Matilda Wilburn Dandridge, 88, died Sept. 14, 2012 at King’s Daughters Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Knight & Lindsey Funeral Home.
Mrs. Dandridge was born Sept. 28, 1923 in Indianola to Elester and Cora Lee Collins Wilburn.
Survivors include a son, Willis E. Cattron of Los Angeles, Calif.; one granddaughter, and godson, Terry Sherman of Yazoo City.
Eddie “Good” Foreman, 79, died Sept. 2, 2012 at his home in Yazoo City.
Funeral services were Sept. 8 at Rose Hill M.B. Church with Rev. Curtis Strong officiating. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery under the direction of Knight & Lindsey Funeral Home.
Mr. Foreman was born March 13, 1933 in Yazoo County to Nick and Annie Gibbs Foreman. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Eliza Foreman of Yazoo City; three children, eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Leslie Cage of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Lloyd Foreman of Chicago; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Robert Cage, Andrew Price, Robert Smith, George Collins, Joe Shelby and Paul Young.
Honorary pallbearers were Quincy Haymer, James Richardson, Keith Foreman, Nathaniel Clark, Robert Collins and Clarence Haymer.
Betty Marie Knight, 61, died Sept. 2, 2012 at King’s Daughters Hospital.
Funeral services were Sept. 8 at Mt. Zion Scotland Baptist Church with Rev. Isaiah Jackson officiating. Burial followed at Days Cemetery under the direction of Knight & Lindsey Funeral Home.
Ms. Knight was born Aug. 9, 1951 in Yazoo County to Sammie and Maggie Coleman. She was a 1969 graduate of N.D. Taylor High School.
Survivors include a daughter, Latrice Knight Wade (James); two grandchildren, Brittany and Zaria; a great-grandchild, Neveah Marie; three sisters, Earlean Allen, Enola Robinson and Lorene King (Walter); four brothers, Leroy Knight, Herbert Knight (Carolyn), Albert Knight (Eliza) and Rev. Calvin Knight (Annie B.) and a host of other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Rodrick Knight, Rev. Edwin B. King, Theretius Knight, Oscar Daryl Knight, Norvel King and Calvin Knight Jr.
Honorary pallbearers were Leroy Knight, Albert Knight, Rev. Calvin Knight Sr., Herbert Knight, Walter King Jr. and Prentiss Vaughan.
Elizabeth Lee, 58, died Sept. 12, 2012.
Funeral services were Saturday at New Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church with Rev. Gregory D. Taylor officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Century Funeral Home.
Ms. Lee was born Feb. 25, 1954 in Indianola to the late Robert and Ora D. Lee. She and her family moved to Yazoo City when she was young, and she continued her education in the Yazoo City School District. She was a member of New Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Keith Z. Lee.
Survivors include, a daughter, Tiffany Lee; three sons, Derrick Lee, Dion Lee and Patrick Lee; six sisters, Bernice Vaughan (Jessie) and Hilda Lee of Yazoo City, Betty Jean Lee of Jackson, Georgia Wilson Hamlin of Collins, Joyce Lee of Indianola and Gloria Wilson of Los Angeles; five brothers, Sammie Lee of Byram, Roger Lee and Bobbie Joe Wilson of Yazoo City, and Nelson Lee and Robert Lee of Indianola; three grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Xavier Lee, Jerome Lee, Timothy Hoston, Jeffrey Montson, Roland Jones Jr., JaDarious Lee and Marcus Meadow.
Honorary pallbearers were Sammie Lee, Roger Lee, Robert Lee, Bobbie Wilson, Nelson Lee and Jessie Vaughan Jr.
Virginia Martin, 79, of Ridgeland, died Thursday at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Caleb Clark officiating. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mrs. Martin was born on Nov. 25, 1932 in Carrol County to Grady Misskelley and Gladys Walters.
She was married to George “Rooster” Martin of Yazoo City. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and worked in the print department of Southern Bag Corporation.
She was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Anthony Corley; two brothers, Grady Sanders and James William Misskelley; and sister, Carleen Wofford.
Survivors include her husband; daughter, Sandra (Steve) Sessums of Hattiesburg; three sons, Cecil (Penny) Martin and Edward Allen Corley, both of Yazoo City, and Larry Dale Corley, of New Orleans; 12 grandchildren; a host of great grandchildren; two sisters, Lura Kate Neal of Carrolton and Elizabeth Ann Jordan of Olive Branch; and two brothers, Robert Cecil Misskelley and Cooper Leroy Misskelley, both of Carrolton.
