Obituaries September 8, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

E.B. Buchanan
TUPELO – Elbert “Buck” Buchanan Sr., 75, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at the Cohen Greenhouse at United Methodist Senior Services.
E.B. was born in the Buena Vista community of Chickasaw County to Charlie Buchanan and Beatrice Buchanan. He farmed early in his life and married Katie Bailey on Sept. 20, 1959. They moved to Tupelo in 1972 where he worked for Frisco Railroad for six years before starting his own business, E.B.’s Tire Company, for more than 30 years. He was respected and revered in his trade among his clients who came to depend on his reliable service. He was a simple man whose life revolved around his work and his family. He enjoyed watching baseball and wrestling, and playing with the grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with his son, Elbert Buchanan Jr. officiating. Private burial will follow in Johnson Chapel Cemetery in Shannon. Visitation will be Monday from 10 a.m. to service time only.
Survivors include his wife of almost 53 years, Katie Bailey; three sons, Elbert Buchanan Jr. (Glenda), and Greg Buchanan, all of Tupelo, and Terry Buchanan of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Wanda Buchanan and Regina Buchanan LaRock, both of Tupelo; one brother, Eddie Buchanan of Tupelo; three sisters, Shirley Buchanan, Willie Mae Buchanan, and Beatrice Buchanan, all of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Denarius Buchanan, Jarvis Buchanan, Xavier Wilson, Jeremy Buchanan, Marcus Buchanan, Jouvence Buchanan and Nicholas Buchanan; three great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins; and a very special friend, Joe Gary, who helped him get in business.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the nurses and staff of the Cohen Greenhouse for their love and watch care of E.B. during his time there.
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Neil McNeil Sr.
RIPLEY – On September 6, 2012, at 5:45 a.m. Neil McNeil peacefully passed to be with his Lord and Savior at age 84 at Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home in Ripley.
Neil was born on December 14, 1927, in Roy, N.M., to Jack Benson and Ethel Young McNeil. He was the youngest of five children, all older sisters, three of who have preceded him in death.
He was raised in the community of Yates, N.M., until seven years old at time of his mother’s death. He moved into the town of Roy, N.M., where he finished high school and immediately joined the Navy during
World War II. After the Navy he came back to Albuquerque, N.M., to attend the University of New Mexico. After college he married and worked in sales and owned his own business in New Mexico, Colorado and Washington area for many years.
After being single several years, he worked and lived in the Dallas, Texas, area during the late seventies, where he met Loyce at the “Word of Faith Church” and they were married several months later.
He had come to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior at an older age and faithfully served the Lord from that time being an encourager to people regardless of who they were or what station of life they were in. He was a bold soul winner.
He and wife Loyce moved back to Ripley in 1985. They have owned and operated McNeil Insurance Agency for the past 21 years, serving the north Mississippi area, specializing in senior products. He enjoyed helping people, would always go the extra mile to do so. He is a member of New Life Mission Church in Ripley.
He is survived by his wife, Loyce S. McNeil; two sons, Neil McNeil Jr. of Nashville, Greg McNeil of Sarasota, Fla.; two daughters, Debbie Christain and Amy Ouhl of gig Harbor, Wash.; two stepsons, Whitney Williams of Farmers Branch, Texas and Drew Williams of Tupelo; three stepdaughters, Charity Williams of Ripley, Kathy Thompson of Tupelo and Joanne Bush (Robb) of Bee Cave, Texas; one sister, Marion Hubler of Ft. Smith, Ark.; seven grandchildren, Rebecca Schumaker (Zak), William Moody, Kelly Hansen (Brandon), Jamie Walker (Shawn), Andrew Nick and Sara Armstrong; eight stepgrandchildren, Ashley T. Frodge (Jason), Jody Thompson, Caleb Thompson, Julia Bush, Jaron Bush, Matthew Williams, Madison Williams and Meghan W. Martz (Justin); 11 great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Randy McNeil; one daughter, Laurie Bowman; and three sisters.
Funeral service is today at 3 p.m. at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Bro. Clyde and Sister Kathy Davis and Bro. Robert Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Falkner Cemetery in Falkner. McBride Funeral Home in Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation was Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home and today at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Venetta Freeman
BELDEN – Venetta Freeman, 82, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at her home in Belden. She was born July 26, 1930, in Quincy to Mattie Hadley and Arcelor Smith. She was raised by her aunt and uncle, Neddie and Aguta Buckingham in Mt. Clemon, Mich. She later moved to where she met and married the Elder Ocella Freeman.
Service will be today at 2 p.m. at Temple of Compassion and Deliverance. Elder Garnie Freeman will give the eulogy and Elder Dennis Boyd will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Grove in Pontotoc.
She is survived by Elder Garnie Freeman of Tupelo, Mattie Worthy of Toledo, Ohio, Lovie Northington of Belden, Judith Ezell of Belden, Arcelor Freeman of Ridgeland; a granddaughter she raised, Tianna Williams; and sister Fransic Smith of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, aunt, uncle and husband.

