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HCN Regional Obituaries (August 21-27, 2020)

HCN Regional Obituaries

August 21 – 27, 2020

Baldwyn MS 
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn
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Kesler Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
W.F. “Pete” Bridges
March 17, 1923 ~ August 20, 2020
W.F. “Pete” Bridges (97) passed away peacefully at his home on August 20, 2020. He was a longtime resident of the Ellistown Community. He was a people person and never met a stranger. Growing up he was the oldest of eight children of Quitman “Tip” Bridges and Grace Adams Bridges. From a very young age he helped plow with mules and farm to provide for the family. School days consisted of walking long distances to Ingomar and Blue Springs. He left school in the tenth grade and later joined CC Camp. He helped dig Snow Lake in Ashland, MS and then watched for fires in the Winburn Tower. When WWII broke out he joined the U.S. Air Force and became an M.P. stationed in Cairo, Egypt. He was the recipient of the Sharp Shooter Medal and met Jimmy Doolittle. He was baptized at Fairfield Presbyterian Church. Over the years he was a farmer, truck driver, baseball player for Futorian, Cotton States and the U.S. Air Force, a bird dog trainer and once named Nurse Good Body for taking care of his wife. He loved to fish, hunt, ride 4-wheelers, garden, drive his Dodge truck and his tractor, and tell stories of the past. He remembered every detail. He remained very active at the age of 97.He is survived by his daughters, Sheila Knowles Beaty of Blue Springs, Kay Bouchillon (William) of New Albany, Ivy Blue (Jim) of Brandon, and Darlene Adams; ten grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; his sister, Charlene Allen; his brothers, Edward, Gerald, Sam and Randy Bridges. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 71 years, Idell Mooneyhan Bridges; his son, Ronald Bridges; his daughter, Nina Lyles; his brothers, James and Billy G. Bridges. Special thanks to Wesson and Mothershed Eye Clinic, Dr. Moeller at VA Clinic, Sanctuary Hospice, and family and friends for love and support and especially prayers. Private family graveside services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, August 23, 2020 at Ellistown Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Michael Baker officiating and a VA flag service by American Legion Post 72. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of W.F. “Pete” Bridges, please visit our floral store. keslerfuneralhome.com 
Eva Mae Moss
June 14, 1943 ~ August 21, 2020 
Eva Mae Moss (77) passed away Friday, August 21, 2020 at the NMMC in Tupelo. She was a member of Rowland Mills Baptist Church. She enjoyed listening to gospel music and spending time with her family. She truly loved listening to her family sing gospel music.Eva is survived by her husband, Billy Joe Moss; her son, Ricky Stidham of Burnsville; her daughter, Deborah Lovelace (Ricky) of Burnsville; her grandchildren, Kelly Bennett (Chad) of Tishomingo, and Bethany Cheaves (Justin) of Ramer, TN; and her great-grandchildren, Madison Bennett, McKinley Bennett and Kyler Cheaves. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Cleo Garrett.A private graveside service will be held Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Rowland Mills Cemetery with Bro. Frankie Smith and Bro. Josh Westmoreland officiating. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Eva Mae Moss, please visit our floral store. keslerfuneralhome.com 
Gary Lee Miles
December 25, 1954 ~ August 23, 2020 
Gary Lee Miles (65) surrounded by his loving family, entered the gates of Heaven on August 23, 2020. He was a member of Little Creek Baptist Church in Marietta, MS. He will be remembered for his sacrifices as an over the road trucker, spending countless hours away from his family to make sure their needs were met. He drove tirelessly in order to attend every special sporting event his boys were involved in. He took great pride in his boys on and off the field and even greater pride in the young men and daddies they have become. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Terressia Whitley Miles; his sons, Eric Lee Miles (Michelle) and their children, Casey, Maddie Grace and Madison; Bradley Miles (Crystal) and their children, Hunter, Briley and Preston; Wesley Miles (Courtney) and their children, Blakely, Madi, Presley and Marli Kate, and Whitley Miles (Bailey) and their children, Karley Brooke and Baby Miles coming in 2021; his great-grandchildren, Alaytheea and AJ; his siblings, Ann Ivey, Francis Jennings and Linda Roberts; his special friend, Ricky Winters; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest and Retha Lois Owens Miles; his siblings, Milton, Ray, Earl, Helen, Jerry, and his infant brother, JD.Visitation will be 3:00-4:00 PM Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at Little Creek Baptist Church. Services will begin at 4:00 PM with Bro. Jeremy Johnson and Minister Ronnie Livingston officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Rest Cemetery. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Gary Lee Miles, please visit our floral store. keslerfuneralhome.com 
Benny Eugene Burcham
September 17, 1948 ~ August 24, 2020 
Benny Eugene Burcham (71) passed away Monday, August 24, 2020 at Desoto Baptist Hospital in Southaven, MS. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, racing and horses. He was a member of TN Walking Horse Exhibitors and Breeders Association. Benny is survived by his wife of 25 years, Shelia Burcham of Booneville; his sons, Tony Burcham (Laurie) of Baldwyn, Timmy Burcham of Booneville, and Shane Burcham (Brandi) of Booneville; his daughters, Shelley Smith (Jimmie) of Rienzi, Nicole Wren (Matt) of Rienzi, and Cassy Woodruff (Dustin) of Alcorn County; his brothers, Smith Burcham (Caroline) of Booneville, John Burcham of Booneville, and Teddy Burcham of Booneville; his sisters, Betty Bennett of TN, Linda Chase of Booneville, and Kathy Holder of Booneville; his son-in-law, Joe Scott of Mantachie; his special niece, Jessica Whitehurst of Southaven; his grandchildren, Parks Burcham, Pryce Burcham, Madyson Kerr, Courtney Rinehart, Chance Rinehart, Makynlee Smith, Chance Burcham, Zeke Burcham, Adilynn Woodruff, Alyssa Woodruff, Aiden Woodruff, BJ Kent, Chloe Waddle, Davis Claire Scott, Brooklyn Nicole Green and Anna Claire Pennington; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harding and Jettie Burcham; his daughter, Tammy Kay Scott; his brother, Eddy Burcham; and his sister, Patsy Burcham.Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 PM Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at the funeral home. Services will be 3:00 PM Thursday, August 27, 2020 in the Booneville Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Brown officiating. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Benny Eugene Burcham, please visit our floral store. keslerfuneralhome.com 
Waters Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Lemoise Lindsey
October 6, 1930 – August 21, 2020
Lemoise Lindsey 89, passed away at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility on Friday, August 21, 2020. He retired from Super Sagless Inc. and enjoyed going to flea markets and fixing things. He was a member and deacon at Sandy Springs Baptist Church and attended church at Calvary Baptist Church in Marietta.He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Era Dell Lindsey of Baldwyn; son, Danny Lindsey (Donna) of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Kimberly and Kelly Guin of Marietta, and Adam and Tiffany Lindsey of Saltillo; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Kennedy (Hayden) of Wheeler, and Willene Joslin (Wayne) of Baldwyn;and a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ouida Wooldridge Lindsey; sisters, Patsy Easter, Lopez Gilley, and Onez Hill; brothers, Billy Lindsey, Glentis Lindsey, and Ronnie Lindsey.Visitation will be Monday, August 24, 2020 from 10:00 AM until service time at Waters Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at noon with Bro. Bill Adams and Bro. Charles Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Lemoise Lindsey, please visit our Tribute Store.
Geraldine Cunningham
December 19, 1928 – August 22, 2020
Geraldine Hamblin Cunningham, age 91, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at the NMMC in Tupelo after an extended illness. Geraldine was born in Tupelo but spent most of her life in Baldwyn. Geraldine was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Baldwyn, serving as a Sunday School teacher in the children’s department for 53 years. She loved to cook and entertain guests, often hosting visiting ministers and their spouses in her home. Geraldine worked for many years as a cashier at the family owned Cunningham’s Food Mart in Baldwyn. Her entire life was devoted to serving and ministering to others. Her three great loves were cooking, working in her yard, and spending abundant time with her family. All the children in her large extended family loved to visit at “Nene’s”. Having a true love for people, she leaves many treasured friends of all ages, each of whom has held a very special place in her heart.She leaves behind her loving husband of 73 years, James Milton “Jimmie” Cunningham; two sons, Jerry Cunningham (Carolyn) of Greenville, and Mike Cunningham (Joann) of Belden; along with one brother, Billy Hamblin, Sr. (Janice) of Tupelo; and a host of other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Gladys Gardner Hamblin; three brothers, Jack Jr., Paul, and Bobby Hamblin; also preceding her in death was an infant son, Timothy Nix Cunningham.Visitation will be Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 PM until service time at Waters Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM with Bro. Stanley Huddleston and Bro. Mitch Grisset officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and nephews. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Geraldine Cunningham, please visit our Tribute Store.
Rayburn “JR” Chism
September 8, 1965 – August 22, 2020
Rayburn “Jr.” Chism, 54, passed away at his home on Saturday, August 22, 2020. He was a truck driver for Dobbs Trucking and he enjoyed fishing, riding motor cycles and horses, driving a truck, gardening and working in his yard. He truly enjoyed spending time with his family and he was a Baptist.He is survived by his mother, Mary Jo Chism of Ripley; special friend, Tammy Wardlow of Baldwyn; sister, Mary Katherine Hollands (Billy) of Ripley; brother, Robert “Smurf” Chism of Baldwyn; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Chism; and a brother, Steve Williams.Visitation will be Tuesday evening, August 25, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Waters Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at Waters Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM. Burial will be Mount Olivet Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Rayburn “Jr.” Chism, please visit our Tribute Store.
Walter Taylor
June 27, 1937 – August 23, 2020
Walter Taylor passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at the NMMC in Pontotoc. He enjoyed Nascar, watching Fox News and he was an avid TN VOLS fan. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, and he was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.He is survived by his wife, Wanda Sue Frye Taylor of Friendship; four stepchildren, Keith Potts (Rhonda) of Friendship, Randy Potts (Diana) of Pratts, Kenneth McDowell of Corinth, and Troy McDowell (JoAnna) of Jumpertown; one brother; eight step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Nettie Teasley Taylor.Visitation will be Thursday, August 27, 2020 from noon until service time at Waters Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM with Bro. Bobby Jerrell officiating. Burial will be at Friendship Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Walter Taylor, please visit our Tribute Store.
James “Jim” RutherfordJuly 6, 1929 – August 24, 2020Jim Rutherford passed away on Monday at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Desoto County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of James “Jim” Rutherford, please visit our Tribute Store.
Booneville MS
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Booneville
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Booneville Funeral Home – Booneville
Patricia Thornton
May 25, 1948 – August 22, 2020
Patricia Jackson Thornton, 72, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born in Prentiss County on May 25, 1948, to James Elton Jackson and Mary Brooks Jackson. She was a member of Pleasant Valley Church of Christ. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, gardening, fishing, attending church, and spending time with her grandchildren.She is survived by her husband James E. Thornton; her daughters, Tammy Moss (Neil) of New Site, Tina Hutchens (Robbie) of New Site; her sisters, Lois Bailey of Tishomingo, Mois Gallaher (Jerry) of Tishomingo, Linda Bostick of Tishomingo, Pam Jackson of Red Bay, AL, Anita Hardin (Alan) of Red Bay, AL, Delores Hester (Randy) of Vina, AL, and Paula Jackson of Vina, Al; her sisters-in-law Jean Jackson of Booneville, Susan Jackson of Belmont, Diane Jackson Sparks of Tishomingo, and Joann Thornton of Booneville; her grandson Devin Bullard (Alex) of Booneville; her granddaughters, Madison and Allie Hutchens of New Site; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, JT, Tony, and Phillip Jackson.Visitation will be Sunday, August 23, 2020 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, August 24, 2020, at Booneville Funeral Home with Bro. Rickey Greene and Bro. Carl Dunlap officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be extended to the family at boonevillefuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Patricia Thornton please visit our Sympathy Store.
Gary Yancey
March 24, 1963 – August 25, 2020
Gary Douglas Yancey, 57, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born in Booneville, MS, on March 24, 1963, to Harold and Frankie Kelton Yancey. He was a devoted volunteer fireman for the Pisgah Fire Department.He is survived by his mother, Frankie Fay Yancey; and a brother, Michael Yancey. He preceded in death by his father, Harold Yancey.Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, August 27, 2020, at Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 12:00 until 2:00 PM prior to the service. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be extended to the family at boonevillefuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Gary Yancey please visit our Sympathy Store.
McMillan Funeral Home – Booneville
James “Tex” Michael Crabb
November 27, 1960 – August 22, 2020
James Michael “Tex” Crabb, 59, of Booneville passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He loved football, collecting hot wheels cars and baseball cards. He is survived by his wife, Theresa Crabb; three daughters, Stephanie Thomas, Rebecca Crabb and Amanda Crabb Miller (Robert); one sister, Michelle Croft; and eleven grandchildren, Alec and Ryan Hawley, Breanna Crabb, James Nesby, Keaira Nesby and Michael Barton, Brayden, Caydence, Graysen, Saylem and Hayven Miller. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Humbert Crabb and Anita Sue Taylor Crabb. A Memorial Service will be at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David English officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM at the funeral home. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com
Corinth MS
Magnolia Funeral Home – Corinth
Leon Brose NelmsJanuary 4, 1933 – August 21, 2020Born January 4, 1933 in Corinth, MS, Mr. Leon Brose Nelms passed from this life on Friday, August 21, 2020 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a retired mail clerk for the U.S. Postal service and a member at Tate Baptist Church. Leon loved his family and friends and enjoyed doing yard work and cleaning around the house. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Leon is survived by his sister, Betty Jo Worsham of Cherokee, AL; his nephews, Mike Worsham and wife Vicky of Cherokee, AL, Keith Worsham and wife MaeBeth of Tuscumbia, and Herbie Rogers and wife Tina of Corinth; other relatives and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Hampton Brose Nelms; mother, Frances Louise Haygood Nelms; sister, Brosa Lee Rogers and husband Herbert; brother-in-law, Thomas Worsham; nephew, Tommy Joe Worsham; and a niece, Donna Burcham. Private graveside memorial services will be held Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Magnolia Gardens in Corinth, MS. Bro. Herbie Rogers will officiate the service. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Leon Brose Nelms. Condolences may be left at magnoliafuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Leon Brose Nelms please visit our Sympathy Store.
