Obituaries

Joseph E. ‘Joe’ Cook April 12, 2012 Services for Joseph E. “Joe” Cook, 72, of Mathiston were April 14, 2012, at Wise Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Grammer officiating. Burial was in LaGrange United Methodist Church Cemetery. He was born Aug. 7, 1939, to the late Harvey Burton Cook and Willie Nell Gore in Choctaw County. Mr. Cook was a retired machinist from Starkville Tool and Die, and Mississippi State University. He died April 12, 2012, at his home in Choctaw County. Survivors include his wife, Elois Cook of Mathiston; two sons, Joseph Aubrey Cook of Mathiston and David Cook of Tupelo; a daughter, Lisa Morelan of Eupora; two brothers, Thomas Cook of Mathiston and Harvey Cook of Sturgis; two sisters, Sylvia Roy of Albuquerque, N.M., and Beverly Ann Cook of Mathiston; and eight grandchildren. Pallbearers were members of the Bywy Fire Department.

Carl R. ‘Richie’ Ellis April 14, 2012 Services for Carl R. “Richie” Ellis, 48, of Mathiston were April 17, 2012, at Walthall Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Ramage and Willy Weddle officiating. Burial was in Embry Cemetery. He was born Oct. 19, 1963, in Eupora. Mr. Ellis was service manager with Hood Equipment in Bruce and a member of Walthall Baptist Church. He died April 14, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Survivors include his wife, Tammy Perkins Ellis of Mathiston; a daughter, Natalie Brooke Ellis of Mathiston; a son, Kenneth Matthew Ellis of Mathiston; four brothers, Steve Ellis, Jeremy Flora and Justin Flora of Mathiston, and Jason Flora of Maben; and his mother, Carleen Flora of Mathiston. Pallbearers were David Boatman, Seth Davis, David Doss, George McBride, Scott McBride, John Pritchett, Allen Springer, Clint Tindall and Tim Tindall. Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Bill Miles Hitt April 12, 2012 Services for Mary Bill Miles Hitt, 79, of Bellefontaine, were April 15, 2012, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with Dr. James Bryant and the Rev. J.B. Rowe officiating. Burial was in Embry Cemetery She was born Jan. 11, 1932, in Webster County. Mrs. Hitt was a bookkeeper/teacher and member of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church. She died April 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Survivors include her husband, Charles Everett Hitt of Bellefontaine; a son, Charles Everette Hitt Jr. of Grenada; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Alex Allday, Jimmy Bennett, Jimmy Ray Caffey, George Faulk, Jack Hendricks, Glen “Hob” Hood, Chuck Miles, Joe Miles, Joey Miles and Tim Rowe.

Jimmy E. Oswalt April 9, 2012 Services for Jimmy E. Oswalt, 66, of Sturgis were April 12, 2012, at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman with the Rev. Bruce Latimer officiating. Burial was in Wake Forest Cemetery. He was born June 10, 1945, in Oktibbeha County to the late Rassie and Ola West Oswalt. Mr. Oswalt was a member of Wake Forest Baptist Church. He died April 9, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Survivors include his wife, Ann Scott Oswalt of Sturgis; a brother, James “Tip” Oswalt of Columbus; four sisters, Bonnie Sue Libby of Porter, Texas, Jenny Steed of Kosciusko, Barbara Stephens of Starkville and Maedell Templeton of Sturgis; and 12 nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

Lorine Mary Sheppeard April 6, 2012 Services for Lorine Mary Sheppeard, 58, of Mathiston were April 11, 2012, at Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with Bishop Michael K. Mann officiating. Burial was in Reed’s Chapel Cemetery. She was born July 3, 1953, in Stewart to Addie and the late Luther Sheppeard. Ms. Sheppeard was a member of Mathiston Church of God. She died April 6, 2012, in Mathiston. Survivors include a son, Larry Dewayne Sheppeard of Columbus; three daughters, Charlotte Pritchard of Jonesboro, Ark., Bobby Joe Sheppeard of Eupora and Mary Lorine Jones of Ackerman; her mother, Addie Sheppeard; a brother, Tommy Lee Sheppeard of Shepherd, Texas; a sister, Virginia Lee Sheppeard of Mathiston; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Steve Fulgham, Brody Hines, August Wartenburg, Billy Williamson, Charlie Williamson and Frankie Williamson.