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HCN Regional Obituaries (July 17 – 23, 2020 )

Baldwyn MS 
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn
Alvin W. Copeland 
July 26, 1956 – July 16, 2020
Today we celebrate the life and home going of Bro. Alvin Copeland. Alvin was born on July 26, 1956 to the late Roy Sr. and Hazel Copeland. He departed this life on July 16, 2020 at his residence in Baldwyn, MS. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior at an early age and united with Mt. Zion Community Church in Guntown, MS where he remained a member until his death. He was a member of the male choir. He enjoyed fishing, cutting grass, talking with friends and family, and in his younger days talking on his CB radio under the name “Stone”. He leaves to cherish his memories: one daughter, Pranati S. Copeland of Horn Lake, MS; one grandson, Jalen L. Copeland of Horn Lake, MS; one sister, Brenda Stubbs of Tupelo, MS; one brother, Roy Copeland, Jr. (Edna) of Kansas City, MO; one aunt, Lillie Pearl Coleman of Baldwyn, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Linda Wright and Margaret AnnStubbs. Visitation services will be Sunday, July 19, 2020 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn, 111 Waters St, Baldwyn, Mississippi 38824. agnewandsons 
Kesler Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
David Moore Yates
October 6, 1931 ~ July 19, 2020 
David Moore Yates, 88, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020 at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a veteran of the US Air Force. He enjoyed sports (playing and coaching), mowing the grass, feeding his cats and taking care of his wife before her passing.He is survived by his sons, Michael Yates (Cindy), and David Yates, Jr. (Cindy) both of Missouri; his daughter, Susan Schroeder (Terry) of Illinois; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Yates; his parents, Charlie and Martha Yates; five brothers; and one sister.A two hour visitation will be held from 2-4:00 pm Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in the Booneville Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Jumpertown Cemetery. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of David Moore Yates, please visit our floral store. keslerfuneralhome.com 
Waters Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Jan Jacobs
August 12, 1956 – July 22, 2020
Jan Jacobs, 63, passed away on July 22, 2020 at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility from complications of multiple sclerosis. She was born on August 12,1956, in Oxford, MS. She was raised and attended high school in Valmeyer, Illinois and attended the University of Mississippi. She worked in retail management in several cities in Tennessee. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her late 20’s but continued to work until 1991 when she moved to Baldwyn. She entered the Baldwyn Nursing Facility in 1999. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Baldwyn.She is survived by her mother, Jean Davis Jacobs of Baldwyn; uncle, Jim Davis and his wife, Lori; cousins, Zack, Will, Bob and Ben Davis. She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Jacobs of Valmeyer, IL; grandparents, Bud and Edna Rice of Baldwyn, and Alfred and Clara Jacobs of St. Louis, MO.Funeral services will be at Waters Funeral Home on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm with Bro. Neil Davis officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to First Baptist Church, PO Box 337, Baldwyn MS 38824; or the National Multiple Sclerosis Association, PO Box 91891, Washington DC 20090-1891. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Jan Jacobs, please visit our Tribute Store.
Booneville MS
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Booneville
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Booneville Funeral Home – Booneville
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McMillan Funeral Home – Booneville
Tommy Glen Strange
December 11, 1953 – July 21, 2020
Tommy Glen Strange was born on December 11, 1953 in Booneville, MS and passed away on July 21, 2020.Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge. www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com 
Corinth MS
Magnolia Funeral Home – Corinth
Brenda Fay Perry
August 25, 1947 – July 16, 2020
Brenda Fay Perry,72, of Corinth, MS passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020 at her home. Born August 25, 1947 in Forrest City, Arkansas, Brenda was a retired bartender and of the Baptist faith. Brenda is survived by her sons, Jackie Roach and wife Krista of Iuka, Jesse Roach and wife Toni of Iuka, Michael Webb and wife Angie of Truman, AR, and Jason Perry and wife Marcello of Kossuth; daughters, Holly Rolland and husband John of Cherry Valley, AR, and Patricia Cosby of Corinth; 23 grandchildren; 47 great grandchildren; brothers, Pete Perry and wife Virginia of Detroit, MI, and Buddy Roach and wife Joyce of Harrisburg, AR; sisters, Bonnie Smith and husband Junior of Tulsa, OK, Maria Privett, Shelia Hood and Helen Pretty all of Harrisburg, AR; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives; and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her son, Ben Webb; granddaughter, Victoria Longoria; father, Willard Perry; mother, Ola Mae Perry and brother, Danny Perry. Private family visitation and graveside services will be held on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Bro. Thomas Magers will officiate the service. Her grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Brenda Fay Perry. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Brenda Fay Perry please visit our Sympathy Store. magnoliafuneralhome.net 
Donald Franklin Flanagan Jr.
March 30, 1987 – July 17, 2020
Donald Franklin “Don Don” Flanagan Jr., 33, of Baldwyn, MS, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020. He was born in Tupelo, MS on March 30, 1987 and worked in construction for several years. Don Don will forever be remembered in the hearts of his family and friends. Those left to honor Don Don’s memory include his children, Briana Flanagan, Don Austin Lee Flanagan, Kailyn Flanagan, and Dustin Flanagan; his soon to be grandchild; his father, Donald Franklin Flanagan Sr. of Booneville; his mother, Debbie Miller Lowery of Baldwyn; his sisters, Amanda Long and Ginger Hutcheson; his maternal grandmother, Edna Miller; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Larry Wayne Miller Sr.; his paternal grandparents, Dandy and Vivian Flanagan; and by his uncle, Larry Wayne Miller Jr. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be announced at a later date. Magnolia Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at magnoliafuneralhome.net. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Donald Franklin “Don Don” Flanagan Jr. please visit our Sympathy Store.
Don Rinehart
June 25, 1939 – July 17, 2020
Donald Ray “Don” Rinehart, 81 of Rienzi, MS, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020 at his residence. He was born in Alcorn County, MS on June 25, 1939 to the late George and Lovie Hindman Rinehart and graduated from Alcorn Agricultural High School in 1957. Don was a member of Antioch Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher and as chairman of the deacon board. He retired with 55 years of service in operations management with ACE Power and will forever be remembered in the hearts of those he loved.Those left to honor Don’s memory include his wife of 52 years, Glenda Davis Rinehart of Rienzi; his son, Russell Rinehart of Memphis, TN; his daughter, Maria Rinehart Campbell and husband Bob Jr. of Corinth; his grandchildren, Taylor Campbell Calderon and husband Zachary, and Trip Campbell; his sisters, Lavern Rinehart Ballard of Rienzi, Sarah Rinehart Hamlin of Corinth, and Dianne Rinehart Lucken and husband Donald of Corinth; his brother, Charles Rinehart and wife Lynda of Corinth; his brother-in-law, Tommy Davis of Albany, GA; his sister-in-law, Pam Davis and husband Charles of Corinth; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Lovie Hindman Rinehart; and by his brother, Robert Rinehart. Visitation is scheduled from 4-7:00 pm Sunday, July 19, 2020 and from 1:00 pm till service time Monday, July 20, 2020 at Antioch Baptist Church. A celebration of Don’s life will be held at 2:00 pm at Antioch Baptist Church on Monday, July 20, 2020 officiated by Bro. David George. The service will be broadcast on 88.1 FM. Pallbearers include Billy Patton, Anthony Michael, Robert Patterson, Paul McNair, John Lee Crow, Jim Nanney, Doug Johnson, Jerry Palmer, and Billy Eaton. Honorary pallbearers include the deacons of Antioch Baptist Church Magnolia Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Antioch Baptist Church Building Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at magnoliafuneralhome.net. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Don Rinehart please visit our Sympathy Store.
Raymond Casto
April 20, 1961 – July 21, 2020
Raymond Casto, 59 of Glen, MS, passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at his residence. He was born in Mount Vernon, OH on April 20, 1961 to the late Ray and Barbara Roach Casto. Raymond retired after 25 years of service with Caterpillar Inc. and was a member of South Corinth Baptist Church. He will forever be remembered in the hearts of his family and friends. Those left to honor Raymond’s memory include his wife, Sherry Casto of Glen; his daughters, Becky Winters and husband Tom of Glen, Jessica Barr of Glen, and Renee Everett and husband William of Raymond, MS; his beloved grandchildren, Jacob Winters, Peyton Winters, Emma Strickland, Addison Wright, Kinley Winters, and Lincoln Barr; his brothers, Jim Casto and wife Diane of Knoxville, TN, and Mark Casto of Glen; his sister, Sandy Jennings and husband Jim of Lawrenceburg, SC; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Velma Roach Owens. A private memorial service honoring Raymond’s life will be held by the family. Magnolia Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at magnoliafuneralhome.net. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Raymond Casto please visit our Sympathy Store.
