Obituaries

HCN Regional Obituaries (May 1 – 7, 2020)

Baldwyn MS 
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn
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Kesler Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Ruby Richey
August 30, 1955 ~ May 5, 2020
Ruby Richey (64) passed away Tuesday May 5, 2020 at her home in Blue Springs. She was born August 30, 1955 to  Lucy Waldon Watson and Merle Watson. She was a 1973 graduate of East Union High School. She married Doug Richey on April 10, 1975. She was a life long member of Jericho Baptist Church. She retired from the Yocona Area Council, BSA after 32 years of service as the account specialist due to health reasons. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband, Doug Richey; sons, Kevin Richey (Deann), and Brad Richey (Heather); grandchildren, Haygen, Kinslee, Vince, Breanna (Kurt Yarbrough), Blaine and Brennen; her sister, Kathy Oswalt Croft; her brothers, Richard and Gary Watson; two great grandchildren, Cason and Blaire Yarbrough She was preceeded in death by her parents Lucy and Charles Oswalt, Merle and Faye Watson; grandparents, Dove and Sam Waldon, Janie and Lee Watson, and Zelma Johnson; daughter, Jan Richey; brother, Jerry Watson; great grandson, Jaxxon Yarbrough; and nephews, Justin Oswalt and Lance Watson. Services will be 2:00 pm Friday, May 8, 2020 in the Baldwyn Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Chester Harrison officiating. Burial will follow in the Jericho Cemetery. Visitation from 11:00 until service time Friday. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ruby Richey, please visit our floral store.
Waters Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Jim Floyd
December 6, 1954 – May 2, 2020
Jim Floyd, 65, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 02, 2020. He enjoyed fishing, camping and was a farmer and mechanic. He was a Pentecostal.He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Mary Jackson Floyd of Pratts; four daughters, Kim Springfield (Billy) of Mooreville, Brandi Floyd (Keith) of Fulton, Mary Hester of Saltillo, and Michelle Thomas of Pratts; four sons, Jimmy Floyd, Jr (Tracy) of Baldwyn, Corey Floyd (Amy) of Golden, William Thomas of Guntown, and Stan Thomas (Dory) of Baldwyn; sisters, Winnie Carter (Tim) of Jericho, and Christie Duncan; brothers, Richard Floyd (Alice), Joe Floyd (Brenda), Ricky Floyd (Anita), Scotty Floyd (Nancy), Danny Floyd, Doug Floyd (Amanda), and Mitchell Floyd; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of other family and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Ruth Pettigo Floyd; sisters, Angie McDonald and Pennie Martin; brothers, Terry Floyd and Sonny Blaylock.Funeral services will be held at Waters Funeral Home on Thursday, May 07, 2020 at 2:00 PM with Bro. David Boyd officiating. Burial will be in Campbelltown Cemetery. His nephews will serve as his pallbearers. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 2:00 – 8:00 pm at Waters Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watersfuneralservice.com.  To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Jim Floyd, please visit our Tribute Store.
Donna Riley
May 12, 1963 – May 2, 2020
Donna Riley, age 56 passed away Saturday May 2, 2020 at the Baptist Hospital in Booneville. She was a nurse, an EMT and a member of the New Site Volunteer Fire Department. She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, flowers, gardening, shopping and dogs.Survivors include her husband, Tim Riley of Marietta; two daughters, Danielle Elaine Gore of Marietta and Dana Gore of Guntown; one son, Michael Gore and Brittany of Corinth; one sister, Carla Pennington and Jay of Urania, LA; brother Henry Van Leckie, Jr of Louisville, KY; seven grandchildren, Tyler Gore, Mercades Tigner, Gauge Latham, Lukas Gore, William Gore, Jonathan Gore and Journey Belle Gore.She was preceded in death by her father Henry Van Leckie, and her mother Bonnie Marie White; and a sister Pamela Satterfield; twin-granddaughters, Harley E. Gore and Gabriella E. Gore.Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11:00 AM at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Sisk officiating. Burial will be in the Baldwyn Masonic cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Waters Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watersfuneralservice.com.  To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Donna Riley, please visit our Tribute Store.
Booneville MS
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Booneville
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Booneville Funeral Home – Booneville
Gloria Estelle Stevens
March 18, 1947 – May 2, 2020
Gloria Estelle Stevens, 73, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020, at her home in Booneville. She was born in Memphis, TN, on March 18, 1947, to Tendyll Baxter Thomas and Frances Inez French Thomas. She was a member of Thrasher Baptist Church. Gloria loved being outside working in her garden and her flower beds. She enjoyed reading, sewing, painting and cooking. Most of all, Gloria loved spending time at home with her family.She is survived by her husband, James Thomas Stevens; two daughters, Rhonda (Lynn) Lambert and Becky Stevens both of Booneville; brother, Lamonne (Lynn) Thomas of Bossier City, LA; sisters, Cynthia Thomas and Oretia Daughtery both of Booneville, MS; grandsons, Lee Skelton and Kyle Lambert both of Booneville, MS; granddaughters, Tiffany Hilburn of Rienzi, MS; Brooke Lambert and Jessie Lambert both of Booneville, MS. She was preceded in death by her parents.A private family service will be Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 2:00 PM at Booneville Funeral Home. Bro. Dale Ross will deliver the message and burial will follow at Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery in Booneville, MS. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Lynn Lambert, Kyle Lambert, Lee Skelton and Brandon Hilburn. Condolences may be extended to the family at boonevillefuneralhome.net.  To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Gloria Estelle Stevens please visit our Sympathy Store.
Bettye Moore Ohrem
February 24, 1942 – May 4, 2020
Bettye Clyde Ohrem, 78, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born in Booneville, MS, on February 24, 1942, to Wiliam Clyde Moore and Elva Alice Fitzsimmons Moore. She worked many years as a beautician when she lived in Cicero, Ill. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, crocheting, gardening, and cooking. She loved her cats, horses, and hummingbirds.She is survived by her husband, Thomas F. Ohrem, whom she married on August 31, 1973; two daughters, Tracey Franklin and Cara King (Randy), all of Booneville; grandchildren, Andrew Franklin, Adam Franklin, Cassie Gray, Jesse King (Tana), and Jake King; great-grandchildren, Whitley Kay King and Alastor Simms; sister-in-law, Judy Owens Moore of Booneville; one niece, Chrystal Moore Stroupe (Joe) of Booneville. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bill Moore.The family will hold a private graveside service at Blackland Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Bettye Moore Ohrem please visit our Sympathy Store.
Joan Goddard
May 4, 1933 – May 5, 2020
Joan Goddard, 87, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born in Prentiss County on May 4, 1933, to Grover Padgett and Irene Gullett Padgett. She was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church in Booneville and always enjoyed being with her church family. She loved being soulmate to her loving husband, Bobby, and being a mother and grandmother.She is survived by her husband, Bobby Goddard; daughters, Rita Smith (Michael J.) of Wake Forrest, NC and Kelly Goddard Williams of Booneville; brother, Doyle Padgett of Booneville; grandchildren, Nikki Heftman (Michael) of California, Jacob Gann, Josh Gann, Anna Beth Gann, all of Booneville; several great-grandchildren; and a host of many more relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Janet Lynn Gore; brothers, Earl Padgett and John Padgett; sisters, Reba Michael, Madge Miller, and Mauvaline Rone.A small intimate graveside service for family and friends will be 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Cross Roads Methodist Church Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Pallbearers will be Michael J. Gann and Joshua Gann. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Cross Roads Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 304, Booneville, MS 38829. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Joan Goddard please visit our Sympathy Store.
McMillan Funeral Home – Booneville
Oneda Downs
July 13, 1927 – April 30, 2020
Elsie Oneda Davis Downs, 92, passed away Friday, April 30, 2020 at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville, MS. She 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 Program 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
Lanis Clyde Jones, Jr.
December 18, 1942 – May 5, 2020
Lanis Clyde Jones, Jr., 77, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at his home in New Site, MS. He was born December 18, 1942, to L.C. and Annie May Jones. Mr. Jones retired after 43 years with the Mississippi Department of Transportation as a testing engineer. He was a proud lifelong member at Siloam United Methodist Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir. Mr. Jones was a former member of the New Site Volunteer Fire Department, and the former Vice President of the New Site Water Association. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and doing the daily crossword puzzles in the paper.He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Wanda Samples Jones; two sons, Kevin Jones (Janie), and Keith Jones (Andrea); one daughter, Janna Stewart (Chaz); two sisters, Janis Mason and Renee Robinson (Kenneth); and the light of his life, his grandchildren, three grandsons, Marshall Jones, Caleb Jones, and Bodhi Stewart; and two granddaughters, Gracie Jones and Winry Jones. He is preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Larry Jones.A Celebration of Life graveside service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at the Siloam United Methodist Church Cemetery with Bro. Donny Riley officiating. Services are under the direction of McMillan Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com
Corinth MS
Magnolia Funeral Home – Corinth
David Franklin “Frankie” Reece Jr.
January 24, 1973 – May 1, 2020On May 1, 2020
David Franklin Reece, Jr. eased into the arms of Jesus. He was born in Booneville, MS and graduated from Booneville High School in 1991. He was an avid sports fan and played football under legendary Coach Jim Drewy being part of the state championship winning team in 1990. Frankie was continuing his football career at Northeast Mississippi Community College but was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer ending his playing days. He fought a good fight and kept that illness at bay for many years. Continuing his education at The University of Mississippi in Oxford he graduated in 2015 going on to teach and continue his love of the game and young players by coaching at Terry High School in Terry, MS and Hazlehurst High School in Hazlehurst, MS. Frankie loved his students, helping them to grow as not only athletes but as individuals in life. He was again diagnosed with cancer in early 2019 and fought again the good fight, always positive and encouraging to those around him until the disease took his earthly body early on May 1, 2020.He is survived by his son, Davan Reid Reece of Corinth, MS; a sister, Haley Reece of Booneville, MS; a brother, John Hayhurst of Corinth, MS; his mother and stepfather Betty and Doug Hayhurst of Corinth, MS; a grandmother, Opal Reece; a loving friend who cared for him endlessly, Trisha Sanders of Byram, MS; and a host of relatives and friends throughout the state. Frankie was preceded in death by his father, David Reece, Sr.A remembrance service will be limited to immediate family. Instead of flowers or gifts please consider giving to the go fund me account established to help with final arrangements and expenses for Frankie’s son Davan as he continues his education at Ole Miss this fall. https://www.gofundme.com/f/family-of-frankie-reece. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of David Franklin “Frankie” Reece Jr. please visit our Sympathy Store.
Nellie Elanie Thompson
February 3, 1951 – May 1, 2020
Nellie Elaine Thompson, 69 of Corinth, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2020 at her home. She was born February 3, 1951 in Corinth. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed going to church, John Wayne, spending time with her family especially her great grandchildren. Nellie was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Biggersville First Baptist Church. Nellie is survived by her husband of 52 years Tommy Thompson of Rienzi, MS; her daughter, Stacey C. Thompson of Corinth, MS;  two grandchildren, Mercedes S. Thompson and Dana M. Thompson; two great grandchildren, Ayden D. Wren and Davien C. Wren; other relatives and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia Dawn Thompson; father, Charles Sulephen; mother, Maude Duncan Sulephen; brothers, Willard Sulephen and Gary Sulephen; and sisters, Laura Mae Williams, Patsy Charlene Knight and Linda Gale Workman. Private family service will be held Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Biggersville First Baptist Church with interment to follow at Magnolia Gardens. Bro. Jeff Smith will officiate the service. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Nellie Elaine Thompson. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Nellie Elanie Thompson please visit our Sympathy Store.
Pamela Kay Smith
August 16, 1948 – May 1, 2020
Pamela passed from this life on May 1, 2020 at her home in Corinth. She was born August 16, 1948 in Jasper County, Indiana, She was a retired factory worker, who loved her family and friends, and  loved spending time with them especially her grandchildren. Pamela was an avid reader and loved her church and going fishing. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of Cross Community Church. Pamela is survived by her husband of 36 years, Johnny Smith of Corinth; daughters, Leica Garcia (Albert), Sheila McDaniels (Eric), Donna Lee Orman (Wesley) all of Corinth; nine grandchildren, Feleica Ferris (Eric), Elizabeth Whitaker, Rodney Wilson II (Shawnee), Megan Brown, Preston Hutcheson, Mackenzie Hutcheson, Tori Smith, Greg Smith, and Grace Orman; eight great grandchildren; brothers, Maryland Justice, Jr (Nancy) of Rensselear, IN, Ronald Justice (Diane)) of Jasper, GA, Henry Justice (Kema) of Wessville, IN; sisters, Marcella Cooper (Fred) of Demotte, IN, Joyce Whaley (Carl) of Brook, IN, Patricia Spurr (Jody McKinney) of Warsaw, IN; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her sons, Alex Ray Howard and Gerald Wayne Smith; grandchildren, Alex Hutcheson and Chelsey Hutcheson; great grandchild, Zoey Brown; father, Maryland Justice, Sr.; mother, Sally Prater Justice; and her brothers, Eugene Justice, Harry Justice and Eddie Justice. A private graveside service will be held Monday, May 4, 2020 at Liberty Hill Baptist Church, 10 County Rd 374, Glen MS 38846. There will be a Celebration of Life service held at a later date. Bro. Charles Stephenson and Bro. Tom Gift will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Rodney Wilson, Preston Hutcheson, Greg Smith, Aaron Dean, Matt Justice and Eric Ferris. Honorary pallbearer will be Hayden Ferris. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Pamela Kay Smith. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Pamela Kay Smith please visit our Sympathy Store.

