Obituaries October 21, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Gale Earls
MORTON – Gale Earls, 55, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at her home. She lived most of her life in Scott Co. She was the daughter of James Franklin and Barbara Marcelle Sumrall Johnson. She was married to Benny Frank “Frankie” Earls. She worked many years for Blain Asphalt Company. She enjoyed cooking and shopping and loved her family very much. Spending time with them brought great joy to her life and she will be missed by all who loved and knew her.
Services are at 2 p.m. today at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Morton with burial in the Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Art Kinstley and the Rev. Buddy Bayliss are officiating the services.
She is survived by her husband, Benny Frank “Frankie” Earls; daughter, Leanne Earls; brother, Fred (Sherry) Johnson; sisters, Karen (Danny) Henry and Theresa (Jon) Lathem; mother in law, Lillian Earls; nephew, Dan Henry; aunts; and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation was held 5-8 pm Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the funeral home.

Deborah Flores
NETTLETON – Deborah Brandon Flores, 55, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fields Funeral Home of Okolona.

Rev. Guss Shelly
AMORY – The Rev. Guss J. Shelly, 66, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at his residence. Born on Oct. 30, 1945, in Kosciusko, he was a son of Gus and Annie Belle Jenkins Shelley. He was a graduate of McAdams High School. Accepting the call into ministry at 19, he married Sarah Ann Powell on June 20, 1965. Returning to school while preaching at four churches, he graduated from Mississippi State University in 1970. In 1973, he graduated from Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. Faithfully serving as a member of the Mississippi United Methodist Conference for 46 years as a minister and District Superintendent, he retired in June 2011 while in Grenada. Loving to sing, he always sang in the choir at the church he was serving. Moving back to Amory, he attended St. Andrews United Methodist Church. Growing up on a farm, he was an exceptional gardener who could grow anything and was passionate about Heifer Project International, which taught people how to raise farm animals and grow crops to provide for themselves. He enjoyed cooking for the Wesley Foundation and at St. Andrews. Enjoying retirement to the fullest, he loved people, loved being in ministry, was passionate about his pets and enjoyed tracing his family’s genealogy. His favorite music was Old-Time Gospel, and he enjoyed listening to PRM. Cherishing time spent with family, especially his grandchildren, Guss enjoyed fishing and going to the beach with them.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Andrews United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robbie Murden, the Rev. Tim Sisk and the Rev. Jimmy Barnes officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Ann Shelly of Amory; daughter, Zora Harris (Mark) of Guntown; sons, Robert Shelly (Amy) of Amory and Paul Shelly (Amy) of Anniston, Ala.; sisters, Tillie Taylor of Coffeeville and Johnnie Miller (Jim) of Madison; brother, Edwin Shelley (Norma) of Milton, Fla.; grandchildren, Jake Shelly, Caleb Shelly, Caitlyn Shelly, Annabelle Shelly, Katy Thomason, Tyler Harris and Kimberly Harris; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Ann McCrory; and a grandson, “Little” Joe Thomason.
Pallbearers will be Jake Shelly, Caleb Shelly, Tyler Harris, Shelley Taylor, James Edwin Shelley, Eugene McCrory, Danny O’Neal, Donnie Taylor and Gus Allen Shelley. Honorary pallbearers will be United Methodist ministers.
Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to Heifer Project International, PO Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203 or to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 1123 Legion Dr., Amory, MS 38821.
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Mary Blassingame
DRY CREEK COMMUNITY – Mary Lizzie Cornelius Blassingame, 85, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was born Aug. 19, 1927, to Alvie and Lizzie Dee Cissiom Cornelius. She retired from Brown Shoe Company and was a member of Concord Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 pm today at Concord Baptist Church with Bro. Robert Walker officiating. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery.
She is survived by two sisters, Delpha Cornelius of Ripley and Lula Bell Pickens of Nesbit; two brothers, Buddy (Jerry) Cornelius of Independence and Marvin (Jane) Cornelius of Ripley; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Scott Blassingame; parents; one sister, Edith Mae Vick; and one brother, Earnest Sullivan Cornelius.
Visitation will be until 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Jerry Mauldin
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Gerald “Jerry” Mauldin, 64, died on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in Waller Funeral Home Chapel. In honor of Mr. Maulin’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
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Elaine McMillin
FALKNER – Elaine Sweatman McMillian, 82, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born on Sept. 22, 1930, to Ples and Margaret Richardson Sweatman in Tippah County. She was a homemaker and a former employee of Renfrow’s Cafe, Genesco and Pep Industries. She was a member of Tiplersville Baptist Church.
Service is at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley, with Bro. Randy Futral and Bro. Thomas Magers II officiating. Burial is in Falkner Cemetery.
She is survived by son, Mike McMillin (Mary) of Falkner; grandchildren, Michaela Hunter (Clay) of Tiplersville and Megan McMillin of Falkner; great-grandson, Spencer Reed Hunter; brother, Fagin Sweatman (Onida) of Ripley; and sister-in-law, Louise Sweatman of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Earl McMillin; her parents; and brother, Earnest Sweatman.
Pallbearers are Mark Franz, Glenn Sweatman, James Bell, Larry Cossitt, Richard Griffin, Doyle Griffin, Donnie Alexander and Johnathan Alexander.
Visitation is 7 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
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Robert Boxx
TUPELO – Robert “Red” Boxx, 65, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo. He was a retired army veteran and retired from Big “O” Plumbing. He loved to hunt, fish and read. He was a member of Gulett Hollow Hunting Club for 35 yrs. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and just having a good time.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tom Lolar officating. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include wife, Regina Boxx of Tupelo; two daughters, Shonna Boxx-Robbins of Tupelo and Sam Boxx of Byhalia; two sons, Tommy Boxx (Rosario) of Madison and J.R. Boxx of Tupelo; one brother, Terry Boxx of Baldwyn; five sisters, Wilma Looney of Byhalia, Linda Nichols (Bobby),
Brenda Barnes(Earnest), Benita Scott (Mike), all of Baldwyn and Cindy Bullock (Lyle) of Booneville;
his mother-in-law, Betty Donahue of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Alex, Michael and Savannah Boxx and Katie and Daniel Robbins; and special friends, Ronnie Davis, Jay Ramsey and Jerry Carter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Lee and Lillian Boxx; one sister, Margaret Boxx; two brothers, Larry and Gene Boxx.
Pallbearers will be his nephews. Honorary pallbearers are the Gullett Hollow Hunting Club.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and 1 p.m. until service time Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. James Catholic Church or a charity of ones choice.

