MADISON  -   Retired Sergeant Major,  James Lewis Hood,  age 87 passed peacefully on October 14, 2021.  Jim is survived by a daughter, Linda Kay Hood (Nashville) and daughter,  Lisa Carol Poe, son-in-law, John Poe and Grandson,  Hunter Poe, (Madison),   1 Brother,  John Austin Hood, Jr, (Madison) and 1 sister, Marion McClintock (Terry).  Pre-deceased by his wife of 33 years, Wilma Kate Hood,  sister, Sherry Suggs, (Hernado) brother, Bobby Joe Hood (Belzoni) and parents John Austin Hood, Sr & Lucille Elizabeth Hood (Belzoni).     He was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Madison.

Jim attended Gooden Lake Elementary School and Belzoni Jr and High school. After graduation, he served in the US Military for 25 years and was with Special Forces.  His assignments include: Army Rangers, Green Beret and 101st Airborne. Jim attended as many advanced schools as possible:  Leadership, Instructor and Special Warfare School, Marine Corp, ID/School, and Military Intelligence, Drill Instructor Schools 1, 2 and 3.

He served with distinction in Korea and Vietnam where he was the advisor to Battalion of Rangers and was the Vietnam Translator Liaison.    Jim was also with the US Postal Service for 30 years.

After his Tour of Duty, Jim was assigned as the Senior Drill Instructor at Fort Jackson, SC.    The discipline and patriotism he learned while protecting the USA never left him, as friends and family will attest.   At time, he felt like a permanent student and wondered where else could you be in class A uniforms with spit shine shoes, sitting on your behind in a cool air conditioning around you and LEARN… and get PAID for it.

He was an avid reader and constantly searched for knowledge.  Jim said,  “pick up a book and blow the dust off the cover and you will learn,  turn the page and you will learn more.  We don’t have a democracy without knowledge.   We need to honor our soldiers – without their sacrifice  you would not be able to have FREEDOM of Speech, Religion or anything FREEDOMS people take for granted.

Jim Hood’s motto was:  “The most valuable results of education is the ability to make yourself do those things that should be done,  WHEN they should be done , whether you like it or not”.    (Refer to the Leadership Guide)

Donations may be given to: Wounded Warriors or Disable Veterans Home.



Tommie Scott, age 69, of Belzoni, passed away November 21, 2021.

Visitation was held Saturday, November 27, 2021, at Byas Funeral Home. A graveside service was held Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 12:00 noon at Beautiful Zion Cemetery in Isola, with Rev. Fredrick Tripplet officiating.

Survivors are a daughter, Priscilla Scott Williams (Shaundrick) Martinez, Georgia; brothers, Davis Scott (Barbara), Orlando, FL, Willie Scott (Geraldine), Belzoni, MS, Jimmie L. Scott, Isola, MS; sisters, Fannie N. Scott, Elizabeth Scott, Isola, MS; and 3 grandchildren.




Annie Lee Yarbor, age 54, of Belzoni, MS, passed away on November 10, 2021.

Services were held Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Visitation was Saturday, November 20, 2021 From 3:00 p.m. til 5:00 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Belzoni, MS.

Burial was in Bankhead Cemetery, Belzoni, MS.

Officiating Minister was Rev. Larry Brown.

Survivors are son(s): Thomas & Antonio Yarbor; daughter: Jennifer Yarbor; brother(s): Acie, Jr., Eddie, Lacie, Tyrone & Donald Yarbor; sister(s): Earline, Flora, Jackie, Thelma & Joyce Yarbor, Dora Robinson & Brenda Hall; 4 Grand-Children and a host of other relatives & friends.



Jessie Williams, Age: 69 of Belzoni, MS, passed away November 7, 2021.

Visitation was Friday, November 19, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. til 3:00 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Belzoni, Ms.

Services were held Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m., with burial in Mount Zion Cemetery (Graveside)Belzoni, MS.

