By NEMS Daily Journal
Rubel E. McDaniel
NETTLETON – Rubel Eugene “Keen-Eye” McDaniel, 82, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at 6:57 p.m. at his home in Nettleton.
Mr. McDaniel was born on May 5, 1930, in the Evergreen community of Itawamba County to the late Shelby A. and Nancy Belle Shumpert McDaniel. He spent his youth in the Evergreen community, where he attended elementary school as well as Fulton High School and Itawamba Junior College. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and later worked at his father’s cotton gin and Evan’s Lumber.
He married Joann Pettigrew in 1953 and spent the remainder of his years in Nettleton. Keen-Eye owned and operated McDaniel Hardware & Appliance Store in Nettleton for 36 years and raised cattle for several years.
Mr. McDaniel gave his life to Christ early in life and was an active member of the Evergreen Methodist Church. However, in 1956, Mr. McDaniel joined the Nettleton United Methodist Church, where he served on several committees throughout the years. Attending church and serving the Lord was an important part of his life. He was also a member of the Nettleton United Methodist Men’s Club, where he served as cook for many years.
Keen-Eye was an active member of the Nettleton Lions Club for 53 years and was voted the Lion of the Year on two separate occasions. He served on the New Chapel Cemetery Committee for several years and has served the City of Nettleton with 11 years of service with the Nettleton Board of Adjustments. For many years, Mr. McDaniel was actively involved in the Nettleton Food Pantry.
As an accomplished cook, he served as the chairman of the Nettleton Lions Club Horse Show Concession Committee. He also loved to cook for those in the community. Even though he cooked a wide variety of food, peanut brittle was his most famous dish.
Among many other activities, Mr. McDaniel enjoyed playing board games and fishing with his grandsons as well as watching NASCAR and eating out with family and friends.
Survivors include Joann McDaniel, his wife of 59 years; one son, Phil McDaniel (Twila) of Tupelo; one daughter, Joanna K. McDaniel McFerren (Mike) of Atlanta, Ga.; four grandsons, Mark McDaniel (Kristin) of Memphis and Nick, Cole and Connor McFerren of Atlanta; one great-grandson, Henley McDaniel of Memphis; one sister, Pat Hall (Durell) of Nettleton; one brother-in-law, John Patterson of Pontotoc; one sister-in-law, Frances Rogers of Nettleton.
Mr. McDaniel was preceded in death by his parents, Shelby and Nancy Belle McDaniel; one brother, J.C. McDaniel; a twin sister, Maxine Patterson; a sister-in-law, Learue McDaniel; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Murl and Mittie Pettigrew of Nettleton; and a brother-in-law, Fred Rogers of Nettleton.
Visitation will be today, Oct. 26, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to service time on Saturday in the Nettleton United Methodist Church.
Services will be Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Nettleton United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Brooks and the Rev. Hershell Wiygul officiating. Burial will be in the New Chapel Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton will be in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Mark McDaniel, Nick McFerren, Cole McFerren, Connor McFerren, Durell Hall and Dr. Charles Young.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Disciple Sunday School Class and members of the Nettleton Lions Club.
Memorials may be made to the Nettleton United Methodist Church, 160 Verona Ave., Nettleton, MS 38858.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
SHANNON – O.H. “Bunch” Gardner, 92, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at his home in Shannon after a short illness. He was born Jan. 29, 1920, in the Springhill Community to Exer and Maude Gardner. Bunch was honorably discharged from the Army in 1945 after serving six years with three years in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After returning home, he used his heavy equipment experience in the Army to build a career in heavy construction. Working with several road construction companies, he helped build many of the roads in North Mississippi. Later he owned his own bulldozer business. He was known to love a good trade on almost anything.
His retirement years found him in his shop and enjoying morning coffee at the “round table,” first at Nonie’s and later Griggs. Some of Bunch’s happiest times were spent frying fish for family and friends in his black pots.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Shannon and for years helped cook for the Brotherhood Breakfast.
Services will be 2 p.m. today, Oct. 26, 2012, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. John Box and Bro. Jerry Estes officiating. Burial will be in Shannon Cemetery.
Survivors are daughter, Sandy Gardner of Atlanta, Ga.; son, Bud Gardner (Jennifer) of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; daughter-in-law, Connie Gardner of Baldwyn; five grandchildren, Ben Gardner of Clinton, Drew Gardner (Kelly) of Shannon, Luke Gardner of Baldwyn, John David Gardner and Diana Gardner of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; great-granddaughter, Virginia Kate Gardner of Shannon; two sisters-in-law, Mary Frances Gardner of Baldwyn and Margaret Burgess (Bob) of Viera, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Martha Gardner; son, Bro. Lee Gardner; parents, Exer and Maude Gardner; sister, Kathryn Sherfey; and brother, J.W. Gardner.
