Obituaries September 18, 2013

Carl Shannon

SHANNON – Carl Shannon, 83, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center following a extended illness. Carl was born Oct. 18, 1929, in Tupelo to Rob Berry and Lillie Mae Gray Shannon. His ancestors were pioneers in Lee County, being the namesake of the Town of Shannon and whose handprints remain on everything Shannon and South Lee County including churches, schools, parks and most of the original land grants in South Lee County when the county was formed in l866. He was proud of his ancestors and loved engaging in conversations regarding the history and people of the area and was noted as the most authoritative historian of the Shannon Cemetery. Carl’s working career included retail sales with the J.C. Penney Company from which he eventually retired. He was a beloved figure in the Shannon/Brewer area, a graduate of Shannon High School and a civic supporter/promoter of everything Shannon and Brewer. His watch care and support of his family was a hallmark of his life and he doted over his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren. A longtime member of the Brewer United Methodist Church, Carl enjoyed watching wrestling on Monday nights. His gentle personality and generous selflessness will long be remembered by family and friends.

A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013) at the Brewer United Methodist Church with Rev. Chris McAllily officiating. Private burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the church. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with all arrangements.

Survivors include his son, Jimmy Shannon (Mary) of Brewer; brother, Robert Lee Shannon of Germantown, Tenn.; five grandchildren, James Shannon (Katrina), Mary Ann Shannon, Robbie Hutchinson, Pam Robinson and Melissa Putt (David); 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edna Tate Shannon; one daughter, Virginia Dale Franks; and his brother, Sam Shannon.

Pallbearers will be Joe Dye, Kim Herndon, Robert Allen Godfrey, Keith Wiseman, Benji Robbins and Vaughan Hood.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brewer United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Shannon, MS 38868.

Edith Simpson

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.; her sister, Dorothy Godfrey of Verona; her aunt, Ruby Waggoner of Waco, Texas; her uncle, Grady Jenkins of Sylmar, Calif.; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be today, Sept. 18, 2013, at 1 o’clock in the afternoon at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues, Tupelo, with Bro. Gary Williams officiating and family friend, Dean Webb, will share the family reflections. 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.

Sandra Spight

RIPLEY – Sandra Faye Spight, 66, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was born July 25, 1947, to Thomas and Liza Spight in Ripley. She attended Line Street Consolidated School. As a young adult she lived in West Point, Beloit and Racine Wis., and Chicago, where she worked for Spiegel. She was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. She possessed a special ability to make friends wherever she went.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ripley with Pastor Joseph Stone officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery. Foster and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one nephew, Trent Cox (Carrie) of Lubbock, Texas; three nieces, Vietta Lewis (Mike) of Memphis, Sandra Boyd (Jordan) of Charlotte, N.C., and Audrea Ford (Eric) of Indian Trails, N.C.; and a niece-in-law, Connie Brown.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, William Curtis “Bud” Simmons and Samuel “Nae” Simmons; two sisters, Bessie Cox and Carolyn Spight Brown; and two nephews, Bonnie Cox Jr. and Andre Brown.

Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Thursday.

Ida Wolff

DENVER, Colo. – Ida Margaret Wolff, 81, formerly of New Albany, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Denver. She was born June 10, 1932, to Jim and Louella Herrod.

She is survived by her husband, Don Wolff of Denver; three daughters, Karen Bernhart (Ron) of Greeley, Colo., Sharon White (Greg) of Tampa, Fla., and Pam Straber of Utah; one sister, Betty Frazier (Curtis) of New Albany; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Imogene Curry and Juanita Miller; and a special nephew, Pete Frazier.

A memorial service with burial at Glenfield Memorial Park will be held at a later date. United Funeral Service of New Albany will assist the family with local arrangements.

Earl Dillard

IUKA – Earl Ray Dillard, 83, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Sept. 18, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Providence Cemetery Fund, Shirley Hagood, 8 Gross Ave., Burnsville, MS 38833.