Kaylee Diane Stroup
February 14, 2007 – July 22, 2020
Kaylee Diane Stroup, 13 of Corinth, MS, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at her residence. Miss Stroup was born February 14, 2007 in Tupelo, MS to Walter Lee “Rivers” Stroup and Katrina Massengill Stroup. She was of the Christian faith and was a member of Waldron Street Christian Church. She attended Thrasher School where she was a member of the 8th-grade class. Kaylee loved shopping, her American Girl dolls, stuffed animals and her dogs, Coco and Lilly. She enjoyed going to the beach, Disney World and was a member of Jig Dance and Voice Group. Kaylee is survived by her mother, Katrina Stroup of Corinth, MS; her brothers, Connor Stroup of Corinth, MS and Preston Stroup of Corinth, MS; her paternal grandparents, Cecil and Linda Stroup of Walnut, MS; her maternal grandparents, Rudy and Kathy Massengill of Corinth, MS; her aunts and uncles, Michael and Holly Stroup of Jackson, TN, and Summer Stroup of Corinth, MS; her cousins, Jackson and Knox Stroup of Jackson, TN; other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Lee “Rivers” Stroup. Visitation will be Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Magnolia Funeral Home. Per family request, masks and social distancing are required. A private graveside service will be Sunday, July 26, 2020. Bro. Chuck Hassell will officiate the service with Connor Stroup delivering the eulogy. Pallbearers will be Preston Stroup, Connor Stroup, Michael Stroup, Scott Lassiter, Jimmy Rogers and Rudy Massengill. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105-3678. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Kaylee Diane Stroup. https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/8CXMFCZGDJNFPKTZ. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Kaylee Diane Stroup please visit our Sympathy Store. magnoliafuneralhome.net
Betty Lou Stevenson Yon
March 16, 1946 – July 22, 2020
Betty Lou Stevenson Yon, 74 of Corinth, MS, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at MS Care Center. She was born March 16, 1946 in Memphis, TN to Mike Stevenson and Zelda Alvonia Holbrook Stevenson. She was a homemaker and a Baptist by faith. Betty is survived by her son, Mark Yon and wife Ida of Booneville, MS; her daughter, Tammy Miller and husband Reginald of Memphis, TN; six grandchildren, Darious Matthews, Racquel Matthews, Ryonna Matthews, Jestyn Kingston, John Michael Kingston (Melissa) and Dean Kingston; four great grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Mike Stevenson; her mother, Zelda Alvonia Holbrook Stevenson; her brother, Lamor Mike Stevenson; and her sister, Martha Sue Ringley. No services are planned at this time. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Betty Lou Stevenson Yon. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Betty Lou Stevenson Yon please visit our Sympathy Store. magnoliafuneralhome.net
McPeters Funeral Home – Corinth
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Memorial Funeral Home – Corinth
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Holly Springs MS
Holly Springs Funeral Home – Holly Springs
May Wynn WrenJuly 4, 1927 –  Memphis on July 11, 2020May Wynn Wren, a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher, and friend, passed away at Methodist Hospice Residence in Memphis on July 11, 2020 at the age of 93. Born on July 4, 1927 and raised on her family farm in Winborn, MS, May Wynn grew up picking cotton and eating fresh fruits and vegetables from her mother’s garden. May’s father encouraged education and dreamed that she would go to college. A proud “W Girl,” May attended Mississippi College for Women and graduated with a degree in Mathematics in 1949. She then taught at her alma mater, Potts Camp High School, before moving to Memphis and teaching advanced math at Bartlett High School, a position she would hold for 34 years. May truly loved teaching every day of her career and was richly rewarded with lifelong friendships of her many students. She went on to earn her Master’s in Mathematics and Physics from Ole Miss in 1967. A lifelong Methodist, May was an active member of Bartlett United Methodist Church for 55 years. She traveled extensively with the Fun Club and saw most of the United States by bus. When she was 70, she began traveling abroad and visited 23 countries. May loved sewing, playing cards, live music, canning tomatoes, Sudoku, picking peaches, perusing the sale rack at Dillard’s, and trips to the casino. Known for her country girl grit, lightheartedness, infectious humor, and adventurous spirit, May will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and former students. When asked about her life, May remarked, “It’s been so long and so good.”May is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Brewer (Dennis); grandchildren, Craig Brewer (Mary Margaret), Joel Wren (Jennifer), and Hayley Wren-Mella (Mike); great-granddaughters, McAlister Brewer, Sophie Brewer, Tess Brewer, and Abigail Wren. May is preceded in death by her parents, Joel Wynn and Mae Elliott Collier; husband, Billy Wren; her beloved son, Ted Wren; and her great-grandson, Blake Ted Wren. A sincere, heartfelt thank you to the extraordinary staff at the Methodist Hospice Residence for their compassionate care and extra crispy bacon every morning.A private burial service for the family is being arranged by the Holly Springs Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Bartlett United Methodist Church when circumstances allow. Memorials may be made to Bartlett United Methodist Church, the Mississippi University for Women Foundation, or to Methodist Hospice Residence. Condolences may be left at hsfuneralhome.com 
William E. WatkinsNovember 7, 1936 –  July 15, 2020William (Bill) Eugene Watkins, MSGT, USAF Retired, went to his Heavenly Home on July 15, 2020 at the age 83 at his home in Long Beach, MS. William was born on November 7, 1936 in Iuka, MS to the parents of James (Jack) Willard and Mary Elizabeth Watkins. William enlisted in the USAF in 1955 and graduated from the U.S. Air Forces Strategic Air Command Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. He served on many several bases and while he served in Vietnam he earned the Bronze Star Medal. William spent two years working with the U.S. for Navy Seabees on Guam as the U.S. Air Force Representative Civic Action Matters in the Pacific Islands.  William finalized his military career as Unit 1st Sargent at Grand Forks A.F. Base, North Dakota. After 20 years of serving his country, William retired and returned to civilian life. In North Mississippi, he established a successful business and worked for a local newspaper becaming the author of a column called the “Marshal Viewpoint.”William is survived by his beloved wife, Michele Susan Lord Watkins; one daughter, Janice M. Bonicelli (Joe) of Pinson, TN; a son, Steven P. Watkins (Julie) of Gulfport, MS; and a stepson, Marcus Phelps (Wendy) of Pass Christian, MS; four grandchildren, D.J. Wilkerson of Oxford, MS, Catherine (Nick) Congiardo of Jackson, TN, and Matthew Watkins and Anna Watkins of Memphis, TN; and three step grandchildren, Caleb, Palmer and Jackson Phelps of Pass Christian, MS.  Kade Congiardo of Jackson, TN, is Williams’ only great grandchild. He is also survived by two brothers, Roy (Shaunda) Watkins and Troy (Bobbie) Watkins; one sister-in-law, Diane Watkins; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his loving “Lord” family and his Mother-in-law, Connie Lord. William has loved and cherished many friendships. He loved his Colorado friends, Robert and Vicki Murphy. William was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruth Edwards; brothers, Floyd, Lloyd, James, Billy, and Frankie Watkins. “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we have been,and the memories we have made along the way.” The family wants to thank Southern Care Hospice Services and nurses, Chris and Candy for the wonderful care and support they received. A memorial service will be held at the Holly Springs Funeral Home in Holly Springs, MS on July 31, 2020 at 3:00 pm. The Riemann Family Funeral Home is serving the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salvation Army.  hsfuneralhome.com 
James Robert EvansApril 20, 1950 –  July 9, 2020James Robert Evans, 70, passed away July 9, 2020 at Baptist Hospital, Southaven, MS. James was born April 20, 1950 to Robert Glen Evans and Corrine Ash Evans in Potts Camp, MS. Robert was a Christian and worked as a Store Manager and Meat Cutter. James was a U.S. Army Veteran.James is survived by his wife, Linda Sue Pannell Evans of Holly Springs, MS; two sons, Robert Sean Evans of France, and Jeremy Glen Evans of Holly Springs, MS; his brother, Glen Evans of Myrtle, MS; and sister, Peggy Cruse of Potts Camp, MS.Services will be held graveside July 11, 2020 at 11:00 am at Lebanon Cemetery, Potts Camp, MS. Condolences may be left at hsfuneralhome.com 
Harold Curling Sr.April 27, 1926 –  July 19, 2020Harold Curling Sr. passed away July 19, 2020 at his home in Byhalia, MS. Harold was born April 27, 1926 to Ocie Curling and Ora Curling in Norfolk, Virginia. Harold was a Salesman and an U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran.Harold is survived three sons, Harold Curling Jr. of Colorado, Robert Curling of Virginia Beach, VA, and Warren Curling of Byhalia, MS. James was also survived by several loving grandchildren.A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be left at hsfuneralhome.com 
Charles Edward RaineyJanuary 26, 1948 –  July 19, 2020Charles Edward Rainey, 72, passed away July 19, 2020 in Greenville, MS. Charles was born January 26, 1948 to Thomas Verno Rainey and Amy Lou Dillard Rainey in Memphis, TN. Charles worked in auto part sales.Charles is survived by three brothers, Robert Rainey of Byhalia, MS, John Thomas Rainey of Cayce, MS, and Billy Gene Rainey of Mt. Pleasant, MS; two sisters, Mattie V. Smith of Collierville, TN, and Martha Morris of Whitehaven, TN.Services are incomplete at this time. Condolences may be left at hsfuneralhome.com 
Hughey MooreFebruary 25, 1939 –  July 14, 2020Hughey Moore, 81, passed away July 14, 2020 in Byhalia, MS. Hughey was born February 25, 1939 to Hugh Moore and Mary Jane Mathis Moore in McLeansboro, IL. Hughey worked in autobody repair.Hughey is suvived by his wife, Shirley Ann Moore; two sons, Darren Moore and Hughey Bernard Moore; two daughters, Kimberly Armstrong and Demetria Vanzantan; his sister, Novena Forbes; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.Services will be held graveside on July 20, 2020 at 10:00 am at Byhalia Cemetery, Byhalia, MS. Condolences may be left at hsfuneralhome.com 
Sandra Dale JonesNovember 24, 1949 –  July 22, 2020Sandra Dale Jones, 70, passed away July 22, 2020 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. Sandra was born November 24, 1949 to Clyde A. Colston and Oliva Brown Colston in Memphis, TN. Sandra was a homemaker and a Christian.Sandra is survived by two daughters, Cindy Turner of Mt. Vernon, IL, and Carla Maness (Christopher) of New Albany, MS; her brother, Clyde “Bubba” Colston of Rossvile, TN; two sisters, Sonia Palmer of Holly Springs, MS, and Carolyn Joan Eursery of Enterprise, AL; and five granchildren.A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be left at hsfuneralhome.com 
Judy Dale HartJanuary 28, 1949 – July 24, 2020Judy Dale Hart, 71, passed away July 24, 2020 at her home in Byhalia, MS. Judy was born January 28, 1949 to E.B. James and Ida Mae Doyle James in Memphis, TN. Judy was a Baptist and a homemaker.Judy is survived by her husband, Aubrey L Hart of Byhalia, MS; her daughter, Audrey A. Hart; her son, Clifford L. Hart; two granchildren, Zack Byrd and Kristen L. Hudspeth; two great grandchildren, Lexi Byrd and W. Trevor Hudspeth; three brothers, Donnie James, Howard James and Jerry James; and her uncles, Earl Doyle and G.E. James.Services will be held graveside on July 28, 2020 at 10:00 am at Magnolia Cemetery, in Collierville, TN. There will be a graveside visitation beginning at 9:30 am. Pallbearers will be Garrett Hudspeth, Zack Byrd and Jimmy Langley. Condolences may be left at hsfuneralhome.com 
JF Brittenum and Son Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Holly Springs
Lawrence William DullDecember 15, 1941 ~ July 24, 2020 Mr. Lawrence William Dull, 78, transitioned on Friday, July 24, 2020 at Christopher Manor Extending Living in Holly Springs.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Holly Springs. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lawrence William Dull, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com 
James ThompsonFebruary 7, 1926 ~ July 24, 2020 Mr. James Thompson, 94, transitioned on Friday, July 24, 2020 at Holly Springs Health and Rehab in Holly Springs.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Holly Springs. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Thompson, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com 
Houston MS
Houston Funeral Home – Houston
Joe Lee DossMay 26, 1924 – July 21, 2020Joe Lee Doss was born on May 26, 1924 to William Joseph “Jodie” Doss and Fannie Lou Whitt Doss in Chickasaw County, MS. He passed away on July 21, 2020 at the MS Veterans Home in Oxford, Mississippi. As a young teen, he lost his mother and found himself largely responsible for the care of his four younger siblings in the midst of abject poverty. He took his role very seriously as their protector and guardian, and even until his last night at home he would wake multiple times in the night to make sure his wife, “Nette,” was properly covered and warm. At the age of 18, he was drafted into the United States Army where he fought on foreign soil for three tours in the armored infantry. During this time he suffered with frostbite and often times lack of basic necessities, which led to a lifetime of pain from nerve damage, a broken heart from losing friends and comrades and, consequently, his boyish innocence.In 1947 he married his beloved “Nette” and in 1949 their first child was born. Just six months later they moved to Wisconsin and served in the Korean Conflict by training incoming soldiers for the next three years. He always felt this was even more dangerous than the time he spent on the front, because so many of the incoming men didn’t even know how to hold a gun. During this period, Joe Lee, Jeanette, and Sandra lived together in a house with his brother Theo, his wife Bonnie, and their daughter Jeanie. They made memories together that would never be forgotten. After his honorable discharge in 1953, he was very resourceful, even during hard financial times, often working two or three jobs at a time in order to provide for his family. From working on a dairy farm to driving a milk truck, to working at a cheese plant, to being employed by Babcock and Wilcox for 26 1/2 years and working in law enforcement for over five decades, he always found a way to make ends meet. He even managed to have a little candy in his pocket for his kids to “find” on Fridays. He was a hard worker and a man of honor.He was a member of the Scottish Rite and took his vows seriously. He volunteered for more than thirty years at the Sparta Opera House, cooking, cleaning, and everything in between to help raise money for families in need.  He served as a deacon at Bethel Baptist Church since 1965, served on the cemetery committee and was Sunday School Director for years. Rarely was there a Sunday he was not in attendance until his health declined and he was no longer able. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved listening to and playing music on his guitar.All of these things tell you about his life, but the character of a man—that is what is most important. He was as stubborn as a mule and as strong as an ox. God, Family, Country. In that order. Always. He did not give his life for his country, but he would have. Gladly. He risked his life saving others. He did not die for his country, but he lived his life serving and sacrificing for his country and for all of those that he loved. He was a pillar of his community and both our anchor and compass, and he bore others’ burdens as his own. His memory will be cherished and he will forever be missed.He is survived by his beloved wife, Jeanette Harrington Doss; his four children, Sandra Doss Bullock (Edgar), Betty Lynn Doss Campbell (Edwon), Joe Douglas Doss, and Scott Harrington Doss (Cheryl); nine grandchildren, Emily Nicole Beyer (Christopher), Jennifer Lynn Bullock, Edwon Bradley Campbell (Kimberly), Richard Cory Campbell (Jacqueline), Kevin Jordan Campbell (Allanda), Jonathan Doss Campbell (Yan), Stephen Andrew Campbell (Abby), Alyssa Layne Wright, and Kristy Doss Hardin (Brandon); fifteen great-grandchildren, Olivia Beyer, Anderson Beyer, Sulmi Perdomo, Jordan Campbell, Peyton Campbell, Eli Campbell, Hannah Campbell, Kallan Campbell, Canon Campbell, Mei Lynn Campbell, Kayli Campbell, Norah Hardin, Grady Hardin, Aubrey Hardin, and Ezekiel Hardin; his brother, Roger Alan Doss (Carolyn); a sister-in-law, JoAnn Doss; and many, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Jodie and Fannie Lou; his siblings, Theo Doss, Cleo Doss, Thomas Aaron Doss, James Davis Doss, Jean Doss Murphree Alford, and Barney Whitt Doss; and his granddaughter, Amanda Doss Harmon.A Private Family Graveside Service will be held for family only. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Bethel Baptist Church, 183 County Rd 416, Woodland, MS 39776. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute wall at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Memorial Funeral Home – Houston
