Obituaries

HCN Regional Obituaries (April 17-23,2020)

Baldwyn MS 
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn

Robert James Bradley
September 7, 1948 – April 17, 2020On April 17, 2020 Robert James (Bulldog) Bradley, loving husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin,and friend to many passed away peacefully at his home in Flint, MI. Robert was born September 7, 1948 in Baldwyn, MS to the late Elbert and Vina Bradley. He was the youngest of five siblings whom preceded him in death. He was baptized at Mt. Nebo C.M.E Church in Baldwyn, MS at an early age and remained an active member as a child/young adult. He completed his formal education at Lee Prentiss High School in Baldwyn, MS. Upon completing high school Robert relocated to Flint, MI and began his career working for Fisher Body and Buick City, a division of General Motors where he worked for 33 plus years until he retired. Robert had a passion for people, but his life passion was his courtship and marital union to his (Bay) Jessie Barnett Bradley for 49 years. To this union two sons were born ChaRon, and Chevez. To know Robert is to love Robert and if you knew him you knew he lived every moment to the fullest! Neither hard times nor health challenges could rob him of who he was and he will always be remembered as a loving, selfless, and a super dad. He enjoyed socializing with friends, fishing, dancing, music (blues),collecting antique cars, and Boston Celtic basketball. Robert treasured his family like no other and took pride in attending every single family reunion. Robert had two places he called home one in Flint Michigan and the other in Baldwyn, MS. He had just as many friends in Flint as he had family in Baldwyn. In Flint he was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Tabernacle Church for over 50 years. He was active in his community block club. During the summers he enjoyed gardening and sharing the harvest with friends and family. While in Baldwyn, he participated in many community events, and worked at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home. Supported and attended the town’s high school ball games. He has so many nieces and nephews in Baldwyn all the kids in town just knew him as ‘Uncle Robert’ and if they saw him in the store he would always buy them snacks or give them some change. His life was a blessing, his memory a treasure, he is loved beyond words, and will be missed beyond measure. Mr. Robert Bradley leaves to cherish his memories a loving devoted wife of 49 years, Jessie Barnett Bradley, two sons, ChaRon Bradley of Flint, MI and Chevez Bradley of Lawrenceville, GA; grandson, Chavon Bradley of Chicago, IL; three sisters-in-law Evelyn Scales, Roberta Barnett, all of Baldwyn, MS, and Freddie Ruth Bradley of Milwaukee, WI; two brothers-in-law George (Elaine) Barnett, and Wilma (Katoris) Barnett of Baldwyn, MS; special nephew Johnny (Paulette) Agnew of Baldwyn, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, god-children including special friends Charles Ross, Robert Dunnom, Willie Turner, James Lynch, and Bernard Wright. Mr. Bradley was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Charlie Bradley and Gus Bradley; sisters Blanche Brown, Clara Tramel, and Lena Mae Agnew (sister/cousin); and a special niece, Cheryl Y. Brown.Visitation will be held Friday, April 24, 2020 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn, 111 Waters St, Baldwyn, MS 38824. Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 25, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Cemetery St, Baldwyn, Ms 38824.
Kesler Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn

Sanford Dragoo
March 23, 1939 ~ April 20, 2020
Sanford Dragoo (81) passed away Monday, April 20, 2020 at the NMMC Hospice Unit in Tupelo. He was a retired United States Navy veteran. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.He is survived by two sons, Joseph Scott Dragoo of Booneville, and Wayne Jernigan (Dorothy) of Fayette, AL; one daughter, Karen Jernigan of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Helen Dragoo; his wife Marian Dragoo; three brothers, Sam, Sandy and Steve Dragoo; and his sisters, Susan Howell, Shirley Sheward and Sarah Dragoo.A graveside service will be 1:00 Wednesday April 25, 2020 at East Pleasant Ridge Cemetery with Bro. Rex Bullock officiating. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Sanford Dragoo, please visit our floral store.
Troy Wayne Devaughn
April 9, 1942 – April 23, 2020
Troy Wayne Devaughn (78) was born on Thursday, April 09, 1942 and passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Troy Wayne Devaughn, please visit our floral store.
Waters Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Helen Harrison
October 30, 1934 – April 19, 2020
Helen Harrison, 85, passed away at her home on April 19, 2020. She was an interior decorator and an artist. She was a member of First Christian Church.She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Lamar Harrison of Baldwyn; three daughters, Martha Helen Chambers (Lennis) of Sweetwater, TN, Elizabeth Victoria Franklin (Randy) of Baldwyn, and Stasha Marlow of Knoxville, TN; sister-in-law, Connie Strain; daughter-in-law, Stephanie Smith Harrison; grandchildren, Kim Cagle (Mark), Suzanne Powell (Pat), Clay Wallis (Donna), Jennifer Holland, David Jones (Lauren), Crystal Griffin (Clancy) and Angelia Morris; great-grandchildren, Ben Powell, Zane Powell, Mason Cagle, Bryce Cagle, Eli Wallis and Sean Powell, Christian Trest, Emma Powell, Madison Wallis; and a new great-grandson expected to be born in August, Collin James Jones; special cousins, Vikki Seay and Bubba and Virginia Pratt.She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Charles and Elizabeth Seay Strain; daughter, Gail Denise Jones; son, Alan Lamar Harrison; grandchild, Melissa Jones Harrison; brothers, Lt. Col. Charles Strain and William C. Strain (Amy).A memorial service will be held at a later day. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family @www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Helen Harrison, 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
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Corinth MS
Magnolia Funeral Home – Corinth
Marlin Medford Pittman
May 11, 1948 –  April 17, 2020
Marlin Medford Pittman died at his home on April 17, 2020 with his devoted wife by his side. For those that knew him, he fought a lifelong battle against leukemia, multiple diagnoses, countless hospital stays with grit, determination and perseverance. He never complained, ever, no matter how tough the situation ended up being. Surviving leukemia in 1986 was truly a fight. Whenever he made the decision to put his head down, it was amazing what he could overcome. He was born on May 11, 1948 in Alcorn County, MS to the late Arnold and Ruth Pittman of Farmington. He loved growing up in Mississippi and spoke of this time in his life with his parents, siblings and extended family fondly, especially Sunday lunches at Mama and Papa Pittman’s. After lunch, he then enjoyed going to visit the Littlejohns. He met his bride in the spring of 1966 and the two were by each other’s side from that moment on. After graduation from Alcorn Central High School in 1966, he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1970. His first position was an Engineer with the Corinth Mississippi Light and Water Department. He worked in various positions for the state of Mississippi early in his career. He spent many years as the Waste Water Manager for for Columbus Light and Water and eventually retired as the City Engineer from LaVergne, TN. He was a man of strong faith and always found humility in the gift of healing provided by his savior. He credited his survival to prayer especially the prayers from the ladies of Farmington Baptist Church. He was an avid gardener and had a beautiful, pristine garden. He loved spending time with his siblings, nieces and nephews, traveling, telling stories, not watching Ole Miss football because the team played better if he did not watch, and his wife’s banana pudding. He was notorious for picking out the perfectly tailored, sarcastic birthday card for his family. Marlin is survived his wife of 48 years, Trudys, of Rienzi; his son Paul and daughter-in-law Sandy Pittman and grandchild William Pittman of Madison, AL; daughter April Pittman of Starkville; sister Margaret Pittman of Corinth, MS; brother Alan (Sherrie) Pittman of Selmer, TN; sister Bernice (David) Eppes of Bartlett, TN; and sister Liz Fulgham of Bartlett, TN. He is also survived by his “rented” grandchildren, great-nieces Katie and Kelsey Horton, and great-nephew Matthew Horton.A private family graveside service will be held Tuesday at Hinkle Cemetery at 2:00. Visitation will be held outside at Hinkle Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic all shelter-in-place and CDC guidelines will have to be followed. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research. A special thanks to Dr. Timothy Noyes, Dr. Kerry Morgan, Dr. Billy Parsons and the late Dr. Raymon Lott. Honorary pallbearers will be the Alcorn Central Class of 1966, O’Neal Hutson, Eddie Harvell, Danny Sitton, Don Pittman, Jimmy Holmes, Glenn Duckworth, and Kenneth Hood. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Marlin Medford Pittman. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Marlin Medford Pittman please visit our Sympathy Store.
Franklin D. “Frank” Clark Sr.
October 27, 1933 – April 18, 2020
Franklin D. “Frank” Clark, Sr., 86 of Michie, TN, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at his residence. He was born in Corinth, MS on October 27, 1933 to the late W.O. and Ella Clark and graduated from Farmington High School in 1953. Frank served his country in the US Army during the Korean War and retired after 23 years of service at ITT as a industrial maintenance supervisor. He was of the Baptist faith and was a fan of the Saint Louis Cardinals. Frank enjoyed gardening, camping and fishing but his greatest love was his family. Those left to honor Frank’s memory include his daughter, Rhonda Tennyson and husband Dale of Corinth; his son, Dale Clark and wife Jada of Lakeland, TN; his grandchildren, Jennifer Earles and husband Aaron, Rindi Wells and husband Adam, Sydney Clark, and Colin Clark; his great grandchild Zane Wells; his special friend, Carolyn Garrett of Michie, TN; his sister Lois Dickey of Saltillo, MS; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Marcella Busby Clark; his brothers, Jack Clark (Geraldine), Thomas Clark, Willie Clark (Irene), and Gene Clark (Lilly Belle); his sisters, Lillie Mae Merryman (Roy Lee), and Mary Lou Childers (Hugh); and by his brother-in-law Wilford Dickey. Due to the pandemic and out of concern for the extended family and friends, visitation and services will be private. Interment will be in Clark Family Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at magnoliafuneralhome.net. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Franklin D. “Frank” Clark Sr. please visit our Sympathy Store.
Diane Rowsey
June 17, 1952 – April 19, 2020
Diane Rowsey, 67, passed peacefully to the arms of Jesus on Sunday, April 19, 2020. She was a treasured wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend, and will be remembered for her loving spirit, generous hospitality, and beautiful smile. A native of Corinth, MS, Diane was the youngest daughter of Frank and Geneva Wegman. She married her true love, Danny, in 1981, and together they raised five children. She was a woman of deep faith, training her children in the way they should go, and serving the Lord faithfully as a member of Kemp’s Chapel Baptist Church. In the 1980s Diane owned and operated Accents by Di, a gift shop in downtown Corinth. She later pursued a career in nursing, working at several healthcare facilities over the span of nearly 20 years, including Whitfield Nursing Home, Dr. Ken Goodwin DDS, and Dr. Vicki D. Gann DDS.Her many hobbies, included fishing, shopping and going to movies. She loved her daily talks with her mother and sister and looked forward to her annual trip with her husband to the Gulf Coast. She was a gracious hostess, preparing countless holiday meals for her large extended family. She took great pride in her family and rarely missed an opportunity to cheer on her children and later grandchildren, at their many ballgames, cheer competitions, school and church plays. You could not ask for a better cheerleader.Diane is survived by her adoring husband of nearly 39 years, Danny Rowsey of Rienzi, MS; five children, Ginger (Jason) Cox, Cassie (Jonathan) Overstreet, Andy (Ginger) Rowsey, Danica Rowsey, and Daniel (Misty) Rowsey; 12 grandchildren, Katie and Jaycee Cox, Jon Garrett and Luke Overstreet, Cooper Moore, and Dylan, Drew, Mia Claire, Mandy, Andrew, Leura and Eppie Rowsey. She is also survived by her mother, Geneva Wegman; sister, Brenda (James Ray) Cummings; brother-in-law, Jacky (Holly) Rowsey; nephews Kevin and Chad Grimes and Barrett Rowsey; and niece Stephanie Van Winkle; several great-nieces and great-nephews and many friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Frank Wegman.Family graveside services will be held Tuesday, April 21 at 11 AM at Kemp’s Chapel Cemetery in Rienzi, MS. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Diane Rowsey. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Diane Rowsey please visit our Sympathy Store.

