Harrel Burnon Potter was born on March 1,1938, in Leflore County, to Kearney and Burnie Potter. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Shirley Potter Holmes, and brothers, Mac Potter and Rickey Potter. Harrel passed away on November 5, 2019, at home, after a long illness.

Harrel was born in Swiftown, the oldest of six children. After graduation from Greenwood High School, he married Rose Blount of Sidon, Mississippi and moved to Belzoni. Over the years, he built an impressive business. Starting out with grocery stores, he eventually added catfish farming to his resume, an industry he loved. The proudest moment of his professional life was being named Catfish Farmer of the year. He was a member of the JayCees, on the board of Guaranty Bank & Trust, and served as President of Delta Pride. He often said his work was his hobby. Harrel was a true gentlemen, a devoted husband and a proud parent of two daughters, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. His generosity and support of local organizations will always be remembered.

He is survived by two sisters, Barbara (Earl) Hoke of Belzoni and Sandra (Otis) Briggs of Wayside, Mississippi. He is survived by the love of his life for 62 years, Rose Lanelle Potter, two daughters, Tamra (Glenn) Helms of Belzoni and Ann Potter of Saint Petersburg, Florida. Three grandchildren, Austin (Philip) Gustin-Helms of Saint Petersburg, Florida, Chelsea (Bryan) Burge of Inverness, Mississippi and Ethan Helms of Nashville, Tennessee and to his delight, two great-grandchildren, Hannah Rose Burge and Thomas James Burge of Inverness.

Services were held Friday, November 8, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Belzoni at 2:00 p.m. Interment was at Belzoni City Cemetery

Reverends Bryan Burge and George Johnson officiated. Pallbearers were David McMorrough, Herman Scott, Randy Lloyd, Mike Roseman, Amos Wood and Dean Kiker. Honorary Pallbearers were Harvey Swindell, Andy Lloyd, Tim Lloyd, Eric Campbell, Bill Sparkman and Jon Addison.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Humphreys Academy, P.O. Box 179, Belzoni, Mississippi 39038 or Belzoni City Cemetery, 506 Sharkey Street, Belzoni, Mississippi 39038 or a Charity of your choice.

Mortimer Funeral Home of Belzoni was entrusted with the services.




Harper Leon Cobb, 73, of Madison, Mississippi, passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2019, in his home surrounded by family. He was born on November 22, 1945 to Harper and Mae Sue Cobb of Belzoni.

Leon loved his family and had a passion for hunting! Until he became ill and unable to work, he was a successful commercial roofer, among other trades, throughout his lifetime. He served in the National Guard for eight years. He was a support of St. Jude Hospital and had a heart to help others. He never met a stranger and has numerous friends all over this Country that he loved. He was always playing jokes on his family and friends, most the stories that they will never forget. Leon lived his life for his family. He lived big and loved big until he took his last breath. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Harper and Mae Sue, his brothers, Earnest and Edward, and sister Marguerite. He is survived by his bride of fifty five years, Joanne Jeffries Cobb, daughters, Melissa and Cindy, son, Lee and his daughter in love Courtney, seven grandchildren, Mindy (Jonas), Kayla, Trace (Virginia), Kristi, Jeremy, Laney and Lawson, great grandchildren, Gracie, Braden, Alessa, Elam, and John, brother, Richard (Patsy), his sister, Annie Ruth and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services were held Saturday November 9, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church of Belzoni at 11:30 a.m.

Reverend Richard Wiman officiated the service. Pallbearers were Chris Mann, Marc Mann, Richey Cobb, Andy Cobb, Wayne Lloyd, and Ward Cobb. Honorary Pallbearers were Billy Ray Vernon, TC Myers, Jim McElroy, Paul Foley, Jim Elliott, and Bobby Cobb.

Mortimer Funeral Home of Belzoni was entrusted with the services.




