Obituaries Oct. 5, 2013

Dorothy Wilemon

FULTON – Dorothy Alice Wilemon, 77, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at her home. She was born March 18, 1936, to E.M. and Mildred Riley Conn. A homemaker and a great Christian lady, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Services will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gray and Bro. Robert Wood officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Edward “Bill” Wilemon; one son, Randy Wilemon (Helen); two daughters, Debbie Cooley ( Ronney), all of Fulton, and Mitzi Wood ( Robert) of Golden; eight grandchildren, Misty Wood, Marty Wood (Julie), Matt Wilemon (Bethany), Mike Wilemon (Shea), Justin Cooley (Roxanne), Allison Cooley, Corey Moore ( Brittany), and Anna Beth Moore; eight great-grandchildren, Kaitlin Wood, Morgan Wood, Jordan Wood, Paul Martin Wood, Mackenzie Wood, Jace Cooley, Wyatt Beasley, Wesson Wilemon and Sutten Wilemon; one brother, Flois Conn (Jonell); one sister, Betty Sheffield ( Martin), both of Nettleton; two sisters-in-law, Gearldean Wilemon of Fulton and Kathryn Conn of Tremont; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Bobby Conn; one sister, Earlene Conn; one grandson, Chris Cooley; and one daughter-in-law, Donna S. Wilemon.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Visitation will be from noon until service time Sunday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons, P.O. Box 753, Fulton, MS 38843.

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Burton ‘John’ Cobb

HICKORY FLAT – Burton Wallace “John” Cobb Sr., 80, of Hickory Flat died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. Visitation will begin at noon today at McBride Funeral Home in Ripley until services at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Blue Mountain Cemetery.

Eloise H. Scott

TUPELO – The Honorable Eloise Hale Scott, 81, a 16-year member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from Robert E. Lee County, a 30-plus-year educator at Mooreville High School, 1998 Tupelo Citizen of the Year, community activist and civic volunteer extraordinary and lifelong United Methodist, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at the Laney Greenhouse at United Methodist Senior Services, Traceway Campus in Tupelo, where she had resided for over four years.

Born Lucy Eloise Hale on Jan. 24, 1932, in the Bethel community of Benton County to John Calvin and Willie Beasley Hale, she grew up there where she began her fabulous educational journey attending the Bethel School until eighth grade, then high school at Hickory Flat advancing in the 11th grade to Northwest Junior College, then Wood in Mathiston and on to Mississippi State College for Women (The “W”) where she graduated with distinction.

She was later chosen Alumnus of the Year at MUW. Her advanced degrees in Education were from the University of Mississippi. Mrs. Scott had a brilliant teaching career of over 30 years primarily at Mooreville High School. Her primary subject was home economics, but she always taught her students by example how to live, work, love and prosper in their lives. In l988 after retirement from the classroom, she continued to serve others through a 16-year career in the Missississippi House of Representatives.

She was a celebrated lady during her tenure serving as vice chairman of Education and ending her career as chairman of the Ethics Committee. She devoted untold hours to issues affecting children, youth, higher education and public and mental health. She was a founder of the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women and was a trendsetter for women in politics generally in Mississippi and the South.

She and her late husband, Lex Blaine Scott, were devoted members of Wesley United Methodist Church in Tupelo where they were active in all activities of the congregation. She was a leader in the United Methodist Conference of Mississippi, an early proponent of building Sanctuary Hospice House, a former board member of Wood Junior College, United Methodist Senior Services, Boys and Girls Club, Phi Theta Kappa among other boards and commissions. Citizen Scott was chosen by Junior Auxiliary as Tupelo Citizen of the Year in 1998 and over her lifetime of selfless community service received countless awards and presentations.

Eloise was a kind, gentle soul who touched the lives of literally everyone she ever knew.

A service celebrating Eloise’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Dr. Brian Collier officiating. Steve Holland will deliver the eulogy. The Rev. Ray Rooney will pronounce the benediction. Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. today and from noon until service time Sunday all at the Tupelo chapel.