Joe Adren GlidewellJanuary 13, 1944 – April 20, 2020Joe Glidewell, 76 of Burnsville, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2020 at Tishomingo Living Center in Iuka. Born January 13, 1944 in Ripley, MS, Joe was a retired maintenance supervisor for MDOT in Tishomingo county. He was a member to Temple Baptist Church. Joe loved his family and friends and enjoyed doing mechanic and body work on his antique cars and traveling to numerous places to flea markets with his wife. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joyce Sanders Glidewell of Burnsville; brother, Gerald Glidewell and wife Barbara of Burnsville; sisters-in-law, Hester Medley and husband Dale of Iuka, Linda Sanders and husband Jimmy of Corinth, Carol Hudson and husband Danny of Iuka, and Becky Waddell and husband Clay of Cherokee, AL; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Joe is preceded in death by his father, Georgie Glidewell; mother, Bertie Mae Calvery Glidewell; and brother-in-law, James Sanders. A private family graveside service will be held. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Joe Glidewell. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Joe Adren Glidewell please visit our Sympathy Store.
Rita Jane HolleyJune 29, 1957 – April 21, 2020Rita Jane Holley, 62 of Corinth, MS, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at her residence. Rita was born June 29, 1957 in Corinth, MS to Harold E. Blackwell and W. Faye McDonald Blackwell. She retired as an RN at Magnolia Regional Health Center after 25 years of service, where she was a Nurse Manager over Labor and Delivery for several years. She was currently working at Medical Plaza on Harper Road. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She gave unconditional love and was a selfless person. She was of the Baptist faith. Rita is survived by her son, Seth Sanders of Corinth, MS: two grandchildren, Haylie Malone and Destiny Malone; her sister, Rhonda Atkins of Corinth, MS; her niece, Lydia Holmes and husband Eric of Corinth, MS; her nephew, Clint Atkins of AR; other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold E. Blackwell and her mother, W. Faye McDonald Blackwell.No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Rita Jane Holley. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Rita Jane Holley please visit our Sympathy Store.

Barbara Jean CraneJanuary 21, 1935 – April 21, 2020Barbara Jean Crane, 85 of Corinth, MS went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at her residence in Corinth, MS. Mrs. Crane was born January 21, 1935 in Corinth, MS to Roy Clebert Crum and Juanita Wilbanks Crum. She retired as a Surgery Supply Tech at Magnolia Regional Health Center after 12 years of service. She also worked at Wurlitzer as a line operator for 20 years. Jean loved going to the Smoky Mountains, spending time with her family and going to church. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church. Jean is survived by her son, Rickey Crane and wife Sharon of Corinth, MS; her daughter, Linda Hatcher and husband Greg of Corinth, MS; six grandchildren, Sean King (Erica), Shane King, Anitra Prince (Mike), Jeremy Crane, Jake Crane, and Josh Crane; two step-grandchildren, Christopher Wildmon (Chastity) and Jessica Elrod (Andy); five great-grandchildren, Chance King, Cachetyn King, Sam King, Alex Crane and Gracie Crane; several step-great-grandchildren; Carles and Jean’s special Smoky Mountain traveling friend, Ann Morgan of Corinth, MS; other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Carles Crane; her father, Clebert Crum and her mother, Juanita Wilbanks Crum. A private family service will be held at Lone Oak Baptist Church with interment to follow at Lone Oak Baptist Church Cemetery. Bro. Tracy Quillian will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Carl Mills, Bryan Jackson, Brett Marlar, Junior Morgan, Chevy Null and Jody Crum. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mrs. Barbara Jean Crane. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Barbara Jean Crane please visit our Sympathy Store.
McPeters Funeral Home – Corinth
Daniel BullockSeptember 21, 1951 – April 14, 2020Daniel Henry Bullock, 68 passed away Tuesday April 14, 2020 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. A graveside service for Daniel Henry Bullock will be held Friday April 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Henry Cemetery. Condolences can be left at www.McPetersFuneralDirectors.com. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Audrey Jean Carroll
June 28, 1931 – April 19, 2020
Audrey Carroll, 88, passed away on April 19, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born in Alcorn County on June 28, 1931 to the late Dalton and Lola Rencher. She married the late Maury Carroll in 1950. She was 1949 graduate of Alcorn Agriculture High School where she was a cheerleader all four years. She was a true Aggie and never lost her school spirit. Jean became a Christian in her teen years and was a member of Oakland Baptist Church for the last few years. She was a member of East Corinth Baptist Church for over 50 years where she was always involved. She taught Sunday School beginning with the smaller children, director of middle age children, and the young adult women’s class. She worked at Sears Roebuck as a credit clerk for 15 years, and worked in public relations for collection for the Corinth Credit Bureau. She enjoyed working for the late Frank Berry and his wife Jane at Estate Jewelry. She retired when her only grandson was born to spend as much time as possible with him. She is survived by her daughter, Teri Briggs and her husband Rick and her grandson, Chris Briggs; numerous cousins and her church family. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband Maury Carroll. A private family service for Audrey Carroll will be held Tuesday April 21, 2020 evening at 5:00 PM at McPeters Funeral Home with burial at Magnolia Gardens. Honorary pallbearers are the Ruth Ann Phillips Sunday School Class at Oakland Baptist Church. Dr. Leonard Pratt will officiate the services. Online condolences can be left at www.McPetersFuneralDirectors.com
Memorial Funeral Home – Corinth
Herman A. Wilbanks
October 23, 1937 – April 14, 2020
Herman Aaron Wilbanks 82, passed away April 14, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born November 23, 1937 in Alcorn County MS to the late Roy Wilbanks and Ruby Mathis Wilbanks. He was a 1958 graduate of Alcorn Agriculture High School (Kossuth High School), he was a former Ironworker, also was owner of Wilbanks Budget Video from 1985 to 1999, following that he drove a school bus for the Corinth City School for 13 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, dancing and spending time with his family.He is survived by his daughter, Michele Wilbanks Frazier (Shane); sons, Keith Wilbanks (Laura), Jason Wilbanks (Karyn); grandchildren, Dalton Frazier, Mallory and Mason Wilbanks; sisters, Mary Kennedy, Sue Ballard, Doris Whitfield, Kay Hale (Lee); host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janice Spencer Wilbanks; second wife, Patty Sue Wilbanks; parents; brother, J. V. Wilbanks; grandmother Maudie Mathis.Family graveside services for Herman Aaron Wilbanks was held Friday April 17, 2020 at Magnolia Gardens with Charlie Browning officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to St. Jude Children Research Hospital.
Holly Springs MS
Holly Springs Funeral Home – Holly Springs
Thomas (Tommy) Lamar WoodsDecember 6, 1933 –  April 17, 2020The Honorable Thomas (Tommy) Lamar Woods, former Mississippi State Representative and cotton farmer of Byhalia, MS. entered into glory on April 17, 2020 at the age of 86, surrounded by his family at his home in Byhalia, MS. He was born on December 6, 1933, in Byhalia to J.P. and Edith Turner Woods. He was a lifelong member of the Byhalia United Methodist Church. At the time of his death, he was the pastor of Fountain Head Methodist Church in Desoto County.Tommy is survived by his wife, Faye St. John Woods; his brother, James Everett Woods (Ginga); his children, Prentis Eugene Woods (Catharine), Patrick Lamar Woods (Gracie), Raymond Everett Woods (Janice) all of Byhalia, and Jeana Woods Benson (Andrew) of New Orleans. He leaves 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Janet Dickinson Woods; his father, J.P.  Woods; and his mother, Edith Turner Woods. Due to the shelter in place order, a graveside service with family will be held at the Byhalia Cemetery on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 2:00 pm. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A celebration of Tommy’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Byhalia United Methodist Church, PO Box 6, Byhalia, MS 38611, earmarked The Flame.
Mary Ellen GibsonMarch 15, 1967 –  April 4, 2020Mary Ellen Gibson, 53, passed away April 4, 2020 at Baptist Hospital, Collierville, TN. Mary was born March 15, 1967 to Billy Wright and Mary Bozarth Wright in Wynne, AR. Mary was a R.N.Mary is survived by her husband, David Gibson; a brother, Billy Wright Jr.; two daughters, Catherine Faiella and Sara Gibson; her parents, Billy and Mary Wright; her sister, Cherie Heidenreich; and three grandchildren.Services are incomplete at this time. 
Herbert M. FieldsSeptember 28, 1942 – April 14, 2020Herbert M. Fields 78, passed away April 14, 2020 at Germantown Methodist Hospital. Herbert was born September 28, 1942 to Columbus M. Fields and Dorothy Owens Fields in Memphis, TN. Herbert was Episcopalian, retired from the Memphis Police Department and was a U.S. Marine Veteran.Herbert is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Libby” Fields; two sons, Herbert McKinley Jr. and John Parker; his niece, Leigh Watson; and sister Denise Stacks (Conrad).Services are incomplete at this time. 
Jessie Eugene FeathersFebruary 20, 1944 –  April 13, 2020Jessie Eugene Feathers 75, passed away April 13, 2020 at his home in Michigan City, MS. Jessie was born February 20, 1944 to Harry Feathers and Helen Rhea Feathers in Marshall County, MS. Jessie was a Baptist and farmer.Jessie is survived by two brothers, Lonnie Feathers of  Asland, MS and Roger Feathers of Red Banks, MS; two sisters, Bobbie Cook of Michigan, and Dollie Byrd of Lamar.Services are incomplete at this time.
JF Brittenum and Son Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Holly Springs

