Obituaries for 2-13-13

Marie Mullins

WALNUT – Ellie Marie Mullins, 70, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born June 2, 1942 to John Dave and Velma Jewel Parker Felks. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, going to yard sales, and singing gospel music. She loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and helping those in need.

Services were Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth with Bro. Paul Adams, Bro. Travis Shea and Bro. Robert Hutson officiating. Burial was at Campground Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years Andy Garvin Mullins; sons, Ralph E. Mullins of Walnut; Glenn Mullins (Karen) of Booneville; David N. Mullins of Corinth; Kelvin Wade Mullins (Chiquita) of Walnut; brother, Tommy Felks of Corinth; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, foster sister, other relatives and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, James Felks, John Felks, Clifton Felks and Oscar Felks; sister, Beatrice Elsworth.

Terrapin Nabors

WALNUT – William Junior “Terrapin” Nabors, 77, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born March 30, 1935, to Clarence A. and Leland Dora Wright Nabors in Tippah County. A retired auto body repairman, he worked for Farrow-Ward Ford and D&J Chevrolet, and he was self-employed. He was a member of Middleton Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Middleton, Tenn.

Services were Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Middleton Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Middleton, Tenn., with the Rev. Tim Wilbanks and the Rev. Clay Hall officiating. Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Tippah County. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Shelia Nabors Ray (Tommy) of Ripley; three sons, David Nabors (Tonya) and Danny Nabors, both of Walnut, and Nickey Nabors (Carolyn) of Ripley; five grandchildren, Rosalyn and Will Nabors of Walnut and Eli, Gantley and Macon Ray of Ripley; one sister, Ruby Crum of Falkner; one sister-in-law, Mildred Nabors of Memphis; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo Muse Nabors; his parents; one daughter, Sylvia Jo Nabors Jones; one son, Ricky Nabors; two sisters, Mildred Windham and Ruth McDowell; and two brothers, J.C. and J.P. Nabors.

Pallbearers were Jerry Nabors, Mike Nabors, Randy Jeter, Scott Pulliam, Brett Wooley and Mickey Martindale.

Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Coleman, Joe Pulliam, Wade Wooley, Jimmy Gunn, Benny Thornton, Terrell Thornton, John D. Gaillard and Billy Thornton.

To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com

Ruth Pegram Davis

RIPLEY – Ruth Pegram Davis, 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Sept. 2, 1924, to Walter Winchester Pegram and Viola Childers Pegram.

Before retiring, she worked as a dental assistant for 25 years and later at North Mississippi Savings and Loan. She was a Girl Scout in Mrs. Elizabeth Smith’s troop and became a Girl Scout leader for her daughters. She was pianist for Shady Grove Baptist Church for more than 40 years. She also served as church treasurer. She was a member of Ripley Century Civic Club, the sewing club, Tippah County Hospital Auxiliary, Young at Heart and West Ripley Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir.

Ruth’s father died when she was only 3, but her mother and three grown brothers spoiled her by making sure she had everything she needed. She and her mother often lived with her brothers in Akron, Ohio, and Los Angeles, Calif., providing wonderful adventures in her life. She married the love of her life, Vernon Davis. Their marriage was one of true love and adoring devotion that lasted 61 years until his death in 2008. They enjoyed traveling, often in caravans of campers with friends and family. Together, they created a home filled with love and happiness.

She enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing the piano, crocheting and painting. She was well-known for her sense of humor and was often the instigator of a humorous prank. She loved to travel at any opportunity.

She is survived by three daughters, Sally Bennett (Mike) of Terry, Jane Gair (Tyson) of Starkville and Carol Davis Mauney of Ripley; her grandchildren, Jenny Jones (David) of Tupelo, Spencer Holley of Madisonville, Ky., Alex Mauney of Chicago, Ill., Taylor Gair of Starkville, Molly Mauney of Ripley and Bentley Mauney of Ripley; and six great-grandchildren, Brooks Holley, Tanner Jones, Gwen Holley, Kate Ward, Mia Ward and Allie Bennett.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Y. Davis; her parents; one sister, Martha Pegram; three brothers, Walter Ray Pegram, Cap Pegram and James Pegram; one son-in-law, Phillip Mauney; and one grandson, Samuel Davis Mauney.

Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Ripley Funeral Home. Burial was at Tippah Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Alex Mauney, Bentley Mauney, Taylor Gair, Spencer Holley, David Jones, Mike Bennett, Tyson Gair, Kelly Ward and Eddie Joe McMillin.

Memorials may be made to West Ripley Baptist Church or Girl Scouts Heart of the South.

To sign guest book online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Frances Childs

RIPLEY – Frances Wall Childs, 69, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at her home. She was born March 15, 1943, to Frank and Lovie Cagle Wall in Blue Mountain. She was a teacher at Pine Grove Elementary School with 36 years of service. She was a member of Peoples Baptist Church.

