Obituaries

HCN Regional Obituaries (April 10 -16, 2020)

Baldwyn MS
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn
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Kesler Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Kenneth Hooper
September 30, 1946 ~ April 11, 2020
Kenneth Hooper (73) passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020 at his home in Rienzi. He was a member of Greater Life Pentecostal Church. He enjoyed playing the guitar and harmonica, fishing, gardening, carpentry work, painting, preaching and Bible studies. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his wife, Shirley. Kenneth is survived by his wife of 52 years, Shirley Hooper of Rienzi; his sons, Tony Hooper (Kimberly) of Amory and Kayleb Hooper of Blue Springs; his daughters, Polly Hooper of Rienzi, and Robin Hooper Eaton (Marshall) of Rienzi; his twin brother, Jerry Hooper (Eulene) of Jacinto; his brother-in-law and special friend, Charlie Gene Lambert; his grandchildren, Madison Hooper Weathers (Zack), Olivia Hooper (Wesley), Avery Hooper, Kelsie McKee, Kylie Carroll, Shannon Estes (Laif), and Tosha Nowlin; and his great-grandchildren, Max Eaton, Andrew Sisco, Rachel Eaton, Levi Kenneth Grooms and Ariel Shockome. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Lucille Hooper; his brother, Larry Hooper; his sister, Betty Lambert; and his daughter, Judy Nowlin. Graveside services will be 3 pm Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at Hinkle Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Tommy Callahan officiating. Pallbearers are; Marshall Grooms, Scotty Knight, Kayleb Hooper, Max Eaton, Jake Garrett, Kendall Frazier and Bradley Hooper. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kenneth Hooper, please visit our floral store.
Regina Rowan
August 30, 1946 ~ April 15, 2020
Regina Rowan (73) was born on August 30,1946 and passed away from this life on to eternal life on April 15, 2020 in her home after an extended illness. Regina was a member of Westside Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her family and animals. She was a retired registered nurse. Regina is survived by her husband; Harold “Buddy” Rowan of Baldwyn; her daughters, Tina Samples (Keith) of Baldwyn, and Sherry Payne (Shan) of Saltillo; grandchildren, Brittany Samples (Nathan Pannell), Brandie Vance (Jacob), Jacob Payne, Anna Kate Payne, and Noel Payne Cannon (Jeremy); great grandchildren, Caleb Vance, Kaiden Vance, Hayden Pannell, and Addilyn Pannell. Regina was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Mildred Sappington; her sister, Terri Sappington Edge. Private graveside services will be 2:00 Friday at Prentiss Memorial Gardens. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Regina Rowan, please visit our floral store.
Waters Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Bryson Barnard
November 14, 1952 – April 11, 2020
Bryson Barnard, 67, passed away on April 11, 2020 at his home. He worked at Daybright Lighting and had worked for Mid-South Packers. He was member of Unity Baptist Church but attended Unity Church of God of Prophecy. He enjoyed playing dominoes. He was a loving father, brother and the best granddaddy. Everyone always says if we had one more day with their loved ones, but one more day would never be enough with our loved one. He is survived by two sons, Christopher Clayton Barnard of New York, and Nathan Barnard (Maria) of Mantachie; four sisters, Carolyn Thompson (Bobby) of Fulton, Margaret Meeker (Rick) of Olive Branch, Zelda Ridings (Mike) of Olive Branch, Pam Lyons (Lewis) of Unity, and Wally Barnard (Sandra) of Evergreen; mother of his children, Anita Golden (Mooreville); five grandsons, Carrson Barnard, Eli Barnard, Cody Shiers, Tyler Boyd, and Alyssa Stegall. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivo and Gladys Hill Barnard; infant brother, Donnie. Funeral services at Waters Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm with Bro. Jeremy Lincoln officiating. Burial in Unity Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family @www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Bryson Barnard, please visit our Tribute Store.
Booneville MS
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Booneville
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Booneville Funeral Home – Booneville
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McMillan Funeral Home – Booneville
Willie Weeks
May 1, 1950 – April 11, 2020
Willie Weeks, 69, died Saturday, April 11, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. He was born May 1, 1950 to Fate Weeks and Lois Bush Weeks. Mr. Weeks enjoyed poetry, photography, and music. He was Pink Floyd and the Beatles #1 fan. He and his wife of 40 years, Dianne, are the owners of Weeks Diner of Booneville, MS. He enjoyed his job with every ounce of his being. He had a passion for serving and helping others. Mr. Willie was beloved by his family. He is survived by his wife Dianne Weeks; two brother-in-laws, Clayton Wilemon (Denise) and Terry Barnes (Phyllis); two sister-in-laws, Melissa Nichols and Donna Coats; a host of nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and great-great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fate and Lois Weeks; one sister, Diane Weeks Hamlin; and two brothers, Don Weeks and Jerry Weeks. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later time. The funeral services are under the direction of McMillan Funeral Home. A drive-thru visitation will be 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at McMillan Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Corinth MS
Magnolia Funeral Home – Corinth
Jerry Lynn Jones
January 22, 1948 – April 10, 2020
Jerry Lynn Jones, 72, of Pickwick Lake, TN (formerly of Memphis TN) passed away April 10, 2020 in his home surrounded by his beloved family. Jerry was born in Piney Flats, TN on January 22, 1948. Jerry had a full and productive life. He graduated from Science Hill High School in Johnson City, TN as well as attended East Tennessee State University for his Associates. Jerry also served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War Era. After his time in the Navy he was employed by the FAA as an air traffic controller. In 1979 he married Judith Ann Kelly, his best friend and love. Jerry and Judi created a wonderful family that are all so very close because of Jerry’s love, kindness, and devotion. In the 1980’s he was employed by Smith and Nephew as a graphic designer of hips in the research and development department. He enjoyed the challenge of his work. As a young man, Jerry enjoyed deep sea fishing but golf was the sport he enjoyed throughout his life. He was an avid football fan and for many, many years was a season ticket holder to the University of Memphis football games. Jerry was very proud of his home and yard. He spent a lot of time working on his property and making it beautiful. The thrill of his life was his involvement in his grandchildren’s lives. He was involved in all of their activities, education, and faith. Jerry is survived by his wife: Judi; daughter, Kelly Jo Blackburn and husband James of Olive Branch, MS; son, Alan James Parrish and wife Jennifer of Murfreesboro, TN; daughter, Anne Kate Bryant and husband Josh of Pensacola, FL; grandsons, Eric Hoover, Audie Blackburn, and Jacob Bryant; and granddaughter, Katelyn Bryant. He is also survived by his sisters, Patsy Ruth Alexander of Johnson City, TN, and Linda Lou Fellers of Spring Hill, TN; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Grace Kate Oliver Jones and Charles Judson Jones, as well as his brother Charles Wade Jones. A private service for his family is being held at Magnolia Funeral Home, 2024 US-72 East Annex, Corinth, MS 38834 on April 18, 2020. Jerry was a member of First Baptist Counce, PO Box 325, Counce TN 38326. Reverend Jimmy McChristial serves as Senior Pastor. In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations to his church. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Jerry Lynn Jones. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jerry Lynn Jones please visit our Sympathy Store.
Jerry Curtis Newbern
February 16, 1939 – April 12, 2020
Jerry Curtis Newbern, 81 of Indianapolis, IN, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2020 at Hoosier Village in Indianapolis, IN. Mr. Newbern was born February 16, 1939 in Lawrenceburg, TN to Ralph and Essie Curtis Newbern. He attended the University of North Alabama before he enlisted in the Air Force. He served his country in the US Air Force for 23 years and was employed by the US Postal Service for 18 years. Jerry is survived by his daughters, Stephanie Berryman and husband Shawn, and Vivian Blackwell and husband Craig; his grandchildren, Michael Berryman, Erin Berryman, Craig Blackwell and Cody Blackwell; his sister Peggy Hammond and husband Harold; his nephews, Allen Hammond and Greg Hammond; other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Carole Newbern; and his parents, Ralph and Essie Curtis Newbern. Due to the pandemic and out of concern for family and friends the service will be private. Interment will follow at Henry Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105 in memory of Jerry. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mr. Jerry Curtis Newbern. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jerry Curtis Newbern please visit our Sympathy Store.
Gene Patterson
June 27, 1941 – April 13, 2020
Larry Gene Patterson, 78, of Corinth, MS, passed away Monday, April 13, 2020 in Corinth, MS, due to complications brought on by Alzheimer’s. He was born June 27, 1941, in Memphis, TN to Oscar and Clarice Patterson of Bells, TN. Gene attended Bells High School, where he played baseball and basketball and graduated with honors in 1959. He played baseball at the University of Tennessee at Martin; after two years at UTM he moved to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics in 1964 and a Masters in Industrial Management in 1965. He worked in Bells as a strawberry and cotton picker before going on to a successful career in computers. Over the years he worked for Pictsweet (Bells), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN), Boeing (Seattle, WA; Cape Kennedy, FL, where he helped with the mission to send the first men to the moon), Norvell Systems (Memphis), Compu-Mail (Memphis), Compuserve (Memphis), Arthur Fulmer (Memphis), Corinth Machinery (Corinth), and Intex Plastics (Corinth), which later became Mississippi Polymers. Gene trusted Christ as his Savior at a tent revival when he was seven years old and lived a faithful, godly life in all of his various roles as a husband, father, son, grandson, brother, grandfather, uncle, employee, manager, landlord, and friend. He was a member of Tate Baptist Church, where he served over the years in a number of capacities, including as a deacon and as a member of the finance committee. In his spare time, Gene enjoyed shopping for antiques with his wife Mary, working on handyman projects, playing softball, and cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Freeman Patterson of Corinth, MS; daughter Andrea Marino (Frank) of Corinth, MS; son Joel Patterson (Dusty) of Olive Branch, MS; daughter Ellen Shuttleworth (Steve) of Olive Branch, MS; nine grandchildren, Mary, Sam and Molly Marino; Bethany, Kent, and Heath Patterson; Zack, Sarah, and Ben Shuttleworth; brother David Patterson (Joan) of Virginia Beach, VA; brother Terry Patterson (Bonnie) of Bells, TN; a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Gwen Ellis. Due to the current pandemic conditions, private family graveside services will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Bells, TN. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sharing Hearts, 501 Main St, Corinth, MS 38834, a non-profit day care center for elderly diagnosed with dementia. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Gene Patterson. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Gene Patterson please visit our Sympathy Store.