Robert “Bob” Donald LeFebvreMay 4, 1942 – May 4, 2020Bob LeFebvre, 78 of Counce, TN, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020 at Hardin Medical Center in Savannah, TN. He was born May 4, 1942 in Baton Rouge, LA to George Martin LeFebvre and Minnie Louise Holden LeFebvre. He was a retired jewelry wholesaler. He was a member of Pickwick United Methodist Church in Counce, TN, where he faithfully served during his adult life. He was chair of the Personnel Committee at Pickwick United Methodist Church. He was very generous with his time at his church and was also very active with the United Methodist Men. Bob loved playing and teaching tennis. In his younger days he coached his children’s teams as they were growing up. He also loved boating and spending time with his family. Bob is survived by his wife of 53 years, Martha LeFebvre of Counce, TN; his son, Travis LeFebvre of Bartlett, TN; his daughter, Trisha LeFebvre Williams (Steve) of Nashville, TN; four grandchildren, Emma LeFebvre, Olivia Williams, Jacob Williams and Luke Williams; his brothers, Jim LeFebvre (Jeannie) of Baton Rouge, LA and George LeFebvre of CA; other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his father, George Martin LeFebvre and his mother, Minnie Louise Holden LeFebvre. A private family service is planned with a Celebration of Life service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Pickwick United Methodist Church, PO Box 28, Pickwick Dam, TN 38365. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mr. Bob LeFebvre. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Robert “Bob” Donald LeFebvre please visit our Sympathy Store.

James Larry RoseFebruary 6, 1962 – May 4, 2020Larry Rose, 58, passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020 at his home in Glen. Larry was born February 6, 1962 in Corinth, MS. He is a retired saw mill worker and of the Church of Christ faith. Larry is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lynn Rose of Glen; daughter, Brandi Hastings and husband Jeffrey of Corinth; three grandchildren, Hunter “The Handsom”, Hannah “The Horrible” and Haylee May “Pop’s Precious”; his uncle, Jerry Burcham of Glen; and a cousin, Trisha Dillingham and husband Stan of Glen. He is preceded in death by his father, J.W. Rose and his mother, Fay Burcham Rose. A private graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Larry Rose. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of James Larry Rose please visit our Sympathy Store.

Bobbie Nell SandersApril 11, 1940 – May 6, 2020Bobbie Nell Sanders, 80 of Corinth, MS, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Mrs. Sanders was born April 11, 1940 in Alcorn County, MS to Van Tice and Cortez Storey Tice. She was of the Christian faith. She loved visits and calls from her children and grandchildren, that were the sunshine of her life. She had a warm contagious laugh that will be missed by all. Bobbie leaves behind to cherish her memory her son, Jay Baker of Corinth, MS; nine grandchildren, Daniel Baker, D.J. Baker (Amelia), Mollie Crawley (Allen), Megan Pace, Jennifer Pace, Alice Dodds (Jonathan), Allison Huggins (John), Van Adam Sanders and Cody Sanders (DeeAnna); several great grandchildren; her brother, Larry Tice (Ginger); her sister, Sally McLemore (Dan); her brother-in-law, Leland Barnett; special friend, Linda Austin; special caregiver, Christy Gallardo; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sons, Ronnie Sanders, David Baker and Randy Sanders; her brother, Robert Tice; and her sister Juanita Barnett. A private graveside service will be held Monday, May 11, 2020 at Magnolia Gardens. Rev. Josh Hodum will officiate the service. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers the family request donation be made in her memory to the charity of your choice. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Bobbie Nell Sanders. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Bobbie Nell Sanders please visit our Sympathy Store.

Edward “Ed” Ray TaylorNovember 6, 1948 – May 6, 2020Ed Taylor, 71 of Selmer, TN, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Mr. Taylor was born November 6, 1948 in Corinth, MS to John H. Taylor and Mattie Elzie Wilbanks Taylor. He was of the Baptist faith and was a parts manager at several parts stores. Ed is survived by his wife, Cathy Littlejohn Taylor of Selmer, TN; his sons, Shane Taylor (Beth) of Corinth, MS and Briley Taylor of Selmer, TN; his daughter, Amanda Taylor of Corinth, MS; seven grandchildren, Abby Taylor, Jack Taylor, Hunter Taylor, Jessie Taylor, Chris Hurt, Hayleigh Hurt and Joshua Hurt; his sisters, Dorothy Emmons of Franklin, TN and Betty King (Larry) of Corinth, MS; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Jonathan Taylor; his father, John H. Taylor; his mother, Mattie Elzie Wilbanks Taylor; and his brothers, Frank Taylor and Jimmy Taylor. A private family graveside service will be Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Mt. Vinson Methodist Church Cemetery, Stantonville, TN. Bro. Haskell Sparks and Johnny Taylor will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Bryce Youngerman, Clay Maxwell, Miller Prince, Thomas Stevens, Tyler Dowty, Ben Moore, Cheston Whitten and Hunter Upright. Magnolia funeral home has been honored to serve the family of Mr. Ed Taylor. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Edward “Ed” Ray Taylor please visit our Sympathy Store.

Judie Lane TalleyAugust 1, 1948 – May 6, 2020Judie Lane Talley, 71 of Corinth, MS, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at her residence. Mrs. Talley was born August 1, 1948 in Booneville, MS to Charles Homer Wheeler and Dolly Raye Barron Wheeler. Judie was a retired assembly worker at Caterpillar and was of the Baptist faith. She loved camping, doing yard work, collecting roosters and fishing. Judie is survived by her sons, Kenny Talley (Tammy) of Corinth, MS and David Talley (Terry) of Corinth, MS; three grandchildren, Neil Talley, Shannon Essary (Chad) and Shane Modlin (Christy); six great grandchildren, Tucker Talley, Logan Essary, Bryce Modlin, Hailey Essary, C.J. Essary and Bailey Modlin; her brothers, Jerry Wheeler of Corinth, MS, Michael Wheeler (Debbie) of Corinth, MS and Don Wheeler (Teresa) of Corinth, MS; her sisters, Betty Williams (Mike) of Corinth, MS and Martha James (Billy) of Corinth, MS; her special niece, Karly Wheeler; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Rickey Talley; her father, Charles Homer Wheeler; her mother, Dolly Raye Barron Wheeler; her brothers, Robert Wheeler, Benny Wheeler, Joe Wheeler and Charles Wheeler; and her sisters, Peggy Boggs and Dorothy Wheeler. A private family service will be Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Unity Baptist Church in Biggersville MS with burial at Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Cemetery in Corinth, MS. Pallbearers will be Junior Beckham, Carl Jameson, Jay Holsomback, Malik Alexander, Jason Sanders and Gary Barnes. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mrs. Judie Lane Talley. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Judie Lane Talley please visit our Sympathy Store.
McPeters Funeral Home – Corinth
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Memorial Funeral Home – Corinth

Joseph Larry HolyfieldJanuary 17, 1943 – May 2, 2020Joseph “Joe” Larry Holyfield 77, passed away May 2, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo, MS. He was born January 17, 1943 to the late Houston and Loreene Allen Holyfield. He was a member of First Baptist Church, over the years he worked as a Seismograph Techancian, at Saint Regis Paper Company, for Yates Construction Company, and Folk Construction Company. He was a retired Road Construction Vice President. He enjoyed raising cattle in his early years, still watching cattle sales on the internet, and most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.He is survived by his wife Lib Holyfield; his children, William Holyfield (Nina) and Jo Beth Alford (Tim); his brother James Holyfield (Ann); and his grandchildren, Peyton Holyfield, Landon Holyfield, Lauren Alford and Emily Alford. He was preceded in death by his father, Houston Holyfield; mother, Loreene Holyfield Allen; and stepfather, Dale Allen.Private family services will be held Monday at Memorial Funeral Home. A family graveside service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday May 5, 2020 at New Hebron Cemetery in New Hebron, MS.
Robert PalmerFebruary 9, 1940 – May 4, 2020Robert Palmer, 80, passed away on May 4, 2020 at the North Alabama Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Booneville, MS on February 9, 1940 to the late Travis and Martha Katherine McMillian Palmer. He retired from Wal-Mart after 16 years and enjoyed refurbishing old cars and going to car shows. He was a member of Tate Baptist Church.He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Faye Palmer of Corinth; daughter, Deborah Thigpen and husband Dennis E. of Killen, AL; brothers, Jerry Palmer and wife Sue of Arkansas, and Marion Palmer of Monroe, LA; sister-in-law, Rumell Palmer of Booneville; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Tommy Palmer.A private service will be held Wednesday May 6, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Memorial Funeral Home with burial to follow in Henry Cemetery. Bro. Mickey Trammel will officiate the service. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com

