Obituaries

HCN Regional Obituaries (April 24-30,2020)

Baldwyn MS 
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn
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Kesler Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Betty Carolyn (Hare) Rhear Pennington
December 20, 1943 ~ April 24, 2020
Betty Carolyn Hare Rhear Pennington (76) passed away Friday, April 24, 2020 at Longwood Nursing Facility in Booneville. She was a member of Germantown Church of Christ. She was responsible for getting the Headstart Program established in Prentiss County. She enjoyed visiting with her family and friends, doing yard work, and helping others.Betty is survived by her aunt, Sarah Windham of Booneville; her great niece, DeAnna Fugitt (fiance, Jimmy Arnold) of Carollton, TX; her caregivers, Pam Williams (Melvin) of Booneville, and Nelda Carpenter of Booneville; and a host of family including five generations of cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Wayne Rhear; her second husband, Harry C. Pennington; and her brothers, Gerald Wayne, Dillard Ray and Ralph Hare.Services will be 2 pm Monday, April 27, 2020 at Mt. Pleasant Community Church with Bro. Glen Dailey officiating. A limited visitation will be 10 am Monday until service time at the church. Burial will be in the Hare Cemetery. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Betty Carolyn (Hare) Rhear Pennington, please visit our floral store.
Brian Thomas
December 30, 1989 ~ April 27, 2020
Brian Thomas (30) passed away Monday, April 27, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of Crossroads Full Gospel Church. He enjoyed doing mechanic work, fishing, hunting and spending time with his children. He was a member of Wheeler Volunteer Fire and Rescue and was a certified rescue diver for Prentiss County.He is survived by sons, Carson and Ridglely Thomas; his daughter, Makayla Thomas; his wife, Morgan Thomas; his brother, Jamie Thomas; his sister, Skyler Thomas; his parents, Donald Thomas (Mary Kay), and Jeannie Hatfield (David); and his grandmother, Daisy Thomas. He was preceded in death by his son, Braiden Thomas; his grandparents, Myres and Sarah Wroten; and his grandfather, Gene Thomas.Services will be 2 pm Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Crossroads Full Gospel Church with Bro. Stanley Shook officiating. A limited visitation will begin at 4 pm Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in the Gaston Cemetery.  To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Brian Thomas, please visit our floral store.
Patricia Wideman
September 15, 1948 ~ April 28, 2020
Patricia Wideman (73) passed away Tuesday April 28,2020 at her home in Belmont. She enjoyed taking care of her four dogs and gardening. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters, Connie Frost (Jason) of Moulton, AL, Robin Kelton of Belmont, Sue Kirk of Golden, and Arnetta Day (David) of Atlanta,GA; her son, Steve Hanson (Beth) of Athens, GA; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Jewel Lance; and one brother.A graveside service will be 12:00 Thursday April 30, 2020 at Ridge Cemetery in Golden. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Patricia Wideman, please visit our floral store.
Waters Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Luna Griffin Bailey
February 2, 1922 – April 24, 2020
Luna Griffin Bailey, 98, passed away on Friday April 24, 2020, at The Meadows in Fulton.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Luna Griffin Bailey, 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
Clay Lindsey
July 23, 1978 – April 28, 2020
Joseph Clay Lindsey, 41, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020. He was born July 23, 1978, to Joe and Ruth Lindsey. He was a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church, and worked for UPS. He enjoyed riding horses, cooking out, and spending time with his children.He is survived by one son, McClane Lindsey; one daughter, Jadyn Lindsey; and his mother, Ruth Lindsey; a special friend, Amy Rolison Melton; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Lindsey.A Celebration of Life service will be at 2:00 PM Friday, May 1, 2020, at Oak Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Jon Moore and Bro. Marty Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park. The service will be live streamed on the Oak Hill Baptist Church Facebook page and broadcast on FM channel 97.1. You are asked to stay in your car. The services are under the direction of McMillan Funeral Home. A drive-thru visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oak Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 365 County Rd 7461, Booneville, MS 38829. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com
Oneda Downs
July 13, 1927 – April 29, 2020
Elsie Oneda Davis Downs was born on July 13, 1927 to Walter and Irene Perrigo Davis. She spent her entire life in the Pisgah community, was a member of the Pisgah United Methodist Church, and taught in the Headstart for forty-two years. Mrs. Downs loved her family, church, community, and everyone she came in contact with, especially the innumerable children she impacted through the Headstart Program. Oneda is survived by her three children, Stanley and Randy Downs, and Rhonda Ballard; four grandchildren, Chad Ballard (Amanda), Bryan Ballard (DeAnna), Koda Downs, Samantha Fenton; and granddaughter-in-law Marti Downs; eighteen great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Hoyt Davis. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward; four brothers, Hoyle, Burton, Martin, and Troy Davis; two sisters, Billie Spencer and Ouida Wren; two daughters-in-law, Marla Downs and Jackie Downs; one son-in-law, Keith Ballard; two grandchildren, Patrick Downs and Dana Smith.A graveside service will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Pisgah Methodist Cemetery with Mr. Bill Wimberley, Bro. Donny Davis, and Bro. Danny Estes speaking. Pallbearers will be Keith Kelly, Jimmy Maddox, Jacky Perrigo, Ray Vuncannon, Sambo White, Marty Holley, and Chad Potts. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com
Corinth MS
Magnolia Funeral Home – Corinth
Randall “Randy” Allen Sanders
September 22, 1969 – April 27, 2020
Randy Sanders, 50 of Corinth, MS passed away Monday, April 27, 2020, at his residence. He was born September 22, 1969 in Corinth, MS to Charles Ray Sanders and Bobbie Nell Tice Sanders. He was a carpenter. Randy is survived by his mother, Bobbie Nell Tice Sanders of Corinth, MS; his son, Cody Sanders and wife DeAnna of Booneville, MS; five grandchildren, Eric Lambert, Kylar Sanders, Kaisley Sanders, Grayson Sanders and Ayden Sanders; his brother, Jay Baker of Corinth, MS; his long time friend, Cheri Schrier of Corinth, MS; and a host of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Ray Sanders; and his brothers, David Baker and Ronnie Sanders. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mr. Randy Sanders. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Randall “Randy” Allen Sanders please visit our Sympathy Store.
Michael “Mike” Lee Stewart
September 21, 1955 – April 28, 2020
Michael ‘Mike’ Lee Stewart, 64, passed away on April 28, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, MS. He was born at Naval Air Station in Kingsville, TX on September 21, 1955 to the late William and Louise Stewart, and grew up in Milton, FL. In 1998 he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, FL. He was of the Christian faith. In 1999, Mike moved to Corinth, MS where he opened Alcorn Rehab Services. Mike was very passionate about his work. Not only did he love helping his patients, he enjoyed getting to know them. He thought of his staff as family and not employees. Mike never met a stranger and was always eager to share his faith about the love of his Savior Jesus Christ with anyone who would listen. He had a teacher’s heart and enjoyed sharing his knowledge and insight of his business as well as the Bible with many. Mike was also very involved in his community and had a great zeal for his country. He served as Chairman of the Republican Party in Alcorn County for six years. In 2018, Mike partnered with Justin Crotts in a new business venture called Solar Power Solutions. The company made homes and businesses capable of using solar panels to supply their electrical needs. On October 26, 2019 Mike would not let anything deter him from marrying the love of his life, Roxan Oaks. Hurricane Olga came through town just hours before the ceremony, knocking down trees, power lines and taking out the electricity, but it didn’t stop their fairy tale wedding! Mike was a caring, loving, and devoted husband to Roxan. The time they had together was too brief, but their love story will last forever!Mike is survived by his wife, Roxan Oaks Stewart; their children, Lauren Farrell (Richard) of Colorado Springs, CO, Joanne Derrick (Chris) of Montana, and Justin Crotts of Corinth, MS; grandchildren, Abigail Farrell, Leah Derrick, Cole Derrick, Logan Crotts (Olivia), and Averyanna Crotts; and great grandchild, Abbigail Crotts. Mike was preceded in death by his parents William and Louise Stewart; and his brother Bill Stewart.A Memorial Service is set for Sunday, May 17th at 2:00 PM at Crossroads Prayer Retreat, 269 Poindexter Rd, Michie, TN. Officiating the service will be Reverend Ginger Jones Holland and Dr. Joseph Pratt. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mr. Michael Stewart. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Michael “Mike” Lee Stewart please visit our Sympathy Store.
Dale Frances Counce
December 7, 1928 – April 28, 2020
Dale Frances Counce, 91 of Corinth, MS formerly of Counce, TN, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at MS Care Center. She was born December 7, 1928 in Shiloh, TN to Marcus Johnson and Beulah Flatt Johnson. She retired as a line operator at ITT after 20+ years of service. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church in Counce, TN. Frances loved to scrapbook, the TN Vols, visiting nursing homes and doing stuff with the Sonshiners at church. She also loved spending time with her family, listening to gospel music and going to auctions. Frances is survived by her son, Larry Counce wife Mary of Counce, TN; her daughter, Trudi McClain and husband Jerry of Cumming, GA; seven grandchildren, Tony Mathes, Snookey Boren (Jeff), Melissa Simrell (Michael), Paul Maceri (Kathryn), Chris Davis (Chas), Sarah Counce and Laura Keith; nine great grandchildren; her son-in-law, Avery Davis of Counce, TN; her brothers, Marc Johnson (Brenda) of St. Louis, MO, and C.D. Johnson (Dorothy) of Anchorage, Alaska; her sister, Shirley Keck (Fran) of Gwinnett, GA; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Hurley Kendell Counce; her daughter, Diane Davis; her father, Marcus Johnson; her mother, Beulah Flatt Johnson; and her sisters, Louise Durbin and Marie Antis. There will be a private family graveside service with a Celebration of Life service held at a later date. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mrs. Dale Frances Counce. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Dale Frances Counce please visit our Sympathy Store.
Danny Gus Culbertson
July 12, 1946 – April 30, 2020
Danny Gus Culbertson, 73 of Corinth, MS, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020 at his residence. He was born July 12, 1946 in Corinth, MS to Hudson Wheeler Culbertson and Sally Mae Hindmon Culbertson. He was the owner of Danny’s Cycles and was of the Christian faith. Danny is survived by his wife of 38 years, Luckye Culbertson of Corinth, MS; his son, Patrick Howell (Maribel) of Cebo City, Philippines; his daughters, Eva Fox (Jim) of Racine, WI, Kim Hunt (Billy) of Corinth, MS, and Kelli Deaton (Bobby) of Saltillo, MS; eight grandchildren, Angel Santiago (Rachel), Eva Ortiz, Star Miller, Skler Miller, Josh Deaton, Patricia Howell, Brian Howell and Khaeley Howell; four great grandchildren, Luna Santiago, Ember Santiago, Isabella Stewart and Arianna Castro; his sisters, Pam Beavers of Corinth, MS, and Joy E Burcham (Kerry) of Corinth, MS; other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Hudson Wheeler Culbertson; his mother, Sally Mae Hindmon Culbertson; and his brother, Steve Culbertson. A private family graveside service will be at Magnolia Gardens. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mr. Danny Culbertson. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Danny Gus Culbertson please visit our Sympathy Store.
