2011 Newton County Appeal Obituaries

These obituaries are provided courtesy of:

Mr. Bill Graham, Managing Editor
The Newton County Appeal
102-105 Main St.
Union, MS 39365
(601) 774-9433

 

2011

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Alphabetic list of Individuals

Alexander, William “Bill” Lewis

04/12/1939 - 12/26/2011

Allen, Peggy G

07/05/1937 - 05/26/2011

Amos, Betty Ruth Hawkins

Abt 1931 - 05/15/2011

Amos, Darian Ja’Mario

Abt 1994 - 05/31/2011

Anderson, Brian Scott

01/05/1979 - 09/18/2011

Arthur, Holly Elizabeth Sharp

01/29/1975 - 08/08/2011

Bailey, Donald E Jr.

08/20/1965 -  05/15/2011

Beckham, Max Henry

08/25/1954 - 12/13/2011

Belk, Hugh D

12/29/1959 - 05/20/2011

Bell, Larry Thomas

06/18/1978 - 12/13/2011

Blanks, Myra N

04/14/1932 - 04/01/2011

Boggan, Pamela Raye Williams

11/16/1970 - 03/19/2011

Bond, Tom

10/30/1924 - 03/03/2011

Bounds, Clayton Lee

03/22/1952 - 09/30/2011

Boutwell, Stanley E

 - 12/05/2012

Boykin, Bobby G “Bob”

03/06/1938 - 03/10/2011

Bradley, DeWitt

05/21/1922 - 08/02/2011

Brantley, Willie D

11/12/1919 - 07/20/2011

Briseno, Dr. Oscar J

04/10/1944 - 08/11/2011

Brown, Jimmie Lee

 - 11/16/2011

Buckley, Gary Allen

10/31/1961 - 04/19/2011

Buckley, Sue E

03/20/1943 - 02/27/2011

Bufkin, Cary

01/21/1929 - 09/20/2011

Burkes, Burma KateTaylor

12/11/1919 - 10/21/2011

Buntyn, Blanche

03/14/1925 - 10/24/2011

Buntyn, Francis Amis

02/09/1920 - 06/13/2011

Burks, Linnie Roy

10/04/1942 - 02/10/2011

Burnham, J C “Bill”

- 05/20/2011

Bynum, James L “Buddy”

07/15/1952 - 09/03/2011

Carleton, Ann Graham McWhorter

05/25/1931 - 08/24/2011

Chamblee, Herbert Mac

04/28/1930 - 04/24/2011

Chamblee, Jerris DeWayne

05/22/1967 - 11/01/2011

Chance, Loyette Dorrill

12/22/1922 - 06/23/2011

Chapman, Louise Hamrick

07/25/1921 - 07/31/2011

Clark, Helen Marie

 - 11/21/2011

Clark, Ollie E

 - 11/25/2011

Clary, Agnes M

04/15/1924 - 10/28/2011

Clayton, Larry Allen

01/12/1950 - 03/14/2011

Cleveland, Bobbie Jean

Abt 1939 - 06/20/2011

Coats, Lavon

abt 1932 - 05/28/2011

Cobb, Jake L

05/14/1983 - 09/05/2011

Coleman, Joe Willie

Abt 1933 - 06/18/2011

Collier, Dorothy

09/18/1925 - 04/28/2011

Coomes, Rexel M

05/16/1921 - 02/09/2011

Cooksey, Billy F

07/06/1935 - 05/26/2011

Cosby, Elmer Junior

05/28/1922 - 07/17/2011

Craft, Paul Tillman

- 04/26/2011

Craig, Isaac Gerald

08/13/1930 - 03/12/2011

Craven, James Merrell

05/27/1937 - 09/20/2011

Cullum, Mary Ruth Jones

09/08/1940 - 04/26/2011

Daniels, Dr. Rosalie Burkes

04/01/1929 - 05/02/2011

Darley, Ralph Edward “Ed” Jr.

01/25/1944 - 12/16/2011

Dean, Jennie L

07/02/1934 - 10/11/2011

Dean, John M

 03/??/ 1944 - 03/??/2011

Dearman, Juanita

12/24/1921 - 10/08/2011

Denson, Susan Hickman

04/01/1919 - 12/19/2011

Dickinson, Gladys

02/12/1927 - 02/07/2011

Diveley, Robert Lee Sr.

07/09/1944 - 08/21/2011

Dolan, Rex Harrison

03/21/1946 - 11/19/2011

Donald, Edgar L

04/28/1928 - 10/09/2011

Donohue, Linda

10/13/1946 - 06/08/2011

Drew, Nathan Justin

04/08/1980 - 04/08/2011

Dukes, Herbert D Jr.

- 08/27/2011

Dunkerson, Kyle

- 10/16/2011

Dunn, Olivia Graham

11/15/1925 - 03/03/2011

Eason, Harry Elmer

12/03/1928 - 05/25/2011

Edwards, Michael Tony

- 02/24/2011

Finnegan, John A

07/14/1921 - 05/20/2011

Fletcher, Ella Susan

03/15/1946 - 10/03/2011

Flint, Thomas

09/01/1935 - 02/12/2011

Flowers, William

 - 12/01/2011

French, Lettie Breland

10/08/1923 - 07/12/2011

Gaines, Annell “Ann” Thornton

07/04/1928 - 06/26/2011

Gallaspy, Jimmy Lee

05/13/1923 - 06/11/2011

Gardner, Essie Mae

02/16/1920 - 09/23/2011

Garvin, Maurine

06/18/1927 - 02/20/2011

Garvin, Myrtie Bell

10/02/1917 - 05/13/2011

Gibbs, Lula Bell

07/26/1920 - 04/11/2011

Gill, Marjorie L

09/19/1925 - 05/20/2011

Gilmer, Claudine

12/11/1929 - 10/13/2011

Gilmer, Waudine Sistrunk

02/09/1927 - 03/04/2011

Glenn, Gerald Marcus

04/19/1941 - 06/09/2011

Glenn, Merlene

 - 11/21/2011

Gooden, Billy James

- 12/02/2011

Gordon, Victor Louis “Pop”

06/14/1935 - 12/12/2011

Goss, Danny F

05/03/1956 - 08/07/2011

Goss, Mary Lavell

12/28/1923 - 04/04/2011

Graham, John Troup “J T”

05/08/1942 - 11/02/2011

Griffin, Jack G

08/20/1920 - 04/07/2011

Gross, Robert L

10/10/1918 - 07/25/2011

Harper, David R

09/18/1952 - 07/06/2011

Harris, Charlene

11/09/1955 - 03/30/2011

Harris, Dorothy Lee Munn

10/26/1927 - 09/18/2011

Harris, James Lavelle

04/24/1924 - 02/24/2011

Harris, Ornellist “Mert”

05/20/1928 - 10/11/2011

Harrison, Janet Faye

11/29/1957 - 02/22/2011

Harrison, Keyshawn R Jr.

- 07/27/2011

Hedrick, Crystal Jo

05/07/1973 - 06/06/2011

Heflin, Cara

01/01/1922 - 12/09/2011

Heflin, Opal E

11/06/1927 - 10/08/2011

Heyde, Gerald E

08/24/1910 - 11/11/2011

Hitt, Maudie Marie

09/30/1928 - 12/10/2011

Hoff, Herbert S. “Jack” Jr

07/11/1925 - 11/30/2011

Hollingsworth, Joseph Clifton

05/17/1913 - 10/15/2011

Hollingsworth, Thomas J

03/13/1931 - 10/13/2011

Huey, Edward Cleatus “Dumplin”

04/20/1951 - 08/03/2011

Hurst, Charlie G “Billy”

- 11/3/2011

Hurst, Mary Louise

04/30/1937 - 06/25/2011

Jackson, Addie M

10/18/1920 - 02/13/2011

Johnson, Jerry Lee

 - 11/02/2011

Johnson, June Faye

07/24/1965 - 10/09/2011

Johnson, Linda M

04/19/1958 - 01/30/2011

Johnson, Mattie A

08/17/1976- 08/21/2011

Johnson, Minnie Lee

05/12/1924 - 06/06/2011

Jones, Autrey Doyle

07/05/1940 - 02/16/2011

Jones, Peggy

05/16/1944 - 02/28/2011

Kennedy, Clint

04/23/1976 - 09/22/2011

Kidd, John Henry

06/03/1936 - 11/27/2011

Lancaster, Charles Richard “Ricky”

May Obits: 08/24/1966 - 05/21/2011

Lancaster, Charles Richard “Ricky”

June Obits: 08/24/1966 - 05/21/2011

Leach, Charles Edward

05/25/1934 - 05/24/2011

Leach, Huston

05/15/1932 - 12/05/2011

Leach, Kenneth

08/24/1929 - 03/06/2011

Lewis, Linda Darlene Creel

12/06/1947 - 02/08/2011

Lewis, Weaver

02/18/1933 - 03/01/2011

Love, Billie H

08/12/1939 - 02/07/2011

Luke, Jane Lee

10/27/1946 - 09/04/2011

Lyles, Demarius R

03/23/2001 - 01/26/2011

Mann, Clinton D

06/18/1938 - 03/21/2011

Martin, Judy

08/26/1918 - 09/23/2011

Massengale, James C “J C”

11/13/2011

May, Chloie Tucker

01/10/1923 - 04/04/2011

May, Elsie Mae Satcher

07/07/1930 - 09/15/2011

May, Jerry E

09/04/1948 - 09/07/2011

Mazingo, Larry W

07/16/1948 - 05/22/2011

McCune, Tommy

04/12/1971 - 10/06/2011

McDonald, Lillie M

09/12/1913 - 09/08/2011

McDonald, Spurgeon

12/04/1941 - 02/24/2011

McGee, James

09/03/1925 - 08/09/2011

McGee, Margaret J

11/22/1915 - 04/05/2011

McGee, Mavis

- 04/24/2011

McLemore, Scott

- 09/16/2011

McMullan, Paul Wilson

02/06/1929 - 05/10/2011

McNeil, Junie L

 - 11/20/2011

McNeil, Paul Sr.

Feb Obits: 10/12/1934 - 02/20/2011

McNeil, Thomas Paul

Mar Obits: 10/12/1934 - 02/20/2011

McRorey, Dorelene Smith

09/141948 - 09/08/2011

Meaders, George “Butch” Lamar Sr.

04/01/1943 - 02/17/2011

Miley, Cloneil Jones

07/07/1923 - 03/19/2011

Miller, Maria B

10/22/1965 - 10/03/2011

Moffett, Paul

03/14/1941 - 06/09/2011

Montgomery, Mary Coleman

02/10/1922 - 11/11/2011

Monk, Hessie

02/04/1919 - 08/15/2011

Mooney, Ada

03/11/1936 - 02/19/2011

Moore, Brenda Gail

- 08/16/2011

Moore, Bro. Steve

11/03/1962 - 04/07/2011

Moore, Johnny D

01/25/1937 - 10/03/2011

Moore, Rhonda

11/11/1970 - 12/24/2011

Moore, Timothy

04/10/1961 - 03/03/2011

Morgan, Perry M

02/12/1921 - 08/30/2011

Morrow, Harlan Wilson

04/14/1939 - 05/30/2011

Nations, Pothena “Polly” S

09/14/1928 - 03/29/2011

Neese, Janice

12/23/1961 - 07/13/2011

Niamat, Barbara

02/28/1946 - 04/13/2011

Nicholson, Lillian Rowzee

07/05/1917 - 04/27/2011

Nicholson, Lillie Lorene Moore

12/25/1925 - 08/25/2011

Nowell, Jacob Wayne

12/22/1979 - 04/04/2011

Owens, Mattie Puckett

 - 11/12/2011

Pace, Eleanor Glynn

02/11/1924 - 07/09/2011

Parish, Henry

11/13/1926 - 09/30/2011

Parker, Charles Daniel “Danny”

04/30/1952 - 07/05/2011

Parshall, Troy Len

 - 11/16/2011

Pearson, Jerry D

11/22/1925 - 08/01/2011

Pettis, Shelby Jean

 - 11/11/2011

Pilgrim, JoAnn

01/20/1939 - 02/24/2011

Pinson, Kerri Nicole

 - 11/2/2011

Poole, Dorothy Ann “Dot”

05/18/1949 - 10/14/2011

Porter, Luvie Delma Winstead

02/07/1917 - 12/23/2011

Porter, William Henry

02/16/1964 - 09/11/2011

Pouncey, Kenneth W “Coach Ken”

04/05/1939 - 02/12/2011

Powell, Donald Lee

04/26/1947 - 06/13/2011

Pullin, Grady Carl

12/22/1921 - 08/20/2011

Rainer, Billy Jerald

10/25/1934 - 02/10/2011

Rainer, James Edward

02/20/1921 - 09/20/2011

Rash, Kali-Rae Elizabeth

06/27/1994 - 04/20/2011

Rayburn, Ivey

 11/30/1979 - 06/25/2011

Reid, Opal

01/28/1937 - 07/09/2011

Rhodes, Mary F “Tincy”

06/18/1931 - 07/28/2011

Richardson, James A “Jim”

04/03/1937 - 04/14/2011

Rigdon, Curtis “C. H.”

01/03/1940 - 02/14/2011

Rigdon, Lester Paulvin

02/14/1927 - 12/16/2011

Roberts, Kenneth

09/17/1941 - 08/28/2011

Robinson, Aubrey

12/24/1928 - 06/23/2011

Round, Ruth J

04/10/1917 - 06/19/2011

Rucker, Mary Fran

abt 1946 - 02/18/2011

Russell, Deborah R “Debbie”

10/05/1955 - 02/25/2011

Scott, Betty Sue

 - 12/13/2011

Sharp, Earl J

02/07/1933 - 12/16/2011

Shaw, Richard Edward

 - 11/09/2011

Sheehan, Edwin Earl “Ed”

07/15/1924 - 03/12/2011

Sims, James H

05/15/1950 - 03/28/2011

Singleton, Micheal

08/06/1960 - 03/08/2011

Sistrunk, Franklin Hunter

07/15/1936 - 06/24/2011

Sistrunk, Mae Freeman

09/17/1927 - 08/13/2011

Sistrunk, Myron L

09/17/1926 - 08/07/2011

Slay, Sandy

08/28/1960 - 02/13/2011

Slawson, Michael R “Mike”

12/23/1961 - 05/23/2011

Smith, Albert K

07/05/1916 - 08/30/2011

Smith, Bessie Mae

03/25/1916 - 03/14/2011

Smith, Goldie Mae Edwards

- 11/28/2011

Smith, Kenneth R

07/01/1949 - 03/23/2011

Smith, Mahlon C, Jr.

 - 11/16/2011

Smith, Mary

06/13/1925 - 03/15/2011

Smith, Ruby Virginia

06/13/1921 - 02/09/2011

Spears, Lain F

07/25/124 - 12/03/2011

Stanford, Jimmye Williamson

11/29/1915 - 09/08/2010

Stewart, Lodena

09/23/1922 - 07/01/2011

Taylor, Dorothy McNeil

 - 11/26/2011

Taylor, Lizzie

12/08/1915 - 10/12/2011

Terrell, Eula Mae

06/29/1921 - 02/14/2011

Terrell, Robert L “Bob”

12/25/1915 - 03/17/2011

Thames, Edna

 - 10/14/2011

Thames, Jerry

10/13/1952 - 06/26/2011

Therrell, James G “Jim”

07/28/1943 - 10/31/2011

Thomas, Bobby James

07/03/1929 - 11/29/2011

Thomas, Zora Odessa Winstead

02/10/1914 - 06/15/2011

Thrash, Charlie

08/27/1933 - 03/15/2011

Tomlin, Ginger

10/14/1948 - 10/09/2011

Triplett, Robert Earl

02/27/1956 - 05/16/2011

Tumbling, Marc J

05/24/1988 - 02/23/2011

Turner, Dewey Junior

 12/28/1923 - 05/24/2011

Usry, Ruth Virginia

06/10/1931 - 08/20/2011

Vance, Gladys W

07/07/1919 - 05/19/2011

Vaughn, Mary Francis

02/20/1919 - 02/26/2011

Wall, William “Bunk”

09/28/1921 - 02/27/2011

Waltman, Anthony “Tony”

 - 12/14/2011

Ware, Alma Grace

09/15/1922 - 05/24/2011

Watkins, Jordan Lee

 - 12/13/2011

Watkins, Kathryn

10/15/1923 - 03/22/2011

Watkins, Mavis

 - 11/04/2011

Weir, Earnestine Belk

04/26/1939 - 09/09/2011

Wheaton, Otho James

- 09/09/2011

White, Elizabeth Ann Shavers

11/24/1942 - 07/23/2011

White, Gladys Moss

01/14/1915 - 08/05/2011

Whitfield, Oscar Lee, Sr.

11/07/1925 - 11/15/2011

Wilkerson, Neva Lee

05/05/1932 - 04/16/2011

Williams, Donald Gene “Don”

04/26/1951 - 09/14/2011

Williams, George Brock

04/05/1942 - 03/21/2011

Williams, Roberta Drew

- 05/01/2011

Williams, Thomas Jose

- 04/28/2011

Williamson, Elizabeth K

07/09/1948 - 09/17/2011

Wilson, Mary E

 - 11/25/2011

Woodard, Ralph “Mak”

05/31/1938 - 05/14/2011

Wooten, Marjorie

09/03/1927 - 12/02/2011


Obituaries January 2011


Obituaries February 2011

Love, Billie H page-up-icon 24x24
Graveside services for Billie H. Love were held 1 p.m. Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Newton County Memorial Gardens. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Love, 71, of Newton, died February 07, at Rush Foundation Hospital of Meridian.

Survivors: Loving husband of 20 years: Paul Love of Newton, 3 Daughters: Nora Lisa Creel of Newton, Donna L Davidson of Newton, and Angela L. Creel of Newton, 1 step-daughter: Cindy Fleming of Tx, 2 Grandchildren: Michael Buntyn and Sara Davidson both of Newton, 1 Brother: Sonny Harris of Newton, 1 Sister: JoAnn Porter of South Carolina

Pallbearers: Ken Davidson, Michael Buntyn, Eric Creel, Brian Fleming, Mike Linton, and Mark Willis Visitation was held 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 9.

Dickinson, Gladys page-up-icon 24x24
Graveside services for Gladys Cleveland Dickinson were held 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at Wheatfield Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Billy Guess and Rev. Charles Morrow officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Dickinson, 83, of Union, died February 7, at Rush Foundation Hospital.

Ms. Dickinson was a homemaker, wife and loving mother. She was a lifelong member of Wheatfield Congregational Methodist Church. She had a very sweet personality.

Survivors include: 3 Daughters: Becky Phillips and husband James R. “Jim” of Union, Martha Moorehead and husband Mike of Union, Pamela “Pam” Lewis and husband Anthony “Tony” of Philadelphia, 8 Grandchildren: Wade Phillips and wife Crystal, David Phillips, Amy Burkes and husband Ryan, Carla Whitehead and husband David, Chad Moorehead and wife Karen, J.J. Hall and husband Jason, Christina Lewis, and Kelsey Lewis, 9 Great Grandchildren: Hunter Rylee, Allie Burkes, Reed and Lydia Phillips, Haven and Hayden Moorehead, and Madilyn and Brayden Hall, 2 Sister-In-Laws: Connie Cleveland of Union and Kathryn Lawson of Philadelphia. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Ms. Dickinson was preceded in death by her husband Edd Dickinson, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oren Cleveland, two brothers, Ancle Cleveland, Reuben Cleveland, and sister, Audrey Hathorn.

Pallbearers: Chad Moorehead, Wade Phillips, David Phillips, Jason Hall, Ryan Burkes, and David Whitehead. Visitation was held Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

Pouncey, Coach Ken page-up-icon 24x24
Coach Ken Pouncey
Services for Coach Ken Pouncey will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at Decatur United Methodist Church. Rev. Bruce Taylor and Rev. Hank Winstead will officiate. Com-mital service following at Concord United Methodist Church Cemetery near Enterprise.

Mr. Ken Pouncey, 71, of Decatur, died Saturday, February 12, at St. Dominic Hospital of Jackson, after months of battling cancer.

Ken Pouncey is most remembered for his 16 year tenure as football coach at East Central Community College (1966-1982). It was this era of his life that Ken most enjoyed his interaction with his students in physical education class and his passion with his players on the football field is what he most cherished. He mentored and encouraged his children, his students and his athletes to be the “most they could be”.

One of Ken Pouncey’s noteworthy contributions to his community was as superintendent of the Newton County School District. His work in that capacity was instrumental in consolidating the schools of Beulah Hubbard, Decatur, and Hickory. Consolidation was an unpopular concept at that time; but Ken Pouncey was willing to sacrifice his job as Superintendant in order to ensure that the students of the district would have the opportunity to obtain a quality education.

Since Mr. Pouncey retired in 2001 he continued to serve in an active role in the Decatur United Methodist Church. He has served as president of the Newton County Retired Teachers Association. He has been a member of the Decatur Jaycees and the Decatur Lions Club. He has also served as a member of the ECCC Board of Trustees.

He was also a member of Decatur American Legion Post 89. He served in the Mississippi Army National Guard from 1956-1962. He served on the Board of Directors of the Mid-Mississippi Development District as well as a Director for the Pat Harrison Waterway District.

Pouncey will be remembered as a loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather, and friend who put the welfare of others above his own.

Mr. Pouncey was presented a Plaque of Appreciation on behalf of the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce at the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce Banquet in November 2010. He was also honored as the 2010 Grand Marshall in the 2010 Christmas Parade.

Survivors include: Loving Wife of 51 years: Alice Pouncey of Decatur, 2 Daughters: Alicia Pouncey of New Orleans, Amy Lewis and husband Russ of Wesson, 1 Son: Nick Pouncey and wife Denise of Brandon, 4 Grandchildren: Landon Lewis and Larson Lewis of Wesson, Carson Pouncey and Bailey Pouncey of Brandon, 3 Brothers: Alvin Pouncey of Brandon, Curt Pouncey of Enterprise, Don Pouncey of Hartselle, AL. He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Helen Pouncey.

Pallbearers were David Bradberry, Freeman Horton, Tennie Coats, Dan Chatwood, Ed McGowen, and Darrell Chancelor. Honorary Pallbearers were All Former ECCC Football Players from 1966 thru 1982 and Decatur Coffee Club.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials may be made to Decatur United Methodist Church Parsonage Fund (PO Box 325 Decatur, Ms. 39327) or The Ken Pouncey Scholorship Fund that will through East Central Community College (PO Box 129 Decatur, Ms. 39327).

Visitation was held 5 until 9 p.m. Tuesday, February 15, at Milling Funeral Home of Union and 10 until 11 a.m. Wednesday at Decatur United Methodist Church.

Lyles, Demarius page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Demarius R. Lyles were held Monday, January 31, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Corinth Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Moore, officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of the arrangements.

Demarius, 9, of Newton, died January 26, at Pioneer Hospital in Newton.

Visitation was held one hour prior to service at the church.

Johnson, Linda M page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Linda M. Johnson were held Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest Misssionary Baptist Church with Rev. Smith Butler, officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Johnson, 52, of Newton, died January 30, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, AL.

Visitation was held on Friday, February 5, from 2 until 4 p.m. at Clark's Funeral Home Chapel in Newton and 6 until 7 p.m. at Wesley Chapel Church in Meridian.

Flint, Thomas page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Thomas Flint were held Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. from Old Pearl Valley Baptist Church with Dr. Eugene Dobbs, Rev. Bobby Waggoner and Rev. Keith Hall officiating.  Burial followed in Old Pearl Valley Cemetery with McClain-Hays Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Flint, 75, died Saturday, February 12, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.

He was born and reared in the Arlington Community of Neshoba County but had made his home in the Burnside Community most of his adult life.

Mr. Flint was a member of Old Pearl Valley Baptist Church.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict.  He was retired from A.E.P. River Operations.

Survivors include two daughters, Teri Killens and husband, Joe of Philadelphia and Dr. Nicole Harrison and husband, Chad of Union; two sons, Billy Wayne Flint of Philadelphia and Thomas Terrell Flint and wife, Melissa of Union; eight grandchildren; one sister, Gladys Sullivan of Baltimore, MD; one brother, Darby Flint of Philadelphia and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Flint was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ruby Flint; two brothers, Donald Flint and Ben Arthur Flint; two sisters, Kitty Flint and Opal Cochran.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Lewis, Danny Lewis, Gary Lewis, Mike Lewis, Mark Cheatham, Lester Nowell, Carl Vowell and Sherrell Breazeale.

Slay, Sandy page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Sandy Slay will be held Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Blair officiating. Interment will be in Chunky Cemetery. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Slay, age 50, passed away on February 13, at Riley Hospital in Meridian. Sandy loved to fish, play golf and spend time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her Son, Jamie William Slay and his wife Rebecca of Meridian; her parents, Bill and Nancy Slay of Chunky; Two sisters, Diane Chambliss and her friend Charlie Moore of Chunky, and Barbara Mayton and her husband Kim of Demopolis, AL; Grandchildren, Zach Slay, Amber Bynum, and Eli Slay; a Special Friend Ronny Moore of Quitman; Two Nieces and One Nephew; Numerous great nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, Girl.

Donations may be made to Central Baptist Church, 2511 C Street, Meridian, MS 39301 or to American Lung Association National Headquarters 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800. Washington, DC 20004. Visitation was on Tuesday, February 15, at Webb Funeral Home from 5 until 7 p.m. Family and friends may sign the online memorial at jamesfwebb.com

Terrell, Eula Mae page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Eula Mae Terrell will be held 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with Rev. Tod Thompson and Rev. Johnny Mullinax. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery.

Ms. Terrell, 89, of Union, died Monday, February 14, at her residence.

Visitation was held 4 until 6 p.m. Tuesday at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

Smith, Ruby Virginia page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Ruby Virginia Smith were held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 11, 2011, at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Lin Chesney and Rev. Ron Martin officiating. Burial followed in Union City Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Smith, age 89, of Union, died Wednesday, February 9, at the University Medical Center in Jackson.

Visitation was from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Jackson, Addie M page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Addie M. Jackson will be held Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 1 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Meridian with Rev. Jimmy Johnson, officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Baptist Church Cemetery, Russell, MS with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC  in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Jackson, 90, of Meridian, died February 13, at Rush Foundation Hospital. 

Visitation was held on Tuesday, February 15, from 6 until 8 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church.

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Services for Linnie Roy Burks will be held at Smyrna Baptist Church, Saturday, February 19, 2011 AT 11 a.m. with Rev. Bobby Ferguson officiating. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services, Philadelphia, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr Burks, age 68, passed away on Thursday, February 10, at Hospice in His Hands in in Carthage. He was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church.

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On February 16, 2011, Autrey Doyle Jones left his earthly home to be with his Heavenly Father. He leaves behind a host of friends and family who have been blessed by knowing and loving him. 

Doyle was born on July 5, 1940, in Harperville. He graduated from Harperville High School, East Central Junior College, and earned a degree in Science from Mississippi College. He trained in the army and at Mississippi Baptist Hospital as a Medical Technologist. He had a fulfilling career working at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, Laird’s Hospital in Union and Sonny Montgomery Veteran’s Hospital.  Doyle retired from the V.A. in 1996.

Doyle proudly served his country in the army and completed a tour in Korea. He remained in the National Guard for many years. After retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, Doyle was promoted to the rank of Colonel. He considered anyone wearing the uniform of our country his brother or sister.

Doyle’s military training affected his life in many ways, including  “raising” his three boys. As Rev. Donnie Stuart said, “Doyle was not ‘raising’ boys, he was ‘raising’ men.

Doyle accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and spent his life serving the Lord faithfully. While attending Broadmoor Baptist Church, he sang in the choir, taught Royal Ambassadors, and served as a Deacon. After Doyle and Ollie Faye retired and moved to Pelahatchie, Concord Baptist became their church home. He sang in the choir, served as an assistant Sunday School teacher, led Discipleship Training, and served as a Deacon and on many committees.  Doyle also enjoyed serving on numerous committees with Rankin County Baptist Association.

The great loves of Doyle’s life were serving God, loving and caring for his family and friends, and enjoying God’s beautiful outdoors, especially hunting and fishing with those he loved.

Doyle is preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Catherine Jones, and his eldest son, Kevin Wayne Jones.   He is survived by his loving wife of almost 48 years, Ollie Faye McNair Jones, son Christopher Doyle Jones (Tracy), grandchildren Ashleigh and Owen Jones, and son Craig Banks Jones (Vickie), grandson Devin Jones.  Doyle is also survived by a sister, Linda Thompson and her daughter, Cathy and family and his favorite mother-in-law, Mama Evelyn.

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Graveside services only for Curtis (C.H.) Rigdon were held 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at Providence Baptist Church with Rev. Jackie Strebeck officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Rigdon, 71, of Union, died Monday, February 14, at Hilltop Nursing Home.

Mr. Rigdon was a member of Providence Baptist Church.

Survivors include: 1 Daughter: Regina Nance and husband Frank of Decatur. He is also survived by a nephew, Leslie Harwell.

Mr. Rigdon was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Niki Walters, his parents, Sid and Ida Rigdon, three sisters, Lora Mae Harwell, Essie Mae Early, Bernice Gough, and one brother, James Rigdon.

Pallbearers were Paul Pigg, Zack Pigg, Jackie Knight, George Dean, Jimmy Williamson, and David Alexander.

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Services for Mary Fran Rucker were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February  20, 2011, at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jack Giles officiating. Burial followed in Pine Grove Church Cemetery in the Martin Community, with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Rucker, age 65, of Little Rock, died Friday, February 18, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian.

Visitation was from 6 until 9 p.m. Saturday, February 19, at the funeral home.

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Services for George “Butch” Lamar Meaders, Sr. were held Saturday,  February 19, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Newton County South Chapel with the Rev. John Sweeny, Rev. Gerald Chaney, and Rev. Frank Kirtley officiating. Burial was in Hickory Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Meaders, 67, of Meridian, died Thursday, February 17, at James T. Champion Nursing Facility. He loved music, the outdoors, and playing his guitar. He was an avid Atlanta Braves Baseball fan, and a fan of the New Orleans Saints. He also was  a proud US Marine.

He was preceded in death by his father: John Henry Meaders, Jr; and brothers: Gregory James Meaders and  Michael Meaders; and his sister: Babette Meaders.

Survivors Include: Wife: Tammy Lynn Hollis Meaders, Brookhaven, Son: George (Butch) Lamar and wife Tammy Meaders, Newton, Daughter: Kristy Diane Cleveland and husband Scott, Huntsville, AL. Mother: Olive  Catherine Dease Meaders Chunky, Sisters: Jean Meaders Brown and husband Jerry of Chunky, Anna Meaders Battle and husband Ronnie of Philadelphia, Emily Meaders Craven and Husband Mark of Collinsville,  Grandchildren: Christopher Steven Meaders, Andrew Harris Needle,Kayla Christine Meaders, and Cody Michael Needle, Great Grandchild: Ollie Cade Meaders

Pallbearers were Scott Cleveland, Kevin Battle, Blake Howell, Brent Brown, Rick Hasselle, Jr, and Don Cooper. Honorary Pallbearer was Rodney Meaders. Visitation was held Friday February 18 from  5 until 8 p.m. at Newton County South. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Memorial services for Mr. Rexel M. Coomes were held Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 2 p.m. at The Community Seventh Day Adventist Church, Meridian.

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Graveside services for William “Bunk” Wall were held at  3 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery near Hero. Newton County Funeral Home North, Hwy 15 North, Newton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Wall, 89 of Newton, died Thursday, February 17,  at Specialty Hospital in Meridian.

Mr. Wall enjoyed spending time with his family, and he enjoyed hunting.

Survivors Include: One daugher, Debbie White (Mike), one granddaugher, Julianna White, two sisters Sarah Jo Harris (William) and Donnie Lee Todd, one brother-in-law, Lon Douglas, two sisters-in-law, Earline Wall and Dorothy Wall.

He was preceded in death by:  his parents, Frank and Julia Ann Wall;  his wife, Lona Frances "Diane" Wall; two brothers, John T. Wall and Frank Wall, Jr.; one sister, Kathleen Douglas;  and one brother-in-law, Frank Todd.

Pallbearers were Tommy Wall, Allen Wall, Jack Douglas, Mike Harris, Mark Harris, Bruce Todd, Ronnie Todd, Kenny Todd, Randy Wall and Roger Wall.  Honorary pallbearers were Steve Grace, Bill Cornish, Mark Cornish, Johnathan Douglas, Trent Hughes, and Jack Ryburn. Visitation was held from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 19, at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Maurine Garvin were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel with the Rev. Gary Felton officiating. Burial was in Newton County Memorial Gardens. Newton County Funeral Home North, Hwy 15 North, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Garvin, 83, of Newton, died Sunday, February 20, at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. She was a retired beautician and a member of Lawrence Baptist Church.

Survivors Include: Husband: Odell Garvin, Newton, Son: Robert D. Garvin, Hickory, Daughter: Ann Garvin, Hickory, Sister: Barbara Bounds, Newton, Half Sisters: Dot Goldsmith, Vicksburg; Bobbie Shackleford, Mable Williams, Juanita Williams, all of Lucedale; Half Brothers: James Williams, TX; Jimmy William, NC; Jerry Williams, SC; 5 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by:  Parents: Steve and Ada Edwards Williams.

Pallbearers were Chad Garvin, Lance Garvin, Chuck Kellum , Jerry O. "Buster" Bounds, Rayphord Bounds, and  Milton Thomas. Visitation was held from 5:30 until  8 p.m. Monday, February 21, at the funeral home.  Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Thomas Paul McNeil, Sr., will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Pouncey officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. McNeil, 76, of Newton, died Sunday, February 20, at  his home.

He was born and raised in Smith County. He graduated from Pineville High School. He was a US Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was employed as a machinist in the Jackson area for many years. He was a retiree of MDOT. He was an active member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. He was well known in the community for helping others with his carpentry talent, and his handy man skills.

