SMITHVILLE – Josie L. Henke, 94, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Tishomingo Community Living Center. Born in Lamar County, Ala., on May 7, 1919, she was a daughter of Felix and Leona Hester Merchant. She married Floyd Whited and after his death, she later married Darvin Everett Henke on Dec. 23, 1964. She attended Gattman School, later working as a nurse for Dr. Murphy in Aberdeen, Victory Memorial Hospital in Illinois and several other places. She was a member of Smithville United Methodist Church and a past president of the AARP, Amory Chapter. A loving mother and grandmother, she enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, crocheting and watching Wheel of Fortune.
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Services were 2 p.m. Friday, April 4, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Coggins and Bro. Sammy Washburn officiating. Burial was in Young Memorial Garden.
She is survived by her daughters, Frances Vandiver (Donald) of Smithville and Laurel Anderson of Smithville; son, Dan Whited (Shirley) of Iuka; grandchildren, Arnie Vandiver (Nancy) of Fairhope, Ala Lani West (James) of Smithville, Dee Caldwell of Smithville, Stephen Whited (Debbie) of Elkhorn, Wis., Bruce Whited (Melinda) of Iuka, Deb Lorsung (Joe) of Oak Grove, Minn., Donna Noe (Jason) of Brown Deer, Wis., Patti Jorenby (Jeff) of Madison, Wis., Tim Bambrough of New York, N.Y., Ron Lee of Tulsa, Okla., Eric Anderson (Charidy) of Kewaunee, Wis., Jenn Gooch (Scott) of Franklinton, Tenn. and David Bambrough (Amy) of Plainsfield, Ill.; 23 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and late husbands, she is preceded in death by a grandson, David Jo Vandiver; stepdaughter, Carol Bambrough; three sisters; and one brother.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
E.E. Pickle Funeral Home
500 Third Avenue South
Amory, MS 38821
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal from Apr. 3 to Apr. 5, 2014