Saturday, May 30, 2020

James Kenneth Koon

Mr. James Kenneth Koon, Sr., 86, a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather, passed away on May 28, 2020, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, as the result of an automobile accident that also injured his wife, Tibby. 

Ken was born August 9, 1933, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to James Edward and Martha Rucker Koon. He graduated from Elizabeth Messick High School in Memphis, TN; and received his degree in business administration from Memphis State University, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. Ken’s professional career included associations with Georgia Pacific, Louisiana Pacific, and Taylor Machine Works. He most recently served as marketing director for CAHABA Forging and Supply Co. of Tuscaloosa, AL. He was an Air Force veteran, where he served as a pilot. His call name was “Tree Top”, referring to his 6’ 7” height. He was a faithful member of First Methodist Church of Louisville. Ken was a much beloved story teller, and entertained family and friends with detailed stories and vivid tales.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, James Kenneth Koon, Jr., a sister, Patsy Jean Haun; and a brother, Craig Lee Koon.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth Lovvorn “Tibby” Koon; a daughter, Kimberly Ann Koon of Louisville; a sister, Claire Koon Haun of North Little Rock, AR.; three grandchildren, Jerry Koon, Jamie Koon, and Fields Major; one great granddaughter, Myla Klair Koon; and a host of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Due to Tibby’s injuries and the Covid 19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to First Methodist Church, P. O. Box 523, Louisville, MS, 39339, or Rhodes Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 110, Houston, MS, 38851.





Gregory " Little Joe" Kemp

Services will be held at a later date.




Thursday, May 28, 2020

Linda Lee Jones

Linda Lee Jones passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at her residence, in Mathiston, MS. She was born on October 1, 1958, in Maben, MS, to James Herman and Nellie(Bell) Frost. She was 61 years old. Mrs. Jones was a wife and homemaker.

Private graveside services will be held at McClelland Cemetery near Sturgis, MS, on Friday, May 27, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.

Mrs. Jones is survived by her husband, Charles Jones of Mathiston, MS, 2 sons, Jeremy(Amanda) Smith of Maben, MS, Matthew(Haley) Smith of Sturgis, MS, 2 brothers, James Earl(Myra) Frost of Mathiston, MS, Herman Terry Frost(Tammy) of Mathiston, MS, 1 sister, Barbara(Ricky) Franks of Mathiston, MS, and 4 grandchildren.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother(Jerry Frost), and 1 sister(Rebecca Frost).

**These services are being conducted under the rules, regulations, and guidance set forth by the CDC, State and local governments, and recommendations of the NFDA and MFDA to prohibit the spread of COVID-19**

Donnie Edward Goss

Donnie Edward Goss, 68, of Columbus, Mississippi, formerly of Louisville, MS., passed on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at his home. Graveside service will be Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 11 a.m., from New Zion Church Cemetery, 48 New Zion Road, Louisville, MS 39339. Mr. Goss, was a long time Principal with the Columbus Municipal School Distict. He is survived by, his wife, Wynella Goss, son; Talmadge Goss, Daughter, Precious Goss, ; Father, Leon Goss, Brothers; Ralph Goss, Ellis Goss, Melvin Goss and Stanley Goss, Sister; Carolyn Price, Nieces, Nephews and other relatives and friends. Beck funeral home of Louisville in charge of arrangements

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Sue Kirkpatrick Mitchell

Sue Kirkpatrick Mitchell, a lifelong resident of Winston County, passed away on May 26, 2020 at age 89. She was surrounded by family, and joins her beloved husband Bruce Mitchell and her parents Hayes and Ollie Kirkpatrick, in eternal rest and peace.

Sue grew up on her family’s farm on Highway 25, south of Louisville. She graduated from Louisville High School, where she was a champion debater and Salutatorian of her class. These admirable qualities along with her beauty attracted the attention of a young man from Winston County’s Poplar Flat community named Bruce Mitchell, who was serving in the Navy and would become her husband soon after World War II was over.

Sue obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi University for Women. She taught elementary school in Zama, Mississippi for several years and then returned to further her education at Mississippi State University, where she obtained an Ed.D in Education. She worked in pre-school and early education programs at MSU which provided “reading readiness” training to young children from the Golden Triangle area. Indeed, Sue was a school teacher in one form or another during her entire working life; including private tutoring and helping people obtain GEDs.

Sue lived a life of selfless Christian devotion to her family, church, and community. With Bruce, she created a bountiful, vibrant home for her children and instilled in them all the right values. In time, she became a loving, generous grandmother and great-grandmother. Sue was a longtime dedicated member and leader of Calvary Baptist Church, and member of the choir. She was active in the Women’s Missionary Union throughout her adult life, serving as President of WMU as well as coordinator and leader of statewide WMU programs.

