Monday, September 21, 2020

Barbara Madison

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

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Vicenta Martinez Yanez

Mrs. Vicenta Martinez Yanez, 61, passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at Baptist-Golden Triangle Hospital in Columbus, MS. Graveside services and interment will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 22nd, at Memorial Park Cemetery, with Father Darnis Selvanayakam officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Porter Funeral Home. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Vicenta was born on January 22, 1959, in Queretaro, Mexico. A longtime Louisville resident, she and her family own and operate El Pasaje restaurant in Louisville. She is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

She is survived by ten children, Javier Munoz Martinez, Araceli Munoz Martinez, Noe Santos Martinez, Cecilia Santos Martinez, Salvador Santos Martinez, Saul Santos Martinez, Rogelio Santos Martinez, Monzerrat Martinez Yanez, Sandra Martinez Yanez, and Jose Vasquez Martinez; 18 brothers and sisters, Lucio Martinez Yanez, Bernardo Martinez Yanez, Juan Martinez Yanez, Elias Martinez Yanez, Pablo Martinez Yanez, Francisco Martinez Yanez, Amada Martinez Yanez, Sofia Martinez Yanez, Higinio Martinez Yanez, Julio Martinez Yanez, Federico Martinez Yanez, Jose Martinez Yanez, Antonio Martinez Yanez, Raimundo Martinez Yanez, and Pablo Martinez Yanez; and 15 grandchildren.

Martha Oswalt

Martha Oswalt passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020, at her residence, in Ackerman, MS. She was born October 24, 1938, in the Mississippi Delta, to Troy F. and Clara Mae(Ballard) McCarty. She was 81 years old. Mrs. Oswalt was a retired office manager/bookkeeper for Sam Oswalt & Son Construction Company.

Private graveside services will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at Blythe Creek Cemetery in Mathiston, MS, 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Danny Irvin and Rev. Jerry Lawson officiating. Pallbearers are Kyle Oswalt, Cody Barton, Logan Black, Ty Martin, Kyle Aurell, Will Upchurch, Matt Black, and Nolan Black.

Mrs. Oswalt is survived by 1 daughter, Judy(Robert) Black of Ackerman, MS, 4 grandchildren, Kassie(Ty) Martin, Kyle Oswalt, Cody(Maggie) Barton, and Logan Black,
6 great-grandchildren with 2 on the way!

She is preceded in death by her husband, Lowell Oswalt, her parents, Troy and Clara Mae McCarty, 1 son, Sammy Oswalt, 2 brothers, Billy McCarty and Bobby McCarty, and 1 sister, Nanilou Long.

Memorials may be made to Blythe Creek Cemetery Fund.

Bruce Wade McGee

Bruce Wade McGee of Meridian died after a long battle with cancer Sept. 20, 2020. He passed peacefully at his sister's home in McCool. He was 61. He was born August 16, 1959 at Choctaw County Hospital in Ackerman, the only son of Wilbur "Billy" and Linda Pee McGee.

A graduate of Weir High School, he studied Building and Construction at Holmes Junior College and Mississippi College. Bruce was a vital member of each school's football team. He was a lifelong builder, a hard worker who distinguished himself with an impressive career in home construction, and doing work for charitable organizations. He was an inventor, tinkerer, and thinker, and was awarded a patent for his 'ditcher,' used for digging construction footers, among other uses. He loved history and architecture, old tractors and machinery, antiques, and historical books. He enjoyed reading, travel and helping others.

Bruce was a Baptist, holding membership first at Beulah Baptist Church. As an adult he has been associated with several congregations in his places of residence, including First Baptist Church of Meridian, where he attended faithfully. His Christian faith remained the core of his life to the end. His character and integrity in business and in his personal life were unmatched. He was considered "son" and "brother" by many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur McGee; and his mother, Linda. He is survived by four sisters: Vicky (Ronnie) Newman of Greenback, TN; Judy (David) Campbell of Cocoa, FL; Debra (Hayes Jr.) Wade of McCool, and Brenda (Ken) Smith of Hernando; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as many longtime friends.

