Obituaries November 17, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ann Whitfield
CORINTH – A gathering to celebrate the life of Ann Jennings Whitfield is set for 1 p.m. today, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Corinth with Bro. Dennis Smith officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Mrs. Whitfield died on Thursday morning, Nov. 15, 2012, at Whitfield Nursing Home following a lengthy illness. She was born in St. Louis, Mo., on April 25, 1932, to the late Jack and Eleanor Jones Jennings. She moved to Corinth as a child and graduated from Corinth High School. She then furthered her education at Judson College in Marion, Ala., where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She was the publicity director and instructor of English there at the college. Following this, she performed a graduate study in journalism and received her Master’s Degree from the University of Mississippi. She was also a co-owner of Whitfield Nursing Home.
She was a passionate supporter of animal rights. She served on the board of the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter, and provided funding for the building and furnishings of the visiting room that has been named in her honor. She has been an active member of First Baptist Church since 1955, sang in the choir and was a featured soprano. She has served as president of the Little Garden Club of Corinth, Shakespeare Club, Corinth Music Club and the Twentieth Century Club. She was also the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of Corinth Theater Arts, a recipient of four Magnolia “Maggie” Awards and the recipient of one of the Rotary’s highest honors – a Paul Harris Fellow.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Maury Whitfield.
Her survivors include her daughter, Jennie Whitfield Hibbard and husband, Jack; one granddaughter, Jacqueline Hibbard; one brother-in-law, Winston Whitfield and wife, Genida; a niece, Lynda Whitfield; two nephews, Whit and Benjamin Whitfield; a cousin, Margaret Huntley; and special friends, Jimmy Deaton and the staff of Whitfield Nursing Home.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that donations be made to the Corinth-Alcorn County Animal Shelter or the American Cancer Society.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.

Larry Moore
FULTON – Larry Eugene “Cowboy” Moore, 68, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 28, 1944, in Mississippi to Guy and Sybil Stephens Moore. He was employed by the Fulton City Water Department for 14 1/2 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in Harden Chapel Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Martha Moore of Fulton; daughters, Brenda Cummings (Mark) of Shannon, Wanda Carter (Howard Murphy) of Fulton and Stephanie Roberts (Adam) of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Haley Carter, Lee Carter, Santanna Cummings, Mark Cummings Jr., Josh Roberts, Loren Roberts and Brittany Tubbs; brothers, Jerry (Linda) Moore of Fulton and Eddie (Cathaleen) Moore of Houston; and a special friend, Mary Jo Hester.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be employees of the Fulton City Water Department.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Sandra Johnson
FULTON – Sandra Lynn Johnson, 58, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 3, 1954, in Pontotoc County to Elvis and Hazel Sprayberry Austin. She was a 1972 graduate of South Pontotoc High School, where she was the school’s first valedictorian. She worked at the telephone company in Tupelo. She later went back to school and became a registered nurse. She worked at North Mississippi Medical Center until becoming disabled. She loved the outdoors and was an avid reader. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at County Line Baptist Church in Pontotoc County with Bro Jimmy Dale Sartin and Bro. Bill Adams officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne Johnson; one son, Skip Johnson ( Dina); two daughters, Patricia Ross and Penny McAnally, all of Fulton; one brother, Scott Austin ( Julie ) of Randolph; one sister, Rita Jenkins of Tupelo; eight grandchildren, Stephanie, Jacob and Alex Johnson, Anna and Taylor Patton, Cody Ross, Abby Chaffin and Chelsey Cunningham; and one great-grandchild, Charley Beth Cunningham.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Ben Austin, David Austin, L.C. Austin, Larry Austin, Chris Jenkins and Brian Jenkins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 12:30 p.m. until service time Sunday at the church.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Helen Bratton
BOONEVILLE – Helen Inez Bratton, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at her home after a lengthy illness. She was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Booneville. She was self-employed before retiring. She loved helping others, and she enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today Saturday at Olive Branch Cemetery in Cottage Grove, Tenn., with Bro. Andy Skelton officiating. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Susie Davis of Booneville; four grandchildren, Vickie Garner (Russell) of Pensacola, Fla., Casandra Skelton (Andy) of Baldwyn, George Scruggs of Booneville and Randy Scruggs of California; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two sisters, Irma Edge of Tishomingo and DeeDee Adams of Augusta, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Bratton; one son, Buddy; her mother and stepfather, Sara and Tom Hurst; her father, William Davis; one sister, Essie (Kitty) Morgan; and one brother, William Davis.

Margie Watson
RED BAY, Ala. – Margie Geneva Watson, 70, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.

Hazel Williams
BELMONT – Hazel Williams, 93, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Golden. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Willie Sherer
GUNTOWN – Willie E. “Bubba” Sherer, 82, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ebernezer M.B. Church in Guntown. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Willie Mae Ray
ASHLAND – Willie Mae Brown Ray, 85, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery in Walnut. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Sunday.

Louis Bowles
BOONEVILLE – Louis Bowles, 70, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Longwood Community Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Blanche Henson
BOONEVILLE – Blanche Henson, 98, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at her home in the Altitude community. She was born Feb. 15 1914, in Jacinto to Clay and Jessie Hardin Henson. She moved to Altitude when she was 7 years old. She attended Hills Chapel and Burton Schools, Wood Junior College and Delta State Teacher’s College. She taught in the Prentiss County, Vicksburg Academy and the Booneville School Districts and retired after 31 years at Booneville Elementary School. She was a member of Chandler’s Chapel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rickey Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.
She is survived by one brother, Clyde Henson; two nieces, Kay (Rickey) Johnson and Carolyn (Larry) Nolan; one great-niece, Amy (Matt) Arnold; one great-nephew, Josh Johnson; and one great-great-nephew, Kaden Arnold.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Inez Bush and Jewel Henson; and one brother, Junior Henson.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Tyrone Armstrong
TUPELO – Tyrone Armstrong died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Ida Poindexter
CORINTH – Ida Mae Simmons Poindexter, 86, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Corinthian Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in Valley of the Dogwood Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.

Michael Shinault
BOONEVILLE – Michael Todd Shinault, 54, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at his home in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.

Mershell Keeton
CORINTH – Mershell Keeton, 53, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at noon Tuesday at City Road Temple CME Church. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday.

Clara Guffey
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. – Clara Jean Guffey, 84, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Corinth Veterans Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Virgie Gettys
ABERDEEN – Virgie Gettys, 78, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home.

Bobby Caldwell
CORINTH – Marvin Harold “Bobby” Caldwell, 88, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at his home after a long illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories of Corinth. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund.