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 www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com.




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 www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com.






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.

Earline Saulter

Mrs. Earline Saulter, 77, of Louisville, MS., passed on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, at her home. Graveside Service will be Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Center Ridge M. B. Church Cemetery, Louisville, MS., Visitation will be Tuesday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Patricia Ann Presley

Ms. Patricia Ann Presley, 76, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at her home in Louisville, MS. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, September 7th, at Memorial Park Cemetery, with Rev. Trent Jaudon officiating. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Patricia was born on February 23rd, 1944, in Winston County, to Onnie Holton Presley and Kirk Presley. She was a 1964 graduate of Nanih Waiya High School, and she attended East Central Community College. Patricia was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church. She worked at Spartus Corporation in Louisville, as well as Trustmark National Bank, Southern Driving Academy, Heritage Properties, and Walmart in Jackson, MS. After retirement, she lovingly cared for her brother and sister-in-law, Sherman and Christine Presley. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Sherman Presley and Shelby Presley; two sisters-in-law, Christine Presley and Carol Presley; and a brother-in-law, Charles Clinton.

Patricia is survived by two brothers, Sonny Presley and Salathiel Presley, both of Louisville; two sisters, Helen Bynum of Louisville, and Sue Clinton of Jackson, MS; and a host of nephews and nieces and great nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers will be Don Presley, Michael Presley, Terry Holder, Chris Eaves, Roger Bynum, and Tracy Caston.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, stjude.org.




Tim Palmer

Timothy “Tim” Palmer, age 62, passed away at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, on Friday evening, September 4, 2020. Funeral services will be held at Murphy Creek Baptist Church on Monday, September 7 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Mark Mayo officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 9 a.m. until service time at the church. Graveside services and interment will follow in Murphy Creek Cemetery. The family encourages everyone to follow COVID-19 precautions.

Tim was born August 31, 1958, to Robert Noah and Dorothy Stallsby Palmer in Louisville, Mississippi. Tim is a member of Murphy Creek Baptist Church where he has served as a deacon for many years. He graduated from William Carey University with a degree in Criminal Justice. Tim began his career as a police officer in Petal, Mississippi. He later served with the Louisville Police Department and retired as Warden from the Winston-Choctaw County Correctional Facility. He also served as a warden for the Choctaw Indian Reservation. Tim also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Tim is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Tina Morris Palmer of Louisville. He is also survived by his two children: Shaun Palmer and wife Jessie also of Louisville, and Shannon Palmer of Noxapater. Also left to mourn his passing is his sister Sandra Ray of Marietta, Georgia, and two brothers: Ronnie (Phyllis) Palmer of Louisville and Tony (Lori) Palmer of Columbus, Mississippi. One of his greatest joys was being “Pop” to his granddaughter Lucy and he was looking forward to the birth of a grandson in January 2021. Tim was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers: Bob and Paul Palmer.

Serving as pallbearers are the deacons and prospective deacons of Murphy Creek Baptist Church: Gary Boatner, Leslie Charlton, Mike Eaves, Rusty Foster, Rusty Hanna, Neil Higgason, Ricky Miller, Marty Ming, Steve Palmer, Brett Smith, Dustin Smith, Junior Stewart, and Chris Triplett.

 Memorial contributions in honor of Tim may be given to Murphy Creek Baptist Church Missions Fund, 5420 Bond 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.






Tuesday, September 1, 2020

James N. “Bubba” Weeks

James N. "Bubba" Weeks, Jr. passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at Choctaw County Nursing Home, in Ackerman, MS. He was born April 4, 1930, in Choctaw County, MS, to James N. Sr. and Ida Louise(Elliott) Weeks. He was 90 years old. Mr. Weeks was a retired logger.

Private graveside services will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at Weir Cemetery in Weir, MS, 10:00 a.m., with Jarod Busby and Jody Ray officiating.

Mr. Weeks is survived by 3 sons, Mike Weeks, Benny(Regina) Weeks, and Mitch(Barbara) Weeks, all of Weir, MS, 13 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his spouse, Laura Fay Weeks, his parents, 1 daughter, Susan Ann Anderson, and 1 son, Danny Joe Weeks.

Memorials may be made to Weir Baptist Church.

AC Smith, Jr.

Mr. AC Smith, Jr., 64, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Thursday, August 27, 2020, at his home. Graveside service will be Friday, Sept.4, 2020, at 11 a.m., from New Zion M. B. Church 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.

Robert Lee Smith

Mr. Robert Lee Smith, 81, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Thursday, August 27, 2020, at his home. Graveside service will be Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Bethel M. B. Church Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Friday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Polly Ann Massey

Graveside service for Mrs. Polly Ann Massey will be held at 2 PM Monday, August 31, 2020 at East Lawn Cemetery with Rev. Gene Higginbotham and Rev. John E. Stephens officiating. There will be no visitation. John E. Stephens Chapel in charge.
Mrs. Massey, 84, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Baptist Leake Hospital in Carthage, MS. She has lived in Neshoba County all of her life. She retired from U.S. Electrical Motors. Her hobbies include crocheting and camping. Mrs. Massey was a member of East Philadelphia Baptist Church.

Preceded in death: Parents, Tann Yates and Ruth Kirby Yates; Sisters, June McKay and Pearline Williams; Brother, Rudolph Yates; Stepson, Keith Massey.

Survivors: Husband, Kenneth Massey of Philadelphia; Sons, Ricky McKay (Kathy) of Collinsville and Donny Massey (Norma) of Philadelphia; Step-daughter-in-law, Lisa Massey; Sisters, Mickey Mantle of Jackson, Mattie Humphries (Wallace) of Louisville and Nancy Hancock of Jackson; Brother, Claude Yates (Myrtis) of Philadelphia; (7) Grandchildren; (14) Great-Grandchildren.

Pallbearers: Terry Humphries, Randy Ponder, Nathan Yates, Mark Yates, Michael Lee Buffington and Billy Tinsley.

Barbara Louise Livingston

Mrs. Barbara Louise Livingston, 70, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at Winston Medical Center in Louisville, MS. Graveside services and interment will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 1st, at Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Lundy officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Porter Funeral Home.

Mrs. Livingston was born on August 31, 1949, in Louisville, MS. She was a 1967 graduate of Nanih Waiya High School. She began her working career at Louisville Pants Factory, and later worked at TRW, and Richardson Molding in Philadelphia, MS. Most recently, she was a K4 teacher at Tot Spot in Nanih Waiya. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church, and was proud to be an organ donor.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and A. Z. Smith; and a sister, Dorothy Kerr.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 53 years, Lawrence Livingston; a daughter, Penny (William) Young of Louisville; three sisters, Doris Jean McIntosh of Melrose, FL, Linda Mills, and Sandra Fay Wiggins, both of Louisville; a brother, James Howard Smith of Mobile, AL; four grandchildren, Whitney Michelle Jenkins, Lacy (Cody) Howard, Blake Young, and Jack Young; and two great grandchildren, Greyce Harris and Avery Claire Smith.

Pallbearers will be William Young, Blake Young, Cody Howard, Jim Eaves, Cody Warren, and Quinn Hodge. Honorary pallbearers are Jack Young and Tim Eaves.

Memorials may be made to LeBonheur Childrens Hospital or St. Judes Childrens Hospital.





Jasper Commer


Funeral services for Jasper Commer will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 4 p.m. from Mars Hill Pentecostal Church Family Life Center with Rev. Bryan Madison, Rev. Lloyd Adcock and Donald Joe Nowell officiating. Burial will follow in Commer Family Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday, August 31, 2020 at 5 p.m. until 8p.m. from McClain-Hays Chapel. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Commer, 91, of Neshoba County, died at his home on Friday, August 28, 2020.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Neshoba County and farmed the early part of his life. He worked at Wells Lamont for a few years, then Sheller Globe School Bus Manufacturer until 1973, then he started his own business “ Triple Commer Logging” where he was contracted out for Weyerhaeuser for 30 years and was currently contracted for B & G Wood Products. Between his logging business, cattle farming and his gardening, where he was well known for sharing his vegetables with his friends, neighbors and family, especially his running okra, made him never want to retire.

Mr. Commer had a love for music early in life and taught many singing schools throughout his life. He was in a quartet with his wife and two close friends for many years and sang at many funerals. He served on the boards at East Mississippi Livestock Association, Neshoba Gin Association, The Cattlemans Association , Mars Hill Cemetery Committee and was a member of The Mississippi Loggers Association.

Mr. Commer was one of a kind. He and his wife Dorothy raised four children whom he dearly loved and taught them strong family beliefs, morals and integrity. He loved his family very much and would do anything to try and help whoever needed him. Mr. Commer was a member of Mars Hill Pentecostal Church where he served as superintendent, Sunday school teacher and song leader. He loved his church and church family.

