Obituaries November 5, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mae Black
PONTOTOC – Mae Oner Black, 92, passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center of Pontotoc. She was born March 16, 1920, to John and Carrie Waldo Jaco in Pontotoc County. She married Virgil Black and they shared over 51 wonderful years raising a large family until his homegoing on Dec. 26, 1989. She was a member of Buckhorn Church of Christ. She worked at Keystone of Pontotoc for several years. She loved reading her Bible, spending time with her grandchildren and quilting. She was loved by her large family and friends.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc with Bro. Larson and Bro. Plowler officiating. Burial will follow in the Buckhorn Church of Christ Cemetery. There will be no graveside service.
She leaves behind three daughters, Rachel Elrod of Shannon, Esma Hanley and Frances Staten (Keith), all of Pontotoc; one son, Gary Black of Pontotoc; 24 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one daughter, Nellie Jean Clair; three sons, Avis Wayne Black, Charlie Wayne Black and Larry Lee Black; one grandchild-Cassie Danielle Fallin; four sisters; and one brother.
Pallbearers to serve will be Anthony Staten, David Elrod, J.R. Dillard, Tracy Black, Mike Elrod and Steven Dillard.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and 1 p.m. until service Tuesday. All visitation will be at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Bobby Turner
GUNTOWN – Bobby L. Turner 75, died Sunday Nov. 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a retired electrician with Kruger International. He was a member of the Guntown Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Robbins officiating with burial in the Campbelltown Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years Stella Turner of Guntown; two daughters, Pam Alexander (Danny) Guntown and Kim Tyler (Terry) of Guntown; one son, Don Turner (Sandy) of Saltillo; sister, Linda Box (Clyde) of Birmingham, Ala.; grandchildren, Jennifer McGill (Michael), Leslie Tidwell, Justin Tyler, Ethan Turner and Emma Turner; and great-grandchildren, Austin, Haley and Hunter McGill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Altee Turner; and brother, Bennie Turner.
Pallbearers, Terry Tyler, Justin Tyler, Michael McGIll, Austin McGill, Danny Alexander and Jeff Donahue.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.

Ruth Weiske
FULTON – Ruth Elaine Lang Weiske, 84, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 11, 1928, in Princeton, Wis., to Edgar and Doris Jamieson Lang. She was a graduate of the Central State Teachers College in Stevens Point, Wis. She retired from teaching in Illinois in 1978 and returned to her native Wisconsin. She and her husband moved to Fulton in April of this year. She loved gardening and caring for her home and family.
No public services will be held. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, John F. “Jack” Weiske; one son, David Weiske (Patti), all of Fulton; one grandson, Benjamin Weiske (Rachel); two great-grandchildren, Madison Weiske and John Weiske; and a special sister-in-law, Kathy Lang of Ripon, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Miriam Lang; and two brothers, Frank Lang and David Lang.
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Lillian Crumpton
RIPLEY – Lillian Inez Crumpton, 95, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
John Miller
TUPELO – John Wiley Miller, 84, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at his home. He was born Feb. 12, 1928, in Lowndes County, to Lena Reeves and George Miller. He graduated from New Hope High School and then Draughn’s Business College in Jackson. He served in the Corp of Engineers from 1945 to 1947, serving 12 months in Korea. He married Joyce McCrary in 1948 and moved to Tupelo in 1950. He worked at Mid-South Packers as a salesman and later as Sales Manager for 38 years and Wheel Estate Mobile Homes 14 years. He was a member of Calvary Baptist for 30 years before moving to the Brewer Community and joining Brewer Baptist Church. He was a deacon at both churches. He served as liaison between builder and the church when the new church was built at Brewer.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Brewer Baptist Church with Keith Wiseman officiating and Rev. Tim Tutor assisting. Body will lie in repose at 10 a.m. at the church. Graveside services are at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Mt. Vernon Baptist Cemetery in Columbus. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors will be in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Joyce Miller; one son, John Wiley Miller, Jr. (Judy) of Jackson; two daughters, Beverly Miller Oliver (Don) of Hodges, Ala., and Fran Miller Foster (Don) of Midevale, Utah; one brother, Donald Miller (Joyce) of Columbus; five grandchildren, April Daniel (Scott), Natalie Bendall (Brett), Matt Jackson (Heather), Josh Miller and Jennifer Miller; six great-grandchildren; and one nephew, Chip Miller.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Josh Miller, Chip Miller, Neil Wiseman, Matt Wiseman, Cliff Tidwell and John Harris. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Long’s Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Brewer Baptist Church, 302 County Road 520,Shannon, MS, 38868.