Sonja Gray
February 25, 1975 – April 15, 2020
LaSonja Gail Gray, 45 of Rienzi, MS, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, MS. Mrs. Gray was born February 25, 1975 in Iuka, MS to L.D. Hicks and Wanda Lambert Killough. She was a homemaker and was a member of Tobes Chapel Pentecostal Church. Sonja is survived by her husband, Daniel Gray; her daughters, Veronica Nunley (Alastar) of Burnsville, MS, and Emily Reed of Rienzi, MS; three grandchildren, Cameron Nunley, Alexandira Nunley, and Axl Nunley; her mother, Wanda Lambert Killough (Danny) of Rienzi, MS; her sister, Lisa Leatherwood (Eddie) of Corinth, MS; her brother, Jason Hicks (Missy) of Saltillo, MS; her step-brother, Eugene Killough of Rienzi, MS; her step-sisters, Wanda Hardin (Chris) of Rienzi, MS, and Donna Oxner of Rienzi, MS; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her father, L.D. Hicks and her step-sister, Tammy Stevens. Due to the pandemic and for the safety of friends and family, the service will be a private family service Friday, April 17, 2020. Interment will follow at Christ Gospel Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Sonja Gray. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Sonja Gray please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ronnie James Stewart
May 23, 1957 – April 16, 2020
Ronnie James Stewart, 62 of Corinth, MS, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2020 at his residence. Mr. Stewart was born May 23, 1957 in Chicago, IL to James Franklin Stewart and Billie Sue Morgan Stewart. He was of the Christian (NASCAR) faith. He loved race cars of all kinds, going to the deer camp, but not necessarily going to hunt. He loved to make coffee and cook breakfast, especially for his wife. Ronnie loved all his family and friends. He was a people person and never met anyone that he couldn’t make smile. To know Ronnie was to love Ronnie. Ronnie is survived by his wife of 44 years, Cammy Lee Stewart of Corinth, MS; his daughter, Ashley Stewart Grimes and husband Chad of Corinth, MS; six grandchildren, Maggie Nunley, Drew Nunley, Jon Gage Grimes, Kayleigh Grimes, Rylan Stewart, and Ansley Palmertree; other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Franklin Ryan Stewart; his father, James Franklin Stewart; and his mother, Billie Sue Morgan Stewart. Pallbearers will be Paul Ross, Jimbo Ross, Kevin Mills, Shorty Mincey, Hugh McDaniel, Bill Phillips, David Miller and Lloyd Dunn. Honorary family pallbearers will be Danny Ray Cartwright, E. Jeff Cartwright, Larry Cartwright, Gene Davis, Todd Layman, Jeff Lee, Phil Lee, Ricky Lee, Scott Lee, David J. Morgan, Buddy Rogers, Jimmy Rogers, Ricky Stewart and Bobby Wooley. Honorary friend pallbearers will be Bob Boarman, Arville Brown, Jerry Brown, Hal Harris, Steve Hodum, Anthony Hopkins, Jim Jackson, Tommy Lindsey, Gerald Price, Rick Quinn, Jeff Rencher, Greg Richardson, Bobby Roberts, Joe Sanders, Keith Settlemires, Billy Stevens, Andy Stoneburner, Nick Stoneburner and Keith Summers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with concern for all our family and friends, there will be a private family service at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories Monday, April 20, 2020, with a Celebration of Life service held at a later date. Interment will be at Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery. Charlie Browning and Hugh McDaniel will officiate the service. On Monday, April 20, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, we invite Ronnie’s family and friends to sign the register book outside at Magnolia Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donation can be made in Ronnie’s name to The American Heart Association or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mr. Ronnie James Stewart. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Ronnie James Stewart please visit our Sympathy Store.
McPeters Funeral Home – Corinth
Daniel Bullock
September 21, 1951 – April 14, 2020
A graveside service for Daniel Henry Bullock, 68, will be held Friday at 10:00 AM at Henry Cemetery. Daniel died Tuesday April 14, in Bella Vista, AR. He was born in Hattiesburg on September 21, 1951 to the late Henry William and Martha Lonez Clark Bullock. He was a graduate of Hattiesburg High School, Jones C.C. and University of Mississippi. He served his country four years during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Italy. He spent his professional career working for Wal-Mart as a store planner. He was a member of the Bella Vista Tie Flyer’s Club where he enjoyed his passion of fly fishing and making bait. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jane Tacker Bullock of Bella Vista, AR; step-daughter, Angie Coyne and husband Peter of Decatur, GA and their children, Anabel and Declan; brother, Phil Bullock and wife Julie of Houston, TX; sister, Jenny Hamilton and husband Ross of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Graveside services will be 10:00 AM April 17, 2020 at Henry Cemetery, 2011 Polk St, Corinth, MS. Condolences can be left at www.McPetersFuneralDirectors.com. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial Funeral Home – Corinth
Bobbie Howell September 1, 1930 – April 14, 2020 Bobbie Howell passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at Stone Ridge Assisted Living Center. She was born September 1, 1930 to the late Neal Morgan and Flossie Stidham Cooper. She was a member of Foote Street Church of Christ and a realtor for over 30 years and retired from Bailey Williams Reality Company. She enjoyed watching sports especially college football and basketball. Her favorite team was the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott. Survivors are her son, Marshall (Lucretia) Howell; two grandchildren, Jon Howell and Hollie Pennington; five great-grandchildren, Kayla (Jackson) Maynor, Kodee Howell, Callie Howell, Samuel Grant Pennington and Shephard Howell Pennington; sister, Gloria (William) Mears; and brothers, Gary (Gerry) Cooper, Phillip (Barbara) Cooper. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Dewitt Howell; her parents; brother, Charles Cooper; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Lila Howell. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic a private family service will be held Friday, April 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Memorial Funeral Home. Reed Swindle and Blake Nicholas will officiate the service. The funeral service will be live streamed at 11:00 AM Friday on Memorial Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Thanks to Stone Ridge Assisted Living Center and Kindred Hospice for their loving care. Family request memorials to be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolences can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
Holly Springs MS
Holly Springs Funeral Home – Holly Springs
Martha Jean Rogers DeBerry June 28, 1928 – April 14, 2020 Martha Jean Rogers DeBerry, 91, of Red Banks, MS passed away April 14, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Collierville, TN. She was born in Ashland, MS to John Daniel and Bennie Elizabeth Brown Rogers on June 28, 1928. Martha Jean graduated Nursing School at North MS Hospital in 1950 and began her nursing career of over 40 years. She loved being a nurse and made many friends over the years as she took care of friends and families in North Mississippi and Memphis, TN. She was a member of Red Banks Baptist Church. Martha Jean was well known for her wit and sass, but still loved by most that knew her (ha). She was passionate about her family and truly adored her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and being outdoors, which caused many broken bones, but she kept pushing forward with her determination and grit. She is survived by her three daughters, Debbie DeBerry of Red Banks MS, Lisa DeBerry Warren (Clay) of Olive Branch, MS, and Melanie DeBerry Poole (Kyle) of Red Banks, MS; two grandchildren, Preston Poole (Kenzy), and Audrey Poole (Peyton Taylor); two great grandchildren, Hayden Chandler Poole and Anniston Jean Poole; two step grandchildren, T.C. Warren and Candi Busby (Michael); and two step great grandchildren, Preston Busby and Liam Busby. Martha Jean was preceded in death by her husband Robert “Bob” DeBerry of 53 years; her parents, John Daniel and Bennie Elizabeth Brown Rogers; brothers, Ferrell Rogers, W.B. Rogers, Bobby Rogers and Charles Rogers; and sister, Verna Rogers McAlexander. There will be a private graveside service in Red Banks on April 16, 2020. The family requests memorials be sent to the Red Banks Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 1, Red Banks, MS 38661 or NFT Research Foundation, 31 St. James Ave, Boston, MA 02116 (Neuroendocrine Tumor Research)
Ellis Steve Perkins November 1, 1933 – April 15, 2020 Ellis Steve Perkins, 86, died April 15, 2020 at home as a result of a spinal stroke which confined him to a wheel chair for six years. He was born in Benton County to Ivery (Doc) and Ethel Bumpas Perkins on November 1, 1933. He ran through the gate to heaven to walk on the streets of gold! He married Vera Lane McCauley, his high school sweetheart. They celebrated 66 years of marriage on March 17th, 2020. He graduated from high school at Hickory Flat and attended Northeast Junior College on the veterans program after serving two years in the United States Army. He enjoyed his favorite hobbies camping, boating, and water skiing with Jill, their daughter, and many of her friends during her teenage years. He enjoyed working with the youth of his church and taking them on trips during the summer. He was an ordained deacon and a charter member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Vermillion, Ohio and Faith Baptist Church in Hickory Flat, MS. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Union County. Ellis was one of the organizers and the coach of the first little league baseball team in Hickory Flat, and part of a group of fundraisers who financed the lighting and fencing of the baseball field in Hickory Flat. He also was a volunteer on the first fire department in Hickory Flat. He served at one time on the Board of Alderman of Hickory Flat. Ellis and Vera were blessed to be a part of Campers on Mission of Mississippi teams for 12 years where they worked on churches. He worked on construction and she worked in the kitchen, traveling thousands of miles in their camper and working in eight different states. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Jill Perkins Long (Mark Long); two grandsons, Jonathan Ellis and Jacob Norman Long; two sisters-in-law, Charlotte Gresham and Sarah Perkins; nephews, Jeff Perkins, Charles Goode, and Skip Goode; one special niece, Monica Gresham Kennedy. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dallas and Jimmy Perkins; father and mother-in-law Charlie and Marie McCauley; sister-in-law, Verna McCauley Goode; one nephew, Randy Perkins. Graveside services will be held at McKay Cemetery on McKay Rd in Hickory Flat on Friday at 2 PM. It is suggested that you bring a chair if you have a problem standing. A walk through viewing will be from 1:30-2:00 at graveside. In lieu of flowers please make your donations to Loretta Pender, Campers on Mission of Mississippi, PO Box 547, Winona, MS 38967.