Survived by his wife of 72 years, Dorothy Commer; children, Donnie (Faron) Commer, Terry (Tammie) Commer, Betty (Jimmy) Kirkland and Pam Manning; grandsons, Jeffrey (Morgan) Kirkland, Josh and Trevor Commer, Randy Carl Arledge, Nathan (Lacey) Commer and Donald Joe (Vanessa) Nowell; grand daughters, Emily Commer (Stuart) Ingram, Dianne Commer (Bryan) Madison and Flame(Mark) Coker; Great-grandsons, Colton Ingram, Trenton and Jacob Kirkland, Jay Dee Madison, Jasper, Jake and Colt Commer, Christian Soriano and Gable Coker; great-granddaughters, Makaela and Abba Ingram, Callie Commer, Bindi and Vivien Coker, Allie Grace and Ivey Kate Commer, Minnie and Lyra Nowell; great-Great-grandson, James Avery Hoskins.

Mr. Commer was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Minnie Lee Burkes Commer; brother, Burlon Commer; sister, Eloise Commer Adcock; son-in-laws, Donald Nowell and Wendell Manning.

Pallbearers are Jeffrey Kirkland, Donald Joe Nowell, Trevor , Nathan, and Josh Commer, Randy Carl Arledge.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Lindsay Leigh Stevens

Ms. Lindsay Leigh Stevens, 38, passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at her home in the Nanih Waiya community of Winston County. She was born October 28, 1981, in Winter Park, FL. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her father, David Vinson of Orlando, FL; her mother, Vicki Vinson, and her partner, Cynthia McGee of Atlanta, GA; a daughter, Emily Stevens of Louisville; two sons, Connor Stevens of Louisville, and Paul Stevens of Atlanta, GA; and a sister, Callie Vinson of Chicago, IL.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date in Atlanta.





Thursday, August 27, 2020

Maiya Jaleel McDonald

Miss Maiya Jaleel McDonald, 25, of Noxapater, Mississippi, passed on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, in Winston County from an auto accident. Graveside service will be Saturday, August 29, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Louisville Memorial Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Friday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Frances Vaughn Evans

Mrs. Frances Vaughn Evans, 77, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2020, at her home in Louisville, MS. Graveside services and interment will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 29th, at Memorial Park Cemetery, with Dr. Jimmy Porter officiating. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Frances was born on April 27, 1943, in Winona, MS, to Velma and Howard A. Vaughn. She was a graduate of Greenwood High School, and was retired as a department manager from Wal-Mart. She had a special love for children, and cared for and loved many in her years as director of the nursery at First Baptist Church, where she was a faithful member. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Martha Lynn Vaughn and Dorothy Welch; and three brothers, Larry Vaughn, Howard Vaughn, and Jessie Wayne Vaughn.

Frances is survived by her husband of 55 years, Herbert Evans of Louisville; two daughters, Tracey (Michael) Fulton of Mocksville, NC, and Stephanie (Chris) Cheatham of Philadelphia, MS; a son, Stephen Hope Evans of Dallas, TX; a sister, Faye Wiltshire of Blackhawk, MS; a brother, Paul Vaughn of Madison, MS; 5 grandchildren, Garrett Fulton, Leslie Fulton Early, Cody Cheatham, Casea Cheatham, and Cate Cheatham; and three great grandchildren, Autumn Fulton, Emma Grace Fulton, and Weston Cheatham.

Memorials may be made to the children’s ministry at First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 547, Louisville, MS, 39339.




Sunday, August 23, 2020

Carol Farish Vickers

A private graveside service was held Friday [August 21] at Cedarlawn Cemetery in Philadelphia for Carol Farish Vickers of Decatur, who died August 19, 2020.
Rev. Walton Jones, Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Starkville, officiated. Milling Funeral Home in Union was in charge of the service.

A well-known quilter and author, Vicker’s professional talent and greatest career achievement were as a classroom English teacher in the Decatur public schools from 1966-1982 and as an instructor at East Central Community College from 1983 until her 1992 retirement. She had a true passion for developing the minds of not only young learners, but also adults. Toward the end of her career, she gave many older learners a brighter future through her Adult Basic Education and GED preparation courses and once said, “That’s what I do; try to build their confidence and tell them ‘you can do this.’”
A three-time Star Teacher at DHS, she was very involved with her students outside the classroom as well, serving as a high school Beta Club and class sponsor, and as a coach for the national Boys’ State Spelling Championship. She later was an ECCC yearbook advisor and tutor for the men’s basketball team. In 1974, she was named a national Outstanding Young Educator and, in 1983, became a U.S. Department of Education Presidential Scholar Teacher. Delta Kappa Gamma and Daughters of the American Revolution were among the professional and civic organizations in which she held officer positions.

