Obituaries

RAYMON EUGENE FARMER

Raymon Eugene Farmer, 88, of Belzoni, Mississippi, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 23, 2024, at Humphreys County Nursing Center, after a long illness.

Raymon was born on August 19, 1935, to James Kimble Farmer Sr. and Mary Lorena Gibson Farmer. He was a member of United Methodist Church in Batesville, Arkansas.

Raymon was passionate about baseball in his years and signed with the New York Yankees after graduating. He played semi-pro for two years before injuring his arm ending his career. Later he took up golf and became an avid golfer and loved playing every opportunity.

Raymon was a hard worker. Most people in this area will remember him working in the catfish industry, working at several different processing plants. He will be missed by many.

Raymon was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife loving wife, Beverly Ann Whatley Farmer; brother James Kimble Farmer Jr., Raymon is survived by his sons; William Steven Farmer (Brenda) of Taylorsville, Mississippi, Charles Jeffery Farmer of Greenville, Mississippi and David Kimble Farmer (Denise) of Belzoni, Mississippi. He also left behind 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren all whom he loved dearly.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home in Greenville, 711 Hwy 82 East. Graveside service was held at Greenlawn Cemetery in Greenville. Rev. George Johnson of First Baptist Church of Belzoni officiated. Serving as Pallbearers were Kimble Farmer, Drew Farmer, Garret Farmer, Casey Tyler, Austin Farmer, and Ray Farrish. Honorary Pallbearer was Jacob Pitcher.

In lieu of Flowers the family request donations be made to the Alzheimer Association.

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ERMA DEAN DUKE NICHOLS

Erma Dean Duke Nichols, 88, of Indianola, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at her home. 

Erma Dean was born January 24, 1936, in Isola, Mississippi, to Louie and Maggie Duke. She grew up in Isola on the family farm. Erma Dean grew up strong and believed she could do anything she set her mind to. She was a bank teller at Planters Bank for over 35 years before retiring at age 80. Erma Dean was an incredible seamstress, a task she learned from her mother and passed on to her own daughter. She even made many of her children’s clothes when they were growing up. Erma Dean made the most wonderful pecan pies and enjoyed making them for her family and friends. She was a member of First Baptist Church where she was a member of the Golden Circle Sunday School class. Erma Dean loved her family more than anything and genuinely cared for everyone she knew. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louie and Maggie Duke; her husband, N.T. “Billy” Nichols; three brothers, Louie Carl Duke Jr., Richard Neal “Shot” Duke, and Bud Duke; sister, Frances Gray, and her son, Larry Willoughby. 

Erma Dean is survived by her son, Don Willoughby of Phoenix, Arizona; daughter, Debbie Willoughby of Indianola; stepsons, Randy Nichols (Sarah) and Stan Nichols; stepdaughter, Sandi Nichols McLemore (Stacy), eleven grandchildren, Austin Willoughby, Timothy Willoughby, Ashley Willoughby McPhail (Marcus), Brent Willoughby, Chris Pope (Pamela), Charlotte Johnson (Leon), Will Nichols (Cheryl), and Elizabeth Lott (Jacob). Laine Staten, Brian Bailey (Bethany), and Erica Smith (Jason); and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. 

Visitation was held on Monday, February 12, 2024, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, at Burton Funeral Home. The funeral service followed at 2:00 PM with Dr. Guy Burke officiating. Afterwards, she was buried at Caile Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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JOHN S. SIMPSON

John S. Simpson, 65, of Huntsville, Alabama passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 31, 2024. John loved being happy. He woke up every morning with his big infectious smile, ready to conquer the day helping or teaching anyone in his path, solving problems, inventing something or “fixing things”. He always said that being angry or mad was a waste of time and energy, and a positive attitude is a choice not a circumstance.

Born May 5,1958 in Belzoni, Mississippi. He was the son of P. B. Simpson and Minnie Simpson. John attended Mississippi State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1980. He then completed his Masters in 1982 and his Doctorial in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1993.

John was a professor at the Electrical Engineering college and a Computer Systems Administrator in the Electrical Engineering Department at MSU for 15 years. In the early 80’s he established Southern Computer Solution, Inc. servicing local businesses in the Golden Triangle area until his illness in 2013. John loved Starkville, MS and was a force in the community.

John was always the “favorite child” in the Simpson family. Growing up in Belzoni, MS. John and his brother Tommy were somewhat notorious around the neighborhood and John’s creative mischief remained persistent his entire life. John’s intellect for electronics was present at a very young age and music also became his passion. He played the drums from age 6 through high school and college, was a self-taught piano player and singer, and was always a member of a band or two. He was also passionate about spending time with his wife Terry, his family, his work, building speakers, tinkering in the garage, working on cars, going out dancing or spending the weekends water skiing on the Tenn-Tom River.

John was admired by all who knew him for his intelligence, knowledge, wit, generosity, and kind heart. His words of wisdom will forever be remembered.

Survivors include his loving wife Theresa (Terry) Simpson, of Huntsville, AL; siblings, Dr. P.B. “Junie” Simpson, Jr. of Pine Bluff, AR, Sheila Simpson (husband Tom) of Pelham, NY, Tanya Simpson of Pine Bluff, AR, Bonnie Simpson of Vero Beach, FL, and Tommy Simpson (wife, Kathy) of Iuka, MS.

No funeral or memorial service is immediately planned. The family will notify loved ones in the future when a memorial is scheduled.

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SIDNEY DALE “NEMO” BURROUGH

Sidney, 22, was born on April 11, 2001 and left his earthly home to be with his heavenly Father on Sunday, January 14, 2024. A life cut way too short but lived to the fullest.
Sidney had a love for life and a love for the outdoors, whether it be working, fishing, hunting or playing ball. He was just a redneck with the biggest smile who never met a stranger.
He was a member of FBC of Yazoo and worked at Planters Supply in Bentonia. He was a student at the University of Southern Mississippi where his dream was to be a high school baseball coach.
To know Sidney was to love him. He had an infectious smile and pure kindness about him. He, quite literally, left a trail of that love and kindness around the globe. He was passionate about God, serving, and being surrounded by his family and countless friends. His generosity was endless.
Sidney was proceeded in death by his maternal grandfather Sidney White of Yazoo City and paternal uncle, Shelton Burrough of Bentonia, MS.  He is survived by his mother, Heather Burrough of Yazoo City, father Keith (Sheila) Burrough of Brandon, MS, sister Haley Pettis of Bentonia, MS, maternal grandmother Linda “Sue” White of Yazoo City, paternal grandparents Kerry and JoAnn Burrough of Bentonia, MS, and his girlfriend Anna Hoben of Vicksburg, MS.
Visitation was at Stricklin-King Funeral home on Sunday January 21, 2024 from 4-6 p.m. Memorial service was held at First Baptist Church of Yazoo City at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 22, 2024, with Rev Aaron Sibley officiating. Graveside service will follow at Benton Baptist Church.
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WILLIAM EUGENE GARVIN

William Eugene Garvin, 63, of Winona, and formerly of Isola, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at Select Specialty Hospital in Jackson.

William, affectionately known as Boo to his family, was born September 28, 1960, in Indianola, to William McAlpine Garvin, Jr. and Leona Olga Grant Garvin. He was raised in Isola and attended school in Belzoni. William was very quiet and easy-going. He was very giving to others and protective of his family. William had a funny laugh and enjoyed helping his mother cook.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Olga Garvin and one brother, Michael Garvin.

William is survived by one brother, Timothy Wayne Garvin of Isola; sister, Debbie Hearn of Marks; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 pm, Monday, January 22, 2024, at Belzoni Cemetery with Rev. Richard Wiman officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.
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MICHELLE "MICKY" MARIE DUMARCHE' ROBERTS

Michelle "Micky" Marie Dumarche' Roberts passed away Thursday, January 18, 2024 at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland, Mississippi. Micky was born on March 2, 1933, in Pourcelanges, Nièvre, France to Emile Franc Dumarche' and Raymonde Emilienne Lemaitre.
After attending Premery School in France, Micky worked as a live-in nanny and then as a waitress in Bordeaux before going to work at the Post Exchange (PX) at the Étain-Rouvres Air Base in Etain, France where she met her husband, Sam, who was stationed there as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Micky and Sam married and moved to Portales, New Mexico for a short stint before Sam brought his new "French Bride" back to his hometown of Isola, Mississippi, where they would spend the next 60+ years together. In addition to her notoriety as the "French Woman" in town, Micky was best known for being the "Avon Lady" for 15 years. Micky and Sam were faithful members of Liberty Baptist Church where Micky shared her beautiful operatic voice as a member of the choir. Micky was also an outstanding cook -- providing many Sunday lunches to family and friends -- as well as keeping the "hunting crew" well-fed on Saturday mornings.

Micky was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Samuel Lee Roberts; father, Emile Dumarche'; mother, Raymonde Baloup; stepfather, Rene Baloup; and, sister, Danielle Dumarche'. She is survived by her son, Samuel "Bo" Roberts of Glen; her daughter, Michelle Roberts of Cleveland; sisters: Ginette Pabiot (Lucien) of France and Regine Godar (Allain) of France; half-sister: Lucienne Orsot (Bernard) of France; brother: Jean-Claude Dumarche' (DeDee) of France; step-brother: Roger Baloup of France; and, a host of nieces and nephews. Micky had three wonderful grandchildren who adored their "Memee": Luke Roberts, Anna Roberts, and Landry Roberts.

The funeral was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 22, 2024 at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni. Visitation began at 10:00 a.m. and burial took place immediately following the service at Belzoni Cemetery.

Mortimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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KAREN RENEE BREITHAUPT LANG

Karen Renee Breithaupt Lang went to her heavenly home on January 16, 2024, Karen passed away at UMMC Jackson, MS.

Karen was born in Greenville, MS to Randy and Shirley Breithaupt on December 1, 1970. She attended Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni, MS. Karen loved working in her yard, cooking, shopping and loved her family deeply.

She was preceded in death by her father, Randy Breithaupt, paternal grandparents, Billy and Ruth Breithaupt; maternal grandfather, John Phillips III; nieces, Anniston Thornton and Katy Menotti; and nephew, Collin Hill.

She is survived by her husband, Micheal Lang; mother, Shirley Breithaupt; maternal grandmother, Helen Taylor; four children, Rodney Taylor, Jr. of Madison, MS, Brooklyn (Jacob) Keith of Inverness, MS, Kennedie (Dwayne) Duett of Belzoni, MS, and Averie Keyton Rodgers of Inverness, MS; two grandchildren, Lainey Sloane Taylor and Mary Malcolm Keith; sister, Nikki (Matt) Wilson of Florence, MS; brother, Hutch (Natalie) Breithaupt of Hattiesburg, MS; nieces and nephews; one great niece; one great nephew; cousins; aunts and uncles.

Visitation was held Sunday, January 21, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., at Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni. The funeral service began at 2:00 p.m. A private burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.
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JACK STANLEY HOKE

Jack Stanley Hoke, age 69, passed away at his home in Belzoni, on January 15, 2024.
He was born in Moorhead, MS on November 04, 1954, to Warren Earl Hoke, Sr. and Mildred Luster Hoke. Jack, known to many as Red Man, grew up in the Gooden Lake Community of Belzoni and was a retired equipment operator.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Warren Earl Hoke, Jr., Jerry Wayne Hoke, and Mike Hoke.

He is survived by his best friend, Roxie Hoke; nieces, Lori Verhage (Craig), Robin Toler (Kent), and Mandy Champagne (Clinton); great niece, Anna Street Toler; great nephews, Warren Toler, Woods Toler, and Cash Champagne; sister-in-law, Diane McMinn; numerous aunts and cousins; and his chocolate lab, Pearl.

Visitation was held Friday, January 19, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 pm, at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. The funeral service began at 2:00 p.m. at Burton Funeral Home with Rev. Linda Malone officiating. A private burial will follow in Hickory Grove Cemetery in Inverness. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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MARTY HARDIN

Marty Hardin was born April 4, 1954 to Treva C. Hardin and Hulon “Bunk” Hardin. Marty passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023, peacefully at his home surrounded by his family, after a short battle with lung cancer.

Marty had a public servants heart. If you lived in Humphreys County, Marty most likely helped you in someway or another. Whether changing your oil, washing your car, fixing a cracked windshield, or even unlocking your car door at 2 a.m., Marty felt like he was here to help. He served Humphreys County proudly as a constable for just shy of 36 years.

If you can’t tell by now, Marty was a workaholic. He spent the last several years as a delivery driver for Southern Industrial Supply where he served “his” customers proudly, only retiring a few short months ago. Marty was also an avid music lover. He played several different instruments with many different bands over the years. Marty’s most prized possession was his family and his six grandchildren. He loved hard, he loved deep, and he loved often and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Marty is preceded in death by both parents; Colleen and Bunk Hardin. He leaves behind 3 children Brandon (Haley) Hardin and their children, Sam and Sutton of Woodland, MS; Ryan (Karly) Hardin and their son, Brady of Grenada, MS; Carly (Warwick) Meaker and their children, Harper, Noah and Winter of Cleveland, MS; older brother, Ronnie Hardin of Dardanelle, Arkansas and younger sister, Brenda (Jerry) Kilpatrick of Columbia MS; Girlfriend, Christine Minyard of Belzoni, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was from 12:00 - 1:00, Monday, December 4, 2023 at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni, with a memorial service immediately following, with Rev. Richard Wiman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, Marty asks that you make a donation to St. Jude Children’s hospital.

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LOIS NICHOLS MICHELLI

Funeral services for Lois Nichols Michelli, 95, of Lafayette, LA were held at 2:00 p.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home, Belzoni on Monday, November 20, 2023. She passed away in Lafayette, LA on November 12th, 2023. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service. Mortimer Funeral Home, Belzoni, is entrusted with the arrangements.

Lois was raised in Belzoni, MS, along with her siblings, Roy Nichols, Elizabeth Stewart, and Loretta Jeter who have predeceased her.

Having achieved recognition during her school years in sports and academics, she graduated in 1945 from Belzoni High School. After leaving home, Lois continued to earn recognition while attending Miss. State College for Women, being chosen to appear in the 1948-49 Edition of "Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges", ultimately earning her Bachelor of Science in 1949. From her memoirs it has been heart-warming to see the love she had for Belzoni, and for her fellow students at MSCW. Upon embarking on her career, Lois earned her MA in Government at LSU followed by being selected to participate in further government studies at UC Berkeley.

Beginning to serve in her vocation took her to work in Washington DC for the US National Security Agency. This was followed by a life-long career in government, first with the Louisiana Legislative Research Council, and finally for the Louisiana Board of Elem & Secondary Education editing policy making. In addition, Lois, as an entrepreneur, opened a successful business in her community, Lois's Hallmark Shop.

During her life, Lois was generous with her time and talent in participating in social and civic affairs, having participated with the Baton Rouge Symphony Auxiliary, and many others. Also, she served as House Mother @ the LSU Fraternity, Kappa Sigma, during her retirement years.

She was married to Andrew ("Jay") Michelli. Together they joyfully nurtured and raised daughter, Karen Michelli, and had the extra joy of helping to nurture and raise Karen's son, John Thomas Scott.

Hers was a life well-lived with beauty and grace, but most importantly with deep love in her heart for community, family, and friends.

Lois was born in Memphis, TN on July 30th, 1928. She is preceded in death by her parents Estelle Carson Nichols and Roy Anderson Nichols, Sr, Siblings, Roy Anderson Nichols, Jr, Elisabeth Nichols Stewart, and Loretta Nichols Jeter.

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BETTY EVANS ABLES

Betty Evans Ables went to her Heavenly Home on November 12, 2023, while a patient at Saint Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, after a fall and a short illness.

Betty was a life long resident of Isola, Mississippi. She was born on January 7, 1935 to John Washington Evans and Annie Lee Dees Evans. She was a faithful and dedicated member of Bible Believers Church. She will be remembered as a Godly woman who showed and lived her faith in God daily. She and her husband who worked hard to provide for their family. Together they ran a dry cleaning business for a number of years in Belzoni before retiring.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Henry Ables, her parents, John and Annie Evans, sisters; Leona Bailey, Mary Berry, Ella Ruth Hawkins, brother, James Evans and several half brothers and sisters

Betty leaves behind to cherish their memories; her daughter, Glenda Householder of Corning, Arkansas, sons, Darrell (Cathy) Ables, Paul(Maria) Ables both from Isola, Mississippi. She also leaves 9 grandchildren, 6 Great grands and 2 great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews as well as many loving friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, November 16, 2023 at Mortimer Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will began at 10:00 a.m. followed the service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Caile Cemetery in Caile, Mississippi.

