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HCN Regional Obituaries (September 4-10, 2020)

Baldwyn MS 
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Baldwyn
Jewel F. Trice Bailey
January 25, 1953 – September 3, 2020
Jewel Faye Trice Bailey transitioned to be with the Lord on September 3, 2020, at her home in Verona. She was born January 25, 1953 in Lee County unto Artrie Smith Trice and the late Gary C. Trice.  She was a member of Second Baptist M. B. Church in Verona. She enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking was her passion, and especially her duties at her church, her convention work at the local, state and national levels was a very important part of her Christian life’s work. She was a member of Heroines of Jericho Queen Elizabeth Court # 124 and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She was united in Holy Wedlock to Arvell Bailey. They shared four children together, Detra Gilbert, Willie Fields, Jackie Anderson and Roderick Bailey; and six grandchildren. She retired from MDOT after 42 years of service.Her memory will be cherished by her busband, Arvell Bailey; mother, Artrie Mae Smith Trice; brother, Gary Wayne Trice (Almeta); and sister, Peggy C. Long (John lll); her nieces, Shenna Cook and Katrinka Trice; and nephews, John L. Long and Andrew C. Long; along with a host of great nieces and nephews and a great great niece; special cousin/brother, Johnny C. Smith; special friends/brothers, Jessie Shells and Willie Lockett; and other relatives and friends.Walk-thru visitation will be at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home in Verona on Sunday, September 6, 2020 from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM followed by graveside services at the Verona Cemetery at 3:00 PM. Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Jewel F. Trice Bailey, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
Kesler Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
Audie L. Pettigo
April 4, 1954 ~ September 3, 2020 
Audie L. Pettigo (66) passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of Maple Springs Church of God. He enjoyed riding horses, cooking out and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.Audie is survived by his daughter, Nikki Leathers of Fulton; his sons, Benji George (Jennifer) of Kirkville, and Brent George of Kirkville; his mother, Addie Pitts of Kirkville; his brother, Hugh Pettigo of Kirkville; his sister, Martha Holland of Tupelo; his grandchildren, Dameion, Destany, Cheyanne, Joseph, Madalynne, Ethan, Sondra, Harleigh and Nathan; and his great-grandchildren, Bailah, Mikey, Jaden and Kalila. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melissa Pettigo; his father, Hester Pettigo; his sister, Margaret Pettigo and his grandson, Dusty Leathers.Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 PM Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Gilmore Chapel Methodist Church. Services are 4:00 PM Wednesday at the church with Bro. Douglas Kitchens and Bro. Ray Guin officiating. Burial will be in the Gilmore Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers are Dameion Leathers, Hunter Pettigo, Scottie Pettigo, Joe Amedio, Jamie Crabb, Jay Timmons, Michael McMillan, Logan Pettigo and Preston Pettigo. Honorary pallbearers are all of his friends on the hill and Paul Keeton. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Audie L. Pettigo, please visit our floral store.
Waters Funeral Home Inc – Baldwyn
William Tommy Surratt
June 9, 1947 – September 6, 2020
William Tommy Surratt, 73, passed away on Sunday, September 06, 2020 at his home. He was a truck driver and had worked at Food Institution, Tupelo Coffee, Jesco and C. S. Poole. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army and served during Vietnam, and he was a member of United Church of God in Fulton.He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Phyllis Hughes Surratt of Saltillo; daughters, Tammy Chase (Tim) of Tupelo, Tonyia Strickland (Billy) of Booneville and Daneita Hayes (Terry) of Corinth; brothers, Alec Surratt (Donna) of TX and Bobby Joe Surratt of Saltillo; ten grandchildren, Christopher Vasquez (Jenna Rose), Chandler Vasquez, Christian Vasquez, Clay South, Kyle South (Marcella), Kayla South, Cory Edge, Kaylee Dixon, Crissa Cruse and Cody Cruse; great-grandchildren, Peyton South, Raylea Hearn Gavin Freeman, Aven Hearn, Braxton Edge and Paris James (due in Dec); and host of other nieces, nephews and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cebron and Vivian James Surratt; son, Tracy Surratt; mother of his children, Betty Stanford.Visitation will be Friday, September 11, 2020 from noon until service time at Waters Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM with Bro. Gary Beam officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family www.watersfuneralservice.com. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of William Tommy Surratt, please visit our Tribute Store.
Booneville MS
Agnew and Sons Funeral Home – Booneville
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Booneville Funeral Home – Booneville
Caryn Manley Gaines
November 21, 1965 – September 8, 2020
Caryn Manley Gaines, 54, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at her home in Thrasher. She was born in Cicero, Ill, on November 21, 1965, to Charles Manley, Sr. and Sarah Lamb Manley. She enjoyed shopping for clothes and shoes, working, and helping others. She loved music and singing. Caryn was a member of Thrasher Baptist Church.She is survived by her son, Grant Manley Gaines of Germantown, TN; her mother, Sarah Manley of Booneville; one brother, Charles Manley, Jr. (Pamela) of Booneville; nephews, Logan Andrew Manley and Zachary Kale Manley, all of Booneville. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Manley, Sr.; paternal grandparents, Rosie and Odie Manley; maternal grandparents, James Lamb and Eva Pearl Pope; and her aunt and uncle, Opal and Ed Manley.Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until service on Thursday. September 10, 2020 at Booneville Funeral Home.Funeral services will begin at 12:00 PM. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Caryn Manley Gaines please visit our Sympathy Store.
Evelyn Hunkapiller
July 20, 1934 – September 9, 2020
Evelyn Hunkapiller, 86, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. She was born in Marietta on July 20, 1934, to Ollie Evelyn Vandevander Hoard. She enjoyed quilting, canning, and working crossword puzzles and word search.She is survived by her sons, Terry Hunkapiller and Jim Hunkapiller (Tammy), all of Marietta; brothers, L.V. Hoard (Louise) of Eudora, MS, and Roy Hoard (Kathy) of Hickory Flat, MS; one sister, Peggy Glenn (Johnny) of Marietta; one granddaughter, Myra Moore (T.J.) of Jumpertown; and one great-grandson, Trevin Moore of Jumpertown. She also leaves behind her Landmark Community of caretakers and friends, who meant so much to her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Hunkapiller; her mother, Ollie Hoard; brothers, James Hoard, Horace Hoard, Jesse Hoard, Troy Hoard; and one sister, Myrtie Sartin.A graveside service will be at 10:00 AM on September 12, 2020, at Zion Rest Cemetery, County Rd 5260, Booneville, MS 38829, with Bro. Tony Brown officiating. Burial will be in Zion Rest Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Zion Rest Church of Christ members. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to Maywood Christian Camp at any Farmers and Merchants Bank. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Evelyn Hunkapiller please visit our Sympathy Store.
McMillan Funeral Home – Booneville
William Jerry Allen
January 10, 1951 – September 6, 2020
William Jerry Allen was born on January 10, 1951 and passed away on September 6, 2020.Arrangements are incomplete at this time. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com
Becky Bolton Thomas
March 1, 1964 – September 4, 2020
Becky Bolton Thomas, 56, of Marietta passed away on Friday, September 4, 2020 at her home. She was a member of the Zion Rest Church of Christ and a registered nurse. She was a member of the New Site High School Class of 1982. She loved cooking, baking, swinging on the porch, spending time with her granddaughters and watching them ride their horses, and taking care of family and friends. Her laugh was contagious and loved by everyone. Becky loved growing up in the Zion Rest Community and she loved everyone there dearly. She is survived by her husband, Mark Thomas; two sons, Seth Thomas (Karen), and Aaron Thomas; two granddaughters, Ella Kate and Kenzie Thomas: one sister-in-law, Carol Allen (Randy); one niece, Baylee Fitzsimmons (Dylan); mother-in-law, Lou Della Thomas; cousins; Beverly Glidewell (Tim) and their children, Cason Nobles and Jared Nobles (Miranda), Shirley Gray Pharr, Shana Hughes (Darren), Zoie Hughes; and a host of other family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, William “Billy” T. Bellamy and Lucy Bolton Bellamy; her father-in-law, Clarence Thomas. Visitation will be from 2:00 PM until service time on Sunday, September, 6, 2020 at Zion Rest Church of Christ. A Celebration of Life will begin at 4:00 PM with Minister Tony Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Rest Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mickey Kennedy, Jeff Long, Kenneth Green, Mike Beasley, Austin Beasely and Andrew Brown. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Zion Rest Church of Christ, 111 Hwy 371 N, Marietta MS 38856. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com
Hugh Edward Moore, Sr.