McPeters Funeral Home – Corinth
Nancy Ann Kincade Williams
August 16, 1941 – April 26, 2020
Nancy Ann Kincade Williams, 78, of Corinth, passed away at her home on April 26, 2020, after an 11-year battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Born in 1941, she was the only daughter of Sally and Robert Kincade and grew up in the Mississippi Delta with her brother, Pat Kincade. She graduated in 1959 from Clarksdale High School where she was elected both Homecoming Queen and Miss CHS. She spent her freshman year at Mississippi University for Women, then transferred to the University of Mississippi, the alma mater of both of her parents and where her father was awarded the coveted Norris Trophy as the best male athlete. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and was crowned Sweetheart of Sigma Chi in 1962. On the first day of orientation at Ole Miss, she met the love of her life, Kenneth Weaver Williams from Corinth. She and Kenneth married in February of 1963. With a teaching degree in hand, she taught school until her ultimate teaching job began with her children. Mrs. Williams was a loving and dedicated mother to her four children, and later was a loving influence on her 15 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Mrs. Williams was a member of Fin de Siecle Club, Garden Club, and Junior Auxiliary. She served as home room mother for many years, scout leader, and swim team coach. As a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, she taught Bible Study at her church, First United Methodist Church, as well as in the community. She volunteered as a youth leader at FUMC and her influence spread far and wide, one individual at a time. Her last years of life were spent battling a difficult illness, yet she found her purpose in praying for others.Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Kenneth Weaver Williams; four children, Nan Williams Green (Stuart) of Corinth and Vicksburg, Sara Williams Berry (Mont) of Tupelo, Ken Williams (Edi) of Corinth, and Martin Williams (Adriene) of Jackson, TN; and her brother, Pat Kincade (Cheryl) of Ventura, CA; 15 grandchildren, whom she adored, Wesley Green Josey (Jonathan) of Jackson, Meg Green Craft (Ryan) of Vicksburg, Sean Scruggs (Richie) of Vicksburg, Katie Berry Thompson (Owen) of Crestview, FL, Ellie Berry Carter (Drew) of Jackson, Joseph Berry of Jackson, Troy Berry (Rorie) of Oxford, Joshua Berry, Sally Berry and Charlie Berry, all of Tupelo, Elizabeth Williams of Nashville, TN, Rebekah Williams, Emma Williams, Rachel Williams, all of Corinth, and Avon Williams, of Jackson, TN; her great grandchildren, Seth Josey, Haddon Josey, Dagny Scruggs, Byron Scruggs and Riley Ann Craft; and beloved nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sara Stevens Kincade (Sally) and Robert Patton Kincade.In these unprecedented times of our nation, the Kenneth Williams family is unable to have a traditional funeral for Nancy Ann. A private graveside service with “less than ten” members of her immediate family will take place on Wednesday April 29. Later, when permissible, the family will host a joyful celebration of her wonderful life for all friends and family. McPeters Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made online to www.careforcorinth.com  or mailed to CARE Community Foundation, P.O. Box 239, Corinth, Mississippi, 38835. Condolences may be expressed via Online guestbook: mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com. 
Memorial Funeral Home – Corinth
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Holly Springs MS
Holly Springs Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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JF Brittenum and Son Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Holly Springs
Bobbie Gwendolyn Cooper
September 29, 1952 ~ April 27, 2020
Mrs. Bobbie Gwendolyn Cooper, 67, passed away Monday, April 27, 2020, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. She was born September 29, 1952 in Calhoun County, MS to E L Huffman and Mary Sandlin Huffman. Bobbie Gwendolyn Cooper is survived by her sister, Sheila (Danny) Kelley; daughter, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her parents E L Huffman and Mary Sandlin Huffman, and brother Ronnie K. Huffman.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Serenity Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc, MS is responsible for the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.serenityfuneralhomeinc.com. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Bobbie Gwendolyn Cooper, please visit our floral store.
John Henry Walker
August 10, 1946 ~ April 28, 2020
John Henry Walker, 73, was born on Saturday, August 10, 1946 and passed away on April 28, 2020 at his home in Coffeeville, MS.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Daniels of Water Valley, MS. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John Henry Walker, 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 John Henry Walker.
Houston MS
Houston Funeral Home – Houston
Virginia “Jenny” ThorntonJuly 16, 1934 – April 25, 2020Mrs. Virginia Bell Smith Thornton, 85, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020 in Tupelo, Mississippi. “Jenny”, as she was known to her family and friends, was born in Lowndes County, MS, on July 16, 1934 to James McCord and Sally Bell Shearer Smith, and that year the family moved to Houston. Jenny graduated from Houston High School and Mississippi State College for Women (now Mississippi University for Women) with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career in Greenville, MS which led to teaching in Victoria, MS and Houston, MS, followed by a return to Greenville. There she met John Travis Thornton, and they were married December 22, 1963. Following marriage, she continued to teach in Greenville, followed by Indianola Academy. In 1990, the family moved to Natchez, MS where she spent her last working years teaching GED classes at the Natchez branch of Copiah Lincoln Community College and working in the campus library. After retirement Jenny and Travis moved to Houston, MS to be near family. She was a faithful member of Houston First United Methodist Church where they were earlier married in 1963, and she loved the Spiriters` Sunday School class. She was also an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames XVII Century, Society of Mayflower Descendants, and Magna Charta Dames.She is survived by her husband, John Travis Thornton; her son, Robert Russell Thornton and his wife Meredith of Cordova, TN; a sister, Martha Elizabeth Smith and her husband Charles; her sister-in-law, Betty H. Smith, all of Houston. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, James McCord Smith.A private memorial service will be held for immediate family with a memorial service to be scheduled at a later date. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. The family request no gifts or flowers please, but memorials may be made to: The Houston First United Methodist Church, PO Box 123, Houston, MS 38851; or French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745, or your desired charity. 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
Lurene Gates RobisonSeptember 03, 1925 – April 26, 2020Lurene Gates Robison, 94, of Etta went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 26, 2020. She was born September 3, 1925, in Union County to the late Dave Gates and Millie Ann Goggans Gates. She was a homemaker who loved visits from her family and friends. She enjoyed having a garden and putting up vegetables, cooking, and sewing for her family. She loved God and her Church, Bethel Baptist Church. She had been a member for 76 years, and was an active member until her health declined. God gave her a love for preachers. She was the widow of W. F. Robison, they had been married 62 years when he went home with the Lord.Survivors include two daughters, Frankie Montgomery and Yvonne Thompson; four grandchildren, Tye Montgomery (Carolyn), Salena McGregor (Phil), Justin Thompson (Stacy), and Nikki Yarbrough (Roland); twelve great-grand children, Will, James Clay, and Sami Grace McGregor, Brandon, Ruth, and Rob Montgomery, A. J. and Payton Thompson, Langston and Lily Anne Robertson, and Morgan and Emmma Harrison. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Estele (Lloyd), Bessie (Todd), Utie Riley (Dewey); four brothers, Lester (Bill), Tom, Lynn, and Hugh Gates; and grandson, Niel Robison Thompson.Services will be held on Tuesday April 28, 2020, at 3:00 PM at Bethel Baptist Church with Brother Jason Pilcher, officiating. Burial will follow in the Church cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until service time, Tuesday. Pallbearers will be Ty, Brandon and Rob Montgomery, Phil, Will and James Clay McGregor, Justin, A. J. and Payton Thompson, Langston Robertson, and Roland Yarbrough.
Gerald Wayne HaleMarch 24, 1945 – April 27, 2020Gerald Wayne Hale, 75, passed away Monday, April 27, 2020, at his residence in the Macedonia Community in Union County. Mr. Hale was born March 24, 1945, in Union County, the son of George Washington Hale and Lucille Bishop Hale. Gerald was of the Pentecostal faith and had been a logger as his occupation. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed playing dominoes.  He is survived by one son, Charles Hale and wife, Jennifer, of Myrtle; two grandchildren, C. J. Hale and Kyla Hale; seven great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Patricia Mc Donald, Clara Smith, and Barbara Mason. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Marvin, Richard, Jimmy, Frank, and Calvin Hale; and one sister, Emma Mason.  A private graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at Enterprise Cemetery (County Rd 515, Myrtle, MS 38650), with Brother Steve Wilson and Brother John Vasquez officiating.  
New Albany Funerals and Cremations – New Albany
Jerry Solon GibsonSeptember 9, 1935 ~ April 27, 2020Jerry Solon Gibson, 84, a resident of New Albany and retired owner of Gibson Brothers Auto Parts in Holly Springs, departed this life at The Magnolia Place Assisted Living on Monday morning, April 27, 2020 following an extended illness. A native of Chester County, TN, Mr. Gibson was a graduate of the Chester County High School and proudly served his country as a United States Army Veteran. He was a member of the New Albany Church of Christ and a resident of Union County for 15 years. He was affectionally known as “Mr, G” by many of his friends and customers. Mr. Gibson is survived by his devoted wife of over 60 years, Mary Lucille Gibson; his son, Stephen Dale Gibson of Waterford, MS; and a sister, Ann Cheiser, of Bolivar, TN.Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be a private family graveside service on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at the Old Glenfield Cemetery. Arrangements will be provided by New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care. The American Flag at New ALbany Funeral and Cremation Care honors Mr. Gibson and all veterans for their service to our country… GOD BLESS AMERICA! The staff of New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care invites you to share memories with the Gibson family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jerry Solon Gibson, please visit our floral store.
Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Inc – New Albany