JF Brittenum and Son Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Holly Springs
Robert Earl McKinney October 13, 1939 ~ April 11, 2020 Robert “Earl” McKinney was born October 13, 1939 to the late Dallas Marion and John H. McKinney. He departed this life on Saturday, April 11, 2020 in Oxford, MS at Baptist Memorial Hospital. He confessed his faith in Christ at an early age at Hudsonville C.M.E. Church. Robert worked as a construction worker. Robert “Earl” McKinney leaves to cherish his wonderful memories, his wife, Bonnie McKinney of Chicago, IL; children, Karen McKinney, Cynthia McKinney, Katrina McKinney of Chicago IL, Rosemary Presley, Teresa Griffin, E. Mary Bogard, Joe Louis; sisters, Asie Scales of Chicago, IL, Earnestine Marion, Geraldine Glover, Rosetta Lumpkin, and Korene Marion all of Holly Springs, MS; brothers, Clifford (Patricia) Marion of Holly Springs MS, Henry McKinney of Chicago IL; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dallas Marion; father, John H. McKinney; daughter, Robbie McKinney; siblings, Hubert Lee Marion, Jacqueline Marion and Cecil Marion. Due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus, the visitation and graveside services will be private just for the immediate family members. We 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 Robert Earl McKinney, please visit our floral store.
Jessie Harvey Bradford January 16, 1941 ~ April 11, 2020 Jessie Harvey Bradford transitioned April 11, 2020 at Manila Nursing Home in Manila, AR. Jessie was born January 16, 1941 to Margaret Bradford in Pontotoc, MS. He joined Springhill Chapel at an early age. He was a farmer and mechanic, and was favorite uncle to his nieces and nephews. He leaves to cherish his loving memories two brothers, Silas (Betty) Bradford of Oxford, MS and Mose (Shirley) Marshall of Pontotoc, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Dora, Emma Lee, Rena Mae, and Fannie Clara; and one brother, Robert Bradford. Private services will be at St. Paul M.B. Church, 392 Cario Loop, Ecru, MS 38841. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jessie Harvey Bradford, please visit our floral store.
Danny (“Danny Boy”) McKinzie
July 20, 1960 ~ April 11, 2020
Danny (Danny Boy) McKinzie was born the sixth of ten children of Sam Adam McKinzie and Mary Lee Knox McKinzie on 20 July 1960. On 11 April 2020, Danny lost his fight to cancer after eighteen months but won the battle. Danny attended Blue Mountain High School but joined the Navy before he graduated. 11 December 1978 he was shipped off to bootcamp in Orlando, FL. He graduated Aviation Structural Mechanic “A” school on 3 July 1979 and received orders to Naval Air Station Miramar San Diego, CA at the Navy Fighter Weapons School Command. On 25th of April 1980 he got his General Educational Development (GED) while in the military. He was advanced to the pay grade Petty Officer 3rd class, received the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal and Honorable Discharge Button. Danny was discharged from active duty 19 December 1982 and the Navy Ready Reserve 13 June 1986. He leaves to cherish his memories four brothers and seven sisters, Samuel (Peggy) McKinzie of Pontotoc, MS, Martha (Albert) Smith, Carolyn (Norris) Smith, Mary Jane (Jefferson) Graham, and Darnell McKinzie all of New Albany, MS, Deborah (Willie) Williams of Atlanta, GA, Auther McKinzie of Blue Mountain, MS, Paulette (Alex) Bailey of Myrtle, MS, Jackie (Joseph) Park of Indian, Dwight (Linda) of Olive Branch, MS, and Little Sis Pearlie (Theosie) McKinzie of Covington, GA; a host of nieces and nephews and great and great-great; Aunt Leslie Bell McKinzie and Uncle Lawrence McKinzie. Danny did not have kids of own, but he was a father figure to many and a Dad to some. To many friends to name. He will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery of Corinth at a later date due to COVID19. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Danny (“Danny Boy”) McKinzie, please visit our floral store.
Houston MS
Houston Funeral Home – Houston
Gary “Hubby” Young May 17, 1940 – April 12, 2020 Gary H. “Hubby” Young, 79, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, AL. He was born May 17, 1940 in Calhoun County, MS to Ross and Amy Chrestman Young. Gary graduated from Houlka High School in 1958 where he was voted Mr. HHS and Most Handsome. In 1959, Gary married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Mary Frances Hester, with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage this past August. Gary was affectionately called Hubby, Daddy, Granddaddy, and Hubby Dubby by those closest to him. Of utmost importance to him was his relationship with his Lord and Savior. He studied God`s word daily, without fail. Gary cherished his family and time spent together. He was special to so many, and he made everyone around him feel special. Gary’s career could be summed up by one word… furniture. At the age of 20, Gary went to work on the line in a furniture factory. He moved on up, eventually owning his own factory. In recent years, Gary focused his energy into furniture sales. He received numerous awards throughout his career, and in January 2019 he received the Manufacturing Rep Award from the Tupelo Furniture Market. His work ethic was untouchable; he loved selling furniture. Gary was passionate about sports. He was an avid Ole Miss fan, but he rooted for all MS teams, as long as they weren’t playing against Ole Miss. Gary loved Elvis (even his acting), a black and white western, and Judge Judy. Gary is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Hester Young of Saltillo; three daughters, Shelly Young (Marty) Collums of Houlka, Kim Young (Johnny) Reece of Tupelo, and Amber Young (Alan) Bryant of Tupelo; two sisters, Kay Griffin (Jack) Cunningham of Houston, and Kathy Young Davis of Houlka; one brother, Danny (Brenda) Young of Houlka; three grandchildren, Ashleigh Collums (Duane) Huddleston of Houlka, Alli Frann Collums (Sid Alford) of Houlka, and John Brannon Reece (Mary Beth Maloney) of Tupelo; four great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Clare, Ryder, Piper, Hester Haze; and a host of nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and his three brothers, Alfred Ross Young, Hayes Young and Ronnie Young. Funeral Services will be held at Houlka First Baptist Church Parking Lot in Houlka, MS on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM with Bro. David Blackwell and Bro. Patrick Collins officiating. We ask that you remain in your vehicle due to the Covid 19 virus. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge arrangements. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka, MS. Pallbearers will be Marty Collums, Johnny Reece, Alan Bryant, John Brannon Reece, Johnny Young, Gary “Boo” Griffin, and Dustin Davis. Honorary Pallbearers will be Paul Byars, Glenn Bray, John Gregory, Terry Robinson, Jim Collums, Howard Gaskins, Kevin Caldwell, Ronnie Sewell, and Ricky Wages. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Sylvia Caulder
April 03, 1959 – April 15, 2020
Mrs. Sylvia “Sissy” Lynn Naron Caulder, 61, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. Sylvia was born in Vardaman, MS on April 3, 1959 to Curtis Laverne Naron Jr. and Levy Mae Ward Naron. She was a homemaker and a member of Good Faith Baptist Church. Sissy Caulder is survived by her husband, Charles Caulder of Nevada; her daughter, Christi Long of Pontotoc; her son, Joe Hood of Vardaman; one brother, Charles Naron of Vardaman; and one granddaughter, Kyleigh Beard. Sissy Caulder was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers. A private family funeral service and burial will be at Rhodes Chapel Cemetery in Houston, MS with Bro. Kevin Nichols officiating. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge arrangements. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Memorial Funeral Home – Houston
Janis Suggs Dyson January 03, 1946 – April 12, 2020 Janis Suggs Dyson, 74, went into the arms of her Savior on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. She was born in Amory, MS January 3, 1946 to the late Rex Ray Suggs and Claudis Welch Suggs. She was a devoted Christian, wife, mother and grandmother who loved her family deeply. She attended Smithville School until 1961, then moved to Memphis, TN where she graduated from Westside High School in 1963. She earned her associates degree at IJC in Fulton, MS. She also attended Mississippi State University. Janis owned an Arts and Crafts Shop, she taught Art Classes, worked at United Blood Services, Marketing Director at Trace Regional Hospital, Sales Rep for Chickasaw Journal, worked for McRaes as a Merchandise Decorator, published author of ‘Turning Clay into History: The Story of W.D. Suggs Pottery’, an accomplished artist, active member of First Baptist Church, Houston MS. where she was a youth girls sunday school teacher, and currently faithful member of the Mary Martha Sunday School Class, Past Regent of the Chuquatonchee chapter NSDAR, Member of the Chickasaw County Historical and Benological Society, Past President of the Houston Exchange Club, Homecoming Queen IJC (1962). Janis is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Julius Clyde Dyson Jr.; two sons, Julius “Jay” Clyde Dyson III and his former spouse Melissa Dawn Dyson of Pontotoc, and Nathan “Andy” Andrew Dyson (Midred “Millie”) of Tupelo; her daughter, Jennifer Lee LaCapra (Tim) of Spring Hill, TN; ten grandchildren, Lizza Cate Dyson, Julius Lyles Dyson, Jonathan Colby “Colby” LaCapra, Collin Andrew LaCapra, Carson Briggs LaCapra, Cameron Scott LaCapra, Carrington Noel LaCapra, Abigail “Abby” Grace Dyson, Ethan Andrew Dyson and Myles Carter Dyson; her sister, Linda Marie Suggs-Wood (Wilburn “Jeff”) of Atoka, TN. Janis is preceded in death by her parents, Rex Ray Suggs and Claudis Welch Suggs; her grandparents, William David Suggs and Lula Ellen Wigginton Suggs, James Simington Welch and Lalia Marquilla “Quilla” Massengill Welch. Private graveside services will be 2 PM Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Amory Masonic Lodge Cemetery in Amory with Bro. Daniel Herringa officiating. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial Funeral Home in Houston is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Together We Grow Fund at First Baptist Church, 201 West Madison St., Houston, MS 38851, www.fbchouston.org. For online condolences visit www.memoriafuneralhomehouston.com.
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
Terry Lynn Gresham
March 15, 1960 ~ April 14, 2020
Terry Lynn “Turkey” Gresham, 60, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. Services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements will be provided by New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care. Burial will follow at Old Oak Grove Baptist Cemetery. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Terry Lynn Gresham, please visit our floral store.
Lorraine Bluhm Speck
January 28, 1936 ~ April 14, 2020
Lorraine Bluhm Speck, 84 resident of the Myrtle community, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 15, 2020 at Union County Health and Rehabilitation Center. Mrs. Speck was born on January 28, 1936 in Marshfield, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Henry Bluhm and Cora Schueneman Bluhm. She was a graduate of The Wisconsin Public School System and in earlier years was a valued employee of Dynacolor Corporation in Aurora,IL. A Christian, Ms. Speck will be remembered for her love of family, crafts and flowers. Her impact was best measured by the countless people who’s lives she touched with her extraordinary grace, strength, and love for God. Those left to cherish her memories include two daughters, Tammy Bopp of Honolulu, HI, and Kathy Hall of Myrtle; two sons, Jimmy Paul Speck and Gary Speck (Charlotte) both of Myrtle; and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Graveside services for Mrs. Speck will be at 2 PM Friday, April 17, 2020 in Glenfield Memorial Park with Bro. Mark Bishop officiating. Arrangements will be provided by New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care. The New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lorraine Bluhm Speck, please visit our floral store.
Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Inc – New Albany
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United Funeral Service – New Albany
Raymond Hollis Carr October 26, 1939 – April 10, 2020 Raymond “Hollis” Carr died on April 10th, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. He was born October 26th, 1939 in New Albany to Virginia and Dixie Carr. He graduated from Center High School in Union County and attended North East Missis sippi Junior College before joining the U.S. Navy in 1958. During his five years in the Navy he met and married the love of his life, Brenda Dillard of Ingomar Community in 1961. After the Navy he started a career in the automobile business that lasted 51 years.He and his family lived in many cities in Mississippi including: Greenwood, Clarksdale, New Albany, Forest, Greenville, Tylertown, Laurel, Gulfport and Oxford. While in Gulfport he was partner and General Manager of Watkins Oldsmobile Cadillac. In Gulfport he was active in his church and community, He served on several boards: Gulfport City School Board, President; Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce, President; Gulfport Rotary Club, President and Rotarian of the Decade, 1980; Harrison County Tourism Commission Board; Oldsmobile National Dealer Council for two years. He loved his family and his dog. He played golf until a stroke in 2001. He loved Mississippi State University and their athletics. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Dillard Carr; their two daughters Sherri Carr Bevis (Gulfport) and Leigh Ann Carr and Bubba Morgan (Oxford); five grandchildren, Nolan Bevis (Memphis), Nicholas Bevis (Orlando), Ryan, Emily, and Joshua Morgan (Oxford); and his sister Bonnie Kaye Gammel of Blue Springs. He was proceeded in death by his parents, and brother, Travis Carr. The family will have a graveside service on Monday, April 13, 2020 and a Celebration of Life Service at a later date. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery in Union County. Honorary Pallbearers will be, Nolan Bevis, Nicholas Bevis, Ryan Morgan, and Joshua Morgan. In lieu of flowers, please donate to First Baptist Church of Oxford, MS. For online condolences and guest registry, please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Raymond Hollis Carr please visit our Sympathy Store.
James “Frank” McCollum December 11, 1943 – April 11, 2020 James Franklin “Frank” McCollum, 76, died on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was born December 11, 1943 in Okolona to the late Clofice and Aline Anderson McCollum. He retired from U.S. Navy, having served in Vietnam. Later, he retired from the New Albany Police Department. He was a member of Bethany Church of the God and Prophecy in Okolona. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Brooks McCollum; one daughter, Kelli Jordan (Pat) of Blue Springs; two sons, Rick McCollum (Linda) of Pontotoc, and Aaron McCollum (Christy) of New Albany; eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Audie McCollum. In honor of Mr. McCollum’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Navy flag during his graveside service. Graveside services will be at 2:00 PM Monday, April 13, 2020 at Eddington Cemetery in Pontotoc County with Bro. Jim Jackson and Bro. Blake Stalans officiating. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with these arrangements.. For online condolences and guest registry, please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of James “Frank” McCollum please visit our Sympathy Store.
Edward Sowell July 14, 1934 – April 13, 2020 Edward L. Sowell, 85, died on Monday, April 13, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born July 14, 1934 in Memphis to the late Lawrence and Louise Barrett Sowell. He was a retired printer for Weatherall Printing Company. Some of his hobbies included ballroom dancing and reading. He was a “health nut”. He was a member of Fairfield Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his companion and life partner, Monette Maher; a son, James Sowell; and a step son, David Jolly; and a sister, Nancy Hardin. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Joann Adams Sowell, and a step daughter, Libby Williams. Graveside services will be at 1:30 PM Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at Fairfield Cemetery with Bro. Tom Hewitt officiating. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with these arrangements. For online condolences and guest registry, please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Edward Sowell please visit our Sympathy Store.
Oxford MS
Coleman Funeral Home – Oxford
Kevin Malloy August 7, 1952 – April 16, 2020 Mr. Kevin Malloy, 67, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. Mr. Malloy was born in Louisville, KY. He spent his pastimes reading and was also known to be a lover of The Arts. He was a professor at the University of Mississippi and an actor for a portion of his life. Mr. Malloy will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Mr. Malloy is survived by his wife, Rhona Malloy, of Oxford; one daughter, Amanda Malloy, of Oxford; one brother, Kerry Malloy, of Louisville; and one sister, Deborah (Robert) Elkins, of Louisville. Mr. Malloy was preceded in death by his parents, James and Doris Malloy. The family asks that you support local businesses at this time. 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 Kevin Malloy please visit our Sympathy Store.
L Hodges Funeral Service – Oxford
Leroy “Bill” Ivy September 28, 1955 ~ April 12, 2020 On Easter Sunday morning, April 12, 2020, Leroy “Bill” Ivy was called home to glory while at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS. And now, he has been given eternal rest. Bill was born on September 28, 1955, in Oxford, MS to the late Arthur Allen Ivy and Linnie Mae Ivy. Bill confessed his belief in Christ at an early age but rededicated his life back to Christ and became a faithful member of Unity Fellowship Baptist Church in Jackson, MS under the covering of Pastor Orlando Franklin. Bill attended Central High School in Oxford, MS and graduated from Oxford High School in 1973. He worked for Southwest Airlines and did several other odd jobs throughout life. His last employment was with Cowherd Landscaping Company in Jackson, MS where he worked as a landscaper. Bill was a fun person, he loved music, talking, driving, traveling, dancing, and just living life to the fullest. On September 28, 2019, Bill was united in matrimony to Diane Killingsworth. Though their union of matrimony was not long, it was what God had it to be, and they enjoyed the time they had. To cherish his memories, he leaves his loving wife, Diane Ivy of Jackson MS; two daughters, Tameka Harris of Horn Lake, MS, and Chaaka Baker; two son, Damien Ivy of Cincinnati OH, and Johnathan Ivy of Oxford MS; three sisters, Linda Willingham of Knoxville TN, Renee Ivy of Jackson MS, and Neives Mathis of Oxford, MS; two brothers, Jerry (Javaline) Adams of Memphis TN, and John Adams of Stone Mountain, GA; 13 grandchildren (with ShaQuita having a special hold on him); three great grandchildren; his step children, Detra, Kataria and Paul Webb, Gerod Daniels, and Anthonette Thompson; he also leaves his loving-in-laws, James (Ethel) Killingsworth, Landy (Daphnie) Killingsworth, Robert (Debbie) Killingsworth, Gloria Killingsworth, and Joe Davis, Ruth (Leroy) Dixon and William Killingsworth; and a host of nieces (with a special place for Victoria), nephews, cousins and friends to cherish his memories. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Allen Ivy and Linnie Mae Ivy,; and two sisters, Janet M. (Dang) Cook and Arness (Punkin) Ivy. Please keep his family members in your prayers. Limited viewing (four at a time) will be 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Friday April 17, 2020 at L. Hodges Funeral Service, 38-F Hwy 334, Oxford, MS 38655. Restricted graveside services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday April 18, 2020 at Oxford Memorial Cemetery, North 16th St, Oxford, MS 38655. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Leroy “Bill” Ivy, please visit our floral store.
Abigail (Carothers) Pegues May 20, 1972 ~ April 11, 2020 Abigail Carothers Pegues, daughter of Francis Carothers and the late Mossie Lynn Carothers, and wife of Mark Pegues, was born May 20, 1972 in Oxford MS. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined Sandy Springs C.M.E. Church and later her family united with Mt. Hope M.B. Church. As an adult, Abigail chose to make Springfield M.B. Church her home and she remained a member there until she was called home. Abigail received her formal education in the Oxford School District and further her education by receiving an associates degree from Northwest Community College. In 1994, she married the man of her dreams and the love of her life, Mark Pegues, and they were blessed with three awesome sons. Abigail was truly help mate, after other jobs, she gained employment at GE Aviation in Batesville, MS. Abigail loved family time and spending precious moments with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed shopping, yard sales, going out to eat, and believe it or not, she enjoyed working. If you ever saw a strong and courageous face, it was the face of Abigail Pegues. But after a long brave fight with cancer, I can see hear her singing this Ben E. King song as she’s looking into Mark’s eyes, “I won’t be afraid just as long as you stand, stand by me.” And he did just that. Til death do us part. She wasn’t afraid to go because she knew that not only was Jesus with her and waiting on her, but her family was by her side. And on Saturday, just before Easter, April 11, 2020, Abigail said, “It’s a beautiful day and I’m going home.” And she drifted peacefully away to be at rest. Abigail is lovingly remembered by her devoted husband, Mark Pegues of Oxford MS; her sons: Demarius Pegues and Demarcus Pegues both of Olive Branch MS, Mark Pegues, Jr. of Oxford MS; and her step-son, Aaron Gains of Los Angeles CA; her sisters, Brenda Carothers and Shannon Hodges both of Oxford MS; her brothers, Patrick Hodges and Marlon Hodges both of Oxford MS; her four grandchildren; her mother, Frances Carothers of Oxford MS; her grandmother, Earlene Gillard of Oxford MS; her father and mother-n-law, Herman and Beatrice Pegues of Oxford MS. Abigail is preceded in death by her father, Mossie Lynn Carothers; and her nephew, Jadarius Carothers. Please keep Abigail’s family in your prayers. Limited viewing services (four at a time) will be 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Friday April 17, 2020 at L. Hodges Funeral Service, 38-F Hwy 334, Oxford, MS 38655. Restricted graveside services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday April 18, 2020 at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, 62 County Road 106, Abbeville, MS 38601. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Abigail (Carothers) Pegues, please visit our floral store.
Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Services – Oxford
Lori Jean Unger Reep August 3, 1959 – April 10, 2020 Lori Jean Unger Reep, 60, died Friday, April 10, 2020, at her home in Oxford, MS. She was born in Minneapolis, MN to the late Herbert Thomas and Ramona Annabelle Pelkey Unger. Lori was a graduate of the University of Mississippi and received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. She was a child therapist at Region One Mental Health. Lori and her husband, Michael, were married on Good Friday 39 years ago; and the family finds peace that her death occurred on Good Friday of this year. She is survived her husband, Michael A. Reep of Oxford, MS; two sons, Daniel Reep and his wife, Sterling, of Ft. Polk, LA, and John Reep and his wife, Elizabeth, of San Diego, CA; one sister, Cheri Renee Van Brackle of Savannah, GA; and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial donations in Lori’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
William Henry Tate September 10, 1926 – April 11, 2020 William Henry Tate, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully of natural causes at his home in Oxford on April 11, 2020, at the age of 93. William Henry was born on September 10, 1926, in Oxford, MS, son of Katie Bell East Tate and Henry Leroy Tate, Jr. Despite growing up during the Great Depression, William Henry had a wonderful childhood living on University Avenue with a loving extended family. During high school, William Henry was quarterback of the football team and was voted Mr. University High. At 18 years of age, he joined the Air Force during World War II and trained to be a tail gunner. Fortunately, victory was declared before he was deployed overseas. After his military service, William Henry attended college at Ole Miss and joined the DKE fraternity. During his studies, he and several friends left Oxford to work for the FBI in Washington, D.C. There he met the love of his life who also was learning how to identify fingerprints for the Bureau. Pat and William Henry were married in Arlington, VA. Soon, William Henry took his bride back to Oxford where he introduced her to the charms of the South. William Henry graduated from Ole Miss and later started his own insurance and finance business, which was located either on or near the square for over 40 years. He was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, served on the Baptist Hospital’s board of directors, and was a bank director for First National Bank for 37 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. During his life he had several fights with cancer and heart disease but handled them all with strength and grace. William Henry was a true Southern gentleman to his core with an optimistic view of life. He was blessed with many friends. His family is grateful that he had a beautiful long life and wishes to especially thank Dr. Mitt Hobbs and Dr. Brent Hardin. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Patricia Clark Tate; two daughters Melne (John) Martin of Parkland, FL, and Michelle (Mike) Sakellariou of Oxford, MS and Santa Fe, New Mexico; and many loving relatives. Due to social distancing policies, no public visitation will be held. Burial will be at St. Peter’s cemetery in Oxford.
Pontotoc MS
Browning Funeral Home – Pontotoc
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Payton Mortuary – Pontotoc
Charles E. Guyton December 8, 1946 ~ April 13, 2020 Minister Charles Edward Guyton departed this life on Monday, April 13, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born to Andy Rans and Leona Guyton, December 8, 1946. He grew up in New Albany, MS and attended B.F. Ford School. He and his family moved to Aurora, Illinois in the early 70’s where he joined and served as a member of the Greater Mount Olive COGIC, under the leadership of the late Bishop William H. Bonner. Returning to Mississippi in the late 80’s, Minister Guyton served as a Sr. Minister at St. James COGIC in Ripley, MS, under the leadership of the late Superintendent Bernell Hoyle. His ministry expanded to all he came in contact with, unashamedly sharing his struggles and victories and how it was God’s grace and mercy that brought him through it all. Minister Guyton was a true worshiper and loved to praise God in song. He would sing “Sending Up My Timber” by the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi. It became a staple of selections that he’d sing when invited to various programs and services. He loved music and was blessed to have the opportunity to record his own music in 2013 as part of the Guyton Family Unity Album. “All in His Hands” (written for him by his son, Alondes R. Guyton) was his signature song and personal testimony. A gifted and exceptional mechanic, a consistent sower of wisdom, encouragement, time and finance, his legacy of love and kindness will always be treasured by those who knew him. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 52 years, Shirley J Guyton; his daughter, Renita (Alvie) Cook; five sons, Rheginal (Margaret) Guyton, Antwon (Jennifer) Guyton, Alondes (Sherika) Guyton, Charles E Guyton Jr, Charles D Guyton; five sisters, Dorothy Ann Thomas of Aurora, IL, Evonne Simmons of Detroit, MI, Betty Ruth McAlister of Aurora, IL, Delois Guyton of Aurora, IL, Merline Guyton of Naperville, IL; two brothers, Billy (Corine) Rutherford of Peoria, IL, and James (Cassandra) Guyton, Montgomery, IL; 15 “Grandchaps”, Deandrae (Chasity) Guyton, Terrica Adams, Lapeatrious Hoyle, Alondria Guyton, Atreanna Guyton, Jonathan Guyton, TJ Walker, Rachel Guyton, Amber Guyton, Antwon Guyton Jr, Jamiracle Guyton, Noah Guyton, Janiya Guyton, Amia Guyton, Abriella Guyton; and five great grandchildren; a host of adoring nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews; and loving in-laws and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andy Rans and Leona Guyton; two brothers, Andy Jr and Clarence E Guyton; and two sisters, D’Lois Bryant and Jannie Mae Guyton. Viewing will be Monday, April 20, 2020, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Saints Rest Cemetery of Saint James Church of God in Christ in Ripley, MS. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced. A private graveside service for immediate family only will follow. Online condolences may be expressed at paytonmortuary.com. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Minister Charles E. Guyton, please visit our floral store.
Tutor Memorial Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Darla Jo Robinson Pennington May 5, 1969 – April 13, 2020 Darla Jo Robinson Pennington, 50, passed away peacefully in her home Monday, April 13, 2020, after a courageous battle against liver cancer. She was born in Tupelo on May 5, 1969, to David and Doris Robinson. A resident of Pontotoc, Darla was a member of Valley Grove Baptist Church. She loved to sing and led music for various churches in the area. She enjoyed cooking and hosting all the family gatherings. She was loved by all who met her. She and her husband spent the past ten years opening their home to area children in need through foster care. Over that time, she and her husband fostered 26 children. She is survived by her husband, Danny Pennington; six children, Carra Beth Cornelius (Drew), Presley Pennington, Anna Grace Pennington, Tonya Criddle (Justin), Thomas Pennington (Amanda), and Reed Wallace, all of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren, Tysen, Hailey, Toby, Hunter, Mary Claire, Santana, Cheyenne, and Deven; two great grandchildren; her mother and father-in-law, Walter and Annie Holt; a brother, Terry Robinson (Michelle); a sister, Jeannie Ard (Rex); and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and one brother. There will be a drive thru visitation Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 10AM-2PM at Valley Grove Baptist Church. A private family service will be at 2PM at Valley Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Greg Herndon officiating. A public graveside service will follow in Valley Grove Baptist Church. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers are Brian Ard, Riley Darsey, Greg Marshall, Josh Robinson, Justin Robinson, and Reed Wallace. Honorary Pallbearers are Rickey Ferguson, Kytan Reese, and Tyler Robinson.
Doris Anne Poe August 12, 1940 – April 17, 2020 Doris Anne Poe, 79, passed away Friday, April 17, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, MS. She loved crafts, flowers, and painting. She was a member of Turnpike Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir. She loved her church family, kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by her daughters, Penny Poe Harper (David), and Pam Poe McCaine (Terry), all of Pontotoc; six grandkids, Elizabeth Deatherage, Lydia Rodgers, Ethan Dobbs, Riley Allen, Lexie McCaine, and Hunter Allen; and six great grandkids. She is preceded in death by her husband, Riley Poe of Pontotoc; parents, Bennie and Jennie Hunter of Belden; and great grandson, Abel-Haze McClure. Due to the Covid19 there will be a memorial service at a later date. Burial will be in Turnpike Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Ripley MS
Foster and Son Funeral Home – Ripley
Dewitt Rogan, Jr July 20, 1931 ~ April 11, 2020 Dewitt Rogan Jr., 88, was born July 20, 1931 to the late Dewitt and Buelah Rogan. He departed this life Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley, MS. He was a member of St. John M.B. Church in Ripley, MS. Dewitt was employed at Freeman Lumber Company for several years and later was employed at Benson’s Lumber Company. Dewitt married Loretta Carruth and this union ten children was born. He leaves to cherish his memories wife, Loretta Rogan; his children, Bobby Rogan, Charles Rogan, Michael (Jo) Rogan, Lorine Pate, Linda (Paul) Simpson, Janice Dillard, Cheryla (Troy) Johnson, Vanessa Rogan and Melissa (Terry) Rogan; one sister, Jessie Rogan; one brother, Billy Wayne Rogan; 21 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren; nieces, nephew, cousins and a host of friends and family. A private graveside service will be held for immediate family. 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 Dewitt Rogan, Jr, please visit our floral store.
McBride Funeral Home – Ripley
David “Von” Sexton October 14, 1933 – April 10, 2020 David Lavaughn “Von” Sexton, 86, passed away Friday, at his home in Falkner. He was born on October 14, 1933, to Paul and Iola Flake Sexton in Chalybeate, MS. He was a retired employee of Meade Container Corp, working in in the Printing Press Department. He was a Veteran of the Mississippi National Guard, and a member of Blue Mountain Methodist Church in Blue Mountain, MS. Von loved antique cars and was an avid coin collector. Von is survived by one brother, Randy Sexton (Sheila Hopper) of Falkner, MS; and one sister, Nettie Raines (Alan) of Olive Branch, MS. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Willie Sexton, Bob Sexton, John Sexton; and one sister, Neva Lynn Long. A private family graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday April 15, 2020 at Tiplersville Cemetery with Rev. Jason Franklin officiating. Expressions of sympathy for the Sexton family may be sent to www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of David “Von” Sexton please visit our Sympathy Store.
Mary J. Harless Rose July 10, 1964 – April 11, 2020 Mary Harless Rose, 55, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020, at her home in Ripley, MS. Mary was born on July 10, 1964, to W. E. and Barbara Green Harless in Alabama. She was a homemaker and a member of Falkner Baptist Church. Mary is survived by her husband, Billy Rose of Ripley, MS; three daughters, Heather Christian (Jeremy), Crystal Morgan (Brant), Jennifer Leann Bray; four sons, Rodney Rose (Stephanie), Erick Rose (Shelly), Lee Wayne Bray, Jonathan Lawrence Bray; three brothers, Willie Harless, Bobby Harless, Kevin Harless; two sisters, Bonnie Ozborne and Lisa Stephens-Pierce; seventeen grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son: Danny D. Bray. A private family graveside service will be on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at Ripley Cemetery with Bro. Steve Cohen officiating. Expressions of sympathy for the Rose family may be sent to: www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mary J. Harless Rose please visit our Sympathy Store.
