Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Johnny DeWayne Longino

Graveside Memorial Services for Johnny DeWayne Longino, 55, of Starkville, MS will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 2:00 pm, at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Hall Summit, LA with Brother Tim Page officiating and music provided by Tyler Mitchell.
Johnny was born on September 12, 1965 and passed away in an automobile accident on Thursday, January 14, 2021.

He is preceded in death by his parents Merse and Shirley Longino, his paternal grandparents, Marcus and Myrtle Longino, and his maternal grandparents, L.B. and Thelma Nichols.

Left to cherish his memories are his two sons, Zachary Longino and Colton Longino along with his former wife and mother of his children, Carolyn Robbins all of Long Beach, MS. One brother, Mark Longino and wife Mary Ann of Coushatta, one sister, Christy Gay and husband Mark of Coushatta. Very special aunt, Elaine Sessions and husband J.R. of Coushatta, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Johnny was currently employed by Betts, Inc. is Mississippi but has worked numerous saw mill jobs in many different states. He never met a stranger and always made the best of his situation no matter where his path led him. Johnny was a kind hearted man who many would say would give the shirt off his back or give his last cent no matter what he may have been going through at the time. He always put others first and would do anything to make others smile. Johnny truly had the best laugh and it brought joy to anyone who heard it. In his spare time, he enjoyed the outdoors and loved to hunt, fish, and camp with his family.

Due to the current state of Covid 19, the family asks that everyone wear masks and practice social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Mt. Zion Cemetery Fund, Hall Summit, LA.





Charline Sullivan Stewart

Mrs. Ruby Charline Stewart, 65, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville, Mississippi, surrounded by her loved ones. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 23 beginning at 9:30 with funeral services directly following at 11:00 both at Murphy Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Mayo officiating. Interment will be in Murphy Creek Cemetery.

Charline was born December 4, 1955, to Clarence “Bud” Sullivan and Beatrice “Bea” Walker Sullivan. She was a graduate of Louisville High School. Charline retired in 2015 with thirty years of service as a program technician for the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency. She was currently serving as the Woodmen Life chapter president. She was recently chosen as the North Mississippi Fraternalist of the Year for the Woodmen Life North Mississippi Chapter 102.

Charline attended Murphy Creek Baptist Church where she was very active. She could be found each Thursday and some Wednesday’s folding church bulletins, writing little personal notes in the bulletins to be mailed to shut-ins, and sending out signed prayer cards to the sick and bereaved. She also volunteered at the Baptist Food Pantry. She delivered fruit baskets to shut-ins, and she packed boxes for Operation Christmas Child. She was an advocate for missions. She enjoyed sewing and making pillow case dresses for children in Honduras. During the COVID-19 pandemic she made and donated thousands of face masks to local clinics. She also carried out her Mask Ministry at Crossroads. If you purchased a mask, please know it was made with love.

Charline was a servant of God in every sense of the word. Many have said, “to know her was to love her.” She was happiest when doing things for others and sharing her love of Christ with everyone she met. She was a true prayer warrior.

Charline is survived by her loving husband, William Harold “Bill” Stewart, of 47 years; her daughters, Renee (Dale) Stafford and Suzanne (Alan) Brown both of Caledonia, Mississippi. One of her greatest joys was being “MawMaw” to her grandchildren: Jesse (Lindsey-Brooke) Allen, Clara Allen, Addie Kate Brown, and Ryker Cannon Brown. She is also survived by her bonus grandchildren: Lyndsey (Charles) Huckaby, Andrew Huckaby, Clara Huckaby, Courtney (Aaron) Smith and Mary Stafford. She leaves behind a host of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews. She also leaves behind one sister Marilyn (Jerry) Bressler of Harlingen, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bud and Beatrice Sullivan, and an infant granddaughter.

Pallbearers will be Jesse Allen, Benji Davis, Trey Whitehead, Trent Whitehead, Tanner Jacobs, and Ricky Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Lipsey and Joe Clark.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family asks that everyone adhere to social distancing guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations to be made in Charline’s memory to Murphy Creek Baptist Church Mission Fund.

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.







Rebecca Williamson

Mrs. Rebecca Williamson, 83, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at the Pine Cottage at Winston County Nursing Home in Louisville. A private family service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 23rd, at Harmony Baptist Church, with Rev. Jerry Lundy officiating. Interment will follow in Harmony Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Williamson was born April 10, 1937, in Louisville, MS. She was a homemaker and gardener, and a faithful member of Harmony Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aron Williamson; her parents, Needham Moore Robbins and Benjamin Robbins; a son, Ricky Williamson; sisters, Genieive Walker, Myrtis Bates, Joy Gressinger, and Bonnie Dean Triplett; and her brothers, James Robbins, Thomas Carter Robbins, George Perry Robbins, and John Robbins.

She is survived by three daughters, Angie (Mike) Etheredge of Louisville; Deborah (Robert) Tombrella, and Vickie (Luis) Herrera, both of Burnet, TX; daughter-in-law, Connie Williamson of New Canty, TX; her sister, Barbara Fulcher of Louisville; nine grandchildren, and seventeen great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Robert Tombrella, Luis Herrera, Kevin Williamson, Ben Herrera, Mike Etheredge, Pat Robbins, and Shawn Fulcher.

Memorials may be made to the Harmony Cemetery Fund.





Irene Myrtle Chandler

Irene Myrtle Chandler, 97, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at her home in Louisville, Mississippi. Private graveside services and interment will be Wednesday, January 20 at Memorial Cemetery in Louisville with Bro. Paul Goodin officiating and Danny Cheatham assisting. A private family visitation will be held at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville.
Irene was born September 12, 1923, to Chapman and Dorothy Jones Gillis in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. She was a member of Gum Branch Baptist Church. Irene worked at Spartus Corporation and later retired after working many years at Wal-Mart in Louisville. She was a very talented quilter who blessed her family, friends, and neighbors with heirloom treasures of quilts she made. Irene also enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles and completing word search puzzles. She also enjoyed her adult coloring books which made beautiful framed pictures after completion.

