March 9, 2013
SAMMY CHAPMAN Sr.
Sammy R. Chapman Sr., 62, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.
Funeral services are today at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Wilkinson Jr. officiating. Burial followed at Central Holmes Cemetery.
Mr. Chapman was born Dec. 27, 1950 in Yazoo County to Claude and Evie Perry Chapman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and an operator for CF Industries. He was a member of the Jesus Church Light of the World.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Chapman of Yazoo City; two sons, Sammy Ray Chapman Jr. of Yazoo City and William Andrew “Bubba” Chapman of Yazoo City; a daughter, Felicia Edge of Picayune; sister, Barbara Fields of Houston, Texas and 11 grandchildren.
Laci Nicole "Nikki" Hood Stricklin, 30, of Yazoo City, died on March 2, 2013.
Matthew T Smith is holding a memorial service for "Nikki" on Sunday, March 10, at Pleasant Hill Church, located at 4156 Renshaw Road in Yazoo City Services will begin at noon.
Matt would like for everyone who wishes to help celebrate the life of his companion and daughter's mother to attend this service. It is going to be very informal because that is the kind of person Nikki was and that is how she would want to be remembered.
We ask you to please come and help us through our time of grief as we put our beautiful loved one to rest.
Charlotte Patricia Ketchum, formerly of Yazoo City, died on Feb. 20, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.
She was buried in the Fort Sam Houston Military Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
Survivors include her husband, Benny F. Ketchum; daughter, Patricia L. Ketchum of San Antonio; son, Benny F. Ketchum Jr. of Morgan City, La,; brother, Nate VanCleave of Yazoo City; sister, Gayle Boutwell of Yazoo City; and four grandchildren.
Irola Carter Williams, 103, of Yazoo City, died Feb. 26, 2013 at the University Medical Center in Jackson.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 9, at New Zion Baptist Church in Yazoo City with Rev. Willie E. Smith and Rev. Steve Dennis officiating. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery under the direction of Shaffer & Collins Funeral Home.
Mrs. Williams was born Aug. 23, 1909 in Benton to Sears and Harriet Brooks Carter. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at 12 years old and united with the Mt. Nebo Baptist Church. When she moved to Yazoo City in 1933, she became a member of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, where she was the oldest member. For years she worked hard and unselfishly at St. Peter in various ministries, such as the Usher Board, Women Mission, and the Mothers Board ministries. She worked to lift up the name of Jesus Christ until her health failed in the mid 1980s
Mrs. Williams served for many years as the corresponding secretary of the Mississippi Baptist Congress of Christian Education, where she worked with numerous church leaderships and their members all over the state. She retired from her work in the Mississippi Baptist Congress in Feb. of 1986. She also worked in the Yazoo County Brotherhood Association, where she served as the Historian in the Women’s Association for many years.
Mrs. Williams was educated in the Yazoo County School System. She was a skilled seamstress and was very able to care for her family that way. In most cases, she only needed a picture of a garment in order to create an exact reproduction of a beautiful dress or a special outfit for one of her loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Williams; and her seven siblings.
Survivors include a nephew and a great nephew, who she raised as sons, Melvin McNeal (Mary) of Illinois, and Rola Donelson of Yazoo City; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and two devoted Health Care Workers from Mid Delta Home Health Care, Shinele Taylor and Thelma Brown.
Pallbearers were Andrew D. Carter, Michael Purvis, L.C. Toombs, Quinn Wright, Anthony Reeves, and Terry Palmer.
Honorary Pallbearers were Robert Ball, Andrew Carter, Rola Donelson, Melvin McNeal, Harry Williams, and Arnett Cheeks.