JAMES ROSS JR.
James H. “Bubba” Ross, 39, of Vicksburg, died on Sept. 11, 2012.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Ross was born on March 28, 1973 in Vicksburg. He was a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Glenda Ross of Yazoo City and Earline and Boatner Duchesne of Vicksburg.
Survivors include his mother, Donna Ross of Holly Bluff; father, James Ross of Holly Bluff; a daughter; siblings, Kim Ryan of Satartia, Shonda Mathis of Holly Bluff, B.J. Ross of Vicksburg and Shelly Hicks of Yazoo City; and ten nieces and nephews.
Willie B. Taylor, 65, died Sept. 6, 2012.
Funeral services were Sept. 15 at Big Mount Zion in Thornton with Rev. C.D. Mitchell officiating.
Mrs. Taylor was born on July 7, 1947 in Holmes County the late Mr. Joseph and Iola Newton.
She was a member of Little Walnut Grove M.B. Church. She was married in 1971. To that union, five children were born.
She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Taniya Taylor; and three brother-in-laws.
Survivors include her husband and five children, Roosevelt (Carolyn) Newton of Tchula, Teresa Newton and Erica Taylor, all of Yazoo City, Jennifer Taylor of Gulfport and Timothy Taylor of Ridgeland; 11 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; six sisters, Willie Mae Weathers of Milwaukee, Mary Ann (Willie) Mayze, Suzie Newton and Mary Sanders, all of Tchula; Rosie (A.D.) Brown and Hattie Burdine of Chicago; three brothers, John W. Newton of Milwaukee, Joseph Newton Jr. and Solomon Newton, both of Tchula; and a host of family and friends.
Mrs. Blanche Doler Allen, 94, retired homemaker, died September 17th at the North Ms. Medical Center Long Term Care Unit in Eupora.
Funeral Services will be 3:00PM Saturday September 22nd at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Old Bethany Cemetery in Webster County. Visitation will be 1:00PM until 3:00PM Saturday at the funeral home. She is survived by two daughters; Cecelia Allen (Harold) Middleton, Benton, Ms. and Betty Allen (Bert) Nail, Starkville, Ms., two sons; William W. (Elsie) Allen, Jacksonville, NC., and Sidney Clayton (Linda) Allen, Eupora, Ms., a sister; Robbie Watson, Houston, Ms. and a sister in law; Neva Doler, Eupora, Ms., nine grandchildren, twenty one great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. The Family requests memorials be made to The Gideons International or the church of your choice. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all arrangements.
RICHARD ALLEN Sr.
Richard Lamer Allen Sr., 79 years young, went to God in Glory on Sept. 17, 2012.
Funeral services are Thursday at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lloyd King officiating.
Mr. Allen was born Feb. 16, 1933 in Belzoni. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a retired salesman for Holsum Bread.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie Green Allen and Rena Waldon Allen; sister, Francis Smith; and a brother, Edward L. Allen.
Survivors include his three daughters, Katrina Burns (Clifton) of Baton Rogue, La., Ramona Phillips of San Diego, Calif and Teresa Scott (Sidney) of Greenville; a son, Richard Lamar Allen Jr. of Eden; three granddaughters, Michelle McIntyre (Clifton), Jennifer Reed and Emily Hodges; five grandsons, Frank McIntyre, Albert Shoffner, Will Scott, Marshall Scott and Matthew Scott; two brothers, Wayne Allen Sr. and Gerald Allen of Yazoo City; a sister, Karolyn Bratton of Houston, Texas; and seven great-grandchildren.
Rae Kelley Beckham, 73, of Yazoo City and formerly of Inverness died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at University Medical Center in Jackson.
Funeral services were Friday at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. Burial followed at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Inverness.
Mrs. Beckham was born Dec. 2, 1938 to William Elbert and Oree Kelley Landrum in Holly Bluff.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; Herbert Stricklin, Cleveland Jones, and James Beckham; and a daughter, Rhonda Stricklin Starling.