Irene is survived by her daughters: Dorothy “Dot” Cheatham and husband Danny of Starkville, Mississippi, Ann Parker and husband Jackie of Louisville, and Donna Moore and husband Danny of Florence, Mississippi, as well as her “daughter by choice” Jean Wallace of Brandon, Mississippi. One of her greatest joys was being “Granny” to her grandchildren: Chris (Leah) Cheatham, David (Kelly) Cheatham, and Emily (Cash) VanLandingham; as well as her seven great-grandchildren: Bryce and Hayden Cheatham, Brooklyn, Caroline, Kate, Annabelle Cheatham, and Alex Burton. She also leaves behind her siblings: Kathleen Holmes, Helen Stemmer, Sally (Jim) McRorie, Alton (Betty) Gillis, Algen (Christine) Gillis, Roger (Erma) Gillis, and Marion Gillis. She is preceded in death by her husband Edwin W. Chandler, her grandson Brad Parker, her parents, and her siblings: Jimmy Gillis, Gerald Gillis, and Margaret Jeffers.

Serving as pallbearers are Alex Burton, Chris Cheatham, David Cheatham, Keith Collier, Kenny Collier, and Cash VanLandingham. Gifts in honor of Irene may be given to Gum Branch Baptist Church or to Quality Hospice.

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.






James C. Wise

James Carl Wise of Chesterfield, MO, formerly of Ackerman, MS, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021, at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, MO. Mr. Wise was born December 15, 1924, in Choctaw County, MS, to Gary G. and Mary(Ballard) Wise. He was 96 years old, and retired from General Motors Corporation.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021, 10:00 A.M. at Enon Cemetery in Ackerman, MS. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Mr. Wise is survived by 3 daughters, Carrie Morrissett of Davison, MI, Catherine Jarrett of Chesterfield, MO, and Nancy Koernke of Dexter, MI; 1 son, James Wise of Sykesville, MD; 1 brother, Dan Wise of Ackerman, MS; 2 sisters, Martha Nell Young of Ackerman, MS, and Caroline McCuiston of Myrtle, MS; 10 grandchildren, Doug Morrissett of Chandler, AZ, David Morrissett of Davison, MI, Phillip Jarrett of Omaha, NE, Julia Tevlin of Kirkwood, MO, Elizabeth Koernke of Dexter, MI, Edward Koernke of Lubbock, TX, Eric Koernke of Adrian, MI, Ethan Koernke of Dexter, MI, Laura Wise of Sykesville, MD, and Aaron Wise of Sykesville, MD; and 2 great-grandchildren, Leo Tevlin and Miles Tevlin, both of Kirkwood, MO.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

James S. Russell

Mr. James S. Russell, 88, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, in Lakewood Ranch, FL. James was born February 9, 1932, in Noxapater, MS, the youngest of three children, having two older sisters. He graduated from Noxapater High School and attended East Central Community College before entering the U. S. Air Force. He served in Saudi Arabia and earned several service medals. He was trained as an Air Traffic Controller in the Air Force and upon his discharge he began working for the Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration. His career allowed his family the opportunity to live in many cities, which they all truly enjoyed. He retired a distinguished civil servant from the FAA and soon found a new interest in golf. James loved playing golf and made many wonderful friends at the Louisville Country Club. The family wants all of you to know how much he cherished those fun days. James also enjoyed wood working and basket weaving. 

He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Louisville. James truly loved the Lord and the opportunity to volunteer. He was active in various mission works, including The Gideons, Samaritans Purse, and a host of other missions.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jean; his parents J.C. Russell and Florence Coleman Russell; his daughter, Sherry, and his oldest sister, Irene Russell Curto.

He is survived by his daughter, Lea Russell Shappee, and her husband, Harry Pep; a son, Byron James Russell, and his sister, Doris Odine Russell Guthrie.

A family graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, January 22nd, at Memorial Park Cemetery, with Mr. T. J. Jennings officiating. Due to the COVID pandemic, the service is limited to immediate family members.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials may be made to The Gideons or Samaritans Purse.





Sunday, January 17, 2021

Susan Stewart Sullivan

Mrs. Susan Renee Sullivan, 57, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Central Merritt Health Center in Jackson, MS. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 20th, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Mark Mayo officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Murphy Creek Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of the Covid pandemic, the family asks that everyone wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Susan was born December 13, 1963, in Louisville. She was a graduate of Louisville High School, East Central Community College, and Mississippi State University, where she received her Master’s degree in Elementary education. She was a teacher at Kosciusko Junior High School for over 26 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Louisville. She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Stewart.

She is survived by her husband, Jakie Sullivan of Louisville; her daughters, Kristian (Matthew) Williamson of Columbus, MS, Lexi Sullivan of Louisville, and Caylee (Matt) Easterling of Madison; her mother, Benita Stokes Stewart of Louisville; two sisters, Sonya (Keith) Goodin of Madison, and Misty Jones of Louisville; a brother, Paul Norman Stewart of Petal, MS; four grandchildren, Madyson Chamblee, Embry Grace Williamson, Peyton Williamson, and Parks Easterling; and her lifelong friend, Tammy Ray.

Pallbearers will be Matt Easterling, Matthew Williamson, Jon Kerry King, Jarrett King, Joshua Jones, and Matthew Chamblee.




