Obituaries October 6, 2013

Charles Christian ‘Chris’ Evans

IUKA – Charles Christian “Chris” Evans, 48, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at Saint Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was a 1983 graduate of Iuka High School where he served as president of his senior class. He was an Eagle Scout and received his God and Country Award and was tapped for the Order of the Arrow Award in the Yocona Area Council. Chris attended Northeast Community College where he was a member of the Northeast Marching Band and graduated from Mississippi State University in December of 1986. He attended University of Mississippi Law school. Chris spent two summers as an intern for Senator Thad Cockran in Washington, D.C. He was a history scholar and he enjoyed speaking about local history to school groups and clubs. He worked for the Social Security Administration until his health failed.

Chris was a writer and wrote a column in the local newspaper, “My Hero, My Friend.” He enjoyed interviewing the people he wrote about, especially veterans, and often called them to thank them for their service. Chris was a music enthusiast and with his brother, John hosted a blues radio show called “Sunday Blues” on WOWL 91.9. Chris was a member of Iuka Baptist Church where he enjoyed working with Awanas, a 32nd Degree Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Iuka Lions Club.

Services with Masonic Rites will be 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Iuka Baptist Church with Bro. Gary Watkins and Bro. Keith Curtis officiating. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery in Fulton. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangments.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Lindsey Evans of Iuka; his mother, Wanda Christian Evans of Iuka; stepson, Donald Rodgers (Lane) of Iuka; two stepdaughters, Melissa Borden (Joey) of Iuka and Amanda Cole (Dustin) of Booneville; brother, John Evans (Jennie) of Iuka; nine step grandchildren; and one step great-grandchild

He is also survived by his mother in law, Josephine Lindsey of Iuka; his aunt, Linda Adams (Kenny) of Amory; two nephews, Jacob Owen “Jake” Evans and Lucas Reed “Luke” Evans; and a niece, Anne Christian “Annie” Evans .

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles D. Evans; paternal grandparents, Owen and Daphne Elliott Evans of Smithville; maternal grandparents, Onnie and Vera Patton Christian of Fulton.

Pallbearers are Evan Adams, Ben Patton, Kevin Maten, Jason Guntharp, Johnny Southward, Danny Bean, Darryl Long and Jeff Lyles.

Honorary pallbearers are Mack Lloyd Wadkins, Billy McKissick, Bro. Aubrey Brown and Hubert Rhay Robinson.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home in Iuka. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Monday at the church.

Memorials can be made to Charles Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund at Renasant Bank in Iuka, to Iuka Baptist Church or to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Inc. 26345 Network Place Chicago, IL 60673-1263.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Will Ray Thomas Jr.

Will Ray “Slick” Thomas, Jr. passed away on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at the age of 86 in Panama City, Fla. Slick was a highly decorated pilot in the United States Air Force; a veteran of WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War; and a long-time resident of Lynn Haven, Fla.

He was born in Aberdeen, Miss. in 1927 and served in the Army Air Forces and the Air Force retiring after 23 years of active duty having twice been a squadron commander.

Slick was stationed worldwide including Alaska, Korea, Germany, Oxnard AFB, Calif.; Thailand, Vietnam and Tyndall AFB, Fla, where he was stationed three times and called it home. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross while serving in Korea, the Bronze Star in Vietnam and also earned multiple Air Medals. As a command pilot, Slick flew a variety of aircraft for the Air Defense Command and while in combat in Korea, including the T-33 Shooting Star, F-94 Starfire, F-89 Scorpion, F-101 Voodoo, F-102 Delta Dagger, F-104 Starfighter, F-105 Thunderchief, and the F-106 Delta Dart. In Vietnam, Slick was the Director of Airborne Battle Staff on the EC-130E ABCCC. He accumulated over 4550 flight hours, with 574 combat hours in Korea and Vietnam.

After retiring from the Air Force, Will Ray became a realtor with his wife, Annie Ruth. He soon started Thomas Construction building custom homes in the Bay County Area which he would continue for the next several decades.

An avid bird hunter, he was known to have several top bird dogs. He also loved to play golf which he was able to do well into his 70s. He was a member of the Lynn Haven Rotary Club, the Quiet Birdmen, and was a member of the Lynn Haven Methodist Church for over 40 years.

He is survived by a son, Frank Thomas of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; his daughters, Karen Foley of South Padre Island, Texas and Alison Thomas of Albuquerque, N.M.; a stepdaughter, Sara Starr of Orlando, Fla.; and a granddaughter, Jocelyn Ceriello of Panama City, Fla. He is also survived by two brothers; Robert Thomas of Hattiesburg, Miss. and Mac Allen Thomas of Aberdeen, Miss.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Ruth Higgins Thomas, who passed June 15, 1983.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5–7 p.m.

