Obituaries

HCN Regional Obituaries (June 12 – 18, 2020)

Baldwyn MS 
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn
Willie James (William) Burton
July 20, 1946 – June 12, 2020
Willie James (William) Burton was born in D’lo, MS on July 20, 1946 to the late Mr. Freddie and Allie Burden (affectionately known as Papa and Big Mama). He was sixth of nine children. Willie accepted Christ at an early age, was baptized and became a member of St. Mary Baptist Church. He attended and graduated from Harper High School. He later married Earnestine Brown and to this union came four children. He was a truck driver for many years (VanLines and Popeyes) and he was a carpenter for over 27 years and soon retired. He loved gardening, playing cards, checkers, dominoes, and talking noise, but in the end he would win. Everybody always loved going by “Uncle Willie” house, but be prepared that the bathroom could very well be a closet the next day. That’s how fast he would change his house around. They would say “Uncle Willie didn’t you have the carport and front door on this side the other day?” He would laugh and respond by saying “Oh yeah” and explain the reasoning behind the change. That is what he loved to do; build and work on things. He also loved helping everybody in his community.Willie leaves to cherish his memory his significant other, Vanessa whom he loved dearly; three children, Diane Handy, Sue (Michael) Jones, and Mary Livingston all of New Orleans, LA; nine grandchildren, Toshia, Tomeka, Arthur, Bernard Jr., Renard, Tiffany, Tynia, Tangi, and William; ten great-grandchildren, Arthur Jr., Melanie, Chloe, Renard Jr., Roman, Jayden, Avery, Ayden, Chelsea, and Chevy; his siblings, Alzean Skiffer of Mendenhall, MS, Winston Charlie (Vanetta) Burden and Harold (Victoria) Burden both of New Orleans, LA, Marilyn (Russell) Golden of Louisville, KY, and Margie (John) Genous of Jackson, MS; a beloved sister-in-law Vernie Ruth Burton; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is proceeded in death by his father Freddie Jean Sr. (1985); his mother Allie (1999); brother Freddie Jean (1962); his daughter Regina Lavon (1966); and his sisters, Betty Jean (2006) and Vera Mae (2010).There will be a family gathering service Friday June 19, 2020 3-4:00 PM with visitation 4-6:00 PM at J and M Funeral Home, 732 Dixie Avenue, Mendenhall, MS 39114.
Ledora Cherry Agnew 
June 7, 1944 – June 13, 2020
Ledora Cherry Agnew, 76, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020, at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 7, 1944 in Lee County unto the late Robert Cherry Sr and Jenny Metcalf Cherry.Walk through visitation will be on 3:00-5:00 PM Wednesday June 17, 2020 at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home in Verona. Graveside services will be on Thursday 11:00 AM June 18, 2020 at Blackland Cemetery, Tupelo MS. Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com
Kesler Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Lee Alvis Swinney
April 7, 1945 ~ June 12, 2020
Lee Alvis Swinney, 75, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020 at the NMMC in Tupelo after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was the son of the late Lee and Opal Swinney. In 1963, Lee graduated from Wheeler High School, where he played basketball. He continued his basketball career at Itawamba Junior College. On February 26, 1966, Lee married the love of his life, Freida Glover Swinney, and they had two children. He served as a member of the National Guard and worked for Bell South 33 years until he retired in 1998. Lee enjoyed sports, reading westerns, watching his grandsons play basketball and baseball, growing tomatoes, visiting his buddies at the shop, and riding around Wheeler.Lee is survived by Freida, his wife of 54 years; his daughter, Susan Swinney; his son, Todd Swinney (Melanie); his grandsons, Carter, Cole and Levi all of Wheeler; his sister, Elizabeth (Jim) of Saltillo; his brother, Jerry Swinney (Elaine) of LA; his sister-in-laws, Linda Swinney of Collierville, TN and Lisa Swinney of Baldwyn; and a host of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Lee was preceded in death by his brothers, WC and Danny Swinney.Funeral services conducted by his nephew, Billy Glover and Lee’s grandsons, will be held at the Baldwyn Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 3:00 PM with visitation starting at 1:00 PM and continuing until service time. The family strongly encourages social distancing and masks would be appreciated. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lee Alvis Swinney, please visit our floral store.
Waters Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Maxine James
October 2, 1927 – June 13, 2020
Maxine Stark Owens James, 92, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the Meadows Nursing Facility in Fulton. She was an inspector in a factory before retiring, she enjoyed taking care of people, she loved spending time with her church family and her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a Pentescostal.She is survived by three daughters, Frieda Jones (Claude) of Fayette, AL, Alice McAnally (Danny) of Booneville and Barbara Holt (Jerry) of Tupelo; son, Boyce Stark (Sherry) of Hamilton, AL; seven grandchildren, Tammie Thomas (Craig), Tracie Weatherby (Todd), Floyd Jr. Reed (Lisa), Terry Stark (Kim), Kimberly Edwards (Derek), Elisha Damone (Carl),Heather Wright (Michael), Tina Barley (Terry), and Brandi Bozeman; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Stark; her parents, William and Lola Inman Owens; one great-granddaughter; one sister; and three brothers.Visitation will be at Waters Funeral Home on Monday June 15, 2020 from 10:00 am until service time. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 pm with Bro. Johnny Bridges and Bro. Terry Barley officiating. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery in Jumpertown. Pallbearers will be Terry Stark, Kendrick Million, Kolson Million, Jace Miller, Ian Miller and Craig Thomas. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Maxine James, please visit our Tribute Store.
Booneville MS
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Booneville
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Booneville Funeral Home – Booneville
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McMillan Funeral Home – Booneville
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Corinth MS
Magnolia Funeral Home – Corinth
Gilbert R.J. Spencer
September 16, 1956 – June 12, 2020
Gilbert Spencer, 63 of Corinth, went to his heavenly home on Friday, June 12, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo, MS. Born September 16, 1956 in Memphis, TN, Gilbert was of the Baptist faith and a maintenance man at Grand Casino. He loved his family and friends and enjoyed drag racing, cruising on his motorcycle and traveling in the Smoky Mountains. Being the only boy in the family with five sisters, he was loved very much and spoiled and will be greatly missed. Rest easy little bother. Gilbert is survived by his five loving sisters, Linda Shaw of Kossuth, Peggy Burrows of Corinth, Katha Comeaux and husband Jerry of Florida, Diane Clement and husband Carl of Florida, and Patricia Wood of Corinth; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives; and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his father, R.J. Spencer and his mother, Opal Markle Spencer.There will be a memorial service held at a later date. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Gilbert R.J. Spencer. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Gilbert R.J. Spencer please visit our Sympathy Store. magnoliafuneralhome.net/obituaries/Gilbert-Spencer/
Troy Lee James
November 22, 1927 – June 14, 2020
Troy Lee James, 92 of Walnut, MS was born November 22, 1927 in Alcorn County, MS and passed from this life on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was retired from the U.S. Navy with 20 years of service. Troy was of the Baptist faith and attended Fifth Street Baptist Church in Iuka. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Eva Joyce James of Walnut; his son, David James and wife, Lisa of Iuka; granddaughter, Kaitlin C. Fuentes; sister, Lily Mae Norton of Bakersfield, CA; other relatives and a host of friends. Troy is preceded in death by his father, Claude James; mother, Dorthy Derrick James; and his sister, Marie Plymale. Visitation will be Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 PM at Magnolia Funeral Home with funeral services to follow at 2:00 PM. Burial will be at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery. Shirley Woodruff and Bro. Tony Curtis will officiate the service. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Troy Lee James.https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/TJ3KHH7PFFPFNQFC. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Troy Lee James please visit our Sympathy Store.
Donald “Don” Rhodes
May 31, 1938 – June 16, 2020
Donald “Don” Rhodes, 82 of Corinth, MS, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at his residence. He was born May 31, 1938 in Corinth, MS to James Rhodes and Mildred Potts Dalton. He was employed as a sales manager at Conley Brothers, and was employed as a buyer for several years at Intex/MS Polymers. In later years Don was employed as a security guard at Kimberly Clark. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Oakland Baptist Church. Don loved doing yard work and took any opportunity to visit with friends. He never met a stranger and he loved people, especially children. Don is survived by his wife of 37 years, Wanda South Rhodes of Corinth, MS; his son, Jonathan Rhodes of Corinth, MS; his daughter, Janna Dwyer and husband Joe of Corinth, MS; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Hosea and Peggy Thorne, Arlie and Jewell South, and Howard and Viola South; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his father, James Rhodes and his mother, Mildred Potts Dalton and her husband J.W. Visitation will be Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Oakland Baptist Church.  A Celebration of Life service will be Friday, June 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Oakland Baptist Church with interment to follow at Henry Cemetery. Bro. Randy Bostick, Charlie Browning and Wayne Prince will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Hosea Thorne, Arlie South, Howard South, Danny Bray, Mickey Hannon and Kelby Corbin. Honorary pallbearers will be Dexter Sample and Eldon Latch. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mr. Donald “Don” Rhodes. https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/KXX22FNFRMLT98CP. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Donald “Don” Rhodes please visit our Sympathy Store.
McPeters Funeral Home – Corinth
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Memorial Funeral Home – Corinth
Johnnie Faye Switcher
April 28, 1938 – June 17, 2020
Johnnie Faye Switcher, 82, passed away June 17, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born April 28, 1938 in Prentiss County MS to the late John and Nona Michael. She attended New Liberty Baptist Church before her illness. She was a former garment seamstress factory worker. She was a dear hearted lady who enjoyed fishing, cooking and spending time with her family.She is survived by her daughters, Reda Nash (Tim), Tammy Switcher; brother, Billy Gene Michael; sisters, Flora Mae Hutcheson, Rosie Lee Manley; grandchildren, Alan Nash (Tracie), Mike Nash (Kesha), Lorrie Turner (Clay), Skylor Dyson, Laken Wren, Jennifer McClellan (Michael), Angie Green (Michael); ten great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and a host of other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Jimmy Switcher; parents; several sisters and brothers; and father of her children, Billy Switcher.The family will receive friends Thursday, June 17, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 PM and Friday 10:00 AM till service time with social distancing guidelines. Celebration of Life services are set for 11:00 am Friday at Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Ed Kennedy officiating. Burial will follow in the Wheeler Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers are Alan Nash, Mike Nash, Ross Nash, Owen Nash, Clay Turner, Danny Ray Duncan. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialcorinth.com for the Switcher family. Arrangements are under the care of Memorial Funeral Home.
