Obituaries September 17, 2013

Edith Simpson

TUPELO – Edith Corinne Jenkins Simpson, 84, died Saturday morning, Sept. 14, 2013, at her home in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 10, 1928, in Lee County to William L. and Christine Haydock Jenkins. She married Joe F. Simpson Jr. on Jan. 18, 1953, in Tupelo.

She was a graduate of Verona High School, where she was president and salutatorian of her senior class of 1946. She graduated from Wood Jr. College and earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Mississippi. After working for Life and Casualty Insurance Company as a cashier for 14 years, she began her tenure of 17 years with the Tupelo Public Schools. She retired from teaching in 1985.

After her husband retired, they traveled throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska and parts of Canada. They enjoyed working together in their yard, which has been recognized yearly during the Tupelo Azalea Tour.

Edith was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Descendants of the War of 1812, where she served as state president. Other genealogical organizations include Colonial Dames, Dames of the Court of Honor, Descendants of Emperor Charlemagne, the Order of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Magna Charta Dames, and Americans of Royal Descent. She was on the National Committee of Scholarships in the Order of Descendants of Ancient Planters and was a member of the Northeast Mississippi Historical and Genealogical Society. Aside from researching ancestors, she loved history and desired to ensure its preservation. She was also an avid reader.

Edith and her husband were longtime members of the East Main Church of Christ, where she taught elementary Bible school for several years.

Surviving family includes one son, Joe F. Simpson III, and his wife, Joan, of Falkville, Ala., and one daughter, Melinda Simpson Davenport and her husband, David, of Prosper, Texas. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Leah, Deanna and Hayden Davenport of Texas, Kay Cochran Moore of Hartselle, Ala., and Johnny Cochran of Hopkinsville, Ky., and two great-grandchildren, Connor Blain Moore and Carden Pace Moore of Hartselle, Ala.

Visitation will be at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home in Tupelo from 4 until 8 p.m. today, Sept. 17, 2013.

Services will be in the same location on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. A graveside will follow at Lee Memorial Park in Verona.

Pallbearers will be John Thomas Haydock, Dr. Tommy Bryant, Jeff Smythe Young, Clyde Godfrey, Gene Godfrey and Marion “Dick” Godfrey.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lee County Library Genealogical Department, or Sanctuary House will be appreciated.

The family would like to recognize the excellent care she received from Sanctuary Hospice House and her dedicated caregivers.

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

Steve Lee

MANTACHIE – Steve Lee, 42, passed away Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Pontotoc on Aug. 20, 1971, to James Thomas and Nancy Carolyn Lee. For 15 years he served as a sous chef for Sweet Pepper’s Deli. Fishing, metal detecting and collecting coins were among his favorite hobbies. He was a member of Norris Chapel Baptist Church in Mantachie.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Randy Clark officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Pontotoc.

Survivors include his wife of two years, Carla Rock Lee of Mantachie; his father and stepmother, James “Sonny” Lee and Oline of Verona; his mother, Nancy Carolyn Aron of Mantachie; one sister, Lisa Daymond (Thomas) of Texas; and his niece and nephew, Ainsley and Carter Daymond.