We would like to thank all those who made Will Ray’s last year here a pleasant one, including those at Covenant Hospice, Sims State Veterans Nursing Home, and in particular, Dreama who always had a kind word for an old fighter pilot.

Donald Barrett

GUNTOWN – Donald Curtis Barrett, 51, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Meridian after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Wilma King

OXFORD – Wilma Quay King, 85, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Born in Lafayette Springs, she was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church where she previously taught Sunday school and was a former member of the WMU. A former member of Yocona Homemakers Club, she enjoyed working in her flower garden and especially liked growing daylilies. She was also a skilled seamstress and particularly loved crocheting and quilting. Along with her husband of 67 years, she enjoyed traveling and was proud to have visited 49 states. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and took advantage of any opportunity to get her family together for a home-cooked meal.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Chuck Fowler and the Rev. Ross Robertson officiating. Burial will follow in Yellow Leaf Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, James Ernest King of Oxford; a daughter, Susan King Morton and her husband, Danny of Oxford; a sister, Jean Brown of Oxford; two brothers, Wayne Sparks and Dwight Sparks, both of Oxford; and two grandsons, James Daniel Morton and Phillip Joes Morton and his wife, Tyler.

She was preceded in death by a son, James Timothy King.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to New Prospect Baptist Church, 823 Hwy. 334, Oxford, MS 38655.

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Angie Shelton

OLIVE BRANCH – Mary Angelyn “Angie” Shelton, 59, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. Born June 9, 1954, in Amory, she was a daughter of Ernest Kenneth and Mary Catherine Williams Adams.

She was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1972, and of Mississippi State University, Class of 1976. On July 25, 1976, she married Larry Shelton. Prior to working for and retiring from MAPCO Petroleum, Angie worked for Ed’s Supermarket, Sterling’s, Peoples Drug Store and BancorpSouth.

She was a member of Maples Memorial United Methodist Church in Olive Branch and had served as the MYF director. Loving, giving, helpful with a big heart, Angie was passionate about the Kidney Foundation, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. She enjoyed all types of music, hunting, MSU ballgames and traveling.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Shelton of Olive Branch; brother, Kenny Adams (Linda) of Amory; one sister-in-law, Paula K. Hurley of Amory; and two brothers-in-law, Kenny Shelton and Billy Owens, both of Amory; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Angelyn Rachon Shelton.

A celebration of life service will begin at 3:30 p.m. today, Oct. 6, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Chuck Herring officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Evan Adams, Wayne and Bubba Daughtery, Frank Davis, Mark Parham, Danny Parham and Phillip Williams.

Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. B.J. Kelley.

Memorials may be given to the Kidney Foundation, Finance Department. 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016; American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206; or to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Faye Ellen Digby

FULTON – Faye Ellen Montgomery Digby, 88, passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the Meadows. She was born July 26, 1925, in Itawamba County to M.E. “Mannie” and Gertrude Graham Montgomery. She was a retired teacher after 30 years of service and was a devoted pastor’s wife for 62 years. She was instrumental in the Christ for the Crisis radio and TV ministry for 57 years. She traveled and ministered in all 50 states and around the world. She was the 1982 recipient of the Itawamba County Good Citizen award. She was an avid reader and book lover, and her favorite pastime was preparing meals for her family. She always had a smile on her face and influenced many people throughout her life and ministry.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the First Baptist Church in Fulton with Bro. Casey Hughes, Bro. Kenny Digby and Danny Digby officiating. Burial will be in the Itawamba Memorial Gardens. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Bro. Eugene Digby; two sons, Danny Digby (Kathy) of Fulton and Bro. Kenny Digby (Becky) of Corinth; one sister, Pat Davis (Ken) of Chicago; five grandchildren, Jason Digby (Susanne), Stan Digby (Stephanie), Bailey Digby, Kaleb Digby and Austin Digby; and three great-grandchildren, Patrick, Jordan and Chloe.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, J.C. Montgomery; and a daughter-in-law, Betty Ann Moore Digby.

Her grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Fulton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to Christ for the Crisis, P.O. Box 6, Fulton, MS 38843.