He was preceded in death by his parents:  Son McNeil and Rhoda Myrick McNeil and his father-in-law: Levoy P. Jones, Jr.

 Survivors include his wife: Sandra McNeil, Newton; his children: Thomas  P. McNeil, Jr, Brookhaven;  Kim McNeil  (Ralph) Macy, St, Peters, MO; Randall L. (Kristie)  McNeil , Raleigh;  Richard D. (Kim) McNeil, Brandon;  and Tim  W. (Sherri) McNeil, Taylorsville; his step-children: Carol J. (Shane) Fulford, Zionsville, IN; Daniel Shane Jay, Guyton, GA and Kimberly I. (Scott)  Lindley, Petal; his mother-in-law: Irene Jones, Newton; his brothers: Burlon (Darlene) McNeil, Pineville; Carey (Betty) McNeil, Pineville, and Garland (Patricia) McNeil, Forest; his sisters: Faye (Dwight) Bostick, Preston; and  Sue (Vince) Langford, Brandon; 12 Grandchildren; 5 Step Grandchildren. Several Nieces and Nephews.

Pallbearers will be Trey McNeil,  Cole McNeil, Slater Thompson, Nicholas McNeil, Ran McNeil, and  Charlie McNeil.  Visitation was held from 5  until 9 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Funeral services for Billy Jerald Rainer were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Broadway Mortuary.

Mr. Rainer, age 76, passed away on February 10.

Survivors include his daughters, Cynthia (J. Michael) Duckett and Janet (Michael) Brewer; grandchildren, Jacob and Amanda Duckett, Jonathan (Kristi) Brewer; brother, James Lee (Donna) Rainer; several nieces and nephews; the special ladies in his grandson’s life, Lisa Urman, Abrianna Mia Urman, age 2, and one grandchild due in September.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 55 years, Wanda.

Visitation with family present was Wednesday, February 16, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Memorials have been established with the MPD Foundation and Summit Church. Share online condolences at www.CozineMemorial.com. Services by Broadway Mortuary.

Obituaries March 2011

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Services for Thomas Paul McNeil, Sr., will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Pouncey officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. McNeil, 76, of Newton, died Sunday, February 20, at  his home.

He was born and raised in Smith County. He graduated from Pineville High School. He was a US Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was employed as a machinist in the Jackson area for many years. He was a retiree of MDOT. He was an active member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. He was well known in the community for helping others with his carpentry talent, and his handy man skills.

He was preceded in death by his parents:  Son McNeil and Rhoda Myrick McNeil and his father-in-law: Levoy P. Jones, Jr.

 Survivors include his wife: Sandra McNeil, Newton; his children: Thomas  P. McNeil, Jr, Brookhaven;  Kim McNeil  (Ralph) Macy, St, Peters, MO; Randall L. (Kristie)  McNeil , Raleigh;  Richard D. (Kim) McNeil, Brandon;  and Tim  W. (Sherri) McNeil, Taylorsville; his step-children: Carol J. (Shane) Fulford, Zionsville, IN; Daniel Shane Jay, Guyton, GA and Kimberly I. (Scott)  Lindley, Petal; his mother-in-law: Irene Jones, Newton; his brothers: Burlon (Darlene) McNeil, Pineville; Carey (Betty) McNeil, Pineville, and Garland (Patricia) McNeil, Forest; his sisters: Faye (Dwight) Bostick, Preston; and  Sue (Vince) Langford, Brandon; 12 Grandchildren; 5 Step Grandchildren. Several Nieces and Nephews.

Pallbearers will be Trey McNeil,  Cole McNeil, Slater Thompson, Nicholas McNeil, Ran McNeil, and  Charlie McNeil.  Visitation was held from 5  until 9 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Ada Mooney were held Monday, February 21, 2011 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of McClain-Hays Funeral Home with Dr. Dan Howard, Rev. James Maddox and Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial followed in Good Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Mooney, 74, died Saturday, February 19, at her residence.

She was born and reared in the Coldwater Community of Neshoba County and had made her home in the Good Hope Community for the past 15 years. She was retired as Executive Secretary to the Neshoba County Superintendent of Education. Mrs. Mooney was a member of First Baptist Church where she was active in WMU and the B.A.L.L. Group. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, AARP and Lions Club.  She was a member of the Philadelphia Woman's Club and was chosen Clubwoman of the Year. 

Survivors include her husband, James Mooney of Philadelphia; daughter, Gail Watkins McMahan and husband, Mike of Little Rock; son, Danny Watkins of Philadelphia; stepdaughter, Janice Sudbrink and husband, Dr. David of Ft. Smith, AR; grandchildren, Bonnie Wilcher and husband, William, Meagan Chaney and husband, Jody, Jin Watkins, Tan Watkins, Daniel McMahan, Sam Sudbrink and Ben Sudbrink; five great-grandchildren and brother, Clois D. DeWeese and wife, Teen of Coldwater.

Mrs. Mooney was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Cleve and Ada Jane DeWeese; husband, Dan Watkins; sisters, Dean Bland and Ann James and brothers, Henry Marshall DeWeese and Wesley Banks DeWeese.

Pallbearers were V.C. Manning, Carl Mason, Ricky McDonald, Scott Bounds, Sparky Bryan, Patrick Mooney, Donnie Adkins and Terry Adkins.

Honorary pallbearers were Prentice Copeland, Lamar Fowler, Barney Nowell, Hardy Maxey, Richard Smith, Harold Lewis and The B.A.L.L. Group.

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Graveside services for James Lavelle Harris were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Newton County Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Ken McLemore officiating. Burial was in Newton County Memorial Gardens. Newton County Funeral Home North, 9998 Hwy 15 North, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Harris, 86, of Kosciusko, formerly of Newton, died Thursday, February 24, at MS State Veteran's Home. He was born April 24, 1924 in Lawrence. He was retired from the United States Navy, serving his country during World War II in the Pacific Campaign, and the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. After he retired from the military he worked at Jimmy Smith's Service Station in Newton for many years. He was also proud of his twenty one years service with the Newton Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include his nieces: Peggy Kite Harvey and husband Ronnie, of Lake; Polly Brown of Ft. Worth, TX; Minsie Anders Jordan, of Newton, and Jean Rainer of Bay Springs; his nephews: Maurice Yarbrough of Maricopa, AZ and Jim Williams of Newton; several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Reva L. (Grimsley) Harris and his parents: James (Jim) and Millie (Thrash) Harris.

Pallbearers were Brian Kelly, Charles Kelly, Steve Hedrick, Ricky Maske, Ron Davis, and Kent Wheeler.  Visitation was held Saturday from  1 p.m. until 1:50 p.m. at the funeral home.   Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for JoAnn Pilgrim were at Christian Life Apostolic Church on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 2 p.m. with burial in Church Cemetery located in Kemper County. Rev. Bennie Alford and Rev. David Richardson officiated. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services of Philadelphia was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Pilgrim, age 72, passed away on Thursday, February 24, at Neshoba General Hospital.

She was a member Christian Life Apostolic Church.

Visitation was 5 p.m. Saturday, February 26, 2011 at John E. Stephens Chapel.

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Services for Debbie Russell were held 2 p.m. Monday, February 28, 2011 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Harris and Rev. Malcolm Lewis officiating. Rev. Lin Chesney officiating graveside. Burial was in the church cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Russell, 55, of Little Rock, died Friday, February 25, 2011 at her residence.

Survivors include: Husband of 36 years: Burlon Russell of Little Rock, 2 Sons: Trent Russell of Little Rock and Dusty Russell of Meridian, 3 Grandchildren, 1 Sister: Sandi Butts and husband Wes of Hampton Virginia, 1 Brother: Kenny Winfield and wife Liz of Newton, Mother: Maurine Winfield of Union, Mother in law: Marjorie Russell of Little Rock.

Mrs. Russell was preceded in death by her daughter, Torie Russell and father, Bill Winfield.

Pallbearers were Ricky Goforth, Danny Joyner, Roger Whitlock, Randy Skinner, Lee Shook, and Tim Marsh  Visitation was held  2 until 5 p.m. Sunday, February 27, at Milling Funeral Home of Union and also 1:30 p.m. Monday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

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Services for Janet Faye Harrison were held on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 1 p.m. from Sunny Hill M.B. Church, Decatur, with Overseer George Roberts officiating. Burial was in church cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. were in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Harrison, 53, died Tuesday, February 22, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian.

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Services for Sue E. Buckley were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home South Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Campbell officiating. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery in Newton County.  Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Buckley, 67 of Chunky, died Sunday, February 27, at Hospice In His Hands.

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Services for Mary Frances Vaughn  were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday March 1, 2011 at the Ott & Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Forest. Rev Steve Robinson and Rev Ralin Williams officiated the service with burial in the Ebeneezer Baptist Church Cemetery. Ott & Lee  Funeral  Home of  Forest was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Vaughn age 92, a resident of Newton, passed away at Bedford Care  Nursing Home on Saturday February 26, following an extended illness.

Mrs. Vaughn was a lifelong resident of Newton county. She was a member of Ebeneezer Baptist Church.

Survivors include: 2 sons George Vaughn and wife Pat; Ralph Vaughn and wife Vicky,  9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Edward E Vaughn, one son Billy Ray Vaughn, father John C Nelson and  mother Carrie Judge Nelson.

Visitation was held from 12 noon  until 1:45 p.m. Tuesday March 1, at the Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Waudine (Sis) Sistrunk Gilmer, lovingly called “Grandma” by all her family, passed away from this life to a more blessed life Friday, March 4, 2011 at UMC. She was born in Neshoba County on February 9 , 1927. Visitation was held at Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol and her funeral was on Sunday, March 6, at Rocky Hill Church of God where she was a member for many years, She was buried in the Rocky Hill Cemetery. Rev. Guy McGarrity and Rev. Brett Cooper ministered her service.

She was preceded in death by husband, Coyt; her parents, Luther and Lou Sistrunk; her son, Terry Gilmer; and her brother, Gwin Sistrunk.

She leaves behind her daughter, Phyllis McGarrity and husband Guy of Sebastopol; her son, Robbye Gilmer and wife Donna of Sebastopol; her grandchildren, Shay Tharp, Greg McGarrity, Carrie Byram, Dawn Gilmer Brown, Robbyn Lee, Jordan Gilmer, and Tara Ingram; her great grandchildren, Garrit, Colton, Ethan, Dee, Ronesha, Bobby, Callie, Mattie, Luke, Kyndall, and Karoline; her brother, Mack Sistrunk; her sisters, Bonnie Arinder and Mary Whitt; a large extended family; and a very dear friend, Mr. Pete Barham.

Mrs. Waudine was well known in her community of Sebastopol, having many friends. She was a housewife and worked with her husband Coyt, operating Coyt Gilmer Trucking for years, then owning her rerstaurant (Country Kitchen ) of Sebastopol. Later in her life, she worked at the Walnut Grove Fish House, known as "the woman with the southern drawl" at the “to go” window.

She was loved dearly by family and the love and joy of her life was her grand and great grandchildren and the time she spent with them (her babies).

Pallbearers were Greg and Luke McGarrity; Jordan Gilmer; Jackie, Garrit, Colton, and Ethan Tharp; Ben Byram; Richard Lee; Brantley Ingram; and Bobby Brown.  Our family wants to thank all our friends for their support.

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Funeral services for Olivia Graham Dunn were 10 a.m. Monday, March 7, 2011 at Countryside Funeral Home with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Dunn, 85, passed away Thursday, March 3, at the Tuscany House. Born November 15, 1925, in Union, she moved to Ocala, Fla. in 1952. She was a Fruit Packer in the Citrus Industry.

She is survived by son, Alvin Dwight (Denise) Dunn, Silver Springs; daughter, Sylvia Rose Dunn, Ocala; brother, Billy Clay Ogletree, Ocala; sisters, Georgia Mae Haddock, Lake Park, GA; and Bobbie Jean Moore, Franklin, LA; 7 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Preceded in death by her husband, Kelly Claude Dunn.

Visitation was 4 until 6 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Countryside Funeral Home in Anthony, FL.

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Services for Lewis Weaver were  held Friday, March 4, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with Rev. Mark Vincent officiating. Burial was in Conehatta Methodist Church Cemetery with Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Lewis Weaver, 78, of Decatur, died Tuesday, March 1, at Jeff Anderson Regional Hospital.

Survivors include: Loving Wife of 54 Years: Sue Weaver of Decatur, 1 Son: Randy Weaver and wife Deanna of Decatur, 1 Daughter: Cindy Bennett and husband Danny of Decatur, 7 Grandchildren: LeAnn Barrett and husband Josh; Curt Weaver and wife Lisa; Brian Weaver; Tiffany Boyd and husband Daniel; Kevin Bennett and wife Anna; Cameron Weaver; and Caleb Weaver, 4 Great Grandchildren: Destiny Barrett; Daulton Barrett; Juliana Weaver; and Gaines Boyd, 1 Brother: Carl Weaver of Conehatta, 3 Sisters: Dorothy Parish of Conehatta; Marie Estes of Houston, TX; Geraldine Harralson of Conehatta.; Survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jeff Weaver; Parents, Frank and Neaomi Dennis Weaver; brothers, Tom, Dale, and Beu Weaver; and one infant sister.

The family requests that memorials be made to Cameron Weavers mission trip to Indonesia. Visitation was held from 6 until 9 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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Services for Spurgeon McDonald  were  held Friday, March 4, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church, Newton, with Rev. Michael Pickens officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove M.B. Church Cemetery with Holifield Funeral Home, of Newton, in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. McDonald, age 69, passed away on Thursday, February 24.

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Linda Lewis, age 63, of Union, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at Laird Hospital. Mrs. Lewis gave her body as a gift to the University of Miss. Medical Center to aid in medical science research and education programs of the Medical Center.

Memorial services were held February 9, at the Union Church of Christ with the Rev. Rick Benson and the Rev. Chris Harrison as the officiating ministers.

Mrs. Lewis was a long tie resident of Union. She had a special love for the outdoors especially flowers and gardening. She loved her family and friends dearly and she will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Lewis was a member of the Union Church of Christ and loved attending church. She loved all of her church family.

She is survived by her step-mother, Mrs. Aline Creel of Morton; her children, Pam Jacobson (Dewayne) of Union, Damon Lewis of Stockbridge, Ga, Angela O’Berry of Union, Timothy Lewis of Union, and Tommy Lewis of Union. Her brothers and sisters, Johnny Creel (Virginia) of Brandon, Terry Creel of Brandon, Marilyn Harrison of Union, Deborah Carlisle (Larry) of Lakeland, Fla, Patricia Langford (Rodger) of Arkansas; her aunt, Mrs. Mary Duncan of Canton, 9 grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Lewis was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Cordell Creel.

A very special Thank You to the Union Church of Christ, Hospice for their care, the Doctors, Nurses and the staff at Laird Hospital. All her friends and neighbors who helped her in her time of need.

Mrs. Lewis had a very strong faith in Jesus Christ during her sickness and this was her testimony she lived by! But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19.

Memorials, and/or in lieu of flowers may be made to The Union Church of Christ, 919 E Jackson Rd, Union, MS 39365, or to the American Cancer Society.

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Services for Michael Tony Edwards were  held Friday, March 4, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Jerusalem M.B. Church, Lawrence, with Rev. Steve Edwards, Sr. officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill M.B. Church Cemetery with Holifield Funeral Home, of Newton, in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Edwards, age 46, passed away on Thursday, February 24.

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Services for Peggy Jones were held at Sharon Primitive Baptist Church in Scott County at 2 p.m. with burial in the Sharon Primitive Baptist Cemetery. Officiating was Elder George Gardner, Rev. Kenny Lang, Elder Leroy Moseley and Elder Wayne Myers. Wolf Funeral Services in Morton was in charge of the arrangements.

Peggy Jones, 66, a resident of Lake passed away Monday, February 28, at her residence.

Peggy was a lifelong resident of the Goodhope Community in Scott County and she was a member of the Sharon Primitive Baptist Church.  Peggy loved her flowers, her home and her family.

She is survived by her husband, Edgar Jones, Lake; one daughter, Vaneesa Stevens and husband Brian, Lake; one son, Vince Edwards, Lake; special aunt, Mary Ellie Hollingsworth, Lake; three grandchildren, Zane Michael Stevens, Zack Edwards, Brittany Edwards; one great-grandchild, Kason Taylor Edwards; and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Weldon and Thelma Judge; and her cousin, whom she considered her sister, Delores Harris. 

Pallbearers were Phillip Harris, Robert Devoter, Charlie Noel, Byron Hollingsworth, Chad Hollingsworth, and Pepper Culpepper.  Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Hollingsworth, Larry Judge, and Terry Judge.  Visitation was Saturday, March 5,  at Wolf Funeral Services from 5:30 until 8 p.m. and Sunday March 6, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Memorials may be made to Sharon Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Phillip Harris, 6763 Old Hwy 80, Lake, MS  39092.

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Services for Rev. Kenneth Leach, of Union, will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with Dr. Tommy Lee Leach officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Union is in charge of the arrangements.

Rev. Leach, 81, of Union, died Sunday, March 6.

Born in Stratton, Newton County, Kenneth Coyt Leach, the first child of Samuel Coyt Leach and Acie Davis Vance, weighed under four pounds and was not expected to live. But he grew, started first grade with Mrs. Paul D. Measell and finished Stratton High School.

After one year at E.C.J.C., he joined the Army Medical Corps, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, where he met and married Jeannine Jones.  After a tour of duty in Linz, Austria, he returned to Texas and entered Howard Payne College, only to be recalled to serve in the Korean War. But as the war ended, he was assigned to Camp Chaffee, Ft. Smith, Arkansas, where he joined Calvary Baptist Church, where he was called and ordained to preach.

 Upon his discharge, he, with his wife and baby Gayle, began classes at Ouachita Baptist College, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he pastored his first church. When Jeannine finished college, they moved to Ropesville, Texas, where he pastored Ropesville Baptist Church and later moved to Fort Worth, Texas where their first son, Samuel Coyt was born.

Kenneth graduated from Texas Wesleyan College and Southwestern Seminary, before moving back to Mississippi and pastoring Rome Baptist Church, Rome, Mississippi, where he and Jeannine served as chaplain's aides at Parchman Penitentiary.

After seven years in Rome, Trinity Baptist Church, Laurel, Mississippi, called him to pastor, and he served there for seven years before accepting the pastorate of Conehatta Baptist Church.

From Conehatta, Kenneth felt the call to the mission field in Honduras, and the leadership of local Baptist deacons-Mark Herrington, Charlie Gardner, Dr. Rex Warnick, Robert Mills, and others-founded Esperanza Mission Ministries, where he extracted teeth, made dentures and partial plates. After serving for twenty years, he returned to Mississippi, where he lived until his death on March 7, 2011.

He was a Mason, a Shriner, a school board president(Laurel, MS), a photographer ("Ken's Fotos"), a carpenter, and an author ("Rambling Thoughts of a Rambling Man").

Survivors: Wife: Valentina Leach of Union, 2 Daughters: Allison Leach and Acie Leach of Union, 3 Sons: Sammy Leach of Union, Ken Leach of Columbus, and their mother Jeannine Leach of Union, and Norman Leach and wife Patience of Union, 6 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren, 1 Sister: Martha Gunter of Alabama.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Gayle Miles.

Greeting of Friends for Mr. Kenneth Leach will be held from 1 until 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9. 

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Services for Bobby G. “Bob” Boykin were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel. Reverends Howell Thrash, Lee Gressett, and Bill Boykin officiated with burial in New Prospect Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol were in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Boykin was a Deacon at New Prospect Baptist Church. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include: Loving Wife of 56 years: Shirley Boykin of Conehatta, 1 Son: Gary Boykin and wife Lisa of Union, 1 Daughter: Debbie Walley and husband Lester, 4 Grandchildren: Rusty Boykin, Bobby Walley, Ben Walley, and Barbara Lofton. 6 Great Grandchildren: Danielle Lofton, John Lofton, Hunter Walley, Jazmin Walley, Corban Walley, and Kali Walley. 2 Brothers: Carvis Nick Boykin and Bro. Bill Boykin, 6 Sisters: Claudine Gilmer, Merlene Glenn, Nell Killen, Betty Joe Turner, Janie Faye Watkins, and Aberdean McCarty. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Boykin is preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Boykin and 2 infant siblings.

Pallbearers were Dale McDill, Delbert Graham, Wayne Wilson, Rob Thompson, Dale Thompson, and Marty Killen.  Honorary Pallbearers were James Boykin, David Shelton, and Paul Boykin.

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Services for Isaac Gerald Craig were held Monday, March 14, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with Rev. Mark McDonald and Rev. Gerald Chaney officiating. Burial was in Hickory Cemetery with Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Isaac Gerald Craig, 80, of Hickory, died Saturday, March 12, at his residence.

Survivors include: Loving Wife of 56 years: Jimmie R. Craig of Hickory, 1 Daughter: Cynthia Craig Cleveland and husband Calvin of Hickory, 1 Granddaughter: Meagan McCorkle of Decatur, 1 Great Granddaughter: Lexie Lea Page

Mr. Craig is preceded in death by and infant daughter; 1 sister, Cora Harrison; 2 brothers, James Craig and Willie Craig.

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Services for Ed Sheehan were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March, 15, 2011 at Hopewell Baptist Church. Rev. Jimmy McDill officiated with burial in the church cemetery.

Mr. Sheehan, 86, of Little Rock, died Saturday, March 12, at James T. Champion Nursing Home in Meridian.

Survivors include: 1 Son: Ricky Sheehan and wife Jackie of Little Rock, 1 Daughter: Kathy Davis and husband Gil of Madison, 6 Grandchildren: Jessica Loper and husband Ryan; Josh Sheehan and fiance' Megan Sims; Christopher Davis; Tommy Moore; Eddie Moore; and Jeffery Moore. 7 Great Grandchildren, Wife: Lennie Sheehan.

He is preceded in death by his wife: Havis Sheehan and son, Larry Moore.

Serving as pallbearers were Josh Sheehan, Christopher Davis, Ryan Loper, Jonothan White, Doyle White, and Tony Estes.  Visitation was held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 14.

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Services for Marc Tumbling were held on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 1 p.m. at St. Cloud Missionary Baptist Church in Lawrence, with Rev. Clarence Arrington, officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Tumbling, 22, of Lawrence, died February 23, at University Hospital in Jackson. 

Visitation was held on Monday, February 28, from 3 until 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Services for Timothy Moore were held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Holiness Church with Rev. Amos McSwain, officiating.   Burial was held in the Community Center Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Moore, 49, of Louin, died Thursday, March 3, at his residence. 

Visitation was held one hour prior to service at the church. 

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Services for Tom Bond were held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 3 p.m. at Morning Star Baptist Church with Rev. S.M. Robinson, Jr. officiating. Burial was held in the Corinth Cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Bond, 86, of Newton, died Thursday, March 3, at University Hospital in Jackson. 

Visitation was held one hour prior to service at the church.

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Services for Micheal Singleton were held on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Little Mountain Missionary Baptist Church in Union, with Rev. Joe Buckley officiating.  Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Singleton, 50, of Decatur, died Tuesday, March 8, at University Hospital in Jackson. 

Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 15, from 3 until 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Services for Bessie M. Smith were held on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 12 p.m. at Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Tony Jordan, officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Smith, 94, of Jackson, died Monday, March 14, at Lakeland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jackson. 

Visitation was held Friday, March 18, from 4 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Graveside services for Larry A. Clayton were held on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 11 p.m. at Union Kemper Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Dekalb, with Rev. Robert Coats, officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Clayton, 61, of Meridian, died Monday, March 14, at his residence. 

Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 16, from 6 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Airport Road, Newton, for John M. Dean.

Mr. Dean, age 66, was the son of Grace and Simmons Dean. 

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Sandy Dean; son, Michael Dean and his wife Misty; daughter, Kelly Dean; sister, Quilla Faye Everett; brother, Mark Dean; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

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Services for Mr. Charlie Thrash were held Friday, March 18, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Sebastopol with Rev. Charles Morrow and Rev. Guy McGarrity officiating. Burial was in Salem Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol in charge of the arrangements.

He was a U. S. Army Veteran serving in the Korean and Desert Storm Conflict. He was also a member of Sebastopol Baptist Church and attended Steam Mill Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include: 2 Daughters: Judy Tingle and husband Wayne of Union, Mary Ann Ray and husband Sidney Wayne of Demmorest, GA, 2 Sons: Kenny Joe Bankston and wife Lisa of Union, Billy Bankston and wife Myra of Sebastopol, 11 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren, A Special Friend, Ruth Searcy.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Leta Thrash; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Thrash.

Pallbearers were Dewayne Thrash; and Grandsons: Ken Bankston, Chris Bankston, Adam Ray, Daniel Bankston, and Kyle Bankston.

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Services for Mr. Robert L (Bob) Terrell of Union were held 3 pm, Friday, March 18, 2011 at Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church located on Hwy 15 South of Union. Rev. Johnny Mullinax will officiate, assisted by Rev. Tod Thompson. Interment was held in the church cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Terrell, 95, of Union, passed away peacefully at his residence on Thursday, March 17.

Mr. Terrell is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Lina Ruth Terrell of Union, 3 daughters, Darnell Apperson, Sandy Adkins and husband Ted, Sherry Harrison and husband Skipper all of Union, one brother, Buck Terrell of Union and one sister, Frances Smith of Decatur, three grandsons, Lucas Cleveland and wife Donna, Jonathan Adkins and Andrew Nichols all of Union, four granddaughters, Heidi Breland, Kelly Johnson and husband Cory all of Union, Kristin McDonald and husband Josh of Conehatta and Lori Nichols of Columbus, GA, two great granddaughters, Lia and Lexi Cleveland of Union and one great grandson, Miles McDonald of Conehatta.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Maude Terrell, two brothers, Jim and Bill Terrell, one grandson, Jamey Cleveland and son-in-law, Larry Apperson.

Mr. Bob was an avid farmer for his life’s occupation and very much enjoyed working with his cattle. He also was a carpenter and built many homes in the community with his cousin, Jack Terrell. Until his mid-eighties, he enjoyed cutting and delivering firewood for the public. One of his favorite pastimes was watching his purple Martins in the springtime. However, his greatest joys in life were the many visits from family and friends in his later years.

He served for many years on the Newton County (ASCS) Agricultural Soil and Conservation Service committee. He was a very active member of Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church as long as his health allowed. He was especially proud to be a part of the groundbreaking ceremony at the new Family Life Building located at the church in January, 2009.

Pallbearers: Lucas Cleveland, Andrew Nichols, Jonathan Adkins, Josh McDonald and Allen Terrell. Honorary Pallbearers: Cory Johnson and Vic Terrell. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to the Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church Building Fund (18138 Hwy 489 Union, Ms. 39365). Visitation was held 1 until 3 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church.

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Funeral services for Cloneil Jones Miley were held on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at Newton County Funeral Home South with Dr. David Rives officiating. Burial was in Newton Masonic Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs.  Miley, 87 of Lawrence, died Saturday, March 19, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Newton.

She was an avid gardener and enjoyed working in her flower beds. She was a devoted care giver to her dad, mom, and her invalid brother, Larry. She was a homemaker and a good cook. She was a retired seamstress from The Newton Company. She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she taught the  Beginner Sunday School Class for many years. She was currently a member of the Dorcas Faith Sunday School Class.  

Survivors include: her daughter: Veronica Gaines, and her husband Johnny; her granddaughter: Cathy  Gaines Wellerman, and her husband, Tony; her great-grandchildren: Trevor and Bethany Wellerman, all of Lawrence;  her sisters: Beth Willis, and her husband, Robert and Faye Boyd; her sister-in- laws: Frances Jones and Joyce Jones, all of Newton; Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband: John R. Miley; her parents: Rev. Sam L. and Lela Tatum  Jones; and her  brothers: Ray Jones, Hermon Jones, Larry Jones, Jim Jones, and  Truman Jones.

Pallbearers were Jerry Jones, William Jones, Tim Jones, David Willis,Willie Jones, James Jones, Randall Nelson, and  Charles Scoggin.  In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons International, Inc.,  P.O. Box 297, Newton, MS 39345.   Visitation was held Sunday, March 20, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Funeral services for Mary Smith were held in Ocala, Florida with Roberts Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Newton County Funeral Home was in charge of the local arrangements.

Mrs. Smith, 85, of Newton, died Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at Anderson Regional Medical Center South Campus in Meridian.

She was born in Monroe County, Pennsylvania on June 13, 1925. She graduated in 1943 from Gooleaugh High School, and was proud of the fact that she had perfect attendance at school all 12 years. Before graduation, she met her husband, Clark Smith, and he gave her a pearl ring instead of a diamond ring first. But, he eventually gave her the diamond ring, and they celebrated over 50 years of marriage together. To this union was born one son, Terry, who lives in Ocala, Florida, whom she loved very much and one granddaughter, Mary lives in Newton. She was a retired seamstress, having to retire early to take care of her husband who she faithfully cared for while he was on dialysis for 25 years. She was a member of Tobyhanna Methodist Church in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania where she served as a Sunday School teacher with perfect attendance, for 25 years. Mr. and Mrs. Smith had two homes, their winter home in Ocala, Florida, and their summer home in the Pocono Mountains. Due to health reasons, she moved to Newton, where she attended Footprints Adult Day Care Services for 3 years where she loved everyone. She also moved Newton to be near her granddaughter and grandson, Mary and Sean, and her ex-daughter-in-law, Sharon Smith, who helped take care of her during her last days. The little ones, the great grandchildren, will miss her the most; (Derrick will always love and miss you) along with those she came in contact with, especially Paula Rigdon, Pam and Wayne Loper, and Mary and Bo Boone.

Survivors Include: One Son: Terry C. (Carolyn) Smith , Ocala, Florida One Granddaughter: Mary Smith (Sean) Rigdon, Newton; One Brother: Ken (Merideth) Woehrle, Valleyview, Pennsylvania Six Great-Grandchildren: Amos Rigdon, Decatur; Derrick Eddington, Savannah Armstrong, and Kayle Matthews, Jeremiah Morris, all of Newton; and Jasmine Morris of Kentucky Three Sister-In-Laws: Marge Woehrle, Shirley Smith, and Namoi Josack One Brother-In-Law: Durward and Ellas Mae Smith

She was preceded in death by: Her Parents: Albert and Edith Strunk Woehrle Three Brothers: Chet Woehrle, Bill Woehrle, and Dave Woehrle.

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Funeral services for George Brock Williams were held on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 2 p.m. at New Fellowship Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Rowzee and Dr. Ted Dukes officiating. Burial was in New Fellowship Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Williams, 68 of Hickory, died Monday, March 21, at his home. He was a member and served as a deacon at New Fellowship Baptist Church. He also was the treasurer of Cemetery Fund of New Fellowship Baptist Church. Mr. Williams was a retired dairy farmer.

Survivors Include: Wife: Dorothy Sibley Williams, Hickory, Sons: Dr. George Brock Williams Jr and wife Carol, Lubbock, TX, James Wesley Williams and  wife Karen, Hickory, Five grandchildren who were the joy if his life, George Brock Williams III, Kate Williams, Nathaniel Williams, Wesley Williams and Carlee Bess Williams, 2 Sisters: Dot Barber and husband Pat,  Meridian, Jan Johnson and husband Randy, Hickory. Family of Sibley In-Laws: Jim, Benny, Henry and Cindy, Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

He was preceded in death by:   Father and Mother: Roy and Belle Williams, Special Cousin: Marty Williams Wall.

Pallbearers were Tommy J. Wilson, Bob Boggan, Lavon Cochran,  Randy Williams, Wayne Jones,  Wade Wall,  Jeff Sibley, and  Scott Sibley.   Honorary Pallbearers were  Deacons of New Fellowship Baptist Church  and the Staff and Patients Fresenius Dialysis Clinic in Newton. In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the New Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 161 CR 2422, Hickory, MS 39332. Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at  Newton County South, 30 minutes and Thursday prior to service at New Fellowship Baptist Church.

Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Kathryn Watkins were held 2 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with Rev. Clyde Little, Rev. David Jay, and Rev. Kipp Smith officiating. Burial was in the Greenland Cemetery.

Mrs. Watkins, 87, of Little Rock, died Tuesday, March 22, at Laird Hospital.

Survivors include: Husband of 68 years: Coyt Watkins of Little Rock, 1 Daughter: Rhonda Dyess of Louin, 1 Daughter-In-Law: Dianne Watkins of Little Rock, 2 Grandchildren: Heather Horn and husband Gabe of Taylorsville, Jennifer Corley of Marion, 2 Great Grandchildren: Katelyn and Tanner Horn, 1 Sister: Ramona Clayton and husband Lynwood.

She is preceded in death by one son: Jerome Watkins, brother: Merkel Smith and parents: Mr. and Mrs. Willie Smith.

Pallbearers: Ralph Gordon, Tony Alawine, Jim Olgetree, Mike Eubanks, Dr. Wade Clayton, George Hedgepeth, Thomas Knight, and Joseph Knight  Visitation was held 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24. Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

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Services for Kenneth R. Smith were held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with Rev. Gary Bickford and Rev. Johnny Ainsworth officiating. Burial was in the Greenland Cemetery with Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Smith, 61, of Meridian, died Wednesday, March 23, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Smith was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and a friend to those who knew him. He was a proud Veteran of the United States Army. He was also a member of Agape Fellowship Foursquare Church.

Survivors include: Wife of 42 years: Senita Smith of Meridian, Sons: Darren Smith of Meridian and Russell Smith and wife Cassandra of Richton, Daughter: Tonya Shearon and husband Jim of Hattiesburg, Six Grandchildren, Brother: Barry Smith, Sister: Carolyn McLaughlin

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his father, Chester Smith, mother, Mary Burt and one brother, Darren Jerome Smith.