Charles Orlen Scott, Jr.November 05, 1934 – July 23, 2020Charles Orlen Scott, Jr., 85, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020 at his home in Mantee. Mr. Scott was born November 5, 1934 in Morgan City, LA to the late Charles O. Scott, Sr. and Lola Fuller Scott. He was a retired owner of a Lumber Mill, an electrician in the Navy on the USS Toledo stationed at Treasure Island in San Francisco, CA, and a Presbyterian.He is survived by his wife, Betty P. Scott of Mantee; two daughters, Lee Redwine (Calvin) of Mantee, Suzette Floyd (Ken) of Port Isabell, TX; a son, Greg Scott (Christie) of Mantee; five grandchildren, Marc Redwine, Michelle Norman, MaryBeth Scott, Matthew Gray and Brice Dunkum; ten great grandchildren; and one brother, Charles David Scott of Butler, AL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles O. Scott, Sr. and Lola Fuller Scott.Services will be announced at a later date. Burial will be at Scott Mountain in Butler, AL. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements. memorialfuneralhomehouston.com 
Southern Funeral Chapel – Houston
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New Albany MS
Glenfield Funeral Home – New Albany
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New Albany Funerals and Cremations – New Albany
Kenneth Ray VoylesApril 8, 1957 ~ July 22, 2020 Kenneth Ray Voyles, 63, resident of the North Haven Community, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 in Tupelo, MS due to complications from the Corona virus. Kenneth was born April 8, 1957 in Pontotoc, MS. Though he took great pride in the fact that he was a lifelong resident of Mississippi, Kenneth traveled extensively across the United States for nearly 40 years as a commercial truck driver. For Kenneth, trucking was far greater than a simple career. It was solemn endeavor that required perseverance, professionalism, and integrity. The millions of miles he safely put behind him stand as a testament of his dedication to providing for both the family and the country he loved. In 1985, Kenneth met the literal answer to his fervent prayers, the woman that would forever change his life for the better, Janet Lynn Stevens. They were wed in April of 1986 and would go on to raise their four children together. Kenneth was a devoted member of his church family at Victory Life Center in New Albany, MS where he spent many years utilizing his talents in the ministry as a singer. Kenneth possessed an unwavering devotion to his faith, an unending love for his family, and an unapologetic patriotism for his country. He was a man of integrity. He was a genuine soul that never failed to ensure that those he loved knew just how much he loved them.He is survived by his soul mate and loving wife of 34 years, Janet Lynn Voyles; his mother, Doris Voyles of Pontotoc; his daughter, Jennifer Hamlin (John) of New Albany; his son, Jason Lee Voyles (Lori) of Raymond; his son, Tyler Ray Voyles (Shannon) of New Albany; his son, Justin Charles Speck (Leann) of Myrtle; 13 grandchildren; his sister, Lisa Lyons of Pontotoc; his brother, Kevin Voyles (Kim) of Pontotoc; and a multitude of other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Herman Voyles, and his sister, Theresa Fooshee.A Graveside Service will be at 11:00 AM Friday, July 24, 2020 in Glenfield Memorial Park with Bro. James Smith officiating. The family requests that memorials be directed to Victory Church, 116 N Denton Rd, New Albany MS 38652. The staff of New Albany Funeral and Cremation invites you to share memories. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kenneth Ray Voyles, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com  
Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Inc – New Albany
Rita (Stubbs) McIntoshSeptember 27, 1967 ~ July 18, 2020Mrs. Rita Stubbs McIntosh, 52, transitioned on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.Visitation will be on Sunday, July 26, 2020 from 12 Noon until 1:00 pm at Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Graveside Services will take place on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm at CGM and S Cemetery in Baldwyn, MS. 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 Rita (Stubbs) McIntosh, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com 
Phillip WilliamsDecember 24, 1955 ~ July 19, 2020 Mr. Phillip Williams, 64, transitioned on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at New Albany Health and Rehab in New Albany.Visitation will be on Friday, July 24, 2020 from 3-7:00 pm at Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany.Graveside Services will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:00 am at Enterprise Cemetery (S13-T7-R1 Northeast of Enterprise about 1/4 mile north on County Rd 515) in New Albany, MS. 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 Phillip Williams, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc.com 
United Funeral Service – New Albany
Lela Carolyn Roberts RobertsJuly 23, 1929 – July 20, 2020Lela Carolyn Roberts Roberts, 90, passed away on Monday, July 20. 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born July 23, 1929 in Union County to the late Woodie Erschell and Linda Greer Roberts. She was a homemaker and had worked at Sherman Shirt Factory. She loved attending and watching any sports in which her grandchildren or great grandchildren participated. She enjoyed coloring and Word-Find puzzles. She was a member of Ellistown Baptist Church.She is survived by a daughter, Linda May Roberts; a son, Bennie Ray Roberts; a daughter-in-law, Jean Harper Roberts, all of Blue Springs; two sisters, Joan Roberts Fox of Sorrento, FL and Mabel Roberts Rakestraw (Benny) of New Albany; a brother, Dean Roberts (Jean) of Germantown, TN; four grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, E. L. Roberts; a son, Gary Dwight Roberts; two sisters, Jean Roberts Herring and Elizabeth Roberts Clayton; and four brothers, Richard Roberts, Hoyle Roberts, Lynwood Roberts and Gerald Roberts.Visitation will be on Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 2:00 pm until service time at Ellistown Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 4:00 pm with Bro. Mike Powell officiating. Burial will be at Ellistown Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kevin Roberts, Marty Roberts, Tim Hatcher, Rusty Wilkinson, Kye Roberts, Hunter Hatcher, Josh Whitenton, Zane Wilkinson, Joel Wilkinson and Heath Wilkinson. Honorary pallbearers will be Leslie Hatcher, Natalie Hatcher, Lacretia Wilkinson, Carrie Wilkinson, Michelle Roberts, Bella Roberts, Bebe Roberts, Lauren Jane Whitenton, Eliza Whitenton and Sadie Roberts. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and guest registry, please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Lela Carolyn Roberts Roberts please visit our Sympathy Store.
Oxford MS
Coleman Funeral Home – Oxford
Paula Ann ThetfordMay 23, 1945 – July 16, 2020Ms Paula Ann Thetford, 75, of Memphis, TN, passed away at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, TN, Thursday, July 16, 2020. Ms Thetford was born in Michigan to her parents, Thomas and Mildred Sharpe on May 23, 1945. She was a loving mother and grandmother, who enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Ms Thetford will be dearly missed by her family and friends.Ms Thetford is survived by her daughter, Leslie Adair; her grandchildren, Cody Williams and Alexis Millington; and her great-grandson, Tucker Williams. Ms Paula was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Mildred Sharpe.A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the World Health Organization Covid-19 Fund (https://covid19responsefund.org/en/). Please leave online condolences on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Paula Ann Thetford please visit our Sympathy Store.
Glen Durlen “Snowball” ClarkSeptember 14, 1932 – July 20, 2020Glen Durlen “Snowball” Clark, 86, passed away at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS, on Monday, July 20, 2020. Mr. Clark was born in Darling, MS to Delmar and Flo (Grimes) Clark. He was married to Frances (Daniels) Clark for 64 years. He was a true family man; a great mentor to son, Mike; and had a favorite daughter in law, Cindy. Known as “Snowball” to all who knew and loved him, he will be greatly missed. Mr. Clark loved Jesus and his church family. He was one of the founders of Calvary Baptist Church and on the first Sunday they met, the Clarks and the Crowdens were the only ones in Sunday school. He enjoyed watching the church grow through the years. Ms Frances recalls that they were there three times a week no matter what. Mr. Clark worked at the University of Mississippi as the Supervisor over purchasing for many years. Mr. Clark will be greatly missed by Mike who spent many hours crappie fishing with his Dad. They talked every day. Even though his Dad kept the deer camp so hot that he once caught his coat on fire, Mike loved the time spent with his Dad there. He and Frances spent many hours on the square dance floor, and he liked to look nice. He would always ask her how his hair looked and if he looked okay. He was taking medication that would cause him to nod off in church, and Cindy, who sat between them, was always punching him to wake him up. Recently Bro. Wes told him from the pulpit that his sermon was going to be so short that he wouldn’t have time for a nap. His legacy of love for his family and God was displayed every night as he prayed for God to protect Allie.Mr. Glen Clark is survived by his wife, Frances, of Oxford; his son Mike (Cindy) Clark of Oxford; one brother, Buster (Elaine); and a host of nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Delmar and Flo Clark; and five brothers, Billy Clark, Sammy Clark, Charlie Clark, James Clark, and Bobby Clark.Visitation will be Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 2-3:30 pm at Calvary Baptist Church (15 County Rd 207, Oxford MS 38655). The service will follow at 3:30 pm also at Calvary Baptist Church. Bro. Wes Hughes will officiate. Interment will be at Springdale Freewill Baptist Cemetery (1429 County Rd 334, Oxford MS 38655).  Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to Calvary Baptist Church (15 County Rd 207, Oxford MS 38655). Please leave online condolences on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Glen Durlen “Snowball” Clark please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ruth “Dimples” FosterJuly 10, 1951 – July 20, 2020Mrs. Ruth “Dimples” Foster, 69, passed away at her home on Monday, July 20, 2020, in Oxford, MS. Mrs. Ruth was a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted member of Tula Baptist Church. She loved to play the piano at church, where she served as the pianist for almost 50 years. On Sunday’s after church, she would host the family for Sunday lunch where she often would have her own message to share. Mrs. Ruth was a devoted wife of 49 years to Mike. Mrs. Ruth loved her children and her grandchildren. She was “Mimi” to fourteen grandchildren. One thing that she made sure to teach them was how to live life to the fullest. She was always taking pictures in which she turned into scrapbooks for all the grandchildren as Christmas presents. When the grandchildren came over she would write skits for them to act out or was planning an adventure or a trip to go on. One grandchild wrote “she made everything feel important, magical”. Mrs. Ruth loved admiring God’s creation with her grandchildren. Mrs. Ruth was a lifetime educator. She taught school at Lafayette School District for over 30 years. She loved her children at school like her own.Mrs. Ruth is survived by her husband, William Michael “Mike” Foster; her four children, James“Jay” Cordis (Jennifer) Foster of Oxford, Mary LeAnn (Curt) Klepzig of Cleveland, TN, Amy Cathryn (Larry) Dobson of Camden, TN, and Amanda Ruth (Grant) Crockett of Oxford; seven granddaughters, Bailey Brooke Foster, Katherine Grace Foster, Mary Lyndley Klepzig, Anna Claire Klepzig, Ella Ruth Klepzig, Jay Morgan Dobson and Caroline Robyn Crockett; and seven grandsons, John Michael Foster, John Curtis Klepzig, William Joseph Dobson, Andrew James Dobson, Foster Harrison Crockett, Wilks Grant Crockett, and Walker Jude Crockett; her sister-in-love, Mary Alice (Jarvis) Busby; and nieces, Jill Tyler and Jan Marsh; and nephew, Jeff Busby. Mrs. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, James Bobby and Mary Sue Bundren.A private service will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at Coleman Funeral Home (601 Commerce Pkwy, Oxford MS 38655). A public graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 10:30 am at Tula Cemetery (Highway 331, Oxford MS 38655). Bro. Mike Wolfe, Bro. Charles Fowler, and Bro. Hilton Lane will officiate. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Tula Baptist Church and Cemetery (234 County Rd 436, Oxford MS 38655). Please leave online condolence on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Ruth “Dimples” Foster please visit our Sympathy Store.
