Obituaries September 29, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Myrtle Harmon
FULTON – Myrtle Harmon, 78, was gone to be with God on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. She was born on June 16, 1933, to Travis and Exie Taylor Jamerson in Itawamba County. She enjoyed her flowers and spending time with her children. She taught at Fulton Headstart for 35 years.
A Celebration of Life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Lloyd Minor, Bro. Bill Adams and Michael Yielding officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Jarrell (Johnny) of Fulton; five sons, Charles Harmon (Frances) of Fulton, Billy Harmon (Christy) of Fulton, Jerry Harmon (Tina) of Fulton, Johnny Harmon (Shelia) of Mantachie and Gary Harmon (Teresa) of Fulton; two sisters, Brenda Angel (Larry) of Baton Rouge and Gola Loden of Guntown; one brother, Jackie Jamerson (Shirley) of Fulton; 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 49 years, William Newell Harmon; two sisters, Bobbie Nell Jamerson and Pearlie Collier; one brother, Dwight Jamerson; and two grandchildren, Charlie Harmon and Peyton Taylor.
Pallbearers will be Michael Jarrell, Tony Jarrell, Kevin Harmon, Brian Harmon, Dustin Harmon, Thomas Wood, Josh Roberts and Chris Dolittle.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Mark Harmon, Thomas Harmon, Chaseton Westmoreland and Zackary Jarrell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Sept. 29, 2011, and from 8 a.m. to service time at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2011.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Billy Joe Bray
PONTOTOC – Billy Joe Bray, 57, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at his home after a long illness. He was born Feb. 26, 1954, in Pontotoc and lived his entire life in the county that he loved. After running his own mechanic business for years, he took a position teaching automotive technology at the Pontotoc Ridge Career and Technology Center, where he passed on his knowledge and experience to his students. Mr. Bray was a charismatic and lovable man and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial will be in Guinn Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Melinda Bray; two sons, Neal (Amanda) Bray and Wesley (Dena) Bray; one brother, Jimmy Bray (Nalda); one sister, Dolores Crowe (Harold); two stepsons, David (Chrissy) and Bradley Hooker; eight grandchildren, Austin Bray, Joshua Hooker, Kaylee-Ann Bray, Wilson Hooker, Cameryn Hooker, Jackson Hooker, Madelyn Grace Hooker and Zadabeth Bray; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cas and Verdie Bray, and his brother, Brooks Bray.
Pallbearers will be Mike Bray, Tim Bray, Jerry Coleman, Roger Dillard, Jeff Gooch and John Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Crowe, Johnny Coleman, Mark Freeman, Eddie Jackson, Brandon Moody and Terry Weeks.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday at Tutor Funeral Home.

Carolyn Walker
CORINTH – Funeral services for Carolyn “Sissy” Walker, 39, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth. The Rev. Rodney Whittemore will officiate. Burial will be in the Tuscumbia Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
Augusta Hogan
AMORY – Augusta H. “Gussie” Hopkins Hogan, 95, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Amory after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 18, 1915, in Monroe County to Horace and Wilda Carter Hopkins. She lived most of her growing up life in Amory. She attended MCTS/West Amory High School. She was a member of the St. Paul M.B. Church, where she served as an usher. She was a former employee of Amory Steam Laundry. She loved fishing, listening to music and dancing, traveling, cooking and collecting albums of her favorite music.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Paul M.B. Church with Rev. Lesley T. Mabry officiating and Bro. David Highland assisting. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery. Darden & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her special daughter, Carla Buford of Houston; four nieces, Carolyn Gaston, Beverly Hogan, Maggie Howard and Cathy Smith; her special son, Patrick Pierce of Wren; a nephew, Rev. Anthony Lackey of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe W. Hogan; two brothers, Benjamin “Ben” and Allen Hopkins; one sister, Pearl Hopkins; and one sister-in-law, Ola Mae Hopkins.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. and family hour 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services on Friday.