Elizabeth Goode
BATESVILLE – Elizabeth Goode, 94, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Golden Living in Batesville.
Funeral service will be today at 10 a.m. in Wells Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frank Davis presiding. Interment will follow in Cold Springs Cemetery in Sardis.
Visitation will be at 9 a.m. today until service time today.
Memorials may be sent to Cold Springs United Methodist Church.

Monroe Cole
VERONA – Monroe Cole died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Jayden Sanchez
VARDAMAN – Jayden Raul Sanchez, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home.

Sam Parks
THRASHER – LaFoy “Sam” Parks, 92, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillian Funeral Home.
Norman Franklin
NORTONVILLE, Ky. – Norman King Franklin Sr., 72, of Nortonville, Ky., died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Regional Medical Center in Madisonville, Ky. He was born to Beulah and Clarence Franklin on Feb. 20, 1940, in Hopkins County, Ky. He married the former Joyce Faye Barnett on Nov. 15, 1962. He served as sergeant 1st class in the United States Army with four foreign tours of duty including active combat in Vietnam. At the conclusion of his military service, he and his wife returned to Nortonville, Ky., where they owned and operated Franklin’s Supermarket. He also was a retired coal miner of 24 years.
He attended the First Church of God in Madisonville. A Kentucky colonel, Franklin was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending summers with family and friends on Lake Barkley. He was known for his outstanding character and terrific sense of humor, witty storytelling skills, the ability to fix anything, and a love for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, the St. Louis Cardinals and his wife’s holiday cooking. His greatest joy was time spent with family, especially as Poppi to his beloved grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Barnett-Strother Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Bourland and the Rev. Robert White officiating. Burial with full military rites will follow in Good Hope Cemetery, Mannington.
He is survived by his devoted wife of nearly 50 years, Joyce Faye Franklin; his loving children, Joannie (Charles) King of Tupelo, Norman “Frank” (Jill) Franklin Jr. of Nortonville, and Susan (Joshua) Denton of Franklin, Tenn.; grandchildren, Norman “Trey” III, Travis and Morgan Franklin, Madison, Charlie, Mary Elizabeth and Cooper King, and John Denton; a brother, Mervel Franklin of Fairview Heights, Ill.; and a host of extended family and friends.
Franklin was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Walton Dale Franklin, Aretta Jean Whitfield, Charles Wayne Franklin and Phyllis Ann Franklin.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Tyson, Jed Tyson, Norman “Trey” Franklin III, Travis Franklin, William Barnett III and Michael Barnett. Honorary pallbearers will be William Barnett Jr. and Junior Butler.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from noon until the service on Sunday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Wounded Warrior Project. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to the family at

