Obituaries November 16, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Pam Drewery
WALNUT – Pamela Dianne Drewery, 55, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born March 6, 1955, to Lester Crum and Inez Miles Crum. She was a member of Hatchie Chapel Church and a housewife.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Hatchie Chapel Church with Bro. Larry Dollar and Bro. Mike Drewery officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Drewery of Walnut; one daughter, Katini Butler (Michael) of Corinth; two sons, Sammy Drewery (Michelle) of Walnut and Christopher Drewery (Katosha) of Corinth; one sister, Patsy Alstatt (Jackie) of Walnut; one brother, Rickey Crum (Jackie) of Walnut; seven grandchildren, Destinee and Miranda Drewery, both of Walnut, Dawson Drewery of Ripley, Christian and Chase Drewery, both of Corinth, and Tyler and Macy Butler, both of Corinth.
Pallbearers will be Shane Akins, Michael Crum, Clint Drewery, Todd Robinson, Michael Butler and Kevan Alstatt. Honorary pallbearers will be Cloyce Crum, Dimple Wilbanks, Ilene Hopper and Kenneth Drewery.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the church.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com,
Faye Holmquist
MEMPHIS – Faye Holmquist, 88, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at her home after a long illness. Mrs. Holmquist retired from National Distiller and Chemicals. She was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling, boating, skiing, and entertaining her friends and family.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Masonic Cemetery with Philip Hathcock officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Hudson “Hud” Holmquist; sisters, Mavourleen Trembelas and Dorothy Nash; brother, Darwin Nash; nephew, David Dallas; great-nephew, John David Dallas Jr.; three great-great-nieces; a great-great-nephew; her husband’s nephew, Andy Holmquist; and six special friends who provided loving care for her for many years.
Visitation will be from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory. Everyone is asked to meet at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Trinity United Methodist Church Choir Fund, 1738 Galloway Ave., Memphis, TN 38112.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Myrtis Reeder Barlow
PONTOTOC – Myrtis Reeder Barlow, 100, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at her residence. She was born Aug. 15, 1910, in Algoma to Ellis Alonzo and Eudora Ellis Bost. She was a Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church and Algoma Baptist Church. At the present she was a member of the First Baptist Church. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, she was a schoolteacher in Pontotoc County and City for 42 years. She married Walter Leonard Reeder on Dec. 25, 1937. After his death she married John S. Barlow.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial will follow in the Cherry Creek Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her two sons, William Lynn “Bill” Reeder and wife, Scarlett, and Ellis Adrian Reeder and wife, Mary Jean; her sister, Mable Henry; her grandchildren, Jeff Reeder (Lee), Kelli Atkins (Dennis), Missy Sheffield (Eric), Lance Reeder (Angela), Lynn Lamb (Chris), Walter Reeder (Kim) and Jay Reeder; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; one sister, Frances Brown; and one great-grandchild, Adrian Lowry Lamb.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be continue from 9 to 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church, 31 W. Washington St., Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.