Pallbearers: Mickey Carley, Jim Shearon, James Gardner, Shaun Bickford, Stephen Bickford, Billy Wayne Dickerson, Ronnie Smith, Cliff Holloway, Roy McLaughlin II, and Danny McLaughlin Honorary Pallbearers: Tyler Smith and Dylan Sellers.  Visitation was held 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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Services for Pam Boggan were held on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Ott & Lee in Brandon, with the Rev. Ron Gillstrap and Dr. Clarence Cooper. Burial was held at the Masonic Cemetery in Newton.

Mrs. Boggan, age 40, died Saturday, March 19 at her resident in Brandon.

She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Richard Boggan; daughter, Brittany Boggan; Mother, Dianne (Frank) Norman; Father, Johnny (Debbie) Williams; brother, Dewayne Williams.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, the Rev. Dan and Mildred Shaffer and J. W. and Muriel Williams.

Pallbearers were Steve Waltman. Al Waltman, Mike Waltman, Tyler Norman, Louie Bigham, Steve Harrison and Shane Fielder.

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Services for C. D. Mann were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011 at New Zion Baptist Church. Rev. Tim Fanguy officiated with burial in Sulphur Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. C.D. Mann, 72, of Sebastopol passed away Monday, March 21, at Hospice In His Hands in Madden.

Mr. C.D. Mann was a member of New Zion Baptist Church and enjoyed going to auctions.

Obituaries April 2011

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Funeral services for Chloie Tucker May will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Newton. Burial will be in the Newton County Memorial Gardens with Newton County Funeral Home North, 9998 Hwy. 15 N, is in charge of arrangements.

Chloie Tucker May completed her journey on earth, Monday, April 4, 2011. She died at home under the gentle watch care and love of her family.

Mrs. May, 88, of Newton, was born in Urbana, Arkansas, January 10, 1923. She and her husband, Horace moved to Newton in 1949.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Horace May, Newton; son: Bob May, Dallas, Texas; daughter: Bonnie Coleman (Vincent), Ridgeland, MS; daughter: Beverly Richardson, Jackson, MS; and son: Bill  May (Judy), Newton; daughter: Brookes Eiler (Jim), Irving, TX; She had 14 grandchildren who were the joy of her life: Candi May Mangelsdorf (Tom); Brian May, Brookes May, Tucker May, Mandy Rushing Harris, Ken Richardson, Austin Richardson, Mallory May Davis (Reid), Anna Leigh May Minor (Henry), Natalie May, David Eiler, Erin Eiler, Paul Eiler,  and John Patrick Eiler; 6 great-grandchildren: Chloie Mangelsdorf, Meghan Mangelsdorf, William Mangelsdorf, Chase Harris, Ann Revere Davis, and William Davis; sister: Shirley Tucker Homes (Henry), Dyesrsburg, TN; brother: Laurie Tucker (Florence, AL). She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and her precious dog Vaught.

She is preceded in death by her father and mother; Shirley Simmons Tucker and Sallie Josephine Tucker and sister, Mary Nell Tucker Hogan.

Mrs. May grew up in Urbana, Arkansas and graduated from Arkansas Southern College (formerly Arkansas A&M). She moved to Memphis, TN during World War II and worked at Fisher Aircraft Company. It was at Fisher that she met her husband-to-be Horace May, prior to him departing to the European Theater where he served in the United States Air Force. She taught school and upon Horace’s return they were married in 1945.

Mrs. May was a gifted homemaker and devoted and dedicated member of First Baptist Church where she served as Sunday School teacher, nursery worker, choir member, Hospitality Committee and numerous mission organizations. She was a lover of the arts and music and served as president of the Newton Music Lover’s Club, the Newton Garden Club, the Newton B & P Club and was always engaged in civic and charitable endeavors.

Throughout her life she was a passionate giver and loving provider of countless meals, cakes, pies and other baked good, and constantly showed her love and compassion to others.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, 307 E. Church Street, Newton, MS 39345 or the charity of your choice.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 6, from 5 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Friends and Family may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Graveside Services for Myra N. Blanks were held Monday, April 4, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Poplar Springs Cemetery in Newton with Rev. Mark McDonald officiating. Burial followed in Poplar Springs Cemetery with Milling Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Myra N. Blanks, 78, of Newton, died April 1, at Beadford Care of Newton.

Visitation was Sunday from 2:30  until 4 p.m. at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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Services for Joe F. Gray were held on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, with Rev. Roosevelt Jones officiating.  Burial was held in Spring Hill United Methodist Cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Gray, 76, formerly of Louin, died Wednesday, March 2, in Chicago, Ill. 

Visitation was held on Thursday, March 10, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Mt Zion United Methodist Church.

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Services for James H. Sims were held on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 1  p.m. at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Corey Bender officiating. Burial was held in Wesley Chapel, Hopewell Cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Sims, 60, of Rose Hill, died Monday, March 28, at his residence. 

Visitation was held Friday, April 1,  from 5 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Service for Margaret J. McGee were held on Saturday afternoon, April 9, 2011 at 3 p.m. at Chunky Baptist Church. Stephens Funeral Home of Meridian was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. McGee, 95,  passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, April 5, 2011 at the Mother of Good Counsel Home in Saint Louis, Missouri, where she resided for the past year. Born Lucy Marguerite Jones in Chunky, on  November 22, 1915, she was the youngest daughter of Charlie Elijah and Edna (Joiner) Jones. A loving mother, Margaret was very devoted to her family, her many friends, and to Chunky Baptist Church.  She loved the many aspects of her involvement with “Miriam” Sunday School Class, WMU, homebound, work with the children in Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and her beloved choir. She also played the piano for her trio and men’s quartet. She was a bookkeeper at Hulett Furniture Co. in Meridian prior to her retirement in 1980.

She is survived by daughters Lynette (Paul) Raidt of Saint Louis, and Barbara Ann Groves of Naples, Florida, stepson Bennie (Joyce) Groves of Jackson, grandson Michael Brand (Amy) and great-grandchildren Addison, Aldon and Deacon, granddaughter Julie (Castle) Bloom (Alex) and great-granddaughters, Kate and Caroline. Other survivors include nieces Anne Texeira of Atlanta, Estell Willis of Jackson, Ruth (Bill) Matlock of Little Rock, Bonnie Gibbon of Decatur, and one nephew, Douglas (Lorraine) Gibbon of Decatur, and their families of 3 generations.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Andrew Jackson Groves, father of her daughters, and Joseph Leon McGee. Her parents Charlie Elijah and Edna (Joiner) Jones, sister Mattie Louise Gibbon and brother, James Edward Jones also predeceased her. 

Visitation was held at the church one hour prior to the service.  Memorial contributions may be made to Chunky Baptist Church, P. O. Box 98, Chunky, MS 39323.

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Services for Charlene Harris were held on Monday, April 4, 2011 at 2 p.m. from the Union Grove M.B. Church, Union, with Rev. Nathaniel Robinson officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Calvary Church Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. were in charge of arrangements.

Miss. Harris, 55, passed away Wednesday, March 30, at the Regency Hospital in Meridian.

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Services for Mary Lavell Goss were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel in Newton with burial in Erin Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Union. Newton County Funeral Home North, Hwy 15 North, Newton was in charge of arrangements

Mrs. Mary Lavell Goss, 87 of Meridian and formerly of Decatur, died Monday, April 4, at Golden Living Center in Meridian.

Mrs Goss loved spending time with her family, gardening, quilting and her church.

She is survived by 3 Daughters: Sherry Goss Lohrer and husband Pete, Newton; Barbara Ann Dockery and husband Bill, Madison, and Lynda Gale Goss, Columbus, 2 Sisters: Faye Horton and husband Robert of Conehatta and Joelynn Tingle and husband Bud of Brandon. 2 Granddaughters: Lana Montgomery and husband Jason of Champaign, IL amd Christine Sarkady and husband Jerry of Brandon. 1 Grandson: Tommy Lohrer and wife Kristie of Huntsville, AL 5 Great Granddaughters: Gwyn, Celee, and Lyla Montgomery and Jennifer and Paige Sarkady 2 Great Grandsons: Ryan and  Jeffery Sarkady.

She was Preceded in death by:  Husband : J.B. Goss, Son: Julius Clark Goss, Father: Victor Ezell, Mother: Minnie Meador Ezell, Brother: Darrell Ezell, Sisters: Marie Burroughs and   Eva Dean Snowden

Pallbearers: Lynn Ezell  ,Bobby Horton, Freddie Ezell, Kent Burroughs,  Jason Montgomery and Bruce Snowden.  Honorary Pallbearers: Bud Tingle and  Robert Horton.  Visitation was held from 6 until 9 p.m. Wednesday at Newton County Funeral Home North. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Jacob Wayne Nowell were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 2011 at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Larry Haggard officiating. Interment was in East County Line Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Nowell, 31, died Monday, April 4, in Memphis, TN.

 Mr. Nowell was born December 22, 1979. He was a resident of Starkville, where has worked as a laser cutter in the sheet metal industry. He greeted all those he met with an infectious smile and had a joy for living. He was happiest when spending time with his beautiful son Luke. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.   

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Jennifer and Johnny Lindsey of Sturgis; a son, Luke Wayne Nowell of Starkville; his grandmother,  Iora S. Lavergne of Sturgis; a brother, Joseph Therel Nowell of Collinsville; a sister, Rachel Nowell Stephens of Starkville, step-sister, Shawna Lindsey of Montgomery, AL, and 4 nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gary Wayne Nowell; paternal grandparents, Therel and Adelaide Nowell, and maternal grandfather, Hillman Lavergne.

Visitation was Thursday from 5 until 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home.  To sign the guestbook, please go to www.porterfuneralhome.net

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Services for Bro. Steve Moore were held Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 3 p.m.  from McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jamie Leach and Rev. Jimmy Townsend officiating. Burial followed in New Blackjack Cemetery in Neshoba County.

Bro. Moore, 48, died Thursday, April 7, at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Pascagoula and was a longtime resident of Leake County. He was currently living in Neshoba County where he was pastor of New Blackjack Baptist Church.  Bro. Moore pastored for over 26 years at various churches in Mississippi and a church in Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bro. Dewey and Joann Moore.

Survivors include his wife, Kasey Moore of Philadelphia; sons, Brian Moore, Jacob Moore, and Joshua Moore all of Philadelphia; step-daughters, Maddie Reynolds and Bella Reynolds both of Philadelphia; brother, Keith Moore and his wife, Janet of Pasadena, TX; step-mother, Beverly Moore of Philadelphia; step-sister, Crystal Jolly of Starkville; step-brothers, Stephen Elmore of Eldorado, TX and Matthew McClemore of Baton Rouge, LA; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Dwight McMurray, Johnny McMurray, Mike Sullivan, Randy Sims, Larry Griffin, Danny McKinion, Jr., Gus Johnson, Ken Adcock, Jackie Knight, Joe Killens, and Lavoy Pigg.  Honorary pallbearers were Reece Taylor, Scott Taylor, Scott Round, Chad Morrow, Jimmy Pou, Parker Savell, Dillon Cumberland, Sawyer Johnson, Harley Dennis, and all past and present deacons of churches he pastored.

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Pothena (Polly) S. Nations of Pensacola passed away on March 29, 2011. Born September 14, 1928 in Neshoba County, to Alvin and Zilla Savell, Polly was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John F. Nations, brothers Darwell Savell, Didymus Savell and Wayne Savell, and sister Janett Ridout.

Polly is survived by her daughter, Brenda Smith Posey (Glenn) of Stapleton, AL; her son, Danny Smith (Vicki) of Hendersonville, TN; grandchildren, Jennifer Smith and Matt Smith. She is also survived by sisters: Sunshine Pierce, Philadelphia, MS; Pat Thorne (Ernest), Pensacola; and Frances Saxon (Howard), Hillsboro, Oregon; a brother, Prentiss Savell (Thelma) of Pensacola; a special sister-in-law, Bonnie Savell of Union, MS; many nieces and nephews; her extended family including stepson, John Nations (Barb); stepdaughter, Lynn Avant (Bill); grandchildren, David Avant, Mike Avant, Jennifer Avant, Mark Nations, and Laura Nations; and great-grandchildren.

In 1948, Polly married Harold Smith and moved to Pensacola. She worked briefly as a telephone operator for Southern Bell before starting a family and staying at home with their children. She returned to the workforce at Newport Industries and was employed there until she retired from Reichold Chemical following a 35-year career. In 1974, Polly married John Nations and always enjoyed her favorite pastime of visiting with her family and friends. Throughout her life, she was active in numerous church, youth, and community activities and organizations. She enjoyed a long-time fellowship as a member of Olive Baptist Church.

Visitation was held at 4 until 7 p.m.  on Friday, April 1, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North, Hwy 29 North, Cantonment. Services were held at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North-Cantonment, Saturday, April 2, 2011at 11 a.m. with Dr. Ted Traylor officiating. Interment was in Barrancas National Cemetery, NAS Pensacola.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North, 1000 Highway 29 South Cantonment was in charge of the arrangements.

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Services for Jack G. Griffin were  held on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville at 1:30 p.m. with Reverend George Buell and Elder Leroy Moseley officiating. Burial followed at Memorial Gardens Park east of Starkville.

Mr. Griffin, 90, died April 7, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville.

He was born on August 20, 1920 in Newton County, to Austin and Lizzie Griffin. He was a member of Sharon Primitive Baptist Church near Lake.

After graduating from Mississippi State University in 1947 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering, he continued his studies in that field with a Master’s degree from Iowa State University.  He taught Agricultural Engineering at Mississippi State University for many years.  He then performed research at Mississippi State University in the USDA-ARS Poultry Research Unit Laboratory and later retired from the USDA-ARS Boll Weevil Research Laboratory at Mississippi State University.

He served in the military with the 11th Armored Division, US Third Army, during World War II and fought in the “Battle of the Bulge”.

He was a member of the Oktibbeha County Agricultural Club, the Forest Farmers Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Nina Ward Griffin; two daughters, Jane (Bob) Dacey of Longmont, Colorado, and Nancy Undieme of Orlando, Fl; one son, Jerry (Darla) Griffin of Starkville; one brother, B.L. Griffin of Decatur; one sister, Euner Johnson of Austwell, TX; and five grandchildren, Steven Griffin of Jackson, Jamie Griffin of Flowood, Whitney Griffin of Starkville, Emily Undieme and Amy Undieme of Orlando, Fl.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Fred Griffin and Sam Griffin; and two sisters, Mavis Griffin and Sara Griffin.

Visitation was held at Welch Funeral Home at 12:30 immediately preceding the services.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to one’s favorite choice. You can go online and sign the guest register at: www.welchfuneralhomesinc.com

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Services for Neva Lee Wilkerson were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 18, 2011 in the chapel of Wolf Funeral Services in Morton with burial following in the Antioch-Steele Cemetery. Officiating was Rev. Ted Hawkins and Brother George Gardner. Wolf Funeral Services in Morton was in charge of the arrangements.

Neva Lee Wilkerson, 78, a resident of Forest passed away Saturday, April 16, at Choctaw Health Center, Philadelphia.

Mrs. Wilkerson was a lifelong resident of Forest, and was of the Baptist faith. She was a devoted wife and mother who loved her family and she loved to fish. Mrs. Wilkerson was retired from the Newton Company in Newton.

She is survived by her children, David Wilkerson and wife Sherry of Forest; Betty Muirhead and husband Nick of Forest; Dell Reeves of Morton; Donald Wilkerson of Forest; Diane Wiggins and husband E.L. of Forest; Jamie Wilkerson of Forest; Jimmy Wilkerson of Forest; two sisters, Nell Goolsby of Forest; Loretta Wade of Auburn, CA; 17 grand-children; 38 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Quitman Wilkerson; two sons, Terry and Defay Wilkerson; one daughter, Carmen Wilkerson; one brother, Marvin Goss and one sister, Lorean Culpepper.

Pallbearers were Michael Dearman, D.J. Martin, Tre’ Martin, Matthew Wilkerson, Eddie Dearman, Brooks Gibbs, Tyler Rigby, Mark Shoemaker, C.J. Jones, Donald Wilkerson, Jr, and Dewayne Wilkerson.  Visitation was held at Wolf Funeral Services on Sunday, April 17, from 5:30 until 8 a.m. and again on Monday, April 18, from 8 until 9:45 a.m.  You may send condolences or light a memory candle by visiting our website at www.wolffuneralservices.com

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Services for Lula Bell Gibbs were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday April 13, 2011 at the Ott & Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Forest, with burial following in the Pine Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev Larry Laird officiated the service. Ott & Lee Funeral Home of Forest was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Gibbs, age 90 a resident of Lawrence, passed away at Bedford Care Center in Newton on Monday April 11, following an extended illness.

She was a lifelong resident of Newton County. She was a member of Pine Ridge Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons; Herman and Ernest Gibbs both of Lawrence, nine grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Mrs Gibbs was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Louis Gibbs, parents; Robert Franklin and Rubye Rae Culpepper; daughter, Ida Mae Williamson and great grandson, Russell McCann.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Williamson, Mark Williamson, Bryan Williamson, Ricky Shannon, Charles Gibbs and Danny Stephens. Visitation was held from 5 until  9 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the funeral home.

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Services for James A. “Jim” Richardson were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home South Chapel  with the Rev. Gary Felton and Rev. Daniel Richardson officiating. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery with Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop,  Newton in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Richardson, 74 of Newton, died Thursday, April 14, at The Specialty Hospital  in Meridian.

He was a Newton County native and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was a retired emloyee of La-Z-Boy South where he was a ulpholstery superintendent. He enjoyed gardening, working in flower beds, and raising and tending to livestock and chickens. He loved life and tried his best to live it to the fullest.

Survivors Include: his wife: Earline Wiles Richardson, Newton;  his children: Linda (Jeff) Pierce, Lawrence; Ronnie (Tammy) Richardson, Decatur; his grandchildren: Kristy (Clyde) Mann; Angela (Chris) King, and  Cody Richardson; his great-grandchildren: Madison Mann, Gregory Crocker, and Macy Claire Mann; his sister: Vera Thornsberry, Decatur; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Davis and Lora Bell Loper  Richardson, and his brothers: Cecil Richardson and Phillip Richardson, and an infant brother, Elry Frank Richardson.

Pallbearers were Cliff Richardson, Shannon Doss, Cody Richardson, Clyde Mann, Chris King, Bobby Wiles, and Billy Wiles.     Honorary Pallbearers were Charles Thompson, C.B. Thompson,  Carl Weaver, and  Jackie Smith. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:  The GIdeons International, P.O. Box 297, Newton, MS 39345.  Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Barbara Niamat were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Chunky Baptist Church with the Rev. John Downing, Rev. Jason Kaminiski and Rev. Wayne Campbell officiating. Internment was  in Blue Springs Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Barbara Niamat, age 65, of Ocala Fl. passed away April 13, at Ocala Regional Medical Center, Ocala, Fl. Barbara was born February 28, 1946 in Meridian, to Tracy and Evelyn Puckett.

Barbara was a beloved wife, sister, and daughter always ready to care for her family. She lived a very full life in many countries around the world. She worked at Newton County Bank, the FBI in Washington DC, and with Diamond M Oil in Houston, TX. She was a star athlete and avid golfer having won many women's golf tournaments. 

She was a member of College Road Baptist Church in Ocala, Fl. serving as clerk, video screen operator for morning service, and interim secretary.

Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Samos Niamat of Ocala, FL; her mother, Evelyn Rhodes Puckett of Chunky; sisters, Diann (Jim) Gallaspy  of Seymour, TN, Sandra (Bill) Gressett of Chunky, Sharon Monroe of Dalewood, and Regina (Brandon) Herd of Florence; granddaughter, Samantha Niamath of Baltimore, MD; nephews, Scott Gressett, Anthony Gressett, Matt Gallaspy, Tra Monroe, and Adam Herd; nieces, Misti Harris, Anna Herd and Aimee Herd; and four great nephews, and nieces and many cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Tracy Puckett and grandparents, Tom and Annie Rhodes, and Harvey and Elizabeth Puckett.

Pallbearers were Scott Gressett, Anthony Gressett, Matt Gallaspy, Tra Monroe, Adam Herd, and Brandon Herd.  Visitation was 10:30 until 11:30 Tuesday morning at Newton County Funeral Home South and from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. at Chunky Baptist Church.  Memorials may be given to College Road Baptist Church, Ocala, FL.  Family and Friends may sign online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Nathan Justin Drew were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Edgefield Baptist Church with burial in the Edgefield Cemetery.  Rev. Walter Hines officiated. Jordan Funeral Home of Kosciusko was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Drew, age 31, a driller for Viking Drilling Company of Kurdistan, died Friday, April 8. He was a member of Edgefield Baptist Church.

Survivors include: wife, Roxanne Drew of McCool; son, Nolan Drew of McCool; daughter, Jocelyn Drew of McCool; mother, Alana Kay Morris and husband Keith of Henderson TN; father, Patrick Dewitt Drew; brothers, Terry Drew of Selmer, TN. and Shawn Drew of Memphis TN; grandmother, Maggie Graham of Selmer, TN; mother and father, Harry and Jeanette Norris of McCool; aunt, Carla Cisco and husband, Wayne; aunt, Sharon Marley; uncle, Sam Graham and nephew, Alex Morris.

Pallbearers were Jason McBride, Dustin Wright, Curtis Crawley, Jamie Lepard, Terry Norris and Scott Brantley. Visitation was held Tuesday, April 12 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Jordan Funeral Home in Kosciusko.

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Services for Gary Allen Buckley were 10 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home South Chapel in Newton, with Bro Glen Hayman officiating and burial in Sand Springs Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop,  Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Buckley, 49 of Chunky, died Tuesday, April 19, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Newton.

Mr Buckley is survived by his mother: Carolyn Faye Cape Buckley, Chunky; wife: Iris S Cockrell Buckley, Chunky; 2 daughters: Destinee Buckley, Chunky and Kelsee Buckley, Chunky; two brothers: Steve Buckley and wife Gina of Little Rock, Terry Buckley and wife Michelle of Decatur; sister: Sherry Roncali and husband Robby of Chunky, Grandmother: Mattie Cape of Meridian.

Preceded in death by: father: William A  Buckley.

Pallbearers: Kyle Buckley, John Robert Buckley,  John Buckley, Billy Marshall Buckley, David Everett, and  Robby Roncali. Visitation was from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday.  Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Kali-Rae Elizabeth Rash were 1 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home South Chapel in Newton, with Rev. Ken Tew of New Orleans officiating. Internment followed in Hickory Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements. 

Ms. Rash, age 16, of Hickory, died Wednesday, April 20, at Ochsner‘s Hospital in New Orleans, LA.

Kali-Rae loved animals of every kind, enjoyed singing, and loved spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite activities were being outdoors, riding 4 wheelers, bonfires, and fishing.

“As in life, Kali-Rae Rash continues to give to others by becoming an organ and tissue donor.”

She was survived by her mother, sissy Brown Rash and husband Jimmy Pierce of Hickory; father: Ricky Rash and wife Mary of Union, grandparents: Charlotte Stamper and husband Don of Hickory, 7 brothers: Shawn Halford and wife Shelly of Brandon, Richard Rash of Union, Derrick Rash of Union, Micah Smith of Hickory, Brian Pierce of Hickory, Kullen Nelson of Forest, and Jake Morgan of Decatur 4 sisters: Sha Parker and husband Greg of Little Rock, Skylar Pierce of Hickory, Kelsie Mann of Decatur, and Karlie Morgan of Decatur, Niece; Rali Halford and numerous other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jerry Quates.

Pallbearers: Chris Ezell, Chris Comans, Aaron Clark, Shawn Halford, Andy Clark and Blake Bailey. Visitation was from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday prior to service at Newton County South.  In Lieu of flowers, the family request memorials may be made to Kali-Rae Rash Fund at Newton County Bank. Friends may sign online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Graveside services for Mavis McGee will be held at Oak Hill Memorial Park in the Garden of Gethsemane on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Mitchell Whisnat presiding.

Mavis McGee, age 82, went home to be with the Lord on April 24, at Indian Path Hospital following a brief illness.

She was a homebound member of First Baptist Church, Kingsport, TN.

She is survived by her brother-in-law, Dr. M.B. Knowles of Kingsport; nephews, Michael E. Knowles of Johnson City, TN and Robert E. Knowles of Kingsport. She is further survived by several cousins in other states.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The First Baptist Church of Kingsport, 200 West Church Circle, Kingsport, TN 37660.

The staff of Oak Hill is honored to serve the family of Mavis McGee. An online guest registry may be signed at http://www.oakhillmemorialpark.com

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Services for Herbert Mac Chamblee will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel with Dr. Brian Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Newton County Memorial Gardens with Newton County Funeral Home North, Hwy 15 North, Newton, in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Chamblee, 81 of Newton, died Sunday, April 24, at Pioneer Community Hospital. He was a native of Leake County, and lived in Newton County most of his life. He was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served in the Navy. He served also in the MS Army National Guard, where he received numerous commendations, and achieved the rank of Brigadier General. He retired from MDOT as a district engineer. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling, fishing, and golf. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Newton.

Survivors include his children: Kim (Gary) Barber, Chunky; Herbert Mac Chamblee, Jr, Laurel; Stephen (Sheryl) Chamblee, Madison; David (Betty) Chamblee, Newton; his sisters: Jo Quick, Carthage and Charlann Murphey, Waynesboro; his grandchildren: Lana Montgomery, Zachary Chamblee, MacKenzie Chamblee, Wendie Mangum, Stephen R. Chamblee, Emily McCary, Kristen Chamblee, and Tanner Chamblee; his great-grandchildren: Gwyn Montgomery, Celee Montgomery, Lyla Montgomery, Dylan McCary, Katelyn Ingram, and Myles Mangum; his step-grandchildren: Brian Maske, Casey Nobles, Morgan Barber, and Meredith Barber. Several nieces and nephews also survive.  

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Chamblee; his parents,  John and Mary Wilkerson Chamblee, and his sister, Helen Whittington.

Pallbearers will be members of the U.S. Military.   Honorary Pallbearers  will be Gary Barber, Harlan Whittington, Loren Whittington, Robert Mangum, Justin McCary, Jason Montgomery, Bill Freeman, Jr., Mike Strebeck, James Hart, Kevin Weidman, Robert Wagner,  and Casey Boyd, Charles Vance, Billy Mayes, and Jeffrey Chamblee.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or Woodland Court Personal Care Home.  Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the funeral home.  Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Paula Craft, 64, of Laurel, died Saturday, April 23, 2011.

The Union native and her husband, Carroll Craft were killed Saturday in a two car accident at the intersection of Highway 84 and Masonite Lake Road in Laurel.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 26, at Highland Baptist Church. Revs. Burial was in will be in Lake Parks Hill Cemetery.

She was retired a Speech Instructor at Jones County Junior College and a graduate of Mississippi College.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Wilda Tillman of Union.

She is survived by her sister, Marsha Ursy of Laurel; nieces and nephews: Mickki Horton, Matthew Horton, Adrienne Craft, Bryan Miley and Aandrea Thomas; and great nephew, Tanner Miley.

Pallbearers were Bryan Miley, Joseph Thomas, Justin Thomas, Joey Ashley, Joe Johnson and Alton Wright.

Obituaries May 2011

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Services for Mary Ruth Jones Cullum were held Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Clarke Venable Baptist Church, with Rev. Mark Vincent officiating. Burial was in Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Cullum, 70, of Decatur, died Tuesday, April 26, at her residence.

She was a 1958 graduate of Meridian High School. Mrs. Cullum was a member of Clarke Venable Baptist Church. She served as past president of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, vice president of East Central MS Telephone Pioneers and was a member of the Newton Historical Society, and the Newton County Women’s Progressive Club. Mrs. Cullum was involved in numerous other activities benefiting her church and community. She was also very active in Newton County Relay for Life.

Survivors include her daughter, Teresa Haggard Dearing of Lauderdale; brother, Robert Jones of Easley, SC; special nieces, Chris Smith of Denver, CO, Judy Hambrick of Morton; special nephew, Thomas Brannan of Easley, SC; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Cullum; parents, Thomas Clarke Jones and Sarah Armstrong Jones; and sister, Janet Jones Henry.

In lieu of flowers and gifts the family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Decatur, MS.

Pallbearers were the Deacons of Clarke Venable Baptist Church. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at robertbarhamffh.com. Visitation was held Friday, 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home and Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Services for Thomas Jose Williams were held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2011 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Pouncey officiating. Burial was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas, 12, of Newton, died Thursday, April 28, at Pioneer Community Hospital.

He was an active member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, and always enjoyed going to be with his church family. He was member of the Boys Scouts and WEBELOS. He was a student at Newton County Academy where he was going to be on the Jr. High Football team this fall. Favorite past times were playing baseball, and riding four wheelers, being an outdoorsman, who loved fishing. He excelled in the arts, particularly drawing, painting, and music.

Survivors include: his mother: Laura Hope Maynard Williams, Newton; his father: Ronald John Williams, LaPine, OR; his brother: John Alvin Williams, Newton; his paternal grandparents: Ed and Sara Boutwell Waters, Newton; his maternal grandmother: Rita Maynard, Newton; his paternal great-grandmother: Evelyn Williams Spiers, and her husband, Marion "Sonny", Bossier City, LA; his aunt: Kathryn Star Boutwell Winfield, and her husband, Kevin, Newton; his cousins: Tristen, Zach, and Joseph Winfield, Newton; his great aunts and great uncles: Ray Williams and his wife, Shelia, Richmond, VA; Kathryn Wallace, and her husband, Donald, Ruston, LA; and Mike Williams, and his wife, Joy, Dubach, LA; and other numerous great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins, his Mt. Vernon Church family, and friends

He was preceded in death by his sister: Elisabeth Nicole Williams; his maternal grandfather: Larry Maynard; his paternal grandfather: Joe Boutwell; his paternal great-grandfather: Rev. John Alvin Williams; and his great-uncle: James Alan Williams.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International, Newton Camp, P.O. Box 297, Newton, MS 39345. Visitation was held from 2 until 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the funeral home.

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Services for Dorothy Collier will be held Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Sylvester United Methodist Church in Newton, with Pastor Gary Hampton officiating. Holyfield Funeral Home, of Forest is in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Collier, age 85, of Newton, died Thursday, April 28, at Popular Springs Nursing Home.

She leaves behind three sons, David C. Williams (Betty) of Anderson, IN, Jerry Collier (Barbara) and John Collier of Newton, one daugher, Lela C. Carter (Paul) of Philadelphia. Two sister-in-laws, Annie Williams of Kennedy, AL. and Bertha Lee Harper of Jackson. Eleven grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren. Plus, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 4, from 6 until 7 p.m. at Sylvester United Methodist Church.

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Services for Lillian Rowzee Nicholson were held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Hebron Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Laird and Rev. David Nelson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Nicholson, 93, died Wednesday, April 27, at Hilltop Manor.

She was a member of Hebron Baptist Church.

Survivors include: 1 Daughter: Betty Dianne Kendrick of Pachuta, 2 Sons: Kenneth Rowzee and wife Wilma of Little Rock, Harold Rowzee and wife Mary Ellen of Ellisville, 11 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren, Daughter-in-law: Ann Rowzee of Ellisville, 3 Step Children: Billy Nicholson and family, Jerry Nicholson and family, and Clinton Nicholson and family.

She was preceded in death by husbands: Albert Rowzee and Holcomb Nicholson, one son: Billy Rowzee, one grandson: Dwayne Rowzee, and one son-in-law: Lee Kendrick.

Pallbearers were Darrell Rowzee, Bill Raines, Malcolm Rowzee, David Mills, Billy Nicholson and Roy Clary. Visitation was held 5 until 8 p.m.  Friday, April 29.

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Services for Roberta Drew Williams, will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at Little Rock Baptist Church, Little Rock, with Revs. Gene Higginbotham and David Nelson officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Williams, age 82, of Little Rock, went to her eternal home on Sunday, May 1, at her residence.           

Mrs. Williams retired from Rush Hospital after 17 years of dedicated service. She also was a lifelong  and faithful member of Little Rock Baptist Church. 

Survivors include her husband, Leslie Carl Williams of Little Rock; 1 Son, Jerry Wayne Drew and his wife, Cindy of Baton Rouge, LA; 3 grandchildren: Chris D. Drew, Michael W. Drew, and Brian Lee Drew; sister, Evelyn Jenkins and her husband, Junior of Little Rock; 3 step grandchildren:  Janis Galatas, Bruce Williams, and Amy Williams; and numerous great grandchildren.

The family would like to say thanks to a special niece, Gina Daivs, for being a loving care giver to her aunt.

Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her parents, Jodie W. and Ava Wansley Smith, a daughter, Debra Drew, a son, Edward Earl Drew, 2 sisters, Maureen Chaney and Joree Reynolds, and one brother, Rev. Raymond Smith.

Pallbearers will be Craig Jenkins, Steve Bond, Mike Chaney, Joseph Malone, Norman Gillis, and Drew Gillis. Honorary pallbearer will be Jimmy Nicholson. Visitation was from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at the funeral home and will be 30 minutes prior to service time at the Church on Wednesday.

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Paul Wilson McMullan of Hattiesburg, died Tuesday of complications following liver resection surgery at University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.

McMullan was born Feb. 6, 1929, in Lake, to Mary Lucy Pace and William Patrick McMullan. He was lovingly reared by his parents and by his stepmother, Charlotte Yates McMullan, after his mother died when he was 12.

Before graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1954, he served with the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1952 in Korea, receiving a meritorious commendation ribbon and medal, and a Korean service medal with three bronze stars.

He was married to Mary George (Georgie) Watkins for nearly 56 years. They lived in Newton, for the early part of their marriage and then moved to Hattiesburg in 1965.

He had a distinguished banking career with professional affiliations, positions, and honors too numerous to list. Among those of which he was proudest were his service as chairman of the board of directors of the Newton County Bank, as chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of First Mississippi National Bank, and as chairman of the board of trustees of Forrest General Hospital; and his reception of the Pine Burr Area Council Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizens Award in 2002.

