Obituaries October 25, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Bill Davidson
GUNTOWN – Bill Davidson, 83, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a mason, brick layer and carpenter for many of his younger years in the states of Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama. In his later years, he worked for the City of Guntown water and sewer and was referred to most as the “water man.” Over the past 27 years he has pastored, Mayfield House of God at Saltillo. He was well known in the Tri State area as the Holiness preacher and has left his impression and influence in many souls, young and old. He enjoyed his family, his varied livestock, and working his retired life in his garden and his pasture. He will be greatly missed.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Melvin Harrison and Bro. Gene Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Campbelltown Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ann, and their joined children, Jr. Dunaway (Gaye) of Saltillo, Elly Husky (Tommy) of Lacey Springs, Ala., Gene Dunaway (Paula) of Saltillo, Billy Davidson (Renee) of Union Grove, Ala., Barbara Johnson (Chris) of Fyffe Ala.; 14 grandchildren, Eric, Amanda, Brad, Brittany, Bridgett, Bryley, Jesse, Joseph, Justin, Dakoda, Beth, Tristan, Samuel and William Quaid; eight great-grandchildren; his siblings, Clinton (Peggy) of Baldwyn, John Allen of Jackson Tenn., and Jerry Wayne (Loretta) of Guntown.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Audie and Sudie Davidson; two brothers, Leon and Durell; four sisters, Annie Fae Smith, Lola Woolridge, Patsy McCarly and Helen Williams.
Pallbearers will be Eric Barnett, Michael Patterson, Dewayne Davidson, Audie Davidson, Harry Thornberry and Greg Moore.
Dakoda Davidson will serve as honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Walter Calmes
TUPELO – Walter Frank Calmes died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.
Edmond Barrett
BARRETT RIDGE – Edmond Sylvester Barrett of the Barrett Ridge community near Saltillo died on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at the Mississippi Veterans Home in Oxford.
He was born on June 8, 1919, to Edmond Trammel Barrett and Rose Allen Barrett at Barrett Ridge and called Barrett Ridge home for his entire life. He attended the Evans Chapel School and Saltillo High School, graduating in 1938. He worked as a plasterer for the WPA (Public Works Administration) after graduating from high school and assisted in building new schoolhouses in Shannon, Saltillo and Wheeler.
On Feb. 25, 1941, he enlisted in the United States Army and was assigned to Scofield Barracks on Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands for basic training. He was at Hickam Field on Oahu on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and Hickam Field. After he had completed his basic training, he was assigned to B Battery of the 89th Field Artillery Regiment, a part of the 25th Infantry Division (the “Rainbow Division”) and served with them during World War II. His military occupational specialty was cannoneer. While with B Battery of the 89th Field Artillery, he served in the Central Pacific Campaign, which included the Guadalcanal Island conflict, the WGDO campaign and the Luzon (Philippine Island) campaign. He was awarded the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, the APTO Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star and the Good Conduct Medal.
He was released from active duty on July 31, 1945, and returned to Barrett Ridge, where he assisted his family on their family farm. He purchased a farm next to his parent’s farm and began working as a small farmer. He greatly enjoyed his work as a farmer, at times raising cotton and corn row crops, operating a small dairy, and raising and selling livestock and swine. He was employed by Day-Brite Lighting in 1952 and worked for them for approximately 35 years until his retirement. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church at Barrett Ridge and was a member of several Catholic lay organizations. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in the Father Robert Reitmeyer Chapter at St. James Parish.
An avid reader and a patron of the Lee County Library, he was an amateur historian, with an emphasis on military history. He especially enjoyed discussing and debating World War II military campaigns. He enrolled in the University of Mississippi at age 80 to enhance his credentials as a historian. He was a member of several veterans organizations, including the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of several Lee County farm organizations, including the Lee County Cattleman’s Association.
