By NEMS Daily Journal
JUMPERTOWN – Billy Lee Jones, 64, of Jumpertown died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born March 26, 1949, to Christine Standford Jones and Leroy Jones. He grew up in the Dumas community and was a 1967 graduate of Pine Grove High School. He also graduated from Northeast Mississippi Community College. He was a member of Jumpertown United Methodist Church, where he currently served on the committee of Trustees. He served as chairman of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee for many years and taught Sunday School. He always wanted to be at church early to have coffee ready for everyone. He was a man of great character and integrity.
He married Norma Jo English Jones, the love of his life, on March 1, 1980. They enjoyed traveling and going out to eat at different restaurants, but they mostly enjoyed being together at home working in the yard or taking care of the house. Their favorite pastime was sitting side-by-side in their recliners, holding hands, and watching their favorite television shows. Together they raised four daughters and created a very happy life in the Jumpertown community. He enjoyed working in his yard and helping others. His eight grandchildren brought him great joy and he loved them so much. He enjoyed sharing stories about his grandchildren with everyone. He was loved beyond measure by his family and all who knew him.
He was an avid Ole Miss football fan and loved tailgating in The Grove. He loved inviting friends to visit on game days. He was a member of University of Mississippi Athletics Association. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Lodge 47 of Ripley.
He was an employee of Long Distribution of Corinth for the past 28 years. He loved his work and customers. He always said that his job never seemed like work. His customers became lifetime friends. He enjoyed spending time with them. Prior to working for Long’s, he worked 15 years at American Biltrite in Ripley in Quality Control.
Funeral services were Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Jumpertown United Methodist Church with Bro. Jason Franklin officiating and Ronnie Sweeny and Randy Long delivering the eulogy. Burial was in the Jumpertown Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Norma Jo English Jones; four daughters, Lori Stroupe Sims of Booneville, Leslie Jones (Jonathan) Pettey of Saltillo, Andrea Jones (Travis) Tucker of Tuscumbia, Ala., and Marcie Whitley (Dustin) McCafferty of Ripley; his mother, Christine Jones of Dumas; two sisters, Brenda Jones Robertson and Bonita Jones (Barry) Crawford, both of Ripley; two brothers, Bobby (Martha) Jones and Bruce (Janet) Jones, both of Dumas; eight grandchildren, Cayson Coleman, Kaylee Sims, Livvy Coleman, Sidney Tucker, Emma Pettey, Jacob Tucker, Ruthie McCafferty and Maggie McCafferty; and his mother-in-law, Beth English of Jumpertown.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Jones; father-in-law, Norman English; and his grandparents, W.T. (Bill) and Ida Jones and Robert Herman and Ozelle Standford.
Pallbearers were Jarvine Shackelford, C.O. Boone, David Brown, Johnny Robbins, Ronnie Sweeny, Shane Strickland, Larry English and William Ellis Jones. Honorary pallbearers were his Sunday School Class, Craig Brown, Butch Essary, Donnie Lauderdale, Rusty Boone, Tracy Dye, Jonathan Pettey, Travis Tucker, Dustin McCafferty, Mikel Sims, Nathan Robertson, Brandon Crawford and employees of Long Distribution.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Billy Jones’ Grandchildren College Fund, c/o The Peoples Bank, P.O. Drawer 419, Ripley, MS 38663.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Ella Mann Shelton
RIPLEY – Ella Mann Gray Shelton, 86, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born Nov. 11, 1926, to Robert Claude and Ethel Velora Kirk Gray in Hickory Flat. She was a member of Springdale Baptist Church in Ripley. She loved the Lord and served faithfully as a children’s Sunday School teacher for 43 years. She loved praising God in song and was an active member of the choir until her health began to fail. She was a spiritual leader. Her greatest accomplishments and joys in life were leading her children and grandchildren to know Christ.
She worked as a beautician but was primarily a caregiver and homemaker for her family. She was happiest when she was surrounded by family and friends. She loved her husband, her boys and their wives, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She loved doing whatever her grandkids wanted to do (cooking special treats, playing games, making crafts, dancing the polka, anything with them). She loved to laugh whether at herself or at anything comical. She enjoyed her tomato garden and liked to go fishing. She was also a competitor. She was the star basketball player for Hickory Flat High School. She was an avid golfer. She enjoyed being with her golfing friends, her brothers and their families, her husband’s family, close neighbors, civic club friends, church family and particularly the Snow Lake cabin families. She is now enjoying Jesus and is with her eternal spiritual family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, May 23, 2013, at Springdale Baptist Church in Ripley. Bro. Randy Hamilton and Bro. Stacy McKee will officiate. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, Danny Shelton (Sue) of Ripley and Kirk Shelton (Beth) of Tupelo; eight grandchildren, April Byers (Anthony), Patrick Shelton (Kristi), Nikki Edwards (Kyle), Melissa Quilio (Joey), Chris Shelton, Jordan, Graham and Grisham Shelton; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Margie Gray of Hickory Flat and Patti Sue Shelton of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Lee Shelton Jr.; her parents; one son, Lee Gray Shelton; and four brothers, George, Rayburn, Maurice and Russell Gray.
