Monday, May 20, 2019

Grace Bonnie DePriest

Miss Grace Bonnie DePriest, age 7, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Winston Medical Center in Louisville, Mississippi. A celebration of Grace’s life will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, in the Nowell Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rob Faulk officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 2 p.m. until service time at Nowell Massey Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Nebo Cemetery in Choctaw County. 

Grace was born February 9, 2012, to Andrew DePriest and Cindy Garrett DePriest in Fort Pierce, Florida. She was so sweet and touched the lives of everyone who met her; and she gave the best hugs and kisses! Grace was our beloved, shining, happy girl who loved spending times at Disney World in the Magic Kingdom every chance she had. She was the light of our lives; the star of our hearts and she leaves us smiling through our tears at our memories of her.

Grace is survived by her mommy, Cindy, of Louisville; her daddy, Andrew, of Eupora, Mississippi; and her sister Stephenie Garrett of Port St. Lucie, Florida. She also leaves behind her grandparents: Ray and Hazel Garrett of Louisville, Patricia Rutledge of Byram, Mississippi; and Billy DePriest of Eupora. Grace will be missed by her aunts and uncles: Lesia and Donnie Harris; Mike Bruce; Wanda Sapp; Sandra Grigsby; Ron Rutledge; Jennifer Willis; Leigh and Criss Turnipseed; and Lori and Tim Burt; as well as a host of cousins. She is preceded in death by her grandmother Bonnie Ruth DePriest; her “GG” Patsy Aleene Collins; and three uncles Marc Bruce; Kenneth DePriest; and Billy Dean DePriest.

Serving as pallbearers are Ray Garrett, Riley Carruthers, Mike Bruce and Donnie Harris. Memorial contributions in memory of Grace may be given to Give Kids the World Village, 210 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746.

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, May 18, 2019

Hernando Joe Caperton

Hernando Joe Caperton died May 16, 2019 at MS Baptist Hospital in Jackson after a brief illness. Joe was born to John Albert Caperton and Lillie Mae Moody Caperton on April 2, 1929 in Winston County. He was named after his two grandfathers, Hernando Desoto Caperton and Joe Moody, both of pioneer families who settled in Winston County in the 1830’s and 1850’s.

Joe grew up in Louisville and lived most of his life there graduating from Louisville High School and later attending Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Illinois. In 1951, he joined 104 other men in Company G, 155th Infantry Regiment, 31st Dixie Division who departed Louisville, Mississippi in mid-January by train and convoy to Fort Jackson, South Carolina to support the war effort during the Korean Conflict. Following the end of his active duty, he returned to Louisville and remained in the National Guard for twenty years. During that time he used his training at Coyne and opened a television repair shop, which he operated after hours and on weekends while he was still working full-time at the guard.

Later, Joe opened Joe’s TV Service, a TV and appliance dealership and repair shop on North Court Avenue which he operated until his retirement.

In those years he lived in Louisville, he was active for 40 years with the volunteer fire department and served many of those years as the Fire Chief. During that time the volunteer firemen were successful in getting the city to establish the volunteer fire department as a full time operation and hire a full time chief. It was then that the fire department building was built on N Court Street. Upon his retirement from the fire department, he was named to honorary status.

He moved to Union, MS and lived there until he went to the VA Nursing Home. He made many new and lasting friendships there.

In 1948 he married Abbie Jean Capps who was the mother of his children. In 1989 he married Mary Dean Majure. Both predeceased him.

Joe had three children, Randy Caperton, Lynn Caperton and Mary Ann Caperton. He was predeceased by his daughter Lynn Caperton Graham. He was also predeceased by his two brothers Tommy Caperton and Billy Sullivan. He is survived by his daughter Mary Ann Chatham (Bill) of Pearl, MS, his son Randy Caperton of Jackson, MS, his step-daughter Tanya Majure Jordan (Mike), Kennesaw,GA, his sister Cora Lynn Campbell of Vicksburg, MS; and very close First Cousins, Carolyn Caperton Mills, and Bobbie Jean Triplett of Louisville. He is also survived by the joys of his life, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

For the past ten years, after breaking his hip at age 79, he has been at home at the MS State Veterans Home in Kosciusko, where he has received outstanding care and love by the staff there. Without their love and care, the family could not have survived these years. The staff have become like his extended family and many have expressed their fond memories of “The Mayor” which the staff called him. They also have described him as the official greeter at the Nursing Home because he loved to sit out front and talk with all those who came to visit.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. this Sunday afternoon May 19th at Porter Funeral Home in Louisville, MS. The family will hold private interment at Louisville Memorial Park after the visitation.

