Obituaries September 19, 2013

Betty Smith

GUNTOWN – Mrs. Betty Waters Smith, 85, passed this life on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. She was born in Baldwyn, June 6, 1928, to the late Nick and Lorena McGee Waters. She graduated from Blue Mountain College, taught school at Ingomar Attendance Center and for over 50 years worked with her husband in the cattle business in Northeast Mississippi.

She was a caring and giving lady who dearly loved her family and a multitude of friends and she was greatly loved in return. She was an expert cook, many times using her talents to minister to people in need. Her family was regularly treated to sumptuous meals and she even published her own cookbook. No holiday was complete without boiled custard and homemade coconut cakes. In her later years she enjoyed feeding and observing birds. These birds became her signature decoration in her home and on her Christmas tree. She loved and always looked forward to Christmas, particularly sending and receiving cards, which she proudly displayed on her breakfast room wall.

She was a faithful member of Camp Creek Baptist Church until failing health and was a member of Sherman Baptist Church for several years prior to moving to the Blair community. She took great pleasure and comfort in reading and studying her Bible. She sought the Lord daily and endeavored to live a compassionate life.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Felix Hutcheson officiating. Burial will be in the Camp Creek Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years and loving caregiver, Ralph Smith; one daughter, Carol Kloac (Jim), and one son, Mike (Sherry), all of Guntown; three grandchildren, John Michael Kloac of Guntown, Chelsi Smith of Austin, Texas, and James Weston (Wes) Kloac of Starkville; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two infant children, Janice and Marilyn; three sisters, Winnie Gentry, Marguerite Birdsong and Sara Nell Smith; and two brothers, Willard Waters and Ray Waters.

Pallbearers will be Craig Seay, Tommy Armstrong, Mark Williamson, Luther Moore, Nick Birdsong and Wayne Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be David Coleman, Charles White, Terry Gurley and Tommy Smith.

The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the many special caregivers in the past few weeks; her niece, Barbara Crossley, her special friends, Linda Moore and Yvonne Roberts; Dr. Ricky Parker; and the staff and nurses at Sanctuary Hospice House for their professional, compassionate and loving care.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Sept. 19, 2013, at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Camp Creek Baptist Church, 854 CR 231, Guntown, 38849 or the Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38803.

L.E. Green

FULTON – L.E. Green, 89, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Fulton. He was born May 19, 1934, to Lula and LLeonie Green. He was a member of Pine Grove M.B. Church for more than 50 years. He was retired from Evans Lumber Co.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Pine Grove M.B. Church at Fulton. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice Green; one granddaughter, Tara Lynn Shawver; one great-grandson, William Christian Shawver; one great-granddaughter, Nia Shawver, all of Detroit, Mich.; two brothers, Oneal Green (Ana) of Gary, Ind., and Lonnie Green of Fulton; one sister, Sarah Jane Gassaway of Redford, Mich.; nieces; and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Green Shawver; 11 siblings; and his parents.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time.

Larry Mathis

NEW ALBANY – Larry Dean Mathis, 56, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. He was born Jan. 14, 1957, in Lafayette County to Grandvill Gillom and Virginia Mathis. He was an honorable Army veteran.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at First Nondenominational Church in New Albany. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Corinth National Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his mother, Virginia Mathis Jew of New Albany; two children, Antonett Gates of Tupelo and Markayla Reese of St. Louis; three brothers, Justerrio Jew of Iuka, Cedric Jew of Jackson and Jonathan Jew of New Albany; six sisters, Wynessa Jew, Farrarh K. Jew and Kathy Jew, all of New Albany, Ashley Jew of Tupelo, Jeanette Gillom and Glenda Faye Gillom of Oxford; one grandchild; and uncles, aunts and great-aunts.