Lula Wiygul
AMORY – Lula Rose Peeler Wiygul, 83, died on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on July 14, 1928, in Amory, she was a daughter of the late Reva Lou Turner and William Lee Peeler Sr. She was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1946. She married James A. Wiygul on Dec. 11, 1946. A wonderful mother, she lived for her family and always put them first in her life. Before becoming a homemaker, Mrs. Wiygul had worked at the Gilmore Sanitarium, became a stay-at-home-mom while her children were in school, worked at Longneckers, and worked at Ely Walker in Memphis before retiring in 1981. She and her husband moved back to Amory in 1986. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. A beloved wife and mother who never met a stranger, she was passionate about children and enjoyed listening to music by Barbara Streisand and Lawrence Welk, sewing, cooking working in her flowers, doing things with her husband, eating out with her classmates and visiting with her children.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, James Allen Wiygul Sr. of Amory; daughter, Kathryn Rose Wiygul Wenzler (George E.) of Dallas, Texas; son, James Allen “Al” Wiygul Jr. (Brenda) of Saltillo; sister, Reva L. “Honey” Peeler Hester of Birmingham, Ala.; grandchildren, James A. “Jimmy” Wiygul III, (Amanda) of Richmond, Jeremy Wiygul (Cecilia) of Boston, Mass., Rachel Wiygul of Brooklyn, N.Y., William Anthony “Tony” Wiygul of Ocean Springs, Betsy Pruett of Southaven, Tammie Basinger of Cordova, Tenn., William T. “Billy” Basinger (Kevin Black) of Austin, Texas, Lori Stephens of Mantachie and Daisy Wenzler of Dallas, Texas; great-grandchildren, Paige Pruett of Southaven, Stella Wenzler of Dallas, Texas, Bryant Tidwell of Southaven, Jordan Wiygul of Mantachie, Jake Wiygul of Mantachie, Lane Rogers of Richmond, Abbigail Rogers of Richmond, Julieta Wiygul of Boston, Mass., Tonie Funderburk of Dorsey and Alexis Funderburk of Mantachie; great-great-granddaughter, Harleigh Jo Sartain of Dorsey; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Alyene Peeler Pennington; and brothers, Joe Frank Peeler Sr., Gerald Peeler and William Peeler.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Rev. Glyn Wiygul and Rev. Warren R. Coile officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be William Basinger, Jimmy Wiygul, Tony Wiygul, Jeremy Wiygul, Frank Peeler and Kevin Black. Honorary pallbearers will be the AHS Class of 1946.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 127, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Irma Stubbs
TUPELO – Irma Frances Hamm Stubbs, 90, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born on Oct. 14, 1920, to Patti Lou Simmons Hamm and Samuel Magus Hamm. She graduated from Booneville High School and attended Mississippi State College for Women. After her late husband, Brigadier General Van Tankersley Stubbs Sr., retired from U.S. Army service, they moved to Baldwyn, where she lived until she moved to a cottage at Traceway Manor. She loved flowers of all kind and drew strength from her flower gardening all her life. She was a longtime elder and faithful member of the Baldwyn Presbyterian Church and, after moving to Tupelo, was active at First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo.
A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Tom Groome and Rev. Ron Richardson officiating. Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at McFadden Hall at First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors are one daughter, Patsy Gregory (Bob) of Okolona; one son, Van T. “Buddy” Stubbs Jr. (Mary) of Tupelo; her grandchildren, Patricia Simmons Gregory, Susannah Stubbs Gregory and Caroline Knowles Gregory, all of New York, N.Y., and Frances Erin Stubbs of Tupelo and Van T. “Vandy” Stubbs III, of West Point; and one sister, Marjorie Sue Hamm Bowie (Scott) of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Brigadier General Van T. Stubbs Sr., on Oct. 26, 1993.
Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1725, Tupelo, MS 38802; Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS. 38802; or Traceway Retirement Community, 2800 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.

