Syble Walker Johnson and John Johnson Jr. were married in 1959 and were together for 58 years, in that time they had three children, Diane Kielhorn, Donna Douglas, and John Johnson III. Syble Walker Johnson passed away on August 7, 2017, in Yakima, WA followed by her husband John Johnson who passed away on August 30, 2020, in Yakima, WA. They were both loving parents, grandparents, and great grandparents who lived very full and very happy lives.

Syble was born on April 3, 1939, to parents Monroe, and Grace Walker. She grew up in Isola Mississippi with her 7 sisters. She attended Isola High School where she graduated as Valedictorian. She enjoyed playing basketball and spending time with her siblings during those years. After graduation, she moved to San Diego, CA, where she went to work for the Department of the Navy, and later started a career with the FBI and the Department of the Army. In 1959 she met her husband John Johnson Jr.

John was born in his grandmother’s home in Darling, MN, on April 1, 1933, to John Edgar Johnson Sr. and Mildred Olson. He later moved to Yakima, WA with his family where he attended Yakima High School. John joined the Navy in 1951, during his service he fought in Korea, the Philippines, and Vietnam. He retired from the military in 1971. After retiring, John returned to Yakima, WA with his family where he worked for his father’s company for several years. He took a job at Yakima Valley College as a night custodian to put himself through school, eventually earning a degree. He worked for the Yakima Wastewater facility until retiring in the 1990’s.

They were preceded in death by Syble’s siblings, Helen Lyle, Ellen (Ronald) Hudson; and brother-in-law, Bud Duke. John’s siblings, Raymond Johnson, Ronald Johnson, Diane Johnson, and brother-in-law, Wayne Wilson.

The two of them are survived by their three children Diane Kielhorn, Donna Douglas (Thomas), and John Johnson III, their four grandchildren James Kielhorn (Regina), Justin Kielhorn (Sara), Grace Douglas, and Alison Douglas, and their six great grandchildren Emily Kielhorn, Ashley Kielhorn, Micheal Kielhorn, Riley Kielhorn, Shawn Kielhorn, and Jayden Kielhorn. Syble’s siblings, Peggy Duke, Nancy Baggett, Sandy (Ronald) Logan, Sue (Lonnie) Walker, and Kathy (George) Gardner. John’s siblings, Lawrence (Dorothy) Johnson, Gerald (Margo Martin) Johnson, Philip (Pat) Johnson, William (Patricia) Johnson, Russell Johnson, and Arlis Wilson.

Syble and John will be laid to rest in Indianola City Cemetery in Indianola, Mississippi, at 11:00 am on October 16th, 2021. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.



David Earl Roberts, age 85, a retired Mississippi Delta farmer, passed away peacefully October 8, 2021. David was one of five sons born to Roscoe Matthew and Rittie Mae Roberts in Moorhead, Mississippi on September 16, 1936. He was raised in Moorhead and followed in his father’s footsteps farming. He married Bonita Mullen on November 4, 1956. They were the proud parents of two daughters, Angela and Anita.  During his lifetime, David served in the Mississippi Army National Guard, was an active member of First Baptist Church of Moorhead where he was a deacon and served as chairman of deacons. He was a member of the Moorhead Lions Club, and he was also a mason.

He remarried in July 1981 to Ann Dinwiddie Scruggs. David welcomed two stepsons, Sam and Dave into the family. David and Ann were active members of First United Methodist Church in Moorhead. Together, they opened the Yellow Dog Restaurant and Roberts Country Store in Moorhead. They retired to the quaint city of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. They enjoyed festivals and flea markets and acquired quite a collection of antiques over the years.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Rittie Mae; wife, Ann; and brothers, Roscoe, Ed, and Charlie.

He is survived by Bonita Roberts; two daughters, Angela Dowell (Wade) of Indianola and Anita Paxton (Jim) of Isola; six grandchildren, Matt Dowell (Kimberly) of Indianola, Britt Dowell (Shelby) of Madison, Chad Dowell (Kelsey) of Indianola, Georgeana Nieuwoudt (Yvan) of South Africa, Will Paxton of Isola, Justin Paxton of Isola; two stepsons, Sam Scruggs (Kim) of Suwanee, Georgia, and Dave Scruggs (Fredrika) of Roswell Georgia.

David also leaves behind a loving brother, Douglas Roberts (Gloria) of Moorhead; sister-in-law, Carolyn Roberts; numerous nieces and nephews; and four great grandchildren, Hunter, Rowan, Oliver, and Stella.

The graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm, Wednesday, October 13, at Moorhead Cemetery with Rev. Veronica Pritchard officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the employees of Indywood in Indianola for their loving care of David.



Kyle Bridgers Andrus, 33, of Lexington, and formerly of Moorhead, passed away suddenly October 9, 2021, at his home from complications of pneumonia.

Kyle was born December 23, 1987, in Jackson, to Thomas Lee Andrus and Melinda Bridgers Andrus. He was a graduate of Indianola Academy. Kyle attended Mississippi State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Biological Science degree from Delta State University. He was the farm manager for Little Omega Farms in Tchula. Kyle was a member of Moorhead Methodist Church. He was a devoted father, brother, son, and LSU fan. He was an avid hunter and lover of the outdoors. Anything involving wildlife or nature, you could bet he knew everything about it. In his free time, you could find him in a field searching for Indian artifacts and arrowheads or crappie fishing with not one, but at least six poles at once. He could cook anything imaginable especially if it involved cajun spices and he could build a mean bonfire. Kyle’s smile was contagious and his personality infectious. He never met a stranger, and his sense of humor was one of a kind. The goodness in Kyle’s heart was immeasurable and was exemplified through his genuine care and compassion for those he loved, especially his dog and best friend, Jesse. He left a lasting impression on everyone he encountered. Anyone that was lucky enough to have known Kyle is forever changed for the better. He will never be forgotten, and his memory will live on in the hearts of all he touched.

Kyle was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sam and Frances Bridgers of Belzoni and Jesse and Helen Andrus of Eunice, Louisiana; uncle, Sammy Bridgers of Belzoni; and aunt, Paula Griffin of Moorhead.

He is survived by his father, Tommy Lee Andrus of Sunflower; mother, Melinda Bridgers Andrus of Moorhead; two sons, Kamdon Andrus of Grenada and Gray Andrus of Greenville; brother, Brian (Laura) Andrus of Moorhead; sister, Lindsay Andrus of Madison; twin sister, Kelsey Andrus of Troy, Alabama; two cousins, Jake Jenkins of Oxford and Bart Jenkins of Holly Springs; and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 12, 2021, from 10:00 am until 11:30 am, at Moorhead Methodist Church in Moorhead. The memorial service will begin at 11:30 am with Rev. Veronica Pritchard officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.



Janice Elizabeth Hughes Foster passed away peacefully at her home Tuesday, September 28, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. Jan was born August 27, 1951, in Belzoni, to the late G.Y. and Louise Beckwith.

Jan grew up in Belzoni and attended school in Silver City. She was known for her love of cooking and her hospitality. Her door was always open, welcoming her family and friends. Her favorite pastime was watching her grandchildren play sports. Jan was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni.

Jan is preceded in death by her parents, G.Y. and Louise Beckwith; her first husband, J. H. Hughes; her second husband, Walter Foster; brother, Jimmy McNair; son, Stanley Hughes; nieces, Tana Hughes and Kayla Davenport, daughter in law, Rita Hughes; and grandson, Andrew Green.

She is survived by her beloved children, Jay (Amanda) Hughes, Greg (Angie) Hughes, Jeff (Ruth) Hughes; stepchildren, Michelle Simpson, Vic Hughes, Barbara (John) Newman, Scott (Nurlana) Foster, Peri (Lewis) Hoffman, and Sharon (Allen) Green; grandchildren Nadia Hughes, Cory (Callie) Hughes, Cole Heigle, Hunter Hughes, Logan Heigle, Hollis Hughes, Brett Hughes, Ty Hughes, Dusty Simpson, Sesily (Steven) Vinson, Alyssa Phillips, Dylan Simpson, Amber (Lawrence) Swindell, Steven Johnson, Anna (Steven) Chatham, Chris (Remy) Foster, Walter Foster, Mark (Sarah) Foster, Michael Foster, Donna Hampton, David Beachum, Heath (Lily) Beachum, Benjamin James, Christian Hoffman, Zach Hoffman, and Lola Green; her siblings-Dixie Pickell, Stanley Marshall, Lisa Hughes, Mary (Allen) Taylor, Rose (Danny) Hester, Paul Beckwith, Ed (Shelia) Beckwith, Gary Beckwith, Becky Jackson, Cammie (Bill) Bennett, Connie (Scott) Self; a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and numerous other family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm, Thursday, September 30, 2021, First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni. Services will be held Thursday, September 30, 2021, at First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni, at 3:00 pm with Rev. Richard Wiman, Rev. Johnathan McGuire, and Rev. Benard Luckett officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

A special thanks to her caregivers; her sister Lisa and Dixie; and all the Adoration Hospice Team. We will never forget the time you devoted and the love you gave.

Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 201 Pecan St., Belzoni, MS 39038.



Flora Virginia Tiffner, 85, passed away peacefully with loving family by her side in Gainesville, TX September 26, 2021. Flora was born in Greenville, MS August 1936. She is preceded in death by her children Lenora Virginia “Susie Q” Tiffner and Gerald Wayne Tiffner. Flora leaves behind her sons Leonard “Redd” Tiffner, Roy Everett Tiffner and wife Kim Tiffner, 5 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren, dozens of nieces and nephews as well as countless friends touched by her wisdom and her kindness.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 pm Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Friday, October 1, 2021. A visitation will be prior to the graveside service from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Mortimer Funeral Home.

Mortimer Funeral Home is entrusted with the services.




Linda Lott Johnson, 72 passed away unexpectedly Thursday, August 19, 2021, in a local hospital.

Linda was born on January 26, 1949 in Greenwood, Mississippi to Del Perkins Lott, Jr. and Genelle Joiner Lott. Originally from Mississippi she resided in Sulphur for over 40 years. She was a retired 2nd grade school teacher who taught for many years at Maplewood Elementary School. When she was not spending time with her beloved grandchildren, she enjoyed quilting, knitting and reading. She lived a full life of 72 years with family and friends. Linda was in recovery for 37 years.

Survivors include her beloved husband of 32 years, John LeRoy Johnson of Sulphur; her children, Loree Leigh Ogg and husband, David of Lewisville, Texas, and Edward Weaver and wife, Cassie of Keller, Texas; her five grandchildren, Ashleigh Ogg, Alex Weaver, Aidan Weaver, Andrew Weaver and Adeline Weaver; her sister, Genelle Vance; her sister-in-law Sylvia Lott; and numerous nieces and nephews. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Del Perkins Lott, Jr. and Genelle Joiner Lott; and her brothers, Del Perkins Lott, III and James Claver Lott.

A Celebration of Linda’s Life was held on Saturday, September 25, in Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home led by Jody Barrilleaux, Celebrant. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at




Lynn Vanaman Arriaga, II, 5, of Leland, passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021, in Leland, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Lynn was born August 29, 2016, in Greenville, to James Arriaga and Tammy Sue Criddle. He was a kindergarten student at Leland Elementary School. Lynn loved fishing, dancing, WWE wrestling, and Baby Shark. He enjoyed being goofy and silly.

Lynn was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Sue Criddle.

He is survived by his parents, James Arriaga and Tammy Sue Criddle of Leland; paternal grandparents, Lula Marquez (Humbeto) of Colorado, Alberto Arriaga of Leland; maternal grandfather, Chester Criddle of Isola; maternal great-grandmother, Mildred Criddle of Belzoni; seven brothers, Taylor, Roberto, Hamie, Adam, Jason, Oracio, and Humbeto; two sisters, Heather and Aubrianna; and a host of uncles, aunts, and cousins.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, September 29, 2021, from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm, at God's Harvest Church of God in Indianola. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 pm with Rev. Tim Howell officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.




Michael Salvadore Maranto, Jr, a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September, 26, 2021.

Michael was born to Michael Salvadore Maranto, Sr (Mickey) and Carol Ferretti Maranto on March 13, 1975, in Greenville, MS.  He attended the Saint Joseph Catholic Church.  Michael graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School in 1994 and then went on to Mississippi Delta Community College before going to work for his family’s business, Janitor’s Supply and Paper Company.  He worked everyday along side his father, uncles, and cousins.

Michael met the love of his life, Amy Lauren Ikerd, in the summer of 2007.  They fell in love instantly and knew they would spend their lives together.  They were married on October 9, 2010. They welcomed a daughter, Ann Leighton in 2011 and another daughter Coleman Marie in 2014.  He was a kind, loving husband and an amazing, devoted father, who filled their beautiful life with love and laughter.  Michael was their leader and encourager in life always supporting and navigating their way together.

Michael touched many lives with his faith, strength, leadership, positive outlook on life.  He had the biggest personality that so many people loved and enjoyed.  Michael never met a stranger, and he could have an entire room rolling in laughter.  There was never a dull moment with his singing, dancing and storytelling.  He was always the life of the party. He enjoyed hunting with his lifelong friends, spending time with his family, cooking crawfish, grilling, and working on anything that was broken down.  Michael was always present in everyone’s lives, and no matter the situation, you always knew you were loved and guaranteed to be laughing.  Michael will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

Michael is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Salvadore (Savvy) Maranto and Virginia Criddle Maranto and his maternal grandfather Vincent Ferretti.  He is survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, grandmother Susie Landi Ferretti, and sister Maury Finnegan (John), and nephews Jack and Luke Finnegan.  He is also survived by his in-laws Gary and Pam Ikerd, sister-in-law Searcy Pinnix (Leslie), brother-in-law Brian Ikerd (Lauren), nieces Madison, Meriwether, and Milam Pinnix, Amelia and Adelaide Ikerd, and nephew Hall Pinnix.  He also leaves behind a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and dearly loved friends.

A visitation will be held at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Greenville on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, from 9:00 a.m.  A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church. A livestream of the service will be shown at Washington School in Sykes Hall. Burial will be in at Greenville Cemetery.  The family would like to express their gratitude for friends and community members for the acts of service and prayers.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Michael Maranto to the Neurology Clinic at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital or to the trust fund of his daughters Ann Leighton and Coleman Maranto at Planters Bank & Trust.

Pallbearers will be Leslie Pinnix, Alan Whitt, Brian Ikerd, Ashley Sansing, Ryan Hughes, Chess Rybolt, Clint Williams, John Gordan Campbell, Scott Davis, and John Finnegan. Honorary pallbearers will be Hall Pinnix, Luke Finnegan, Jack Finnegan, and Hays Sansing. Ushers will be Davis Causey, Sid Guest, Pete Weathers, Jamie Taylor, Brandon Cobianchi, Robyn Reynolds, Philip Morlino, and Andy Hughes.

Mortimer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Mary Katherine "Katherine" Parker Tisdell, 94, passed away in her home on Monday, September 20, 2021, following a brief illness. A family service will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni, Mississippi. Interment will be at Greencrest Gardens in Belzoni.

Katherine was born on August 30, 1927, to Tay and Nellie Parker. She married Robert "R. V." Tisdell. The two of them spent most of their married life in Belzoni. After R. V.'s death, Katherine married Tom Hill.

"Kackie" as she was known to her grandchildren and other family members was happiest when she was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and other extended family members.

Katherine was preceded in death by her parents Tay and Nellie Parker, her husband R.V. Tisdell, her second husband, Tom Hill; her brother, Leon Parker; and her stepson, Charles Hill.

She is survived by her children Robert Tisdell Jr. (Mary Frances) of Houston, MS and Sandra Buford (Lynn) of Cleveland, MS; stepdaughters Geraldine Grant of Canton, MS and Eleanor Kelly of Spring, Texas; stepsons Ed Hill of Grenada, MS and Herbert Hill of Isola, MS; her brother Roy Parker (Sarah) of Tupelo; her sister Carolyn Davis of Cleveland, MS; her sister in-law, Betty Parker of Midnight, MS; five grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to one of the following:

First Presbyterian Church, 201 Pecan Street, Belzoni, MS 39038; Covenant Presbyterian Church, 110 Bishop Road, Cleveland, MS 38732; Humphreys Academy, P.O. Box 179, Belzoni, MS 39038.



Wilbur Anderson, age  60, of  Belzoni, passed away September 12, 2021.

Services will be held Saturday, September 25, 2021 at11:00 a.m. Visitation will be Friday, September 24, 2021 from 2: 00 p.m til 6:00 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Belzoni, MS.

Burial will be at Bankhead Memorial Cemetery, Belzoni, MS. Pastor Burl Holmes will be officiating the service.

Survivors include Mother: Minnie Mayfield Wife: Debra Anderson; Sons: Zavier Morris (Tupelo, MS) Daughters: Falisia Sanders(Belzoni, MS); Sister(S): Carolyn Anderson, Tina Dixon, Brenda Garrett, (Jackson, MS)· Number Of Grand-Children: (3)

A host of other relatives & friends.



Charles Edward “Rusty” Crawford, III, 66, of Brandon, passed away Sunday, August 8, 2021, at Merit Health River Oaks in Flowood.

Rusty was born December 10, 1954, in Indianola to Charles Edward Crawford, Jr. and Delma Karen Smithhart Crawford. He graduated from Indianola Academy in 1972 and attended Mississippi Delta Junior College. Rusty farmed and worked for the Federal Compress in Inverness for many years prior to his retirement. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni.