Linda Joyce BurchamNovember 6, 1947 – August 21, 2020Born November 6, 1947, Linda Joyce Burcham, 72 of Fulton, MS passed from this life on Friday, August 21, 2020 at North MS Medical Center-Amory. She was of the Baptist faith.Linda is survived by her sisters, Azzlee Downs and husband Wayne of Glen, and Charlene Vanderford of Corinth; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Roy Lee Burcham; mother, Frances Wamsley Burcham; and her brother, James Burcham. A graveside service is set for Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of MS Linda Joyce Burcham. Condolences may be left at magnoliafuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Linda Joyce Burcham please visit our Sympathy Store.
Patricia T. TuckerMay 23, 1950 – August 22, 2020Patricia T. Tucker, 70 of Glen, MS passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Born May 23, 1950 in Corinth, Patricia was a retired maintenance planner for Kimberly Clark with 25 years of service. She was of the Baptist faith and she loved her family and friends and her dogs, Scooter and Rebel. Patricia enjoyed the outdoors, swimming and riding 4-wheelers. She is survived by her brothers, Greg Tucker and wife Annette of Corinth, Don Tucker and wife Melissa of Iuka, and Gary Tucker and wife Sherrie of Corinth; her sister, Sandra Foster of Hattiesburg, MS; a special aunt, Paulette Dunlap of Southaven, MS; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends. Patricia is preceded in death by her father, Bernard Tucker, and mother, Helen Sanders Tucker. A private family memorial service is planned for Wednesday, August 26, 2020. MS. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Patricia T. Tucker. Condolences may be left at magnoliafuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Patricia T. Tucker please visit our Sympathy Store.
Rickey Lamar BeaversJuly 8, 1949 – August 23, 2020Rickey Lamar Beavers, 71 of Corinth, MS passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at his home in Corinth. Born July 8, 1949 in Corinth, MS, Rickey was a retired TSGT for the United States Air Force. He received numerous medals and ribbons during his 22 years, 10 months and 13 days of service to our country including National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, Vietnam Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars, Philippines Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal with one star, NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Air Force Longevity Service Award with four oak leaf clusters. Rickey loved his family and friends and enjoyed farming, working on heavy machinery and anything that was associated with trains. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Sheppard’s Chapel in Gravette, AR.Rickey is survived by his wife of 46 years, Maria Beavers of Corinth, MS; son, Pat Beavers and wife Crystal of Auburn, Washington; daughters, Kathryn Reynolds of Elsmere, Kentucky, Neicy Matthews and husband Barry of Corinth, and Ami Beavers of Corinth; two grandchildren, Brittany Reynolds and BrookLynn Reynolds; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his father, James Franklin Beavers; mother, Elvie Sanders Beavers; brothers, Dennis Beavers and Bill Beavers; and sister, Clara Gale Davis. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Magnolia Funeral Home. Family graveside services will be held Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Honors. Pallbearers will be Pat Beavers, Rick Crookston, Gary Wilburn, Dorsie Hillard, Al Lewis and Ken Briggs. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Rickey Lamar Beavers. https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/H9CJY6XFB2GYYS2R. Condolences may be left at magnoliafuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Rickey Lamar Beavers please visit our Sympathy Store.
Arlas “Bo” EnglishJune 30, 1931 – August 24, 2020Arlas “Bo” Olen English, 89, of Guys, TN passed away on Monday, August 24, 2020 at his home in Guys, TN. Born June 30, 1931 in Adamsville, TN, Bo was the owner of Charlie’s Truck Stop, Jetties, and the Red Barn. He also worked at Brown Shoe factory in Selmer. He is one of the founding members of the Hatchie Bottom Boys. Bo has been playing Bluegrass music for 70+ years in the surrounding area. He is a well known Bluegrass musician in West TN and North MS and a member of the McNairy County Hall of Fame. Bo also loved to hunt, fish, the outdoors and camping. He is survived by his daughter, Rejaneia Morris and husband Bill of Guys, TN; three grandchildren, Brandon Forsyth and wife Kristi, Nathan Morris and wife Hannah, and Dana Potts and husband Ben; four great grandchildren, Ruby Kate Morris, Halle Morris, Willow Potts and Walker Potts; brothers, Johnny English of Oregon, Jamie English and wife Ann of Hohenwald, TN; sisters, Dorothy Haynes of Jackson, TN and Edith Tucker of Athens, GA; sister-in-law, Kathy English of Corinth; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Bo is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Virdie Lee English; father, William Edward English; mother, Cladia Besada Varnell English; brothers, Arnold English and wife Imogene, and Neil English; and brothers-in-law, P.J. Haynes and Robert Tucker. Visitation will be Friday, August 28, 2020 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Magnolia Funeral Home. There will be a private family service to follow with interment in Henry Cemetery. Bro. Jeremy Arnold will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Roger Arnold, Billy Glidewell, Daniel Glidewell, Harold English, Larry Boggs and Joe Garrett. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Arlas “Bo” Olen English. https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/28YPDJ9BHRR6S7SH. Condolences may be left at magnoliafuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Arlas “Bo” English please visit our Sympathy Store.
Dalton Guy Garner, Sr.February 11, 1939 – August 26, 2020Born February 11, 1939 in Booneville, MS, Mr. Dalton Guy Garner, Sr., 81, of Booneville, MS passed from this life on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Dalton Garner’s life was spent with his family, his God, and his land. Dalton helped from his childhood to operate a dairy farm until 1980, when he transitioned to become a beef farmer until his death. Mr. Garner graduated Booneville High School in 1957, Northeast Mississippi Community College in 1959, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Dairy Production from Mississippi State University in 1962. Perhaps unsurprisingly, while at Mississippi State he served as the President of MSU Farm House Fraternity. After graduation he returned to Lavaca Acres Farm to become a third-generation owner/operator. Seemingly tireless in his love and work for farming, Mr. Garner worked as a County Agent at Prentiss County Extension Service, a Soil Conservationist at USDA Soil Conservation Service, a manager of Prentiss County Co-Op, Director of Prentiss County Farm Bureau, a member of the Board of Directors of Prentiss County Electric Power Association, Director of Prentiss County Vo-Tech, President of the Mississippi State Alumni Association in Prentiss County, President of the Mississippi Holstein Association. In short, if you were a farmer in Prentiss County and did not encounter Dalton Garner, it was only because you kept just missing him as he juggled the ten thousand hats he wore at any given time.Mr. Garner’s love for farming was eclipsed only by his love for his family and his God. In addition to his work with the Gideons, he served as the Lay Leader of Christ United Methodist Church in Booneville, Mississippi, the Director of Lay Speaking for the New Albany District of Laity, the Associate Lay Leader for the Tupelo-New Albany District, a Sunday School teacher, and volunteered for numerous committees at Christ United Methodist Church. His numerous accomplishments and successes were not without accolades – he had the first Beef Evaluation Station in cooperation with the Extension Service, he was named a Master Dairy Farmer each year from 1964-1977, he was selected as Outstanding Young Farmer for Mississippi, his family was chosen as Mississippi Farm Family of the Year, he received the Outstanding Soil, Air, and Water Award from the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, was given the Outstanding Conservation Award from Woodmen of the World, and received four separate Awards of Merit from the Soil Conservation Service.Though Mr. Dalton appreciated public recognition of his service and effort, his greatest joy was the love and support of his family. His faith was unshakeable, his love was unconditional, and his service was unparalleled. In each aspect of his life, he exhibited the devotion and diligence that inspired others to achieve their own dreams. In living his faith, he drew a family, a church, and a community closer together. Farmers, believers, and friends all respected and loved him. In passing on into the green pastures of his Savior, our own herd is smaller with his loss.Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years, Connie Sue Young Garner of Booneville; sons, Dalton Guy Garner, Jr. and Hillary Kepple, and John Andrew Garner and wife, Amber Alyce Caviness Garner all of Booneville; daughter, Melanie Kaye Garner Spencer and husband Mitchell “Pete” Spencer of Booneville; eight grandchildren, Brittany Elizabeth Spencer, Daniel Colt Spencer and fiancée Sarah Isbell, Weston Drew Spencer and wife Amber, Mackenzie Logan Garner, Macy Kayden Garner, Dylan Brock Garner, Nicholas Aidan Garner and William Austin Kepple; nephew, David Louis Greene of Maryland; numerous other nieces, nephews, special cousins, other relatives and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Starlin Guy Garner; mother, Eva Ann Yates Garner; brother, Henry Moore Garner; sister, Frances Carolyn Garner Greene; and his parents-in-law, John Bell Young, Sr. and Gladys Elizabeth Tays Young.A Private Service is set for Saturday, August 29, 2020, with interment in Jumpertown Cemetery. Melanie Spencer will deliver the Eulogy and Bro. Billy Joe Young, Bro. Walter Downs, Bro. Bill Beavers and Bro. Ricky Bishop will officiate the service. Honorary pallbearers will be his cousins and The Upper Room Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers the families ask that donations be made to Christ United Methodist Church, C/O Angela Mott, 314 Wyninger Road, Booneville MS 38829. Condolences may be offered at magnoliafuneralhome. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mr. Dalton Guy Garner, Sr. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Dalton Guy Garner, Sr. please visit our Sympathy Store.
McPeters Funeral Home – Corinth
Buddy WallaceMay 14, 1937 – August 26, 2020Buddy Ray Wallace 83, passed away August 26, 2020 at his residence. He was born May 14, 1937 in Alcorn County MS to the late Vance and Eva Mae Wallace. He was a long time member of Farmington Baptist Church. He was a retired millwright worker, having retired from Daniel Construction in Jackson, TN. He was also a mechanic, heavy machine operator. He was a 32-degree Mason member of Corinth Blue Lodge 116, Shriner and with the Eastern Star. He enjoyed fishing, camping, talking and spending time with his family and friends.He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lucille Dunn Wallace; sons, Ray Wallace (Shiela), Sam Wallace (Roseanne); daughter, Linda Moore (Mark); brother, Billy Wallace (Bonnie); sister, Betty Byrd (Larry); sister-in-law, Nell Wallace; grandchildren, Casey Wallace, Madison Wallace, Eva mae Wallace, Zann Wallace, Zoeie Wallace; great grandchildren, Zan, Stormie, Presley, Paisley, Parker, Payton; other special children, Casey Waldrop, Jamie Woodruff, Merry Overholt, Allison Fett; and a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Gwendolyn; parents; parents; brothers, Bobby Wallace, Tommie Wallace (Betty); sisters, Maxine Wilbanks (Bynum), Erma Mae Wallace, Donnie Opal Pace (Ira Jr.)The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM to service time. Funeral services are set for 11:00 AM Saturday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors with Bro. Steven Howell and Terry Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Farmington Baptist Church Cemetery. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com for the Wallace family.
