Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Rita Carol Robinson

Funeral services for Mrs. Rita Carol Robinson will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at Pleasant Springs Presbyterian Church with Dr. Wayne Hill officiating. Interment in Pleasant Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Visitation 5-8 PM Tuesday, January 28th at John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services.

Mrs. Robinson, 71, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2020 at her residence. She was born in Alabama but made her home in Preston, MS. She worked many years at Walmart. Her hobbies include spending time with family, NASCAR and collecting coca cola items. She was a member of Pleasant Springs Presbyterian Church.

Preceded in death: Parents, James “Bo Pete” and Syble Rawson; Husband, Junior Robinson (2017); Sister, Sue Bragg.

Survivors: Sons, Dewayne Robinson (Pam) of Louisville and Randy Robinson of Preston; Sisters, Debbie Carney Martin of AL, Jane Mazingo of AL; (5) Grandchildren; (6) Great-Grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: James Robinson, Taylor Robinson, Ronnie Fuller, Donnie Fuller, Grayson Freeman, Aron Jacobs, Austin Swartz, Hunter Swartz.

Jack N. Stewart

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.




James Lamar Hailey

James Lamar Hailey, age 71, passed away surrounded by his loving family Sunday, January 26, 2020, at his residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, at the Nowell Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Phillip Williams and Rev. Adam Sloan officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 11:00 a.m. until service time at Nowell Massey Funeral Home in Louisville. Interment will immediately follow the service in Hailey-Richey Cemetery in Preston with Rev. Becky Smith officiating.

Lamar was born December 13, 1948, to J. T. and Alice Scarbrough Hailey. He was a member of Vernon Methodist Church. Lamar loved anything to do with being outdoors—hunting, fishing, farming, and taking care of his cows. All who knew Lamar know that he loved to make people laugh and was quite a prankster. He answered the call of his country by serving in the Army National Guard for six years.

Lamar is survived by his loving wife of 37 years Kaye Sloan Hailey; his daughter Apryl Bane and husband David; and grandson Braxton Bane all of Louisville. He is also survived by his brother Robert Hailey and wife Peggy; his niece Belynda (Chip) Luke; and two nephews Allen H. (Ann) Hailey; and Malcolm H. (Mandy) Hailey; great-nephews Tanner and Tatum Luke; and four great-nieces: Laura Beth, Kady Rose, Mallory, and Harley. He also leaves behind two brothers-in law: Ernie (Lorie) Sloan and their children Jonathan and JayCee; and Bruce (Teri) Sloan and their son Adam (Nicole) Sloan; and great-great-nephew Gabrielle Sloan. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Serving as pallbearers are Allen Hailey, Malcolm Hailey, Ricky Patterson, Steve Triplett, Donnie Woodruff, and Barry Yarbrough. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Addkison, Wade Hailey, Chip Luke, Tanner Luke, Tatum Luke, Ray Reed, Bruce Sloan, and Ernie Sloan. Memorials in memory of Lamar may be given to the Hailey-Richey Cemetery Fund, c/o Gladys Jackson, 1421 County Line Road, Preston, MS 39354 or to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.

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.



Vardaman Lee Carter

Mr. Vardaman Lee Carter, 77, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at the North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. Funeral Service will be Sunday, February 2, 2020, at 2 p.m., from the Mount Olive Bethel Harmony District Bldg., 121 Armstrong Street, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Saturday, from 3 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Mr. Carter, will be reposed in the District Bldg. on Sunday, one hour before service time. Burial will be in the Louisville Memorial Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Friday, January 24, 2020

James Otis Hardin

Mr. James Otis Hardin, 71, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Thursday, January 23, 2019, at the Oktibbeha County Medical Center, Starkville, MS. Funeral Service will be Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at 2 p.m., from Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Friday, from 3 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Mr. Hardin, 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.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Gloria Gean Fulwiley



Mrs. Gloria Gean Fulwiley, 63, of Louisville, Passed on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at the Winston County Medical Center, Louisville, MS. Funeral Service will be Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Beck Funeral Home, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Friday, from 3 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Church Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Andrew Brown

Mr. Andrew Brown, 68, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at his home. Funeral Service will be Friday, January 31, 2020, at 2 p.m., from the Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, with Burial in the Little Calvary Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, from 3 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Mr. Brown, will be placed in the Church on Friday, one hour before service time. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Debra "Debbie" Simpson

Debbie McAdory SimpsonDebbie McAdory Simpson, age 61, passed away surrounded by her loving family Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at her residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Visitation will be Friday, January 24, from 5:00 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday, January 25 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Nowell Massey Funeral Home in Louisville. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, January 25, at Harmony Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Lundy and Bro. Tommy Jones officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.

