Mattelyn Reed Booth passed away at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson on Sept. 12, 2013, at the age of 75. She resided in Choctaw County.
Survivors include daughters, Anne Reed Booth Ross (Henry) of Eupora, Judith Lee Booth Buys (Mark) of Vicksburg and Tabitha Caroline Booth Browder (Thomas) of Eupora; and one son, James Edward Booth Jr. (Rachel) of Oxford. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James Edward Booth, and daughter, Gwendolyn Childs Booth Wilson. Grandchildren include Arey Caroline Childs Wilson, Herman Henry Ross III, John Williams Ross, Catherine Elizabeth Ross, Mark Talbot Buys Jr., Anne Elizabeth Buys, Benjamin Booth Buys, Reed Washburn Buys, Emma Kathryn Booth, James Edward Booth III and Gwendolyn Childs Booth Browder. Two brothers include James Yewell Reed Jr. and William Childs Reed.
Mattelyn was a graduate of Eupora High School in 1956, where she was salutatorian. She was a 12-year piano student of Margaret Lacey and performed a graduate piano recital. She attended Millsaps College, where she was music major and a member of the Chi Omega Social Sorority.
In the fall of 1957 she met and fell in love with James Edward Booth, a young doctor from Choctaw County who had come to serve at Curry Clinic in Eupora. They were married in the winter of 1957 in the First United Methodist Church, where Mattelyn was a lifelong member. After residing in Jackson for a period of time while Dr. Booth worked on his surgery residency, they returned to Eupora to make this community their home. Here they reared five talented children.
Mattelyn and Dr. Booth introduced their children to the love of the Lord Jesus Christ when they were very young. They instilled in them the love of music and singing. The Booth Family enjoyed singing together at home, at church and numerous public functions.
Mattelyn’s passion was directing dramas depicting the life, death and resurrection of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Another love was accompanying her children on the piano and growing and arranging flowers.
After Dr. Booth’s retirement, they cherished long, quiet, peaceful days together in the home they built on the lands where both the Booth and Reed families originated. She enjoyed being surrounded by her children, grandchildren and extended family, and attending special events of her grandchildren, and her grand-niece and namesake, Mattelyn Brooke Reed, granddaughter of William Childs Reed.
Services will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at the Eupora First United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Visitation will be today, Sept. 14, 2013, at Eupora First United Methodist Church from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Graveside services will follow at Eupora City Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Trey Harper with music provided by Rev. Trey Harper, The Booth Family, and Becky Carver. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all services.
OXFORD – Willie Gipson, 69, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at his residence in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
PONTOTOC – Elsie Marie Helms Seat, 87, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a resident of Pontotoc Nursing Home. She was a member of Algoma Baptist Church and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was a retired secretary for the Mississippi State Experiment Station. She enjoyed fishing, camping and oil painting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 14, at the Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Don Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Pontotoc City Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Candace (Dennis) Reynolds of Birmingham, Ala.; two brothers, Hershel and Buddy Helms, both of Pontotoc; three grandchildren, Chelsea Elizabeth Reynolds, Tyler Nicholas Reynolds and Heather Michelle Seat; and one great-granddaughter, Destiny Seat.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Seat, in 2011; her parents, Albert and Estelle Jaggers Helms; and one sister, Betty Hoffman.
Pallbearers are Tyler Reynolds, Paul Wayne Reynolds, David Helms, Shelley Helms, Greg Hoffman and Richey Crew.
Visitation will be from noon until service time at the funeral home.
Mary Bell Teasley
TUPELO – Mary Bell Teasley, 95, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at the Mitchell Center of United Methodist Senior Services, where she had resided for the last few years. She was born on Oct. 16, l917, in Martin, Tenn., to Romie Hayden Jones and Ada Hendrix Jones. She lived in West Point for well over 50 years before moving to Tupelo to be near her son and his family. A homemaker, she was a longtime active member of the First Baptist Church of West Point. She served the church as secretary and bookkeeper for over 15 years. Her husband, William Thomas Teasley, preceded her in death on June 21, 1998. She was a beloved daughter, mother, grandmother and sister.
