OXFORD – Levelle Hickinbottom Jones, 67, died Saturday, June 16, 2012, at her residence in Oxford

By NEMS Daily Journal

Levelle Jones
OXFORD – Levelle Hickinbottom Jones, 67, died Saturday, June 16, 2012, at her residence in Oxford. A native of Lafayette County, she was the daughter of Roy and Lottie Houston Hickinbottom. She was a member of Rock Hill M.B. Church, where she sung in the choir and served on the nurse’s aide board. She was also first lady of Rock Hill M.B. Church. She loved fishing, gardening, singing, traveling and visiting her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at East St. Peter’s M.B. Church in Abbeville. Evangelist Linda Estes will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in East St. Peter’s Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, the Rev. John L. Jones of Oxford; one daughter, Sherry Jones of Oxford; two sons, Thomas (Felecia) Higginbotton of Buford, S.C., and Mark Jones of Oxford; one sister, Evelyn (Willie) Hudson of Oxford; four brothers, Noel (Jacqueline) Hickinbottom of Fayetteville, N.C., Aaron Hickinbottom and Joel Hickinbottom, both of Indianapolis, Ind., and Ira (Rachel) Hickinbottom of Oxford; and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be one hour prior services at the church on Saturday.
Earline Daniels
WEST POINT – Earline T. Daniels, 73, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Daniels Temple Church of God in Calhoun City. Burial will be in Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Calhoun City. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Alton West
NETTLETON – Loyal Alton West, 75, died on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on Feb. 20, 1937, in Westville, he was a son of the late James Burdine and Gladys Lorene Tipton West. He was a graduate of Greenwood Springs High School, Class of 1957. He married Dolly Gray in May 1960. Retiring in 1984, he worked as a presser at Sharp Garment Company in Aberdeen. A man of faith, he grew up in Westville Church of Christ. He was a member of Smithville Church of Christ and attended Nettleton Church of Christ. Loving, happy, generous and the rock of his family, he was passionate about helping others. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, watching all sports, especially football, sitting under the tree, mowing his yard and old gospel music.
He is survived by his former wife and friend, Dolly Causey of Nettleton; daughters, Cynthia Ann West and Amy Michelle West of Nettleton; son, Loyal Rickey West Sr. (Wanda) of Becker; sister, Sherry Murff (Bobby) of Bartahatchie; brother, Ronnie West (Martha) of Hamilton; sister-in-law, Peggy West of Hamilton; grandchildren, Brandi Tims, Loyal Rickey West Jr., Terra West, Patrick “Tony” Carroll, Courtney Ford, Amber Sullivan, Jeremy Adams and Taylor Adams; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys Lorene Westbrook; brother, Jimmy West; and special friend and mentor, Hoyet Hathcock.
A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Nettleton Church of Christ with Minister Jeff Bates officiating. Burial will follow in Jones Chapel Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Loyal Rickey West Jr., Jeremy Adams, Tony Carroll, Nathan Doyle, Keith Murff and James Tims. Honorary pallbearers will be David Westbrook, Doug West, Robert Murff and Dewayne Murff.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 9 a.m. until the service hour on Saturday.
Memorials may be given to a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Willie Mae Cunningham
OKOLONA – Willie Mae Cunningham, 78, died Saturday, June 16, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Monroe County on June 15, 1934, to Willie Montgomery and Annie Mae Darden Montgomery. She was a loving, dependable and devoted friend to many in the community.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Eastern Star Baptist Church in Okolona with Anthony Rainey officiating. Burial will follow in Oddfellows Cemetery. Fields Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons: Robert (Bobbie) Montgomery Sr. and David Cunningham, both of Okolona, and Walter Blanchard Montgomery of California; two sisters: Lucy Smith of Texas and Mary (Lee) Fredrick of Tampa, Fla.; two brothers, W.D. (Mary) Montgomery and Willie Charles Montgomery of Tampa, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Don Montgomery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Eastern Star Baptist Church in Okolona and one hour prior to service time Saturday.
Georgia Rayford
BYHALIA – Georgia Mae Rayford, 78, died Sunday, June 17, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ivor Steadman
TUPELO – Ivor Joe “Bud” Steadman, 86, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at his daughter’s residence in Martin, Tenn. He was born in Kingsport, Tenn., on Feb. 4, 1926, to Ivor Clyde and Georgia Kate Nelms Steadman. He was retired as Master Chief from the United States Navy after 30 years of service to his country.
