By NEMS Daily Journal
The obituary for Timothy Staten in Tuesday’s Daily Journal contained an incomplete list of survivors. He also was survived by a special niece, Maggie Price. The places for memorials to be sent were listed incorrectly. Memorials may be made to the West Jackson Street Baptist Church Building Fund or Nathan Harper with Global Frontier Missions.
NASHVILLE – Sonja Maria “Sassi” Denson was born May 9, 1953, and passed away peacefully in her home June 9, 2012, surrounded by her loved ones after a valiant four-year battle with melanoma. Even in her final days, she carefully and diligently guided those she adored to ease their pain and carry on. Sassi never gave less than the very best of herself; whether it was in her dedicated service to HCA managing Internal Audits for the last 16 years, or helping her nieces and nephews study for a test. Her devotion and dedication spoiled all who were the blessed recipients of her great gift – her undivided attention to the task at hand.
Prior to her career with HCA, she gave the same attention to detail in her service to the State of Tennessee as a Legislative Nurse Auditor from 1988-1996. Earlier in her healthcare career, she was a Registered Nurse in three hospitals in West Tennessee from 1973-1987, spending the majority of those years with Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Sonja provided compassionate care and a gentle touch to the patients and families of those she served in the ICU, CCU & CVS Units.
Outside of the medical arena, you would most likely find Sassi at sporting events. She was an avid hockey fan and enjoyed traveling with her friends to see her teams. In most recent years, she could be found cheering on her nieces, nephews and their friends at whatever was the event of the day!
The first to greet her in Heaven with open arms were her loving parents, (Refus and Owie) Reath Moore and Ottis Harold Denson of Marietta. Sassi enriched the lives of the family she is survived by: Harold and Linda Denson of Memphis; Jerry, Amy and Trent Denson of Nashville; Dee, Johnny, Sara Jordan, Jake and Sophie Jacobson, also of Nashville. Sonja “Sassi” also cherished her extended family, and her treasured friends and co-workers.
To the amazing physicians and medical community who have been so loving and compassionate (Tennessee Oncology/Centennial Medical Center & Affiliates/Odyssey Hospice), from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.
A Memorial service to honor the life of Sonja “Sassi” Denson will be held at West End UMC, 2200 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203 on Friday, June 15, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.; a reception at the church will follow the service.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Nashville Humane Association, West End UMC Youth Ministries or the charity of your choice. Nashville Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.
BLUE SPRINGS – Julia Frances Lessel Herring, 87, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at her home. She was born Sept. 3, 1924, in Pontotoc County to William and Addie Pearl Roberts Lessel. She married Virgil V. Herring on April 7, 1945. She was a lifelong member of Center Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Center Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Brandon Murphree and Bro. Jerry Grammer officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Virgil Herring; one daughter, Jolene Tutor; one son, Keith Herring (Lois); seven grandchildren, DeAnna Booth (Robert), Steve Tutor (Becky), Rony Herring, James Pannell (Melanie), Jon Herring (Candace), Josh Pannell and Jill Herring; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Inita Pannell.
Pallbearers will be Rony Herring, Jon Herring, James Pannell, Josh Pannell, Steve Tutor and Robert Booth. Honorary pallbearers will be Cliff Hamblin, Wayne Littlejohn, Roy Pannell and Stark Aldridge.
