Victoria Dawn Brown, 49, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2012 at home.
Funeral services are pending with Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mrs. Brown was born Sept. 7, 1962 to Frank and Dorothy Mae Duncan Margrette. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include six sons, Danny Brown Jr. of Columbus, Cruz Brown, Zachariah Hale and Dakota McMillian of Yazoo City and Cody Shepard of Arkansas; a daughter, Rayanna Williamson; and a sister, Patricia Cox of Arkansas.
Mrs. Willie E. Moore, 104, of Bentonia died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 at Kings Daughter's Hospital surrounded by her family and friends.
Funeral services are Tuesday, August 28 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church in Bentonia. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery under the direction of Knight and Lindsey Funeral Home.
Mrs. Moore was born August 1, 1908 in Bentonia. She was a beloved mother and friend.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clarence Jones and James Moore; and sons Roosevelt Jones and her stepdaughter, Lillie Grayer.
Survivors include Queola Dent of Bethlehem Township, Eastern Pennsylvania; Clarence Jones of New Orleans, LA; William Jones of Newark, NJ; Reuben Moore of Chicago, IL; Jean Moore of Yazoo City, Cassandra Stiff of Yazoo City; Betty Jackson of Yazoo City; Viola Foster of Bentonia; and her stepdaughter, Evalena King.
WILLIE APRIL SR.
Willie B. April Sr., 73, died Aug. 14, 2012.
Funeral services were Saturday at Bell Chapel M.B. Church in Vaughan with Rev. Danny Harris officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery under the direction of Century Funeral Home.
Mr. April was born Nov. 8, 1938.
Serving as pallbearers were Herbert Marshall, Donald Mills, Jeremy Harrell, Eddie Lee Marshall Jr., Johnny April Jr. and Anthony Gunter.
Honorary pallbearers were Eddie Woodberry Jr., Don Hudson, Steve Wilson, Dwayne April, Willie B. April Jr. and Percel April.
Teresa S. Lee, 84, of Moro, Ark., died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 in Wynne, Ark.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Rev. Bill Hutto officiating.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mrs. Lee was born on May 5, 1928 in Burgos, Spain to Madesto Santamaria and Vicenta Peretio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Lee, and son, Francis Lee.
Survivors include her daughter, Anette Lee Wright of Moro, Ark.; daughter-in-law, Diane Lee of Jackson.
Steven Dixon Grayer, 42, died Aug. 9, 2012.
Funeral services were Saturday at St. Matthew Church of God in Christ with Rev. Jim Dixon Jr. officiating.
Mr. Grayer was born Feb. 20, 1970 to the late Bertha Mae Grayer and Jim A. Dixon Jr. He was a 1988 graduate of Yazoo City High School and attended Holmes Community College. He worked in sales, advertising and as a trucker until his health began to fail. He was a member of Big Bethel M.B. Church.
Survivors include his fiance, Marilyn Wright; six brothers, Willie Grayer and Pervious Tuck, both of Yazoo City, Rev. Jim Dixon Jr. (Nellie) of Vaughan, Rev. Lawrence Dixon (Inez) of Canton, Willie Earl Dixon (Johnnie) of Jackson and Richard Hudson of Memphis, Tenn.; two sisters, Theoshia Phillips of Lexington and Arisa of Arizona; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Andrea Fox, Kerioon Grant, Michael Haralson, Norvel King, Willie Richardson Jr. and Ricky Stubblefield.
Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Wright and Alex McNeil.
Inez Straughter, 78, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2012 at home.
Visitation will be Friday from noon to 6:30 p.m. at Shaffer & Collins Funeral Home.
Funeral services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Tulane M.B. Church. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery.
