Obituaries

HCN Regional Obituaries (May 8 – 14, 2020)

Baldwyn MS 
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn

Joyce Ann Young 
February 19, 1960 – May 8, 2020
Joyce Ann Young passed away Friday, May 8, 2020 at her home in Baldwyn, MS. She was born on February 19, 1960 in Chickasaw County, MS to the late Richard Johnson Jr. and Eva C. Ollie. Graveside Services will be held Saturday, May 16, 2020 3:00 PM at Pleasant Plain Missionary Baptist Church, Prairie, MS.

Bobby Lee Chandler 
September 15, 1960 – May 8, 2020
Bobby Lee Chandler passed away Friday, May 8,2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo. He was born on September 15, 1960 in Prentiss County, MS to the late Rufus Lee Chandler and Carrie L. Chandler. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 13, 2020 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn, 111 Waters St, Baldwyn, MS 38824. Graveside Services will be held Thursday, May 14, 2020 11:00 AM at Ruben Chapel CME Church.

William Starks Jr. 
July 10, 1949 – May 11, 2020
William Starks Jr. passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo. He was born on July 10, 1949 unto the late William Starks Sr. and Donnie M. McGee Starks. Visitation will be Thursday, May 14, 2020 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn, 111 Waters St, Baldwyn, MS 38824. Graveside Services will be held Friday, May 15, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at Trinity C.M.E. Church, 222 County Rd 2578, Guntown, MS 38849.
Kesler Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn

Michael Hollis Burks, III
September 12, 2018 ~ May 5, 2020
Michael Hollis Burks, III (19 months) was born September 12, 2018 and was escorted to Heaven by a host of angels on May 5, 2020. Hollis attended Faith Temple Church, where he loved being in Sunday School Class with his twin sister, KaMarie. Hollis was diagnosed with MPS1 Hurler Syndrome, a rare genetic disease. He spent many months undergoing treatment at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, where he was loved and cared for by his devoted medical team. Hollis was a ray of sunshine even on his darkest days. He always had a beautiful smile for everyone he met. He leaves behind the legacy of the sweetest, purest love. Hollis loved watching his two favorite movies on repeat (Boss Baby and Sing), playing with all his favorite toys, cuddling with his Woof Woof and Sammy the Sloth and making sure his Mamaw Shiela was always giving him her undivided attention. Hollis is survived by family who loved and cherished him, including his father, Michael Burks, II of Rienzi; his mother, Sheena Greenlee of Rienzi; his twin sister, KaMarie Brooke Burks of Rienzi; his sister, Anna Greenlee of Rienzi; his grandmother, Shiela Duncan of Rienzi; his grandfather, Michael Burks of Florence, AL; his grandparents, Chuck and Sandra Bonham of Blackland; his great-grandparents, Gerald Duncan of Adamsville, TN and Brenda Johns of Rienzi; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. Drive through visitation will be Friday, May 15, 2020 from 5-8 PM at Jacinto Faith Temple Church. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 12 PM at the church cemetery. All COVID 19 guidelines will be followed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hollis Strong Foundation at Farmers and Merchants Bank, PayPal: HollisStrongFoundation@gmail.com or VENMO @Hollis-Burks. The Hollis Strong Foundation has been established to honor the memory of our precious angel. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Michael Hollis Burks, III, please visit our floral store.

Rachel Cooper
August 30, 1963 ~ May 11, 2020
Rachel Cooper (56) passed away Monday, May 11, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She enjoyed painting, drawing and spending time with her grandchildren.She is survived by her sons, Paul Joiner (Rachel) of Booneville and Harley Cooper of New Site; her daughters, Kacey Smith (Will) of Saltillo and Gracie Cooper of Olive Branch; her brother, Leslie Grant of Horn Lake; her sister, Ramona Ferrante (Terry) of Hernando; and several grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Lawson; her brother, Richard Grant; and her father, Roy Joiner.There will be a memorial service 1:00 Saturday May 16, 2020 in the chapel. Visitation will be from 12:00 until service time Saturday. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Rachel Cooper, please visit our floral store.

James Cooper
April 12, 1950 ~ May 11, 2020
James Cooper, 70, passed away Monday, May 11, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He enjoyed playing the guitar and drinking coffee. He is survived by his sons, Harley Cooper of New Site, Wayne Cooper (Marcie) of Denver, and Michael Cooper of Nashville; his daughters, Bobbye Garrity (Mike) of Mt. Juliet, TN, and Kacey Smith (Will) of Saltillo; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, May Lee and his father, Joe Lee.There will be a memorial service 1:00 Saturday May 16, 2020 in the chapel. Visitation will be from 12:00 until service time Saturday. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Cooper, please visit our floral store.
Waters Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Angelique Buse
September 12, 1970 – May 10, 2020
Angelique Buse, 49, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at the NMMC. She was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting and gardening. She was a member of Grace Tabernacle Church.She is survived by a daughter, Brittany Buse; son, Braddley Buse (Brandi); step-daughter, Tiffany Potts; step-sons, John Derrick Potts and J.W. Potts (Stephanie; five sisters; two brothers; 18 grandchildren; and longtime friend, Jerry Wayne Potts. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lun Junior and Lydia Watson Montgomery; two sisters, Imagine Montgomery and Trish Presley; a brother, Terry Montgomery; and a son-in-law, Jerome Scales.Funeral services will be at Grace Tabernacle Church on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 2:00 PM with Bro. Braxton Rutland and Bro. Ricky Floyd officiating. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 11:00 – 2:00 Wednesday at the church. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family @www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Angelique Buse, please visit our Tribute Store.
Loretta J. White
August 15, 1940 – May 11, 2020
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Loretta J. White, please visit our Tribute Store.

David “Pops” Rowan
January 24, 1942 – May 11, 2020
David “Pops” Lesley Rowan, 78, went home on May 11, 2020 surrounded by his wife and girls. The love he had for his family said it all. He was married almost 56 years to the love of his life, Peggy Dees Rowan. He was the fifth of seven children, born on January 24, 1942 to the late William and Ione Rowan. David was a member, deacon and Sunday School teacher at Kirkville Baptist Church. Over 40 years ago he opened the doors of his family business, Rowan Tires and always worked hard to provide for his family. His mornings began with a drive through town before his workday started. He just had to see what cars were hauled in. Spoiling grandchildren was his specialty. He was an avid dog trainer and bird hunter. One of his favorite hobbies was spending time on the golf course. Our only hope is that he’s enjoying that endless 18 holes with his friends.He is survived by his wife, Peggy Rowan; three daughters, Vicky (Shane) Pennington, Tina (Ricky) Newby and Mandy (Joey) Dugger; David was “Pops” to his eight grandchildren, Luke (Lane) Dugger, Maylee, Madee Kate and Koen Dugger, Kenzie (Wesley) Roberts, Lane and Abby Grace Pennington, Edy Reece Newby; one great-grandchild Briggs Roberts; and sister, Nan McDonald. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Charles Ray, Bill Maness, Bob, Jerry and Ross.Graveside services will be held at Kirkville Cemetery on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM with Bro. Mike Reeves and Bro. Justin Watson officiating. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers will be Luke Dugger, Lane Pennington, Ben Bennett, Wesley Roberts, Shane Pennington, Ricky Newby, Joey Dugger and Kenny Wayne Bennett. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Watson, Mark McCreary, Carlton Spigner, George Heavener, Tommy Gamble and Pete Buse. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family @www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of David “Pops” Rowan, please visit our Tribute Store.
David McCullough
October 8, 1947 – May 12, 2020
David McCullough 72, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at his home. He was a retired truck driver and he enjoyed fishing.He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Rosie McCullough; step-children, Margaret Griffin, Lillian McCullough, Deborah Brooks, Mary Edge, Roy Dale Edge and Clem Edge; sister, Joyce Harper; brothers, Billy McCullough and Robert McCullough; and a host of grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Charlene Harris McCullough; and step-son, Rocky Edge.Funeral services will be at Waters Funeral Home on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM with Bro. Dwight Scott officiating. Burial will be in East Mt. Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5:00 – 9:00 PM at Waters Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family @www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of David McCullough, please visit our Tribute Store.
Booneville MS
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Booneville
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Booneville Funeral Home – Booneville
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McMillan Funeral Home – Booneville
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Corinth MS
Magnolia Funeral Home – Corinth

Joshua Burress
February 7, 1989 – May 9, 2020
Joshua Andrew Burress, 31, of Corinth, MS, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at his residence. He was born in Selmer, TN on February 7, 1989 to Michelle Cohoon-Loyd and Andy Burress and graduated from Alcorn Central High School. Those left to honor Josh’s memory include his father, Andy Burress (Terri) of Corinth; his mother, Michelle Cohoon-Loyd (Robert) of Rienzi; his children, Memphis “Gage” Burress, Lincoln “Kash” Burress, and Sally Kate Burress; the mother of his children, Hannah Burress of Corinth; his brothers, David “Chapman” Burress of Corinth, and Hunter Loyd (Casey) of Rienzi; his sisters, Brittany Burcham (Russell) of Corinth, Micaela Winchell (Josh) of Corinth, and Whitney Loyd of Millington, TN; his maternal grandmother, Joye Burcham (Kerry) of Glen; and his maternal grandfather Mike Cohoon of Kenosha, WI; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, David Andrew Loyd; his paternal grandmother, Linda Maricle; and his paternal grandfather, Bill Burress. A private family graveside service will be at Henry Cemetery on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Magnolia Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Pallbearers include, Russell Burcham, Jordan Davis, Keith Davis, Tyler Davis, Cory Hollon and Josh Winchell. Online condolences may be expressed at magnoliafuneralhome.net. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Joshua Burress please visit our Sympathy Store.

