Veraline Barnes

AMORY – Veraline Crawford Barnes, 90, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Amory. She was born Feb. 23, 1922, in Amory to Clifton and Cealia Haynes Crawford. She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church and a graduate of M.C.T.S./West Amory High School. She later moved to St. Louis and was employed by St. Luke's Hospital for many years before retiring. She loved and enjoyed working in her flowers, cooking and working in the church until her health failed.

A celebration of life service was at 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at St. James United Methodist Church with the Rev. David McCoy officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery, Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four sisters, Louise (John) Marshall and Bessie Crawford, both of Amory, Hyumn Crawford Ford of San Diego and St. Elmo Crawford of Detroit; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph Barnes; one sister, Orean Crawford Logan; and four brothers, Herbert “Golf Ball” Crawford, Oscar “Doll” Crawford, Jessie “Pond” Crawford and Willmer Crawford.

Betty Davis-Lemon

ABERDEEN – Betty Jean Davis-Lemon, 63, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at Community Hospice in Verona.

Services were at 1 p.m. Oct. 20 at Charity F.G. Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Bennie Coleman officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four brothers, Clarence (Cassie) Davis, James (Bobbie Jean) Davis, Charles (Katie) Davis and Larry Davis, all of Aberdeen; and three sisters, Willie Mae (Jack) Tumblin of Aberdeen, Rebecca Young of Omaha, Neb., and Shelia (Jerome) Blanchard of Aberdeen.

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Jerry R. Evans

AMORY – Jerry R. Evans, “8 Ball,” 62, died on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Prattville, Ala., as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Born on Sept. 9, 1950, in Cleveland, he was a son of Bertha Davidson Evans and the late Edgar V. Evans.

Jerry was a graduate of Meridian High School, Class of 1968. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam and was also a Drill Instructor, graduating from the Institute of Personnel Management. Jerry received many honors and decorations and was very proud of his military service. He was a Service Manager at Ruan Transportation. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, the American Legion, a founding member of Bikers for Christ, founding member and past vice president of Dream Riders, a founding member of Eldridge Children’s Home Toy Run, and current State President of In Country MC.

Jerry used his love of motorcycles, coaching church league softball, and football to touch and change many lives by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Always smiling and never meeting a stranger, Jerry used his positive attitude towards life to help raise money for various causes and benefits. He treasured time spent with his family. His best friend and wife, Barbara, would often accompany him on motorcycle rides. With his life’s work being complete, his family knows that he has gone to heaven to be with Jesus, and they love him dearly.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Evans, Amory; his mother, Bertha Davidson Evans, Starkville; daughters, Christina Evans and her daughter, Cheyenne, and Kelly Mundy (Kenny) and their daughter, Emma, all of Sacramento, Calif.; stepdaughter, Mary Beth Watt and her son, Dalton, of Starkville; stepsons, Thomas Wayne Cantrell and his son, Trevor, and Michael Thomas Cantrell (Lynsey) and their daughter, Rylee Belle, all of Amory; sisters, Kay Brancaccio and Vickie Robertson (Rob), all of Starkville; brother, Edgar V. Evans Jr.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Bertha Diane Evans, and a nephew, Bobby Brancaccio.

A Celebration of Life Service was held at 3 p.m. Oct. 19, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Marty Roberts, Bro. Ronald Floyd, Bro. Rob Gardner and Bro. William Warren officiating.

Pallbearers were  Phil “Fatboy” Frye, Eric “Policeman” Chrestman , William “Big Red” Warren, Marty “Kabalan” Roberts, Rob “Hotshot” Gardner and Allen “Thunder” Thomas. Honorary pallbearers were members of In Country MC, Dream Riders, Bikers for Christ and CMA.

Memorials may be given to the Eldridge Children’s Home, 86 Academy Drive, Eldridge, AL 35554.

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James Cagle

AMORY – James O’Neal Cagle, 79, died on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in Monroe County as the result of an automobile accident. Born May 4, 1933, he was a son of the late Athel and Dovie Butler Cagle. A graduate of Phil Campbell High School, he worked for Scribner Equipment Co. and retired from Thompson Machinery. He also worked as a painter. A member of New Bethel United Methodist Church, he was involved with Helping Hands in Smithville. He enjoyed wood working, painting, gardening, his dog, Killer. Much of his time was spent visiting at Mel’s Diner and Smithville Hardware.

A celebration of life service was at  2 p.m. Oct. 20 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with burial in Young Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Jeff Cagle, Johnny Fayet, Allen Duncan, Randal Dillard, Terry Parker and Travis Scoggins. Honorary pallbearers will be Kirk Powell, Dustin Cagle, Scott Brignac, Johnny Fears and Prentiss Wigginton.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Inez Huggins Cagle of Amory; one daughter, Tena Powell (Brad) of Gonzales, La.; two sons, Tommy Cagle of Mantachie and Terry Cagle of Smithville; one sister, Edith Dixon of Adamsville, Ala.; sister-in-law, Jean Cagle of Smithville; four grandchildren, Christena Brignac, Particia DeArmond, Kirk Powell and Dustin Cagle; five great-grandchildren, Kyla Brignac, Cullen DeArmond, Lexi Brignac, Alyssa Powell and Paisley Powell; and niece and nephew, Lecia Cagle and Jeff Cagle.

He was preceded death by his parents; and by a brother, Arvis Cagle.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN  38105

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Margaret McCracken

GREENWOOD, S.C.– Margaret Rodgers McCracken, 87, resident of 1110 Marshall Road, widow of Henry Marvin, died October 1, 2012, at Hospice House. She was born July 25, 1925, in Amory ,and was a daughter of the late Hugh Otto and Nellie Lucille Todd Rodgers.  She lived most of her life in Charleston, S.C.  She was a retired bell telephone operator, former Girl Scout Leader and homemaker.