Nellie CounceAugust 28, 1946 – May 4, 2020Nellie Ruth Murrah Counce, 73, passed away on May 4, 2020 at her residence. She was born on August 28, 1946 to the late Ellis and Marcelle Cox Murrah. She was a 1964 graduate of Iuka High School; in 1967 she received her Bachelor of Education with a minor in music from Blue Mountain College; and obtained her Masters of Education from University of Mississippi. Until her retirement in 2001 she was an elementary school teacher for 32 years having taught in New Albany, Iuka and Corinth School Systems. She was awarded the Corinth School District Teacher of the Year award in 1997 and Rotary Teacher of the Year in 1998. She was a tutor for the Corinth-Alcorn Literacy Council and member of the Garden Club. She was a member of First Baptist Church and worked in the nursery, children’s department for many years, was a member of the kindergarten committee, and sang in the choir.She is survived by her husband, C.R. “Charlie” Counce; son, C.R. “Chuck” Counce Jr. and wife Jamie; daughter, Ginger Green and husband Dow; grandchildren, Ellis Counce, Ainsley Counce, Samuel Counce, Maggie Green and Brantley Green; sister, Marcia Murrah; sister-in-law, Edna Murrah; and brother-in-law, Norman Hamm; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Vicky and Micky King. She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, La Velle Murrah; brothers, Alvis and Lloyd Murrah; sister, Libby Hamm; sister-in-law, Wanda Murrah; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Sonya Counce.A private family graveside service will be held Thursday, May 7, 2020 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Iuka. Rev. Dennis Smith will officiate the service. Arrangements are under the care of Memorial Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Corinth-Alcorn Literacy Council or to First Baptist Church. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialcorinth.com for the Counce family.
Holly Springs MS
Holly Springs Funeral Home – Holly Springs
Dustin Tyler WilsonJune 6, 1996 –  May 2, 2020Dustin Tyler Wilson 23, passed away  May 2, 2020 at his home in Ashland, MS. Dustin was born June 6, 1996 to Kenneth Dean Wilson and Carol Ann Wilson in Memphis, TN. Dustin was a member of Ashland Baptist Church and worked as a Material Handler.Dustin is survived by his parents, Carol Ann Rogers Wilson and Kenneth Dean Wilson of Ashland, MS; his son, Tyler Dean Wilson of Waterford, MS; two brothers, Dean Wilson (Brandie) of Humbolt, TN and Chase Shannon of Como, MS; his sister, Kayla Hancock (Jake) of Ripley, MS; and grandmother, Frances Lucille Rogers of Ashland, MS. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter Wilson, Clara Shaw, and W.B. Rogers.Services will be held May 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. There will be a visitation Tuesday evening, May 5, 2020 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Josh Wilburn will be officiating.
Ophelia (Phil) Nichols ThompsonApril 29, 1939 –  May 3, 2020Ophelia (Phil) Nichols Thompson, 81, of Hickory Flat, MS passed away May 3, 2020 at NMMC in Tupelo, MS.  She was born to Fae and JB Nichols on April 29, 1939 in Winborn, MS. She graduated from Potts Camp High School and received her BS in education from Delta State University. She later earned her Master’s from the University of Mississippi. She taught first grade for 30+ years at Hickory Flat Attendance Center where she touched innumerable lives and made a difference to many. Guided by her quick wit and mastery of sarcasm, she wasn’t one to pull her punches, but she also didn’t hold back her love, concern, and care when one of her kids (biological or not) needed calmness in chaos or just a hug to know that they mattered. Phil was a life-time member of Winborn United Methodist Church where she played the piano for many years. She was proud of her Native American heritage and loved to gather with her large extended family in Oklahoma. An avid reader, Phil loved crafts of all kinds, her family, her dogs, and shoes.She is survived by her sons, Nick Thompson (Mary) of Hickory Flat, Dr. Mike Thompson (Terry) of Holly Springs; and her daughter, Rev. Cheryl Farr of Meridian, MS; seven grandsons, Steven Thompson of Indiana, Jesse Thompson of New Albany, Chris Thompson (Amanda) of New Albany, Josh Thompson of Holly Springs, Mickey Farr of Hickory Flat, and Travis Farr of Hickory Flat; and one granddaughter Rebecca Siria (Nick) of Little Rock, AR. She is also survived by four great grandsons. She is predeceased by her parents; one sister Johnnie Day (1972); her husband Le’J (1981); her son-in-law, Rev. Clay Farr (2015); and great grandson, Dawson Thompson.Services will be held graveside, May 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Pine Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers are her grandsons and grandson-in-law. The family would like to express thanks to her home health team who helped enable Phil to remain in her home throughout her illness
Martha Christine HatchettDecember 24, 1934 –  May 6, 2020Martha Christine Hatchett, 85, passed away May 6, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo, MS. Martha was born December 24, 1934 to James Guy Ash and Birtie Simmons Ash in Marshall County, MS. Martha was a Baptist and worked as a Technical Writer for Kimberly Clark.Martha is survived by two sons, Mitchell Davis and Hugh Hatchett Jr. both of Waterford, MS; a daughter, Elizabeth Tucker of Waterford, MS; her sister, Sue Bolden; six brothers, Henry Ash, Ricky Ash, Lonnie Ash, Jackie Ash, Danny Ash and Mikey Ash; four grandchildren, Kristin Davis, Kristi Tushek, Jon Harkness, Ben Hatchett; and several great grandchildren. Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Edward Hatchett.Services will be held May 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. There will be a visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until service. Burial will be at Blue Mountain Cemetery.
JF Brittenum and Son Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Holly Springs

Bobby Gene TownsendMarch 5, 1974 ~ May 2, 2020Mr. Bobby Gene Townsend, 46, transitioned on Saturday, May 2, 2020 in Oxford, MS. He was born on March 5, 1974 in Water Valley, MS, to the late Mr. RC Townsend and Mrs. Sandra Harris. Bobby was a 1992 graduate of Water Valley High School. After graduating he went to work for Universal Steele for five years and later started working in the restaurant business. Bobby united in Holy Matrimony to Josephine Gipson in 2001 whom he loved until his death. Bobby was a very warmhearted man who touched the lives of many young and old people. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and going fishing.He leaves to cherish his loving memories his wife, Josephine Townsend of Oxford, MS; his mother, Sandra (Levo) Harris of Water Valley, MS; four sons, Bobby Townsend, Jr., of Coffeeville, MS, Jeremy Gipson, Justin Gipson and Kerry Gipson all of Oxford, MS; two daughters, Salena Buck and Kim Gipson both of Oxford, MS; four brothers, Raymond Townsend, Jr., of Coffeeville, MS, Keith Woodard, Tracy (Linda) Townsend, and Tony Townsend all of Water Valley, MS; five sisters, Mary Jane (Kieth) Pegues of Oxford, MS, Joyce (Alan) Cosby, Linda White, Sandra (Wayne) Spearman and Missy Woodard Alford all of Water Valley, MS; his grandmother, Clisten Hervey. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that loved him dearly. He was preceded in death by his son Grant Townsend, his father RC Townsend, and his grandmother Geneva Polk.Visitation will be Wednesday May 6, 2020 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Serenity Funeral Home, 294 Hwy 7 N, Oxford, MS 38655. A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday May 7, 2020 10:00 AM to 12:45 PM at Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home, 206 Martin St, Water Valley, MS 38965. Graveside services will be Thursday May 7, 2020 2:00 PM at Union Hill C.M.E. Church, 3630 County Rd 225, Water Valley, MS 38965. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Bobby Gene Townsend, please visit our floral store.
Houston MS
Houston Funeral Home – Houston
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Memorial Funeral Home – Houston

William Dewey “Billy” PumphreyMarch 24, 1935 – May 05, 2020William Dewey “Billy” Pumphrey, 85, passed away Tuesday, May 05, 2020 at Floy Dyer Manor Nursing Home in Houston. Mr. Pumphrey was born March 24, 1935 in Chickasaw County to the late Tommie Louis Pumphrey and Toy Dewey Smith Pumphrey. He served in the Navy, was a Jehovah’s Witness, and a member of the Mantee Fire Department.He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Scott Pumphrey of Mantee; four sons, Randy Pumphrey (Sandy) of Tupelo, Mark Pumphrey of Southaven, Gary Pumphrey of Plantersville and Greg Scott (Christie) of Mantee; two daughters, Deborah Pumphrey of Plantersville and Lee Redwine (Calvin) of Mantee; four grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Rachael Pumphrey of Anchor. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tommie Louis Pumphrey and Toy Dewey Smith Pumphrey; three sisters and six brothers.Graveside services will be at 11:00 AM Thursday, May 07, 2020 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery in Woodland with Bro. Raymond Pumphrey officiating. Pallbearers will be Calvin Redwine, Marc Redwine, Chris Brewer, Greg Scott, J.D. Norman and Matthew Gray. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
William Pat Gibson, Sr.March 29, 1940 – May 05, 2020William Pat Gibson, Sr., 80, passed away Tuesday, May 05, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Mr. Gibson was born March 29, 1940 in Webster County to the late Dewey Gibson and Annie Ruth Pepper Gibson. He was a retired farmer and a member of Mantee Baptist Church.He is survived by his wife, Ira Gail Hunter Gibson of Mantee; one son, Lane Gibson (Carol) of Mantee; six grandchildren, Hunter Gibson, Chelsea McGaugh, Madison Tester, Logan Grace Gibson, Annie Grace Gibson and Hastings Gibson; four great grandchildren, Gibson K Tester, Dawson Kate Tester, Elise Gayle McGaugh and Bowen McGaugh; one sister, Faye Fulgham of Maben.He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey Gibson and Annie Ruth Pepper Gibson; a son, William Gibson, Jr. and a daughter, Sonya Gayle Gibson.Graveside services will be 3:00 PM Thursday, May 07, 2020 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery in Mantee with Bro. Tommy Temple officiating. Pallbearers will be Hastings Gibson, Dale Fulgham, Phil Ferguson, Rob Ferguson, Ben Tester and Matt McGaugh. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Douglas (Doug) Zachariar Watkins, Sr.August 19, 1934 – May 07, 2020Douglas Zachariar Watkins, Sr., 85, passed away Thursday, May 07, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Calhoun in Calhoun City. Mr. Watkins was born August 19, 1934 in Leake County to the late Olin Watkins and Myrtle Bassett Watkins. He was a lifelong sweet potato farmer.He is survived by two sons, Douglas Watkins, Jr. (Christine) of Houston, and Freddy Watkins (Amy) of Houlka; five grandchildren, Clay Watkins, Zach Watkins, Brooks Watkins, Richard Foster and Ashley Doss; eight great grandchildren; one sister, Josephine Babb of Houston. He was preceded in death by his parents, Olin Watkins and Myrtle Bassett Watkins; a son, Ricky Watkins; and a brother, Hubert Watkins.Graveside services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Watkins Family Cemetery in Houston with Bro. Greg Moss officiating. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
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