McMullan was intelligently and avidly interested in everything around him, from politics and current events to his six grandchildren, who loved him dearly. He had a rare and wonderful generosity of spirit, and a positive outlook on life that characterized his love for it. He expected and saw the best in everyone.

He is survived by his wife, Georgie; his son, Dr. Paul Wilson McMullan, and wife, Jenny Kate Herring McMullan; and his grandchildren, Mary Collins McMullan, Katherine Ridley McMullan, Elizabeth Pallie McMullan, Lucy Wilder McMullan, Charlotte Tindall McMullan, and William Duncan McMullan. He was pre-deceased by his brother, William Patrick McMullan, and is also survived by many greatly loved nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. at the Newton Cemetery in Newton, on Thursday, May 12. The family received friends afterwards in the lobby of the Newton County Bank.

Memorials can be sent to French Camp Academy (www.frenchcamp.org, One Fine Place, French Camp, Miss. 39745) or to the Charles Simeon Trust (www.simeontrust.org, P.O. Box 15212, Chicago, Ill. 60615).

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Services for Myrtie Bell Garvin were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home  South Chapel  with Bro. Joe Garvin officiating. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Garvin, 93 of Newton, died Friday, May 13, at Infinity Hospice.  She was a native of Newton County and a faithful member of Liberty Baptist Church as long as her health permitted, where she was a former Sunday School and Discipleship Training teacher, a choir member, and a deacon's wife. She loved her church and her community, where she and her husband, O.C. Sr. helped organize the Liberty Community Club. She was a 4-H leader, and she was noted for cooking meals for all of the children of the community on Sundays. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed gardening and tending to flowers. Favorite past times were those spent cross stitching and traveling as well as spending time with family and friends.

Survivors Include: Her Daughter: Mary  Helen Kellum, Newton, Her Son: Jack (Sue Cole) Garvin, Newton, Her Daughter-in-law: Sue Garvin, Newton, Her Grandchildren: Connie Harvey, Marion Garvin, David Garvin, Lance Garvin, Chad Garvin, Michelle Maske, Jennifer Branson, and Chuck Kellum, 12 Great-Grandchildren, 3 Great-Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, O.C. Garvin, Sr.; her sons: Jerry Garvin, O.C. Garvin, Jr. and James Garvin;s son-in-law: Charles Kellum; her daughter-in-law: Delores Garvin; her parents, Marion and Sarah Elizabeth Pace Tillman; brothers: Clarance Tillman, R.L. Tillman, and Bob Tillman; and sisters: Retha Myers, Etoile Edwards and Edith Harris.

Pallbearers were Chuck Kellum, Lance Garvin, Chad Garvin, David Garvin, Chad Branson and Michael Maske.   Honorary Pallbearers  were Alan Harvey, Colby Harvey, Dusty Garvin, Darrin Garvin, and Trey Kellum.  In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Simmie Dee Godwin, 3058 Shelby Rd. Newton, MS 39345.  Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the funeral home.  Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Donald E. Bailey  Jr. were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Newton Christian Church in Newton, with Bro. Jim McQuarry officiating. Burial followed in Newton Masonic Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home North, Hwy 15 North, Newton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Bailey, age 45, of Hickory, died Sunday, May 15.

He enjoyed fishing, family gatherings, his church activities and home cooking.

He is survived by a1 brother, Johnny  Bailey and wife Dawn, Hickory, four Sisters: Elizabeth S Cleveland and husband Don, Clinton, Peggy S Sessions, Lawrence, Janice S Morgan, Hickory and Lay Knight of Lawrence; two Sons: Daniel Grimes of Starkville, and Dewayne Sims of Philadelphia, one Grandson and a host of Nieces and Nephews.

Preceded in death by: Father: Donald E Bailey, Mother: Doris Burks Bailey, Daughter: Doris Evelyn (Evie) Bailey.

Pallbearers were Greg Parker, Chris Cleveland, Ken Morgan, Kevin Pierce, Jeff Sibley and Scotty Upton.  Honorary pallbearer was Wayne Massey.   Visitation was held for family from 2:30 until 3 p.m at Newton Christian Church.  Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Dr. Rosalie Burkes Daniels were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at White Oak Cemetery with the Rev. Chris Vowell and the Rev. Jack Foster officiating. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services were in charge of the arrangements.

Dr. Daniels, age 82, died Monday, May 2, in Union.

She was an English professor and was educated in Mississippi Schools an received her Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1973. She taught school for 50 years. She was a Christian and member of First Baptist Church in Jackson.

Survivors include a daughter, Gayle Easter of Little Rock; sister, Amy Ethridge of Philadelphia; brother, Hayes Burkes of Philadelphia; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee Roy Burkes and Effie Hamilton Burkes; and her sister, Ruby Dearing.

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Services for Ralph C. Woodard were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 15, 2011, at the Golden Grove Cemetery, Neshoba County, with Rev. Warren Hedgepeth officiating. Burial followed  in the cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Woodard, age 72, of Newton, formerly of The Golden Grove Community, went to his eternal home Saturday, May 14, at the Newton Regional Medical Center, Newton.

He is survived by his sister, Hilda Loper of Water Valley.

Mr. Woodard was preceded in death by his parents, Wilson and Jimmie Woodard, and a sister, Rowena Garrison.

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Graveside services for J.C. “Bill” Burnham were held 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Temple of Praise Cemetery in Hopewell community with  Rev. Rusty Walton officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Burnham, 77, of Little Rock passed away Friday, May 20, at his residence.

Survivors include: One Son: James Calvin “Bo” Burnham of Florida, Numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, 4 Sisters: Lillie Mae Ainsworth, Mary Ables, Elsie Kathleen Bryant and Josephine Rambo, 3 Brothers: Charlie Burnham of Little Rock, George Burnham and Hayes Burnham both of Forest.

Visitation was Sunday, from 1:30  util 2:30 p.m. at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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Services for Gladys W. Vance, were  held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2011, at Hudson Chapel Church of God, with Revs. Ed Dickerson and Mike Miles officiating. Burial followed in the Church Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Vance, age 91, of Union, went to be with her Lord  and Saviour Jesus Christ, and other loved ones, on Thursday, May 19, at J.G. Alexander Nursing Home in Union.

Survivors include a daughter: Janette Morgan of Decatur; a son: David Lee Vance and wife, Carolyn of Decatur; daughter-in-law: Marilyn Vance of Levenworth, Kansas; 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; and 6 brothers: Carlton, Jim, Charles, Clyde, Tommy, and Jerry Williams.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delmas Vance; parents, John and Velma McLemore Williams; son, Billy Joe Vance; brothers, Hubert, Andrew Lee, and Clell Williams; and sisters, Sula Gardner and Katherleen Dickerson.

Pallbearers were Glenn Vance, Terry Vance, Jesse Vance, Mike Collins, Brooks Vance, Casey Vance, Curtis Vance, and Kelly Vance. Visitation was 5 until 8 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at the funeral home and Monday, 30 minutes prior to the service at the Church.

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Services for Robert Earl Triplett were held on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 1 p.m. from the Little Mountain M.B. Church, Union, with Rev. Tracy Beamon officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. were in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Triplett, 55, passed away Monday, May 16, at his home in Union.

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Funeral services for Charles Richard “Ricky” Lancaster were 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Lawrence Baptist Church with Rev. Paul DeMoney and Rev. Chris Moore officiating. Burial  followed  in the Lawrence Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop,  Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Lancaster, 44 of Newton, died Saturday, May 21, at Rush Hospital in Meridian.

Visitation was held from 5 until 9 p.m. Monday at Newton County Funeral Home South and from 1 until 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lawrence Baptist Church prior to service.

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Services for Larry W. Mazingo were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May  24, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Scott Engle officiating. Burial was in the Erin Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Mazingo, 62 of Union, died May 22, at his residence.

Survivors include: Loving Wife and Best Friend of 45 years Ina Hollingsworth Mazingo of Union, 2 Daughters: Deborah Mazingo of Corinth, and Tamella Busby (Paul) of Decatur, 1 Son: Michael Mazingo (Jamie) of Decatur, 7 Grandchildren: Chelsea, Madison, Houston, Brandon, Tylere, Brent, and Logan all of Newton County, 1 Sister: Rosa Clark of Collinsville,

Mr. Mazingo was preceded in death by Father: Lee Mazingo and Mother: Mary Mazingo.

Pallbearers were: Joe Freeman, Jason Freeman, Billy Thomas, Kent Burroughs, David Gibbs, Jimmy Rainer, Travis Rainer and Justin Freeman.

Visitation was Monday, May 23, from 5  until 8 p.m. at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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Services for Hugh D. Belk were held Monday, May 23, 2011 at 10 a.m. from the chapel of McClain-Hays Funeral Home in Philadelphia with Rev. Dudley Winstead officiating.  Burial followed in Neshoba Cemetery with McClain-Hays Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Belk, 51, of Union, died Friday, May 20, at Lawrence Medical Center in Moulton, Al.

He was a native and lifelong resident of the Dixon Community in Neshoba County.  He loved farming and his hobbies were riding horses and raising game chickens.  Mr. Belk was a member of Bluff Springs Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Belk of Union; daughters, Jo Beth Anthony and husband, John of Union, Kelly Cockerham of Union, Tonya Johnson of Union and Ashley Netherland and husband, Josh of Sebastopol; son, David Pullin and wife, Dana of Union; grandchildren, Courtney Holley, Kaitlyn Holley, Evyn Holley, Stella Anthony, Mason Anthony, Jake Anthony, Khloe Cockerham, Kolton Cockerham, Karter Cockerham, Kymper Graham, Rylee Pullin, Hannah Pullin, Cooper Johnson, Mymphis Netherland and Lawson Netherland; sisters, Norma Jean Savell and Ruth Barker both of Union and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Georgia Belk and brother, Dolphus Belk.

Pallbearers were Richard Price, Allen Petty, Jimmy Robinson, Edward Pullin, Austin Pullin, Cecil Jackson, Nathan Grimes and Wesley Sullivan.

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Services for J.A. Finnegan will be Wednesday May 25, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Paulding. Burial will be in St. Michael's Catholic Church Cemetery. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Bay Springs, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Finnegan, 89 of Rose Hill, died Friday, May 20, in Meridian. He was a retired farmer and a  member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.

Survivors Include his Wife; Doris Lanell Finnegan of Rose Hill, 3 Sons; Nick Finnegan of Rose Hill, John Finnegan Jr. of Gulf Port and Michael Finnegan of Pearl, Daughter; Suzanne MaGill of Rose Hill, Sister; Mamie Ruth Bergin Laurel, 15 Grandchildren; 25 Great-grandchildren;

Pallbearers: Grandchildren will serve.  Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Colonial Chapel of Bay Springs.

Obituaries June 2011

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Services for Charles Richard “Ricky” Lancaster were 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Lawrence Baptist Church with Rev. Paul DeMoney and Rev. Chris Moore officiating. Burial  followed  in the Lawrence Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop,  Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Lancaster, 44 of Newton, died Saturday, May 21, at Rush Hospital in Meridian.

He enjoyed baseball, watching  wrestling, computers, loved his cats, loved to paint, and was a fan of Nascar.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Nell Lancaster of Lawrence; his grandmother, Alma Miles also of Lawrence.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles H Lancaster; sister, Mary Sue Lancaster; grandparents: Hubert and Ruby Lancaster and a grandfather, Floyd Miles.

Pallbearers were Jay Chesney, Ken Morgan, Cliff Richardson, Tim Lockey,  Joey Miles and Chris Massey. In Lieu of flowers, family request memorials to be made to MS Sheriff’s Girls and Boys Ranch. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com Visitation was held from 5 until 9 p.m. Monday at Newton County Funeral Home South and from 1 until 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lawrence Baptist Church prior to service.

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Memorial services for Dewey Junior Turner were held Friday, May 27, 2011 at 3 p.m. at the Newton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ed Saunders and Rev. Michael Hollis officiating. Newton County Funeral Home North, 9998 Hwy. 15 North, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Born on December 28, 1923 in Monroe, Michigan, Dewey J. Turner, joined his beloved wife, Annabelle Holcomb Turner at the Lord's table on May 24. Mr. Turner, 51 year resident of Newton, was a man of many accomplishments. Key among these were his opening the La-Z-Boy Chair Company plant in Newton in 1960. He served as Vice-President of that plant for 26 years, bringing the Newton plant consistently to the forefront of the company's production for many years running.

What was less known about Mr. Turner was his impressive military record. He enlisted in the Navy at age 17 to join his two brothers to fight in World War II. After serving honorably in that war, he was recalled to serve in the Korean conflict as a helicopter pilot. He was through and through an example of "The Greatest Generation".

He loved his family and was devoted to their well-being.

He is survived by his daughters: Susan Turner Harris of Newton and  Trudy Turner Madrid (Jay J. Madrid) of Dallas, along with granddaughters: Kristen Harris Thorne (Matthew Thorne) of Newton, Jody Madrid Swartzwelder (Grant Swartzwelder) and Mandy Madrid Grassley (Joseph Grassley) of Dallas, and four great-grandchildren: Abbey Swartzwelder (8), Kate Swartzwelder (4), Brady Thorne (2), and Mia Grassley (9 months), all of whom he dearly loved.

He loved his church family, and for many years was an avid golfer who loved to compete with his golfing buddies. In his later years, he turned his wood-working capabilities into making beautiful crosses for friends and family. It was no coincidence that one of those same crosses adorned his neck on his day of passing.

He was preceded in death by his wife that he dearly loved, Annabelle Holcomb Turner; His Parents, George Dewey and Clara May Snavely Turner; His Brothers, Ralph Turner and John Turner.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the following organizations Newton United Methodist Church, 600 Decatur St, Newton, MS 39345, Newton Fire Department, 126 Scanlan St, Newton, MS 39345 or Wesley House Foundation, 1520 8th Ave, Meridian, MS 39301

Visitation was held Friday from 1 until 2:50 p.m. at the Newton United Methodist Church, 600 Decatur St. in Newton. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Marjorie L. Gill, a long time resident of Biloxi, died Friday, May 20, 2011, in Union, after a long illness. She was born Marjorie Elaine Luhman to Paul Roland Luhman and Lorraine Helen Menge Luhman on September 19, 1925 in Crookston, Minnesota.

She is survived in death by three sisters: Elizabeth Smith, Carol Richards and Ruth Lewis and one brother John Donald Luhman, her three children: Margaret Chatham, Susan McMahen and Julie Gibert, six grandchildren: Shannon Jones, Margaret Wilder, Bill Bailey, Grace McMahen, Alexandra Gibert and Nicholas Gibert and two great-grandchildren: Chris Wilder, Jr. and Kori Wilder. Mrs. Gill will be missed by her family and friends.

Mrs. Gill is preceded in death by her parents Paul and Lorraine, her husband Charles and one brother Francis Paul Luhman.

After graduating from Mahnomen High school in 1943 as Valedictorian, she took a job with the DuPont Company. That job moved her to Pasco, Washington and she worked on what turned out to be a part of the Manhattan Project. She met and married Charles A. Gill in Pasco, Washington. After the war, she moved with her husband Charles to Biloxi and remained there until Hurricane Katrina. After Katrina, she moved to Union.

In 1981, Mrs. Gill retired from Keesler Air Force Base's Accounting and Finance Department after many years of faithful service to go to work for the newly organized Archdiocese of Biloxi. She retired from the Diocese in 2003 after 22 years of service.

Pallbearers were: Art Jones, Bill Bailey, Chris Wilder, Chris Wilder, Jr., Gerard Gibert and Nicholas Gibert.  Visitation was Monday, May 23, from 5 until 7 p.m. with a Rosary at 6 p. m. at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, in Biloxi. A Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Nativity B.V.M. Catholic Cathedral where friends visited one hour before service time. Interment followed in Biloxi National Cemetery. You may view and sign register book at www.bradfordokeefe.com.

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Services for Michael “Mike” Slawson were held Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Phil Fancher and Rev. Wayne Hill officiating. Interment followed in Sandtown Cemetery in Philadelphia.  Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville,   handled local arrangements. 

Mr. Slawson, 49, passed away on Monday, May 23, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.

He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

He is survived by the love of his life, Bonnie Thomason of Louisville; a son, Kevin Motley of Meridian; two daughters: Kimberley Motley of Brownville, TN. and Montana Thomason of Louisville; two grandchildren: Ava Rosson of Brownville, TN, and Faith Motley of Meridian; mother, Catherine Slawson Vaughn of Union; one sister, Renee Higginbotham of Noxapater; three brothers: Randy (Susan) Slawson of Greenbrier, TN, Paul (Jessica) Slawson of Henderson, KY and Wayne (Jennifer) Slawson of Bristol, VA; very special aunt, Lexie Barnes Craft of Raleigh, aunts: Mary Campbell of South Point, NC. and Shirley Slawson of Louisville; three uncles: John Barnes of Chicago, Illinois, Robert Barnes of Langley, OK, and Eddie Barnes of Ackerman, MS; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Slawson, and grandparents: Bill and Ethel Barnes and Henry and Velma Slawson.

Pallbearers were James Marvin Higginbotham, Courtney Fondren, Michael Hughey, Aaron Hughey, Tommy Miller and Justin Kitchens.  Visitation was held on Wednesday, May 25, at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. You may sign the guestbook at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Charles Edward Leach were held 11 a.m.  Friday, May 27, 2011 at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest, with burial in the Sulphur Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Heath Johnson and Rev. Joey McLeod officiated the services. Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Forest was in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Edward Leach, 76, a resident of Conehatta, died Wednesday, May 24, at home.

 Mr. Leach was a lifelong resident of Conehatta, MS. He was the son of Otis and Merle Pettey Leach. He was married to Martha Cornelia Leach. Mr. Leach and his family owned and operated Leach Brothers Trucking for many years. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church. Mr. Leach proudly served his country in the United States Army. He loved his family very much and spending time with them brought great joy to his life.  He will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew him.

Mr. Leach was preceded in death by his parents: Otis and Merle Pettey Leach, wife, Martha Cornelia Leach, and his infant daughter. 

Mr. Leach is survived by his daughter, Cindy Leach of Conehatta; son, Glenn (Terri) Leach of Conehatta; sisters: Jean Jones of Union, and Mary Frances Rhodes of Pearl; brothers: Jim Leach of Kosciusko and Pettey Leach of Sebastopol; two grandchildren: Drew Leach and Jessica Leach.

Serving as pallbearers were Charles Bruce, Scotty McPhail, Marc Leach, Michael Vance, Todd Leach, Milton Vance, R.J. Morgan and Charles Moulds.  Serving as honorary pallbearers were Walter McBurns, Tommy Miller, C.L. Gould, Lonnie Cook, David Ainsworth, Larry McKinion and Ricky Loper.  Visitation was held 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Forest.

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Services for Lavon Coats will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at Pentecostal of House. Rev. Barry Fulton and Rev. James Boswell will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Union is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Lavon Coats, 79, of Little Rock, passed away Saturday, May 28, at Hiltop Manor Nursing Home in Union.

Survivors include: wife, Vivian Coats of Little Rock; one daughter,  Vicky Grayson and husband Scott of Little Rock;

three sons: Dennis Coats of Lawrence, Daniel Coats of Austin TX, and Samuel Coats and wife Michelle of Fortworth, TX. 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Coats is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Coats; two sisters: Ella Mae Wilkerson and Daisy Coats and one infant brother.

Pallbearers will be John Easterling, Thomas Fincher, Richard Pettis, Wayne Clark, Rocky Reid and Michael Grayson. Visitation was held from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Pentecostal of House.

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Services for Billy Franklin Cooksey were conducted at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2011 from the Ott & Lee Funeral Home Chapel of Forest with interment following at the Pine Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery in Lawrence. Rev. Ken McLemore officiated the services. Ott & Lee Funeral Home of Forest was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Cooksey, age 75, a resident of Lake, died Thursday May 26, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Newton, surrounded by his loving family following a brief illness.

Mr. Cooksey was a lifelong resident of Lake and a member of First Baptist Church of Lake. He had retired as General Manager of the Newton County Landfill in 2007. Mr. Cooksey had served his country in the United States Army.

Mr. Cooksey is survived by his wife of 53 years, Priscilla Weeks Cooksey of Lake, and three children: Gregory F. Cooksey and wife Reeser of Brandon, Candas C. Weaver and husband Johnie of Pearl, and Kettra C. Tally and husband Jon of Lake. He is also survived by five sisters: Dot Bounds of Marietta, Ga, Clydene Bolton of Chunky, Daisy McDonald of Brandon, Pam Collins of Newton, Gail Tarver of Pearl, two brothers: Ottis Cooksey and Jimmy Cooksey, both of Lake. Mr. Cooksey also leaves behind a legacy of 5 grandchildren: Cara Weaver, Cale Weaver, Savanna Cooksey, Chase Cooksey and Evan Tally.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde B. Cooksey and Grace Gibbs Cooksey, a brother, Walter “Red” Cooksey and sisters, Doris Thompson and Louvenia Cooksey.

Pallbearers were Ed Amis, JimBo Harvey, Harry Vance, Kenny Bounds, Danny Edmonds and Terry Crosby.

Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest.

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Services for Harlan Wilson Marlow were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Brookhaven with burial in the church cemetery. Brookhaven Funeral Home on Natchez Drive was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Morrow, 72, of Brookhaven, died Monday, May 30, at his residence in Brookhaven.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, June 1, from 5 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Peggy G. Allen, 73, of Stamford, CT. passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2001. Peggy was born on July 5, 1937 in Louisville, to the late Henry and Thelma Greer.

Peggy is survived by her daughter, Greer Ferraro; her son, Scott Allen of Dallas; four grandsons; her sister, Rosemary Langley of Union and a brother, Lance Greer of Nokesville, Va.

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Services for Darian Ja’Mario Amos were held on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 2 p.m. from the Newton County High School Gymnasium, with Rev. Purvis Moore officiating. Burial followed in the Decatur M.B. Church Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Amos, 17, passed away Tuesday, May 31, in Newton County.

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Services for Minnie Lee Johnson were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at Crossroads Baptist Church Cemetery in Newton County with Rev. David Airhart officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Johnson, 87, of Decatur, died Monday, June 6, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Johnson is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held 2:30 until 4 p.m. Wednesday, at Crossroads Baptist Church.

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Services for Crystal Jo Hedrick were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Sebastopol with burial in the Damascus Cemetery. Rev. Ray Files and Rev. Howell Thrash officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Hedrick, 38, of Sebastopol, died Monday, June 6,  at her residence.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Hedrick of Sebastopol; a daughter, Nicole Hedrick Abel and Husband Rick of Sebastopol; two sons, Justin Hedrick and wife Jodi and Derick Hedrick, both of Sebastopol; a grandson, Kaiden Hedrick of Sebastopol; parents, Ebo and Linda Jo Anthony of Sebastopol; maternal grandmother, Nell Gilmore of Sebastopol. She is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members.

Pallbearers were Ricky Able, Josh Nabors, Chuck Brown, Jason Greene, Dewayne Thrash and Johnny Jones. Visitation was held from 12 until 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Services for Gerald Marcus Glenn were held on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel with the Rev. Mark Vincent and Rev. Bruce Taylor officiating. Burial was in Newton County Memorial Gardens with Newton County Funeral Home North, Newton, in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Glenn, 70 of Decatur, died Thursday, June 9, at his home. He was a lifelong resident of Newton County. He enjoyed being outdoors, particularly working with his tractor and farming, restoring automobiles, and tending to his cattle. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force and was a retired equipment superintendent at MDOT. He was a member of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Eva Jean Thorne Glenn of  Decatur, a daughter, Carla Glenn, of  Madison, a son, Marcus Glenn, of  Brandon and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie and Blanche Johnson Glenn, a sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Anon McMullan, a nephew, Robert Charles McMullan.

Pallbearers were Johnnie Thorne, Wendell Thorne, Chris Thorne, Matthew Thorne, Rusty Barnett and Dr. James Yelverton. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Clarke Venable Baptist Church, The Gideon’s International or the American Cancer Society. Visitation was held Friday, June 10, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Alma Grace Ware were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Sebastopol. Rev. Howell Thrash and Rev. Charles Ware officiated with burial in Sebastopol City Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Alma Grace Ware, 88, of Walnut Grove, died Tuesday, May 24,  at Leake Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Parks Ware and one brother, W.T. Brown.

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Services for Ms. Frances Amis Buntyn will be held 11 am, Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Lucern Congregation Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev, Jimmy Strickland, Rev. Jimmy Holder, and Rev. Jerry Seawell will officiate.

Ms. Buntyn, 91, of Union, died Monday, June 13, 2011 at J.G. Alexander Nursing Home of Union.

Survivors include: two daughters: Ann McCarty and husband Charlie of Summit, Jan Strickland and husband Terry of Union; a son: James Buntyn and wife Larraine of Union; six grandchildren: Crystal O’Hern and husband Jay of Summit, Neal McCarty and wife Mallory of Greenville, Heath Strickland and Kyle Strickland of both of Union, Brandee Tickle and husband Mark of Prattville, AL, and Joe Buntyn of Starkville;

Four great grandchildren: Emily O’Hern; Reece McCarty; Katie Strickland and Haden Strickland; two sisters: Sue Clark of Hattisburg and Glenda Bishop of Conehatta; a brother: Mike Amis of Batesville.

Survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Ms. Buntyn is preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Willie Buntyn, one sister, Winfred Buntyn, and five brothers, James Hayward Amis, John Amis, Mack Amis, Frank Amis, and Reece Amis.

Pallbearers: Neal McCarty, Jay O’Hern, Joe Buntyn, Heath Strickland, Kyle Strickland, Ed Amis, Terry Strickland, and Charlie McCarty. Visitation will be held 5-8 pm, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of arrangements.

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Services for Linda Donohue were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2011 at County Line Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. David Jay officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Donohue, 64, of Union, died Wednesday, June 8, Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include two daughters, Stacy L. Espinoza and husband David of Garland, Tx. and Angel Darlene of Tx; a son, Billy Spencer of Austin, Tx; a sister, Shirley Collins and husband Larry of Union; two brothers, Tony Corbello and wife Shirley of Garland, Tx. and John Corbello and wife Suky of Columbus; six grandchildren: Tracy Powell, Brandon Powell, Christopher Aguilar, Samantha Pitre, Autumn Espinoza and Daniella Espinoza; a great-grandchild, Elizabeth Cabrera

Pallbearers were Tony Corbello, Micheal Collins, Donald Bridges, Larry Collins, David Espinoza and John Behm. Honorary Pallbearer was Johnny Corbello. Visitation was held 9 until 11 a.m.  Saturday at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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Services for Zora Odessa Winstead Thomas were held from the chapel of Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 2 p.m. The family received friends from 12 noon until the service hour. Interment was in Mobile Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Mobile, AL.

Mrs. Thomas, 97 year old native of Union, former resident of Mobile, and current resident of Pensacola, FL. passed away on Wednesday, June 15.

She was a member of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola.

Mrs. Thomas is survived by a son-in-law, Charles Eshee; step-daughter, Juanice Cleveland; grandchildren, Charles Edwin Eshee, Jr. and Madeline Rawe (Mark); great-granddaughter, Jessica Creekmore and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Pearlene Eshee; step-daughter, Ruth Smith; and step-son, Pace Burton. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Olive Baptist Church, 1836 E. Olive Rd., Pensacola, FL 32514. Condolences may be offered at www.mmgfuneralhome.com

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Services for Donald Lee Powell were held at 11 a.m. at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union, on Saturday, June 18, 2011. Bro. Mike Powell and Bro. Donnie Powell officiated with burial in the Union City Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of local arrangements.

Donald Lee Powell, 64 of Sulphur Springs Road, Hickory NC. went to be with the Lord Monday, June 13, at Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley NC.

He was born April 26, 1947, in Alexandria, LA. and was preceded in death by his parents, James Warren Powell and Frances Emily Taylor Powell.

He is survived  by a daughter, Shannon K. Larson (Jared) and grandsons, Phillip and Tyler of Crawfordville, FL, three sisters: Jackie DA’Quila (Michael) of Brandon, Debbie Myers (Victor) of Bolton, Denise Grefe of Fairborn, OH, and one brother, James T. Powell (Wanda) of Northport, AL. 

Pallbearers were Chris Powell, Jason Powell, Victor Myers, Larry Cooper, Robert Smith and Mike Smith. Honorary Pallbearers were Neil Smith, Thomas H. Smith and Michael DA’Quila.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley 3975 Robinson Road Newton, NC. 28658. Visitation was held 9 until 11 a.m.    with the service following.

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Services for Ruth J. Round will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2011, at Newton County North Chapel, with Bro. Randy Cuchens and Dr. Brian Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home North, Newton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Round, 94, of Newton, died Sunday, June 19, at Pioneer Community Hospital.

She was a native of Newton County, and a graduate of Hickory High School, and East Central Junior College. She was a member of the Bethel Homemakers Club, Liberty Community Club, Newton Town & Country Garden Club, and the State Board for Hospital Auxillary. She was longtime director of the Newton Regional Hospital Pink Ladies Auxillary, now known as Pioneer Community Hospital, for over 25 years. She was recognized as the Newton Chamber of Commerce “Woman of the Year,” Newton Regional Hospital “Volunteer of the Year,” The City of Newton, “Woman of the Year,” and one of the selected “Ageless Heroes” for the State of Mississippi. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Newton, where she taught Sunday School for many years, and served as Children's Church Director, and served on various other committees.

Survivors Include her daughters, Martha (Gerald) Hodges of Booneville and Barbara Lou (Don) Strahl, of Millington, TN; a son, Michael L. (Brenda) Round  of Columbus;  a sister, Belva (Hal) Pleasants of Minter City;  five grandchildren: Capt. G. Scott (Stefenie) Hodges of New Albany, Stephen (Stacey) Hodges of Hernando,  Andy (Tennille) Round of Starkville,  Austin (Krista) Round of Pearl and Chris (Tracey) Strahl of Bartlett, TN;  seven great-grandchildren: Alli and Hunter Hodges, both of New Albany, Mikey White, Jade and  Zack Loffin, all of Starkville and Brandon and  Logan Strahl, both of Bartlett, TN.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George L. “Roy” Round, her parents, Evan and Nettie Parks  Johnston and her sister, Nita Armacost.

The Deacons of First Baptist Church of Newton will serve as pallbearers. The Pink Ladies Auxillary of Pioneer Community Hospital will serve as honorary pallbearers. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ruth Round Scholarship Fund, c/o Pioneer Community Hospital, 9421 Eastside Dr., Newton, MS 39345.  Visitation will be held Sunday, June 26, 2011 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Loyette Dorrill Chance were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home North with Dr. Frank Harmon officiating. Burial was in Newton County Memorial Gardens. Newton County Funeral Home North, 9998 Hwy 15 North, Newton was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Chance, 88 of Newton, died Thursday, June 23. She was a native of Leake County, being raised in the Coosa Community. She was graduate of Marydell School, Clarke Memorial College, Mississippi College, and the University of Mississippi. She taught at Kate Griffin Junior High, and Clarke Memorial College after the family moved to Newton. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Meridian, and later was an active member of First Baptist Church in Newton for 48 years, where she was a former Sunday School teacher. She loved working in her yard and growing beautiful flowers. She was a member of the Newton Garden Club, the Newton Culture Club, and the Newton Library Board. 

Survivors include her sons: Paul (Nita) Chance, Newton and Dr. Rickey L. Chance, Ocean Springs; a step son, Ellis  E.  Chance, Jr, Lauderdale; her grandchildren:  Ethan Chance, Newton; Christina Chance, Laura Chance and Justin Chance, all of Ocean Springs;  and a long time family friend, Les Phillips, Lauderdale.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Ellis E. Chance, Sr, an infant son, John Chance, her parents, Preston and Annie Graves Dorrill, her brothers, John Dorrill and Henry Graves Dorrill, both of the Coosa community and a sister, Irma Lee Dorrill.

Pallbearers were Jeff Hardy, Charles Godwin, Andy Armstrong, Michael Ledlow, Bill Mabry and Mike Strebeck. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church,307 E. Church St. Newton, MS 39345, The Gideons International, P.O. Box 297. Newton, MS 39345, or the American Cancer Society.   Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com. Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the funeral home.

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Services for Paul Moffett were held on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 1 p.m. at St. Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Carl Bickham officiating, with Clark's Funeral Home in charge of the  arrangements. Burial was held in the Broxton City Cemetery by Davis Funeral Home of Ocilla, GA.

Mr. Moffett, 70, of Newton, died June 9, at his residence. 

Visitation was held on Monday, from 5 until 7 p.m. at St. Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

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Services for Joe W. Coleman were  held on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Altare Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Moncrief officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Coleman, 78, of Newton, died June 18, 2011 at his residence. 

Visitation was held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m prior to service at the church.

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Graveside Services for Mary Louise Hurst were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at Valley Hill Methodist Church Cemetery in Greenwood. Bro. John Shackleford  officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union were in charge of local arrangements.

Ms. Mary Louise Hurst, 74, died Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Bedford Care Nursing Home in Newton.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Dale Linton and husband Michael of Decatur, three sons: Billy Joe Hurst and wife Shannon of Scobey, George Wayne Hurst and wife Teresa of Carrollton and Steven Anthony Hurst of Union, two Sisters, Clovis Powers of Eupora and Virginia Ponder of Greenwood, a brother, Thomas Blake of California, ten grandchildren: Keely Evans, Christy Robertson, Katie Blaylock, Billy (Bubba) Hurst, Sky Hurst, Michelle Box, Justin W. Hurst, Casey Hurst, Treasure Hurst and Vaughn Hurst, 18 great grandchildren. Ms. Hurst is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, George Thomas Hurst and one sister.

Pallbearers were Justin W. Hurst, Casey Dewayne Hurst, Billy Wayne Hurst, Vaughn Hurst, Treasure Hurst, Harley Box, Colb y Williams and Jerry Williams.