Sue was elected as a Trustee of the Louisville Municipal School District in the early 1980s and served on the school board with distinction for several years. She was well read and well informed. She and Bruce traveled across the United States and throughout Europe and Asia. At home, she loved to work in her flower beds and gardens and was a superb cook and baker. She was also an excellent seamstress, and later in life, a truly master quilter.

A cherished part of Christmas at the Mitchell house was Sue’s re-telling of the Christmas story, straight from the Gospels, by heart. We beheld in wonder that long after dementia took away her short-term memory, Sue could still remember and sing all four verses of her favorite hymns. May her memory be a blessing.

Sue was predeceased by her beloved husband Earl Bruce Mitchell, her parents, and prior generations. She is survived by her sister, Martha Kirkpatrick DuBard (Leo, deceased), her three children: Judith Mitchell Wiener (Joshua), Michael Hayes Mitchell (Sharon), Janet Marie Mitchell, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

Graveside services and interment will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 29 at Camp Ground Cemetery with Dr. Johnny Collins officiating. The family urges everyone to follow the COVID-19 precautions in place under Executive Order 1466 of Governor Tate Reeves.

Donations in Sue’s honor may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, c/o Joellen Johnson, 5410 Old Robinson Road, Louisville, MS 39339 or a charity of your choice.

Services are under the direction of Nowell Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com.





Lonnie Lee Holman

Lonnie Lee Holman, 31, of Ackerman, Mississippi, passed on Monday, May 25, 2020 in Attala County Mississippi, from an accidental drowning. Graveside services will be Friday, May 29, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Hopewell M.B. Church Cemetery. funeral homes have been advised to keep, visitations, funerals, and memorial services to the smallest gathering of immediate family members only. By orders of the Governor. Beck Funeral Home of Weir in charge of arrangements.

Angarea Waldrip

Angarea Waldrip, 63, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at her home. Graveside service will be Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Louisville Memorial Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Funeral homes have been advised to keep visitations, funerals and memorial services to the smallest gathering of immediate family members only By orders of the Governor. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

James David “JL” Pierce

Graveside services for James David “JL” Pierce will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 3 p.m. from Golden Grove Cemetery. McClain-Hays is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Pierce, 80, of Carthage, died Sunday, May 24, 2020.

He was a native of Kemper County and lived most of his life in Neshoba County. He loved his family, never met a stranger, had a good heart and enjoyed being around people. Mr. Pierce was a member of Golden Grove Baptist Church.

He is survived by his daughters, Linda Edmonds of Noxapater, Martha Anding of Union, Brenda McNeil of Lena and Nora Ainsworth of Noxapater; son, Jason Pierce (Gail) of Vardaman; step- daughter, Nancy Coats (David) of Philadelphia; step-son, Scott Keen of Philadelphia; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Bessie Bryant (George) of Gautier; a host of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Pierce was preceded in death by his son, Edward Pierce; sisters, Bonnie Keen and Myrtle Miller.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Glenda McDonald Jennings

Mrs Glenda Jean Jennings, 69, passed from this life on May 23, 2020 at Winston County Hospital, Louisville, MS, where she was also born .

A graveside service will be held Wednesday May 27th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery, with Rev. Mike Childs officiating. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Jennings was born December 22, 1950 at Winston County Hospital in Louisville, MS. She was employed at the Spartans Corp. and then TRW until being placed on disability. She was a member of South Louisville Baptist Church. Glenda Jean was a very talented cook and seamstress. She graduated from Louisville, MS, and attended ECJC In Decatur, MS

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dannie O’Neil McDonald and Willie Dean (Rimes) McDonald.

She is survived by her husband Stansel Earl Jennings, a daughter Deanna Michelle Jennings and two fur babies Crickett and Trooper; Brother Mike McDonald and Cindy of Erie, PA and sister Kathy Ishee of Anniston, AL., Mother-in-Law Geraldine Jennings and sister-in-law Mary Jennings Brock, both of Kosciusko, MS.

Funeral Homes have been advised to keep visitations, funerals, and memorial services to the smallest gathering of immediate family members only. Please keep these families in your prayers. and may God bless us all. ONLY 20 PERSONS MAY ATTEND, BASED ON GOVERNOR'S ORDER.





Melinda “Susie” Skipper

Graveside services for Melinda “Susie” Skipper will be held Sunday, May 24, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. from Chamberlain Cemetery in Kemper County with Rev. Jessie Napp and Rev. Ben Skipper officiating. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Skipper, 65, of Preston, died Saturday, May 23, 2020, at her home.

She was a native and longtime resident of Kemper County and worked as a legal secretary. Susan loved her grandchildren and church family. She also loved her cat, Sledge, and dog, Bailey. Ms. Skipper was a member of Salem Baptist Church in Kemper County.