Elizabeth Lowry
TUPELO – Laura Elizabeth Squier Lowry, 104, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at the Reed Green House at Traceway Retirement Community. She was born Aug. 24, 1906, in Nicholson, Pa., to Boyd and Alice Squier. She graduated from Nicholson High School and Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., with a degree in home economics. She married Earle Samuel Lowry on May 4, 1928, and they later moved to Orlando, Fla. She was a schoolteacher before her marriage, a homemaker and assisted in a daycare nursery program. Following her husband’s death, she worked for Jordan Marsh in the fabric department until her retirement. She was a beautiful seamstress and loved to do many kinds of needlework. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Orlando, serving as a teacher for 5-year-olds for many years. When First Baptist Church relocated, she became a charter member of Downtown Baptist Church, also in Orlando. She moved to Tupelo in 1993, and resided with her daughter and family until moving to Traceway. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo upon her death.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando, Fla., with Dr. Carey Bates officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty Lee Sisk (Bill) of Tupelo; two grandsons, Alan Sisk (Ann Marie) of Nashville, Tenn., and David Sisk (Amanda) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; four great-grandchildren, Ella Sisk, Lowry Sisk, Bailey Sisk and Xan Sisk; and a sister, Doris Ravel of Colora, Md.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earle Samuel Lowry, in 1962; ; her brothers, Leigh Squier and Oliver Squier; and her sisters, Kathryn Beardsley, Mabel Stevens and Frances Squier.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1008, Tupelo MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Wayne Rhyne
FULTON – Wayne Rhyne, 61, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. He was born March 20, 1949, to Robert and Truda West Rhyne. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved cooking for his family and friends and having family get togethers. He loved his family tremendously and was loved in return. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Winters and Bro. Curtis Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Gale Rhyne of Mantachie; sons, Charles Lewis Rhyne (MaryAnn) of Booneville and Sam Rhyne (Missy) of Fulton; daughters, Renee Mauldin (Ray) of Fulton and Angela Tyra of Fulton; brother, Tim Ray Rhyne (Connie) of Fulton; sisters, Betty Young (Bo), Kathy Graham (Gary), and Sue Kemp (Wayne), all of Fulton; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Andrew Rhyne.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Wiggington, Junior Wiggington, Tracy Rogers, Riley Farris, Lowrey Little, Keith Mills, Michael Langley, Aaron Lowe and and David Thomas.
Honorary pallbearers will be his hunting buddies from Peaceful Valley Hunting Club.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Beatrice Wood
SALTILLO – Beatrice Bailey Wood, 89, died Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She retired from Day-Brite Manufacturing. She was a longtime member and Sunday school teacher at Euclatubba Baptist Church. She loved roses and gardening and she was an avid MSU basketball fan.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Euclatubba Baptist Church with Bro. John Hearn officiating. Burial will be in Euclatubba Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Martha Haygood (Billy) of Tupelo; two sons, Danny Bailey of Saltillo and Charles Timothy Wood (Debbie) of Saltillo; one brother, Billy Melson (Genell) of Tupelo; eight grandchildren, Cecilia Willis, Kathy Keady, Chris Haygood, Dan Bailey, Lisa Greenwalt, Andy Bailey, Kelly Foreman and Matthew Wood; seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Cecil Bailey and Charles Wood; a son, Charles “Junior” Bailey; a daughter-in-law, Jon Bailey; a grandson, Wesley Wood; a brother, Chalmers Melson; and a sister, Charlene Smithey.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Bailey, Nathan Bailey, Andy Bailey, Chance Willis, Hayden Willis, Matthew Wood and James Melson.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
Angie McDonald
GUNTOWN – Angie Floyd McDonald, 45, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. She was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend. She was seamstress, and she attended the Assembly of God. She loved camping.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Merle Floyd officiating. Burial will be in Campbelltown Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Scotty McDonald of Guntown; one daughter, Marie Satterwhite (Brock) of Mantachie; two sons, Taylor McDonald and Dean McDonald (Dianna) of Smithville; four sisters, Pennie Martin (Jimmy) of Jericho, Winnie Carter (Tim) of Jericho, Kristy Floyd of Jasper, Ala., and Janice Hardin (Cecil) of Baldwyn; nine brothers, Richard Floyd (Alice) of Jericho, Joe Floyd (Brenda) of Guntown, Jim Floyd (Mary) of Pratt, Ricky Floyd (Anita) of Guntown, Scotty Floyd of Baldwyn, Danny Floyd of Baldwyn, Doug Floyd (Amanda) of Saltillo, Mitchell Floyd of Missouri and Rocky Raines (Maria) of Dorsey; five grandchildren, April Blount, Kaitlyn Blount, Dalton McDonald, Devin Satterwhite and Madison Satterwhite; her stepmother, Beatrice Raines of Baldwyn; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Ruthie Floyd, and Bill Raines; and one brother, Terry Floyd.
