Obituaries October 9, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Clara Shelton
EGGVILLE – Clara Shelton, 94, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. She was born May 4, 1918, in Florence, Ala. She lived much of her adult life in Zion, Ill., and retired from Abbott Laboratories in Chicago. She retired to Big Sandy, Tenn., where she took care of her mother and father until they passed. She later moved to the Eggville community to live with her brother and then to Magnolia Manor Assisted Living. She loved sewing, cooking, gardening and reading, her favorites being Louis L’Amour books, cookbooks and the Bible. She was a longtime member of Church of God of Prophecy in Zion, Ill., Tennessee and Mississippi. She never married nor had children; her passion was her family, especially her nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Big Sandy Church of God of Prophecy in Big Sandy, Tenn., with Billy West and Junior Davis officiating. Burial will be beside her mother and father in the Ramble Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her brothers, Randall Shelton (Joe) of Zion, Ill., Roland Shelton (Bobbie) of Portage, Mich., and Curtis Shelton (Sarah) of Tupelo; her sisters, Geneva Rowland of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., and Mary Olmstead (Ned) of Summerville, N.C.; her sisters-in-law, Thelma and Shirley, both of Zion, Ill., and Helen of Big Sandy, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews, and their children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Garfield and Cora Shelton; and three brothers, Jimmy Shelton, Lloyd Shelton and Maynard Shelton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday with a short memorial at 7 p.m. at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie and from 1 p.m. until service time Friday at the Big Sandy Church of God of Prophecy.