Todd Leslie KingApril 23, 1963 ~ April 29, 2020Todd Leslie King transitioned April 29, 2020 at his home in Hickory Flat, MS.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Simmons of New Albany, MS. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Todd Leslie King, 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 Todd Leslie King.
United Funeral Service – New Albany
Oxford MS
Coleman Funeral Home – Oxford

James Robert “Bob” MasseyOctober 21, 1949 – April 25, 2020Mr. James Robert “Bob” Massey, 70, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Jackson, MS. Mr. Massey was born in Memphis, TN. Bob spent his working career in the parts industry, working for auto dealerships in Memphis and North Mississippi, and later for American Trans Airline where he traveled to both Europe and Asia, making life friends around the world. Bob was an avid golfer throughout his life and was a big Ole Miss fan, following his Rebels in football, basketball, and baseball. He was a loyal member of the Oxford Church of Christ. Mr. Massey will be dearly missed by his family and friends.Mr. Massey is survived by his mother, Mattie Sue Massey of Oxford; his brother, David (Terri) Massey, of Oxford; a nephew, Chad Brown, of Seattle, WA; and a niece, Ashley Brown of Memphis, TN. Mr. Massey was preceded in death by his father, James B. Massey; and his sister, Patricia A. Brown.A memorial service celebrating Mr. Massey’s life will be held at a later date. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family of Mr. James Robert “Bob” Massey has asked that you make donations to the American Diabetes Association (https://www.diabetes.org/donate). 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 James Robert “Bob” Massey please visit our Sympathy Store.
L Hodges Funeral Service – Oxford

Sallie Mae (Boone) JonesDecember 11, 1934 ~ April 26, 2020Sallie Mae Jones, 85, daughter of Marcus and Almedia Isom Boone, was born in Lafayette County, MS on December 11, 1934. Sallie accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of East Providence Missionary Baptist Church where she remained until she was called home. Sallie received her education in the Lafayette County School and attended Oxford Training School. She was an active member of East Providence M.B Church where she served on the Mother’s Board, Mission Ministry and was Treasurer of Baptist Training Union (BTU) and served faithfully until her health failed. Sallie was a homemaker and the mother of five wonderful children. She enjoyed fishing, working, babysitting and shopping. Sallie had such a warm gently smile and a kind hearted spirit. But on Sunday morning, April,  26, 2020, while in her home, her gently spirit took flight and went to receive a resting place. She will be lovingly missed by her children, Odelia Delbridge, Melvin Jean (Ramey) Westbrook, and Fannie Bratcher all of Oxford MS, and Lisa Archie of Lawrenceville GA, and Scott (Monica) Jones of Lawrenceville GA; 10 children, 20 great grandchildren, and a host of great-great grandchildren. She also leaves a host other family and friends. Please keep Sallie’s family in your prayers.A limited viewing service (four at a time) will be 1 PM to 4 PM Friday May 1, 2020 at L Hodges Funeral Service. Restricted graveside services will be at 1 PM Saturday May 2, 2020 at Oxford Memorial Cemetery, North 16th St, Oxford, MS 38655. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Sallie Mae (Boone) Jones, please visit our floral store.
Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Services – Oxford

Brian Wayne MorganJanuary 11, 1972 – April 25, 2020Brian Wayne Morgan, 48, died at his home in Oxford, MS Saturday, April 25, 2020. Born in Hammond, IN to Wayne Fred and Laima Ann Saulys Morgan, Brian was a Facilities Engineer at Winchester. He enjoyed riding four wheelers, his dogs, boating on Sardis Lake and concerts. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree.Brian is survived by his parents, Wayne and Laima Morgan of Oxford, MS; daughter, Jessica De Mott of Nashville, TN; grandadughter, Isabella Shayne of Nashville TN; sister, Cindy May of Oxford, MS; grandmother, Bernice Morgan of Hoffman Estates, IL; niece and nephews, Christopher James Morgan, Tyler Alexander May, and Ashley Nicole May all of Oxford, MS.A memorial service will be held at a later date. Waller Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.