Pallbearers will be Patrick Shelton, Anthony Byers, Kyle Edwards, Eddie Conner, Joel Moore and Robert Parks.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to noon today at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. to service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com
PONTOTOC – Cecil Junior Aron, 85, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Robbs Baptist Church. He graduated from Randolph High School in 1956 and attended Itawamba Junior College. He retired from Day-Brite Lighting.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Tommy Inmon and Bro. Chip Johnson will officate. Burial will follow in Guinn Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Clarene Aron; three children, Ricky Aron (Shelia) of Pontotoc, Teresa Tackitt (Sam) of Pontotoc and Juanice Hooker (Ricky) of Thaxton; son-in-law, Clyde Tackitt Jr.; grandchildren, Tommy Caldwell (Jennifer), Jackie Caldwell, Tracy Tackitt, Robin Duffie (Joshua), Joey Tackitt, Kristi Carwile (Calla), Amanda Floyd (Cameron), Jason Williams (Dani), Shuana Wilson (Joey), David Hooker (Christina) and Brad Hooker; seven great-grandchildren and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; siblings, Dorothy McDonald (Carol), Lois Matkins (Keith) and J.C. Aron (Sue).
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Dorothy Aron; daughter, Cecelia “Bo” Tackitt; siblings, Ekoy, Q.T. and L.V. Aron, and Mary Waldo White.
Pallbearers will be Tommy and Jackie Caldwell, Joey Tackitt, Calla Carwile, Joshua Duffie and Jason Williams.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, make donations to Gideons or charity of your choice.
BATESVILLE – Jack A. Cobb, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Batesville. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir or the Daycare Center, 119 Panola Ave., Batesville, MS 38606.
OKOLONA – Cherry Ann Wilkinson Word, 86, died Monday, May 20, 2013, at her residence following an extended illness. She was born Jan. 25, 1927, in Memphis to Joseph C. Wilkinson and Mary Halliburton Wilkinson. After graduating high school she continued her education at Mississippi State College for Women (MSCW) in Columbus. She married Thomas Lawler Word Jr. on April 12, 1947, and worked for many years as a teller for BancorpSouth in Tupelo as well as Okolona before retiring. She was a gracious lady who enjoyed her Bridge Club, cooking, crossword puzzles, reading, watching the cooking channel, and spending time at the beach. She was the last surviving member of her generation of a very large and loving family, known as the “Queen,” and being fun-loving and witty. She was of the Presbyterian faith, attending First Presbyterian Church in Okolona and a former member of Wren Presbyterian Church.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church in Okolona with the Rev. Sandra Sisson and the Rev. Tom Cheatham officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at First Presbyterian Church. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, William Word (Pat) of Houston; daughter, Janice Word Cain of Okolona; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Word of West Point; 12 grandchildren, Thomas Word (Natalie), Amy Bryan (Wilkes), Matt Word (Dayna), Jenny Stubblefield (Earl), Lonny Cain (Kimberlie), Patrick Cain (Amanda), Clay Cain (Jennifer), Beth McArthur (Johnathan), Chad Galloway, Katie Mitchell (Sam), Emily Word and Tara Criddle; 16 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Lawler Word Jr., who died June 10, 1976; her son, Tommy Word; two brothers and one sister; and her companion, Louie Demoville.