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Services for Ivey Rayburn will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of McClain-Hays Funeral Home with Bro. Britt Cooper and Bro. Mark Gill officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Neshoba County.

Ms. Rayburn, 31, died Saturday, June 25, 2011 in Neshoba County.

Visitation was held Tuesday, June 28, from 5 until 8 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Home.

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Services for Betty Ruth Hawkins Amos were held on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 11 a.m. from the Decatur M.B. Church, with Rev. Terry Anderson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Amos, 80, passed away Monday, June 13, at Rush Foundation Hospital, Meridian.

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Services for Jimmy Lee Gallaspy were held on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 2 p.m. from the Little Rock M.B. Church, Hickory, with Rev. Jerry Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Decatur M.B. Church Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Gallaspy, 88, passed away Saturday, June 11, at Rush Foundation Hospital, Meridian.

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Services for Bobbie Jean Cleveland were held on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11 a.m. from the Greater Rose Hill M.B. Church, with Rev. Marant Nash officiating. Burial followed in the Midway Church Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Cleveland, 72, passed away Monday, June 20, at Rush Foundation Hospital, Meridian.

Obituaries July 2011

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Services for Annell (Ann) Thornton Gaines, 82 of Union, formerly of Decatur, were held 10 a.m.  Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel with Rev Mark Vincent officiating. Internment followed in Decatur City Cemetery.

Mrs. Gaines died Sunday, June 26, at Moore Manor in Union. Newton County Funeral Home North,  Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Gaines was an active member of The Eastern Star Local Chapter 195, where she served as District Deputy Grand Matron from 1977 to 1978 and also a member of Clarke Venable Baptist Church in Decatur. She enjoyed working in her rose garden, yard work, playing Bridge, and loved hosting get togethers with her friends and family.

Her survivors Include two sons,  Johnny Gaines and wife Veronica of Lawrence and Jimmy Gaines and wife Patricia of Decatur, grandchildren: Cathy Gaines Wellerman, and husband Tony, Lawrence, Jennifer Gaines Burch amd husband Jeff, Bedford, MA, Jason Gaines and wife Detra, Decatur, Lindsay Gaines Frith, Union, great-grandchildren: Trevor and Bethany  Wellerman, Lawrence, Dawson and Hayley Burch, Bedford, MA, Alexis, Corey, Elizabeth Gaines of Decatur,                                         Avery Hammons of Lawrence, Avryl Frith of Union, sister in law: Inez Munn of Pelahatchie and a special friend and caregiver, Jessica Seal.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Gaines; parents, Joel and Velma Ledlow Thornton; brother,  Bro. Clifton Thornton and a sister, Chlodell Mayes.

Pallbearers were Larry Mayes, Charles Maske, Wayne Maske, Stan McCraney, Tony Wellerman and Jeff Burch. In Lieu of flowers, the family request memorials  be made to Clarke Venable Baptist Church in Decatur. Visitation was held from 5- 8 PM Tuesday,  June 28 at Newton County Funeral Home North. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Funeral services for Lodena Stewart were conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday July 3, 2011 from the Lorena Baptist Church in Forest with interment following in the church cemetery.  Rev. Tommy Anderson and Rev. Tab Maddox officiated the services.  Ott & Lee Funeral Home of Forest, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Stewart, age 89, a resident of Forest, passed away on Friday July 1, 2011 at the Lackey Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family, following an extended illness.

She was born to Hosey Primm and N.A. Posey Primm on September 23, 1921  in Scott Couty. Mrs. Stewart was a lifelong resident of the Lorena community, and a member of Lorena Baptist Church.

She is survived by nine children, Mary Adcox of Morton, Ollie Stewart of Forest, Roy Stewart and wife Liz of Florence, Robert Stewart and wife Donna of Union, Betty Stewart of Forest, Brenda Knowles of Forest, Bonnie Hutchinson of Forest, Linda May and husband Randall of Lake, and Vickie Cook of Quitman. Other survivors include on sister Ozela Mason of Elmira, NY, and two brothers, John Primm of Houston, Tx, and Joe Primm and wife Charlotte of Bandera, Tx.  Mrs. Stewart also leaves behind a legacy of 42 grandchildren, 63 great grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Stewart was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Henry H. Stewart, brothers L.J. Primm, Hosey Elton Stewart, Henry Lee Stewart, John Thomas Stewart and Kenneth Wayne Stewart.  She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Barbara Cora, Geraldine Perkins, Maudie Lee Clark and Ezelle Primm.

Pallbearers were Raymond Brown, Nathan Johnson, Robert Stewart, Fred Scarborough, Alex Guthrie and William McKay.  Visiation was held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday July 2.

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Services for Mr. Opal Reid were held Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Hebron Baptist with Rev. Rusty Walton officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Opal Reid, 74, of Union, died Saturday, July 9, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian.

Survivors include a son, Robert Reid of Union, three grandchildren: Brandy Welch, Daniel Reid and Summer Smith all of Union, four great grandchildren: Dallas Reid, Kolby Welch, Jade Welch and Angelique Reid, three brothers, two sisters, special friend, Virginia Welch of Union.

Mr. Reid is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Katherine Reid and a daughter, Kathy Marie Reid.

Pallbearers were Wayne McCorkle, Daniel Reid, Chris Cain, Shawn Reid, Travis Welch and Wade Fortenberry. Visitation was held from 4 to 8 Monday, July 11, at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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Services for David R. Harper were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 8, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home North with Bro. Chris Craft and Bro. Robert Crosby officiating. Burial was in Decatur Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home North, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Harper, 58 of Decatur, died Wednesday, July 6, at his residence.

He was born in Jackson, on September 18, 1952 to the late Vernon and Vera Mae Purser Harper. He attended Jackson Barber College, and practiced that profession for over 30 years, working at Dave's Barber Shop in Lawrence, and Razor Sharp in Brandon. He was an avid historian, participating in Civil War reinactments. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Crawford Fuhr Harper of Decatur; his children: Ginger (Bro. Chris) Craft of Byram and Kimberly (Bruce) Luerson of La Marque, TX; his grandchildren: Lauren, Caleb, and Joshua Craft and Hadley, Reagan and Zion Luerson; his siblings: Jerry Harper of Shelby, NC; Barbara Presley of Orlando, FL; and Sandra Boykin Ayers of Hattiesburg; 4 nephews and a niece; his mother-in-law, Betty S. Stevens of Decatur, his sister-in-law, Janice W. Collins of Meridian, his brothers-in-law, Jerry Crawford, and Jimmy Crawford, both of Decatur.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Vera Mae Purser Harper.

Pallbearers were family members and friends.  Visitation was held from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, and on Friday one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

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Funeral services for Eleanor Glynn Pace were held Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Newton County Funeral Home Chapel, Newton.

Mrs. Pace, 87, of Conehatta passed away Saturday, July 9, at Mississippi Care Center of Morton.

Mrs. Pace was born February 11, 1924, and was a native of Leake County. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Welborn of Harperville. She has been a longtime resident of Conehatta where she was a member of Conehatta Methodist Church. Mrs. Pace spent forty years teaching high school English in Newton County, well known and loved by many. She was selected “Star Teacher” many times during her teaching career. She was dedicated to her students, worked hard and reaped many rewards from her work.

She is survived by her sons Barry D. Pace and his wife Rhonda and Garry H. Pace and his wife Wanda; her grandchildren Shayne, Sunny, Megan, Stanley, and Stephen Pace and four great-grandchildren. 

Mrs. Pace is preceded in death by her husband, Hoye E. Pace, her parents, Maggie M. and Felix E. Welborn, her brothers Edsel Welborn, Winton Welborn and Guyton Welborn.

Visitation was Monday from 5 until 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until time of service.

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Visitation for Franklin Hunter Sistrunk were held on Saturday, July 9, from 10 until 11 a.m. followed by a brief graveside burial at Rocky Hill Church in Sebastopol. Milling Funeral Home was in charge of the local arrangements.

Mr. Sistrunk, 74, passed away Friday, June 24, 2011 of natural causes in Kaufman County Texas. He was raised in Sebastopol, and served in the US Air Force for four years. 

Cremation and visitation was handled by Parker and Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman, TX. June 27.

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Services for Aubrey Robinson was held Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Corinth Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Moore, officiating.  Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Robinson, 82, of Newton, died June 24, 2011, at Pioneer Hospital in Newton.  Visitation was held one hour prior to service at the church.

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Services for Jerry Thames was held Sunday, July 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Anthony Robinson, officiating.  Burial was held in Lake Cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Thames, 58, of Newton, died June 26, 2011, Pioneer Hospital in Newton.  Visitation was held one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

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Services for Janice Lynn McKinney Neese were held at John E. Stephens Chapel, Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 1 p.m. with burial in Hope Cemetery, Philadelphia. Rev. Jack Foster and Rev. Braxton Miley officiated. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services, Philadelphia, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Neese, 49, passed away on   Wednesday, July 13, at her home.

Visitation was held 5 until 9 p.m.  Friday, July 15, at John E. Stephens Chapel.

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Services for Lettie Breland French were held 11 a.m. Friday, July 15, 2011  at First Baptist Church in Union. Bro. Marcus Finch and Bro. Jon Martin officiated with burial in the Union City Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. French, 87, passed away, Tuesday, July 12, at Laird Hospital.

She was an educator for 36 years. The majority of those years she taught reading at Union Public School. Ms. French also enjoyed quilting and cooking.

Survivors include a daughter, Vicki Parker and husband Wayne of Union; a son, Jackie French and wife Paula of Decatur; a granddaughter, Skylar French of Decatur; two grandsons,  Josh Parker of Union and Sam French of Decatur; four sister-in-laws: Charlene Pearson, Jane Breland, Ivon Breland and Ruby Breland. She is survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

Ms. French is preceded in death by her husband, Willie H. French; parents, Rev. and Mrs. Egbert Breland; four brothers: Arthur, Cleveland, O.C. and Pete Breland.

Visitation was Thursday, July 14, from 5 until 8 p.m.

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Services for Elmer Junior Cosby will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Lake, with Rev. Ken McLemore officiating. Interment will be in Magnolia Cemetery at 1 p.m. James F. Webb Funeral Home, Meridian, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Cosby, age 89, passed away on Sunday, July 17, at Rush Hospital in Meridian. Mr. Cosby was a member of First Baptist Church of Lake, Member of VFW Post #3996, he served in the United States Air Force, and was retired after many years from Riley’s Hospital Maintenance Department.  After retirement he went to work at Wal-Mart in Newton where he worked in the flower department. Elmer was a friendly, outgoing person, most people who knew him referred to him as “the energizer bunny” because he was always doing something. He was the type of person who never met a stranger and he had a servant’s heart, giving and helping complete strangers when they were in need. He was a good, caring person who loved to Square Dance (he was a member of the Patchwork Squares and Shooting Stars dance groups). He also loved to do yard work, cutting grass and weed-eating even working up to the last couple of days before his death.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Warren Cosby of Lake; three step children, Nancy Federick and her husband Ricky of Lake, Robert Earl Warren and his wife Mary of Prattville, AL and Bobby Joe Warren and his wife Jinni of Prattville, AL; ten grandchildren; Fourteen great grandchildren; three  great  great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma Cosby; his parents, Elmer and Ethel Cosby; Son, Elmer Cosby Jr. and several siblings.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 20, at First Baptist Church of Lake from 9:30 until 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to your favorite charity.  Family and friends may sign the online memorial or leave a personal note for the family at jamesfwebb.com

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Services for Charles Daniel “Danny” Parker, III. were held 10 a.m.  Thursday, July 7, 2011 from the Chapel of Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Richland,  with burial following in the Lawrence Cemetery, Lawrence, at 2 p.m. Ott & Lee Funeral Home, Richland were in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Parker, passed away Tuesday, July 5, to be with the Lord after losing a courageous battle with cancer.

Survivors include his wife, Angela Flanagan Parker of Richland; two daughters, Tracy Elizabeth Parker of Mobile, AL, and Tiffany Rae Binet of Washington, DC; two sons, Charles Daniel Parker, IV and Phillip Alan Parker both of Hickory; three grandchildren, Alyson Rae, Harrison and Grant; and his father, Charles D. Parker, Jr. and his wife, Lucille of Lawrence.

Danny was preceded in death by his mother, Sarah Elizabeth Nelson Parker and his sister, Alice Carol Parker Batton.

Visitation was 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 and from 9 until service time Thursday at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Richland. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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Services for Mr. Willie D. Brantley were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Sebastopol with Reverends Jay Clark and John Sharp officiating. Burial was in Salem Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Willie D. Brantley, 91, of Sebastopol, died Wednesday, July 20,  at Hospice in His Hands in Madden.

Survivors include a daughter in law, Peggy Brantley, a granddaughter, Stephanie Parks and husband Timothy, two great grandchildren, Harrison Zane and Joshua Colin Parks

Mr. Brantley is preceded in death by his wife, Berta Gene Brantley; a son, George Allen Brantley; and two sisters, Clennie Mae Walters and Waudine Anthony.

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Services for Jimmye Williamson Stanford were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel with Rev. George Felton officiating.  Burial was in Newton Masonic Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home, North, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs.  Stanford, 94 of Upland, CA, died Wednesday, September 8, 2010.

Jimmye W. Stanford was born Jimmye D. Williamson on November 29, 1915 in Pontotoc, to James David Williamson and Letha Earline (Westerfield) Wilson.

Jimmye was May Queen at East Central before transferring to Mississippi State in the first year women were allowed to enroll. There she met Chester Lagrone "Doney" Stanford, at a football game when she asked a freshman where her seat was and Doney, a senior, replied by moving over to make room for her.

Doney and Jimmye were married at the Baptist Church in Newton, Mississippi on August 16, 1936. They moved to Modesto, CA and then to New Orleans, LA where their first two children Chester and Sue were born. They moved to Camden, AL where they built a house, and welcomed their third child, Elizabeth Madella, "Betsy." Doney and Jimmye moved their family to Monroeville, AL to Pleasant Hill, CA to Cheyenne, WY, and finally to Alexandria, VA before retiring to Newton.

Jimmye was always active in church; teaching Sunday school was her passion, and also enjoyed hosting Bible studies in her home. She also loved to play bridge, often acting as the gracious hostess at the weekly bridge club meetings. Jimmye also loved eating hamburgers; her mouth could open to fit over both buns, and all the innards, impressing any onlookers. J

immye adored her four grandchildren, having them over as frequently as possible or traveling to see them, and was overjoyed with the births of each of her seven great-grandchildren. Always focusing on our Lord's great love, Jimmye ended every conversation and letter by saying, "I love you and Jesus does, too!" She was a member of Newton Presbyterian Church.

Her heart verse is found in the Psalms, chapter 118 verse 24, which states "This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Today, Jimmye dances with Jesus and Doney and Letha, and she has left our hearts filled with the love she poured out while she was with us.

Survivors Include a son: Chester L. Stanford, Jr. of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; daughters: Sue S. Peterson of Rancho Cucamonga, CA and Elizabeth Bowering of Upland, CA; grandchildren: Jimmie Elizabeth Montez of Upland, CA, Thomas Lagrone Stanford of Witchita Falls, TX, Carla Webber of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Sean Franklin Peterson of Rancho Cucamonga, CA. and her seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Lagrone "Doney" Stanford and her parents, James David Williamson and Letha Earline Westerfield Wilson.

Visitation was held Saturday one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Friends and family may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Lillie M. McDonald were held on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 11 a.m. at William Chapel United Methodist Church in Vossburg, with Rev. Louis Johnson, officiating.  Burial was held in the church cemetery, with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC  of Newton in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. McDonald, 87, of Vossburg, died Tuesday, July 19, at South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel.

Visitation was held on Monday, July 25, from 6 until 8 p.m. at William Chapel United Methodist Church.

Obituaries August 2011

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Services for Harry Elmer Eason were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Grace United Baptist Church in Decatur, with Bro. Leon Everett and Bro. Mark McDonald officiating. Burial was in Antioch Christian Church Cemetery in Hickory. Newton County Funeral Home of Newton, was  in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Eason, 82, of Newton, died Monday, July 25, at his residence in Newton. He was a member of Good Sam's Camping Club and loved traveling.

His survivors include his wife, Marie Dennis Eason, Newton; daughter, Tammie Walker and husband Dannie, Hickory; two sons, Kenneth Lott and wife Kathy, Brandon, and Randy Eason and wife Beth, Forest;  sister, Evelyn Crain of Murphysboro, IL; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Coleman and Bettie Moore Eason; son, Gary Eason; sister, Lorene Huebner and Brother, J.C.  Eason.

Pallbearers were Ben Walker, Lucas Little, Dick Holifield, Kent Addy, J.R. Addy and Randy Rochel. Honorary pallbearers were The Mockingbird Camping Club. Visitation was from 5 until 8 p.m.  at Newton County Funeral Home North on Tuesday, July 26.

Friends and family may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Elizabeth Ann Shavers White, of Pass Christian succumbed to a 22 year long battle with scleroderma on July 23, 2011, at home surrounded by loved ones.

Ann was a graduate of Perkinston High School and William Carey College. She worked in the Harrison County School System for a number of years as both a secretary and substitute teacher. Her time was best spent as a mother and wife. A talented artist, she leaves a legacy of inspirational work.

Ann is survived by her loving and caring husband of 47 years, Marvin; two sons, Timothy and his wife Denise of Union, and M. Thomas White of Long Beach; six grandchildren, Carrie, Dakota, and Sydney White; Cody, Matthew, and Morgan Mason; daughter-in-law, Trina Luminaise White of Ocean Springs, and brother, Thomas Shavers of Gulfport, along with many friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas "Nuke" and Alma "Doodie" Shavers, and one sister, Alma Jean Shavers Tucker.

A memorial service was held at Gateway United Methodist Church, Highway 49, Gulfport, on Saturday, July 30, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be made to the Scleroderma Foundation in her name. Donate by phone, (978) 463-5843 or (800) 722-4673. Riemann Family Funeral Home, Gulfport was in charge of the arrangements. Tributes may be offered at www.riemannfamily.com.

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Services for Robert L. Gross, were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 29, 2011  at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel, with Revs. Bill Boykin and Warren Hedgepeth officiating. Burial followed in the New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home of Union  in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Gross, age 92, of Union, went to his eternal home on Monday, July 25, at his residence. He was a retired  farmer and carpenter.

He is survived by his wife, three children, and two grandsons. 

Visitation was from 5 until 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Services for Louise Hamrick Chapman  were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home South with Bro. Steve Robinson officiating. Burial was in Old Fellowship Cemetery in Jasper County. Newton County Funeral Home South, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Chapman, 90, of Newton, died Sunday, July 31, at Woodland Court Retirement and Peronal Care Center. 

Visitation was held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Graveside services for Infant Keyshawn R. Harrison, Jr. was held on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with Minister, Addie Watts, officiating. Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC was in charge of the arrangements.

Infant Harrison, of Newton, died July 27, at Rush Hospital in Meridian.  No visitation.

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Services for Mary F. "Tincy" Rhodes were held at 2:30 p.m.  Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Antioch Baptist Church in Pearl with interment in Floral Hills Memory Gardens. Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home of Pearl was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Rhodes, 80, went home to be with our Lord Thursday, July 28, while surrounded by her family at home.

Mrs. Rhodes was a faithful member of Antioch Baptist Church and retired from Wood's Family Shoes when the store closed in 2002 after 40 years of service. Her hobbies included church activities, quilting, crossword puzzles and reading.

Miss Tincy was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include daughters, Donna Ming and Vicki Morgan (Ron) all of Pearl; grandchildren: R.J. Morgan of Starkville, Amanda Bagwell (Josh) of Southhaven and Georgette Bishop of Magee; great-granddaughter, Abigale Bagwell, due to arrive in August; sister, Jean Jones (Jim) of Union; brothers, Jim Leach (Gloria) of McCool, and Pettey Leach (Carol) of Sebastopol; sister-in-laws, Joan Belk (B.J.) of Byram and Margaret Bounds of Jackson; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins that she cherished.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Rhodes; parents, Otis and Merle Leach; brother, Charlie Leach; two sisters-in-laws and two brothers-in-laws.

Pallbearers were Glenn Leach, Marc Leach, Todd Leach, Larry Bounds, Jerry Bounds, Tommy Dearing, Benny Belk and Neil Williams. Memorials may be made to the Antioch Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 5891, Pearl, MS 39208.

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Services for Edward Cleatus “Dumplin” Huey were held at 10 a.m.  Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Grace United Baptist Church in Decatur with Bro. Mark McDonald officiating. Burial was in Grace United Baptist Church Cemetery with Newton County Funeral Home North, Newton, in charge of the  arrangements.

Mr. Huey, 60, of Little Rock, died Wednesday, August 3, at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian.

He was a member of MS Good Sam's Camping Group, "The Trailblazers” and the Evergreen #57  Masonic Lodge in Decatur. He was also a member of Grace United Baptist Church where he helped to revive the church visitation ministry. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and serving the Lord. He was retired from the U.S. Air National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Huey, of Little Rock;  daughters, Ginger Hand and husband Joey, of  Hickory and Robin McDonald and husband Jamie, of Newton; a sister, Theresa Buntyn and husband Mark, of Decatur;  a stepdaughter, Andrea Allen Shoultz, of Houston, TX; a stepson, Brent Anthony Allen, of Cleveland, TX; grandchildren: John Hand, Laci Meeks,  Sammie Hand, Regan Hand, Steven Weir, Leanne Weir, Lexi McDonald,  Ashlin Shoultz, Dylan Shoultz, Hailey Allen and Keaton Allen; and nephews, Eric and Wesley Buntyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, E.C. "Shorty" and Margie Kelly Huey.

Pallbearers were Joe Speed, Joe Pat Lannon, Donnie Page, Roy Clary, Mike Massey and Hudson Temples. Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday, August 5, at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Dewitt Bradley were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 4, 2011 at Rock Branch Baptist Church with burial in the Mt Zion Methodist Cemetery in Neshoba County. Revs  Chris Vowell and Roger Laird officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Bradley, 89, of Union, died Tuesday, August 2, at Rush Foundation Hospital of Meridian.

Mr. Bradley was a WWII Army Veteran and served on a hospital ship. He was a recipient of a Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal.

Survivors include a son, Ronnie Bradley of Union; a daughter, Monica Toombs and husband Barry of Pearl River, LA; two grandchildren, Dwayne Toombs and wife Lynette of Jackson and Stacy Chreene and husband Matt of Madisonville, LA; four great grandchildren: Hannah Toombs, Gracie Toombs, Tristan Chreene and Cadence Chreene; a brother, Lamar Bradley; a sister, Flora Marie Barnett.

Preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ruth Bradley.

Pallbearers were Donnie Bradley, Ricky Bradley, Mike Bradley, Steve Stahlhood, Bob Powell and Jerry Godwin. Vistiation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 3 at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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Graveside services for Jerry D. Pearson were held at Conehatta Baptist Cemetery on Saturday, August 06, 2011 at 11 a.m. with Military Rites. Officiating was Chaplain Tom Bentley. Wolf Funeral Services in Morton was in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry D. Pearson, 85, a resident of Conehatta passed away Monday, August 1, at MS. State Veterans Home, Kosciusko.

Mr. Pearson was a lifelong resident of Conehatta. He was a member of the Conehatta Baptist Church in Conehatta. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and trapping. He had served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and in the Air Force during peacetime.

He is survived by his two daughters, Debbie Clark and husband Raymond of Conehatta and Donna Pearson of Fort Worth, TX; a son, Jerry Dale Pearson of Conehatta; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Grace “Cookie” Pearson on  December 31, 2004.

You may send a condolence or light a memory candle by visiting our website at www.wolffuneralservices.com

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Services for Gladys Moss White, were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August  7, 2011 with Rev. Jon David Martin officiating. Burial followed in the Union City Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. White, age 96, of Union, died at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, August 5, at her residence. She was born January 14, 1915 to John Vernon and Ada Catledge Sargent and was one of eight children.

She worked many years at the Ackerman and Union Shirt Factories. She also drove a school bus and was a seamstress.

She loved her church and was a member of Concord Baptist Church and Ackerman Baptist Church in Ackerman and First Baptist Church in Union. She enjoyed WMU, working in Vacation Bible School, and attending Senior Adult activities and trips. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and served as Worthy Grand Matron in the Union Chapter.

In later years her favorite pastime was listening to Moody Radio, America Family Radio, and recording tapes to give to family and friends. Her greatest desire was that people know her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Survivors include her four children: Kenneth Moss (Cathy) of Natchez, Felicia Smith (Bud) of Decatur, Joe Moss (Judy) of Clinton  and Coreen VanDevender (Bob) of Union; her stepchildren: Charlotte Jordan (Jerry) of Walnut Grove, Kenneth White (Bobbie) of Little Rock and Andy White (Debra) of Little Rock. Grandchildren include Julie Darling (Ed), Walter Moss, John Moss (Heather), Derick Smith (Shannon), Kyle Smith (Misti), Jeremy Smith, Kelly Ginn (Jon), Jennifer Lazarus (Darren), Tara Scheyer (Kevin), Karen Goodwin (Michael), Jeana VanDevender, Cindy Peoples (Danny), Bud Jordan, Vicky White, David White (Diana), Julie Luke  and Lori Cosgrove (Brad). Her great grandchildren are Scott Darling (McKaye), Chris Darling (Shelly), Grant Darling, Wyatt and Mason Moss, Parker and Ella Grayce Smith, Samuel, Kailyn, and Gabriel Smith, Rachel, Caleb, and Jacob Ginn, Lauren And Shawn Lazarus, Felix and Nopa Scheyer, Carrie Warren (Blake), Kim, Chris, and Mitchell Jordan, Adriane Luke, Kaleigh, Caleb, and Sydnee Cosgrove, and two great grandchildren, McKenzie Welsher and Elizabeth Aniston Darling. She is also survived by a sister, Geraldine Sargent Roberts Baker, a brother, Gerald Sargent (Minnie Lou) of Grenada and a sister in law Joyce Sargent Hurt of Louisville.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Felix Samuel Moss and J.P. White; her parents, three brothers, John Vernon Sargent, Jr, Grady Sargent and George Sargent; two sisters, Glennie Sargent and Geneva Sargent Dacus.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Walter and John Moss, Derick, Kyle, and Jeremy Smith and Michael Goodwin. Honorary pallbearers were: Jon Ginn, Darren Lazarus, Danny Peoples, Bud Jordan, David White and Brad Cosgrove. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Union or the Baptist Children’s Village. Visitation was Saturday, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home and Sunday one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Graveside services for Danny F. Goss were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, at New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Barry Fulton officiating. Burial followed in the New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Goss, age 55, of Union, went to his eternal home on Sunday, August 7 at Laird Hospital in Union.

Visitation was from 9 until 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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Services for Myron L. Sistrunk were Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at Flowood Baptist Church. Interment followed in Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery. Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home of Pearl directed.

Mr. Sistrunk, 84, went to be with our Lord Sunday, August 7, at St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson.

Mr. Sistrunk was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired in 1997 from the Mississippi Highway Patrol. He was an active member of Flowood Baptist Church, and participated in many of the Men’s Mission trips.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mae Freeman Sistrunk of Pearl; daughter, Jenifer Lyn Bailey and husband Mark of Madison; grandchildren, Auston Douglas Bailey and Olivia Grace Bailey both of Madison; niece, Brenda Sistrunk Byington and husband Don of Clinton; sister in laws, Henrietta Sistrunk of Jackson,  Austine Cliburn and husband Fred of Brandon, Lois Killen, Kate Thomas and Janis Watts all of Union and many other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richmond Lewis Sistrunk and Ozora Hicks Sistrunk; and brother, Rupert Sistrunk.

Memorials may be made to the Flowood Baptist Church Building Fund, 1649 Old Fannin Rd, Flowood, MS 39232.

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Services for Holly Elizabeth Sharp Arthur were held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2011 at First Baptist Church of Union with burial in Union City Cemetery. Rev. Jon Martin and Rev. Marcus Finch officiated.

Mrs. Arthur, 36, of Union, died Monday, August 8, at University of Alabama Birmingham.

Holly was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church of Union. She was a 1993 Honors Graduate of Union High School and Mississippi State University, where she received her degree in elementary education.

Her greatest accomplishment was becoming the mother of her loving son. In Holly’s own words, written in her diary, she felt, “Loved, special, and so cared for throughout her life.” Holly was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Clay Arthur of Union; a son,  Jace Arthur of Union; parents, Chubby and Elaine Sharp of Union; a sister, Heather Lowery and husband Paul of Union; six nephews: Chance and Brant Lowery, Chip and Cole Arthur and  Hunter and Taylor Grundy;  father and mother-in-law, James C. and Anita M. Arthur; maternal grandparents, Lloyd and Clarice Seal; special aunts, Brenda Horn and Beverly Hamil; special uncle, Joey Sharp. She is also survived by a host of cousins and many wonderful friends.

Mrs. Arthur is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Thurman and Etoile Sharp and one brother, Eric Sharp.

Pallbearers were Dale Yates, Matt Lott, Bo Welch, Hugh Rush, Alan Ware and Bryan Norman. Honorary Pallbearers were UHS Class of 1993 and 22 kids of Robin Lane. Visitation was held 5 until 9 p.m.  Thursday, August 11, at First Baptist Church of Union. In lieu of flowers, the family requested gifts and memorials be made to the UAB Division of Pulmonary Medicine for Cystic Fibrosis, c/o David I. Allen, UAB School of Medicine, FOT 1227,1530 3rd Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35294-3412.

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Services for James McGee were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 11, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home South in Newton. Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation was held from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Dr. Oscar J. Briseno, Sr. were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church of Union with burial in the Union City Cemetery. Rev. Chris Shelton and Rev. Michael Ahlberg officiated.

Dr. Briseno, Sr., 67, of Union, died Thursday, August 11, at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Katy, Texas.

Dr. Briseno was born April 10, 1944 to Benjamin and Bertha Briseno of Mexico City. He was the third eldest of five children. He obtained his medical degree in 1968 from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. In 1970, he married Lilia Rosa Ochoa of Morelia, Mexico. Soon after they were wedded they moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he completed his surgical residency at the University of Illinois in 1976. They had four children and moved to Mississippi in 1976.  He practiced medicine at Jasper County Hospital in Bay Springs from 1976 to 1985. From 1985 to most recently he practiced at Laird Hospital. Dr. Briseno was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Union.  He loved to read the Bible, work at Laird Hospital, play tennis, watch Alabama college football, traveling, singing, gardening, and spending time with his family most recently with his seven grandchildren. He was a very loving and gentle person.

Survivors include loving wife of 41 years, Lilia Briseno of Union; daughter, Liliana Kunze-Briseno and husband Tobias of Palo Alto, CA; grandchildren, Lara Sophia, Adrian, and Elena Simone; a daughter, Alejandra Alsleben and husband Helge of Fort Worth, TX; grandchildren, Amelia and Sabrina; a son, Dr. O.J. Briseno, Jr (Javier) and wife Monira of Mount Vernon, WA; grandchild, Farah Briseno; son, Gabriel Briseno and wife Bronwyn of Madison, grandchild, Benjamin. He is also survived by three sisters, Angela, Bertha and Esther; one brother, Benjamin Briseno.

Dr. Briseno was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Bertha Briseno.

Pallbearers were Carlos Ochoa, Jorge Ochoa, Mauricio Gamez, Hazael Olivares, Dr. Tom Welch, Dr. Russell Belanchia, Dale White and Randy Edgar. Honorary Pallbearers were Dr. J.G. Alexander, Jim Moore, Elton Wall, Javier Olivares, Dr. John Mutziger, Dr. David A. Makey, Tommy Bartlett and Rafael Diaz. In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial donations be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Union C/O J.M. Moore P.O. Box 116 Decatur, Ms. 39327. Visitation was held 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, August 15, at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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Services for Mae Freeman Sistrunk were Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at Flowood Baptist Church.  Interment followed in Natchez Trace Cemetery in Madison. Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home of Pearl directed.

Mrs. Mae Freeman Sistrunk, 83, passed away August 13, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.

Mrs. Sistrunk was a faithful member of Flowood Baptist Church where she served in the church’s Senior Adult Ministry, “Young at Heart”. 

She is survived by her daughter, Jenifer Lyn Sistrunk Bailey and husband Mark Bailey of Madison; grandchildren, Auston Douglas Bailey and Olivia Grace Bailey of Madison; sisters, Austine Cliburn and husband Fred of Brandon, DeLois Killen, Kate Thomas and Janis Watts, all of Union, MS; sister-in-law, Henrietta Sistrunk and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Myron Lewis Sistrunk; parents, Oliver Auston Freeman and Alma Lois Bright Freeman and sister, Bobbie Freeman Bearden.

Memorials may be made to: Flowood Baptist Church Building Fund  1649 Old Fannin Road Flowood, MS  39232-8148.  Online guestbook at www.baldwinleepearl.com

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Services for Brenda Gail Moore of Little Rock, were held 2 p.m. Thursday August 18, 2011 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Lin Chesney and Rev. Malcom Lewis officiated.

Mrs. Moore, 55, of Little Rock, died Tuesday, August 16, at her residence.

Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Billy “Will” Moore of Little Rock; two daughters, Crystal Tate and husband, Wayne, of Little Rock and Brandy Moore of Little Rock; two grandchildren, Austin Tylar and Hannah Grace Tate; her mother, Dale Walden of House, a sister, Regina Winstead of House and mother  in law, Myrna Moore of Little Rock.

Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her father, Willard Barton. Pall Bearers were Danny Moore, Greg Yeager, David Rush, Jesse Moore, Burlon Russell and R.L. Goforth. Visitation was held 5 until 8 p.m. August 17, and 1 hour prior to service on Thursday at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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Services for Ruth Virginia Usry were conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2011 from the Ott & Lee Funeral Home Chapel of Forest. Elder George Gardner, Dr. Leon Everett, Dr. Danny Dickerson and Rev. David Hale officiated the services. She was laid to rest in the Antioch-Steele Cemetery. Services were provided by Ott & Lee Funeral Home of Forest. 