He was married to the former Earleen Mullinnix, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Rogers (David) of Hernando; three grandchildren, Mark Rogers (Elizabeth Propes) of Cookville, Tenn., Will Rogers (Amber Rogers) of Hernando and Laura Rogers of Denver, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Kaylee Rogers and Alexi Rogers of Hernando; three siblings, Robert Barrett of Baton Rouge, La., Virginia Barrett Bishop of Barrett Ridge and Sister Regina Barrett of Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, Ala.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmond T. Barrett and Rose Allen Barrett; and three siblings, James L. Barrett, Francis S. Barrett and Rosemary Barrett Larkin.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at St. Thomas Parish Hall at Barrett Ridge community with the Rosary scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
His funeral mass will be at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Hall at 11 a.m. Friday with Father Tom Lalor officiating. His burial will be at the St. Thomas Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers for will be Charles Mullinnix, Herman Irwin, Joseph C. Barrett Jr., John Leroy Long, A. Escue Hutcheson; his Knights of Columbus brothers; his veterans organizations brothers. His pallbearers will be Dennis Barrett, Richard Barrett, Tim Barrett, Joseph Barrett, Joseph Bishop, Herman R. Bishop Jr., Noel Hubert, Jerome Larkin and Francis Larkin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
James Gilder
MOOREVILLE – James H. Gilder, 88, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at his residence in Mooreville after an extended illness. He was born on Feb. 25, 1924, in Vardaman to Oscar Kelly Gilder and Lottie Lee Harrelson Gilder. He grew up in Calhoun County and served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Radar Man Third Class. He attended Delta State University. He was the owner/operator of Delta Optical in Greenville. He later lived in Memphis and then moved to Tupelo where he was owner/operator of Tupelo Optical Dispensary for more than 40 years. He married Mary Frances Nokes Gilder in Greenville on March 24, 1951. A member of the Harrisburg Baptist Church, he was devoted to his family. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and enjoyed gardening and fishing and music. He played several stringed instruments, loved to sing and was an avid gospel music fan.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with his nephews, Bros. Ray and Charles Gilder, officiating. A graveside committal service will follow at 2:30 p.m. today in the Midway Cemetery on Hwy. 341 South of Vardaman. Visitation will be one hour prior to service today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Gilder of Mooreville; a son, Roger Dean Gilder of Byhalia; five daughters, Debbie Lynn Vanzant (Ronnie) of Blue Mountain, Linda Frances VanVourellis of Fulton, Kathy Diane Savery (Mitchell) of Tupelo, Dana Marie Wilson (Ben) of Belden and Maryann Gannon of Lake Piomingo; 13 grandchildren, Melissa Hollman, Christopher Vanzant, Mackenzie Grillo, Tynan Pruett, Diana Gilder, Brittany Edlenan, Casey Jones, Blaine Wilson, Matthew Wilson, Sean Savery, Joshua Gilder, Jimmy VanVourellis and Corbin Gilder; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, James “Jimmy” Gilder, in 1989 and nine siblings.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Casey Jones, Blaine Wilson, Matthew Wilson, Sean Savery, Joshua Gilder, Jimmy VanVourellis and Corbin Gilder.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite 1, Jackson, MS 39216; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Johnny Bowen
FULTON – Johnny Eldon Bowen Sr., 75 , died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at The Meadows Nursing Facility after an extended illness. He was born Jan. 11, 1937, in Vaiden to Charlie Chaz Bowen and Rene Ausborne Bowen. He was a United States veteran, serving in the Air Force during the Korean War. He later served in the National Guard. He was superintendent of construction for Ryan Steakhouses for many years. He enjoyed playing golf, making music, and doing illusional magic tricks.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Roger Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Nettleton Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, John Bowen (Cyndi) and Joey Bowen, both of Dorsey; one daughter, Christy Steele of Golden; five grandchildren, Leslie Cheatham (Christian), Lindsey Bowen, Dakota Steele, Chase Bowen and Jacob Bowen; one great-grandchild, Cadence Cheatham.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Bowen and David Bowen; and his parents.
Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. until service time today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Jimmie Dean Jr.