Visitation will continue at Center Hill Baptist Church from noon until service time today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
TUPELO – Bonnie Jean Cox Huey, 81, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at her residence in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born in Tupelo on April 19, 1931, to Wilder Cox and Irene Kingsley Cox. A lifelong Lee Countian, she was employed all her life in the restaurant business. She was a waitress and in management at Grady’s Steak House and later worked for more than 20 years at the Ramada Inn before her retirement. She enjoyed watching TV, sewing, cooking and cheering for the Atlanta Braves. She was a member of the East Heights Baptist Church. She was a doting mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to a grateful family.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Terry Pierce officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to service time Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Bobby Huey (Debbie) of Tupelo; her daughters, Barbara Silvers of Blue Springs, Debbie Hudson of Saltillo, Dianne Martin of Tupelo and Sharon Craig (Larry) of Trumann, Ark.; a brother, Everett Cox of Tupelo; a sister, Josephine “Jo” Harbor of Tupelo; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be David Jones, Mark Teem, Shane and Dustin Huey, Dewayne Hunt, Bryan LeMay, Dillon Goble and David Demorest.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FULTON – Billy Charles Archie, 66, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born Oct. 27, 1945, he was a son of Mary Frances Gray Archie and the late C.D. Archie. He married Mary Nell Reich in 1966. He was a member of the Bigbee Baptist Church. He established and worked at Archie’s Truck Body Works until his illness in 1997. He enjoyed gardening, flowers, riding his horse and buggy, spending time with this family and friends, going to church, and going to the mountains with the Senior Adults of Bigbee Baptist Church.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bigbee Baptist Church with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Mary Nell Archie of Fulton; two daughters, Pam Archie and Christy Kirby (Mark); two sons, David Archie (Tonya) and B.J. Archie (Anna)m, all of Fulton; 11 grandchildren, Hope, Jonathan, Candace, Tyler, Kristin, Justin, Jordon, Dustin, Blake, Samantha and Savannah; one great-grandchild, Payden; his mother, Mary Frances Archie; two brothers, Earl and Timmy; five sisters, Erma, Floria, Charlotte, Joyce and Brenda; and special friends, Clyde and Louise Wilson.
He was preceded in death by his father, C.D. Archie; and by one grandson, Bradley Joe Archie.
Pallbearers will be Boyd Duncan, Charles Watson, Wayne Thorn, Rob Sargent, Butch Johnson and Barry Green. Clyde Wilson will serve as honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
TREMONT – James Paul Leathers, 68, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Sept. 9, 1943, to Elbert and Vona Marie Canup Leathers. He worked in tool and die for Johns Manville and Leggett amp& Platt. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a Baptist in belief. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton assisted the family.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy, of Tremont; his son, Justin Leathers of Tremont; his daughter, Crystal Wilemon (Steven) of Fulton; and two grandchildren, Anna Belle Wilemon and Hayden Wilemon.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Bobby Joe Leathers, Wendell Leathers and an infant.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Valrie S. Kelley, 99, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Union County Health and Rehab. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
ALPINE – Marvin Pannell, 78, died Monday, June 11, 2012 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Memphis. He was a retired self-employed car dealer and grocery store owner. He was a United States Navy veteran. He was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. O’Neal Butler officiating. Burial will be in Zion Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by is wife, Betty Pannell of Alpine; daughter, Sherry Prather (Thomas) of Wheeler; son, Marty Pannell (Jaime) of Huntsville, Ala.; two stepsons, Gary West (Diane) of Dry Creek community and Terry West of Alpine; eighth brothers and sisters, Willie Helton of Alpine, Norman Pannell (Linda) of Alpine, Daniel Pannell (Janice) of Alpine, Mitchell Pannell of Baldwyn, Gene Pannell (Patricia) of Alpine, Linda Roberts (Ronnie) of New Albany, Ricki Pannell (Brenda) of Alpine and Janie Conway (Mike) of New Albany; nine grandchildren; host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Boyce Lee and Ovie Mae Pannell.
Pallbearers will be John Pannell, Gary Pannell, Stan Pannell, Jeremy Pannell, Tim Pannell, Bobby Pannell, Sammy Durham and Terry Matthew West.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Helton, Jonathan Roberts and Jo Dan Roberts.
IUKA – Cheyenne Walters, 8, died Monday, June 11, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
TUPELO – Willie Gardner, 66, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Charles O. Greer
BREWER – Charles O. Greer, 85, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at his daughter’s residence in Senatobia. A native and longtime resident of Lee County, he was born Dec. 18, 1926, to Clyde Henry and Minnie Greer. During Word War II, he served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was an active member of Brewer Baptist Church and loved to attend gospel singings. He enjoyed gardening, working in his shop, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his little dog, Taco. He worked in construction, retiring from Tombigbee River Valley Water Management.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Tutor officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his daughter, Risa Greer West (Sonny) of Senatobia; his daughter-in-law, Connie Greer of Brewer; three grandchildren, Carron Wooten (John) of Saltillo, Penney McCormick (Tim Griffin) of Nesbit and Jason Greer (Ashley) of Brewer; six great-grandchildren, Andrew Burleson, Will Stanford, Wesley Stanford, Colton Greer, Shelton Wooten and Lance Wooten.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 65 years, Ruby Greer; his son, Donnie Greer; and two brothers, Claymon and Maylon.
