Thursday, December 31, 2020

Clarence Ralph Justice

Mr. Clarence Ralph Justice, 89, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at his home in Preston, MS. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 2nd, at Ebenezer Pentecostal Church, with Rev. Allen Eaves officiating. Interment will be in Hailey-Richie Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Ralph was born on September 3, 1931, to Lonzo Price Justice and Zelma Tanksley Justice. He was retired from Monarch Rubber Co. where he was a mill room operator and tow motor driver for 39 years. He grew up in Noxapater, MS, and loved to hunt and fish. He and his wife, Marie, made many trips to Canada on fishing expeditions. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie.

He is survived by a sister, Opal (Ronnie) Nichols of Hartville, OH; a brother-in-law, Richard (Sandra) Goodin, sisters-in-law, Gloria Mori and Mildred Goodin; his girls, Megan (B.B.) Edwards, Kelsie (Corey) Vernon, Madison (Gabe) Roark; his “bonus girl”, Katilin (Kaleb) Rigdon; great great nieces and nephew, Kallie Edwards, Sophie Vernon, and Knox Vernon; and a number of nieces and nephews and friends.

Pallbearers will be B. B. Edwards, Corey Vernon, Gabe Roark, Kaleb Rigdon, Burton Rosamond, Garrett Boykin, Carl Mori, and Samuel Goodin. Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Clark and Mickey Tanksley.





John Felix Massey

John Felix Massey, 78, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at Anderson Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi. A graveside service and interment will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 3 at Craig Springs Cemetery in Oktibbeha County with Bro. Charles Smith officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, Mississippi, from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Felix was the youngest of five children born to J. D. Massey and Grace Scarbrough Kelley. He was a workaholic and the owner of Massey Construction Company. He loved being outside and enjoyed fishing and hunting as well as keeping his yard mowed.

Felix is survived by his daughter Marilyn Massey of Mantee, Mississippi; and son John Massey and wife Kelly of Mathiston, Mississippi. One of his greatest joys was being “Poppa” to his three granddaughters: Holly, Liz, and Summer Massey. He also leaves behind a sister Gladys Massey Wylie as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Felix was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers Burnice, Ralph, and Paul Massey.

Serving as pallbearers are Brad Bradford, Carnell “Cowboy” Evans, Larry Kennedy, Chris Pinnix, Caden Stites, and Jeremy Threadgill.

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.





Carolyn Middlebrook

Nancy Carolyn Middlebrooks passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at her residence, in Meridian, MS. She was born October 24, 1925, in Sturgis, MS, to Robert L. Sr., and Zorada(Ivey) Adams. She was 95 years old and a homemaker.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021, 10:00 A.M., at Wake Forest Cemetery in Sturgis, MS. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Mrs. Middlebrooks is survived by 1 son, Tony Middlebrooks of Meridian, MS, and 1 grandson, Andy Middlebrooks.

Mrs. Middlebrooks is preceded in death by her husband, Kimbrough G. Middlebrooks, and her parents, Robert and Zorada Adams.

Clifford Roberson

Clifford Roberson, 68, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Sunday, December 27, 2020, at the University Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi. Graveside service will be Sunday, January 3, 2021, at 12 p. m., from Antioch Church Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Saturday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Donna Rogers Sinclair

Mrs. Donna Rogers Sinclair, 55, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at River Oaks Hospital in Flowood, MS. Donna was born March 29, 1965, in Louisville, MS. She is survived by her children, Stacie (Rusty) Waites of Wauawatosa, Wisconsin, Jamie Little of Preston, Lyndsey Fulcher, Taylor Sinclair, and Tyler Sinclair, all of Louisville; sisters, Kathy (Joe) Hodge and Sharon (Tommy) McKinley, both of Louisville; and grandchildren, Jaicie Fulcher, Ollie Stapleton, Khloe Little, Lily Hunt, and Auden Hunt. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clara and Berlin T. Rogers, and a brother, John Rogers.

A memorial service for Donna will be held at a later date.





 





Charles C. Kupis

Mr. Charles C. Kupis, 77, died on December 30 at Winston Medical Center Nursing Home following a brief illness. A graveside memorial service will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Louisville at 10 a.m., on Thursday, December 31. 

His entire life Mr. Kupis was affectionately known by friends and family alike by the nickname “Turkey.” He was born in Scranton, PA, on November 30, 1943, and was a graduate of Louisville High School and attended East Central Community College.

“Turkey” was employed by both U.S. Motors in Philadelphia as well as Taylor Machine Works in Louisville. He was a veteran of military service and served his country as a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard’s 155th Armored Brigade. In 1990, he and fellow members of the Brigade were mobilized during The Gulf War. He has an avid fan of the Ole Miss Rebels in whatever athletic events they were competing. He also was an accomplished contract bridge player.

Mr. Kupis is survived by his sister, Coco Lampley Regan (Joel) of Kosciusko and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his sister, Judy Schafler of Mountain View, Arkansas and by his parents, Charles D. Kupis and Ellen Lampley.

Serving as pallbearers are Ralph Clark, Giles Ward, Bobby Baker, Christopher Baker, Terry Kelly and Larry Veazey. Porter Funeral Home of Louisville is charge of arrangements.





Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Michael Alan Henry, MD

Michael Alan Henry, MD passed away in Starkville, Mississippi, on December 19, 2020, at the age of 69. He was a beloved father, physician, PoppaDoc, and friend. 

Mike Henry was born July 22, 1951, to Jesse Richard and Nathalia Rose Forbes Henry in Louisiana. He grew up the middle child of a military family and spent his formative years stationed across the pond in England, a country he would always hold dear. Just after returning stateside, he graduated from Gosnell High School in Blytheville, AR. He continued his education at Louisiana State University where he earned a BS in Zoology, enlisted in Air Force ROTC, and earned a MS in Physiology. He then attended the Tulane University School of Medicine, graduating in 1979. During his time at Tulane, Mike belonged to a small but distinguished group of medical students known as the Tulane Piemen. After completing his residency in General Surgery at Tulane, Dr. Henry was assigned to Columbus AFB in Columbus, MS.
After leaving the Air Force, Dr. Henry practiced medicine in the Golden Triangle area for 35 years as a General Surgeon and an Emergency Room Physician. He loved his work and the communities he served. Dr. Henry took up his battle with cancer with his trademark determination, and continued to work as an ER physician long after his diagnosis. When he wasn’t “saving lives and stamping out illness,” Mike was an avid traveler and fisherman. His years were benchmarked by annual trips with his family to the Gulf Coast. He loved deep sea sport fishing, experiencing new cultures, and vacationing in Belize as often as he could. He battled cancer with unwavering resolve and, while the cardiac event that ultimately took his life was unexpected, he found both peace and victory over cancer that day. 