Debbie was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and grandmother (aka DeeDee). She loved the Lord. She enjoyed all outdoors; camping, fishing, mountain trips, and she always had a green thumb for her flowers. She was a gourmet cook to her family of wonderful southern recipes that have been passed down the family for years. She loved to cook and have family and friends in her home. She made delicious desserts which she enjoyed sharing with friends. In fact, when going to chemo, she would ask her doctors, nurses and staff what their favorite desserts were. The next time she’d come with a favorite dessert for a random doctor or nurse. Many times, she would bake cookies and brownies, individually packed (2 per bag) to share with the entire staff at the cancer institute. Debbie loved and gave with all of her heart.

Debbie was a genuine person, and always a loyal friend. She never met a stranger. She was loved by all who knew her. Her sweet voice and smile were contagious. As a matter of fact that is what stole Steve’s heart. Mrs. Simpson has been a member of Harmony Baptist Church since 1970's. She enjoyed being a member of two bunco clubs, and preparing for that special day with her friends.

Debbie is survived by her loving husband Steve Simpson of Louisville; and her three children: Jason Palmer of Morrison, Colorado; Ashley Simpson Pruett and husband Thomas of Eatonton, Georgia; and Laura Simpson Lee and husband Paul of Clarksville, Georgia. One of her greatest joys was being “DeeDee” to her grandchildren: Bryce Bragg, Katelyn Palmer Anslee Hicks, Braxton Bragg,Ty Hicks, Wesley Hicks, Ayden Pruett, Leslie Pruett Marlee-Kate Lee, Jacey Lee, Bailey Lee, Logan Lee, and Alyssa Lee. She is also survived by her mother Johnnie Ruth McAdory; two sisters Lynn McAdory Smith (Jeff) Seward and Janet McAdory (John) Bradeen; and her brother Larry McAdory; in addition to her nieces, nephews, and friends. She is preceded in death by her father Leo McAdory.

Serving as pallbearers are Bryce Bragg, Thomas Pruett, Paul Lee, James Higgason, Kevin Price, Jamie Smith, and Joey Smith. Memorials in memory of Debbie may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tribute Program, P. O. Box 1000 Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

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.




Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Paul D. Miller

Paul D. MillerPaul D. Miller, age 81, passed away surrounded by his loving family Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at Baptist Memorial Hospital—Golden Triangle in Columbus, Mississippi. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday, January 24, in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Johnny Collins officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 1:00 p.m. until service time at Nowell Massey Funeral Home in Louisville. Interment will immediately follow the service in Memorial Cemetery.

Paul was born September 21, 1938, to Richard and Gladys King Miller in Weir, Mississippi. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he was actively involved until his health prevented his participation. He exhibited his strong work ethic by devoting 42 years to Taylor Machine Works in the Quality Control Department. Paul enjoyed hunting, fishing, and just “piddling” in his shop and around the house. It was said that “he lived his life in such a way that he made sure he had no enemies. We could all learn a lot from this man’s life. He was honest to a fault and strong until the end.”

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Glenda “Bunton” Miller of Louisville; and his children: Paul E. Miller and wife Joyce of Atlanta, Georgia; Tina Miller of Tampa, Florida; Richard S. Miller also of Tampa, Florida; Daryl Edmonds and wife Beth of Louisville; and Becky Brown and husband Gary of Caledonia, Mississippi. One of his greatest joys was being “PaPaw” to his nine grandchildren: George Miller, Charles Miller, Bennet Womble, Jacob Freedman, David Miller, Rachel Womack, Cole Harrison, Carley Meisenholder, and Caleb Brown; and his seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Sarah (Johnny) Trussell in addition to his nieces, nephews, and friends. Paul is preceded in death by his grandson Justin Dickerson; his parents; and his brother Freeman Miller.

