Obituaries

HCN Regional Obituaries (June 5-11, 2020)

HCN Regional Obituaries

June 5 – 11, 2020

Baldwyn MS 
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn
Curly Mae Reese Price 
September 25, 1951 – June 9, 2020
Curly Mae Reese Price passed away Tuesday, June 9,2020 at the North MS Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. She was the daughter of the late Curly Reese and Josephine Harris Reese. Survivors include two daughters, Gloria Reese Buzzard, Shonda Price and Eddie Roy Price Jr. ten grandchildren.Graveside Services will be Tuesday, June 16, 2020 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM at the Verona City Cemetery, Verona, MS 38879.
Lula Berry Mayes 
August 26, 1937 – June 9, 2020
Lula Berry Mayes 82, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at Diversicare Nursing and Rehab. Center.  She was the daughter of Charlie Berry and Annie Mae Satterwhite Berry. She was born August 26, 1937 in Pontotoc County. She was united in Holy Wedlock to Alvin Mayes.She leaves to mourn her passing a loving and devoted husband, Alvin Mayes; her children, Vanessa Williams, Carolyn Ashford (Chip), Josephine Shannon, Rev Larry Shannon (Dorothy), David Shannon, and Michael Berry (Lyvonne): two sisters, Diane Partlow and Regina Paden (Kelsey): three brothers, Charles Berry (Marilyn), Melvin Pickens, and Raymond Fells (Barbara); and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Paul Shannon; one daughter, Linda Shannon; two sisters, Martha DePriest and Addie B. Stewart; two brothers, Quitman Berry and Clifford Berry. Graveside Services will be Thursday, June 11, 2020 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM at Tupelo Memorial Park, Joyner St, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Ethell Johnson
 July 3, 1945 – June 9, 2020
Ethell Johnson passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at the North MS Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. He was the son of T.C. Johnson and Minnie Johnson. He leaves to mourn his passing three sons, Christopher Johnson (Shana), Mario O’Neal (Katina) and Leslie Mabry (Arlisa); four daughters, Schiquita Moncure (Keith), Akenyae Johnson, Katina Johnson, and Anitra Freeman; nine siblings, Willie T. Johnson (Margaret), Steve Johnson, Norris Doss, Cercellia McPherson, Nyoka Brandon (Willie), Sheaneter Bogan (Randy), Ruby Finnie, Shellie Burks (John), and Mois Johnson; 21 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, T.C. Johnson and Minnie Johnson; three brothers: Daniel, Elmer and Roosevelt Johnson; and one sister, Calendar Fay Ledbetter. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Kesler Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Laverne Coker
November 4, 1928 ~ June 6, 2020
Laverne Coker, 91, passed away Saturday June 6, 2020 at her home in Booneville. Mrs. Laverne was a  member of the Booneville Church of Christ . She loved going to church, studying her Bible and spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed playing kendal and  going out to eat.  Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Dunavent (Bobby) of Booneville; her son, Tommy Coker (Janet) of Booneville; her sisters, Virlon Davis and Wynell Thompson (LC) both of Booneville; her grandchildren, John Cartwright (Dixie) of Starkville, Melissa Roberts (Billy) of Booneville, Regina Newton (Glenn) of St. Augustine, FL, Tamala Harris of Texarkanna, TX, Robert Dunavent of Orting, WA ,and Kay Roselle (Mike) of Bossier City, LA; her great-grandchildren, Alec Cartwright of Tuscaloosa, AL, Ethan Cartwright of Jackson, MS, Emily Cartwright of Starkville, Izzy Roberts of Booneville, Tyler Dunavent of Cleveland, MS, and Hunter, Curtis and Seth Newton all of St. Augustine, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Quinton Coker; her parents, John and Willie Garrett; her sister, Edith Garrett; her nephew, Keith Thompson; and her niece, Lynn Downs. Visitation will be from 12:00 until service time Monday at the church. Services will be 2:00 Monday June 8, 2020 at the Booneville Church of Christ with Minister Tony Brown and Minister Glenn Newton officiating. Burial will follow in the Jacinto Church of Christ Cemetery. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Laverne Coker, please visit our floral store.
Sharon Preston Trollinger
September 23, 1948 ~ June 8, 2020 
Sharon Trollinger, 71, passed away Monday June 8,2020 at her home in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Kesler Funeral Home Inc. is in charge. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Sharon Preston Trollinger, please visit our floral store.
Waters Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Kindle Sample
July 22, 1971 – June 6, 2020
Kindle Sample, 48, passed away at her home on Saturday June 6, 2020. She was former employee of H M Richards and enjoyed shopping, painting, and playing Wahoo. She loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren. She had been an active member of Camp Blue Bird since 1994, and she was a member of East Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.She is survived by her husband, Tracy Sample; parents, Charles Phillips and Martha Ann Malone Lynk; daughter, Alisha Megan Thompson (Jason); sister, Pamela Toomey (Bart); brothers, Tim Phillips (Carolyn) and Keith Phillips (Christie); grandchildren, Kalynn Jones, Avery Jones, Wyatt Thompson and Kayleigh Thompson. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Archie and Jewel Smith, and her step-father, Bo Lynk.Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Waters Funeral Home. Due to Covid-19 pandemic the family asks that immediate family only attend funeral services at Waters Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 3:00 pm with Bro. Rex Bullock officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Kindle Sample, please visit our Tribute Store.
Annie Randle
September 1, 1925 – June 6, 2020
Annie Laura H. Randle passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the Mitchell Center in Tupelo. She was born on September 1, 1925 to William Thomas Haygood and wife, Marvyn Hinds Haygood. She grew up in Guntown and Baldwyn, MS and was a lifelong member of Pleasant Valley Methodist Church which she loved dearly. In years past she had served on various committees, taught Sunday School, was church treasurer, and worked with Methodist Youth Fellowship. A graduate of Baldwyn High School, she began her career in Memphis, TN, at Commerce Title Guaranty Company. Later she was with Gulf Oil Corporation as receptionist and executive secretary at the district office in Tupelo where she retired after many enjoyable years. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She enjoyed her friends who came to keep her company after she became home-bound; also she loved reading Christian books furnished by the librarian of a local church as well as telephone calls and word puzzles.She is survived by three nieces, Sherrill B. Estes (Ted) of Marietta, Carolyn B. Schmitz (Eddie) of Wisconsin and Mary Ann Gentry Boysen (Rick) of Tocoma, Washington; nephews, Billy Hinds Haygood (Martha) of Tupelo, Thomas Michael Haygood (Carla) of Houston, TX and Hal Breedlove Haygood (Lauren) of Fuquay-Varina, NC; and brother-in-law, Eugene “Gene” Epting Randle (Gwen) of Cordova, TN. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Thomas Randle whom she wed on December 24, 1944 (60 years); her parents; six sisters, Lucille H. Knight, Bessie Soles, Mabel H. Stallings, Loraine H. Belcher, Christine H. Gentry Luber and Laverne H. Bryant; two brothers, William Hinds Haygood and Thomas Haygood, Jr. The family would like to express their gratitude for the love and care shown to her by her friends and the staff at the Mitchell Center.Funeral services will be held at Waters Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 11:00 am with Chaplain James Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Valley Church Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Pleasant Valley Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 758 County Rd 503, Guntown MS 38849. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Annie Randle, please visit our Tribute Store.www.watersfuneralservice.com
Magalene O’Neal TaylorJuly 4, 1944 – June 7, 2020Magalene O’Neal Taylor passed away at her home on Sunday, June 7, 2020. She was a seamstress and loved to sew, grow flowers, read and cook. She was a member of the Roaring Hollow Church of Christ.She is survived by her children, Troy Hardin and Richard Nunley both of New Site, Deborah Harris of Booneville, and Jerry Lewis (Anna) of Altitude; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Jimmy O’Neal (Pam) of New York, and Larry O’Neal of Belmont; and a host of other friends and family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Olen and Inez Ivy 0’Neal; brothers, JD O’Neal, Emmit O’Neal, Tommy O’Neal and Harold Ivy; and a sister, Mildred Bevers.Visitation will be held at Waters Funeral Home on Friday from 3:00 pm until service time. Funeral services will be held at Waters Funeral Home on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm with Bro. Terry Scott officiating. Burial will be in Allen Line Church Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the table www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Magalene O’Neal Taylor, please visit our Tribute Store.
Boyd WhiteDecember 29, 1925 – June 10, 2020Boyd “Shorty” “PeeWee” White, 94, passed away on June 10, 2020 at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was member of St. Luke United Methodist Church. He was an avid bird hunter, golfer and New Orleans Saints fan.He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Martha Evelyn White of Tupelo; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, John W. and Minnie Caldwell White; his sister, Alma Petty; and brothers, Vestius White, Thomas White, and a twin brother, Loyd White.Funeral services will be held at Waters Funeral Home on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Rob Gill officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Boyd White, please visit our Tribute Store.
Ellis Horton JohnsonDecember 12, 1934 – June 10, 2020Ellis Horton Johnson, 85, passed away on June 10, 2020, at NMMC in Tupelo.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home. www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Ellis Horton Johnson, please visit our Tribute Store.
Pamela GarrettJune 23, 1971 – June 11, 2020Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Pamela Garrett, please visit our Tribute Store.
Booneville MS
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Booneville
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Booneville Funeral Home – Booneville
David GarciaNovember 25, 1960 – June 6, 2020David Garcia, 59, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020, at home in Booneville. He was born in Gary, IN, on November 25, 1960, to Manuel Garcia and Rita Garcia-Ortiz. He enjoyed antique car restoration, house reconstruction, attending and watching car shows. He loved to listen to salsa and country music, camping, and boating. He was very dedicated to his family.He is survived by his wife, Anita Joann Garcia; step-daughter, Becky Gardner (Vic) of Booneville; brothers, Jose H. Garcia of Lake Station, IN, and Jerry Garcia (Wilma) of Port Charlotte, FL; sisters, Olga Mendez of Interlachen, FL, Angelica Martinez (Jose) of Gary, IN, Aida Martinez (Juan) of Port Charlotte, FL, Emily Sanchez (Hector) of Hartsville, SC, Rita Yolanda Hernandez of Port Charlotte, FL, Rosa Rodriguez (Juaquin) of Hobart, IN, and Carmen Vega (Jesse) of Stella, NC; step-granddaughters, Alexa M. Smith, Breanna V. Gardner; step-great-granddaughter, Marci J. Smith; step-great-grandson, Montavious Smith, all of Booneville; sisters-in-law, Lydia Garcia and Connie Garcia; brother-in-law, George Padilla; and a host of aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Miguel Garcia and Manuel Garcia; a sister, Esther Padilla; and two brothers-in-law, Aracelio Hernandez and Jose Mendez.Funeral services will be 6:00 PM Thursday, June 11, 2020, at Booneville Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Garcia and Rev. Juaquin Rodriguez officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 PM until service time at the funeral home. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be extended to the family at boonevillefuneralhome.net. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of David Garcia please visit our Sympathy Store.
