January 12th 2011
Samuel Elige Langley, 81, of Holly Bluff died Thursday, January 6, 2011.
Funeral services were Saturday at Stricklin-King Funeral home in Yazoo City, with Bro. David Bryant and Bro. Hal Hood officiating.
Mr. Langley was a retired farmer. He was member of Holly Bluff Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Trammell Langley.
Survivors include three sons, Mike Langley (Pat) of Yazoo City, James Langley (Lori) of Yazoo City, and Brent Langley (Liz) of Holly Bluff.; nine grandchildren: Leah Langley, Michael Langley (Claire), J. Langley (April), Corrie L. Beard (Tim), Molly L. Nicholson (Chase), Ryan Damiens, Jon Phillip Damiens, Melissa Langley, Rachel L. Faller (Daniel) and three great-grandchildren, Abbie and Noah Beard, and Hannah Grace Faller; two brothers, Cecil Langley (Mary), Robert Langley, and two sisters, Grace Tucker (Ernest), and Patsy Wolleson (Skip), and a host of nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers were Jimmy Huff, Keith Goodman, William Dorris, Joe Walls, Floyd Pinkston, and Douglas Moore.
James Haskin Shannon, 70, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 at home in Monroe County.
Funeral services were Saturday at the Tisdale Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Rev. George Collins Jr. officiating. Burial followed at New Prospect Cemetery.
Mr. Shannon was born Dec. 12, 1940 in Yazoo County to Haskin and Lillie Mae Shannon. He was a retired nuclear medicine technician for Gilmore Hospital and had resided in Hamilton for the past 26 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was affiliated with Liverpool Baptist Church of Yazoo City.
Survivors include his wife Normal Malone Shannon of Hamilton; two daughters, Justine Shannon and Anita Knight (Dennis) of Amory; son, Jonathan Shannon of Scotland; two sisters, Pat Ross (Will) of Brandon and Jerrie Foote of Flowood; one grandchild, Dustin Morris (Jennifer); and two great-grandchildren, Austin Morris and Garrett Morris.
Serving as pallbearers were Byron Cheatham, John L. Cheatham III, Dustin Morris, Ken McCann, Gerald Pounders, Kenny McCann, Doug Pounders and Bill Autrey.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Wayne Vancleave, 63, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at Baptist Hospital in Jackson.
Funeral services are today at 11 a.m. at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will followe at the Vancleave Family Cemetery.
Mr. Vancleave was born July 28, 1947 in Yazoo County to John Thomas Vancleave and Linda Cresswell Vancleave. He was the owner of South Central Glass in Yazoo City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Survivors include three daughters, Gina Mitchell (James) of Vicksburg, Shondell McConnell of Yazoo City and Tanya Vancleave of Yazoo City; a son, Patrick Eldridge of Yazoo City; four sisters, Virginia Bolling of Atlanta, Ga., Patricia Ketchum of San Antonio, Texas, Sharon McManaway of Abilene, Texas and Gayle Boutwell of Yazoo City; two brothers, Gene Vancleave and Nate Vancleave, both of Yazoo City; and six grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers are A.G. Helton, Andy Bridges, John Vancleave, Kevin Helton, Stephen Boutwell and William C. Boutwell.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10
On Jan. 4, 2011 our beloved mother and grandmother, Marie Harris Smith, left this world and entered the loving arms of Jesus, her husband Aron, and her son, Tommy.
Funeral services were Saturday at Mortimer Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Belzoni City Cemetery.
Mrs. Smith was the ninth child of Jesse Carter and Lucy Long Hawkins Harris. She was born Feb. 21, 1924 on a snowy winter day; delivered by her grandmother, Susan Allen Hawkins. She made her profession of faith in Jesus Christ as a child at Mathena Church in rural Humphreys County. She was later baptized Dec. 7, 1975, at Calvary Baptist Church. She was a member of Eastside Baptist Church.
On July 20, 1940 she married her husband, John Aron Smith. They made their home in Belzoni. To this union were born five children, Joe Arthur Smith, Barbara Tommie Smith, Shirley Marie Smith, Wanda Gaye Smith and her baby boy, John Thomas Smith. Being a mother was by far Marie’s biggest accomplishment. She spent her life loving on her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. We will cherish many memories of our lives with “Nanny” ... homemade biscuits, fried apple pies, caramel cakes, snickerbar cakes, duck & dressing, beautiful quilts and crocheted blankets. It truly seemed that Nanny could cook anything, make anything and do just about anything in the world.
It is no secret that her second love next to family was her beautiful yard. She spent many long hours each day working in her flower garden. When her husband was still living they had a reputation for growing the best fruits and vegetables. She was always willing to share her bounty with anyone. Many people were the recipients of her homemade muscadine jelly, fig preserves and many other foods prepared by her loving hands. Once word got out that Nanny had cooked fried apple pies, the pies would soon disappear, having been snatched up by many fans.
We never had any doubt what was on Nanny’s mind for she was a woman of her word and honesty was probably her most honest trait. Though we would love to keep Nanny with us forever, we know that she was growing very tired having grieved the loss of her youngest child over the past year and a half. Her days wer spent in prayer asking God to come get her. Now we know that she is finally at home, at peace, and no longer suffering for those she loved.
Survivors include Joe Arthur Smith (Mary Ann) of Gore Springs, Barbara Tommie Smith Alexander (Marvin) of Tillamook, Ore., Shirley Marie Nixon Smith (Rusty) of Yazoo City, and Wanda Gaye Smith Savell (Harry) of Belzoni. She is also survived by daughter-in-law Martha Jean Smith of Long Beach; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Dr. Mack Gorton, Robert Ragland, Dr. Carlton Gorton, Sta-Home Health Agency and Kay Savell Black.
Serving as pallbearers were Rusty Nixon, Harry Savell, Berlon Breazeale, Don Long, Bobby Hawkins and Brookie Duett.
Honorary pallbearers were Bubba Hawkins and grandsons, Scott Savell, Mike Smith, Joseph Walker, Jason McAlexander and Jason Smith.