Mr. Straughter was born May 9, 1934 in Louise. He retired from Mississippi Chemical Corporation after 40 years of service and worked as a school bus driver and funeral director for Shaffer & Collins Funeral Home. He was a member of Tulane M.B. Church, where he served in many capacities, including deacon, trustee and vice president of the Usher Board. He served as videographer for many weddings, family reunions and other events.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Scott Straughter; two sons, Kenneth Straughter (Tachanda) of Madison and Marcus Straughter; a daughter, Gale Straughter Stamps; and seven grandchildren.
ALLEN TORRANS SR.
Allen Dale Torrans Sr., 71, of Satartia, died on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home chapel. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Mr. Torrans was born on Dec. 23, 1940 in McLeod, Texas to Albert Walker Torrans and Ruby Lee Sawyers. He was retired from environmental safety and was a member of Tinsley Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Betty Warner, Iva Paige Fritz-Lester, Louise Dalrymple and Onnie Odom.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Ragland Torrans of Satartia; two sons, Allen D. Torrans Jr. of Nederland, Texas and Shayne Torrans of Kingwood, Texas; three brothers, James Torrans of Longview, Texas, Jerry Torrans of Pasadena, Texas and David Torrans of Norman, Okla.; sister, Joyce Claburn of Monahan, Texas; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
JESSIE MAE VEAZEY
Jessie Mae Veazey, 71, of Benton, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at the Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Will Veazey officiating. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held an hour prior to the funeral service.
Mrs. Veazey was born on Dec. 3, 1940 in Yazoo County to Wesley and Bertha Anderson.
She worked with the food service at Benton Academy. She was a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, James “Jim” Veazey of Benton; two sons, James W. Veazey of Grenada and Bill Veazey of New York; brother, Leo Anderson of Yazoo City; three sisters, Mary Stevens and Bonnie Brooks of Yazoo City and Betty McMaster of Gulfport; six grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Pallbearers are Joe Frazier, Bubba Veazey, Jonaphin Sotz, Hugh Gordon Jr., Kurt Carver and Steve Cheatham.
Nellie Mae Ziglar, 91, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.
Funeral services were Monday at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Sonny Bradshaw and Rev. Hugh Smith officiating. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Ziglar was born Nov. 13, 1920 in Yazoo County to Robert Jasper Hanna and Sally Elizabeth Pierce Hanna. She was a retired medical records clerk for King’s Daughters Hospital and a member of First United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Silas Houston Ziglar.
Survivors include two sons, Eddie Ziglar of Madison and James Elrod Torrance of Randolf; three daughters, Betty Helen Ross of Laport, Texas, Roman Sims of Richland and Virginia Everett of Proctor, Ark.; stepdaughter, Jeannie Potter of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three sisters, Castella Harbelle of Mendin, La., June Arender Munn of Yazoo City; and Vera McMichael of Yazoo City; sister-in-law, Ava Lou Davis of Austin, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons.
Harold Dodd Hammett, 74, of Lexington ended his battle with cancer and peacefully went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 13, 2012.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Lexington with burial at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Lexington.
Mr. Hammett was born in Lexington on June 2, 1938. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dolph and Virgie Hammett. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and a wonderful storyteller. For over 30 years he was a Mid-West and Borden sales representative in Holmes County.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Rosemary Frost Hammett; daughters, Sherry Hammett, Karen (Mike) Harthcock, both of Brandon, Dayna (Eddie) Nelson of Yazoo City and Terri (Hayes) O'Reilly of Ebenezer; brothers, Richard (Chris) and Robert (Terrell) Hammett, both of Lexington; sisters, Ruth Murtagh of Pickens, Libby Dittmar of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Flossie Goode of Madison, Brenda (Thomas) Adams of Brandon, Sheila Hammett, Notie (Mike) Turner of Greenwood, Dell Tubbs of Brandon and Tammy (Myron) Courts of Lexington; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Beulah Baptist Church, P.O. Box 629, Lexington, MS 39095 or Sun Valley, P.O. Box 406, Canton, MS 39046.
Obie D. Steed, 87, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.