McMillan Funeral Home – Booneville
Raymond JonesSeptember 30, 1932 – June 11, 2020Raymond Elisha Jones, 87, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020, at his home. He was born September 30, 1932, to Hilton and Annie Lee Bennett Jones. He was a graduate of Marietta High School, where he played basketball, and had fond memories of the 1950 Championship Basketball Team along with his brother, Clyde. He attended Northeast Junior College where he was a member of the 1953 basketball team. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church since 1959, and taught the Adult Sunday School Class for many years. Before his retirement, he worked at Plumrose, Hodges Wood Products, and DeVaughn Wood Works. He enjoyed bird hunting, raising bird dogs, raising cows, fishing, gardening, and lately riding his golf cart around the lake while bird watching.He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bobbie Dodds Jones; one son, Steven (Trisha) Jones; two daughters, Cindy Jones and Kim Carnathan; one brother, Larry (Kay) Jones; two sisters, Nell Pharr and Frances Hodges; six grandchildren, Jonathan (Leslie) Pounders, Beth (Joey) Hughes, Adam Carnathan, Jacqueline (Thomas) Holloway, Caleb (Krissy) Jones and Jacob Jones; and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clyde Jones and Danny Lee Jones; two sisters, Virginia DeVaughn and infant Martha Sue Jones; two brothers-in-law, Horac DeVaughn and Jimmy Pharr; two sisters-in-law, Helen Jones and Betty Jones; and one granddaughter, Cassie Danielle Jones.A Celebration of Life service will be at 4:00 PM Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Ray Bennett and Bro. David Harper officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 3:00-4:00 PM at the church. Burial will be in Martin Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jonathan Pounders, Adam Carnathan, Caleb Jones, Jacob Jones, Thomas Holloway and Joey Hughes. Honorary pallbearers are Cayce DePoyster, Dennis DePoyster, Don Westmoreland and Jurgen Hellriegel. Services are under the direction of McMillan Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com
Corinth MS
Magnolia Funeral Home – Corinth
Sandra Jean Watkins BrasherDecember 13, 1966 – June 7, 2020Sandra “Kitten” Watkins Brasher went to her Eternal Home with her Lord, Sunday, June 7,2020. Ms. Brasher departed this life at MRCH, in Corinth, MS at the age of 53 years, 5 months and 25 days. She was born during a Christmas Parade on December 13, 1966 in Henderson, TN. Sandra was the daughter of Lloyd and Brenda Chapman Watkins of Selmer, TN. Sandra worked in the medical field her whole career. She begin as a teen working for McNairy County General Hospital, later attending JSCC with an Associates Degree in EMS. Her last employment, before becoming unable to work was with Nashville EMS, working the Franklin area. She was a very avid, competitive softball player and coach. She loved the outdoors and was an awesome catcher of catfish. She would bait her hook, cast it out and say, “Here, Kitty, Kitty” and catch the biggest and largest amount. She enjoyed camping, music, dancing and car shows with her Pop and brother Andy. Most of all she loved Jesus since she was a youth. Sandra was a member of Forty Forks Baptist Church, Bethel Springs, TN. She served many years as a member of Good Hope Baptist Church. She always presented a huge, infectious smile and had a hug for everyone in the room. She was a huge supporter of women and children of abuse. As her Grandmother Chapman would say, “She’d fight a circular saw and it a-running” if she saw the need to defend someone being wronged. Kitten was a compassionate and giving girl. Sandra was a fearless Mother to her only child, Lane Brasher. She loved him with a passion, like none other. They fished, rode four-wheelers, played ball and were always outside together. She dearly loved her grandchildren and they her. Their name for her is “Mamaw KittyCat”.She leaves to cherish her memory forever of her only child, Lucas Lane Brasher (Kim) Selmer, TN. Her parents, Lloyd and Brenda Watkins, Selmer, TN; grandchildren, Eric Lane and Evelynne Marie Brasher, Bethel Springs, their mother (Shawantay). Lane and Kim are expecting the arrival of Mamaw KittCat’s grandson, Carson in July. She also leaves her sister, Rebecca Williams (Alan) Selmer;  brothers, Gerald Elam (Mary), and Andy Watkins (Becca) all of Adamsville, TN;  Uncle and Aunt Tony and Wanda Chapman, Aunt Edith Hunter all of Selmer; nieces, Jeannie, Lacy, Jessie, Lindsey, Sarah; nephews, Lee, Joseph, Zach, Ethan, Jacob, Andrew, Matthew. She also leaves her dear friend, neighbor and caregiver, Renee of Selmer. Sandra was proceeded in death by brother, Steven Anthony; sister, Wanda Jarrett; grandparents, Lebron and Cornelia Chapman, and Leonard and Merle Watkins.Sandra’s wishes were to be cremated. Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth MS is in charge of her final wishes. A Memorial Services will be held at a later date at Forty Forks Baptist Church, Bethel Springs, TN. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Sandra Jean “Kitten” Watkins Brasher please visit our Sympathy Store.
Martha Joan BurlesonAugust 18, 1934 – June 7, 2020Martha Joan Burleson, 85, of Rienzi, MS, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2020 at her residence. She was born in Shannon, MS on August 18, 1934 and was devoted to God, church and family. She was a member of Hinkle Baptist Church. Those left to honor Joan’s memory include her husband of 68 years, Excail Burleson; her daughters, Patricia Coleman (Mike), Pamela Boone, and Teresa Hines (Lamar); her eight grandchildren of whom she was so proud, Rosaline Harvell, Joe Coleman, Paul Boone, Cheryl McCoy, Daniel Boone, Douglas Boone, Kristi Barkstrom, and Anna Hines; her fourteen great-grandchildren, Aniston, Ashton, Aikley, Gabbie, Gabe, Justin, Madisyn, Jacob, Alexander, Owen, Dylan, Blair, Parker, and Milli; her sister, Virginia Golden; and other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vera Rogers Dye and Ervin Rogers. Services for family members only will be held at Magnolia Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 officiated by Bro. Paul Stacy. Pallbearers include Joe Coleman, Paul Boone, Gabe Hall, Justin McCoy, Jacob Bradley and Kevin Harvell. Graveside services are scheduled at Hinkle Baptist Church Cemetery at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. The family encourages friends to attend but respectfully asks that all attendees practice social distancing. Magnolia Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at magnoliafuneralhome.net/https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/8G4TFWGSBCLSRLGQ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s International at gideons.org or Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Martha Joan Burleson please visit our Sympathy Store.
Imogene RogersFebruary 28, 1933 – June 8, 2020Imogene Green Rogers was ushered into eternity on June 8, 2020, surrounded by her family at the Mississippi Care Center in Corinth. Imogene was born on February 28, 1933, to Tom Henry and Annie Laura Green. She loved God, church, family, word puzzles, puzzles, board games, and game shows. Most of her life, Imogene was a stay at home mother and housewife. She worked part-time in retail at Graber’s, Gibson’s, and Kent’s where she greeted everyone with a sweet smile. Edward always said, “she brought her paycheck home in a sack.” She owned and helped operate Rogers’ Biggersville Grocery for three years. Kenny’s BBQ was the last public job she held. She enjoyed working at Kenny’s and meeting the public. She gave up Kenny’s to help raise two of her youngest grandchildren. Imogene attended both Hinkle and Biggersville Schools. At the end of her sophomore year, she began another chapter in her life with a handsome young man she met at the movies, Edward Rogers. At the ages of 15 and 18, they were married on August 27, 1948. What followed was 69 years of lovingly living out and honoring her marriage vows to the love of her life. What a wonderful legacy of devotion and faithfulness they have left for their family. Like many people looking for jobs, they moved up North to Libertyville, IL in 1953. Edward worked at Hawthorne Melody Farms. Imogene sometimes gave tours to school children at the farm. She charmed all of the farm’s visitors with her rich southern drawl. She was definitely a crowd favorite! However, they missed Hinkle, and moved back home in 1957.Imogene was a mother to three children by the age of 21 with a fourth one to follow some twelve years later. “Her children arise and call her blessed….” She loved being a mother and made sure that her children were well taken care of. She was a meticulous housekeeper and organized in all that she did in her home. The sun never went down that her children were not provided a wonderful meal, a warm bed, and covered in prayer. Imogene followed God’s word in Joel 1:3, “Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation”, by teaching her children about Jesus and making sure that each of them came to know the Lord as their savior. Family was treasured by Imogene. Anytime some of her family was present, she was happy. Her heart was the fullest when the whole Rogers clan was gathered in Hinkle, no matter the occasion. She especially loved Easter – watching the little ones hunt eggs, hiding Easter baskets for the grandkids to find, and the taking of the annual Easter pictures. Proverbs 17:6, “Children’s children are a crown to the aged.” The verse depicts one of the things that brought “Granny” great joy. She doted on each of them and loved the time she got to spend with them. Imogene was a gifted seamstress who made beautiful clothing for her daughters growing up. She was a talented quilter, making beautiful hand-pieced quilts for each of her children and grandchildren. Imogene was into “scrapbooking” before it was popular. She loved pictures and had many albums full of pictures/memories complete with dates, details, and notations. She scrapbooked their first family vacation to the Smokey Mountains in 1972, including the cost of the three-night trip – $128.54. Imogene was an excellent cook and loved to feed her family and friends. Folks were tickled to pull up a chair and put their feet under her kitchen table and feast on vegetables straight from her garden, meatloaf, or a pot of vegetable soup, along with coconut and pecan pies. She always had an extra plate for anyone who stopped by. No one ever left hungry or disappointed.She was a faithful member of Antioch Baptist Church until she was no longer able to attend. She helped to organize the “Christmas Giveaway” every year for several years for underprivileged families in the community. She was active in the WMU ministry and sang in the choir. The Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me…” Imogene did just this by sharing the love of Jesus by teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Imogene never missed an opportunity to care and serve others in the church. If there was a need, she was there to meet it. She could be found visiting and taking food to shut-ins and those in need. Most importantly she was a prayer warrior. Imogene knew Jesus intimately. She regularly lifted up her loved ones to the throne of Grace. She prayed diligently for those she loved and anyone else that had a need. She strived to be the hands and feet of Jesus in her community and church. Imogene Rogers’ daily walk with Jesus was one we should seek to emulate. Her life was rich in evidence of God’s faithfulness. 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord will award to me on that day…” To know her was to love her. She was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, and sister – a life well-lived.She is survived by her son, James Dennis Rogers of Hinkle, MS; her daughters, Judy Brawner (Brad) of Corinth, MS, and Jamie McCoy (Sam) of Booneville, MS; her seven grandchildren, Rick Taylor (Shannon) of Lexington, TN, Pam Verdung (Philip) of Corinth, MS, Zach Rogers of Florence, AL, Clint Rogers (Angela) of Florence, AL, Lee McCoy (Anna) of Madison, MS, Tate McCoy of Booneville, MS, and Jackson McCoy of Booneville, MS; her six great-grandchildren, Mary Mallette Taylor, Ben Taylor, Jack Taylor, Will Verdung, Gavin Rogers, and Declan Rogers; her brother, Jerry Green (Ann) of Hinkle, MS; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends and church family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, James Edward Rogers; her daughter, Janice McDaniel and husband Terry; her parents, Tom Henry Green and Annie Laura Green; and her brother, Thomas Wayne Green.A private family service will be held Thursday, June 11, 2020. Bro. David George, Rick Taylor, Judy Brawner, and Kim Eubanks will officiate the service. Pallbearers include Rick Taylor, Zach Rogers, Clint Rogers, Lee McCoy, Tate McCoy, Jackson McCoy, and Will Verdung. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Antioch Baptist Church C/O Jana McCalla, 36 County Rd 565, Rienzi, MS 38865. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mrs. Imogene Rogers. magnoliafuneralhome.net/https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/CQRF26HNRPSDPJ8X. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Imogene Rogers please visit our Sympathy Store.
Kenneth Wesley “Ken” LawlerJuly 11, 1964 – June 10, 2020Kenneth Wesley “Ken” Lawler, 55 of Michie, TN, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. He was born July 11, 1964 in Sheffield, AL to Johnny Lawler and Janice Martz King. He was of the Baptist faith and was a cabinet maker at McMarley Cabinets. He loved his family and friends and enjoyed spending time playing with his grandchildren, doing woodwork and riding motorcycles. He was a very loving husband, dad and granddad. Ken is survived by his wife of six years, Michelle Lawler of Michie, TN; his son, Wesley Lawler of Pensacola, FL; his daughter, Tiffany Cole of Wingo, KY; two grandchildren, Sophia Hardin and Mia Berry; his brother, Jimmy Lawler and wife Doris of Muscle Shoals, AL; his sisters, Mollie Lawler of Muscle Shoals, AL and Melisa Duke of Midtown, TN; his parents-in-law, Bill and Judy Jones of Corinth, MS; other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Lawler, and his mother, Janice Martz King. Visitation will be Friday, June 12, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Magnolia Funeral Home. The visitation is open to the public. At the family’s request Social Distancing Guidelines will be followed. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mr. Kenneth Wesley “Ken” Lawler. magnoliafuneralhome.net/https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/FLCNL874KLQHFCKL. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Kenneth Wesley “Ken” Lawler please visit our Sympathy Store.