Jamey Bland will officiate. Pallbearers are; William Ables, Cody Ables, Doug Householder, Walker Dunn, Joseph Vielma and David Vielma. Honorary Pallbearers; Jerry Pate and Freddie Pate.

Mortimer Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of the arrangements.

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RICHARD EDWARD “RICKY” WILLOUGHBY

Richard Edward “Ricky” Willoughby, 76, of Cruger, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2023, at Humphreys County Nursing Center in Belzoni.

Ricky was born June 27, 1947, in Humphreys County, to James Edward and Dannie Lee Houston Willoughby. His love for fishing led to his career as a commercial fisherman and he and his father operated a fish market in Grenada for many years. Ricky’s love of being on the river fishing led to his friends giving him the nickname River Rat which was shortened to Rat.  He also enjoyed hunting, picking on and agitating people.  Ricky also loved a good cigarette and a cold Dr. Pepper. He was a simple man that enjoyed the simple things in life.

Ricky was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Edward Willoughby, Jr.; and two sisters, Barbara Sue Breazeale and Ann Willoughby Gilmer.

He is survived by his daughter, Christy Willoughby Bell of Belzoni; sister, Mary Joyce McCarty (Jimmy) of Pascagoula; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, October 28, 2023, at Mathena Cemetery in Belzoni. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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HARRY TRUMAN BLAKELY

Harry Truman Blakely, 75, of Belzoni, passed away Friday, October 13, 2023, at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital in Jackson.

Harry was born December 2, 1947, in Avalon, to Calvin Eugene and Ruby Lee Lyles Blakely. He worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Jackson for 17 years prior to his retirement. Harry enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He loved his family more than anything. Harry and his family made many happy memories while on the boat fishing or in the woods hunting. He was a member of Beulah Baptist Church. Although dementia took many of his memories from him, the words of all his favorite gospel songs were always with him, and he loved to listen to them and sing.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Marion Blakely, Robert Earl Blakely, and Billy Blakely; and two sisters, Ruby Lillian Baker and Annie Mae Goss.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Mary Jane Hawkins Blakely of Belzoni; son, Randy Lee Blakely (Kristie) of Kosciusko; daughter, Angela Faye Shaw (Zelie) of Kosciusko; three brothers, David Blakely of Oxford, Dean Blakely of Wisconsin, and Larry Blakely of Alabama; eight grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Monday, October 16, 2023, from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm, at Beulah Baptist Church, 5249 Four Mile Road, Inverness, MS 38753. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm at the church with Rev. Lee Kirk officiating. Burial will follow in Methena Cemetery in Belzoni. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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EARNEST ROY (BUSTER) CRUM III

Earnest Roy (Buster) Crum III, 83,went to his Heavenly home on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Services will be held Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni. The family will receive visitors from 10 AM to the start of the service at 11AM. Interment will follow at Greencrest Gardens on Highway 12 West, Belzoni.

Buster was born on November 28, 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Earnest Roy Crum Jr. and Jean Upchurch Crum. He spent most of his life in Humphreys County where met and married his wife of 60 years, Jerri Crum. Buster graduated from Belzoni High School. He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church. Most will remember as a mechanic for John Deere, but he was a mechanic since he served in the U.S. Navy. He was very active in the community. He served as a Auxiliary Policeman, Volunteer Fireman, County Civil Defense director, a member of old J.C. Club and a HAM Radio Club. He will be missed by a host of friends.

Buster was preceded in death by his parents; Earnest Roy and Jean Upchurch Crum; sister, Sandra Moon.

Left behind with their memories of him are; wife, Jerri, sons Michael Roy (Rowena) Crum of Brandon, Mississippi, Jason (Amanda) Crum of Belzoni, grandchildren, Christopher O'Brien, Kaitlin Turner, Emma Crum, two great grandchildren, sisters; Joyce (Willis) Coker of Pearl Mississippi, Lisa Ramsey of Florida, Bob Crum of Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Brother Sam Riddell will be in charge of the service. Pallbearers; David Harrison, Jimmy Duke, Pepper Roberts, Ronnie Ferrell, Harold Pepples and Glenn Helms.

Memories may be made to The Gideon or Eastside Baptist Church Missions.

Mortimer Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of the arrangements.

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MABEL MOORE SMITH

Mabel Moore Smith, 83, of Belzoni, MS, passed away peacefully with family by her side, October, 2, 2023, at Indywood Personal Care in Indianola, MS.

Mabel was born January 26, 1940, in Yazoo City, MS, to Mr. and Mrs. James H. Moore.

After graduating from Delta State with a degree in Library Science, she started her 29 year career at Humphrey County Public School system. Soon after starting, she met a young man who would later become her husband, and their story began.

Mabel was very dedicated to her family and her church. She was involved with many activities in the church such as youth group, directing the Singing Little Angels choir, playing in the handbell choir and playing the piano in church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James H Moore, her husband Walton D Smith Jr, one brother Harrison Moore and brother in law Robert Pepper.

She is survived by one son, Walton D Smith III "Trey" (Tracey) of Terry MS; one daughter Lisa Stricklen (Steve) of Inverness, MS; two granddaughters, Hanna Morgan Stricklen of Nashville, TN, Jordan Stricklen of Inverness, MS; three brothers, William Moore (Linda); Dr. John Moore (Jo Ann) and Larry Moore (Teresa) all of Vaughan; two sisters, Mary Agnes Westbrook ( Hilary) of Vicksburg, Joan Pepper of Vaughan and a host of nieces and nephews .

Visitation was Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 10:00 with funeral immediately following at 11:00 at First Baptist Church in Belzoni, MS. Interment was at Ellison Methodist Church cemetery in Vaughan, MS.

Pallbearers were her nephews Brian Westbrook, David Moore, Daniel Moore, Jimmy Moore, Clark Moore, and John Robert Pepper. Honorary pallbearers are Royce Steed, Adam Moore, Kent Moore, Dr. Hugh Moore and Mark Moore.

Mortimer Funeral home is entrusted with the arrangements.

The family would like to thank Indywood of Indianola, the late Dr. Patterson, Grace Hospice, and Dr. Donahoe for taking care of their mom.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Belzoni, the Alzheimer's Association, or Ellison Cemetery Fund.

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RICHARD PRESTON AUST III

In the wee hours of the morning of September 29th, 2023, Richard Preston Aust III, 70, of Belzoni peacefully fell into the arms of his savior while surrounded by his family.

Ricky was born on December 27th, 1952, in Greenwood, MS to Richard Preston Aust, Jr. of Inverness and Ruby Dell Aust of Swiftown. His grandparents were Preston and Francis Leo Aust and I.T. and Oma Dell Gardner, all of Swiftown. He was a graduate of Humphreys County High School and received his B.S. degree from Delta State University in Physical Education. Ricky married Brenda Rodgers Aust, the love of his life, on his 18th birthday and he loved her for 52 years. They made their home in Belzoni and Ricky worked for Columbia Gulf in Inverness for 27 years. He was a godly man and served as a deacon, as well as many other roles at Eastside Baptist Church over the years. Ricky loved deeply with his whole heart and all he encountered knew it. He loved his family, especially his seven GRANDS, his church family, and all of his community friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Ricky is survived by his wife, Brenda Rodgers Aust of Belzoni, two daughters: Hope Lang (Garrott) of Inverness and Ann Carol Tirey (Eric) of Belzoni, one son , Preston Aust (Emily) of Belzoni, one princess, Neeli Aust of Belzoni and seven grandsons: Will and Wade Lang of Inverness, Grant and Aust Minor Tirey of Belzoni, and Preston and Leo Aust of Belzoni and Jarvis Billingsly as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other special children that affectionately called him "Papaw Ricky".

Visitation was held Monday, October 2, 2023 from noon until 1:30 p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni and the service will begin at 1:30. Bro. Wayne Kimbrough and Rev. Richard Wiman officiated. Serving as pallbearers were Ricky's cousins: Mac Abernathy, Richie Abernathy, Barry Gardner, George Gardner, Jerry Gardner, Kevin Gardner, Paul Gardner, Stevie Gardner, Bobby Wade Maxey, and Jerry Maxey. Interment followed the service at Belzoni Cemetery. Mortimer Funeral Home was honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. Memorials in Ricky's name can be made to Humphreys Academy in Belzoni.

Register online and express condolences at www.mortimerfh.com

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FARRELL “LANE” McLELLAN

Farrell “Lane” McLellan, 17, of Belzoni, passed away on September 22, 2023.

Lane was a beloved senior at Humphreys Academy who loved to tinker around. He was a quiet, but devoted friend who you could count on to help you.  He was the best big brother anyone could ask for. He may have been a bit bigger than his sister, Rainey, but she definitely had him wrapped around her pinkie finger. He may have been just a kid, but he was the best partner his PaPa ever had, willing to be right beside Randolph working on whatever job the day brought. What Lane lacked in your typical teenage temperament, he made up for in heart.

He was a rare gem, for he was a teenager with a lot of heart and he loved his baby sister, his baby brother, his EE & PaPa, Deuce & Pops, his Uncle Randy and his Uncle Dave.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the 2:30 p.m. service at First Baptist Church in Belzoni, Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

Lane is survived by his mother, Dawn; his father, Robbie; his brother, Jack; his sister, Rainey; grandparents, Liz and Randolph Rainey and Robbie and Diane McLellan; uncles, Randy Rainey, David(Tracy) Rainey, James “Bubba” Tullos; aunt, Casey Jones, as well as his dog and best friend, Delta, and a host of cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be JT Walker, David Rainey, Bryton Manna, Michael McGee, Randy Rainey, Ben McGee, Joey Manna and Mark Wiggins.  Honorary pallbearers will be James Michael Beckwith, Ethan Higgs, Briar Turner, Chandler Courtney, Joseph Rodgers, Toryee Bateast, James Forbes, Lee Haire, Charlie Schuman and Nolan Nichols.

 Mortimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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ANITA ROBERTS PAXTON

Anita Roberts Paxton, 60, of Caile, passed away peacefully Monday, September 25, 2023, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Anita was born January 20, 1963, in Moorhead, to David and Bonita Mullen Roberts. She was raised in Moorhead and was a graduate of Indianola Academy. Anita married Jim Paxton on November 20, 1982, and together, they made their home in Caile. She worked for Toler Real Estate in Inverness for 16 years prior to her illness, forcing her to retire. Anita was a gifted piano player and played for many churches in the Delta. She loved flowers and gardening. Anita was a member of Inverness Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, David Roberts.

Anita is survived by her mother, Bonita Roberts of Indianola; her husband of 40 years, Jim Paxton of Caile, two sons, Will Paxton and Justin Paxton both of Caile; and one sister, Angela Dowell (Wade) of Indianola.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 28, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Inverness Methodist Church. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Linda Malone and Rev. Richard Wiman officiating. Burial will follow in Caile Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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CHIEF RICHARD “RICKY” LYNN MCMILLIAN

BRANDON, MS

Chief Ricky McMillian, native of Belzoni, 56, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 16, 2023. He served as Flowood Chief of Police since 2018, a dedicated officer of thirty-five years, and was an honored member of the Flowood community.

Chief McMillian’s passion for helping others began early in his life. He is a second generation law enforcement officer, following in his father’s footsteps.

His work within law enforcement was unprecedented. In Belzoni he started his career in 1988 as a patrolman and expanded his service to a narcotics detective, constable, MDOC parole officer, and finally Chief of Police for the Belzoni Police Department, providing three years of leadership to his hometown.

In 2004, McMillian and his family relocated to Brandon, MS, where he had a career reset and served in the role of patrolman for the Flowood Police Department. He soon moved to the motorcycle unit of the traffic division, an exciting and fun opportunity for him. For Flowood, he again served as a narcotics investigator and was later promoted to Lieutenant over the Criminal Investigations Division. In 2018, he was bestowed the honor of being promoted to Chief of Police for Flowood. During his thirty-five year career, he developed lifelong bonds with those he served with.

Chief McMillian consistently worked to better himself in his career. Throughout his service, he attended multiple training classes and became a certified investigator, accident reconstructionist, and instructor. He was a member of Leaders Helping Leaders Network and was excited to be a part of this program. Chief McMillian believed that being a police officer required a warrior’s mindset with a servant’s heart: working as an officer, to him, was all about serving the community, and he would host classes to help officers develop this perception of compassion while protecting and serving. He will be remembered not only for his leadership but also for his humility, integrity, Christian values, and passion for intentional servanthood.

He was a man of many sayings, and a few that stand out are “Welllll, good,” “It ain’t funny when the rabbit has the gun,” “Help me help you,” and a special family quote was “Sho do love you, make good grades, and don’t forget you’re a McMillian.”  He loved watching movies and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He developed a love of reading and would often choose books that helped him grow in his spiritual maturity. He was a dedicated member of his church and always looked forward to Sunday school.

While he was passionate about his work within the community, his true heart centered around spending time with his wife and children. He loved special moments with his grandson, surprising family members with thoughtful gifts and hand-written cards, and playing cards around the family table. He would often take his family to dinner or host a movie night. He always prayed for his children and their future, which he held as a priority. He was a devoted husband, father, and “Big Daddy” to his grandson.

Chief McMillian is survived by his wife of thirty-one years, Donna, his two children, Katan McMillian Holder (Tyler) and Rustin Lynn McMillian and his grandson, Maverick Lee Holder. He is also survived by his brother Michael Ray McMillian (Mary Etta) of Isola and a host of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Melva “Sonny” Lynn McMillian and Bonnie Katherine McMillian, and his brother, Robert “Bobby” Cline McMillian.

Visitation was Tuesday, September 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, MS, and on Wednesday, September 20, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Fannin. A chapel service will be on Wednesday, September 20, at 11:00 a.m. after visitation at First Baptist Church of Fannin, followed by a graveside service at Fannin Baptist Cemetery.

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WILLIS ALOZO “BILLY” ABNEY

On September 18, 2023 our precious husband, father, and PawPaw was called peacefully home to be with our Lord and Savior. He was 10 days shy of being 86 years old. Billy Abney was born September 28, 1937 in Sunflower county to the late Lallie Lou Abney and late Bill Abney of Inverness.

Billy was one of 5 boys and I sister. He was preceded in death by Douglas (Duck) Abney of Inverness, Ms., Jim Abney (Betty) of Flint, Michigan, and Danny Abney of Moorhead, Ms.

He is survived by a brother, Bobby Abney of Inverness, Ms. and sister, Joyce Abney Williams of Indianola, Ms. He leaves behind the love of his life of 66 years; Annie Lois Abney, two children, Tim Abney(Sandra), Cissy Abney Lee (Scott); three grandchildren: Brandon Abney of Madison, Ms. and Brittany Abney Eaton of Brandon, Ms. and Dustin Bailey(Lauren) of McComb, Ms.; three great grandchildren; Dawson James Bailey and Jules Ryan Bailey, of McComb, Ms. and Layne Marie Eaton of Brandon, Ms. and a host of nieces and nephews.

Billy grew up on the farm in Sunflower County. He attended Inverness School. He left the farm and took a job as a farm equipment mechanic with L & B for many years. He went into business for himself in Belzoni, Ms. "Billy's Repair Shop". He worked as a mechanic for over 50 years. Later in life he took a job for the City of Belzoni as a Shop Supervisor. He retired after 12 years. Billy was a member of Eastside Baptist Church, Belzoni, MS. If you knew Billy you knew he loved his God, family, and fishing.

Services will be Friday, September 22, 2023, at Eastside Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to start of service at 2:00 p.m Interment will follow at Greencrest Gardens on Highway 12 in Belzoni. Brother Steve Painter will officiate. Serving as pallbearers are, Steve Grisham, Jim Grisham, Dale Bailey, Dustin Bailey, Brandon Abney, Michael Williams and Jerry Smith. Mortimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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BECKY RUTH FERRELL

Rebecca Ruth Hartness Ferrell known as Becky Ruth by family and friends passed away Thursday September 14, 2023 at her residence at the age of 78. She was born August 25, 1945 in Columbus to the late Homer Billups and Nellie Ruth Ellis Hartness. She graduated with a BS Degree in Education. She taught Business Education to High School students for several years. She was a pig farmer then she sold seed for Mississippi Farmers Association before retirement. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Funeral Services were at 5:00 p.m. Monday, September 18, 2023 at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Brandon Bates officiating. Interment services followed at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Starkville. Serving as Pallbearers are Cecil Ferrell, Ben Ferrell, Tim Ferrell, Thomas Allen, Marty Goff, Clark Hartness. Honorary Pallbearers are Richard Keith Ferrell, Ronald Curt Ferrell. Visitation will be 4-5 p.m. Monday at the church.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Cecil Ferrell of West Point, her sons; Cecil Hartness Ferrell (Shanna) of West Point, Benjamin Colin Ferrell (Adrienne) of MO; daughter; Kendra Ferrell Goff (Marty) of FL; brothers, Clark Hartness of Starkville, Wayne Hartness of AL; sister, Barbara Dennehey (Pat) of VA; son-in-law, Thomas Allen of West Point; 8 grandchildren, Tim Ferrell, Logan Goff, Loranna Goff, Hartleigh Jo Ferrell, Riley Creed Ferrell, Charleigh Ferrell, Adalyn Ferrell, Teague Ferrell; 2 great grandchildren, Ashleigh, Paxton Ferrell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her daughter, Katherine Dawn Allen.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church PO Box 366 West Point, MS 39773 or Palmer Home for Children PO Box 746 Columbus, MS 39701.

