July 15, 1937 - September 20, 2022

Charlene Kilpatrick, 85, always had a child-like faith just as Jesus said as recorded in Matthew, Chapter 18, and today she woke up and saw God's face. She was born in Drew, Mississippi with an identical twin, Arline LaVell Walker.

Her younger sister, Bettie Ann Bervaldi, stated while growing up they had their own language, which she had to translate to their mother and father. They were held back a year in early elementary school as to be in Bettie's class so she could translate to the teacher as well. The best Bettie could describe it was as two little mice squeaking quietly to each other.

Charlene and Billy Joe raised five children, but it's been said they helped raise many teenagers as they owned and operated a restaurant known by three names, The Dairy Treat/The Dairy Bar/The Varsity. Billy Joe helped his father build it in 1954, and Billy Joe and Charlene purchased it in 1964. As the teenagers rode around the Dairy Bar on the weekends, enjoying food and dancing during their nights of cruising Belzoni, Charlene and Billy Joe kept a stern watch to maintain good, clean fun.

Charlene loved raising her children in Belzoni, a bedrock community of Christian men and women, who didn't hesitate in putting any teenager back on the straight and narrow without mentioning a word to the teenager's parents.

Charlene loved her church, especially her Sunday School class, as this group of ladies was part of that generation's building a foundation which helped develop the wonder years so many children enjoyed as they grew in this small Delta town.

Charlene enjoyed playing the piano for the church in her latter years, but she especially enjoyed being a part of the Ladies Handbell Choir. Due to her many handbell practice escapades she was affectionately known as the "Song Moniker".

Charlene loved watching her children play sports and cheerleading, and she did not mind giving the referees a piece of her mind when she felt an error was made in the judgment of their calls. Even then it sounded as if she were speaking a foreign language as the words were coming out so fast. She especially loved watching the basketball games as she had also played during her school years in Isola, Mississippi.

As a young girl, she loved going to national parks with her family as her mother, Cleta, wanted them to see the great southwest. However, when her dearly departed brother, Clarence Stewart was stationed in an Air Force base in South Carolina, the annual trips started going east.

Charlene and Billy Joe enjoyed almost sixty-five years of marriage and once when asked why they were coming out of retirement to again own and operate The Varsity after working seven days a week for many decades, they both said, "I love and miss the people."

Charlene was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Joe Kilpatrick, her father John Brasher "JB" Stewart, her mother, Cleta Ray Stewart and her brother, Clarence Arvil Stewart. She was survived by her five children, Diane LaNell Jones (Freddie) of Hollandale, Danny Joe Kilpatrick of Poetry, Texas, Deborah Alisa Domino (Anthony) of Indianola, Delinda Ray Russell (David) of Trussville, Alabama and Douglas Hansford Kilpatrick (Shawn) of Southaven.

Charlene is also survived by twelve grandchildren, being Mandy (Ramey), Kacey (Billy, Jr. "Boo"), Daniel, Dane, Tony (Sarah Grace), Alex (Parker), Tyler (Hayden), Brandon (Callie), Brian (Brooke), Brent, Abbie and Austin,: as well as eight great-grandchildren, Madison, Mari Mason, Riley, Reese, Grace, Jane, Henry, Rowland and Kacen James; along with many extended family members, including sisters, Arlene Walker, Isola and Bettie Ann Bervaldi, Colorado.

Family and friends will celebrate her life with visitation on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 12:30 to 2:00 at First Baptist Church of Belzoni, followed by her funeral services at 2:00. The burial ceremony will take place at the Belzoni Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee in honor of Mari Mason Hubbard.




Robert Ted Montgomery, 61, of Greenville, and formerly of Sunflower, passed away Monday, September 12, 2022, at his home.

Robert was born August 11, 1961, in Ruleville, to Charles Ted Montgomery and Bettie Mae Ward Montgomery. He was the owner and operator of Tradition Auto Sales, Tradition Trucking, and Tradition Diesel. Robert was a very generous person who would do anything for anyone. He had a very big heart. Robert enjoyed riding his Harley and loved the lake. His love for the lake was the driving force behind him moving to Lake Ferguson to be near the water. Robert was always smiling and was full of life. His children said he was 21 until he died. He always wanted everyone to have fun. Robert was a wonderful father and grandfather and loved nothing more than his children and grandchildren. He loved spending time with his family.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Bettie Montgomery and one grandson, John Fischer Purvis.

He is survived by four children, Casey Montgomery of Memphis, Tennessee, Melissa Montgomery Purvis of Inverness, Brittany Raie Montgomery of Memphis, Tennessee, and Robert Blaine Montgomery of Sunflower; two brothers, Thurman Montgomery and Larry Montgomery both of Batesville; two sisters, Rosemary Britt of Sunflower and Stephanie Burton of Etta; and four grandchildren, Tara Madelyn Purvis, Cason Barret Purvis, Jack Montgomery Purvis, and Avery Raie Moore.

Visitation will be Sunday, September 18, 2022, from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. The funeral service will begin at 1:00pm, Monday, September 19, 2022, at Sunflower United Methodist Church in Sunflower with Rev. Veronica Pritchard officiating. Burial will be at 3:00 pm at Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery in Winona. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.



Janice Miller Evans, 74, of Isola, passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at South Sunflower County Hospital in Indianola.

Janice was born March 22, 1948, in Indianola, to John Miller, Jr. and Manette Hendon Miller. She was employed as a Human Resource Specialist and Payroll Clerk at SuperValu in Indianola for 42 years prior to her retirement. Janice was a member of First Baptist Church in Inverness and a member of Delta Human Resources Organization. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Jimmie Lee Evans, Jr.

She is survived by three sons, Jimmie Lee Evans, III (Beth) of Inverness, John Albert Evans of Kiln, and Jody Evans (Kathryn) of Inverness; sister, Sharon Ervin (Paul) of Inverness; three grandchildren, Bann Evans, Avery Brynn Evans, and Kate Hammond Evans.

Visitation will be Friday, September 23, 2022, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. The funeral service will be at 10:00 am, Saturday, September 24, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Inverness. Burial will follow in Caile Cemetery in Caile. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, 2500 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39216; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Leflore Christian School, 1203 Sgt. John Pittman Dr., Greenwood, MS 38930.





Choyce M. Diffey, 82, of Tchula died Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at his home.

Visitation will be held Saturday, September 10 from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. services at Southern Funeral Home in Lexington. Interment will follow in Coxburg Cemetery.

Mr. Diffey, a native of Sharkey County, was born to Choyce Henderson Diffey and Ocie Mae Bates Diffey on February 4, 1940. He was a dedicated servant of the Lord as a member and deacon at Horseshoe Baptist Church for 58 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Donie Ruth Childs.

Mr. Diffey leaves behind Mary Ann Diffey, his wife of 58 years; two sons, Stan (Angela) Diffey of Sallis and Steve Diffey of Goodman; five grandchildren, Grace (Josh) Diffey Whitehead of Camden, Tyler Diffey of Lexington, Elise Diffey of Sallis, Choyce S. Diffey II of Sallis and Anna Diffey of Lexington.

He retired from Scott Petroleum after faithfully serving the company for 35 years.

Pallbearers include: Thad and Travis Killebrew, Mitch and Rocky Leflore, Chris and Bryan Killebrew and Russ Pullen. Honorary pallbearers include: Ricky Pullen, Larry Killebrew, Solon Scott, Dr. Charles Nause and Morgan “Shorty” Galey.

His favorite pastime was spending time with his grandchildren and watching his New Orleans Saints.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Baptist Children’s Village or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




John Robert “Johnny” Bryan died peacefully on August 17, 2022, in Ridgeland, MS. He was born on March 17, 1942. He graduated from Belzoni High School in 1960 and then attended the University of Mississippi where he was a member of ETA chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Upon graduation from Ole Miss in 1964 he served 2 years in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant. While stationed in Fort Polk Louisiana he met Mary Frances Chase. They were married in 1966 and enjoyed 56 years together.

He obtained a Masters degree in Business from Mississippi College and graduated from the Banking School of the South.

After many years as a banker in Jackson and Crystal Springs, including serving as a bank president, he worked with Gulf Guaranty Life Insurance Company and made many lifelong friends.

Johnny was a devoted sports dad who coached baseball and soccer. This included a perfect winless 0-12 season for the Downtown Kiwanis team in 1979. He never missed a sporting event for his sons, and later loved attending games to watch his grandchildren.

His volunteer work included terms as booster club president at both Copiah Academy and Jackson Academy. He faithfully followed the Ole Miss baseball team all over the United States to watch his son Doyle play for the Rebels.

Once a prolific drinker, he defeated the “whiskey monster” in 1985 and maintained his sobriety until his death in 2022—a streak of 37 years. This was one of his greatest achievements.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth Doyle Bryan and Richard Cohron Bryan, and a brother, Richie Bryan.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Chase Bryan, sister Sandra Bryan Crosthwait and brother-in-law Frank O. Crosthwait, Jr, son John Chase Bryan, daughter-in-law Lee Anne Bryan, son Doyle Bryan, daughter-in-law Jenny Bryan, grandsons John Chase Bryan, Jr, James Price Bryan, Bailey Bryan, Benjamin Doyle Bryan, granddaughter Mary Love Bryan and niece Gail Crosthwait England.

A memorial service was held at St. James Episcopal Church in Jackson on Thursday, September 1, 2022.

Memorials may be sent to your charity of choice.  Burial will be held in the Belzoni Cemetery at a later date.




Claudia departed this world Wednesday, August 26, 2022, two days prior to her 66th birthday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. She was preceded by death by her mother, Savannah F. Luton of Belzoni, MS; her father, William “Bud” Jackson of Belzoni, MS; her stepmother, Sarah Jackson of Seattle, WA; her first husband and love of her life, Odell Edwards Sr.; her second husband Kenneth Williams; her sisters, Mary Lee Current and Gracie Lee Williams of Wagoner, OK; her brothers, Napoleon “NuNu” Luton and L. J. Luton, Sr., of Belzoni, MS; her brother Brooks Wren of Rochester, NY; and her brother James Luton of FL.

Claudia Melissa Jackson Edwards Williams was born on August 28, 1956, to the late William “Budd” Jackson and Savannah Luton in Belzoni, MS. Claudia leaves two daughters, Kimberly (Harold) Houston of Washington, DC., and LaTricia Jackson of Isola, MS; one grandson, Adam of Isola, MS, and one brother, Donald “Preacher” Hooker of Belzoni, MS.

As a child, Claudia grew up in Belzoni, MS, and was raised by her father, William “Budd” and Sarah, her stepmother.  Claudia was determined, stubborn, and unbeatable. In 1973, she gave birth to Kimberly in January, graduated from high school with honors in May, and gave birth to LaTricia in November.

After graduating from high school, Claudia worked as a car hop while attending Mississippi Valley State University. She later attended Mississippi Delta Community College where she earned an Associate Degree in Nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in 1981 and an Associate Degree in Nursing as a Registered Nurse (RN) in 1996. Throughout her career, Claudia aspired to be the very best at everything she touched. She was a perfectionist taking pride in all she did from her white starched nursing uniforms to her well-manicured yard. During Claudia’s tenure, she was employed at numerous hospitals, clinics, medical facilities, nursing homes, and home health agencies across Mississippi and held various titles.  A few of the health care facilities include Delta Regional Hospital, Greenwood Leflore Hospital, the Baptist Hospital in Yazoo City, Humphreys County Memorial Hospital (Senior Care, Humphreys County Nursing Home); Mid-Delta Home Health and Hospice, GA Carmichael, and the list goes on and on. Claudia held nursing certifications in Wound Care and Diabetic Foot Care. Prior to retiring from the nursing profession in 2015, Claudia’s last tour of duty was as a Diabetic Foot Specialist at GA Carmichael serving patients in Belzoni, Yazoo City, and Canton, MS.

