|Hilda Lee Lackey Hill
Hilda Lee Lackey Hill, 83, of New Albany, Miss., died November 24, 2012 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born September 7, 1929 to Norf Labon and Ruby Burson Lackey.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 27 at United Funeral Service of New Albany with Rev. Daniel Thompson and Rev. Bill Beavers officiating. Burial was in New Albany City Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany was in charge of the arrangements.
Originally of Calhoun County, Mississippi, Hilda spent most of her life "as an educator in
Union County. Hilda's career as a teacher and encouraging personality touched many local
students and families. She was always looking for the opportunity to leave a positive mark.
Hilda received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Blue Mountain College in English and speech. She followed that with a Master of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi in Theater and was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Letters from Blue Mountain College.
Specifically, Hilda began her career as a television personality with WTWV in Tupelo, Mississippi
as the "Colonel's Cook". However her efforts were soon focused more sharply when she
became a teacher after moving to the Ingomar Community. Hilda also taught in the New
Albany school system before accepting an opportunity at Northeast Mississippi Community
College in Booneville. Hilda returned to her first Alma Mater - this time as an educator. She
served Blue Mountain College as a professor and later as Dean of Students.
Later, her teaching career was further focused in environmental education as she was selected
to lead in the development of a project sponsored by Three Rivers Environmental Educational
Cooperative. Hilda, with the Northeast Mississippi Community College development team, was
successful in proposing a project that eventually became Crow's Neck Educational Center.
Hilda finished her professional career as a US Department of Agriculture coordinator
responsible for outreach and public relations.
Hilda lived at Avonlea Assisted Living Center in Tupelo where she was involved in local missions,
including a reading ministry. She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Hilda Lackey Hill was married for 49 years to Charles G. Hill of New Albany. She and Charles
raised two sons, Chuck and Joe Hill. Chuck and Joy Hill now make their home in New Albany.
Joe and Susan live in Senatobia, Mississippi and a brother, Judge Henry L. Lackey of Calhoun City, Miss. Hilda has three grandchildren Holly (Hill) Thompson (wife of Reverend Daniel Thompson), Charlie Hill and Gavin Hill. She also has three great grandchildren, Aaron, Joshua and Caleb Thompson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and a sister, Geradine Lackey Beavers.
The family requests memorials be made to Blue Mountain College, P.O. Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS 38610.
Visitation was Monday, November 26, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Hazel Meek Johnson
Hazel Meek Johnson, 96, passed away on November 21, 2012, at Providence Personal Care Center in Senatobia, Miss., Services were held at Pate-Jones Funeral Home on November 28 with burial at Tyro Cemetery.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Tyro on September 27, 1916, and married George Leo Johnson of Tyro on October 5, 1937. They shared their lives together in Tyro for 65 years before he preceded her to Heaven in 2002.
Following her husband's death, she lived in Wesley Meadows Retirement Home in Hernando and in 2010, she moved to Providence.
She leaves behind two daughters, Charlotte Speer and husband, Hal, of Senatobia, and Sandra Hunt and husband, Jackie, of Irving, Texas. She also leaves grandchildren John Massey and wife, GG, of Hernando; Debra Horton and husband, Michael, of Hernando; Scott Hunt and wife, Valerie, of Double Oak, Texas; Amy Evans and husband, Adam, of Southlake, Texas; Andy Hunt of Dallas, Texas; and Matthew Bakanas of Friday Harbor, Wash. She was loved by her great grandchildren Heather Horton, Haley Horton, Ryan Horton, Cassidy Massey, Seth Massey, Abby Evans, and Alex Evans.
Miss Hazel, a lifelong member of Tyro Methodist Church, would love for her memory to be kept alive by our being kind to one another, forgiving one another, and living to join her in Heaven one day.
Dorothy Houston Nabors
Dorothy Houston Nabors, 73, of Strayhorn, Miss., passed away November 22, 2012, at the Covington Care Center in Covington, Tenn. Services were held Sunday, November 25, at 1:30 p.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Flag Lake Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Ray Nabors.
She is survived by her son, Billy Wayne Nabors of Arkabutla; sisters, Judy O'Neal of Southaven, and Becky Mabry of Sarah; grandchildren, Farrah Nabors Pirtle, Nichloas Nabors, and Katie Nabors; and great grandchildren, Colby, Hayden, Landon, Preston, and Blayne.
Mrs. Nabors was a member of Flag Lake Baptist Church.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society.
Annie Mae Pettis
Annie Mae Pettis, 74, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Como, Miss., passed away November 20, 2012 at Methodist Hospital South in Memphis, Tenn. Services were held Saturday, December 1, at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Moriah CME Church in Como, Miss., where she was a member. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
She is survived by her daughters, Virginia Turner of Midwest City, Oklahoma, and Ella Louise Horton of Memphis, Tenn.; stepdaughters, Bobby Jackson, Cora L. Thomas, Lee Ola Wheatley all of Como, Debbie D. Ellis of Boston, Mass., Irene Davis of Senatobia, and Earlean Howell of Senatobia; sons, Willie James Danner of Independence, and Luther Danner of Memphis, Tenn.; stepsons, Ruffin Pettis, Jr. of Boston, Mass., Joe Pettis of San Diego, Calif., and Samuel P. Pettis of Forrest City, Ark.; sisters, Lucille Hamilton of Sardis, Eliza Ann Thomas of Muncie, Ind., and Mary Lou of Midwest City, Okla.; brothers, Eddie Danner of Kansas City, Kan., and Jessie Hampston of Columbus, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; and a host of great grandchildren.
