Monday, February 24, 2020

Mike Bradberry

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Coleman Funeral Home. Ackerman, MS.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Dorothy “Dot” Lewis Blalock

Funeral services for Dorothy “Dot” Lewis Blalock will be held Monday, February 24, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home, with Dr. Dan Lanier officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, February 24, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Chunky Cemetery. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Mrs. Blalock, age 82, of Meridian, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2020, in Meridian. Dot was born on May 30, 1937, in Chunky, Mississippi, to Mona Grace and Milton A. Lewis. She was a 1955 graduate of Hickory High School. She married her beloved husband, Tom Blalock, on September 23, 1956, in Valdosta, Georgia. They raised three daughters while his career in the United States Air Force took them to various locations around the country and world. Dot worked for many years at McRae’s Department Store in Meridian, retiring in 1991 when she and Tom moved to Louisville to be close to their granddaughters. In recent years, they had returned to Meridian and were attending Northcrest Baptist Church, which their family originally joined in 1972.

Dot is survived by her husband of 63 years, Tom Blalock; daughters, Brenda Blalock (Alan Porter), Kathy Stribling (Pete), and Lisa Watson; grandchildren, Katie Watson Butts (Will) and Maggie Watson Reed (Austin); great-grandson, Wyatt Elton Reed; sisters, Ruth McCraw, Liz Bratu, and Betty Jo Harrelson; and a host of nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Milton A. Lewis, Jr. and James Edward Lewis; and son-in-law, Elton E. Watson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital: 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Pallbearers will be Jim Lewis, Rick Lewis, Jerry Bratu and Austin Reed.

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at robertbarhamffh.com.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Mattie Lewis

Mattie Lewis, 87, passed on Monday, February 17, 2020. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 21, 2020 from Beck Funeral Home Chapel in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Burial will take place in the Mt. Calvary M.B. Church in Louisville, Mississippi. Visitation will be held 5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. for the General Public on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from the Beck Funeral Home Philadelphia location. Beck Funeral Home Louisville is in charge of arrangements.

Minnie Lee Fanning Maxey

Services for Minnie Lee Fanning Maxey will be held Friday, February 21, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. from McClain-Hays Chapel with Rev. Dwight Faulkenberry and Rev. Chester Carlisle officiating. Burial will follow in Bloomfield Cemetery in Neshoba County. Visitation will be held Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Home. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Mrs. Maxey, 88, of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at Neshoba County Nursing Home.

She was a native and longtime resident of Neshoba County. She worked and retired from Wells-Lamont Glove Factory after 45 years of service. Mrs. Maxey was a member of Grace Baptist Church and a former member of East Philadelphia Baptist Church for several years.

Survivors include daughters, Jackie Holley (Lonnie) of Philadelphia and Tammy Manning (Rayford, Jr.) 

of Noxapater; nine grandchildren, Eric Hill (Michelle), Heather Hiltz (Patrick), Kristen Blair (Scott), Erica Roebuck, Rayford Manning III (Olivia), Julie Coleman (Josh), Bruce Manning (Aubrey), Michelle Lovern (Jase), and Brent Manning (Alyse); 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Jane Burt of Pearl; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Maxey was preceded in death by husband, Jack Maxey; daughter, Judy Lackey; granddaughter, Elizabeth Manning; parents, Van Fanning and Bertice Mayo Creekmore; sisters, Johnnie McLemore and Anna “Tag” Brantley.

Pallbearers are Josh Coleman, Jase Lovern, Scott Blair, Rayford Manning III, Bruce Manning, and Brent Manning.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Linda Greenwood

Funeral services for Ms. Linda Greenwood were held at 3:30 PM Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at John E. Stephens Chapel with Rev. Mike Fondren and Rev. Doug Jones officiating. Interment in Union Ridge Cemetery. Visitation was from 12 Noon til time of service on Tuesday, February 18th. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Greenwood, 76, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Regency Hospital in Meridian, MS. She lived in Winston County most of her life. She worked in a garment factory for many years. Her hobbies include singing, fishing and hunting. She was a member of Noxapater Baptist Church.

Ms. Greenwood was preceded in death by her parents, Cleo Ray and Mamie Dee Doss Ray; Husband, Charles “Dan” Greenwood; Son, Ray Greenwood; Brother, Junior Self.

