Obituaries November 10, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Sylvester Donegan Sr.
SHANNON – Sylvester Donegan Sr. died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. He was born Oct. 19, 1938, in Monroe County to Hannible Donegan Sr. and Mattie Vaugh Donegan. He joined the U.S. Army in 1958 and served for eight years. He was then employed by J.P. Mills Inc. for more than 33 years. He was a member of Poplar Springs CME Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Poplar Springs CME Church. The Rev. Dr. Clementine Mays will officiate, and the Rev. Charles Shack will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three children, Sylvester Donegan Jr. of Tupelo, Angles F. (Charles) Loving of Shannon and Jimmie M. Isaac Jr. of Shannon; five grandchildren, Carlos Donegan, Jason Miller, Yolanda Loving, Stacey Loving and Meshia Davis; two great-grandchildren, Octavion Miller and Ceeniya Donegan; and four sisters-in-law, Sheila Donegan of St. Louis, Mo., and Annie Mae Brooks, Rea G. Bogan and Mamie Bailey, all of Shannon.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Willie Sandridge Jr.
OXFORD – Willie H. Sandridge Jr., 75, formerly of Holly Springs, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.
Services will be at noon Sunday at the Eddie L. Smith Multi-Purpose Building in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Harris Chapel CME Church Cemetery at Wyatte (Tyro). J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the Eddie L. Smith Multi-Purpose Building from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Sunday.

Tommy Pugh
BALDWYJN – Tommy Pugh, 46, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Pat Leech
SMITHVILLE – Patrick Kelly “Pat” Leech, 48, died on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on May 18, 1964, in Amory, he was a son of Patti Burgess Leech and the late K.D. “Penny” Leech Jr. He was a graduate of Smithville High School, Class of 1981, and attended ICC. He was a rigging foreman, doing contract work across the U.S., in the Middle East, and West Africa and was a skilled metal worker. He attended Smithville United Methodist Church. He was a former Mason of Smithville Lodge 548. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, water sports, fishing, trapping, and hand-grappling. He also enjoyed gardening, cooking, grilling and listening to CCR.
He is survived by his daughter, Samantha Leech of Smithville; his sons, Jordan Leech of South Padre Island, Texas, and Justin Basse of Pryor, Okla.; sisters, Laura Lee Mauldin of Pensacola, Fla., and Carol Ann Stanley of Meridian; brothers, K.D. “Dal” Leech III (Vickie) of Perry, Ga., Col. J.R. “Jim” Leech (Vanessa) of Vicksburg, and Jon Leech (Crystalyn) of Smithville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joe B. Leech Sr.
A celebration of life memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Smithville United Methodist Church with Bro. Sammy Washburn and Bro. Charles Coggins officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Honorary pallbearers will be David Moffett, Dave Moffett, Andy Coker, John Coker, Robert Coker and Joe Murphy.
Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:50 p.m. Sunday at the church.
At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Smithville United Methodist Church, c/o Caroline Barnes, 60027 Gap Road, Smithville, MS 38870.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Addie Adams
TUPELO – Addie Marie Adams died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at her home. She was born Oct. 26, 1926, to Jim and Addie Adams. She joined New Zion Baptist Church in Saltillo at an early age. She later joined Springhill M.B. Church in Tupelo and remained a faithful member until her health failed. She graduated from George Washington Carver High School in Tupelo. She received a bachelor’s degree from Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., in 1950. She taught school in West Point, Amory, Tupelo and the Chicago Public School System until retiring in 1981. After retiring, she returned to Tupelo and worked many years as a caregiver. She enjoyed cooking and reading.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Springhill M.B. Church with the Rev. Clarence Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Springhill Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Eula Brame; three sisters-in-law, Lillie Faye Adams, Jewel Adams and Minnie Adams; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mell Hayes and Canary Croft; and four brothers, Herman, Jimmie, Cornelius and Cassidy.