Survivors include sons, Allen Conner (April) of Philadelphia and Chris Russell (Samantha) of New Orleans; grandchildren, Isaiah Conner, Kinsley Conner, Brooklyn Russell, Ashton Russell, Ethan Russell and Noah Osley; great-grandchild, Addelyn; brothers, James Skipper (Sue) of Shuqualak, Michael Skipper of Louisville; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Ms. Skipper was preceded in death by parents, Alfred and Helen Skipper; and brother, Wayne Skipper.

Cindy Stringfellow Crawley

Cindy Stringfellow Crawley, 60, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020, at her residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Graveside services and interment will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24 at Camp Ground Cemetery with Rev. Johnny Collins officiating. The family urges everyone to follow the COVID-19 precautions in place under Executive Order 1466 of Governor Tate Reeves.

Cindy was born on August 9, 1959, to Lonnie and Barbara Carter Stringfellow. She was a graduate of Louisville High School and a member of Calvary Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Cindy was a registered nurse; she enjoyed her animals and working in her flowers.

Cindy is survived by her daughter Megan Young Withers and husband Dr. James Withers of Kosciusko, Mississippi, and her son Matt Young and wife Missy of Louisville. She is also survived by two sisters Robin Wood and Traci (Steve) Brock all of Brandon, Mississippi. One of her greatest joys in life was being “Grammy” to her seven grandchildren: Anna-Young Withers, Eli Withers, Caroline Withers, Barbara Withers, Sarah Margrett Withers, Kody Young, and Kylar Young. Cindy was preceded in death by her parents.

Serving as pallbearers are Jimmy Boswell, Bobby Joe Edwards, Jordan Mitchell, Mike Mitchell, Justin Wilkes, and Matt Young. Memorial contributions in honor of Cindy may be given to Calvary Baptist Church, c/o Jo Ellen Johnson, 4109 Old Robinson Road, Louisville, MS 39339.

Services are under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com.



Friday, May 22, 2020

Betty Lou Brooks

Betty Lou Brooks passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at her residence, in Mathiston, MS. She was born on March 31, 1939, in Mathiston, MS, to Alton and Leevie (Reed) Nickels. She was 81 years old. Mrs. Brooks was a retired secretary for Starkville LP Gas.

Private graveside services will be held at Blythe Creek Cemetery near Mathiston, MS, on Friday, May 22, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.

Mrs. Brooks is survived by 1 son, Tony Brooks of Mathiston, MS, 1 daughter, Sharon Brooks of Mathiston, MS, 1 sister, Faye Ray(William) of Maben, MS, 2 granddaughters, Katie(Joel) Coleman of Starkville, MS, Brook(Jonathan) Miller of Birmingham, AL, 3 great-grandsons, Cal & Cade Coleman of Starkville, MS, Reed Miller of Birmingham, AL, and awaiting the arrival of the first great-granddaughter in September, Chloe Kate Coleman.

Mrs. Brooks was preceded in death by her husband, Cedric Brooks, her parents, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Memorials may be made to Blythe Creek Cemetery.

Belinda Edwards Burns

Belinda Edwards Burns, 61,of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at her home. Graveside service will be Saturday, May 23, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Mount Sinai Church Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements. Because of the Governor's Order, Funeral Homes have been asked to keep gathering to the lowest number of immediate family members. Please keep these families in your prayers.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Robert E. Hudson

Graveside Services for Mr. Robert E. Hudson, 78, will be held Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM with interment in Enon Cemetery, Ackerman MS. Taylor Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be Friday May 22, 2020 from 1:00-5:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

**These services are being conducted under the rules, regulations, and guidance set forth by the CDC, State and local governments, and recommendations of the NFDA and MFDA to prohibit the spread of COVID-19**

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Karen Holyk

Services will be at a later date.



Sunday, May 17, 2020

Alton “R.A.” Hamilton

Family graveside services for Alton “R.A.” Hamilton will be held Monday, May 18, 2020 at 2 p.m. from Plattsburg Cemetery with Rev. Ed King officiating. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hamilton, 81 of Union, died Friday, May 15, 2020. He was a native of Plattsburg Community of Winston County and was a resident of Linwood Community of Neshoba County for the past 30 years. Mr. Hamilton was a farmer and Baptist by faith.
He is survived by his wife, Mabel Hamilton of Union; daughters, Betty Ann Lee (Dewayne) of Louisville, Wanda Burks (John) of Louisville and DrLisa Thomas (Chris) of Starkville; sons, Gary Hamilton (Teresa) of Noxapater, John Glenn Hamilton of Dixon and Jimmy Hamilton (Janice) of Louisville; stepchildren, Pete Richardson, Patti VanDevender and Jean Richardson, all of Louisville; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Pauline Hamilton of Noxapater, Merle Duran of Noxapater, Rachel Mayo of Louisville and Diane Feasel of Philadelphia; numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Mr. Hamilton is preceded in death by his parents, John and Sue Hamilton; sisters, Kathy Todd and Mary McCann.