In addition to her two daughters, grandson, and last remaining brother, Claudia leaves behind one sister-in-law, Clara Luton-Turner. She also leaves a host of nieces and nephews including her nephew/son, LJ Luton Jr., of Moss Point, MS; Kenneth Luton of Phoenix, AZ; Marcus Luton of Ridgeland, MS; Lisa Luton-Peterson of Slidell, LA; Lawrence Justine Luton of Belzoni, MS; Lakesha Luton-Clark of Belzoni, MS; Andre Luton of Belzoni, MS; Katrice Hooker-Newell of Belzoni, MS; Napoleon Luton of Southaven, MS; Claudette “Teresa” Williams of Tulsa, OK; Tory Williams of Tulsa OK; and Charles “Mane” Wren of Tchula, MS.

Pallbearers were LJ Luton, Jr., Kenneth Luton, Adam Ray II, Harold Houston, III, Donald “Preacher” Hooker and Bobby Wilder.

Services were held Saturday, September 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Upper Room Fellowship Ministries, with Pastor Dr. Clara T. Reed officiating. Repass was held at Upper Room Ministries Fellowship Hall. Burial was in Sutton Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of services.


The family would like to acknowledge our mother’s caregivers who were as follows: Ganon Coates, Dora Liddell White, and Christie Bush who helped take care of our mother during her final days.

The family is grateful for friends and associates who assisted our mother and are as follows: Beverly Kelly, Reeshemah Allen, Lisa Fisher, Tonya Milton-Kimber, James “Bugg” Thurman, James Bankhead, Woodrow Johnson, and the late Veda Cotton. As our mother’s health declined over the years, she truly appreciated those individuals who made it possible for her to perform regular business activities, and we are extremely grateful to you for that gift. We want to offer our heart filled thanks to Schardell Little-Dent, April Morgan, Veda Horton, Steven and Tyler at Western Auto, Drew McCarty, A and A Pharmacy, and Jerri’s Bakery and Southern Kitchen. We would also like to thank the staff at Fresenius Kidney Care especially Bobby, Holly, Meri Stewart, Linda, Elizabeth, and Cordelia for the care they provided. Although dialysis takes a toll on the body, our mother enjoyed the cheerful banter she exchanged with other patients while receiving dialysis treatment. Thank you to all the patients who participated in the banter during her treatment. Please forgive us if we omitted anyone.




Robert Wayne Hughes, 79, of Indianola, passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at Indianola Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

Robert was born May 19, 1943, in Holcomb, to John Haney Hughes and Dora Emmons Hughes. He was raised in Gooden Lake, Silver City, Belzoni, and Isola.  Robert graduated from Isola High School in 1961. He was a United States Navy Veteran serving from 1965 until 1969. After his discharge, he worked as a tool and dye maker at Modern Line Products and worked in the catfish business for 17 years. Robert then owned Hughes Heating and Cooling in 1992 where he also did electrical and construction work until his retirement in 2012. He was a loving family man. Robert was the definition of love, loving everyone with his entire heart. He was a very honest and hardworking man. Robert had a strong Christian faith and loved the Lord. He was faithful in praying for his family and friends. Robert was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Indianola for as long as his health allowed. He was a member of Roy Stubbs’ Sunday School Class and sang in the choir for 16 years.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, John Haney Hughes and Dora Emmons Hughes; brother, JH Hughes; and three sisters, Opal, Earleane, and Christine.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Joy Bethea Hughes of Indianola; children, Robby Hughes, Toni Noah, Misty Sliman (Emile), Peter Snell, Adam Snell (Amanda), and Elise Mallette; brother, Jerry Hughes; sisters, Elizabeth Linebarger and Sally Mooney all of Aiken, South Carolina;  grandchildren, Alex Noah, Caley Noah, Shelby Sliman, Logan Sliman, Allie Snell, Barrett Snell, and Rob Mitchell.

Funeral services were at 3:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Indianola with Dr. Guy Burke officiating. Burial followed in Indianola City Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was entrusted with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, PO Box 366, Indianola, MS 38751 or any charity of the donor’s choice.




Marjorie Kay Savell Blake passed away peacefully on, August 24, 2022, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, with family at her side.

Kay was born August 3, 1949 to William and Mary Ezell Savell in Silver City, Mississippi. She graduated from Belzoni High School. She never met a stranger, this is why she had so many friends who loved her and will miss her. She could talk to anyone and could keep everyone laughing. Her stories or tales were enjoyed by all. Kay had several different jobs during the years, but her favorite was being a caregiver. She loved helping others and would do anything for anyone.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Savell, brothers; James M. Savell, John C. Savell, Gary R. Savell, and Harry E. Savell, sisters; Barbara Savell Brey, Irene Savell Jones, Jacqueline Savell Walters. She leaves behind to cherish their memories of her daughters, Hayley McCarty Wilkinson of Brooksville, Mississippi, Amy Adam Tadlock of Wayside Mississippi; the love of her life, six grandchildren; Jordon, Paul, Sam, Alyvia, Adam and Alex, plus ten great-grand children. She also leaves behind sisters, Joanne Savell Hawkins of Belzoni, Maxine Savell Herring of Dickerson, Texas and Billie Jean Savell Hawkins of Kemah, Texas and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Home Going services will be held Friday, September 2, 2022 at 1 p.m. with visitation starting at noon at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni. No burial to follow. Memorials may be sent to Hayley or Amy.

Mortimer Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of the services.




Mr. Joshua Maurice McNeer, 39, of Duck Hill, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2022 in Grenada. He was born October 6, 1982 in Memphis to Rev. Jerry and Kitty Powell McNeer. Josh was a 2001 graduate of Kirk Academy and enjoyed playing football and baseball at Holmes Community College. Josh spent 18 years as a heavy equipment operator at Camp McCain where he made many friends from far and wide. An avid outdoorsman, Josh enjoyed hunting and fishing at every opportunity. Above all, Josh loved Jesus and held in his soul the cure to death, a relationship with his Lord.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2022 at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada with Dr. Jim Phillips officiating. Interment followed in the McNeer family plot in the Evergreen Cemetery in North Carrollton.

Survivors include his parents, Rev. Jerry and Kitty McNeer of Duck Hill; brother, Caleb McNeer(Ari Singh) of Buford, GA; and his faithful companion, his dog, Buddy.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bob and Kitty Powell and Billy Wade and Ruth McNeer.

Pallbearers were Mike Box, Eric Fowler, Todd Fowler, Jason Timbs, Justin Timbs and Vance Welch.

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada.




Penny Rene Pierce Miller, 60, of Belzoni, passed into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at the home of her sister after a short illness.

Penny was born March 17, 1962, to the late Mr. JD “Red” and Jeanette Rodgers Pierce of Belzoni.  Penny worked numerous years for Walmart in Indianola, MS and Winder, GA, before becoming disabled.  Penny loved her family especially all of her nieces and nephews that she help raise while keeping them during summers and after school while their parents worked.  Then later in life all the great and great-great nieces and nephews she was blessed with.

Penny accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age.

Penny is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Bonnie Jean Pierce ‘infant’, and Judy Pierce Lewis; and great-niece, Ariana Grace Lewis.

Penny is survived by brother, Jimmy Pierce (Lynn) of Brandon, MS; sisters Debbie Jones (Travis) of Belzoni, MS, and Sherry Barnett (Mike) of Nederland, TX.  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and fur baby, Tinkerbell.

Services were Saturday, August 20, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., at Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni, MS, with interment in Belzoni City Cemetery.

Burton Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.




Michael Douglas Garvin, 64, of Isola, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2022, at Baptist Hospital of North Mississippi in Oxford. Michael was born November 19, 1957, in Petaluma, California, to William McAlpine Garvin, Jr. and Leona Olga Grant Garvin. He worked for many years as a welder until his health failed.

Michael loved to help people and was a hard worker. He could out work most people when his health was good. Michael was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Michael Wayne Garvin. Michael is survived by two brothers, Timothy Wayne Garvin of Isola and William Eugene Garvin of Greenwood; one sister, Debbie Hearn of Marks; and one grandchild.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Pete Roncali officiating. Burial will follow in Belzoni City Cemetery in Belzoni.

Burton Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.




Wade Hon Seto passed away on Friday, August 19, 2022. Visitation will be held on Friday August 26, 2022 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 27th at 1 p.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni with burial at the Greenville Chinese Cemetery.




Janice Meggs Willoughby, 68, of Belzoni, passed away Saturday, August 14, 2022, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital in Greenwood.

Janice was born September 1, 1953, in Kosciusko, to Marvin Victor Meggs and Callie Cain Meggs. She was a lifelong resident of Belzoni where she attended school. Janice loved her grandchildren. She enjoyed music and dancing and loved to smoke a cigarette and drink a Dr. Pepper. Janice worked for City Hall in Belzoni for many years prior to her retirement. She then became the caretaker of the Wade children and became affectionately known as “YaYa”.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Norris Meggs; and one sister, Glenda Merle Fulton.

Janice is survived by two daughters, Christy Willougby Bell of Belzoni and LaBrisha Nicole Willoughby of Hattiesburg; three grandchildren, Lance Arrington, Lucah Arrington, and Luna Willoughby; special family, Lindsay Wiman Wade and Anthony Wade and their children, Woods Wade and Sofia Wade; nephews, Tim Fulton of Columbus and Todd (Andrea) Fulton of Inverness; and other nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 17, 2022, from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm, at First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm with Rev. Richard Wiman and Rev. Jerry Meggs officiating. Burial will follow in Greencrest Memorial Gardens in Belzoni. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.




The world has lost a true southern gentleman. On July 2nd, 2022, Samuel Leroy Reed, Jr.,

most recently of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, was mercifully called home, where he

joined his loving wife of 65 years, Betsy, who left us just six short months ago. Born April

28th, 1936, to the late Samuel Leroy Reed, Sr. and Martha Phallon Reed in the small town

of Belzoni, Mississippi, it was there that “Buddy,” as he was called, developed the kindness,

compassion, humility, faith, and commitment for which he would be known the rest of his life.

After graduating Belzoni High School as valedictorian in 1954, Leroy went on to attend the

University of Mississippi, where he graduated with a B.S. in Physics from the School of

Engineering, but not before achieving the honor of membership in Omicron Delta Kappa,

Sigma Chi, and the Ole Miss Hall of Fame, as well as serving as president of the M Club and in the illustrious role of “Colonel Rebel” in 1958.

Leroy was a motivated student-athlete, “lettering” in both baseball and football while earning his degree. Among his proudest moments were reaching the semi-finals of the 1956 College Baseball World Series and contributing to an exciting win over Texas in the 1958 Sugar Bowl. While his first love was baseball, (a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals,) his prowess in football lead to him being selected in the 12th round of the 1958 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, with whom he attended pre-season training camp. Leroy ultimately chose a different path, yet he remained a lifelong athlete, running in several NYC Marathons and becoming an accomplished golfer.

Leroy went on to achieve many other successes in life, both in New Canaan, CT, with his 21-year IBM career, ultimately having the honor to serve as Executive Assistant to IBM Chairman, Tom Watson, Jr., and later assuming responsibility for the 2,200-acre aquaculture farm his father, an industry pioneer, had carved out of former rice and soybean fields in the late 60s.

Retiring to Hilton Head, SC, in 1980, he and Betsy pursued many of their life’s passions which included traveling, collecting art and antiques, and developing lifelong friendships. Leroy participated in countless mission trips, charities, and faith-based groups that fed his soul. And let it be known that he wrote beautiful poems, secretly loved early rock ‘n roll, and had a beautiful singing voice, as anyone in the church choir would tell you. And he completed his NY Times crosswords and Sudoku puzzles in pen.