Robinson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Friends may leave an online condolence and order flowers at robinsonfh.net.

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DANIEL THOMAS MANSEILL

Daniel Thomas Manseill passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2023, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center while being surrounded by his wife, daughters, Daddy, Momma, family and friends.  Daniel was born on December 1, 1980.  Daniel was the perfect definition of a family man.  When you saw Daniel, you always saw three others, his wife Samantha, and his daughters, Allie and Megan.  Daniel was the hardest working and most honest man anyone could ever meet.  He was the most dedicated and loving husband and Daddy.  Other than being with Samantha at every basketball game, softball game, football game or any other event Allie and Megan had at school, Daniel enjoyed hunting, fishing and helping anybody with anything they ever needed.  Loyalty was one of Daniel’s most profound attributes.  Daniel put all of his efforts into being the most loving husband, Daddy, son, brother and Pop Pop he could ever be.  To have met Daniel was to have been truly blessed.  We love you, and we will miss you always!

Daniel is survived by his wife, Samantha Manseill, daughters, Allie Claire Manseill, Megan Lee Manseill, and Andrea Nicole Manseill.  He is also survived by his granddaughter, Raeleigh Nicole Manseill and his grandson, Jax Dawson Manseill.  He is preceded in death by his son, Cole Manseill.  Daniel is also survived by his Daddy, Danny (Lori) Manseill, his Momma, Brenda Manseill, his brother, Cody Manseill, his sister, Gail Uthoff, and another brother, Silas Manseill. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and more friends than any person could count.

Memorial services for Daniel will be held Saturday, September 9, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Belzoni.

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Rosanna Grossman Beckham

Rosanna Grossman Beckham, 88, of Belzoni, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Rosanna was born July 31, 1935, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was the daughter of Clifton and Lola Templin Grossman. She grew up in Oklahoma City and attended Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, Rosanna was selected a campus beauty and proudly served as president of her sorority. She met and married her husband, Joe Beckham, and they moved to Belzoni, where they raised their children. Rosanna was smart, funny, witty, and a great conversationalist. A lover of life, she was always joyful and fun. Rosanna was very caring and always eager to help others, but never sought recognition for herself.

Known by many names (Mama, Nana, Nana Cane), Rosanna was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who eagerly shared her life’s experiences with those she loved. She was truly one-of-a-kind.

Rosanna was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Joe Edward Beckham. She was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church of Belzoni.

Rosanna is survived by two children, Debbie Beckham Gantz of Inverness and Don (Roy Anne) Beckham of Houston, Texas; brother, Glen (Sarah) Grossman of Edmond, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Julia St. Clair Gantz, Sarah Katherine (Stephen) Pannel, Henry Herr (Shelby) Gantz, IV, Alexandra Louise Beckham, and Sydney Ballard Beckham; and three great grandchildren, Anabelle Rose Pannel, Charlotte Kate Pannel, and Beckham Gray Pannel.

The family wishes to express their grateful appreciation to Rosanna’s caregivers Ramona Hampton, Linda Williams, Caroline Harris, Joann Williams, and Boby Redmond.

Visitation will be held Sunday, September 3, 2023, from 1:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm with Reverend Richard Wiman officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Belzoni or Oklahoma City University Department of Mass Communications.

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CLARENCE "PETE" RUTLEDGE

Clarence "Pete" Rutledge, 72, passed away on August 24, 2023 in Jackson, Mississippi, after a short illness. He was born to Clarence and Vira Rutledge on June 29, 1951 in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

Pete spent most of his life in the Humphreys county area. He was an electrician by trade. His loved to hunt more than anything else.

Pete was preceded in death by; his parents, Clarence and Vira, brothers, Bud Rutledge, Lewis Rutledge, Walter Rutledge, Bill Rutledge, and sisters, Margie Rutledge, Mary Busby and Beatrice Stillman. He leaves behind: brothers, Joe (Mary) Rutledge, Randy (Diane) Rutledge, sisters; Ada O'Neal (Eddie), and Dorothy Johnson (Art) as well as a host of nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

A visitation and memorial service will be held Saturday, September 2, 2023 starting at 2 PM at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni.

Mortimer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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JAMES DANIEL "JIMMY" KNOTT

James Daniel "Jimmy" Knott, 86, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his love ones, on August 21, 2023 at Saint Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi after a short illness.

He born on July 19, 1937, in Humphreys County where he lived most of his life. Jimmy's parents were Amos and Janie Hampton Knott who preceded him in death as well as wife, Sue Knott; sister, Lucy Knott Wood and son, James A. Knott. He leaves behind his children; Calvin (Cathy) Knott, Madison, Mississippi; Brendia (Kenny) Carver, Collierville, Tennessee, and Bobby Knott of Belzoni; sisters; Doris McMahen, Doll Rodgers and Christine Minyard. Jimmy also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

James was a hard working man who loved his family. He worked many years as a plumber and pipe fitter. In his spare time he loved to work with wood in his shop. He would spend time watching birds and gardening. We cannot leave out his love for hunting and fishing.

Visitation will be held at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni, Saturday August 26, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by graveside services at 1:30 p.m. at Edgefield Baptist Church Cemetery at 2864 Attala County Line Road, McCool, Mississippi 39108.

Mortimer Funeral Home Belzoni, is in charge of the services.

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BETTIE TEMPLETON

Bettie Templeton, age 90, retired educator, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 16, 2023. Visitation was held August 21, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Belzoni, MS with a service to celebrate Bettie’s life at 11:00 a.m. in the church sanctuary. Following the service, Bettie was laid to rest beside her husband, Don, at Greencrest Gardens in Belzoni, MS.

Bettie was born May 9, 1933, in Ethel, MS. She graduated from Ethel High School in 1950 and received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Mississippi University for Women in 1954. She held teaching positions in Satartia and Kosciusko before accepting a position as home demonstration agent in Senatobia, MS.  This is where, in 1960, she met and married Don Templeton.  They settled in Belzoni where they raised 4 children.  She worked most of her life as a respected schoolteacher, specializing in home economics and science.  One of her greatest joys was teaching young girls to sew and cook.   She was also an excellent seamstress and enjoyed sewing for many local friends. Bettie was a faithful member of the First Baptist

Church, teaching Sunday school for many years.  She retired from teaching in 2000 and moved to Ridgeland in 2011 to be closer to family.

Throughout her life, Bettie was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, friend, Sunday School teacher, sister, aunt and seamstress. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis Fellows Mitchell and Ethna Thompson Mitchell, her husband, Donald Cleveland Templeton, and her siblings, Annie Jane Mitchell, Sudie Mitchell Bell, and Robert Allison Mitchell. She is survived by her four children, Robert (Lori) Templeton of Sikeston, MO, Linda Templeton of Jackson, MS, Jim (Elizabeth) Templeton of Madison, MS, and Paul (Jennifer) Templeton of Madison, MS, and her four grandchildren, Mitchell (Rebekah) Templeton of Memphis, TN, Jake Templeton of St. Louis, MO, Price Templeton of Memphis, TN and Clark Templeton of Birmingham, AL. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Baptist Church, 302 Pecan St. Belzoni, MS 39038.

Register online at Mortimerfh.com

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WILLIAM GLANTON FITTS

William Glanton Fitts, 82, of Belzoni, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 13, 2023, at his home.

William was born December 12, 1940, in Moorhead, to Parker William and Ola Neoma Spivey Fitts. He was raised in Moorhead, where he graduated from Moorhead Agricultural High School. After high school, William joined the Mississippi Army National and would go on to serve over 30 years prior to retiring as a First Sergeant. William taught Air Conditioning and Refrigeration at Mississippi Delta Community College for over 30 years and operated Fitts HVAC for many years. He had a long career in the industry and received many certifications. William loved the Lord with all his heart and if you didn’t know it from meeting him, he was proud to tell everyone. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved being at his cabin. William was known for making wonderful Brunswick stew. He loved his four children dearly and enjoyed being a father figure to other children who needed one. One of those children said, “Pop set the perfect example of how to walk in faith with God. William was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He attended Silver City Methodist Church.

William was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Shirley Fitts Pilgrim and Sylvia Fitts Peacock (Venice).

He is survived by his beloved wife, Marvie Jennings Fitts of Belzoni; two sons, William G. Fitts, Jr. (Megan) of Canton and Richard Morgan Beckham (Mindy) of Grenada; two daughters, Teresa Ann Fitts of Greenwood and Mari-Chris Beckham Savage (Sam) of Nashville, Tennessee; six grandchildren, William Parker Fitts, Riley Morgan Beckham, Nola Jennings Beckham, Samuel Field Savage, William Turner Savage, and John Beckham Savage; brother-in-law, Mark Pilgrim of Moorhead; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Visitation was held Tuesday, August 15, 2023, from 10:00 am until 11:00 am, at Silver City Methodist Church in Silver City. The memorial service began at 11:00 am with full military honors following. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beacon Harbor, 2712 Highway 82, Greenwood, MS 38930 or Silver City Methodist Church, PO Box 28, Silver City, MS 39166.

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RONALD (RON) L DUNN

Ronald (Ron) L Dunn of Ocean Springs, MS found at peace on August 5, 2023 in Jackson County, Mississippi. He was born September 11, 1973.

Ron is survived by his mother Karen J Newman of Kiln, MS and two Children, Jane Abner Dunn and Walker Dunn (Seirra) of Belzoni.

The services for Mr. Dunn will be private.

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LUCIUS LEE RAY

Lucius Lee Ray, 86, made his final flight to his Heavenly Home to his Savior and his loving Mavis who he has missed, on August 15, 2023 surrounded by his family.

Lucius was born in Belzoni to William Franklin and Susie Alma Milner Ray on December 26, 1936. He was a life long resident of Humphreys and Gooden Lake. He became a AG pilot in 1960 and started Ray's Flying service in 1964 which he ran until his retirement in 1996. He was one of the best around and worked hard at it. Lucius loved hunting and fishing in his spare time He was a quite man who loved his family dearly and had numerous friend who will miss him. Mr. Ray was a life long member of Gooden Lake Baptist Church where he was a deacon for many years. His faith and love of his Heavenly Father was known by many.

Lucius was preceded in death by his parents, William and Susie, sister Susie McClendon and his loving wife of 57 years, Mavis Braswell Ray.

His leaves behind his son Timothy (Kim) Ray, granddaughters, Emily Ray Pickell (Heath) and Kristi Ray, great grandchildren, Hannah, Paul and Brewer Pickell, as well as sisters, Ollie Ruth Hampton, Lulu May Baker, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Services will be held at Gooden Lake Baptist Church on Friday, August 18, 2023. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until services time at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend David Blackwell officiating. Interment will follow at Belzoni City Cemetery.

Severing as pallbearers will be; Bubba Braswell, Denon Braswell Jr., Blake Braswell, Steve Grisham, Ken Rodgers, Bob Turner and Franklin Hampton.

Mortimer Funeral Home -Belzoni , is honored to handle the arraignments.

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DR. BENNIE DEAN FITTS

Graveside services for Dr. Bennie Dean Fitts, age 87, were held at 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 8, 2023, in Dublin Memorial Gardens with Rev. Jerry Axtell officiating.

Dr. Fitts was born on February 4, 1936, in Moorhead, Mississippi, to the late Lois E. and Evelyn Gertrude Melton Fitts. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He graduated from Delta State University and later graduated from the University of TN College of Dentistry in 1962. He became a Licensed Dentist in the state of Mississippi in 1962, opening his private practice in Belzoni, Mississippi. He later became a dentist with the V.A. Medical Center in Huntington, WV. He was later transferred to Marion, IL and from there on to Dublin, GA. He moved to Dublin in 1977, where he was the Chief of Dentistry at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center until he retired in 1996.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, family member, and friend. He was intelligent and quick-witted, and stayed busy after retirement working the family blueberry farm, watching history documentaries, reading books, working puzzles, playing cards with his buddies, traveling with his wife, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Betty Sue Gibson Fitts; infant daughter, Cindy Fitts; and son, Gary D. Fitts. Dr. Fitts passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2023, at his residence.

Dr. Fitts is survived by his son, Keith Alexander Fitts (Sandra) of Byron; grandchildren, Betsy Sue Fitts Whitt (Ellison), Marilynne Fitts, Kristina Fitts Bush (Nick), and Emily Fitts Allen (Peyton); and great grandchildren, Avery Drake Spires, Aurora Lynne Whitt and Ella Sue Whitt.

Pallbearers will be Marilynne Fitts, Ellison Whitt, Nick Bush, Peyton Allen, and Wayne Roberson. Honorary pallbearer will be Avery Spires.

Stanley Funeral Home and Crematory/Dublin Chapel in charge of the funeral arrangements. To sign the Online Register Book please visit www.stanleyfuneralhome.com.

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PURVIS BARRY SWITZER

Purvis Barry Switzer, 67, of Brandon, MS, passed away August 4, 2023, at his home surrounded by family.

Barry was born April 10, 1956, to Purvis and Rachel Switzer. After graduating from Humphreys Academy, he went on to get his Bachelors of Business from the University of Mississippi. He returned home to farm with his father until he became a rural mail carrier for 35 years. Barry retired 8 years ago and made his home in Brandon, MS, with his wife Cora. Barry is preceded in death by his father and mother, Purvis and Rachel Switzer. He is survived by his wife Cora Switzer; daughters Nicole (Ashley) Millican, Charla (Jon) Turner, Erica (Jason) Smith, and step-daughter Toni (Aubrey) Lucas, and 9 grandchildren.

Graveside services were at 10:00 Monday, August 7, 2023 at Southside Cemetery in Inverness, MS. Stricklin King Funeral Home in Yazoo City MS handled the arrangements.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Humphreys Academy, Humphreys County Country Club, or First United Methodist Church

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JAMES MILTON WALKER, JR.

James Milton Walker, Jr., (74), of Hermitage, TN, passed away on July 13, 2023.

James, fondly known as Jimmy, Dad, and PaPaw, was born to James and Effie (Mikell) Walker, on March 22, 1949, in Silver City, Mississippi. After graduation from university, he worked in everything from NASA to acting as an extra in several television series. As an avid music lover, he spent time playing guitar along with other various instruments, writing song lyrics, and attending shows performed by his abundance of musically talented friends. Jimmy enjoyed almost every genre of music and was especially fond of bluegrass, country, old R&B, and of course Elvis.

Jimmy was immensely proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and would share their accomplishments with exuberant love any chance he was given. He never met a stranger and made friends with anyone he encountered. Jimmy was the most stubborn and loving human any individual had the privilege to know and we all love him for it. He did things his way and lived an amazing, adventure filled life.

Jimmy is survived by his brother Johnny (Jeanie) Walker; four children Danny (Margaret) Walker of Collierville, TN, Scarlett (Scott) Hinkle of Greer, SC, Josh (Stacy) Walker of Cottontown, TN, and Adam (Kate) Walker of Hendersonville, TN; eight grandchildren Jeremy Walker, Channing (Megan) Myers, Leslie Myers, Carson Oswalt, Riley Walker, Tristan Winters, Zoe Walker, and Addison Walker; and four great-grandchildren Adelynn, Kirkland, Maverick, and Aubreigh. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, James and Effie.

Jimmy’s family will host a Celebration of Life on Sunday, September 3, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Red Barn at Crafton Farms located at 209 Crafton Road, Portland, TN 37148. Visitation with the family will begin at 2:00 p.m. with a story sharing service following at 3:30 p.m. If you would like to share a story or song at the service, please feel free to contact a family member. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to your local VFW or enjoy a night out to support a local musician.

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RONNIE YOUNG SR,

Ronnie Young Sr, went to be with the Lord on July 29, 2023 in Belzoni, Mississippi at the age of 72.

