Obituaries

HCN Regional Obituaries (March 15 – 27, 2020)

Baldwyn MS
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home
Cozette Campbell
November 24, 1919 – March 19, 2020
Cozette Agnew Campbell, 100, passed away on March 19, 2020, at her daughter’s residence in Baldwyn. Arrangements by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn. Visitation: Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Funeral Service, Thursday, March 26, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Kesler Funeral Home Inc
John A. Hollings
October 14, 1942 – March 19, 2020
John A. Hollings (77) passed away Thursday March 19,2020 at Diversicare in Ripley. A private family service will be at a later date. He is survived by his wife; Felice Hollings of Booneville, his grandsons; Jacob Allen Hollings of New Lennox, IL and Adrian Moon Hollings of Robinson, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and ten siblings. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John A. Hollings, please visit our floral store.
Delores Ann (Nichols) Lindley
August 29, 1943 – March 22, 2020
Delores Ann Lindley (76) passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She enjoyed fishing, yard sales and bargain shopping. Due to the CDC guidelines, a private family service will be 2 pm Thursday, March 26, 2020 in the chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Gary Redd officiating. Burial will take place in the Kirkville Cemetery. Delores is survived by her son, Tim Neeley of Tupelo; her daughters, Rebecca Neeley Walker of Tupelo and Anglia Jackson (Monty) of Booneville; her brother, Ricky Nichols (Wanda) of Booneville; her grandchildren, Alison Farris, Craig Jackson and Clayton Jackson; her great-grandchildren, Kylie Jackson, Chloe Jackson and Cole Jackson and her special friends, Brenda Edge and Dorothy Chaffin. She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, James Tully Lindley; her parents, L.B. and Anita Nichols; her brothers, Bobby and Danny Nichols; her sister, Barbara Nichols Tittle; her sister-in-law, Mary Garrett; her niece, Shelia Nichols Potts and her great-nephew, Brett Harper. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Delores Ann (Nichols) Lindley, please visit our floral store.
Terry Lee Boxx
April 23, 1961 – March 24, 2020
Terry Lee Boxx (58) passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at his home in Baldwyn. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, western shows, the Miami Dolphins, playing cards with his buddies, spending time with his dog Lee and cracking jokes with his sons. He was a good man. Terry is survived by his sons, Cory Boxx (Nikki) of Ingomar and Cody Boxx (Emily) of Baldwyn; his sisters, Brenda Barnes, Linda Nichols, Cindy Bullock, Benita Scott and Wilma Lee Looney and a host of nieces, nephews and special friends. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Larry Boxx and Robert “Red” Boxx; his sister, Margaret Boxx and the mother of his children, Renae Boxx. Due to the CDC guidelines, a private graveside services will be 11 am Thursday, March 26, 2020 in the Kirkville Cemetery with Bro. Chuck Boxx officiating. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Terry Lee Boxx, please visit our floral store.
Waters Funeral Home Inc
Janie Sue Roberts Pannell
August 8, 1940 – March 15, 2020
Janie Sue Roberts Pannell, 79, Alpine, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at her home. She was a factory worker and a homemaker. She loved flowers and she was a life member of Zion Hill Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at Zion Hill Baptist Church on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with Bro. Tommy Ausburn and Bro. John Jacks. She is survived by a daughter, Delores Gooch of Texas; son, Richard Pannell of Alpine; brother, Roy A. Roberts (Jerri) of Winona; grandchildren, Danielle Holt abd Jerry Wayne Reynolds, JR; great-grandchildren, Xander Reynolds, Kaleb Reynolds, Wyatt Reynolds and Brenly Holt. She was preceded in death by her parents, Boyd And Ruth Murdock Roberts; husband, Gerald Pannell. Pallbearers will be Bobby Roberts, Larry Roberts, Trent Roberts, Jimmy Barron and Reed Roberts. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family http://www.watersfuneralservice.com To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Janie Sue Roberts Pannell, please visit our Tribute Store.
Charles Brian Barnes
November 18, 1960 – March 17, 2020
Charles Brian Barnes passed away on March 17, 2020 at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was a retired certified emergency registered nurse and member of Oakridge Christian Church. He is survived by his mother, Jeanette Barnes Senter; (2) step-brothers, Dr. Mel Senter (Cassandra) of Florida and Steve Senter (Lisa) of Belmont, MS; step-sister, Judy Gootzeit (Michael) of Memphis, TN; aunts, Elizabeth Morgan of Muscle Shoals, AL and Betty Ann Finney of Nettleton, MS; Step-aunt, Tula Clayton (Jerry); host of cousins; two special friends, Rita Holloway and Martha Sexton. He was preceded in death by his father, Herman Barnesl step-father, T. A. Senter; grandparents, Towns and Maude DeVaugh, Roy and Gertrude Barnes and his uncle, Jack DeVaugh. Private funeral services were held at Waters Funeral Home. Burial was in the Baldwyn Masonic Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family @www.watersfuneralservice.com To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Charles Brian Barnes, please visit our Tribute Store.
Brenda G Chisholm
May 2, 1946 – March 20, 2020
Brenda G. Chisholm, 73, formerly of Baldwyn passed away on Friday, March 20,2020 at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was a hairdresser and had worked at the Kut-n-Kurl and the City Barbershop in Baldwyn and Shapes and Shades in the Auburn Community. She was a Baptist. She is survived by two sons, Jason Rutherford (Crystal) of Guntown and Mitch Rutherford (Ginger) of Mooreville; two sisters, Judy Thomas and Peggy Blair of Texas; Grandchildren, Hannah Rutherford, Jay Rutherford, Brandon Gordon (Stormy), Steven Gordon, Dakota Melton and Lauren Rutherford; Great-grandchild, Ava Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carlton and Jewel Vick Fleming; her husband, Danny Chisholm; father of her children, Dean Rutherford; siblings, Larry Fleming, Helen Fleming, Bobbie Hahn, Susie Duboise, Jimmy Fleming, Floyd Fleming,Betty Moody, Jerry Fleming and Hazel Brooks. Funeral services will be held at Waters Funeral Home, Monday at 2:00 pm with Bro. Dempsey Rowland officiating. Burial was in Campbelltown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Sanctuary Hospice House. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family http://www.watersfuneralservice.com To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Brenda G Chisholm, please visit our Tribute Store.
Mark Martin
July 26, 1965 – March 23, 2020
Mark Martin, 54, passed away on March 23, 2020 at his home. He set up mobile homes and carpenter. He was a Baptist. He is survived his wife, Deshundra Wright Martin; mother, Edna “Candy” Spencer (Jimmy); father, James Martin; brothers, Nick Martin (Sharon), Jimmy Martin and Bobby Martin (Pam); nieces, Bridgette Seger (Clark Loague); nephews, Michael Martin (Erica) and Jeremy Martin; many great nieces and great nephews; aunts, Brenda Surrett, Jane Petty and Charlottte Adams; host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Hallie Groner; brother, Michael Martin; sister-in-law, Penny Martin, uncle, Gene Groner and aunt, Sherry Groner. Following recommendations from the CDC private family funeral services will be at Waters Funeral Home. Burial will be in Campbelltown Cemetery. Limited visitation will be on Thursday evening from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family @www.watersfuneralservice.com To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Mark Martin, please visit our Tribute Store.
Booneville MS
Booneville Funeral Home
Marty Williams
August 7, 1955 – March 22, 2020
Travis Lamar “Marty” Williams, Jr., 64, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020, at his residence in Booneville. He was born in Booneville on August 7, 1955, to Travis Lamar Williams, Sr. and Jessie Pearl Bonds Williams. He enjoyed music and being around his family and pets. He was a 1973 graduate of Booneville High School. He was a musician and toured Canada and the southern United States as a drummer with the Johnny Jones Band. He was a graduate of Columbia School of Broadcasting in Memphis in 1975. Following that, he was a drummer, songwriter, and a band leader for many local bands in MS and TN. He worked for WBIP and WADI during his radio career. He was the first recipient of the R. J. Piggy Bonds award at the annual Prentiss County Good Fellows Program and a song co-written by himself, Debbie, and Danno Ozbirn was selected as the official song of the Good Fellows Prentiss County Christmas Program. In 2012, “Stimulus Package”, co-written by Marty, Debbie, Jonathan and Johnny Jones appeared on many christian music charts. Due to CDC guidelines, services will be private for the family. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Ann Newby Williams; one son, Jonathan Williams (Cassie) of Peppertown; one daughter, Desiree Williams of Booneville; grandsons, Logan Williams of Selmer, TN, Josh Williams of Peppertown; granddaughter, Cami Christian of Peppertown; aunt, Jane Bonds of Booneville; and cousins, Janice Williams Millican, Theresa Peters, Joey Bonds, Mike Bonds, Terry Lee, and Shelia Bonds. He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents, Oscar W. and Louris Bonds and Leslie Berry and Lou Venie Williams. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Marty Williams please visit our Sympathy Store.
McMillan Funeral Home
Sadie Fitzgerald
March 20, 2017 – March15, 2020
Sadie Louise Fitzgerald, 2, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020, at her home. She was born March 20, 2017, to Kirstin Fitzgerald. She enjoyed music and loved her sister. A Celebration of Life service will be at 4:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at Chapman Church of Christ with Minister Mark Lindley and Minister James Pilgram officiating. Burial will be in Chapman Church of Christ Cemetery. Services are under the direction of McMillan Funeral Home. She is survived by her mother, Kirstin Fitzgerald; her twin sister, Sailor Fitzgerald; her brother, Tavin Fitzgerald; her grandparents, Tim Fitzgerald and Sharon Pannell; great-grandparents, Louise Pannell, James Fitzgerald and Juanita Fitzgerald; godparents, Cody and Tiffany Jackson; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and church family that loved her so much. The family thanks Dr. Bolden, the staff at Magnolia Therapy and the staff at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital for all that they have done. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the church. Condolences may be left at http://www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Willie Jewell Groves
March 22, 1929 – March 24, 2020
Willie Jewell Groves, 91, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born March 22, 1929, to Roy and Lottie Weeks. She graduated from Pisgah High School and attended North East Junior College. She worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C. until her children were born and then became a stay at home mom. She was a Baptist and attended Tuscumbia Baptist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, volunteering at Baptist Memorial Hospital and listening to the Inspirations Quartet. A Private Celebration of Life service will be at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, March 26, 2020, at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Danny Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Gardens. She is survived by two daughters, Laura (Mark) Ryan and Susan (Randle) Johnson; two sisters, Helon Winfield and JoAnne (Gwendol) Wren; four grandchildren, Audrey (Russ) Bullard, Madison Ryan, Cody Johnson and Luke Johnson; and two great-grandchildren, Jake Bullard and Evie Bullard. She was preceded in death by her husband Stanley Groves; her parents; and one sister, Doris Reel. Condolences may be left at http://www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Curtis Roy
OCTOBER 28, 1939 – MARCH 25, 2020
William Curtis Roy, 80, departed this life into eternal glory on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. He succumbed to internal injuries received from an accident while cutting timber. God was gracious to allow him a long, healthy life and his heart’s desire to “die while outside working” on his beloved farm. Curtis, or “Uncle Willie” was born on October 28, 1939, to Floyd (Bolly) and Louise Roy. He was born and raised on Roy Hill and lived elsewhere only during his army service. After graduating from Thrasher High School in 1959, he was drafted and stationed in Germany for two years. After being discharged, he remained in the Army Reserve until 1969. After working at the Yellow Creek Nuclear Plant a few years, he worked for the Prentiss County Fifth District for over forty years. He made many friends and continued life-long relationships with his work family and the supervisors for whom he worked, W.V. Horn, William L. McKinney, and Larry Lambert. He retired on December 28, 2019. Curtis, the self-proclaimed bachelor, married Nancy Wheat and after sixteen years, they were blessed with the birth of their only child, Molly. Five years later, after Nancy’s death, he became a single parent. Molly forever remained the “apple of his eye.” In 1995, Curtis married Mary Knight. Her children and grandchildren became his, and they were a family until Mary’s death in April 2011. He is survived by his daughter Molly, his special companion Kathleen Tucker, brother Johnny (Janet), his nieces Christina (Trey) Caveness, Sarah (Lonnie) McKee and their children Analyse, Will, and Ellie, his step-daughter Amy (Chris) Green, step-daughters-in-law Jo Carol and Angie Knight, and their children, as well as numerous in-laws and cousins. Curtis was preceded in death by his parents, wives, step-sons Todd and Greg Knight, brother James, an infant sister, his son-in-law Justin Perrigo, and many other loved ones. Curtis was a member of Candler’s Chapel Baptist Church. Due to CDC Guidelines, a private family service will be held Saturday, March 28, 2020, at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 A.M. with Bro. David Westmoreland officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Beginning at 11:00 A.M. the service will be livestreamed on https://www.facebook.com/McMillanFuneral/. We regret that the multitude of friends and acquaintances whom Curtis made throughout his joyous life will be unable to share in this celebration of a man who found great joy in loving others. All will be invited to a Celebration of Life service to be held at a later time at his home church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Curtis to the following: Prentiss County Relay for Life mail to: American Cancer Society, 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson, MS 39213 or online to: http://www.relayforlife/org/prentissms or given directly to: Tammy Phillips at BancorpSouth, Booneville Branch, also Candler’s Chapel Baptist Church, 214 CR 3151, Booneville, MS 38829, or charity of choice. Condolences may be left at http://www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Corinth MS
Magnolia Funeral Home
Melinda LeAnn Clark
March 14, 1975 – March 20, 2020
Melinda LeAnn Clark, 45 of Tishomingo, MS formerly of Corinth passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at North Alabama Medical Center in Florence, AL. Born March 14, 1975 in Corinth, MS to Sandra Smith Strickland and the late Johnny W. Strickland, Melinda was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She loved her family and friends and was loved dearly by all that knew her. Melinda is survived by her husband: Steve Clark of Tishomingo; mother: Sandra Strickland of Corinth; son: Ethan Stubblefield of Tishomingo; daughter: Courtney Mayatte of Nashville, TN; stepdaughters: Brandee Boyd (Phillip) and Krissie Clark all of Baldwyn, MS; 4 Step grandchildren; sisters: Michelle Burcham (Jimmy) of Corinth, Melia Strickland of Corinth and Melissa Strickland of Corinth; maternal grandmother: Hazel McSwain of Memphis, TN; nieces and nephews: Brandi Gahagan, Brandon Gahagan (Diamel), Joshua Brent Gahagan (Kelsey), Lisa Gahagan (Anthony), Ammie Clark (Brandon), Ashley “Nikki” Golson (Aaron), Kayla Latch, Matthew Latch and Tyler Latch; other relatives and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her father: Johnny W. Strickland; maternal grandfather: John McSwain and her paternal grandparents: John and Nannie Bell Strickland. Due to CDC guidelines services will be private family ONLY. Serving as pallbearers will be Ryley Turner, Hunter Turner, Brandon Gahagan, Courtney Mayatte, Ethan Stubblefield and Matthew Latch. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Page and Freddie Buchanan. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Melinda LeAnn Clark. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Melinda LeAnn Clark please visit our Sympathy Store.
Larry Ray Fincher
August 14, 1953 – March 20, 2020
Larry Ray Fincher, 66 of Tishomingo passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at his home. Born August 14, 1953 in Florence, AL to the late Burton and Ruth Harville Fincher, Ray was of the Baptist Faith. He was a retired hopper for Waste Management. Ray is survived by his wife, Judy Faye Fincher of Iuka; daughters, Michelle Helton (Dewayne) of Tishomingo, and Debra Motes (Matthew) of Cherokee, AL; sons, John Fincher (Victoria) of Iuka and Merle McKissack (Tima) of Cherokee, AL; 9 grandchildren, Marydawn Corsbie, Jacob Corsbie, Johntommy Corsbie, Lindsey Helton, Robert Helton, William McKissack, Colby McKissack, Juliette Fincher and Jennifer Fincher; a brother, Gene Boyd of Calhoun City, MS ; sisters, Shirley Bratton (Larry) of Calhoun City, MS and Cindy Waits Ross (Jim) of Lake Charles, LA; other relatives and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jerry Fincher and two sisters, Mary Sanders and Faye Skelton (Dan). A memorial service will be held at a later date. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Larry Ray Fincher. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Larry Ray Fincher please visit our Sympathy Store.
Guy F. McEwen
January 29, 1932 – March 21, 2020
Guy F. McEwen, 88, of Corinth, MS, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born in Jacks Creek, TN on January 29, 1932 to the late Thomas Everett McEwen and Osie Marie Davis McEwen and married the love of his life, Lillie Mae Voyles McEwen on January 14, 1956. Guy served his country in the US Army during the Korean War where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. He retired with 28 years of service as a shipping foreman with ITT Telecommunications and was a member of West Corinth Pentecostal Tabernacle. He loved his family and friends, enjoyed camping and traveling and will forever be remembered in the hearts of those he loved. Those left to honor Guy’s memory include his son: Michael Dwayne McEwen of Corinth; his daughters: Paula Layne McEwen Nooner and husband Paul, Pamela Jane McEwen Wren, and Janet Renee McEwen Dixon and husband Bro. Tim all of Corinth; his grandchildren: Jonathan Rider (Ashley), Adam Wren, Aaron Wren, Nathaniel Nooner (Brittany), Jessica Nooner, and Kevin Lane; his great grandchildren: Willow, J.K, and a soon to be born baby girl; his sister-in-law: Mildred McEwen of Glen; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years: Lille Mae Voyles McEwen; his brothers: Joe McEwen, Billy McEwen and wife Laverne and Thomas Ray “Buster” McEwen and wife Martha. Due to the pandemic and out of concern for the extended family and friends, visitation and services will be private. Interment will be in Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Guy F. McEwen please visit our Sympathy Store.
