Rosemary Stoner Savery, 88, died peacefully in her sleep Aug. 23, 2012 at The Blake in Ridgeland.
Funeral services were Saturday at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Horton and Rev. Bill Poole officiating. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mrs. Savery was a longtime resident of Holly Bluff and had lived in Yazoo City since 1976. She had been a resident of The Blake for the last year and a half. She was the pianist and organist for Holly Bluff Methodist Church and sometimes played the organ for services at The Blake. She loved to knit, sew, dance and travel.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lacy S. Stoner; and by one granddaughter, Suzanne Savery Barrier.
Survivors include a daughter, Lacey S. Woodard of Holly Bluff; a son, Charles E. “Charlie” Savery III of Jackson, Tenn.; a daughter, Mary S. “Tweedie” Huff of Madison; daughter, Lacie S. Coleman of Bentonia; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were her five grandsons and one great-grandson. Memorials may made to Holly Bluff United Methodist Church.
William Cleotha Spires, 60, died Aug. 20, 2012.
Funeral services were Saturday at Scott Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Townsel officiating.
Mr. Spires was born Dec. 30, 1951 in Yazoo County to McKinley and Catherine R. Spires. He attended Gibbs High School until he moved in 1969 and earned his high school diploma from Dew Continuation School in Oakland, Calif. He was employed at Todd Shipyard and for a pharmaceutical company for many years before moving back to Yazoo City.
Survivors include his sister, Barbara White Preston (Oliver) of Oakland, Calif.; brothers, Willie D. Roberts (Aslee) of Byram and John Roberts and Andrew James Spires, both of Vicksburg, four grandchildren; one great grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Ender Ann Turkson, 60, died July 29, 2012.
Funeral services were Aug. 8 at White Diamond Funeral Home in Anaheim, Calif. with Rev. Robert Simms officiating.
Mrs. Turkson was born in Chicago on Sept. 3, 1951to the late Charles White and Matteel Muse. She graduated from elementary and high school in Yazoo City before majoring in psychology at Jackson State University. After graduating she moved to Los Angeles, where she married Francis A. Turkson Jr.
Survivors include her brother, Edgar Muse of Yazoo City; sons, Francis Turkson III (Tangie) of Jacksonville and Corey Turkson of Los Angeles; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends.
William “Randy” Randolph Wilson, 60, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center after a short Illness.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Rabenhorst Funeral Home in Baton Rouge, La. with a memorial service for the family to be held in Yazoo City.
Mr. Wilson was born Aug. 1, 1952 in Yazoo City to William Luther Wilson Jr. and Mary Alice Nave Wilson Carter. He was the second of nine children. He worked as an electrician for many years in Oklahoma and moved to Louisiana in 2003 when his father passed away. He was working as an electrician in the Ponchatoula area.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Luther Wilson Jr.; and a brother, Howard Alan Wilson.
Survivors include his daughters, Rachel Lynn Rose of Tulsa, Okla., Kaylynn Rachelle Wilson of Fort Collins, Co., Amanda Mae Wilson O’Leary of Waynesboro, Va. and April Davis of North Fort Myers, Fla.; mother, Mary Alice Wilson Carter; seven siblings, Sheila Coody (William) of Broken Arrow, Okla., Angela Knight (Lynn) of Benton, Audy Wilson of Ponchatoula, La., Neal Wilson (Linda) of Pine Grove, La. and Danita Brown, Lynette VanCleave and Lynelle Davis, all of Yazoo City; and three grandchildren, Desiree, Christian and Layla.
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.