Obituaries

HCN Regional Obituaries (March 27 – April 2, 2020)

Baldwyn MS
Kesler Funeral Home Inc
Jerry L. Crowe
March 5, 1964 – March 27, 2020
Jerry L. Crowe, 55, passed away on March 27, 2020, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home. 
Jerry Allen Hester
June 12, 1961 ~ March 31, 2020
Jerry Allen Hester (58) passed away Tuesday March 31, 2020 at his son’s home in Baldwyn after an extended illness. He was born east of Guntown off Hushpuppy Road on June 12,1961 to Prater (Duke) and Bernice Hester. He worked his entire life mostly for Coca Cola, 45 Auto Parts and B&B Concrete. He loved to drink beer, play dominoes, Ole Miss football and he loved to play with his granddaughter, Erin Summer Hester.Survivors include his sons, Nathan Hester (Mindy) of Baldwyn and Jeremy Fowler of New Albany; his daughter, Glenda Patterson of Tremont; grandchildren, Erin Summer Hester, Gabby Clayton, Gavin Patterson, Cooper Patterson and Gracie; a very special niece, Julia Taylor (Keith) of Booneville; brother, Delton Hester of Palmetto; sisters, Velma Dirtinger of Saltillo and Marie Mayben (Tim) of Baldwyn; and a host of nieces and nephews.Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his grandmother, Julia Baker;  grandfather, Jim Hester; brother, Dewey Lee Hester; sister, Cathrine Ruth Cole; uncle, Charlie Dewey Baker; a special nephew, Coy Cole; and a very special sister, Shirley Ann Fugitt. Pallbearers will be: Keith Taylor, Kasey Taylor, Wade White, Tim and Ricky Mayben. Honorary pallbearers will be: Nathan Hester and Jeremy Hester.Services will be 12:00 noon Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Chuck Hassell officiating. Burial will be in the Unity Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 am until service time Thursday. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jerry Allen Hester, please visit our floral store.

Gola Faye Loden
November 26, 1946 ~ March 31, 2020
Gola Faye Loden (73) passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at her home in Baldwyn after a long battle with cancer. She was born November 26, 1946 to Travis and Exie Taylor Jamerson. She loved the Lord, being with her puppy Jake and walking at the gym with the ladies, especially her special friend, Jean McCreary. She enjoyed shopping around town with her daughter and grandchildren and she always enjoyed a cup of coffee with loved ones. After moving to Baldwyn in 2008, she became a member of East Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. She loved being able to hear her son-in-law preach and also loved the former pastor, Bro. Rex Bullock.Gola is survived by her daughter, Missy Leathers (Gary) of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Candance Copeland (Anthony) and Shane Gordon (Megan); great-grandchildren, Gavin Copeland, Eli Tate Gordon, Saylah Faye Copeland, Makenna Grace Gordon and Hastin Copeland all of Baldwyn; sister, Brenda Angel (Larry) of Baton Rouge; and a host of extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her sisters Pearlie Mae Jamerson, Myrtle Harmon and Bobbie Nell Jamerson; her brothers, Dwight Jamerson and Jackie Jamerson and her parents.Services will be 3 pm Thursday, April 2, 2020 in the chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Rex Bullock officiating and Bro. Anthony Copeland presenting the eulogy. Burial will be in the East Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Pallbearers are Johnny Harmon, Michael Jarrell, Johnny Jarrell, Cary Leathers, Todd Leathers and Chris Ramey. Visitation will begin an hour before the service. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Gola Faye Loden, please visit our floral store.
Waters Funeral Home Inc
Jimmy Lee Hicks 
February 25, 1963 –  March 28, 2020
Jimmy Lee Hicks, age 57 passed away peacefully at his home March 28, 2020 in Thaxton, MS. He was born on February 25, 1963 to Milburn and Opehlia Shockley Hicks of Thaxton. He was a security officer for the Toyota plant in Blue Springs. He loved his family dearly and enjoyed fishing and bluegrass music. He was a Baptist.He is survived by his siblings, Debra (Damon) Bailey of Chattanooga, TN, Liz (Chuck) Gusmus) of Tupelo, MS; Doug (Robin) Hicks of Belden, MS and Chris (Michelle) Hicks of Saltillo, MS; two nieces; five nephews; one great-niece and five great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.Due to CDC recommendations private funeral services will be held at Waters Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 11:00 am. with Bro. Henry Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Cemetery. Limited visitation will be at Waters Funeral Home on Monday evening from 4:00-8:00 pm. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family @www.watersfuneralservice.com To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Jimmy Hicks, please visit our Tribute Store.
Booneville MS
Booneville Funeral Home
Marty Massey
May 7, 1929 – March 27, 2020
Martha Wade “Marty” Massey, age 90, died Friday, March 27, 2020, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born May 7, 1929, in Prentiss County, to Eugene Quay Week and Minerva Willmetta Box. She worked in Civil Services for the National Government. Marty enjoyed gardening, line dancing, boating, and loving on her fur baby cats. Marty was an active member of the Booneville Church of Christ. She loved her church and her church familyShe is survived by her sons, Gary Nesler (Jennifer) of New Albany, MS, Larry Nesler of Booneville, MS; step-son, Tommy Massey of Madison, MS; step-daughter, Beth Bridges (Hal) of Silver City, MS; grandsons, Brandon Nesler (Kristi) of Sumrall, MS; Barrett Nesler (Rivers) of Mt Juliet, TN; Ryan Nesler (Lauren) of Tampa, FL; granddaughters, Kelley Nesler (finance’ Tyler) of Booneville, MS, Meredith Massey of Jackson, MS, Lauren Laws (John) of Jackson, MS, and Reed Andrews (Blake) of Vicksburg, MS; great-grandchildren Natalie Nesler of Sumrall, MS; Andrew Nesler of Sumrall, MS; Annabelle Nesler of Tampa, FL; and Hudson Nesler of Tampa, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Tom O. Massey.A private service will be held for the family on Monday, March 30, 2020, with Rev. Jim Estes delivering the message. Eulogy will be read by her sons. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers will be Larry Nesler, Gary Nesler, Brandon Nesler, Barrett Nesler, Ryan Nesler, Tom Massey, Tyler Moore, and Hal Bridges. Due to CDC guidelines, there will not be a viewing. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Caring Cooks c/o Booneville Church of Christ, P.O. Box 28, Booneville, MS. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Marty Massey please visit our Sympathy Store.
Shirley Ramer
November 12, 1940 – March 30, 2020
Shirley W. “Honey” Ramer, 79, passed away Monday, March 30, 2020, at her residence in Booneville. She was born on November 12, 1940, in Prentiss County to Willard Wesley Carter and Frankie Pearle Tennison Carter. She was a seamstress and owned several fabric shops throughout her life. She enjoyed sewing, flower gardening, and being with her kids and grandkids.She is survived by her son, Michael McAnally (Deena) of Booneville; daughter, Sharon Cain of Booneville; a brother, Aaron Carter (Carolyn) of Burton Community; grandson, Matthew Cain (Jessica); granddaughters, Amber Davis (Chris), Alexis Bullard (Devin), and Marley McAnally, all of Booneville; great-grandchildren, Carter Cain, Lily Cain, Noah Cain, Presleigh Davis, Emma Davis, and Wyatt Davis. She preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Ramer; parents; an infant brother, Harold Carter; and two sisters, Jimmie Lynn Hopkins and Lenovia Miles.There will be a private family service with Bro. Jesse Hisaw delivering the message. Burial will be in Fairview Church of God Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fairview Church of God Building Fund. Condolences may be extended to the family at boonevillefuneralhome.net. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Shirley Ramer please visit our Sympathy Store.

Steve MannMay 8, 1967 – March 31, 2020Steven Forrest Mann, 52, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at his home in Booneville. He was born on May 8, 1967, in Memphis, TN, to Herman Earl Mann and Patricia Davis Mann. He drove a truck for many years and was known to his trucker friends as “Rooster”. He liked to fly drones and taking aerial pictures. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and with loved ones where he was known to be a “prankster” and loved making others laugh.He is survived by his sons, Justin King, Bryan King, Corey King, Christopher Mann, Mescal Carpenter, and Rickey Carpenter; daughter, Destiny Taylor (Johnny); brother, Bryan Mann (Jennifer); sisters, Janita Mann, Donna Strickland (Patrick), and Michelle Warren (Stephen); and four granddaughters.He was preceded in death by his parents.There will be a celebration of life service at a later date. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be extended to the family at boonevillefuneralhome.net. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Steve Mann please visit our Sympathy Store.
McMillan Funeral Home
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 County Rd 3151, Booneville, MS 38829, or charity of choice. Condolences may be left at http://www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Corinth MS
Magnolia Funeral Home
Linda Kate Winters
October 16, 1940 – March 28, 2020
Linda Kate Winters, 79, of Corinth, MS, went to be with the Lord and her beloved husband Bedford on Saturday, March 28, 2020 surrounded by family at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born in Dallas, TX, on October 16, 1940 to the late Clifford and Lucille Dillon Dickey, and moved to Saint Louis, MO shortly afterwards where she spent her early years. Linda graduated from Corinth High School in 1958 and married the love of her life on October 9, 1959. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She and Bedford loved to travel to the Smoky Mountains and visit with family. Whether she was chopping wood or digging a basement with Bedford, she gave 100 percent. If one of them had a project, the other made sure that it was accomplished. She also loved to cook homemade meals for the family and was well known for her strawberry and chocolate cakes. Not only did she smock and sew for her grandchildren, she loved to attend their various sporting events and extracurricular activities.Linda was a member of Oakland Baptist Church and served as the Senior Pastor’s Administrative Assistant for thirty-eight years. With great diligence, she worked on the Building Committee for Relocation. She tirelessly attended to every detail and worked closely with the construction crew and on the Design Committee. As the Pastor’s Administrative Assistant, Linda also served as Office Manager, Wedding Coordinator, Staff Anniversary Coordinator, Church Calendar Coordinator, and Church Clerk. One of her greatest sources of enjoyment was the Banner Ministry. As an excellent seamstress and with a creative mind, she and Bro. Jim Pinkston founded the ministry. Linda designed and hand-stitched the majority of the banners that are displayed around the church and specifically during the annual Passion Play.Those left to honor Linda’s memory include her children: Mark Winters and wife Cynthia, Bryan Winters and wife Karen, and Nancy Ross and husband Terry all of Corinth; her precious grandchildren: Allie Carroll (Bret), Rachel Delashmit (Jake), Morgan Crum (Jacob), Fu Meng, Alan Pratt (Abby), and Emily Ross, and a special great granddaughter soon to be; her brother-in-law: Bill Winters and wife Linda and a sister-in-law: Ora Winters all of Corinth; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Bedford Winters and her brother Ben Dickey. Linda was blessed with many friends whom she loved and who also loved her that would want to join us in celebrating her life.In light of the current virus situation, we are planning at a future date when we can all be together to share our cherished memories of her. Interment will be in Magnolia Gardens. The family would like to honorably mention Dr. Randy Bostick, Dr. Tommy Vinson, Bro. Dyer Harbor, Dr. Chris Aday, Bro. Jim Pinkston, Bro. Trey Wayne, Keith Reddell, Wayne Prince, and Dr. Ronald Meeks. Magnolia Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at magnoliafuneralhome.net. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Linda Kate Winters please visit our Sympathy Store.
Eva Ruth Waldrop
November 1, 1961 – March 29, 2020
Eva Ruth Waldrop, 58 of Corinth, was born on November 1, 1961 in Indianola MS. Eva passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a homemaker who loved her family and friends and enjoyed crocheting and going to church. She was a member of Church of the Crossroads. Eva is survived by her husband of 43 years: Bro. Donnie Waldrop of Corinth; sons: Christopher Waldrop (Kimberly) of Decaturville, TN and Daniel Waldrop (Danielle) of Corinth; daughter: Tiffany Waldrop of Corinth; grandchildren: Isaac Waldrop, Ruby Mae Waldrop, Madison Benjamin Waldrop, Darbie Waldrop and Daisy Waldrop; brothers: Samuel Crossland of Greenwood, MS, Terry Crossland (Deborah) of Fouke, Ark, David Holmes (Diane) of Bolivar, TN and Floyd Whitten (Nancy) of Vicksburg, MS; sisters: Caroline Crossland of Greenwood, MS, Betty Mangrum of Milan TN, Sylvia Beam (Walter) of Greenwood, MS and Myra Singley (Bobby) of Grenada, MS; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her father Ellis Crossland; mother Nellodean Jones Crossland and her siblings: Juanice Tubberville, Janice Chandler, Billy Holmes, Rita Karen Crossland and Bryant Ford. In lieu of flowers the family ask for memorial donations be made to FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). Pallbearers will be Christopher Waldrop, Bro. Donnie Waldrop, Daniel Waldrop and Isaac Waldrop. Graveside services for Eva Ruth Waldrop is set for Wednesday April 1, 2020 at Magnolia Gardens. Due to the pandemic and out of concern for the family and friends, services will be private. The family will have a memorial service at a later date. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Eva Ruth Waldrop. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Eva Ruth Waldrop please visit our Sympathy Store.