Rusty was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Keith Crawford.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kay Carson Crawford of Brandon; three children, Heather Crawford Eldridge (Billy), Charles Errington Crawford (Lauryn), and Edward Carson Crawford; brother, Brian Crawford; sister Adrian Crawford McKinley; and seven grandchildren, Patrick Spiars, Avery Eldridge, Emily Eldridge, Ross Eldridge, Kinsley Crawford, Annie Crawford, and another baby Crawford due in January 2022.

A graveside memorial service was held at 11:00 am, Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Belzoni Cemetery with Rev. Richard Wiman officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was entrusted with arrangements.



Dorothy Mae Hughes of Belzoni, MS, Age: 54, passed away on August 27, 2021.

Visitation will be Friday, September 10, 2021 from 2: 00 p.m. til 6:00 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Belzoni, MS.

Service will be held Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with burial at Mount Zion Cemetery, Belzoni, MS with  Pastor Peggy Matthews officiating.

Survivors include: Special Friend: Demetrice Waller; Sons: Terrance Hughes; Garnett Hughes; Derrick Hughes (Belzoni, Ms) Daughters: Cassandra Hughes; Danielle Hughes; (Belzoni, Ms); Sister(s): Mary Lee Hughes, (Silver City, Ms); Mary Ann Waller, Rosie Hughes; Tara Henderson (Belzoni, Ms) Ann Brown; Freda Harris; Ruby Ellis (Chicago, Ill) Brenda Stallion Pate (Jackson, Ms) Lonely Trotter; (Hattiesburg, Ms); Brother(s): Joseph Hughes, (Silver City, Ms), J.C. Hughes, Micheal Hughes; (Belzoni, Ms), Tyrone Hughes (Holy Bluff, Ms), Eddie Thomas, Willie Thomas (Chicago, Ill), Earl Grayson (Indianola, Ms),Tristan Thomas (Jackson, Ms); 16 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends.



Ruthie Jean Beckwith McLendon, age 88, of Belzoni passed away on Friday, August 27, 2021.

The family received friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Gooden Lake Baptist Church in Belzoni, with the funeral service following at 11:00 a.m. in the church that same day. A graveside service took place at 1:00 p.m. that day as well at the Belzoni City Cemetery.

She was born on May 20, 1933 to the late John Richard Beckwith and Lena Rowland Beckwith in Winona, Mississippi. She married her husband, J.S. McLendon, Jr. in April of 1952. Mrs. McLendon loved her family. She loved her Church family as well. Ruthie was also a longtime employee at the VA Canteen. She was kind and loved everyone, but especially was known for doting on her precious grandchildren in her later years. Her tender care and patience could also be seen in her beautiful garden, blooming with flowers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, J.S. McLendon; son, Michael Lee McLendon; brothers, J.R. Jr, Raymond, George, Llyod, and Rob; and sisters, Edith, Etrice, and Ona Lee.

She is survived by her son, Larry Joe McLendon (Jean) of Belzoni; grandchildren, Gordon W. Davis, Jr of Belzoni and John Homod Davis of Mt. Juliet, TN; and great-grandchildren, Mary Kiker Davis, Olivia Grace Davis, and Taylor Nicole Davis.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Gooden Lake Baptist Church in Belzoni.



Alma Lorene (Spud) Rainey Coleman, 78, of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away on August 25, 2021.

She born to Dave and Edith Nixon Rainey of Belzoni, MS on February 9, 1943.  She grew up in the Gooden Lake, Midnight, and Straight Bayou communities and attended school in Anguilla, but graduated from Isola, MS after the family moved there.

Alma married Jerry W. Coleman in 1964 and moved to Dover, Delaware while Jerry served in the United States Air Force.  They moved to Blue Springs, Missouri in December 1965. She retired from Lake City Ammunition Plant and enjoyed watching sports, especially, the Kansas City Chiefs.

She and Jerry had one son, Jerry Lee Coleman.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, Jerry Wayne Coleman, her son, Jerry Lee Coleman, one grandson, Hunter Coleman of Chicago, Illinois: brothers, Randolph (Liz) Rainey of Belzoni, MS, Martin Rainey of Carrollton, MO and sister, Kathleen Dollinger of Cato, NY.

She is preceded in death by her parents and 2 sisters, Ruby McDaniel and Ellen Sandifer.

There will be a private service on Friday, September 3, 2021 in Independence, MO with burial in Grain Valley, MO at Swan Lake Memorial Park.

Chapel of Memories Funeral Home of Independence, MO  is in charge of handling arrangements.



Claudia Ann Evans Heflin, 73, of Isola, passed away peacefully at her home Saturday, August 7, 2021.

She was born August 12, 1947, in Greenwood, to Arthur Barrett Evans and Jean Denson Evans. After college, Claudia worked as a teacher for several years and then dedicated her time to staying home with her children. Once her children were in school, she joined her husband, Warren, at their family business, Heflin Furniture in Belzoni. After Warren’s death, Claudia returned to teaching for a few years before her retirement. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Claudia loved music and enjoyed singing. She was very witty and had an amazing sense of humor. Claudia was a faithful member of Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni.

She was preceded in death by her parents, A.B. and Jean Denson Evans; husband, Warren Heflin; and a brother, Barry Evans.

Claudia is survived by her two sons, Robert Warren Heflin, Jr. of Sitka, Alaska and Ryan Evans Heflin of Gulf Shores, Alabama; and two grandchildren, Lilly Trippe of Starkville and Graham Heflin of Iowa City, Iowa.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, August 10, 2021, from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am funeral service at Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni. Rev. Bob Maddux and Rev. Kevin Griffin will officiate. Burial will follow in Belzoni Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500 Chicago, IL 60611 or The Epilepsy Foundation, Attn: Donor Service, 3540 Crain Highway, Suite 675, Bowie, MD 20716.



Vernell Brown, age 80 of Isola, passed away July 30, 2021, Funeral services were Monday, August 9, 11:00 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest cemetery, Isola, MS., with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Morris Allen officiated.  Survivors are: Mother, Mrs. Bessie Barksdale Brown; Sister, Mrs. Bobbie Miller and a host of other relatives and friends.

Byas Funeral Home was in charge of services.



William Howard McMorrough (Billy), 80, passed into the arms of Jesus on July 29, 2021, at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson, MS, with acute respiratory failure. Billy was a member of First Baptist Church Jackson, and the faith he publicly affirmed as a young boy has now been made perfect in the presence of God.

Billy was born on June 16, 1941, to William Alex and Ida Mae McMorrough of Durant, MS. Billy’s father was a row-crop farmer, and his mother was a homemaker. Following the death of his mother, Billy and his father moved to Belzoni, MS, where his father continued to farm.

Billy graduated from Belzoni High School and began his life-long career and love of farming. Billy married Linda Bell on January 26, 1964. They built their home on Gooden Lake and together they had two daughters, Lisa and Laurie. They were married for 35 years until Linda’s passing.

Billy was a successful row-crop farmer until he picked his last row of cotton in October 2006, and he traded his cotton picker for a golf cart. He married Ellen Thames in 2009, to the joy of both families, and together they made their home in Madison, five houses down from his beloved Whisper Lake Golf Club, where most days he could be found enjoying a round of golf and entertaining his golf partners with his wit and humor. Billy achieved the remarkable feat of hitting 7 hole-in-ones, one even while wearing an eye patch.

Billy loved his family, farming, a good cigar, golf, and was the notorious king of the dance floor at Lillo’s Restaurant in Leland, MS. For many years he made the weekly Thursday trip to Lillo’s to be with his Delta friends and impress the patrons with his dance moves. He had his own Billy Mac Fan Club on Facebook and everyone enjoyed the posts of his escapades. These posts brought Billy much joy, and he thoroughly loved reading every comment.

Billy is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Ellen. Daughters Lisa (Carl) Tisdale of Yazoo City, and Laurie (David) Cuevas of Madison. Stepchildren Deborah (Clint) Dees of Indianola, David (Beth) Thames of Brentwood, TN, and Natalie (Todd) Adkins of Ridgeland. His brother David (Cindy) McMorrough of Belzoni, and his sister, Patricia McMorrough, of Belzoni. Grandchildren Noah Morrison, Grayson Morrison, Ellie Morrison (Jordan) Boutot, Hope, Faith and Victoria Cuevas, Ryan and Anna Adkins, Marin and Miles Thames, Nicole (Chris) Andrews, and Jared (Jessica) Busick. Great Grandchildren: Roman Boutot, Landon Andrews, Peyton Andrews, Ellyn Claire Andrews, Ruby Busick, and Davis Busick, and a host of extended dear family and friends.

Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Belzoni City Cemetery in Belzoni, MS, with the Rev. Richard Wiman officiating. Natchez Trace Funeral Home of Madison was entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that memorials be made to The Assistance Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) organization that helps patients and families facing high medical out-of-pocket expenses, and were of tremendous help when Billy was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis. You may send memorials to The Assistance Fund, 4700 Millenia Blvd, Suite 410, Orlando FL 32839, or online at



Aaron Reed began his journey of life on November 8, 1947 in Deovelente, MS to the loving parents of Henry Reed, Sr. and Ollie Mae Reed. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Sylvester Reed, Sr. and Marion Reed, Sr., sisters, Coreanna Morris and Annie Outlaw, mother-in-law, Bonnie Mae Davis, brother-in-law, Curly Russell, sister-in-law, Joyce Delain Davis, and nephew, Darrin Demetrius Allen.

Aaron confessed his life to Christ at an early age at Shiloh M.B. Church, Deovelente. He was a member of Wasp Lake Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Lisa R. Day where he served as the Superintendent of Sunday and Deacon. In his adolescent years, Aaron attended Deovelente schools and graduated from McNair High School in 1964. Aaron was drafted into the Army in 1967. While in the Army, he served in the Vietnam War and was wounded in combat. Aaron was honorably discharged from the Army on October 2, 1967. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart Award. It is one of the most recognized and respected medals awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces. Aaron furthered his education at Mississippi Valley State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.

Aaron and Shirlene Davis were united in Holy Matrimony on August 8, 1981. Aaron was the father to one son, Terrance White, one God child, Braylen Pitchford, and two grandchildren, Jamon Thomas and Deidre Taylor. He was a positive and supportive father figure to Shajuanda and Sheneka Davis.

Aaron loved working with numbers. He worked as the Regional Area Manager for Church's Chicken, Rent-A-Center and Rent-Way. Until his death, Aaron was Chief Financial Officer of Mid Delta Home Health, Hospice, and DME. Also, he was member of the Board of Directors. He was passionate about his family and career. Aaron was a loving and generous person and never saw a person he was not willing to help.

On July 14, 2021, at his home, Aaron Reed departed this earthly life.

Services were held Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Upper Room Fellowship Ministries in Belzoni with interment held at Shiloh M. B. Church, Deovelente also in Belzoni.

 He leaves to cherish his loving memories: wife, Shirlene of Belzoni, MS; son, Terrance (Fannie) White of Cruger, MS; one God child, Braylen Pitchford of Belzoni, MS; one brother, Henry (Clara) Reed, Jr. of Belzoni, MS; two sisters, Georgia (Archie) Cooley and Hazel Russell of Fort Worth, TX; four sisters-in-law, Selena Reed of Belzoni, MS, Dale Evans Brown of Homewood IL, Carolyn Boss of Grand Prairie, TX, and Shelia Moore of Irving, TX; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Aaron was a devoted, loving, and caring man of God and sincerely loved by all.

At this time in our lives, it is people like you, our loved ones, and our faithful and loyal friends, who make our loss, pain, and void easier to bear. Our hearts once again rejoice as you have offered your time, condolences, nourishment, and yourselves to us. May God continue to smile upon you and grant His love.

Special thanks: Ms. Pamela Redd, Mid Delta Home Health, Hospice, and DME, St. Dominic Memorial Hospital, Mr. Kelvin Shirley, Mr. Don Reed, Sr., Ms. Bonnie Stewart, Ms. Patricia Clark, Mr. Johnnie Chatman, Ms. Faye Thomas, Mr. Charles Grant and Misha Day.



Jimmie Lee Evans, Jr., 74, of Isola, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Select Specialty Hospital in Jackson.

Jimmie was born March 11, 1947, in Greenville, to Jimmie Lee Evans and Bessie Cornelia Smith Evans. He graduated from Inverness High School and Sunflower County Junior College. After school, he served in the Mississippi Army National Guard and after discharge, began a long spanning career as a tractor parts specialist. Jimmie worked for Shepherd Auto & Tractor, Indianola Tractor Company, Sunflower Tractor Company, and finished his career at Ayers Delta Implement, retiring after 17 years of service there. He was also a farmer by night, helping his father farm their family land for well over 20 years after he got off from his day job. Jimmie was a board member of South Sunflower Water Association for many years and served as President of the board. Jimmie was a board member for Caile Cemetery Association for over 20 years, a member of the Central Delta Academy school board for 5 years, and a member of First Baptist Church of Inverness where he was a deacon. He was past master of the TJ Catchings Masonic Lodge #394 in Inverness. He joined in 1985 and served in all offices. Jimmie was also a member of Delta York Rite in Greenville. He was a firefighter for the Inverness Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 years.

Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Janice Miller Evans of Isola; three sons, Jimmie Lee Evans, III (Beth) of Inverness, John Albert Evans of Kiln, and Jody Evans (Kathryn) of Inverness; sister, Bettye Sue Quinley of Dyre, Tennessee; and five grandchildren, Julia Smith, Mikayla Smith, Avery Brynn Evans, Bann Evans, and Kate Hammond Evans.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 13, 2021, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola, and from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at First Baptist Church in Inverness. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at First Baptist Church in Inverness with Pastor Greg Hood officiating. Burial will follow in Caile Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.



Lila B. Lister Varnado, 93, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at her home in Belzoni, MS, after a struggle with dementia for over 20 years.

Lila Mae was born in Baton Rouge, LA, the daughter of Lillian Rowe and Charles Humphrey Branum, and moved to Belzoni at a very early age. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. A lover of God and family, she proved herself a faithful servant.

Lila Mae was a 1945 graduate of Belzoni High School where she played piano for graduation exercises. She studied business while attending MS State College for Women before marrying her sweetheart, Richard Lister, Sr. They were married for 34 years and raised four children before his death in 1981. Lila Mae served for over 60 years in First Baptist Church, Belzoni and in her latter years, Eastside Baptist Church. Supporting Christian work and missions at home and around the world was priority. She served as a teacher for Sunday School and Training Union for many years and was active with different facets of youth evangelism.

During her years with the Humphreys County ASCS office she received a distinguished service award in 1980 for her dedication as a program assistant, as well as, her active participation in her community. She had a special love and concern for young people and devoted her time and financial support to the community through the local school, Band Boosters, Jaycettes, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Upon her marriage to Hugh Varnado, Jr., and retirement from ASCS in 1983, she enjoyed traveling and gardening, while remaining faithful in her service to God. She continued teaching Sunday School and loved having her girls over for fellowship. She was very proud of her grandchildren and spent countless hours with them, attending every function possible.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, brother, Charles Branum, Jr., husband, Richard T. Lister, Sr., husband, Hugh R. Varnado, Jr., husband, Herman Waid, and daughter, Jane Lister Ogden.

Lila Mae is survived by her sons, Richard T. Lister, Jr. (Susan Shaw Lister), Thomas S. Lister, Sr. (Lynn Burt Lister), her daughter, Lila P. Lister Braswell (W. Denon Braswell, Jr.), twelve grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Visitation was Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Belzoni, a memorial service at 2:00 p.m., followed by graveside at the Belzoni City Cemetery, with Mortimer Funeral Home handling arrangements.

Special gratitude to all of Ms. Lila’s caregivers in her last years, with the most recent, Debra Ray, Madge Wilson, Barbara Foxworth, and Cassandra Coleman. Thank you for your compassion and for being her hands and feet when she was unable to use hers.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 302 Pecan, Belzoni, MS or Eastside Baptist Church, 808 Virginia, Belzoni, MS.



Pat M. Barrett, Jr. of Lexington MS, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on June 26, 2021. Pat, Jr., was born on February 1, 1942, the oldest of four children of Pat Montgomery Barrett and Sara Stephens Barrett. Pat, Jr., lived his entire life in Lexington. He attended the public schools there, graduating from Lexington High School in 1960, where he was a four-year letterman on some of Coach Woodson Earle's best football teams, quarterbacking his senior year. Pat, Jr. went to Millsaps College, where he was quarterback of the football team for all four years and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, and from there to the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he graduated in 1967.

After law school, Pat, Jr. returned to Lexington and began the practice of law with his father. He had a highly successful law practice for over fifty years. During that time, the firm grew with the addition of other attorneys, including his brother Don and his sister Sally, and eventually both of his sons, Patrick and Jonathan, his daughter-in-law, Lisa, his nephews, Richard and Charles, and his niece, Katherine.

Pat, Jr. made friends easily, by being a friend, and his friends were friends for life. He was active in the life of the community, being a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lexington for over sixty years, and a member and past president of the Lexington Rotary Club for over fifty years receiving the Paul Harris Fellow Award.

Pat, Jr. served as president of the board of Central Holmes Academy. He helped found the Friends of Lexington Odd Fellows Cemetery and served as founding treasurer to preserve its history and care.