Sue PurvisJune 20, 1938 – August 27, 2020Glenda Sue Purvis, 82, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born in Selmer, Tennessee on June 20, 1938 to the late Clinton Whitlow and Dorothy Mae Peak Rogers. She married the love of her life John W. Purvis on January 9, 1955. She was a member of Pinecrest Baptist Church. She enjoyed painting, woodwork, crafting and flowers especially lilies. Her children and grandchildren were her world.She is survived by son, Johnny Purvis and wife Cindy; daughters, Jackie Crum and husband Rickey, Missy Wilbanks and husband James, brother in love Jimmy Purvis and wife Marie; grandchildren, Michael Crum (Beth Ann), Tawana Woodruff (Jason), Courtney Bayless (Shane) Jamie Purvis, Emily Carmichael, Ethan Carmichael and Cole Wilbanks; great-grandchildren, Carlie Crum, Alex Herring, Wyatt Bayless, Hunter Woodruff, Weston Bayless, Jaci Woodruff, Jake Crum, Landon King; great great grandchild Easton Kirk; and a host of family and friends. Sue was preceded in by her parents; husband, John W “Jack” Purvis; brothers James Rogers, Kenneth Earl Rogers and wife Freda; sister, Frances Marie Smith and husband M.C.Visitation will be Saturday evening, August 29, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 PM at McPeters Funeral Home. Services to celebrate the life of Glenda Sue Purvis will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, August 30, 2020 at McPeters Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Haney officiating. Burial will follow at Henry Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial Funeral Home – Corinth
Billy Madden PittmanFebruary 21, 1934 – August 26, 2020Billy Madden Pittman, 86, passed away August 26, 2020 at his residence. He was born February 21, 1934 in Alcorn County MS to the late Walter Henry “Jake” and Ludie Dixon Pittman. He was of the Baptist faith. He worked as a logger, farmer, Eastside Planeing Mill, Wurlitzer and was retired from Leedo. He enjoyed spending time with his family.Billy is survived by his wife of 64 years, Oma Ray Rutherford Pittman; daughter, Rita Parker (Alan); son, Randall Pittman (Ellon); sisters, Erva Wilbanks, Zudia Butler; grandchildren, Michael Parker (Hope), Eric Parker (Amanda), Alicia Watson (Joey), Kara Kyle (Josh), Kelly Pittman, and Alexis Pittman; great grandchildren, Kalie, Blakely, Ashley Stubelt, Brenna, Hannah, John, Mary, and Emily Parker; step great-grandchildren, Corey Watson (Hannah), Kaitlyn Watson; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Ezra Pittman.The family will receive friends Friday, August 28, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday from 1:00 PM to service time at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services are set for 2:00 PM with Bro. Philip Caples officiating. Burial will follow at the Tuscumbia Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers are Timmy Wilbanks, Jay Hinton, Stanley Horton, Mark Horton, Elijah Hill, Joey Watson, Michael Parker, Eric Parker and Josh Kyle. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialcorinth.com for the Pittman family. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Holly Springs MS
Holly Springs Funeral Home – Holly Springs
Lee Harrison JonesMay 25, 1952 – August 20, 2020Lee Harrison Jones 68, passed away August 20, 2020 at Baptist East Hospital, Memphis, TN. Lee was born May 25, 1952 to Otis Harrison Jones and Esther Marie Phillips Jones in Memphis, TN. Lee was a Baptist and worked as a Mechanic, and he retired from UPS with 20 years of service.Lee is survived by his wife, Virginia “Jenny” Jones of Mt. Pleasent, MS, a daughter, Sandra Faye “Sandy” Jones of Mt. Pleasent, MS; two brothers, Jerry Jone and Robert Jones both of Memphis, TN; his sister, Angela Studdard of Oakland, TN; an aunt, Pat McLeavey of Oakland, TN; four nephews; and five nieces. Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Esther Jones; and nephew, Troy Allen.There will be a visitation service on August 23, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be at Byhalia Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be shared at hsfuneralhome
Mary CooperJune 21, 1938 – August 21, 2020Mary Cooper 82, passed away August 21, 2020 at NEA Baptist Hospital, Jonesboro, AR. Mary was born June 21, 1938 to William Swords and Flora Pauline Smith Swords in Union County, MS. Mary was a homemaker and a member of The First Pentecostal Church, New Albany. Mary is survived by two sons, Charles Cooper (Tina) of New Albany, MS and James Cooper (Charlene) of Florence, AL; a daughter, Kathy Marcum (Walter) of Myrtle, MS; three brothers, Jessie Jr. Smith, James Thomas Smith and John David Smith; her sister, Geneva Price; twelve grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jim and Bell Floyd; and her parents, William and Flora Smith; and a sister, Betty Ann Kimbrough.There will be a visitation at the church Monday evennig, August 24, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 PM. Services will be held Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 2:00 PM at The First Pentecostal Church, New Albany, MS. Burial will be at Gerizim Cemetery, New Albany, MS. Expressions of sympathy may be shared at hsfuneralhome
JF Brittenum and Son Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Holly Springs
Hester B. (Jefferson) CraineSeptember 8, 1937 ~ August 20, 2020Mrs. Hester Craine, 82, transitioned on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. Mrs. Hester B. Jefferson Craine was born to the union of the late Robert (Bob) Jefferson and Sallie Withers Jefferson on September 8, 1937, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She was united in holy matrimony to John Craine. In her younger years, Hester moved to Chicago, Illinois and worked as a domestic worker, after she retired, she moved back home to Holly Springs. “Bea” is what she was affectionately called by everyone that knew her. With a big smile on her face and pep in her step, Bea was always dressed to the tee from head to toe, whenever she left her home, and she would literally give you the clothes off her back.She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Sally (John) Marion of Holly Springs, Mississippi, two grandsons, Demetrius (Patricia) Marion of Olive Branch, Mississippi, John Marion, Jr. of Holly Springs,  Mississippi; eight great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Linda Ann Jefferson of Chicago, Illinois; two brothers, Eddie Lee  (Delois) Jefferson of South Fort Worth, Texas, Louis “Billy” Jefferson of Holly Springs, Mississippi; a sister-in-law, Catherine Davis Jefferson of Holly Springs, Mississippi; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert (Bob) Jefferson and Sallie Withers Jefferson; two sisters, Ruthie J. Rucker, Catherine Jefferson Sea; four brothers, Ellis Jefferson, Earnest Jefferson, Curtis Jefferson and Harold Jefferson; brother-in-law, J.D. Rucker, Sr.; and one grandson, Antonio Marion.Visitation will be on Monday, August 24, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 PM at Serenity-Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Graveside Service swill take place on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Hester B. (Jefferson) Craine, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc
James StinsonApril 1, 1941 ~ August 26, 2020Mr. James Stinson, 79, transitioned on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs, Mississippi.A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Stinson, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc
Houston MS
Houston Funeral Home – Houston
James Criddle, Sr.March 27, 1940 – August 22, 2020Formerly of Van Vleet, Mr. James Robert “Hardrock” Criddle, Sr., 80, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi on March 27, 1940 to Jesse James “Josh” Criddle and Dorothy O.C. Newby Criddle He graduated from Houston High School and Mississippi State University with a degree in Agriculture. James was District Conservationist in Union County for 28 years. After retiring, he was the building inspector for the City of New Albany, worked for Paul Smithey Construction, Roberts Paving, Eutaw Construction, and Cook and Sons Construction. He was also owner of Hardrock Blackberry Farms. James was a member of the New Albany Kiwanis Club and a Shriner. He was instrumental in designing the football field at New Albany High School, Kitchens Field, and the New Albany Sports Plex.Mr. Criddle is survived by his wife, Dorothy Forester Criddle of New Albany; one daughter, Lea Ann (Richie) Armstrong of Aberdeen; two sons, Rob (Celia) Criddle of New Albany, and Ryan (Bellena) Criddle of Wren, MS; one sister, Ella Mae (Thomas) Scruggs of Palmetto; one brother, Frankie Criddle of Oklahoma City; one sister-in-law, Kay (Greg) Gordon of Palmetto; five grandchildren, Tyler Anderson, Carter Armstrong, Ashlan Criddle, Lyla Criddle and Payton Criddle. Mr. Criddle is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Jack Criddle, John Criddle, and J.L. Criddle.Visitation will be held Friday, August 28, 2020 at Houston Funeral Home from 5:00-8:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Friendship Presbyterian Church in Van Vleet, MS with Rev. Terry Rhodes officiating. Burial Will be held at Friendship Cemetery in Van Vleet, MS. Pallbearers will be Taylor Roberts, Gunnar Moore, Lee Bullock, Bobby Scott, Phil Adair, and Billy Roy Wiseman. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Paepke, Sid Knight, and Murff Cook. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803, Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Memorial Funeral Home – Houston
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Southern Funeral Chapel – Houston
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New Albany MS
Glenfield Funeral Home – New Albany
J T WillardMay 15, 1922 – August 26, 2020J.T. Willard, 98 passed away at Pontotoc Health and Rehab on Wednesday morning, August 26, 2020. He was surrounded by loved ones and his passing was peaceful. He was born May 15, 1922, in Union County to Ronel and Idella (Hudson) Willard. He was a member of Pleasant Dale Baptist Church. He was retired from Emerson Electric in Oxford, MS, a Mason, an avid fisherman who loved camping and the outdoors. He was a WWII Army Air Force Veteran and the widower of Blanche Myers Willard. He loved his family dearly along with his beloved pets.Survivors include daughters, Sonja Barfield of Crossett, Arkansas, Jeannie Pence and husband Terry of Pontotoc; one son, Jackie Willard of Pontotoc; seven grandchildren, Mark Wood, Candy Rushing, Jon Barfield, Betty Gantt, Deborah Shaver, Carrie Matin and Katie Haulcomb; thirteen great-grandchildren; nineteen great-great-grandchildren; and son-in-law Wayne Wood. He was preceded in death by his parents,;his wife; a daughter, Tommie Karen Wood; two grandsons, Oliver Barfield Jr and Jarrod Willard; and one son-in-law, Oliver Barfield.A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Warren Cemetery in the Hurricane Community with Dale Rushing and David Martin officiating. Pallbearers will be Terry Pence, David Martin, Dale Rushing, Mark Wood, Wayne Wood and Corey Rushing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. To send a flower arrangement to the family of J T Willard, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. glenfieldfuneralhome
New Albany Funerals and Cremations – New Albany
Dustin “Duck” PrattDecember 31, 1993 ~ August 23, 2020Dustin “Duck” Pratt, 26, resident of the Myrtle Community who will be remembered by many as an outstanding East Union baseball player in earlier years, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Sunday, August 23, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth following a two year illness. Dustin was born December 31, 1993 in Union County the son of Mike and Anissa Barkley Pratt of Myrtle. He was a graduate of East Union High School where he excelled in athletics and continued his education at Northeast Mississippi Community College. A Christian, Dustin was employed in the manufacturing industries of Union County before his illness. He will be remembered for his love of racing vehicles, and a car and truck enthusiast. Never meeting a stranger, Dustin loved people, humor and his canine friends.In addition to his parents, Dustin is survived by his fiancee, Abigail Twheatt; a host of many aunts, uncles and other family members and friends who dearly loved “Duck”. He touched the lives of many.Visitation will be from 5:00-9:00 PM Tuesday, August 25, 2020 and will continue Wednesday at the church until service time at 11:00 AM. Funeral services remembering the life of Dustin will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Ellistown Baptist Church with Bro. Will Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow in Enterprise Cemetery. Arrangements will be provided by New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care. The family request that memorials be directed to the Union County Relay for Life Cancer Society. The staff of New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care invites you to share memories with the Pratt family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dustin “Duck” Pratt, please visit our floral store. nafuneralsandcremations
Larry Dale BreedloveOctober 1, 1968 ~ August 23, 2020 Larry Dale Breedlove, 51, resident of the Michigan City anda  United States Army Veteran, quietly departed this life Sunday, August 23, 2020 at Methodist Hospital in Germantown, TN. Larry was born October 1, 1968 in Aurora, Illinois and is the son of Carolyn Sharp Carpenter (George) of Lamar, MS and the late David Edward Breedlove, Sr. He was a graduate of Ashland High School and was a long distance truck operator for Witt Works in Nesbit for 22 years. A Christian, he proudly served his country as a paratrooper in the United States Army during the Persian Gulf War Period.In addition to his mother and step father, survivors include two sisters, Vivian Ramage of Michigan City, MS and Carla Huey of Holly Springs. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Vicky Breedlove and brother, David Breedlove, Jr.The family appreciates your prayers as they say goodbye to someone they loved deeply. Visitation will be Friday, August 28, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 PM until service at The Memory Chapel of New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care located at the intersection of Hwy 30 and W. Bankhead. A Service of Remembrance will begin at 2:00 PM with Reverend Wayne Sheffield officiating. A private burial will be in the Rice Chapel United Methodist Church. The family requests that memorials be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org. The American Flag at New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care honors Larry and all Veterans for their service to our country…GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! The staff of New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care invites you to share memories with Larry’s family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Larry Dale Breedlove, please visit our floral store. nafuneralsandcremations
Jess A. PowellOctober 6, 1976 ~ August 26, 2020Jess A. Powell, 43, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at his residence in Magee, MS.A graveside service will be Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Liberty Baptist Cemetery, County Rd 117, New Albany, MS in Union County. Visitation will be before service from 12:30-1:00 PM. Arrangements will be provided by New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care who invites you to share memories with the Powell family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jess A. Powell, please visit our floral store. nafuneralsandcremations
Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Inc – New Albany
Georgia Mae ParksJanuary 30, 1940 ~ August 20, 2020Mrs. Georgia Mae Parks, 80, transitioned on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.Visitation will take place on Sunday, August 30, 2020 from 12 Noon until 2:00 PM at Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Burial will take place at Jamison Grove Church Cemetery in New Albany. 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 Georgia Mae Parks, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc
Eldora CannonDecember 24, 1932 ~ August 22, 2020 Mrs. Eldora Cannon, 87, transitioned on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at her son’s residence in Lithonia, GA.Visitation will take place on Friday, August 28, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 PM at Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Burial will take place on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Gerizum Cemetery, County Road 71, Myrtle MS 38650. 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 Eldora Cannon, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc
United Funeral Service – New Albany
David Leo AllenJanuary 4, 1959 – August 21, 2020David Leo Allen, 61, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 21, 2020 at his home. He was born January 4, 1959 in New Albany to Francis Leo Allen and Elizabeth Wayne Allen. He worked at Cooper Tire and Rubber Company and was a member of Fairfield Presbyterian Church. He was a big fan of basketball and enjoyed golf. He loved to watch old western tv shows and movies.He is survived by his wife, Connie Nolan Allen; a daughter, Jessica Allen Gray (Brad); two sons, David Matthew Allen (Jamie) and Michael Heath Allen; a sister, Ann Allen; and three grandchildren, Jake Allen Carr, Chloe Elizabeth Carr and Nolan Miles Gray. He was preceded in death by his parents.Graveside services will be at 1:00 PM Sunday, August 23, 2020 at Fairfield Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Bro. Dan Rupert officiating. Pallbearers will be Terry Roaten, Clifton Roaten, Eddie Adams, Brad Gray and Micky Kidd. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with these arrangements. For online condolences and guest registry, please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of David Leo Allen please visit our Sympathy Store.
Wanda Elmore Wilhite “BooBoo” FarrisJanuary 5, 1944 – August 25, 2020Wanda Elmore Wilhite Farris, fondly known as “BooBoo,” age 76, passed away peacefully on Tuesday night, August 25, 2020 at NMMC in Tupelo. She was born on January 5, 1944. She was an active member of Ecru Baptist Church and a true servant. She loved cooking and entertaining her family and friends in her home. She loved her family so much and doted on her daughters and grands. Her great loves were cooking, spending abundant time with her family, and ministering to others with her huge heart and sweet spirit. She babysit children in her home for many years, each of whom has held a special place in her heart. She retired from Brookwood Furniture after 35 years of service where she made many life long friends. She worked for Three Rivers New Albany Senior Citizen meal site where she thoroughly enjoyed serving meals and grew very attached to each of them that she prepared food for and delivered meals to. She was truly one in a million.She leaves behind her loving husband of 34 years, Eugene Farris; two daughters, Pat Wilhite Taylor (Rick) of New Albany, and Lisa Wilhite Stout (Mitchell) of Oxford; four grandchildren, Chance Taylor (Ellen) of Paducah, KY, Kye Taylor of Nashville, TN, Lauren Stout (Patrick Miracle) of Denver, CO, and Lindsey Stout of Oxford; two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Taylor and Chandler Taylor of Paducah, KY; three sisters, Joyce Hall of Ripley, Dianne Jolly Weeks (Glenn) of Plantersville, Cindy Hitt (Buddy) of Ellistown; two step-children, David Farris (Mona) of Ecru and Leslie Cox (Jason) of Southaven; five step-grandchildren, Peyton Farris, Allison Farris, John Cox, Andrea Phillips (Caleb), and Quincy Cox; and a host of extended relatives, church family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earnestine Parish Windham and Page Elmore; and one brother, Glen Hall.Visitation will be Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 PM at United Funeral Service in New Albany and Sunday from 1:00 PM to service time at Ecru Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Ecru Baptist Church with Bro. Greg Lassett and Bro. Jerry Caples officiating. Her daughter Pat will deliver the eulogy. Graveside services will follow at Ecru Cemetery. Live-streaming will be available on Ecru Baptist Church Facebook page. United Funeral Service is honored to entrusted with these arrangements. Condolences may be posted at unitedfuneralservice. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Wanda Elmore Wilhite “BooBoo” Farris please visit our Sympathy Store.