Mother Lucy JudonFebruary 1, 1941 ~ April 20, 2020Mother Lucy Jean Harris Judon was born February 1, 1941 in LaFayette County, MS to the late Lonnie Harris and Lucy Tyson Harris. She was a dedicated member of  St. Paul M.B. Church for many years, where she served as Assistant Treasurer, member of the Usher Board, and a member of the Mothers’ Board. She was also a long-time member of the Heroines of Jericho.She leaves to cherish her loving memories three sons, W.T. Judon, Jr. of Ecru MS, Hubert (Shelia) Judon of Newport NC, Charles (Louise) Judon of New Albany MS; two daughters, Clara Judon of Ecru MS, Chandar (Ricky) Dowdy of Memphis TN; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband W.T. Judon, Sr., daughter Sylvia Harris, and grandson Zachary Judon.A private service will be held 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 Mother Lucy Judon, please visit our floral store.

Lee Aron BerryMay 29, 1932 ~ April 20, 2020Mr. Lee A. Berry, 87, transitioned on Monday, April 20, 2020 at his home in Houlka, MS.He leaves to cherish his loving memories his wife Ida Pulliam Berry of Houlka, MS; four sons, Lee Berry of Houlka MS, Claywood Berry of Pheba MS, Glen (Walter Mae) Berry of Pontotoc MS, Charles Berry of Houlka MS; five daughters, Gracie Mae Terrell of Pontotoc MS, Luray Holbrook of Grand Rapids MI, Ruby (Troy) McAlister of Houlka MS, Florence Berry of Houlka MS, Geneta (William) Johnson of Houlka MS.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lee Aron Berry, please visit our floral store.

Terry HigginbottomMarch 24, 1966 ~ April 22, 2020Mr. Terry Higginbottom of Oxford, MS was born March 24, 1966 in Oxford, MS to the late Mr. Ezra Lee Higginbottom and Mrs. Autry Ilena Brown Higginbottom. Terry Higginbottom departed this life on Wednesday April 22, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. He enjoyed doing construction work. He was a member of New Hope M.B. Church.  He will truly be missed by many. To cherish his memories he leaves behind one son, Terry Higginbottom Jr. of Oxford, MS; four sisters, Virgia Pomerlee, Minnie Alford, Rosemary Jones and Carolyn Holmes all of Oxford, MS. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Bessie Higginbottom.A memorial service will be held at a later date. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Terry Higginbottom, please visit our floral store.
Houston MS
Houston Funeral Home – Houston
Homer MartinDecember 24, 1944 – April 19, 2020Mr. Homer Malcolm “Mack” Martin, 75, passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at his home in Mantee, MS. Mack was born in Cumberland, MS on December 24, 1944 to Oris Martin and Naomi Elizabeth Whitney Martin. He was a retired Deputy Circuit Clerk for Wayne County, MS.Mack is survived by his wife, Lisa Baker Martin of Mantee; his daughters, Holli Marie (Kevin) Barnes of Crystal Springs, and Amanda Upton of Braxton; two sons, Malcolm (Semmes) Martin of Meridian and Ryan Martin of Mantee; his sisters, Glinda Martin Muirhead of Mantee, Hilda (David) Campbell of Grenada, and Libby (Ralph) Brand of Mantee; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews who he loved. Mack is was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Terry Martin and Timothy Martin; one grandson, Bryson Martin; one granddaughter, Summer Jones; and one great-granddaughter, Norah Kate Vaughn.Houston Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com

Billy Carter, Jr.
June 13, 1937 – April 20, 2020
Mr. Warren William “Billy” Carter Jr., 82, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2020 at OCH Hospital in Starkville, MS. He was born June 13, 1937 in Huntingdon, TN to Warren William Carter and Cecil Emma McClure Carter. Billy was a retired farmer, a member of Mantee Baptist Church, a graduate of Mississippi State and was an avid MSU fan.Billy is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Anne (Bart) Wood of Starkville; his son, Warren “Dub” (Michele) Carter III of Little Rock, AR; one sister, Anne C. Carter of Huntingdon, TN; and his four grandchildren, Catherine Carter, Cole Wood, Carter Wood, and Caroline Wood. Billy was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Rebecca Gibson Carter.A private family funeral service will be held at Houston Funeral Home in Houston, MS with Rev. William Carpenter officiating. Burial will be at Wake Forrest Cemetery in Dancy, MS. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dancy Cemetery Association, 628 Carter Rd, Mantee, MS 39751. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Memorial Funeral Home – Houston
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Southern Funeral Chapel – Houston
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New Albany MS
Glenfield Funeral Home – New Albany
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New Albany Funerals and Cremations – New Albany
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Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Inc – New Albany
Dianna Sue ThomasJune 23, 1947 ~ April 15, 2020Ms. Dianna Sue Thomas, 72, transitioned on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at New Albany Health and Rehab in New Albany.A memorial service will be held at a later date. Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dianna Sue Thomas, please visit our floral store. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Dianna Sue Thomas.
Floyd Mitchell (“Mike”) ThompsonNovember 8, 1954 ~ April 15, 2020Mr. Floyd Thompson, 65, transitioned on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center (Hospice Unit) in Tupelo, MS. He was born November 8, 1954 in Memphis, TN to Floyd Thompson and Martha Thompson. Both parents and brother; James Thompson preceded him in death. Mike was an industrial painter.He is survived by a daughter, Michelle Merchant; one son, Floyd Ferguson (Mike); eleven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three siblings; Carl Thompson, Bobbie Robertson and Sheila Watkins.A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Floyd Mitchell (“Mike”) Thompson, please visit our floral store.
United Funeral Service – New Albany
Mary McClureJune 2, 1927 – April 18, 2020Mary Frances McClure, 92, passed away Saturday, April 18,2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born in New Albany on June 2,1927 to the late Jim and Callie Florence Howell Prince.She was survived by her son, Ted McClure (Carolyn); one granddaughter, Jennifer McClure; one sister, Sara Kidd; one sister-in-law, Eleanor Prince. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Barbara Tyre; two brothers, Bill Prince and Thomas Prince.A private service will take place at a later date and time. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mary McClure please visit our Sympathy Store.
Charles Wayne RakestrawMarch 20, 1932 – April 21, 2020Charles Wayne Rakestraw, 88, passed away on April 21, 2020 at his residence in Blue Springs. He was born March 20, 1932 to the late Leslie Holder and Lavelle Pickens Rakestraw. He married Sarah McCord on February 27, 1955. He served two years in the U.S. Army in Iceland during the Korean War. He owned and operated two different service stations and was part owner of Cleveland Street Garage in New Albany. He also owned and operated a community store in New Harmony. He was a retired truck driver for Mohasco Furniture. He always had a small family farm. He was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was a charter member of the Southeast Union County Fire Department.He is survived by two sons, Larry Wayne Rakestraw (Charlene), and Kenny Rakestraw (Donna), both of Blue Springs; a son-in-law, Mike Hannaford of New Albany; eight grandchildren, Lesley, Evan, Kayla, Justin, Jason and Jeremy Rakestraw, Beverly Russell (Cody) and David Hannaford; a sister, Shirley Caldwell of Blue Springs. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sarah of 57 years; his daughter, Barbara Hannaford; a sister, Christine McCollum; and a brother, Houston Rakestraw.A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm at New Harmony Cemetery located on County Road 205 in Union County, with Bro. Johnny Rakestraw and Bro. Kevin Williams officiating. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Memorials can be made to the Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For online condolences and guest registry please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Charles Wayne Rakestraw please visit our Sympathy Store.
Barba NowlinJune 8, 1940 – April 22, 2020Barba Ann Nowlin, 79, died Wednesday April 22, 2020 at The Meadows Assisted Living in Fulton. She was born in New Albany on June 8, 1940 to the late Hilton “Puddin” and Tishy Raines Cobb. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to sew and in her later years she loved coloring. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.She is survived by two sons, Bro. Butch Nowlin (Patricia) of Greenville, MS and Shawn Nowlin (Marietta) of Mantachie, MS; six grandchildren, Patrick Nowlin (Mandi), Benjamin Nowlin (Carla), Bryon Nowlin (Ashley), Chance Nowlin, Jordyn Turner (Brandon), and Blayne Sturgeon; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vickie Beavers (Dale) and Mary Smith (Glen); two brothers, Hilton Cobb (Judy), and Larry Cobb (Janice).She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Jean Brown, Billie Baker, Sharon Gordon and Cindy Whiteside.A celebration of her life will take place at a later date and time. Burial will be at Ingomar Cemetery, 266 County Rd 90, New Albany MS. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and guest registry please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Barba Nowlin please visit our Sympathy Store.
Oxford MS
Coleman Funeral Home – Oxford

Kevin MalloyAugust 7, 1952 – April 16, 2020Mr. 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. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements. 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.