Pat, Jr. loved to hunt, and served as president and benevolent dictator of the Random Shot Duck Club from its organization in 1975 until his death. A devoted Christian, Pat, Jr. endured a long and courageous battle with ALS showing grace, dignity, and even good humor, to the last.

Pat Jr. is survived by his wife, Janice Forney Barrett, and three children: Laura Barrett Taylor (Larry) of Houston, TX; Pat Montgomery Barrett, III (Lisa) of Nashville, TN; and Jonathan Peeples Barrett (Leigh) of Ridgeland, and stepson, Hans Wright Bohlmann, Jr.; by his brother John William ("Don") Barrett (Nancy) of Lexington and his sister Mildred Worsham Barrett of Kiawah Island, SC; and by grandchildren: Dean Taylor and Barrett Taylor of Houston; Bryce Barrett of Nashville; Nathan Barrett and Anderson Barrett of Ridgeland; and Quinn Bohlmann and Hayden Bohlmann of Austin, TX; along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Rachel Barrett, his sister Sally Barrett Williamson, and niece Sara Harvey Roberts.

Honorary pallbearers are Harold "Junie" Hammett, Jr., Ray "Rocky" Lewand, Hon. Edward W. Ellington, Jimmy Brown, Don Quinton Mitchell, M.D., Hunter Cade, Jr., Otho Hilliard "Bootsy" Hooker, and James Emmitt "Bubba" Cunningham, III.

Visitation will be in the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington, MS, on Tuesday, June 29, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The service will follow in the sanctuary at 3:00 p.m.; and graveside service to follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery immediately thereafter.

Charitable contributions can be made in his memory to Friends of Lexington Odd Fellows Cemetery or to Central Holmes Christian School or to the First United Methodist Church PO Box 157, Lexington, MS 39095.



Dr. William Bryan “Billy” Burge, 62, of Belzoni, passed away Thursday, June 17, 2021, from injuries sus-tained in an automobile accident.

Billy was born January 29, 1959, in Mobile, Alabama, to William Grey Burge and Betty Ruth Brunson Burge. He spent his younger life in Thomasville, Alabama. After the death of his parents at an early age, Billy and his two sisters moved to Mobile to live with their aunt and uncle, Herron and Betty Brunson. He attended John Shaw High School, where he lettered in baseball and football. He also held the Alabama High School record for fastest 100-yard dash. After high school, he attended Mississippi Delta Community College where he also lettered in baseball and football. Billy completed his BS degree at Athens State University in Athens, Alabama and then went on to complete his master’s degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake For-est, North Carolina. He completed his doctoral degree at International Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Florida.

Bro. Billy became licensed to ministry at Orchard Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, and became ordained at Sunny South Baptist Church in Sunny South, Alabama. In October 1980, Billy married the love of his life, Cindy Hall Burge, and together they served God through ministry and pastored churches in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and North Carolina. During his 41 years in the ministry, he had 8 men surrender to preach and baptized over 500 new Christians. He dedicated his life to trying to turn people to Christ. Bro. Billy was currently serving as pastor at Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni for the last 13 years.

Billy is survived by his wife of 40 years, Cindy Hall Burge of Belzoni; three children, Rev. Bryan (Chelsea) Burge of LaFollette, Tennessee, Brandon (Jewel) Burge of Oxford, and Beth (Allen) Roberts of Belzoni; four grandchildren, Hannah, Thomas, Daniel, and Grey; two sisters, Paula (Chuck) Keith of Mobile, Alabama and Sandra (Scooter) Williams of Thomasville, Alabama; special aunt, Bardee (Ed) Davidson of Fairhope, Alabama; father-in-law, Orvil (Marilyn) Hall of Decatur, Alabama; and six special nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, June 21, 2021, at First Baptist Church in Belzoni with Rev. Bryan Burge and Rev. Jimmy McLendon officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrust-ed with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eastside Baptist Church, 808 Virginia Street, Belzoni, MS 39038.



Reba Lott Helms age 88 died June 18, 2021 at her home in Isola. Reba was born April 3, 1933 to Reverend B. H. and Beatrice Lott. Reba was one of 13 children. She had many names Mama, Nanny and Aunt Reba. To know her was to love her. Reba loved to cook and feed whether it was 10 or 100 people. Everyone loved her biscuits, sweet milk or tomato gravy, chicken and dressing and her turnip greens. She could light up a room with her presence and make you laugh with her quick wit.

She was a member of the Isola Church of God and attended Eastside Baptist Church until her health prevented her from going. She loved her Faithful Ruth Sunday School class and had even held their annual Sunday School Christmas party. She wanted so much to be able to be in church. She worked for Jockey International in Belzoni for 40 years.

She married JV Helms, her “lover”, on March 3, 1948. They were married for 55 years at the time of his death. She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brothers Edward, Dalton, Percy, Walter, Roy, Wallace, David, and Henry; her sisters Juaruice Lott, Bernice McGaugh and Deanie Wilkinson. She leaves behind to cherish her memories, sons Reggie (Kay); Jerry (Mary) of Isola, Glenn (Tamra) of Belzoni; daughters Sherry Childs of Springdale, AR and Tammy (Steve) Painter of Isola. 9 grandchildren; Joey Helms of Madison; Allen Childs of Isola; Hope (Loyd) Gillison of Springdale, AR; Brandi (Kirk) Kay of Oxford; Austin (Philip) Gustin-Helms of Providence, RI; Chelsea (Bryan) Burge of Lafollette, TN; Christopher Helms of Shreveport, LA; Ethan Helms of Nashville, TN and Anne Marie (Ross) Taylor of Duncan, MS; 13 great grand-children; Britney, Addison and Preston Childs; Jeremiah, Kirklyn and Kristen Kay; Bowen and Jaxon Gillison; Hannah, Thomas and Daniel Burge; Wilson Helms and Lillian Taylor; her brother Dewitt (Jane) Lott of Eupora, MS; sisters-in-law Gail Lott of Midlothian, TX; Rachel Lott, of Meridian, MS, Yvonne Lott of Pearl River, MS and numerous nieces and nephews. When she was with family, she was in her happy place.

“Well done good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things. I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your Master!” Matthew 25:23

Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at Eastside Baptist Church of Belzoni.

Interment was in Caile Cemetery, Caile, Mississippi.

Mortimer Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.



William Denton “Bill” Hollingsworth, 60, of Inverness, passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at his home.

Bill was born August 9, 1960, in Indianola to Denton “Dude” and Jean Farish Hollingsworth. He worked for Duett Landforming for many years. Bill enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Brenda Hollingsworth Kimbriel; and brother-in-law, Mike Kimbriel.

Bill is survived by one sister, Carolyn Hollingsworth White (Henry) of Eupora; three nieces, Ashlie Kimbriel Whatley (Jim), Heather White, and Mary Katelynn Kimbriel Thompson (Thomas); nephew, Chris Kimbriel; and numerous great nieces and great nephews; and great-great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were June 18, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at Burton Funeral Home with Bro. Curtis Hollingsworth of-ficiating. Burial followed in Southside Cemetery in Inverness. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was entrust-ed with arrangements.



Joanna Cody, age: 97, of Belzoni, passed away June 8, 2021.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 2:00 til 4:00 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home Chapel in Belzoni. Services will be Friday, June 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at Locust Grove Baptist Church, Anguilla, Ms. Burial will be at Locust Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Anguilla, Ms

Rev. Eugene Williams will officiate.

Survivors include a daughter: Viola Hurst (Yazoo City, Ms); brother: Joe Lewis Hurst (Chicago, Ill); sister:  Linia Thomas (Harbey, Ill); 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

A host of other relatives and friends!



Gerry Leigh Fuller Gibson Skinner, age 70, of Pensacola, Florida, was born on August 21, 1950, in Isola, Mississippi, and died on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Covenant Care Hospice of Scared Heart Hospital in Pensacola, with her family at her bedside. She was born the daughter of William Everette "Bill" and Dorothy Dean Bailey Fuller. She worked in various capacities during her life, but worked most notably as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. A woman of faith, she identified with the Baptist Church and actively supported a variety of ministries.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Dean Fuller, her grandparents, William and Lillian Fuller(Pa & Ma), Clinton and Annie Lee Bailey (Papa & Mama).

Survivors include her two sons, David (Jodi) of Pensacola, Florida and Timothy (Brooke) Gibson of O'Fallon, Illinois; 5 grandchildren Michelle and Maggie Gibson of Pensacola, Whitman, Chamblin and Valyn Gibson of O'Fallon; her siblings, Charles (Teresa) Fuller of Inverness, MS; Ann Fleming Moore of Leland, MS; Cathie (Steve) Bullion of Terry, MS; Teresa (Charles) Smith of Isola, MS. Gerry is also survived by nieces, nephews, and relatives and friends.

Service will be held Friday, June 11, 2021 at Beulah Baptist Church, 5249 Four Mile Road, Inverness, MS. Visitation for friends will be held at 10 a.m. until Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Greencrest Gardens, Highway 12 E, Belzoni, MS.

In lieu of flowers, individuals are encouraged to give in Gerry's memory to a local humane society (B.A.R.K., Belzoni, MS), a local food pantry, Winstanley Baptist Church (where her youngest son is Senior Pastor), or to Covenant Care Center at Scared heart Hospital, Pensacola, FL.

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



Billy Joe Childs, age 76, went to be with his wife, Donie Ruth and son Joey, on May 20, 2021. He was born on December 4, 1944 to James Alfred and Nancy Colyer Childs. He lived his entire life in the Belzoni-Gooden Lake, MS area.

He is survived by his two daughters Nancy Angelene Childs Durham (Joe) and Mary Anita Childs Forbes (Robbie). He was blessed with one grandson Preston Forbes. His surviving siblings are Gary Childs (Jill), Doris Grisham and Edna Pearl Hobson, and loving sister in laws. Along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends that he cherished time with, thru the years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, son, parents and seven siblings James, Robert (Bud), Garnel Wesley, Willie Rufus, Tommy, Morris, and Alfred Jr. Childs.

He was raised on the family farm growing crops and raising livestock. To support his young family, he started working in home construction and metal building construction. This turned into his lifelong dream of owning his own business. He started Childs Construction Company, which serviced the Humphreys County area for many decades. After retirement, he enjoyed spending time with Preston and Robbie on the farm, doing what he could to help. He also enjoyed deer hunting with them. There was always a lot of discussions about his story accuracy of the wild animals and game he saw thru his binoculars and rifle scope.

The family will receive family and friends on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Straight Bayou Baptist Church in Anguilla, MS. The services will begin at 11:00 a.m. with burial immediately after the service in the church cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.



Veoria Olive Goss-Smith, 78, of Belzoni, passed away, Saturday, May 15, 2021.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 28, from 2 until 6 p.m. at Goodwill M. B. Church, Belzoni, MS. Services will be held Saturday, May 29, at 11 a.m. also at Goodwill M. B. Church, with burial at the Deovelente Cemetery, Belzoni. Pastor Earl Reed will be officiating.

Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn Goss of Little Rock, AR and Ruth Goss Hayes of Belzoni; a brother, Melvin Olive of Chicago, IL; a sister, Velma Williams of Cleveland, OH; sons, Arthur Lee Goss of Jackson, MS, Walter Goss, Jr. and Clifford Earl Goss both of Belzoni; eleven grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.



Samuel R. "Mac" McClintock, Jr., USAF TSgt (Ret.) passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2021 at the VA Nursing Home in Jackson, MS. He was 88. Mac was born in Greenwood, MS on December 23rd, 1932, to the late Samuel McClintock, Sr. and Sara Jones McClintock. Mac graduated from Belzoni High School in 1950. After high school he entered Mississippi State University and subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in combat in Korea and upon discharge returned to Belzoni, MS.  He subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and became an Explosive Ordnance Disposal expert, serving in combat in Laos and Vietnam where he earned multiple honors including the Bronze Star with "V" (Valor) device.  He completed his service and retired in Colorado Springs, CO and eventually returned home to Mississippi. Mac mastered the use of firearms and shooting was one of his most enjoyed hobbies. Mac attended Wynndale Presbyterian Church where he made many lifelong friends over the years. He also enjoyed working on the farm or his cherished cabin in Crystal Park.  Mac was a beloved husband, devoted father, grandfather, and great grandfather who will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sara Virginia Leake, a daughter, Karen McClintock, and a granddaughter, Carmen D. Brantley.

Mac is survived by his wife of 36 years, Marian McClintock of Terry, MS; his sons, U.S. Army Lt Col (Ret.) Richard P. McClintock and his wife Andrea of Stuttgart, Germany, U.S. Air Force Brigadier General (Ret.) Bruce McClintock, his wife Tamara of Monument, CO; his first wife and the mother of his children, Christine F. McClintock of Colorado Springs, CO and his stepson, Zane Brantley and his wife Gwen of West Monroe, LA; his grandchildren, Brittany Laffitte (Travis), Roja McClintock (Tobi), Victoria McClintock, Lukas McClintock, and Alexandra McClintock and his great grandchildren, Harper and Remi Laffitte.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to your favorite charity.

A Memorial service will be May 26th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Wynndale Presbyterian Church with Dr. Mark Spelling officiating. The visitation is from 10:00 a.m until 11:00 a.m. Inurnment will be at Belzoni Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. in Belzoni, MS.

Sebrell Funeral Home is entrusted with all arrangements.



Carolyn Sue Hawkins Ray, 79, of Indianola and formerly of Greenwood, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at Delta Health the Medical Center in Greenville.

Carolyn was born August 15, 1941, in Humphreys County to Grady Silas Hawkins and Eula Faulkner Hawkins. She worked for Modern Line Products for over 20 years prior to her retirement. Carolyn loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She enjoyed playing softball and played on league and tournament teams. Carolyn also enjoyed fishing and working in her yard and garden while her health permitted.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Vera Freeman; and two brothers, Billy Hawkins, and Tommy Hawkins.

Carolyn is survived by her three children, Missy (Danny) Jones of Carrollton, Mike Smith of Horn Lake, and Christian Hawkins of Kankakee, IL; brother, Bobby (Linda) Hawkins of Belzoni; eight grandchildren, Kristin Simpson, Courtney Smith, Shelbi Smith, Gauge Smith, and Mason Smith, Christina Hawkins, Violet Hawkins and Rose Mary Hawkins; and three great grandchildren, Kynleigh Noe, Paxton Noe, and Ember Simpson.

The family received friends Tuesday, May 18, 2021, from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola with the funeral service beginning at 2:00 pm. Burial followed in Belzoni Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.



 Walter Sherman Foster passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, from complications from a stroke. Walter was born April 6, 1943, in Louise, MS to the late Walter and Nannie Chaney Foster.

Walter grew up in Cary, MS and graduated from Rolling Fork High School. He served with the Mississippi Army National Guard Reserve from 1961-1967. Living in the Delta all of his life, he loved hunting, fishing, and trapping. He began his long life career with Delta Implement at the age of 18, until he retired. He was a member of the American Legion and First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni. His favorite past time was watching his grandchildren play sports.

He is survived by the love of his life, Jan Hughes Foster; sisters, Betty Bradshaw (Carl) and Beverly Bobbitt; his children, Barbara Newman (John), Scott Foster (Nurlana), Peri Hoffman (Lewis), Sharon Green (Allen), Jay Hughes (Amanda), Greg Hughes (Angie), and Jeff Hughes (Ruth); grandchildren, Steven Johnson, Anna Chatham (Steven), Chris Foster (Remy), Walter Foster, Mark Foster (Sarah), Michael Foster, Donna Hampton (Dalton), David Beachum, Heath Beachum (Lily), Benjamin James, Christian Hoffman, Zach Hoffman, Andrew Green, Lola Green, Nadia Hughes, Cory Hughes (Callie), Hunter Hughes, Hollis Hughes, Cole Heigle, Logan Heigle, Brett Hughes, and Ty Hughes; 14 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and numerous other family members and friends.

Graveside services were held at 11:00 am, Friday, May 7, 2021, at Gooden Lake Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Richard Wiman and Rev. Jonathan McGuire officiating. His grandsons served as pallbearers. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Samuel Stephen Herring, 70, of Belzoni, passed away Monday, May 10, 2021, at Sharkey Issaquena Nursing Home in Rolling Fork.

Sammy was born March 5, 1951, in Isola, to L.B. and Birdie Ophelia Abel Herring. He worked for Belzoni Tractor Company for over 25 years prior to his retirement, then he went to work for Wade, Incorporated in Indianola and worked in the parts department for over 10 years prior to retiring for the second time. Sammy was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting for arrowheads. He loved playing with the men’s softball league, and played basketball, tennis, and golf. Sammy was a gifted writer and loved writing poems about life. He enjoyed Sudoku, crossword, and the jumble in the newspaper every morning. Sammy was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Belzoni, where he served as a deacon and led the congregational singing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, L.B. and Birdie Herring.

Sammy is survived by his wife of almost 49 years, Debbie Martin Herring of Belzoni; two children, Samuel Stephen Herring, Jr. of Belzoni and Samantha Herring Gonzalez (Alfredo Jr.) of Brandon; one brother, Terry Herring (Sylvia) of Vidor, Texas; and five grandchildren, Abbie Grace Herring, Samuel Stephen Herring, III, Kyleigh Alayah Gonzalez, Kameron Alyssa Gonzalez, and Kendall Annalise Gonzalez.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 14, 2021, from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Belzoni. Funeral services will follow at 4:00 pm with Rev. George Johnson and Dr. Billy McKay officiating, Burial will follow in Belzoni Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements. The funeral service will be livestreamed on the Burton Funeral Home Facebook page for those unable to attend.