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

Joe Page

CHEROKEE, Ala. – Joe Page fied Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.

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

Thomas Mixon

MABEN – Thomas E. Mixon, 73, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Vickers Personal Care home in Mathiston.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 18, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow in the Montevista Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.

Sharrion Miller

CORINTH – Sharrion Miller, 49, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Methodist Hospital.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Sept. 18, at the TV 53 Building. Burial will be in Betts Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Bithay Hyide

MACON – Bithay Anne Hyide, 101, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Noxubee County Hospital in Macon.

Services will be at noon Thursday, Sept. 19, at Belmount Baptist Church in Paulette. Burial will be in Woodlawn CME Church Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Kortney Hayes

RED BANKS – Kortney Leah Hayes died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery at Holly Springs.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Thursday.

Gene Roberts

WEST POINT – Everett Eugene “Gene” Roberts, 75, passed away, on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at his home, in West Point. He was born April 30, 1938, in Webster County to Lettie Ree Harrison and Oscar Roberts. He worked as an automobile mechanic for Larry White Chevrolet and Mitchell Automotive and later worked for Sonny Jameson. He was of the Baptist faith and a veteran of the National Guard. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and farming. He married Sarah Earline Arnold Roberts on June 26, 1961, in Carrollton, Ala.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Bro. Jackie Roy McComb officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Webster County near Eupora. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Earline Arnold Roberts of West Point; one daughter, Kim Roberts Leggett of West Point; two grandchildren, Matthew Leggett and Patrick Leggett; one sister, Margeret McMullen of Starkville; and two brothers, Bobby Roberts (Sandy) of Eupora and Leland Roberts (Tina) of Montgomery, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Eugene Roberts, on July 23, 1992; and his brother, Oscar Roberts Jr.

Pallbearers will be Chuck McMullen, Robbie Roberts, Dustin Arnold, Daniel Arnold, Jonathan Lanthrip and Chanc Mathis. Honorary pallbearers will be Sonny Jameson, Carter Lang, Patrick Leggett, Matthew Leggett, Jacob McCool, Anthony Gwathney, Jimmy Bell, Hunter Estes, Jack Jameson, Malloy Leggett, Alex Millsaps and Jimmy Roberts.

Memorials may be made to Mount Moriah Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Van Johnson, 867 Ticky Bend Road, Eupora, MS 39744.

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

Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Tom Timms

CORINTH – Tom Timms died suddenly Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Florida. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.

Mary Williams

CALHOUN CITY – Mary Laura Pruett Williams, 85, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born Nov. 1, 1927, in Slate Springs to Elmer Pruett and Evie Russell Pruett. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Survivors include her husband, Arthur Curtis Williams of Calhoun City; one daughter, Jean Graft of Waynesboro; one son, Bud (Stina) Taylor of Calhoun City; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 18, at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. The Rev. Jimmy Vance will officiate. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery at Slate Springs.

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

Online Condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.

Nadine Loveless

TISHOMINGO – Nadine Loveless, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.

Danny McCuiston

MYRTLE – William Danny McCuiston, 73, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at his residence. He was born Feb. 24, 1940, in Duckhill to William Durwood McCuiston and Frances Ingram. He retired as plant manager of Woodcraft. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member Myrtle Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Myrtle Methodist Church. Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Greensbourgh Cemetery in Tomnolen. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Carolyn Wise McCuiston; a daughter, Susan McCuiston Green; a son, William Dale McCuiston; a sister, Travie Elizabeth Bowen; a brother, Billy Joe McCuiston; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Tim McCuiston; and a daughter, Sharon Renae McCuiston.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose on Thursday at Myrtle Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to service time.