Funeral services were Wednesday at Glenwood Cemetery with Rev. Daryl Oster officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mr. Steed was born April 11, 1925 in Shaw to Clarence and Maymie Boyd Steed. He was a truck driver for Airco Inc. and a member of Center Ridge Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Ivers Steed; and a grandson, Clint Hood.
Survivors include three daughters, Tammy Nuckells of Rolling Fork, Tori Moore of Dallas, Texas and Kathi Thompson of Tupelo; two sons, William Harley Hood of Bentonia and Dewey C. Hood of Yazoo City; two sisters, Hilda Starnes of Ruleville and Jean Morris of Olive Branch; three grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.
Roy Woods, 62, died Aug. 3, 2012.
Funeral services were Saturday at Mount Vernon M.B. Church with Rev. Steve Dennis officiating. Burial followed at Cypress Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Scott Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Woods was born Aug. 26, 1949 in Yazoo City to the late Earnestine Woods and Josh Alexander. He was employed with Warren Yazoo Mental Health Services and a member of Lintonia Seven Day Adventist Church.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Elijah, James and L.W. Woods; and one sister, Rosie Woods.
Survivors include a sister, Doris Davis (Nick) of Chicago; a brother, Jack Woods of Yazoo City; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Lonnie Woods, Michael Reynolds, Tony Reynolds, Keith Meeks, Dave Robinson and Freddie Reynolds.
Honorary pallbearers were Vidal Woods, Derrius Woods, Sedrick Love, Joshua Woods, Joe Reynolds and Jack Woods.
Gladys Foster, 87, of McCarley died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 at her home in Montgomery County.
Visitation will be today from 5-7 p.m. at Stricklin-King Funeral Home and Thursday from 9-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Rev. David Bryant officiating. Burial will follow at Canton City Cemetery.
Mrs. Foster was born Sept. 26, 1924 in Attalla County to Ellie and Dennie Mae Kemp Parker. She was a retired secretary for Mississippi Chemical Corporation and a member of First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl E. Foster; a son, Rodney Foster; and a granddaughter, Brandy Strickland.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Harthcock of El Dorado, Ark. and Diane White of Yazoo City; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers are Joe Lawrence, Dustin Strickland, Kaitlynn Walker, Nicholas Jones, Cody McCrary, Cori McCrary and Caleb Jones.
Darthamae "Dot" Johnson McDonald, 84, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 in Memphis after an extended illness.
Visitation is today at 1 p.m. before the service at 2 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens on Poplar Avenue in Memphis, Tenn. Burial will be in Dover Cemetery in Bentonia at 1 p.m. on Thursday.
Mrs. Johnson was born on August 21, 1927 in Yazoo County. She served 22 years as secretary of Frazier Baptist Church of Memphis, as a helper in the office of First Baptist Church of Yazoo City for one year, and she was a receptionist for 8 years at the Summit Club of Memphis.
The last several years she occasionally was the weekend receptionist at the Memphis Hunt and Polo Club. She had an outgoing personality and loved interacting with people.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion Steven Johnson and Cornelia Manor Johnson and her brother, Marion Steven Johnson, Jr.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, David Marlin McDonald, her brother, Jim Drue Johnson of Memphis and her nephews Frank Johnson (Georgia), Mike Johnson (Donna) of Bentonia and Don Johnson (Sherry) of Brandon and their families.
Memorials may be sent to the Dover Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 173, Bentonia, MS 39040.
Alma Elizabeth Morris, 80, went home to be with her lord on August 9, 2012. Funeral services are August 11, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church of Yazoo City with Rev. Sam Smith officiating. Burial will follow at the Natchez City Cemetery.
Mrs. Morris was born July 12, 1932 in Natchez to Hazel Latham Hauer and Carl Fredrick Hauer. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Ferriday, La. where she devoted herself to various ministries until her move to Yazoo City. She was well known for her many talents as she sewed for the public, decorated cakes, and was a gifted painter. Mrs. Morris had a special love for children as evidenced by the many photos of friends children displayed around her home.