Dr. Henry is survived by his sons, Jeffrey Beauregard Henry (Anna) and Brian Gill Barnett (Margaret); and his daughters, Allie Courtney Henry Workmon (Charlie) and Katheryn Grace Henry Zumo (Luke); along with 17 grandchildren, Kate, Lucy, Sam, Ellie, Molly Rose, and Joe Workmon, Rocky, Cecilia, Birdie Clare, Blaise, and Isaiah Zumo, Elizabeth, Kate Rose, and Grace Barnett, Ian Graham, and Evie and Malcolm Lewis. He is also survived by his brother, Richard Arthur Henry. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Rose; and his sister, Patricia Grace Henry Gaylor. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Dr. Michael Henry to Tulane University School of Medicine. Visit www.giving.tulane.edu and click “Schools & Units” to give directly to the School of Medicine.

Ida Mae Rash-Jackson

Mrs. Ida Mae Rash-Jackson, 94, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Saturday, December 26, 2020, at her Daughter's Home. Graveside Service will be Saturday, January 2, 2021, at 11 a.m., from Louisville Memorial Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Friday, from 3 until 5 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Nellie Nicholson

Mrs. Nellie Nicholson, 90, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Sunday, December 27, 2020, at her home. Graveside Service will be Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Pilgrim Rest 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.

Patty Jean Hopkins

Mrs. Patty Jean Hopkins, 87, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at her home. Graveside Service will be Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Union Chapel Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Mary Coleman

Funeral Service for Ms. Mary Coleman, 91, will be held Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 11:00 am in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Louisville, .MS. Visitation will be December 30, 2020 from 9:00 am until time of service. Interment will be in New Zion M.B. Church Cemetery.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Bill McDonald, Jr.


Bill McDonald, 79, of Noxapater, Mississippi, passed on Thursday, December 24, 2020, at his home. Graveside service will be Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at 1 p.m., from Donald Rest Cemetery, Philadelphia, Mississippi. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 11 a.m., until 12 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Regenia Warren Gilmer

Graveside services for Regenia Warren Gilmer will be held Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 2 p.m. from Hester Cemetery with Rev. Glenn Scott officiating. McClain-Hays is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Gilmer, 71, of Philadelphia, died Friday, December 25, 2020.

She was a longtime resident of Neshoba County and a resident of the Fork Community. She worked as a seamstress of various garment factories and Wells Lamont. She was last employed as a cashier at the Silver Star Casino. Mrs. Gilmer was Church of God by faith.

Survivors include her sons, Tim Chesney (Andrea) of Brandon and Wade Chesney of Philadelphia; grandchild, Skylar Chesney of Brandon; sisters, Adeline Fox of Amory, Rebecca Mayo of Louisville and Dorothy Kay George of Collinsville; brothers, David and Dale Warren of Union; numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Mrs. Gilmer was preceded in death by her siblings, Hazel Scitz, Roberta Chesney and Ronald Warren.

Irene Quinn

Mrs. Irene Fleming Quinn, 79, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2020, at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Ark. A graveside service and interment will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, December 28th, at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Noxapater, with Ms. Ashley Smith officiating. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Irene was born August 4, 1941, in Canton, MS, to Richard and Mable Laura Fleming. She was a retired CNA with the White River Agency Area on Aging. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Bryant “Bill” Quinn, Sr.; her parents; and a brother, Gerald Fleming.

She is survived by her daughters, Teresa Quinn (Douglas) Wylie of Mountain View, Ark, Mary (Herman) Telgen of Strawberry, Ark, Paula (Eddie) Morgan of Pine Hill, AL; sons, Bryant (Pam) Quinn, of Louisville, and Eddie (Freida) Fleming of Hot Springs, Ark; two sisters, Flora Mae (Clyde) Phillips of Carthage, MS, and Lucretia (Homer) Purvis of Flora, MS; 11 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Charles Garrett, John Garrett, Kane Papalambros, Chip Phillips, Trace Phillips, and B. J. Quinn. Honorary pallbearers will be Austin Swindle, Dustin Cliburn, Dylan Cliburn, and David Pugh.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.






Mike Eaves

Michael Duayne Eaves, 74, passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2020, at the Specialty Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi. A private family graveside service and interment will be held on Monday, December 28 at Murphy Creek Cemetery with Bro. Mark Mayo officiating.

Mike was the youngest of four sons born to Taylor and Douglas Eaves. He grew up in the Bond Community and graduated from Louisville High School. He was a member of Murphy Creek Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. Mike was employed with Georgia Pacific for 36 years. He was fortunate enough to begin with a starting position and work his way up to Maintenance Supervisor. His hard work and determination to do things right helped him succeed on his job and in life. Mike decided to retire from Georgia Pacific but soon found himself working for Waring Oil. He worked for them for many years until he decided to fully retire. Mike was known to all as the type of man that could keep his cool and get the job done. His co-workers always said he was a good boss.

Mike and Dot were blessed to be able to travel and they visited all 50 states during their travels. They were also blessed to share many family vacations. He enjoyed the family vacations we had and he enjoyed duck hunting with his family. Mike also enjoyed turkey hunting with his grandsons and close friends. He also enjoyed fishing with dear friends.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Dot. He is also survived by his daughter Melissa Foster and husband Rusty, and Ryan Eaves and wife Brooke all of Louisville. One of his greatest joys was being “MeMike” to his four grandchildren: Tyler (Kacy) Foster, Makenna (Jon) Boyles, Branson Eaves, and Anna Rose Eaves as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Once the grandchildren came along, he was called “MeMike” and that name was used by not only the family but by all of his friends as well. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers John Rod Eaves and Merille Eaves. MeMike will truly be missed by all his family and friends.