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

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

Rev. Wade Allen

PONTOTOC – The Rev. Wade Allen, 87, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born on May 12, 1926, to Thomas and Mary Clark Allen. He married Betty Brown Allen on July 2, 1948, and shared more than 65 years together raising a wonderful family. He was a Christian and was ordained as a minister of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in 1950. He served as pastor at Meador View Baptist Mission, Ocean Springs; Coy Baptist Mission, Philadelphia; Pine Grove Baptist Church, Heidelberg; Ovett Baptist Church, Ovett; Wildwood Baptist Church, Laurel (associate pastor); Westwood (former Key Field) Baptist Church, Meridian; Hickory Baptist Church, Hickory; Union Baptist Church, Seminary; First Baptist Church of Lyman, Gulfport; Indian Springs Baptist Church, Laurel; and Pontotoc County Baptist Association, Pontotoc (Director of Missions). He served as a judge in the Mississippi Bible Drills for many years. He had a true pastor’s heart and was well-known for his love of people and was always available to church and community members alike. He was listed in Who’s Who in Religion. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46 and the U.S. Air Force from 1947-51. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Pontotoc.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at First Baptist Church of Pontotoc with Dr. Lewis Harrell officiating. Burial will follow in the City of Pontotoc Memorial Park. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Allen of Pontotoc; two daughters, Barbara Wiggins (Bruce) of Lakeland, Fla., and Carol Gates (Barry) of Orlando, Fla.; two sons, Wade Allen Jr. (Laura) of Suffolk, Va., and Carey Allen (Rebecca) of Sardis; five grandchildren, Jennifer Simpson of Katy, Texas, Joan Wiggins of Lakeland, Fla., Kelly Fernanders (James) of Suffolk, Va., Charlie Sheerin of Suffolk, Va., and Stefanie Gates of Chicago; five great-grandchildren, McKenzie and Jack Simpson of Katy, Texas, and Kellan, Jamiana and Michaela Fernanders of Suffolk, Va.; and one sister,. Dot Teutsch of Beaumont, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Laurie Jo Allen; and grandson, Lee Wiggins.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc and from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pontotoc County Baptist Association, 254 Hwy. 15 N., Pontotoc, MS 38863.

Condolences may be shared at www.baldwinnowellfh.com/admin.

J.C. Estes

BOONEVILLE – J.C. Estes, 74, passed away Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born Aug. 18, 1939, to Angie Irene and John Henry Sherman Estes. He was a member of Wesley Chapel.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 17, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Gene Caltharp officiating and Wayne Dunn delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.

Survivors are his wife of 54 years, Emma Lee Estes; five sons, Rockey (Teresa) Estes, Ricky Estes (girlfriend Tommie Barron), Mark Estes, Myron (Alyson) Estes, and Calvin Estes (girlfriend, Tassie Storey); 18 grandchildren, Christy Schell, Shane Estes, Kimberly Fleming, Steve Estes, Stephanie Kuykendall, Shae and Samantha Downs, Cody, Stacy, Shannon, Kaydee, Kayne and Brittany Kendrick, Coe, Seth and Alan Estes, Trever and Carlee Storey; nine great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Will Fleming, Emma and Alex Estes, Ava and Aiden Kuykendall, Sarah Estes, Gann and Gavin Estes; two sisters, Louise Pannell and Marie (Farrell) Brumley; two brothers, Randy (Carolyn) Estes and Kenneth (Pam) Estes; one sister-in-law, Wyvonne (Robert) Beasley; and two brothers-in-law, Wayne Dunn and Kenneth Dunn.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Schell and Kevin Kendrick.

Visitation will continue until service time today.

Condolences can be made at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Jimmy Marquis Sr.

OXFORD – Jimmy Lee Marquis Sr., 81, died on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at his home in Oxford. Born in Indianola to James Alvin and Eddie Lee Marquis, he owned the Marquis Chevron in Oxford. He served his country in the U.S. Army National Guard and was a member of Anchor Baptist Church. An avid Ole Miss fan, he enjoyed spending time with his family and was especially proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 17, in the Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gerald Shook officiating. Burial will follow in Anchor Cemetery in Oxford. Visitation will be from noon to service time today.

He is survived by his wife, of 61 years, Betty Ann Marquis of Oxford; two daughters, Lisa McPhail (Mike) and Laura Carwile (Joey), all of Oxford; two sons, Larry Lanier Marquis (Linda) and Lee Marquis Jr. (Mary Jane), all of Oxford; a brother, William Ellis Marquis of Clarksdale; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Anchor Baptist Church, 1009 Hwy. 7 S., Oxford, MS 38655.

