ABERDEEN - Funeral services for Pearlie Mae Adams, 96, will be at noon Friday at Bethesda Church on Daybrite Drive in Tupelo with the Rev. Kenneth Jernigan officiating. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born Dec. 18, 1915, to Archie Conaway and Annie Dance Adams. She was a homemaker. She lived in Detroit, Mich., for more than 40 years. In Detroit she was a member of the Ecclesia Temple. She returned to Mississippi and had lived in Tupelo for the past six years.
Survivors include four daughters, Venell Burnette (Franklin), Darnell Cooke and Wonzie Sanders, all of Detroit, and Vernita Love (Thomas) of Tupelo; two sons, Charles (Sandra) Adams of Atlanta and Vincent Mark of New Orleans.; 16 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Alma Adams, and three sisters, Janie, Clarie and Lillian.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
SHERMAN - Wilburn Eugene Bruce, 75, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at his daughter's residence in Sherman. He was born Dec. 25, 1936, in New Albany to Walter Frank Bruce and Vertie Faye Kiddy Bruce. He worked for 30 years as a truck driver independently contracted through the United States Postal Service. He enjoyed working in the yard, taking things apart and reassembling them, golfing, and woodworking. He was of the Baptist faith.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Bobby Holland officiating. Private interment will be in Sherman Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time only at the Tupelo Chapel. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Ruth Bruce; his three daughters: Sharon Minissale (Kevin) of Gun Barrel City, Texas, Kathy Cormier of Tupelo and Melanie Hendrix (Ralph McGreger) of Blue Springs; a brother, Wain Bruce (Linda) of Texarkana, Texas; two sisters: Dorothy amp"Dotamp" Terry and Barbara Leeton (Dwight), both of Water Valley; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William "Bill" Bruce.
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John E. Oden
GREENWOOD - Funeral services for John E. Oden will be at 11 a.m. today at Wilson and Knight Chapel in Greenwood. Dr. Jim Phillips will officiate. Burial will be in Kosciusko City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
He was born in Kosciusko on Aug. 11, 1936. He was a graduate of Kosciusko High School, Holmes Junior College and Mississippi State University. He had a classified military career with O.I.S. and C.I.A and he was manager of American General Financial Services for 38 ? years, retiring in 1998. He was an active member of North Greenwood Baptist Church, where he had served as trustee and deacon, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School and Church Training director, Brotherhood president and he served on numerous church committees. He was a member of numerous singing groups including 22 years with the Singing Deacons and nine years with the Good Friends Quartet.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joan Gatewood Oden; two daughters, Jennifer Darnell (Chuck) of Hot Springs, Ark., and Jan Williams (Steve) of Grenada; a granddaughter, Kailey Williams, and a grandson, Drew Williams, both of Grenada; his sister, Jane Myers (Bob) of Tupelo; a brother- in- law, Davis Thompson of Kosciusko; nephews, Casey Myers (Amy) of Southaven, Steve Thompson (Paula) of Florence and Chad Thompson (Alysha) of Kosciusko.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John F. and Waudine Oden; a daughter, Cheryl Denise Oden; a sister, Sharon Thompson; and a niece, Melisa Matthews.
Pallbearers will be Henry Blount, David Edwards, Tommy Ellett, Kip Farrell, Knox James, Joe Morgan, Tracy Moser and Dick Williams.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dexter Kimbrough, Amos McCormick, Lee Wall, Hunter Wall, Stephen Phillips, Billy Floyd, Melvin Self, John Cheatham, Roger Floyd, W.T. "Bill" Burrus and David Freeman.
Donations may be made to North Greenwood Baptist Church or to the American Cancer Society.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.wilsonandknight.com.