Wanda Faye Howard KnightApril 25, 1931 – April 27, 2020Mrs. Wanda Faye Howard Knight, 89, died Monday, April 27, 2020, at The Blake in Oxford, MS. Born in San Diego, CA, Mrs. Knight was the widow of Mr. Samuel Emerson “S.E.” Knight, Sr. She was a longtime member of North Oxford Baptist Church and volunteered with the girl scouts. Many remember Mrs. Knight as the talented seamstress always working behind the scenes on costumes for Deborah Kaye School of Dance. She found so much joy in assisting the dancers and attending their recitals as DKSD’s #1 fan. The love she carried for her family was immeasurable, and her grandchildren were the source of immense pride that only increased as they grew up and started families of their own. She was blessed to love seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren!In addition to her grandchildren, she is survived by her daughters, Shira Caccavale of Chino Hills, CA, and Debbie Paine and her husband, Brad of Oxford; and a son, Tiger Knight and his wife, Pam of Oxford. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Knight was preceded in death by a son, Michael Joseph Knight.A private graveside service will be held in Oxford Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Randy Bain officiating. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Knight’s memory may be made to the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Benevolent Fund, PO Box 1271, Oxford, MS 38655.
Pontotoc MS
Browning Funeral Home – Pontotoc
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Payton Mortuary – Pontotoc

Elizabeth CooperApril 20, 1925 ~ April 25, 2020Mrs. Elizabeth T. Cooper (Bell), 95, was born April 20, 1925 to the late Mrs. Lillie F. Hill Turner and Henry Turner in Houlka, Mississippi. Elizabeth accepted Christ at an early age at Second Baptist Church of Houlka, where she remained a faithful member until her illness. She had a passion for cooking, sewing, and singing. She was a loving mother and a very kind lady. She also enjoyed going on vacation with her family. On Saturday, April 25, 2020, at Floyd Dyer Nursing Home, the Lord called Elizabeth home to be with Him.Elizabeth leaves to mourn and cherish her memories six daughters, Rasheedah (Muhammad) Abdullah, Jessie (Johnny) Barr, Gloria Patrick, Cathy (Tom) Hoskins, Martha Randle, and Dorothy (Nathaniel) Gordon; one son Ward (Erica) Cooper; a grandson she raised as her own son Lee Cooper; one sister Lula Hoover; one brother Benny Frank Pulliam; twenty-eight grandchildren; seventy-one great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; a special friend of the family Martha K. (Johnny) Moore; and a host of nieces, nephews, many other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Lillie Turner; six sisters, Mary Cooper, Ruby Fitzpatrick, Uris Turner, Lily Florence Thomas, Lucille Turner, and Vera Turner; two brothers, Fred Turner and Milton Star Turner; and two great-great grandchildren, Damien Lucas and Major Barr.A private graveside service for family only will be Friday, May 1, 2020, at 2:00 PM at Thompson Chapel CME Church in Houlka, MS. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Elizabeth Cooper, please visit our floral store.
Tutor Memorial Funeral Home – Pontotoc
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.
Rodney Darrel Hitchcock KennedyJuly 15, 1971 – April 24, 2020Rodney Darrel Hitchcock Kennedy, 48, passed away Friday, April 24, 2020. He was a Christian and a wonderful father to two precious boys, Jameson and Asher. He enjoyed every aspect of fatherhood from involvement in their education and school activities, to all the fun things they loved to do as a family. He was an avid football fan of the Ole Miss Rebels and the New England Patriots. Darrel graduated high school as the Valedictorian in 1989. He continued his education to include an Associate of Arts degree from ICC in 1993, an Associate of Applied Sciences (RN) degree from ICC in 1998, a BSN from Ole Miss in 2006, and an NP-C (Family Nurse Practitioner) degree from UAB in 2013. His future plans included pursuing a PhD.He is survived by two sons, Jameson and Asher Stewart-Kennedy; his mother, Jewel Kitchens; his sisters, Kathy Kitchens, Beverly Edge, Shelly Ford, and Becky Deaton; two brothers, Horace Kitchens(Melissa) and James Kitchens (Vicky); nephews, Chance Kitchens, Heath Kitchens (Brittany), Lance Carter (Brooke), and Craig Kitchens (Haley); nieces, Karley Zachary (Adam), Breanna Kitchens, Tristan Kitchens, and Kelli Hollings (Nathan); great nephews, Kowen Kitchens, Liam Zachary, and Kaleb Kitchens; great niece, Kennedy Carter; other family members include, JC Kennedy, Samantha Stewart, and Jaime Clark. He was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mack Winter and Mamie Corder Winter; and a niece, Hannah Burt.A graveside service will be held, Friday, May 1, 2020 at 11 AM at Williams Cemetery with Bro. Owen Hitchcock officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Jacque Kim Walls MooreApril 8, 1955 – April 26, 2020Jacque Kim Walls Moore, 65, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2020 at her home. She was born April 8, 1955 to W.T. and Dorothy J. Walls. She was a 1973 graduate of South Pontotoc High School and a 1975 Nursing School graduate of Northeast Community College. She worked as an RN at Pontotoc Hospital until 2004, when she became disabled. She loved riding horses, spending time with her family, dog, and friends.She is survived by her son, Herman “Trey” Aron; sister, Patti Williams (Mitch); niece, Jean Ann Austin; and great niece Dabria Mendoza. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Morris Edward Moore; and brothers, Terry Douglas Walls and Michael Scot Walls.A graveside service will be Friday, May 1, 2020 at 2 PM at Spring Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Millport, AL with Bro. Hunter officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Wilder ParkJanuary 2, 1928 – April 27, 2020Mildred Wilder Park, 92, passed away Monday, April 27, 2020 at her home. She attended school at Longview and graduated from Pontotoc High School where she played basketball. After high school, she attended business college in Memphis, TN. She then married her husband Verlon Park in 1946. She was a Christian and a lifetime member at Longview Baptist Church. She enjoyed attending Sunday School with her friends and was also a member of the Joy Club. For many years she prepared Sunday lunch for her entire family. She loved working in her garden and with her flowers.She is survived by her sons, Danny (Mary) Park, Dudley (Debbie) Park, and Johnny (Tracy) Park; eight grandchildre, Paul (Angela) Park, Kevin (Rachelle) Park, Chris (Katherine) Park, Shandra (Aric) Graham, Caleb Park, Cody Park, Sarah Philpot, and Tanner Rimmer; 12 great grandchildren, Ethan (Gabby) Park, Evan (Katie) Park, Laura Kate Park, Hannah Park, Joshua Park, Elijah Park, Izzy Park, Suzy Park, Josie Park, Aiden Park, Lakyn (Chase) Owen, and Chloe Graham; three great great grandchildren, Easton Park, Weston Park, and Cannon Owen; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by, her husband, Verlon Park; her parents, Henry and Leasie Wilder; her sister, Dora Westmoreland; her great grandson, Noah Alan Park; daughter-in-law, Tongi Park; and her special niece, Annette Smith.A private graveside service will be held at Longview Cemetery with Brother Drew Richardson officiating. A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date. Baldwin Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is assisting the family with arrangements. Pallbearers are her grandsons, Paul Park, Kevin Park, Chris Park, Caleb Park, Cody Park, and Tanner Rimmer. A special thanks to her personal caregivers and Legacy Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Longview Baptist Church, 406 Dozier Hill Rd, Belden, MS 38826.
Ripley MS
Foster and Son Funeral Home – Ripley
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McBride Funeral Home – Ripley

William Corbin “Bill” NoakesFebruary 3, 1927 – April 24, 2020William Corbin “Bill” Noakes, 93, passed away Friday, April 24, 2020, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, MS. He was born on February 3, 1927, to William Edward and Ona Grace O’Neil Noakes in Roanoke, VA. Bill was a Veteran of the United States Army. He was Plant Manager of Biltrite Corp for 25 years before his retirement and a member of Ripley Presbyterian Church.He is survived by one daughter, Nancy Ellen LaBarreare (Joseph) of Ripley, MS; three sons, Mark William Noakes (Clemence) of Knoxville, TN, Brian George Noakes (Elizabeth) of Pulaski, TN, Scott Edward Noakes (Susan) of Watkinsville, GA; one brother, John Edward Noakes of Athens, GA; seven grandchildren, David Noakes, Sean Noakes both of Knoxville, TN, Alex Noakes of San Francisco, CA, Emily Noakes of Watkinsville, GA, Will Stubbs of Collierville, TN, Taylor Stubbs of Ripley, MS, Lindsey McAllister of Ripley, MS; six great-grandchildren, Aubrey Stubbs of Falkner, MS, Tucker Stubbs of Blue Springs, MS, Grayson Underwood of Collierville, TN, Sadie Ann Stubbs of Collierville, TN, Nash McAllister of Ripley, MS, Finn McAllister of Ripley, MS. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife: Dora Edith Culwick Noakes.A private family service will be held in honor of his life on Monday, April 27, 2020, at Tippah Memorial Gardens with Rev. Jody Hill Officiating. The family request in lieu of flowers donations in honor of Bill be made to: Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 Main St, Tupelo MS 38801. Expressions of sympathy for the Noakes family may be sent to: http://www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of William Corbin “Bill” Noakes please visit our Sympathy Store.
Jacky Lee WrightJuly 1, 1976 – April 24, 2020Mr. Jacky Lee Wright 43, passed away on April 24, 2020 at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley MS. As per Jacky’s request he will be cremated and a Memorial Service will be at a later date. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jacky Lee Wright please visit our Sympathy Store.