Pallbearers will be Herbert Word, Rodney Hollingsworth, Tom Hollingsworth and David Turner. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 326 W. Main Street, Okolona, MS 38860, First Presbyterian Church, 209 Fourth Street, South, Amory, MS 38821, or LIFE of MS, 1051 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OLIVE BRANCH – Bobby Wayne Hale, 63, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, after a brief illness. He was a veteran and a retired Teamster. He drove for Greyhound Lines and Roadway. He was a talented singer and guitar player, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family. He was a believer in Jesus Christ our Lord and loved his church family.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Clearview Baptist Church in Southaven. A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. at Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery in Iuka. Brantley Funeral Home of Olive Branch is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Molly Hale; two daughters, Kellie Moore (David) of Southaven and Renea Beene (Scott) of Olive Branch; seven grandchildren, Mollie and Makenzie Beene, Tucker Beene and Jude Beene, all of Olive Branch, and Hayden Tapper, Gabriel Moore and Garrett Moore, all of Southaven; one brother, William d. Hale of Southaven; two sisters, Martha Rushing (Frank) of Olive Branch and Linda Bray (Larry) of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Silas and Inezz Hale, and a brother, Don Hale.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.brantleyfuneral.com.
KEOWNVILLE – Bonnie Jean Dunnam, 58, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. She was born May 9, 1945, in Tippah County, the daughter of Roy and Annie Lee Ledbetter Dunnam. She was a member of Lowery Methodist Church and attended Mt. Olivet Methodist Church. She was a surgical technician at Baptist-Union County, in New Albany for 22 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany. Bro. Trey Lambert will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Orville Earnest Goolsby III of Booneville; two sisters, Erna Ruth Paseur (Elmer) and Ann Studdard (Max), all of Ripley; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Sammie Dunnam; and two sisters, Leila Waldon and Nell Holliday.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
DORSEY – Sarah M. Shumpert Wray, 90, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at her son’s home in Amory. She was born Oct. 17, 1922, in the Evergreen community to Andy and Dessie Shumpert. She played basketball during her school years. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Fulton. She did house cleaning, upholstered furniture and cooked for people during her working years. She enjoyed inviting people over her house and cooking for them.
Services will be private for family only and will be held at a later date. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Duane Wray Sr. (Beverly) of Amory and Carl Wray of Milwaukee, Wis.; one daughter, Diane Wray of Milwaukee; three brothers, John Shumpert of Jacksonville, Fla., Otis Shumpert of the Evergreen community and Robert Shumpert of Pensacole, Fla.; five sisters, Blanzine Shumpert Dunwoody of Fulton, Loisteen Shumpert Gray of Dorsey, Murtha Shumpert Russ of Dorsey, Exie Shumpert Muhammad and Cedera Shumpert Muhammad, both of Verona; several grandchildren, great-grandchilden and great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters; and her parents.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
STARKVILLE – Judy Lynn Roberson, 57, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a data analyst with North Mississippi Health Services for 26 years. She was a 1973 graduate of Starkville High School and an honor graduate of East Mississippi Community College. She attended Itawamba Community College and Mississippi State University. She was a former employee of The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU and First United Methodist Church in Starkville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion George Roberson and Willie Sue Lewis Roberson; and a sister, Marian Sue Roberson.
She is survived by her sisters, Nelda Newell (Dan) of Scottsboro, Ala., and Mary Jo Ingram (Lowell) of Grenada; brothers, George W. “Billy” Roberson (Debra) and Roy H. Roberson (Dorothy), all of Starkville, and Jesse Keith Roberson (Rita) of Shannon; 12 nieces and nephews; and six great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Welch Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Bradley.
Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society.
You can go online and sign the guest register at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.
DRAPER, Utah – George Haynes Stephens, 72, died Monday, May 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 20, 1941, to Artis and Larue Willis Stephens. He enjoyed NASCAR.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Minister Jim Estes officiating.
He is survived by one daughter, Shelia (Danny) Harrison of Birmingham; his companion, Mary Gajkowski of Draper, Utah; one sister, Serene (Earl) McCarley; two brothers, James (Teresa) Stephens and Harold (Betty) Stephens; one sister-in-law, Margret Stephens; one grandson, Stephen Rakestraw; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Dewayne Stephens and Euvone Stephens.