Robert Garrigues

Robert Myers Garrigues, 74, passed away on Sunday, January 17th, 2021, in Gulfport, MS. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 21, 2021, at Rocky Hill United Methodist Church at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Wayne Hill officiating. Visitation will be 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. at the church, with interment following in the church cemetery. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Masks and social distancing are requested.

Robert was born November 15, 1946, in Hattiesburg, MS. He grew up in the Rocky Hill community and was a lifelong Methodist. He graduated from Louisville High School in 1964. While at Louisville, he lettered in football, baseball, and track. At age 14 he excelled in American Legion baseball as a pitcher and outfielder.

After graduating from high school, he earned a scholarship to Ole Miss where he played defensive back under Coach John Vaught and baseball under Coach Tom Swayze. Robert loved Ole Miss even when he was bemoaning the lack of defense the last few years, but he did not love Alabama, LSU, and Mississippi State. He also thought the classic red, navy, or white jersey, gray pants with red and blue stripes and powder blue helmet was the best uniform in college football.

For many years he was an avid golfer, but eventually decided to retire from golf. He continued to hunt, particularly deer.

After graduating from Ole Miss, he coached in Gulfport and Laurel for a number of years.

Robert spent most of his professional life as an agent for Farm Bureau, retiring after 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Myers Garrigues and Jeannette Boutwell Garrigues; and his pets Beaux and Maggie.

He is survived by his wife Jean; sons, Grant Garrigues of Gulfport, MS, Justin (Kelli) Garrigues of Gulfport, MS, and Brian Garrigues of Los Angeles, CA; sisters, Sarah Garrigues of Lousville, MS and Kay (Jimmy) Martin of Brandon, MS and Louisville, MS; one grandson, Jacob; and nephews, Joey Teichert, Michael Womack, and Jason Womack; as well as his beloved pet Sophie. Numerous cousins and friends also mourn his passing.

Memorials may be made to the Harrison County Humane Society, Rocky Hill United Methodist Church, or the charity of your choice.

Serving as pallbearers will be Tom Daniels, John Commer, Randy Sibley, Barry Kelley, Fred Nabers, and Joey Teichert.





 

Dean Kemp Jernigan

 Mildred Dean Kemp Jernigan, 91, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Winston Medical Center Senior Care Services in Louisville, Mississippi. A graveside funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 19, at 2:00 pm at Mashulaville Baptist Church Cemetery in Noxubee County, MS. A private family viewing will be held at Nowell Massey Funeral Home prior to the service with her nephew, Mike Fuller, officiating.

Dean or "Granny" as she was lovingly called by her grandchildren was born in Winston County, Mississippi on March 7, 1929 to Walter and Irma Clay Kemp. She was married on November 8, 1948 to Julius Lamar "Jule" Jernigan from Mashulaville. He preceded her in death on March 20, 1991. They made their home in Mashulaville before moving to Winston County in the 1980's. She remained a member of Mashulaville Baptist Church.

She spent most of her early childhood days working in the fields and later in vegetable gardens and in her yards full of beautiful flowers. Not only did she raise the most beautiful plants with her "green thumb" and loving care; she raised five children with that same love and care. Her children are: Glenda (John) Puckett of Birmingham, AL; Steve (Susan) Jernigan of Louisville, MS; Julia (Gary) Peace of Pinson, AL; Mary Elizabeth "Beth" (Steve) Krapac, of Vicksburg, MS; and Amy (Kirk) Houser of Houston, TX.

She was Granny to Aaron (Tracie) Puckett and their daughter Anna Marie; Laura Puckett (Jeremy) Hodge and their two sons, Jake and Luke; Blake Jernigan (Veronica Boyd); Brandon Jernigan (Christina Conger) and son Mason; Kayla Jernigan (Doug) LaRock and children, Douglas, Julian, Elliana, and Kaison James (KJ); Alan (Jessica) Peace and children, Leland and Elizabeth Claire (Ellie); Cody Peace; Hannah Krapac (Max Wamsley); Sarah Krapac (Tony) Nowell and children, Daveigh, Dalton, and Harley-Ann; Alex Houser; and Ian Houser. She was the apple of her grandchildren's eyes. She loved to sew and will pass many hand sewn and embroidered treasures down to them. She also was a fabulous cook and could turn any food into a magic meal for her family and friends. She would always have a pound cake or a caramel cake waiting on anyone who might visit. She also passes this trait to many of her children and grandchildren. There will never be another meal as good or seasoned with love like hers.

She is survived by a sister, Pauline Kemp Fuller of Louisville MS, and was preceded in death by sisters; Christine Kemp Whitehead and Evelyn Kemp West. She was preceded in death by brothers: Woodrow, JW, Cecil, Rexall, Elliot, and Fred Kemp. She was also a loving aunt to their children. Her quick wit would keep them in stitches.

Serving as pallbearers are her grandsons: Aaron Puckett, Blake Jernigan, Brandon Jernigan, Alan Peace, Cody Peace, Alex Houser, and Ian Houser. Memorials may be made to Mashulaville Baptist Church Cemetery Fund in care of Eddy Gaylord, 38501 MS Hwy 14 West, Macon, MS 39341.




Earlene Grissom

Lillia Earlene Grissom, 85, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at the Winston Medical Center Nursing Home in Louisville, Mississippi. Graveside services and interment will be 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20 at Shuqualak Cemetery in Shuqualak, Mississippi.

Earlene was born August 19, 1935, to Hardin Brooks and Lillian Lee Patterson in Noxubee County. She loved flowers and enjoyed working in her flower beds in her yard. Earlene also wrote poems and enjoyed reading.

