Obituaries

HCN Regional Obituaries (June 26-July 2,2020)

Baldwyn MS 
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn
Sarah Louise Burress 
November 18, 1925 – June 27, 2020
Thank you dear God for the life of our mother Sarah Louise Burress born on November 18, 1925. We thank You for allowing her to be here with us 94 years. At an early age she joined SandhillM.B.Church in Baldwyn, MS. She later joined Ruben Chapel C.M.E. Church Baldwyn, MS. She remained a member until God called her home. She leaves to cherish her memories four daughters Vera (Slyvester) Harris, Betty Burress, Linda Burress, Donna (Jerry) Shelley all of Booneville, MS; one son, John (Latoya) Burress of Memphis, TN; fourteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rube Jr. Burress; her parents, Buddy Price and Lula Andrews; sister, Eulene Price; and brother Sammy Price.Visitation will be Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:00-5:00 PM at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home-Baldwyn, 111 Waters St, Baldwyn, Mississippi 38824. Graveside Services will be Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:30-1:00 PM at Ruben-Chapel Cemetery, 446 Pratt Rd, Baldwyn MS 38824.
Maggie Lee Barnes 
April 22, 1933 – June 27, 2020
Maggie Lee Smith Barnes, “Our Queen”, and “Fashionista” transitioned peacefully to her heavenly home on June 27th, 2020. She was born April 22, 1933 in Rankin County, MS to the late Johnny Lee Smith and Tiny Jones Smith. She was the second of nine children. Maggie was an honor graduate of Harper Vocational High School, Mendenhall, MS and the class salutatorian. She professed a hope in Christ at an early age. She joined St. Mary M. B. Church in D’lo, MS, where she was a faithful member until her health declined. Maggie was driven by her sweet kindred spirit of caring for others, which she later began her career as a nursing assistant at Simpson General Hospital, Mendenhall, MS and later went on to work at Magee General Hospital, Magee, MS for over twenty five years. Her fondest memories of her career were working in the nursery taking care of the newborns. She was united in Holy Wedlock to Sandy (Bill) Barnes Jr., for 63 years and to this union five children were born. She leaves to cherish her memories five children, Barbara Allen, Rancho Cucumonga, CA, Paulette Agnew (Johnny) Baldwyn MS, Marilyn Floyd (Arzen), Stanley Barnes (Teresa), and Dinah Walker (Michael) all of D’LO, MS; one brother, Lewis Smith, D’LO, MS; three sisters, Betty Cameron (James Otis), Florence, MS; Virginia Durr (Jimmie) Magee, MS, and Sharon Washington, D’lo, MS; three sisters-in-law Oretha Smith, Jackson, MS, Ida Mae Smith, Bloomingdale, IL, and Mary Alice Smith, D’lo, MS; ten grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren; two aunts, Tessie Dykes, Chicago, IL and Alice Moore, Jackson, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Maggie was welcomed into her heavenly mansion by husband, Sandy (Bill); parents, Johnny Lee and Tiny Smith; and siblings, T.J. Smith, A.C. Smith, (Ora Dee), Johnny Lee Smith Jr. and Grady Lee Smith.Visitation will be Thursday, July 2, 2020 3:00-5:00 PM at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home-Baldwyn, 111 Waters St, Baldwyn, MS 38824. Graveside Services will be Friday, July 3, 2020 11:00 AM-12:00 PM at Gregory Cemetery in Magee, MS.
Kesler Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Michael Harvey Morris
March 28, 1963 ~ June 27, 2020
Michael Morris, 57, passed away Saturday June 27, 2020 at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He enjoyed his roosters and spending time with his family and friends.Michael is survived by his daughters, Chandi Grizzard (Justin) of Baldwyn, and Sara Morris (Jordan Johnson) of Cortez, CO; and his grandchildren, Kylie Morris, Kambria Morris, Kazmen Grizzard and Sophia Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dora Ann and Billy Hill Morris; his sister, Debra Ford; and his great-grandson, Kelson Jace Stewart.Services are 6:00 pm Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in the Baldwyn Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Payton Meeks officiating. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Michael Harvey Morris, please visit our floral store. keslerfuneralhome.com
Waters Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Wanda Hughes
January 7, 1955 – June 26, 2020
Wanda Faye Hughes, 65, went to be with Jesus on Friday, June 26, 2020. She was a long time employee of the Tupelo High School cafeteria and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She was an avid music lover and a collector of Beatles memorabilia. Wanda lived an active lifestyle as her favorite hobbies included swimming and dancing to her favorite music, especially Elvis Presley. A devoted wife of almost 40 years, Wanda genuinely loved her life and the people in it. She was best known for her infectious laugh and her compassionate and gentle spirit.She is survived by her mother, Reba Bourque of New Albany; her daughter and best friend, Angela Palmer (Chris ) of Saltillo; a sister, Carolyn Wiggs of Pontotoc; two brothers, Johnny Simmons (Tammy) of Tupelo and David Simmons (Linda) of Shannon; three grandchildren, Peyton, Bennett, and Raegan Palmer. All of these she loved and touched deeply. Wanda was preceded in death by her father, George Simmons, and her beloved husband, Ronnie Hughes.Visitation will be Tuesday 12:00 pm with a service following at 2:00 pm at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Bryan Collier officiating. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery in Belden. Pallbearers will be Bobby Betts, James Simmons, Mitchell Hughes, Cliff Yates and Mark Hughes. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Wanda Hughes, please visit our Tribute Store.
Melissa “Missy” Arnold
July 12, 1970 – June 28, 2020
Melissa “Missy” Arnold, 50, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the NMMC. She was a homemaker and she enjoyed fishing and watching television. She was an avid Nascar and MS State Fan. She loved spending time with her son and she was a member of Meadow Creek Methodist Church.She is survived by her son, Hunter Arnold of Baldwyn; parents, Wade and Wanda Arnold of Baldwyn; grandmother, Marie Miller of Baldwyn; aunts, Brenda Presley and Garnette Wilemon of Booneville; uncles, Jackie Arnold (Sandra) of Burnsville, Matthew Arnold of Baldwyn and Benny Miller (Karon) of Corinth; special friend, Robert Thompson; a host of other family and friends. She was preceded in death by grandfather, Arnold Miller; and grandparents, Betheline and James Arnold.Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5:00-8:00 pm at Waters Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at Waters Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 01, 2020 at 11:00 am with Bro. Ricky Bishop and Bro. Ronald Michael officiating. Burial will be in Meadow Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Matthew Arnold, Larry Dale Joyner, Robert Thompson, Junior Burns, Jason Taylor, Jamey Wilemon, Brandon Wilemon and Jerry South.Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Melissa “Missy” Arnold, please visit our Tribute Store.
Nannie Williams
December 16, 1929 – June 29, 2020
Nannie L. Williams, 90, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020 at her home. She was a homemaker and she enjoyed reading her Bible and spend time outdoors and garden. She loved spending time with her family and she was a member of Pleasant Ridge Church.She is survived by four grandchildren, Jason Williams, Jamie Ray Williams, Becky Williams and Joseph Williams; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Whitehead; her husband, Samuel Luther Williams; three sons, Sammy Williams, Robert Williams and Greg Williams.Visitation will be on Wednesday evening from 5:00-8:00 pm at Waters Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at Waters Funeral Home on Thursday, July 03, 2020 4:00 pm with Bro. Bobby Casteel officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Nannie Williams, please visit our Tribute Store.
Annie Oneda Crabb
October 7, 1943 – June 29, 2020
Annie Oneda Crabb, 77, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020 at Diversicare Nursing Facility. She was born on October 07, 1943 in Kossuth, MS and she graduated from Marietta High School. Annie was a longtime resident of Baldwyn, MS. She had been a Godly woman all of her life and she loved reading her bible, listening to gospel music and knitting blankets and etc. Annie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, mother-in-law and friend and she was always nice to everyone she met.She leaves behind her son Adren Ray Crabb Sr. (Cynthia) of New Albany; her daughter, Kathy Rinicker (Rick) of Booneville; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a host of family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Teldon and Florie Lancaster; and her husband, Adren Ray Crabb, Sr.Visitation will be at Waters Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 5:00-8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at Waters Funeral Home on Friday, July 03, 2020 at 2:00 pm with Bro. Scott Kitchens officiating. Burial will be in Siloam Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Eric Caldwell, Chad Caldwell, Erik Wilson, son-in-law, Rick Rinicker, and family friends, Tommy Kesler and Tommy Harp. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the famil  watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Annie Oneda Crabb, please visit our Tribute Store.
Booneville MS
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Booneville
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Booneville Funeral Home – Booneville
Alma Irene Dye Evans
August 29, 1927 – June 26, 2020
Alma Irene Dye Evans, 92, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020, at the Mississippi Care Center in Corinth, MS. She was born in Pontotoc, MS, on August 29, 1927 to Melvin B. Biffle and Della Sanford. She enjoyed gardening and her flowers. Most importantly, she loved to cook and spend time with her family.She is survived by her three sons Laron L. Dye (Kathy), Gary L. Dye (Barbara) both of Booneville, and Billy Neal Dye of Brownsville, TN.; a sister, JoAnn (Biffle) Besser of Memphis, TN; seventeen grandchildren, thirty-three great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchilren. She was preceded in death her first husband and father of her children, George W. Dye; her second husband, Edell Evans; a son, Harold Wayne Dye; daughter, Claudia Jean Dye Strong; and two brothers, J. Marlin Biffle and Morris Biffle.Visitation for Alma will be held at Jones Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, in Booneville, MS, on Monday, June 29, 2020, from 10:00 AM until service time at 11:00 AM. Pastor Ryan Smith and Laron Dye will be officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Gardens in Jackson, TN. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Gideons International and The ALS Association. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Alma Irene Dye Evans please visit our Sympathy Store. boonevillefuneralhome 
Margaret Bessie CheathamMay 18, 1948 – June 26, 2020Margaret Bessie Cheatham, 72, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born in the Itawamba Community on May, 18, 1948 to Herbel Buford Lindsey and Annie Lou Goodwin Lindsey. She loved to read, sew, quilting, canning, crocheting and talking. She was a sewing machine operator.She is survived by her husband, Charles; two daughters, Dana Cheatham of Booneville, and Janie Potts (John) of Corinth; four brothers, H.B. Lindsey (Annette), Jackie Lindsey (Becky), Jobie Lindsey (Lisa), and Mac Lindsey all of Booneville; one sister, Marianne Holley (Roy) also of Booneville; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, E.G. Lindsey and Hobert Lindsey; one sister, Betty Shook all of Booneville.Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until 2:00 PM, June 27, 2020, in the Chapel of Booneville Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow with Bro. Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Reed Lindsey, Carter Holley, Eric Lindsey, Richard Shook, Roy Holley and Hobie Lindsey. Honorary pallbearer will be Collin Holley. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Margaret Bessie Cheatham please visit our Sympathy Store.  boonevillefuneralhome 
Charles PikeJanuary 29, 1939 – June 29, 2020Charles Raymond Pike, 81, passed away Monday, June 29, 2020, at home in Booneville. He was born in Blossberg, AL on January, 29, 1939, to Frank Emmett Pike and Amanda Manning. Mr. Pike was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He enjoyed NASCAR and was a gun enthusiast. He was a retired truck driver.He is survived by five children; two sisters, Francis Putnum of Crossville, TN; and Betty Downs of Birmingham, AL; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James Pike; and a sister, Juanita Kelton.Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be extended to the family at boonevillefuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Charles Pike please visit our Sympathy Store.