Linda Jean Stapleton (Grant). 72, passed away April, 27, 2021 at her home in Florence, MS. Mrs. Stapleton was born to Eugene and Maggie Grant on March 11, 1949. She was the widower of John Alexander Stapleton. They shared many happy years of marriage in the town of Brookhaven, Mississippi. Linda graduated from Hinds Community College with her nursing license and worked as a nurse for the majority of her life. She took care of so many of your loved ones in nursing homes and toward the end of her career she worked as a hospice nurse. She would stay with the family, holding their hand until their loved one passed.

Linda was a member of First Baptist Church where she loved to sing the hymns and go on church trips. She will be remembered for her love of football. She was a die hard Ole Miss fan through and through. Cheering “Hotty Toddy” watching every game on tv. She watched a lot of sports but football was her favorite.

She is survived by her oldest son, Alexander Stapleton, his wife Heather Stapleton, her granddaughter Sydney Young, and her granddaughter, Emma Stapleton; her son, Grant Stapleton and his wife Lou Stapleton; her granddaughter, Aliee Stapleton, grandson Grant Stapleton, and her granddaughter Mayce Stapleton. Linda’s daughter April Smith and her granddaughter Madison Smith. Linda’s brother Tommy Grant, her niece Shannon Grant, her niece Jennifer Grant Watts, her nephew David Grant, her niece Melissa Grant, and her nephew Steven Grant.

Graveside services were at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2021 at Belzoni Cemetery, under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni, MS. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to;

Old Belzoni Cemetery

Post Office Box 22 / 212 North Hayden Street

Belzoni, MS 39038

(662) 247-3727 Fax (662) 332-1414


Officer Darrin Demetrius Allen

October 26, 1969 - April 30, 2021

We extend our deepest condolences to the entire Allen and Baymon Family in the passing of the late Officer Darrin D. Allen, Age: 51, of Belzoni, MS. Officer Allen transitioned on Friday night, April 30, 2021.

The visitation will be Friday, May 7, 2021 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Belzoni, MS.

Private Family Hour will be at the same location, Friday, May 7, 2021 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

The Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, May 8, 2021, 1:00 p.m., at the Upper Room Fellowship Ministries, Belzoni, MS.

The burial will be Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the Wasp Lake Church Cemetery, Belzoni, MS.

Officiating: Rev. Richard Wiman, Pastor

First Presbyterian Church

201 Pecan Street

Belzoni, MS

Demetrius memories will last forever with his wife, Sharon Baymon Allen, mother, Dale Evans Brown, daughter, Alyssa Jackson, sons, Darrius Allen, Demetrie De'Kuan Baker, Tyler Allen and Ashton Allen, step-daughter, Nariah Baymon, brothers, Jerome Allen, Walter Brown and Kenneth Brown, sisters, Charisma (Jovan) Jones and Heather Allen, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, classmates, Fellow Humphreys County Law Enforcement and friends.

Please wear a mask to the visitation, celebration of life, family hour and burial.



Ms. Lucie Michele Reed, 53 of Cleveland, MS went to be the with Lord on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

Michele was born to Tom and Lucie Reed on June 13, 1967 in Hinds County, MS. She received her bachelor’s degree from Delta State University in social work, which she worked in for 32 years. She served as a member of the National Association of the Jr Auxiliary of Cleveland from 1994-2000. She was a member of the Calvary Episcopal Church of Cleveland, MS. In this church, she was instrumental in bringing the “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” children’s curriculum. She was also very active in Helping Hands in Cleveland, MS. Michele touched the lives of so many people and never met a stranger. She loved antique shopping, “junkin”, refurnishing, working in her yard, and anything outdoors. Most of all, she loved her children and grandchildren. She was at every game no matter the sport, and she always made the most out of every day. Michele was always helping others and could put a smile on anyone’s face. She will be remembered by her smile, personality, and willingness to help everyone.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Lucie Reed, son Tyler Love and grandparents Tom and Agnes Reed and Tom and Lois Reaves.

Michele is survived by Clark Love and their children Turner Love (Callie Childers) of Cleveland, MS and Tucker Reed Love (Braxton Clark) of Cleveland, MS; grandchildren, Reed, Rowan, and Will Tyler Love, all of Cleveland, MS; brother, Tag Reed (Cathy) of Belzoni; sisters, Donna Reed Wells (Richard) of Madison, MS and Lynn Taylor of Estes Park, CO; and stepmother, Claudice Reed of Belzoni.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Helping Hands or Calvary Episcopal Church, both of Cleveland, MS.



Hephzibah, GA – Reverend Ronald H. McMillian, 79, husband of Janis L. McMillian, went home to be with Jesus, Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Memorial services with Military Honors will be held Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 2:00 PM from Brushy Creek Christian Church, 430 St Clair Road, Keysville, GA.  Pastor Robbie McMillian and Brother Steve Jones will officiate.  Masks will be provided for your convenience.

Reverend McMillian retired from the United States Army as a Chief Warrant Officer (CW3).  He pastored Open Door Baptist Church and currently served as pastor of Brushy Creek Christian Church.  He is a native of Belzoni, MS, and was the son of the late William Roberts and Annie Beatrice Branning McMillian.  He loved preaching God’s Word, camping, and fishing.  He proudly served our country for 24 years and was a Vietnam veteran.

Reverend McMillian was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Sonny McMillian and Clifton McMillian.

He is survived by his wife, Janis McMillian, two sons, Ron Jr. (Leslie), and Robbie (Courtney), one daughter, Debbie (Ken), three stepsons, Jimmy Helmly (Beth), Ronnie Helmly, Scott Helmly (Tabatha), fourteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, one brother, and two sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brushy Creek Christian Church, 430 St. Clair Rd, Keysville, GA 30816.

The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, GA, 30906.



Harold Dean Towery , 82, of Belzoni, MS passed away April 2, 2021 in Greenville, TX.

Dean was born on April 15, 1938, to Clarence L Towery “Bilbo” and Jamye Russell Lusk in Isola, MS. After attending Isola High School, he joined the Air Force where he served his country from 1956 to 1963. He re-turned home in 1963 and worked with the State Highway Department for 2 years before he started farming with his father.  He had a love for farming and continued to do so up until his retirement in 2000.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence L Towery, his mother, Jayme Russell Lusk, and his son, Perry Dean Towery.  His life will forever be cherished in the lives of his wife, Jewel Ann Towery, his children Lynn (Scott) Haberstroh, Ramona (Rick) Hagar, Carmen (Jerrod) Hammack, Christopher Towery, 9 grandchil-dren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at Mortimer Funeral Home, Thursday April 8, 2021, 2:00 pm. Graveside immediately after service at Belzoni Cemetery. Visitation for friends and family will be at 1:00 before the services.



John David Schubert, 95, of Belzoni and Pontotoc, Mississippi, died on the morning of Saturday, April 3, 2021. He was born September 23, 1925, to the late Charlie William Oscar and Ida Ware Schubert.

John had a long career in the grocery industry. Upon retirement, he pursued a second career in landscaping, in which he worked until the age of 94. He was a hard and diligent worker known for his gentle spirit and will-ingness to serve others (Col. 3:23 and 1 Thes. 4:11-12). John was a faithful servant of Jesus Christ and persis-tent in prayer for those around him.

John is survived by his children: Marinelle Broadway, John Walter Schubert (Cindi), John David Schubert; siblings: Mary Katherine Presgrove, Tommy Schubert; and grandchildren: Jim Schubert (Meghan), Rand Broadway (Emily), An Howard Hill (Jace), Mary Elizabeth Broadway, Claire Schubert, and 7 great grandchil-dren.

A graveside service was held on April, 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm. at Belzoni Cemetery; under the direction of Mor-timer Funeral Home.



Mr. Ollie Reed, Jr. was born on April 15, 1959 to Mr. Ollie & Sarah Reed of Swiftown, MS. He gave his life to Christ at an early age. He was baptized and attended Swiftown Baptist Church. As a young man he attended Job Corps where he studied auto mechanics. Later in life, he worked for the Pugh Farm in Swiftown. He touched the lives of many in attendance today and brought smiles and happiness to his family and friends. There are no words that can be said nor gifts that can be given to replace the loved one we lay to rest on this day.

He was preceded in death by his father Ollie Reed Sr. and his sister Bobbi Morgan.

He leaves loving memories to be cherished by his mother, Mrs. Sarah Reed; sons, Carlton Hall, Ollie Hall, Marcus Hall, Terrance Hall, Bobby Hall; daughters, Kimberly Hall, Tammynika Reed-Byest, Angela Copprue; sisters, Shirley Reed, Dorothy Wraggs, Carolyn Thornton, and Sarah Taylor; brother, William Reed, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Services were held Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 12 Noon at Swiftown United Baptist Church


Charles Kenneth "Bunky" Winters

Services for Charles Kenneth "Bunky" Winters will be 11:00 AM Saturday, March 27 th, 2021 Hollandale Cemetery; under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home. Bro. Dennis Salley will officiate.

He was born April 5, 1951 in Hollandale. He is a graduate of Humphreys Academy; and a member of the First Baptist Church of Hollandale.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Francis Marian Winters and Sarah Jane Winters; brothers, Leon Winters, Billy Winters, and Roby Winters; sisters, Kay Wright, Dot Friddle, Barbara Cohen, and Floy Cox.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joy Pinkerton Winters; daughter, Jennifer Winters; sister, Janie Fields; three grandchildren, Castlin Myers, James Sawyer Myers, and Swain Neal.

Pallbearers are: Roger Patterson, Terry Rogers, Cousie Gigilo, Crawford Bean, Ricky McCorkle, and Skip Lloyd.



Mohamad Saadouan Schuman, 90, of Belzoni, passed away Friday, March 19, 2021, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Yazoo City.

He was born April 14, 1930,  in Saahran, Lebanon to Saadouan and Yasmine Schuman. Mohamad came to America in 1956 and began working for Jockey International. There he met and fell in love with the woman that would become his wife, Emma H. Schuman. Mohamad and Emma, opened and operated Schuman's Department Store for 25 years. He had very little education, so he was raised with an unrelenting work ethic. Mohamad was a self made man that got where he was through his hard work and determination.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of over 40 years, Emma H. Schuman.

Mohamad is survived by his wife, Wessal Schuman of Belzoni and three sons, Joseph Schuman of Pass Christian, Mohamad (Susan) Schuman, Jr. of Ocean Springs, and Charlie Schuman of Belzoni.

The family received friends from 1:30 pm until the 2:00 pm graveside service, Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Belzoni Cemetery. Rev. George Johnson and Rev. Richard Wiman officiated. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was entrusted with arrangements.



James E. Osborne (Jim) of Willis, TX. passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on February 4, 2021.  James was born October 9, 1929, to R. L. and Cora Osborne.  James graduated from Belzoni High School, and Mississippi State University.  After graduation he served in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot in Korea. He worked for a short while as a crop duster before joining Ford Motor Credit rising to Branch Manager, Houston West.  James retired in 1993 and pursued his hobby of building and flying remote control airplanes.

He was preceded in death by his loving spouse, Anne Spruill Osborne, his son, James Osborne Jr., twin brothers Wesley and Leslie Osborne.

He is survived by his daughter Jackie Anne Osborne (Toby Smoot), Grandchildren, James Osborne III, Deah Anne Alfano (Nick Alfano), Dori Elliott (Nic Elliott), Jessica Osborne and 14 Great Grandchildren.

Interment will be April 2, 2021 at the Houston Memorial Cemetery.



Lena Mae Kimbrough of Belzoni, MS passed on January 28, 2021 at Indianola Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Indianola, MS

Lena was born April 28, 1934 in Holmes County, MS to Odessa and Lauella Randle Kimbrough.  Her mother died when she was barely a toddler.  She was reared by her grandparents, Sylvester and Sallie Kimbrough in Durant, MS.  During this time Lena accepted Christ at the West Hill C. M. E. Church. After her grandmother's death, Lena moved to the Mount Olive Community of Lexington, MS to live with her grandparents George and Minnie Hendrix Randle.

After receiving a High School Diplomas from Mount Olive High School, Lena enrolled at Mississippi Vocational College (Mississippi State Valley University) and pursued studies leading toward a Licensed Practical Nursing Diplomas.

Lena lived and worked as a nurse in several states prior to returning to MS.  After her father’s death, she decided to move closer to family in counties of Holmes, Humphreys, and Madison.

Homesteading in Belzoni, MS, Lena united with the Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church.  Quite active, Lena was a member of the Sunday School, Mission and Usher Ministries.  Lena enjoyed serving as a usher and was more than honored for the opportunity to at the Mississippi National Baptist Convention in Jackson, MS where she enrolled and participated in various Christian Education classes.  Leading to becoming a certified instruction.

Locally, Lena served at the Humphreys County Brotherhood Association and participated in the usher and mission Ministries.  She enjoyed working and sharing with others during community outbreak.

Those left to cherish and honor her memory are her aunt, Ida Mae Stokes and Uncle, Thomas C. Randle.  Lena will be missed by her cousins, friends and members of the Green Grove M.. B. Church.

Graveside services for Lena were held at the Mount Olive Church Cemetery in Lexington, MS on February 3, 2021.



Thomas Cado Randle was born May 13, 1928 in Holmes County, Mississippi. He departed, in his words, “this old world”, February 16, 2021 at his home.

Thomas was born to the union of George and Minnie Hendrix Randle whom preceded him in death. He was the youngest of nine children: Annie, Katie Lee, David, Grover, Louella, Applis, Clara, and Irene; all of the Randle Dynasty have now entered their eternal home.

At an early age, he accepted Christ and became a member of the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Lexington, Mississippi. His education began at Mount Olive School and continued until graduating in 1948 from Ambrose High School in Lexington, Mississippi. Everyone that knew him, can strongly testify that he was a proud graduate of Alcorn State University in 1952. He never forgot to tell everyone he met that, “that was the best school ever”. Soon after graduation, he met the beautiful Crystiana Smith before entering the United States Army in 1952.  Serving in the United States Army led him across the world into combat in the Korean Conflict, later separating in 1954.

Quickly after setting foot on United States’ soil, he married Crystiana Smith on May 07, 1954 in Gulfport, Mississippi. This union lasted for fifty strong years, until she departed in 2005. The two arrived in Belzoni, Mississippi making this, their “forever home” and they were both employed by the Humphreys County School District.  This union was blessed with two daughters, Sarita Randle McGee and Regina Randle Williams. His daughter, Regina, preceded him in death. Thomas and family became members of the Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend J. D. Thurman.  He served faithfully as Sunday School Superintendent and Deacon. He was committed to his church and church family until his health decline.

From here, his life progressed into nothing but, greatness. His employment at the school district led him into furthering his education at Tuskegee University and Mississippi State University; where he received his Masters and Specialist in Education.  His love for Green Grove Church, Humphreys County School District, and Belzoni led him into helping and positively impacting his community in every way possible, serving as a member of the Mississippi Action for Community Education Board and its local affiliate, Humphreys County Union for Progress; Bannerman Apartments was one major success that will never be forgotten, along with the defunct Farmers’ Co-operative. The Thomas C. Randle Career and Technical Center recognizes the stellar contributions of an educator, Christian leader, humanitarian, and warrior for excellence.  In 1969, Thomas ran for Alderman in Belzoni, although unsuccessful during that time, it did not stop him from helping his community and aspiring others to do the same.  In 1986, he was successful in becoming a member of the Humphreys County School Board Association. These accomplishments made him proud and determined to stand for his community.

Thomas always believed in entrepreneurialism and had a spirit and work ethic that helped to make his ventures a success.  He had early success in the family’s neighborhood grocery store, he grew sweet potatoes in Holmes County to sell, he raised cattle, and his real estate business continues to flourish. His many accomplishments are too numerous to list.

He leaves to cherish his memory: Sarita and her three daughters, Renita Johnson (Frederick), Phylicia Bullock (Joaquin), and Sheena Williams (special friend, Samuel); one son in law, Dennis Williams; grandsons Noah John-son and Braylen Bullock, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, caregivers, and friends.

Minnie and George taught their children to love and care for all.  This was evident in the manner by which Thomas lived his daily life.  He laughed, cried, joked, fussed, loved each and everyone beyond the call of our Lord. He loved us all, and his love was “unconditional”.

Thomas Cado Randle has entered his heavenly home. The Randle Dynasty is now, complete.

The funeral service was held in the parking lot of the historic Green Grove M.B. Church in Belzoni, MS. Final committal was at Mount Olive Church Cemetery in Lexington, MS on February 16, 2021.

 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7



September 18, 1965 – March 7, 2021. Bobby McMillian of Bartlett, Tennessee, passed away peacefully on March 7th at Saint Francis Hospital in Memphis after a brief illness. Bobby was born on September 18, 1965, in Humphreys County (Belzoni), Mississippi. He was an alumnus of the University of Mississippi where he received a bachelor’s degree, and Bethel University, where he received his master’s degree. Bobby worked in healthcare for over 30 years and was most recently the Director of Radiology at Saint Francis Hospital in Bartlett. His passions included spending time with his family, helping others, traveling, and Ole Miss football.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robby, and his parents, Sonny McMillian and Bonnie McMillian, both of Belzoni. His survivors include his wife of 31 years, Tiffany, daughters Breanne, Morgan, and Robyn, and son-in-law, Jay. He was also “DooDah” to six grandchildren: Jagger, Xander, Teagan, Greyson, Jacob, and Vanessa.