Lon Estus MasonJanuary 11, 1947 – July 21, 2020Lon Estus Mason, 73, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. Lon’s favorite thing to do was to listen to gospel hymns and read Bible stories. He was a member at Clear Creek Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Greenville. Lon also enjoyed bowling. Lon’s favorite movie was The Wizard of Oz, with his favorite character being Dorothy.Lon is survived by his sister, Martha (Mike) McKee of Oxford; brother, Robert (Shirley) Mason of Oxford; four nieces, Lisa Woods of Little Rock, AR, Lori (Trey) Smith of Brandon, MS, Carla-Jo (Tony) Rutledge and Karen (Daniel) Mehan, both of Oxford, MS; one great-nephew, Aubrey Mehan of Oxford; and a host of cousins. Lon was preceded in death by his parents, Carl L Mason and Allene Griffin Mason.A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at 11:00 am at Greenville City Cemetery (1000 South Main St, Greenville MS 38701). Bro. Charles Lipe will officiate. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to Clear Creek Baptist Church (46 County Rd 313, Oxford MS 38655); or Anchor Baptist Church Building Fund (1009 Hwy 7 South, Water Valley MS 38965). Please leave online condolences on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Lon Estus Mason please visit our Sympathy Store.
George J. KakalesApril 16, 1938 – July 22, 2020Mr. George John Kakales, 82, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Oxford, MS. George was born on April 16, 1938, in Kastania, Greece to the late John and Eleni Kakales. He and his wife Dimitra moved from Greece to Stuttgart, Germany before immigrating to the United States alongside their son John in 1969. They settled in St. Louis, Missouri, where their daughter Libbie was born, before eventually settling down in Oxford, MS. George was a quiet man who worked as a shepherd in the mountains of Greece, a factory worker in Germany, but most notably as one the faces behind the family restaurant, Dino’s. He became a local icon by welcoming you to the family table to play a game of backgammon or chess, to enjoy a cigar, and to share some of his precious ouzo. After he retired in 1996, George volunteered his time with the Kiwanis Club where you could find him in the pantry and driving veterans to the VA Hospital in Memphis, TN. He was recognized as “Kiwanian of the Year” in 2001. He also enjoyed ringing the Salvation Army bell at Christmas, tending to the garden, and spending time with his family.Mr. Kakales is survived by Dimitra “Toula” Kakales, of Oxford, MS; two children, John George (Beth) Kakales, of Memphis TN, and Libbie (Kevin) Kakales Patterson of Oxford; a brother Vasili “Bill” (Stavroula) Kakales of Bruce, MS; two sisters, Stamo Papas of Tupelo, MS and Theodora (Sophoklis) Demos of Stuttgart, Germany; and four grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Kakales and John Matthew Kakales, of Memphis, and George Alexander Patterson and Michael Elias Patterson, of Oxford. The family wishes to extend their love and gratitude to the men and women at The Blake in Oxford, MS; the staff at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley, MS; Dr. Yates and his staff; and our wonderful family and friends for their prayers and support.A private family memorial service will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020 with Father David Bibeau. Expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions may be made to the Pantry of Oxford and Lafayette County; or by enjoying a meal at any locally owned restaurant. Online Condolences are highly encouraged to be shared on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of George J. Kakales please visit our Sympathy Store.
L Hodges Funeral Service – Oxford
Jacynthia JohnsonApril 11, 1939 ~ July 18, 2020 On Saturday evening, July 18, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital/NM, Jacynthia Johnson, 81, went home to be with the Lord. She was surrounded with the love of her family. Jacynthia, daughter of the late Lula Johnson, was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi on April 11, 1939. She accepted Christ at an early age and united with the West Springhill Missionary Baptist Church in Oxford and remained a faithful member there until she was called home from labor to reward. Jacynthia received her education at Oxford Training School and through Home Economics and her mother. She became a fantastic cook, having served as a chef with the Sizzler Steak House in Oxford and cooked at 3-Way Grocery for many years. Jacynthia was a warm hearted, loving woman. She relaxed her mind by doing crafts, such as sewing, knitting and other needlework. All of her crafting skills were self-taught, because she wanted to ensure her family a better quality of life. Jacynthia was also an avid collector of Louis L’amour western novels. And yes, she did read them. But her greatest joy was loving on her grand and great grandchildren.   She leaves to cherish her loving memory her daughters, Gwen Gipson, Baretta (Fred) Mosley, and Debra Johnson, all of Oxford MS;  her son Willie “aka” Ronnie (Diane) Johnson of Oxford MS; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and seven great great grandchildren; her sisters, Lula Patton, Mary Alice Mason. Juanita Arther and Loretta Avery all of Flint MI, Margrette Vaughn, Dora R. Pollock, and Sarah Jones all of Oxford MS;  her brothers, Willie (Betty) Robinson of Phoenix AZ, Charles Robinson of Flint MI, and Lee (Marilyn) Robinson of Oxford, MS; God-son, Sidney (Tonia) Jennings of Bowie, Maryland; and God-daughter, Jessie (Calvin) Malone of Abbeville MS. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Jacynthia was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Robinson; and a brother, Wade Luster Booker. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jacynthia Johnson, please visit our floral store. www.lhodgesfs.com 
Leroy TownsendJune 26, 1951 ~ July 17, 2020 On Friday, July 17, 2020 at Oxford Health and Rehab, Leroy Townsend, 69, gave out after what had been a long hard fight. He fought hard, determined not to give up. He obeyed his call and “gave in” to the Lord’s will. Leroy, son of the late Earlene and Joseph E. Townsend, was born June 26, 1951 in Lafayette County, Mississippi. He accepted Christ and joined South Salem Missionary Baptist Church and later New Salem Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Richard Hairston. Leroy was united in matrimony to Linda Pearl Avent and to this union a son was born. Linda preceded him in death. Leroy loved being around people and he liked to dance. Leroy learned what it meant to pray, so he prayed often. He loved his family and was very social but quiet man. But after he became ill, he loved to talk, when he could.He will be lovingly remembered by his son, Joseph L. Townsend; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; six sisters, Bertil (James) Cook, Shirley (Artier) Showers, Stella (Hubert) Murry, Darlene (William) Murray, Georgia Lester, and Annie P. Wortham all of Oxford MS: two brothers, Walter Townsend and Melvin Westbrook both of Oxford MS: two sisters-in-law, Betty Bobo and Rosie Avent;  one brother-in-law, Garland Avent; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.Viewing will be Wednesday July 22, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service. Graveside services will be Thursday July 23, 2020 11:00 AM. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Leroy Townsend, please visit our floral store. www.lhodgesfs.com 
Janice Elizabeth (Boles) WorthamJanuary 25, 1964 ~ July 17, 2020 Janice Elizabeth Boles-Wortham, 56, departed this earthly life July 17, 2020. Jan was born to Lee Russell and Jurlean Boles, Sr. on January 25, 1964 in Lafayette County, MS. She was the second of seven siblings and a graduate of Lafayette High School class of 1982. She attended Northwest Community College earning a certificate in Certified Nursing. She dedicated her life to Christ at an early age and was a lifelong member of New Hope M.B. Church of Oxford, MS. Jan, as she was affectionately known, knew at an early age she wanted to spend her life in service to others and the Lord Jesus Christ. For the thirty plus years, she tirelessly took care of others in the community while employed at Baptist Home Health. She was a dedicated member of her home church serving as a Junior Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, the Young Adult Choir President, the Layman Movement President and Chairman of the Kitchen Committee. Until she went to meet her Father in Heaven, Jan served on the Trustee Board, and her favorite gospel song was “Order My Steps.” When Jan was not serving others, she spent her time surrounded by the love and laughter of her husband and grandchildren. Jan married Tony Wortham on August 25, 1994 and for 25 years, they shared an amazing marriage and love story. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband, Tony B. Wortham of Oxford, MS; three sons, Ketrick Boles (Amy), and Kendrick Boles both of Oxford MS, and David Coleman of Memphis TN; her parents, Lee Russell and Jurlean Boles of Taylor MS; a God-son, Zaveon Lipsey of Oxford MS; siblings, Michael Boles of Taylor MS, Kevin Boles (Kim) of Satellite Beach FL, Jimmy Williams (Tessia) of Memphis TN, Russell Boles,  (Agena) and Regeania Boles both of Oxford MS; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild; and a host of nieces, and nephews who she treated as her own; and six sisters-in-law, four brothers-in-law, her New Hope Church family, cousins and good friend, Milton James. She was preceded in death by her brother, Christopher Boles, Sr. (Anissa); and her daughter, LaRhonda Boles.Viewing will be Thursday July 23, 2020 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service. Graveside services will be held Friday July 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, County Rd 321, Oxford MS 38655. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Janice Elizabeth (Boles) Wortham, please visit our floral store.  www.lhodgesfs.com 
Revorn Shepherd, JrMay 8, 1961 ~ July 17, 2020 God brought Revorn Shepherd, Jr. into this world on Monday, May 8, 1961 in Oxford, MS and He called him to rest on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN. He was 59. Revorn was the firstborn child to the union of Merlean and Revorn Shepherd. He received his education in the Oxford School District. He was united in matrimony to Bonnie Nelson Shepherd and to this union a son was born. Revorn was an energetic man, full of life, love and laughter. Revorn leaves to cherish his memories his mother, Merlean Shepherd of Oxford MS; along with his only son, Chance Shepherd, whom he loved dearly, of Oxford MS; he also leaves to cherish his memories his ex-wife Bonnie Nelson of Oxford MS;  his siblings, Dr. Trudy Shepherd of Jackson MS, Suzanne Shepherd of Oxford MS, and Raymond Shepherd (ReAnn) of Tupelo MS; his granddaughters, Arion Shepherd of Calhoun MS and Malia Ella Grace Shepherd of Oxford MS; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Revorn Shepherd; and his maternal grandparents, Trudie Lee and Raymond Slaughte, as well as his paternal grandparents, Rosie and Jessie Shepherd.Viewing will be Thursday July 23, 2020 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service. Graveside services will be held Friday July 24, 2020 2:00 PM at Oxford Memorial Cemetery. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Revorn Shepherd, Jr, please visit our floral store. www.lhodgesfs.com 
Minnie Ree BerryJanuary 25, 1946 ~ July 17, 2020 On July 17, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford MS, Minnie Ree Malone Berry, 74, left this earth and received her wings to fly away and be at rest. She will be greatly missed. Minnie was born January 25, 1946 to the late Bobby and Cora Reynolds Malone. At a young age, Minnie accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and joined Jeffrie Missionary Baptist Church, Abbeville, MS. Minnie Ree, a lifelong dedicated member, sang in the choir, ushered, and sat on the Mother’s Board until she became ill this year. Minnie married Herman Berry of Abbeville, Mississippi. She was the mother of two talented sons. She was known for her wittiness and kindness. A ‘Pilar’ in both her family and community; you could always find “Aunt Minnie Ree” helping, feeding, sheltering, cooking, advising, loving, and lending a hand to those in need. In her spare time, she enjoyed listening to gospel music, shopping at Walmart, and most of all spending time with her family, friends, and grandchildren.She leaves to cherish her memories her son, Anthony (LaTonya) Berry of Southaven, MS; her brothers, Burley (Mildred) Malone, and Sulic Malone both of Abbeville, MS; her sisters, Nettie Gordon of Abbeville, MS, Lorine (Earl) Marion of Waterford, MS; her grandchildren, Cortez Harris, Shauntrel Berry, Kimberly Gipson, Lexi Egerson, Justin Gipson, Kiana Berry, Matthew Berry, Channing Berry, Jalen Butler, Makayla Berry; ten great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Talisha Berry and Tabitha Berry; two special nieces, Ella Ree Russell, and La Kayla “Ray Ray” Howell; a special nephew, Travis Blake; a special friend, Shirley Pegues; and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, three brothers, and her son, Keith D. Berry.Viewing will be Friday July 24, 2020 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service. Graveside services will be held Saturday July 25, 2020 2:00 PM at Jeffrie Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 907 Hwy 7 North, Oxford MS 38655. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Minnie Ree Berry, please visit our floral store. www.lhodgesfs.com 
Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Services – Oxford
