Lewis L. Collins, 65, of Yazoo City, died March 11, 2013 at River Region Medical Hospital in Vicksburg.
Funeral services were held March 16 at King Solomon M.B. Church in Yazoo City with Rev. Benjamin Hall officiating. Burial followed at Cypress Gardens under the direction of Scott Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Collins was born on May 23, 1947, the oldest of 14 children.
He was a member of Holiday Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Kenny Ramsey in Louise. He later rededicated his life at King Solomon M.B. Church under the leadership of Rev. Benjamin Hall.
Survivors include his five brothers, Arthur Collins of Broadview, Ill., Charlie Collins Jr. of Belzoni, Gerald Collins of Kansas City, Mo., Odell Broomfield and Kelvin Broomfield of Buffalo, N.Y.; stepbrother, J.W. Broomfield (Ida) of Weed, Calif.; eight sisters, Leola Walls of Buffalo, N.Y., Betty Bowen (King), Elimiria Haymore (Otha), Wanda Jackson (Charles), all of Yazoo City, Patricia Hester (Michael) of Clinton, Vivian Richardson of Louise, Katrina Harris (Clint) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Loranina Richardson (Michael) of Woodbine, Ga.; two stepsisters, Hazel Thomas (Robert) of Weed, Calif. and Grace Thompson of Louise; and a host of family and friends.
Honorary pallbearers were Tarence Canterberry, Michael Hester, Jonathan Jackson, Samuel Maghett, Darrell Thompson and Terell Thompson.
Pallbearers were Samuel Bowen, Luther Broomfield, Kurtis Broomfield, Jonathan Sim, Lee Earl Wells and Cedric Young.
Walter Leroy Guthrie, 72, of Benton, died March 19, 2013 at the G.V. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 22, at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Moore officiating. Burial followed at Scotland Baptist Cemetery in Yazoo County.
Mr. Guthrie was born Feb. 22, 1941 in Yazoo County to Walter James Guthrie and Jennie Elizabeth Saxton, both of Mississippi. He was a retired sewing machine mechanic at Southern Bag, as well as a U.S. Army Veteran. He was a member of Benton Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Trudy Guthrie of Benton; two sons, Ronald Wayne Guthrie of Dallas, Ga., and Russell Shane Guthrie of Naples, Italy; two daughters, Lisa Jeannine King of Fayetteville, N.C., and Regina Lynn Davis of Louisville, Texas.; 12 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two brothers, Buck Guthrie of Gluckstat, and Herb Guthrie of Clinton; and three sisters, Clarice Davis of Benton, Dorothy Williamson of Jackson, and Carolyn Hardy of Jackson.
Serving as pallbearers were David Davis, Ken Gelston, James Eckert, Pope May, Steve King, Clark Carter, Jesse Guthrie, and Kevin Manor.
James V. Ragland “Jabbo,” 69, of Satartia died March 20, 2013 at River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 22, at Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Ragland officiating. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City.
Mr. Ragland was born Sep. 13, 1943 in Madison to James H. Ragland and Margaret Sumrall, both of Arkansas. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Satartia and was also a retired farmer.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Brooks Ragland; son, Ken Ragland; and brother, Bobby Ragland.
Survivors include his three sons, Chat (Kim) Ragland of Vicksburg, Greg (Sandra) Ragland of Yazoo City, and Benji Ragland of Satartia; six grandchildren; a brother, Billy Joe Ragland; four sisters, Carol Parett, Ruth Torrans, Geraldine Kain, all of Satartia, and Frances Lloyd of Inverness.
Serving as pallbearers were Mr. Ragland’s nephews.
Nina Jeanette Smith Soday, 81, of Thomasville, Ga., died on March 20, 2013 after a brief illness.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Laurel Hill Cemetery. with Rev. Dr. Gary Milton officiating.
Mrs. Soday was born on March 26, 1931 in McCall Creek, Miss. She was the daughter of the late Nola Denver Smith and Gladys Case Smith. She was married to Albert Jay Soday, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Soday received a bachelor’s degree in education from Louisiana State University, where she met her husband of 57 years. They resided for many years in Yazoo City, where she taught school and raised her family.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Yazoo City and later of Thomasville. She was active in the WMU.
Survivors include her children, Jay Soday and wife Roselynn of Bentonia, Denver Soday of Canton, and Gwyn Mallett and husband Jerry of Thomasville; grandchildren, Samantha McWilliams and husband David, Molly Senior and husband Josh, Kimberly White and husband Jason, Katie Murphy and husband Nick, Sarabeth Hudson and husband Doug, Lauryl Eppler and husband Adam, Kent Mallett and wife Lauren and Seth Mallett; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters, Rosalie Strickland and Margie Whitehead and husband Walt all of Baton Rouge, La.; brother, J. J. Smith and wife Bonnie of Denham, Springs, La.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online register at www.allenfh.com
Larry James Warrington, 69, of Bentonia died March 15, 2013 at his home.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 18, at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Glen Warrington officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Yazoo County.