Elbert Ray StevensDecember 13, 1942 – March 30, 2020Elbert Ray Stevens, 77 of Corinth, was born on December 13, 1942 in Corinth, MS. Ray passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. Ray was a retired assembly operator at Caterpillar. He was also a retired Master SGT with the U.S. Air Force. Ray is survived by his wife of 44 years, Christa Stevens of Glen; sons, Bryan Stevens (Laura) of Boynton Beach, FL, Blane Stevens (Penny) of Rienzi, MS, Tony DeKleine (Sheri) of Waverly, GA; daughter, Misty Stevens Lebischak (Jason) of Meridianville, AL; several grandchildren; three great grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Elbert Lee Stevens; mother, Lucille Morrow Stevens; brother, Charles Stevens and sisters, Shirley Stevens and Mildred Sue Burcham. Funeral service for Elbert Ray Stevens is set for Friday at Magnolia Funeral Home with burial in Corinth National Cemetery. Due to the pandemic and out of concern for the family and friends services will be private. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Elbert Ray Stevens. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Elbert Ray Stevens please visit our Sympathy Store.
L Z Prince
July 19, 1934 – March 30, 2020
L.Z. Prince, 85, of Walnut, MS, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in Alcorn County, MS on July 19, 1934 to the late Henry and Berdie Prince. L.Z. served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. He worked for many years at the Wurlitzer plant till its closing and later at Leedo Furniture. L.Z. enjoyed farming and gardening. Those left to honor L.Z.’s memory include his son: Anthony Prince (Cindy) of Madison, AL and his sister: Jane Mercer (Dewey) of Pocahontas, TN; other relatives and many friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife: Fidencia Prince; his brothers: R.J. Prince (Della), Lester Prince, and Clayton Prince (Lois); and his sister: Ivola Wilbanks (Filmore). Due to the pandemic and out of concern for the extended family and friends, visitation and services will be private. Interment will be in Overton Hill Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at magnoliafuneralhome.net. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of L Z Prince please visit our Sympathy Store.
Holly Springs MS
Holly Springs Funeral Home
Bobby Norris
January 16, 1947 – March 26, 2020
Bobby Norris 73, passed away March 26, 2020 at the Veterans Home in Oxford, MS. Bobby was born January 16, 1947 to F.O. Norris and Charlsie Walker Norris in Tippah County, MS. Bobby was a Army Veteran and a Tool and Dye worker and a member of Carey Chapel Baptist Church.Bobby is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jamieson Norris of Oxford, MS; one son, Daniel Norris (Leigh) of Abbeville, MS; one daughter Susan Robinson (Michael) of Collierville, TN; five grandchildren, Katie Robinson-Freeman, Lydia Robinson, Andrew Robinson, Caroline Norris and Amelia Norris. Bobby was preceded in death his brothers, James Norris and Sam Norris; and one sister Eldeena Norris Hinebarger. Services will be held graveside March 29, 2020 at 3:00 at Ashland Cemetery in Ashland, MS. Visitation starts at 2:00 till service time. Pallbearers, Dan Stone, Matt Graves, Martin Bennett and Bobby Huddleson.
Bille Mae Hester
April 1, 1935 – March 28, 2020
Bille Mae Hester 84, passed away peacefully in her sleep, March 28, 2020 at Christophers in Holly Springs, MS. Bille Mae was born April 1, 1935 to Arthur Walters and Hallie White Walters in Iuka, MS. Bille Mae was a Baptist and worked in manufacturing.Bille Mae is survived by her son, Kenneth Hester (Mae) of Byhalia, MS. Her daughter Lisa Harris (Mike) of Moscow, TN. Six grandchildren, Tisha, Matt, Mike, Jessica, Cody, and Noah, nine great grandchildren, Colt, Emma, Sterling, Slayten, Cole, Zane, Bailey, John,ans Wyatt, as well as  several nieces and nephews, Bille Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Hester Jr.Services will be held graveside April 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Byhalia Cemetery. There will be a graveside visitation beginning at 1:00 pm until service.
Cloy Henderson ArmstrongNovember 16, 1932 – March 31, 2020Cloy Henderson Armstrong 87, passed away March 31, 2020 at his home in Byhalia, MS. Cloy was born November 16, 1932 to Garvis Armstrong and Velma Mullins Armstrong in Tippah County. Cloy was a Baptist and worked as a carpenter.Cloy is survived by two sons, Roger Armstrong (Mary) of Byhalia, MS, and Larry Armstong (Dana) of Holly Springs, MS; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Cloy was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Christine Armstrong.Services will be held graveside April 2, 2020 at 11:00 am at Union Cemetery.
William Frank Westmoreland1966 – March 31, 2020On Wednesday, March 31st, 2020 William Frank Westmoreland, age 54, of Potts Camp passed away. Frank was the hardworking father of Wendy Dobbs, Michael Westmoreland, Ethan Westmoreland and Angie Gresham. He was also the husband and best friend to Pam Westmoreland for the better part of three decades.  Frank took a hands-on approach to life. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to spend time in the woods and on the water. He was best known for hunting, fishing and teaching his family the simple things in life and how to live off the land. He never passed up an opportunity to tell a joke or bring a smile to a face. His legacy will live on through the ones he loved the most.  His is survived by his wife Pam Westmoreland, their children Wendy Dobbs (Tory), Michael Westmorland, Ethan Westmoreland and Angie Gresham (Steven). He was most proud of his twelve grandchildren: Eli, Hayden, Christian and Anna Dobbs, Jaden, Kiley and Liam Westmoreland, Kendal Goode, Laken and Maddox Vanzant, and Taylor and Palmer Gresham. He is also survived by his mother, Frances Westmoreland, his sister Marie Alderson (Ricky) and brothers John Westmoreland (Staci) and Carlton Westmoreland (Terry). He was proceeded in death by his father James Clifton Westmoreland and his brother Kenneth Westmoreland.Services will be held graveside, April 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Lebanon Cemetery. There will be a visitation beginning at 1:00 pm.
Gladys Marie Bowlin
November 6, 1933 – April 1, 2020
Gladys Marie Bowlin, 86, died April 1, 2020 at the Baptist Oxford Hospital in Oxford, MS. Born in Myrtle, MS on November 6, 1933 to Alvie Vernon Robbins and Lera Knox Robbins. She was a gifted art teacher in the Marshall County Schools and a member of the First Baptist Church of Hickory Flat. She is survived by a son, Bill Bowlin (Melba) of Hickory Flat, MS; sisters, Jane Taylor of Hickory Flat, MS and Jean Butler of Arkadelphia, AR; grandchildren, Will Bowlin (Sallye), John Bowlin (Hollie), Joanna Ozbirn (Tommy), and Sam Bowlin; six great grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Linda Wiley Bowlin of Tupelo, MS and Nancy Bowlin Morgan of Madison, MS. She was preceded in death by husband, Fielden Abston Bowlin, Jr; sons, Robert Andrew Bowlin and James Fielden Bowlin; brother, William Knox Robbins; and sisters, Pearl Robbins Wiley and Louise Robbins Surrett. A graveside visitation will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10:30 am at McKay Cemetery in Hickory Flat with a graveside service at 11:00 am. The Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge.
JF Brittenum and Son Funeral Home
Carolyn Diane Jennings Washington
1953 – March 31, 2020
Carolyn Diane Jennings Washington, 67 of Memphis died Tuesday, March 31. She is the widow of Bishop Donald Washington and a member of Greater Bethlehem Temple Ministries, Inc. where she served as a Church Mother and Counselor.She is survived by her children, Taniel Jones, Arneshela Ard, and Ervin J. Ard of Memphis.A private, immediate family only, entombment will be held Monday, April 6, 2020 at Forest Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum on East Holmes Road.
Serenity-Autry Funeral Home

Shelden “Sam” JeffersonDecember 8, 1973 ~ March 20, 2020Shelden “Sam” Lakeith Jefferson, 46 gained his wings, on Friday, March 20, 2020 at Methodist Olive Branch Hospital in Olive Branch, MS. Shelden was born December 8, 1973 in Memphis, TN to the late Lee Willie Jefferson and Louis Evelyn Kinkle Jefferson. He loved to sing. He sang with The Salem Harmonizers and The Kingdom Heirs.Shelden is survived by his mother Louis E. Jefferson of Red Banks, MS, seven children: Spencer L. Newsome of Southaven, MS, James (Shontila) Echols, Shelven and Alexus Jefferson of Holly Springs, MS, Courtney (Tia) Jones of Memphis, TN, Jasmen K. Thompson of Chicago, IL, Lakeia S. Cole of Ashland, MS, four brothers: Sesley (Lois) and Vince E. Jefferson of Red Banks, MS, Wayne R. Jefferson of Byhalia, MS, Willie L. Jefferson of Holly Springs, MS, three sisters: Gail Scales of Red Banks, MS, Carolyn (Roosevelt) Hardaway of Holly Springs, MS, Stephanie Blake of Olive Branch, MS, eleven grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.Due to the outbreak of the Corona (COVID-19) Virus. The graveside service will be private just for the immediate family members. This is a guideline of the CDC and the State Board of Health. We do ask that those at risk or those not feeling well to please stay at home. You can reach out to the family via our website. Thank you all on behalf of the family and the staff here at Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Holly Springs, MS. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Shelden (“Sam”) Jefferson, please visit our floral store.
Barbara Jean Gambrell
August 3, 1945 ~ March 29, 2020
Ms. Barbara Jean Gambrell, 74, transitioned into eternity on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS, with her beloved sisters, Valerie and Juanita, by her side. She was born in Blue Springs, Ms on August 3, 1945, to the late Frank and Bernice Gambrel. She professed a hope in Christ at an early age. She joined the Red Hill MB Church and later became a member of Jesus New Testament Holiness Church. She loved attending church and loved her church family. A lifelong resident of the Red Hill Community, she was a graduate of B.F. Ford High School and attended Mississippi Valley State University. Her greatest joy was her family, especially her beloved son, Milton, who preceded her in death; grandchildren in love, Jarvis and Myra; and her niece, Allison and nephew, Reggie, whom she helped raise when their mother passed. This gentle giant of a woman loved children. She spent her life encouraging and mentoring young people. She established the ‘Girls Club,’ a group that focused on teaching proper etiquette, cooking, crafts, Bible drills, learning the books of the Bible and most importantly to love the Lord. Because of her loving spirit, many of the youth to this day call her ‘Aunt Barbara.’ Left behind to cherish her memory, are her siblings; Ray Wade, Wade (Shirley) Gambrel, Valerie (Pastor Hayes) Long, Frank (Louise) Gambrel and Juanita Gambrel Floyd. She also leaves her special and adopted sister, Zell Long and her family, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Barbara’s family will remember her as the glue that held the family together.To celebrate her life, a private memorial service is being held. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Bernice Gambrel Endowment Fund in c/o of CREATE Foundation, PO Box 1053, Tupelo, MS 38802. Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please visit http://www.serenityfuneralhomeinc.com for further information. Due to the outbreak of the Corona (COVID-19) Virus, the visitation and graveside service will be private just for the immediate family members. This is a guideline of the CDC and the State Board of Health. We do ask that those at risk or those not feeling well to please stay at home. You can reach out to the family via our website. Thank you all on behalf of the family and the Staff here at Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany, MS. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Barbara Jean Gambrell, please visit our floral store.