Ms. Greenwood is survived by her daughters, Melody Young (Gerald Sr.) of Carriere, MS and Michelle Cheatham (Mark) of Philadelphia; Daughter-in-law, Lisa Greenwood of Philadelphia; Sister, Patricia Self of Lexington, MS; Brother, Johnny Lee Self of Senatobia, MS; (6) Grandchildren, Gerald Young Jr., Megan Pitre, Shelby Greenwood, Carly Greenwood, Cole Cheatham and Ali Grace Cheatham; (5) Great-Grandchildren, Anna Young, Emma Young, Lane Young, Madelyn Pitre and Emily Pitre; Several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: Cole Cheatham, Dustin Pitre, Mark Cheatham, Gerald Young Jr., Rev. Doug Jones and Don Greenwood.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Thelma Parish

Mrs. Thelma Parish, 100, of Weir, Mississippi, passed on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at her home. Funeral Service will be Friday, February 21, 2020, at 1 p.m., from Greater Hope Pentecostal Church, Weir, MS. Visitation will be Thursay, from 3 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home in Weir Location. Burial will be in the Weir Chapel Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home of Weir in charge of arrangement.

Charles Bernice Fair

Mr. Charles Bernice Fair, 80, of Ackerman, Mississippi, passed on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at the Choctaw County Hospital, Ackerman, Mississippi. Funeral Service will be Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 2 p.m., from Beck Funeral Home, Louisville, Mississippi. Visitation will be Friday, from 3 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home Louisville Location. Burial will be in the Penderville Cemetery, Weir, MS. Beck Funeral Home of Weir in charge of arrangements.

McKinley Bates

Mr. McKinley Bates, 58, of Preston, Mississippi, passed on Friday, February 14, 2020, at Anderson Hospital, Meridian, Mississippi. Visitation, will be Wednesday, February 19, 2020, from 11 a.m., until 1 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Friendship M. B. Church Cemetery, Gholson, Mississippi. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

James Fletcher Jones

James Fletcher “Fletch” Jones, age 77, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, February 20 at Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Gillis officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service at the church from 9 a.m. until service time. Interment will immediately follow the service in McClelland Cemetery on Craig Springs Road.

Fletch was born September 1, 1942, to Clarence and Lavada Sides Jones. He was a member of Sturgis Baptist Church. He loved to fish and worked at Howard Furniture Company in Starkville.

Fletch is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters Geneva Lovvorn and Lottie Files; and two brothers Franklin Jones and Willie Jones.

Services are under the direction of Nowell Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com.



Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sandra Hemphill Clark

Sandra Hemphill Clark, age 76, passed away surrounded by her loving family Sunday, February 16, 2020, at her residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 18 in the Nowell Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Rook officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 12:00 p.m. until service time at Nowell Massey Funeral Home in Louisville. Interment will immediately follow the service in Sardis Cemetery.

Sandra was born December 27, 1943, to Willie Burkes and Katherine Elizabeth Hollis Hemphill. She was a member of Crystal Ridge Baptist Church. Anyone who knew Sandra very long came to realize that working in her flowers was her passion. She spent countless hours digging in her yard planting and transplanting flowers...she could get anything to grow! Sandra was one to always have an on-going project in the works. She was also a caregiver; her home was always open to anyone who needed a helping hand whether they were family or someone she knew down on their luck. She understood that life is short and she chose to live each day to the fullest. Another of Sandra’s passions was the Chihuahua puppies she raised; and she was very picky about the family that she allowed to adopt “her” puppies. Most of all, she dearly loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Sandra is survived by four children: Peggy Ward and husband Rod of Olive Branch, Mississippi; Dianne Cunningham and husband Carter; Tommy Clark; and Angela Clark all of Louisville. She was “Grandmother” to 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Sandra was preceded in death by her grandson Clark Ray; her great-grandson Jacob Ray; her parents; her brother Jody Hemphill; and her sister Melba Manning.

Serving as pallbearers are Rion Blevins, Alex Ward, Coleman Ford, Scotty Cunningham, Jakob Cunningham, Roland Ray, and Aaron Rivera. Honorary pallbearers are Danny Sullivan, Perry Hemphill, Marvin Hemphill, Larry Hemphill, and Cory Long. Memorials in memory of Sandra may be given to Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Glenda Thomas, 215 Thomas Road, Louisville, MS 39339.

Services are under the direction of Nowell Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com.



Saturday, February 15, 2020

Dewayne Rushing

Dewayne Rushing, age 66, passed away surrounded by his loving family Friday, February 14, 2020, at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Sunday, February 16 at Shiloh Baptist Church with Bro. Jay Murphy officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 2 p.m. until service time at Shiloh Baptist Church. Interment will immediately follow the service in Shiloh Cemetery.