William Prather
GUNTOWN – William Eugene Prather 85, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at his residence. He worked at Penn Tire and he was an electrician, plumber, engine mechanic and a farmer. He was a member of Jericho Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Marvin Robbins and Bro. Wayne Frederick officiating. Burial will be in Jericho Cemetery.
He is survived by three sons, Roy Prather (Janice) of Alpine, Thomas Prather (Sherry) of Wheeler and Frank Prather (Mitzie) of Alpine; and grandchildren, Misty McCarthy (Matt), Dusty Prather (Lindsey), John Prather, Andrew Prather, Ben Prather and Hunter Prather.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Truman Prather; parents, George Dewey and Hattie Bell Bryson Prather; and a brother, James Prather.
His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Gwendolyn Armstrong
NEW ALBANY – Gwendolyn Altheia High Armstrong, 60, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was a former employee of Piper Impact and Union County Head Start. She was a member of Court No. 5 Heriones of Jericho, a Meals on Wheels helper and active in community affairs.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Red Hill M.B. Church with burial following in Red Hill Cemetery in Blue Springs.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Armstrong; three children, Aundrea Reaneata High, Franswar D. Wade and Robin Armstrong; her mother, Loralean Golden; her siblings, Gary Golden, Terry Golden, Lanelle Golden (Danny) and Trampus Golden (Ruby), all of New Albany; three grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other family; and friends.
Visitation will be 1 until 8 p.m. today at Serenity Funeral Home in New Albany.
Brad McCreary
BALDWYN – Bradley “Brad” McCreary, 35, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was truck driver for Waddell Trucking and he enjoyed NASCAR, fishing and spending time with his children. He was a member of Hill Crest Church of Christ.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Minister Tim Childs and Brother Mike Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by his wife, Ashlee McCreary of Baldwyn; parents, Sammy and Lisa Ann McCreary of Baldwyn; two daughters, Emma Kate McCreary and Autumn McCreary of Saltillo; two sons, Dylan McCreary of Saltillo and Jackson Edge of Baldwyn; a sister, Brittney Mortimer (Kent) of Winona; a brother, Ben McCreary of Starkville; and grandparents, Odell Roberts and Jean McCreary, both of Baldwyn.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Claudie McCreary; and an uncle, Bud McCreary.
Pallbearers will be Mark Gamble, Ricky Johnson, Matthew Pettigo, Lamar Latch, David Wallis Jr. and Dr. Neal Roberts.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Danny Smith
PLANTERSVILLE – Danny Joe Smith, 54, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Community Hospice in Verona. Born Nov. 11, 1957, in Monroe County, he was a son of Katherine Bullard Smith and the late Ariol Morris Smith. He was a former sewing machine mechanic for Amory Garment Company and he enjoyed fishing and 4-wheeler riding. He was of the Baptist faith and a U.S. Army veteran.
A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Steve Parrish officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park with military honors. Pallbearers will be the members of the military.
Survivors include one daughter, Brittany Renea Smith Tubbs (Daniel) of Nettleton; one son, Christopher Joe Smith of Mooreville; two sisters, Janet Lynn Haynes of Amory and Susan Ann Kennedy (Dwight) of Amory; one brother, Jerry Dale Smith of Nettleton; two grandchildren, Donivan Daniel Tubbs and Aubrey Faith Tubbs; and special friend, Nelle Escalante.
He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Sammy Morris Smith; and brother-in-law, Danny Haynes.
Visitation will continue until service time at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Rose Marie Brewer
WREN – Rose Marie Williams Brewer, 83, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at her home. She was born Nov. 13, 1928, in Monroe County to Willie Clement Williams Sr. and Sophia Della Mae Gentry Williams. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. She was a graduate of Wren High School. She was a homemaker and a member of Wren Presbyterian Church.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tranquil Cemetery in Wren. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Wanda Brewer Pierce (Dale) of Aberdeen and Melody Brewer Miles (Skip) of Amory; one son, Steve Brewer (Sandra) of Wren; seven grandchildren, Rachel Pierce Waide, Brad Brewer, Ben Pierce, Laura Harlow, Stephanie Brewer May, Natalie Pierce and Mary Margaret Miles; and five great-grandchildren, Drew Keeton, Jurdan May, Sloan May, Macey Brewer and Will Brewer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hansell Brewer; sister, Annie Mae Williams Morgan; and brothers, James Charles Williams and W.C. Williams Jr.
Pallbearers will be Brad Brewer, Skip Miles, Ben Pierce, Dale Pierce, Will Strickland, Jim Waide and Wesley Wallace.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Harriett Walker
EUPORA – Harriett Embry Walker, 71, died Sunday Oct. 7, 2012, at her residence. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Eupora First United Methodist Church with burial in Eupora City Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:30 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all arrangements.
James A. Womack
CLINTON – James Womack passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. A native of Mantee, he was the son of the late James Womack and Zada Kolb Womack. He was a graduate of Cumberland High School. He attended Mississippi College, where he received bachelor’s degree in business. He received his master of business degree from the University of Mississippi and his masters of science degree in social work from the University of Tennessee. He retired as Deputy Commissioner of Administration from Mississippi State Department of Public Welfare, where he worked for more than 20 years. Before his retirement he worked as an instructor of social work for USM. He was a cashier and chairman of the board for the Bank of Mantee. He worked for the Tennessee Department of Human Services and as the county welfare director for Webster County. He spent many years teaching in various community colleges, his longest term being at Clark College prior to his work with Department of Human Services.
He was a longtime member of Lions Club International, Rotary Club and Gideons International, and an active member of Retired Men of Destin. He was a member of Parkway Baptist Church in Clinton and a former member of Hardy Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, where he served the Lord as Sunday school teacher, deacon and in many capacities. He enjoyed photography, was an avid coin collector, and loved to travel. His fondest memory was his trip to Israel.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Lakewood Funeral Home Chapel in Jackson. Interment services will follow in Lakewood Memorial Park.
He is survived by his two stepsons, Don M. Bridges of Lexington, Ind., Jimmy C. Bridges (Sharon) of Raymond; a stepdaughter, Tanya B. Knight (David) of Tylertown; three brothers, Harold Womack of Mathiston, Herbert Womack of Tchula, Ga., and Cecil Womack of Enid, Okla.; two sisters, Nora W. Spence of Mantee and Aver Lee O’Neal of Clinton; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 22 years, Wydell Burch Womack; siblings, Clatie, Tom, Edward and Glen Womack; and a baby sister.
Visitation will be after 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Catch A Dream Foundation.