Christy Lee Mathis
July 27, 1973 – March 24, 2020
Christy Lee Mathis, 46 of Glen MS, lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday, March 24, surrounded by family. Christy was a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She worked as a dental hygienist in Tennessee for 22 years and most recently worked for Magnolia Regional Health Center Business Office. Christy was a member of Glendale Baptist Church and an active leader in the Awana ministry as a Commander and teacher sharing the message of Jesus’ love through Glendale’s children’s ministry. Christy was an avid sports fan. She was an all-star basketball player in high school and always enjoyed watching or attending college football and basketball events. She especially loved watching her niece and nephew play ball. She enjoyed running and fitness and lived an active and healthy lifestyle. She even ran a half marathon in 2012 while battling cancer and taking chemo treatments. Throughout her life, Christy most enjoyed spending time with friends and family. Whether hosting game nights, social gatherings, or a night in or out, Christy exuded a love that made each person feel important and welcome. Christy was so much to so many people; each person who crossed paths with her was impacted by her sweet spirit. Those who knew her only briefly and those who knew her a lifetime knew the same Christy. She was a bright light; she was loved, adored, and respected. Not only was she a daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, she also embodied love, courage, strength, laughter, joy, grace, and kindness. A beautiful soul who left an imprint on each heart and life, we are all better for having known Christy Mathis. She will be truly missed. Fly high sweet friend. We all love you. Christy is survived by parents, Ronald and Geraldine Mathis of Glen, MS; her brother, Shawn Mathis and wife K.K. of Corinth, MS; her baby, her dog, Molly; her nephew and nieces, Sam Mathis of Corinth, MS, Aven Mathis of Corinth, MS, Clair Cook (Kyle) of Denham Springs, La, Mary Barham (Brent) of Hattiesburg, MS, Stevie Baxter (Allen) of Starkville, MS and Katherine Anton (Billy) of Hernando, MS; 10 great nieces and nephews; cousins, Julia Patterson of Panama City, FL and Jeff Patterson and wife Mary of Corinth, MS; very special lifelong friends, Amber Richardson of Ripley, MS and Vanessa Taylor of Nashville, TN; other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ralph and Mernia Mathis; her maternal grandparents, Raymond and Ruby Patterson; her uncle Jerry Patterson and her cousin Sharon Patterson. The funeral service will be restricted to a private family service on Friday, March 27 with immediate family only. Due to the social distancing requirements and health risks to the community, there will be no visitation or open service on Friday. The family appreciates your understanding, and they are so grateful for your prayers and beautiful memories of Christy. There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date once the social distancing restrictions are lifted. Pallbearers will be Chris Watkins, Chris Brooks, Michael Mann, James Newell, Joey Woodruff and Brad Mattox. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to Susan G. Komen Breast Center in honor of Christy. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Christy Lee Mathis. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Christy Lee Mathis please visit our Sympathy Store.
Thomas Charles Kennedy
October 31, 1934 – March 26, 2020
Thomas Charles Kennedy, 85, was born to Harbert and Audrey Kennedy on October 31, 1934 in Prentiss County. He attended New Site School and graduated at Rienzi School. Tom was a devoted loving husband and father. He was a long-time employee and retiree of GE in Chicago, IL and retired a second time from World Color in Corinth, MS. Tom was a devoted Christian and served as a sunday school teacher, sunday school superintendent and deacon at Kendrick Baptist Church. He is now a member of Tate Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, eating good food, fishing and enjoying all of God’s creation. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Graple Jean Kennedy of Corinth, MS; daughter, Sherri Shadburn (Randy) of Corinth, MS; two grandchildren, Russ Shadburn (Brooke) of Corinth, MS and Anna Dozier (Ben) of Brentwood, TN; three great-grandchildren, Mason, Eli and Rhett Shadburn; brothers, Herbert Kennedy (Carmin) of Corinth, MS, Butch Kennedy (Doris) of Booneville, MS, Randall Kennedy of Corinth, MS and Jerry Kennedy of FL; his sister, Betty McCollum (Herschel) of Corinth, MS; special brother-in-law, Clovis Wilbanks (Maria) of Minooka, IL; special friends, Aaron Parsons and Pam Wren; loving friends and family at Tate Baptist Church; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Tom was preceded in death by his father, Harbert Kennedy; mother, Audrey Ridge Kennedy; brothers, Mike Kennedy, Timmy Kennedy and Vester Kennedy and sisters, Cordela (Tootsie) Taylor and Wanda Kennedy. A private family service will be held at Tate Baptist Church, Friday, March 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM with burial at Magnolia Gardens. Due to the pandemic and out of concern for family and friends, you may attend the funeral service by remaining in your vehicle at Tate Baptist Church parking lot and tuning your radio to 98.7 at the time of service. Bro Mickey Trammel and Bro. Eddie Martin will officiate the service. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Tate Baptist Church. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Thomas Charles Kennedy. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Thomas Charles Kennedy please visit our Sympathy Store.
McPeters Funeral Home
Philip C. Brawner
January 28, 1964 – March 14, 2020
Graveside service for Philip C. Brawner 56, are set for 1:30 pm Wednesday at New Hope Presbyterian Church Cemetery with the Rev. Nick Phillips officiating. Philip died March 14, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born January 28, 1964 in Alcorn Co. MS. to the late Don and Jo Ann Brawner. He was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church, a graduate of Biggersville High School, Northeast MS Community College and Mississippi State University. He worked for ACE Power Co. and most recently was a for consultant for Mid-South Electric. He enjoyed duck hunting and spending time with his girls. He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Jo Ann Bassett Brawner. He is survived by his daughters, Jimma Brawner, Virgie Brawner; sisters, Emily Nichols (Keith), Donna Taylor (Robert Martin); nieces, Beth Middleton (Bobby), Kate Bingham (Casey); great nephews, Aubrey Middleton Oliver Middleton, Bradlee Bingham, Boone Bingham; and a host of other family and friends. Family will receive friends Wednesday from 12:00 pm to graveside service time at New Hope Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Down Syndrome Camp c/o United 21 1090 Augusta Dr. Oxford, MS. 38615-8140 or united21org Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com for the Brawner family. Arrangements are under the care of McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors.
Penny Plank Coleman
Jan 17, 1939 – Mar 18, 2020
Funeral Services for Penny Plank Coleman, 81, are set for 2:00 pm Friday, at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with Brother Gary Isbell officiating. Burial will follow at Valley of The Dogwood cemetery. The family will receive friends at McPeters Funeral Directors from 5:00 pm until 9 pm Thursday night and from 12:00 pm until service time on Friday. Penny died March 18, 2020 at her residence. She was born January 17, 1939 in Plantersville, MS to the late Earl and Ethel Mae Witt Repult. She was a member of Strickland Baptist Church. Penny was retired from the restaurant business having owned Al & Penny’s on Shiloh road for many years. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, interior designer who loved to read and cook. Penny loved to collect rock and leaves but most of all she loved sitting out on her porch in her swing. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Nolene Repult, Earl Wayne Repult, Brenda McCormick and Bobby Repult. She is survived by her husband James Coleman; daughters Cathy Emily (Dwight), Sherry Hughes (Dennis); grandchildren, Brady Hughes (Chelsea) of Counce, TN , Eddie McKee of New York; great-grandchildren Sophia McKee, Liam McKee, Logan Hughes, Carter Hughes, Lilly Marshall. Pallbearers are Dwight Emily, Dennis Hughes, Brady Hughes, Logan Hughes, Carter Hughes, Eddie McKee and Keith Hughes. Condolences can be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com. McPeters Inc Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial Funeral Home
Franklin Colby Rencher
August 3, 1992 – March 22, 2020
Franklin Colby Rencher 27, died March 22, 2020 at LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, TN. He was born August 3, 1992 in Tupelo; MS. to Larry and Myra Rancher. He was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Pathway Christian Academy, were he now serves as the school principle. He enjoyed wood working, music, movies, super hero’s, were he was there hero and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Flora Harris and James Robert Lemonds; paternal grandparents, Perry and Maxine Rencher; father-in-law Brad Moore. He is survived by his wife, Kristin Moore Rencher; daughters, Holly and Willow Rencher; father and mother Larry and Myra Rencher; special mom, Tracie Arnold; brothers, Wesley Rencher (Carol Ann), Chris Rencher (Christy); nephews, Will Rencher, Jace Rencher, Bo Rencher; nieces, Haley Rencher, Ashlie Leatherwood; mother-in-law, Dawonia Moore; sister-in-law’s, Karen Strickland, Gracie Moore, Molly Moore; nephew, Liam Strickland; host of other family and friends. Pallbearers, Bo Rencher, Will Rencher, Jace Rencher, Morgan Nichols, Robbie Nichols, Jeremy Arnold. Family will have a private family service with burial in the Shady Grove Methodist Church Cemetery. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.memorialcorinth.com for the Rencher family. Arrangements are under the care of Memorial Funeral Home.
Holly Springs MS
Holly Springs Funeral Home
Mary Ellen Teel Godsey
1934 – Mar 17, 2020
Mrs. Mary Ellen Teel Godsey, 86, died March 17, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN. She was a devoted wife, loving Mother, kind Grandmother (Gimmaw), and gentle friend to all who knew her, A graduate of Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, Slayden High School;, Northwest Junior College, and finally a BA in Accounting at Blue Mountain College, she taught second grade at Mt. Pleasant Christian Academy. She enjoyed gardening and bird watching (especially the Humming Birds), and played piano for the Glee Club at Northwest. In her last years, her favorite pastime was sitting on her front porch in her wheelchair waving to her neighbors and visiting with those who would occasionally stop by. She is survived by her sons, Daniel Blair Godsey and Jessie Wilber Godsey Jr : daughter Felicia Joy Godsey Tipton (Clayton) ; grandsons, Joshua Tipton and Wesley Tipton; granddaughter, Tessa Tipton; great granddaughter, Amber LeAnn Tipton; her church family and a multitude of relatives, friends, and neighbors she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jessie Wilber Godsey Sr.; an adored daughter, Audrey Gail Godsey; a sweet grandson, Jeremiah James Tipton; and cherished parents, Johnny W. Teel and Mary Anderson Teel. A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Carey Chapel Baptist Church from 5-8 PM and a service at the church Friday, March 20 at 11:00 am, Burial will be in Carey Chapel Cemetery,
Benjamin Woods
1951 – Mar 19, 2020
Benjamin Woods, 69, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Baptist Hospital in Oxford, MS. Services will be on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM at the Holly Springs Funeral Home with a visitation at the funeral home Tuesday 12 noon until service.
Sabrina LeAnne Williams
October 4, 1999 – March 22, 2020
Sabrina LeAnne Williams 20, passed away March 22, 2020 in Chulahoma, MS. Sabrina was born October 4, 1999 to David Lee Williams and Glenda Kay Jones in Columbus, MS, Sabina was a member of Barton Baptist Church and worked for William Sonoma. The family will be having a memorial service at a later date. Sabrina is survived by her father, David Williams (Jennie) of Tupelo, MS and mother, Glenda Cox (J.W.) of Byhalia, MS. Three sisters, her twin, Selena Williams of Tupelo, MS, Harley Wages of Holly Springs, MS and Chianne Townsend of Tupelo, MS. Her Grandparents, James and Darlene Jones of Ethelville, AL, Arthur Dewayne Williams of Mt. View, MO, Elizabeth Cummerow of Fallon, NV, Carplyn Hall, James Nichols both of Pontotoc, MS and Delores Williams of Columbus, MS. Her Great Grandmother, Mary Perkins of Reform, AL. Sabrina was preceded in death by her Great Grandfathers, Lynn Cox and Gene Perkins.
JF Brittenum and Son Funeral Home
Sharon Burchfield South
August 6, 1966 – March 17, 2020
Sharon Burchfield South, 53, passed away at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness and is now in the arms of her creator, enjoying eternal peace and love. She was born August 6, 1966 in Winston County, but was a resident of both Lee and Union Counties for most of her life. Sharon was a beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunt and pet lover. She will be missed by all of those that loved and knew her. Survivors include her husband, Will South of Tupelo; mother, Betty Burchfield of Tupelo; brother, Kevin Burchfield (Amy) of Starkville; and nieces, Rylee, Kenzie Claire and Aubree. Private services will be held Thursday, March 19, 2020.
Serenity-Autry Funeral Home
Ardelia Jeffries Roberts
September 15, 1949 ~ March 12, 2020
Ardelia Jeffries Smith Roberts, 71, of Holly Springs, died March 12, 2020, at Alliance HealthCare System. The widow of Willie (Slim) Roberts Jr., she was a member of Jones Grove MB Church in Holly Springs. She was a 1972 graduate of Holly Springs High School. She leaves five daughters, Brenda Jeffries-Mosley (Ternard) of Holly Springs, Arlandan Smith-Talley of Memphis, Tenn., Sharon Smith-Quinn (Willie Ray) of Holly Springs, Sharuna Smith of Holly Springs, Kristel Smith of Marietta, Ga.; one son, Sylvester Smith of Holly Springs; three sisters, Elnora Jeffries (Calvin) of Waterford, Geneva Brown (Stephen) of New Albany, Wanda Taylor-Kizer (Robert) of Holly Springs; two brothers, William A. Jeffries of Holly Springs, James Claborn Brown of South Carolina; 18 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Patrick C. Smith; a brother, Robert Lee Jeffries; and a sister, Ella Ree Jeffries-Jamison. Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 21 at Jones Grove MB Church. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Serenity-Autry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ardelia Jeffries Roberts, please visit our floral store.
Houston
Houston Funeral Home
Mina Carter
February 21, 1926 – March 18, 2020
Mina Ruth Cummings Carter “Chic” arrived in her eternal home on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. She was born on February 21, 1926 in Pheba, Mississippi to parents Leonard Otto Cummings Sr. and Mina Emma Jenkins Cummings. She was a graduate of Pheba Agricultural High School, where she was Valedictorian. She played basketball at Mississippi College for Women (MUW) where she received a dual degree in mathematics and biochemistry. She married the love of her life, Herbert Byron Carter, Jr. on June 29, 1947. They reared five children: Ruth Gaddis (Mike) of Forest, Gracie Jackson (Allen) of New Albany, Rosemary Rhodes (Terry) of Van Vleet, Julie Williams (Mark deceased) of Belden, and Byron Carter (Tracy) of Byram. She had 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Francis Cummings. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother (Leonard Cummings II), a granddaughter (Dixie Medlin), and sons-in-law (Mark Williams and Larry Bennett). She began her career teaching in Pontotoc. She later worked as a lab technician at Houston hospital for many years. She taught math and science at Chickasaw Academy in Van Vleet for 11 years where she had a passion for all her students and considered them to be her children. She also substituted at Houston and Houlka.She played the piano for over 63 years at the Van Vleet Methodist Church and later transferred her membership to the Houston United Methodist Church. There, she was a member and substitute teacher of the Spirit Sunday School Class. She was well known for handmaking blankets for the Prayer Ministry. She was an accomplished seamstress who selflessly donated her creations, which included quilts, Christmas tree skirts, infant clothes and bonnets donated to the Neo-natal intensive ca re at North MS. Medical Center, and many other unique creations to those in need in the community. She was a long-time member of the UMW while at Van Vleet. She worked with the Chickasaw County Jail Ministry where she spent timeless hours mentoring and tutoring women to obtain their GED. She was a member of the Chuquatonchee DAR and DAC. She was a member of the Van Vleet Homemakers Club, the Do “Nuthin” Girls, the Wesley Chapel Sewing Club, the Chickasaw County Houston – Houlka MHV, and the Tupelo Quilters Guild. She was the Treasurer for the Asbury Cemetery Association. She delighted in attending Ole Miss athletic events with her two daughters that graduated from Ole Miss. She was recognized as the “Most Seasoned Veteran” at the Ole Miss Ladies Football Forum. Due to current events and restrictions on numbers at gatherings, the funeral is confined to just immediate family. A Memorial Service will be planned for the future for all those who wish to express their love and concern. Memorials are requested to be sent to the Asbury Cemetery Fund at PO Box 106, Van Vleet, MS 38877.