Mrs. Usry, age 80, a lifelong resident of Forest, died at Lackey Memorial Hospital, Forest, on Saturday August 20, following an extended illness.

She retired from Tyson Foods in 2005 after over sixty years in the poultry industry. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Forest. Her wit and humor will be missed by all her family and many friends. 

Mrs. Usry is survived by five children,  Glenda Childs and husband J.T. of Pineville, Garland Usry, Sr.,  Kenneth Usry and wife Treasia,  Lathern Usry, all of Forest, and Loretta Usry-Mart of Ridgeland. She is also survived by one sister, Willie Mae Myers of Forest, and two brothers, Eugene Lanthrip of Lawrence, and Billy Lanthrip of Pearl. Mrs. Usry also leaves behind a legacy of 16 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and one  great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents William Lanthrip and Ruie Creel Lanthrip, her husband,  Holder C. “Lit” Usry, and two sons, Roger Usry and Carlton Usry.

Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons. Visitation was held Monday August 22, from 5 until 8 p.m.

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Services for Sam Boler were held Friday, August 19, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church with Brother James Young and Brother Ray Spence officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Milling Funeral Home, Union, in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Boler, 67, of Collinsville, died Wednesday, August 17, at his residence.

Survivors include his loving wife of 27 years, Mrs. Rachel Winstead Boler of Collinsville; three daughters: Paula Carol Barnett of Union, Jennifer Lynn Smith of Union and Martha Ann Reynolds and husband Ledale of Philadelphia; three sons: Michael Glen Williams (Tawanna) of Philadelphia, John Mark Williams of Long Beach, J. Steven Williams (Chastity) of Collinsville; 17 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a sister, Marie Tucker of Meridian; a brother, Clifford Boler of Linwood. Mr. Sam Boler is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and friends

Mr. Boler was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Lindy Boler, a brother, J.D. Boler, and two sisters, Barbara Eckel and Brenda Robinson.

He was a beloved and faithful member of Antioch Baptist Church; he will be remembered as the “Candy Man” by the people of the church. Not only, was he a man of his church he was also known to be an avid fisherman. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict.

The special nicknames that Sam gave to his family and friends will always be cherished. He will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. 

Pallbearers were Brian Moore, Jacob Moore, Joshua Moore, Ledale Reynolds, Jordan Hunt, Joseph Barnett, Jay Hunt, Patrick Barnett, Laiklon Williams, Lane Young and  Logan Young. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Hurtt, Darrell Miller, Kenneth Rigdon, Junior Rigdon, Jerry Joyner, Danny Allbrooke, Don Eckel, Mark Williams, Michael Williams and Steven Williams.

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Services for Robert Lee (Bob) Diveley, Sr. were held Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Concord United Methodist Church, with Brother Charles Waddell, Don Harrison and Richard Williams officiating. Burial was in the Concord United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Diveley, 67, of Chucky went home on August 21, to join his family and friends in Heaven. He has suffered with cancer for the past two years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. He was a member of Concord United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and was a board member.

Mr. Diveley worked for MS Beverage Company and Mitchell Distributing for years. He owned and operated Service Master prior to his retiring.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Elsie Johnson Diveley; two sons, Robert Lee (Bobby) Diveley, Jr. and wife Susie and Randy Earl Diveley and wife Angie; seven grandchildren:  Robert Lee (Trey) Diveley, III and wife Jessica, Randy Lee Diveley and wife Deanna, Christopher Daniel (Bo) Diveley, Phillip Michael Diveley, Lillie Phylicia Shumaker, Thomas Colbett and Jennifer Branin; five great grandchildren: Cayden, Channing, Kelsey, Emma Diveley and Sean Shumaker; a  brother, Earl Diveley and wife Roberta, and two sisters Sandie Wiesehan and husband Dave and Carol Cooper and husband Jim; three brother-in-laws; Jimmy L. Johnson and wife Joyce, Tony Johnson and wife Susan, Jackie Johnson and wife Pat; sister-in-law, Corless Long and husband Ray. Numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Diveley and mother, Evelyn Bohanan Diveley and a sister, Eleanor Bright Diveley, and his in-laws, Jim Larkin Johnson, Sr. and Essie Buckley Johnson.

Pallbearers were Phillip Diveley, Jimmy Johnson, Jacky Johnson, Tony Johnson, David Johnson and Roger Shirley. Visitation was from 5 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home and from 10 until 11  a.m. prior to the funeral service at the church. Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.robertbarhamffh.com

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 Services for Lillie Lorene Moore Nicholson were held at 10 a.m.  Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home North in Newton, and burial followed in Newton County Memorial Gardens. Newton County Funeral Home North, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Nicholson, 85 of Newton, died Thursday, August 25,  at  her residence.

She loved gardening, flowers, cooking and she was a member of  First Baptist Church in Newton.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lee Moore and mother, Bertha Keen Moore.

Survivors include her  husband, Bruce Nicholson of Newton; a son, William Bruce  Nicholson  Jr. and  wife Beth, Southaven; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Henry, Houston; sisters: Mary Holyfield, Little Rock, Loretta Walters, Newton, Louie Walters, Mooreland, GA; grandchildren: Trey Nicholson and wife Carrie of Southaven, Lee Ann Miller and husband Jeff, Walls, Mark Henry, Pontotoc and four great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Trey Nicholson,  Ryan Nicholson, Tony Brooks,  Dale Holyfield, Jeff Miller, Danny Joyner and  Mark Henry.  Visitation was held Friday 6 until 8 p.m. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Mattie Johnson were held on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Shawn Croft, officiating.  Burial was held in the church cemetery, with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Johnson, 35, of Newton, died August 21, at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian. 

Visitation was held from 12 until 2 p.m. prior to service at the church.

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Services for Ann Graham McWhorter Carleton were held 2 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church of Union with burial in the Newton County Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Rev. Chris Shelton officiated.

Ms. Carleton, 80, of Union, died Wednesday, August 24, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Carleton was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother. She had a deep love for her church, outstanding faith, and love for her family and friends. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers, and quilting.

Suvivors include her husband,  Harold G. Carleton of Union; two sons, Patrick McWhorter of Chicago, IL. and  Walter R. McWhorter of Louisville, KY; a granddaughter, Anna Kate McWhorter of Louisville, KY; a brother, Roy Graham of Meridian; four atep daughters: Laurie Abraham and husband Mike of Madison, Claire Carleton of Lake Junaluska, NC, Sue Ellen Smith and husband Steve of Union, Joan Hollis and husband Johnnie of North Little Rock, AK; a step son, Graham Carleton of Jackson and  seven step grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Gray McWhorter, one sister, and two brothers.

Pallbearers were Dan Fairley, Ken Fairley, Graham Carleton, Greg Hilton, Lynn McWhorter, Chan Graham and David McWhorter. Honorary pallbearers were Huck Graham, Dr. J.G. Alexander and Jim Moore. Visitation was held 5 until 8 p.m.  Friday, August 26, at Milling Funeral Home and also Saturday at the church from 1:30 until 2 p.m.

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Services for Kenneth Roberts will be held Friday, September 2, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Corinth Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Anthony Robinson, officiating.  Burial will be held in church cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Roberts, 69, of Newton, died August 25,  at Jeff Anderson Hospital in Meridian.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 1,  from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Clark's Memorial Chapel.

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Services for Herbert Dukes, Jr. will be held Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Edward, Sr. officiating.  Burial will be held in East Galilee Baptist Church Cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of the arrangements.

Mr, Dukes, 69, of Newton, died August 27, at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian.

Visitation will be held from 11 until 1 p.m. prior to service at the funeral home.

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Services for Hessie Monk were held Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Sebastopol. Rev. Mark Gill officiated  with burial in Golden Grove Church of God Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Hessie Monk, 92, of Union, passed away Monday, August 15, at Laird Hospital in Union.

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Services for Grady Carl Pullin were held Monday, August 22, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. from McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Byrd Hillman officiating. Burial followed in Morrow Cemetery in Neshoba County with McClain-Hays Funeral Home, Philadelphia, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Pullin, 89, died Saturday, August 20, at J.G. Alexander Nursing Center in Union.

He was a native of Neshoba County and a longtime resident of the Dixon community.  He was a retired farmer.  Mr. Pullin was a member of Pine Grove Church of God in the Dixon community.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Pullin; parents, Carl and Lena Pullin; and three sons, Glen Pullin, Quinton Pullin and Carl Pullin.

Survivors include six daughters, Linda Thaggard (Pat), Peggy Hollingsworth (Kenneth) and Gail Pullin, all of Philadelphia, Dianne Hollingsworth (Melvin), Nancy Rowzee (Ray), and Deborah Lucroy (Roy), all of Decatur; 22 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three daughters-in-law, Rose Pullin and Barbara Pullin Belk, both of Union and Sue Pullin of Philadelphia; one sister, Pauline Gomillion of Union; one brother, Raymond Pullin of Union and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Pallbearers were David Pullin, James Rowzee, Jason Rowzee, Derek Rowzee, Bradley Hollingsworth, Barry Hollingsworth, Billy Thaggard and Robert Whittle.

Obituaries September 2011

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Services for Jake L. Cobb will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Temple Baptist Church, West followed by burial in Dixie Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Cobb, 28, of Hattiesburg, went to see Jesus on September 5.

Jake was a 2001 graduate of Forrest County Agricultural High School. He attended University of Tennessee his freshman year, Bellhaven College, then graduated from Southern Miss. He worked with the baseball team at Southern Miss and Belhaven and was in the Baptist Student Union at University of Tennessee and Southern Miss. Jake taught and coached baseball at Hattiesburg High School. He was a member of the American Teacher’s Association, Director of Baseball Operations and an avid USM baseball fan. Jake was a member of Temple Baptist Church West and leaves a legacy of faith and perseverance. He truly “fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith.”

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, James Leo Cobb and Ned Grady; grandmother, Jacqueline Grady and uncle, Kenneth Cobb.

He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Donna Cobb of Hattiesburg; a brother, Jared Cobb of Flowood; grandmothers, Jean Grady of Newton and Corrine Cobb of Columbus; aunts, Sherrie McGill of Clearwater Beach, Fla., Lisa Watkins of Newton and Kathleen Fields of Millport, Ala.; uncles, Marshall McGill of Redmond, Wash., Jimmy Cobb and Mike Cobb both of Columbus; and a host of friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 until 8 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: Jake Cobb Baseball Scholarship Award c/o Hattiesburg High School, 301 Hutchinson Ave., Hattiesburg, MS 39401.

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Jane Lee Luke, 64, was received into the loving arms of her Savior Sunday morning September 4, 2011.  Her death occurred after an emergency illness earlier in the week. Jane was born as the first of three daughters to Walter Gleason “Scrap” Luke and Juanita Hagan Luke of Union, on October 27, 1946 after her father returned from war. She was the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Sterritt Luke, Sr. of Union, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Romney Oliver Hagan of Birmingham, Ala.

Jane grew up in a close and loving family surrounded by her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Her family was her life. Jane accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age and was very active in Sunday School, Choir and Methodist Youth Fellowship.  She served as president of the local and sub-district MYF and later volunteered as the Youth Minister and Pastor’s Secretary.

Jane attended the public schools in Union, where she excelled in academics and music. She was an accomplished flautist and as a tenth grader was selected to perform as a member of the Mississippi Lion’s All-State Band and performed in Nice, France. She was a cheerleader, majorette and was chosen Miss Union High School. After high school graduation she attended East Central Community College where she served as cheerleader and Homecoming Queen.

She entered Mississippi State University in the fall of 1968. She attended on an academic fellowship where she was a Dean’s List Scholar and a member of Cardinal Key, Alpha Delta Pi, and was selected one of the Best Dressed Co-Eds on campus.  After graduating in June of 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree she taught school in Tupelo, Union, and Clinton.  While teaching in Clinton she was chosen “Outstanding Young Educator of the Year”.

Jane served as legal assistant to attorney Erwin Ward before entering a long and rewarding career with Methodist Rehabilitation Center where she was twice chosen “Employee of the Year”. For over thirty-six years Jane was dedicated to the mission of MRC.  She was loved by every employee as was evidenced by their visits to the critical care unit at University Hospital this week. Her family was overwhelmed by the support from the MRC. Jane was a very kind, compassionate and caring friend. Even in death she was giving as she became an organ donor.

Her sisters and their families were her joy. When her oldest niece, Lee graduated from the University of Alabama, Jane was there to celebrate with her. She was also cheering for her nephew, Matt as he played football for the Millsaps Majors. And when her nephews Luke and Hunter were cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point she attended Acceptance Day, Graduation, and Cadet Chapel with them. And finally, when her namesake, Molly Jane sang with the Mississippi College Singers Jane supported her whether in Provine Chapel, Carnegie Hall or cathedrals in Europe. 

She was pre-deceased by her parents and grandparents. She leaves to mourn her sisters, Nancy Luke Carpenter (Carol) of Columbus, and  Molly Luke Leiner (Jon) of Tupelo; her nieces and nephews: Lee Kindwall, Knoxville, Tn., Matt McCollough, (fiancé’ Bonnie) of Mobile, Ala, Luke Carpenter (Raena) Shreveport, La., Hunter Carpenter, Jackson, Molly Jane Carpenter, Columbus, and her great nephew Carson Kindwall, Knoxville, Tn. She is also survived by her many cousins and her aunt Nancy Hagan Case.

Her funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial and Gunter and Peel Funeral Homes of Columbus.  The visitation will be held Friday, September 9, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Union United Methodist Church, Union. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. at the church with burial taking place in Union Cemetery.   

Her cousins will serve as pallbearers; Bill McMahen, Steve McMahen, Mike McMahen, Jim Luke, Joe Blount and David Case. Honorary pallbearers will be the Administration and Staff of the Methodist Rehabilitation Center. Memorials may be made to Patient Care Fund at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, 1350 East Woodrow Wilson Avenue, Jackson, MS. 39216 or to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, Ridgeland, MS. 39157.

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James L. "Buddy" Bynum, former editor of The Meridian Star and a former aide to Gov. Haley Barbour and former Sen. Trent Lott, has died at his home in Ridgeland. He was 59.  Family members said Bynum died Saturday of complications of pancreatic cancer.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Madison with burial at 4 p.m. in Little Rock.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy; a daughter; a step-son; two grandchildren; and his parents: Kenneth Donald and Verna Harrison Bynum of Meridian

"We've lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever," Sandy Bynum said in a statement. "We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress."

He served nearly five years as director of communications for Barbour.

"Buddy Bynum and I were friends for years before he became my communications director. Of course he was editor of the Meridian Star, but we had worked together during his days in Washington with Sen. Lott and had known each other for a long time before that. So for me, this is more than the loss of a great staffer but a true friend," Barbour said in a statement.

From 2000-2005, Bynum was editor of The Meridian Star, his hometown newspaper.

Bynum was director of public affairs at the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development, the predecessor agency of the Mississippi Development Authority, from 1998-2000. From 1993-1997, Bynum was editor and a co-owner of the Mississippi Business Journal.

Bynum's career included service as a deputy assistant secretary with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and press secretary for Lott, both in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, after majoring in journalism at the University of Mississippi where he was editor of The Daily Mississippian, he worked for The Sun-Herald on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and covered state government and politics for the Jackson Daily News.

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Albert K. Smith, a Central Florida Nurseryman, passed away peacefully on August 30 in Clermont, FL, at the age of 95.

"Smitty" grew up in Duffee, the son of farmers. He graduated from East Central Junior College and joined the Air Force in 1934 where he served in communications.

He married Marjorie McQuaig of Montverde, FL in 1945. They and their three children: Judi, Jenni and Drew traveled the world.

He was stationed in Georgia, Mississippi, Japan, Illinois, Korea, Libya, North Carolina, California and Florida. He was a Korean War combat veteran. He retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel in communications for the 14th Division of Strategic Air Command in 1962.

He began working for NASA in 1963 and bought land in Mascotte for citrus groves in 1972. Smitty and Margie ran a u-pick grape business and took plants, seedlings and vegetables to Webster Market for many years. This land later became Smith's Nursery of Central Florida.

"Mr. Smitty" planted every seed he came across and believed that the best fertilizer you could give a plant was "its owners tracks around it." As quoted in an Orlando Sentinel article in April of 2004, "this is a good lifestyle, you can't go wrong with plants and the people who buy them." He is survived by his beloved wife Marjorie Smith, Mascotte, FL; daughter Judi (Bill) Mattison, Groveland, FL; daughter Jennifer Ball, Mascotte, FL; son Drew (Trayce) Smith, Orlando, FL; grandchildren: Jonathan (Lisa) Newcomer, Amanda Mattison, Kate (Matt Mewis) Mattison, Emily Ball; great-grandchildren: Jackson and Abram Newcomer and Chloe Mewis. A Memorial Service was held at Brewer and Sons Funeral Home, Clermont, Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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Graveside services for Jerry E. May were held 12 p.m. Friday, September 9, 2011 at Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Rusty Walton officiating.

Mr. May, 63, of Little Rock, died Wednesday, September 7, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry lived a colorful, fun loving life. He loved his family with all of his heart and made sure that they knew it.

One of his best loves other than family, was his Honda Motorcycle. He actually bought the first Honda 750, sold in Meridian, right off the showroom floor. He was so proud of it. A few years ago, he was able to buy his dream motorcycle, a Honda 1300 Cruiser. You could hear him coming a mile away.

Another love was hunting for deer and fishing for red-bellies off of the creek. He just loved how they tasted and he didn't care how little they were. He would always say "If they're big enough to bite a hook, they're big enough to eat!" He was a character who will be greatly missed  by all who knew him.

Survivors include three daughters: Kimberly Smith and husband Lee of Little Rock, Katrina May of Little Rock and Melissa May of Little Rock; a sister, Barbara Welzbacher of Moss Point; two brothers, Kenneth Smith of Suqualena and Earl Smith of Suqualena; two grandchildren, Brittney Smith and Brian Bradford.

Pallbearers were Lee Smith, Billy Welzbacher, Jeff Welzbacher, Mitch Davis, Brian Oliver, Wayne Oliver and grandson, Brian Bradford. Visitation was held 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. Friday, September 9, at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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Services for Dorelene Smith McRorey were held Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 11 a.m. from McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Johnny Collins officiating.  Burial followed in Linwood Cemetery in Neshoba County. McClain-Hays Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. McRorey, 62, of Union, died Thursday, September 8, at Neshoba County General Hospital.

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Services for Mrs. Earnestine Belk Weir, of Philadelphia were held at Pine Grove Church of God at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 10, 2011. Officiating were Rev. Scott Bounds, Rev. Sim Matthews and officiating graveside was Rev. Marc Smith. Burial was in Pine Grove Church of God Cemetery located in Dixon Community. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Weir, 72, passed away on Friday, September 9, at Neshoba County General Hospital.

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Funeral services for Perry M. Morgan were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel, Newton. Burial was in the Lawrence Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home North was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Morgan, 90 of Lake, died Tuesday, August 30, at his residence in Lake. He grew up on a farm in Lake. He joined the Army Air Force during WWII on Oct. 19, 1942. He was shipped to Liverpool, England on Easter Sunday 1944. He was a member of Maj. Gen. Paul L. Williams’ Toor Carrier Forces which took part in the aerial assault in Europe. On D-Day these planes were loaded with paratroopers  and supplies for the invasion of France.

After the war, he returned, marrying Annie in Jan. 1946 and they farmed in Lake. He then became a station manager for Billups Petroleum, managing stations in Anniston and Tuscaloosa, AL and then in Forest. He worked as an insurance salesman for a while before going to work for the La-Z-Boy chair company. After working there for 17 years he retired and enjoyed gardening and helping his children with anything they needed.

He and his wife Annie celebrated their 50th wedding annniversary in 1996. She passed away in 1999.

He enjoyed making cookies and pies, giving them to all his family and friends. He also loved his dog “Booboo”.  He remained in good health well past his 90th birthday.

Survivors include two daughters;   Martha Ann Morgan (Phil) Waltman,  and Mary Louise (Greg) McDonald, both of Lake;  three sons; Larry Morgan of Newton, Philip Morgan of Newton,  and John (Mary Ann) Morgan of Quitman; one sister: Louvenia Morgan Logan, and six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Homer Morgan and Venie Alice Moore Morgan, his wife, Annie Laura Folger Morgan, four brothers: Wilmer, Albert, Calvin and Jack Morgan, three sisters: Mary Alice Pace, Vera Roebuck, and Ila Elizabeth Morgan.

Pallbearers were Christopher David Morgan, Paul Morgan, Roger Morgan, Cris Morgan, Jr., Tad Waltman, Glenn Logan, Robert Logan and Prentis Bounds. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Moore, Jonathan Morgan, Aaron Shook  and Billy Waltman. Visitation was held Friday, September 2, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Funeral services for Dorothy Lee Munn Harris, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel in  Newton, with the Rev. Mark Vincent and Bro. Billy Williams officiating. Burial followed in Midway Baptist Cemetery in Newton. Newton County Funeral Home North, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Harris, age 83, and a resident of Decatur, was a member of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church where she loved going to church and listening to CVBC Choir. She retired from MS Forestry Commission in 1992. She enjoyed traveling with family, camping, friends, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is best known for the many beautiful flowers in her yard and her love of gardening and being outdoors.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Conrad Harris; parents, Ned and Bertie Lee Everett Munn;  grandson, Will Stewart and brother, Edwin Munn.

Survivors include daughters: Gwen Walker of Decatur, Debbie Stamper and husband Eddie of Decatur, Sonya Smith and husband Scott of Decatur;  son, Ronnie Harris and wife Paula of Decatur; brothers: Bobby Munn and wife Helen of Decatur and Gerald Munn of Meridian; 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Andrew Smith, Jackson Smith, Cody McMullan,  Charlie McMullan, Kyle Dunkerson,    Jordan Walker and Zac Kyzar.Honorary pallbearer was Will Stewart.  Visitation was held Monday, September 19, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Elsie Mae Satcher  May were held Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 3 p.m. at Wright’s Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Scott Hohn officiating. Wright's Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. May, 81, of Quitman, died Thursday, September 15, at Lakeside Living Center. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family and caregivers during the last days of her life.

She was a member of Adams Chapel United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher, treasurer and other leadership positions.

She is survived by her husband, Bester Corneilus (BC) May, Sr; nine  children: Neil May and wife Lynn of Meridian, Reverend Lannis May of Independence, Brenda May of Columbus, Mark May and wife LeAnne of Quitman, Brian May and wife Danielle of Montgomery, AL, Reverend Jerry May and wife, Judy of Chipley, FL, Richard May of Quitman, Coley Roy May and wife, Natasha of Newton, Cynthia May Browning of Quitman; 16  grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a brother, Horace Satcher and  wife, Carol of Auburn, AL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Coley Lee Satcher, Sr. and Maud Satcher; grandson, Matthew David May; six brothers and sisters, Lillian Satcher Myrick, Coley Lee Satcher, Jr., Helen Satcher Blackwell, Lydia Satcher, Harvey Satcher and Estelle Satcher Dixon.

Pallbearers were Jeremy May, Dustin May, Jeffery May, Patrick May, Daniel May and Eddie Herrington. Honorary pallbearers were James Lee Browning, Braxton May, Casey Stephens May and Ben May. Visitation was Saturday,  September 17, after 5 p.m. at Wright’s Funeral Home in Quitman. Friends may sign online guest register at www.wrightsfuneral.com

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Funeral  services will be held at Lake First Baptist Church on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 2 p.m. with a visitation at the church one hour before the funeral. Officiating will be Rev. Robert Rowzee, Rev. Wayne Campbell and Rev. Jackie Strebeck. Burial will be in the Blue Springs Cemetery on the Chunky/Duffee Road North of Chunky. Newton County Funeral Home South, Newton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Scott McLemore, 42 of Chunky, died Friday, September 16, in Jackson.

Scott enjoyed teaching auto mechanics and enjoyed hunting. He loved his family and sports activities with the children.

Survivors include his parents,  Reverend Ken and Mrs. Mattie McLemore of Lake; spouse, Renee Freeman McLemore; two sons, Caleb and Nick McLemore; a daughter, Shelby McLemore; a brother, Ben (Stephanie) McLemore of Lake; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Freeman and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. "Doc" McLemore and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shaw and father-in-law, Ray Freeman.

Pallbearers will be Jimbo Harvey, James Taylor, Bill Freeman, Brad Gressett, Danny Edmonds, Jeremy Williams, John Waters and Howard Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers will be  Wilford Scoggin, David Joe Usry, Wayne Clanton, Merlin Chipley, Mike Wooten, Clarence Hall, Members of the Sun Hunting Club and the faculty and staff of East Central Community College. Visitation was held Tuesday, September 20, from 5 until 9 p.m. in the Chapel at Newton County Funeral Home South. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Elizabeth K. Williamson were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Malcom Lewis officiated with burial in Duffee Baptist Church Cemtery. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Elizabeth K. Williamson, 63, of Duffee passed away Saturday September 17, at Regency Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation was held from 5:30 until  8 p.m. Monday, September 19, at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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William Henry Porter, age 47, a resident of Union passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at his residence. 

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Morton.

Visitation was held 4 until 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Morton.

Brian Scott Anderson
Brian Scott Anderson, 32, of Philadelphia, died Sunday, September 18, 2011 at his residence. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

A memorial service will be posted at a later date.

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Services for Otho J. Wheaton were  held on September 16, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest United Methodist Church with Rev. R.D. Evans officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Wheaton, 53, of Newton, died September 9, in Greenwood. 

Visitation was held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. prior to service at the church.

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Funeral services for Cary Egbert Bufkin were held at 1 p.m. Friday September 23, 2011 at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home on Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland, with burial to follow in Parkway Memorial Cemetery.

Cary Egbert Bufkin passed away Tuesday September 20, at Hospice Ministries.

Cary was born January 21, 1929 in Decatur, to the late Rev. Hugh Clyde Bufkin and Maggie Merle Henton Bufkin. He was one of five children. After graduating from Conehatta High School in 1947, he finished East Central Junior College in 1949. He then went on to the University of Mississippi where he received his B.A. and LLB in 1952.

After college, Cary was commissioned into the Army as a 1st Lieutenant. He served from 1952-1955 in the Korean Conflict. He remained in the Active Reserve for the next 30 years, retiring as a Colonel.

In 1955, he joined the firm of Satterfield, Shell, Williams, and Buford, later Shell, Buford, Bufkin, Callicutt and Perry, where he was a partner for the next 45 years. In 2000, Cary was asked to join the Firm of Wise, Carter, Child and Caraway to serve "Of Council" until retirement in 2010.

Cary was a renowned defense lawyer who served as President of the Hinds County Bar and on the Mississippi Bar's Health Law Section. He was a member of the Federal and American Bar Associations, the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, the American Society of Writers of Legal Subjects, the Mississippi Claims Association, the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, the Judge Advocates Association, the International Association of Defense Counsel and the American Judicature Society. He served as Editor of the Mississippi Lawyers Association Journal from 1966 to 1967 and as President from 1969 to 1970. He was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award from the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association in 2007.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Jackson.

Survivors include wife, Libby Warrington Bufkin of Jackson; brothers, Truett Bufkin (Anna) of Madison, and Marion Bufkin (Shirley) of Decatur; sister, Hilda Bufkin Lay (Neil) of Forest; sister-in-law, Jonnie Bufkin of Decatur; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brother Billie Bufkin.

Visitation was 4:30 until 7 p.m. Thursday, September 22 and 12 Noon Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice Ministries, 450 Towne Center Blvd., Ridgeland, MS 39157.

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Funeral services for James Edward Rainer were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home North. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home North, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Rainer, 90 of Chunky, died Tuesday, September 20, at Infinity Hospice in Marion.

He was a World War II Veteran and retired Illinois Central Railroad Foreman.

Visitation was held Thursday, September 22, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for James Merrell Craven were held Friday, September 23, 2011 at 11:30 at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Mike Russell and Dr. Marcus Finch officiating. Burial was in the Mississippi Veterans Cemetery, Newton, County.

Mr. Craven, 74, of Meridian, died Tuesday, September 20, at Anderson Regional Medical Center.

He was a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher at Oak Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Craven retired from the Mississippi Air National Guard. He was employed with Specialty Roll Products after a long career in the trucking industry. He will be remembered as a loving Husband, Daddy, Papaw and Great Papaw.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth Hensley Craven; sons, Mark Craven and his wife Emily of Collinsville, Scott Craven and his wife Lisa of Meridian; daughters, Beth Goodman and her husband Murphy of Collinsville, Leigh Moore and her husband Troy of Collinsville; grandchildren, Rick Hasselle, Jr. and his wife Claire, Lauren Smith and her husband Matt, Lance Goodman, Luke Goodman, Sydney Craven, Andrew Craven, Trent Moore, Austin Moore, and Lane Moore; great-grandchildren, Katie Hasselle, Gibson Hasselle, and Graham Smith; brothers, Dr. Bobby Craven and his wife Ann of Meridian, Jerry Craven and his wife Katrina of Collinsville; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Velma and Raymond Craven Sr.; brother, Raymond Craven Jr.; great-grandchildren, Will and Ben Hasselle.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Rick Hasselle, Jr., Matt Smith,  Lance Goodman, Luke Goodman and close friends Ronnie Slay and Charlie Smith. Honorary pallbearers were his Sunday school class, Jesse Barnett, Harold Blackmon, Lynwood Clayton, Bob Cowan, Bufford Crain, Jerry Crenshaw, Irvin Martin, Jr., Milton Pace, Frank Ragsdale III, Winfrey Sikes and Virgil Smith. In lieu of flowers and gifts  memorials may be made to Oak Hill Baptist Church Building fund. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at robertbarhamffh.com. Visitation was held Thursday, 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Funeral services for Donald Gene "Don"  Williams were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 19, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home South Chapel , with Bro. Steve Robinson and Bro. James Galloway officiating. Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery. Masonic graveside rites were conducted at the cemetery under the direction of the Hickory Lodge, 343. Newton County Funeral Home South, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Williams, 60 of Lawrence, died Wednesday, September 14, at his residence.

He was born in Dothan, AL, and lived in Newton County most of his life. He was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church. He was a Mason, a member of the Hickory Lodge, 343, and was a retired machinist at Taylor Machine Works in Philadelphia. He also served as a constable for Newton County for four years. He enjoyed Southern Gospel Music, as a singer and was an admirer of Louis L'Amour novels, and Western movies. Favorite past times were those spent hunting and fishing with his sons and tending to his garden. 

Survivors include his wife, Janie Williams of Lawrence; sons, Wayne (Whitney) Williams of Prattville, AL;  Charles (Miriam) Williams of Decatur and Donald Cyrus "Cy" (Mandy) Williams of Meridian; sisters, June "Sis"  Gordon, and her husband, Doyle of Newton and Dale Stampley, and her husband, Richard, of Hickory; step-daughter, Lee Ann Rainer of Chunky; step-sons, James McMullan of Lake, and Clifton McMullan of Meridian; six grandchildren, Nathan, Justin, Jasmine, Rett, Graham, and Chandler and 17 step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.B. and Janie Bentley Williams.

Pallbearers were Danny Alexander, Clarence Holifield, O.C. Gressett,  Eddie Snowden, Terry Tullos and Joe Dear.   Honorary Pallbearers were Paul Duke, James McMullan and W.C. McMullan.  Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Judy Martin were held 2 p.m. Monday, September 26, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Union City Cemetery. Bro. Danny Irvin officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Martin, 93, of Ackerman, formally of Union, died Friday, September 23, at Choctaw County Nursing Home of Ackerman.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Judy Martin Oswalt and husband Butch of Ackerman; granddaughter, Missy Ray of Ackerman; grandson, David Martin and wife Jodie of Ocean Springs and great grandson, Patrick Ray of Ackerman. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Butch Oswalt, David Martin, Dick Cain, Johnny McGaugh, Ben Tharp and Wade Ray.

Ms. Martin is preceded in death by her husband, Odie Martin, son, Robert Martin, and her sisters and brothers.

Visitation was 12:30 p.m. until service time Monday.

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Services for Essie Mae Gardner were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at Reid Chapel Church of God. Rev. Harmon Smith officiated with burial in the church cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Essie Mae Gardner, 91, of Conehatta, died Friday, September 23,   at her home.

Ms. Essie Mae Gardner was a member of Reid Chapel Church of God having donated the land for the church and cemetery. She will be remembered for the love she showed to her church and family. Ms. Essie enjoyed cooking and working. She was always available to participate in anything her church and family needed.

Survivors include two sons, Willard Gardner and wife Patsy of Morristown, TN; and James H. Gardner and wife Barbara of Sebastopol; three grandchildren, Greg Gardner, Cherie Coghlan and Ann Burnham, all of Sebastopol; four great grandchildren, Charlie Stephens and Marilyn Coghlan both of Sebastopol; and Joshua James Anderson and Julie Anderson of Keys, OK; three sisters, Lois Jones of Long Beach; Faye Weaver of Lake and Rosalyn Anthony of Pensacola, FL; a brother, L.V. Comans of Pensacola, FL. She is survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, J. G. Gardner, two brothers, and a sister.

Pallbearers were James Jones, Greg Gardner, Rudolphy Williams, Delbert Graham, Allen Dansby and Tommy Sanders.

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Services for Clint Kennedy were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Oakland Cemetery in Newton County. Rev. Mark McDonald and Rev. Donnie Powell officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Kennedy, 35, of Decatur, died Thursday, September 22, in Newton County.

He was a member of Oakland Baptist Church. He will be remembered as a very loving, kind and giving person.

