Obituaries


RONALD “RONNY” GLENN LOGAN

Ronald “Ronny” Glenn Logan, age 80, of Belzoni, went to his eternal home on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. He was born to Ronald and Fannie Mae Logan of Inverness, Mississippi, on February 28, 1944.

Ronny was a member of First Baptist Church for many years. He and his wife, Sandy, were married in that same church in 1975. He was employed as a transportation engineer with MDOT for more than 50 years. Ronny was a hard worker, a devoted husband and father, and a caring uncle. He enjoyed reading, watching football and basketball, and engaging in conversation about all kinds of topics.

Ronny was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and half-brother T. J. Jennings of Greenville, Mississippi. He is survived by his daughter, Carrie Logan of Petal; sisters-in-law Doris Jennings of Greenville; Peggy Duke of Isola, Nancy Baggett of Isola, Sue (Lonnie) Walker of Resaca, Georgia, and Kathy (George) Gardner of Isola; and many nieces and nephews he loved very much.

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Belzoni. The memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. George Johnson officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church.

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TOMAS “RUSTY” RUSSELL WALKER

Tomas “Rusty” Russell Walker, 73, of Inverness, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at Indianola Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

Rusty was born August 29, 1950, in Memphis, Tennessee to Hilton and Anna Walker. Rusty spent all of his childhood and adult life in Inverness where he made this his home prior to relocating to Indianola due to his health. He was a very caring and genuine person who enjoyed everyone he met. Rusty loved Garfield the cat as well as listening to Alan Jackson and other country music singers. Rusty was Presbyterian and was strong in his faith.

Rusty was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Michael James Walker.

He is survived by his lifetime caregiver and friend, Betty Towery of Inverness and two cousins.

Graveside services were held Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 4:00 p.m., at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Inverness, Mississippi. Rev. Watson Cook will officiate.

Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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GAYE MARTIN WALKER

Gaye Martin Walker, 62, of Belzoni, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

Gaye was born March 26, 1962, to James Randolph Martin and Lucy Berry Martin from Silver City, MS. She graduated Valedictorian from Humphreys Academy in 1980 and graduated from Delta State University in 1984 with a degree in accounting. She was an accountant for Touche & amp; Ross, Cunningham CPA, Mortimer Funeral Home, and Braswell Enterprises. She had a love for rodeo. She was Miss Rodeo Mississippi in 1986. She was a member of Mississippi High School Rodeo Association & National High School Rodeo Association. She was the secretary of Mississippi High School Rodeo Association for years.

Gaye was the National Director for Mississippi High School Rodeo Association for 15 years where she was President of the National High School Rodeo Association. Gaye was also a member of the Humphreys Academy board where she served as president. Gaye attended Silver City Methodist Church where she served as Treasurer.

Gaye is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, John Paul Walker, Jr. of Belzoni, MS; son, Philip Martin Walker of Belzoni, MS; sisters Joy Martin McLendon (Jerry Wayne) of Silver City, MS and Merrie Carol Martin Butler of Silver City, MS; sister-in-law Melanie Jones (Mitch) of North Carolina; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 8, 2024, a 12:00 p.m. until service time at 1:00 p.m. at Silver City Methodist Church. The final resting place will be in Greencrest Cemetery.

Pallbearers are: Denon Braswell, Jr., Jimmy Laird, Jerry Wayne McLendon, John Ashley, Homer Martin III, Joey Brown, Chance Berry, Roscoe Thomas. Honorary Pallbearers: Denon Braswell, Sr., Hubert Lester, Sid Scarbrough.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Silver City Methodist Church, PO Box 28, Silver City, MS 39166; Mississippi High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) 34 Emile Davis Rd, Poplarville, MS 39470; or Humphreys Academy, PO Box 179, Belzoni, MS 39038.

The arrangements are entrusted to Mortimer Funeral Home.

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JERRY MICHAEL MAXEY

Jerry Michael Maxey, 72, of Indianola, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2024, in Indianola, due to injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Jerry was born January 14, 1952, in Greenwood, to Christine Aust Maxey and Ernest Maxey. He was raised in Humphreys County where he graduated from Humphreys County High School. After high school, he attended the University of Mississippi. Jerry was a free spirit; he liked to be by himself. He loved doing carpentry work and was good at building things. Jerry was his own person, and he enjoyed the simple things in life, a good cold beer, watching television, and his occasional travels. He also loved spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Christine and Ernest Maxey and his brother, Butch Maxey.

