By NEMS Daily Journal
NETTLETON – Kathryn “Kay” McDuffie, Nettleton native, longtime music educator and activist in the cultural and musical history of Mississippi and devoted Ole Miss alumnus, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a brief battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be at 11:30 AM Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with private burial in the McDuffie Family Plot at Nettleton Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 AM-service time on Friday only at Holland-Tupelo Chapel (662 840 5000).
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors @comcast.net.
A full obituary will follow in the Thursday edition.
BOONEVILLE – Sheila Ann Owens, 48, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at her home. She was born June 8, 1964, in Booneville. She was employed in the furniture manufacturing industry, and she was a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, working, hummingbirds, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Rouse officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Terry Owens, whom she married on June 30, 1979; two sons, Jeff Owens (Kat) of Sandston, Va. and Tony Owens of Baldwyn; two daughters, Sonya McCoy (Bobby) of Booneville and Wendy Carwyle (Barry) of Thaxton; her mother, Nina Owens (James) of Baldwyn; a brother, Junior Tennison (Charlotte) of Booneville; two sisters, Regina Tennison (Dave) of Booneville and Pam Martin (Ricky) of Mooreville; her stepmother, Jan Tennison of Hamilton, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wallace Tennison; and her grandparents, Alton and Sheila Ward.
Pallbearers are Macky Barnes, Preston Hall, Josh Franks, Cody Franks, Dave Whisenant, and Dwight Thompson.
Sgt. Ryan Meeks
GUNTOWN – Sgt. Ryan Meeks, 31, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was serving in the U.S. Army after eight years with two tours in Iraq. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Saltillo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Senior Master Sgt. Dewayne Eaves officiating with burial in the Saltillo Cemetery with full Military Honors.
He is survived by his wife, Davlynn Meeks of Guntown; children, Blake, Savanna and Hunter, of the home; parents, Kirk and Tina Meeks of Saltillo; grandmother, Corrine Herndon of Saltillo; sister, Allegra Meeks of Saltillo; brothers, Karter Meeks of Saltillo and Zachary Ross of Tupelo; aunt and uncle, Pat and Doug Thornton of Guntown; mother and father-in-law; grandmother and grandfather-in-law; brother and sister-in-law; cousins; and other family members.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Kelly Meeks, Rex Herndon, Dutch Blake and Beulah Eaves.
Pallbearers will be members of the military. Honorary pallbearers are Cody Hancock, Matthew Edwards, Jason Blake, Joseph Thornton, Casey Thornton, Josh Herndon, Kasey Herndon and Drew Parker.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Program, the USO or Sanctuary Hospice House.
HOULKA – Doris Lozelle Kirkpatrick Collums, 85, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Pontotoc to John Doyle Kirkpatrick and Mattie Lee Doss Kirkpatrick.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Houlka First Baptist Church in Houlka with the Rev. David Blackwell officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughters, Debbie and Robert Walls of Houlka, Beverly Clark of Pontotoc; son, Gary and Mary Ann Collums of Houlka; sisters, Elaine Brown of Houlka, Lelia Faye Davis of Georgia, Nettie Henry of Pontotoc; grandchildren, Amy and Bill Linley, Angie and Richard Rudasill, Kellie Clark, Katie Clark, Brennan Clark, Phillip Collums, Jacob Collums, Jessie Collums, Carrie Walls, Susan Walls; and great-grandchildren, Spencer Rudasill, Austin Ash, Nathan Rudasill, Andrew Ash, Shelby Linley, Matthew Rudasill.
She was preceded in death by her husband, C.W. “Webb” Collums Jr.; great-grandchildren, Alex Ash and Meagan Rudasill; three brothers; and two sisters.
Visitation is from noon until service time today at Houlka First Baptist Church.
Pallbearers are her grandsons and great-grandsons, Spencer Rudasill, Austin Ash, Nathan Rudasill, Andrew Ash, Brennan Clark and Phillip Collums.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message at the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
NEW ALBANY – Jewel J. Dorrough, 84, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Oct. 10, 1928, in Pontotoc County to James Luther Dorrough and Parthenia Angeline Hale Dorrough. He was a retired employee of Rogers Gin and Supply with 25 years of employment, J.E. Love with 20 years employment, and the Ingomar School with 17 years of employment. He was a member of Ingomar Lions Club for 47 years and Fredonia Baptist Church, where he was ordained a deacon in 1961.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Dr. Rex Yancey, the Rev. James Rutledge and the Rev. Chris Madison officiating. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Fairy “Sis” Dorrough of New Albany; a daughter, Carolyn Williamson (Leon) of New Albany; two sons, Melvin Dorrough (Ann) of New Albany and Frank Dorrough (Susan) of Tupelo; and three grandchildren, Jeremy Dorrough (Katie), Will Dorrough (Kirby) and Matthew Dorrough (Kait).