McPeters Funeral Home – Corinth
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Memorial Funeral Home – Corinth
Elizabeth “Betsy” SommersJune 24, 1945 – June 9, 2020Elizabeth “Betsy” Sommers was born on June 24, 1945 and passed away on June 9, 2020.Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of Memorial Funeral Home. Online condolences can be left at www.MemorialCorinth.com 
Cindy RixieSeptember 7, 1959 – June 10, 2020Cindy Rixie, 60, passed away on June 10, 2020 at the Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born in Watervaliet, Michigan on September 7, 1959 to the late Cloise and Deannie Rixie. She was a member of Middleton Pentecostal Tabernacle and worked as a church secretary and also for Henderson Heating and Air. She loved to crochet and was a Mississippi State Bulldog fan.She is survived by her sister, Sheila Barnes (Harold); brother, Mike Rixie; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Randy Rixie.Services to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday at 2:00 PM at Middleton Pentecostal Church with burial to follow in the Community Pentecostal Cemetery. Brother Tim Wilbanks will officiate the service. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5:00 PM until service time on Saturday at 2:00 PM at Middleton Pentecostal Tabernacle. Online condolences can be left at www.MemorialCorinth.com 
Holly Springs MS
Holly Springs Funeral Home – Holly Springs
Lester HaileyOctober 17, 1931 – June 7, 2020Lester Hailey 88, passed away June 7, 2020 at his home in La Grange, TN. Lester was born October 17, 1931 to William Hailey and Annie Gray Hailey in Ashland, MS. Lester was a member of Williston Baptist Church and worked as a maintenance man.Lester is survived by his wife, Shirley Hailey of La Grange, TN; seven sons, Terry Hailey of Sommerville, TN, Rick Hailey of Collierville, TN, David Hailey of Lamar, MS, Marty Finley of AR, Tommy Finley of MS, Eddie Finley of AR, and David Finley of Collierville, TN; five daughters, Debra Reimann of Lamar, MS, Peggy Finley of Byhalia, MS, Tammy Finley of FL, Terry Pierce of Moscow, TN, and Sherry Parker of Moscow, TN; three brothers, Howard Hailey of Holly Springs, MS, Sam Hailey of Jackson, MS, and Ray Hailey of New Orleans, LA.; three sisters, Elsie Hailey, Kathryn Johnson of Brandon, MS, and Nita Thomas; as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lester was preceded in death by his parents, William and Annie Hailey; brothers, William Hailey and Jim Hailey; sisters, Jane Seals, Mary Hunsucker, Mamie Miller and Sue Johnson.There will be a visitation Wednesday evening, June 10, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 pm at the funeral home. There will be a family service at Rice Chapel Cemetery at a later date.
JF Brittenum and Son Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Holly Springs
Victoria JonesApril 20, 1962 ~ June 5, 2020Ms. Victoria Jones, 58, transitioned on Friday, June 5, 2020 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, TN. Miss Victoria Jones was born April 20, 1962 to the late Mr. Van Lee Jones, Sr. and Mrs. Glenzie Mae Newson Jones. She accepted Christ at an early age at Mt. Gillian M. B. Church and later moved her membership to Commissioned Life Ministries Church, where she resided until the day of her transition.She leaves to mourn her passing two children, daughter, Keonna Moore (Tevin Sr.) of Olive Branch, MS and son, Keenen Jones (Kayla) of Memphis, TN; three grandsons, Kylan Jones, Tevin Moore Jr., Tanner Moore; a special friend, Monroe Clarke; four sisters, Robin Newson of Byhalia, MS, Mildred Clark, Wanda G. Jones, Jeanette Taylor (Mark) all of Memphis, TN; four brothers, Theodore Newson (Ruby) of Riverdale, IL, Van Lee Jones, Jr. (Peggy) of Tupelo, MS, Lynn Jessie Jones, and Pastor Scott A, Jones (Christina) both of Olive Branch, MS; one aunt, Lenzie Mae Clayton; one uncle, Richard Newson (Betty); and a host of nieces, nephews, family relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Mr. Van Lee Jones, Sr. and mother, Mrs. Glenzie Mae Newson Jones; and one sister, Michelle JonesVisitation will be on Friday, June 12, 2020 from 4-6:00 pm at Serenity-Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the visitation will be walk thru only limited to only ten persons in viewing area at the same time. Graveside Services will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 am at Mt. Gillian Cemetery in Byhalia, MS. 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 Victoria Jones, please visit our floral store.
Roxie (Sanders) GradyApril 18, 1943 ~ June 7, 2020Mrs. Roxie Sanders Grady, 77, transitioned on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. She was born on April 18, 1943 in Oxford, MS, to the late Mr. Nathaniel Sanders and Mrs. Susan Sanders. She was a member of Philadelphia M.B. Church in Oxford, MS. Roxie was educated in the Lafayette County School System. Roxie enjoyed life to the fullest and she never met a stranger.She leaves to cherish her loving memories three daughters, Brenda (Jessie) Williams of Oxford, MS, Carolyn (Joe) Morgan of Davenport, IA, and Kenita (Demetrius) Rodgers of Indianapolis, IN; two brothers, Wes Sanders of Lincoln, NE, and Ben Lee Sanders of Davenport, IA; three sisters, Mary Tyson of Taylor, MS, Susan (Ray) Higgins of Oxford, MS, and Jackie Woods of Taylor, MS. She also leaves thirteen grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.Private services will be held at Philadelphia M.B. Church, 36 County Rd 2006, Oxford, MS 38655. Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Roxie (Sanders) Grady, please visit our floral store.
Guy LeeJuly 9, 1963 ~ June 9, 2020Mr. Guy Lee, 56, transitioned on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at his residence in Red Banks, MS. Guy Perilla (Homer) Lee was born July 9, 1963 to the late Payton Lee, Sr. and Girtharine Lee in Victoria, MS. He accepted Christ at an early age and joined Mt. Newell M.B. Church. Guy Lee worked at Griffin Company as a body shop worker for years.He leaves to cherish his memories two children, a son, Tarus Anderson (Vashonda) of Moscow TN, and a daughter, Kanieka McGuire of Victoria, MS; four sisters, Lois Herrings (Douglas) of Battle Creek, MI, Annette Lucas and Thelma Isom, both of Victoria, MS, and Nola Stevenson of Cayce, MS; three brothers, Rev. Payton Lee Jr., (Martha) of Byhalia, MS, Roscoe Lee  (Patricia) of Olive Branch, MS, Richard Lee of Memphis, TN; sister-in-law, Alfreda Lee of Byhalia, MS; six grandchildren; two aunts; a special childhood friend, Earlin Todds “June” of Victoria, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Payton Lee, Sr., and Girtharine Lee; two sisters, Arettia Cummings and Helen Parker; and one brother, Winfred Lee.Visitation will be on Friday, June 12, 2020 from 3-6:00 pm at Serenity-Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the visitation will be walk thru only limited to only ten persons in viewing area at the same time. Graveside services will be private on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Mt. Newell Memorial Memorial Garden in Red Banks, MS. 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 Guy Lee, please visit our floral store.
Houston MS
Houston Funeral Home – Houston
Faye MooreOctober 28, 1940 – June 10, 2020Ms. Jimmie Faye Finn Moore, 79, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Oak Tree Manor in Amory, Mississippi. She was born in Houston, Mississippi on October 28, 1940 to James Creighton Finn and Mary Lou Griffin. She was a retired legal secretary.Ms. Moore is survived by her daughters, Glenda (Kenny Stratton) Bray of Amory, and Tammy (Tammy Siler) Bray of Maumelle, Arkansas; her sisters, Janice (Bill) McLelland of Jackson, and Frances (Curtis) Spencer of Greenville; her brother, Roger (Ruth) Finn of Greenville; her sisters-in-law, Peggy Finn and Debbie Finn; a niece that was like a daughter, Darlene (Bobby) Hillhouse; her grandchildren, Sullivan Bray and Justin Earnest; her great-grandchildren, Aram Earnest and Mason Earnest; and a host of nieces and nephews. Ms. Moore was preceded in death by her parents; her late husband, J.V. Moore; her sister, Pearlene Presley; her brothers, Donald Finn, and Ruble Finn.Services will be at Houston Funeral Home on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Steve Griffin officiating. Burial will be at held at Macedonia Cemetery in Houston, Mississippi. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Memorial Funeral Home – Houston
James “Hinton” ShempertNovember 27, 1937 – June 10, 2020James “Hinton” Shempert, 82, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at his home in Woodland. He was born November 27, 1937 in Chickasaw County to the late James Oliver Shempert and Ruby Hinton Shempert. He was a Veteran and a member of the First Baptist Church of Houston where he served as a Deacon, Member of the Youth Committee, and Building Committee along with many others over the years. He was actively involved in both Home and Foreign Missions. A champion for others, he was also a member of the Disaster Recovery Team. He loved to sing in his church and traveled to many other area churches to sing and share his love of and joy in the Lord.He is survived by three sons, Ricky Shempert of Ripley, Jeff Shempert of Clinton, TN, Scott Shempert (Peggy) of Houston; two daughters, Angela Shempert of Woodland and Teresa Shempert of Mobile, AL; five grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two sisters, Annette Bonds of Houston and Julia Muse of Union. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Oliver Shempert and Ruby Hinton Shempert; his wife, Jerri Kelso Shempert; a son, Tony Coleman; and a grandson, Jon Horn.Visitation will be 2:00 pm until time of service at 4:00 pm at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston Thursday, June 11, 2020. Bro. Daniel Heeringa will be officiating. Burial will be in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Houston. Pallbearers will be David Smith, Bart Munlin, Doug Dobbs, Jacob Shempert, Stanley Hamby and Jimmy Sanderson. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Disaster Recovery Team, 201 West Madison St, Houston, MS 38851.
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
Betty Howell SandidgeAugust 16, 1936 ~ June 8, 2020Betty Howell Sandidge, 83, passed away Monday, June 08, 2020, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.  Private family services are planned with burial in Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Marshall County. Arrangements will be provided by New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Betty Howell Sandidge, please visit our floral store.
Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Inc – New Albany
Willie Frank CookSeptember 30, 1954 ~ June 10, 2020Mr. Willie Frank Cook, 65, transitioned on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany, MS.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Willie Frank Cook, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com/obituary/Willie-Cook
Mary E. BradleySeptember 7, 1947 ~ June 11, 2020 Mrs. Mary E. Bradley, 72, transitioned on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Union County Health and Rehabilitation in New Albany, MS.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mary E. Bradley, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com/obituary/Mary-Bradley
United Funeral Service – New Albany
Nathan Wayne AlexanderJanuary 7, 1977 – June 5, 2020Nathan Wayne Alexander, 43, of New Albany, Mississippi, went to be with the Lord on June 5, 2020. He was born January 7, 1977 to Morris Wayne Alexander and the late Teresa Lyons Alexander. Nathan was married to Amy Robbins and he was a member of Ingomar Baptist Church. Nathan was a multi-talented individual. While formally educated in drafting and AutoCAD, his love and passion for the outdoors led him into self-employed occupations from photography to woodcrafts to professional dog training. Nathan’s unique perception of both animals and people allowed him to flourish in both his professional and personal life. The same perception also allowed him to enjoy the simpler things in life. He noticed and appreciated many things in this world that many never see at all.Nathan was survived by his wife, Amy Robbins Alexander; his father, Morris Wayne Alexander and step mother, Glenda Alexander of New Albany; two step daughters, Kristin Anderson of New Albany, and Lauren Jones (Jake) of Columbus, MS; one sister, Mendy Bullock (Lee) of New Albany; and two nephews, Konner Bullock and Ethan Bullock, both of New Albany. He is preceded in death by his mother Teresa Lyons Alexander.Services will be held on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 3:00 pm at United Funeral Service Chapel, with Dr. Terry Cutrer and Bro. Jeff Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the Ingomar Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Konner Bullock, Ethan Bullock, Jacob Alexander, Christopher Robbins, Sam Roberts, Jason Roberts, John Garrett and Anthony Stout. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with these arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Nathan Wayne Alexander please visit our Sympathy Store. www.unitedfuneralservice.com
Shirley Marie Foster SmithSeptember 3, 1961 – June 6, 2020Shirley Marie Foster Smith, 58, passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at her home. She was born September 3, 1961 in Memphis to Marie Peterson Foster and the late William Benjamin Foster. Shirley grew up in Moon Lake, MS and graduated Clarksdale School. She loved spending time pruning her garden and flower beds, as well as spending time with her granddaughter. She also enjoyed long walks, horses and cooking extravagant meals for her family. She loved wildlife and exotic animals and enjoyed visiting aquariums and zoos.Shirley is survived by a daughter, Hannah Lyons; a son, Jacob Smith; her mother, Marie Peterson Foster; two sisters, Bonnie Rogers and Becki Foster; three brothers, David Foster, Ben Foster and Robert Foster; and one granddaughter.Memorial services will be at 1:00 pm Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at the funeral home. 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 Shirley Marie Foster Smith please visit our Sympathy Store.
