Obituaries September 16, 2013

Ralph A. Johnson

BOONEVILLE – Ralph Arnold Johnson died on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden accident. Ralph was a beloved husband, father, brother and friend. He was a giving man who loved his fellow man, his family, his church, and his farm, better known as his ponderosa.

Ralph was born in Hartford, Arkansas on January 14, 1939. The third of four children of Naomi Mae and Claud Thomas Johnson, Sr., he was a first generation college graduate of the family. Prior to college, he graduated from Hartford High School and was recognized as All-Star football tackle. He was a recipient of a college athletic scholarship and graduated from the State Teachers College (now University of Arkansas-Conway). He furthered his education by receiving a Master’s degree in school administration at Memphis State University.

Ralph began his 40 year career in education as a Biology teacher and coach at Harrisburg High School in Arkansas and then moved onto Shawnee High School in Joiner, Arkansas where he served as head baseball coach, assistant football coach and Principal. In Joiner, Arkansas, he met his wife, Patsy Hill Johnson, whom he married on December 29, 1962, at the Blackland Methodist Church in Mississippi. They have celebrated 50 years of marriage together as man and wife. Ralph and Patsy had two children together, Michael Johnson and Mitzy Johnson-Mills and gained a son-in-law, John Mills, in recent years.

After their unity of marriage, Ralph and Patsy decided to bring their family to Mississippi, where his career continued as Principal of Burnsville High School. For the rest of his career, he held various staff and administrative positions at Northeast Mississippi Community College (NEMCC) in Booneville, Miss., beginning as Head Baseball coach, where in 1970, his players won the State Runner-Up Championship. His other positions include Assistant Defense Football coach, Director of Student Conduct, and Director of Buildings and Grounds. He retired in 2001 to enjoy his cattle and his ponderosa.

Locally, Ralph served as past president of the Prentiss County Cattleman Association. Ralph was a lifelong athlete and outdoorsman. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, where he served on various committees as the Board of Trustees, Pastor Parrish Committee, Administrative Board and the Methodist’s Men Club. He and his wife, in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, donated a baby grand piano to the church this past year. He loved to hear his wife Patsy play the piano and his daughter Mitzy sing.

A celebration of life will be at 4:30 p.m. today, September 16, 2013, at McMillan Funeral Home with Dr. Walter Downs officiating. Burial will be in Blackland Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy H. Johnson; his two children, Mitzy Johnson-Mills (John) of Starkville, Miss. and Michael Johnson of Booneville, Miss. Ralph is also survived by brothers, Bill Johnson of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Claude Johnson of Hartford, Arkansas; and nephews, Bob Johnson, Jimmy Johnson, Tommy Johnson and Joe Enriquez.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Naomi; father, Claud; his sister, Ruth Enriquez; and nephew Tony Johnson.

Pallbearers will be his Christ United Methodist Church Adult II Sunday School Class and Joe M. Childers, former President of NEMCC.

Honorary pallbearers are the former baseball players from the 1970 State Runner-Up Championship.

Visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ralph Johnson Scholarship fund, NEMCC Development Foundation, 101 Cunningham Blvd., Booneville, MS 38829 or to Blackland Cemetery Endowment, BancorpSouth, Booneville, MS.

Dorothy Hillhouse

MANTEE – Dorothy Elizabeth Hillhouse, 85, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at her home. She was was a retired cafeteria manager at East Webster High School and a member of Double Springs Baptist Church in Webster County.

Services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Double Springs Baptist Church in Webster County. Burial was in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her daughters, Peggy Hillhouse of Eupora and Susan Hamilton and husband, David of Pontotoc; sons, Tony Hillhouse and wife, Carol of Mantee and Mike Hillhouse of Eupora; grandchildren, Greg Hunter and wife, Robin, Amanda Brown and husband, Riley, Jody Hillhouse and wife, Cynthia, Tony Carole Powell and husband, Chip, Chris Hillhouse and wife, Ruth Ann, Nathan Hamilton and wife, Jessica, Ben Hamilton and wife, Cassie, Hailey Stewart and husband,Travis and Peyton Hillhouse; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Gregg Hunter, Jody Hillhouse, Chris Hillhouse, Ben Hamilton, Nathan Hamilton, Peyton Hillhouse, Travis Stewart and Chip Powell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey W. Hillhouse.

Visitation was at the church from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Memorials may be made to the Double Springs Baptist Church Cemetery Fund c/o Tony Hillhouse, 1594 Savannah Lake Road, Mantee, MS 39751.

Edith Stockton

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. – Edith Golden Stockton, 94, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Piedmont Henry Medical Center in Stockbridge. Born Oct. 14, 1918, in Bear Creek, Ala., she was a daughter of Miles and Mary Sue Bull Golden. She married Joseph Herbert Stockton Sr. on June 24, 1940. She graduated from Red Bay High School and pursued her training in nursing at the Gilmore Sanitarium in Amory, later working in retail in Stockbridge. She was a devout Methodist and previous member of First United Methodist Church in Amory and a current member of First United Methodist Church in Stockbridge. Being widowed the last 34 years, she was very independent and was blessed to be able to take care of herself until the last few days of her life. Very generous, she and her husband were master gardeners and were very generous with their produce. She enjoyed being outdoors fishing, working in her yard, refinishing furniture, keeping up with her family and watching the Atlanta Braves with her grandson.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 16, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Rev. Jimmy Criddle officiating. Interment will follow in Masonic Cemetery.