Mr. Warrington was born Nov. 1, 1943 in Mobile, Ala. to Maureen F. Mansfield and Leon W. Warrington, both of Mississippi .
He was a member of Ogden Baptist Church and was employed as a clerk with the Illinois Central Railroad Company.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Warrington.
Survivors include his two sons, Glenn Warrington of Bentonia, and Jimmy Zila of Magee; daughter, Lisa W. Koenes of Covington , Ky.; daughters-in-law, Denise Warrington and Kirsten Zila; son-in-law, Brian Koenes; three sisters, Dorothy Smith and Inez Hawk, both of Bentonia, and Frances Lee of Katy, Texas. ; brother, Marion Warrington of Bentonia; and eight grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Chuck Hanna, Sidney Potter, James Pettis, Felix Sadler, Jason Potter, Durwood Pettis, Jimmy Wayne Pettis, and Josh Sadler.
JAMES WRIGHT JR.
James H. Wright Jr., 32, of Yazoo City died Mar. 9, 2013.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 16, at the Scott Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Henry Collins officiating. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery under the direction of Scott Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Wright was born Feb. 25, 1982 in Yazoo City to Betty Smith and James H. Wright Sr. He was affectionately known as “Junior.”
Survivors include two sisters, Elise Sutherland (Harrison) of Los Angeles, Barbara Wright (C.L. Deal) of Yazoo City; girlfriend, Katherine Myers; son, James Wright, and three stepchildren of Jackson; uncle, Willie Smith (Yvonne) of Los Angeles; aunt, Delores Haywood (the late Herbert) of Los Angeles; six nieces; four nephews; and a host of great nieces, nephews, and great great nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers were Lee Davis, James Grady, Kendrick Granderson, Quinn Wright, Markell Brown, and Kelvin Grady.
Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Smith, Willie Smith, Antwone Fouche, Herbert Haywood Jr., Kenneth Granderson Jr., Cordelro Kirkland, and Harrison Sutherland.
I was born February 11, 1926, the second child of Flanders and Bettie Evans Williams. Growing up in Lexington, Mississippi and being educated at Ambrose Vocational School was filled with rich experiences. I accepted Christ at an early age and united with St. Paul Church of God In Christ where I committed myself to a life time of sanctification, praising and serving God.
At the age of 16, I began my teaching career at Milestone Vocational Center. Immediately I knew that educating children would be my lifelong profession. While attending Jackson State Teachers College (now University) part-time, I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and later a Master of Science also in Education from Jackson State University and completed further studies at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.
While living in Holmes County I met the love of my life, Rommie Tommie Horton, Sr. from Fayette, Mississippi. We were married on January 25, 1953. Marrying Rommie gave me a new, extended family to also love and enjoy. Being an agriculture teacher, farmer and Christian, he worked tirelessly to rear our five children in a loving, Christian home.
I taught school at Milestone and Georgeville Elementary High School (Holmes County) Vaughan Station and Linwood Elementary (Yazoo County) for 42 years. After the sudden death of my husband, on June 10, 1984, I concluded my teaching career and dedicated my retirement years to traveling with the 69ers Club, volunteering at Holmes County Hospital-Lexington, Mississippi, St. Paul Wide Awake Club, Yazoo County Retired Teachers Association, Holmes County Retired Teachers Association, Holmes County TRAID Club, Yazoo County Soil Conservation, Mississippi Farm Bureau Association, vegetable and flower gardening, crocheting, knitting, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Every day brought good news and excitement to my husband and me, while raising our five children. We worked together, following God’s direction, to provide for our children. For more than twenty years, we owned and operated People’s Barber and Beauty Shop and People’s Burial Association in Lexington, Mississippi. Seeing all of our children succeed in there career and raise our ten grandchildren and twelve great-grand children was my ultimate joy.
Even though the time came to let go, I cherished the memories of my parents, son, Melvin L. Horton, and siblings, Modestine Williams, Flanders Williams, Jr. and Lillie Mae Tucker; lifelong friend, Mamye Wilks Johnson, and loyal friends: Eloise Ellis and Katherine Austin Pierce, who proceeded me in death.
I leave behind my children, Zeta (Mark) Tyler, Chicago, Illinois, Rommie (Cynthia) Horton, Jr., Benton, Mississippi, Paula (Macarthur) Washington and Sharron (Dale) Robertson, Jackson, Mississippi; my sister, Annie Dale “Tiny” (Earnest, Sr.) Hart, Chicago, Illinois, my play sons, Charlie Frank Wade, Jr., Byram, Mississippi, Jimmy Marlow, Lexington, MS, and Larry Moore, Benton, Mississippi; special friend, Angeline Pepper, Vaughan, Mississippi and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
My life was enriched by a multitude of friends in Holmes and Yazoo Counties especially; but also throughout the United States and abroad. Now, the time has come for me to start a new eternal life with my Heavenly Father.
Hazel Irene Griffin Kellough, 92, of Yazoo County, died on March 5, 2013 in Plano, Texas.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Yazoo City.
Hazel was born on October 10, 1920 in Yazoo County to Murray Albert Griffin and Oda Pearl Spivey.
