Obituaries

HCN Regional Obituaries (April 3-9, 2020)

HCN Regional Obituaries

April 3 – 9, 2020 

Baldwyn MS 
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn
Earl E. Wheeler 
April 19, 1946 – April 3, 2020
Earl Wheeler was born April 19, 1946 in Lee County unto the late James Wheeler and Lou Ollie Shack Wheeler. He passed away Friday, April 3, 2020 at his home in Verona, MS.Graveside Services will be Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM at Mt. Zion Cemetery, City Point Rd, Verona, MS 38879
Mary Nicole Jewell 
February 7, 1980 – April 5, 2020
Mary Nicole Jewell was born February 7, 1980 in Indianapolis, IN unto the late Isaac Jewell and Debra Miller Jewell. She passed away April 5, 2020 in Jackson, MS.Visitation will be Saturday, April 11, 2020 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM with graveside services 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home/Baldwyn, 111 Waters St, Baldwyn, MS 38824.
Kesler Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
William “Bill” Shouse
February 12, 1941 ~ April 7, 2020
William “Bill” Shouse, 79, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at his home in Wheeler after an extended illness. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a lifelong and very active member of Fairview Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, gardening and talking.Bill is survived by his wife, Wanda Shouse of Wheeler; his sons, W.C. Shouse, Jr (Vicki) of Saltillo, Jason Sutphin (Erica) of Richland and Charles Sutphin of Utah; his daughters, Kathie McCoy (Larry) of Booneville and Rose Hare (Mike) of Brewer; his brother, James Shouse (Brenda) of Booneville; his sister, Carolyn Hutcheson (Boyce) of Booneville; his grandchildren, Nick Hannon (Sarah), Marcus Pace (Kaylee), Corey Shouse (Maggie), Zack McCoy (Kaci), Lauren Hall (Cody), Reva Harrison, Justin Hare, Kristin Hare, Kylie Sutphin and Karoline Sutphin; and his great-grandchilren, Mac Shouse, Lucy Rose Shouse, Carter Pace and Miley Hall. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ann Shouse; 3 brothers and 1 sister.Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, services will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to the Fairview Baptist Youth Association. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of William “Bill” Shouse, please visit our floral store.
Waters Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
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Booneville MS
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Booneville
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Booneville Funeral Home – Booneville
Ralph Boyd Null
April 16, 1948 – April 6, 2020
Ralph Boyd Null, 71, passed away Monday, April 6, 2020 at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. He was born in Tippah County on April 16, 1948 to J.B. Null and Avis Mauldin Null. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church.He is survived by a daughter, Beth Gambill (Wesley) of Booneville; and a grandson, Kirkland Gambill. He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Frances Null; and his second wife, Linda Null.A private family service will be Saturday, April 11, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Booneville Funeral Home. Bro. John Cagle will deliver the message and burial will follow at Little Hope Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Tippah County. 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 Ralph Boyd Null please visit our Sympathy Store.
Elminia Potts
July 18, 1922 – April 9, 2020
Nora Elminia Potts, 97, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2020, at home in Booneville. She was born in Prentiss County on July 18, 1922, to Tandy Kees Young and Etta Jane Michael Young. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking. She worked 36 years at Prentiss Manufacturing. She was a faithful member of Carolina United Methodist Church where she served as treasurer for 45 years. She loved babysitting and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.She is survived by her son, W. L. Potts of Booneville; a daughter, Kathy Green (Gerry) of Booneville; grandchildren, Kimberly Gramling (Terry) of Corinth, Bo Green (Alicia) of Tupelo, Paige Sasser (Craig-Ellis) of Booneville; great-grandchildren, Eli Gramling and Jack Lester of Corinth, Garrett Green and Camille Green of Tupelo, Rhett Sasser and Mina Sasser of Booneville; and a step-grandson, Will Gramling of Memphis, TN. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Potts; parents; brother, William Young; sister, Mattie Lou Calton; brother, George Tandy (Tootsie) Young; sisters, Hattie Downs and Mary Frank Inman; and brother, Buster Young.A private funeral service will be Friday, April 10, 2020, at 2:00 PM at Booneville Funeral Home with Bro. Dan Estes and Bro. Jerry George officiating. Carolina United Methodist Church will live stream the service from their facebook page at 2:00 PM. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Since visitation and sharing of memories with family is not possible at this time, the family requests that friends write an encouraging card or note to nursing home residents, shut-ins, and others who are isolated in her honor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Carolina United Methodist Church, 2000 Ninth St, Booneville, MS 38829. Condolences may be extended to the family at boonevillefuneralhome.net. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Elminia Potts please visit our Sympathy Store.
McMillan Funeral Home – Booneville
Inez Criswell
July 26, 1936 – April 7, 2020
Ruby Inez Criswell, 83, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. She was born July 26, 1936, to John and Wilma Carpenter. She graduated from Jumpertown High School in 1953. She was a member of Concord Baptist Church, and the Atlanta Braves Fan Club, and the Dry Creek VFD. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, and being outside.She is survived by two daughters, Judy (Ronnie) Holley and Jo (Jerry) Young; two sons, Bruce (Karen) Criswell and Danny Criswell; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Criswell, and one daughter, Dot Fleming.A private graveside service will be at 1:00 PM Friday, April 10, 2020 at Jumpertown Cemetery with Bro. Dale Henderson and Bro. William Carpenter officiating. Services are under the direction of McMillan Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Brian Kuykendall, Payden Fleming, Mason Johnson, Matt Fleming, Chandler Johnson and Caleb Henderson. Condolences may be left at http://www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Corinth MS
Magnolia Funeral Home – Corinth
Carolyn Joyce Fair
June 9, 1954 – April 3, 2020
Carolyn Joyce Fair, 65 of Corinth, MS, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020 at her residence. She was born June 9, 1954 in Counce, TN to Ezra Joslin and Louise Thomas Joslin. She was a waitress and was of the Christian faith. Carolyn is survived by daughter, Tanya Fair Oliver and husband Jeremy of Henderson, TN; her son, Michael Fair of Adamsville, TN; three grandchildren, Ty Oliver, Haley Oliver and Katelyn Fair; her fiance, Robert Alexander of Corinth, MS; her brother, Charles “Skeet” Joslin and wife Brenda of Corinth, MS; other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Ezra Joslin; her mother Louise Evelyn Thomas Joslin; her brothers, James Joslin, Jerry Joslin, Billy Joslin, Larry Joslin, Danny Joslin, Tommy Joslin and Jimmy Joslin and her sister, Doris Joslin. Funeral service for Carolyn Joyce Fair will be Sunday, April 5, 2020 at Magnolia Funeral Home. Due to the pandemic and out of concern for the family and friends, the service will be private. Interment will be in White Sulphur Cemetery in Pickwick, TN. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Carolyn Joyce Fair. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Carolyn Joyce Fair please visit our Sympathy Store.
Charlotte Lavonne McAlpin
February 24, 1951 –  April 6, 2020
Charlotte Lavonne McAlpin, 69 of Corinth, MS, passed away Monday, April 6, 2020 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, TN. She was born February 24, 1951 in Corinth, MS to Vinice Essary and Hurley Bragg Essary. She retired as a school teacher for the Alcorn County School System after 29 1/2 years of teaching and was a substitute teacher for the Corinth City Schools for 11 years. She graduated from Kossuth High School and received a Masters Degree from MS State University. She was of the Pentecostal faith. Charlotte is survived by her brothers, Ladrone Essary and wife Carol of Corinth, MS, and Kenneth Essary and wife Pam of Corinth, MS; her sister, Sheila Tsagarakis of Corinth, MS; her nieces and nephews, Clarissa Mills (Scotty), Jason Essary (Lindy), Whitney Seago (Mike), Demmy Tsagarakis, Carleigh Mills, Kenner Mills, Ki Seago and Christopher Hutcheson; special friends, Patsy Wicks and Christopher Wicks; other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Vinice Essary and her mother, Hurley Bragg Essary. A graveside service for Charlotte Lavonne McAlpin will be Thursday, April 9, 2020 at Magnolia Gardens. Due to the pandemic and out of concern for the family and friends, the service will be private. Greg Woodruff will officiate the service. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Charlotte Lavonne McAlpin. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Charlotte Lavonne McAlpin please visit our Sympathy Store.