Jan Elaine Duthu, 59, of Belzoni, Mississippi died peacefully Monday, November 11, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Jan had many interests. She enjoyed cooking, photography, and Native American collections. She was a gifted photographer and captured many breathtaking sunsets on the Mississippi River. Jan's greatest pleasure was spending time with her grandchildren and her beloved fur babies, Charlie and Zeus. Jan was such a tease and will be remembered most for her jokes, wildly entertaining stories, and her zest for life.

Jan worked for many years with her father on their catfish ponds before spending the past 10 years as a cook for Seacor Marine Holding, Inc.

Jan Elaine Duthu is preceded in death by her; father, Cecil Duthu, grandparents; Ruby Taylor, Evelyn and Louis Duthu, aunts; Eva Duthu, Francis Durden and uncles; Ted Powell and Billy Powell. She is survived by her daughter; Stephanie (Jonathan) Snyder, mother; Margaret Duthu, sister; Tracey (Randy) Smith, granddaughters; Khole and Skylar Snyder, nephews; Brian (Lauren) Smith and Tyler (Anna Rodgers) Smith, great niece; Ava James Smith and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Services will be held Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, Belzoni, visitation to begin at 1 p.m. and service at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Greencrest Garden.

Reverends Richard Wiman and Johnathan McGuire will officiate. Pallbearers are Brian Smith, Tyler Smith, Larry Powell, Bobby Powell, Douglas Powell, and Lance Ragsdale. Honorary pallbearers are Mark Hazzard, Jody Duthu, and Jackie Duthu.

The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by; Dr, Mack Gorton, Dr. Carlton Gorton, Grace Community Hospice, Humphreys County Nursing Facility and Seacor Marine Holdings Inc.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church, 201 Pecan Street, Belzoni, Mississippi, Belzoni, Mississippi 39038.

Mortimer Funeral has been entrusted with the arrangements.



Funeral services for Darrell “DREW” Rexrode, 21, of Greenville, MS were at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 11, 2019 at Emmanuel Baptist Church.  He went home to be with his Lord on Friday, November 8, 2019.  Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Gardens under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville.

 He was born in Greenville on November 8, 1998 to Darrell and Lisa Rexrode. Drew loved Ole Miss, Chicago Cubs, Ping Pong, Tennis, Football, Basketball, Baseball, Golf and Bowling. Most of all, Drew loved his family and his friends.  If you knew him, you loved him.  He had a smile that would light up a room.  He knew how to make people laugh without even trying.  He always wanted to live life to the fullest and inspired others to do the same.

 Drew was the youngest of three brothers.  He graduated from Deer Creek Academy in 2017.  Where at Deer Creek he received multiple awards for his athletic ability, and many loved him for his leadership skills.  Drew later attended Hinds Community College on a full tennis scholarship.  While there he and his loved teammates competed in the National Championship.  He was currently a junior at Delta State University, Cleveland, MS.  While at Delta State he pledged Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

He is survived by his parents Darrell and Lisa Rexrode, of Greenville Mississippi.  He is also survived by his two big brothers, Chris (Katie) Boykin and Jamie (Ashley) Lemonis.  He is survived by his maternal grandparents William (Pinkey) and Mary Winters, of Greenville; paternal grandparents Rickie and Dianne Rexrode, of Hollandale; and great grandparent, Keith Rexrode.

 He is also survived by the nephews and nieces that he loved; Riley, Mary, Gabe, Briggs, River.  He is survived by his Uncle Rodney Rexrode (Kelli), Aunt Laura (Kenny Bullock), Aunt Kim Purvis, Aunt Amanda Boozer (Casey) and Aunt Susan Box.  He survived by so many cousins, many which were like his brothers and sisters.  Peyton, Trevor, Ethan, Spencer, Bubba, Cathy, Hayden, Parker, Elizabeth, Logan, Gavin, Lindsay, Austin, Jessica, Jenny, Jayce, Brandon and Taylor.

 He was also survived by so many other family friends that he loved so much.  He was so dedicated to friends and family and his entire heart was focused on the ones he loved.