Angela “Angie” Johnson
October 26, 1952 – March 25, 2020
Ms. Angela “Angie” Diane Stacks Johnson, 67, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at her home in West Point, Mississippi. She was born in Arkansas on October 26, 1952 to Clyde Eugene Stacks and Mona Alexandria Smith Stacks. She was a homemaker. Ms. Johnson is survived by her daughters; Christy (Josh) Robbins of Pontotoc, and Kimberly (Jason) Lee of Calhoun City; a sister, Leita Adams of Cullman, AL; seven grandchildren; Lauren Elizabeth Lee, Matthew Garrison Lee, Kamron Catelyn Johnson, Taylin Leighann Crowley, Laura- Ann Vydelia Gann, Jonathon Michael Robbins, Logen Zachary Shane Robbins, and one great-great grandchild, Rylie Anisworth. Ms. Johnson was preceded in death by her parents; her late ex-husband, Harold “Doodler” Johnson, two brothers, and one sister. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be for immediate family only on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Houston Funeral Home in Houston, MS. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Houston Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at http://www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Kathleen Colbert
October 20, 1924 – March 26, 2020
Mrs. Mary Kathleen “Big Momma” Jones Colbert, 95, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Aurora Health and Rehab in Columbus, Mississippi. She was born in Kennedy, Alabama on October 20, 1924 to Almer A. Jones and Annie Mae Bryant. She was a childcare provider for many years where she kept children in her home. Mrs. Colbert is survived by her daughter, Joann Allred Coleman of Hamilton, and a stepdaughter, Le Elizabeth Riley of Tupelo; one son, Larry Allred of Columbus; 9 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, great- great grandchildren, and one great great- great grandchild. Mrs. Colbert was preceded in death by her parents; her late husband of 50 years, R. A. “Red” Colbert; one son, Billy Ray Allred; one stepdaughter, Louise McCollum; three brothers; two sisters; and one grandson, Ricky Helton. Visitation will be for immediate family on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 2:30 PM at McCondy Cemetery in McCondy MS with burial at 3:00 PM. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at http://www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Mary Ruth Young
March 06, 1937 – March 27, 2020
Mrs. Mary Ruth Andrews Criddle Young, 83, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2020 at her home in Houston, MS. She was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on March 6, 1937 to William Frank Andrews and Mary Ellen Weeks. She was a retired self employed newspaper editor and member of Arbor Grove Baptist Church in Houston, MS. Mrs. Young is survived by her husband, Willis Young of Houston; a son, William “Bill” (Vickie) Criddle of Petal; a sister, Patsy Christine (Christopher) Rybka of Palos Hills, Illinois; and her grandchildren, Joseph Criddle, Timothy Bryan Criddle, Traci Hope Criddle Donnelly, and Jeremy Robert Criddle. Mrs. Young was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, and six sisters. Burial will be at Arbor Grove Cemetery in Houston, Mississippi. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. Private Graveside Services will be at Arbor Grove Cemetery at 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 29, 2020 in Houston. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at http://www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Memorial Funeral Home
Patty Jo Lowrey Bean
February 12, 1941 – March 16, 2020
Patty Jo Lowrey Bean,79, passed away Monday, March 16, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born February 12, 1941 in Houston to the late Andrew Jackson Lowrey and Lora Wayne White Lowrey. She was a member of Parkway Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Willie Dale Bean of Prairie; two daughters, Laura Craig (Bob) of Buckhorn, Missy Gravat (Jeff) of Houston; two sons, Bill Bean (Shelley) of Una, Jim Bean (Tiffany) of Houston; five grandchildren, Mindy Griffin, Heather Huffman, Nicole Brown, Jered Bean, Sydney Bean; seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Jackson Lowrey and Lora Wayne White Lowrey; two brothers, O’Neal Lowrey and Bobby Lowrey; one granddaughter, Madison Gravat; an Honorary pallbearer, Charley Hudson. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will be in Mixon Cemetery in Clay County. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Bobby Lynn Lowrey, Jeff Gravat, Keith Carter, Jim Blissard, Shane Booth, Dennis Moon, Terry Burns and A.J. Wimberly. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 12:00 noon until time of service at 2:00 pm at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Parkway Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 574, Houston, MS 38851.
New Albany MS
New Albany Funerals and Cremations
Robert Allen Miller
February 20, 1959 ~ March 17, 2020
Robert Allen Miller, 61, resident of New Albany, departed this life on Tuesday morning, March 17, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo following an extended illness. A private graveside service will be at 2 PM Thursday, March 19 at New Harmony Cemetery with his uncle, Dr. Roy Tidwell officiating. Arrangements will be provided by New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care. Mr. Miller was born on Febuary 20, 1959 in Union County, MS, the son of the late Felon Wennon and Dorothy Ruth Tidwell Miller. He received his education in the East Union Public School System and was employed as a carpenter as long as health permitted. A devoted member of Macedonia Baptist Church near Sherman,MS, Mr. Miller will be remembered as a talented woodworker. Spoiling his grandchildren and delighting himself with Sugaree’s lemon bars were pleasures he enjoyed.` Memories will be shared by his daughter, Andrea Perez (Jose) of New Albany, four wonderful grandchildren, Brianna, Adam and Addison Courtney and Hayden Bennett, two sisters, Kathy Casper of Blue Springs, Sandy Dansby (Tom) of Monroe, LA, two brothers, Gary Miller (Kim) of Blue Springs, Mark Miller (Debbie) of Baldwyn, one uncle, Dr. Roy Tidwell (Catherine) , sister in law, Helen Robison and a special friend, Nelson Addison. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Janice Hester Miller. The staff of New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care invites you to share memories with the Miller family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Robert Allen Miller, please visit our floral store.
Brandon Eugene Pankey
November 21, 1980 ~ March 23, 2020
Brandon Eugene Pankey, 39, passed away on Monday March 23, 2020, at Regional One Medical Center in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care. The staff of New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Brandon Eugene Pankey, please visit our floral store.
Doyle Ray Nix
January 24, 1950 ~ March 24, 2020
Doyle Ray Nix, 70, resident of Myrtle and beloved husband of Anita McCauley Nix, departed this life Tuesday morning, March 24, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Union County following a brief illness. A Gathering of Family and Friends will be at 2 PM Thursday, March 26 at Covenant Church located at 800 Moss Hill Dr., New Albany, MS 38652 with personal reflections given by Bro. Bob Pugh. Burial will be Thursday, March 26 at Bethlehem Methodist Church Cemetery near Hamilton, AL. Arrangements will be provided by New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care. Mr. Nix was born January 24, 1950 in Hamilton, AL, the son of L.M. and Quilla Frost Nix. He received his education in the Hamilton Public School System and was employed as a truck operator for Martin Trucking Co for 20 years before retiring. A member of Covenant Church in New Albany, Mr. Nix adored his grandchildren, enjoyed a good game of golf and strumming his bass guitar. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Christy Williams (Joe) and Shelly Thompson (Bobby), two sons, Adam Nix and Stephan Nolen, one sister, Carolyn Baldridge (Larry), one brother, Dwain Nix , seven grandchildren, Tony Williams, Bo Williams, Makenzie Nix, Blake Thomspn, Collin Nolen, Stephenie Nolen and Shelby Thomson and two great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Paige Lucas , two brothers, Ragnal Nix and Dois Nix (Becky). The family request that memorials be directed to Covenant Church in New Albany. The staff of New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Doyle Ray Nix, please visit our floral store.
John Edward “Johnny” Stacks
January 29, 1944 ~ March 25, 2020
John Edward “Johnny ” Stacks, 76 resident of Ashland and well known painting contractor throughout the area, passed away Wednesday evening, March 25, 2020 at Germantown Methodist Hospital following an extended illness. Mr. Stacks was born January 29, 1944 in Tippah County, the son of the late Glen Sexton and Etta M. Orman Stacks. He received his education in the Shady Grove Public School System in Tippah County and the Ashland Public School System. He was a valued employee of Mid-South Specialties in Memphis for 40 years and was a well known local painter for almost 60 years before retiring two years ago. A Christian, Mr. Stacks will be remembered for his strong work ethic, his love for drag racing and restoring old cars. Mr. Stacks always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. His easy nature and fun spirit were admired and appreciated by everyone that he knew. Survivors include two sons, Eddie Stacks (Janet) of Ripley and Roy Stacks (Christine) of Ashland, one sister, Josephine Thompson (Bobby) of Ashland, four grandchildren, Haley, Christopher, Zachary and Kelly Stacks and a special friend, Lisa Peeler. He was also preceded in death by three sons, Ronnie, Donnie and Jerry Stacks, one sister, Betty Jean James and a brother, Gaylon Stacks. Visitation will be Saturday, March 28 from 11:30 AM to 12 Noon at Ashland City Cemetery. Graveside Services honoring the life of Mr. Stacks will be at 12 Noon, Saturday, March 28 in the Ashland City Cemetery with Bro. Randy Hamilton officiating. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. The Ripley Funeral Home is honored to serve the Stacks family and invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John Edward “Johnny” Stacks, please visit our floral store.
Charles Wayne Flowers
June 25, 1943 ~ March 26, 2020
Charles Wayne “Charlie” Flowers, 76, resident of Dumas, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in the comfort of his home following an extended illness. Mr. Flowers was born June 25, 1943 in Humboldt TN, the son of the late Carl and Pennie Graves Flowers. He was a graduate of Gadsden High School in Tennessee and proudly served his country for thirteen years in the Army National Guard. Mr. Flowers was employed as an electrician, plumber and a heating/cooling technician and was married December 15, 1978 to his beloved wife, Patsy Dillinger Flowers who survives. A member of Concord Baptist Church, he served as a Gideon and member of the Dumas Lion’s Club. A avid conversationalist, Mr. Flowers will be remembered for his love of Mississippi State University and riding his motorcycle. In addition to his wife, survivors include four children, Kimberly Flowers Young (Jerry), of Humboldt, TN, Charley Michelle Settlemires of Walnut, Kenneth Drewery of Dumas and Michael Drewery (Jenny) of New Albany, six grandchildren, Eric, Ian, Reid, Ella, Tyler and Dylan, two sisters, Margie Yeargin and Dorothy Trimmer (Nolan) and his father in law, Willie Dillinger, Jr. Visitation will be Friday from 12 Noon to 2 PM at The Ripley Funeral Home. Funeral Services honoring the life of Mr. Flowers will be at 2 PM Friday, March 27 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home. Bro. Marvin Robbins and Bro. Clay Stegall will officiate while personal reflections will be given by his son, Mike Drewery. Burial will follow at Chalybeate Cemetery in Tippah County. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Charles Wayne Flowers, please visit our floral store.
Jason Fryar
April 13, 1973 ~ March 26, 2020
Jason “Bam-Bam” Fryar, 46, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo following a brief illness. Funeral Services remembering the life of Jason will be at 3 PM Sunday, March 29 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, March 29 from 12 noon until 3 PM at The Ripley Funeral Home. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery. The Ripley Funeral Home is honored to serve Jason’s family and invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jason “Bam-Bam” Fryar, please visit our floral store.
United Funeral Service
Daniel Cross
December 9, 2004 – March 20, 2020
Daniel William Cross, 15, of New Albany, MS went to be with our Lord and Savior on March 20, 2020 after a long 6-month battle with heart transplant failure at LeBonhuer Children’s Hospital. Born December 9th, 2004 with heart disease Daniel never let it stop him from living life. He was an intelligent, thoughtful, caring, exceptional young man. He loved his family, friends, and strangers just as Jesus did. Daniel loved to swim, take care of his sisters, play video games and enjoyed everything Ole Miss, the Dallas Cowboys, the Lakers, the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzles. His faith in God was evident in the way he lived his life. He was a fighter and fought until the end. Never a complainer, never willing to give up. He is survived by his parents, Jeffrey and Crystal Cross, two sisters Olivia and Claudia Cross, maternal grandparents Brandon and Dianne Suga, Milton and Sharlene Willard, great grandmother Peggy Garrison, two aunts Brookes Willard (Robbie), Taylor Willard. Paternal grandmother Wanda Lowery, two aunts Nichole Cross and Elisa Thomason (David). Because of the new guidelines and restrictions there will be only a graveside service at Macedonia Church Cemetery located at 1033 CR 19 Myrtle, MS 38650. Service will take place on Wednesday, March 25,2020 at 12:00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Daniel enjoyed wearing Ole Miss, so we ask that all attending wear their favorite sports team. In lieu of flowers, there is a benefit fund set up for donations to assist the family at BNA Bank of New Albany at 133 East Bankhead Street New Albany, MS38652 under Daniels name. A celebration of life will be planned in the future when current national conditions change. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Daniel Cross please visit our Sympathy Store.
Vickie Denise Hardy Pugh
October 4, 1959 – March 20, 2020
Vickie Denise Hardy Pugh, was born October 4, 1959 at the Tippah County Hospital to Angie Hardy and the late Charles Hardy. She went to be with her Lord on March 20, 2020 from North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice. In 1978 Denise married the love of her life, Joseph Tunney Pugh and became a Pugh, forevermore. Denise’s passion was gardening, both flowers and vegetables. She shared this love of gardening with Joe, her son Courtney, grandsons, McKinley Pugh, Colton Pugh, and Brayden Pugh. Denise shared her love of all-things-Fostoria with her daughter-in-law Cindy Lowrey Pugh. Denise was blessed to be a registered nurse for 39 years, and she earned an MBA from Ole Miss. Denise is survived by sisters-in-law Cissy Pugh Cox (Bill), Cindy Pugh Mitchell (Randy), Brother Stoney Lee Hardy (Kim). Also survived by nieces and nephews, Josh Smyrl (Karen), Kristen Cox, Jed Mitchell, Milly Mitchell, and Kendall Hardy. Several great nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Chris Bullock, John Bullock, Will Coleman, Terry Hill, Justin Rakestraw, and Jason Rakestraw. Honorary Pallbearers include Mike Conway Sunday School Class, Union County Master Gardeners, and the beloved friends of the Green Street Gang at North Mississippi Medical Clinic Administration. Grave site service for family and friends will be at New Albany City Cemetery. Service will be Monday March 23 at 1:00. Pastor Andrew Chesteen will provide the message; Pastor Emeritus Tom Sumrall will provide the eulogy and prayer. Music Minister, Mark Mathis and his wife, Misty will provide the music. In lieu of flowers, please send donations on Palmer-Donnell House at Blue Mountain College. On an unclouded day, look up and think about Denise gardening in that place prepared in John Chapter 14. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. United Funeral Service is in charge of these arrangements. For online condolences and guest registry, please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Vickie Denise Hardy Pugh please visit our Sympathy Store.
Jean Lucille Lavelle
October 6, 1941 – March 23, 2020
Jean Lucille Lavelle, 78, went to be with the Lord, March 23, 2020. She was born October 6, 1941, to the late R.C. and Vesta Mae Huddleston. Jean was a member of Old Oak Grove Baptist Church in Myrtle. She retired from General Electric where she was employed for more than thirty years. Jean loved to fish and cross-stitch and above all else she loved her family. She was survived by her husband of 45 years, Currie Lavelle; one daughter, Susan Webster; one son, Tim Doles and one step son, Tim Lavelle; four grandchildren, Ashley Guidry (Tim), Christy Fiveash (Steve), Allen Webster (Deb), Daniel Webster; and seven great grandchildren. Jean was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother Kenneth Huddleston. Services will be Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 1:00 at Macedonia Cemetery. Brother Bobby Butler and Brother Tommy Peters will be officiating. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jean Lucille Lavelle please visit our Sympathy Store.
Peggy Mae Wooley Sappington
February 10,1943 – March 23,2020
Peggy Mae Wooley Sappington, 77, died Monday, March 23,2020 at Baptist, Desoto Hospital in Southaven, MS. She was born February 10,1943 to the late Kelsie and Mamie Dickerson Wooley in Holly Springs, MS. She was a member of Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Potts Camp. She loved her church and sharing about her Lord and loved listening to gospel music. She was a homemaker. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, March 24,2020 at 1:00pm at Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Potts Camp with Bro. John Vasques and Bro. Steve Wilson officiating. Burial will be at Shiloh Cemetery in Tippah County. She is survived by one daughter, Yvonne Shook; two sons, William Sappington and Mark Sappington; one sister, Mary Alice Swift and brother in law David Lee Swift. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Donna Sappington; one son, Raybon Clayton; two sisters, Lynn Baker and Gussie Davis; twenty grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 24,2020 from 11:30am until service time at 1:00pm at the Church. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Peggy Sappington please visit our Sympathy Store.
Gatha Ellen Kidd Herod
March 12, 2020 – March 24, 2020
Gatha Ellen Kidd Herod, 81, went to be with the Lord on March 24, 2020. She was born to the late Ellis Mannon and Era Vee Moody on March 12, 1939, in Lafayette, Mississippi. Gatha was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020, at Vista Memorial Park in New Albany, Mississippi. Brother Larry Bain will be officiating. United Funeral Services is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. She is survived by her daughter, Teressa Bennett (Dewayne) of Walnut; grandchildren, Jeff Bennett, Cilla Butler, and Corey Bennett; great grandchildren, Jake Bennett, Gracie McCollum, Ben McCollum, Fisher McCollum, and Willa Butler; one great-great grandchild Eisleigh Bennett; one sister, Sylvia Boyd. She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands, James Herod and Radd Kidd. For online condolences and guest registration please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Gatha Ellen Kidd Herod please visit our Sympathy Store.