Kenneth GoodeMay 12, 1965 – June 7, 2020Kenneth Gale Goode, 55, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2020 at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. He was born in Memphis, TN on May 12, 1965 to Bessie Campbell Goode and the late Walter Goode. Kenny was a graduate of West Union; a Baptist and he was in the grocery business most of his adult life. After retiring he was a guitar player and song writer having some of his songs copy written.He is survived by his mother; two daughters, Savannah Paige Goode and Layne Nicole Goode. He was preceded in death by his father, and one sister, Bobbie Jo Goode.Visitation will be Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 10, 2020 in the chapel at United Funeral Home at 2:00 pm. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Kenneth Goode please visit our Sympathy Store. www.unitedfuneralservice.com
Vickie MaloneAugust 5, 1958 – June 10, 2020Vickie Lynn Malone, 61, passed away June 10, 2020 at her residence. She was born on August 5, 1958 in Ackerman, MS to Peggy McIntire Gates and the late Gerald Curry Null. She was a former nurse and a home maker.She is survived by her mother, Peggy Gates of Pontotoc; one daughter, Amber Nichole Kitchens (Michael) of Dyersburg, TN; two sons, Terry Lee Upchurch and Thomas Gerald Upchurch both of Nettleton, MS; two sisters, Jackie Harrison of Pontotoc, MS, Tammy Williams of Saltillo, MS; one brother, Scotty Gerald Null of Pontotoc, MS; five special grandchildren, Blake Upchurch, Brooke Upchurch, Brittney Worship, Madilyn Kitchens, Kamrie Upchurch; five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father; her step father, Lamar Gates; one brother, Roger Lee Null; and her husband, David Franklin Malone.Visitation will be Friday, June 12, 2020 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Saturday, June 13, 2020 at United Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Varnon officiating. Burial will be in the Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Vickie Malone please visit our Sympathy Store. www.unitedfuneralservice.com
Rachel JohnsonApril 2, 1994 – June 10, 2020Rachel Lee Ann Johnson, 26, passed away June 10, 2020 at Baptist East in Germantown, TN. She was born on April 2, 1994 in Memphis to Roy Ford Johnson and Robin Browning Johnson.She was a member of Southpoint ChurchShe is survived by her father, Roy Ford Johnson of Heber Springs, AR; her mother, Robin Browning Johnson McCarty (Butch) of Horn Lake, MS; her grandmother, Ada Johnson of Heber Springs, AR; one daughter, Lillie Chamberlain of the home; one son Colton Johnson of the home; one brother Ryan Johnson (Jessica) of Walls, MSVisitation will be Sunday, June 14, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm at the funeral home. Services will be Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm at United Funeral Chapel with Bro. John Weissinger officiating. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery. 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 Rachel Johnson please visit our Sympathy Store.
Oxford MS
Coleman Funeral Home – Oxford
Franklin Joseph Heuser IIIJune 5, 2020Franklin Joseph Heuser, III, passed away June 5, 2020 at his home after a battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Frank was known for his quick wit and love of verbal sparring. He loved camping and going on cruise ships. He was a retired business owner in Oxford, MS. Mr. Heuser is survived by his wife Cindy; his children, Thad Heuser of Oxford and Hallie Heuser of Madison, WI; a brother, Mark Heuser of Troy, TX; and two granddaughters, Lauren and Jordan.A celebration of his life will be held later. Mr. Heuser had requested that his body be donated to medical research. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lewy Body Research Foundation (Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Rd SW, Lilburn, Georgia 30047). Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Franklin Joseph Heuser III please visit our Sympathy Store.
John William Hendricks Jr.March 14, 1958 – June 6, 2020John William Hendricks, Jr, 62, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020, at Baptist Desoto Hospital in Southaven, MS. John William Hendricks, Jr. was born on March 14, 1958 in Oxford, MS. John was a member of Bellevue Baptist Church; he never liked to miss a Sunday worship and became a man of a strong faith in Jesus Christ. He was an employee at Bryce Corporation but more important a true friend for many co-workers. He loved his job so much that worked hard until passed his limits. A dedicated husband, dad, and loving son, very attentive to his mother, he loved spending time with his grandchildren. He always was there when you most needed him, spending time with him was pleasant. He enjoyed outdoors and was an avid hunter and horseman.John is survived by his wife, Blanca Hendricks; daughters, Heather Hendricks, Sulay Palacios, Merary Chirinos, Marisol (Juan Delgado) Guerra; son, Ernesto Calderon; grandsons, David Calderon; Larry Delgado; granddaughters, Isabella and Faith Palacios; best friends, Dave (Lisa) Wynn and Kathy (David) Bishop; and his fur babies, Coco and Spike. John was preceded in death by his father, John William Hendricks and mother, Mary Pearl Hendricks.There will be a visitation for Mr. Hendricks at Coleman Funeral Home in Southaven, MS (626 Star Landing Rd, East) on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 9:00-11:00 am with a memorial service immediately following at 11:00 am in our chapel. Coleman Funeral Home of Southaven is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of John William Hendricks Jr. please visit our Sympathy Store.
Charles Darren FarrowSeptember 23, 1966 – June 10, 2020Charles Darren Farrow, 53, of Olive Branch, MS, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Charles Darren Farrow was born on September 23, 1966 in Memphis, TN. He was a member of Goodman Oaks Church of Christ in Southaven, MS, and the Olive Branch Church of Christ. Charles was known to be an extremely hard worker. He could fix absolutely anything and enjoyed every minute of it as well. Charles also loved helping others. His world was his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a wonderful, God-fearing man, and he will be truly missed by all who knew him.Charles Farrow is survived by his daughters, Christina Megan (Tommy) Garner of Hernando, MS, Taylor Mechelle Farrow of Southaven, MS, Charli Ray-Ann Farrow of Southaven, MS, Niki Glankler (Carl Boshers) of Southaven, MS, Mickey (Kenny) Dennison of Memphis, TN; son, Michael Rutherford of Hernando, MS; mother, Juanita “Nita” Cape of Olive Branch, MS; granddaughter, Graham Garner of Southaven, MS; grandsons, Ethan Jones of Southaven, MS, Dalton Garner of Hernando, MS, and Elijah Edwards of Southaven, MS; brother, Jesse (Trudy) Cape of Vidalia, GA; and nephew, Flynn Cape of Vidalia, GA. Charles Darren Farrow was preceded in death by his father, Charles Minor Farrow; and brother, Chris Farrow.A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, from 1:00-2:00 pm at Coleman Funeral Home (6815 Parkview Blvd, Olive Branch, MS) with a memorial service following at 2:00 pm in the chapel. Coleman Funeral Home of Olive Branch is in charge of the arrangements. Donations and memorials in honor of Charles Darren Farrow may be made to the Children’s Diabetes Organization (www.childrensdiabetesfoundation.org) Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Charles Darren Farrow please visit our Sympathy Store.
Frances LawsonSeptember 5, 1951 – June 10, 2020Wilma Frances Lawson, 68, of Olive Branch, MS. passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Frances Lawson was born on September 5, 1951 in Sarah, MS. She was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church in Olive Branch, MS. Frances was a very outgoing person. She had a kind and bright personality. Frances was selfless and did everything she could to help others. She loved nothing more than spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be missed by her family and many close friends.Frances Lawson is survived by her husband, Charles Lawson; son, Jeremy Shane Lawson and wife, Heather, of Olive Branch, MS; grandsons, Noel Caiden Lawson, Conner Hayden Lawson and Elijah Keaton Lawson of Olive Branch, MS; sisters, Melba Lanier and husband, Jimmy, of Como, MS, Gracie Dover of Sarah, MS; brothers, Vernon McCarver and wife, Linda, of Orange Park, FL, Gayle McCarver of Sarah, MS, Perrin McCarver and wife, Carol, of Sarah, MS; and a host of nieces and nephews. Frances Lawson was preceded in death by her parents, Bessie and David McCarver, and brother, Glen McCarver.A visitation will be on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 10:00-12:00 noon at New Beginnings Baptist Church (6125 Pleasant Hill Rd, Olive Branch, MS) with a funeral service immediately following at 12:00 pm. Coleman Funeral Home of Olive Branch is in charge of the arrangements. Donations and memorials in honor of Wilma Frances Lawson may be made to New Beginnings Baptist Church (www.nbbcob.com). Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Frances Lawson please visit our Sympathy Store.
Brian Patrick OttoJune 6, 1976 – June 11, 2020Mr. Brian Patrick Otto, 44, of Olive Branch, MS, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020. Visitation will be Monday, June 15, 2020, from 1:00-4:00 pm at Maples Memorial United Methodist Church (8745 Goodman Rd, Olive Branch, MS 38654). A funeral service will immediately follow at 4:00 pm, also at Maples Memorial United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Blocker Cemetery (6671 Shady Grove Cove, Olive Branch, MS 38654). Rev. Stephen Sparks will officiate. Coleman Funeral Home of Olive Branch is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be posted as soon as possible. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Brian Patrick Otto please visit our Sympathy Store. www.colemanfuneralhome.com
Jean BradleyJanuary 7, 1929 – June 11, 2020Mrs. Jean Bradley, 91, passed away at her home in Oxford, MS, Thursday, June 11, 2020. Mrs. Jean was born in Biola, CA, to the late Phillip and Margaret Dauer. Born in the Great Depression, Jean spent a majority of her child and teen years working in her parent’s small grocery store. Throughout the years, Jean became a very frugal, thrifty person. When she set her mind to doing something, whether it be building a cabinet for her home, by herself, or simply working on her families’ ranch, she was determined to do so. Jean could literally do anything. She even hunted and fished. During her lifetime, Jean had many jobs from being a banker, ranch hand, carpenter, and later on towards the end of her career, VP of Operations for Bank of America, she was a hard worker. When Jean wasn’t working, she loved dancing at the Edison and V.F.W. Her favorite was swing dance. Her family describes Mrs. Jean as having a strong character, being very wise, determined, and even sometimes she was considered to be a “fireball!” She never met a stranger and loved being around her friends. She loved her family and especially her grands. She would sometimes read to her grands, always encouraging them to read also. One of her favorites to read to the grands was Judy Blume.Mrs. Jean Bradley is survived by her two daughters, Chris (Richard) Griffith of Oxford and Marsha (Pete) Luthy of Turner, OR; four grandchildren, Tavia Dennis, of Oxford, Brian Hinckley, Matthew Bradley, and Montana Luthy; many great grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Jean Bradley was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Margaret Dauer; her husband, Wayne Robert Bradley; two sisters, Alice Cheeseman and Delores Steitz; and one grandson, Phillip Bradley.No services are planned at this time. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements. Please leave online condolences on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jean Bradley please visit our Sympathy Store.