Honorary pallbearers will be his Sunday School class at Brewer Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Brewer Baptist Church Youth Fund.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to service time today.
SALTILLO – Dorothy Illk, 79, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Verona. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
BALDWYN – Bobby Kimbrough, 74, died suddenly Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
BLUE SPRINGS – Anna Katherine Rogers, 13, died Monday, June 11, 2012, in Prentiss County as the result of a motor vehicle accident. She was born in Tupelo on July 7, 1998, to Murry and Karen Shelton Rogers. She lived her entire life in Lee County and last month completed the 7th grade at Guntown Middle School. She was an active, engaged young lady in her school and church activities. She enjoyed spending time with her friends, texting on her cellphone, shopping and participating in all the activities of her church, Grace Tabernacle in Baldwyn. She was a beautiful girl with a big heart and a great spirit.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Grace Tabernacle Church on the Baldwyn/Ripley Road in Baldwyn with Bro. Braxton Rutland officiating. Burial will be in Chesterville Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday, all at the church. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Murry and Karen Rogers of Blue Springs; her sister, Kadie Rogers of Blue Springs; her grandparents, Leland and Mary Nell Rogers of Booneville, Glenn and Donna Shelton of Endville, and Jane Lyons of Mantachie; several aunts and uncles, and many cousins; a special friend Courtney Thrasher, and a special cousin, Madison McCarter.
Pallbearers will be Chase Thrasher, Gary Rowe, Vic Spears, Chris Barnett, George Shelton and Scotty Harrison.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
WALNUT – Charles Lee Wilbanks, 74, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at the Mississippi Care Center of Corinth. He retired from the Carrier Air Condition Manufacturing Plant in Collierville, Tenn., after 33 years. He was a member of Camp Ground United Methodist Church in Walnut and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was an active member of the National Rifle Association.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Camp Ground United Methodist Church in Walnut with the Rev. Neville Vanderburg and Bro. Tommy Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in Camp Ground Cemetery at Walnut. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Joyce Smith Wilbanks of Walnut; sons, Bob Wilbanks (Edna) of Warner Robbins, Ga., Steven Wilbanks (Cindy) of Rienzi and Phillip Wilbanks of Watson, La.; one daughter, Nancy Hancock (Kevin) of Tampa, Fla.; sister, Norma Childers of Walnut; one brother, James Alvin Wilbanks of Lake Mohawk; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Elee and Ruby Eleanore Bennett Wilbanks; one sister, Betty Hall; and two brothers, Joe Milton Wilbanks and W. Harold Wilbanks.
Pallbearers will be John Stanley, Doug Stanley, Dwayne Bennett, Wade Wilbanks, Brian Wilbanks, Randle Hall, William Lee Hall, Jason Childers and Cody Childers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Wayne Wilbanks, David Wilbanks, C.D. Wilbanks, Stanley Wilbanks and Billy Clyde Wilbanks.
Visitation will continue from 7 to 10 a.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to service time today at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Janice Marie Bratcher, 72, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at Methodist Hospital-North in Memphis. She was born April 10, 1940, in Booneville. She was a Baptist. She was a 1958 graduate of Messick High School in Memphis. She worked in Memphis at Union Planters Bank for 30 years and at Hamp&R Block for 17 years. She was a volunteer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and at the annual Shelby Farms Starry Nights fundraiser.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. William Burcham officiating. Burial will be in Candler Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by a brother, Steven Hall Breedlove of Booneville; a sister, Pam Breedlove of Booneville; a nephew, Justin Breedlove (Tabitha) of Tupelo; a niece, Stefani Breedlove, of Tupelo; and two great-nephews, Cameron Breedlove and Riley Breedlove, both of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Wayne Bratcher, in September 2010; her parents, Sidney Hoyt Breedlove and Laura Mae Hall Breedlove.
Memorials may be made to the Candler Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Bill Breedlove, 448 CR 3101, Booneville, MS 38829.