Born in Hazlehurst, Vickers grew up in the Stallo community in north Neshoba County and graduated “across the line” from Winston County’s Noxapater High School where she was named the “Sweetheart” of the Future Farmers of America organization. She then graduated from East Central Community College in 1958 where she met her husband of 59 years, the late Ovid Vickers, who was in his early years as an English instructor. She also received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Taught to quilt by her mother at a young age, she developed and maintained a passionate interest in the history of quilts and was a member of the Mississippi Quilt Association. In 1994, she was appointed chair of MQA’s Mississippi Heritage Quilt Project which documented more than 1,600 quilts made prior to 1945 with the research culminating in the book Mississippi Quilts that includes an introduction by Vickers. The project also became the backdrop for the book Threading The Generations which she co-authored.

Prior to this in 1984, Vickers and her mother were invited by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to represent the state’s quilters in the Mississippi Pavilion at the New Orleans World’s Fair. With traditional quilting frames, they exhibited their skills and discussed the pastime with visitors from around the world. She attended MQA’s organizational meeting in 1991 and traveled the state for this group and the Mississippi Humanities Council sharing her knowledge of quilting and its history. She even penned a children’s book in 1998 called The Llama’s Pajamas about a fictional pack animal and its attachment to a quilt.

Other activities she enjoyed were reading, antiquing and collecting, and she donated her extensive compilation of Little Golden Books to the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at USM. Because of her curiosity with historic places, she traveled many times overseas and was fascinated by the extraordinary churches. In Decatur, she was an active member in Decatur United Methodist Church throughout her adult life, serving on several committees and leading the women’s group and a Sunday School class.

An avid sports fan, Vickers especially took pleasure in cheering for the underdog team in college athletics and also was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. Every year, she looked forward to spending time with family and friends at the Obe’s Acres cabin at the Neshoba County Fair, but her most constant activity was accompanying her husband to his many speaking engagements around the state and region. She also was his editor, critic and closest friend.
Predeceased by her husband who died in March and her sister, Sue who died in 2019, she is survived by two sisters, Becky Smith of Louisville, and Peggy Tucker of Waco, Texas; a brother, Obe R. Farish of Dothan, Alabama; three children, Nona Vickers of Birmingham, Alabama; Harriet Vickers Laird of Starkville; and Ovid Vickers III of Raymond, along with six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Maj. Jon Creel Jr, of Whispering Pines, North Carolina; Jerry Smith of Louisville; Matthew Smith of Starkville; and David Addy, Rick Smith and Randall Lee of Decatur.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Ovid S. and Carol F. Vickers Scholarship through the ECCC Foundation, P. O. Box 129, Decatur, MS 39327.

Denise Betts

Denise W. Betts passed away Friday, August 21, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center, in West Point, MS. She was born September 7, 1935, in Oktibbeha County, MS, to Charles S. and Edna E. (Tomlinson) Whitt. She was 84 years old. Mrs. Betts was a retired Walmart associate.

Private graveside services will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 11:00 a.m., at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Rev. Dickie Bryan will be officiating. Pallbearers will be Mike McManus, Jason McManus, Conner Haygood, Ronnie Englemann, Kaleb Englemann, and Randle Prisock.

Mrs. Betts is survived by 2 sons, Jimmy(Reba) Betts of Starkville, MS, Bobby(Ann) Betts of Starkville, MS, 2 daughters, Patricia(Roy) McManus of Carriere, MS, Donna(Bill) Lott of Starkville, MS, 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her spouse, Robert Betts, and her parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Fellowship Baptist Church, 545 Frye Rd., Starkville, MS, 39759.

Sullivan Junior Worthy

Sullivan Junior Worthy, 60, of Pascagoula, Mississippi, formerly of Louisville, MS., passed on Monday, August 17, 2020, at his home. Graveside service was held Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Mount Calvary Church Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Willie Jimmie Roland

Graveside service for Willie Jimmie Roland will be held Saturday, August, 22, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. from New Bethel Cemetery in Neshoba County with Rev. Curt Pace officiating. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Roland, 81, of Pearl, died Thursday, August 20, 2020, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.