Serving as pallbearers are Gary Boatner, Ken Carter, Duane Culpepper, Teddy Davis, Freddy Fulcher, Eric Reed, and Damon Villalpando. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Fryery, Ricky Miller, Bobo Ming, and the deacons of Murphy Creek Baptist Church. Memorials in honor of Mike 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.




Wednesday, December 23, 2020

John Ballard

John Ballard of Sturgis, MS, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at Merritt Health-River Oaks, in Flowood, MS. John was born February 24, 1949, in Oktibbeha County, MS, to Henry Lester and Fannie Mae(McClelland) Ballard. He was 71 years old. John was a retired factory employee.

Private, family only, Graveside services will be held on Saturday, December 26, 2020, 1:00 P.M., at McClelland Cemetery in Sturgis, MS. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman, MS, is in charge of arrangements.

John is survived by 2 daughters, Kim(Scooter) Lockhart of Starkville, MS, and Rhonda Ballard of Memphis, TN; 2 brothers, Jimmy Franks of Sturgis, MS, and Ricky Franks of Mathiston, MS; 1 sister, Sandra Scarbrough of Sturgis, MS; 3 grandchildren, Matthew Howell, Carmen Howell, and Addison Ballard.

Johnnie Frances Ballard

Johnnie Frances Ballard passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center Long Term Care Facility, in Eupora, MS. She was born January 4, 1941, in Choctaw County, MS, to Sam David and Mary Irma(Hunt) Ballard. Johnnie was 79 years old. She was a retired factory employee.

A private family service will be held at Coleman Funeral Home on Thursday, December 24, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Jerry Lawson officiating. Burial will follow at Nebo Methodist Cemetery near Ackerman, MS.

Johnnie is survived by 2 sisters, Sammie(Smokey) Oswalt of Ackerman, MS, and Nan(Randall) Sullivan of Batesville, MS.

Johnnie is preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Carter E. Cunningham

Graveside Service and interment for Mr. Carter E. Cunningham, 61, will be held Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 1:00 PM in the Hopewell U.M. Church Cemetery with Taylor Funeral Service in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be 1:00 - 5:00 PM on Saturday,, December 26, 2020 from Taylor Funeral Home Chapel.

Bobby Joe Hughes

Bobby Joe Hughes, 66, of Noxapater, Mississippi, passed on Monday, December 21, 2020, at the Neshoba General Hospital, Philadelphia, Mississippi. Graveside service will be Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at 2 p.m., from Mount Pleasant#2 Church Cemetery, Noxapater, MS. Visitation will be on Saturday, form 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Frances Ann Alston

Mrs. Frances Ann Alston, 56, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, at the Choctaw County Medical Center, Ackerman, Mississippi. Graveside service will be Monday, at 1 p.m., from Greater Hope Pentecostal Church, Weir, Mississippi. Visitation will be Sunday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

David Palmer

Mr. Clinton David Palmer, 58, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at his home in Louisville, MS. A graveside service and interment will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 27th, at Crystal Ridge Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Palmer was born August 8, 1962, in Missouri. He was a graduate of Nanih Waiya High School, and was a mental health specialist at Diamond Grove in Louisville. He was a member of Crystal Ridge Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, C. V. Palmer.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Linda Konrick Palmer; a daughter, Starlett Pettie of Ackerman; a son, Joshua David Palmer of Louisville; his mother, Carolyn Miller Palmer of Louisville; a sister, Patricia Kemp of Louisville; a brother, Clyde Palmer of Lousville; two grandchildren, Ian Joseph Pettie and Christian David Smith; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Trea Gordon, Tyler Gordon, Chris Hemphill, Doug Rogers, Bart Chancellor, and Jason Pettie.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.






Alma Joanne Compere Kennedy


Mrs. Alma Joanne Compere Kennedy, 82, passed away Monday, December 21, 2020 at her home in Florence surrounded by her family. The family will receive friends for visitation on Wednesday, December 23rd from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Briar Hill Baptist Church. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the church with burial to follow at Briar Hill Cemetery.
Due to the current regulations regarding social gatherings, mask will be REQUIRED and social distancing is encouraged.

Mrs. Kennedy was born November 5, 1938 to the late Robert Lee and Ruby Dale Compere in Rankin County, MS and grew up in the Florence area. For 30 years she lived in Noxapater, MS and was very involved in the community there, as well as Noxapater Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School was an Acteen leader, and a Bible Drill leader. Upon returning to Florence, she was a faithful member of Briar Hill Baptist Church and was a member of the MAGIC club. Over the course of her life, she was also involved with Garden Clubs, Booster Clubs, and the State Secretary Organization. She worked as a secretary/ bookkeeper for Louisville Separate School District and the Winston County School Superintendent’s office before retiring.

Along with her parents, Mrs. Kennedy is also preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Buck Turner Kennedy; daughter, Cyndi Kennedy Myers; and sister, Gwen Compere Stewart. 

She is survived by her sons, James Dow Kennedy (Heather) of Sumrall, MS and Wade Kennedy (Glenda) of Florence; brothers, Robert lee Compere, Jr. of Lebanon, MO, Arthur Compere of Byram, MS, and Reuben Compere of Brent, AL; sisters, Ruby Jackson of Warrensburg, MO and Jackie Green of Montgomery, AL; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Monday, December 21, 2020

Ellen Black Conn

Mrs. Ellen Black Conn, 75, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020, at Desoto Baptist Memorial Hospital in Southaven, MS. A graveside service and interment will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, December 22nd, at Yellow Creek Cemetery, with Rev. Paul Blanchard officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 9:00 to 9:30 A.M. at Porter Funeral Home. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Conn was born October 4, 1944, in Winston County, MS. She was retired as a bus driver and cafeteria worker with Louisville Municipal School District, and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Conn; and her parents, Lawrence and Mary Ellen Black.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra (Richard) Lee and Janette (Bryan) Smith, both of Louisville; a son, David (Stacy) Conn of Macon; a sister, Mary Jane Young of Louisville; a brother, Roy Black of Louisville; and three grandchildren, Allison Lee, Alexander Lee, and Joshua Lee.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Lee, Richard Lee, J.C. Lee, Bryan Smith, Eric Hemphill, and Chris Dean.