Jacqueline “Jackie” RogersNovember 16, 1971 ~ March 29, 2020Ms. Jacqueline “Jackie” Rogers, 48, transitioned on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at her home in Water Valley, MS.Due to the outbreak of the Corona (COVID-19) Virus, the visitation and graveside service will be private just for the immediate family members. This is a guideline of the CDC and the State Board of Health. We do ask that those at risk or those not feeling well to please stay at home. You can reach out to the family via our website. Thank you all on behalf of the family and the Staff here at Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home of Water Valley, MS. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jacqueline “Jackie” Rogers, please visit our floral store.
Trevian Pegues
November 22, 1999 ~ March 30, 2020
Trevain Tyrig Ruben Peagues, 20, passed away Monday, March 30, 2020, at The Med – Regional One in Memphis. Services will be on Sunday April 5 2020 at 2:00 pm at Cottrell Memorial Cemetery. Burial will follow at Cottrell Memorial Cemetery. Serenity Autry Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Jerry Brounson
January 31, 1967 ~ April 1, 2020
Jerry Brounson, 53, passed away on April 01, 2020, at St Francis Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Autry Funeral Home of Holly Springs. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jerry Brounson, please visit our floral store.
Willie Echols
May 6, 1946 ~ April 1, 2020
Willie Echols, 73, transitioned on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Methodist Healthcare in Olive Branch, MSArrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Autry of Holly Springs, MS. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Willie Echols, please visit our floral store.
Houston
Houston Funeral Home
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, Mississippi. 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, Mississippi.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.A Private Graveside Service will be at Arbor Grove Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 29, 2020 in Houston. Burial will be at Arbor Grove Cemetery in Houston, Mississippi. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Jean Holliday
June 09, 1923 – March 29, 2020
Jean Lancaster Holliday, 96, passed away March 29, 2020 at home surrounded by her family. She was born June 9, 1923 to Dewey and Clytee (Murphree) Lancaster and was a lifelong resident of Chickasaw County. She attended school in Van Vleet and graduated high school in Okolona. In 1942, she married James William (Billy) Holliday and became a wartime bride. After the war, Jean and Billie settled into their life in Van Vleet and Jean became a devoted wife and mother. Jean’s loves were her family, church, community, friends, her flowers (especially her roses) and later in life…her cell phone that allowed her to take copious amounts of photos of her roses and to text and share those photos with family and friends. She enjoyed her role as a homemaker and loved participating in the local and state Homemaker’s Club. She was a member of the Van Vleet Methodist Church. Her friends and family will remember her for her youthful love of life, kind compassionate heart, quiet strength and determination, style and grace, love of a new craft project and her “green thumb”. She will be forever missed and is always in our hearts. Jean is survived by her daughters, Jeannie Parks of Houston, Gail (Tommy) Young of Verona, and Lisa (Tommy Baugh) Holliday of Houston, TX; her son, Mike (Linda) Holliday of Tupelo; her sisters, Maxine Allen of Olive Branch and Mattie Jean Foster of New Albany; seven grandchildren, Hope (Larry) Stantz, Heather Boyer, Jason Parks, Tracy (Danny) Miller, Breck Young, Tony (Kelly) Holliday and Courtney (Perry) Morgan; twelve great grandchildren, Lauren (Vance) Gann, Leslie Stantz, Marley Stantz, Chapman Boyer, Hayden Boyer, Kennedy Boyer, Ryder Parks, Isaac Parks, Jack Miller, Kate Miller, Connor Holliday, Addison Holliday, Grace Morgan and Emily Morgan; and a great great grandchild, Graisyn Boyer.She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Billy Holliday, an infant son and her son-in-law Wayne Parks.A private graveside service will be held for the immediate family at Asbury Cemetery in Van Vleet under the direction of Houston Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Asbury Cemetery Fund, PO Box 106, Van Vleet, MS 38877. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com. The family would like to express their deep appreciation for the care provided by her caregiver friends Mary Moore, and Ella Brownlee and the staff at Sanctuary Hospice.
Lena Mae NaronMarch 27, 1931 – March 30, 2020Mrs. Lena Mae Doster Naron, 89, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Unit in Tupelo, Mississippi. She was born in Pheba, Mississippi on March 27, 1931. She was a retired seamstress where she worked at Shannon Manufacturing. Mrs. Lena Mae Naron was member of Parkway Baptist Church in Houston, Mississippi.Mrs. Naron is survived by her daughters, Margaret (Larry) Springer of Houston, and Betty (Joel) Smith of Prairie; and her grandchildren, Brandi Smith, Brooke Smith, Jamie Springer, and Kim Springer; 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Naron was preceded in death by her mother, Frances Doster; her late husband, William C. “Bill” Naron, and her sisters, Arnell Smith and Beatrice Brown.A private graveside service will be at Wesley Chapel Cemetery on Thursday, April 2, 2020 in Houston. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Parkway Baptist Church – Building Fund, PO Box 574, Houston MS 388851; or  ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at http://www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Memorial Funeral Home
Jimmy Dale Whitt
January 05, 1940 – March 31, 2020
Jimmy “ Daddy Jim” Dale Whitt, Sr, 80, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born January 5, 1940 in Houston to the late Homer Whitt and Minnie Orene Whitt. He was retired from Babcock and Wilcox after 40 years, cattle farmer since he was 17 years old, member and Deacon of Arbor Grove Baptist Church. He loved the Lord and his church. He was a beloved and devoted husband, father, father-in-law. grandfather and great grandfather, words can’t describe this man.He is survived by his wife, who he married December 7, 1957, Betty Jo Hill Whitt of Houston; two sons, Jimmy Dale Whitt, Jr. (Betsy) of Houston, Jeff Whitt (Mary Lee) of Houston; five granddaughters, Dana Smith of Houston, Misty Stone (Matt) of Calhoun City, Hali Whitt of Houston, Shelby Pritchett (Blake) of Hamilton and Kimberly Whitt of Houston; nine great grandchildren; one sister, Rachel Warnick of Houston; host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.Graveside services will be at 2:00 pm Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Arbor Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Eddie Brock officiating. Burial to follow. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Dale Whitt, Jeff Whitt, Blake Pritchett, Payton Smith, Jim Garrett Smith, Matt Stone and Dusty Curry. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles “Bomer” Tabb, Jack Houser, J.E. Pumphrey, Russell Jolly and the Men of Arbor Grove Baptist Church.

Lillian Christine EatonJune 02, 1926 – March 31, 2020Lillian Christine Eaton, 93, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2020. She was born June 2, 1926 in Clay County to the late C.P. Brents and Hattie Wilson Brents. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okolona.She is survived by two sons, James Cleo “Pete” Eaton (Donna) of Okolona, and Charles Wayne “Chuck” Eaton (Kathy) of Wilson NC; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Cleo Eaton; three brothers, Thomas Brents, W.C. Brents, and James Brents; one sister, Hattie Mae Eaton; a daughter, Betty Craig; a son, William Douglas Eaton; two grandsons, James Brandon Eaton and Charles Eaton.Graveside services will be at 2:00 pm Friday, April 3, 2020 at Amity Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Sherry Horton officiating with burial to follow. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
New Albany MS
Glenfield Funeral Home 
Cassie Mae Hill
September 27, 1927 – April 01, 2020
Cassie Mae Hill, 92, passed from this life on the 1st day of April, 2020, at New Albany Health and Rehab Center. Mrs. Hill was born on September 27, 1927, in Lafayette County, Mississippi, the daughter of the late William Lee and Annie Price Hill. She was a member of CME Methodist Church of New Albany, and was a retired garment worker of Swabbe Shirt Factory. She was known for the prolific vegetable gardens that she grew and cared for each year.  Mrs. Hill leaves to cherish her memories, her only son, Charles E. Wade and his wife, Bobbie J. Wade of New Albany; two grandchildren, Rodney F. Wade and Tessia A. Wade; two great-grandchildren, L. Kateland Wade and Hunter Wade; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and eight sisters.  A private graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, April 3rd, 2020 at Glenfield Memorial Park with Reverend Burt Skipwith, officiating.
Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Inc 
Evangelist L. C. Conner
February 20 1960 – April 1 2020
Evangelist L. C. Conner, 60, was born on Saturday, February 20, 1960 and passed away on Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Simmons of New Albany, MS To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Evangelist L.C. Conner, please visit our floral store.
United Funeral Service
Charles Gillespie
October 17, 1942 – March 31, 2020
Charles William Gillespie, 77, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in Southaven. He was born October 17, 1942 in Vardaman, MS to Andrew Wilson Gillespie and Louise Bevill Gillespie. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a retired Captain of the Memphis City Police, where he served for thirty years. He was an avid antique collector and enjoyed the outdoors. He loved his grandchildren.He is survived by his wife, Helen Dean Prather Gillespie; one daughter, Kimberly Crittenden (David); one son, Deron Gillespie (Tracey); four grandchildren: Bryan Gillespie, Breanna Gillespie, Baylee Gillespie and Lee Crittenden; and two great grandchildren, Noah Johnson and Stella Rose Gillespie. He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Beth Crittenden; and a sister, Mary HubbardA private family funeral service will be held at 1:00p.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at United Funeral Service with Pastor Scott Davis officiating. Burial will be at Saltillo Cemetery. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Charles Gillespie please visit our Sympathy Store.
Jackye DayMay 15, 1945 – March 31, 2020Jackye Benjamin Day, daughter of Mary Etta Young Lyons and R.C. Lyons was born May 15,1945, in New Albany, Mississippi and died March 31, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Jackye enjoyed working at Creekmoore Clinic in New Albany before her early retirement due to health reasons. She was a lifetime member of Ingomar United Methodist Church where she enjoyed being the church organist.
Jackye is survived by her granddaughter, Emily Day Cooper (Darren); her great-grandson, Peyton Cooper; her brother, Mitchell Lyons (Vikki); and her sister, Rose Weeden (Kereth). She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Mark Day, and her husband, Mack Day.
United Funeral service will be in charge of the private graveside service on Thursday, April 2, 2020. The family requests donations in memory of Jackye be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jackye Day please visit our Sympathy Store.
Oxford MS
Coleman Funeral Home 
William R. Bohn
October 15, 1932 – March 27, 2020
Mr. William R. Bohn, 87, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020, at his home in Water Valley, MS. Mr. Bohn was born in Racine, Wisconsin, to the late Frank and Nell Bohn. Mr. Bohn spent many years in the military and also working as a lineman for Alcan Cable Company. He thoroughly enjoyed singing and fishing. However, Mr. Bohn loved nothing more than taking long rides down country roads and being in awe of the Lord’s handiwork. Mr. Bohn will be dearly missed by his family and friends.Mr. Bohn is survived by his wife, Rosemary Bohn of Water Valley, MS; ten children; and a hosts of grandchildren. Mr. Bohn was preceded in death by his parent, Frank and Nell Bohn.No services are planned at this time. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of William R Bohn please visit our Sympathy Store.
L Hodges Funeral Service
Essie Lee (Smith) Archie
October 22, 1925 ~ March 29, 2020
Essie Lee Archie, daughter of Henderson and A.T. Pegues Smith, was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi on October 22, 1925, She accepted Christ as her savior at an early age and joined Union Hill M.B. Church and later in life she united with Second M.B. Church where she remained a member until death. Mother Archie received her formal education in the Lafayette County School district and went on to receive a degree in Social Work from Rust College in Holly Spring, MS and her first job was teaching in the Union Hill community school. She later worked at the University of Mississippi preparing meals but later became a food nutritionist receiving employment as a social worker for the State of Mississippi, where she worked until her retirement.Mother Archie was united in matrimony to Frank Archie, Sr. and to this union six children were born. Mother Archie and her husband, Frank raised their children in Second Baptist Church where she served faithfully until her health failed. She was a member of the Senior Choir and had a lovely voice. She served on the Mother Board, and she loved going to church, cooking, singing, talking, sitting on the front porch, and spending time with her grandchildren. On Sunday morning, March 29, 2020, while in her home, the Lord dispatched down an angel to bring Mother Archie home to be with Him. She will be lovingly missed and remembered by her children: Barbara Carr, Frank “Butch” (Lutricia) Archie, Willie H. Archie, Joyce A. Archie, and James Ivy, Jr. all of Oxford MS;  her sisters: Leona “Sally” (Chester) Starks and Beatrice (Herman) Pegues, both of Oxford MS; sister-in-laws: Eula Mae Smith and Mary Alice Smith both of Oxford MS; 14 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mother Archie was preceded in death by her parents, Henderson and A. T. Smith; her husband Frank Archie, Sr; her daughter Bettie Goss; her siblings: Jake Smith, Effie C. Smith, A.Q. Smith, Ardesie Pegues, Girlender Smith, and Mary Lou Ivy. Please keep her family in your prayers.Limited viewing (four at a time) will be Thursday April 2, 2020 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service, 38-F Hwy 334, Oxford MS 38655. Restricted graveside services will be Friday April 3, 2020 11:00 AM at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, County Road 247, Oxford, Mississippi 38655. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Essie Lee (Smith) Archie, please visit our floral store.
Harold Erskin Johnson
June 2, 1957 ~ March 30, 2020
Harold Erskin Johnson, son of Robert Abe and Fannie Askew Johnson, was born in Lafayette County, MS on June 2, 1957. He accepted Christ at an early age and joined Galilee C.M.E. Church in Oxford, and later became a member of Greater St. John M.B. Church in Oxford, MS. Erskin, as he was known, received his formal education in the Oxford School District graduating in 1975 from Oxford High School where he was a proud team player on the Oxford Charger’s football team. After graduation, he enlisted into the United States Army and upon completion of his enlistment period, he received an honorable discharge. When he returnd from the military, Erskin enrolled at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He was united in matrimony to Barbara Buford and to this union three wonderful children were born, Kerry, LaTia and Danielle. In his spare time, Erskin loved fishing, gardening, picking huckleberries.Erskin accepted his calling into the ministry and because the pastor of Greater St. John M. B. Church. On Monday, March 30, 2020, only a few weeks after he hosted his last church revival, the Lord called him home to a GREATER REVIVAL. And if you were to ask him now how he’s doing, he would say, “Blessed, By The BEST.”Erskin is loving remembered by his children: Kerry C. Johnson, LaTia Johnson, and Danielle Johnson, also, Shani Mack and Dwayne Buford all of Oxford MS; his sister, Hattie (Andy) Aikerson of Bessemer AL; his brothers: Charles W. (Ethel) Johnson, and James W. Johnson, both of Oxford MS; host of grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Erskins was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Fannie Johnson; two sisters, Robbie Dunn and Brenda Howard; and a granddaughter, Jakalia Thomas. Please keep the family in your prayers.Private arrangements will be in Oxford. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Harold Erskin Johnson, please visit our floral store.

