MT. PLEASANT – Joyce Ann Wilson (Thompson), 63, of Mt. Pleasant, transitioned from this life on Nov. 18, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EST at the home of her only son, J. Shane Wilson, and his life partner, Rhiannon, in Louisville, Ky., after a 21-month battle with Peritoneal Cancer.
Visitation will be held today, Nov. 23, 2012, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Holly Springs Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Holly Springs Funeral Home in Holly Springs. Burial will be at Carey Chapel Cemetery immediately following the funeral.
Joyce was born at North Mississippi Hospital on Sept. 12, 1949. She is a 1969 graduate of Slayden High School, where she placed fourth in her sophomore year’s beauty pageant. After her high-school graduation, Joyce married Dennis R. Wilson of Hickory Flat in April 1970 and delivered, a son, Shane, in the fall of 1971. After her 10-year marriage to Dennis ended in divorce in 1981, she continued to reside in Mt. Pleasant with her son.
Joyce spent almost all her employment years working in manufacturing companies and spent the last 20 years employed by United Technologies Carrier in Collierville, Tenn., as an assembly line laborer. She took a medical disability and retirement option after a long-standing injury to her rotator cuff in 2002. An avid gardener, Joyce spent many hours tending to her large selection of home/garden plants. When she was feeling well, Joyce loved to entertain herself by playing bingo, laughing, singing/dancing, and being with friends. She was a longtime member of New Hope Baptist Church located in Slayden.
Joyce was initially diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer – later changed to Peritoneal Cancer in August 2012 – on Feb. 28, 2011. She underwent debulking surgery on March 1, 2011, and followed surgery with six chemotherapy treatments, thanks to the outpouring love, support and coordination of transportation of Mickey and Rosemary Joyner, and their daughter, Michelle Hillin, and her sisters, Sara and Darleen. She was labeled “in remission” from August 2011 to January 2012 when Family Cancer Center advised her cancer had returned. The next eight months of chemotherapy took its toll on her body, delaying scheduled treatments due to a compromised immune system. In August 2012, Joyce agreed to locate to Louisville, Ky., to resume treatments with Norton Cancer Institute under the care of Mary Gordinier, M.D., a gynecological oncologist. After completing two treatments, Gordinier advised Joyce that the cancer had progressed and there were no alternative forms of treatment available due to her weakened state. She agreed to utilize Hosparus of Louisville for continued care. Joyce endured three weeks of agonizing pain and discomfort until her battle ended on Nov. 18, 2012.
Joyce is survived by her son, J. Shane Wilson, and his life partner, Rhiannon. She was the third child born to the late Leroy Thompson (2009) and Katherine “Kat” Bolden (1999) of Mt. Pleasant. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Wayne Thompson (1983). She has two surviving sisters, Sara Thompson (Carl Hare) of Cherry Valley, Ark., and Darleen Thompson (Dwight Skelton) of Holly Springs. She has three nieces, Kimberly Gresham (Paul Davis), Terry Thompson (Gary Campbell) and Beverly “K-K” Thompson (Mark Henderson), and one nephew, Cody Skelton. She had seven great-nieces and great-nephews.
BIRMINGHAM – Jerry Thomas “Tommy” Long of the Birmingham Ridge community died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Tommy was born Oct. 31, 1943, to Murray Hollice and Virginia Easterling Long.
He served in the Mississippi National Guard for six years.
He was employed by TVA before opening his own businesses, Long’s Mobile Homes and T Long Furniture.
Tommy will be remembered by everyone he came in contact with for his sense of humor and his ability to tease. Even in his weakest days, he never lost this ability.
Tommy is survived by his son, Brian Long, and wife, Tina Marie Long; two grandsons, Cade and Cody Long, who affectionately call him “Poppa Tommy”; one brother, Jimmy Long, and a sister-in-law, Anita Joe Long; the mother of his son, Elizabeth Long; three nieces, Debbie Morgan (David), Teresa Gregory (Scott) and Mary Jo Brown (Kennon);
two nephews, Jim Bucy Long and Mickey Long; several great-nieces and greatnephews who were the recipients of his favorite past time, good natured teasing;a great-great-niece; and one uncle, Phillip Long.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; a brother, Mickey Long; and an infant sister.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church with Bro. Bobby Holland officiating.