Memorials may be made to the Yellow Creek Cemetery Fund.






Bobby Nell Pass

Mrs. Bobbie Nell Pass, 90, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. A graveside service and interment will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 22nd, at Memorial Park Cemetery, with Bro. Jerry Welborn officiating. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Pass was born July 7, 1930, in Winston County, MS. She worked as an operator with the telephone company for many years. She and her husband lived for many years in Canton, MS, and Bobbie Nell moved back to Louisville after his death. She was a member of the Louisville Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Noel Pass; her parents, Clyde and Myrtle Whitmire Clement; and a number of brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her son, John R. “Randy” Pass, and his wife, Claudia, of Inman, SC; a grandchild, Laurel Elizabeth Pass of Inman, SC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Louisville Church of Christ, c/o Billy Richards, 5207 Brooksville Road, Louisville, MS, 39339.

 




Barbara A. Stoecker

Barbara A. Stoecker of Ackerman, MS, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2020, at Choctaw County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, in Ackerman, MS. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 1:00 P.M., at McCurtains Creek Baptist Cemetery on Jones Road, Eupora, MS. with Rev. Steve Wright and Doug Atkinson officiating. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman, MS, is in charge of arrangements. There will be a short, private family visitation at Coleman Funeral Home prior to the graveside service.

Barbara was born October 26, 1926, in Cleveland, MS, to James and Ireland(Hall) Sheedy. She was 94 years old. Barbara was a cashier for many years at Sunflower Food Stores in Ackerman, MS. She later owned and operated a restaurant in Weir, MS. Upon retirement she became a caregiver for those needing assistance. Barbara was always energetic, comical, and a joy to those who were fortunate enough to be called her friends. She leaves behind a legacy of funny stories and precious memories with those she loved. Barbara would also want to express her love, thanks, and appreciation to all of her dedicated caregivers…Johnnie Patterson, Choctaw County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and the nurses and staff on "C" Hall.

Barbara is survived by a host of nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Milbert Stoecker; her parents, James & Ireland Sheedy; 4 sisters, Olean Campbell, Georgie Rabun, Charlotte Hines, and Minnie Dell Johnson; and 3 brothers, Henry Sheedy, Crawley Sheedy, and William"Doc"Sheedy.

Memorials may be made to Choctaw County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 311 W. Cherry St., Ackerman, MS, 39735.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Elvin W. Vandevender

Mr. Elvin W. Vandevender, 90, of Macon, MS passed away at Baptist Memorial Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS on Monday, December 14, 2020. A graveside service was held Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Jackson Field Cemetery in Kemper County, MS. with Bro. Gerald Butler and Pastor Jeff Shellnut officiating. Memorials may be made to Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, 2500 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39216. Cockrell Funeral Home was honored to be entrusted with service arrangements.

Mr. Vandevender was born on March 9, 1930 to the late Ernest and Onie Patterson Vandevender in Winston County, MS. He attended schools in Winston County, MS. Elvin worked for Georgia Pacific in the timber industry and was also engaged in farming as well. Later he operated a ripsaw for D. L. Fair Lumber Company in Louisville. Elvin moved to Macon in 1956 and began his career as a cutter for the National Pants Factory (where he was given the nickname “Footes”) until he retired after forty years of service. After having led a life of hard work, he did not sit down after his retirement. Elvin enjoyed working with his cattle and having a big garden. In his later years, he used his knowledge of gardening gained over a lifetime in helping Jeff and Patrick next-door at the Day Springs Ministry with their gardening project that teaches young people how to plant and raise a garden.

Elvin was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife: Vivian Burrage Vandevender; and two siblings: Pennsylvania Clark and Elzie “Bob” Vandevender.

Elvin is survived by his two sisters: Christine Clark of Macon, MS and Ernestine Lee of Louisville, MS and two brothers: Elvis Vandevender and Elmer “Rufus” Vandevender both of Louisville, MS. and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ida Dell Richardson

Ida Dell Richardson, 70, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020, at her residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 23 in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Glynn Barker officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in Butler Cemetery in the Butler Community of Noxubee County. Visitation will be the day of the service from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. The family urges everyone to please observe all safety precautions concerning COVID-19.
Dell was born October 25, 1950, to Weldon and Estelle Clark Richardson in Louisville, Mississippi. She was a member of First Apostolic Church of Louisville. Dell dearly loved her family.

Dell is survived by two brothers Curtis Richardson and wife Sylvia, and Doug Richardson and wife Vickie all of Louisville. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Dell was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Carrie Bell Miller and Judy White, and brother Herbert Alford Richardson.

Serving as pallbearers are Corey Richardson, Danny Richardson, Tony Richardson, Ben Clark, and Rylee Pearson. Memorials in honor of Dell may 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.




Saturday, December 19, 2020

Sandra Frances Eaves Holder

Sandra Eaves Holder, 76, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020, at Grenada Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Grenada, Mississippi. Funeral services with her family will begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22 at Ellison Ridge Baptist Church with Bro. Michael Wells officiating. Family visitation will be the day of the service from 11:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Interment will immediately follow the service in Ellison Ridge Cemetery. The family urges everyone to please observe all safety precautions concerning COVID-19.
Sandra was born September 27, 1944, to Grady Davis “Dick” and Frances Moore Eaves in Louisville, Mississippi. Sandra enjoyed teaching biology and art in South Florida. She also enjoyed painting and singing in the church choir when she resided in Clewiston, Florida. Her retirement years were spent in Madison County, Mississippi.

Sandra is survived by her daughter Amy Cauthen and husband Daniel of Pickens, Mississippi. She is also survived by her sisters: Cynthia (Larry) Hemphill, Susan (Steve) Jernigan, and Mary Lou (Charles) Johnson, and a host of loving nieces and nephews. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother.

Serving as pallbearers are Daniel Cauthen, Charles Johnson, Jacob Johnson and John Mark Wallace. Memorials in honor of Sandra may be given to Ellison Ridge Baptist Church Youth, Building or Cemetery Funds, 150 Ellison Ridge Church 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.







