Obituaries May 9, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Bennie Johnson
TUPELO – George C. (Bernice Wilemon) Johnson Sr., 101, died Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Tupelo Health and Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo. The centenarian was born on March 26, 1911, in Itawamba County to William Raymond “Boss” Wilemon and Leona Tucker Wilemon. She grew up in Itawamba County and married G.C. “Bro.” Johnson, longtime legendary Southern Baptist preacher, on Dec. 17, 1938, a marriage that lasted until his death in 1985. She was a beloved pastor’s wife and helpmate for 47 years. She delighted, inspired and educated their various congregations as a warm gregarious hostess to church events and a learned Sunday school and vacation Bible school teacher. After her husband’s death, she joined Harrisburg Baptist Church where she was active in the Sanctuary Sunday school class. Her sunset years were filled with continued travel with her “golden girlfriends.” Together, they toured every state in the United States except Hawaii.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Forrest Sheffield and Bro. David Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Shannon Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughters, Glenda McCool (Robert “Slick”) and Judy Foster (Greg), all of Tupelo; son, Rev. George C. Johnson, Jr. (Linda) of Belzoni, four grandchildren, Lori Ramsey, Lisa Hunt (Hugh), Matthew Johnson (Rebekah) and Sonya Chandler. eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a half-brother, Howard “Buddy” Wilemon (Fran) of Atlanta, Ga.; a half-sister, Margie Chunn (Wallace) of Mobile, Ala.; and a very special niece, Morine Rice.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters, Eunice Wilemon, Lavada Ivy and Lucille Burns; and three brothers, Eardis, Edison and William Raymond Wilemon.
Pallbearers will be Larry Digby, Matthew Johnson, Barton Ramsey, John Haydock, Paul Johnson and John Wilemon. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Johnson, Slick McCool, Bob Rice and Greg Foster.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today and 10:30 a.m. until service time Thursday, all at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net. Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd, Tupelo, MS. 38801.

Marvin Harwood
TUPELO – Marvin Ray Harwood, 88, was born in Pontotoc County on June 10, l923 and departed this life on May 7, 2012, after a brief illness. Mr. Harwood was the son of the late Clarence Harwood and Cora Ann McKnight Harwood of Pontotoc County. He graduated from Algoma High School and went into the service of his country in the U. S. Army during World War II. A patriotic American and devoted soldier, Technician Fourth Grade Harwood was honorably discharged December 26, 1945. Marvin married Merle Walters Harwood on July 3, 1953, a marriage of 53 years that ended in her death on Dec. 25, 2006. Marvin enjoyed a 39 year career with the Tennessee Valley Authority retiring as an electrician foreman in the Power Systems Operations. He was a longtime active and engaged member of Harrisburg Baptist Church where he was a Church nursery worker, Sunday School records assistant and greeter, worked with Building and Grounds, former deacon, and a member of the Rieves/Twitty Adult Sunday School Class,. Marvin’s love for children is legendary and his influence saw many children come to know the Lord. His positive outlook, insatiable laughter and passion for all people will long be remembered and revered.
A celebration of life service, with military honors, will be at 1 PM Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Harrisburg Baptist Church with Bro. David Langerfeld and Bro. David Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Visitation is from 5 PM – 8 PM today (Wed.) at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from Noon-service time on Thursday at the Church.
Survivors include his daughter: Marilyn Russell of Tupelo; two grandchildren: Laura Sheffield (Kevin) and Derek Russell (Shelley) all of Tupelo; three great-grandchildren: Cora Beth Sheffield, Joseph Sheffield, and Wesley Russell; his nephews: Greg Harwood (Marsha), Brian Harwood (Kathe), all of St. Louis, MO, Dr. Tim Harwood (Liz) of Winston Salem, NC, Rev. Keith Harwood (Nancy) and their mother, Dot Harwood all of Ormond Beach, FL;. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Merle, and a brother: Clifton Harwood.