Private burial will follow in the Long family plot at McNeil Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday only at the
church. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
Pallbearers will be his cousins, Bill and Gary Easterling, Don and Robert Long, Johnny Bruce and Charles Wood. Honorary pallbearers will be James Wood, Dr. David Irwin, Bill Irwin and Sen. Roger Wicker.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
The family wishes to express a special thank you for the kind and loving care to the staffs of Golden Living Nursing Home’s Rehabilitation
Ward and Sanctuary Hospice House.
SOUTHAVEN – Janrose Forgy Joines, 77, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. She was born Feb. 14, 1935, in Greenville, Ky.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Goodman Oaks Church of Christ in Southaven. Burial will be in Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens in Southaven. Twin Oaks Funeral Home of Southaven is in charge of the arrangements. A second memorial service will be held in Sebring, Fla., at a later date.
She is survived by her husband, Bro. Ken Joines; one son, Mike Joines of Seattle, Wash.; three daughters, Pam Joines of Abilene, Texas, Laura Joines of Denver, Colo., and Jennifer Enochs (Robin) of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Ashley Urban (Richard) of Abilene, Texas, Lauren Browder (Chase) of Austin, Texas, and Kendra Wheeler (Josh) of Abilene, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Tory Urban and Colin Wheeler; and one brother, John Forgy of McKenzie, Tenn.
Memorials may be made to the Ken Joines Scholarship Fund at Goodman Oaks Church of Christ for the purpose of training preachers.
RIPLEY – Gladys Richardson Graves, 95, passed away at Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
TUPELO – Elnora Elaine Estes died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was a member of Spring Hill M.B. Church where she was a former member of the Usher Board, Kitchen Committee and the Missionary Board. She was a graduate of the School of Medical Assistants at Itawamba Junior College. She worked for Dr. Aaron S. Thomas for 20 years, then worked for Dr. Thurmond Beasley D.D.S., where she retired. She loved her church and she enjoyed taking care of and showing love to family and friends in the community. She was the widow of Roy Estes Sr.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Spring Hill M.B. Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Gary Long officiating. Burial will follow in Porter’s Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her son, Roy Estes Jr. of Tupelo; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and other children who were reared in her home.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Wiley and Lavada Edward; and five siblings.
Viewing will begin at 4 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel with the family hour from 5 until 6 p.m. Viewing will continue for one hour until service time Saturday.
Online condolences can be made to the Estes family at www.grayson-porters.com.
HOULKA – Clarence Edward Harrison died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston.
Visitation will be from noon to service time at 2 p.m. Saturday.
GOLDEN – Oba Wood, 77, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at his residence. He was born June 10, 1935, in Itawamba County. He was a member and deacon of Salem Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Kerry Peden and Bro. Roger Wood officiating. Burial will be in the Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joyce Credille Wood; two sons, Robert Wood (Mitzi) and David C. Wood (Tammy); five grandchildren, Marty Wood (Julie), Misty Wood, Roman Wood (fiancée, Maria Martinez), Dustin Wood and Hunter Wood; five great-grandchildren, Kaitlin Wood, Morgan Wood, Jordan Wood, Paul Wood and Mackenzie “Gracie” Wood; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Garland and Linder Harkey Wood; a daughter, Kathy Wood; six brothers, Tulon, Burlon, Orville, Bill, Glen and Burton Wood; and three sisters, Carmel Thomas, Earline Roberts and Pauline Sartain.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Roberts, Gary Roberts, Joel Harris, Oneal Wood, Eddie Wood and David S. Wood.
Honorary pallbearers will be Shayne Adams, John Taylor, Truman Peden, Bobby Cleveland, Mike Waddle, Dudley Strickland, Jeff Palmer, David Mobley, Ronnie Gholston and Anthony Searcy.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont and until service time Saturday.