Vicky Elizabeth Nix JamiesonApril 19, 1956 ~ May 3, 2020Vicky Elizabeth Nix Jamieson, 64, resident of New Albany, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2020 at her residence following an extended illness. Vicky was born April 19, 1956 in New Albany, the daughter of the late James Orville and Leona Jones Nix. She received her education in the Union County Public School System and was a homemaker throughout her life. A Christian and lifelong resident of Union County, Vicky will be remembered as an avid reader who enjoyed preparing meals for her family and educational television programs.Survivors include a daughter, Tina Brady of New Albany; three sons, Dawayne Priest and Keith Plunkett, both of Okolona, and Bo Brady of Falkner; a sister, Barbara Mason of New Albany; two brothers, Charles Raines and Jimmy Nix, both of New Albany; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.In compliance with the Corona virus regulations, a family service remembering the life of Vicky will be at 2:00 PM Friday, May 8, 2020 at New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care located at the intersection of Hwy 30 and W. Bankhead. There will be a private burial in the family cemetery. The staff of New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care invites you to share memories with the family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Vicky Elizabeth Nix Jamieson, please visit our floral store.

Cherry Hailey ThompsonNovember 18, 1948 ~ May 7, 2020Cherry Hailey Thompson, 71, passed away Thursday, May 07, 2020, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. A Service of Remembrance will be announced at a later date. Arrangements will be provided by New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Cherry Hailey Thompson, 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 Cherry Hailey Thompson.
Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Inc – New Albany

Troy Willie BelfordMay 5, 1943 ~ May 5, 2020On Monday, May 5, 2020 at 11:45 PM, Troy Willie Belford transitioned this life at Baptist Memorial, Oxford, MS to spend eternity with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Troy was born May 5, 1943 in Union County, MS to Fred Lee and Canary Belford. Troy will be most remembered for his fondness of hunting game, especially deer.  There was never a deer season that he did not participate, until his health became a challenge. He was an outdoorsman who loved working with hands on automobiles and riding motorcycles in his early years. Troy was a great provider and protector of his family. Any way that he could show his love and his support, he would do anything for the members of his family. He confessed his love and faith for Christ and was baptized at an early age. His love for his church, Holy Temple Church of God in New Albany, MS showed in his efforts to help his church family and the organization.Troy’s loving memories are cherished by his wife of fifty-two years, Polly (Ferrell) Belford; his children, Henry Louis (Mia) Ray of DuPont, WA, Amy Belford of Lawrenceville, GA, and Nakia (Gabe) Wilson of New Albany, MS. He has four grandchildren that he loved dearly, and he leaves behind his in-laws Homer (Nell) Ferrell, Charles (LouCresia) Ferrell, and Francis Braddock. In addition to those loved ones, a wealth of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by all his siblings and his parents.Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the visitation will be walk thru only and limited to only ten persons in viewing area at the same time. Services will be Friday May 8, 2020 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home, 722 Coulter Dr, New Albany, MS 38652. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Troy Willie Belford, please visit our floral store.
United Funeral Service – New Albany
Peggy Joyce Crumpton BellMarch 7, 1938 – May 2, 2020Peggy Joyce Crumpton Bell, 82, passed away May 2, 2020, at the Sanctuary Hospice house. She was born March 7, 1938, in Union County to Kelon and Ruth Crumpton. She was retired employee of Mohasco in the woodworking department. She was a member of Keownville Baptist Church.She is survived by her daughter, Kay Rakestraw (Johnny) of Wallerville; her son, Richard Chism (Deborah) of Keownville; two sisters, Jessie Faye Akins (Troy) of Wells Chapel, and Shelby Easley of Keownville; one brother Leonard Crumpton (Bernice) of Ripley; eight grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kelon and Ruth Crumpton; her husband, Voice Brown Bell Jr.; two sons, Randy Chism, and Ronald Chism; one daughter-in-law, Pat Chism; one brother Curtis Ray Crumpton.Visitation will be from 5-8 PM Monday, May 4, 2020 at Locust Grove Baptist Church. Funeral will be Tuesday, May 5, at 11:00 AM at Locust Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Faron Ash and Bro. Jerry Bishop officiating. Burial will be in the Keownville Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Ed Rakestraw, Justin Rakestraw, Chad Chism, Ty Hall, Gage Chism, Dillon Rakestraw, Brian Cooksey, and Chris Hall. Memorials can be made at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Peggy Joyce Crumpton Bell please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ronald Dale OwenAugust 25, 1942 – May 6, 2020Ronald Dale Owen, 77, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born in New Albany on August 25, 1942 to Herman Hines Owen and Willie Catherine Stanford Owen. He was a retired firefighter and had worked part-time for Sears. He was an avid coon hunter, a master of hounds and had even judged hunts. He was a member of Center Baptist Church.He is survived by his wife, Elzena Huddleston Owen; two sons, Tony Owen (Sandy) and Richard Owen, all of Blue Springs; a daughter, Gayle Taylor of Midland, TX; two grandchildren, Steven Owen and Jessica Neese (Kevin); three great grandchildren, Matthew Griffin, Beau Neese and Ava Neese; an uncle, Charles Owen (Georgia); and an aunt, Lois Coleman. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Roxanne Kirk; a son, Bo Owen; and a sister, Cathy Jamison.Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Friday, May 8, 2020 at Community Cemetery in the Parks community with Bro. Jerry Lowery officiating. Pallbearers will be Terry Treadaway, Dennis Rakestraw, Perrin Rakestraw, Michael Rakestraw, Steve Hall and Kenneth Roberts. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolence and guest registry, please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Ronald Dale Owen please visit our Sympathy Store.
Shelia ThomasDecember 4, 1950 – May 7, 2020Shelia Gail Murry Thomas, 69, passed away at home after a valiant and determined fight against cancer. Shelia was born in New Albany, MS on December 4, 1950 to Donald George and Helen Marie Cossitt Murry. She grew up in the Cotton Plant community where she attended Tippah Union School and later transferred to South Tippah Schools. She worked at Regions/Union Planters/First National Bank for 34 years and retired in 2014. After a week of retirement, she returned to work at Mitias Orthopaedics for several years. Shelia was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. Shelia was more lovingly known as “SheShe”. SheShe always had a glowing smile on her face. Her contagious smile and positive spirit was and will always felt by everyone that she met. She leaves a legacy to her family of her faith and trust in God. God gifted her to be an encourager to others throughout her entire life. “Live life loving Jesus” were handwritten words she left for her family. Always energetic with a “never quit” attitude, she faced every obstacle with a positive outlook while encouraging others. Always giving with her selfless spirit by always putting others first. She dearly loved spending time with her family and friends. The doors to her home were always open to welcome visitors. She was Christian example to so many throughout her life but especially during her fight with cancer. Her family recently commissioned a painting for her using descriptive words of their SheShe. Radiant, courageous, hardworking, selfless, believer, encourager, inspiration, gracious, fighter, giving, fun, faith, family and fortitude best describe Shelia. The painting currently hangs in the lobby of Baptist Memorial Hospital Union County Cancer Clinic. Shelia was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in New Albany and she served on the Welcome, Personnel, and Finance Committees. She was a member of the TLC Sunday School Class.She is survived by her husband, Elvis Thomas. Her children are Melanie Clayton Anderson (Bert), Brad Clayton (Jamie), Christy Thomas Knight and Tracy Thomas Godsey (Keith). She leaves behind nine grandchildren, Hannah Grace Anderson, Hayden Anderson, Morris Kelly Clayton, Parker Clayton, Heidi Clayton, Caurie Clayton, Ivy Godsey, Presley Godsey and Mariah Wood. She had one brother Rick Murry (Rita); one sister, Tammy Murry Hill (Terry); a sister-in-law Linda Thomas Grisham (Eddie); and brother-in-law Billy Wray Thomas (Joyce), as well as several nieces and nephews.Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the visitation will be different. There will be a drive through visitation on Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 PM at Hillcrest Baptist Church. The family will be on the front steps of Hillcrest Baptist Church and friends will be able to remain in their cars and drive by to pay their respects. A graveside service will follow at 4:00 PM at Glenfield Memorial Park with Stephen Ewing officiating. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Hayden Anderson and Parker Clayton and her nephews, Ryan Murry, Toby Hill, Tyler Hill, and Tony Hill. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: Baptist Cancer Center New Albany, 200 Hwy 30 West, New Albany, MS 38652. 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 Shelia Thomas please visit our Sympathy Store.
Oxford MS
Coleman Funeral Home – Oxford
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L Hodges Funeral Service – Oxford

Robert Earl (“Hogg”) JonesJuly 9, 1948 ~ May 3, 2020On Sunday, May 3, 2020, at his physical home, the Lord called Robert to his eternal home, and now he’s at rest. Lafayette County native, Robert Earl Jones, son of Hugh Lee (“RIchard”) Jones and Ina Mae Nolen, was born July 9, 1948, in Etta, Mississippi. Robert confessed a hope Christ at an early age and joined Beverly Chapel U.M. Church where he remained a member until his death. Robert attended Central High School where he was a star athlete for the Central High Eagles basketball team, claiming the position as center. In school Robert was given the nick name “Hogg” by his team mates and the name stuck with him there after. Robert was a jack of all trades but his best skill lead him to become an auto mechanic. He performed this job until he was no longer able, and he retired. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Inella Shaw Jones of Abbeville MS; his sons, Robert Earl (Carolyn) Jones, Jr., of Abbeville MS, Duran (Tessa) Jones and Robert Lewis Jones both of Oxford MS; his daughters, Idella Jones (Joe Baskin) of Abbeville MS and Latrisha Lewis of Oxford MS; six sisters, Mae Frances Mitchell, Ina Louise Bibbs and Marcia Bibbs of Oxford MS, Linda Jones and Sharon Flowers of Racine WI, and Shelia Brown of San Diego CA; 12 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, a very special friend, companion and caregiver Rita Lewis of Oxford MS, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh Jones and Ina Nolen Bibbs; five brothers, Hugh Lee Jones, Jr., Haywood Lee Jones, Wallace Diggs, Nuell Jones, and Curtis Bibbs; and a sister, Orlean Patricia Jones. Please remember the Jones family in your prayers. Limited Viewing Service (four at a time) will be held Thursday May 7, 2020 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service, 38-F Hwy 334, Oxford, MS 38655. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Robert Earl (“Hogg”) Jones, please visit our floral store.