Dr. Hugh Johnston Sloan IIIJuly 21, 1941 – April 19, 2020Hugh Johnston Sloan III, PhD, 78, passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at his home in Oxford, MS, surrounded by his family, following an extended illness. Dr. Sloan was born in Wilmington, NC to the late Mr. Hugh Johnston Sloan Jr. and Mrs. Dorothy Margaret Watson Sloan. He lived in many towns in North Carolina, always being the “new kid” and boldly establishing his place in elementary schools. In middle school, the family moved to Portsmouth, Ohio. His first jobs were sweeping the sidewalk at Stapleton Office Supply and delivering newspapers from a bicycle. Young Hugh enjoyed painting architecture in oils, painting buildings in Portsmouth, then selling finished canvases to the building owners. Early piano lessons developed a lifelong appreciation of music of many genres. Accidentally shot at 17 in the hip, through the floor and chair, by a downstairs neighbor cleaning a deer rifle, Hugh was told by his physicians that he would never walk again. He did. He walked, climbed, ran, marched, and danced. Hugh graduated from Portsmouth High School with honors including founding the Science Club, serving on the Library Staff, and membership in the PHS Honors Society. He entered Ohio University in Athens on a full academic scholarship, and “discovered women and alcohol at the same time”. He recovered his GPA during his second semester, under the guidance of the Dean of Students, and he qualified to keep his scholarship, but decided he was too immature for college, and he joined the U.S. Air Force following his freshman year. That decision shaped the rest of his life.   The Air Force, recognizing his talent for languages, sent Hugh to Indiana University and Syracuse University to become a Russian linguist. He served for 27 years as an intelligence analyst in such posts as Peshawar, Pakistan and Misawa, Japan, listening to Soviet MiG instructors training pilots for service in Vietnam and intercepting historic Space Race transmissions like those by Gherman Titov, the second person to orbit Earth. With that experience, he was assigned to the National Security Agency in Washington, DC with top secret Russian language intelligence responsibilities.   While on active duty, Hugh studied with The University of Maryland Overseas and was awarded a B.S. in Political Science, receiving his diploma in a ceremony in a conference hotel in Tokyo. Following his career as active duty military, his first M.S. degree was in Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, after which he joined the corporate world in telecommunications.   Hugh worked for many years for AT&T, Ohio Bell Commercial Sales in Springfield, Dayton, and later in sales management in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. While working for Bell, he earned the Master of Business Administration at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. During those years, he was an avid golfer, and watching golf tournaments remained a passion throughout his life. Entertained especially by reading military and mystery thrillers, he accumulated a vast and diverse personal library. At his father’s death, still commuting on weekends from Cleveland to Portsmouth, Hugh converted the family fiberglass business to a virtual firm to support his mother for her later years.   Assigned to Lions Club by AT&T for community service and representation of the corporate office, he served as President of Springfield Lions, Cleveland Lions, and was President-Elect of Columbus Lions Club, then served two terms as President of the Oxford Lions Club. With the Columbus, Ohio Lions Club, he initiated and managed a public school system-wide annual essay competition to combat drug abuse.Missing military camaraderie, Hugh joined the Ohio Air National Guard at Rickenbacker Air Base in Columbus, Ohio. Still with AT&T, he trained with the Guard in the upper peninsula of Michigan, Hawaii, Nevada, Germany, Panama and Great Britain. At age 39, he attended Ohio Air National Guard Officer’s School in Maryville, TN and was promoted to Lieutenant, Captain and Major with high security clearance in the Rickenbacker Intel Shop.   Reluctantly departing AT&T, Hugh earned the Master of Science in Marketing at The Ohio State University in Columbus, then his PhD in Marketing with a Minor in Logistics, also at Ohio State. Hugh’s work with corporate America, merged with his experience in Air Force intel, produced an expertise and passion for logistics and supply chain management, which he applied to his teaching career. His students frequently thanked him for his instructive military and business stories.   At age 50, with Mary and their 6 month old son, Hugh IV, he moved to his first faculty job at the University of Mississippi. Of several interesting faculty offers (NY, CA, NJ, MI) he chose Ole Miss because he thought he could best contribute to the state, and… because they took him to Smitty’s for breakfast where, like in North Carolina, “they served grits, instead of hash browns”. He immediately called Mary and told her: “I’m home!”   Recruited to be the Director of the UM Small Business Development Institute in 1981, he guided marketing students in hundreds of studies, creating business and marketing plans for small enterprises across north Mississippi. As Director, Hugh enthusiastically guided these novice team projects with local businesses in coordination with the Small Business Administration. Each of these marketing studies and business plans generated federal funding for the business school and also supported many Mississippi entrepreneurs. At the same time, a “utility infielder,” Hugh taught Introduction to Marketing, Retail, Global Marketing, Supply Chain… whatever needed to be taught. He lobbied for years for a logistics/supply chain major within the school, and it is now taking shape, to his great delight.   Hugh took pride in his service work for the University and Oxford, such as being an advisor to Golden Key honorary, admitted to membership alongside author Barry Hannah. With Mary, he served as Co-Chairman of the Bramlett Elementary PTA, and was a researcher and founding member of the Board of Directors of Yocona International Folk Festival. He served Cambridge United Methodist Church in leadership and finance. He became a lay speaker, Chair of the Pastor-Parish Committee, and represented the Oxford Central Parish at the Mississippi United Methodist Conference in Jackson.   For Chancellor Robert Khayat, Hugh did an early economic impact study of Ole Miss football, which resulted in all the home games being played in Oxford instead of Jackson and Memphis. He documented current “heads on beds”, meals, gas sales and other travel expenditures, which resulted in growth of our football economy, restaurants, arts, hotels and tourism. Then followed a UM baseball economic impact study that resulted in the expansion of the stadium and generated greater tourism taxes. At the request of Harry Sneed and the LOU Chamber of Commerce, Hugh developed an airport economic impact study, resulting in the extension of the UOX airport runway and eventually a new terminal. For the Town of Sardis, he developed an economic impact study with Waggoner Engineering of Jackson, eventually resulting in the development of that marina. One of his most interesting summer projects was research for the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies at Ole Miss. But… that study is classified!   For years, he evaluated candidates for the US State Department university faculty exchange selection committee, and he hosted a visiting lecturer from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, who became a lifelong friend of the Sloan family. Over the years, the Sloans hosted US State Department international exchange students through a program called FLEX. These students arrived for ten months and attended Oxford High School from Tiraspol, Transnistria (Moldova); Tbilisi, Georgia; Vilnius, Lithuania and Moscow, Russia. Hugh befriended many Russian language students at Ole Miss while he served on a committee at Oxford University United Methodist Church to host international students for their 4th of July American Picnics and Christmas parties.   With IBS: International Business Seminars, Dr. Sloan travelled with Ole Miss and other university’s students to learn about trans-cultural business practices in Australia and The Czech Republic. The summer of 1998, he taught Ole Miss students at Downing College, Cambridge University, England; and with the tagalong family, drove to the Johnston Clan home in Moffatt, Scotland. So many roundabouts! Our family is fond of crediting Hugh with initiating our controversial Oxford roundabout on Old Taylor Road at Gertrude Ford Boulevard, when one fall term he served as Co-Chairman of the Traffic and Parking Committee at the University. In deciding whether to use traffic lights or stop signs at this new intersection, Hugh suggested a roundabout, and remindedthe committee that “The Square is a roundabout.” MDOT engineers were thrilled. “Nobody ever lets us do roundabouts!” A closet revolutionary, he loved driving on the “wrong side of the road”.   Following the late Jeff Meaders, and having been a Civil Air Patrol cadet, Hugh led Oxford’s Steve Launius Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, empowering cadets and senior leaders to excel in aerospace education, emergency services, and the noblest Air Force traditions. CAP’s Mississippi Wing honored his years as Director of Aerospace Education and many other duties with the T.G. Fortune Lifetime Achievement Award. The consummate community servant, Hugh has been a member of Military Officers Association of America. He founded the World Future Society in Columbus, Ohio. He has enjoyed reunions with his oldest friends and mentors, the “Peshawar Bandits.” Hugh spoke for Lions, Rotary, Barksdale Honors College, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Hugh took immense pride in the Japanese Garden he created on Audubon Drive with Benjamin Koltai, Designer, and James Joyner, Installer.Not a strong advocate of publishing for the academic media to be read mainly by other academicians, Hugh finally published his “Global Marketing” digital textbook with embedded tests, study guides, quizzes and exam questions, and graphic design to describe his multi-dimensional vision of this dynamic and evolving field of study. Dr. Sloan retired as Associate Professor Emeritus of Marketing at the University of Mississippi after teaching for 29 years. He taught thousands of students and hundreds of Civil Air Patrol cadets. He loved teaching and all his students.   Dr. Sloan will be long missed by his family and friends for his generosity, his fearless view of life and, to quote a colleague, his insatiable intellectual curiosity. Hugh is survived by his wife and best friend, Mary Love Stringfield Sloan, of Oxford; one son, Hugh Johnston Sloan IV, of Oxford; one daughter, Susan Kathleen Sloan Harper, of Plano, TX; and one sister, Mary Linda Sloan Guernsey, of Fairborn, OH. Also surviving Dr. Sloan are nephew and niece Michael Hugh Guernsey and Kristina Nicole Quinn (Robert); two grandnephews, Michael Hugh Quinn and Kolton Alan Quinn; and one grandniece, Ashlyn Faith Quinn. He also leaves two granddaughters, Danielle Marie Gebhart and Stacey Renee Pressley (Christian); and three great-grandchildren, Kailey Celeste Hendrix, Kaydon Kyree Hendrix and Aniya Rose Pressley. “Each day starts with an hour of our choosing. Yesterday may prove to be the easy day, but we must move forward. The measure of our days is more precious than the measure of our years.” Hugh J. Sloan III, November 24, 2019.Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced when the Covid-19 shelter-in-place emergency orders have been lifted. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of local arrangements. Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville, NC is in charge of burial services in the family plots at Green Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations honoring Dr. Sloan may be made to Cambridge United Methodist Church in care of Fran Fuller, Treasurer, at 212 Ross Avenue, Oxford; or to Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, in care of Dwight Frink, PhD, Squadron Commander, dfrink.cap@yahoo.com. 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 Dr. Hugh Johnston Sloan III please visit our Sympathy Store.
L Hodges Funeral Service – Oxford
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Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Services – Oxford

Sondra Braddy DavisApril 7, 1942 – April 18, 2020Mrs. Sondra Davis, 78 years old, went to be with her Heavenly Father Saturday, April 18, 2020, at Hermitage Garden Estates in Oxford, MS. She was born to the late Lester Earl Braddy and Erma Thornton Braddy on April 7, 1942. Mrs. Davis worked as a paralegal for many years and then transitioned to The University of Mississippi as the Sports Information Secretary. From there she went to the Law School where she was secretary for the Dean of Law School and finally retiring from the Loyalty Foundation. She was an active member of North Oxford Baptist Church where she served on the floral committee and church choir. She also was a member of The Pilot Club where she eventually served as president.Survivors include her husband, Reed Davis of Oxford, MS; son, Richie and Hope Davis of Hernando, MS; and daughters DeLisa Davis of Oxford, MS, and Katrina Davis Cousar and Jeff Cousar of Oxford, MS; grandchildren, Morgan Davis Foshee, Trenton Davis, Zachary Cousar, Presley Cousar and Reece Cousar; as well as two great-grandsons, Rhett Foshee and Zayne Cousar.  A private graveside service will be held at North Oxford Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Scott Thomas officiating. A Celebration of Life to be held at a later time for family and friends. Waller Funeral Home is in charge or arrangements. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Davis’ memory may be made to North Oxford Baptist Church Floral Committee, P.O. Box 1700, Oxford, MS 38655.