Pallbearers will be Paul and Miles Backstrom, Stewart and Troy Maxcy, Ben Meriweather, Joe Lollar, John Haydock, Calvin Roberson, Byron Sneed, and Charles Twitty. Honorary pallbearers will be his fellow members of the Harrisburg Baptist Church Monday Morning Counters, the Rieves/Twitty Sunday School class and retired TVA employees.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church Building and Missions Fund, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801. Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Sheriff William Lee
KOSCIUSKO – George William Lee, 59, the Attala County Sheriff, passed away on May 7, 2012 at the University Medical Center in Jackson. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 9, 2012 from 5-8 at Jordan Funeral Home and Thursday from 10-11 a.m. at Williamsville Baptist Church. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the church with burial to follow in the Parkway Cemetery. Rev. Junior Davis and Rev. Jerry Meggs will officiate. Jordan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was an avid cattleman and horseman. He worked for Davis Construction. He was elected Constable of Attala County in 1991. He served as Constable and Deputy Sheriff in 1998. He served the remaining term in November of 2002 and was elected Sheriff of Attala County on January 1, 2004 and was presently serving his 4th term.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Gibson Lee of Kosciusko; daughter, Sherry Lee Cortez (Scott) of Ethel; sons, Jamie Utz (Nancy) of Houston and Robert Utz (Lesley) of Kosciusko; grandchildren, Christopher Lee O’Daniel of Ethel, Scottie Cortez of Ethel and R.J. Utz of Houston; brothers, B.W. Lee (Sandy) of Kosciusko, Roy Lee (Lisa) of Kosciusko, and David Lee (Arlene) of Kosciusko; sisters, Betty Jean Cumbie of Mobile and Carolyn Bethany of Stewart; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by children George William Lee, Jr. and Cathy Jo Lee; parents, Willie and Birdie Kellum Lee; one brother, and four sisters.
Pallbearers will be the Attala County Sheriff’s Department.
Memorial may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Beatrice Hale
STARKVILLE – Beatrice Denley Hale, 90, died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at her residence. She was born on June 21, 1921, to John Emery Denley and Mary Willingham Denley. She was a retired postal worker and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Starkville.
Services are at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Vance and the Rev. Dickie Bryan. Internment is at Bethany Cemetery in Slate Springs.
She is survived by her husband, L.D. Hale; son, John C. Moore (Rosemarie) of Starkville; daughters, Myrtie Mott (Joe) of Tallahassee, Fla., Barbara Painter (Larry) of Quincy, Mass., and Nell Holland (Don) of Brownwood, Texas; niece, Ann Guymon (Darrell) of Shelby County, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded by her parents; and son, James R. Rimmer.
Pallbearers are Jeff Holland, Mike Holland, Bryan Holland, David Mott, Justin Rimmer and Clay Moore.
Visitation is 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to Fellowship Baptist Church Piano Fund, 545 Frye Road, Starkville, MS 39759 or Legacy Hospice, 1085 Suite F. Stark Road, Starkville, MS 39759.
Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.

W.C. Mann
BURNSVILLE – William C. Mann, 68, of Burnsville, died Sunday, May 6, 2012, at his residence. Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Interment will follow in Antioch Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home in Glen.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Mary Keel
CALHOUN CITY – Mary Ruth Parker Keel. 68, died Monday, May 7, 2012, at Calhoun County Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 29, 1943, to Curtis Parker and Lorence Lester Parker. She was a homemaker and a member of Taylor Church of God of Prophecy.
Services are at 2 p.m. at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sherman Adams officiating. Internment is at New Liberty Cemetery in Vardman.
She is survived by sons, Leslie Huffman of Vardaman and Jay Huffman of Vardaman; daughters, Linda Huffman of Grenada and Angela (Paul) Platt of Big Springs, Texas; sisters, Nell Smith of Plano, Texas, Peggie Jennings of Greenwood and Debbie (Larry) Wiggs of Calhoun City; brothers, Morris Parker of Calhoun City, James Parker of Hernando and Jerry Parker of Calhoun City; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one grandson.
Pallbearers are Alan Parker, Mike Parker, Kramer Gary, Steve Smith, Steven Jennings, Mark Jennings, John Jennings and Jon Parker.
