Monday, August 10, 2020

Wilber Sullivan

Graveside services for Wilber Sullivan will be held Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 10 a.m. from Coye Assembly of God Cemetery with Rev. Ryan Farmer officiating. McClain-Hays is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Sullivan, 79, of Preston, died Sunday, August 9, 2020.

He was a native of Kemper and a longtime resident of Preston Community and was retired from U.S. Motors after 30 plus years. He loved to hunt, fish and watch the Atlanta Braves play ball and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Sullivan was a member of Coye Assembly of God Church in Kemper County.

Survived by his wife of 62 years, Imogene Sullivan of Preston; daughters, Dawn Hill of Louisville and Shelia Stovall (Randy) of Philadelphia; grandchildren, Amy Hill Pace (Kevin), Casey Hill (Cathy), Kelsey Hill, and Gregory Stovall (Brandi); great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Lucy Pace , Parker Hill and Smith Stovall; sisters, Jewell Tucker of Meridian and Ann Johnson (Roy) of Meridian; brothers, Royce Sullivan (Esterlene) and Paul D. Sullivan of Preston; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Sullivan was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Emma Sullivan; sisters, Eloise Dunn and Willie Lee Pratt; brother, James Sullivan.

D. J. Reed

D. J. Reed, age 80, passed away from this life surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, August 9, 2020, at his residence in Noxapater, Mississippi. Graveside services and interment will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 11 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Noxapater, Mississippi, with Rev. Edgar Reed officiating. The family encourages everyone to follow COVID-19 precautions.

DJ was born March 1, 1940, to Jack and Alnita Reed in Kemper County, Mississippi. He was a member of Noxapater Methodist Church. DJ worked at Taylor Machine Works in Louisville for 40 years. He was a member of the Noxapater Fire Department for 50 plus years, where he served faithfully as their chief for about 40 of those years. He also served as vice president of the Winston County Fire Association. His favorite past time though, was being “Pappy” to his two granddaughters. They were the “apple of his eye” and he always had time to stop and brag on them to whomever he met.

DJ is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Nellie Miller Reed of Noxapater, and three sons Myron Stevenson and wife Angie of Ackerman, Mississippi, Tim Reed and wife Kathi, and Mark Reed all of Noxapater. One of his greatest joys was being “Pappy” to his three grandchildren: Samantha Stevenson, Karly Reed and Alan Reed. He also leaves behind four brothers: Raymond (Jan) Reed of Louisville, Martin (Charlotte) Reed of Collinsville, Russell (Dean) Reed of Meridian, and Fletcher Reed of Jackson as well as a host of nieces and nephews. DJ was preceded in death by his son Mitchell Reed, his parents, and his step-mother Thelma Reed.

Serving as pallbearers are Myron Stevenson, Mark Reed, Tim Reed, Dennis Reed, Buzzy Wilson, and Johnny Stokes. Honorary pallbearers are James Robert Webb, Wilson Webb, Russell Reed, Raymond Reed, Martin Reed, Fletcher Reed, and all Noxapater Firefighters. Memorial contributions in honor of DJ may be given to the Noxapater Fire Department.

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, August 9, 2020

Buddy Warner

Mr. Carlos Burl “Buddy” Warner, Jr., 69, passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at his home in Louisville, MS. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, August 11th, at Murphy Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. Mark Mayo and Rev. Tim McDill officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the church. Interment will be in Murphy Creek Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Buddy was born August 9, 1950, in Louisville, MS. He was a graduate of Louisville High School, and worked in the forestry division at Georgia Pacific for over 30 years. He was a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corp, having served during the Vietnam era. Buddy loved horses and for many years rode in the Dixie National Wagon Train that traveled the state and ended at the Dixie National Rodeo at the coliseum in Jackson. He was a member of Murphy Creek Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mozell Cockrell Warner and C.B. Warner; one sister, Jean McDill; and a brother, John Thomas “Johnny” Warner.

Buddy is survived by four sisters, Kendall (Marvin) Hemphill and Shirley McDill, both of Louisville, Ruby Jane Shorman of Waukegan, IL, and Diane Coleman of Sturgis; and a number of nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Murphy Creek Cemetery fund.