Services were Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Randy Isbell officiating. Burial was at Lowry Methodist Church Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Ben Childs of Ripley; two sons, Heath Childs (Amanda) of Tupelo and Todd Childs of Birmingham, Ala.; one sister, Totsy James of Starkville; two grandsons, Cooper and Carter Childs of Tupelo; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Pallbearers were Stan Childs, Marty Fuller, Greg Fuller, Chad Newby, Craig Rowell and Cole Childs.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Fl., New York, NY 10001.

To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneral home.com.

Jeanette Huebschman

RIPLEY – Jeanette Alma Taylor Huebschman, 84, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at her residence in Ripley. She was born May 19, 1928, to Howard Taylor and Sarah Robbins Taylor. She was a member of Peoples Baptist Church. She was a retired nurse and had worked at Union County Baptist Memorial Hospital and Tippah County Hospital.

Services were Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Latch officiating. Burial was at Peoples Cemetery.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Regal (Terry) of Nashville, Tenn., and Eugenia Huebschman of Ripley; one son, Kevin Huebschman of Ripley; one brother, Gerald Taylor (Norma) of Ripley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and three brothers.

Pallbearers were her nephews.

To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Hermie Nails

WALNUT – Hermie L. Flake Nails, 89, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Jan. 6, 1924, to William E. and Wardie E. Wilbanks Flake in Tippah County. She was a retired nurse assistant at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Walnut.

Services were Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Walnut with Bro. Lamb and Bro. Trent officiating. Burial was at Camp Ground Cemetery in Walnut. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one sister, Mary E. Montgomery (Charles David) of Chalybeate; two brothers, J.G. Flake (Billie Sue) of Walnut and the Rev. Wayne Flake (Sue) of Pocohontas, Tenn.; a special niece and caregiver, Dianne Voyles (Billy) of Walnut; and a host of stepchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Rupert Bennett; her second husband, J.B. Bobo; her third husband, Woodrow Nails; her parents; four brothers, Roy, Bill, Thomas and C.D. Flake; and three sisters, Sarah Clyde Wilbanks, Lettie Wilbanks and Jewel Flake.

To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Alma Koon

BLUE MOUNTAIN – Alma Earnestine Hendrix Koon, 81, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born Nov. 18, 1931, to Tine and Sudie Lauderdale Hendrix in Booneville. She was a homemaker and caregiver, and a member of West Ripley Church of Christ.

Services were Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Minister Jerry Owen officiating. Burial was at Tippah Memorial Garden in Ripley.

Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth Beck of Blue Mountain; two sons, Kenneth Koon of Guntown and Gregory Koon of New Albany; one sister, Geneva Lancaster of Florida; one brother, Demous Hendrix of Booneville; and five grandchildren, Deanna Miskelly (Marty), Regina Nicholson (Kevin), Angela McGough (James), Clint Koon (Mary) and Josh Koon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Ford Koon; her parents; and one grandson, Dwayne Koon.

To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Alma Richardson

RIPLEY – Alma Irene Cheatwood Richardson, 89, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born May 1, 1923, to Wilbur and Rosa Lancaster Cheatwood in Lexington, Okla. She was retired from Red Kap Manufacturing, where she worked for 37 1/2 years. She was a faithful member of Ripley Presbyterian Church.

Services were Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with the Rev. William Connolly and Elder Brad Crump officiating. Burial was at Tippah Memorial Garden in Ripley.

Survivors include one son, Kenneth Eugene Richardson (Betty) of Ripley; four grandchildren, Carol Heavener (Don), Randy Inman (Angie), Jeannie Grisham (Brian) and Gary Adair (Ann); eight great-grandchildren, Josh Heavener, Haley Heavener, Anna Lauren Inman, Ashlyn Inman, Keith Grisham, Chase Grisham, Vince Adair and Rhonda Dunahue; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Eugene Richardson; one daughter, Betty Hobson; and four brothers and four sisters.

Elders of Ripley Presbyterian Church were the pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Ripley Presbyterian Church, 302 W. Cooper St., Ripley, MS.

To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Gary Brown

WALNUT – Gary Lynn Brown, 59, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at his residence. He was born Aug. 10, 1953, to Billye Graves Brown and the late Austin Riley Brown. He was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church and a truck driver. He also served in the U.S. Army.

Services were Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Wilbanks officiating. Burial was at Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery.

He is survived by his mother, Billye Brown of Walnut; one stepdaughter, Brigette Rankin of Oxford; one granddaughter, Kylie Caver of Oxford; two sisters, Deborah Gray (Joey) of Walnut and Lisbeth Wildman of Walnut; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Wesley Reed, Randy Graves, Chris Wildman, Greg Thornton, Ronnie Martindale and Chip McCoy. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Matthews, David Brown, Dr. Jim Jackson, Dr. Bill Jackson and Randy Jumper.

He was preceded in death by his father; his wife, Caryl O’Kelley Brown; one brother, Larry Brown; and one nephew, Joel Gray.

To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

About Beth Thomas

Beth Thomas Harmon is the news editor for the Southern Sentinel. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2011 with a degree in journalism. Beth is a New Albany native, and she began working at the Sentinel in 2013.