Nevaeh Faith LewisJune 30, 2020 – June 30, 2020Nevaeh Faith Lewis, infant baby girl to David “DJ” Lewis and Kimberly Frost Lewis passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was a perfect little angel and was loved by her whole family. They are left in awe of Nevaeh and take comfort in knowing that they will get to hold her again in heaven one sweet day.She is survived by her parents; grandparents, Michael Frost, Sonja and Robert Turner, Brandie and Jason Riddle, and Jason and Wendy Nanney; great-grandparents, Margie and Ricky Bain, Sharlene Lang, Jackie and Sherry Tolar, Linda Kilgo, James King, and Catherine Shook; uncles, Hunter Tolar, Connor Frost, Zeke Riddle, Jordan Turner, and Aiden Turner; aunts, Emily Olive (Devin), Callie Lewis, Samantha Lewis, Zane Riddle, and Zayta Riddle. She was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Austin Shook, A. J. Red Tolar, Jimmy Nanney, Marion Lewis, Richard and Hattie Pearl King, Leroy Frost, and John Lang; uncles, Jackie Tolar, Jr., Bobby Lewis; and an aunt, Patsy Frost.A private family graveside will be 6:00 PM Friday, July 3, 2020, at East Prentiss Cemetery. Bro. Richard Yarber will be officiating. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Honorary pallbearers will be Connor Frost, Camron Sauls, Hunter Tolar, and Donnie Jaco. Condolences may be extended to the family at boonevillefuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Nevaeh Faith Lewis please visit our Sympathy Store.
Mavis “Dimple” YoungApril 12, 1938 – July 1, 2020Mavis J. “Dimple” Young, 82, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at home in Booneville. She was born on April 12, 1938, in Tippah County to Charlie Andrew Dillard and Tina Mae Sexton Dillard. She enjoyed reading, cooking pies for her church, watching her grandkids play sports, watching the Atlanta Braves, the Kentucky Wildcats, the Tennessee Lady Vols. She also loved roses and listening to gospel music. She cherished her church and was a longtime treasurer for her Sunday School class at Carolina Methodist Church.She is survived by her husband, Gerald Young, whom she married June 22, 1957; son, Jerry Young (Jo) of Jumpertown; daughters, Sherry Young of Booneville, Pamela Manley (Chuck) of Dry Creek, and Traci Murphy (Chris) of Booneville; brother, Gene Dillard (Geraldine) of Ripley; sister, Olene Davis (Sidney) of Ripley; grandchildren, Amy Jo Brooks (Steve) of Blue Springs, Logan and Zachary Manley of Dry Creek, Katelyn Murphy and Eli Murphy, both of Booneville; great-grandson, Ethan Brooks; and sister-in-law, Shirley Barron (Jimmy). She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Annie Lois Lence.Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Friday, July 3, 2020, at Booneville Funeral Home with Bro. Dan Estes and Bro. David English officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Logan Manley, Eli Murphy, Jimmy Barron, Zachary Manley, Tyrone Koon, and Bud Lindsey. Memorials may be made to Carolina Methodist Church, 2001 Ninth St, Booneville, MS 38829. Condolences may be extended to the family at boonevillefuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mavis “Dimple” Young please visit our Sympathy Store.
McMillan Funeral Home – Booneville
Rayburn BurressMarch 26, 1937 – June 26, 2020Elton Rayburn Burress Sr., 83, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020, at his home. He was born March 26, 1937, to Leander and Ocie Burress. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and a supervisor for CCA for many years. He enjoyed patiently working on lawn mowers and kids bikes, and fishing.He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Tucker Burress; two sons, Phillip (Frances) Burress, and Mike Burress; one daughter, Mary (Kelly) Burress; one sister, Evelyn (Bobby) Bucannon; and one grandson, Phillip Burress Jr. He was preceded in death by one son, Elton Burress Jr.; his parents; one brother, James Burress; and one sister, Louise Heddy.Visitation will be Monday from 12:00-2:00 PM at the funeral home. A Celebration of Life service will be at 2:00 PM Monday, June 29, 2020, at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Tony Brown officiating. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com
Bull BullockAUGUST 23, 1940 – JUNE 26, 2020Grover Lavaughn “Bull” Bullock, 79, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born August 23, 1940, to Grover and Virginia Bullock. He attended Tuscumbia Baptist Church, and was a member of the Booneville Masonic Lodge. He was a mechanic, had a saw shop, worked for NAPA and operated Bull’s Bar BQ. Part of Bull’s life was eating breakfast at Deb’s Diner so he could aggravate people and going on Sundays to China Buffet with Kaylee (the second love of his life). He also enjoyed fishing with Jayce, hunting, cooking and NASCAR.He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Bullock; one daughter, Cristy (Jayson) Tankersley; two brothers, Elton (Margie) Bullock and Danny (Annette) Bullock; one brother-in-law, George (Betty) Goodin; and two grandchildren, Kaylee Tankersley and Jayce Tankersley. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ronnie Bullock.Drive-thru visitation will be Monday from 5:00-7:00 PM at McMillan Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life graveside service will be at 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Tuscumbia Cemetery with Bro. Rex Bullock and Bro. Ben Parman officiating. Pallbearers are Horace Huddleston, Denny Richardson, Jackie Kennedy, Ray Miller, Eddie Green and Derrick Blyth. Services are under the direction of McMillan Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com
Margaret SwindolJUNE 15, 1931 – JUNE 27, 2020Margaret Tennison Swindol went home to be with her Lord June 27, 2020 at the New Albany Nursing Home. She was born June 15, 1931 in Prentiss County, MS. Margaret was married to the love of her life, Ralph L. Swindol for 58 years. Together they raised two sons. Their love for their Lord and each other is an example and inspiration for their family and friends. She loved her family and was a true friend to many. She will be greatly missed.She is survived by her son, Donald Joe Swindol of Bryan, Texas; two daughters-in-law, Renee Swindol of Arlington, TN and Lorraine Swindol of Bryan, TX; grandchildren Dawn (Ken) Todd of Rochester, NY, Jeff Swindol of Arlington, TN, Jason (Jordan) Swindol of Iola, TX, and Ashleigh Swindol of Arlington, TN; and eight great-grandchildren. Margaret is also survived by sisters Sue Moore of Alapaha, GA, Yvonne Moats of Shepherdsville, KY, Anita White of Booneville, MS; and brother, Bill Tennison of Nashville, GA as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceeded in death by her parents, Kel and Stella Tennison; husband Ralph Swindol; son Jerry Swindol; brothers Gerald and Robert Tennison; and granddaughter, Jennifer Swindol. The family appreciates the devoted care of the Home Care Hospice North group during her last days.Viewing will be at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville, MS on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 1:00 PM with services following at 2:00 PM. Burial will be at Prentiss Memorial Gardens in Frankstown, MS. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com
Corinth MS
Magnolia Funeral Home – Corinth
Bobby Hugh McDanielApril 11, 1940 – June 27, 2020Bobby McDaniel, 80 of Corinth, passed away to be with his father in Heaven, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and his wife on June 27, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo. Born April 11, 1940, Bobby worked for Wurlitzer for 20 years and retired from Kimberly Clark after 23 years of service. He was also a skilled electrician, carpenter and welder. Bobby was also a farmer, raising horses, cattle and hay for many years. He spent the majority of his life as a resident of Biggersville, MS. Bobby served in the United States Army as a tank operator stationed at Fort Hood, TX. He was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church where he served as deacon and attended Gaines Chapel Methodist Church. He was an avid quail hunter back in the day with his favorite hunting partners, his brother-in-law, Willard Williams, his brother, Terry McDaniel and his neighbor and friend, Paul McNair along with his sons. Bobby enjoyed fishing and dove hunting with his friends and family on his farm. He also loved making daily rides on his ATV side by side around his farm with his family and friends.Bobby is survived by his sons, Eric McDaniel, and Hugh McDaniel and wife Jennlyn all of Corinth; six grandchildren, Amy McDaniel Hammock, Bobby Hugh “Mac” McDaniel III and wife Cortney, Allison McDaniel, Ashley McDaniel, Boone McDaniel and Bailey McDaniel; his two great grandchildren, John Braxton Tucker and Libby Sue Hammock; brother, Charles McDaniel and wife Peggy of Corinth; sisters, Linda Odle and husband Wayne, and Marylyn Duncan all of Corinth; his horse, Petey and dog, Cowgirl; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Jamie Sue McDaniel; father, Trannie Elbert McDaniel; mother, Bonnie Pittman McDaniel; brother, Terry McDaniel; his favorite horse, Peanut and his favorite dogs, Molly and Cowboy.He was laid to rest at New Hope Presbyterian Church Cemetery beside his wife in a private graveside service.Pallbearers were Jackie Smith, Jimmy Jones, Shorty Mincey, Bill Phillips, Paul McNair and Teddy Hinton. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Alvin Judd, David Jackson, Greg Richardson, Jeremy Wilbanks, Andy Williams, Dewey Mincey, Ray Tucker, Jim Bumpas and David Nix. Bill Phillips and Bro. Raybon Richardson officiated the service. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Bobby Hugh McDaniel. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Bobby Hugh McDaniel please visit our Sympathy Store. magnoliafuneralhome.net
Reba C. GrayJuly 1, 1942 – June 27, 2020Reba C. Gray, 77 of Corinth, MS passed from this life on June 27, 2020 at her home in Corinth. She was born July 1, 1942 in Booneville, MS. She was a retired repair tech with ITT for many years. Reba was of the Baptist faith and a member of Strickland Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, James Gray of Corinth, MS; sons, Joey Floyd and wife Greta of Burnsville, MS; Mike Gray of Plano, TX; daughters, Christine Larson and husband David of Booneville, Sandra Jones of Selmer, TN, Melanie McMahan of Starkville, MS; ten grandchildren, Michelle Shaw and husband Denny, Blakely Sanders and wife Caitlyn, Devin Larson and wife Jesselyn, Corrie Dodds and husband Taylor, Courtney Arnold, Hannah Lipford and husband Andrew, Britany Stewart and husband Chase, Kala Cole and husband A.J., Ethan Gray, Madi Gray; 13 great-grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her grandson, Lucas McMahan; father, Milton Mathis; and mother, Clister Clark Mathis. Visitation will be Monday, June 29, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 pm and Wednesday, June 30, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm at Magnolia Funeral Home. Funeral services are set for Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm with interment to follow at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Burnsville, MS. Pallbearers will be Steve Johnson, Dwight Johnson, Tony Fondren, Will Jones, Benny Holder and Denny Shaw. Bro. Harold Burcham will officiate the service. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Reba C. Gray. https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/5GRH9F74LBGXGXD9. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Reba C. Gray please visit our Sympathy Store.