Ilse Schack

Ilse Schack, age 83, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, August 9, 2020, at her residence in Louisville, Mississippi.
Ilse was born April 21, 1937, to Karl and Luise Elise Appel Bläser in Hanau, Germany. She attended West Union Presbyterian Church. Ilse was an accomplished seamstress who loved to sew. She was also an excellent cook and baker. During her career, Ilse worked as a
Commissary Purchasing Agent for an American military base in Germany.

Ilse is survived by her loving husband of 26 years Helmut Schack of Louisville, and two daughters Ingrid Thompson and husband Dan, and Sylvia Wright and husband John all of Louisville. One of her greatest joys was being “Oma” to her six grandchildren: Lisa (David) Addy, Jason (Maria) Thompson, Katy (Josh) Tillman, Matthew Sloan, Morgan Wright, and Mallory (“Tick”) Eaves. She also leaves behind seven great-grandchildren: Grace and Jon Addy, Mac and Will Thompson, Cade and Riley Tillman, and Amaury Eaves. Ilse was preceded in death by her parents.

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.



Lavina Blanton O’Bannon

Lavina Blanton O'Bannon passed away Friday, August 7, 2020, at her residence, in Ackerman, MS. She was born March 19, 1926, in Choctaw County, MS, to Berry Homer and Lillian Myrtle(Cork) Blanton. She was 94 years old. Mrs. O'Bannon was a retired sewing machine operator and homemaker.

Private graveside services will be held on Monday, August 10, 2020, 10:30 a.m., at Enon
Cemetery in Ackerman, MS.

Mrs. O'Bannon is survived by 1 son, Ronald O'Bannon of Ackerman, MS, 1 brother, Roy Blanton of Ackerman, MS, and 2 sisters, Norma Shaw of Gore Springs, MS, Lillie Timothy of Mobile, AL, and 1 sister-in-law, Edris O'Bannon of Madison, MS. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Morris O'Bannon, her parents, 2 brothers, Herbert and Brice Blanton, and 1 sister, Sarah Lou Castens.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Bradford Kennedy

Mr. Bradford Kennedy, 77, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at his home. Graveside service will be Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Bethany Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Betty Cumberland

 Graveside services for Betty Cumberland were held Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Coye Assembly of God Cemetery with Rev. Allen Herrington officiating.  McClain-Hays in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Cumberland, 74, of Preston, died Thursday, August 6, 2020.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Kemper County and was a homemaker all her life.  She love to garden, cook and being with her family especially her grandchildren. Mrs. Cumberland was a member of Coye Assembly of God Church in Preston.
Survived by her sons, Lee Cumberland and Brock (Mary Ann) Cumberland all of Preston; grandchildren, Brooks, Matthew (Erica), Ivy (Chris), Anna, John, Mamie, Ashley (Larry), Billy, Tyler (Stephanie); 19 great-grandchildren; sisters, Jean Thomas of Louisville and Charlotte Petty (Edward) of Union; a host of nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Cumberland was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Billy Cumberland; son, Johnny Cumberland; parents, James and Correne Warren; brothers, Ricky and Wesley Warren.

Peggy Cockrell

Peggy Cockrell, age 79, passed away with her husband by her side on Friday, August 7, 2020, at her residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Sunday, August 9 at Murphy Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Mayo and Bro. Mike Fuller officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 10:15 a.m. until service time at the church. Interment will immediately follow in Murphy Creek Cemetery. The family encourages everyone to follow COVID-19 precautions.

Peggy was born in Winston County on January 14, 1941 to Henry and Ruby Hooks Eaves. She was married to the love of her life, Ray, for 60 years. They spent many hours side-by-side fishing, which they both loved. She spent time every day reading her Bible. From an early age until her health declined and she was no longer able to attend, Peggy was an active member of Murphy Creek Baptist Church where she served for many years as Sunday school secretary. Peggy enjoyed “coffee time” with her brother, Harry, every day.