Funeral services will take place Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery Pavilion. Coleman's Funeral Home in Ackerman will be presiding. Dr. Leon Ballard will be officiating.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Rev. Smith Whiteside

Rev. Smith Whiteside, 102, passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020, at the Beehive Home in Louisville. Graveside services and interment will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 20th, at Memorial Park Cemetery, with Rev. Tom Potter officiating. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Rev. Whiteside was born January 12, 1918, in Myrtle, Mississippi. He was a graduate of Myrtle High School, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Blue Mountain College, and studied at Emory University. He was a retired United Methodist minister, having pastored churches in north Mississippi for over 50 years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of the Mississippi United Methodist Conference.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 77 years, Vivian Whiteside; his parents, Nannie and Ellis A. “Mac” Whiteside; two grandchildren, Shan Whiteside and Aron Whiteside; and one great grandchild, Garret Glenn Hughes.

He is survived by two daughters, Sylvia (E.L.) Vowell of Louisville, and Diane (Larry) Kelly of Itta Bena, MS; two sons, Bob (Sallie) Whiteside of Starkville, MS, and Hugh (Anita) Whiteside of Louisville; 11 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Russ Whiteside, Todd Vowell, Brent Whiteside, Bradley Kelly, and Larry Kelly, Jr.

Lue Willie Harden

Mrs. Lue Willie Harden, 93, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at the Oktibbeha County Medical Center, Starkville, MS. Graveside service will be Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Louisville Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Forest Combest

Forest Combest, 70, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at the North Mississippi Medical Center, Eupora, Mississippi. Visitation will be Saturday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Graveside service will be Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Louisville Memorial Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Johnny William Robbins

Johnny William Robbins, 85, passed on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Graveside Services will be held 1:00 P.M. Saturday, September 19, 2020 from Mt. Vernon M.B. Church Cemetery in Noxapater, Mississippi. Visitation will be held 12:15 P.M. - 12:40 P.M. Saturday, September 19, 2020 from the Beck Funeral Home Chapel of Louisville. Beck Funeral Home Louisville is in charge of all arrangements.

Merle Brooks McMinn

Merle Brooks McMinn was born on February 27, 1926, the fourth of six children to Homer and Olive Brooks in Sherwood (Choctaw County), Mississippi. She died on September 15, 2020 at Oktibbeha County Hospital. She was the final surviving member of that family group of the Greatest Generation.

She grew up there in Choctaw County where she attended elementary and high school, and then, went (for two years) to Wood Junior College in Mathiston, MS.

After he served in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Soldier in WWII, she married W.D. McMinn on March 29, 1946 and the two of them moved to the Mississippi Delta to begin their lives. Only 4 years later, following his untimely death, Merle and her 3 young children moved back to Choctaw County where she would remain throughout her life. Possessing a wealth of persistence, fortitude and obstinacy, the young widow managed to feed, clothe, and house her three children (all under four years of age when she moved back), and carve our a life of relative abundance for them.

There, she was an integral part of her church, Blythe Creek Baptist, becoming its backbone, and perhaps its most consistently faithful member ever.

She served as Mathiston's U.S. Postmaster for 31 years, overseeing the daily operations with the precision and exactitude that describe her character.

Known for her sewing and crocheting abilities, friends and relatives can recount tales of her sharing these talents in the forms of blankets, tablecloths, curtains, cheerleader uniforms galore, clothing and so much more! If a sewing machine or a needle & thread could fill a need or solve a problem, Merle was there to lend a hand.

Post retirement, she spent even more time participating in and leading programs and activities at Blythe Creek Baptist Church. She also enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A big sports fan, she attended all the local events possible, watching her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was also a devoted fan of all things MSU and loved watching their events, especially Bulldog football.

She is preceded in death by all her siblings, Maurine Langley, Hugh Brooks, Williette Flowers, Joe Fred Brooks, and Betty Joyce Brooks. Also, she is preceded in death by her husband, W.D. McMinn and her son, Clifton (Buddy) McMinn.

She is survived by her two daughters, Aneva McMinn and Marcie (Mike) White of Starkville, three grandsons Cliff Crowley (Cher), Chris Crowley, and Micah White all of Starkville, six great-grandchildren, Connor Reinike, Jordan Crowley, Harper Crowley, Avery White, Hannah Cate Crowley, and Sam White. She leaves behind a large number of extended family members, many of whom call her "Aunt Merle".