Visitation is noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
Larry Wadsworth
PINSON, Ala. – Larry Wadsworth, 65, died Monday, May 7, 2012. He was born March 19, 1947, to Charlie William and Mary Cooper Wadsworth in Ala. He enjoyed watching westerns, NASCAR, hunting, fishing and being outdoors.
Service is 11 a.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel. Internment is at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Ellis Wadsworth of Trafford, Ala.; son, Jason Wadsworth (Shauna) of Birmingham, Ala.; daughter, Melanie Wadsworth of Birmingham, Ala.; granddaughter, Emily Wadsworth; grandson, William Thomas Wadsworth; and host of family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers are Jerry Sheffield Sr., Jerry “Bubba” Sheffield, Mike Turner, Todd Hester, James Cooper and Jimmy Ellis.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Christopher Armstrong
BYHALIA – Christopher Armstrong, 32, died Monday, May 7, 2012, at Baptist Desoto.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Coldwater Baptist Church. Internment is at Coldwater in Barton. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Chuck Taylor
MANTACHIE – Charles Ronald “Chuck” Taylor II , 38 , died Saturday May 5, 2012, in Marion County, Ala. He was born Dec. 15, 1973, to Charles R. and Peggy Mitchell Taylor. He loaded trucks before becoming disabled in 2004. He was an avid fisherman and loved his two cats, Sylvester and Allie.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the McNeece- Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jim Irvin officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include his father, Charles Taylor ( Brenda) of St. Cloud, Fla.; mother, Peggy Bates (Roy) of Mantachie; daughter, Katrina Hall Taylor of Virginia Beach, Va.; stepbrothers, Jason Bates of Hernando and Brian Price of Blacksburg, Va.; sisters, Candy Sheffield (Mark) of Dorsey and Ginger Huguley (Keith) of Mantachie ; stepsister, Sabrina Price of Smith Mountain Lake, Va.; grandmothers, Bessie Mitchell, Charlene Gambill and Faye Craighead; nieces and nephews, Sierra Arnold, Alex Arnold, Zachary Sheffield, Sommer Huguley and Austin Huguley; great-nieces and nephews, Colton Arnold, Laken Sheffield, Christopher Arnold and Victoria Arnold.
Pallbearers will be Keith Huguley, Alex Arnold, Keith Glisson, Phillip Cantrell, Rodney Elliff and Mark Sheffield. Honorary pallbearer will be Austin Huguley.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at McNeece–Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Mauvlene Wilson
EUPORA – Mauvlene Dean Wilson, 72, died Sunday, May 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with burial in Wood Springs Cemetery in Choctaw County.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Donny Stacy
ABERDEEN – Donny “Crow” Stacy, 68, died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at his residence in Aberdeen. He was born Dec. 10, 1943, to Luney Isum Stacy and Lillian Ann Mayfield Stacy in Smithville. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County where he was a painter. He was a member of Smithville Baptist Church. He enjoyed life and spending time with friends. He also enjoyed fishing, playing pool and the MSU Bulldogs.
Services are at 2 p.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Ray Carroll officiating.
He is survived by wife, Linda Kay Bruce Stacy of Aberdeen; daughter, Kathy Stacy of Aberdeen; son, Donny Stacy Jr. of Becker; sisters, Kaye Morris of Aberdeen, Betty Jo Carroll of Huntsville, Ala.; brother, Daniel (Sonny) Stacy of Hot Springs, Ark.; and grandchildren, Zack Stacy and Raeann Stacy.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation is noon until service time Friday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
You can sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Simon Leopard
RIPLEY – Simon Leopard, 71 died at his home Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home.
Isabelle Holley
TIPLERSVILLE – Isabelle Stills Holley, 81, died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Nov. 21, 1930, to Shelie Hubert and Mary Elizabeth Mandy Etna Bogle Stills. She was a member of Countyline Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and a baby sitter.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Baker and Bro. Shane Evans officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery.
