Obituaries October 10, 2013

Judy Ann Lambert

OKOLONA – Judy Ann Lambert, 65, passed away at her home Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, surrounded by her family and loved ones after a brief illness. She was born March 26, 1948, in Collinwood, Tenn., to Leo and Grace Daniel. Judy married Charles Lambert, March 5, 1965, and they shared 47 happy years together. She was a hard worker employed for many years in the furniture industry as a seamstress and other operations. She enjoyed yard work and keeping her home spotless, and decorated just like she liked it.

She was a loving, generous, kind, strong, outgoing, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and great-grandmother. She loved spending her time tending to her family, pampering her grandkids, and caring for her dogs, Dixie and Petey, which were like her children. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and ever had a chance to meet her.

During her sickness she confirmed on several occasions that she was strong in her faith and believed with all her heart that the Lord would take care of her, and He did. He took another great angel to the heavens and we all will see her again without doubt as long as we have the faith she had.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Brenda’s Concert Hall in Okolona with Bro. Joel Brooks, Bro. Wayne Thorn and Bro. Kevin Clayton officiating. Burial will follow in East Chickasaw Gardens. Visitation will be today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Brenda’s Concert Hall, and Friday from 1 p.m. to service time. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Lambert of Okolona; one son, Greg Lambert (Dorinda) of Okolona; two daughters, Sheila Christian (Stephen) of Dorsey and Jennifer Hester (Dusty) of Okolona; one brother, Jimmy Daniel (Kay) of Okolona; three sisters, Carolyn Brooks of Amory, Brenda Marion (Thomas) and Linda Norman (Michael), all of Okolona; five grandchildren, Shelby Hester, Carson Christian, Avery Lambert, Erin Lambert and Heather Cox; one great-grandson, Wesley Cox; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two children, Charles Lynn Lambert and Melissa Ann Lambert.

Pallbearers will be Lee Marion, C.E. Brooks, Phillip Brooks, Wade Whitlock, Austin Whitlock and Rick Cox. Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Brooks, Robbie Brooks, Keith Sanderson; grandson, Carson Christian; Linda Ray; and granddaughter, Shelby Hester.

The family would like to send out a special thanks to Geraldine Inmon, Brenda Whitlock and her sisters, Linda and Brenda, for their care and help during her illness.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Lynn Smith Carr

SALTILLO – Lynn Smith Carr, 64, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Born in Lee County, she was born Feb. 18, 1949, to Clyde and May Dell Smith Sudduth. She was originally from Mooreville and Skyline until moving to Saltillo in 1992. Lynn was a member of The Church of Christ.

She was a loved wife, mother and ‘greatest nanny in the world.” She was known to family as the most beautiful sharing and unselfish person anyone would ever meet. She always made sure everyone else didn’t do without. She put everyone else’s happiness and needs before her own.

Lynn married her high school sweetheart, Robert E. “Bobby” Carr, Aug. 15, 1964. She always said life is too short so everyone should get along and enjoy life and appreciate what little time everyone has together.

A celebration of her life will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Leon Willis officiating. Burial will be in Gilvo Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband of 49 wonderful years, Robert E. “Bobby” Car of Saltillo; two daughters, Bobbie Lynn Carr and Jackie Reese, both of Saltillo; one sister, Rudy Jean Moore of Florence, Ala.; nine brothers, Jimmy Richman (Terri) of Stantville, Tenn., Clint Smith Jr. of Plantersville, Wayne Smith, Richard Smith, Cleveland Smith, Billy Smith, Talmadge Smith, Joe Smith and Robert Smith, all of Tupelo area; four grandchildren, Kayla Watson (Jarrett), Kristin Meeks (Brandon), Chad Armstrong, Lauren Jacobs; five great-grandchildren, Triton Meeks, Lilly Watson, Case Watson, Neely Watson, Ava Gifford; host of nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents, Clint and Imogene Smith, Grady and Pearl Sudduth.

Visitation will be 4 to 9 p.m. today, Oct. 10, 2013, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Pegues Funeral Home in her honor for the funeral.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Buddy Gortney

HERNANDO – James R. “Buddy” Gortney, 82, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., due to complications from heart failure. Mr. Gortney was a Lee County native who attended Belden High School and graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in business. He retired in 1987 as a senior bank examiner with the Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. An Army veteran, he served as an auditor in Munich, Germany, during the Korean conflict.