Evelyn Brint JamiesonJuly 21, 1931 – April 26, 2020Evelyn Brint Jamieson, 88, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2020, at Magnolia Regional Health Care in Corinth, MS. She was born on July 21, 1931, to John L. and Grace Sale Brint in Middleton, TN. She was retired Co-Owner of Jamieson Grocery in Ripley, and also baked and decorated cakes for the public. She was a member of the Ripley Church of Christ.Evelyn is survived by one son, Joey Jamieson of Booneville, MS; four daughters, Regina Jamieson Gandy Coats, Janet Jamieson Bennett (Mike), Melinda Jamieson Walden (Jim) all of Ripley, MS, Ellen Jamieson Dodson (Bobby) of Spring Hill, TN; eight grandchildren, Angie Winnett (Jeremy) of Goodlettsville, TN, Patton Bennett (Marissia) of Ripley, MS, Laura Beth Walden Bell (Sam) of Tupelo, MS, Brent Walden of Tupelo, MS, Hannah Downs (Alex) of Booneville, MS, Mary Alyse Jamieson Malone (Daniel) of Booneville, MS, William Coats of Nashville, TN, Samuel Coats (Stephanie) of Morristown, TN; seven great-grandchildren, Lelon Downs of Booneville, MS, Coralyne Winnett of Goodlettsville, TN, Jolie Winnett of Goodlettsville, TN, Lillian Bennett of Ripley, MS, Ethan Morgan of Ripley, MS, Miles Jones of Ripley, MS, Harrison Coats of Morristown, TN. Expressions of sympathy for the Jamieson Family may be sent to http://www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Evelyn Brint Jamieson please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ruth Anne Shackelford VandygriffMay 28, 1946 – April 27, 2020Ruth Anne Shackelford Vandygriff, 73, of Ripley, MS went to Heaven on April 27, 2020 at Tippah County Health and Rehabilitation related to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. Ruth Anne was born on May 28, 1946 in Memphis, TN to James and Maudie Lee Wells. She spent her childhood in Memphis and after her High School graduation she attended Blue Mountain College where she met and soon married Julian Mann Shackelford. She was passionate about her family, she loved antiquing or “junking” as she liked to call it, and she loved to laugh and cut up with her friends and family. She is well known for her abilities to win any card game and for her prankster activities. She loved seeing others laugh and smile. Ruth Anne was a member of Mt. View Baptist Church where she enjoyed attending with her son, Junior.She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Anne Pickens and husband David of Walnut, MS; four grandchildren, Catherine Pickens Michael and her husband Justin of Mantachie, MS, Zack and Case Pickens of Walnut, MS. She also left her “Best Girl Zadie-Elizabeth Pickens who could be found with her making SnapChat pics, singing, watching TV and telling/keeping secrets. Smiles could always be found when they were together. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Jase, Eli, Bently and Abraham Michael all of Mantachie, MS. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Julian Mann Shackelford, her son, Julian Mann Shackelford, Jr; and three brothers, George Wells, Charles Wells, and Perry Joe Wells.A private graveside ceremony will be held at Rucker Cemetery in Ripley, MS. Honorary pallbearers are the nurses and CNAs of Tippah County Health and Rehabilitation that took such good care of “Our Ruthie” the last four years as we fought such a hard fight. You are all Blessings and have no idea how many lives that you touch. Love you all as you know “Ruthie” did too. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Ruth Anne Shackelford Vandygriff please visit our Sympathy Store.

Charles Malcolm KeenumMay 29, 1928 – April 28, 2020Charles Malcolm Keenum, 91, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at his home in Olive Branch, MS. He was born to Charlie and Emer Hancock Keenum in Ripley, MS. Charles was retired from Jones Truck Lines, Inc. and a member of the Cherry Road Baptist Church.Charles is survived by his wife, Mary Gaillard Keenum of Olive Branch, MS; one daughter, Pam Welting (Mike) of Olive Branch, MS; one son, Mike Keenum of Olive Branch, MS; six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, and four sisters.A private family graveside service will be held in honor of his life on Friday, May 1, 2020, with Bro. Mike Keenum officiating. Burial will be at Weir’s Chapel Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy, for the Keenum family, may be sent to: http://www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Charles Malcolm Keenum please visit our Sympathy Store.

James Douglas Hinson Sr.September 1, 1947 – April 30, 2020James Douglas Hinson, Sr, 72, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020 at his home in Walnut, MS. He was born on September 1, 1947, to William Douglas and Rosalee Smith Hinson in Memphis, TN. He was a self-employed mechanic and of the Baptist Faith.James is survived by his wife: Helen Louise Sides Hinson of Walnut, MS; two sons, James D. Hinson, Jr. (Lisa) of Walnut, MS, and William Earl Hinson (Amanda) of Ripley, MS; five grandchildren, Helen Rosalee Hinson, Cody Hinson, Katie Hinson, Ashley Hinson, and James Hinson III. He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Bonnie Louise Henson; one brother, Charles Hinson; and one sister, Dora J. Akins.A private family graveside service will be held in honor of his life on Friday, May 1, 2020, at New Hope Cemetery with Bro. Randy Hurt officiating. Pallbearers will be Eddie Sides, Cody Hinson, Brian Akins, Curtis Wilbanks, Ray Sanders, James Hinson, III. Expressions of sympathy, for the Hinson family, may be sent to:  http://www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of James Douglas Hinson Sr. please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ripley Funeral Home, Inc – Ripley

Robert Lee SailliezSeptember 22, 1937 ~ April 27, 2020Robert Lee Sailliez, 82, passed away on Monday April 27, 2020, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Robert Lee Sailliez, 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 Robert Lee Sailliez.