The family wishes to acknowledge the special caregivers, Linda Thompson, Carol Patterson and Kathy Terry. We are so thankful and appreciate not only the health care they provided for Daddy, but also their personal interest and affection.
Pallbearers will be Al Sherfey, Thomas Craft, Dalton Christian, Wayne Mask, John Ivy, Ricky Scott, Ken Dye and Wade Plunkett.
Memorials may be made to Springhill Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Malcolm McMullen, 270 Road 742, Saltillo, MS 38866.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
NETTLETON – Deborah Hughes Flores, 55, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 10, 1957, to Samuel Hughes Sr. and Virginia Hughes. She professed hope in Christ at an early age and later rededicated her life at East Springhill M.B. Church. She married Jose Flores on Jan. 20, 2012.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ulysses Sims Education Center in Nettleton with Pastor Ernest Lindsey officiating. Burial will be in Mullens Cemetery. Fields Funeral Home of Okolona in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Jose Flores; one daughter, Deja Brandon of the home; two sons, Cedric Brandon and Armando Brandon, all of Nettleton; two stepdaughters, Christina Brandon and Sandra Brandon, both of Gary, Ind.; four brothers, William Hughes of Amory, Samuel (Gynell) Hughes and Glenn Hughes of Jackson, and Randall Hughes of Tupelo; two sisters, Amanda Braylock of Amory and Avis Hughes of Wren; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis Brandon; one sister, Arma Wallace; and a special friend, Earlene Vaughn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at East Springhill M.B. Church in Nettleton.
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 Good Hope Church Cemetery in Shannon. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his sisters and brothers, Niesheia and Noresheia Washington of Memphis, and Tevin and Terrel Washington, 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. today at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to Lorenzo Washington Fund at any Renasant Bank.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Paula MeChelle Payton Holloway, 45, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at her home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Doxey Auditorium at Rust College in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 5 to 7 p.m. today at St. Paul CME Church at Lake Center. Visitation will continue from noon to 12:55 p.m. Saturday at Rust College. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.
FULTON – Fred Morgan Austin, 79, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at his residence north of Smithville after an extended illness. He was born Aug. 14, 1933, in Verona to Talmadge and Elna “Dutch” Morgan Austin. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Alaska during the post-Korean War time. He attended Itawamba Community College and graduated from Mississippi State, earning a degree in accounting. He played baseball with ICC and with his U.S. Army team. He spent his working career with Anheuser-Busch in Tampa, Fla., where he was a production supervisor, and then in the construction business after retiring. He was a member of Smithville United Methodist Church. He was a rabid Mississippi State bulldog fan, traveler, a free spirit and great adventurer, a practical jokester, and loved life and living every day.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. today in Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Charles Coggins officiating and Jack Ware delivering the eulogy. Private burial will follow in Andrews Chapel Cemetery at Mooreville. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today at Holland-Tupelo Chapel.
He is survived by two sons, Freddie Austin and Lewis Austin of Tampa, Fla.; a granddaughter, Morgan Austin of Tampa, Fla.; his sister, Wanda Allen of Tupelo; and a lifelong friend and companion, Shirley Cooper of Fulton and Mooreville.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence Elward Austin.
Pallbearers will be Marvin Swain, Steve Ballard II, James “Boy” Drake, Roy Grafe, Noland Bennett and Jack Ware. Honorary pallbearers will be Mrs. Cooper’s Andrews Chapel Sunday School Class and her Sunday school Class at Smithville United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Smithville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 93, Smithville, MS 38870.
Friends may leave onlinecondolences at email@example.com.
NEW ALBANY – Allen Smith, 87, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
RED BAY, Ala. – Juanita Martin Baker, 87, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at The Meadows in Fulton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
TUPELO – Wallace Townsend, 52, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
HAMILTON – Sheldon Bryant “Tim” Bowen died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at his residence in Hamilton. He was born Dec. 27, 1943, to Jesse Bowen and Dorothy Kelley Bowen in Miami Beach, Fla. He lived the past 40 years in Hamilton. He was a graduate of Itawamba Junior College. He retired from the city of Aberdeen after working as building inspector and for the Police Department. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Vietnam War.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Joseph Kennedy officiating.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Patsy Yvonne Pannell Bowen of Hamilton; three daughters, Karen Little (Mike) of Hamilton, Dottie Bowen of Hamilton, and Dawn Chiverra (Joel) of Aberdeen, Md.; two sisters, Deanna Purvis of Petal and Denise Hill of Lumberton; five grandchildren, Lynne, J.B., Rachel, Adrian and Justin; and two great-grandchildren, Desmond and Destinee.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Randy Bowen.
