Obituaries October 30, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

James Pogue
EUPORA – On Oct. 28, 2012, after a lengthy illness, James Creyer Pogue of Eupora went to his Heavenly home at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora surrounded by his loving family. James was born May 15, 1927, in Mathiston to Robert Lee and Irma O’Neal Pogue. The youngest of five children, he grew up learning the value of hard work, the importance of family and the enjoyment found in sports, particularly football. Leaving high school at the age of 16, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served in the 3rd Infantry Division. After basic training, James was sent to Germany where he was assigned to the Army’s Motor Pool in Transportation and Operations. He was eventually given the duties of transporting German prisoners to the Hall of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany, to stand trial for war crimes. After three years of service in the Army, he returned home to Eupora to complete his high school education. At this time, James volunteered for burial detail, where he would meet trains that brought American fallen warriors home.
While enrolled at Eupora High School, he was selected to be captain of the Maroon Yahoo football team. Upon receiving a football scholarship, James enrolled at Mississippi College to further his academic education. After college, he went to work in Aiken, S.C., at the Savannah River Plant as a supervisor in the Health Physics Division. In 1964, James and his wife, Carolyn, made the decision to move their family to Webster County to operate the family farm. Of his accomplishments, he was most proud of introducing Hybrid Bermuda grasses and registered Santa Gertrudis cattle into this area of the state. For many years, James planted the original Bermuda pastures for Mississippi State University and surrounding states. He loved this great nation and wished to give back to it and to leave the land better than he found it.
James’ legacy is one of a man who was a warrior, a cattleman and a farmer who was generous and was quick to share a story. However, his greatest source of pride was his family. James would often say he could not imagine where in his life he would be without his loving wife of 57 years, Carolyn Carter Pogue. He was a proud and loving father of daughter, Patti Pogue Swindle (Wade), of Eupora; his three sons Bobby, Matt (Linda), all of Eupora, and Lance (Dixie) of Batesville; his grandchildren, David Pogue (Mia) of Eupora, Jamie Swindle Walker (Steve) of Mantee, John Swindle (Chastity), Lee Swindle, Daniel Pogue, Jennifer Swindle, Luke Pogue (Lauren), Maggie Pogue Ballard (Nick), Chet Pogue, all of Eupora, and Tyler and Meleah Pogue of Batesville; his great-grandchildren, Carson, Connor and Nealy Swindle, Gracie and Eian Pogue, Jayden Ballard and Carter Pogue, all of Eupora, and Corinne Walker of Mantee. James also leaves a nephew, Jimmy Crick, and niece, Carolyn Crick Lane, of Eupora, Tonya and Joe Huffman, his special caregivers, and family, and Tyler Huffman of Eupora as well as his cherished and loving dog, Sassy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee and Irma O’Neal Pogue, and his four sisters, Louise Pogue, Nell Pogue Crick, Ruth Pogue, Alice “Bob” Pogue Wood, and nephew, Billy Pogue Burgess.
James was a member of Tomnolen Baptist Church.
The family will receive visitors today, Oct. 30, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Tomnolen Baptist Church in Tomnolen. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. followed by the service at 2 p.m. Graveside services will follow at Greensboro Cemetery in Webster County. The Rev. Willie Weddle, Bobby Pogue and Luke Pogue will officiate at the services. In the words of General Douglas MacArthur, “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”
Pallbearers are grandsons, David Pogue, Steve Walker, John Swindle, Lee Swindle, Daniel Pogue, Nick Ballard, Chet Pogue and Tyler Pogue.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The Baptist Children’s Village, P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060-0027.
Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in c harge of arrangements.

Mildred Pearson
HOUSTON – Mildred Morgan Pearson, last daughter born to Martha Eliza Saxon and Walter L. Morgan of Calhoun County on Sept. 30, 1911, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at age 101 years, 27 days. She had two siblings, Anna Morgan and Movelle Morgan Mayfield. All had preceded her in death. She had two nephews, Temple and Carl Mayfield, and two great-nieces. Only Carl and the two great–nieces survive.
