Sammie Woods Lewis, 61, of Pearland, Texas died on June 25, 2013 in Webster, Texas.
Funeral services were held on June 27.
Mr. Lewis was born on July 26, 1951 in Houston to Sammie T. Lewis and Esther Burton.
Survivors include his sister, Mary Miksch of Pearland, Texas; brother, Thomas “Sonny” Lewis of Pearland, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Retired Brigadier General Charles Edward Middleton Jr., born Sunday, July 6, 1930, died peacefully in his home on Monday, June 24, 2013 after a two-year long illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Edward Middleton Sr. and Elizabeth Kling Middleton Fulton (and Scott), and TJ and Lois Barkley.
Charles is survived by the love of his life of 60 years, Janice Barkley Middleton; sons, Dr. Charles E. Middleton III DDS (Chuck), wife Suzanne and four grandchildren, Chase, Chelsea, Chad and Courtney of Ackworth, Ga., Dr. Randle T. Middleton MD (Randy), wife Lynda and four grandchildren, Tommy and wife Mallory, Geoffrey, Kerri and Allen Painter, and Adam of Huntsville, Ala., Marion Jare Middleton (Mike), wife Heather and grandchild Micah of Cordova, Tenn., Lt. Col. Darren Barkley Middleton, wife Angela and grandchildren Brennen, Taylor, Peyton and Darren Jr. and Dixon, Mo.; great grandchildren, Kaelyn and Bryce Painter and Cutler Middleton.
Charles was born and raised in Yazoo and graduated from Yazoo City High School where although he was the smallest man on the football team, was a starting guard and linebacker.
He was an Eagle Scout and an Order of the Arrow member. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, played the baritone horn in the band and was in ROTC.
Her served in the 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, served with the occupation force in Germany with the 2nd Infantry Division, served with the 156 Engineer Co. during the Berlin Crisis. Upon return, he served as Aide de Camp to the division commander, 31st Infantry Division. He was one of the organizers of the 2nd Battalion 20th Special Forces group. He served in the 2nd Battalion for 16 and a half years. The last six and a half years of which he was Battalion Commander. He was promoted to full Colonel and served as Commandmant of the MS Military Academy for two years. General Middleton was a master parachutist and expert infantryman. He was promoted to Brigadier General and retired in 1982.
He was the third generation of Middletons to own the furniture store on Main Street in Yazoo and was a manufacturing rep for multiple furniture companies.
He was an active member of First United Methodist Church where he served on the official board and other committees and was involved in Sunday School and Bible Study. He was a member of the Jaycees, president of the Lions Club and the Yazoo City Country Club.
Charles loved his family above all and was a wonderful husband, daddy, granddaddy and great granddaddy.
Funeral services were held June 28, 2013 at FUMC with Rev. Bill Poole officiating. The military service and burial was held at Glenwood Cemetery under the direction of the Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
JOE DAN PATTON
Joe Dan Patton ,90, of Pickens died June 25, 2013 at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford.
Funeral services were Friday, June 28, 2013 at Concord Cemetery in Madison County.
Mr. Patton was born in Pickens on September 12, 1922 to Floyd and Pearl Patton. He graduated from Pickens High School and Hemphill Diesel School in Memphis.
He worked for Southern Natural Gas Company for 43 years. During World War II, he joined the Marines and served in the South Pacific with the Marine Air Corp Squadron. After an honorable discharge in 1945, he returned to Pickens and resumed work for Southern Natural Gas. He married Elmease Billingslea on June 13, 1946 and they celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on June 13, 2013.
Joe's family and friends viewed him as fun loving and jovial. Over his lifetime he enjoyed bass fishing, golfing with his friends from Benton and Yazoo City, listening to Glenn Miller music, visiting Branson, Missouri and attending musical shows.
Survivors include his wife, Elmease Billingslea Patton of Oxford, son, Joe Patton, Jr. and wife Susan Patton of San Antonio, Texas, son, Michael Glenn Patton of Oxford, grandson, Tyler Joseph Patton of Houston, Texas, cousin, Katie Bess Patton of Memphis, Tennessee.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee.
Harry D. Renfrow, 69, of Yazoo City, died on June 26, 2013 at Oasis Health and Rehabilitation in Yazoo City.