Oxford MS
Coleman Funeral Home
Billy D. Clark
February 24, 1935 – March 17, 2020
Mr. Billy D. Clark, 85, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2020, at his home in Oxford, MS. Due to the current public health and safety concerns, the family is planning a memorial service for a later date to celebrate Billy’s life. Billy, a Master Mason, was born on February 24, 1935, to the late Delmar and Flo Clark, in Darlin, MS. Billy worked for Ole Miss for many years and was the owner of three very successful restaurants. He loved to garden in his spare time. Billy will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by one son, William B. (Liza) Clark of Crockett, TX; one daughter, Mary (James) Flanders, of Oxford, MS; two brothers, Glen “Snowball” (Frances) Clark and Buster (Elaine) Clark, both of Oxford, MS; five grandchildren, Chadwick, Virginia, Alexandra, Josh, and Zach; six great-grandchildren; a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews – all were loved, but too many to mention; and his dear friend, Joyce Littlejohn. Billy was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Y. Clark; his parents; and four brothers, James Clark, Bobby Clark, Charles Clark, and Sammy Clark. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Calvary Baptist Church of Oxford, Building Fund (15 CR 207, Oxford, MS, 38655 or https://www.calvaryoxford.com/give) or the University of Mississippi General Scholarship Fund (umfoundation.givingfuel.com). Please leave online condolences on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Billy D. Clark please visit our Sympathy Store.
Melanie A. Duncan
October 15, 1965 – March 25, 2020
Ms. Melanie A. Duncan, 54, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at her home in Etta, MS. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Ms. Duncan was born in Water Valley, MS, to the late J.O. and Wanda Faye Duncan. Ms. Duncan spent many years working for Oxford Police Department as a dispatcher. In her spare time, Ms. Duncan enjoyed playing with her pets, listening to music, and simply being outdoors. She was also known to be a car enthusiast. Ms. Duncan will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Ms. Duncan is survived by her brothers, Benny Duncan of Etta, MS and Clifton Duncan, of Oxford; and two nephews, Shane Taylor and Michael Duncan, both of Etta, MS. Ms. Duncan was preceded in death by her parents, J.O. and Wanda Faye Duncan. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Melanie A. Duncan please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ira Robert Rikard
May 10, 1971 – March 25, 2020
Mr. Ira Rikard, 48, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at his home in Oxford, MS. Mr. Rikard was born in Lafayette County to Mr. Kenneth and Mrs. Erlene Rikard. Mr. Rikard spent a majority of his life working as a mechanic, which inspired his passion for automobiles. During his free time, Mr. Rikard thoroughly enjoyed playing pool and hunting. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Mr. Rikard is survived by his wife, Tammy Rikard of Oxford; his parents, Kenneth and Erlene Rikard of Oxford; two sons, Ritchey David Rikard and Brandon Gerald Rikard, both of Oxford; two step-sons, David Allen Damron of MO and Dylan Brown of TN; one step-daughter, Amanda Brink of TN; two grandsons, Levi Smith of MS and Jameson Black of TN; one granddaughter, Aligha Damron of MO; and one brother, David Paul Rikard of MS. Mr. Rikard was preceded in death by one brother, B. Dennis Rikard. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements. No services are planned at this time. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Ira Robert Rikard please visit our Sympathy Store.
L Hodges Funeral Service
Jadarius Shaquille Carothers
June 26, 1993 ~ March 16, 2020
Jadarius Carothers, son of Brenda Ann Carothers, was born June 26, 1993, in Oxford, MS. Jadarius, was born with a life altering congenital disorder known as Cerebral Palsy, yet he was a bright, happy young man. He loved watching TV, especially Martin and music videos. When his mom would take him to church, despite his inability to worship as others, the joy of the Lord could be seen on his face as he wiggled around in his chair. Jadarius attend school in the Oxford School District and graduated from the Scott Center in 2014. Jadaruis didn’t care anything about putting on a suit and tie, but he loved his Polo shirts. The man had good taste. On Monday afternoon, March 16, 2020, while at home with his loving family, the Lord decided He needed to repair Jadarius’s physical body so he called him home to be healed. Now Jadarius is singing, “I’ve got a new walk, over in Zion, I’ve got a new talk, over in Zion, I’ve been made new, over in Zion, and it’s mine, mine, all mine.” He will be lovingly remembered by his mother and step-father: Brenda Carothers and Henry Jackson of Oxford MS; his brother: Jordan Carothers of Oxford MS; his sister: LaTrice Carothers of Oxford MS; his grandmother: Frances Carothers of Oxford MS and his great grandmother: Earlene Gillard, of Oxford MS; his niece: Ava Webster of Oxford MS; his aunt and uncle: Abigail and Mark Pegues of Oxford MS; his first cousins: Mark Pegues, Demarius Pegues and Demarcus Pegues all of Oxford MS; He also leaves other cousins, relatives and friends. Jadarius was preceded in death by his grandfather: Larry Mitchell. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jadarius Shaquille Carothers, please visit our floral store.
Brenda Lee Wadley
September 5, 1960 ~ March 24, 2020
The smiling face of Walmart. Brenda Lee Wadley, daughter of Willie Lee and Ella Burnett Wadley, was born in Oxford, Mississippi on September 5, 1960. If you ever met or came in contact with Brenda, you couldn’t help but love and admire here. Brenda accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of East St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church. She loved the fellowship of people and was a annual traveler with the Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church on their annual church family vacation. She loved shopping and on the trips could be seen coming back to the hotel with her shopping bags. Brenda graduated from Oxford High School in 1977 and was employed with Wal-Mart as a department manager. She loved family and absolutely adored her grandchildren. There’s a poem that starts with, “Little did we know that day that the Lord would call your name.” But there’s a scripture that says, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” We didn’t know that early Tuesday morning, March 24th, 2020, the Lord would call her name and receive her unto himself, but we find comfort in knowing that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Please keep Brenda’s family in you prayers, her children: Dwayne Wadley, Arlington TX and Kimberly Wadley of Oxford MS; her siblings: Debra Clayton, Clare Brooks, Sharon Wadley, Lewis Wadley, and Jeffery Wadley all of Oxford MS and Willie Wadley of Temple AZ; she also leaves four loving grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Limited viewing Thursday, April 2, 2020 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service. Graveside service (restricted) on Friday, April 3, 2020 1:00 PM at East St. Peter M.B. Church; 274 County Road 215; Oxford, MS 38655. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Brenda Lee Wadley, please visit our floral store.
Lorienzer Green
May 18, 1927 ~ March 26, 2020
Lorienzer Green, life long resident of Lafayette county and son of the late Ira Green, Sr. and Mable Stockard Green, was born on May 18, 1927. As a young man, Loriener accepted his calling into the ministry and became known as Rev. Green. He accepted Christ at an early age at St. John Missionary Baptist Church and remained a member there until his marriage to Emma Charline when he then united with her at Beverly United Methodist Church. Later after his calling into the ministry, he joined the West Springhill Missionary Baptist Church and was a active member there until his health hindered his attendance. Even then, he continued his worship and praise in his home. He received his early childhood education in the county school of the community and grew up to become a self trained, skilled mechanic. Rev. Green and Emma Charline Green were the proud parents of nine wonderful children. Emma Charline preceded him in death. Rev. Green loved doing what the Lord had ordained him to do and that was, to preach God’s word. He loved his church, his grandchildren, mowing the grass, wearing his sharp suits and driving his pickup truck. Rev. Lorienzer Green labored hard and long and the Lord said, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord (Matt: 25:21 KJV). And early Thursday morning, March 26, 2020, he enter into rest to receive the joy of the Lord. Please keep his family in your prayers; his children: Willie M. Booker, Barbara Adams, Carolyn Green, and Gwendolyn Green all of Oxford MS, Peggy (Willie) Adams of Beloit WI, and Bernice (Eric) Mathis-Carter of Milwaukee WI; Clyde (Addie) Green and Timothy Green of Oxford MS; Lorienzer (Sheryl) Green, Jr. of Taylor MS, Jerry (Maudie) Green of South Bend IN and Herbert Mathis of Milwaukee WI; he leaves his sister: Mable Pettis, Oxford MS; and a host of grand, and great grand children along with many nieces, nephews, cousin, other relatives and friends. Limited viewing on Friday April 3, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service. Graveside service (restricted) Saturday, April 4, 2020 3:00 PM at Oxford Memorial Cemetery, N 16th St, Oxford, MS 38655. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lorienzer Green, please visit our floral store.
Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Services
Virgil Keith Burnett
April 28, 1931 – March 16, 2020
Virgil Keith Burnett, 88 of Oxford MS, died peacefully at home, with his wife and family by his side, Monday, March 16, 2020. Keith was born April 28, 1931, in Stover, Missouri, the oldest son of the late Hurshel and Denzil (Anduss) Burnett. Keith worked for nearly 30 years as a Journeyman Electrician for the Caterpillar Tractor Company, before retiring in 1990. He married Emma (Greger) in 1950. After retirement, the two of them traveled across North America in their BlueBird Wander Lodge motorhome, visiting family and friends and seeing the sights of this great country. Keith enjoyed the outdoors and especially loved hunting and fishing with his grandsons, Chad and Adam, in Illinois, Missouri, Canada and Alaska. Keith loved his family and was a devoted husband and father and known as “Paw Paw” by his 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was a gentle and wise man, who was always willing to help family and friends, with an encouraging word or common sense advice. Keith had put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and was a committed follower of Him. Although sad, his family is celebrating, because they know they will see him again one day. Keith is survived by his wife of 69 years, Emma, two daughters, Janie Calhoun (Steve) of Greenbrier, TN, Rhonda Edwards (Jim) of Medina, TN and one son, Brad Burnett (Amy Sue) of Batesville, MS; seven grandchildren, Jodi Brown, Mandi Prado (Alex), Chad Edwards (Heidi), Laura Kidd (Jason), Andrea Burnett, Kari Bahorik (Justin) and Adam Burnett (Amy); 13 great grandchildren, Olivia, Sophia and Emma Brown, Penelope and Arabella Prado, Ashley and Austin Edwards, Jack and Carter Bahorik, Story, Meila, Oakley and Herschel Burnett. He is also survived by one sister, Sonia Rose of Columbia, MO and one brother, Vencil Burnett (Mary) of Springfield, MO. Along with his parents, Hurshel and Denzil Burnett, Keith was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl and Terry Burnett. A private family service will be held at a later date. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments. Contributions can be made in Keith’s memory to Convoy of Hope, 1660 North Campbell Avenue, Springfield, Missouri 65803.
Frank Leroy “Sonny” Traylor
May 14, 1937 – March 21, 2020
Mr. Frank L. “Sonny” Traylor, 82, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at his home in Oxford, MS surrounded by his loving family. Due to current health concerns, there will be a private family only service in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Reverend Gerald Shook officiating. Burial will follow in North Oxford Baptist Church Cemetery. Born in Paris, MS, Mr. Traylor served as a sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard. He was a loyal and faithful member of North Oxford Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Bereans Men’s Sunday School Class. He retired from Vend-A-Snack. Mr. Traylor was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Eugene and Ethel Irene Huckaby Traylor; five brothers, Claude, James Elmore “Sweet”, Edward Earl, Louis, and Billy Traylor; and by three sisters, Louise Traylor, Emma Jean Cox, and Margurette Cole. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Phyllis Tallant Traylor of Oxford, MS; four sons, Terry Traylor and his wife, Lori of Flowood, MS, Lane Traylor and his wife, Jennifer of Abbeville, MS, Shane Traylor of Oxford, MS, and Tim Traylor and his wife, Wendy of Abbeville, MS; ten grandchildren, Richey, Will, Courtney, John, Daniel, Kaitlyn, Leslie, Kyle, Dylan, and Makaela; four sisters, Catherine Alderson of Oxford, MS, Frances Beard of Oxford, MS, JoAnn Taylor of Arizona, and Patti Lampkin of Oxford, MS as well as many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions in Mr. Traylor’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231 or to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852. In honor of Mr. Traylor’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
Pebble Inez Frost Ewing August 25, 1938 – March 24, 2020 Mrs. Pebble Inez Frost Ewing, 81, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, surrounded by her family at her home in Oxford, MS. In accordance with current health advisories, the family is planning a private service. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Ewing was the widow of Mr. Max Douglas Ewing and a longtime and faithful member of Antioch Primitive Baptist Church. She was a lifelong homemaker who lived a very fulfilling and happy life raising her family alongside her husband. Mrs. Ewing found her life’s fulfillment in her family. She was a dedicated and devoted wife, an ever present mother and a nurturing grandmother. She led her family by example as a faithful servant to her Lord. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Rufus Frost and a granddaughter, Amie Ewing. Survivors include two daughters, Leesa Clark and her husband, Billy and Kendall Rikard and her husband, Pat all of Oxford; two sons, Donnie Ewing and his wife, Rita and Doug Ewing and his wife, Dana all of Oxford; three sisters, Sara Smith of Saltillo, MS, Edith McKissack of Fulton, MS and Wilma Collier of Fulton, MS; two sisters in law, Bobbi Frost of Tupelo, MS and Lola Sheets of Florida; twelve grandchildren, Brad Ewing, Sandi Reed, Matt Clark, Morgan Moore, Megan Castle, Mitch Clark, Brooke Turner, Lynlee Ewing, Blake Rikard, Lacey Rikard, Peyton Camp and Kyle Rikard and seventeen great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Ewing’s memory may be made to Antioch Primitive Baptist Church, 32 CR 363, Oxford, MS 38655.
David Daniel Taylor April 27, 1947 – March 26, 2020 Mr. David Daniel Taylor, 72, died Thursday, March 26, 2020, in New Albany, MS. Born in Knoxville, TN to the late L. Dan and Helen Howes Taylor, David was a longtime member of North Oxford Baptist Church. David had a humble, kind spirit as he ministered to thousands over his 30+ years in ministry. He served as Minister of Music, led education and youth programs and worked in administration in various churches in Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi. His passion was music and his gift was directing choir. In his late years, he served as Chaplain in several hospice groups. Above all, his greatest ministry was to his family, whom he loved with all of his heart. He was a great spiritual leader and a loving husband, father and grandfather. His grandchildren were truly the light of his life for the last fifteen years. Survivors include his wife, Linda Curtis Taylor of Oxford; two daughters, Sharon Taylor Stinson (Jeremy) of Brandon, MS and Karen Taylor Cassada (Matt) of Oxford, MS; two sisters, Diane Cayton of Taylor, SC and Donna Seaman of Mt. Dora, FL; two brothers in law, Bob Curtis (Deb) of Farmington, MO and Don Curtis (Jeanie) of Plano, TX and three grandchildren, Carter Stinson, Taylor Cassada and Lindsee Cassada. In accordance with current health advisories, the family is planning a private graveside service at Anchor Cemetery. A celebration of David’s life will be held at a later date at North Oxford Baptist Church. Memorial contributions in David’s memory may be made to North Oxford Baptist Church, PO Box 1700, Oxford MS 38655; First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Ave, Oxford MS 38655; or Anchor Baptist Church, 1009 Hwy 7 S, Water Valley MS 38965.
Pontotoc MS
Payton Mortuary
Kevin Reed May 04, 1975 – March 15, 2020 Due to the ongoing change in regulations to protect citizens from the spread of the pandemic COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, the funeral service for Kevin Reed has been changed to a graveside service. The graveside service for Kevin Reed will be Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 1:00 PM at Thompson Chapel CME Church Cemetery. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Kevin Reed was born on May 4, 1975, in Chickasaw County, to Edith Townsend Gardner. Kevin accepted Christ at an early age and joined Thompson Chapel CME Church. He later joined Gordon Chapel COGIC and, later in life, joined Greater Community Temple COGIC, where he was a member until his death. Kevin loved singing and lifting up Jesus’ name through song and praise. Kevin was a member of many gospel groups including: These are They and The Voices from the Land of the Hanging Grapes. As a member of Greater Community Temple, Kevin was Director of the Membership Intake Department, male chorus, and youth choir. On Sunday, March 15, 2020, at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo, MS, Kevin departed this earthly life with his mother at his side. He fought fervently, never giving in to his illness. He was preceded in death by Willie Rose Berry and Mammie Lee Hobson. He leaves to cherish his memories: his mother, Edith Townsend Gardner of Houlka, MS; five brothers, Anthony (Lula) Reed of Racine, WI, Terry (Pam) Reed of Houlka, MS, James (Dollie) Reed of Pontotoc, MS, Aundrae (Nancy) Reed of Houlka, MS, and Melvin Bean (Francis) of Houlka, MS; three sisters, Betty Atkinson of Houlka, MS, and Ella Jean Jefferson of Houlka, MS, and Virginia Erby of Pontotoc, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kevin Reed, please visit our floral store.