Even in death, Bobby wanted to help others and further medical education and research, so he had chosen to donate his body to Genesis Legacy Whole Body Donation Foundation. Bobby’s Celebration of Life will be held on March 20, 2021, at the South Hall of Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, at 1:00 p.m.



Marion Rodgers Edwards Durr of Belzoni, Mississippi stepped into heaven on March 12, 2021 at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Mississippi. Marion was born on November 27, 1933 in Tchula, Mississippi. She was the youngest of seven children born to Longino Rodgers and Zelma Eubank Rodgers.

Marion was a devoted wife, a loving and proud mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved her hometown and believed that there was no place like home. Her family nearby was an important part of making her life full. She was always quick with a smile or laugh and was gifted with a sharp wit. Mealtime at her house was always special and well attended.

Marion is survived by her three children, Lynn Stonestreet (David) of Salado, Texas, Sheila Crutcher (Todd) of Piperton, Tennessee, and Cherry Kiker (Dean) of Belzoni, Mississippi. Her grandchildren are Tim Stonestreet (Christy) and Wes Stonestreet (Skyler) of Austin, Texas, Lauren Abel (Kevin) of Tupelo, Mississippi, Lindsey Vick (Ryan) of Piperton, Tennessee, Blake Kiker (Erin) of Madison, Mississippi and Brett Kiker of Nashville, Tennessee. Her great grandchildren are Haley Stonestreet, Corley Grace Kiker, Marion Frances Abel, James Abel and Cooper Vick.

Funeral Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Belzoni, Mississippi on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 1pm. Visitation will be at noon.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Mississippi or to Alzheimer Research.



John Benard Smith, Jr. “Benard” passed away March 9, 2021. He was born on June 26, 1941 to John Benard and Zelma Talley Smith in Houston, Texas. Soon after, they moved to the family farm in Cheneyville, LA, where he grew up and graduated from Cheneyville High School in 1959.

Benard attended Louisiana State University where he studied entomology. He married Sherry Slocum Smith in 1964 and served in the US Army Reserves for six years.

He and Sherry started their family and moved to Natchitoches, LA, where he continued his life long career in the agricultural business. In 1972 he and his young family moved to Belzoni, MS, where he managed Farmers Elevator for 10 years. He owned and operated multiple businesses throughout the years up until his death.

Benard was a member of First Baptist Church in Belzoni. He was well known by all within the Humphreys County community. His strong work ethic and constant refusal to retire lead him to start the Smith Gelbvieh Brand of registered cattle. Outside of work, Benard’s passions included spending time in the outdoors, hunting, playing golf and volunteering his culinary skills for various organizations throughout the Mid-South. These passions were evident anytime you saw him encouraging and introducing youth to the lifelong sport of hunting or showing livestock in 4H events.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings- Eddie Smith, Robert Smith, Gerald Smith, and sister, Florine Hall. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Sherry; his children John Benard Smith, III (Tracy) of Dallas, TX, Baine Smith (Marty) of Salisbury, MD, and Lana Doherty of Cleveland, MS; three grandchildren Carson Smith, John Garrett Doherty, and Addison Doherty and siblings Earl Smith, Jane Lee, and Nancy Beall.

A graveside service was held at Belzoni Cemetery on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for memorials to be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to the Humphreys County 4H Club.

St. Jude Children’s Hospital ( ) John Benard Smith, Jr. Memorial Fund

 Humphrey County Extension Office In memory of John Bernard Smith, Jr.

PO Box 239, Belzoni, MS 39038

Tel.# (662)-247-2915



August 10, 1934 - March 8, 2021

Ephesians 2:8 For by Grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourself; it is the gift of God. NKJV

D.W. Millwood went to see his Lord and Savior on March 8, 2021 at 11:42 a.m.. He was surrounded by his family as he went to see Jesus.

D.W. was born to John and Dolly Millwood on August 10, 1934. He served in the U.S. Navy on the Cruiser USS St. Paul. He was a truck driver for Gresham-McPherson for 40 years. D.W. married the love of his life, Lydia Jean Fuller on February 27, 1957.

D.W. is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lydia ; son Johnny (Gai); daughter, Amanda (Mark) Tyler; grandchildren, Drew Millwood (Katie), John Mark Tyler (Shelly), Dustin Millwood (Shannon), Hannah Farris (Canaan), and Reed Millwood. Great grandchildren; Grayson, Paxton, Abbi Grace, Lydia, and Johnny.

D.W. came to know the Lord as his Savior as a young adult. He was baptized at Eastside Baptist Church where he was a member for over 50 years. He served as a deacon for 48 years and loved his church family so very much.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Eastside Baptist Church, Belzoni, from 1:00 p.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Greencrest Gardens in Belzoni, Mississippi.

Staff of Mortimer Funeral Home is honored to serve the family and asks that you keep the family in your thoughts and prayers as they pass through this difficult season of life.

In lieu of Flowers memorials may be made to: Gideon International, Yazoo/Humphreys County Camp, PO Box 1111, Yazoo City, MS 39194.



January 9, 1934 – February 22, 2021

James Eckford Jones, Jr., Huntsville, Alabama, passed away peacefully February 22nd at his home with family beside him. Eckford was 87. Mr. Jones was born January 9, 1934 in Humphreys County (Belzoni), Mississippi. He was an alumnus of Mississippi State University, Class of 1955, and was a Sigma Chi. Mr. Jones also received his master’s degree in Accounting at Alabama A&M University while employed as an auditor at Redstone Arsenal. He retired from Finance and Accounting in 1996 with 42 years of service, including serving in the US Navy.

Mr. Jones loved golf, traveling, square dancing, running, and various organizations at Trinity United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Eckford Jones, Sr. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mary Si Donia Jones; son, James E. Jones III and wife, Eve; daughter, Suzanne Wesley (Todd); grandchildren, First Lt. Air Force Justin Jones, Jodie Jones, Michael Wesley (Rachel), Kyle Wesley (Hope), and Lee Ann Wesley; and sister, Mrs. Betty Anne McMillan.

Services were held Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Huntsville, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Family Care, 10000 Serenity Lane, Huntsville, AL 35803, or Trinity United Methodist Church, 607 Airport Rd., Huntsville, AL 35802.



Reba Mae Hughes Hawkins, 80, of Bruce, passed from this life Sunday, February 28, 2021 at her residence. Born on July 29, 1940 in Sardis, she was a daughter to the late William Dalton Hughes and Clara Mae Owens Hughes.

Reba, affectionately known as momma Reba, spent many seasons of her life looking after the wonderful residents of the group home in Bruce, MS. Meeting a vast array of residents in her career, she loved them all and showed special favor to her girls group. Aside from her career, Reba found joy in firing up her stove and turning out delicious meals. With a keen eye of cleanliness she meticulously looked after her yard and kept it in order.   Although Reba has departed from our lives, her treasured memory will hold a special place in the hearts of her loved ones.

She leaves behind a loving family to continue walking down the path of life; one daughter, Teresa Gay Estes and husband, Tommy of Belzoni; one brother, Culley (Jackie) Hughes of Tupelo; one sister, Rose Callis of Oakland, Tennessee; six grandchildren, Gentry (Kevin) Byrd, Trey Estes, Sharon (Michael)  Mitchell, Paula Lewis, Morgan (Chris) Boyles, Ashley (Dave) Novak; eight great grandchildren, Owen Byrd, Nora Douglas Byrd, Lexi Mitchell, Barett Mitchell, Cade Hamby, Landon Novak, Aidan Boyles, Anna Boyles; and special care giver, Sue Stepp.

Reba was preceded in death by her parents, William Dalton Hughes and Clara Mae Owens Hughes; one daughter, Sheila Lynn Lewis; one brother, Harold Hughes.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

 The staff of Parker Memorial Funeral Home is honored to serve the family and asks that you keep the family in your thoughts and prayers as they pass through this difficult season of life.



Peggy Gibson Taylor Lampkin was born in Midnight, MS on May 3, 1952 to Ida Mae Jones and John Reed, Sr. She was the fourth born of seven children. Years later, she gained a bonus father, Freeman Watson, who helped raised her and loved her as his own. At the age of 12, she professed her love for Christ, accepted Him as her personal savior, and became a member of Belzoni Chapel Church pastored by Rev. L.R. Chandler. Sis-ter Lampkin received her high school diploma in 1971. Early in her adult life, she became a member of White Star Missionary Baptist Church pastored by Rev. E.L. Williams, and after his transition Rev. Donald Washing-ton. She worked in the medical field in Belzoni and Yazoo City, MS until relocating to Texas. Once relocating to Texas, she entered the education field where she taught children with mental and physical disabilities.

In 1972, Sister Lampkin united in holy matrimony to the late Aaron Taylor, Sr. and under this union four children were born. In 1982, she became the wife of Mr. Andy Lampkin and under this union 1 child was born. She moved to Texas in 1999. After moving to Texas, she joined First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park in Richardson, TX, pastored by Rev. J.D. Foster. She was active in Sunday School and Biblical Bible School at the church. After relocating to Irving, TX, she united with Ben Washington Baptist Church pastored by Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Shepard. She served faithfully in the choir, BTU, Women’s Biblical Missionary as an active member until she moved back to Mississippi in 2010.

After moving back in 2010, Sister Lampkin united with New Zion Missionary Baptist Church. She remained a devoted member until her death. Here she served on the Missionary Society, Family Life Ministries, Bible Study, Song and Sanctuary Choir, and Celestial Choir until her health failed. She loved to cook, bake, sew, and feed & help others. She regularly donated to American Cancer Society, NHS Charities Together, Easter Seals, American Heart Association, Veterans of Foreign War, St. Jude’s Children Hospital, and many, many more.

Sister Lampkin departed this life on February 5, 2021 at 1:30 a.m. at Greenwood Leflore Hospital. She will be remembered by those who knew and loved her. She leaves to mourn 4 siblings, Willie Gibson (Marva) of Belzoni, MS, John Reed, Jr. (Linda) of St. Louis, MO, Elouise Taylor of Mansfield, TX, and Liza Wynn (Frank) of St. Louis, MO; 5 children, Cecil Taylor of Greenwood, MS, Teresa Taylor of Belzoni, MS, Carolyn Dean (Odis) of Grand Prairie, TX, Aaron Taylor, Jr. (Kamilah) of Fort Worth, TX, and Laketha James of Plano, TX; 19 Grand Children, Chiquita Ward, Deirdre Taylor, Olivia Dean, Roosevelt Jones IV, Karon Billingsley, Cecil Taylor, Jr., Jamarien Guy, Jazmin Hooker, Ariel Taylor, Kenneth Dean, Jamillia Guy, Jalin Guy, Kesean James, Cemadre Taylor, Robert James III, KeAsia James, Areyona Guy, London James, and She’leyah Taylor; 12 Great Grand Children, Aidan Ward, Caliah Ward, Michael Ward, Markel Taylor, Ce’undriah Taylor, Mar-quise Netters, Kaylan Dean, Alexander Dean, Maddisyn Dean, Demetrius Dean, Laquincia Dean, and Nala Rai Jones; 4 special sisters in love, Diane Jimmerson-Simmons, Viola Sisson, Priscilla Green, and Gloria Reed; a bonus mother, Alma Anderson; a special aunt, Maryella Jones;  and a host of nieces, nephews, and relatives. She also leaves her love to her son-in-love, Nelson Johnson, and special friends of the family;  Toniesha Ly-ons and Talayshia Jones.

Sister Lampkin was preceded in death by her parents, Ida Mae and Freeman Watson; biological father, John Reed, Sr.; two brothers, Chester and Henry Lee; and bonus parents, Mark and Elizabeth “Miss Honey” Davis.


APRIL 4, 1937 - FEBRUARY 23, 2021

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”           John 5:24 (NIV)

Paul Roberts, Sr. passed from death into everlasting life February 23, 2021 at 11:23 a.m. He was surrounded by his family’s love and prayers as he entered the arms of his Savior.

Paul was born to R.R. “Red” and Ruby Pruett Roberts on April 4, 1937 in a dog - trot house on the banks of Wasp Lake in Belzoni, Mississippi. He learned to love the land at an early age as he

began farming with his father. For 83 years he enjoyed working the Delta soil of Humphreys County as a pro-ducer of cotton, soybeans, wheat, corn and catfish.

He married Patricia Ann “Pat” Outlaw on August 24, 1958 and they celebrated “62 1/2 years” of

marriage. They were blessed with two sons, Paul, Jr. and Pepper.

Paul is survived by his wife Pat; sons, Paul, Jr. (Denise) and Pepper (Crystal); special children,

David Moler and Sue Moler Hawkins (Ben); five grandchildren, Russell (Julie), Abby, Jillian, James, and Jo-seph; one great grandson, Owen; three special grandchildren, Miranda (Hunter), Kinsey (Jason), and Madison; three special great grandchildren, Noah, Landry and Luke.

He is also survived by his brother, Bobby (Camille) and a host of family members and loving friends he con-sidered his extended family.

Paul graduated in 1955 from Belzoni High School. In 1959, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University in Agricultural Engineering. While at MSU, he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

Paul served in the MS Army National Guard and upon completion of his 6 months of active duty service he returned to full-time farming. He often attributed his success in farming to the hard

work of his sons and many good men who labored side by side with him daily.

He developed a love for aeronautics and earned his private pilots license. Many hours of flight

were enjoyed in his Cessna 172 and he passed that love of flying on to the next two generations.

Paul was faithful in supporting his local community and was a charter member of the first Humphreys County Catfish Festival committee as well as a founding member of Producer’s Feed. Paul professed his faith in Christ at an early age and was baptized at First Baptist Church where he served as deacon and secretary of the chil-dren’s department for many years. He was a founding member of the FBC Student Scholarship program which is still active today.

A memorial service in celebration of his life was held Friday, February 26, 2021 at Eastside

Baptist Church in Belzoni.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any of the following:

Eastside Baptist Church, 808 Virginia Street, Belzoni, MS 39038

First Baptist Church, 302 Pecan Street, Belzoni, MS 39038

Indianola Academy, PO Box 967, Indianola, MS 38751

Humphreys Academy, PO Box 179, Belzoni, MS 39038

UMMC Radiation Oncology Department, Office of Development/UMMC, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216-4505

(Check Payable to: Radiation Oncology)



( April 23, 1929 - February 28, 2021 )

Nancy Comeaux Strowd, 91, of Indianola and formerly of Isola, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2021, at Indywood Personal Care Home in Indianola.

Nancy was born April 23, 1929, in Memphis, Tennessee and was the daughter of George Theodore Comeaux and Nancy Wallace VanMeter Comeaux. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, shopping with her friends, and tak-ing walks. Nancy was a member of Dorsett Drive Christian Church in Indianola.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, William Earl Strowd, Sr.

Nancy is survived by three children, Debra Strowd Weems (Jimmy) of Oxford, Carol Strowd Linker (Dan) of Waynesville, North Carolina, and Bill Strowd of Senatobia; four grandchildren, Wes Strowd (Lauren), Colin Weems, Peyton Weems (Bailey), and Sara Brooks Weems; and one great granddaughter, Ann Wesley Strowd.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Hickory Grove Cemetery in In-verness with Rev. Jim Woods officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrange-ments.

The online guestbook may be signed at



Willie Wade, 67, of Isola, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 5, 2021 from 1:00 till 2:00 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home in Indianola. Services will begin at 12 noon on Saturday March 6, 2021. Burial will be held at Riverside memorial Gardens in Indianola.  Pastor Terry Cobbs will be officiating.

Survivors include two daughters, Shonta Johnson and Lekeita Wade both of Isola and two grandchildren, James Turner, Jr. and Christiana Thomas both of Isola; and a host of other relatives and friends.



Lucy Myrle Wood age 79, of Moberly, Missouri passed away on February 17, 2021.

Lucy was born on March 4, 1941 in Belzoni. She graduated from Belzoni High School in 1960. Lucy married J.T. Wood in 1964 in Oklahoma City, OK and raised a family.

Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Janie Knott and her husband J.T. Wood and one sister, Mary Olean Stone.

She is survived by her son, Amos Wood (Pattie); daughter Iwana Longano (Tony); one brother, Jimmy Knott; three sisters; Doris McMahen, Doll Rodgers and Christine Minyard; three grandchildren Crystal Taylor (Jesse), Lana Cox,  Orrin Todd (Kelsey); 7 great grandchildren;  Savannah, Maddie, Lil Jesse, Zach, Calix, Noah and Daniel as well as several nieces and nephews.

Lucy enjoyed sewing and painting and taking care of and loving her family, friends and neighbors but most of all, all of her grandbabies and great grandbabies. They were her heart.

Visitation is Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at Mortimer Funeral Home from 12:00 -2:00. Service is at 2:00 in the chapel and graveside afterwards at Belzoni City Cemetery.



Dr. Charles Lowell Jones, Jr., 70, of Glen Allan, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at Washington Care Center in Greenville.