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

Nellie Agnew

BALDWYN – Nellie G. Agnew, 83, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Guntown. She was born July 5, 1930, in Lee County to Jordan “Joe” and Ora Lee Young. She was a member of Bethel C.M.E. Church and NAACP.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Bethel C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Freeman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Bobby G. (Linda) Agnew and Derrick Agnew of Baldwyn; three daughters, Sandra (Terry) Griffin of Grand Rapids, Mich., Ora (Rufus) Ward of Guntown and Ella (Willie) Holesome of Baldwyn; three sisters, Alia Mae McGee, Gwenda McCoy and Shirley (Raymond) McKinney, all of Baldwyn; 21 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Johnny C. Agnew; one daughter; one son; and one brother.

Visitation is from 3 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Teresa Ewing

ABERDEEN – Teresa Ewing, 25. passed away in Aberdeen.

Private services will be Saturday, Sept. 21. Burial will be at Ebernezer Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her children, Makayla, Myles and Paige Ewing of Aberdeen; her parents, Orlando and Lilly Pearl Ewing of Aberdeen; two brothers, Michael and Orlando Ewing Jr. of Aberdeen; and two sisters, Irene Ewing of Aberdeen and Shantel Ewing of St. Louis, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at Belle Memorial Funeral Home.

Visit the online register book at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Billy Montgomery

PONTOTOC – Charles William “Billy” Montgomery, 85, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Church Street Assisted Living in Ecru. He was born Feb. 22, 1928, in Ecru to William Coz and Ruth Fooshee Montgomery. He lived in Galion, Ohio, with the love of his life, his wife, Dorothy, for more than 60 years before returning to Pontotoc in August 2012. He retired in 1991 from Galion Ironworks, where he worked for many years. He was a veteran, serving during the Korean War from 1951-1953. He was active in his local American Legion and a member of the Honor Guard. He enjoyed competition skeet shooting and won many trophies and titles.

He is survived by his brother, James Montgomery and Doris of Cocoa, Fla.; his sister and caregiver, Janell Holcomb of Pontotoc; a sister-in-law, Janet Jolly of Galion, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews in Mississippi, Florida and Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy “Dot” Montgomery; his parents; and two brothers, an infant brother, William Coz Montgomery Jr. and Thomas Eugene Montgomery; and a brother-in-law, Troy Holcomb.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 19, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. The Rev. Jack Montgomery and the Rev. Rocky Watts will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Galion, Ohio, after services there.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home.

Hazel Norton

AUBURN – Hazel Marcy Norton, 87, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 28, 1925, in Lee County to William Mark Marcy and Mary Wilma “Willie” Christian Marcy. She lived most of her life in the Auburn community, where she was a colorful personality and engaged in the lives of all those who knew and loved her. She spent more than 30 years with Lee County Department of Human Services, where she was a valued employee and outspoken advocate for children and child support collection. She was a member of Auburn Baptist Church. She was a practical jokester and loved laughter and good conversation with family and friends. She was widowed in 1966 with the death of her husband, William Eugene Norton.

A service celebrating her life will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jimmy Henry officiating. Private burial will be in the Marcy Family plot at Auburn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday at the Tupelo Chapel. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Survivors include her nieces, nephews and their families; and a special friend, Corrine Nelson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and six siblings, Lon Marcy, Elsie Stanford, Estelle Parker, Lavada Hankins, Johnnie Smith and Leon Marcy Sr.

Memorials may be sent to Tupelo Veterans Memorial Park, P.O. Box 3608, Tupelo, MS 38803 or to Meals on Wheels, c/o Traceway – Methodist Senior Services, 2800 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.

Jada Moore

HOLLY SPRINGS – Jada Nashay Pritchard Moore, 2 weeks, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Bobby Wilemon

AMORY – Bobby Wilemon, 84, died on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born April 25, 1929, in Itawamba County, he was a son of David Edward and Vada Shields Wilemon. A graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School, he married Ouida Pierce. A man of faith, he was a member of Faith Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. Before his retirement, he was a truck driver for Webb Trucking in Dorsey. He also worked for Holsom Bread; operated his own car clean-up business, Auto Magic; and worked in the HVAC business. His hobbies included fishing, playing cards and his dog, Man.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 19, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Wade Cook and Bro. Tracy West officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park.