He is survived by his brother, Bobby Maxey (Kim) of Indianola; nieces and nephews, Lindsay Snow, Cody Maxey, KC Maxey, Preston Maxey, and Stephanie Bourque; and nine great nieces and nephews.

A memorial celebration honoring Jerry was held at 3:00 pm, Friday, May 3, 2024, at Rebel Farms, 273 Sykes Road, Indianola, MS 38751. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was entrusted with arrangements.

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EVERETT "JOE" RUTLEDGE

Everett "Joe" Rutledge peacefully left us on Tuesday April 23, 2024, surrounded by his family, at his home in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He was born on July 28, 1943, in Neshoba County to Clarence and Vira Jenkins Rutledge.

Joe was a hard worker who loved and supported his family. He worked for 30 plus years at Jockey International in Belzoni. Joe then moved back home to spend the rest of his life. He worked for the Mississippi State Highway Department for a little over 10 years. He loved to spend any extra time he had gardening. Besides hunting and fishing he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Everett Rutledge was preceded in death by; his parents, brothers James (Bud) Rutledge, Louis Rutledge, Walter Rutledge, Willie C. (Bill) Rutledge, Clarence (Pete) Rutledge, sisters, Beatrice Steelman, Mary Busby, Margie Ann Rutledge.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary Keeton Rutledge, daughters, Sherry Griffin, Cindy Kennon, Mary Ann Long (Guy), as well as 12 grandchildren and 4 great Grandchildren; Brother, Randy Rutledge, (Diane), sisters Ada O'Neil (Eddie), Dorothy Johnson (Art).

Services will be held Friday, May 3, 2024, at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni, Mississippi. Visitation will begin at Noon with the service to be held at 1:00 p.m. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow at Greencrest Gardens, 585 Hwy 12 West, Belzoni Mississippi.

Mortimer Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of the services.

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JAMES EDWARD MCCLAIN

James Edward McClain, 58, from Isola, Mississippi was born December 17, 1965. He gained his wings on April 1, 2024. He was the most loving, caring, happy, person anyone met. To know him was to love him.

He loved gardening, farming, being around people, and just anything to stay busy. He picked on everybody. If he picked on you, he liked you.

He was preceded in death by his parents James and Katie McClain from Isola, Mississippi. He is survived by his brother; Donald Eugene McClain (Holly) from Belzoni Mississippi; sisters, Mary Heron, from Greenville, MS, Ginger Daniels of Isola, Bridget McClain of Isola and Amanda Hughes of Isola, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He will be greatly missed.

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PARHAM WILSON

WILLIAMS

Parham Wilson Williams was born in Belzoni, MS on August 17, 1938, and passed into the presence of Christ on April 2, 2024 following a very brief illness.  He was the youngest of three children born to Edwin Winston Williams, Sr. and Mary DeLoach Yeates, and he was very close to his sister Rosemary and brother Eddie all of their lives.

Parham graduated from Belzoni High School in 1957 and began his studies at Millsaps College, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.  Two years later he transferred to Mississippi State University where he was a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity.  He graduated from MSU in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance. 

After graduating from MSU, he then began his six year tour of duty with the MS Army National Guard in Belzoni, and later transferred to the 210th Finance Section in Jackson.  That was a new experience in his life, and he actually enjoyed basic training and later his monthly meetings and continued training.  Simultaneously, he began his 39 year banking career with Deposit Guaranty National Bank and Trust Company in Jackson, MS in the officer training program.  During that time, he became a graduate of the American Institute of Banking, where he was also a substitute teacher.  He spent his first fifteen years with the bank in its Jackson location, acquiring the title of Senior Vice President, after which he was asked to make a career move, and he and his family moved to Monticello, MS where he served the next 24 years as President of Deposit Guaranty’s Monticello and New Hebron branch offices, and was a member of the Advisory Board.  During that time, he became a graduate of LSU’s Graduate School of Banking.  He retired in 2000 from AmSouth Bank, which had purchased Deposit Guaranty earlier. 

It was during an earlier stage in his banking career while still in Jackson that one of his coworkers introduced him to her sister, Norma Ruth Cumberland from Preston, MS, who was a student at Millsaps College.  That introduction led to a wonderful 56 year marriage and brought forth two beautiful and smart daughters, Kelly and Kristen.  His love for Norma was one of the greatest testimonies in his life.  They shared simple pleasures such as storytelling and reminiscing on past events that would sometimes erupt into side-splitting laughter.  Their marriage was a rich and tender friendship, and each of them made the other better and complete.