Richard PeacockDecember 12, 1957 – June 28, 2020Richard Peacock, 62 of Rienzi, MS, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020 at his residence. Mr. Peacock was born December 12, 1957 in Hattiesburg, MS to George Washington Peacock and Daisy Mansley Peacock. He was a union electrician with IBEW Local 903 and was a member of Union Baptist Church. Richard is survived by his wife, Morgan Peacock of Rienzi, MS; his daughter, Marie Peacock George (Carey) of Hernando, MS; three grandchildren, Warren Engdahl, Xander Wambo and Owen Wambo; his brothers, George Peacock of Richton, MS, and A.J. Peacock of Richton, MS; his sisters, Judy White of Columbia, MS, Ethel Smith (Ralph) of Richton, MS, Pearl Newcomb (David) of Waynesboro, MS, Kathy Davis (Lance) of Columbia, MS, and Jullia Stringfellow (John) of Petal, MS; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lacreta Frances Peacock; his father, George Washington Peacock and his mother, Daisy Mansley Peacock. A graveside service was held Friday, July 3, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mr. Richard Peacock. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Richard Peacock please visit our Sympathy Store. magnoliafuneralhome.net
McPeters Funeral Home – Corinth
Eunice Velma TuckerMarch 18, 1932 – June 26, 2020Eunice Velma Tucker, 88, passed June 26, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born March 18, 1932 to the late Charlie Anderson Newcomb and Emer Caroline Whittemore Newcomb. She was a member of Glendale Baptist Church, and she retired from Genesco Shoe Co. after 39 years. She enjoyed gardening, tending to her children and spending time with her family and friends.She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Harris (Al); son, Travis Tucker (Beth); brother-in-law, Bobby Gildewell (Ann); grandchildren, Farris “Bucky’ Morris (Kim), Eric Tucker (April), Reggie Harris (Nina), Rodney Harris; great grandchildren, Chloe Tucker, Caden Taylor, Austin Harris; and a host of other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Tucker; her children, Charles Tucker, Kathy Burkeens, Robert Tucker, Roger Dale Tucker; parents; brothers, Willard Newcomb, Anderson Newcomb, Guy Newcomb, Charles Newcomb Jr.; sisters, Ader Newcomb, Mary Briley, Tilda Purvis, Dora Crum, Elsie Vanderford, Annie Newcomb, Rena Davis; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Newton Eli and Lora Maybelle Glidewell; sisters-in-law, Opal Burcham, Helen Owen.Family will receive friends Monday, June 29, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 1:00 PM to service time all at Glendale Baptist Church with social distance guide line in place. Celebration of Life Services are set for 2:00 pm Tuesday at Glendale Baptist Church with Bro. Jon Haimes officiating. Burial will follow in the Sardis Cemetery in Rienzi, MS. Arrangements are under the care of McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com for the Tucker family.
Memorial Funeral Home – Corinth
Deborah Taylor OrrJuly 13, 1956 – June 27, 2020Deborah Taylor Orr passed away June 27, 2020 at her residence. She was born July 13, 1956 in West Point, MS to the late James and Edna Orr. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where she was an active member. She was a 1974 graduate of Corinth High School and MS State University receiving a degree in Psychology. She was a Child Psychologist at Western Mental Health in Bolivar, TN and Memphis City School.She is survived by her uncle, Buster Orr (Jenny); several cousins; her caregivers and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her parents.A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Arrangements are under the care of Memorial Funeral Home. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialcorinth.com for the Orr family.
Holly Springs MS
Holly Springs Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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JF Brittenum and Son Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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Houston MS
Houston Funeral Home – Houston
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Memorial Funeral Home – Houston
Alma Ann ParkerJanuary 25, 1957 – July 02, 2020Alma Anne Clark Parker, 63, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2020 at her home. She was born January 25, 1957 to the late James Thomas Clark and Esta McKibben Clark in Tupelo.She is survived by her son, James Urience “Rien” Parker (Erin) of Texarkana, AR; five grandchildren, Shawnterica Nicole Parker, Kimora Abriel Parker, James Urience Parker, Jr., Chenelle Anne Parker and Sofia Schane; two brothers, Van Clark of Houston and Jesse Clark of Daleville, IN. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Edward Parker; her parents, James Thomas Clark and Esta McKibben Clark; a brother, Byron Clark; a sister, Waurene Heflin; and a granddaughter, Jocelyn Elivia Parker.Graveside services will be at 2:00 PM Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Wesley Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Terry Rhodes officiating. Memorial Funeral Home in Houston is in charge of arrangements. memorialfuneralhomehouston.com 
Southern Funeral Chapel – Houston
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New Albany MS
Glenfield Funeral Home – New Albany
Nicholas Colt HartfieldJanuary 12, 1991 – June 27, 2020Nicholas Colt Hartfield, 29, was born January 12, 1991, in New Albany, the son of Kevin Hartfield and Beth Hill Allen. He passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at his residence in New Albany. Colt, a Baptist,  was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was employed by UPS as a freight driver. His hobbies were playing video games, playing his guitar, and spending time with his son, Connor Blake Hartfield.  He was a graduate of Myrtle High School.  He is survived by his father, Kevin Hartfield and wife, Loretta, of New Albany; and his mother, Beth Allen, and husband Michael, of Myrtle; his son, Connor Blake Hartfield, of Myrtle; grandparents, Sandy and Aubrey Cassidy of Crestview, FL; grandmother, Mary Hartfield of Hattiesburg; grandparents, Homer and Hazel Rodgers of Randolph; brothers, Michael Hartfield of New Bedford, MA, Landon Hill of Enterprise, Steven Allen of Fulton, Codey and Cayson Ferguson, both of Pontotoc; sisters, Tessa Hartfield of New Albany, and Kelsey Ferguson of Columbus; uncle, Bo Hill (Michele) of New Albany; and aunts, Lisa Hartfield Walker of Texas, and Jenifer (David) Pulliam of Hattiesburg; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by grandfather, Wilford Hartfield; grandparents, Bonnie and Gladys Hill, Thomas and Patsy Hill, Geneva and Theron Dorrough; and grandfather, John Douglas Gault.Visitation will be held Friday from 10:00 AM until service time at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, July 3, 2020 at Glenfield Funeral Home with Brother Mitchell Hall, officiating. Burial will follow in Glenfield Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Michael Hartfield, Landon Hill, Codey Ferguson, Clayton Hartfield, Steven Allen, and Cayson Ferguson.  
New Albany Funerals and Cremations – New Albany
Angela Lee Johnson ChristyJanuary 7, 1961 ~ June 27, 2020 Angela Lee Johnson Christy, 59, resident of Ecru, passed away Saturday morning, June 27, 2020 at her residence following a brief illness. Angela was born January 7, 1961 in Union County, the daughter of Burrell Graham and the late Mary Carlton Hudson. She was a graduate of Saltillo High School and was employed with Delta Furniture Manufacturing Company in Pontotoc until her recent illness.In addition to her father, survivors include her daughter, Miranda Norman (Kentrell) of Ecru; a son, Michael Hatcher of Pontotoc; three grandchildren, Jayceon, Ja’cori and Josiah Norman.A service remembering the life of Angela will be at 4:00 PM Monday, June 29 at The Memory Chapel of New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care located at the intersection of Hwy 30 and W. Bankhead. Visitation will be from 3-4:00 PM. A private family burial will be in the Ecru Cemetery. The staff at New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care invites you to share memories with Angela’s family. nafuneralsandcremations.com. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Angela Lee Johnson Christy, please visit our floral store.
Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Inc – New Albany
Birdie Mae Jones BaffordDecember 31, 1950 ~ June 26, 2020 Ms. Birdie Jones Bafford, 69, transitioned on Friday, June 26, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. Birdie Mae Jones Bafford entered this life on December 31, 1950 at Potts Camp, MS. She was born the second child to the late L. C. Jones and the late Bernice Porter Jones and named after her late parental grandmother, Ardena ReBirdia Maebelle McIntosh. Birdie Mae was granted her angelic wings at the age of 69 on June 26, 2020. As a child, Birdie Mae was introduced to holiness by her parents and became a member of True Bibleway Church of the Lord Jesus Christ under the leadership of Bishop F.M. Dawson. After many years, her illnesses affected her long-term abilities and caused her to settle in New Albany, MS. She wanted to remain under the holiness doctrine, so she later joined New Beginning Church pastored by Bishop Willie G. Ball. After his death, she remained a member of New Beginning which is directed by Pastor Steavan Ball. Birdie Mae became ill as a young adult and struggled with various illnesses for a long time but always remained faithful to her church. She was still an active member until her death. Everyone who knew Birdie Mae can accentuate the fact she was a loving, caring, long-suffering and meek Christian. She was such a pleasant spirit to be around. Birdie Mae was also well-known for her marvelous cooking and wonderful domestic skills. She leaves to cherish her memories three children, a daughter, Joyce (Riley) Howell-Bailey of Potts Camp, MS; two sons, Minister, Darrell (Tammy) Oglesby of Dallas, TX, and Pastor, Neives (Asia) Oglesby of Cherry Valley, AR; two brothers, Charles Jones of Blue Springs, MS, and Marcus Jones of Laredo, TX; three sisters, Rebecca Seay of Memphis, TN, Gwendolyn (Peter) Obasuyi of Cordova, TN, and Karen Decanter of Myrtle, MS; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and friends; a special godchild, Emanuel Jones; and a very special friend Mickey Woods. She was preceded in death by one brother, Calvin Jones, and one sister, Annette Lipsey Jones.Visitation will be on Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 10:00-12 Noon at the funeral home followed by a private burial service. 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 Birdie Mae Jones Bafford, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com/Birdie-JonesBafford 
United Funeral Service – New Albany
Annie C PirkleMarch 28, 1932 – June 28, 2020Annie Catherine Gregory Pirkle, 88, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born on March 28, 1932, in Union County to Bryant Commons Gregory and Letha Mary Doan Gregory. She married Estus Washington Pirkle on August 18, 1955. She was proud of all of her alma maters: Myrtle High School, Blue Mountain College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In public, she was consistently approached by students that learned history from her at Myrtle Attendance Center where she taught for 27 years. She lived her life true to her Christian faith. Her most notable characteristic was her unconditional love. She loved her family, her church family and anyone else that came into her path that needed to be loved. Her house was always open to anyone who wanted to visit, and they were always told to have a drink out from her drink box, have candy from full jars sitting on a shelf, or if you came at supper, have a bacon and tomato sandwich with a Klondike bar. She would entertain one, but if a dozen showed up that was even better. She had a beautiful alto voice, loved to work in the flower bed and made every place she showed up a little brighter. She was an example to her children and grandchildren of the person they ought to be.She is survived by one daughter, Dianne Gillham (Preston) of Ft. Worth, Texas; one son, Greg Pirkle of Tupelo; a grandson Tyler Pirkle; a granddaughter Megan Pirkle; two brothers, James Gregory and Sam Gregory; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and her parents, Ann was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Lisa Pirkle; six brothers, Edgar, Thomas, Hubert, Charlie, Ray and Joseph; and three sisters, Frances, Erlene and Louise.Services will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Locust Grove Baptist Church in New Albany with Rev. Tommy Crider, Rev. Earl Farley and Rev. Doug Horton officiating. Burial will follow in the Gerizim Cemetery in Myrtle. Pallbearers will be her nephews. Memorials in her honor may be made to CREATE Foundation, Inc. for the Locust Grove Baptist Church Mission Fund at createfoundation.com or PO Box 1053,Tupelo MS 38802.The service will be available by livestream at the Locust Grove Baptist Church, New Albany, MS Facebook page. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Annie C Pirkle please visit our Sympathy Store. unitedfuneralservice.com 
Oxford MS
Coleman Funeral Home – Oxford
Nathan Bailey KeelSeptember 23, 1928 – June 29, 2020Mr. Nathan Bailey Keel, 91, passed away Monday, June 29, 2020, in Byhalia, MS, at his son’s home. Mr. Keel served in the United States Army during the Korean War. After serving his country, Mr. Keel started working as a mechanic up until he retired. During his free time, Mr. Keel enjoyed gardening. He and his wife, Florence, would take their harvest to the Farmers Market to sell their produce. They made many lifelong friends selling their vegetables. He also enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing. Mr. Keel will be dearly missed by his family and friends.Mr. Keel is survived by his wife of 65 years, Florence Keel; two daughters, Ann (Hugh) McGaughey of Byhalia, and Ellen (Gerald) McRae of Corinth, MS; three sons, Gordon Keel and Danny Keel, both of Byhalia, and Steve (Karen) Keel of Melbourne, FL; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Keel was preceded in death by both of his parents, Clay and Haddie Dove Keel; one daughter, Deborah Keel; two sisters, Evelyn Posner and Sue Rushing; and two brothers, Johnny and Bubba Keel.A graveside service will be held at Cambridge Cemetery (550 CR 202, Abbeville, MS, 38601) on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Nathan Bailey Keel please visit our Sympathy Store.