Lowell was born April 2, 1950, in Greenwood, Mississippi, to Charles Lowell Jones, Sr. and Barbara Robb Jones. He was affectionately known to many as Bear or Doc. Dr. Jones was an optometrist and owned Delta Eye Center in Indianola and Belzoni. He practiced for 33 years prior to his retirement in 2008 due to illness. He loved being an eye doctor and devoted himself to his patients. Dr. Jones served on the Mississippi State Board of Optometry for three terms and served on the Southern Council of Optometry in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as President in 1995. He was a member of the Indianola Rotary Club and earned the Paul Harris medal. Lowell was incredibly supportive of The Boy Scouts of America.  He was a devoted member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.  Lowell loved his family with all he had, especially his loving wife, Donna. He also was an avid fisherman and loved Alaska and his trips there.

Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Barbara Jones, and stepson, Jay Duke.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 29 years, Donna Duke Jones of Glen Allan; two sons, Charles Lowell “Chase” Jones, III (Kaylin) and Jay Duke, Jr.; two daughters, Barbie Jones and Rachel Jones; two sisters, Gail Oswalt (Jimmy Lloyd) of Moorhead, and Esther Coerver (Tom) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and eight grandchildren.

If the weather permits, the family will receive friends Friday, February 19, 2021, from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. A private family burial will take place in Caile Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.



Peggy Gibson Taylor Lampkin, 68, of Belzoni, MS transitioned to her heavenly home on Friday, February 5, 2021, while at the Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:00 am at:

Hudson Park Cemetery

2911 Hwy 49 S

Greenwood, MS 38930

Pastor Dr. Calvin Collins will be officiating.

The family is asking everyone in attendance to wear masks and practice social distancing.



Jimmy Harold Newman, born July 20, 1950, called Pop Pop by his four granddaughters, went to his place in heaven on January 25, 2021.  He grew up around Silver City and Belzoni, Mississippi. He was raised in a family of seven sisters, and was a man of a soft voice. He was an outstanding football player at Belzoni High School.  After finishing school, he worked odd jobs and was drafted in the U.S. Army and served a tour of duty in Germany during the Vietnam War, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Upon returning from overseas, he lived in Indianola where he met the “Love of his Life,” Donna Jean Criswell, whom he married on February 3, 1973. Donna worked in banking and Jimmy was a Lieutenant in the Indianola Police Department. In August 1988, they relocated to North Little Rock where Jimmy established a maintenance contracting business. He was an active member of Liberty Fellowship Church and a member of American Legion Post 1 in North Little Rock.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Preston and Ora Newman, and five sisters, Lucy Childs, Flora Hunter, Eva Caston, Joyce Fulcher and Betty Newman. He is survived by his wife, Donna Jean Newman; sons, Stephen Newman and Michael Newman; uncle, Robert Criswell, who was like a father to him; sisters, Pat Chalk of Village, Florida and Thelma Brown of Hollandale, Mississippi; four granddaughters, Abigail Newman, Brooklyn Newman, Shayla Newman and Alyssa Warnock (Dustin); and other family and friends.

There will be a graveside service for Jimmy at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, on February 4, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., officiated by Janet Troutman Ward.



Richard Frank Ray, 83, of Brandon, who was a long time commercial welder and master metal crafter, passed away on January 29, 2021 at his residence.

Richard was born July 27, 1938 in Belzoni.

He recently celebrated 45 years of marriage to his wife, Martha Brekeen Ray. He was a Shriner and a Mason; he received his 50 year pen this past year. He was loved and will be missed by both family and friends. Whatever you needed, Richard could build it or weld it with his never ending expert skills.

He was the son of the late Marion E. Ray and Orie Haven Ray.

He is preceded by death of two sisters, Doris Ray Dalton and Margie (Cookie) Ray Fancher.

He is survived by one sister, Katherine Ray McGee (Harry); two daughters, Michelle Ray and Glenda Randall (Mike); one son, Quinn Whitiker; one granddaughter; two grandsons; four great granddaughters; one great grandson; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at Mortimer Funeral Home, 212 Hayden St, Belzoni, MS 39038, on February 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a graveside service at Mathena Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Darby Combs officiated.

Pallbearers were Jack Brady, Bill Duncan, Sam Smith, Joe Watson, Tony Watson, Kevin Bass, Raymond McKinnon, Johnny McKinnon and Honorary Pallbearer Gary Noble.

Our Family would like to thank you all for your love, prayers, and support.

Mortimer Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.



Joyce Delain Davis entered life on November 3, 1953 in Humphreys County, MS to the loving parents of John Wesley Cooper and Bonnie Mae Davis who preceded her in death.  Joyce completed her education at McNair High School and Humphreys County High School, Class of 1971.  On November 28, 1971, Joyce gave birth to her one and only daughter, Shajuanda Latrice Davis.

She confessed her life to Christ at an early age. Joyce was a member of Wasp Lake Missionary Baptist Church in Belzoni, MS under the leadership of Pastor Lisa R. Day. She was the minister of music, choir member, and served in many capacities including chairperson of several programs and committees. Her love of music led her to playing the piano for other churches in the community: White Star, Zion Traveler, Christian Valley, Day Break, Pleasant Hill, Goodwill, and Zion Rock.

Joyce was employed with Jockey International from 1972-1989. She retired after 17 years of service.  After retirement, Joyce began several self-employment opportunities including Mary Kay Cosmetics and Premier Jewelry. She served on the board of directors for G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center and was a member of the Daughter of Elks Hill Temple #783 where she was elected to numerous national and state leadership positions.

On January 10, 2021 at University Medical Center in Jackson, MS, Joyce Delain Davis departed this earthly life at 12:08 p.m. surrounded by many loved ones. She was greeted in heaven by her parents, grandparents, and sisters. Joyce leaves to cherish her loving memory:  one daughter, Shajuanda Latrice Davis of Belzoni, MS; four sisters, Dale Evans Brown of Homewood, IL, Shirlene (Aaron) Reed of Belzoni, MS, Carolyn Boss of Grand Prairie, TX, and Shelia Moore of Irving, TX; two nieces, Sheneka Davis of Haslet, TX and Courtney Gregory of Irving, TX; four nephews, Darren (Sharon) Allen of Belzoni, MS, Walter Brown III of Harvey, IL, Kenneth Brown of Marrville, IN, and Corey Gregory of Irving, TX; lifelong friends, Gloria Liddell, Clottie James, Richard Anderson, Ruby Lofton, and Ora Allen; thirteen grand nieces and nephews; and a host of other family members and friends. She was a devoted, loving, and caring woman of God and sincerely loved by all.

The Graveside Ceremony took place on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Wasp Lake Missionary Church in Belzoni, MS. Pastor Lisa R. Day officiated the ceremony. At this time in our lives, it is people like you, our loved ones, and our faithful and loyal friends, who make our loss, pain, and void easier to bear. Our hearts once again rejoice as you have offered your time, condolences, nourishment, and yourselves to us.  May God continue to smile upon you and grant His love.

Special thanks: Wasp Lake Missionary Baptist Church, Mid-Delta Health and Hospice Care, University Medical Center in Jackson, MS, Mrs. Ethel Andrews Gowdy, and Ms. Dorothy Hughes.



Eleanor Crawford Wade, 85, passed away peacefully, on January 15, 2021, at Trinity Healthcare in Columbus, Mississippi, with her son by her side.

Graveside Services were held today, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Belzoni City Cemetery at 1:00 p.m., with Brother Sammy Crawford officiating.

Mrs. Wade was born on January 22, 1935 to Everett and Eva Crawford. She was a member of the Isola First Baptist Church. After retirement, she moved to Caledonia, Mississippi to be near her sons and their families.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy "Squirrel" Wade; and two brothers, Bobby Crawford and Billy Crawford.

She is survived by sons, Jimmy Wade of Magee, Mississippi, Scott Wade (Jeaniece) of Caledonia and Mark Wade (Kristy) of Caledonia; and 4 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be sent to Trinity Healthcare, 230 Airline Road, Columbus, Mississippi 39702.

Mortimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the services.

Please follow COVID 19 recommendations.



Janice Donald Tharp, 83, of Ocean Springs, and formerly of Isola, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021, at Pine View Health & Rehabilitation Center in Waynesboro.

She was born July 11, 1937, in Isola, to James Andrew Donald and Ellen Rea McMillan Donald. Janice was a bookkeeper for SuperValu in Indianola for over 20 years until her retirement. She also worked for the Ford Dealership in Belzoni and Guaranty Bank in Belzoni. Janice was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Isola where she also kept their books for many years, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and was a member of the WMU. She greatly loved the Lord and her family.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gaylon Tharp; and son, Roger Craig Tharp.

She is survived by two children, Gaylon “Jay” Tharp, Jr. (Vickie) of Dayton, Ohio, and Lisa Tharp Manley (Pete) of Ocean Springs; one brother, James “Boot” Donald (Jean) of Bartlett, Tennessee; four sisters, Glenda Moore (Steve) of Daphne, Alabama, Patsy Cobb (Richard) of Ridgeland, Sue Woods (Art) of Marietta, Georgia, and Renee Smira (Bob) of Olive Branch; three grandchildren, Jason Tharp, Shelley Pack, and Ashley Tharp; and three great grandchildren, Jade, Keira, and Russell.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 10, 2021, at Greencrest Gardens in Belzoni.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online at

Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was been entrusted with arrangements.



Winford Lafayette Turner, 73, died Friday, January 1, 2021 in Indianola.

He was born March 2nd, 1947 in Belzoni; the son of Walter Clinton Turner and Velma Inez Petty Turner. He was Jehovah's Witness by faith.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Billie Jean Harper and Barbara Ann Adams.

He is survived by his wife, Clara Estelle Turner; two daughters, Joy Brownell of Prattville, AL and Jennifer Horton of Paris, TN; step-daughter, Lisa Peterson of McComb, LA; four stepsons, L.J. Newton of Biloxi, Kenneth Newton of Phoenix, AR, Marcus Newton of Oxford, and Lawrence Newton of Belzoni; 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild; siblings, Frances Juanita Cobb of Belzoni, Walter Clinton Turner, Jr. of Greenwood, James Robert Turner of Brandon, and Maxine Bonds of Long Beach.

There will be a memorial service via Zoom 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021.



James Allen Duthu, 89, of Iuka, MS, passed from this life on December 24, 2020, with his beloved wife by his side. He was born on February 12, 1931, in Belzoni, MS and was the son of the late Charles and Thelma Woodard Duthu.

James entered the United States Navy during the Korean War.  He was sent to San Diego for boot camp and spent most of the next four years on board the U.S.S. Los Angeles CA-135 heavy cruiser. After serving his country, James returned to Belzoni to farm cotton and soybeans with his father on the family farm. Soon after returning home, he met and married Janet Renee Davis, built a home and raised his family. After many years of farming, James retired from farming and was employed by the U. S. Postal Service. James retired from the Postal Service after 18 years of service.

His hobbies were woodworking, deer hunting and fishing but, mostly James was a family man. He loved to be near his family working a vegetable garden, keeping a neat yard and fixing things around the house. James also loved serving his Lord and Savior as a boys Sunday School teacher and deacon. Sunday and Wednesday church services have always been a top priority in the Duthu home.

In 1999, James lost Janet, his beloved wife of 44 years. A few years later, he married Fay Chapman Cole and they enjoyed 10 years together living in Olive Branch, MS. In 2013, Marjorie Edwards became his precious wife and they moved to Iuka in 2015. They have been help mates to each other for the past 7 years.

James was a member of the Iuka Baptist Church. He truly enjoyed the fellowship of his church family and Sunday School class.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Edwards Duthu of Iuka; two children, Beverly (Richard) Estes of Iuka and James Allen (Diane) Duthu, Jr. of Eagle Rock, MO; five stepchildren, Bettie Gilmer of Pearl, Kim (Shane) Luttrell of Olive Branch, Scarlett (Ronny) Roberts, Melissa Davis and Charles Edwards of Belzoni; twelve grandchildren, Somer (Tom) Papalambros of Gulfport, Matt (Lacy) Estes of Iuka, Crystal Shirley and Ashley Duthu both of Mountain Home, AR,  Josh (Stephanie) Gilmer of Pearl,  Dee Ann Gilmer of Louisiana, Austin (Morgan) Luttrell, Kailey Luttrell and Trevor Luttrell of Olive Branch, Emily (Preston) Aust, Natalie (Keith) Dozier and Allen (Beth) Roberts of Belzoni; eleven great grandchildren, Reese Grimes of Gulfport, Ainsley Estes and Sadie Estes both of Iuka, Kiara Shirley and Lilly Shirley both of Mountain Home, AR, Kinsley Luttrell of Olive Branch, Preston Aust, Jr., Neeli Aust, Leo Aust, and Scarlett Frances Dozier and Tucker Dozier of Belzoni. James was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Joe Miller Duthu; and two wives.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Belzoni with burial following in Belzoni Cemetery. Rev. George Johnson will officiate. Masks will be required at the services. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Joe Ware Turner, Jr., 74, passed away suddenly on December 21, 2020.

Joe was born on August 30, 1946, in Greenwood, to Joe Ware Turner, Sr. and Maurine Laman Turner. He was raised and attended school in Belzoni. He also attended Ole Miss and Delta State Universities. In his younger years he loved to hunt and fish. Joe Ware was an avid fan of the Ole Miss Rebels. He was a retired Dispatcher for Waste Management. Most of all he enjoyed watching and spending time with his grandchildren, whom he loved deeply.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Ware Turner and Maurine Turner Barret and brother, Bill Turner. He leaves behind to cherish their memories of him, his wife, Peggy Hicks Turner, a son, Joseph Tate Turner, and his grandchildren, Brianna Blanton (Zac), Courtney Turner and Lexie Turner, and his great granddaughter, Zelda Blanton. He also leaves his brothers Bob Turner ( Darlene) and Ted Turner (Trina) as well as a host of cousins and friends.

Graveside services were held at Belzoni City Cemetery on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Mortimer Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.



Cynthia Lynn Barnes Rodgers, 58, passed away suddenly at her home in Yazoo County on December 15, 2020.

Cindy was born on July 12, 1962, to Lester W Barnes and Zella Mansiell Barnes. She lived in this area her entire life. Cindy was a waitress at different restaurants. She loved life to the fullest and will be remembered for her love to others. Cindy was of the Baptist faith.

Cynthia was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Zella Barnes; and a brother, Lester Barnes, Jr.

Left to cherish their memories of her are her husband, Everett Rodgers; daughters, Summer Owens (Mike), Leah Higginbotham, Cortney Brown; her son, Maudin Rodgers (Jessica Roulston); brothers, Bobby and Randy Barnes; and sister, Brenda Price; plus her pride and joy her 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces and nephews,

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

Mortimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.



James Slaughter “Soup", Reed died on December 4, 2020 at the age of 94. He was born in Silver City, Ms to Burwell Swayze Reed and Hallie Slaughter Reed on June 11, 1926. "Soup", as he was so fondly called, graduated from Silver City High School and joined the Navy. He was in World War II with the amphibious forces in the Pacific Theater. After discharge, he attended Mississippi State University in the fall of 1946. While at State he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, a member of the "M Club", and graduated in 1950. He came home and started farming with his father and served as mayor of Silver City for over thirty years. He was one of the Founders of Humphreys Academy and was their first President.

Soup was an avid golfer and his idea of winning golf was finding his opponents "Choke Stroke".

He was preceded in death by his parents Burwell and Hallie Reed of Silver City, his sister Nancy Bridges, granddaughter Kristen Trout, and Catherine Reed, the mother of his two children.

He is survived by his son, Jim Reed and wife, Melissa, of Belzoni and daughter Georgianne McFarland of Hernando. He is also survived by his brother John B. "Jack" Reed and wife Lou of Silver City. He leaves behind 4grandchilren: Robin Johnston, Caroline Strawbridge, Courtney Evans and James Reed III. Soup had 8 great grandchildren.

A family and special friends graveside service was held Monday, December 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Belzoni City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, send memorials to Humphreys Academy.

Mortimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements



Melvin “Keith” Brasier, 57, of Belzoni, MS died Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Yazoo, MS.

Keith Brasier was born December 10, 1962, the son of Leo and Barbara Brasier of Belzoni, MS. Keith grew up helping his parents with their sheet metal business in Belzoni. Keith graduated high school and later got a four-year college degree in banking and finance. Keith got married to Sheila Brasier and they had two children, Amber and Lacy. He coached his daughter’s softball team and loved every minute of it, especially when he led them to victory. He enjoyed cooking, especially if it was on the grill. He loved music and knew every word to every song by Elvis Presley. He also enjoyed watching football and NASCAR, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Barbara Brasier and his brother, Ray Brasier.

He is survived by his sister Deborah Butts of Simsboro, LA, daughter Amber Brasier (Jonny) of Leland, MS and daughter Lacy Smith (Ashton) of Flowood, MS.

A graveside service was held by Mortimer Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Greencrest Gardens in Belzoni, MS.



Billy Earl Pickell, (AKA PICKELL), 51, passed into the arms of Jesus Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his wife and loved ones. The family will celebrate Billy’s life with a graveside service Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at Richland Cemetery.

Billy was born September 24, 1969 in Greenville, MS to Billy Ray and Emma Cotton Pickell.

He attended and played football at Richland High School, graduating class of ’88. He enjoyed dancing, hunting and fishing. Billy loved to make people laugh. He loved his family, was a hard worker and never met a stranger.