There will be no local service. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point with Bro. Dickey Bryan officiating. Visitation will follow the graveside service at First Baptist Church in West Point. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
She is survived by her two sons, Thomas Hayden Teasley (Cheryl) of Southaven and James Richard “Rich” Teasley (Sylvia) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Shannon Teasley Petty (Rob) of Albuquerque, N.M., Laura Teasley Johnson (Chris) of Senatobia, Breanna Rockstad Kincaid (Christopher) of Silver Point, Tenn., and Trevor Rockstad of Gulfport; four great-grandchildren, Kyler Petty, Jessica Petty, Meredith Johnson and Hayden Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister, Sue Sullivan.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Harrel E. Hill Jr.
WEST POINT – Harrel Edward Hill Jr., 58, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. He was born March 1, 1955, in Woodland to Louise Hamby Hill and Harrel Edward Hill Sr. He served as a minister of music for 38 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church and First Christian Church.
Services will be at 6 p.m. today, Sept. 14, at First Christian Church with Chaplain Al Carden officiating and the Rev. Larry Ferguson assisting. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Louise Hamby Hill of West Point; three sisters, Susie and Eric McNair of Pearl, Amy and Keith Elliott of Brandon, and Joy and Willie Edwards of West Point; one brother, Mark and Holli Hill of West Point; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Pete and Mattie Lou Griffin Hamby, and Harlard and Bonnie Franklin Hill.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of First Christian Church.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, P. O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS 39236; or to Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 800 Avery Blvd., Suite 100, Ridgeland, MS 39157-5225; or to the West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter, 1212 Tibbee Road, West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Polly Reich Spigner Frederick, 80, formerly of Tupelo, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Ark. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Online condolences and a guestbook may be accessed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
Bro. Wade Allen
PONTOTOC – Bro. Wade Allen died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. – Edith Stockton, 95, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Stockbridge, Ga. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
COLUMBUS – Kontina Deniece Bonner died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle in Columbus. Born Sept. 10, 1972, in Columbus, she was a daughter of Dora Mae Redmond Jones and Jessie James Sims. She attended Columbus High School. She was of the Holiness faith and a member of Reform Temple Church of God in Christ. She served as a Sunday School teacher and president of the Sunshine Band. She enjoyed reading and discussing the Bible with family and friends. She loved the Lord, her pastor and church family; working in her garden; decorating for family and friends; fishing; and crocheting items as gifts for friends.
She is survived by her husband, Kennedy Bonner, of Columbus; her mother, Dora Mae Redmond Jones of Columbus; two sons, Lavior Petty and Kennedy Michael Devonta, both of Columbus; one daughter, Jessica Redmond Shelton of Columbus; four brothers, Keith Sims and Christopher Sims, both of Columbus, Justin Jones of Jacksonville, Fla., and Brian Keith Hightower of Clarksdale; four sisters, Kimberly Sims of Clarksdale, Renota Jones and Bridget Jones Harrison, both of Columbus, and Jackie Sims of Clarksdale; one grandchild Rachel Shelton.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one brother, Calvin Curtis Sims, and her grandparents, Earsell and Jake Redmond, and Dollie Sims and J.C. Sims.
A celebration of life service will be held 11 a.m. today, Sept. 14, at Reform Temple Church of God in Christ in Reform, Ala. Superintendent Jessie L. Hutton will officiate. Darden And Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements,
Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until Service time today.
BRANDON – Jerry Hill, 77, passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. He was born in Booneville and has been a resident of Brandon for the past 48 years. He was a member of Meadow Grove Baptist Church. He graduated from Mississippi State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed Mississippi State sports. Most of all he was a loving family man. He especially loved his grandchildren who were the light of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Yvonne Hill of Clinton; two sons, Randy Hill of Clinton and Mike Hill (Debbie) of Brandon; three grandchildren, Brianna and Garrett Hill of Brandon and Joshua Hill of Clinton; one sister, Janice Browning of Byram; and one brother, Ted Hill (Sharon) of Wheeler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Ruby Hill, and his three brothers, Ronnie, Larry and Richard Hill.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m.. Monday, Sept. 16, at the Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon.