Lillie Mae (Cook) OrangeJuly 1, 1938 ~ May 1, 2020After a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease the Lord decided Lillie needed rest. So he took her home to restore her body and make her whole again. On Friday, May 1, 2020, surrounded with the love of her family, she went home to be with the Lord where she is now sitting at His table, feasting on milk and honey. Lillie Mae Orange, was born July 1, 1938 in Lafayette County, MS to the late Roy and Ruby Cook. She accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Cypress Grove M.B. Church. Lillie attended school at Cypress Grove Community School and graduated from Oxford Training School, She was united in matrimony to Robert Orange and to this union seven children were born. Two children preceded her in death. Lillie was a great cook and entrepreneur of the community’s local hamburger hut and was known for great cooking. She was a wonderful wife, marvelous mother, grandest grandmother, sensational sister, awesome aunt, and fantastic friend. A woman who touch the lives of many people, not only those within the community, but all around.Lillie is lovingly remembered by her children, Velma Buford of Oxford MS, William (Debra) Orange of Modesto CA, Frank (Jacqueline) Orange of San Jose CA, Leonard Orange of Oxford MS, and Timothy Orange of Atlanta GA; her sister, Rosie (Robert) Blackmon of Abbeville MS; six grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; three brothers-in-law; six sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Lillie was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Orange; her parents, Roy and Ruby Cook; two children; one grandchild; four brothers; and four sisters. Please keep the Orange family in your prayers. Limited Viewing Service (four at a time) will be held Friday May 8, 2020 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service, 38-F Hwy 334, Oxford, MS 38655. Restricted graveside services will be Saturday May 9, 2020 10:00 AM at Cypress Grove MB Church, 34 County Rd 149, Oxford, MS 38655. Facebook Live (Lavera Hodges) on Saturday May 9, 2020 10:00 AM. The family request no home visiting on Saturday May 9, 2020. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lillie Mae (Cook) Orange, please visit our floral store.

James Roy TallieJuly 3, 1954 ~ May 1, 2020On Friday evening, May 1, 2020, after many years of being physically disabled, the Lord saw fit to welcome James Roy Tallie home. James, son of Rufus and Pearlie Mae (Pegues) Tallie was born, July 3, 1954, in Oxford, MS. James (“Bruh” as some called him), accepted Christ at an early age and joined Union Hill M.B. Church with his family and remained a member at Union Hill until his demise from this earth tabernacle, even though he fellowshipped at times with his daughter, Rashelle at Jeffrie Chapel M.B. Church. James received his formal education in the city school district and was a 1973 graduate of Oxford High School. He loved drawing, especially cartoon characters with bible verses. James was a gifted artist. Among his other many talents were his musical abilities. He formed a band in his early years and played the guitar and drums, and he held a Black Belt in Karate. And to top it all off, his favorite song was “Walk Around Heaven All Day.” And now, James himself, is singing, “I’ll walk around heaven, all day.” After high school, James enlisted in the United States Army where he served his enlistment term and received an honorable discharge. He was the proud father of two children, Rashelle born from his marriage to Diana Gordon, and Morris, born from his marriage to Laverne White. James was formerly employed with Georgia Pacific (Plywood) as a machine operator. James was a resident at Oxford Health and Rehab and was loved by everyone he came in contact with. He inspired many people with his rendition of “Walk Around Heaven,” his Old English style handwriting, and his art drawings. And he loved being with his family.He is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Wionna Rashelle (Carnelious) Watson of Abbeville MS; and his son, Morris Tallie of Oxford MS; his mother, Pearlie Mae Buford of Oxford MS; two grandsons, Isaiah Jones of Phoenix AZ and Xavian Herod of Abbeville MS; his sisters, Christine Blakely of Oxford MS and Toni (David, Jr.) Lynch of Houston TX; his brothers, Carl Wayne (Mary) Tallie of Oxford MS, Michael (Jackie) Tallie of Denton TX, and James Melvin (Michelle) Tallie of Saltillo MS;  two very special cousins, Freddie Pegues and Angilee Pettis; he also leaves a brother-in-law, Alvin Watts of Houston TX; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. James was preceded in death by his father, Rufus Tallie and a sister, Selena Tallie Watts.Please keep the Tallie family in your prayers. Limited Viewing Service (four at a time) will be held Friday May 8, 2020 1:00 AM to 4:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service, 38-F Hwy 334, Oxford, MS 38655. Restricted graveside services will be Saturday May 9, 2020 1:00 PM at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, County Rd 247, Oxford, Mississippi 38655. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Roy Tallie, please visit our floral store.

Jerry Lee PeguesJuly 29, 1953 ~ May 4, 2020Jerry Lee Pegues, son of the late O.V. and Minnie Bell (Hilliard) Pegues, was born in Oxford, MS on July 29, 1953. Jerry accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church. Jerry received his education in the county school district and graduated from Lafayette High School. He was married to Martha Kimmons and to this union five children were born. Jerry formerly worked in the food service industry and was currently a bus driver for the Oxford City School District, where he could be seen delivering  and assisting with free lunches to children in communities across the school district during the Corvid-19 pandemic. As a member of the Philadelphia MB Church, Jerry formerly sang with the male chorus, and was a member of the Laymen Ministry. If you knew Jerry, you will remember that shy, little smirk he had when he laughed. He was a joy to be around. Jerry also loved driving the school bus and being with his family and friends. Jerry drove his bus the week prior to the Lord calling him home on Monday, May 4, 2020. “However, no man knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows (Matt. 24:36 NLT).”He is lovingly remember by his children, Jerry “Head” (Allison) Pegues, Derick “Turk” (LaKara) Pegues, Corey Jones, Eric Lewis, Iesha Pegues and Tamekia Kimmons, all of Oxford MS, Gaveda Pegues and Tywanda (Will) Wadley both of Abbeville MS, and LaKresha Jones of Fredrick MD; his siblings, A.B. Pegues and Lula Mae (Thomas) Hill both of Memphis TN, Elton (Mary) Pegues, Larry Pegues, Bennie (Tina) Pegues, Lue Vada Pegues, Annie Lois (Bonnie Clyde) Lewis, Velma (Michael) Helms, and Deborah (Willie) Houston, all of Oxford MS. He also leaves 20 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, O.V. and Minnie Bell Pegues, and a sister, Betty Sue Curtis.Please keep Jerry’s family in your prayers. Limited Viewing Service (four at a time) will be held Monday May 11, 2020 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service, 38-F Hwy 334, Oxford, MS 38655. Restricted graveside services will be Tuesday May 12, 2020 12:00 PM at Philadelphia M.B. Church, 36 County Rd 2006, Oxford, MS 38655. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jerry Lee Pegues, please visit our floral store.
Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Services – Oxford

Ruth Ellen Duvall KuhnelApril 29, 1962 – May 2, 2020On May 2, 2020, Ruth Ellen Duvall Kuhnel left this earth after a year-long battle with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer for which she had no risk factors. Ruth Ellen was born on April 29, 1962, in Oxford, MS, the second child of Geraldine (Pankratz) and Howard G. Duvall, Jr. Ruth Ellen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi, where she was a sister of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Throughout her life, she maintained great pride in the land, people, and literature of the state of Mississippi, and carried the warmth and humor of its citizens wherever she went. From there, Ruth Ellen went on to attend law school at Washington and Lee University, where she met the love of her life, and surviving husband of 31 years, Paul. Ruth Ellen’s life after law school spanned motherhood, public service, community service, her church, and the joy of living. Her varied career accomplishments included her serving initially as counsel to the Roanoke County/Salem Department of Social Services, then finished with her rise to County Attorney of Roanoke County. Her leadership was integral to the Junior League of the Roanoke Valley, where she served as a past President, and three years on the executive board of the local Susan B. Komen affiliate, where she met and enjoyed the benefit of many lifelong friends. Her spiritual life began at First Presbyterian Church in Oxford, MS, and after moving to Roanoke, she went on to join and then serve on the session of Second Presbyterian Church, where she also taught youth Sunday School. One of her more recent joys was the Mill Mountain Garden Club, whose members and fellowship helped take her mind of her diagnosis and ongoing treatment. Above all, Ruth Ellen was an expert on friendship. Her friends were drawn from all walks of life and if all could all be gathered in a room at one time, each would consider themselves her best. That is just the kind of person she was. Her family is especially grateful to all those friends, near and far, who contributed food, flowers, conversation, and, most importantly, their love and prayers. They sustained her during many dark moments.   She leaves behind her son, William Wilson, of Washington, D.C., in whom she took great pride and offered constant love and guidance. She is also survived by her sister and brother in law, Teresa and David Flautt of Oxford; and two nephews, David Flautt, Jr. and Duvall Flautt. Owing to current circumstances, a private graveside service will be held in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford, MS with Reverend Ann Kelly officiating. There will be a memorial at Second Presbyterian at some point in the future. Arrangements for Mrs. Kuhnel have been entrusted to John M. Oakey and Son Funeral Home in Salem, VA and Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Oxford, MS. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a contribution in Ruth Ellen’s name to Second Presbyterian Church, 214 Mountain Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24016.   
Hughie Gene “Gobbler” JamesJune 19, 1936 – May 3, 2020Mr. Hughie Gene “Gobbler” James, 83, died Sunday, May 3, 2020, at his home in Pontotoc, MS. Born in Lafayette County to the late William Cooper and Ruby Ratliff James, Mr. James was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He retired from the City of Oxford where he worked as a mechanic for the water department. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Survivors include four daughters, Ann Mooneyham and her husband, Howard of Water Valley, MS, Renea James of Pontotoc, MS, Kay Leamond and her husband, Ross of Oxford, MS, and Kerrie Kelly and her husband, Jerry of Pontotoc, MS; ten grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Stacks James.A private graveside service will be held in Springhill Cemetery with Rev. Jimmie D. Carr officiating. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions in Mr. James’ memory may be made to Springhill Methodist Church, County Rd 459, Oxford, MS 38655.
Pontotoc MS
Browning Funeral Home – Pontotoc
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Payton Mortuary – Pontotoc
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Tutor Memorial Funeral Home – Pontotoc
John “BOO” TurleyMarch 9, 1957 – May 5, 2020John “BOO” Turley, 63, passed away May 5, 2020 at NMMC-Tupelo, MS. John was a farmer for fifteen years of his childhood and adult life and a truck driver until retirement. He was a member of the Evansville Baptist Church in Coldwater, MS. He loved his family, spending time outdoors, and tinkering.He is survived by his wife, Lisa Turley (Houlka, MS); three daughters, Amy Turley, Leslie Turley, and Holly Turley (all of Coldwater, MS); two sons, Jake Wilson and Natasha, and Wally Wilson (both of Houlka, MS); one brother, Clay Well Turley and Angela (Atlanta, GA); one sister, Lana McIver and Bo (Coldwater, MS); five grandchildren, Emanuel Williams, KJ Lewis, Jordyn Ealy, Jaedyn Ealy, and Ayla Ealy; five great nieces, Haley Thomas, Hannah Cox, Kendra Evans, Valeigh Evans, and Ivy Evans; and one great nephew, J.J. Thomas. He is preceded in death by his father, John “Dee” Turley (2012), and his mother, Nellie “Murr” Dye (2019).A family visitation will be Saturday, May 9, 2020, 11AM-2PM at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
Louise Munlin MathisDecember 14, 1923 – May 5, 2020Louise Mathis, 96, passed away at home Monday, May 5, 2020 with her daughter-in-law, Joyce Mathis and her friend and caregiver, Martha Williams, with her. She loved shopping and interior decorating. Mrs. Mathis was a preschool teacher at Playmates Preschool for many years. She was a great Supervisor in all walks of life.She is survived by her three grandchildren, Dawn Jeter (Clift), Jerry Kelly (Kerrie), and Jessica Kelly (John Forsythe); eight great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. She is preceded in death by her three children, Francis Warren, Janice Kelly, and Fred Mathis; her parents, Jessie Henry and Ethel Munlin; one grandchild, Eddie Warren; husband, Rev. J.C. Mathis; sister, Marie Holloway; and brother, Quinton Munlin.A graveside service will be Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 11 AM at Oak Forest Cemetery with Bro. Jay Carney and Bro. Larry Hill officiating. Baldwin Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Life at Tupelo Church, 900 South Thomas St, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Martha Dean Kramer ClaytonDecember 31, 1935 – May 6, 2020Martha Dean Kramer Clayton, 84, passed away May 6, 2020 at her home. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church where she had taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. She was a seamstress supervisor in many furniture factories and enjoyed being with her family and camping.She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Allen Clayton of Pontotoc; nine children, Greg Kramer (Shirlene) of Peppertown, Billy Kramer (Kitty) of Mooreville, Gary Kramer of Carriere, MS, Debra Kramer Ross (Charlotte Collins) of Pontotoc, Trisha Kramer Heatherly (Eugene) of Pontotoc, Denise Kramer Horton (Dennis) of Birmingham, AL, Debbie Clayton Hutcheson (Bob) of Alpine, Diane Clayton Moody (Randy) of Blue Springs, and Perry Clayton of Pontotoc; 21 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; two brothers, Johnny Gory (Betty) of Tupelo, and Bobby Gory (Linda) of Palmetto; and sister-in-law, Ann Gory of Plantersville. She is preceded in death by her parents, Norbin and Dolly Clayton Gory; and seven siblings.A private family only visitation will be at 12:00 PM until 1PM at Baldwin Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. A public graveside service will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Immanuel Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. David Westmoreland and Bro. Melvin Crowley officiating. Pallbearers are David S. Deloach, Lance Heatherly, Dylan Horton, Brian Kramer, Johnathan Kramer, Stephen Kramer, Josh Moody, and Chris Clayton. Baldwin Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Goldena BertelsenJuly 27, 1942 – May 7, 2020Goldena Bertelsen, 78, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2020 in Tupelo, MS. She was a two time survivor of cancer and was a fighter to the end. She walked by faith. She was loved so very much by her children. She was a nature and animal lover.She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Staten; her son, Stephen Staten; and her cat, Lil Dee. She was preceded in death by her son, John Staten.Services are incomplete at this time. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Goldena please visit  tutormemorial.com. 
Ripley MS
Foster and Son Funeral Home – Ripley
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McBride Funeral Home – Ripley