Those preceding him death include his father, Robert Ashley; Biological father, Billy Ray Pickell; grandparents, Roxie and Henry Cotton.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Pickell of Richland; mother, Emma Ashley of Richland; sons, Cody (Leslie) Pickell of Florence, Cory Pickell of Florence, Brandon (Amanda) Pickell of Florence; daughter, Danielle Pickell of Richland; sisters, Alicia (Jack) Toler of Isola, Paige (Chris) Shurlds of Braxton, Mandy (Steven) Keith of Louise; brother, Henry “Bubba” Ashley of Richland; grandchildren, Grayson Pickell, Swayze Pickell, Elijah McMiller, Easton Pickell, Karter Page and a host of nieces and nephews.




James Walker Sory, Jr. was born August 3, 1942, in Greenwood, MS to James Walker Sory, Sr.  and Esther Jaquith Sory.  A lifelong resident of Isola, MS, Walker loved music and through the years played with many talented bands. He played the organ and piano for the Isola Methodist Church, where he was a loyal and dedicated member. He especially enjoyed performing with his brother Eddie whenever the occasion arose. Walker was an avid golfer and enjoyed many an afternoon on the golf course with friends. Walker passed away on November 29, 2020 in Indianola, MS.

Walker graduated from Isola High School and attended Mississippi Delta Junior College from where he excelled in basketball and baseball. In 2007, he was inducted into the Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame. He attended Millsaps College and graduated from Delta State University in 1965 with a degree in accounting. Walker served in the Mississippi National Guard with the 198th Battalion Armor Division from 1965-1971. He was employed as an accountant for B.A. Wright Farms until he began working as a rural mail carrier with the United States Postal Service and retired in 2014 after 36 years of service.

He was proceeded in death by his father, J.W. Sory; mother, Esther Sory; and brother, Eddie Sory. Survivors include his wife, Susie Sory of Isola; son, Walker Sory, III and wife, Christine of Jefferson, LA; Maribeth Sory Snow and husband, Paul of Madisonville, LA; step-daughter, Amanda Bishop and husband, Chris of Booneville, MS. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Alston Snow, Addie Snow, Preston Bishop, Ryder Bishop, and JanieBeth Bishop.

In lieu of flowers the family is appreciative of memorial gifts to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital or Inverness United Methodist Church.

A graveside service will be held at Belzoni Cemetery in Belzoni, MS at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, with Rev. Allen King officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

Online guestbook may be signed by visiting




Shelia Abel Lewis went to be with her Heavenly Father on November 25, 2020. She was born on October 16, 1955, in Isola, MS. She is the daughter of the late Gentry Herbert Abel, Jr and Reba Hughes Hawkins. She grew up in Belzoni, MS, and attended Belzoni High School before transferring to Humphreys Academy.

Shelia accepted her Lord and Savior at a young age and was baptized at Calvary Baptist Church in Belzoni, MS. Later in life she became a member of Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni, MS. Shelia married her high school sweetheart, Paul Lewis. Together they had 2 beautiful daughters, Sharon and Paula, whom they adored.

Later in life, Shelia decided to return to school at Mississippi Delta Community College where she obtained her nursing degree, which turned out to be her true calling in life. She was employed at Sta-Home Health and Hospice. Shelia started her nursing career in Belzoni, MS, where her patients were her top priority. She adored her patients and they adored her.

Shelia was very creative and had many hobbies. She enjoyed decorating her home, restoring old furniture, working in her yard and cooking. Shelia’s favorite pastime was spending quality time with her family. There is nothing Shelia wouldn’t do for her daughters, grandchildren, mother, sister, niece, nephew and son in law, whom she considered one of her own.

Shelia leaves behind, with loving memories of her, daughter, Sharon Lewis Mitchell (Michael) of Clarksdale, MS, daughter, Paula Lewis of Batesville, MS; grandchildren, Lexi Mitchell and Barrett Mitchell of Clarksdale, MS; mother, Reba Hughes Hawkins of Bruce, MS; sister, Gay Abel Estes (Tommy) of Belzoni, MS; niece, Gentry Byrd (Kevin) of Brandon, MS; nephew, Trey Estes of Brandon, MS; great nephew, Owen Byrd of Brandon, MS; great niece, Nora Douglas Byrd of Brandon, MS; father of her children, Paul Lewis of Water Valley, MS; and best friend, JeDonne Linebarger of Belzoni, MS.

A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2020, at Greencrest Gardens in Belzoni, MS, with Brother Richard Wiman officiating. Pallbearers include Michael Mitchell, Kevin Byrd, Tommy Estes, Trey Estes, Jerry Wood and Jack Ray Linebarger.

Mortimer Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.




Jessie Crawford,73, of Silver City, passed away peacefully at Greenwood Leflore Hospital, on November 8, 2020.

Jessie was born in Hollandale on May 20, 1947. She grew up in and around Humphreys County, attending school in Silver City before graduating, at the top of her class, from Belzoni High School in 1966. As a young woman, she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She was later baptized by Brother Paul Broadway. Jessie married William Crawford on December 20, 1966. She gave birth on February 26, 1974, to their daughter and best friend, Ashley Crawford.

Jessie was smart, funny, and quick witted. She made friends easily. She was a wonderful cook, an avid reader, music collector, and a TV/movie watcher. She enjoyed the outdoors, and loved all animals, especially her cats. She was devoted to her family. They loved her infinitely and will miss her always.

Jessie leaves behind her husband of 54 years, William, daughter, Ashley Crawford of Silver City, sister, Lillie Mae Hood of Gooden Lake, several nieces and nephews. She preceded is death by her mother, Frances Williams, brother Richard Williams, and her grandfather, Vernon.

Per her wishes, she was cremated and a private family service will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank Bessie Mae Outlaw. Wilma Childs, Silver City Baptist Church, Gooden Lake Baptist Church for their help and support during their time of sorrow.

Per her wishes she was cremated. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Mortimer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.




Charles “Chuck” Gordon, Academy Award-nominated film producer of Field of Dreams and nearly 20 other motion pictures, died on October 31, 2020 at the age of 73.  His cause of death, according to family members, was thyroid cancer.

Born in Belzoni, Mississippi, Gordon came to Los Angeles more than a quarter century ago and made his entry into the entertainment industry as an agent at the William Morris Agency.  Soon after, he turned to writing and producing for television.

Gordon produced motion pictures that grossed over $1 billion worldwide like Waterworld, Die Hard, Die Hard II: Die Harder, Lock Up, The Rocketeer, Unlawful Entry, K-9, Hitman, The Girl Next Door and Hitman: Agent 47.  Also included in his credits are the three time Academy Award nominated Field of Dreams (including Best Picture) and October Sky, which also garnered several awards including the prestigious Humanitas Award, Broadcast Film Critics Award, Christopher Award and Writers Guild of America nomination for best screenplay.  Several times during his career, he partnered with his film producer brother, Lawrence Gordon.

His television credits include Our Family Honor, The Renegades, Just Our Luck and When the Whistle Blows.

Gordon will be remembered for his dynamic spirit, kindhearted nature and unparalleled sense of humor.  In addition to his wife, Lynda, he is survived by his three daughters, Jamie Holden (and husband, Greg), Kate Gordon (and fiancé, Marcelo Gandola, and Lily Gordon (and partner, Rob Bent); brother, Lawrence Gordon with wife, Dede; and two grandchildren, Oliver and Grace.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to The Heart Foundation in loving memory of Charles Gordon.




Bobby Joe Hood, 82, of Belzoni, passed away peacefully, holding his wife's hand, at South Sunflower Coun-ty Hospital in Indianola, Mississippi, on October 20, 2020.

Bobby was born on August 2, 1938 to his parents John and Lucille Hood. He lived his entire life on Gooden Lake Road, where he was a faithful member of the Gooden Lake Baptist Church. He told his wife that he was ready to go meet his Heavenly Father. Though he was a quiet man, he had no problem inviting people to church. Bobby worked hard to support his family. It was said by some that he could work circles around those younger than himself. He was a kind, loving, Christian man who had many friends who will miss him.

Bobby Hood leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Lille Mae; daughter, Jennifer Smith of Isola; sons, Michael Hood (Carole) of Fort Worth, Texas, and Kenneth Hood of Grenada; brothers, Pete Hood, Jim Hood both of Madison; sister, Mary McClintock of Terry; as well as his joy of life grandchildren, Hannah, Layne and Na-than. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lucille Hood; and a sister, Sherry Sugg.

Visitation was held Friday, October 23, 2020, at Gooden Lake Church at 10:00 a.m. followed by a graveside service at Gooden Lake Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Gooden Lake Church, 4432 Gooden Lake Road, Belzoni, Mississippi 39038.

Mortimer Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.




Lori Farmer Bussey, 67, of Belzoni, passed away suddenly, Friday, October 23, 2020, at her home.

Lori was born on September 8, 1953, in Indianola, Mississippi, to A.G. and Joyce Tatum Farmer. She spent 30 plus years as a teacher in Sunflower and Humphreys counties. Lori continued to work as an office manager for Donahoo Heating and Cooling after retiring from the public school system. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She was a member of Eastside Baptist Church.

Lori is preceded in death by her parents, A.G. and Joyce Farmer; her husband, Samuel H. "Buddy" Bussey; and her son, John Colby Donahoo.

She leaves behind, with their loving memories of her, son, Shea Donahoo (Kathryn) of Belzoni; stepson, Buddy Bussey of Greenville; stepdaughters, Traci Whittington (Daryle) of Vicksburg and Taylor Egge (Caleb) of Senatobia; brother, Gary Farmer (Annette) of Belzoni; grandchildren, Karley Whittington, Kolby and John Michael Donahoo, Addy and Harrison Egge, and numerous beloved family members and friends.

Visitation was held on Monday, October 26, 2020 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church, Belzoni, with funeral service immediately following. Graveside service will be held at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Inver-ness.

In lieu of flowers, memories may be made to Humphreys Academy or Eastside Baptist Church.




On August 11, 1947, in Greenville, Mississippi, Sally Ann Turner was born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Newell Turner, Sr. She grew up in Belzoni and loved living most of her life there. Sally passed away on Saturday, Oc-tober 25, 2020, at the age of 73.

Sally graduated high school in 1965 from Belzoni High School. She was a lifetime and loyal member of First United Methodist Church of Belzoni, where she enjoyed singing in the choir under her brother’s direction. Sally found joy in serving the Lord among friends through the Emmaus Community. For years she worked in the school office at Humphreys Academy. She showed her strength as a 20 year survivor of cancer. Born an Ole Miss fan, her favorite hobby was cheering on the Rebels.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Newell Turner Sr. and Carrie Bryan Turner; her broth-ers, Thomas Newell Turner, Jr. and James Bryan Turner; and her husband, Jackie Norris Pannel.

Survivors include her daughter, Carrie Ann Crutcher Eatherly and her husband, Wilson of Ridgeland, Missis-sippi; and her grandsons, Wilson Eatherly and Newell Eatherly. She is also survived by her sister in law, Rose Marie Noble Turner of Belzoni; and her niece and nephews, Newell Turner, Jimmy Turner (Terri), and Ro-sanne Maxwell (Joe) and their families.

A family graveside service was held Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Belzoni Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family is appreciative of memorial gifts to Sally’s church, First United Methodist Church Belzoni, P.O. Box 532, Belzoni, MS 39038 or to the Belzoni Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 520, Bel-zoni, MS 39038.




Randy K Tharp, age 58, of Harrison, AR, died Wednesday, October 14, 2020.

Mr. Tharp was born April 30, 1962, in Isola, MS to the late Billy Don Tharp and Lois Tharp.  He was married to Renee Patrick Tharp and was employed by Wabash National as a Maintenance technician.

He is preceded in death by his son, Michael Tharp, and brother, Ricky Tharp.

He is survived by his loving wife, Renee Patrick Tharp; two daughters, Jessica (Hyland) McDonald and Lindsey Tharp (Ross) Peyton, and one son, Davy Parks; his mother, Lois Tharp; and his four grandchildren, Michael, Nolan, Channing, and Liam.

Visitation was held at Bishop-King Funeral Home Monday, October 19, 2020, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. followed by a Graveside service at 12:00 p.m. at Holy Innocents Cemetery, Lake Village, Arkansas.

 Arrangements are by Bishop-King Funeral Home of Lake Village, Arkansas



George Graves, 72, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, October 11, 2020. He was born February 2, 1948, to the late George and Emma Chunn Graves.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Dottie, son, Kevin Graves (Kim) of Belzoni, daughters, Jennifer Attaway (Jason) of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Jamie Taylor (Jay), Brandon, and 13 wonderful grandchildren, Saxton, Tanner, Kyle, Anna Kealey, Preston, Jordyn, Adelyn, Ashlyn, Brock, Logan, Anna Laken, Nash and Ridge.

George Graves lived most of his adult life in Belzoni, after being born and raised in Philadelphia, Mississippi, with his wife and family. He touched the lives of hundreds of students during his 38 years career as an educator and administrator at Deer Creek School, Humphreys Academy, and the Humphreys County School System.

George never met a stranger and he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. His Southern charm and jovial demeanor will be missed by all.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 15, 2020, from 5 PM till 7 PM at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni. Services will be held Friday October 16, 2020, at the First United Methodist Church Belzoni, Mississippi with visitation starting at 10 AM followed by the service at 11 AM. Burial will follow at the Belzoni City Cemetery.

Reverends Howard tucker and Richard Wiman will officiate. Pallbearers will be Michael Massey, Steve Chepkevich, Eddie Boyd, Tanner Graves, Jason Attaway, Jay Taylor, Preston Childs and Kyle Graves. Honorary Pallbearers will be Hal Bridges, David Glasscock, Jim Bell, Reggie Helms, Bill Henson, Lewis James, Tim Allen and Richard Horton.

Mortimer Funeral Home has the honor of being in charge of the services.




Callie Lynn Pate, 27, of Belzoni, passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020, in Isola from injuries sustained in a car accident.

Callie was born May 10, 1993, in Flowood to William Roger Pate and Stacy Lynn Luster. She worked as a CNA for Sharkey Issaquena Nursing Home in Rolling Fork. Callie was a very loving and kind person and would do anything for anyone. Her laughter was infectious. She was an avid pet lover and would often pick up stray animals and bring them home. Callie loved her family, and her son, Abel, was her entire world. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Belzoni.

Callie was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Fred “Buddy” Luster, James “Buddy” Pate, and Lloyd Fikes.

She is survived by her father, William “Bill” Pate (Jiva) of Bandera, Texas; mother, Stacy Luster Fikes (Bill) of Pervis; grandparents, Hallie Love Luster of Belzoni, Frances Pate of Bandera, Texas, and Ann and Bubba Hawkins of Inverness; life partner, Tray Lowery of Belzoni; son, Abel Lowery of Belzoni; brother, Chris Pate of Isola; sister, Anna Lloyd Fikes of Pervis; half-brother, T. J. Pate and two half-sisters, Shelby Pate, and Amber Pate all of Bandera, Texas.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 11:00 am, at Belzoni City Cemetery in Belzoni with Rev. Richard Wiman officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

The online guest register may be signed at




Ocean Springs, Mississippi - On Friday, September 18, 2020, Joyce Dean Haskins England Luker, born June 24, 1932, passed away with her children at her side. In passing, her spirit entered the freedom, peace, and joy of another realm.

Joyce was preceded in death by parents, Ernest and Willie Mae Haskins; her husband, James William England, Sr.; her daughter, Joyce Ann England Mason; her brothers, Howard Haskins, Carldon Haskins, Tory Haskins, Marvis (Buddy) Haskins and Max Haskins; and her husband (2nd marriage), Bobby Wayne Luker.

She is survived by her son, James William England, Jr.; her daughter, Cindy England Mindell; grandchildren, Bridget Mason, Bruce Mason, Brandy Mason, James William England III, Crystal Westmoreland and 12 great grandchildren.

Joyce was a devoted wife and mother in a military family. She learned early to be flexible and remain strong when James was on deployment with the US Navy. She loved to cook and always insisted that anyone visiting sit down in the kitchen for a bite. Her heart was huge and she loved taking care of everyone.

Visitation was at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni, MS, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.. Graveside Services followed at 1:00 p.m. at Greencrest Gardens Cemetery in Belzoni, MS, under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home.



Mitchell Roby Pearson, 81, died Saturday, September 5, 2020. Private family graveside services will be Thursday, September 10, 2020. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Pearson was a member of the Belzoni First United Methodist Church, where he served on the Administrative Board and the Finance Committee. He also served cheerfully and faithfully as usher and doorkeeper, greeting the children with pats on the cheeks and pet names.

He attended Belzoni High School and Mississippi State University. He was an avid Bulldog fan and a long-time member of the Bulldog Club. He had been a cotton ginner and was a catfish farmer. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Consolidated Catfish Company, Delta Western Feed Mill, and Catfish Farmers of America.

Mitchell was preceded in death by his parents, W.A. and Lena Horton Pearson; and two brothers, Melvin Owen Pearson and Juan Allen Pearson.

Survivors include: Wife, Lahlete Young Pearson; sons, Perry Pearson, of Indianola, Pat Pearson of Belzoni, and Paul (Lauren) Pearson of Brandon; Grandchildren, Kristen, Rica, Maci, Palmer, and Sara Reed; sisters, Patricia (John) Little of Big Fork, Montana, and Gwen (Steve) Hopkins of Rogers, Arkansas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Belzoni Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 520, Belzoni, MS 39038.