In honor of Mr. McCuiston’s service, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during his visitation and service.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Annie George

MANTACHIE – Annie Ruth Card George, 77, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at her home. She was born June 9, 1936, in Houston to James G. “Jim” and Eunice Cannon Johnson. She was a member of Living Water Community Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Mark Tutor and Bro. Robert Humphres officiating. Burial will be in the Fawn Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Butch Card (Lisa) of Fulton and Pat Card (Barbara) and Rusty Card, all of Mantachie; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one brother, Leslie Johnson of Lacy, Wash.; two sisters, Betty Haygood and Mary Hughes, both of Houston; and special friends, Winnie Strange and her caregivers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, O.T. George; two sons, Charles Card Sr. and David Card; a granddaughter, Dallas Card; two sisters, Willie Taylor and Edith Fason; two brothers, Kenny Johnson and Van Johnson; and her parents.

Pallbearers will be Danny Bell, Donnie Bell, Travis Barkley, Andy Loague, Will Loague and Mark Jones.

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

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

Monia Gasaway

GOLDEN – Monia J. Gasaway, 52, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. She was born April 3, 1961, to Cecil Sturdivant and the late Peggy Kitchens Sturdivant. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, hunting, shopping, sewing, riding motorcycles and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton. Bro. John Moore and Eugene Sturdivant will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

She is survived by her father, Cecil Sturdivant of Fulton; a daughter, Nikita (Jamison) Bailey of Fulton; two sons, Nathan (Mandalee Nichols) Kelton of Fulton and Dustin Kelton of Golden; six grandchildren; brothers, Eugene (Robby Duke) Sturdivant of Gadsden, Ala., and Ricky (Kathy) Sturdivant of Tremont; and a sister, Cynthia Ledlow of Myrtle.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Peggy Sturdivant, and two grandsons, Gaige Kelton and Gunner Kelton.

Pallbearers will be Heath Dunn, Daniel Sturdivant, Jay Ewing, Shakane Burney and Rodney Ledlow.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Enoch Stacy

BOONEVILLE – Enoch Paul Stacy, 87, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 11, 1925, in Booneville. He was a factory worker, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a Baptist. He served as the music director at East Booneville Baptist Church and Concord Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing the guitar, singing gospel music, gardening, hunting, fishing, football and NASCAR.

Services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 18, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Robert Walker officiating. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery.

He is survived by two sons, Eddie Mike Stacy (Jackie) of Marietta and Samuel Trent Stacy of Vicksburg; and a granddaughter, Kelsey Carnahan of Jackson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Laura Furtick Stacy, on July 30, 2006; a daughter, Joyce Paulette Stacy; two sons, Dennis Ray Stacy and Nolton Wesley Stacy; his parents, John Wesley Stacy and Maggie Lois Sparks Stacy; and two brothers, Randle Stacy and Windell Stacy.

Pallbearers are Dewayn Stacy, Luke Ledbetter, Doug Hargett, T.C. Mauney, Bobby Smart and Paul Walker. Honorary pallbearer is Larry Stacy.

Gwen Thornton

BOONEVILLE – Gwen Nell Thornton, 78, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born March 24, 1935, in Booneville. She was a Pentecostal and a homemaker. She enjoyed watching television, especially the Andy Griffith show and John Wayne movies, cooking, and eating at Front Porch Restaurant. She loved animals, especially cats and dogs, and most of all, she loved her children and grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 18, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Wallace officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.

She is survived by a son, Dewayne Thornton of Booneville; a daughter, Amanda Morphis (Don) of Saltillo; two grandsons, Danny Bonds of Booneville and Aaron Morphis (Janine) of Diamondhead; and two great-grandsons, Nathan Peeks and Corey Peeks, both of Booneville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Thornton, on May 27, 2002; her parents, Cleveland Gentry and Cora Harris Gentry; and a granddaughter, Rebecca Peeks.

Pallbearers are Don Morphis, Aaron Morphis, Danny Bonds, Junior Peeks, Nathan Peeks and Corey Peeks.

Bobby Wilemon

AMORY – Bobby Wilemon, 84, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.

Frederick Mills

TUPELO – Frederick Lewis Mills, 58, formerly of Calhoun City, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Union Grove M.B. Church. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge of arrangements.