RIPLEY â€” Hiram Guy Estes, formerly of Ripley, 91, died at Feb. 10, 2011, at OCH Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.
Mr. Estes was born Aug. 19, 1919, in Tippah County, the third of 12 children born to Lee and Elizabeth Shappley Estes. He married Edith Reed of Faulkner, on Oct. 17, 1947, in Tippah County.
Mr. Estes has had numerous occupations including logger, farmer, storekeeper, carpenter and painter. He enjoyed reading the daily newspaper, attending high school basketball games, listening to country music, gardening, traveling and visiting with family and friends.
He was one of the founding members of Child Haven School of Ripley for special education students and assisted in many fund-raising events for its operation.
He was a member of Starkville Church of Christ and formerly of Ripley Church of Christ and Beech Hill Church of Christ.
Mr. Estes is survived by his wife of 63 years, Edith Reed Estes, and daughters, Nancy (Ed) Williams, and Beth Estes, all of Starkville; grandchildren, Ellen (Ernest) Haas of Stuart, Va., Laura (Stephen) Smith of Moundville, Ala., and Ben Williams of Knoxville, Tenn.; brother, Steadman (Shirley) Estes of Ripley; and sisters, Mattie Byrd Hobson and Mary Scarth, both of Ripley, Jo Lee of Memphis, Tenn., and Pam Dietze of Laredo, Texas.
Mr. Estes was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Elizabeth Shappley Estes; a daughter, Judy Rose Estes; a grandson, Austin Williams; brothers Robert Estes, Paul Estes, and Silas Estes; and sisters, Jamie Whitby, Kitty Amagliani and Dorothy Morrison.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel, with Minister Andy Miller officiating. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association c/o Roger Childs at The Peoples Bank, P.O. Drawer 419, Ripley, MS 38663.