Officiating Minister was Rev. Willie Carney

Survivors are his wife: Pearlie Williams; son(s): Jermaine, Jessie & Steve Williams; brother(s): Char-lie, Jr, Melvin, Mack & Joe Lee Williams; sister(s): Lillie Carney, Ruby Williams, Charlie M. Dawson, Saddie & Carrie Allen & Lila Mae Williams; 6 Grandchildren, 5 Great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives & friends.



Phillip Young, age 55, of Isola, MS, passed away on November 10, 2021.

Visitation was Friday, November 19, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. til 6:00 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Belzoni, MS.

Services were held Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 12:00 Noon, with burial in Weeping Mary Church Cemetery (Graveside)Isola, MS.

Officiating Minister was Rev. Morris Allen

Survivors are Father: Anderson Young; Special Friend: Francine Allen; Brother(s): Robert Shanklin, Tony, Darron & Kennie Young; 4 Grand-Children and a host of other relatives & friends.




Ted Laman Turner, Sr., of Silver City, MS, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on Saturday November 13, 2021, after battling a rare form of leukemia. Ted passed away peacefully at his home with his beloved wife Trena by his side.

Ted was born December 17, 1955, in Greenville, MS, to Joe Ware and Maurine Turner. Ted married the love of his life, Trena Lloyd Turner, on August 23, 1975. They had two wonderful boys; Ted Laman Turner, Jr. and Jonathan Holden Turner, Sr. He was the proud grandfather of his grandkids; Blake, Gracie, Briar, Jon Holden and Jake Turner.

Ted became a hard worker at a young age and established TLT Seining. He worked many years in the fish business and retired this year at the age of 65. He was an avid golfer, hunter, and Ole Miss fan. Most importantly, he loved watching his grandkids play sports.

Ted is preceded in death by his parents, Joe Ware Turner, Sr. and Maurine Turner Barrett; his brothers; Joe Ware Turner, Jr. and William (Bill) Frank Turner. He is survived by his wife Trena; two sons, Laman Turner (Chris Ann), Jon Turner (Charla), grandchildren; Blake Turner, Gracie Turner, Briar Turner, Jon Holden Turner and Jake Turner, and his brother, Robert (Bob) Duke Turner. He also leaves behind a ton of great golfing buddies and friends.

A visitation will be held at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 11:00 o'clock a.m., with a graveside service immediately following at Belzoni Cemetery. The family would like to express their gratitude to friends, family and community members for their acts of kindness and prayers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Pallbearers will be Shelby Lloyd, Kim Lloyd, Jerry Wood, Jay Wood, Randy Lloyd and Glenn Helms. Honorary pallbearers are Blake Turner, Gracie Turner, Briar Turner, Jon Holden Turner and Jake Turner. Mortimer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Larry Wayne Willoughby, 62, of Isola, passed away Friday, November 5, 2021, at his home. Larry was born March 5, 1959, in Leland, to Arthur Garland “Boots” Willoughby and Erma Dean Duke Willoughby. He worked as a truck driver for Gresham McPherson Oil in Belzoni for several years and worked at ConAgra in Isola for many years. Larry was a very likeable person. He was born with the gift of gab and could make anyone like him. He was preceded in death by his father, A.G. “Boots” Willoughby. He is survived by his mother, Erma Dean Nichols of Indianola; three children, Timothy (Magen) Willoughby of Louise, Ashley (Marcus) McPhail of Madison, and Austin Willoughby of Ohio; brother, Don Willoughby of Arizona; sister, Debbie Willoughby of Indianola; four grandchildren, Bratton Willoughby, Peyton Willoughby, Levi McPhail, and Benjamin McPhail; and a host of friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at First Baptist Church in Isola. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.




Carolyn Nell Parker Davis, 82, peacefully passed away in her sleep at the Humphreys County Nursing Home on November 7, 2021.  Visitation will be Wednesday, November 10 at the First Presbyterian Church of Belzoni, MS at 1:00 pm, followed by the service at 2:00 pm.