Linda Ann Apple
February 5, 1943 – May 10, 2020
Linda Apple, 77 of Corinth, had her going away celebration at her home on Sunday, May 10, 2020. Linda was born on February 5, 1943 in Iuka, MS. She was a retired seamstress who loved her family and friends and enjoyed going to church, sewing, cooking and fishing. Linda was an avid reader and of the Christian faith. She is survived by her daughters, Rhonda Lamb (John) of Corinth, Dena Arnold of Corinth, Mechelle Hamm (Johnny) of Walnut, Brenda Briggs (Danny) of Corinth and Kerri Smith (Randy) of Corinth; grandchildren, Andrea Crouch (Kevin), Beverly Dixon, Tiffany Ellis (Chris), Amanda Lee (Aaron), Ash Smith, Pamela Sawyer  (Michael), Beth Rice, Leigh Fair (John), Kayla Culver (Tony) and Josh Smith (Kaylyn); 12 great grandchildren; brother, Gary Wilson of Iuka; sister, Brenda Edge (Scotty) of Iuka; her lifelong friend, Brenda Young of Corinth; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Linda is preceded in death by her grandson, Charles Pace; father, Samuel “Bud” Wilson; mother, Doris Scruggs Wilson; and brothers, Eugene Wilson and Dale Wilson.  A private family graveside celebration will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020. Per family request all CDC and government guidelines will be strictly followed. Rev. Cody Lamberth will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Randy Smith, Eric Algee, Kevin Crouch, Ash Smith, Tony Culver and Josh Smith. Honorary pallbearer will be Robert England. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Linda Ann Apple. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Linda Ann Apple please visit our Sympathy Store.
Jewel Mae Evetts
May 14, 1932 – May 10, 2020
Jewel was born May 14, 1932 in Guys, TN to the late Golman R. and Bertha Scott Carroll and passed away on May 10, 2020 at Tishomingo Community Living Center. She was a retired factory worker and of the Christian faith. Jewel is survived by her grandson, John Fleming (Kimberly); other relatives and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, George Evetts; daughter, Wanda Joyce C. Fleming; father, Golman R. Carroll; mother, Bertha Scott Carroll; brother, Jack Carroll, and sister, June Huck. A private graveside service for is set for Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Shiloh United Methodist Church, Shiloh, TN. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Jewel Mae Evetts. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jewel Mae Evetts please visit our Sympathy Store.
Doris Frances Averett
April 5, 1936 – May 13, 2020
Doris Frances Averett, 84 of Corinth, MS, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Cornerstone Health and Rehab. Mrs. Averett was born April 5, 1936 in Corinth, MS to Elzie “Younk” Wilburn and Gladys Bragg Wilburn. She retired as a factory worker at World Color and was a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church. Doris is survived by numerous cousins, other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Arlin Averett; her father, Elzie “Younk” Wilburn; and her mother, Gladys Bragg Wilburn.A private graveside service will be Friday, May 15, 2020 at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Bro. Kara Blackard will officiate the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Wheeler Grove Baptist Church. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mrs. Doris Frances Averett. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Doris Frances Averett please visit our Sympathy Store.
McPeters Funeral Home – Corinth
Wilma Byrd
September 14, 1937 – May 13, 2020
Wilma Byrd 82, died May 13, 2020 at her residence after a short illness. She was born September 14, 1937 in Greenville; SC. to the late William Franklin LaBoone and Addie LaBoone. She was a long time member of Christ United Methodist Church, where she was in the Friendship Sunday School Class. She was one of the first ward clerks hired at Magnolia Hospital when it opened in the present location. She later went on to retire from Corinth Gas and Water. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.She is survived by her sons, Mike Byrd (Judy), Neal Byrd; grandsons, Christopher Byrd (Sarah Beth), Justin Byrd (Rebekah); and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Byrd; parents; brothers, Bill LaBoone, Alvin LaBoone; sisters, Elizabeth Lee, Sue Mayfield.A private family service will be held Friday May 15, 2020 at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with Rev. Stephen Ludlam officiating. Burial will follow in the Box Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers are Larry Byrd, Sidney Byrd, Brent Newcomb, Carnell Simelton, Robin Harmon, and Keith Letson. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com for the Byrd family. Arrangements are under the care of McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors.
Memorial Funeral Home – Corinth