Services honoring his life will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Pastor Don Bollinger officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

He is survived by his beloved daughter, Connie Michele Gortney of West Palm Beach, Fla.; his sisters, Ramona Stodghill of Hattiesburg, and Jacqueline Tamburri (Antonio) and Sharon Kautz (Jerry), all of the Tampa Bay, Fla., area; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at W.E. Pegues in Tupelo.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

John Q. Lesley

MANTACHIE – John Quincy Lesley, 82, went home to be with his Lord on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. He was born July 4, 1931, in Itawamba County to James Henry “Jim” and Ouida Bell Hankins Lesley. He was member of Greenwood Baptist Church where he served as deacon and Sunday school teacher. He worked for JESCO for 46 years. He also worked at H.E. Bates Electric Company, Itawamba County Hospital maintenance, and Itawamba Community College maintenance, from where he retired. He was a Mason. He was a member of the ICC Board of Trustees from 1994 to the present. He was proud of his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 10, at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Gary Smith, Bro. Gary O’Neal and Bro. Roger Akers officiating. Burial will be in the Walton Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Johnny Lesley (Sharon) of Fulton; two daughters, Patricia Pomeroy (Clint) of Natchez and Sandra Cooley of Mantachie; six grandchildren, Dare Cooley, Matt Lesley (Beth), Will Lesley, Olivia Lesley, Clinton Pomeroy and Lesley Pomeroy Hughes (Tance); one great-grandchild, Jonathan Lesley; and a special friend, Catherine Shumpert and her family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Nell Catherine Bates Lesley, who died Nov. 6, 2009; infant twin daughters, Linda and Brenda Lesley; one son, Marty Lesley; one sister, Deloie Lytal; and two sons-in-law, Darrell Cooley and Billy Fields.

Pallbearers will be Adam Bates, Kenny Bates, Kevin Hurt, Danny Sample Sr., Danny Sample Jr. and Richie Jones.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Mary Hill

TUPELO – Mary Hill, 49, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 6, 1964, to Cleotis Hatchett and Lizzie Hill.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday Oct. 11, at Eastern Star M.B. Church in Okolona. Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery. Fields Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two children, Antonne Hill and Marquita Hill, both of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Taniyah Hill and Tania Hill, both of Tupelo; her father, Cleotis Hatchett of Paducah, Ky.; one sister, Tina Whittamore of Mayfield, Ky.; and one brother, Rickey Hill of Okolona.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rev. Henry Campbell

STEWART – The Rev. Henry Bernard Campbell, 92, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, in the University Medical Center in Jackson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow in Reeds Chapel Cemetery in Webster County.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora.

Blondie Michael

JUMPERTOWN – Bobby Gene “Blondie” Michael, 77, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at his home. He was born June 29, 1936, to Thomas Burk and Eula Mae Bridges Michael. He worked for the Second District of Prentiss County. He was a deacon at Lamb’s Chapel AIM Church. He enjoyed fishing, building things and especially working in his garden.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today, Oct. 10, at Lamb’s Chapel AME Church in Jumpertown with Bro. Gene Caltharp, Bro. Randy Estes and Bro. Mike Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery. Services are under the direction of McMillan Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Curtiss Michael; three sisters, Ouida McDowell, Ressa (Raymond) Reese and Reba (Earnest) Burns, all of Jumpertown; an uncle, Donald (Carolyn) Bridges; three aunts, Bernice Michael, Jo Elsie Bridges and Gennell Fugitt; several nieces and nephews; and his special great-nieces and great-nephews, Haley, Hanna, Hagen and DJ Thornton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Jerry C. “Bud” Michael; one brother-in-law, James McDowell; and one nephew, Michael Reese.

Pallbearers are Alex Burns, Donny Reese, Britt Curtiss, John Curtiss, Mackey Barnes and Christopher Robinson.

Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Carter, Jerry Thrasher, Terry Michael, Wade Downs, Earnest Burns, Raymond Reese, Marlin Cartwright, Archie Smith and Clayton Pace.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Kathryn Wilson

MANTACHIE – Mary Kathryn Wilson, 91, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at the Courtyards Community Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Leroy Hargett

NETTLETON – Leroy Hargett, 76, died Tuesday Oct. 8, 2013, in Nettleton due to a sudden illness. He was born June 7, 1937, to Anzie and Bessie Randolph Hargett in Itawamba County. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton. He was a retired truck driver and a Pentecostal by faith. He enjoyed his horses and spending time with family and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial in Nettleton with the Rev. John McAllister and the Rev. Sammy Raper officiating. Burial will be at Jones Chapel Cemetery in Nettleton.