Lillie Mae Duncan
November 11, 1930 – April 7, 2020
Lillie Mae Duncan, 89 of Corinth, MS, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at Landmark Nursing Home in Booneville, MS. She was born in Rienzi, MS on November 11, 1930 to Sanford and Clara Sue Rorie. Lillie was a homemaker who loved sewing, spending time with family and friends and attending church at Calvary Apostolic. Those left to honor Lillie’s memory include her sons: Larry Duncan (Carolyn), Dwayne Duncan, and Loey Duncan all of Corinth, MS; grandchildren: Darrell Duncan (Amy), Angi Wilhite (Lee Bo), Todd Duncan (Shellie), Bryson Duncan, Cammie Terry, and Tim Duncan (Melissa); great grandchildren: Bryce Duncan, Brylee Kate Duncan, Pecos Wilhite, Kota Wilhite, Wyatt Wilhite, Jon Todd Duncan, Isabella Duncan, Breck Duncan, Brandon Duncan, Austin Terry, Weston Terry, and Jaxon Bryce Duncan; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years Loey Brice Duncan; her parents: Sanford and Clara Sue Rorie; brothers: Reuben Rorie (Nellie), Ollis Rorie (Jewell), J.W. Rorie (Charlene), Ira Rorie (Pearl), James E. Rorie (Elizabeth), Gordan Rorie (Martha), Raymond Rorie (Rosie) and Staton Rorie (Mary); sisters: Eva Burcham (Clyde) and Virgie Burcham (Tillman); in-laws: James Alford and Bell Curtis Duncan; brothers-in-law: Alford Duncan and J.R. Duncan; sisters-in-law: Mary Duncan, Nellie Ross and Pauline Howard. 
A gravesides service for Lillie Mae Duncan will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Sardis Church Cemetery. Due to the pandemic and out of concern for the family and friends, the service will be private. Interment will be in Sardis Church Cemetery in Rienzi, MS. Online condolence may be made at magnoliafuneralhome.net. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Lille Mae Duncan. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Lillie Mae Duncan please visit our Sympathy Store.
McPeters Funeral Home – Corinth
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Memorial Funeral Home – Corinth
William “Bill” Roy Hoover
November 21, 1945 – April 6, 2020
William Roy “Bill” Hoover 74, a resident of Hickory Valley, TN, former resident of Alcorn, Tishomingo and Lee Counties, died April 6, 2020 at St. Frances Hospital in Memphis, TN.Due to current CDC guidelines and MS current health mandates, we ask that the funeral only have family and observe current health guidelines. This will restrict the visitation and funeral service to family only. There will be a private family funeral service on 2:00 pm Thursday April 9, 2020 at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth with Rev. Bubba Lollar officiating. Burial will be in the Magnolia Gardens. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.memorialcorinth.com for the Hoover family. Services will be streaming on the Memorial Funeral Home facebook page.
James William Crow
October 28, 1970 – April 8, 2020
James Crow, 49, died Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at his residence. He was a lifetime member of Union Baptist Church, a 1988 graduate of Kossuth High School, and was employed at Columbia Gulf. He loved being outdoors, hunting, gardening and his grandchildren.Survivors are his wife, Angie Stroupe Crow; mother, Joyce Crow; father, Ray Crow, Jr.; sister, Angela Hudson (Terry); step-daughter, Brenna Basden (Corey); step-son, Michael Stroupe; father-in-law, Donald Brock; nieces, Courtney Thacker (Bear); Hannah Hudson; great-nieces and nephews, Ty Buchanan, Riley Buchanan, Adilyn Meeks, Weston Thacker, Jaxton and Lyna Glidewell; step-grandchildren, Peyton Basden, Hazlee Basden, Brayden Stroupe and Harper Stroupe; and a host of aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dock and Sue Rogers, Ray and Dixie Crow; aunt, Lynette Crow, and a special cousin Dallas Crow.A private family service for James Crow will be held Saturday at 1:00 pm at Union Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Pounders officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Johnson, Terry Waldon, Marty Michael, Greg Ginn, D.C. Parvin, Justin Henry, Brad Mattox and Jimmy Voyles, Kossuth High School Class of 1988, and the past and present employees of Columbia Gulf. Visitation will be held Friday from 4:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday 11:00 until 12:45 pm at Union Baptist Church. However, due the Covid 19 pandemic access and activity will be limited during these hours. For those who would like to participate by attending the service, there will be a drive up service held in the church parking lot. We do ask that all participants to please remain in your vehicles. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of these services. Online condolences can be left at http://www.memorialcorinth.com.
Holly Springs MS
Holly Springs Funeral Home – Holly Springs
Gary Thomas “Tommy” Ash
1953 – April 3, 2020
Gary Thomas “Tommy” Ash, 67, realized the promise of his faith and met his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 3, 2020 at his residence in Potts Camp, Mississippi, where he was born and raised. He was married to the former Sandra Kay Gadd Ash for 48 years. He was employed by Turfmaster of Memphis, TN for the past twenty years. He was an active, faithful member of First Baptist Church in Potts Camp. First and foremost, Tommy loved God, his family, and his church. He never met a stranger and had a love for others that radiated from him anywhere he went. Tommy loved sports and never missed his grandson’s games. He looked forward to any excuse to socialize. He also loved to hunt and fish, but only as an excuse to get together with buddies. No matter where he went or what he was doing, Tommy managed to find a way to tell others about his salvation and the love of Christ. This is the legacy that will live well past his lifetime.Tommy leaves behind his wife; two daughters, Susan Ash and Stephanie Ash Gregg; a son-in-law, David Gregg; two grandchildren, Olivia Paige Ash and Peyton Thomas Rodgers; step-grandchildren, Dylan Gregg and Britini Deluca; and four step-great-grandchildren. He also leaves two brothers, Johnny Ash and Clay Ash; three sisters, June Huey, Carol Minor and Gale Stanton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Ike Ash Jr, and Etoyle Ash; and three sisters, Sue Burchette, Diane Tapley and Rita Elliott.Visitation and services will be held outdoors at Tommy and Sandra’s home at 1617 Bethany Road on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 10:00 am. Those who wish to bring lawn chairs are welcome. A private burial will be held at Bethany Church. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
R,H, Poole
February 16, 1937 – April 3, 2020
R,H, Poole, 83, passed away April 3, 2020 at his home in Byhalia. R.H. was born February 16, 1937 to Jessie Aubrey Poole and Mary Selma Bowling Poole in Moscow, TN. R.H. was a member of Garland Methodist Church and was an insurance salesman. R.H. was a U.S Army Veteran.R.H. is survived by his wife Barbara Jean Poole of Byhalia, MS; two daughters, Cindy Poole Appling (Jamie) and Lynda Poole Witherington; three grandchildren, Katy Witherington, Laura Appling Hanks (Zach) and Brad Appling; one great grandchild, James Cornelius Hanks.A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
Cecil Lollar
October 26, 1951 –  April 6, 2020
Cecil Lollar, 68, passed away April 6, 2020 at North MS Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. Cecil was born October 26, 1951 to William Lollar and France Goolsby Lollar in Hickory Flat, MS. Cecil was a member of Flat Rock Baptist Church and worked as a Concrete Dispacther for construction. Cecil was a U.S. Army Veteran.Cecil is survived by his wife Evelyn Diane Lollar of Hickory Flat, MS.Services will be graveside April 8, 2020 11:00 am at McKay Cemetery, Hickory Flat. There will be a visitation at 10:00 am until service.
