Marian "Winkie" Sample Allen, 92, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, January 8, at the Humphreys County Nursing Center.

Marian Roberta Sample was born October 16, 1926, in Louise, Mississippi to Eugene and Nellie Ellison Sample. The family moved to Belzoni when Winkie was in the 8th grade. She joined the First Presbyterian Church that year and remained an active member, serving with the Women of the Church and as a Sunday School teacher from the 1960s until November of 2016.

After graduating from Belzoni High School as Valedictorian, Winkie attended Belhaven College where she was voted Freshman Class Favorite. During the wartime she was able to attend college for just one year, but made lifelong friends at Belhaven and lived out the mission expressed in its motto; "To serve, not be served."

She remained in Jackson working as a bookkeeper until she was swept off her feet by William Henry "Bill" Allen. More accurately, she was helped to her feet when he found her on the sidewalk after her tumble down the stairs while running to catch the Greyhound Bus. Later, when Bill found her attempting to put out a kitchen fire at his twin sister's apartment, he decided she needed to be rescued. They were married on April 27,1951, and shared a wonderful life together until his death in 1993. Together they built a home known for hospitality, happiness, and really great food.

Winkie will be profoundly missed and remembered for her kindness, her radiance, and her devotion to her Lord that was best expressed in joyful service. Her most extensive travel involved daily trips to the post office where she mailed funny notes and encouraging handwritten letters to friends around the globe. She was committed to a very private but passionate life of prayer, and once a name was added to her little prayer notebook in stayed there for life.

As one granddaughter said, "She found the good in every person she met, and she let them know it. She was one of a kind and demonstrated how to be, as she would say, 'perfectly content' in all circumstances."

With a genuine gift of making each person feel like they were her best friend, Winkie carried us through difficult seasons, with her undivided attention, listening ear, and often a caramel cake. Many of us were also under the impression that we were "her favorite child."

She was preceded in by her parents, her husband, and her brother, Eugene Carter "Buddy" Sample.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Kathy Allen of Belzoni; daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Nels Bergmark of West Lafayette, Indiana, daughter, Anne Allen of Decatur, Alabama; grandchildren, Buddy (Allison) Allen, Kate Rivers Allen, Brent (Lauren) Bergmark, TJ (Anna) Bergmark, Grace Allen; great-grandchildren, McCully, Rivers, and Yeates Allen; Ashley, Layne, and Liam Bergmark; Lilly and Marcus Lacey. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Myna Bain Sample; nieces and nephews, Gorge (Rachel) Hart, Allen Hart, Lew (Mandy) Sample, Allison Sample; and her special caregiver and friend, Mary Ann Gordon.

A reception, hosted by the Women of the Church, was held at the Allen family home, 602 Rutherford Street, on Saturday, January 12, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. There was a private burial at Belzoni City Cemetery under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home.

Visitation was held at the First Presbyterian Church, Belzoni, at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, January 13, with a Celebration Service immediately following at 3:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 73, Belzoni, Mississippi 39038 or French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, Mississippi 39745 or Peru Missions - Herme`s and Alleen McLain Toma`s, P.O. 25912, Greenville, South Carolina 29616.

The family would like to offer our sincere thanks to Drs. Mack and Carlton Gorton and to the entire staff of the Humphreys County Nursing Center for providing such exceptional, compassionate care.



Sydney Earl Smith, 89, passed away Monday, January 14, 2019 surrounded by friends and family at Brandon Nursing & Rehab Facility in Brandon, MS.

Sydney was born July 3, 1929 to Sydney P. Davis and Mildred Naron. She was a devout Christian and loved listening to Southern Gospel Music. She was an avid animal lover and had an unwavering love of her family and God.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis A. Smith; her son and daughter, Louis Smith Jr. and Deborah Smith; and two sisters, Janet Duthu and Shirley Blanton.

She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Smith; her sister, Imogene McCoy; a grandson, Dane Duggan; two granddaughters, Layla Armstrong and Nichole Smyly; and eight great grandchildren, Baley Duggan, Landon Duggan, Gracelyn Duggan, Carson Smyly, Cameron Smyly, Lexie Smyly, Jack Armstrong, and Ben Armstrong.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni, MS from 10 a.m.- 11 a.m. with a Graveside service following at Caile Cemetery in Caile, MS under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home.



Ina Mae Buckley Berry, 106, of Belzoni, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

Ina Mae Buckley was born on April 13, 1912 to Thomas Jefferson and Florence Burkett Buckley in New Hebron, Mississippi. She married Earl Vernon Berry on August 25, 1929. They later moved to Belzoni where she was a long time employee of Jockey International, Inc. She was a member of the Friendship Club and First Baptist Church of Belzoni.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 57 years; her sons, Grady Earl Berry and Carl Nevis Berry, Sr.; her daughter, Lucy Carolyn Berry Martin; her sister, Patricia Buckley; and her grandson, Carl Nevis (Sonny) Berry, Jr.