GREENWOOD – Malcolm Wayne Driver, 72, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Serenity-Martin Funeral Home in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Ila Fay Perry
OXFORD – Ila Fay “Toot” Perry, 51, died Monday, May 20, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at East Providence M.B. Church. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – Marlene Patterson Hitchcock, 82, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. She was born April 10, 1931, to Eulice F. Patterson and Amye White Patterson of Pontotoc. She was a graduate of Algoma High School Class of 1950. She married Thomas L. “Droop” Hitchcock on Aug. 29, 1951. They had three children. She was a retired garment and furniture seamstress. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Pontotoc and a member of the Abundant Life Sunday School Class as long as her health permitted. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Pontotoc. The Rev. Roger Shock will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oak Forest Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her sister, Faye Patterson Sills of Thaxton; two daughters, Paula Wren of Saltillo and Marla Walls of Pontotoc; one son, Joe Hitchcock of Pontotoc; grandchildren, Jennifer Dye (Steve), Karla Morris (Tim), Scott Walls (Melanie), Tyler Sneed (Courtney), Brittany Poole (John) and Michael Wren; 12 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas L. Hitchcock; a sister, Joann Patterson Enis; a brother, George R. Patterson; and two infant great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Mickey Mapp, Jimmy Roberts, Jon David Naugher, Shane Clayton, Kyle Walker, Kelly Luther and Wayne Mahon. Honorary pallbearers will be Tanner Clayton, Jacob Mapp, William White, Devan Dallas, Charles Thomas, Jimma Clayton, Beth Luther Waldo and Patsy Luther Walker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, all at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 308, Pontotoc, MS 38863; Palestine United Methodist Church, ATTN Rev. Rob Grant, 2806 Hwy. 341, Pontotoc, MS 38863; or to the choice of the donor.
BOONEVILLE – Freddie “Fred” Davis, 62, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a long illness. He attended Calvary Baptist Church in Booneville. He retired from the City of Baldwyn. He loved horses and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Steve Lampkin and Bro. Tim Robbins officating. Burial will be in the Jumpertown Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Davis of Booneville; one daughter, Brandie Swinford (Roger) of Booneville; two sons, Mike Davis (Heather) of Sherman and Ethan Davis of Booneville; two sisters, Betty Joe Davis of Jumpertown and Liz Rice (Jimmy) of Booneville; three stepsisters, Pat Downs (Jack), Kay Brassfield (Frankie) and Sherry Pannell, all of Booneville; one brother, Chester Dotson( Becky) of Booneville; one stepbrother, Leland Barnett of Booneville; one sister-in-Law, Zola Wren of Nettleton; five grandchildren, Joseph and Athena Miller, Lexie Davis, James and Mariah Swinford; a special niece, Angie Young; a special sister-in-law, Peggy Henry; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Opal Eaton Davis; one brother, Jimmy Wren.
Pallbearers will be Joey and Bill Hall, Andy King, Nickey Owens, Buddy Lynch and Mike Underwood. Honorary pallbearers will be his many friends.
HAMILTON – James Wilson Smith, 77, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
PHEBA – David Forrester, 83, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at his home, in Pheba.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Pheba Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Pheba Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Pheba Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Pheba Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5, Pheba, MS 39755; or to The Baptist Children’s Village, P.O. Box 27, Clinton MS 39060-0027.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Stella Mae Bourland Goodson, 97, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 2, 1915, to Byron E. and Hessie Wood Bourland in Itawamba County. She was a member of East Fulton Baptist Church, and former longtime member of Guntown Baptist Church and Sherman Baptist Church. She enjoyed yard work, traveling, going to church and spending time with her family. She was the owner of Stella’s Fabrics for many years before her retirement.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton. Bro. Gary Smith and Bro. Russ Crosswhite will officiate. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.
She is survived by three daughters, Nancy (James H.) Bruce of Blue Springs, Ellen G. (Billy ) Todd of Fulton and Maggie (Richard) Davis of Fulton; one son, William B. (Gogie) Goodson of Baldwyn; 10 grandsons, Mike (Jennifer) Bruce of Blue Springs, Jim R. Bruce of Tupelo, Lee (Belinda) Bruce of Mooreville, Kevin (Selena) Nolan of Fulton, Cole (Mollie) Goodson of Guntown, Cory (Laura Jane) Goodson of Madison, Will (Ashley) Davis of Tupelo, Mike (Cathy) Todd of Fulton, Mark (Martha) Todd of Fulton and John Holland; four granddaughters, Beth (Bobby) McCuiston of Murray, Ky., Deanna (Russ) Harrington of Tupelo, Nan (Rick) Mitchell of Fulton and Gina (Jeremie) Bray of Burnsville; 27 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Mike Bruce, Jim Bruce, Lee Bruce, Kevin Nolan, Cole Goodson, Cory Goodson, Will Davis, Mark Todd, Mike Todd and John Holland.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Three Rivers, Itawamba Meals on Wheels, c/o Patricia Jenkins, P.O. Box 690, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
CORINTH – Solas Argie Morgan, 96, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Corinthian Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lone Oak Baptist Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.
MICHIE, Tenn. – Albert Lynn “Buddy Joe” Parker, 61, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at The Highlands Church. Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery in Henderson, Tenn. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. today.