Blanton Hunter ParhamMarch 30, 1941 – July 17, 2020Blanton Hunter Parham, 79, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 17, 2020 at his home in Oxford, MS surrounded by family. After a very courageous battle with the aftereffects from chemotherapy for the last 21 years, Hunter had been recently diagnosed with a third cancer. To everyone, he was the most courageous person fighting to the end and always upbeat despite his numerous health issues. Hunter was born March 30, 1941 in Paynes, MS to Robert and Dorothy Denman Parham who preceded him in death. He graduated from John Rundle High School in Grenada, MS and Delta State University in Cleveland, MS where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Hunter left MS for Florida, teaching art but soon discovered his true calling was in sales and worked for several companies covering the entire Southeast, living in Chattanooga and Augusta before returning to his home state. Working in those areas gave Hunter plenty of time to pursue his passion for golf. He served as a gallery guard at the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA, often getting to play the course. After returning to Grenada, he married the love of his life, Bettye Jo Christian on November 14, 1996. Anyone who ever met Hunter became his friend as he had an incredible love for people, especially on any and every golf course he ever played. After moving to Oxford, ten years ago, he joined the Oxford Country Club and Oxford-University United Methodist Church. However, his true happy place was at the Bayou Bend Country Club in Webb, MS. His cheerful demeanor and his signature cowboy hat were easily recognizable. Hunter converted to an Ole Miss Rebel enjoying all sports, especially baseball with his wife who shared his enthusiasm. His true joy and delight were in his grandchildren. Their visits, activities and achievements were a great source of happiness to him. His great granddaughter, Maddie, particularly enjoyed riding to sporting events on Hunter’s wheelchair as she was in charge of the horn!He is survived by his wife Bettye of Oxford, MS; stepsons, Robert Hollingsworth (Ronnie Gilmer) of Memphis, TN, and LTC (Ret.) Andy Hollingsworth (Dana) of Grenada, MS; stepdaughter, Karen Hollingsworth of Seabrook, TX; grandchildren, Jake Hollingsworth (Starr) of Oxford, MS, Cadet Bas Hollingsworth off West Point Military Academy, West Point, NY, Luke Hollingsworth of Grenada, MS, Olivia Hollingsworth of Seabrook, TX; and great granddaughter, Maddie Hollingsworth of Oxford, MS; endearing sister, Nadene Tompkins of Madison, MS; niece, Allyson Tompkins of Madison; great nieces, Sara Grace, Olivia and Ella Harrison of Madison, MS; and nephew, Michael Tompkins of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He was very close to his many cousins.Bettye and the family would like to especially thank Dr. Mal Riddell of Grenada for his care and friendship these past twenty-three years. “Mal, Susie, and his staff were always there for us.” With All Our Hearts, Hunter—We Will Miss You!The graveside service will be held Monday, July 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM in the Amory Masonic Cemetery in Amory, MS with the Rev. Eddie Rester of OUUMC officiating. Pallbearers will be his beloved godsons, Bill and Rodney Defenbaugh of Grenada, MS, Douglas and Draper Mauldin of Cacilla, MS, and John Mayoral, Deck Fair and Hunter Darby, all of Oxford, MS, Ted Kubista of Huntsville, AL, and Joel Carson of Grenada, MS.  Honorary pallbearers will be John Lewis of Water Valley, MS, Mack Johnson of Augusta, GA, Bob Tompkins of Madison, MS, Jim Sineath of Burlington, NC, John Willingham of Tyler, TX, Art Bresler of Oxford, MS, and all of his faithful golf buddies from his “happy place” at the Bayou Ben D: Doug Mauldin, Mike (Catfish) Flautt, Sykes Sturdivant, Bill Luckett and Morgan Freeman. Waller Funeral Home is charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 S 10th St, Oxford MS 38655; MD Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston, TX; or a charity of one’s choice. For additional information or to leave an online condolence, please call 662.234.7971 or visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com
John Buren Sykes, Jr.January 21, 1936 – July 20, 2020Mr. John Buren “J.B.” Sykes, Jr., 84, passed away Monday, July 20, 2020, at Sardis Community Nursing Home. Born in Oxford, MS to the late John Buren Sykes, Sr. and Pauline Winter Sykes,  J.B. was a retired police officer and a member of First Baptist Church of Batesville, MS. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed searching for and collecting arrowheads.  His collection was even displayed at a museum in Jackson. Survivors include his sister, Sue Fudge of Sardis, MS; one nephew, Garry Sykes Ritter of Water Valley, MS; one niece, Kay Ritter of Batesville, MS; two great nieces, Adrienne Kelsoe of Hernando, MS and Renda Morris of Batesville, MS; great nephew, John Blake Ritter of Batesville, MS; and many great-great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cathy Sykes.The funeral service will be Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Snyder officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 9:30 in West Hall at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mr. Sykes’ memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105. For additional information or to leave an online condolence, please call 662.234.7971 or visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com
James Edward Parks, Jr.November 26, 1934 – July 22, 2020Mr. James Edward Parks, Jr., 85, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family at his home in Oxford, MS on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Born in Union County, MS to the late James Edward Parks, Sr. and Angie Pennington Parks, Mr. Parks formerly served in the Mississippi Army National Guard. James was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church and the Jaycees. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, football and most of all his family. Mr. Parks worked as an Officer for the Oxford Police Department, Manager of Printing Services at the University of Mississippi, and retired from Telecommunications at University of Mississippi. James is survived by his wife of 40 years, Janice Stripling Parks of Oxford, MS; daughters, Stacie Vanlandingham and her husband, Kevin of Oxford, MS, and Stephanie Bonds and her husband, Jason of Oxford, MS; son, Jay Parks and his wife April of Kona, HI; seven grandchildren, Justin Bonds and his wife, Anna of Oxford, MS, LeighElla De Meter and her husband, Matt, of Oxford MS, Jake Hunter Bonds of Oxford MS, Lyla Vanlandingham of Oxford MS, Luke Vanlandingham of Oxford MS, Jackson Parks of Kona, HI, and Mollie Parks of Kona, HI; and a great grandson, Harrison Bonds of Oxford, MS. Along with his parents, Mr. Parks was preceded in death by his sisters, Elizabeth Adams, Mary Davison and Doris Richard.The family is having a private funeral service that will be held in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Buster Wilson, Rev. Jay Parks and Rev. Everett Childers officiating. Burial will follow in Yellow Leaf Cemetery. In honor of Mr. Parks service to our country the flag of the United States Army National Guard will be flown at Waller Funeral Home. In memory of Mr. Parks, donations may be made to New Prospect Baptist Church, 823 Hwy 334, Oxford MS 38655; or New Life Church, 75-5660 Kopiko Suite 7-411, Kailua-Kona HI 96740.
Pontotoc MS
Browning Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Lillian McClendonJanuary 3, 1926 – July 17, 2020Ms. Lillian Talley McClendon, the daughter of the Late James and Cassie Talley, Sr. was born January 3, 1926 in Monroe County, MS. She attended Monroe County Public Schools. She departed this life on July 17, 2020 at Traceway Retirement Community Page House in Tupelo, MS. She professed a hope in Christ at an early age, and first attended Daniel Baptist. She was an active member of Bibleway Missionary Baptist Church, in Copperas Cove, TX, until her health failed.She leaves to cherish her memory her loving son, Walter Talley of Aberdeen, MS; one brother, J.C. (Linda) Talley of Aberdeen, MS; two sisters, Cassie (Earl) Garth of Aberdeen, MS and Annie Sue Talley of Amory, MS; three grandchildren, Shelia Talley of Shannon, MS, Curtis Talley of Belden, MS, and Tanja Marion of GA; twelve great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and Elizabeth Goodman, fondly known as her Texas daughter. She was preceded in death by her son, Willie Clarence McClendon; three sisters, Willie Ann Cunningham, Juanita Peters and Mattie Perkins; and three brothers, Willie Talley, L.C. Talley and W.C. Talley.Services will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday July 25, 2020 at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Rev. Roderick Talley officiating. Burial will follow in the Talley Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with the arrangements. browningpontotoc 
Mary Elizabeth RoyeNovember 17, 1927 – July 17, 2020Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (Tots) Mask Roye went to be with her Lord on July 17, 2020. Tots was a resident of Sunshine Nursing Home and was 92 years old. She devoted her life to her husband, her family and community and was an active member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Roye was a retired beautician.Survivors include two brothers, Jerry Mask (Ruth Ann) of Pontotoc and Paul Mask (Dorothy) of Memphis, TN. She also left numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Chester Lee Roye; her mother and father, Griffin and Lois Mask; three half- brothers, Arlis Mask, Arnold Mask and Arnice Leo Mask; three sisters, Mildred Mask Roye, Sue Mask Brummett, and LaQuita Mask Shelton; and a half-sister, Dorothy Mask. Graveside services will be at 5:00 PM Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery with Rev. Thomas Chandler officiating. Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Mitchell, Lynn Warren, Greg Shelton, Gary Shelton, Thomas Chandler and Jay Biffle. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 122 Gideon Bend, Pontotoc MS 38863. browningpontotoc 
Payton Mortuary – Pontotoc
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Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Pontotoc
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Tutor Memorial Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Rebecca “Becky” Pounders BassDecember 21, 1965 – July 20, 2020Rebecca “Becky” Pounders Bass, 54, passed away July 20, 2020.  She was the loving mother of two children, Anna Lois and Bobby Glynn Bass, Jr.  She was a loving grandmother of four grandchildren, Channing, Kolby Jaylen, Elizabeth Kathryn “Kate”, and Kaden Joe Haze Bass.She is survived by her two children; four grandchildren; and siblings, Jerry Pounders, Jr., Nora Caldwell, Nathan Taylor, and Rusty Taylor. She is preceded in death by her Dad, Jerry D. Pounders, Sr., mother, Barbara Taylor Hamblen; and a sister, Wilma Ann Nolan.Visitation will be Tuesday, July 21, 5-8:00 PM and Wednesday, July 22, 1:00 PM until service time. Services will be Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial will follow in Valley Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers are Denver Hallman, Dakota Hallman, Ronnie Caldwell, Aaron Olsen, Cody Cummings, and Chris Dowdy. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Pounders, Jr., Channing, Kolby, and Kaden Bass. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements. tutormemorial.com 
Nancy Adeline Coggins MaskJanuary 13, 1923 – July 22, 2020 Nancy Adeline Coggins Mask, 97, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc, MS. Ms. Mask was from the Valley Grove Community and a charter member of Valley Grove Baptist Church. She as a graduate of Pontotoc High School and an employee of Reed Manufacturing and Action Industries. She loved people, carport sales, arts and crafts, gospel music, and taking care of her family. She was a hard worker and a giver. Rarely could one leave her home without something in hand whether it be food or something she had made. She had a sweet spirit and a beautiful smile that she shared with everyone she encountered. She was deeply loved by her family and will be greatly missed.Ms. Mask is survived by her daughter, Shirley Dillard (Billy) of Pontotoc; two grandchildren, Tim Dillard (Tammy) of Pontotoc, and Angela Harris (Tony) of Pontotoc; five great grandchildren, C.J. Dillard, Dillon Harris, Will Dillard, Tucker Harris, and Emma Harris all of Pontotoc; three great-great grandchildren, KyLinn Dillard, Colton Dillard, and Willow Grace Dillard, all of Pontotoc; several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends and loved ones. Ms. Mask is preceded in death by her parents, Doc and Bessie Coggins; her son, David Mask; and her siblings, Deck Coggins, Mauveleen Coggins Fleming, Robbie Coggins, and Lucille Coggins Mask.Private family services will be Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Gary Pettit officiating. Burial will follow in Valley Grove Cemetery. Her grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements. tutormemorial.com 
Linda Kay WeeksSeptember 12, 1950 – July 23, 2020Linda Kay Weeks, 69, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020 at her home. She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the Algoma Homemakers Association, she enjoyed working on crafts and canning vegetables and homemade jellies and jams for the Pontotoc County Fair each year. She was a member of Algoma Presbyterian Church.Linda is survived by her three daughters, Laurie Galloway (Junior Monts), Beth Scott (Harmon Scott), and Patricia Weeks (Earney Sheffield); eight grandchildren, Emily Albritton, Robert Scott, James Scott, Josh Scott, Mycala Bell, Secora Weeks, Cadye Weeks, and Timothy Foster; two great-grandchildren, Kaelyn Albritton and Ayden Lavender “Little Man”; her mother, Nina Morrison; her brother, Ed Cox; and several honorary grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Noel Weeks; sister, Annie Mae Tignor; father, L.J. Cox; and her stepfather, Lewis Morrison.