L Hodges Funeral Service – Oxford
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Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Services – Oxford
Patrick John BoyleJuly 17, 1949 – June 7, 2020Mr. Patrick John Boyle, 70, passed away Sunday, June 7th, 2020, in his home in Oxford, Mississippi. Born in Kansas City, Missouri to the late Pearl DeLozier and Wendell E. Boyle, Patrick retired as a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force Reserves. He graduated from the University of Mississippi where he later received his Juris Doctorate that lead to a career as an in-house attorney at Jarden Corporation. Patrick was also an avid reader, who enjoyed spending his time at the library.Survivors include his brother, Thomas W. Boyle and his wife, Lucretia of Alberton, Montana.  A graveside service for Mr. Boyle will be held Friday, June 12th, 2020, at Eastover Memorial Cemetery at 11:00 AM with his brother Thomas Boyle speaking. For additional information or to leave an online condolence, please call 662-234-7971 or visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com
Mary Beth Cooper WaldenApril 9, 1946 – June 7, 2020Mrs. Mary Beth Cooper Walden, 74, passed away Sunday, June 7th, 2020, at her home in Oxford, MS. Born in Columbus, MS to the late Alverne Nichols and Frank Cooper, Mary Beth was a member of Covenant United Methodist Church in Columbus, MS, where she maintained a dual residence. She is the widow of the late, Mr. Donald Edward Walden. In 1951, Mary Beth moved to Macon, MS, with her family, where she spent a number of her grade school years. Her family finally settled in Oxford, MS, in 1961, and she graduated from Oxford High School in 1964. Mary Beth received a bachelor’s degree in Business Education and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Mississippi. While pursuing her master’s, she worked full time, mothered two small children, and supported her husband as he finished pharmacy school. Mary Beth began her teaching career at Fifth Street School in West Point, MS, in the 1970s, but she spent the bulk of her professional life in Columbus, MS as a member of the Heritage Academy faculty. Mary Beth wore many hats at Heritage, but her favorite was successively playing senior sponsor to each graduating class. She was intensely proud of her students and cherished the lifelong friends found among her teaching colleagues and school parents.Mary Beth was a successful business owner, partnering with her husband to build a thriving pharmacy that serviced her community for decades. She was passionate about accounting instruction, literature, learning, her library, and her “grands.” Her laugh was infectious, and her dear sister, Elsie, could get Mary Beth tickled like no other. In her free time, Mary Beth enjoyed playing the piano, sewing, cooking, and reading. She loved Ole Miss baseball, a good margarita, and movie nights with her sweet friend.Mrs. Walden is survived by two daughters, Erika Walden and her partner, Lawton Gafford, of Water Valley, MS, and Shanda Walden Sloan and her husband, Bill, of Fayetteville, AR; one sister, Elsie Cooper Dixon of Oxford, MS; her friend and stepmother, Mary Kaye Cooper; two grandchildren, Walden Sloan and Gable Sloan; two nieces, Mary Martha Henson and Laura Ann Walker; one nephew, Cooper Dixon; three grandnieces, Sadie Walker, Amory Walker, and Collyns Dixon; and two grandnephews, Ethan Walker and Campbell Dixon. Countless dear friends and cherished loved ones in Oxford, MS, and Columbus, MS mourn her loss. Her family will hold a memorial service at a future date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Walden and her family ask that friends consider memorial contributions to The Palmer Home for Children, palmerhome.org; Breast Cancer Research Foundation, BCRF.org; or filling a backpack with school supplies and donating them to your local elementary school. For additional information or to leave an online condolence, please call 662-234-7971 or visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com
Floyd H MettsSeptember 1, 1921 – June 11, 2020Mr. Floyd H. Metts, 98, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020, at Elmcroft in Oxford, MS. Born as the ninth child of ten to the late Carrie DeShazo and Arthur Media Metts, First Lieutenant Metts served during World War II in the Army Air Corp as a B-17 pilot. He was a four-time recipient of the Air Medal, and additionally, the prestigious Distinguished Flying Cross. As the owner of Metts Hardware for 45 years, he never met a stranger. His knowledge of hardware was legendary. He served in many capacities at Yellow Leaf Baptist and later, Lafayette Marshall Missions. He was deacon-emeritus of First Baptist Church. Mr. Metts was a charter member of the Oxford Civitan Club, an active member of the Lafayette County Forest Association, and was a volunteer at The Pantry. Mr. Metts found joy in sharing his immense and detailed knowledge of Oxford and Ole Miss’s ancestry to all he encountered. He was a devoted father to his children and to his church family.  Survivors include four daughters, Suzanne McNeely of Decatur, AL, Marsha Thomas of Decatur, AL, Melinda Smith and her husband, Alan of Oxford, MS, and Amy Minford and her husband, Bob of Collierville, TN; one son, Glenn Metts of Jackson, TN; eleven grandchildren, Travis Sammons, Kim Sammons, Ryan Minford, Alex Minford, Kevin Smith, Kathy Harrington, Nathan Smith, Adam McNeely, Elise McNeely, Daphne Ellis-Floyd, and Laura Lowder; eleven great-grandchildren; one great great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Luna Mayfield “Cookie” Metts; four sisters, Zola Fudge, Thelma Metts, Gladye Fudge, and Sybil Hill; five brothers, Erbie Metts, Hardy Metts, Malcolm Metts, Karl Metts, Lloyd Metts; and one son-in-law, Steve McNeely.A private visitation and funeral service will be held at Waller Funeral Home’s chapel on Saturday, June 13, 2020, with Reverend Robert Allen and hospice Chaplin Fletcher Moorman officiating. In honor of First Lieutenant Metts’ military service, the flag of the United States Air Force will be flown at Waller Funeral Home. A livestream video on the Waller Funeral Home Facebook page will begin at 2:00 PM for those who are unable to attend. Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Metts can be made to The Pantry, PO Box 588, Oxford, MS 38655, or First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Ave, Oxford, MS 38655. For additional information or to leave an online condolence, please call 662.234.7971 or visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com
Pontotoc MS
Browning Funeral Home – Pontotoc
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Payton Mortuary – Pontotoc
Curtis ElzieFebruary 9, 1953 ~ June 10, 2020Mr. Curtis Elzie, 67, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Payton Mortuary of Pontotoc. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Curtis Elzie, please visit our floral store.
Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Pontotoc
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Tutor Memorial Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Dennis Langston HolmesJanuary 18, 1960 – June 7, 2020Dennis Langston Holmes, 60, passed away June 7, 2020 at his home. Dennis was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He loved animals, especially cats, fishing, collecting Pez, and watching horror movies. He loved spending time with family, especially his grandson, Hyrum, and granddaughter, Anna Katherine.Dennis is survived by his son, Dennis Paul (Anna); two grandchildren, Hyrum and Anna Katherine; one brother, Rickey Holmes (Rhonda); two sisters, Kathy Winter and Debbie Baney (Phil); and multiple nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Tracy Portis Holmes; brother, Ronnie Holmes; and his parents, Troy and Marie Holmes.A Memorial Service will be Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, New Albany Branch, with Charlie Ward and Mike Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Thomas E. JohnsonJuly 23, 1938 – June 9, 2020Thomas E. Johnson passed away after an extended illness Tuesday, June 9, 2020. He was born July 23, 1938, to Richard and Lena Mae Johnson. He graduated from Sherman High School class of 1956. He served in the US Army from 1962 to 1966, stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He began working for Fred Strange Volkswagen in 1966, which later became Hunter Volkswagen Mazda. He retired after 36 years of service in 2002. He was a resident of the Longview Community and a member of Longview Baptist Church. In days past, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends, Tommy Young, Melvin Putt, and Jimmy Steele, just to name a few. He could build and repair anything he set his mind to. He was always laid back with a tale to share and a smile to go along with it.Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Marilyn Johnson; one son, Eddie (Beth) Johnson of Longview; one daughter, Cydney “Lou” (Jeffrey) Turner of Longview; four grandchildren Natalie (Chris) Vandiver, Shana (Jeremy) Kidd, Andrew (Stefanie) Johnson, and Colton Turner all of Longview; six great-grandchildren, who were truly the light of his life, Cayden, Callie, and Carson Kidd, Adalyn Hart, and Kale Witt Vandiver, and Kase Johnson; and one sister, Nancy Freeman of Endville. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Francis (Bill) Adair and Katherine (Jack) Scott; one brother-in-law, Doc Freeman; and one nephew, Ken Adair. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the HomeCare Hospice team for their excellent care of Tom.Due to Covid-19 pandemic there will be a private family ceremony at Baldwin Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday June 11 from 10:00-11:00 AM. A graveside service at Longview Baptist Church Cemetery will follow. All friends are welcome to attend the graveside service. Pallbearers include Andrew Johnson, Jeffrey Turner, Colton Turner, Chris Vandiver, Witt Vandiver, Jeremy Kidd, and Cayden Kidd. Baldwin Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Clara Joanne Klingsheim PannellMarch 23, 1936 – June 10, 2020Clara Joanne Kingsheim Pannell, 84, passed away June 10, 2020 at Shearer Richardson Memorial Nursing Home in Okolona, MS. She lived in Fulton, MS until her health declined. She loved her family and doing arts and crafts. She was a member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church. She was married to Leon Pannell for 47 years.She is survived by Leon Pannell; children, Martin Zepeda, Jr. (Becky), Patrick George (Dede), and Connie Escarria; grandchildren, Joseph Zepeda (Melissa), Meagan Hillhouse (Warren), David Harris, Mike Harris, Danny Harrison (Domini), Michael Escarria, Joey George, Josh George, John George, and Maria George; ten great grandchildren; sister, Joyce Wearmouth (Frank); and stepson, Doug Pannell (Wanda). She is preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Gladys Klingsheim; sons, Mike George, Roger Lamb, Joseph Zepeda; daughter, Pamela Dubois; one brother; and four sisters.A Memorial Service will be Friday, June 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Matt Hudson officiating. Visitation will be Friday, June 12, 1:00 PM until service time. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements. 
Martin GreifJanuary 31, 1951 – June 10, 2020Martin Greif, 69, formerly of Aurora, IL, passed away June 10, 2020 at his home in New Albany, MS. Loving his family and friends was most important to him. He was “the best” at fixing any vehicle and sometimes even over the phone. He loved being a help to others. He loved his wife and longed for the day to meet her in heaven.He is survived by his children, Bryan Drees, Christien Hill, Eleanor Bowling, Mindy Greif and Matthew Greif; grandchildren, Tarrie Drees, Jade Shields, James Greif, Jenette Gord, Bryan Drees, Alicia Long, Carl Long, Jason Long, Aubrie Hooker, and Kaylee Rodgers; great-grandchildren, Kyler Drees and Kyle Drees; brother and sisters, Bonnie Johnson, Connie Hill, and Gary Greif. He is preceded in death by his wife, Lynette Greif; daughter, Brandy Gord; and parents, Martin J. Greif and Eleanor B. Greif.Visitation will be Friday, June 12, 2020 5-8:00 PM and Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:00 AM until service time. Services will be Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 12:00 PM at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Don Sparks officiating. Burial will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason Hill, Mikey Spurlin, Tommy Taylor, Austin Taylor, James Greif, and Bryan Drees.
James Alonzo EnisJune 16, 1938 – June 10, 2020James Alonzo “Jam-up” Enis, 81, passed away June 10, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, MS. James was married to Jo Ann Patterson. They had one son, Tim. He was a grandfather of four and great-grandfather of eleven. He worked for 30+ years as a heavy machine operator and retired from Hodges Construction. He had many friends that he cherished. He enjoyed spending time with his close friends at Mike’s Pawn Shop in Tupelo. He had a passion for collecting and trading guns, knives, and tractors. He was a hard working, Christian man who always tried to take care of the people he loved.He is survived by his son, Timothy L. Enis (Tammy); grandchildren, Josh Enis (Paige), Savannah Pratt (Ben), Wesley Enis (Ashley), and Taylor Enis; great-grandchildren, Ledger, Liam, and Lyons Enis, Emma, Anna-Beth, and Noah Pratt, Weston, Dawson, Elijah, and Kolby Enis; sisters, Eva Jewel Neal (Larry Joe), Irlene Leslie (James), Mary Sue Kunkel (Donny), and Nita Faye Riddings (Jackie); and brothers, Kenneth Enis (Jolene), Jimmy Ray Enis (Donna), and Larry Gene Enis (Denise). He is preceded in death by his wife; parents, James Boyce Enis and Lavada Glover Enis; brother, Waddie Enis; and great granddaughter, Lizzie Jo Enis.Visitation will be Friday, June 12, 2020 5-8:00 PM and Saturday, June 13, 2020 10:00 AM until service time. Services will be Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Baldwin Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Rev. Toby Allison officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Forrest Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Andy Hodges, John Hodges, Robert Harris, Jeff Simmons, Jason Smith, and James Sheffield. Baldwin Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements. 