Let’s pray the “Redbirds” win the pennant this year and the football Rebels win the National Championship. Be sure, though, in his very last days, when Dad learned of Ole Miss’s 2022 College World Series win, his eyes got big, he literally grinned from ear to ear, and whispered, “I’m trying to take it all in.” This family sincerely thanks you, ‘Rebs, for making Leroy very happy on his way home to meet his bride. Godspeed, Dad.

Leroy is survived by his daughters, DeAnne Reed Vane and Leslie Reed Costello (Raymond) of Mount Pleasant, SC, and his granddaughter, Sarah Reed Vane, currently of Portland, Oregon.

Memorial services will be private. Contributions in Leroy’s name may be sent to or Franke At Seaside in Mt. Pleasant, SC.




Funeral service for Lauris Edwin "Yogi" Shelton of Isola, Mississippi is scheduled for Tuesday, August 2, 2022 , at First Presbyterian Church Belzoni, MS. Visitation will be1:30 PM with services beginning at 3 PM. Rev. Richard Wiman will officiate. Burial will follow at the family cemetery at 8106 Tupper Bayou Road.

Edwin passed away Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Saint Dominic Hospital in Jackson, MS at the age of 68. Yogi was born on August 1, 1953 in Charleston to John T. Shelton Sr. and Sarah Hays Shelton, who preceded him in death. He spent most of his life in Lambert before moving to the Cole Lake area to be near his loving family. He was a loving, caring man who loved being around others and watching the crops grow.

He was also preceded in death by his special companion, his dog, Twink who he missed greatly.

He leaves behind, his sister Velmarie (Greg) Burton, his brothers, John (Marilyn) Shelton and Walter (Beverly) Shelton, Joe (Barbara) Shelton. He also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews as well as many friends.

Pallbearers will be; Drew Burton, Hays Burton, Will Bearden, Blake Edwards, Chase Pearson, Payton Pearson, Drew Slater and Allen Slater. Honorary Pallbearers are; Denon Braswell Sr., Clarence McCullar, Tommy Grant, David "Hunkin" Pettigrew, and Blake Turner.

There will be a fellowship following the graveside services for family and friends at Drew Burton's home.

Mortimer Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of the arrangements.




Nancy Gail Fletcher Wade, 72, of Benton, Arkansas, and formerly of Indianola, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

She was born September 26, 1949, in Cleveland, to Palmer Doyle Fletcher and Alice Berry Fletcher. She was raised in Cleveland and Inverness. Gail was a graduate of Belzoni High School and attended Business College in Jackson. She married William Michael “Mickey” Wade in 1969, and together they made their home in Indianola. Gail worked at Planters Bank in Indianola for over 30 years prior to her retirement. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, gardening, reading her Bible, doing Bible study, shopping, and spending time with family.

Gail was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Mickey Wade; son, William Joshua Wade; and sister, Cindy Fletcher.

She is survived by her daughter, Kim Wade and husband Wayne Willis; granddaughter, Olivia Grace Atkinson; sister, Judy Rowland (Grady) of Tyler, Texas; brother, Steve Fletcher (Sharon) of Hohenwald, Tennessee; four sisters-in-law, Anne Boone (Dwight) of Isola, Kaye Odom (Terry) of Yazoo City, Donna Harper (Jimmy) of Indianola, and Elaine Galatas (Roland) of Indianola; brother-in-law, Joe Wade (Gwen) of Bruce; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 24, 2022, from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm, at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. The funeral service will begin at 3:00 pm with Rev. John Burke officiating. Burial will follow in Indianola City Cemetery. Burton Funeral home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.




Jerry Roland, 75, of Coldwater, passed away Friday, July 22, 2022, at his home. He was born July 23, 1946, in Tennessee, to Manuel and Ethel Lindsey Roland. Jerry was a heavy equipment operator and welder prior to his retirement. He was a hard worker and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Jerry loved his children and grandchildren with all his heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, James Manuel Roland; and two brothers, Roscoe Roland and Dennis Roland.

Jerry is survived by two children, Jerry Wayne Roland of Belzoni and Stephanie (JoJo) Dinning of Coldwater; four sisters, Gladys Lindsey of Indianola, Shirley Forbes of Isola, Barbara (George) Roberson of Indianola, and Cindy Hudson of Tennessee; one brother, Mickey Roland of Myrtle; the mother of his children, Patsy Roland; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., at Indianola Memorial Gardens. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.




Ray Williams passed from this world on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Ray was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi on March 23, 1952, to Archie and Beatrice Rushing Williams.

Ray is survived by five sons, Shane (Robin) Williams of Greenville, Mississippi, Chris (Jennifer) Williams of Belzoni, Mississippi, Tim (Chrissy) Williams of Carrollton, Mississippi, Tyson (Kerrigan) Belk of Commerce, Georgia, and Lucas (Alicia) Belk of Lakeview, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren, Alex Williams, Brice Zeigler, Randa Williams, Grayson Williams, Emily Williams, CJ Williams, Angel Williams, Carly Williams, Hunter Williams, Cash Belk, Brinlee Belk, and Jackson Klasinski; three great-grandchildren, Rhett Kilpatrick, Allasyn Horne, and Lane Horne.

Ray is also survived by Glenda Williams, the mother of his three eldest children, and Teresa Belk, his companion, best friend and mother of his two youngest sons. Ray is also survived by his brother Mike (Tracy) Williams; two sisters, Shelby (Dennis) Baldwin, Brenda Baldwin and sister-in-law Cindy Williams.

Ray was of the Baptist faith and put God first in every aspect of his life. He had a lifelong career in construction. In his free time, Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing, and teaching his sons the art of turkey hunting as well as how to catch the biggest fish out there. Ray will be remembered as a friend to many with a giving soul.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents and brothers: James, Bobby and Kenny.

Celebration of Life Service will be held on July 1st, 2022 at Beulah Baptist Church in Isola MS. from 5-7 p.m.

Beulah Baptist Church

4161 Inverness Rd.

Isola, MS 38754




Mark Oltremari, 62, od Silver City passed away Tuesday June 14, 2022 at The Mississippi Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jackson. Employed as a Farmer and Heavy Equipment Operator he was of the Methodist Faith.

Survivors include; his wife; Pebbles Oltremari, son Adam (Natlie) Oltremari of Yazoo City, daughter; Marley Oltremari of Silver City, sister; Cecilia Campbell of Cookville, TN and his mother; Clay Mae Oltremari of  Cookville, TN

The family has entrusted Stricklin King Funeral Home of Yazoo CIty with the arrangements. Graveside services will be Friday June 17th at 10:30 A. M. in The Silver City Cemetery. Rev. Billy R. Stonestreet will officiate.




Osborn Jones Turner, III, 91, died peacefully on June 15, 2022 in Oxford, MS. “O.J.” was born in his grandparents’ Osborn J. and Annie Spencer Turner’s home in Belzoni, MS on September 20, 1930. He was the oldest of four brothers born to druggist and businessman O.J. Turner, Jr. and Lorayne Posey Turner.

In 1934 O.J. (or “Bubba”) and the growing family moved into the newly constructed home next door where he spent an idyllic childhood. He grew and sold chickens and eggs from the backyard, worked the soda fountain at Turner’s Drug Store and honed agricultural skills working for Turner Brothers Farms, Turner’s Gin, Turner Allen Chemical Co. and other businesses his father had with his own three brothers Thomas, Irby and Joe Ware Turner and Bill Allen, Sr.

O.J. graduated from Belzoni High School 1948. He was an All-Delta Valley Conference tailback and safety under renowned Head Coach Sale Lilly, Jr. He was nicknamed “Squirt” by some due to his exceptional speed and elusiveness. He was proud to have played every snap for the Belzoni Warriors his senior year on offense, defense and special teams despite a broken nose. There is no record of the number of touchdowns he scored - he would only say it was “a lot” – and that he “never fumbled the ball, not once”.

Bubba also played shortstop on the baseball team. He hit in the leadoff spot and legend has it that he never struck out and was an automatic steal to both second and third base, such that the next batter was instructed to take at least two pitches. He found that basketball did not fit his aggressive style of play and gave it up.

O.J. accepted a football scholarship from Ole Miss Rebel Head Coach Johnny Vaught. A starter at safety and a left halfback on the 1948 freshman team, it has been said that he was the fastest man on the team. He was honored to have teammates like Barney Poole and Kayo Dottley.

His days on the Ole Miss football team created the best memories of his life. Despite failing memory in his last years, he never forgot the friendships and camaraderie of that time and of course a lifetime of intense love for Ole Miss football ensued. Tears always flowed when he heard the fight song for the first time on game day. He was extremely happy when the Rebels won in any sport and very sad when they lost, with his friend Early Times assisting his mood in either case. In 2003, O.J. was given the Ray Poole All-American Redshirt Award by the National Football Foundation. He became a lifelong New Orleans Saints fan when Archie Manning became the quarterback. His love of all things Ole Miss was passed down vigorously and with great success to his children and their offspring.

He volunteered for the US Air Force shortly after the outbreak of the Korean War. After a blind double date with her friend, he met and soon married Lillian Rodelle Crosby of Indianola on Christmas Day 1950 at the First Methodist Church in her hometown on his only day off from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi. O.J. and Lillian spent several wonderful years at Keesler where their oldest child Jay was born in 1952. Honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in late 1953, he returned home to Humphreys County.

O.J. started his work career managing Turner Brothers Farms which consisted of over 6,000 acres of various row crops and 700 head of cattle. He handled all purchasing, land sales and acquisition and commodity sales and was responsible for the maintenance and operation of the family cotton gin. Their first home was three miles down a gravel road called Pluck where son Jon in 1956 and daughter Julie in 1961 were welcomed into the world.

Later he began farming on his own as O.J. Turner Farms, growing cotton, rice, soybeans, wheat and catfish. Christmas trees were added some years. A few of the names of the “places” farmed were Pluck Road, Easy Money, Hard Cash and Jaketown. He was one of the very first catfish farmers in the “Catfish Capital of the World” in the late 1960s. He claimed he was the “loss leader” for the industry. He also did custom farming and harvesting for other farmers. He was very proud to build a home in town with “a great crop” in 1963. The home was featured in the Progressive Farmer magazine as one of the first all-electric homes. Son Jay joined the farming operations in 1974.

Another venture was Delta Oil Field Construction Co. in the 1970s, preparing and maintaining sites for oil well drilling companies. The 1980s brought on his construction of Belzoni Rice Mill. The mill purchased from local farmers, and produced rice that was sold across the country and to Caribbean and Central American countries, including Haiti. The business also sold flour, dried beans and vegetable oils.

In Belzoni, O.J. served on the boards of Humphreys Academy, First Methodist Church and the Humphreys County Country Club where he loved to golf.

Retirement and Lillian’s lifelong battle with rheumatoid arthritis and proximity to her doctors led them to Jackson in 1988. Not wanting to be idle, and loving to cook, Bubba opened O.J.’s Bar & Grill which specialized in smoked ribs and included his personal home recipes. Many regular customers remained friends for life. After selling the restaurant, he operated Turner Trucking Service, providing overnight delivery service of special parts to the Delta.

For 20 years in Jackson, O.J. also operated A-1 Windshield Repair, where he repaired pecks in windshields at homes and businesses and where he met at least half of the population of metro Jackson. Many of his customers invited them into their homes and businesses where he eventually learned everything about them and their families. During the same time period, he grew basil in his yard (front and back!) and sold it to restaurants like Char, Bravo, Amerigo and Walker’s. For the last 15 years of her life, and amidst 43 surgeries, O.J. was a devoted, around the clock care giver to Lillian. Bedridden in her last years, she lost her battle with arthritis and its complications in 2002 at the age of 69.