Ronnie was born on April 24, 1951, Bakersville, California, to John and Rita Young. He moved his family to Belzoni in 1976. He loved to follow his boys in all their sporting activities, attending as many games as possible. Ronnie loved his community and helped others when he could. He and his family was active members of Eastside Baptist Church. Most folks through out the Delta will remember him as the Frito Lay man where he worked for 30 years. Ronnie was friends to many and will greatly be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Michael. He leaves behind, to cherish their memories of him; wife, Pam Young, son Ronnie Young Jr. (Leisa); grandchildren, Skylar, Chelcie, Darby; great grandchildren Mary Ann, Odin, JJ, Ezra, Kallie and Daisy; sister, Judy and brother Ty Thorpe.

Services were at Eastside Baptist Church, Belzoni, Mississippi on August 2, 2023. Visitation began at Noon with the service starting at 1:00 p.m.. Interment followed at 3:00 p.m, for the immediate family, at Memorial Garden, Clarksdale, Mississippi.

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JANICE KNIGHT GULLETT

Janice Knight Gullett, 70, of Inverness, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at home surrounded by her family.

Janice was born December 15, 1952, in Moorhead, where she grew up with her 5 siblings and childhood friend Virginia Ann Hughes Guidry. Many memories were made in Moorhead, Inverness, and Ruleville area. Janice graduated from Ruleville High School in 1970.  Janice later moved to Brandon, MS where she made her home with her beloved husband James Richard Gullett “Ricky” where she worked at Rankin County Schools and retired in 2018. Their hearts called them back home to the Delta where she worked part-time at Jennings Machine Shop and Delta South Motors. Janice loved going on trips with her sisters, family, and friends. She always cheered her grandchildren on in soccer, baseball, softball, and football. She was their biggest fan. In her early years she loved riding horses with her husband and going on trail rides .

Janice was preceded in death by her parents Blanche and Howard Knight.

She is survived by her husband of twenty three years, Ricky Gullett; sons, Edward Howard “Jimbo” Odom and Terry Joe “TJ” Odom (Leslie); daughters Mandy Hubbard (Ramey) and Kacey Gullett; sisters Patricia Steed; Betty Bartholomew (Tom); Wanda Horne (Jimmy); Alice Pyles (Tim); and brother, Frank Knight (Merrie); grandchildren, Sarah Keeton Odom, Gray Odom, Jax Odom, Greer Odom, Preston Odom, Adelaide Odom, Lylli-Cohen Odom, Madison Hubbard, Mari Mason Hubbard, Kacen Gullett, and countless nieces and nephews to cherish her memories.

Visitation will be held Saturday, August 5, 2023 from 9:00 am until 10:00 am at First Baptist Church, Inverness. The memorial service will begin at 10:00 am at the church. A private burial with the family will follow the service at Moorhead Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with the arrangements.

The family would like to especially thank the Hospice Team at North Sunflower Medical Center of Ruleville and Lean on Me Sitters from Indianola for the care that they gave our precious Janice during her illness.

In lieu of flowers, the family has ask to make donations to the ALS Association https://www.als.org

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VIRGINIA HALL

Virginia Hall went to be with the Lord on July 22, 2023 in Hot Springs, Arkansas at the age of 94. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Addison Hall Jr. and her son Clarence Addison Hall III. She is survived by two children, Kenny Hall and Shelley Gallaspy.

Virginia loved her parents, Clyde and Edna Erwin, her sisters, Evelyn Sandling, Janet Cave, and Barbara Hawk, her nieces and nephews, and her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Virginia lived most of her life in Belzoni where she was actively involved in the garden club and in the Methodist church. She loved to travel with her husband and her friends.

Visitation will be at 10:30 Friday, July 28 at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni with a graveside service following at 11:30 at Belzoni Cemetery.

Register online and express condolences at www.mortimerfh.com

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LAURA BLANKENSHIP TONEY

Laura Blankenship Toney sadly passed away on July 10, 2023 in White Plains, New York, at age 91 after complications from a fall. She is survived by three children, Julia Ann Warner, William (Bill) Lee Toney, and Laura Lee Baker.

Laura was a recent resident of Tuckahoe, New York and previously lived many years in Florida. She was born in Belzoni, Mississippi growing up in the Gooden Lake Community and the daughter of Andrew Jackson Blankenship and Nellie Cynith Bell.

She graduated from Belzoni High School and went on to marry William Lee Toney, II. She worked many years in banking, including Guaranty Bank, in Belzoni. Later in her career, she earned a Series 7 brokerage license and in post-retirement worked for Florida State University, the Asolo Performing Arts Hall and Sarasota Ballet.

There will be a graveside service and her ashes interred at St. James the Less in Scarsdale, New York.

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LUCY ANN WARREN

Lucy Ann Warren, 84, of Belzoni,  left this life on Saturday, July 15, 2023, in Indianola, Mississippi.

There will be a Celebration of Life, Saturday, July 22, 2023 at Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m.

Family members: Tommy Warren (son), Melissa Warren (daughter), grandchildren: Duncan Warren (deceased) and Ashley Warren, Great-grandchildren: Ma'Kayla Washington, Christian Warren, Jamaica Warren and A'Myra Perkins.

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JAMES ROBERT HARGRAVE

James Robert Hargrave, 80, went to be with Lord on July 4, 2023 at his residence in Tillatoba, Mississippi. James was born in Belzoni, Mississippi to James E. Hargrave and Edna Cobb Hargrave, on September 16, 1942. He was raised in Humphreys County. He retired from the State Highway Department after working with them for 30 years. He was a very honest and dependable man that took great pride in his work. He loved his family, hunting and his wrestling.

James was preceded in death by; his father and mother James and Edna Cobb Hargrave, sister; Frances Har-din; children Judy Holloway and Connie Hawkins.

He leaves behind to cherish their memories, his son Billy Fowler of Gore Springs, Mississippi and daughter Donna Beavers, her husband, John Gary Beavers, whom James loved as a son; grandchildren Christy of Belzoni, Renee Jacobs of Iowa, and Brittany Odom of Tillatoba, great grandchildren; Sarah, Hunter, John, Brantley, Kayden and Mary. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends. He will be greatly missed,

Services were held Friday, July 7, 2023 at Mortimer Funeral Home, Belzoni, Mississippi. Visitation was held from 10:00 a.m. until service at 11:00. Interment followed at Mathena Cemetery.

Mortimer Funeral was honored to be in charge of the services.

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HALBERT EARL "BUBBA" LIPE

Halbert Earl "Bubba" Lipe, age 66, was born on September 21, 1956, in West Point, Mississippi and passed away on July 1, 2023 at South Sunflower County Hospital in Indianola, Mississippi due to health complications.

He is preceded in death by his father, Earl Taylor Lipe and mother, Betty Ann Wray Lipe Herrington; step father, Bobby Joe Herrington and brother, Larry Wray Lipe.

He is survived by his children Chris Redmond, Shawn Lipe, Jessica Morisch, Paige Salley and Dalton Lipe; one stepson Justin Gordon; siblings, Jacquelyne Champagne and Randall Lipe; mother of his children, Carolyn Lipe and dear lifelong friend, Kathy Newman.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kelsey Lipe, Seth Salley, Nikki Lipe, Maddie Lipe, and Taylor Lipe, Lilli Lipe, Kinsley Redmond, Klayston Redmond, and Ethan Lipe.

Halbert was an Army veteran and worked as a heavy equipment operator all his life. He will be remembered for his sharp mind, good heart, hard work ethic and quick funny wit.

Funeral services were held at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni, MS on Saturday July 8, 2023. Visitation was at 10:00 a.m. followed by service at 11:00. Interment followed in Shaw, MS; where Halbert will lay at rest until "...the dead in Christ are called up to meet the Lord in the air and then he will be with Him forever." (2 Thess 4:16-17).

Mortimer Funeral Home was honored to be chosen to be in charge of the services.

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WILLIAM "DUNHAM" SMITH, JR.

William Dunham Smith, Jr., age 83, passed away at his home in Lafayette on Saturday, June 24, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, July 9, at Martin & Castille Funeral Home’s Southside location in Lafayette. The family will receive guests beginning at 1 p.m. and a memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Zach Sasser officiating.

Born in Jennings in 1939, Dunham was the second of eight children to William Dunham Smith, Sr. and Kathryn Peterson Smith. He grew up in Jennings and Iota before moving to Belzoni, MS where he attended middle school and high school, returning to Jennings his junior year. He played football at both Belzoni High School and Jennings High School where he was named captain of the football team and was awarded the Quarterback Club’s Sportsmanship Award. He graduated from Jennings High School in 1957 and attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette (now ULL).

In 1961, Dunham married Suzanne “Suzie” Stockwell and the couple made Jennings their home where they raised four children before moving to Lafayette. A loving and caring husband and father, he considered his children his greatest achievement. Dunham led by example, showing his children how to navigate life with kindness and patience, with a natural spirit of forgiveness and humility. He was quick to share a spoken “I love you” with his family and will always be remembered for his wit, quick smile, and sparkling blue eyes.

He enjoyed a long career in the oil and gas industry beginning with Holston Well Service for 25 years and retiring from Moncla Well Services after serving 16 years as a supervisor. He was well respected and fondly remembered by many as a mentor who imparted valuable life lessons, especially to younger generations that had the opportunity to work alongside him.

A sports enthusiast, Dunham was a lifelong golfer and played many courses. He had a passion for all sports and was dedicated to watching and cheering on his favorite teams. He was a fitness devotee and committed to exercising both his body and mind with jogging, biking, physical fitness activities, and his daily crossword and sudoku puzzles. He loved to spend time outdoors, and enjoyed reading, gathering with family, and spending summer vacations with family on the beaches of the Gulf Coast.

Dunham is survived by his wife Suzie; son W.D. “Tripp” (Dona) Smith, III of Jennings; daughters Erin (Kim) Roy, Judi (Kade) LeJeune, and Allison (Joshua) Breaux, all of Lafayette; grandchildren Kristen (Patrick) Cassidy of Broussard; Casey (Marlie) Smith of Lake Arthur; Mallory Gunn of Austin, TX; Kathryn “Katy” Briggs of Nashville, TN; Leslie Briggs and Lila LeJeune, both of Lafayette; great-grandchildren Cole and Brecken Cassidy; Stevie Kate and Dani Lynn Smith; his sisters Kay Ward and Suzanne Smith, both of Lake Charles, Patricia Voorhies of Shreveport and Marilyn (Lowell) Fulton of Youngsville; his brothers Jerry (Loretta) Smith of Lake Charles and Frank (Denise) Smith of Lafayette; and many cherished nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his paternal grandparents Dr. & Mrs. Morgan (Harriet Sweeney) Smith, maternal grandparents Mr. & Mrs. George (Catherine Clark) Peterson, and his brother Charles “Chuck” Smith.

As a testament to his kindness, selflessness, and appreciation for science and medical professionals, Dunham donated his body to the Bureau of Anatomical Sciences LSU Health Sciences Center for the advancement of medical education and research. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends and family register to be organ donors at registerme.org.

View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com

Martin & Castille - SOUTHSIDE, 600 E. Farrel Road Lafayette, Louisiana 70508, 337-984-2811

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JIMMY LEE MULLEN JR.

Jimmy Lee Mullen Jr. of Parsons died at 9:10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, at his home.

He was born July 3, 1956, in Cleveland, Mississippi, a son of Jimmy Lee Sr. and Francis Joan (Kisner) Mullen. He grew up in Silver City, Mississippi, until he was 15, when the family moved to Indianola, Mississippi. He graduated from Humphreys County High School in Belzoni and began working at the Super Value Grocery Store there. He was employed 16 years there as a computer operator and store manager and then spent the next 17 years operating convenience stores in various communities, including Parsons in 1998, where he worked at Casey’s. He lived at Garden City and other areas before returning to Parsons in 2006 and working at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center.

On March 23, 1984, he married Rosemary Dill at Indianola, Mississippi. They divorced in 2011. He married Letha Marie Wills on Dec. 10, 2022, at Parsons.

He was born and raised a Southern Baptist and was currently a member of the Church of God at Parsons. He loved to fish and enjoyed listening to Southern Baptist music.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his wife, Letha Marie Wills Mullen of Parsons; five sons, Kenneth Wayne Mullen and his wife, Jennifer, of Canton, Mississippi, Ronnie Allen Mullen, Nathan Henry Mullen, both of Parsons, Kelon Evret Dill and his wife, Susie, of Brandon, Mississippi, Jason Allen Thiessen of Wichita; four daughters, Rhonda Renee Sims and her husband, Jade, of Shreveport, Louisiana, Mindi Marie Ross and her husband, Michael, Crystal Dawn Steiner and Teylia C. Baker and her husband, Caleb, all of Parsons; 16 grandchildren, Austin W. Wills and his wife, Towana, of Rosehill, Kristen N. Oswalt and her husband, Hunter, of DeWitt, Arkansas, Remington J. Thiessen of Wichita, Chazney E. Thiessen of Wichita, Reed Giachelli of Starkville, Mississippi, Austin Z. Hightower of Wichita, Dalton Ray of Carthage, Mississippi, Skyler J. Mullen of Clinton, Mississippi, Ansley A. Dill of Brandon, Mississippi, Breanna Ray of Carthage, Mississippi, Kaden E. Dill of Brandon, Mississippi, Alayna P. Mullen of Clinton, Mississippi, Rosalie C. Corbett of Blanchard, Indiana, Dodger Gunter of Carthage, Mississippi, Rylee Gunter of Carthage, Mississippi, and Greyson A. McCleary of Parsons;  two great-grandchildren, Alexander M. Oswalt and Alba M. Oswalt, both of DeWitt, Arkansas; a brother, Michael E. Mullen and his wife, Brenda, of Parsons; two sisters, Karen J. Hutto and her husband, Fred, of Clinton, Mississippi, and Nancy C. Mullen of Grenada, Mississippi; three nephews, Jeremy M. Mullen and his wife, Krystel, of Parsons, Andrew Hutto and his wife, Debbie, of Philadelphia, Mississippi, and James A. Gilmer Jr. of Grenada, Mississippi; and a niece, Regina (Mullen) Champion and her husband, Brandon, of Duck Hill, Mississippi.

A son, Christopher J. Dill; and a daughter, Crystal D. Mullen, preceded him in death.

A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, July 15, 2023, at 1:00 pm, in the Indianola City Cemetery in Indianola, Mississippi. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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WILLIAM TALMAGE BOUTWELL, SR.

William Boutwell, 76, passed away at his home in Kosciusko, MS, Sunday, June 11, 2023 after a battle with cancer. Funeral Services were 2:00 pm Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at Culpepper Funeral Home in Kosciusko with burial following at Marvin Chapel Cemetery (Attala Rd 2247) Kosciusko, MS. Visitation was from 12 noon until service time Wednesday.

William was proceeded in death by his parents, David (Buddy) Boutwell and Thelma Love Boutwell of Isola, Mississippi and Seguin, Texas. William was born in Holly Ridge, MS on March 7, 1947. William was a brother, a Daddy, a Paw Paw and a friend who loved his family, Jesus Christ and the people with whom he worked. He was also a husband sometime, maybe several times. His greatest treasures were his children and grandbabies.

William is survived by his sons, William (Bill) Boutwell and wife Holly of Savannah, TN, Clinton Lee Boutwell of Gulf Breeze, FL, and one daughter Alicia Camille Boutwell Bain and husband Kenneth Bain of Kosciusko, MS. Five sisters, yep five: Edna Ruth (Eddi) Settles (Don) of Corning, AR., Flora Ann Hutcherson of Covington, LA, Brenda Looper (Gilbert) of Inverness, MS, Yvonne Dana (Richard) of Inverness, MS and Vicki Love Benson (Zachery) of Bay City, Texas. William is also survived by nine grand-children and lots of cousins, nieces and nephews.

William was a member of the First Baptist Church in Isola where he was baptized at the age of 12. He was a Royal Ambassador and enjoyed singing in the children's choir. Later in life, he and his wife moved to Whitehouse Texas in 1978 and started a family there. They joined Pleasant Hill Baptist Church of Tyler, Texas. Until his health started failing, he loved attending Crestview Church in Kosciusko, MS. If you knew William, he would share with you the stories how Jesus intervened so many times in his life.

William attended Isola Consolidated School. In 1965 he joined the Mississippi National Guard and completed his service in 1972. He began his employment history as a laborer working with his future father-in-law erecting cotton gins and seed houses. He soon started working for a metal building manufacturer which he enjoyed. After working in estimating and erection William went into sales in 1984. He was blessed to have worked for top tier companies. In 2010 he started his own business, Metal Building Systems, LLC which until his passing has sold buildings in several US States. When he was not working he enjoyed fishing, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren. He loved good country music, especially a good two stepping song, and he loved to share those dances with his daughter, Camille.