Bertha Hazel James Horton September 18, 1934 – April 12, 2020 Bertha Hazel James Horton was born on September 18, 1934 to Van and Annie Lou Paseur James in Falkner, MS. She was a faithful member of Providence Baptist Church and taught many generations in the Preschool Sunday School Class where she loved to sing with the children. In addition to being a farmer’s wife and the many hats she wore in that capacity, she also worked for the Mississippi State Extension Service teaching the community, whom she called her “families”, about nutrition and canning. She served in various capacities at the Tippah County Fair and was an avid supporter of the food preservation exhibits each year. She had a love for nature and shared her knowledge of trees, plants, flowers, insects, and animals with her family as well as many generations of school children. She was also a kidney donor, donating to her son Michael, and was a supporter of the National Kidney Foundation. Mrs. Horton is survived by her husband, Bobby Guyton Horton of Tiplersville, MS; one son, Billy Montgomery; two daughters, Pat Eaton (Johnny), Bobbye Nell Knight (Gene); and one daughter-in-law, Cindy Horton, all of Tiplersville, MS; 13 grandchildren, Leslie Keen (Dewayne) of Michie, TN, Jessica Carroll (Charlie) of Michie, TN, Michael Montgomery of Superior, WI, Emily Eaton of Tiplersville, MS, John Eaton (Julie) of Tiplersville, MS, Mollye Eaton of Tiplersville, MS, Courtney Graham (Ryan) of Flowood, MS, Colby Horton (Whitney) of Pontotoc, MS, Allison Horton of Vietnam, Andy Horton (Alexia) of Nashville, TN, Ben Knight (Jamie) of Corinth, MS, Bailey McNeese (Mark) of Tiplersville, MS, and Jonah Knight of Tiplersville, MS; and 12 great grandchildren, Taylor Keen, Ragan Carroll, Mia Carroll, Brooklyn Montgomery, Rory Eaton, Ruby Eaton, Harper Horton, Harrison Horton, David Knight, Ellie Knight, James McNeese, and Baby McNeese; four sisters Ginger Brown of Falkner, MS, Gladys Miller (Danny) of New Albany, MS, Judy Robertson (Donald) of Falkner MS, and Jane Cross (Joe) of Falkner, MS. She was preceded in death by her parents, Van and Annie Lou James; two brothers, Rudy James and Jimmy James; one sister, Bettye Ray; and two sons, Michael Montgomery and Donny Horton. A private graveside service will be held at Providence Baptist Church cemetery for immediate family on April 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Under the current restrictions and in lieu of visitation, the family has asked that people may pay their respects from cars along the route from McBride’s Funeral Home to Providence Baptist Cemetery. The procession will begin at 10:00 AM at McBride’s Funeral Home in Ripley, MS. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Bertha Hazel James Horton please visit our Sympathy Store.
Mamie Ruth Linebarger September 15, 1929 – April 14, 2020 Mamie Ruth Linebarger, 90, joyfully met her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, after enduring an extended illness at Riverplace Nursing Center in Amory. She was born in Tippah County, MS, on September 15, 1929, to the late Elmer and Ollie Lindsey. Ruth lived a full life with countless memories. She was fortunate to be born into a wonderful Christian family. Her maternal grandmother, Ada Whitten, was instrumental in forming Whittentown Baptist Church. At a young age, she accepted Christ and was a faithful follower all her life. She loved her church family dearly and enjoyed teaching children and youth Sunday School for many years. She and J.W. hosted many pastors and friends at their home for delicious meals and fellowship. Ruth graduated from Shady Grove High School in 1950. That same year, she married the late J.W. Linebarger on June 25, 1950. Soon after their wedding, they both began working at Foot Caress Shoe Company. When the plant closed after over 30 years, Ruth was employed by PEP Industries, Red Kapp and Golden Living Nursing Home as a nurse’s assistant. She treasured her job as a nurse’s assistant and had a special gift for caring for residents as her own family. Ruth was a hardworking, loving and energetic person who enjoyed talking and visiting with family members and friends. Family meant the world to Ruth. She will be deeply missed by her loved ones who fondly know her as Mama, Granny, and Pudd. She and J.W. were blessed with two daughters, Lisa and Cindy. After her older sister passed away unexpectantly at an early age, Ruth lovingly took her four precious nephews under wing as her own children. She taught her children the importance of knowing the Lord, working hard, and getting an education. Her prayers and strong Christian example contributed to the successful adults her children have become. She doted on her grandchildren and would often say their parents were being too hard on them – as grandmothers tend to say. When her two great-granddaughters came along, her heart found an even softer place, and she loved them both dearly. Ruth is survived by her daughters, Lisa Blaylock, Amory, MS, and Cindy McLain (Scott), Morristown, TN; grandchildren, Lindsey Chaney (Jonathan), Tupelo, MS, Tad Blaylock (Victoria), San Antonio, TX, Anna Livesay, Morristown, TN, and Emily McLain, Houston,TX; great-grandchildren, Eva Kate Chaney and Parker Chaney of Tupelo, MS; her nephews Ricky Glidewell (Sue) Water Valley, MS, Glenn Glidewell (Nancy), Ripley, MS, Steve Glidewell (Ginger), Ripley, MS, and Kevin Glidewell (Patti), Saltillo, MS. She leaves a host of extended family, many special friends, and her nursing home roommate, Irene Gregory, who loved her like family. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Linebarger; and sister, Bernice Glidewell. Ruth’s family would like to especially thank her caregivers at Riverplace Nursing Center in Amory, MS. Riverplace Nursing Center staff are angels from God. Words cannot express the family’s gratefulness for the wonderful and kind care you gave her. She loved each one of you and appreciated your excellent care over the past 16 months. Also, Dr. Dwalia South provided exceptional care as Ruth’s primary physician for many years while she lived in Ripley. Dr. Teresa Stanford and Dr. Donald Livingston attentively cared for Ruth as well while she was in Amory, and the family is very grateful for their service. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private graveside service and burial will be held on Friday, April 17, 2020 at Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley with Rev. Todd Bowen officiating. At a later date, the family will host a celebration of Ruth’s life at Whittentown Baptist Church. Memorials may be made in her honor to Whittentown Baptist Church, 1031 County Rd 425, Ripley, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family through the McBride Funeral Home website. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mamie Ruth Linebarger please visit our Sympathy Store.
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Wendell Lee Nagle February 3, 1947 ~ April 10, 2020 Wendell Lee Nagle, 73, resident of Ripley and former resident of Alcorn County, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Hospital in Corinth following an extended illness. Mr. Nagle was born February 3,1947 in Alcorn County, the son of the late Willie and Cilla Taylor Nagle. He was a 1965 graduate of Alcorn Central High School and was employed as a carpenter for over 40 years. A Christian, Mr. Nagle enjoyed life to the fullest that included billiards, bowling and golf. In earlier years he found much pleasure in drag racing, fishing and bird hunting. He will be remembered as a family oriented person and had a great love for his granddaughter who he affectionately called “sunshine” His memory will be shared by his son, Wesley Nagle (Rilla); his much adored granddaughter, Reece Taylor Nagle, all of Bartlett, TN; one sister, Brenda Joyce Young of Glen; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Eveline Gann and Barbra Jean Essary. A private family service is planned. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Nagle family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Wendell Lee Nagle, please visit our floral store.
Kenneth Wayne Martindale August 25, 1945 ~ April 15, 2020 Kenneth Wayne Martindale, 74, a lifelong resident of the Walnut community, departed this life Wednesday evening, April 15, 2020 at his home following an extended illness. Mr. Martindale was born August 25, 1945 in Brownfield, MS, the youngest child of the late Kelton and Vivian Cardwell Martindale. He was a 1963 graduate of Walnut High School and was married September 10, 1971 to his beloved wife, Wanda Mills Martindale. A faithful member of Marlow Church of Christ, Mr. Martindale was a valued employee of Sequentia, Inc in Grand Junction, TN for over 40 years before his retirement. He will be remembered as an avid sports fan with a special love for Ole Miss Football. A devoted husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. He was a doting grandfather affectionately known as “Da” by the two lights of his life, his granddaughters. In addition to his wife of 48 years, he leaves two daughters, Suzy Mullins (Greg) and Sunny Martindale, both of Walnut; a sister, Frances Brown (Joe) of Walnut; two much adored granddaughters, Madalyn Mullins and Marti Roberson; sisters-in-law, Annette Hamilton, Teresa Mills and Amy Ross; brothers-in-law, Warren Mills and Murry Mills; a special family friend, Billy Hunt; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Sidney and Billie Pulse. A private family graveside service will be Saturday, April 18, 2020 in the Marlow Cemetery near Walnut. Bro. Josh James will officiate and arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. The family requests that memorials be directed to Pine Vale Childrens Home, 1872 County Rd 700, Corinth, MS 38834. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Martindale family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kenneth Wayne Martindale, please visit our floral store.
Bro. Lamar Grisham April 26, 1948 ~ April 15, 2020 Troy Lamar Grisham, 71, resident of Dumas, was called home to Heaven on Wednesday afternoon, April 15, 2020 in the comfort of his home following an extended illness. Bro. Lamar was born April 26, 1948 in Pontotoc, MS, the oldest child and only son of Mary Ruth Hardin Grisham of Tupelo and the late Troy Grisham. He was a 1966 graduate of Shannon High School and was married July 1, 1966 to his high school sweetheart and devoted wife of 53 years, Ruth E. Curry Grisham. A valued employee with the United Parcel Service for 25 years before retiring, Bro. Lamar was a member of Dumas Baptist Church. He also served as a Baptist Minister for over 26 years in area churches that included, Fellowship Baptist, Shady Grove Baptist, Whittentown Baptist, North Ripley Baptist and Pleasant Hill Baptist. Buying, selling and admiring cars and trucks were a favorite pasttime. His greatest pride and joy was his family and loved every opportunity being “Paw-Paw” to his grandchildren and great grandsons. Bro. Lamar gave to the world what he had been taught, to respect others, life and country; and he carried it forward in everything he did. “His Lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your Lord.” Matthew 25:21 Memories will be shared by his wife; two sons, Brian Grisham (Jeannie) and Barry Grisham (Becky), both of Ripley; two sisters, Linda Rattine (Fred) of Tupelo. and Evelyn Wages (Robert) of Pontotoc; four grandchildren, Keith Grisham (Elizabeth), Chase Grisham (Cheyenne), Laura and Hannah Grisham; two great grandsons, Oliver and Greyson Grisham; and his loyal and constant companion, “Peanut”. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Hilda Grisham. Graveside services honoring the Christian life of Bro. Lamar will be at 2 PM Friday, April 17, 2020 at Tippah Memorial Gardens with Bro. Randy Hurt and Bro. Clay Stegall officiating. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. The family request that memorials be directed to The Gideon’s, PO Box 4, Ripley MS 38663. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Grisham family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Bro. Lamar Grisham, please visit our floral store.