Mary Frances Lewis PooleApril 15, 1934 – April 22, 2020Mary Lewis Poole passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister. She spent her 86 years in service to others bringing great joy as an outstanding organist, handbell director, children’s choir director, and seamstress. She was born in Washington, DC on April 15, 1934 to Arthur and Alma Lewis. In 1936 they moved to Oxford where her father spent his career at the University of Mississippi. After graduating from University High School, she attended the University of Mississippi and Milsaps College. She graduated from Ole Miss in 1956, then received a Master’s degree in Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminar in New York City in 1958.  She is survived by her husband, Frank of Oxford; her sons, Franklin (Amy) of Keller, TX, and Bryant (Shelli) of Oxford; daughter, Helen Hale (Jason) of Oxford; and ten grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials should be to Oxford University United Methodist Church, 424 South 10th St, Oxford, MS 38655.

Billy SmithApril 28, 1935 – April 23, 2020Mr. Billy Smith, 84, died Thursday, April 23, 2020, at the Mississippi State Veteran’s Home in Oxford, MS. Mr. Smith was born and raised in Monroe County, MS to the late Barron and Lillian Fitzpatrick Smith. He was a graduate of Aberdeen High School, a veteran of the United States Navy where he served in Naval Aviation during the Vietnam War. Bill worked as the administrator and director of Haven House, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in Oxford, MS. Daily, he led AA meetings and led countless people to sobriety. He was loved and will be missed by many who credited him for the guidance and counsel he provided during their recoveries. His knowledge on drug and alcohol recoveries led him all over the United States where he conducted lectures and taught others on leading AA meetings.  Survivors include his daughter, Iris Tyler and her husband, Steve of Olive Branch, MS; a son, Darrin Smith and his wife, Julie of the United Kingdom; step-daughter, Judy Pennington of Memphis, TN; six grandchildren, Thomas Smith, Patrick Smith, Rebecca Smith, Wes King, Kriste King Park and Chris Pennington; a niece, Melissa Best of Knoxville, TN; a nephew, Mark Smith of Knoxville, TN; and six great-grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his wife of almost 30 years, Mildred “Sue” Smith and by a brother, Bobby Smith.A private, family graveside service will be held in Oxford Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Fletcher Moorman officiating. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in Mr. Smith’s memory may be made to Haven House, 152A Hwy 7 South, Oxford, MS 38655.
Pontotoc MS
Browning Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Sarah Ann McDonaldJune 11, 1932 – April 21, 2020Ann McDonald, age 87, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at NMMC in Tupelo. She was born June 11, 1932 to William Hobert and Mildred Frances Polk Rickman. Ann was retired from Stegall Ford where she worked as a bookkeeper, and was the Town Clerk for Algoma for many years. She was a member of Algoma Presbyterian Church. Ann enjoyed spending time with her family and visiting with her friends.Survivors include her daughter, Linda Dobbs (Gary) Algoma, MS; two grandchildren, Lesley Warren (Brad) and Lisa Roye (Patrick); two step-grandchildren, Ethan Dobbs (Katie) and Elizabeth Deatherage (Keith); three great-grandchildren, Liam Warren, Lauren Butler (Dalton) and Landon Roye; and five step-great-grandchildren, Destiny, Harlee, Marley, Slade and Kane. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William Ladell McDonald, and a step-great-grandson, Abel Haze.Due to Covid-19 and CDC guidelines, the family will have a private graveside service at 3:00 PM on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Old Monroe Cemetery, with Rev. ChrisTodd officiating. Browning Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with the arrangements. Pallbearers are Brad Warren, Gary Dobbs, Ethan Dobbs, Patrick Roye, Dalton Butler, Landon Roye. Memorials may be sent to Old Monroe Cemetery, C/O Shawn Sheffield, 100 Wallfield Rd, Pontotoc, MS 38863. Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com
Payton Mortuary – Pontotoc
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Tutor Memorial Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Tammy Sue Herndon DillardJune 10, 1964 – April 16, 2020Tammy Sue Herndon Dillard, 55, peacefully met her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at her home. Tammy was born on June 10, 1964 to Rex Herndon and Opalene Garrett. She was the most loving daughter, sister, aunt, and sister-in-law. She loved her family unconditionally and was always there for anyone that needed her love, help, and support. Tammy was a member of the New Faith Baptist Church in Pontotoc.She is survived by her sisters, Barbara Cates (Julian) and Donna Butler (Terry), both of Pontotoc; nieces, Carrie Ann Cates Stegall, and Carmen Owen (finance Terry Conlee); nephews, Brad Cates, Chad Herndon (Noel), and Eric Herndon (Anna Claire); three great nieces; six great nephews; and her beloved cat, Baby Girl.She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bobby Rex Herndon; nephew, D.J. Cates; brother-in-law, Lynn Owen; step father, Felix (Tom) Garrett; and step mother, Corrine Herndon.A graveside service will take place Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 11 AM at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Doris Anne PoeAugust 12, 1940 – April 17, 2020Doris 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.
Gordon Russell Gentry, Jr.November 20, 1945 – April 17, 2020Gordon Russell Gentry, Jr., 74, passed away Friday, April 17, 2020 at his home. He was born in New Albany, MS and graduated from East Union High School in 1963. He joined the United States Air Force, where he was a navigator in the RF-4, retiring at the rank of Major. Once retired, he became the minister of North Brandon Church of Christ. In 1989, he became the minister at Pontotoc Church of Christ, where he continued to assist with preaching until his death. He was a loving husband, daddy, and Pop. He loved to travel and spend time with family and friends.He is survived by his wife, Martha Gentry; sister, Ellen Prentice; daughter, Lorna Keel (Chuck); nephews; grandchildren; and one great grandson. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Ruth Gentry; and one daughter, Angela Gentry.A graveside service will be held Monday, April 20, 2020 at 2 PM at Starks-Gentry Cemetery with Bro. Bob Williams officiating. Pallbearers will be Scott Anderson, Kevin Kirby, Matt Prentice, Adam Prentice, Thomas Robison, and Noel Grant. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements. 
Terrie Lynn TutorMay 28, 1963 – April 21, 2020Terrie Lynn Tutor, 56, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at NMMC-Tupelo, MS. She had the biggest heart. She loved her husband, kids, and grandkids more than herself. If she loved you, or even liked you, she would’ve given anything she had to help you. She will be greatly missed. The family can have some peace knowing she’s not in pain anymore.She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Jeffery Tutor; five daughters, Tiffany Stewart (Chris) of Pontotoc, Bobbie Holland (Bryan) of Temple TX, Aleesya Tutor (Caleb) of Tupelo, Linda Sue Spencer (David) of Tupelo, and Danyale Tutor of Oxford; one son, Dalton Tutor of Fort Bragg, NC; six grandchildren, Linzi, Emeri, Jory, Witni, Wryli, and Chesli; one sister, Gaye McGloflin (Rocky); and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Sue Spencer; grandmother, Bartus Spencer; and brother, Tye Spencer.There will be a Memorial Service held for Terrie Lynn Tutor at a later date.
Billy Joe GregoryDecember 29, 1952 – April 23, 2020Billy Joe Gregory, 67, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2020 at his home in Pontotoc County. He was a carpenter for most of his life. He enjoyed camping and was an avid Nascar fan.He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Gregory; his two daughters, Christy Staser (David) and Tracey Denham (Jamie); three stepsons, Brandon Montgomery, Zach Montgomery (Autumn), and TC Marion (Tiffany); eleven grandchildren; seven sisters; and two brothers. He is preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie Murphree and James Gregory; and one brother, Jimmy Gregory.There will be a graveside service Saturday, April 25 2020 at 2 PM at Baldwin Memorial Gardens with Bro. Steve Parrish officiating. Pallbearers will be Billy Voyles, Jimmy Logan, Tommy Harrison, Johnny Pettit, George Berry, and David McGregor. Honorary Pallbearer will be Danny Murphree.
John Sidney WilliamsSeptember 18, 1942 – April 24, 2020John Sidney Williams, 77, passed away Friday, April 24, 2020 at NMMC-Tupelo, MS. He was employed at Keystone Metal Moulding for many years and later opened Williams Garage, serving the public until his retirement in 2015. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church for over 40 years. He enjoyed visiting local businesses and talking about old times.He is survived by his children, Cyndi Cox (David), and Michael Williams (Merissa); and his grandchildren, Amy Kate Cox, Faith Grisham (John), Allison Cox, Grace Williams, and Hope Williams. He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris Williams; son, John Kevin Williams; parents, Leonard Preston “Jack” and Carol Olean Williams; and his siblings, Wanda Jean Douell, Kenneth Ray Williams, and Dennis Wayne Williams.A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 2 PM at Victory Baptist Church Cemetery in Pontotoc. Bro. Doug Jones and Bro. Neil Perry will officiate. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Ripley MS
Foster and Son Funeral Home – Ripley

Evelyn HokeyJanuary 4, 1958 ~ April 16, 2020Evelyn M. Hokey, 62, passed away Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, MS. She retired from the Tupelo School District in 2009. She was a member and Sunday School Teacher at Touched From God Ministry.She leaves to cherish her memory, two sisters, Johnnie Hokey and Sherri (Frank) Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nephews, cousins and friends. A private graveside service will be held for immediate family only. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Evelyn Hokey, please visit our floral store.