November 4, 1929 – September 7, 2020
Hugh Edward Moore, Sr., 90, of Marietta passed away on Monday, September 7, 2020, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was a member of the West Booneville Church of Christ, a United States Air Force Veteran, and was retired from the Prentiss County School Systems where he was director of maintenance at the bus shop. He graduated from Marietta High School in 1950 and was a member of the 1950 State Championship basketball team. He was a chartered member of the City of Marietta Board of Alderman and a member of the Marietta Lions Club. He loved gardening, going out to eat and visiting with everyone at Agnew’s restaurant on a daily basis. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mavoline Murphy Moore; four sons, Hugh Edward (Eddie) Moore, Jr. (Donna), Phillip Moore (Barbara) both of Marietta, Rodney Moore (Debbie) of Baldwyn and Scotty Moore (Lori) of New Site; two daughters, Mitzi Moore Jumper (Art) of Booneville and Melissa Moore Burns (Ronald) of Marietta; ten grandchildren, Andrea Shapley (Dereck), Chris Moore (Melonie), Kellie Crabb (Jeremy), Doug Jumper (Saray), Mary Alice Carpenter (Kyle), Will Moore (fiancé Lacy), Kindra Shadburn (Chris), Aaron Moore, Beau Burns (Brittany), and Clint Burns (Darbi); thirteen great grandchildren; and a sister, Ruby Cain of Thrasher. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Jackson Moore and Lula Cunningham Moore; infant brother; and great grandson Mason Burns. Visitation will be from 2:00 PM until service time on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 4:00 PM with Minister Ward Hogland and Bro. Josh Westmoreland officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Rest Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Chris Moore, Doug Jumper, Beau Burns, Aaron Moore, Clint Burns and Will Moore. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com
Ruby L. Cain
July 12, 1923 – September 8, 2020
Ruby L. Cain passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at her home. She was a member of Booneville Church of Christ. She graduated from Marietta High School, attended Decatur Junior College, and graduated from Bowling Green College of Commerce with a BS degree. She taught school for 40 years, starting at Wheeler, Ecru, Marietta, and Jumpertown, and finished with 22 years at Thrasher High School when she retired. She liked MSU, enjoyed traveling, and spending time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren.She is survived by her grandson, Matthew (Jessica) Cain; three great-grandchildren, Carter, Lily and Noah Cain; one sister-in-law, Mavoline Moore; four nephews, Eddie (Donna) Moore, Phillip (Barbara) Moore, Rodney (Debbie) Moore, and Scotty (Lori) Moore; two nieces, Mitzi (Art) Jumper and Melissa (Ronald) Burns; several great-nieces and nephews; special friend, Cindy Bishop; and caregiver, Karen Grove. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lex Cain; her son, Andy Cain; her parents, Andrew “Red” and Lula Moore; and two brothers, an infant brother and Hugh Edward Moore.Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until service time Friday, September 11, 2020, at McMillan Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life service will begin at 2:00 PM with Minister Jim Estes officiating. Burial will be in Tuscumbia Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com
Corinth MS
Magnolia Funeral Home – Corinth
Hubert Bishop
January 20, 1940 – September 3, 2020
Hubert Bishop, 80, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020 at his residence in Pontotoc, MS. He was born January 20, 1940 in Lee County, MS to Tulus Bishop and Carrie Fowler Bishop. He was a retired factory worker at Super Sagless and was of the Christian faith. Hubert is survived by his sons, Gary Bishop (Wanda) of Plantersville, MS and Ricky Bishop (Melinda) of Mooreville, MS; his daughters, Hazel Henry (Bill) of Fulton, MS and Stephanie J. Lemmons (James “Bud”) of Fulton, MS; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren; sisters, Gerald Dean McKay (Jerry) of Pontotoc, MS and Delaine Jones Stutts (James “Bud”) of Corinth, MS; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Lavender Stutts Bishop; his daughter, Lilly Henry; his father, Titus Bishop; his mother, Carrie Fowler Bishop; and his sister, Florence Maxey. A graveside service will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Lone Oak Baptist Church Cemetery with interment to follow. Rev. Norman Mattox will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Patrick Henry, Jonathan Justice, Jamie Bishop and Rodney Bishop. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mr. Hubert Bishop. Condolences may be expressed at magnoliafuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Hubert Bishop please visit our Sympathy Store.
Terre Ranney Bain
June 4, 1939 – September 3, 2020
Terre Ranney Bain, 81, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020 at his residence in Glen, MS. He was born June 4, 1939 in Alcorn County, MS to Luther Leaton Bain and Grace Baswell Bain. He was a self-employed welder and machinist and was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, purchasing antique cars, trucks and tractors and restoring them. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren, and enjoyed taking them to George Jones concerts. He was a very humble giving person, who would help anyone who needed it. Ranney is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nelda June Wiginton Bain of Glen, MS; his son, Joey Randy Bain and wife Melissa of Rienzi, MS; his daughter, Terrie Lynn Bain of Glen, MS; eight grandchildren, Nathaniel Bain, Daniel Bain (Amanda), Caleb Bain, Austin Tucker, Brandon Tucker, Collin Tucker, Dillon Grieser and Elisa Grieser; five great grandchildren, Noah Bain, Leeton Bain, Hayden Wilbanks, Aubreigh Kate Tucker and Jaxon Keith Tucker; his brother, Reaphys Bain of Glen, MS; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Luther Leaton Bain; his mother, Grace Baswell Bain; his son-in-law, Brian Keith Tucker; and his brothers, Garvin Bain (Jessie), Toby Bain and Lindon Bain. Visitation will be Saturday, September 5, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Magnolia Funeral Home-East. A Celebration of Life service will be Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 2:00 P M at Magnolia Funeral Home-East Chapel with interment to follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery. Bro. Ron Plymel and Buddy Kemp will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Daniel Bain, Sam Tull, Jackie Baswell, Austin Tucker, Brandon Tucker, Dillon Grieser and Collin Tucker. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mr. Terre Ranney Bain. Condolences may be expressed at magnoliafuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Terre Ranney Bain please visit our Sympathy Store.
Shirley Fay Mitchell
December 17, 1937 – September 4, 2020
Shirley Fay Mitchell, 82 of Corinth, MS, passed away Friday, September 4, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born December 17, 1937 in Alcorn County, MS to Marcus Chase and Mary Byce Chase. She was a machine operator at Magnolia Hosiery Mill and was a member of Rock Hill First Pentecostal Church. She loved cooking, sewing and working in her flower garden. She was a caretaker for everyone. Shirley is survived by her son, Bruce Keith Mitchell of Corinth, MS; two grandchildren, Brandy and Lee Switcher and Beverly Mitchell; great grandchildren, Tate Michell and Montana Powers; her sister, Lois Miller of Corinth, MS; sisters-in-law, Paulene Mills of Corinth, MS and Carolyn Chase of Booneville, MS; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Billy Bruce Mitchell; her father, Marcus Chase; her mother Mary Byce Chase; her brothers, Buford Chase and Shelby Chase; her sisters, Hazel Gray (J.D.), Eunice Lentz, Gladys McGaughy, Verlon Felks, Buna Stacy, Vula Mae Chase and Helen Chase. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Magnolia Funeral Home-East. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Henry Cemetery with interment to follow at Henry Cemetery. Rev. Matthew Joshlin will officiate the service with Tate Mitchell delivering the eulogy. https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/P4DLHKNSCXGTXWXM. Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to serve the family of Mrs. Shirley Fay Mitchell. Condolences may be expressed at magnoliafuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Shirley Fay Mitchell please visit our Sympathy Store.
Gregory Wayne Jones
February 15, 1976 – September 5, 2020
Born February 15, 1976 in Corinth, MS, Greg Jones, 44 of Walnut, MS passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2020 in Alcorn County, MS. Greg was a saw mill operator and of the Pentecostal faith. Greg is survived by his wife, Kim “Nikki” Fortner of Walnut; mother, Peggy Johnson and husband Greg of Glen, MS; father, Bobby Jones and wife Glenda of Ripley, MS; son, Owen Wayne Jones of Walnut, MS; daughters, Jayce Jones, Callee Jones both of Ripley, MS, and Halie Haisch of Tiplersville, MS; five grandchildren, Brylen Null, Braxton Null, Brenton Null, Hadleigh Graves and Braeleigh Haisch; sisters, Angela Frazier and husband Shawn of Blue Mountain, MS, Sandra Jones and husband Steve of Walnut, MS; brothers, Joshua Rorie of Ripley, MS and Brandon Woomack of Oregon; step brother, Brandon Johnson of Corinth, MS; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends. Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 6:00-9:00 PM and Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 12:00 PM until service time at Hatchie Chapel Church, County Rd 609, Walnut, MS 38683. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM with interment in the church cemetery. Bro. Trent Nethery, Jr. and Rev. Dewayne Kirk will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Shawn Frazier, Josh Russell, Alan Fortner, Steven Graves, Shawn Mullins, Jimmy Drewery, Gary Lee Humbers and Richard Caden. https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/RTFFD7MK96PY7MRS. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Gregory Wayne Jones. Condolences may be expressed at magnoliafuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Gregory Wayne Jones please visit our Sympathy Store.
Cathy Woodruff
April 11, 1954 – September 5, 2020
Born April 11, 1954 in Corinth, MS, Cathy Woodruff, 66, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was the co-owner of Woodruff Cabinets and a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Cathy was of the Baptist faith and a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church. Those left to cherish Cathy’s memory are her husband of 40 years, David Woodruff of Corinth; her mother, Jonnie Strickland Bobo of Iuka, MS; daughters, Tina Harvey of Corinth, Jenny White (Bryan) of Glen; three granddaughters, MaKayla Harvey, Molly Coln (Justin), caretaker and granddaughter, Brittany Mynatt (Thomas); four grandsons, Robert White, Tony Mitchison (Jessica), Austin White, Michael Mitchison; eight great grandchildren, Cayden White, Preston Mynatt, Fox Mitchison, Eli Simms, Bella Mitchison, Robyn White, Gunner Harvey and Sky White; sister, Hebie Williams (Truman) of Iuka, MS; brother, Howell Bobo (Cheryl) of Memphis, TN; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her great grandson, Noah White; father, Heber Uriah Bobo; father-in-law, Jack Woodruff and mother-in-law, Dorothy Jean Woodruff. Private visitation and services will be held at Magnolia Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 with interment in Love Joy Baptist Church Cemetery, Burnsville MS. Bro. David George and Dr. Kara Blackard will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Truman Williams, Bryan White, Thomas Mynatt, Robert White, Cayden White and Tony Mitchison. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Cathy Woodruff. Condolences may be expressed at magnoliafuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Cathy Woodruff please visit our Sympathy Store. 