JF Brittenum and Son Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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Houston MS
Houston Funeral Home – Houston
Lynn NaborsAugust 24, 1971 – April 06, 2020Mrs. Cathy Lynn Smith Nabors, 48, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. Lynn Nabors was born in Houston, MS on August 24, 1971 to Thomas Eli Smith and Elizabeth Ann Walls. She was the office manager at Leggett and Platt for 22 years. She was a member of Macedonia United Methodist Church. She thoroughly enjoyed crafting and spending time with her grandchildren and family. She was also avid Mississippi State fan.Lynn Nabors is survived by her parents, Tommy and Ann Smith of Houston; one son, Mykkie (Shana) Smith of Houston; two daughters, Ashley (James) Nabors and Megan Nabors both of Houston; one brother, Chris Smith of Houston; her mother-in-law, Sandy Nabors (Ed) Moore, and her sisters-in-law, Tabatha Nabors and Teresa Batton; three special grandchildren, Damion and Gabby Haig, and Ryan-Garrett Smith; a special aunt, Frankie Sue Smith of Houston; four special childhood cousins, Kenneth (Adele) Yearby and Joe (Christy) Yearby both of Columbus, Tiffany (Mark) Allen of Georgia, and Angie (Alan) Campbell of Tennessee; a host of nieces and nephews; and her much loved church family of Macedonia United Methodist Church. Lynn Nabors was preceded in death by her beloved late husband, Henry Clay “Roundman” Nabors; her grandparents, Sam and Sara Walls, and Polly and Henry Frank Smith; and her father-in-law, Henry Nabors.A private family funeral service and burial was held at Macedonia United Methodist Church in Houston, MS with Bro. Steve Lampkin and Bro. Kevin Lindley officiating. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge arrangements. Pallbearers will be Shane Booth, “Rooster” Gann, Hyman Ivy, Doyle Booth, Jr., David Ray Smith, Kerry Abrams, Ricky Makamson, and James Winstead. Honorary Pallbearer will be Len Price. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Macedonia United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 1780 Highway 8 East, Houston, MS 38851. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at http://www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Christine Harmon
December 19, 1923 – April 06, 2020
Mrs. Clarice Christine “Chris” McQuary Harmon, 96, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020 at her home in Houston, MS. She was born in Woodland, MS on December 19, 1923 to Marion Monroe McQuary and Rosa Lee Jennings McQuary. She was a homemaker who thoroughly enjoyed working with her flowers. Mrs. Christine Harmon was member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Woodland, MS.Mrs. Harmon is survived by her daughter, Sandra Bray of Houston; her sons, John (Janet) Harmon of Pontotoc, and Butch (Carmel) Harmon of McGee MS; her sister, Roumalette (Charles) Thrasher of Starkville; her grandchildren, Tara (Rocky) McGee, Amanda (Brucey) Pettit, Andy (Fandaci) Harmon, Adam (Robyn) Harmon, Linda (Jeffery) Walker, Katy (Mark) Hansburger, Austin Altom; great-grandchildren, Devin Boggs, Wyatt Bray, Hayden McGee, Sky Pettit, Gunner Pettit, Ryder Pettit, Madelyn McGee, KK Walker, Brandon Walker, Lily Hansburger, Alex Harmon, Nick Harmon, Will Harmon, Lexi Harmon, John Robert Harmon, Palmer Harmon, Adison Earnest, Caitlyn Sullivan, Riley Altom, Austin Altom, Jr,; and five great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Harmon was preceded in death by her parents, her late husband Robert Lee Harmon, her brothers, and her sisters.A private service and burial was held at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Woodland, MS. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 906 County Road 416, Woodland, MS 38851. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at http://www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Memorial Funeral Home – Houston
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Southern Funeral Chapel – Houston
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New Albany MS
Glenfield Funeral Home – New Albany
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New Albany Funerals and Cremations – New Albany
Sheila Gay Jones Hall
July 12, 1965 ~ April 3, 2020
Sheila Gay Jones Hall, 54 a resident of Louisville KY, passed away Friday evening, April, 3, 2020 at Baptist Health Center is Louisville, KY following a brief illness. Sheila was born July 12, 1965 in Lagrange , KY the daughter of Juanita Dickerson Jones of Louisville, KY and the late Charles Jones. She was a member of Greater Faith Church in New Albany, Indiana and was a devoted homemaker throughout her life. Sheila will be remembered as a loving person and enjoyed every opportunity she shared with her family especially her grandchildren. Shopping, singing and watching the Walton’s on television were favorite pastimes.In addition to her mother, she leaves two sons, Charlie Hall (Samantha) and Brian Hall (Leather), both of New Albany; a sister, Melissa Darst (Roy); two brothers, Timmy Jones(Melissa) and Dwayne Jones (Heidi), all of Louisville, KY; and six loving grandchildren, JJ, Layla, Landon, Waylon, Brody and Kanon. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Paisley.A family graveside service will be at 2 PM Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Bethlehem Cemetery near Potts Camp. Arrangements will be provided by New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care. The staff at New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Sheila Gay Jones Hall, please visit our floral store.
Don Marcus Box1944 –  April 04, 2020Don Marcus Box, 76, passed away on Saturday April 04, 2020, at his residence in Myrtle. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Don Marcus Box, please visit our floral store.
Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Inc – New Albany
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United Funeral Service – New Albany

Kenneth LittlejohnFebruary 20, 1929 – April 6, 2020Kenneth Littlejohn, 91, of Benton, went to be with the Lord, and his beloved wife of nearly 61 years, who preceded him in death on the exact date 11 years ago, on April 6, 2020. He was born on February 20, 1929 in Blue Springs, Mississippi to Myrtis Reed and Bill Emmaline Littlejoh. Kenneth was a kind, mild-mannered, friend to all who loved to make people laugh. He adored his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with all his heart. He had been a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church since 1960. His thoughtful and caring spirit never went unnoticed by those who knew him. He will be missed but his memory will be cherished and his legacy will continue on through those who loved and cared for him.Kenneth is survived by his daughters, Marilyn Williams and Debbie Littlejohn, both of Benton; his grandchildren, Mark McClain, Kelli McCallister, and Matt McClain; his great-grandchildren, Morgan McClain, Meghan McClain, Pearl McClain, Vivien McClain, Jeremy Lowrance, Deja Ham, Demi Ham, Christopher Casteel, Lauren Crosslin, and Carly Parsons; his great-great grandchildren, Ben Crosslin, Theo Crosslin, Jax Parsons, and Ryder Parsons; his sister, Faye McCullough of Blue Springs, MS; and many other extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter, Lea Darnell; and his sisters, Opalene Dunlap, Etoyce Pilcher, and Edith Reed.Graveside Services will be private on April 9. 2020 1:00 PM at New Harmony Cemetery, County Rd 205, Blue Springs, MS. Interment will be at New Harmony Cemetery, County Road 205, Blue Springs, MS. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Kenneth Littlejohn please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ray BoatnerJanuary 29, 1948 – April 7, 2020Raymond Guy Boatner, 72, died Tuesday, April 7,2020 at Diversicare Assisted Living in Tupelo. He was born in New Albany on January 29, 1948 to the late Johnny Guy and Mae Annice Maxey Boatner. He was a retired truck driver for Old Dominion Truck Line. He loved his grandchildren, loved riding horses and hunting.Ray was survived by his wife Diane Johnson Boatner; two daughters, Tammy Noonan (Mike), Kelli Alford (Jody); two sons, Ricky Boatner (Linda), Jeffrey Boatner (Marisa); one step-daughter, Melissa Pounds (Jason); one sister, Barbara Rhea (Larry); seven grandchildren, Jacob Radigan, Luke Radigan, Kaitie Boatner, Emma Boatner, Jayce Boatner, Jolyn Alford and Bailee Alford. He was preceded in death by his parents.Graveside service will be Thursday, April 9,2020 at 12:00 Noon at Amaziah Cemetery located at 1163 County Rd 10. Hickory Flat, MS 38633. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Ray Boatner please visit our Sympathy Store.