Johnnie Elizabeth Hale HobsonJanuary 30, 1925 – May 2, 2020No more beautiful soul has ever lived than Johnnie Elizabeth Hale Hobson, who passed away May 2, 2020, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley at the age of 95. She was born on January 30, 1925, the daughter of John C. and Willie Beasley Hale, in Hickory Flat, Mississippi. She was the wife of James D. Hobson, who preceded her in death in the year 2000 after 60 years of marriage. Mrs. Hobson was a long-time member of the Beech Hill Church of Christ, faithfully attending until prevented by health problems. Her passion was reading and memorizing prayers and spiritual poetry. She loved cooking and had quite a collection of cookbooks. She was known for loving her fellowman and doing good for others. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy of her life, and she kept up with each of them and what was happening in their lives. Never one to brag, boast or judge, Johnnie lived her life in the likeness of Jesus. Always gracious, patient, and kind, after raising her three children, she devoted her life to the role of primary caretaker for her beloved husband, James, after his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in 1995. Her home was and remains the most warming and welcoming sanctuary to all who entered. She was a devoted listener, confidant and friend.Mrs. Hobson is survived by three children: Gail Winter (Tommy Simpson) of Ripley, MS, Barry Hobson (Brenda) of Ripley, MS, and Jim Hobson (Dee) of Dallas, TX.She is survived by seven grandchildren, Michael Winter (Sidra) of Pontotoc, MS; Ryan Winter (Jenni) of Grenada, MS; Matt Hobson (Nicole) of Houston, TX; Kate Crozier (Chad) of Dallas, TX; Chris Hobson, David Hobson, and Lori Russell (Bobby), all of Ripley, MS. She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren. She is  preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, James Hale and Lamar Hale; one sister: Eloise Hale Scott; and son-in-law, Gwin Winter.A private family graveside service will be held on Tuesday May 5, 2020, at the Beech Hill Church of Christ Cemetery with Ministers King McCarver and William J. Coates officiating, and remarks by Michael Winter.Pallbearers will be Michael Winter, Ryan Winter, Chris Hobson, David Hobson, Matt Hobson, Bobby Russell, Aleck Hobson, Luke Hobson, and Reed Mitchell. The family requests that any memorial donations be made to: St. Jude Childrens Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105, or Pine Vale Childrens Home, 1872 County Rd 700, Corinth, MS 38834. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Johnnie Elizabeth Hale Hobson please visit our Sympathy Store.

Betty Owen LongAugust 14, 1929 – May 3, 2020Betty Owen Long, 90, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2020 at Dogwood Plantation Assisted Living, New Albany, MS. She was born August 29, 1929 to Samuel Erst Long, Sr. and Lavonia Owen Long in Ripley, MS. She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and Belhaven College in Jackson, MS. In 1952, Betty also served as Miss Hospitality for Ripley, MS. After working at Tippah Wholesale in Ripley, MS, she moved to Algoma, MS where she helped run Longview Farm. Later she returned to Ripley MS where she was a member of First Presbyterian Church.Her family includes: four nephews, Mike Long (Barb) of Ripley, MS; Ray Long (Lorraine) of Meridian, MS; Sam Long (Frances) of Meridian, MS; Randy Long (Penny) of Corinth, MS; one niece, Susie Marshall (Bob) of West Point, MS. Mimi Long Hobson and Witt Long (Pat) are a great niece and great nephew of Ripley, MS. Betty also has ten great nieces and nephews, and twenty-four great, great nieces and nephews. The family greatly appreciates the amazing, loving care provided to Betty by Michelle Walker and the staff at Dogwood Plantation.A private family graveside service will be held Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Burial is in Tippah Memorial Gardens with Reverend Bill Connolly officiating. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Betty Owen Long please visit our Sympathy Store.

Kerry Lynn BennettSeptember 4, 1965 – May 4, 2020Kerry Lynn Martin Bennett, 54, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020, at her home in Corinth, MS. She was born on September 4, 1965, to W. L. and Terry Lynn Greer Bennett in Houston, Texas.Kerry is survived by one daughter, Paris Stuckey of Houston, TX; two sons, Zack Martin and Max Martin both of Houston, TX; one sister, Laurie Bennett of Ripley, MS; two brothers, Tony Bennett (Joann) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Paul Bennett (Nina) of Oxford, MS; and two grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Kelly Bennett and Linda Bennett.A private family service will be held in honor of her life on Saturday, May 9, 2020 with Rev. Joe McKnight officiating. Burial will be in The Pentecostal Church Cemetery in Blue Mountain, MS. Expressions of sympathy, for the Bennett family, may be sent to www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Kerry Lynn Bennett please visit our Sympathy Store.
Dallas Reign PetersonPassed May 6, 2020Graveside Service will be May 7, 2020 at Ruckersville Cemetery, County Rd 200, Falkner, MS, 38629. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Dallas Reign Peterson please visit our Sympathy Store.

Harold Gordon Henderson, Jr.August 15, 1939 – May 7, 2020Harold Gordon Henderson Jr. 80, passed away on May 7, 2020 at the Tippah County Hospital. He was born to Harold G. Sr. and Fern Woodson Henderson in Magness, AR. Harold was retired from the Airline Industries after 40 years of service with Southern Airlines and Delta Airlines. He was a member of Nesbit Church of Christ.Harold is survived by two sons, Mike Rutherford (Sherry) of Nesbit, MS, Steven Rutherford (Kelly) of Falkner, MS; one sister-in-law, Linda Henderson of Nesbit, MS; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and seven nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nancy Juanette Camburn Henderson; one sister and her husband, Cathy Edwards (Glen); one brother, Roy Henderson; one great-granddaughter, Stevie Klaire Moss.A private family graveside service will be held in honor of his life on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Little Hope Cemetery with Bro. Will Livingston officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Staff of Diversicare of Ripley and Magnolia Place of New Albany, MS. Memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer Association. Expressions of sympathy for the Henderson family may be sent to: www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Harold Gordon Henderson, Jr. please visit our Sympathy Store.
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Melvin S. “Boogen” Rooker, Jr.May 28, 1929 ~ May 4, 2020Melvin S. “Boogen” Rooker, Jr., well known resident of the Gravestown Community and retired business owner and farmer, passed away Monday evening, May 4, 2020 at The Magnolia Place Assisted Living in New Albany. Mr. Rooker was born May 28, 1929 in Tippah County, the son of the late Melvin S. Rooker, Sr. and the late Jewel Clemmer Rooker. He was a 1947 graduate of Shady Grove High School in Tippah County and was a proud United States Army Veteran. On December 31, 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Jamie Graves Rooker who preceded him in death on January 19, 2017. Mr. Rooker was known for his strong work ethic and his lifelong devotion to his family, his community and his church, Beech Hill Church of Christ. His love for farming and agriculture was well known as he served his community for eight years as a Third District Supervisor for Tippah County. He will be remembered by many as an astute business operator who owned the Rooker Tractor Company in Ripley and in earlier years was a stock holder of The Ripley Funeral Home. He found much pleasure in farming and operating his large cattle business. Mr. Rooker had a passion for hunting and gardening. After retiring, he and his wife were avid travelers as long as health permitted.Memories will be shared by his children, Janie S. Rooker of Memphis, Kathi Hurst (Mike) of Ripley, and Jack H. Rooker of Houston TX; two granddaughters, Anna Hurst and Lillie Hurst Jeter, both of Ripley; and one great granddaughter, Addie Lou Jeter. He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Mavis Bolton, Marie Cox, Sissy Cox and Tot Osborne; and two brothers, Jack Rooker and Leroy Rooker.Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, a private family graveside service honoring the life Mr. Rooker will be Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in the Beech Hill Cemetery with Minister King McCarver officiating. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. The American Flag at The Ripley Funeral Home entrance honors Mr. Rooker and all veterans for their service to our country… GOD BLESS AMERICA! The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Rooker family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Melvin S. “Boogen” Rooker, Jr., please visit our floral store.