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Jerrell Wise and Wilma Woolwine; and two brothers, Clinton Dorrough and Quitman Dorrough.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Dorrough, Will Dorrough, Matthew Dorrough, Dylan Reeder, Jeff Wise and Brian Ezell. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Charles Weeden, Keith Waddell, Tom Haynes and Bob Bailey.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
NETTLETON – Margaret F. Crawley, 69, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton.`
COLUMBUS – Barbara Nell Ausbon Culver, 77, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born Nov. 20, 1934, to Lorse and Luna Gilmore Ausbon. She was a native of Nettleton but had resided in Columbus for the past 36 years. She was a homemaker, a Methodist, and she enjoyed watching television and being with her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Dale Whitlock officiating. Burial will be in Nettleton Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Culver (Nancy) of Bastrop, La. and Ricky Culver (Barbara) of Columbus; one brother, Buster Ausbon (Juanita) of Pewaukee, Wis.; one daughter-in-law, Charlotte Culver of Amory; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grand-children.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Frank Harold Culver; her parents; and one son, Charles Culver.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Moore, David Moore, Mike Ausbon, Freddie Gilmore, Bubba Jenkins, and Greg Nolan.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may signthe guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
VINA, Ala. – Crystal Raper, 42, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.
IUKA – James Perry Patterson, 86, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
Services will be 12:30 p.m. Friday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon Friday at the funeral home.
Billy Ray Vunkannon
CORINTH – Billy Ray Vunkannon, 31, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services were Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
VARDAMAN – Carolyn Mays Hawkins, 75, formerly of Baton Rouge, La., died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. She was born in Water Valley. She enjoyed playing tennis and watching college football and Christian television.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Vardaman First Baptist Church in Vardaman with the Rev. Charles Mays officiating. Burial of cremans will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Gerald of Baton Rouge, La.; two sons, Jerry of Pensacola, Fla. and Scott of Baton Rouge, La.; one daughter, Cheryl of Baton Rouge, La.; one brother, Charles Mays of Sherwood, Ark.; one granddaughter, Crystal; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Mays; brothers and sisters, Rose, Ruby Lee, Ed Jr. and Mary Ruth.
Visitation will be from noon until 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vardaman Cemetery c/o Bob Hollingsworth, 118 Richards St., Vardaman, MS 38878.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
TUPELO – Rosemary Tate Coley, 79, of Tupelo, passed away Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Mrs. Coley was born Nov. 28, 1932, to Jack Tate and Vance Allred Tate of the Brewer community. She was a Baptist by Faith. She was a beautiful person who loved and was loved by her family. She retired from Mississippi Military Department in 1989 after 23 years of distinguished service.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Brewer United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, and a graveside service and interment will be at 2 p.m. at Brewer Cemetery, Brewer. Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements with the Rev. Jason Franklin officiating.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, James Coley of Tupelo; two sons, James Michael Coley of Daytona Beach, Fla. and William Leon Coley and wife, Wynn of Shannon; one daughter, Deborah Ann Floyd of Ocean Springs.; four sisters, Patricia Riley of Nettleton, Dru Jolly of Shannon, Adelia Bartholomae of Tupelo, Virginia Tate of Saltillo; two brothers, Alfred Tate and wife, Kathryn of the Brewer community, Eddie Tate and wife, Carolyn Tate of Pontotoc; two grandsons, Mitchell Coley and wife, Sene and John Floyd IV; two granddaughters, Jessica Roberts and husband, John and Kristie Roberts and husband, Jonathan; and two great-grandsons, Elijah Roberts and Jack Coley; and one great-granddaughter, Caroline Roberts.
She was preceded in death by both her father and mother, and a brother, Johnny Tate.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BYHALIA – Vivian Estelle Hodges, 76, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PONTOTOC – Frances Pauline “Polly” Watts, 84, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, after a lengthy illness. She was born on Feb. 26, 1928, to William and Myrtle Rodgers Abbott. She was a member of Church of God of Prophecy. She was a strong Christian woman, a true prayer warrior and worked hard to leave a legacy of love and hospitality. She touched many lives through the years. She will be remembered for her delicious homemade biscuits and how she wanted to feed everyone who came to visit. She enjoyed tending to her flowers, sewing, and spending time with her family, whom she dearly loved.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Thorn officiating. Burial will be in West Heights Cemetery. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Linda Homan (John) and Debbie Morphis (Mitchell), of Pontotoc; seven grandchildren, Connie McDonald, Cathy Morphis, Terri Estes, Christy Belk (Chris), Robin Malone (Jimmy), all of Pontotoc, Kim Walker (Jim) of Tennessee, and Kayla Spradling (Kevin) of Mantachie; 18 great-grandchildren, Amber Dudley (Jerry), Jacob Tutor (Lindsay), Reed Wallace, Josh Tutor (Amanda), Hunter White, John Tutor, Wyatt Belk, Camron Condor, Raya McDonald, Steven Lambert, Walker Belk, Tanna Belk, Jaelyn McDonald, Crossland Malone, Baby Malone, Haylee Spradling, Journey Malone and Caitlyn Spradling; and five great-great-grandchildren, Summer Dudley, Raynee Wallace, Jericho Tutor, Bayleigh Wallace and Donald Tutor.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Shed Watts; her parents; one sister, Melba Montgomery; and two brothers, Ocie Abbott and Kenneth Abbott.
Pallbearers will be Jim Walker, Chris Belk, Jimmy Malone, Kevin Spradling, Josh Tutor and John Tutor.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Elnora Ester, 85, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
William Bogan Jr.
WEST POINT – William Neill Bogan Jr., 87, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at the church. Placement will follow within Episcopal Church of the Incarnation Columbarium. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Church of the Incarnation, P.O. Box 216, West Point, MS 39773.
ABERDEEN – Orline Strong McMillian, 64, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2012, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
NEW ALBANY – Eligah Kirk, 71, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.