Survivors include her two sons, Ken Scott of Tupelo and Kimball Scott (Elizabeth)of Dallas, Texas; her grandchildren, who affectionately knew her as Weezey: Ashley Scott Brown (Jason) of Saltillo, Matthew “Matt” Scott and his fiance’, Ross Lightfoot, both of Hattiesburg, William “Will”Scott of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. and Henry Scott of Dallas; two great-grandchildren, Jacie and Lexy Scott of Saltillo; her sister, Johnnie Hale Hopson of Ripley; and her nieces and nephews, Gail Winter, Barry Hopson, Jimmy Hopson, Carol Barton, Brenda Williams and Nancy Brooks and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lex, on May 24, 2000; and two brothers, James and Lamar Hale.

Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38801, Wesley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2122, Tupelo, MS 38803 or to United Methodist Senior Services, 2800 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801. You are invited to share your reflections of Eloise via email at

Tony Hargett

BOONEVILLE – Anthony J. “Tony” Hargett, 39, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Booneville Funeral Home in charge.

Dale E. Graddy

PONTOTOC – Dale Erwin Graddy, 85, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., with his only daughter by his side. He was born Aug. 17, 1928, in Ecru to the late Sumner Austin and Elizabeth Augusta Graddy.

He attended Ecru High School and graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in agriculture. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church for 30 years.

He was happily married for 48 years to Frances Cornelius Graddy until her death in 2000. He worked primarily in the dairy business in both milk and ice cream divisions of Sealtest and Midwest Farms until retirement. In his early years, he enjoyed golfing, water skiing, friendly card games, travel and family time.

He also was preceded in death by his sister, Anna John Jackson of Brandon.

Survivors include his daughter, Nancy Graddy Lawson (Jeff) of Collierville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Christine Elyse Lawson of Cordova, Tenn., and Alexandra Nicole Lawson of Collierville; and two sisters, Fannye John Bost of Amory and Martha Helen Thomas of Platte City, Kan.

Services will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with visitation at 1 p.m.

Mary L. Thompson

QUINCY – Mary Louise Thompson, 91, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Amory. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born to George Armon and Eula Undeen Easter Kimbrough. She married Grady Oliver Thompson, her husband of over 71 years who precedes her in death.

She was a longtime member of Rocky Springs Baptist Church and retired as a seamstress, becoming a loving homemaker. A devout Christian lady, she deeply loved her family and enjoyed gardening, canning, quilting and cooking.

She is survived by a host of family members. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by two sons.

A celebration of life service will begin at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Robert Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Durrett Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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Charles ‘Wayne’ Peterson

VILLA RICA, Ga. – Charles “Wayne” Peterson, 69, of Villa Rica died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 at his residence.

Mr. Peterson was born May 25, 1944, in Baldwin, the son of the late Charles Curtis Peterson and Geneva Pauline Harper Peterson. He worked in sales for Procter & Gamble for 20 years before retiring. He was very civic minded and served as president of the Optimist Club in Powder Springs, Ga., and Petal, before moving to Villa Rica.

He was Baptist by faith and also an ordained deacon, a Master Mason and worked most recently as a substitute teacher for the Carroll County School System

Survivors include his loving wife of 40 years, Edith “Ann” Martin Peterson; daughter and son-in-law, Teri and D.J. Donaldson, Villa Rica; grandchildren, Grace Ann Donaldson and Jack William Donaldson, both of Villa Rica; brothers, Donald Ray, Rutie Peterson, James Allen Peterson, all of Tupelo; sister, Kathy Diane Peterson, Tupelo; and a niece.

Services will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday from J. Collins Funeral Home in Villa Rica with the Rev. Jerry Brown and Minister Billy Kaylor officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 6:30-9 p.m.

Interment will be in Morley Memorial Gardens with Kenny Mullins, Dean Hackney, Phil Sharp, Justin Day, Larry Camp and Brain Moore as casket bearers.

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Idell Rucker

POTTS CAMP – Idell S. Rucker, 58, died Sept. 29, 2013, at University Medical Center in Jackson. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. today at Serenity Funeral Home in Holly Springs. Services will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Baptist Hill M.B. Church in Bethlehem.