Years later via a connection accidentally arranged by his son Jon, Bubba struck up a friendship with Sammie Dean Pickering Malone, also a Belzoni native. After an aggressive courtship he was married to this lovely lady on his 81st birthday in 2011 at Ridgeland Methodist Church by Belzoni native Rev. Tom Sorrell. Before and after marriage, the couple motored to Oxford to watch Rebel games in all sports. In 2013, Sammie and O.J. moved to Oxford where they built a beautiful home and thoroughly enjoyed, most especially the front and back porches. In late 2020, a move by O.J. to The Blake and later to the VA was necessary due to declining health.

O.J. was a voracious reader, including every word of the Clarion Ledger and Commercial Appeal daily and “every National Geographic since 1936”. He especially relished reading obituaries and letting family know who each person was connected to. Other lifetime reads were the Smithsonian, Nature Conservancy, American Archaeology, Science News, Audubon and, of course, the Ole Miss Spirit. His memory was so keen that he is pretty sure he remembers being born.

O.J. Turner was loved by all who knew him. He was especially proud of his family, past and present. He was a reserved, shy fellow but an intense friend once he got to know you. He did not just want to know your name, he wanted to know everything about you, your hometown, all of your relatives and your work. His spectrum of friends knew no bounds of race, creed or political persuasion. His word was his bond. His hearty laugh was contagious and OJ’isms abound. He wasn’t an overtly religious guy but he had faith in God and believed in eternal life. “I believe I will see all of my family and friends that have gone before me. Please don’t worry about me, I am not worried about dying. People have been dying for thousands of years!”

O.J. is predeceased by his parents O.J. and Lorayne Turner, his wife Lillian Turner and grandson Matt McGregor, Jr. O.J. is survived by his wife Sammie Turner (Oxford), his brothers W. T. “Tab” Turner (Martha Nell) (Ridgeland), Jack S. Turner (Oxford) and Doug D. Turner (Nashville) and his sons O.J. “Jay” Turner, IV (Shirley) of Como, Jon Crosby Turner (Pam) of Jackson and daughter Julie Turner McGregor (Matt) of Indianola, six grandchildren who called him Grandaddy: Callie Cabell, David Turner, Raney-Mills Turner, Mary-Crosby Roberts, Jane Allen McCrory and Meredith Kavanaugh, and 15 great-grandchildren who called him Great OJ: Noah Cabell, Mason Cabell, Charlotte Cabell, Sadie Cabell, Emma Cabell, Jones Turner, Milo Kiely, Jac Kiely, Clyde Kiely, Ava Price Roberts, Palmer Roberts, Lois Roberts, Nichols McCrory, Crosby McCrory and Vivian Kavanaugh.

A graveside service will be held at the Belzoni Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2022. Rev. Tom Sorrell will officiate. A Life Celebration reception will be held immediately afterwards at the home of Rose Marie Turner, 303 E. Jackson Street (the house he was born in). Mortimer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers are Tommy, Arthur, Spencer, Preston, Dean and Jimmy Turner. An online guest book may be signed at Memorial donations may be made to the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation CHAMPIONS.NOW.(football). at PO Box 1519, Oxford MS 38655 or the First Methodist Church of Belzoni, PO Box 53, Belzoni MS 39038.




Mary Frances Johnston Evans passed away peacefully on June 8, 2022, at her home. She was 78 years old.

Mary was born April 26, 1944, in Rome, GA to her parents John Henry and Gladys Wiley Johnston. After graduating from East Rome High School, Mary moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the FBI. During this time, Mary met the love of her life, Robert Ozro Evans from Belzoni, MS. Bob and Mary married February 5, 1965.

Bob and Mary relocated from Washington, D.C. to Belzoni, MS in 1966, where they started their family.

Mary was a member of First Baptist Church in Belzoni for 49 years. Mary also worked at Bank Plus, formerly Citizen’s Bank, from 1977 and remained there until her retirement in 2007.

Mary was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and Gran Mary to her grandchildren. In her spare time, she loved working with the young children at First Baptist Church and spending time with her family and friends.

Mary is survived by her two daughters, Jae Ashley (Rob) and Tess Franklin (Tim), both of Belzoni, MS: four grandchildren, Evans Ashley, Ethan Higgs, Stewart Nichols and Nolan Nichols, all of Belzoni, MS, one sister Phyllis Penley of Rome, GA, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents John Henry and Gladys Wiley Johnston, her husband Bob Evans, a brother, Van Rutherford Ramsey, sisters, Norma Campbell, Patricia Chambers, and Linda Bunch.

The family received visitors at the First Baptist Church in Belzoni, MS from 1:00 p.m. till 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2022, with services immediately following. Interment was in the Belzoni City Cemetery under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home.




Ariana Grace Lewis, 14, of Indianola, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2022, at University of Mississippi Medical Center, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Ariana was born February 6, 2008, in Indianola. She had just completed the 8th grade at Humphreys Academy. Ariana was a cheerleader and she played softball and tennis. She loved TikTok, Snapchat, and Taki’s and was an expert at putting her makeup on perfectly. Ariana lived life to the fullest and was always happy and smiling. She loved spending time with her friends and family. Ariana was a member of First Baptist Church in Belzoni.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Judy Lewis; grandfathers, John T. Haltom and Billy Joe Mitchell; and great grandparents, Billy Ray and Ann Monk.

Ariana is survived by her parents, Junior and Carrie Haltom Lewis of Indianola, Laura and Larry Session of Jackson, and John Lewis of Greenville; grandparents, James Lewis of Isola, Terry Haltom of Indianola, and Jean Mitchell of Indianola; five brothers, Gauge Gordon, John Haltom Gordon both of Indianola, Larry Joe Lewis, Troy Leon Session, and Cole D. Session all of Jackson; four sisters, Sharla Session, Kyra Session, Kyra Session, Kira Session, and Shira Session all of Jackson; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 15, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. A second visitation will be held Thursday, June 16, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Belzoni. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. George Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Greencrest Gardens. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.




Hazel Ferrell Walton, 69, of Belzoni, passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

Family hour will be on Friday, June 10, 2022 from 2 to 3 p.m. with visitation following at 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., at Byas Funeral Home in Belzoni.

Services will be held Saturday, June 11, at 10 a.m. at White Star M. B. Church in Belzoni with burial fol-lowing in Humphreys County Memorial Gardens. Officiating minister will be Apostle Belinda Walton-Thomas.

Survuvors include her husband Wardell Walton; son, Deverick Walton; daughter, Erica Walton-Douglas; two grandchildren; four sisters; two brothers and a host of other relatives and friends.




Arthur Kyle Johnson, husband of Janice Glasscock Johnson, married for 51 years and 7 months, passed away of pancreatitis early Wednesday morning, May 11, 2022. He was the father of Jeremy Kyle, Seattle Washington, Emily Elaine, in Heaven, and Amy Rebecca Barnett, Alabama. He was the grandfather to David Johnson, Morgan Johnson, Patrick Quimby and Noah Quimby and brother to Patricia Johnson Maxwell, in Alabama (Eddie), Brother in law to David Glasscock, and Rachel Glasscock Hall (Ken). Uncle's to Anna Maxwell Knight, Rachel Johnson Snoddy, Richard Maxwell, David Donald Glasscock Jr, Janice Glasscock Watson, Michael Watson, April Watson, Adam Hall, Joel Hall, Kimberly Hall Kellum, and many Uncles, Aunts and cousins.

Arthur was the most excellent wood working craftsman. He loved to make his wife beautiful pieces of furniture, to her delight, as well as for his friends and family. His beautiful work and awesome skill will be sorely missed.

Arthur was in the Army 101st Airborne Division from 1969 to 1971 and was awarded a Bronze Star recipient for his service in the Vietnam war. He graduated from Southwestern University Waxahachie, Texas, in May of 1993. He was a Pastor for 10 years in Mississippi. Then he and Janice became house parents at 3 different Homes for Children in Virginia, Arkansas and Mississippi. They fostered over 38 boys. He retired in 2008.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Emily, his parents, Thomas R & Dixie Steed Johnson, his brother, James R, and nephew Ben, Father in law Donald W. Glasscock, Sister in law, Kay Glasscock and many, many friends.



Jerry Allen Davis, 76, of Madison, Mississippi, died Thursday, May 12, 2022, at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

Family Visitation (1:00 p.m.) and funeral services (2:00 p.m.) were held Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni, Mississippi, with a burial at Greencrest Gardens Cemetery, also in Belzoni.

Jerry was born September 23, 1945, in Yazoo County, to Joseph Lee and Ruby Gordon Davis. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Peggy, and his second wife, Charlotte; his parents, and his brothers, Billy and Robert Davis.

Jerry served in the Mississippi National Guard for six years. He started his career as a draftsman before working as a driller on an offshore oil rig for the Penrod Drilling Company. He continued his career in construction until his retirement 10 years ago.

Survivors are: daughters, Paige (Oggie/Wade) Hawkins, Lee Ann Davis, and Alison (Chris) Grant; grandchildren, Alex (Tory) Hawkins, Jacob Hawkins, Calli Grant and Marley Grant; great grandson, Alexander Hawkins; brothers, Richard (Ruby Nell) Davis, Gordon (Susan) Davis, Sr.; sisters, Joann (Jerry) Blackburn, Barbara (Harold) Howard, Gloria (Tommy)

Lloyd and Lisa Tharp; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.



Robert Michael Hawkins, 59, of El Dorado, passed away Monday, May, 9, 2022 at Medical Center of South Arkansas.

Born December 10, 1962 in Yazoo City, MS, he was the son of Glen and Joanne Savell Hawkins. He was a farmer and a member of Northwest Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death were his father, Glen Hawkins, his first wife, Connie Sue Hawkins and a daughter, Leanne Hawkins.

Survivors include his wife, Nina McDowell Hawkins, his mother, Joanne Hawkins of Belzoni, MS and four sons, Terry Hawkins of Montana, Robert Miller (Michelle) of El Dorado, Daniel Miller (Stephanie) of El Dorado and Wesley Miller (Kara) of Crossett, AR. Also surviving is a sister, Rhonda Sanders, and two brothers, Loy "Bubba" Hawkins (Ann) and Bill Hawkins (Renee) along with 13 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation services entrusted to Young's Funeral Directors.

Condolences may be expressed at:

Celebration of Life for Robert "Mike" Hawkins


Saturday May 21, 2022

11:00 AM

Calvary Baptist Church

2074 MS Highway 12 Belzoni MS 39038

Officiating will be Rev. Sye Duke and Rev. Scott Savell.



J.V. McCrory, beloved English and Latin teacher at Belzoni High School during the mid-1950’s, passed away two years ago at the age of ninety-one.  He was predeceased by his lovely wife Frances, and is survived by his two sons, Brian and Barry, and their families.

After leaving Belzoni, Mr. McCrory went on to earn a PhD in English and taught at William Carey College in Hattiesburg for thirty-three years.  In addition to being a scholar, he was also an author and a poet, and he graciously sent me copies of his books and compact disks of his reading of those books:  Souls Adrift, and On the Edge.

I think that Mr. McCrory felt much as so many of us do about Belzoni.  In an email to me after the forty-seventh reunion of my class, which I was unable to attend, he mentioned to me afterward in that email: “There are not many class reunions that I would drive over 400 miles (round trip) to attend.  Belzoni, however, is different.  The time I taught there must have been special for both the students and me.  I needed the success and affirmation that I received there, and somehow my presence made a difference for many of the students then.”  It did indeed, Mr. McCrory, especially to this former student.  Also, I particularly appreciated his mentioning in that email of “the grace and good manners of Delta folk”, as it coincides with my own feelings about the citizens of my beloved hometown.

Godspeed, my friend and mentor.  We shall meet again “in the land beyond the river that they call the sweet forever.”