George Lewis McGeeApril 7, 1929 – August 27, 2020George Lewis McGee, 91, was born to George D. and Laura McGee on April 7, 1929. He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones. He was a faithful member of Ecru Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, Training Union director, and on various committees. Lewis worked for the United States Postal Service where he retired. He was a member of the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War. He also sold insurance for Woodmen of the World and was an avid gardener for many years. Lewis loved his family and friends, his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and his country, America.He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Mabel Lee McGee; a son, Danny McGee and wife Michelle; four grandchildren, Scott McGee (Jennifer), Heather McGee (Rob), Ashley Hendrix and husband Paul, and Brittany McGee; five great grandchildren, Madison McGee, Katilyn Foreman and husband Tyler, Payton McGee, Warren Hendrix, and Emma Louise Hendrix; and one great great grandchild, Kylyse. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Mike McGee; and three siblings, James McGee, Ruby Daniel, and Mary Montgomery.Visitation will be Sunday, August 30, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 PM at United Funeral Service in New Albany. Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM Monday, August 31, 2020 at Ecru Baptist Church in Ecru with Bro. Barry Littlefield and Bro. Greg Lassett officiating. Live-streaming will be available on Ecru Baptist Church Facebook page. Graveside services will follow at Ecru Cemetery. Pallbearers will be the deacons of Ecru Baptist Church. United Funeral Service will fly the military flags in honor of his service to his country. United Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the M.T. Mounce Scholarship Fund, C/O Ecru Baptist Church, PO Box 467, Ecru MS 38841. Condolences may be posted at unitedfuneralservice. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of George Lewis McGee please visit our Sympathy Store.
Oxford MS
Coleman Funeral Home – Oxford
Gary PritchardDecember 16, 1954 – August 23, 2020Gary Pritchard, 65, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family members on Sunday, August 23, 2020. Gary was born to Johnny Lee and June Sangster Pritchard. He was married to Linda Bennett Pritchard, and he was a true family man who will be intensely missed by all his family. Gary was a member of First Baptist Church of Abbeville, MS. Gary worked at Emerson Electric until the plant closed. He then worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital until he retired in 2018. His family will always remember this warm, loving, tenderhearted man as their protector who loved them unconditionally. Linda remembers how he literally took over keeping things going at home once he retired. He cooked; he cleaned; and he took care of the yard. His son, James, remembers having braces on his legs as a child, and as soon as his Dad got home from work, he removed them and had a payday and a coke for him. His daughter-in-law, Misty, remembers many occasions when he jumped in to help her out when James was away fighting fires. James said his dad was the “grumpiest” “sweetest” man you could ever know who would do literally anything for anybody. He loved everybody.Gary was a loving, hardworking, loyal, and supportive man. He was funny and loved playing jokes on people. He loved traveling with Linda and Pam and Robert. He especially loved Heber Springs, trout fishing, and antique shops.One of the greatest joys of his life was his grandchildren. He loved helping Lynlee learn to ride horses, he loved teaching the boys how to build things, he loved watching television with them, and he loved taking them to Sardis just to play on the playground. Known to them as Papaw, he always had a funny story to tell or a joke to play on them. Gary leaves his family the legacy of love for all people; being happy in all circumstances; and all things are possible with the right attitude.Gary is survived by his wife, Linda; his son James (Misty); three granddaughters, Lynlee Pritchard and Mary Hamilton and Harper Bennett; two grandsons, Bennett Pritchard and D.B. Bennett; three sisters, Jackie (Terry) Montgomery, Debbie (Bill) Kincade, Vickie (Tommy) Henry; and three brothers, Duke (Jonnie) Manning, Richard Pritchard, and Michael Pritchard. Mr. Pritchard is preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and June Pritchard; and one bothe,r Lee Sangster Pritchard.A visitation will be held Tuesday, August 25, 2020, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM with the service to follow at 2:00 PM. Both the visitation and the service will be held at Coleman Funeral Home (601 Commerce Parkway, Oxford MS). Interment will be at Abbeville Cemetery in Abbeville, MS. Bro. Randy Hope will officiate. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the Children’s Fund, First Baptist Church, 15 E Long St, Abbevillle MS 38601. Please leave online condolences on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Gary Pritchard please visit our Sympathy Store.
Odie L. DepriestOctober 2, 1932 – August 24, 2020Mrs. Odie L. DePriest, 87, passed away Monday, August 24, 2020, in Oxford, MS. Mrs. DePriest was born to the late Ruben and Mildred Johnson in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Mrs. DePriest was an avid cook who loved to feed her family and friends. Her family describes her as being a sassy, loving, caring mother and friend. She was an active member at First Baptist Church of Abbeville, where she loved serving her Lord Jesus Christ. Odie also liked to hunt and fish in her younger days, often going with her sons. During her free time, Odie loved to crochet, garden, and enjoyed arts and crafts. She dearly loved her children and grandchildren. Paul, her oldest son, took Mrs. Odie crappie fishing one day. She didn’t like to use the jig pole or “jiggy” pole as she called it. Paul fixed her a pole with a minnow and cork. She was just as happy as anyone could be. After she ran out of minnows, she gave in and started using the “jiggy” pole. She and Paul caught a total of 38 crappie that day, with Mrs. Odie catching 18.Mrs. Odie is survived by her five children, Paul Edward DePriest, Patsy (Jeff) Lee Brewer, Randy (Deborah) Wade DePriest, Tony (Charlotte) DePriest, and Arlene F. Bell; fifteen grandchildren; four step grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 25 step great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren; one brother, William (June) Joseph Johnson; and a host of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Odie is preceded in death by her parents, Ruben and Mildred Johnson; and her husband of 54 years, Ernest DePriest.Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 26, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Coleman Funeral Home (601 Commerce Parkway Oxford, MS 38655). Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 27, 2020, at 11:00 AM also at Coleman Funeral Home. Bro. Randy Hope will officiate. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements. Please leave online condolences on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Odie L. Depriest please visit our Sympathy Store.
L Hodges Funeral Service – Oxford
Beverly Joyce MackJanuary 15, 1972 ~ August 18, 2020 Beverly Joyce Mack, 48, departed this life on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at Baptist Memorial Hospital/NM. Beverly, daughter of Rosie Mack and Floyd Williams, was born January 15, 1972, in Memphis TN. Beverly attend school in the Lafayette County School District and later in the Oxford School District. She was employed with Alpha Delta Pi Inc. as a cook and where she was very well known for her “Ms Bev’s Salad Bar. Beverly or Bev, as she was often called, lived her life to the fullest and enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, such as: gathering with friends and family, spending times with her grandchildren, and cooking for everybody in the whole community if she could. She also enjoyed watching Lifetime TV with her grandchildren.She is lovingly remembered by her father, Floyd (Shirley) Williams of Manassas, VA; her sons, Michael and Brandon Mack of Oxford MS, Dimitri Mack of Manassas, VA, and Kentavious Rogers of Laurel, MS; her daughters, Erica Mack and Le’Keria Robertson of Oxford MS; her sisters, Sharon Booker, Quana Herron, Bettye (Edward) Shaw, and Teresa Herron all of Oxford MS; and her brothers, Mario Herron of Oxford MS, Michael Williams and Allen Williams both of Manassas, VA. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Beverly was preceded in death by her mother, Rosie Mack; her sister, Stacye Rockette; and her grandmothers, Lucille Mack and Ollie Williams.Visitation will be Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service. Graveside services will be held Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:00 PM at Philadelphia M. B. Church, 36 County Rd 2006, Oxford MS 38655. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Beverly Joyce Mack, please visit our floral store. www.lhodgesfs.com
MonQuarious “Munchi” DeAnte GipsonJune 24, 1993 ~ August 22, 2020MonQuarious DeAnte Gipson, 27,  departed this life on Saturday, August 22, 2020, in West Memphis AR. He was born June 24, 1993, in Oxford, Mississippi to LaTonya Lee Gipson and Herbert Gipson. A happy, handsome, smiling child who brought much joy to his parents. Munchi, as he was affectionately called, accepted Christ at an early age and joined East St. Peter M.B. Church. He received his formal education in the Oxford School District and was a graduate of the Oxford High School Class of 2011 where he played Charger football, basketball, ran track, and later took up boxing. After high school, Munchi attended Northeast Mississippi Community College where he did further college studies. Munchi cared for and maintained his physical health by actively working out. He loved being physically fit. He enjoyed boxing, loved to smile, loved sports, was an avid reader, watching movies and he loved being with his son. Munchi, was chosen Youth of the Year for the L.O.U. Boys and Girls Club and was awarded a scholarship and was inducted into the Colin Powell  Society as an honorary member of the Boys and Girls Club. Munchi formally worked as a warehouse assembler for Southland Casino. His sweet memory will linger in the hearts of those who loved him most, his only son, Karter Reese Gipson of Oxford MS; his mother, LaTonya Lee Gipson of Oxford MS; his father, Herbert (Mary) Gipson of Oxford MS; his brothers, Unique Gipson, Jordan Burnette and Elante Owens, and Chad Gipson all of Oxford MS, and Deadrick Person of Fort Orwin CA; his maternal grandparents, Sarah Crawford and Jessie Lee, Sr., both of Oxford MS; his paternal grandmother, Deloris Willingham of Oxford MS; aunts, Cynthia (Lynn) Gilliam, Shaketia Shaw, Jessieka and JeLissa Lee all of Oxford MS, and Pamela (Willie) Gayden of Milwaukee WI; and special auntee, Carlene Burt of Oxford MS; cousins, DeMoncus Vaughn, Lorane Lee, DeAundrea Vaughn, D’Jon Lee, and Desmond Lee; and lifelong special friends, Mikey Certion and Larry Pettis. Munchi also leaves a host of other aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. Munchi was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Herbert Shaw and Ricky Willingham; grandmother, Samantha Shaw; aunt, Forteshia Shaw; and uncle, Jessie Lee, Jr.Visitation will be Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service. Graveside services will be held Friday, August 28, 2020 10:30 AM at East St. Peter M.B. Church, 274 County Rd 215, Oxford MS 38655. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of MonQuarious “Munchi” DeAnte Gipson, please visit our floral store. www.lhodgesfs.com
Mary Lean PeguesNovember 4, 1940 ~ August 19, 2020 On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, Mary Lean Pegues, 79, departed her earthly life at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi. Mary was born November 4, 1940 to the late Inez (Sanders) and Robert Lee Johnson in Sardis, MS. She professed a hope in Christ at an early age and joined Harrisonville Missionary Baptist Church and remained a member until her death. Mary was united in matrimony to Glenn Pegues and together they had three children. In her spare time, Mary enjoyed watching the news and her favorite show, Wheel of Fortune. She also loved reading her Bible, working crossword puzzles, and spending time with family and friends.She leaves to cherish her memories, her loving daughter, Sandra Inez Dennis; two grandsons, Cedric Johnson and Derrick Dennis all of Oxford, MS; two step daughters, Debra Ann (Robert) Andrews, Corpus Christi, TX, and Delores Jackson of Oxford, MS; one brother, Robert Lee (Betty) Johnson of Sanderson, AZ; a very best friend, Mary Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sister, Annie Bell Jones.Visitation will be Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service. Graveside services will be held Friday, August 28, 2020 1:00 PM at Harrisonville Missionary Baptist Church, County Rd 164, Oxford MS 38655. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mary Lean Pegues, please visit our floral store. www.lhodgesfs.com
Elizabeth “Ninnie Bae” BurnettDecember 12, 1938 ~ August 19, 2020 On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, while at Oxford Health and Rehab in Oxford, Mississippi, God needed another angel to add to His heavenly choir, so He chose Elizabeth “Ninnie Bae” Burnett. She was 81. Elizabeth was born December 12, 1938, in Oxford, Mississippi to the late Dennis and Merlinda Lewis Burnett. Elizabeth, accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Buford Chapel United Church. She sang with the most amazing voice ever with Buford Chapel’s Choir and with the Buford Chapel Community Choir for many years. Elizabeth received her education at Oxford Training School. Years later, wanting to be the best provider she could be, with fierce determination, she proudly received her GED certificate and for many years, she worked two jobs, as a housekeeper and at Emerson Electric to support her family. Elizabeth loved her family, and to know “Ninnie Bae”, as she was affectionately called, was to love her too. She was a wonderful, beautiful, woman of God, who loved the Lord. She enjoyed cooking, reading, fishing, singing and spending time with family and friends.Elizabeth leaves to cherish her loving memory, nine children, Richard (Shae) Burnett, Ronnie (Margaret) Burnett and Adrian (Sam) Young all of Oxford MS, Lawrence Young, Julius (Lya) Young, and Christopher Young all of Lithonia GA, Allen (Jacci) Young of Alpharetta GA, Casandra (Joseph) Banks of Hernando MS, and Gretchen Young-Charles of Bolingbrook IL; a special daughter, Ann Devoe of Oxford MS; her sister, Freddie (Jimmie) Redmond of Oxford MS; and a host of grand, and great grandchildren, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Her parents, siblings, a grandson, and a great grandson, all will be waiting to welcome her into heaven, along with other family and friends who have gone on before.Visitation services will be Friday, August 28, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service. Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:00 AM at Buford Cemetery (UM), County Rd 102, Oxford, MS 38655 To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Elizabeth (Ninnie Bae” Burnett, please visit our floral store. www.lhodgesfs.com
Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Inc – Oxford
Rudy D. LewisJuly 10, 1972 ~ August 23, 2020 Mr. Rudy D. Lewis, 48, transitioned on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at North Alabama Medical Center in Florence, AL. He was the son of Rudy Barnett and Laura Lewis Bogard, born on July 10, 1972 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He accepted Christ at an early age and joined Jeffrie Chapel M.B. Church in Abbeville, MS. He received his education at Lafayette County School System. He worked at Volta Restaurant and the Prison System in Holly Springs, MS. He enjoyed spending time with his family and working on cars. On February 9, 2007, he married April Kimmons, to this union four children were born.He will always be remembered by his loving wife, April Kimmons Lewis; his children, Mikale Lewis, Rudy D. Lewis, Jr., Brian Lewis, Charles Adam Lewis and Jay Gillard all of Florence, Alabama; Deshon Toles, Tanisha Lewis, Rudy Antwan Lewis, Devin McThunes all of Oxford, MS; and Joshua Lewis of Lambert, MS; his mother, Laura Bogard; and his grandmother, Ida Lewis both of Abbeville, MS; his step-father, Arthur Bogard of Holly Springs, MS; four grandchildren, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Rudy Barnett.Visitation will be on Friday, August 28, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 PM at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Graveside services will take place on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Mt. Vernon Church Cemetery in Abbeville, MS. Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Rudy D. Lewis, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc
Cleveland JonesJune 14, 1925 ~ August 26, 2020 Mr. Cleveland Jones, 95, transitioned on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Grenada Living Center in Grenada, Mississippi.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home of Water Valley. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Cleveland Jones, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc
Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Services – Oxford
Stella Kay Chapman LockeDecember 31, 1932 – August 22, 2020Mrs. Stella Kay Chapman Locke, 87, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, MS. Born to the late Rupert and Carrie Chapman in Coffeeville, MS, Mrs. Locke was a retired Chief Clinical Dietician at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock, AR. She was a former member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church and was a current member of Clear Creek Baptist. She enjoyed spending her time quilting, sewing, and traveling. Mrs. Locke was an incredible housewife and greatly enjoyed and loved her family.Mrs. Locke is survived by her husband of 65 years, Cecil Locke; one daughter, Lynda Locke Mace and her husband, Noel of Little Rock, AR; two sons, James Byron Locke of Little Rock, AR, and Stanley Dwight Locke of Soldotna, AK; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.A visitation for Mrs. Locke will be held on September 2, 2020 at 1:00 PM with a memorial service following at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Warren Black officiating. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For those who cannot attend, A Facebook Live will be available on the Waller Funeral Home Facebook page. Expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions in Mrs. Locke’s memory can be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 Main St, Tupelo, MS 38801,(662) 844-2111. wallerfuneralhome
Billy Wayne LambOctober 19, 1955 – August 22, 2020Mr. Billy Wayne Lamb, 64, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North MS in Oxford. Born in Oxford, MS, Billy was a longtime and active member of First Baptist Church where he served the youth group as the Minister of Food and assisted in the Wednesday night kitchen group. In 2017, Billy retired as Director of Building and Grounds form the City of Oxford and served as a Lafayette County Supervisor from 2004-2008. He was a beloved and valued member of his community, a friend to all, a proud father and grandfather and a devoted husband. Above all, Billy loved his Lord and the family finds great joy knowing he was welcomed into his Heavenly home by his son, Jeremy Wayne Lamb. Survivors include his wife, Wanda Willard Lamb of Oxford, MS; two brothers, James Louie Lamb of Oxford, MS, and Joseph Lynn Lamb of Senatobia, MS; and his grandson, William Wayne Lamb of Mt. Juliet, TN. In addition to his son, he was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Leon and Eunice Miller Lamb and a brother, Herschel Leon Lamb.Visitation will be Monday, August 24, 2020, from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM in West Hall at Waller Funeral Home and again prior to the service beginning at 10:00 AM. The memorial service will be Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Don Gann and Rev. Jeff Holeman officiating. A graveside service will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions in Billy’s memory may be made to First Baptist Church Youth Ministry, 800 Van Buren Avenue, Oxford MS 38655. wallerfuneralhome
Joanne Ruth ZuidemaMarch 24, 1926 – August 23, 2020Joanne Zuidema, 94, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2020, at the Pinnacle of Oxford (formerly Hermitage Gardens), in Oxford, Mississippi. Joanne was born in Plainwell, Michigan on March 24, 1926, and lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan until 1990, when she moved to Oxford, Mississippi. She was a member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Roberts and her husband Michael Roberts of Oxford, Mississippi; and her daughter Jody Bedell of Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Ashley Nelson and her husband Carl Nelson of Thompson Station, Tennessee; Alease Terry and her husband Kenneth Terry of Otsego, Michigan, and Jesse Bedell of Kalamazoo, Michigan; and by seven great grandchildren, Christian Nelson, Michael Nelson, Grace Terry, Samuel Terry, Ruth Terry, Liberty Terry, and Eliya Terry. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Zuidema. A graveside service will be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Burial will be in Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park South, with Kenneth Terry officiating. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions in Joanne’s memory may be made to Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 South 10th St, Oxford Mississippi 38655; or The Pinnacle of Oxford, 1488 Belk Blvd, Oxford Mississippi 38655. Condolences may be expressed at wallerfuneralhome.
John Lowell KiddApril 1, 1932 – August 24, 2020John Lowell Kidd, 88, passed away August 24, 2020, at the Mississippi State Veteran’s Affairs Home in Oxford, MS. Born in Pontotoc, MS to the late Idella Moody and John Kidd, Mr. Kidd was a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as a Staff Sargent. He retired from the University of Mississippi where he worked in the Accounting Department, and he was a retired Bookkeeper for University Sporting Goods. Mr. Kidd attended North Oxford Baptist Church and was a member of the O.D. Smith Masonic Lodge. He was an avid Ole Miss fan and especially enjoyed Ole Miss football.Mr. Kidd is survived by his brother, Gerald Kidd and his wife, Mildred of Pontotoc, MS; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lessie Dowdy and Judy Walsh; a nephew; and his special lady friend of 43 years, Naomi Fleming.Visitation for Mr. Kidd will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Waller Funeral Home with the funeral service following in the Chapel at 11:00 AM. Rev. Fish Robinson will officiate. Burial will follow at Pontotoc Memorial Gardens in Pontotoc, MS. Expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions in Mr. Kidd’s memory may be made to North Oxford Baptist Church, PO Box 1700, Oxford MS 38655; or O.D. Smith Masonic Lounge, 618 McLarty Rd, Oxford MS 38655. Condolences may be expressed at wallerfuneralhome.
Bettye Jackson PhillipsJune 27, 1927 – August 28, 2020Mrs. Bettye Jackson Phillips, 93, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on the morning of Friday, August 28, 2020, at Oxford Health and Rehab. Mrs. Phillips was born in Lafayette County, MS to the late Arthur Daniel and Corinne Mathis Jackson. She had a loving and happy marriage with Mr. S.A. Phillips and enjoyed her role as a homemaker caring for her family. Mrs. Phillips was an active member of Sand Springs Presbyterian Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher. She also enjoyed gathering with the ladies of the Yocona Homemaker’s Club. She found great joy in watching her granddaughters become mothers and raise families of their own. Survivors include her daughter, Patti Mills Allen of Oxford; two granddaughters, Karla Watson and her husband, Jake of Oxford, and Erika Hewlett and her husband, Bubba of Oxford. She was the proud great-grandmother of Ayla Watson, Kasen Watson, Ayden Watson and Chandler Corinne Hewlett and Sara Ann Mills “Sam” Hewlett. In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Phillips was preceded in death by a daughter, Sara Phillips; and two sons-in-law, Kenny Mills and James Bruce Allen.Her family will gather for a private graveside service at Orwood Cemetery with Rev. Eddie Willis officiating. Waller Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Phillips’ family asks that memorial contributions be made to Orwood Cemetery Fund, c/o Tommy Webb, 258 County Rd 354, Oxford MS 38655. Condolences may be expressed at wallerfuneralhome.
Pontotoc MS
Browning Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Bettie Faye WattsApril 28, 1935 – August 27, 2020Bettie Faye Owens Watts, age 85, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Elmcroft Personal Care Home in Oxford. Bettie was born April 28, 1935 in Itawamba County, MS to Allie Arnold and Lena Bell Long Owens. She was a member of Anchor Baptist Church. Bettie was a graduate of Pontotoc High School and later obtained a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She taught Special Education for 25 years. Bettie enjoyed photography, genealogy, sewing, reading, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.Survivors include her two sons, Michael Noel Watts and wife Becky of Oxford, MS, and James Leslie Watts and wife Susan of Louisville, MS; one brother, Ron Owens and wife Susan of Belton, TX; three grandchildren, Jennifer Redditt and husband Chad, Laura Kate Tribble and husband Stefan, and Camille Carskadon and husband James; four great-grandchildren, William Chadwick Redditt, Miles Dunbar Redditt, Piper Evelyn Tribble and Charlotte Elizabeth Carskadon. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Noel Edward Watts, and a brother, Jerry Owens.Visitation will be from 12:00-1:00 PM Friday, August 28, 2020 at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Services will follow at 1:00 PM with Rev. Carl Teel officiating. Burial will be at the Oak Forrest Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is honored to assist the family with the arrangements. Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105; or www.stjude.org. Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com
Payton Mortuary – Pontotoc
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Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Pontotoc
John TurnerApril 9, 1939 ~ August 24, 2020 Mr. John Turner, 81, transitioned on Monday, August 24, 2020 at New Albany Health and Rehab in New Albany, Mississippi.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John Turner, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc
Mother Odell BuggsOctober 24, 1924 ~ August 24, 2020Mother Odell Buggs, 95, transitioned on Monday, August 24, 2020 at Starkville Manor Health and Rehab in Starkville, Mississippi.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mother Odell Buggs, please visit our floral store. serenityfuneralhomeinc
Tutor Memorial Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Robbie Jo MillwoodFebruary 16, 1942 – August 22, 2020Robbie Jo Millwood, 78, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family Saturday, August 22, 2020. She was born in Oxford, MS on February 16, 1942. She graduated from Yocona High School Oxford, MS in 1960. She worked multiple positions at Sears in Oxford after high school until the early 1980’s. She married Edward L Millwood on July 21, 1981. They both retired and moved to Winona, MS. They wanted to be closer to family and moved to Hurricane, MS in 2010 and then Pontotoc in 2020. She always had a smile and made everyone feel happy and loved in her presence. She was always a lady and full of grace.Survivors include her husband, Edward Leon Millwood of Pontotoc; brother, Doug Gean of Oxford; step son, Kenneth Wayne Millwood of Foley, AL; step daughter, Tina Lynn Jones of Collierville, TN; two nephews; one niece; and numerous cousins who love and will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Gean; mother, Lucille Gardner Gean; and sister, Patsy Gean Tuttle.Visitation will be at 9:00 AM until service time Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Services will begin at 10:00 AM at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Don Locke will officiate. Burial will be in the Midway Cemetery. Pallbearers are step son, Kenneth W Millwood, son-in-law, James Allen Jones III, grandson, Nick Millwood and nephew, Jeff Tuttle. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at tutormemorial.com. To send a flower arrangement to the family of Robbie Jo Millwood, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
Shirley Ann BrandtSeptember 14, 1938 – August 22, 2020Shirley Ann Brandt, 81, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Sunshine Nursing Home in Pontotoc, MS. She was born September 14, 1938 in Cook, IL to George and Mary Wisniewski Brandt.  She took great joy and pride in raising and caring for her great-nephew, Jessie D. Snider. She retired from Hunter Sadler in Tupelo, MS, where she was a press operator. She enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors, whom she loved as family and reading. She could often be found sitting outside in hopes that someone would stop and visit for a while.  Survivors include her nephew, Billy Ralph Snider (Sherry) of Blue Springs; great nephews, Justin Snider (Bridget), Carey Snider (Kayla) and Brian Snider; three great great nieces; and one great great nephew. She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Betty Snider, Pearl Brandt and Elizabeth Brandt; brothers, George Brandt and Martin Brandt; and nephew, Terry Lynn Snider.Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at tutormemorial.com. To send a flower arrangement to the family of Shirley Ann Brandt, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
