Belzoni, MS- Bonnie McMillian, 77, a retired Humphreys County Court Clerk, died peacefully at her home on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019. Services were held Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Mortimer Funeral Home Chapel officiated by her brother-in-law Pastor Ronald McMillian with burial in Greencrest Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, M L “Sonny” McMillian of 51 years. She is survived by sons Mike McMillian (Mary Etta) of Isola, MS, Bobby McMillian (Tiffany) of Tyler, Texas and Ricky McMillian(Donna) of Flowood, MS; sisters Nancy Vernon (Bill) of Irving, TX,  Joanne Cobb (Leon) of Madison, MS, Wanda Pope of Irving Texas, Judy Myers (T.C.) of Brandon, MS; brothers Johnny Jeffries (Dorothy) of Inverness, MS and Jerry Jeffries (Gail) of Belzoni. Grandchildren Chad McMillian, Katie Boykin, Breanne Blackwelder, Morgan McMillian, Robyn McMillian, Katan McMillian, Rustin McMillian and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Katie Jeffries and a grandson Robbie McMillian.

Pallbearers were Chris Boyles, Randy Lloyd, Bubba Rowland, Josh Vernon, Tim Jeffries, Eddie Gullett, Justin Bozeman, Warren Childs, Lee Cobb

Bonnie, better known as Big Mama to many, was born October 7, 1941 in Batesville, MS and her family moved to the Delta in the early 1940’s. She married the love of her life, Sonny Mac in 1957 and they made Belzoni their home for most of their life.  She loved her family and friends dearly and was loved in return by many. Bonnie will be greatly missed but memories galore will keep her living in our hearts until we meet again.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away. Revelations 21:14



James Carey Kelly, age 78, of Silver City, Mississippi, passed away April 19, 2019 at Humphreys County Nursing and Rehab Center in Belzoni, Mississippi.

James or "Carey", as he was known to many of his family, was born on November 25, 1940 to James Albert Kelly and Opal Stroud Kelly. They along with the love of his life, his devoted wife, Mary Jo , preceded him in death.

James grew up in Newton County, Mississippi, and welcomed two brothers David (Rachael) and John, both currently of Newton County and a sister, Sylvia, currently of Meridian, Mississippi to the family. He attended Lake high School, East Central Community College and graduated from Delta State university, in 1962, with a degree in Business.  In 1962, he married Mary Jo Garst of Silver City.   They were married until her death in 2017.

James served in the Air National Guard as a fireman at the Jackson International Airport.

In his early career, he was a salesman/representative in Jackson and later in Vicksburg, Mississippi. In 1970, James and family moved to Silver City, Mississippi where he farmed. After a serious farm accident, in 1977, he later held positions with Welfed Catfish, Farmer's Elevator and Bridgers' Motor Company. He later worked and retired as a salesperson for Belzoni Motors. He was member of the First Baptist Church of Belzoni, Mississippi.

In addition to his brothers and sister, James Carey Kelly is survived by his children, James Carey Kelly, Jr. (Robin) of Clinton, Mississippi and Timothy Garst Kelly (Gail) of Valdosta, Georgia. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Elizabeth Kelly Pardue (Stephen) of Clinton, Mississippi, Lucas Garst Kelly of Oxford, Mississippi, John Cooper Kelly of Starkville, Mississippi, Jacob Spencer Kelly and John Mark Kelly of Valdosta, Georgia, and two step-grandchildren, Austin and Ashley Clanton of Valdosta, Georgia.

Visitation was Tuesday, April, 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. with service following one hour later at Mortimer Funeral Home of Belzoni, Mississippi. Interment followed at Belzoni City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Jude's Children Hospital, the American Lung Association, or the charity of your choice.

Mortimer Funeral Home of Belzoni has been entrusted with the arrangements.



The funeral services of the late Mrs. Bonnie M. Davis, Age: 93, of Belzoni, MS., were Monday, April 22, 2019. Mrs. Davis passed on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the Humphreys County Nursing Center, Belzoni, MS.

The public visitation was at the Wasp Lake M. B. Church, Belzoni, MS., Sunday, April 21, 2019, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The funeral service was Monday, April 22, 2019 at the Upper Room Fellowship Ministries, Belzoni, MS. at 1:00 p.m.

The burial was at the Wasp Lake Church Cemetery, Belzoni, MS.

Officiating: Pastor Lisa Day



The funeral services of the late Mr. Eddie Lee Bankhead, Age: 49, of Isola, MS., were Saturday, April 20, 2019. Mr. Bankhead passed Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Isola, MS.

The public visitation was at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Belzoni, MS., Friday, April 19, 2019, from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.

The funeral service was Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the Zion Rock M.B. Church, Belzoni, MS. at 12:00 Noon.

The burial was at the Humphreys County Memorial Garden, Belzoni, MS.

Officiating: Rev. Phillip McGee



Alvin Booth McCarty, 85, of Sunflower, Mississippi, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019. After months of failing health, Alvin “Shotgun” McCarty died peacefully at his home surrounded by family.

Alvin was born September 7, 1933 to Alvin Erwin McCarty and Inez Booth McCarty. In 1953, he married the love of his life, Katherine “Kaki” Cartwright McCarty. Alvin “Shotgun” McCarty was a strong patriarch of his family and a good friend to all. He was a good father and a loving grandfather and great-grandfather. A man who never cared much about himself and who even in his final days would say to his loved ones, “just take care of Kaki when I’m gone.” Shotgun was a strong, proud, and good man. He is loved and will be missed by many. Shotgun was a lifelong resident of Sunflower, where he served on the Board of Alderman. While his health allowed, he was always working for the betterment of the town. He was a faithful member of Sunflower United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Board of Trustees, former Chairman of the Board, member of the finance committee, and was the church delegate to the Mississippi Annual Conference. The church is still there today as a result of his dedication and efforts. He was a charter member of the Delta Grace Board. Shotgun served on the Board of Directors of Farm Bureau and served as the Chairman of the National Aquaculture Community. He also served on the Board of Directors of South Sunflower County Hospital for 41 consecutive years, serving 14 years as Chairman of the Board.

Shotgun was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Inez McCarty; sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia and Joe Seymour; and his daughter, Kathy McCarty.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Katherine “Kaki” Cartwright McCarty of Sunflower; one son, Chuck McCarty and his wife Marcia of Oxford; one daughter, Cindy Miller and her husband Lynn of Sunflower. He also leaves behind twelve grandchildren, Chip Sligh, Ginger Berry (Phillip), Josh Sligh, Elissa (Jackson) Oliver, Lucas McCarty, Josh Bodie, Jessica Bodie, Drew McCarty (Elizabeth), Jordan Stephens, Elizabeth Skelton (Taylor), Jonathan Miller and Chelsea Miller; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Monday, April 22, 2019 from 1:00 pm until the 2:00 pm funeral service at Sunflower United Methodist Church. Rev. Veronica Pritchard officiated the service. Burial followed in Indianola City Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Delta Grace, PO Box 218, Sunflower, MS 38778

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