PONTOTOC – Hortense Lee "Tense" Stanford, 88, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Graceland Care Center after an extended illness. She was born in the Ratliff community on Oct, 16, 1925, to Edward and Ada Rose Hogue Farrar. She was a graduate of Unity High School. Her interests included fishing, singing and playing the guitar, and "making music" for local nursing homes. She especially loved to sing with Doug Hill at the nursing homes. She was a member of Brewer Baptist Church. A great mother and Christian lady, she will be greatly missed by her family.
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Services will be 1 p.m. today, April 30, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Mark McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Brewer Cemetery.
Survivors include her five children, Wanda Shouse (Bill) of Wheeler; Janalle Purvis (Lawton) of Newman, Ga., Jerry Stanford (Brenda) of Old Union, Jan Thomas (Jeff) of Meridian and Sherry Johnson (Johnny) of Troy; 24 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Janie Breeding of Houston, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dudley Stanford, in 1994; one daughter, Joann Evans, in 2009; two sons-in-law, Mac Evans and Willis Sutphin; one grandchild, Tony Evans, in 1979; one great-grandchild, James Swindle, in 2009; and two brothers, Elvin Farrar and Jay Farrar.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Baughman, Michael Evans, Christopher Purvis, Scott Stanford, Jeremy Swindle and Jason Sutphin. Honorary pallbearers will be Rodney Stanford, Jimmy Swindle, Jeffery Swindle and Charles Sutphin.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors
535 West Jefferson Street
Tupelo, MS 38804
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Apr. 30, 2014