Serving as pallbearers are Caleb Brown, Jacob Freedman, Cole Harrison, Jimmy Hudspeth, Michael Womack, and Bennet Womble. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Men’s Sunday school class at Calvary Baptist Church, Johnny Trussell, and Buster Williams. Memorials may be given to Calvary Baptist Church, c/o Jo Ellen Johnson, 4109 Old Robinson 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.




Sunday, January 19, 2020

Johnny E. Haimes

Johnny E. Haimes, age 79, passed away surrounded by his loving family Saturday, January 18, 2020, at his residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Visitation will be Thursday, January 23, from 5:00 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Nowell Massey Funeral Home in Louisville and one hour prior to the service on Friday at Gum Branch Baptist Church. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, January 24, at Gum Branch Baptist Church with Bro. Paul Blanchard officiating. Graveside services and interment will immediately follow the service in Bevill Hill Cemetery.

Johnny was born May 27, 1940, to William Walker and Beatrice Powell Haimes in Winston County, Mississippi. He was a member of Gum Branch Baptist Church. For 34.5 years, he devoted himself to roadwork in District 1 of Winston County. He loved being involved in road work for the County and enjoyed driving and supervising the dump trucks. Johnny also enjoyed playing video games with his grandchildren and liked constructing buildings. He would help anyone who needed help; giving them whatever they needed regardless of his needs.

Johnny is survived by his loving wife of 42 years Joyce Prisock Haimes of Louisville; his daughter Kawanna Kay Parsons and husband Douglas of Rochester, Indiana; and step-daughter Rosie Bradford also of Louisville. One of his greatest joys was being “PawPaw” to his four grandchildren: Melissa Smith, Timothy Smith, Bryan Smith, and Kaleb Haimes; as well as his two great-grandchildren Hailey Miller and Mackenzie Robison. He is also survived by two brothers Jeffy (Dot) Hames and Billy (Elsie) Haimes in addition to his nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his daughter Cindy Lanae Haimes; his parents; and his sister Bettye Youngblood.

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.



Gladys Drewery

Gladys Drewery, age 89, passed away surrounded by her loving family Friday, January 17, 2020, at Methodist Hospital in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Visitation will be Friday, January 24, from 5:00 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Nowell Massey Funeral Home in Louisville. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 25, in the Nowell Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Horton officiating. Graveside services and interment will immediately follow the service in Good Hope Cemetery.

Gladys was born June 12, 1930, to Walter and LaVada Dempsey in Louisville, Mississippi. She enjoyed reading and loved spending time with her family.

Gladys is survived by her children: Paul Drewery of Louisville; Ann Thompson of Olive Branch; David Drewery also of Olive Branch; and Judy Monroe of Memphis, Tennessee. One of her greatest joys was being “Mawmaw” to her 17 grandchildren: Crystal Marie Drewery, Walter Earl Drewery, James Lee Drewery, James Michael Drewery, James Paul Drewery, Jr., Pamela Drewery, Russell Lynn Thompson, Richard Thompson, James Aranda, Janet Drewery, Sandy Drewery, Karen Drewery, Stacey Drewery, Teresa Monroe, Curtis Monroe, Shannon Monroe, and Crystal Monroe; as well as her 33 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Christine McClelland of Starkville, Mississippi; and her brother Jerry Lee “Chicken” Dempsey and wife Pat of Louisville; in addition to her nieces, nephews, and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Roy Price Drewery; three sons: Walter Earl Drewery, Mike Drewery, and Chester Drewery; four grandchildren: Anthony Leo Drewery, Jennifer Nicole Drewery, Randy Allen, and Richard Lee; her parents; her brother Sonny Dempsey; and her sister Lucille Buford.

Serving as pallbearers are Matt Boykin, Steve Boykin, and Jerry Booth.

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, January 16, 2020

Marian Reel

Marian Louise Reel passed away Thursday, January 16, 2020, at Choctaw County Nursing Center, in Ackerman, MS. She was 86 years old. Mrs. Reel was born October 15, 1933, in Gladwin, MI, to Ivan and Thelma(Gruno) Rawles. Mrs. Reel was a retired dietician for French Camp Academy in French Camp, MS.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 2:00 p.m., at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman, MS. Visitation will be Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 12:00 noon till service time. Burial will follow in Crape Creek Cemetery near Stewart, MS.