She is survived by three daughters, Laura E. Russell (Danny) of Walnut, Sandra D. Holley of Byhalia and Debra K. Hamm of New Albany; two sons, Billy Lee Holley (Cynthia) of Kossuth and Bruce Holley of Tiplersville; one sister, Betty Buck of Humbolt, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Phyllis Norton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billie P. Holley; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Holley, Jackie Holley, Billy Russell, Benji Russell, Andy Jones, Michael Feathers, Ryan Holley and Tommy Hopper. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Ernie Quimby
HERNANDO – James Ernest Quimby, 67, died Monday, May 7, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was born in 1945 to Sam and Mary Elizabeth Quimby. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he graduated with a B.F.A. Recently retired, he was a lifelong artist who loved his family, baking, gardening and classical music.
A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Tupelo Memorial Park with the Rev. Jim Curtis officiating. W.E. Pegues is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Reed Quimby; his son, Robert Ernest Quimby; and daughter-in-law Ashley Ferguson Quimby.
Pallbearers will be Jim Chisholm, Vic Chisholm, Bob Chisholm, Lyman Chisholm, Rex Giles, Bobby Giles, Walt Dunn, Joseph Eckles, Frank Jue and David Webb.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the National Stroke Association.
Lossie Tolbert
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mrs. Lossie Lee Tolbert, 70 died Thursday, May 3, 2012.
A celebration of her life will be held noon today at Deliverance Outreach Ministry with Pastor Leroy Tolbert officiating. Interment is at Garfield Park.
She is survived by her husband, Luther; sons, Robert Woods and Jeffery Fields; several grandchildren; brothers, Frank, Elmo and James Fields; sisters, Dollie (Clyde) Yarbrough, Deloris “Jean” Jenkins and Vernecial (Tim) Cauthern; aunt, Mary Bradford; uncle, Arzell Patrick; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Dollie Fields; and brothers, William “Bubba”, Phillip “Sonny” Jr. and Roy.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service at church.

Alice Hare
FULTON – Alice Faye Summers Hare , 69, died Monday, May 7, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born May 14, 1942, to Ellis and Laverne Brazeal Summers. She was a member of East Fulton Baptist Church. She worked at Lanier Clothes for many years. She enjoyed arts and crafts.
Services will be at 1 p. m. today at the McNeece – Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jerry Estes officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her husband, John Hare, whom she married October 1, 1970; one son, Michael Hare (Patty); one daughter, Crystal Grimes (Danny), both of Dorsey; one brother, Jerry Summers (Linda) of Fulton; two sisters, Ann Dulaney and Bonnie Campbell (Harold), both of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Christopher Grimes and Melissa Grimes; a sister-in-law, Brenda Hare; four nieces, Candace Thomas (Landon), Samantha Williamson (Brandon), Kathryn Enlow (Lee) and Mandy McMillen (Jeff); two nephews, Lee Dulaney (Heather) and Leland Husband; and three great-nieces and one great-nephew.
She was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Jerry Dulaney and BobbyJoe Hare; two nephews, Michael Summers and Jimmy Hare; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Lee Dulaney, Leland Husband, Lee Enlow, Brandon Williamson, Landon Thomas, and Danny Grimes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Alice Faye Hare, May 1942 to May 2012, to the March of Dimes Research- Polio Foundation, 1991 Lakeland Dr., Suite G, Jackson, MS 39216.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Johnny Camp
HOULKA – Johnny Camp died Tuesday, May, 8, 2012, in Houlka.
Services are at 2 p.m. Friday. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments.
Visitation is 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Ben Chambers Jr.
Courtland – Ben Allen Chambers Jr. died Monday. May 7, 2012 in Panola County.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thurday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Internment is at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Pope.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Edward Voyles
CORINTH – Edward Alford Voyles, 87, died Sunday, May 6, 2012.
Services are at 10 a.m. at Thursday at Corinthian Funeral Home. Internment is at Farmington Baptist Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. until service time Thursday.

Eddie McGlorn
OXFORD – Eddie McGlorn, 60, died May 8, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.