The family requests that no flowers be sent and that any memorials be made to the Meadow Grove Baptist Church Building Fund at 3221 Louis Wilson Drive, Brandon, MS 39042.
BOONEVILLE – Milton Maness Bartlett, 92, passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.
RIPLEY – Sandra F. Spight, 66, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
HAMILTON – Jimmie Hutchinson died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen.
RIPLEY – Frances Richardson Street, 85, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at her home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
NEW ALBANY – Larry Mathis, 56, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Darlington Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
IUKA – Burchia Milligan, 93, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
SMITHVILLE – Richard Allen “Rickey” Cowley, 59, died on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born on Dec. 13, 1953, in Amory, he was the son of Jessie Doyle “Red” Cowley and Joy Grace Edwards Cowley. He was a graduate of Smithville High School Class of 1972. On May 4, 1971, he married Martha Spruiel. He worked as a shipping supervisor with ITT Fabri-Valve for 20 years and worked in the shipping department with Bryce Corporation for five years. He attended New Bethel Baptist Church and later attended Pearce Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. He was a Christian, and a hard-working and quiet man who liked his privacy. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren, took care of his parents, and was passionate about Vietnam veterans. He enjoyed working in the garden and doing yard work; listening to music by The Doors, The Beatles and Van Morrison; watching Jeopardy; and making his routine visits to Smithville Hardware and Country Boys.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Spruiel Cowley of Smithville; daughter, Melanie C. Lafayette (Jeremy) of Amory; son, Blake Cowley (Brandi) of Amory; grandchildren, Millie Grace, Tate, Thomas Jay, Will, Livi and Luke Henry; sisters-in-law, Margaret Masengale and Joyce Finch, and brothers-in-law, Arley Masengale and Edward Finch.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carroll Ray and Livia Cowley, and Sam and Ila Edwards.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Spruiel and Bro. Van Dale Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Friendship North Cemetery in Detroit, Ala.
Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearer will be Charles Cummings.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to First Friends, P.O. Box 117, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
HOUSTON – Arveria Williams May, 91, passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as senior choir director, adult Sunday school teacher, Senior Mission member, secretary of North Mt. Olivet District and chairperson of the Culinary Committee. She was a retired teacher with the Houlka Attendance Center. She was a graduate of Okolona College, Rust College and the University of Mississippi.
A celebration service honoring her life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Willie B. Lairy officiating. Burial will follow in Ross-Hill Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made to the May family at www.grayson-porters.com.
She is survived by her six children, Ruth Lois of Taylorsville, and Burford (Helen) May, Wallace (Shiley) May, Clementine Anderson, Artherine Foster and Teresa Easley, all of Houston; one sister, Ira W. McFarland of Houston; three generations of grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Sunday.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Samuel R. Gipson, 32, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Hickory Flat.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 14, at Holy Family Catholic School. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Holy Family Catholic School.
PONTOTOC – Carl Winford Skelton, 76, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a 1956 graduate of Algoma High School, he was an Air Force veteran and a business owner. He was the founder of Triangle Service, beginning in 1978 and retiring in 2001.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 14, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Joe Connell officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Cemetery in Verona.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Mattie Stephenson Skelton; two daughters, Carla Bonner and Lori Murrey; a son, David Skelton; granddaughters, Kristin McDaniels, Autumn Young, Kathryn Moore, Blake Skelton and Erika Skelton; great-grandchildren, Kawaii Moore, Barron Russell and Henley McDaniel.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Skelton; his mother, Jodie Ann Walls Skelton; his brothers, Dennis Chapman, Jim Skelton, Joe Skelton, Keyfor Skelton and Curmit Skelton; and a sister, Dorinda Tutor Washington.
Pallbearers will be Vic Bonner, Mark McDaniel, Takashi Moore, Christopher Murrey, Brian Tutor and Mike Gillentine.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Correction: The obituary for Henry Demond Montgomery, which was published in the Daily Journal on Friday, contained some incorrect information. He died on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. The service will be at 1 p.m. today at New Hebron M.B. Church. Jalon McClinton was identified as a brother, but he is a son.