March 12, 2013
Services for Clarice Ila Trull Boykin, 93, were March 14, 2013, at
Welch Funeral Home in Starkville with the Rev. Randall Poss
officiating. Burial was in Adaton United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Born June 20, 1919, in Clay County to the late Lonnie and Carrie
Buckner Trull, she lived at North Mississippi Health Services Long
Term Care in Eupora. Mrs. Boykin was a member of Mathiston First
Baptist Church and Eastern Star. She died March 12, 2013, at
Survivors include four sons, William Anton “Tony” Boykin, Larry Glenn
“Butch” Boykin, Kenny Paul Boykin and Clanton Boykin; three
daughters, Faye Byram, Brenda Bond and Elaine Turner; 18
grandchildren; and a host of great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Larry Nathan McKibben
Larry Nathan McKibben, 18, passed away in an automobile accident on
March 16, 2013. He was a student at East Mississippi Community College.
He is survived by his parents, Phillip and Daphne McKibben of
Cumberland; sisters, Mary Catherine McKibben and Sally Joyce
McKibben, both of Cumberland; brother, Stephen Andrew McKibben of
Cumberland; paternal grandparents, Gerald and Joyce McKibben of
Starkville; maternal grandparents, Jimmy and Mary Jane Keller of
Starkville; and grandparents, D. H. and Juanita Keller of Amory, MS.
Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 12:00-3:00
p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Starkville, with the funeral service
immediately following in the church.
Pallbearers will be Justin Burger, Joshua Burkis, Andy Dunn, Clay
Fulgham, Micah Little, Hayden Moore, Ethan Willers, and Nathaniel
Honorary pallbearers will be Bubba Brewer, Billy Broadhead, Ryan
Burger, Austin Burkis, Nathan Burkis, Drew Huffman, Turner
Kilpatrick, Zach Nason, Drew Patterson, Brandon Tallent, Doug Teague,
and Dillan Welk.
Memorial donations may be made to Answers in Genesis, P. O. Box 510,
Hebron, KY 41048.
You can go online and sign the guest register at
Jacqueline Cox Helmick
Devoted wife, nurturing mother, and loving grandmother, called to
our Lord March 11, 2013 in Tupelo, MS. Born in Charleston, WV October
26, 1935, “Jackie” grew up in depression-era rural West Virginia,
where she developed a life-long love of the beauty of nature, deep
appreciation of family and friends, and an especially devout and
abiding faith in God. She was married at a young age to the late
George Arthur Helmick and raised a family of five children during
their faithful 54 year marriage. She provided the serenity and
balance in her large family, treating her children and friends with
her wonderful cooking and baking while showering them with
unconditional love. She worked hard to always make family holidays at
home particularly special. Her cakes, pies, breads and Christmas
cookies were legendary.
Following her husband in his career to South Louisiana, Jackie
supplemented her homemaking role as an office manager when her
children were grown. She followed her husband again to Saudi Arabia
and eventual retirement to a beloved country estate outside of their
adopted hometown of Eupora, MS. In her many years there she enjoyed
baking, gardening, bridge with her dear friends, church activities,
travel and time with her grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Jackie was blessed with both great physical and spiritual beauty.
She was an extraordinarily gifted singer in her youth and a dedicated
student of Bible
history. Her famed prowess as a fabulous cook was just one of many
ways she exhibited her most enduring quality – selflessly giving to
She is survived by her five children, Randall Helmick of Madison,
MS, Thomas Helmick of Zachary, LA., Amy Helmick Spencer, of Rayville,
LA, and Georgeanna Helmick Brandt of Gretna LA; as well as 5
grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held 1:00 PM Friday, March, 15th at the First
United Methodist Church in Eupora, MS.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the First United
Methodist Church, P. O. Box 556, Eupora, Ms. 39744, or the Sanctuary
Hospice House, 5159 West Main St., Tupelo, Ms. 38803.
John Michael “Foots” Vance
Pheba, Mississippi – John Michael “Foots” Vance, 66, passed away, on
Friday, March 15, 2013 at his home, in Pheba. He was born December
30, 1946 in Houston, Mississippi to Anna Lloyd Fant Morgan and Lt.
Col John Gurney Vance. He was a Conductor with Kansas City Southern
for 30 years and was a member of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church. He was
an avid Bulldog Fan, and he just loved all his grandchildren. He had
hired out in 1971 with the G.M & O Railroad, he retired from the
Kansas City Southern Railroad. He never met a stranger and all that
met him loved him and he enjoyed all his friends. He had served in
the Mississippi National Guard-Eupora. John Michael Vance married
Flora Virginia McKee on June 17, 1978, in Pheba.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 17, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at
Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Brother Andy Parrish
officiating. Burial followed in
Providence Cemetery Maben. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point was in
charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Flora Virginia McKee Vance of Pheba;
his daughter, Tia McMullin Perkins (Jimmy) of Harahan, LA; his sons,
Terry Colin McMullin (Sherry) of Mantee, MS, John Michael Vance, Jr.
(Stacy) of Houlka, MS, Bradley Scott Vance (Jill) of Houlka, MS, Tony
Kevin Vance (Ashley) of Starkville, MS; nine grandchildren; Kayla
Huffman, Paxton Peay, Kane Perkins, Cole McMullin, Joe Riley
McMullin, Jovi McMullin, Audrey Vance, Johnny Vance, and Trace Vance.
His father Lt. Col John Gurney Vance (Bruna) of Montgomery, AL and
mother, Anna Lloyd Morgan of Eupora, MS; three sisters, Tanna Gary
(Mike) of Eupora, MS, Brenda Gary (Don) of Eupora, MS, Elanora Orgish
(Scott) of Houston, TX; and all his brother and sister in laws.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents, John Ed and Edna
Vance, Samuel and Georgia Fant, step-father, Willis Morgan, and a
special uncle Monk Fant.
Pallbearers were Casey Terrell Weeks, Toby McKee, Perron Sizemore,
Joe Jack White, Jimmy Perkins, Josh McKee, Ren Gary, and Robbie
pallbearers were former co-workers with Kansas City Southern
Railroad, Staff Cancer Center in Starkville, Staff at North MS
Medical Center-Tupelo, Staff Starkville Wal-Mart Pharmacy, Staff of
Memorials may be made to Providence Cemetery Fund, c/o Mrs. Gola
McMullen, 4581 MS Hwy 15, Maben, MS 39750.
Visitation was held Saturday, from 5:00 until 8:00
p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com