Syble Franklin Robbins DillardOctober 21, 1915 – April 8, 2020Syble Franklin Robbins Dillard went to be with the Lord on April 8, 2020 at the age of 104 years old. She passed away at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany, MS. She was born on October 21, 1915. Syble was an avid gardener, a very hard worker up until she was 94 years old. She loved to travel, quilt, fish, and take care of others young and old.  She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.She is survived by her daughter, Laura Mae Hall (Billy Gene) of Etta; one grandson, Billy Dean Hall (Lesia) of Etta; one granddaughter, Lori Michelle Hall, of Paducah, KY; three great-granddaughters, Brandi McWhirter (Matthew) of Etta, Casey Sanford (Justin) of Etta, and Taylor Droke of Paducah, KY; and two great great-grandsons, Hayden McWhirter and Jace Sanford. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Robbins; husband, Joel Dillard; son, Dean Dillard (Rita) of Blue Springs; and all her siblings. Services are led by United Funeral Home, but will be private for family. Syble will be laid to rest at Bethel Cemetery, 1011 County Rd 42, Etta, MS. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Syble Franklin Robbins Dillard please visit our Sympathy Store.
Oxford MS
Coleman Funeral Home – Oxford
William Lamar Pickens
May 22, 1939 – April 6, 2020
Mr. William Lamar “Pick” Pickens, 80, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020, at his residence in Oxford, MS. Mr. Pickens was a godly man that loved to share the good news about The Lord Jesus Christ. He was a pastor for 30 years. In Mr. Pickens’ earlier years he loved to hunt and fish, and enjoyed working in his shop on different wood working projects. Mr. Pickens will be dearly missed by his family and friends.Mr. Pickens is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosalyn Pickens; two daughters, Deborah Pickens and Renee (Steve) Threlkeld, both of Oxford; one son, Michael (Donna) Pickens, of Oxford; one sister, Betty (Gerald) Pickens Brown, of Lafayette Springs, MS; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Pickens was preceded in death by his father, Wail Lamar Pickens; his mother, Claudia Carpenter Pickens; and one son, baby William Lamar Pickens, Jr.The family will have a private graveside service. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations and memorials in honor of Mr. William Lamar Pickens can be made to Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery, 31 County Rd 429, Oxford, MS 38655, or Save a Life, 295 County Rd 101, Oxford, MS 38655. Online condolences are highly encouraged to be placed on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of William Lamar Pickens please visit our Sympathy Store.
L Hodges Funeral Service – Oxford
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Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Services – Oxford
Shoffer Daniel Karr III
October 16, 1951 – April 3, 2020
Mr. Shoffer Daniel Karr, III, 68, died Friday, April 3, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle in Columbus, MS. He was born to the late Shoffer Daniel Karr, Jr. and Maxine Delores Henderson Karr. Technical Sergeant Karr retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years and 7 months of service. His work was his life. He was devoted and proud of his family. Mr. Karr is survived by his wife, Pam Burson Karr of Columbus, MS; a daughter, Tabatha Michelle Karr of Columbus, MS; two sons, Raymond Matthew Karr, Sr. of Leakesville, MS, and Jeremiah Thomas (Sherry) Karr of Nettleton, MS; a sister, Ruth Ann Prather of Tula, MS; a brother, Dennis Eugene Karr of Tula, MS; three grandchildren, Jenny Lynn Karr of Columbus, MS, Haley Renee Karr of Nettleton, MS and Daniel Christian Karr of Columbus, MS; and his former wife, Geneva Eugenia Karr of Columbus, MS. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew Karr, Jr.A private family graveside service will be held at Tula Cemetery with Bishop Steve Davis officiating. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In honor of Mr. Karr’s service to our country the flag of the United Sates Air Force will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
Alice Lee McCain Williams
January 17, 1933 – April 4, 2020
Mrs. Alice McCain Williams, 87, died Saturday, April 4, 2020, at her home near Oxford with her loving son and brother at her side. Born in Lafayette County to the late Gurvis and Venera Criss Cooper McCain, Mrs. Williams retired from Big Yank Manufacturing. She was a loyal and faithful member of Paris Baptist Church.  Mrs. Williams was a skilled and avid quilter. Survivors include her son, Emmett Eugene Williams, Jr. of Water Valley, MS; and a brother, Billy Joe McCain of Coffeeville, MS. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Eugene “Hoot” Williams, Sr.A private family graveside service will be held at Pine Flat Cemetery near Oxford with Reverend Derek Starnes officiating.  Memorial contributions in Mrs. Williams’ memory may be made to Pine Flat Cemetery Fund, c/o Bill McGregor, 658 Hwy 7 South, Oxford, MS 38655.
Pontotoc MS
Browning Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Bobby Joe Pratt
February 9, 1941 – April 1, 2020
Bobby Joe Pratt, 79, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at NMMC in Tupelo. He was born on February 9, 1941 to Orlan and Willie Mae Stegall Pratt. He retired from Spencer’s Manufacturing. where he worked in upholstery.Survivors include his two daughters, Cynthia Ray (Tommy) of Pontotoc, MS, and Pam Sartin of Houlka, MS; one son, Robert Mitchell Pratt of Pontotoc, MS; seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Harold Wayne Pratt; a son, Michael Joe Pratt; and a grandson, Robert Mitchell Pratt, Jr.Due to Covid-19 the family will have a graveside service at 10 AM Friday, April 3, 2020 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Flora Ellen Stepp
September 21, 1926 – April 5, 2020
Flora Ellen Swords Stepp, 93, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at her residence. She was born on September 21, 1926 to Lonnie Clinton and Mattie Bain Parrish Swords. She was a member of Cairo Baptist Church and the Woodmen of the World, Ecru Lodge. Flora had taught school and worked at Futorian Furniture Manufacturing, and Irwin B. Schwabe. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and working word puzzles.Survivors include her husband of 75 years, James Robert Stepp of Ecru; a daughter, Martha Owen of Blue Mountain, MS; a son, Jeff Stepp of Ecru, MS; a daughter-in-law, Marsha Stepp of Tupelo, MS; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Rodgers (Martin), Elizabeth Stepp LeFors, Chris Stepp, Scott Pannell (Katelynn), Josh Pannell (Amber), Chase Pannell (Caila), Jessica Riales (Brian) and Julie Stepp; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Jackson “Jack” Swords and a son, Don Stepp.Due to the Corona Virus and CDC guidelines, the family will have a private graveside service at Cairo Cemetery on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 2 PM, with Rev. William Reeves officiating. Pallbearers will be Scott Pannell, Josh Pannell, Chris Stepp, Brian Riales, Brody Hendrix and Adam Johnson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jennifer Rodgers, Elizabeth LeFors, Jessica Riales and Julie Stepp. Browning Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with the arrangements.