Graveside Services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Williams Cemetery. Pallbearers are Harmon Scott, Robert Scott, James Scott, Josh Scott, Timothy Foster, and Nathan Foster. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements. tutormemorial.com 
Vivian Yvette LawsonAugust 24, 1962 – July 24, 2020Vivian Yvette Lawson, 57, passed away July 24, 2020 at her home. She was a hardworking woman, who never met a stranger. She was a strong willed, dedicated, loving woman who would do anything for anyone and loved her family the most.She is survived by her children, Joseph Neil Wright (Tabatha) and Samantha Rose Reynolds (Craig); her grandchildren, Olivia, Kailan, and Rosalynn Reynolds; sisters, Virginia Carlock and Jodi Ransom; brothers, Danny and Allen Lawson; and special friends, Kathy and Doyle White. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Amanda Y. Wright; father, Thomas D. Lawson; mother, Willma J. Stark; and brother, Mitchell W. Lawson.Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Pontotoc Memorial Gardens with Bro. Olin McBriee officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements. tutormemorial.com 
Ripley MS
Foster and Son Funeral Home – Ripley
Minnie O SelmerJanuary 10, 1942 ~ July 16, 2020 Minnie Olean Selmer was born on January 10, 1942 to the late Alford and Gracie Cox. She departed this life (age 78) on July 16th, 2020 at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, MS. Minnie accepted Christ at a early age and was a faithful member of Moses Chapel United Methodist Church in Ripley, MS. She was the lead singer in the adult choir and a well known mother of the church. She worked at the Shoe Factory, Tippah County Hospital, and then Bench Craft until her health failed.She leaves to cherish her memories two daughters, Melba (Eric) Johnson, and Sabrina (Rico) Selmer both of Ripley, MS; two sisters, Shirley Welch of Ripley, MS, and Jimmie Wills of Killeen, TX; two sisters-in-law, Marie Cox of Ripley, MS, and Marga Jackson of St. Louis, MO; two brothers-in-law; James Selmer and Rickey Selmer both of Ripley, MS; seven nephews and six nieces, cousins and friends; three special God children; Tiffany Jones Erby, Ayuana Cox and Sheena Echols all of Ripley, MS. Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 5-7:00 pm at Foster and Son Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 12:00 pm at Boyd Cemetery. To view and sign the guest registry book, please visit fosterandsonfuneralhome. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Minnie O Selmer, please visit our floral store.
McBride Funeral Home – Ripley
Hugh Michael SmithFebruary 26, 1951 – July 16, 2020Hugh Michael Smith, 69, passed away Thursday July 16, 2020 at his home in Ripley, MS. He was born on February 26, 1951 to Herman Alexander and Virginia Rose Shelton Smith in Ripley. He was a Residential Energy Advisor for TVA in Tupelo. He was a veteran, serving in the United States Navy and was a member of First Baptist in Ripley. Mike loved his family and his friends. He especially loved his dogs Ringo and Bear. Mike was a daily fixture walking his dogs around the square in Ripley.Mike is survived by one brother, David Smith (Gwen) of Poplarville; two sisters, Susan Smith of Gulfport; Lisa Lambert (Tommy) of Oxford; two nieces, Amber McDonald, and Madison Lambert; two nephews, Joshua Smith, and Dustin Lambert. He was preceded in death by his parents.Memorial services will be at 10:00 AM Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Ripley Cemetery with Dr. Jack Bennett officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Mitch Conely, Greg Dunnam, Phillip Bryant, John Braddock, Danny Linville, Danny Wilbanks. Expressions of sympathy for the Smith family may be left atwww.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Hugh Michael Smith please visit our Sympathy Store.
Bro. Omega HallJanuary 17, 1931 – July 18, 2020Bro. Omega Hall, 89, passed away on July 18, 2020 at his home in Ripley Mississippi. Bro. Hall was born January 17, 1931 to William Hall and Alma Adair Hall in Ripley, MS. He was married to Bonnie Mauney Hall of Ripley, MS. He was the owner of Hall Grocery Store in Blue Mountain and worked as a logger and timber cutter. For the past 47 years he was Pastor for First Apostolic Church and the last five years he served as Bishop. He loved his family and church family and loved to go fishing. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.He is survived by his wife; one son, Ronnie Hall of Olive Branch, MS; one daughter, Robin Lynn Brooks (Jimmy) of Ripley, MS; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Faye Lewis Hall; two sons, Tony Hall, Jerry Hall; four brothers and seven sisters.Graveside services will be held July 19, 2020 6:00 PM at First Apostolic Church of Ripley Cemetery, 170 County Rd 534, Ripley, MS 38663. Expressions of sympathy for the family may be left atwww.mcbridefuneralhome.com.To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Bro. Omega Hall please visit our Sympathy Store. 
Amie Mae “Punkie” MardisMay 27, 1942 – July 19, 2020Amie Mae “Punkie” Mardis, 78, passed away, Sunday, July 19, 2020, at her home in Falkner, MS. She was born on May 27, 1942, to Frank and Earline Barnes Sides in Tippah County MS. Amie had retired from Tippah County Growers and was an avid seamtress and quilter. She was of the Baptist Faith.Amie is survived by two daughters, Patricaia Rooker of Hickory Flat, MS, Barbara Stanton of Ashland, MS; three sons, James Hopkins (Kathy) of Falkner, MS, Terry Mardis (Marilyn) of Blue Springs, MS, Joe Mardis (Gena) of Baldwyn, MS; two sisters, Brenda Witt (Jimmy) of Falkner, MS, Kathy Mauney (Bobby) of Ripley, MS; one brother, Buddy Wayne Sides (Linda) of Hatchie, MS; fourteen grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Frank Junior Sides, Jr; three sisters, Mattie Jane Barber, Betty Tuscona, Nancy Gray; two grandchildren, Melissa Pugh and Wes Mardis.Visitation will be Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at McBride Funeral Home from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM and continue Wednesday morning at 9:00 AM until service time. Services will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Buddy Sides officiating. Burial will follow in Hopkins Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chris Rutherford, Brad Kennedy, John Michael Green, Sedric Kilcrease, Kevin Kennedy, Dilan Matthews. Honorary pallbearers will be Sarah Swinford, Christy Lamore, Jessica Blythe, Angel Brown. Expressions of sympathy, for the Mardis family, may be left at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Amie Mae “Punkie” Mardis please visit our Sympathy Store.
Paul Dennis BesingerNovember 22, 1940 – July 20, 2020Paul Dennis Besinger, 79, passed away Monday, July 20, 2020, at his home in Ripley, MS. He was born on November 22, 1940, to Frank and Vera Cook Besinger in Blue Mountain, MS. Paul was a retired truck driver for Corn Hushers Trucking, Inc and a Baptist.Paul is survived by his wife, Jewell Ausbon Besinger of Ripley, MS; three daughters, Stephanie Tolbert (Larry) of Germantown, TN, Tammy Horner (Ralph) Paragould, AR, Paula Childers of New Albany, MS; three sons, Franklin Besinger (Tracie) of Tiplersville, MS, Willie Besinger (Brian) of Dardanelle, AR; Patrick Besinger of Walnut, MS; four sisters, Rosalee Strong of Banning, CA, Elizabeth Hurt of Verona, MS, Franklin Jean Young (Cletus) of Pinedale, MS, Mavis Frazier of New Albany, MS; one brother, Boyce Besinger of Ripley, MS; and eight grandchildren, Chanc, Kiefer, Michael, Lauren, Leigha, Cheynne, Phillip, Melody. Preceded him in death were his parents; one sister, Hazel Dickerson; and one grandchild, Colte Benson.Visitation will be Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 1:00 PM until service time at 3:00 PM at the funeral home.Service will be at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Covington officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Mountain Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chanc Benson, Michael James, Phillip Besinger, Kurt Henry, Boyce Besinger, Jr, Rick Richardson, Steve Childers. Expressions of sympathy, for the Besinger family, may be sent to www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Paul Dennis Besinger please visit our Sympathy Store.
William Randall HollandDecember 4, 1955 – July 21, 2020William Randall Holland, 64, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at Methodist Central in Memphis, TN. He was born on December 4, 1955. to O’Dell and Mary Jeanette Hurt Holland in Tippah County MS. He worked for GDI, Inc as a Millwright and was of the Baptist Faith.Randall is survived by his wife, Teresa Enlow Holland of Adamsville, TN; one daughter, Amy Holland of Adamsville, TN; one brother, William Holland of Corinth, MS; three grandchildren, Kaylee, Malory, Emory Wigginton. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Jeffrey Holland; and two sisters, Serita Holland, and Teresa Holland.Graveside services will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Criswell Cemetery, 17820 Hwy 4 E, Ripley, MS with Bro. Howard Goolsby officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the choice of the donor. Expressions of sympathy, for the Holland family, may be left at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of William Randall Holland please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ripley Funeral Home, Inc – Ripley
Johnny Lee SmithDecember 9, 1980 ~ July 22, 2020 Johnny Lee Smith, 39, resident of the Ellistown Community and former resident of Pine Grove, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at his residence. Johnny was born December 9, 1980 in Ripley and is the son of Alford and Dorothy Vandygriff Smith of Ripley. He received his education at Pine Grove High School and was employed as a logger for DA Childs Logging and a farmer with Chris Camp Farms. A Christian, Johnny will be remembered as an avid outdoorsman who had a love of helping others wherever needed. He enjoyed watching old westerns on television and listening to country and gospel music. Johnny was devoted to his family and he leaves behind many memories to be cherished. They find comfort in knowing they will meet again.In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife, Lisa Smith; two sons, Johnny Lee Smith, and Jr (JJ); a step-son, David Smith (Nicole), all of the Ellistown Community; one sister, Mary Burchett (Tommy) of Dumas; two brothers, Billy Joe Vandygriff of Dumas, and Milton Smith of Ripley; two grandchilden, Langdon and Riley; and a number of nieces and nephews.A private family service will be at 9:00 AM Saturday, July 25, 2020 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home with long time friend Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will follow in the Flat Rock Cemetery in Benton County. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Smith family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Johnny Lee Smith, please visit our floral store. ripleyfuneralhome
Saltillo MS
W E Pegues Funeral Directors – Saltillo
Alberta E. RobitilleApril 13, 1934 – July 17, 2020Alberta E. Robitille, 86, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born April 13, 1934 in Keene, New Hampshire, the daughter of Ernest and Lillian Harper Knowlton. Alberta lived in Claremont, New Hampshire for many years before moving to Tupelo in 2000 to be near her daughter. She was the widow of Gordon K. Robitille Sr. who she married on August 25, 1952. Alberta loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping and going to the beach.She is survived by her three children, Deborah Mooney and husband Bill, Gordon Robitille Jr. and wife Pat, and Michael Robitille and his fiancé Teresa Hall; six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Dale Knowlton and Brian Knowlton. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.Services will be held in New Hampshire at a later date. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Alberta E. Robitille please visit our Sympathy Store.