Peggy is survived by her husband, Ray Cockrell, of Louisville; her sister Jean Nall of Clinton, Mississippi; her sister-in-law Dean Eaves also of Louisville; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Mildred Arnett and Jackie “Sweetie” Bunch, and her brothers Elmer Eaves, Welton Eaves, and Harry Eaves.

Serving as pallbearers are Lee Pearson, Rylee Pearson, Ricky Tanksley, Darry Crowell, Donnie Hisaw, and Taylor Tucker.

The family would like to thank the staff of Sta-Home Hospice of Philadelphia, Mississippi, that took such excellent care of our Peggy. We would also like to thank Mae Haggard for the personal care and comfort that you have given to our family and Peggy during her illness.

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, August 6, 2020

James Nick Hensley

J
ames Nick Hensley, age 84, passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle in Columbus, Mississippi. Graveside services and interment will be 4 p.m. Sunday, August 9 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Noxapater, Mississippi, with Rev. Chris Vowell officiating. The family encourages everyone to follow COVID-19 precautions.

Nick was born April 27, 1936, to Thomas Ogden and Margaret Martin Hensley in Noxapater. He was a member of Noxapater Baptist Church where, in his younger days, he taught a Youth Sunday school class. Nick was a graduate of Noxapater High School and always enjoyed supporting and watching Noxapater Football. He began his career as an electrician by working with and learning through the Robert Farish Electric Company. He retired after 45 years of working as an electrician with various companies including Taylor’s, Georgia Pacific, Triplett Electric, and A and B Electric. Nick was an avid outdoorsman and served as a Boy Scout Master for 15 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing; and he was thrilled to pass this love of the outdoors down to his son, his grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren.

Nick is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Patricia Quinn Hensley of Noxapater, his son James Quintin Hensley and wife Carla of Columbus, and his sister Tenie Quinn also of Noxapater. One of his greatest joys was being “Papaw” to his two grandchildren: Lauren Hensley (Tyler) Cook and James Dylan (Masa) Hensley. He also leaves behind four great-grandchildren: James Bowen Hensley, Thomas Holt Cook, Mera Quinn Hensley, and Carlee Elizabeth Cook; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Nick was preceded in death by his infant son John Marcellus Hensley, his parents, his brother Thomas Lee Hensley, and two sisters Ann Holdiness and Faye Murphy.

Serving as pallbearers are Dylan Hensley, Tyler Cook, Thomas Barnes, Mike Cobb, Raymond Dempsey, and Devon Vowell. Honorary pallbearers are James Boyd Allen, Larry Pierce Bryant, Sammy Carter, Jerry Estes, Jimmy Wayne Kemp, Randy Kemp, Douglas McAdory, and the members of the Smallwood Hunting Club. Memorial contributions in honor of Nick may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tribute Program, P. O. Box 1000 Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or to Mt. Carmel Cemetery Fund, c/o Noxapater Baptist Church, P.O. Box 251, Noxapater, MS 39346.

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.




Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Donald Louis Smith

Mr. Donald Louis Smith, age 71, passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS, as a result of the Covid virus. Graveside services and interment will be at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, August 7th, at Evergreen Cemetery, with Rev. Dennis Smith officiating. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


Donald was born April 9, 1949, in Jackson, MS, the son of L. H. and Bessie Smith. Graduating from Wingfield High School in Jackson, MS, and the University of Mississippi in 1973, Donald worked for the State of Mississippi Tax Commission, ABC Division for 36 years. Following retirement, he enjoyed working for Dixie Wholesale Waterworks. An avid Ole Miss Rebel, he loved cheering on the football and baseball teams and being in the Grove. Donald also loved Winston Academy and served on the board of the Winston Educational Foundation. It was his joy to coach Pee Wee football, co-coach the girls softball team, including a state championship win in 2003, serving as president of the WA Patriot Booster Club, and being the voice of the Patriots football team home games for many years.

Survivors are his wife, Gail Smith; a son, Casey Louis Smith, and his wife Kellie; a daughter, Amanda Gail Blissard, and her husband Clint; and a brother, Rev. Dennis Hughes Smith. He also leaves four grandchildren, Anna Claire Plunk, Darby Jolie Smith, McKinley Grace Smith, and Mary Virginia Blissard, who will miss the ice cream and candy bars their Papa would sneak them.