Ken Oaks
TUPELO – Kenneth Reed Oaks, 49, died suddenly Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at his residence. He was born Oct. 13, 1963, in Tupelo to Daniel Randolph Oaks and Doris Robbins Oaks. He graduated from Tupelo High School and he completed two years at Itawamba Community College. He was the self-employed owner and operator of Ken Oaks Furniture Upholstery Company. His hobbies included being a devoted Bill Elliott NASCAR fan, fishing and following the Mississippi State Bulldogs. A member of Lee Acres Church of Christ, he was uniquely Ken, loving life and living and moving among the people.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Ministers Troy McNutt and Jerry Grammar officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday only at Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include his sons, Kevin Oaks (Nikki) and Adam Oaks, all of Booneville; his daughter, Shelby Clark of Dallas, Texas; his sisters, Vicki Oaks Brett (Charlie) and Susan Oaks McNutt (Troy), all of Tupelo, and Debbie Oaks Kimbrough (Andy) of Saltillo; his granddaughter, Avery Grace Oaks; special family friend, Edna Sue White; and several nieces and nephews including special nephew, Luke.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Randy Oaks Sr. and Doris Oaks; a brother, Randy Oaks; and a special family friend, Judge Carroll White.
Pallbearers include his sons, Kevin and Adam Oaks; his nephews, Daniel Davis, Clay, Brad and Luke McNutt; Rod Weatherford, Ronnie Hester and John Robbins; his nieces, Jennifer Vandevander, Kendell Kimbrough Barbles, Lindsay Brett, Kellie Kimbrough Davis, Kayty Brett Rawson; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Will Matthews, Hillary Matkins and Ashley New.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Sonny Baird
MYRTLE – William Wallace “Sonny” Baird Jr., 73, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was born Feb. 2, 1939, in Lafayette County to William Wallace Baird and Mary Lou Rodgers Baird. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a retired truck driver for J.B. Hunt Trucking and a member of Enterprise Church of Christ.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at United Funeral Service with Minister Jay Tidwell officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery.
He is survived by two daughters, Bobbie and Robbie; three stepdaughters, Belinda, Gail and Debbie; one son, Richard; two sisters, Janie and Louise; and four brothers, Bobby, Jerry, Rodney and Gaylon.
His nephews will serve as pallbearers.
The family request that memorials be made to Enterprise Church of Christ Building Fund, 1005 CR 14, Myrtle, MS 38652.
Visitation will be Sunday from 1 p.m. to service time at the funeral home.
In honor of Baird’s military service, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Marine Corps flag during his visitation and funeral service.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Gary Stone
SHANNON – Gary Lewis Stone, 52, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a six-month illness. He was born Sept. 24, 1960, in Tupelo to Clyde Michael Stone and Martha Jane Homan. He attended Tupelo High School and worked as a professional truck driver for Magnolia Freight until his illness. He was a member of Shannon United Methodist Church. An expert drummer and avid Mississippi State fan, he loved music, fly fishing and fishing in general. He lived life to the fullest and was a character of local legend. A perfect believer in freedom of speech, he emulated his forebears in Stone, Homan, Holland, Hester and Mills family tradition.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. today in Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Chris McAlilly and the Rev. Bobby Holland officiating. Burial will follow in the Mills/Stone family plot at Palmetto Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to service time.
Survivors include his father, Mike Stone (Sybil) of Fulton; his mother, Martha Jane Homan of Shannon; his children, Jackson, Autumn and Madison of the home; the mother of his children, Tammy Stone of Tupelo; honorary brother, Gary Dye of Shannon; two sisters, Neisa Browning (Hal) of Nashville, Tenn., and Natalie “Nat” Stone of Shannon; two nephews, Pvt. David Browning of Watertown, N.Y., and Pvt. 1st Class, John Browning of Fairbanks, Alaska; one great-nephew, Benjamin Browning; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Farris and Mary Holland Homan, John Bunyon and Zula Mae Mills Stone, Irene Hester and Glen Bristow, and his aunt, Ann Homan Godwin.
Pallbearers will be John Ivy, Mike “Moe” York, Tracie Blackmon, Kenny Joe Homan, Joey McFarling, Jon McFarling, Bill “Cooter” Ethridge, Brandon Ethridge and Mike Simmons.