Herman “Noonie” FlemingAugust 1, 1951 ~ April 17, 2020Herman “Noonie” Fleming, 68, was born August 1, 1951, to the late L.C. Fleming and Mary Adkins Fleming in Chicago, IL. Herman departed this life on April 17, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. Herman was a graduate of St. Anne High School and attended the University of Tennessee. Herman was employed by Baker and Taylor, then Braidwood Nuclear Plant, and after many years of service, retired from Valspar. After retirement, Herman moved to Blue Mountain, MS and joined Adkins Chapel United Methodist Church, where he remained a loyal and supportive member.He leaves to cherish his memories; two nieces, Sharon Fleming and Grace (Perry) Wright; one nephew, Kelly Maiden; a sister-in-law, Cynthia Fleming; one aunt, Vinettie Adkins; two special cousins and caregivers, Patricia (Joe Paul) Cook and Steve Adkins. A private graveside service will be held for immediate family only. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Herman “Noonie” Fleming, please visit our floral store.
McBride Funeral Home – Ripley

Cary Charles ChildsSeptember 19, 1965 – April 18, 2020Cary Charles Childs, born on September 19, 1965 to Charles and Gara Rowell Childs, went home to be with the Lord on April 18, 2020. He was the owner/operator of Childs Angus and Hereford and AgriServices. He was the beloved husband of Mary Childs. Cary had a lifelong passion for the cattle and farming industries. He mentored and inspired countless youth over many years through his involvement in the 4-H Livestock Program and state and national programs. Cary was a dedicated President of the Tippah County Fair Association for almost 20 years, served on the Mississippi Angus Association Board for over 20 years, and also served on the Mississippi Hereford Association Board for many years. He was an avid fan of Mississippi State Athletics, but his greatest passion was for his family. Cary was a member of Spout Springs Presbyterian Church and regularly attended First Baptist Church over the past 20 years, where he was a member of the Agape Sunday School Class. He is survived by his parents, Charles and Gara; his wife, Mary; his brother, Roger; his son Bob Glover (Amberly); and his grandchildren, Snow, Graham, and Pierce Glover.The family will have a private graveside service on Tuesday April 21, 2020 at Tippah Memorial Gardens with a Celebration of Life Service to follow when gathering restrictions permit. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Cary’s name to the Angus Foundation (www.angus.org/foundation) the Hereford Youth Foundation (www.herefordyouthfoundation.org) or the Tippah County 4-H Livestock Program (10791B Hwy 15 South, Ripley MS 38663).
Mildred Mauney ShackelfordOctober 7, 1923 – April 19, 2020Mildred Mauney Shackelford, 96, passed away April 19, 2020, at her home in Ripley, MS. She was born on October 7, 1923, to George Homer and Lizzie Rickles Mauney in Tippah County, MS. Mildred was a homemaker and a member of the Chapman Church of Christ.Mildred is survived by two sons, Danny Shackelford (Brenda) of Ripley, MS and Jarvene Shackelford (Pat) of Ripley, MS; two sisters, Christine Grisham of Jackson, TN and Dixie White of New Albany, MS; three grandchildren, Chris Shackelford , Libby Ward (Mark), Kevin Shackelford (Brande) all of Ripley, MS; six great-grandchildren, Taylor Ward, Allie Ward, Ross Shackleford, Charley Shackelford, Reed Shackelford and Ella Shackelford. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Hollis Daniel Shackelford; a son Jerry Shackelford; one grandson Keith Shackelford; four sisters, Billie Sue Mauney, Genice Collette, Willard Shackelford and Faye Montgomery; and one brother Lance Mauney.A private family graveside service will be on Monday April 20, 2020, at Chapman Church of Christ Cemetery with Minister Mark Lindley officiating. Pallbearers will be Mark Ward, Chris Shackelford, Kevin Shackelford, Ross Shackelford, Reed Shackelford. Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandchildren. Expressions of sympathy, for the Shackelford family, may be sent to: www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mildred Mauney Shackelford please visit our Sympathy Store.

Ben Norman DulaneyApril 30, 1942 – April 20, 2020Ben Norman Dulaney, 77, passed away Monday, April 20, 2020, at Diversicare in Ripley, MS. He was born on April 30, 1942, to Benjamin Styles and Daisy Luella Dulaney in Pulaski, IL. He was a loving father, husband, brother, and grandfather. He served in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He spent the last 50 years as a residential and commercial builder and contractor. Norman enjoyed anything in the outdoors, gardening was his passion along with hunting and fishing.He is survived by four children, Wayne Dulaney (Renee’) of Tupelo MS, Lori Carter (Billy) Walnut MS, Lynn Alberson (Billy) of Ashland MS, Michael Dulaney (Ethelda) New Albany MS; their mother Norma Dulaney Holcomb (David) Ripley MS; seven grandchildren, Ashley Dulaney Roberts (John), Sloan Dulaney Stroud (Tyler), April Vargas (Chris), Amy Smith, Neal Alberson (Holly), Johnathan Dulaney (Erica), Michalla Dulaney;  thirteen great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Wanda Dulaney of Ripley MS, Helen Huitt of Ripley MS, Carolyn Stokes of Saint Joseph IL, Ann Matlock of New Albany MS, Joe Dulaney of Urbana IL; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Ketchum of Ripley MS. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Styles and Daisy Luella Dulaney; his wife Gwendolyn Dulaney of 35 years; two sisters, Francis Cockrell and Ruth Smith; and a brother, Albert (Sputnik) Dulaney.Due to the Covid-19 virus there will be a private graveside for the immediate family only April 22, 2020 at Blue Mountian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkinson or Alzheimer Research. Expressions of sympathy for the Dulaney family may be sent to: www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Ben Norman Dulaney please visit our Sympathy Store.
Nancy Gresham SteeleJanuary 14, 1932 – April 20, 2020Nancy Gresham Steele was born on January 14, 1932 to William and Alverta Mathis Gresham in Ashland, MS. She worked at the First National Bank as a Branch Manager and was a member of the Ashland Baptist Church. Nancy went home to be with the Lord at the age of 88 on April 20, 2020 at her home in Ashland, MS. She will be missed by her family and friends.Nancy is survived by three sons, William Scott Steele (Jeannie) of Slayden MS, Robert L. Steele (Jane) of Hickory Flat MS, Mark Steele (Amy) of Ashland MS; one sister, Nell Coker of Ashland MS; six grandchildren;  and fourteen great-grandchildren. She is preceded by her parents, and one sister, Jane Synder.A graveside service will be Tuesday April 21, 2020 at Ashland City Cemetery, 1044 Ripley Ave, Ashland, MS 38603. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Nancy Gresham Steele please visit our Sympathy Store.

Max Irwin HillOctober 5, 1963 – April 21, 2020Max Irwin Hill was born October 5, 1963 to Leroy and Willie Marjorie Irwin Hill in Union County, MS. Max went home to be with the Lord at the age of 56 on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a mechanic and was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Max was survived by his mother; one daughter, Shannon Nicole Hill of Blue Mountain, MS; one step-daughter, Jamie Ware; one sister, Roma Hill Henry (Danny) of Blue Mountain, MS; two grandchildren, Eli Hand and Jessie Lynn Hand. He was preceded in death by his father, and his wife, Lisa Diane Killough Hill.Graveside services will be Friday April 24, 2020 at Flat Rock Cemetery, 4640 Flat Rock Church Rd, Hickory Flat, MS 38633. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Max Irwin Hill please visit our Sympathy Store.

Stephen Earl DanielJuly 30, 1993 – April 22, 2020Stephen Earl Daniel, 26, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020, as a result of an automobile accident. He was born on July 30, 1993, to Donald Eugene and Candi Miller Daniel in New Albany, MS. He was a self- employed carpenter and a member of Ashland Baptist Church.Stephen is survived by his father, Donald Eugene Daniel (Laura) of Ashland, MS; his mother, Candi Miller Funderburk (Jeremy) of Golden, MS; one sister, Ann Carol Funderburk of Golden, MS; four brothers, Conn Daniel (Emi) of Ashland, MS, Nicholas Daniel of Ashland, MS, Briar Daniel of Ashland, MS; Trey Funderburk of Golden, MS; his grandparents, Carolyn Daniel of Ashland, MS, Leslie Sprayberry of Ashland, MS, David and Becky Miller of Bartlett, TN, O’Neal and Charolette Funderburk; and one nephew, Luke Daniel of Ashland, MS. He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Pam Sprayberry; and a grandfather, Earl Daniel.A private family graveside service will be held to honor his life on Friday. April 24, 2020, at Ashland City Cemetery with Bro. Bob Causey officiating. Expressions of sympathy for the Stephen family may be sent to: www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Stephen Earl Daniel please visit our Sympathy Store.