Holly Springs MS
Holly Springs Funeral Home – Holly Springs
Annis Holbrook
October 7, 1927 –  June 16, 2020
Annis Holbrook 92, passed away June 16, 2020 at Alliance Health Care, Holly Springs, MS. Annis was born October 7, 1927 to Jane Lyle and adopted by Mack Fretell in Baldwyn, MS. Annis was a member of First Baptist Church of Holly Springs and a homemaker.Annis is survived by three children, Al Holbook (Susan) of Holly Springs, MS, Ramona Warren (Danny) of Nettelton, MS, and Katherine Holbrook of Holly Springs, MS; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Annis was preceded in death by her husband, James Asa Holbrook; and children, Loren Eugene Holbrook and Mark Holbrook.Services will be held graveside on June 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Rose Mary Humphries
December 15, 1923 –  June 17, 2020
Rose Mary Humphries 96, passed away June 17, 2020 at Methodist Alliance Hospice in Memhis, TN. Rose was born December 15, 1923 to Thomas Papas and Oakie Mary Suggs Pappas in Memphis, TN. Rose was a member of Collierville United Methodist Church and a restaurant owner. Rose and her husband Jimmy lived at Daffodil Hill with many happy years were spent there.Rose is survived by four daughters, Patricia Hicks (George) of Pickwick, MS, Donna Pittman (David) of Germantown, TN, Vikki Whitten of Oxford, MS, and Barbara Smith of Germantown, TN; eight grandchildren, Stacey Reinke, Mark Hicks, Courtney Bishop, Christopher Hicks, Brad Smith, Brittany Smith, Ashley Whitten, Brandon Whitten; and thirteen great grandchildren. Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Willie James Humphries. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Methodist Alliance Hospice for their wonderful care. They became our family.Services will be held graveside on June 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm at Magnolia Cemetery, Collierville, TN. There will be a visitation beginning at 3:00 pm until service.
Vernelle Winter
January 4, 1939 –  June 17, 2020
Vernelle Winter 81, passed away June 17, 2020 at her home in Holly Springs. She was a retired school teacher who taught for over thirty years. She was born on January 4, 1939 in Marianna, MS to Vena Howard Woods and Nellie Thompson Woods. She grew up in the fellowship of her beloved First United Methodist Church in Holly Springs joining at the young age of seven. As an adult active in the church, she taught the two and three year old Sunday School Class for eighteen years, and was a member of the church choir.She is survived by her husband of many years, Tommy Pruitt Winter of Holly Springs, MS; son, Tommy George Howard Winter (Amanda) of Oakland, TN; daughter, Prentis Nancinelle Boatwright (Phil) of Myrtle, MS; sister, Mary Ella Woods Gilbert of Goodlettsville, TN; and grandchildren, Caroline Boatwright, Sam Winter, Meg Boatwright and Annie Winter. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Prentis Woods and Lloyd Woods.Services will be held Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 11:00 am at the First United Methodist Church with the Holly Springs Funeral Home in charge. A visitation will be held at the church Saturday from 10:00 am until service. Burial will follow in the Hill Crest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Holly Springs, MS. 
Sammie Tipler
August 15, 1947 –  June 17, 2020
Sammie Tipler 72, passed away June 17, 2020 at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, TN. Sammie was born August 15, 1947 to George Franklin Tipler and Maxine Jewel Hodge Tipler in Brownfield, MS. Sammie worked in constuction and was member of Hwy 45 Baptist Church.Sammie is survived by his wife, Kathy Tipler of Moscow, TN; two sons, Bryan Wells of Moscow, TN and Bradley Tipler of Oxford, MS; two daughters, Heather Tipler (James) of Ashland, MS, and Samantha Alberson of Columbia, MS; his sister, Twila Wilson of Greenville, TN; three grandchildren, Savannah Tipler, Hunter Alberson, Chase Wells; and one great grandson, Brennen Bracero. Sammie was preceded in death by his brother, Freddie Tipler, sister Pamela Tipler, daughter Sonya Tipler and son Bradley Wells.There will be visitation services on Friday evening June 19, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Services will be held June 20, 2020 at 11:00 am at the funeral home. Burial will be at Ashland Cemetery.
Brett Daniel Worsham Sr.
October 13, 1979 –  June 17, 2020
Brett Daniel Worsham Sr. 40, passed away June 17, 2020 at his home in Holly Springs, MS. Brett was born October 13, 1979 to Daniel Allen Worsham and Charlotte Briscoe Worsham in Memphis, TN. Brett worked in construction.Brett is survived by his wife, Courtney Worsham of Holly Springs, MS; his parents, Daniel and Charlotte Worsham of Holly Springs, MS; two sons, Daniel Worsham and Riley Ballard both of Holly Springs, MS; two daughters, Adalyn Worsham of Holly Springs, MS, and Sophie Worsham of Hernando, MS; and his sister Brooke Cook of Houston, MS.There will be visitation beginning at 12:00 noon until service time on June 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be at Red Banks Cemetery.
JF Brittenum and Son Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Holly Springs
Elmer Eugene Yeager
June 26, 1958 ~ June 11, 2020
Mr. Elmer Eugene Yeager, 61, transitioned on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Regional One Medical Center (The Med) in Memphis, TN. He was a retired worker for Cleveites.He leaves two sons, Steven Walker of Knoxville, TN, Jeremy Murphy of Cayce; three daughters, Alisa Murphy, Chrissy Murphy, both of Middleton, TN, Becky Murphy of Holly Springs; two sisters, Brenda (Tommy) Woodruff, Ann (Edward) Wolfe, both of Barton; a brother, David Yeager of Cayce; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Walker; and his parents, Elmer Lee Yeager and Clara Alderman Yeager.A family memorial will be held at a later date. Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Elmer Eugene Yeager, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com/obituaries/ 
Florence L. (Campbell) Shaw Barr
July 8, 1936 ~ June 12, 2020
Ms. Florence L. Campbell Shaw Barr, 83, transitioned on Friday, June 12, 2020 at her home in Bellefintaine, Missouri. She was born on July 8, 1936 in Coffeeville, MS. She was the fifth child born to the union R.V. Campbell and Alberta Rice Campbell. Florence was educated in Coffeeville School System. She accepted Christ at an early age and united with Bethlehem M.B. Church under the pastoralship of Rev. W.M. Brown. Florence met the love of her life Cefus Shaw, Sr., and was united in Holy Matrimony on April 4, 1953. God blessed this union with seven children. The family relocated to New Orleans, LA, and years later the family returned to Coffeeville, MS. Florence eventually found employment with Holly Carburetor, now known as Borh Warner in Water Valley, MS. The family decided to move to Water Valley, MS, to be near her job. Florence united with the Everdale M.B. Church under the leadership of Rev. Larry Hervey. After 20 years of labor, she retired. During this time of residence, she met and was united in marriage to Edgar Barr. Florence transitioned from her earthly home into her heavenly mansion in the early morning hours on Friday, June 12, 2020 in the city of Bellefontaine and the state of Missouri, where she had resided since 2017 with her daughter Carrie and son-in-law Samuel.She leaves to cherish her loving memories one daughter, Carrie (Samuel) Whiteside of St. Louis, Missouri; two sons, Cefus Shaw, Jr., and Brian Shaw both of Water Valley, MS. She also leaves a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, R.V. Campbell and Alberta Rice Campbell; both husbands, Cefus Shaw, Sr., and Edgar Barr; her siblings, Eva Mary Sylvester, John, Eddie, Davi; four children; and special son/grandson, D’Anthony McCollins.Visitation will take place on Friday, June 19, 2020 from 3-6:00 pm at Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home in Water Valley. Services will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 10:00 am at Greater Sanders Chapel M.B. Church in Water Valley, MS. Burial will take place at East Pine Grove M.B. Church in Water Valley. Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home of Water Valley is in charge of the arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Florence L. (Campbell) Shaw Barr, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com/obituaries/ 
Vivian YoungbloodMarch 21, 1943 ~ June 14, 2020Ms. Vivian Youngblood, 77, transitioned on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at her residence in Potts Camp, MS. She was born on March 21, 1943 in Milan, TN to the late Robert Ellington and Landreith Ellington.She leaves to cherish her loving memories one daughter, Debbie Wilson of Potts Camp, MS; one son, David (Mary) Mize of Florida; two sisters, Scarlet Hurdle of Clarksdale, MS and Shirley Youngblood of Byhalia, MS; three grandchildren, Courtney Wilson, Shelby and Jordan Thompson; one great-granddaughter, Brylee Grace Thompson; and a host of other relatives and friends.A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. 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 Vivian Youngblood, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com/obituaries/ 
Houston MS
Houston Funeral Home – Houston
Archie BrownJuly 12, 1972 – June 14, 2020Mr. Archie Ted Brown, 47, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at his home in Houlka, Mississippi. He was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi on July 12, 1972 to Ted Brown, Jr. and Bonnie Sue Burgess Brown. He was an autobody repairman and a member of His Grace Ministries in Houlka.Mr. Brown is survived by his mother, Bonnie Sue Burgess Brown of Houlka; and his two brothers, Tim (Rena) Brown of Houlka and Andy Brown of Houlka. Mr. Brown is preceded in death by his father, Ted Brown, Jr.Visitation with family will be on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:30 AM at Rose Hill Cemetery, Old Houlka, MS with Graveside Services to follow at 11:00 AM with Tim Brown officiating. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Jane BowlesFebruary 25, 1930 – June 14, 2020Ms. Jane Hodges Bowles, 90, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Mississippi. She was born in Ackerman, Mississippi on February 25, 1930 to Sim Unger Hodges and Wilma Champion Hodges. She was a member of Houston First Baptist Church. She resided the rest of her life in Houston, MS where her family moved when she was six weeks old. She graduated from Houston High School and attended M.S.C.W. for one year. She went to work at the Bank of Houston which merged with the Bank of Mississippi and became BancorpSouth, and retired after 45 years. She married Clarence Farr Bowles, Jr. and they had two children. Ms. Bowles was actively involved in community activities. She loved Houston and its people and served to help make it a better place to live and raise a family. As a long time Christian who loved her Lord, she served in most all areas at First Baptist Church to reach others to help them know Him and accept his Saving Grace.Ms. Bowles is survived by her son, Dean (Laurie) Bowles of Norfolk, VA; her daughter, Julia Ellen Bowles of Houston; two grandchildren, Ashley Bowles (Ben) Jones of Farmville, VA, and Sasha Bowles of Houston; and a great-grandchild, Kaiden Elijah Stevens. Ms. Bowles is preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Dot Hodges Davis.Visitation will be on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 5:00 PM at Houston First Baptist Church with memorial services to follow at 6:00 PM. Dr. Daniel Herringa will be officiating. Graveside services will be at Houston City Cemetery in Houston, Mississippi. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to: Houston First Baptist Church Building Fund, 201 W Madison St, Houston MS 38851; or to Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Memorial Funeral Home – Houston
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Southern Funeral Chapel – Houston
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New Albany MS
Glenfield Funeral Home – New Albany
Wayne Roger WrightAugust 22, 1941 – June 15, 2020Wayne Wright, 78, passed away Monday, June 15, 2020, at his daughter’s house in Leslie, Arkansas. He was born August 22, 1941, in Hickory Flat, Mississippi, the son of Louis and Willie Mae Holland Wright. Mr. Wright was a long time resident of Myrtle, Mississippi, and had been a furniture factory employee most of his working career.  Survivors include five daughters, Debbie Myrick and husband, George, of Leslie, Arkansas, Shelia Fowler and husband, Matt, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Sandy Chance, and husband, Allen, of Mount Vernon, Arkansas, Shannon Wright and Linda (Renee’) Wright both of Fort Worth, Texas; a brother, Charles Wright and wife, Carolyn, of Myrtle; two sisters, Helen Ellis and husband, Robert, of Visalia, California, and Pauline Strauss of New Orleans, Louisiana; thirteen grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Billy Gene Wright; four sisters, Hattie Byerly, Jewel Keaton, Louise Paskell, and Mildred Coltharp; and a granddaughter, Heather Baker.Visitation will be 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Friday, June 19, 2020 at Glenfield Funeral Home with the funeral service following at 1:00 PM. Brother Mark Bishop will officiate.  