To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Irene Nichols

NEW ALBANY – Irene Culver Nichols, 83, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Hospital in Corinth. She was born Aug. 1, 1930, in Marshall County to Cleveland Alexander Culver and Nancy Ester Lee Wright. She was a housewife and a member of the Apostolic Revival Center.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Steve Denton officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Klingel of New Albany, Aileen Holt (Ronnie) of Mooreville and Glenda Denton (Rev. Steve) of Cotton Plant; three sons, Larry Nichols (Frances) of Pittsburg, Texas, David Nichols and Doyle Nichols, both of New Albany; a sister, Annie Mae Feathers of Byhalia; 15 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sidney Nichols Jr.; two sisters and six brothers; and a son-in-law, Richard Klingel.

Pallbearers will be Matt Kelly, Shane Robbins, Richie Klingel, Shawn Yabarra, Darrin Nichols, Mike Hodges, Daniel Parker and Rodney Bright. Honorary pallbearers will be Niel Sellman, Kevin Wood, Corey Graham, Jason Brill, Ivan Wood, Anthony Sanchez, Colby Wood and Jerry Tucker.

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

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Bobby Rakestraw

BLUE SPRINGS – Bobby Glenn Rakestraw, 62, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Feb. 4, 1951, in New Albany to Joe Edward Rakestraw and Victoria Dillard Rakestraw. He was a retired sheet metal worker. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Tom Sumrall officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his mother, Victoria Dillard Rakestraw of New Albany; two sons, Patrick Glenn Rakestraw of Abbeville and Christopher Aaron Rakestraw of Los Angeles, Calif.; five sisters, Judy Ayers (Steve) of Myrtle, Anita Pannell (Mike) of Blue Springs, Linda Highers (Terry) and Glenda Rollings, both of Smithville, Tenn., and Vickie Rakestraw of Tupelo; and two brothers, Larry Rakestraw of Hickory Flat and Eddie Rakestraw(Robin) of Blue Springs; and his friend, Glenda Sanford.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Edward Rakestraw.

Pallbearers will be Steve Ayers, Mike Pannell, Terry Highers, Charlie Dillard, Casey Gentry, Bruce Gentry, Michael Highers and Lance Rollings. Honorary pallbearers will be Adrian Littlejohn, Daniel Sanford, Scottie Buskirk and Devin Seagers.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Keith Oliver

PONTOTOC – Keith Richard Oliver, 43, died on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at his home. Born June 20, 1970, in Amory, he was a son of Billy J. and Mary Lou Palmer Oliver. He was Primitive Baptist and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Union Grove Cemetery with Bro. Sammy Raper officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Billy Landon Oliver and Korey Oliver, and one daughter, Lauren Oliver, all of Aberdeen; one brother, Greg Oliver (Brandy) of Athens; and two nieces, Courtney and Bri Oliver.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Billy Steven Oliver.

Pallbearers will be cousins and friends.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and will continue until 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Jessie Andrews

ASHLAND – Jessie L. Andrews, 73, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital.

Services will be in Chicago at a later date. Gattlings Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is assisting the family locally.

Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bridgette Aubert

HOUSTON – Bridgette Ellen Aubert, 36, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 23, 1977, in Tucson, Ariz. She was a member of Skuna Valley Baptist Church at Houlka.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 17, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Bro. Lynn Hughes will officiate, and Bro. Jim Crowley and Bro. Robert Coggins will assist. Burial will be in Duncan Hill Cemetery at Derma. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her mother, Nancy Dennis Aubert of Houston; three sisters, Anna Aubert of Houston, Cassidy “Angel” Dennis of Houston and Amanda Aubert of Bruce; three brothers, Bobby Aubert, Manuel Dennis and Steven Dennis, all of Houston; nieces and nephews, Summer Aubert, Mistie Coleman, Dakota Coleman, Samantha Robinson, Jason Walls Jr., Christopher Walls and William Dennis; and a special Friend, Trey Coleman.

She was preceded in death by her father, Larry Eugene Aubert; a sister, Misty Lee Doss; her grandparents, E.W. Dennis, Margaret Coggins, John Aubert and Rosemary Aubert; and a nephew, Brennon Mathew Turner Dennis.