Saltillo MS
W E Pegues Funeral Directors – Saltillo
Christine Roush August 25, 1961 – April 09, 2020 Christine Lynn Roush, 58, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2020 at her residence in Houston. She was born August 25, 1961 in Pekin, Illinois, the daughter of Lonnie Reynolds and Patricia Martin Jackson. She grew up in Lee County and attended school at Saltillo. Christine worked as a seamstress in the furniture industry. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was a big fan of George Strait. Christine enjoyed taking care of her dogs, making jewelry, drawing, and working in her yard. She loved her roses and wild flowers. Christine leaves behind three children, Stacy Allred, Leslie Kline, and Lonnie Stone; eight grandchildren, Chelsea Daniels, Steffen Cox, Emma Allred, Rainer Kline, Novaleigh Stone, John Stone, Anna Stone, and Serenity Stone; one great-grandson, Kholby Daniels; and her best friend and caregiver, Sandy Wheeler; seven sisters and three brothers. She was preceded in death by her father, Lonnie Reynolds, and her mother, Patricia Martin Jackson. Private services will be held for the family. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Jane Morgan February 27, 1947 – April 10, 2020 Jane Thompson Morgan, 73, passed away Friday, April 10, 2020, in the hospice unit of North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Tupelo on February 27, 1947, to Mildred Partlow Thompson and James Henry “Jimmy” Thompson. Jane attended school in Tupelo until the ninth grade, then moving to Panama City, Florida with her father to open a car sales business. Jane returned to Tupelo in 1970, where she met the love of her life, Tommy. Jane lived to take care of her family and was a passionate volunteer through many associations where she could be of help to others. She was involved in Tupelo Christian Women’s Bible Study, Maggie Hamilton’s Bible Study, a volunteer at the Sanctuary Hospice House Thrift Store, and a Salvation Army warrior. Jane enjoyed cooking, taking care of her family, and faithfully attending The Orchard. During Jane and Tommy’s 49 years together her greatest joy was her family: two sons she adored, Thomas Adam Morgan and wife Rachel of Tupelo, and David Powell Morgan and wife, Rebekah, of Collierville, TN. Jane had three beautiful granddaughters, Jillian “Jill” Morgan, Rosemary Clark Morgan, and Julia Jane Morgan. She dearly loved her brother, William David “Bill” Thompson and wife, Kathe, of Orange Beach, AL; nephew Sterling Thompson of Nashville, TN; and niece Alanna Thompson Greene and husband, Austin of Fairhope, AL. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, James Michael “Mike” Thompson. A private celebration of life will be conducted by W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors with Dr. John Armistead. As sharing memories and hugs with family are not possible at present, the family encourages you to write a note or send a card in Jane’s honor to a nursing home resident or shut in. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salvation Army. The family would like to commend the doctors, nurses, and staff at North Mississippi Medical Center for their exceptional loving care. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Henry C. Gooszen
April 10, 1928 – April 11, 2020
Henry C. Gooszen, went to his heavenly peace after an extended illness on April 11, 2020 at his home surrounded by family. He was born April 10, 1928 in Queens, New York, the son of Henry and May Gooszen. He served in the Navy at Guantanamo Bay and also acquired his private airplane license. After his time in the Navy, he graduated from Adelphi Univeristy in Garden CIty, New York with a degree in accounting. He began his working career with Price Waterhouse as an accountant and spent three years working in Ecuador and Columbia. He married the love of his life, Frances Ann Power, in 1958; and they were married for 55 years before her death. He retired from Super Sagless Corporation as President at the age of 65. Then he and Fran began years of traveling to Ireland and many other places. Their favorite place on earth to travel to was Waterton National Park in Waterton, Alberta, Canada where they traveled to 22 years in a row, twice a year. Henry was an avid runner having completed 11 marathons and was also an avid golfer. Henry also was a charter member of NMMC Wellness Center where he spent a lot of his spare time working out and visiting with friends. Henry leaves behind four children, Kathy Weatherford (Greg) of Tupelo, Christian Gooszen of Ft. Worth, TX, Marybeth Kelly of Shannon, Michael Gooszen (Laura) of Shreveport, LA; eight grandchildren, Bradley Weatherford (Samantha) of Belden, Jason Weatherford (Corrie) of Madison, Alexander Weatherford of Memphis, TN, Brianna Weatherford of Tampa, FL, Barry Kelly (Connie) of Mooreville, Brandon Kelly of Shannon, John Michael Gooszen of Shreveport, LA, and Patrick Gooszen of Shreveport; 12 great-grand children; and many nieces and nephews; grand-nieces and grand-nephews; a special niece, Diane Vitori of Hernando; and his special caregivers, Robbie and Velma. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 55 years, Frances Gooszen; daughter, Ann Marie Gooszen; and sister, Catherine Benjamin. Private graveside services will be Tuesday, April 14, 2020 in Lee Memorial Park with Reverend Tim Murphy and Reverend Henry Shelton officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is entrusted with the arrangements. Honorary Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Bradley Weatherford, Jason Weatherford, Alexander Weatherford, Barry Kelly, Brandon Kelly, John Michael Gooszen, and Patrick Gooszen. Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent De Paul Society Fund at St. James Catholic Church, 845 Lakeshire, Tupelo, MS 38804 or to a favorite charity. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Anne Pyle Land August 11, 1935 – April 12, 2020 Anne Pyle Land, 84, passed away Easter Sunday, April 13, 2020 at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born August 12, 1935 in Saltillo to Dudley and Mabel Pyle. Anne graduated from Tupelo High School where she played the flute in the band. She then went on to the University of Mississippi where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business with a major in accounting. Anne married the love of her life, Jeff P. Land on August 21, 1955, and they shared 55 years together. Anne worked with her husband and daughters for many years in the family accounting firm, known as Land Sonnier, PA and the Land Firm, Inc. She was an active and faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was also a former member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church and Saltillo Baptist Church. Anne had a great love for animals, especially her dogs. She took great joy in finding a home for her special pets. Because of her passion, she was a founding board member of the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society and Spay, Inc. Anne leaves behind three children, Cheryl Land of Tupelo, Dudley Land and his wife, Sherry of Saltillo, and Claire Sonnier and her husband, Patrick, of Aurora, Colorado; five grandchildren, Jeff Land of Pearl, Holly Tillman and her husband, Ben, of Starkville, and Stephen Sonnier, Gregory Sonnier, and Matthew Sonnier, all of Aurora, Colorado; her sisters-in-law, Fay Pyle of Hamilton, AL, and Frances Land of Tupelo. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and a brother, Dr. Charles Ray Pyle. Private services will be held for the family at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Jim Yates officiating. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery. Services will be livestreamed and recorded for those unable to attend due to the current health crises. Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Sanctuary Hospice House, or the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society. Expressions of sympathy and memories may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Gertrude Duffie July 31, 1939 – April 13, 2020 Gertrude Ann Duffie, 80, passed away Monday, April 13, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born July 31, 1939 in Stevenville, Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of Donald and Gene Rose. Gertrude married Calvin Duffie who she met through his military service. They made their home in the Furrs Community where they raised their four children. She worked as a seamstress for Blue Bell Industries for many years. Gertrude greatly enjoyed bowling, paying bingo and loved to travel. She leaves behind her four children, Wanda Dover of the Furrs Community, Shirley Anderson of Mooreville, Donald Dufffie and Bobby Duffie, both of Furrs; six grandchildren, Chris Duffie, Melissa Keith, Vanessa Caulder, LeCole Brazil, Olivia Duffie, and Ashley Montgomery; 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Viola Dale (Rodney), and Meldred Gregory (Jim); and one brother, Willis Rose (Nora). In addition to her parents husband, Gertrude was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tina Dover; three sisters, Versus Morris, Bod Rose, and Maud McEachren; and a brother, Eldared Rose. A private service will be held for the family. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
James T. Davis August 6, 1939 – April 14, 2020 James T. Davis, 80, died Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born in Starkville, August 6, 1939 to Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Davis. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University. James retired from Entergy Corporation after 25 years and from the Mississippi National Guard after 21 years. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Edith B. Davis of Saltillo; son, Jeffrey Davis and his wife, Erinn of Spring Hill, Kansas; grandson, Thomas Davis of Spring Hill; brother, Larry Davis and his wife, Blakely of Mobile, AL; and a host of other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents. Services will be private. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to either Eight Days of Hope, PO Box 3208, Tupelo, MS 38803 or Mid-South Food Bank 239 S Dudley St, Memphis, TN 38104.
April Ruth Miller Turner July 11, 1983 – April 15, 2020 April Ruth Miller Turner, 36, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at her home. She was born July 11, 1983 in Columbus, the daughter of William Franklin Miller and Judy Wren Wallace. April worked as a Traffic Coordinator for WTVA and was a member of Discovery Church. She showed her strong faith in Christ through many unselfish acts and through volunteering in her church and community. April was a true example to others. She enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hiking and riding horseback. She loved her family and children and the special times they spent together. April had a great love of music and sang in multiple bands. This was inspired by her step father, Dennis, with whom she shared a special relationship. He was always there for her with guidance and unconditional love. April leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband of 11 years, Paul Turner of Pontotoc; three sons, twins Thomas and Timothy, and Leeland; her mother, Judy Wallace Murphy and step-father, Dennis C. Murphy of Guntown; her father William Franklin Miller and her step mother, Michelle Bateman; two brothers, Matt Miller and wife, Miranda, of Pontotoc, and Curtis Miller of West Point; a step-brother, Chase Bateman; her grandparents, Rayford and Gatha Wallace; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tupelo Humane Society or Hope Lodge in Memphis, Tenn. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Clint Rusoe June 19, 1931 – April 16, 2020 Clinton D. “Clint” Rusoe, 88, died Thursday, April 16, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in Amory, June 19, 1931 to Posey A. and Essie Mae McAnally Rusoe. He served his country in the United States Army as a young man and later retired from Custom Foam as a foreman. After retirement, he enjoyed camping with his wife in Fulton, fishing and woodworking. He was affectionately referred to as “Pop” by his grandchildren who brought him great joy. He loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Endville Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Annette Rusoe of Tupelo; his four children, Sandra Cobb of Mooreville, Eugene Horton of Tupelo, Tommy Horton of Tupelo and Sheila Cooper of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Lisa Dye (Rube) of Mooreville, Brian Horton (Ashley) of Blue Springs, Zack Underwood of Tupelo, Cody Cooper of Tupelo, Clay Rusoe (Elena) of San Diego, California, and Chris Fears (Larissa) of Hernando; eight great-grandchildren, Tucker and Mackenzie Dye, Abbie and Ellie McLellen, Abby Grace Massey, Jay Horton, and Coey and Harper Fears; and sister, Dot Tackett of Sherman. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Randy Rusoe; two sisters; and a brother. Private graveside services will be in Endville Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Jimmy Worthy
June 26, 1975 – April 16, 2020
Jimmy Worthy, 44, died Thursday, April 16, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Brad Dillard
March 23, 1970 – April 16, 2020
Lamar Bradley “Brad” Dillard, 50, passed on April 16, 2020 at his parents’ home after a courageous battle with cancer since September, 2019. He was surrounded by his family who loved him so much. Brad graduated from Saltillo High School in 1988 and then from Itawamba Community College and the University of Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1995. He was a partner at the Law Firm of Mitchell, McNutt and Sams for 25 years and was serving as President of the firm. Brad enjoyed traveling and spending time with his children. Brad is survived by his children, Bradley Dillard and his fiancé, Laiken Herring, and Mary Kirk Dillard; parents, Lamar and Meredith Dillard; twin sister, Beth Copeland; niece, Maggie Copeland Pippen (Jeff); and the mother of his children, Kellie Dillard. He left many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Brad was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ed and Mary Lou Summers; and paternal grandparents, Leonard and Carrie Dillard. Private family graveside services will be in Gilvo Cemetery on Monday, April 20, 2020 with Rev. Gary Gray officiating. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of North Mississippi Medical Center In-Home Hospice, especially his nurse, Laura Gallaway, for the care and comfort they provided. Memorials may be made to Tupelo Lee Humane Society, 2795 Cliff Gookin Blvd, Tupelo, MS 38801 or Belden Baptist Church, 4121 McCullough Blvd, Belden, MS 38826. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Tupelo MS
Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary – Tupelo
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Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo
Winnie Jo Cox June 27, 1935 ~ April 11, 2020 Mrs. Winnie Jo Cox, wife of the late Judge Robert Cox, died Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Harbor Place in Orlando where she had briefly resided to be near her son. A service will be announced pending arrival of overseas family members. Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is honored to be serving their family and friends.