She was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston, where she was formerly very active in the Primetimers Senior Group, United Methodist Women, Disciple Bible Study and the C.E. Williams Sunday School Class.  She enjoyed visiting with family and friends, researching family history, reading, singing and eating chocolate.

Funeral services were Oct. 6 at John Wesley United Methodist Church with Reverend Kathy P. Hudson and Reverend Dave Wittig officiating.  Burial followed in Live Oak Memorial Gardens. Blyth Funeral Home of  Greenwood, S.C., were in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn M. Davis and husband, J.P. of Greenwood, S.C.; granddaughter, Catherine M. Mendenhall and husband Dustin of Charleston, S.C.; three great grandsons, Andrew, Charles and Christian; one nephew, Tom Crook and wife, Nina, of Hatley; three great nephews; one great-great niece; one great-great nephew; and several other nieces and nephews, mostly from Aliceville, Ala., and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a son, Henry M. "Harry" McCracken, Jr. and a sister, Mary Nell Crook.

Honorary escorts were members of the Primetimers Senior Group and former members of the C.E. Williams Sunday School Class of the church.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Hospice Care of the Piedmont, 408 West Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, S.C. 29646 or to John Wesley United Methodist Church, 626 Savannah Highway, Charleston, S.C. 29407.

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Judy Sullivan

AMORY – Judy Westbrook Sullivan, 72, died on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at her residence. Born on Dec. 28, 1939, in Hatley, she was a daughter of the late Linus Boyd and Ruth Sugg Westbrook. She was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1958. Before retiring, she was a contracting officer at Columbus Air Force Base. She was a member of Christian Chapel Church of Christ. Passionate about researching family genealogy, she was a member of Monroe County Historical Society and a member of Aberdeen Junior Auxiliary and Junior Women’s League. She enjoyed antiquing, decorating, canoeing and white water rafting, tennis and watching old movies.

She is survived by her husband, James William “Jimmy” Sullivan of Amory; daughters, Melinda Tucker Tazelaar (Tom) of Alexandria, Va., Terri Lynn Tucker and Jennie Sullivan Luker (Ray), both of Amory; sons, John David Tucker (Kathy) of Tupelo and Andrew James Sullivan of Birmingham, Ala.; sisters, Jane Westbrook Sandoval of Richmond, Texas, and Deborah Westbrook Kozella (Larry) of Amory; grandchildren, Christi Trull Dubois (Jeremy), Cameron Scott Trull (Elaina) and Catherine Nicole Trull of West Point, James Michael Sundstrom, Dakota Allen Sundstrom and Madelin Rae Luker of Amory, Andrew Lee Sullivan of Birmingham, Andrew Ryan Stubblefield of Dallas, Texas, and Heather Tazelaar Brown (Nathan) of Nashville, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Camden Payne and Divi Dubois of West Point; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Carol Tucker.

A celebration of life service was held at 11 a.m. Oct. 20 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Philip Hathcock and Marshall Eubanks Jr. officiating. Burial followed in New Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Sundstrom, Dakota Sundstrom, Cameron Trull, Daniel Hester, Andy Hood and Andrew Stubblefield. Honorary pallbearers were Andrew Sullivan and Tim West.

Memorials may be given to New Hope Cemetery Fund, c/o Linda Worthey, 60023 Worthey Lane, Amory, MS 38821.

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Rev. Guss Shelly

AMORY – The Rev. Guss J. Shelly, 66, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at his residence. Born on Oct. 30, 1945, in Kosciusko, he was a son of Gus and Annie Belle Jenkins Shelley. He was a graduate of McAdams High School. Accepting the call into ministry at 19, he married Sarah Ann Powell on June 20, 1965. Returning to school while preaching at four churches, he graduated from Mississippi State University in 1970. In 1973, he graduated from Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. Faithfully serving as a member of the Mississippi United Methodist Conference for 46 years as a minister and District Superintendent, he retired in June 2011 while in Grenada. Loving to sing, he always sang in the choir at the church he was serving. Moving back to Amory, he attended St. Andrews United Methodist Church. Growing up on a farm, he was an exceptional gardener who could grow anything and was passionate about Heifer Project International, which taught people how to raise farm animals and grow crops to provide for themselves. He enjoyed cooking for the Wesley Foundation and at St. Andrews. Enjoying retirement to the fullest, he loved people, loved being in ministry, was passionate about his pets and enjoyed tracing his family’s genealogy. His favorite music was Old-Time Gospel, and he enjoyed listening to PRM. Cherishing time spent with family, especially his grandchildren, Guss enjoyed fishing and going to the beach with them.

A Celebration of Life Service was held at 11 a.m. Oct. 22 at St. Andrews United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robbie Murden, the Rev. Tim Sisk and the Rev. Jimmy Barnes officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Ann Shelly of Amory; daughter, Zora Harris (Mark) of Guntown; sons, Robert Shelly (Amy) of Amory and Paul Shelly (Amy) of Anniston, Ala.; sisters, Tillie Taylor of Coffeeville and Johnnie Miller (Jim) of Madison; brother, Edwin Shelley (Norma) of Milton, Fla.; grandchildren, Jake Shelly, Caleb Shelly, Caitlyn Shelly, Annabelle Shelly, Katy Thomason, Tyler Harris and Kimberly Harris; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Ann McCrory; and a grandson, “Little” Joe Thomason.

Pallbearers were Jake Shelly, Caleb Shelly, Tyler Harris, Shelley Taylor, James Edwin Shelley, Eugene McCrory, Danny O’Neal, Donnie Taylor and Gus Allen Shelley. Honorary pallbearers were United Methodist ministers.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to Heifer Project International, PO Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203 or to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 1123 Legion Dr., Amory, MS 38821.

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