Pallbearers will be Mike Ard, Michael Cournoyer, Johnny Johnson, Jeff McMinn, Roger Mason, and Dennis Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Clark, Bob Combs, Rusty Hannah, Niles McNeel, Farrell Rigby, Keith Roberts, Jamie McMillin, and Steve White.

Memorials may be made to Winston Academy, P. O. Box 545, Louisville, MS, 39339.




Alan Wayne Whitmire

Alan Wayne Whitmire, age 64, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at his residence in Columbus, Mississippi. Memorial services and interment will be 10 a.m. Friday, August 7 at Memorial Cemetery in Louisville, Mississippi, with Rev. Trent Jaudon officiating. The family encourages everyone to follow COVID-19 precautions.

Wayne was born August 11, 1955, to Darwin and Marzene Whitmire in Greenville, South Carolina. He worked with the Corps of Engineers as a Lock Supervisor on the Tombigbee River until his retirement in 2010. After his retirement, he enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping, trying to keep up with his two German shepherd playmates, and playing checkers with his grandchildren.

Wayne is survived by his wife Georgia Whitmire of Columbus, his mother Marzene Whitmire of Louisville, his son Brandon Whitmire and wife Stephanie of Ethelsville, Alabama, and his daughter Cheryl Woody and husband Murray of Columbus. One of his greatest joys was his four grandchildren: Malorie and Hunter Whitmire of Ethelsville, Alabama, and Andrew and Madison Woody of Columbus. He also leaves behind two brothers Steve (Sandy) Whitmire of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Kenneth (June) Whitmire of Pensacola, Florida; his aunt Linda Swain of Louisville, and his father-in-law Irving Power also of Columbus; in addition to several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Wayne also has two surviving step-children Jacob St. Laurenc and Erin (Edward) Parisian, as well as one step-grandchild Nathaniel Parisian all of Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father Darwin Whitmire and his mother-in-law Mary Power.

Memorial contributions in honor of Wayne may be given to the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society 50 Airline Rd, Columbus, MS 39702

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.




Patsy Pampkin


Mrs. Patsy Pampkin, 58, formerly of Louisville, MS., passed on Friday, July 31, 2020, in Nashville, TN. Graveside service will be Friday, August 7, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Louisville Memorial Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Zelma Baker

Mrs. Zelma Baker, 91, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at the Louisville Health Care Center, Louisville, MS. Graveside Service will be Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Louisville Memorial Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Arthur Lee Hartness

Mr. Arthur Lee Hartness, 85, passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at his home in Louisville, MS. Graveside services and interment will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Tuesday, August 4th, at Murphy Creek Cemetery with Rev. Junior Davis officiating. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Arthur Lee was born August 12, 1934, in Noxapater, MS. He was a graduate of Noxapater High School, and a member of First Baptist Church of Louisville. He worked for Taylor Machine Works for over 27 years. Arthur Lee had a fascination with vehicles of all kinds. He loved to drive, and drive fast. He later worked for Mr. Doug Hudspeth at Rebel Auto Parts, and was proud of the radio commercial that deemed him as “the fastest delivery man in town”. He enjoyed people and spent many days with Mr. John Winstead at Winstead Body Shop, and enjoyed visiting with people when he worked with Porter Funeral Home. Arthur Lee was a devoted husband, and a loving father and grandfather. He loved and spoiled all his girls.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Berdie Lee and William “Bill” Hartness; two sisters, Christine Nowell Hartness and Sheila Hartness Gomillion; and a brother, J. B. Hartness.

He is survived by his wife, Nita Halfacre Hartness of Louisville; two daughters, Tammy (Kevin) Whitehead and LeAnne Hartness, both of Louisville; two grandchildren, Mary Beth Sullivan (Jasmine Gordon) and Ally Whitehead (Dre Whitfield).

Pallbearers will be John Winstead, Jerry McCullough, John Wright, Doug Hudspeth, Freddy Fulcher, and Dan Curran.