She attended school in Satartia. She was married to Thomas Henry Knott and lived in Yazoo City, where she and Tom had two daughters, Hazel Katherine and Sarah Elizabeth. They divorced in 1947, and Hazel attended secretarial school in Jackson. She worked there for several years before moving to Evansville Indiana to work for Dobbs House Catering Company at the Evansville airport.
While working there she met and married William Kellough. They lived and worked in Evansville at the Kellough Hotel and Restaurant Supply. Upon retirement they moved to St. Petersburg, Fla.
Hazel moved back to Yazoo City to be close to her family when Bill passed away.
In 2000, she moved to the Dallas, Texas area to spend time with her daughter, Sarah, and granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Kellough and two beloved granddaughters, Sarabeth Sealock and Kathleen Sealock; sisters, Mary Ashley and Bonnie Scroggins; and brothers, Murray Griffin and Floyd Griffin.
Survivors include her daughters, Hazel (Pete) Knott Kaletta and Sarah Knott Sealock; grandchildren, Andrew Thomas Kaletta (Michele), Matthew Joseph Kaletta (Nam), Katherine Kaletta Grady (James) and Michael Griffin Kaletta; eight great grandchildren; brother, Marion Griffin (Elizabeth Kirk); sister, Peggy Adams (Bill); and sister-in-law, Kathleen Griffin.
Sue Holmstrom, 83, died Feb. 26, 2013 at her home in Yazoo City.
Funeral services were March 2 at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Meridian.
Mrs. Holmstrom was born March 9, 1929 in Kemper County to Joe and Ruby Poole Vaughan. She grew up helping her family farm crops and pick cotton. She married Clarence Adams in 1952. He came to the marriage with two sons, Rusty Adams and Cliff Adams. Together they had four children, David Adams, Howard Adams, Tommy Adams and Susie Patenode.
After her husband died in 1976, she was left to care for her remaining young children. Life was hard, and she had jobs as a cook, waitress and line worker at a chicken plant.
She later married V.L. Stewart and lived on his farm until he died in 1996.
After a time she moved to Clark, South Dakota to be near her daughter and grandchildren. There she married Algot Holmstrom on Sept. 20, 2004. She lived with him on his farm, where they operated a truck garden and sold their produce at a farmer’s market in Watertown, S.D.
They moved to Mississippi to retire, finally ending up in Yazoo City where she died of Alzheimers at home with her husband and granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her first and second husbands, Clarence Adams and V.L. Stewart; son and stepson, Howard Adams and Rusty Adams; and siblings, Bilbo Vaughn, Margret Sells and Alice Knowles.
Survivors include her third husband, Algot Holmstrom; stepsons, Cliff Adams, Michale Holmstrom, Daniel Holmstrom and Jack Holmstrom; step-sisters, Ruth Matthies and Jane Gammilen; brothers, James Vaughn Sr., Frank Vaughn, Joe Vaughn and Norman Vaughn; children, David Adams (Peggy), Tommy Adams (Tammy), Susie Patenode (Pat), Margaret Adams and Samantha Adams; 15 grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren; and one step-great-great grandchild.
Serving as pallbearers were David Adams, Shawn Adams, Tommy Adams, James Vaughn Jr., Mark Robinson and William Chapman.
Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren.
Lorraine Creel Odom, 50, died March 10, 2013 at her home in Bentonia.
Funeral services were Tuesday at First Baptist Church with Rev. Donnie Parker officiating.
Mrs. Odom was born March 21, 1962 to Guy and Joanna McDonald Creel. She was a hairdresser.
Survivors include two sons, Jason Freeman and Dana Walker of Yazoo City; a daughter, Kazi Odom of Yazoo City; parents, Guy and Joanna Creel of Bentonia; brother, Wesley Creel of Flora and a sister, Jennifer Curlee of Bentonia.
Eddie Wade Wheeler, 49, died March 1, 2013 at the National Health Care Center in Kenneth, Missouri.
Funeral services were Saturday at Sweet Cannan M.B. Church in Thornton with Rev. Cardell Mitchell officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mr. Wheeler was born Dec. 26, 1963 to Eugene and Earnestine Wheeler. He was a member of Sweet Cannan M.B. Church.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Survivors include his father, Eugene Wheeler of Tchula; two daughters, Shanedre Wilson of Cordova, Tenn. and LaTrish Wilson of Indianola; five sisters, Raven McLaurin of Boston, Ruthie Wheeler, Tiffany Brown and Kisa Owens (Melvin) and Joann Durant, all of Tchula; four brothers, Israel Wheeler, Troy Wheeler (Jackie), Robert Burns and Ledrick Benford, all of Tchula; a grandson, Kalen Wilson of Cordova, Tenn.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Rodney Burns, Dorsey Kimble, Mark Malone, Reggie Malone, Dylon Hogan and Christopher Malone.
Honorary Pallbearers were Israel Wheeler, Troy Wheeler, Willie Malone, Porter Malone and Demetrice Malone.
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.