Frances Jones
August 8, 1934 – May 13, 2020
Frances Cordelia Gant Jones, 85, died May 13, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born August 8, 1934 in Alcorn County MS to the late Elby Elisha Gant and Artie Elizabeth Young Gant. She was of the Baptist faith. She was a retired waitress for many years at several local restaurants in Corinth. She enjoyed gardening, working with her flowers, reading and spending time with her family.She is survived by her sons, James Jones (Teresa), Reggie Jones (Carolyn), Brian Jones; daughters, Rhonda Stevens (Talbert “Bubba”), Deborah Glidewell, Donna Pettigrew (Michael Dodge); daughter-in-law, Grace Jones; grandchildren, Brandon Wilbanks (Susan), Michelle Graves, Forrest Graves (Memori), Jessie Wilbanks (Zach), Michael Jones (Shanda), Dan Marsh, Amanda Marsh (Javeed Jalla), Joe Marsh (Jodie), Chris Spencer (Lisa), Candice Brockman (Daniel), Joey Spencer (Vicki), Josh Jones (Lauren), Tyler Jones (Morgan), Sarry-Ann Jones, Colby Jones (Brianna), Kayla Edlin (Rob); 18 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Jones; sons, Joseph Michael “Red” Jones, Vernon Jones (Marcia); parents; great grandson, Landon Marsh; brothers, Reginald Gant, Robert Gant, Hershel Gant; sisters, Mary Stanley, Juanita Hutchins, Nellie Wallin, Myrtle Gant; son-in-laws, Tommy Marsh, Charles Pettigrew, and Wayne Glidewell.Private family graveside services will be held Saturday May 16, 2020 at Magnolia Gardens. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialcorinth.com for the Jones family. Arrangements are under the care of Memorial Funeral Home.
Holly Springs MS
Holly Springs Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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 Holly Springs Funeral Home. There will be a visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until service time. Burial will be at Blue Mountain Cemetery.
Clyde E. Nolen Sr.November 13, 1938 –  May 11, 2020Clyde E. Nolen Sr., 81, a Baptist minister, of Ashland, Mississippi passed away peacefully on May 11, 2020. He was born November 13, 1938 in Memphis, TN. On August 5, 1962 he married the love of his life, Sara West of Benton County MS.He departs leaving his sweet, loving and faithful wife of 57 years, Sara; his children, Deanna Rasmussen (Jay) of Danville, IN; Clyde E. Nolen Jr. (Maria) of Meridian, MS; Eva Edmonds of Avon, IN; John Nolen of Ashland, MS; David Nolen (Yolanda) of Millington, TN; and Reina Nolen of Hickory Flat, MS; two great granddaughters, seven grandsons, three granddaughters, five nephews and six nieces.Burial will be at Bluff Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with Holly Springs Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Eugene Perry Bishop1937 – April 30, 2020Eugene Perry Bishop, 83, passed away from this life on April 30, 2020. He served in the United States Air Force. He is survived by his two sons, Ricky Bishop and Terry Bishop (Lisa); four grandchildren, Charity Oakes (Parker), Michael Bishop (Katrina), April Dyer (Chris), and Alyssa Flowers (Andrew); nine great-grandchildren, Addyson and Joel Oakes, Eleanor Bishop, Aiden and Brennan Dyer, Evelyn, Ellyson, Emersyn and Ean Flowers; and one sister Genevieve Tallman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mable Bishop; his parents, Perry Bishop and Mamie Lovell (George); and one sister, Louise Turner. Visitation will be Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM with services to follow at 11:00 AM. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Holly Springs Funeral Home, 1160 Hwy 311, Holly Springs, MS 38635. Burial will be in the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
Maria BrownJuly 12, 1951 –  May 12, 2020Maria Brown age 68, passed away May 12, 2020 at Christopher Personal Care Facility in Holly Springs, MS. She was born to Vidal Sauceda and Susie Sauceda on July 12, 1951 in Dearborn, Michigan. Maria was a stay at home wife and mother. She was married to Wayne Brown on September 18th day 1971 in Oran, MO.She is survived by two sons, Kevin Brown of Holly Springs, MS and Brock Brown (Jennifer) Olive Branch, MS; one daughter, Alicia Cothern (Don) Holly Springs, MS; five sisters, Lupe Freeze, Dora Graham, Betty Guzman, Josie Turner, and Sandra Turner; two brothers, John Sauceda and Tommy Romas; 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Brown; grandson, Ki Brown; sisters, Josephine Moreno, Emma Guzman; brothers, Raymond Sauceda, Jessie Sauceda, Eliso Sauceda, Alex Sauceda, Bill Sauceda, and Mikey Sauceda. There will be a celebration of life at a later date with family and friends.
Margie Carolyn Roach FareseMay 3, 1937 –  May 14, 2020Margie Carolyn Roach Farese departed this life surrounded by her family and caretakers on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at the age of 83. She was born on May 3, 1937, to Luther T. Roach and Inez Autry Roach in Ashland, MS. After graduating from Ashland High School in 1955, Margie attended the University of Mississippi and obtained a degree in Business Education in 1959. Following graduation from Ole Miss, she returned to her beloved hometown of Ashland. There she married Anthony Thomas Farese and they remained in Ashland. Margie taught school at Ashland High School from 1959 to 1968. Remembered fondly by her former students for her kind spirit, Margie enjoying teaching and imparted her love for education to every student she had the privilege to teach. During her tenure at Ashland High School, Margie taught 7th grade English, 8th grade History, Typing, Bookkeeping, and Shorthand. She spoke of her teaching career with great pride and loved to hear her former students call her “Mrs. Farese” even many years later. Following her time as a teacher, Margie worked as a legal assistant for many years at Farese, Farese and Farese, PA in Ashland where she found joy in contributing to the family business. Margie was very active in her community. She was a lifetime member of Ashland Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for over thirty years. From January 24, 1994, to September 19, 2016, she served as a board member for the Benton Medical Center of the North Mississippi Primary Healthcare, Inc. in Ashland. She will be missed for her dedication, willingness to serve, and love for her community, family and friends.Margie leaves her three children, Anthony Luther Farese (Karen) of Ashland, MS, Tammy Farese Earwood (Bob) of Collierville, TN, and Alison Farese Thomas (Scott) of Germantown, TN; five grandchildren, Natalie Earwood Weckstein (Brian) of Atlanta, GA, Michael Farese, Katherine Farese, Jim Thomas, and Allie Thomas. She also leaves behind her dear sister, Patsy Roach Webb (Bill); her niece, Amy Webb McFadin (Harry); and two great-nephews, Aden and Zach Medina, all of North Richland Hills, TX. She is predeceased by her parents; a beloved stepmother, Margorie Roach; and her husband, Chancery Judge Anthony T. Farese.There will be a private family service at the Ashland Cemetery on Monday, May 18, 2020, at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make memorials to the Ashland Baptist Church or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
JF Brittenum and Son Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Holly Springs
Cooper Lee (Campbell) EppsJanuary 18, 1955 ~ May 12, 2020Mr. Cooper Lee Epps, 65, transitioned on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at his home in Ashland, MS. He was born on January 18, 1955 in Arkansas to the late Mr. McKinney Epps and Ms. Bessie Smith. His late great uncle Walter Smith and late great aunt Lucy Mae Smith played a major role in Cooper’s life as well by coaching, mentoring, and guiding him into becoming the man that the Lord destined him to be. Cooper was a God fearing man and accepted Christ as personal savior in his life. He was a hard worker, a firm believer in taking care of your responsibilities, and there is business, before pleasure (taking care of necessities in life, before having fun) individual. Furthermore, he was a traveling man and always look to east traveling through the dark to see the light. He loved to share stories about the good old days being a young man, getting his first car, fighting in school, not taking no jive, outspoken, and being a smooth and sharp man. His passions were cooking, gardening, working on cars, and establishing his lawn service to help young men in Little Egypt his neighborhood. His family and friends looked forward to seeing him to give them a good laugh and real good conversation.He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Rosie L. Williams (Epps); his children, Akiva C. Epps, Coprisha R. Epps, Kennedy A. Epps, Christian J. Epps Sr., and Cooper L. Epps Jr. Siblings he leaves behind are, L.B Hudson of St. Louis, MO, Josephine Williams of Lamar, MS, Deloise Young of Memphis, TN, Geraldine Campbell of GA, Ruby Moore of Flint, MI. He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild, a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. They will always hold him in their heart. His children who are waiting for him in the sky, Sean K. Epps and Knite D. Epps; siblings also preceding him in death, David Campbell of Memphis, TN, Tommie Campbell of PA, Randy Campbell of Flint, MI, Gary Campbell of Santa Monica, CA, Phillistine Harris of Memphis, TN, and Audrey Rucker of Flint, MI. Psalm 133:1. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2. It is the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3. As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Cooper Lee (Campbell) Epps, please visit our floral store.
Houston MS
Houston Funeral Home – Houston
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Memorial Funeral Home – Houston
James Charles “Whistler” Watkins, Jr.September 05, 1936 – May 12, 2020James Charles “Whistler” Watkins, Jr., 83, formerly of Houston, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Starkville. He was born September 5, 1936 in Chickasaw County to the late James Charles Watkins, Sr. and Dorothy Clark Watkins. He was a member of Fellowship Church of the Nazarene.He is survived by a brother-in-law, Robert Jernigan of Houston; nephew, Eddie Jernigan (Cathy) of Houston; a host of great nieces and nephews; one uncle, Bobbie Clark of Okolona; and one aunt, Faye Johnson of Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Charles Watkins, Sr. and Dorothy Clark Watkins; a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Jernigan; a nephew, Robbie Jerningan; great niece, Robyn Villabos; and great nephew, Matthew Jernigan.Graveside services will be at 3:00 PM Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Woodland, MS with Bro. Scott Samuell 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
Kenneth Howard “Ken” PriestDecember 5, 1964 ~ May 9, 2020Kenneth Howard “Ken” Priest, 55, resident of the Blue Springs Community, passed away May 9, 2020 at his home. Ken was born December 5, 1964 to Sid and Imogene Priest in Oakland, CA. He attended Delta State University and graduated in 1988. Ken was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Tupelo where he was a member of the choir and volunteered with Saints Brew.Ken is survived by his parents; brother, Stan Priest (Kamace); and sister, Jenifer Roberts(Kenny); nieces, Chelsa Hill (Lance) and Sydney Roberts; and nephew, Luke Roberts.Graveside services will be held at Ellistown Cemetery and conducted by Rector Philip Parker. The family requests that memorials be directed to The American Diabetes Association. The staff of New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care invites you to share memories with Ken’s family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kenneth Howard “Ken” Priest, please visit our floral store.
Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Inc – New Albany
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United Funeral Service – New Albany
Billy Charles WeedenAugust 18, 1937 – May 9, 2020Billy Charles Weeden, 82, of Ingomar passed away, May 9, 2020 at the Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany after an extended illness. He was born in Union County on August 18,1937 to the late Charlie Weeden and Leanora “Toad” Browning Weeden. He was a member of Fredonia Baptist Church, where as a youth, he received a certificate for five years perfect attendance in Sunday School. He was also a Mason for fifty plus years. He was a welder for many years and graduated from Itawamba Junior College with a degree in welding in February, 1970. He enjoyed his family, fishing, woodworking and just being outside. He especially liked to run red fox. He worked in the furniture factory until his health forced him to take an early retirement.In addition to his wife, Lenda Wood Weeden of almost 60 years, he is survived by one son, Charles Lynn Weeden of Cordova, TN; five sisters, Dollie Cook (Luther) of Ingomar, Rose Hamblin (Jimmy) of Cairo, Ruby Smith (Dean) of Center, Faye McDaniel of New Albany, Betty Hogue (Roger) of New Albany; one sister-n-law Betty Weeden. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, John Weeden; one sister, Joyce Mayo; two brother-n-laws, Bob McDaniel, and Gene Mayo.In these times of our nation, the Billy Weeden family is unable to have a traditional funeral for him. There will be a graveside service on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Glenfield Memorial Park with Bro. Jeremy Vaughn officiating. There will be a masonic service at the conclusion. Pallbearers will be Avery Adair, John Weeden Jr., Terry Hogue, Wayne Hamblin, Charles Browning and Steve Cook. 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 Billy Charles Weeden please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ronnie M RakestrawJuly 16, 1952 – May 9, 2020Former Justice Court Judge, Ronnie M. Rakestraw, 67, passed away at his home surrounded by his three girls after a battle with cancer. Ronnie was born in Union County to Jewel Browning Rakestraw and Hollis M. Rakestraw. Ronnie lived in the Parks community his entire life. Ronnie served as Union County Justice Court Judge for 32 years. Ronnie also served as the town of Sherman’s judge for many years. Congressman Trent Kelly flew a flag over the Capital in honor of Ronnie’s many years of dedicated service to his state and country.Ronnie was a Christian man who knew the Bible better than most. Anyone could ask about a scripture in the Bible and he could tell you where it was and what it said because of his many years of studying God’s word. Ronnie was a member of Parks Baptist Church. Ronnie was a loving husband, father, and, most important, grandfather. He was so proud of his family. Ronnie loved his family with all his heart. He would say, “I didn’t know I was born to be a Papaw.” In Ronnie’s eyes his grandchildren were perfect. He would tell them, “Get in Papaw’s lap. No one gets in trouble in Papaw’s lap.” Ronnie also told all six of his grandchildren, “They aren’t spoiled, they are just loved.”Ronnie is survived by his wife of 41 years, Patricia Hall Rakestraw; daughters, Diana Sanford (Shane), and Amanda Moore (Jon); grandchildren, Maddy Sanford, Kaitlyn Watson, Sydney Sanford, Connor Moore, Jenna Moore, Jon Luke Moore; sister Reba Rakestraw Willard; nephew Mark Willard (Peggy); and niece Donna Owen (David). Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents.Due to the current pandemic there will be a graveside service, Tuesday May 12, 2020 at 11:30 AM at Bell Cemetery. Pallbearers are Shane Sanford, Jon Moore, Johnny Wrzeniewki, Wallis Hall, Mark Willard, Keith Roberts, Jerry Tate, and Richard Chism. Honorary pallbearers are Connor Moore, Dennis Rakestraw, Benny Rakestraw, Norman Treadaway, Larry Chism, Benny Little, Billy Don Beville, Reuben Beaty, John Gore, Homer Luckett, Randy Bessonette, David Owen, and Hugh Cochran. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations can be made in Ronnie Rakestraw’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 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 Ronnie M Rakestraw please visit our Sympathy Store.
Charles Graden Browning
February 12, 1936 – May 11, 2020
Charles Graden Browning, 84, of the Shady Grove community, passed from this life to his eternal reward on Monday, May 11, 2020, at 12:30 AM. He had spent his last day here surrounded by his family, who he loved dearly. Mr. Browning was an avid hunter and sports person, especially when it came to his grandchildren. He was well known in the area by the children as he always was eager to pass out peppermint candy mixed with a handshake. A skilled farmer, there was little he enjoyed more than tilling the ground for a crop and the working camaraderie he enjoyed with other area farmers. A man of principle, he stood for what he believed in even if he stood alone. He loved Shady Grove Baptist Church, its members, and all the residents of this community with a fervor rarely matched today. He served his country in the Army, traveling overseas during the Korean conflict.He leaves behind his wife, Martha Sullivan Browning of the home; three sons Mike (Carolyn), Chuck (Melissa), Tony (Mary) all of Shady Grove; one daughter: Pam Boman of Shady Grove; six grandchildren, who were his pride and joy: Mica Killough (Michael) of Wheeler Grove; Chandler Boman of Shady Grove, T J Browning of Atlanta, GA, Travis Browning of Fulton, MS, Hunter Browning of Shady Grove, and Swayze Browning of Shady Grove; three great grandchildren he loved to pick at: Ethan, Evan, and Owen Killough of Wheeler Grove. He was preceded in death by his parents, Odell and Sally Browning; a brother, Travis Browning; a brother-in-law, Jimmy Brooks Gafford; and two nephews, Eddie Browning and Troy Gafford.Graveside services will be held at Shady Grove Cemetery on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 11:00 AM with Bro. Jimmy Russell, Bro. David Barnett, and Bro. Josh Sparks officiating. The family will greet friends at Shady Grove Baptist Church Tuesday, May 12, from 5:30 to 8:00. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family requests that gifts be made to, Catch-A-Dream Foundation.In honor of Mr. Browning’s service to his country United Funeral Service will fly the U. S. Army flag during his service. For online condolences please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Charles Graden Browning please visit our Sympathy Store.
William Joseph SloanMay 14, 2020Arrangements are incomplete at this time. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of William Joseph Sloan please visit our Sympathy Store.
Oxford MS
Coleman Funeral Home – Oxford
Carson Jack RamageMay 11, 2020 – May 11, 2020Carson Jack Ramage came into this world and gained his wings on May 11, 2020. Carson is survived by his parents, Charlie and Caitlin Ramage of Oxford; one brother, Hudson Ramage of Oxford; his grandparents, Jane Metcalf, of Starkville, MS, Lisa Coker, of Fulton, MS, and Kenny Ramage, of Nettleton, MS; and one great aunt, Beth Ramage Ray, of Nettleton.A private graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at Garden of Memories in Oxford, MS. Bro. Fish Robinson will officiate the service. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations and memorials can be to the R Baby Foundation: the Riley Fund. (https://www.rbabyfoundation.org/the-riley-fund-for-stillbirth-research-at-r-baby-foundation/). Online condolences are highly encouraged to be placed on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Carson Jack Ramage please visit our Sympathy Store.
L Hodges Funeral Service – Oxford
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Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Services – Oxford
Ted Lucas “Luke” Smith, IIIOctober 27, 1994 – May 8, 2020Mr. Ted Lucas “Luke” Smith, III, 25, passed away Friday, May 8, 2020, at his home in Oxford, MS. Born in Oxford, MS, Luke worked as a chef at various restaurants in Oxford. He was a talented guitarist and enjoyed leading worship. Luke was most content outdoors and enjoyed fishing. He loved his pets and family. Luke had a huge, loving heart and knew how to make others laugh.  Survivors include his parents, Jennifer Gordon Smith and Ted Lucas Smith, II of Oxford; a sister, Emilee Taylor of Oxford; three brothers, Zackary Gordon Smith, William Alexander Smith and Andrew Hartley Smith all of Oxford; and his grandparents, Ruth Ann Gordon of Oxford, MS, and Mary Nell and Ted Lucas Smith, Sr. of Batesville, MS.A private graveside service will be held at Eastover Memorial Cemetery with Father Joe Tonos and Zack Smith officiating. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  