Joe D. Crowson

Joe D. Crowson, 79, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi. Visitation will be Sunday, December 20 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville and on Monday from 10 a.m. until service time. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, December 21 in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Dempsey and Bro. Charles Rook officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in Memorial Cemetery in Louisville. The family urges everyone to please observe all safety precautions concerning COVID-19.

Joe was born June 26, 1941, to Earl and Ora Moss Crowson in Winston County, Mississippi. He was a 1959 graduate of Louisville High School. The members of this class have remained in close contact with each other and enjoyed a yearly reunion which Joe always organized. He was a member of West End Baptist Church and he spent the first part of each day reading his Bible. He had great faith in God which he gladly shared with his family and others. Joe was a very dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather, and most of all great-grandfather, but he was always ready to help others. Over the years, he helped so many people in many different ways. He was a trail blazer…he was the first full-time fireman for the City of Louisville to work a shift. Joe was named Fireman of the Year two different times and also served his community as the Civil Defense Director. He was probably best known as a brick mason giving many young people their first job and training them to work. Joe also delivered newspapers, sold tomatoes, but was really known for his boiled peanuts which earned him the nickname of “Peanut Man.”

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Dot Lowrey Crowson of Louisville. He is also survived by his children: Chris Crowson and wife Penny also of Louisville, Amelia “Baby Doll” Crappel and husband Timothy of Berwick, Louisiana, and Frankie Joe Crowson of Louisville. One of his greatest joys was being “PawPaw Joe” to his six grandchildren: Sarah (Michael) Deal, Paul Crowson, Brandon (Summer) Crepelle, Jewel (Joseph) Vinson, Josh (Mary Margaret) Crowson, and Richard Crowson. The real “apples of his eyes” were his 11 great-grandchildren: John Thomas, Daniel, Baileigh, Logan, Owen, Caroline, Evelyn, McAllister, Amelia, Cara, and Cayden. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Billy Pearson, whom he considered his brother; as well as a host of loving nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bob Crowson, sisters Ardena Johnston and Melva Pearson, granddaughter Rachel Crowson, and great-grandson Collin Deal.

Serving as pallbearers are Brandon Crepelle, Josh Crowson, Paul Crowson, Richard Crowson, Joseph Vinson, John Thomas Deal, and Michael Deal. Memorials in honor of Joe may be given to The Baptist Children's Village, P. O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060-0027.

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, December 18, 2020

Imogene T. James

Imogene T. James passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020, at the Choctaw County Nursing Center, in Ackerman, MS. She was born August 22, 1928, in Lafayette County, MS, to Jerry Columbus and Mabel(Rice) Tucker. Mrs. James was 92. She was a retired factory employee.

A private family service will be held at Coleman Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Danny Irvin officiating. Burial will follow at North Oxford Baptist Cemetery in Oxford, MS.

Mrs. James is survived by 1 daughter, Glennis(Jasper) Wood of Ackerman, MS, 1 son, Danny(Janet) James of Ackerman, MS, 1 brother, Ron(Jan) Tucker of Hoover, AL, 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. James is preceded in death by her husband, Daniel C. James, her parents, 1 brother, and 2 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to North Oxford Baptist Cemetery (PO Box 1700, Oxford, MS 38655) or church/charity of choice.

Frances W. Jackson

Frances W. Jackson of Sturgis, MS, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020, at Oktibbeha County Hospital, in Starkville, MS. Frances was born September 30, 1927 in Lauderdale, MS, to George an Essie(Clay) Seale. She was 93 years old. Frances was a retiree of United Technologies.

Services will be held on Sunday, December 20, 2020, 2:00 P.M., at Morgan Chapel Baptist Church in Sturgis, MS. with Rev. Luke Gardner officiating. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman, MS, is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers are Ryan Jackson, Alex Rich, Clay Jackson, Cory Jackson, Corbett Jackson, J.R. Wells, and Herman Hunt(Honorary).

Frances is survived by her husband, Bob Jackson of Sturgis, MS, 2 sons, Steve(Diane) Weber of Ocean Springs, MS, and Mike(Angela) Jackson of Siloam Springs, AR; 3 daughters, Pam(Glen) Mitchell of Mobile AL, Julie(Mike) Lewis of Maben, MS, and Aime(Brad) Jones of Columbus, MS. She also leaves behind numerous grands, great-grands, nieces and nephews, and 1 great-great-grand.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, 1 son, 2 sisters, and 1 brother.

Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy.

Max` L. Ingram

Max Lucas Ingram, 91, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020, at his residence in Noxapater, Mississippi. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 20 in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Rook and Bro. Jeff Gardner officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Noxapater. The family urges everyone to please observe all safety precautions concerning COVID-19.

Max was born September 18, 1929, to Walton and Beatrice Lucas Ingram in Winston County, Mississippi. He was a faithful member of Liberty Baptist Church where he served for 52 years as an active deacon before becoming an inactive deacon due to health reasons. Prior to Liberty Baptist Church, he attended West End Baptist Church where he served two years as an active deacon. Max had many interests and worked at Brooklyn Field Air Force Base in Mobile, Alabama, at Watkins Ford Tractor in Louisville, and with the U. S. Forestry Service in Ackerman caring for the Tombigbee National Forest. He also worked at the American Creosote Works in Louisville and was a farmer, serving as a member of the local Cattleman's Association.

Max is survived by his loving wife of 70 years Jewel Lewis Ingram of Noxapater. He is also survived by his children: Ammon Ingram and wife Marylou also of Noxapater, Barney Ingram and wife Renee of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Ray Ingram and wife Wanda of Morton, Mississippi, and Evelyn Robinson and husband Mark of Noxapater. One of his greatest joys was being “Papaw Max” to his 11 grandchildren, 21great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by his brother Jimmy (Catherine) Ingram of Moss Point, Mississippi, sister Joyce Parks of Gulfport, Mississippi, and a host of loving nieces and nephews. Max was preceded in death by an infant son and his parents.