William requested in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Crestview Church, Kosciusko, MS.

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CAROL JANICE DAVIS DOMINO

Carol Janice Davis Domino, 79, of Midnight, MS, went home to be with the Lord on June 8, 2023.

Carol was born on June 9, 1943 in Midway, MS where she lived until she was married to Francis Anthony Domino on January 4, 1962. She graduated from Benton High School in 1961. Carol lived most of her married life in Midnight, MS where she was a homemaker, helped with operations of Domino Farms, owned and operated Delta Ltd in Belzoni, dedicated endless hours serving her community, and shared 57 years of marriage to Francis. Carol was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Belzoni, MS where she was a song leader and a member of the Women's Alter Society.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Francis Anthony Domino, her father, James Grady Davis, her mother, Katie Waller Davis, as well as her brothers, James Grady Davis Jr., Billy Joe Davis, Wendel (Bubba) Davis, and her son, David Allen Domino.

Carol loved nothing more than being surrounded by family especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her favorite times were having a house full of laughter, family, and friends. Carol's greatest legacy is the family that she and Francis left behind. Their love and devotion to each other was a beautiful example of Christian marriage and parenthood to their children. This is seen in Francis Anthony Domino, Jr (Deborah) of Midnight; James Gregory Domino (Shannon) of Midnight; Charles Michael Domino (Tammie) of Fairhope, AL; and Misty Carole Domino-Sartain (Jeremy) of Lake Cormorant. She leaves behind one brother, Clayton Davis, and two sisters, Dorothy Malone and Gail Hamilton. Carol is survived by 14 grandchildren, Tony (Sarah Grace), Alex (Parker), Tyler (Hayden), Landon (Jennifer), Leighton(JT), Braxton (Ryan), Brea, Amery, Chase (Madeline), Brittney (Hunter), Lane (Kaylie Beth), Roston, Grady and Ben; 12 great-grandchildren, Riley, Reese, Cooper, Huxton, John Lawson, Amelia, Fallon, Sophie Allen, Gray, Maren, Baylor, Cohen and many other extended family.

The family would also like to recognize and send a heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Sharkey Issaquena Community Hospital and Nursing Home in Rolling Fork for taking excellent care of our mother for the past 4 years. We would also like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the South Sunflower County Hospital in Indianola, MS where she spent the last days of her life. We appreciate the caring services that you provided to Carol and all of our family. May the Lord bless all of you.

Family and friends celebrated Carol's life with visitation on Monday, June 12, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm at All Saints Catholic Church in Belzoni, followed by a funeral mass at 2:00 pm. Burial ceremony took place at Greencrest Cemetery, where she was laid to rest along side her husband, Francis and her son, David. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to All Saints Catholic Church.

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JOAN SCHOONOVER HOLLOWAY

Joan Schoonover Holloway of Madison, MS, formerly of Louise, MS, passed away peacefully on Sun-day, June 11, 2023, at St. Catherine’s Village.  She was 94 years old.  She lived most of her life and raised her children in Louise.  She later moved to St. Catherine’s Village in Madison.  She was a member of Sil-ver City United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, William Benoit Holloway, and her two sis-ters, Lynne S. Harris and Barbara S. Pittman.  She is survived by her three children, Tish (Bob) Hairston of Silver City, MS, Jo Ann (Eric) Clark of Ridgeland, MS, and William (Michelle) Holloway of Fort Worth, TX, her sister, Madge (Jim) S. Fletcher of Cypress, TX, and seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Her grandchildren are Camille (Ken) Hairston Rodgers of Inverness, MS, Andrew Hairston of Silver City, MS, William Hairston of Leland, MS, Thomas (Madison) Hairston of Silver City, MS, John Eric Clark of Ridgeland, MS, Helen Holloway of Charlotte, NC, and Ben Holloway of Fort Worth, TX.  An avid cook, she was known for her family meals and dinner parties.  She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, trying out new restaurants, gardening, and spending many afternoons on her front porch visiting with family and friends. We would like to thank all the staff at St. Catherine’s Village for their compassion and care through the years.

Visitation will be held at Silver City United Methodist Church on Thursday, June 15, 2023, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. with services immediately following at 3:00 p.m.  Burial will be held afterwards at Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City, MS.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Silver City United Methodist Church at P. O. Box 28, Silver City, MS 39166, or to the charity of your choice.

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KATHERINE DAWN FERRELL ALLEN

Katherine Dawn Allen passed away Tuesday June 6, 2023 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Columbus at the age of 58. She was born in Belzoni MS. September 29, 1964 to Kenneth Cecil Ferrell and Becky Ruth Hartness Ferrell of West Point. She loved camping, cooking and her Grandchildren.

A Memorial service was held 3:00 PM Saturday June 10, 2023 at West Point First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Brandon Bates Officiating. Visitation with family and friends was from 1:00-3:00 PM Saturday June 10, 2023 in the Church Sanctuary. Internment will follow at Memorial Gardens.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Wayne Allen of West Point; son, Tim (Christin) Ferrell of West Point; her parents, Kenneth and Beckey Ferrell; brothers, Benjamin (Adrien) Ferrell of Wright City, Mo; Cecil (Shanna) Ferrell of West Point; sister, Kendra Ferrell (Marty) Goff of Tallahassee Fl; 2 grandchildren, Ashleigh Ferrell, Paxton Ferrell; She is Preceded in death by her grandfather, Cecil creed Ferrell; grandmother, Nola Christine Ferrell; grandfather, Homer B. Hartness; grandmother, Nellie Ruth Hartness and her grandson Michael Easton Ferrell

Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital PO Box 1000 Dept. 42 Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Friends may leave an online condolence at robinsonfh.net.

Robinson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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KATHRYN FIKE ALFORD

Kathryn Fike Alford, 68, of Indianola, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at St. Dominic – Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Kathy was born July 23, 1954, in Hollandale, to Johnny Burke Fike and Margaret Taylor Fike. She graduated from Indianola High School and Mississippi Delta Junior College. Kathy married Leonard Earl Alford, Jr. on May 18, 1974, and they made their home in Indianola. She worked as an account manager for Delta Pride Catfish and Consolidated Catfish for 35 years prior to her retirement. Kathy was a loving, caring, and generous person. She had a sweet spirit and loved helping others. Kathy en-joyed crossword puzzles, watching her grandchildren play sports, and penny sales at Dollar General. She would travel all over the delta on Tuesdays to find the penny deals of the week. So much so, that she had to dedicate an entire room in her house to things she bought from the sales. Then she would enjoy giving those things away to others. Kathy loved her family and enjoyed every moment she spent with them. She loved going on cruises and always had the best time. Kathy was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Indianola.

Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Johnny Fike; mother, Margaret Fike Labella; stepfather, Buddy Labella; two brothers, Duane Fike and David “Buster” Fike; step-sister, Anita Labella Keys.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Earl Alford of Indianola; daughter, Stephanie Alford Hill (Wayne) of Isola; son, Stephen Alford of Doddsville; brother, Danny Fike (Linda); sister-in-law, Pat Fike of Indianola; step-sister, Theresa Labella Farmer of Greenwood; step-brother, Pete Labella (Sue) of Georgia; and four grandchildren, Guice Hill, Alford Hill, Tyler Alford, and Kaylee Alford.

Visitation was held Saturday, May 27, 2023, from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm, at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. The funeral service began at 2:00 pm, at Burton Funeral Home, with Bro. Benjie Morgan officiating. Burial followed in Indianola Memorial Gardens. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude or The American Heart Association.

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DONALD LEE HOOD

Donald Lee Hood, 66, passed away in Gulfport on May 16, 2023. He was born on October 12, 1956 in Belzoni, MS to the late Leon and Myrna Hood.

Donald, better known as Donnie, proudly served 6 years in the U. S. Navy as an aircraft mechanic continuing the mechanic trade in auto and heavy equipment.

Donnie was a wonderful brother, uncle and friend who will be dearly missed. He loved animals, classic westerns and particularly Andy and Barney.

Donnie is preceded in death by his parents Leon and Myrna “Dinky” Hood. Surviving siblings are Pamela H. Stowell, David L. Hood, William C. “Billy” Hood (Cindy) and Darla H. McGee (Ronnie).

A private memorial service will be held for his immediate family.

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JEAN WARREN CERAME

Jean Warren Cerame, 91, of Houston, TX, was called to heaven on Thursday, May 4, 2023.

She was born Jean White Warren on July 11, 1931, in Drew, Mississippi, to parents Walter Clarence Warren and Hattie Eugenia “Eugenia” White.

She was the youngest daughter, joining older sisters Cleo Eugenia and Hattie Eloise “Eloise.”

After graduating from Belzoni High School, Jean married the love of her life, Joseph James Cerame Jr., on February 1, 1951. The bride wore an Egyptian gold suit and a wrist corsage with a lavender orchid.

Joe and Jean operated a small movie theater before Joe took a job at Shell Oil. The position took them all over the Gulf Coast.

Jean and Joe were blessed to welcome several children together. Their first son, James Michael “Michael”, was stillborn on August 20, 1953. His absence left a size-able hole in Jean’s heart. They subsequently welcomed Cheryl Ann “Cheri” on September 22, 1955, Warren Neil “Buddy” on November 8, 1957, and Jodie on September 18, 1959.

Jean and Joe retired to Sam Rayburn Lake in Jasper, Texas in 1979; their son oversaw the build of their log cabin, called the “Lake House” by their family. They spent many happy years here enjoying a slow-paced life.

In 2003 Jean and Joe relocated to Houston to be closer to family and healthcare. Jean was an amazing wife to Joe to the very end. When Joe passed in 2013, Jean wore a wrist corsage with orchids in a touching tribute to their marriage ceremony.

Jean is survived by her children, Cheri, Buddy and Jodie; her grandchildren Patrick Joseph Perry Jr., Sean Christopher Perry, Austin Davis Perry, Joshua Warren Cerame, Ashley Ferguson Rachner, Jennifer Ferguson Garcia and Mauri Jean Ferguson, and her great-grandchildren Jocelyn, Logan, Zachary, Audree, Colt, Davis, Daisy, Archer and Caroline.

The world will never have another woman of the quality and character that our be-loved Jean, Mom, Granny and Gigi exemplified. When asked on her deathbed what the secret of life was, she responded without hesitation: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart.”

Rest in Peace, dear Granny. You will forever be our angel.

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DAVID CLARK TRIPPE

David Clark Trippe, 62, passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, after a battle with cancer. David was born on June 10, 1960, in Belzoni, Mississippi, to Ralph Julian Trippe, Sr. and Ann Herring Trippe. David’s grandparents were Shed Clark and Kathleen McWhorter Trippe and Thad Milton and Ada Mae Aycock Herring.

David was predeceased by both sets of grandparents, his father, and his older brother, Ralph Julian Trippe, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Sheila Trippe of Greenville; his son, Jason Trippe of Isola; his step-children, Bridget Ball (Tom) of Millington, Tennessee, Jason Lake (Valerie) of Madison, Mississippi, and Shana Foster (Jeff) of Flora, Mississippi. He is also survived by his mother, Ann Herring Trippe of Caile, Mississippi; his sisters, Sandra T. Martin of Yazoo City, Mississippi, Tracy T. Matthews (Charlie) of Frederick, Maryland, and Ada Trippe of Herndon, Virginia; eleven step-grandchildren; and nephew, Tony Ray Martin, II of Holly Bluff, Mississippi, and nieces, Hayley Kathleen Martin of Lucedale, Mississippi, and Olivia Nicole Matthews of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

David graduated from Humphreys Academy in 1979 and attended Mississippi Delta Junior College. In the past, David worked in the catfish industry for over 20 years in the Mississippi Delta. His dream was to farm with his Dad, which he accomplished for a period of time.

For the past several years, he has been employed by Needle Specialty Products Corporation in Boyle, Mississippi. David was a very kind and caring soul who would do anything for anyone. He was a man of few words with very strong family values and he was respected by everyone he met. He had incredible patience, and was a wonderful son, brother, friend and husband. He was an avid Ole Miss sports fan.

Pallbearers were Jason Lake, Jeff Foster, Grayson Foster, Dawson Foster, Brantley Foster, A.J. Kirk and Ryan Kirk. There was a graveside service held on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 2:00 o’clock p.m. at the Belzoni City Cemetery. Reverend George C. Johnson officiated and Mortimer Funeral Home was entrusted with the ser-vices. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital. Online condo-lences may be shared with the family by visiting www.mortimerfh.com.

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MRS. MARGARET ANN PEARCE HINKLE

Graveside Services for Mrs. Margaret Ann Pearce Hinkle, 91, of Moorhead (Formerly of Greenville) who passed away on May 9, 2023 at Indianola Health and Rehabilitation in Indianola, MS will be held on Thurs-day, May 11, at 2pm in the Greenville City Cemetery with Reverend Veronica Pritchard and Reverend Glenn Seefeld officiating.

Margaret Ann Pearce Hinkle was born March 7, 1932 to Ervin and Eleanor Pearce in Altomont, Kansas. She was raised in Coffeyville, Kansas and then later moved to Greenville, MS in 1961. Through the years she was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and loved spending time at the various churches she belonged to.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Eleanor Pearce, sisters, Betty Jeanette Letts, Patricia Pearce Coffey, and Virginia Pearce Graffham, first husband, Daniel Maritt, second husband, John Lewis Hinkle, Jr., stepdaughter, Dianne Hinkle Fyke, and stepson Michael Hinkle.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Maritt Yarbrough, granddaughter, Michelle Yarbrough Street (Brian) and great grandchildren, Addison Willow Smith and Maritt Carroll Street

Also she is survived by stepchildren, John Lewis Hinkle III (Beth), Judith Hinkle Mitchell, and Robert David Hinkle (Denise) along with many grandchildren, great grand children and great great grandchildren.

Donations may be sent to Delta Grace Missions PO Box 218 Sunflower, MS 38778.

Mortimer funeral home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Register online and express condolences at mortimerfh.com

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GAY ANN STUBBS ABRAHAM

Surrounded by family in her last days, our beloved Gay Ann Stubbs Abraham of Brandon, MS, went to be with her Lord Jesus on April 30, 2023.

Born in Sunflower County, MS, March 8, 1941, Gay Ann spent most of her life in Belzoni, MS. She attended Belzoni High School, where she excelled in the Belzoni High School Band as a majorette and, later, Drum Major. She was selected to the MS Lion’s All State Band as a majorette also. While at Belzoni High School, Gay Ann was loved by her classmates, who selected her as ""Most Beautiful" in the school . Later, Gay Ann became an accomplished dancer while attending dance seminars in New York and taught dancing with her dearly loved Aunt “Mimi” in Belzoni, Holly Bluff, and Rolling Fork, MS.

Gay Ann was beautiful both inside and outside. As an adult, she faithfully served both her church and community. As a member of First Baptist Church of Belzoni, she served as a Sunday School teacher and Ladies Bible Study leader for many years. She sang in the adult choir and played handbells in the handbell choir. Gay Ann also served her community of Belzoni in various capacities. She was a member of the Belzoni Garden Club, Belzoni Music Club, and the Belzoni Cotton Wives Club. Her greatest service was, however, her support of women who had lost their children to death at an early age. As a result of her own experience of losing her dear Jerrell at 14 years of age, she loved and counseled women traumatized by the same loss, leading them to dependency on their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to carry them through.

In her later years, Gay Ann relocated to Gulfport, MS, where she attended Trinity United Methodist Church and was a member of the adult handbell choir. She supported women at Trinity and, later, at Liberty Baptist Church in Flowood, MS, in various ways as a caring friend and support in times of need.

Gay Ann was preceded in death by her parents Lucille Nolan and Vincent “Snow” Mechatto, her late husband Henry Clay “Buck” Stubbs, sons Jerrell Bearden and David Bearden, a sister, Lady Dell Martin and brother-in-law Homer Martin. She is survived by her husband Dannie Abraham, sons Robby (Michelle) Bearden, Clay (Alisha) Stubbs, daughter-in-law Denise Bearden, stepsons Danny (Betsy)Abraham, Michael (Helen)Abraham, and Stephen Abraham (Venessa Rowan). She also leaves behind to cherish her memory a sister, Cissy (Gary)Pedigo and brothers Phil (Jo Ellen) Mechatto and Denny (Vickie) Mechatto, grandchildren Henry and Owen Stubbs, Frazier (Victoria) Abraham , Hallie (Les) McAuley, Reed (Laura ) Abraham, Bart (Jade) Abraham, and Spence (Linzy) Abraham, 13 great- grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of her Life will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Liberty Baptist Church, 5199 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, MS . Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at 9:00 a.m. Interment will be in Greencrest Gardens in Belzoni, MS, at approximately 2:30 p.m.