Survivors include her niece, Sherry L. Crowe of Memphis; son; Cleveland Staples "Dusty" Jones, Jr. of California; four daughters, Renee Stricklin (Dan) Runkle of Clinton, Phyllis Stricklin (Emerson) Tyson of Bentonia, Tammie Stricklin (Dale) Bright of Yazoo City; and Andrae Jones (Kevin) Henderson of Okinawa, Japan; brother, Jack Landrum of Scotland, MS; 13 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.burtonfuneralhome.net
James Andrew Hancock, 56, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
Funeral services were Friday at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charlie Harris and Rusty Nixon officiating. Burial followed at Oak Grove Baptist Cemetery.
Mr. Hancock was born Sept. 18, 1956 in Vicksburg to A.J. and Hazel Jones Hancock. He was a caretaker for Bear Creek Farms and a member of Center Ridge Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman and a lifelong resident of the Phoenix community.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his mother, Hazel Hancock; three sisters, Patricia Burt (Andy) of Vicksburg, Linda Kennedy (Todd) and Glenda “Bit” Creech Tait; four nieces; and four nephews.
Serving as pallbearers were Charles Creech, Joshua Busby, Donald Scoby, Jeremy Creech, T.J. Kennedy and Joseph Brooks.
Charles F. Sligh, 83, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.
Funeral services were Wednesday at Parkview Church of God with Rev. Ken Lynch officiating. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mr. Sligh was born July 21, 1929 in Leflore County to Marvin and Willie Mae Meeks Sligh. He was a retired farmer and a member of Parkview Church of God.
He was preceded in death by a son, William Michael Sligh; a brother, James Ray Sligh and a sister, Melba Sligh Coker.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Sligh of Yazoo City; three daughters, Glenda Wells (Billy) of Yazoo City, Wanda Sligh of Yazoo City and Latrice Mahalitc (Russell) of Glen Allen; a brother, Fred Sligh (Recil) of Bentonia; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Brad Wells, John Kinch Wilson, Skip Bilbro, Chase Mahalitc, David Burke and Jeff Nipper.
Honorary pallbearers were J.C. Bilbro, Justin Nipper, Daniel Coleman, Jimmy Lester, Douglas Moore, J.W. Jones, Will Nipper, Cecil Coleman, Bubba Bradley, Ellis Willard, Tom Bates and Sylvester Williams.
RICHARD ALLEN Sr.
Richard Lamer Allen Sr., 79, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson
Funeral services are Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lloyd King officiating.
Mr. Allen was born Feb. 16, 1933 in Belzoni to Eddie Green Allen and Rena Waldon Allen. He was a veteran of the Korean War, a retired salesman for Holsum Bread and a Jehovah Witness.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Allen; four daughters, Katrina Burns of Baton Rogue, La., Romona Allen of California, Teresa Scott of Greenville and Vanessa Katz of Forest, La.; a son, Richard Lamar Allen Jr. of Yazoo City; two brothers, Wayne Allen Sr. and Gerald Allen of Yazoo City; a sister, Carolyn Batton of Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Annie Mae Guthrie Carter, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at Fayetteville Care and Rehabilitation in Fayetteville, Tenn.
Ms. Carter will be laid to rest in Shiloh Baptist Cemetery alongside her parents and family members in a private service.
Ms. Carter was born in Yazoo City and had been a prominent resident of Charleston, S.C. for more than 28 years before moving to Fayetteville Care and Rehab three years ago.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim George and Linnie Matilda Pittman Guthrie, and 12 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include one brother, Robert Guthrie (Betty) of Yazoo City, and one sister-in-law, Inez Guthrie of Jackson; three children, Cynthia Carter-Alderson, John Allen Carter, Jr., Rhonda Carter Scott; five granddaughters, Crystal Carter, Dr. Jennifer Bodie, Dawn Everard, April Thompson, and Annette Houser; four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
William Louis Cooksey, 69, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family.
Funeral services were Sept. 13 at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis, Tenn. followed by a private burial.