Dalanna Parker

Private graveside services for Ms. Dalanna Parker were held at 6:00 PM Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Mars Hill Pentecostal Cemetery in Winston County, MS. Rev. Bryan Madison, Rev. Richard B. Burks and Rev. Timmy Flake officiated. There will be no visitation. John E. Stephens Chapel in charge.

Ms. Parker, 39, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. She was a resident of the Mars Hill community and was a homemaker. Her hobbies included spending time with her kids, music and dancing. She was a member of Mars Hill Pentecostal Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Edward Flake.

Ms. Parker is survived by her mother, Lisa Burks Langley of Philadelphia; daughter, Andrea Kay Parker of Philadelphia; son, Bo Edward Parker of Philadelphia; stepmother, Sandy Flake of Louisville; maternal grandparents, Rev. Lonoia and Angie Burks, Rev. Earnest and Brenda Flake; brothers, Anthony Flake (Cyndi) and Robert Flake both of Philadelphia; nephews, Payton and Laine Flake; host of friends, family and other relatives.

Pallbearers: Michael Duncan, Richard Duncan, Johnny Creekmore, Dalton Woods, Laine Flake, Donald Joe Nowell, Matthew Burks and Allen Barnett. Honorary pallbearers are Payton Flake and Tim Manning.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

John Simmons Myers

Mr. John Simmons Myers, 71, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020, at his home in Louisville, MS. While growing up, John lived in several areas of Mississippi as his father was involved in several business ventures. John graduated from Terry High School and attended Mississippi State University. He lived for a while in Florida where he became an electrician. He moved back to Louisville in 1985 and opened Myers Electric, which he owned and operated for many years. He was a man of many talents and loved fishing, scuba diving, gardening, mechanics, making inventions, and was an amazing home cook. He was a gifted carpenter and spent his life building many things, even his own home. He was a member of Liberty Universalist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew David and Brownie Hull Myers; and a brother, Andrew Myers.

John is survived by his wife, Bonnie McConocha Myers of Louisville; two daughters, Audra (Cory) Rice of Chattanooga, TN, and Livia Myers (Chris Carrubba) of Long Beach, MS; and a grandson, John Everett Rice.

Service will be held outside Liberty Universalist Church in Louisville MS on Wednesday, May 20th at 10 AM.

Please observe Covid-19 social distancing guidelines.

Memorials may be made to Ocean Conservancy, a worldwide organization dedicated to protecting and preserving our oceans. www.oceanconservancy.org.


Mary Wedgeworth

Graveside services for Mary Wedgeworth will be held Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 5 p.m. from Herbert Cemetery with Rev. Jackie Strebeck officiating. McClain-Hays is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Wedgeworth, 92, of Union, died Friday, May 15, 2020.

She was native of Winston County and longtime resident of Herbert Community of Neshoba County. She formerly worked in the cafeteria at Neshoba General Hospital and Laird Hospital of Union and worked a short time at Wells Lamont in Philadelphia. Mrs. Wedgeworth was a longtime member of Herbert Baptist Church and a member of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her sons, Len (Sandi) Wedgeworth, Del (Ann) Wedgeworth and Vic (Teresa) Wedgeworth all of Union; daughter, Lisa (Chris) Schillaci of Philadelphia; sister, Margaret Quinn of Louisville; numerous grandchildren and their families.

Mrs. Wedgeworth was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Wedgeworth; daughter, Sheila Wedgeworth; son, Jeffrey Wedgeworth.

Friday, May 15, 2020

George Lincoln Harrington

George Lincoln Harrington, 76, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at his home. Graveside services will be Saturday, May, 16, 2020, at 2 p.m., from the Union Chapel Church Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Friday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Please keep the family in your prayer. 

Note: Amid the Covid-19 outbreak we are implementing safety precautions for our staff, families and visitors, during the visitation and graveside services. Please practice social distancing. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Annie Pearl Murphy

Mrs. Annie Pearl Murphy, 90, of Ackerman, Mississippi, passed on Sunday, May 10, 2020, at the Choctaw County Nursing Home, Ackerman, Mississippi. Graveside service will be Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Enon Cemetery, Ackerman, MS. Mrs. Murphy, is survived by her son, Frank Murphy, Weir, MS., brother; Freeman Cork of Ackerman, MS., and her sister; Ida Mae Triplett of Ackerman, MS., Grands, Nieces, Nephews and other relatives and friends. Funeral homes have been advised to keep visitations, funerals and memorial services to the smallest gathering of immediate family members only. By orders of the Governor. Please keep these families in your prayers. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Eddie Lee Harper

Mr. Eddie Lee Harper, 75,  passed away on May 8, 2020.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 15, 2020 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel.

Graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020 beginning at 1:00 PM at Piney Grove United Methodist Church, Louisville, MS. Taylor Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.

Billy Gene Austin

Billy Gene Austin, 74, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at the Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, MS. Mr. Austin was born November 23, 1945 to Mrs. Darlene Lewis and Mr. Butler Austin in Louisville, MS. He attended Louisville public schools and graduated from the Louisville Colored High School in 1964. He later graduated from the University of Arkansas AM&N, Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1969. He had been very ill for over a year and passed from causes other than COVID-19. Upon his death, he was a resident of Jackson, MS.

In order for the family to follow the COVID-19 precautions in place under Executive Order 1466 of Governor Tate Reeves, there will be no funeral service. The family will plan a Memorial Service at a later date with public notification. Taylor Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.

Stanley "Stan" Glen Boykin

Stanley Glen Boykin, age 52, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in Louisville, Mississippi. A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Stan was born December 21, 1967, to William Grey and Edith Mary Chambers Boykin. He was one of the best mechanics around and he also enjoyed woodworking. Stan enjoyed any outdoor activity and was a master at piddling; always busy doing something!!

Stan is survived by his daughter Kimberly Boykin of Scooba, Mississippi; his two sons Justin Boykin and wife Ashley and Ryan Boykin; and his fiancĂ© Danyelle Weaver all of Louisville; as well as three step-children: June Edmonds of Louisville, Montana Edmonds of Mobile, Alabama, and Phoenix Edmonds of Ackerman, Mississippi. One of his greatest joys was being “PawPaw” to his six grandchildren: Hailey Boykin, Nicholas Sullivan, Zach Miles, Jacob Williams, David Williams, Brantley Boykin and his step-grandson Wyatt Edmonds. He also leaves behind to mourn his passing his six sisters: Pamela Quinn, Anne Boykin, Culetta Killens all of Louisville, Phyllis Dempsey of Ackerman, Susan Beasley also of Louisville, and JoJo Smith of Attapulgus, Georgia; and his four brothers Matt Boykin and Steve Boykin both of Louisville, Bubba Boykin of Macon, Mississippi, and James Hollis of Starkville, Mississippi. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Anthony Drewery, his sister Wendy Boykin, and his nephew Rocky Boykin.

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, May 12, 2020

Dr. Joe Letteri

Dr. Joseph “Joe” Daniel Letteri, 64, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Louisville, Mississippi.

Dr. Letteri was born on May 27, 1955, in Jackson, Miss., to Daniel and Melva Goodin Letteri. Graveside services and interment will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 14 at Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Scott Phillips officiating. The family urges everyone to follow the COVID-19 precautions in place under Executive Order 1466 of Governor Tate Reeves.

Joe was a lifelong learner and excelled in every pursuit. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 1978, where he earned the Rho Chi Award, the Mississippi Drug Award for Outstanding Achievement in Pharmacognosy, the Pharmacology Award, the Phi Delta Chi Award, the Kappa Psi Award, the Kappa Epsilon Award and the Pharmacy Management Award. While in pharmacy school, he was a two-time winner of the Taylor Medal, which is the highest academic honor awarded by the university.

Joe continued his education at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine in 1982. Dr. Letteri subsequently opened a successful dental practice in Louisville, Mississippi, where he practiced dentistry until his passing. Owing to his commitment to lifelong learning, he was recognized as a Fellow in the American Academy of General Dentistry. He was also a member of the American Dental Association.

Joe was a devoted fan of Ole Miss sports, especially football. When Ole Miss wasn’t playing, he enjoyed gardening, cooking and woodworking, among other activities.

Joe is survived by his wife, Stacy; daughter, Meagan Boykin (Gunnar), of Conway, Arkansas.; sons, Scott Letteri, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Nathan Letteri, of Louisville; parents, Daniel and Melva Letteri, also of Louisville and brother, John Letteri, of Tupelo, Mississippi. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Julie Scott, Max and Shea Boykin, of Conway, Arkansas, and Oli and Silas Letteri, of Hattiesburg. They knew him as their beloved “Joedaddy.” He is also survived by three step-children: Aimee Frances (Dion) of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Rustin Meek of Oxford, Mississippi, and Gannon Meek of Louisville.

Serving as pallbearers are Phil Caldwell, Dion Francis, Robert Goodin, Rustin Meek, Roy Roeland, and Phillip Williams.