Carolyn was born February 5, 1939 in Midnight, MS to O,M. Parker Jr. (Tay) and Nellie Everett Parker.  She attended school in Silver City through the 10th grade, then transferred to Belzoni High School for her junior and senior years.  After graduating, she attended Delta State University.  She married Billy M. Davis, Sr., and they had two children, Billy Davis, Jr. and Deborah Davis James.  Carolyn had a very strong work ethic and had a long career working in Belzoni.  Most notable were her years spent in the office at Humphreys Academy from its beginning and her 33 years with BankPlus (which includes her time at First Federal Savings and Loan and NBC).  Carolyn finally retired in February of 2017 at 78 years of age.

Known affectionately as "Mammy," Carolyn loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews more than anything in the world!  Her favorite thing was spending time with them whether in person or on the phone.  She always beamed with love and joy when she told others about them.  Carolyn was even "Mammy" to many others who were not in her family, as she was known and loved dearly by most who knew her.  She was a special friend to so many and rarely met a stranger.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Tay and Nellie Parker; her sister, Katherine Parker Tisdell; and her brother, Everett Leon Parker.  She is survived by her children, Billy Davis, Jr. and Deborah Davis James (David), both of Belzoni, MS; her brother Roy Parker (Sarah) of Tupelo, MS; her sister-in-law, Betty Parker of Midnight, MS; grandchildren, Leigh (Andrew) Shore of Burlington, NC, Lynn James of Belzoni, MS, Kristen (Steele) Davis of Little Rock, AR; Wade (Mallory) Davis of Inverness, MS, Kirk (Megan) Davis of Salt Lake City, UT, Jordan (Clarke) Trotter of Little Rock, AR, and Wesley James of Belzoni, MS; great-grandchildren, Natalie, Holly, and Katherine Damman of North Carolina, Anna Grace and Davis Stokes and Robert Davis of Little Rock, AR, Jaxon Davis of Greenville, MS, Brody Pee and Andi Jade Davis of Inverness, MS, and Fred Trotter of Little Rock, AR, and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, and their children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Humphreys Academy, P.O. Box 179, Belzoni, MS 39038






James E. Reichman of Delhi, LA was born and raised in Belzoni, MS. He worked for Columbia Gulf Transmission Co. until his retirement. He and his wife Zilpah Berry Reichman have two children; James B. Reichman and wife Edna who reside in Alexandria, LA and Keitha Stanford and husband Charles who live in Franklin, TN. He will be missed by his wife, children, 2 granddaughters and 2 great grandsons.

He is also survived by a sister Odessa Winstead of Denham Springs, LA and several nieces and nephews.

James is preceded in death by his parents W. B Reichman and Neda Evans Reichman.

Graveside funeral services and interment were held on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Belzoni Cemetery in Belzoni, MS under the joint direction of Cox Funeral Home of Delhi, LA and Mortimer Funeral Home of Belzoni, MS.



Louanne Pepper Cossar departed this life to receive her reward with her Heavenly Father on October 21, 2021, with her loving family by her side.

Louanne was born to William Allen and Elizabeth Love Pepper in Belzoni, MS on May 29, 1937. She was fortunate to be born to wonderful parents who raised her as a true Christian Southern lady.

Louanne began taking dance lessons at age 2 and won her first singing contest in Greenville, MS at age 3. She began taking piano lessons at age 4. Band, piano, dance lessons and chorus continued until her graduation from Belzoni Consolidated High School where she played flute in the band, was a drum majorette, was twice chosen to be in the Mississippi Lions All-State Band and was elected State Vice President of the Mississippi Beta Club.