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ROBERT ELMER PRICE, JR.

Robert Elmer Price, Jr., 83, of Isola, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2023, at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Bobby was born October 25, 1939, in Kilmichael, to Robert Elmer and Iris Manning Price. He was a United States Air Force veteran. Bobby was a self-employed truck driver until his retirement. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Belzoni where he served as a deacon and taught the Men’s Sunday School Class. Bobby was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved woodworking and enjoyed making chairs and swings.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Tammy Price Higginbotham; and two sisters, Dorothy Jean Lloyd and Lyda Lanell Causey.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 59 years, Bea Price, of Isola; daughter, Stephanie Price (Troy) Bergeron of Gluckstadt; and four grandchildren, Gray (Kity) Higginbotham, Daniel (Lauren) Higginbotham, Amy Bergeron (Ashley), and Chase Bergeron.

Visitation was held Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm, at First Baptist Church in Belzoni. The memorial service began at 1:00 pm with Rev. George Johnson officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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FLAVIA ELENORA KIKER HAMPTON

February 28, 1922 – April 16, 2023

Flavia Elenora Kiker Hampton, 101, passed away peacefully April 16, 2023 at her home in Pocahontas, Ms. Flavia was born to Alex and Mary Beatrice Kiker on February 28, 1922 in Bunkie Louisiana. At 22 months of age her mother sadly passed away and she was raised by her grandmother Virginia Kiker until her dad remarried. She grew up in Belzoni, MS graduating from Belzoni High School and was a member of the championship basketball team. She worked for Jockey International in Belzoni and re-tired after 32 years of service. After retirement Flavia moved to Pocahontas to live with her son Donnie and his family. Flavia was a member of First Baptist Church in Clinton, MS where she was an adult ladies Sunday school teacher for many years.

Flavia loved her family so much and was always worrying about how they were doing.  She loved her dogs just as much as her family and took great care of them. Flavia was an excellent cook and some family favorites were her homemade chocolate pies and fresh apple cake.

She is preceded in death by husband, Cleve Hampton, daughter Betty Hampton England, son-in-law Joel England, Sr., parents Alex and Mary Beatrice Kiker, stepmother Lida Mae Estes Kiker, brothers B. L. Kiker, and Sonny Kiker

She is survived by her children, son Buddy Hampton (Sharon) Greenwood, LA, and Donnie Hampton (Cindy) Jackson, MS. Her grandchildren Joel England, Jr. (Dorothy Fox), Chris England (Lori), Chad Hampton (Kristie), Jana Hampton Cardy (Jeremy), Wes Hampton (Sarah), Melissa Hampton Denson (Josh). Her great grandchildren, Andrew England (Caitlin), Lyssa England Wilson (Joey), Krista Eng-land, Christian England, Lynden Hampton, Elledge Hampton, Brylee Cardy, Hudson Cardy, Emerson Cardy, Hayden Rae Hampton, Grange Hampton and great grandchildren Levi Wilson, Bethany Wilson. Flavia is also survived by her sisters Ann Kiker Hanson, Nell Kiker Harris and sister in law Ollie Ruth Hampton.

She is also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 22, 2023 at Gooden Lake Baptist Church, Belzoni, MS with burial immediately following at the church. Visitation will be at 10:00-11:00 with the service at 11:00.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Gooden Lake Baptist Church, 4432 Gooden Lake Road, Belzoni, MS 39038 or to Mississippi Children’s Hospital.

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LAWRENCE PAUL WISE

Lawrence Paul Wise, "Larry" to all his friends and "Da" to his grandchildren, died on Friday, April 14 at the age of 77. Larry was born June 1, 1945 to Thomas and Lena Pearl Wise, the youngest of three boys. From his earliest age, he loved to be outside. He especially liked to squirrel hunt before school, usually with his buddy Paul Townsend. Larry graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Animal Husbandry. He worked as a cowhand for a a while. Until, he started dating Rita Sandling, who said she would never marry a farmer. Soon after they married, Larry began farming in Humphreys County and continued for over forty years. He loved singing to his bride, especially hymns first thing in the morning and country music in the evening. He used his baritone singing voice to great effect late in life as a member of the choir at First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni. Larry had a strong faith, shep-herding his family and many others as an elder in the church. He was a great cook, and he shared his talents with many people over the years.

Larry never met a stranger, and he especially loved children and connecting them to care of animals. As president of the Humphreys County 4H Association, he sheared many sheep and prepped many children for showing cows, hogs, and sheep.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents, brother Tommy, wife Rita, and granddaughter Megan Bray. He is survived by his children Leah Bray (Gregg), Beth Peterman (Mark), and Will Wise (Ann), and grandchildren JJ and Riley Peterman, Ann Hollis and Miranda Bray, and Ava Claire Wise, step-grandchildren Swayze and Parker Bell, and brother Ray (Jeanne) Wise.

Visitation will be 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at Mortimer Funeral Home, Belzoni. Immediately followed by a graveside service at Greencrest Memorial Gardens; under the direc-tion of Mortimer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 409410, Atlanta, GA, or Angel Wing Syndrome Foundation, 3015 e new York Street, Suite A2-85, Aurora, ILL 60504.

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A.G. HAROLD “BUD” FELTON

Graveside services for A.G. Harold “Bud” Felton, 74, of Indianola, and formerly of Louise, will be held Friday, April 21, 2023, at 2:00 pm, at County Line Community Cemetery, 232 East Lake Washington Rd., Glen Allan, MS 38744.  Reverend Josh Warren will be officiating the service. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

Bud passed away Friday, March 3, 2023, at Allegiance Specialty Hospital of Greenville. He was born June 13, 1948, in Childress, Texas, to A.G. and Olney Marchbanks Felton. He was a United States Ar-my Veteran and served in the Vietnam War.

Bud and Betty Ann met in 1989 and married shortly thereafter. They were a match made in heaven and knew it right away. They loved spending time together and playing with and spoiling their dogs, Sam and Yo-Yo. They lived in Cleveland, MS for the first years of their marriage, where Bud worked for the city of Cleveland and for Gaines Oil Company. You could always find him around town, up in his bucket truck, fixing something! They then resided in Louise, MS for many years. Bud loved and treated Betty Ann’s 3 grown children from a previous marriage as his own, along with their children and grandchildren. Bud enjoyed going fishing and spending time with family and friends. He liked the Green Bay Packers and the Las Vegas Raiders NFL teams and often sported his favorite team jerseys and caps from his impressive collection. He enjoyed watching movies and traveling to visit his kids in Texas and Wisconsin. He enjoyed having a cup of coffee in his favorite coffee mug and always enjoyed keeping a stash of snacks and sweets, which he enjoyed sharing with others. And he loved eating Chuck’s burgers with his family in Rolling Fork, MS.

Anyone who was fortunate enough to know Bud will tell you, he was kind, selfless and generous. He asked for little and gave much. During challenging times in life, he never complained; he just kept going. And although he was a man of few words most of the time, he was known for his one-line zingers that would catch people off-guard and have them in stitches.

Bud was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years, Betty Ann Felton (2016), his nephew Donald McKinney, his great nephew, Russell Andrew Barnes (2004), his parents.

He is survived by children “Little Bud”, “Sissy”. Son, Ken Barnes and his wife, Felix Mondragon of Arkansas. Ken’s daughter, Amber Warren, along with her family, husband, Josh Warren, son, Andrew Warren and daughter, Grace Warren. Daughter, Krissy Free of Texas, along with her daughter, Katelin Moore, her husband, Josh Moore and their son, Cooper Ray Moore. Daughter, Cindy Daniel of Wisconsin, along with her son, Josh Daniel, and son, Jacob Daniel and his family, wife Samantha, son, Bentley and daughter, Alexa and a sister, Mary Ann Felton Garcia  and her husband, Guadalupe of Crowley, Texas, two nieces; Shawna McKinney of Burleson, Texas and Deanna McKinney of El Claire, Wisconsin, a nephew, Cecil McKinney of Aledo, Texas; 10 great nieces and great nephews; Marissa West, Marianne Stonebraker, Leah Beth Patterson, Maysa Bell, Jett Bell, Aubrey McKinney, Maya McKinney, Kailey McKinney and Chayce McKinney.

We will miss you, Bud. We will miss your daily phone calls and your sense of humor. We know you are at peace now and we will see you again in Heaven! Praise God!!

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all those who helped care for Bud in his final years. To everyone at Indywood, his doctors, nurses, and caregivers, thank you for all your kindness and hard work. We especially want to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to Ms. Nancy Cadena and to Mr. King Bell. You each treated Bud with kindness, love, and respect, like your own family. You went out of your way to help him whenever he needed it and then some. You were Bud’s angels on earth!! We will forever be grateful to you both.

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WILLIE M. DOZIER

Willie M. Dozier, age 79, of Toomsuba, Mississippi, formerly of Brandon, was born on July 19, 1943 in Belzoni where she was reared, and passed away into the presence of her Savior, Jesus Christ, at her home in Toomsooba on April 4, 2023. Her welcoming smile and spirit of hospitality will be missed by all who knew her. Willie leaves behind a faithful and loving husband, Gerald Dozier, who stood by her side in her fight with cancer, celebrating 15 years of marriage with miles of traveling adventures, while enjoying the encouraging fellowship of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Willie was the loving mother of Desiree (Scott) Carpenter of Meridian, Jacque (Mike) Wade of Biloxi, and Lance (Anne Katherine) Ragsdale of French Camp; the grandmother of Zach (Brittany) Carpenter of Meridian, Lacy (Tyler) Overby of Meridian, Sarah Beth Ragsdale of French Camp, John Michael Wade of Biloxi, and Preston (Jessica) Wade of New Orleans; and great-grandmother of Kamp, Kade, and Kayson.

Willie was the daughter of the late Louis and Evelyn Coalson Duthu of Belzoni, sister of the late Cecil Duthu (Margaret) of Belzoni, the late Francis Durden (Don) of Savanah Georgia, the late Eva Duthu of Belzoni, and survived by brothers Louis Duthu (Mena) of Rolling Fork and Jerry Duthu (Charlotte) of Jackson. Willie enjoyed her family over the years and loved dearly her six nieces and one nephew.

A visitation will be held at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home (6300 MS-39, Meridian, MS) on Monday, April 10, 2023 from 10:30 until 12:15 with a memorial service immediately following at 12:30. A graveside ceremony will occur at 2:30 p.m. at the V.A. Memorial Cemetery at 248 Honor Circle in Newton, MS. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS  39745.

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BARBARA POTTER HOKE

Barbara Potter Hoke, age 76, passed away at her home on March 31, 2023 after a long battle with cancer. She was born on October 31, 1946 to Kearney and Burnie Potter in Sidon, MS.

Barbara has been a resident of Belzoni, MS for 30 years after residing in Greenville, MS for many years prior. She was a member of Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni and Grace Sunday school class. Barbara was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was the happiest when she was surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was very loved and will be missed terribly.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Warren Earl Hoke, Jr., parents, sister, Shirley Potter Holmes, and brothers, Mac Potter, Rickey Potter, and Harrel Potter.

She is survived by one sister, Sandra (Otis) Briggs of Greenville, one brother-in-law, Jack (Roxie) Hoke of Belzoni, two daughters, Lori (Craig) Verhage of Cleveland, and Robin Toler of Inverness. Three grandchildren, Anna Street Toler, Woods Toler, and Warren Toler all of Inverness, Mississippi.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to her caregiver, Helena Bradfield. Visitation was held on Monday April 3rd, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni followed by a family graveside service at Greencrest Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to East Side Baptist Church 904 Virginia St, Belzoni, MS 39038

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BEVERLY DONALD WATKINS

Beverly Donald Watkins, 78, passed away in her home on Sunday, March 5, 2023. Visitation was held Friday, March 10th at Mortimer Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. followed by the service at 2:00 p.m.

Beverly was born on July 23, 1944, in Humphreys County to Letha and Richard Donald. She was one of nine children. She attended Isola Consolidated School and spent more than 30 years working for Producers Feed Company in Isola, MS. She loved her coworkers like family and enjoyed chit chatting with the catfish farmers that would come in to buy feed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerry Watkins, and two brothers, Joe Donald & Grady Trainer. She is survived by her two daughters, Tammy Davis (Don) of Greenville, MS and Teress Jennings (Richard) of Stonewall, LA; sisters, Shirley Savell of Belzoni, MS, Vivian Mullins of Tupelo, MS, Kaye Wetzel(Johnny) of Pensacola, FL; brothers, Ralph Donald of Plano, TX, Thomas Donald (Becky) of Greenville, MS and Stanley Donald of Greenville, MS; grandchildren, Kristen Davis (Steele) of Little Rock, AR, Wade Davis (Mallory) of Inverness, MS, Rebekka Norwood (Trent) of Spring, TX, and Michael Jennings of Stonewall, LA; 7 great grandchildren, Anna Grace and Davis Stokes, Ro Davis, Jaxson and Andi Jade Davis, Brody Pee, and Jack Norwood; and a host of nieces, nephews, their children and grandchildren; and her devoted caregiver, Jennifer Davenport.

"Meme" as she was known to her grandchildren and other family members was happiest when spending time with her children, grandchildren, and other extended family members whether in person or on the phone. She was an avid dog lover and had several of her "girls" pass before her. She did leave behind her beloved dog, Ginger.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that memorials may be made to ACCESS Schools, 1500 N Mississippi St, Little Rock, 72207 or your animal rescue of choice.

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JAMES KELLY POPE

James Kelly Pope, age 79, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2023, at UMMC Hospital. Kelly was the beloved father of two children - Mark Pope and Juliana Pope Mayeaux.

Kelly was born to Julia Margaret Parker Pope and Robert James Pope, Sr. on August 24, 1943, in Pascagoula, Mississippi. He was the fourth of eight children. He is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Julia Pope, his youngest sister Marla Powell, and brothers Gene Pope and Carl Allen Pope.

Kelly attended Belzoni High School where he was Mr. BHS. He graduated from Mississippi State University where he received a degree in accounting, and he also served in the National Guard. After graduating college, Kelly worked brief stints at General Tire and Lockheed Martin before settling into a 35-plus-year IT career at ExxonMobil in Louisiana and Texas.  After his retirement, he eventually moved back to Mississippi to reside in the state where he grew up and to spend time with his family.

He enjoyed playing tennis, working out, fishing, crooning his favorite songs on his singing machine, watching college sports, and all things Mississippi State. He was an avid fan of his alma mater and his Saturdays in the fall revolved around football games. Kelly loved to laugh and everyone that knew him was appreciative of his witty sense of humor. He was selfless and someone that could be counted on to show up when needed. A real father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend to all.

He leaves behind his son Mark Pope(Pam) and daughter Juliana Pope Mayeaux, grandson Jeffery Mayeaux, granddaughters Preslee and Natalie Pope, brother Robert Pope(Carol), sisters Patsy Ballard, Cherry Jeter, Barbara Sumrall(Andy), and sister-in-law Nancy Pope.  Kelly is also survived by many nieces and nephews (Teresa, Steve, Trey, Angie, Greg, Penny, Helga, Chris, Paul, Jennifer, and Justin).

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2023, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Chancellor Funeral Home in Byram, MS.

A funeral service will take place on Friday, March 10, 2023 from 2:00-3:00 PM at Chancellor Funeral Home.

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COLE MANSEILL

Cole Manseill, 24 years of age, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at his  home in Brandon, Mississippi. Cole was born December 8, 1998. He leaves behind two beautiful children, Raeleigh Nicole Manseill (5) and Jax Dawson Manseill (7 months). He loved being with his kids, spending time with his family, hunting, and being the best son, Daddy and brother anyone could ever ask for.  He was a true family man and loved and

cared for everyone. You never saw Cole without a smile.

Cole is survived by his daughter, Raeleigh Manseill, and his son, Jax Manseill, Daddy and Step-Mom, Daniel and Samantha Manseill; his mother, Barbara Hodges (Barbie); three younger sisters, Andrea, Allie, and Megan Manseill; a younger brother and sister, Nathan and Lindsey Jones; paternal Grandfather, Danny (Lori) Manseill and paternal Grandmother, Brenda Manseill; maternal Grandmother, Janet Winstead Hynum, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his paternal Grandfather, Clifton Wayne Hodges.  Cole is loved by very many and will forever be missed.

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BETTY SUE GIBSON FITTS

Graveside services for Betty Sue Gibson Fitts, 86, were held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, February 18, 2023, in Dublin Memorial Gardens with Rev. Jerry Axtell officiating.