James Ruben RowlandNovember 23, 1936 – April 23, 2020James Ruben Rowland, 83, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2020, at Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley, MS. He was born on November 23, 1936, to David Lee and Lela Davis Rowland, in Texas. He was a self-employed Saw Miller and a Methodist.James is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley Bass Rowland of Walnut, MS; one daughter, Rita Rowland Wilbanks (Johnny Hugh) of Walnut, MS; one son, Greg Rowland (Tammy) of Walnut, MS; two sisters, Grace Johnson of Walnut, MS, Jane Huff (Graham) of Middleton, TN; one brother, Ellie Hugh Rowland of Corinth, MS; four grandchildren, Matt Rowland, Alex Rowland, Shane Voyles all of Walnut, MS, Brandon Wilbanks (Melanie) of Hickory Flat, MS; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Jewell Abbott; two brothers, Thurmond Rowland and Kenneth Rowland.A private family graveside service will be held in honor of his life on Sunday, April 26, 2020, at Campground Cemetery, 1711 County Rd 203, Walnut, MS 38683. Rev. Kevin Lindley and Rev. Kenneth Drewery are officiating. Expressions of sympathy for the Rowland family may be sent to: www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of James Ruben Rowland please visit our Sympathy Store.
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Beverly Ann Box WilkinsAugust 1, 1946 ~ April 22, 2020Beverly Ann Box Wilkins, 73, a resident of Ripley, peacefully passed from this life Wednesday morning, April 22, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Heath Center in Corinth following a brief illness. Born August 1, 1946 in Water Valley, she is the daughter of the late Rev. Roy Larkin and Hazel Bain Box. Mrs. Wilkins was a graduate of Ashland High School and in earlier years was employed as a Certified Nurse Assistant at Tippah County Hospital. In later years, she was a valued employee in the local retail industry before retiring. A loving mother, grandmother, sister, friend and Christian, Mrs. Wilkins truly cherished time with her family. She loved life and enjoyed the beauty of the flowers she grew and her vegetable garden. Her hobbies of shopping and finding pleasure outside filled her days with happiness.Memories will be shared by her daughter, Robin Van Zant (Stan) of Hickory Flat; two sons, Jeff Medlin (Shelly) of Ripley and Scott Medlin (Belinda) of New Albany; one sister, Donna Waldrop (Carl); and two brothers, Gary Box (Linda) and Billy Box (Joshephine) all of Ashland; seven grandchildren Chris Medlin, Jus Medlin, Jennah Medlin, Amanda Mauney (Bentley), Jeffery Gadd, Cayla Taylor (Samuel) and Paige Binet (Ricky); and twelve great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her husband of twenty three years, Bobby Gene Wilkins.A private family graveside service will be at 2 pm Friday, April 24, 2020 at Bains Chapel Cemetery near Hickory Flat. Bro. Terry Hudson will officiate and arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Beverly Ann Box Wilkins, please visit our floral store.
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Charlie Ruth HallmarkFebruary 28, 1930 –  April 20, 2020Charlie Ruth Hallmark passed from this life into her eternal home early on the morning of April 20, 2020 at the Hallmark family farm in Eggville. Appropriately, her husband of 72 years, Carester Hallmark, was by her side. Born on February 28, 1930 to John and Nevada Webb of the Auburn community, Charlie Ruth graduated from Mooreville High School, where she played basketball. After graduating high school in 1947, she married Carester Hallmark of the Eggville community. They were blessed with over 72 years of marriage. Affectionately known as “Miss Charlie” or “Momaw” by her friends, neighbors and family, Charlie Ruth was a home maker and also assisted her husband in the family poultry business until she and Carester retired. An avid gardener, Miss Charlie loved to sew, especially the Easter dresses that her young great-grand daughters loved to wear. Miss Charlie enjoyed traveling, cooking and spending time with her family; but above all else, she loved the Lord and His Church. A longtime member of Eggville Church of Christ and later East Main Church of Christ, Miss Charlie’s highest goal in life was to teach her children and grand children the way of the Lord and encourage them to be faithful to God. She believed, as the psalmist said, that “children are a heritage from the Lord” (Psalms 127).She is survived by her husband, Carester; and three children, Dennis Hallmark (Debbie), Diane Dickerson, and Jimmy Hallmark (Linda). In addition, Charlie Ruth was blessed to have six grandchildren, Chris Hallmark (Holly), Brent Hallmark (Codi), Greg Dickerson (Angel), Carmen Perkins (Morgan), Lisa Hubbard and Nicole Johnson; and 14 great grand children. Charlie Ruth was preceded in death by her parents as well as several siblings, Earnest Webb, BW Webb, Alice Lyle, Mildred Smith and Clara Mae Terry; a son-in-law, Gary Dickerson; and a special aunt, “Aunt Johnnie” Wood.Burial will be at Crossroads Christian Cemetery and there will be a private, family graveside service. Barry Kennedy will officiate. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Bugg, Dudley Hallmark, Greg Dickerson, Morgan Perkins, Chris Hallmark and Brent Hallmark. Honorary pallbearers will be the Elders and Deacons of East Main Church of Christ. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Angie FerreroOctober 23, 1949 – April 20, 2020Angelynn Kay “Angie” Ferrero, 70, passed away Monday, April 20, 2020 at Tupelo Nursing and Rehab. She was born October 23, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan to Tony and Frances Armstrong Ferrero. A longtime resident of Lee County, Angie was a social worker for the Department of Human Services for 40 years. She was a faithful member of St. James Catholic Church where volunteered in many capacities including the church library. She was an avid reader and loved to play the organ.Angie leaves behind her cousins, Billy Haas (Rose), Joahn Summers (Stacy), Vickie Avara (Gary) Linda Johnson (Mark), Lorraine Waskelis; and two special friends, Penny Crowson and Sandy Porter, all of Tupelo. She was preceded in death by her parents.A private graveside service honoring her life will be held Saturday April 25, 2020 at the Saltillo Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her mother. Fathers Tim Murphy, Henry Shelton, and Kevin Slattery will officiate.  W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Aubry L. HaysDecember 25, 1924 – April 21, 2020Aubry Lynch Hays, 95, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at his residence. He was born December 25, 1924 in Selma, AR the son of Chester Lee Hays and Lillie Iris Whittaker Hays. Aubry earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Arkansas. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. A longtime resident of Tupelo, Aubry worked as a civil engineer for M & W Construction and then began his own business, Hays Company, Incorporated. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He enjoyed watching college sports.He is survived by his two children, Dr. Richard Hays and his wife Tonya of Gulfport, and Mari Lynn Hays of Jackson; two granddaughters, Aubrey and Gracie Hays; and his sister, Lanelle O’Quinn of Shreveport, LA. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Mariella, and his grandson, Rick Alexander.Private services honoring his life will be held Friday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Jim Yates officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Helen Louise GableAugust 09, 1939 – April 21, 2020Helen Louise Gable, 80, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born in Lee County on August 9, 1939 to Hubert and Ripple Gillentine. Helen worked as a seamstress in the garment industry and later worked as a nurses’ aid at the hospital. She loved being outside tending to her flowers and taking care of her Chihuahua, Spanky. Helen was a member of Limestone Baptist Church. She leaves behind her four children, Gerald Martin of Mooreville, Gary Martin and wife, Vicki, of Fulton, Debbie Lansdell and husband, Jay, of Mooreville, and Glynn Martin and wife Addie of Mooreville; one sister, Patricia Young; one brother, Kenneth Gillentine; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Gable; her parents; and a grandson, Daris Martin.A private family graveside service will be held on Friday at Boguefala Cemetery with Bro. Chris McCord officiating. Expressions of sympathy will be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Kenneth H. UmphersFebruary 07, 1946 – April 22, 2020Kenneth H. Umphers, 74, passed away April 22, 2020 at his home in Saltillo. He was born February  7, 1946, in Randolph, MS the son of Allen and Laura Wilson Umphers. He graduated from Memphis State University with a bachelor’s degree in business. Kenneth served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy. He worked as an accountant in several different businesses and owned a convenience store in Blue Mountain called Ken’s Place. Kenneth was a member of Saltillo First United Methodist Church. He is remembered as a “Jack of all trades” and enjoyed working on vehicles of all types and tinkering in his shop.He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Ruth Umphers of Saltillo; three children, Jack Umphers and wife, Elizabeth of Kingston Springs TN, Lisa Ross and husband, Glenn, of Pontotoc, and Robin Jackson and husband, Allen, of Guntown; one brother, Jarvis Umphers and wife, Joyce of Hickory Flat; a sister, Nellie Umphers of Oxford; five grandchildren, Tucker, Hannah Grace, Brooke, Benji and Meg.A private family service will be held in honor of his life on Saturday at the Saltillo Chapel with Rev. Tim Green officiating. Burial will be at Memphis Memory Gardens in Memphis, TN. Memorials may be made to Saltillo First united Methodist Church. The service will be recorded for friends and family who cannot attend. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Bruce MaurerSeptember 23, 1955 – April 21, 2020Bruce Ray Maurer, 64, died Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in Hood River, Oregon on September 23, 1955 to Ronald Henry and Azalea Barnett Maurer and was a 1974 graduate of Hood River Valley High School. On May 14, 1977, he married Debra McQueen and together they had three children. In 2005, they relocated to Tupelo to be closer to his family. For over 30 years he worked as a maintenance mechanic at Diamond Fruit Growers and had recently been working as the head engineer at Fusion Hospitality. Bruce was affectionately known as “the guy in the hat.” He enjoyed camping, boating and grilling which he often captured on video. He loved his grandchildren and shooting fireworks.Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Debra Maurer of Tupelo; three children, Kellen Maurer (Christi “Bo”) of Brandon, Kyle Maurer of Tupelo, and Katy Holcomb (Keaston) of New Albany; four grandchildren, Kellen Maurer, Jr., Mylee Jayne Maurer, Charlee Rose Holcomb and Luke McNair Maurer; brother, Steve Maurer; and a host of extended family including nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Vickie Maurer.A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Scotty LeeApril 01, 1980 – April 23, 2020Scotty James Lee, 40, passed away April 23, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born April 1, 1980 in Senatobia, the son of Jimmy Lee and Patricia Ann White. He worked as a truck driver and also at Lane Industries. He also served in the National Guard and enjoyed cooking.Scotty leaves behind his three children, Scotty James Lee Jr., Brandon Eugene Lee, and Jacob Lee; and three brothers, Jimmy Dale Lee, Michael Wayne Lee, and Tommy James Lee. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia, and a brother, Billy Joe.A memorial service will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Barbara GurleyJuly 10, 1953 – April 23, 2020Barbara Lee Gurley, 66, passed away April 23, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born July 10, 1953, in Camp Pendleton, CA, the daughter of Alton Lee Thornton and Myrtle Lee Goodson Thornton. She was a longtime resident of the Lee County area. She and her husband, Terry made their home and raised their children in Guntown. Barbara worked for Internal Medicine Associates in Tupelo for almost 30 years and was a member of Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church. Barbara loved staying busy making crafts, quilting and crocheting. She loved animals and being outside. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her family.  Her children and grandkids were dearly loved; and they will certainly miss their beloved mother and grandmother.Barbara leaves behind her husband of 47 years, Terry Gurley; her son, Jimmy Gurley and wife Darla; her daughter, Lynn Price, all of Guntown; four grandchildren, Blake and Addison Price, and Emmie and Lindsey Roberts; her brother, Doug Thornton and wife, Pat; her mother Myrtle Lee Thornton; two nephews, Casey Thornton and wife, Anna; and Joseph Thornton and wife, Kellie; her brother-in-law, Tommy Gurley; and numerous extended family members. She was preceded in death by her father, Alton Thornton; and her mother and father-in-law, Morris and Mary Frances Gurley.A private family graveside service will be held on Sunday April 25, 2020 at the Campbelltown Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Holland officiating. W.E.Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. In honor of her love for animals, the family requests donations be made to the Tupelo Lee Humane Society. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
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Marie GarnettFebruary 7, 1932 ~ April 17, 2020Marie Jacquelyn Garnett died peacefully at home on Friday, April 17, 2020. She was 88. She was born in St. Louis, MO on February 7, 1932 to Italian immigrant parents, the late Joseph and Filomena (Fannie) Colletta. Marie was a graduate of Beaumont High School where she was a cheerleader and member of Eta Beta Pi sorority. After marrying Will, her husband of 67 years, she lived half her life in St. Louis as a “super mom” raising three boys in a tiny North County house. She was a member of St. Jerome Parish and was known as Dr. Marie to her neighbors – always ready to help with self-taught knowledge and advice. In 1978 she moved to Tupelo, MS where she made many close friends both through work and at St. James Parish where she attended mass and volunteered along with her husband. She was an expert at crossword puzzles and an avid sports fan – Notre Dame was her adopted team. Marie loved her family and worked at the gift shop at NMMC to bankroll her slush fund used to buy presents for all her kids, grand and otherwise. She never missed a birthday or anniversary.She was the wife of loving husband, Willard Garnett; beloved mother of Michael Garnett (Michaels Myers), Stephen Garnett (Susan), and David Garnett (Deborah); the dear grandmother of Millie (Andy) Dyson, Justin (Colleen) Garnett, Adam (Joanna) Garnett, Josh (former spouse Claire) Garnett, and Erin Garnett; and the loving great-grandmother of Abby, Ethan, Hailey, Natalie, Emory, Emma, Miles, and Evan. She was sister to the late Paul (the late Joan) Colletta, the late Jasper (the late Jean) Colletta, and Josephine (the late Raymond) Eisele; and a dear aunt, great aunt, cousin and friend. Will and his sons are extremely grateful for all the prayers and support of friends and family during Marie’s hospice time at home.A private graveside service will be held Tuesday morning, April 21, 2020, at Tupelo Memorial Park on Joyner. Friends may gather at 11 AM in the cemetery to greet the family from their vehicles. A register book will be available. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving the Garnett family. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 252 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN  38105. The family expresses gratitude for your many kind expressions of sympathy. 