Mr. Cooksey was born April 28, 1944 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Ruth and Louis “Buddy” Cooksey. After graduating high school in Yazoo City, he attended Louisiana College. His career of service began with the US Air Force followed by the Tennessee Air National Guard; where he retired in 1999 with the rank of Lt Colonel with 33 years of service to his Country.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister; Joline Sledge.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Linda Ledbetter Cooksey; a daughter, Tammy Harmon (Ron), of Madison, IN; sons, Mark Cooksey (Shawnda), of Mason, OH; Preston Clowney (Jessica), of Hernando; five grandchildren, Taylor and Bryce Harmon, Jack and Grace Cooksey, and Hailey Lane Clowney; sister Elaine Seagler of North Richland Hills, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Wings Cancer Foundation, 100 N Humphreys Blvd, Memphis, TN 38120 or First Presbyterian Church, 1455 McIngvale Road, Hernando MS 38632.
Lester H. Davis, 85, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at King’s Daughters Hospital.
Funeral services are today at 11 a.m. at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gene Richardson. Burial will follow at Midway Baptist Cemetery.
Mr. Davis was born May 11, 1927 in Sunflower County to James Nathaniel Davis and Elizabeth Saxton Davis. He was a retired minister and BellSouth lineman. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II and a member of Westwood Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Winstead Davis.
Survivors include his daughter, Deloris Fulton (Jerry) of Yazoo City; son, Kent Davis of Southaven; two brothers, Gillie Davis and George Davis, both of Benton; sisters, Geneva Hood and Marie Gordon, both of Benton; four grandchildren, Julie F. Hammer (Josh), Susan F. Harvey (Jon), Jenny Fulton and Elizabeth Davis; and two great-grandchildren, Grady Hammer and Vera Hammer.
Serving as pallbearers are Billy Joe Davis, Gordon Davis, Bill Gordon, Donald Counts, Ronnie Davis and Mike Davis.
Ruby M. Droge, 94, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at King’s Daughters Hospital.
Funeral services were Monday at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Harris officiating. Burial followed in Longview, Texas.
Mrs. Droge was born Feb. 4, 1918 in Yazoo County to Jake and Betty Sanders Lee. She was a retired waitress and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William B. Droge; and a daughter, Sara Irwin.
Survivors include two sons, Ronnie Droge and Leon Coody, both of Yazoo City; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
Halden “Harry” Jackson, 97, died Sept. 7, 2012 at King’s Daughters Hospital.
Funeral services were Saturday at the Century Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Thomas officiating.
Mr. Jackson was born Nov. 11, 1914 in Yazoo County to King and Josie Jackson. He was a retired landscaper and a member of Temple Love M.B. Church. He was affectionately known as “Bocoon” by many.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Jackson; a son, Charles Jackson; and an adopted daughter, Mary Elizabeth Jackson.
Survivors include a daughter, Bernice Butler of Yazoo City; a son, Halton James (Mary Ann) of Chicago; a sister, Allean Jackson of Yazoo City; companion, Odell Murphy; step children, Hubert Murphy and Dora Washington; 16 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Lloyd Jackson, R.L. Jackson, Terry Jackson, Larry Jackson, Daryll Jackson and Giovanni Butler.
Honorary pallbearers were Floyd Jackson, Ron Jordan, Alvin Anderson, R.D. Jackson, Jasper Murphy and Hubert Murphy.
Mary Sricklin Evans Johnson, 95, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in Alabama.
Funeral services were Saturday at Glenwood Cemetery with Rev. Cortez Hutchinson officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mrs. Johnston was born June 22, 1917 in Eden to Samuel Jackson and Annie Everett Stricklin. She had resided in Alabama for the last several years.
She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, James Kiley Evans; her second husband, Hubert Johnson; sister, Alva Pitman; and brothers, Basil, Todd, Herman, Dick and Sam Stricklin.
Survivors include her son, James Jackson Evans (Marjorie) of Evergreen, Ala.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbears will be grandsons Benjamin Kiley Evans and James Christopher Evans, and nephews Tomas Ray, Troy Stricklin, Roy Stricklin and Phillip Dixon.
Cynthia Nushelle Gainwell, 43, died Sept. 9, 2012.
Funeral services were Saturday at Old King Solomon M.B. Church with Rev. Walter Williams officiating.
Mrs. Gainwell was born June 5, 1969 in Hinds County to Eugene and Nehema S. Johnson. She was a 1987 graduate of Yazoo City High School and later graduated from the Academy of Hair Design.