Her college education began at Mississippi State College For Women where she was selected Beauty and became a member of Lockhart’s Social Club. During her Freshman year, she represented “The W” in the Miss Mississippi Pageant and was named Second Alternate. She was vocalist for the college dance band “The Blue Serenaders” during her Sophomore year and while still enrolled at MSCW she was asked to co-host a new TV dance party show “Teen Tempos” at WLBT in Jackson, MS. The following summer the station asked her to represent it in Miami at two contests, “Southern Radio Queen” and “International TV Queen.” She won both contests and was rewarded with trips to and singing engagements in Havana, Cuba, and Lock Sheldrake, N.Y.

While in New York, she auditioned for big band leader Vincent Lopez, who was performing at The Taft Hotel.

At the beginning of her Junior year, she transferred to Ole Miss, where she became a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Mortar Board, and was chosen a campus beauty and Sweetheart of Sigma Nu Fraternity.

Between her Junior and Senior year at Ole Miss, Vincent Lopez hired her to be his vocalist in New York City. It was Mr. Lopez’s desire for Louanne to be his vocalist in New York City and for her to continue her education there. However, her future husband, George Cossar, and Ole Miss were calling her back home.

She graduated from Ole Miss and married George Payne Cossar Jr. of Charleston in 1959. They settled in Charleston, MS in 1960 and raised three children, George III, Pepper and Anne Love.

Louanne has served as the “temporary” choir director at Charleston First United Methodist Church for over 60 years, at one time directing seven different choirs in the church, including handbell choirs, children’s choirs, senior adult choirs, and the sanctuary choir.

In 2013 she was made a member of “The Dickson Order of the United Methodist Church,” established to “honor Christian laypersons who have greatly influenced the lives of many.”

A former Speech and English teacher at East Tallahatchie High School, Louanne was a piano teacher, Sunday school teacher, and member of the Administrative Board of the church as well as song leader for retreats and revivals. For over 20 years she was Activity and Public Relations Director at Tallahatchie General Hospital and Extended Care Facility where she started the “Tree of Love” and wrote a weekly hospital/nursing home column for the Sun Sentinel newspaper.

She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution for which she has served as Chaplain, was County Campaign Director for re-elections of United States Senators and Congressmen and County Chairman for the March of Dimes as well as served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Delta Choral and Arts Council, the University of Mississippi Alumni Association and Rock River Arts Festival. She was a founding member of CARE (Charleston Art Revitalization Effort) serving two years as Secretary and three years as President of the organization. While she was President of the organization, CARE was selected as Nonprofit of the Year by the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi and she received the Presidents Volunteer Service Award. She also was elected to receive CARE’s Living Legend Award and was given the Key to the City of Charleston.

Louanne had indicated that her early experiences in life were evidence of “God’s hand… in the preparation and guidance of my life.” She has stated “It seems that every bit of biblical training I got growing up, every musical experience, every college class I took, every play I was in or worked backstage on, all were designed to prepare me to serve God in Charleston, Mississippi. Being involved in the Methodist Hour Word and Witness Weekends, the Lay Witness Missions and the Emmaus Walk have all been tools that God used to train me to better serve Him.”

Louanne was predeceased by her brother, Federal Court Judge Allen Pepper as well as her parents, William Allen and Elizabeth Love Pepper. Louanne leaves her husband of 62 years, George Cossar, Jr., three children, George Cossar (Betty), Pepper Cossar, and Anne Love Cossar Perry (Joe) , 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and family members.

A Celebration of Life was planned for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 24th, 2021 at the Charleston First United Methodist, 144 George Payne Cossar Blvd., Charleston, MS 38921.

The Family asks that any memorials be given to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 159, Charleston, MS 38921.



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 www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.




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 TAFcares.org.



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 https://lexingtonoddfellowscemetery.com/friends or to Central Holmes Christian School http://Chcstrojans.com 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.

The online guestbook may be signed at www.burtonfuneralhome.net



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 (stjude.org ) 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 www.burtonfuneralhome.net



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 act.alz.org

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.