Earlene is survived by her children Darlene Hogue and husband Tim of Horn Lake, Mississippi, and David Grissom of Louisville. One of her greatest joys was being “MawMaw” to her four grandchildren: Adam Hogue, Ashley Hogue, Alex (Bronwyn) Hogue and Anna Hogue, and her great-grandson Landen Hogue. Also left to mourn her passing are her sisters: Evelyn Hailey, Dean Sciple, Ruth Anderson, and Eunice Patterson, in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Mitchell Grissom, granddaughter Allison ShelĂ© Grissom, her parents, and her siblings: Helen Mayo, Horace Patterson, Harlen Patterson, and Hardin Brooks Patterson, Jr.

Serving as pallbearers are Adam Hogue, Alex Hogue, Jason Pugh, and Kevin Stanley. Gifts in memory of Earlene may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, www.stjude.org.

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, January 15, 2021

Ann McGee

Mrs. Ann McGee, 81, passed away on January 15, 2021, at the Winston County Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, January 18th, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Scott Lowrey and Rev. Doug Wise officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 P.M. until service time. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ann was born March 26, 1939, in Tennessee, to Arthur Greely Olterman and Rauzzie Cooper Olterman. She loved childcare and kept children in her home for over 51 years. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63 years, Gerald Chamblee McGee; three sisters, Estalene Olterman, Hilda Kabool, and Helen Long; six brothers, Arthur William (Bill), Howard, Reverend Robert (Bobby), James (Shine), Harold (Belo), and Paul Olterman; an infant son, William Charles McGee, and a son-in-law, Bobby Kennedy.

She is survived by three daughters, Sharon Kennedy and Lisa (Chris) Parker, both of Louisville, and Deborah (Stephen) Brown of Brandon, MS; eight grandchildren, Sara Roberts, Mary Margaret Klun, Jonathan Parker, Jeremy Parker, Jessica Parker, Christopher Brown, Michael Brown, and Katie Knight; four great

grandchildren, Jackson Roberts, Miles Roberts, Bailey Roberts, and James Knight; a step great grandchild, Belle Knight; a brother-in-law, Louis Long; and a sister-in-law, Francis Olterman.

Pallbearers will be Coker Fryery, Kevin Hudson, John Wright, Kiley Kirk, Bob Combs, and Lee Combs.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 547, Louisville, MS, 39339






Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Eugene Jernigan

Eugene Jernigan, 74, formerly of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Sunday, January 10, 2021, at West Suburban Hospital, Chicago, IL. Graveside will be Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, at 1 p.m., from Mount Bell M. B. Church Cemetery, Louisville, MS. , Visitation will be Sunday, from 10 a.m., until Service time. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Thresea Cooper Boykin

Thresea Cooper Boykin, 60, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at her home in Louisville, Mississippi. Private family funeral services will be Friday, January 15 with Bro. Trent Jaudon officiating. Interment will immediately follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Thresea was born June 17, 1960, to Thomas D. and Billie Dean Bouchillon Cooper in Louisville. She was a gemologist as well as a very talented musician and artist. Thresea enjoyed putting puzzles together and was an avid reader including her love of studying the Bible.

Thresea is survived by her husband Matt Boykin and her mother Billie Dean Cooper both of Louisville. She is also survived by three children: Marsha (William) Robinson of Florence, Mississippi, Michael Vance of Jackson, Tennessee, and Christina Randall also of Louisville. One of her greatest joys was being “MeMe” to her three grandchildren: Autumn Davis, Angelina Stodola, and Michael Scott Stodola. Also left to mourn her passing is her brother Thomas (Brigitte) Cooper of Louisville; in addition to her nieces, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Thomas D. Cooper.

Serving as pallbearers will be Thomas Cooper, Tony Wood, Chris Brannon, Randy Hill, and Patrick Wylie. Gifts in memory of Thresea 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.






Robert Lee Eiland

Robert Lee Eiland, 41, of Ackerman, Mississippi, passed on Monday January 11, 2021, at the Starkville Manor Nursing Home, Starkville, MS. Graveside Service will be Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at 12 p.m., from Rockport United Methodist Church, Ackerman, MS. Visitation will be Sunday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Murphy Lee Miller

Murphy Lee Miller, 70, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at the Starkville Manor Nursing Home, Starkville, MS. Graveside service will be Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 2 p.m., from the Louisville Memorial Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Friday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Margie Jones

Services for Margie Jones will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. from McClain-Hays Chapel with Rev. Mark Cloys and Rev. Jeff Brewer officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Weir, MS. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Mrs. Jones, 91, of Philadelphia, died Sunday, January 10, 2021, at Neshoba County Nursing Home.

A native of Wharton, TX, and former resident of Weir, MS, she moved to Philadelphia in 1991. She formerly worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant. Mrs. Jones was a member of East Philadelphia Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Harold Jones of Louisville, Ronnie Jones (Michele) of Philadelphia, and Steve Jones (Cyndy) of Granbury, TX; grandchildren, Elisabeth Jones, Brandon Jones, Dustin Floyd, Justin Jones, Stephanie Bolton, Brandi Jones, and Kelli Jones; nine great-grandchildren; and two nieces.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by husband, Rex Jones; sister, Joyce Campbell; and brother, Kenneth Pickett.

Pallbearers are Brandon Jones, Justin Jones, Dustin Floyd, Keith Gaines, Chuck Burke, and Tyrone Smith.

Houston Burnside

Houston Burnside, 82, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at the Oktibbeha County Hospital, Starkville, MS. Funeral Service will be Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 at 1 p.m., from Beck Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Louisville Memorial Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Hattie Dell Pleas

Mrs. Hattie Dell Pleas, 90, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at Winston County Medical Center, Louisville, MS. Graveside service will be Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 1 p.m., from Louisville Memorial Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Tabatha McKay

Tabatha Henning McKay of Weir, MS, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021, near French Camp, MS. Tabatha was born April 9, 1990, in Starkville, MS, to Doug Henning and Sandra Whysall. She was 30 years old, and was a mom and homemaker.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 1:00 P.M. at Crepe Creek Baptist Cemetery in Stewart, MS. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Tabatha is survived by her parents, Doug(Judy) Henning of Ackerman, MS, and Sandra(Randy) Sanders-Whysall of Weir, MS; 1 son, Chevy McKay of Weir, MS; 1 daughter, Jayden Sanders of Weir, MS; 2 brothers, Brad Hutchison and Richard Holder; 3 sisters, Robyn Hutchison, Katrina Carlisle, Peyton Murphy.

