F.O. and Maudie Tipton Bobbitt. She married Troy Gann in 1977; he died in 1999. Before moving to Columbus, she was a resident of Amory and had worked in the garment industry for over 25 years. Before her retirement, she worked as a dietitian at the Beverly Healthcare Center over 20 years. A member of the Bread of Life Fellowship, she enjoyed cooking for her family, spending time with her family, sewing, and flower gardening. A devoted mother, she will be missed by all.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Jack Taylor and Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include five daughters, Karen Holliman (Ken) of Belk, Ala., Hilda Holliman (Robert) of Belk, Ala., Marron Wharton (Edwin) of Millport, Ala., Barbara Jewell (Larry) of Columbus and Judy Wiggins of Amory; two brothers, Max Bobbitt (Martha) of Millport, Ala., and Mark Bobbitt (Beddie) of Millport, Ala.; two sisters, Willie Bea Swink-Woolbright (Stacy) of Columbus and Olivia Johnson (Junior) of Millport, Ala.; 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Troy Gann; a sister, Jay Woolbright; two brothers, Leon and David Bobbitt; and one great-great-grandchild, Bradley Hawkins.
Pallbearers will be Allen Shelton, Barry Holliman, Douglas Wiggins, Dale Shelton, Craig Holliman and Shane Holliman. Honorary pallbearers will be Jared Robinson, Steven Carroll, John Scott, Brian Willard, Stacey Hawkins, Garry Wharton, Chris Jewell, Johnny Taylor, Mark Bobbitt, Bobby Sanderson and the Dementia Unit of Generations Nursing Home in Vernon, Ala.
Visitation will continue until service time at the funeral home.

Eloise Woods
NETTLETON – Dorothy Eloise Neal Woods, 61, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Nettleton, she was born April 18, 1949, in Monroe county to Lee Albert Neal and Maudie Culver Myers. She was a homemaker and a member of Victory Baptist Church in Nettleton. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandson, Kamron.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Victory Baptist Church in Nettleton with the Rev. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Shane Woods (Misty) of Nettleton; two brothers, James Neal (Brenda) and Harold Neal (Pam), all of Nettleton; a half sister, Abby Sullivan (Myron) of Nettleton; three half brothers, W.T. Neal, Timmy Neal and Mickey Neal, all of Nettleton; her stepmother, Barbara Neal of Nettleton; one grandson, Kamron Woods of Nettleton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Lee Neal.
There will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Victory Baptist Church, 127 Elliott Ave., Nettleton, MS 38858.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Kenny Hayes
HOLLY SPRINGS – Kenny Hayes, 50, died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Holly Springs. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Debra Watkins
VERONA – Debra A. Watkins, 52, died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Harry Phyfer
WEST POINT – Harry Hampton Phyfer III, 56, died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born July 7, 1953, in New Albany to Rebecca Jo Sneed and Harry Hampton Phyfer Jr. He lived most of his life in West Point. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in engineering. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was the owner of Phyfer Construction Company. He was active in youth baseball in West Point.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Don Bishop officiating. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Marcia Gibson Phyfer of West Point; three sons, Eric Hampton Phyfer, Robert Cyrus Phyfer and Nicholas Gibson Phyfer, all of West Point; two sisters, Rebecca Portera and Carolyn Jane Hay of West Point; a brother, Cy Phyfer of Plano, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Ed Rice, Hugh Cooper Jr., Bob Harrell, Tommy McCollum, David Lott, Roger Pryor, Buddy Vance and Jacob Hudson.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the home of his sister, Rebecca Portera, 705 East Main Street, West Point, Miss.
Memorials can be sent to West Point High School Baseball, P.O. Box 1353, West Point, MS 39773; or Bryan Public Library, P.O. Box 675, West Point, MS 39773; or West Point-Clay County Animal Shelter, 206 West Main St., West Point, MS 39773.

Mitchell Hogan Jr.