Dr. William “Joe” Joseph Burnett, Sr.
March 27, 1940 – May 13, 2020
William Joseph Burnett, MD, passed away on May 13, 2020 at home surrounded by family in Oxford, MS. He was the husband of Martha Grant Burnett, his beloved wife of 59 years. While Joe was involved in his profession and community in many ways, his top priority was always his family. Born in Charleston, MS, Joe earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. After completing his internship in Memphis, TN, Dr. Burnett practiced general medicine in Grenada, MS. Following a residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and in collaboration with the late Dr. Bo Murry, Dr. Burnett began his otolaryngology practice in Oxford, MS. He created the Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic of Oxford from which he retired in 1988. After his retirement from the practice of medicine, Dr. Burnett became the Director of the Board of Medical Licensure for the state of Mississippi. Dr. Burnett was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Otolaryngology, and the College of Facial Plastic Surgery. Always committed to serving and stepping into leadership, Joe served as the Commander of Sigma Nu Fraternity at the University of Mississippi, a captain in the Mississippi National Guard, and a leader in chartering Oxford Medical Ministries. Dr. Burnett also served as Board Chair and President of the Mississippi State Medical Association and was an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association. Joe was a lifelong Presbyterian who attended the first session at Camp Hopewell. As a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Oxford, MS, he served as an elder and was a faithful member of the men’s Sunday school class. Dr. Burnett chaired the committee that planned and built the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Through First Presbyterian-Oxford, he and Martha were able to serve in Haiti with the church’s Medical Missions team.  He is survived by his wife; his children, Elizabeth Burnett (Ed Pyle), Margaret Burnett (Jason Wolfkill), William Joseph Burnett, Jr. (Joanna), and Kathryn Elliott (Allen Elliott); his grandchildren Grant, Thomas, and Annalise Burnett, William, Miller, and Lock Elliott, and Megan, Brandon, and Kate Wolfkill; numerous nieces and nephews; his sister Mary Burnett Sims; and many dear friends whom he counted as family. He was predeceased by his parents, Jesse and Florence Burnett; and his brothers, Jesse L. Burnett and John B. Burnett.   During this time of social-distancing, there is not a way to gather for a traditional service to celebrate the life of Dr. Burnett and to serve as witnesses to the Resurrection of Christ. Immediate family only will gather for a memorial service. The family invites extended family and friends to livestream the service on Facebook Live on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 11:00 AM.  Waller Funeral Home will provide a direct link through https://www.facebook.com/wallerfuneralhome/live/. Memorial donations may be sent to support the mission programs of the First Presbyterian Church, 924 Van Buren Ave, Oxford, MS 38655 or to the food bank of your choice as Dr. Burnett was committed to feeding children who suffer food-insecurity.
Pontotoc MS
Browning Funeral Home – Pontotoc
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Payton Mortuary – Pontotoc
Lula Mae Berry HatchettApril 30, 1924 ~ May 10, 2020Lula Mae Berry Hatchett was born April 30, 1924 in Pontotoc County to the late Lula E. and Will Beckham. Lula Mae confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and joined Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church. Lula was an active member and mother of the church until her death. Lula was a domestic worker for many years while caring for her family. To everyone she knew, she was affectionately known as “Big Momma.” On May 10, 2020, at her home surrounded by family, Lula departed this earthly life to live eternally in the presence of God.She leaves to cherish her memories, five daughters, Velma Berry of Verona, MS, Ella Townsend of Houlka, MS, Lois Heard, Kaye Berry, and Gloria Berry all of Pontotoc, MS; four sons, Walter (Valerie) Berry of Birmingham, AL, Mack (Lula) Berry of Okolona, MS, Charles (Evette) Berry of Pontotoc, MS, and Mitch (Tawana) Berry of Plantersville, MS; two daughter-in-laws, Ruby Berry of Pontotoc, MS and Angeline Berry of Okolona, MS; forty-eight grandchildren, eighty-eight great grandchildren, and sixty-three great great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Willie Hatchett; four sons, Charlie Elbert Berry, Alvis Berry, Willie Richard Berry, and Willie Leroy Berry; and two son-in-laws, Lealon Townsend and Franklin Heard.A private graveside service for family only will be Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 1:00 PM at Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church Cemetery. Walk through viewing will be available one hour before service. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lula Mae Berry Hatchett, please visit our floral store.
Tutor Memorial Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Joseph “Joe” Wood GarrisonMarch 1, 1951 – May 10, 2020Joseph “Joe” Wood Garrison, 69, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2020 at NMMC-Tupelo, MS. He was a 1969 graduate of Algoma High School, where he excelled in football and basketball. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Air Medal, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal. He worked over 40 years on riverboats, retiring as a Chief Engineer.Joe is survived by his sisters, Cecilia Atkins(Roger), Bartlett, TN and Clara Jean Welch(Glendon), Pontotoc, MS; brother, Danny Walls(Betty Sue), Pontotoc, MS; three nieces; three nephews; eight great nephews; and one great great niece. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Lotis and Ruby Wood Garrison; grandparents, Ol and Beulah Stegall Wood, and Jesse and Ida Patterson Garrison.A graveside service will be Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Pontotoc City Cemetery with Bro. Joey Moody officiating. Pallbearers are Joey Atkins, Breck Bedford, Kevin Walls, Delbert Lyons, Glen Owen, and Steve Tutor.
Charlie Jefferson JumperJanuary 15, 1945 – May 11, 2020Charlie Jefferson Jumper, 75, passed away Monday, May 11, 2020 at his home. Charlie Jumper was married to Mary Lawson Jumper for 56 years. He worked as a wood worker for 50 years. Charlie loved outdoor living, riding four wheelers, playing softball, drag racing, riding motorcycles, and watching westerns.He is survived by his wife, Mary Jumper; his children, Toby Jumper (Becky), Norma Bishop (Toby), Diane Carter (Gary), David Lawson (Pam), and Paul Lawson; 15 grandkids; 24 great grandkids; brothers, David Jumper (Rhonda), Randy Jumper (Lisa), Allen Jumper (Debbie), and Dennis Jumper; and his sister Dolly Robbins (Herman). He is preceded in death by Mary Lawson Jumper; parents, Mildred Lois West (Pete) and James Thomas Jumper; daughter, Debbie Dole (Jay); and brothers, James and Ray Jumper.A graveside service will be Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in New Albany, MS officiated by Bro. Steve Denton. Pallbearers are Michael Martin, C.J. Jumper, Brian Gilliam, Chris Bishop, Shane Jumper, Shawn Moody, and Carson Garcia.