Submitted by Ruby Chen




Frances Jean Thornton Braswell, 81, of Belzoni, died Monday, May 9, 2022 at her home surrounded by loving family.

She was born February 1, 1941 in Greenville; the daughter of Jason Eugene Thornton Sr. and Frances Virginia Hobart Thornton. She was also know as "Momma Jean" "Jeano" or "Aunt Jean". She lived life to the fullest while enjoying traveling, antiquing, the outdoors, gardening, and spending time with family. The one thing she loved more than anything were her children and grandson always spending time with them and making them feel loved. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and also attended the First Presbyterian Church of Belzoni.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Jason Eugene Thornton, Jr.

Survivors included: sons, Denon Braswell, Jr. (Patty) of Belzoni, and William Jason Braswell of Belzoni; daughter, Nessa (Chris) Parker of Ridgeland; sisters, Beverly T. Acklin (Kirby) of Gurley, AL, Fairy T. Fielder (Billy) of Madison, AL, and Tammy Duett Lloyd (Tim) of Belzoni; and one grandchild, Blake Braswell of Belzoni and a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2022 at Belzoni Cemetery.

Interment will be in Belzoni Cemetery, under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home.




Michael Warren Childress, Mickey, 69, of Belzoni, MS passed away on April 28, 2022.

Mickey was born June 16, 1952, to George and Vera Childress in Greenville, MS. Mickey started his career at a young age as the “Soda Boy” at Stubb’s Drugstore under the guidance of his friend and mentor, Buckshot. When his days as the soda boy came to an end, he began his career as a pharmaceutical salesman and then as Marketing Director for Home Health and Hospice. Mickey was most well-known and felt at home on stage showing off his impressive guitar skills as one of the original members of the Krackerjacks.

Mickey married Bettie Lu on April 8, 1988, and on that day, he gained daughters, Nicole and Charla. Mickey and Bettie Lu went on to have two more daughters, Kat and Laura Brantley. Bettie Lu and his four girls were the chaos and loves of his life.

Mickey was preceded in death by his father and mother, George and Vera Childress, sister René Donald, and nephew Michael Tharp. He is survived by wife Bettie Lu, daughters and sons-in-law Nicole & Ashley Millican, Charla & Jon Turner, Kat Childress, and Laura Brantley & Jeb Stevens; grandchildren Gracie Turner, Sara Kyle Millican, Jon Holden Turner, and Peyton Millican. Sisters Suzette Farr and Candi Childress, and Brother Kent Childress. And MANY friends across the Mississippi Delta; Mickey never met a stranger.

Visitation was held at First United Methodist Church in Belzoni, MS, Monday, May 2, 2022, from 12:00 to 1:30 with the funeral following at 2:00. Burial followed at the Caile Cemetery in Caile, MS.




Nov. 9, 1948-May 2, 2022

Charlotte was born on November 9, 1948, to Milton Anthony and Mae Cobb Anthony. She is preceded in death by her parents Milton and Mae Anthony, first husband Jerry McLendon and second husband Ramey Tinnin, and brother Howard Anthony.

Charlotte is survived by her sons Jerry Wayne McLendon (Joy) of Silver City and Robert McLendon (Kacey) of Belzoni and stepdaughter Brenda Tinnin of Madison; grandchildren Bailee Bellipanni (Joel) and Addie Howard (Colby) and great-grandchildren Hayes Howard, Caroline Howard, and Grady Bellipanni all of Silver City.

Charlotte and Ramey owned Belzoni Motors “The Ford Place” for 25 years. She and Ramey shared a love of travel, and some of their favorite times were taking trips to Disney World. She loved hosting a party at “The Barn” or “Third Base” where the “No Name Band” would be playing. She was also one of the best bleacher umpires at a baseball game you’d ever meet.

Services will be held Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at the First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 and the service immediately following at 2:00. Brother Richard Wiman will be officiating. Music will be provided by Dorothy Wiman and Tami Hawkins. A private family burial will be held at Mathena Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Phillip Holdeman, Greg Guidry, Jeff Hughes, Bo Jones, Colby Howard, and Joel Bellipanni.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorials be made to Humphreys Academy, PO Box 179, Belzoni MS 39038.




Samuel "Sam" McKinstry III, 85, passed away suddenly at Saint Dominic Hospital on April 22, 2022.

Sam was born on March 30, 1937, in West Palm Beach, Florida, to Samuel and Gladys Ruth McKinstry. He was married on August 20, 1960, to the love of his life, Linda McRaney. They spent many happy years together in their home on Mossy Lake in Leflore county. He entered the Army in 1960 and spent 3 years in the service working as a crew chief. Most everyone will remember Sam who worked for over 20 years at Y D Lumber as their door and screens expert. He was a quite man , a good caring man to be around. After retirement from YD he would walk daily and check on those that lived close to him.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents and his sister in law Norma McRaney Purvis. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Linda McRaney McKinstry. He also leaves his sister, Penny Ann Ward, 3 half-brothers and half sisters. He also leaves his nephew Johnny (Lori) Purvis of Belzoni.

The family will hold private services at a later date.




Linda Gail Eldridge Pate, 72, of Isola, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2022, in Athens, Tennessee.

Linda was born January 8, 1950, in Neshoba County to Travis Grover Eldridge and Annie Lou Eakes El-dridge. She worked at Stubbs Drug Store in Isola for 32 years prior to her retirement. Linda helped raise half the children in the town of Isola. She enjoyed reading, singing, and dancing. Linda loved being in the moun-tains. She was a faithful member of Isola Church of God.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Sammy Louis “Sambo” Pate.

She is survived by one son, Travis L. Pate of Isola; two daughters, Phyllis P. Baldwin (Robert) of Isola and Wendy J. Riley (Scott) of Athens, Tennessee; her beloved chihuahua, Sweet Pea; two sisters, Judy McClain (Wayne) of Georgia and Janet Stewart (Scottie) of Belzoni; ten grandchildren, Rachel Moor (Joel), Paul Baldwin (Keri), Brianna Riley, Macey Riley, Joseph Riley, Jeremiah Riley, Jordan Riley, Maranda Pate, JR Pate, and Ana Scroggins; two great grandchildren, Elizabeth Baldwin and Prestin Baldwin; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 21, 2022, from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. The funeral service will begin at 3:00 pm with Rev. Kevin Balius officiating. Burial will follow in Indianola Memorial Gardens. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.




Betty Mae Griffith was preceded in death by father Herman Wilson Sr., Mother Elnora Wilson, Brother Herman Wilson, Jr., sister Thelma Mabry and brother Rudy Marshall (Pamela) Wilson.

Betty leaves behind to cherish her memory, daughters Tonia (Jeffrey) Edmon, Colette Dean, Lastasia Wilson, Carlos Wilson and 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren as well as six beloved sisters: Gloria (Morris) Jones of Detroit, MI; Paula (James) Johnson and Arman (Frank) Smith of Rome, GA; Bobbie (George) winners of Byhalia, MS; Della Brown of Rome, GA; and Alice (Mark) Shirky of Lisle, IL. She is survived by her loving and caring nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends and family.




Carol Mohamed Ivy, 79, of Belzoni, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at her home.

Carol was born December 19, 1942, in Belzoni. She was the youngest of eight children born to Hassan Mohamed and Ethel Wright Mohamed. Her brother, Ollie, always said “she was made of scraps and there wasn’t enough Syrian blood for her” because she was “the blonde” of the family. Carol was raised with an impeccable work ethic and never took a day off. She worked many years as a realtor and a merchant, owning clothing stores in Florida. Carol loved Belzoni; she was always working for the betterment of her community. Her devotion to her community led to her serving as City Alderman for 12 years and serving as Mayor of Belzoni for 3 years prior to resigning due to health. Carol enjoyed jewelry, clothes, and fashion. Above all, she loved her family and was a very devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Hassan and Ethel Wright Mohamed; her first husband and childhood sweetheart, Garnett Covert Harris; second husband, James Ivy; brothers, Ollie Mohamed, Bubba Mohamed, and Buddy Mohamed; sisters, Sunny Dismukes, Joy Fulcher, and June Allen; and nephews, Ollie Mohamed, Jr. and Jimmy Fulcher.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary Elizabeth Harris Campbell (Rick) of Madison and Amy Joy Harris Hawkins (Jerry) of Indianola; sister, Hazel Mohamed Wilson of Alamo, California; two sisters in law, Anita Mohamed of Inverness and Deborah Westbrook of Belzoni; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was Sunday, April 10, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Belzoni. The funeral service began at 2:00 pm with Rev. George Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Belzoni Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was entrusted with arrangements.



Larry Joe Roberts passed away peacefully, with his daughters at his side, at the Humphreys County Nursing Care Facility, on April 5, 2022. He had been a resident at the Care Facility for a number of years. He is no longer suffering or in pain.

Larry Joe was born on November 8, 1953 to Johnny A. Roberts, Sr. and Corrine Vail Roberts in Humphreys County. He graduated from Humphreys Academy and attended college. He was of the Baptist faith. As put by someone, he was most happy when he had a fishing rod in his hands. No matter the weather, rain, snow or sleet that is what he wanted to be doing, fishing. The most important thing to him was his family.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Johnny A. Roberts Jr., and a sister Bettie Ann Roberts. He leaves behind his daughters, Lisa (Bubbie) Childs of Silver City, Kimi (Jeremy) Fuller of Belzoni, a special nephew Cody Roberts and his brother Jerry (Patricia) Roberts of Prentiss, Mississippi. His pride and joy, grandchildren Bo (Macy) Childs, Brad Childs, Kaitlin (Kory) Hawkins, Mason Fuller and Olivia Childs. Great grandchildren Kennon Hawkins and Bryson Childs,

The service was held Friday, April 8, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni. Interment followed at Belzoni City Cemetery.

Mortimer Funeral Home was honored to have the services entrusted to them.





Candy Lynn Hodo Bordeaux, 48, of Isola, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2022, at her home. Candy was born October 4, 1973, in Isola, to Clem Hodo, Jr. and Lillian Evelyn Pierce Hodo. She was a very kind and loving person and loved everyone. Candy deeply loved her children. She enjoyed gardening and will always be remembered for speaking her mind with no filter.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clem Hodo, Jr. and her brother, Clem “Leroy” Hodo, III.

Candy is survived by her significant other, Chester Criddle, Sr. of Isola; mother, Evelyn Hodo of Lucedale; two children, Harley Lee Bordeaux of Montana and Emily Ann Bordeaux of Monroe, Louisiana; one brother, Brian Keith Hodo, Sr. of Springhill, Alabama; six sisters, Connie Guzman of Ridgedale, Missouri, Suzanne McQuary of Ridgedale, Missouri, Amanda Carroll of Hollandale, Loretta Verrett of Lucedale, Margie Mansfield of Wade, and Tammy Cash of Lucedale; 3 grandchildren, Elijah Chase Bordeaux, Sharayha Bordeaux, and Jax Bordeaux; and a very special friend, Mildred Criddle, Chester’s mother that she called Mama.

Visitation was held Monday, April 4, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. The funeral service began at 11:00 a.m. at Burton Funeral Home with Rev. Pete Roncali officiating. Burial followed in Gooden Lake Cemetery in Belzoni. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.




Annie Loyd Lindsey McGlawn, 91, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2022 at her home in Swiftown, Mississippi. Services were at Mortimer Funeral in Belzoni, Sunday April 3, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. with interment following at Belzoni City Cemetery.