Payton Mortuary – Pontotoc
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Tutor Memorial Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Geraldine Roebuck Little
December 11, 1942 – April 4, 2020
Geraldine Roebuck Little, 77, passed away April 4, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, MS. She was born in Sumner, MS, living most of her life in Clarksdale, MS, working as a beautician.  After retirement, she moved to Pontotoc, MS. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh at everything she said. She loved to cook and spend time with family.She is survived by her husband, Phil H. Little; her children, Cameron Little (Becky) and Stephanie Butler (Randy); seven grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and her two sisters, Florence Lester and Marjorie Newton. She is preceded in death by her parents, James Benton Roebuck and Ettie Roebuck; her brothers, Sunny Roebuck, Terry Roebuck, and Billy Joe Roebuck; and one sister, Louise Huggins.There will be a graveside service Monday, April 6, 2020 at 2PM at Baldwin Memorial Gardens with Bro. Jay Stanley officiating. In lieu of flowers please make memorials in her memory to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, MS.
Patricia Ann Carter HolcombMarch 10, 1939 – April 4, 2020Patricia Ann Carter Holcomb, 79, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2020 in Westminster, SC. She was a kind loving Christian Pastor’s wife, mother, and grandmother. She always put others before herself. She loved singing and playing gospel music.She is survived by three daughters, Kathy Holcomb, Tupelo, MS, Libby Suddieth, Saltillo, MS, and Gloria Groover, Westminster, SC; one son, Tim Holcomb, Tupelo, MS; eleven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one sister/best friend, Nell Carter Nelson; three brothers, Jamie Carter, Leroy Carter, and Bobby Carter. She is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Bro. Boyce Holcomb; daughter, Lisa Holcomb; parents, Solomn and Dessie Carter; three brothers, Stephen Carter, Larry Carter, and Danny Carter; and two sisters, Linda Carter and Hazel McElhaney.There will be a graveside service Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 11 AM at Michie Cemetery, Vaiden, MS with Bro. Jamie Groover officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements
Ripley MS
Foster and Son Funeral Home – Ripley

Frances BayoloMay 3, 1946 ~ April 4, 2020Mother Frances Boyd Bayolo,73, was born May 3, 1946 to the late Luther Bryson and Lizzie Vee Carroll Boyd in Blue Mountain, MS. She departed this life on April 4, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. She was a graduate of Line Street Consolidated High School in Ripley, MS. She confessed a hope in Christ at an early age, joining the Saint James Temple Church of God in Christ. She served as a choir member and a member of the Mother’s Board were she remained until her death.She leaves to cherish her memory; her devoted husband Jorge Bayolo; five children, Rachel (Shafers) Crum, Raquel (Josh) Jones, Rosalind Prather, Clinton (Samantha) Thomas, and Rebekah (Brandon) Riddle; fifteen grandchildren; five sisters, Lizzie Strong, Dorothy Mejia, Geanette Robinson, Linda Rutherford and Tina Rogan; five brothers, Luther Boyd, Phillip Boyd, Walter Boyd, William Boyd and Wiley Carroll; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and church members who loved her very much.A private graveside service will be held for immediate family only. To view and sign the guest registry please visit fosterandsonfuneralhome.com. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Frances Bayolo, please visit our floral store.

Stephanie S. GullapAugust 11, 1961 ~ April 6, 2020Stephanie S. Gullap, 58, also known as Denise was born August 11, 1961 to William Spight and Lilia Spight. She left her earthly home on April 6, 2020. She attended Ripley High School before attending college at Northeast MS Community College and Mississippi University for Women. She later attended Delgado Community College in New Orleans, LA and after several years attended Northwest MS Community College. Denise was a dedicated soldier for Christ. She was an active member of St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church where she served on many committees. She was also a dedicated member of the Ripley Baptist Association. Denise had such joy for life. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 28 years, Rev. William Gullap; three children, Ashley (Michael) Barker, Melanie McCoy, and William Gullap Jr.; three grandchildren; Bryant McCoy, Alani McCoy and Christina Barker; two brothers; David (Felicia) Spight and Sydney (Sonya) Adams; one sister Cynthia Allen; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved friends.A private graveside service will be held for immediate family only. To view and sign the guest registry please visit fosterandsonfuneralhome.com. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Stephanie S Gullap, please visit our floral store.
McBride Funeral Home – Ripley
James Irvin WrightMarch 30, 1938 – April 8, 2020James Irvin Wright, 82, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at his home in Ripley. He was born on March 30, 1938, to J.T. Sr. and Carrie Belle Bailey Wright in Blytheville, Arkansas. James was retired from Ertel Manufacturing working as a Tool-Die Machinist. He was a member of New Testament Holiness Church.James is survived by his wife: Millie Lee Wright of Ripley, MS; four daughters, Kappi Hillenburg of Shirley AR, Lisa Pankey (Ronnie) of Snow Lake AR, Jennie Gidluck (Gordon) of Little Rock AR, Penny Workman (Billy) of Box Elder SD; two sons, David Wright of Little Rock AR, Mark Wright (Dina) of Shirley AR; one brother J.T. Wright, Jr. (Joan) of Southaven MS; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son James Berry Wright; and one brother Calvin Wright.A Memorial Service will be at a later date. Expressions of sympathy, for the Wright family, may be sent to www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of James Irvin Wright please visit our Sympathy Store.
Mayzell Richardson Mercer
September 6, 1944 – April 8, 2020
Mayzell Richardson Mercer, 75, passed away April 8, 2020 at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born on September 6, 1944, to Earnest and Annie D. Thrasher Richardson in Alcorn County MS. She retired from Biltrite Corporation after 41 years of service. She was a member of Falkner United Methodist Church.Mayzell is survived by her husband: Jimmy Mercer of Falkner, MS; one son Jimi “Scott” Mercer of Falkner, MS; two sisters Dorothy Bennett (John) of Tiplersville, MS, Jean Mathis of Walnut, MS; a special cousin Ruth Roberson; and three special friends Nelda Swindle, Mary Knight, Carolyn Duncan. She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters Rhonda Gail Mercer and Susan Michelle Mercer; three sisters Peggy Mullins, Nelda Lyles, Debbie Richardson; four brothers Leroy Richardson, Wayne Richardson, T.J. Richardson, Randle Richardson.A private family graveside service will be held April 10, 2020 at Ebenezer Cemetery with Rev. Will Rossell and Rev. Andrew Payne officiating. Expressions of sympathy for the Mercer family may be sent to: www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mayzell Richardson Mercer please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ripley Funeral Home, Inc – Ripley
Winnie D. Tate AbbottOctober 4, 1935 ~ April 3, 2020Winnie D. Tate Abbott, 84, resident of Ripley, passed away Friday morning, April 3, 2020 at Misssissippi Care Center in Corinth of complications from Alzheimers. Mrs. Abbott was born to the late Turner and Georgie Roten Duncan in Tippah County. Mrs. Abbott was a faithful Christian, wife and mother with a servant’s heart. She will be remembered for her quick wit, and was famous for her “porch talkins” and free advice for everyone. An avid Willie Nelson fan, she loved singing, gardening, cooking and reading her Bible. She is survived by her husband, Dale Abbott; her cousin who was like a sister, Dorothy Duncan; her children, Daphine Tate, Shelly Crank (Don), Haskell Tate (Patty) and Chip Abbott (Stacy); her grandchildren, Amanda Tate, Cody Hatcher, Stephen Crank, Donnie Crank, Andy Crank and Noah Abbott; and a great grandson, Cody Michael Stumbo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Hatcher; her brothers, Herschel, N.T. and Wayne Duncan; and a grandson, Daniel Crank. A special thank you to the staff of Mississippi Cares in Corinth for the love, support and care shown to our mother.A private family graveside service will be Saturday, April 4, 2020 in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Bro. Jeremy Hughey officiating. A Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date. The family request that memorials be directed to Pleasant Hill Cemetery Fund, 61 County Rd 247, Tiplersville, MS 38674 or to The Alzheimer’s Association. 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 Winnie D. Tate Abbott, please visit our floral store.