Memorials in honor of Joe may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tribute Program, P. O. Box 1000 Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Services are under the direction of Nowell Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com.



Monday, May 11, 2020

George H. Muirhead, Jr.

George H. Muirhead, Jr. passed away Sunday, May 10, 2020, at VA Nursing Home, in Kosciusko, MS. He was born on December 8, 1933, in Vicksburg, MS, and was 86 years old. He was a retired Quality Control Engineer with Eaton Aerospace.

Private graveside services will be held at Enon Cemetery in Ackerman, MS, on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.

Mr. Muirhead is survived by his wife, Charlese Fay(Vernon)Muirhead of Clinton, MS, 1 daughter, Jennifer(Landon) Wallace of Canton, MS, 1 brother, William(Ruby Faye)Muirhead of Ackerman, MS, 1 sister, Alice Faye(Jimmy)Wilson of Ackerman, MS, and 1 grandson, Brayden Wallace of Canton, MS.

Mr. Muirhead was preceded in death by his parents.

**These services will be finalized and conducted under the rules, regulations and guidance set forth by the CDC, State and local governments, and recommendations of the NFDA and MFDA to prohibit the spread of Covid-19**

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Gloria Gean Smith

Gloria Gean Smith, 66, of Louisville, MS., passed on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at her home.
Graveside service were Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Mount Cannie M. B. Church Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home.
Mrs. Smith, was a long time educator in the Louisville Public School System.
she is survived by; husband, Romack Smith, Children; Mario Smith(Odessia) of Virginia Beach and Romeka Smith of Louisville, MS.; Two grandchildren; Mariah Smith and Kaylin Smith, Cousins; Isaiah Martin, Jr. (Vanessa) Emeal Richards (Annie), Irving, Richards (Samone), Richelle Scott who were like brothers and sisters. Mother-In-Law, other in-laws, and relatives.
Funeral homes have been advised to keep visitations, funerals and memorial services to the smallest gathering of immediate family members only. By orders of the Governor.
Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Richard J. Dickerson, Sr.

Mr. Richard Jerl Dickerson, Sr., 77, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at his home in Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Saturday, May 9th, from 11:00 AM till 1:00 P.M. at Porter Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at Sunrise Cemetery in Noxapater, MS. Rev. Antoine Stokes and Rev. Fred Frazier will be officiating. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Richard was born July 25, 1942, in Madisonville, Ky. He was a man of many talents and worked as a logger, construction, oil fields, and truck driver. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church of Noxapater.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Wayne Dickerson and Richard J. Dickerson, Jr.; a grandson, Richard Justin Dickerson; a brother, Robert Thomas Dickerson; his parents, Robert Thomas and Martha Luttrell Dickerson.

He is survived by his wife, Ora Lee Quinn Dickerson of Noxapater; a son, Dale (Carolyn) Dickerson of Louisville; a sister, Carolyn Dickerson Hardin of Alabama; two brothers, Tommy Cecil Dickerson of Goldsboro, NC, and Steven Bruce Dickerson of Madisonville, KY; and grandchildren, Natalie Carol (Philip) Beddingfield, Brad (Brittany) Dickerson, Jonathan Dwayne (Ashley) Dickerson, Shena Nicole Dickerson, and Kristi Leann Woodruff; and 16 great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Sunrise Cemetery, Noxapater, MS.

Funeral Homes have been advised to keep visitations, funerals, and memorial services to the smallest gathering of immediate family members only. Please keep these families in your prayers. and may God bless us all. ONLY 20 PERSONS AT A TIME MAY ATTEND, BASED ON GOVERNOR'S ORDER.



Thursday, May 7, 2020

LaJoyce Michelle Hudson

LaJoyce Michelle Hudson, 36, of Louisville, MS., passed on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 in Louisville, MS.
Graveside service will be Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 2 p.m., from Mount Calvary M. B. Church Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Friday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home.
She is survived by, her husband, Cedric Hudson, Children: Jaleyiah Hudson and Javon'te Haynes both of Louisville, MS., Step-Children; Christeen Hudson, Bailey Hudson and Juan Hudson, one Step Grandchild; Nylan Fenton, Sisters; Victoria Ball Harris and Jerrick (Mon) Ball, Maternal Grandfather; Milton Roach, Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral homes have been advised to keep visitations, funerals and memorial services to the smallest gathering of immediate family members only. By orders of the Governor.
Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

James W. Eichelberger

James W. Eichelberger, also known as Ike, Daddy, and Papa, departed this life on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at the age of 85 in his home in the care of his wife and two daughters.

James W. Eichelberger, the fourth son of Will Eichelberger and Florence Jackson Eichelberger, was born in Winston County, MS on May 10, 1934. He obtained his Associate’s Degree at Ministerial Institute & College (M&I) in West Point, MS. After leaving M&I, he attended Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi on a football scholarship.

