Obituaries Aug. 28, 2013

Spiven Johnson
AMORY – Spiven Lee “Spider” Johnson, 69, died on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at River Place Nursing Center in Amory. Born on April 4, 1944, in Amory, he was a son of the late Elzie and Clara Mae Johnson. He was a graduate of West Amory High School and a member of the St. Paul M.B. Church. He was a former employee of Brasfield & Horn Furniture Store for many years. He worked part-time as a plumber and carpenter for family and friends. He loved working in his flower beds and helping others in the community. He was of the Baptist faith and loved his pastor and church and was very passionate and excited when his pastor was singing.
A celebration of life service was at 1 p.m. Aug. 21 at St. Paul M.B. Church with the Rev. Lesley T. Mabry officiating. Burial followed in the Masonic Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his son, Tremain Wayne (Tina) Howard of Tupelo; three granddaughters, Kiara and Kanisha Howard of Amory, and Kiuana Thomas of Wren; three brothers, Clark Johnson and Zelbert (The Deacon) Johnson, both of Amory, and Davis Lee Johnson of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and five sisters, Dorothy Johnson of Virginia Beach, Va., Annie Sims of Grand Rapids, Vivian (James) Parker of California, Deloris Johnson of Weirton, W.Va., and Gracie Jean Freeman of Amory.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Harry Johnson and George Lee (Putt) Johnson.
Mary Jo Swan
AMORY – Mary Jo Cunningham Swan, 86, died on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at her home. Born Oct. 22, 1926, in Manchester, Tenn., she was a daughter of George and Alice Simmons Cunningham. A homemaker, she married Richard Lee Swan in 1946. A woman of faith, she was a member of First Baptist Church in Amory. She enjoyed homemaking, collecting antiques, painting, gardening and spending time with her family and her Sunday school class.
A celebration of life service was at 2 p.m. Aug. 21 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home chapel in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.
Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Parker (Terry) of Amory; son-in-law, Garfield Gosa of Hiram, Ga.; one brother, Bob Cunningham of Manchester, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Kristy Prescott, Tyler Parker and Trey Parker; and two great-grandchildren, Karmen Dallas and Delta Dallas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 56 years; a sister, Georginia Cunningham Bryan; and a daughter, Judy Swan Gosa.
Pallbearers were Tyler Parker, Larry Tartt, Grady Swan, Ken Swan, Garfield Gosa Jr. and Terry Parker.
Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Jewell Howell
AMORY – Jewell Marie Pearson Howell, 91, died on Thursday Aug. 22, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Born Oct. 20, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Claude Kyle Pearson. She attended Wren schools and married Benford Howell in 1941. Before her retirement, she was a seamstress working for Amory Garment and later for Red Kap. She was a member of the New Hope Primitive Baptist Church in Hatley. She enjoyed reading.
A celebration of life service was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Minister Adam Pearson officiating. Burial was in the Hatley Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Lloyd Howell (Joyce) of Amory; four sisters, Frances Isbell of Guin, Ala., Peggy Head (Billy Wayne) of Athens, Glinda Smith (Greg) of South Carolina and Judy Dove (Carl) of Hatley; three sisters-in-law, Mary Sue Hilliard of Amory, Sarah Pearson of Hatley and Jural Pearson of Hatley; three brothers, Billy Pearson (Bonita) of Hatley, Herman Pearson (Martha) of Aberdeen and Dennis Pearson (Pat) of Amory; three grandchildren, Melissa Cowley (Connie) of Amory, Teresa Howell of Cordova, Tenn., and Craig Howell (Brandi) of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; and five great-grandchildren, Kaylin Cowley, Bryce Cowley, Lakely Howell, Jackson Howell and Abigail Jewel Howell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, W.C. Pearson, Lee Roy Pearson and Steve Pearson; and two sisters, Earnestine Roberts and Mary Ann Cantrell.
Pallbearers were David Pickle, Lloyd Pearson, Boyd Pearson, Anthony Pearson, Jeff Pearson, Josh Pearson, Tommy Head and Brock Pearson.