Theresa OwensJune 13, 1937 ~ April 1, 2020Theresa Owens, 82, after a brief illness, made a swift transition to be with the Lord. She passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, April 1, 2020, at her home. She was the daughter of the late Edgar and Janie Phillips Shorter, was born in Lafayette County on June 13, 1937. She accepted Christ as her Savior as a young girl and joined Harrisonville M.B. Church. Therese received her early education in the community school in which she lived. She united in matrimony to Lynn Bell Owens and to this union, six sons were born. One son, preceded her in death. Theresa resided in Illinois for a period of time after which she returned to Mississippi where she reunited with her home church, Harrisonville, and became a dedicated and faithful member. She served on the Mother Board, where she could be seen during any service at the church, sitting on her pew, in the Mother Board corner. Her favor program was the Black History Program. She would read passages from books by black authors during the annual Black History program and he had a whole Black History shelf at her home. She loved black history. Mother Theresa was a longtime resident of the West Springhill community and could be often be found doing what she loved to do, gardening, taking pictures, riding around, feeding the cat and chickens, going to church, watching western movies, or just sitting outside relaxing.   She is lovingly remembered by her sons: Frank Owens, Curtis Owens, Lynn Owens, and Jerry Owens, all of Oxford MS, and Ricky (Melinda) Owens of Indianapolis IN; her primary care giver/grandson, Courtney Hodges; her brothers: Edgar Shorter, Jr. and Bobby Shorter both of Chicago IL; her other eight grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren; She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Mother Theresa is preceded in death by her parents: Edgar and Janie Shorter; her husband Lynn Bell Owens; her son Toney Owens; and siblings: Ester Mae Shorter, Rosa Shorter, Romade Shorter, William Shorter, and James Shorter. Please keep the Owen family in your prayers.Limited viewing (four at a time) will be Monday April 6, 2020 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service, 38-F Hwy 334 Oxford MS 38655. Restricted graveside services will be Tuesday April 7, 2020 11:00 AM at Harrisonville Missionary Baptist Church, County Road 164, Oxford, MS 38655. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Theresa Owens, please visit our floral store.
Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Services
Leroy “Roy” George Arnold
September 23, 1935 – March 27, 2020
Mr. Leroy “Roy” George Curtis Arnold, 84, died Friday, March 27, 2020 at his home in Oxford. Born in Chicago, IL to the late George and Leona Kimmes Arnold, Roy was retired as MLanager of Quality Control at Emerson Electric Corporation and a graduate of Indiana University. A member of Oxford University United Methodist Church, Roy was a veteran of the United States Army, a Mason and Past President of the Oxford Shrine Club. He was a former member of the State Executive Board of the Republican Party and Chairman of the Lafayette County Republican Party. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking and created beautiful furniture. For 55 years Roy was married to his best friend and wife, Jenny.Survivors include his wife, Jenny Arnold of Oxford, MS; one daughter, Jennifer Arnold of Oxford, MS; one sister, Lony Brazda of Grey Lake, IL; one brother Jim Arnold of Goodletsville, TN; several nieces and nephews.No services are scheduled at this time. Memorial contributions in Roy’s memory made be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 33607. The family would like to send special thanks to Kindred Hospice for the incredible love and support they have provided.
Derald Wayne Oliphant
April 4, 1930 – March 28, 2020
Mr. Derald Wayne Oliphant, 89, died Saturday evening, March 28, 2020, surrounded by his family at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Born to the late Lloyd M. and Daisy Clara Gardner Oliphant, Mr. Oliphant Retired in 1968 as a Command Sgt. Major in the Army, after serving 20 years of his life for our Country. Following his Army career, he was a self-employed painter in the Oxford and Lafayette County community. An active member of Clear Creek Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, Training Union leader, and served on numerous committees. His love for his Church was demonstrated by his working on the Church building and grounds, and enjoyed going on short term mission trips that included many countries. He also served as the men’s Director of the Lafayette Marshall Baptist Association for many years. He loved horses and one time trained a yoke of oxen. In the 80’s when men’s softball was being played every weekend, he was an active member of Clear Creek’s Softball Team and the coach. Survivors include his wife, Marie Jordon Oliphant of Oxford, MS; daughters, Elaine Oliphant Brewer and Danny of Oxford, MS, and Hope Oliphant Davis and Richie of Hernando, MS; step-son, Gaston Gibson, Jr. of Abbeville, MS; sisters, Sybil H. Cook of Memphis TN, Nell Cockrell of Oxford MS, Marti E. Nichols of Memphis TN and Kay Tutor of Hendersonville TN; son-in-law, Dale Bailey of Oxford MS; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his former wife and mother of all his children, Jeri Knight Oliphant; daughter, Patricia Oliphant Bailey; sister, Sue Cisneros and brothers, Buford Oliphant, Melvin Oliphant, and Lloyd Gardner Oliphant. A private graveside service will be held at Browning Cemetery, and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later time for family and friends. Memorial contributions in Mr. Oliphant’s memory may be made to Browning Cemetery fund c/o Elaine and Danny Brewer, 434 County Road 338, Oxford, MS 38655. In Memory of Mr. Oliphant’s service to our country the flag of the U.S. Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.