After reaching his goal of working until age 62, Parham retired, and following 26 fruitful and eventful years in Monticello which they thoroughly enjoyed, he and Norma moved to Ridgeland, MS to be closer to Norma’s family.  Later, Parham and Norma moved to St. Catherine’s Village in Madison, MS, where they lived the rest of their days.

During his time in Jackson and Monticello, he actively worked with various nonprofit and professional organizations, donating his time and energy.  He was honored to have been asked to serve as president or chairman of several organizations, such as the Capitol Civitan Club, the state chapter of Muscular Dystrophy, the Lincoln/Lawrence Counties Red Cross Unit, the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, the Lawrence County Industrial Development Foundation, and the Lawrence County Civitan Club, from which he received its Outstanding Achievement Award.  He was chairman of the restoration committee for the Lawrence County Civic Center, which resulted in Monticello being named as one of two Mississippi communities to receive “Most Livable Community” awards.  He also served 24 years as chairman of the Lawrence County Boy Scouts of America annual fund-raising drive, for which the Andrew Jackson Council of BSA presented him with the Silver Beaver Award, its highest honor for a volunteer.

During his high school and college days, he always found summer jobs such as house painting, grocery store clerk and delivery boy, irrigating cotton, cleaning drainage ditches, and soda jerk.  But the most interesting job he held was spent in Idaho with the US Forest Service fighting forest fires and eradicating a fungus that would attack and kill white pine trees.  That was an experience of a lifetime.

His spare time and vacations while working at the bank were spent dabbling in watercolor painting and sculpturing, reading, following all MSU sports, restoring his 1930 Model A Ford Town Sedan and driving his 1929 Ford Roadster hot rod.  It may not have been the fastest car in Lawrence County, but it surely was the loudest.  He also enjoyed chauffeuring his daughters and members of their Brownie troops in his decorated Model A during Christmas parades.  But his number one joy was spending vacations at the beach with his family and his brother’s family.  He loved spending time with his wife and daughters above all.  He became “Poppy” when his two granddaughters came along, and he then got to enjoy welcoming them into his lap to giggle over Sponge Bob and have a whole new audience for his stories.

Following retirement he continued to enjoy reading, following his beloved MSU sports, meeting with friends at two coffee clubs, following the news, and corresponding with folks on Facebook.  He wrote and published a book entitled Zigzagging Through Childhood, which was a compilation of his childhood memories during the 40s and 50s in the Delta, and it created lots of excitement and interest in his beloved home town of Belzoni, as well as among his family.

He was a study in contrasts.  If you asked him what kind of music he liked, he would tell you classical, opera, bluegrass, rock and roll, gospel, flamenco guitar, and songs of the 40s and 50s.  He was a fan of Mario Lanza since childhood.  He liked anything old, such as antique furniture and cars.  He had a good sense of humor and could continuously quote poetry from memory until you were too bored to listen anymore.  He was open-minded and accepting, and has always said that he would support whoever was elected President, whoever the preacher was, and Ole Miss except when they were playing State.  He was a shockingly obnoxious and boisterous presence at ballgames, whether MSU or Kelly and Kristen’s little league softball.  He was proud of his two children and always said they “got their smarts from their Mom.”  Parham was also proud of his Southern roots, having grown up in the Mississippi Delta.

If you are still reading this, then you have an experience of Parham’s detailed and thorough style of storytelling.  While he could be admittedly long-winded and repetitive, at the end of the story you would quickly realize that you had just received a gift.

Parham loved the Lord, and for all of his life he belonged to a Methodist Church wherever he and his family were located.  He grew up in the Belzoni Methodist Church, and in adulthood was an active member of Galloway United Methodist Church, Monticello United Methodist Church, and Ridgeland First United Methodist Church.  Parham served on, if not chaired, every United Methodist committee there ever was, and one pastor after another expressed their appreciation for his leadership, integrity, and friendship.  His favorite Bible verses were Psalm 103 and Philippians 4:6-7.  Parham’s life served as a witness to the power of God’s love, forgiveness, kindness, and hard work.  He was a loving, devoted, and selfless provider for his family.  He had a wonderful life and was truly blessed, but he was ready to go and be with his Lord and Savior when called. 

Parham was predeceased by his beautiful wife, Norma Ruth Cumberland Williams, his parents Edwin Winston Williams, Sr. and Mary DeLoach Yeates Williams, and his sister Rosemary Williams Cloughley and brother Edwin Winston Williams, Jr.  Survivors include daughters Kelly Williams Black of Madison, MS and Kristen Williams Keary (David) of Jackson, MS, and granddaughters Sarah Beth and Sadie Black. 