Pallbearers will be her brothers, Richard Floyd, Joe Floyd, Jim Floyd, Ricky Floyd, Scotty Floyd, Danny Floyd, Doug Floyd, Mitchell Floyd and Rocky Raines; her brothers-in-law, Jimmy Martin and Tim Carter; and a nephew, Raymond Floyd.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
Elmer Dobbs
MANTEE – Robert Elmer Dobbs, 83, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at the State Veterans Home in Kosciusko after a long illness. He was born June 6, 1927, in Choctaw County to Joe Thomas Dobbs and Ruth Agnes “Ruthie” Blasingame Dobbs. He courageously served in World War II as a gunner’s mate in the U.S. Navy. After the war, he graduated from Cumberland High School in Webster County and married Dorothy Johnson in 1948. Together, they reared three girls while living in Mantee. He enjoyed training Tennessee Walking horses and bird dogs, reading all kinds of books, and most of all, spending time with his grandchildren. He was a former postmaster at Mantee and a building contractor. He was a member of Mantee Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Mantee Baptist Church in Mantee with Rev. Randall Poss and Rev. Bo Farrior officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Webster County. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Johnson Dobbs of Mantee; his three daughters, Rhonda Williamson of Brandon, Rita Chriswell (Randy) of Starkville and Rachel Harden of Tupelo; his eight grandchildren, Johnson, Wes, Blair and Carley Beth Williamson, JoAnna and Randall Chriswell, Jacob (Stephanie) Harden, and Josh Harden; his brother, Rasse Dobbs of Dubach, La.
He was preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings.
Pallbearers are his grandsons, Johnson, Wes, Blair, Randall, Jacob and Josh. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Maben Literary Guild.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Mantee Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Maben Library, Maben, MS 39750, or Mantee Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 161, Mantee, MS 39751.
Friends and family may leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Shirley Hattaway
MOOREVILLE – Shirley C. Hattaway, 69, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at her residence after an extended illness. She was born in Carthage, N.Y., on June 29, 1941. She had in lived Mooreville for the past 42 years. She retired from the North Mississippi Medical Center as a nurse assistant after 25 years of service. She was a devoted member of Mooreville United Methodist Church and worked closely with the youth group. She played with a monthly bunco group, loved watching and being with the Hobo Highsteppers, fishing, playing card games, crocheting, drawing and painting. She enjoyed playing the harmonica and dulcimer, and earlier in her life had performed in two musicals. She was a member of the C.A.S.H. girls. She enjoyed going out to eat and being with her family and friends. One of her greatest joys was her devoted Dachshund companion, Dolly.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Sammy Washburn officiating. Kathy Dickerson will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her special friend, Clarence Oxyner of Mooreville; one daughter, Tammie Williams (Lenard) of Tupelo; one son, Andrew Trexler (Chandra) of Mooreville; one sister, Marie Lane (Bob) of Lawrenceville, Va.; seven grandchildren, Kari Hodge (fiancampé, Matthew Fortenberry), Gessika Hodge, Francis Williams, Cristan Trexler, Matthew Williams (Jonna), Trish McCuller and Ethan Williams; her chosen grandchildren, Rebecca Fortenberry and Ryan Moody; six great-grandchildren; all of her nephews and nieces; and her caregivers, Shana, Tina, Thomas, Mary and Wade.
She was preceded in death by her chosen parents, Ralph and Edna Montgomery; sister-in-law, Patricia Trexler Moore; and an infant brother, Frank Edward Murphy Jr.
Pallbearers will be Jack Leslie Sr., Bill Pickens, Terry Dickerson, Jerry Hodge, Tracy Hodge, David Horton, Michael Willis and Tyler Dickerson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Monty Trexler, Janette Watson, Willie Trexler, Brad Smith, Tim Hodge, Kenneth Leslie, Dennis Nichols, Danny Boyd, Glen Riggs, James Simmons, Jordan Hunt, Jerold Montgomery and the men of the Mooreville Methodist Charge.