Graveside services with military honors will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his three children, Sandra Steadman Holland (Danny M. Holland), David Joe Steadman (Donna) of Jackson, Tenn., and Steven Steadman of Saltillo; one sister, Patsy Fields of Omaha, Neb.; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Ruth Annette Steadman; and four siblings.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Allie Medlin
MYRTLE – Callie Mae Medlin, 77, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born March 12, 1935, in New Albany to Clomer and Josephene Watts Ausburn. She was a homemaker and a member of Northside Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service in New Albany with the Rev. Terry Rodgers and the Rev. Joe Gullick officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Houston W. Medlin; one daughter, Carol Rodgers of New Albany; three sons, Rickey D. Medlin (Melody) of Myrtle, Charles E. Medlin (Sandra) of New Albany and William D. Medlin of New Albany; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Dale Medlin.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Cleta Horton
MEMPHIS – Cleta Florence Horton, 87, died Friday, June 8, 2010, in Memphis. She was born June 8, 1924, in the Unity community to Jessie and Vida Malone Horton.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Unity Cemetery with Bro. Eddie Boutwell officiating. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include nieces, Jean Beggs, Peggy Wright (Jim) and Christine Kelly; nephews, James Howard Horton (Barbara), Jackie Horton (Rita) and Gerald Horton (Lynna); a number of great-nieces and great-nephews; special friend, Margie Armstrong; goddaughter, Stephanie Jones; and a godson, Jeffery Armstrong.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Clytee Nanney; and three brothers, Clasford Horton, Cyrus Horton and Carlton Horton.
Eugene Malone
HOLLY SPRINGS – Eugene Lewis Malone, 52, died Sunday, June 17, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hope CME Church in Red Banks. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and 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 repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
Michael Mihelic
SALTILLO – Michael Mihelic, 56, died Thursday, June 21, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Lorene Patterson
SALTILLO – Edith Lorene Patterson, 81, died Thursday, June 21, 2012, at her residence after a long illness. She was born in Mississippi on July 12, 1930, to George Walter and Lillie Cooper Hignite. She was a seamstress with Lucky Star for many years and retired after 20 years of service as an LPN with the North Mississippi Medical Center and the Women’s Center. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Saltillo, where she often kept the church nursery. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, cake decorating, crocheting gifts for others and attending garage sales.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues in Saltillo. Burial will be in Euclatubba Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, George Thomas Patterson (Reba) of Mooreville and Robert Wayne Patterson (Elaine) of Saltillo; five grandchildren, Mitzi Vance (John), Georgianne Douglas (James), Emily Lauren Patterson, Lee Fowler (Amanda) and Heath Fowler (Angela); seven great-grandchildren, Cayla, A.J. and Jeff Vance, James Jr. and Haven Douglas, Rori and Rianna Fowler; five bonus grandchildren, Dan, Susan, Patty, Joe and Sam; her special niece, Judy Miller, special aunt, Alma Crabb; best friend, Jean Sullivan; brother-in-law, Rayburn Gentry Sr.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas J. Patterson, in 1976; three sisters, Helen Gentry, Virginia Overton and Mary Jo Armstrong.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Katherine Ard
PONTOTOC – Katherine Inmon Ard, 88, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc after a long illness. She was born in November 1923 to Buford and Lillie Zachary Inmon in Pontotoc and graduated from Pontotoc High School in 1940. She married Elton Russell Ard in 1945. The Ards lived in various cities across the U.S., including Spokane, Wash., Cheyenne, Wyo., Memphis, Tenn., and Macon, Ga.. The couple returned to Pontotoc after her husband’s retirement from civilian employment with the U.S. Air Force in 1972. She was an accomplished artist and gardener and was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was a member of West Heights Baptist Church for many years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at West Heights Baptist Church with Dr. David Hamilton and the Rev. Dan Young officiating. Burial will follow in the Springville Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Eleyce A. Usery (Melvin) of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; a sister, Opal Godwin of Decatur, Ga.; a brother, Lamar Inmon of Pottstown, Pa.; and her granddaughter, Laurie Morrissey of Washington D.C.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 57 years; sisters, Elsie McMillen and Lostine Fortner; and her granddaughter, Kimberly Usery.
Pallbearers will be Brett Crawford, Jimmy Dale Harrison, Stevie Senior, Doyle Crites, Lamar Inmon and Melvin Usery. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Boyles and Mark Brock.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Kimberly Usery Foundation, P.O. Box 15357, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035-3106 or www.KimUseryFoundation.org.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
James Settle
CORINTH – James Settle, 68, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Methodist Center in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.