Dewayne was born July 20, 1953, to A. V. and Mary Irene Conn Rushing. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. Early in his working career, he drove a truck for Merchant Truck Lines; and for many years, he has driven for Suburban Propane Company delivering gas to many neighbors and friends. For the last 10 years, he has been a Customer Service Representative in the offices of Suburban Propane. Dewayne met the love of his life on March 2, 1974, on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. They both immediately knew that a life together “was meant to be!” Dewayne was known as “Pop” to all children even before he had grandchildren of his own. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to introduce any child to an assortment of outdoor activities such as horses and hunting. Loving the outside as he did, he very much enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. The best times of his life were spent spoiling his grandchildren and riding his orange 4-wheeler.

Dewayne is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Dianne Carter Rushing of Louisville; and two sons Jimmy Rushing and wife Candace of Louisville; and Jeremy Rushing and wife Addie of Statesboro, Georgia. Before he had children of his own, he loved Angie Griffin and husband Joey as his own daughter. One of his greatest joys was being “Pop” to his grandchildren: Rylee Martindale-Rushing, Hayes Daniel Rushing, and Finn Martindale-Rushing. Once again before he had grandchildren of his own, he enjoyed spoiling Jodie (Cody) Ross and Audrey (Alex) Chappell just as he has his grands! Jodie and Audrey gave him his “great-grandchildren” Griffin Ross and Charlee Claire Chappell both of whom he dearly loved. Dewayne is also survived by his sister Brenda Sue (Chuck) Coleman; and his brother James Wendall Rushing. He is preceded in death by his parents; and his brother David Mitchell Rushing.

Serving as pallbearers are Jimmy Rushing, Jeremy Rushing, Joey Griffin, Scott Doster, Lee Hardy, Jimmie Hogan, and Terry Triplett. Honorary pallbearers are Hayes Rushing, Finn Martindale-Rushing, Alex Chappell, and Cody Ross. Memorials in memory of Dewayne may be given to Shiloh Cemetery Fund, Methodist Rehab, or Mississippi Baptist Children’s Village.

Services are under the direction of Nowell Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com.





Friday, February 14, 2020

Kathy J. Smith Carr

Kathy J. Smith Carr, age 68, passed away surrounded by her loving family Friday, February 14, 2020, at her residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Visitation will be Saturday, February 15, from 5:00 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Nowell Massey Funeral Home in Louisville. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, February 16 in the Nowell Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Wells officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in Ellison Ridge Cemetery.

Kathy was born November 16, 1951, to W. T. and Olean Reed Hemphill. She was a dedicated member of Ellison Ridge Baptist Church where she served for many years as the church clerk. Kathy also served on the Fellowship Committee and was always ready to help with any activity going on at the church or in the community. She enjoyed playing Bunko with friends; she loved to fish and went deer hunting with her husband. She also enjoyed gardening; working in her flowers; and crocheting until she was no longer able. Kathy loved to shop especially finding bargains on the sale racks!

Kathy is survived by her loving husband Dewane Carr of Louisville; her daughter Deby Carr; and her grandson Ric Cribbs both of Webster, Texas. She is also survived by her sisters: Elizabeth (Jerry) Kemp and Judy (Bob) Allman; and her brother Perry (Dian) Hemphill. Kathy also leaves behind eight nieces and nephews: Belynda (Michael) Petroski; Michael (Patricia) Kemp; Lori (Cliff) Luke; Breck (Melissa) Allman; Jay (Crystal) Allman; Chris (Carol) Hemphill; Jennifer (Jimmy) Collins; Felicia Jackson; and Keith Smith. She is preceded in death by her husband Jerry Wayne Smith; her parents; her brother Jerry Hemphill and infant twin sisters; her great-niece Kaylee Allman; her sister-in-law Sherry Hemphill; her brother-in-law Byron Smith; and her mother/father-in-law Glendon and Evelyn Smith.

Serving as pallbearers are Michael Chappell, Robert Hisaw, Jacob Johnson, Brett Kitchens, Dennis Runyak, and Jay Stokes. Honorary pallbearers are Breck Allman, Jay Allman, Hayden Carr, Johnson Carr, Ric Cribbs, Josh Garrett, Chris Hemphill, Michael Kemp, and Josh Petroski.
Memorials in memory of Kathy may be given to Ellison Ridge Cemetery, 2659 Ellison Ridge Road, Louisville, MS 39339.