Survivors include her husband of nearly 20 years, Walter I. Gainwell Sr.; three children, Jennifer A. Cox (Shaddrick), Walter I. Gainwell Jr. and Destiny Mo’Na Gainwell; three stepchildren, Lawanda S. Jackson, Fletcher Cox and Fantasa Cox; sisters, Willie J. Johnson (Carl), Nekather J. Irvine (Tommy), Carolyn A. Miles, Deborah A. Smith, Janice M. Lewis and Ernice Shepeard; brothers, Eugene Johnson Jr., Sammie L. Shepeard (Arlene), Jimmie L. Johnson, Floyd Shepeard, David J. Johnson, Willie J. Shepeard and Kevin O. Johnson; and four grandchildren.
Florida Delia “Polly” Jones, 46, died Sept. 6, 2012.
Funeral services were Saturday at St. Matthew Church of God in Christ with Rev. John Scott officiating. Burial followed at Yazoo Memorial Park under the direction of Scott Funeral Home.
Ms. Jones was born Sept. 12, 1965 in Yazoo City to Fannie B. Jones and Jimmie Lee Stewart. She was a 1985 graduate of Yazoo City High School and a member of Christian Grove Baptist Church. While a resident of the Cornerstone Facility in Florida she earned several life skills awards.
Survivors include a son, Christopher Lee Jones of Jackson; siblings, Annette Jefferson and Carolyn Knox of Jackson, Kathy Lewis of Yazoo City and Tejuana Jones of Chicago; two grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were James Robinson Sr., James Robinson Jr., Willie Cole, Larry Anderson, Anthony Miller and Kelvin Morris.
Honorary pallbearers were Christopher Jones, Kelly Jones an Willie Knox Jr.
Nancy Howard Smith, 70, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mrs. Smith was born Oct. 8, 1941 in Holmes County to Charles and Gladys Durham Howard. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Smith; and a brother, Calvin Howard.
Survivors include a son, John Powell (Mary) of Yazoo City; sister, Alice Estrada of Yazoo City; brother, Charles Howard of Leeds, Ala.; two stepsons, Randy Smith of Bentonia and Danny Smith of Redwood; a stepdaughter, Connie Vance of Bentonia; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Martin Bankston, 88, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at University Medical Center in Jackson.
Funeral services were Thursday at Midway Baptist Church with Rev. Steven Howell officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mr. Bankston was born May 25, 1924 to Martin and Darel Boutwell Bankston. He was retired from insurance sales and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Iva Pearl Bankston; a grandson, Clint Hood; a brother, J.D. Bankston and a sister, Mertle Rose.
Survivors include two daughters, Rosemary Hood and Francine Jeffcoat, both of Yazoo City; a son, Freddie Bankston of Richland;three grandchildren; one great-grandchild and two step grandchildren.
Michael A. Barksdale, 44, died Aug. 26, 2012 at University Medical Center in Jackson.
Mr. Barksdale was born Nov. 22, 1967 in Yazoo County to Otis and Shirley Brown Barksdale. He was a member of the Church of God.
Survivors include his wife, Lori Barksdale of Winterhaven, Fla.; mother, Shirley Barksdale of Yazoo City; sister, Peggy Smith of Yazoo City; three sons, Zachary Barksdale, Jacob Barksdale and Joseph Barksdale; two daughters, Jessica Barksdale and Samantha Barksdale; a brother, Darrell Barksdale of Anza, Calif.; and a sister, Kay Barksdale Fulton of Stone Mountain, Ga.
Henry George “Bae” Lard; 84, died Aug. 26, 2012.
Funeral services were Sept. 1 at Johnson Chapel M.B. Church in Jackson with Rev. Robert Rattler officiating.
Mr. Lard was born July 13, 1928 in Benton to George and and Viola Ben Lard. He graduated from St. Francis Catholic School before enlisting in the U.S. Army. After earning an honorable discharge, he returned to Benton before moving to Chicago to work for Best Foods for many years. After retiring he moved to Jackson and became an active member of Johnson Chapel.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Oliver Brookins, Essie B. Lard and Lee Andrew Lard.
Survivors include eight children, Vivian Ann Lard, Annie Lacey (Greg), Henry George Lard Jr., Dorothy McKenzie (Glen), Michael Lard (Sandra), Robert Lard (Loretta), Zalorie Smith (Vernard) and Fredrick Donnell Lard; a sister, Doris Lard-Evans; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Shun Lard, Michael Lard, Munsumi Lard, Lee Andrew Williams Jr., Glen McKenzie, Ray Gilmer, Calvin Williams Lard and Darryl Evans.