Tabatha was preceded in death by her grandfather, Mike Partridge

Larry Gene Hemphill

Graveside services for Mr. Larry Gene Hemphill will be held at 10 AM Monday, January 11, 2021 at Liberty Baptist Cemetery in Noxapater, MS with Rev. Clark Byram officiating. There will be no visitation. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services in charge.

Mr. Hemphill, 75, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at Neshoba General Nursing Home. He worked as a MDOT Superintendant for many years. His hobbies include yardwork, gardening and woodworking. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Mr. Hemphill attended Hight Assembly.

Preceded in death: Parents, Melvin Everette Hemphill and Lillie McCain Hemphill; Sisters, Louise Byram, Jimmy Howard and Ann Ethridge; Brother, Robert Melvin “Billy” Hemphill.

Survivors: Wife, Sammie Hemphill of Philadelphia; Son, Larry Hemphill Jr. of Noxapater, MS; (4) Grandchildren; (5) Great-Grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Justin Hemphill, Bradley Hemphill, Kevin Hemphill and Corey Hemphill.

Lyndia Gordon McCool

Lyndia Gordon McCool, 76, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville, Mississippi. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 14 in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel in Louisville, Mississippi, with Bro. Mike Dowd officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 1:30 p.m. until service time. Interment will immediately follow the service in Bethsalem Presbyterian Cemetery in Choctaw County.

Lyndia was born December 16, 1944, to Hugh and Mamie Sellers Gordon in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She was a member of Whitehall Methodist Church. Lyndia retired from the Louisville Municipal School District after working in the school cafeteria and as a bus driver for many years. She loved to crochet and enjoyed baking. Lyndia also loved flowers of all kinds.

Lyndia is survived by her children: Dwayne McCool and wife Robin of Horn Lake, Mississippi, Suzette Freshour of Waynesboro, Mississippi, John Fondren and wife Cecelia of Ackerman, Mississippi, Mary Jo Miller and husband Matt of Sturgis, Mississippi, and Eddy McCool and wife Samantha of Weir, Mississippi. One of her greatest joys was being “Mamaw” to her 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Judy Gordon Harper of Ridgeland, Mississippi, and son-in-law David Seward of Meridian, Mississippi, and her friends. Lyndia was preceded in death by her husband Darl Edward McCool, her parents Hugh and Mamie Gordon, son Marshall (Kathy) McCool, and daughter Susan Seward.

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.





Ruth Duran

Ruth Duran, 86, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Friday, January 8, 2021, at Winston Medical Center Senior Care Services in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 12 in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Wells officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until service time. Interment will immediately follow the service in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Noxapater.

Ruth was born October 28, 1934, to Rev. Bill and Ann Strebeck Hollingsworth. She was a member of Noxapater Baptist Church; and she was retired from Spartus Corporation. Ruth loved owls and liked to decorate with them. She also enjoyed sewing and made many beautiful items. She and Bob, “Pop,” opened their home after her retirement and cared for many children spoiling them like their own.

Ruth is survived by three sons: Ronnie Duran of Noxapater; Donny Duran and wife, Sherry, of Louisville, Mississippi; and Tim Paul and wife, Donna, of San Leon, Texas. One of her greatest joys was being “Grandma” to her seven grandchildren: Josh Duran, Jessica (Kory) Alford, Meagan (Keith) Alexander, Candace Duran, Clay (Kayla) Duran, Timothy Paul, Jr., and Cody (Elizabeth) Paul; as well as her 11 great-grandchildren. Also left to mourn her passing is her sister Betty (Bobby) Ferguson of Union, Mississippi. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years Robert “Bob” Duran, her great-granddaughter Jaden Blair, and her parents.

Serving as pallbearers will be Clay Duran, Keith Alexander, Clay Kugle, James Kugle, Mark Kugle, Wyatt Moody, and Corbin Stapleton. Gifts in memory of Ruth may be given to Mt. Carmel Cemetery Fund, c/o Noxapater Baptist Church, P.O. Box 251, Noxapater, MS 39346.

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





Eudine Stewart Cockrell Shaw

Eudine Stewart Cockrell Shaw, 92, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at the Northpointe Rehabilitation Center in Meridian, Mississippi. A private family funeral service will be held Thursday, January 14 in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel in Louisville, Mississippi, with Bro. Mark Mayo officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in Memorial Cemetery.

Eudine was born July 15, 1928, to Tom and Grace Alewine Stewart in Louisville, Mississippi. She grew up in Murphy Creek Baptist Church and was of the Baptist faith. Eudine graduated from Bond High School and was a homemaker. She enjoyed being outdoors; she especially loved working in her flowers and vegetable garden as well as fishing. She also loved animals of all sorts. Eudine loved to cook especially for her family. She enjoyed talking with others and was very much a “people person” so she very seldom met a stranger.