Doris Priscilla Hall GoolsbyAugust 27, 1940 ~ April 5, 2020Doris Priscilla Hall Goolsby, resident of Ripley and the Buena Vista Community, departed this life in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family Sunday evening, April 5, 2020. She was 79 years of age and died of complications from Alzheimers. Mrs. Goolsby was born August 27, 1940 in Tippah County, the daughter of the late Ellis and Myrtle Clark Hall and was a graduate of Buena Vista High School. At an early age she moved to Memphis and was employed by Sears Roebuck & Co where she met a former Tippah Countian, Wayne Goolsby. They were married on May 5, 1960 and continued to live in Memphis before retiring and returning to Tippah County in 1990. A member of Jacob’s Chapel United Methodist Church and affectionately known by family as “Aunt Cillar”, Mrs. Goolsby will be remembered as an avid cook and an expert crafter that included, crocheting, sewing and knitting. Always one to stay busy, she also enjoyed gardening, flowers and caring for her late mother. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my race, I have kept the faith”~ 2 Timothy 4:7.In addition to her husband of almost 60 years, memories will be shared by a daughter, Rhonda Hurley (Dennis) of Munford, TN; a son, Timothy Goolsby (Teresa) of Hernando; one sister, Faye Stanford of Ripley; two brothers, Carlton “Buddy” Hall (Alice) and Drew Hall, both of Pelahatchie, MS; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Leone Stanford, Helon Cook, Robbie Roberts and an infant sister; and two brothers, Wayne and Robert Hall.A Family Graveside Service will be at 11 AM Wednesday, April 8 at Jacob’s Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Bill Baker and Bro. Terry Vuncannon officiating. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. The family request that memorials be directed to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, 848 Adams Ave, Memphis, TN 38103. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Doris Priscilla Hall Goolsby, please visit our floral store.
Beverly Dianne Lollar Pipkin
November 29, 1955 ~ April 6, 2020 
Our beloved sister, aunt and friend, Beverly Dianne Lollar Pipkin, 64 a resident of Benton County, passed away unexpectedly from heart complications on Monday afternoon, April 6, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Desoto County. Ms. Pipkin was born November 29, 1955 in New Albany, MS, the daughter of the late William Franklin and Mary Frances Goolsby Lollar. She received her education at the Hickory Flat Attendance Center and was employed in the manufacturing industry for much of her life. A member of Flat Rock Baptist Church, Ms. Pipkin will be remembered as a gifted multi-tasker who enjoyed sharing her talents that included sewing, crocheting and quilting. She was a lover of animals, had a lively sense of humor and was an accomplished cook and baker. Ms. Pipkin loved her large family and she leaves a legacy of memories for them and they find comfort knowing they will meet again.Her memory will be shared by two sisters, Brenda Smith (Glenn) of Blue Mountain and Sherri Hudspeth of Florence, MS; three brothers, Ronald Lollar, Gordon Lollar and Jeff Lollar, all of Hickory Flat; one sister-in-law, Diane Lollar of Hickoyr Flat; and a host of loving nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Wayne Pipkin; a brother, Cecil Lollar, who passed away earlier the same day (Hickory Flat); two sisters-in-law, Ann Lollar and Lisa Lollar; and a brother-in-law, Glenn Hudspeth.A Graveside Service remembering the life of Ms. Pipkin will be at 12 Noon Thursday, April 9 at Flat Rock Cemetery in Benton County with Bro. David Robbins officiating. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Beverly Dianne Lollar Pipkin, please visit our floral store.

Louise Henry SweatmanMarch 23, 1925 ~ April 7, 2020A long, rich life of service, faith and love came to an end Tuesday evening, April 7, 2020. Louise Henry Sweatman, 95, a lifelong resident of Ripley and Tippah County, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home following an extended illness. Born March 23, 1925 in Ripley, Mrs. Sweatman was the daughter of the late William Thomas and Vessie Martin Sweatman. She attended Ripley High School and was employed with various businesses in Tippah County throughout her life. An active and founding member of West Ripley Baptist Church, Mrs. Sweatman enjoyed the friendship and fellowship of many friends and family. Known for her love of flowers and gardening, she will also be remembered as an excellent cook and for her sewing skills that included quilting and embroidery. “Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.”Mrs. Sweatman leaves behind a daughter, Carolyn Nabors (Nickey) of Ripley; two sisters, Bernice Suitor and Helen Drewery; three brothers, Robert, Tommy and Larry Henry; two granddaughters, Lisa Adair Terry (Quince) and Melanie Kincaid (Roger), both of Ripley; six great grandchildren, Brittney Henry (Cliff), James Ambrose, Chloe and Jayce Terry, Dalton, and Carlie Kincaid; five great great grandchildren, Baylie, Kailyn, Elijah and Maklynie Whitted and James Ambrose IV; and two honorary grandsons, Brian and Brett Benson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Sweatman; one sister, Juanita Wooley; and three brothers, James, Herman, and Jerry Henry. The family expresses their gratitude to Kindred Home Health and Hospice, Alice Hines and Vivian Gray for their love, care and concern; and a special thank you to Teresa Huddleston for her valued friendship shown to our mother and grandmother.A Graveside Service remembering the well lived life of Mrs. Sweatman will be at 2 PM Saturday, April 11, 2020 in Tippah Memorial Gardens with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Louise Henry Sweatman, please visit our floral store.