Parham’s family would like to thank the staff of St. Catherine’s Village for all of the loving kindness and gentle care and support they gave both Norma and Parham.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Stroke Association online at https://www.stroke.org/en/ or the Dementia Society of America online at https://www.dementiasociety.org/donate-by-mail or by mail to PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901, in lieu of flowers.

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DOROTHY MAE OUTLAW

Funeral Services for Dorothy Mae Outlaw will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 27, 2024 at First Baptist Church, in Belzoni, MS. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until the start of the services.

Her eternal rest will be at Belzoni Cemetery.

Dorothy "Dot" Mae Williamson Outlaw left this world March 24, 2024 at her home in Belzoni. She was born on April 5, 1937 in Grenada, MS to Eugene and Lora Rebecca Abernathy Williamson.

Dot was a faithful Christian woman where she taught Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Belzoni, MS. Dot was a lifetime member of the Mississippi Fire Auxiliary where she was their president a number of years. Dot was a loving mom, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother and used to love traveling with her sisters. She leaves behind an amazing legacy.

She is survived by her sons: Henry Outlaw III (Missy) of Belzoni, and William Outlaw (Andreia) of Eupora, MS, a sister: Mamie Lou William Aust of Itta Bena, MS, and five grandchildren: Heather Johnson of Carrollton, MS, Blair McKay (Brandon) of Black Hawk, MS, Natalie Outlaw of Black Hawk, Donovan Dykes (Kayla) of Eupora, and Skylar McClain (Hayz) of Tillatoba, MS, as well as fourteen great-grandchildren: Easton Johnson, Peyton Johnson, Maddie Starr Johnson, Jon Barrett McKay, Cullen Bruce McKay, Landon Jones, Raylan Jones, Emalynn Dykes, Scarlett Dykes, Layla Dykes, Bentley Vaughan, Kelsey Vaughan, David Vaughan, and Kalie Ruth McClain, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Henry Outlaw Jr., a son: James Barry Outlaw, and a sister: Margaret Sims.

Mortimer Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with arrangements.

Register online and express condolences at www.mortimerfh.com

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OLLIE REED HALL

Ollie Reed Hall was born on April 8, 1980 at Humphreys County Memorial Hospital to Carrie Hall and Ollie Reed. He departed this earth on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. Ollie was preceded in death by his father Ollie Reed, Jr. and his son Octavius Gibson.

Ollie attended Humphreys County High school, part of the class of 1999. He had a love for sports and was a player on the basketball and track team as well. Ollie joined the US Army in 1999. He later deployed to Iraq for 18 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Iraqi Freedom Campaign medal.

Ollie attended Post University where he earned a bachelor's degree as he worked to fulfill his lifelong dream of being an educator. He recently passed the praxis exam and was planning to teach history this coming school year. Ollie worked for over 20 years at Tam-An Catfish.

Ollie was a very humble and quiet person that loved his family, especially his children. He didn't mind extending a helping hand if you were in need. Being around Ollie was such a joy. He could talk to you for hours and the love shined so brightly through him. He will be remembered as an exceptional son, father, and brother.

Ollie leaves to cherish his loving memories, his mother, Carrie Hall-Ward (Calvin) of Belzoni, MS; paternal grandmother, Sarah Reed of Belzoni, MS; his fiancé, Dana Vance of Belzoni, MS; two sons, Caleb Hall of Cleveland, OH, Karter Vance Hall of Belzoni, MS; three daughters, Aaliyah Hall and Talandria Inman Hall of Cleveland, OH, Lilli Vance of Belzoni, MS; three sisters, Kimberly Hall of Greenville, MS, Tammynika Byest (Milton) of Isola, MS, Angela Copprue of Belzoni, MS; four brothers, Carlton Hall, Sr., Terrance Hall, Bobby Hall (Laketa) Belzoni, MS, Marcus Hall (Roxanna) of Columbia, SC; two grandchildren, Kartel and Kyro Watson, both of Cleveland, OH and a host of family and friends.

The public visitation will be Friday, March 22, 2024, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., at Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Belzoni, MS. The funeral service will be Saturday, March 23, 2024, at 12 Noon at The Whole Truth Church of God in Christ, Swiftown, MS.