AMORY – Preston Eugene Hogan, 69, died on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at his residence in Amory. Born July 31, 1943, in Amory, he was a son of Leslie Eugene Hogan and Ruth Laverne Hogan. He married Anna Jeanette Tubbs in the fall of 1968, just prior to moving to Detroit, Mich. He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of West Amory High School and an outstanding football player of the West Amory Wildcats and the Little No. 6 championship team. He later moved in the junior college ranks as a pulling guard for Cohoma Junior College. Then he entered Lane College of Jackson, Tenn., as an outstanding guard and earned a college degree. He worked at Ford Motor Company for 40-plus years until his retirement. He enjoyed and loved sports and fishing with his family and friends. A great American and a veteran of the U.S. Army, he received various medals and was discharged in October 1972.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church in Amory with the Rev. David McCoy officiating. Burial will be in the United Memorial Cemetery with military honors. Darden & Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Jeanette Hogan of Amory; his mother, Ruth Laverne Hogan of Detroit; two daughters, Dewanda Hogan Holley and Patrice Lashaun Hogan, both of Detroit; four sisters, Janet Marshall, Marcell (Jimmy) Standifer, Sharon (Raymond) Foster, all of Detroit, and Margaret Lyles of Amory; and one brother, Vernon Hogan of Detroit.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Eugene Hogan; and two sisters, Beverly Hogan and Marilyn Marshall.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time on Saturday.
AUBURN – Pauline Helms, 86, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Lee County native, she was born July 2, 1926, to Audie Franklin and Sally Addis Bush Cooper. She was married to Homer Helms, who preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 1990. She had worked many years as a sewing machine operator with Joyner-Fields manufacturing. She was known for her love of flowers and her artistic painting abilities. Crocheting and working jigsaw puzzles were two of her favorite pastimes. Her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren were her pride and joy, and she loved spending time with them. She was a member of Skyline Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Merle Floyd officiating. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Hutcheson of the Auburn community; one son, Rex Helms (Diane) of the Auburn community; two brothers, Kenneth Cooper of Ripley and Dwight Cooper of Tupelo; one sister, Martilla Croft of Missouri; 16 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Henderson and Billy Helms; and one daughter, Brenda Cheeks.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at W.E. Pegues on Jefferson Street.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneral home.com.
AMORY – Verlene Patrick, 75, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
GUNTOWN – Shirley Coggins, 76, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, after an extended illness. She was born June 20, 1936, to Clayton and Virgie Stutman. She was a Baptist and a retired seamstress. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, walking and visiting friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Norman Mattox officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her children, Billie Hanback of Florence, Ala., Lynn Collier (Rita) of Pontotoc, Lyle Collier of Pontotoc, Rhonda Bennett of Fulton, Elizabeth (Jerry) Somthers of Fayetteville, N.C., Roxanne Crawford (John) of Pontotoc; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Schlabach, Janie Henson, Jenny Singer and Erla Adams; and a brother, Bob Stutman.
She was preceded in death by her husband, L.E. Coggins; her parents; and two brothers.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home.
HICKORY FLAT – George Lee “King of the Road” Cannon, 82, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at his home. He was born Jan. 17, 1930, in New Albany to George T. Cannon and Mable C. Johnson.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Watson Grove Baptist Church. Burial will be in Reids Gift Cemetery at Hickory Flat. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Cannon of Hickory Flat; his children, George Dennis (Cathy) Cannon of New Albany, Dennis (Rita) Cannon, Diane (Eddie) Curry, both of Memphis, Joe T. Sharp, Tommy Sharp and Bobbie Boggs of Potts Camp, Ricky (Wanda) Sharp of Canton, Steven Sharp of Waterford, Mattie (Adrian) Taylor of New Jersey, Lue Sharp of Kentucky, Anessa Sharp of Yazoo City and Regenna (John) Williams of Collierville; his siblings, W.M. Anderson and Miles Johnson of Waterville, Willie (Linda) Johnson of Pontotoc, Carmae McCallison of Milwaukee, Rosie (John) Scales of Guntown, Dorothy (Claude) Walton of Aurora; 33 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Deanice Plymouth; and a grandson, A.J. Cannon.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
OKOLONA – Mary Gibson, 76, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Sept. 29, 1936, to William Fields and Willie Mae Dugger. She was a graduate of Okolona Junior College. She received her B.A. degree from Rust College and her master’s degree from Mississippi State University. She was a member of Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church. She loved cooking, eating and talking on the phone to friends.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church with the Rev. William Givhan officiating. Burial will follow at Oddfellows Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Wilhelmenia Blanchard (Russell) of Okolona; four grandchildren, Kato I. MaGaughy, Russell Blanchard, Rosalyn and Romonia (James) Grimes, all of Okolona; and four great-grandchildren, Demarius, Laken, Qamya and A’aliyah.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Pearlie Jean Walker, 54, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at New Dimension Salt & Light Ministries in Holly Springs. Burial will follow in Cottrell Memorial Garden. J.F. Brittenum and Son 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 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. Saturday.