Honorary pallbearers were Roy Smith, Ozell Williams, Rowan Brinston, Elzra Hollins, Fred Bonner and Robert Smith.
J.W. “Bubba” William, 69, died Aug. 31, 2012.
Funeral services were Sept. 7 at Community Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Thornton Sr. officiating. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery under the direction of Scott Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Williams was born July 7, 1943 in Holly Bluff to W.H. Williams and Cora Rogers. He worked for Stoner Farm in Holly Bluff before moving to Yazoo City and working for William Dorris and Jimmy Moore. He was a member of Community Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Aquilla Williams; 17 grandchildren; 66 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marie Little, Jyuanita Price, Inella Blivens, Dorothy Mae Jones, Cora Mae Ervin, Mildred Webber (Michael), Cherry Mae Sebiere (Monroe); and a host of other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Myron McCurry, Robert Edwards, Lionel Gibbs, Vernon Edwards, Joseph Edwards and Timothy Edwards.
Honorary pallbearers were Mitchell McCurry, Deveontae Jones, Calvin Williams, William Roland, Kenneth Bolden and Jerderrick Williams.
Carol Phillips Brown, 69, of Craig, Montana, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, Montana.
O’Connor’s Funeral Home in Great Falls Montana handled her cremation and there was a family gathering at Glen Cleveland’s home in Bentonia on Sept. 8 in honor of Carol.
Mrs. Brown was a homemaker. She was born March 2, 1943 in Hattiesburg and was a longtime resident of Yazoo City before she moved to Montana in 1999. She returned to Bentonia in 2010, where she resided at the Landview Manor Apartments for about a year, before deciding to go back to Montana. She entered into a nursing home there to live out her final days.
Survivors include her son, Robert Glen Cleveland and his wife Shawn Cleveland, their son, Noah Lee Cleveland, all of Bentonia; her sister, Charlene Bardwell of Brandon; and several nieces, nephews and a great-niece.
She was preceded in death by a son, Lee Cleveland, of Yazoo City,, one sister, of Chicago and both parents, Mr. and Mrs. Phillips of Yazoo County.
JOHN HEMPHILL Jr.
John A. Hemphill, Jr., 98, affectionately know as "Little Hemp" or "Poppa John" died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 in Yazoo City.
Funeral services were Tuesday at Scotland Baptist Church. Graveside services followed at Lakewood Memorial Park.
Mr. Hemphill was born June 10, 1941 in Flora, where he later attended Flora High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in World War II. He was a meat cutter and was co-founder of Hemphill Souse and Sausage.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John A. and Mary Renfroe Hemphill, Sr.; his wives, Tina Tunstill Hemphill and Helen Bridges Hemphill; son James Bridges; daughter Bettie Bridges Uzzle; grandson Kenneth Overby; and all of his siblings: Audie Wiltcher, Hazel Harman, Lollie Warren, Elsie Whetstone, Viola Bridges, Gilbert Hemphill, Clyde Hemphill, Earnest Hemphill and Agnes Hemphill.
Survivors include three daughters: Sandra Oxner (Phil), Wanda King (Joe), and Debra McClain (Rayford); 9 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to Scotland Baptist Church, 5617 Scotland Rd., Bentonia, MS 39040.
A memorial service for Herbert Hutson “Herbie” Holmes, 68, who died August 31, 2012 in Natchez will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at St Mary Basilica in Natchez, with visitation at 1 p.m. until service time in St. Therese Hall at the church.
Herbie was born December 8, 1943 in Vicksburg to Herbert Payne Holmes and Nancy Hutson Holmes. He lived with them in New York City where his father was in service with the US Navy during World War II. Herbie was raised in his father’s hometown of Yazoo City, to which the family returned after the war.
He graduated from Yazoo City High School and attended the University of Mississippi. He worked for a number of years in Yazoo City before moving to New Orleans several years ago. Herbie was displaced from New Orleans for several months by Hurricane Katrina and subsequently acquired a residence and made his home in Natchez. He was interested in art and historical preservation, receiving a restoration award in 2008 from the Historic Natchez Foundation.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Nancy Katherine “Kathy” Holmes and partner Clement Tricon “Tric” Sehrt.