William Guyle TaylorJanuary 7, 1969 – August 23, 2020William Guyle Taylor, 51, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2020 in Calhoun County. He was born January 7, 1969 to James Taylor and Terry Holley. He worked in furniture for years before starting his own contracting business. He always had a smile on his face and was the life of the family. He cherished his family with every fiber of his soul. He never met a stranger and was loved by everyone he met.William is survived by his wife, Brenda Taylor; mother, Terry Waldo; his daughters, Kayla Taylor (Dusty), Christy Busby (Ryan), Samantha Brown (Heath), and Kelly Young (Steven) all of Pontotoc; his sons, William Taylor, Jr. (Elizabeth) and Zachary Taylor; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandson on the way. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Bryleigh Taylor; father, James Taylor; and stepfather, Milton Waldo.Visitation will be Wednesday, August 22, 5:00-8:00 PM and Thursday, August 23, 2020 1:00 PM until service time. Services will be Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Jerry Smith and Bro. Don Newton officiating. Burial will follow in Antioch Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers are Thomas Warren, Danny Dacosta, Danny Franklin, Dusty Mason, Steven Young, and Ryan Lee. Honorary pallbearers are Wade Taylor, Scott Taylor, and Johnny Taylor. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at tutormemorial.com. To send a flower arrangement to the family of William Guyle Taylor, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
Asher “Bud” Charles HadleyMarch 28, 1937 – August 23, 2020Asher Charles “Bud” Hadley, 83, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2020, at NMMC in Tupelo, MS. He was honorably discharged in April 1955 from the New York State National Guard. He then served in the US Navy from April 1955 until July 1974, he was honorably discharged from the US Navy in July 1974. He and his family lived in Iran for two years and he taught for Bell Helicopter. They moved to Millington, TN and he taught at the Navy Institute. He retired from FedEx where he wrote their maintenance manuals.Survivors include his wife, Lavonia Gregory Hadley; children, Kelli Nelson (Bob), Ricky Hadley, Vickie Hadley and Lori Hadley Mosher; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.Visitation will be at 9:00 am until service time. Services will be at 10:00 AM Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at Baldwin Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Dr. David Hamilton will officiate. Burial will be in the West Heights Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers are Greg Tutor, Scotty Pennington, Will Tutor, Keith Hodges, Landon Pennington and Chuck Patrick. Baldwin Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at tutormemorial.com. To send a flower arrangement to the family of Asher “Bud” Charles Hadley, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
Betty Jean AustinJanuary 08, 1947 – August 24, 2020Betty Jean Austin of Toccopola won her battle with Parkinsons on August 24, 2020 when she passed away peacefully at home surrounded by those that love her. She was retired from the Pontotoc County Tax Office. She was a 1965 graduate of Randolph High School and always enjoyed the annual reunions with her classmates. She enjoyed sewing, spending time with her grandchildren and animals.  Survivors include her son, Brent Austin (Stephanie), their son Landon Long and Gracie Austin; daughter, Cyndi Hyland (Michael) and their four children, Collin Hyland (Penny), Justin Hyland (Megan), Breanna Hyland (Fiance Chris Jordon) and Alayna Hyland; great grandson, Luke Connor Jordon; and also a special friend, confidant and caregiver for the last few years, Tiffany Brown. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Jonnie Tackett, and an infant daughter, Robin Michelle Austin.Visitation will be 12:00 PM until service time Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Carey Springs Baptist Church. Services will begin at 2:00 PM with Bro. Wayne Ward officiating. Burial will be at the County Line Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers are her grandsons, Collin Hyland, Justin Hyland and Landon Long and special friends, Michael Morris, James Brown and Keith Whitaker. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at tutormemorial.com. To send a flower arrangement to the family of Betty Jean Austin, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
Peggy Sue Stafford HarrisonSeptember 15, 1975 – August 26, 2020Peggy Sue Stafford Harrison, 44, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at her home.She is survived by her husband, Preston Harrison; daughter, Erika Leigh-Ann Pearson(Kevin); two grandchildren, Elizabeth Grace Pearson and Kooper Hayes Pearson, all of Tacowa, MS; stepdaughter, Natalee Harrison; father, William Stafford, Jr.(Sylvia) of Inverness, MS; mother, Shirley Johnson of Gore Springs, MS; and a sister, Betty Collins of Inverness, MS. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, William Creed Stafford, Sr. and Mamie Stafford of Marks, MS, and Jessie Mae Poynor of Marks, MS.A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 1:00 PM at her home with Bro. Fletcher Moorman officiating. Condolences may be left at tutormemorial.com. To send a flower arrangement to the family of Peggy Sue Stafford Harrison, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
Vernie Edward MurrellJuly 12, 1946 – August 28, 2020Vernie Edward Murrell, 74, passed away Friday, August 28, 2020 at his home. He loved his family, his kids, his grandkids, and his dogs. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a quiet man but once you got him to laughing, his laugh was contagious. He was a good man, with a very caring and giving heart. He will be deeply missed.He is survived by his sons, Matthew and Joseph Murrell; his daughter, Jessica Mitchell; son-in-law, Freddy Mitchell; grandchildren, Jeremy and Josh Crum, Madyson Murrell, Christian Murrell, Conner Murrell, and Charlie Mitchell; special caregiver, Joyce Ivy; and three great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Wright; daughter, Katherine Crum; mother, Thelma Murrell; and father, Roy Murrell.Graveside services will be private with Bro. Jody Riddle officiating. Condolences may be left at tutormemorial.com. To send a flower arrangement to the family of Vernie Edward Murrell, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
Ripley MS
Foster and Son Funeral Home – Ripley
Linda J CoxFebruary 8, 1951 ~ August 25, 2020 Linda Joe Cox, age 69, was born February 8, 1951 to the late Edward and Virlena Carter in Ripley, MS. Linda departed this life on August 25, 2020 at Diversicare in Ripley, MS. Linda accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Ripley, MS. Linda united in holy matrimony to Jimmie Gene Cox and to this union two children were born. Linda was employed at Tippah County Hospital in the dietary department until her health failed.She leaves to cherish her memories are her husband, Jimmy Gene Cox; one son, Marcus Cox; one daughter Lakava Cox; five grandchildren; and one great grandchildren all of Ripley, MS. She also leaves one sister, Marie Cox; three brothers, Charles (Wanda) Carter, Sammie Carter and John H. Carter; one sister-in-law, Patsy Brooks; one brother-in-law, Gus Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.Visitation will be held Friday, August 28, 2020 at Foster and Son Funeral Home in Ripley, MS from 5:00-7:00 PM. Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 12 noon at St. John Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at fosterandsonfuneralhome. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Linda J Cox, please visit our floral store.
McBride Funeral Home – Ripley
James Brent GravesFebruary 13, 1934 – August 21, 2020James Brent Graves departed this life on Friday, August 21, 2020, at the age of 86 at the Mississippi Veterans Home in Oxford, MS. He was born on February 13, 1934, to Mansel and Willie Mae Graves in Ripley, MS. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, owner of H G Electric Company, and was a lifelong member of the Beech Hill Church of Christ.Brent leaves behind his two children, Scott Graves (Missy) of Ripley, MS, and Ginger Graves Jones (Chris) of Plano, TX; four grandchildren, Katherine Jones Kozyak (Ben) of Philadelphia, PA, Philip Jones (Casey) of Lucas, TX, Tara Graves Minnix (Mark) of Ripley, MS, and Ashley Graves of Ripley, MS; six great-grandchildren, and a sister, Jo Hayes of Ripley, MS. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Mansel and Willie Mae Graves, and brother-in law and business partner, J.W. Hayes.A private family graveside service will be held Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at 10:00 AM at the Beech Hill Church of Christ Cemetery, 6077 Hwy 4, Ripley MS 38663 with Minister King McCarver officiating. Expressions of sympathy for the Graves family may be sent to: www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of James Brent Graves please visit our Sympathy Store.
Sarah Elizabeth Hill McGarFebruary 22, 1925 – August 21, 2020Sarah Elizabeth Hill McGar, 95, passed away Friday, August 21, 2020, at Country Wood Nursing Home in Mantachie, MS. She was born February 22, 1925, to Clyde E. and Lois Jamieson Hill in Falkner, MS. Before her retirement, Sarah served as Office Manager for the Tippah County Health Department in Ripley. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Ripley, where she served on several committees.Sarah is survived by two nieces, Cindy B. Henderson (Michael) of Bolivar, TN, Debbie B. Sells (Carroll) of Royse City, TX; one nephew, Tommy McGar (Mary) of Portland, OR; two great-nieces and nephews, Lauren Massey (Nick), Dylan Henderson (Caroline); three great-great-nieces and nephews, Conner Sells, Julia Massey, Colton Massey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank McGar; her parents; and her sister, Wanda Clyde Hill Bartlett.Visitation will be Sunday, August 23, 2020, from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM at McBride Funeral Home. Services will be at 1:00 PM, Monday, August 24, 2020 at McBride Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Tippah Memorial Garden. Expressions of sympathy for the McGar family may be sent to www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Sarah Elizabeth Hill McGar please visit our Sympathy Store.
Delpha Dianne Taylor PulseDecember 25, 1927 – August 23, 2020Sunday, August 23, 2020, Delpha Dianne Taylor Pulse, age 92, passed away peacefully at her home in Walnut, MS. Dianne was born December 25, 1927 to the late James T. and Emily B. Taylor. Dianne was the owner of Dianne T. Pulse and Associates in Ripley, MS where she was a Social Security Disability Specialist. She received her law degree at Ole Miss University and practiced law for 36 years. Her wealth of wisdom and knowledge has helped many who knew and loved her. Dianne also received her degree in Cosmetology in 1960 and was Elvis Presley’s hair dresser for many years. She was also honored to be on President Trump’s Advisory Committee and attend Astronaut Schooling in Alabama. Her passions included fly fishing, target shooting, traveling and her beautiful flower beds.Dianne leaves behind her husband: Kenneth Pulse of Walnut, MS; four stepsons, Kenny (Cindy) Pulse, Kerry Pulse, Kyle (Ginger) Pulse, Kent Pulse all of Middleton, TN; a sister-in-law, Edith Taylor; a nephew, Fred Taylor; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a special friend, Jean Dodd. Dianne is preceded in death by her brother: Tyson Taylor; a nephew, Frank Taylor; a grandson, Ray Pulse; a great-grandson, Trace Callonas; and a daughter-in-law, Agatha Pulse.Visitation will be Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 7:00-11:00 AM. Funeral Service at 11:00 AM both at the McBride Funeral Home Chapel. There will be a graveside service at Camp Ground Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy for the Pulse family may be sent to www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Delpha Dianne Taylor Pulse please visit our Sympathy Store.
Brenda Joyce RayOctober 23, 1946 – August 23, 2020Brenda Joyce Martindale Ray of Ashland Mississippi went home to be with our Lord and Savior on August 23, 2020. She was born October 23, 1946 in Independence Missouri of Marion David Martindale and Audrey Imagene “Genie” Hamilton Martindale, She was a beautiful spirit, who touched many lives. She was a fighter and a strong-willed, hard-working woman who lived life and died on her own terms. There was no quit in her. She went through many battles which would have broken the weak-hearted. She was a survivor. Many people will remember her as a junk dealing, pool shooting Queen, with TRUE GRIT and a whole lotta sass. She was a treasured, kind hearted, loving soul who will forever be missed.She is survived by her soulmate, James “Ricky” Howell; her son, Lonnie Hurt and his wife Georgia; a daughter, Jeannie Hart and her husband Jonathan; two step children, Michael Ray and his wife Joy, and Patricia Jordan; eight grandchildren, Jessica Christensen and her husband Scott,  Kristy Page and her husband Ethan, Timothy Ewing and his wife Samantha, Christopher Schubach, Charles Schubach and Joshua Schubach; three step-grand children, Rueben and Owen Ray, and Cody Jordan; a host of great-grandchildren; three sisters, Marion McCanles, Barbara Hines and Judith Brown; and many nieces, nephews and friends that came to be family.She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Marion David Martindale and Audrey Imagene “Genie” Hamilton Martindale; her two husbands, Joe Hurt and W.T. Ray.A memorial service for Brenda Joyce Ray will be 5:00 PM August 30, 2020 at the Old 370 Auction Building, 6961 Hwy 370, Ashland, MS, 38603. Expressions of sympathy for the family may be sent to www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Brenda Joyce Ray please visit our Sympathy Store.
Charles Edgar “Buddy” ReedFebruary 4, 1934 – August 24, 2020Charles Edgar “Buddy” Reed, 86, passed away Monday, August 24, 2020 at the Mississippi Veteran’s Home in Oxford. He was born on February 4, 1934 to Charlie and Hermie Elsie Shelton Reed. He was a graduate of Shady Grove High School, attended Northeast and Itawamba Community Colleges, and four years of military school in the nuclear field. Buddy was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving twenty years and retiring in 1974. He was in the Seabees and retired with the rank of E-8 Senior Chief. After retiring from the Navy, he was employed at Babcock and Wilcox. Buddy was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.Buddy is survived by two sons, Garry Reed (Rosemary), John Reed (Angie), both of Ripley; one daughter, Sandra Kay “Sandy” Reed Muse of Ripley; four grandchildren, Christian Reed (Earon), Austin Reed (fiancee’ Hailey), Ashley Johnson (Bobby), Jimmy Muse (Lauren); seven great-grandchildren, Bethany, Janna, Reed, Tyson, Stella, Patrick Gray, Mary Harper; three step-sons, Mike, Martin, and Tommy King; one brother, Wayne Reed (Nita) of Munford, Tennessee; three sisters, Myra Forbess (Jack) of Atoka, Tennessee, Sarah Britt (W.J.) of Ripley, Carolyn Matthews (John) of Tupelo. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Iva Nell Reed; his first wife, Shirley Reed; two grandsons, Duncan Reed and Patrick Muse; three sisters, O’Neil Lindsey, Mary Frances Sweatman, Linda Scott; one half-brother, Roy Benson.Services will be at 2:00 PM Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at Antioch Cemetery, County Rd 419, Ripley MS 38663 with Bro. Steve Cohea officiating and “Taps” played by Bert Conely. Pallbearers will be Garry Reed, John Reed, Christian Reed, Jimmy Muse, Austin Reed, Bobby Johnson. Expressions for the Reed family may be left at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Charles Edgar “Buddy” Reed please visit our Sympathy Store.