New Albany Funerals and Cremations – New Albany
Teresa Elizabeth HaynesDecember 11, 1960 ~ June 13, 2020Teresa Elizabeth Haynes, 59, resident of Union County, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes Saturday, June 13, 2020 at her residence in New Albany. Born December 11, 1960 in Tupelo, Teresa was the daughter of Linda Abernathy Droke of New Albany and the late John Wesley Haynes III. She was a graduate of Corinth High School and continued her education at the University of North Alabama. A Christian, Teresa was owner of Mississippi Closing and Appraisals in Tupelo for much of her life. She will be remembered for her love of the outdoors, cooking and special times she shared with her three wonderful grandchildren. A beloved daughter, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, she will be greatly missed by all those that knew and loved her.In addition to her mother, memories will be cherished by her children, John Frosinotes and Korey Manning (Michael), both of New Albany, and Emily Stanford of Tupelo; one sister, Sharon Brinkman (Robert) of Vicksburg; one brother, John Haynes, IV; three grandsons, Samuel and Henry Manning and John David Parker; four nieces and nephews, Sarah and Bob Brinkman, Wes and Lily Haynes. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Samuel Graham and Sara Abernathy; her paternal grandparents, Frank and Louise Haynes; and an uncle, Goodman Haynes.Graveside Services remembering the life of Teresa will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Ingomar Cemetery with her uncle, Rickey Haynes officiating. Arrangements will be provided by New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care who invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Teresa Elizabeth Haynes, please visit our floral store. nafuneralsandcremations.com/obituary/TeresaElizabeth-Haynes 
Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Inc – New Albany
Mona Lisa (Sumbry) DavisJune 25, 1959 ~ June 13, 2020Mrs. Mona Lisa Sumbry Davis, 60, transitioned on Satutrday, June 13, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany.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 Mona Lisa (Sumbry) Davis, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com/obituary/Mona-Davis
Christopher O’Neil BrownJune 12, 1996 ~ June 13, 2020Christopher O’Neil “Chris” Brown, 24, transitioned on Saturday, June 13, 2020 in Fulton, MS. Chris was born to David Turnage and Letonia Brown Strong on Wednesday, June 12, 1996 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. Chris gave his life to Christ and was a member of Living Word Faith Center in New Albany under the leadership of Pastor Steven R. Woods. He was a kind and compensated person who loved to fish. He was also a member of Brotherhood Bass Club and a clown. Chris loved to make people laugh, and he had a smile that would light up a room. He also loved pit bulls especially Homeboy. He also loved to play football and run track.He leaves to cherish his memories one son, Legend James Brown; his father, David Turnage (Robin), his mother, Letonia Strong (Willie); grandmother, Shelia Turnage; grandfather, Kent Brown (Janice); two great grandmothers, Georgia Mae Parks and Hilda Knowles; one great great grandmother, Viola Scruggs; three brothers, James Turnage, Jessie Turnage, and Jonathan Turnage; two sisters, Faye Turnage (Tevin) (Grayson and Brooklyn), and Erriyana Turnage; four step brothers, Derron Fant, LeKendrick Strong, Bryce Strong, and DeK’vion Strong; one step sister Eboni Strong; two aunts, Melissa Turnage, Tanesha Jones (Emanuel); one step aunt, April Buford; aka aunt, Jessica Bradley (Derek); two uncles, Jonathan Traylor, Kenneth Brown; one step uncle, Tyrone Vaughn; God parents, Domonique Hall, Chris Buford, and Brinkley Taylor; and a host of other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Earl Turnage; his grandmother, Edwina Usher Brown; great grandparents, D.C. and Bessie Rucker, Willie Earl Miller, and Herman Wayne Payton; godmother, Virginia Mosley Cook; and very special tt, Pearl Jones. His extended family includes but not limited to, Cortez Cook, Monique McDonald, Amber and Aleshia Gardner, Raynon Finley Jr., Sam Smith, Keshaun, Terry, and LaTonya Ball, Larenz Jones, Tyrone Vance, Adalis Bynum, Cedric Buford, Jarel Lipsey, Issac Turner, Jamal Cook, and Austin Cook.Visitation will be Friday June 19, 2020 3:00-7:00 PM at Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home, New Albany. Private burial services will be at Jamison Grove Independent Baptist Church, 1048 County Rd 149, New Albany, MS 38652. Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Christopher O’Neil “Chris” Brown, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com/obituary/Christopher-Brown
Katalyn Christian KiddyNovember 16, 1974 ~ June 16, 2020Ms. Katalyn Christian Kiddy, 45, transitioned on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in a recent automobile accident in New Albany, MS.A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Katalyn Christian Kiddy, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com/obituary/Katalyn-Kiddy
Jake BarrMarch 31, 1926 ~ June 16, 2020Mr. Jake Barr, 94, transitioned on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Oxford Health and Rehabilitation in Oxford, MS.Visitation services will be Monday, June 22, 2020 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Serenity Funeral Home, 294 Hwy 7 N, 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 Jake Barr, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com/obituary/Jake-Barr
James CasonJanuary 6, 1956 ~ June 17, 2020Mr. James Cason, 64, transitioned on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at his residence in Water Valley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home of Water Valley. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Cason, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com/obituary/James-Cason
Stephen P. LivingstonJuly 9, 1948 ~ June 19, 2020Attorney Stephen P. Livingston, 71, transitioned on Friday, June 19, 2020 at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, 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 Stephen P. Livingston, please visit our floral store.  serenityfuneralhomeinc.com/obituary/AttorneyStephen-Livingston
United Funeral Service – New Albany
Irene Steadman PannellDecember 9, 1934 – June 19, 2020Irene Steadman Pannell, 85, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020 at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. She was born December 9, 1934 in Pittsburg, PA to John T. Steadman and Mae Myers Steadman. She retired as a Sales Coordinator for Master-Bilt in New Albany. She was a member of First Baptist Church in New Albany.She is survived by her husband, Ellis Pannell; one daughter, Diane Boler (Wendell) of Nesbit, MS; two sons, Terry Pannell and Eddie Pannell, both of New Albany; one sister, Edith Butler; one brother, Jim Steadman; five grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister and three brothers.Funeral services will be at 10:00 am Monday, June 22, 2020 at Vista Memorial Park, 700 Hwy 15 S, New Albany MS 38652, with Bro. John Boler and Bro. Andrew Chesteen officiating. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Irene Steadman Pannell please visit our Sympathy Store. unitedfuneralservice.com/obituaries/Irene-Pannell/
Oxford MS
Coleman Funeral Home – Oxford
Gerald “Jerry” Mettro BondDecember 4, 1940 – June 15, 2020On June 15, 2020, Gerald Mettro Bond (Jerry), 79, passed away at his home in Oxford after a battle with Leukemia. Born in Gulfport, MS he graduated from Wiggins High School and attended Perkinston Junior College. He served in the Army National Guard. An avid aviator for 67 years, he was a commercial airline pilot for Southern Airways, Republic Airlines and he retired from Northwest Airlines. His greatest joy was flying his own airplane to wherever he chose to go. He enjoyed traveling many miles with his wife in their motorhome. His love for adventure led him to ranching in Mississippi and in Paraguay South America. Jerry’s gift of gab led him to make many friends he never forgot. He always had a story to tell and never met a stranger. Lending a helping hand was his greatest passion. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and was a member of Oxford University United Methodist Church.He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carolyn (Charlie) Bond; daughter, Rebecca Bond Garner (Todd); granddaughter, Ann Gates Garner; grandson, Christopher Mettro-Dixon Garner (Mett); his sister, Carolyn Bond (Larry) of Wiggins, MS; his niece, Tana Bond Walsh (Tim) of Forked River, NJ and a nephew Tim Bond of Los Angeles, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents Mettro and Demetria Bond and his son, Christopher Ray Bond.A memorial service will be held at a later date. A private burial will be in Amory, MS. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital; Shriners Hospital, PO Box 1510, Ranson WV; or Oxford University United Methodist Church, 424 S 10th St, Oxford MS. Please leave online condolences on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Gerald “Jerry” Mettro Bond please visit our Sympathy Store.