Freddy Oneal Colburn November 18, 1971 ~ April 11, 2020 Frederick Oneal “Freddy” Colburn, 48, died at his residence in Fulton on Saturday, April 11, 2020. A funeral service will be announced pending the conditions of the Coronaviris on the family. Holland Funeral Directors’ Tupelo Chapel is honored to be serving the family.
Jim Furtick April 6, 1955 ~ April 11, 2020 James Milton “Jim” Furtick died Saturday, April 11, 2020. He was 65. Jim was born on April 6, 1955, to the late Frederick Wilson Furtick and the late Martha Horn Furtick in Corinth, MS. He attended Corinth High School and after graduation, he matriculated at Northeast Community College, Mississippi State University, and Delta State University. He received a degree in Criminal Justice. In 1978, he moved to Cleveland, MS and purchased a Radio Shack. Then in 1979, he started Delta Security Systems, a security business serving commercial and residential homes across the Mississippi Delta. While living in Cleveland, he served his community as an active firefighter for the Bolivar County Fire and Rescue, and as a fire investigator for the Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency. It was on an active scene in 1991 that he met Dianne Estes. Jim and Dianne were married in 1993 in Rosedale, MS and soon after, they moved to Tupelo, MS. After moving to Tupelo, Jim worked at Day Detectives for three years before he began working at Delta Security Systems full time servicing homes, schools and businesses stretching from North Mississippi to the Delta. He was a long-time charter member of the Mississippi Alarm Association, as well as, an active member at Parkway Baptist Church where he served on the Deacon Council for many years. Jim was an avid railroad researcher, collector and enthusiast, taking many train trips across the United States over the years with Dianne. Jim is survived by his wife, Dianne Furtick of Tupelo; a brother, Michael Horn Furtick (Vera) of Sarasota, FL; a daughter, Hannah Estes Aguzzi (Michael) of Cleveland, MS; a son, Carey Lamar Estes (Holly) of Knoxville, TN; two grandsons, Colby Allen Dreher and Carey David Estes; and two nieces, Katie Furtick Donnelly (Evan) of Alexandria, VA, and Sarah “Sally” Bailey Furtick of Nevada City, CA. Jim is preceded in death by his parents Frederick Wilson Furtick and Martha Horn Furtick. A private family memorial service celebrating Jim’s life will be held at Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 with Bro. Paul Young officiating. Jim’s service may be viewed by his family and friends via livestream at 2 PM Tuesday at http://www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/life-streaming and will be archived afterwards on hollandfuneraldirectors.com for future viewing. Holland Funeral Directors’ Tupelo Chapel is honored to be serving their friends. Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com.
Sarah Alice Bagwell April 21, 1930 ~ April 15, 2020 Sarah Alice Bagwell, born on April 21, 1930, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on April 15, 2020. She was 89 years old. She always had an encouraging word for all she met. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Edlemon; daughter-in-law, Marni Bagwell; three grandchildren, Jake Bagwell, Chasta and Chris Ortstadt, and Laura and Matt Hannon; five great-grandchildren; and also spiritual daughter, Janet Luker. She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Bagwell; and sons, Rusty and Ronnie Bagwell of Aberdeen, MS. Services will be held at a later date. Holland Funeral Directors’ Tupelo Chapel is honored to serve their friends. Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com.
Ernie Warkentin October 12, 1977 ~ April 16, 2020 Ernest Don “Ernie” Warkentin, age 42, died around 6 PM Thursday, April 16, 2020 after becoming suddenly ill at his country home near Okolona. Ernie was born on October 12, 1977 in Tupelo to Donald Gene Warkentin and Jennalea Nightengale Warkentin. He lived most of his life in Chickasaw County. except for a few years as a child in Leland, MS. Ernie attended the Okolona Mennonite Church with his family. He was a man “of his hands” spending his working life as a master carpenter, a truck driver and dirt mover. Ernie enjoyed the outdoors, including fishing and grilling for family and friends. People were important to him and he would often spontaneously stop and visit, call or otherwise show his gratitude for what others meant to him in joyous ways. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Ernie is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Koehn Warkentin; his four children, eldest son, Sean (age 18), and his three daughters, Mykenzi (age 15), Jerica (age 14), and baby daughter, Kelsi (age 10); his parents, Don and Jennalea Nightengale Warkentin of Emelle, AL; a sister, Roxanne Alvarez (Guido) of Emelle, AL; his mother- and father-in-law, Orville and Valeda Koehn of Winton, CA; and a host of other near relatives and friends. A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Monday, April 20, 2020 at the Okolona Mennonite Church Cemetery. Church Pastors and leaders will speak and the Mennonite Choir will provide music. Burial will follow the service. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, April 19, 2020 between the hours of 11 AM and 5 PM at the Okolona Mennonite Church. Ushers will be respecting the guidelines relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic and ask your patience. Holland Funeral Directors – Okolona chapel is honored to be serving their friends. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Lee Memorial Funeral Home – Tupelo
Janet King
July 28, 1921 – April 12, 2020
Mary Janet Johnson King, age 98, died peacefully at home in Collierville, TN on Easter evening April 12, 2020. Janet and her twin sister, Janelle, were born prematurely on July 28, 1921, weighing only three pounds each. Their mother gave birth to them at home on their property in Royce City, TX where their father was a sharecropper. Their young parents, both twenty-seven, did their best to keep them alive. Unfortunately, without access to healthcare, Janelle passed away within a couple of months of her birth. Janet survived and continued to thrive for the next ninety-eight years and nine months. Along with her big brother, Buck, the young family left Texas and returned to Northeast Mississippi around 1930. Her father, “Marvie”, continued to farm during the day and moonlighted as an auctioneer. Her mother, Ressie, worked as a seamstress at Reed’s Clothing in addition to sewing in her home for ladies in the Tupelo area. Janet graduated from Saltillo High School in 1941. She married her childhood sweetheart, John Hoyle King on December 4, 1942. During the course of twenty years as a ‘career’ military family at army bases in Washington, North Carolina, Alaska, and Ohio, John and Janet had three children and endured two world wars (World War II and the Korean War). The family returned to Mississippi in 1965. Janet lived many years in her beloved Saltillo home. She was a wonderful cook. She was known for her big Sunday dinners and holiday feasts. She took note of individual family favorites and would be sure to serve them up whenever they came to visit. She loved to garden. Her clematis vines were a staple in the neighborhood and she proudly posed with them for pictures. She also loved to decorate her house. You never really knew where the couch or television would be from one visit to the next. Her favorite hobby in recent years was to play bingo with friends-especially Mildred, Fannie, and the ladies at Town Village in Memphis, TN. In her later years, Janet was blessed to live with each of her children for a time. She lived in Florida with her eldest daughter, Judy, and her family for two years. She moved to Boulder City, Nevada in 2017 and was cared for by her son John, and his wife, Martha. She also lived in Memphis, TN near her daughter Joy, and her husband Rusty, for several years in between and then again as they cared for her in their home during her final days. During each of these seasons, Janet enjoyed making memories with her children and their families. Janet faced many challenges over the years, but you would never have heard her complain. She found delight and appreciation in the simple joys of life. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone who was fortunate enough to meet her. She loved her family fiercely. If you met Janet King, you witnessed big LOVE. She loved people and she loved the Lord, and He loved her right back, calling her home to be by His side on a day of glorious celebration among the Heavens. She is survived by her three children, Judy Ann Boren of Summerfield, FL, John Hoyle King, Jr. (Martha) of Boulder City, NV, and Joy Lynn Johnson (Rusty) of Collierville, TN; six grandchildren: Paige Walton Scott (John), Jason King (Natalie), Joshua King (Nikki), Jordan King (Jodi), Jessica Gomez (Simon), and Jenna Cooley; twelve great-grandchildren: John Scott, Jr., Julianna Scott, Grace Scott, Juliana King, Caleb King, Zara, Jaylyn, Logan King, Abby, Julia, Josie Baker, Isabel Gomez, and Lucia Gomez; and one great great-grandchild, Lillyann Scott; along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ressie Jane Monts Johnson; her father, William Marvin Johnson; her brother, Buck Johnson; her twin sister, Janelle Johnson; and her husband, John Hoyle King, Sr. Brother Tim Green, her pastor from Saltillo United Methodist Church where she was a long time member, will officiate at a graveside service. The service is to be conducted by Lee Memorial Funeral Home at Saltillo Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, John, on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 2:00 PM. The service will observe current social distancing guidelines for those in attendance. In lieu of flowers, you may honor Janet by making a donation to Baptist Trinity Hospice, whose caring nurses and staff helped make her final days more comfortable. http://www.bmhgiving.org.
N L Jones Funeral Directors – Tupelo
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