Memorials may be made to the Hatley Cemetery Fund.
Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Henry A. Suggs
NETTLETON – Henry Arthur Suggs, 64, died on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on Sept. 18, 1948, in Amory, he was a son of the late Nathaniel “Soap” Suggs and Alice Jean Suggs. He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of the West Amory (M.C.T.S.) High School. A great sports fan, he loved baseball and was a super star at the third base position for the Amory Hawks. He enjoyed bowling and watching his favorite TV shows. A U.S. Army veteran he served for three years, then reenlisted in the Army on Sept. 22, 1977. Loving God and country, he was passionate about his church, his family and his military service.
A celebration of life service was at 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at St. James United Methodist Church with the Rev. Leon Griffin officiating. Burial followed in the Greater New Prospect Cemetery in Nettleton. Darden & Sons Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Ann Suggs of Nettleton; two brothers, Phil (Ida) Suggs and Forrest (Deborah) Suggs, both of Louisville, Ky.; one sister, Annie Jean (Jasper) Clark of St. Louis, Mo.; one aunt, Henerene Holimon of Amory; and one uncle, Carl Edward (Mary) Thompson of St. Louis.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Suggs; a sister, Montye Faye Suggs; an uncle, Robert Earl Thompson; an aunt, Lola Mae Smith; and his grandparents, Edgar and Annie Suggs, and Arthur and Edgar Thompson.
Joe Edd Murrah
HAMILTON – Joe Edd Murrah, 75, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at his residence in Hamilton. He was born Nov. 29, 1937, to Edwin Murrah and Elsie Dobbs Murrah. He retired from the United States Air Force.
Graveside services with military rites were at 4 p.m. Aug. 27 at Fig Hill Cemetery with his grandson, Brian Adams, officiating. A memorial service followed immediately after the graveside service at Hamilton Independent Senior Living Community Building. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Jodee Adams and Melinda M. Lyles; five sons, Keith Murrah, F. Joe Murrah, Jesse Van Gunda, Michael Van Gunda and Mark Murrah; one sister, Susie Perkins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Lydianne Murrah.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Annette Mortensen
AMORY – Annette Kelly Mortensen, 68, passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at her residence. She was born Aug. 28, 1944, in Red Bay, Ala., to Elbert Floyd and Della Mae Burns Daniel. A graduate of Tupelo High School, she then received her degree as a registered nurse from MSCW. As well as being a registered nurse, she enjoyed volunteering her time at nursing homes, helping others to understand their health. She was an avid scrapbooker, gardener and crafter. She loved her family and cherished time spent with them. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church.
Services were at 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Robert Garland and Dr. Roy McHenry officiating. Burial was in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, Bro. P.J. Mortensen of Amory; three children, Kim Kelly, Christi Shields (Jimmie) and Michael B. Kelly (Tonia), all of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Josh and Kelly Witcher, Joey Shields, and Robby and Hope Smith; and one niece, Lysha Lentz (Kelly) and their children, Austin and Steven Lentz, all of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Frances Patterson; and one grandaughter, Lauren Kelly.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Ridling, Jimmie Shields, Ray Wright, and Austin, Steven and Kelly Lentz.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Bobby Tribble
AMORY – Bobby Gayle Tribble, 71, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at his home. Born Nov. 9, 1941, in North Carolina, he was a son of Harold Robinson and Velora Brown Tribble. He was married to Linda Isbell. A Methodist, he was also a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. A graduate of Hatley High School, he proudly served 25 years in the U.S. Army. Before his retirement, he worked 17 years for the BNSF Railroad. He enjoyed spending time with his family, going to estate sales, playing cards and dominoes and gardening.
