Obituaries

Muriel A. Gillespie August 22, 2012 Graveside services for Muriel A. Gillespie, 90, were held on August 24, 2012 at 11:00 am at Enon Cemetery in Ackerman, Ms. Denver Gillespie officiated.

Native of Minnesota, Muriel Gillespie was a homemaker. She was also a member of Concord Baptist Church near Ackerman. Ms. Gillespie died on August 22, 2012 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville, Ms.

Survivors include Son, Dave Gillespie of Stirling NJ, Denver Gillespie of Tumbling Shoals AR, Wes Gillespie of Wilmington IL, Michael Pahl of San Diego CA; daughters, Bonnie Black of Ackerman, Muriel Bryant of LaGrande IA, Holly Cornett of Ackerman, Lynda Orbik of Papillion NE, Marti Stumbaugh of Mangum OK; 41 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to Broken Wings Ministry and/or Christian Way United of Choctaw County. To sign the guest registry, visit www.colemanfuneral.com. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Josie Baker Smith August 15, 2012 Funeral services for Mrs. Josie Baker Smith, 90, were held at Mt. Moriah M.B. Church on August 22, 2012 at 11:00 am. Rev. Benjamin Pittman officiated. Burial was held at Memorial Garden.

Native of Winston County, Mrs. Smith was a homemaker. She was also a member of Mt. Moriah M.B. Church. Mrs. Smith died on August 15, 2012 at Winston County Medical Center.

Survivors include husband, Earnest Smith of Louisville; daughter, Barbara Nell Stephens of Chicago IL; son, Lavagus Smith of Louisville; sisters, Mary Triplett of Louisville and Lillie Miller of Clearwater, FL; 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Williams & Hampton Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

Clifford Triplett August 9, 2012 Funeral services for Clifford Triplett, 64, were held at Friendship M.B. Church of Louisville on August 18, 2012 at 11:00 am. Rev. Benjamin Pittman officiated. Burial followed at Memorial Garden.

Native of Louisville, Mr. Triplett was a laborer. He died on August 9, 2012 at Winston County Medical Center.

Survivors include wife, Helen Triplett; mother, Ruby Triplett; daughter, Karmika Triplett; sons, Marticas and Demillo Triplett; 6 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Beck Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Ann Naccarato

Elizabeth Ann Naccarato, newborn, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. A private graveside service was held Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Memorial Park cemetery, Louisville, MS, with Rev. Greg DePriest officiating.

Elizabeth is survived by her loving parents, Mr. and Mrs. Travis William Naccarato (Amber Woods), and her sister, Mae Myers Naccarato, all of Madison, MS.

Additional survivors include her paternal grandparents, Mr. Bill Naccarato of Trinidad, CO, and Mrs. Chris Naccarato of Raton, NM; her maternal grandmother, Beverly DePriest Woods of Louisville, MS, her great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Woods of Louisville, and Pat Slaughter of Trinidad, CO; her aunts Spring Woods, Tami Segura (Steve), and April Naccarato; and uncle, Andrew Woods.

Elizabeth Ann is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Mr. Willis Andrew (Andy) Woods of Louisville, MS. Memorials can be made to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in memory of Elizabeth Ann Naccarato, www.childrenshospital.umc.edu.

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Kanda Blount

Mrs. Kanda Claudette Gainer Blount of Noxapater, MS, died at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle in Columbus, MS, on Sunday, August 26, 2012 surrounded by a circle of family and friends. Mrs. Blount was a retired homemaker and in earlier years was employed at Woody’s Market in Noxapater. She had a quick smile, a great sense of humor and a generous nature. She was a loving wife and mother and had a soft spot in her heart for all animals. She was known to those who loved her as Candy and was as sweet and kind as her name.

She was born on May 23, 1953, the daughter of the late Osie Haze Meeks Gainer and John Ellis Gainer of Noxapater. She was a graduate of Noxapater High School and attended East Central Community College where she sang in the choir. She was baptized at Noxapater Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 15 years, Dwight Leon Blount, who died in 2004; and brother, Don Ellis Gainer.

She is survived by her daughter, Casey Lea Blount; brother, John Lewis Gainer and wife Donna of Columbus, niece Amber Elizabeth Gainer of Columbus; great nephew, Aydon Ellis Gainer; and niece Melissa Dawn Holekamp and husband Greg of Decatur, MS; and great niece, Tawnie Renee Holekamp.

Mrs. Blount will be cremated and a graveside service will be held at a later time at Mars Hill Cemetery of Noxapater, MS. Memorial Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church, 125 W. Yorkville Rd., Columbus, MS, 39702, to help with funeral expenses, or to a fund for the education of her daughter, Casey Lea Blount, at Cadence Bank, P.O. Box 631, Columbus, MS 39703. PAID OBITUARY

Mr. James Henry Hemphill

Mr. James Henry Hemphill, 82, died Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at Rush Specialty Hospital in Meridian, MS. Funeral services were held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 25th, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. David Keen officiating. Interment was in Sardis Cemetery.