Mrs. Fitts was born on September 24, 1936, in Leflore County, Mississippi. She formerly lived in Marian, IL; Ona, WV; and Belzoni, MS; before making Dublin, GA her home in 1977, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church, a member of the Pink Ladies and the Dublin Bowling League. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was kind and giving, loved knitting, and cross-stitching and playing uno and dominoes. She helped manage the family blueberry farm, enjoyed traveling with her husband, and most of all spending time and doing activities with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe Sam Gibson and Lula Price Gibson; infant daughter, Cindy Fitts; son, Gary D. Fitts; sister, Bea Gibson Alderman; brothers, Sammy, Sonny, Marlin, and Marvin Lee Gibson. Mrs. Fitts passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at her residence.

Mrs. Fitts is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Bennie Dean Fitts of Dublin; son, Keith Alexander Fitts (Sandra) of Byron; grandchildren, Betsy Sue Fitts Whitt (Ellison), Marilynne Fitts, Kristina Fitts Bush (Nick), and Emily Fitts Allen (Peyton); and great grandchildren, Avery Drake Spires, Aurora Lynne Whitt and Ella Sue Whitt.

The family received friends on Saturday from 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M at the funeral home.

Stanley Funeral Home and Crematory/Dublin Chapel was in charge of funeral arrangements. To sign the Online Register Book please visit www.stanleyfuneralhome.com

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JOANNE SAVELL HAWKINS

Joanne Savell Hawkins, 85, of Belzoni, passed away Friday, February 17, 2023, at Humphreys County Nursing Center in Belzoni.

Joanne was born August 22, 1937, in Sebastopol, Mississippi, to William and Mary Ezell Savell. She grew up in Silver City and lived in Humphreys County for most of her life. Joanne was a homemaker but stayed active working as a seamstress, making wedding cakes, and cooking for her family. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors. She loved flowers. Joanne married Glen Hawkins, Sr. in 1961, and they made their home in Belzoni. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Belzoni.

Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Hawkins, Sr.; son, Mike Hawkins; four sisters, Barbara Brey, Jacqueline Walters, Kay Blake, and Irene Jones; and four brothers, John Clayton Savell, James Merlee Savell, Harry Earl Savell, Gary Richmond Savell and a granddaughter, Leanne Hawkins Hodo.

She is survived by one son, Bill Hawkins (Renee) of Belzoni; daughter, Rhonda Sanders of Hermitage, Tennessee; stepson, Glen “Bubba” Hawkins, Jr. (Ann) of Inverness; two sisters, Annie Maxine Herring of Dickinson, Texas and Billie Jean Hodges of League City, Texas; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation was Monday, February 20, 2023, from 10:00 am until 11:00 am, at Calvary Baptist Church in Belzoni, with the funeral service following at 11:00 am. A private family graveside followed in Methena Cemetery in Belzoni. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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JAMES CARROLL SCROGGINS

James Carroll Scroggins, 87, of Belzoni, passed away Monday, February 20, 2023, at South Sunflower County Hospital in Indianola.

James, affectionately known as Jimmy, was born June 29, 1935, in Greenville, to James Clayton and Ottlie Lea Scroggins. He was a Mississippi Army National Guard Veteran and was a longtime member of Reed Deer Camp. Jimmy worked as a hardware salesman and owned Scroggins Hardware. After its closing, he went to work for Henderson & Baird in Greenwood, retiring in 1999 after many years. Jimmy married the love of his life, Martha Stancill Outlaw Scroggins, and together they made their home in Belzoni. Marrying late in life, the two never had children of their own, but they considered Paul and Kristie Williams as their children. He was a devoted member and Deacon Emeritus at First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni. Jimmy exemplified the love of Christ in the way he lived and the love he had for his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Scroggins; and sister, Mildred Johnson.

Jimmy is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Martha Outlaw Scroggins of Greenville; special family, Paul and Kristie Williams, Josh and Christa Williams, Mari-Adan and Dean Johnson, and Justin and Erin Alexander; brother-in-law, Charles W. “Sonny” Johnson (Sharon); one niece, Cheryl White Stewart; and two nephews, James W. “Bill” Johnson (Nicole) and Richard C. “Rich” Johnson (Tonya).

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 25, 2023, at Belzoni City Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 73, Belzoni, MS 39038.

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BARBARA ANN SIMMONS

Barbara Ann Simmons, 71, passed away at her home Sunday, February 12, 2023. She was a lifelong resident of Hollandale and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Greenville, MS. Funeral Services were held Saturday Feb. 18, 2023 at 3 P.M. in the Mortimer Chapel. Visitation was from 2-3 P.M.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Josiah George Simmons, and her parents, Bobby Hairston and Thelma Lee Flickner Hairston.

She is survived by her 2 children Kimberly Simmons from Maui, Hawaii and George(Emily Kathryn) Simmons from Inverness, MS. She is also survived by her 2 brothers Dewayne Powers from Wayside, MS and Wayne Powers of Brandon, MS.

Mortimer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Register online at mortimerfh.com

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KEITH WELLS

Keith Wells, 59, of Isola, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi, in Oxford. Keith enjoyed hunting, fishing, and all things outdoors. He loved Alabama football and spending time with his grandkids.

Keith owned his own oxygen checking service and worked for Robert Wright. He was a Baptist by faith. Keith was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Dee Wells; four children, Morgan Roberts (Randy), Gary Lee Willard, Jr., Denise Hogue (Adam) and Hanna Wells; brother, Randy Wells (Laura); and sister, Lisa Higginbotham (Blake) and; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation was held Saturday, February 18, 2023, from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm, at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. The memorial service followed at 2:00 pm, with Rev. Pete Roncali officiating. Bur-ton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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FRANCES LEE BUTLER PACE

Frances Lee Butler Pace, 96, of Indianola, and formerly of Isola, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at Indywood Personal Care Home in Indianola.

Frances was born July 15, 1926, in Mize, to Tom and Treva Spell Butler. She married Herbert Pace and together they made their home in Memphis for many years. Frances worked in sales and customer service at Goldsmith’s in Memphis for 37 years prior to her retirement in 1988. After their retirement, she and Herb moved to Isola, next door to her mother. Frances was a beautiful and loving soul. She would help anyone. Her ministry and the way she often shared her love was through cooking. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed the fellowship that came when she prepared a meal. Frances enjoyed gardening and growing flowers. She collected beautiful antiques and loved telling her visitors the story behind them and where she got them. Frances was a member of First Baptist Church in Isola.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Herbert D. Pace, Sr; son, Herbert D. Pace, Jr.; four brothers, Tommy Butler, James Butler, George Butler, and Pat Butler; and one sister, Colleen Butler Hardin.

Frances is survived by her nephew, Robert Pace (Fay) of Dyersburg, Tennessee; dear friends, Dwight and Anne Boone of Isola; sister-in-law, Carolyn Butler of Prentiss; grandson, Chris Pace of Huntington, Tennessee; two great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 pm, Monday, February 13, 2023, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee with Rev. Jack Chapman officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VA of Jackson or the American Heart Association.

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JERRY EUGENE DONAHOO

Jerry Eugene Donahoo, 75 years of age, went to meet Jesus on February 9, 2023. He was born on August 7, 1947 in Poplar Creek to John Wilson Donahoo and Bonnie Lynn Bingham Donahoo.

Jerry attended school at Isola High School. After his tour of duty in the Army where he volunteered and served in the Vietnam War, he attended Mississippi Delta Community College. He worked in Refrigeration and Heating for a while before becoming owner of NAPA Auto Parts and Inverness Package Store. He made his home in Inverness until his health started failing. He then moved to Isola, Mississippi.

Jerry will be remembered as a tough man who persevered through hard times. He enjoyed playing dominoes with all his buddies and riding the roads making his rounds daily. Later on, Kolby took over as his driver with John Michael riding along with them. He loved his family and his grandchildren were special to him.

He is preceded in death by his parents Wilson and Bonnie Donahoo; his son, John Colby Donahoo; and his sister, Debra Donahoo.

He leaves as his survivors, son, Shea Donahoo (Kathryn) and his grandchildren, Kolby Elizabeth and John Michael Donahoo. As well as sisters, Merelynn Moberg of Etlan, Virginia and Brenda Kemo (Wyliss) Pontotoc, Mississippi; brother, Jimmy Donahoo (Tina) Belzoni, Mississippi and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services were held Monday, February 13, 2023, at Eastside Baptist Church, Belzoni, Mississippi with visitation at 1:00 p.m. followed by the service at 2:00 p.m. Interment was at Hickory Grove Cemetery, Inverness, Mississippi. Reverend Richard Wiman officiated.

Serving as pallbearers were Danny Donahoo, Billy Donahoo, Bubba Moberg, Kippy Kemp, Price Donahoo, Jesse Donahoo. Serving as honorary pallbearers; Johnny Rowland, Charlie Rowland, Jack Tolar, Bubba Hales.

Mortimer Funeral Home was honored to be entrusted with the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to; Eastside Baptist Church, 808 Virginia Street, Belzoni, Mississippi 39038 or to Humphreys Academy, PO Box 179, Belzoni, Mississippi 39038.

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GARNER ISAAC SHANNON, JR.

Garner Isaac Shannon, Jr., of Belzoni, passed away Monday, February 13, 2023, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Yazoo in Yazoo City.

He was born on May 11, 1933, in Greenwood, Mississippi, to G I Shannon, Sr. and Marion Foster Shannon. Garner grew up in Belzoni where he earned the rank Eagle Scout, enjoyed boxing, and then graduated from Belzoni High School in 1951. He went on to graduate from Mississippi State University in 1955 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Garner then served in the US Army for 2 years where he was stationed in Germany in the 553rd Field Artillery Battalion.

Garner was a highly skilled and intelligent man and always did his absolute best at whatever work he was given to do. He had Shannon Engineering and Construction Incorporated for 60 years before his retirement. Garner was exacting with his crew, but he really cared for and appreciated the men who worked for him.

Garner loved crossword puzzles, playing Hearts on the iPad, and watching the weather and the market. He was a great storyteller and had a very unique way, through many rabbit trails, of telling the most interesting tales. He also had a generous heart. During his many years of travelling to jobsites, he either fed or rescued nearly every dog he passed. Garner never met a dog he didn’t like.

Garner was proud of his family and loved them very much. He is survived by his wife, Toni Shannon; daughters, Kelly Smallwood of Forest, Julie and Tracy Lang of Brandon, Amy and Cole DeLong of Madison, and Mari Fran and Jay Burton of New Braunfels, Texas; granddaughter, Mary Shannon Lang; and grandsons, Case Usry, Harrison and Annabelle Lang, and Justin and Mason Smallwood, who Garner and Toni raised as a son. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Barbara Jeanne Shannon; and grandson, Taylor DeLong.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 17, 2023, at First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service. Rev. Richard Wiman will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Belzoni Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

Any donations or memorials can be made to B.A.R.K. (Belzoni Animal Rescue Kennel) at P O Box 1015, Belzoni, MS 39038, the Belzoni Cemetery Association at 506 Sharkey St, Belzoni, MS 39038, or Hydrocephalus Association, 4340 East West Hwy, Ste. 905, Bethesda, MD 20814.

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NICOLE YVONNE PENA

Nicole Yvonne Pena, 58, passed away unexpectedly on February 11, 2023 at her home in Houston, Texas.

Nicole was born on June 2, 1964 to Hermine and Nick Pena in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating with honors from Humphreys Academy in 1982, she received her Associate of Arts degree with honors in Biology and English from Mississippi Delta Junior College. While there, she served as the Student Body President. Nicole continued her studies at The University of Houston where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology/Archaeology with Minors in Geography, Art History, Psychology, and Biology. While at The University of Houston, Nicole was very active in The Student Residence Hall Association and served as the Assistant to the Secretary of the Dean of Residential Life. It was during this time that she began planning and organizing events and travel for Residence Hall Association delegates as they traveled across the country to attend workshops and rallies.

After graduation, Nicole worked as an Assistant Reservations Manager and Concierge at the Small Luxury Hotel, The Lancaster, in Houston, Texas. Her love for travel, culture, and planning took her to a career in the travel industry where she worked for Exxon Mobil as a Corporate Travel Counselor handling domestic and international relocation planning. After working at Exxon, she worked for Dillard’s Travel as a Senior Travel Consultant Manager and received numerous top producing agent awards during her 10 years of service and amassed specialist certificates from over 50 countries and worldwide resorts. Nicole enjoyed her work and experienced working in many different facets of travel from corporate and leisure travel to US National Guard Army travel when she worked for the Port of Houston as the travel coordinator for a segment of the California Army National Guard.

Nicole was a huge supporter of her 2 nephews and niece. She was their biggest fan and never missed a performance during their high school years, always cheering them on and wishing them the best.

She is survived by her parents, Hermine and Nick Pena and her sister, Renee Pena Mock (George). Her memory lives on in nephews, Daniel Mock, Ethan Mock, and niece, Gabrielle Mock.

Services will be held at All Saints Catholic Church in Belzoni, Mississippi on February 17 at 2:00 pm.

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ROBERT LAWRENCE “BOB” HOWARD, SR.

Robert Lawrence “Bob” Howard, Sr., 83, of Belzoni, passed away Monday, February 7, 2023, at South Sunflower County Hospital in Indianola.

Bob was born October 20, 1939, in Vicksburg, to Douglas and Ruby Louise Wilson Howard. He married Debbie Hawkins in 1975, and they made their home in Belzoni. Bob and Debbie welcomed two sons, Robert Lawrence Howard, Jr. in 1976 and Grady Ryan Howard in 1979. He worked in his own business as a construction engineer for many years. Bob was a great man with a wonderful sense of humor. He was a very hard worker and a loving husband and father. When he wasn’t working, he was with his family. Bob was always there to help anyone who needed anything, especially in taking care of their disabled son.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Clarence Kelly.

Bob is survived by his wife, Debbie Howard of Belzoni; two sons, Robert Lawrence Howard, Jr. of Belzoni and Grady Ryan Howard of Plano, Texas; three brothers, Harold (Barbara) Howard of Belzoni, Danny Kelly of Decatur, Texas, and Eddie Dean Kelly of Iowa Park, Texas; and one sister, Barbara (Don) Marlow of Decatur, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm, Friday, February 10, 2023, at First Baptist Church in Belzoni. The memorial service will follow at the church beginning at 2:00 pm with Rev. George Johnson officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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NELLIE ANN BARKLEY KORNEGAY

Nellie Ann Barkley Kornegay, 84, of Belzoni passed away Saturday, February 4, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Nellie was born August 4, 1938, in Greenville, Mississippi to Harold and Nell Barkley. She graduated from Shelby High School and later married Kenneth Kornegay. They moved to Belzoni in 1973 where they made their home and raised their family. Nellie was an active member of Belzoni First United Methodist Church. She always worked in businesses where she was able to use one of her greatest assets, interacting with people.  Her many years at Gussie’s Florist was when she did this best. Nellie loved the flower and gift business and never made plans to retire, working most recently at Margaret’s Garden. Nellie has been referred to as a “legend,” and she truly was. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She will be greatly missed by her family and her community.

Nellie is preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Nell Barkley and her husband, Kenneth Harold Kornegay, Sr. She is survived by her son Kenneth Kornegay, Jr. (Kaye) of Belzoni and her daughter Barkley Pearson (Danny), of Isola; Six grandchildren, Chase Pearson (Whitney) of Isola, Brantley Pearson of Anguilla, Payton Pearson (Katie) of Isola, Anna Rodgers Smith (Tyler) of Madison, Leah Walcott (Ken) of Hernando, and Brannon Purvis (Melissa) of Inverness; Seven great-grandchildren, Mary Tatum Pearson, John Owen Pearson, Christian Walcott, Caleb Walcott, Madelyn Purvis, Cason Purvis, Jack Purvis; Brothers, Harold Barkley and Hugh Allen Barkley and her beloved nieces and nephew and their children; and very special friends, Paulette Pinson and Patsy Lang.

Visitation was held Tuesday, February 7 from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm at Belzoni First United Methodist Church. The funeral service started at 2:00 pm with Rev. Richard Wiman officiating. Burial followed at Belzoni Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chase Pearson, Brantley Pearson, Payton Pearson, Ken Walcott, Brannon Purvis, Tyler Smith, Christian Walcott, Caleb Walcott Cason Purvis, and Jack Purvis. Mortimer Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Belzoni First United Methodist Church, PO Box 53, Belzoni, MS 39038 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

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HORACE MONROE "AC" PARKER

Funeral Services for Horace Monroe "AC" Parker, 79 of Greenville who passed on Feb. 3rd, 2023 at his home were held on Tuesday February 7, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at Mortimer Funeral Home.  Visitation was from 10:00-11:00 A.M.  Interment was in Lakeview Gardens.