Hettie Mae CrumFebruary 16, 1933 ~ April 27, 2020Hettie Mae Crum, 87, a resident of Tippah County, passed away Monday morning, April 27, 2020 at The Mississippi Care Center in Corinth. Ms. Crum was born in Alcorn County on February 16, 1933 to the late Alfred and Sarah Mohundro Crum. A member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and a homemaker, she enjoyed quilting, crocheting and gardening.Ms. Crum is survived by her nieces, nephews, and a host of other family and friends. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Bonnie Mullins and Margarette Dixon Garrett; and two brothers, Donald and Pete Crum.Due to current circumstances, a private graveside service will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Alcorn County. Bro. Ronald Wilbanks will officiate, and the service will be limited to immediate family only. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Crum family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Hettie Mae Crum, please visit our floral store.
Saltillo MS
W E Pegues Funeral Directors – Saltillo
James E. MarcyJanuary 08, 1946 – April 25, 2020James Earnest “J.E.” Marcy, 74, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born January 8, 1946, in Lee County, the son of John E. and Clytee Lummus Marcy. J.E attended Mooreville High School. He served as a Lee County Supervisor for years and later served as manager of Lee County Solid Waste until his retirement in 2006. He also owned several businesses in Lee County. J.E. loved meeting people and gathering with friends at breakfast to discuss the events of the day. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. J.E. enjoyed gardening, and watermelons were his favorite thing to grow. If he had to stay inside, he enjoyed watching old westerns and the news.He leaves behind his four children, Adelia Wright and her husband, Travis; Brad Marcy and his wife, Hollie; Brent Marcy, and Blake Marcy and his wife, Kathryn, all of Mooreville; four grandchildren, Brayden Whitmon, Bryson Whitmon, Cody Marcy, and Mac Marcy; two sisters, Pat Herring and Dean Wood; a brother, Danny Marcy; and a special devoted friend, Mary Estes; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jon BaileyA private family graveside service will be held Tuesday at Eggville Cemetery with Rev. David Perry officiating. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors will oversee the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Expressions of sympathy and love for the family may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Betty Jane WitcherAugust 22, 1939 – April 27, 2020Betty Jane Witcher, 80, passed away April 27, 2020 at The Meadows after an extended illness. She was born August 22, 1939 in Saltillo to Ervin and Helen Stanford. Betty earned her nursing degree and worked in the medical field for many years until her retirement. She was a member of the Mayfield Church of Christ. She enjoyed traveling and loved spending time with her family.Betty leaves behind her three sons, Ricky Witcher and wife, Jacque, Rusty Witcher and wife, Amber, and Robby Witcher and wife Sonya, all of Saltillo; four grandchildren, Zack Witcher, Josh Witcher, Kelly Witcher, and Jonathan McNutt; one sister, Nada Brazil of Mobile, AL; a niece, Shelly Bounchareune; and two nephews, David Brazil and Donny Deaton. She was preceded in death by two sons, Stan Witcher and Randy Witcher; her parents, Ervin and Helen Stanford; and two daughters-in-law, Tina Witcher and Gail Witcher.A private family service will be held to honor Betty’s life on Friday May 1, 2020 as she is entombed at the Lee Memorial Park Mausoleum. Ministers Adam Miller and Mark Shires will officiate. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Mayfield Church of Christ, 2348 Hwy 145, Saltillo, MS 38866. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Franklin D. GrahamJuly 22, 1937 – April 28, 2020Franklin D. Graham, age 82, passed away on April 28, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born in Marianna July 12, 1937 to Walter and Velma Graham. On February 14, 1988, he married Ozella Barnes. While he was living in Arkansas, Franklin worked for the Arkansas Highway Department. Later in life, he relocated to Mississippi where he worked at Jesco Maintenance and Mid-South Packers.Survivors include two sisters, Opal Muscalino and Linda Graham of Little Rock; brother, Jerry Graham (Cathy) of Claremore, Oklahoma; grandson, Robert Gray (Susan); great-granddaughter, Adalyn of Tupelo; and a big loving family of nieces and nephews. Franklin was preceded in death by his wife, Ozella; parents, Walter and Velma Graham; and three brothers, J.W. “Jay” Graham, Gene Graham, and Charles “Sonny” Graham.A private graveside service will be Friday, May 1, 2020 at Lee Memorial Park in Verona, MS with his niece, Rev. Dr. Pam Crews of Shreveport, Louisiana officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. Services are private due to coronavirus. In lieu of flowers, the family would like that you perform an act of kindness for a neighbor, family or stranger. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Frank RainesSeptember 7, 1950 – April 28, 2020Frank James Raines, 69, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born in Baldwyn September 7, 1950 to Joe and Opal Marie Hughes Raines. He served his country in the United States Army from 1971 until he was honorably discharged in 1972. Following his time in the Military, he became a “jack of all trades” which included driving a tractor, farming and handyman-type projects both large and small. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an extremely talented and gifted man. Frank was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was known for his love of animals, especially his dog, “Chicka” who was, according to his family, his fourth and favorite child.Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Sandy Raines of Saltillo; son, Jonathan Raines of Tupelo; two daughters, Jessica Ellward (John) and Valerie Hendrix (Logan) all of Saltillo; six grandchildren, Kevin Johnson, Brianna Ellward, Kylee Ellward, Graham Hartley, Averly Grace Raines and Paisley Hendrix; four sisters, Colene Scott, Lynn Putt (William), Cathy Marie Goddard and Marilyn Easterling (Danny); brother, Tommy Lee Raines (Cindy); and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Opal Raines; two sisters, Inez Sears and Louise George; and brother, Jo Ed Raines.A private graveside service will be Saturday, May 2, 2020 in Euclatubba Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Al LinleyMay 13, 1942 – April 28, 2020Thomas Alton “Al” Linley, 77, died Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at his residence. He was born May 13, 1942 to Thomas O’Neal and Lona Walker Linley. For many years, he worked as a truck driver for Preston Dobbs Trucking and retired from JJ Rogers and Sons after a 14 year career. Al enjoyed riding his motorcycle, gardening, watching Ole Miss football, going to auctions and meeting his friends for breakfast at Hardin’s every Saturday morning. He was a member of Richmond Pentecostal Church.Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Kay Presley Linley of the Richmond Community; three children, Ginger Little (Scott) of the Richmond Community, Melissa Robinson and Thomas Tracy Linley both of Pontotoc; five granddaughters, Sadie Kay Little of the Richmond Community, Taylor Linley of Pontotoc, Katie Hall (Colby) of Plantersville, Megan Linley and Brandy Page both of Pontotoc; two grandsons, Derek Robinson and Ricky Linley, Jr. both of Pontotoc; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Rayburn Linley; son, Ricky Linley, Sr.; grandson, Thomas Randy Seale; and mother and father-in-law, Peford and Lorene Presley.A private graveside service will be Sunday, May 3, 2020 in Andrews Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Jeremy McMahan and Rev. Rickey Pierce officiating. Pallbearers will be Ricky Linley, Jr., Derrick Robinson, Colby Hall, Clayton Linley, Jonathan Mask and Joey Mask. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Linley, Jimmy Walker, Wade Snipes, Harvey Raper, Johnny Reid, Greg Pegues, Dent Shumpert, Eddie Harris, David Hunt, Britt Rogers, Bobby Wages, Dexter Greggs, Randy Williams, Jarrod Duckworth, Robby Johnson, Jimmy Britt , Danny Raper, Danny Dill, Jake Peters and Curtis Reeves and Larry Gillentine. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Tupelo MS
Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary – Tupelo
Norma Jean Welch GillespieApril 28, 2020Norma Welch Gillespie, 80, passed away on April 28, 2020, in Columbus, MS at the Plantation Place Nursing Facility. She was a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church where she once served as President of the Usher Board, later serving as Vice President, Sunday School Secretary, WMU on the Mother Board Finance, Building Community, and other various positions. She Loved God, her family, working in the church. She had a passion for reading her Bible, gardening, taking care of her dog, traveling, and volunteering. A retired employee of the North Mississippi Medical Center where she was a member of the Center Volunteer service, a volunteer for Lift Incorporated Head Start Program, member of Retired Service Volunteer Program, member of Woodmen of the World Fraternal Lodge 0130, a former partner in hope at St. Jude Children Research Hospital, a member of Eastern Star Foster Chapter 515. She was known as Mother and Grandma to so many children in the community.She leaves to mourn her passing her three daughters, Kim Brooks, Karen Jones and Terri Bell all of Tupelo, MS, one son, Darryl Gillespie of Seattle, WA; her three siblings, Priscilla Lang, Larry T. Welch, and Charles N. Welch all of East St. Louis, IL; thirteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tillman Welch and Ellen Morris Welch; one son Kevin Todd; and her grandparents ElbertMorris and Dezzie Hersey Morris. Her Life Celebration Service will be announced at a later date. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is honored to be serving the Gillespie Family.
Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo

Zack MasseyNovember 15, 1988 ~ April 24, 2020Justin Zackariah Massey, 31, passed away Friday, April 24, 2020 at the North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. Justin was born in Amory on November 15, 1988 to Oscar Lee Massey, Jr. and Shelly Renay Cox Massey. He grew up in the Smithville area and attended the public schools there where he excelled in football. He completed his schooling at Red Bay High School where he was a star football player. Justin spent his working years as a cell phone tower technician employed by Romaine Towers out of Houston, TX. He enjoyed life and had many friends. His hobbies included fishing, disc golf, riding the roads with his buddies, and spending all the time he could with his nine-year-old daughter, Bella Grace. He tried to be an Auburn fan but he finally yielded the battle and became an avid MSU Bulldog supporter with his family. He loved going to the races at Talladega. He was raised Baptist and was led to the Lord through the spiritual encouragement of his grandmother, whom he loved very much.Zack is survived by his parents, Shelly Massey of Smithville, and Oscar Massey, Jr. and step-mother Karen Massey of Red Bay, AL; his daughter, Bella Grace Massey and her mother, Stephanie of Smithville; his sisters, Morgan Massey of Smithville, and Zoe Massey of Red Bay, AL; several beloved aunts and uncles, Dana Cox (Jerry) of Red Bay, AL, Tony Boozer of Smithville, Tina Webb (Steven) of Belmont, Pam Massey Wigginton (Manuel) of Baldwyn, Terry Massey of Red Bay, AL. Zack also leaves behind  his special brothers by choice, Caleb Reeder (Emily) of Smithville, and Cole Reeder; five sweet nieces in his life, Ella Massey,  Brooklyn Lockhart, Darby Higginbottom, Austin Higginbotham, and Charlie Kate McVey. He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Phyllis Anne Boozer, and Louise Massey.A private prayer service and family visitation will be held Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Pat SenterDecember 30, 1942 ~ April 25, 2020Alfred Patrick “Pat” Senter, Jr., 77, passed away at his home in Tupelo on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Pat is survived by his wife, Martha Kirksey Senter of Tupelo;  his son, Patrick Senter of Tupelo; a daughter, Nancy Senter Arnett (Shane Allen) of Japan; two grandchildren, John Grayson Arnett and Addie Grace Arnett; his siblings, Sandy Pafford (Gerald) of Oxford, Kathy Chapman (Tom) of Fort Myers, FL, Wesley Senter (Becky) of Fredericksburg, TX, and Al Shane Senter (Ilene) of Houston, TX. No formal services are planned at this time. Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel is honored to be serving the family. Martha requests that you send memorials in Pat’s memory to Tree of Life Clinic, PO Box 847, Tupelo, MS 38802. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net