Edith “Edie” May White
May 2, 1933 – May 12, 2020
Edith May “Edie” White, 87, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. She was born to Betty and Boss Cupples in DeWitt, AR. She married James White, Sr. on September 20, 1947. She loved her Lord Jesus, her family, and flowers. She enjoyed crafting and quilting.She is survived by her son, James Adam White, Jr. (Crystal); two daughters, Julie White and Marie Hancock (James); two grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and extended family, Janice Dyer and Jennifer “Roo” Bailey. She is preceded in death by her parents, Betty and Boss Cupples; her husband, James White, Sr., six brothers, and four sisters.Services will be Friday, May 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Baldwin Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Rocky Watts officiating. Pallbearers are Bobby Prewett, Luke Russell, Randy Reynolds, Leon Hollings, Early McKinney, and Danny Harville. Honorary pallbearers are Dexter Holcomb and Mike Hand. Visitation will be Thursday, May 14, 2020 5-8 PM and Friday, May 15, 2020 1:00 PM until service time. Burial will follow in Baldwin Memorial Gardens. Baldwin Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Susan “Beth” Elizabeth Tory ClarkJanuary 18, 1995 – May 12, 2020Susan “Beth” Elizabeth Tory Clark, 25, passed away May 12, 2020. She was born January 18, 1995, to Stephen and Lisa Clark. She loved life and family.Survivors include her parents; grandparents, Pamela and Derrell Todd, and Linda Clark; Aunt Jennifer Hurd, Uncle Jeff Hurd, Aunt Kristy Roberts, Aunt Amy Clark, and Uncle Chuck Clark. She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Charles ClarkThere will be a private family service Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Terry Ethridge will officiate. Pallbearers are Chuck Clark, Charlie Forester, George Thompson, Raymond Foreman, Dalton Mann and Sam Cook. Burial will be at the Martintown Cemetery in Union County. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Bobby Leland TaylorApril 20, 1933 – May 13, 2020Bobby Leland Taylor, 87, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc, MS.  He was a member of Troy First Baptist Church. He worked in construction until he became disabled. He enjoyed fishing, working in the garden, and in his younger years loved coaching softball.He is survived by his five sons, Mike Taylor, Ricky Taylor (Teresa), Tommy Taylor (Wanda), Jimmy Taylor, and Timmy Taylor (Lisa); ten grandchildren; and fourteen great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Norma Taylor; daughter, Kathy; a grandson; a great granddaughter; and his parents.A private family service will be Friday, May 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Brock McWhirter officiating. Burial will follow in Eddington Cemetery.
Ripley MS
Foster and Son Funeral Home – Ripley
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McBride Funeral Home – Ripley
Teresa Mardis EdgeMay 19, 1970 – May 8, 2020Teresa Mardis Edge, 49, passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. She was born May 19, 1970, to Cleatus and Martha Lee Mardis in Ripley, MS. She was a homemaker, who enjoyed spending time with her family.She is survived by her husband, James Edge; two sisters, Bertha Beaty (Billy) of Ripley, Ms, Freida Haygood (Eddie) of Jumpertown, MS; a special niece, Liz Clark; three special nephews, Jason Clark, Jr. of Littletown AL, B J Beaty of Ashland, MS, and Leon Mardis of Lawrenceburg, TN; and three great nieces; five great nephews; three grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Annia Mardis of Booneville, MS. Teresa was preceded in death by her father, Cleatus Mardis; her mother, Martha Rogers Mardis Green; one brother, William (BoBo) Mardis; one sister, Michelle Mardis; and her step-father, Larry Green.Private family graveside service will be held in honor of her life on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at Lebanon Cemetery with Bro. Toby Mardis officiating. Pallbearers will be Chris Hill, Leon Mardis, Tommy Howell, B.J. Beaty, Grey Jeter, James Mardis, Tony Ridge. Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Haygood and Billy Beaty, Sr., Charles James. Expressions of sympathy for the Edge family may be sent to:www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Teresa Mardis Edge please visit our Sympathy Store.
Shelia Karen Bullock LawsonOctober 2, 1955 – May 8, 2020Shelia Karen Bullock Lawson, 64, passed away Friday, May 8, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born on October 2, 1955, to James Gaston and Ouida Childers Bullock in Ripley, MS. Shelia was co-owner of Dumas Furniture, Inc. for 35 years. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church where she was piano player until her health declined. She loved her family and loved flowers and working in her flower garden.Shelia is survived by her husband, Danny Lawson of Ripley, MS; one daughter, Courtney Lawson Brown (Kenneth) of Dumas, MS; two sons, Bradley Lawson and Richard Lawson both of Dumas, MS; one sister, Rhonda Reno (Jerry) of Ripley, MS; one brother, Raiford Bullock (Elaine) of Ripley, MS; ten grandchildren, Ridge Lawson, Ryder Lawson, Daniel Lawson, Ryan Lawson, Garrett Brown, Ashley Leopard, Kelsey Sowell, Allie Lawson, Anna Lawson, Piper Lawson; three great-grandchildren, Madi, Nolan, and Maren.A private family graveside service will be held in honor of her life on Monday, May 11, 2020, with Bro. Cody Matlock officiating. Burial will be at Fellowship Church Cemetery. The family wishes to thank North Mississippi Medical Center for taken such great care of her. Expressions of sympathy for the Lawson family may be sent to www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Shelia Karen Bullock Lawson please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ripley Funeral Home, Inc – Ripley
Joe Wayne BrownOctober 27, 1940 ~ May 8, 2020Joe Wayne Brown, 79, resident of Walnut, departed this life Friday evening, May 8, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Joe was born October 27, 1940 in Tippah County, the oldest child of the late Leo and Iris Keith Brown. He was a 1959 graduate of Walnut High School and was married April 30, 1959 to his devoted wife, Frances Martindale Brown who survives. A member of Marlow Church of Christ, Joe was a valued employee of Reeds Manufacturing Corporation for 40 years before retiring. A good quite man who enjoyed the simple things in life, Joe suffered with Crohn’s Disease for fifty years, however, maintained a good attitude during much of his pain. As long as health permitted, Joe found pleasure in hunting, fishing, golfing and playing dominoes with his buddies. In earlier years, he often repaired and designed golf clubs for the public. The last few years were hard for Joe and he found comfort in watching television and eating.In addition to his wife of 61 years, he leaves two sisters, Doris Sartain of Kenneth City, FL and Martha Goolsby (Lonnie) of Ripley; sister-in-law, Wanda Martindale of Walnut; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also preceded in death by two infant sons; one sister, Gen McKee (R.L.); his in laws, Kelton and Vivian Martindale; sister and brother-in-law, Billie Rose and Sidney Pulse; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Martindale.Graveside Services honoring the life of Mr. Brown will be at 2:00 PM Sunday, May 10, 2020 at Roger Springs Cemetery near Middleton, TN. Bro. Josh James will officiate and arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Brown family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joe Wayne Brown, please visit our floral store.
James Matthew “Matt” CarterMarch 4, 1970 ~ May 8, 2020James Matthew “Matt” Carter, 50, resident of Memphis with family in Tippah County, passed away unexpectedly Friday, May 8, 2020 at his residence. Born March 4, 1970 in Memphis, Matt is the son of Ronnie Carter of Memphis and the late Linda Matthews Rogers. He received his education at Kingsbury High School in Memphis and was employed as a roofer at the time of his death. A Christian, Matt loved and adored his children and grandchildren. His hobbies included riding motorcycles, dirt bikes and all terrain vehicles. An avid 80’s music fan, he will be remembered as hardworking, reliable and trusting.In addition to his father, survivors include his children, James Carter (Kristen) of Chalybeate, Harlie, Halee and Chase Carter, all of Memphis; two sisters, Andrea Rogers of Tiplesville and Stephanie Fine of Corinth; one brother, Freddie Rogers, Jr. (Vanessa) of Tiplersville; maternal grandmother, Anita Sue “Gimomma” Matthews; his step father, Freddie Rogers, Sr. of Tiplersville; two grandchildren, Charlie Grace and Cohen Carter; a third grandchild due any day; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.Graveside services honoring the life of Matt will be at 3:00 PM Monday, May 18, 2020 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Falkner. Bro. Doc Shelton will officiate and 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 James Matthew “Matt” Carter, please visit our floral store.
Cecil Winston AlbersonDecember 6, 1957 ~ May 11, 2020Cecil Winston Alberson, 62, lifelong resident of Benton County and friend to many, passed away peacefully Monday morning, May 11, 2020 in the comfort of his home following a brief illness. Cecil was born December 6, 1957 in Ashland, the son of the late C.W. and Mamie Orman Alberson. He received his education in the Ashland Public School System and was a well known roofer throughout the area until his recent illness. A Christian, Cecil will be remembered by many for his love antique vehicles that included cars, trucks and tractors. He was devoted to his family in good times and difficult times and there was never a question about the love he possessed for his grandchildren. Known for helping others in their time of need, Cecil never sought recognition for quietly being a friend. His family, friends and community will miss this larger than life Benton County native.Those left to share memories include his wife, Tammy Manis Alberson; his children, Beth Alberson and Tim Alberson (Brooke), both of Ashland, and Curtis Alberson (Kelly) of Ripley; two sisters, Judy Reeves (William) of Ripley and Francis Bennett (Robert) of Ashland; two brothers, Billy Alberson (Lynn) and Norman Alberson (Janet), both of Ashland; seven grandchildren, Sarah, Matthew, Addison and Darren Alberson, Montanta, Helen and Timothy Doss. In addition to to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Charlie Alberson; one sister, Wilma Hill; and one brother, Eddie Alberson.Graveside Services honoring the life of Cecil will be Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Friendship Cemetery near Ashland. Bro. Doc Shelton will officiate and arrangements provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. Those honored to serves as pallbearers for Cecil are Curtis and Tim Alberson, Charles Bennett, Randy Mercer, James and Neal Alberson. The family request that memorials be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis , TN 38105. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Alberson family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Cecil Winston Alberson, please visit our floral store.
Saltillo MS
W E Pegues Funeral Directors – Saltillo