MANTEE – Jimmie L. Dean Jr., 71, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at New Hope Woodland M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
C.E. Henley
ABERDEEN – C.E. “Bubba” Henley, 75, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. He was born Dec. 13, 1936, to Clarence Brewer Henley and Margaret Wood Henley in Inverness. He lived most of his life in Monroe County, where he was a member of First United Methodist Church. He attended the University of Mississippi on a football scholarship and then attended Mississippi State University. He retired after 20 years as supervisor, 4th District, and worked as self-employed farmer. One of his favorite pastimes was hosting dove hunts and cooking at the shop for his friends. He was an avid Ole Miss fan.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Truman Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Young Henley of Aberdeen; the mother of his children, Eva Lee Senter Henley of Aberdeen; two daughters, Anita Mattox (Edward) of Aberdeen and Cindy Zelinka (Bob) of Starkville; one son, C. E. “Chip” Henley, Jr. (Amy) of Aberdeen; one stepson, Tim Graham (Cindy) of Jackson; three sisters, Musa Ferguson (Bobby) of Aberdeen, Beverly Suess of Columbus and Debbie Gore (John) of Columbus; 10 grandchildren, Justin Wofford, Ben Mattox, Sarah Powell, Claire Mattox, Clay Henley, Blake Henley, Addison Zelinka, Skyler Zelinka, Lauren Graham and Lindsey Graham; two great-grandchildren, Hayden and Logan Wofford.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Brenda Henley Wofford; and one brother, William Brewer “Bill” Henley.
Pallbearers will be West “Bro” Strong, Tom Elmore, Frank Harrington, Eddie Arnold, Donnie Thompson and Charlie Emerson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Boozer, Jimmy Kirkpatrick, Charles Bryan and Wade Cook.
Visitation will be from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Memorials may be made to Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona or to First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen.
To sign the register and send condolences online visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Matthew Orr
PRAIRIE – Matthew Ulysse Orr, 68, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at his home. He was born March 24, 1940, in Prairie to Nathaniel Orr and Carrie White Orr. He lived in Detroit, Mich., for 35 years. He was employed by General Dynamic during those years. He returned to Mississippi 15 years ago after retirement.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pleasant Plain M.B. Church with the Rev. Micheal McGaha officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Angela C. Harris of Prairie; a son, Matthew Ulysse Orr Jr. of Louisiana; a sister, Mable Orr of Chicago; a brother, Arvell Orr Sr. of Aberdeen; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gladys Baker Orr; a daughter, Bernice Hall; a stepson, Jesse Broom
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. tolday at the funeral home.

Gail Lewis
PONTOTOC – Gail E. Lewis, 56, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at her residence under hospice care. She was born in Lee County on May 16, 1956, to Cleophus and Mary Cranford Swann. She worked many years with Reed’s and Action. She loved to decorate and enjoyed making flower arrangements, and spending time in her flower garden.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Jones Cemetery in Nettleton with the Rev. Sammy Raper officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Glenn A. Clayton (Kay) of Mantachie, William H. Parker (Connie) of Pontotoc and Bobby G. Parker (Ginger) of the Richmond community; seven grandchildren, Ashley and Alisha Clayton, Trey Parker, Aaron Pearson, Josh Hester, Matt Null and Caleb Parker; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Dale Underwood; two brothers, Mike and Ronnie Swann; her stepfather, Allen Decanter of Pontotoc; her mother, Mary Decanter of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, one brother and her father.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Michelle Hickam
PONTOTOC – Michelle Leigh Hickam, 51, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 19, 1961, to Edwin G. McMillen and Anne Russell McMillen. She was a Pontotoc County resident all her life. She was a 1978 graduate of Chickasaw Academy. She was a lifelong member of Midway Baptist Church and devoted her life to taking care of her daughter and husband. She loved talking on the phone, eating out, cooking, traveling, and her dog and bird. She was truly loved by all she met and will be greatly missed.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Paul Childress will officiate. Burial will follow in Midway Memorial Garden. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband and caregiver of 28 years, Edward E. Hickam; a son, Jason Hickam of Pontotoc; daughter and caregiver, Amber Hickam of Pontotoc; father, Edwin G. McMillen of Pontotos; stepchildren, Edward Hickam (Shelly) of Fremont, Ohio, Rachel Flynn (Mike) of Louisville, Ky., and Rebecca Crawley (Stephanie) of Parma, Ohio; three aunts, three uncles; two best friends, Tami Rausch of Amory and Linda K. Weeks of Redland; six stepgrandchildren, all of Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Anne Russell McMillen; her grandmothers, Mildred Russell and Marian McMillen; her grandfathers, Raymond Russell and Clyde “Red” McMillen; and a stepson, Daniel Hickam.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Friday.