Saltillo MS
W E Pegues Funeral Directors – Saltillo
Gray Megginson
November 10, 1929 – April 4, 2020
Oscar Gray Megginson Jr, 90, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday April 4, 2020, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born November 10, 1929, in Jackson, Mississippi, to Oscar Gray and Gladys Lindsey Megginson. Gray was a graduate of Central High School in Jackson and received a degree in Engineering from Mississippi State University. He entered the United States Army in 1947, rising to the rank of second lieutenant and going on to serve in the Korean War. After the Korean War, he continued service in the National Guard and retired from that commitment as a general staff officer. He retired in the private sector from a long career in engineering with JESCO and as a real estate entrepreneur. He lived in Tupelo most of his adult life. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, served as chairman of the Community Development Foundation, Founding board member of Sanctuary Hospice House, Board member of the Tupelo Salvation Army, Mississippi National Guard, Elder and choir member of First Presbyterian Church of Tupelo, and was a long time supporter of French Camp Academy, Palmer Home for Boys, and Mississippi State University’s academic and athletic programs.He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Joanna Boyd Megginson; two daughters, Judy Megginson Petersen (Chip) of Collierville, TN, and Janet Megginson Smith (Jager) of Brandon; one daughter-in-law, Nita Reece Megginson of Saltillo; two step-children Robert Leech (Angela) of Farmington, Minnesota, and Catherine Leech Kahlstorf (Brannon) of Tupelo; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; one sister Margaret Fowler of Jackson; one brother, Bobby Megginson (Joann) of Jackson; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Madolin Batte Megginson; one son, Lyle Megginson; his parents Oscar Gray Megginson and Gladys Lindsey Megginson; two brothers, Charles Megginson and David Megginson and one sister Martha Megginson Sparks.Private services will be held Monday April 6, 2020, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Reverend Jim Yates officiating. Private graveside services will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. The service will be live-streamed at 1 PM Monday and recorded at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. Friends are welcome to show their support by parking in vehicles outside of W.E. Pegues Jefferson Street Chapel during the service at 1 PM Monday, April 6, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 West Main St, Tupelo, MS 38801, or The Salvation Army, 527 Carnation St, Tupelo, MS 38804. Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be left at http://www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Suzy ParkerFebruary 5, 1954 – April 5, 2020Suzy Nell Parker, 66, died Sunday, April 5, 2020 at her residence in Saltillo. She was born in Lakeland, Florida on February 5, 1954 to James Harvey and Velma Tucker Berry. Suzy enjoyed taking care of her family who she loved very much, especially her four granddaughters.Survivors include her two children, Vic Parker and Tina Armstrong (Hughy); four granddaughters, Clarissa, Catlyn and Shannon Parker and Katrina Hickman; and close family friend, Shauna Harris. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Victor Parker.A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be left at http://www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Guy T. Harris
June 16, 1938 – April 06, 2020
Guy Thomas Harris, 81, passed away peacefully April 6, 2020, at the home of his daughter in Saltillo. A lifelong resident of Lee County, he was born June 16, 1938 in Tupelo, the son of C.V. and Fay Adams Harris. Guy served his country in the Mississippi Army National Guard and Reserves for 13 years. A 20 year police officer, he retired from the Tupelo Police Department, achieving the rank of Captain. He then worked as a salesman for Tupelo Auto Sales for 17 years. Guy obviously loved his community and served with devotion on the Board of Directors for Tombigbee Electric Power Association for 29 years until his death. He was a faithful member of Saltillo First United Methodist Church where he enjoyed hearing Bro. Tim Green’s sermons. Guy was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed his daughter’s softball career, coaching men’s softball, and watching the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys. Guy also enjoyed sharing lunch with his many friends and appreciated a good meal.Guy leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Elaine Harris; his daughter, Jacque H. Witcher and her husband, Ricky, of Saltillo; three grandchildren, Ashlyn Swain Stevens and her husband, Mark, of Guntown, Zach J. Swain of Saltillo, and Zack Witcher and his wife, Denise, of Southaven; four great-grandchildren, Rowan Jackson Stevens, Ridge Thomas Stevens, Madison Miller, and Presley Witcher; his brother Don Harris and his wife, Wanda, of Dickson, TN; and several nieces and nephews. Guy’s family would like to thank his home health and hospice caregivers who he loved like family: Jessica King, Tina Bell, Allison Miller, Laura Galloway, and Lynn Sanderson. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Gregory Thomas Harris; and a brother, C.V. “Junior” Harris.Due to the recent health crisis, a private family service will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at the Oak Hill Cemetery with Rev. Tim Green officiating. Friends and family unable to attend due to current restrictions are encouraged to leave expressions of sympathy at http://www.peguesfuneralhome.com. A memorial celebration fitting of Guy’s remarkable life will be held as soon as possible and will be announced at that time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saltillo First United Methodist Church or North Mississippi Medical Center Home Hospice.
George Allen BushMay 23, 1931 – April 5, 2020George Allen Bush, 88, died Sunday, April 5, 2020 at his residence. He was born the only child to George and Lucille Bush May 23, 1931 in Red Bay, Alabama. He worked many years as a foreman at Penn Tire and later retired after a fulfilling career with Cooper Tire. On December 31, 1959, he married Betty Jean McCullough and together they raised their family. He enjoyed going fishing and camping, watching old western movies, and was an avid NASCAR fan.Survivors include his four children, Bilbo Allen Bush (Martha) of Mantachie, George Thomas Bush of Plantersville, Susan Bush (Irene Scruggs) of Saltillo, and Clara Kelly Bush (Tammie Vaughn) of Smithville; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 57 years, Betty Jean McCullough Bush; and son, Clarence Virginia “Jackie” McComb.Private family graveside services will be Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Tupelo Memorial Park with Rev. Justin Haynes officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Bush, Hon. Dennis W. Voge, Dr. McCarthy and Patrick Allen. The service will be recorded and available to view online for those who were unable to attend by 9 AM Thursday, April 9, 2020 at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Tupelo MS
Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary – Tupelo
Bernice P. EllisApril 29, 1924 – April 05, 2020Bernice P. Ellis, 95, passed away Sunday April 5, 2020. She was born April 29, 1924 in Lee County, MS, to William Pannell Sr. and Mary Allen Pannell. Bernice was a resident of Tupelo, MS. She accepted Christ at an early age, and was a diligent, faithful member of Rising Star Baptist Church for over seventy years. She graduated from College Hill High School in Pontotoc, MS. She dedicated many years of work to South Central Bell in Tupelo. Thereafter, she was a self-employed, well sought-after seamstress, especially for her wedding dresses. She loved singing in the church choir and was an avid gardener.Bernice is lovingly remembered by her three children, Patricia A. Ellis, Gwendolyn A. Ellis, and Brenda F. Ellis-Bass (Malcom), all of Tupelo, MS; step-son, Wayne Patton (Evelyn) of Toledo, OH; sister, Theresser Topp of Saltillo, MS; four grandchildren, Evelyn Holden, Mond Ellis, Nakia Triplett, and Kesha L. Ellis; three great-grandchildren, Taje Smith, Evan Sellers, and Ariah Ellis; and one great great-grandchild, Taje Santana Smith. She also leaves to cherish her memories, a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband of thirty years, Richard A. Ellis; her dear son, Royce V. Ellis; four brothers, Cleophes Pannell, William Pannell Jr, Joe Pannell, and Johnny M. Pannell Sr; and sister, Willie B. Scales. A private family graveside service will be held Friday, April 10, 2020 at Lee Memorial Park in Verona, MS. Reverend Melvin Lewis will serve as the officiant. Grayson-Porter’s Funeral Directors will oversee the arrangements. A memorial service honoring Bernice will be held at a later date to be determined.
Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo
Dorothy Davis
August 11, 1927 ~ April 3, 2020
Mrs. Earnest “Dorothy” Davis, 92, passed away Friday, April 03, 2020, at NMMC Hospice Unit after an extended illness in Tupelo. Private Services will be held on April 4, 2020 at Lee Memorial Park, 5257 Raymond Avenue, Tupelo, MS 38879.
Gregory Lawrence Pitts
September 20, 1945 ~ April 8, 2020
Gregory Lawrence Pitts, 74, died at his daughter’s residence from complications of a stroke in the early morning hours of April 8, 2020. Greg was born in New Haven, Connecticut on September 20, 1945 to the late Lawrence Pitts and Janette Hill Pitts Constantino. He grew up there and lived for several years in the Chicago, IL area. He and his late wife, Vickie Lynn Pitts, who died on October 15, 2006, moved to the Tupelo area in 1989. Greg served as a policeman with the Tupelo Police Department. After his law enforcement career, he worked in the construction industry and as a private investigator. He loved guns and shooting ranges, watching boxing on TV, and talking/arguing with anyone who would give him two seconds. Greg is survived by his children, Courtney Pitts and Tiffany Peay, both of Tupelo, and Kim Pitts of Florida; three grandsons, Christian, Carter and Hudson; a sister, Jackie Smaga of New Haven, CN; and three brothers, Richard Pitts, and Jeff and Arthur Constantino, all of the New Haven area. He was preceded in death by his 10-year-old son, Gregory Pitts.All services are private to the family. Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel is assisting the family. There will be no public visitation. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net or posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com.