At age 22, Mildred was teaching in a one-room schoolhouse at Hickory Ridge, when she was seen by Fred Au(gus)tus Pearson of Chickasaw County at a revival meeting. He wooed and won her hand in marriage in late 1933. Theirs was a successful marriage which lasted 50 years to the day. That marriage produced four children, Gwendolyn Pearson, Mildred Pearson Cordell, Bess Pearson Kirby and Fred Pearson Jr. The children gave to them six grandchildren, three stepgrands and one great-stepgrand.
Mildred helped her husband, a printer by trade, to make a living by operating a grocery store. Later she worked at Shannon Chair Company as a bookkeeper, and after her husband’s death, she worked as the receptionist at the Holiday Terrace.
Mildred was a Christian and a member of the Fellowship Church of the Nazarene where she taught an adult Sunday school class. She was a faithful attendee and generous supporter. The visitation and funeral will be held back-to-back on Wednesday at the church. Come early to view at 1 p.m. and stay for the service at 2 p.m. The burial will be at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens immediately following the service. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The pallbearers are Charles L. Kirby Jr., David Eubanks, Carl Mayfield, Glenn Watson, Danny Thaggard and Will Thaggard. The honorary pallbearers are Hassell Franklin, Roland Oswalt, Jim Hewitt, David Pearson, Gus Bates Hamilton, Conway Nichols and R.C. Wheeler.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 906 N. Jackson St., Houston, MS 38851.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Grace Levi Davis
MOOREVILLE – Grace Levi Davis, 12 days old, earned her wings, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Wiser Hospital for Women & Infants in Jackson. She was born Oct. 16, 2012, to Marty and Shawna Davis. Grace Levi is also survived by her big sister, Hailee LaKin; her paternal grandmother, Donna Donaldson (Larry), all of Mooreville; her paternal grandfather, Carroll Davis (Rose Mary) of Baldwyn; her maternal grandparents, Joe and Sherry Upton of Pontotoc.She was here for only a brief time but she touched thousands with her beautiful spirit. Her heart is healed and she flies with the Angels.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. David W. Perry officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her uncles.
Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Sandra George
RED BAY, Ala. – Sandra Hester “Sandy” George, 65, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Red Bay Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church in Vina, Ala. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church.

Tammy Spradling
MANTACHIE – Tammy Lee Spradling, 52, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at her home. She was born Oct. 3, 1960, to Castor and Iva Lee Guntharp Buse. She was a member of Skyline Baptist Church. She was an industrial engineer for Hickory Hill for 25 years. An avid writer and songwriter, she loved her pets and enjoyed cooking.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Stephens Cemetery with Bro. Dempsey Rowland officiating. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Jerry W. Spradling; her father, Bro. Castor Buse; one son, Casey W. Spradling; and one brother, Terry Buse (Carrie), all of Mantachie.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Laurie Ann Buse, and her mother.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Earl Ivy
OXFORD – Earl Ivy, 64, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.
Wallace Townsend
TUPELO – Wallace Bernard Townsend, 51, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at his home. He was born Dec. 10, 1960, to Wallace Townsend Sr. and Martha Thomas Townsend in Chicago. He was a member of Chandler Temple C.M.E. Church. He was a 1979 graduate of Shannon High School and attended Jackson State University. He worked for many years in medical sales distribution. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity Inc., Oxford Alumnae Chapter.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Chandler Temple C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Charles Shack officiating. Burial will be in Verona Cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Thomas L. Townsend of Tupelo; two daughters, Adrienne L. Jones of Nashville, Tenn., and Khaliyah J. Townsend of Saltillo; four sisters, Adele Townsend, Tawanyia (Michael) Freeman, Barbara (John) McShan and LaSharon Towenson; one brother, Martin (Amanda) “Teddy” Townsend; and a special friend, Lisa T. Varrie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one daughter, Alexandria C. Townsend.
Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.
Jack Marlin
MANTACHIE – Jack Marlin, 97, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie. He was born June 26, 1915, to Gordon and Minnie Farris Marlin. He was a farmer, raising cattle and broiler chickens. He drove a school bus for Dorsey School for 14 years and previously served as the Itawamba County election commissioner for the Second District. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching things grow.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Marshall Boyd and Bro. Terry Booker officiating. Burial will be in the Fawn Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 74 years, Grace Terry Marlin; one son, Terry (Lila) Marlin of Mantachie; one daughter, Ima Beam of Mantachie; four grandchildren, John Beam and Chris Marlin, both of Mantachie, Sally (Aaron) Rodden of Conway, Ark., and Heather (Courtney) Humphries of Oxford; one sister, Ruth Maloy of Americus, Ga.; and a sister-in-law, Cliffie Marlin of Dyersburg, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Victor Marlin, Clifton Marlin and Bill Marlin; one sister, Faye Wilson; and one son-in-law, Norman Beam.