Wesley Laverne Rhodes
Wesley Laverne Rhodes, 79, roofer - construction industry, of Como, Miss., passed away November 22, 2012. Services were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 24, at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home - Sardis Chapel. Burial followed at Emory Cemetery near Como.
He is survived by his wife, Ora Potts Rhodes of Como, a daughter, Carolyn Tate (Stephen) of Joshua, Texas; three sons, Vernie Rhodes (Peggy), David Rhodes (Donna), and Lee Rhodes (Sherri), all of Como; a sister, Mary Lee Carter of Sardis; 12 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church near Como.
Raymond L. Ross, Jr.
Raymond L. Ross, Jr., 58, of Senatobia, Miss., passed away November 28, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto. Services were held Friday, November 30, at 2:00 p.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Bethesda Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Dianne Galloway Ross of Senatobia; son, Lamar Ross of Texas; father, Raymond Ross, Sr., of Miss.; one brother and one sister both of Sikeston, Mo.
Mr. Ross was a member of Lifepoint Church in Senatobia.
Carrie Mae Meredith Terry
Carrie Mae Meredith Terry, 74, of Independence, Miss., passed away November 27, 2012 at her home.
She retired from Carter's of Senatobia, and was a communicant for many years at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Hernando and St. Gregory's Catholic Church in Senatobia.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Lawrence Edward Terry; son, John Everett Terry; and two infant daughters.
Mrs. Terry is survived by her son, James Edward Terry, Sr. and wife Susan; her daughter, Marcia Lane Perryman; three grandson's, James Edward Terry, Jr. and wife, Judy, Michael Joseph Perryman, William Lawrence Terry; and one granddaughter, Heather Marie Sewell; two great grandchildren, Randi Leigh Terry and Justin Michael Sewell; one brother, Ronnie Meredith and wife, Sandra; and one sister, Joyce Geeslin.
Funeral mass was held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church Saturday, December 1 at 10:00 a.m. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Robert Terry, David Terry, Josh Meredith, Clint Meredith, Marty Meredith, Joey Sewell, and Wayne Vannucci.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the catholic diocese of Jackson, Miss.
Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.
Ruby Joyce Hewston Wilkinson
Ruby Joyce "Nana" Hewston Wilkinson, age 79, beloved mother, grandmother, wife and friend passed away November 15, 2012.
The Celebration of her life will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Bill Gardner officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Carlowville Baptist Church Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, James Stanley "Whet" Wilkinson; son, James Stanley "Stan" Wilkinson, Jr; daughter, Melissa Wilkinson (Keith) Vancil of Senatobia, MS; daughter-in-law, Terri Wilkinson of Selma, AL; two very special sisters, Patsy H. (Phil) Tate and Lena Hewston Cook of Camden, AL; grandchildren, James Stanley (Keli) Wilkinson, III of Sardis, AL, Keith (Kristen) Vancil, Jr., Forrest Vancil and Hewston Vancil of Senatobia, MS; Hannah Wilkinson (Matt) Johnson of Andalusia, AL; Fletcher Wilkinson and Ethan Wilkinson of Selma, AL; eight great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild and a number of cherished cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruby and Emmett Hewston and her son, Emmett Hewston Wilkinson.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Tres Wilkinson, Keith Vancil, Forrest Vancil, Fletcher Wilkinson, Hewston Vancil and Ethan Wilkinson.
Joyce was born in Selma, AL on February 14, 1933. She graduated from Carlowville High School in 1951 and attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery.
She married James S. "Whet" Wilkinson on July 5, 1952. At the time of her death they had been married sixty years. She was a devoted wife and stay at home mom in the early years of her marriage. In 1966 she began working at the Alabama Sheriffs Boys Ranch and was employed there for thirty years. She was a loving and devoted grandmother and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren adored her and loved spending time with their "Nana". Her tireless dedication and selfless devotion to her family will be cherished forever.
She was very active in Shiloh Baptist Church of Sardis. She served as Sunday School teacher; nursery worker and had recently started Children's Church. She also served as a member of the flower committee; WMU and hand bell choir. She worked at Vacation Bible School and went on two mission trips to Belize.
She participated in numerous organizations and took great pride in being a Master Gardner. Joyce had a passion for growing beautiful flowers and her yard was a testament to her love for gardening.
The family appreciates the many expressions of comfort, support and condolences that they have received. A special thanks to Princess Ann Smith and Mildred Calhoun for the wonderful care they provided for Joyce upon her return from Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Pilots for Christ, Inc., P. O. Box 707, Monroeville, AL, 36461 or contact 251-575-3200.
You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign the guest book at http://www.selmafuneralhome.com/.
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