A native of Scott County, MS, he lived in Morton, MS, in early years, and was a longtime resident of Hinds and Rankin counties. He loved to hunt and fish. He worked in engineering/hydraulics at Eaton, Inc. Mr. Roland was a member of Pearson Road Baptist Church in Pearl.

Survivors include two sons, Sean Roland of Jackson and Jimmy Roland (Lana) of Louisville; grandchildren, Cody Roland, Kristen Roland Fulce, Larry Roland, Jesse Roland; great-grandchildren, Logan Fulce and Hannah Beth Roland; brother, Tommy Roland of Pearl, MS; sisters, Virginia Garver of Brandon, MS, Thelma Williamson of Crystal Springs; sisters-in-law, Inez Smith of Ridgeland, Linda Thompson and Opal Roland, both of Brandon; numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.

Mr. Roland was preceded in death by wife, Janie Roland; parents, William and Jennie Roland; brothers, Daniel Roland and Austin Roland; sister, Caroline Mohon.

Sandra Paula Harris

Sandra Paula Harris, 63, of Louisville, MS., passed on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at Anderson South Hospital, Meridian, MS. Visitation will be Friday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Graveside service will be Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 2 p.m., from Louisville Memorial Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Jessie Mae Liddell

Mrs. Jessie Mae Liddell, 80, of Macon, Mississippi, passed on Monday, August 17, 2020, at Sanctuary Hospice, Tupelo, MS. Graveside service will be Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., from New Prospect Church 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.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Robert Daniel "Bob" Johns

Robert Daniel “Bob” Johns, age 82, passed away surrounded by his loving family at his home in Louisville, Mississippi, on Tuesday evening, August 18, 2020. Funeral services will be held at Poplar Flat Baptist Church on Thursday August 20 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Doug Wise officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at Memorial Cemetery with Bro. Jonathan Peeples officiating. The family encourages everyone to follow COVID-19 precautions.

Bob was born March 7, 1938, to Dossie and Vera Mae Johns in Winston County, Mississippi. He was raised to fear The Lord, love his family, help his neighbors, and serve his country. He grew up working with his sister Dell and brothers Joe and Dobbin. They learned early in life that there was nothing coming their way that they did not earn and that nothing could happen that they and God could not fix. He attended school as a boy at Rocky Hill School and graduated from Louisville High School in 1956. Bob married his love Frankie Parker in 1959. They built their home in 1965 and raised three daughters: Melinda, Tammie, and Deborah. Bob worked at T. Z. Brown Machining before being hired as employee number 1 at Georgia Pacific Corporation Particle Board Division in 1966 as a millwright. He was a welder and could fix or build anything. He was a tenured member of the Mississippi Army National Guard where he served as a cook. Many men remember his ability to cook delicious full-course meals. He was activated during US Operation Desert Storm and retired from his service in the Armed Forces following the conflict ending. A proud veteran, he loved his fellow veteran members and as a lifelong Baptist he dearly loved his church members and especially his men’s fellowship groups. Bob loved to host a cooking and fry fish, deer steak, or a mess of chitterlings as long as there were a lot of people and plenty of food. He will be sorely missed by his many dear friends and family whom he loved and who loved him as well.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Frankie Johns of Louisville. Left to mourn his passing along with Frankie is their three daughters: Melinda Richardson and husband Johnny, Tammie Cherry and husband Billy, and Deborah Halfacre and husband Paul. Among his greatest joys was being “Daddy Bob” to his eight grandchildren: Kendra Johns, Robert Johns, Jon (Meredith) Cherry, Addison (Justin) Jones, Kari, Ethan, Daniel, and Hagan Halfacre. He also has six great-grandchildren: C. J., Marlei, Sawyer, Micah, Avey Clayton, and Kyleighe Ray. He is also survived by two brothers Joe D. (Gloria) Johns and Doyce “Dobbin” (Carolyn) Johns, and his sister Dell Gillett, his nieces Brenda Donald, Cassandra Fulton, Kelli Agent, Kimberly Hammond, and nephew Joe Lamar “Joey” Johns. Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

Serving as pallbearers are Jon Cherry, C. J. Hagan, Daniel Halfacre, Ethan Halfacre, Hagan Halfacre, Joe Lamar “Joey” Johns, and Robert Johns. Memorial contributions in honor of Bob may be given to Poplar Flat Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 684, Louisville, MS 39339.