Laverne Peach
SALTILLO – Rebecca Laverne Mears Peach, 94, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at her home after an extended illness. She was born Aug. 25, 1918, to Clara Tanner Mears and Claude Winford Mears in Saltillo and was a graduate of East Tupelo High School. She married Kenneth Peach on May 4, 1942. She was an accomplished seamstress and a longtime employee at Playcraft Inc. in Saltillo. She enjoyed needlework, reading and flower gardening. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Tupelo Chapter 83, a past Worthy Matron of the Saltillo chapter and a longtime active member of the First Baptist Church, Saltillo.
Pegues Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Saltillo with Dr. Ken Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Park in Verona. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors will be in charge of the arrangements. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services at First Baptist Church in Saltillo.
She is survived by two sons, Neal Peach (Ann) and Jim Peach (Anita) all of Saltillo; two brothers, Paul Mears of Tucson, Ariz., and Bill Mears (Helen) of Saltillo; four grandchildren, Lisa Kimbrough (Richie) of Saltillo, Michael Peach of Saltillo, Leslie Bowen (John) of Independence, Miss., and Stephanie O’Neal (Chad) of Gurley, Ala.; six great-grandchildren, Courtney Kimbrough, Bryson Kimbrough, Gracie Bowen, Emma Bowen, Maggie Bowen and Lucy O’Neal; a host of nieces and nephews; and her caregivers, Pat Ferguson, Rhonda Lea and Robin Barnett.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Kenneth Peach, in 2000; her parents; her brother, Charles Mears; and her sisters, Helen Bean, Frances Long and Margaret Branyan.
Pallbearers will be Michael Peach, Richie Kimbrough, Bryson Kimbrough, John Bowen, Chad O’Neal and Tony Mears.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Saltillo Funeral Home.
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Joyce Baker
CHERRY CREEK – Joyce Augusta Gray Baker, 78, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Cherry Creek Baptist Church and Campers on Mission. She was retired from the U.S. government where she had worked for 31 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cherry Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. James Lewis, the Rev. Andy Baker and the Rev. Roger Reeder officiating. Burial will follow in the Cherry Creek Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Edwin Baker of Cherry Creek; three sons, Eddie Baker (Carol) of Hattiesburg, Terry Baker (Jennifer) of Tupelo and Larry Baker (Leslie) of Brookhaven; one sister, Wilma Hooker of West Point; six grandchildren, Austin Baker (Christine), Andy Baker (Elizabeth), Ben Baker (Mary Catherine Evans), Wilson Baker, Livi Baker and Lilliana Baker; and one great-granddaughter, Ava Makenzie Baker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gus Whitlow Gray and Nancy Keron McCarver Gray; two brothers, Harvey Gray and William “Bubba” Gray; and three sisters, Hilda Tedford, Betty Jean Gray and Keron Gray.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Gray, Mickey Baker, Gene Baker, Phil Hooker, Kevin Crawford and Robin Crawford.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Cherry Creek Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 603, Ecru, MS 38841.
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Tillman Hall
NEW SITE – Basil Tillman Hall, 65, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at his home. He was born Aug. 27, 1947, to Basel and Lois Seago Hall. He was a disabled logger.
Services were at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Shaun Weaver officiating. Burial was in Saucer Creek Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Joyce Hall; one daughter, Vickie Hall of Tupelo; one son, Chris Hall of New Site; and one granddaughter, June Hall.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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Paul Peters
GIBSONVILLE, N.C. – Paul Milton “Peter Paul” Peters, 70, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. He was the loving husband of 18 years to Lois Vickers Peters. When he wasn’t doing small engine repair work, he could always be found camping and fishing as well as putting smiles on children’s faces at Christmas time by being one of Santa’s helpers.
A celebration of his life was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel. A graveside service will be held on Monday in Baldwyn in the Peters family cemetery.
Survivors include his wife; children, Jeff (Terri) Peters, Paul Ray (Lisa) Peters, Kimberly Sbrocchi, Crystal George and Anna Chrapliwy; seven grandchildren; mother, Kathryn Ryan Peters; brothers, Kary Peters and Scotty (Jeanine) Peters; and sisters, Charlene Gilliand, Carolyn Jones and Nancy Farrar.
He was preceded in death by his father, Tulon Peters.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4-A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407-2145.
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Joyce Bunch
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Joyce Hathcock Bunch, 78, died on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. She was born Feb. 8, 1934, in Smithville, to Coleman and Omie Hathcock. She worked as a nurse for many years and was a nursing professor at the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
A celebration of life service will be 4:30 p.m. today at New Hope Church of Christ with Minister Philip Hathcock officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the local arrangements.
Survivors include four children, Stephen (Denise), Laurie Alison (Stephen), Scott (Ellen) and Shea (Chrissy); grandchildren, Hunter, Stephanie, Monica, Holly, Jordan, Jackson and Caleb; one sister, Delores Cox of Amory; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 3 p.m. until service time at the church today.
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Raymond Vest
NEW ALBANY – Raymond Vest, 98, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. He was born on Feb. 9, 1914, to Robert Lee Vest and Alice Lynch Vest in Atkins, Ark. He was a farmer and a retired meter reader for Bethlehem Water Assoc. He enjoyed wood cutting and garden work. He was the oldest member of the New Albany Church of Christ.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the New Albany Church of Christ with Bro. Ray Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Amy Hill Vest of New Albany; one daughter, Betty Jean Young (Terry) of New Albany; one son, John Robert Vest (Nola) of Brentwood, Tenn.; one sister, Flora Breckinridge of Sherwood, Ark.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jimmy Ray Vest; three sisters; and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be Johnathan Vest, Jeremy Vest, Jim Vest, Phil Young, Matt Young and Steve Todd.
Visitation is 1 p.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to Southern Christian Home (Children’s Home) P.O. Box 649 Morrilton, AR.
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Robert Shook Jr.
BELMONT – Robert C. Shook Jr., 57, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis, Tenn. He was born Feb. 20, 1955, in Memphis, Tenn. He was an employee of Cooper Tire and served in the National Guard for 11 years out of Fulton. He attended Jordan Hill Church of God of Prophecy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Donnie Wooten officiating. Burial will be in Dennis Memory Gardens in Dennis.
Survivors are his wife of 38 years, Diane Shook of Belmont; two children, Robert Dale Shook (Tammy) of Belmont and Whitney Lee (Lindsey) of Dennis; his mother, Pearline Shook of Waterloo, Ala.; sisters and brothers, Mary Jo McKinney (Wade) of Horn Lake, Jimmy Shook, Dean Shook (Denise) and Francis Smith (Jesse), all of Waterloo, Ala., and Teresa Knickerbocker (Tim) and Lynn Hornbuckle (Roger), all of Huntsville, Ala.; and seven grandchildren, Shelby, Kimberly, Connor, Michael, Serenity, Selena and Patience.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert C. Shook Sr.
Pallbearers will be Mickey Duffie, Dale Swindle, Anthony Patterson, Larry Hudson, Zack Wooten and Tyler Wooten. Honorary pallbearers will be Kirwan Kirkland and Sam Field.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.