Pallbearers will be Ralph Marlin, Phillip Marlin, Jerry Marlin, James Marlin, Riley Farris and Terry Farris.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
Robert Gumm
BALDWYN – Robert Gumm, 82, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He drove semi trucks his whole life and made million mile trips twice, receiving awards from his company. He traveled to his home in Wisconsin each summer, but the rest of the year he lived in Baldwyn with his wife. He enjoyed his family and his dogs, often joking that he paid the bills, but the dogs owned the house.
A memorial service will be at noon Wednesday at Parkview Baptist Church with Bro. Paul Reynolds and Bro. Daniel Hinds officiating. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Gumm of Baldwyn; four sons, Bobby Gumm (Cathy) of Baldwyn, James Gumm (Maria) of Frankstown, Steve Gumm (Leslie) of Belmont and David Gumm of Cornell, Wis.; two daughters, Susan Jackson of Booneville and Cathy Groat of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; three sisters, Joyce Oswalt (Nolan) and Peggy Moore (Dude), both of Wheeler, and Christine Reynolds (Paul) of Mantachie; two brothers, Mitchell Gumm (Brandie) and Howard Gumm, both of Dennis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Dolly Gumm; one brother, Harold Gumm; and two sisters, Geraldine Trulove and Thelmla Gann.
Ginny Rutledge
TUPELO – Susan Virginia “Ginny” Rutledge, 77, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Valdosta, Ga., on Aug. 8, 1935, to James Ernest and Vidella Ruth Williams Dykes. She graduated from Harding College with a degree in teaching. She taught for many years as a schoolteacher in Memphis with Harding Academy. She also worked as a secretary for many years with Hydro-Hose in Tupelo until retirement. She was a member of West Main Church of Christ.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at West Main Church of Christ with Bro. Charles Tharp and Bro. Doug Greenway officiating. Burial will be in Tiplersville Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, James Craig Rutledge; two daughters, Cynthia Parker-Thornton (Randy) and Carol Lumsden (Ben); one son, James Craig Rutledge Jr. (Nancy); and four grandchildren, Drew, Natalie, Kaleb and Keegan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Buren and Gene Dykes, and Wayne Willaford.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sonny Vinson, Chuck Begnaud, Larry Williams, Gerry Killingsworth, Bill Crabb, Jimmy Keith, Ben Lumsden, Randy Thornton, Dub Hill, Terry Adkins, Calvin Turner, Howard Bland, Drew Parker, Kaleb Thornton, Gary Harris, Perry Britt and David Bridges.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at West Main Church of Christ.
Memorials may be made to the Russian Children’s Fund, c/o West Main Church of Christ.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Doug Rogers
BREWER – Doug Rogers, 58, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at his home after an extended illness. He was born June 23, 1954, in Lepanto, Ark., to James T. and Helen E. Shempert Rogers. Before his illness, he worked for Associated Trucking for 17 years. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed spending time with his dogs. He was a member of Brewer Baptist Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with Bro. Joe Dye and the Rev. Tim Tutor officiating. Burial will be in Brewer Methodist Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sandra Rogers of Brewer; four children, Ginger Vaughan (Daniel) of Shannon, Carey (Brandon Davies) of Baldwyn, Brandy Hester (Jimmy) of Baldwyn and Jason Hill of Yazoo City; two sisters, Diane Dye (Joe) and Christie Rogers (Phil), both of Brewer; one brother, Mike Rogers (Roxanne) of Tupelo; nine grandchildren, Brandon, Paige, Taylor, Chance, Allie, Cassie, Josh, Hunter and Gage; mother-in-law, Dorothy Dobbs of Baldwyn; special friends, Fred Lee and Allen Hartzog and James Matthews; special nurses and friends, Stacy Wallace and Angie Schwalenburg; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and niece, Misty Cox.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

William Lippman
HAMILTON – William Isadore Lippman, 77, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at his residence in Hamilton. He was born Oct. 12, 1935, to Morris Lippman and Carmen Brown Freeman in Natchez. He lived in Hamilton since 1985. He retired from the U.S. Air Force.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. James Terry officiating. Burial will be in Egger Cemetery with military rites.