L Hodges Funeral Service – Oxford
Mary Louise (Fisher) MartinMarch 7, 1951 ~ June 27, 2020 Mary Louise Martin, 69, daughter of the late Daisy Mitchell and Elihue Fisher, and raised by the late Lee Williams, was born in Oxford, Mississippi on March 7, 1951. Mary accepted Christ at an early age and joined Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church. She united with the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church family to be with her husband, under the leadership of the late Rev. W. T. Houston, where she remained a member until her untimely death. Mary received her education in the Oxford School District at Central High School and in the Memphis/Shelby County School District at Melrose. Mary shared 52 wonderful years of matrimony with James Martin and they are the proud parents of four loving children. Mary and her family worshipped and worked together. She worked faithfully in her church where she served as Sunday School teacher, president of the Usher Ministry and formally sang in the choir. She could often be heard lifting her voice in song as she sang from her usher door post. Mary served diligently, not only in her church, but with the district, state and national Baptist organizations. She was a former president of the District Usher Board, current chaplain of the District Ushers, member of the Congress of Christian Education, and a regular attendee of the National Baptist Convention. Mary also served as Worthy Matron of the Heroines of Jericho Court #106. She worked with her husband in the family’s concrete business, Martin and Martin Inc. Mary loved spending time with her grand and great grandchildren, but she especially enjoyed spending time with the love of her life, her husband, James. James said, “She spent her first and last days taking care of me.” (That’s what love will do). Mary also enjoyed shopping, gardening, singing to the residents of Oxford Health and Rehab and attending church. And let’s not forget that she was going to “KEEP IT REAL.”On Saturday evening, June 27, 2020, Mary Louise Martin, moved upstairs. She will be forever remembered and loved by those she leaves behind, her devoted husband of 52 years, James Martin of Oxford MS; her children, Jeffery Martin, Victor (Rita) Martin, Sherry Martin and Kimberly Martin all of Oxford MS; her nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren; her siblings, Guy (Christina) Fisher and Norris Williams, both of Fairfield CA, Willie Williams of Atlanta GA, Stacy Williams of Oxford MS, Jessie Williams, Charles (Jean) Williams, Earnestine Hampton and Linda Williams all of Memphis TN, and Jessie L. (Shirley) Williams of Corinth MS; her sister-in-law, Flora Barr; and brother-in-law, Army J. Martin. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings,  Hattie Ruth Fisher, Ruthie Ann McEwen, Stephanie Williams, James Fisher, Robert Fisher and Lee Earnest Williams, Jr.Visitation will be Thursday July 2, 2020 12:00-6:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service. Graveside services will be Friday July 3, 2020 at the Oxford Memorial Cemetery. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mary Louise (Fisher) Martin, please visit our floral store. lhodgesfs.com 
Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Services – Oxford
Ronald “Honey” Eugene DenneyMay 5, 1940 – June 28, 2020Mr. Ronald “Honey” Eugene Denney, 80, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020, due to the advance stages of Alzheimer’s disease at the Veteran’s Affairs Home in Oxford, MS.Born in Boicourt, KS, to the late Esther Gatlin and Lendell Eugene Denney, Petty Officer Third-Class Denney served in the United States Navy and retired from the University of Mississippi where he worked in the physical plant. From 1970- 1984, Mr. Denney owned the original Shipley’s Donut Shop in Oxford, MS. He was an active member of Taylor United Methodist Church and was a former member of the OD Smith Masonic Lodge and Wahabi Shrine Club. Mr. Denney was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather to his family.  Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Deanna Ferguson Denney of Oxford, MS; two daughters, Rhonda Sellers and her husband, Tim of Hanceville, AL, and Dawn Gossett and her husband, Dennis “Moe” of Greenwood, MS; one son, Randy Denney and his wife, LeNita of Oxford, MS; one brother, Larry Denney of Phoenix, AZ; seven grandchildren, Lauren Thompson, Matthew Sellers, Mallory Gossett, Meghan Mills, Rachell Eaker, Shelby Gossett, and Cole Gossett; and twelve great-grandchildren.The visitation will be Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from 4:00-6:00 PM. The funeral service for Mr. Denney will take place at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Reverend Dennis Gossett, Reverend Eddie Willis, and Reverend Annette Ford officiating. A livestream video on the Waller Funeral Home Facebook page will begin at 11:00 AM for those who are unable to attend the service. Memorial contributions in Mr. Denney’s memory can be made to Taylor UMC Building fund, PO Box 45, Taylor MS 38673; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. For additional information or to leave an online condolence, please call 662.234.7971 or visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com
Fontel “Fonz” Dyess HarveyNovember 5, 1935 – June 30, 2020Mrs. Fontel Dyess “Fonz” Harvey, 84, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at her home in Oxford, MS. Born in Hickory, MS to the late Tressie Stewart and John Collins Dyess, Mrs. Harvey was the widow of Mr. Charles H. Giles and Mr. James G. Harvey. She was a beloved caregiver to many throughout her career and enjoyed traveling and sightseeing all over the United States. She cherished her family and will be remembered as a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by two sons, Thomas “Tommy” Giles and his wife, Lori of Oxford, MS, and Joel Giles and his wife, Dawn of Pensacola, FL; three grandchildren, Thomas “Collins” Giles, Jr. and his wife, Courtney, Joel “Austin” Giles and Haleigh Giles; and one great-grandchild, Rylee Giles. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert Dyess.The graveside service will be on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at 4:00 PM at Eastover Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Charles Lipe officiating. Expressions of sympathy and memorial contributions in Mrs. Harvey’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (Mississippi Chapter), 207 West Jackson St, Ridgeland MS 39157. For additional information or to leave an online condolence, please call 662.234.7971 or visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com
Samuel Hardy Farris, Jr.January 18, 1933 – June 30, 2020Samuel Hardy Farris, Jr., age 87, passed from this life into the arms of his Savior on June 30, 2020, in Oxford, Mississippi. Born in Memphis, TN to the late Samuel Hardy Farris, Sr. and Floy Barrow Farris of Clarksdale, Mr. Farris was a retired bank president and financial advisor. He received his Bachelor Degree and Masters of Business Administration from Mississippi State University. However, Hardy always considered himself to be an Ole Miss Rebel, as he lived and worked in Oxford the majority of his life and saw both children and all five grandchildren graduate from the University of Mississippi.  Hardy was an officer in the United States Army, serving in the Army Security Agency stationed in Asmara, Ethiopia, with his bride from Oxford, Martha Faye Nicholas Farris. Mr. Farris was a Loan Officer of Bank of Clarksdale, President of both the Bank of Batesville, and The Bank of Oxford when they were owned and operated as the United Southern Bank. He retired from the bank shortly after they were purchased and operated as Regions bank on the Square in Oxford and became a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Hardy was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Oxford where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was an active member of the Rotary Club in both Clarksdale and Oxford.Survivors include his sister, Linda Farris Folk of Southaven; his son, Samuel Hardy Farris III of Oxford and his wife Kimberly Pruette Farris; his daughter, Catherine Farris Miller of Jackson and her husband Craig Leon Miller; his granddaughter, Katherine Farris Myers and her husband Robert William Myers of Forth Worth, Texas; his grandson, Samuel Hardy Farris IV and his wife Ainsley Mills Farris of Houston, Texas; his grandson, Farris Alexander Miller of Jackson; his granddaughter, Murray Catherine Miller of Washington, DC; his granddaughter, Martha Tatum Miller of Jackson; and his great grandchildren, Carolyn Rose Myers, Olivia Pruette Myers, William Farris Myers, and Samuel Hardy Farris V. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Faye Nicholas Farris; his brother, Robert Barrow Farris of Clarksdale; his sister-in-law Patsy Sheley Farris of Oxford; and his brother-in-law, Roger Folk of Southaven. A family funeral service will be held Friday, July 3, 2020 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with The Rev Dr Robert Allen officiating. The funeral service will also be live streamed on Waller Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Internment will take place immediately after the service at Oxford Memorial Cemetery, with Robert B. Farris, Jr. officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oxford Medical Ministries Clinic, 205 South Commerce Cove, Oxford MS 38655. For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call 662-234-7971.
Eva Jewell Herring Bishop LukerAugust 13, 1927 – June 30, 2020Mrs. Eva Jewell Herring Bishop Luker, 92, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Elmcroft of Oxford. Born in Pontotoc County, MS, Mrs. Luker was the widow of Mr. Maurice D. Luker and Mr. Byron Brooks Bishop.  She was a longtime member of Trinity Baptist Church and she enjoyed spending time outdoors working in her garden and caring for her lawn. She thoughtfully cared for her home and family and will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  Survivors include her daughters, Jo Vinzant and her husband, Frank of Pelahatchie, MS, Martha Gray and her husband, Thomas of Memphis, TN; a stepdaughter, Diane Kabbes and her husband, Rob of Milford, OH; a son, Gary Bishop of Hernando, MS; two stepsons, Mike Luker of Randolph, MS, and Paul Luker and his wife, Susan of Abbeville, MS; a son-in-law, Paul Smith of Pearl, MS; nineteen grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kay Smith; a step-son, John Luker; and two sisters, Leona Boyd and Kathleen Austin.The funeral service will be Friday, July 3, 2020, at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Hope officiating. Burial will follow in Glasgow Cemetery in Pontotoc, MS. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 9:30 AM at the funeral home. For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call 662-234-7971.