The family requests that those who want to make a memorial in lieu of flowers may send a check to the MS State Veterans Home to defray extra expenses for those veterans who are on limited income. Joe believed that one of the highest accomplishments in his life was that of having served his country and being a Veteran.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Joe B. Peacock

Joe B. Peacock passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019, at his residence in Mathiston, MS. He was 78 years old. He was born January 29, 1941, in Mathiston, Mississippi, to Thomas Hugh"Dutch" and Modena (Brooks) Peacock. Mr. Peacock was a retired employee of Ingalls Shipyard.

Services will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m., at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman, MS, with Rev. Todd Chesser officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 15, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m., also at Coleman Funeral Home.

Mr. Peacock is survived by his wife, Bobbie Joe"B.J."Peacock of Mathiston, MS, 2 sons, Joe Peacock(Michele) of Phoenix, AZ, Anthony Fondren(Michelle) of Mathiston, MS,
2 daughters, Kathie Weber(Dan) of Yuba City, CA, Katrina McClelland(Austin) of Mathiston, MS, and 8 grandchildren.

Mr. Peacock was preceded in death by his parents, 1 son, 1 brother, and 3 sisters.

Kelsey Cortez Ingram

Kesley Cortez Ingram, 18, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at Rush Hospital, Meridian, Mississippi. Funeral Service will be Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 11 a.m., from Choctaw County Community Center, Ackerman, Mississippi. Visitation will be Friday, from 3 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Mr. Ingram will be placed in the Center on Saturday, one hour before service time. Burial will be in the Enon Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Vanessa Marcia Harrington


Vanessa Marcia Harrington, 48, formerly of Noxapater, Mississippi, passed on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Baton Rouge General Hospital, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Funeral Service will be Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 2 p.m., from Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church, Noxapater, Mississippi. Visitation will be Friday, from 3 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Miss Harrington, will be placed in the Church on Saturday, one hour before service time. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Jo Ann (Bowen) Ballard

Jo Ann (Bowen) Ballard passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, MS. She was 71 years old. She was born April 14, 1948, in Raleigh, Mississippi, to Kiley and Jewel(Mayfield) Bowen. Mrs. Ballard was a retired homemaker/housewife.

Services will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 2:00 p.m., at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman, MS, with Rev. Michael Mann officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 14, 2019, from 12:00 noon till service time, also at Coleman Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ballard is survived by her husband, John Ballard of Sturgis, MS, 1 son, Billy Sellers(Kristy) of Louisville, MS, 2 daughters, April Helstrom(Russell) of Auburn GA, Kim Lockhart(Scooter) of Starkville, MS, 1 brother, Jimmy Bowen(Tiffany) of Madison, MS, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Ballard was preceded in death by her parents, and 1 brother, Mann Bowen.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Katelynn Ann "Katie" Thomas

Katelynn Ann “Katie” Thomas, age 31, was called to her Heavenly home on Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Louisville, Mississippi. A celebration of Katie’s life will be held at 2 p.m. in the Nowell Massey Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, May 13 with Rev. Mason Joy and Rev. Michael Wells officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 12 noon until service time at Nowell Massey Funeral Home in Louisville. Interment will follow in Sardis Cemetery.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Peggy Brown Morrow

Peggy Brown Morrow—Visitation: None Funeral Service: 2 PM Saturday May 11, 2019 at Chester Baptist Church near Ackerman, MS. 

Evorn Lockett


Mrs. Evorn Lockett, 69, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at her home. Funeral Service will be Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 2 p.m., from Mount Bell Missionary Baptist Church, Louisville, MS., with Burial in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, from 3 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Mrs. Lockett, will be placed in the Church on Saturday, one hour before service time. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Laverne F. Nowell

Services for Laverne F. Nowell will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. from McClain-Hays Chapel with Rev. Matthew White and Rev. Gene Higginbotham officiating. Burial will follow in Cedarlawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 12 noon until service time at McClain-Hays Funeral Home. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Laverne Frazier Nowell , age 91, peacefully transitioned to heaven on May 7, 2019.

She worked in the insurance industry for 50 years and retired from Philadelphia Security Insurance Agency. She was a member of the Eastern Star and a longtime member of Longino Baptist Church, where she served as church secretary and Sunday school teacher for many years. After retiring she enjoyed volunteering at the Neshoba General Hospital Gift Shop.

She is survived by her son Gary Nowell and daughter-in-law Moni McKee of Ridgeland, MS; grandchildren, Nicole Nowell Benson (Chris) of  Madison, MS, and Jonathon Nowell (Linn) of Oslo, Norway; great-grandchildren, Beckett, Charlie, Adelle and Anders Benson, and Anna Mason Nowell.

Laverne is also survived by her sister Patsy Sanders of Philadelphia, MS; brothers, Fred Frazier (Katherine) of Louisville, MS, Ralph Frazier (Melnie) of Wesson, MS; and her sister-in-law Carol Frazier of McKinney, TX; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Nowell was preceded in death by her husband Quinn Nowell; infant son Kevin Nowell; parents, Fred, Sr., and Minnie Frazier; and brother Mike Frazier.