Survivors include five children: Gabby, LeAnna, Madison, Billy Ray, and Peyton; mother, Betty Kennedy of Decatur four sisters, Deborah Smith of Seminary, Jody Kennedy of Jackson, Karan Chiemprabha of McGee and  Tammy Jo Fletcher of Philadelphia; four brothers, Durlan Kennedy of Rolling Fork, “Sarge” Kennedy of Pelahatchie, Randy Griffin of Duffee and Jason Griffin of Duffee; maternal grandmother, Estelle Gregory of Decatur. Mr. Kennedy was survived by a host of nieces and nephews and four special friends, Clifford Joyner, Phil Garrison, David Measell, Trae Morgan and many other friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Billie Ray Kennedy, grandparents, Clarence Raymond Gressett, Vera and William Earnest Kennedy.

Pallbearers were Clifford Joyner, Trae Morgan, David Meassell, Levin Ezelle, Joedy Pennington and Kevin Mayes. Honorary Pallbearers: Phil Garrison, Jeremy Kennedy, Josh Kennedy, Jonathan Kennedy, Justin Kennedy, Jared Kennedy and Dusty Anderson.  Visitation was held 5 until 8 p.m. Saturday, September 24, at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

Obituaries October 2011

Clayton Leon Bounds page-up-icon 24x24
Funeral services for Clayton Leon Bounds were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at First Baptist Church, Newton, with Dr. Brian  Rushing officiating. Burial was in High Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Bounds, 59 of Newton, died Friday, September 30, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Newton. Newton County Funeral Home North, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements. Visitation was held 12 p.m. until service time at First Baptist Church, Newton, on Saturday, October 1. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Henry Parish were held 2 p.m. Monday, October 3, 2011 at Conehatta Baptist Church with burial in the Methodist Church Cemetery of Conehatta. Rev. Larry Duncan and Jack Willome officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Parish, 84, of Conehatta, died Friday, September 30, at Scott Regional Hospital of Morton.

Henry celebrated his life in Jesus Christ and used his gift of tennis to spread the gospel. He was a resident tennis pro at Laity Lodge near Leakey, Texas. He was an educator for over 30 years and was a high school and college tennis coach. Henry was a winner of several gold medals for tennis in the Senior Olympics. He was the founder of Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Texas Hill Country.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Dorothy Parish of Conehatta; two sons, Terry and wife Paula of San Antonio, Tx. and Greg and wife Maggie of Kansas City, Kansas; a daughter, Kimberly; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia Brashier and Margaret Stevens. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Chris Weaver, Randy Weaver, Jimmy Kelly, Justin Haralson, Jonathan Shoemaker and John David Shoemaker. Visitation was held 4 until 6 p.m. Sunday, October 2.

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Funeral services for Maria Miller were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at Newton Methodist Protestant Church with Bro. Wayne Sellers officiating. Burial was in Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery.  Newton County Funeral Home South,  Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Miller, 45 of Lawrence, died Monday, October 3, at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. 

Maira was a member of Newton Methodist Protestant Church. She loved being with her dogs, Poo Bear, Sunshine, and Bubba. Favorite past times that she was the most fond of was eating watermelon.

Survivors include her children, Kasie Leann (Matt) Parks of Lawrence, Stephanie Marie Doss and her fiance', Chris Boutwell, of Newton and Justin Tyler Miller of Lawrence; mother, Linda Rainer of Lawrence; a sister, Gloria Carmen Bryan of Collinsville; brothers, Wayne Rainer of Quitman and Robert Rainer of Newton;  a grandchild, Katelyn Parks of Lawrence; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Hinton Rainer, and  brother-in-law, Charles Bryan, paternal grandparents, Cecil and Rosie Rainer.

Pallbearers were Buster Bounds, Jeremy Bounds, Jason Felton,  Ron Davis, George Anderson, Ronnie Richardson and  Kerry Crenshaw. Honorary Pallbearers were Jerry Simmons and Henry Carmichael. Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Kyle Dunkerson were held 2 p.m. Monday, October 10, 2011 at Clarke Venable Baptist Church with burial in the New Hope Cemetery. Rev. Mark Vincent and Billy Williams officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Dunkerson, 19, of Decatur, died Thursday, October 6, at University Medical Center in Jackson.

Kyle enjoyed riding horses, fishing, hunting, playing X-Box, hanging with his friends and riding in a jeep. He also enjoyed playing baseball and football with his brother in the front yard. His favorite color was black.

Survivors include his parents, Angela and Jody Kyzar of Decatur and father, Carry Dunkerson and wife Paula of Huntsville, AL; grandparents, Eddie and Debbie Stamper of Decatur, Harold and Regina Dunkerson of Blytheville AR, Marcella McGee of Chunky, John and Jetta Kyzar of Laurel, Susan Kyzar of Laurel and Stephen and Cyndi Weems of Lake; great grandmothers, Ceil Kyzar of SoSo and Betty Dickens of Blytheville, AR; a brother, Zac Kyzar of Decatur, a sister: Sy Dunkerson of Huntsville,  AL. He is survived by several loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Marzell Stamper, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Dunkerson and Mr. W.D. Dickens.

Pallbearers were Cody McMullan, Charlie McMullan, Jordan Walker, Jackson Smith, Trenton Evans, Kirby Bishop, Colby Little, and Seth Robinson. Honorary Pallbearers were Will Stewart and Andrew Smith.Visitation was held 11 a.m. until service time Monday, October 10, at Clarke Venable Baptist Church, Decatur.

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Funeral services for Ella Susan Fletcher were held on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel.  Newton County Funeral Home North, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Fletcher, 65 of Hickory, died Monday, October 3, at her residence.

Visitation was held from 4 p.m. until service time on Thursday at the funeral home.

Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Ginger Tomlin, age 62, born October 14, 1948 in Union, passed away surrounded by her beloved family at home following a courageous 6 year battle against lung cancer on October 9, 2011. 

Ever in pursuit of education, Ginger obtained her Master of Law degree (L.L.M.) in International Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham, England, after she obtained her J.D. from Birmingham School of Law, magna cum laude, her Masters degree in Education from Mississippi State University, and a B.S. degree from University of Southern Mississippi. After having taught children with learning disabilities and emotional conflicts for 18 years, Ginger became a private practice lawyer who championed the rights of disabled persons through the Americans with Disabilities Act and ensured disabled children received appropriate education through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  She was the Associate Director of the University of Alabama Clinical Law Program Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Protection Agency before becoming Dean of Birmingham School of Law, where she also taught Contracts and Constitutional Law.  Following her retirement, Ginger continued to enjoy international travel, gardening, sewing, cooking, and painting with her granddaughter.  She also volunteered with the Assistance League of Birmingham.

Ginger is survived by her husband David Jenkins, her daughter, Gina Pearson, her granddaughter, Ava Hines, all of Homewood, and  her brother, Wilbern “Tom” Tomlin of Hattiesburg. She was predeceased by her parents, Leo and Margaret Tomlin, and sister, Nancy Tomlin. Ginger’s family extends tremendous gratitude to her physicians, Dr. Mollie DeShazo, Dr. Sharon Spencer, and Dr. James Markert of UAB, the care givers at New Beacon Hospice, and St. Martin’s at Home for their dedication and compassion. 

A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, at 6 p.m. at Unity of Birmingham 2803 Highland Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35205.  Visitation with the family is scheduled for the hour before the memorial service.  In lieu of flowers, Ginger’s family requests that memorials be made to the Amelia Center (www.ameliacenter.org) which offers free grief counseling to children who have lost a loved one.

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Juanita Dearman, age 89 of Meridian, died Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. Graveside services were held at  4 p.m. Monday October 10, at Decatur City Cemetery in Decatur. Newton County Funeral Home North, Newton, was in charge of the  arrangements.

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Mrs. Opal E. Heflin, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother left this world to join her heavenly Father on October 8, 2011.

Opal was born in Philadelphia, on  November 6, 1927. She was a longtime resident of Gulfport, having moved to that city with her husband, J.C. Heflin and their children in 1956. She and J.C.  (and their dear friends, Kenneth and Viola Nicholson) owned and operated Deluxe Cleaners on Courthouse Road until their retirement 20 years ago. "Miss Opal", as she was known to her many friends and customers at Deluxe, was the seamstress that altered clothes for many of the folks in Bayou View and was always in the window inside the cleaners to greet everyone that came in.

Her warm smile as she looked up from her sewing machine was one of her greatest attributes, and she will be remembered by many as the lady who brightened their day.

Opal’s greatest source of pride was her family, and she was quick to list the accomplishments of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  "Mamaw”, as she was called by the entire family, lived to love her family and did so regardless of her health or what was going on in her life, and she managed to keep up with all the family activities until recently.

Opal was a long time member of Handsboro Baptist Church and had been active there until her health began to decline. Her many friends made through her church affiliation visited her often when she was no longer able to attend services.

Opal was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, J.C. Heflin, and her parents, Chandler Harbour and Ruby Denson.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her children, Larry (Martha) Heflin, Judy (Kim) Savant, and Mike (Cheri) Heflin, her grandchildren, Brandi Savant, Brad Heflin, Kasey  (Billy) Kelley, and J.C. Heflin, and her great grandchildren, Kimberlee, Kaegan, and Kamden Kelley, and Presley Savant, all of Gulfport. Opal is also survived by a brother, Klein (Mary) Harbour  of Jackson.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the American Diabetes Association, 2644 Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite 122, Baton Rouge, LA 70816 or the American Cancer Society, 417 Security Square, Gulfport, MS 39507. Visitation was Monday, October 10,  from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Riemann Family Funeral Home, 11280 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport. The funeral service was held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.   Interment followed in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Tributes may be offered at www.riemannfamily.com 

Jennie I. Dean page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Jennie I. Dean were held on Thursday, October 13, at 11 a.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church, with Rev. Bob Null officiating. Burial followed in the Hopewell Cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Dean, age 77, of Little Rock, went to her eternal home on Tuesday, October 11, at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian.

Survivors include five sons:  Henton “Sonny” Dean, Jr. and wife, Sherry of Chunky, Marty Dean and wife, Brenda of Lansing, MI, Jeff Dean and wife, Nancy of Little Rock, Paul Dean and wife, Ann of Serierville, TN, and Steven Dean and wife, Linda of Collinsville; 13 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren; a sister, Alice Hill of Meridian; two brothers, Hardy Irby of Ohio and Thomas Irby of Moscow.

She was preceded in death by herhusband, Henton Aubrey Dean, Sr;  parents, William Hardy and Ethel Katherine Jay Irby; a sister, Victoria Null and a brother, Harold Irby.

Pallbearers were Sonny Dean, Marty Dean, Jeff Dean, Derick Dean, Steven Dean, Addison Dean, Josh Dean and Jonathan Dean. Honorary Pallbearers were Larry Dean, Ricky Fitzgerald, Randy Evans, Sammy Dean, Tommy Dean, John Null, Todd Null, John Irby, Tommy Irby, Mark Irby and Cory Irby.  Visitation was Wednesday, from 5  until 8 p.m. at the funeral home and Thursday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the Church.

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Services for Lizzie Taylor  were held at 7 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2011 at Nave Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Paul Moody and Bro. Kenneth Wallace officiating. Visitation was from 6 p.m. until service Friday at the funeral home. Graveside service was at Green County Memorial Gardens in Paragould, Ak. at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Mrs. Lizzie passed away October 12, 2011 at Signature Health Care. She was born December 8, 1915 in Green County, Ak. and the daughter of the late William and Mattie Breckenridge Mandrell.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Taylor and a longtime residence of Decatur.

Survivors include a son, Gary Taylor of Erin, Tn; a daughter,  Margaret Ann Duett of Richmond, Ky; five grandchildren: Phil (Alexis) Taylor, Cape (Barbie) Taylor, Drew (Shelly) Taylor, Nicholas Duett, Kyle Duett and several great grandchildren.

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Services for Thomas J. Hollingsworth, Sr. were held 10 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy McDill, Rev. Rusty Walton and Dr. Danny Lanier officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery with Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Hollingsworth, 80, of Meridian, passed away on Thursday, October 13, at the James T. Champion Nursing Home.

Mr. Hollingsworth was a resident of Little Rock, but had resided in Meridian for the past three years. He was born in Decatur, on March 13, 1931. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served during the Korean War. After the war, he attended East Central Junior College, Decatur, and spent his career in insurance and funeral business.

He was a devoted husband to his wife, Sue Graham Hollingsworth, for 60 years and was a loving father to their five children. He was a proud grandfather to 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. Mr. Hollingsworth loved raising horses and mules. He was an avid reader and especially loved traveling.

Mr. Hollingsworth is survived by  a  son, Jeff Hollingsworth (Deanie) of Collinsville; three daughters, Shelia Tucker (Jim) of Meridian, Karen White (Randy) of Little Rock and Kay Evans (Greg) of Newton; a sister-in-law, Beverly Hollingsworth of Forest.

He  was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Graham Hollingsworth; his oldest daughter, Belinda Hollingsworth Droddy; his parents, Ray and Lizzie Hollingsworth and his brother, Jerald Hollingsworth.

Pallbearers were his grandsons: Anthony White, Shawn White, Chris Boney, Matt Tucker, Trenton Evans and Gage Hollingsworth.  Visitation was held 5 until 7 p.m.  Friday, October 14. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the  arrangements.

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Services for Dorothy Ann “Dot” Poole were held Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at Calvary Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Rev. Gary Felton officiated with burial in Lawrence Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. “Dot” Poole, 62, of Newton, died Friday, October 14, at her residence.

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Services for Joseph Clifton Hollingsworth will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home North in Newton. Burial was in Newton County Memorial Gardens, Newton. Newton County Funeral Home North, Hwy 15 North, Newton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Hollingsworth, 98 of Newton, died Saturday, October 15, at Woodland Court Retirement Center in Newton.

Clifton Hollingsworth was a member of First Baptist Church of Newton,  and a United States Army Veteran. He served during World War II at which time he earned a Bronze Star. He will be remembered for his love of fishing, playing dominoes and bingo. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

Preceded in death by wife, Libby Hollingsworth; brothers, Corbert Hollingsworth and Clinton Hollingsworth; sisters, Eula B. Roberts and Ora D. Doss.

Survivors include her daughters, Shirley Hughes and husband, Larry of Warsaw, MO; Kathy Sinclair and husband Steve, of Louisville; Tina McDearman and husband, Mark of Brandon, Gina Gordon, Decatur; grandchildren: Kimberly Diep, Felicia Powell, Stacey George, Katie Sinclair, Cody Gordon, Emma McDearman and Mason McDearman; great-grandchildren, Noah and Kayla Diep and Drew and Katie Clay George.

Pallbearers will be Larry Hollingsworth, Glenn Hollingsworth, Otis Doss, John Powell, BaTung Diep and Andrew George. Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

Ornellist “Mert” Harris page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Ornellist “Mert” Harris were held on Saturday, October 15, 2011, 1 p.m. at Union Grove M.B. Church, with Rev. Clarence Arrington officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Calvary Church Cemetery in Newton. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Harris, 83, passed away on Tuesday, October 11, at Rush Specialty Hospital, Meridian.

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Services for Edna Thames will be held on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at Springhill M.B. Church, with Rev. Jerry Jones officiating. Burial will be followed in the church cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of  the arrangements.

Mrs. Thames, 87, passed away on Friday, October 14, at her home in Union.

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Services for Edgar Donald were held on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Kingdom Hall Church in Bay Springs, with Elder James Coleman, officiating. Burial was held in Spring Hill Cemetery in Montrose, with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC. in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Donald, 83, of Louin, died October 9, at his residence.

Visitation was held on October 14,  from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Services for June Johnson was held on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Carl Smith, officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC. in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Johnson, 46, of Newton, died October 9, at Rush Hospital in Meridian.

Visitation was held on October 14,  from 2 until 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Johnny D. Moore page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Johnny D. Moore was held on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary Baptist Church , Decatur, with Rev. Larry D.  Reed officiating. Burial was held in Little Rock Hickory Cemetery with Mapp Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Moore, age 74, passed away on Monday, October 3, at Pioneer Hospital, Newton.

Survivors include his wife, Emma Jean; step mother, Alberta; a daughter, Sandy, of Adamsville, AL; a son, Mark Moore; a brother, Willie Moore; two sisters, Allie M. Jones and Mattie Gillard, both of Chicago, IL; three step brothers, Willie and Bobbie Hoye, of Decatur, Otha, of Las Vegas, CA; six sister in laws; a daughter in law; four brother in laws; four grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be greatly missed.

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Services for Tommy McCune were  held on  Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Greater Rose Hill M.B. Church, Union, with Rev. Fredrick Walker officiating. Burial followed in the McCune Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements

Tommy, 40, died Thursday, October 6, at his home in Union.

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Services for Claudine Gilmer were held Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Sebastopol. Rev. Ken French, Rev. Rusty Walton, and Rev. Bill Boykin officiated with burial in Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Claudine Gilmer, 82, of Union, passed away Thursday, October 13, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian.

Survivors include a daughter, Tommie Nell Cleveland and husband Harvey of Union; two sons, Larry Gilmer and wife Iva Gene of Philadelphia, and R.L. Gilmer and wife Ginger of Quitman;six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two brothers, Nick Boykin and Rev. Bill Boykin; five sisters, Merlene Glenn, Nell Killen, Betty Jo Turner, Janice Faye Watkins and Ava Dean McCarty.

Ms. Gilmer is preceded in death by her husband, James Gilmer and a brother, Bob Boykin.

Pallbearers were Lee Duett, Gillis Duett, Marty Killen, Dalton McKee, Ryan Goss and Jimmy Glenn.  Honorary pallbearers were Daniel Gilmer and T.J. Killen.

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Services for Avie Blanche Buntyn, age 86, of Union, will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednes-day, October 26, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Lucern Congre-gational Methodist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Jimmy Holder and Rev. Allen Mapp officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Union is in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Buntyn died Monday, October 24, at J.G. Alexander Nursing Home of Union.

Survivors include a brother, Joe Frank Buntyn, Jr. and wife Carlene of Collinsville; two sister-in-laws, Janelle Buntyn of Union and Margaret Gilmore of Decatur. Ms. Buntyn is also survived by twenty four nieces and nephews, forty seven great nieces and nephews, and many, many great great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by four brothers, Claude Buntyn, Willie Buntyn, Eugene Buntyn and Jerry Buntyn; four sisters, Etoyle Thrash, Lucile Kimbell, Mollie Davidson and Kay McBeath.

Pallbearers will be Jeffery Belk, James Buntyn, Mark Buntyn, Steve Davidson, Kim Buntyn, Gerald Buntyn, Kenny Joe Bankston and Cleve McBeath. Visitation was held 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, at the funeral home.  Family request memorials be made to Lucern Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery (6517 Hwy 492 Union, Ms. 39365).

Obituaries November 2011


Burma Kate Taylor Burkes page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Burma Kate Taylor Burkes were held Monday, October 24, 2011 at 11 a.m. at McLain-Hays Chapel. Dr. Dan Howard officiated and interment was in Cedarlawn Cemetery. McLain-Hays Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Burkes, 91, of Philadelphia, died Friday, October 21, 2011 at her residence.  

She was a native of Union, and was a beautician, but early in life moved to Philadelphia where she met her husband of 48 years and lived out the rest of her life. She was a die-hard Saints fan, and never missed Peyton or Eli Manning's ballgames.

Mrs. Burkes was a member of First Baptist Church of Philadelphia.

Survivors include her daughters, Cynthia Burkes Morris of Ocean Springs and Sherri Burkes Heflin (David) of Philadelphia; sons, Joe Davis Burkes, Jr. (Dollye) of Philadelphia and James "Burgy" Burkes (Linda) of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Trey Burkes, Mark Morris, Scotty Burkes, Brandon Heflin, Corey Burkes and Jamie Heflin Bassett; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Lois Taylor Davis of Jackson and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Davis Burkes, Sr.; sister, Lessie Taylor Lewis; brothers, Cecil Taylor and Burlon Taylor; parents, LeAnder and Maude Emily Taylor.

Serving as pallbearers were Scotty Burkes, Corey Burkes, Brandon Heflin, Josh Bassett and Eddie Nowell.  Visitation was held Monday, October 24, 9 a.m. until service time.

Agnes M. Clary page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Agnes M. Clary were  held 2 p.m. Sunday, October 30, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Jimmy McDill officiated with Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Clary, 87, of Little Rock, died Friday, October 28, at her residence.

Ms. Clary was a member of Beulah Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a great cook, and loved flowers and working in the yard.

Survivors include a daughter, Janie James and husband Bobby of Little Rock; a son, Roy Clary and wife Judy of Little Rock; a brother, Homer Rowzee of Jackson; three grandchildren, Gary James, Pam Giles, and Penny Holifield; 10 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Clary and five brothers.

Pallbearers were Harold Rowzee, Kenneth Rowzee, Gary James, Kenneth Holifield, Gary Pinson and Jimmy Nicholson.Visitation was held 5 until 8 p.m.  Saturday, October 29 at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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Funeral services for J. T. Graham were held at 3 p.m. at Blue Springs Missionary Baptist Church, on Friday, November 4, 2011 with Bro. Benny Buckley officiating. Burial was in Blue Springs Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Graham, 69 of Chunky, died Wednesday, November 2, at his residence. He was a member of Blue Springs Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors Include his wife, Lorene White Graham of Chunky; brothers, Sonny Graham of Philadelphia and Benny Jack Graham of Walnut Grove;   sisters, Joyce Chisolm of DeKalb and Kathy Dean of Chunky; step-children, Paul Collins, Lamar Collins, Timmy Collins and Karen Mason; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Grace Gressett Graham, and his brothers, Sam Graham and Danny Dale Graham.

Pallbearers were Edwin Mason, Ronnie Mason, Darrell Collins, James Dean, Doug Graham, Scotty Graham and Ricky Devalcourt. Visitation was held two hours prior to the services at the church. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

Jerris Dewayne Chamblee page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Jerris Dewayne Chamblee were held 10 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Pinkney Cemetery. Rev. Howell Thrash and Rev. Jamie Leach officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Chamblee, 44, of Decatur, died Tuesday, November 1.

Survivors include two sons, Justin Dewayne Chamblee, Hunter Reid Chamblee both of Butler, Ala; mother and step father, Shirley McKnight and Billy of Decatur; father and step mother, Jerris Chamblee and wife Linda of Edwards, a brother, Arron Brent Chamblee and wife Wendy of Decatur; step brother, Matt Johnson; step sister, Jackie Wilson and grandmother, Emma Blanks of Union. He is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and lots of friends.

Mr. Chamblee was preceded in death by his aunt, Alice Diane Goss.

Pallbearers were Sammy Boykin, Darrell Goss, Kenneth Massey, James Waltman, Jim Sanderson and Zack Norton.  Visitation was held 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, November 3.

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Services for Jim Therrell were held Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 11 a.m. from McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chris Vowell officiating.

Mr. Therrell, 68, of Philadelphia, died Monday, October 31, at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Neshoba County. He was retired owner of NAPA Auto Parts stores in Philadelphia and Union.  After retirement, he made many forms of custom leather products in his shop at home. Mr. Therrell was Catholic by faith. He was former member of the Neshoba County Fair Board. He was a licensed United States Trotting Association starter where he served many years at the harness races at the fair. He was a founding member of Red Hills Horse Show Association.

Mr. Therrell was preceded in death by his son, Matt Therrell in 1996 and his parents, Morris and Neri Therrell.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Geraldine Therrell of Philadelphia; daughter, Stacie Weir and her husband, William of Philadelphia; grandchildren, Alex Weir and Matt Weir both of Philadelphia; sister, Marlene Collins of Navasota, TX; brother, Charles Wayne Therrell of Sugar Tree, TN; two nieces and one nephew and their families.

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Funeral services for (Billy) Charlie G. Hurst were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home South Chapel, with Rev. T.M. Roberts and Bro. John Cash officiating. Burial was in Chunky Cemetery.  Newton County Funeral Home South,  Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Hurst, 56 of Hickory, died Thursday, November 3, at his residence in Hickory. Billy was a member of the Hickory Masonic Lodge. He loved to cook and have people to come by to eat. He also enjoyed fishing, and everything outdoors, and doing things with his grandsons. Favorite past times were those times he enjoyed hunting with the boys.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Hurst of Hickory; mother, Amelia Harris Hurst of Hickory; daughters, Shonda Hurst Campbell and husband,  Billy of Chunky, and Cheryl Hurst of Hickory; brother, Mike (Dirt) Hurst of Hickory; sister, Kristie Hurst of Chunky; grandsons, Joshua Campbell,  and John Campbell, both of Chunky and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father:  H.O. Hurst

Pallbearers were Jackie Gentry, Mike Hurst,  Jr., Jackie Griffith,  Jimmy Lewis, Clifford Stamper and Ricky Lewis.   Honorary Pallbearers were Mike Brackeen Sr.  and Milton Lewis, III. Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. Saturday,  November  5, at the funeral home.  Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

Kerri Nicole Pinson page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Kerri Nicole Pinson were held at John E. Stephens Chapel on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 2 p.m. with burial inBloomfield Cemetery located in Philadelphia. Officiating were Rev. Rusty Walton. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Visitation was held 5 until 8 p.m. Friday, November 4, at the funeral home.

Miss. Pinson, age 34 passed away on Wednesday, November 2, in Union.

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Services for Mavis Watkins were held at 10 a.m. on Monday November 7, 2011 at Rocky Hill Church of God with burial in the church cemetery. Bro. Lendy Bartlett officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Watkins, 81, died Friday November 4, at Community Hospice in Verona.

Visitations were held Sunday November 6, from 3 until 5 p.m. at Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol.

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Services for James C. “J.C.” Massengale will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at  Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union, with burial in the Erin Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery. Rev. Jamie Leach and Rev. Howell Thrash will be officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Union is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Massengale  68, of Union, died November 13, at Rush Foundation Hospital.

Mr. Massengale was a deacon of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He loved his family, the Lord, church, farming, and gardening. He was a very loving and kind man. The family would like to extend a special thanks to his bro in  law, Frank.

Survivors include three sisters,  Mardean Waugh of Virginia Beach, Va,   Shirley Covington and husband Bill of Inverness, Fl, Zara Ricketts and husband Frank of Union; a brother, Wilbur Massengale of Union; three nephews,  Mike Power, Tim Waugh and Terry Waugh; three nieces, Joy Ralston, Gaynell O’ Neil and Judy Reynolds; two stepsons, Freddie Smith of Hattiesburg and Jimmy Smith of Philadelphia; a stepdaughter, Patti Smith of Union. Also survived by a special friend, Mr. Eddie Wolverton.

Mr. Massengale was preceded in death by his wife, Katrina Massengale, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvis  Massengale, and two brothers Hubert and Cartis Massengale.

Pallbearers will be Chip Reynolds, Max Sessums, Wayne Welch, Ralph Rigdon, Milton Vance, David Lee Vance and Mike Power.  Honorary pallbearers will be  Charles Leach, Bill Norcross, Mike White, Lamar Mahaffey, Danny McClelland, Paul Leach, Eddie Wolverton and Billy McKnight. Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov 15.

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Services for Shelby Jean Pettis will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at Edinburg Pentecostal Church. Burial will be  in the church cemetery. Rev. D. Hughes and Rev. Bill Pitman will officiate. Milling Funeral Home of Union is in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Pettis, 72, of Forest, died Friday, November 11, at Lackey Hospital in Forest.

Survivors include two sons, David Wilkerson, of Conehatta and John Easterling and wife Glenda of Forest; two daughters, Patricia Day and husband Ivan, of Conehatta and Sue Germany, of Conehatta; 15 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren; three sisters, Vivian Coats, Madline Allen and Vera Fincher; three brothers, Raymond Reid, Jerry Reid and Carrol Reid.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Susie Reid and granddaughter, Angel Easterling.

Pallbearers: John Easterling, John Easterling, Jr, Thomas Fincher, Jr., Thomas Fincher III, Daniel Fincher, David Wilkerson.  Visitation were held Monday, 5 until 9 p.m.  and Tuesday 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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Gerald E. Heyde, age 101, of Crystal River, FL. formerly of Newton, passed away Friday, November 11, 2011 at Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River, FL.

Born August 24, 1910 in Bremen, IN to Welcome and Effie Heyde. He came to Crystal River one year ago from Newton. A retired farmer in Waterloo, IL. he was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII where he served as a armored tank gunner and had gone on several suicide missions. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his daughter, Mikki Benton of Lecanto, FL. and a granddaughter, Marsha White (John) of Lecanto, FL; three great grandchildren, Gerrick, Tommy and Felicia.

Graveside military honors will be conducted on Wednesday, November 16, at 1 p.m. at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. with American Legion Post 155 Crystal River, FL. rendering honors.

Strickland Funeral Home of Crystal River, FL. was in charge of the arrangements.

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Services for Richard Edward Shaw were held at Pine Grove Pentecostal Church on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 2 p.m. with burial in the Church Cemetery, in Sebastopol. Rev. Wesley Lovorn officiated. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services, Philadelphia,  was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr.  Shaw, age 84, passed away on Monday, November 7, at Neshoba County General Hospital.

Visitation was held 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 8, at the funeral home.

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Services for Jerry Lee Johnson were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 7, 2011 at Morning Star M.B. Church, Newton. Rev. Charles Johnson officiated. Interment was at Goodhope M.B. Church. Berry & Gardner Funeral Home of Meridian.

Mr. Johnson, age 61, passed away on Wednesday, November 2, at his home in Newton.

Jerry retired from La-Z-Boy South in September after 30 years of service.

Survivors include a faithful and devoted wife, Faye A. Johnson, of Newton; three sons, Darrin Johnson, Orlando, FL, Jerry LaShaun (Marsha), of Newton and Ricardo McClellan (Tracey), one daughter, Charlene Johnson, of Newton; two grandsons, Demetrius and Jeremiah johnson; two granddaughters, Kacie Johnson and Jaqueshia McClellan; six brothers, Rev. Charles (Bridie) Johnson, Willie J. Johnson, Larry (Sylvia) Johnson, Albert (Shirley) Johnson, Robert (Joyce) Johnson, all of Hickory, Glenn (Veronica) Johnson, of Newton. He also leaves two stepchildren, Shelia Devin, of Seattle, WA. and Angelo Curry, of Denver, CO; three step grandchildren; eight brother in laws, Robert Charles (Linda) Curry, John Rice, of Chicago, IL, Harry Curry, of Phoenix, AZ, Larry Curry, of Knoxville, TN, Clifton Curry, Jerry (Ann) Curry, Harvey (Zula) Curry, all of Newton and Sammy Curry, of Flint, MI; four sister in laws, Sarah (Joe) Gant, of Denver, CO, Dorothy Edwards, of Chicago, IL, Yolanda Curry, of Los Angeles, CA. and Minnie Bass, of Mesa, AZ. and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mr and Mrs. Tom Johnson and brother, Billy Ray Johnson.

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Rex Howard Dolan of Union passed away November 19, 2011. He was born March 21, 1946, in Kosciusko, and was a member of Clear Springs Baptist Church in Choctaw County.

Mr. Dolan was the owner and operator of Dixie Machine and Supply Company in Forest. He designed and manufactured equipment for the Mississippi poultry and catfish industries. He was an entrepreneur and inventor obtaining several patents over the span of his career.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, two sisters and one grandchild.

Mr. Dolan is survived by his sisters, Pat Dolan of Houston, Tx. and Teresa (Benett) Malone of Carthage; children, Stephanie (Steve) Diffey of Goodman, Kris (Amanda) Dolan of Sebastopol, Gary (Bethany) Dolan of Union, Dea Anne (Heath) Hill of Columbus and Amy (Scott) Smith of Union; 13 grandchildren.

Visitation was Tuesday, November 22, from 6 until 8 p.m. and Wednesday, November 23, from 9 until 11 a.m. at Jordan Funeral Home in Kosciusko. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. in the Jordan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Al Different officiating. Interment followed at Chapel Hill Methodist Church in Attala County.

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Mrs. Mary Coleman Montgomery was born February 10, 1922 to the late Mr. Joe Coleman and the late Mrs. Ardell Evans Coleman. She transitioned from her early home on Friday, November 11, 2011 at Rush Hospital in Meridian. Mary was the fourth child of twelve children, three boys and nine girls. The oldest girl died at infancy. The family reared a foster son, Leroy Coleman, returning the total to twelve, who preceded her in death. Also, Preceding Mary in death were: Ruthie Mae Coleman Johnson, Minnie Coleman Arrington, Spurgeon Coleman, Sr., Eliza Coleman, Sudie Coleman Croff, Essie Mae Coleman Arrington, Lela Coleman Jordan, Leroy Coleman, Sr. and Joe Willie Coleman, Sr.

Mary joined Altare M.B. Church at an early age, where she served faithfully on the Home Mission Board, Usher Board, as a Sunday School teacher, Senior Choir Member and president. She served where she was planted and served with a smile, including serving in the community.

She was united in Holy Matrimony to Bennie Montgomery. This union was blessed with two children, Tommy George “TG” and Johnnie Pearl.

A lifetime resident of Newton, Mary made her mark upon the surrounding communities and City of Newton utilizing her God given talents as a seamstress and cook. She took pride in her work and made certain that every outfit was well sewn; looked and fitted as the picture on the pattern cover. When it came time for feeding, she prided herself on her fried chicken, cornbread dressing and pound or layer cakes.

Mary leaves to cherish her memories a devoted and loving son and daughter, Tommy George Montgomery (Berita Ann) of Compton, Ca. and Johnnie Pearl Montgomery Gray of Jackson; a sister, Angie Lee Coleman Bailey; six grandchildren, Dianne Lynn Hillie, LaTonya Montgomery, Benjamin Montgomery (Sheryl), Marrice Gray Biggers (Randall), Rosalyn Montgomery and Yolanda Gray Davis (Mario); six great grandchildren, Carlos Hillie, Anthony Moncrief (Danielle), Mia Ann Montgomery, Dominique and Randall Jonathan Biggers and Evan Alexander Davis; three brothers in law, Albert Arrington, Billy Croff and Jake Montgomery; five sisters in law, Inez Coleman Bradley, Naomi Montgomery, Mildred Montgomery Carroll, Ruby Jean Coleman and Fannie Mae Coleman; two step great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces and friends.