She made Yazoo City her home four years ago where she made many new friends, enjoyed family, and loved church. She will be affectionately remembered for her joyful disposition, devotion to family, her beautiful countenance as a result of God’s grace in her life, and all of her wonderful works of art from quilting to painting. Mrs. Morris loved helping others, and her friends and family were encouraged by her positive outlook and faith in the Lord.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cecil Morris; and a brother, Carl Fredrick Hauer, Jr. Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Young (Philip) and Debra Kirk; grandchildren, Terri Barnes (Barry), Jennifer Mayfield (Les), Raymond E. Kirk, Jr. (Jennifer), and Cody Kirk (Lauren) and Brooks Dunwoody; six great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; brother Charles E. Hauer and companion, Malcom W. Weathersby
Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy.
Richard Allen “Rick” Stewart Benton, 60, of Benton died early Wednesday morning at his home.
Funeral services were Saturday at Scotland Baptist Church in Bentonia.
Mr. Stewart was born Oct. 15, 1951 in Orlando, Fla. where he attended Ocoee Public School. Rick was a welder, and a paramedic. He was employed as a welder with various companies at different out of state locations. He was formerly employed with Hardy Wilson Hospital in Hazlehurst as a paramedic, and had also worked for Capital Cablevision in Jackson where he met and married his wife Shirley. He later bought and operated the Tin Box Flower Shop in Clinton.
Rick was an avid outdoorsman; he enjoyed hunting, fishing and horseback riding. Rick was very talented with horses and for a time, he and Shirley raised Percheron draft horses, at present, he was raising Missouri Foxtrotter Horses. He was a member of the Missouri Fox Trotters Horse Association, MS Chapter, where he and his wife Shirley enjoyed many trail rides.
He was a member of Scotland Baptist Church and had recently given his life to the Lord. He loved his church and was helping with the remodeling of the church sanctuary. He will be remembered for his laughter, his playful spirit and his smile. He will be missed by all who loved him.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Shirley Hughes Stewart, his mother, Jocelyn “Jo” Gay Stewart Arnold of GA, his children, Chelsie Stewart Case, (Kelby), Richard “Halsey” Stewart (Kimberly), all of Brookhaven, Skye Stewart Hopper (Stephen) of Benton, eight grandchildren, Kirstie, Dava, Dawn, Rachael, Cameron, Blake, Lil Halsey, Jack and one granddaughter on the way, Addy Grace Hopper; his sister, Connie Causey of FL, nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alva “PeeWee” Stewart of FL., and many dogs that he loved, but especially his bulldog “Beulah”. Donations may be made to Scotland Baptist Church Building Fund, 5617 Scotland Rd, Bentonia, MS 39040.
Larissa Renee “Ree Ree” Williams, 31, died July 26, 2012.
Funeral services were Aug. 4 at Bethel M.B. Church with Rev. M.C. Miller officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery under the direction of Century Funeral Home.
Mrs. Williams was born Oct. 3, 1980 in Vicksburg to Herman and Dorothy Williams. She was a 1999 graduate of Yazoo City High School and later earned degrees from Antonelli College and Virginia College before earning a degree from Everest University. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a son, Rotavius; a daughter, Ryneisha; and her grandfathers, Eugene Sneed and Charles Williams.
Survivors include her parents, Herman and Dorothy Williams; four children, Rhiana, Rodney, Rodriquez and Rotianna; grandmothers, Pearl Sneed Davis of Yazoo City and Elnora Williams of Eden; a sister, Petrina Sneed of Texas; two brothers, Herman Williams Jr. of Texas and Elton Sneed (Constance) of Tenn.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were the men of the Yazoo City High School Class of 1999. The ladies of the Class of 1999 served as flower bearers.
Honorary pallbearers were Herman Williams Sr., Elton Sneed, James Matthews, Herman Williams Jr., Tawaine Garner and Floyd Williams.