Memorials may be made to Shannon United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Shannon, MS 38868.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Wayne Robbins
RIPLEY – Leonard Wayne Robbins, 67, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born Oct. 20, 1945, to Virginia Quinn Robbins and the late Dedric Robbins. He was a lifelong member of Turners Chapel Baptist Church and served as church treasurer for 39 years. He was a retired factory worker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Turners Chapel Church with Bro. Howard Goolsby and Bro. Tim Hall officiating. Burial will be in Criswell Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Ray Robbins of Ripley; one daughter, Patty Glidewell (Kevin) of Saltillo; two sons, Jeff Robbins (Selina) of Booneville and Keith Robbins (Frances) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his mother, Virginia Robbins of Ripley; one sister, Bernice Crumpton (Leonard) of Ripley; one sister-in-law, Nell Robbins of Walnut; 11 grandchildren, Michael Chase of Chicago, Heather Chase of Portland, Ore., Morgan Glidewell and Matt Glidewell, both of Saltillo, Jeffery Robbins, Megan Robbins and Jachob Robbins, all of Ripley, Michael Robbins, Tylan Robbins, Alexis Robbins and Nevaeh Robbins, all of Booneville; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; and one brother, Wade Robbins.
Pallbearers will be Matt Glidewell, Zachary Goolsby, A. J. Hall, David Robbins, Kevin Robbins, Donald Roberson, Jeff Roberson and Manuel Mauney. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeffery Robbins, Jachob Robbins, Junior Meeks and Bud Pannell.
To view obituaries onlineand sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
James Crump
MILLBROOK, Ala. – James Edward Crump, 86, passed away Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. He was born Feb. 4, 1926, in Union County. He graduated from Cedar Hill High School at Guntown in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Feb. 3, 1944, serving through the end of World War II to March 19, 1946. He served on a rescue ship along the Atlantic coast of the Southeastern United States, earning the American Theatre Medal and the Victory Medal.
On Oct. 22, 1954 he married Margaret Louise. He became a Mason in 1967, joined the Shriners in 1971, and moved his membership to the Alcazar Shrine Temple in Montgomery in 1980. He retired in 1986, but remained active in the local Shriners’ fundraisers to support the work of the Shrine orthopedic and burn hospitals for children. He worked for the United States Department of Agriculture, first as a meat inspector in poultry and meat packing plants from North Carolina to Mississippi to Alabama, and later as a United States Department of Agriculture federal compliance officer.
He joined Millbrook Presbyterian Church on Dec. 31, 1972, transferring from Fairfield United Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs. He was elected and installed as an Elder of Millbrook Presbyterian Church on Feb. 11, 1973. He resigned as an Elder on March 15, 1981, due to ill health, but remained a faithful member of the church throughout his life.
One of the highlights of his later years was his trip on the second Honor Flight in 2008 for World War II veterans to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. He had a firm faith in God’s sovereign love for His people and in his salvation, a faith which carried him through his last days.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Brookside Funeral Home Chapel in Millbrook, Ala., with Dr. Steve Muzio officiating. Interment will follow in Brookside Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret Louise Crump of Millbrook, Ala.; daughter, Chyrl Willis (Jerry) of Millbrook; son, Dean Crump (Barbara) of Millbrook; grandchildren, Karen Willis of Millbrook, Seth West of Langley AFB, Virginia, Krystal West of Montgomery, Ala., Skylar West of Millbrook; and sisters-in-law, Margaret Crump of Jackson, Tenn., Nellie Crump of Blue Springs,
He was preceded in death by parents Elmo E. and Nannie E. Jones Crump; six brothers, Hugh, Ray, Francis, Harry, Alvis and Charles.