The family would like to thank everyone, both family and friends, who have stood with Kathy and Dewane during this time. Each of you has been such a blessing to us.

Services are under the direction of Nowell Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com.



Bobbye Mills


Mrs. Bobbye Jean Mills, 90, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020, at her home in Louisville. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 16th, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Mike Childs and Rev. Trent Jaudon officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Center Ridge Methodist Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Mrs. Mills was born September 8, 1929, in Neshoba County, MS. She was a graduate of East Central Community College, and a longtime manager of a savings and loan company, and also worked with her husband at M. L. Mills Jr. Oil Co. She was a member of the Town & Country Garden Club, and First Methodist Church where she was active in Methodist Women and the Circles. She was preceded in death by her husband, M. L. Mills, Jr.; her parents, Q.C. and Emily Young; a son, Kevin Mills, a grandson, Kelley Mills; a step-daughter, Joanne Wilkes; five sisters; and one brother.

She is survived by her daughters, Beverly (Charles) Smyth, Kristi (Charles Howard) Carter; a daughter-in-law, Lori Mills; and two sons, Ken (Mandy) Mills and Brian (Pam) Mills, all of Louisville. She was affectionately know as “Bobba” to her grandchildren, Leslie Smyth, Melanie Fornal, Stephanie Joyner, Chris Eaves, Chad Bender, Taylor Mills, Justin Childs, Madison Womble, Emily Mills, Collin Mills, and Mary Grace Mills; 14 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First Methodist Church, Center Ridge Cemetery Fund, the Winston County Library, or the American Diabetes Assn.


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Maddox J. Reeves

Maddox Jaylin Reeves, age 11, went home to be with her Lord, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at Children's Hospital, UMC, Jackson, Ms.
Maddox was born Dec. 16, 2008 in Starkville, Ms. to Hannah Shumaker Raney. She accepted Christ as Savior on July 29, 2018 and was a member of Chester Baptist Church where she enjoyed all activities including children's Bible drills in which she was very competitive. She loved God and taking sermon notes, leading in Sunday School classes and praying for others. She loved to sing, listen to music and make videos. She loved animals and being outdoors. She was the middle child having two other sisters of which she was often the peacekeeper of the house. Maddox touched the lives of everyone she met with her beautiful smile and love. Even in her passing she gave life to others by being a multi-organ donor. She will be greatly missed by all of those who knew her.

Maddox is survived by:
Parents: Shawn & Hannah Raney, Paul Morgan.
Sisters: Mackenzie & Maebry Reeves
Grandparents: Bill & Teresa Shumaker, Walter & Carolyn Sistrunk, Glenn & Lisa Parker, Sherry Morgan, Tina Reeves.
Great Grand Parents: Mansel Shumaker, Faye Box, J.W. & Betty Graham

Preceded in Death by:
Alene Shumaker, Billy Joe Box, Ricky Morgan, Bethany Marie White, Mary Power

Joseph L. Jackson

Mr. Joseph L. Jackson, 86, of Maywood, Illinois, formerly of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at the Elm-Hurst Hospital, Maywood, IL. Funeral Service will be Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Beck Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Jimmie H. Hamilton

At the age of 87, Mr. Jimmie Hamilton passed away late Wednesday night, February 12, 2020, at his home in Noxapater, Mississippi surround by his loving wife, daughter, and son. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 15 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Noxapater Baptist Church, where he had been a faithful member for over 60 years till heath issues prevented him from attending. The funeral service will be held at the church beginning at 11 a.m. followed by graveside services at Mount Carmel Cemetery with Reverend Gowan Ellis presiding.

Jimmie was born February 25, 1932, to Lillian and Cecil Hamilton in Vardaman Mississippi. His childhood days were spent in Vardaman working and playing with his parents, brother and sister on their family cotton farm. Jimmie started his work career as only a teenager with Irby Construction where he traveled across the US working on projects. His second job was a lineman with East Mississippi Electric Company putting in and repairing power lines across the Southeast United States. While working in Winston County for the power company, Jimmie met the love of his life, Doris McNeel, while roller skating one weekend at the local skating rink in Philadelphia, Mississippi. After they were married, roller skating continued to be one of their favorite ways to spend time together and with their two children, Beverly and Paul David. The love for his family was great and he loved spending time with them. Jimmie and Doris had been married for 62 wonderful years at the time of his death.