Pontotoc MS
Browning Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Dorothy WilderJanuary 6, 1935 – June 29, 2020Dorothy “Dot” Wilder, age 85, passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, June 29, 2020 at the Pontotoc Nursing Home. She was born January 6, 1935 to Harold Prentiss and Clara Brassfield McCarver. Dot was a member of West Heights Baptist Church. She worked alongside her son Jimmy, at Wilder Fitness Equipment. Dot cherished time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Survivors include her daughter, Dixie Tutor (Mark); two sons, Jimmy Wilder and Johnny Wilder (Janet); a son-in-law, Richard Stephens; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Cox (Philip), Hannah Purdy (Johathan), Stephen Tutor (Kaela), Kasey Kidd (Caleb), Clara Wilder, John Richard Stephens and Collin Stephens; and eleven great-grandchildren, Luke, Laura and Bailey Cox; John Mark, Griffin, Molly and August Pudry; Greyson and Emily Tutor; John Mac Kidd and James Isaac Kidd. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Everett Wilder, and a daughter, Rosie Wilder Stephens.Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10 to 11 AM at the funeral home. A private family service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Rev. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. 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
Willie James HarrisAugust 22, 1947 ~ June 26, 2020 Willie James Harris, 72, was born on August 22, 1947 to Willie Bee and Viola Harris in Union County. Willie was the youngest son. He had a brother, Bobby, four sisters, Ruth, Lillie, Belle, and Lula, and a very special niece and cousin Lowanda Wade. Willie grew up on a farm with his father and mother teaching him to work hard, always offer a helping hand, to be kind, and giving. He enjoyed working and being around people. His most pleasurable sport was fishing with his friends and family. Willie attended school at a young age at Beaver Dam, and later at B.F. Ford Elementary and B.F. Ford High School. As Willie became a young man working at MasterBilt, he married Mary L. Payton on August 22, 1970. To this union three children were born, Falisa Michelle Harris, Kevin Davon Harris, and LaKesha Monique Harris. Mary and Willie were blessed with sixteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. As Willie grew older, he experienced many changes in his health. In spite of, he still enjoyed attending church and being around family and friends. He served on the Deacon Board, and enjoyed helping in the community by mowing yards and cutting wood for older people. He also helped take care of his aging parents. Willie worked twenty-two years at Bench Craft and part-time at Carr Oil in New Albany. As his health changed even more with a heart condition, dementia, apnea, and other health conditions, his wife Mary became his favored care giver. The poem on the tribute page was given to her and helped make things easier. Sometimes when sad, she would cry to herself, especially when some had laughed at things a person with dementia would say or how they would act. We must remember as Christians we do not have a choice of the changes yet to come in our lives.Willie leaves to mourn and cherish his memory, his wife Mary; two daughters, LaKesha Smith and Felisa Michelle Barkley; one son, Kevin Davon Harris; four sisters, Ruth Ivy (Harold), Lillie Stokes (George), Belle Graham (William), and Lula Stokes (Ray). He also leaves a special cousin, Lowanda Wade, who grew up with him. Willie and Mary have sixteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and a large number of nieces, nephews, and many friends to cherish his memory. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie Bee and Viola Harris, and one brother Bobby Harris. Visitation will be Saturday, July 4, 2020, from 1:00-5:00 PM at Payton Mortuary. Graveside services will be Sunday, July 5, 2020, at 2:00 PM at Union Prospect M.B. Church in New Albany. There will be no viewing before service. There will be no repast. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Willie James Harris, please visit our floral store. paytonmortuary.com/ 
Susie Kaye BerryJune 13, 1954 ~ June 28, 2020 Susie Kaye Conner-Berry, 66, was born on June 13, 1954 in Chickasaw/Calhoun County to the late Brown and Olivia Conner. She departed this life on June 28, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. Susie confessed a hope in Christ at an early age. She was a member of Gordan Chapel COGIC. In her late 20s she was baptized in JESUS name and became a member of Greater Emmanuel Temple Holiness Church (Pilgam Ridge) Houlka, MS where she remained faithfully until death. Susie loved to sing and to help others. That was her passion. She worked at Millie’s Cafe, Shirt Factory, and Washington Furniture just to name a few. She was married to Walter Frank Berry. To this union five children was born: Walter Frank Berry Jr (who proceeds her in death), Derrick Berry, Latrenda Berry-Webb, Shalaunda Berry, and Stacey Berry. She leaves to cherish her memories, her children, Derrick Berry (Valeria) of Pontotoc, MS, Letrenda Berry-Webb, Shalaunda Berry, and Stacey Berry all of Houlka, MS; fourteen grandchildren, Lykeria Berry of Birmingham, AL, Angel Townsend of Murfreeboro, TN, Otempia Webb (JaQuan) of Huntsville, AL, Rocarion Webb, and Emeri Webb of Houston, MS, Shamarj Berry and A’memori Holesome of Houlka, MS, Janayja Naugle, Talen Berry, Javoris Berry, Janice Berry, all of Pontotoc, MS, Lalieke Gordon and Kadasia Berry of Tupelo, MS, and Sekaiya Buchanan of Houlka, MS; five great-grandchildren, Trenton Pulliam and Peyton Cullens of Murfreeboro, TN, Sophia Butler, Aaron Butler, and Natalie Butler of Huntsville, AL; one sister, Betty Atkinson of Houlka, MS; one brother, James Conner of Vardaman, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. One sister proceeds her in death, Betty Ann Beaty, and one special aunt that raised her, Eula Mae Bean-Wilson, also proceeds her in death.Visitation will be Sunday, July 5, 2020, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Payton Mortuary. Graveside services will be Monday, July 6, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Mount Nebo United Methodist Church in Pontotoc. Viewing will be available one hour before service. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of SUSIE KAYE BERRY, please visit our floral store. paytonmortuary.com/ 
Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Emmer Lee CrudupMay 2, 1923 ~ June 28, 2020 Mrs. Emmer Lee Crudup, 97, transitioned on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at her residence in Pontotoc, MS. She was born on May 2, 1923 in Algoma, MS, to John Keys and Charlotte Fitzpatrick Keys. She professed a hope in Christ at an early age and joined Usher Valley United Methodist Church. After moving to the Springville Community, she was an associate member of Springville Chapel M.B. Church for years, and later with Naylor Chapel C.M.E. Church, where she remained faithfully until her death. She worked in the community, and in the church, as a faithful Missionary for years until her health failed her and allowed her no longer to participate. She served as a Sunday School Teacher, Missionary Teacher, and was one of the oldest Mother’s of the church. Emmer loved working in the yard, and attending to her flowers. Her favorite flowers were Red Begonias. She loved reading her Bible daily, and working Bible Word Search, which was her favorite hobby. She was united in holy matrimony to Earl B. Crudup and to this union nine children were born.She leaves to cherish her loving memories one sister, Odell Bonaparte of Lincoln, Ill two daughters, Marilyn D. Sheffield of Pontotoc, MS and Mae Rose Hall of Tupelo, MS; four sons, Dave (Mary) Crudup, Verna Crudup, Verneal (Lois) Crudup and Willie (Sarah) Crudup all of Pontotoc, MS; twenty-one grandchildren; thirty-eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl B. Crudup; three sons, Clarence (Jack) Owens, Roy Crudup, and Artis Crudup; four sisters, Lela Jackson, Inez McGee, Florence Vaughn and Autry Mae Souter; three brothers, James Keys, Evan Keys and John Rad Keys.Visitation will be on Thursday, July 2, 2020 4-6:00 PM at Serenity-Autry Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Pontotoc City Cemetery. 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 Emmer Lee Crudup, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com/Emmer-Crudup 
Tutor Memorial Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Leslie H. ScottApril 29, 1952 – June 26, 2020Leslie H. Scott, 68, passed away June 26, 2020 at NMMC, Tupelo, MS. Leslie spend his entire life in Pontotoc County. He played football for Algoma High School and graduated in 1970. He worked in the furniture industry for 30 years. Due to his love of dogs, Leslie and his wife Edna started and operated an underground fence business for 14 years until retirement. Leslie enjoyed spending time with his family and 5 beloved rescue dogs, reading, watching TV, and working around the house. He will be forever in our hearts.Leslie is survived by his wife, Edna Scott (married 42 years); daughter, Darla J. Campbell; daughter, Andrea L. Scott; daughter, Jessica L. Ayra; and grandchildren, Alora Campbell, Grayson Campbell, and Anahla Arya. He is preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Lola Scott; sister, Virginia Scivally; and brother, Donald W. Scott.Private family graveside services will be at Midway Memorial Gardens with Bro. Danny Prater officiating. Pallbearers will be Donald Wayne Scott, Brad Scott, Kunal Arya, and Graham Hayes. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. tutormemorial.com 
Gabriel TzibMarch 24, 1962 – June 28, 2020Gabriel Tzib, 58, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2020 at NMMC – Tupelo, MS. Gabriel was a good man and he enjoyed spending time with his kids and wife. He was passionate about reading the bible every night and making sure that his kids had the best for them. He wasn’t an ordinary man, he was a spectacular person who impacted others to become better. Gabriel Tzib will surely be missed.Gabriel is survived by his wife, Jane Tzib; and his children, Brandon Tzib, Austin Tzib, Naomi Tzib, and Faith Tzib. He is preceded in death by his father, Eusebio Tzib, and his daughter, Giselle Chelsea Tzib.Graveside Services will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at West Heights Cemetery. tutormemorial.com 
Terry Clay AkersMay 15, 1960 – June 29, 2020Terry Clay Akers, 60, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. Terry Clay was a God fearing christian, talented craftsman/carpenter, avid outdoors man with a passion for hog hunting, hot sauce fanatic who loved to create what Lori lovingly referred to as “TCA art”. He is very loved and will be deeply missed. His earthly “ride” has ended, but his heavenly “ride” is eternal.Terry Clay is survived by his fiancee, Lori Harmon of Pontotoc and her daughter, C.C. Costilow of Pontotoc; his four sons, Brad, Josh, Cody, and Duell; his daughter, Aurie; his sister, Margaret Akers Stegall of Pontotoc; his grandchildren, Tristan, Aaron, Jouney, and Harley; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, that he dearly loved. He is preceded in death by his parents, Claudie Clay and Willie Lee Patterson Akers; his two sisters, Martha Akers Brown and Charlotte Akers Jackson; and his two brothers-in-law, Bobby Brown and Wade Stegall, Jr.Visitation will be Tuesday, June 30, 2020 4-8:00 PM at Hayseed Cowboy Church and Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:00 PM until service time. Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Hayseed Cowboy Church with Bro. Joey Moody officiating and Bro. Gary Pettit offering the eulogy. Burial will follow in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Grant Akers, Rodney Akers, Evan Akers, Dylan Akers, J.D. Chism, Cecil Crane, Aaron Akers, and John Richard Stephens. Honorary pallbearers will be his dearly treasured lifelong friends.  tutormemorial.com 
Dorman “Doc” Lewis TurnerAugust 30, 1949 – July 1, 2020Dorman “Doc” Lewis Turner, 70, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at NMMC in Tupelo. He was well known for playing and singing music. He could quote lyrics to almost every song he had ever heard. He served in the U.S. Army as a medic in Vietnam. He was a proud member of the Wolfhounds 2nd and 27th. He was an active member of the Ecru Methodist Church. He was known as “Daddy D” to his grandchildren. Dorman “Doc Turner joined the US Army when he was 17 years old. He took his training at Ft. Sam Houston and was trained as a medic. He served in Vietnam with both the 1/5 Infantry and the 25th Infantry Wolfhounds in 1968 and 1969. Doc Turner was awarded two Bronze Stars with V device for valor in connection with battlefield operations. Doc was loved and respected by all the men that served with him. He was an iconic figure in the platoon and always had time to entertain his buddies with his guitar. He continued to do that after his comrades got together at reunions and platoon fishing trips. He was responsible for saving many lives during his time in the field. Doc always responded to the call for a medic no matter the danger on the battlefield. Doc completed his Army commitment at Ft. Dix, New Jersey and was Honorably Discharged. Doc will be sorely missed by the men he served with.Survivors include his wife, Jean Turner; daughter, Brandi Glasson; son, Richie Turner; grandson, Tristan Glasson; granddaughter, Amelie Turner; sisters, Cheryl Rogers (Mike) and Kay Brasher (Donny). He is preceded in death by his father, Richard D. Turner and mother, Rebecca King.A graveside service will be at 2:00 pm Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Ecru Cemetery. Bro. William Montgomery will officiate. Pallbearers will be David Miller, Donald Miller, Tim Russell, Chris Rogers, Derek Bowman and Tristan Glasson. Honorary pallbearers will be Wolfhounds 2nd and 27th. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  tutormemorial.com 
Gary Lane LeachApril 23, 1940 – July 2, 2020Gary Lane Leach, 80, passed away July 2, 2020, at his home in Thaxton, MS, surrounded by his loving family. He was a Godly man who loved the Lord and his family. He was born April 23, 1940, to Ola and Walter Leach in Sherman, MS. He was a member of Sand Springs Community Church. He was a retired Memphis Fire Fighter of 26 and a half years. He enjoyed “picking and grinning” with several groups.Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Mary Alice Sewell Leach; daughter, Angie (Evans) Gurner; six grandchildren, Lane (Hope) Herren, Nikki (David) Smith, Nathan Taylor, Teah (Sean) Herren, Joey (Brandon) Gurner and Jalyn Gurner; seven great grandchildren; a brother, Wilburn (Jean) Leach; and a host of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Michelle Herren; parents; sisters, Frances Donaldson (Bert), Marjorie McElwain (Frank), and Dot Holloway (Tam). The family thanks Hospice nurse, Beverly Irby; CNAs, Saralynn, Ellie and Hannah for their care over the past three months.A graveside service will be at 2:00 pm Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Warren Cemetery. Bro. Roger Hunter and Bro. Marcus Coward will officiate. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice, PO Box 2177, 5159 West Main St, Tupelo MS; or the Gideons. tutormemorial.com 