Pallbearers will be Rex Snyder, Glenn Campbell, Harold McGalliard, Merrell Thompson, Rick Clark and Ray Zeigler.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Ralph Tate
DECATUR, Ala. – Ralph Harold Tate, 69, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born Oct. 1, 1943, in Monroe County to Ausie Ralph Tate and Lillie Mae Easter Tate. He was a chorus teacher for Brewer High School for 26 years. He was Minister of Music for more than 40 years at numerous churches throughout Mississippi and Alabama. He graduated from Hatley High School and Itawamba Junior College. He earned a B.S. degree from Mississippi State University and a double master’s degree from the University of North Alabama. He was an avid supporter of the MSU Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves. He was a member and Minister of Music at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartselle, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartselle, Ala., with the Rev. Steve Hunt, the Rev. Ralph Henderson, the Rev. Lynn Harvel and the Rev. A. Ray Lee officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Pickle Cemetery at Greenwood Springs. Peck Funeral Home of Hartselle, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Rheda Murff Tate of Decatur, Ala.; two sons, Tim Tate (Brooke) of Mammoth Spring, Ark., and Chris Tate (Gina) of Decatur, Ala.; one daughter, Angela Hunt (Steve) of Warrior, Ala.; one brother, Dennis Tate of Sipsy Fork; three sisters, his twin, Carol Powell (Kenny) of Amory, Shirley Bowen of Aberdeen and Joyce Berryhill of Greenwood Springs; and six grandchildren, Mackenzie, Taylor, David, Jonathan, Lillie and Anna.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jesse Lindsey
NEW ALBANY – Jesse Morgan Lindsey, 51, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 21, 1961, in Olla, La., to Jimmy and Helen Moore Lindsey. He was a truck driver for J.W. Callicutt Trucking. He was a Baptist. He loved his family and friends and was known as “Little Buddy.” His time as a truck driver allowed him to see God’s amazing creations and he loved sharing them with others.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Jerry Bishop and the Rev. Larry Dunlap officiating. Burial will be in Gerizim Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Hilda Lindsey of New Albany; three daughters, Amanda Jo Baird (Randy) and Audra Morgan Ash (Jay), both of Myrtle, and Shannon Marie Harmon of New Albany; one son, Ben Mathis of New Albany; his parents, Jimmy and Helen Moore Lindsey of Myrtle; his grandmother, Mary Lucille Billings of New Albany; one sister, Mary Foley (David) of New Albany; a brother, Paul Lindsey of Burnsville; and nine grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Rickey Adair, Ronnie Watts, Johnny Thompson, Rickey Gilley, Buddy Hitt, Jay Ash, Randy Baird and David Foley. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Callicutt and Harvey Sullivan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family requests that memorials be made to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

William Bogan Jr.
WEST POINT – William Neill Bogan Jr., 87, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
Richard Houston
TUPELO – Richard Lee Houston, 64, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at his residence. He was born March 6, 1948, in Tupelo to Robert G. and Katherine Houston. He retired from Tupelo Fire Department after 20 years and then worked for S&W Welding Supply for 20 years. He was a 32nd degree Mason at Richmond Lodge and a member of Terry Guin Ole River Deer Camp. He loved hunting, fishing and being at home by the lake. He was a member of Gilmore Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Douglas Kitchens officiating and Bro. Buddy Rushing assisting. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors will be in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Diane Houston of Tupelo; one son, Lee Houston (Sara) of Mebane, N.C.; five bonus children, Dave Eckert, Blake and Brad Pressley, Webb Lyle and Amanda Williamson (Nate); four grandchildren, Riley Houston, Mary Ashley Houston, Farrah Williamson and Alice Williamson; his mother, Kathryn Houston of Tupelo; mother-in-law and best friend, Elese Hinds of Kirkville; one bonus mother, Charlene Pierce of Tupelo; brother, Roger, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sister, Amanda Trent (Ken) of Mooreville; sisters-in-law, Kaye Lyle, Sandy Pressley (Bob); brother-in-law, Bill Hinds; several nieces and nephews; and two very special great-nephews, Cade and Cody Long.
He was preceded in death by his father; his first wife, Darlene Houston; and two sons, Davie and Chad Houston.
Memorials may be made to Gilmore Chapel Methodist Church, Building Fund, 710 Gilmore Chapel Road, Marietta, MS 38856.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Mary Lequia
AMORY – Mary Lequia, 66, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Care Center of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Wanda Rollins
OZARK – Wanda Virginia Rollins, 79, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Courtyards Nursing Facility. She was born April 2, 1933, to Alma and Bennie Barnes Rollins. She was born and raised in Itawamba County. She later moved to Detroit, Mich., with her sister, Alice. She moved back to Itawamba County seven years ago. She was a member of Ozark United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, flowers, watching and calling in to Unity Broadcasting, and being around family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Joe Coggins and Bro. Carl Dunlap officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include one brother, Jesse Ben Rollins of Ozark community; two sisters, Nellie Rue Rollins Mullins of Nettleton and Alice Rollins of Ozark; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ellie Hue Rollins and Gene Rollins; two sisters-in-law, Mattie Rollins and Agnes Rollins; two brothers-in-law, Floyd Bailey and William “ Pete” Mullins; and a special friend, Liz Tallent.
Pallbearers will be Anthony Ponds, Rodney Rollins, Ben Rollins, Randy Rollins, Ronnie Rollins and Chris Bradley.
Visitation will continue today until service time at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Edward Mattox
AMORY – Edward N. Mattox, 82, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Kathleen Ware
TISHOMINGO – Kathleen Ware, 89, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery at Paden.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont and until service time on Sunday.