L Hodges Funeral Service – Oxford
Stanley Wayne LeeNovember 5, 1970 ~ June 11, 2020 We are remembering Stanley Wayne Lee. Stanley, 49, had a good, strong, faithful, spiritual heart. But his physical heart, needed healing. And on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at Baptist Memorial Hospital NM in Oxford MS, the great heavenly physician took him into His operating room and gave him not only a new heart but a new body. Now, Stanley has been healed and made whole. Stanley was born November 5, 1970, in Panola County, Mississippi, to Robert and Robbie Carr Lee. Stanley, being raised in a Christian home, accepted Christ at an early age and united with Eureka A.M.E. Zion Church in Batesville, Mississippi. His church was near and dear to his heart and he remained a member there until his untimely death. Stanley received his education in the South Panola School District and obtained his General Education Development (GED) certificate in 1990. Stanley loved the Lord and his church. He served on the Trustee Board, and he loved singing. He was a member of the Sanctuary Choir and Male Chorus for 30 years. Like most South Panolians, Stanley loved football. He also enjoyed fishing, cooking, and helping others. He had a pure heart and he loved people. He made a lasting impression on everyone he met, whether it was in a joking manner or a word of encouragement. He was a living example of his favorite scripture that’s printed on the front of his program, Ephesians 4:32. Stanley formerly worked for Air Kontrol System and was currently employed (20 years) with Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) in Batesville MS where he was a striper. He loved his job and his boss, Jim, who was like a father to him. Stanley Wayne Lee took Larcell Gordon to be his lawfully wedded wife on June 9, 2018, in New Orleans LA and they became one.Stanley leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Larcell Gordon Lee of Oxford MS and their children, Miayatta and Javaree Gordon, both of Oxford MS; granddaughter, Namiko Gordon of Oxford MS; his step-father, James Brassell of Batesville MS; his sisters, Blondie Carr, Nancy Carr, Mashunda Lee, and Letha (Henry) Madkins, all of Batesville MS; his aunts and uncles, Jessie M. Carr, Charles (Lillie) Carr, James Carr, Adolf Carr, Michael (Pamela) Lee, and Rosie M. Carr; his Godmother, Yvonne Ford; special sister-in-law, Bridgette Gordon-Booker; and three step brothers. Stanley also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, co-workers, church family and friends to cherish his memory. Stanley Wayne Lee was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee, and his mother, Robbie Carr Lee Brassell.Visitation will be Friday, June 19, 2020 1:00-5:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service. Graveside services will be Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:00 AM at Eureka A.M.E. Zion, 1238 Cosby Rd, Batesville MS 38606. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Stanley Wayne Lee, please visit our floral store. lhodgesfs.com/obituary/Stanley-Lee 
Mealissie Retae (Blake) CatheyJune 12, 1975 ~ June 16, 2020 On Tuesday morning, June 16, 2020, after a battle with that dreadful disease we call cancer, the Lord told Mealissie Retae Cathey, 45, she was free. Free to go home to rest, free from sickness and pain, and free from cancer. She’s now resting in the arms of the Lord saying, “I’m Free, praise the Lord, I’m free. No longer bound, no more chains holding me. My soul is resting, it’s such a blessing. Praise the Lord, Hallelujah, I’m Free.” Mealissie Retae Cathey, daughter of John Thompson and Jessie Blake Thompson, was born June 12, 1975, in Chicago IL. Retae, as she was lovingly known, was a wonderful woman. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and joined His Harvest Ministries and later united with Union Hill MB Church under the leadership of Pastor Porchia McGlown. Retae received her formal education in the Lafayette County School District and was a graduate of the class of 1994. She united in matrimony to Rayford Cathey and to this union two children were born, Emerie  and Emanuel. Retae was employed with Oxford Communicare as a Shift Supervisor for SMI Women Grouphome. She loved caring for the women in the home and they loved her. Retae had a quiet spirit. She enjoyed reading, painting, doing arts and crafts, eating out and her favorite enjoyment was loving on her grandchildren. She is loving remembered by her children, Emanuel Cathey of Batesville MS and Emerie Henderson of Oxford MS; and Jamal Dean, Robert Liggins, Lakesha Sanford, Corlasha Hale and Shanice Smith; her husband, Rayford Cathey of Batesville MS; her father and mother, John and Jessie Thompson of Abbeville MS; and her siblings, Thaddeus Blake of Pontotoc MS, Shannon Blake of Atlanta GA, Johnathan Thompson and Jasmine Parker both of Oxford MS; her grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends along with the SMI women. Please remember the Cathey/Blake/Thompson family in your prayers.Visitation will be Friday June 19, 2020 from 2:00-5:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service. Graveside services will be Saturday June 20, 2020 3:00 PM at East St. Peter M.B. Church, 274 County Rd 215, Oxford MS 38655. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mealissie Retae (Blake) Cathey, please visit our floral store. lhodgesfs.com/obituary/Mealissie-Cathey 
Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Services – Oxford
Doris Ann Shorter PopernikJune 19, 1955 – June 14, 2020After a hard-fought battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, Doris found final peace and rest on Sunday evening, June 14, 2020. She was the first child and only daughter born to Sarah Beard Shorter and the late C.D. Shorter. Doris was born on Father’s Day, June 19th, 1955. Except for a few years as a military wife which carried her to Dothan, AL, the Panama Canal Zone, and Bethesda, MD, Doris spent the majority of her life in Oxford, MS. She grew up in the College Hill community, attending Oxford City Schools. Doris graduated in the OHS Class of 1973. She maintained close friendships and a sense of community and support from her classmates and their families and friends over the years. Many of these friends were supportive and remained close through her illness. She worked at Rebel Press and Jennie’s Hallmark Shop, the North Mississippi Regional Center as a Cottage Parent, and in the Shoe Department at Neilson’s. She was best known for her hard work and devotion for more than two decades of service to the University of Mississippi in the Registrar’s Office. Serving the students, faculty and alumni of Ole Miss was her calling. Over the years she was dedicated to her work. Her coworkers were like family to her, and she was a huge Rebel fan. Doris grew up in the Church and was an active member, attending several Baptist Churches in Oxford in her lifetime. Doris was a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star.Doris is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth (Hugh McClendon) of Oxford; mother, Sarah Shorter of Oxford; two brothers, Joey Shorter of Atlanta, GA and Jimmy Shorter of Madison, AL; her Aunts Leasa Shorter of Madison, MS and Marjorie Rose of Knoxville, TN; sisters-in-law Jan, Beth, and Elizabeth, four nieces, six nephews, two great-nieces, and one great-nephew – she was an “Amazing” Aunt!  She was preceded in death by her brother, Tim, her father C.D., and her grandparents Lyonell and Ruby Doris Shorter, and Lloyd and Annie Beard. Waller Funeral Home will host the visitation from 4:00 until 7:00 PM on Monday, June 22, 2020. The funeral service will be in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joey Shorter and Rev. Brad Burnett officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. A livestream video on the Waller Funeral Home Facebook page will begin at 11:00 AM for those who are unable to attend. Memorials can be made to the Live Like Lou Foundation, 2 South Campus Avenue, Oxford OH 45056; or to the Team Gleason Foundation, PO Box 24493, New Orleans LA 70184.
Janice Allred ShuffieldOctober 20, 1946 – June 16, 2020Mrs. Janice Allred Shuffield, 73, entered the gates of Heaven on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, peacefully in her sleep at home, cuddled in the arms of her husband of 58 years. Born in Calhoun County, MS to the late Mary Evelyn Peeples and Clyde Avery “Pat” Allred, Mrs. Shuffield was the owner and a retired beautician at House of Beauty. She was a member of North Main Methodist Church and a member of Rebekah Lodge #38. She held immense pride and love for her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as, cooking for her family. No one ever left her presence hungry. She enjoyed gardening and adored flowers.Mrs. Shuffield is survived by her husband, Odie Shuffield of Water Valley, MS; a son, Steve Shuffield and his wife, Teresa of Water Valley, MS; a daughter, Sherry Shuffield Fischer and her husband, Paul of Water Valley, MS; a brother, Bob Allred and his wife, Pinky of Heber Springs, AR; six grandchildren, Chad Fischer, Codie Shuffield, Suzanne Fischer Brooks, Tanner Shuffield, Shay Shuffield, and Preslee Fischer; and two great-grandchildren, Andy Brooks and Bailey Brooks. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary McCain and Dorothy Peacock; and four brothers, Sam Allred, Tommy Allred, Billy Allred, and Tony Allred.The funeral service will be Friday, June 19, 2020, at 2:00 PM at North Main Methodist Church in Water Valley, MS with Bro. Doug Pepper, Bo Chinault and Binnie Turnage officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Janice Allred Shuffield can be made to North Main Methodist Church, PO Box 423, Water Valley MS 38965. For additional information or to leave an online condolence, please call 662.234.7971 or visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com
William “Billy” CalhounJune 8, 1931 – June 17, 2020William L. “Billy” Calhoun, Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 17, 2020 after a brief illness. He was born on June 8, 1931 to Cyril Mallory and Marie Lampkin Calhoun. He was a 1948 graduate of University High School in Oxford, MS and continued his education at Northwest Junior College and the University of Mississippi where he obtained both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. Billy started his coaching career as a student coach at University High School in 1950 while attending Ole Miss. After a brief stint in the Army during the Korean Conflict, he returned to Oxford and shortly thereafter, became the head football coach at University High School and then eventually Oxford High School. He placed his coaching career on hold in 1965 and spent 22 years with the US Probation Service retiring in 1987 as the Chief Federal Probation Officer of the Northern District of Mississippi. He quickly returned to his first love of coaching and spent the next 10 years coaching football at North Pontotoc and retiring for good in 1996. Billy never met a stranger and lived a full and abundant life. He loved deeply, was deeply loved and was often affectionately known as “Coach”.He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gaye Calhoun of Oxford, MS; two sons, Bill Calhoun (Paula) of Mooreville, MS and David Calhoun (Rachel) of Oxford, MS; one daughter, Camille Calhoun Steiner (Keith) of Tuscaloosa, AL; four grandchildren, Emily Addison (Michael) of Belden, MS, Andrew Megginson (Amber) of Mooreville, MS, Mallory Steiner of Tuscaloosa, AL, and William Calhoun of Oxford, MS; and three great-grandchildren, Tannor Megginson of Hayden, AL, Carter Megginson of Hayden, AL, and Milly Addison of Belden, MS. Billy was preceded in death by both of his parents. The family has decided in light of the current situation to only have a private graveside ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that all memorials be made to St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Oxford, MS where he was a standing member. Donations may be mailed to 431 N 16th St, Oxford, MS 38655. For additional information or to leave an online condolence, please call 662.234.7971 or visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com
Billy Jay Ashmore, Jr.January 25, 1957 – June 17, 2020Billy Jay Ashmore, Jr., 63, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at his home in Taylor, MS. Born in Baton Rouge, LA, Billy’s devotion to God was expressed in his faithful Christian walk and in his devotion to his family. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Oxford, MS. His wife and children were the pride of his life and he was known to brag on them continuously to anyone who would listen! He found great joy in spending time with his family. Billy was a proud patriot who loved and supported his country in any way possible. He was an avid coin collector and treasured his coin collection. Additionally, Billy loved riding motorcycles, fishing, and golfing. Survivors include his wife, Connie Ashmore of Taylor, MS; two daughters, Ashley Ashmore of Taylor, MS and Alisha Ashmore Lee and her husband, Michael of Liberty, MS; two sons, Bradley Ashmore of Taylor, MS and Bryan Ashmore and his wife, Alyssa, of Ocean Springs, MS; one nephew, Michael J. Clark and his wife, Amy of Walker, LA; one brother, Wesley Ashmore, and his wife, Claire of Walker, LA;  one sister, Kristi Ansonia and her husband, Jeff of Baton Rouge, LA; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Judie Crane of Liberty, MS; and three grandchildren, Gabriel Lee, Harvey Ashmore, and Myles Ashmore. He is preceded in death by his father, Billy Jay Ashmore, Sr.; his mother, Audrey Faye Floyd Hansen; and two sisters, Sherry Lou Clark and Nan Ford Pitre.Funeral services will be Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church of McComb with Dr. Woody Rimes officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 12:00 Noon at the church. In honor of Billy’s love for his country, the family requests that those in attendance wear red, white, and blue. Memorial contributions in Billy’s memory can be made to MS Coats 4 Kidz, 428 Hwy 6 E #184, Batesville MS 38606. 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