In 1956, James joined the United States Air Force. As an aircraft mechanic, he worked on planes including but not limited to the T-37, the F-104, and the B57 Fighter Bomber. Later in his Air Force career, James worked in Quality Control and as an Administration Specialist. After retiring from the Air Force, he attended and graduated from East Mississippi Community College.

While in service for his country, James served a number of tours of duty during the Vietnam War Era. He was honorably discharged in 1976. During his career, he was stationed at several stateside Air Force bases in Selma, AL; Chandler, AZ; Glendale, AZ; Laredo, TX; and Columbus, MS. At the time of his death, MSgt Eichelberger was a Veteran of the Peacetime and Vietnam Era in the United States Air Force.

James was married 61 years to Mary Lee Goins Eichelberger. He always said, “I married the prettiest girl on the hill.” To this special union, three children were born. James loved his family dearly. He was equally as loving to his three grandchildren.

James was a faithful member of Yeates Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, and he became an ordained deacon of the church in 1976. He attended church faithfully and served in the following positions: Deacon, Chairman of the Deacon Board, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, Treasurer, Business Meeting Moderator, Church Choir, as well as the Church Janitor. Wherever there was a need, Deacon Eichelberger was willing to serve.

James enjoyed playing football, basketball, and softball. In addition to sports, he had a myriad of hobbies ranging from fishing to attending squadron picnics at the air force bases in Arizona and Texas. James also had a somewhat of an entrepreneurial spirit too as he hauled pulpwood and even started Ike’s Shaved Ice Stand. After he retired, James attended church and note singing conventions, rode his four-wheeler, and spent time with his wife, children, and grandchildren, often going on road trips across the country.

Whether he was affectionately known as James, Ike, Cousin James, or Uncle James, James W. Eichelberger lived a full loving life, and we rejoice knowing that we will be united with him again eternally in God’s heaven.

MSgt James W. Eichelberger is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Mary Lee Goins Eichelberger, whom he loved and cherished dearly of West Point, MS; his oldest daughter, Shirley D. Davis (Noble) of Memphis, TN; his son, Toney R. Eichelberger of West Point, MS; and his baby daughter, Dr. Regina Eichelberger Boyd of West Point, MS; his grandson, Justin A. Boyd (Jessica) of Batesville, MS; his granddaughters, Nakita S. LeSueur of Nashville, TN, and Danielle D. LeSueur of Memphis, TN; Brothers: Arthur D. Eichelberger of Marion, IN, Jacob Terrell Jr. of New York, NY; Sisters: Magalean Eichelberger, Elsera Buggs (Scott), and Mary Janice Harris, Patricia Jones, Juanita (Edward) Walker all of St. Louis, MO, Delois Ferguson (Marcus), Doris D. Weaver, Charlean Brooks all of Marion, IN; Brother-in-Law: Willie Roger Goins of Atlanta, GA; Sisters-in-Laws: Ozzie B. Ivy, and Everlena Jones (Willie) of Stockton, CA; Ola Eichelberger of St. Charles, MO, Leevon Brown Eichelberger of St. Louis, MO, and Dorothy Pearl Goins of West Point, MS; Favorite aunt, Maggie Jackson Kincaid of Louisville, MS; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by Rosetta Eichelberger (sister), Charles Eichelberger, Era C. Eichelberger (brothers), Florence Jackson Eichelberger (mother), Lula Eichelberger Foard (sister), Will Eichelberger (father), Jimmy H. Eichelberger, Curtis Eichelberger, Frank Z. Eichelberger (brothers), and Eva Mae Eichelberger (stepmother).

Services for MSgt James W. Eichelberger, USAF, Retired were held on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 with Pastor Robert S. Traylor officiating. Escort was provided by the Patriot Guard Riders. Interment was at the North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Kilmichael, MS.

The family of James W. Eichelberger would like to thank everyone for their prayers, kind words, thoughts, and deeds during his homegoing journey.

Anna Katherine Roberson Kitchens

Anna Katherine Roberson Kitchens, age 69, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at Louisville Healthcare in Louisville, Mississippi. Private graveside services and interment will be Thursday, May 7 at Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jimmy Pender officiating. In order for the family to follow the COVID-19 precautions in place under Executive Order 1466 of Governor Tate Reeves, the service will be private.

Anna was born May 21, 1950, to Virgil Lee and Kate Metts Roberson of Winston County, Mississippi. She was a 1968 graduate of Louisville High School. She grew up as a member of South Louisville Baptist Church but later moved her membership to Evergreen Baptist Church. Anna enjoyed her church and the fellowship with her friends at church. She also loved being around her family and friends. She worked at local nursing homes and Spartus Corporation.