She is survived by her sister, Sabra Buckley Holmes, of New Hebron; granddaughters, Gaye Martin Walker (Paul) of Belzoni, Joy Martin McLendon (Jerry Wayne), and Merrie Carol Martin Butler, both of Silver City, Tangie Lee Tartaflia (Tony) and Gloria Lee Necaise, both of Picayune; daughter-in-law, Janice Lee Berry, of Picayune; great-grandchildren, Carl Nevis (Chance) Berry, III (Rachelle), Bailee McLendon Bellipanni (Joel), Philip Martin Walker, Addie Anthony McLendon, Scott Smith, Misty Etzkin, Samuel Necaise, and Megan Necaise Roche; and nine great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at the First Baptist Church on Monday, January 14, 2019, at 12:30 p.m. until the service at 2 p.m. The final resting place was in Greencrest Gardens in Belzoni. The arrangements were under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home.

Brother George Johnson and Scott Smith presided over the services.

Pallbearers were, Chance Berry, Joel Bellipanni, Jerry Wayne McLendon, Samuel Necaise, Paul Walker, and Martin Walker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the physicians and all the caring, compassionate staff of the Humphreys County Nursing Center for making her feel at home the past ten years.



In the afternoon of January 7, 2019, our Heavenly Father called home one of his Angels, Jimmie Louise Cochran Stewart, age 98. She was a resident of Humphreys County Nursing Center in Belzoni, Mississippi, but had spent the last few days in Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

Mrs. Stewart, known as Mamaw to many, was born on October 22, 1920 to Austin H. and Vera V. Lynch Cochran. She spent most of her life in the Humphreys County area. She was a Godly loving mother to her children, grandchildren and great-grands. She worked hard to help raise her children after the death of her husband Albert J. Stewart, whom she married on September 6, 1941. He left this earth much too early. She taught them to love God and the importance of knowing Him. Jimmie was in Church as often as she was able to attend and had been attending Beulah Baptist Church before moving to the nursing home. She taught them to respect others, obey the law, be kind to one another and most importantly of being a close family. She was known throughout the community as one of the best babysitters around and probably helped raise about half of us in the Belzoni area. Always a kind, loving smile on her face. She loved to cook and had something on the stove at all times. She would invite all visitors to have something while they were there. Besides loving to cook, she loved to play dominoes and could play you a hard game until the end.

Jimmie Stewart was preceded in death by her loving husband, Albert; her parents Austin and Vera; 3 sons, George Harvey Stewart, James Roane Stewart, and Jimmy Lewis Stewart; as well as 7 brothers and 1 sister. She leaves behind to cherish their memories, daughters, Lori Purvis (Johnny), Belzoni, Judy Muse (Eddie), Greenwood, Joyce Lloyd (Earl), Belzoni, Margie Tabb, Greenwood, Pamela Watson (Larry), Belzoni; and her sons, Albert J. Stewart, Jr. (Punkie), Avalon, Ronnie Stewart (Christy), Coila, Jerry Stewart (Cheryl), Belzoni, and Scottie Stewart (Janet), Belzoni. Besides her loving children she leaves behind the joy of her life, 24 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. A host of nieces and nephews as well as so many friends you cannot count them.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 9, from 1 p.m. to service time at 2 p.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home, Belzoni, who has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Reverend George Johnson and Reverend Howard Tucker officiated.

Pallbearers were Josh Stewart, Joey Walker, Jay Stewart, Walker Stewart, Orlanda (Squeaky) Stewart, David Watson, Gerald Stewart, Jr. and Dustin Lloyd.



The funeral services of the late Mr. Willie C. Purnell, Age: 64, of Belzoni, Mississippi will be Saturday, January 19, 2019. Mr. Purnell's passing was acknowledged on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in Belzoni, Mississippi.

Mr. Purnell's public visitation will be Friday, January 18, 2019, from 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Belzoni, Mississippi.

The Funeral Services will be Saturday; January 19, 2019, at the Goodwill M. B. Church; Belzoni, Mississippi, 12 Noon. The body will lie in state from 11 a.m. -12 Noon.

The burial will be at the Humphreys County Memorial Garden; Belzoni, Mississippi, Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Officiating: Rev. Jacob Rush



The funeral services of the late Mrs. Hattie M. Smith, Age: 74, will be Saturday, January 19, 2019. Mrs. Smith passed on Thursday Night, January 10, 2019 in Greenwood, Mississippi.

Mrs. Smith's public visitation will be Friday, January 18, 2019, from 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Belzoni, Mississippi.

The Funeral Services will be Saturday; January 19, 2019, at the White Star M. B. Church; Belzoni, Mississippi; at 11:00 a.m. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

The burial will be at the Sutton Cemetery; Belzoni, Mississippi, Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Officiating: Rev. Dr. Donald Washington