Donny SmithSeptember 11, 1961 ~ April 17, 2020Donny Smith, 58, passed away Friday April 17, 2020. He was born Donald Cleveland Smith, Jr. on Sept. 11, 1961 in Oxford, the first of Donald and Elizabeth Smith’s five children. He mostly grew up in Oxford, where he enjoyed playing Little League baseball and building models, and graduated high school there. He later moved to Tupelo and lived there for more than 30 years. But, in keeping with a ceaseless interest in anything with an engine, he often commuted to his hometown to work alongside his father on the 1999 Peterbilt that the Ole Miss football team depended on for game supplies from Starkville to Fresno, Calif. “When we come into these places, people are as excited about this truck as anything else,” he told a university website in 2013. “They’re waving, clapping and taking pictures.”Although Smith was perhaps most well known for his work with the university, the red-and-blue cab often parked along Gloster Street when it was not hauling gear from one stadium to the next. He was, in his private life, a charismatic and welcoming safe harbor for people in need. His faith and family fueled life was centered in Tupelo, even as it often played out from coast to coast during the years he captained the Ole Miss football team’s equipment truck. Before he died of a heart attack, he spent much of this month preparing meals and working on other relief efforts connected to the coronavirus pandemic. He had an entrepreneurial spirit coupled with a big personality: friendly, gregarious, the opposite of a clenched fist. Favorably compared to Barnabas, noted in the Bible as an encourager by his friends, Smith’s curling, contagious smile was the entryway to a man who was a mentor to many and an enthusiast for Ole Miss football, hot rods, construction and ministry.Back in Tupelo, Smith was the Campus Administrator for the American Family Association, attended Hope Church Tupelo and previously served as a deacon, served on the board at Tupelo Christian Preparatory School and was an avid fan of the school’s athletic teams. Donny’s life is best described by the words ‘friend and caretaker’. When he was not spending time with his beloved and far-reaching family, he was often indulging his love for animals, including his dogs Charlie Brown and Nahla, and more horses than anyone can remember. Donny’s love for people and service were the traits for which he was known – his days were spent tirelessly caring for his horses, feeding the homeless, serving on the Hope Church IMPACT team, fixing flat tires for strangers, lending a helping hand to anyone with a need, and spreading his bright, contagious smile and positivity. Donny was truly known as a good man by all, but a great man by those closest to him. They take comfort in knowing he was welcomed by his parents and Savior into his eternal mansion Friday with the words “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”Donny is survived by the wife he adored, Lorie, to whom he was married for 33 years and was the apple of his eye; their daughter, Sadie Smith-Ayers of whom he was most proud and loved more than life itself, and her husband, Logan Ayers, who he fathered and loved as his own; his chosen family, Kerry and Elizabeth Coke, for whom he had a deep and special love and the rest of the “Lee” family; four siblings, Sally (David) Blinder of Atlanta, and Shellye (Chad) Mills, John Smith, and William (Melissa) Smith of Oxford; also many nieces and nephews.Services are pending and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel, who are honored to serve their friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Family Association (P.O. Drawer 2440, Tupelo, MS 38803), Eight Days of Hope (P.O. Box 3208, Tupelo, MS 38803), and the Regional Rehab Center (615 Pegram Dr, Tupelo, MS 38801). Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com. 
Frances Elaine BryantDecember 14, 1950 ~ April 22, 202Frances Elaine Bryant, 69, met her Creator on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from Sanctuary Hospice House after a battle with Leukemia. Frances was born in Pontotoc County on December 14, 1950, the daughter of Jame Charles Bryant and Hattie Mae Christine High Bryant. She lived in Pontotoc, Union and Lee Counties most all her life. She graduated from East Union High School and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Mississippi. Frances had a working career in the field of Mental Health as a Professional Counselor. Her positions included tenures in Union and Pontotoc Counties as Youth Court Counselor. Frances was a positive force in many lives, especially children; and she will be remembered as a kind encouraging soul.Frances is survived by her son, Ian Bryant and his wife, Ginifer, and their children, Anna Montgomery, Olivia, Emily and Isobel Bryant, all of the home in Tupelo; a sister, Janie Martin of Forrest, MS; and a brother, James Bryant of Eupora.Private services will be held for the family. Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is honored to be serving the family. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
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N L Jones Funeral Directors – Tupelo
Ronnie JohnsonApril 18, 2020Ronnie “Pete” Johnson, the first and only son to the late Rosie L. Johnson and the late Cleodis McMorris, Jr. entered into this earthly world on January 7, 1957 in Monroe County, MS. He ascended into his eternal home on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 3:30 PM at his home in Shannon, MS. He professed Christ at an early age and joined the Pine Grove MB church then under the pastoral care of the late Dr. E.C. Cayson. He attended Nettleton Public School and graduated in 1975. While at Nettleton he was standout basketball player and later joined the Pine Grove Jets baseball team in the Pine Grove Community. Ronnie married his best friend and the love of his life Juanita W. Johnson and this July 22, will have marked 43 years for this union. With this union two sons were born, Aric Johnson and Derrick Johnson and ten grandchildren. Ronnie was employed with Action Furniture, Borden Ice Cream and True Temper in Amory and retired with 30 years of service in 2017 with True Temper. He was an avid sportsman loving both indoor and outdoor sports. Ronnie loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren who with great affection called him “PawPaw” and he adored them and he adored being their PawPaw.He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Juanita W. Johnson; two sons Aric L. Johnson and Derrick L. (Latoya) Johnson of Potts Camp, MS; ten grandchildren, Jaderious Johnson, Dedrick Johnson, Ashanti Turnage, Janya Turnage, Ja-Mrie Turnage, Laken Johnson, Derrion Johnson, Daylan Johnson, Terrance and Aliya; three sisters Rosalin D. Johnson, Ramona L. (Chris) Johnson-Medearis, and Erica Berry; one aunt Eula Johnson; one uncle Thomas “Sonnie” Johnson; sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Willie) Davis, Evie Betts, Brenda (Ronald) Page, Vanessa Brooks; and brothers-in-law, Ben (Cynthia) Davis, Jerry Hunt, Danny Brooks, Patrick Harris, and Jimmy D. Brooks; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sharon Bogan.Private graveside services will be held Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 12 pm at Pine Grove Church Cemetery, Shannon, MS. Walk thru viewing will be Friday, April 24, 2020 from 4-6 pm at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.nljonesandsons.com. or on Facebook at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors. 
Lindsey Nichole HallmarkApril 21, 2020On April 21, 2020, Lindsey “Nicole” Hallmark life’s journey transitioned and she received her wings. Nichole Hallmark was born on  December 17, 1992 to Christi Morgan and Ricky Hughes. She was a loving fiancée, mother, daughter, sister, and friend.Nichole leaves to cherish her memories her loving fiancée, Reggie Jones of Okolona, MS; her precious baby boys, Reggie Jones, Jr. and Grayson Jones; her mother, Christi Morgan of Nettleton, MS; her father, Ricky Hughes (Ashley) of Nettleton, MS; adopted father, Marvin Hallmark of Amory, MS; her grandparents, Barbara Hughes of Nettleton, MS; Wiley and Deborah Hallmark of Nettleton, MS, and David and Janet Bunklelman of Richston, MS; her four sisters, Tamera Hughes of Columbus, MS, Keziah Johnston of Verona, MS, Tiffany Troller (Jamie) of Amory, MS, and Mary Mitchell of Nettleton, MS; her two brothers, Terian Hughes of Tupelo, MS, Juwan Beets of Nettleton, MS; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her brother Lee Hallmark, and grandfather James Lee Bower.Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 3 pm at Jones Chapel Cemetery, Nettleton, MS 38801. Walk up visitation will one hour prior to service. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.nljonesandsons.com. or on Facebook at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

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