Scott SandeferJuly 7, 1962 ~ April 25, 2020Christopher Scott Sandefer, 57, departed this life on Saturday, April 25, 2020 after heroically fighting a long battle with cancer. Known far and wide as a special guy, a devoted law enforcement officer, and a patriotic American, Scott was born in Tupelo on July 7, 1962 to the late former Lee County Sheriff Roy S. Sandefer and Omie Jean Buchanan Payne. Scott grew up in Lee County, graduated from Shannon High School in 1980, where he was a standout athlete running track and playing football. He attended the University of Mississippi receiving a degree in Public Administration and was a ROTC student. Scott was a longtime member of the Mississippi National Guard and a Brigade Leader and Company Commander for the 155th Brigade in Tupelo for many years. He was federalized during Desert Storm. His life of service to his fellowman also included 30 plus years in law enforcement at many levels. A former Captain of the North Mississippi Narcotics Unit, he served tours of duty with the Tupelo Police Department, the Pontotoc Police Department, and ultimately retired from the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department where his talents were substantial and appreciated and respected by all. Scott won numerous awards over the years for his law enforcement and military service including Officer of the Year. Between 2005 and 2011, he served as a Contractor with Blackwater for the U.S. Department of State protecting U.S. and foreign dignitaries as an Explosives Detection Canine Handler.  A pleasant personality made Scott many friends and endeared him to his family especially his daughter Shelby and grandson, Davidson. He was baptized at South Green Street Baptist Church in Tupelo. An avid gun collector and connoisseur, Scott loved the outdoors and all God’s Creation. He hunted, loved motorcycles and was a “shade tree” mechanic. He loved college sports especially the SEC and was a major supporter of the Ole Miss Rebels.  “Hotty Toddy.”Survivors include his wife, Cristi Lane Jordan Sandefer; his daughter, Shelby Leigh Sandefer, all of Black Zion Community in Pontotoc County; his grandson, Davidson Scott Foy; his mother, Omie Jean Payne of Plantersville; his sisters, Janet Harris (Jerry) of Huntsville, AL, and Debora Hernandez (Joel) of Plantersville; his in-laws, Johnny and Debbie Williamson of New Albany; his stepmother, Virginia Sandefer of Oxford; his brother-in-law, Brian Williamson (Jayme) of Guntown; a sister-in-law, Holly Cannon of New Albany; and a host of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Great Nieces. He was preceded in death by his Dad, Roy, in 2018; his brother, Jeffrey Sandefer in 2008, and his stepdad, Charlie Payne in 2011. A private family graveside service will take place on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at Lee Memorial Park in Verona with Rev. Dr. David Hamilton officiating. There will be military and law enforcement honors. There will be no public visitation due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. A full celebration of life will take place sometime in the late Spring or early Summer. Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is honored to be serving the family. Pallbearers will be Mark Baldwin, Mike Jones, Chris Patterson, Tracy Conlee, Jake Quarles, Mark Henry, Roger Garner, and Will VanGorder. Honorary pallbearers will be Sheriff Leo Mask and Randy Roberts, All Blackwater Brothers, The North Mississippi Narcotics Team who served during Scott’s tenure as Captain, All Pontotoc PD and SO LEOs. Memorials may be made to Baptist Memorial Hospital – Union County, 200 Hwy. 30 W, New Albany, MS 38652, or see www.bmhgiving.org; Blackwater Memorial Alumni Association at http://www.networkforgood.org/donation/ExpressDonation.aspx?ORGID2=83-0860644; and Project K-9 Hero at projectk9hero.networkforgood.com/projects/45135-donate-to-project-k-9-hero, or mail check to Project K-9 Hero, 535 Griswold St. 111-105, Detroit, MI 48226. Condolences may be posted online at hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
David S. RollinsOctober 25, 1936 ~ April 25, 2020David S. Rollins, 83, died Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House. David was born on October 25, 1936 in Itawamba County to the late Huskey and Cordie Estes Rollins. He grew up in Lee County and graduated from Verona High School in 1954 in the last class of High School graduates before it became a Junior High School. David married Shirley Ann Davis on December 24, 1957 in Lee County. He spent his working life in the furniture manufacturing business with his last years spent as Manager of Washington Furniture and Affordable Furniture in Houlka. A quiet, gentle soul and a member of Carnation Baptist Church in Okolona, David loved outdoors and the land he owned and raised cattle on. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed gardening. David leaves his wife of 63 years, Shirley of Shannon; his daughter, Robin Rollins Grass and husband Tim of McLemoresville, TN; a granddaughter, Kody Grass of Martin, TN; a great-grandson, Tyler Wilburn of Pontotoc; three sisters, Martelle Bell (Travis) of Tupelo, Linda Berryhill (David, deceased) of the Union Community south of Plantersville, and Sue Nell Grissom (Melvin, deceased) of Baldwyn; two brothers, Jim Rollins (Eloise) of Verona, and Joe Rollins of the Auburn Community; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other near relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Huskey and Cordie E. Rollins, and his granddaughter, Brittany Wilson. A graveside service will be held at 1 PM Monday, April 27, 2020 at Lee Memorial Park with Bro. Jerry Estes officiating with burial following. Visitation will be from 2 PM – 4 PM Sunday April 26, 2020 only at Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel. Guests are requested to honor Covid-19 recommendations for distance. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to serve their friends. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Tyler Wilburn, Jimmy Rollins, Jr., Mark Rollins, Randy Parker, and Tim Grass. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 252 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis, TN 38501. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net

Charles D. WatsonOctober 21, 1932 ~ April 25, 2020Charles Dudley Watson, 87, passed away of natural causes on Saturday, April 25, 2020 and went to be with Jesus and his wife, Carnell. He was born in Webster County to T.H. and Irene Watson and was the third of five children. He grew up on a farm like most people during that time. He attended Wood Junior College and worked in the medical field as a lab technician and for the USDA as a meat inspector. After his retirement he was active in Woodmen of the World and cooked at Camp Woodmen in Ackerman for many years. He was a Gideon and a Red Cross volunteer. Charlie was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting, and went on many adventures with his sons.   Charles is survived by two sons, Myron Watson and wife Bridget of Tupelo, and Russ Watson and wife Bonnie of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Jessica Hawkins (Jay) of Tupelo, Nick Watson (Anna) of Tupelo, Shane Watson (Lauren) of Tupelo, and Shannon Cooper (Josh) of Potts Camp; five great-grandchildren, Gavin Hawkins, Hays Hawkins, Kenton Cooper, Maddie Watson, and Zach Watson; one sister, Sue Boatman of Eupora; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carnell Lovelace Watson, who died April 15, 2019; and three brothers.Services will be at 1 PM Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel with Keith Wiseman officiating. Private burial will be at the Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery in Webster County. Visitation will be from 11 AM to service time on Tuesday only at the funeral home. Holland – Tupelo Chapel is honored to serve their friends. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Gideons International – Tupelo South Camp, PO Box 2647, Tupelo, MS 38803. Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com. 

Ken Stanford, Jr.June 24, 1958 ~ April 25, 2020On a beautiful Saturday, April 25, 2020, Ken Stanford spent the day doing what he liked most, fishing. He came home after a pleasant and productive day on the waters, celebrated the fact that his wife was cooking chicken and dressing for him and it wasn’t Christmas or Thanksgiving, and fell the victim of an apparent heart attack. He was 61. Ken was born on June 24, 1958 in Tupelo to Kenneth Ray Stanford, Sr. and the late Gloria Jean Brown Stanford. He spent most of his life in Lee County where he worked for over 20 years for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. He first worked at Lake Lamar Bruce and spent the last 18 years as manager of Elvis Presley Lake and Park. He previously was the first full time paid fireman at the Saltillo Fire Department and continued to volunteer and work EMT/First Response right up till his death with the rank of Lieutenant. After his retirement from the State, Ken spent over two happy years assisting his son at Stanford Construction/Home Builders. An avid outdoorsman, he was totally devoted to fishing and hunting. Papaw loved and adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a charter member of the Living Waters Community Church between Auburn and Eggville and was active in all its ministries serving on the Board and as head of Security. Ken leaves behind his wife, Debbie Shumpert Stanford of the Unity Community near Saltillo; his three children, Melanie Stewart (Daneil) of Saltillo, Josh Stanford (Jessica) of Tupelo, and Kasi Carrisoza (Andrew) of Nettleton; his dad, Kenneth Stanford, Sr.; and his stepmother, Estene of Tupelo; ten grandchildren, Cody, Keianna, Blake, Makhi, Hayden, Drake, Alisha, Erica, Micah and Marinda; his great-grandchildren, Landon, Emerie, Addie, Levi, Aubree, and Starrlee; two sisters, Donna Gray and Amanda Floyd both of Guntown; three brothers, Mark Stanford and Jason Stanford, both of Saltillo, and Michael Stanford of Guntown; two step-sisters, and four step-brothers.   A service celebrating his life will be held at 3 PM Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the Living Waters Community Church with Pastor Phillip Carr and Bro. Paul Carlson officiating. Private burial will follow in the Brown family plot at Priceville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 PM – 8 PM Monday April 27, 2020 and from 2 PM till service time Tuesday, all at Living Waters Community Church, 139 County Rd 1554, Tupelo, MS 38804. Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is honored to serve their friends. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Cody, Blake, Drake, Micah, Hayden, and Makhi. Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Holland, William Whitman, Chris Kemp, Donnie Kemp, Perry Franks, and Marty Rock. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 252 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis, TN 38105.

