January 2, 2013

Sewell Gunn
WALNUT – Henry Sewell Gunn, 90, died Dec. 21, 2012, at Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley. He was born March 24, 1922, to Henry Herman and Mamie Lee Godwin Gunn in Tippah County. He was a retired farmer and a member of Walnut Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was also a United States Army Veteran serving during World War II.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Jesse Cutrer and Mr. Butch Weatherly officiating. Burial was in Harmony Cemetery in Walnut. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Nelda Barnes of Corinth, Lisa Voyles of Ripley, and Shelly Stanley (Terry) of Belmont; one son, Sewell Wayne Gunn (Deb) of Waynesboro, Tenn.; two stepdaughters, Doris Sartain of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Martha Goolsby (Lonnie) of Ripley; one stepson, Joe Brown (Frances) of Walnut; one stepson-in-law, R.L. McKee of Walnut; one brother, Larry Gunn (Ossie) of Walnut; two sisters-in-law, Kathyrn Gunn of Walnut and Hermie Bennett of Walnut; special family member, Jimmy Gunn of Walnut; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Zevie Sue Eubanks; his second wife, Amy Iris Keith Brown Gunn; his parents; one daughter, Marlene Gunn; one stepdaughter, Virginia “Gen” McKee; two granddaughters, Susan Gunn and Kimberly Iris Mauney; one son-in-law, Charles Barnes; two brothers, Curtis and Raymond Gunn; and one sister, Mavis Simmons.
Pallbearers were Terry Stanley, Josh Stanley, Jacob Stanley, Adam Norvell, Vernon Byrd and Jimmy Gunn.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit http://www.mcbridefuneralhome.com/

Dorothy Ruth Jackson
RIPLEY – Dorothy Ruth Jackson Lindsey, 65, died Dec. 21, 2012, at her home.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church (four miles east of Falkner) with Bro. Sammy Barnett and Bro. Ronnie Barefield officiating. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit http://www.mcbridefuneralhome.com/.

Lorette Overall
POTTS CAMP – Lorette Bagwell Overall, 65, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Little Rock, Ark. She was born Oct. 29, 1937, in Myrtle. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Potts Camp. She was a teacher and librarian.
Services were at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Potts Camp with Bro. Paul Hicks, Bro. Jim Buchanan and Bro. Chuck Fowler officiating. Burial was in the Potts Camp Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Edward L. Overall of Potts Camp; two daughters, Kim Rhea (Jeff) of Red Banks and Lee Anne Overall of Washington D.C.; four brothers, Thomas Bagwell and Joe Bagwell of Myrtle, Ricky Bagwell of New Albany and Gerald Bagwell of Ripley; three sisters, Mildred Tubbs of Memphis, Louise Smith of Oakland, Tenn., and Robbie Faye Wolfe of Corinth; and grandchildren, Amanda Rhea, Kelli Rhea and Jeffery Rhea.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald Bagwell and Mary Coltharp Bagwell, and a son, Kelly Wilson.

Betty Jane Williams
DRY CREEK – Betty Jane Bartlett Williams, 70, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born Nov. 12, 1942, in Tippah County to Roscoe Mayo Bartlett and Opha Lee Shackelford Bartlett. She was a longtime member of Mt. Hebron Methodist Church. She loved her church and her church family. She was an RN and retired from Northeast Community College after 40 years as an LPN instructor. She also taught the first class of Prentiss County EMTS, as well as being an instructor for First Responders. First Aid and CPR for various volunteer fire departments in Tippah and Prentiss County. She loved God, her family, nursing and all of God’s creations.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Rex Bullock, Bro. Teddy Cornelius and Bro. Jerry Jeter officiating. Burial was in Baldwyn Masonic Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Harold Williams of Dry Creek; three daughters, Debbie Massey (Gregg), Tina Bryan (Michael) of Dry Creek and Cynthia Cissom (special friend, Lane Carroll) of Rienzi; eight grandchildren, Justin Robinson (Tabetha), Timothy Robinson (Stefani), Chase Bryan (Chelsea), Jordan Wheatley, Shelby Cissom (special friend, Logan Trull), Katie Bryan, Haley Jane Bryan and Olivia Massey; five great-grandchildren, Summer Blades, Bo Robinson, Jadyn Robinson, Destani Robinson and McKenzie Robinson; one sister, Susan Landers (Mike); and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister and infant child, Johnny Mayo Williams.
Pallbearers were Red Barkley, Johnny G. Parks, Stevie Hatfield, Randy Hill, Doug Hargett, Hank Chapman and Lavaughn Bullock. Honorary pallbearers were William Yates and Holland Jumper.