Jacky Voyles
PONTOTOC – Jacky Voyles, 49, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Pontotoc’s North Mississippi Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 13, 1962, to James (Joe) and Lea Bass Voyles in Pontotoc. He married Bonita Gann Voyles on Feb. 5, 1993, and shared more than 19 years together raising four children. He was a Christian, loving son, husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of Turnpike Baptist Church. He enjoyed the outdoors, loved his mules, taking rides in the wagon and coon hunting. He was a retired truck driver.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. today at Turnpike Baptist Church with Bro. Pete Gregory and Bro. Andy Russell officiating. Burial will follow in the Turnpike Cemetery of Pontotoc. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
He leaves behind his mother, Lea Voyles; his wife, Bonita Voyles; two daughters, Katie Wheeler (Chance) and Brittney Lorick (Cody); two sons, Brian Voyles (Brittney) and Cody Voyles; four grandchildren, Bryson Voyles, Alayna Lorick, Amory Tyson and Brianah Voyles, all of Pontotoc; one sister, Donna Wood (Kelly) of Tupelo; two brothers, Rex Voyles (Cheri) of New Albany and David Neal Voyles of Pontotoc.
He is preceded in death by his father, James (Joe) Voyles.
Pallbearers to serve will be Andy Tyson, Richard Gann, Rusty McKnight, Mike Gillan, Paul Voyles, Brandon Voyles and Jason Yarbourgh.
Visitation will be today from 11 a.m. until service at 2 p.m. at Turnpike Baptist Church.

Howard Dunlap
ABERDEEN – Howard Dunlap, 67, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Aberdeen.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Athens United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Dunlap Cemetery in Smithville. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour before service time.
Earl Owens
BOONEVILLE – Earl G. Owens, 79, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born April 9, 1933, to William Andrew and Earline Stephens Owens. He was a retired supervisor from H&W Pipe, a preacher and a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kara Blackard, Bro. Shane Evetts and Bro. Hollis Boyd officiating. Burial will be in Sumners Chapel Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Edna Sanders Owens; one daughter, Judy Moore of Booneville; one stepdaughter, Jeannie (John Paul) Anderson of Corinth; two sons, John (Glenda) Owens of Booneville and Jim Owens of Burnsville; three sisters, Irene Burns of Marietta, Pauline Reece and Margie Johnson, both of Booneville; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jewel Owens; his second wife, Dorothy Owens; his parents; five brothers, Cecil, Travis, Lederial, James B. and Charles Owens; one son-in-law, William R. “Bill” Moore; and one grandson, Dennis Keith Moore.
Pallbearers are Wayne Owens, Greg Owens, Delane Johnson, Joe Stroupe, Jeremy Owens and Reggie Anderson.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Ray Peters
ABERDEEN – John Ray Peters, 84, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Pioneer Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born Jan. 7, 1928, in Saltillo to John Henry Peters and Wilma Sue Towery Peters. He had lived in Monroe County for the past 38 years. He was a truck driver for Cullum Trucking. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen. His greatest joy in life was his love for his family. He enjoyed reading, current events, watching sports and working in his yard.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Sandra Sisson officiating. Burial will be at Center Hill Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel (Sue) West Peters of Aberdeen; one daughter, Terri Peters Allen (Doug) of Sulligent, Ala.; two sons, Richard Alan Peters (Terrie) of Saltillo and Michael Ray Peters (Cheri) of Aberdeen; one sister, Shirley Hawkins of Nettleton; four brothers, Henry Rex Peters (Evell) of Shannon, Gary “Buck” Peters (Anna) of Columbus, Jake Peters (Judy) of Nettleton and Danny Joe Peters (Kathy) of Okolona; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Joyce Peters Barnette and Betty Peters Grubbs.
Pallbearers will be John Peters, Steve Allen, Justin Peters, Ty Peters, Nick Stuckey and Rexal Peters. Honorary pallbearers will be Gordon Comer, Dr. Vincent Barker and Dr. Kevin Hayes.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to until service time Wednesday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home.
Contributions may be made to the Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church.
An online guest registery and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Rita Matkins
PONTOTOC – Rita Charlotte Matkins, 46, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at home after an extended illness. She was a longtime member of Tupelo Community Church, where she was lead singer and a Sunday school teacher. She was attending Harvest Time Church of God. She enjoyed her grandchildren, crocheting and singing.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. David Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Wade Matkins; three daughters, Wendy, Hillary and Ashley; two sons, Shane and Will; and grandchildren, Chloe, Desiray, Zoey, Aariana, Alley, Tori, Gracie and Corbin.
She was preceded in death by a son, Cory Fowler; a son-in-law, Jeremy New; and parents, Bobby and Leona Sanders.
Pallbearers will be Ricky and Josh Sanders, Ryan Mason, Nathan Doris, Jared Lee and Roger Foster. Honorary Zan Doris and Chris Sanders.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday.
Arleana McCreary
MARIETTA – Flora Arleana Carr McCreary, 89, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Booneville. She was born July 16, 1923, to Will and Emma Milam Carr. She was a member of West Booneville Church of Christ and retired from General Electric in Memphis.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at McMillan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Floyd McCreary; one sister, Lea Illa McCreary of Marietta; four nieces, Lafonda Lindsey (fiancé Kenny Bell), Pam (Rusty) Cole and Janice Rutledge, all of Booneville, and Linda Jackson of Marietta; one nephew, Freddie (Mary) McCreary of Baldwyn; five great-nieces, Michele (Frankie) Rich, Misty Harris, Melinda (Henry) Gilbert, Janie (Ben) Foster and Marla (Todd) Patterson; six great-nephews, Matt (Layne) Lindsey, Devin (Cynthia) Inman, Corey Jones, Chris McCreary, Jeff (Joyce) McCreary and Marty (Elaine) McCreary; and a host of great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Marilyn Smith
HOUSTON – Marilyn Smith, 65, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at her home. She was born Sept. 4, 1947, in Mississippi to Fred and Irene Anderson. She was a homemaker and also worked as a factory worker and as a cook at a quick-stop grill.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Donnie Davis officiating. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery.
Survivors include her two children, Michael Smith of Houston and Kathy Whitt of Houlka; three brothers, Clifford Anderson of Houston, Clayton Anderson and Benny Anderson, both of Woodland; her grandchildren, Jay Tee Whitt, Michael Smith Jr., Austin Smith, Rosa Garza and David Fisher Jr.; one great-grandson, JayMichael Whitt; and her caregiver, Cindy Fisher.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Irene Anderson; her husband, Charles Smith; and a sister, Lacey Smith.
Pallbearers will be Anthony Anderson, Jason Moore, Charles Pettit, Norman Nabors, Ricky Griffin and Victor Hooks. Honorary pallbearers will be John Heair and Jason Stevens.
Online condolences may be left at www.southerfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Jean Rutherford
IUKA – Jean Rutherford, 82, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 until 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Rayford Tedford
CALHOUN CITY – Rayford Tedford, 69, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Oxford. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.