Dianne Grimes DanielsSeptember 24, 1946 – March 29, 2020Mrs. Dianne Grimes Daniels, 73, died Sunday, March 29, 2020, at her home in Oxford surrounded by her loving family. Born to the late Richard Gray and Agnes Jerolyn Coleman Grimes, Mrs. Daniels retired from the University of Mississippi where she worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Records Department. She was a loyal and faithful member of Tula Baptist Church. She was also a charter member of the Post 4100 Auxiliary Club. Survivors include her two daughters, Richie Manning and Rebecca Daniels both of Pontotoc, MS; two sons, Bubba Daniels and his wife, Regina, and Westyn Williams; two sisters, Nancy Clemmons and her husband, Gerald, and Bonita Gossett and her husband, Dean all of Oxford, MS; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Freddie Daniels; and a daughter, Bethany Daniels.A private family graveside service will be held at New El Bethel Cemetery near Oxford with Reverend Mike Wolfe officiating. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Daniels’ memory may be made to New El Bethel Cemetery Fund, c/o Mrs. Bonita Gossett, 205 County Rd 436, Oxford, MS 38655. For additional information or to leave an online condolence, please call 234-7971 or visit http://www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Pontotoc MS
Browning Funeral Home 
William Boyd “Billy” Haney, Jr.
December 7, 1939 – March 31, 2020
Billy Haney, age 80, died at his home in Tupelo, MS on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. Billy was born in Pontotoc, MS to Annie Miller Ray and W.B. Haney Sr on December 7, 1939. Billy and his brother Burt lived with their parents on Oxford Street during their youth. Billy played the saxophone in the school band and later became the high school drum major. He graduated from Pontotoc High School in 1957. He truly enjoyed socializing with all of his high school friends at numerous class reunions. Billy attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS where he received a degree in Business Administration in 1961. Billy was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and played the saxophone at many of the local establishments while attending college. He met his wife, Jo Allen Thompson, at university and they were married in 1960. Billy and Jo moved to Pontotoc where Billy worked in the family business, Haney Chevrolet. They had two girls, Anna and Becky. While living in Pontotoc, Billy enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends. He spent many holidays and vacations fishing in south Louisiana at the family’s camp on the Belle River. In the early 1970s the family lived in Baton Rouge, LA for a short time where Billy worked for the State of Louisiana. After the sale of the car business in Pontotoc, Billy went to work at Three Rivers Planning and Development District where he discovered his true calling. This opportunity led Billy to the directorship of the South Delta Planning and Development District in Greenville, MS. Billy enjoyed traveling through out the Mississippi delta area helping businesses through loan and grant programs and overseeing programs that enhanced the lives of the aged and supported the care and development of children. He was a member of the Mississippi Association of Planning and Development Districts where he served as president in 1988. Billy was also a 10 year member of the National Association of Development Organization Revolving Fund Advisory Board (NADORF). He and Jo retired to Greer’s Ferry Lake in Arkansas in 2015. After Jo’s death, Billy returned to friends and family in the Pontotoc area. He spent the last three years living in Tupelo enjoying time with family and old friends, his two dogs and two cats. Billy was a member of the West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc, MS where he cherished his men’s Bible Study group.Billy is survived by his two daughters, Anna Haney Bianchi (husband Dr. Bob Bianchi) of Holiday, FL and Becky Haney Elmore (husband Jimmy Elmore) of Clear Lake, TX and two grandchildren, Will Elmore of Madison, MS and Blair Elmore Buschmann (husband Tanner Buschmann) of Lubbock, TX and his brother, Burt Haney (wife Pat Smith Haney) of Pontotoc, MS and his dog, Ruff. He is proceeded in death by his wife, Jo Allen Thompson Haney, his parents, Annie Miller Ray Haney and W. B. Haney Sr, his dog, Beau and his cats, DaVinci and Mari-Lyn.Due to Covid-19, the memorial service for Billy will be postponed until later in the year. The family will notify friends and family of the future date and location. For those who would like to honor Billy, please consider making a donation to Ducks Unlimited (www.ducks.org) or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (www.nfwf.org). Condolences may be offered at http://www.browningpontotoc.com
Tutor Memorial Funeral Home
Thomas “Skip” Lee WhiteMarch 13, 1960 – March 27, 2020Skip, 60, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 at his home. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends. He had a passion for mechanic work and cars.He is survived by his wife, Mary White, daughter, Nikki White; sons, David Gordon, Cody Tidwell, and Michael Stewart; four granddaughters, McKenzie Mayo, Miracle Mayo, Paisleigh Gordon, and Jaidan Gordon. He is preceded in death by his dad, Earnest White; his mom, Lori Mae White; sister, Betty Franklin; and his son, Thomas Hall.Private family services will be Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2PM at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.  Burial will follow in Thaxton Cemetery. Pallbearers: Billy Joe White, Buddy White, James White, Jacky White, Timmy White, and David Gordon. Visitation will be Monday, March 30, 2020 1PM until service time.
Christopher Blake PuckettDecember 26, 1995 – March 27, 2020Christopher Blake Puckett, 24, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 at his home. Blake was a loving son, father, brother, and friend. He was always there for anyone, anytime. He was a kind and gentle father to Layton. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and was very competitive to see who could get the biggest and the most. He was a hard worker, loved towing trucks, and could build anything he put his mind to.Blake is survived by his son, Layton Puckett; his mother and stepdad, Christie and Robby Monroe; his stepmom, Deeanna Anderson; sister, Taylor Puckett; stepsisters, Malanda Anderson and Morgan Monroe; brother, Shane Puckett; grandparents, Lela and Ricky White, Anita Puckett, and Mary and Glen Monroe; uncles, John Coleman, Brant and Brock Puckett, and David Whitehead; aunts, Kathy Stark and Dawn Graham; and many cousins. He is preceded in death by his father, Brooks Puckett; grandfathers, Mickey Puckett and Dorman Whitehead; and his brother, Will Puckett.There will be a graveside service at 2PM, Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Pontotoc Memorial Gardens with Bro. Jeff Robbins officiating. Pallbearers: Trace Whitworth, Taylor Terry, John Coleman, Joshua Tyler, Brant Puckett, Brock Puckett, and Shane Puckett.
Glenda Bass Kerr
December 27, 1951 – March 27, 2020
Glenda Bass Kerr, 68, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 in Tupelo, MS. She was a member of Hughes Chapel Baptist Church. She loved life and enjoyed fishing, shopping, her grandchildren, motorcycle riding, and gardening.She is survived by her husband, Loyd Kerr; one daughter, Bobby Powell of Pontotoc; one son, Alan Kerr of Statesboro, GA and daughter-in-law, Rachel Kerr; one son-in-law, Garrett Ellington of Lake Butler, FL; granddaughters, Bailee Peoples of Middleburg, FL, Maddee Peoples of Panama, FL, Realan Kerr of Statesboro, GA, Tess Ellington, Cheyenne Peoples, and Corey Powell; grandsons, Broady Kerr of Statesboro, GA, and Cameron Kerr of St Pete, FL; and sisters, Lea Voyles, Lottie Norman, Betty Bass, Joyce Scroggins, and Jeanette Stacks. She is preceded in death by her daughters, Shannon Ellington and Candice Kerr; sister, Agnes Tipton; brothers, Ottis Bass. Bayward Bass, and James Bass; father, James Cecil Bass and her mother, Mary Catherine McCollum Bass.Private family services will be Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11AM at Baldwin Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Mike Johnson officiating. Public graveside service to follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers: Brian Spencer, Keith Bass, Daniel Bass, Anthony Reich, Dustin Vaughn, and Bayward Boykin.
Janet Carol Rackley
September 25, 1946 – March 28, 2020
For believers death is simply going home to Jesus. However, passed loved ones are still missed. Such is the case for Janet Carol Rackley who left this world on March 28, 2020, after years of battling cancer. She was the sole daughter of James Vardaman and Rebecca Josephine Owen. Being raised with four brothers provided her with great inner strength, which benefited her when she married Billy Wayne Rackley, who took her on an adventure in the Air Force. For 20 years, Janet was a dedicated military wife, moving when necessary and raising two sons. The pair then retired to Pontotoc where they lived together for another 30 years. Janet was a believer and a long-time member of First Baptist Church; she was very close to her Sunday School class, all of whom helped as much as possible during her illness. She also worked at First National Bank, serving the community for 21 years until her retirement in 2012.She is survived by two sons, Nathan (Carol) of Leesburg, GA, and Paul (Buffy) of Woodstock, GA; four grandchildren, Brittney Spence (Morgan), Melanie Cannon (Ryan), Reagan and Liam; and one great grandchild, Barry Cannon; along with three brothers. She was preceded in the death by her parents, her husband of 50 years and one brother. Little thrilled Janet as much becoming a GG.There will be a graveside service at Pleasant Grove Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 with Mickey Gentry officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc assisted the family. Pallbearers will be Roger Gentry, Rusty Cossey, Chris Cossey, Jason Rackley, Michael J. Gentry and Adam Gentry.
John Jay OxleyOctober 12, 1945 – March 29, 2020John Jay Oxley, 74, passed away March 29, 2020 at Magnolia Assisted Living in New Albany, MS. John was a Vietnam Veteran and retired from Smith and Nephew in Memphis, TN. He was a loving husband and father.  He loved to pick on people and make them laugh. He loved his children, church, and the Lord. He died knowing that he was going to a better place.He is survived by his brother, W. Riley Oxley of FL; sisters, Elizabeth Sullivan of TX, Marie Bynum of LA, and Rose Melancon of TN; two sons, Michael Oxley and Jay Oxley of Germany; one daughter, Lisa Ritter of Germany; and one stepdaughter, Tammy Callens of Millington, TN. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Oxley; mother, Virgle Oxley and his father, William Oxley.There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 2PM at Ingomar Cemetery with Rev. James Jones, Rev. Glenn Dendy, and Rev. Buddy Gordon officiating. 
Charles Duke, Jr.April 11, 1943 – March 30, 2020Charles Duke, Jr, 76, formerly of Pontotoc, passed away Monday, March 30, 2020 at Baptist Desoto. He was the son of Charles E. and Josie L. Duke. He was a truck driver for Bryan Foods, retiring after 30 years.He is survived by his daughter, Lexa Duke; his brothers, Robert Duke of Houlka, James A. Duke of Pontotoc, and Terry Duke of Pontotoc; his sisters, Josie Enis of Pontotoc and Mary Cloinger of Pontotoc; five grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ada R. Duke; son, Greg Duke; daughter, Paula Duke; grandson, Greg Duke, Jr, and his parents.A private immediate family visitation will be held Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 1PM at Baldwin Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. A public graveside service will follow at 2PM in Redland Cemetery. Pallbearers:  Adam Duke, Josh Bynum, Steve Duke, Phillip Enis, Wesley Duke, and Brad Enis.
Dorothy Mae Mask
August 16, 1946 – March 31, 2020
Dorothy Mae Mask, 73, passed away March 31, 2020 at her home in Houlka. She was a homemaker, loving mom and grandmother. She loved spending time with her babies.She is survived by her daughter, Tammie Sartin; sons, Donald Mask, Jr. and James Mask; granddaughters, Tammie Jamison (Chad), Barbara Moss (Jonathan), Laura Yeager (Danny), Maribeth Tapley (Jerry) and Jennie Hudson; great grandchildren, Brianna Swan, Zack Swan, Josh Sartin (Angel), Samantha Sartin, Jennifer Sartin, Levi Moss, Brayden Martin, Wesley Moss, Taylor Jamison (Mikey), Destiny Jamison, Billy Jamison, Dakota Jamison, Pixie Yeager, Justin Mask (Elizabeth), McKensie Hardin (Warren), Megan Mask, Stanley Black (Tangela), Chris Black, Llona Clemons, Devon Clemons, Chris Hudson, and Stormy Hudson; great great grandchildren, Paisley Jones, Serenity Brownings, Kanon Sartin, Christian Payne, A’marrion Swan, Payton Mask, Ella Mask, Grace Dowdy, and Scott McGregory; several unborn great great grandchildren; sisters, Jane Field and Peggy Rhoden; and brother, Danny Bailey. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Mask, Sr; parents, Johnnie Mae and Perry Bailey; brother, Dubie Hicks; son-in-law, Melvin Sartin; and her special angel, Colby Jamison.A private family only visitation will be Friday, April 3, 2020 12PM-1PM at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Public graveside service will follow at 2PM at Ebenezer Cemetery with Bro. Patrick Black officiating. Pallbearers: Jonathan Moss, Johnny Moss, Chad Jamison, Danny Yeager, Zack Swan, and Josh Sartin. Honorary Pallbearers: Samantha Sartin, Jennifer Sartin, and Brianna Swan.
Jimmy Dale Fooshee, Sr.May 27, 1943 – April 2, 2020Jimmy Dale Fooshee, Sr, 76, left this world and entered into the arms of God on April 2, 2020, following an extended illness. After graduating from Randolph School in 1961, he began work for Bellsouth Telecommunications in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1964. In Tupelo, he was a member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church. He was a thirty-second degree freemason of Lodge 318 in Tupelo, a member of the Scottish Rite, and a Hamasa Shriner always working to support the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. He retired from the engineering department of Bellsouth Telecommunications in 1996 after 32 years of service, afterwards moving to Randolph, Mississippi. He finished out his life an active member of Carey Springs Baptist Church where he enjoyed serving as the church’s treasurer for a number of years. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family, whom he loved so very much.He leaves behind his beloved wife of 57 years, Katherine Steward Fooshee, a son Jimmy (J.J.) Fooshee, Jr., and two grandchildren Hunter Owen Fooshee and Samantha Haven Nanney. He is preceded in death by his mother Carnell Bridgman Hanks, stepfather Haskell Hanks, and his father Robbie Ladale Fooshee, stepmother Sammie Gooch Fooshee, aunt Gracie Killough (Lamoine), uncle Flake Fooshee (Catherine), and his dearly loved daughter Angela Kaye Nanney.Given present circumstances, there will be a graveside service at the cemetery of Carey Springs Baptist Church on Saturday April 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. for immediate family. Dear friend Bro. David Poynor will preside over the service. The family covets all prayers during this time. Pallbearers will be Larry Bishop, Mickey Floyd, Roger Fooshee, Gary Nanney, Mitchell Speed, Jimmy Steward, and Buddy Vandiver. Honorary Pallbearers will be Milton Bradley, Roy Langston, Kenny Ray Langston, F.G. Tutor, and Paul Cook along with Jimmy’s fellow workers in the engineering department at Bellsouth Telecommunications. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that monetary donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which has provided vital care to the family for years. Donations may be made online or mailed to 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Ripley MS
Foster and Son Funeral Home
Lizzie Vee Boyd
June 17, 1926 ~ March 27, 2020
Lizzie Vee Boyd, 93, was born June 17, 1926 to the late Willie Perry Carroll and Linnie Murry Carroll in Blue Mountain, MS. She departed this life on Friday, March 27th, 2020 at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley, MS. In the 1940’s she married Luther Bryson Boyd, they were married for over 50 years. She confessed a hope in Christ at a young age. She later became a member of the Saint James Church of God in Christ, where she served as a church Mother until death.She leaves to cherish her memories one step son, Wiley Carroll; her children, Mary Frances (Jorge) Bayolo, Luther Jean Boyd, Dorothy Ann (Jose) Mejia, Lizzie (Walter) Strong, Geanett (Verdie) Robinson, Phillip Boyd, Linda (Ronnie) Rutherford, Walter Lee Boyd, William Albert Boyd, Tina Melissa (Trent) Rogan and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.A private graveside ceremony will be held for immediate family only. To view and sign the guest registry please visit www.fosterandsonfuneralhome.com. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lizzie Vee Boyd, please visit our floral store.
McBride Funeral Home

