By Chickasaw Journal
Lillie Mae Blake
AMORY – Lillie Mae Miles Blake, 89, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. A native of Eldridge, Ala., she was born on Dec. 29, 1921, to the late W.E. and Cora Purnie Davis Miles. Known by her faith in God and her love for her family, she was caring and helping to everyone. She was a graduate of Carolina Schools. She married Melvin Chester Blake, who preceded her in death in 1981. She was retired from the garment industry, working at Monroe Trouser, Wilson Mfg, and Amory Garment Co., and she also worked at The Friendship House. Mrs. Blake was a member of Trace Road Baptist Church, where she sang in the church choir. She enjoyed fishing, sewing, and seek-a-word puzzles, and she loved listening to gospel music, shopping and dining out.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Shepherd (Dan) of Amory; her brothers, Jimmie Miles (Willalois) of Aberdeen and Billy Miles (Edith) of Verona; four grandchildren, Lisa Gentry (Art) of Amory, Janet Cavalier (Ron) of Rocky Mount, N.C., Missy Lamm (Mike) of Wilson, N.C., and Patti Boozer (Jeff) of Amory; 10 great-grandchildren, Jill Hildreth (Casey), Brian Thornton (Dawn), Paige Thornton, Lanson Browning, Shepherd Browning, Hunter Browning, Josh Lamm, Ches Lamm, Taylor Ann Boozer and J J Boozer; five great-great-grandchildren, Kody and Kooper Thornton, Annalyn and Wyatt Hildreth, and Blake Browning.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ches Blake; her sister, Louise Powell; and her brother-in-law, James Powell.
A Celebration of Life Service was held Wednesday, Sept. 14, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial was in Haughton Memorial Park in Amory.
Pallbearers were Jeff Boozer, Brian Thornton, Chad Murphy, Vincent Miles, Van Miles and Ken Miles. Honorary pallbearers were the staff of River Place Nursing Center.
Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial & Honor Program-F, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 or LeBonheur Foundation, P.O. Box 42048, Memphis TN 38174.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the Blake family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
MEMPHIS – Vanquita Deloris Guy Fagan, 39, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at her home in Memphis.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Balmoral Presbyterian Church in Memphis. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
STARKVILLE – Sallie Poe Blue, 79, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Pleasant Grove Robinson Missionary Baptist Churech. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
MEMPHIS – Anthony Snow, 22, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
MANTACHIE – Dennis Coy Butler , 84, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at Golden Living Center Nursing Facility in Amory. He was born Aug. 22, 1927, to Amil and Mae Belle Smith Butler. He attended Living Water Community
Church in the Eggville community. He worked at Vend Foods and then worked at the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal for 30 years before retiring two years ago. He enjoyed sharing his faith in Christ with others, listening to Southern gospel music, and watching Unity Broadcasting, Channel 39.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Bill Adams and Bro. Horace Barnes officiating. Burial will be in the Fawn Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Dennis E. Butler (Terri) of Aberdeen and Jason Scott Butler of Mantachie; two daughters, Wanda Byars of Tupelo and Patricia Branning (Brian) of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sybil Harris Butler; two brothers, J.B. Butler and Lando Butler; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Larry Butler, Brian Branning, Jesse Butler, Phillip Swan, Joseph Byars and Stephen Smith.
Visitation will be from 11 a. m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home in Mantachie.
ABERDEEN – Michael Patterson died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. He was born Nov. 14, 1962, in McCondy to Willie Morris and Sandy Pearl Patterson. He attended school in Kansas City, Kan., and graduated from F.L. Schagle High School in 1980. He moved to Atlanta, Ga., and worked for the IRS for several years. In 1987, he moved to Okolona. He married Charlotte Lawson, and they had one child. On July 7, 1990, at the Pure Language District Convention, he was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Up to the time of his death, he gave Bible readings via telephone tie-in, encouraged his brothers and sisters, and preached about Jehovah’s Kingdom whenever possible. He was thoroughly loved and will be deeply missed.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Aberdeen Park and Recreation Building. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother and longtime caregiver, Sandy Pearl Randle (Cornell) Gilbert; one son, Jared Michael Patterson; his father, Ted “Willie Morris” (Brenda) Patterson; his sisters, Sandra (Larry) Walker, Cynthia (Lico) Banks and LaWanda (Stanley) Gates; nieces and nephew, Shavonne Davis, Andrea Banks, Cortney Banks, Nicholas and London Gates; great-nephew, Ashton Banks; stepbrothers and stepsisters, Alan (Yvonne) Bland, Darrick (Lisa) Byas, Kimberly (Andrew) Guider, Neidra (Michael) Brown, Jim Mackey, Robert “PeeWee” Mackey, Michael (Erica) Mackey, Lisa Mackey and Roger Mackey.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
MANTACHIE – Pam Underwood, 50, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at her home after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
ALBUQUERQUE – Allen Roberts, 49, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in Albuquerque, N.M. He was born on June 17, 1962, to Don Roberts and the late Pat Roberts.