Linda Sue JarvisJuly 18, 2020Linda “Sue” Randolph Jarvis, 78, was born on September 8, 1941 and journeyed to her heavenly home on July 18, 2020 surrounded by her family at her daughter’s home. She was born in New Albany, MS to Curtis and Beulah Randolph. She graduated from Center High School in 1959 and later that year married her high school sweetheart for 53 years of marriage together. She was a Blue Mountain College graduate with a degree in elementary education and taught school in Kentucky, Myrtle, West Union, and Tupelo. She was a Sunday school teacher and actively involved in Faith Outreach, Global Outreach, jail ministry, Christian Women Job Corps and many other Christian organizations. She was a resident of Tupelo and a longtime member of Harrisburg Baptist Church. She served on the board at Blue Mountain College, Global Outreach, and Allied Funeral Home. She traveled the world with her husband, and she worked with Christian missionaries in many countries on four continents. She passionately loved cooking for her family and making dishes from the different places where she traveled. Her hobbies included cross-stitching, photography, painting, gardening, ceramics, and shopping. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and cheerfully served the Lord during her time on earth. She is survived by her daughters, Leigh (Henry) and Leslie (Ed); and six grandchildren, Marina Dale (Christian), Jacob Orozco (Becca), Peyton, Edison, Graham, and Perrin Holliday; and one great-grandson, Elijah Dale. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Morris O. Jarvis; and one brother, Neal Randolph. Sue was given extraordinary care and love by her sitters Minnie Stone, Nell Baker, Bessie Smith, Rosie Carter, and Sylvia Lipford. A heartfelt thanks from the family is extended to all Sanctuary Hospice caregivers who provided excellent care.Her immediate family will have a private celebration of her life. Burial will be at Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers please note that memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd, Tupelo MS 38801; Global Outreach, 74 Kings Hwy, Pontotoc MS 38863; Blue Mountain College, 201 W Main St, Blue Mountain MS 38610; or Sanctuary Hospice, 5159 W Main St, Tupelo MS 38801. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.  To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mrs. Linda Sue Jarvis please visit our Sympathy Store. 
Danny SmithFebruary 21, 1957 – July 20, 2020Charles Danny Smith, 63, passed away Monday, July 20, 2020, at Diversicare of Ripley after a sudden illness. Danny was born on February 21, 1957, the son of Charles Lindon Smith and Bobbie Lansdell Smith. For most of his life, Danny was a seller and trader of horses and jewelry. He took great pride in his memories of owning a joint farm, pawn, and jewelry stores with his parents, wife, and children. He also worked for several years as a partner in the beloved restaurant Benjamins on Main before he became disabled. Because of the many businesses he had, he made many friendships throughout his life and loved spending time with those friends. He especially loved it when his grandchildren, Mia, Drew, and Mason, visited him. They shared a love of vehicles, going to the pawnshops, watching cooking shows and westerns, and going to fish and steak houses.Danny leaves behind his daughter, Kimberly Carroll (Tim) of Conway, South Carolina; his son, Ben Smith (fiancé, Rachel) of Tupelo; his sister, Peggy Warren (Bill); two brothers, Keith Smith (Teresa) and Andy Smith (Amanda); and three grandchildren, Mia, Drew, and Mason Carroll; and a special aunt, Betty Tucker. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Rob Smith; and a brother, Jack Smith.A service honoring Danny’s life will be 2:00 pm Friday, July 24, 2020, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Rev. Danny Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Stephens Cemetery. Visitation will be 1:00 pm until service time Friday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Jackie Gassaway, Ricky Gassaway, Mike Horton, Phil Vandevander, Joey Wilburn, and Andy Graf. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Danny Smith please visit our Sympathy Store.
Bobby F. GoryFebruary 12, 1944 – July 21, 2020Bobby Franklin Gory, 76, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at his residence. He was born in Sherman, February 12, 1944 to Norbin and Dollie Clayton Gory and was a graduate of Shannon High School. On September 19, 1964, he married Helen Ruff and they shared life for 38 years before her death on November 30, 2003. He spent the majority of his adult life working as a paint contractor, which allowed him to meet many of the people who know and love him. Bobby enjoyed hunting, fishing and attending church services at First Baptist Church in Tupelo, where he was a faithful member.Survivors include two sons, Glen Gory and his wife, Sissye of Brandon, and Bryan Gory of Carrollton; three grandchildren, Bryanna Gibson, Hunter Gory and Kendall Gory; great-granddaughter, Hazey Hoover; brother, Johnny Gory and his wife, Betty of Tupelo; and brother-in-law, Greg Ruff and his wife, Jessica of Vicksburg.He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Helen Gory; parents, Norbin and Dollie Gory; four sisters; and four brothers.Visitation will be 10:00 am until service time Friday, July 24, 2020 in Unity Cemetery in Plantersville. For those who would prefer not exiting their vehicle, the family will be accepting friends from their vehicles. A graveside service will be 11:00 am Friday, July 24, 2020 in Unity Cemetery with Rev. Ricky Young officiating. Pallbearers will be Greg Ruff, Hunter Gory, Joe Hillhouse, Bill Collins, Jim Fowler, John T. Gory and Zach Gory. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis TN 38101. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Bobby F. Gory please visit our Sympathy Store.
Kelly Cantrell ClarkDecember 28, 1974 – July 22, 2020Kelly Lynn Cantrell Clark, 45, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Akron, Ohio, December 28, 1974 to Freddie Wayne and Fredda Fae Tindall Cantrell. Due to her father’s career in the military, she moved from Akron to Germany, Texas and Louisiana before settling in Tupelo. In 1993, she graduated from Tupelo High School and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi University for Women and her master’s degree from Arkansas State University. For 22 years, she taught middle school, and twice received the Teacher of the Year award. She had a passion for and truly loved being a teacher. As her health declined, she wrote down this message to share, “I taught school for 22 years at a wonderful, small rural school in [South] Pontotoc. I miss everything about teaching. My school family (staff and students) check on me and pray for me. I am so blessed. I have taught fifth, sixth, and seventh grades. I have taught every subject except math, and they would pay me not to do that. Ha!” Kelly attended First Baptist Church from fourth grade to adulthood and was married there in 1998 to Chris Clark. They spent 22 wonderful years together. She was owned by her two adorable fur babies, Piper and Gypsy.Survivors include her husband, Chris Clark of Tupelo; parents, Fred and Fredda Cantrell of Tupelo; brother, David Wayne Cantrell of Tupelo; and mother-in-law, Joyce Clark Swain of Tupelo.A graveside service will be at 10:00 am Saturday, July 25, 2020 in Tupelo Memorial Park with Bro. Jimmy Flake and Rev. Ricky Young officiating. Memorials may be made to Second Chances Animal Rescue, PO Box 165, Pontotoc MS 38863. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Kelly Cantrell Clark please visit our Sympathy Store.
Tupelo MS
Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary – Tupelo
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Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo
Virginia “Ginger” BerryhillJanuary 6, 1942 ~ July 17, 2020Virginia Agnes Grice Berryhill, 78, realized the promises of her longstanding faith in God and met her Creator on Friday, July 17, 2020 from Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. Ginger was born in Memphis at John Gaston Hospital on January 6, 1942 to the late Gordon Grice and Agnes Gertrude Nicholson Grice. She was raised in Memphis/Whitehaven area, graduating from Southside High School where she was a member of the ROTC. A skating enthusiast, she met another skating ace in Johnny R. Berryhill. They became a skating team at the ole Rainbow Skating Rink, where Elvis often skated, eventually became sweethearts and were married on March 25, 1960. This beautiful union lasted 60 years, four months and eighteen days until her death. Ginger and Johnny claimed the Byhalia area as home base, but for over 35 years, they were a “road team” traveling the USA where Johnny was a construction supervisor for Dillard’s Department Stores. They literally lived and worked from their RV in all but 13 US States. Patriotic Americans in their own way, Ginger, being a history buff, developed a love for monuments and museums. As they traveled, they observed firsthand many historical sites, parks, and museums across the nation. A Red Hat Lady, Ginger loved artistic painting, arts and crafts of all genres, crossword puzzles, and reading. She and Johnny were members of Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Byhalia. She enjoyed singing in the church choir and in the Good Sams, Thousand Trails, and Family Motor Coach Association “Maestros” Quartet. Their favorite vacation spots were Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks.Ginger is survived by her husband, Johnny Berryhill; and three children, Lucas Berryhill (Cindy) of Tupelo, Karen B. Taylor (Tom) of Lakeland, TN, and Helen Elaine Berryhill of Olive Branch, MS;  six grandchildren, TJ, Jennifer, Jessica, Katie, Lauren, and Callie; ten great-grandchildren, Trey, Cassie, Kaiya, Haley, Lexis, Kiara, Lyric, Ava, Addie, and CJ.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and three siblings, Jimmy, Helen, and Tony. A service celebrating her life will be held at 11:30 AM Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church with her pastor, Bro. Oscar Giesland, officiating. Visitation will begin at the Church at 11:00 AM. Private burial will follow the service at Tupelo Memorial Park in Tupelo, MS. Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is honored to be assisting the family. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd, Suite 300, Jacksonville FL 32255. Condolences may be expressed to the family at hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net. (662 840 5000)
Margaret Emma (O’Callaghan) MillerSeptember 1, 1935 ~ July 17, 2020Mrs. Margaret O’Callaghan Miller, age 84, passed away Friday evening, July 17, 2020 at North MS Medical Center. She was born September 1, 1935 in Fairfield, MS to William and Elizabeth Hitt O’Callaghan. She married Herman “Boyce” Miller on July 14, 1950, and they were inseparable for 67 years until his death on April 16, 2018. She missed him so and was ready to be with him again. She was a loving wife and mother of two daughters. She was a dedicated member of Gumtree Presbyterian Church. Margaret retired from Sears at age 55. She and Boyce retired on the same day. Margaret and Boyce enjoyed traveling to Panama City, FL several times a year, staying at the Americana for a month in the fall, and meeting as many as 84 friends from all over the country. She was a wonderful homemaker and cook. She loved to sew and paint, and host family and friends. She was an avid believer of family history and always had stories of days gone by.Survivors include her two daughters, Penny Johns (Gerald) and Connie Morgan, all of Tupelo; sister, Billie Faye Mackey of Saltillo; three grandchildren, Scottie Johns (Cory) of Dacula, GA, Katie Bates (David) of Sherman, and Callie Berryhill of Tupelo; three great grandchildren, Spence Johns and Grayson Johns of Dacula, GA, and Ava Bates and Adaline Bates of Sherman. Margaret is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Boyce; and her brother, Buddy.Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 AM until service time. A private family service celebrating Margaret’s life will be at 11:00 AM, Monday, July 20, 2020 in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Charles Covington officiating. Private burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be David Bates, Wesley Burks, and Steve Vinson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Mackey, Danny Mackey and Mark O’Callaghan. Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803. Condolences to the family may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors. Those who cannot attend may view the service Monday and thereafter by going to hollandfuneraldirectors.com/livestreaming. 