Gravesides services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Dover Cemetery in Yazoo County with Rev. Jackie Molder officiating under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mr. Renfrow was born in Dec. 4, 1943 in Yazoo County to Claude Renfrow and Virgie Creel.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Henry Renfrow and Albert Renfrow; and sister, Emma Claire Covey.
Survivors include his two sisters, Lois Young of Yazoo City and Claudia Scarborough of Bolton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sybil C. Creel, 86, died Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Central Mississippi Medical Center.
Funeral services were Monday at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Junior Strickland officiating. Burial followed at Scotland Cemetery.
Mrs. Creel was born Jan. 25, 1927 in Indianola to James L. and Zuma Parkerson Johnston. She was a homemaker and member of Westhaven Baptist Church in Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlton Creel; and a sister, Joyce Guthrie.
Survivors are her sons, Jimmy (Bobbie) Creel, Carey (Paula) Creel, Jack Creel, Jerry Creel, all of Clinton, Randy (Gwen) Creel of Taylorsville and Robin (Tina) Creel of Benton, Ark.; nine grandchildren; sister, Alice Faye Johnston of Jackson; brothers, Noble Johnston of Brandon, Colon Johnston of Clinton and Shelly Johnston of Brookhaven.
Serving as pallbearers were Jamie Creel, Patrick Creel, Chris Creel, Bobby Creel, Josh Creel and Bill Holbrook.
Rosa Vay Cook, 84, died June 20, 2013 at her home in Benton.
Funeral services were Saturday at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jack Winters officiating. Burial followed at Coxburg Cemetery in Holmes County.
Mrs. Cook was born Aug. 20, 1928 in Holmes County to Robert Andrew Wigley and Annie Gracie Davis Wigley. She was a retired inspector for Southern Bag.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Camie Harrison; two brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Pugh of Yazoo City and Lucy A. Davis of Benton; a son, Ernest D. Perry Jr. of Old Fort N.C.; five sisters, Katy Drennan of Lexington, Lillian Cook of Madison, Elaine Ables of Southaven, Janice Fox of Forest and Pauline Pinter of Forest; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Brian Davis, Shane Harrison, George Powell, Adam Perry, Mark Davis, Joey Graham, Charles Allen Murphy and Kenneth Payne.
Billy Nevels, 70, died June 23, 2013 at University Medical Center in Jackson.
Funeral services are today at 10 a.m. at Liverpool Cemetery in Yazoo County. Visitation is one hour prior to the graveside service.
Mr. Nevels was born Feb. 19, 1943 in Warren County to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Nevels. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include three sons, Billy Joe Nevels of Jackson, Calvin Wesley Nevels Sr. of Yazoo City and Joseph C. Nevels of Yazoo City; a daughter, Brenda Lee Williams of Greenville; nine grandchildren; six sisters; and a brother.
Dorothy Dean Diew Young, 63, died June 17, 2013.
Funeral services were Saturday at New Zion M.B. Church with Rev. Willie B. Smith officiating. Scott Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of services.
Mrs. Young was born July 7, 1949 to Joe King and Julia Mae Diew. After graduating from the Yazoo City Public Schools she moved to Chicago, where she served for over 35 years in the medical field, primarily as a dietician planning supervisor.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; sisters, Ida Mae and Ruthie Mae; and brother, Joe. Jr.
Survivors include her twin daughters, Terika and Sheika; stepdaughter, Christine Wagner; siblings, James Edward Diew, Herbert Lewis Diew, Robert Earl Diew and Vivian Marie Diew; three grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mildred P. Gerrard, 86, died Tuesday June 18 2013 at Oasis Health and Rehab Center.
Funeral services were Thursday at Glenwood Cemetery with Rev. Sonny Bradshaw officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gerrard was a homemaker and a long time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Yazoo City.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Dennis Gerrard Jr., her parents, Gladys B. and Robert J. Parks Sr.; and her brother; R.J. Parks Jr.
Survivors include her adopted daughter, Helen J. Hanna (James B.) of Yazoo City.