Donald Lee Russell, Jr.June 14, 1973 ~ May 5, 2020Donald Lee “Donnie” Russell, Jr., 46, resident of Southaven, passed away Tuesday morning, May 5, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis following a brief illness. Donnie was born June 14, 1973 in Memphis, the son of Donald Lee Russell, Sr. of Florida and the late Shirley Atkinson Russell. He was a graduate of Southaven High School and was employed in the retail industry throughout his life. An avid Dallas Cowboys fan, Donnie enjoyed family gatherings, BBQ, music, football and watching UFC. Many words could be chosen to characterize Donnie that include smart, strong, reliable, comical and generous. Donnie will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his love of friends and family, especially his grandchildren. He was deeply loved by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed.Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Jackson Russell of Southaven; five sons, Trea Russell, Jordon Russell and Donald Lee Russell III, all of Southaven, Austin Russell of Olive Branch, and Zach Wilkerson of Memphis; one sister, Tina Williams of AR; a brother, Dugan Russell of Southaven; three grandchildren, Kingston, August and Brooklyn; a niece that was like a sister, Star Jackson of Ripley; two special nephews, Nathan Chapman and Calvin Russell; special niece, Michelle Hillyard; brother-in-law, Ricky Camp; and a host of other nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was also preceded in death by a son Damine Wilkerson; a sister, Tammy Camp ;and his loyal pet canine, “Daisy”.A private Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the residence of his niece near Ripley. 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 Donald Lee Russell, Jr., please visit our floral store.

Nancy Childers GlidewellNovember 25, 1955 ~ May 5, 2020Nancy Childers Glidewell, 64, resident of Ripley and much loved wife of Glenn Glidewell, passed away Tuesday morning, May 5, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo following a brief illness. Born in Ashland, MS on November 25, 1955, Mrs. Glidewell was the daughter of the late Alton and Joan Abbey Childers. She received her education in the Tippah County Public School System and will be remembered by many as an associate of Ripley Wal-Mart where she had been a dedicated employee for over 15 years. Mrs. Glidewell was a member of the Marlow Church of Christ and enjoyed the blessings of her loving family and many friends. Known as “Nana” by her six grandchildren, she found pleasure in quilting, searching for that special “antique” and admiring the beauty of nature and the rural way of life.In addition to her husband of 29 years, memories will be shared by two daughters, Jackie Martin (Chris) of Tupelo and Heather Wickert (Jim) of New Albany; two sons, Richie King (Kori) of Ripley and Glenn Glidewell, II of Springfield, MO; one brother, Tommy Childers of Ripley; six grandchildren, Zach, Kayleigh, Alex, Sam, Jackson and Nate. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Ashleigh Buntin and a sister, Judy Gray.To comply with the Coronavirus regulations, there will be a graveside service at 2:00 PM Saturday, May 9, 2020 with Bro. Jerry Owen officiating. Burial will follow in the Marlow Cemetery near Walnut. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Nancy Childers Glidewell, please visit our floral store.
Saltillo MS
W E Pegues Funeral Directors – Saltillo
Emma Lee HarrisonMarch 17, 1928 – May 2, 2020Emma Lee Harrison, a long time resident of Tupelo, MS passed away on May 2, 2020 at the age of 92 following a brief illness. A native of Mooreville, she was born March 17, 1928 to the late Glen and Janie Kelly Gunter. She married Charles Waldrope Harrison of Itawamba County on January 17, 1950 in Lee County. A 1947 graduate of Mooreville High School, she lettered in basketball and was a member of the 1945-46 girls state championship team. As a bookkeeper for Reed Manufacturing Company, she gave 32 years of loyal and dedicated service and retired in 1998. She is a longtime and faithful member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Tupelo. She loved the outdoors and spent many years gardening, planting flowers and caring for her yard. She enjoyed cooking and was known by family and friends for her awesome coconut cake. Her greatest joys were her family, her church and her friends. She was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin, and great aunt to many.Survivors include two daughters, Patti Griffin of Columbus and Debbie Pipkin of Maumelle, AR; four grandchildren, Brian Pipkin and Allison Johnson of Little Rock, AR, Harrison Griffin of Nashville, TN and Bailey Copeland of Decatur, AL; six great grandchildren, Margot Elizabeth Pipkin, Harrison Gunter Johnson, Sawyer Bennett Johnson and Adler Grace Johnson of Little Rock, Emma Gunter Copeland and Sage Donald Copeland III of Decatur AL; nieces and nephews, Mark Sheffield of Florence, AL, Jim Gunter, Phil Gunter, Kriss Springer, and Angie Thornton all of Pontotoc, Phil Gunter of Tupelo, Ronnie Harrison of Wren, and Casey Harrison of Russellville, AL. She also leaves behind two special people who were part of her life this last year and who loved her, Shonda Hampton and Clara Peet, and a host of other family and friends whom she loved and loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles; sister, Virginia Sheffield; brother, James Clinton Gunter; son-in-law, Barry Pipkin; brother-in-law, Russell Sheffield; sister-in-law, Lucille Gunter; and nephews, Rodney Russell Sheffield and Marty Harrison.A private graveside service will be held for the family Tuesday May 5, 2020 at Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made in her honor to St. Mark United Methodist Church, 153 Elvis Presley Dr, Tupelo MS 38804, or Sanctuary House, 5159 Main St, Tupelo, Ms. 38801. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Catherine Boren WilsonMarch 11, 1931 – May 03, 2020Catherine Boren Wilson passed away on May 3, 2020, at the age of 89, in the comfort of her home with family at her side. She was born the youngest daughter of Luther Henry and Martha Etta Boren in Baldwyn.She is survived by her children, Steve Wilson, Craig Wilson, Ben Wilson, and Tina Burtt; grandchildren, Jessica Rodgers, Jason Wilson, Jeff Wilson, Morgan Taylor, Drew Wilson, Blaine Wilson, Paige Robbins, Alex Burtt, and Matt Wilson; her treasured brother-in-law, Ben Nichols; and a host of loved great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents, and her beloved husband of 55 years, Arnold Wilson, in 2006. All of her siblings died before her, including her brother, James Luther Boren, and her sisters Mary Elizabeth Bennett, Christine Nichols, Eunice Young, Bernice Outlaw and Johnnie OutlawA private family service is planned, to honor her wishes. In lieu of flowers or other commemoration, Mrs. Wilson wanted donations made to a charity of one’s choice. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Audie Lee GilmoreApril 15, 1942 – May 05, 2020Audie Lee Gilmore, 78, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born in Lee County on April 15, 1942, the daughter of James and Della Tucker. Audie was married to Sam Gilmore for over 50 years. Earlier in her life she worked for several years at Daybrite Manufacturing. Audie attended church at the Salvation Army and later at Wheelers Chapel Baptist Church. She adored her flowers, enjoyed listening to the band, Alabama, and watching the Atlanta Braves. Audie leaves behind her husband, Sam; four daughters, Tena Fowler (Gilbert), Tonge Posey, Tesha Todd (Andy), and Tonie Franks; her son, Sam Gilmore Jr.; 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; her sister, Frankie Jones; and special granddaughters, Angie Crane and Jessica and Felicia Parnell. She was preceded by her granddaughter, Jessica Jeffries; and a son-in-law, David Posey.The family plans to honor Audie’s memory with a family get together at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Tupelo MS
Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary – Tupelo
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Marie FortenberryApril 27, 1969 ~ May 2, 2020Charlene Marie Ware Fortenberry, 51, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020, at her residence in Tupelo. Marie was born April 27, 1969 in Pontotoc, MS to Ray Gore Ware and Charlene Rae Clements Ware. She graduated from Tupelo High School in 1987 and worked as a call center supervisor for Direct TV. She married Daniel Joseph Fortenberry on March 19, 1994 and had three sons. The family moved to Tupelo in 2006, coming from Pearl, MS. She loved her children and all of her family and always knew what to say to support each one of them in their various endeavors. She loved her granddaughter. She enjoyed watching old Westerns on TV, as well as mysteries and METV. She had a giving heart and was always willing to help anyone in need. She never met a stranger and was a prayer warrior for many years. She loved music and enjoyed singing.Marie is survived by her father, Ray Ware (Judy), of Thaxton, MS; her husband, Daniel, of Tupelo; her sons Christopher Fortenberry of Brandon, MS, Jerry Fortenberry (Kristen White) of Tupelo, and Timmy Fortenberry (Kristen Moore) of Mooreville, MS; her brother, Russell Ware (Lynn) of Madison, AL; her sister, Melodi Moak (Ricky) of Spring Hill, TN; her grandchild, Aubrey Fortenberry of Brandon, MS; and numerous extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Charlene Ware.A service celebrating Marie’s life will be held at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors, who are honored to serve their friends. Kevin Wallace will officiate. Visitation will be from 2:00 PM to service time on Wednesday only. Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com. 

Luvene DullumApril 3, 1938 – May 2, 2020Lily Luvene Capps Dullum, 82, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020, at NMMC Gilmore-Amory in Amory, MS. She was born April 3, 1938 to James Washington Capps and Mittie Magnolia Chandler in Nettleton, MS. She was a lifelong resident who loved to cook, especially on Sunday mornings for both breakfast and lunch. She also loved to care for the elderly and enjoyed gardening and raising both vegetables and flowers. She enjoyed painting, cross-stitching, playing the organ, and was an animal lover – she had a fondness for dogs. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.She is survived by her son, Timothy Dale Comer of Amory; a sister, Geraldine Gallaway (Hayes) of Wren; granddaughters, Angela Comer and Cloe Comer; and her dear companion, Howard Nash of Hatley. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence Dullum, who passed on May 5, 2006; a sister, Earlene Capps; and eight brothers.A graveside service for Luvene will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Hatley Cemetery in Hatley, MS, with Bro. Bobby Holland officiating. Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel is honored to serve their friends. Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com. 

Jeff SandersMay 20, 1963 ~ May 3, 2020Jeff McAuthor Sanders, 56, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2020. Born on May 20, 1963 to Johnny McAuthor Sanders and Barbara Mackey Sanders, Jeff had a heart of gold and a big smile to go with it and always felt compelled to help others. He enjoyed cooking out with family and friends. Jeff was an avid NASCAR enthusiast. He was a wonderful husband and big brother and will be missed by so many.Jeff is survived by his wife, Cathy Scott Sanders; his sister, Vicki Sanders Rollish of Nashville, TN; his aunts, Shirley Fitzgibbon of Tupelo, MS, Betty Sanders, and Lucy Sanders of New York; and the entire Mackey family; and numerous cousins and extended family members and friends everywhere. He was preceded in death by his parents.A celebration of life service for Jeff will be held at a later date. Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel is honored to serve their friends. Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com. 