Annie Loyd was born on June 9, 1930, to William Elliot Lindsey and Dessie Cox Lindsey. She attended Swiftown and Belzoni United Methodist Church. She attended school at Swiftown and Morgan City. She retired, after a long career, at Jockey International in Belzoni. Her retirement years were filled with many good times with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Henry Lee "Hot: McGlawn and son, Richard Neal McGlawn. She is survived by her daughter Virginia McGlawn (Maurice) Keenum of Clarksdale, Mississippi, and her son, Henry Edward (Gail) McGlawn of Greenwood Mississippi, seven grandchildren; Mark (Lisa) Keenum, Scott (Amy) Keenum, Layla (Spencer) Loe, Kim (Chad) McMillian, Chris (Missy) McGlawn, Regan McGlawn, and Ryan (Ashley) McGlawn. Ten great grandchildren; Cannon Loe, Sutton Loe, Tanner Keenum, Grayson Keenum, Reece McGlawn, Anna Rivers McGlawn, Alex McMillian, Reid McGlawn, Hayden Keenum, and Jack McGlawn.

Pallbearers were her grandsons and great grandsons.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice or to Belzoni United Methodist Church, PO Box 53, Belzoni, Mississippi 39038.




Troy O’Neil Sanders, 54, of Conway, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2022. He was born on November 13, 1967 in Greenville, Mississippi.

Troy was a devote Christian, who loved being outdoors, and listening to music. He was a hard worker and an excellent welder. Troy loved and adored his great nephew, Kingsten.

Troy is preceded in death by his father; Grady O’Neil Sanders, retired fire chief of Belzoni, MS, and his brother Douglas Anthony “Tony” Sanders.

Troy leaves behind his siblings Renee Howell (David), Carrie Sanders-Carter (Chris), and Thomas Sanders; niece Hollye Griffith (Jeff); grandchildren Aleksa, Kylan, and Karter; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.

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C.A. Hall of Benton, Mississippi, died on the evening of March 24th, 2022.

He was born March 8th, 1952 in Greenville, Mississippi. He grew up in Belzoni, Mississippi, graduated from Darlington High School in Rome, Georgia, and attended Mississippi State University. His career began with his brother at their father’s business, Hall Metal Buildings, and he later grew the business into Majestic Metals which expanded into three locations.

C.A. is preceded in death by his father C.A. Hall, Jr. and his youngest son Jared. He is survived by his wife Nancy; his children Addison Hall (Irene), Wesley Hester, and Kiley Lewis (Justin); his grandchildren Baker and Maddie Hall, Kennedy Rives, and Maddox and Swayze Lewis; his mother Virginia; his brother Kenny (Lynda); his sister Shelley Gallaspy (Richard); and nephew Fancher Gallaspy (Shelby).

Visitation with the family will be held at Parkway Funeral Home at 1161 Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland, MS on April 2nd from 11 a.m until 12 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice.




 Lenard Goodall, age 89, transitioned into the loving presence of our Lord and Savior on Thursday March 17, 2022, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto.

Lenard was the only boy born to his parents the late Jackson Goodall and Callie Goodall on October 1, 1932 in Mississippi. He accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Mount Carmel Church in Belzoni, MS where he served as a Deacon later in life.

Buddy loved his family; dropping out of elementary school after the 2nd grade, he was the primary caretaker for his mother, Aunt, and sisters. As a young boy turning into a young man, he would work all day out in the blaring Mississippi sun, all while teaching himself how to use heavy machinery and construction equipment. In his free time Buddy would sit out on his front porch with a guitar and pick his way at it until he learned how to play it beautifully. Family, friends, and neighbors would gather around to listen to Buddy strum away and sing the blues.

Buddy met his bride Dorothy Jean and they married in 1958. It was also that year the couple welcomed their first and only child together Janice. Buddy continued to be the provider in his family working day and night operating caterpillars, back hoes, and many other heavy machineries faithfully for Humphrey’s County.

We are going to miss his bright shining brown eyes, infectious laugh, funny stories, his passion for cars, his love for food, and of course family.

Buddy is preceded in death by his daughter Janice Dodd (Gerald), sisters Velma Nabors (Clarence), Louise Handy (Jesse), and nephew Melvin Handy.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Dorothy Jean Goodall, daughter Dorothy Thompson (H.L.), son Johnnie Lee Howard, granddaughter Jennifer Starr Dodd (Jia), grandson Jacob Dodd; nephews Jesse Handy Jr., Dalton Handy, Leonard Handy, and nieces Linda York (James), and Mary Ella Handy. Buddy leaves behind a slew of nieces and nephews, cousins, extended family, and many friends who will miss him more than words can say.

Buddy’s visitation will be held 11:00am-12:00pm, Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Mount Carmel Church 4651 State Highway 12 W, Belzoni, MS 39038. His funeral will be after the visitation at 12:00pm (Noon). The burial will immediately follow the funeral service at Mount Carmel.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dorothy Goodall.

Smith Funeral Home, Belzoni, is serving the family.




Marlene Fielder Luster, 79, of Belzoni, passed away Monday, March 14, 2022, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

Marlene was born September 2, 1942, in Morgan City, to Daniel Dewitt Fielder and Lucy Lea Crocker Fielder. She worked as a secretary for the Humphreys County School System for 29 years prior to her retirement. Marlene was an extremely devoted mother and her favorite thing to do was spend time with her daughters. She enjoyed watching wrestling and cooking. Marlene also enjoyed being around children. She worked with the children at her church for many years. Marlene was a member of Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Billy Tom Luster; and stepbrother, Daniel D. Fielder.

Marlene is survived by her two beloved daughters, Suzette Bolton of Belzoni and D’Anne (Al) Smith of Clarksdale; brother, Billy Fielder of Huntsville, Alabama; and sister, Bonnie Bobbitt of Longview, Texas.

The family will receive friends Friday, March 18, 2021, from 10:00 am until 11:00 am at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. The celebration of life service will begin at 11:00 am. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.



James Randolph Martin, 85, of Silver City, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at his residence.

Randolph was born October 28, 1936, to Leslie Homer Martin, Sr. and Flora Addie Cooper Martin in Philadelphia, MS. The family later moved to Silver City. He graduated from Belzoni High School and attended college. Randolph was a retired farmer, avid horseman, and was more commonly known to some as Rudy or Big Daddy, a loving father and grandfather.

Randolph was a former member and participant of the Humphreys County Horseman’s Association and the Mississippi Western Horse Show Association. He served as a volunteer for the Northwest Mississippi 4-H Horse Program. He served as past President and Board Member of the Mississippi High School Rodeo Association where he was instrumental in helping start the 8th Grade and Under Division. He also served as National Director of the Mississippi High School Rodeo Association where he served on the National High School Rodeo Association Board of Directors for 15 years.

Randolph was one of the founding board members of Humphreys Academy, a stockholder of Midnight Gin Company, and was a member and committee member at Silver City United Methodist Church. His unwavering love for his children and grandchildren allowed him the opportunity to travel all over the state and across the country to haul them to many horse shows and rodeos that they competed in. He also was their avid supporter in all of their other athletic and sporting events and extra-curricular activities.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Leslie Homer Martin, Jr. and Gerald Cooper Martin, and son-in-law, Chuck Butler.

He is survived by his daughters, Gaye Walker (Paul) of Belzoni, Joy McLendon (Jerry Wayne), and Merrie Carol Butler, both of Silver City; grandchildren, Bailee McLendon Bellipanni (Joel) of Silver City, Martin Walker of Belzoni, and Addie McLendon Howard (Colby) of Silver City; great grandchildren, Hayes Colby Howard, Caroline Joy Howard, and Jake Grady Bellipanni, all of Silver City, and nieces and nephew.

Visitation was held at the Silver City United Methodist Church on Thursday, March 10th, at 11:00 a.m. until the celebration of life at 1:00 p.m. The final resting place is in Belzoni City Cemetery. The arrangements are entrusted to Mortimer Funeral Home.

Brother Howard Tucker and Bill Berry officiated the services. Mrs. Janet Berry provided the beautiful music.

Pallbearers were: John Ashley, Randy Broadway, Bruce Courts, Dwayne Coward, Bobby Gilmer, and Hubert Lester. Honorary Pallbearers were: Steve Cummings, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Laird, Bobby Joe McLendon, Henry Morris, Tommy Parker, and David Newell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Mississippi High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) P O Box 221, Belzoni, MS 39038, Silver City United Methodist Church (SCUMC), P O Box 28, Silver City, MS 39166, or Humphreys Academy, P O Box 179, Belzoni, MS 39038.



Funeral services for Sharon Lynette "Lynn" Stonestreet, 70, of Salado, was held at 11.00 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church Historic Chapel in Saldao, TX with Rev. Billy Stonestreet officiating.   Burial followed at the Salado Cemetery.

Mrs. Stonestreet died Tuesday, March 1, 2022 in a Temple hospital.

Mrs. Stonestreet was born September 20, 1951, in Belzoni, Mississippi, the daughter of Robert and Marion (Rodgers) Edwards.   She married David Stonestreet, June 29, 1969, in Belzoni, Mississippi.   They moved to Salado in 2014 from West Columbia, Texas.  Mrs. Stonestreet enjoyed golf and was a member of Mill Creek Country Club in Salado.   She was also a member of the Salado First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband David Stonestreet of Salado, TX; two sons Timothy David Stonestreet and wife Christy of Austin, TX and Wesley Edwards Stonestreet and wife Skyler of Georgetown, TX; two sisters, Sheila Crutcher of Piperton, Tennessee and Cherry Kiker of Madison, Mississippi; and two grandchildren Haley Stonestreet and Archer Stonestreet.



Nora JoAnn Freeman Tisdale, 63, of Isola, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at Baptist Me-morial Hospital in Jackson.

JoAnn was born January 7, 1959, in Greenville, and was the daughter of John Carl Freeman and Jo Cork Freeman. She married Lynn Tisdale on June 14, 1980, and together they made their home in Isola. JoAnn was an instructor at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead. She was an avid Mississippi State football, baseball, and basketball fan. JoAnn was a devoted member of the First Bap-tist Church in Isola where she served as choir director. She loved meeting new people and visiting with her friends. JoAnn had a kind and gentle spirit and was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sis-ter, and friend.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Carl Freeman.

JoAnn is survived by her devoted husband of 41 years, Lynn Tisdale of Isola; mother, Jo Freeman of West Point; two sons, Logan Tisdale of Pensacola, Florida, and Josh Tisdale of Isola; brother, John (Sherry) Freeman of West Point; and sister, Lillian (Byron) Trahan of Tupelo.

The family will receive friends Saturday, March 5, 2022, from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Isola. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm with Rev. Eddie Painter officiating. Burial will follow in Greencrest Memorial Gardens in Belzoni. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Mack Gorton and the staff at Gorton Clinic for their devoted compassionate care for JoAnn.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.



Wanda Eloise Elinburg Kyle, 78, went to her Heavenly Home early Monday morning, March 7, 2022, at Neshoba General Hospital in Philadelphia, Mississippi. She was one of nine children. Eloise was born in Cruger, Mississippi to Joe Frank and Verna Dean Plunkett Thrasher on October 22, 1943.

Eloise was known by many names but the ones she loved the most were, mom, mamaw, grandmother or gramy. Her family was her life. She loved raising and caring for all of them. She was a great cook who taught her daughters to cook and later her grandchildren. She did her best to teach them how to live a life of caring and respecting of others. She also did not mind letting them know when they were doing things the right way and had no problem correcting them. Eloise was a hard working mother and wife who loved her family and her Heavenly Father.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Johnie Elinburg and Roy Kyle, siblings Ernestine Parker, Geraldine McGough, Frances Robinson, Judy Rash, Ruth Sherrie, and Peggy Diane Head. She leaves behind her loving family; daughters Wanda (Lynn) Wilkinson of Conehatta, Alice (Buddy) Boyanton of Yazoo City, sons, Johnie R (Amanda)Elinburg Jr. of Caledonia, Willie Joe (Lynn) Elinburg of Conehatta and a special son, Dennis Cleverly of Conehatta. She also leaves her pride and joy, a bless-ing from God, 14 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 2 great- great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be held Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni, Mississippi. Visitation will began at 1 PM follow by the service at 2 PM. Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Mortimer Funeral Home is honored to have been entrusted with the arrangements.