Serving as pallbearers are Billy Joe Carter, Hal Estes, Lee Gardner, Steve Jones, Garland Smith, Damon Villalpando, and Chet Wilkes. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of Liberty Baptist Church. Memorials in honor of Max may be given to Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Chet Wilkes, 1784 Tuck Wilkes Road, Noxapater, MS 39346.

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





Thursday, December 17, 2020

Phyllis Kay Mayo Black

Phyllis Kay Mayo Black, 73, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020, at her residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Graveside services and interment will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 18 at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Jay Murphy officiating. The family urges everyone to please observe all safety precautions concerning COVID-19.

Kay was born October 28, 1949, to Dee and Mary Jewel Keene Mayo in Winston County, Mississippi. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church where she enjoyed gathering information for and publishing the church bulletin each week. Kay was also a member of the Shiloh Cemetery Committee. She was very creative using her many sewing and embroidery machines to make everything from jewelry to Christmas stockings.

Kay is survived by her loving husband of 53 years Jimmy A. Black of Louisville. She is also survived by her children Kathy Black Johnsey and husband John of Starkville, Mississippi; and Barry A. Black and Sandra also of Louisville. One of her greatest joys was being “Mammaw” to her two granddaughters Sara Abigail Barnes and fiancĂ© Ford Polk of Starkville; and Ivy Black of Meridian, Mississippi. She is also survived by her siblings: Gary (Rachel) Mayo, Terry (Shirley) Mayo, Marie (Randall) Livingston, Terrell (Glenda) Mayo, Keeny (Becky) Mayo, and Jewel Dean Fondren. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials in honor of Kay may be given to Shiloh Cemetery Fund, c/o Brenda VanLandingham, 455 Walter Burroughs 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.





Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Sybil Mayo Stevenson

Mrs. Sybil Mayo Stevenson, 93, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at Dogwood Cottage at Winston County Nursing Home. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 18th, at Memorial Park Cemetery, with Rev. Scott Phillips officiating. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Stevenson was born April 16, 1927, in Winston County to Jack and Mamie Eaves Mayo. She was a graduate of Ford High School, and worked as office manager at Sunflower Food Store for many years. She was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church in Louisville. She was preceded in death by her husband, David B. Stevenson.

She is survived by her daughter, Gwynn Hall of Louisville; a sister, Betty Mayo of Philadelphia, MS; a brother, Bobby Mayo of Noxapater, one grandson, Chris Harris; and two great grandchildren, Paige Harris and Parker Harris.

Memorials may be made to Women in the Church at First Presbyterian Church, Louisville, MS.






Ruth Johnson Fulton

Mrs. Ruth Johnson Fulton, 94, passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at Willow Cottage at the Winston County Nursing Home. A graveside service and interment will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, December 18th, at Rocky Hill Methodist Cemetery, with Rev. Tom Potter officiating. 

Ruth was born July 2, 1926, in Louisville, MS, to Walter Marvin and Lois Lancaster Fulton. She was a graduate of Millsaps College, where she received her bachelor’s degree in education and history. She taught elementary and high school for many years in Louisville, Noxapater, and Nanih Waiya, as well as Gainesville, FL. She was instrumental in starting the kindergarten at First United Methodist Church in Louisville. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, the Louisville Garden Club, and Rocky Hill United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William A. Fulton, Sr.; a sister, Maryanna Johnson, and a brother, Walter Marvin Johnson, Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Joanna (Jerry) Lousteau of New Orleans, LA; and a son, William Fulton, Jr. of Astoria, NY.

Memorials may be made to the Rocky Hill Cemetery Fund.




Lois H. Shepard

Lois H. Shepard, 97, passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at BeeHive Homes in Starkville, Mississippi. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 19 in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Childs officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in Memorial Cemetery. The family urges everyone to please observe all safety precautions concerning COVID-19.

Lois was born September 13, 1923, to Fed and Omega Burnham Holdiness in Kemper County, Mississippi. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Louisville where she enjoyed attending her Sunday school class each week as long as her health allowed. Lois enjoyed taking care of her family and home.

Lois is survived by her daughter Sandra Griffin and husband William of Woodstock, Georgia. One of her greatest joys was being “Memaw” to her two granddaughters Kelly Barrere and husband Wayne of Cartersville, Georgia; and Catherine Calomeni and husband Steven of Alpharetta, Georgia; as well as four great-grandchildren: Carter and Andrew Barrere and Noelle and Kendal Calomeni. She is also survived by a sister Joy Richardson. Lois was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years Joe Shepard, her parents, three sisters and four brothers.

Memorials in honor of Lois may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tribute Program, P. O. Box 1000 Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or to First Methodist Church, P. O. Box 1426, 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.




Frances Stewart Ball

Frances Stewart Ball, 83, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus, Mississippi. Private funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 17 in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Heath Hillman officiating. Interment will follow at Murphy Creek Cemetery with Nowell-Massey Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Frances, born on January 20, 1937, was one of 14 children born to Winford Wade and Carrie Izora Stewart in Winston County, Mississippi, of the well-known Stewart Pottery Family. She was a graduate of Bond High School where she was voted as “Miss Bond” during her senior year. Frances was also involved in basketball and cheerleading during her high school years. She was a committed member of the First Baptist Church of Louisville for 54 years where she was involved in WMU and the Joy Club and was also a dedicated choir member. Frances and her husband, Buddy, were entrepreneurs of several business ventures in Louisville. Among them were Peggy’s Grill, Kwik Pik #1, Kwik Pik #2, Sunshine Laundromat, and Fran’s Florist. One of her hobbies was gardening as evidenced by her 40-year membership in the Town & Country Garden Club. She was also involved in the Friends of Legion State Park and Habitat for Humanity. Frances has first elected to serve as an alderwoman for the City of Louisville in 1977 and has served a total of 23 years. She dedicated her life to the service of others, the City of Louisville, and to community service for which she was awarded the Woman of the Year Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award presented through the Winston-Louisville Chamber of Commerce. The essence of her life can be best summarized by her words: "My greatest joy is being with my family. I intend to continue to serve my community, church, and family as long as I can. The strongest force in my life is serving and worshiping God. One of my greatest strengths is prayer and God's word. Louisville is very special to me. I have raised my family here. My children and most of my grandchildren attended or attends school here. It's a great place!"