Gerald Cox Jr.
AMORY – Gerald Ray “Chirpy” Cox Jr., 53, died on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, in Amory. Born on April 10, 1959, in Amory, he was a son of the late Gerald Ray Cox Sr. and Peggy Ann Wells Cox. He was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1977. He was a self-employed carpenter and a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church. Kind-hearted, he loved his children and especially enjoyed coaching his son’s baseball team. Having a big heart for his family and others, he was an avid MSU fan, who loved sports, hunting, going to the beach and listening to Jimmy Buffett.
He is survived by his wife and children, Christy Grissom Cox, Emilie Claire Cox and Austin Michael Cox, all of Amory; brother, Kenny Cox (Christina) of Amory; and nieces and nephews, Cory and Will Cox of Amory, Clay and Chloe Grissom of Ackerman, and Cejay and Cash Grissom of Fulton.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Sisk officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Bill Tate, Mike Kimmel, Will Cox, Cory Cox, Robert Grissom and Jon Grissom.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 535, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Jessie Garner
HICKORY FLAT – Jessie James Garner, 66, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at his home in Hickory Flat.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Royston Chapel CME Church in Benton County. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. Visitation will continue from noon to 12:55 p.m. Friday. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.
Vivie Mae Morgan
HAMILTON – Vivie Mae Morgan, 85, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at her residence. She was born in Amory on Oct. 6, 1927, to Samuel Martin and Grace Parker Oswalt. She was a registered nurse and spent her career as a surgical nurse at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. She was an avid reader and enjoyed shopping.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Diane Clark of Hamilton and Stacey Phelps (Scott) of Redwing, Minn.; two grandchildren, Britt Jones (Jared) of Decater, Ga., and Morgan Clark (Shauna) of Hamilton; three great-grandchildren, Myles Clark, Lydia and Emerson Jones.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J. B. Morgan; one sister, Libby Honeycutt; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Lorenzo Washington
TUPELO – Lorenzo De’Vone Washington, 11, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 23, 2000, to Linda Washington and John Pittman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Orchard United Methodist Church in Tupelo with the Rev. William Shack officiating. Burial will be in the Good Hope Church Cemetery in Shannon. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Niesheia and Noresheia Washington of Memphis; two brothers, Tevin and Terrel Washington of Tupelo; several stepbrothers and stepsisters, Sandra Penson, Demetrius Pittman, LaPorshia McGee, Zoser and Zilimillia Pittman, Xavier Pittman, Josh Beene, and Zannotoes and Da’Jon, all of Tupelo.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Dot Williams
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Dorothy “Dot” Chism Williams, 91, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Joe Lee Brand
ABERDEEN – Joe Lee Brand, 83, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital. He was born Aug. 7, 1929, in Okolona to Aaron Brand and May Della Pearce. He never met a stranger.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Daniel Missionary Baptist Church with Bishop Eugene Sacus officiating. Burial will follow in Oddfellows Cemetery. Jackson Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Lee Brand; one sister, Katie Moore; five children, Danny, Majorie, Eddie, John and Betty; nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Joe Jr.; and nine brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Harold Jones
CORINTH – William Harold Jones, 80, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Farmington Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 11 as.m. Friday at the church.
Condolences can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.

Tim Bowen
HAMILTON – Tim Bowen died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Hamilton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Lucille Eubanks
PONTOTOC – Lucille Eubanks, 98, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Rubel McDaniel
NETTLETON – Rubel Eugene “Keen-Eye” McDaniel, 82, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Nettleton United Methodist Church.

Helen Joyner
MEMPHIS – Helen Marie Joyner, 60, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at her home in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Southwoods Cemetery in Memphis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

O.H. Gardner
SHANNON – O.H. “Bunch” Gardner, 92, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mildred Giles
TUPELO – Mildred H. Giles, 88, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at the Green Houses at Traceway.
Services will be at Wood Mortuary in Greer, S.C. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of local arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Kenneth South
IUKA – Kenneth South, 77, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Oldham Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.