Betty Lou Taylor Mechatto, age 77, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2022, at Singing River Hospital of Gulfport surrounded by her family.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents Bluford Thomas Taylor, Sr., and Lou Ethel Vowell Taylor.

She is survived her by her brothers Bluford Thomas Taylor, Jr., Kenneth Blair Taylor, Sr.; children Phillip Charles (April) Mechatto, Jr., Todd Taylor Mechatto, grandchildren, Wesley Taylor (Morgan) Mechatto, Abigail Anne Mechatto; great-granddaughter Keaten Renee Mechatto; and will be greatly missed by her nieces, nephews, and special cousins.

She was born July 12, 1944, in Greenwood, Mississippi and raised in Tchula until her high school years when she moved to Belzoni, Mississippi. Betty’s high school years demonstrated exactly the kind of person she would be as an adult. In addition to playing basketball and cheering, she was voted Friendliest, Best All Around, and Senior Maid. She continued to keep in touch with her high school friends for the rest of her life.

After settling in Gulfport in 1969, Betty quickly adapted to life on the Gulf Coast. She was known to make friends wherever she went because of her giving spirit, her outgoing personality, and her servant’s heart. Her first job was at Harry’s Quick Shop where customers quickly learned to love the woman behind the counter, and she loved them in return. Betty never met a stranger. In subsequent years, Betty enjoyed her work at the Grand Casino and as an admissions counselor and top salesperson at Phillips College where her colleagues there loved and appreciated her as well.

Beginning in 2008, Betty helped establish and was an integral part of the In Touch Ministry at Trinity United Methodist Church. Betty made phone calls and sent cards to home-bound members of the church. As always, Betty’s phone calls were never hurried ones; she cared enough to talk to each person she spoke with and maintained contact with them long after an initial conversation. Again, Betty made friends wherever she was, as is exemplified in the words of her long-time friend, Christine Corban O’Bannon, “I just love Miss Betty. She had a contagious laugh and a heart of gold; she was a kind, Christian woman.” A woman of devout faith, Betty was a member of First Baptist Church of Gulfport for many years. In later years she attended Trinity United Methodist where she loved being in the company of her son Phillip, her daughter-in-law April, and her precious grandchildren Wesley and Abigail.

Betty’s greatest pleasure was spending time with her family. Her son Todd’s friends viewed Betty as their second mother. They loved watching football and grilling with her, and she loved them in return. Her pride in her grandchildren Wesley and Abby was immense. She loved talking about Wesley and his service in the U.S. Marines and about her “princess” Abby as a student at LSU. Betty stayed in close contact with a large number of nieces, nephews, and cousins throughout her life. She adored spending time with her extended family at holidays and reunions. They loved spending time with her as well. The latest addition to Betty’s family, her first great-grandchild, Keaten Renee Mechatto, brought great joy to her in the last part of her life.

Her cousin Anthony Shelton said that they were a close-knit group of first cousins.  When one of us was in need of prayer Betty was the first one contacted.  We knew she would spread the word no matter how bad she was feeling.  Her dear friend Leila Mansoor said she has never met a person more caring and loving than Betty. She stated that she has so many beautiful memories of their years together in Tchula and she felt Betty was more like a sister than a friend.

A visitation will be held 10:00-11:00am, Thursday, February 24, 2022, at Trinity United Methodist Church. A funeral will be after the visitation at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trinity Memorial Church.

Riemann Family Funeral Home, Gulfport, is serving the family.



Sue Bailey Forbes, 82, died February 17, 2022 peacefully at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. Sue was born October 23, 1939 to Clinton and Annie Burton Bailey. Sue worked at Ollie Mohamed’s Department Store for over 20 years. Ollie’s is where Sue developed her passion for sales. Her ability to find that perfect dress, pants or shoes for a customer was incredible.

In 1986, Sue opened Sue’s Fashions and Gifts in Isola. She took pride in knowing her customers came from all around the Delta to find that special piece of clothing. After she retired, Sue became dedicated to her community and church. She loved serving others in anyway she could. She loved to cook or help those in need. Sue loved spoiling her family when they came for a visit. Sue attended First Baptist Church in Belzoni where she sang in the choir, served in the kitchen, and helped with the children’s choir on Wednesday nights. Sue and Milton worked tirelessly in their yard which was always impeccable. They were honored to receive yard of the month several times.

Sue is preceded in death by her parents; daughter Debbie Forbes Willoughby; siblings; Edward Earl Bailey, Boyce Bailey, Albert Lee Bailey, James Clinton Bailey, Edna Wright, Dorothy Dean Fuller, Barbara Ann McCaig, and Reva Joy Cain.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Milton; her daughter Cindy Forbes Lott (Mel) of Midlothian, TX; grandchildren, Timothy Willoughby (Magen) of Louise, MS; Ashley McPhail (Marcus) of Madison, MS and Haley Lott of Midlothian, TX; great grandchildren, Bratton and Peyton Willoughby of Starkville, MS and Levi and Benjamin McPhail of Madison, MS; her sister Mary Kathryn “Kay” Lambert of

Gulfport, MS and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held Saturday, February 19, 2022 at First Baptist Church in Belzoni, Mississippi at 2 p.m. with Interment at Greencrest Memorial Gardens.

“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

Mortimer Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.




Sandra Walker Logan, 73, of Belzoni, went to her eternal home on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Sandy was born to Monroe and Grace Walker of Isola, Mississippi, on January 4, 1949, in Belzoni. She was the sixth of eight daughters. Sandy married Ronald “Ronny” Logan on November 15, 1975.

She attended First Baptist Church and enjoyed helping out wherever needed. Her faith was the foundation of her life. Sandy was a devoted wife, loving mother with impeccable maternal instincts, and supportive sister and aunt.

Sandy is preceded in death by her parents Monroe and Grace Walker, sisters, Helen Lyle, Ellen (Ronald) Hudson, and Syble (John) Johnson, and brother-in-law Bud Duke.

She is survived by her husband, Ronny Logan of Belzoni; daughter, Carrie Logan of Petal; sisters, Peggy Duke of Isola, Nancy Baggett of Huntington Beach, California, Sue (Lonnie) Walker of Resaca, Georgia, Kathy (George) Gardner of Isola; and many nieces and nephews she loved very much.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 18, 2022, from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm, at First Baptist Church in Belzoni. The memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm with Rev. George Johnson officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church or “Turn on the Tap” charity.



Hallie Love Young Luster, 85, of Belzoni, passed away Friday, February 4, 2022, at Delta Health The Medical Center in Greenville.

Hallie Love was born July 6, 1936, in Greenwood, to Ross Ward Young and Hallie Reed Young. She worked many years as the office manager at Farmers Home Administration. Hallie Love was a people person and an avid animal lover. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Belzoni, where she taught Sunday School and taught many decades of children. She was known for teaching them the song Jesus Loves Me while playing the piano and singing with them. Hallie Love spent many hours working in her yard and growing flowers. She enjoyed baking and will forever be remembered for her tidbits and pound cakes. Hallie Love adored her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren and cherished every minute she got to spend with them.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her granddaughter, Callie Lynn Pate.

Hallie Love is survived by her three adoring children, Linda Love Brasier of Houston, Texas, Gene Ward Luster of Belzoni, and Stacy Lynn Fikes (William) of Purvis; one sister, Lahlete Young Pearson of Belzoni; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at Belzoni Cemetery with Rev. Howard Tucker and Rev. Richard Wiman officiating. Burton Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Belzoni Cemetery Association, 506 Sharkey St., Belzoni, MS 39038, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.




Former Texas resident and Greenville, MS native, Joseph Brantley Low passed away peacefully on January 31st, 2022.

Joseph, better known as Joe, was born February 13th, 1949 to Rackie and Katherine(Brantley) Low.

He attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Greenville, MS. He continued his education at Mississippi Delta Community College. Joe received an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps. Joe owned and operated his own safe company and worked for Averitt and Central Express trucking companies.

Joe is survived by his brother Charles(Cindy) Low, sister Bettie Lu(Mikey) Childress, son Brant Low, daughter Karen Low, grandsons, Taylor Low and Blake Snow, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents James Rascoe Low and Katherine Brantley Low, brothers, Jr Low, Buddy Low, Billy Low, Houston(Monk) Low, and his wife Connie Richard Low.

A Celebration of Joe's Life will be held at a later date.

Mortimer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers you can make a donation to your charity of choice.




Funeral services for Nancy Jane Day Burroff, age 97, were scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Cherry Ridge Baptist Church, with Bro. Dennis Hackler officiating.

Nancy Jane Day Burroff, affectionately known as “Mam” by her family and friends, went dancing into the arms of Jesus on January 18, 2022. She was born on June 12, 1924 to Douglas and Ray Day. She was predeceased by her parents; her brother Doug Day and his wife Ann; her beloved husband, Max Neal Burroff; and son-in-law, Steve Coston.

Mrs. Burroff is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Nugent and husband, Bobby; son, Neal Burroff and wife, Shirley; grandsons, Owen Coston and wife, Kricket, Lee Coston and wife, Susan, and Jason Burroff and wife, Alicia; granddaughter, Stephanie Carnes and husband, Bryan; bonus granddaughter, Kim Crnkovic and husband, Scott; ten great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and a host of friends.

Nancy was born and raised in Memphis, TN, where she attended Baptist Memorial Hospital, where she earned her nursing diploma. The only thing she loved as much as God and her family was being a nurse. The family moved frequently with Max’s job but ended up settling in Belzoni, MS. She was Director of Nurses at the Belzoni Hospital before she went to work for Dr. Arthur Wood and then Dr. Mack Gorton. It was there that the patients fell in love with her and affectionately called her “the red haired doctor.” She retired from nursing in 2000 and she and Max moved to Bastrop.

Mrs. Burroff loved her children and grandchildren and always wanted to create special memories with them. She worked nights so she could be home with her children during the day. She played with them and taught them life lessons. She taught all of her grandchildren (and several of their friends) to drive and climb trees. She loved watching them play sports and going to their school.

Mrs. Burroff lived her life for Jesus. She and Max were involved with the church in Belzoni, especially the youth. She taught VBS at Cherry Ridge Baptist Church in Bastrop until she was ninety-five. She was always asking people if they knew Jesus. She was an incredible prayer warrior and a passionate letter writer.

We were privileged to have Marilyn McKiney as her care giver the last year. They bonded immediately and we are forever indebted to Marilyn for her love and devotion to Mam.

Although she will be greatly missed, we know she now has a home in Heaven.




Janis Lynne (Ballou) Burnworth went to be with the Lord on January 26, 2022.

She was a music teacher, voice teacher, wife, mother, friend, and a Mimi. A lifelong resident of MS, a member of Calvary Baptist, First Baptist, and Woodlawn Baptist in Vicksburg, she loved the Lord, life, church, music, teaching, family, and friends.

Lynne was a student at Delta State University and MDCC. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Alcorn State University in 2003.

The Lord and her family, especially her grandbabies and her service dog Ferguson, were the bedrock of her life. She passed on January 26, 2022 after a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis, and a month-long battle with COVID19.

Lynne is survived by her husband John, son Barrett, daughter in law Maggie, grandchildren Grace, James, and Charlotte, her father Buel, mother Evelyn, sister Ree, niece Jennifer, and several other nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were Tuesday, February 1st at 2 p.m. at Greencrest Cemetery in her hometown of Belzoni. The Rev. Dwight Sibley conducted services.