WEST POINT – Mitchell Hogan Jr., 83, died Friday, May 7, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Payne Chapel M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
To access the online register book, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
J.J. Lamb
PLANTERSVILLE – Jennifer Judonne “J. J.” Lamb, 37, died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a long illness. She was born in Tupelo on April 1, l973, to Fred Allen Lamb Sr. and Helen Adams Lamb. She grew up in the country east of Plantersville and attended the public schools at Plantersville. A Baptist, she loved computers, dogs, collecting Coca Cola products and memorabilia. She last worked as a dispatcher for Lee County 911 Communications before her health failed her. Her greatest joy was her family and friends who meant the world to her.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Floyd Lamb officiating. Private burial will be Monday at Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and from noon to service time Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include her mother, Helen Adams Lamb of Plantersville; her sister, Tammy Lamb (Lee) of Tupelo; three brothers, Fred Allen Lamb Jr. of Plantersville, Robert Hoyle Lamb (Nicole) of Nettleton and Steve Lamb Webb (Teresa) of Brookeville, Fla.; a very special friend and her family, Elizabeth Gonzales and her children, Tevian, Fabian and Shaila, and their dad, Jose Montanez; her nieces and nephews, Tiffany, Brittany, Chris, Zack, Nick, Harley, Ashley, Rachel and Brittany; a special aunt, Betty Whitehead of Plantersville; numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her dad, Fred Lamb Sr., who died May 2, 2001; and her grandparents, Minnie K. and Hoyle Lamb, and Calfie and May Adams.
Pallbearers will be Fabian and Tabian Gonzales, Chris Livingston, Nick Lamb, Zack Lamb, Niles Foster and Lee Collins. Honorary pallbearers will be Jose Montanez, Lindsay Williams, Wally Dunaway, Jason Adams and Shawn Roberts.

Robert Pruitt Jr.
GARY, Ind. – Robert “Lit Buddie” Pruitt Jr. died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at Methodist Northlake. He was born June 4, 1924, in Amoryto Robert Pruitt Sr. and Ida Pruitt. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He went to Gary in 1953 and retired from U.S. Steel after 30 years. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior early in life.
Services were from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at Christ United Methodist Church in Gary, Ind., with Rev. Katurah W. Johnson officiating. Powell Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Services will continue at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Susie L. Darden Memorial Chapel at Darden and Sons Funeral Home in Amory. The Rev. Maurice McIntosh will officiate, and the Rev. Latrenia Black will assist. Burial will be in the United Memorial Cemetery in Amory. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of these arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Larry (Cynthia) Pruitt of Gary, Ind., and Calvin (Loney) Pruitt of Memphis; his daughters, caregiver Daresia Pruitt Johnson and Cheryl Pruitt, both of Gary; a sister, Mary (Larry) Baner of Gary; grandchildren, Michael Robert Pruitt of Germany, Natalie (Daryl) Mayfield of Brownfield, Ind., Louis and Christian Trigg of Gary; two great-grandsons; two sisters-in-law, Beulah Rogers and Helen Evans, both of Amory; his former sons-in-laws, Louis Trigg Sr. of Maryland and Ronnie Johnson of Memphis; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Velar Ann Pruitt; and two brothers, Freddie and Lloyd Pruitt.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, make donations to the family.

Sgt. Major Billie Kennedy
SALTILLO – Sgt. Major Billie David Kennedy, 75, died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at his residence. A native of Amory, he was born April 1, 1935, to Arthur and Nora Lee Wiggington Kennedy. He was retired from AT&T after 35 years of service. A decorated veteran, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps . He also retired from the U.S. Army and the Mississippi National Guard. He was a history buff and loved sharing his vast knowledge with family and friends.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home on Jefferson Street. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Dolores “Dolly” Kennedy of Saltillo; his son, Mark Kennedy of Nashville; his sister, Jeanne Quirello of Hialeah, Fla.; extended family, Brent and Monica Morse and their children, Cole and Anna Lauren of Saltillo, and Eileen Grenier of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Michael Kennedy; brothers, Dudley Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and J.D. Kennedy; and his stepsister, Exie Hormell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Judy Hood
BOONEVILLE – Judy Katherine Cornelius Hood, 47, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at her home following an extended illness. She was born Dec. 22, 1962, in New Albany to Bobby Gene “Bug” Cornelius and Jacqueline Deslauriers Cornelius. She was a sales associate in the Booneville Walmart pharmacy. She was a member of Ingomar United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, house plants, her cats, and spending time with her friends and family.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ben Parman officiating. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Alex Hood, whom she married Nov. 17, 1995; a brother, David Cornelius (Thedy) of Hickory Flat; a nephew, Adam Cornelius of New Albany; a niece, Tonya Garrett of New Albany; her caregivers, Angie Stephan, Tassie Storey, Crystal Storey and Michelle Frederick.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers are Jason Miller, Josh Hodge, Ashley White, Dandee Miller, Joey Hamm, Adam Cornelius, Jerry Peeks and Dr. Sean Reynolds.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations toward funeral expenses.