The service will be lead by Rev. Todd Chesser and Rev. Danny Irvin. Pallbearers will be Cliff Crowley, Chris Crowley, Micah White, Connor Reinike, Mike Brooks, William Brooks, Thomas Brooks, and Hugh Langley. Honorary Pallbearers will be Johnny Brooks, Tommy Brooks, James Hester Brooks, and Edd Rogers.

Visitation will be held at Blythe Creek Baptist Church from 10:00 to 11:00 on Saturday, September 19, 2020. The funeral service will be held there following visitation at 11:00 and burial in the church graveyard immediately thereafter.
Those who attend services and visitation are respectfully asked to follow safety protocols to avoid Covid contagion.

Tilda B. Worrell

Tilda Betty "Tilda B" Worrell died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at the age of 95 in Starkville, Mississippi. A lifelong resident of Choctaw County, MS, Tilda B. spent the last few years of her life in Starkville BeeHive enjoying visits with her children and grandchildren.

Born on April 5, 1925, in Choctaw County, MS, Tilda B. had seen a few things in her life. From the depression, to the new age of technology, she never ceased to be amazed by life and how it was changing. Tilda B. was beloved by her community for many years as she gave of herself in service to her friends and church, New Zion Baptist, where she was a member for 95 years. She could be heard playing the piano (in only the way Tilda B. could play the piano) at New Zion, or working at the polls on election day for as long as the years would allow. She was known by her family as making the best biscuits, chicken & dumplings, and apple pie on this side of the Mississippi, and loving Jesus with all of her heart.

Tilda B. is survived by her 5 children, Dixie(Doris) Worrell of Ackerman, MS, Max(Karen) Worrell of Cordova, TN, Kathy(Louis) Jenkins of Starkville, MS, Doug Worrell of Pensacola, FL, and Jayne(Claude) Gunter of Oxford, MS. She is preceded in death by her husband Kendall Keith Worrell; parents, Houston and Bertie King; brother, H.D. King of Clarksdale, MS; sister, Beatrice Black of Ackerman, MS.

Her loving legacy is also left deep in the hearts of 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren (one of which holds the name of Matilda in honor of her great-grandmother), and 1 great-great-grandchild.

The graveside service is scheduled for Friday, September 18, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., for immediate family only at South Union Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to New Zion Baptist Church.

Deborah Jean Ward

Deborah Jean Ward, 63, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at her home. Graveside service will be Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Bethel M. B. 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.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Robert Lewis Maxwell Sr.

Robert Lewis Maxwell, Sr., age 60, passed away at his home in Philadelphia, Mississippi, on Monday, September 14, 2020. Graveside services and interment will be held at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Macon, Mississippi, on Thursday, September 17 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Thomas Bentley officiating. The family encourages everyone to follow COVID-19 precautions.

Robert, who was known to everyone as “Hort,” was born October 8, 1959, to Roy and Frances Jane Warren Maxwell.

Hort is survived by his four children: Melissa Maxwell of Philadelphia, Robert Maxwell, Jr. of Ethel, Mississippi, William Carl Maxwell of Philadelphia, and Benjamin M. Maxwell of Louisville. He also leaves behind to mourn his passing two sisters: Betty Roach and husband John of Louisville, and Susan Green of Noxapater, Mississippi. One of his greatest joys was being “PawPaw Hort” to his five grandchildren: Alyssa Maxwell, Frances Maxwell, and William “Duke” Maxwell all of Philadelphia, Michael Maxwell of Louisville, and Tyler Maxwell of Philadelphia. He is also survived by four nieces: Dana Scrivener, JJ Misso, Callie Roach, and Ashley McBrayer. Hort was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers Roy and David Maxwell.

Serving as pallbearers are Robert Maxwell, William Maxwell, Ben Maxwell, John Roach, Josh Coghlan, and Gage Hamilton.