Survivors include his uncle Miller P. Holmes (Jean) and his cousins Miller Holmes, Jr., Dale H. Simmons (Jim), Ethel H. Moak (Keith), George E. Donavan III (Ann) and Carl H. Donavan, special friend Clair O. Seward and many more friends in Yazoo City, Natchez and New Orleans.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary Basilica, 107 S. Union St.. Natchez, MS 39120, Trinity Episcopal Church, 323 N. Main St., Yazoo City, MS 39194, Mississippi Animal Rescue League, 5221 Greenway Drive Extn., Jackson, MS 39204 or a favorite charity.
Charles B. Mauk, 64, died Sept. 10, 2012 at the VA Hospital in Jackson.
Funeral services are today at 3 p.m. at the Concord Baptist Church Cemetery wit Rev. Lewis Kalil officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mr. Mauk was born Sept. 13, 1947 to Frank B. and Clara Kirk Mauk. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank B. Mauk; a son, Charles B. Mauk Jr.; and a brother, Albert B. Mauk.
Survivors include his mother, Clara K. Rodgers of Bentonia; and a brother, Stephen K. Mauk of Yazoo City.
GEORGE MONTGOMERY Jr.
George P. Montgomery, Jr., died peacefully at his daughter’s home in Madison on September 6, 2012.
Funeral services were Monday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Madison. Burial followed at Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland.
Mr. Montgomery was born Nov. 28, 1921 in Yazoo City to George Powell and Meadie Exum Montgomery. After high school graduation, he attended the University of Mississippi for one year before leaving for the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he became a pilot in the navy and continued to serve his country in many different and far reaching locales for over 25 years. He retired with the rank of Commander in 1965.
After retirement in 1965, he moved his family back to his childhood home of Yazoo City. He started another career with Southland Oil Company and retired from there in 1988. After retirement he and Ann moved to Madison where he spent his last years as an avid volunteer for Riveroaks Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of fifty years, Ann Weinacker Montgomery; his sister, Meadie Montgomery Switzer, her husband, George and son Frank.
Survivors include his daughters Georgianna Wright of Madison, Betty Sauer (Bob) of Ridgeland, and Dixie McCaleb (Bobby) of Vaughan; his sons, Dr. Charles Montgomery (Betty) and George Montgomery (Liz) of Kansas City. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Ministries, Inc., 450 Towne Center Blvd., Ridgeland, MS 39157 or a charity of your choice.
James Ray Sligh, 81, died Sept. 7, 2012 at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.
Funeral services were Sunday at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Poole and Rev. Pamela Cameron officiating. Burial followed at Midway Methodist Cemetery under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mr. Sligh was born July 20, 1931 in Schlater to Marvin and Willie Mae Meeks Sligh. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran who served in the Korean War, a retired crew leader for Southern Natural Gas and a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara “Bobbie” Sligh of Yazoo City; a daughter, Raye Sligh (Ray) of Yazoo City; two stepsons, John Alderman (Carol Ann) of Oxford and Lee Alderman (Cindy) of Madison; stepdaughter, Nancy Bray (Barry) of Tupelo; grandson, Landon Hodges; step grandchildren, Anna Coley, Ryan Alderman, Megan Alderman, Mallory Alderman, Jessie Perry (Daniel) and Travers Bray; and two brothers, Charles Sligh (Faye) of Yazoo City and Fred Sligh (Recil) of Bentonia.
Serving as pallbearers were Justin Hodges, Freddie Sligh, Harold Miller, John K. Wilson, Channing Hodges, Kim Sligh, Sammy Strickland and Landon Hodges.
Honorary pallbearers were Marlin Stubblefield, Jeff Ingram, Mike Davis, Joe Boggan, Trey Shipp and Tommy Clay.
James Thomas Veazey, 75, died Sept. 8, 2012 at King’s Daughters Hospital.
Funeral services are today at 11 a.m. at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery.
Mr. Veazey was born Jan. 11, 1937 in Alligator to Smith and Louise Gammil Veazey. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a construction superintendent for Malouf Construction and a member of Melrose Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Mae Veazey.
Survivors include two sons; James W. Veazey of Grenada and Bill Veazey of New York; two brothers, Johnny Veazey of Cleveland and Robert Veazey of Oxford; a sister, Janice Safley of Rome; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.