Memorials may be made to Murphy Creek Cemetery Fund, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.




Bennie Liddell

Mr. Bennie Liddell, 65, of Louisville, MS., passed on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at the Starkville Manor, Starkville, MS., Graveside service will be Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 11 a.m., from the Bethel M. B. Church Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Monday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Bobbie Jean (Roberson) Wells



Bobbie Jean (Roberson) Wells, formerly of Ackerman, MS, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Winston Medical Center, in Louisville, MS. Mrs. Wells was born April 21, 1935, in Batesville, MS, to Luke and Ruth(Mason) Roberson. She was a homemaker and caregiver.

Private graveside services were held for Mrs. Wells on Saturday, July 18, 2020, 3:00 P.M., at Enon Cemetery in Ackerman, MS.

Mrs. Wells is survived by 1 son, Gary(Beverly) Wells of Brandon, MS, 3 daughters, Pam(Davis) Kelly of Louisville, MS, Cathy(Brian) Tennant of Ackerman, MS, Tammie Bowman of Ackerman, MS, 2 sisters, Madge Duke of Brandon, MS, Barbara Ruth(John) Gardner of Brandon, 7 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Wells was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Wells, her parents, her step-father, 1 granddaughter (Tracy Wells), 1 brother, and 1 sister.

Memorials may be made to Broken Wings Ministry in Ackerman, MS.

Brenda K. Wood

Brenda K. Wood passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Choctaw County Hospital, in Ackerman, MS. She was born December 11, 1952, in Columbus, MS, to David and Elizabeth Jean(Warner) McDill. She was 67 years old. Mrs. Wood was a wife and homemaker.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Wood is survived by her husband, Larry Wood of Ackerman, MS, 2 daughters, Melissa(friend Gary Gipson)Wood of Pearl, MS, Glenda(Daniel) Wood-Johnson of Pearl, MS, 1 son, William Douglas Wood of Brandon, MS, 1 sister, Carolyn(Danny)Parks of Louisville, MS, 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 nephew.

Frances “Kay” Eaves



Mrs. Frances “Kay” Eaves, 79, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at Oak Cottage at the Winston County Hospital in Louisville. Graveside services and interment will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 1st, at Memorial Park Cemetery, with Dr. Heath Hillman officiating. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Eaves was born August 30, 1940, in Jackson, MS, to Inez and Stanley Leon Polk. She graduated from California Baptist University and was an elementary school teacher for over 30 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Inez and Stanley Polk, who ministered at churches from Mississippi to California. Kay had a love for music from the age of five, and participated in her parent’s church ministry by playing the piano. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, where she played the piano for her Sunday school department.

She is survived by her husband, G. Jyles Eaves of Louisville, MS; her son, Stanley (Cheryl) Orr of Honolulu, HI; her step-daughter, Juanita (Steve) Kennedy of Ridgeland, MS; and her three grandchildren, Hazel Orr, Keely Kennedy, and Keaton Kennedy.

Pallbearers will be members of the Adult 5 Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Music Program.




Seal Junior Hickman

Mr. Seal Junior Hickman, 88, of Louisville, MS., passed on Monday, July 27, 2020, at the Winston County Nursing Home, Louisville, MS. Graveside service will be Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 11 a.m. from the Anderson Jackson, Sr., Memorial Cemetery, Preston, MS. A Visitation will be Friday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.


Deputy Leon Glenn, Jr.

Deputy Leon Glenn, Jr., 50, of Louisville, MS., passed on Monday, July 27, 2020, at his home. A Graveside service will be Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 2 p.m., from the Mount Bell M. B. Church Cemetery, Louisville, MS. A Visitation will be Friday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements. Leon leaves to cherish his memories, Wife, Makeysha B. Glenn, Four Daughters; Le'Breonna Glenn, Sakinya Glenn, Tatyana Waldrip and Ajaah Baker, his Mother; Lessie B. Porter, Sister; Tanya Porter and Two Brothers; Derrick Glenn and Dontae Porter, Aunts, Uncles, Mother-in-Law, Cousins and other relatives and friends.