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

Ina Lee Eichelberger-Davis

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Mrs. Ina Lee Eichelberger Davis, 84, passed on August 13, 2020 at the Hayward Convalescent Home, Hayward, CA. Her big debut happened in Louisville, MS when the lives of William James Eichelberger and Sarah Coleman-Eichelberger were changed when their ninth child arrived. On September 4, 1935, Ina was birthed into the world and from there she gave love, laughs, and life until she peacefully passed. After the passing of her mother, Sarah, her father, James would marry, Betsy Ann Hughes, and to this union ten children were born. As Ina grew, she was loved and nurtured along her life with her other siblings.
  Ina graduated from Louisville Negro High School in 1954, where she was involved in extracurricular activities. She played the saxophone in the band, sang in the choir, played on the basketball team, ran track and was the secretary of her class. This active life-style was something she would continue into adulthood. She moved to Oakland, CA shortly after her graduation. Her older siblings had already migrated to the city. She began her work with the Salvation Army and ultimately decided to attend Merritt Community College, Oakland, CA, where she graduated in 1968 with a certificate as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. She became employed at Kaiser Permanente specifically in the Pediatrics Hypodermic Department where the children nick named her ‘hypo Ina’. She loved her work and would ensure the children were having fun. She often wore costumes for the holidays to entertain them. After thirty seven years of laughs and care at Kaiser Permanente, Ina retired.

  During her years at work, she made a beautiful family for herself. Ina married Joshua McClain in 1957 and they had three children, Brenda, Aurora and Anthony. After her marriage to Joshua ended, she married Harding Bernard Davis (Disco Dave) January 6, 1984 who had a daughter prior to their marriage, Yolanda. Ina loved her family more than anything. She made sure to express it by planning family gatherings, taking her grandchildren on road-trips, and so much more. She will be missed by family and friends but will live on in their hearts forever.

Ina leaves to celebrate her life: three daughters; Brenda Eichelberger of Alameda, CA, Aurora Nelson of Stockton, CA, Yolanda Davis-Baugh of Nashville, TN; one son, Anthony McClain, Sr. of San Bernardino, CA, a sister/daughter; Mattie Bell Eichelberger-Davis of Richmond, CA; seven grandchildren; seven great-Grandchildren; one great-Great Grandchild.

Ina leaves 12 siblings: Marcella Hubbard, Ollie Mae Walker of Oakland, CA, Barbara Faye Coleman, Elmetra Patterson-Littleton, Janice Hopkins, Clifford, Gwendolyn and Paul Eichelberger of Louisville, MS, Mattie Bell Davis and Ruth Brown of Richmond, CA, Clifton Eichelberger of Baton Rouge, LA, Aurelia Eichelberger of San Francisco, CA. Ina was preceded in death by: her husband, Harding Davis, mother, father and step-mother; ten siblings; Donia Cinderella Smith, Joy Wallace, Claudell Weaver, James Lorenzo, Walter Vernon, Fred Carl, Samuel Delano, Joseph, Isaac and Annie Lee Eichelberger.

Services were under the direction of Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services, 1415 Oak Street, Alameda, CA.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Joyce Ann Johnson

Mrs. Joyce Weeks Johnson, age 91, passed away at her residence on Friday, September 11, 2020. Graveside services and interment will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, September 14th, at Betheden Lutheran Cemetery, with Rev. Mike Childs officiating. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joyce was born in Louisville on June 27, 1929, to Minnie Lee and Horace Weeks. She graduated from Louisville High School and married her loving husband, Bill Johnson. She continued her education at Mississippi State University where she earned her Specialist Degree in Business Education.

She was an active member of First Methodist Church in Louisville until her health began to decline. Joyce was a member of the Winston County UDC, the Winston County Garden Club, a Master Gardner, and the Friends of Legion State Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Johnson, her father, Horace F. Weeks, her mother, Minnie Lee Weeks, and her brother, Horace Franklin Weeks, Jr.

She is survived by her son, James “Jimmy” Johnson (Diane), her daughter, Billie Joy Tucker (Jeff); her grandchildren, Alex Harrell (Elizabeth), Joy Johnson, Bill Johnson (Heather), Brian Johnson (Lenuh), Chelsea Baldini, Lisa Baldini, Molley Foster (Nathaniel) and Shea Withers (Bobby). She was proud to be Mawmaw to her 11 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital or the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital.