Anna is survived by several cousins: Marjorie Simpson and Peggy Ann Livingston both of Macon, Mississippi; Brenda Felters of Denham Springs, Louisiana; and Scott Roberson of Jackson, Mississippi. Anna is preceded in death by her husband Michael Wayne Kitchens, and her parents.

Memorials in honor of Anna may be given to Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Joy Childs, 4068 Highway 14 East, 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, May 5, 2020

Doris Zane Gordon

Doris Zane Gordon, age 89, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at her residence in McCool, Mississippi. Private graveside services and interment will be Thursday, May 7 at Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Rev. Prentiss Gordon, Jr. and Rev. Doug Atkinson officiating. In order for the family to follow the COVID-19 precautions in place under Executive Order 1466 of Governor Tate Reeves, the service will be private.

Doris was born March 14, 1931, to Leland and Gersel Files Kennedy of Choctaw County, Mississippi. She was a member of Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher. As a child, Doris felt a call to be a missionary. After her marriage, she talked to a minister about her “calling” and he suggested that she be a missionary in her community. She definitely lived up to her calling; she was “Momma” to the entire community. Every one of her children’s friends was her “child” also. As a 15 year old, she was the Youth Leader at Owens Chapel Church for a group of 25 or more children. They traveled to several churches and presented a play to raise money for a piano for the church. At the age of 16 during revival services, she played the piano for the morning service; walked out the back door, around to the front door, down the aisle and got married. When they left the church, the back of the pickup truck was full of church kids. She returned to the church later that day to play for services that night. Doris loved to cook and enjoyed being outside working in her flowers. She built her garden by using Ralph’s “little red wagon” and hauling dirt from the barnyard. She and her late husband enjoyed drinking coffee and watching the water in the pond in front of their house.

Doris is survived by seven children: Brenda Gordon Cagle and husband Glenn, Owen Gordon, Jr. and wife Marie all of McCool, Mississippi, Ruby Gordon Reid and husband Ronnie of Ackerman, Mississippi, James Gordon and wife Jan of Noxapater, Mississippi, Jennifer McKnight Kilgore and husband Steve also of Ackerman, Mississippi, Ralph Gordon and wife Junicha also of McCool, and Robert Gordon and wife Donna of LaGrange, Tennessee. One of her greatest joys was being “Mamaw” to her grandchildren: Amy Cage, Jason (Krysten) Cagle, Tommy (Shelia) Cagle, Erik (Emily) Cagle, Thom (Megan) Gordon, Anna Marie (Jeremy) McCullough, Andrea Eaves, Holli Mitchell, Allison Riley, Jamie (Jeni) Gordon, Joey (Nancy) Gordon, Tiffany (Jesse) Howard, Rusty (Cindy) Garrett, Valerie (Stu) Wright, and Shannon (Graham) Hamlin. She also leaves behind 29 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren, and her sister Mary Nell Furr. 

Doris is preceded in death by her husband Owen Gordon, her parents, one great-grandchild, two brothers Hamlet M. Kennedy and Bobby D. Kennedy; and her son-in-law Dennis McKnight.

Serving as pallbearers are Jason Cagle, Jamie Gordon, Joey Gordon, Trea Gordon, Tommy Cagle, Erik Cagle, Matt Moss, and Thom Gordon. Memorials in honor of Doris may be given to Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church or to Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Brenda Cagle, 199 Gordon Road, McCool, MS 39108.

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, May 3, 2020

Phillip Allen Vaughn

Phillip Allen Vaughn passed away Friday, May 1, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center, in Eupora, MS. He was 45 years old. Phillip was born in Starkville, MS, on August 5, 1974, to Glenn Vaughn and Vicki(Dowd) Vaughn. He was a retired/disabled welder.

Private graveside services will be held at Spring Valley Cemetery in Mathiston, MS, on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Vaughn is survived by his parents, Glenn (Dianne) Vaughn of Mathiston, MS, his mother, Vicki Vaughn of Mathiston, MS, 3 daughters, Brittnie Vaughn, Gabbie Vaughn, and Taylor Vaughn, all of Mathiston, MS, 3 brothers, Mitchell(Vicki) Vaughn of Mathiston, MS, Brandon Vaughn, and Anthony(Paula) Vaughn of Mathiston, MS, 1 grandparent, Ruth Cash of Mathiston, MS, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Vaughn was preceded in death by his grandparents, Vera Viola(Swindle) and Leander Elwood Vaughn.

Memorials may be made to Spring Valley Cemetery Fund.
**These services are being conducted under the rules, regulations, and guidance set forth by the CDC, State and local governments, and recommendations of the NFDA and MFDA to prohibit the spread of COVID-19**