George “Drew” MontgomeryNovember 28, 1986 ~ July 21, 2020George Andrew “Drew” Montgomery, 33, passed away suddenly of natural causes on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Drew was voted “best hair” in his senior class at Tupelo High School. He was magnetic and handsome and dreamed of a career in law and politics before a decision not to wear a seat belt the morning after his high school graduation forever changed his life. He found renewed purpose in working the last few years, first at Kroger and then at a local call center. In spite of his challenges, he remained witty and kind. He had lived independently since his father’s death in August. Together, he and his father shared a love of Mississippi State. Drew inherited his mother’s love of music, especially live performances with some of his favorite acts being Prince, Drive By Truckers, and perhaps surprisingly, Justin Timberlake. But his love for JT was real. He was loved by many and will be missed without measure. He deserved more than he got and in the end was content with what he had. We say goodbye knowing that is the measure of a life well-lived.Drew is survived by his mother, Kelley Lawson (Roger) of Oxford; his brothers, Jaye Montgomery of Clarksdale, and William Archibald of Tupelo; his sister, Kasey Bryan (Locke) of Augusta, Georgia; his maternal grandparents, Nancy and Doug Bradley of the Richmond Community; nephews, South and Gus Bryan, and niece, Cricket Bryan; and aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Montgomery, and his paternal grandparents, Sarah and Harold Montgomery.Visitation will be from 6-:00 PM Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Holland-Tupelo Chapel, and on Friday from Noon until service time at the church. A service celebrating Drew’s life will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 1:00 PM at the Unity Presbyterian Church (391 County Rd 1233, Plantersville, MS 38862) east of Plantersville with Rev. Dr. John Armistead officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Anne Marie Littrell, William Archibald, Crofton Sloan, Spencer Sloan, Will Reed, Locke Bryan, John Patrick Ballard, Nickel Smith, and Stephen Martin. For those wishing to honor Drew’s love of the least, last and most vulnerable amongst us, it is suggested that memorials be made to Saint’s Brew, c/o All Saints Episcopal Church, 608 Jefferson St, Tupelo MS 38804. Remembrances of Drew may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Johnny Harvey Smith, Jr.September 14, 1947 ~ July 22, 2020Johnny Harvey Smith, Jr., a real dirt sport, departed this life after a brief battle with brain cancer. At age 72, and a lifelong truck driver, Johnny had made his last haul just three weeks ago. He spent a lifetime on the road doing what he enjoyed best: moving goods and seeing the beautiful USA. Born in Franklin County, Alabama on September 14, 1947 to the late Johnny Harvey Smith, Sr. and Myrl Scott Smith, Johnny enjoyed the outdoors all his life including fishing, hunting, boating, tending his horses and horseback riding, and taking pictures everywhere he went. A jovial, independent soul, Johnny was selfless and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. A Pentecostal by faith and avid sports fan, his fun loving nature endeared him to children especially his grandchildren whom he spoiled with gifts of candy.Johnny is survived by his wife, Mildred Diane Smith of Nettleton; his sons, Phillip Smith (Melissa) of Mantachie, Tim Smith of Saltillo, Jeffrey Smith (Carmen) of Saltillo, and Casey Smith (Susan) of Eggville;  step-son, Joshua McLarty of Nettleton, and two step-daughters, Laura Thornhill of Tennessee, and Andrea Gilmore of Guntown;  three sisters, Louise Brown of Burton, Dianne Bennett (Gary) of Pontotoc,  and Dorothy Orrick (Donny) of Belmont; two brothers, Mike Smith and Guy Ray Smith, both of Red Bay, AL.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Edna; and a young sister, Betty Ruth.Visitation will be from 4-6:00 PM Thursday, July 23, 2020 and from 1:00 PM until service time on Friday, all at Holland-Tupelo Chapel, which is honored to be serving their friends. A service celebrating his life will be held at 3:00 PM Friday, July 24, 2020 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Sis. Brenda Harrison officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park on Joyner Street. Pallbearers will be Joe Rone, Joshua McLarty, Jacky Richardson, Wesley Turner, Chris Whitaker, and Gary Bennett. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed at www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Live-streaming at 3:00 PM Friday and will be permanently archived thereafter. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Gerard “Gerry” Chapin LambertJune 28, 1978 ~ July 23, 2020 In Memory of Gerard “Gerry” Chapin LambertJune 28, 1978 – July 23, 2020This post, from Gerry’s family, is to share the sad news with all that loved and cared for him that he passed away last night. You can take comfort that he left us peacefully and in the presence of family.We remember how compelling his company was to us all. Whether spent scheming, reminiscing or visiting idly, the moments we will recall sharing with him were touched indelibly by his humor, imagination and love. Those qualities also shaped a monumental talent for writing. In his poetry we are presented with intimate games, curiosities and scathing critiques that only Gerry could notice and render. We can be heartened that he has left us with so much to continue to celebrate and discover, so much to confide in us. In that spirit we invite you to share your memories and remember him with us. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
William “Ben” ParmerNovember 3, 1991 ~ July 24, 2020William Benjamin Parmer, 28, passed away at the North MS Medical Center in Tupelo on July 24, 2020. Born in Tupelo on November 3, 1991 to Clyde Marion Parmer, Jr. and Janice Whitten Sloan, Ben grew up and lived in Tupelo all his life. He attended Tupelo Public Schools and Tupelo High School. Ben worked various jobs including Toyota and was proudest of being a house dad to his seven year old son, Jaxon. Good with his hands, he enjoyed the outdoors, 4-wheeler riding, hunting and having fun with family and friends. A practical jokester, he was a great guy to be friends with.Ben leaves behind his fiancé, Samantha Christopherson and their seven year old son, Jaxon; his mother, Janice Whitten Sloan; his father, Clyde Marion Parmer, Jr.; a brother, Rusty Clement (Amber); and aunts, uncles cousins and a host of friends.A service celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, July 27, 2020 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until service time Monday only. For those who may be unable to attend, the service may be viewed via www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Livestreaming at 11:00 AM and be permanently archived thereafter.
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Amy MontgomeryJuly 11, 1933 – July 14, 2020Amy “Reliza” Montgomery was born July 11, 1933. She was the daughter of Frank and Fannie Robinson. She passed away peacefully at her home in Pontotoc, MS, age 87, on July 14, 2020. Reliza was united in marriage to George Montgomery on September 23, 1950. Throughout their loving marriage of fifty-seven years, they had five children George (Larry) of Pontotoc, MS, Brenda Smith (Horace) of Olympia, IL, Barbara Montgomery of Pontotoc, MS, Patricia (Harry) of Pontotoc, MS and Miranda Montgomery of Philadelphia, PA.She leaves to cherish her memories her children; and her grandchildren, LaShonda Brown of California, Duwone Flowers and Kevin Montgomery of Kansas, MO, Durand Flowers, Gerald Singleton, and Jared Smith of Chicago, IL, Tiffany Montgomery, Trina Montgomery, Marissa M. Pennington (Kaleb), and Terrell Montgomery of Pontotoc, MS. She also leaves several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives along with her in laws, Ulysses Montgomery of Chicago, IL; Tommy C. Montgomery (Regina) of Detroit, MI, Johnny Lynne Agnew (Charles) and Charles Easley of Saltillo, MS. She also leaves two special daughters Shirley B. Williams and Dottie Thompson of Chicago, IL. She is preceded in death by her husband, George (Billy) Montgomery; her parents, Frank and Fannie Robinson; and her sisters, Mary Price, Lilly Easley and Addie Shumpert. Walk-Thru Visitation will be Monday, July 20, 2020 from 4-6:00 pm at the funeral home. Graveside Services will be held Tuesday July 21, 2020 at 11:00 am at Porter’s Memorial Park, Tupelo, MS. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.nljonesandsons.com or on Facebook at N.L.Jones Funeral Directors.
Alicetine CollierJuly 15, 2020Alicetine Collier was born in Tupelo, MS, to Christine and Robert Collier Jr. on February 17, 1954. Alicetine was affectionately known as Alice. She departed life at Northeast Mississippi Medical Center (hospice) on July 15, 2020 at 11:01 am after her battle with liver cancer. She was 66 years old. Alice lived a private yet meaningful life. She was well-known for using what she had to make the best out of life which was evident in her home.  Everywhere you looked there was a unique stenciled art piece, from animals to exotic settings, cherubs, and plants. She loved arts and crafts. She loved her family and friends and will always be known as a loving mother, sister, cousin, grandmother, and friend.She is survived by one child, Alexander Collier (Venice). Also surviving are two sisters, Linda Faye Russell and Patricia Ann Collier; and two brothers, David and James Cooper. She also leaves to cherish her memory three grandchildren, Joshua Immanuel Hinton (Rachel), Tariq Elijah Brooks, Kiana Simone Collier; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Alice is preceded in death by her parents, Christine and Robert Collier Jr. and one brother, Lawrence Collier.Walk-Thru Visitation will be Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 4-6:00 pm at N.L.Jones Funeral Directors. Graveside Services will be held Friday, July 24, 2020 at 10:00 am at Porter’s Memorial Park, Tupelo, MS. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.nljonesandsons.com or on Facebook at N.L.Jones Funeral Directors.
Alfredia MillerJuly 1, 1958 – July 19, 2020Alfredia (Freda) Miller was born July 1, 1958 to the late Deloise Gardner and Mary Helen Clay. On July 19, 2020 Freda’s heavenly Father called her home. Freda confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and was a member of Palestine United Methodist Church in Nettleton MS. She was educated in the Nettleton School System. She was employed at Lee Sportswear and Papa V’s of Tupelo for several years. She really enjoyed spending a lot of time with family, especially her grandchildren.She is absent from our sight but never from our hearts. Freda leaves to mourn her passing two loving and devoted sons, Michael L. Miller and Maurice (Keshia) Miller both of Nettleton Mississippi; her mother  Mary Helen Clay of Nettleton Mississippi; four brothers, Jason Clay of Evansville Indiana, Michael (Tonya) Williams, Arthur (Carmen) Williams of Little Rock Arkansas, Antonio (Shanel) Williams of St. Louis Missouri; two sisters, Kimberly (Steven) Bracey and Antionette (Randy) Garth of Little Rock Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Martinique Miller, Dominique Stanfield, Kameron Miller, Marlena Standfield, Selena Stanfield, Madison Miller, Kirsten Miller all of Nettleton Mississippi; three great grandchildren, Nakia Dilworth, Aubree Miller, Jamahri Beeks; and one special grandchild, Kaden Orr, all of Nettleton Mississippi; and many other relatives and friends. Freda was preceded in death by her father, Deloise Gardner; her daughter, Ann Miller Standfield, and her brother Kenneth Gardner.Walk-Thru Visitation will be Friday, July 24, 2020 from 4-6:00 pm at NL Jones Funeral Directors. Graveside Services will be held Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 11:00 am at Mullen Cemetery, Nettleton, MS. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.nljonesandsons.com or on Facebook at NL Jones Funeral Directors.
D’Andre HughesApril 23, 1986 – July 20, 2020D’Andre Lamont Hughes was born on April 23, 1986, to his biological mother Deloris Hughes in Canton, MS. After her untimely death in January 1988, D’Andre was left in the care of O’Floyd and Elizabeth Turner. D’Andre gained his heavenly wings on July 20, 2020. D’Andre, who was affectionately known as “Dre,” was known for his big personality and infectious smile. He was always the life of the party and never turned down an opportunity to play spades or dominoes. He formally professed his love for Christ at a young age. He was an active member at New Providence M.B. Church before attending Temple of Compassion and Deliverance with his family.He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Kadenc; bonus son, Twan Edwards; the love of his life, Laken Starks all of Tupelo, MS; mother, Elizabeth Turner of Jackson MS; father affectionately called “Old Man”, O’Floyd Turner of Tupelo; brother, Kevin Turner of Tupelo; sisters, Amiracle Ross of Little Rock and Sharonda (Jared) Turner of Jackson, MS; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, and his grandmother, Ruth Taylor of Canton, MS.Walk-Thru Visitation will Friday, July 24, 2020 from 4-6:00 pm at St. Paul Christian Life Center, Tupelo, MS. Graveside Services will be held Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Canton Cemetery, 309 Lyons Street, Canton, MS. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.nljonesandsons.com or on Facebook at N.L.Jones Funeral Directors.

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