Memorials may be made to Tupelo Children’s Mansion, P.O. Box 167, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Betty Foote
BURNSVILLE – Betty Jean Foote, 80, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at the Carrington House in Iuka. She was born on July 20, 1930, and lived her entire life in Burnsville. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Burnsville. She was a graduate of Burnsville High School, Northeast Mississippi Junior College and Mississippi State University. She retired from the Tishomingo County School System following 33 years of service. She began her career at Mulberry School during the last year there were one-teacher schools in Tishomingo County. She later taught at Lambert’s Chapel and Holloway School, and spent 30 years teaching at Burnsville Elementary School. Following retirement, she worked part-time at the Burnsville Library.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Burnsville. Bro. Doyle Ferrell and Bro. Bobby Elliott will officiate. Burial will follow in the Burnsville Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one sister and special brother-in-law, Bonnie and Jesse Coke of Glen; one nephew, Jay Coke and wife, Janie, of Glen; one niece, Mitzi Coke Horn and husband, Jeff; two great-nieces, Jessica Horn and Shana Horn; and one great-nephew, Dillon Horn, all of Belmont.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bal and Bessie Whitaker Foote.
Pallbearers include Jay Coke, Jeff Horn, Dillon Coke Horn, Alvia Blakney, Willie Whitaker and Marty Davis.
The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to service time.
Memorials may be made to the Burnsville Cemetery Fund or the First Baptist Church in Burnsville.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Charles Kelly Jr.
CORDOVA, Tenn. – Charles Dewey Kelly Jr., 85, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. He was born Sept. 21, 1925, in Memphis to Charles Dewey Kelly Sr. and Cora Kelly. He worked in sales. He was an Episcopalian.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Potts Camp Cemetery with Rev. Bruce McMillan officiating. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Pierce Kelly of Cordova, Tenn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view the online guestbook, visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
George Sloan
NEW ALBANY – George Beasley Sloan, 84, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany. Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Nellie G. West
LAMAR – Nellie G. West, 65, died Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Rev. Joe Holcomb
PONTOTOC – The Rev. Joseph Wayne Holcomb Sr., “Bro. Joe,” was called on to Heaven after a short illness on Nov. 14, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was the last living offspring of George Elford Holcomb Sr. and Omie Shempert of Pontotoc. He was born May 26, 1936. He was reborn in Christ on Jan. 1, 1961. He loved preaching, eating, laughing, fishing, gaited horses, playing and watching ball.
He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Mrs. Lorene Thompson Holcomb. They married July 1, 1960, and he was so pleased to celebrate this happy occasion with friends and family this past summer at a reception given by their children. He is also survived by four daughters, Debra Bullard, Dinah Windham, Tabitha Walton (Kevin) and Teletha Weaver (Mike), and one son, Joseph “Joey” Wayne Holcomb Jr. (Sonya).
Bro. Joe loved and was so proud of his grandchildren, Kenny Bullard, Marshal Bullard (Jennifer), Cody Cayson (Melissa), Tyler Cayson, Seth Cayson, Micah Weaver, Joshua Weaver, Joseph Wayne “Jake” Holcomb III, Meagan Holcomb, Garner Holcomb, Madison Walton and Ty Walton. He also had one great-grandson, Landon Weaver. His grandsons will be his pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers are Dwight Massengill, Mick Lamons, J.W. Lansdale, Larry Hendricks, Frank Cayson, Harvey Reeves, Stephen Wardlaw and all pastors of Lee and Pontotoc County churches.
Bro. Joe served the Lord with all his heart, soul, strength and mind. Early in his ministry he was a traveling evangelist and preached in several states and held many old-fashioned tents revivals. He pastored in several counties in Mississippi, including Neshoba, Union, Lee, Pontotoc, Alcorn, Chickasaw and Lauderdale. He was currently the pastor of West Mooreville Baptist Church.