Annette PresleyMarch 01, 1964 – May 08, 2020Annette Presley, 56, passed away Friday, May 8, 2020 after an extended illness. She was born in Kilmichael on March 1, 1964, the daughter of James Tharp and Doris Tharp O’Neal. She earned a degree in nursing and worked in hospice for several years. Annette loved playing bingo and working crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed being outdoors and fishing, but most of all spending time with her family who will miss her greatly.Annette leaves behind her three sons, Brad Presley, Chad Presley (Heather), and Thad Presley (Brandi), all of Guntown; six grandchildren, Peyton, Preston, Madison, Nicholas, Hunter, and Ashton; her sister, Debby Harmon of Plantersville; and a special brother-in-law, Chuck Presley. She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Rondal Keith Presley; her parents; and a brother, Glen Tharp.A service celebrating Annette’s life will be 2:00 PM Monday May11, 2020 at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Merlel Floyd officiating. Chuck Presley will deliver the eulogy. Pallbearers are Brad, Chad, Thad, Peyton, Chuck, and Dustin Presley. Preston Gray and Hunter Petre will serve as honorary pallbearers.  Burial will be in Campbelltown Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 – 8 PM Sunday following the guidelines of the CDC recommendations. The service will be livestreamed and recorded for those unable to attend. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Jimmy PuttFebruary 02, 1945 – May 11, 2020Jimmy Bradford Putt, 75, passed away Monday, May 11, 2020 at his home in Vardaman after an extended illness  He was born February 2, 1945 in Tupelo to Cecil Laman Putt and Murlene Virginia Kimble. Jimmy worked in many different jobs over his lifetime including painting and construction. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. A true outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.He is survived by his son, David Putt of Shannon; two sisters, Glenda Beard of Okolona and Teresa Lynn Abbot of New Albany; and a grandson, Mark Putt. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, David L. Putt; and his sister, Barbara Dent.A service honoring Jimmy’s life will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, May 18, 2020 at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Bart Latner officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 PM Sunday. For expressions of sympathy, visit www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Fred RussellAugust 1, 1921 – May 11, 2020Freddie “Fred” Rudolph Russell, 98, died Monday, May 11, 2020 at State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born in Pontotoc County, August 1, 1921 to Luther Edgar and Tiny Dovie Hester Russell. Born in a time much different than now, Fred was brought up with a work ethic matched by few. His working life began as a young man helping on a farm. He came of age when our country began calling upon its men for service during World War II. Fred proudly answered this call in 1942 and enlisted in the United States Army. During his military career, he was captured and served as a Prisoner of War and because of this, was awarded a Purple Heart. After being honorably discharged from the military, he enjoyed a rewarding career as a salesman with Hardins Bread. Following his retirement, he drove a cab for Brook Brothers Cabs. Fred was a member of the VFW in Tupelo. He enjoyed playing dominoes and cards, watching sports on television, and most of all, spending time with his beloved family.Survivors include his three children, Freddie Russell (Linda) of Tupelo, Phillip Russell of Tupelo, and P.K. Kelley (Jeff) of Dresden, TN; 12 grandchildren who affectionately referred to him as “Pa”, Freddie D’Ray Russell (Pam), Wendy Burns (fiancé, Brandon Shirley), Blake Russell (Nicole), Christy Blanchard, Josh Russell (Kayla), Jake Russell (Miranda), Brett Lustenberger (Dave), Lane Poland (Jonathan), Phil Russell, Haley Russell, Katie West (Justin), and Lacie Watson (Stanton); 25 great-grandchildren; five great-great- grandchildren; and sister, Elizabeth Timms of Saltillo. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edith Russell; son, Chris Russell; daughter-in-law, Linda Russell; one sister; and six brothers.A graveside service honoring his life will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in Crossroads Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers will be grandchildren and their spouses. The family would like to extend many heartfelt thanks to the employees of the State Veterans Home in Oxford for the exceptional care and comfort offered to Mr. Russell and his family over the years. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Doris PannellJanuary 8, 1938 – May 12, 2020Doris Pannell, 82, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Sunshine Healthcare in Pontotoc. A native of Pontotoc County, she was born January 8, 1938 to William Benton and Nora Lee Russell Hester and was raised in the Palmetto Community. On September 15, 1956, Doris married Willie D. “Billy” Pannell, Jr. Together they enjoyed raising their four children and watching their family expand with the addition of grandchildren and great-grandchildren for almost 52 years before his death in 2008. Doris spent many of her younger years working as a seamstress, but in her later years enjoyed working at a snack bar with her friends and playing bingo. She enjoyed cooking, sewing quilts especially for her grandchildren, and taking trips to Tunica with her sisters. She had most recently attended Greater Vision Ministries.Survivors include her four children, Willie Dean Pannell of the Furrs Community, Nora Robinson (Danny) of the Palmetto Community, Dennis Pannell of Booneville, and Regina Raven (Roy) of Saltillo; ten grandchildren, Ginger Sims (Brian) of Saltillo, Allison Wilson (Corey) of the Furrs Community, Amanda Robinson (fiancé, Dave) of the Palmetto Community, Traci Evans (Joseph) of Longview, Chris Pannell (Tiffany) of Saltillo, William Pannell of Saltillo, Kayleigh Pannell of Saltillo, Laci Pannell of Sandoval, Illinois, Leslie Hathcock (Chris) of Saltillo, and Melany Shingleton (Hunter) of Talladega, AL; 11 great-grandchildren, Knox Sims, Conner and Zack Wilson, Jayden Evans, Logan and Kaleb Pannell, Megan and Billy Pannell, Bethlynn and Brynnley Hathcock and Emma Shingleton; sister, Shirley Ann Rutledge (Larry) of the Troy Community; and two special nephews, William and John Hester. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willie D. “Billy” Pannell, Jr.; four brothers, W.B. Hester, C.W. Hester, Thurman Hester and Eddie Wayne Hester; and two sisters, Robbie Nell McCullough and Mary Lou Scott.Visitation will be 10:00 AM until service time Thursday, May 14, 2020 at W.E. Pegues, Saltillo. A service honoring her life will be 12:00 PM Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Walter Prather officiating. Burial will be in Ellistown Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Andy HaileyOctober 19, 1943 – May 11, 2020William Andrew “Andy” Hailey, 76, passed away Monday, May 11, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born in Meridian October 19, 1943 to Claud Miller and Flora Smith Hailey. From 1966 until 1969 he served in the United States Army with an assignment in Frankfurt, Germany and continued with the US Civil Service after receiving an honorable discharge. Andy was extremely intelligent, highly educated and undoubtedly well respected. One testament to this took place in 1986 when he was recognized as a Fellow by the American Society for Quality. He received his BBA from the University of Mississippi in 1965, MBA from Loyola University of Chicago in 1971, and DBA from the University of Kentucky in 1978. His career as a Professor of Computer Information Systems began in 1976 when he began working at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His 32 year career as a professor allowed him the opportunity to work at many other colleges including: the University of Southern Mississippi from 1984 until 1987, Millsaps College from 1987 until 1996, Appalachian State from 1996 until 1999, the University of North Alabama from 1999 until 2006, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2006 until his formal retirement in 2007. He was, without a doubt, a “computer guru”. When he was not teaching, Andy was active with the Shriners, and enjoyed wood working, fishing, boating and canoeing which earned him an award for placing second in the 1974 National Open Canoe Whitewater Championship. He also had a passion for photography, was an avid runner and possessed a strong affinity for the Boy Scouts of America; working as a lifeguard at Boy Scouts’ Camp Yocona and attaining their highest achievement rank of Eagle Scout.Survivors include his wife, Paula Burke Hailey; three children, Alicia Rudolph (Kyle), Andrea Klein (Brian), and Anna Rubinstein (Greg); six grandchildren, Max and Igor Rudolph, Russell, Morgan and Mitchell Klein and Gabriel Rubinstein; sister, Paula Estes (Terry); brother-in-law, Jim Dean; and nephew, Brett Estes. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Helen Daly Hailey; sister, Janet Dean; and niece, Hailey Estes.Visitation will be 4:30 -7:00 PM Friday, May 15, 2020 at W.E. Pegues, Tupelo. Services honoring his life will be 10 AM Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson officiating. A graveside service will be 3:00 PM Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Hailey-Richey Cemetery in Gholson with Rev. David Shumaker officiating. The service will be live streamed and recorded for those who may not be able to attend at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607 US or your favorite charity. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Keith ColeAugust 24, 1978 – May 13, 2020Keith Michael Cole, 41, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a courageous battle with cancer. A longtime resident of Lee County, he was born August 24, 1978, the son of Lloyd and Gloria Barrows Cole. Keith graduated from Mooreville High School and then attended Itawamba Community College. He then pursued his lifelong dream of a career in law enforcement. He was a 2009 graduate of the Tupelo Police Academy and worked with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Then in 2018, his dream of serving with the Mississippi Highway Patrol came true as a he graduated from Cadet Class 62. Keith was a man of faith and a member of First Baptist Church in Tupelo. While he enjoyed hunting and traveling, his greatest love in life was his family. He was devoted to them completely.