Donnie Wayne Holesome October 16, 1954 ~ March 22, 2020 Donnie Wayne Holesome, 65, was born October 16, 1954 to the late Nettie Mae Hamilton and James Edwards in Pontotoc, Mississippi. He accepted Christ at an early age, and was a member of McDonald United Methodist Church. On March 10, 1983, Donnie married the love of his life, Bonnette Cherry. God blessed them with thirty-seven years of marriage. Donnie was a family man who loved all and was loved by all. On Sunday, March 22, 2020, he departed this earthly life at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi. Donnie leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of thirty-seven years Bonnette C. Holesome of Pontotoc, MS; one sister Dorothy Holesome of Peoria, IL; two brothers Willie (Ella) Holesome of Baldwin, MS and James (Brenda) Patton of Jackson, TN; one aunt Emma Harrell of Pontotoc, MS; four brother in laws: Rev. Donnell (Kathaleen) Cherry of New Albany, MS, Lee Cherry of Pontotoc, MS, Henry (Shirley) Cherry of Algoma, MS, and Thomas Joe (Mary) Cherry of Pontotoc, MS. Although he didn’t have any children of his own, he helped raise his nieces PeTrina C. Gates of Pontotoc, MS, Takeshia Cherry of New Albany, MS, Eugenia Holesome of Peoria, IL, and his nephew Eric Holesome of Peoria, IL. He also helped raise their children: Derien Cherry, Stephanie Cherry, J’Kendrick Cherry, Taniyah Welch, LaCora Holesome, Jordan Grandy, Landon Newby-Holesome, Kayla Newby-Holesome, Anthony Newby-Holesome, and one great great niece Kaitlyn C. Cherry. He also leaves a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Donnie is preceded in death by his parents: James Edwards, Nettie Mae Hamilton, and Murl Hamilton, and three brothers: David Lee Armstrong, Jimmy Morris Holesome, and Bobby Holesome. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 25, 2020, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Payton Mortuary. There will only be 10 people allowed in the funeral home at a time. There will be a private family service on Thursday, March 26, 2020. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Donnie Wayne Holesome, please visit our floral store.
Tutor Memorial Funeral Home
William “Will” Charles Puckett
May 15, 1992 – March 16, 2020
William Charles Puckett, 27, passed away after a long illness Monday, March 17, 2020 at NMMC-Tupelo, MS. He is survived by his grandmother, Anita Puckett; mother, Melissa Payne; brothers, Shane Puckett (Lindsay) and Blake Puckett; sister, Taylor Puckett; PawPaw, Larry Chambers; Mamaw, Elsie Matthews; uncles, Roy Chambers, Brant Puckett, and Brock Puckett (Amanda); and aunt, Stephanie Chambers. He is preceded in death by his Granddaddy, Mickey Puckett; PaPa, Jack Matthews; father, Brooks Puckett; great grandparents, Nobe Chambers, Vida Mae Chambers, Lester Keith, Lucille Keith, Christine Puckett, Marshall Puckett, Juanita Little, and W.D. Little. Services will be Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 2PM at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro Jay Street officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers: Devin Martin, Eli Faulkner, Steve Faulkner, Kyle Florez, Randy Clark, and Cody Martin. Visitation will be Thursday, March 19, 12 PM until service time.
Charles Edward Kirby
July 18, 1937 – March 18, 2020
Charles Edward Kirby, 82, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, MS. Charles was born in East Rochester, New York, attended school in upstate New York. At the age of seventeen, Charles joined the United States Navy and was honorably discharged. He played football for Navy and New York Giants. He worked as a road crew member for the State of New York and as a correctional officer for the State Penitentiary in Rochester, New York. Later in life he attended Elim Bible College, becoming a state chaplain, pastoring many churches, and evangelizing for many years. Charles is survived by his wife, Dorothy Edwards Kirby; his daughters, Sandra Kirby Williams and Jesse and Linda Kirby Wyrick; seven grandchildren, Dewayne, Larry, Tony and Cindy, Leslie and Phil, J.J. and Kristen, and Joshua; twelve great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Smith-James and Lois Caruso; one nephew, Billy; two nieces, Tina and Tammy; one grand nephew and four grand nieces. Charles is preceded in death by his father, William Kirby; his mother, Georgia Knatt Kirby; his daughter, Aline Lindsey; sister and brother in law, Janice Meadows and Brice; brother in law, Sal Caruso; granddaughter, Melanie Williams; and son in law, Bruce Wyrick. Services will be at 12PM, Saturday, March 21, 2020 at West Pontotoc Pentecostal Church in Pontotoc with Rev. Eugene Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Ecru Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, March 21, 10AM until service time at the church. Pallbearers: J.J. Williams, Joshua Wyrick, Tony Lindsey, Rev. Johnny Jones, Rev. Kaleb Morgan, and Rev. Troy Bone.
Dewey “Pete” Rayburn Tutor
November 4, 1933 – March 19, 2020
Dewey “Pete” Rayburn Tutor, 86, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Pontotoc Health and Rehab. He worked in construction for many years before returning to factory work at Holley Carburetor where he retired in the early 90s. Throughout his retirement he enjoyed visiting with neighbors and friends, bird hunting with his dog, and bass fishing in his younger years. He is survived by his daughter, Rhonda Winterer (Max) of Pontotoc; his son, Ledane Tutor (Stacy) of Ellensburg, WA; sister, Wilma Swanson of Bruce; five grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Huey Tutor; father, Dewey Ottis Tutor; and daughter, Nita Gail Tutor. A graveside service will be 12 PM, Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Oak Forest Cemetery with Bro Scotty Bland officiating. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Cure for Alzheimers.
Venice Mavon Willis Clemons
June 12, 1935 – March 21, 2020
Venice Mavon Willis Clemons, 84, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020 at NMMC Hospice, Tupelo. She was a florist of over 18 years, retiring from Flowers of Pontotoc by Redele. She was a resident of Pontotoc County (originally from Kossuth) for over 45 years. She was strong in her faith, loved her family, was known to haul a shovel in her car to dig up flowers, and was a big fan of Elvis Presley. She is survived by her children, Richard Fallin (Georgie), Rita Ann Ward, Gary Dale Fallin (Tina), and J.R. Reed (Melinda); her grandchildren, Angie Roye (Scott, Hannah, and Gatlin), Al Fallin (Saylor and Baylor), Dusty Ward (Holly, Ella Grace, Reese, and Yates), Kyle Fallin (Sarah, Ava Kate, and Whit), Kerri Huffman (Dustin, Dakota, Eli, and Zach), Eden Caballero (Allan, Kylie, Khloe, Kaleb, and Kannon), Cierra Aston (James Earl and Leanna), Arianna Fallin, Katelyn Hollings (Tyler and Kenslie), and George Thompson; a special cousin, Judie Lamberth (Jerry, JR/Chunky, Ann, and Kathy). She is preceded in death by her mother, Velma Elizabeth Willis; son-in-law, D.L. Ward; great granddaughter, Cassie Fallin, and a grandson, Dan Thompson. An intimate family service will be held at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Kyle Fallin officiating.
Henry (Hank) Pitts
July 15, 1932 – March 21, 2020
Henry (Hank) Pitts, 87, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House. After an active career in the US Air Force, Hank retired in 1972 as a Master Sergeant and settled down in Pontotoc with his family. Even though Pontotoc was not his first choice, he was glad they stayed. He thought it a great place to raise children and have a “retirement” job with Deville Furniture. Hank is survived by his sons, Ricky Pitts (Jana) of Pontotoc, MS and Mickey Pitts (Sandra) of Cordova, TN; grandchildren, Eric Pitts (Nicole) of Blue Springs, MS, Jessica Bedgood (Patrick) of Tupelo, MS and Michael Pitts (Kayla) of Memphis, TN; great grandchildren, Clay Pitts, Carson Bedgood, Brady Bedgood, Hailey Pitts, Henry Pitts, Hunter Stacks, and Hayden Stacks. He is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mary Lou Pitts; and his parents, Henry and Lillian Pitts. Pallbearers: Eric Pitts, Michael Pitts, Sam Howell, and Patrick Bedgood. In a commitment to assist in this time of Covid-19, a private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers donations ma be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House or St. Jude.
Lisa Marie Foster
June 15, 1959 – March 22, 2020
Lisa Foster, 60, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020 in Pontotoc County. Lisa was a hair stylist at A Cut Above for many years. Her greatest accomplishment were her daughters and granddaughter. She cherished her time spent taking care of her family. Lisa is survived by her mother, Mavis Dillard Robbins; her daughters, Lindsay Foster Puckett (Shane) and Kirsten Foster (Jake); a special daughter, Krissa Sappington Carwyle (William); her very special granddaughter, Kinslee Ferguson; sister, Barbara Russell; brother, Dennis Dillard; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved pets, Lexus and Tank. She is preceded in death by her father, Wayne Dillard; her stepfather, Pete Robbins; sister, Kaye Akers; and her grandparents, Annie Reed Harlow, Lester Harlow, Jack Dillard, and Viola Dillard. Pallbearers: Johnny Crawford, Donald Wayne Scott, Darryl Waldo, Mike Biffle, Thad Sartin, and Ben Russell. An intimate private family service will be held at Baldwin Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. A public graveside service will be at 3PM, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at New Hope Cemetery with Bro. David Hamilton officiating.
Rebecca Mae Lancaster
November 17, 1946 – March 23, 2020
Rebecca Mae Lancaster, 73, passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc, MS. She was a factory worker, also working in restaurants, and driving trucks with her husband. She was a skilled seamstress. She was a friendly, easy going lady who loved her family. She was a member of Carey Springs Baptist Church. Rebecca is survived by her husband, James Lancaster; her grandson, John Paul Lancaster; two great grandchildren, Silas Lancaster and Aspen Lancaster; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Bennie Mae Hall; her son, Paul Travis Lancaster; granddaughter, Cristin Lancaster; one brother; and four sisters. There will be a private, family only, service on Thursday, March 24, 2020 at 2PM with Bro. J.J. McVay officiating, visitation will begin at 1PM. Burial will follow in Mize (New Robbs) Cemetery.
Linda Jean Shirley Lane
August 12, 1948 – March 26, 2020
Linda Jean Shirley Lane, 71, passed away at her home on Thursday, March 26, 2020. She graduated from Enterprise High School, attended Shasta College, married Randy Lane on September 5, 1970, attended Simpson College, then went on to get her Masters degree from The University of Alabama and absolutely loved college football. Roll Tide! She inherited a love of books from her mom, Jeanie and shared that passion with her daughters, grandchildren, and greats. They knew her lap was always one for reading. She led missionettes, girl scouts, and retired as a teacher with TCPS…..but even before those titles she was teaching – from snow skiing to scuba diving. In the 1980s she and Randy owned a travel agency in Reno, NV and enjoyed traveling themselves, all over the world, especially Hawaii. She was a seamstress, quite the culinary artist, and made wedding cakes when someone she really loved was getting married. She supported Randy in all of his hobbies, passions, and ideas. She was a nurturer, which is evident in all the lives she touched, both emotionally and spiritually. She and her mother were inseparable, she was her daughters’ best role model, and her church family was her support. Her nieces and nephews were additional daughters and sons. Randy had the privilege of being married to his best friend for almost 50 years. She was a member of Maple Drive Presbyterian Church. Linda is survived by her husband, Dr. Randy J. Lane; her mother, Jeanie Marie Shirley; her daughters, Rebecca Fischer (Matthias) and Brenda Lane; her grandchildren, Morgan Walker, Molly Kate Walker, Ryan Lane, August Fischer, and Afton Fischer; great grandchildren, Channing Bass and Lizzie Kate Bass, her mother-in-law, Margaret Lane; brothers, Carl Shirley and Jerry Shirley (Diana), goddaughter, Eileen Lee; and multiple nephews and nieces from all over the country. Linda is preceded in death by her father, Carl Albert Shirley; father-in-law, Clyde Columbus Lane, Jr.; sister-in-law, Terry; brothers-in-law, Ricky and Rodney Lane. There will be a graveside service Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 11AM at Pontotoc City Cemetery with Bro. Craig Jones officiating. Pallbearers: Bruce McCoy, Robert Mitchell, Toby Winston, David Anderson, David Smith, and Ryan Lane. Honorary Pallbearers: Matthias Fischer, Carl Shirley, Jerry Shirley, Marcus Shirley-late nephew.
Ripley MS
McBride Funeral Home
Ronald Gray Hopkins October 24, 1955 – March 15, 2020 Mr. Ronald Gray “Ronnie” Hopkins, 64, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020, at his home in Ripley, MS. He was born on October, 24, 1955, to Jody Lawrence and Flossie Elone Pool Hopkins in Benton County, Mississippi. Ronnie was a Funeral Director and a Licensed Embalmer, receiving his degree from Gupton – Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, GA. He worked in the States of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee as a Trade Embalmer, he worked for several funeral homes in the area, McBride Funeral Home, where Ronnie did his apprenticeship, Shackelford Funeral Home, McMillan Funeral Home, Browning Funeral Home, Holly Springs Funeral Home, Magnolia Funeral Home and Memphis Funeral Home . He was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Ripley, MS. Ronnie is survived by two brothers: Donny Ray Hopkins of Ripley, MS, and Bobby Gene Hopkins of Selmer, TN. Preceded in death by his parents; and one infant brother: James Tate Hopkins. Memorial Service will be at 1:00 PM Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jack Bennett officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 18, 2020, from 12:00 Noon until service time at 1:00 PM in McBride Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy for the Hopkins family may be sent to www. mcbridefuneralhome.com To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Ronald Gray “Ronnie” Hopkins please visit our Sympathy Store.
Pamela Jean Vick July 6, 1954 – March 19, 2020 Pamela (Pam) Jean Armstrong Vick, 65, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020, at her home in Walnut, MS. She was born on July 6, 1954, to William Hubert and Birdie Wilbanks Armstrong in Ripley, MS. Pam was a Homemaker. Pam is survived by four sons: Scott Jones (Eva) of Walnut, MS, Marty Jones (Lisa) – Three Folks Community, Michael Jones of Walnut, MS, Tony Jones (Misty) of Brownfield Community; two sisters: Sadie Ballenger of Sweetwater, TX, Gladys Jones (Howard) of Walnut, MS; father of her children: W. A. Jones of Chalybeate, MS; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Preceded her in death were her mother: Birdie Wilbanks, her father: William Hubert Armstrong, one sister: Ruby Russell; two brothers: Bill Short and Bob Short; and a special cousin: Janice Smith. Pallbearers will be Colton Jones, Cody Jones, Gregory Jones, Hunter Jones, Chase Hopper, William Bates, Tyler Bass. Honorary Pallbearer will be Carson Jones. Services will be at 1:00 PM Sunday, March 22, 2020, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Travis Wilbanks, Bro. Dexter Colyer and Bro. Howard Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Gentry Chapel Cemetery in Middleton, TN. Visitation will be Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at McBride Funeral Home and continue Sunday morning at 7:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM. Expressions of sympathy for the Vick family may be sent to www.mcbridefuneralhome.com To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Pamela Jean Vick please visit our Sympathy Store.
Nellie Ruth Horton June 17, 1939 – March 19, 2020 Nellie Ruth Horton, 80, was born on June 17, 1939 to Guyton Horton and Dott Skinner Horton in Tiplersville, Mississippi. She passed away at the age of 80 in Iuka, Mississippi on March 19, 2020. She graduated from Chalybeate High School in 1957, which was the last graduating class at that school. She went on to graduate from Blue Mountain College in 1961 with a degree in Home Economics and later received a Master’s Degree from the University of Mississippi. She began her career as a dietician at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and retired as the Home Economist and the County Agent in Tishomingo County after more than 30 years. She worked with various programs such as the 4-H club, Homemakers Club, and served on the fair committee while there. She was an avid Mississippi State sports fan and enjoyed substitute teaching in her retirement. She was a faithful member of Iuka Baptist Church. A private graveside service will be held at Providence Baptist Church cemetery for family members on March 20th. Ms. Horton is survived by two brothers: Bobby Guyton Horton (Hazel) of Tiplersville, MS; James Arnold Horton (Alice) of Falkner, MS; three sisters: Dorothy Edwards of Tiplersville, MS; Jean Harrell of Falkner, MS; and Natalie Riley of Shannon, MS; ten nephews, five nieces, 16 great nephews, and 21 great nieces, along with many great great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Guyton and Dott Horton; three brothers in law, Claude Edwards, Jr., John Tate Harrell, and Butch Riley; two nieces, Jo Horton and Claudette Edwards; and two nephews, Michael Montgomery and Donny Horton. Pallbearers will be her nephews.To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Nellie Ruth Horton please visit our Sympathy Store.
Christy Gale Edwards Hall December 20, 1975 – March 20, 2020 Christy Gale Edwards Hall, 44, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020, at her home in Walnut, MS. She was born on December 20, 1975, to Thomas and Julia Luna Edwards in Memphis, TN. Christy was a Supervisor for Echo Waters, Inc. and a Baptist. Christy is survived by her husband: Wayne Hall of Walnut, MS; her father: Thomas Edwards of Walnut, MS; one daughter: Haley Hall (special friend, Jay) of Walnut, MS, one son: Tyler Hall (fiancee: Shelby Armstrong) of Walnut, MS; one brother: Chris Edwards of Blue Springs, MS. She was preceded in death by her Mother: Julia Luna Edwards. Pallbearers will be Tom Armstrong, Jamye Robinson, Michael Robinson, Eugene Smith, Ronnie Martindale, Jerry Luna. Services will be at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, March 21, 2020, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Walnut, MS. Visitation will be Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy for the Hall family may be sent to www.mcbridefuneralhome.com To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Christy Gale Edwards Hall please visit our Sympathy Store.