Visitation will be from 1 until 3 p.m. Saturday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register book and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Dunlap, 61, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Trio Primitive Church. Burial will be in Gibbs Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
SALTILLO – Charles Michael “Mikey” Buse, 58, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at The Meadows in Fulton. He was born in Baldwyn on Jan. 28, 1954, to Jessie Lawrence and Viola Lee Buse. He loved watching football, putting jigsaw puzzels together and spending time with his family. He was an avid baseball fan and especially loved to watch the Braves and Cubs. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Saltillo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors in Saltillo with Dr. Chuck Herring officiating. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Betty McDaniel (Allen) of Saltillo; three brothers, David Buse (Marilyn) of Belden, Bill Buse (Margaret) of Thrasher and Bob Buse (Rita) of Tupelo; his special friends and caregivers, Alane Horton, Barbara Rea, Brenda Gambrell; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Honorary pallbearers will be his numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Memorials may be made to Santuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Edward Dean McKinney, 62, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chapel at Brittenum Funeral Home. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. 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. today and from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.
CORINTH – Florence Milam died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Corinth. She was born Oct. 23, 1925, in Jeanerette, La. She married George Scott in 1950. She was a member of First United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school for 17 years. She was an officer in United Methodist Women and served on the administrative board. She was an affiliate member of First Presbyterian Church. She was a lifelong member of the Corinth Junior Auxiliary and past president of the Shakespeare Club. She spent many years tracing her family tree. She held membership in United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Huguenot Society, The Royal Order of Descendents of Knights of the Garter, Crown of Charlemagne and The Magna Carta Dames. She was a Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She took pride in having 17 ancestral lines proven back to 1776. After the death of her first husband she studied art under Mary Kirk Adams at Northeast Mississippi Community College and Ole Miss. She organized many exhibits of her artwork and enjoyed teaching art to children.
She is survived by her children, Jan (Jimmy) Caldwell of Corinth, Bill (Cyndi) Scott of Ridgeland, Gingo Scott of Asheville, N.C.; sister, Laurie Wilson of Columbia, S.C.; her grandchildren, Allison (Ben) Albarracin of Corinth, Landon (Haven) Caldwell of Corinth, Victoria Scott of Ridgeland, Virginia Scott of Kyinka, Ukraine, and Amy Perriman of Columbia, Tenn.; great-grandchild, Dustin Albarracin.
She was preceded in death by her husbands George Scott Jr., Mack Nash and Richard Milam; her parents, Rivers and Bee Fortier; and a sister Jeanne Fortier Schultz.
Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Prentiss Gordon and the Rev. Don Elliott officiating. Private burial will follow in Henry Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Family will receive friends from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the church sanctuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made the building fund at First United Methodist Church.
Condolences can be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
WEST POINT – Virgie Lee Cole, 90, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Star Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of visitation, a guest register book may be signed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Annie Lou Morris
TUPELO – Annie Lou Morris, 79, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice House in Verona. She was born May 3. 1933, to Luther Harper and Josie Copeland Harper. She was a member of Poplar CME Church in Saltillo, She worked at Reed’s Mfg. and Tupelo Manor Nursing Home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Poplar CME Church in Saltillo with the Rev. Jerry Christian Jr. officiating and the Rev. Luther Minor delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery in Saltillo. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Fred Morris of Tupelo; one son, Fred Allen Morris Jr.; four sisters, Mittie Lou Harper, Cornelius (David) Westbrook, Velma Lee Riley and Hazel (Lawrence) Fields; two brothers, Willie Lee Harper and Charles Harper; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; one goddaughter, Kimberly Gassaway; and a special friend, Oscar Gates.
Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandson.com.
PITTSBORO – Faye Haire White, 78, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. She was born Feb. 22, 1934, in Calhoun County. She was a graduate of Bruce High School, a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Bruce.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Billy F. White of Pittsboro; two daughters, Charlotte White Overby (Charley) of Pontotoc and Carolyn White Morris (Keith) of Houston, Texas; one son, Calvin Lee White (Amanda) of Olive Branch; one sister, Berene James of Houlka; one brother, Fred Haire of Bolivar, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Cassidy Overby Roberts, Christina Morris, Addie White and Jack White; one great-grandchild, Rhodes Roberts.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Wesley Haire and Inez Murphree Haire; a sister, Martha Reeder; a brother, L.D. Haire; a granddaughter, Mary Bailey White; and a grandson-in-law, Rodney Roberts.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Kitchen Fund, c/o First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 535, Bruce, MS 38915.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.