By NEMS Daily Journal
WEST POINT – Lois Pauline White Johnson, 88, passed away Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born Dec. 8, 1923, in Tupelo to Annie Laurie Raburn and James W. White. She was a seamstress-clerk at Reed’s Department Store Tupelo for many years. She was a member of West End Baptist Church. She married Johnny Purvis Johnson on Dec. 3, 1945, in West Point. He preceded her in death on Aug. 10, 1970.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Bro. Jerome Key officiating, and the Rev. Andy Parrish assisting. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Cheryel J. McKee (Floyd) of Pheba and Susan J. Plunkett (Wayne) of West Point; five grandchildren, Toby McKee (Laura), Patrick McKee (Heather), Bridgett Harding (Chris), Candy Adams (Jason) and Shasta Plunkett (Rebecca); 19 great-grandchildren; Cody, Joseph Josiah, Carlisle, Luke, Maxx, Jessica, Josie, Cayden Grace, Emma, Anna, Sophie, Sara Jewel, Breeanna, Kellis, Reagan, Harley Kate, Hannah and Evan; her sisters-in-law, Wilma White of Tupelo, Mary Ellen Babb of Umatilla, Fla., and Frankie Rinehart of Ridgeland; and brothers-in-law, Douglas Johnson (Mae) and Marion Johnson, both of Mt. Dora, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Cody White.
Pallbearers will be Toby McKee, Shasta Plunkett, Patrick McKee, Chris Harding, Jason Adams and Robby Wooten.
Honorary pallbearers will be staff of Dugan Memorial Home and staff of North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, P.O. Box 388, West Point, MS 39773 or to Hebron Christian School, 6230 Henryville Road, Pheba, MS 39755.
Visitation will be from 9:30 until 11 a.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Frances L. Cummings Curbow, 77, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, after a sudden illness. She was born Oct. 2, 1935, in Fulton to Douglas and Lizzie Marie Cummings. She was the manager of Lawhon School cafeteria for many years and later worked with her family at Satellite Vision. When her sons were young, she volunteered a number of years as a Cub Scout leader. Along with her husband, she was active in Tupelo High School Band Parents Association while her children were in the band program. She was an active and longtime member of East Heights Baptist Church where she had taught both Sunday school and Training Union, sang in the church choir, and was active with the Church Youth Department. Many young people of the church fondly remember her helping with the refreshments for East Heights’ Vacation Bible Schools which she faithfully did since 1964. She and her husband volunteered with Central Hills Baptist Retreat RA Camp each summer for a number of years and also helped with Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center. She and her husband were members of Campers on Mission through Mississippi Baptist Building and Building for Christ through Lee County Baptist Association, and had participated in a number of church building mission trips. She also had been a member of Tator Hills Sams Club camping group. She loved crafts and painting. She was an amazing woman who touched the lives of many children.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at East Heights Baptist Church with Dr. Tim Brown and the Rev. Tim Williams officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Hoyt C. “Buddy” Curbow; two sons, Rusty Curbow (Rachel) of Tupelo and Jeff Curbow (Robin) of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Riley and Robby Curbow and Michael Tucker; and two great-grandchildren, Quinton and Marissa.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at W.E. Pegues in Tupelo.
Memorials may be made to East Heights Baptist Church, 205 Lake St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Lizzie M. Poe, 61, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Pisgah Waverly M.B. Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
DETROIT – Helenstein Hykes Robinson died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Detroit, Mich. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
ABERDEEN – Betty Lemon, 63, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
OXFORD – Leila Russ Cassidy, 102, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She born in New Orleans, La. She was an artist, and a member of DAR and First Presbyterian Church of Oxford. Through her church in Port Arthur, Texas, she helped organize and cook meals for those less fortunate, a program now known as Meals on Wheels. She started a wild flower sanctuary at William Bernhan Arboretum and Park in Long Beach. She was a volunteer for Campfire Girls in Bogalusa, La., and Port Arthur.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John Semmes and the Rev. Ann Kelly officiating. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Bogalusa, La. Visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. Friday at the church. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Judith Helen Cassidy of Oxford; a sister, Carrie Russ of Long Beach; two grandchildren, Sean C. Sullivan (Jennifer) and Michael P. Sullivan; and one great-grandchild, Aidan Thomas Sullivan.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 924 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655; Traceway Retirement Community, c/o MSS Development Office, P.O. Box 1567, Tupelo, MS 38802-1567; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Mary Joyce Strickland, 56, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Willie Mae Ford