Mary Eloise Norris Shelton January 1, 1939 – March 21, 2020 Mrs. Mary Eloise Shelton, 81, of Ripley passed away peacefully on March 21, 2020, at the Greenhouses in Tupelo. Eloise was born in Ashland, one of 5 children, to Luther Frank Norris and Margaret Jeanette Norris. She grew up in Ashland and on a farm in the Shady Grove community of Tippah County. As a teenager, Eloise, while working for Dr. Ralph Ford in Ripley, met Boone Shelton, and they married two months later. The young couple moved to Wesson, where Eloise attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College and Boone taught at the community college. In the early 1960’s, she and Boone returned to Tippah County. Eloise served as clerk of the Tippah County Draft Board for Selective Service, worked for her husband at the Chancery Clerk’s Office, and retired as Director of the United Community Action Agency in Ripley. Boone and Eloise worked together for the Shady Grove Water Association. She was a member of the West Ripley Baptist Church. Eloise loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The light in her life went out when Boone died in March, 2010, and she longed to be reunited with him. Eloise is survived by her son David and wife Missy, of Saltillo; her daughter Emily and husband Ben, of Columbus; her brother Bill Norris of Florida; her sister Virginia Reneau, of Louisiana, and her sister-in-law Rosa Nell Norris. She is also survived by her grand-daughters Mary Beth Chenault (Kris), of Huntsville, Anna McCullouch (Travis), of Canton; and great-grandchildren Connor Chenault, Boone Chenault, and Liza McCullouch. She had many nieces and nephews whom she loved, and who treated her as a second mother. Eloise was preceded in death by her husband, Boone; her parents; her sister, Frances Huddleston, and brother-in-law Murry Huddleston; her brother, Joe Frank Norris; her sister-in-law Marge Norris; and her brother-in-law Fred Reneau. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the amazing staff and nurses at Cedars Healthcare and the Simerson Greenhouse, who cared for Eloise with love and compassion in her last illness. A private funeral service will be held on March 23. The family invites remembrances and expressions of sympathy to be shared to: www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mary Eloise Norris Shelton please visit our Sympathy Store.
Jeannette “Jan” Belle Brown Lewellen October 26, 1940 – March 22, 2020 Jeannette “Jan” Belle Brown Lewellen, 79, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020, at her home in Ripley, MS. She was born to Clarence J. and Velva Heffelfinger Brown in Engelwood, CA. Jan was Owner and Operator of Next to New for 38 years. She was of the Lutheran faith. Jan is survived by three daughters: Debra Staneart of Yuma, AZ, Sherry Adams of Ripley, MS, Kim Gray of Ripley, MS; two sons: Jack Adams (Mary) of Alpine, MS, David Adams (Debb) of White Cloud, MI; nine grandchildren: Steven Staneart, Susan Yarbough, Heather Holiman, Christie Staneart, Kesha Lewellen, Joey Gray, Joshua Gray, Christopher Adams, Stephanie Johnson; twenty-four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son: Michael Lewellen; one sister: Barbara Kostelny, one brother: Jack Brown; one grandchild Justin Smith, and one son-in-law: Mike Staneart. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. A private family graveside service will on March 25, 2020 at the Dumas Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy for the Lewellen family may be sent to www.mcbridefuneralhome.com To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jeannette “Jan” Belle Brown Lewellen please visit our Sympathy Store.
Linda Ann Tigrett Chapman April 20, 1941 – March 26, 2020 Linda Ann Tigrett Chapman, 78, died on Thursday, March 26, 2020, surrounded by her family, at her residence in Ripley, MS. She was born on April 20, 1941 to the late Delta Randolph and Rhetta Leola Wingo Tigrett. She was a faithful member of the Chapman Church of Christ and a loving homemaker. She was married to her beloved husband, Starrett, on July 19, 1956. She was a devoted mother and a remarkable “Mama Linda” to her grandchildren. She was also an avid gardener who could grow the most delicious vegetables and the most beautiful flowers. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Charles Starrett Chapman of Ripley, MS; one son, Charles Terry Chapman (Robin) of Ripley; three grandchildren, Molly Maribeth Chapman Moore (Chris) of Ripley, Charles Guyton Chapman (Olivia) of Booneville, MS, and Mallory Rue-Anne Chapman Smith (Winston) of Pearl, MS; four great-grandchildren, Chapman David Moore, Penelope Liv Chapman, Lottie Rue-Rosalie Moore, and Genevieve Claire Chapman. She is survived by one sister, Bobbye Sue Tigrett Chapman, of Ripley. She is also survived by a host of extended family, friends, and two very special caregivers, Ms. Dorothy Mejia and Ms. Margaret Spears. She was preceded in death by her parents and her father and mother-in-law, Hugh Ralph Chapman and Lottie Rue Mauney Chapman. She was also preceded in death by her brother-in-law, James Barrett Chapman and one nephew, Blair Tigrett Chapman. A private, family graveside service will be held at Chapman Church of Christ on Friday, March 27, at 2:00 PM. Pallbearers will be Chase Chapman, Chris Moore, Winston Smith, Barry Chapman, Jason Grisham, Jonathan Chapman, and Andy McElyea. The family invites remembrances and expressions of sympathy to be shared to: www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Linda Ann Tigrett Chapman please visit our Sympathy Store.
Cleo Yancey Boren January 1, 1944 – March 26, 2020 Cleo Yancey Boren, 76, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Tippah County Hospital Emergency Room in Ripley, MS. She was born on January 1, 1944, to Joe V. and Carrie Bell Smith Yancey in Ripley, MS. She was a retired Factory Worker for BenchCraft, Inc. in Ripley, MS and a member of The Pentecostal Church in Blue Mountain, MS. Cleo is survived by her husband: Jimmy Boren of Ripley, MS; one son: Jimmy Wayne Boren of Dumas, MS; three sisters: Robbie Dale Newby of Dumas, MS, Johnnie Fay Henson of Dumas, MS, and Leo Smith of Blue Mountain, MS; one grandchild and one great-grandchild. She is preceded in death by her parents; a daughter: Brenda G. Boren and five brothers. No Services were held, but burial was in Blue Mountain Cemetery on March 27, 2020. Expressions of sympathy, for the Boren family, may be sent to: www.mcbridefuneralhome.com To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Cleo Yancey Boren please visit our Sympathy Store.
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Peggy Ferris Thompson Nov 06, 1932 – Mar 17, 2020 On Tuesday afternoon, March 17, 2020, Peggy Ferris Thompson, 87, resident of Hickory Flat, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home surrounded by family following a brief illness. Funeral Services honoring the well lived life of Mrs. Thompson will be at 2 PM Saturday, March 21 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will follow at Flat Rock Cemetery in Benton County. Mrs. Thompson was born November 6, 1932 in Benton County, the daughter of the late Aubrey David West, Sr. and the late Myrtle West. She received her education in the Ashland School System and served as a caregiver in the community for over 25 years. A Christian and Baptist, Mrs Thompson will be remembered as a people person with a big heart who had a mission for showing God’s love through her caring hands. Working in her yard, fishing, traveling and cooking were just a few of her favorite pastimes. Her family has the assurance of knowing that our loss here on earth is truly heaven’s gain. Visitation will continue today until service time at The Ripley Funeral Home. Her memory will be shared by one son, Tommy Calvin Elliott (Judy) of Ripley, eight grandchildren, Thomas Glynn Ferris, Lee, David, Denise and Allen Elliott, Mary Patton, Angel Cryer and Jonathan McLeroy, a host of great grandchildren and her beloved pet cats. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Clyde Thompson, three sons, Jimmy, Dennis Ray and Eugene Elliott, a brother, David West, Jr (SIs),a grandmother who raised her as a child, Mary West and the father of her children, Marion Elliott. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with Mrs. Peggy’s family at ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Elizabeth Ann Lollar Sep 27, 1947 – Mar 18, 2020 Our beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Wilson Lollar, 72, resident of Hickory Flat, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, March 18, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo following an extended illness. Mrs. Lollar was born September 27, 1947 in Marshall County, the daughter of the late James Thomas and Floy Gardner Wilson. She received her education in the Holly Springs Public School System and was married April 30, 1971 to her devoted husband, Ronald Coleman Lollar who survives. A valued employee of the Mississippi Public School System, Mrs. Lollar served as a teacher’s assistant for the Hickory Flat School System for six years and the Myrtle School System for 27 years before retiring. After her retirement, she continued to serve as a substitute teacher in the public schools. Mrs. Lollar was blessed to make an impact in many young lives throughout her teaching career. A life long and faithful member of Hickory Flat First Baptist Church, Mrs. Lollar will be remembered for her love of traveling, the dedication to her family and the many friendships she made over the years. Life brings tears, smiles and memories. The tears dry, the smiles fade but the memories last forever. In addition to her husband of 48 years, memories will be shared by two sons, Michael Westmoreland (Tammy) and Gerald Lollar (Jo Wynne), both of Hickory Flat, two sisters, Phyllis Carman of Olive Branch and Bonnie McClure (Robert) of Red Banks, MS, six grandchildren, Shaina Autry (Michael), Wyatt Westmoreland, Anna Hall (Austin), Mary Lee, Avery and Emalee Lollar, two great grandchildren, Ava Jo Dowdy, James Knox Autry and a host of nieces and nephews. Services remembering the Christian life of Mrs. Lollar will be at 2 PM Friday, March 20 at Hickory Flat First Baptist Church with Bro. Corey Lancaster officiating. Burial will follow at Flat Rock Cemetery in Benton County. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be today from 11 AM to 2 PM at Hickory Flat First Baptist Church.
Mary Alsie Brown Hobson April 17, 1933 ~ March 19, 2020 On Thursday evening, March 19, 2020, Mary Alsie Brown Hobson, 86, a resident of Ashland, departed this life surrounded by family in the comfort of her home. She was 86 years of age. Funeral Services honoring the life of Ms. Hobson will be at 2 PM Sunday, March 22 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating. Burial will follow in New Salem Cemetery near Walnut. Ms. Hobson was born April 17, 1933 in Tippah County, MS, the daughter of the late George Gordon and Dora Elsie Huddleston Brown. She was a 1950 graduate of Ashland High School and was a valued employee as a seamstress and in the manufacturing industry before her retirement. A member of Ashland Primitive Baptist Church, Ms. Hobson served as Church Secretary and volunteered for many years with the Littleton Cemetery. An excellent cook with the “best biscuits in the county”, Ms. Hobson was well known for frequenting local auctions and estate sales. Ms. Hobson enjoyed every opportunity watching her grandchildren participate in sports, being outdoors, gardening and caring for her yard. This all brought her much pleasure. She left a lasting mark on the hearts and minds of the ones who were privileged to have known her. Her memories will be cherished and her love lives on within her family and friends. Blessed with a large family, memories will be shared by five daughters, Lynn Wilburn (Terry) and Jennifer Weeks (Michael), both of Michigan City, MS, Sandra Eddy of Muscle Shoals, AL, Pam Wilburn (Rex) of Meadville, MS, Tammy Byrd (Gary) of Ashland, one son, Randy Hobson (Cathy) of Ashland, one sister, Georgia Sees of Pensacola, FL, one brother, William Earl “Bill” Brown (Shirley) of Ashland, nineteen grandchildren, Shannon Wilburn (Cassie), Whitney Wilburn, Joshua Wilburn (Heather), Lauren Brooks (Robby), Amie Trankle (Paul), Mary Fielder, Kayla, Dylan and Kaleb Eddy, Ashley Robinson (Bobby), Derek Hobson, Casey Hobson (Kayleigh), Robin and Matthew Wilburn, Dustin Byrd (Dani), Courtney White, Tyler Byrd, Madison and Carson Weeks, twenty-one great grandchildren. Visitation will be today from 1 PM to 2 PM at The Ripley Funeral Home. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mary Alsie Brown Hobson, please visit our floral store.
Stephanie Pritchett February 27, 1969 ~ March 21, 2020 Stephanie Pritchett , 51, resident of Ripley, passed away on Saturday March 21, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home . The Ripley Funeral Home is honored to serve Stephanie’s family and invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Stephanie Pritchett, please visit our floral store.
Bobby Boyce Thrasher August 3, 1954 ~ March 21, 2020 On Saturday evening, March 21, 2020 Bobby Boyce Thrasher, 65, lifelong resident of Tippah County, departed this life in the comfort of his home surrounded by family following a brief illness. Funeral Services honoring the life of Bobby will be at 2 PM Tuesday, March 24 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home with long time friend, Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery near Ripley. Bobby was born August 3, 1954 in Tippah County, the son of the late Charlie Martin and Ruthie Ellis Mullins Thrasher. He received his education in the Falkner School System and was married May 13, 1977 to his beloved wife, Nancy White Thrasher who survives. A well known self employed logger for over 40 years and a member of Shiloh Methodist Church, Bobby will be remembered for his strong work ethic and his love for the outdoors which included gardening and “working in the woods”. Mechanically inclined, he was often seen helping others and driving his Ford pick-up truck throughout Tippah County. .A unique one of a kind person, Bobby lived humbly, quietly and peacefully. The following scripture describes his departure from the world, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” In addition to his wife of 42 years, memories will shared by two sons, Robert Shawn Thrasher (Cindy) and Matthew Lamar Thrasher (Haley), both of Ripley, two sisters, Sue Thrasher and his twin sister , Joyce Eaton, both of Ripley, six grandchildren, Marty, Kimberly, Kyle, Hannah, Katy and Mason, three great grandchildren, Remington Grace Wilbanks, McKenna and McKenzie Page Thrasher. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Honnell Leroy Thrasher, two aunts and seven uncles. Visitation will be Tuesday from 12 noon until 2 PM at The Ripley Funeral Home. The Ripley Funeral Home is honored to serve the Thrasher family and invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Bobby Boyce Thrasher, please visit our floral store.
Dorothy Sue Bates Kirkman May 10, 1946 ~ March 21, 2020 Dorothy Sue Bates Kirkman, lifelong resident of the Walnut Community, passed away peacefully, Saturday evening, March 21, 2020 at Diversicare Health & Rehabilitation Center in Ripley. She was 73 years of age and died following an extended illness. Funeral Services remembering the life of Ms. Kirkman will be at 2 PM Wednesday, March 25 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home with Bro. William Kirkman officiating. Burial will follow in New Salem Cemetery near Walnut. Ms. Kirkman was born May 10, 1946 in Walnut, MS, the daughter of the late Hubert and Voler Woods Bates. She received her education in the Walnut School System and was a homemaker throughout her life. In earlier years Ms. Kirkmanwas employed in the manufacturing industry. A devoted member of Jesus Name Community Church, Ms. Kirkman enjoyed gospel music and every opportunity she shared with her large family. She will remembered for participating in yard sales, thrift stores and bargain shopping. Working in her flower gardens, collecting angels and crosses were favorite pastimes. Her memories will be shared by her daughter, Rhonda Henderson (Kenny) , one granddaughter, Katania Wilbanks, two great grandchildren, Landon And Deena Kay Lewis, five brothers, Thomas “Bo” Bates (Gayla), Frank Bates, Philip Bates (Mary), Billy Bates (Deborah), William Bates, all of Walnut and a host of nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Dorothy Jane Kirkman, two sisters, Francis and Nancy Bates, a brother, Bud Bates and a nephew Michael Bates. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1 PM to 2 PM at The Ripley Funeral Home. The Ripley Funeral Home is honored to serve the Kirkman family and invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dorothy Sue Bates Kirkman, please visit our floral store.