‘Cotton’ Harrison

PONTOTOC – Rayburn Clayton “Cotton” Harrison, 74, went to be with his Lord Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo Inpatient Hospice Care. He was born Jan. 26, 1939, to Guy Harrison Sr. and Dovie Harrison. He was an active member of Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for 43 years. He was the adult Sunday school teacher and devoted Bus Ministry driver for many years. He dearly loved his church and enjoyed serving the Lord in all ways.

He was a member of the Master’s Men of Free Will Baptist. He was retired from Futorian of Okolona where he served as shipping supervisor for many years and also from Action Lane Industries of Pontotoc where he was in receiving for 11 years. He loved gardening, yard sales and spending time with his family. He dearly loved watching his grandson, Cody Lynn Forman, play baseball.

Services will begin at 2 p.m. today at Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Jack Whitley and Bro. Jack McQuary officiating. Burial will be in Turnpike Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

He was survived by his wife of 53 years, Joan Caldwell Harrison; two daughters, Beverly Harrison of Rootstown, Ohio and Sandy Forman (Tim) of Star City, Ark.; one grandson, Cody Lynn Forman; three brothers, Billy Layton Harrison (Lajuana), Guy Harrison Jr. (Sue), Jimmy Harrison (Barbara), all of Pontotoc, and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Gale Dowdy and Parthenia Harrison.

Pallbearers will be Derek Heatherly, Billy Tedford, Derek Cross, Cody Forman, Scottie Harrison and Jason Harrison. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Creel, Jimmy Forman, Johnny Hill, Marvin Watkins and Robert McNeece.

Visitation will be at Bethlehem church today from 1-2 p.m.

Memorial may be given to Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church, 115 Bethlehem Lane, Pontotoc, MS 38863.

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Zack Metheny

FORT HOOD, Texas – Zachary “Zack” Paul Metheny, 14, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Carl R. Darnall Hospital in Fort Hood. He was born April 26, 1999, to Tim and Betty Metheny. Zack was a student at Killeen High School. He was a member of the freshman football team, golf team and track team. He was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Hope Mills, N.C.

Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville with Bro. Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in East Prentiss Cemetery.

Survivors are his parents, Tim and Betty Metheny of Fort Hood; one sister, Madison Metheny of Fort Hood; his grandparents, Richard and Ann Mayo Johnson of Saltillo, and Tom and Beverly Metheny; one great-grandmother, Bonnie Metheny; his aunt, Phyllis Dodds (Bruce); his uncle Jason Metheny (Charity); and four cousins, Logan, Tanner, MarKrissa and Savannah.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Paul Howard James.

Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home and until service time Sunday.

The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to https://www. or checks be made out to: TAPS 3033 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 630, Arlington, Va. 22201. The doner should make memo that reads donations in tribute to the remembrance of Zachary Paul Metheny. TAPS is an organization that supports children who have lost a parent during military deployment.

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Marie Jones

IUKA – Marie Bullard Jones, 85, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home with services set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall chapel. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Fund.

Chris Evans

IUKA – Chris Evans died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Services are incomplete with Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka in charge.

Dennis Covington

BANNER – Dennis E. Covington, 63, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn. He was born Nov. 11, 1949, in Aberdeen.

He was a member of Charjean Baptist Church in Memphis, the VFW and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jethro E. Covington.

Graveside services will begin at 4 p.m. today at Providence Cemetery at Banner with Bro. Billy Foster officiating. Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Eva Wright Covington of Banner; a daughter, Marsha Ivy of Hattiesburg; a son, Ricky Covington of Memphis; a brother, Larry Dale Covington of Banner; two sisters, Peggy Covington of Greenbrier, Ark., and Linnette Villari of Fairhope, Ala., and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Michael Brown, Hunter Covington, Justin Covington, Charles Kelly, Dylan Lindsey and Tommy Villari.

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Mary ‘Angie’ Shelton

OLIVE BRANCH – Mary Angelyn “Angie” Shelton, 59, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Baptist East Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. Born June 9, 1954, in Amory, she was a daughter of Ernest Kenneth and Mary Catherine Williams Adams.