A celebration of life service was at 2 p.m. August 25 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. Burial was in Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include three daughters, Tina G. Holcomb of Amory, Teresa L. Holley of Hatley and Tiffany A. Comer (Dee) of Wren; seven grandchildren, April Fooshee, Jacob Holcomb, Tessa Holley, Jordan Holcomb, Courtney Fooshee, Kelsey Holley and Sydney Holley; two great-grandchildren, Lexius Jean Edwards and Witt Comer; and nieces and nepews, Harold Tribble, William Tribble, Debbie Myatt and Jan Palmer.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and two brothers, Billy Harold Tribble and Raymond Earl Tribble.
Pallbearers were Anthony Fooshee, Patrick Traynor, Jody Comer, Josh Comer, Barry Tribble and Steven Miller.
Honorary pallbearers were Robert McNeece, Roger Miller and David Thompson.
Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Jackie Burdine
AMORY – Jackie Neal Burdine, 74, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born Dec. 5, 1938, in the Carolina Community, he was the son of Elvie and Gladys Neal Burdine. He was a graduate of Amory High School, and he married Betty Wardlaw. After graduation, he worked for Pullman Couch in Amory as a foreman and before his retirement, he was plant manager for Amwood Products. He attended Hatley Primitive Baptist Church, and he enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening and spending time with his dog, Annie.
A celebration of life service was at 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Wes White and Elder Tim Cunningham officiating. Burial was in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Burdine of Amory; one daughter, Teresa Snow (Johnny) of Smithville; one daughter-in-law, Teresa Howell Burdine of Amory; one son, Greg Burdine of Amory; six grandchildren, Brandy Burnette, Beth Long (Jamie), Brittany Burdine, Taylor Burdine, John Snow (Amy) and Carrie Anderson (TJ); five great-grandchildren, Gracie Beth Long, Audrie Long, Jaxton Burdine, Ashtyn Hensley and Marley Kate Snow; numerous nephews; and a host of brothers and sisters by marriage.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a grandson, Michael Schrock.
Pallbearers were Todd Finely, Mike Fowlkes, Robert Wardlaw, Ricky Finley, Frank Smith Jr., Bryan Smith and Craig Wardlaw.
Honorary pallbearers were Ira Kennedy, Don Fowler, Richard Neal, Thomas Greer and Don Leech.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 919 Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611 or to First Friends, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821 in honor of Betty Burdine and in memory of Gladys Burdine.
Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
James Reese
SMITHVILLE – James Wayne Reese, 51, died on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Monroe County as the result of an automobile accident. Born Sept. 14, 1961, he was the son of Wayne Washington Reese and Sanda Kay Homer Reese. He attended Smithville schools and worked as a supervisor for FFM in Amory. He enjoyed fishing, watching westerns and gambling.
Services were at 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Dean Smith officiating. Burial was in Young Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include special friend, Cynthia Ford of Smithville; his mother, Sanda Kay Reese of Smithville; one daughter, Jessica Lynn Reese of Hatley; one son, James Glenn Reese of Hatley; one sister, Anna Maurine Brown of Greenwood Springs; and one grandson, James Daniel Reese.
He was preceded in death by his father; and by his wife, Nona Reese.
Pallbearers were Derrick Brown, Allen Coker, Greg Coker, A.J. Murphy, Travis Dulaney, Donald Thompson and Chris Gray.
Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Vince Hester
AMORY – Vincent Lee Hester, 40, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Care Center of Aberdeen. Born May 22, 1973, in Norfolk, Va., he was the son of Harlon Lee and Dorothy Wildman Hester. A graduate of Amory High School in 1991, he was a member of the band and attended Itawamba Community College, receiving a degree in civil engineering in 1995. He worked for Continental Engineering in Aberdeen and later operated his own business in Tupelo until 2009 when his health failed. He attended Cason Baptist Church, and he enjoyed spending time with his friends, traveling, running his business and playing with his dog, Benji. An avid Boston Celtics fan, he enjoyed sports. He was known as a loving and caring son.