Cheri Smith
BURNSVILLE – Cheri A. Stewart Davis Smith, 62, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Friday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial was in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Burnsville.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Virginia Nesbit
NEW ALBANY – Virginia Roberson Nesbit, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at her home. She was born Sept. 4, 1928, in Union County to Shield Roberson and Pearlean Pegues Roberson. She was a member of Zion Chapel M.B. Church.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at Zion Chapel M.B. Church. Burial followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Rev. Virgil (Betty) Nesbit, Hardin C. (Mary Ruth) Nesbit, Jessie Faye Mosley, Melvin Nesbit, Shelia H. Keys, Gary Nesbit, Phil (Tanya) Nesbit, Nina R. Foote, Sarah Pearl (Preston) Mosley and Mallie Nesbit, all of New Albany, Theodis Nesbit of Blue Mountain, Modess Nesbit of Memphis; stepdaughter, Min. Barbara (Aaron) Knox of Murfreesboro; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a special cousin, Ethelene Winston, on Dec. 25, 2012; her parents; her husband, Hardin Nesbit; a daughter, Camay K. Nesbit-Dillard; and a brother, Ivy Lee Edwards.

Jimmy Vick
WALNUT – James G. “Jimmy” Vick, 81, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. He was born on June 13, 1931, in Batesville to Adrian and Louise Joshlin Vick. He was employed with Tennessee Gas in Middleton, Tenn., for 35 years. He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, treasurer for almost 30 years and a choir member. He was a gardener and loved to give away his vegetables, especially his tomatoes and hot peppers.
Services  were held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Harmony Baptist Church in Walnut with Bro. Lyndle Davis officiating. Burial was in Harmony Cemetery in Walnut. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Karen Vick Brown (Jerome) of Walnut, Donna Vick Robertson of Nashville, Tenn., and Betsy Vick Winstead (Kevin) of Ripley; two sons, Steven Vick (Karyn) and Patrick B. Vick of Walnut; eight grandchildren, Kevin Vick, Lauren Brown Hughes (Josh), Rebecca Robertson, Matt Vick, Eve Meeks, Shaden Reesor, Brock Reesor, Cameron Winstead; four great-grandchildren, Milo Patrick Hughes, Emily Vick, Gage Vick and Skyler Vick; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; and a special family member, Shane Meeks of Walnut.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ann Boyd Vick; his parents; and one brother, Billy Vick.
Pallbearers were the deacons of Harmony Baptist Church and friends of the family.
Memorials may be made to Harmony Baptist Church, c/o Louise Horton, 801 Hwy. 354, Walnut, MS 38683.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Paul Jamieson
FALKNER – Paul Wayne Jamieson, 76, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born April 2, 1936, in Ripley to John Randolph and Ora Courtney Jamieson. He and his father operated Jamieson Service Station in Falkner and then he was a truck driver for American Biltrite for more than 40 years. He was a member of Falkner Baptist Church and a 32nd degree Mason. He served in the Mississippi Army National Guard.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Falkner Baptist Church with Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating. Burial was in Falkner Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Harpole Jamieson of Falkner; his mother, Ora Courtney Jamieson; three daughters, Paula Estes (John), Kim Estes (Joe) and Lea Barkley (Johnny), all of Ripley; one sister, Joan Wright (Eddie) of Texarkana, Ark.; five grandchildren, Joe Estes Jr., Randa Estes Bennett (Kevin), Allan Estes (Leigh, Bryan Estes (Andrea) and John Estes Jr. (Katie); 16 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Marguerite Fortenberry; and a special friend, Petie Rutherford of Falkner.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Randolph Jamieson; one sister, Johnnye Childers; one brother-in-law, Bobby Childers; and one nephew, Roger Childers.
Pallbearers were Allan Estes, Bryan Estes, John Estes Jr., Joe Estes Jr., Kevin Bennett, Ben Holcomb and Petie Rutherford.
Honorary pallbearers were Reuben McBryde, Bobby Fay McBryde, Ron Garner and Homer Richardson.
Memorials may be made to Falkner Cemetery Fund, c/o Tommy LaBarreare, P.O. Box 117, Falkner, MS 38629 or a charity of the donor’s choice.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

About Tina Meadows

Tina Campbell Meadows is a life-long resident of Tippah County with 20 years experience in journalism and graphic design. Meadows has been a member of the Southern Sentinel staff since June 2000.

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