Graveside Services
2:00 p.m. Monday
Old Union Cemetery
V: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday at funeral home

Mildred Gary
EUPORA – Mildred Loraine Gary, 92, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at her residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Eupora. Burial will follow in the Eupora City Cemetery. Wise Funeral Home in Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wise Funeral Home. The body will lie in repose one hour before service time at the church.

Dr. Jerry Stone
IUKA – Dr. Jerry Clay Stone, 75, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He graduated from Ethel High School. He received a Masters in Educational Administration in 1966 and a Doctorate in Educational Administration in 1975 from Mississippi State University. He taught Distributive Education and coached at Kosciusko and Grenada High Schools. He served as Coordinator of Distributive Education and the Director of Continuing Education at Northeast Mississippi Community College. He served as Superintendent of the Iuka Municipal Separate School District from 1977 to 1991. He served as Superintendent of the Hazen Arkansas Schools from 1992 to 1996. He retired from Copiah Lincoln Community College. He was member of the Tishomingo County Retired Education Personnel and the Mississippi Retired Public Employees’ Association. He was a Mississippi DECA honorary lifetime member, a recipient of Arkansas’ distinguished leadership award, served as president of the Northeast Mississippi Association of School Superintendents and served on the Executive Committee of the Mississippi High School Activities Association. He was an active member of the Iuka Baptist Church. He was a former member of Rotary International, the Community Development Foundation and Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Wheels of Northeast Mississippi Car Club. He and his wife of 55 years enjoyed their retirement years with gardening, traveling and grandchildren.
Service is at 10 a.m. Monday at Iuka Baptist Church with Bro Gary Watkins and Bro. Shandy Dill officiating.Graveside services are at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Parkway Cemetery in Kosciusko. Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannie Jacks Stone of Iuka; son, Daniel Ingram Stone of San Francisco, Calif.; daughters, Lady Anne Stone Bruce of Diamondhead, Lark Stone Christian (Richard) of Vancleave and Joy Stone Ansley of Wichita Falls, Texas; grandchildren, Damon Dial, Jessica Dial, Laurel Bruce, Alan Clay Bruce, Jera Christian, Shelby Glen Christian; and great-grandchildren, Aiden Dial and Jossalyn Dial.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clay A. and Loray Hilbun; son, William Clay Stone; son-in-law, Robert Bruce; and sister, June Stone Sculthorpe.
Pallbearers are Alan Bruce, Richard Christian, Damon Dial, Don Herrington, John Evans and Charles E. Simmons. Honorary pallbearers are members of Wheels of Northeast Mississippi Car Club and the Mens IV Sunday School Class.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iuka Baptist Church or Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
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Audie Shook
BOONEVILLE – Audie Hershel Shook, 72, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born May 26, 1940, in Prentiss County. He was a drywall finisher, an inventor and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He enjoyed music.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Mitchell and Bro. Melvin Williams officiating. Burial will be in Allen Line Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel Wilson Shook, whom he married on May 14, 1966; a daughter, Tonya Nance; a granddaughter, Jordan Nance; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bolivar Lee Shook and Oma Elvira Sartin Shook; and 11 siblings.
Pallbearers are T. J. Shockley, Dennis Shockley, Jackie Harris, Howard Dodds, Glenn Riddle and Eric Wilson.

Charles Smith
EUPORA – Charles W. Smith, 78, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at his residence.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the LaGrange Methodist Church in Choctaw County. Burial is in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all arrangements.

Yvonne Carnal
CORINTH – Yvonne Carnal, 73, died Satuday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services are at 2 p.m. Monday at Cutshall Funeral Home – Glen Chapel. Burial is at Antioch Cemetery.
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