Pallbearers will be Stephen Carpenter, B.J. Coleman, Stanley Hamby Sr., Larry Langford, Anthony Martin, Shane Martin, Curtis white and Ronnie White. Doyle Criddle will be an honorary pallbearer.

For online condolences, visit www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Sybil Haber

GOLDEN – Sybil Paden Haber, 78, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Itawamba County.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens at Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Enoch Stacy

BOONEVILLE – Enoch Paul Stacy, 87, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Scottie Thomas

RIPLEY – Scottie Marlene Roberson Thomas, 81, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born June 21, 1932, to John Alton and Alma Jeter Roberson. She was a member of Palmer Baptist Church. She owned and operated Scottie’s Fabrics and was a seamstress for 25 years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Wilson officiating. Burial will be Palmer Cemetery.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra Love and Gloria White (Scott), and one son, Greg Thomas (Michelle), all of Ripley; four sisters and two brothers; six grandchildren, Bradley Bullock (Barbara), Joey Bullock (Kelly), Lauren Carroll (Bradley), Ian Thomas (Lisa), Lindsey Morrison (Matt) and Kristen White, all of Ripley; and eight great-grandchildren, Faith, Olivia, Craig and Kate Bullock, Annabella and Ethan Carroll, and Kaden and Chase Thomas, all of Ripley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond F. Thomas; one sister, Mattie Etta Mauney; one brother, Alton Roberson; one son-in-law, Mike Love; and one great-grandchild, Ragan Bullock.

Pallbearers will be Scott White, Bradley Bullock, Joey Bullock, Ian Thomas, Bradley Carroll and Matt Morrison. Honorary pallbearers will the Palmer Adult Senior Sunday School Class.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Palmer Baptist Church or Tippah County Nursing Home Auxillary.

To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Billy Wayne Hamm

SALTILLO – Billy Wayne Hamm, 81, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Longtown Nursing Home in Booneville. He was born in Tupelo on Sept. 7, 1932, to Robert Leonard and Zula Pearl Stevens Hamm. He graduated from Belden High School. He was a longtime electrician and worked many years for Caldwell Appliance Company. He enjoyed working, fishing and hunting, especially coon hunting. He loved to make people laugh.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Mahall of Baldwyn and Nancy Kelly (Mark) of Saltillo; two sons, Carl Hamm (Mary) of Saltillo and David Hamm of Baldwyn; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Virginia Hamm; and one daughter, Sharon Presley.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

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

Jerald Lofton

CALHOUN CITY – Jerald Q. Lofton, 75, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 12, 1938, in Rankin County. He was a retired furniture factory employee and a member of Derma Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1962.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Bro. Jimmy Vance will officiate, and Dr. Bobby Douglas will assist. Burial will follow in Oak Springs Cemetery at Derma. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Frankie (Debbie) Lofton of Calhoun City and Tommy (Tonya) Lofton of Oxford; one daughter, Sheila Gann of Houston; one brother, Howard (Sue) Lofton of Bruce; four grandsons, Brandon (Erin) Lofton of Derma, Erick Lofton of Calhoun City, Adam Lofton of Oxford and Robbie Abbott of El Paso, Texas; three granddaughters, Allie Lofton and Virginia Kathryn Lofton, both of Oxford, and Brittany (Miles) Shirley of Whitehall, Ark.; and three great-great-grandsons, Jacob Lofton of Derma, Cooper Abbott of Whitehall, Ark., and J.J. Lofton of Calhoun City.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joy Estelle Evans Lofton; his parents, John Franklin Lofton and Lois Vera Aldridge Lofton; and five brothers, J.W. Rice, Willard Lofton, Robert Lofton, Eugene Lofton and John Lofton.

Pallbearers will be Robbie Abbott, Audie Branch, Adam Lofton, Brandon Lofton, Erick Lofton and David Keeton.

