Obituaries October 22, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Buddy Hargett
TUPELO – Ernest Adams “Buddy” Hargett, 67, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Tupelo. Born in Prentiss Co., on Sept. 26, 1945, to William E. Hargett and Virginia Mask Hargett Grissom, he and his family had lived in Lee Co. for over 30 years. He was of the Baptist faith, was a truck driver for Super Sagless for over 27 years and was last employed as a trucker with Plumrose before retiring. His longtime CB handle was “Tom Cat”. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing and woodworking. He was a jack of many trades and mastered all of them. He adored children, especially his grandchildren and all the children he helped raise over the years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with his uncle, the Rev. Earl Cooper, delivering personal/family reflections and Bro. Danny Balint officiating. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Forrest Memorial Park in Corinth.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Donahue Hargett of Tupelo, to whom he married on May 29, l965, in Alcorn Co.; his children, Denise Hargett Magers (Scott) of Huntsville, Ala., Jay Hargett of Tupelo, Tracey Hargett (Teresa) of Paris, Tenn., and Christy Hargett (Bobby) of Cordova, Tenn; his mother, Virginia Mask Hargett Grissom of Dumas; six grandchildren, Leighton Hargett, Kaitlyn Hargett, Dylan Hargett, Jacob Magers, Ryan Magers and Mackenzie Hill; four sisters, Linda Taylor (John) of New Albany, Sue Ketchum (Johnny) of New Albany, Becky Hogue (Harold) of Dumas and Nikki Jordan of Fla.; a brother, Mark Hargett (Michelle) of New Albany; his mother-in-law, Vera Donahue of Rienzi; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim Donahue of Meridian, Pat Stewart and Ronnie Donahue (Sandy), all of Booneville, Janie Perry and Johnny Donahue, both of Rienzi and Brian Donahue (Rebekah) of Rienzi; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Hargett; his father in law, E.J. Donahue; and a brother-in-law, Ricky Perry.
Pallbearers will be Johnnie Ketchum, Scott Magers and Johnny, Ronnie, Jim and Brian Donahue.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and noon until service time on Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. Condolences may be e mailed to

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. today at Iuka Baptist Church with Bro. Gary Watkins and Bro. Shandy Dill officiating.Graveside services are at 3:30 p.m. today at Parkway Cemetery in Kosciusko. Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannine 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 Stone; 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.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iuka Baptist Church or Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
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Willis Gregory
NEW ALBANY – Willis Gregory, 72, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Dr. Gerre Hopkins
OXFORD – Dr. Gerre Hopkins, 82, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford.
A private family graveside service will be on Tuesday at St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home.
In honor of his service to his country, the flag of the United States Navy will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 2170 Business Center Drive, Suite 1, Memphis, TN 38134 or Mississippi Alzheimer’s Association, 196 Charmant Place, Suite 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157.
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Billy Harrell
PIPERTON, Tenn. – Billy Tramel Harrell, 79, formerly of Tippah County, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.

Annie Judon
ECRU – Annie Judon, 59, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home in Holly Springs.

Gladys Shelton
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Gladys Garlene Shelton, 84, died Sunday, Oct 21, 2012, in Collierville.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial is at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Robert Rogers
RIPLEY – Robert Rogers, 80, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
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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.
Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley and officiated by Bro. Randy Futral and Bro. Thomas Magers II. 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; sisters, Gladys Stewart (Grady) and Vera Mae Garner (Milton); brothers, Clinton Sweatman (Esse Mae), Hollis Sweatman (Ruth), Verner Sweatman (Rosie) and Earnest Sweatman; and two infant brothers.
Pallbearers are Mark Franz, Glenn Sweatman, James Bell, Larry Cossitt, Richard Griffin, Doyle Griffin, Donnie Alexander and Johnathan Alexander.
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Bill Fryer
TUPELO – William Bernard Fryer Jr., 55, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. He was born Jan. 24, 1957, in Indianola, to William Bernard Fryer Sr. and Barbara Crowe Anderson. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, fishing and his dog, a golden retriever, named “Baby”. He was a close friend to Bill W. and celebrated 22 years of sobriety.
Survivors include his fiancée, Kim Burleson of Tupelo; three children, Nycole Fryer of New Albany, Lincoln Fryer of Greenville and Hannah Fryer of Huntsville, Ala.; four children of his fiancée, Crysta Burleson of Verona, Derek Burleson of Pontotoc, Jared Burleson of Oxford and Audrey Burleson of Verona; one grandson, Aiden Kennedy of Verona; two sisters, Susan Neeld of Reno, Nev., and Amanda Culver of Ridgeland; one brother, Chuck Fryer of Memphis, Tenn.; his mother, Barbara Crowe Anderson and stepfather, Grady Anderson of Chatham; and one special friend, Dave Blalock of Greenville.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Bernard Fryer Sr.
In-lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 or The Wounded Warriors Project, 223 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Suite 301, Nashville, TN, 37203.
W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
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Dr. F.L. Lummus
TUPELO – Dr. F.L. Lummus, 77, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Hilda Yates
CORINTH – Hilda Jean Yates, 51, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at St. Frances Hospital in Memphis. Peebles Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lorenzo Washington
TUPELO – Lorenzo Washington, 11, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

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