Peggy Ann Watts Scarf Reedy, 84, passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at her home in Birmingham, Alabama. She is formerly of Belzoni, Mississippi.

She attended Belzoni High school and graduated in 1952. She furthered her education at Mississippi College and she graduated with a degree in Elementary education in 1956. She then went to work for Mississippi Department of Human Services where she served in multiple capacities. She retired for MDHS in 1993. Mrs. Reedy did volunteer work at Central Mississippi Medical Center for many years. She was an active member at Oak Forest Baptist Church teaching Sunday school and singing in the senior adult choir until she moved.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents Franklin Daniel Watts and Mae Evers Watts, and her husband, Walter T. Reedy.

She is survived by daughter, Amy Elizabeth Browning (Wesley), son, Timothy Paul Scarf, and goddaughter Amy Lynn Wooton Mallette (Allen). Grandchildren, Crystal Alysse Collins (Christopher Choate), and Charlyte Mae Scarf (Will Moore). Great Grandchildren, Evan and Danika Nowoslawski. Nephew, Charles Davis (Linda) and Niece, Betty Sue D. Pollom (David).

The family will receive friends from 10am to 11am on Monday, October 22, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Belzoni. The funeral service will begin at 11. Interment will follow the service at Belzoni Cemetery, all under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home, Belzoni.

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Mary Nichols Pinkerton, age 95, went to be with the Lord on October 13, 2018 at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS surrounded by family. Mrs. Pinkerton was born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi to Nannie Lee and Shelba Topp Nichols on September 29, 1923. She attended school in Egypt, MS and Sunflower Junior College in Moorhead, MS.

Upon completion of SJC, Mary taught school at the community school in Roundaway, MS. While living in Roundaway, she met and married Charles Pinkerton, a local farmer, and on December 23, 1944 they were married and began a life together. Soon after they married the couple moved to Shaw, MS where they had a grocery store until they decided to go into the farming business just outside Shaw. In 1962 they moved to Belzoni, MS to expand the farming business.

Mrs. Pinkerton was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Belzoni where she taught 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School for many years. She is still fondly remember by those who were in her class. Several commented that the only Bible verses they remember as an adult were those learned in her class.

Because of her love of children and education she was instrumental in establishing a branch of the MS Library Commission in Belzoni in 1964 where she also served on the board for 28 years.

Throughout the community Mrs. Pinkerton was known for her vegetable garden. In the summer many people were the recipients of her little paper bags full of fresh vegetables. Her corn and butter beans were staples at church and family pot luck dinners. Other community work included being a member of the United Methodist Women and a volunteer at the Jaketown Museum.

Family members fondly remember Mama/Mama-Rea/Mury as a strong Christian woman who instilled her love of God and knowledge of the Bible in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Pinkerton was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Pinkerton, her parents, Nannie and Shelba Nichols, and numerous brothers and a sister.

She is survived by her children, Shelby (Eveline) from Branson, MO, Nan Tarlton from Madison, MS, Laura Tedford from Belzoni, MS and Mary Jean Harvey (Jamie) from Long Beach, MS; grandchildren, Christy Pinkerton, Misty (Ryan) Laster, Nick Tarlton, Faith (Ty) Austin and Ashley, Bailey and Jeremy Harvey. She also has four great-children, Tyler and Kylie Tarlton, Taylor Laster, and Evan Metcalfe. She is survived by her sister, Florence (Henry) of Harrison, Arkansas.

The Pinkerton family would like to express their thanks to her loving sitters, Genika Brown and LaToya Taylor, the staff of The Blake at Township in Ridgeland, MS, Dr. Tammy Young, and the devoted and caring doctors, nurses, and the staff of the 5th floor Oncology section of Baptist Medical Center. They truly are angels of love and mercy. Thank you.

A Celebration of Life was held Monday, October 15 at the First United Methodist Church in Belzoni at 2:00. Burial was at Belzoni City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hederman Cancer Center, 1227 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39202 or the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 53, Belzoni, MS 39038.

Mortimer Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.