After his job with East Mississippi Electric Company Jimmie took a job as an electrician with Georgia Pacific in Louisville, where he continued to work until he retired. When Jimmie was not working at Georgia Pacific or tending to the cows on his farm in Noxapater, his favorite pass times were by far hunting and fishing. As any of his friends can tell you, he took his hunting and fishing very seriously and pursued pretty much every form of game that existed in the South. Some of his leisure days were spent training his hunting dogs for quail, deer, and raccoon. Other days were spent with his son and friends hand grabbing huge catfish out of the Noxubee and Yockanookany rivers or traversing the hills and swamps of Mississippi in search of quail or trophy bucks. Topping his hobby list was always his passion for crappie fishing where he spent endless days on Ross Barnett and Grenada reservoirs searching for the best locations and techniques for catching these fish. As most of his friends will tell you, he was very good at crappie fishing. It was hard to beat him at this game and he would always gladly let you know that.

Jimmie is survived by his wife Doris McNeel Hamilton of Noxapater; daughter Beverly Comeaux of Noxapater; son Paul David Hamilton of Ridgeland, MS; and his sister Nell Harrelson of Bruce, Mississippi. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Cecil and Lillian VanLandingham Hamilton and his brother Leroy Hamilton.

Active pallbearers will be Phil Hamilton, Mark Harrelson, Jerome Kittrell, Billy Gene McNeel, Grayson Freeman, and Wade Kennedy. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Tim Harrelson, Jeff Harrelson, Phil Chapel, Buddy Chapel, George Freeman, and Peter Hudson. Any donations given in memory of Jimmie Hamilton should be donated to Noxapater Baptist Church.

Services will be under the direction of Nowell Massey Funeral Home of Louisville, MS. Condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at the church or on the digital register at the online site www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com.




Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Minnie Hudspeth

Minnie Hudspeth, 78, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at Atwood Personal Care Home in Noxapater, Mississippi. Funeral services will be Monday, February 17, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Crystal Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Jones officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service at Crystal Ridge Church from 10 a.m. until service time. Interment will immediately follow in Crystal Ridge Cemetery.

Minnie was born on October 22, 1941, to Willie and Tabitha White Flake in Winston County, Mississippi. She was a devoted member of Crystal Ridge Baptist Church where she sang in the choir each Sunday; and with the church quartet, The Crystal Ridge Singers. Minnie was a graduate of Nanih Waiya School and she attended Wood Junior College. She retired as an administrative assistant at Brunt-Ward car dealership. Minnie was an avid gardener and she very much enjoyed working in her flowers. She also enjoyed the time she spent with and caring for her grandchildren.

Minnie is survived by her son Richard “Ritchie” Hudspeth and wife Jennifer of Madison, Mississippi. She is also survived by her four sisters: Ruby Rogers; Martha (Leroy) Fulcher; Kat McBrayer; and Elaine Dooley. One of her greatest joys was being “Maw” to her four grandchildren: Will (Shelby) Hudspeth; PFC Ethan Hudspeth; Sara Hudspeth; and Bonnie Hudspeth; as well as her four great-grandchildren: Anna Lee Hudspeth; Katie Elizabeth Hudspeth; Wyatt Easton Hudspeth; and Addelyn Raine Hudspeth. Minnie was preceded in death by her loving husband Doc Hudspeth; her daughter Terri Hudspeth; her parents; her sister Maggie Eaves; and two brothers Clinton Flake and George Flake.

Serving as pallbearers are Carl Flake, Jimmy Flake, Ronnie Flake, and Jerry Hill. Memorials in honor of Minnie may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, 8180 Greensboro Drive,Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102.

Services are under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com.



Sammy Edwin McMinn

Sammy Edwin McMinn, 78, passed away on February 9, 2020 at his residence in Sturgis, MS. He was a business owner in Sturgis for 45+ years. He worked 10 years with the Starkville Fire Department, then founded the Sturgis Fire Department in 1977, where he was volunteer fire chief. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Noel and Elizabeth McMinn; sister, Virginia Bell; and great grandson, Logan McMinn.

He is survived by his wife, Dixie H. McMinn; sons, Keith McMinn and Stan McMinn (Penney); daughter, Tina M. Jones; grandchildren, Clint Jones, Parker Jones, Miller McMinn (Bree), Caleb McMinn (Maggie), Stanton McMinn, and Bailey McMinn Edwards; great grandchildren, Curt Jones, Tinley Jones, Molly Ruth Edwards, and Natalie Ann McMinn; sister, Peggy Adams; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Morgan Chapel Baptist Church in Sturgis, with the funeral service immediately following. Rev. Ralph Windell and Rev. Melvin Mordecai will conduct the service. Burial will be in Morgan Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department, 5321 Morgantown Road, Sturgis, MS 39769 or to French Camp Academy, 1 Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745.