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Jamie Tate
MYRTLE – Jamie Carlee Tate, 61, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at her home.
The Mass Service will be at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Ricardo conducting the service. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Danial W. Aquero, Robert T. Aquero, Tony L. Aquero, Casie T. Aquielra, Gloria Rodriquez, Alicia Rodriquez and Adam Rodriquez, all of Florida, George T. Aquero Jr., and Steven A. Lewis, both of Tennessee, Christopher Aquero of New Albany, Juanita Gonzalez, Maria C. Garcia and Eric Lewis, all of Mississippi; two sisters, Elaine Poston of Tennessee, and Nettie Stewart of Mississippi; 20 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church.

Fannie Sacus
ABERDEEN – Fannie Sacus died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Steve Collins
TUPELO – Richard Stephen Collins, 71, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born Sept. 25, 1941, in West Grove, Pa., to Joseph Cecil and Pauline Parsons Collins. He was a retired veteran of the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict. A 1977 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, he also retired from the National Park Service. He was an avid reader and loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed wood crafting, especially bird houses and writing children’s stories. He was a member of Belden Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Jim Holcomb and Wade Collins officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Cheryl P. Collins; three sons, Wade Collins (Kim) of North Wilkesboro, N.C., Jody Collins (Terri) of Graham, Texas, and Shane Collins (Sarah) of San Diego, Calif.; one daughter, Michelle Powers (Ervin) of Poquoson, Va.; 13 grandchildren, Taylor, Tory, Lindsay, Heather, Ty, Caitlin, Chandler, Matthew, Elana, Emma, Elizabeth, Cora and John Bruce; two great-grandchildren, Addison and Baylee; two sisters, Virginia Cox (Alvin) of Independence, Va., and Kay Disher of Kernersville, N.C.; two brothers, Allan Collins (Linda) of Bennettsville, S.C., and Joe Collins of Bennettsville, S.C.; and his mother, Pauline Collins of Bennettsville, S.C.,.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Tory and Ty Collins, Matthew and Ervin Powers, Earl Dry and Billy Ray Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Bill Yarbrough’s Sunday School Class.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 and to The Alzheimer Society, 1900 Dunbarton Dr. Suite 1, Jackson, MS, 39216.
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Jimmy Hill
RIPLEY – James “Jimmy” Carroll Hill, 65, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born Feb. 18, 1947, to James “Pap” Allen and Carolyn Louise May Hill, in Blue Mountain. He was retired and had been the President of Union Planters Bank in Ripley andwas also a real estate agent. He was a member of Palmer Baptist Church and the American Legion. He had been a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard.
Service is at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley, with Bro. Don Wilson and Bro. Scott Brady officiating. Burial is at Palmer Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Glenda Jackson Hill of Ripley; sons, Bryan Hill and Bradley Hill (Jackie), both of Ripley; sister, Mary Hill Brady of Blue Mountain; brother, Billy Hill of Ripley; five grandchildren, Eric Hill, Ryan Hill, Owen Hill, Braden Hill and Eli Hill; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers are Tommy Bryant, Clinton Bryant, Charles Earnest Bryant, Jason Brady, Jonathan Brady and Billy Allen Hill. Honorary pallbearers are Charles Jackson, Chris Jackson, Danny Wooley, Ken Lance, John Ed Brotherton, David Kent, Larry Elder, Noel Jackson, Roy Ralph and Eddie Benefield.
Visitation is 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
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Shirley Shumpert
AMORY – Shirley Faye Shumpert, 67, died on Nov. 2, 2012, at Starkville Manor in Starkville. She was born April 8, 1945, to Lucille “Adams” Shumpert and Golden Shumpert Sr. She married the love of her life, Leon Gilleylen. She was a member of the Rose of Sharon Church. She attended school in Nettleton and Amory. She also worked in domestic (private) homes for Dickie and Gail Miller and the Cutcliff’s. She enjoyed cooking, country music and watching her favorite television show, CSI.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Susie L. Darden Memorial Chapel with Min. Antionetta Word officiating. Burial will follow at the Masonic Cemetery. Darden and Sons is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two children, Debra Ann Diggs and Ontray Deon (Lshay) Shumpert; one sister, Virginia Ann Thompson; three aunts, Viola Foster, Shirley Ruff, both of Plantersville and Mozella Curry of Shannon; two grandchildren, Cody Adams and Katina (Terrell) Dancy; two great-grandchildren, Shaiah and Caeson; three nieces, Pansy (Joe) Fenly, Sophia Alfreda Traylor and Monica Pruitt; three nephews, Bobby Darren (Lisa) Shumpert, Willie B. Spratt and Destry (Donetta) Shumpert; many great-nieces and nephews, including Ron and Jeremy Evans; and a host of relatives.