A celebration of life service was at 11 a.m. Aug. 26 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Shane Crawford and Bro. John Maxey officiating. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Harlon and Dorothy Hester of Amory; uncle, Billy Wildman (Harriet) of Nettleton; and aunt, Marie Wildman of Nettleton.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Garland and Estelle Hester, Tomas and Lille Mae Wildman Reynolds and William Chuck Wildman; and cousins, Ricky Wildman and Billie Jo Wildman.
Pallbearers were Larry Todd, Joshua Scruggs, Brad Clayton, James Rollins, Jordan Stanford, Larry Maxey, Gary Ryans, David Walls, Rob Whitehead and Steve Grissom.
Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Ed Carnathan
AMORY – George Edwin “Big Ed” Carnathan, 69, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2013, at his residence. Born Nov. 2, 1943, in Sulligent, he was a son of the late Johnnie W. and Neva Mangum Carnathan. He married Lynne Pope in 1982. He attended Hatley High School, was of the Baptist faith, served in the Mississippi National Guard, and retired in 1994 from Vista Chemicals as a master electrician with 25 years of service. A big man with a lot of love, he enjoyed being with his family and was a great friend to many people. A man of many talents and a big heart, he was often found helping or giving advice to his friends. He enjoyed yard work and his dogs, Tator Bug and Sissy.
He is survived by his wife, Lynne Pope Carnathan of Amory; children, Keith Edwin Carnathan of Guy, Tenn., Cassie Pace Hester (Danny) of Nettleton and Benjie Barrett of Hatley; sister, Velma Williams (Carl) of Smithville; grandchildren, Olivia Dawn Carnathan of Guy, Tenn., Bo Barrett (Tammy) of Wren, Ben Barrett of Jackson, Mari Caitlyne Minga (Mitch) of Splunge; great-grandchildren, Luke, Colin and Dakota Barrett; special friends, Steve Turner and Carroll Moffett; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two sisters, Joan Mills and Thelma Foster; and one brother, Jerry Carnathan.
A graveside service will be at 1p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Haughton Memorial Park with Bro. Jim Manley officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery at 12:45 p.m.
Donations may be given to the Amory Humane Society, 1317 Old Highway 6, Amory, MS 38821; or to a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Amanda Massey
AMORY – Amanda Massey, 36, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Anita Stacy
AMORY – Anita Kirby Stacy, 69, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born April 17, 1944, in Memphis, she was a daughter of the late Helen Gordon. She married Larry R. Stacy on April 28, 1978. She grew up in and attended school in West Memphis, Ark. She was of the nondenominational Christian faith and believed in speaking her mind. She and her husband were long haul truck drivers before retirement. She valued family and friends, honesty, respect and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, hunting, fishing, flower gardening, taking care of her animals and crocheting.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Stacy of Amory; sons, Auda Wilson (Rhonda) of Hatley, Andrew Wilson (Debbie) of Amory, Mitchell Stacy (Elizabeth) of Ash, N.C., Terry Harold Stacy (Angie) of Old Dock, N.C.; sisters, Lola Jean Steele of Smithville and Milla Gay Walker of Mt. Home, Ark.; brothers, Milton Morris of Tampa, Fla., and Elton Kirby of Mt. Home, Ark.; grandchildren, Emily Payne, Blake, Kelsey and Collin Wilson, Amanda Braddock, Sarah Hatcher, T.C. Stacy, Michelle Shumway, Jennifer Sasser and Jeffrey Stacy; 18 great-grandchildren; special friends, Trudy “Maw Maw” Stacy, Linda and Brenda Steinke and family, numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a son, Tony Wilson; a sister, Joyce Gordon; a daughter-in-law, Pam Stacy; a father-in-law, Randle Stacy; and a niece, Lisa Kirby.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Kevin Crook and Bro. Randy Stacy officiating. Burial will follow in Siloam Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Eric Coker, Chris Jones, Mark Osborne, Brian McCollum, Casey McCollum, Thomas Riley, Jason Stacy and A.J. Griffin. Her grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Donations may be given to the Amory Humane Society, 1317 Old Highway 6, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

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