He is survived by his father, Don Roberts; four sisters, Wanda Drake and Dawn Ward, both of Albuquerque, and Merry Morris and Debbie Goode, both of Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the Roberts family at eepicklefuneralhome.com. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is assisting the family.
GRENADA – Estelle Bryant Easley, 85, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at the Grenada Living Center. She was born Dec. 12, 1925, in Webster County. She was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Grenada.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City with the Rev. Dale Easley, the Rev. Shelton Easley and the Rev. Bob Self officiating. Burial will be in Duncan Hill Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Survivors include two daughters, Laura Rodgers (Danny) of Houlka and Judy Brown (Michael) of Bruce; three sons, Harvey G. Easley (Gracia) of Grenada, Jimmy Easley (Charlotte) of Covington, Ga., and Richard Easley (Carol) of Calhoun City; one brother, Gene Bryant (Dorothy) of Gore Springs; nine grandchildren, Jay Easley, Vince Easley (Mae Beth), Shelton Easley (Tanya), Michael Easley (Tessa), Heather Head (Keith), Kyle Easley, Candy Lowe, Jon Murphree (Kayla) and Ginger Gore (Dallas); 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Vernon Easley; her parents, Earnest Bryant and Rena Bailey Bryant; and a brother, Frank Bryant.
Pallbearers will be Jock Easley, Kyle Easley, Michael Easley, Shelton Easley, Vince Easley, Jon Murphree and Jay Easley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
Mona Rea Houston
BALDWYN – Mona Rea Russell Houston, 92, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
FULTON – Maggie Robinson, 90, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at Dogwood Plantation Assisted Living. She was born March 15, 1921, to Oscar and Mary Dulaney Adams. She was a longtime member of Trinity Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Hillcrest Masonic Cemetery with Dr. Don Baggett officiating. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Nell Alfaro of Knoxville, Tenn.; one sister, Ruth Adams of Fulton; one granddaughter, Lisa Alfaro Munday; three great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Christina and Natalie; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Robinson; her parents; and one sister, Ruby Stanford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jo Lane Gregory
NEW ALBANY – Jo Lane Gregory, 42, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Ingomar Baptist Church.
DYERSBURG, Tenn. – Sula Lumpkin, 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, in Jackson, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.
NEW ALBANY – Kathy Ann Jarvis, 52, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at her home in New Albany. She was born Nov. 22, 1958, in Baldwyn to Cecil Wayne Malone Sr. and Patrica Ann Malone. She was a lifelong resident of New Albany. She was a seamstress and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Donnie Gilmore Jr. of Saltillo and Christopher D. Gilmore of Baldwyn; two daughters, Mellisa Gilmore and Sheena Allman, both of Tupelo; three brothers, Cecil Malone Jr. of Byhalia, Larry Malone of Cordova, Tenn., and Jerry Malone of New Albany; three sisters, Delitha Irvin of New Albany, Joyce McClarty of Olive Branch and Debbie Bishop of Etta; and 15 grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Adam Cornelius, Josh Mason, Chad Irvin, Cory Abbott, David Allen Irvin and Brian Malone.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the Enterprise Cemetery Fund.
PONTOTOC – Valley Faye Clifton, 88, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 5, 1922, in Oxford. She was married to Hubert Clifton for 50 years and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of Springdale Baptist Church in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Mark Tutor officiating. Burial will follow in Springdale Cemetery in Oxford.
She is survived by her son, Dwight F. Clifton (Pat) of Pontotoc; four granddaughters, Felicia Clifton and Lisa Bagwell (Barry) of Pontotoc, Machelle Dorman of Starkville and Belinda Tutor (Mark) of Fulton; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carrie Pered and Mary Lynn Mathis of San Antonio, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Lula Starnes; one son, James “Roland” Clifton; three sisters, Mildred Lawrence, Allie Mae Hicks and Janie Lou Welch; and two brothers, Norris Starnes and Wadelo Starnes.