Mr. Bob Johns was very faithful until his Lord called him on, to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to his church which he almost never missed a service, to his wife of 60 years, his family, his country, and he never missed a day’s work, or a chance to help a neighbor in need. He leaves a life well-lived and well-served and offers us a tremendous challenge to live, love, and work as he did.

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, August 18, 2020

Harless Calvin McClellan

Graveside service for Mr. Harless Calvin McClellan will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at Bowles Cemetery in Choctaw County, MS with Rev. Becky Smith officiating. There will be no visitation. John E. Stephens Chapel in charge.Mr. McClellan, 58, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2020 at his residence in Kemper County. He lived in Winston County most of his life and was a truck driver. Fishing was his favorite hobby . He was a member of Vernon United Methodist Church.

Preceded in death: Parents, Joseph McClellan and Jimmie Nell Tucker McClellan; sister, Eva Joyce McClellan.

Survivors: Companion, Debra Ann Miles of Dekalb; sister, Kelly Tucker of PA; brothers, William Tucker and Marvin Tucker both of Winston County; Several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: Dennis Duncan, Randy Fulton, William Tucker, Marvin Tucker, David Foster, Barry Battle and Tommy McSorley.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Betty Clay-Holmes

Services for Mrs. Betty Clay-Holmes will be held Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from Taylor Union Hall, Hwy 397, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the Union Hall same day as service. Interment will be in Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, 789 C McDonald Road, Preston, MS., the Rev. David Harris officiating. Smith's Affordable Funeral Home, Grenada, MS. in charge of arrangements.

Our beloved Betty Clay-Holmes was born on May 13, 1942 in Winston County Louisville, MS to the late Mr. Albert C. Clay, Sr. and Mrs. Ardell Prince-Clay. Betty was the second child born to this union of six. On Friday, August 14, 2020 the Lord called his servant home. She was preceded in death by her father and mother Albert and Ardell Clay and four brothers John Willie, Albert Jr., Ossie B and Billy Herry Clay. She married James Holmes in 1971 and to that union one child was born, Jamey T. Holmes.

Betty joined the Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. After graduating from Noxapater High School, Betty attended Rust College, graduated in 1966 and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies. After graduation Betty taught at Camille Street High School in Louisville, MS for a number of years. After studying Elementary Education at Mississippi State University, she worked in various other schools including Ackerman and Vaiden, Mississippi. Betty had many talents such as; sewing, doing hair and an excellent cook. Always a hard worker at whatever she did. Betty was an excellent provider for her entire family, and always looked at her students as part of her family as well.

Betty leaves the following to cherish her memories: her son Jamey Holmes of Preston, MS; husband James Holmes of Louisville, MS; sister Ruthie Clay-Betts(Bernard) of Preston, MS; two granddaughter Jasmine Holmes of Louisville, MS; J’Wanaque (Mesha) Triplett of Sumter, SC; five nephews Brandon Triplett, Antown Triplett, Robert Clay and Anthony Clay all of Louisville, MS; John Willie Clay, Jr. of Little Rock, AK; three nieces Gloria Triplett and Donna Clay of Louisville, MS; Joi Hayes of Chicago, IL; special grand-nieces and grand-nephews Briana Hayes of Houston, TX; Cameron and Rashad Hayes of Chicago, IL and Z’Kerria Lampkin, Zoey and Taryn Hunt of Louisville, MS.

“We thank God for you and will always have precious memories that will remain in our hearts forever.” 











Saturday, August 15, 2020

Robert Dennis "Bob" Cockrell

Robert Dennis “Bob” Cockrell, age 63, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, August 15, 2020, at his residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Graveside services and interment will be 10 a.m. Monday, August 17 at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Louisville, with Bro. David Keen and Bro. Charles Rook officiating. The family encourages everyone to follow COVID-19 precautions.

Bob was born December 26, 1956, to Charles Cockrell and Jewel Mordecai Saarinen in Macon, Mississippi. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. During his younger years, Bob enjoyed square dancing and he was an avid Jeopardy and Pawn Stars fan. He was a retired painter.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Monica Ming Cockrell of Louisville, and his children: Bobbie Jones (Kristina) of New Orleans, Louisiana, Jared Cockrell (Lindsey), and Gracelyn Cockrell all of Louisville. One of his greatest joys was being “Daddy Bob” to his grandchildren: Caleb, Layla (Jordan), Lillie, Logan, Van, Cooper, Hunter, and Macie. He also leaves behind his siblings: Larry Cockrell (Debbie) of Louisville, Renee Davis (Francis) of Slidell, Louisiana, Jeff Cockrell (Niki) of Mandeville, Louisiana, David Ryan also of Slidell, and Clay Ryan of Durango, Colorado, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his mother-in-law Joy Ming of Louisville. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ronald Joseph Cockrell, and his father-in-law Van Dorne Ming.