Bonnie Stahl
July 29, 1932 – September 9, 2020
Bonnie Stahl, 88, of Corinth, MS, passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born in Tishomingo County, MS on July 29, 1932 to the late Dewey and Thunia Cole Barnes and was a member of Spring Hill Methodist Church. Bonnie will forever be remembered in the hearts of her family and friends. Those left to honor Bonnie’s memory include her children, Margaret Sanders (Maury), Tim Sutton, Stan Sutton all of Corinth and Jon Sutton of Tucson, AZ; her grandchildren, Chris Sanders (Lacey), Beth Mitchell, Cole Sanders (Amy), Ethan Sutton, Cain Sutton, Hannah Sutton, Jesse Sutton, Tyler Sutton, Jennifer Harris (Robert), and Jon Sutton Jr.; nine great grandchildren; her sisters, Donna Hopkins, Doris Willis, Cleda Rencher, Peggy Cooksey, Tommie Barnes, and Patricia Dexter; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by husband, William Stahl; and her sisters, Kathryn Voyles, Tess Jobe, and Betty Johnson. Visitation is scheduled from 12:00-2:00 PM Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Magnolia Funeral Home – East Chapel. Private family services will follow and be officiated by Bro. Mickey Trammel. Interment will be in White Sulphur Cemetery in Pickwick, TN. Magnolia Funeral Home – East Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at magnoliafuneralhome. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Bonnie Stahl please visit our Sympathy Store.
McPeters Funeral Home – Corinth
Nancy Alexander
October 8, 1941 – September 6, 2020
Nancy Little Alexander, 78, passed away at her home in Corinth on Sunday, September 6, 2020, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was surrounded by her family. Nancy was born on October 8, 1941, in Ashland, MS, and grew up in Laurel. She was an outstanding student at George S. Gardiner High School and at the University of Mississippi. She spent most of her adult life caring for others; first as a medical technologist and later, as a mother, daughter, grandmother, and wife. She was married to Irl Thomas Alexander, Junior, on December 23, 1962, and together they raised four daughters. After caring for her mother, Mabel Little, during her own battle with Alzheimer’s, Nancy worked with her husband, Tommy, at his medical clinic in Corinth. Nancy shared a love of gardening with her mother and her daughters. She and Tommy loved to travel and enthusiastically attended sporting events for both Corinth High School and Ole Miss often traveling great distances to do so.Nancy Alexander is survived by her husband of 57 years, Tommy; her four daughters, Kimberly Dawn Alexander, Deborah Alexander Baugus (Mike), Dana Alexander Laurie (Matt), and Dyana Alexander Gates (Kenny); and seven grandchildren: Alexander Leigh Byrd, Kaleb Scott Byrd, Michael Taylor Baugus, Aiden Thomas Laurie, Ashlyn Kathleen Laurie, Jordan Grace Gates, and Madison Claire Gates. Nancy was preceded in death by her mother, Mabel Little; her brother, Troy; and a niece, Heather. “Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.” Mitch AlbomThe burial was a private one at Henry Cemetery on September 8, 2020. Arrangements for Alexander family was under the care of McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com for the Alexander family. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Frances Parker Scott
July 9, 1930 – September 8, 2020
Frances Parker Scott 90, passed away September 8, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born July 9, 1930 in Memphis, TN. To the late Charles O. Parker and Nettie Parker. She was of the Christian faith, and a former hotel manager for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandson and his family.She is survived by her sons, Jerry Scott, and Rusty Scott; daughter-in-law,Tara Scott; grandson, Jordan Scott; great grandchildren, Maddison, Jax, Avery and Finley; and caregiver, Candy Briggs. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bill Parker, Bob Parker; and sister, Virginia Small.The family will receive friends Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 1:00 PM untill service time at McPeters Funeral Directors. Funeral services are set for 2:00 PM with Bro. Jimmy Timleck officiating. Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, TN. Arrangements are under the care of McPeters Inc. Funeral Home. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com for the Scott family.
Memorial Funeral Home – Corinth
Larry J Byrd
January 20, 1942 – September 5, 2020
Larry J. Byrd, 78, passed away September 5, 2020 at his residence, after a lengthy illness. He was born January 20, 1942 in Alcorn County MS, to the late Laury and Hazel Byrd. He attended Biggersville High School. He worked for Harris Steel in Cicero, IL, before moving back to Corinth. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.Larry is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Sue Wallace Byrd; daughters, Lisa Smith, Penny Green, Bridgette Mason (Doug); grandchildren, Robert “Rob” Nelms (Tracy), Nick Burcham, Christy Austin (Danny), Becky Nolan (Chris), Beth Bain, Sarah Bain (Trey); great grandchildren, Alysa Nolan, Emily Nolan, Gracie Nolan, Ariah Bain, Shyla Dae Ross, Acia Trey Clark, Ava Love Clark, Ethan Nelms, Christian Nelms, Kobe Bain, Alexander Bain, Jackson Nolan, Jasen Wiginton, Mason Harvill, Bo Burcham, Macey Hall; sisters, Nora Lee Leatherwood; brother-in-law, Billy Wallace (Bonnie); special niece, Chena Little; best friend, John Smith; and host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lois, Patricia, Dolly, Lita; and brothers; John and Hubert.Celebration of Life services are set for 2:00 PM Monday at Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Zack Howell and Bro. James Hasell officiating. Family will receive friends Monday from 1:00 PM to service time. Honorary pallbearers will be his great grandsons. Arrangements are under the care of Memorial Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to American Cancer Society. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialcorinth.com for the Byrd family. 
Holly Springs MS
Holly Springs Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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JF Brittenum and Son Funeral Home – Holly Springs
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Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Holly Springs
Mother Louis “Valley” Jefferson
June 22, 1937 ~ September 3, 2020 
Mother Louis  “Valley” Jefferson, 83, transitioned on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Baptist-DeSoto Hospital in Southaven, MS. Louis “Valley” was born June 21, 1937 in Red Banks, MS to the late Mamie Watson Kinkle and Robert Kinkle. Louis “Valley” worked at Byhalia School Cafeteria for 28 years. She was a member of the Mighty Princess for over 30 years. She was a member of the Taylor Chapel prayer warriors. She loved to sing and cook. She truly loved welcoming everyone into her home. She was a lifelong faithful member of Mt. Newell M.B. Church where she served as Youth Choir chairman, Usher board, Pastor’s Aide, Choir member and president. She hosted hundreds of programs. She was an active member of the mother board until her death. Louis “Valley” was married to Lee Willie Jefferson for 57 years until his death on May 5, 2010.Louis “Valley” Jefferson is survived by eight children, four sons, Sesley (Lois) and Vince E. Jefferson of Red Banks, MS, Wayne R. Jefferson of Byhalia, MS, Willie L. Jefferson of Holly Springs, MS; four daughters, Gail Scales of Red Banks, MS, Carolyn (Roosevelt) Hardaway and Alexus Jefferson of Holly Springs, MS and Stephanie Blake of Olive Branch, MS; two brothers, Oscar (Dorothy) Kinkle of Holly Springs, MS and Robert Kinkle of Maywood IL; two sisters, Earlis Mack of Youngstown, OH, Jeanette (Dean) Barksdale of Holly Springs, MS; four sisters-in-law, Perole Rockette of St. Louis MO, Bertha Jefferson of Red Banks, MS, Shirley Smith of Byhalia, MS, Matilda Nevills of Memphis, TN. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Willie Jefferson; two sons, Shelden and Goffery Jefferson; one sister, Olivia Bobo; four brothers, Oscar Aldridge, John, Cidell and Odell Kinkle; two sisters-in-law, Betty Williams and Lonnie Black; five brothers-in-law, Andrew Jefferson, John Bobo, Charles Rockett, Charles Black, and Charles Leslie Black; one goddaughter, Shirley Tunstall; a special family friend, Berniece Briggs; 29 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Mt. Newell M.B. Church, 1934 N Red Banks Rd, Red Banks, MS 38861. Burial will take place at Mt. Newell Memorial Gardens in Red Banks, MS. Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mother Louis “Valley” Jefferson, please visit our floral store  serenityfuneralhomeinc
Houston MS
Houston Funeral Home – Houston
Edith Wright
October 11, 1921 – September 03, 2020
Mrs. Edith Johnson Wright, 98, passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Floy Dyer Nursing Home in Houston, Mississippi. She was born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi on October 11, 1921 to Cleland Johnson and Laudie Walker Johnson. She and her husband, J.C Wright owned Jim`s Auto Parts, where she was a bookkeeper for 43 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church for 53 years.Mrs. Wright is survived by her daughter, Rochelle and husband, John Dunn of Clay, Al; one sister, Etheleen Blanton of Houston; her grandchildren, Jamie Dunn Floyd and husband, Stuart of Trussville, AL, and Lori Dunn Stovall and husband, Keith of Alabaster, AL; and her great-grandchildren, Emily Stovall, Haley Stovall, Hannah Stovall, Blakely Floyd, Jackson Floyd, and Houston Floyd. Mrs. Wright is preceded in death by her parents, and her late husband of 61 years, J.C. Wright.Visitation will be Sunday, September 6, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Houston from 2:00 PM until service time. Funeral services will begin at 3:00 PM with Dr. Daniel Heeringa officiating. Burial will be held at Houston City Cemetery in Houston, Mississippi. Pallbearers will be Larry Arrington, George Bryan, Bobby Davis, Stuart Floyd, Bobby Mooneyham, and Keith Stovall. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Houston First Baptist Church, 201 West Madison St, Houston, MS 38851. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Omega Blanton