Survivors include four daughters, Barbara Curry (Mike) of Pensacola, Fla., Lynn Burt (Ricky Lee) of Amory, Teresa Vandiver of Amory and Tanya Hipps (Bobby) of Nettleton; one son, Eddie Wilemon (Dian) of Amory; one sister, Yvone Hayes (Billy) of Pensacola, Fla.; one brother, James Wilemon (Nell) of Tupelo; 16 grandchildren, Terry Whitlock, Dawn Grace, Jody Wilemon, Ashley Cohn, Pee Wee Burt, Nicky Burt, Jesse Lindsey, Brandy Lindsey, Brandy Harrison, Dena West, Chad Hipps, Shay Faye, Josh Hipps, Sherry Curry, Michelle Curry and Gayle Curry; 22 great-grandchildren; and five nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and one granddaughter, Kandi Wilemon.

Pallbearers will be James Blaylock, Chip Brown, Roger Dean, Jason Grace, Rob Harrison and Steve Keeton. Honorary pallbearer will be Dud Weaver.

Visitation will continue until service time today.

Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Mitchell E. Mathis

CORINTH – Mitchell Edward Mathis, 74, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at his residence. He was born July 4, 1939, to Thomas Owen and Ozader Ayers Mathis. He attended Shiloh Methodist Church. He moved mobile homes and he was a logger.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery.

He is survived by two sons, Jeff “Buddy” Mathis (Barbara) of Pocahontas, Tenn., and Clint Briggs of the home; one sister, Loveney Crow of Kossuth; one brother, Arlin Mathis (Glenda) of Ripley; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Bernice Dunn; and two brothers, Thomas Lee Mathis and Danny Ray Mathis.

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

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

Linda Ray

SALTILLO – Linda Tutor Ray, 64, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born October 13, 1948. She was a graduate of Shannon High School. She graduated from Itawamba Junior College with a nursing degree. She worked as a nurse at North Mississippi Medical Center and also as a lab analyst for 13 years with ESG Operations. She loved her grandchildren. She enjoyed playing bingo, visiting her family in Las Vegas and spending time with her puppies.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues in Tupelo with the Rev. Bobby Holland officiating. A graveside service will follow at Saltillo Cemetery.

Survivors include five children, Sherry Riley (Sean Gambles), Tracy Riley (Kevin Valentine) and Dallas Tutor, all of Saltillo, Rachel Idol (Brian) of Kesler Air Force Base and Rebecca Sudduth (Donald) of Saltillo; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earlene and Robert Jowers, and her fiancé, Rick Kennedy.

Pallbearers will be Donald Sudduth, Kevin Valentine, Sean Gambles, Brian Idol, Greg Patterson and Dan Martin.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today and continue from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home in Tupelo.

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

Price Pearson

GOLDEN – Price Pearson, 83, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Clay County Medical Center in West Point. He was born Dec. 15, 1929, in Mississippi. He was a retired carpenter who built houses all over the area.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Ray Burks and Bro. Jack Maroon officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 56 years, Faye Pearson of Golden; two sons, Randy Pearson of Saltillo and Terrell Pearson (Jeanece) of Golden; and brothers and sisters, Cecil Pearson and Clydia Taylor, both of Fulton, Mavis Winchester of Red Bay, Ala., and Danny Pearson of Golden.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Amy Alisha Pearson; and a brother, Uvil Pearson.

Pallbearers will be Truman Peden, Floyd Paden, James Arnold Marbutt, Paul Pearson, Ed Garcia and Paul Greene.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time on Friday.

Nadine Loveless

TISHOMINGO – Nadine South Loveless, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Baptist East in Memphis. She was born May 15, 1927, in Tishomingo County. She was director at Timber Hills and an active member of Paden Baptist Church.