Keith leaves behind his wife of 17 years, Monica Jenkins Cole; his son, Michael; his parents, Lloyd and Gloria Cole of Tupelo; his brother, Chris Cole (Lisa) of Southaven; his aunt, Cathy Carpenter of Peaceful Valley; his uncle, Danny Barrows (Tomicene) of Tupelo; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Frank and Ruby Cole; his maternal grandparents, Bud and Beth Barrows; and two uncles, Kenneth Carpenter and Randy Barrows.Keith’s heart has always been to protect his family and community; therefore, in light of the current health crisis, the family has chosen to have a private family celebration of Keith’s life which will be held Friday at First Baptist Church with Pastor Matt Powell and Pastor Ricky Young officiating. Pallbearers will be Mississippi Highway Patrol Troopers, Richard Vaughn, Russ Gordon, Anthony Franks, Jonathan Ragan, Derek Earnest, and Randy Box. Honorary pallbearers will be the Cadet Class 62 and the Mississippi Highway Patrol Troopers. Burial will be in Dorsey Memorial Cemetery. Friends are invited to participate in the service by watching online at www.peguesfuneralhome.com or www.fbctupelo.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to MHP Troop F Activity Fund; First Baptist Church Harvest Building Fund, or the American Family Association. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Frances ChismMay 15, 1937 – May 12, 2020Julia Frances Chism, 82, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Pontotoc on May 15, 1937 to Vernon and Christeen Hicks Robinson. In 1962, she married James Chism who was not only her husband, but her best friend, for 52 years. Frances enjoyed going fishing with James and flower gardening. She was a longtime member of Beech Springs Baptist Church.Survivors include her sister, Martha Shake of Palmetto; two brothers, Danny Robinson (Nora) of Palmetto, and Walter Robinson (Joyce) of the Auburn Community; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Chism; step-son, Dale Chism; two sisters, Dorothy McCollum and Joann Robinson; and brother, Robert Robinson.Visitation will be 1:30 PM until service time Thursday, May 14, 2020 at W.E. Pegues, Tupelo. Services honoring her life will be 3 PM Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Dennis Kizzire officiating. Pallbearers will be Ray McCollum, Cody Spencer, Bob Robinson, Terry Harris, Tyler Harris and Austin Harris. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
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Ceola Castleberry GreenJuly 27, 1923 – May 09, 2020Ceola Castleberry Green was born on June 27, 1923, to the union of the Alonzo and Clara Dillard Castleberry; she was the youngest of six children. In July 1940, Ceola was united in marriage with James Henry Green. This union was blessed with ten children. Her husband, James, and four children (Annie Ruth, Louise, Charles, and Frank James) preceded her in death. Ceola was a homemaker while her children were young, and she was well known for her great cooking and love of gardening. She was a pillar of strength for her family, a loving wife and mother. Ceola received her education in the Mississippi Public School System. In the 1970’s Ceola began working for the Traceway Manor Retirement Home. She worked for 20 years and was given an award for her long-standing dedication to her work. She was also a long-term member of the Victory Court 68. She gave her life to Christ at an early age; and was united in worship at the Big Hill United Methodist Church. Later in her life’s journey, she rededicated her life to the Lord. She served faithfully with her church family until her health began to fail. Ceola’s wonderful personality and spirit showed through her beautiful smile. Ceola extended hospitality and compassion to all who came to her home.   Ceola leaves to cherish her memories, four daughters and two sons, Clara Dobbs, Rosie (Sylvester) Dockens, Leo (Geraldine) Green, Hattie Pearl (Robert) Green, Vonnie Stuart, and Otho (Debra) Green; a brother, Leon Castleberry, one special niece, Lillie Ruth Nelson; a special nephew, Anthony McCoy; and a special friend Sadie Stanley. She also leaves twenty-six grandchildren, sixty-seven great-grandchildren, sixty-three great-great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Henrietta Green, Iva Prude, Mae Katherine Walker, Viella McCoy, and Sim Castleberry.Services will be on announce at a later date at College Hill Cemetery.
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Zelma Lee (Rye) WhiteheadSeptember 25, 1919 ~ May 9, 2020Zelma Lee Rye Whitehead was blessed with 100 years, 7 months and 15 days in her earthly pilgrimage. She died peacefully at her residence in Nettleton on Saturday afternoon, May 9, 2020 after living an independent, practical but profound life. Born in Bexar, AL on September 25, 1919 to the late Zoma Rye and Lula Duke Rye, “Miss” Zelma Lee, as she was affectionately called by most, moved to Nettleton as a 7th grader and graduated from Nettleton High School in l939. She married Henry Neal Whitehead in l944 and the two, as business partners, operated H. N. Whitehead Furniture Store in Nettleton. Mr. Whitehead passed away on May 9, 1961, exactly 59 years ago to the day. Being an astute business lady, Miss Zelma Lee continued to operate the furniture store until l987 when she decided to retire. She was a longtime fixture of respect in Nettleton and devoted countless hours as one of its greatest cheerleaders. In 2005, the Nettleton Chamber of Commerce honored her with their Lifetime of Distinction Award. A faithful, loyal and the oldest member at her death of the Nettleton United Methodist Church, she held practically every office in the Church over her lifetime of service to God and Methodism. For over 30 years, she made the communion bread. Known far and wide for her pound cakes, “Miss” Zelma Lee was a master cook and a lover of her home and yard which was selected “Yard of the Month” many times over the years. She delighted in her fellowship with her Church friends as well as all the people of Nettleton. She cut a wide path and her footprints will remain for generations to come.Survivors include her daughter, Kay Whitehead of Belden and Nettleton; numerous nieces and nephews including Ray Grubbs (Debra) of Ridgeland and their son, Michael of Charlottesville, VA; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Zoma and Lula Rye; her sister she adored, Connie Rye Grubbs; brother-in-law, Percy Grubbs; three step brothers, Henry H. “Red” Rye, Zoma Gray Rye and James C. “Jimmy” Rye; and two step sisters, Gladys Tucker Hester and Fay Tucker McMurry.A graveside service celebrating her life will be held  Monday, May 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Nettleton Cemetery with her pastor, Rev. Cecil Locke officiating and assisted by Bro. Jerry Estes. Burial will follow in the Rye/Whitehead family plot afterwards. A private family visitation will take place from noon-1:00 PM in the sanctuary of the Nettleton United Methodist Church. Friends are encouraged to send memorials to her beloved Nettleton United Methodist Church, 160 Verona Ave, Nettleton, MS 38858. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving their friends. The family wishes to thank Kindred Hospice and Linda Estes Hood for their loving care of Zelma. Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Dolly Ann (Hill) NaborsApril 10, 1931 ~ May 9, 2020One of Chickasaw County’s most beloved daughters, Dolly Ann Hill Nabors, returned to her Creator on Saturday, May 9, 2020 after a long, productive life. Dolly had moved to the Birmingham area several years ago to be near her granddaughter, Katy, as she gracefully greeted her sunset years. Born into the pioneer Hill and Sullivan families of Chickasaw County, “Miss” Dolly was the daughter of Cooper Hill and Lucille Sullivan Hill. She attended the schools of Chickasaw County and, in 1949, married Maury E. Nabors in Houston. They made their home on their farm in the southwest of Okolona known as “Shake Rag” or “Caulk Bluff.” Always possessed with an amazing personality and unselfish caring attitude for others, and a selfless heart, Dolly spent well over thirty years serving the people of Chickasaw County in the offices of both the Chancery Clerk and the Circuit Clerk. A longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Okolona, she was always beautifully dressed. After Maury’s death in 2002, she enjoyed traveling, including several “short” trips with cousins and groups out of Tupelo. She thoroughly enjoyed the people she met. A master seamstress and homemaker, Dolly will long be remembered as a splendid Christian lady whose life reflected a love for God, family, neighbors and community.Dolly is survived by her granddaughter, Katy Murphy (Kyle) and children, Anna Kyle, Kade and Kinsley; her grandson, Patrick Ray (Jonica) and children, Claire and Grayson; her sister, Margaret Pulliam; and a host of other family members that loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Maury in 2002; her only daughter, Debra Ann Nabors Robinson, who passed away in 2009; and three siblings, Cecil Hill, Audrey Sullivan, and Claudene “Deanie” McCullough. A graveside service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the Boone’s Chapel Cemetery where her forebears have rested for generations and where she spent much revered time. Friends may gather at the Boone’s Chapel Methodist Church at 10:00 AM to reflect with family on the wonderful life she lived. Holland Funeral Directors-Okolona Chapel is honored to be serving the family. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 319 W Main St, Okolona, MS, or to the Boone’s Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Bank of Okolona, PO Box 306, Okolona, MS 38860.
Bobbye Miller BrinsonApril 2, 1944 ~ May 10, 2020Bobbye Carol Miller Brinson, 76, passed away at NMMC-Gilmore Hospital in Amory on Sunday morning, May 10, 2020 after a lingering illness. Born April 2, 1944 to George Dick Miller and Margaret Jeanette Reeves Miller in Columbus, Amory was always home base for her. She lived over 20 years in Jackson, TN where she was employed as Manager of Mid South Textiles. After a few years in Dawson, GA, she returned to Amory where she fed and delighted many folks as a restaurateur. Bobbye Carol and family owned and operated The Grill at Riverbirch and later, Miller’s on Main. A enthusiastic golfer, Bobbye Carol enjoyed good wine, her cigarettes and Candy Crush. She loved children, her siblings and their children, who thoroughly enjoyed Aunt Bobbye Carol. She was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Amory.She is survived by her siblings, Reveland M. Wheat of Brandon, Dickie Miller (Gail) of Amory, Sarah Richardson of Brandon, Bo Miller of Brandon and Washington, DC, and David Miller of Brandon; a grandchild, Ashley Brinson of Memphis; numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. Bobbye Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Dick and Jeanette Miller; her husband, Homer Brinson in 1996; her beloved son, Calvin Wayne “Mac” McPeak in 2006; and her sister, Beverly Outlaw, who passed away in 2018.  A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Tueday May 12, 2020 at the Masonic Cemetery in Amory. The family will receive friends afterwards at the Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements for their friends. Memorials may be made to the Amory Food Pantry, 123 Main St S, Amory, MS 38821. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
James Keith FullbrightApril 11, 1960 ~ May 13, 2020James Keith Fullbright, age 60, crossed over to meet his Creator on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at his residence near Algoma in Pontotoc County. A Texan by birth and choice until moving to Pontotoc County 12 years ago, James was born in Baytown, TX on April 11, 1960 to the late Frank Hamer Fullbright and Carolyn Iford Fullbright. He attended the public schools of Baytown and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1978. He worked several years at the Chemical Plants in Baytown. The rest of his work life was spent in retail sales with his last employment at Walmart in Pontotoc. Many will remember James from his outgoing, bigger than life personality, his mischievous demeanor, and his penchant as a practical jokester. He loved the outdoors especially fishing and hunting. He grew up near and kept a special place in his heart for Lake Livingston in Texas, where he spent countless hours having fun with family and friends. A great conversationalist with a devilish smile always, James revered his family, thoroughly enjoyed his friends and will be missed by all.James leaves behind his beloved family, including his wife, Shani, whom he married in Baytown on Dec. 15, 1994; his daughter, Grace Marie Fullbright of the home; his sons, Michael James Fullbright (Holli) of Weatherford, TX, and Mackenzie Tate Fullbright of the home; two grandchildren, Scarlett Jade Fullbright, and Olivia Ellen Fullbright of Weatherford, TX; his siblings, Carl Joseph “Skip” Fullbright (Robin), Frank Hamer Fullbright (Linda), Mary Delaine Cannon (Mike), David Wayne Fullbright (Carolyn), and Vickie Lynn Weber (Andy, deceased), all of Texas; his father- and mother-in-law, Rodney and Dianne Newsom of Pontotoc; his lifelong best friend, Randy Myers (Danah) of Texas; numerous nieces, nephews and their families; and a host of other relatives and friends.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 with the time and place to be announced at a later date. Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is honored to be serving their friends. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 526, Dallas, TX 75244.