February 14, 1927 – September 05, 2020
Mrs. Minet Omega Castles Blanton, 93, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Floy Dyer Nursing Home in Houston, Mississippi. She was born in Houston, Mississippi on February 14, 1927 to Charles Lee Castles and Dorothy Lee Bryant Castles. Her father passed away when she was five, and her only sibling, Charles Columbus “Sonny Boy” Castles, passed away at age 22 months. She and her mother took care of each other until her mothers’ death in 1980. Mrs. Blanton was preceded in death also by her husband of 62 years, Dewey Bennett Blanton, in 2010.Mrs. Blanton was a life-long member of First Baptist Church in Houston. She was very faithful and active as long as her heath allowed. She was a Christian, and she lived her life in a way that set a wonderful Godly example to all who knew her. Mrs. Blanton was a business teacher who retired after 40 years of teaching, with 37 of those served at Houston High School and Houston Vocational Center. She was often referred to as one of the most influential teachers in the lives of her former students. She received many awards and accolades during her career.Mrs. Blanton is survived by her sisters-in-law, Etheleen Blanton of Houston, and Barbara Blanton Carnes of Williamsburg, KY; several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. She will be sorely missed by the community and all who knew her.Graveside services will be held at Houston City Cemetery on Monday, September 7, 2020 at 10:00 AM with Dr. Daniel Heeringa officiating. Burial will be held at Houston City Cemetery in Houston, Mississippi. Pallbearers will be Mackie Weaver, George Knox, Jess Ellard, and Jack Dendy. Honorary pallbearers will be Kermit Nabors, Alford Bell, Rex Sanderson, and her “Birthday Party Boys”. Houston Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.Mr. and Mrs. Blanton set up a scholarship fund that has provided scholarships for hundreds of college-bound students. In lieu of flowers, donations to be made to: “Blanton Scholarship Fund”, c/o Sanderson Law Firm, 108 N Jefferson, Houston, MS 38851. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Memorial Funeral Home – Houston
Ronald Edward Sykes
May 06, 1959 – September 07, 2020
Ronald Edward Sykes, 61, passed away Monday, September 7, 2020 at his home. He was born in New Orleans on May 6, 1959. He was a Baptist and a truck driver.He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Wiggs (Mason) of Houlka; three grandchildren, Alec Long, Lucas Dendy and Mila Wiggs; one sister, Edra Kimmel of Brandon; two brothers, Jeri Rhine and David Stephens both of Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents, Doris “Edd” Sykes and Joann Henry Sykes; one grandson, Oliver Henry Wiggs; two brothers, Robert Stephens and Keith Rhine.Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Asbury Cemetery in Van Vleet with Travis Holmes officiating. Memorial Funeral Home in Houston is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be shared at memorialfuneralhomehouston. To send a flower arrangement to the family of Ronald Edward Sykes, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
Southern Funeral Chapel – Houston
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New Albany MS
Glenfield Funeral Home – New Albany
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New Albany Funerals and Cremations – New Albany
Bonnie Kisor Stokes
February 14, 1947 ~ September 5, 2020 
Bonnie Kisor Stokes, 73, resident of Pontotoc and well known animal activist, departed this life Saturday, September 5, 2020 at her residence following an extended illness. Ms. Stokes was born February 14, 1947 in Pontotoc, the daughter of the late Corporal James Earl and Hazel Hughes Kisor. She was a graduate of the Thaxton Public School System in Pontotoc and was a homemaker throughout her life. A Christian, Ms. Stokes was blessed with a passion and love for abandoned animals. She was well known in the area for rescuing and fostering animals of all descriptions. Garage sales and special times with her family and friends brought much pleasure to her lifelong compassion for all God’s creatures.Survivors include two daughters, Angie Camp (Tony) and Tina Hollingsworth (Dennis), both of Pontotoc; two sons, Garry Graham of Pontotoc and Harry Graham of Alabama; six grandchildren, Jeffery and Chris Cox, Crystal Melton, Dallas and Rozland Graham; fourteen great grandchildren; and a special friend, Roy Nibblet. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Vinson.Visitation for family and friends will be 2:00 PM until service time on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care. The Celebration of Life Service will begin at 3:00 PM in The Memory Chapel of New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care located at the intersection of Hwy 30 and West Bankhead. A private family burial will take place at a later date. The family requests that memorials be directed to Second Chance Animal Rescue, PO Box 165, Pontotoc MS 38863. The staff of New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care invites you to share memories. nafuneralsandcremations. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Bonnie Kisor Stokes, please visit our floral store.
Erica Laine Chism
November 2, 1997 ~ September 7, 2020 
Erica Laine Chism, 22, passed away tragically on Monday September 07, 2020, in Marshall County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Erica Laine Chism, please visit our floral store. nafuneralsandcremations
Donald Ray Fields
June 29, 1949 ~ September 7, 2020 
Donald Ray “Don” Fields, 71, passed from Sanctuary Hospice House into eternal life in Heaven on September 7, 2020, after a brief illness. The only child of Alton and Evangeline “Vangie” Deen Fields, Don was born in Clarksdale on June 29, 1949. He was a graduate of Coahoma County High School in Clarksdale, and earned a degree in marketing from Mississippi State University. On December 30, 1978, he married his sweetheart, Eileen Haley McIngvale of Hernando. For many years, Don was employed as a supervisor and salesperson in the commercial truck line industry. His sales career continued at Aberdeen RV until his retirement. Don was a man of faith and a dedicated member of Woodland Baptist Church in the Troy Community for over thirty years. He enjoyed his Sunday School Class and was a member of the church security team. An avid outdoorsman, Don especially enjoyed hunting and fishing and was never happier than when he was in the woods hunting or on the lake fishing. He was a certified dog trainer, a skilled marksman, and a firearms expert and instructor. He also enjoyed primitive hunting and camping and specialized in cast iron cooking for groups large or small. He held Master Gardener certification and was a former member of Lee County Master Gardeners.Don is survived by his wife of 41 years, Eileen Fields of Pontotoc County; his mother, Vangie Fields of Tupelo; his children, George McIngvale II, Haley Wade McIngvale and his wife Dara, all of Hernando, and Sara McIngvale Swindle and her husband Randy, of Dauphin Island, Alabama; his brother-in-law, Wayne Haley and his wife Vicki of Denton, Texas; twelve grandchildren Mize McIngvale, Abigayle McIngvale Goldman, George S McIngvale III, Aaron McIngvale, Molly McIngvale, Kirill Safrin, Haley Wade McIngvale II, Sara Helen McIngvale, Emma McIngvale, Hinton McIngvale, Leighton Swindle, and Keller Swindle; “grandchildren of the heart,” Melanie Harris and Ryan Davis; and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Alton Fields, and his grandparents, O.W. and Altie Deen; and George and Nell Fields. The family expresses appreciation to the staff and volunteers at Sanctuary Hospice House for their compassionate care.A private family service will be held at a later date. New Albany Funeral and Cremation is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Gideons International (gideons.org). The staff of New Albany Funeral and Cremation Care invites you to share memories with the family. nafuneralsandcremations To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Donald Ray Fields, please visit our floral store.
Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Inc – New Albany
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United Funeral Service – New Albany
Nora Mae Sanders Robbins
March 4, 1934 – September 6, 2020
Nora Mae Sanders Robbins passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family and loved ones on Sunday evening, September 6, 2020. She was born March 4, 1934 to the late Boyd Sanders and Ethel Gillis Sanders. She was a homemaker and former employee of Wal-Mart in New Albany, and formerly worked as a seamstress at Denton Mills for many years. Nora enjoyed going on trips with her church, shopping with her daughters and granddaughters, and spending time with her family. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.Those left to honor her memory are her daughters, Alice Brown, Annie “Sissy” Robbins (Lowell), and Sherry Childs (Sam); her sons, Jerry Robbins (Susan), Kenneth Robbins (Cindy), and Robert Robbins (Barbara); one sister, Linda Thomas (Alton); sixteen grandchildren; forty great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Boyd and Ethel Sanders; her husband of 54 years, Glen Lamar Robbins; two brothers, Emmitt Sanders and Clifton Sanders; one sister, Annie Ruth Gatlin; one son, Donald Robbins; one son-in-law, Joe Brown; and one great grandson, Hunter Jordan.Visitation will be Tuesday evening, September 8, 2020 from 5:00-9:00 PM at New Hope Baptist Church in Myrtle. Funeral services will be at the church on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM with Bro. Steve Cohea officiating. Burial will be at Faith Baptist Church Cemetery, County Rd 51, Myrtle MS 38650. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Timbo Robbins, Brett Robbins, Heath Robbins, Matthew Brown and Cole Childs, her grand sons-in-law, Matt Frazier and John Garrett, and her great grandson, Trapper Jordan. Funeral services are entrusted to United Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.unitedfuneralservice.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Nora Mae Sanders Robbins please visit our Sympathy Store.