Angie was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1972, and of Mississippi State University, Class of 1976. On July 25, 1976, she married Larry Shelton. Prior to working for and retiring from MAPCO Petroleum, Angie worked for Ed’s Supermarket, Sterling’s, Peoples Drug Store and BancorpSouth.

She was a member of Maples Memorial United Methodist Church, Olive Branch and had served as the MYF director. Loving, giving, helpful with a big heart, Angie was passionate about the Kidney Foundation, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. She enjoyed all types of music, hunting, MSU ballgames and traveling.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Shelton, Olive Branch; brother, Kenny Adams (Linda), Amory; several nieces and nephews; and numerous special friends.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Angelyn Rachon Shelton.

A celebration of life service will begin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Chuck Herring officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Evan Adams, Wayne and Bubba Daughtery, Frank Davis, Mark Parham and Phillip Williams. Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. B.J. Kelley.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to the Kidney Foundation, Finance Department. 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016; American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206; or to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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Jerry Gray

FULTON – Jerry Gray, 34, passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 14, 1969, to the late James O. and Ruby Lillian Bobo Gray. He worked at Burleson Exteriors for several years and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Services will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Burleson officiating. Burial will be in Walton Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday until service time.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Gray of Fulton; mother, Ruby Lillian Gray of Dorsey; two sons, James Anthony Gray (Lydia Walton) of Dorsey, and Brandon Wayne Gray (Victoria) of Mooreville; two grandsons, Anthony Jordan Gray of Dorsey and Bentley Wayne Gray of Mooreville; two brothers, Jamie Gray of Fulton and Steve Gray (Sonya) of Water Valley; three sisters, Tammy Carruthers of Tupelo, Kathy McMillen (John) of Kirkville, and Lisha Lewis (Dale) of Peppertown; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, James O. Gray.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Gray, Brandon Gray, James Bobo, Brian Hinton, Steve Gray and Jamie Gray.

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Alma Stevens

BOONEVILLE – Alma Jane Martin Stevens, 80, passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at her home. She was born Oct. 12, 1932, to Thomas and Lois Martin. She worked as a custodian at Booneville Head Start for 21 years. She was a Christian in faith.

Funeral services will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Ronnie Livingston and Bro. Mark McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery.

Survivors are three daughters, Janny Pannell (Dwayne), Doris Kennedy (Paul) and Peggy Grooms (Larry); two sons, Michael Stevens (Dimple) and Homer Stevens (Dorothy), all of Booneville; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Mary, Dorothy, Donnie Sue and Dean; and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ottis Stevens; her parents; one sister, Agness Coker; four brothers, Jessie and Billy Martin and two infant brothers.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Visitation will be toay from 5 p.m. until service time on Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home.

Condolences can be made at http://www.mcmillanfuneralhome.

Elmo Howell

BARTLETT, Tenn. – Elmo H. Howell of Barlett died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at The Highlands in Memphis, Tenn. He was born in 1918 in Itawamba, and attended the University of Mississippi where he earned a B.A. degree in 1940. In 1947 he received his M.A. degree from the University of Florida and the Ph.D. in 1955. Mr. Howell taught English at Jacksonville State College at Jacksonville, Ala., from 1955 to 1957, when he came to Memphis State University, where he taught for the next 26 years, retiring in 1983.

In retirement, Mr. Howell published three travel guides to the State of Mississippi and several volumes of poetry.

He was survived by his nieces, Janet Roberts of Red Bay, Ala., Sarah Walker of Fulton, and Nancy Wilson of Hickory, N.C.; nephew, Richard Dyer of Tupelo; a host of great nieces and nephews; and longtime friends and caregivers, Clayton Robertson of Memphis and Roscoe Langford of Bartlett.

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Road, Bartlett. A funeral service will begin at noon Monday at Mount Pleasant Methodist Church in Tremont with a visitation to begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery.

Zella Ware

CORINTH – Zella Ware, 59, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Magnolia Hospital. Services are incomplete with Patterson Memorial Chapel in charge.

Joyce Gonsman

GUNTOWN – Joyce Gonsman, 70, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete with Senter Funeral Home of Fulton in charge.

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