Boyd Preston HolcombDecember 26, 1933 – June 11, 2020Boyd Preston Holcomb, 86, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020 at NMMC Hospice-Tupelo, MS. Boyd was born December 26, 1933 in Arcadia, NE. After high school, he served four years in the U.S. Navy. He married Rebecca Turner in 1957 in St. Louis, MO. He retired from Missouri Department of Natural Resources and moved to Pontotoc, MS in 1996. He loved the Lord and served in various church roles over the years. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Turner Holcomb; his sons, Bruce Holcomb and Dr. Mark Holcomb; grandson, Michael Boyd McCarty; granddaughters, Angela McCarty and Kaylee Holcomb; one great-grandson, Austin James McCarty; and one brother. He is preceded in death by his parents; Ray and Merle Holcomb; daughter, Cheryl Millington; sisters, Shirley Hruby and Shayrell Cox; and nephew, Tim Holcomb.The Funeral Procession will be leaving Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc at 4:30 PM with the Graveside Services to be held at 5:00 PM at Salmon Cemetery with Dr. David Hamilton officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Ripley MS
Foster and Son Funeral Home – Ripley
Phyllis W PateJuly 13, 1952 ~ June 9, 2020 Phyllis Waline Pate was born July 13, 1952 to the late Thomas and Lillie Pate in Ripley, MS. She passed away June 9, 2020 at the age of 67. She attended Line Street Consolidated School until the ninth grade and later moved to Chicago, Illinois to attend a trade school and lived with her great uncle. She was a factory worker at PEP Industries in Ripley. She was also employed at Piper Impact for many years. After leaving Piper’s she worked at the Golden Living Center in the dietary department and Elite Solutions until her health failed. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ripley, MS. She leaves her cherished memory to her one and only son, Shaka Pate of Ripley, MS; her grandchildren, Mikhail Pate, Serenity Bell, Reginae Bell, and Eden Pate; her siblings, Edward Mckenzie, Nancy Williams, Helen Pate, Cora Johnson, Michael (Sharon) Pate, Ralph (Latonya) Pate, Ray Pate, Linda (Terry) Smith, Clyde (Slyvia) Pate, Pat (Denise) Pate, Lydale Pate, and James Pate; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, and special friends, Corey Cox, Robert Garner, and Dennis Pinnessee. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lillie and Thomas Pate. A private memorial service will be held for immediate family Saturday, June 13, 2020, 6:00 pm at The Ripley Cemetery. To view and sign the guest registry please visit www.fosterandsonfuneralhome.com. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Phyllis W Pate, please visit our floral store.
McBride Funeral Home – Ripley
Rev. Dabney Phillips BoxFebruary 28, 1924 – June 5, 2020Rev. Dabney Phillips Box, 96, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020, at Magnolia Place in New Albany, MS. He was born February 28, 1924, to William Riley and Cynthelia Phillips Box in Alcorn County, Mississippi. He was a retired Methodist Minister and a member of the Mississippi Methodist Annual Conference.Dabney is survived by two sons, Dabney J. Box (Bobbie) of Blue Mountain, MS, Rev. Phillip W. Box (Lisa) of Fulton, MS; three daughters, Barbara George of Walnut Ridge, AR, Brenda Howard of Plantersville, MS, Lisa Barker (Gary) of Ripley, MS; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Dabney was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Inez Taylor Box; his parents; several brothers and sisters; one son-in-law, Joe Howard.A private Family Graveside Service will be Monday, June 8, 2020, at Peoples Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Expressions of sympathy for the Box family may be sent to www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Rev. Dabney Phillips Box please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ripley Funeral Home, Inc – Ripley
Robert “Bob” Shands MedlinApril 26, 1942 ~ June 7, 2020 Robert “Bob” Shands Medlin, 78, lifelong resident of Tippah County, passed away Sunday morning June 7, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Mr. Medlin was born April 26, 1942 in New Albany, the son of the late John Dewitt and Lola Reaves Medlin. He was a 1961 graduate of Ripley High School and was married October 14, 1961 to his devoted wife, Carolyn Beiber Medlin who survives. Mr. Medlin proudly served in the Mississippi Army National Guard and was owner and operator of Bob’s Welding and Repair in Blue Mountain for 36 years. A member of the Ripley Fire Department for 42 years, Mr. Medlin served as Fire Chief from August 1971 to July 1973 and was instrumental in the construction of the current fire station in the 1970’s. A faithful member of The Ripley Church of Christ, Mr. Medlin was a man of strong faith and served as a Deacon for over twenty years. An outstanding businessman and community leader, he built strong relationships with the countless people whose lives he touched. An avid trail rider, other hobbies include fishing and hunting. He instilled his values into his family and will continue to have influence in their lives.In addition to his wife of 58 years, memories will be shared by his son, Stoney Medlin (LeAnne) of Ripley; two grandchildren, Tyler Medlin (Alyson) of Ripley, Hillary Medlin of Brandon; and one great grandson, John Greyson Medlin. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Garrison; one brother, Doyce Medlin (Laverne); one nephew, Allen Jones; and two special brothers-in-law, Bonnie Reaves and Jimmy Russell.Visitation will be from 5-8:00 PM Tuesday, June 9, 2020 and also Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 7:00 AM until service time at The Ripley Funeral Home. Funeral Services honoring the life of Mr. Medlin will be at 1:00 PM Wednesday, June 10, 2020 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home with Minister Donnie DeBord and Dr. Patrick Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in Fellowship Cemetery near Ripley. The family requests that friends and family follow the Covid-19 guidelines. The Ripley Funeral Home is honored to serve the Medlin family and invites you to share memories. The family requests that memorials be directed to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 County Rd 700, Corinth MS 38834; Eagles Wings, 12379 Eagles Wings Dr, Coker AL 35452; or Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 3680 County Rd 701, Ripley MS 38663. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Robert “Bob” Shands Medlin, please visit our floral store.
Leland Andrew “Andy” BrittSeptember 10, 1974 ~ June 8, 2020  A shining light went dim on Monday evening, June 8, 2020. Leland Andrew “Andy” Britt, 45, resident of Starkville and former resident of Ripley, departed this life at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus following a brief illness. Andy was born September 10, 1974 in Ripley, the son of Doug and Nancy Decanter Britt of Ripley. Andy was a very special person and he filled many hearts throughout his life. Though his condition characterized him as special needs, the word most fitting to describe him was uniquely special. Andy had a love for music, eating, watching game shows on TV and greeting everyone with “Hey”. He will be remembered for his sweet spirit, his genuine smile and his pure heart.  Andy was a rainbow. Through the tough times, through the adversity and the challenges, he shone through with a special light. It’s not fair that he shone brightly for only a short time and then left. Yet we can be assured that like the rainbow, he was a blessing from above. Andy was a gift. For all the ways he taught us about love and for all the love he gave, he was a gift to each of us. May we never forget this beautiful gift. May we give strength and support to his family as they find their way in this world without him. May we honor his memory every time we look up to the sky, look past the clouds and see the rainbow.In addition to his parents, memories will be shared by his sister, Christie Duncan (Shane) of Ripley; a brother, Kevin Britt (Beth) of Collierville, TN; his maternal grandmother, Ruth Decanter of Blue Mountian; a niece Reiley Duncan; a nephew, Keegen Britt; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Leland Decanter; his paternal grandparents, RV Britt and Ruby Harford.A private family graveside service will be Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Hopkins Cemetery in Benton County. Bro. Doc Shelton will officiate and reflections will be given by his sister, Christie Duncan. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. The family request memorials be directed to Rolling Hills, 206 Womack St, Starkville, MS 39759. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Leland Andrew “Andy” Britt, please visit our floral store.
Jake Mitchell BurtDecember 14, 1956 ~ June 10, 2020Jake Mitchell Burt, 63, resident of Ashland and retired farmer, died unexpectedly of natural causes Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Hospital in Corinth. Jake was born December 14, 1956 in Charleston, MS, the son of the late Chester and Marjorie Jones Burt. He received his education in the Memphis Public School System. A Christian, Jake will be remembered as a patriotic and family oriented person. He enjoyed vehicle repairs and times shared with friends.Those left to share memories include his wife, Paula Rowland Burt of Ashland; two daughters, Jeanell Corrine Burt of Byhalia and Jeanett Maxine Burt of Ashland; and one sister, Bessie May Burt of Memphis.Visitation will be Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 10:00 AM until service time at The Ripley Funeral Home. Funeral Services honoring the life of Jake will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 13, 2020 at The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home with family friend, Kerry Williams officiating. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 PM in the Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Tallahatchie County. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Burt family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jake Mitchell Burt, please visit our floral store.
Ila Mae Crum GivensMarch 29, 1930 ~ June 11, 2020Ila Mae Crum Givens, 90, former resident of Tippah County, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 11, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett following a brief illness. A graveside service will be Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 1:00 PM in Shiloh Cemetery near Ripley. Visitation will be 30 minutes before services at the cemetery. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ila Mae Crum Givens, please visit our floral store.
Saltillo MS
W E Pegues Funeral Directors – Saltillo
Wanda Jean ReedNovember 05, 1970 – June 04, 2020Wanda Jean Reed, 49, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020 at the Baptist Desoto Hospital in Southaven. She was born November 5, 1970, the daughter of Willie Jean Reed and Annie Katherine Montgomery Reed. Wanda worked in food services for the North Mississippi Medical Center for several years. She was a member of God’s House of Prayer and she enjoyed reading.Wanda is survived by her three children, Jayla Currier, Z’Quaylin Reed, and Vanity Reed; two grandchildren, Ava and Josiah Lewis; a sister, Tasha Parker; a brother, Willie Reed; and several other extended family members.Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Saturday at Grayson Porter Cemetery with Pastor James Fitzpatrick officiating. Pallbearers will be Deonte Reed, Jody Lewis, Gene Powell, T.J. Magee, and Melvin Reed. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Robert E. EllisMarch 15, 1954 – June 05, 2020Robert Earl Ellis, 66, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center of an extended illness. A Lee County native and lifelong resident, he was born March 15, 1954 to Charles R. and Ruth McColum Ellis. Robert worked as a self employed carpenter for several years before his health began to decline.  He was a member of the Richmond Pentecostal Church and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.Robert is survived by his wife, Victoria Ellis; five children, Chad Ellis and Chris Ellis both of Nettleton, Deona Holland and her husband David, of Fulton; Angel Ellis of Mantachie, and Lance Bass and wife, Patience, of Mooreville; two brothers, Charles Ellis Jr. and wife, Linda, of Mooreville and Rocky Ellis of Fulton; and a sister, Judy Peters and husband, Jake, of Nettleton; eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter, Candie Ellis.Visitation will be 5-8:00 pm Sunday, June 7, 2020 at W.E. Pegues. A service honoring Robert’s life will be held at 3:00 pm Monday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Ricky Pierce and Bro. Ricky Dill officiating. Burial will be in Ellis Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Danny Harden, Paul Ellis, Richard Ellis, Lance Bass, Paul Moore and Wayne Elrod. Donations may be made for the expenses of Robert’s services at W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors, 535 W Jefferson St, Tupelo MS 38804. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Louise HarrisJune 01, 1939 – June 06, 2020Louise Harris, 81, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born June 1, 1939, the daughter of Avin and Minnie Jackson Towery. During her career, Louise worked at Red Cap Industries, Blue Bell, Baldwyn Nursing Home, and Guntown School Cafeteria. She was a member of Living Waters Church in Eggville. Louise enjoyed dancing, watching TV, cooking, and also her favorites, gum, bit-o-honey candy, and her daughter’s pets.Survivors include her two children, Nancy Harris and Kenneth Harris, both of Saltillo; her granddaughter, Tiffney Renee Cates and husband, Trey, of Ecru; two great-grandchildren, Katey Harris and Avel Cates; and two sisters, Inez Ryan of Saltillo and Carol Reed of Mooreville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Harris; three brothers, Luther, Boyd, and Hubert Towery; and sister, Eve Lou Sanders.Visitation will be 5-9:00 pm Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the Saltillo Funeral Home. Services will be 2:00 pm Monday, June 8, 2020 at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Tim Green officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Virginia SpightSeptember 2, 1914 – June 7, 2020Mrs. Virginia Toomer Spight, life-long resident of Tupelo, Mississippi, passed away June 7, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born September 2, 1914 at the family home in Tupelo to the late Dr. William A. Toomer, and Ruth Gaither Toomer. She grew up in Tupelo, graduating from Tupelo High School in 1932. During her senior year in high school she represented THS in district and state level competitions in algebra and geometry, winning the district and placing high on the state level competition. Also during her senior year she was elected Miss Mississippi and represented the state at the Cotton Carnival in South Carolina. She attended MSCW (now MUW) and graduated from the University of Mississippi with a double major in English and French. While a student at Ole Miss the devastating tornado of 1936 struck Tupelo. She took the train back home as soon as possible to check on loved ones and friends since the phones were inoperable. The home of her then fiancé, Lindsey Spight took a direct hit, but the family was thankfully spared! After her marriage to Mr. Spight, who owned and operated “Spight’s Store,” a ladies’ ready-to-wear shop, she was a dedicated homemaker. She was a lifelong member of Tupelo First United Methodist Church, where she was very active in, first the Children’s Sunday School, and later in the Adult Sunday School. At the church she was also an active member of United Methodist Women, the Altar Guild, the Needlepoint Guild, and served on numerous church committees.She was an avid bridge player, and the last surviving member of the “X Club,” a weekly bridge group that started as a single ladies’ club, but became a bridge group of happily married ladies in a club that lasted for over 60 years. She was a longstanding member of The Mutual Culture Club, a book club where she enjoyed the benefits of being a lifelong reader. She and her husband greatly enjoyed playing golf. They often joined the Mississippi Seniors golf group on trips to play golf in England and Scotland as well as courses in the United States. One of her keys to a long life was walking at least one mile every day, while she was able.She is survived by her son, Bill Spight of Oakland, California; son-in-law, Rob Leake; grandsons Clark (Rachel) Leake of Lexington, Kentucky, and Lindsey (Tracy) Leake; great grandchildren Joanna, Bob, Aubrey Virginia, and Sam Leake; Nieces Sandra Mansell of Madison, MS, and Corinne (John) McCormick of Brandon, MS; several great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Lindsey Spight; by her daughter, Carol  Leake; and parents, Dr. William A. Toomer and Mrs. Ruth Gaither Toomer; and sister Mrs. Corinne Toomer Bowles.Mrs. Spight’s memorial service will be a graveside service only on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 11:00 am at Glenwood Cemetery, West Jackson St and Green St, Tupelo, MS, officiated by Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson. Honorary pallbearers are John McCormick, Creed Mansell, Mark Macdonald, Scotty Johns, Robert Hederman, Frank Riley, Jr., Heywood Washburn, Norris Caldwell, Bill Hill, and Ernie Joyner. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 854, Tupelo MS 38802, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Louise WestmorelandOctober 30, 1934 – June 9, 2020Louise Westmoreland, 85, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at her residence. She was born in Houston, October 30, 1934 to Russel and Ethel Long King. On November 23, 1950, she married Charles Westmoreland and they shared 39 years together until his death in 1990. For 15 years, she worked in the arts, crafts and fabric department at Walmart. Her hobbies included bird watching and sewing. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.Survivors include her daughter, Angie Gregory (Bo); son, Gary Westmoreland; three grandchildren, Sarah Gregory, Steven Counce, Misty Swindle (Kerry); four great-grandchildren, Shelby Counce, Samantha Michael, Ginny Ward, Cody Swindle; many great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Westmoreland; daughter, Wanda Flurry; four sisters; one brother; and daughter-in-law, Brenda Westmoreland.A graveside service honoring her life will be 3:00 pm Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the Doty Chapel Cemetery in Shannon MS with Bro. Dean Moody officiating. The family wishes to express that social distancing is preferred and masks are required for all who attend. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Leonard R. ShackelfordDecember 16, 1922 – June 9, 2020Leonard Ray Shackleford, 97, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at his residence. He was born in Itawamba County, December 16, 1922 to Perry and Alcie Ann Eliza Duffy Shackelford. As a young man, he answered his Country’s call to arms and served many years in the Army during World War II. During his military career, he was stationed at various places including the Aleutian Islands in Alaska and Italy. In 1950, he married Berma Ruth Dillard and their family quickly grew. Later in life, he worked some in carpentry and television repair before retiring as a machine operator in tool and die. He was an avid painter, often painting landscapes and still life pieces which he would give to his family as gifts and display in his home. He loved gardening and traveling across the United States with his wife. He was a long-time, faithful member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.Survivors include his two daughters, Rhonda Rollins and her husband, Johnny W. of Mooreville, and Ann Jill Bonds and her husband, Terry L. of Atkins, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Ben Rollins and his wife, Christine of Tupelo, Matt Rollins and his wife, Lisa of Tupelo, Christina Brooks and her husband, Dale of Dover, Arkansas; five great-grandchildren, Evan and Vivien Rollins of Tupelo and Enoch, Elijah and Ruby Ann Brooks; and his caregiver of eight years, Carolyn Martin to whom the family would like to extend the most heartfelt thank you for the care and love she offered to Mr. Shackelford. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 67 years, Berma Ruth Shackelford; three brothers, Charles, Bill and Derris Shackelford; and two sisters, Lola McVay and Beulah Shackelford.Visitation will be 1:00 pm until service time Friday, June 12, 2020 at W.E. Pegues, Tupelo. Services honoring his life will be 3:00 pm Friday, June 12, 2020 at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. David Smith officiating. A graveside service will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Terry L. Bonds, Matt Rollins, Ben Rollins and Dale Brooks. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Bettye C. WhitentonOctober 26, 1934 – June 10, 2020Bettye Jo Clayton Whitenton, 85, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Dorsey, October 26, 1934, the only child to Judson Turnage and Ruth Sheffield Clayton. On June 16, 1950, she married Roy Reese Whitenton. Early in life, she worked at Whit’s Music Store and later worked as a bookkeeper for her husband and sons. Bettye was a huge supporter of the arts and held season tickets for Tupelo Community Theater and The Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi. She enjoyed traveling, visiting the beach, meeting with her Bridge Club, watching NASCAR and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church.Survivors include her three sons, Troy Whitenton (Becky), RJ Whitenton (Molly), and Thomas Whitenton (Michelle) all of Tupelo; and seven grandchildren, Tucker, Bristy, Joseph, Will, Henry, Nicholas and Lola Whitenton. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 58 years, Roy Reese Whitenton.Due to health concerns related to Covid-19, there will be no visitation and the Funeral Mass at St. James Catholic Church will not be open for public attendance, but will be live streamed on the church’s Facebook page. Burial will be in Dorsey Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Doug, Jason, Tucker, Joseph, Henry and Nicholas Whitenton. Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Randy Lee AnglinNovember 08, 1955 – June 11, 2020Randy Lee Anglin, 64, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020 at his home. A Lee County native and lifelong resident, he was born November 8, 1955, the son of Orbin Anglin and Anne Mae Barnes. After his high school graduation, he worked several different jobs including working for the City of Tupelo and driving a truck. He was a former member of the Crossroads Christian Church and most recently a member of Cedar Grove Pentecostal Church. Before his health began to decline, he enjoyed fishing.He is survived by two sisters, Kay Langston (William) of Baldwyn, and Sue Caldwell (Donny) of the Auburn Community; one brother, Raymond Anglin of Auburn; and a special cousin, Katherine Timms, also of Auburn.Visitation will be 1:00 pm until service time Sunday, June 14, 2020 at the funeral home. Services will be 2:00 pm Sunday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Phillip Carr officiating. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Tupelo MS
Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary – Tupelo
James Edward SaltersJanuary 29, 1938 – June 3, 2020James Edward Salters (Charles) 82, departed this life on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. He was born to the late Norvell and Lois Salters on January 29, 1938, in Lee County. He professed a hope in Christ at an early age. He was retired from the Sanitation Department in Tupelo. Charles loved to fish and enjoyed spending time with his family.Charles leaves to treasure his memories two daughters, Sharon Antoinette (Tweet) (Melvin) Scott, Demetra Yvonne (Dee) (Jerry) Smith; one brother, Leon Salters; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Charles also leaves a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Willie B, L.C., Rufus Salters; two sisters, Annie Ruth Northington, and Dorothy Stribling.There will be a private graveside service. Express your condolences with flowers sent to James’ memorial service. grayson-porters.com/obituary/james-salters
Erby Dean GillardMarch 10, 1956 – June 10, 2020Erby Dean Gillard “Shaggy Dog” was the second child born in Union County, Mississippi to Jessie and E#e Gillard. He joined the church family at Highway of Holiness Church in Verona, Mississippi. He was a former employee as a truck driver with Clark Trucking in Tupelo, MS. Ebry had a love for trucks, it was a blessing he was able to do what he loved and enjoyed.Ebry leaves behind to cherish his memories his three children, Chris Williams, Denise Williams of New Albany, MS, Chetiqua (Orlando) Morris of Tupelo, MS; five siblings, Jessie Gillard (her friend Willy), Dyane (David) Collins, Calvin (Catresia) Gillard, JoeAnn (John) Morris all of Tupelo, MS, and Ledora Gillard of Houston, TX; two uncles, James (Betty) Parks of New Albany, MS, and Charles (Betty) Parks of Myrtle, MS; three aunts, Eldora Connor of Atlanta, GA, Clara Graham, and Odessa Garner (Charles) of Myrtle, MS; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Ebry was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Scott and Mary Parks; daughter, Demetra “NeNe” Gillard; one sister, Roxie Ann Gillard; two uncles, Walter Parks, and Robert Parks.There will be a private graveside service. Express your condolences with flowers sent to Erby’s memorial service. grayson-porters.com/obituary/erby-gillard
Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo
Lorenzo Martinez GomezAugust 10, 1954 ~ June 5, 2020Lorenzo Martinez Gomez, 65, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020 at North MS Medical Center after a four-year battle against cancer. Born in Mexico on August 10, 1954 to the late Apolinar Martinez and Amanda Gomez, Lorenzo grew up in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Lorenzo married Flavia Robles on August 12, l974. He moved to California many years ago to work in the fruit and vegetable farms in the San Joaquin Valley. The Gomez family moved to Mississippi fifteen years ago. A Catholic, Lorenzo worked for Independent Furniture before becoming sick. He enjoyed the outdoors and gardening, but family was most important to him, especially the grandchildren who called him Papa Len Cho!!Lorenzo is survived by his wife of almost 46 years, Flavia Robles of Palmetto Community; two sons, Josue Martinez of Mexico, and Octavio Martinez of Tupelo; two daughters, Ulvia Martinez and Nancy Martinez Curry (Joseph), both from Tupelo; four brothers and five sisters, all of Mexico; eight grandchildren, Christian Curry, Natalia Curry, Rafael Leon, Leslie Leon, Lizabeth Martinez, Alexa Martinez, Jose Martinez, and Jesus Martinez; and numerous extended family members and friends both here and in Mexico.Visitation will be from 5:00 PM till service time on Monday and all are welcome to come and respect Covid-19 guidelines. A prayer service celebrating Lorenzo’s life will be held at 7:00 PM Monday, June 8, 2020 in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Father Adolfo from St. James presiding. Burial will be in Mexico in the Panteon Mesillas Cemetery. For those who wish, the service may be viewed at 7:00 PM Monday at hollandfuneraldirectors.com/live-streaming, where it will be permanently archived. Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church, 1911 N. Gloster St, Tupelo MS 38804. Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com/obituary/Lorenzo-Gomez
William “Billy” Scott BowieAugust 10, 1928 ~ June 6, 2020William (Billy) Scott Bowie, 91, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. He was born in McCool (Attala County), Mississippi, on August 10, 1928 to the late John Andrew Bowie and Willie Victoria McClellan. He graduated from McCool High School and Mississippi State University. He was an Accountant and retired from Boral Brick Company in Macon, Mississippi. He was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Mississippi, before moving to Tupelo, Mississippi where he joined St. Luke Methodist Church. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was an avid Mississippi State Bulldog fan. During his 47-year marriage to his beloved wife, traveling was their greatest pastime and they enjoyed trips in different parts of the world with special friends.   Survivors include special nieces and nephews, Carolyn Greene Herting (Dave) of Mandeville, LA, Betty Burch (Manny) of Holly Springs, Vicky Griffith (Scott) of Hernando, Patsy Gregory (Bob) of Okolona, and Van “Buddy” Stubbs, Jr. (Mary) of Tupelo. He also leaves many great-nieces and nephews, Matthew Greene (Tara) and Michael Greene (Laura) of Mandeville, LA, Jonathan Burch (Jennifer) of Holly Springs, Jason Burch (Ainsley) of Nesbit, Chris Griffith (Brittany) of Hernando, Trisha Gregory of New York, NY, Susannah Whitehead (Woodson) of Memphis, TN, Caroline Mazey (Andrew) of Nashville, Erin Stubbs of Tupelo and Van “Vandy” Stubbs, III (Sara Frances) of West Point. He also leaves 14 special great great-nieces and nephews, and special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Marjorie Sue Hamm Bowie; and his brother, Andrew Jackson Bowie.A private family graveside service will be held Sunday, June 7, 2020, in the Hamm-Bowie family plot at the Booneville City Cemetery, Booneville, Mississippi, with the Reverends Rob Gill and Hannah Shempert officiating. Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with all arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Traceway United Methodist Senior Services, 2800 W Main St, Tupelo MS 38801; Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803; or St. Luke Methodist Church, 1400 Clayton Ave, Tupelo MS 38804. Condolences may be left at hollandfuneraldirectors.com/obituary/WilliamBilly-Bowie