Mary Ann Elam
CORINTH – Mary Ann Elam, 92, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Mississippi Care Center.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at St. Mark M.B. Church with burial following in Corinth National Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until noon Wednesday at the church.

William Stutts
CORINTH – William “Bill” Stutts, 66, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Directors. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Daisy Robinson
GUYS, Tenn. – Daisy Robinson, 59, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Jackson Madison General Hospital. Services were incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
Stanley Davis
GLEN – Stanley Hugh Davis, 73, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at his home. A memorial service will be held at a later date with arrangements announced by Magnolia Funeral Home.
To send condolences, visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Levi Thompson
CORINTH – Levi Stone Thompson, nearly 11 months old, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at his home. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Real Life Church. Memorials may be made to the Levi Thompson Memorial Fund, 4160 CR 200, Corinth, MS 38834.
To send condolences, visit www.magnoliafuneral home.net.

Alex Richardson
CHICAGO – Alex Lee Richardson, 67, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. Services will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.

Evelyn Campbell
FULTON – Evelyn Adeline Campbell, 84, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Courtyards Nursing Facility.
Services and burial will be in Fall Creek, Wis. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of local arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p. m. Wednesday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

Galon Barger
BOONEVILLE – Galon L. Barger, 82, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors and Aly Funeral Home in Eddyville, Ill.

Jerldeen Wilson
TREMONT – Jimmie Jerldeen Wilson, 72, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at her residence. She was born May 24, 1940, in Itawamba County. She was a homemaker. She was song director and member of Hurricane Creek Baptist Church in Vina, Ala.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Bob Massey officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are one son, James Richard Wilson of Tremont; three daughters, Teresa R. Sides and Jamie Wilson (Junior Gillentine), all of Tremont, and Rhonda L. Wilson of Fairview; one sister, Agnes Wilson of Tremont; two granddaughters, Christy Box (Elmer) of Tremont and Chassidy Williams (Darren) of Ramer, Tenn.; one grandson, Michael Morrison Jr. of Tremont; and three great-grandchildren, Breanna Brose, Dylan Brose and Sammantha Wilson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James T. Wilson, and her parents, Ethan Tharp and Lula Conwill Tharp.
Pallbearers will be Jackie Benson, Bill Handley, Joey Graham, Junior Gillentine, Freddie Watson and Darren Williams.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay and until service time on Thursday.