Ada Mae Tolar “Mae Mae”, born on January 5, 1928, passed peacefully surrounded by her children on July 1, 2020.

She was a loving mother to Bruce Tolar and Laura Tolar, a grandmother to Bradley Tolar, Christy Tolar, and Allie Tolar, and a great-grandmother to Conner Tolar. Ada was born in Belzoni, MS, to Walter Burton Bain and Florence Agnes McHugh Bain. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Millsaps College. Ada married Clifton Monroe Tolar (1922-2001) on December 25, 1949. They lived with their children on a farm on the Sunflower River in Sharkey County, MS until moving to Lake Charles, LA in 1966. She continued her education there, earning a master’s degree in Elementary education from McNeese State University in 1969. Ada was a teacher for over forty-four years, covering K-12 to community college. She moved to Ocean Springs in 1988 to be close to family, and “Mae Mae” kept teaching her grandchildren and great-grandson far after retirement. She was a devout Christian and will always be remembered for her selflessness, her kind smile, and the joy she brought to every person she encountered.

Ada is survived by her children and grandchildren.

She is with her beloved husband, “Monroe” again. We love you, Mae Mae.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Lewy Body Dementia Association or your favorite charity.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Straight Bayou Cemetery in Sharkey County, MS. Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, Ocean Springs, is honored to serve this family. View and sign online tribute at WWW.BOKFH.COM




Brookie D. Duett, 56, left this world for his heavenly home on June 30, 2020 at Methodist Hospital, Mem-phis, Tennessee, after a brief illness. Brookie was born in Belzoni, Mississippi, on June 6, 1964, to Billy Duett and Elizabeth Hughes Duett. He grew up in the Gooden Lake community in Humphreys County, surrounded by friends and family that he adored and treasured.

Brookie began working for his father in the construction business when he was only 13 years old. In 1989, he formed his own construction company, Duett Landforming, Inc. He spent the next 31 years doing dirt work throughout the Mississippi Delta and surrounding states. He was known for being a hard worker and a perfec-tionist in his work. He put his whole heart into his work and lived his life with the same attitude, giving his all to everything he did.

Brookie was preceded in death by his father, Billy Duett; his two brothers, Barry Dale Duett and Billy Dwayne Duett; and his Mamaw Duett, who met him at Heaven’s gate with open arms. It is a great comfort to know they are once again laughing and having fun together.

He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Jennifer Savell Duett; daughter, Savell Marie Duett; and son, Brookie Dwayne Duett. Other survivors include his mother, Elizabeth Linebarger of Aiken, South Carolina; sisters, Karen Duett Jackson (Robert) of Aiken, South Carolina, and Dori Wilson Pennington (Jon), also of Aiken, South Carolina. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles whom he loved and cherished more than anything in this world.

Brookie’s desire was to live long enough to see his two children grown. God fulfilled this promise in Brook-ie’s life.

Graveside services were held Friday, July 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Greencrest Gardens, Belzoni, Mississippi. Mortimer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




Barbara Kay Bodry Duthu, 76, passed away peaceful into her Savior's arms on Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Madison County Nursing Home in Canton, Mississippi.

Barbara was born to J. D. Bodry, Sr. and Katie Robertson Bodry on April 26, 1944 in Humphreys County. She spent most of her life in the Belzoni area. She was a graduate of Belzoni High School. Barbara was a hard working woman who worked at several different retail businesses as a sales person and manger, including Family Dollar and Fred's. She was a quiet, sweet, caring lady, who loved to help others in any way possible. Her love of the Bible and her Heavenly Father was known by many and it showed in her everyday life.

Barbara Kay Duthu was preceded in death by her loving husband, Herman; her parents, J. D. and Katie Bodry; her brothers, John Bodry, Leroy Bodry, and  J. D. Bodry, Jr.

Left behind with their memories of her are, sons, Darryl Lee Duthu (Cheree) and Timothy Paul Duthu both of Brandon; and her daughter, Tammy Duthu of Dallas, Texas. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren, Kaleb R. Thornton, Keegan M. Thornton, Stephanie Duthu McCoy, and Elliana Duthu who will miss her greatly. She also leaves a brother, Terry Bodry of Corinth; sisters, Robbie Nell Savell of LaPorte, Texas and Alice Faye Hood of Booneville, Mississippi and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were held Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni. Visitation was at 2 p.m. with the service following at 3 p.m. Interment was at Greencrest Gardens.

Mortimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.