OXFORD - John Pilkington died Monday, June 4, 2012, at his home in Oxford. He was professor emeritus of English at the University of Mississippi. He was a 1940 graduate of Centre College in Danville, Ky. He pursued graduate study in English at Johns Hopkins University for a year before he was commissioned an ensign in the Navy in February 1942. He retired with the rank of lieutenant commander and continued his graduate education, receiving the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. In 1952, he joined the English Department at Ole Miss as an assistant professor.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. John Semmes will officiate. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday in the fellowship hall.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lillian "Lolly" Kirk Pilkington, whom he married in 1943; son, Charles Kirk Pilkington (Annie Lee) of Charlottesville, Va.; three grandsons, Taylor, Carter and Vance; a sister, Grace Pilkington Harper of Panama City Beach, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the John Pilkington Library Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677, or First Presbyterian Church, 924 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Frances T. Bryant
RALEIGH, N.C. - Frances Farley Thornton Bryant, 91, died Friday, June 1, 2012, in Raleigh, N.C. She was born Feb. 12, 1921, in Madison, Ala., to Herbert Lafayette Thornton and Frances Lorinda Farley. She was the wife of the late Stephen Hampton Bryant Sr. She graduated from Riverside High School in Decatur, Ala., and received a teaching certificate from Florence State Teachers' College in Florence, Ala. She reared her three children in West Point. Her later years were spent in Tupelo and Raleigh, N.C. She was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ; a devoted wife; a loving mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother; a dear daughter, sister, and aunt; and a kind friend and mentor. She served her community as a leader of the New Century Club of West Point and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She served her Lord in the First Baptist Church of West Point, Calvary Baptist Church of Tupelo and Forest Hills Baptist Church of Raleigh. She taught adult Sunday School for many years, sang in the senior adult choir, led Woman's Missionary Union groups and ministered to others through intercessory prayer. An avid reader and library user, she reviewed many a book for various groups.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tupelo Memorial Park in Tupelo. A memorial service will take place in Raleigh, N.C., at a later date. Bryan-Lee Funeral Home of Raleigh, N.C., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her sister, Lorinda T. Williams of Hollywood, Fla.; her brother, William G. Thornton (Joanne Rowe) of Rio Rancho, N.M.; her son, Stephen H. Bryant Jr. (Dorene Woods) of Rowlett, Texas; her daughters, Nancy K. Bryant of Huntsville, AL; and Carolyn Sue B. Farr (Rogers) of Raleigh, N.C.; her grandchildren, Stephen H. Bryant III (Amy Lucas) of Ft. Worth, Texas, Emily B. Mize (Shane) of The Woodlands, Texas, and William W. Bryant (Sally Sarrett) of Portland, Ore/; great-granddaughter, Claire A. Mize of The Woodlands, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy T. Cooper and Elizabeth T. Watkins.
Memorials can go to Forest Hills Baptist Church, 201 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607, or to the Springmoor Endowment Fund, Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community, 1500 Sawmill Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615.
COFFEEVILLE - Lee Edward Armstrong, 66, died Monday, June 4, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Clear Springs CME Church at Big Creek. Burial will be in Clear Springs Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
To sign the online register book, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
IUKA - Charles Mitch Dulworth, 80, died Friday, June 1, 2012.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Burnsville. Ludlam Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
STARKVILLE - Dorothy Tuttle Bailey, 91, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at her daughter's home in Starkville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude's Ronald McDonald House.
Col. Billy Steele
WEST POINT - Col. Billy Dick Steele, 92, died Monday, June 4, 2012, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. He was born Oct. 10, 1919, in Brookston, Texas, to Byrdie Gosa Steele and George T. Steele. At a young age, he moved to the Palo Alto community of Clay County, where he lived and spent most of his life. A veteran of World War II, he served first in the United States Army, where he was honorably discharged as 2nd lieutenant. Then he served as a pilot in the United States Air Force, retiring as colonel after a total of 28 years of military service. He was a member of First Christian Church, where he served as an elder. He married Kathryn Hill Steele on Aug. 27, 1951. They traveled extensively around the world throughout his military career, including more than 40 countries. His wife preceded him in death on Oct. 21, 2009.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial with United States Air Force military honors will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, B.W. and Ruth Hill; brother-in-law, Hal Hill Sr.; his nieces and nephew, Sandra Hill Crawford (Mac), Dr. Hal Hill Jr. (Susan), Debbie Hill Billington (Bill), Angie Hill McCollum (Craig) and Donna Hill Ross (Scott); and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.
Those preceding him in death include his parents; his nephew, Richard Avery Hill; and brother-in-law, William Hill.
Pallbearers will be Morgan Billington, Gary Billington, Ross Billington, Bill Billington, Clay McCollum, Craig McCollum, Mac Crawford and Scott Ross.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Hal Hill Jr., Stephen Ross, Clark McCollum, Mac Allen Crawford, Mort Stroud, Pete Dexter, Toby Dexter, Jack Elliott, Jack Wilson, The Bible Learners of First Baptist Church, the Christian Men's Fellowship at First Christian Church and the staff of Dugan Memorial Home.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 208, West Point, MS 39773; First Baptist Church Bus Fund, P.O. Box 794, West Point, MS 39773; or to Mississippi Children's Home Services, P.O. Box 1078, Jackson, MS 39215.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY - Charles Travis McMillen, 86, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the Countrywood Personal Care Home in Mantachie. He was born in New Albany on July 26, 1925, to John Joe Jackson McMillen and Arabelle Hurley McMillen. He was the longtime owner and operator of McMillen Grocery Store in the Martintown community. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Martin Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Martin Baptist Church with Bro. Andy Russell and Bro. Chip Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Martin Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from noon until 1 p.m. Friday at the church.
He is survived by two daughters, Sarah Colburn (Ronnie) of Columbus and Linda Browning (Larry) of New Albany; a daughter-in-law, Anita McMillen Young (Jimmy) of Mantachie; two sons, Jerry McMillen (Rena) of New Albany and Rev. Tim McMillen (Donna) of Batesville; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Esther Todd McMillen; son, Ronald McMillen; and granddaughter, Marjorie Colburn.
Pallbearers will be Todd Browning, Bro.Marty Browning, Justin McMillen, Bro. Jeremiah McMillen, Randy Tackett, Robert Farr, Bro. James Stewart, Jr. and Bro. Larry Bryant. Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Wilhite, Boyd Wilhite, Luther Cook and Herman Moody.
Memorials may be made to the Martin Cemetery Fund.
In honor of McMillen's service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the flag of the U. S. Army during his visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Clara M. Aldridge
AMORY - Clara Mathis Aldridge, 93, died on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. Born on Dec. 25, 1918, in Millport, Ala., she was a daughter of the late Thomas Tillman and Annie Leonard Mathis. On Sept. 28, 1940, she married Raymond Wesley Aldridge in Lowndes County. Formerly of Caledonia, she was a homemaker. A woman of strong faith, she was a member of First Baptist Church in Amory. Passionate about her family, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today at Egger Cemetery in Caledonia with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Everyone is asked to gather at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. today for the procession to the cemetery.
She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Aldridge Price (Michael) and Raymagene "RJ" Aldridge of Amory; grandchildren, Jill Savely (Keith) of Columbus, Amy McCreight (Dane) of Daphne, Ala., Laura Stacy (Jeremy) of Columbus and Justin Price (Mandi) of Amory; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special friend and caregiver, Tish Legion.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and sisters, Jesse Swanzy and Irene Brock.
Pallbearers will be Dane McCreight, Keith Savely, Justin Price, Jeremy Stacy, Zachary Thomas, Jacob Thomas, Wesley McCreight and Everett Price. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Oak Tree Plantation.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821 or to Oak Tree Plantation, 60139 Cotton Gin Port Road, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
HUMBOLDT, Tenn. - Arvis D. Stephenson, 90, died on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. Born on May 16, 1922, in Splunge, he was a son of the late Albert and Ivy Sullivan Stephenson. He was a graduate of Smithville High School, Class of 1940. Honorably serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a turret gunner based in Deopham Green, Germany, he became a POW after his plane was shot down on their 35th mission. He married Mavis K. Pearce on Nov. 19, 1945. Working as a farmer in Smithville and a business owner in Memphis, he retired in 1992, as a helicopter specialist with the US Army Material Command Center, St. Louis, Mo. He was a member of Macon Road Church of Christ in Memphis, where he served on the security detail and was their former groundskeeper. He was instrumental in organizing the annual 452nd Bomber Squadron Reunion and enjoyed their fellowship together. A hard-worker who was a good husband and dad, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, vegetable gardening and listening to old country music.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 10 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Minister Jeff Hortonofficiating. Burial will follow in Pearce Chapel Cemetery.
He is survived by his son, Dwight Stephenson (Margaret) of Bartlett, Tenn.; granddaughters, Amy Smith (Patrick) of Roswell, Ga., and Robin Gilbert (Bryce) of Williston, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Carson and Jackson Smith, and Logan and Lilly Gilbert; and nephew, Danny Stephenson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife and a brother, Earnest Leon Stephenson.
Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.
The family will receive friends from 9 to 9:45 a.m. today.
Memorials may be given to Macon Road Church of Christ, 4004 Macon Road, Memphis, TN 38122.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
OXFORD - Margaret Norene "Peggy" Mutchler, 83, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at her home in Oxford.
Services are at 3 p.m. Saturday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time.
Memorials may be made to the Interfaith Compassion Ministry, 904 N. Lamar, Oxford, MS 38655 or the Church Women United Children's Fund, Dr. Elsie Pugh, Treasurer, 22 CR 125, Oxford, MS 38655.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE - Grace Henri Owens, 95, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at her daughter's home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Union Hill Baptist Church in Montgomery, La. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Montgomery, La. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 until 3 p.m. Friday at Union Hill Baptist Church in Montgomery, La.
OXFORD - Maudie Appleton Haley, 84, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born and attended school in Sardis. She graduated from Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston and later attended the University of Mississippi, where she was employed for 44 years, from 1948-1992. She was a retired administrative assistant to Vice Chancellor Bryant. She also worked with Ed Meek in the Public Relations Department at Ole Miss. She was a member of First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Allen and the Rev. Eric Hankins officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Survivors include her husband, Pat W. Haley of Oxford; two daughters, Debbie H. Littrell and Anna H. Purvis of Oxford; one son, Richard Douglas Haley of Metairie, La.; three grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Edward Appleton and Lora Myrl Leeton.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
RICHMOND - Thurman Edward Gann, 79, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at his residence. Born March 8, 1933, he was a son of Garvin and Effie Mae Brown Gann. Before his retirement, he was a construction worker. He was a member of Richmond Pentecostal Church. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he served during the Korean War as an MP. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and gardening.
A Celebration of Life Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Ricky Pearce officiating. Burial will follow in the New Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Mary Nell Fennell Gann of the Richmond community; two daughters, Shelia Toledo and Angie Penrod, both of Pasadena, Texas; five sons, Michael Gann (Shonna) of Richmond, Wesley Gann of California, Tony Gann of San Antonio, Texas, Tony Sheffield of Houston, Texas, and Tim Sheffield of Mantachie; one sister, Bonnie Fae Stegall of Carolina community; two brothers, Garvin Jr. Gann and Virgil Gann, both of Georgia; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
H e was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Herman, Hershal and Charlie Gann; and one son, Roger Hawkins.
Pallbearers will be Christopher Hattox, Terry Garvin, Roger W. Haley and Brandon Haley. Bennett Garvin will serve as an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
FLORENCE, Ala. - Thelma Newcomb, 92, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at her home. She was a former resident of Mississippi. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. - Michael Wheeler, 61, formerly of Golden, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
WALNUT - Gerald Franklin Hughes, 69, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born Jan. 12, 1943, to Woodrow Wilson and Edna Bennett Hughes in Tippah County. He was retired from the Mississippi State Tax Commission as a weight enforcer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Dr. Frank Nash officiating. Burial will be in Camp Ground Cemetery in Walnut.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Hughes of Walnut; one son, Barry Hughes (Cindy) of Starkville; two grandchildren, Devin Wayne Hughes of Oxford and Emily Dianne Hughes of Starkville; one sister, Annette Nash (Frank) of Hopkinsville, Ky.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Doyle Hughes.
Pallbearers will be Mikey Hughes, Billy Hughes, John Stanley, Doug Stanley, Earl Wilbanks, Joe Caldwell, Andy Ziles and Sam Anderson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Chidlren's Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Billy Dale Myhand
GUNTOWN - Billy Dale Myhand, 55, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at his home after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
NETTLETON - Viola Baulch Rea, 82, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born Dec. 27, 1929, in Monroe County to Oscar and Floy Webb Baulch. She was a lifelong resident of Nettleton. She was a retired sweamstress and a member of Nettleton Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed camping, gardening and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Nettleton Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Larry Davis and the Rev. Jordan Davis officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Rea (Sandy) of Nettleton and Bub Rea of Shannon; two sisters, Alice Baldwyn of Nettleton and Myrtis Herndon of South Bend, Ind.; four grandchildren, Tonia Christian (Jimbo), Jerrie Rea, Brian Rea and Jeffrey Rea; six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Neal Rea; her parents; one sister, Adeen Oliver; and three brothers, Herman, Roy Lee and Bill Baulch.
Pallbearers will be James Baulch, Brian Rea, Jeffrey Rea, Jimbo Christian, Drew Marshall and Truman Presley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue one hour prior to the services Friday, all at the church.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
BOONEVILLE - Andrea Scyene Beene, 51, died Saturday, June 2, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Oak Hill M.B. Church. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be Friday at the church.
OKOLONA - Bobby Dean Beard, 70, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory after a brief illness. He was born Sept. 30, 1941, in Okolona to Felix Beard and Mamie Lois Pilgreen Beard. He lived his life in Okolona where he married Glenda Carroll Putt and raised a family. He patriocally served his country in the U.S. National Guard. He later owned and operated Oakland Furniture Company and Seminole Furniture Company for 50 years before retiring. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and all types of athletic sports, especially football, supporting all Mississippi college teams and knowing all about players on NFL teams. Passionate about listening to gospel music and eating, he loved life and lived it to the fullest.
A celebration of life service will be at 3 p.m. Friday in the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Tony Rooks officiating. Burial will follow in Boone's Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.
His survivors include his wife, Glenda Carroll Beard of Okolona; two sons, Jimmy Beard (Vickie) and Ronnie Beard, all of Okolona; three brothers, Alva Beard (Sue) on Amory, Amon Beard and Edward Beard (Martha), all of Okolona; three grandchildren, Morgan Leigh Beard, Allison Beasley and Taylor Beard; one great-grandson, Dawson Beasley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Brenda McCreight, Linda Kimbrell and Glenda Seymore; one son, Johnny Lynn Beard; and a grandson, Matthew Mattox.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Edwards, Dr. Robert Foster, Mark Perry, Donald Maharrey, Joe Moore and Steve Long. Honorary pallbearers will be Jackie Ray and Lamar Phillips.
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