Martha McBride
EUPORA – Martha Edna McBride, 78, retired homemaker, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the New Hope Cemetery in Webster County.

Betty Williams
BOONEVILLE – Betty J. Williams died Thursday, September 6, 2012, at her home in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announce later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Booneville.
Dwight Wilde Jr.
SALTILLO – Dwight Wilde Jr., 74, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in Madison County, Marshall, N.C., on Dec. 5, 1937, to Dwight Wilde Sr. and Alice Bishop Wilde. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of Long Branch Baptist Church in Marshall, N.C., and attended Grace Baptist Church of Guntown. He was a family man, witty, funny, outgoing and never met a stranger.
Services with military honors will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Pastor Neil Murphy officiating.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jo Sprinkle Wilde; daughters, Cynthia Bond of Dumas and Elaine Griffin of New Albany; sons, Mark Wilde and Freddie Wilde of Saltillo; grandchildren, Keith, Amanda, Trey, Jimmy and Billy; five great-grandchildren; brother, Frank Wilde of Marshall, N.C.; sisters, Minnie Morrow and Margaret Wooten, both of Leicester, N.C., and Geraldene Helms of Asheville, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lester Wilde and John Wilde; sisters, Katy Morrow, Betty Hollifield, Merle Mathews, Emmogene Helms and Glenda Helms.
Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his funeral account, W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors, P.O. Box 1488, Tupelo, MS, 38802.
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Connie McLarty
FULTON – Connie Grissom McLarty, 65, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. She was born Jan. 23, 1947, to Ward and Ellen Bell Grissom in California. She was a bus driver and enjoyed raising iguanas. She loved spending time with her family.
Service was held at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Shane Ray officiating. Internment was at Fulton City Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughters, Tina Estes (Chris) of Fulton and Lisa Thompson (Bob) of Mooreville; son, D.R. Thompson (Amanda) of Fulton; grandchildren, Heather Trotter, Holly Thompson, Colby Estes, Hanah Thompson, Sean Thompson, Seth Thompson and Noah Thompson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Thomas Ward.
Pallbearers were Richard Trotter, Bo Young, Colby Estes, Chris Barnes, Seth Thompson, Sean Thompson and Will Lindsey.
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