Velora Earnestine Jolly
August 8, 1926 – September 8, 2020
Velora Earnestine Jolly “Teany”, 94, went to her heavenly home, Tuesday, September 8, 2020. She was born August 8, 1926, to Albert Wyatt and Orlena May Murdock in Trumbull, Texas. She was married to the late, Thomas Ivy Jolly. Mrs. Jolly was a lifetime member of Sherman United Methodist Church. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She was well known for her cooking, which her family loved. She had a love for baking, especially wedding cakes, until she was no longer able. Some of her favorite past times were crocheting baby clothes and blankets, and watching “Days of Our Lives”. Teany loved, and was loved greatly by her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.She was survived by her son, Reginald “Reggie” E. Jolly; two sisters-in-law, Drew Jolly, and Bea Jolly; six grandchildren, Adam Jolly (Kristie), Rick Jolly, Kevin Jolly (Mandy), Katina Crump (Chris), Regina Martin (Wayne), and Mona Brown (Jon); twelve great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; both parents; three sons, Micheal Thomas Jolly, Allen Wayne Jolly, and Terry Wyatt Jolly; six brothers; and four sisters.Visitation will be Thursday, September 10, 2020, from 2:00-4:00 PM at United Funeral Service. The service will follow at 4:00 PM with Bro. James Richardson officiating. United Funeral service is honored to be entrusted with these arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.unitedfuneralservice.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Velora Earnestine Jolly please visit our Sympathy Store.
Oxford MS
Coleman Funeral Home – Oxford
Markie Marie Moncrief
February 11, 1971 – September 3, 2020
Markie Marie Moncrief, 49, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. Markie was a very happy go lucky, outgoing person. She enjoyed arts and crafts, making them and giving them to her friends and family. Her family describes her as being very pleasant to converse with, as she could literally talk to anyone. She never met a stranger. Markie also enjoyed picnics with her family and taking pictures. She was always friendly and genuine to anyone she met. She was always quick to remind people that “everything will be okay’ and encouraging them to not get so flustered at life. The only thing Markie didn’t enjoy was fishing. Her family said she hated it!Markie Marie Moncrief is survived by her mother, Judy Yvonne Gurley; her sister, Shelby Gurley; her two brothers, Mike Gurley and Chris Gurley; and her uncle, Russell Hendrix. Markie Marie Moncrief was preceded in death by her father, Douglas H. Gurley.A private family graveside will be announced at a later date. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Markie Marie Moncrief funeral fund in care of Coleman Funeral Home (PO Box 160, Oxford MS 38655). Please leave online condolences on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Markie Marie Moncrief please visit our Sympathy Store.
L Hodges Funeral Service – Oxford
Barbara Jean (Archie) Carr
March 10, 1949 ~ September 4, 2020 
Barbara Carr, 71, the daughter of Essie Lee Smith Archie and Frank Archie was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi on March 10, 1949. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined Second Missionary Baptist Church in Oxford MS. Barbara graduated from Central High School in Oxford, MS and pursued a higher education at Jackson State College (University) in Jackson MS. It was there that she met her future husband, Jimmy Carr, Sr. The two were united in holy matrimony and to this union, their son Jimmy Jr. was born. The family resided in Tupelo, MS, where they were active members of Rising Star Baptist Church. Barbara became a member of the Adult Choir, illustrating her deep love of serving in the music ministry. She taught at Bissel Pre-K School in Tupelo, MS. She enjoyed singing, traveling and spending time with her family. After moving to Oxford MS, Barbara returned to Second Missionary Baptist Church, where she served faithfully. She also decided to attend cosmetology school where, upon completion, she succeeded in opening her own salon named Studio A Hair Salon. Barbara worked at the salon until she retired.Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Jimmy (Tanisha) Carr Jr.; grandsons, Jimmy Carr III, Harrison Bracey Carr and Evan Daniel Carr, all of Raymond MS; sister, Joyce Archie; brothers, Frank “Butch” (Lutricia) Archie, Willie A. Archie and James Ivy Jr., all of Oxford, MS; brother-in-law, Rev. Gary Long Sr.; sisters-in-law, Delois Hamilton, Claudia Howard and Edna Gardner all of Tupelo MS; aunts, Leona “Sally” (Chester) Starks and Beatrice (Herman) Pegues, both of Oxford MS; niece (who Barbara raised), Santerrica Archie; and a host of very special nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends. Barbara was preceded in death by Jimmy Carr, Sr.; parents, Essie Lee and Frank Archie; sister, Bettie A. (Roy) Goss; sisters-in-law, Ruthy Long and Lennette Ivy (also her best friend). Visitation will be Wednesday, September 9, 2020 1:00-5:00 PM at L. Hodges Funeral Service. Graveside services will be held Thursday, September 10, 2020 11:00 AM at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, County Rd 247, Oxford MS 38655. Condolences may be shared at lhodgesfs. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Barbara Jean (Archie) Carr, please visit our floral store. 
Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Services – Oxford
Richard “Dick” Lee Hall
September 19, 1940 – September 8, 2020
Richard “Dick” Hall passed away September 8, 2020, in Oxford, Mississippi. Dick was born in Durango, Colorado and moved to California after graduation from college. He taught woodshop at Apple Valley High School for 26 years, retiring in 1996. He was also a member of the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Posse for 20 years and served as the commander for several years.Dick is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sharon; his son, Ron Hall (Dorie); his brother, Bill Hall (Sherry) of Angeles, Washington; his sister and brother-in-law, Corky and Randy Rodman of Oxford, Mississippi; his two grandsons, Stephen of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Matt of Oxford, Mississippi; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Mary Hall of Durango, Colorado; and by his son, Randy Hall of Apple Valley.No services will take place according to Dick’s wishes. Donations can be made to the Shirley Richard Memorial Scholarship Fund, 11837 Navajo Rd, Apple Valley CA 92308, in Dick’s name at Apple Valley High School, as High School Basketball always had a special place in his heart. To leave condolences, please visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com
Barbara Ann Kimbrell
April 9, 1951 – September 8, 2020
Barbara Ann Loyd Kimbrell, 69, of Oxford passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, MS. Barbara was born in Paragould, AR, to the late Lola Mae and James Bervin Loyd. She was a former member of Moss Hill Baptist Church in New Albany, and was a current member of Church of Christ in Oxford. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Charles Kimbrell; three daughters, Vickie Pruett and her husband Pete, of New Albany, Emily Echols and her husband Jeff, of Oxford, and Noor Pyarali and her husband Ismail, of Collierville, TN; eleven grandchildren, Brian Keith Barnes, Jr., Jessica Barnes, Sasha Briggs, Katelin Briggs, Aurora Briggs, Patrick Echols, Hayden Echols, Colin Echols, Azura Pyarali, Ijaz Pyarali and Samara Pyarali; and two great-grandchildren, Bentley Barnes and Eli Barnes. A private memorial service will be held for immediate family at Waller Funeral Home with Pastor Shannon Kendall officiating. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 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 memory of Barbara Ann Loyd Kimbrell can be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 Main St, Tupelo MS 38801. (662.844.2111). For additional information or to leave an online condolence, please call (662) 234-7971 or visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com
Cecil Roy Thorne
May 25, 1939 – September 9, 2020
Mr. Cecil Roy Thorne, 81, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford, MS. Born in Booneville, MS to the late Howard and Mildred Joyner Thorne, Mr. Thorne served in the United States Army National Guard. He was a construction contractor. He is survived by his wife, Harley Ann Sneed Thorne of Toccopola, MS; a daughter, Susan T. Haukapp and her husband, Mike of Atlanta, GA; a son, Jeff Thorne and his wife, Nicole of Olive Branch, MS; two grandchildren, Abby Haukapp of Atlanta, GA and Tyler Thorne of Olive Branch, MS; a brother, Billy Thorne of Canton, MS; and a sister, Elizabeth Anderson of Las Vegas, NV. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Jerry Wayne Thorne, Le Roy Thorne and Howard Thorne; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Sneed White; and brother-in-law, Donald Maples.A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For additional information or to leave an online condolence, please call (662.234.7971) or visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com
Pontotoc MS
Browning Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Kenneth Winfred Pruett
February 2, 1939 – September 7, 2020
Kenneth W. Pruett, age 81, passed away on Monday, September 7, 2020 at his residence. He was born February 2, 1939 to Aaron B. and Viola Beatrice Lishman Pruett. Ken was a member of First Baptist Church in Pontotoc. He worked for many years at Tetra Pak and later started Pontotoc Die Cutting and Cardboard. Ken, an Army veteran, was an avid Mississippi State fan and football season ticket holder for many years. He also was passionate about preserving the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Most importantly, he was a family man and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.Survivors include his two daughters, Debbi Lum (Mike) of Columbus, MS and Ginger Douell (Jerry) of Clinton, MS; six grandchildren, Ben Pierce (Lindsey), Brantley Pierce, Alexis Lum, Addy Jones (Matt), Taner Douell (Morgan) and Olivia Douell; and three great-grandchildren, Emma Jane, Mallen, and Asher Pierce. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Kathryn “Kay” Pruett; a son, Kenny Pruett; and a grandson, Ryder Douell.A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Pontotoc City Cemetery with Rev. Kenny Stanteen officiating. Pallbearers will be Ben Pierce, Brantley Pierce, Matt Jones, Taner Douell, Jerry Douell and Mike Lum. Browning Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas TX 75231; or at www.heart.org. Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com
Payton Mortuary – Pontotoc
Elma King
February 6, 1933 ~ September 6, 2020 
Mr. Elma King, 87, was born to the late Charlie and Zella Mae King on February 6, 1933. He was a faithful member of Wilson Chapel Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee board member, until his health failed. In 1973, Elma attended Foster’s Barber College in Ripley, Mississippi. He received his diploma and became the second licensed African American Barber in Pontotoc, Mississippi. Elma King was a man who enjoyed working with his hands building things, like his own barber shop and working on cars. He had a great love for his family. Elma met and married Geneva Ross and to their union three children were born. Elma King leaves to cherish his loving memory one son, Elma Ray King; two daughters, Melinda Silas (AL) of Pontotoc MS and Brenda King-Harrison (Kenneth) of Memphis TN; seven grandchildren, Prentis Slack, Bryon Slack, Trina Young, Nikki Cox, Nikia Cox, Kendria Allen, and Desiree Wright; nine great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.Visitation will be Saturday, September 12, 2020, from 1:00-5:00 PM at Payton Mortuary. Service will be Sunday, September 13, 2020, at 1:00 PM at New Birth Community Church in New Albany, MS. Condolences may be shared at paytonmortuary. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Elma King, please visit our floral store.