Veroy Agnew
CORINTH – Veroy Agnew, 69, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hopewell M.B. Church. Burial will be in Rienzi Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Lloyd G. Freelon
BRUCE – Lloyd G. Freelon, 69, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.
Loyd Ferguson
CHUCKEY, Tenn. – Loyd Eugene Ferguson, 79, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at the Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn. He was born April 6, 1932, in Pheba to Olive Lavonia Gammill Ferguson and Elmer Edward Ferguson. He was a former resident of Memphis and Mississippi. Mr. Ferguson was retired from the Tennessee Department of Corrections, where he was a corrections officer for 20 years. He was a Methodist and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point with the Rev. Mike Mathena officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Rupert Ferguson of Chuckey, Tenn.; one daughter, Doris Ferguson Volz of Memphis; one stepdaughter, Barbara Monk (Roy) of Greeneville, Tenn.; two stepsons, Jim G’Fellers (Patsy) of Chuckey, Tenn., and Larry Landers (Gail) of Greeneville, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Sara L. Lemmons of Columbus; one sister-in-law, Connie Garza (Simon) of Jonesboro, Ga.; one brother-in-law, J.T. Hodnett (Leora) of Cedar Bluff; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Pauline Hodnett Ferguson, on Jan. 2, 1987; and a brother, Robert E. Ferguson.

John Hill
SMITHVILLE – John Melvin Hill, 69, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 201, at his residence in Smithville. He was born Jan. 15, 1942, to Richard Hill and Mazzie Rush Hill in Guntown. He lived in Chicago during his working life. He retired from Crane Packing in the maintenance department. He lived the past 18 years in Smithville.
A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church in Becker with Mike Steele officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Brigitte Schrawz Hill of Smithville; two sisters, Pelbia Pickle and husband, Wayne, of Becker and Helon White-Pontiff and husband, Michael, of Abbeyville, La.; two brothers, Carl Hill and wife, Carol, of Terre Haute, Ind., and Noel Jason Hill and wife, Michelle, of Zion, Wis.; one niece, Carylon Motes of Hatley; five nephews, Mike Steele and wife, Diane, of Becker, John Steele and wife, Kim of Wren, and Ricky Hill, Tony Hill and Allen Hill, all of Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
To sign the register and send condolences online, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Richard Harris
MEMPHIS – Richard Lee Harris, 61, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Memphis. Burial will be in the Jeffries Family Cemetery at Lamar. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Friday.

James Bowen
HOLLY SPRINGS – James Macker “Nut Head” Bowen (Michael McJunkins), 54, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Anderson Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, donations for his service may be made to J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home, 125 N. Memphis St., Holly Springs, MS 38635.

Sadie Tyler
CORINTH – Sadie L. “Tootsie” Tyler, 80, died Saturday, Sept. 24, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Synagogue Baptist Church. Burial will be in Rienzi Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ester King Jr.
SOUTHAVEN – Ester King Jr., 64, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Roger Barnette
CALHOUN CITY – Robert Earl Barnette, 69, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at the Grenada Lake Medical Center. He was born Jan. 19, 1942, in Calhoun County. He was a retired employee of Heatcraft in Grenada and a member of Sabougla Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Survivors include his wife, Claudine Melton Barnette of Calhoun City; one daughter, Diana Lishman (Robert) of Vardaman; one son, Robert Barnette (Beth) of Gore Springs; six grandchildren, Gunner Lishman, Courtney Barnette, Blair Barnette, Gracia Barnette, Lauren Brasher and Jonathan Brasher; two great-grandchildren, Allie Shepard and Skylie Collins.
He was preceded in death by two infant sons, Randy Paul and Roger Dean Barnette; his parents, Noel Barnette and Archie Mae Rodgers Barnette; a sister, Jane Baker; and a brother, Sam Barnette.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.
Online condolences may be made at pryorfuneralhome.com.