Eudine is survived by two daughters Sharon Cockrell Futch and husband Gary Allen Futch, and Tanya Cockrell Thompson and husband Russell Lee Thompson all of Meridian. One of her greatest joys was being “Mamaw” to her five grandchildren: Bradley Allen (Maxlynn) Futch, Hunter Scott (Blair) Futch, Taylor Rae Thompson, Leah Margaret Thompson, and William Tate Thompson and her only great-grandchild Hudson Allen Futch. She is also survived by two sisters Glenda (Sterling) Davis of Louisville and Joyce Crowson of Garner, North Carolina, in addition to numerous nieces and nephews. Eudine is survived by her beloved dog, Rockie, who loved her more than anyone. Eudine was preceded in death by her husbands Billy Parks Cockrell and Paul Dendy Shaw, her parents, and two sisters Dorothy Faye Hailey and Katherine Crowell.

Serving as pallbearers Bradley Futch, Gary Futch, Hunter Futch, Leah Thompson, Russell Thompson, Tate Thompson and Taylor Thompson. Gifts in memory of Eudine may be given to Aldersgate Senior Methodist Services, 6600 Poplar Springs Drive, Meridian, MS 39305 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, act.alz.org/donate.

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.





Margaret McClain

Margaret C. McClain passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021, at her residence, in Mathiston, MS. She was born November 10, 1952, in Mississippi, to Lois Edward and Inez(Pinion) Jones. She was 68 years old and a homemaker.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021, 12:00 P.M., at Blythe Creek Baptist Church cemetery, with Sister Linda Dempsey officiating. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Robert "Bob" McClain of Mathiston, MS, 2 daughters, Julie Womack of Eupora, MS, and Christy Billiot also of Eupora, MS; 2 brothers, Howard(Gladys) Jones of Walnut, MS, and Billy Jones of Memphis, TN; 3 sisters, Mary(Robert) Bizzell of Middleton, TN, Bert(H.L.) Moore of Batesville, MS, and Bo Moore of Batesville, MS; 8 grandchildren, and12 great-grandchildren.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Lois Edward and Inez Jones, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, 1 son, and 1 grandchild.

Memorials may be made to Highways & Hedges Worship Center in Eupora, MS.

James Lloyd Edwards

Lloyd Edwards, 66, of West Memphis, Arkansas passed peacefully at his home on January 8, 2021. Lloyd was born in Louisville, MS on October 20, 1954 where he lived a wonderful childhood surrounded by loving family and friends. He began his 40 year career in Ackerman with Trinity Industries where he developed his strong work ethic in which he proudly passed on to his children. Lloyd married his wife, Cathy in 1983 and later transferred to West Memphis, AR where they've spent most of their 38 years of marriage and made a good life for their family.

Lloyd made an impact on all those who knew him throughout his lifetime. His passion for life, his spirituality, kindness, humility, charm, sense of humor, laughter, and advice but his love and concern for others outshined them all. He had a true appreciation for family and for life in general. Visiting with family and friends was a top priority for him and he made that known by his actions. He could fix anything that was broken and always gave his best in everything he did. He took pride in his home and never batted an eye to helping with housework and taking care of his yard, or even chores at others' homes.

Lloyd fought incredibly hard for many years for his health, and in the end…he succeeded. His disease did not win the victory, he did! He is no longer suffering and is now at peace in Heaven. Lloyd made a difference in this world, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of those who love him dearly.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents Willie and Nellie Edwards, sister Carolyn Jones and grandson Cooper Wade. He leaves behind his loving wife Cathy of 38 years, his three daughters Amber Brawley (grandchildren: Nathan and Addison) of Olive Branch, MS. Lacy Wade (Chris – grandchildren: Chloe, Parker, Kylie) of Lilburn, GA. Carrie Davis (Chad – grandchildren: Bryce, Levi) of Germantown, TN. His sister Cherrie Salley (Charles) and brother Charles Walter Edwards.

Funeral Arrangements:
There will be no visitation due to COVID. Family asks that social distancing of 6 ft. from others take place with those who do not reside in the same household, and masks are required at the graveside service. Our wishes are for all to remain in top health as we go through the grieving process together.

Graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 1:00 PM in Poplar Creek Nations Cemetery, (Behind the Poplar Baptist Church), 54 Nations Rd., Kilmichael, MS 39747.

Flowers can be sent to: Coleman Funeral Home, 9150 Hwy 12E, Ackerman, MS 39735. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MDS Foundation - www.mds-foundation.org




 

Helen Melvinie Jernigan

Helen Melvinie Jernigan, 80, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Monday, January 4, 2021, at her home. Graveside service will be Sunday, January 10, 2021, at 11 a.m., from 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.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Billy Terry Melton

Mr. Billy Terry Melton, Jr., 30, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at his residence in Noxapater, Mississippi. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 10th at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Alex Arnold officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 12:00 P.M. until the service time at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Melton was born on October 7, 1990 in Kosciusko, MS. He was a deckhand for Southern Towing Company, and a member of Compassion Pentecostal Church in Germantown, TN. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Renee Burt.

He is survived by his son, Tanner Jackson Dolan of Collierville, TN; his mother, Amanda Reona Burt of Meridian, MS; his father, Billy Terry Melton, Sr. of Noxapater, MS; two sisters, Ashley Fay Nichole Melton of Leander, TX and Mary Alisabeth Cantrell of New Orleans, LA; one brother, Skyler Burt of Jackson, MS; his fiancé, Kaitlyn Chaney; and his grandparents, James Burt, Linda and Rodney Huntley, and Chubby and Brenda Melton.





Thursday, January 7, 2021

Mildred B. Martin

Mildred B. Martin passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at her daughter's residence, in Weir, MS. She was born November 29, 1933, in Choctaw County, MS, to Henry C. and Clara Mae(Miller) Miller. She was 87 years old and a homemaker.

Private family services will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2021, 2:00 P.M., at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman, MS, with Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman, MS, in charge of all arrangements. Burial will follow at Salem Independent Methodist Cemetery near Chester, MS.