Friday, September 11, 2020

John David Smith Sr.

John David Smith, Sr., age 74, passed away at Merit Health Central in Jackson, Mississippi, on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Graveside services and interment will be held at Murphy Creek Cemetery on Saturday, September 12 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Joe Dwayne Barrett officiating. The family encourages everyone to follow COVID-19 precautions.

David was born January 26, 1946, to Elwood Earl and Velma Kemp Smith. For 50 years, he has enjoyed driving his big truck.

David is survived by his wife Karen Mayo Smith of Noxapater. He is also survived by his two children: Teresa Smith and John David Smith, Jr., his sister Mary Edna House of Meridian, Mississippi, his brother E. T. Smith and wife Patricia, and his sister-in-law Katherine Smith all of Noxapater. David was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Brantley, Quavis, and James Earl “Buddy” Smith, and his sister Avoy Pendleton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials in memory of David be given to Nowell-Massey Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

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

Ann Scott Oswalt

Mrs. Ann Scott Oswalt passed away tragically in a house fire on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Graveside services will be held at Wake Forest Baptist Church in Sturgis, MS, on Sunday, September 13, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.

Ann was a retired beautician and was slowed physically by chronic arthritis, but she remained mentally and socially active, especially by phone.

Ann was survived by two brothers, Jimmy and Ralph Scott and their families, along with multiple nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Earl Oswalt, her parents, Lavert and Lucille Scott, and 1 sister, Nell Fondren.

Ann will be missed by her family and all who knew her.

Memorials may be made to Wake Forest Baptist Church in Sturgis, MS.

Helen Margaret Stanley

Mrs. Helen Margaret Stanley, 77, passed away on September 10, 2020, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Graveside services and interment will be held at 2:00 P.M. at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery in Noxapater, Mississippi on Saturday, September 12th, with Rev. Shayne Martin and Rev. Fred Frazier, Jr. officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:30 to 1:30 PM at Porter Funeral Home.

Helen was born on May 20, 1943, in Neshoba County, MS, to Johnnie Mildred and Herman Lee Ferguson. She was retired co-owner of Louisville Body Works, and was a member of The Way Community Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Myrtis Gentry; a brother, Marvin Ferguson; and one grandchild Kenneth Levi Stanley.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Daniel Levi Stanley; three sons, Danny Keith (DeAnna) Stanley, Kevin (Rebecca) Stanley, and Donovan Stanley, all of Louisville; a brother, Jack Ferguson of Collins, MS; four sisters, Mildred Nowell of Meridian, MS, Hildred Richardson of Philadelphia, MS, Bobbye Adamson (Vernon) of Citronelle, AL, and Evelyn Sasser (Victor) of Collins, MS; grandchildren, Lucas Clay (Jaqueline) Stanley, Cody (Carl “Bubba”) Parker, Colby (Savannah) Stanley, Nickie (Jarad) Burks, Tabitha (Mitchell) Linley, Kristian Stanley, Tristen (Taylor) Stanley, and Kaden Stanley; great grandchildren, Kaiden, Makennah, Kinley, and Merrick Stanley; Carlee, Gunner, Charlee, and Grayson Parker; Rowan Stanley; Landon, Hunter, Tanner, and Aiden Burks; Levi Reed; and Wylder Stanley.

Pallbearers will be Neil Harrell, Wayne Harrell, Trent Harrell, Scotty Wilson, Jarad Burks, and Mitchell Linley.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Donald Miller

Donald Miller, 51, of Hampton, Virginia, formerly of Louisville, MS., passed on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at his Home. Graveside service will be Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at 1 p.m., from Louisville Memorial Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Thursday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Joseph Glenn,Jr.

Joseph Glenn,Jr., 72, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, formerly of Louisville, MS., passed on Thursday, August 27, 2020, at the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin. Graveside service will be Friday, September 11, 2020, at the Webster Cemetery, Louisville, MS., at 10 a.m. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Maxine Goodwin

Mrs. Maxine Goodwin, 74, of Macon, Mississippi, passed on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, at the Baptist Medical Center, Columbus, MS. Graveside service will be Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at 1 p.m., from the Mount Olive Church Cemetery, Macon, Mississippi. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.