PONTOTOC – Willie Mae Duke Ford, 66, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Ed Gillenwater III
TUPELO – Edward Booth Gillenwater III, 37, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. He was born Oct. 18, 1974, in Meridian to Edward Booth and Virginia Laird Gillenwater. He loved spending time with his children and friends. He also enjoyed music, fishing and playing pool.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of two years, Michelle Gillenwater of Tupelo; two children, Edward Gillenwater IV of Pontotoc and Miley Coggins of Pontotoc; two stepchildren, Daniel and Jacob Lowry of Tupelo; one sister, Wendy Gillenwater (Brendan Rea) of Guntown; his parents, Edward Gillenwater Jr. (Judy) of Griffithsville, W.Va., and Virginia Sandefer (Roy) of Oxford; grandmothers, Sybil Laird of Guntown and Thelma Gillenwater of Griffithsville, W.Va.; two nieces, Alicia and Amber Rea of Guntown; and three nephews, Keith, Brendan and Segan Rea of Guntown.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Edward Booth Gillenwater Sr.; one uncle, Ruben Laird; one nephew, Memphis Rea; and one aunt, Mary Linda “Kitty” Jordan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Daniel Vines, Rod Richardson, James Smith, Dennis Lyons, Bobby Davis and Shane Cayson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Tupelo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
GOLDEN – Robert Wayne Pruitt, 49, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, in Saltillo. He was born Sept. 19, 1963, to Gene and Susie Timmons Pruitt. He was a member of Life Unlimited Church for more than 40 years. He worked in the logging business for the past 30 years and was an employee of Tiffin Motor Homes. He enjoyed music, singing and working in the yard.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Life Unlimited Church with Bro. Rex Leitner and Bro. David Kelley officiating. Burial will be in Hodge Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Pruitt; one son, Daric Pruitt of Golden; one daughter, Sandra Colburn (Brandon) of Red Bay, Ala.; his father, Gene Pruitt of Golden; three stepsons, Toby Allison (Cindy), Jeremy Allison and T.J. Allison (Jana), all of Golden; one brother, Terry Joe Pruitt (Linda) of Golden; one sister, Sherry Tate (Bobby) of Golden; and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Susie Pruitt, and a sister, Teresa Pruitt.
Pallbearers will be David Holcomb, David Hester, T.J. Pruitt, Dakota Pruitt, Leonard Prien, Bobby Tate and Dennis Pharr.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at Life Unlimited Church on Jericho Road near Golden.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Danny Carl Gates, 65, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Jan. 11, 1947, to Elgin Harvel Gates and Velma Lou Jane Michael Gates. He was affiliated with Lowry United Methodist Church. He was a logger.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lowry United Methodist Church with Bro. Doc Shelton and Bro. Terry Ray Vuncannon officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Sue Lowery Gates of Ripley; three daughters, Sandy Downes of Corinth, Wendy Follett (Jonathan) and Hannah Gates, both of Ripley; two sons, Cory Gates (Jessica) of Savannah, Ga., and Kenny Gates (Dyana) of Corinth; three sisters, Oma Jean Guynes (Nickey), Lillian Guynes (Donnie) and Bertha Sue Thompson (Danny), all of Ripley; four brothers, Earnest Gates (Lyda), Verdis Gates (Mary Lou), Burton Gates (Effie Mae) and E.J. Gates, all of Ripley; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Danny Carl Gates.
Pallbearers will be Harry Richardson, Jonathan Follett, James Gates, Richard Jeter, Donnie Guynes, Phillip Guynes, Bradley Gates and Nickey Guynes.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at Lowry United Methodist Church.
To view obituaries onlineand sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Randy Lyle “Satchmo” Page, 49, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
WEST POINT – Mark Anthony Johnson, 41, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at Resthaven Care Center in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Ripley.
NETTLETON – Everette Ray Foster, 48, died suddenly Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Sept. 22, 1964, in Vardaman to Daniel Ray Foster and Virginia Faye Tedder Gray. He had resided in Nettleton for the past 10 years. He was a mechanic for Coley Trucking in Tupelo for 35 years and a self-employed mechanic. He was a Baptist. He enjoyed going fishing and hunting.
Survivors include one son, Everette Ray “Cody” Foster; his parents, Daniel Ray Foster (Sandra) of Gray, La., and Virginia Faye tedder Gray of Nettleton; two sisters, Mary Foster Helms of Tupelo and Teresa Gail Foster Dennett (Robert) of Cadiz, Ky.; one stepsister, Sandra Harris (Scooter) of Houma, La.; and four stepbrothers, Henry “Tookie” Stein (Amy) of Houma, La., Halbert Stein (Melissa) of Choctaw, La., Hank Stein (Patty) of South Carolina and Hervey Stein (Maria) of Gray, La.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Emma Faye Foster and Patricia Ann Cox.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with cremation to follow.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences online to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.