Ripley MS
Foster and Son Funeral Home – Ripley
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McBride Funeral Home – Ripley
Juanita McCown CrossJanuary 14, 1918 – June 28, 2020Juanita McCown Cross passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 28, 2020, after a brief illness. She lived a beautiful and remarkable life of over 102 years. Juanita was born on January 14, 1918, near Falkner, Mississippi, to Ernest and Frankie McCown. Her life spanned many great watershed events of our nation’s history and her heart was always filled with the spirit of kindness, understanding, courage and perseverance. She tasted the bitterness of sorrow along the way with early death of a baby sister, untimely death of her mother, and the long anxiety of her beloved husband’s missing in action status in World War II. But she also enjoyed so many of the sweet moments of life with her family and friends. Her life’s story has been one of genuine love, service and friendship. She began her education in the small one room Cooper Hill schoolhouse. Later, after Blue Mountain College, she taught at the two- room schoolhouse at Mount Zion. Juanita worked for 43 years at the Bank of Falkner, beginning as a teller and retiring as Chairman of the Board. Juanita was a lifelong member of Falkner Baptist Church where her grandparents, Albert and Alice Conner, were charter members. Her heart always bubbled over with joy when she was around her many friends at Falkner sharing with them her wonderful sense of humor, love and compassion. She sweetened every victory and soothed every sorrow. As a wife, mother and grandmother, she was always there, providing confidence, wisdom and support. She was the mother whose encouragement and training guided us through our headstrong teenage years and whose confidence and support guided us through the hardest moments of life- always there, always ready to help. She lived her life to the fullest and experienced the sweet harmony of life in its perfect pitch.She is survived by a sister, Lovie Alexander; four children, Freddie (Janice) Cross, Eddie (Betty) Cross, Tommye (Benny) Walker, Harold (Carolyn) Cross; ten grandchildren, Steve (Katie) Cross, Cynthia (Richard) Roberts, Dr. Ginger (Reese) Hooge, Pam (Scott) Tupman, Patti (Johnny) McElwain, Dr. Kristi (Brian) Curry, Daniel (Julie) Cross, Dr. John (Catherine) Cross, Rocky Cross, Scott (Tina) Smith; and 19 great grandchildren along with numerous nephews and nieces. Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Berlin Cross; her brother, Neil McCown; sisters, Johnnie Weaver, Lou Ella Moser, Jamie Melvin and Elizabeth McCown.A private family service will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at McBride Funeral Home in Ripley. In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society and Batson Children’s Hospital. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Juanita McCown Cross please visit our Sympathy Store. mcbridefuneralhome.com 
Anne Moss Dorman SanfordJanuary 29, 1921 – June 29, 2020Beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many, Anne Dorman Sanford, 99, died peacefully on Monday, June 29, 2020, following a brief illness. Born to Hattie and Amos Dorman in Myrtle, MS, on January 29, 1921, Anne lived a full and faithful life. Always a firecracker, Anne had a sharp and brilliant mind. She attended public schools in Myrtle, graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi State College for Women in 1942, and completed her Masters in Mathematics and Physics degree at Louisiana State University. After teaching junior college, she worked as an engineering aide at TVA in Knoxville, TN, where she met and later married Benjamin Franklin Sanford at Church Street UMC. Once they moved to Ripley, MS in 1952, she served as the chair and sole professor of mathematics at Blue Mountain College for 25 years while raising their four children. She lived out her faith through a life of service in the church, serving in a variety of roles including Methodist Youth coordinator for twelve years, Annual Conference Delegate, and president of Wesleyan Service Guild and United Methodist Women. She served as cub scout den mother for her boys as well as helping with Girl Scouts with daughter Barbara. She deeply enjoyed playing bridge with her closest friends for 60 years. She was president of the American Association of University Women and the Worthy Matron of Order of the Eastern Star. Anne loved being active. She shared a lifelong love of tennis from her teen years and played until she was 89. Always a fierce competitor, she exhibited great perseverance on the tennis court as well as in her recovery from various setbacks and surgeries over the years. For all of her many accomplishments, family was her greatest pride and joy. She was affectionately known as “Memaw” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who loved her dearly. She was extremely generous to family and to many charitable causes who have received one of her checks or gifts as a sign of her support. The last decade of her life was spent in Starkville where she enjoyed many connections with family, friends, church, and Mississippi State events.She is survived by three sons, Dr. Benjamin Franklin Sanford, Jr. (Doris), Mahlon Dorman Sanford (Karen), and Herbert Cooper Sanford, II (Margie); eleven grandchildren, Bryan Ruemke, Rev. Emily Sanford, Ben Ruemke, Dr. Kim Sanford Bland (Will), Rev. Dr. Eric Sanford, Dr. Evan Sanford (Kim), Stuart Sanford (Christina), Eliot Sanford (Ranjita), Curt Sanford, Elizabeth Sanford Hare (Daniel), Kelley Sanford Bange (Keith); and nine great-grandchildren, Wilton Bland V, Selah Sanford, Ford Bland, Jackson Hare, Norah Sanford, Oliver Hare, Jude Sanford, Dash Sanford, and Robert Bland; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Anne is predeceased by her parents; her husband; brothers, George, Ingram, and John Dorman and their spouses; and daughter, Barbara Anne Sanford Ruemke. The family wishes to thank Donice Graham and a team of angels for their kindness and care during her final years, which allowed Anne to maintain as much independence and quality of life as possible.A private graveside service will be held at McBride Funeral Home Chapel of Ripley who is overseeing the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Ripley First United Methodist Church, 302 S Main St, Ripley MS 38663; Blue Mountain College, Anne Sanford Scholarship Fund, PO Box 160, Blue Mountain MS 38610; or a charity of your choice. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Anne Moss Dorman Sanford please visit our Sympathy Store. mcbridefuneralhome.com 
James “Jimmy” Clayton Hopper
March 28, 1953 – June 30, 2020
James “Jimmy” Clayton Hopper, 67, passed away on June 30, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. He was born on March 28, 1953 to the late Marshall and Imogene Smith Hopper. He was a graduate of Ripley High School, Northeast Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi. His career span as a purchasing agent included ITT and American Biltrite. He was a veteran of the Mississippi Army National Guard. Jimmy was a member of Ripley First United Methodist Church and also attended Ripley Presbyterian Church. His other activities included membership in both the Northeast Mississippi Community College Alumni Association and the University of Mississippi Alumni Association and Foundation. Jimmy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and loyal friend to many. He loved spending time with his family and engaged whole heartedly in grandparenting with his cherished grandsons. Jimmy was an avid sports fan a loyal supporter of Ripley High School and Ole Miss athletics. He loved his Tigers and Rebels and attended games for many years.He is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Pat Richardson Hopper of Ripley; one daughter, Amy Hopper Adams (Bart) of Ripley; one brother, Todd Howell and one sister, Jennifer Howell Estes (Joe), all of Blue Mountain; two grandsons, Clay and Cole Adams both of Ripley; and many special nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his father, Marshall Hopper, his mother and step-father, Imogene and Harold Howell, one brother, Eddie Hopper.A graveside service to celebrate his life will be at 11:00 AM Friday, July 3, 2020 at Providence Cemetery in Tiplersville with Rev. Jody Hill and Rev. Jason Franklin officiating. Pallbearers will be Larry Cole, Ricky Hurt, Greg Richardson, Kyle Smith, Ricky Settlemires, Jim Miller, Gary Parsons and Johnny Hallmark. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Dees, Rod Colom, Randy Criswell, Mike Long, Michael Harrison, Terry Dalton, Bill Page, Leland Stokes and Jimmy Pipkin. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mr. James “Jimmy” Clayton Hopper please visit our Sympathy Store. mcbridefuneralhome.com 
Ripley Funeral Home, Inc – Ripley
Gabriel Castillo, Jr.November 16, 1982 ~ June 26, 2020 It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Gabriel (Gabe) Castillo Jr., 37, of Corpus Christi, Texas who resided in Tupelo, Mississippi. Gabriel went missing on December 6, 2018 and remains were found June 23, 2019. Gabriel loved collecting low-rider model cars, enjoyed  rap and tejano music. Hobbies were connecting audio speakers, lights to vehicles and putting together model cars as a child. Gabriel was a hard worker and loved working on welding trailers and laying tile. Gabriel was a jack of all trades. Mostly he enjoyed the time he visited with family. Gabriel will be missed for his big caring heart, smile, laughter (he was such a joker), his friendship (he knew anybody and everybody) and always there when someone needed him. Gabriel is proceeded in death by his paternal grandfather, Daniel Castillo Sr., two uncles, Jose Hernandez and Roman Castillo; aunt, Jesusita Deluna and Step Father Luis Alaniz. Gabriel is survived by his mother, Anita Hernandez; father, Gabriel (Cindy) Castillo Sr.; one son, Gabriel (Piggy) Castillo III; grandmothers, Elvira (Willie) Villanueba, and Aurora Castillo; sisters, Jessica (Gilbert) Alvarez, Belinda Herrera, and Ashley Dellagarza; brothers, Joe Castillo, Robert (Jaday) Alvarez, and Ernest Villarreal; numerous nieces and nephews; one great nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Corpus Christi, Texas his home town. Local arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Gabriel Castillo, Jr., please visit our floral store. ripleyfuneralhome.com 
Charles Eugene “Gene” DillardApril 26, 1935 ~ July 2, 2020 Charles Eugene Dillard, lifelong resident of Tippah County and a person known for his love of family and country, quietly departed this life Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was 85 years of age and passed away following an illness of several weeks. Mr. Dillard was born April 26, 1935 in Ripley, the son of the late Charles Andrew and Tina Sexton Dillard. He was a graduate of Palmer High School and was married January 8, 1955 to his beloved wife, Geraldine Glissen Dillard, who survives. Mr. Dillard was employed by Foot Caress Shoe Manufacturing Company for 32 years, proudly served in the Mississippi National Guard for 22 years, and retired from the Department of Parks and Recreations after 12 years of service. A Christian, Mr. Dillard enjoyed the simple things of life that included family, home and friends. Known for his patriotism, he found much pleasure in caring for his yard, short travels and returning to his favorite recliner.In addition to his wife of 65 years, memories will be shared by his daughter, Genia Thomas (George) of Ripley; one sister, Olene Davis of Ripley; three grandchildren, Miranda Chittom, Charles Chittom and Justin Thomas; and one great grandson, William Cole Thomas.A Funeral Service honoring the life of Mr. Dillard will be at 1:00 PM Saturday, July 4, 2020 at his much loved Mt. Moriah Baptist Church with Dr. Jack Bennett officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, July 4, 2020 from 11:00-1:00 PM at the church. A private graveside service will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens with arrangements provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. The family requests that memorials be direct to Mt. Moriah Baptist Church,c/o Mark Smith, 2250 County Rd 500, Ripley, MS 38663. The American Flag at The Ripley Funeral Home entrance honors Mr. Dillard and all veterans for their service to our country…GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Dillard family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Charles Eugene “Gene” Dillard, please visit our floral store. ripleyfuneralhome.com 
Saltillo MS
W E Pegues Funeral Directors – Saltillo
Jean CreelSeptember 6, 1940 – June 26, 2020Jean Bryant Creel, 79, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 surrounded by her family, at her home. She was born in Hawkinsville, Georgia, September 6, 1940 to Jesse Henry and Dorothy Senter Bryant. As a young child, her family relocated to Tampa, Florida where she graduated from Plant High School. While working as pastoral secretary in Tampa, she met her husband, Johnny Creel. After living in several locations including: Louisville, Kentucky, Houston, Texas, Dothan, Alabama where they owned Ron’s Krispy Fried Chicken and Columbus, Mississippi where they served as house parents at Palmer Home for Children. They then settled in Northeast Mississippi, living more than 20 years in Booneville before settling in Saltillo. Though she held many positions of employment early in her life, she found her true calling teaching music to children and was able to share her talent and love of music within the church and at various schools. Jean was a loving mother and grandmother to her family and considered it a great privilege to care for and nurture the children she taught along with all those she loved who knew her as “Momma Jean”. She dedicated her life to serving Christ in any capacity and as He commanded, she never failed to offer genuine love to all those she encountered. She had a true missionary’s heart and invested herself into the lives of many to help guide them to the Lord. Despite relocating many times throughout her life, she always made it a priority to find a church home. She was most recently a member of Booneville First Baptist Church.Survivors include her husband, Johnny Creel of Saltillo; four daughters, Jan Holmes and her husband Mike of Gardendale, Alabama, Joy Creel of Saltillo, Jeri Carter and her husband, Geoff of Saltillo and Jodee Newell and her husband, Kerry of Canton, Georgia; nine grandchildren, Reagan and Zachary Holmes, Jonathan Weaver and his wife, Kaylen, Austin Weaver, Brooks Weaver, Bremen Carter, and Bailey, Taylor and Grayson Newell; and two sisters, Jackie Hardin of Palm Harbor, Florida, and Bettye Whiteside and her husband, Dicky of Tampa.She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Gerry Bryant and Rosemary Bryant; aunt, Ruby Roden; and brother-in-law, Henry Lee Hardin.There will be a private celebration of Jean’s life. Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, PO Box 746 Columbus MS 39703. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jean Creel please visit our Sympathy Store.