Evelyn SandersSeptember 14, 1942 ~ September 8, 2020Mrs. Evelyn Sanders, 77, passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Condolences may be shared at paytonmortuary. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Evelyn Sanders, please visit our floral store.
Serenity-Autry Funeral Home – Pontotoc
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Tutor Memorial Funeral Home – Pontotoc
Raymond ButtsJuly 18, 1935 – September 6, 2020Raymond Butts, 85, passed away September 6, 2020 at Oxford Veterans Home. Raymond was born July 18, 1935 in Burwell, Nebraska. He was born and raised on the family farm. He attended grade school at District #14 and graduated from Burwell High School in 1952. Ray attended the University of Nebraska Agricultural School. He farmed with his father, Cecil Butts, until 1958 when he went into the Army and served as a medic in Korea. When his father passed away, he received a hardship discharge to work the family farm. He married Jeanine Deanna Meyers Dwinell on August 16, 1960. In addition to adopting her son, Martin Dwinell, he and Jeanine had two children, Raymond Wayne and Janice Deanna. Ray went to work at the ASCS office in Burwell in 1960. He took an office management position in South Souix City, NE and later transferred to Wayne, NE where he became the County Executive Director. He retired from that position November 1990 having served there for 30 years. After retirement, Ray and Jeanine sold their home and traveled, spending their winters in Benson, AZ and summers working in RV parks in Stanley, ID and Wheatland, WY. In 2007, Ray and Jeanine moved to Mississippi to be near their daughter. They enjoyed living near family and built close friendships in Thaxton, MS.Ray is survived by his son, Raymond Wayne Butts( Sandy); daughter, Janice D. White (Wes); his brother, Kenneth Butts; seven grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Jeanine Butts; his parents, Cecil and Irma Shafer Butts; three sisters; two brothers; and his adopted son, Martin Dwinell.A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 PM Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Michael Wilbanks officiating. Visitation will begin at 5:00 PM. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be shared at tutormemorial. To send a flower arrangement to the family of Raymond Butts, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
“Jackie” Artie Otha ToweryNovember 3, 1942 – September 7, 2020Artie Otha “Jackie” Towery, 77, passed away Monday, September 7, 2020 at Pontotoc Extended Care. Jackie was born November 3, 1942 in Lambert, MS. He worked in furniture manufacturing and was a farm and car mechanic.Jackie is survived by his wife, Alma Nell Ray Towery; his sister, Thelma Plunk; three nephews, Jay Plunk, Carlton Plunk, and Jeffery Plunk; many nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Ezra Van Norman and Lubye Evelyn Foster Towery; and a nephew, David Plunk.A Memorial Service will be Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM continuing until service time. Condolences may be shared at tutormemorial. To send a flower arrangement to the family of “Jackie” Artie Otha Towery, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
Ripley MS
Foster and Son Funeral Home – Ripley
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McBride Funeral Home – Ripley
Jiraporn Pam HawkinsFebruary 10, 1947 – September 3, 2020Jiraporn Pam Scoggins Hawkins, 73, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020, at the Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville, MS. She was born on February 10, 1947, in Bangkok, Thailand. She was a retired employee of the Shoe Factory in Ripley, MS.She is survived by two sons, Jerry Scoggins (Tess) of Tiplersville, MS, David Scoggins of Oxford, MS; one daughter, Ning Scoggins of Dallas, TX; seven grandchildren, Taylor Chase Scoggins, Beau Reed Scoggins, Chloe Scoggins, Ethan Scoggins, Jimmy Daugherty, Matthew Daugherty, Brittney Price; one sister in VA. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Belinda Scoggins; and one brother.A graveside service remembering the life of Mrs. Jiraporn, will be held Saturday, September 5, 2020, at Ripley Cemetery with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Expressions of sympathy, for the Hawkins family, may be left at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jiraporn Pam Hawkins please visit our Sympathy Store.
Ripley Funeral Home, Inc – Ripley
Stacy Charleston GrantNovember 2, 1940 ~ September 4, 2020Stacy C. Grant, 79, resident of Walnut and former resident of Memphis, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes Friday evening, September 4, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Mr. Grant was born November 2, 1940 in Lee County, MS, the son of the late Eric B. and Mary Grace Pannell Grant. A proud United States Army Veteran, he was employed as a heavy equipment operator with Memphis Light, Gas and Water for 25 years before his retirement. After retiring, Mr. Grant moved to Tippah County and will be remembered as an avid Harley-Davidson enthusiast who enjoyed “tinkering” with old cars.He is survived by one niece, Teresa Grant of Germantown, TN; his caregiver and devoted friend, Hazel Houston of Memphis; and several cousins. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Travis Wayne Grant and Earshel Grant (Tommie). His niece would like to express a special thank-you to the staff at Bright Glade Health and Rehabilitation for their care and devotion.Visitation for family and friends will be from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Friday, September 11, 2020 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at 1:30 PM at the Sherman Cemetery in Pontotoc County with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. The American flag at The Ripley Funeral Home entrance honors Mr. Grant and all veterans for their service to our country… GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! Expressions of sympathy may be shared at ripleyfuneralhome. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Stacy Charleston Grant, please visit our floral store.
Roy Wayne Luttrell, Sr.July 29, 1949 ~ September 7, 2020Roy Wayne Luttrell, Sr., 71, resident of Ripley and proud United States Marine Veteran, passed away in the comfort of his home on Monday, September 7, 2020 following an extended illness. Mr. Luttrell was born July 29, 1949 in Nesbit, MS, the son of the late Argie and Jessie Inez Luttrell. He received his education in the Nesbit Public School System and was married to the former Corrliss Ann Lindsey who preceded him in death on December 25, 2014. A Christian, Mr. Luttrell proudly served his country in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War. He moved to Tippah County 45 years ago and was a valued employee of Butch Davis Chevrolet in Ripley for over 30 years before retiring. Mr. Luttrell had a passion for watching Westerns on television, enjoyed wrestling and trips to Tunica. The family appreciates your prayers as the say goodbye to someone they loved deeply.Those left to share memories include three grandchildren, Johnathan, Gabby and Anna Luttrell; two sisters, Kathy Stewart and Martha Perkins; and a host of nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was also preceded in death by his sons, Roy Luttrell, Jr. and Robert Luttrell; a granddaughter, Jasmine Luttrell; two sisters, Shirley Elam and Debra Jo Britt; and two brothers, Billy and Jimmy Luttrell.A graveside service honoring the life of Mr. Luttrell will be at 10:00 AM Thursday, September 10, 2020 in Antioch Cemetery near Ripley. Bro. Warren Harrell will be the officiating minister. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home. The American flag at The Ripley Funeral Home entrance honors Mr. Luttrell and all veterans for their service to our country…GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!  The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Luttrell family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared at ripleyfuneralhome. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Roy Wayne Luttrell, Sr., please visit our floral store. 