Survivors include three daughters, Carmen Mae Pate (David) of Columbus, Rebecca Garrett of Hamilton and Letie Lippman of Hamilton; two sons, Maurice Lippman of Caledonia and William J. Lippman of Hamilton; one sister, Lillian Davis of Jonesville, La.; one brother, Donald Lippman of Jonesville, La.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Vivian Lucille Homan Lippman.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and send condolences online to www.tisdalelannmemoria.com.
Virginia Sheffield
TUPELO – Virginia Gunter Sheffield, 89, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Aug. 8, 1923, in Lee County to Glen and Janie Kelly Gunter. She was one of the first bookkeepers at Hancock Fabrics and worked there for 40 years. She had lived at Avon Lea Assisted Living for the past seven years. She enjoyed playing cards, working crossword puzzles and planting flowers. She loved to travel with her family and keep picture journals. She was a lifelong member of St. Mark United Methodist Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Glyn Wiygul and the Rev. Don McCain officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors will be in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Mark Sheffield (Juanita) of Florence, Ala.; three grandchildren, Ryan Sheffield (Amy) of Columbus, Ga., Hayley Sheffield Hedrick (Ben) of Marietta, Ga., and Kelsey Sheffield Campbell (Nathan) of Florence, Ala.; five great-grandchildren, Carolina and Rollins Sheffield of Columbus, Ga., Anders, Mary Gunter and Sadler Hedrick of Marietta, Ga.; one daughter-in-law, Sherrie Sheffield of Columbus; one sister, Emma Lee Harrison of Tupelo; and one brother, James C. Gunter (Lucille) of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Russell Sheffield; her son, Rodney Russell Sheffield; and two twin grandaughters, Jessica and Lauren Sheffield.
Pallbearers will be Ben Hedrick, Ryan Sheffield, Nathan Campbell, Brian Pipkin, Dusty Johnson and Harrison Griffin.
Donations can be made to St. Mark United Methodist Church, 307 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Michael Fennell
GOLDEN – Michael Weston Fennell, the infant son of Michael and Jessica Fennell, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo.
Services were Monday, Oct. 29, at Salem Baptist Church with Bro. Kerry Peden officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Michael and Jessica Waddle Fennell of Golden; and grandparents, James Fennell (Kaye), Deborah Clark (Lloyd) and Mike Waddle (Reda).
Memorials can be made to the Health Care Foundation, c/o The Michael Weston Fennell Memorial, 830 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Phyllis Raper
GUNTOWN – Phyllis Raper, 57, died suddenly Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at her home. She was disabled. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family. She loved her grandchildren dearly.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Neal Davis officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Brandy Clayton (Robbie) of Mooreville; three sons, Matthew Horn (Melissa) of Guntown, Jason Horn (Stephanie) of Fairview and Daniel Raper of Guntown; and nine grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmy Phillips and Shirley Hipps; and two brothers, Mark and Jimmy Phillips Jr.

Charles Burges
TUPELO – Charles Stephen Burges, 57, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Tupelo from injuries received in an automobile accident. Born in Batesville, he was a graduate of West Point High School and Mississippi State University.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rufus T. Burges; and his mother, Mildred Walker Burges.
He is survived by his sister, (Linda) Shaw of Ocean Springs; his brother, Rufus T. (Pete) Burges of Vancleave.