William “Bill” MattoxMarch 11, 1947 ~ May 3, 2020William “Bill” Mattox, 73, passed away at Gilmore Hospital in Amory the evening of May 3, 2020. Born on March 11, 1947 in Verona, he graduated from Tupelo High School and majored in veterinary medicine at Mississippi State University. Bill’s careers were inspired by his love of nature, wildlife and animals. After college he traveled to auction barns throughout the Southeast as a cattle buyer. His success was a perfect combination of his knowledge of animals and his quick mind which enabled him to make accurate and split-second decisions on the quality of cattle. In addition to his work as a cattle buyer, Bill was employed at Fibersport in Amory where he supervised the quality control of their bass boat production. This career blended his love of fishing, his expertise with boats and his awareness of what customers expect from first class products. With a lifetime of fishing and boating, it’s no surprise Bill participated in the Bassmaster Tournament Trail circuit both for the joy of the competition and the financial rewards. He always referred to himself as a self-employed land manager. Fifteen years ago Bill moved to his family farm near Nettleton which he fondly referred to as “his hill”, where he married Julie, his high school sweetheart, built a log home and managed the family acreage. It was here family and friends gathered for bar-b-que and hunting. He awakened every morning to the sight of the rolling hills, cows grazing in the pastures and hummingbirds nesting in the cypress trees. This was his serene piece of heaven which he cherished and valued. Bill lived where he wanted and did what he wanted; he truly had a blessed life. Bill is survived by his wife, Julie Hill Mattox; his son Chris Mattox (Teri) of Nettleton; step-son Justin Hill (Heather) of Austin, TX; step-daughter Ashleigh Hill Buhler (Bret) of Atlanta, GA; brother Robert Mattox of Fairhope, AL; grandson Sawyer Mattox of Nettleton; and step-grandchildren Blake and Tripp Buhler, and Porter Hill.Private family services are planned. Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel is honored to serve their friends. Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803. Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com. 

Sister Rita Faye RobbinsMarch 27, 1962 ~ May 3, 2020Sister Rita Faye Robbins, 58, First Lady of Cedar Grove Pentecostal Church and wife of the Pastor, Bro. Danny Robbins, met her Lord and Savior in the early morning hours of Sunday, May 3, 2020 from her residence in Saltillo. Sis. Robbins was born in Prentiss, Jeff Davis County, MS on March 27, 1962, the daughter of the late Vernon Sam Robertson and Mary Frances Sanders Robertson. She graduated Prentiss High School and attended the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Rita met the love of her life, Danny Ray Robbins, and they were married June 26, 1982 in New Hebron, his hometown. Bro. Danny and Sis. Rita began their ministry in the Mendenhall, MS area but moved to Tupelo in 2000 to be the Senior Pastor at Cedar Grove Pentecostal Church. For almost 20 years, they have preached the gospel of Christ and cared for the members of their flock with uncompromising integrity and attention. Sis. Rita was the Ladies Ministry Director and was loved and respected by the ladies of the Church for her devotion and preparation. Before moving to Tupelo, Rita worked for the State Ethics Commission and worked over ten years as a teller for Renasant Bank in Tupelo. A lady of many talents and great energy and spirit, she found great joy serving the Lord through her Church as well as being the best wife, mother and grandmother any family could want. She enjoyed her yard, gardening and growing things, especially roses, shrubs and yard plants at her home. Rita enjoyed shopping, vacations especially to the mountains, hosting her families, both her children and grandchildren, as well as her church family at Christmas time – her most favorite time of the year. Nana especially enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren, who loved her dearly.   Family members include her husband of 37 years, Bro. Danny Robbins of Saltillo; her children, Lacie (Damon) Fisher of Guntown, Brittany (Bradley) Phillips of Saltillo, and Clay (Lexi) Robbins of Saltillo; eight grandchildren, Anistyn, Gavin, Aiden, Addalyn, Peyton, Bella, Oakley, Lilly Faye, and one new granddaughter due in early June; her sister, Carolyn Raynes, and her son, Brian Raynes, both of Prentiss; a sister-in-law, Elaine Broom; and a host of other friends and relatives and her church family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Mary Frances; and a brother, Dewayne Robertson. An Online Private Service (due to the Covid 19 guidelines issued by the Governor and Mayor) celebrating her life will take place at 5:00 PM Tuesday, May 5, 2020 from the Sanctuary of Cedar Grove Pentecostal Church with Bro. David Tipton, Bro. Gary Erikson, and Bro. Jessie Givens officiating. Burial will follow in the Saltillo City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Sammy Sherrill, Aaron Dutton, Terry Teddlie, Nicky Robbins, Chris Keen, and Duwaine Robbins. Private visitation will be from 3:00 PM till service time Tuesday only at the church. Friends that may want to view the service may do so on the Cedar Grove Facebook.com page. The service may be viewed in the future at hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Live-streaming, where it will be permanently archived. Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel is honored to be serving their friends. Memorials may be made to the Cedar Grove Pentecostal Church Ladies Ministry, PO Box 1129, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Faye MorganMay 28, 1933 ~ May 3, 2020Norma Faye Frederick Morgan, 86, realized the promises of her faith on early Sunday morning, May 3, 2020 at Diversicare in Amory, where she resided six months. A sweet soul to all who knew her, Faye’s journey began on May 28, 1933 in the Old Union Community of Lee County when she was born to the late Lemuel Wilbur Frederick and Ruby Snipes Frederick. Faye lived in the greater Lee County, Monroe County areas all her life. She married Wayne Morgan on February 27, 1954, a marriage of 50 years until his death on Sept. 17, 2004. Faye, a soft-spoken lady with a contagious smile and always a kind word to go with it, was a homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister who always put her family as a priority just below serving her Lord and Savior. She worked while the boys were growing up at Hunter Sadler in Tupelo as a seamstress. Faye lived her Christian pilgrimage in the New Testament teachings of loving neighbor as self. She became famous for the hundreds of chocolate pies she made over the years, her signature dish. She loved cooking, taking care of her family and sewing-seeds of kindness and forgiveness with all, especially her church family at First Baptist Church of Nettleton. Faye was the perfect mom, a splendid Christian example and her loving amongst us for 86 years provided encouragement, wisdom and direction for living a noble life. She will be missed.Faye leaves behind her family that she cherished, sons Danny Morgan and wife, Linda of Sylacauga, AL, and Roger Morgan (Deena Plunkett Morgan, deceased in 2013) of Nettleton; her grandchildren, Grant (Christy) Morgan of Saltillo, Barrett (Kayla) of Hatley, Abby Payne (Ben) of Sylacauga, and Caleb Morgan (Emily) of Rome, GA; her great-grans, Keeli, Kaliegh, Ava, Wes, Russ, Khol, Jace, and Selah; her only brother to whom she loved dearly, Bro. Wayne Fredrick (Florence) of Camp Creek Community; a host of other relatives and many friends.A graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM Monday, May 4, 2020 at Jones Chapel Cemetery south of Nettleton with her son, Danny and her only brother, Bro. Wayne Frederick speaking. She will be buried beside her husband in Jones Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Barrett, Grant, Wes and Russ Morgan and Donny Hill. Visitation will follow the graveside service in the Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving their close friends. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 256 East Main St, Nettleton, MS 38858. Condolences may be mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcst.net

June WhittAugust 7, 1942 ~ May 4, 2020June Evelyn Dallas Whitt, 77, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020 at her residence in southwestern Lee County after a five-year battle with cancer. June was born on August 7, 1942 in Chickasaw County to the late Milton and Lillie Mae Dallas. She graduated in 1961 where she met her sweetheart, Gene Whitt, and they were married shortly thereafter. He died March 27, 2019. June, often called “June Bug” by close friends and family, loved to read with her favorites being John Grisham and Danielle Steele. A devoted caregiver to all her family, she especially doted over the great-grandchildren; and there was no limit to what she would do for them. A member of Union Chapel Baptist Church, June was a very understanding, kind, and gracious lady. June is survived by her sister, Ann Coleman of Okolona; a daughter, Rebecca Price of Shannon; two granddaughters, Amanda Pennington (Jamie) of Vernon, AL, and Amy Price (Justin) of Shannon; four great-grandchildren, Destini Holladay, Alexis Pennington, Alana Pennington, and Jacob Holladay. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 58 years, Gene Whitt; and a son, Robert Joseph “Robbie” Whitt; and a brother, Buddy Dallas.A memorial service honoring her life will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, May 7, 2020 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Rick Ball officiating. Private burial will be beside Gene at Union Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Holland-Tupelo Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made for the benefit of the family through Union Chapel Baptist Church, 147 County Rd 54, Okolona, MS 38860.
Ruth McAlpin WeaverApril 11, 1956 ~ May 5, 2020Ruth McAlpin Weaver, 64, passed away on Tuesday May 05, 2020, at her residence in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo. Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com. 

Chris PratherAugust 28, 1967 ~ May 7, 2020Robert Christopher Prather, 52, met his Creator from his lifelong residence in Saltillo after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Born on August 28, 1967 to Frances Hutcheson Prather  and the late Robert Prather, Chris attended the public schools of Saltillo and graduated from Saltillo High School in 1985. He attended Northeast Mississippi Community College receiving a degree in Health Sciences. His working career included retail, medical office assistant and sales before he found his creative talents as a floral designer and worked until becoming disabled for DB’s Floral Designs and More in Saltillo. His arrangements were immaculate, creative and simply splendid. Chris loved to engage his friends in conversation, enjoyed pottery of all types, enjoyed the outdoors especially doing yard work, and reading. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Saltillo. He will be missed by his beloved family, the family at DB’s, and his many friends who always enjoyed his laughter, smile and encouragement.His small but tight knit family includes his Mom, Frances Prather; his sister, Susann, and his brother, David, all of Saltillo; and aunts, Helen Prather Gillespie of Southaven, Jean Prather Parish (John) of Memphis, and Betty Enlow of Saltillo; uncle, Jerry Prather of Mantachie; and a host of cousins and many dear friends, including Bill Farrar, Carrie Boykin, and Danny and Karma Brown. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Prather, on August 4, 1971.A service celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, May 9, 2020, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors, with his pastor, Dr. Ronnie Hatfield, officiating. Private burial will follow in Euclatubba Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ron Burcham, Ron Robinson, Brian Burrow, Dinky Crowder, Michael Phillips, and Geoffrey Phillips. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM till service time on Saturday only. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving their friends. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Missions Fund, 311 Mobile St, Saltillo, MS 38866. For those who may be unable to attend, the service may be viewed at www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Live-streaming
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