Mary Agnes MaloneyOctober 9, 1946 ~ April 9, 2020Mary Agnes Maloney, age 73, died April 9, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice, Tupelo, MS after a battle with a glioblastoma. She accepted her fate bravely when diagnosed and never complained. Mary said she had lived a great life and few people knew when their time would come.  Mary was born October 9, 1946 in Memphis, TN to Frank James and Carol Silliman Maloney and moved with her family at a young age. She attended Church Street Elementary, Milam Jr. High, and graduated from Tupelo High School in 1964. Later having earned a degree from Delta State, and she spent a year at Memphis State University as a graduate assistant. Tempted by the Florida sunshine, Mary began teaching at Marathon High School in 1970 as a physical education teacher. In 1980 she accepted a position in the vocational department working with children of special learning disabilities. In 1989 Marathon High School honored her as “Teacher of the Year”. Mary said, “I will consider myself successful if I can make a difference in even one life.” She was tremendously successful! During her spare time, she was an avid sailor and crewed for numerous sailboat races. Then after 38 years of dedication and survival as a teacher and Staffing Specialist in the Upper Keys, Mary retired to Tupelo and to her passion of traveling. She visited many National Parks with her mother, her dog and RV.Mary is survived by her sister Carol Wood (Langston) of Waco, TX; her brothers Dan Maloney (Martha) of Jacksonville, FL; Jim Maloney (Debbie) of Cleveland, MS; sister-in-law Marian Fay Maloney (Thomas Counts) of Tupelo, MS; nieces and nephews, Colin Maloney, Eric Maloney (Deanna), Clair Gammill (Greg), Brandy Williams, Michael Maloney (Hattie Frank), Mary Wood, Catherine Wood, Christina Amenti (Adam); grand nieces and nephews, Dason, Alli, Mary Beth, Alli, Hattie Grace and Anna Belle Maloney, Jupiter Amenti, Gabrielle Butler, Ryley and Katie Massey, and Jacob, Malone and Hamp Gammill. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Peter J. Maloney, niece Lori Maloney and her much loved dogs – Dakota, Natchez, and T.C. The family wishes to thank the staff of Sanctuary Hospice for the love and care given to Mary.A celebration of her life will be held later. All services are private to the family. Memorials may be sent to Tupelo – Lee Humane Society, P.O. Box 2143, Tupelo 38803 for her love of dogs, and to Sanctuary Hospice, 5159 West Main St, Tupelo MS 38802 for their very loving care of Mary. Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences to the family may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com.
Jeese Eugene Simmons, Jr.
February 21, 1923 ~ April 9, 2020
World War II veteran Jesse Eugene “Jeep” Simmons passed away April 9, 2020, at his home in Belden MS at age 97. Jeep was born on February 21, 1923 to Jesse Eugene Simmons and Jewell Phillips Simmons. He married to Joyce Wilson Simmons of Leland for than 65 years. After serving as a bomber pilot in the war, he attended Mississippi State University where he helped to restart the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon as its president. Jeep was named head cheerleader for the Bulldogs and was elected Mr. Mississippi State in 1948. He retired as District Manager of Elanco, a division of Eli Lily.He is survived by Jesse Eugene Simmons, III of Belden, Pati and Tom Kelly of Chicago, IL, and Jan Elyse Simmons of Nashville, TN; and his grandchildren Erin Kelly, Shannon Kelly, Griffin Wenzler, Madison Wenzler, and Elliott Wenzler. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Joyce Wilson Simmons.A private inurnment will be held in the Columbarium of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 with Rev. Rob Gill officiating. Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel is honored to serve their friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the USO, PO Box 96860 Washington, DC 20077-7677. Condolences may be posted online at hollandfuneraldirectors.com.
Lee Memorial Funeral Home – Tupelo
Eunice Putt of Jackson
December 12, 1923 – April 5, 2020
Eunice Prescott Putt, 96, went to embrace her Heavenly Father on April 5, 2020. She grew up and spent her entire life in Tupelo, MS. After graduating from East Tupelo High School in 1943, she worked as the bookkeeper for Hinds Bros. Clothing until 1967. She received a BS Degree from Mississippi State University in 1969 and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama in 1971. She had a rewarding career in social work for the next 32 years in the Kidney Unit of North Mississippi Medical Center. Having a servant’s heart and love for her patients, she chose not to retire until 2003 at age 80. She was an active member of East Heights Baptist Church serving on various committees. She loved the Lord, her church, and her family, striving to Do All Things As Unto The Lord.She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Celia Scott O’Neal of Jackson, TN; one granddaughter, Jan O’Neal Lambert and husband Chris; one grandson, Robert William (Will) O’Neal, Jr. and wife Tammi; and four great-grandchildren, Katie Lambert, Eli Lambert, Ty O’Neal and Joshua O’Neal. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert (Bob) Allen Putt; her mother Kate Horton Prescott; and her only child Robert (Ron) William O’Neal. The family wishes to express their appreciation and gratitude to the staff of Brookdale Jackson Oaks for their loving care.Memorials may be directed to East Heights Baptist Church, 205 Lake St, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Grady Keith 
December 12, 1927 – April 7, 2020
Grady W. Keith, 92, passed away Tuesday, April 07, 2020, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born at home in Eggville MS on December 12, 1927 to Thomas Sylvester and Frankie McCraw Keith. He was a World War II Veteran serving in the United States Army. He worked most of his career at Purnell’s Pride and retired from Marshall Durbin as a field serviceman. He was also a retired chicken farmer. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, spending time with his family and reading the bible. He was a member of Auburn Baptist Church and a previous member of Eggville Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife Josie Keith of Eggville; three sons, Gary Keith (Abby) of Muscle Shoals, AL, Larry Keith (Bo Bean) of Michie, TN, and Wade Keith (Lynn) of Mooreville; one brother, Gilbert Keith of Mooreville; five grandchildren, Josh Keith (Carmen), John Keith (Janelle), Matt Keith (Beth), Will Keith (Lindsey) and Katelyn Keith Earnest (Randy); nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Herman, Leon, Albert, Leo, Cleo and Vernon; two sisters, Stella Mae Knight and Velma Roberts.A private family graveside service will be held Friday April 10, 2020 at Eggville Cemetery with Bro. Jimmy Henry officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
N L Jones Funeral Directors – Tupelo
John Earvin Witherspoon
April 2, 2020
John Earvin Witherspoon, 77, died on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born February 27, 1943 to John Wesson and Levora (Polly) Witherspoon. He recently retired as a custodian after many years at Carver Elementary School.He is survived by sons Michael Witherspoon (Teresa), John Fitzgerald Agnew, John Anthony Witherspoon (Connie), Jarvis Witherspoon (Anitra) all of Tupelo, MS, and Gary Witherspoon (Tenesha) of Warner Robins, GA; daughter Precious Witherspon of Tupelo, MS; stepsons EJ Johnson, Josh King and their mother Tonya Witherspoon, all of Tupelo, MS; brothers Jerry Witherspoon (Lafan) of Inglewood, CA, and AW Moore (Shug) of Iuka, MS; sisters Nettie McBride of Chicago, IL, and Katherine Hokey (James) of Jackson, MS; a special niece Sherry Bradley (Johnny) of Tupelo, MS; twenty-one grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of other loving family and friends.Graveside Services will be Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 12 pm at Porters Memorial Park. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Expressions of sympathy may be left at http://www.nljonesandsons.com or on facebook at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.
Glinda Cummings
April 2, 2020
Glinda Cummings, 64, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.Graveside Services will be Friday, April 10, 2020 at Verona Cemetery, Verona, MS. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Expressions of sympathy may be left at http://www.nljonesandsons.com or on facebook at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

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