The burial TBA

Officiating: Min. Christopher Reed

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MAC WYATT ABERNATHY

Mac Wyatt Abernathy, 87, passed away Friday March 15, 2024. He was born in Holmes County May 16, 1936, to Mattie Louise Harthcock Abernathy and Herbert Townsend Abernathy.

He played basketball at Holmes Jr College, received his bachelor's degree at Mississippi College and his master’s degree from Delta State University. He coached basketball for several years and won two State Championships at Cruger Tchula Academy. He was headmaster at Humphreys Academy for 17 years. He was a catfish farmer in Swiftown and served as president of Freshwater Farms Fish plant. He retired from Humphreys Academy in 2013. He enjoyed time with his family, playing golf, tending to his roses, and watching basketball.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeannie Yvonne Aust Abernathy of Richland Mississippi, sons Mac Wyatt Abernathy Jr., (Angie Abernathy) and Richard Townsend Abernathy (Deanna Abernathy), grandchildren Mac Wyatt Abernathy III (Kathryn Abernathy) Camrien Abernathy Keenum, Sydney Frances Abernathy and great grandchildren, Landry Kathryn Abernathy, Lucy Mac Abernathy, and Ava James Clark.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Townsend Abernathy, Louise Abernathy, and three brothers.

Services will be held Wednesday March 20, 2024, in the Mac Abernathy Gymnasium at Humphreys Academy in Belzoni, Mississippi. Visitation will be 12:30-2:00. Funeral to follow. He will be buried at Harland Creek Cemetery in Coxburg, Mississippi.

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ANNE CAMPBELL CARLTON GORTON

Anne Campbell Carlton Gorton passed away peacefully on March 18, 2024, at the age of 83 with her son and daughter by her side. Born on October 11, 1940, to Caleb Sidney and Corrie Anne Carlton, Anne was raised in Sumner, Mississippi.

After graduating high school in 1958 from West Tallahatchee High School, Anne attended Ole Miss, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

While visiting her grandmother in Belzoni, Mississippi, Anne met Don Gorton, and they were married August 1, 1959. Together they owned Gorton’s Pharmacy and Anne’s Gift and Hobby shop. After closing the gift shop, Anne went back to school to get her teaching degree and taught elementary education for 21 years. She was a very devoted and respected teacher and was even chosen as teacher of the year while at Madison Station Elementary.

Retiring at age 55, Anne did not slow down but spent her time cooking for fellow Belzonians, entertaining for friends, and traveling all around the world. Known lovingly by her grandchildren as Mammy, Anne loved spending time with each one of them and would plan a special trip to take with each grandchild.

One of her greatest blessings in her last year was to witness the birth of her first great grandchild, Caleb. She loved showing off pictures of him to everyone she would see.

Throughout her life and up until last year, Anne filled her church with worship music each Sunday through her gifts and talents on the organ and the piano.

Anne is survived by her son Jimmy Gorton of New York City and her daughter, Lindsay Warren (Ty) of Little Rock, Arkansas. She is also survived by two sisters, Carolyn Gorton (Mack) of Belzoni, and Sidney Lyon (Doug) of Nashville, Tennessee. She leaves behind seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, one niece, two nephews, and many great nieces and nephews.

Anne is preceded in death by her parents, Sidney and Corrie Anne Carlton; her husband, Don Gorton, Jr.; and her son Don Gorton III.

Visitation will be 12:00 PM, Friday, March 29, 2024 at the First Baptist Church of Belzoni. A memorial service will be at 1:00 PM. Graveside services will immediately follow at Belzoni Cemetery.

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THOMAS CLINTON PEPPER, JR.

Thomas Clinton Pepper, Jr. (Nov.6, 1939- January 25, 2024)

Thomas Clinton Pepper, Jr. was born on November 6, 1939 in Greenwood, Mississippi and died on January 25, 2024 in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.

T. C., as he was commonly known, was raised in Belzoni, Mississippi and was the son of Thomas Clinton Pepper Sr. (1896-1992) and Lelia Phelps Pepper (1898-1956).

He had one sister, Lelia Burton Pepper Simmons.

He was Valedictorian of the Belzoni High Graduating Class of 1957 and was elected Permanent Class President by his Classmates. T. C., attended Mississippi State University and received a Degree in Business Administration in 1961.

While at Mississippi State, he was a member of Sigma Chi Social Fraternity and the Scabbard and Blade, a Military Society.

He met and married Sandra Jeanette Gordon of Louise, Mississippi, daughter of Frank L. and Grace Gordon and together they had a daughter, Sandra Gay Pepper and son, Thomas Clinton “Tripp” Pepper, III.