The family would like to thank the staffs at Atwood and Quality Hospice, as well as personal caregivers, for all the care given to the Nowell family.

Mary Beatrice (Edwards) Hood

Mary Beatrice(Edwards) Hood passed away Monday, May 6, 2019, at Carrington Nursing Center in Starkville, MS. She was 76 years old. She was born September 23, 1942, in Longview, MS, to Hubert A. and Vera Lois(Thaxton) Edwards. Mrs. Hood was a retired secretary and homemaker.

Services will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 2:00 p.m., at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman, MS, with Rev. Danny Irvin officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. till service time, also at Coleman Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Old Lebanon Cemetery near Ackerman, MS.

Mrs. Hood is survived by 3 sons, Herbert(Brenda) Hood of Mendenhall, MS, Eddie Hood of Starkville, MS, Everette Hood of Starkville, MS, 1 daughter, Kathy(Jacky) Davis of Harvest, AL, 1 sister, Lois Alexander of Stephenville, TX, and 2 grandchildren.

Mrs. Hood was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Marion Hood, and her parents.

The family asked that any memorials be directed to Old Lebanon Cemetery Fund.

Rev. Dr. Prentiss M. Gordon, Sr.

The Reverend Dr. Prentiss M. Gordon, Sr. passed away on May 6, 2019 in Starkville, Mississippi. He was born on December 23, 1925 in Choctaw County, Mississippi to Estel and Ruth Golden Gordon.

He will be laid to rest at Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church cemetery in Choctaw County, Mississippi, next to his beloved wife Mary Lee, on Saturday, May 11, at 2:00 p.m. There will be an opportunity for viewing prior to the committal service. A larger visitation and Memorial Service will be held the next day, Sunday, May 12, at the First United Methodist Church, Starkville, Mississippi. The visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p. m. The Memorial Service will follow at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Lela Mae Nicholson Robinson

Mrs. Lela Mae Nicholson Robinson, 67, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the Winston County Medical Center, Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 12 p.m., from Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 3 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Mrs. Robinson, will be placed in the Church on Wednesday, one hour before service time. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Nannie Bell Gladney

Mrs. Nannie Bell Gladney, 98, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Friday, April 26, 2019, at Louisville Health Care Center, Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral Service was held Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 11 a.m., from Beck Funeral Home. Visitation was one hour before service time. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Donnie Ray Coleman

Donnie Ray Coleman, 53, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Friday, April 24, 2019, at Baptist Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee. Funeral Service will be Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 11 a.m., from Bethany Presbyterian Church, Louisville, MS. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 3 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Mr. Coleman, will be placed in the Church on Saturday, one hour before service time. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

George Marvil Williamson

George Marvle Williamson, age 86, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Southern Middle Tennessee Regional Medical Center in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Funeral services will be 12 noon Wednesday, May 1, at Harmony Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Gordy and Rev. Jerry Lundy officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 10 a.m. until service time at Harmony Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.

Marvle was born May 6, 1932, to George Calvin and Mary LizieBeth Crocker Williamson in Winston County. He was a dedicated member of Harmony Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for the last 52 years. He thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School Class. Marvle was a 1952 graduate of Calhoun High School and worked as a welder at Taylor Machine Works in Louisville. He loved his family dearly and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. One of his most fun “responsibilities” as a grandparent was to teach each grandchild how to drive a stick shift! He answered the call of his country by serving in the United States Army.

Marvle is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Reed Williamson of the Nanih Waiya Community; and his daughter Melissa Gordy and husband Rev. Tony Gordy of Lawrenceburg. One of his greatest joys was being “Daddy Marvle” to his grandchildren: Melodie and Brett Ellis; Joshua “Buck” and Kayla Gordy; and Michelle and Zach Davis. He also leaves behind to mourn his passing five great-grandchildren: Emma Gordy, Trenton Brown, Alayla Baxter, Vinny Tibbs, and Marshall Tibbs. He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother Roger Melvis Williamson; and his sister Otene Virginia Stafford.

Serving as pallbearers are Mark Beasley, Steve Blackwell, Zach Davis, Brett Ellis, Joshua “Buck” Gordy, Jerry Kemp, Ricky Morgan, and Brian Stafford. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Harmony Baptist Church and members of the Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School Class. The family requests that memorials be given to Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o David Holder, 11755 Highway 397, Louisville, MS 39339 or to Deerfield Baptist Church Building Fund, 4200 Waynesboro Highway, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464.

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.