Dawn Elizabeth SulivanJanuary 11, 1969 – June 12, 2020Dawn Elizabeth Perkins Sullivan, of Pontotoc, gained her wings on June 12, 2020. She was born on January 11, 1969, in the small town of Houston, MS.She is survived by her husband, James Sullivan of Algoma, MS; three daughters, Michelle Vicknair (Josh) of Algoma, MS, Lisa Vicknair of Algoma, MS, and Heather Vicknair of Algoma, MS; two stepsons, Jesse Sullivan of New Albany, MS, and James Sullivan of New Albany, MS; a step-daughter, Pam Fitzpatrick of Pontotoc; and 19 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carol Bailey of Pontotoc, MS, and Glenda Stegall of Pontotoc, MS; two brothers, Allen Cangelosi of Pontotoc, MS, and Christopher Perkins of New Orleans, LA. She was preceded in death by her second daughter, Ashley Vicknair; her mother, Rosemary Perkins; and her father, Thomas Perkins.Visitation will be Monday, June 15, 2020 at Browning Funeral Home from 5-8:00 PM. The family will have a graveside service at 11:30 AM Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Algoma Cemetery with Rev. Robert Faulk. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is honored to assist the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com
Payton Mortuary – Pontotoc
Larry Wayne Beard, Jr.February 15, 1967 ~ June 13, 2020Larry W. Beard, Jr., 53, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis, TN. Larry Jr. was the first son born on February 15, 1967 to Larry W. Beard, Sr. (deceased) and Georgia E. Beard in Memphis, TN.He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, Adrienne Lynette Beard; a son, Donte’ Beard; and a daughter, Aaliyah Beard all of Belden, MS; his mother, Georgia E. Beard of Memphis, TN; a brother, Adrian Beard of Memphis, TN; and a host of relatives and friends.A memorial service will be held at a later date. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Larry Wayne Beard, Jr, please visit our floral store. paytonmortuary.com/obituary/Larrywayne-Beardjr
Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Doris ClaiborneJanuary 14, 1958 ~ June 14, 2020Mrs. Doris Claiborne, 62, transitioned on Saturday, June 14, 2020 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Doris Ann Claiborne was born January 14, 1958 to the late Henry Ruff and Willie B Ruff. Doris graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High School and later earned an associate degree from Itawamba Community College. She was a former member at Shiloh CME and Temple of Compassionate and Deliverance and later moved her membership to Spirit Filled Worship Center in Huntsville, AL where she remained until her death. The joy of her life consisted of fishing with her husband, going to yard sales with her mother, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.She leaves to cherish her memories, her mother, Willie B Ruff of Fulton, MS; husband, Rolan Claiborne of Huntsville, AL; two children, Christopher Walker and Angel Walker of Fulton, MZS; one sister, Felicia Ruff of Tupelo, MS; two brothers, Howard Ruff and Tony Ruff of Fulton, MS; special nephew, Zachari Ruff of Meridian, MS; five grandchildren; and a host of family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Ruff; a brother, Robert Henry Ruff; grandparents, Robert and Hatie Ruff, and Clinton and Vedie Clifton.Services will be Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Words of Faith in Tupelo, MS. The public viewing is from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm with the service to follow. Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Doris Claiborne, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com/obituary/Doris-Claiborne 
Tutor Memorial Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Joan Dillard WhiteheadNovember 9, 1937 – June 12, 2020Joan Dillard Whitehead, 82, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, MS.  Joan was a nurses aid at Cedar’s Nursing Home in Tupelo, MS. She enjoyed her time attending country music and gospel music concerts. Joan was an avid collector of Elvis Presley memorabilia and country music magazines.Joan is survived by her children, Martin Whitehead (Dorothy), Ricky Dillard, Kenneth Dillard, John Whitehead, Jr. (Christy), Charlie Dillard (Janice), Tim Dillard (Charlotte), and Terrica Lawson (Jeff); 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Nona Pannell, Linda Bridges, and Billy Dunlap. She is preceded in death by her husband, John Whitehead, Sr.; her mother and father, Annie and Joe Dunlap; and a sister, Barbara Dunlap.Visitation will be Sunday, June 14, 2020 from 5-8:00 PM and Monday, June 15, 2020 from 1:00 PM until service time. Services will be Monday, June 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Cooper Swords officiating. Burial will follow in Ecru City Cemetery. Pallbearers are Andy Dillard, John Whitehead III, Carey Dillard, Rodney Bright, Justin Lawson, and TJ Lawson. Honorary pallbearer is Hunter Bright. tutormemorial.com/obituary/joan-whitehead
T. Leveal RiddleMarch 3, 1938 – June 13, 2020T. Leveal “T.L.” Riddle, 82, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020 in Algoma, MS. He was an avid gardener, musician, piano technician, furniture manufacturing engineer, and Ole Miss fan. He was married to the love of his life for almost 65 years (June 25th). At the time of his death, he was still working in the R & D department at Washington Brothers Furniture. He was a charter member of Black Zion Pentecostal Church, where he was still active as a guitarist and Sunday School director.He is survived by his wife, Sina Brady Riddle; sister, Faye Gray; brothers, Pete Riddle and Ernest Riddle; children, Mark Riddle (Kathy), Jody Riddle (Robyn), Janet Washington (Danny), and Lori Dawn Jones (Richie); grandchildren, Ben Riddle (Ashley), DJ Washington (Erin), Jesse Washington (JP), Nicole Gray (Randy), Cody Riddle (Leslie), and Gibbs Jones; great-grandchildren, Cole Riddle, Miles Jordan, Gracen Gray, Brady Gray, Kaden Washington, Keegan Washington, Dalton Riddle, Landon Hood, and Logan Hood. He is preceded in death by his father, Tommie Riddle; mother, Estell Grant Riddle; grandsons, Cash Jones and Izzy; sister-in-law, Doris Riddle; and brother, Jim Riddle.Visitation will be Sunday, June 14, 5-8:00 PM and Monday, June 15, 12:00 PM until service time. All visitation services will be at Black Zion Pentecostal Church. Funeral services will be Monday, June 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Black Zion Pentecostal Church with Bro. Charles Wright officiating. Burial will follow in Baldwin Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers are Ben Riddle, DJ Washington, Jesse Washington, Cody Riddle, Randy Gray, and Ronald Brady. Honorary pallbearer is Gibbs Jones. tutormemorial.com/obituary/t-tl-riddle
William “Bill” Lester WhitesideAugust 02, 1947 – June 15, 2020William “Bill” Lester Whiteside, 73, passed away Monday, June 15, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He loved race car driving, fishing, football, gospel music and watching his grandchildren play ball. He cherished time with his wife and family. He will be greatly missed.Survivors include his wife, Mary; children, William Lee Whiteside “Bill” (Jennifer) and Misty Whiteside Lucas (Nobel Wayne); grandchildren, Brandy Whiteside, Gabrielle McKeown (David), Summer Whiteside, Dalton Whiteside, Haylee Whiteside and Cameron Vandygriff; six great grandchildren; siblings, Donna Williams, Randy Whiteside and Mark Whiteside; step children, Wayne Doss (Brandi), Jeremy Doss (Brandy) and  Amanda Hamblin (Brad); step grandchildren, Jolee Doss, Madison Doss, Eden Doss, Houston Doss, Graham Doss, Mary Doss, Chandler Hamblin and Dosson Hamblin. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Whiteside “Jimmy” and Margaret Whiteside; and siblings, Rick, Margaret Ann “Maggie”, and Jerry Whiteside.Visitation will be 1:00 pm until service time Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Services will be at 3:00 pm at Green Valley Baptist Church. Bro. Brian Sansing will officiate. Burial will be in the Jernigan Cemetery. Pallbearers are Chandler Hamblin, Dosson Hamblin, Houston Doss, Jake Britt, Harlon Hamblin, LD Gillespie and Jimmy Flake. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. tutormemorial.com/obituary/william-bill-whiteside
John Paul HodgesOctober 9, 1953 – June 15, 2020John Paul Hodges, 66, passed away June 15, 2020 at NMMC-Pontotoc, MS. John Paul was a home builder for 30 plus years. He also was an avid longhorn breeder with his wife, Sheila. He was always willing to help others and loved life. He loved his Lord and Savior, his family, and his church family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.John Paul is survived by his wife, Sheila Payne Hodges; daughter, Christy Hodges Barnes; two grandchildren, Will Davis and Claire Davis; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, John Paul Hodges, Sr.; mother, Elaine Hodges; sisters, Ellaweese McCoy and Laine Dean.Services will be Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Pastor Mike Sauvegeot officiating. Visitation will be at 1:00 PM until service time. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Frank Foster SiscoJuly 5, 1945 – June 16, 2020Frank Foster Sisco, 74, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at NMMC-Tupelo, MS. He was born to Jessie and Lucille Hayes Sisco on July 5, 1945 in Lafayette County, MS. He was a jack of all trades and a master of none. A hard worker, who believed in helping other people, whether you knew them or not. He was a one of a kind person and enjoyed spending time with his family, whom he loved dearly.Frank is survived by his daughter, Donna Sisco-Tutor of Pontotoc; stepdaughter, Debbie Peak (Earl) of Laurel; two grandchildren, Chasity Cossey (Justin) and Chance Tutor all of Pontotoc; four great-grandchildren, Caden, Marley, Remington “Bubba” and Ally; brother, Eddie Sisco (Renae) of Thaxton; three sisters, Willie Mae Lewinsk (Tony) of Deerborn, MI, Linda Mullis of Cassatt, SC, and Ann Franks of Pontotoc; and a host of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, John Henry, William “Bill”, Jesse “Buddy”, and Roy Sisco; three sisters, Mollie “Sis” Framak, Francis Whiteside, and Brenda Sisco; two brothers-in-law, Cazz Framak and Leroy Mullis; one sister-in-law, Gillie “Tincy” Sisco; son, Frankie Sisco; nephews, Buster Framak, Bubba Sisco, Randy Sisco, Roy Sisco, and Billy Chilcut; and a niece, Brenda Walton.Graveside Services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Guinn Cemetery with Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Pallbearers are Billy Sisco, Jessie Sisco, Billy Dobbs, Matthew Sisco, Justin Cossey, and Chance Tutor. Honorary pallbearers are his great-grandsons and all his coffee shop friends. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements. “Glad you got to see me!” – Frank
Ripley MS
Foster and Son Funeral Home – Ripley
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McBride Funeral Home – Ripley
Jamie HaynesNovember 27, 1936 – June 14, 2020Jamie Haynes, 83, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Jamie was born on November 27, 1936 to S. W. and Ruby Moore Nance in Ripley. Before her retirement, she was employed at American Biltrite for more than forty-two years in the Accounts Payable and Receivable Department. She was a member of Springdale Baptist Church.Jamie is survived by one son, Johnny Haynes of Booneville; three grandchildren, Shelbie Haynes, Ben Haynes, both of Booneville; Jay Haynes (Allie) of Oxford; one great-grandson, John Clarke Haynes of Oxford; and special best friend, Sandra Bolton of Batesville. Preceding her in death were her husband, Edd Haynes; her parents; and one brother, William Nance. The Haynes family would like to express a very special “Thank You” to the church family of Booneville First Baptist Church for the prayers and loving support you have shown during our season of trials.Graveside Services will be at 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Tippah Memorial Gardens with Bro. Randy Hamilton officiating. In case of inclement weather the service will be in McBride Funeral Home Chapel. Pallbearers will be Jim Miller, Larry Cole, Michael Dees, Gary Parsons, Terry Shinall, Eric Ross, Jerry D. Reno.Honorary pallbearers will be Lydia and Don Lovell, Lynn Ross, Raymond Craven, Anthony Copeland, Grant Goolsby, Eric Dukes, Larry McKay, Jerry Reno, Ricky Ford, John Ferrell. Expressions of sympathy for the Haynes family may be left at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jamie Haynes please visit our Sympathy Store.
Carolyn Gearlene GaddFebruary 16, 1942 – June 16, 2020Carolyn Gearlene Jones Gadd, 78, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, MS. She was born on February 16, 1942, to William Elvie and Leler Viola Jackson Jones in Ripley, MS. She was a retired Cafeteria Employee of Benton County Schools serving in the Hickory Flat Schools. She was a member of Bains Chapel Church and Faith Assembly of God Church. She was a selfless person who always saw to the needs of others before her own. She found the good in people and always made them feel loved. Gearlene loved her flowers and had a green thumb.Gearlene is survived by her husband, James Aaron Gadd of Hickory Flat, MS; one son, Phillip A. Gadd (Dottie) of Ripley, MS; one daughter, Frita G. Rakestraw (Roger) of New Albany, MS; one brother, Eugene “Slim” Jones (Ann) of Hickory Flat; and three sisters, Gloria Jean Reed (Steve) of Dearing, GA, Lisa Clayton (Tommy) of Hickory Flat; Sallie Mae Lancaster (Ray) of Olive Branch; four grandchildren, Bethany Howard (Dan) of Florence, AL, Maranda Cheatwood of New Albany, MS; McKayla Rakestraw of New Albany, MS, Hannah Alhum (Jimmy) of Ecru, MS; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Paul Wynn Gadd; three sisters; and three brothers.At the family request, there will be no visitation or no service. Expressions of sympathy, may be sent to www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Carolyn Gearlene Gadd please visit our Sympathy Store.
