Obituaries October 31, 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.

Beatrice Brown Roberts
HUNTINGDON, Tenn. – Beatrice Sanders Brown Roberts, 92, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 22, 1920, in Decatur County, Tenn., to Robert Asberry Sanders and Cora Beatrice Hooten Sanders. She was a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and a retired employee of Publix Shirt Corporation.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today in the Chapel of Dilday-Carter Funeral Home in Huntingdon, Tenn. Bro. Bryan Oakes and Bro. Phillip Halters will officiate. Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery near Buena Vista, Tenn.
She is survived by two sons, Kenneth David Brown and John W. Brown, both of Tupelo; three daughters, Sandra Sue Moody of Huntingdon, Tenn., Pat Azlin of Cordova, Tenn., and Janice Porter of Union City, Tenn.; three sisters, Orville Nanney of Henry, Tenn., Frances Chandler of Torrence, Calif., and Marjorie Davenport of Decatur, Ala.; 12 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Gray Brown; her second husband, Ted Roberts; a son, Bobby Gray Brown; two brothers, Kenneth Sanders and Bobby Lee Sanders; and two sisters, Genora Cloar and Gladys Lankford.
Pallbearers will be Burton Moody, Jonathan Moody, Jace Porter, Billy Azlin, Patrick Brown and Ricky Barger.
The family will receive friends from 8 a.m. to service time today.

Johnny Brewer
MICHIE, Tenn. – Johnny “Ringo” Brewer, 56, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was formerly of Burnsville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Glen.
Memorials may be made to the Antioch Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
John McKinney
TUPELO – John Lee McKinney, 82, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at the V.A. Medical Center in Houston, Texas, after a lengthy illness. He was born July 4, 1930, to Lee and Hattie McKinney in Shannon. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1971 after 20 years of honorable military service. He loved spending time with his family, watching baseball and helping out with handyman projects.
A graveside service will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Tupelo Memorial Park with the Rev. Gerald Gann officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his sister, Laverne Clayton (Ray) of Mooreville; his son, John Robert “Bobby” McKinney (Terre) of Houston, Texas; his daughter, Mary McKinney Ward (Col. David Ward) of Woodbridge (Ft. Belvoir), Va.; four grandchildren, John Stewart of Houston, Texas, Brooks McKinney Castaneda of Houston, Texas, Catherine Ward Messer of Fairchild AFB, Washington, and Michelle Ward of Charlottesville, Va. (University of Virginia); and two great-grandchildren.
His wife, Josephine Yarbrough McKinney, preceded him in death.
Pallbearers will be Ray Clayton, his brother-in-law; Col. David Ward, his son-in-law; John Stewart, his grandson; Mike Castaneda, his grandson-in-law; and Robert Lee Cayson, his nephew.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Pegues Funeral Home on Jefferson Street.
Memorials may be made to Eggville Free Will Baptist Church, 1153 Road 1498, Tupelo, MS 38804.

Annie Sandlin
MILWAUKEE – Annie Hereford Sandlin, 94, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis. She was formerly of Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

William Blackburn
VINA, Ala. – William Howard Blackburn, 74, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at ECM Hospital in Florence, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.

Elenor Taylor
MEMPHIS – Elenor Lynette Taylor, 75, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at her home in Memphis. She was formerly of Marshall County.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Waterford. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Wanda Brock
DUMAS – Wanda Rea Brock, 63, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Dumas Baptist Church.
Harold Herl Sr.
HERNANDO – Harold Lee Herl Sr., 77, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. He was born March 11, 1935, in Conneaut, Ohio. He was a graduate of Ashtabula, Ohio, High School. He was a retired member of the Civil Service and U.S. Navy after 20 years, earning his bush pilot wings. He taught jet engine repair in Saudi Arabia for two years. He was a member of the VFW. He was a Mason, a Scottish Rite Shriner and a York Rite Shriner.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Richard Donahue officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Kay Brewer (Bernie) of Hernando; one son, Robert Gordon (Nicci) of Hernando; four sisters, Beverly Spencer (Howard) of Kingsville, Ohio, Janice Fandren of Erie, Pa., Lois Smith (Glenn) of Elyria, Ohio, and Patricia Hoover (Ross) of Schertz, Texas; three brothers, Richard Herl (Christine) of San Diego, Calif., R. Norman Herl (Roseann) of Kingsville, Ohio, and Larry Herl (Mary) of Girard, Pa.; five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vaughn Ceile Gordon Herl; a son, Harold Lee Herl Jr.; and his parents, Harold and Freda Brydle Herl.
Pallbearers will be Bryon Crain, Kenny Dancy, Tommy Daniel, John Gordon Harrison, Tim Hudson and David Thomason. Michael Meadows will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven and from noon to service time Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

James Carothers
TAYLOR – James Carothers, 60, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.
Oliver Poe
BIG CREEK – Oliver Henry Poe, 84, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at his home. He was born Nov. 2, 1927, in Big Creek. He was a farmer, a member of Big Creek Baptist Church and a Mason for more than 50 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Chris Conley, Joel Denley and the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Big Creek. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Bobby Jo Denley Pope; two sisters, Mary Nail Yandell of Arkansas and Ruth Weir of Tennessee; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Poe and Cora Johnson Poe; a sister, Edna Poe; and a brother, Frank Poe.
Pallbearers will be Gilbert Denley, Michael Denley, Heath Denley, Gary Denley, Joel Denley and Peter Mallory.
Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Mallory, Randolph Dismuke, Alfred Parker, Jamie Taylor, Larry Taylor, Henry Lee Taylor, William Wright and Jamie Wright.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at pryorfuneralhome.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, l920, 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 the 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. today 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 noon to service time today at Union Grove Church of God of Prophecy.
Survivors include his daughter, Virginia Horton Nanney of Mantachie; his son, Tommy Horton (Peggy) of Mantachie; his 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; his 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; 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 the Union Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Mike Mitchell, 170 Drive 1772, Saltillo, MS 38866.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Dorothy Shaw
OKOLONA – Dorothy Pearl Conaway Shaw, 54, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at her home at Wren. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
Becky Dillingham
CORINTH – Rebecca “Becky” Coley Dillingham, 71, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at her home.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery. McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 31 CR 754, Corinth, MS 38834.
Condolences can be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
Mildred Wood
CORINTH – Mildred Purvis Wood, 91, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Henry Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Robert Parks
MYRTLE – Robert Lee Parks, 75, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Minnie Neely
ABERDEEN – Minnie Neely, 92, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Care Center in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Gwendolyn Moody
GUNTOWN – Gwendolyn Diane Flemings Moody, 59, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Pontotoc on July 14, 1953, to Whitmon and Dora Flemings. She was a member of West Side Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, flowers and collecting wind chimes.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Ray Ware officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Billy J. Moody of Guntown; two sisters, Martha Wilson (Lavert) of Saltillo and Shirley Sanders of Tupelo; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Ann Collins, and her parents.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Saltillo Funeral Home.

Keenah Dye
NEW ALBANY – Keenah Keys Dye, 51, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley.