OKOLONA William J. "Bill" Cater, 71, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at his residence in Okolona after an extended illness. A native of Floodway, Ark., he had lived in Okolona for 41 years. He was a retired self-employed sheet rock installer. He was an active member of the St. Therese Catholic Church in Okolona before his health failed and donated many hours to the church store, One of a Kind, in Okolona.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the St. Therese Catholic Church in Okolona with Father Steve Pawelk officiating. Burial will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens. Lee Memorial/Okolona Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Dorothy Riefers Cater of Okolona; two daughters, Patricia Hall and her husband, Larry, and Linda Duke and her husband, Gary, all of Okolona; one son, Terry Cater and his wife, Phyliss, of Memphis, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren, Tim Jenkins, Emily Stafford, Phillip Hall, Tina Witcher, Christi Whitmon, Donny Smith, Tony Smith, Brian Cater, Jason Cater and Brandon Cater; his mother, Ruby Cater Camp; four sisters, Mary Sue Mallory, Betsy Jewel Stutz, Rebecca Wilkey and Janie Wilkerson, all of Arkansas; four brothers, Lee, Johnny, Bobby and Butch Cater, all of Arkansas; four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, William H. Cater.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Burns, Jerry Hall, Dwight Parker, Tommy LoCastro, Jack Smith, Lesley Webster and Johnny Box Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. J.H. Shoemaker and Mr. Richard Farned.
Memorials may be made to the St. Therese Catholic Church, Excel Center Ministry, 206 East Monroe, Okolona, Miss. 38860.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CALEDONIA Thomas "Kelly" Easter, 86, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1997, at his residence in Caledonia. He was born on July 4, 1911, in Monroe County to the late James Harvey and Alice Morrow Easter. He was married to the late Frances "Lucille" Lockhart. He was a member of the Depriest Free Will Baptist Church in Gattman where he served as a Deacon. He was retired from Gattman Sportswear.
Services were at 2 p.m. Friday at the Depriest Chapel Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Blair Cemetery in Gattman. Otts Funeral Home of Sulligent, Ala., was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, James Easter and his wife, Polly, of Caledonia and Joe Easter and his wife, Mary, of Amory; two sisters, Lillie Tate of Greenwood Springs and Lavern Ling of Sulligent, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances "Lucille" Easter; and one daughter, Frances Jean Turman.
Jimmie L. Blunt
TISHOMINGO Jimmie L. Blunt, 61, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was an employee of Tishomingo Shoe Company, a division of Genesco Inc., where he worked for 22 years before retiring 11 years ago. He was a Baptist. He leaves behind many friends and was loved by all he touched many lives through his kindness and by always helping others in times of need. He truly lived the scripture "Love thy neighbor as thyself". No matter what time of day or night or what the need may have been, he would always be right there for you. We will all suffer the loss of a wonderful husband, daddy, father-in-law, son-in-law, brother and friend.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phil Dawson and the Rev. Gary Porterfield officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Cemetery in Tishomingo.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth Ramsey Blunt of Tishomingo; two daughters, Monita Blunt of Chicago, Ill., and Donna Wilbanks and her husband, Larry, of Walnut; one son, Jimmie L. Blunt Jr. and his wife, Darlene, of Belmont; two brothers, Jerry Blunt of Tishomingo and John Blunt Jr. of Glen; six granddaughters, Chastity Parker of Chicago, Ill., Danielle, Courtney, Kayla and Haley Wilbanks of Walnut and Leigh Ann High of Belmont.
Pallbearers will be Leon Holt, Harold Turner, Lynell Bailey, Bobby Riddle, Larry Riddle and Jimmy Rutherford.
Honorary pallbearers will be Cletus Riddle, Travis Riddle and Tommy Blunt.
FALKNER Aquilla Mitchell died Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at the Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
HAMILTON Charles Franklin Honeycutt, 56, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at his residence in Hamilton. He was born Sept. 16, 1940, in Monroe County to the late Charlie and Ozie Williams Honeycutt and was a lifelong resident. He was an employee of Evans Plumbing and Air Conditioning and was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Center Hill Baptist Church with Dr. James Towery officiating. Burial will be in the Center Hill Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Angela Walters Honeycutt of Hamilton; three daughters, Patricia Ann Cantrell of Columbus, Pamelia Jean Brown of Amory and Anita Faye Honeycutt of Hammond, La.; four stepdaughters, Elizabeth Moore and Tresia Ruiz of Houston, Texas, Jere Lynn Alberts of Graham, Texas, and Leona Gill of Hamilton; five sisters, Maxie House, Ludie Smithson, Ima Jean Scott, Bonnie Hearn and Evie Rhee Davis, all of Hamilton; 14 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Jo Ann Bailey and Veatrice Evans; and one brother, Grady Honeycutt.
Pallbearers will be J.C. Evans, Doug Evans, Richard West, Steven Gill, Mike West and Mickey Davis.
Robert Scott will be the honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jerry McMillen Sr.
NEW ALBANY Jerry Wayne McMillen Sr., 41, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. He was born in Lee County on Aug. 29, 1955. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Grisham and Gerald McMillen. He was self-employed with his own vinyl siding business. He was a member of Buchanan Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Horace Thomas and Bro. Mark Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, James A. Grisham and Nora Grisham of New Albany and Gerald McMillen of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter, Lisa McMillen of Halletsville, Texas; one son, Jerry Wayne McMillen Jr. of New Albany; five sisters, Lana Holt and Diane Palmer of New Albany, Patricia McMillen and Cynthia McMillen of San Antonio, Texas, and Teresa McMillen of Georgia; one brother, Billy McMillen of San Antonio, Texas; three nieces and one nephew.
Pallbearers will be Carey Cobb, Ricky Windham, Stevie Sellers, Richard Palmer, Gerald Nix and Frankie Swords.
Visitation will be from 2 until 9 p.m. today.
Thomas D. Sheffield
Thomas Dayton Sheffield, 76, died Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born in the Dorsey Community of Itawamba County on March 30, 1921, the son of the late Johnnie A. Sheffield and Addie Gray Sheffield. He had lived in Tupelo the last 31 years. He had a distinguished military career serving 24 years in the U.S. Army. He was a veteran of World War II serving with the 3rd CML Motor Battalion. He retired in 1966 and received numerous military medals for his courage and bravery. He was a member of the Big Oak Baptist Church in Itawamba County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday from the Chapel of Lee Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Allred officiating. Entombment will follow in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Sheffield of Tupelo; one daughter, Patti Parker and her husband, Mike, of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Lauren Parker, Michelle Parker and John D. Sheffield Jr., all of Tupelo; two sisters, Margaret Comer and her husband, Marlin, of the Ballardsville Community and Margie Monaghan and her husband, Thomas, of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by one son, John D. "Big John" Sheffield Sr. on Sept. 8, 1991; his parents and three brothers, Lexie, Monroe and Cary Sheffield.
Pallbearers will be John D. Sheffield Jr., Michael Parker, Don Sheffield, Joe Sheffield, Bobby Sheffield and Dr. Tom Monaghan.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Lee County Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1134, Tupelo, Miss., 38801.
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HOUSTON Brendan Wiggers, 18, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1997, in Marysville, Calif., from injuries sustained in a diving accident in the Feather River. He was in California participating in a Mission effort to help flood victims rebuild their homes and businesses. He was born in Clay County on Sept. 22, 1978, and lived all his life in Chickasaw County. He attended the Mennonite Church School in Egypt and was a member of the Egypt Mennonite Church. He was a backhoe/trac hoe operator with Warkentin Construction Company. He loved the outdoors and was a hunter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Egypt Mennonite Church with Ministers Harold Schmidt and Errol Wedell officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Lee Memorial/Okolona Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Maynard and Juanita Wiggers of Houston; two sisters, Lucy and Lana Wiggers; three brothers, Lane, Carlin and Wendell Wiggers, all of the home; his maternal grandparents, Minister Verle and Sofia Johnson of Lake Providence, La.; his paternal grandparents, Allen and Lucille Wiggers of Halstead, Kan.; his maternal great-grandmother, Juanita Hughes of Tucumcari, N.M.; several aunts, uncles and a host of friends who loved him.
Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. Sunday at the Okolona Funeral home. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.
Memorials may be made to the Egypt Mennonite Church, c/o Verle Buller, 30273 Hwy. 41, Nettleton, Miss., 38868.
Nolan M. McKee
FULTON Nolan M. McKee, 88, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at the Okolona Hospital. Before moving to Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona, he was a native of Itawamba County, a former Chancery Clerk and City Clerk. He was a member and Deacon of the East Fulton Baptist Church. He was the widower of Truma Spradling McKee who died in 1994.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dewitt Bain officiating. Burial will be in the Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Charles McKee and his wife, Ruth, of Tupelo; one daughter, Patsy Ann Coleman and her husband, Kenneth, of New Albany; two sisters, Pearl Brown and Prebble Jones, both of Fulton; four grandchildren, Rob Coleman, Jay McKee and Kay Bishop, all of Tupelo and Cathy McClinton of New Albany; eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be his nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of East Fulton Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the East Fulton Baptist Church Building Fund.
Visitation will be from 9 until 11 a.m. today.
PONTOTOC Lois Faye Reeves, 57, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at the Graceland Nursing Home in Pontotoc. She was born in Pontotoc on Dec. 4, 1939. She was a telephone operator and a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harvey Reeves officiating. Burial will be in the Troy Cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, Edna Ruth Swords and Nadine Reeves, both of Pontotoc; three brothers, Charles Reeves of Troy, Herbert Reeves of Pontotoc and Bobby Reeves of Garden Grove, Calif.; a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Larry Swords, Terry Swords, Billy Reeves, Andy Perry, Robbie Reeves and Ronnie Smitherman.
Joey Hughes will be the honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today.
IUKA Leonard Thomas Gorski, 37, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, on Hwy. 157 near Hartselle, Ala. He was born and raised in Chicago, Ill. He was the owner of Ranger Escort Service. He was a Catholic.
Services will be Sunday at the Cutshall Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Fred and Rita Gorski of Iuka; one sister, Marie Gorski and her husband, Terrence Doyle of Chicago; one brother, Michael Gorski of Chicago.
A wake will be held from 6 until 9 p.m. today.
GUNTOWN Harmon McBrayer, 61, died Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at the Roselawn Nursing Home in New Albany after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Genora "Lake" Johnson
ABERDEEN Genora "Lake" Johnson, 52, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1997, at her son's residence. She was a former employee of Reed Manufacturing in Nettleton and Indian Creek Apparel of Okolona. She was a member of the Zion Springs M.B. Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Zion Springs M.B. Church with the Rev. Emmitt Jarman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Willie Joe Johnson; three daughters, Julia Ann Gardner, Elois Gardner and Connie Gardner, all of Aberdeen; five sons, Kent Gardner and his wife, Valerie, Willie Joe Johnson Jr., Billie Joe Johnson, Don Johnson and Terry Johnson, all of Aberdeen; six brothers, Charles Gardner, Willie C. Gardner, Lue Thomas Gardner, Ambrose Gardner and John Lee Gardner, all of Aberdeen and Henry Wise Gardner of Chicago; three sisters, Bertha Mae Tomlin of Aberdeen, Annie Ruth Sims and Doris Louise McDonald, both of Chicago; 11 grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Ambrose Gardner Jr., Alfable Gardner, Jasper Gardner, Leroy Gardner, Eugene Tomlin.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to service. Visitation will be from 3 until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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AMORY Camden Blake Hood, 5, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. He was born in Amory. He was a lifelong resident of the Cason Community of Monroe County. He was a member of the Cason Baptist Church. He was a member of the Kerr-McGee T-Ball Team. He loved to give and share. His favorite hobby was riding his Uncle David's tractor.
Services will be at 5 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Amory with the Rev. Wayne Brown, the Rev. Greg Hood, the Rev. Ronald Oliver and the Rev. Joe H. Oliver officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Andrew Kevin "Andy" Hood and Tammy Blalock Hood of Amory; his grandparents, Hershell and Ann Oliver Hood of Amory, Fred and Nancy Gamble Blalock of Smithville; his great-grandparents, Rev. Joseph and Kathryn Oliver of Amory, Jewel Blalock of Amory, Lou Ella Gamble of Bridgeport, Ala. and Ollie Hood of Amory.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lamar "Barley" Hood Sr., Brack Gamble and Paul E. Blalock.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Jones, Tracy Howard, Kenny Bailey and Richard Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Nettleton Police Department, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Amory Police Department and Monroe County Constables.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, ALSAC 501, St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.
NEW ALBANY Willie Grace Hammac, 78, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. She was born in the Greenwood Springs Community of Monroe County. She was a resident of Mobile, Ala., for many years before moving to New Albany three years ago. Before retirement, she was a cashier at a drugstore in Mobile. She was a Baptist. Her hobbies included flower gardening and crochet.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with the Rev. Jim Rutledge officiating. Burial will be in the Crenshaw Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Richard Wright of Fulton; two daughters, Hazel Cross Pankey of New Albany and Thelma Hood of Baldwyn; one brother, Miles Kendrick of Saraland, Ala.; three sisters, Frances Moton of Greenwood Springs, Merle Watt of Mobile, Ala., and Catherinne Waldron of Nesbit; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Noel Kendrick and Cora Bott Kendrick.
Pallbearers will be Mitchell Hood, Lanny Holland, Barry Farrar, Eddie Conwill and Bobby Pankey.
Eulon Hood will be the honorary pallbearer.
AMORY Gladys Beatrice Sanders Hester died Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at the Amory Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
BOONEVILLE Robert "Earl" "Bob" Stites, 70, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., following an extended illness. He was born July 10, 1927, in Waukegan, Ill., to the late Glenn Earl Stites and Lucy Mae Foulds Stites. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He had worked for Fansteel Corporation in North Chicago, Ill., as a store keeper. He enjoyed watching television and visiting on a daily basis with his friends in downtown Rienzi, where he was known as "Yankee." He and his wife were honorary guests at the 1993 Rienzi Christmas parade.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Jerry Childs officiating. Burial will be in the Jumpertown Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Willie Mae Stites, whom he married Oct. 13, 1951; a son, Tim Stites and his wife, Nita, of Falkner; a daughter, Glenda Wilbanks of Rienzi; three grandchildren; a sister, Helen Kimberly of Waukegan, Ill.; several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Wilbanks, Charles Brady, Doc Brady, Jim Brady and Bobby Thompson.