SALTILLO – Mary Bell Hazlewood, 99, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Hospice. She was born June 3, 1913, in Dyersburg, Tenn., to John and Birdie Wilson. She was a member of East Heights Baptist Church and a longtime employee of the Ramada Inn. She loved gardening and flowers, especially roses.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Lee Memorial Park with Bro. Tim Brown officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Lee Hazlewood Presley of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Odes C. Hazlewood; one sister, Clydia Riggs; and one brother, Woodrow Wilson.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
ABERDEEN – Dan O. Walker, 70, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Belle Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen.
He is survived by one son, Daniel Whitfield of Aberdeen, and one sister, Leveria Haynes of Aberdeen.
ABERDEEN – Ada Lou Braylock, 100, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at her home in Aberdeen. She was a member of Pentecostal Temple and the Eastern Star.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First M.B. Church in Aberdeen with the Rev. William Stovall officiating. Interment will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Doris Millett of Aberdeen and Berniece Williams of Sacramento, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at funeral chapel. The family will be present from 5 to 7 p.m.
ABERDEEN – Virgie Lee Gettys, 78, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at his home on Egypt Road. He was a member of New Hebron M.B. Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at New Hebron M.B. Church. Burial will be in New Hebron Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church.
He is survived by his mother, Emma Roberson of Okolona; two sons, Calvin V. Gettys of Cleveland, Tenn., and Carlos Gettys of Houston; six daughters, Elaine Ware and Barbara Page of Aberdeen, Doris Poe of Okolona, Emma Gettys of Tupelo, Arlene Roberson of South Carolina and Pauline Wright of West Point; one sister, Eva Jacobs of Atlanta, Ga.; and 15 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
PLANTERSVILLE – Services for Williease Bell, 76, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Sky Is the Limit Ministries with Pastor T.C. Cummings officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born Nov. 18, 1936, to Ozel Brown and Louise Johnson in Pontotoc. She was a member of Revival Center Ministry and a hairdresser. She married Joe Phillip Bell in 1957.
Survivors include four sons, Kenneth (Ophelia) Bell, Bruce Bell, Steven (Luceall) Bell and Kelvin (Shambala) Bell; four daughters, Joyce Lipsey, Lona Bell, Vanessa Smith and Phyllis Bell; sisters, Anna (Mark) Garner, Dorthy (Rubin) Tilman, Vernice (James) Mabry, Linda Murry, Stella (Ernest) Jones, Margret Brown, Cynthia (James) White; brothers, Prenest (Lula) Brown, Charles Brown, Wayne (Cary) Brown and Denis (Mary) Brown; 21 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Emma Jean Green and Dollie Mae Fields; and two brothers, Johnny Brown and Melvin Brown.
ABERDEEN – Orline “Pooney” McMillian, 64, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Daniel M.B. Church in Aberdeen with Pastor Alonzo Sykes officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at funeral home chapel.
She is survived by her mother, Louise Walker; two sons, Wesley and Roosevelt McMillian of Aberdeen; two daughters, Orline and Quinnisha McMillian of Aberdeen; eight brothers, Willie and Roy Walker of Aberdeen, Alfred and Roosevelt Walker of Arkansas, Wardell Walker of Boston, Mass., Willie James, Larry and Michael Simpson, all of St. Louis, Mo.; 11 sisters, Annie Mae, Annie, Ella, Nora, Maggie and Linda Faye Walker, all of Aberdeen, Tricia, Delores and Georgia Simpson, all of St. Louis, Mo., Dorothy Mae Walker of Minnesota and Marie Jones of California; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
OLIVE BRANCH – Cortney Montez Turnage, 32, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at his home in Olive Branch.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton Chapel CME Church at Waterford. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son 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 12:30 to 1:25 p.m. Saturday.