She was preceded in death by her loving mother and father; one brother, Golden Shumpert Jr.; and two sisters, Evelyn Shumpert and Bobbie Jean White.
Visitation is 2 to 6 p.m. today and the body will lie in state for one hour prior to service time on Tuesday.

M.P. Pannell
WALNUT – M.P. Pannell, 90, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at the VA Hospital in Memphis. He was born June 14, 1922, to Mancel and Mary Lela Pickens Pannell. He was a member of Thrift Haven Baptist Church in Memphis and attended Community Pentecostal Church in Walnut. He served in the US Army during WWII where he received the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Ea Meto Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a retired Automobile Body Repairman.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Community Pentecostal Church with Bro. Roger Dale Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in Community Pentecostal Church Cemetery with Military Honors.
He is survived by six daughters, Margie Mink, Loretta Bressler (Tim), Beverly Ladato and Pam Putt (Tim), all of Southaven, Stephanie Hall (Mark) of Mtn. Home, Ark., and Mitzey Sanders (Andy) of Calico Rock, Ark.; four sons, Steven Pannell (Gayle) and Dennis Pannell, all of Memphis, Tracy Pannell (Sherry) of Brighton and Junior Pannell (Susan) of Gainsville, Mo.; two sisters, Jettie Wilbanks of Corinth and Mary Lee Jones of Walnut; one brother, Mack Pannell (Leon) of Walnut; 32 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jason Mink, David McIntyre, Josh Harris, Matthew Fitzgerald, Dalton Boyd, Ray Warren, Joey Latham and Eric Conrad. Honorary pallbearers will be Sean Pannell and Tim Conrad.
He was preceded in death by two wives, Lydia Pannell and Maxine Pannell; one son, Odell Porterfield; his parents; two grandchildren, Addison and Kimberly; two sisters; and six brothers.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home. The body will lie in state at Community Pentecostal Church from noon until service time on Tuesday.
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Freddie Williams
CORINTH – Freddie Louis Williams died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth.
Lola Magers
MANTACHIE – Lola Jean Magers, 83, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon,Tenn. She was born July 26, 1929 to Albert McDonald and Dora Bell Underwood Nichols. She was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church before moving to Lebanon five years ago, where she joined Rocky Creek Baptist Church. She worked at Mantachie Manufacturing for many years and helped her husband farm most all her life. She enjoyed gardening and was an avid sewer. She enjoyed being around all her family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the McNeece–Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Buddy Rushing and Bro. Dale Parham officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Criddle (Clark) of Castalian Springs, Tenn.; one sister, Alene Cox of Muldrow, Okla.; one brother-in-law, Lester Magers (Frances) of Mantachie; two sisters-in-law, Lucille Tramel of Mantachie and Ruby Nichols of Marietta; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Magers, who died in May, 2007; several brothers and sisters; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Michael Parham , Charles Owens, Shane Stanford, David Magers, Roger Dale Nichols and Kenneth Michaels.
Visitation is 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at McNeece–Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
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Billy Shettles
ECRU – Billy Odis Shettles, 78, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born in Pontotoc County on Feb. 26, 1934, to James Odis Shettles and Eunice Etoyle Robbins Sheetles. He was a United States Marine veterean, having served during the Korean War. He had worked at Penn Tire for 20 years and then worked for furniture factories. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family and friends and loved good gospel music. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Johnathan Baker officating. Burial will be in the Ecru City Cemetery.
He is survived by two sisters, Sandra McClure (Tommy) of Ingomar and Dottie Cobb (Steve) of Ecru; nieces, Kim Jarvis (Bryan) of Tupelo, Kim Bagwell (Jeff) of Pontotoc, Kelly Thomas (Jason) of Ecru and Rose Peak (Gary) of New Albany; nephews, Keith Cobb(Melanie) of Blue Springs and Kevin Cobb (Tammy) of Ecru; 11 great-nieces and nephews; and a beloved aunt, Margie Heard of Ecru.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; one brother, Bobby J. Shettles; and a sister-in-law, Jimmie Shettles.
Pallbearers will be Keith Cobb, Kevin Cobb, Bryan Jarvis, Phillip Heard and Larry Horton.
Visitation is 5 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In Honor of his service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the United States Marine flag during his visitation and his service.
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