Michael LazoreAugust 10, 1957 – June 26, 2020Michael Lawrence Lazore, 62, started his new life in heaven on June 26, 2020 after a hard fought eighteen month battle with cancer. He was born in Bisbee, Arizona on August 10, 1957, to the Late Glenn David Lazore Sr and Rosalee Ruth Wells Lazore Salazar. Michael was a many faceted man. He is known for his protective nature over his loved ones. He was a fearless snake catcher, thespian, writer of poetry, basketball player and fisherman. He fished all his life from Arizona to South Carolina and he shared this love of fishing with his son, Joshua, who continues this family tradition. He earned his first class radio and broadcasting license and a B.S. In Agriculture from Mississippi State University. He received Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior at 19, which he counted as the most important event of his life.Survivors include his wife, Sherri Lynn Lazore; and son, Joshua Daniel Lazore; his mother, Rosalee Ruth Salazar; his brothers, Glenn David Lazore Jr., Jerry Salazar, Robert P. Salazar Jr.; and his sisters, Carol Castellano, and Cleo Klopfleisch. He was preceded in death by his father Glenn David Lazore Sr; and brothers, Paul Castellano, and Manuel Castellano.A private graveside service will be held in Tupelo Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, 2795 Cliff Gookin Blvd, Tupelo MS 38801. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Michael Lazore please visit our Sympathy Store.
Aileen PontonMarch 17, 1925 – June 28, 2020Aileen Marie Smith Ponton, 95, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Creekside Manor in Saltillo. She was born in California, March 17, 1925 to John and Georgia Bruhn Smith. She retired from the Bank of America after a long, fulfilling career when she was 62. Earlier in life, Aileen enjoyed traveling with her husband, Eugene, and most recently found great joy spending time at the Saltillo Senior Center. She was a member of Beech Springs Free Will Baptist Church.Survivors include two sons, Alan Ponton and his wife, Joan of Mackay, Idaho and Phillip Ponton and his wife, Carol of Saltillo; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Gress, Michael Ponton, James Chamberlain, Lisa Carter, Leanna Eckford, Melissa Ponton and Shelby Franks; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 65 years, Eugene Milton Ponton; sister, Betty Blair; and brother, Robert Smith.Services will be held for immediate family and church members at 6:00 pm Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Beech Springs Free Will Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Beech Springs Free Will Baptist Church, 146 Free Will Lane, Saltillo, MS 38866. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Aileen Ponton please visit our Sympathy Store.
Wayne DeckleyOctober 28, 1942 – June 28, 2020Wayne Joseph Deckley, 77, died Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born in Pennsylvania, October 28, 1942 to Verl and Mary Deckley. A life-long seeker of knowledge, Wayne never missed an opportunity learn something new. He enjoyed reading, staying up to date with technology and technological gadgets and was a member of a ham radio club.He is survived by his three daughters, Heather Deckley and her husband, Damian McCleskey of Columbus, Dana Deckley of Tishomingo and Holly Daniels and her husband, Jeff of Pontotoc; nine grandchildren; and brother, Gregory Hulak of Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 37 years, Patricia Lea Deckley; and sister, Karen Winiarz.Private services will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Wayne Deckley please visit our Sympathy Store.
Carol BrownJune 10, 1951 – July 1, 2020Carolyn A. “Carol” Brown, 69, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. Carol was born June 10, 1951 in Helena, Arkansas, the daughter of James A.F. Cooper and Ona Hazel Annette Williams Cooper. While Carol worked in several capacities during her early years, her greatest joy was found in her career as wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved taking care of her family and was the rock upon which they leaned. Carol also enjoyed her pets, watching her favorite TV shows, and playing computer games.She leaves behind her husband of 37 years, James Brown of the Palmetto Community; two daughters, Tanya Cunningham and her husband, David, of Ripley, and April Elliott of Grovetown, Georgia; five grandchildren, Tiffany Bledsoe, Shawna Rogers and her husband Josh, and John”Bubba” Bledsoe III, all of Palmetto, and Eddie “Trei” Freeman III and his wife, Celeste, of Grovetown, Georgia, and Donte Freeman also of Grovetown; four great-grandchildren, Keaira Biggs, Kylynn Bledsoe, Aria Nova Freeman, and Aaiden Hancock; three sisters, Barbara Kirk and Anita Ledbetter, both of Fulton, and Debra Davis of Saltillo. Carol was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Debra Jean Elliott; and a sister, Jean Parker.Services will be 2:00 pm Sunday, July 5, 2020 at the Jefferson Street Chapel of  W.E. Pegues with Bro. Mike Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 pm Saturday at W.E. Pegues, Tupelo, and 1:00 pm until service time on Sunday. Pallbearers will be John Bledsoe III, Eddie Freeman, Donte Freeman, Ryan Mason, Josh Rogers, and Ethan Elliott.. Due to the City of Tupelo ordinance, friends and family are kindly requested to wear masks at all times while inside the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Carol Brown please visit our Sympathy Store.
Cody Allen CarnathanFebruary 5, 1991 – July 2, 2020Cody Allen Carnathan, 29, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born February 5, 1991 to Jeffery Allen Carnathan and Julianne White. Cody was a student at Itawamba Community College, studying electrical engineering and worked as an independent contractor. He enjoyed fishing with his son, skateboarding, and spending time with family and friends.Cody leaves behind his son, Asa Allen Carnathan; his parents, Julianne White and Jeff Carnathan; his grandmothers, Sue Carnathan and Virginia White; his grandfather, Jimmy White; the mother of his child, Cindy Carnathan; his aunt, Tammy Jeffreys (John Mark); his uncle, Jamie White; and a host of cousins and extended family members.A graveside service celebrating Cody’s life will be 12:30 pm Sunday at Auburn Cemetery in Tupelo. Visitation will be 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at W.E. Pegues, Tupelo. Pallbearers will be Alan Hood, Billy McLarty, Cory Eastman, Kenny Umfress, Cameron White, and Noble Hale. In compliance with the City of Tupelo’s ordinance, we kindly ask that friends and family wear masks at all times inside the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Cody Allen Carnathan please visit our Sympathy Store.
Tupelo MS
Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary – Tupelo
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Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo
Jo Griffin AndersonNovember 15, 1934 ~ June 26, 2020Jo Griffin Anderson died Friday, June 26, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was 85. Born November 15, 1934, to Farris David Griffin and Mildred Tate Griffin of Okolona, Jo was a lifelong resident of Chickasaw County. She graduated from Okolona High School with honors in May of 1952. On November 3, 1952, she married James Granville Anderson and they made their home out from Okolona on their farm where they raised cattle and farmed. They were blessed with four children, Dawn, Jimmy Jr., Talley, and Jeb Stuart. Jo was a devout member of Okolona Christian Church. She was a member of Okolona Twentieth Century Club, West Okolona Homemakers Club, and Survival, Inc.  In 1992 and again in 2000 she was given The Golden Heart Award from The Okolona Chamber of Commerce. Also in 2000 Jo was given the Amy Clayton Volunteer Award for her work with the Victims of Violent Crime.
She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Anderson Robbins of Tupelo, her son Jeb Stuart Anderson (Anna) of Tupelo, daughter-in-law Amy Welles Anderson of Okolona, and son-in-law Tracy Cooper (Mary) of Madison, WI; seven grandchildren who, along with many others, affectionately called her Mama Jo, Aubrey Robbins (Connie) of Lewisburg, TN, James Granville “Tres” Anderson, III (Kate) of West Point, Lara Kate Anderson Pope (Neil) of Nashville, TN, Travis Cooper of Madison, WI, Owen Anderson, Tate Anderson both of Franklin, TN and Mary-Jenkins Anderson all of Tupelo; four great-grandchildren, Stella Grace and Georgia Robbins of Lewisburg, TN and Jimmy and Everett Anderson of West Point; her sister, Kay Isbell (Bill) of Anniston, AL; brother, Guy Griffin (Ellen) of Lucedale, MS; sister-in-law, Mary Jo Anderson of Tupelo; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members and friends. Jo was preceded in death by her husband Jim Anderson, daughter Talley Anderson Cooper, son James Granville “Jimmy” Anderson, Jr., grandson Welles Anderson, her father and mother Farris and Mildred Griffin, her brother Lamar Griffin and his wife Jean of Tupelo, her father and mother-in-law Charles and Annie Mae Anderson of Okolona, her nephew Todd Griffin of SC, brother-in-law Charles Anderson and his wife Mary of Okolona, and brother-in-law Bob Anderson of Okolona.A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 29, 2020, at the Anderson Family Cemetery west of Okolona with Minister Tom Weaver Officiating, Visitation will be from 9:30 – 10:45 AM at the Okolona Christian Church where friends may come by and sign the register and leave a memory of Jo in a memory box for the family. Holland Funeral Directors – Okolona Chapel is entrusted with arrangements and honored to be serving their friends. Pallbearers will be Aubrey Robbins, Tres Anderson, Travis Cooper, Owen Anderson, Tate Anderson and Neil Pope. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bronco Anderson, Robert Anderson, Frank Anderson, Justin Isbell, Mike Griffin, Johnny Griffin, Tate Griffin, Tim Griffin, Mike Pearson, Bub Brooks, John Paul Brooks, Jacky Moore, Ed Edens IV, Ashley Stevens, Dean Stevens and Tim Cook. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to, St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis TN 38105; or the Okolona Christian Church, 104 N Church St, Okolona MS 38860, or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be posted in Jo’s memory at hollandfuneraldirectors.com. 