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Jerry Gray

FULTON – Jerry Gray, 43, passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Tupelo. He was born Dec. 14, 1969, to James O. and Ruby Lillian Bobo Gray. He worked at Burleson Exteriors for several years and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Services will begin at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 6, at Senter Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Burleson officiating. Burial will be in Walton Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. today until service time.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Gray of Fulton; mother, Ruby Lillian Gray of Dorsey; two sons, James Anthony Gray (Lydia Walton) of Dorsey, and Brandon Wayne Gray (Victoria) of Mooreville; two grandsons, Anthony Jordan Gray of Dorsey, and Bentley Wayne Gray of Mooreville; two brothers, Jamie Gray of Fulton, and Steve Gray (Sonya) of Water Valley; three sisters, Tammy Carruthers of Tupelo, Kathy McMillen (John) of Kirkville, and Lisha Lewis (Dale) of Peppertown; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, James O. Gray.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Gray, Brandon Gray, James Bobo, Brian Hinton, Steve Gray and Jamie Gray.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Kevin Sullivan

RIPLEY – Kevin Lewis “Kubby” Sullivan, 53, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at his residence in Ripley. He was born June 9, 1960, to Charles Kenneth and Martha Jane Lewis Sullivan. He was a Baptist. He loved dirt track racing and duck hunting. He worked as a volunteer fireman for several years. He worked at Piper Impact, and he also worked as a welder.

There will be a memorial service at a later date.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Nance Sullivan of Ripley; two children, Melissa Criswell (Randy) of Ripley and Chris Garner (Stephanie) of Ripley; one brother, Jeff Sullivan (Becky) of Ripley; two half-brothers, Shane Sullivan of Camden, Tenn. and Richie Sullivan of Nashville; five nieces and nephews, Desirae, Austin, Emma, Ken and Shelby Sullivan; four grandchildren, Landon Smith, Taylor Garner, Channing Garner and Sayla Grace Garner; and one special friend, Charlie Duncan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Charles “Chuck” Sullivan.

To view obituaries and sign on-line guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Phyllis Terrell

BYHALIA – Phyllis Diana Brock Terrell, 59, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Desoto County.

Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Tippah Shiloh Methodist Church in Tippah County. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 10 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.

Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Patrick A. Terrell

BYHALIA – Patrick Alan Terrell, 59, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Desoto County.

Services will be 3 p.m. at Tippah Shiloh Methodist Church in Tippah County. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 10 p.m. today, Oct. 6, at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.

Online condolences can be accessed at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net

Rebecca Easley

NEW ALBANY – Rebecca Easley, 66, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born in New Albany on Dec. 7, 1956, to Howard Wayne Hogue and Betty Jane Richardson Hogue. She was a housewife.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Keownville Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Bishop officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, William Kenny Easley of New Albany; two daughters, Stephanie Easley of New Albany and Kayla (Bobby)King of Alpine; her parents, Howard Wayne and Betty Hogue; four grandchildren; and her in-laws, Billy and Shelby Easley of New Albany.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Howard Wayne Hogue Jr.

Hoyle Dykes

BALDWYN – Hoyle Dykes, 80, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Unit in Tupelo. He attended Asbury Methodist Church, and he was a Mason. He was a truck driver for many years, and his CB handle was Flat Top. He played in the Harvest Time Gospel Band, and he was the animal control officer for the city of Baldwyn. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Robert McCoy and Bro. Jim Holcomb officating. Burial will be in the Asbury Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home

is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors includ his wife, Margrete Dykes of Baldwyn; children, Rosemary Palmer (Larry) of Birmingham, Ala. Don Vise (Teresa) of Lyles,Tenn., Hoyle Dykes Jr. (Pam) of Baldwyn, Cheryl Leggins (Frank) of Belden and Peggy Thompson of Baldwyn; one brother, Bill Dykes (Geraldine) of Fulton; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Annie Whitman; father, Lewis A. Dykes; one brother, Edward Dykes; and one sister, Dorothy Ballard.

Masons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Willa Faye Pearson

GOLDEN – Willa Faye Pearson, 79, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Clay County Medical Center in West Point. She was born in Itawamba County on May 18, 1934, to Willie and Pearlie Hamm, and she was a homemaker.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Ray Burks and Bro. Jack Maroon officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two sons, Randy Pearson of Saltillo and Terrell Pearson (Jeanece) of Golden; three sisters, Mildred Petty, Birdie Kent (Herman) and Christine Hamm, all of Golden; one brother, Tillman Hamm (Wanda) of Red Bay; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Price Pearson; an infant daughter, Amy Alisha Pearson; and her parents.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the funeral home in Belmont.

Thelma Lee Holder

TUPELO – Thelma Lee Orsborn Holder, 100, passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Aug. 27, 1913, in Lee County to Oliver and Marget Ann Johnson Orsbon. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, cherishing every memory made with them. Quilting and working in her flowers were among her favorite hobbies. She was also the oldest living member of Auburn Baptist Church.