James Robert Thomas, Sr.March 30, 1940 – June 17, 2020James Robert Thomas “Robert or Limbo” 80. Former Resident of Blue Mountain, MS. passed away June 17th, 2020. James was born March 30th, 1940 in Tippah County, MS. He worked as a construction worker in Ecru, MS and Aurora, IL from 1975-1995. He earned the nickname “Limbo” from shooting billiards so well in his early years. He then retired with his closest friend, Rhonda Kennedy to Blue Mountain, MS. There he enjoyed shooting pool with his brother Lee Earl, playing with his dog Baby, and watching his garden grow.James is survived by his former wife, Judie Booth, and loving friend Rhonda; his three children, Tina “Kino” Wooten and her husband Sammy of Birimingham AL, Lana Barncord and her husband Leroy of Aurora IL, his son James Robert Thomas Jr. of Ripley MS; three grandchildren, Gabrielle, Andrew, and Anthony. James was predeceased by his parents, Willie and Carlonia Thomas; siblings, James Arthur Thomas, Leatha Padgett, Patsy Gibson, Lee Earl Thomas, Nelly Marie Thomas; and granddaughter, Vallen Todd.James was very loved and will be missed so much. At his request no services will be held. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of James Robert Thomas, Sr. please visit our Sympathy Store. www.mcbridefuneralhome.com
Ripley Funeral Home, Inc – Ripley
Joyce Brady BryantJuly 10, 1931 ~ June 12, 2020Joyce Brady Bryant, lifelong resident of Tippah County and wife of the late Harmon Carter Bryant, departed this life Friday morning, June 12, 2020 at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was 88 years of age and passed away following a brief illness. Mrs. Bryant was born July 10, 1931 in Tippah County, the oldest daughter of thirteen children born to the late Joel Lee “Joe” and Mary Rutherford Brady. She received her education in the one room Unity School House located in Tippah County. Born with a strong work ethic, Mrs. Bryant was one of the first employees of the Foot Caress Corporation and remained a loyal employee until the company closed. Many will remember Mrs. Bryant as a long time employee of Griffin Supermarket that later became E.W. James. She was employed for 26 years at the supermarket before her retirement at the age of 80. A talented person with many interests, Mrs. Bryant enjoyed her garden, sewing, quilting, crocheting and cooking. Her passion was growing beautiful flowers that she shared with others.Blessed with a large loving family, survivors include two children, Joel Bryant (Mary Lou) and Rita Bryant; five sisters, Doris McAlister, Shirley Kirkland (Benny), Lutie Willingham (Jimmy), Helen Roberts, all of Ripley and Juanita Estridge of Enid, MS; three brothers, Travis Brady (Mary), Roy Brady (Mary Lou) and Herman “Jeff” Brady, all of Ripley; four grandchildren, Cory Bryant, Cindy Hayes (Ryan), Anthony Byers (April) and Benjamin Byers; and seven great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Bryant; and four brothers, Charles, Benton, James and Jessie Brady.Visitation will be from 12-2:00 PM with a funeral service honoring the life of Mrs. Bryant at 2:00 PM Monday, June 15, 2020 at her much loved Community Baptist Church where she was the oldest member at the time of her death. Bro. Larry Harrison and Bro. Perry Reed will officiate. Burial to follow at the Antioch Cemetery. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. The family request that memorials be directed to Antioch Cemetery Fund or Community Baptist Church, c/o The Peoples Bank. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Bryant family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joyce Brady Bryant, please visit our floral store. ripleyfuneralhome.com/ 
Christina Carpenter AdamsJuly 8, 1979 ~ June 12, 2020Christina Carpenter Adams, 40, resident of Benton County, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes Friday, June 12, 2020 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday June 20, 2020 at The Ripley Funeral Home. Funeral services celebrating the life of Christina will follow at 1:00 PM in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Canaan Cemetery, 1246 Canaan Rd, Ashland MS 38603 in Benton County. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Christina Carpenter Adams, please visit our floral store. ripleyfuneralhome.com/ 
Marianne Reinhardt TaylorMarch 22, 1932 ~ June 13, 2020Marianne Reinhardt Taylor, 88, passed away on Saturday June 13, 2020, at Cornerstone Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Marianne Reinhardt Taylor, please visit our floral store. ripleyfuneralhome.com/ 
Gay Steen TatumDecember 31, 1950 ~ June 17, 2020 (age 69)Gay Steen Tatum, 69, passed away peacefully the night of June 17, 2020 in her home surrounded by her son and grandchildren. Gay was born December 31, 1950 in Corinth, MS to Lauvell and Harry Steen. She married the love of her life Buck Tatum in 1986 and moved to Ripley. Gay was one of the most unique individuals who could do almost anything she set her mind to do. She was musically gifted. She cooked like a dream and was a seamstress extraordinaire. She had a set of tools any man would envy and could use all of them to build, repair or create exactly what she needed. To top it all off Gay loved the Lord and served Him faithfully all the days of her life with a vibrant personality that drew others to Him through her. Her hobbies were golfing, fishing, gardening, decorating and finding antiques she loved. Gay was a faithful member and the organist of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.Gay is survived by her son Zac Haynie; grandchildren Zyla and Zeke; brothers Don (Cindy) Steen, and Neal (Gretchen) Steen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Buck Tatum.There will be a visitation Saturday June 20, 2020 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, County Rd 247 from Noon until 2:00 PM. A private family service will follow. Because of Covid-19 there will no other gathering. Honorary pallbearers are James Harrison, Dr. Jim Jackson, Bradley Knight and Ronnie Childs. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can to made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Gay Steen Tatum, please visit our floral store. ripleyfuneralhome.com/ 
Joy Wammack StaffordApril 10, 1939 ~ June 18, 2020 Joy Wammack Stafford of Horn Lake, MS, passed away on June 18, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Desoto County at the age of 81. Ms. Stafford was born April 10, 1939 in Walnut MS, the daughter of the late Palmer and Zula Smith Wammack. At an early age she moved with her family to Memphis and grew up in the Binghamton community. She received her education in the Lawler and Fairview Public School System in Memphis. Ms. Stafford will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.She is survived by a son, Greg Stafford of Jackson, MO; three daughters, Donna Powell of Hernando, Tammy Stafford of Kosciusko, and Tina Stafford of Southaven; four grandchildren, Marcus Powell, Jr, Monica Webber, Heather Petrie and Thomas Phillips; eight great grandchildren; four brothers, Travis Wammack, Joe Wammack, Robert Wammack and William Wammack; and Donna Huffman and Teresa Smith who she loved like daughters. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Horace Stafford; and two sisters, Shirley Wammack Scott and Vivian Wammack.Visitation will be from 1-2:00 PM Sunday, June 21, 2020 at The Ripley Funeral Home. Funeral Services remembering the life of Ms. Stafford will follow at 2:00 PM in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home with personal reflections given by her brother, Joe Wammack. Burial will follow in Harmony Cemetery in Walnut. Pallbearers will be Marcus Powell, Dylan Webber, Roy Webber and Danny Gossett. Ms. Stafford loved animals and the family requests that memorials be directed to any Humane Society of the donor’s choice. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Stafford family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joy Wammack Stafford, please visit our floral store. ripleyfuneralhome.com/ 
Saltillo MS
W E Pegues Funeral Directors – Saltillo
Linda Davis AustinJuly 15, 1946 – June 12, 2020Linda Davis Austin, 73, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020 at her residence. She was born in Poplarville, on July 15, 1946 to Earl and Mary Bond Davis. After graduating high school, she went on to receive a Bachelors degree in Education from the Mississippi University for Women. She began her teaching career in Kossuth and retired from Shannon High School after 40 years of service as an educator. Though retirement removed her from the classroom, it did not remove her from the hearts of students she taught throughout the years. Linda was a History enthusiast and enjoyed shopping, playing cards, Bunco and traveling. She loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.Survivors include two daughters, Stacy Lowe of Memphis, TN and Courtney Johnson and her husband, Rob of Signal Mountain, TN; four grandchildren, Mary and Gracie Lowe of Memphis, and Isabella and Leila Johnson of Signal Mountain; brother, Ronnie Davis and his wife, Mary Sue of Colorado Springs, CO; two sisters-in-law, Winifred Davis of Laurel and Julie Davis of Pontotoc who was always up for an adventure with Linda and was an exceptional caretaker for her over the last few years; several nieces and nephews; and Linda’s dearest friend, Marissa Martin of Tupelo. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earnest “Bozy” Austin; and two brothers, Tony and Don Davis.Visitation will be 1:00 pm until service time Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at W.E. Pegues, Tupelo. Services honoring her life will be 3:00 pm Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be John Rhinehart, David Goggans, Mike Scott and Jacob Woods. Honorary pallbearers will be the Bunco Girls: Angie Collins, Becky Hendrix, Mary Abel, Debbie Pickens, Eileen Fields, Jackie Homan, Virginia Skinner, Audrey Roby, Phyllis Goggans, Emily Grubs and Martha Nash. Memorials may be made to American Lung Association, National Direct Response Headquarters, 1200 Hosford St Suite 101, Hudson WI 54016-9316. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Guy Lee Patterson, Sr.September 20, 1932 – June 13, 2020Guy Lee Patterson, Sr., 87, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020 at his residence. He was born in Saltillo, September 20, 1932 to John Anderson and Mary Bell Jones Patterson. After graduating from High School, he served in the Dixie Division of the Mississippi Army National Guard out of Saltillo. He received a Bachelors degree in business and worked for over 40 years traveling the globe starting up manufacturing facilities for Wrangler, formerly known as Blue Bell Overall Company. Guy enjoyed golfing, shooting pool and traveling. He loved his church and his wife. He was a member of Oak View Baptist Church in New Albany.Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Juanita “Nita” Herndon Dawe Patterson of Blue Springs; two children, Guy Lee Patterson, Jr. (Katy) of Saltillo and Jennifer Patterson of Byhalia; two stepsons, Phillip Dawe (Donna) of Tupelo and Reid Dawe (Jennifer) of Ellistown; seven grandchildren, Shane Conway, Shonda Jones, Ashley Allen and Jacob, Scotty, Stephen and Cameran Dawe; eight great-grandchildren, Breanna and Brandon Conway, Mylan, Brayden, Luca and RemyKate Dawe, Landry Allen and Wyatt McCord; and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; and two brothers.Visitation will be 5-8:00 pm Monday, June 15, 2020 and 1:00 pm until service time Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at W.E. Pegues, Saltillo. Services honoring his life will be 3:00 pm Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Dale Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Euclatubba Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Cameron Dawe, Stephen Dawe, Brandon Conway, Caleb Henderson, James West and Steve Malone. The service will be live streamed and recorded for those who may not be able to attend at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101; or the Alzheimer’s Society, 1900 Dunbarton Dr, Suite 1, Jackson MS 39216. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Julie HolcombAugust 7, 1960 – June 14, 2020Julie Holcomb, 59, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center.Services will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Daryle Wayne LewisNovember 06, 1948 – June 15, 2020Daryle Lewis, 71, passed away Monday, June 15, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center Gilmore in Amory. He was born in Kodiak, Alaska on November 6, 1948 to Joseph and Katherine Frost Lewis. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was a Purple Heart recipient. Later in life, he drove buses for Greyhound. Daryle enjoyed cycling, boating, fishing and flying model aircraft.Survivors include his son, Ryan Barclay and his wife, Thuydung Vo of East Lansing, Michigan; sister, Lisa Moore of Mason, Ohio; two brothers, Tom Lewis and Rob Lewis, both of Highland, Michigan; his girlfriend, Ginger. He was preceded in death by his parents.Private services will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Tupelo MS
Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary – Tupelo
Mae Delores LaGroneMay 07, 1944 – June 13, 2020On May 7, 1944, Mae Delores joined the family of Samuel and Katie Mae Givhan: Cataral Levirt, Floye Willie, William Franklin, Alvis Russell, Palmer, Cecil Ray, Annie Virginia Rushell, Cora Ann, Samuel Givhan Jr, Hazel, and John Henry Cornolia. They were a farming family in the Log Cabin community of Pontotoc County. Delores, the eighth of thirteen sons and daughters, has always possessed a nurturing devotion to her family. She grew up with the expectation of learning chores/skills related to domestic life and farming, but as a teenager, she showed an interest in hairdressing. The members of her family were her first subjects, soon expanding to friends from the Mt. Nebo Church community. Upon graduating from Pontotoc Attendance Center, Mae Delores (Lois) enrolled in Foster’s Beauty College in Ripley, Mississippi. Her tenure there provided entry into a profession and a network of associates who have remained friends for a lifetime. Lois returned to Pontotoc and joined the Eric Zinn Barber Shop before establishing her own independent “beauty nook.” During the early phase of starting her business, Delores often served as a substitute teacher at Pontotoc Attendance Center, her alma mater. There, she met Roy LaGrone, Sr, a high school social science teacher, who wasted no time in “putting a ring on it.” They wed on December 26th, 1965 and immediately established a home in Tupelo. Three sons, Roy Jr., Rodney, and Ronald were born to this union, joining two offspring from Roy’s previous marriages, Alice and Roger. Delores LaGrone has devoted her entire professional life to offering beauty services for over five generations of women as an independent salon owner and stylist of over 50 years.Family, fashion, and food could easily be identified as passions throughout her life. Her three boys and Roy Sr. provided the core of her orbit, expanded by the sibling circle and church family at St. Paul United Methodist Church. St. Paul had been her church-home since her arrival more than 50 years ago, and as her children matured, she became a mother-of-the-church. Fashion, an extension of the beauty culture she learned at Foster’s, became a formal outlet through local fashion shows, but informally, as she was always “a little cute” without extraordinary effort (whether channeling the groove of Aretha Franklin or Tammi Terrell/Marvin Gaye at the Elks Club, or while singing Amazing Grace at St. Paul). Food: even as a child eating an ordinary farm fair, her plate would be arranged for a presentation that always looked better than everybody else’s. As an adult, she mastered the skills of her mother’s kitchen. People came from far and wide to enjoy her specialties, including her famous mac and cheese. Her food was prepared and served with love.The coordinator, one who could pull things together, or bring the spark to make things happen, Delores became the hub around events for family, church, and professional occasions. Her social skill and manner often took the stress out of situations, making her a valued team member even when she was not “in charge.” Her legacy includes a history of service through St. Paul United Methodist Church. She served as Certified Lay Speaker, Financial Chairperson, Communion Steward, was a member of United Methodist Women, and served in the Upper Mississippi Conference. Her administrative experience includes eighteen years of service as president and vice-president for the local, district, and state chapters of the Mississippi Independent Beautician and Barbers Association (MIBA); and six years as vice president for the Black Business Association of Mississippi (BBAM). Delores served on several committees including the National Council of Negro Women (Tupelo), the National Federation for the Blind of Mississippi, and the Sister, Sisters Network. She was integral in many community-based events, including the creation of the annual “Mothers and Others” Celebration. Lois was integral in four decades of biannual Givhan/Cameron Family Reunions and the annual gathering of the nuclear Givhan family. When asked of her hobbies, Lois states, “Cooking, Entertaining, Tending to Flowers… I’m a Servant to Mankind.” Ain’t Noth’n Like the Real Thing!Delores’ immediate family includes four sons, Roy Jr (Amia), Daejeon, South Korea, Rodney of Tupelo, Mississippi; Ronald, Beaverton, Oregon, and Roger (Lynn), East Setauket, NY; one daughter, Alice (Earnest) Jackson, Mississippi; two granddaughters, Katie and Nova; siblings include William Franklin (Bessie Nell), Cecil Ray (Eller Mae), Cora Ann (Steve), Sam Jr. (Debbie), Hazel, and John. Also celebrating her life is a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. The choir of angels includes her husband, Roy Sr.; both her parents, Sam and Katie Mae; as well as siblings, Cartaral Levirt (Murry Mae), Floye Willie, Alvis Russell, Palmer (LeOdis), and Annie Virginia “Rushell”.The Church, in Heaven and on Earth, provides witness and thanksgiving for a life of celebration, joyfully echoing: Amen, Amen, and Amen. Memorial Service honoring Delores life will be determined and will be announced at a later date. In Lieu of flowers the family is requesting you to make contributions to St. Paul United Methodist Church at 502 N Spring St, Tupelo MS 38804; or the Modern Beauticians Scholarship at 3483 Shonda Circle, Tupelo MS 38801.
Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo
Jimmy Ray Enis, IIDecember 12, 1971 ~ June 12, 2020Jimmy Ray Enis, II, age 48, died unexpectedly at his residence in the Chesterville Community of Pontotoc County on Friday, June 12, 2020. He was born in Osceola, Arkansas on December 12, 1971 to Janet Marie Easley Chunn and Jimmy Ray Enis. Jimmy moved to the Tupelo area in the early 1990s and worked in the home construction and renovation industry before becoming disabled. His hobbies included fishing, NASCAR, and watching all sports. Jimmy was an avid Arkansas Razorback and Dallas Cowboys fan. He was of the Baptist faith.Jimmy is survived by his father, Jimmy Ray Enis (Donna) of Bassett, AR; and his mother, Janet Easley Chunn (Jesse) of Hot Springs, AR; his children, Sarah Huffman (Jeffrey Ramage), Matthew Enis, Adam Enis, and Emily Enis, all of Vardaman, Lillyan Nguyen (Layton) and Brayden McMillen, all of Chesterville, and Mason McMillen (Carley) of Palmetto; two grandchildren, Kyler Nguyen of Chesterville, and Bailey McMillen of Palmetto. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melanie Mason Enis, on December 22, 2016. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until service time on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Services honoring Jimmy’s life will follow at 11:30 AM in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Wesley Stephens officiating. Burial will be in the Chunk Carr Cemetery adjacent to Old Chesterville Cemetery. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed at 11:30 AM on Tuesday at www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Live-streaming, where it will be permanently archived. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
John I. LyonsMay 22, 1930 ~ June 14, 2020John Irving Lyons, 90, a lifelong resident of Springfield, MA, passed away in Tupelo, MS surrounded by his loving family. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, he attended Technical High School (1948) before enlisting, and honorably serving, in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War era. Jack attended Western New England College, and retired from his work as a mechanical engineer at the age of 65, and continued consulting on projects up until the age of 81. He was an avid golfer and fly fisherman. Jack enjoyed tying flies, singing in the church choir, exploring the Internet on his iPad, and tinkering in the yard. Jack was a life-long, devoted athlete and a rabid fan of all sports, but baseball was his favorite. He was a pitcher for the U.S. Air Force (Japan/US) and a diehard Red Sox fan. Jack will be greatly missed by his friends at the Country Club of Wilbraham and multiple fishing groups that he participated in.He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ann “Beverly” (Thompson); his daughter, Kathleen (Lyons) Anderson (William); his granddaughter, Betsy (Anderson) Sims (Chase; plus two great grandsons, Jack and Rolan); his grandson, Barrett Anderson; his niece, Christine Collins (Dana, Lila); his niece, Kate Collins-Carney (Michael, Micheal, Tomas, Cathal); his niece, Beth Collins (Kathy); and his niece, Mella Sprinkle (Don). Jack was predeceased by his mother, Catherine (Day); and father, George; his sister, Patricia (Lyons) Collins (Thomas); his sister- and brother-in-law, Betty (Thompson) Waldron (Glenn); and niece, Valery (Waldron) Fairington.Services will be private to the family. Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Dr. Ray WilkinsonNovember 28, 1929 ~ June 14, 2020Dr. Leslie Ray Wilkinson, 90, realized the promises of his faith and met his Creator on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at his longtime home in Tupelo. Ray was born November 28, 1929 in Lamison, Alabama to the union of DeJournette Charlton Wilkinson and Melanie Dunning Wilkinson. Growing up in Alabama, he graduated from Thomasville High School where he was captain of the football team. He was known as the kid with the golden toe and as the team spark plug. Ray and Ruth Dozier married in Jackson, AL on November 25, 1951. Always a patriotic American, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Seas. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and continued his education earning a Doctorate Degree in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University.  Dr. Wilkinson, after a recommendation from a friend, made a short visit to Tupelo in 1959 from Lamison and found everyone waved at him and were extraordinarily friendly. He and Ruth moved there and made their home in Tupelo for 61 years. A very learned, compassionate, and devoted Veterinarian, he founded Tupelo Veterinary Hospital and became a fixture on area farms tending large animals. Eventually, he became primarily a small animal practitioner and was beloved by hundreds of admiring clients throughout our area. He retired at age 67 but never stopped working. His clinic was near the Ivy Fence Company at the time and he worked for them well into his eighties. Doc was a gentle, kind, and loving soul who was committed to his wife, children, and grandchildren, his Church, Auburn University (War Eagle), and God.  He was a faithful member of Wesley United Methodist Church and several times a delegate to the United Methodist Conference. An active Gideon, he was a member of the Breakfast Civitan Club. Doc’s living left a legacy of faith, family, love of animals, and civic responsibility that will long be a source of encouragement for those who follow. He will be missed by all!Survivors include his wife, Ruth Dozier Wilkinson of Tupelo; children, Manah’ Wilkinson (Susan) of New Albany, Melanie Wilkinson Philpot of Tupelo, Rusty Wilkinson (Lacretia) of Ellistown, and Ron Wilkinson (Karla) of Tucker, GA; daughter-in-law, Ginger Wilkinson; grandchildren, Cole Wilkinson, Grey Wilkinson Zachary (Eddie), Hannah Wilkinson Robinson (Will), Asher Wilkinson, Justus Wilkinson, Eli Wilkinson (Martine), Isaiah Wilkinson, Seth Copeland, Katie Copeland Dancy (Adam), Nic Robertson, Zane Wilkinson, Joel Wilkinson, Carrie Wilkinson, and Heath Wilkinson; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Scott Wilkinson on June 8, 2019; two sisters, Kathryn “Kitty” Smith and Charlotte Marie Lowery; and brother, D.C. “Buddy” Wilkinson, Jr.A service of Death and Resurrection celebrating his life will be held at 4:00 PM, Thursday, June 18, 2020 in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Roger Puhr officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 PM until service time. Private burial will be afterward in Lee Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Charlton Cole Wilkinson, Seth Houston Copeland, Andrew Asher Wilkinson, Elijah Eran Wilkinson, Josiah Justus Wilkinson, Isaiah Manah Wilkinson, Charlton Zane Wilkinson, Joel Bash Wilkinson, and Heath James Ray Wilkinson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Langley and Jimmy Ivy. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed at 4:00 PM Thursday at www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Live-streaming, where it will be permanently archived. Memorials may be sent to Wesley United Methodist Church, 2010 Main St, Tupelo MS 38801. Condolences to the family may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Betty Jean (Burleson) ConwillAugust 21, 1933 ~ June 15, 2020Betty Jean Burleson Conwill passed away Monday, June 15, 2020 at the NMMC Hospice Unit. She was 86. Born August 21, 1933 in Lee County, she was the daughter of Stanley Burleson and Mabel Bowen Burleson. A graduate of Verona High School, she worked in a garment factory before going to work for the North Mississippi Medical Center for 35 years. She lived in Verona her entire life. She enjoyed reading, traveling the US, especially Gatlinburg, TN, and loved her family and friends. She was fond of walks in the mall and her joy in life was her grands. She had a soft spot for Elvis and the Elvis Presley Park. She was a member of the Verona Christian Church.Betty is survived by her children, Kim Mayhall (Keith) and Greg Conwill (Tracie) all of Tupelo; her grandchild, Shane Johns; and great-grandchild, Clayton Rinehart; her sisters, Louise Phillips (Jimmy) of Columbus, MS, and Pat Brown (Jim) of Byhalia, MS; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene Conwill, who passed away in 1995; and her siblings, Sybil Threadgill, Charlie Burleson, and Catherine Burleson.Visitation will be Noon to service time Wednesday June 17, 2020 followed by a celebration of life to honor Betty  at 2:00 PM in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Bro Dale Carr and Dr. Bryan Collier will be officiating. Burial will be at Lee Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Clayton Rinehart, Shane Johns, Mark Brown, Chet Brown, Kevin Brown, James Harold, Carroll Pettigrew, Brian Walters, Brett Barnes and Scott Barnes. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed Wednesday at 2:00 PM at www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Live-streaming, where it will be permanently archived. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to serve their friends. Memorials to honor Betty’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 252 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis TN 38105. Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Jeanette HaydenAugust 28, 1926 ~ June 15, 2020Mrs. Jeanette Calloway Hayden, age 93, passed away Monday, June 15, 2020 at North MS Medical Center Hospice Unit following a long happy life. She was born August 28, 1926 in Hueytown, Alabama to Joshua Cecil Callaway and Blanche Adelaide Callaway. She was a homemaker who loved and cared for her family and enjoyed reading, working puzzles, and watching sports. She was a longtime member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.Survivors include Jeanette’s son, William Guy “Bill” Hayden, III (Susan) of Tupelo; two daughters, Lora Gail Brown (Seth) of Cartersville, GA, and Carol Marie Gardner (Tom) of Corsicana, TX; seven grandchildren, Brad Hayden of Oxford, Courtney Harris of Fulton, Trey Gardner (Janet) of Katy, TX, Jay Marshall (Verita) of Mooreville, Wendy Weaver (Trey) of Tupelo, Josh Brown (Amanda), and Tyler Brown (Francie) all of Cartersville, GA; 12 great-grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Guy Hayden, Jr. who passed away in 1980; and two sisters, Virginia Piggot and Louise Adelaide Smith.A private family graveside service will be at 2:00 PM Wednesday June 17, 2020 at Houston City Cemetery in Houston, MS with Bro. David Smith officiating. Pallbearers will be Brad Hayden, Ryder Hayden, Josh Brown, Hayden Byars, Jay Marshall, Trey Weaver, and Dylan Marshall. Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements. Memorials may be sent to The Shepherd Center, 400 W Jefferson St, Tupelo MS 38804; or to Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd, Tupelo MS 38801. Condolences to the family may be posted at www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com
Melvin Wendell CoxJuly 27, 1940 ~ June 16, 2020Melvin Wendell Cox passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at the NMMC Hospice Care Unit. He was 79. Born on July 27, 1940 to Wilmar Carter Cox and Mildred (Dean) Cox in Elm Grove, Louisiana, Melvin graduated Haughton High School in Haughton, LA, where he was a star athlete, excelling in football, basketball, and track. His talents earned him a football scholarship to McNeese State University. After his first year at college, he married his high school sweetheart, Nicky Arlen O’Pry. They transferred to Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA on another football scholarship and he remained until graduation in 1962. Melvin and Nicky moved to Haughton where he soon began a career with International Paper, a career he enjoyed for 41 years beginning at the IP mill in Springhill, LA and retiring from IP’s Vicksburg mill. Along the way, they lived for a spell in Sarepta, LA. After retirement, Melvin and Nicky moved to Tupelo and he enjoyed the title of Farm Manager for his daughter and son-in-law’s farm in Chickasaw County. Melvin loved hunting, fishing and traveling, and he and Nicky visited forty-eight states including Alaska and Hawaii. The only states they did not visit were New Jersey and Maryland. He loved the outdoors and wildlife and was an avid hunter. He went bear hunting in Oregon, antelope hunting in Wyoming, mule deer hunting in Colorado, and he especially enjoyed white tail deer hunting in Louisiana and Mississippi. He loved to help others, taught boys Sunday School class, and did volunteer work at the churches he and Nicky attended as they moved around Louisiana and Mississippi. He believed in doing things right, and when he gave his word, it was the law.He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nicky Cox; his daughters, Milly Doughty (Eddie) of Magnolia, TX, and Susan Farmer (Stephen) of Tupelo, MS; his sister, Wilma Rhyne (Prentiss) of Levelland, TX; grandchildren, Jaime Delafield (Kelly), Michael Doughty, Kathryn Doughty, Rachel Myers (Justin), Sarah Harrison (Jacob), and Hannah Farmer; and great-grandchildren, Landon and Bryce Delafield. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Gloria Jacobs.A memorial visitation will be held Friday, June 19, 2020 from 5-7:00 PM in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Services will be private to the family. Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is honored to serve their friends. Condolences to the family may be posted at www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com
Sandra (Phillips) EldridgeNovember 25, 1943 ~ June 16, 2020Sandra Sue “Sandy” Eldridge, 76, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Tupelo Health and Rehabilitation in Tupelo. Born in Memphis, TN on November 25, 1943 to the late Edward Phillips and Arlyne Nolen Phillips, Sandy grew up there and graduated high school. In l964, she married her sweetheart, Ralph William “Bill” Eldridge, who passed away in 2005. Sandy and Bill lived all over the world including Portugal and Guam and in naval base cities all over the USA, as Bill was a career Navy man. They made their retirement home in Canyon Country in California. Sandy moved to Tupelo from Palmdale, California in 2015 to be near her daughter, Courtney, and sister Judy, and their families. A private lady, Sandy loved reading, traveling, watching TV and home decorating. A dog lover all her life, she leaves behind one of the loves of her life, her dog Benji and other dogs that were important to her. Her family meant the world to her.Sandy leaves behind her daughter, Courtney Anne Eldridge Sutton and her husband, Allen of Tupelo; her grand’s who were grateful for their “Nanma”, Michael, Amanda, Tyler, Jacob and Robin; and a beloved sister, Judy Ready and her family of Tupelo. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a daughter, Robin Eldridge Augugliaro in l990.All local services are private to the family. A graveside service will be held next week in Newhall, California with interment beside her husband, Bill in Eternal Valley Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is honored to be serving their friends. Memorials may be made to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, PO 2143, Tupelo MS 38802. Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
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Mr. Ollie B. OwensOctober 10, 1942 – June 11, 2020 Ollie B. Owens, Sr. was born October 10, 1942, to Adolphus Owens and Katie Danley in Clarksdale, Arkansas. He was called to heaven on June 11, 2020 at his home. He attended school at Itawamba Community College where he studied construction. He then pursued a career in construction specializing in concrete, building porches and reconstructing roofing services. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, shining shoes and spending times with grandchildren.He leaves to cherish his memories his fourteen children, Emma Jean Owens, Ollie Mae Owens of Chicago, IL, Ollie Owens Jr., O.D. (Melanye) White of Tupelo, MS, Kenyon (Rafundia) Hill of Okolona, MS,  Lawanda (Earvin) Dillard, Arlisha Smith of Tupelo, MS, Ricky Darden of Okolona, MS, Michael (LaKeya) Dillard, Johnny (Constance) Dillard, Shikeya (Marcus) Dilworth, Mario (Porsha) Dillard, Christopher (Rashonda) Dillard, and Tiffany (Curtis) Barr, all of Tupelo MS; one sister, Annie C. (Sonny) Owens of Tupelo, MS; two brothers, Howard Owens of Tupelo MS, and A.C. Owens of West Memphis, AR; seventy-four grandchildren; thirty-eight great grandchildren; a special friend, Mary Baylock of Okolona, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was proceeded in death by his wife, Lorene C. Dillard; mother, Katie Danley; father, Adolphus Owens Sr.; stepmother, Mary Owens; two sisters and three brothers.Visitation will be Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 3-5:00 pm at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.nljonesandsons.com or on Facebook at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.
Kenneth Wayne GardnerApril 2, 1960 – June 14, 2020Kenneth Wayne Gardner was born April 2, 1960 to Coy Pickens and Mary Helen Clay. He was a member of the Palestine United Methodist Church of Nettleton, MS. Kenneth attended Nettleton High School where he was a member of the NHS Band and graduated in 1978. Ken enjoyed fishing, working on cars and watching westerns. Kenneth married Sandra Long of Verona, MS and to this union was born one son Jarvis. Later, he married Debra Green and to this union two children were born, Kenniya and Kendal.Kenneth’s memories will forever be cherished by his wife, Debra Gardner of Shannon, MS; his mother, Mary Helen Clay of Nettleton, MS; one loving daughter, Kenniya Gardner of Shannon, MS; three sons, Cedarian Birks of Tupelo, MS, Jarvis Gardner of Verona, MS, and Kendal Gardner of Shannon, MS; one sister, Alfredia Miller of Nettleton, MS; four grandchildren, Tatiana (TT), Dontarius (DJ), Darrius (Shakey) and Emili (fat momma); three special friends, Ronnie Orr, Harold Sykes, Greg Marion; and many other relatives and friends. Kenneth was proceeded in death by his father, Coy Pickens.Walk-Thru Visitation will be Friday, June 19, 2020 from 4-6:00 pm at N.L. Jones Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be held Saturday, June 20, 2020 1:00 pm at Mullen Cemetery, Nettleton, MS. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.nljonesandsons.com or on Facebook at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

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