February 23, 2013
Clarence Edward Berry, 63, of Bentonia, died Feb. 12, 2013 at the G.V. Montgomery V.A. Hospital in Jackson.
Funeral services were held Feb. 19 at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church with Rev. Charles Bradley officiating. Burial followed at New Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery under the direction of Shaffer-Collins Funeral Home.
Mr. Berry was born on April 9, 1949 to Richard and Nettie Polk Berry.
He accepted Christ at a young age and united with New Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. He later united with Pleasant Grove Church, where he served as a greeter until his health failed.
He received his early education at Kelly Elementary and graduated from Gibbs High School in 1968, where he was a star football player.
He was drafted into the United States Army in 1969 where he served in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1971. He re-enlisted in the Amry while in Indiana and was again honorably discharged in 1973. He was employed with Hattiesburg City Waterworks until he retired in 2007.
He married Beulah Faye Willis, and they had three children.
In 2008, he reunited with his high school sweetheart, Earnestine Watkins.
Survivors include his companion, Earnestine Watkins; three daughters, Alisha of Hattiesburg and Tonya and Chandra (Cleveland) of St. Louis; sister, Lola Winfield of Chicago; six brothers, Richard (Minnie Mae), Albert, Michael, (Sandra) of Detroit, Jim (Mattie), Bruce (Kathy) of Jackson, Don (Angela) of Bentonia; adopted brother, Joe Loui of Yazoo City; aunt, Lottie Mae Berry of Revana, Ohio; eight grandchildren; ten sister-in-laws; eight brother-in-laws; special niece, Barbara Banks; and a host of family and friends.
Fannie Mae Eubanks, 80, of Yazoo City died Feb. 11, 2013.
Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at the Word of Faith Christian Center with Pastor Edward Taylor officiating. Burial followed at Cypress Gardens under the direction of Shaffer-Collins Funeral Home.
Fannie Mae was born on Apr. 26, 1933 to the late Rhoda (Toto) Crenshaw Owens and the late Cleveland Owens Sr. in Benton.
She moved to New Orleans in 1963 and worked there until her health failed her.
She accepted Jesus Christ at an early age but as she got older she rededicated her life to Christ by being baptized with the Holy Ghost.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Eubanks Sr.; children, Lil Fannie Eubanks, Catherine Eubanks, Joseph Eubanks Jr., and Bobby Eubanks; and one brother, Cleveland Owens Jr.
Survivors include her children, Larry and Jean Owens and Rosemary Eubanks of New Orleans, Henrine Eubanks Cage and Jessie Cage of Yazoo City, Patricia Guillory of Manvel, Tx; daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Jones Eubanks of Gonzales, La; sisters-in-law, Pearl Davis and Willie Mae Sneed, both of Yazoo City; 22 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Thomas Joseph Harris, 78, of Ridgeland, died Feb. 20, 2013 at Hospice Ministries.
Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 22, at Louise Methodist Church with Rev. Rudy Herrington officiating. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City under the direction of Stricklin King Funeral Home.
Mr. Harris was born in Yazoo City on Jan. 22, 1935 to Joseph C. Harris and Mildred Pepper. He was a retired farmer and ginner.
Survivors include his son, Scott Harris ( Elizabeth) of Benton; daughter, Valerie Hodnett (Tim) of Anguilla; brother, Garnett Harris of Brandon ; cousin, Roy Ruby of Starkville; and 3 grandchildren.
Robert Lee Jones Sr., 65, of Bentonia, died Feb. 13, 2013 at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson.
Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at New Pleasant Grove Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Clarence Blackmon officiating. Burial followed at Old Concord Church Cemetery under the direction of Shaffer-Collins Funeral Home .
Mr. Jones was born April 10, 1947 in Bentonia to Mckinley Sr. and Maggie Burnside Jones.
He was employed with W. E. Red Hancock until his health failed him.
He accepted Christ and joined New Pleasant Grove M.B. Church under the leadership of Rev. N.C. Taylor. Robert attended Gibbs High School .
He is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings Elsie (Hurbert), Jimmie Lee, Leonard, Rusia and Regina .
Survivors include his wife, Glossie; daughter, Joyce Burton; son, Robert Jones Jr. (Lasharn); nine grandchildren; three brothers; five sisters; brother-in-law; sister-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Thomas Anthony Lacey, 71, of Ebenezer, died on Feb. 16, 2013.
Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at Holy City Baptist Church with Rev. Leroy Gibson officiating. Burial followed at Tye Cemetery in Benton under the direction of Shaffer-Collins Funeral Home.
Mr. Lacey was born Jan. 14, 1942 in Yazoo County to the late Walter and Bernice Lacey. He worked hard in the agricultural field to support his family.
His love for the sport of baseball led him to form softball teams throughout the community.
Thomas accepted Christ at an early age and joined Pleasant Grove A.M.E. Church .
He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, and his grandson, Jamie.
Survivors include his wife, Lizzie Richardson-Lacey; two children, Ammie (Patrick) Rayburn, and Angie Lacey-Stiff; three children he raised as his own; four sisters; seven grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; three aunts; one uncle; and a host of nieces and nephews.
James Powell, age 72, passed away Wednesday February 20th, 2013 at St. Dominics Hospital in Jackson, MS. Visitation will be held 5:00pm until 8:00pm Friday February 22nd, 2013 at Lakewood Funeral Home on Clinton Blvd. Funeral Services will be held 2:00pm Saturday February 23rd, 2013 from the Chapel of Lakewood Funeral Home with interment and graveside to follow at Lakewood Memorial Park on Clinon Blvd.
Mr. Powell was preceded in death by his wives, Sylvia Burrough Powell and Cleo M. Harris Powell, parents, brothers, and sisters. Mr. Powell was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Phoenix, MS. He was a veteran of the US Army having served in Vietnam from which he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He loved God, Family, Friends, and his Country.
He is survived by: daughters, Barbara Ann Henderson (Ken) and Jenny Taylor (Stacy); sons, Daniel Burrough (Patti), Tim Burrough (Regina), John Powell and Robert Powell; Grandchildren, Kenneth (Kaylee), Kevin, Heather (Shaun), Brittany, Dalyn, Ashley, Heatherly (Chad), Haley, Joshua, Chelsea, Austen, Christopher, and Scott; Great grandchildren, Madeline, Anna Catherine, Collier Rhea, Timothy Iasaih, and Mackenzie Lynn; and a host of relatives and friends.
Juanita Taylor, 82, of Alberta, Ala., died on Feb. 21, 2013 at Select Medical Center.
Funeral services were held Feb. 22 at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Whit Holmes officiating.
Mrs. Taylor was born April 20, 1930 in Yazoo County to Walter Pitt and Emma Warmack.
She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her brother, David Ledbetter.
Survivors include her two sons, Jesse Griffin of Altanta and Richard Griffin of Mobile; daughter, Karen Huelskamp of Indianapolis; stepdaughter, Cheryl Hammack of Josphine, Ala.; sister, Eloise Sith of Benton; brother, Walter Pitt of Louisville; and three grandchildren.