Major Bob WeathersbyDecember 20, 1937 ~ May 14, 2020Robert Edward “Bob” Weathersby Jr., U.S. Army, Ret., departed this life on Thursday, May 14, 2020 after failing health for over a year. He was 82. He was born on December 20, 1937 in New Hebron, Lawrence County MS into a committed military family. His father, Robert “Ned” Weathersby, was a World War I Veteran; his brother, a WW II veteran, Korean War and Vietnam Veteran; and his only sister, a U.S. Army WAC in World War II. His Mother, also a strong supporter of the military, was Dudley Banks Weathersby. Bob graduated from New Hebron High School in 1955, received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1959 as a ROTC student and immediately upon graduation entered active service in the U. S. Army. His distinguished military career included three tours of duty in the Vietnam War, where he was a helicopter pilot. Along the way, he married his sweetheart, Stella Swords, on January 1, 1963, who reverently and loyally supported her husband’s patriotism and civic duty. Major Weathersby retired in 1980 after 23 years active service. Along the way, Major Weathersby was honored for his bravery and courage with multiple medals including the Army Aviator Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Master Army Aviators Badge, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal (1st-30th Award), Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with first Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and first Oak Leaf Cluster, Expert Badge Pistol 38 and 45, the Vietnam Staff Service Medal, First Class, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Mississippi Magnolia Medal from the Mississippi National Guard, the first non-Guard member to receive such an award. Major Weathersby, while not on tours of duty, spent much of his military career as a Pilot Training Instructor at Fort Rucker, AL, and spent several years with the 155th as a helicopter pilot trainer. His family chose the Tupelo area as their permanent home in 1976 and raised their sons here. Not the retiring type, Bob had a 15-year career with Billy Hughes at Rosehill Furniture before again retiring. He spent his last working years as an employee of Walmart in Tupelo. Bob and Stella were members of the Furrs Baptist Church where he enjoyed the music and preaching. Bob’s penchant for conversation was legendary. He thoroughly enjoyed visiting select friends and never met a stranger. Papaw loved his grandchildren and great-granddaughter and doted over them every chance he could. A grateful family and a grateful Nation expresses appreciation for his distinguished service in the U. S. Army. Farewell, good and faithful Soldier!Bob is survived by his wife, Stella of Belden; his two sons, Robert E. “Bobby” Weathersby (Cindy) of Poplarville, MS, and Michael Weathersby (Amy) of Tupelo; his beloved grandchildren, Haley Wood (Mason) of Laurel, Hayes Weathersby (Payton) of Hattiesburg, Jay Linley, Kealy Weathersby, and Keagen Weathersby, all of Tupelo; one great-granddaughter, Anne Parker Wood of Laurel; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Hopkins (Al) of Spotsylvania, VA, and Mary Swords of Peach City, GA; a very special next door neighbor, Leah Schrock and daughters of Belden; and several nieces and nephews and their families. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Joy W. Polk, and one brother, Banks Weathersby.A service, with military honors, will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, May 18, 2020 at the Pavilion at the North Mississippi Veterans Cemetery  (104 S. Depot Avenue) in Kilmichael, MS with his former pastor, Bro. Steve Cohea, officiating. Burial will follow in the Veterans Cemetery there. Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is honored to be serving their friends. There will be no public visitation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Those who may wish to contact the family to express condolences may do so at hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net. Flowers should be delivered to Holland Funeral Directors, 5281 Cliff Gookin Blvd, Tupelo, MS  38801.
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J C King July 31, 1930 – May 9, 2020J C King, 89, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at North MS Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born July 31, 1930, in Itawamba County to Archie and Myrtle King. He served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He worked many years and retired from Delta International. He loved his Atlanta Braves and Ole Miss Football. He met Wanda King and they married on July 2, 1983. They had a long and happy life together. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He loved his church family and was very active until his health failed.He leaves behind his wife Wanda; one son, Jimmy King (Angie); three grandsons, Brantley King, Bobby King and Jason King; two step-daughters, Charlotte Ellis (Jerry) and Denise Adams (Larry); four step-grandchild, Stephanie Simmons (Charlie), Matt Ellis (Bethany), Natasha Brown (Curt) and Bradley Adams (Lindsay); seven step-great-grandchildren, Kyle Simmons, Eli Simmons, Catelyn Brown, Caleb Brown, Mattie Kate Ellis, Emma Ellis and Finley Adams; and one sister, Myrlene Dill. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Cherry Ray; three brothers, Wade King, Dallas King and James Harold King; and two sisters, Colleen Hitt and Eloise Waddle.Graveside services with military honors will be 1:00 PM Monday May 9, 2020 at Lee Memorial Park with Bro. Richie Hester and Bro. Charlie Harper officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Brantley King, Matt Ellis, Bradley Adams, Kyle Simmons, Eli Simmons and Caleb Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason King and Bobby King. A private family visitation will be 12-1:00 PM Monday.
Rachel B. ElrodJuly 9, 1940 – May 13, 2020Rachel B. Elrod, 79, of Shannon, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 9, 1940 to Virgil and Mae Oner Black. She loved spending time with her family, church family, the Lee County Homemakers Club, and Young at Hearts. She was a member of Doty Chapel Baptist Church in Shannon.She is survived by her sons, David Elrod (Pam) of Tupelo and Mike Elrod (Tamara) of Canton; grandchildren, Michelle Farley (Robert) of Pontotoc, Candi Tate (Cameron) of Plantersville, Ryan Elrod (Jordan) of Shannon, Katelyn Wilson (Austin) of Pisgah; great grandchildren, Lane McMullen, Bryson Tate, Paddy Farley, Landon Farley, Anna Blake Tate, John Riley Tate, and Bristol Wilson; siblings, Esma Hanley, Frances Staten (Keith), Gary Black all of Pontotoc; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Elrod; her parents; and several siblings.Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Lee Memorial Funeral Home. We will be observing social distancing during this time due to the pandemic. Private graveside services will be at 12:00 PM Friday, May 15, 2020 at Lee Memorial Park with Bro. Steve Paul officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Doty Chapel Baptist Church 232 Shackelford Ave, Shannon, MS 38868.
N L Jones Funeral Directors – Tupelo
Minister H.E. GladneyJuly 22, 1947 – May 8, 2020Ordained Minister Henry Edward Gladney was born July 22, 1947 to the union of the late Reverend Arzell Gladney and the late Zepporah Jones Gladney. At the age of seven, Minister Gladney accepted Jesus the Christ as his Lord and Savior and his calling into the Ministry of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Minister Gladney attended and graduated from Shivers Jr. and Sr. High School of Aberdeen, MS on May, 1965.  Thereafter, he attended and graduated from Rust College, Holly Spring, MS in 1969. Later in life Minister Gladney attended for two years the Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA. Minister Gladney was ordained at the age of sixteen. Preaching, teaching and singing were the gifts God gave to him to do Ministry. He began pastoring in his mid-twenties. He pastored Union Hill Baptist Church, Etta, MS; Calvary Baptist Church, Okolona, MS; three United Methodist Churches in Georgia and Tennessee. Later, when he resided in Alabama he pastored First Baptist Church of Pine Hill, AL. Upon returning to Aberdeen, he became a member for a period of time at Daniel Baptist Church. In younger years in addition to preaching the Gospel, Minister Gladney had skills in management, counseling, and social work. Later, he was self employed in logging, building engines, and mastering the trucking business. After graduating from Rust College he married the late Alice Faye Bruce Gladney who was the woman of his dreams. To that union were born eight children.  After twenty-four years of marriage, seven years of separation then divorce, Minister Gladney married another for nine years then divorced. After going it alone, Minister Gladney enjoyed people around him; family, friends and neighbors. He enjoyed keeping up his yard, gardening, cooking, canning, fishing and working on his boat. Minister Gladney thought that there was nothing better than a good home cooked meal for he loved to eat.Minister Gladney took flight on the wings of mercy and grace in the early morning of Friday, May 8, 2020  He leaves to celebrate his life his children, Eric Gladney, Ellaria Theres, Carlos Gladney (Lynette), Altermese Kendrick, Henry Gladney, Jr., Felicia Garrett (Rashard), Michael Gladney and Sharon Walker (Isaac); grandchildren, Tajh and Tearia Gladney, Dion and Adjeanna Theres, Camille Gladney, Alexander Kendrick, Darren, Brianna and Caleb Gladney, Elijah, Emmanuel, Alexah and Amaryah Stallworth, Aubrey Simone Renee Gladney, Isaiah, Christopher, Jonathan and Indigo Rain Walker; sisters, Elizabeth Gladney Denard (Charles), and Willietta Holmes; nieces and nephews, Eboni and Charles II Denard, Travis and Lloyd Holmes, God-daughter, Chanel Glenn (Lonnie); and a host of other relatives, friends and neighbors. He is preceded in death by brothers, Willie I. Gladney, James Gladney and Arzell Gladney, Jr.Graveside services will be Thursday, May 14, 2020 11:00 AM at Second Baptist M.B. Church Cemetery, 10575 Old Magnolia Hwy, Prairie, MS. Visitation will be a walk thru one hour prior to service at the cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.nljonesandsons.com or on Facebook at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

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