Bret PearsonJanuary 3, 1935 ~ September 8, 2020Bret Pearson, 85, resident of Moscow, TN and beloved husband of Vila Mae Whitehead Pearson, departed this life Tuesday morning, September 8, 2020 at the National Health Care Center in Somerville, TN following an extended illness. Born January 3, 1935 in Trenton, TN, Mr. Pearson was the son of the late James Edward and Zeta Pearson. He attended Trenton High School and was employed as a long distance truck operator with companies in the Memphis area for over 40 years. After retiring, Mr. Pearson was employed with “Mr. Rescue” auto service until 1998. A Christian, Mr. Pearson enjoyed the warm summer weather, country music and his yearly “getaway” to The Grand Ole Opry.In addition to his wife of 43 years, survivors include four daughters, Renee Mifsud (Mark) and Tina Webb, both of Dixon, TN, Shelia Young and Phyllis King, both of Moscow, TN; one son, Barry King of Walnut; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.Visitation will be from 12:00-2:00 PM Thursday, September 10, 2020 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 PM in the Medlock Family Cemetery near Ashland. Bro. Randy Hamilton will officiate. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Pearson family.ripleyfuneralhome To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Bret Pearson, please visit our floral store.
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Ruth Ann WilcoxOctober 14, 1926 – September 6, 2020Ruth Ann Wilcox, 93, passed away from natural causes in her home Sunday morning, September 6, 2020. A resident of Tupelo since 1960, Ruth Ann was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. Her parents were, George Wallace Fox, Sr. and Golda (Stull) Fox. Ruth Ann had an older brother, George, Jr. who passed away in 2016. Ruth Ann attended Ohio State University and remained an ardent Buckeye fan her entire life, watching the football games on television, unless they were losing! Her family could tell how Ohio State was fairing by her TV settings. If the volume was on, they were ahead. If the set was muted, they were behind. If they were really losing, she’d have changed the channel. On July 5, 1947, she married Norman R. Wilcox and the couple had three children: Donald Lee Wilcox, Bruce Alan Wilcox, and Pamela Jean Wilcox Armour. Norman, an employee of Mansfield Tire and Rubber Company, was transferred to Tupelo in 1960, and the family put down roots there. Ruth Ann became active in the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo as well as volunteering at the hospital. She was active in the local bowling leagues and bridge groups for many years. Following her husband’s death in 1980, she became the sole caregiver for her son, Don (who himself passed away in 1989). Ruth Ann was a devoted mother and grandmother, an avid bird watcher, and ardent animal lover, especially dogs. Although she claimed not to care much for cats, she had over the years, shared her living quarters with two different felines, both of which she constantly fussed over. She’d even leave the TV set to their favorite channels.Ruth Ann will be deeply missed by her son, Bruce Wilcox and his wife, Melissa; her daughter, Pam Armour and her husband, Louis; grandchildren, Ginger Parker (Bobby), Alex Wilcox (Brandy), Adam Armour (Amanda), Kristyn Martz (Brian). She was also blessed with three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.Visitation will be 12:00-2:00 PM Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at W.E. Pegues, Tupelo. A private family service will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2020 with Rev. Ron Richardson officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. The service will be live streamed and recorded for those who may not be able to attend at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, 2795 Cliff Gookin Blvd, Tupelo MS 38801. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Ruth Ann Wilcox please visit our Sympathy Store.
Bobbie BumpersDecember 15, 1942 – September 6, 2020Bobbie Bumpers, 77, went to her heavenly home, Sunday, September 6, 2020. She was born December 15, 1942 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Earnest and Helen Matteson. On July 26, 1957, she married W. T. Bumpers in DeRidder, Louisiana. Bobbie loved the Lord with all of her heart, and she along with her husband, are charter members of Faith Baptist Church in Saltillo. She especially enjoyed her Sunday School Class and considered the members family. Her family was the most important part of her life, with only her love for the Lord, coming before it. She was so proud of her three children and their accomplishments, she often spoke of how blessed she was knowing her family belonged to the Lord and celebrated with great joy each time they gave their hearts to Jesus. She was always happy, supportive and excited to be attending the many activities of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved working in her yard, and found it a joy to share. Bobbie was especially talented in raising plants and flowers. An active member in her community, she worked her local voting precinct, coached girls softball, and was a Girl Scout leader. For 19 years, she was the director of The Saltillo Senior Citizen Center, where her love for people truly shined.She is survived by her husband of 62 years, W. T. Bumpers; one son, Perry Bumpers and his wife, Kim of Saltillo; two daughters, Lorrie Jackson and her husband, Mike of Guntown and Mistye Moore and her husband, Jimmy of Boonville; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen McAleer and Faith Wallick; one brother, Don Martin; many nieces and nephews; and her adored pup, Fancy. Bobbie was preceded by her parents; sister, Nancy Langloss; and granddaughter, Kristen Paige Moore.Visitation will be 11:00 AM until service time Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Faith Baptist Church in Saltillo.Services honoring her life will begin at 1:00 PM with Dr. Phil Ellis, Bro. Ray Oliver, and Bro. Tommy Dallas officiating. Burial will be in Campbelltown Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Jackson, Jimmy Moore, Brad Jackson, Garrett Bumpers, and Brain Morgan. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors, Saltillo is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made, in lieu of flowers, to Faith Baptist Church building fund, 553 County Rd 681, Saltillo MS 38866. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Bobbie Bumpers please visit our Sympathy Store.
Barry BrattonNovember 8, 1949 – September 9, 2020Steven Barrett “Barry” Bratton, 70, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A native of Tupelo, he was born November 8, 1949, the son of Alton E. and Marion Barrett Bratton. Barry was a proud American and served his country during the Vietnam War. He then worked for over 20 years in the finance industry and later started his own landscaping business. Affectionately known as BB by his wife, Lynne, they enjoyed 26 years together. He was an avid fan of Elvis Presley and never backed down from hard work. Barry was a wonderful husband, dad, and granddad, dedicated to his family. Many of his friends remember him as the kindest man they’ve ever met. He was a member of Verona United Methodist Church and was a strong believer. In reference to his faith, Barry stated himself, “I believe that Christ is the answer and our Savior. We need to believe that now more than Ever!”Barry is survived by his wife, Lynne Bratton of Tupelo; his daughter, Carrie Baldwyn and husband Blake of Mooreville; his granddaughter, Bailey Emerson Baldwyn; a grandson soon to be born, who is to be named after him, Presley Barrett Baldwyn; his sister, Bunny Darnell of Meridian; his brother, Butch Bratton and wife Carlan of Shannon; and quite a host of extended family members who will miss him greatly. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Ben; and a brother, Al Bratton.Graveside services will be 11:00 AM Friday, September 11, 2020 as he is entombed at Lee Memorial Park Mausoleum beside his son, Ben, with Rev. Jeremy Funderburk officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be Blake Baldwyn, A.J. Bratton, Spencer Bratton, Tad Campbell, Steve Crutcher, Brandon Ethridge, Dave Grana, David Neal, and Caleb Mercer. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105; or Verona United Methodist Church, PO Box 370. Verons MS 38879. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Barry Bratton please visit our Sympathy Store.
Tupelo MS
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Coach Freddie ChilesMarch 7, 1941 ~ September 4, 2020Freddie Joe Chiles, 79, passed away at his residence in Tupelo on Friday evening, September 4, 2020 after an illness of over two years. Born in Louisville on March 7, 1941 to the late William Alfred “Willie” Chiles and Pauline Edwards Chiles, he graduated from Louisville High School in 1959 where he was a standout athlete.  He attended East Central Junior College and transferred to Delta State University in 1964 where he received his B.S. Degree and played football and baseball under legendary Coach Boo Ferris. He married his Winston County sweetheart, Mary Ann McCool Chiles, on December 19, 1965. After teaching and coaching two years in Port Gibson, the family relocated to Tupelo in 1966. Coach Chiles was a winning coach at Tupelo High School for many years and coached football, baseball, golfing, and wrestling. He retired from teaching in 1990 as Assistant Principal at THS. He enjoyed painting houses in the summers with fellow coaches and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and hunting especially. He liked watching all sports especially his grandchildren play soccer. Coach was fond of shooting the bull with his coffee group which met for years at Shockley’s, in Coach Hallmark’s office later, and on Saturdays at Hardee’s. He was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo.Coach leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Mary Ann Chiles of Tupelo; his sons, Mark Harris Chiles (Lisa) of Saltillo, and Paul Bradley “Brad” Chiles (Susan) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Smith Ann Chiles, Maura Claire Chiles, Avery Carson Watts, and Tucker Ray Watts; his sister, Jamie Chiles Strahan (Don) of Jonesboro, AR; his brother, Cecil Chiles (Linda) of Counce, TN; his special in-laws, Cindy McCool Faucette (Robin) and Tommy McCool (Pam); several nieces and nephews and other relatives and many friends. A private family service will be held with burial at Tupelo Memorial Park. Due to technical problems with the live-streaming, the service was not live-streamed. However, an audio recording of the service was made, and you may listen on the website. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net. Memorials in his memory may be made to First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 1725, Tupelo MS 38802; or to Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to serve their friends.