Margaret (Presley) DavisJuly 28, 1934 ~ June 8, 2020 Margaret Christine Presley Davis began her long awaited journey to heaven early Monday morning, June 8, 2020, after a brief illness at 85. Ms. Davis was born to the late John Thomas and Annie O’Barr Presley in Egypt, MS, on July 28, 1934. She attended and graduated from Okolona High School as her father had before her. She began initiating high school reunions at their 50-year mark, tracking down each class member and keeping tabs on each fellow graduate thereafter. She loved the Lord, her family, and almost all sports. The Okolona Christian Church was where Ms. Davis was baptized early in life as well as her three children. She was devoted to her Lord in daily prayers and Bible studies. She often mailed clippings or handwritten notes of uplifting spiritual writings she had found and wanted to share with all her family. She also served as a Church Board Member, Trustee, Member of Missionary Committee, Vice President Ladies Council, and Adult Sunday School Teacher. Cooking was a way of telling family and neighbors alike that she loved them, and she was an especially good cook when it came to her corn bread dressing, meatloaf, cornbread, and vegetable soup – and even an occasional pot of squirrel dumplings. But you knew you were especially loved if you were given one of her homemade pecan pies, orange cakes, or drop chocolate cookies. It always smelled yummy at her home.Before calling, everyone knew to check the sports calendar, especially to see if Mississippi State was playing anything! Ms. Davis loved sports, but she especially loved the Bull Dawgs and watched them without fail. She wasn’t going to talk long on the phone if she was watching the Bull Dawgs. She spent many years working, beginning with Delta Trousers, where she served as a union rep for her sewing division, and then Futorian, both located in Okolona, MS. Next she tried her hand at retail, first with Simpson’s, followed by the Manager of Bill’s Dollar Store, both in Okolona. Her last job before retiring was probably the one she is best known for as she worked at the Okolona Health Department assisting all the little boys and girls with shots for school or new mothers with babies as well as other health department duties.She is survived by her three children, Ellen Lois Davis Burnham (Thomas) of Brandon, Nora Ann Davis Rogers of Bruce, and Travis “Bud” Davis, Jr. (Beth) of Okolona; nine grandchildren, Ellie Burnham Word (Scott) of Brandon, TJ Burnham of Warrensburg, MO, Beau Burnham (Rachel) of Pearl, Holladay Burnham Bowman (Kevin) of Brandon, Abby Rogers Inman (Chance) of Bruce, Presley Rogers Lee of Saltillo, Kristie White (BG) of Fulton, Trey Davis (Molly) of Tupelo, and Savannah Davis of Okolona; fifteen great-grandchildren, Alex Word Adams (Michael) of Starkville, Terry Word Pullen (Jackson), Sam Word, John  Palmer Word, all of Brandon, Kaylee Brooke Burnham of Starkville, Lawton Burnham, Benjamin Burnham, Brelyn Burnham,  all of Brandon, Rebecca Lynn Burnham, Ella Burnham, Cope Burnham, all of Pearl, Mary-Travis Bowman of Brandon, Case Inman, Sadie Inman, both of Bruce, and Easton White of Fulton; and her beloved brother, D. F. Presley of Indian Trails, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents; her maternal grandparents, Joseph and Mary Lois Duncan O’Barr; paternal grandmother, Ms. Offie Presley; her sister-in-law, Jewel Presley; and her grandson, Dallas Cole Davis.Due to Covid-19, there will be a private family visitation on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at the Holland Funeral Home in Okolona, MS at 10:00 AM. Graveside services will follow at East Chickasaw Memorial Cemetery at 11:00 AM with her grandson, Pastor Beau Burnham, officiating. Pallbearers will be Chance Inman, Trey Davis, TJ Burnham, Sam Palmer, Kevin Bowman, and Scott Word. Holland Funeral Directors-Okolona Chapel is overseeing all arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Macedonia Cemetery Fund, ATTN: Sammy Kimbrough, 2038 Hwy 8 East, Houston MS 38851; or Wounded Warriors Project, Donor Care Center, PO Box 758541, Topeka Kansas 66675-8541.
Ruth Berryhill SheltonMay 26, 1934 ~ June 10, 2020 Ruth Berryhill Shelton was born in Tupelo on May 26, 1934 to the late Rev. Ike Berryhill and Evelyn Farris Berryhill, a legendary East Tupelo Baptist ministerial family. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 10, 2020, Ruth rejoined the thousands of animals her life passion saved, fostered, nurtured, and loved in the Rainbow Heaven. Ruth’s earthly pilgrimage was 86 years and 14 days. She was born and grew up in east Tupelo, was educated in the Tupelo Public Schools, and graduated from Tupelo High School in 1951. She married the late Tupelo Attorney, Billy W. Shelton, on Dec. 31, 1951, a marriage of 60 years before his death on August 15, 2011. She furthered her education at the University of Mississippi. Ruth grew up loving the outdoors and all God’s creation. She found her passion over 40 years ago when she and Billy founded the Tupelo-Lee Humane Shelter, which has now grown into one of the most successful animal rescue facilities in the South. Ruth served as the first director. A selfless and dedicated woman whose determination, positive attitude, courage and compassion propelled her throughout life, Ruth lived by the credo that animals were “of God” and should be cared for just as humans. She and Billy founded Spay, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to spaying and neutering pets whose owners do not have the resources to pay. The Shelton home became a haven for literally thousands of animals over the years, including sheep. Attending sheep shows became a beloved pastime for the family. A quiet, small in stature lady, Ruth’s heart was large and generous. She was a member at East Heights Baptist Church, for which her father was pastor for years and where she often played piano and organ. After moving to the farm on Birmingham Ridge, the Sheltons frequently attended Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church. Ruth Shelton’s living was not in vain. She will long be remembered for her extraordinary generosity to animals and people.In addition to a grateful community, Ruth leaves behind her daughter, Sherrie Howell Dickerson and her husband, Buddy, of Tupelo; and a son, Barry W. Shelton and his wife, Amy, of Madison; her grandchildren, Rocky Howell (Kacy) and their children, Bo and Brody, all of Ecru, Jospeh Howell (Heather) and their children, Kingston and Reese, all of Baldwyn, and Brandon Shelton, Addie Shelton and Molly Shelton; a sister, Sue Berryhill Howard of Tupelo; and several fur babies and other animals. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Billy; and a sister, Margaret B. Yarborough.Per Ruth’s request, there will be no public service or visitation. Private burial will take place in the Shelton family plot at Priceville Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving their friends. Memorials may be made to Spay, Inc., 669 Highland Park Dr, Tupelo MS 38801; or East Heights Baptist Church, 205 Lake St, Tupelo MS 38804. Please share condolences and appreciation for Ruth’s remarkable life at hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Harold Hayes KelleyMay 13, 1933 ~ June 11, 2020 Harold Hayes Kelley, 87, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House. Harold was born May 13, 1933 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was a lifelong resident of Lee County, and graduated from Tupelo High School in 1950. He then enlisted in the Navy and served in the Korean War in the elite Navy Underwater Demolition Team. He returned to the United States a decorated war veteran, and the first thing he did was buy a Harley Davidson and high-tail it home from California to Mississippi. After that, he owned and operated K&K Cycle, a motorcycle/scooter shop, and served as Lee County Game Warden. Through the years, he raced Enduro, built motors for several winning racing teams, and loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, hunting, and fishing. Harold was blessed with the friendship of so many. He loved his friends just like family and thoroughly enjoyed visits with them up until his last day of life on this earth.Harold is survived by his wife, Lynda; his daughters, Elizabeth Ann “Kelley” Little, and Gina Ann Kelley Smith; his son-in-law, David Shelby Smith; and granddaughters, Jennifer Nicole Little Clifton and Annabel Ruth Smith. Harold is also survived by his dear friends and first cousins, Jean Brown Hitson, Darlena Brown Bullock, and others. Harold was preceded in death by his mother, Minnie Gertrude Brown Marshall; his son, James Arthur Kelley; his infant daughter, Sonya Ann Kelley; and his grandson, James Harold Kelley.A graveside service celebrating his life and service to his country was held at 10:30 AM Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Shannon Cemetery. Pallbearers were Phillip Goff, Jimmy Williams, Chris Guess, Mark Rakestraw, EL Wood, and Chris Abernathy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish to send a memorial do so to the American Cancer Society, 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson MS 39213. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Jeannie (Belk) CobbJuly 7, 1953 ~ June 12, 2020 A beautiful, gentle soul, Sheryl Jean “Jeannie” Cobb, 66, celebrated the victory of her faith at 11:55 am Friday, June 12, 2020 crossing over at her home in Tupelo. Jeanie had known health struggles for several years. She was given a second chance after a lung transplant in 2014 fighting courageously and successfully to health once again. In March 2020, she was diagnosed with cancer which she aggressively fought. Jeanie was matriarch of the Kelley Gene Belk clan. She was the one the family looked to for help and kept the family bonded over the years insisting that all gather at her home for all the major holidays. She was a member of the Oak Ridge Christian Church for over 40 years where her faith was finely tuned in the tenants of New Testament Christianity. As a faithful child of God, Jeannie endured the adversities and triumphs of her life always trusting in the Lord. Jeannie was born on July 27, 1953 to the late Kelley Gene Belk and Joanne Hester Belk Wood. She attended Tupelo High School and later ICC. Her early employments included many years at Purnell’s Pride Chicken and later at Action Industries. A beloved and revered family member and friend, Jeanie loved God’s creation and all children, especially babies.Jeanie is survived by her daughters, Traci Watson and Lora Mask; her mother and dad, Joanne and Sammie Wood; her grandchildren, Brittany Rushing (Nathan), Woody Watson, II, Clayton Mask, and Maggie Mask; one great-grandson, Reed Rushing; her sister, Janice Hoover (Brad); and her brother, Kelley Gene “Kenney” Belk, II; her aunt, Sandra Holland Sullivan; and her very special friends and caregivers, Brenda Wright and Vicky Linder; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family on the Belk, Hester, and Holland sides. She was preceded in death by her father, Kelley Gene Belk; an infant son, Dennis Bradley Cobb;  a special aunt, Mildred Holland “Mid” Burt; her grandparents, Steven and Lucinda Belk, Thomas McKinley “Tommy” and Farra Mae Holland, and John Hester; and the benefactor of her transplanted lung which gave her a renewed life, Jeremy Parrish. The family expresses gratitude to nurse Beverly Irby of Sanctuary Home Hospice, who provided unexcelled love and care.Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until service time Sunday June 14, 2020 at Holland-Tupelo Chapel, which is honored to be serving their family. A service celebrating her life will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with her longtime pastor, Bro. Dale Carr, and her current pastor, Bro. Archie Taflinger, officiating. The service may be viewed at 2:00 PM Sunday at http://www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Live-streaming for those unable to attend and will be permanently archived thereafter. Memorials may be made to Oak Ridge Christian Church, 1325 Fletcher St, Tupelo MS 38804; or to Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38802. 
Lee Memorial Funeral Home – Tupelo
Ruby Faye BeasleyJune 10, 2020Ruby Faye Beasley, 66, of Tupelo, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born December 3, 1953 to Arthur Oliver “Bill” and Ruby Lavenia Cooley Ridinger.  She is survived by her husband, Thomas D. Beasley of Tupelo; her children, Natosha Beasley Burrow (Jamey) of Shannon, Thomas Dale II “Tommy” (Brittany) of Tupelo, and James Matthew “Matt” (Casey) of Mooreville; 11 grandchildren, Payton Goolsby (Nick), Taylor Burrow, J.D. Burrow, Tripp Beasley, Tanner Beasley, Lexi Claire O’Rourke, Carter O’Rourke, Lawson Beasley, Logan Beasley, Emma Beasley, and Addy Beasley. She is preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Buddy Ridinger, Bobby Ridinger, David Ridinger, and Gary Ridinger; sister-in-law, Quida Ridinger, and one grandson, Sawyer Beasley.Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Lee Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 12:00 PM Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Lee Memorial Park with Mr. Ricky Sanderford officiating. Pallbearers will be Logan Beasley, J.D. Burrow, Carter O’Rourke, Tripp Beasley, Tanner Beasley, Tony Ridinger, Nick Goolsby, and Jamey Burrow. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. leememorialonline.com/obituary/ruby-beasley
N L Jones Funeral Directors – Tupelo
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