His greatest personal achievement, other than leading souls to the Lord, was being the founder of Grace Memorial Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist church in Skyline, where a cornerstone bears his name. He pastored there from 1976-1996. The church was recognized at different times by the Southern Baptist Association as a leader in baptisms, offerings and other categories. Bro. Joe has said that a piece of his heart will always be at GMBC due to the Lord leading him to start a local ministry there and supplying every need.
Other survivors include a sister-in-law, Betha Holcomb; two aunts, three nieces, two nephews and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, George Elford Holcomb Jr., David Holcomb and Jerry Holcomb.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today, Nov. 16, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro, Ricky Holloway, Bro. Jerry Guess and Bro. Gary Haynes officiating. A video message of Bro. Joe will be played, also. The family requests a private burial at Lee Memorial Gardens in Verona.
Donations in memory of Bro. Joe may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Arthur Joyce Sr.
CORINTH – Arthur Benton Joyce Sr., 79, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born May 5, 1931, in Eastview, Tenn. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Corinth. He was first employed by Berry Motor Company, where he co-oped to put himself through college. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a a degree in mechanical engineering, he worked for Tyrone Hydraulics, followed by Dana Corp. and Sauer Sundstrand, where he retired as plant manager. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, where he was the youngest company commander in his unit’s history. He was a Rotarian, and served on many church and civic committees. He was an entrepreneur, an inventor, an accomplished guitarist, a licensed pilot, and enjoyed golf and bowling. He was a humble and good-hearted man who most enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at McPeters Funeral Chapel with Rev. Prentiss Gordon officiating. A graveside service with military honors will follow at Henry Cemetery in Corinth.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jo Ann Huggins Joyce of Corinth; a daughter, Cathy Ann Joyce Boles and her husband, Dr. David Boles Sr., of Clarksville, Tenn.; a son, Arthur Benton Joyce Jr. and his wife, Joy Joyce, of Corinth; six grandchildren, Erin Joyce, Ben Joyce, David L. “Duke” Boles Jr. and his wife, Amanda Boles, Katie Boles, Daniel Boles and Courtney Boles; two great-grandchildren; his brother, Ron Joyce of Huntsville, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Hillard Joyce and Ella Mae Hamm Joyce.
Pallbearers will be Jim Ealey, Ernest Russell, Russell Taylor, Randy Taylor, Gene McFall and Johnny Rowsey.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Sherrill B. Stewart, Dr. Paul Thompson, Tom Dabney, Dr. Bill Henson and Dr. Tim Noyes.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Corinth, the American Cancer Society, or a charity of one’s choice.
Mary Jo Ann Gilreath
ABERDEEN – Mary Jo Ann Wright Gilreath, 71 years old, passed away Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 20, 1938, in Vardaman to Willie Bell McGregor Wright and Finley Earl Wright.
She graduated from West Point High School. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age. She has been a devout Christian and role model for others through her commitment in always placing others before herself. This was clearly shown through her actions in caring for the community members of Darracott and Bethel Baptist Church. She was a retired Supervisor of Sharp Garment in Aberdeen.
Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. R.D. Cline and Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.
A loving wife of 49 years, leaving behind her husband, John Henry Gilreath, Jr. and their three children: Jenni “Lynn” Smith (Kenny McCann) of Hamilton, Julius “Earl” Gilreath (Angela) of Aberdeen and Sara Virginia Gilreath of Hamilton; one sister, Sue Blansett of West Point; two brothers, Benny Wright of Amory and Bobby Wright (Donna) of El Dorado, Ark.; her adoring grandchildren, Jessica Lynn Smith, Ashton Leigh Gilreath, Kaitlyn Marie Gilreath, Dylan Thomas Smith and her “bonus” grandchild, Kayla Clardy; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Ed Smith; sister-in-law, Wanda Wright; mother-in-law, Irene Dahlem Gilreath; and father-in-law, John Henry Gilreath Sr.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Martin, Al Bronder, Brent Coleman, Lamar Pruitt, Jimmy Fulton, Kenneth Mobley, Tommy Williams and Ronald Dahlem.