If you would like to send flowers, roses (not red!) were her favorite. Otherwise, please consider donating to the MS Society, at the following link:




Betsy was mercifully freed from her earthly body on Thursday, January 6th, 2022, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Born October 19th, 1937, to the late Anthony Earl Beall and Margaret Earline Houston Beall in Jackson, Mississippi, Betsy was the epitome of the classic southern woman.  She attended the University of Mississippi, graduating in 1958 with a BA in Education. This was a time when ladies happily wore their “summer wool” to steamy August football games, when guys and gals were “pinned”, and “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets was all the rage.  A single glance at a sorority mixer bonded this Ole Miss Beauty with the love of her life, S. Leroy Reed, Jr., and they were married for the next 64 years.

Betsy was an excellent organizer and dedicated much of her life to giving back to her community. In high school, she served as a Worthy Advisor for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, then in college, as a Delta Gamma at Ole Miss, and later as president of the Junior Leagues of Stamford-Norwalk, CT. Betsy also faithfully sang in the choir of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan, Ct, and served on the altar guild of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Hilton Head Island, SC, where she and Leroy lived nearly 40 years. In addition, Betsy traveled extensively around the country as a USTA tennis umpire, serving as chief umpire for numerous men’s and women's college and professional tennis tournaments, including the US Open and Family Circle Cup.

Betsy loved New York and Paris, her best friends, Broadway musicals, collecting art and antiques, and entertaining everyone. And she also made a pretty darn good ambrosia. The old adage still remains that “the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”

Betsy is survived by her loving husband, Leroy Reed; two daughters, DeAnne Reed Vane, of Mount Pleasant, SC, and Leslie Reed Costello, of Orlando, Florida; and a granddaughter, Sarah Reed Vane, as well as many dear cousins and friends. Her family especially expresses their sincere gratitude to Franke at Seaside and Lutheran Hospice for their excellent and loving care as God ushered Betsy home.

Interment will be private. Plans for a Covid-safe memorial service are underway. Messages may be sent to the family via, or via the guestbook at  Otherwise, please contact the family directly. In lieu of flowers, please give to the Alzheimer’s Association at so to help eradicate this cruel disease.



Carl Houston Daniels, 70, of Isola, passed away Thursday, January 20, 2022, at his home.

Carl was born February 14, 1951, in New Boston, Texas to Floyd and Mildred Daniels. He was married to Ginger Daniels for 38 years. Carl loved to play music and played in many bands through the years as a guitarist and singer. He also loved to fish and had a love of fishing boats. Carl loved his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, Johnny Daniels; nephew, John Daniels; and niece, Heather Daniels.

Carl is survived by his wife, Ginger Daniels of Isola; one daughter, Tammy Cheeks of Camden, Arkansas; brother,  Billy Daniels of Maud, Texas; two granddaughters, Kioni (Taylor) Wyatt of Benton, Arkansas and Cierra Cheeks of Camden, Arkansas; four great grandsons, Kaison Wyatt, Ky Willis both of Benton, Arkansas, Karysn Collins, Keystin Willis both of Camden, Arkansas; 2 great granddaughters, Kyndalin Wyatt and Kailynn Wyatt all both of Benton, Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were at 2:00 pm, Sunday, January 23, 2022, at Gooden Lake Cemetery in Belzoni with Rev. Richard Wiman officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.




Graveside services for Jay Steven Hughes, 51, of Isola, were at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 24, 2021, at Gooden Lake Cemetery in Belzoni with Rev. Richard Wiman officiating. He passed away Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Jay was born September 11, 1970, in Belzoni, to John Haney Hughes and Jan Green Hughes. He worked for his father at J H Hughes Construction Company during his younger years. Jay then went to work for Brookie Duett as a tractor driver doing dirt bucket work and stayed there 16 years. He later went to work for Jimmy Lloyd driving a tractor and doing dirt work and had worked there for 16 years. Jay was a heck of a tractor driver and loved every minute of it. He was a gentle spirit and was like a big teddy bear. Jay had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed making everyone laugh. He loved his mom’s and his daughter’s cooking. Jay loved to hunt from his truck, fishing, and riding backroads.

He was preceded in death by his father, J.H. Hughes; mother, Jan Hughes Foster; stepfather, Walter Foster; and brother, Stanley Hughes.

Jay is survived by his wife, Amanda Hughes; daughter, Nadia Christine Hughes; three brothers, Victor Hughes of Lexington, Kentucky, Greg (Angie) Hughes of Belzoni, and Jeff (Ruth) Hughes of Belzoni; sister, Michelle Simpson of Lexington, Kentucky; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews that all loved him dearly.

Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was entrusted with arrangements.




Mickey Earl Peden, 76, died peacefully at his daughter’s home in Virginia on December 10, 2021, surrounded by beloved family. Mickey was born in Greenwood, MS on March 18, 1945, the first son of John Calvin and Edna Earle Skipper Peden. He grew up in Belzoni, MS, graduating from Belzoni High School, where he was a football star and Mr. Belzoni High with his elementary sweetheart, Truetta Roberts, forever on his arm. He and Trudy loved to brag that their love story began in fifth grade. He loved Trudy enough to marry her twice – on Friday in hopes of avoiding the draft as a man married by midnight on August 27th and again on their planned Saturday, August 28th.

The happy couple settled in a home just around the corner from his parents and welcomed a daughter. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, Mickey was drafted into the Vietnam Conflict in 1968. He completed his basic training in Virginia and was dropped off in a land that he probably could not find on a map. After serving his tour of duty, Mickey and Trudy became proud parents of a second daughter and began a nomadic time while Mickey worked to attain his degree in Pharmacy. The family moved to Starkville; DeKalb; Monroe, LA, where they welcomed their third baby girl; back to DeKalb; to Jackson, MS and finally worked their way back to their hometown and safe haven of Belzoni. Here, Mickey spent the rest of his adult life as a Humphreys County catfish farm manager while Trudy taught dancing and worked as church secretary for Belzoni First United Methodist Church.

Mickey worshiped his wife and daughters and considered himself protector of women, those who were family and those he deemed as family. Countless stories have been shared about Daddy, Papaw, Uncle Mickey, and Mick insisting on a phone call, or later a text, when any female he loved arrived at her destination safely. He would delay having his evening toddy of Kentucky Tavern until everyone was off the road and he was off duty. His girls learned to master the art of the collect phone call back in the dark ages of long-distance, “collect call from ‘Paige back at the W,’ ‘Lacey back at Ole Miss,’ and ‘Misty back at Delta State.’”

Though he adored his daughters, he certainly took immense pride in the grandsons his girls provided. Paige and Danny gave him his first boy; Lacey and Jason gave him the most boys; and Misty and Heath gave him twin boys with a bonus heart buddy. He was finally able to talk fishing, hunting, war, football and all the other “blue” topics he loved. His protectiveness went into overdrive with his three granddaughters and one granddaughter-in-law. He loved all ten grandchildren and made it to every out of town family vacation that his girls planned after Trudy passed away. Those grandkids were too loud, too rowdy, up too late, up too early, and he loved every second of being in the thick of things.

Mickey’s last trip was the Sippin Sistas adventure to Orlando in July of this year. He flew for the first time since he had deployed to Vietnam to be with all 16 of his crew. He ate steak, sat by the pool, smoked, visited, started an altercation with the Cuban family next door – he was Mickey that we knew and loved.

Mickey was preceded in death by the love of his life, Trudy Roberts Peden and his parents, Jack and Edna Earle Peden. He is survived by his three daughters and their husbands, whom he truly considered his sons: Paige and Danny Leggett; Lacey and Jason Bush; and Misty and Heath Barret. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Daniel and Carrie Leggett, Elizabeth and Caitlyn Leggett; Jackson, Eli and Lane Bush; and Jacob, Will and Madelyn Barret; brother Sam (Ann) Peden; sisters Jackie Atkins and Melanie (Parker) Bell and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

A celebration of Mickey’s life will be held in the Spring. Further information to follow. For now he will be laid to rest beside his wife.





Milton Collis Hale, Sr., “Buddy,” passed away peacefully on December 11, 2021. He was born in Belzoni, MS on September 10, 1927 to Robert Lee Hale and Laura Belle Seay. Raised in Belzoni, he attended school in Humphreys County. He married Mary Frances Sanders of Louise, MS in 1947.

He was preceded in death by his wife, four brothers, two sisters, and one daughter, Theresa Ann Hale. He is survived by one son, Milton Collis Hale, Jr., two daughters, Debra Hale DePeters and Linda Hale Banks, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

He served in the United States Marine Corp during World War II.

He was a wonderfully loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. While he touched many lives, most of all, he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He instilled in his children the importance of honesty, integrity, loyalty, persistence in education, and a strong work ethic. He modeled these qualities as a watch maker for over 60 years in the Jackson community where he was well- known for his trustworthiness, dependability, and unfailing kindness. Born in the Delta, he maintained ties as a landowner, further exemplifying his loyalty and commitment to family.

Blessed with six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, his greatest joy was spending time with fam-ily and watching old movies.

A family visitation was held, followed by a military burial ceremony and graveside services, on December 15, 2021, in Belzoni Cemetery. Friends and family wishing to honor Milton Hale are invited to do so by mak-ing a donation in his name to Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF), 263 Sutherland St., Jackson, MS, 39210.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the University of Mississippi Medical Center emergen-cy and cardiology departments along with the entire hospital staff and Hospice Ministries for their compas-sionate care.




Ruby Lee Taylor Foster, 92, of Isola, passed away Friday, December 10, 2021, at Oxford Health and Rehab in Oxford.

Ruby was born August 16, 1929, in Star, Mississippi, to Drewey Brown Taylor and Maudie Jackson Taylor. She was a seamstress for Jockey International for many years prior to her retirement. Ruby loved gardening and had a green thumb. She was well loved in the community. Ruby will be remembered for her kind heart and gentle spirit. Even while suffering from dementia, she was such a sweetheart that the aides at the nursing home would argue over who was going to take care of her.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl Foster; sister, Doris Dorman; and son in law, Wiley Price.

She is survived by three children, Jean (Jeff) Gibson of Holly Springs, Sharon Price of Anguilla, and Carl Leslie Foster of Indianola; seven grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services were at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 13, 2021, at Indianola City Cemetery with Rev. Millard Caulder officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.




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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mortimer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

A host of other relatives & friends.



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

She and Jerry had one son, Jerry Lee Coleman.

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Byas Funeral Home was in charge of services.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Interment was in Caile Cemetery, Caile, Mississippi.

Mortimer Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Rev. Eugene Williams will officiate.

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

A host of other relatives and friends!



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Sebrell Funeral Home is entrusted with all arrangements.



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Old Belzoni Cemetery

Post Office Box 22 / 212 North Hayden Street

Belzoni, MS 39038

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


Officer Darrin Demetrius Allen

October 26, 1969 - April 30, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Officiating: Rev. Richard Wiman, Pastor

First Presbyterian Church

201 Pecan Street

Belzoni, MS

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


Charles Kenneth "Bunky" Winters

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PO Box 239, Belzoni, MS 39038

Tel.# (662)-247-2915



August 10, 1934 - March 8, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



January 9, 1934 – February 22, 2021

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


APRIL 4, 1937 - FEBRUARY 23, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baptist Church in Belzoni.

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

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

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

Indianola Academy, PO Box 967, Indianola, MS 38751

Humphreys Academy, PO Box 179, Belzoni, MS 39038

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

(Check Payable to: Radiation Oncology)



( April 23, 1929 - February 28, 2021 )

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

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

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

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

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

The online guestbook may be signed at



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Hudson Park Cemetery

2911 Hwy 49 S

Greenwood, MS 38930

Pastor Dr. Calvin Collins will be officiating.

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