Surrounded by his family, Willie Cady "Billy" Hales Jr., 90, of Flowood, passed peacefully from this world on September 2nd, 2020, at St. Dominics Hospital in Jackson. Born July 22, 1930, Billy was the eldest son of Willie C. Hales Sr. and Ruby Fulcher Hales.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Hilda Forbes Hales, Flowood; his son, Johnny R. Hales of Flowood; his dear friend, Daniel Burrow (always called his "Bonus Son") of Prentiss; sister, Jean Her-rington of Jackson; brother, Bradley (Faye) Hales of Belzoni; in-laws, Evelyn (Sonny) Walker, Willie Mae Robertson, Milton (Sue) Forbes, Shirley Forbes, and Bobby McLendon. He is further survived by a host of nieces and nephews; as well as, grand nieces and nephews.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Jimmie Katherine McLendon.

Billy was always most happy when he was helping others in need. He loved his church family and at-tended Sunday School and Church regularly, as long as he was physically able.

Billy will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Graveside services were held at Greencrest Gardens in Belzoni on September 5, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. un-der the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your favorite charity or the building fund at the Flowood Baptist Church, 1649 Old Fannin Road, Flowood, MS 39232.




On Christmas Day, December 25th,1941, in Greenwood, Mississippi, Del Perkins Lott, III was born, along with his twin sister Genelle Lott Vance, to Del Perkins Lott, Jr. and Genelle Joiner Lott. Del lived a full life of 78 years with family and friends. Del was a good and faithful servant who was known for his compassionate nature, his gratefulness for things big and small, and always putting others needs before his own and lovingly so. Del Perkins Lott, III passed away Friday, August 28, 2020, in Jackson, Mississippi, with his two daughters by his side, after fighting a long battle with multiple myeloma, renal failure, and finally, complications from COVID-19.

Del graduated from Isola High School and went on to graduate from Delta State University. Del was a member of the Army Reserve Unit 40 2nd, in Greenwood, Mississippi. He was a lifetime and loyal member of Belzoni First United Methodist Church where he served in several capacities. He was President of Board of Directors, Pastor-Parish Chairman, and a member of the chancel choir. Del was also a member of the Belzoni Rotary Club where he also served as President.

Del was a farmer for many years and also ran the family business, Cable TV of Belzoni. His love of farming continued and grew into a beautiful expansive home garden which was adored by many.

Survivors include his beloved and loving wife of 52 years, Sylvia Farmer Lott of Belzoni; daughters, Tiffany Lott Francis and husband Tripp of Madison; Shelley Lott Carter and husband Bryan of Madison. Also survived by four grandchildren, who were all the light of his world, Will Francis, Tyler Francis, Jack Carter, and Emma Carter. Also survived by two sisters; Genelle Vance and Linda Johnson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Del was preceded in death by his parents, Del Perkins Lott, Jr. and Genelle Joiner Lott; and his brother, James Claver Lott.

Del’s family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Guangzhi Qu and the staff of Jackson Oncology Associates and the doctors and nurses of Fresenius Kidney Care in Belzoni, Mississippi for their kind and caring attention throughout the last several years.

In lieu of flowers the family is appreciative of memorial gifts to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as this foundation was near and dear to his heart, JDRF, 2630 Southerland Street, Jackson, MS 39216 or to First United Methodist Church of Belzoni, FUMC, PO Box 532, Belzoni, MS 39038.

His family was one of the great accomplishments of his life and he was so very proud of them all. He is gone from this earth but will be forever in our hearts. By His Grace, we are all blessed.

A graveside service will be held at Belzoni Cemetery in Belzoni, Mississippi at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020, under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home.



Lillie Ann Horton Monk, 76, passed away peacefully on August 26, 2020, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital in Greenwood, Mississippi.

Lillie was born on June 7, 1944 in Sunflower, Mississippi, to Johnny Horton Sr, and Margaret Caldwell Horton. She spent the majority of her life in Humphreys County. During her working career, she was employed at Confish. She worked hard to help support her family so that their life would be better. She was a quite lady with a special smile. Lillie had a special love for butterflies, which she collected. She loved spending time her family and grands.

She preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Margaret Horton, her husband, Billy Ray Monk, sons, Dently Mitchell, Jr. and Billy Joe Mitchell, sisters, Johnnie Mae Whittaker, Ruby Lee Brown, and Christine Polk, and her brother, Johnny Lee Horton, Jr.

Lillie Ann leaves behind her daughters; Lisa Bell (David) of Louise and Tabitha Kisner of Missouri; sisters, Annie Bell Criddle of Sunflower and Betty Joe Tullos of Michigan; her greatest love were her 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grands. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Family services will be held at a later time. Mortimer Funeral Home have been entrusted with the services.



Ollie Mohamed, Jr., 69, passed away Sunday, August 30, 2020 at Greenwood Leflore Hospital surrounded by his family. Graveside services are 2 P.M. Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Belzoni Cemetery with Rev. Richard Wiman and Bro. George Johnson officiating.

Ollie was born in Greenville, Mississippi, on December 8, 1950 to Ollie and Annelle Horne Mohamed. He graduated from Belzoni High School and attended Ole Miss, Mississippi State University and Delta State University. He was a member of the Army National Guard and a Master Mason of Belzoni Masonic Lodge. He served as Sr. Vice-President of Citizens Bank and later owned and operated Central Insurers in Belzoni. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Belzoni.

Mr. Mohamed is preceded in death by his parents and a son, Chandler Brooks Mohamed.

Ollie is survived by a son, Ollie Lance Mohamed (Landi); six grandchildren, Chandler Brooks Mohamed, Jr., William Litton Mohamed, George Wade Mohamed and Ann Gerard Mohamed, William Ollie Mohamed, Mary Landi Mohamed, all of Greenwood; his siblings, Lee Ann Moore (Maj Gen Tom Moore) of Columbus, Sarah Goldberg (Charlie) of Belzoni, David Mohamed (Joanne) of Madison, Susan Watson of Madison, Liz Rogers of Purvis, numerous nieces and nephews and Deborah Aycock Mohamed, the mother of his children.

Some of Ollie’s happiest days were spent at the old Reed Deer Camp near Fitler with his sons Chad and Lance and a very eclectic group of friends from everywhere. Many days after a long hunt, Ollie would unsaddle his horse Silver and send his sons and the rest of the camp boys to town to buy huge ribeye steaks and all the fixings for his signature Ollie Salad. Long after the traditional camp evening meal of fried deer meat and vegetables had been served and cleaned up, the horse riders and many other late-night diners would enjoy Ollie’s feast, which often lead to a friendly game of cards. Ollie was generous to a fault and would give a friend anything that he had. He loved entertaining and cooking for others, especially at the Blue Room in Belzoni on Catfish Festival weekends and other special events.

Honorary pallbearers are Hall Barret, Denon Braswell, Allen Bridgers, Greg Burton, Gene Cline, David James, JJ Pannel, John Shelton, the Blue Room Crew, and the Reed Deer Camp Horsemen.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Belzoni, Mississippi, or the charity of your choice.




Rita Ann Sandling Wise, 70, loving wife and mother of Silver City, MS, was born May 5, 1950 and passed away on August 29, 2020. She was a long-time pianist for the First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni, MS and the Silver City Methodist Church. She taught piano to many children in Humphreys County. She owned her own sewing business and made beautiful heirloom clothes for children throughout the Delta. She was past president of the Belzoni Music Lovers’ Club and was a member of the Belzoni Garden Club.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Larry Wise, her brother Jimmy Sandling (Candace), her 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, and step-grandchildren Swayze and Parker Bell.

She is preceded in death by her parents W.H. and Doris Sandling and step-father Houston M. Allen, brother Randy Sandling, and granddaughter Megan Bray.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., September 2, 2020 at Green Crest Gardens with interment at Green Crest Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to UMMC Batsons Childrens Hospital or to the First Presbyterian Church Mission Fund.




Kenneth Lane Holloway, Jr., 43, of Belzoni, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at his home. Lane was born July 9, 1977, in Indianola to Kenneth Lane Holloway and Julia Catherine Bell. He worked for many years in healthcare as a caregiver. Lane was well loved by all.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Malcolm and Beatrice Bell; and aunt, Melody Cantrell. Lane is survived by his father, Kenny Holloway of Murphy; mother, Julia Rand of Belzoni; two brothers, Richard Dewayne Holloway of Grenada and Thomas Holloway of Belzoni; three sisters, Crystal Lynn Williams of Grenada, Casey Holeman of Hollandale, and Nicole Mims of Sidon.

The family will have a memorial service at a later date. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was entrusted with arrangements. The online guestbook may be signed at




Brad Harold Fielder, 46, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, August 4th. In 1995, Brad and Chad, with the help of their father, Bill, started the company ADEPT Technologies. Brad and his twin brother, Chad, currently co-operate ADEPT.

He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Brandi Fielder; children, Braden "Boo" Fielder, Breana "Bre-Bre" Fielder, and Branson "Little B" Fielder; his golden doodle, Brighton "Baby B"; parents, Bill and Fairy Fielder; siblings; Chad William Fielder (Courtney) and Fairy Dawn Terrell (Chris); and nieces and nephews, Hunter, Holden, Jacob, Wyatt, Cashton, Camden, Carrington, Chanley, and Carver.

Visitation was held on Saturday, August 8th from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Berryhill Funeral Home. A graveside service was held at 4 pm. at Huntsville Memory Gardens with Reverend Richie Thompson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Alpha Instincts Dog Training Facility, located at 29100 Mims Street, Ardmore, Alabama 35739.




Dorothy "Dot" Price Lloyd, 81, of Belzoni, Mississippi peacefully went to be with the Lord on August 8, 2020 at Baptist Hospital in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She was born on September 6, 1938 in Poplar Creek Community in Montgomery County to Robert Elam Price, Sr. and Iris Manning Price.

She was an active member of Gooden Lake Baptist Church where she faithfully served as a pianist for over fifty year, as well as Sunday School teacher and church secretary. She loved her family and all people but above all she loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Dot worked at Citizens Bank in Belzoni, now know as BankPlus, for over 30 years. She loved her job, fellow employees and her customers. Prior to working for Dr. T. J. Barkley of Belzoni.

She was preceded in death by her husband William "Billy" Lloyd, whom she was married for 51 years. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Iris Price, and her great granddaughter, Lindey Erin Wood.

Dot is survived by her daughter, Terry Wood (Jerry) of Belzoni, Mississippi , her sons, Dale Lloyd (Teresa) of Batesville, Mississippi and Keith Lloyd (Lori) of Belzoni, Mississippi. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren whom she adored: Jay Wood (Monica), Ann Wise (Will), Brittany Hendrix (Matt), Turner Lloyd, Mary Catherine Magee (Michael), Rachel Lloyd, Anna Lloyd, and Olivia Lloyd. She also had six great grandchildren, Swazye Bell, Parker Bell, Ava Claire Wise, Ryleigh Peyton Wood, Trace Wood and Cameron Grace Hendrix.  She is also survived by her brother, Robert Price (Bea) of Isola, Mississippi and a sister, LaNell Causey (Henry) of Missouri.

A graveside service was held on Monday, August 10, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at Greencrest Gardens in Belzoni, Mississippi. Mortimer Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be send to Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, Gideon's International, and St. Jude's Children's Hospital.




Sharon Beier Gregory gained her angel wings on July 30, 2020 at Madison County Nursing Home.

Sharon was the daughter of Henry Beier and Jewel Beier.  Sharon was born on May 1, 1948.  Sharon grew up in Yazoo City, Mississippi and lived most of her life in Belzoni, MS.  Sharon leaves behind her daughter, Amy Childs of Canton, MS; and her son, James (Trey) Gregory and his wife Hope Gregory of Gluckstadt, MS; granddaughters, Landon Reeves and husband, Joshua Reeves, and Linsey Childs; grandsons, Gage Gregory and Gatlin Gregory; and great-granddaughter Braith Reeves.

She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Beier; mother, Jewel Beier; brothers, Van Beier and Phillip Beier; and sister, LaWanda Long; and James Edwin Gregory, Jr.

It is with great sadness that the family of Sharon Beier Gregory announces her passing. A private service will be held at a later date.



Jimmie Kathrine McLendon, 78, of Belzoni, peacefully went to be with the Lord on August 1, 2020. She was born on April 10, 1942 in Belzoni to Willy and Ruby Hales.

Katherine was an active member of her community for many years. She volunteered at the local nursing home. She loved teaching children about the love of God in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. For years she worked at Jac's Department Store as a customer service representative. She was an active member of Gooden Lake Baptist Church. Kathy had a true servant's heart and was always offering to help anyone in need.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willy and Ruby Hales; and her son, Charles James Montgomery, Jr.

Jimmie Katherine is survived by her loving husband, Bobby Joe McLendon, "who had the privilege of loving one of the greatest Christian women that I've ever known." She leaves behind her daughters, Cyndi William-son (Kevin) of Walls, Mississippi, Kim Ray (Tim) of Isola, Mississippi, and Tricia Slaughter of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and son, Keith Slaughter of Orange, Texas. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren whom she adored; Ariel Nabor (Noe) of Orange, Texas, Skylar Slaughter of Beaumont, Texas, Blake Williamson (April) of Horn Lake, Mississippi, Bryan Williamson (Emily) of Northport, Alabama, Chazz Slaughter (Chelsy) of Buna, Texas, Rayanna Williamson of Walls, Mississippi, Emily Ray Pickell (Heath) and Kristi Ray of Isola, Mississippi, Zachary Slaughter of Orange, Texas, LaBrisha Willoughby, Hattisburg, Mississippi. She also had 4 great grandchildren, Camden Nabor, Lance Arrington, Lucah Arrington, and Brewer Pickell; as well as brothers, Billy Hales (Hilda) and Bradley Hales; sister, Jean Harrington, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Due to COVID-19 a family only graveside service was held Monday August 3, 2020, 1 p.m., at Greencrest Gardens in Belzoni, Mississippi.

Mortimer Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.



July 20, 1932 July 15,2020

Dot is now reunited with her husband Robert Dashiell "Bob/Bobby" Scarborough; her parents, Anna Jean and James Emmett Parker; sisters Jean and Elaine; brothers Joe and Paul.

She is survived by: son, John Dashiell Scarborough and his wife, Molly; grandson, Reed; and granddaughter, Lauren Elaine; Daughter, Stacy Scarborough Martin; grandsons, Robert Dashiell Martin and Walt Martin and his wife Desha'; and great-grandson, Aris Isaiah.

A private memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Mortimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.



Johnny Horton, 69, of Isola, died Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Legacy Manor in Greenville.

He was born in Isola on June 28, 1951 the son of Johnny Horton Sr. and Margaret Caldwell Horton. He worked as a farmer for most of his life.

He is survived by his wife Lillie Mae Horton; son, Johnny Jerald Horton of Isola; three daughters, Dorothy Mae Horton of Leland, Alice Faye Creel of Sunflower; and Rhonda Joyce Ballard of Indianola; sisters, Annie Bell Criddle of Texas, Lilly Ann Monk of Belzoni, Betty Jo Tullos of Michigan; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Johnnie Mae Whittaker, Ruby Lee Brown, and Christine Polk.

Services will be private.

Mortimer Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.



Warren Earl Hoke Jr., age 71, died at his home on July 24, 2020. Earl is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara Potter Hoke; two daughters, Lori Hoke Verhage (Craig) of Cleveland and Robin Hoke Toler of Inverness; three grandchildren, Anna Street Toler, Woods Toler, and Warren Toler, all of Inverness; a brother, Jack Hoke (Roxie) of Belzoni.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren Earl Hoke, Sr. and Mildred Luster Hoke; and brothers, Jerry Hoke and Mike Hoke.

Earl served in the U.S. Army, which included a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of the 1st Air Calvary Division and was awarded the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Marksman (Rifle) Medal.

Earl was a catfish farmer until his retirement due to health reasons. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and took great pride in their accomplishments. He will be deeply missed by his family and those fortunate enough to know him.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, a private graveside service was held Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 11:00 am. Mortimer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Hoover Lee, 86, of Louise died peacefully Thursday July 23, 2020 at his residence. Born May 22, 1934 in Canton, China he came to the United States at the age of 9 months on The SS President Hoover 1 His father Gave him his American Name of Hoover from this Ocean Liner. He graduated from Louise High School, attended 2 years at Hinds Jr College, then transferred to Mississippi State University in 1954 graduating in June 1956 with A BS Degree in Business Administration. Hoover served 2 years in the U. S. Army returning to Louise to operate the family business The Lee Hong Company, which his father started in 1917. A Retail Merchant in Louise he not only had served his country, he served his community being elected to the positions of Alderman & Mayor for the Town of Louise for almost 30 years, elected to six terms. Hoover was a member of Louise United Methodist Church.

This man never met a stranger. His greatest Love was his Heavenly Father, Family, Friends, and Mississippi State University.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years Freeda Gee Lee, sons; Stanley W. “Stan” Lee & Timothy Lee both of Louise, daughter; Sharilyn “Shari” Lee of Madison, and sisters Fong Lau of New Jersey, and Grace Lee of California.

Hoover was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; John and Joe Lee and sisters; May Lee and Frances Wong.

Graveside services will be Wednesday July 29th at 1:00 P.M. in Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City . Rev. Jullian Crawford will officiate. The family, although they may not be present, would like to invite friends to come by Stricklin-King Funeral Home in Yazoo City Wednesday morning to pay your respects and sign the register.

Hoover will always leave the Legacy for his Hoover Sauce used on grills and in recipes Throughout The Delta, the State of Mississippi and allover The U.S.A.