Gordon Vesper BlandApril 16, 1946 ~ September 7, 2020 Mr. Gordon Vesper Bland, age 74, passed away Monday, September 7, 2020 at his home in the Longview Community. He was born April 16, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri to Bernard K. Bland and Margaret E. Vesper Bland, and lived many years in Webster Groves, Missouri. Gordon made many St. Louis friends and fans throughout his music career. He was a soulful, versatile singer and guitarist, at home in all styles of American music, with a passion for altered tunings and finger picking. He had a natural curiosity of science, humanity, and religion. Gordon was a longtime supporter of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and other environmental causes, with hopes of preserving our natural heritage and our planet’s climate. He asked that everyone plant a tree. Gordon married Janet Sample Bland, his longtime friend, on April 1, 2006.Survivors include Janet Bland of Longview Community; two sons, Paul Lynn Sample of Longview Community, and Jack Kidd Sample of Nashville, TN; his brother, Cary D. Bland of Longview Community; two grandchildren, Alexia Hope Wimberly and Averyll Lynn Sample. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Stephen K. Bland.The family has requested all services be private. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences to the family may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors
Billy Joe “B.J.” FieldsJuly 19, 1938 ~ September 9, 2020 A vibrant, engaged grand ole fellow, Billy Joe “B.J.” Fields has laid down his earthly mantle and has begun his eternity with all the great military and theatrical souls who have gone before. B.J. passed away of leukemia at Sanctuary Hospice House on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Born in Bentonia, MS on July 19, 1938, B.J. was adopted shortly after his birth by Cary Lee Fields and Golda Drennon Fields. In 2019, B.J. connected with his birth siblings, Jerry Goode and wife, Dorothy, and Brandy Wesley.  He grew up in the Amory area and graduated from Amory High School in 1956 where he excelled in the band. A patriotic American, he went into the U.S. Navy for four years. He then attended Itawamba Junior College, afterwards joining the U.S. Air Force. Altogether, he served in the military for 23 years, ultimately retiring on October 4, 1978 with the rank of Master Sergeant from the U. S. Air Force. His initial service included playing Trombone in the U. S. Navy and Air Force Bands. He saw two tours of duty in Vietnam where he was a Photo Imagery Interpreter on military plane Intelligence missions. For his bravery and courage, he was awarded nine Oak Leaf Clusters and a Bronze Star for Meritorious Service to his country.  B.J. married his wife, the former Ruth Ellen Duvall of Mantachie, on October 7, 1960 in Hatley. They remained sweethearts for 60 years making Verona their home for many years. B.J. held various jobs in the civil world, but his great love was his family and his theatrical involvements. B.J. appeared on stage with Tupelo Community Theatre in over 20 productions where he played virtually every role theatre offers. Blessed with a beautiful tenor voice, he especially enjoyed Broadway musical productions including leading roles. He also sang faithfully with the Tupelo Community Chorus. B.J. was firmly secure in his spirituality and spent many years as a member of First Baptist Church Verona where he was a member of the choir. Later in life, he and Ruth were members of Oak Hill United Methodist Church where he served many capacities including choir member, lay leader and taught Sunday School. He cherished being a member of the Singing Iris group which included Hugh (Shorty-the Telephone Man) Duvall and Charles Owen. Additionally, he served as a Lay Minister in the United Methodist Church and was known by the children of his church families as Big Daddy. B.J. enjoyed a full, adventurous and fulfilling life that was hallmarked by his love of God, country, his church and his family. His living was not in vain!!B. J. is survived by his wife, Ruth Duvall Fields of Verona; his sons, Stephen Fields of Biloxi, Matt Fields (Laina Tucker Fields) of Sherman, and Mark Fields of Verona; his daughter, Mary Fields Brock (Jeff) of Verona; nine grandchildren and nine great-children; his siblings-in-law, Sara and Ken Eickerman of Puget Sound, WA, Betty Duvall King of New Albany, Martha and Charlie Whitehead of Shannon, Patricia Duvall of Lee County, Liz and Barry Duncan of Batesville, and Bud and Shelby Duvall of Mantachie; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Sue Fields Whitlock; his grandson, Adam Brock; and brother-in-law, Hugh “Shorty” Duvall.A service, with military honors, will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, September 11, 2020 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. David Hamilton officiating, his former pastor, Rev. Donnie Riley delivering the eulogy, his current pastor, Bro. Josh Tate offering prayers, and Bro. Randy Wood singing and playing the piano.  A private family burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from Noon-service time on Friday only.  Friends are welcomed to the service. Pallbearers will be Johnny Cadden, Matt Fields, Mark Fields, Bobby Ray, Timmy Dale Holcomb, and Jeff Holiday. Honorary pallbearers will be Geoffrey King, Brandon Beene, Stephen Fields, Patrick Brock, Mark Duvall, Bud Duvall, Charles and Georgia Owen, Ken and Pat Houston, John and Diane Wiggington, Rickey and Melissa Houston, and all the members of Oak Hill Community Church, Pat Yant, and the now heavenly angel Shorty Duvall. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed at www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Live-streaming. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill Community Church, 1328 County Rd 885, Saltillo MS 38866; or Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803. Expressions of love to the family may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Linda Fay (Knight) NormanDecember 25, 1941 ~ September 9, 2020Linda Fay Knight Norman, 78, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House. Linda was a delightful soul whose sterling personality greeted everyone with good cheer. She spent her entire life in the hospitality industry. Linda and her late husband, Jimmy Norman, owned the Country Squire Restaurant in Iuka for thirty-five years. They brought their unique way of service in the food industry to Tupelo and opened Country Squire in Tupelo on Veterans Blvd. She spent the last seven years as a hostess and queen of the salad bar at Driskell’s Fish and Steak House in Plantersville. She and Jimmy took great pride in the young people they employed over the years and mentored them into adulthood with skilled guidance and advice. Linda was born December 25, 1941 in Monroe County, Mississippi, the only child of Russell Knight and Trudy Scribner Knight. She grew up in the San Francisco area while her father was in the military and graduated from Richmond High School in Richmond, Calif. She married Jimmy Norman, a Californian, on December 14, 1958, and returned to this area in 1975, where she worked hard to make Jimmy a grateful “Southerner.” An Eastern Star, she was a faithful member of East Heights Baptist Church in Tupelo. Linda loved her children, grandchildren, shopping, and making others happy.Linda is survived by her sons, Freddy Norman (Ashley) of Tupelo, and Rusty Norman (Kathie) of Burnsville; daughter, Penny Norman Smith (David) of Mooreville; and six grandchildren, Ryan Barnett, Devin Norman, Collin Norman, Alexandria Norman, Lainee Smith, and Briar Mills. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy, who passed away January 21, 2016; her parents; and other family members.    A graveside service celebrating her life will be held at 4:00 PM Friday, September 11, 2020 at the Liberty Cemetery east of Nettleton. Burial will follow in the Knight family plot next to Jimmy. The Rev. Dr. Tim Brown will officiate. There will be no public visitation service. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to serve their friends.Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803; or to East Heights Baptist Church, 207 Lake St, Tupelo MS 38804. Expressions of love to the family may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Billy Ray HogueApril 27, 1943 ~ September 9, 2020 Billy Ray Hogue passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at NMMC in Tupelo. He was 77. He was born April 27, 1943 in Union County to Stacey Hogue and Easter Taylor Hogue. He lived most of his life in the Amory area and married Judy Lee Parker Hogue. Early in life, he worked at the Verona Truck Stop and Nonie’s Truck Stop as a tire man. He then worked for Hunter Douglas as a painter and retired after many years on that job. He enjoyed dirt track car racing, Mississippi State football, and playing poker.He is survived by his daughters, Angie Estes (Jeff) of Bigbee Community, Mary Jane Osberg of Tupelo, Trisha Brown (Trelvie McMillen) of Nettleton, Pam White (Jimmy) of Saltillo; son, Ricky Hogue of Amory; two sisters, Teresa Lynn Hogue Pappas (Jimmy) of Tupelo, and Patricia Irene Hogue Herring (Bud) of Guntown; and ten grandchildren, Nicholas, Chasta, Tyler, Hadden, Cory, Joshua, Casey, Kayla, Jesse and Tenda; 25 great-grandchildren; and four nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Judy Lee Hogue, who passed away May 6, 2015; and his sister, Carol Jean Hogue Prather (Jerry). A private family service will be held with burial to follow in Jones Chapel Cemetery in Nettleton. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to serve their friends. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Lee Memorial Funeral Home – Tupelo
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N L Jones Funeral Directors – Tupelo
Sonia ThomasSeptember 2, 2020Sonia Thomas, 51, passed away Wednesday, September 02, 2020, at her home in Memphis, TN. Walk-Thru Visitation will be on Friday, September 11, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 PM at NL Jones Funeral Directors. Graveside Services will be on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 4:00 PM at Porter’s Memorial Park, Tupelo, MS. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.nljonesandsons.com or on Facebook at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors. “A Pillar of Strength in Time of Need.”
Cordia Lucille JerniganSeptember 7, 2020Cordia Lucille Jernigan, 77, passed away Monday, September 7, 2020, at Gilchrist Center in Colombia, MD.Walk-Thru Visitation will be on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 PM at NL Jones Funeral Directors. Private graveside services will be at New Zion Church Cemetery, Plantersville. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.nljonesandsons.com or on Facebook at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors. “A Pillar of Strength in Time of Need.”
John Robert FordSeptember 7, 2020John Robert Ford, 68, passed away Sunday, September 07, 2020, at Care Center of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, MS. Walk-Thru Visitation will be on Friday, September 11, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 PM at NL Jones Funeral Directors. Graveside services will be on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Pine Grove Church Cemetery, Fulton, MS. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.nljonesandsons.com or on Facebook at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors. “A Pillar of Strength in Time of Need.”

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