Mary (Langston) RicheySeptember 26, 1936 ~ June 28, 2020Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Langston Richey, age 83, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020 at North MS Medical Center following a brief illness.  She was born September 26, 1936 in Birmingham, Alabama to William Clifford Langston and Lucille Thomas Langston. She married Willis W. Richey on December 28, 1956. During her earlier adult years Mary worked at Futorian Furniture and later having a strong desire to have more for their growing family, she and Willis owned and operated M & W Pillow and Foam Products, and later, Richey’s Furniture Manufacturing. She enjoyed being a homemaker, cooking, and traveling. Everything she did was for her family, who were her life. She was a longtime member of Tupelo Church of the Nazarene and more recently attended Auburn Baptist Church until her health began to fail.Survivors include Willis W. Richey, her husband of 63 years of Tupelo; children, William Richey (Patti) of Tupelo, Larry Richey (Jill) of Mooreville, Tim Richey, Sandra Richey Parada (George), all of Tupelo, Gary Richey (Lisa) of Mooreville, Sheila Smith (Tim), Tammy Stuper (Carl), and Terry Richey (D’Anne), all of Tupelo; 19 grandchildren, Michelle Richey, Brandi Watts, Tre’ Richey, Amy Trapp, Mandi Cofer, Merri Underwood, Lane Watts, Matt Watts, Marc Watts, Kristina Enlow, Sarah Enlow, Tiffany Stanford, Josh Richey, Austin Richey, Andrew Smith, Cassie Burt, Katie Duvall, T.J. Richey, and Miranda Claire Richey; 26 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; siblings, Joseph Bryant, Berta Nell Bryant, William Bryant, Kenneth Bryant, Thomas Bryant, James Bryant, Margaret Bryant, and Monta Jean Bryant. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, and a great-grandchild, Knox Cofer.A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 PM Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jimmy Henry officiating. Graveside services will follow in the Auburn Cemetery.  Visitation will be 2:00 PM until service time at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Tre’ Richey, Lane Watts, Josh Richey, Austin Richey, Andrew Smith, T.J. Richey, Matt Watts, and Marc Watts. Condolences to the family may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com.  For those who cannot attend, the service may be viewed at 3 PM today at hollandfuneraldirectors.com/live-streaming, where it will be permanently archived.
Betty Jean ElliottNovember 17, 1936 ~ June 28, 2020Ms. Betty Jean Elliott, 83, left her earthly home for her heavenly home on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at North MS Medical Center.  She was born November 17, 1936 in Tupelo, Mississippi.  Betty was one of 12 children born to the union of Jack Elliott and Ollie Young Elliott. She was a graduate of Verona High school where she was a basketball star and played in the national championship.  She enjoyed bowling, spending time at the beach, watching NBA and supporting the Ole Miss Rebels in their sports, and she was a big Elvis Presley fan. She loved spending time with her large family, the grand-dogs, and taking the grandchildren to get ice-cream.  She was a Christian lady of the Baptist faith.Survivors include her two daughters, Cheryl Young of Saltillo and Scarlett Felks (Scott) of Tupelo; sister, Dace Elliott Brockell (Bubba) of Houston, TX; 2 grandchildren, Roxanne Young (Joe), Sarah Grace Dillard, and Zoe Melton, whom she thought of as her granddaughter; two great-grandchildren, Dempsie Lindsey and Brentlee Lindsey; a host of nieces, nephews, and other dear relatives.  She was preceded in death by her parents; 8 brothers, Osil Elliott, Lemoise Elliott, Virgil Elliott, Howard “Hub” Elliott, Edsell Elliott, Leo Elliott, Cleo Elliott, and Alfred Elliott; and two sisters, Lois Elliott Trawick and Christine Elliott Reeves.A celebration of life service will be at 2 PM, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Terry Faulkner officiating.  An entombment service will follow at the Hope Mausoleum, Lee Memorial Park.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 12 noon to service time only at the funeral home.Pallbearers will be Scott Melton, Joe Young, Greg Dillard, Kim Faulkner, and Zach Langley. Honorary pallbearer will be Tim Dempsey. Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi, 855 S. Pear Orchard Rd, Suite 501, Ridgeland MS 39157. Condolences to the family may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com.  For those unable to attend the service may be viewed Wednesday at 2 PM at hollandfuneraldirectors.com/live-streaming, where it will be permanently archived.

Ida (Gilliland) LambertMay 18, 1926 ~ June 30, 2020Ida Gilliland Lambert, 94, of Ridgeland, MS, passed away peacefully June 30 at her daughter’s home in Jackson. She was born to the late James Hiram and Varnell Reed Gilliland on May 18, 1926, in Fulton, Mississippi. Graduating from Itawamba Agricultural High School and Itawamba Junior College, Ida worked at IJC for several years while her husband coached there. She also worked for the Itawamba County Superintendent of Education during the tenures of Dexter Digby and Wendel Brown. Later Ida would also work in the Lee County Superintendent of Education’s office for Leroy Belk. Ida married her high school sweetheart, A.C. (Butch) Lambert, Sr. in January of 1942, forging a strong, loving partnership and beginning a life journey that would include the military, athletics, industry, and public service. While Butch may have had the more visible career, Ida’s priority and strength was in organizing their family’s home base; a foundation for which her four children are grateful to this day. “Mama was the center of our family, our north star. She was our one true thing.” Ida worked throughout their marriage to keep their home running smoothly and to help provide for the Lambert children. Ida and Butch were a formidable team until his untimely death in 1985. A dedicated mother first and foremost, she doted on family and embraced every opportunity to be with them. She especially loved her role as Mimi to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her joy for life and indomitable spirit kept her pushing through the challenges that came her way. She had a vivacious personality, always making people around her laugh. She made friends everywhere she went. A life-long member of the Church of Christ, Ida was a strong, vital Christian woman who remained a positive role model throughout her life for her family and friends.Ida is survived by four children: A.C. (Butch) Lambert, Jr. (Sandra), of Amelia Island, FL; Vicki Mixon (Butch) of Jackson, MS; Scott Lambert (Nancy) of Winter Springs, FL; Amy Lambert (Sandy) of Jackson, MS; six grandchildren: Andy Lambert (Suzanne) of Madison, MS; Amy Burney (Brian) of Braxton, MS; Amanda Mixon (Marit) of Chapel Hill, NC; Jessica Matthews (Jeff) of Fairfax, VA; Brittny Larsen (Jonathan) of Fairfax, VA; and Alexi Leimbach (William) of Ovieda, FL. Ida is also survived by two special cousins: Betty Gilliland Coan of Decatur, AL, and Lisa Magee Scott (Ken) of Madison, MS. In addition to her husband, Ida was preceded in death by her brother, James Reed (Jimmy) Gilliland of Fulton, MS, and her grandchildren, Ted Lambert, and Lori Lambert of Jackson, MS.For the safety of all who loved and were loved by Ida, this will be a private service for immediate family. Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements. Pallbearers will be Andy Lambert, Brian Burney, Jeff Matthews, Jonathan Larsen, William Leimbach, and Amanda Mixon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sunnybrook Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1497, Ridgeland, MS 39158 or a charity of your choice. If you wish to encourage the family, you may email hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Charles Lamar HuntJuly 3, 1946 ~ June 30, 2020Charles Lamar Hunt, age 73, of Jackson, TN, passed away suddenly at home on June 28, 2020. He attended Mooreville High School where he ran track, and played basketball and football. He scored the first touchdown in the first football game for Mooreville High. After being named Mr. Mooreville High School, Lamar joined the National Guard and served for many years. He was the co-owner of Compressors and Tools in Tupelo, MS and Jackson, TN, until his retirement in 2017. Englewood Baptist Church, Jackson, TN, was his home church where he served in many capacities over the years, but his favorite job was being an usher at the 8:30 A.M. and 9:30 A.M. Sunday services. He loved greeting the members of the church and making sure visitors felt at home at EBC. Lamar and his wife Janice, along with friends from EBC, traveled multiple times to different parts of Brazil on mission trips. They were a part of an eyeglass ministry. Over the years, they gave out thousands of eyeglasses to the residents of Brazil while sharing God’s love with them. An avid Mississippi State fan, Lamar never missed a football, basketball, or baseball game in person or on TV. He would ring his cowbell loud and proud. Every summer, Lamar planted a garden out at “the land” as it is affectionately called by his family. Cultivating the ground and watching his hard work turn into beautiful, healthy vegetables was one of his favorite pastimes. In the fall and winter, Lamar would spend hours at the land hoping to get a deer from one of his deer stands; however, just seeing God’s wildlife brought him much happiness. Although he wanted to get the “big one,” he never failed to help his children, grandchildren, and son-n-law try to kill a deer, too. It was important to him that his family love and appreciate the beauty God provides for all of us in nature.Lamar will be deeply missed by his wife of 44 years, Janice Bryant Hunt; his daughter, Vikki Phillips (Tim) of Maryville, TN; his son, Stephen Hunt of Jackson, TN; his daughter, Kimby Hunt of Hattiesburg, MS; and his son, Tim Hunt (Tracy) of Myrtle, MS; and his sisters, Brenda Joyce Cox and Janice Lynn Davis, both of Alabama. His greatest joys in life were his eight grandchildren: Joshua and Shelby Dillard, London Meitzler, Tru Pressly, and Ethen, Carly, Kizer, and Lorali Hunt. It was important to Lamar that he instill in all of them his love for Jesus Christ and the importance of family. Gandy, as he was affectionately called by his grandchildren, was and always will be a huge part of their lives. They each have their own special memories of him and what he meant to them. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Lamar was preceded in death by his parents, Bluford and Louise Hunt, and his brothers, Jerry, Buddy, Wayne, and Jimmy Hunt.A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 P.M. Friday, July 3, 2020 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors (5281 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS. 38801) with Dr. Phil Jett officiating. Visitation will be from 11 A.M. – service time. Graveside services will be held in the Bryant Family plot at Boone’s Chapel Cemetery southwest of Okolona. Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is honored to serve their friends.  For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed at 2 P.M. Friday at hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Live-streaming, where it will be permanently archived. Memorials may be made to Englewood Baptist Church Brazil Mission Fund, 2239 North Highland Avenue, Jackson, TN 38305. Expressions of encouragement may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
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