Annie Estelle AdamsOctober 24, 1953 – March 29, 2020Annie Estelle Adams was born October 24, 1953 to the late Dessie Lou Adams Rucker and the late Ed Az Adams. She departed this life on March 29, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. She worked for Beverly’s Nursing Home for two years. After her time at Beverly’s, she then became an employee at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley where she served 25 plus years and later retired.She leaves to cherish her precious memories her children: Willie O’Neal (Cynthia) Adams, Anita Irene Adams, and Jarvis Tyrone Adams all of Ripley MS; her sisters: Linda Faye Adams, Cathy (David) Palmer, Chris Ann Hoyle, Mary Ann Adams, Lexie Rucker, Aradella (Jake) Johnson, Brenda (Jimmy) Pomerlee all of Ripley MS, Connie (Mitchell) now of New Albany MS, Dorothy Prather and Joyce (Morris) McDonald Both of Falkner MS; brothers: Ed Adams, Tommy Earl Adams, Rickey Adams all of Ripley MS, Waymon (Nettie) Adams of Falkner MS; sister-in-laws: Jackie Rucker of Ripley, MS and Sarah Adams of Falkner, MS; brother-in-law: Willie Kennon; eight grandchildren: Tamesha, Gabreiele, Rebekah, Selena, Serena, Mary Lou, Wilhemeana, and Star Anna; four great grandchildren; Chastin, Zy’lan, K’shawn, and Ca’Mareon; two Godchildren: Shena and Kee-shun both of Ripley, MS; and a host of nieces and nephews that loved her dearly. She was preceded in death by three sisters: Vera Nan Adams, Bertha Evans, and Peggy Kennon, seven brothers: Bobby Adams, Johnny Adams, Troy Adams, Clifford Rucker, Mack Adams, Tommy Maxwell and Charlie Adams; brother-in-law: Willie James Cox.There will be a graveside service April 3, 2020 at Ruckersville Cemetery, County Road 567, Falkner, MS 38629. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Annie Estelle Adams please visit our Sympathy Store.
Kenneth Wayne Brown Sr.
May 12, 1938 – March 29, 2020
Kenneth Wayne Brown, Sr. 81, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born on May 12, 1938, to Luther and Mary Barber Brown in Ripley, MS. Kenneth was a retired Game Warden for The Tennessee Wildlife Agency. He attended of First Baptist Church of Ripley, MS.Kenneth is survived by his wife: Brenda Phagan Brown of Ripley, MS; one daughter: Candice “Candi” Sparkman of Ripley, MS; two sons: Kenneth Wayne Brown, Jr. (Courtney) of Dumas, MS, Ken Brown (Rhonda) of Dumas, MS; one sister: Linda Wages (Cecil) of Collierville, TN; one brother: Curtis Brown (Nora) of Byhalia, MS; eleven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.A Private Family Graveside service will be 1:00 PM, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Tippah Memorial Garden in Ripley, MS with Dr. Micah Carter officiating. Pallbearers will be his grandsons. There will be no visitation. Expressions of sympathy, for the Brown family, may be sent to: www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Kenneth Wayne Brown Sr. please visit our Sympathy Store.

Brenda Sue KennedyApril 17, 1953 – March 31, 2020Brenda Sue Kennedy, 66, passed away March 31, 2020, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, MS She was born on April 17, 1953, to Noble and Margie Estelle Walker Rhynes in Holly Springs, MS. Brenda was retired employee of McDonald’s Restaurant and a member of Charity Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.Brenda is survived by her husband, James Foust; one daughter, Loretta “Susie” Almasaab (Maged) of Falkner, MS; five sons: Danny Riley of Hickory Flat MS, Dewayne Ford (Amanda) of Counce,TN, James D. Kirkland (Stacy) of Cleveland TX, James M. Kirkland of Greenville MS, Bruce Lee Kirkland of Walnut MS; five sisters; and four brothers; twenty-four grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and one brother.A private family graveside service will be at Charity Church Cemetery in Walnut, MS with Bro. Tim Watson officiating. Pallbearers will be Boston Newsome, Jevonte Newsome, Bruce Lee Kirkland, Donald Crum, Al Crum, Maged Almasaab. Expressions of sympathy for the Kennedy family, may be sent to www.mcbridefhuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Brenda Sue Kennedy please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ripley Funeral Home, Inc

John Michael Ross BerrymanAugust 16, 1998 ~ March 27, 2020John Michael Ross Berry, 21, resident of the Dry Creek Community, died tragically Friday evening, March 27, 2020 in Prentiss County. Michael was born August 16, 1998 in Corinth, MS the son of Tracy Pedersen Berryman (Kenneth Holliday) of the Dry Creek Community and the late Roger Berryman. He received his education at Kossuth High School and was currently employed as a machine operator for Innocor Corporation in Baldwyn. A Christian, Michael was an avid basketball fan which included his favorite teams, the LA Lakers and the Miami Heat and also enjoyed Alabama football and the Dallas Cowboys. He was known for his outgoing and contagious personality, especially his humorous stories, his dancing and singing. Music, fishing and watching “Sanford & Son” and “El Chapo” on television were favorite pastimes. Michael will be remembered by all for the love of his family, his friends and his generosity. In his short 21 years, he touched many lives by his zesty spirit, his thoughtful actions and kind heart. He leaves behind many memories and may all find comfort knowing they will meet again.In addition to his mother, memories will be shared by three sisters, Amber Berryman of Jumpertown, Hannah Berryman (Chance Johnson) and Brittany Russell (Donald Miller), both of the Dry Creek Community; three brothers, Mitchell Berryman (Madison) of Selmer TN, Clay and Levi Chapman, both of the Dry Creek Community; two nieces, Stormy Berryman and Angel Russell; and a multitude of friends.A Memorial Service remembering the life of Michael will be at 3 PM Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the E.P.W. Center located at 1714 N Second St, Booneville MS 38829. Arrangements will be provided by 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 John Michael Ross Berryman, please visit our floral store.
Barbara Bennett Sloan YoungJuly 8, 1916 ~ March 28, 2020Barbara Bennett Sloan Young, born in Nashville TN on July 8, 1916, died peacefully on March 28, 2020 having lived gracefully for all of her nearly 104 years. She was a longtime resident of Jackson MS, where she graduated from Central High School. She attended Mississippi University for Women and Millsaps College, where she was chosen Top Beauty and Favorite. She was also a cheerleader and a member of Kappa Delta sorority. In 1939 she married John Sloan, and they had three daughters. Two years after his death in 1963, she was married to J. Will Young, who died in 1996, ending their marriage of 32 years. Mrs. Young and her husband made several trips around the world, traveling to every continent and major island. In addition to travel, she enjoyed stitchery and bridge and belonged to Las Camaradas, Continental Bridge Luncheon Club, Pierian Club, Twin Pines Garden Club, Stitchery Guild, 75 Club, Gallery Guild, and the Country Club of Jackson. Mrs. Young was an avid supporter of the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, Friends of the Jackson Zoo, and other civic organizations. She was an active member of Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, where she regularly attended Mary Foose’s Sunday School class. In 2006, Mrs. Young moved to the Village at Germantown in Germantown TN, to be near her daughters. She joined Trinity Baptist Church and belonged to the Upper Class Sunday School. On her 100th birthday, she went straight to the dance floor at the black-tie party held in her honor.Mrs. Young was the mother of three daughters: Barbara Sloan Stribling Davis (J.T.) of Oxford MS; Patricia (Trissie) Sloan of Palm Beach Gardens FL; and Suzie Sloan Durbin (Michael) of Hot Springs AR. She was “Gagie” to nine grandchildren: Sloan Stribling Hunter of Oxford; Susan Stribling of Oxford; Paige Stribling Recchia (Tony) of Greenwich CT; Wilson Stribling (Jennifer) of Madison MS; Ashley Best Mudd (Brian) of Lake Worth Beach FL; Barrie Best of Aliso Viejo CA; Laurie Best of Bend OR; Beau Durbin (Sharay) of Hot Springs; and Taylor Durbin Leath of Little Rock AR. She also had three step-grandchildren: Robin Davis Wilson of Atlanta GA, Richard Davis (Leighanne) of Birmingham AL, and Alan Davis (Lauren) of Metairie LA. She had sixteen great-grandchildren: Sam Hunter (Mary Shields) of Memphis, Tennessee; Lilly Hunter of Oxford; Charlie, Miles, Wyatt and Olivia Recchia of Greenwich; Roger, Bennett and Celia Stribling of Madison; Camden and Cole Petty of Aliso Viejo; Dylan Anderton of Bend; Henry and Miller Durbin of Hot Springs; and Leighton Sloan and Briggs Leath of Little Rock. She also had nine step-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Young is also survived by two nephews: Bill Batson (Carol) of Anchorage, Alaska, and Benn Batson of Jackson. In 2018, Mrs. Young welcomed a great-great-granddaughter, Anne Stribling Hunter of Memphis, with whom she continued to share laughs in the final weeks of her life. Mrs. Young also had a wide circle of friends, most of whom she outlived, save for her devoted and beloved companion Dorothy Washington. She was also preceded in death by her mother, Laura Coffman Bennett; her father, Irl Emmett Bennett; her step-mother, Maye Courtney Bennett; her sister, Thelma Bennett Batson; her son-in-law Roger Stribling, Jr; her grandson-in-law Kevin Hunter; and her longtime employee and friend Laura Cosby.Memorial gifts may be made to Northminster Baptist Church or to a favorite charity. A celebration of her life will be scheduled at a later date. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Barbara Bennett Sloan Young, please visit our floral store.