Memorials may be made to: Bethel Baptist Church Steeple Fund, P.O. Box 77, Aberdeen, MS 397390; or Lebanon Cemetery Fund, c/o Walt Flicker, 10242 Basinger Road, Aberdeen, MS 39730.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Kenneth Murphree
ALGOMA – Kenneth William Murphree, 77, died Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. He was born April 3, 1933, in Calhoun County to Jim Elvis Murphree and Vivian Davidson Murphree. He was a former frame builder for Franklin Manufacturing Co. and a farmer. He was a member of Algoma Baptist Church, and an Army Veteran of the Korean conflict.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with Rev. Don Smith and Rev. Earl Rush officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Crest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City.
Survivors include his wife, Hulette Murphree of Algoma; his daughter, Mattie and Anthony Jones of Pontotoc; his three sisters, Barbara and Charles Lafayette of Calhoun City, Marjorie Collier of Alabama, and Maxine and Bobby Spratlin of Vardaman; his five brothers, Jerry and Val Murphree of Reid, Sid Murphree of Houlka, Sterlin and Brenda Murphree of Vardaman, Travis and Kathy Murphree of Alabama, and Jimmy and Carol Murphree of Alabama; one grandson, Reid Jones of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Pallbearers are Riley Seals, Jessie French, Ken Hitchcock, Travis Chase, Bobby Spratlin and Tim Baker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.
Friends and family may leave a message at the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhome ms.com.
Mac Shumpert
FULTON – Mac Shumpert, 68, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Margaret Douglas
EUPORA – Margaret Zell Douglas, 84, died at Golden Living Center in Eupora. Born on Dec. 14, 1925, in Maben, she was a daughter of the late Tom J. and Ruth Harrell Douglas. A graduate of Mathiston High School, she attended Belmont University and was a graduate of Blue Mountain College. She taught typing and bookkeeping at Amory High School, worked as a secretary for Scribner Equipment Company and served as the assistant clerk for the City of Amory. Miss Douglas was an active member of First Baptist Church of Amory, where she taught Sunday School for several years. Enjoying spending time with family, she looked forward to their family gatherings during the holidays. She loved her family, friends and neighbors, and enjoyed reading and knitting.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include several cousins.
Pallbearers will be Lester Cagle, Tommy Parish, Jerry Reece, Larry Palmer, Tommy Tapp, Gene Haney and Greg Allen.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the service hour today.
Memorial donations may be given to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821; or to a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Moore
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Dorothy Christine Cornelius Moore, 90, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was born June 27, 1920, in Tippah County to Henry Franklin and Junie May Derrick Cornelius. She was a homemaker. She was a longtime member of the Blue Mountain Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, but most recently had been attending the First Apostolic Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Teddy Cornelius officiating. Burial will be in Lowry Methodist Church Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include one brother, Willie Franklin Cornelius (Cindy) of Walnut; a brother-in-law, Ernie Vancannyt of Alabama; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Moore; her parents; three sisters, Dolly Cornelius, Della Newby and Pearl Vancannyt; and one brother, Buddy F. Cornelius.
Pallbearers will be Dwayne Rodgers, Johnnie Coombs, Sherman Smith, Greg Robinson, Jeff Jones and Jimmy Pipkin.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
James Dye
NEW ALBANY – James D. Dye, 85, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born July 26, 1925, in Union County to Adam Dye and Pearl Hogue Dye. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He served in the in the European Theater, where he received the Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He was a self-employed mechanic. He loved working in his garden and his horses. He was a charter member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m.Wednesday at Hillcrest Baptist Church in New Albany with the Rev. Dean Timbes, Dr. Kermit McGregor and Rev. Brownie Tohill officiating. Burial will be in the Locust Grove Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Dye of New Albany; a son, James Hunter Dye (Mary) of Pontotoc’ and three sisters, Maurine Donahue of New Albany, Betty Davis of New Albany and Nannie May Burns of Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Louise Mason, Avanell Dye and Edna Fay McCarty; and two brothers, Kermit Dye and J.B. Dye.
