Ada Almedia Forbes Johnson, age 91, of Isola, Mississippi, died February 15, 2019 at Humphreys County Nursing Center, Belzoni, Mississippi, after a short illness.

Mrs. Johnson was born on January 22, 1928 to Elmer and Ethel Forbes. While she was a mother of two children, she was a beloved retired teacher who throughout the years was remembered by the students she had taught in the first grade. Many have written that she was the best first grade teacher who ever taught. She was also honored to be a "Star Teacher" by Mack Gorton, Jr., an honor normally reserved for a high school teacher. She began her teaching career at Lockhard Elementary School in Indianola, Mississippi and then moved to Humphreys Academy in Belzoni where she molded the minds of children until her retirement.

A member of First Baptist Church, Isola, she was honored by the church celebrating her 90th birthday. Many of her students and members of the faculty staff of Humphreys Academy were present to show their love of "Mrs. Ada".

She was predeceased by her parents, husband, Jessie Marquis, husband, Van Johnson, sister, Gladys Forbes Walker, and brothers, Frank Forbes and Roy Forbes.

She is survived by her sons, Randy Marquis and Jessie Marquis. She also leaves her siblings, Willie Mae Forbes Robertson, Hilda Forbes Hales, Evelyn Forbes Walker and Charles Milton Forbes; her grandchildren Michael Marquis and Angela Marquis; great grandchildren, Sarah Beth, Morgan Michelle and Allie Marquis and many nieces and nephews.

Services were Monday, February 18, 2019, 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Isola, Mississippi.

Burial followed at Greencrest Gardens, Belzoni, Mississippi.

Mortimer Funeral Services was entrusted with the arrangements.




Ruby Loyce Homod of North Richland Hills, Texas, entered the gates of Heaven on January 30, 2019. She was born in Belzoni, Mississippi, to Dave and Dovie Homod.

After graduating from Belzoni High School, Ruby attended Mississippi College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She continued her education at New Orleans Theological Seminary, focusing on Religious Education in Christian Social Ministry. Ruby used her education and passion for children’s ministry to pursue God’s calling.

Ruby was a Children’s Minister in numerous churches including First Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Travis Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas. Finally, she served as Minister of Children’s Education at Tallowood Baptist Church, Houston, Texas, where she retired after 18 years. In her younger years, Ruby served at First Baptist Church in Belzoni, where many children and teens were inspired by her outgoing, loving spirit.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, John D. and James T. Homod of Belzoni, and one sister, Alma Lee Hammond, of Clinton, Mississippi. She is survived by one sister, Audrey Jean Clark of Fairview, Tennessee; dear friends, Kennie Irwin and family; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Ruby leaves behind a legacy that has borne fruit in the lives of countless children around the world. She exhibited Christ-likeness both in her personal life and Christian ministry.

Donations may be made in Ruby’s memory at your favorite charity or one of Ruby’s: Salvation Army and Tallowood Baptist Church.



Mr. Arthur R. Jones, Age: 77, of Belzoni, MS. passed on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Greenwood Leflore County Hospital in Greenwood, MS.

The public visitation was Friday, February 15, 2019 from 12 Noon - 5:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Belzoni, MS.

The Funeral Service was Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Whole Truth C.O.G.I.C., Swiftown, MS. The burial was at the Second United Baptist Cemetery in Swiftown, MS.

Officiating: Elder Jessie Williams



Mr. Perry J. Henderson, Age: 92, of Belzoni, MS. passed on Monday, February 11, 2019 at Humphreys County Nursing Center in Belzoni, MS.

The public visitation was held Friday, February 15, 2019 from 12 Noon - 5:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Belzoni, MS.

The Funeral Service was Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Green Grove M. B. Church, Belzoni, MS. The burial was at the Humphreys County Memorial Garden in Belzoni, MS.

Officiating: Rev. Morris Allen