Mrs. Reel is survived by her husband, Allon Reel of Stewart, MS, 1 son, Bo(Sherry) Reel of Stewart, MS, 1 daughter, Diane(Charlie) Edwards of Ackerman, MS, 4 brothers, Frank Rawls of Michigan, Jim Rawls of Arizona, Gary Rawls of Hernando, MS, Richard Rawls of Winona, MS, 2 sisters, Virginia Palmertree of Kosciusko, MS, Betty Jordan of Michigan, 6 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Reel was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother, and 2 sisters.

Memorials may be made to Crape Creek Cemetery.

NaniLou McCarty Long

Mrs. Nanilou McCarty Long was born February 13, 1927, and passed away January 16, 2020. She was a member of the Ackerman Baptist Church and a retired bookkeeper for the Choctaw County School System.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11:00 a.m., at Ackerman Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. till service time at the church.

Mrs. Long was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Lawrence Long; daughter, Cheryl Long Stacy; son, Jimmie Glen "Pete" Long; son-in-law, Jerry Johnson; and parents, Troy and Clara McCarty.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Long Johnson of Ackerman, MS; son, David Long of Ackerman, MS; son-in-law, Terry Stacy of Ackerman, MS; 5 granddaughters; 1 grandson; and 13 great-grandchildren. She also leaves a sister, Martha Oswalt of Ackerman, MS, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Ackerman Baptist Church.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Pearlie Lewis

Mrs. Pearlie Lewis, 68, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at the North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. Funeral Service will be Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 2 p.m., from the Mount Olive Bethany Harmony District Bldg., Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Saturday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Mrs. Lewis, will be reposed in the District Bldg., on Sunday, one hour before service time. Burial will be in the New Zion Church Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Willa Dean Watkins

Mrs. Willa Dean Watkins, 82, passed away on January 15, 2020, at Baptist-Golden Triangle Hospital in Columbus, MS. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, January 17th, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Mike Childs officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home. Interment will be Sunday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Griffin, GA. Porter Funeral Home of Louisville, MS, is in charge of arrangements. 

Theresa Monique Sanders

Mrs. Theresa Monique Sanders, 53, of Jackson, Mississippi, passed on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at the University Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi. Funeral Service will be Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Mount Pleasant#2 M. B. Church, Noxapater, Mississippi. Visitation will be Friday, from 3 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Mrs. Sanders, will be reposed 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.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Bobby Joe Jennings

Funeral services for Mr. Bobby Joe Jennings will be held at 2 pm Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at John E. Stephens Chapel with Rev. Antoine Stokes officiating. Interment in Hight Assembly of God in Noxapater. Visitation will be 5-8 pm Tuesday, January 14th at John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services.

Mr. Jennings, 73, passed away Monday, January 13, 2020 at his residence in Winston County, where he lived most of his life. He was a welder at Taylor Machine Works. His hobbies include camping, working on electronics and family get togethers. He was a member of Indian Springs Assembly of God.

Preceded in death: Parents, Leland Alexander Jennings and Meliva Thompson Jennings; Sisters, Mary McDaniels, Gracie Roberson and Edna Jennings; Brothers, David Jennings and Joel Jennings.

Survivors: Wife, Dianne Creekmore Jennings of Noxapater; Sons, Jerry Woodson Jr. (Tonya) of Philadelphia, Archie Woodson (Janet) of Philadelphia; Niece he raised, Nikki Creekmore; Sisters, Charlene Barnes of AL, Margaret Adams of Louisville; Brothers, Robert (Bill) Jennings of FL, Leland Jennings Jr. AR and Tony Jennings of FL; (4) Grandchildren; (1) Great-Grandchild; Host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: Johnny Creekmore, Ray Creekmore, Joe Creekmore, Scott Woodson, Gregory Woodson, Dustin Griffin.

Paul Thomas Newlin, Sr.

Paul Thomas Newlin, Sr. 69, passed away January 12, 2020 at his home. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 12-3 p.m. at Jordan Funeral Home in Kosciusko and from 5-8 p.m. at New Haven Baptist Church. Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 11 a.m. at New Haven Baptist Church with burial to follow in the New Haven Cemetery. Rev. Jim Gardner will officiate.