There will be a private family service on Friday, Sept. 20, with Bro. Dwight South officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery at Paden. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son, Michael Loveless (Rondie) of Tishomingo; two daughters, Sondra Loveless-South of Munford, Tenn., and Karen Morley (Lee) of West Memphis, Ark.; four grandchildren, Kerry Loveless, Shalonie Tant, Matthew Loveless and Dale Gann; and eight great-grandchildren, Jodi, Ben, Kara, Todd, Bryson, Brennan, Taylor and Kaliegh.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dexter Loveless, a son, Tim Loveless; and a grandson, Jason Loveless.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.

In lieu of flowers, donations/memorials may be made to Paden Baptist Church or American Cancer Society.

Jesse Mattox

TISHOMINGO – Jesse J. Mattox, 37, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.

Services will be at noon Saturday, Sept. 21, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka.

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

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

Avanell Gates

PONTOTOC – Deloris Avanell Gates, 75, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Graceland Nursing Home at New Albany. She was born on Feb. 27, 1938, in Pontotoc County to Joseph Albert and Viola Mae White Washington. She was a Christian and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. She was a seamstress at Rivera Shirt Factory and Comfort Care, where she retired.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc with Bro. Junior Ritchie officiating. Burial will follow in West Heights Cemetery. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one brother, Delane “Cowboy” Washington (Betty Ann) of Thaxton; and one nephew, Gary Lynn Washington of Randolph.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Estelle Tutor; and one brother, Duane “Slim” Washington.

Pallbearers will be Rickey Miller, Randy Miller, Joe Miller, Joe Dodson, Joe Young and Bobby Walker.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home.

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

Tom Timms

CORINTH – Thomas “Tom” Timms, 45, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. He was born Feb. 28, 1968, to Eugene Timms and Barbara White Hall. He was a 1986 graduate of Kossuth High School and the Northwest Shoals Community College National Register Paramedic. He was a paramedic for Magnolia Regional Health Center EMS and a flight paramedic with Air Evac Lifeteam. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of Pig Medic Cooking Team. He loved his family and friends dearly and was the type of person who never met a stranger. He loved his job and knew he was truly blessed to be able to have a job to help others.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with Bro. Randy Bostick officiating and Jay Chappelle is doing the eulogy. Burial will follow with EMS honors in Lorraine Baptist Church Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Gatewood Timms; a son, Eric Jordan Timms; and a brother, William (Toni) Timms.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Barbara White Hall and Clovis Hall.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Barnett, John Mitchell, Doug Lomenick, David Boren, Ryan Smith, Jay Chappell, Ron Strom and Jeremy Borden. Honorary pallbearers will be the Air Evac Lifeteams and local EMS personnel.

Family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials can be made to The Tom Timms Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Regions Bank.

Condolences can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.

Dr. LaNitra Kinkle

OXFORD – Dr. LaNitra MaShay Kinkle, 34, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Christ Temple Church of God in Christ of Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Friday.

Mary Woolsey

CEDAR BLUFF – Mary Weedon Woolsey, 57, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 22, 1955, in Vincennes, Ind., to Cleo Gertrude Shank and Lawrence Arthur Weedon. She worked as a packer for Blazon Tube Company for 15 years. She married Dennis Robert Woolsey on Aug. 9, 2006, in Alabama; he preceded her in death on Sept. 2, 2013.

A stateroom service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Calvert Funeral Home in West Point with family and friends sharing special thoughts. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Hope Weedon (John Oswalt) of West Point; three grandchildren, Dustin Weedon, Ashley Weedon and Hannah Oswalt; one sister, Debbie Weiss (Butch) of Olney, Ill.; her niece, Sonya Ameter (Brandon).

Visitation will be from 9:30 until 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home.

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

Maria Montes

PONTOTOC – Maria Montes, 70, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at her home.

Services will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Joe Page

CHEROKEE, Ala. – Joe Page, 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem Cemetery Fund or the Margerum Community Church.

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

Sammie L. Wilkerson

HICKORY FLAT – Sammie L. Wilkerson, 70, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Other arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the funeral home.