Following College Graduation, he entered the U S Army as a Commissioned Officer and served for two years in the Chicago- Gary Air Defense System. While in the Army, he was Officially Certified as an Expert on the Nike/ Hercules Guided Missile System.

Following his military service, T. C., worked in various positions in private and public service before going into business with his father in-law to established Gordon and Pepper Development Inc.

They built a retail business from “the ground up” at the corner of Lelia Street and Lelia Drive in Jackson, Mississippi which he owned and operated from 1971 until his retirement in 1994.

In 1981, he and Sandra Pepper divorced. He later married Elaine Birdsong of Edwards, Mississippi in 1985 and they divorced in 1999.

He moved from Jackson to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas in 2002, where he met and married the love of his life, Marian Diane Smith Crowder (1947-2023).

During his lifetime, “T. C” was an avid tennis player, photographer and genealogist. One of his lifetime accomplishments was the development of a Pepper Family Tree which contains data on some 130 of the Descendants of his Ancestor Captain Daniel Pepper (1706-1770) of the Colony of South Carolina.

He is survived by his two children, and two grandchildren, Grace Allison Lunardini and Thomas Michael Lunardini, all of Brandon, Mississippi. He is also survived by his sister, 3 nieces and their families.

Private graveside services will be held at the Pepper Family Plot in Belzoni. Arrangements were made under the direction of CedarVale Funeral inside the Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.

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WILLIAM MICHAEL RAGLAND

William Michael Ragland, 68, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2024, at Holmes County Long Term Care in Durant. 

Mike was born on February 29, 1956, in Leland, to Robert Curtis Ragland, Sr. and JoAnn Cleveland Ragland. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Belzoni. He was a minister and worked as teacher in Philadelphia on the Indian Reservation for many years. Mike enjoyed all things fun. He loved golf, movies, and most of all, his family. He loved to play the drums and write music. He also enjoyed horseback riding, shooting guns, and his truck.

He was preceded in death by his mother, JoAnn Ragland. 

Mike is survived by his father, Rev. Robert Ragland, Sr., of Indianola; son, Dillon Ragland (Anna Kate), of Alabama; daughter, Kristin Carlisle, also of Alabama; brother, Robert Ragland, Jr. (Cindy), of Belzoni, sister, Tami Hawkins (Bubba), also of Belzoni; and four grandchildren, Sutton Ragland, Blakelyn Carlisle, Weston Carlisle, and Conner Carlisle. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Burton Funeral Home. The memorial service will follow at 2:00 PM with Bro. George Johnson officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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RAYMON EUGENE FARMER

Raymon Eugene Farmer, 88, of Belzoni, Mississippi, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 23, 2024, at Humphreys County Nursing Center, after a long illness.

Raymon was born on August 19, 1935, to James Kimble Farmer Sr. and Mary Lorena Gibson Farmer. He was a member of United Methodist Church in Batesville, Arkansas.

Raymon was passionate about baseball in his years and signed with the New York Yankees after graduating. He played semi-pro for two years before injuring his arm ending his career. Later he took up golf and became an avid golfer and loved playing every opportunity.

Raymon was a hard worker. Most people in this area will remember him working in the catfish industry, working at several different processing plants. He will be missed by many.

Raymon was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife loving wife, Beverly Ann Whatley Farmer; brother James Kimble Farmer Jr., Raymon is survived by his sons; William Steven Farmer (Brenda) of Taylorsville, Mississippi, Charles Jeffery Farmer of Greenville, Mississippi and David Kimble Farmer (Denise) of Belzoni, Mississippi. He also left behind 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren all whom he loved dearly.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home in Greenville, 711 Hwy 82 East. Graveside service was held at Greenlawn Cemetery in Greenville. Rev. George Johnson of First Baptist Church of Belzoni officiated. Serving as Pallbearers were Kimble Farmer, Drew Farmer, Garret Farmer, Casey Tyler, Austin Farmer, and Ray Farrish. Honorary Pallbearer was Jacob Pitcher.

In lieu of Flowers the family request donations be made to the Alzheimer Association.

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ERMA DEAN DUKE NICHOLS

Erma Dean Duke Nichols, 88, of Indianola, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at her home. 