Dylan Dwight Dempsey

Funeral services for Dylan Dwight Dempsey will be held Friday February, 14, 2020 at 1:00 at the First Baptist Church Sanctuary, 210 S. Jackson Street, in Starkville, Mississippi. Interment will follow at Oddfellows Cemetery in Starkville. Visitation will be held immediately before the services at the First Baptist Church Sanctuary on Friday, February 14 from 11:00-1:00.

Dylan, 22, passed away on February 8, 2020 in Cleveland, Mississippi. Dylan was born on April 27, 1997 to Dwight and June Dempsey in Starkville, MS.

Dylan was currently attending Delta State University where he was pursuing his passion by studying Art and Design. Dylan graduated from Starkville Academy in 2015. While at Starkville Academy, Dylan was an all-star soccer player, national qualifying cross-country runner, and an exceptional track runner. Dylan was an artist; he saw the beauty in things others took for granted. Dylan was creative, he could take the ordinary and turn it into something extraordinary. Dylan was a designer, with a few dollars and a trip to the thrift store, he could turn nothing into something spectacular. Dylan was handsome, so much so that he was given the opportunity to model on many occasions. Dylan was a traveler, he loved the beach, nature, and big cities. He was always ready for an adventure.
But, so much more importantly, Dylan was a son, who loved his parents unconditionally, as they did him. He was a brother, who was so incredibly proud of Dalton for everything he has accomplished. He was a grandson, nephew, and cousin who loved his family so much. Dylan was a friend to everyone he met. To know Dylan was to love him. Dylan had a smile, with those dimples, that would light up a room. Dylan always gave hugs that would melt your heart. Dylan is gone too soon, and it breaks our hearts. Dylan will forever be missed and remembered, today, tomorrow, and forever.

Dylan is preceded in death by paternal grandfather David Dempsey, maternal grandfather Ray Hartness, and aunt Denice Dempsey.

He is survived by his parents, Dwight and June Dempsey of Starkville, brother Dalton of Starkville; paternal grandmother Maxine Dempsey of Louisville, MS; maternal grandparents Brenda and Larry York of Louisville, MS; aunts Kathy Dempsey (Tony) of Richland, MS; and April Shaw (Ryan) of Flowood, MS; uncle Andy Hartness (Megan) of Louisville, MS; cousins Zachary and Chloe Owens, Raegan and Braden Shaw, and Walker and Wilder Hartness. Dylan is also survived by his beloved dog, Mia.

Memorials can be made to the Dylan Dempsey Memorial Art Fund to Starkville Academy, 505 Academy Road, Starkville, MS.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Ruth Nowlin

Ruth J. Nowlin passed away Monday, February 10, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center In-House Hospice, in Tupelo, MS. She was 82 years old. Mrs. Nowlin was born March 9, 1937, in Choctaw County, MS, to Raymond Jackson and Arietta(Brooks) Staten. Mrs. Nowlin retired from Mississippi State University Sanderson Center as business manager.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 14, 2020, 11:00 a.m., at Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church near Ackerman, MS. Visitation will be Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Coleman Funeral Home, and Friday, February 14, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. till service time at the church. Burial will follow in Macedonia Primitive Baptist Cemetery near Ackerman, MS.

Mrs. Nowlin is survived by her husband, Joel Nowlin of Ackerman, MS, 4 sons, Don(Amanda) Nowlin of Pennsylvania, Eddie(Jimmie) Chesnut of Starkville, MS, Robert(Kim) Nowlin of Odessa, TX, Martin(Candy)Nowlin of Shallowater, TX, 3 daughters, Vicky(Lance) Groceman of Ackerman, MS, Marie(Dusty) Dendy of Ackerman, MS, Linda(Dennis) Mulkey of Bandera, TX, 3 brothers, Carl(Sheila) Staten of Rogers, AR, Andy(Dorothy) Staten of West Point, MS, Billy(Linda) Staten of Ackerman, MS, 1 sister, Rhoderia Weeks of Ackerman, MS, 13 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Nowlin was preceded in death by her parents, 1 son, and 1 brother.

Memorials may be made to North Mississippi Medical Center In-House Hospice.