Pallbearers will be Channing Tutor, Nicolas Tutor, Tyler Bryant, Justin Wilbanks, Anthony Carter and Diane Bryant.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
AMORY – Mary Arletta “Tootsie” Barker, 82, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at her home in Amory. Born on May 6, 1929, in St. Louis, Mo., she was a daughter of William and Lucille Barker. She was a graduate of MCTS/West Amory High School. She was a member of St. Paul M.B. Church and a member of the church choir. She served the community and West Amory School as one of the crossing guards for the school system. An avid Amory Panther fan, she loved Major League baseball and professional football. She was a former employee of Cramco Ind. and she also worked in private homes. She was a great mother and homemaker.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Rose of Sharon Church of God in Christ with the Rev. Lesley T. Mabry officiating, along with Superintendent Elder Jessie L. Hutton. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery. Darden & Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her sons, Charlie Barker of Laurel, Md., and Keith S. (Sherrell) Cook of Washington D.C.; a godson, Josh Crump of Amory; her daughters, Cecilia B. (George) Allen of Fredericksburg, Va., and Althea L. Bailey of Smithville, Tenn.; a goddaughter, LaShanna McKinney of Hattiesburg; one brother, Finis (Bonnie) Cook of Tacoma, Wash.; one sister, Elayne Wax of Omaha, Neb.; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and a special friend and caregiver, Annie Sue Fears.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services on Friday.
TUPELO – Lee Shelton, 64, died August 25, 2011, at his residence. He was born May 20, 1947, to Jesse Lee and Nancy Shelton. He was a Vietnam War veteran, serving in the United States Army. He was retired from BellSouth.
A private service will be held at a later date. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Entombment will be in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum.
Survivors include a sister, Donna (Tim) Traugott of Grenada; one nephew, Allan Traugott (Dawn) of Grenada; and a great-niece, Bailey Traugott of Grenada.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Aubrey Plunkett Jr.
NETTLETON – Aubrey Plunkett Jr., 82, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a three-week illness. He was a farmer, combat veteran, bluegrass musician and minister of the gospel. He was born in Vina, Ala., on May 27, 1929, to Orby and Fleeta Mae Rodgers Plunkett. He spent his early years there and in the Red Bay area before moving to Nettleton as a young teen. He joined the U.S. Army at age 17 as part of the post-World War II Allied Occupation Forces. He turned 18 in Berlin. At the outbreak of the Korean War, he was assigned to the 73rd Armor Battalion where he served as a tank commander. He was later awarded the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars and was honorably discharged with the rank of Master Sergeant.
Mr. Plunkett married Mary Victoria Barrett on July 5, l952. They lived several years in Waukegan, Ill., before returning home to Nettleton. Mrs. Plunkett died July 25, 1998. He was an active and faithful member of the Jones Chapel Baptist Church, the Senior Adult Sunday School group there and the music ministry, playing his guitar until his illness three weeks ago. He enjoyed bluegrass music, attending church and studying his Bible, keeping up with his military buddies including attending many of their reunions, sharing his splendid personality with practical jokes and pranks on his family and friends, and attending the daily morning coffee group at Kim’s Restaurant in Nettleton. He was a wonderful father and grandfather, a patriotic American and a devoted Christian.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Jones Chapel Baptist Church in Nettleton with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating, assisted by Bro. Corey Hall and Knee Deep In Bluegrass Group. Burial will follow in Jones Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Holland Funeral Directors, Nettleton Chapel and immediately following the service on Friday at Jones Chapel Baptist Church. Holland Funeral Directors, Nettleton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his children, Deena Plunkett Morgan (Roger) of Nettleton, James Harold Plunkett (Brenda) of Tupelo and Bob Plunkett (Kathy) of Tupelo; his grandchildren, Grant Morgan (Christy), Barrett Morgan (Kayla) Joshua Plunkett (Christy), Joey Plunkett, Hal Plunkett (fiancée, Kristi), Sara Caldwell Plunkett and Rob Harrison (Brandy); nine great-grandchildren, Keeli, Ava, Kaleigh, Wes, Russ, Aubrey, Devin, Abbie and Ethan; a brother, Tom Plunkett (Sandy) of Kenosha, Wis.; and a sister, Pat Wheeler of Alabama; his special friend of 10 years, Pauline Altom of Verona.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 44 years, Mary Victoria; and two brothers, Jim and Horace Plunkett.
Pallbearers will be the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class at Jones Chapel. Honorary pallbearers will be the 73rd Tank Batalion.
Memorials may be made to Jones Chapel Baptist Church, 30151 Metts Road, Nettleton, MS 38858 or to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Condolences may be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Dennis McCoy Jr.
BLUE SPRINGS – Dennis McCoy Jr., 34, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
OXFORD – David “Deke” Baskin, 59, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Clear Creek M.B. Church. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Oxford. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Clear Creek M.B. Church.