He attended New Haven Baptist Church. He retired after 30+ years of nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse. He was the first male nurse to graduate from the Holmes LPN program in the late 1970’s. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed the outdoors. He loved baseball and helped coach his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Newlin of Weir; sons, Paul Thomas Newlin, Jr. and Kyle Newlin, both of Weir; daughter, Joy Ryles of Los Angeles, CA; seven grandchildren, Brandon Newlin, Christopher Newlin, Tori Newlin, Abby Newlin, Kasey Newlin, Tyler Boyd, and Keaton Boyd; great-grandchildren, Kave Newlin, Xander Newlin, and Rowan Newlin; sister, Barbara Howard and husband, R. A. of Weir; brother-in-law, Charlie May of Weir; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Lewis and Rosalie Lanell Spears Newlin; and sister, Charlotte May. Pallbearers will be Paul T. Newlin, Jr., Tyler Boyd, Brandon Newlin, Ethan Porter, Joey Hood, Christopher Newlin, and J. C. May.

Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745 or Parkinson Research.

Joseph Leon Merritt

Mr. Leon Merritt, age 100, passed away surrounded by his loving family Monday, January 13, 2020, at his residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Visitation will be Thursday, January 16, from 5:00 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Nowell Massey Funeral Home in Louisville. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, January 17, at Poplar Flat Baptist Church with Bro. Dan Robertson officiating. Graveside services and interment will immediately follow the service in Poplar Flat Cemetery with Bro. Doug Wise officiating.

Leon was born May 27, 1919, to B. F. and Lula McCann Merritt in Sturgis, Mississippi. He was a member of Poplar Flat Baptist Church where he faithfully served as the music director for many years; he was also a deacon; and a Sunday school teacher. Over the years, he also led the music for many revivals. Leon was also active in the Brotherhood and Visitation Ministry of Poplar Flat Church and in the Winston County Baptist Association. He answered the call of his country by serving from 1942 to 1946 in the United States Marine Corp. Leon spent two and one-half years in the South Pacific Theater of World War II where he participated in actions against the enemy in two major battles: Battle of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands in 1943 and Battle of Saipan fought on the island of Saipan and Battle of Tinian fought on the island of Tinian both in the Mariana Islands in 1944. He returned from his overseas duty and married the love of his life, Gladys Taylor of Louisville. Leon was the founder and owner of Merritt Plumbing and Water Well Company which he operated for more than 30 years.

Leon is survived by his son Joe Merritt and wife Diana of Dallas, Texas; his daughter Carol Higginbotham and husband Robert of Louisville; and his sister Bertha Vickers of the Morgantown Community. One of his greatest joys was being “Granddaddy” to his six grandchildren: Megan (Bob) Thomas, Emma (Wesley) Teague, Josh McNeill, J. D. (Katelin) McNeill, Julee (Bennie Ray) Watkins, and Kiel (Lara) Higginbotham. He also enjoyed being “Granddaddy” to his six great-grandchildren: Maci McNeill, Maggie McNeill, Tara Thomas, Joseph Thomas, Jett Higginbotham, and Lake Higginbotham; he is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife Gladys Taylor Merritt; his parents; four brothers: Thomas Merritt, Kline Merritt, Lamar Whatley, and Howard Harrod; and three sisters Lurlene Josey, Lena Heflin, and Mabel Harrod.

Serving as active pallbearers are Josh McNeill, J. D. McNeill, Kiel Higginbotham, Gerald Whatley, Robbie McMillan, and Norman White; while Bobby Stubbs will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

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.




Vergie Mae Shaw Earvin

Mrs. Vergie Mae Shaw Earvin, 70, Formerly of Ackerman, MS., passed at her residence on Saturday, January 11, 2020, in McDonough, GA. Funeral Service will be Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at 12 p.m., from the Gospel Temple Church of God In Christ Church, Ackerman, Mississippi. Visitation will be Friday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home in Weir, MS. Mrs. Earvin, will be reposed in the Church on Saturday, one hour before service time. Burial will be in the Mount Salem Church Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home of weir in charge of arrangements.