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

For online condolences, visit www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Teresa Ewing

ABERDEEN – Teresa Ewing, 25, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Helen Atkins

AMORY – Helen Juanita Atkins, 82, died on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on March 19, 1931, in Greenwood Springs, she was a daughter of the late Harold Evans and Mattie Sue Hollingsworth Jones. She was a graduate of Greenwood Springs High School, where she was an outstanding basketball player on two undefeated teams. On Dec. 15, 1951, she married Sam Grady Atkins. Working as a seamstress with Seminole and Wilson Manufacturing, she went back to school to get her dietirian’s license from the University of Mississippi. Upon finishing school, she served as Greenwood Springs Elementary School lunchroom manager for 10 years. In 1999, she began helping her son at Pickle’s Drive-In. She was a member of Payne Memorial United Methodist Church, attended First United Methodist Church, and was active in UMW. A wonderful, devoted and loving mother and grandmother, she put her family above her own needs. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, homemaking, and listening to country and gospel music. She was passionate about working the polls during elections and bringing her homemade caramel cakes for all the workers to enjoy; visiting with people; and caring for her family.

Survivors include her sons, Sam Grady Atkins Jr. (Sheila) and Dennis Ray Atkins (Kelli) of Amory; sisters-in-law, Hazel Dahlem (Julius) and Lucille West of Aberdeen; grandchildren, Whitney Atkins McPherson, Abby Atkins, Katie Atkins, Dee Atkins, Samantha Atkins and Jordan Atkins; great-grandson, Mason McPherson; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Grady Atkins; sister, Eugenia Talbot; and brother, Clayton Jones Sr.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 17, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Criddle and Rev. Tom Sheffield officiating. Burial will follow in Sartor Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Atkins, Donald Dahlem, Lynn Crump, Wayne Pope, Dee Atkins, and Jordan Atkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Atkins and Clayton Jones Jr.

Memorials may be given to American Heart Association, c/o Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821 or to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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

James Moore Jr.

HOLLY SPRINGS – James O. Moore Jr., 76, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Holly Springs.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Hill Crest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Fred Whaley

POTTS CAMP – Fred Kyle Whaley, 86, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Potts Camp. He was born May 24, 1927, in Potts Camp to Richard Louis Whaley and Bernie Floyd Whaley. He was a farmer, a logger and a sawmill operator. He served on Marshall County ASCS Committee for nearly 30 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. The Rev. Ray Daniel will officiate. Burial will follow at Bethlehem Methodist Cemetery in Potts Camp.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mary Jo Whaley of Potts Camp; two sons, Rodney L. Whaley (Betty) and Brett C. Whaley (Michelle), both of Potts Camp; grandchildren, Amanda Whaley Smith, Stacy Whaley Morrisson, Lori Whaley Shaw, Neil Whaley, Makenzie Whaley, Jessica Ash, Justin Ash and Jordan Ash; and great-grandchildren, Jack Whaley Smith, Jon Grey Morrisson, Brennan Smith, Natalie Morrisson, Addie Shaw, Mary Neilee Whaley, Eli Ash, Mary Claire Shaw, Avery Grace Shaw and Saxon Ballard.

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

Inez Minga

AMORY – Inez Stephens Minga, 91, died on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Born Oct. 3, 1921, she was a daughter of Lucian and Bettie Byrd Stephens. She married Russell Clifton Minga in 1950. She was a graduate of Smithville Schools, and she attended business college in Memphis. Before her retirement she worked at National Bank of Commerce in Memphis. She later become a caregiver for her brothers and sisters. Known as a generous, caring and compassionate lady, she was a woman of faith and a member of Freedom Baptist Church. Her hobbies included bird watching, art and drawing with chalk. She was a member of the Road Runners Travel Group.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Scott George and Bro. Guy Parker officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Minga Tisdale (Thomas) of Amory; nieces, Esther Stephens of Smithville and Wanda Parker (Guy) of Amory; nephew, Victor Stephens (Bobbie) of Caledonia; and a host of other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters; and four brothers.

Pallbearers will be Chris Vaughn and other family and friends.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.