Mildred is survived by 3 daughters, Barbara J. Weeks of Weir, MS, Jimmie Sue(Max) Lollar of Weir, MS, and Brenda(Mike) Hibner of Kosciusko, MS; 2 sons, Thomas Martin, Jr. of Weir, MS, and Larry Glen Martin of McCool, MS; 2 sisters, Nellie Reed of Noxapater, MS, and Margie Mann of Montgomery, AL; 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Mildren was preceded in death by husbands, V.D. Miller and Thomas Martin, parents, Henry and Clara Mae Miller, 1 daughter, Patricia Leonard, and 1 brother.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Sona Lisa Coffey Presley

Mrs. Sona Lisa Coffey Presley, 64, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at her home in the Butler community. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, January 8th, at Butler Pentecostal Church, with Rev. Gerald Butler and Rev. Ronnie Cartwright officiating. Interment will be in Butler Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Presley was born February 21, 1956, in Kentucky. She attended Lakeview High School in Clearwater, FL. She was an accomplished seamstress. She had many interests including spending time on her IPad, camping, and enjoying the old cars that her husband and son built, but her favorite time was time spent with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jesse Coffey; and her mother-in-law, Alma Presley.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Harold Presley; a son, Cary (Christie) Presley of the Butler community; three daughters, Marcia (Michael) King of Brooksville, April (Duane) McDaniel, and Sam (Robert) Kratzer, both of the Butler community; a sister, Carolyn Franklin of Union, MS; eight grandchildren, Dylan Manning, Jacob McDaniel, Carlee Presley, Presley Kratzer, Taylor McDaniel, Peyton Kratzer, Clay Presley, and Caroline Presley; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Roy Taylor, Scott Taylor, Matt Taylor, Dalton Sizemore, Everett McBrayer, and Lee James.





PL Johnson

PL Johnson, 89, of Louisville, MS., passed on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at the Winston County Medical Center, Louisville, MS. Graveside service will be Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at 2 p.m., from New Zion M. B. Church Cemetery, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Thursday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Angelean Ball

Angelean Ball, 68, of Louisville, Mississippi, passed on Sunday, January 2, 2021, at the Oktibbeha County Medical Center, Starkville, MS. Graveside service will be Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 11 a.m., from Hopewell United Methodist Church, Louisville, MS. Visitation will be Friday, from 4 until 6 p.m., from the Funeral Home. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Thomas Clinton Hurt

Thomas Clinton Hurt, 89, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at Winston County Medical Center in Louisville, MS. Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, at Sardis Church Cemetery on Sardis Road in Winston County, with Mr. Hurt’s nephew Rev. Larry Haggard officiating. No public visitation is planned, but a graveside Memorial Service will be held later in May 2021, with full military honors as earned by him.

Thomas “Tommy” was born the youngest child of four on May 26, 1931, to James Carroll Hurt and Willie R. Sullivan Hurt, of Mashulaville. He left his home at the age of 19 to enter the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 22 years, assigned to the European and South East Asia theaters, and several stateside duty stations throughout the course of his career. Rising to the rank of Master Sergeant before his retirement through Honorable Discharge in May 1973, he flew 205 combat bombing missions over the course of the Vietnam War, and was ultimately awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He was brilliant, multi-talented and broadly knowledgeable due to genetics, his good old-fashioned farm rearing, and hard-driven, sheer determination. There was nothing he could not accomplish, and nothing he could not repair or construct when he set his mind on it. He mastered everything he did. When he left Winston County to explore the world, and serve his country, he had decided he would one day return to his boyhood home and own his own farm, which he did with his own family when he completed his service to his country, returning to live at Ellison Ridge in 1973. His favorite things in life were his “boys,” fishing, hunting, a good dog, riding through the countryside, and good, home-cooked food served on-time (and not necessarily in that order.) He had a mischievous twinkle in his eye and loved being in charge of his own life.

Mr. Hurt was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, his loving wife of 34 years Josephine Davis Hurt, and his oldest son Thomas Joseph Hurt. He is survived by four sons William (Kim) Hurt of Columbus, MS, David Hurt of Louisville, MS, Ronald (Tamara) Hurt of Atlantic Beach, FL, and John (JoAnn) Hurt of Hartselle, AL, ten grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers are his sons Bill, Butch, Ronny, and John, and his grandsons Tyler Hurt and Wesley Mattern. Memorials in honor of Tommy may be given to the American Cancer Society, www.donate3.cancer.org.

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





Doug Crowell

 Doug Crowell, 58, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021 at his residence in Kosciusko.

Graveside service was held Monday, January 4, 2021 at 12 PM in Memorial Park Cemetery in Louisville, MS.
No public visitation was planned.

Doug is survived by his son Jon Richard Crowell and his wife April of Flowood, his parents Johnny and Claire Johnson Crowell of Louisville and his brother David Crowell of Atlanta.

Doug was a member of First Baptist Church. He was a former District Manager for McDonald’s. He loved to write music and play the guitar. He was the local Chapter President for National Wild Turkey Federation for over 30 years.

Gary Drake

Graveside services for Gary Drake will held Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11 a.m. from Blackjack Cemetery with Rev. Dennis Duvall officiating. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Drake, 68, of Philadelphia died Monday, January 4, 2021 at his residence.

He was a native and longtime resident of Neshoba County and was retired from Taylor Machine works in Louisville, MS as a mechanic and served with the Hope Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Drake was a member of Blackjack Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Patsy Drake; daughters, Tonya Drake (Bobby May) and Becky Hall (Bobby); grandchildren, James May, Kody Drake, Kady and Maggie Hall and Olivia Hull; sisters, Sheila Land (Mike), Darlene Bryan (Aaron), Debbie Drake and Connie Land (Brad); brothers, Larry Drake and Troy Drake (Virginia); numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Preceded in death by his parents, H.B. and Jackie Drake.