Dorothy Horton EdwardsJuly 4, 1934 – August 28, 2020Dorothy Lee Horton Edwards, aged 86, of Tiplersville, MS passed away on August 28, 2020. She was born on Independence Day, July 4, 1934 to Guyton and Dott Skinner Horton in Tiplersville, MS. She attended Providence School and graduated from Chalybeate High School in 1952 and was the Valedictorian of her class. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree from Blue Mountain College in home economics in 1955, and her Master’s degree in reading from the University of Mississippi in 1971. She was a member of educator societies Phi Delta Kappa and Kappa Kappa Iota, helping to organize her local chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota as a charter member. She began her career as a home economics teacher in Slayden, MS, then served as an extension agent for Perry County, TN before returning to Tippah County to teach at Falkner School, where she taught for many years. After retiring from teaching, she worked as Postmaster at the Tiplersville and Falkner post offices for 27 years. She married her husband, Claude Edwards, Jr. on March 30, 1957. She was a faithful member of Providence Baptist Church where she served as Sunday School Director, WMU Director, Vacation Bible School Director and taught both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School classes for over 65 years. She also enjoyed many hobbies in her life such as making and decorating cakes, making jewelry, sewing and traveling.Mrs. Edwards leaves behind one daughter, Ruth Ann Edwards Perry (Ricky) of Columbus, MS, one grandson, Ryan Perry of Falkner, two brothers, Bobby Guyton Horton of Tiplersville, James Arnold Horton (Alice) of Falkner, two sisters, Nettie Jean Harrell of Falkner, and Natalie Riley of Shannon, along with a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Guyton and Dott Horton; her husband Claude Edwards, Jr.; one daughter, Claudette Edwards; one sister, Nellie Ruth Horton; two brothers-in-law, John Tate Harrell and Butch Riley; one sister-in-law Hazel Horton; one niece, Jo Horton; and two nephews, Michael Montgomery and Donny Horton.Visitation will be Monday, August 31, 2020 at 11:00 AM followed by a private funeral service at 1:00 PM all held at Providence Baptist Church, 180 County Rd 201, Walnut MS 38683 near Tiplersville, MS. The graveside service will be at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Tommy Wilder officiating. Pallbearers will be her nephews, Billy Montgomery, David Horton, Greg Harrell, Doug Horton, Jeff Harrell, Scott Harrell, Jimmy Horton and John Riley. Expressions for the family may be left at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Dorothy Horton Edwards please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ripley Funeral Home, Inc – Ripley
Roy Lee BradyFebruary 24, 1936 ~ August 23, 2020 Roy Lee “Rooster” Brady, 84, lifelong resident of Ripley and well known owner of Roy Brady Fowl Farm, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at his residence Sunday morning, August 23, 2020. Mr. Brady was born February 24, 1936 in Tippah County, the son of the late Joe and Mary Rutherford Brady. He received his education in the former Unity School System and was married April 11, 1956 to Mary Lou Lindsey Brady, who survives. A member of Unity Baptist Church, Mr. Brady proudly served his country in the United States Army and was owner of the Roy Brady Fowl Farm for over 50 years before retiring in June 2020.In addition to his wife of 64 years, survivors include two children, David Brady of Ripley and Patricia Milford (Keith) of Eads, TN; five sisters, Lutie Willingham (Jimmy) and Doris McAlister, both of Ripley, Helen Roberts of Falkner, Juanita Estridge of Enid, MS, and Shirley Kirkland (Benny) of Baytown, TX; two brothers, Herman “Jeff” Brady, Travis “Peanut” Brady (Mary), both of Ripley; six grandchildren, Jennifer Wong (Garry), Zac Brady, Brady Lee Grant (Angie), Wade Grant, Cristie Grant and Jacob Suppiah; three great grandchildren, Reece and Sam Wong, Brady James Grant; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He was also preceded in death by five siblings, James “John” Brady, Johnny Benton Brady, Charles “Bob” Brady, Joyce Bryant and Jesse Brady; and one great granddaughter, Ava Sue Wong.Visitation for Mr. Brady will be Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow in Unity Cemetery with Bro. Ronnie Barefield officiating. The American Flag at The Ripley Funeral Home entrance honors Mr. Brady and all Veterans for their service to our country…GOD BLESS AMERICA!! The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Brady family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Roy Lee Brady, please visit our floral store. ripleyfuneralhome
Max Gilbert StuddardJune 16, 1935 ~ August 24, 2020 Max Gilbert Studdard, 85, lifelong resident of Tippah County, passed away Monday morning, August 24, 2020 at Diversicare Health and Rehabilitation Center in Ripley following an extended illness. Mr. Studdard was born June 16, 1935 in Tippah County, the son of the late Walter T. and Retha Mae Lancaster Studdard. He received his education in the Pine Grove Public School System and was a self employed mechanic throughout his life. A Christian, Mr. Studdard was an avid conversationalist who enjoyed his family, humor and storytelling. He will be remembered for his love of the outdoors that included hunting, fishing and animals. Singing, reading, watching westerns and trading for a “good deal” were favorite pastimes.Surviviors include his wife, Ann Dunnam Studdard of Ripley; one daughter, Regina Ann Jarvis (Michael) of Blue Spring;, one son, Max Gregory Studdard (Paula) of Dumas; four grandchildren, Wesley Whirley, Kaila Doyle (Daniel), Adam Hughes, Max Garrett Studdard; a great granddaughter, Fynnlee Kate Doyle; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Walter T. Studdard, Jr.Visitation for Mr. Studdard will be from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will follow at 6:30 PM in Mt. Olive Cemetery, 771 County Rd, Ripley, MS 38663, with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Studdard family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Max Gilbert Studdard, please visit our floral store. ripleyfuneralhome
Charles Wayne ButlerMay 21, 1950 ~ August 26, 2020  Chester Wayne Butler, 70, resident of Walnut, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home surrounded by family Wednesday morning, August 26, 2020 following an extended illness. Mr. Butler was born May 21, 1950 in Lee County, MS, the son of the late Cecil and Vivian Mansel Butler. He received his education in the Pontotoc Public School System and was employed as a long distance truck operator with Cooper Truck Line in Holly Springs for 25 years before retiring. A member of Tiplersville Baptist Church, Mr. Butler was a family oriented person who was blessed with a large loving family. He will be remembered for his love of playing the harmonica and performed with the gospel bands, “Genesis” and “Southern Comfort Gospel”. A member of the Masonic Lodge in Corinth, his hobbies included gardening, watching westerns, reading his Bible, Ole Miss football and woodworking. He was also an avid collector of John Deere tractors and coca-cola memorabilia. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him and whose lives were blessed by knowing him.Those left to share memories include his wife of 23 years, Patricia Sexton Butler of Walnut; seven children, Johnny Hopper (Denise) and Michael Butler, both of Saltillo, Gary Ray Hopper (Angie) of Florence, AL, Michael Hopper (Michelle) of Belmont, Junior Butler of Tuscumbia, AL, Donna Butler and Susan Butler, both of Lee County; one sister, Sharon Warren of Saltillo; ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; four nieces; one nephew; three great nieces; four great nephews; and his loyal pet canine, “Maggie Ann”. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Gary Tackett.Visitation will be Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 12 noon until 2:00 PM in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home. A graveside service honoring the life of Mr. Butler will be at 2:30 PM Saturday, August 29, 2020 in Tiplersville Cemetery with Bro. Will Livingston and Bro. Randy Futral officiating. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Charles Wayne Butler, please visit our floral store. ripleyfuneralhome
Betty Ann Cameron OrmanNovember 27, 1966 ~ August 28, 2020Betty Ann Cameron Orman, 53, resident of Walnut, MS passed away peacefully Friday morning, August 28, 2020 at her residence. Visitation will be from 12 noon until 1:30 PM Sunday at The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, August 30, 2020 at the County Line Cemetery near Walnut with Bro. Tim Watson officiating. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with Betty’s family. ripleyfuneralhome To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Betty Ann Cameron Orman, please visit our floral store.
Saltillo MS
W E Pegues Funeral Directors – Saltillo
Marilyn FritschMay 12, 1936 – August 22, 2020Marilyn Marie Fritsch, 84, passed away at home on Saturday, August 22, 2020 from a terminal illness. She was born in Michigan, May 12, 1936 to John and Winnie Stancliff Weesner. Marilyn was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and enjoyed going fishing.Survivors include two daughters, Trina Callahan and Lisa Gunn; two sons, David Heath and his wife Lisa, and James Boeding and his wife Rebecca; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and a brother, Al Weesner and his wife Jane. She was preceded in death by two sons, Calvin Van Buren and Bradley Boeding; granddaughter, Amber; her parents; two sisters, Doreen and Norma; and two brothers, Leroy and Gerald.Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Marilyn Fritsch please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ricky L. HallmarkAugust 6, 1962 – August 23, 2020Ricky Lee Hallmark, 58, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2020 at his residence. A native and life-long resident of Saltillo, he was born August 6, 1962 to Elbert Lee and Wanda Lou Swinney Hallmark. He was a 1980 graduate of Saltillo High School. He served in the Mississippi Air Force National Guard for several years and had worked as a carpenter and at Super Sagless.Survivors include five children, Timothy Hallmark, Melissa Clayton (David), Alex Jones, Nikki Jones and Nathan Jones; 12 grandchildren, Lexi, Andrew, Noah, Gabi, Ash, Kinsley, Bella, Payton, Raiden, Ragelyn, Jasper and Scarlet; great-granddaughter, Chaeleigh; sister, Candy Jackson; brother, Shane Hallmark (Peggy); and his partner, Dawn Wildmon. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother-in-law, Gerry.Visitation will be 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at W.E. Pegues, Saltillo. A graveside service honoring his life will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, August 26, 2020 in Spring Hill Cemetery with Bro. Walter Prather, Jr. officiating. Pallbearers will be Dale Raines, Randy Martin, Jerry Harris, Noah Clayton, Will Waldo, Jesse Gibson, Payton Vest and Wayne Edwards. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Ricky L. Hallmark please visit our Sympathy Store.
Julian L. MorganJuly 30, 1939 – August 25, 2020Julian Leo Morgan, 81, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory following a brief illness. He was born July 30, 1939 in Calhoun County, the son of Leo and Marie Bollinger Morgan. Julian worked for Daybrite Industries as an industrial engineer, retiring after 35 years of service. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed working on home projects. Julian was a member of Bethany Baptist Church. More than anything in life, he loved his family and the time they shared together.Julian leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Mary Jo Morgan of Saltillo; three children, Kevin Morgan and wife Barbara of Booneville, Greg Morgan and wife Tinyko of Tupelo, and Julia Spearman and husband William also of Tupelo; a brother, Daniel; and a sister, Rhea; ten grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.The family will honor Julian’s life with a private service at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Julian L. Morgan please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ken R. PhillipsMay 28, 1948 – August 27, 2020Kenneth Ray Phillips, 72, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, August 27, 2020 after a brief illness. He was born May 28, 1948 in Mooreville to Jim “Slick” Phillips and Nannie Lou Oswalt Phillips. Ken graduated from high school, and was then called upon to serve his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. During his working career, Ken was a supervisor and worked in management in the finance business. He enjoyed being outside, constantly working on his well manicured yard. Ken also enjoyed building bird houses. He was a member of Auburn Baptist Church and served as a FAITH instructor and as a Sunday School teacher. His faith was vital to him and he always strived to lead others to Christ. Ken loved his family dearly and spending time with his kids and grandkids was a top priority.Ken leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Angela Phillips of Saltillo; two sons, Ken Phillips II of Tupelo, and Zach Phillips and wife Klaire of Saltillo; five grandchildren, Callie Ann Timmons, Ariel Phillips, Shelby Phillips, Bella-Kate Phillips and Bryce Phillips; a sister, Shirley Parker of Blue Springs; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nicki Timmons; six brothers, Len, Leon, Charles (Chuck), Jimmy, David, and John Wayne Phillips; and three sisters, Ann McMurry, Ruth Funderburk, and Mildred Criddle.Visitation will be 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM Sunday at Auburn Baptist Church. A service celebrating Ken’s life will be 11:00 AM Monday at Auburn Baptist Church with Dr. Ken Anderson and Rev. Jimmy Henry officiating. Steven Cantrell will deliver a eulogy. Burial will be in Eggville Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike VonWert, Danny McMurry, Ben Harrell, Drew White, Cody McMurry, and Keegan Rohrer. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is entrusted with the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Ken R. Phillips please visit our Sympathy Store.
Tupelo MS
Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary – Tupelo
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Holland Funeral Directors – Tupelo
Louise (Martin) HillOctober 16, 1933 ~ August 22, 2020Mary Louise Martin Hill, 86, passed away at the Meadows in Fulton on Sunday, August 23, 2020 after a one-year illness. A Chickasaw County native, Louise was born October 16, 1933, the daughter of the late Jim Martin and Ethel Griffin Martin of Houston. She grew up there, graduated from Houston High School and married her husband of 68 years, David Earl Hill, on July 20, 1952. The family made their home in Verona in 1959 and were longtime faithful members of the Verona United Methodist Church. Louise worked for 25 years with BancorpSouth, retiring as receptionist. David and Louise moved to the New Chapel Community of Itawamba County in 1990. Louise loved to cook and do crossword puzzles. She was a devoted wife, mother and beloved “Mamoo” to her grands and great-grandchildren. She was a member of New Chapel Community Church.Louise is survived by her husband, David; her two sons, David “Petey” Hill and wife Pam, and Steve Hill and his wife Sherry, all of the New Chapel Community of Itawamba County; three grandchildren, Ben Hill (Sierra), Lee Burrow (Christy), and Jennifer Burrow Alvis; her great-grandchildren, Frankie, Jesse, Kirsten, Dillon, and Kacy; her sister, Rita Buford; and her brother, Johnny Martin and wife Peggy; nieces and nephews and other near relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Ethel Martin; her daughter, Rachel Hill Burrow; and three siblings, Aaron Martin, Jimmie Wages, and Mack Martin. A graveside service will be held for Louise at 1:00 PM Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in the Hill Family Plot at New Chapel Cemetery in Itawamba County with Rev. Harold Robinson and Rev. Jimmy Criddle officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. There will be no public visitation except at the gravesite after the service. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving the family. Memorials may be made to New Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Phillip Waycaster, 1191 Section Line Rd, Nettleton MS 38858. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Marie DempseyJanuary 5, 1983 ~ August 23, 2020  Marie Dempsey, aged 37, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020 in Asheville, NC from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident. Marie was born January 5, 1983 in Tupelo, MS to her parents, Sara Elliott Dempsey and Tommy Dempsey. She graduated from Tupelo High School in 2001 and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Marie enjoyed everything outdoors. She was a starter on her high school soccer team, always out hiking the mountains, or she could be found on the water – rafting or skiing. She had a love for anything unique. Her collection of crystals, rocks, shoes and sunglasses was one to be envied. Music was one of her many passions that she loved to share with everyone. Her smile lit up any room she entered. And most importantly, as Marie would say, “Buy yourself some flowers because you deserve it!”Marie is survived by her parents; her grandfather, Charles Elliott; and many loving family members and friends.A private family service will be held at Holland Funeral Directors, who are honored to serve their friends. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfunerdirectors@comcast.net
Bro. Wexford ParmerOctober 11, 1941 ~ August 24, 2020Bro. Wexford Parmer, age 78, was carried by the Angels into the presence of the Lord, Monday, August 24, 2020 from North MS Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born October 11, 1941 in Hamilton, Alabama to T. Grady Parmer and Ethel Feltman Parmer. Wexford accepted Christ as his personal savior at the age of nine in the spring of 1950, while at Second Baptist Church in Tupelo. He was faithful as a child, leading the singing as a young teenager at Skyline Baptist Church. He married Wanda Sue Johnson on August 12, 1960 sharing 60 years together, four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a devoted and loving husband. Bro. Wexford surrendered to the ministry in 1962 and pastored BMA Baptist churches in Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi. He worked as a regional manager, employed by Prudential Savings and Loans during the 1970s before becoming a full-time pastor. He was a lifetime member of the Lions Club of Tupelo. He read his Bible daily, attended revivals, and association meetings regularly.He is survived by his wife, Wanda Parmer of Tupelo; sons, Delane Parmer (Michelle) of North Little Rock, AR, and Jonathan Parmer (Julie) of Saltillo; daughters, Melissa Hassler (Tim) of St. Clair, MO, and Merinda Richards (Jeff) of Potosi, MO; brothers, Grover Parmer (Doris) of Fulton, Winford Parmer (Joan) of Selma, AL; sisters, Gladys Mann of Tupelo, Imarie Hughes of Tupelo; sister-in-law, Carolyn Parmer of Saltillo; grandchildren, Andrea Noll, Mindy McCabe, Rachel Cox, Samantha Parmer, Benjamin Parmer, Caleb Henry, Blake Henry, Emily Parmer, Ethan Parmer, Daniel Parmer, and Jonah Parmer; six great-grandchildren; and a host of extended relatives, church family, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, T.G. Parmer.Visitation will be Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 PM and Thursday from 10:00 AM to service time. A service celebrating Bro. Parmer’s life and home-going will be at 11:00 AM, Thursday, August 27, 2020 in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jeff Richards (son-in-law) and Bro. Guyton Hinds officiating. A graveside service will follow at Tupelo Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of South Green Street Baptist Church, the Lions Club of Tupelo, and BMA Pastors. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed at 11:00 AM Thursday at hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Live-streaming where it will be permanently archived. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to serve their friends. Memorials may be sent to South Green Street Baptist Church, 3185 S Green St, Tupelo MS 38801; or Southeastern Baptist College, 4229 MS-15N, Laurel MS 39440; or The Gideons International, Tupelo South Camp 23117, PO Box 2647, Tupelo MS 38803. Condolences to the family may be posted at hollandfunerdirectors@comcast.net.  