Serving as pallbearers are Jared Cockrell, Phil Chappell, David Hughey, Jason White, Shawn White, and Tom White. Honorary pallbearers are Buddy Rogers and Tim Smith. Memorial contributions in honor of Bob may be given to Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Mr. Mitch Sanders, 769 Harold Ming 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.



 

Friday, August 14, 2020

Billy Jack Goodin

Billy Jack Goodin, age 88, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2020, at his residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Graveside services and interment will be 2 p.m. Monday, August 17 at Good Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Louisville, with Bro. Jason Gross officiating. The family encourages everyone to follow COVID-19 precautions.

Jack was born November 18, 1931, to Henry C. Goodin, Sr. and Lydia Elizabeth Hemphill Goodin in Winston County, Mississippi. He was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church where he was the oldest actively serving deacon. Jack retired from Southern Natural Gas Company; and for several years, he drove a school bus. For more than 20 years, he owned and operated Goodin’s Steakhouse in Louisville. Jack was an avid outdoorsman and he especially enjoyed deer hunting. After he was no longer able to hunt, he enjoyed watching the deer graze in his back yard. He answered the call of his country by serving in the United States Army National Guard from which he also retired.

Jack is survived by his daughter Lisa Goodin of Louisville. One of his greatest joys was being “Granddaddy Jack” to his grandchildren: Jason Warner and wife Kristi also of Louisville, and Lindsay Moody of Ackerman, Mississippi. He also loved his great-grandchildren: Kevin (Alexis) Warner, Levi Warner, Logan Warner, Kaydence Harrison, and Jacob Moody; as well as his great-great-grandchildren Sadie Grace and Waylon Jeremy Warner. Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years Roma Ree Goodin, his son Jackie Goodin and daughter-in-law Julie Goodin, his parents, two sisters, and five brothers.

Memorial contributions in honor of Jack may be given to Good Hope Cemetery Fund, c/o Chris Moody, P. O. Box 847, Louisville, MS 39339. The rest of the family would like to thank his daughter, Lisa, for the excellent care she has given to Jack, which allowed him to remain home as he wished.

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.





Ronald "Ronnie" Clinton McArthur

Ronald “Ronnie” Clinton McArthur, age 61, passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at his residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Graveside services and interment will be 2 p.m. Sunday, August 16 at Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery in Louisville, with Dr. Johnny Collins officiating. The family encourages everyone to follow COVID-19 precautions.

Ronnie was born February 11, 1959, to Harvey Clinton McArthur and Emma Jean Livingston in Noxubee County, Mississippi. He was a member of Yellow Creek Baptist Church. Ronnie loved life and was known for his sense of humor and his willingness to help anyone. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting and fishing and sharing the abundance of his garden with friends and neighbors. Ronnie was also locally known for his famous Bar-B-Q. He enjoyed spending time with his family and his German shepherd “Tooter Princess McArthur.” Many of you may have known him by his nickname of “Night Hunter.”

Ronnie is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Rosemary Johnson McArthur, and his children: Brandi Krajewski and husband Alan, Brad McArthur and wife Ashley, and Ryan McArthur all of Louisville. He also leaves behind his sister Teresa (Clyde) Prisock also of Louisville as well as a host of nieces and nephews. One of his greatest joys was being “PawPaw” to his five grandchildren: Taylor, Katie, and Lindsey Krajewski, and Tyler and Hannah McArthur. Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents.

Serving as pallbearers are Del Estes, Sammy Hill, Evin Kemp, J. P. Phillips, Eddie Nichols, and Larry Upchurch. Honorary pallbearers are Will “Jr.” Cockrell and Matt Conn. Memorial contributions in honor of Ronnie may be given to Lake Forest Ranch, 5326 Lake Forest Road, Macon, MS 39341.

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.


Lerner Marshall

Mrs. Lerner Marshall, 57, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at her home. Graveside service will be Sunday, August 16, 2020 at the Louisville Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

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.