Shirley Ann Hooks

Shirley Ann Hooks, 78, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021, at Winston Medical Center Senior Services Center in Louisville, Mississippi. Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 8 at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Charles Rook officiating.

Shirley was born September 29, 1942, to Louie Clifton and Ruby Lee Yates. She was a homemaker and she enjoyed working around her home. Shirley was an avid motorcycle fan; she very much enjoyed riding motorcycles. She was full of life and enjoyed talking to everyone she met never meeting a stranger.

Shirley is survived by her children: Arthur G. Russey, Jr., Ann (Hugh) Hood, Lewis C. (Jessica) Russey, Dennis H. (Chrissy) Hooks, Debbie J. (Jerime) Howard, Joseph Hooks, Bill (Tina) Hooks, Dawn (Larry) Bidigare, and Diana Hooks (Steve Hall). One of her greatest joys was being “Mamaw” to her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Charlotte Moody and her brother Ralph Yates. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Joe Hooks and her parents.

Serving as pallbearers are Jody Garrard, Eric Hemphill, Bernard Mitchell, Scott Watkins, Chris White, and Jeremy Yates. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Shiloh Volunteer Fire Department, Duane McDaniel, Shane McDaniel, and Wayne McDaniel. Memorials in honor of Shirley may be given to Nowell-Massey Funeral Home to help defray service 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.







Johnny B. Liddell

Johnny B. Liddell passed away Monday, January 4, 2021, at North Mississippi Medical Center, in Eupora, MS. He was born April 20, 1937, in Choctaw County, MS, to J.L. and Lena(Edwards) Liddell. He was 83 years old and a retired construction worker.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2021, 11:00 A.M., at Chester Baptist Cemetery in Chester, MS, with Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman, MS, in charge of all arrangements.

Johnny is survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, J.L. and Lena Liddell, and 2 brothers.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Carol Faye Pruitt

Carol Faye Pruitt, 67, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021, at the Elderly Care Center in Macon, Mississippi. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, January 7 in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Horton officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 1 p.m. until service time at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home. Interment will immediately follow the service in Mashulaville Cemetery in Mashulaville, Mississippi.

Carol Faye was born August 19, 1953, to Clarence Odell and Myrtice Syrine Higginbotham in Noxubee County. She attended Westside Baptist Church until it was closed. Carol Faye was a nurse for many years at Noxubee General Hospital and later was the owner of the Elderly Care Center in Macon. She loved to travel especially during the Christmas season to see Christmas lights. She also enjoyed listening to country music, watching her television shows, and reading.

Carol Faye is survived by two sons Charles Higginbotham and Joseph Pruitt and wife Sara all of Macon. One of her greatest joys was being “Mimi” to her grandchildren: Luke, Adalee Rae, and Waylon Pruitt and Preston and Payton Higginbotham. She is also survived by two brothers Larry (Carolyn) Higginbotham of Macon and Raymond (Sharon) Higginbotham of Waskom, Texas; and two nephews Chris (Leah) Higginbotham of Meridian, Mississippi, and Christopher (Dana) Merritt and their children Blake, Kaylee, Allie Brooke, and Jax all of Waskom. She also leaves behind special friends Nancy Ashford, Ruby Harmon, and Lisa and Mike Eades; as well as her loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Carol Faye was preceded in death by her parents.

The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our family friend and her nurse, Railey Wheeler of Starkville, Mississippi, for so lovingly caring for Carol Faye. Your loving care helped us through a difficult time.

Serving as pallbearers are Charles Higginbotham, Joseph Pruitt, Preston Higginbotham, Luke Pruitt, Taft Baker, and Jacob Gilbert. Memorials in honor of Carol Faye may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.

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.





Billy Dean Pearson

Mr. Billy Dean Pearson, 93, passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 at the Winston County Senior Care Facility. A graveside service is planned for Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Memorial Park Cemetery with the Reverend Mike Childs officiating. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers but the service is limited to immediate family members. Any others are asked to remain in their vehicles. Porter Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to First Methodist Church, P. O. Box 523, Louisville, MS, 39339.

Billy Dean Pearson was born on August 26, 1927 to the late Andrew Jackson Pearson and Maudie Mills Pearson in Louisville, MS. He was the youngest of their five children, having 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Willis Pearson, Hervie Pearson, Lila Bray, and Maxine Smith). He graduated from Ford High School and entered the Army in 1946, serving in the Japanese occupation before being discharged in 1949. He joined the National Guard and, much to his surprise, was deployed to Korea, serving from 1951 until 1952. During his service he received the Bronze Star along with several other service medals.

Upon his return from Korea he faced an even larger challenge: the courtship of Melva Marvaline Crowson. Once again proving himself in battle, he overcame the odds, and they were married on May 15, 1954. Their union produced three sons in short order: Andrew (Sally), Philip (Mary), and Charles (Penny). The challenges of raising these three made the WWII and Korean conflicts pale in comparison. Once again Billy and Melva triumphed, sending these three into the unsuspecting world.

More than anything, Billy loved his wife and sons. His love for family grew to include more girls as his boys married. He had a special fondness for his grandchildren and, later, his great-grandchildren. He was a dedicated member of First Methodist Church. He was also active in the Emmaus Community and truly loved his Lord.

He was very good with his hands and began to do more and more wood working as he grew older. His handy work is a treasured legacy for many.

Billy lived a long, varied, and fruitful life and no one was more surprised by his long life than Billy himself !!

He is preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, and his wife. He is survived by his 3 sons, his 10 grandchildren (Susan, Bess, Matthew, Carole, Kathryn, Hope, John, Charles, Reed, and Cody), and 18 (and counting!) great-grandchildren.

He will be missed !!!