Thursday, April 25, 2019

Christian Martin John Jauch


Christian Martin John Jauch entered the gates of Heaven on April 22, 2019. He was born on August 19, 1931 in Winsted, Connecticut to Christian and Christine Jauch. After graduation from Gilbert High School in 1949, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for one year before returning home to work at The Gilbert Clock Factory, where he met and fell in love with Jeannette Thibault, the prettiest girl on the assembly line and married her on February 9, 1952. He was drafted into The United States Army and proudly served his country for two years in Korea. In 1953, they welcomed a son, Christian Jr. (Chris) and in 1956, daughter Kathleen (Kathy). 

His curiosity for how things were made, his love of learning and his natural knack for inventiveness served him well when he moved the family South in 1965 to work at the newly opened clock manufacturing company, Spartus Corporation, in Louisville, MS. He quickly went from Design Engineer to Chief Engineer until 1977 when he was transferred to Astron in Peru, Illinois. Two years later they were on the move again, this time to The Sunbeam Clock Company in Forest, MS. However, Sunbeam closed this location in 1983 and he was transferred to New Jersey where they lived before returning “home” to Louisville and Spartus in 1986. While with Spartus he obtained numerous patents. In 1989, as Manager of Product Engineering, he designed a quartz clock movement and helped set up an automated quartz movement assembly line capable of producing a finished clock movement every 2.5 seconds.

Life slowed down after retirement in 1996, but his insatiable appetite for inventing, creating and technology led him to a new venture – making vinyl signs for businesses and individuals in Louisville and surrounding areas…many of which are still in use today. However, no matter what new project came along, he never lost his love for clocks and took great pride in repairing and restoring a variety of clocks for people. He often referred to the clocks as his “patients” and while in for repair, they would line the walls and countertops of both the shop and their home until he was ready for them to be “discharged”.

He was stubborn to a fault, would give you the shirt off his back, could draw your portrait in charcoal or ink, could pick out a tune on the piano, could build an icy, snow-packed toboggan race track worthy of clocking an Olympic record, could fix or build absolutely anything, LOVED music and was eager to share that love with everyone, loved a good joke, loved to give folks nicknames, loved his country, loved his family and most of all, loved his beautiful wife of 65 years.

The clock of life is wound but once
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour
Now is the only time you own
Live, love, toil with a will
Place no faith in tomorrow for
The clock may then be still.

Christian is preceded in death by his parents and wife. He is survived by a sister, Ruth Masse’ of Norwich CT, along with children Christian Jr. (Mary) of Peru IL and Kathy Pickett of Madison MS, 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019, in the Nowell Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Childs officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 10 a.m. until service time at Nowell Massey Funeral Home in Louisville. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Servings as pallbearers are Cornelius Harris, Drew Hayslett, Erich Jauch, Josh Smith, Mike Towne and Larry Veazey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Wounded Warrior Project https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org, Alzheimer’s Association, or a charity of your choice.

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.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Cecil O. Price

Mr. Cecil O. Price, Jr., 61, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Winston Medical Center in
Louisville, MS. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 24th, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Mason Joy officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Noxapater. Visitation will be held from 1:00 P.M. until the service time at the funeral home. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cecil was born September 30, 1957, in Neshoba County, MS. He was a graduate of Noxapater High School, East Central Community College, attended the University of Mississippi, and graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Business Administration. Cecil previously worked for U. S. Motors, and had worked with Clark Beverage Company since 1984 as a route manager. Cecil loved the outdoors, and was especially fond of hunting, fishing, cooking, and was an avid follower of Mississippi State sports. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby Helen Jones Price and Cecil O. Price, Sr.; his sister, Linda Joyce Price; and his brother, Robert Price.

He is survived by his wife, Melanie Cockrell Price of Louisville; his daughter, Anna Price of Starkville, MS; and his son, Clark Price of Memphis, TN.

Pallbearers will be Bill Weeks, Chris House, Steve Fondren, Marc Shows, Douglas Murray, Jacob Fulton, Bill Heinick, and David Humphries.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery Fund, c/o Betty Young, 57 Johnson 5 Road, Noxapater, MS, 39346.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Robert Lee Smith

Robert Lee Smith, 59, formerly of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Alexanderia, Virginia. Funeral Service will be Friday, April 19, 2019, at 1 p.m., from Mount Cannie M. B. Church, Louisville, Mississippi. Visitation will be Thursday, from 3 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Mr. Smith, will be placed in the Church on Friday, one hour before service time. Burial will be In the Church Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Zack Yarbrough

Zack Yarbrough, 88, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the V. A. Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi. Funeral Service will be Saturday, April 20, 2019, at 11 a.m., from Wesley United Methodist Church, Louisville, Mississippi. Visitation will be Friday, from 3 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Mr. Yarbrough, will be placed in the Church on Saturday, one hour before service time. Burial will be in the Louisville Memorial Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.