The loving care provided by Dr. Marion Sigrest, and all at Oasis Health & Rehab Center are greatly appreciated. A special thank you goes to Erica Taylor, Ruth Roberson, Ida Watkins, Yolonda Ballard, and Kathy Milsap for the tender and merciful care provided Mrs. Gerrard during her time of illness.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 526, Yazoo City, MS. 39194
James Andrew Bennett, 68, formerly of Yazoo County, died on June 2, 2013.
Funeral services were held June 8, 2013 at Ogden M.B. Church with Rev. Harry Hunter officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery under the direction of Shaffer- Collins Funeral Home.
Mr. Bennett was born on January 16, 1945 to the late Luster and Enola Bennett. He grew up attending Ogden M.B. Church in Bentonia. He attended Lewis Grammar School and graduated from Yazoo City High School at 16 years old.
Mr. Bennett fought for his county in the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1967. He got his first job at South Shore Bank in Chicago. Form there, he went on to build a career in information technology and worked his way up into an upper management position until his retirement in 2006.
He was preceded in death by his sisters Lola Olevia Livington and Mada Grace Bennett, and brother Lester Vester Bennett.
Survivors include his wife Erma Bennett of Claremont, Calif; two daughters, Nicole and Erica Bennett, of Victorville, Calif. and Claremont, Calif; two sons, Christopher and Troy Bennett of South Pacific Islands, and San Francisco; one granddaughter, Madison; sisters, Lillie Ray of Chicago, Loretta Grisham of Jackson, Autri Evans of Steilacoom, Wash., TeeDessa Veal of Chicago, Zee Nell Stinson of Bentonia and Cathelean Bennett-Green of Columbia, Md.; brothers Willmon Bennett of Michigan, Franklin Bennett of Worchester, Mass. and Norman Bennett of Clinton.
Wilda Carolyn “Mamie” Luby, 62, died Sunday June 16, 2013 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.
Visitation will be Wednesday June 19 at Natchez Trace Funeral Home in Madison from 5-7p.m. and again one hour prior to the 11am funeral service on Thursday at First Baptist Church of Flora. Interment will follow in the Flora City Cemetery.
Mrs. Luby was a native of Tylertown and the daughter of the late Johnnie B. and Ida Belle Martin. She was raised in Jackson and lived the past 18 years in Flora. She worked for Regions Bank for 20-plus years. She was very active in her community and church. Mrs. Luby loved to cook and make things for her grandchildren. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Flora. .
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Luby is preceded in death by a brother, Johnnie Bryce Martin.
Survivors include her husband of 43½ years, Larry Luby of Flora; daughter, Becky Trammell (J.E.B.) of Brandon; son, Kip Luby of Madison and grandchildren, Cameron Trammell of Brandon and Dayne Luby and Slay Luby of Madison.
Memorials may be made to the Flora First Baptist Church Building Fund.
Floyd Lindy Oldham, 85, died June 13, 2013 at Oasis Health and Rehabilitation.
Funeral services were Tuesday at Northridge/Woodhaven Cemetery in Millington, Tenn. with Rev. Aaron Halbert officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mr. Oldham was born March 19, 1928 in Greensboro, N.C. to R.P. and Minnie Snipes Oldham. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, a security guard and a member of the Church of God on Fifteenth Street.
Survivors include his wife, Roseanna Oldham of Yazoo City; a daughter, Pamela Hibbard of Yazoo City; a son, Floyd Timothy Oldham of Omaha, Neb.; and three granddaughters, Michelle Lindboe, Marie Hibbard and Renee Hibbard.
JOHNNIE LEE RAMSEY
Johnnie Lee Farris Ramsey, 80, died April 8, 2013 in Louisville, Ky.
Mrs. Ramsey was born Oct. 22, 1932 to James Farris Jr. and Mary Runnels Farris.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Hubert Farris Sr. and James Farris III and sisters, Mary Lyles and Teretha Farris Hampton.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Albert Ramsey; son, Albert Wayne Ramsey; daughter, Mary D. Ramsey; grandsons, Gettis and Darryl Ramsey; great-grandchildren, Keith, Katrina and Kyra Vickers and Jadiah Ramsey; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Wayne Ramsey, Darryl Ramsey, Dewayne Williams, Keith Vicksers, Gettis Ramsey and Jeffery Murphy.