John William PriestMarch 30, 1929 ~ April 27, 2020Mr. John William Priest, 91, departed this life on Monday, April 27, 2020, at the Meadows Nursing Facility in Fulton, MS. John was born March 30, 1929 in Chickasaw County to Willie Lee Priest and Florence Fowler Priest. He was a graduate of Okolona High School and after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a teletype operator for two and one-half years. He worked for Retail Credit Company in Tupelo for 19 ½ years.  After becoming disabled, his hobbies became hunting, fishing and auto mechanics. John was a member of Shannon First Baptist Church for 55 years. He was ordained as a deacon in 1968. John served as the adult men’s Sunday school teacher for 35 years and served on various committees at the church. He was a charter member of the Shannon Lions Club and served as secretary for several years.John is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Lou Nell Meek Priest; two sons, Billy Priest (Glenda) and Ed Priest (Lib); two daughters Jan Porter (Adrian), and Kay Fortenberry (Sammy); thirteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, grandson Ryan Porter, and great granddaughter Kayleigh Horton.A private family graveside service will take place today, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 4:30 PM at Shannon Cemetery with Bro. Mark Cayson officiating and special music provided by Ben Knight. There is no public visitation due to the pandemic. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene McDade, Bill Collins, Joe Collins, Ricky Mask, James Burleson, James Oswalt, David Smart, Ronnie Hallmark, and Jim Garrison. In lieu of flowers the family request donations are made to Shannon First Baptist Church, PO Box 21, Shannon, MS  38868. Condolences to the family may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com. 

Farris H. “Bill” ElliottJuly 31, 1924 ~ April 28, 2020Longtime Tupelo resident, Farris H. “Bill” Elliott, loving husband, irreplaceable father to five sons, wonderful grandpa and great grandpa, and one of the oldest living WWII veterans, peacefully met the Lord our Creator on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. He was 95 years young. Bill was born in Saltillo, MS on July 31, 1924 and lived a respectable, hardworking life, including proudly serving in the U.S. Navy. He married his great love, Lucille, in 1948 and enjoyed a beautiful life together. A dear friend and good neighbor to all, Bill was always warm and friendly to everyone he met irrespective of differences in religion or politics. He was a member of the VFW Post 4057, visiting often to play dominoes with his friends of many years. He was recently a resident of the Traceway Mitchell Center, where he was well cared for by Lashonda Judon and their excellent staff. He was deeply loved by all who knew him, and he will be greatly missed until we see him again in Heaven.He is survived by his three sons, William, Steve and Joel; his grandkids, Joshua, Jessica, Jenna and Jeremy; great grandkids, Kenley, Jude, Gia, Stella, and Penelope; and their families. Bill was preceded in death by his wife Lucille, sons Robert and Charles, and daughter-in-law Gail.A graveside service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, May 1, 2020 at Oak Grove Cemetery in the Ratliff Community of Itawamba County with Fr. Henry Shelton officiating. Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is honored to serve their friends. Memorials in his honor may be made to the United Methodist Senior Services Sunday Fund, 2800 W Main, Tupelo, MS 38801. Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com. 

Doris ShacklefordJanuary 9, 1937 ~ April 29, 2020Doris Nell Herring Shackleford, 83, met Jesus her Savior and rejoined her husband, Red, and other loved ones at 11:52 PM Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from the North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. Doris had been in declining health the last few years but her independent, dogged spirit and her spirit of generosity kept her going until about two months ago. Born in Saltillo on January 9, 1937 to Issac Jackson and Eula Beatrice Cockrell Herring, she lived her entire life in Lee County where she was a much beloved citizen. A graduate of Saltillo High School and basketball standout, Doris married the love of her life, James “Red” Shackleford of Verona. Until his death on March 18, 2002, they were inseparable. Having no children, Doris would often take calls and ride with Red as he served over 40 years as Service Manager for Tombigbee Electric Power Association. She worked many years as a teller/clerk at Community Federal Savings and Loan in Tupelo. She enjoyed being a homemaker and had a love for children even though she and Red never had children of their own. Longtime faithful members of Priceville Baptist Church, Doris loved every aspect of Church especially the music ministry.  She attended southern gospel singings and kept up with quartets throughout her life. She made countless thousands of dishes of food to be served to others at deaths and other significant occasions. Doris loved writing happy notes to others, attending funerals, and her 1998 White Lincoln Town Car was among her trademarks.  She was a fine Christian lady and loved her fellowship with family and friends.Doris is survived by her brother, Jackie and his wife, Sherry of the Unity Community east of Saltillo; two nieces, Angie Herring of Unity, and Brenda Estes of Tupelo; and a nephew, Richard Herring and his wife, Tammy of Guntown; and all their families; and a host of cousins and friends everywhere. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, J. L. Herring, and his wife, Kathryn and their children, Kathy Ingellis, and Kevin Herring.A service celebrating her life will be held at 2 PM Saturday, May 2, 2020 from the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with her former pastor, Bro. Tim McMillan, and her current pastor, Bro. Bart Latner, officiating.  Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 1 PM till service time on Saturday and friends are asked to take proper precautions due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. Doris will be missed by all the staff of Holland Funeral Directors, who counted her a special friend. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 252 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis, TN 38105. For those who do not attend, the service may be viewed at hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Live-streaming at 2 PM Saturday and will be permanently archived thereafter.

Larry Wayne WhiteMarch 1, 1955 ~ April 30, 2020Larry Wayne White passed away Thursday April 30, 2020, at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, MS. He was 65. Larry was born on March 1, 1955, in Nettleton to Jack White and Lilla Inez Sullivan. Larry spent the majority of his life in Nettleton and the Lee county area. He attended and graduated from the Shriner’s School in Memphis, TN and attended Itawamba Community College where he received an associate degree in auto mechanics. Larry enjoyed fishing, building model cars and playing chess. He had a true passion for race cars, and he was a very skilled auto mechanic. He was very artistic and loved to paint, he was a collector of soldier figurines and had one time put together extensive collections of miniature Roman soldiers and chariots. Larry had a very outgoing personality and never met a stranger. In addition to his work as an auto mechanic, Larry also delivered newspapers for the North East Mississippi Daily Journal and managed the Game Room at Nettleton’s Tiger Den.Larry is survived by his mother, Lillian Sullivan Hester of Nettleton; his brothers, Ronnie Hester and Greg Hester (Donna) both of Nettleton; his sisters, Monique Hester of Nettleton, and Denise Loggins of Pontotoc; and several extended family members and friends.A private family service will be held on Tuesday May 5, 2020, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors, who are honored to serve their friends. Condolences may be posted at www.hollandfuneraldirector.com
Lee Memorial Funeral Home – Tupelo

Mildred SiskJanuary 30, 1934 – April 30, 2020Mildred Tallant Sisk passed away on April 30, 2020 at Somerby Assisted Living in Birmingham, Alabama at the age of 86. She was born in Golden, MS on January 30, 1934 to Ernest and Mabel Tallant. Mildred was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a member of Nettleton Church of Christ. She enjoyed spending time with her family, going on trips with life-long friends, reading, shopping, and playing cards/dominoes.She is lovingly remembered by her son, Allen Sisk (Mitzi) of Cullman, AL; her daughter, Sharon “Shay” Luna (Mark) of Birmingham, AL; her sister, Sandra Schlicht (Rusty) of Nettleton, MS; ten grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, James “Jimmy” Sisk; daughter, Debbie Fischer; and her parents.There will be a private graveside service at 2 PM on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Lee Memorial Park in Verona, MS with Minister Drew Kizer officiating. Entombment will follow in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Nettleton Church of Christ, PO Box 97, Nettleton, MS 38858, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the American Cancer Society.
N L Jones Funeral Directors – Tupelo
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