Erma Dean was born January 24, 1936, in Isola, Mississippi, to Louie and Maggie Duke. She grew up in Isola on the family farm. Erma Dean grew up strong and believed she could do anything she set her mind to. She was a bank teller at Planters Bank for over 35 years before retiring at age 80. Erma Dean was an incredible seamstress, a task she learned from her mother and passed on to her own daughter. She even made many of her children’s clothes when they were growing up. Erma Dean made the most wonderful pecan pies and enjoyed making them for her family and friends. She was a member of First Baptist Church where she was a member of the Golden Circle Sunday School class. Erma Dean loved her family more than anything and genuinely cared for everyone she knew. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louie and Maggie Duke; her husband, N.T. “Billy” Nichols; three brothers, Louie Carl Duke Jr., Richard Neal “Shot” Duke, and Bud Duke; sister, Frances Gray, and her son, Larry Willoughby. 

Erma Dean is survived by her son, Don Willoughby of Phoenix, Arizona; daughter, Debbie Willoughby of Indianola; stepsons, Randy Nichols (Sarah) and Stan Nichols; stepdaughter, Sandi Nichols McLemore (Stacy), eleven grandchildren, Austin Willoughby, Timothy Willoughby, Ashley Willoughby McPhail (Marcus), Brent Willoughby, Chris Pope (Pamela), Charlotte Johnson (Leon), Will Nichols (Cheryl), and Elizabeth Lott (Jacob). Laine Staten, Brian Bailey (Bethany), and Erica Smith (Jason); and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. 

Visitation was held on Monday, February 12, 2024, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, at Burton Funeral Home. The funeral service followed at 2:00 PM with Dr. Guy Burke officiating. Afterwards, she was buried at Caile Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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JOHN S. SIMPSON

John S. Simpson, 65, of Huntsville, Alabama passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 31, 2024. John loved being happy. He woke up every morning with his big infectious smile, ready to conquer the day helping or teaching anyone in his path, solving problems, inventing something or “fixing things”. He always said that being angry or mad was a waste of time and energy, and a positive attitude is a choice not a circumstance.

Born May 5,1958 in Belzoni, Mississippi. He was the son of P. B. Simpson and Minnie Simpson. John attended Mississippi State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1980. He then completed his Masters in 1982 and his Doctorial in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1993.

John was a professor at the Electrical Engineering college and a Computer Systems Administrator in the Electrical Engineering Department at MSU for 15 years. In the early 80’s he established Southern Computer Solution, Inc. servicing local businesses in the Golden Triangle area until his illness in 2013. John loved Starkville, MS and was a force in the community.

John was always the “favorite child” in the Simpson family. Growing up in Belzoni, MS. John and his brother Tommy were somewhat notorious around the neighborhood and John’s creative mischief remained persistent his entire life. John’s intellect for electronics was present at a very young age and music also became his passion. He played the drums from age 6 through high school and college, was a self-taught piano player and singer, and was always a member of a band or two. He was also passionate about spending time with his wife Terry, his family, his work, building speakers, tinkering in the garage, working on cars, going out dancing or spending the weekends water skiing on the Tenn-Tom River.

John was admired by all who knew him for his intelligence, knowledge, wit, generosity, and kind heart. His words of wisdom will forever be remembered.

Survivors include his loving wife Theresa (Terry) Simpson, of Huntsville, AL; siblings, Dr. P.B. “Junie” Simpson, Jr. of Pine Bluff, AR, Sheila Simpson (husband Tom) of Pelham, NY, Tanya Simpson of Pine Bluff, AR, Bonnie Simpson of Vero Beach, FL, and Tommy Simpson (wife, Kathy) of Iuka, MS.

No funeral or memorial service is immediately planned. The family will notify loved ones in the future when a memorial is scheduled.

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SIDNEY DALE “NEMO” BURROUGH

Sidney, 22, was born on April 11, 2001 and left his earthly home to be with his heavenly Father on Sunday, January 14, 2024. A life cut way too short but lived to the fullest.
Sidney had a love for life and a love for the outdoors, whether it be working, fishing, hunting or playing ball. He was just a redneck with the biggest smile who never met a stranger.
He was a member of FBC of Yazoo and worked at Planters Supply in Bentonia. He was a student at the University of Southern Mississippi where his dream was to be a high school baseball coach.
To know Sidney was to love him. He had an infectious smile and pure kindness about him. He, quite literally, left a trail of that love and kindness around the globe. He was passionate about God, serving, and being surrounded by his family and countless friends. His generosity was endless.
Sidney was proceeded in death by his maternal grandfather Sidney White of Yazoo City and paternal uncle, Shelton Burrough of Bentonia, MS.  He is survived by his mother, Heather Burrough of Yazoo City, father Keith (Sheila) Burrough of Brandon, MS, sister Haley Pettis of Bentonia, MS, maternal grandmother Linda “Sue” White of Yazoo City, paternal grandparents Kerry and JoAnn Burrough of Bentonia, MS, and his girlfriend Anna Hoben of Vicksburg, MS.
Visitation was at Stricklin-King Funeral home on Sunday January 21, 2024 from 4-6 p.m. Memorial service was held at First Baptist Church of Yazoo City at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 22, 2024, with Rev Aaron Sibley officiating. Graveside service will follow at Benton Baptist Church.
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WILLIAM EUGENE GARVIN