Frances is survived by her loving husband of 64 years Marion “Buddy” Ball. She is also survived by her children: Debbie Ball Williams of Olive Branch, Mississippi, Marion “Rooster” Ball and wife Jennifer of Louisville, and William Ball and wife JJ of Noxapater, Mississippi. One of her greatest joys was being “Sue” to her nine grandchildren: Carley (Ramey) Smith, Casey (Lindsey) Cade, Taylor Williams, Laurel Ball, Madelyn Ball, Mack Ball, Stewart Ball, Wyatt Ball, and Roper Ball; as well as her four great-grandchildren: Sarah Scott Smith, Catherine James Smith, Holt Cade and Mia Cade. Frances is survived by her siblings: Sammie Alumbro, Frank (Earline) Stewart, Brenda (Wayne) Castleberry, Dixie (Marlon) Williamson, Zelda (J. W.) Gully, Pat Goodin, Junior (Louise) Stewart, Bobby Stewart, Bill (Charlene) Stewart, and Delaine (Donnie) Woodruff, as well as a host of loving nieces and nephews. Frances was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Charles Stewart and Jack Stewart, her sister Janet Gentry, three nephews: Stephen Goodin, Dan Stewart, Wade Stewart, and her niece Cindy Faust.

Serving as pallbearers are Stan Goodin, Will Hill, Cully Hudspeth, Hal Nowell, Russ Nowell, and Jeff Terry. Memorials in honor of Frances may be given to the First Baptist Church of Louisville, 2378 S. Church Avenue, 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.nowell-masseyfuneralhome.com.





Ellen Marie Glenn

Ellen Marie Glenn, 78, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, at the Winston County Nursing Home, Louisville, MS. A Memorial Service will be conducted at a later date by the Family. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Bessie Mae Holmes

 Funeral Service and interment for Ms. Bessie Mae Holmes will be held Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 1:00 PM in the New Zion M.B. Church Cemetery with Taylor Funeral Service in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be from 1:00 - 5:00 PM on Friday, December 18, 2020 from Taylor Funeral Home Chapel.

Virginia Diane Pace

A graveside service for Virginia Diane Pace will be held Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. from Cedarlawn Cemetery in Philadelphia with Rev. Wayne Hill officiating. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Pace, 68, of Noxapater, died Friday, December 11, 2020, at Desoto Baptist Memorial in Southaven, MS.

Born in Neshoba County, MS, she attended Philadelphia schools for a period of time and graduated later from Decatur High School. She was a longtime resident of Winston County and a longtime substitute/assistant teacher. She was a pharmacy technician for several years and also worked as an optician. She helped with several churches in the area with food distribution for the underprivileged and shut-ins. Mrs. Pace was a member of Noxapater Baptist Church. She loved to read her Bible, sew, and loved collecting odds and ends. She was extremely proud of her two sons.

Survivors include husband, William; sons, Barry Forest Pace and William Stanley Collins Pace; sister, Jennifer Lynn (Donald) Young; nieces, nephews and their families.

Mrs. Pace was preceded in death by parents, Willard Wyatt Stanley and Laverne Louise Maxwell Stanley.

Pallbearers are Cody Pace, Joseph Pace, Ben Pace, Mark McCool, Wiley Pace, and Paul Edwards. Honorary pallbearer is Chris Wells.

Mary Emma Roberson

Mary Emma Roberson, 69, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at the Winston County Medical Center, Louisville, MS. Graveside service will be Sunday, December 20, 2020, at 2 p.m., from the Louisville Memorial Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Saturday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Willie Mac Smith

Willie Mac Smith, 72, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at the Winston County Nursing Home, Louisville, Mississippi. Graveside service will be Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at 11 a.m., from Oak Grove#2 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.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Glenn W. Wells

Services will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. from McClain-Hays Chapel with visitation beginning at 12:00 noon until time of service. Interment will be in Noxapater Methodist Cemetery. 

Mr. Wells, 92, of Philadelphia, died Saturday, December 12, 2020 at his home.

He was a native of Noxapater and longtime resident of Philadelphia and was the owner/operator of Wells Cabinet Works. Mr. Wells was a member of First United Methodist Church of Philadelphia and was active in the Habitat for Humanity project.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Sue Wells; daughter, Debbie W. McCoy; sons, Tommy Glenn Wells and Keith Wells all of Philadelphia; grandchildren, Amanda Arriaga, Wes Wells, Amy and Cory McCoy; great-grandchildren, Charlie, Anna Katherine and Henry Logan Wells, Sofia Arriaga, Cullen McCoy and Margaret McCoy Hayes; sisters, Beth Clayton of Noxapater, Faith Estes of Louisville, Ruth Harrala of Mobile and Linda Harper of Springfield, Missouri; brother, Larry Wells of Noxapater; numerous nieces, nephews and their families; and Marilyn Davis who lovingly cared for him this last year.

Mr. Wells was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Margaret Wells; sister, Ann Yarbrough.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Blair Batson Children’s Hospital or Ronald McDonald House.

Virginia Houston

Virginia Houston, 79, passed away from complications of Alzheimer's disease on Sunday, December 13, 2020, at NHC Healthcare in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at Ellison Ridge Baptist Church in Louisville, Mississippi, with Zach Stevens officiating and Bro. Michael Wells assisting. Visitation will be the day of the service from 12:00 p.m. until service time at the church. Interment will follow in Ellison Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. The family urges everyone to please observe all safety precautions concerning COVID-19.

Virginia was born January 4, 1941, to Edward and Louise Anderson Carr in Nashville, Tennessee. For 48 years, she has been a member of Ellison Ridge Baptist Church where she enjoyed Sunday school and church fellowships. She loved and served the Lord faithfully; and she enjoyed listening to gospel music. Virginia also enjoyed gardening, reading, and cooking as well as spending time with her family and friends. She spent many years loving and caring for children in her home treating them as they were her own and enjoying watching them grow up.