Pallbearers will be James Hamblin, Charles Dooley, Buddy Sloan, Marshall Robbins and Hank Waycaster. Honorary pallbearers will be the American Legion Post 72, Jo Allen Hunter, Terry Hunter, Rodney Hunter and Jerry Wayne Betterton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
In honor of Mr. Dye, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
David Hewell
BYHALIA – David Lewis Hewell, 58, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at his home in Byhalia.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Byhalia Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday.
To view the online guestbook, visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Pearlene Walton
AMORY – Pearlene Walton died Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Rivers Mann
CHEROKEE, Ala. – Rivers Mann, 91, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.
Opal Chapman
BLUE SPRINGS – Opal Chapman, 101, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at the Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. She was born July 31, 1909, in Union County to Marion and Vinnie Davis Bramlett. Mrs. Chapman was a retired cook and a member of Locust Hill Baptist Church. She loved quilting and crocheting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with the Rev. Brad Franks and the Rev. Tiffany Franks officiating. Burial will be in New Harmony Cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, Mable Damian of Texas and Sylvia Bryant of Pontotoc; four grandchildren, Linda King, Janice Miller, James Fortner and Libby Jo Richard; four great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters-in-law, Ruby Jean Bramlett, Mittie Jo Hart and Janice Bramlett.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Frank Fortner and Laurence Chapman; two sons Hubert Brooks Fortner and Carrol Duel Fortner; her parents; and seven brothers and three sisters.
Pallbearers will be her nephews and great-grandsons.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the Locust Hill Cemetery Fund or New Harmony Cemetery Fund.
Jane Lesley
PONTOTOC – Jane Lesley, 76, died Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She was born Jan. 12, 1934, in Pontotoc County to Robert Weeks and Laura Conlee Weeks. She was married to Bobby Lesley for many years before his death. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Pontotoc. She served as secretary at the Pontotoc County Extension Service for 38 years before retiring. Being unable to stay at home after retiring, she worked in sales for various retail stores in the area.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home with Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will follow in the West Heights Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Wilson; granddaughter, Ann Day (Heath) of Pontotoc; grandson, Brian Wilson (Brittany); and great-grandson, Michael Shane Wilson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby Lesley; one son, David Michael Lesley; two brothers, Clyde Weeks and Donald Weeks; and two sisters, Laverne Cruse and Betty Cheney.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Carwile, Dusty Sneed, Heath Day, Roger Hawkins Jr., Roger Hawkins III and Austin Edder.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
Mary Lewellen
WHEELER – Mary Mozelle Lewellen, 70, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at her home after an extended illness. She was a Baptist and an active member of the Red Hat Society. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly. She also loved to fish and travel.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Mike Reeves officiating. Burial will be in the Prospect Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Mary Powell (Larry) and Becky Pruzek, both of Wheeler, and Sandra Speck and Tessia Jones (Jason), both of Baldwyn; two sons, Bob Lewellen (Lisa) of Wheeler and Thomas Lewellen (Shannon) of England; three sisters, Ruby Barron of Thrasher, Barbara Hudson (Terrell) of Corinth and Bobbie Gray (Danny) of Baldwyn; three brothers, Columbus Michael (Sue), Junior Michael (Molly) and Danny Michael (Karen), all of Rienzi; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lewellen; one son, Randy Lewellen; her parents, Cleveland and Myrtle Michael; and two sisters, Neva Rencher and Linda Walden.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Powell, Jamie Lewellen, Josh and Junior Mills, Chad and Anthony Speck, and Keegan, Braden and Dayton Lewellen. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Red Hat Society.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today.
Amie King
BELDEN – Amie Mae Crayton King, 96, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Hope Church. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Garden in Tupelo. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge of the arrangements.
Sarah Ayers
LAMAR – Sarah Louise Ayers, 48, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Lorene Maxwell
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Lorene Maxwell, 82, died Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at the Highland Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Ellie Hightower
HOULKA – Ellie Fair Hightower, 92, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.