Margaret Ann (Harris) PrenticeAugust 2, 1934 ~ August 24, 2020Margaret Ann Harris, 86, returned to her God from her residence at The Clairborne at Adelaide in Starkville where she had lived the last two years. She was born August 2, 1934, the youngest of three children born to George and Lavelle Powell Harris. The Powell and Harris families were Lee County pioneers in the Plantersville/Richmond areas. Margaret Ann grew up east of Plantersville and graduated from Plantersville High School in 1952, where she was Valedictorian. On December 21, 1951, she married Thomas E. “Skippy” Prentice, a great love story that lasted 65 years until his death on September 28, 2018. To this union was born two sons, Thomas E. “Tommy” Prentice and Steven H. Prentice. Margaret Ann worked for the Nail, McKinney, Tate and Robinson Accounting Firm for over 30 years. She retired from Hancock Fabrics as a bookkeeper. A devoted Christian, Margaret Ann attended the First Baptist Church of Plantersville for years before becoming a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church. A diehard MSU Bulldog, she enjoyed people, fellowshipping with family and friends and in her Church circles. Possessed with a sterling personality, Margaret Ann was a devoted daughter, sister, Mother and G Momma to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her sons, Thomas E. Prentice, Jr. and wife Kathy of Starkville, and Steven H. Prentice and his wife Donna of Land O’ Lakes, Florida; her grandchildren, Alaina Katherine Prentice, Leslie Leanne Prentice Scott and Thomas Michael Farley Prentice; her great-grandchildren, Bryson Rhett Scott and William Michael “Tripp” Brooks, III; a sister-in-law, Frankie Ann Johns and husband Rick; her nieces and nephews, cousins and their families.A service celebrating her life will be held at 3:00 PM at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors on Sunday, August 30, 2020 with Rev. Dr. Chuck Hampton and Bro. David Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 PM until service time on Sunday only. Private burial will follow in Plantersville Cemetery. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed at www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Live-streaming. Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church Merry Makers, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd, Tupelo MS 38801. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Jimmy CaysonApril 30, 1946 ~ August 26, 2020 James Bruce “Jimmy” Cayson, at age 74, realized the promises of his strong faith in God and his word and met his Creator on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at NMMC in Tupelo. Jimmy was born in New Albany on April 30, 1946 to the late James Winford Cayson and Imogene Bruce Cayson. He lived in Sherman until third grade when the family moved to Tupelo. Jimmy graduated from Tupelo High School in 1964 and attended IJC. He joined the U. S. Army and served in Germany and stateside during the Vietnam Conflict. His role included being the attaché for an Army General as well as serving in the Reserve after active service. Jimmy married the most beautiful girl in the world, Linda Kaye Riley of Nettleton, on October 25, 1968, a marriage of almost 52 years at his death. He and Kaye made Nettleton their home and their heart until this day. Jimmy spent much of his life in the business world. He and Kaye owned Cayson’s, Inc., a clothing store in downtown for 25 years. He was an Agent and Financial Advisor for Farm Bureau for 15 years. A patriotic American and a greatly involved man in civic responsibility, Jimmy was former President of the Nettleton Lion’s Club, a leader in the Nettleton Horse Show, President of the Nettleton Schools Booster Club, former School Board member, and the sports announcer for the Nettleton Tigers football team for over 30 years. He and his wife Kaye were co-founders of God’s House of Hope, a stellar drug rehabilitation program headquartered in Nettleton. He was the financial advisor and teacher at God’s House of Hope. God was central in his life. He was a co-founder of Crosspointe Fellowship Church and was chairman of the board at his death. He taught Sunday school there and was formerly a longtime active member of the Nettleton United Methodist Church. Jimmy’s life was always purpose-filled, with encouraging words for young people, a devoted love for family – his wife, daughters and their families. “Poppy” dearly loved, followed and mentored his grandchildren. A man of enormous wisdom, Jimmy cut a wide path for God, country, community and family. He will be sorely missed.Jimmy is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kaye Cayson, and his two daughters,  Teresa Swain (David), and Jennifer Sprayberry (David), both of Nettleton, MS; five grandchildren, Ashley Henson (Tyler) of Nettleton, Anna Bostick (Cole) of Horn Lake, Colby Sprayberry (Millie), Colin Sprayberry (Friend Sadie), and Caleb Sprayberry (Friend Stormy), all of Nettleton; two greatgrandchildren, Eli and Ethan Henson with Baby Bostick coming in February; a sister, Patsy Harris of Tupelo; a niece, Abby Barnes (Donovan) of Nettleton; three aunts, Jenny Lynn Johnson, Quana Winders, and Virginia Bates, all of Tupelo; one uncle, MC Cayson (Doris); and one great-nephew,  McCaleb Lishman.A service of celebration in Word and Song will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Crosspointe Fellowship Church on Metts Road in Nettleton with Bro. Tommy Ray Dabbs and Bro. Scott Carter officiating.  Visitation will be from noon until service time on Saturday. Private burial will be in the New Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Colby Sprayberry, Colin Sprayberry, and Caleb Sprayberry, Tyler Henson, Cole Bostick, Stevie Humble, Benny Mack Waddle, and McCaleb Lishman. Honorary pallbearers will be the Coffee Club: Leon Pettigrew, Larry Alred, Jimmy Dickerson, Richard Hawkins, Ricky Jones, Wade Holley, Carroll Pettigrew, Fred Pettigrew, Ronnie Harrison and Glenn Ricks; the class of Tupelo High School 1964-1965; and God’s House of Hope. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving their longtime friends. Memorials may be made to God’s House of Hope, PO Box 393, Nettleton MS 38858. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Kevin Douglas HollowayJanuary 30, 1967 ~ August 27, 2020 Kevin Douglas Holloway, 53, passed from this life to the next at his residence in Saltillo on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Kevin was born in Tupelo on January 30, 1967. He lived most of his life in Lee County except for thirteen years in Booneville. A graduate of Mooreville High School in 1985, Kevin married Christina Lee “Christy” Barnett of Booneville on October 25, 1986 at Gaston Baptist Church. Kevin spent 36 years of his life in the trucking business as a driver for many years. At the time of his death, he was owner of Holloway Trucking Company. His family was a high priority to him. He loved his wife and daughters supremely and Pops always doted over his grandchildren, Gage and Sydney. Kevin enjoyed talking to his trucking buddies, fishing in younger days and riding his bicycle.Kevin is survived by his wife, Christy Barnett Holloway of Saltillo; his daughters, Laken Beasley and husband Brian of Saltillo, and Mandie Payne and husband Dillon of Guntown; his grandchildren, Gage and Sydney Beasley of Saltillo; his dad, Doug Holloway (Vicki) of Tupelo; his mother-in-law, Judy Barnett Coats (Myron) of Booneville; his half-brother, Chad Bishop (Lori) of Tupelo; his half-sister, Nicole Bishop of Tupelo; his step-sisters, Stephanie Mask of Tupelo and Kim Floyd of Olive Branch; a special cousin, Ken McCarty, Jr. (Michelle) of Palmetto; his nieces and nephews and their families; and five granddogs. He was preceded in death by his step-dad, Lyle Bishop; and his father-in-law, Willard Barnett.   A service honoring his life will be held at 12 noon Sunday, August 30, 2020 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jeff Flinn officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM Sunday until service time. Private burial will follow in Saltillo Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be his trucking buddies. For those who may be unable to attend, the service may be viewed at www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Live-streaming at noon Sunday and will be permanently archived thereafter. Memorials may be made to Suicide Prevention Organization, 199 Water St 11th Floor, New York NY 10038; or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 252 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis TN 38105. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
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John Mark Thomason March 11, 1964 – August 22, 2020John Mark Thomason, 56, of Peppertown, Mississippi, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2020 at the North MS Medical Center Hospice Unit. He was born March 11, 1964 to Robert and Louise Thomason. He was a body mechanic for many years. He was a quite man with a kind heart.He is survived by his brother, Robert Thomason of Peppertown; a niece, Diane Carr of Tupelo; and a host of friends.A memorial service is scheduled for 5:00 PM Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Patti Thompson officiating. Condolences may be shared at leememorialonline. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of John Mark Thomason, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
Joshua Phillips April 6, 1993 – August 25, 2020Joshua Phillips, 27, of Shannon, Mississippi passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2020, after a car/pedestrian accident. He was born April 6, 1993 to Edward and Mary Phillips. He was an employee of Tullos Supply Company. He enjoyed woodworking and crafts, gaming, grilling and spending time with family and friends. He was an avid reader and a Christian.He is survived by his wife, Amanda Phillips of Shannon; his mother, Mary Phillips of Shannon; his father, Butch Phillips of Novato, CA; two children, Aizaiah Phillips and Ashtin Phillips both of the home; four step-children, Austin Scruggs (Jennifer) of Amory, Adrienne Scruggs, Avery Scruggs and Claire Scruggs all of the home; one brother, Jake Phillips (Tressa) of Thaxton; two sisters, Caity Flatt (Michael Stafford) and Cat Holcomb (Drew) all of Shannon; three step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Justin Phillips; a son, Zeke Phillips; and by Wayne Scruggs.Inurnment memorial service will be Monday, August 31, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum Niches. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be shared at leememorialonline. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Joshua Phillips, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
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Lola Bell StovallJuly 2, 1946 – August 21, 2020Lola Bell Stovall was born July 2, 1946. She departed this life surrounded by her daughters August 21, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. She was seventy-four years old. She was married to the love of her life, the late Leonard Stovall, Jr. for fifty-nine years. She was a devoted wife, mother, Evangelist, and Assistant Pastor. She was loved by many. She received the Holy Ghost at an early age at Chapel Grove Holiness Church, Chesterville, MS under the leadership of the late Bishop G.T. Howell; where she was a singer and preacher. Later, she and her husband united with Victory Temple Holiness Church, Tupelo, MS under the leadership of Bishop Willie Thornton. She was lead by God to evangelize and help set up missions and churches. She ran many revivals and sang many songs for different gospel singings. She and her husband later united with Trinity Faith and Deliverance, Tupelo, MS under the leadership of Bishop Georgia Cruse remained a faithful member, evangelist, Assistant Pastor and devoted woman of God until her transition.She leaves to cherish her memories her four daughters, Sheila (Dexter) Blanchard of Blue Springs, MS, Cynthia (Glen) Kohlheim of Sherman, MS, Sandra (Erickson) Forster of Plantersville, MS, and Amanda Stovall of Tupelo, MS; four brothers, William Collins, Willie “Eddie” (Clara) Montgomery, Willie “Teddy” Montgomery, Johnny “Pete” Lipsey, Ollie (Ronnie) Flakes; and Peggy (Earlie D) Weatherspoon; fourteen grandchildren, thirty-nine great-grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a host of nieces, cousins, friends and special friends. And also special church family Trinity Faith Deliverance, special friend Velma Hill; two goddaughters Sis. Ty Walton and Bishop Georgia Cruse.She was preceded in death by her parents, Moalogia “Pim” Collins and Mabeline Lipsey; one sister, Betty Higginbottom; one daughter, Sheryl Stovall; one grandson, Glen H. “Tudda” Kohliem II; one great grandson, Bralin Jwann Gates; and her best friend Linne Mae Givhan.Visitation will be August 26, 2020 6:00 PM at N.L Jones Funeral Directors, 2510 S Gloster St, Tupelo MS 38801. Graveside services will be held August 27, 2020 11:00 AM at Chapel Grove Holiness Church Cemetery, Chesterville, MS. Condolences maybe shared at nljonesandsons. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Lola Bell Stovall please visit our Sympathy Store.
Rommie JohnsonDecember 14, 1944 – August 21, 2020With deepest sympathy we remember Mr. Rommie Johnson… Rommie Johnson was born December 14, 1944 to his parents Curtis and Margie Johnson. He joined St. John M.B. Church in Shannon.Visitation will be August 28, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 PM at N.L Jones Funeral Directors. Graveside services will be held August 29, 2020 11:00 AM at St. John Church Cemetery, Shannon, MS. Condolences maybe shared at nljonesandsons. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Rommie Johnson please visit our Sympathy Store.

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