Wayne Butler
CORINTH – Kenneth Wayne Butler, 74, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born Sept. 1, 1937, in Guys, Tenn. A longtime educator, he was a graduate of Biggersville High School. From high school he enlisted in the Mississippi National Guard. He graduated from Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville and he received his bachelor of science degree from the School of Education at Mississippi State University in 1962. He later earned his master’s and specialist’s degree in school administration from the University of North Alabama. Coach Butler spent 30 of his 32 years at the Alcorn School District. He began as a teacher, basketball coach for boys and girls, and assistant principal at Biggersville High school for 16 years. He then spent another seven years as principal at Biggersville Elementary School. In 1981 he became the director of transportation for the Alcorn School District. In 1982 he became the principal at Alcorn Central High School. He retired from Alcorn Central in December 1992. After retirement, he began driving entertainer buses for Senator Coaches for several years and was known as “Mr. Principal” by many of the entertainers. In 2006 he returned to education by serving on the Northeast Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees, on the grounds and building committee and on the foundation committee at Northeast until his death. He was a member of Oakland Baptist Church, where is served as usher and as a van driver.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Baptist Church. Dr. Randy Bostick will officiate, and Dr. Johnny Allen will deliver the eulogy. Other speakers include Scott McClain and Charlie Browning. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Doles Butler; a daughter, Tonya Butler-Farris; one grandson, Keaton Butler Farris; a brother-in-law, Johnny Doles (Becky); family members, Mickey Davis of Corinth, and Scott and Stefanie McClain, and their daughters, Sarah and Sydney of Cordova, Tenn., Billy Howell (Peggy) and Betty Howell-Hopkins (Lenard); a sister-in-law, Effie Doles; nieces, Jonna Doles Shaw of New Albany, Amy Doles Lancaster of Corinth; nephew, Steve Doles of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clara Howell Butler and Everette Butler, and one brother, Everette Butler; and a very special cousin, Bobby Dean Davis.
Pallbearers will be Kent Farris, Jerry Woodruff, Larry King, Junior Rowland, Ron Rossi, Norman Borden, Parvin South, Frank Morton, Tony Morton, Tommy Barnes and Billy Howell. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Dilworth, Ely Mitchell, Emmett Dalton, members of the Board of Trustees at Northeast Mississippi Community College, members of the Northeast Foundation Committee and members of Lowell Hinton’s Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Oakland Baptist Church. The body will lie in repose at the church from noon to service time Saturday.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Wayne Butler Memorial Scholarship through the Northeast Development Foundation. Contact Patrick Eaton at (662) 720-7165.
Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Emma McKinney
TULSA, Okla. – Emma Mae McKinney, 57, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. She was formerly of Aurora, Ill., and Holly Springs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Union Valley M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and 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 repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
Lee Freeman
RIPLEY – Gary Lee Freeman, 60, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at his home. He was born Aug. 10, 1951, to William Herman and Katherine Imogene Hodges Freeman in Ripley. He was the owner and operator of Freeman Lumber Company and a member of First United Methodist Church. A loving husband and father, he loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Dr. Jack Bennett and the Rev. Jason Harms officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Brown Freeman of Ripley; two sons, Stephen Freeman (Mallory) and Chris Freeman (fiancampée, Lauren), all of Ripley; one daughter, Jessica Freeman of Ripley; one sister, Sandra F. Upchurch of Starkville; a special aunt, Elizabeth Hardy of Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Herman Freeman; his mother, Katherine Hodges Freeman; and his grandparents, Hubert and Rosalee Freeman, and Oscar and Velma Hodges.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Jordan, David Spires, Josh Batesman, James Willingham, Travis Tigrett, Wes Davis, Dewayne Johnston and Dell Harrell.
Honoray pallbearers will be carpenters and contractors of Freeman Lumber Company.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Wilma Hill
NEW ALBANY – Wilma Hays Speck Hill, 85, died Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Magnolia Personal Care Home in New Albany. She was born June 11, 1927, to Ossie and Caroline Hitt Speck. She was retired from Mohasco and was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Porter and the Rev. Don Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Rita Ligon (Wayne); two sons, Larry Hill (Anita) and Kenneth Hill (Linda); a sister, Loyce Thompson; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy H. Hill; her parents; and a sister, Joyce Colvin.
Pallbearers will be Brad Hill, Michael Hill, Jonathan Hill, Andrew Hill, Barry Ligon and Jarred Ligon.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.