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Funeral services for Junie L. McNeil will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at Pleasant Ridge Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Phillip Gandy, Bro. Winnie McMahon, and Bro. Thomas Laird officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, Newton, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. McNeil, 82 of Decatur, died Sunday, November 20, at Wayne County General Hospital in Waynesboro. She was a Newton County native, and lived here all of her life. She was married to Leon McNeil for 38 years, and raised three children in the Pleasant Ridge community. She was retired from the Decatur Shirt Factory after 31 years, and Peavy Electronics for 7 years. She was a lifelong faithful member of Pleasant Ridge Missionary Baptist Church. She had a deep love for her church and was dedicated to attending every function. Her favorite past times were sewing, spending time with her family, going to Sacred Harp Singings, and traveling with her family and church friends. 

Survivors include her children: Sidney (Doreen) McNeil of Sharon; Peggy (Phillip) Gandy of Waynesboro; Mike (Sharon) McNeil of Decatur;  grandchildren: Michelle (Bryan) Withers; Sidney (Andrea) McNeil, Jr.; Charlotte (Robin) Hamm; Kim (Todd) Stokley; Gwen (Charles) King; Josh Gandy; Rindy (Pete) Pierman; Daniel (Stacey) McNeil; Cheryl (Chris) McElhenney and Brad Taylor; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Thomas (Audrey) Scarborough of Decatur; a sister, Etna Jean Gray of Decatur; her  sisters-in-law, Annie Hurst of Newton and Frances Scarborough of Wesson; and a host of nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon McNeil; her parents, Sidney and Mae Wroten Scarborough;  her brothers, Durward Scarborough and Levelle Scarborough.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Caldwell, Larry Crader, Dennis Green,  Robby Canoy, Tom Gray, Tim Gray and Bill Freeman.

Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, at the funeral home and and will be held on Wednesday one hour prior to the services at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Missions to Chile, c/o Peggy Gandy, 6 Oakwood Lane, Waynesboro, MS 39367. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Helen Marie Clark  were held at Neshoba Baptist Church at 11a.m. on Monday November 21, 2011. Rev. Johnny Collins officiated with burial in the Church Cemetery located in Union. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services, of Philadelphia, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Helen Marie Clark, 71, passed away on Saturday, November 19, at her residence in the Dixon Community. She was a homemaker. Her hobby was spending time with her family.

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Services for Troy Len Parshall were held at John E. Stephens Chapel at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 with burial in the Union City Cemetery located in Union. Rev. Jack Foster and Rev. Braxton Miley officiated. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Parshall, 43, passed away on Saturday, November 12, at his home.

He was born and reared in Oregon and moved to Union seven years ago.  He loved nature and anything to do with construction.

Visitation was from 12 until 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, at the funeral home.

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Services for Merlene Glenn were held Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Sebastopol. Reverends Howell Thrash and Bobby Ferguson officiated with burial in Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Merlene Glenn, 81, of Union, passed away Monday, November 21, at Golden Living Center in Meridian.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Robert L. Glenn of Union; two sons, Robert G. Glenn and wife Ann, of Union; Jimmy D. Glenn and wife Rita, of Union; a daughter, Brenda Kay Ethridge and husband John, of Meridian; seven grandchildren: Billy Joe Watkins, Marllana Smith, Rebecca Fortenberry, Tonya Orr, Michael G. Glenn, Jimmy Lee Glenn and Tina Edwards; nine great grandchildren: Taylor Watkins, Curt Smith, Jr, Ethan Smith, Drew Davenport, Jonathan Fortenberry, Allison Fortenberry, Zachary Taylor Glenn, Chloe Orr and William Earl Edwards; four sisters, Nell Killens, Betty Jo Turner, Aber Dean McCarty and Janic Faye Watkins; two brothers, Rev. Bill Boykin and Nick Boykin.

Mrs. Glenn is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Boykin; a daughter, Carolyn Rose Glenn; a brother, Bob Boykin; a grandson, Jessy Glenn; and one sister, Claudine Gilmer.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Lee Glenn, Michael Glenn, Billy Joe Glenn, John Ethridge, Randall Orr and Gary Boykin.

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Graveside services for Ollie E. Clark were held at Cedar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery  at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 26, 2011 with  Bro. Steve Robinson officiating. Newton County Funeral Home of Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Clark, 81 of Newton, died Friday, November 25, at  the VA Hospital in Jackson.

Mr. Clark was a loving father, grandfather and great-greatfather, and best friend of former spouse Imogene Clark. He served in the Korean War on the front lines. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was involved in the used car business much of his life.

Survivors include a sister, Patsy Parker, Newton; brother, Joe Clark, Conroe, TX; former spouse, Imogene Vowell Clark, Jackson; daughter, Patricia Clark Harris, Newton; son, Toby McCarty (Carol), Raymond; granddaughters, Stephanie (Donnie) Collins, Newton, and Andee Jean McCarty, Jackson; seven great-grandchildren; nieces, Connie Chaney (Larry), Beverly Roberts and Lisa Smith; nephew, Jeff Parker; great nephew, Brian (Angela) Chaney.

Preceded in death by his parents, Ollie and Julia Clark; spouse, Lillie Mae Clark; sister, Helen Fisackerly and grandson, Clark Danclovic.

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Services for Mary E. Wilson were held 3 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2011 at Rocky Hill Church of God with burial in the Wilson cemetery. Rev. Brett Cooper officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Wilson, 79, of Union, died Friday, November 25, at Hospice Advantage in Carthage.

Survivors include two sons, Earl Wilson of Sebastopol and Charlie G. Wilson and wife, Jackie of Sebastopol; three grandchildren, Yancy Thrash and husband, Richey, Charlie G. Wilson II and wife, Betsy, Kittie Holley and husband, Rusty; eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Pat Matlock and Betty Wilson; four brothers, Thomas Thrash, Willie Thrash, Earl Thrash and Rodney Thrash. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie E. Wilson.

Pallbearers were Charlie G. Wilson, II, Richey Thrash, Connor Thrash, Danny Thrash, Bobby Thrash and Michael Wilson.  Visitation was held 5:30 until 8 p.m. Saturday, November 26, at the funeral home.

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Services for Dorothy McNeil Taylor were held 12:30 p.m. Monday, November 28, 2011 at Decatur United Methodist Church with burial in the Decatur Cemetery. Rev. Bruce Taylor officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Taylor, 86, of Ridgeland, formerly of Decatur, died Saturday, November 26, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.

Ms. Taylor’s career began as a school teacher at Beulah Hubbard High School where she worked for several years. She worked in Newton County Chancery Clerk’s office for over 20 years. She finished her career as Purchasing Clerk for Newton County Board of Supervisors. She was known for her beautiful penmanship and meticulous details of her duty. She loved gardening, and traveling with her family. She was a devoted pet owner.  Ms. Taylor will be remembered as a kind friend and very loving mother.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeana Taylor of Madison. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and cousins. Brothers-in-law, Johnny Munn and Jim Round and a very special family friend, Angie Ryals. Caregivers, Jackie Coats, Shirley Luckett, Mary Robinson and Gladys Rattler.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Perry M. Taylor.

Pallbearers were Johnny Munn, Ben Taylor, Jimmy Round, Philip Messner, Mickey Reynolds and Kevin Ryals. Visitation was held from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday at Decatur United Methodist Church. Family requests that memorials be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th floor New York, NY 10001.

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Services for Mattie Owens were held Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11 a.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Meridian with Rev. William Harper and Rev. Jimmy Johnson officiating. Burial was held in Musgrove Cemetery, in Enterprise, with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC of Newton in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Owens, 71, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Meridian, died November 12, at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland. 

Visitation was held Friday, November 11, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the church.

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Services for Jimmie Brown was held Monday, November 21, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Old Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Charlie Nichols, officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of the  arrangements.

Mr. Brown, 85, of Lawrence, died November 16, at his residence. 

Visitation was held on Sunday, November 21, from 4 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Services for Mahlon C. Smith, Jr. were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday,  November 29, 2011 from the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, in Hickory, with interment in the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Cemetery. Rev. Thomas Laird and Rev. Paul Smith officiated the services. Services were provided by Ott & Lee Funeral Home of Forest.

Mr. Smith, age 46, of Hickory, died  in  Meridian, Saturday November 26.

Mahlon was born on November 1, 1965  in Scott County. He finished high school and then completed a degree in Theology. He was employed by Southern Cast Products of Marion, for the past 26 years. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Hickory. Mahlon loved the outdoors, as he was a lover of nature and his walk with God was very dear to his heart.   He was an active runner, and had made many friends in this  much loved activity. Mahlon will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Mahlon is survived by four brothers, William Poole (Emily) of El Paso, TX, Perry Poole (Michelle) of Louisville, David Poole (Michelle) of Forest, and Jerry Poole (Wendy) of  Walnut Grove; his mother, Ann Smith of  Forest. He also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mahlon C. Smith, Sr. and Mae Harris Smith.

Pallbearers were Steve Pugh, Budgie Acord, Joey Acord and Mike Acord. Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. Monday November 28, at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest.

Obituaries December 2011


Goldie Mae Edwards Smith page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Goldie Mae Edwards Smith were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Bethsadia Cemetery. Rev. Rusty Walton officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Smith, 88, of Union, died Monday, November 28, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian.

Ms. Smith was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. She loved cooking and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Marlene Hinton and husband Pete of Tuscaloosa, AL. and Dewanda Page and husband Jimmy D. of Union; five grandchildren; Jeff Hinton and wife Brandi, Brian Hinton, Carla Alderson and husband David, Tensie Spence and husband Chris and Robin Moulds; nine great grandchildren; a sister, Mavis Herrington of Union and a brother, Raymond Edwards of Jackson. She is survived by a host of extended family and many friends.

Ms. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, James. C “Buddy” Smith, Irvin Edwards, Myrtle McNeese, Melton Edwards, Robert Edwards, Wilburn J. Edwards, Ester Edwards, Kathrine Edwards, Willie V. Edwards, and Janie Herrington.

Pallbearers were Jerrel Herrington, Glen Herrington, Robert Herrington, Robert Allday, Ronald Walters and Gerald Knight. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons and grandsons-in-law, Brian Hinton, Jeff Hinton, Chris Spence and David Alderson

Visitation was held 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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Funeral services for Bobby James Thomas were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Newton County Funeral Home South Chapel with Bro. Larry Laird, Bro. Herman Kelly and Bro. Bob Followell officiating. Burial was in Pine Ridge Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Thomas, 82 of Lawrence, died Tuesday, November 29, at his home.

Bobby James Thomas was born July 3, 1929 in Meridian to the late Calvin H. and Grace Robinson Thomas. He lived in Newton and Scott counties most of his life. His school years were spent at Lawrence and Newton. He was a 1948 graduate of Newton High, where he was a member of the football team. He continued to participate in that sport, as well as attending other duties during his two year enlistment in the U.S. Navy. After returning from the Navy, he began a trade that would last a lifetime for him, operating drag lines and heavy equipment. He established BETCO, Inc., now known as Waste Management, Inc. He was a city alderman for the town of Lake and a 50 year Master Mason. He was a member of Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Ronald Calvin Thomas and wife, Christi of Lawrence; Randy Patrick Thomas and wife, Sherri of Lenoir City, TN. and Jerry Tyrone Thomas of Forest; two step daughters, Priscilla Cooksey of Lake and Jeanie Alvey of Lake; sister, Catherine Kelly of Lake; 12 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva D. Weeks Thomas; parents, Calvin Harris and Grace Robinson Thomas; son, Bobby Kindred Thomas; brothers, William "Bill" Thomas and Calvin Truman Thomas.

Pallbearers were James Thomas, Ronald Thomas, Jr., John Thomas, Kenny Thomas, Derrick Ervin and Brandon Thomas. Honorary Pallbearers were David Bradley, Guy Hollingsworth, Jessie Robinson, Randy Harmon, David Park, Raymond Ray, James Otto Robinson and Junior Poole.

Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Herbert S. “Jack’ Hoff Jr., 86, of McComb, passed away on November 30, 2011, at his residence surrounded by his family. Visitation was Saturday from 10 a.m. until services at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of McComb. Dr. Woody Rimes and Bro. Ed Sudduth officiated with burial in the Liberty City Cemetery in Liberty.

Mr. Hoff was born on July 11, 1925, in Liberty. He was the son of the late, Herbert S. Hoff Sr. and Nettie Nelson Hoff.

Mr. Hoff was an active member of First Baptist Church, McComb. His passion was to introduce others to Christ. He served as the Sunday school teacher and Superintendent, Deacon and Chairman of Deacons. He was actively involved in Prison Ministry for many years. He also organized a group of local volunteers with similar passions to construct the Wayside Chapel at Percy Quin State Park. Over many years, he participated in the weekend worship services during the summer organizing services and eagerly welcoming campers to worship. In subsequent years, he also constructed the amphitheaters at Cossar and Lake Lincoln State Parks.

He graduated from Liberty High School and served during WWII in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater. After earning a degree from Bob Jones University in 1950, he obtained his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a longtime teacher and administrator at schools in Pineville, Mize, Polkville, Union, and Magnolia. He was the first Director of The Mississippi Merit System. He served in the administrations of Governors Finch and Winter.

He was elected President of the Mississippi Association of School Administrators in 1968. He served in numerous professional and civic organizations. After retiring, he enjoyed camping and was actively involved in the Friends and Neighbors Camping Group. He and his wife enjoyed traveling all over the world, and especially enjoyed trips to Greece and the Holy Land .He will be remembered by many and sadly missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Gene N. Hoff, two sisters, Martha Rehmet and Mary Lou Bowles.

He is survived by his wife of 61 happy years, Anne Libby Hoff of McComb, four children and their spouses, Arthur S. and Ingrid Hoff of Oakland; Edwin Nelson and Rita Hoff of Huntsville, AL; Jacqueline Anne and Jim Hope of Gastonia, NC and Candace and Dan Altena of The Woodlands, TX; one brother, Joseph B. Hoff and wife, Grace of Gretna, LA; nine grandchildren, Angela Weems, Thomas Hoff, Robert Hoff, Kristen Altena, Lisa Altena, Lauryn Altena, Jennifer Hope Willoughby, Julianna Hope Rush and Nelson Hoff; four great-grandchildren, Beth Weems, Curt Weems, Kaitlyn Willoughby and Vivian Willoughby along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Thomas Hoff, Robert Hoff, Nelson Hoff, Lawrence Weems, Gene Gray and Steve Warren. Honorary pallbearers were The Phillip D. Brady Memorial Sunday School Class of the First Baptist Church.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Wayside Chapel Fund C/O Mr. Don Geddie 3083 Gibson Rd. Magnolia, MS 39652

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Oscar Lee Whitfield, Sr. was born to the union of Mr. Parker Whitfield and Pearl Mapp Whitfield on November 7, 1925 in Decatur.  He was united in holy matrimony to Emma Needham Whitfield, who preceded him in death. To this union nine children were born, Emma P. Whitfield, George A. Whitfield (Jutta), David Whitfield, (Shirley), Susie Whitfield, Sandra W. Smith (Leonard), Nancy M. W. Hinkle (Charles), Oscar W. Whitfield, Jr. (Vickie), Patrick Whitfield (Patty) and Inger W. Jordan (Rodney).

Oscar was World War II Veteran. While on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Oscar was an entrepreneur who had several businesses including a café and bar. He was a carpenter who enjoyed designing and building. He was active in the church and strongly supported ministers. Oscar was very active in the community. He encouraged young people to go to college or trade school to develop a good skill. He shared advice always encouraging others to look beyond a circumstance and see the broader picture.

Pa, as we affectionately called him was employed at East Central Community College in Decatur, MS in the Maintenance Department and the IGA Grocery Store in Decatur, MS. He was a kind, generous and strong man. Pa was a deep thinker with a unique gift for storytelling, humor and unique nicknames. He had a special name for each of his grandchildren. Memories of his kind and caring spirit is what each one will cherish and he will be deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by this parents; daughter, Edna Ruth of Atlanta, GA; brother, Robert Whitfield.

He leaves to cherish his memory; a wife, Mae Nell Gallaspy Whifield; stepdaughter, Sandra (Steve) McClellan; step-grandson, Stefan; step-granddaughter, Shannon Gallaspy and children, Nikkie Taylor Sheppard, Deangelo (Shanita) Taylor, Quandice (Roy) Green, Harry Jones, Maxie Jones Rockmore, Cathy Jones Stevens. He also leaves a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins as will as other relatives and friends.

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Services for Marjorie Wooten were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 4, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Jerry Bishop officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Wooten, 84, of Brandon, formally of Meridian, died Friday, December 2, at Crossgates River Oaks, Brandon.

Ms. Wooten was employed at NAS Meridian for 20+ years.

Survivors include a daughter, Jackie Webb and husband James D. Webb, III of Pearl; three sons, Tommy Wooten and wife Claudia of Winnfield, LA., Randy Wooten and wife Kelly of West Monroe, LA. and Johnny Wooten and wife Debbie of Winnfield, LA; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; a sister, Ruby Andrews of Florence.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John T. Wooten, Sr., two brothers, Frank Winfield, Jr., Bill Winfield, her parents, Frank Sr. and Minnie Jones Winfield and sister Blanche Harris.

Pallbearers were Mike Hoover, Chip Underdown, Dewayne Sosbee, Nick Pitman, Clay Pitman and Rick Wallace.

Visitation was held from 1:15 until 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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Services for Billy James Gooden will be held on Friday, December 9, 2011, 2 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Decatur, with Rev. Darrin Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Gooden, 67, passed away on Friday, December 2, at his home.

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Services for Lain F. Spears, were held at 10 a. m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Danny Lanier officiating. Burial followed in the New Ireland Baptist Church Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Spears, age 87, of Decatur, went to his eternal home on Saturday, December 3, at Laird Hospital in Union. He served his country in the U.S. Army in the 141st Inf. during WWII. He was a very loving and caring man who loved to work in his vegetable garden each year so he could give food to his family, friends, and neighbors.

Survivors include his loving wife of 66 years, Eula K. Lyle Spears of Decatur, two sons, Rickey D. Spears and his wife, Dianne, of Little Rock and Gary S. Spears and his wife, Gloria, of Decatur; three grandchildren, Kayla Stephens of Union, Brian Spears of Enterprise and Chris Spears of Decatur; four great grandchildren, Tyler Spears, Keely Spears, Layne Spears, and Hunter Stephens; a brother, John Ander Spears of Sebastopol, and a sister, Sue Roundtree of Collinsville.

Visitation was from 5 until 8 p.m. on Monday, December 5, at the funeral home in Union.

Huston Leach page-up-icon 24x24
Funeral services for Huston Leach will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Sebastopol. Burial will follow in Sulphur Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home North, Newton, is in charge of arrangements.

Huston Leach, 79 of Conehatta, died Monday, December 5, at Rush Hospital in Meridian.

Mr. Leach led a very active life. He was a man of great faith and was a deacon at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church. He was an excellent husband, father, and grandfather.

He has served as church treasurer and treasurer of the Newton County Baptist Association. He was a member of Mississippi Valley Flywheel Association. He was very active in aviation most of his life having served in the Air Force and the Air National Guard and was an airline pilot for many years with Alaska Airlines. He was also a flight instructor.

He was an outgoing person who enjoyed life and serving others. He was involved in the Greenfield Community Club and was a past president. He was instrumental in starting the Greenfield Fire Department and was their first fire chief.

Survivors include his spouse, Billie Robertson Leach, Decatur; daughter, Karen (Gary) Leach Tune, Decatur; sister, Brenda (Ron) Leach Crawford, Hattiesburg; grandchildren, Melissa Lowlavar, Lydia Wolfe, Noelle Tune, Lyndsey Tune and Marche Heim and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Howard Leach and Lorene Ozell Vance Leach; son, Michael Huston Leach; brothers, Robert Howard Leach, Jr. and Bobby Lewis Leach and a sister, Alma Louise Leach Walls.

Visitation will be from 1 until service time at the church. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

Stanley E. Boutwell page-up-icon 24x24
Graveside services for Stanley E. Boutwell were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday December 7, 2011 at Newton County Memorial Gardens in Newton, with Bro. Wayne Sellers officiating. Newton County Funeral Home North, Hwy 15 North, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Boutwell, 64 of Newton, died Monday, December 5, at the Baptist Hospital in Jackson.

Mr. Boutwell was a lifelong resident of Newton County and a member of the First Methodist Protestant Church of Newton. He was part owner of KS&A Farms and was a dedicated dairyman for 44 years and will be remembered for his strong values and work ethic. He was a wonderful, loving son, husband, dad, grandfather (Poppy) and brother that will be remembered for always placing his family first. He loved the Lord, his church and will be missed by all that knew him.

Survivors Include his wife, Mae Dell Myers Boutwell, Newton; a son, Allen Boutwell, (Rynthia) Newton; a daughter, Angela Boutwell Chaney, (Brian) Newton; grandchildren, Brynn Boutwell, Blair Boutwell, Carson Chaney and Caden Chaney; father, Kenneth Boutwell, Newton; brothers, Ken Boutwell, Jr., (Jean) Tallahassee, FL. and Wayne Boutwell, (Loletta) Slidell, LA; brother-in-law, Prentiss Myers, Newton; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Henriques, Flowood, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his mother Elizabeth Wilson Boutwell.

Pallbearers were Jeff Boutwell, Mark Boutwell, William Myers, Jonathan Henriques, Wiley Walker and Jimmy Bounds.

Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 06, at Newton County Funeral Home North, Newton.

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Funeral services for Maudie Marie Hitt, age 83, of Little Rock was held Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home with Rev. Matthew Hitt officiating. Burial followed in the Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home handling the arrangements.

Mrs. Hitt passed away at her home Saturday December 10. She was a homemaker and a native of Newton County.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harley Hitt; siblings, Aubrey Dean, Carmen Dean, Mertise Fitzgerald and Earline Evans.

Pallbearers serving were Jeff Dean, Randy Evans, Everette Evans, Ricky Fitzgerald, Tommy Dean and Tommy Hitt.

Visitation continued until service time at the funeral home.

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Services for Cara Heflin were held Monday, December 12, 2011 at 12 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Union. Rev. Jon Martin and Rev. Rusty Walton officiated with burial in Union City Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Cara Heflin, 89, of Union died Friday, December 9, at Anderson Regional Hospital in Meridian.

Survivors include two daughters, Janet Smith, Debra Moore and husband Danny; a son, David Heflin and wife, Sherri; five grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; two brothers, Joe Cleveland and wife, Willie and Ned Cleveland and wife, Bobbie.

Special thanks to Tim Warren, Paula Moore and Catrina “Darling.”

Ms. Heflin is preceded in death by her parents, Vesper and Nannie Cleveland; husband of 66 years, Onree Heflin; two grandchildren; and one son-in-law.

Pallbearers were Andy White, Darren Smith, Brandon Heflin, Todd Wall, Joey Ezell and Danny Cleveland.

Visitation was held from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. Monday, December 12, at First Baptist Church of Union. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Union P.O. Box 129 Union, MS 39365.

Victor Louis “Pop” Gordon page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Victor Louis “Pop” Gordon were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union. Burial was in Lucern Church of God Cemetery. Rev. Howell Thrash and Rev. Jerry Bennett officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Gordon 76, of Union, died Monday, December 12, at Rush Hospital in Meridian.

Mr. Gordon served in the U.S. National Guard. He was a Free and accepted Mason and a member of the Henry Clay Masonic Lodge #485 and also a member of Hamasa Shriners of Meridian. He was retired from Illinois Central Railroad and worked many years for Sistrunk Trucking in Sebastopol. He enjoyed his family and loved his time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Vicki Keene of Little Rock and Melissa Pinter of Union; a son, Ray Gordon of Union; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two brothers, Sam Alton Henry of Meridian and P.J. Henry of Union.

Mr. Gordon is preceded in death by his wife, Sara Gordon; his mother, Felderia Henry and father, Harold Gordon, and son-in-law, Ricky Keene.

Pallbearers were Roger Barrett, Barry Barrett, Orville Barrett, Benny Barrett, Layne McDill, Wayne McDill, Randy McDill and Glenn Miller. Honorary Pallbearers were Danny Miller, Michael Miller and Billy Ray Dickerson.

John Henry Kidd page-up-icon 24x24
Services for John H. Kidd were held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 12 p.m. at Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. William Exum, Eulogist and Rev. Tony Jordan, Pastor. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Kidd, 75, of Decatur, died November 27, at his residence.

Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. prior to service at the church.

William Flowers page-up-icon 24x24
Memorial service for William Flowers were held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 12 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Anthony Robinson, officiating. Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Flowers, 55, of Newton died on December 1, at Jeff Anderson Hospital in Meridian.

Max Henry Beckham page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Max Henry Beckham were held at John E. Stephens Chapel, in Philadelphia, on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 2 p.m. with Rev. John Stephens officiating. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services, of Philadelphia was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Beckham, age 57, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, at his home. Visitation was held Friday, December 16, from 1 until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Betty Sue Scott page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Betty Sue Scott were held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 16, at Hopewell Baptist Church, with Rev. Jimmy McDill and Rev. Gene Higginbotham officiating. Burial followed in the Church Cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Scott, age 74, of Union, died Tuesday, December 13, at her residence near Little Rock. Visitation was Thursday, December 15, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Jordan Lee Watkins page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Jordan Lee Watkins were held at John E. Stephens Chapel on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10 a.m. with burial in Plattsburg Cemetery located in Winston County. Rev. Chris Butler officiated. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Watkins, age 19, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, at University Medical Center in Jackson.  Visitation was 5 until 9 p.m. Thursday, December 15, at the funeral home.

Anthony “Tony” Waltman page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Anthony “Tony” Waltman was held at Bogue Chitto Community/Facility Building on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 10 a.m. with burial in Bogue Chitto Community Cemetery located in Philadelphia. Rev. Doby Henry officiated. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Waltman, age 63, passed away on Wednesday, December 14, at Neshoba County General Hospital.  Visitation was 10 a.m. Friday, December 16, at the family home.

Ralph Edward “Ed” Darley, Jr. page-up-icon 24x24
Funeral services for Ralph Edward "Ed" Darley, Jr. will be held at the Newton County Funeral Home South Chapel, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2011. The service will be officiated by Bro. Steve Pouncey, (Antioch Baptist Church) Bro. William Savell, (Liberty Baptist Church) and Dr. David Sellers, (Mt. Vernon Baptist Church). Burial with military honors will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Mississippi State Veterans Cemetery, 248 Honor Circle, in Newton. Mr. Darley considered it an honor and a privilege to have proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.

Mr. Darley 67, of Newton died at Anderson Regional Medical Center South Campus on December 16, after battling liver and pancreatic cancer.

He was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church and treasured his wealth of church friends. He loved and served the Lord, his church, his family and friends. He was an individual that always put others ahead of himself and will be missed by all that knew him.

He was retired from the National Cash Register Company (Jackson-Meridian), Mississippi State University (Coastal Plain Experiment Station-Newton) and the United States Postal Service (Meridian).

He was an avid animal lover and had a heart of gold regarding humane treatment of animals. He leaves behind his adored and much-loved dachshund, "Cleo."

Mr. Darley enjoyed electronics and had been a HAM radio operator (KB5BE) since age 16. He had the highest regards for his numerous long time radio buddies including: Ben Webb of York, AL, Johnny Walker, of Dixon Mills, AL, Charlie Ezell of Decatur, AL, and Charlie Harris of Meridian. He always looked forward each year to attending several HAM Conferences in Mississippi and Alabama and visiting with other HAM-MERS.

Mr. Darley enjoyed the hobby of building and flying model airplanes. He donated several of the larger planes he had built to the Veterans Museum in Laurel.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 37 years, Glenda Newell Crane Darley of Newton; stepsons; Jason Crane (Maria) of Swedesboro, NJ and Jeremy Crane (Brandi) of Sandy Hook.

Affectionately known as "Grandpa Ed" to: Celeste, James, Grace and Jared Crane, all of Swedesboro, NJ, Connor Crane of Sandy Hook, and two other special children, Wesley and Carlee Bess Williams, both of Newton.

He is also survived by sister, Sara Nell Darley; sisters-in-laws and brother-in-laws; Tex and Susan Jones of Rainbow Lakes; Charles and Debbie Newell of Bush, LA; Randy Olmstead of Meridian; a special mother-in-law: Marie Newell of Meridian; nieces and nephews; Lauren Luse of Collinsville; Austin Jones of Meridian; Jennifer Harder of Canada; Joshua Newell of Madisonville, LA, and Matthew Newell of Bush, LA.

He also leaves behind his special and close friends, Doug Bearden of Collinsville, and Jerry Lynn and Richard Odum of Laurel.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph E Darley, Sr., his mother and stepfather, Robert and Ruby Burton, all of York, AL.

Pall bearers will be Ricky Odum, Doug Bearden, Joey Murphey, Billy Johnson, Johnny Walker and Bill Boulton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 4523 Hwy. 503, Newton, MS 39345: your local "Animal Rescue League": or your favorite charity. Visitation was held Tuesday, December 20, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends may leave an online condolence at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

Earl J. Sharp page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Earl J. Sharp, will be held 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, at Barham Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mike Boles, Rev. Lane Busbee and Rev. Chuck Overby, officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Sharp, age 78, of Lauderdale, went to his eternal home on Friday, December 16, at Specialty Hospital in Meridian. He spent most of his adult life in Law Enforcement.

Larry Thomas Bell page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Larry Thomas Bell were held at Bogue Chitto Baptist Church on Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 2 p.m. with burial in Bogue Chitto Community Cemetery located in Philadelphia. Rev. Doby Henry and Rev. Samuel Dixon officiated. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bell, age 33, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, at Smith John Complex in Choctaw. Visitation was 4 p.m. Thursday, December 15, at Bogue Chitto Baptist Church.

Lester Paulvin Rigdon
Services for Lester Paulvin Rigdon of Union were held on Sunday December 18, 2011 2 p.m. from Milling Funeral Home Chapel. Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Rigdon, age 84, died December 16, at his home in Union.  Visitation was Saturday December 17, from 5 until 7 p.m.

Susan Denson page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Susan Denson will be held at St. Catherine Catholic Church on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 10 a.m. with burial in Church Cemetery, located in Conehatta. Father Bob Goodyear will officiate. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.  Visitation was 4 p.m. Monday, December 19, at 9624 Old Jackson Road in Forest.

Ms. Denson, age 92, passed away on Saturday, December 17, at Choctaw Residential Center.

Luvie Delma Winstead Porter page-up-icon 24x24
Luvie Delma Winstead Porter, 94, a resident of Lawrence passed away on Friday, December 23, 2011 at her residence. Visitation was held at Wolf Funeral Services in Morton, MS on Monday, December 26, 2011 from 5:00 until 8:00 pm and on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 from 8:00 am until 1:15 pm. Funeral services were Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm in the chapel. Officiating was Elder George Gardner, Bro. Chris Wells, and Bro. Jimmy Jones did the Eulogy. Wolf Funeral Services in Morton was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Porter had lived in the Gibbstown Community for the past seven years moving from Newton, MS and attended Sand Springs Baptist Church in Newton, MS. She loved spending time with her family and friends and loved to grow vegetables in her garden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Otis Porter in 1997; three grandchildren, Tammy King, Steven Dale Hollingsworth, and Brian Bounds; three great-grandchildren, Samantha Sandoval, Brittany Porter, and Becky Porter.

She is survived by ten children, Bobby Porter and wife Delores of Florence, MS; Barbara Ann Jones and husband John of Newton, MS; Sam Porter and wife Katie of Lake, MS; Sarah Hollingsworth and husband Dale of Lake , MS; Homer Porter of Pelahatchie, MS; William Porter and wife Gloria of Morton, MS; Helen Griffin and husband William of Lawrence, MS; Delma Posey and husband Johnny of Lawrence, MS; Jenny McGee and husband Danny of Lake, MS; Mary Bounds and husband David of Conehatta, MS; one sister Minnie Bethany of Georgia; three brothers, J.P. Winstead of Olive Branch, MS; Horace Winstead of Little Rock, AR; Sam Winstead of Little Rock, AR; twenty one grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Norris Porter, Jimmy Jones, Tony Porter, Steven McGee, Jerry Porter, Sammy Griffin, Jason Posey, and Scott Bounds.

Rhonda Moore page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Mrs. Rhonda Moore will be held 10:00 Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at Golden Grove Church of God. Rev Randolph Scott, Rev. Larry Duncan and Rev. Jerry Bennett will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from5-9 Tuesday, December 27, 2011. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol are in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Moore, 41, passed away Thursday, December 24, 2011 at The Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.

William ‘Bill’ Lewis Alexander page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Mr. William “Bill” Lewis Alexander will be held 2 pm, Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at Duffee Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Danny Lanier will officiate. Milling Funeral Home of Union is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Alexander, 72, of Duffee, died Monday, December 26, 2011 at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include: wife: Frances T. Alexander; two daughters: Dawn A. Harrison and husband Glen and Tammye A. Jones and husband Terry; a son: David S. Alexander and wife Robin; and grandchildren: Axie Jones, Lacye Harrison, Delton Harrison, Josh Alexander, Molli Alexander, Heston Harrison, and Graciana Alexander.

He is survived by five sisters: Bernice Huddleston, Inez Robinson, Audrey Strange, Lyndol Ivey, and Martha Moore; and, by numerous nieces, nephews, friends and coworkers he made over his 40 year career at Winn Dixie.

Mr. Alexander was preceded in death by his parents, Lacy and Mollie Alexander, his brother, Victor Alexander, his sisters, Shirley Johnson, Helen Alexander, and Daree Kilpatrick.

Pallbearers: Alvin Alexander, Tim Ivey, Murray Ivey, Paul McMullan, Dave Miller, and Jordan Benson. Visitation was be held Tuesday, December 27, at Milling Funeral Home.

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