A celebration of her life will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Rev. Bob O’Neal and Rev. Jimmy Henry officiating. Burial will be in Auburn Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Millard Chester Holder and Lester Lee Holder (Bobbie); five grandchildren, Patricia Jones, Mitzi Hampton (Bill), Phillip Holder (Penny), Robert Holder and Sammy Holder; 12 great-grandchildren, Matthew Williams, Amanda Timms, Trish McCuller, Mindy McDonald, Jeremy McCuller, Tiffany Tackitt, Bub Rock, Nick Holder, Emilee Holder, Ashley Holder, Andrea Gardner and Hannah Odom; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Marcene Orsborn and Christine Orsborn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 54 years, Millard Holder in 1989; two brothers, Curtis Orsborn and Loal Orsborn; two sisters, Mendia Orsborn and Clytie Melton; and one daughter-in-law, Sue Holder.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Holder, Robert Holder, Sammy Holder, Matthew Williams, Jeremy McCuller and Bub Rock.

The family will receive friends 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Auburn Baptist Church Building Fund.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Lynn Moore

TUPELO – Lynn Moore, 92, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at her residence after an extended illness. She was born July 30, 1921, the daughter of William and Maudie Hopkins. A lifelong Tupelo and Lee County native, she owned and operated Lynn’s Beauty Shop for many years. She was a dedicated member of the Church of God of Prophecy and spent many hours serving in her church. She loved working in her yard, tending her flowers, and continued riding her John Deere as recently as this past spring. Her family and friends remember her wit and keen sense of humor during the special times they shared together

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Marvis Bostick Sr. and Bro. Billy West officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Norris (Sam) of Tupelo; her son, Larry Moore of Tupelo; two sisters, Athelene Thayer of Ft. Wayne Ind. and Dorothy Jean Adams of Mobile, Ala.; four grandchildren, Patrick Rogers, John David Rogers (Mary Shea), Jackson Moore (Barbara) and Carly Cody (Tom); four great-grandchildren, Alex Rogers, Catherine Rogers, Leland Cody and Hunter Moore; and special friends, Louise Kisor and Betty Raines.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Houston Moore who passed away in 1994; and four brothers, Hoyt, Grady, Douglas and Charles Hopkins

Pallbearers will be Patrick Rogers, John David Rogers, Alex Rogers, David Adams, Jeffrey Thayer, D.W. Hopkins and Bob Coley.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Joyce Gonsman

GUNTOWN – Joyce Jeanette Trulove Gonsman, 70, passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at her residence. She was born Aug. 8, 1943, to C.B. Trulove and the late Cordelia Sheffield Trulove. She retired from Advance Auto Parts after many years of service. She enjoyed gardening and crafting. She also enjoyed Elvis, her animals, and more importantly, her family.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Senter Funeral Home with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include daughter, Tina (Darrell) Loyd of Fulton; son, Richard Michael Bafumo Sr.; grandson, Richard Michael Bafumo Jr.; grandson, Stephen A. Bafumo, all of West Palm Beach, Fla.; granddaughter, Brandy (Joshua) Nichols of Fulton; granddaughter, Elizabeth (Dameon) Chandler of Detroit, Ala.; granddaughter, Kimberlee (Curtis Moore) Engel of Fulton; five great-grandchildren; sister, Carneader Borsnik of Fulton; sister, Diane Channey of Ill.; brother, Jim (Shirley) Trulove of Saltillo; and brother, Merlin D. Trulove of Delray Beach, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her father, C.B. Trulove; mother, Cordelia Trulove; husband, Charles E. Gonsman; brother, Verlon Trulove; brother, G.B. Trulove; sister, Ruth Kent; and sister, Dewdrop Elrod

Pallbearers are Daniel Hines, Jonathan Hines, Lance Grissom, Kenneth Milner and Scott Bunnell.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 7 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Larry Palmer

AUBURN – Larry Allen Palmer, 57, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He loved everybody and would do anything he could for you. He was a Baptist. He also loved his dog, Trixie.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Smith officiating. Burial will be in Euclatubba Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Birdie Palmer; sister, Glenda Wallace (Tim) of Auburn; sister-in-law, Linda Palmer; one nephew; and many cousins, aunts, uncles and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, Glen Palmer; and two brothers, Lester and Bill Palmer.

Pallbearers will be Randy Palmer, Mitchell Palmer, Jason Clayton, Craig Clayton, Mike McGloflin and Richard Streeman.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.