John Sterling WacaserJanuary 17, 1945 ~ March 28, 2020John Sterling Wacaser, 75, resident of Ripley and retired management executive, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes Saturday morning, March 28, 2020 at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Mr. Wacaser was born January 17, 1945 in Bainbridge, GA, the son of the late John Hampton and Tilda Kelly Wacaser. He was a graduate of Bainbridge High School where he excelled in basketball and track. He continued his education and received an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. Mr. Wacaser was employed in the management manufacturing facilities in Bainbridge, Georgia and was instrumental in the formation of PEP Industries in Tippah County where he served as General Manager. His career spanned many years of employment with the Alcoa Fujukari Corporation and he also served as General Manger for companies in Brazil and Mexico. After retiring from the company headquarters in Texas , Mr. Wacaser returned to Tippah County to be closer to his children and grandchildren. A Christian with a strong faith, Mr. Wacaser was known for his indomitable work ethic in all projects he pursued. A “people person” and avid Georgia Bulldog and Dallas Cowboy fan, he dedicated much of his life to ensure that deserving people had employment. Growing up in a large family, he learned at an early age the value of family and hard work. He will be remembered for his love of life, wonderful smile, generosity and encouraging others to succeed.Survivors include Cathy Waldon Wacaser of Ripley; three children, Kecia Allen, Krista Lewellen, both of Ripley and Stacy Wacaser, of Walnut; one sister, Carolyn W. Mock (Dennis) of Bainbridge, GA; three brothers, Curtis Wacaser (Norma) and Steve Wacaser (Eloise), both of Bainbridge, GA; and Horace H. Wacaser (Donna) of Gallatin, TN; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Mavis Powell (Wendell), Jean Hall (Edward) and Johnnie Thelma Wacaser; and three brothers, Charlie Wacaser (Pauline), Vondell Wacaser (Emma) and William Wacaser (Olive).Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic Guidlines, a graveside service will be at 1 PM Monday, March 30, 2020 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Chris Lewellen officiating. Arrangements will be provided by the Ripley Funeral Home. The Ripley Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wacaser family and invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John Sterling Wacaser, please visit our floral store.

Terry Joe VandygriffAugust 6, 1972 ~ March 29, 2020Terry Joe Vandygriff, 47, resident of Blue Mountain and retired Blue Mountain Volunteer Fireman, passed away Sunday evening, March 29, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo following a brief illness. Terry was born August 6, 1972 in Ripley, the son of Clara Jean Cissom Vandygriff of Blue Mountain and the late John Thomas Vandygriff. He was a 1990 graduate of Blue Mountain High School and in earlier years was employed in the manufacturing industry in Tippah County that included Gentry Corporation. A devoted member of Victory Chapel Church, Terry was employed by the Town of Blue Mountain and served on the Blue Mountain Volunteer Department for over 10 years as long as health permitted. An avid conversationalist who had a passion for riding horses and growing tomatoes, Terry loved his family, his community and enjoyed every moment he shared with his great niece and nephews. He will always be remembered as a remarkable son, brother, uncle and friend to many.In addition to his mother, Terry leaves a sister, Ann Wilbanks (Ken); a brother, John Vandygriff (Ruby Dye), both of Blue Mountain; two nieces, Lauren Dye, of Ripley and Alley Wilbanks of Blue Mountain; a nephew, Tony Vandygriff (Monica) of Blue Mountain; a great niece, Rose Vandygriff; two great nephews, Landen and Liam Vandygriff; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.A private family graveside service will be at 11 AM Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Blue Mountain Cemetery with Bro. William Carpenter officiating. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. The Ripley Funeral Home is honored to serve the Vandygriff family and invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Terry Joe Vandygriff, please visit our floral store.
Saltillo MS
W E Pegues Funeral Directors
Robert R. TiptonOctober 28, 1938 – March 25, 2020Robert Russell Tipton, 81, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was born in Water Valley on October 28, 1938, the son of Barney and Rosie Dover Tipton. After growing up in the Delta, Robert proudly served in the U.S. Army in Germany as part of the peace keeping operation following World War II. He married Agnes Mae Bass in 1968 and they made their home in the Auburn Community for over 50 years. Robert worked hard as a commercial truck driver until his retirement.  He was a member of Healing Waters Christian Fellowship in Aberdeen where his Daughter, the Rev. Brenda Harrison served as Robert’s pastor.Robert leaves behind to cherish his memory five children, Velma West of Tupelo, Rev. Brenda Harrison and her husband Richard of Aberdeen, James Hester, Barbara Kirton and her husband Mark, and Sherry Wright and her husband Jimmy, all of the Auburn Community; his brother, Dan Tipton of Aberdeen; 22 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, 39 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Agnes; his son, Eddie Hester, and a brother, John Tipton.Private services will be held for the family with his daughter, Rev. Brenda Harrison officiating however, friends are encouraged to share memories and expressions of sympathy with the family though the online guest registry. 
Jerry O. HallApril 19, 1949 – March 26, 2020Jerry O’neal Hall, 70, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born April 19, 1949 in Lee County, the son of Mamie Lou Hall Martin, and grew up in the Eggville Community. Jerry worked for many years as the custodian for Plantersville Junior High School where he was beloved by students, staff, and faculty alike. Jerry just loved people. He checked on his many friends each day and loved attending his church, First Baptist Church of Plantersville.Jerry leaves behind his three children, Jerry Wayne Hall and his wife, Shoney, Philandra Carol Lawson and her husband, Tim, all of Nettleton, and Michael Hall and his wife Eloise, of Ballinger, Texas; ten grandchildren, Vince, Hunter, Heather, John, A.J., Justin, Vantashia, Darin, D’shay, and Dakota; and six great-grandchildren, Jace, Jonah, Heidilynn, Blakely, Mackenzie, and Jazlynn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gail, and grandson, T.J. Hamblin.Visitation will be 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues, followed by a graveside service with Rev. Danny Balint officiating. Pallbearers will be Vince Hall, A.J. Hamblin, Justin Hall, Darin Hall, Josh Lindsey, and Jason Bynum. Expressions of sympathy may be left at http://www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Amy Kelly HitchcockJune 30, 1989 – March 27, 2020 Amy Kelly Hitchcock, 30, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born June 30, 1989 in Lee County, the daughter of Mark and Nancy Kelly. Amy worked as a server for Bonanza for over 10 years. She enjoyed working out at the gym and loved taking trips. Most of all, she loved time spent with family, especially her son, Hayden.Amy leaves behind her husband, Daren Hitchcock of Tupelo; her parents Mark and Nancy Kelly of Saltillo; her son, Hayden Hitchcock of their home; brothers and sisters, Angela Hall (Eric) of Plantersville, Justin Kelly (Lorianna), Jessica Kelly (Jeremy Baney), and Courtney Gliatta (Michael), Stormy Bell Kelly, and Connor Mark Kelly, all of Saltillo; and her mother-in-law, Paula Houser of Mooreville. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Billy and Virginia Hamm; her paternal grandfather, Jake Kelly, and her father-in-law, Brian Houser.Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. A memorial service will be held April 4 at 2 p.m. at the East Tupelo Church of God. Expressions of sympathy may be left at http://www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Danny DempseyMarch 11, 1955 – March 30, 2020Daniel Steven “Danny” Dempsey, 65, passed away Monday, March 30, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of William Sherman Dempsey and Wilma Beatrice Farley Dempsey.  A longtime resident of Lee County, he was a 1973 graduate of Tupelo High School. In 1975 Danny met the love of his life, Judy; they eloped and were married 45 years. His greatest joy was his family- his wife, four children, and two dogs, Bear and Roger. Danny worked in the insurance business early in his career, and in 1983 joined Life Style Furniture, where he worked to build it into a successful upholstery manufacturing facility for twenty-five years. He was a former member of Belden Baptist Church and currently a member of First Baptist Church in Tupelo. Danny was a true outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, traveling in the RV with his family, and riding ATV’s with his brothers. His favorite place other than home was the beach, his happy place. Danny’s family will remember him as the glue who held them together; he genuinely loved people and was greatly loved in return.Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 45 years, Judy Faye Cruse Dempsey of Belden; four children, Julianna Dempsey of Tupelo, Lauren Elizabeth Dempsey of Houston, Texas, Daniel Steven Dempsey II (Jamie) of Fulton, and William Cruse Dempsey of Tupelo; his granddaughter, Farris Yvonne Dempsey; three sisters, June Dempsey, Barbara Sue Dempsey, and Sharon Brookins (Brook); two brothers, Tim Dempsey and Tommy Dempsey (Frances); and his mother-in-law, Faye Cruse; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family. Danny was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Sherman Dempsey Jr. and Jack Dempsey, and his father-in-law, Herbert Odis Cruse.A graveside service honoring Danny’s life will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Tupelo Memorial Park with Rev. Don Baggett officiating. Visitation will be 12 p.m. until service time, also at the graveside. Honorary pallbearers are Tim Dempsey, Tommy Dempsey, Todd Wicker and Matt Cates. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tupelo Lee Humane Society, 2795 Cliff Gookin Blvd, Tupelo MS 38804. Friends are encouraged to leave their expressions of sympathy at http://www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Dennis RussellAugust 4, 1948 – April 1, 2020James Dennis Russell, 71, died Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born August 4, 1948 to Hubert and Jessie Frederick Russell. When he was 18, he answered his country’s call to arms and enlisted in United States Army. During his Military career, he served two tours in Vietnam was awarded a Purple Heart. He later worked as a truck driver. He had a great attention to detail and enjoyed being an auto mechanic, wood working and coin collecting which is  a hobby that began while he was enlisted in the Army.Survivors include his daughter, Jessica Townsend and her husband, Richard of Saltillo; four grandchildren, Carson, Maisy, Delaney and Dylan Townsend all of Saltillo; step-son, Jimmy Henderson and his wife Rebekah of Alabama and their children; three sisters, Brenda Kipper and her husband, Bill of Aura, Illinois and Betty Houston and Shirley Sanders both of Saltillo; brother, Kenneth Russell of Mantachie; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Russell; parents; step-mother, Flo Dell Russell; sister, Carolyn Webb and brother, Anthony Russell.Visitation will be 9 a.m. until service time Friday, April 3, 2020 at W.E. Pegues, Saltillo. Services honoring his life will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Pastor Jeff Smith officiating. The service will be live streamed and recorded for those who may not be able to attend at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. Expressions of sympathy may be left at http://www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Tupelo MS
Holland Funeral Directors

