JOYCE DELAIN DAVIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

JAMES ALLEN DUTHU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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JOE WARE TURNER, JR.

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

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

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

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

Mortimer Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

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CYNTHIA LYNN BARNES RODGERS

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

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

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

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

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

Mortimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

JAMES SLAUGHTER “SOUP" REED

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

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

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers, send memorials to Humphreys Academy.

Mortimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements

 

MELVIN “KEITH”  BRASIER

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

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

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

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

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

 

BILLY EARL PICKELL

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

JAMES WALKER SORY, JR.

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

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

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

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

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

Online guestbook may be signed by visiting www.burtonfuneralhome.net

 

 

SHELIA ABEL LEWIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mortimer Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

 

 

JESSIE CRAWFORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mortimer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

 

 

CHARLES GORDON

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

BOBBY JOE HOOD

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

LORI FARMER BUSSEY

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

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

She was a member of Eastside Baptist Church.

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

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

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

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

 

 

SALLY TURNER PANNEL

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

RANDY K THARP

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

GEORGE EDWARD GRAVES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CALLIE LYNN PATE

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

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

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

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

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

The online guest register may be signed at www.burtonfuneralhome.net

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JOYCE DEAN HASKINS ENGLAND LUKER

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

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

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

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

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

 

MITCHELL ROBY PEARSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WILLIE CADY "BILLY" HALES JR.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DEL PERKINS LOTT, III

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LILLIE ANN HORTON MONK

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

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

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

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

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

 

OLLIE MOHAMED, JR.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

RITA ANN SANDLING WISE

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

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Larry Wise, her brother Jimmy Sandling (Candace), her children Leah Bray (Gregg), Beth Peterman (Mark), and Will Wise (Ann), and grandchildren JJ and Riley Peterman, Ann Hollis and Miranda Bray, and Ava Claire Wise, and step-grandchildren Swayze and Parker Bell.

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

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

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

 

 

KENNETH LANE HOLLOWAY, JR.

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

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

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

 

 

BRAD HAROLD FIELDER

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

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

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

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

 

 

DOROTHY "DOT" PRICE LLOYD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SHARON BEIER GREGORY

1948-2020

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

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

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

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

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JIMMIE KATHRINE MCLENDON

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

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

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

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

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

Mortimer Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

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DOROTHY PARKER SCARBOROUGH

July 20, 1932 July 15,2020

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

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

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

Mortimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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JOHNNY HORTON

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

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

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

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

Services will be private.

Mortimer Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

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WARREN EARL HOKE, JR.

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

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

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

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

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

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HOOVER LEE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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