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Sharon D. South August 6, 1966 – March 17, 2020 Sharon Burchfield South, 53, passed away at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness and is now in the arms of her creator, enjoying eternal peace and love. She was born August 6, 1966 in Winston County, but was a resident of both Lee and Union Counties for most of her life. Sharon was a beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunt and pet lover. She will be missed by all of those that loved and knew her. Survivors include her husband, Will South of Tupelo; mother, Betty Burchfield of Tupelo; brother, Kevin Burchfield (Amy) of Starkville; and nieces, Rylee, Kenzie Claire and Aubree. Private services will be held Thursday, March 19, 2020. Expressions of sympathy may be left at http://www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Andy Loden December 17, 1968 – March 19, 2020 Malcolm Andrew “Andy” Loden met his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Andy was born on December 17, 1968, in Saltillo, Mississippi. Andy was a graduate of the Saltillo school system, which is where his steadfast love of all things sports was first born. After high school, Andy lived in the only place he loved as much as he did his hometown–Oxford, Mississippi, where he attended Ole Miss–one of the great loves of his life. No doubt exists that Andy bled red and blue, and though he withstood some heartbreaking seasons, Andy never waivered in his belief that his beloved Rebel teams were always the best, and accordingly, he jumped at the chance to give a meaningful Hotty Toddy, when the opportunity presented itself. After returning to Saltillo, Andy eventually became the director of the Saltillo Parks and Recreation Department, where he faithfully served countless Saltillo families through his overwhelming love of anything athletics related. Andy fought tirelessly to develop youth sports in Saltillo, as he firmly believed sports were an important vehicle to developing life skills. As such, Andy was instrumental in starting youth soccer, basketball, and most recently tennis in Saltillo, which helped lay the foundation for numerous children to go on and be successful at both the high school and collegiate levels. Though Andy’s enthusiasm for sports was a force to be reckoned with, the only thing he loved more, was his family. In fact, if you asked Andy his favorite thing to do on any given day, he was quick to suggest a family cookout, while watching a good game on TV. Andy leaves behind his loving wife of 19 years, Rita Loden, of Saltillo; his absolute “number 1”, and by far, favorite athlete to watch, his daughter, Lexi Loden; his older daughters, Krisitian Joshlin (Chris) and Bethany Clark (Justin); his sister, Lori Bostick (Larry), his grandchildren, Ava, Addi, and Georgia Joshlin, and Cal Clark, all of Saltillo; and a host of nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ebb Lee Loden, Jr. and Agnes and his grandparents, Herman and Charlie Fay Easterling and Ebb Lee and Pauline Loden, as well as one grandson, Sam Shepherd Clark. Visitation will be 4 until 8 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020 at W. E. Pegues, Saltillo. Services honoring his life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Saltillo Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Dr. Ken Anderson officiating. Graveside services will be in Saltillo Cemetery. The service will be live streamed and recorded for those who may not be able to attend at http://www.peguesfuneralhome.com. Pallbearers will be Cary Russell, Marty Dunaway, Nathan Murff, Brent Lindsey, Bill Smith, Tommy Baldwyn, Todd Baldwyn, and Scott Wood. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Dillard, Gary McKissick, Greg May, Rob Clayton, Brent Morse, Kevin Morse, Joel Driskell, Richard Hill, Robert Wood, John Franks, and members of Andy’s City of Saltillo Family and the multitude of players who have filtered through the Saltillo Park and Rec. System under Andy’s leadership. Memorials may be made payable to Saltillo Park and Recreation Department with memo of Saltillo Football Club (Andy), PO Box 1426, Saltillo MS 38866. Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be left at http://www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Rhonda Faye Harville
December 21, 1965 – March 22, 2020
Rhonda Faye Harville, 54, loving wife and mother, died Sunday, March 22, 2020 at her home surrounded by family. She was born December 21, 1965 at the Naval Hospital in Beaufort, South Carolina to Richard Bennett and Betty Bennett. Rhonda is a South Pontotoc High School graduate and attended Itawamba Community College. On May 18, 1985, she married Randy Harville in an intimate ceremony at their home. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling and cooking. Rhonda leaves behind her beloved family including her husband, Randy Harville of Tupelo; parents, Richard Bennett and Betty Bradford Bennett; four children, Owen Thomas Harville, David Jordan Harville both of Tupelo; Heather Jo Coleman and her husband, Michael of Ecru and Amanda Faye Wesson and her husband, Jeffrey of Shannon; one grandson, Kaiden Thomas Harville; mother-in-law, Betty Jo Harville; and two brothers, Rick Bradford and his fiancé, Nicole Landrum of Blue Springs and Stan Brandon and his wife, Sherry of Pontotoc. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Murrell Thomas Harville. Private graveside services honoring Rhonda’s life will be Thursday March 26, 2020 at White Zion Cemetery with Dwayne Bailey officiating. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.Expressions of sympathy may be left at http://www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Tom Henderson
January 27, 1945 – March 23, 2020
Thomas Abner Henderson, 75, went to be with our Lord and Savior on March 23, 2020 after a twenty-year battle with the neurological disease, Primary Lateral Sclerosis. Tom was born January 27, 1945 in Ackerman and was the son of the late Albert Hugh Henderson and Jimmie Lou (McCarty) Henderson. He graduated from Ackerman High School in 1963 where he played football and was voted Most Handsome, Mr. Senior Class, and Most School Spirit. After graduation, he served in the United States Marine Corp before starting college at Holmes Junior College and was a member of the track team. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Delta State University and later earned a Master’s degree in Education Administration from The University of Mississippi. In 1967, he married Linda Evans of Grenada and after living in Ocean Springs for two years, they settled in Tupelo where they raised three children. Tom began his career in education as a physical education teacher for Biloxi Public Schools before moving to Tupelo in 1971. He was a history teacher and coach at Lawhon Junior High for several years before transferring to Carver High School in 1982 where he was an assistant football coach and assistant principal. He had a love for all sports, especially football, and was a mentor to many student athletes during his stay at Lawhon. In 1992, he became an assistant principal at Tupelo High School where he remained until his retirement in 1996. After retiring from Tupelo Public Schools, he worked for Frankie Blackmon Chevrolet and Tommy Brooks Oil Company, and made many life-long friends while working there. Tom loved meeting new people and enjoyed jobs that allowed him to serve others. Even after his health began to decline, he still kept in touch with many former students, co-workers, and friends. He had a fun-loving personality and was a friend to everyone. Although he was extremely proud of his children, his grandchildren were his whole world and you knew it within the first minute of meeting him. His selfless, caring, and giving spirit made him an inspiration to those who knew him and he will be greatly missed. Survivors include his wife, Linda; son Scott Henderson(Janet) of Memphis, Tennessee; daughter, Laurie (Trice) Webb of Tupelo, and daughter Angie (Craig) Moore of Fulton; six grandchildren, Katelynn (Chris) Lewis of Pontotoc, Taylor (Grant) Bishop of Mantachie, Farris Henderson and Harry Henderson of Memphis, Mia Grace Moore and Jackson Moore of Fulton; four brothers, Ralph (Gale) Henderson of Tupelo, James Neal (Peggy) Henderson of Ackerman, Douglas Henderson of Weir, and Bill Henderson of Flintstone, Georiga; as well as a special brother-in-law, Doug (Patsy) Evans of Grenada and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jimmy Hugh Henderson of Ackerman. Services will be held at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 2 p.m. with Bro. Phillip Box officiating. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until service time. Graveside services will follow at 5 p.m. in Mt. Nebo Church Cemetery in Ackerman. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers will be Craig Moore, Trice Webb, Farris Henderson, Chris Lewis, Grant Bishop and Dale Dobbs, Honorary pallbearers will be his former football and basketball players from Lawhon Junior High. The service will be live streamed and recorded for those who may not be able to attend at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be left at http://www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
John Gifford
May 3, 1939 – March 24, 2020
John Rufus Gifford, 80, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born May 3, 1939, to John Glen and Dige Blackwell Gifford in Corinth. John was a retired route driver for Canteen Vending. He proudly served in the United States Navy during the Cuban Conflict. He loved fishing and was an avid Ole Miss Football fan. Spending time with his family was his most beloved pastime. John leaves behind his wife, Virginia Owens Gifford of Saltillo; four children, Daphne Gifford and her significant other, Bruce Thomas, Clay Gifford, all of Saltillo, Craig Gifford and his wife, Elishia, of Murfreesboro TN, and DeAnn Richey and her husband, Kevin, of Blue Springs; three sisters, Katie Gilmore of Booneville, Sue Pardue and husband, Bud, of Dennis, and Barbara Hickman of Corinth; 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter and son-in-law, Danica and Anthony McCord; his granddaughter, Destiny Montana McCord; a sister, Betty Lambert, and two brothers, Walter Lee and Roy Glen Gifford. Services honoring his life will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2020 at the Hughes Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Johnson and Rev. Shaun Martin officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery. W.E Pegues is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until service time at the church. Pallbearers will be Mike Scott, Keith Bass, Kevin Richey, Hugh Jones, Toby Lafayette, and Jordan Hill. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Gifford, Brandon Parmely, Chris Gifford, Haygen Richey, Tyler Gifford, and Kyle Gifford Expressions of sympathy may be left at http://www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Martha Fowler
February 14, 1935 – March 24, 2020
Martha Janell Fowler, 85, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at the Sanctuary Hospice House from an extended illness. Mrs. Fowler, affectionately known as “Aunt Pete,” was born on February 14, 1935 to the late Condie and Nancy Oliver, of Shannon. She was married for 50 years to Jessie Thomas Fowler, who preceded her in death, November 2000. She was a Baptist. Mrs. Fowler in earlier years provided childcare in her home. She then worked in several factories, such as Hunter-Sadler, Rosato and Action. She loved to fish, play Rook, work puzzles, and was known for being a wonderful cook. For several years, she baked cakes for the public. Most of all, she dearly loved her family. She is survived by her son, David Ray Fowler (Cindy) of Tupelo; one granddaughter, Kristy Schipke of Saltillo; two great-granddaughters, Ava and Audrey Schipke of Saltillo; one sister, Polly Williams of Shannon; one brother, Wayne Oliver of Shannon; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Billy Oliver; and a brother-in-law, Kenith Williams. Private Graveside Services will be held Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Lee Memorial Park with Bro. Dwayne Ard officiating. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy and memories may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 200 Vesey Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10281 or St. Jude, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
John Blanchard
February 27, 1930 – March 24, 2020
Jules “John” Edward Blanchard, 90, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born February 27, 1930 to Jean Baptiste Blanchard and Arlene Nadeau Blanchard in Bradley, Maine. John enlisted in the United States Navy and made his career serving his country faithfully. During his 20 year military career, he received an Associate’s Degree from Texas A&I University and traveled throughout the World. Earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer, he retired as a Jet Mechanic/ Instructor. On September 25, 1948 he married the former Bobbie Leslie. They were married 65 years before her death in 2013, during their marriage they enjoyed dancing. He has been an active member of both the VFW and American Legion Post 49. He enjoyed golfing, playing guitar, singing and family gatherings. Survivors include his eight children, Scott L. Blanchard and his wife, Nita of Shiloh Community, Larry Blanchard and his wife, Joyce of the Shiloh Community, Kathy Arnold and her husband, David of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Mary Dawson and her husband, Gary of Mooreville, Suzanne Smith of Mooreville, Frances Long and her husband, Mickey of Greenbrier, Arkansas, Phillip Blanchard and his wife, Mimi of Guntown and Chris Blanchard and his wife, Kori of Mooreville; 21 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Nicky Blanchard; four grandchildren; three sisters, Charlotte, Corinne and Carla and one brother, Frank. Visitation will be 3 until 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2020 at W. E. Pegues, Saltillo. Services honoring John’s life will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2020 at the Saltillo Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Bro. Gary Dawson officiating. Private graveside services will follow in Mooreville Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandsons. The service will be live streamed and recorded for those who may not be able to attend at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be left at http://www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
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Sarah Ida Cotton
September 8, 1925 – March 16, 2020
Sarah Scoggins Cotton passed away peacefully Monday, March 16, at Creekside Manor Assisted Living. She was 94. Sarah was born September 8, 1925, to Lofton and Jo Della Scoggins in Oktibbeha County. Sarah lived an interesting life as an Army wife, residing in many places ranging from Denmark and Croatia to the West Coast and many locales in between. She enjoyed recounting her history to just about anyone who listened. Many of those stories were of her childhood growing up on a rural Mississippi farm and attending Longview School, where she graduated as valedictorian, but a favorite place was San Francisco and her job as hostess of the Ft. Mason Officer’s Club. She began her working career waiting tables at Starkville Cafe and later took a job across the street at Weir Drugstore. Her last 21 years were lived in Saltillo. Survivors include daughters Angela (Bruce) Peters of Texas, Rebecca (Rick) Ehlers of Michigan; sons Richard Cotton of Saltillo and Keith Cotton of Oklahoma; sister Dell Lemmons Franklin of Texas; and brother Murray (Pearl) Scoggins of Starkville. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, six siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. A graveside service at New Hope Baptist Church in the Longview community west of Starkville is planned for Saturday, March 21, at 11 a.m. Arrangements are being handled by Holland Funeral Directors in Tupelo. Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com.
George P Matthews
February 29, 1932 – March 16, 2020
Mr. George John Paul Matthews, age 88, died Monday, March 16, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House following an extended illness. He was born February 29, 1932 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Jefferson James Matthews and Columbia Montoli Matthews. He lived his youth in New Orleans and attended Louisiana State University (LSU) where he played football and was on the boxing team, winning the championship during his time there. He served his country in the U.S. Army, ranked as Staff Sargent, during the Korean Conflict. George worked many years as a quality control engineer for American Standard in New Orleans, and transferring to Tupelo in 1968 when they opened as Eljer Manufacturing. He married Sandra Hendrix on August 15, 1980. Later George worked for Super Sagless where he was employed at the time of his retirement. He was a member of Verona First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Sandra Matthews of Shannon; son Montoli Matthews of Shannon and stepson, Matthew Baggett (Wendy) of Franklin, TN; daughters, Cassandra Thrift (Christopher) of Collinsville, MS and Serenity Matthews of Shannon; nine grandchildren, Kyle Shelton, Ashe Shelton, Bobby Matthews, George Matthews, III, Nathan Baggett, Jaden Baggett, Adam Miller, Tommy Miller, and Matthew Miller, and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, George Matthews, Jr. and Paul Matthews; daughter, Donna Miller; brother, Jeff Matthews; and two sisters, Dorothy Stevenson and Elaine Laporth. A memorial service celebrating his life with military honors will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2020 in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Dr. David Hamilton officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to service time only. Condolences to the family may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com. Those who cannot attend may view the service live on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and thereafter by going to hollandfuneraldirectors.com/live-streaming.
JoAnn Brock
January 8, 1939 ~ March 17, 2020
JoAnn Honeycutt Brock, 81, died at her residence in Verona on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 after an illness of about a year. JoAnn was born in Humphreys County, Belzoni, Mississippi on January 8, 1939 to the late Elzie Franklin Honeycutt and Hattie Lucille DeLoach Honeycutt. She grew up near Wolf Lake in the Delta and farmed the cotton fields early in life. She and her late husband, Billy Ray Brock, moved to Lee County (Verona) almost 50 years ago making this area their home most of their adult lives. JoAnn worked in area factories including Hunter-Sadler, Blue Bell, Five G’s among others for much of her life until spending the last 10 plus years of her life working in the school cafeterias in Plantersville and Verona Schools. She loved children and meeting their needs and was known by most as Mamaw Brock. She deeply loved her own family and especially her grandchildren. JoAnn enjoyed reading, watching TV especially game shows and Hallmark movies and sharing her wicked sense of humor with family and friends everywhere. An avid Mississippi State Sports fan, she was a devoted follower of the Girl’s basketball team. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Verona. JoAnn is survived by her daughter, Lori Luna (Alberto) of Eggville; two sons, Jeff Brock (Mary) of Verona, and Mike Brock (Annette) of Peaceful Valley in Itawamba County; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; a sister, Linda Hill (Taylor) of Arkansas; and a host of other near relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, E.F. and Hattie Honeycutt; her husband, Billy Ray Brock; her siblings, Paulette Womack and three infants; a grandson, Adam, and granddaughter, Marlene. Due to the guidelines of the Coronavirus Pandemic, all services will be private to the family. Burial will be in the family plot at Canton City Cemetery. Friends are welcome to send their expressions of sympathy to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net. If you wish to honor her life, it is suggested memorials be made to Special Olympics, 2906 N State St 206, Jackson, MS 39216; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Dr, Memphis, TN 38105; or the American Cancer Society, 1380 Livingston Ln, Jackson, MS 39213. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving their friends.
Granville Miller
March 15, 1930 – March 19, 2020
Granville Madison “Buddy” Miller, a great soul, was born in Nashville, TN on March 15, 1930 to the late Granville Madison Miller, Sr. and Leonora Ellen Wright Miller. He departed this life for his life eternal at 3 A.M. Thursday, March 19, 2020 from Sanctuary Hospice House having just celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday past. He spent his growing up years in Tennessee and graduated from Morgan Prep School in Petersburg, TN on May 19, 1949. He did undergraduate work at Tennessee Tech and later Itawamba Community College. A patriotic American, Buddy served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 – 1954 during the Korean Conflict. His working career centered around food sales. First, he worked for Frito-Lay for 9 ½ years with four of those years as Sales Supervisor. Later he worked for H.J. Heinz Co. as sales rep for over 20 years and then worked as an Independent Food Broker sales rep for 15 years before retiring. Buddy loved the community of Tupelo and especially his family at Harrisburg Baptist Church. He served Harrisburg as a deacon, choir member, children’s Sunday School teacher, and worked for years with the children’s choir. His credo of service above self allowed him to become associated with the American Red Cross where he served years on the Board of Directors and was a First Aid and CPR instructor as well as Chairperson for the State Health and Safety Committee. He was also on the State Hurricane Watch Team and the Disaster team. He had great appreciation for the work of the United Way and twice received the Outstanding Volunteer Service to the Community Award. A Boy Scout himself, he was assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 12 for over 30 years and the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award from the Yocona Council. His earthly pilgrimage was filled with family, Church, Community, a grateful heart and a deep appreciation for the Golden Rule, which he always practiced. He will be missed by all. Buddy is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lynette Miller of Tupelo; two sons, Don Miller and wife, Carla of Cape Cartaret, North Carolina, and Doug Miller and wife, Lisa of Ripley, TN; four grandchildren, Jeremy (Katie) Miller, Joshua (Katelyn) Miller, Tabitha Call (Chris), and Coleman Starnes; three great-grandchildren, Noah, Rhett, and Asher; sister, Ann Land (Charles, deceased) of Hendersonville, TN. Pallbearers will be Doug and Don Miller, Jeremy and Joshua Miller, C.W. Jackson, Troy Maxcy, and Gene Freeman. Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, a private family service will be held at 1 PM Sunday, March 22, 2020 from the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with their Harrisburg Pastoral Family, Bro. David Smith, Pastor Rob Armstrong, and Bro. David Langerfeld officiating. The family encourages their friends to come by between 11 AM-12:30 to sign the register book and further suggests that you watch the service via Livestreaming at http://www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/live-streaming at 1 PM. The service will be permanently archived thereafter. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Buddy to Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Mary Armstrong
January 10, 1930 ~ March 20, 2020
Mary Magdalene Caldwell Armstrong, 90, realized the promises of her lifelong faith in her Savior and joined him in eternity in the early morning hours of Friday, March 20, 2020 from Cornerstone Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corinth. Mary was born in Itawamba County, MS on January 10, 1930 to the late Claude Caldwell and Oberia Oliver Caldwell. She lived most of her life in the Nettleton area of Itawamba County and was a member of the Cason Baptist Church. She worked at Reed’s Garment Company in her early life but was a homemaker, a mother and grandmother most of her life. She provided great meals for her family, kept her flower beds perfect, and was a master seamstress making clothes for her children and grandchildren over the years. A caregiver, she sat with many elderly folks the last part of her life giving them expert, compassionate care. Mrs. Armstrong is survived by her children: three daughters, Edna Mae Rawson (Terry) of Tupelo, Carolyn Sue Suddieth (Billy), and Dorothy Chaney (Jerry) of Nettleton, and a son, James Armstrong (Becky) of Amory; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, William Caldwell (Villa) of Nettleton, and a sister, Eulene Caldwell of Smithville. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Claude, in 1989. Due to the Cornona Virus pandemic, the family has requested that you respect their desire for a private family service to celebrate her life at 1 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Matt Hudson officiating. Friends may visit from 11 AM – 12:30 PM. Private burial will follow in the Unity Presbyterian Church Cemetery east of Plantersville. Holland Funeral Directors are honored to be serving their friends (840-5000). The service will be live-streamed and friends and extended family may watch at 1 PM Monday by accessing http://www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/live-streaming. The service will be permanently archived thereafter.