Bettye MooreMarch 16, 1938 ~ March 27, 2020Bettye 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, JD 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, JD 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 South 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 DillApril 7, 1938 ~ March 27, 2020James 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, 1981. 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 of 43 years, Linda; two daughters, Laura Ann Gillard (Mark Hopkins) 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 2 PM 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.
Dorothy Mae MontgomeryApril 10, 1937 ~ March 28, 2020Dorothy Witcher Montgomery, 82, crossed over to eternal life from Sanctuary Hospice House on Saturday, March 28, 2020. “Dot” as she was known by her closest friends, was born in Lee County on April 10, 1937 to James Lea and Katie “Mama Kate” Hubbard Witcher. She married the love of her life, Billy Hugh Montgomery, on February 12, l955. They made their home in Bissell primarily but did live in Alabama, Louisiana and even one year in France when Billy was serving his country in the Air Force. A longtime member of Bissell Baptist Church, Dot’s working life was spent as an LPN and she was devoted and dedicated to her patients in all the seasons of their lives. She worked at Red Bay Hospital but many of her years were spent nursing for the late legendary OBGYM, Dr. P.K. Thomas. Ironically, they were cut from the same bolt of cloth!! She practiced everything from delivering babies to piercing ears. Dot was outspoken and opinionated, independent, resourceful and, to say the least, a southern character in her own right. She loved, later in life, looking out her window at God’s creation which gave her spiritual strength and comfort.Dot leaves behind her two daughters; Debbie Abernathy and husband, Ed of Shannon, and Kim Finley and husband, Champ of Randolph; eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved Billy on May 25, 2007, and a sister, Martha Bratton. Visitation will be from 4-4:45 PM today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. A private family service will follow at 5 pm. In the spirit of Dot’s take charge personality, she requested son-in-laws, Champ Finley and Ed Abernathy speaking and Steve Holland playing the piano and, for fear of being haunted for life, the three have accepted. Due the corona virus pandemic, those who may wish to participate in the service can do so online at http://www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Livestreaming. The family expresses appreciation for your acts of goodness. Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net. Memorials may be made in her memory to Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Paul Eric DunkleeJune 21, 1971 ~ March 28, 2020A great husband and father, a great DJ, and a great, gregarious personality at many levels in these parts met his Creator while jogging in Ballard Park from a sudden, massive heart attack on Saturday morning, March. 28, 2020. Paul Eric Dunklee, known by admiring radio fans everywhere as Paul Stone, was born in Oyster Bay, New York on June 21, 1971 to Kirk Morrell Dunklee and the late Virginia Mare Cross. His years of youth were spent primarily in the greater Dallas, Texas area where he graduated from Plano-West High School and was a star performer in the school band. He attended and ultimately graduated from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas where he met his sweet heart, Lea Ann Hartley Dunklee. They married on July 15, 1995. Paul moved to the Tupelo area in l997 from Texas. With his powerful, yet soothing voice, he became a popular DJ on Wizard 106, partnering with Kelli Carlson on the Morning Show. Their ratings were always over the top and listeners bonded with the two as if they were best friends. Paul worked for a period with WTVA as Community Relations associate. He later entered the insurance industry working for Woodman of the World.  Due to his contagious personality and his strong work ethic, he became a self employed agent owning his own Allstate Insurance business, a job he was actively engaged until his death. Paul was a lifetime member of the Dallas Cowboys Fan Club, so much so that he got bent out of shape when they lost. A master musician and guitar player, Paul was a part of the local band known as Gypsy. He and the band were a sought after group for many local venues. Paul was a family man and doted over his two sons and their activities. He could always be seen working the concessions or encouraging THS band students as one of the most ardent supporters in the Tupelo High School Band Boosters organization. In the spirit of community service, he was the standing DJ at the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary “Empty Bowls” luncheon. With his trademark bow ties and his affable, caring attitude toward all he came in contact with, Paul was a beloved soul to so many and will be sorely missed by all.Paul leaves his wife, Lea Ann Dunklee; and two sons, John David (JD) Dunklee of Tupelo and the University of Southern Mississippi, and Ryan Kirk Dunklee, a sophomore at Tupelo High School; his father, Kirk Dunklee of Charlottesville, VA;  his brother, Edwin “Ed” Dunklee of Houston, TX; his mother-in-law, Nelda Hartley of Belden; and his father-in-law, John Hartley of Nacogdoches, TX. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie.  Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, a private family only service will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Dr. Will Rambo officiating. Private burial will be at Tupelo Memorial Park on Joyner.  A public celebration of Paul’s life will be forthcoming and will be announced later. To be a present part of Paul’s life celebration, it is suggested you watch via live streaming at http://www.holllandfuneraldirectors.com/Livestreaming at 2 PM Wednesday. It will be permanently archived thereafter. The service will be posted to Paul’s facebook as well as Holland Funeral Directors soon after the service. Please register your condolences for Lea Ann, JD and Ryan by emailing to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net. Honorary pallbearers are members of the band, Gypsy, and Kelli Carlson, Kendall Webb, Chris Morris, Chris Stewart, Terry Abernathy, Chuck Cox, Richard Vannord and Matt Chatham. Donations in memory of Paul may be made to the Salvation Army Ladies Auxiliary, PO Box 706, Tupelo, MS 38802 for the benefit of the Empty Bowls Project.  

Louise (Copeland) BunvilleJuly 26, 1945 ~ March 30, 2020 Louise Carolyn Copeland Bunville, 74, realized the promises of her faith that she professed at a young age and met her Lord and Savior on March 30, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Louise was born in Guntown, Lee County, Mississippi on July 26, 1945 to Leonard Copeland and Annie Pearl Ferguson. She was educated in the public schools. She married Robert Lee Bunville. He died in November, l998. Louise and family lived in Battle Creek, Michigan and the Chicago area before returning to the Chesterville area in l982. She loved and adored children and was privileged as a Nanny to help raise the children of Dr. Ben and Allen Moore,  Dr. PK. and Edith Thomas, and Mike and Daintry Thomas. She spent her last ten years of working life as a housekeeper at North Mississippi Medical Center. Her greatest achievement in life was that of a Mother to her children and a grandmother to her grand and great grandchildren, which she constantly doted over. Louise was a longtime member of Chapel Grove Holiness Church, was on the Mother of the Church Board and a Sunday School Teacher for 50+ years. She enjoyed watching HGTV, loved reading, especially her Bible. A lover of all God’s creation, she especially enjoyed her yard, garden and flowers and antiquing. She made it a point to check on her sisters and extended family every day on the phone. Louise leaves to rejoice in her home-going her immediate family: daughters, Sharon Thomson-Scott (Melvin), Demetra Smith (Jerry), Chavonda Bunville, and her God-daughter Jacqueline Forbes; her step-daughter, Betty Ann Knight of Chicago, Ill; her brothers, Milton Copeland, Jerry Copeland and Billy Copeland; and a sister, Martha Lowery; her grandchildren, Shanna Ford (Roosevelt), Jarrett Mister (Jarvis), Chasity Smith, and Channin Smith; her great grandchildren; Sara Mister, Skylar Mister, Shelby Mister and Kayleigh Ford; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends including her beloved Church family at Chapel Grove. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard Copeland and Annie Pearl Bradley; her husband, Robert Bunville; a sister, Lennie Mae Givhan; and a granddaughter, Mia Smith.Due to the guidelines of the Covid-19 Pandemic, a private family service will take place at 2 PM Sunday in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Her pastor, Sister Connie Coker will officiate. Burial will follow in Chapel Grove Cemetery. Friends and extended family are encouraged to participate in the service by linking to http://www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Livestreaming at 2 PM Sunday. The service will be permanently archived thereafter. There will be no public visitation. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving their friends.

Robert TallantOctober 6, 1940 ~ March 30, 2020Robert Edward Tallant, 79, passed away Monday, March 30, 2020, at Monroe Regional Hospital after a recent illness. He was born October 6, 1940, in Vardaman to James E. Tallant and Ruth Roman Tallant. He was raised in Vardaman and Houston where he was a 1958 graduate of Houston High School. During his senior year, Robert worked nights, attended school, and served in the National Guard. A classmate selected his senior quote “Blessed is the man who invented sleep.” and Robert always loved a good nap. Robert had a deep love for his country and served nine years in the National Guard and the US Army achieving the rank of Sergeant.  During his Army service, he was stationed at Fort Polk and the Ascom Depot in Korea. A man of order and discipline, he was happiest when he wore a soldier’s uniform. In 2011, the Okolona Chamber of Commerce awarded a Special Recognition plaque to Robert for 38 years of placing American flags throughout Okolona on federal holidays. In 1968, Robert married Sharon Brasfield of Houston and they welcomed their only child, Loralei, later that year. Making their home in Okolona, the Tallants contributed greatly to their community through their careers and their volunteerism. Always her hero, Loralei called her daddy first during any crisis especially those which might upset her mom like trying to boil water in her mom’s favorite plastic mixing bowl. He encouraged everyone to pursue further education and valued experiences over things so he worked tirelessly for Loralei to have opportunities he never had. Her favorite quote of his is “Once I thought I was wrong but I was mistaken.” After his military service, he pursued an accounting degree at Ole Miss and Mississippi State before becoming a Certified Public Accountant in 1972. Over his career, he worked at several local CPA firms including his own firm prior to retirement. As the furniture industry grew in Okolona, Robert focused on manufacturing accounting and, ultimately, cofounded 20th Century Enterprises. After 20th Century closed, he served as Okolona City Clerk for several years. With a deep love for Okolona, Robert served as President of the Okolona Chamber of Commerce and the Okolona Lions Club, and volunteered at the local VFW. With a dry sense of humor and quiet spirit, few people were aware of the many things he did for others – assisting many to obtain free glasses, hiring people to do odd jobs, providing paychecks early or loaning money until payday, serving as accountant for Okolona Christian Church and Common Ground Christian Church, and also assisting with construction of Common Ground Christian Church.   Survivors include his wife of 52 years Sharon Brasfield Tallant; their daughter Loralei Tallant McGee (Greg) of Tupelo; grandchildren Jacob Roman McGee of Asheville NC, and Georgia Elizabeth McGee of Tuscaloosa AL; sisters-in-law Monette Maher of Blue Springs, Teresa Spencer of Shannon, Betty Brasfield of Mooreville, and brother-in-law Ted Brasfield of Little Rock AR; nieces Reba Morris (Ron), Kay Davis (Kevin), Karen Gorrell (Dallas), Angela Derreberry (Darrell), Andrea Spencer (Darrel Ledington), Dorinda Lambert (Greg); nephews Ricky Parker (Lori), Eddy Parker (Annette), Edward Maher (Marilyn); numerous great- and great-great nieces and nephews; and his best friend Kenny Simmons. He was preceded in death by his parents, beloved sister Norma Jean Allen, mother-in-love Irene Earnest, and four brother-in-laws with whom he always enjoyed hearty laughs and tall tales.  Due to the Covid-19 virus guidelines, a private family graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Lee Memorial Park in Verona with Minister R-Kay Willardson officiating. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel is honored to be serving our friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Common Ground Christian Church, 30514 Hwy 41, Nettleton MS 38858 or the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi, 830 S Gloster St, Tupelo MS 38801. Condolences to the family may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com.
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Cathy Jean DavisJanuary 6, 1953 – March 27, 2020With a mixture of profound sadness and great joy, we announce that Cathy Jean Davis has gone home to be with her Heavenly Father. Born Cathy Jean Crabtree on January 6, 1953, in Memphis, TN to parents Thomas Earl Crabtree and Peggy Jean Crabtree, she had a lively and fun childhood with four brothers and sisters. She married her husband of 48 ½ years, Donald Paul Davis on August 6, 1971, wearing a bright blue minidress that was as bright and wonderful as her personality. Cathy and Donnie had two children, Terri Lynn Ellis and Tommy (Thomas) Edward Davis. Cathy owned and operated the Rabbit Patch Daycare for 27 years. She loved each and every one of her babies there. Cathy loved the Lord with all her heart and faithfully attended her beloved Church, Oak Ridge Christian Church for 41 years. She worked with the youth and was active in the ladies group. Cathy loved puzzles, Patsy Cline, Mexican food (Taco Bell), singing and camping. She loved to entertain and held frequent family gatherings at her home. She loved to sit and relax on her front porch with her many friends. Cathy wanted everyone to know that she will be hard to recognize in Heaven as she will be in her new “skinny” Heavenly body. Cathy had a wonderful sense of humor, an amazing spirit, a huge loving heart, and great love for her Lord, her family and countless friends. She will be forever in our heart and forever missed.She leaves behind her husband, Donnie; daughter Terri Ellis (Eddie); her son Tommy (Patience); her grandchildren, Eddie Ellis (Shay), Randy Ellis (Taylor), Ricky Ellis, Darian Johnson (Justin), and Anthony Davis. She also leaves behind five great-grandchildren; her brothers and sisters, Gary Crabtree (Carol), Donna Strickland, Jim Crabtree (Pam) and Gail Brummitt (John). She was preceded in death by her parents.Services will be 4 PM Sunday, March 29, 2020, at Oak Ridge Christian Church with Bro. Archie Taflinger and Bro. Dale Carr officiating. Private family burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Visitation will be 2-4 Sunday at the church. Pallbearers will be Eddie Allen Ellis, Ricky Ellis, Randy Ellis, Anthony Davis, Eddie Ellis, Justin Johnson, Terry Kincade and Tommy Peeples.

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