Ann G. Pate
FULTON – Ann G. Pate died Thursday, May 13, 2010. She was born Dec. 30, 1929, in Mississippi to Harold M. and Edith Steele Gilliland. She was a 1947 graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School and a 1948 graduate of Bowling Green College of Commerce in Bowling Green, Ky. She was secretary to the president of Itawamba Community College for 21 years. She also worked at the Western Auto Store and Blue Bell Inc. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, where she had served as organist. She had also been a member of Southside Baptist and First Baptist churches. She was a past member of the Fulton Civic Club, Fulton Book Club, Eastern Star, Fulton Country Club, Itawamba Arts Council, Fulton Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary, Mississippi State Firefighters Auxiliary, Fulton Bridge Club, Gideons Auxiliary and Pilot Club of Fulton. She enjoyed painting, dancing, crocheting, playing piano and organ, and bridge.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home with Bro. David Aultman and Bro. Don Baggett officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Virgil H. “Doodle” Pate of Fulton; three sons, Terry Pate (Sally) of Lawrenceville, Ga., Gary Pate (Betty) of Huntsville, Ala., and Mike Pate (Anita) of Mooreville; his mother, Edith Gilliland Grimes of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Megan Claire Pate, Anna Kathryn Pate, Caitlin Kilpatrick Pate, Jonathan Hunter Pate (fiancée, Ashly Baugher), Emily Lauren Pate, Michael Homer Pate Jr. and William Matthew Pate.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Gilliland, and a sister, Jean Miller.
Pallbearers will be Matt Upton, Rush Holcomb, Larry Pate, Howard Smith, William Parker, Bob Steele, Mark Burleson and Steve Pate.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Brown Sullivan
BRUCE – Brown Sullivan, 63, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at his home. He was born Feb. 22, 1947, in Calhoun County. He was retired from Memphis Hardwood, where he worked for 20 years. He was a member of Parker Baptist Church, a Gideon and a Mason. He enjoyed farming, cattle and caring for the elderly.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Billy Hill and Bro. Paul Morris officiating. Burial will be in Parker Cemetery in Bruce.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Kilgore of Bruce, whom he married April 1, 1972; a son, Hunter Sullivan (Ronda) of Vardaman; three daughters, Scarlet Broyles of Rainsville, Ala., Teresa Sullivan of Bruce and Hollie Sullivan Jeffery of Oxford; one sister, Greta Ingram Brewer of Coffeeville; four brothers, Edward Sullivan of Bruce, Benny Sullivan (Jessie) of Cordova, Tenn., Joel Sullivan (Tessa) of Texas and Tony Sullivan of Bruce; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John D. Sullivan and Eunice Anglin Sullivan, and a brother, John Sullivan.
Pallbearers will be Hunter Sullivan, Tim Broyles, Martin White, Drew Bennett, Clay Broyles, Darrian Sullivan and Tyler Broyles.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lou Ella Gilbert
NEW ALBANY – Lou Ella Gilbert, 66, died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Duke Townsend
NETTLETON – James Arther “Duke” Townsend, 45, died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at the Aberdeen Care Center. He was born May 3, 1965, to U.S. Townsend and Ruth Ella Griffin Townsend. He was a member of Union Grove Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Greater Prospect M.B. Church with the Rev. Leon Griffin officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sisters, Ella Jean Love of Nettleton, Irene Finnie (Richard) of Tupelo and Sandra Langston (Cedric) of Nettleton; four brothers, George Townsend of Nettleton, Eddie C. Townsend (Mae Ella) of Nettleton, James Russell Townsend (Willie Mae) of Nettleton and Henry Townsend (Barbara) of Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.