She is survived by her daughters, Ida Sue Reeves of McDonough, Ga., Martha Lucille Thompson of Byhalia and Ann Roney (Richard) of Stockbridge, Ga.; son, Joseph H. Stockton Jr. of Lawrenceville, Ga.; sisters in law, Virginia and Wilma Golden, Jeannie Stockton and Eloise Lewis; grandchildren, Sue West, Angie Hardin, Teresa Reeves, Bill Thompson and Philip Hawkins; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Reeves; two sisters; and five brothers.

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

Nellie G. Agnew

BALDWYN – Nellie G. Agnew died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Guntown. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Bobby Rakestraw

NEW ALBANY – Bobby Rakestraw, 62, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Servcie of New Albany.

Claude T. Clay Jr.

PADEN – Claude Travis Clay Jr., 70, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

Services will be 3 p.m. today, Sept. 16, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Irene Nichols

NEW ALBANY – Irene Nichols, 83, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Untied Funeral Service of New Albany.

Toy Bonds

IUKA – Toy Bonds, 79, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. today, Sept. 16, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.

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

Enoch Stacy

BOONEVILLE – Enoch Stacy, 87, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Polly Frederick

TUPELO – Polly Reich Spigner Frederick, 80, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark. She was born Nov. 14, 1932, in Fulton to Dewey and Hattie Hood Reich. She was a devoted worker for Bell South as a draftsman for 40 years and was a Pioneer service club member. She loved art, music and gardening. But most of all, she deeply loved her family and playing cards with her friends. She cherished Harrisburg Baptist Church and the wonderful ladies in her Sunday school class.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Dr. John Adams officiating. Burial will be in Mantachie Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Arculus Frederick of Mantachie; her son, Phil Spigner and wife, Wanda; two grandsons, Brian (Kristen) Spigner and Ross (Caroline) Spigner; a great-grandson, Slayton Spigner, all of Little Rock, Ark.; and her sister-in-law, Betty Reich of Mantachie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Charles Reich and James Reich; and her husband, Hubert Simpson Spigner, who died in 1978.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Nell Thornton

BOONEVILLE – Gwen Nell Thornton, 78, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Malcolm Seale

PONTOTOC – Malcolm Seale, 72, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He loved spending time with his family and friends and enjoyed dealing with cattle.

Services will be 2 p.m. today, Sept. 16, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Justin Gates officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Randy (Lisa) Seale of Pontotoc; a daughter, Sherrie (Lyle) Hayes of Lincoln, Ark.; grandchildren, Brandon Seale and Ashley Seale of Pontotoc; great-grandsons, Kase Graves of Pontotoc and Chad Hayes of Lincoln, Ark.; a brother, Ferrell Seale of Pontotoc; and a sister, Sylvia Jean Chunn of Palmetto.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Lawrence Seale; his mother, Jennie Robinson Seale; a sister, Inez Arguellis; brothers, Charles Seale and Skippy Seale; and grandsons, Thomas Randy Seale and Coy Lyle Hayes.

Pallbearers are Brandon Seale, Dusty Mason, Ronnie Chunn and David Simmons.

Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Flora Crum

RIPLEY – Flora Crum, 72, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley

Roger Law

SMITHVILLE – Roger Dale Law, 68, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born Sept. 23, 1944, in Itawamba County, he was a son of Evie Loraine Williams Law and Edward Law. He married Marie Cooper on May 31, 1963. He attended Hatley School, and he was a truckdriver for Malone and Hyde, Flying H and Plumrose. He was of the Baptist faith, and he was a fun-loving man who was devoted to his family. Bonding with his grandchildren over his many practical jokes gave him the most enjoyment in life. He enjoyed fishing, riding motorcycles, horses, Westerns and teasing his grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. today, Sept. 16, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Sidney McLeod and Mr. Jason Cross officiating. Burial will follow in Hatley Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marie Law; his mother, Evie Law; daughters, Donna Holloway (Charles) of Smithville and Misty Cross (Jason) of Tupelo; sisters, Joyce Adams Browning (David) of Hatley and Nelly Mae Franks of Hatley; brothers, John Law (Sandra) of Smithville and Theldon Law (Virginia) of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren, Christy Tipton (Kenny) of Smithville and Victoria Cross of Tupelo; great grandchildren, Alivia and Chase Tipton; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Law.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Franks, Alan Adams, David Adams, Kenny Tipton, Darrell Nortup and Tony Adams.

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

Helen Atkins

AMORY – Helen Jones Atkins, 82, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Complete arrangements will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

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

Inez Minga

AMORY – Inez Stephens Minga, 91, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at her residence. 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.

Jimmie L. Hutchinson

HAMILTON – Jimmie L. Hutchinson died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at his home. He was born Oct. 29, 1923, in Monroe County to Prim and Aurelia Hutchinson. He was a member of Valley Chapel United Methodist Church, and he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He also worked 25 years for True Temper Corporation in Amory. He united in holy matrimony to Dorothy Greene.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Valley Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Benjamin Wax officiating. Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Dorothy Hutchinson; one daughter, Annie Brock of Hamilton; three grandsons, Mack Brock and Jared Brock, both of Hamilton and Dale (Kim) Brock of Birmingham, Ala.; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; all of his sisters and brothers; one daughter, Jimmie Ann Hutchinson; and a stepson, Flemon Danner.

Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m Tuesday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service Wednesday at the church.