Mr. Hemphill was born October 27, 1929, in Winston County, MS. He was Baptist by faith, with Sardis Baptist Church being the family church. He retired from Boral Brick Company, but had owned a service station/body shop in Michigan for several years. He was first and foremost a wonderful dad and papa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Merdieth and Lucille Hemphill; his wife, Juanita Reed Hemphill; two daughters, Shirley Hemphill Pruitt and Rita Hemphill Hall; brother, Paul M. Hemphill; sister, Janice Hemphill White; and a grandson, James Donald Hemphill. He is survived by a daughter, Marlene (Rick) Lentz of Hazel Park, MI; a son, Johnny Hemphill of Louisville; a special son-in-law, Donny Hall of Macon, MS; eleven grandchildren, Tammy (Randy) Fulton, Jerry Hemphill, Jason (Beth) Hemphill, Jimmy Hemphill, all of Louisville, Scarlet (Grover) Sanschagrin of San Francisco, CA Rhonda (Scott) Sage, Stephanie (Larry) Morrison, Ricky (Lana) Lentz, all of Michigan; Amanda (Richard) Price of Louisville, Sherry (Tim) Akins of Reform, AL, and Donna Williams of Oklahoma City, OK; 20 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Randy (Cathy) Hemphill, Pauline (Joe) Musial of Michigan, Carolyn (James) Johnson of Macon, MS, and Charles William (Bobbye) Hemphill of Missouri.

Pallbearers were Jerry Hemphill, Jason Hemphill, Jimmy Hemphill, Jeffrey Hemphill, Nathan Hemphill, Jacob Hemphill, and John Hemphill.

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Mr. Charles Wayne “Sonny Boy” Gregory

Mr. Charles Wayne “Sonny Boy” Gregory, 83, passed away on Monday, August 20, 2012, at his residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Visitation was Thursday, August 23, 2012, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 24, 2012, at Harmony Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Lundy, Rev. Tommy Jones, and Rev. Charles Rook officiating. Interment was in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Gregory was born on June 15, 1929, in Winston County. He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church where he served many years as a deacon and on the cemetery committee. He worked at B & W in West Point, Mississippi, from where he retired as a welder after 30 years of service.

Mr. Gregory is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen Gregory, of Louisville. He is also survived by his daughter, Kathryn Rogers and husband, Bill; his sister, Jewell Burrage and husband, Prentiss; and his sister-in-law, Doard Bell Gregory, all of Louisville. He is survived by two grandchildren, William Rogers and wife, Amy, of Enterprise, Mississippi, and Stephanie Hoskins and husband, Michael, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He has five great-grand- children, Charles William Rogers, Will Rogers, Ahlevia Hoskins, Mary Hoskins, and Lily Hoskins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James T. and Maybell Nowell Gregory; and two brothers, Edgar (Opal) Gregory and Olyn Gregory.

Pallbearers were Larry Gregory, Billy Burrage, Walter Jernigan, Donnie Gregory, Jimmy Burrage, Henry Jernigan, Harvey Swearingen, and David Jernigan. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Gregory, Tommy McKinley, and Perry Robertson.

Memorials may be made to Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o David Holder, 359 Palmer Road, Louisville, MS 39339. Arrangements were under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com. PAID OBITUARY

Dr. Howard Carlton McMillin Carthage, MS

Dr. Howard Carlton McMillin, 82, an optometrist, died Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Montfort-Jones Hospital in Attala County.

Services were 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2012 at the Carthage United Methodist Church with Bro. Don Williams and Bro. Keith Keeton officiating. Burial was in Harris Cemetery. Wilcox Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Dr. McMillin was a native of Winston County but had resided in Leake County for the last 54 years. He was a member of the Carthage United Methodist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class. He served in the United States Army after graduating from East Central Junior College and receiving his undergraduate degree in Animal Science from MS State University. He later completed his education at the University of Houston School of Optometry where he received his Doctorate of Optometry. He provided optometric services in the area from 1958 to his retirement in 1995.

Dr. McMillin was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman. He served as trustee of the American Redbone Coonhound Association and treasurer for the MS Simmental Association. He also maintained a seat on the MS State University Agricultural Advisory Council.

He was co-founder of Leake Academy, where he served 12 consecutive years on the Board of Directors. He also co-founded the Bank of Central Mississippi and the Leake County Little League Baseball Association. He served as a past president of the Carthage Lions Club and the Leake County JayCees. He was a member of the Leake County Chamber of Commerce for 37 years, and the American, Mississippi, and Central Mississippi Optometric Associations.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Van Hooser McMillin of Carthage; son, David McMillin of Monroe, LA; daughter, Lisa Townsend of West Monroe, LA; brother, Jim McMillin of Louisville; 5 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Johnny McMillin, Cham McMillin, OD, Rodney McMillin, MD, Jay McMillin, Paul McMillin, and Jonathon McMillin. Honorary pallbearers were, Members of the Friendship Sunday School Class. PAID OBITUARY