A remembrance celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Mickey Burgess, 189 Bluff Drive, Columbus. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Jack Horton
MANTACHIE – Alton Edgar “Jack” Horton, 92, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at his residence in Itawamba County after an extended illness. He was born in Belden on March 27, 1920, one of 13 children of Tim Horton and Ethel Stafford Horton. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the World War II era. He married Opal Earlene Parker on June 25, 1941, and she died May 15, 1993. He was a master mechanic all of his life, retiring after 17 years with Truck Center in Tupelo. He was skilled in repairing anything from automobiles to motorcycles to heavy equipment and he was an expert welder. He was a longtime attendee of Union Grove Church of God of Prophecy. He loved his family, his friends and his God and was constantly filled with the Holy Ghost. An adventuresome man even until just before his death, he enjoyed storytelling, visiting with family, friends and his customers all over Northeast Mississippi, restoring antique cars, gospel singings and Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Union Grove Church of God of Prophecy with Bro. Billy West officiating. Burial, with Bro. Ryan Napatoli officiating, will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 today and from noon to service time Wednesday at Union Grove Church of God of Prophecy. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Virginia Horton Nanney of Mantachie; his son, Tommy Horton (Peggy) of Mantachie; grandchildren, Monica Mathis (Lee), Wade Nanney (Ginger) and Cary Horton (Amanda), all of Mantachie, Gary Horton (Tina) of Tupelo and Mark Horton (Tanya) of Smithville; great-grandchildren, Brandy Graham (John), Britny Aberle (Darrell), Jesse Nanney, John Nanney, Miranda Horton (Justin), Mary Beth Horton, Samantha Horton, Victoria Horton, Sierra Horton and Josh Estes; his great-great-grandchildren, Gavin Romansik, Hope Graham, Braden Graham, Meagan Graham, Madison Aberle and Braxton Aberle; a sister, Ruby Bell of Baldwyn; five brothers, Jessie Horton, Franklin Horton and Daniel Horton, all of Baldwyn, Harold Horton of Goshen, Ind., and John Horton of Joyner, Ark.; special caregiver and daughter-in-law, Peggy Horton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Junior, Vernon and Bill Horton, Mary Horton and Evelene Dugard; a son-in-law, Jim Nanney; and a great-grandson, Brandon Allen Henry.
Pallbearers will be Tom Stafford, Darrell Bounds, Stevie Humble, Randy Harmon, Gerald Harmon and Todd Patterson.
Memorials may be made to Union Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Mike Mitchell, 170 Drive 1772, Saltillo, MS 38866.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Polly Stroup
TUPELO – Polly Ann Borden Stroup died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility after an extended illness.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Tupelo with inturnment in the church Columbarium to follow. Visitation will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the church parlor. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
A full obituary will be published at a later date.
Flora B. Rogers
PERU, Ind. – Flora B. Rogers, 86, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Peru, Ind.
Services were Sept. 27, 2012, at Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home in Peru, Ind. Burial was at Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Online condolences may be made at www.eddyfuneralhomes.com.

Jerry Pearson
THAXTON – Jerry Pearson, 73, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at his home.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the family home at 979 Harris Road in Thaxton. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Sammie Bland
WEST POINT – Sammie Lee Bland, 50, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel in West Point. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Opal Reichstetter
FULTON – Opal Lee Reichstetter, 90, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in San Diego, Calif.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Burial will be in the Dorsey Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends following the service.

Jimmy Eaton
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Jimmy Wayne Eaton, 38, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Fellowship Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue today until service time at the church.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Ethel Gates
RIPLEY – Ethel Lee Gates, 75, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at her residence. She was born Dec. 26, 1936, to Cleater Ables and the late Marlin Ables. She was a member of Mt. View Baptist Church and was retired from Piper in New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Hurt officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden.
Survivors include her husband, Troy Gates of Ripley; a daughter, Joan Estes of Ripley; a son, Dwayne Gates (Wanda) of Ripley; her mother, Cleater Russell Ables of Vina, Ala.; five grandchildren, Alisha James (Brigg) of Corinth, Jonathan Butler and Brandon Gates, both of Ripley, Keith Mullins (Jamie) of Spout Springs and Michelle Fliger of Ripley; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dovie Small, Zina Ables and Dianne Crow, all of Lexington, Tenn.; and five brothers, Lester Ables, David Ables and Jimmy Ables, all of Lexington, Tenn., Harley Ables of Benton, Ark., and Terry Ables of Vina, Ala.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Patty Gates; her father; and one sister, Lillie Swindel.
Pallbearers will be Keith Mullins, Jonathan Butler, Brandon Gates, Chester Butler, Daniel Fryar and Blake Simpson. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Hollands, Jerry Reed and Sammy Edgeston.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.