HAMILTON – Avis Smith Rea, 70, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at her home after an extended illness.
A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born Nov. 7, 1938, in Hamilton to the late Dan and Annie McDuffie Smith. She married Lonnie D. Rea on Dec. 23, 1955, who survives. She was a retired public school teacher having taught at Hatley, Greenwood Springs and Hamilton. She was a member of the Hamilton Church of God of Prophecy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Hamilton Church of God of Prophecy with Rev. Billy Stevens officiating. Burial will be in the McDuffa Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Lonnie Rea of Hamilton; two sons, Ricky Rea of Hamilton and Kevin Rea (Lesia) of Tupelo; one brother, Dannie Smith (Gay) of Hamilton; and three grandchildren, Deric Rea (Emily), Chance Rea and Brandon Rea.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mary Gordon; and one grandchild, Brooklyn Denise Rea.
Pallbearers will be Danny Smith, Ricky Rea, Kevin Rea, Deric Rea, Chance Rea and Brandon Rea. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Rea, Terry Cantrell, Johnny Perkins and Randel Perkins.
Visitation will continue until service time at the church.
BOONEVILLE – James Kenneth Taylor, 60, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at his home in Booneville. He was a retired truck driver.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Monday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Jim Estes and Minister Tommy Baragona officiating. Burial will be in Carters Chapel Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Taylor; two sons, Keith (Julia) Taylor and Kevin (Jennifer) Taylor, both of Booneville; his mother, Charlene Prater of Booneville; one sister, Sherry McCoy of Booneville; two brothers, Jacky Taylor and Wayne Prater, both of Booneville; and seven grandchildren, Allison, Trevor, Johnathan, Jenalynn, Kasey, Amy and Abbie.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kellous Taylor; and three brothers, Charles, Greg and Jerome Prater.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the funeral home.
OXFORD – Flora May McElreath Tucker, 101, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at her residence in Oxford.
Born in Lafayette County, she was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church, a 50-year member of Delta Kappa Gamma, and before retiring taught for 35 years in the Oxford and Lafayette County School Districts.
Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at New Prospect Baptist Church with Rev. Ross Robertson and Rev. Ken White officiating. Burial will follow in Kingdom Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 4-7 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home.
Survivors include her daughter, Sidney Tucker Rowland of Oxford; a son, James Mackie Tucker of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; her grandchildren, Leigh Shaw Fox and Lynn Shaw Fleming, both of Memphis, Charlotte Tucker Hardy of Columbus, Tim Rowland and David Rowland, both of Jackson, Tenn.; and her great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Taylor Fleming of Memphis, Kaye Marie Tucker of Fort Walton Beach, Alexander Tucker Fox of Memphis, James Hampton Tucker of Fort Walton Beach, Collier Carlisle Hardy and Carlton Lorraine Hardy, both of Columbus, Sumner Lewis Rowland of Oxford, Jared Rowland and Tyler Rowland, both of Jackson, and Abby Lorraine Rowland of Jackson, Miss.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Elmer Hampton “Shag” Tucker; and by her grandchildren, Carlton Tucker, Richard Rowland, Shannon Shaw and Robin Rowland.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to: New Prospect Baptist Church, 823 Highway 334, Oxford MS 38655 or to a favorite charity.
Visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com for online condolences and guest registry.
BLOUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Dale Rademaker, 81, formerly of Tupelo, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home of Verona.
TUPELO – William Cobb, 45, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
BURNSVILLE – Betty West McAnally, 55, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Tishomingo County.
Visitation will be on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until service time.
AMORY – Braxton Bobby Fretwell, infant, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Hospital Women’s Center. He was regarded as one of God’s special angels, was dearly loved, and will be dearly missed.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the New Hope Baptist Church in Amory with Bro. Tim McMillan officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Bobby Joe II (Joey) and Robin Pace Fretwell of Amory; grandparents, O.C. and Helen Pace of Becker and Bobby and Elaine Fretwell of Aberdeen; aunts and uncles, Johny and Winnie Ross of Athens, Kenneth and Angie Fretwell of Aberdeen, and Eric and Kim Fretwell of Aberdeen; and two sisters, Ashley Fretwell of Bartahatchie and Courtney Fretwell of Amory.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, J.B. and Christine Stanford, George Thomas and Alice Miller, Henry and Laura Pace, Betty Gean Fretwell Burgess and Cecil Herbert Fretwell; and two uncles, Richard Allen Pace and Donnie Wayne Fretwell.
Pallbearers will be his father, Joe Fretwell, and Kenneth Fretwell and Corey Hughes. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason “Pooh” McCoy, Dean Hudson, David Pickle, Amory Golf Club, Golden Living Center of Amory, and United Furniture.
Memorials may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church Youth and Children’s Group.
VERONA – Pearl “Carolyn” Northington Watson, 67, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at her home.
She was born Dec. 13, 1941, in Monroe County to the late Raymond and Eddie Mae Pickle Northington. She married Glen Watson in 1958 who survives. She worked in the kitchen at Harrisburg Baptist Church and she was a homemaker. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and flower gardening.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Lowell Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Glen Watson of Verona; three sons, Ricky Watson (Kaye) of Shannon, Tim Watson (Kim) of Shannon, and Rodney Watson (Janette) of Mooreville; one daughter, Angie McCain (Bobby Joe) of Tupelo; three sisters, Melba Ridings of Amory, Mildred Higgins of Northport, Ala., and Helen Morrow of Senatobia; and five grandchildren, Dawn Watson Morgan (Adam), Kayla Watson, Chad Watson, Katie Watson and Will Trexler.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Evelyn Northington; and one brother, Herbert “Hub” Northington.
Pallbearers will be Chad Watson, Richard Nolen, Dick Godfrey, Todd Royce, Richard Sprayberry, Steve Morrow, Randy Cates and Wesley Stanford. Honorary pallbearer will be Will Trexler.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
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