Fred Beckham Sr.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fred Thomas Beckham Sr., 85, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at his home. He was born in Amory on Jan. 29, 1926, to Thomas Henry Beckham and Effie Greenhill Beckham. He attended Amory High School and Western Reserve University. He later served two years in the U.S. Army with the Counter Intelligence Corps. He retired in 1980 after 31 years with the Southern Pacific Company in the traffic department. He was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church. Mr. Beckham loved playing golf, riding his bike and working with his neighborhood association. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He never knew a stranger.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Christ Presbyterian Church. Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee, Fla., is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Frances Worrall Beckham, whom he married Dec. 6, 1947; a son, Fred Beckham Jr.; a daughter-in-law, Kathleen Ann McKeon; five grandchildren, Joshua, Jennifer, David, John Ross and Madeline Beckham; and two great-grandchildren, Brianna and Zachery Beckham; seven siblings: Eleanor Welch, Marynell Fulton, Jean McKee, Betty Holmes, Richard Beckham and Nelson Beckham.
The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to www.BigBendHospice.org or Christ Presbyterian Church.

Nancy Helms
EUPORA – Nancy Williams Hellms, 78, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Montevista Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ann Tuggle
GOLDEN – Ann Tuggle, 87, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at Southern Magnolia Estates. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.

Dora Morris
GUNTOWN – Dora Morris, 78, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was a Methodist, a retired employee of Quartet and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Robert McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Michael Morris (Terry) of Guntown; three sisters, Azlee Glisson (Don) of Wheeler, Billie Hines of Wheeler and Joyce Mortimer (Rick) of Bakersville, Calif.; one brother, Junior Stokes (Marlane) of Bakersville, Calif.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Hill Morris; her parents, Clovis and Eunice Stokes; a sister, Ella Jean Graham; and three brothers, Bobby, Duke and Charlie Stokes.
Pallbearers will be Steve and Stevie Stokes, Butch and Thad Presley, John Yates and Justin Grizzard.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Joseph Earnest
MANTACHIE – Joseph Lee Earnest, 76, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical after an extended illness. He was born in Mantachie on June 28, 1935, to Alvie L. and Susie Mae Earnest. He was a graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School and attended Itawamba Community College and the University of Mississippi. He served in the Army and was an electrician by trade.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with the Rev. Castor Buse and the Rev. Buddy Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Center Star Cemetery in Mantachie.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Earnest of Mantachie; a sister, Betty Barnes and husband, Joe, of Mantachie; a son Edward Earnest and wife, Carolyn, of Baldwyn; three grandchildren, Anden, Mae and Gray Earnest; three stepchildren, June W. Erickson of Madisonville, Ky., Curtis W. Wesson of Ft. Jackson, S.C., and Gina W. Riddle of Guntown; eight stepgrandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Carlos Reynolds, Tommy Gann, Brian Pollock, John Morris McFerrin, Glen Curtis and Toby Bryant.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Teresa Burleson
GUNTOWN – Teresa Burleson, 49, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She attended Jericho Baptist Church. She was disabled.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Marvin Robbins officiating. Burial will be in the Campbelltown Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Charles Burleson Jr. (Jessica) and Chase Burleson (Sandahl), both of Tupelo, and Chad Burleson of Guntown; her mother, Martha Wages of Guntown; two sisters, Janet Benjamin (David) of Baldwyn and Debbie Blades (Tim) of Sommerville, Tenn.; four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Burleson; her father, James Wages Sr.; and two brothers, James and Dennis Wages.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

J.C. Cantrell
AMORY – James C. “J.C.” Cantrell, 71, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at his home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Lee E. Gladney
PITTSBORO – Lee E. Gladney, 48, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.

Wayne Platt
BIRMINGHAM RIDGE – Wayne Platt died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at his home in the Birmingham Ridge community. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.