Virginia is survived by her daughter Lori Stevens and husband Trey of Tullahoma, Tennessee. One of her greatest joys was being “Gran” to her two grandchildren: Lindsay (Christian) Hagstrom and Zachary (Erin) Stevens. She is also survived by her siblings: Johnny (Chloe) Carr, Betty Carr, Patsy Carr, Paul (Cheryl) Carr, and Debbie Baldwin as well as her sister-in-law Maxine Houston. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years Otis Houston and her parents.

Serving as pallbearers are Christian Hagstrom, Charles Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Trey Stevens, and Zachary Stevens. Memorials in honor of Virginia may be given to Ellison Ridge Cemetery Fund, c/o Johnny Eaves, 4784 Ellison Ridge Church 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.






Melba McCool

Melba McCool, 101, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020, at her residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 15 in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Franklin Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Indian Springs Assembly of God Cemetery.

Melba was born December 7, 1919, to Fed and Omega Holdiness. Melba sold Avon for many years and was awarded the highest honor, being inducted into the President’s Club. She enjoyed working in her flower garden, taking long walks, and visiting with her neighbors until she was unable to do so.

Melba is survived by her son Tommy (Elaine) Dooley and daughter-in- law Jennie White all of Louisville. One of her greatest joys was being “MeMaw” to her grandchildren: Rusty (Sharon) Dooley, Lisa (Brad) Hodges, Kimberly (Matt) Herbert, Keith (Summer) Dooley, Daphne Williamson, Jennifer Jayroe, Dana (Chip) Endy, as well as a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and their families. She is also survived by two sisters Joy Richardson and Lois Sheppherd. Melba was preceded in death by her husbands: Richard E. Dooley, Olyn Murphy, and Edison McCool, son Clinton Dooley, an infant grandson, her parents, two sisters, and four brothers.

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.nowell-masseyfuneralhome.com.








Joe Ray Blake

Joe Ray Blake of Ackerman, MS joined his wife, Minnie Bell, and youngest son, Lonnie, in heaven on December 12, 2020 at the age of 88. Joe Ray has been a resident of the Winston Medical Center Senior Care for the past 4 1/2 years, where he has been loved and well taken care of.

Graveside funeral services will be held on Monday December 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery near Mathiston, MS. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman, MS is in charge of all arrangements.

Joe Ray Blake was born May 25, 1932 to the late Walter Thomas and Donnie Ann Blake. He was the youngest of 9 siblings and a twin to one of them. He was married to his wonderful wife, Minnie Bell Weeks Blake, for 55 years before she preceded him in death 8 years ago. Before her death, he was her loving caregiver and she was the light of his life.

Joe Ray grew up in Pheba, MS where he spent his young years helping his dad and his disabled mom tend to their farm. He loved to talk about the ponds where he spent many hours swimming while his dad fished and tended to the cows. He also loved to talk about hitching rides to nearby West Point where he could spend the day watching movies and hanging out.

After Joe Ray married, he had various jobs but the majority of his career was as a dedicated employee of Mathiston and Eupora's glove factories. He worked side by side with his wife there for over 30 years until they retired together.

Joe Ray's biggest enjoyment was his family. He loved to spend time camping with them where he taught them to swim. He loved to garden where he was a master in growing peach trees. His grandchildren will remember standing on the side of the road and selling his peaches in the summer. He was a man who never met strangers so he loved people and when his wife needed a trip to Walmart he would sit on the outside bench and make new friends. He loved to eat, especially fish, and was often known to give free advertisement for Pap's Fish.

In addition to his great loves, the love of the Lord was evident in his walk. He's been longtime member of Center Grove Baptist Church. He was saved at a young age and he was a rather quiet man when it came to his religion but he lived it. You could see it in how he treated people and the example he set for his children and grandchildren. His daughters knew the kind of man to marry because he had shown them that through his love for his wife and the Lord.

Joe Ray's youngest son, Lonnie Ray Blake, preceded him in death. He is survived by two daughters: Geraldine (Jerry) Jackson and her husband, Jack and Jo Ann King and her husband, Mike. He leaves behind 5 grandsons and 1 step granddaughter: Brandon Peninger (wife Tabatha), Matthew King (wife Anna) , Holden Blake (wife Jacqui), Garrett King, Austin King and Jessica Plant (husband Steven). He also leaves behind two great grandsons, two great granddaughters, one great step grandson, and one great step granddaughter.

Joe Ray will be missed by his nursing home family, friends, and most of all, his children and grands, but we all find peace and comfort in knowing that he's no longer suffering and he's having a great time rejoicing with his wife and son.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Billy Charles Eskridge

Billy Charles Eskridge, 85, of Sturgis, Mississippi, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at his home after a long battle with a severe chronic medical condition. He was surrounded by his closest family at the time.
Bill leaves behind his wife, June, two sons and their respective families, Lance and Melanie Eskridge and their children Matt and wife Emily, Ben and Nicholas and Kirk Eskridge and his children Curtis and wife Ashley, Madelyn, Jackson, and their mother Sharon.

Bill was born in 1935 in Winston County by parents James W. and Nellie Eskridge.

He is survived by his brother Jimmy Ray Eskridge of Gulfport, Mississippi and sister Alice Hayward of Hillsboro, Oregon.
He was a devoted husband of 60 years to June and a wonderful son, father, uncle, and a good and true friend to so many.

Bill graduated Sturgis High School in 1953 where he won the Mississippi state championship, then played football for Southern Mississippi, McNeese State and East Mississippi where he was inducted to the Football Hall of Fame there. He then entered the Navy and served until 1959. After being honorably discharged, he began his career at the Borden Food Plant in Starkville, Mississippi where he worked for 25 years. During that time and after, he commercially raised cattle and followed into his father’s footsteps as a Pine Timber man. In 1989, He and his wife June also opened and operated The Merchandise Warehouse in Sturgis, Mississippi which was a successful regional shopping destination and acknowledged as such by Southern Living magazine in 2003.

Bill was a proud member of the Sturgis Baptist Church, The famous Sturgis Coffee Club and the EMCC Lions Club. He will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved him.

The private funeral service will be held at Bevill Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Mississippi, Friday, December 11th, 2020 at 2:00 PM.

The family requests as for his wishes in lieu of flowers to donate to the Sturgis Baptist Church.