Ingrid Rea
June 16, 1948 ~ March 21, 2020
Ingrid Fendrich Rea, 71, died at Sanctuary Hospice House on March 21, 2020, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Ingrid was born June 16, 1948 in Bobstadt, Germany to the late Ernst and Hilde Fendrich. She married Willard Rea and moved with him to make a home in Belden where she lived the rest of her life. Before retiring, Ingrid attended Itawamba Community College and graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in physical therapy. She worked as a physical therapist for years until she retired. Ingrid was a wonderful mom to her many dogs and cats and treated them with much love and care. She also enjoyed the company of the German Group, her many German friends who also live in the Tupelo area. Ingrid had a keen sense of social responsibility, believing it is important to support worthy causes such as the World Wildlife Federation and the Tupelo Lee Humane Society. Ingrid was predeceased in 1998 by her loving husband, Willard Rea. She is survived and will be missed by her sister, Lucia Raab and husband, Konrad; two nephews, Thomas and Gert Raab of Buerstadt, Germany; and stepson, Victor Rea and his wife, Peg Taylor of El Dorado Hills, CA. She is also survived by her grandchildren Steven Rea, Erin Rea, and David Fuson, who all referred to her as Grandma Ingrid, and her four great-grandchildren, Julia, Elijah, Emily, and Eva Rea. Visitation will be at Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM on Wednesday, April 1. A graveside service will follow at Noon at Belden Cemetery. Due to CDC guidelines on the Coronavirus pandemic, attendance may be limited. A larger memorial service for Ingrid will be held for all friends and family at a later date. Friends are welcome to send expressions of sympathy or share memories of Ingrid at hollandfuneraldirectors.com or they may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Jeffrey Leon Cochran
October 26, 1959 ~ March 21, 2020
Jeffrey Leon “Jeff” Cochran, 60, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at his residence near Houlka. Jeff was born in Memphis, TN on October 26, 1959 to Leon Cochran and Lanita Reid Cochran. He grew up in Tupelo, graduating from Tupelo High School in l977. Along with his family, he attended St. Luke United Methodist Church in Tupelo. A patriotic American whose pride in his country was always evident, Jeff joined the U. S. Air Force serving four years. For six years thereafter, he was a part of the Reserves. His initial employments were civil service jobs at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS and Dobbins Air Force Base near Atlanta. He ultimately chose a career with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons working in Federal Prisons in Memphis and Atlanta before retiring. An admirer of all God’s creation, Jeff loved being in nature especially at his country home where he enjoyed his dogs, walking the woods and attending gun shows. Jeff leaves behind his parents, Leon and Lanita Cochran of Tupelo; his daughter, Lisa Rollins and husband Matt of Mooreville; his sister, Cindy Cochran Reinacker and her husband, Rick, and daughter, Allison of Plano Texas; two grands, grandson Evan Rollins and granddaughter Vivien Rollins; and a host of friends all across the Mid-South and beyond. Due to the necessity of social distancing associated with the Corona Virus, the family will celebrate his life at a private graveside service at Tupelo Memorial Park on Joyner. For those who wish to express sympathy, it is suggested you email your condolences to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net or post them at hollandfuneraldirectors.com. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving their friends.There will be no public visitation. The family also requests you honor Jeff’s life by making memorials to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 1400 Clayton Ave, Tupelo, MS 38801, or to Sanctuary Hospice House, P. O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS. 38803.
Stanley Ivan Wood, Sr.
January 3, 1940 ~ March 22, 2020
Mr. Stanley Ivan Wood, Sr., U.S. Navy, Retired, died Sunday, March 22, 2020 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born in Oneonta, New York on January 30, 1940 to the union of Austin D. Wood and Norma Taylor Wood. Stanley joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and retired after 22 years of service. During that time he made multiple tours in Vietnam, Japan, the South Pole, and other places. After retirement, he worked in construction. Stanley was a Christian who was devoted to his family. He loved his wife with all his heart every day of his life. He was hard working and loved gardening. He is survived by his sons, Stanley Wood, II (Chastity) of Belden, and Wayne Edwards of Saltillo; three daughters, Jerri Kilgo (Jeff) of Marietta, Chrissy Wood of Belden, and Katherine Smith (Cliff) of Grenada; sister, Nancy Fodero of Oneonta, NY; brother-in-law, Skip Knott; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Broadhead Wood; his parents; brother, Charles Wood; sister, Mary Lou Knott; and half-sister, Doris Isherwood. A private family graveside service with military honors will take place in the Locust Hill Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is honored to assist their friends with arrangements. Condolences to the family may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com.
Steve Maxcy
September 5, 1954 ~ March 23, 2020
Troy Stephen “Steve” Maxcy, 65, crossed over from his residence in Decatur, AL on March 23, 2020 while surrounded by his loved ones after a valiant five month battle with cancer. Born September 5, 1954 in Nashville while his father, Troy and mother, Dorothy were stationed at Stewart Air Force Base, he grew up in Florence, AL and Tupelo where he attended the public schools and graduated in 1972 from Tupelo High School. A standout academician and athlete, Maxcy, as he was known by all, lettered in football, track, was active in Theatre under the late Ruth Livakos, served in many school government offices including being Jr. Class President and President of the THS Student Body his senior year. Additionally, he was chosen Mr. Tupelo High School in l972. He attended Boy’s State and Boy’s Nation in Washington, D.C. representing Mississippi. He attended Mississippi College in Clinton for one year where he was freshman class President and on the Debate Team. He finished his undergraduate studies at Ole Miss where he participated in the Debate team. He furthered his education at Ole Miss with a Master’s degree and completed all the course work for a PHD. Maxcy was more than a student, he was a voracious reader well versed in literature including the classics, prose and poetry and history. Maxcy loved to debate and argue formally or informally. His brilliant, analytical mind allowed him to choose sides and he most often would take the road less traveled! From a historical standpoint, he became a self-taught authority on Native American Chickasaw Indian history, always pursuing new information and sites to explore and write about. His life work included working as a Respiratory Therapist over ten years at the North Miss. Medical Center and later as a sales agent for medical supplies. He even taught night classes at ICC for a period of time. Maxcy had a passion for those with mental illnesses and became a worker in the Mid-south for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, a position that brought him great satisfaction as he served others. Maxcy was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church. He was a fascinating personality, a delightfully entertaining and witty soul and a dear friend to many. He cut a wide path and will long be remembered by a grateful family and large host of friends. Maxcy is survived by his parents, Troy and Dorothy Horne “Dot” Maxcy of Tupelo; his children, Mary Margaret Maxcy, and William “Will” Stanton Maxcy; his grandson, Hudson Maxcy; his companion for the last ten years and loyal caregiver, Laurie Rodgers of Decatur, Ala.; his step-children, Jessica Pigott (Charles), Steven Brandon (Christian); step-grandchildren, Marley Pigott, Meri Pigott, Kyle Brandon; his brother, Stewart Maxcy (Stephanie); nieces, Alden Pappas (Demetri) and Addy Maxcy; the mother of his children, Joni Maxcy; Laura’s children, Lyndsey Kulaw and Jonathan Rodgers; special friend, Jimmy and Diane Hamric; his aunt, Mary Pearl Spencer, and uncles, Jerry Maxcy (Pat) and Doug Horne (Carol); and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his Maxcy and Horne grandparents, and his beloved middle brother, Stan Maxcy. A private family service celebrating his life was held at the family residence in Tupelo yesterday (Tuesday) with close family friend, Steve Holland speaking. He will be interred at a later date in the Maxcy family plot at Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving their friends. Memorials to honor Steve’s walk among us and contributions to others are suggested to be made to the Stan Maxcy Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o University of Mississippi Foundation, Box 1848, University, MS 38677 (Hotty Toddy). For those who wish to express words of comfort to the family, please email to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Methel Vaught Brown
January 28, 1943 ~ March 25, 2020
Ms. Methel Vaught Brown, age 77, died Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at North MS Medical Center following an extended illness. Arrangements are pending at this time and will be announced at a later date. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be entrusted with arrangements. Condolences to the family may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Methel Vaught Brown by visiting our tribute shop.
Derick Pitts
March 10, 1968 ~ March 26, 2020
Ralph Frederick “Derick” Pitts, 52, son of Fred and Carol Pitts, met his Creator at 12:51 AM on Thursday, March 26, 2020 from his residence in Palm Bay, Florida after a protracted battle with cancer. A local celebration of life will be announced at a future date here in Tupelo. A full obituary will follow. Please send condolences for Fred and Carol to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Derick Pitts by visiting our tribute shop.
Dan Robinson
August 30, 1946 ~ March 26, 2020
Danny “Dan” Robinson died Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was 73. He was born August 30, 1946 to William Warren Robinson and Della Hayes Robinson. A lifelong Lee County resident, he attended Saltillo High School where he first met the love of his life, Betty Sue, and later married her on February 24, 1966. They later adopted two children, Will and Dana. He graduated in the Marine Corp in 1967 where he fought in the Vietnam War. He was an artist by nature, and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t draw which led him to opening his own company, Signs by Dan. He loved anything outdoors. Some of his best times were spent with his wife and family while camping, boating, and fishing at the lake. He loved his children and grandchildren and their time spent together. Later in his life his time with them sitting around laughing and eating peanut butter and bananas is what he always looked forward to. He was a people person, enjoyed helping others and would go out of his way to help anyone. He will be greatly missed by his loved ones. Dan is survived by his son, Will Robinson (Hannah) of Tupelo, and daughter Dana McGraw (Clint) of Tupelo; his sister Nancy Wood (David) of Guntown; and his grandchildren, Hailee, Ella Reese, Beckham, Rylie, Cayden, and Mia. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Sue; his son, Daniel Lee Robinson; and his mother- and father-in-law, Albert and Bonnie Hamblin. A graveside service will be held at Camp Creek on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 12 PM with Bro. Bobby Robbins and Rev. Dr. Will Rambo officiating. Visitation will be held at Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel on Monday from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. Holland – Tupelo Chapel is honored to serve their friends. Honorary pallbearers will be David Wood, Rex Myhand, Tommy Wood and Geoff White. Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com.
Bettye Moore
March 16, 1938 ~ March 27, 2020
Bettye Ryan Moore died peacefully, surrounded by her children, on Friday March 27, 2020 at Rosewood Senior Living in Tupelo MS, following a brief illness. She was 82. Bettye was born on March 16, 1938, in Booneville, MS to Charles C. Ryan and Mittie Lou Howell Ryan. Bettye married her sweetheart, J.D. Moore, on July 17, 1955 and graduated from Booneville High School with the class of 1956. Bettye was a longtime member of the Monument Drive Baptist Church. Survivors include her son, Mike Moore and his wife Tonja of Tupelo; her daughter, Pam Moore Fields and her husband Jeff of Saltillo; her sister, Anne Moore of Sharpsburg, GA; five grandchildren, Jake Moore (Malorie), Ryan Moore (girlfriend – Tatum Weaver), Tyler Fields (Lexie), Mason Fields (Megan), and Casey Smith (LiMerle); three great-grandchildren, Emary, Jaxon, and Nolyn Smith; one niece and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63 wonderful years, J.D. Moore; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Opal Wigginton and Bill Diffey; and brother-in-law Euward Moore. Due to CDC guidelines on the Coronavirus pandemic, a private graveside service will be held Sunday, March 29, 2020, at Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is honored to be serving their friends. Memorials may be made to Kindred Hospice, 144 S Thomas St, Tupelo MS 38801. Friends are welcome to send expressions of sympathy or share memories of Bettye at hollandfuneraldirectors.com or they may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
James Dill
April 7, 1938 ~ March 27, 2020
James Hoyt Dill, 81, died at Diversicare Nursing Center in Amory on Friday, March 27, 2020. Born in Saltillo on April 7, 1938 to the late Beland Dill and Flora Mae Bell Dill, he lived most all his life in this area. He retired as a production worker for Leggett and Platt at age 67. James married Linda Reynolds on May 22, 1938 and she survives. James was a faithful attendee of the First Assembly of God Church in Pontotoc and Saltillo later in life. He was a gospel singer of note and an excellent guitarist. His testimony was manifest with his hundreds of performances in churches all over Mississippi and the Mid-South. A good “shade tree” mechanic, James enjoyed working on cars especially his 1963 Mustang. Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Linda; two daughters, Laura Ann Gillard (Joey Hicks) of Baldwyn and Loretta Lynn Collins (Mike) of Guntown; a son, Michael Anderson (Heather Adams Anderson) of Baldwyn; two sisters, Laura Turner “Blue Eyes” of Saltillo and Linda Joyce Ridgeway (Billy ) of Verona; seven grandchildren, Tiffany McCullough (Bobby), Haley Adams, Katie Adams, Summer Collins, Angie Collins, Andrew Collins, and Tyler Collins; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. A family service celebrating his life will be held Monday, March 30, 2020 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Matthew Parker and Bro. Tommy Kindle officiating. Private burial will follow in Fellowship Cemetery near Saltillo. The family will receive friends in groups of no more than 10 from Noon-1:45 PM on Monday, all at Holland-Tupelo Chapel, which is honored to be serving their friends. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
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John S. Long, Jr.
July 23, 1935 – March 18, 2020
John S. Long, Jr., 84, died Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the Union County Heath and Rehab. He was born July 23, 1935, in Tupelo to John and Ida Spencer Long. He graduated from Verona High School and after graduation he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. After an Honorable Discharge, he returned home in 1957 and married the love of his life, Doris Jean Burton in a joint wedding ceremony with her twin sister, Dot Burton and her husband Bud Talley on June 21, 1957. He owned and operated Downtown Finance, Hometown Insurance Agency and Long Auto Sales. He was a longtime Lay Speaker and a member of Pontotoc First United Methodist Church. He was a past member of Verona United Methodist Church and was a Lay Pastor at Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church for over 30 years where he was known as Bro. Johnny by his congregation. He enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, hunting, fishing, attending Ole Miss football games, traveling and coaching little league baseball. He is survived by his two sons, Steve Long of Tupelo and Matt Long of Pontotoc; one sister, Betty L. Harris of Liberty TX; one grandson, Reece Long of Ft. Wayne, IN; his brother and sister-in-laws, Bud and Dot Talley of Verona; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris Jean Long and one sister, Kathleen Alred. Pallbearers will be Ricky Denton, Hunter Talley, Wayne Washington, Jonathan Skinner, Greg Talley and Richard Stephenson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Reece Long, Bud Talley, Mike Harris, James Ray Harris, Gary Alred, Jerry Alred and Ed Woodall. Services will be 2 PM Sunday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House. Visitation will be 4–7 Saturday and 1–2 Sunday.
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Virgil Doss
1961 – March 19, 2020
Virgil Doss, 59, passed away on March 19, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Hospital in Corinth, MS. Private Graveside Service is Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Visitation is Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 4-6 pm. Interment is at Porters Memorial Park, Tupelo, MS. Expressions of sympathy may be left on Facebook at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.
L.C Foster
1929 – March 21, 2020
L.C. Foster, 91, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation in Tupelo, MS. Private Graveside Services will be on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Heavens Gate Memorial Garden in Nettleton, MS. Visitation will be on 30 minutes prior to service from 2-230 pm. Expressions of sympathy may be left at http://www.nljonesandsons.com or on Facebook at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

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