AMORY – Virginia Dorothy Harrison, 87, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
SHANNON – John Gordon “Bubber” Wiygul, 87, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital after a sudden illness. He was born Sept. 18, 1924, in Shannon to Frank Mitchell and Mabel Stein Gordon Wiygul. He was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps, where he served as a waist gunner/radio operator on a B-26 Medium Bomber during World War II in the European Theater. A 1942 graduate of Shannon High School, he then went on to Mississippi State University where he graduated in 1949 with a degree in animal husbandry. For several years, he was a teacher and coach at Shannon High School and then worked 33 years for the United States Postal Service as a rural letter carrier. He loved playing tennis, gardening and enjoyed working with his cattle. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Shannon, where he served as a deacon for many years and was active in Sunday school and the men’s brotherhood.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Jack Maroon, the Rev. Hershel Wiygul, the Rev. Danny Rushing, the Rev. Mark Cayson and the Rev. John Box officiating. Burial will be in Shannon Cemetery with military honors.
Survivors include two daughters, Janis Hopper of Tupelo and Mona Viveros (Art) of Jackson, Tenn.; two brothers, Frank Mitchell “Mike” Wiygul of Jackson, Miss., and Glenn Wiygul (Sherrie) of Louisville; one sister, Mable Jane McCluer (Jim) of Brandon; four grandchildren, Gordon Allen Hopper (Alison) of Tupelo, Sarah Rebecca Hopper (Jason) of Dothan, Ala., Mitchell Leon Hopper of Tupelo and Dana Lynn Viveros of Jackson, Tenn.; one great-grandchild, Abbigail Rose Lilly of Dothan, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Lynn Filgo Wiygul, on Oct. 27, 2008; his parents; and one brother, George Clayton Wiygul.
Pallbearers will be Art Viveros, Michael Filgo, Alan McCluer, Jimmy Rutherford, Mike Witthauer, Hoyle “Sonny” Phillips and Danny Simmons.
Honorary pallbearers will be men of First Baptist Church of Shannon’s Brotherhood Department.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or First Baptist Church of Shannon, 141 Shannon Ave., Shannon, MS 38868.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
TREMONT – Lila Kent, 54, died Monday, June 11, 2012. She was born on Jan. 15, 1958, to Keith and Polly White Stinson in Nebraska. She was Methodist in belief. She served in the U.S. Army from 1977 to 1978. She enjoyed being with her grandchildren and family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Chapel in Fulton with Eugene Stockstill officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Jessie Kent of Tremont; daughter, Christina Roberts (Chris) of Tremont; son, Philip Kent (Christy) of Fulton; parents, Keith and Polly Stinson of Avon Park, Fla.; sister, Marsha Blunk of Council Bluffs, Iowa; brothers, Dennis Stinson (Alicia) of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Carl D. Stinson (Leatta) of Denver, Colo., George S. Stinson (Donna) of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandchildren, Isaiah, Ethan and Kylee Roberts, Kayla and Beth Roberts; a host of aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a son, Shawn Michael Kent, on Feb. 5, 1979.
Pallbearers will be Tony Falls, Dennis Stinson, Mark Mayhall, Jerry Wiygul, Chris Roberts, Gerald Kent and Jeremy Falls.
Honorary pallbearers will be Isaiah Roberts, Ethan Roberts and Kylee Roberts.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
LAFAYETTE SPRINGS – Betty Jo Gates, 80, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a homemaker and a Christian. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Tommy Inmon officiating. Burial will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery in Lafayette County. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Johnny Gates (Pam) and Jimmy Gates (Dianne); daughter, Donna Gates Wicker (Ron); grandchildren, Jory Gates (Beverly), Amy Watts (Ben), Dwayne Satterwhite (Pam) and Brock Satterwhite (Marie); nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Quay Gates.
Pallbearers will be George Fesmire, Dwayne Satterwhite, Brock Satterwhite, Trent Hall, Ben Watts and Terry Holcomb.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday.
Marlon H. Johnson
BELMONT – Marlon N. Johnson, 84, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at his residence. He was a native of Mississippi. He was owner and operator of a dump truck for many years. He was a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church at Belmont.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Brian Weems officiating. Burial will be in Allen Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife of 63 years, Eva Jo Johnson of Belmont; daughter, Marla Elrod (Mack) of Bella Vista, Ark.; grandson, Matthew Elrod of Bella Vista; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Victor Johnson and Lucy Ophelia Sparks Johnson and three sisters, Edna McCoy, Ela Tennison and Lavell Flowers.
Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.