Pallbearers were AC Parker Jr, Brent Dillon, Justin Dillon, Chuck Ramsey, Ace Sellars, and Marty Smith.

Honorary Pallbearers were Charles Turner, Ernest Smith, Lee Hankins and LD Oswalt.

Horace "AC" Parker, 79-just 6 days short of his 80th birthday, died Friday, February 3rd, 2023 at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

AC was born February 9, 1943 in Isola, MS to Marie Smith Parker and Horace Parker.  He moved to Greenville as a young boy.

His first hobby was racing.  That's where he was every weekend for pretty much his entire life.  The Greenville Speedway was his favorite track out of them all.  He loved that he passed the love for racing down to his son and grandchildren.  He helped so many younger ones get started in the dirt track world.  He was hell on wheels on the track and off the track.

As he got older his driving of race cars stopped.  He started buying and refinishing antique cars.  He has probably owned every car made.  He was proud of his little Red A Model.

AC was mechanically gifted.  If it was broke, he could fix it.  He had many jobs in his lifetime:  shipyard welder, crane operator, drag line operator, any type of heavy equipment operator.  He excelled at all.

He will be remembered for many great things.  He worked hard, lived hard, and loved hard.  He was a great father, husband, papaw, and friend.

He was preceded in death by his brothers: Jimmy Dale Parker and Harold "Jr" Clark, 2 Grandchildren:  Allen Chambers and Trent Wade Parker.

He was survived by his Life Partner Annie Parker of Greenville, his daughter, Kelley Blalack(Randy) of Greenville, and his son, Horace M Parker "AC Jr"(Laura) of Greenville.  As well as 3 Daughters:  Pam Sellars(Jimmy) of Leland, Vickie Parker of Leland, Sheila McNutt and their mother, Barbara Parker.

He is also survived by 3 Sisters:  Gail Williams(David) of Greenville, Kathleen Skelton of Searcy, AR, and Faye Crocker(Charles) of Petal, MS.  As well as 2 Brothers:  Stevie Clark of Eupora, MS and Jerry Parker of Oklahoma.

He is also survived by 11 Grandchildren:  Macey Blalack, Kayne Blalack, Landon Parker, Luke Parker, Lex Parker, Ace Jimmy Sellars, Parker Sellars, Chris Sellars, Mickey Sellars, Ashley Chambers, and Crystal Parker, 14 Great Grandchildren, and 6 Great Great Grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mortimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.  Register online at mortimerfh.com

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JOSIAH GEORGE SIMMONS

Memorial services for Josiah George Simmons, 80, of Greenville were held at Mortimer Funeral Home on Saturday February 4, 2023 at 3 pm. He passed away on Monday, January 30, 2023 at Indianola Rehabilitation and Healthcare center.

Josiah was born to James Watt and Lucy Margaret Simmons in Greenville on July 29, 1942. He was a 60 year resident of Wayside, MS and a 20 year resident of Hollandale, MS. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Greenville and he served the counties of Washington and Sunflower as an EMT for many years. He was also a Vietnam Veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived his wife, Barbara Simmons, a daughter: Kimberly Simmons of Maui, HA, and a son: George Simmons (Emily-Kathryn) of Inverness, MS.

Donations to Alzheimer's Association are welcome. Call 1-800-272-3900 for more information.

Register online and express condolences at www.mortimerfh.com.

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MRS. BETH STROUD

Mrs. Beth Stroud, 72, passed away on February 1, 2023, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Beth was born on December 18, 1950, in Clay County, to the late T. D. and Elizabeth Christian. Beth was an educator for over 30 years. She was an active member of First Christian Church in West Point where she was a member of the Christian Women's Fellowship. She was a lifetime member of the Junior Auxiliary of West Point. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, traveling, and spending time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She married Mort Stroud on July 29, 1973, at the Griffith Christian Church.

Visitation was  Sunday, February 5, 2023, from 1:30-3:00 P.M. at Calvert Funeral Home in West Point. A Memorial Service followed at 3:00 P.M. at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Eric Ross officiating. Burial  followed in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point. Mortimer Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Mort Stroud: son, David Stroud and daughter-in-love, Stephanie: granddaughter, Kyla Stroud, and sister, Anita Christian Blackwell, all of West Point.

Memorials may be made to West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter, 5122 Tibbee Road, West Point, MS 39773.

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GENE ELWIN CLINE

Gene Elwin Cline, 73, of Belzoni, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2023, at his home.

Gene was born June 1, 1949, in Vernon, Alabama, to Elwin and Ruth Hayes Cline. He graduated from High School in Vernon, and completed Laboratory and X Ray Technology School. After completing school, he moved to Belzoni and was employed at Humphreys County Hospital until it’s closure, then moving to work at Gorton Clinic in Belzoni until his death. Gene was fun loving, easy going, and full of life. He was a character and enjoyed his time with family and friends. Gene loved cooking and was a wonderful cook. He enjoyed The Blue Room in Belzoni, casino trips, and going riding. Gene was always one to go with the flow and was enjoyable to be around, which made everyone love him. He loved his family and was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Gene was a member of First Baptist Church in Belzoni.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elwin and Ruth Cline.

Gene is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jan Nichols Cline of Belzoni; two daughters, Lynn Cline Howard of Isola and Allison Cline of Indianola; grandson, Colby Howard (Addie); and two great grandchildren, Hayes and Caroline Howard.

Visitation was held Sunday, January 29, 2023 from 1 to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church with funeral services following at 2 p.m. with Rev. George Johnson and Rev. Richard Wiman officiating. Burial followed in Belzoni Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was entrusted with arrangements.

Pallbearers were Jeff Hughes, JJ Pannel, Dr. Carlton Gorton, Allen Childs, Joey Carter, David James, Robert Ragland, Dr. Mack Gorton, and John Shelton. Honorary Pallbearers were Wesley James, Bart Smith, Larkin Chapman, Allen Bridgers, Blake Turner, Denon Braswell, Hall Barret, and Glenn Russell.

Memorials may be made to Batson Children’s Hospital, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216, The MAGIC Foundation, 4200 Cantera Dr. #106, Warrenville, IL 60555, or Belzoni Cemetery Association, 506 Sharkey Street, Belzoni, MS 39038.

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GENELLE LOTT VANCE

Genelle Lott Vance, 81, of Belzoni, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Genelle was born December 25, 1941, in Greenwood, Mississippi, to Del Perkins Lott, Jr and Genelle Joiner Lott of Belzoni. She was born alongside her twin brother, Del Perkins Lott III, who she loved dearly and the bond they created was inseparable.

Genelle was a graduate of Isola High School, and she continued her education at Delta State College. While at Delta State, she was a proud member of Kappa Delta Pi, Association of Childhood Education and the Wesley Foundation. Genelle graduated with honors as a “Delta Scholar” at Delta State and obtained her degree in Elementary Education. Genelle began her lifelong passion of teaching at Yazoo City School System for one year and one year at Leflore County Public School System prior to relocating her family to Oxford where she taught for two years. Genelle and her husband decided to return home to Belzoni where she began her career at Humphreys Academy. Genelle went on to teach for 45 years at Humphreys Academy until retirement where she ultimately taught for 49 years. During the years, she had the honor of teaching all her children and grandchildren in school.   Following retirement, Genelle continued her role with Mississippi Spelling Bee Association where over the years she was able to see many of her students win 1st and 2nd place at the Regional Mississippi State Spelling Bee contest. Genelle adored every child she taught as their success was her utmost priority. She centered her life around education and her family. Genelle was a loving mother and grandmother. She was very proud of her family and all their accomplishments.  Genelle was a member of Belzoni First United Methodist Church and the Music Lovers Club.

Genelle is preceded in death by her parents, Del Perkins Lott, Jr and Genelle Joiner Lott; her husband, Leslie Wallace Vance, Sr.; one son, Leslie Wallace Vance, Jr.; two brothers, James Claver Lott and Del Perkins Lott III; and one sister, Linda Lott Johnson.

She is survived by her two daughters, Gelinda Vance Wade and Dana Ann Vance, both of Belzoni; five grandchildren, Amber Foster Mauney and her husband John of Nashville, Tennessee, Dillian Vance Foster, of Belzoni, Hayden Wallace Vance of Hernando, Lelia Nelle Vance and Karter Vance Hall both of Belzoni; one daughter-in-law, Rebecca Barrett Vance of Hernando; one sister-in-law, Sylvia Farmer Lott of Ridgeland, Mississippi and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews who she dearly loved.

Visitation was held Monday night, January 30, 2023 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Belzoni First United Church.

The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at Belzoni First United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Wiman and Rev. Keith Keeton officiating. The burial followed in Belzoni Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was entrusted with arrangements.

Pallbearers were Bryan Carter, Jack Carter, Tripp Francis, Tyler Francis, Will Francis, Ollie Hall, John Mauney and Julian Toney III.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Humphreys Academy Elementary School, P. O. Box 179, Belzoni, MS 39038.

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RACHEL COOKSEY BURLESON

Rachel Cooksey Burleson, 87, of Belzoni, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2023, at her home.

Rachel was born November 23, 1935, in Philadelphia, Mississippi, to Robert Lee and Annie Bland Cooksey. She married Clinton Eugene Burleson in 1950, and they spent the next 55 years side by side in multiple businesses in Belzoni. Rachel enjoyed casino trips, selling antiques, gardening and doing yardwork. She even tended to her own yard until a couple of years ago. Rachel loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni.

Rachel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clint Burleson; daughter, Jimmie Burleson; two brothers, Sammy Cooksey and Robert Cooksey; and three sisters, Grace Cook, Ann Bordeaux, and Anita Butler.

She is survived by three daughters, Peggy Carpenter of Greenville, Patricia (T.A.) Tharp of Isola; and Teresa (Mike) Holloway of Belzoni; three sisters, Flora Baugh of Brandon, Mary Baugh of Starkville, and Jessie Hood of Guntown; eleven grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, January 23, 2023, at Greencrest Memorial Gardens in Belzoni with Rev. Wayne Kimbrough officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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GARY ALLEN CHILDS, SR.

Gary Allen Childs, Sr. sadly left us on January 19, 2023, following complications from a cardiac event. Born in Belzoni, Mississippi to Nancy Colyer and James Alfred Childs on July 8, 1949, Gary is survived by his wife of 38 years Jillian (Jill); two sisters, Pearl Edna Hobson and Doris Grisham; his daughter Shannan (Joe); son, Gary; grandsons Austin (Sherry) and Cameron and granddaughter, Mariah, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Gary served in the US military for five years and fought for his country in Vietnam. He spent two years overseas in Isfahan, Iran working for Bell Helicopter in helicopter maintenance. He continued his interest in the transportation industry working for Alaska Airlines for 23 years.

He always had an interest in landscaping and started his own business until he retired in 2013. During retirement, Jill and Gary traveled in their motorhome between Washington, Mississippi and Arizona. He particularly loved the winters in Parker, Arizona where he enjoyed golfing with the guys. He lived his life to the fullest and the way he wanted to. An honest man, you always knew where he stood. They will forever be missed. No services have been planned at this time.

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HELEN THARP SCOTT

Helen Tharp Scott, 95, of Isola, passed away Friday, January 13, 2023, at Indianola Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Indianola.

Helen was born December 6, 1927, in Humphreys County, to Speedy and Maude Duke Tharp. She married the love of her life, Don Scott. Don served in the Air Force, and they were stationed in Okinawa, Japan and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Don passed away suddenly at the age of 37, and Helen never dated or remarried. She always loved Isola, so following Don’s death, she and their son, Barry, moved back to Isola. Helen loved flowers and working in her beautiful yard. She made the best caramel cakes. Helen worked as a teller at Bank Plus for many years prior to her retirement. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Isola.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don Scott; and four brothers, Thomas Tharp, Gaylon Tharp, Billy Don Tharp, and Jimmy Tharp.

She is survived by her son, Barry Scott of Dallas, Texas; one grandson, Jason Scott of Hattiesburg; one great grandson, Reno Scott of Petal; and her sister-in-law, Lois Tharp of Isola.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Belzoni Cemetery in Belzoni with Rev. Jimmy McLendon officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

 

 

JAMES EDWARD PALMORE

James Edward Palmore, 81, of Inverness passed away Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford after an extended illness.

James Ed is survived by his two daughters, Traci Beckham (Will) of Inverness, Jennifer Holdeman of Greenville and his grandchildren, Ann Linden Holdeman, Mary Grace Beckham, and William “Beck” Beckham, Jr. He is also survived by his siblings, Mary Margaret Gilliland (Carl) of Plano, Texas, Linda Rowland (Johnny) of Inverness, Patricia Johnson of York Spring, Pennsylvania, Pete Palmore (Sally) of Greenwood and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Rebecca Walker Palmore, his parents, Lindon Edward and Earline Palmore, his brothers, Robert Palmore and DeWayne Palmore.

Mr. Palmore was born in Leland, Mississippi, on July 13, 1941, to Earline Salter Palmore and L.E. Palmore and was the oldest of seven siblings. He moved to Inverness in 1954. Upon graduation from Belzoni High School, he enlisted in the Marines. During his years in the Marines, he was stationed throughout the United States, as well as Okinawa, Japan, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico. After his discharge from the Marines, he returned to Inverness where he began his 45-year career at Columbia Gulf Transmission Company as a compression station operator, instrument repairman, operations technician, and automation technician. After retiring from Columbia Gulf in 2009, he continued to work as an Electrical Inspector and Chief Inspector for Wilcrest Engineering on several Columbia projects throughout the Southeast until 2017.

James Ed was affectionately known as “Pop” by his grandchildren and it was this role which he treasured most. He enjoyed riding quarter horses, running, walking, and lifting weights. He obtained his black belt in Shaolin karate. Mr. Palmore was also an avid reader and enjoyed writing poetry in the years preceding his death. He enjoyed a good conversation and keeping up with current events. Most of all, he will be remembered by his family and friends for being full of life, having a wonderful sense of humor, and being quite a prankster.

Pallbearers are Alan Jones, Freddie Jones, Lee Paxton, Charles Smith, Don Sykes, and Avery Yates. Honorary pallbearers are Tommy Baird, Sam Cotton, Phillip Holdeman, Fred V. Jones, Gilbert Loper, Saul Nutall, Ed Pratt Trippe, and George White. The funeral service was held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola with Reverend Linda Malone officiating. Burial followed in Hickory Grove Cemetery in Inverness. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with the arrangements. The family would like to express their gratitude to the State Veterans Home and Enhabit Hospice of Oxford for the excellent care provided for Mr. Palmore. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the State Veterans Home, 120 Center Ridge Road, Oxford, Mississippi 38655.

 

 

TERRY NEAL ABLES

Terry Neal Ables, 59, of Brandon, MS, passed away peacefully on Christmas Day while surrounded by the love and comfort of his family.

Terry was born on May 29, 1963, in Greenville, MS, to father Clarence Edward Ables and mother Maxine Helms Ables. He grew up as an adventurous child, and relocated with his family to Isola, MS, where he graduated from Humphrey’s Academy in 1981.

Always excited to learn and passionate about collegiate football, Terry subsequently attended Mississippi State University. There he made lifelong friends and priceless memories while obtaining his bachelor’s degree. He went on to work at UMMC for 33 years, and eventually earned the title of Business Director of Ophthalmology due to his strong work ethic.

Perhaps his most favorite accomplishment though, was the birth of his daughter, Summer, or his “mini-me” as he affectionately called her. As a quick-witted and humorous man, Terry took joy in making others laugh and could do so with ease. He was always a passionate music lover and aficionado, and spread this joy to others through his seemingly endless knowledge of musical “fun facts” and his self-taught knack for playing the ukulele. You could often find him in his happy place– on a lake with a fishing rod in hand.

Left to mourn his loss are his beloved daughter, Summer Cheyenne Ables; mother, Maxine Ables; brother and sister, Larry Ables (Irene) and Carolyn Ables McCrary; nieces, Monica Davis (Jamie), Stacey Ables Galo (Zeke), and Jessica Ables; nephews, Jackie Glen Ables II (Stacy) and Christopher Ables. He is preceded in death by his father Clarence Ables; dear brother and best friend, Jackie Ables; grandparents Oscar and Ruth Ables, and Cedell and Nola Powell Helms; and wife, Sue Ann Ables.

A visitation for Terry will be held on December, 28, 2022 at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni, MS, at 1:00 p.m. The funeral service will subsequently take place at 2:00 p.m., immediately followed by Terry’s being laid to rest at Caile Cemetery in Isola, MS.