Survivors include one daughter, Donna Humble of Nettleton; two stepsons, Frankie and Junior Smith, both of Golden; four grandchildren, Derek Strawn of Nettleton, and Jamie Smith, Chasity Smith and Tracy Smith, all of Golden; and two sisters, Carolyn Vann of Smithville and Patsy Ryan of Nettleton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Pruitt Hargett; his parents; one brother, A.C. Hargett; and one sister, Clinese Little.

Pallbearers include Nathan Sizemore, Buster Randolph, Roy Randolph, Allen Guthrie, Eddie Little and Billy Joe Finney.

Honorary pallbearers are Junior Arnold, Mike Randolph and Melvin Marion.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Linda F. Roach

CORINTH – Linda Faye Roach, 71, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Oct. 10, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Interment will follow in Parker Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is entrusted with arrangements.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Gaylon Moore

FALKNER – Gaylon Rodger Moore, 77, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 10, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Pogue Cemetery in Ripley.

Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Debra Young

BOONEVILLE – Debra S. Young, 59, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 7, 1954, to Sadie Beene Leach and Clarence Leach in Prentiss County. She was a member of Ruben-Chapel C.M.E. Church and a member of the Stewardess Board and an usher.

Services will be 1 p.m. today, Oct. 10, at Ruben-Chapel C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Charles McGaughy officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Lee Young of Booneville; two sons, Derrick Lee Young and Austin Young, both of Booneville; one daughter, Kimmie Crump of Booneville; her mother, Sadie Leach of Booneville; and four grandchildren, Antonio Crump, Jarius Crump, Isaac Young and Israel Young.

She was preceded in death by her father; one brother, James Young; and one sister, Brenda Keeton.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Bobbie Jean Barry

NEW ALBANY – Bobbie Jean Barry, 57, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Regional Medical Center in Memphis. She was born May 21, 1956, in New Albany to Birdie Mae Knox. She was a former employee of Piper Impact.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Church of Acts of New Albany. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by four children, Cassandra (Terry Lynn) White, Billy (Amanda) Barry, Tabatha (Paul Barry and Jessica (Stanley) White, all of New Albany; her brothers and sisters, Teresa Marion, Lee (Marie) Satterwhite, Jerry Lawrence, Michael, Sonya and Dorothy Milsap, all of New Albany, George, Kenny and Bridgette Price, all of Racine; three grandchildren, Broderick Cook, Carrington and Shomai Barry; and an uncle, James Price of Racine.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Charles Duncan Sr.

HOLLY SPRINGS – Charles E. Duncan Sr., 46, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at noon Friday, Oct. 11, at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in Red Banks. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Friday.

Ruby Lee Williams

BLUE SPRINGS – Ruby Lee “Granny” Williams, 86, died Tuesday, Oct. 8,2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She enjoyed gardening, sitting in her swing and watching hummingbirds. She retired from NMMC and she was a Baptist.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 10, at Asbury cemetery with Bro. Jim Varnon officiating. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three daughters, Rochell Massey of Blue Springs, Pam Whitten (William) of Tupelo and Tammie Cartwright (Adam) of Ellistown; two sons, Dannie Williams (Diane) of Sherman and Scott Williams (Julie) of Mantachie; one brother, Bill Scott (Jackie) of Alabama; eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one niece; and a host of cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Esque Wiliams; grandson, Dusty L. Robinson; brother, Jack Scott; and her parents, Robert L. and Ada Putt Scott.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Amy Beesinger

HICKORY FLAT – Amy Beesinger, 47, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at University Hospital in Jackson. She was born Oct. 31, 1965, in Olive Branch to Oliver and Irene Feathers Beesinger. She was a Walmart technician. She enjoyed hunting.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany. Serenity Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her mother, Irene Beesinger of Nettleton; four sisters, Janet Skelton of Lamar, Sandra (Lonnie) Brooks of Hickory Flat, Tina (Tony) Barnett of Etta and Gana ()Bobby) Allred of Nettleton; her roommate, Samantha Salley of Hickory Flat; 12 nieces and nephews; and eight great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Oliver Beesinger

John Melville Jr.

BURNSVILLE – John A. Melville Jr., 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at his home.

A visitation only will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 10, at Cutshall Funeral Home in Glen. Cutshall Funeral Home in Glen is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Mae McGee

OXFORD – Mae R. “Chunk” McGee, 64, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.

Thad Wilson

TREMONT – Thad Wilson, 77, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.

Mary J. Roach

TUPELO – Mary Jeanette Roach, 77, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at The Meadows Nursing Home in Fulton after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Bobby Shackelford

VERONA – Bobby Shackelford, 79, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.