William Eugene Garvin, 63, of Winona, and formerly of Isola, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at Select Specialty Hospital in Jackson.

William, affectionately known as Boo to his family, was born September 28, 1960, in Indianola, to William McAlpine Garvin, Jr. and Leona Olga Grant Garvin. He was raised in Isola and attended school in Belzoni. William was very quiet and easy-going. He was very giving to others and protective of his family. William had a funny laugh and enjoyed helping his mother cook.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Olga Garvin and one brother, Michael Garvin.

William is survived by one brother, Timothy Wayne Garvin of Isola; sister, Debbie Hearn of Marks; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 pm, Monday, January 22, 2024, at Belzoni Cemetery with Rev. Richard Wiman officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.
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MICHELLE "MICKY" MARIE DUMARCHE' ROBERTS

Michelle "Micky" Marie Dumarche' Roberts passed away Thursday, January 18, 2024 at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland, Mississippi. Micky was born on March 2, 1933, in Pourcelanges, Nièvre, France to Emile Franc Dumarche' and Raymonde Emilienne Lemaitre.
After attending Premery School in France, Micky worked as a live-in nanny and then as a waitress in Bordeaux before going to work at the Post Exchange (PX) at the Étain-Rouvres Air Base in Etain, France where she met her husband, Sam, who was stationed there as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Micky and Sam married and moved to Portales, New Mexico for a short stint before Sam brought his new "French Bride" back to his hometown of Isola, Mississippi, where they would spend the next 60+ years together. In addition to her notoriety as the "French Woman" in town, Micky was best known for being the "Avon Lady" for 15 years. Micky and Sam were faithful members of Liberty Baptist Church where Micky shared her beautiful operatic voice as a member of the choir. Micky was also an outstanding cook -- providing many Sunday lunches to family and friends -- as well as keeping the "hunting crew" well-fed on Saturday mornings.

Micky was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Samuel Lee Roberts; father, Emile Dumarche'; mother, Raymonde Baloup; stepfather, Rene Baloup; and, sister, Danielle Dumarche'. She is survived by her son, Samuel "Bo" Roberts of Glen; her daughter, Michelle Roberts of Cleveland; sisters: Ginette Pabiot (Lucien) of France and Regine Godar (Allain) of France; half-sister: Lucienne Orsot (Bernard) of France; brother: Jean-Claude Dumarche' (DeDee) of France; step-brother: Roger Baloup of France; and, a host of nieces and nephews. Micky had three wonderful grandchildren who adored their "Memee": Luke Roberts, Anna Roberts, and Landry Roberts.

The funeral was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 22, 2024 at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni. Visitation began at 10:00 a.m. and burial took place immediately following the service at Belzoni Cemetery.

Mortimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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KAREN RENEE BREITHAUPT LANG

Karen Renee Breithaupt Lang went to her heavenly home on January 16, 2024, Karen passed away at UMMC Jackson, MS.

Karen was born in Greenville, MS to Randy and Shirley Breithaupt on December 1, 1970. She attended Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni, MS. Karen loved working in her yard, cooking, shopping and loved her family deeply.

She was preceded in death by her father, Randy Breithaupt, paternal grandparents, Billy and Ruth Breithaupt; maternal grandfather, John Phillips III; nieces, Anniston Thornton and Katy Menotti; and nephew, Collin Hill.

She is survived by her husband, Micheal Lang; mother, Shirley Breithaupt; maternal grandmother, Helen Taylor; four children, Rodney Taylor, Jr. of Madison, MS, Brooklyn (Jacob) Keith of Inverness, MS, Kennedie (Dwayne) Duett of Belzoni, MS, and Averie Keyton Rodgers of Inverness, MS; two grandchildren, Lainey Sloane Taylor and Mary Malcolm Keith; sister, Nikki (Matt) Wilson of Florence, MS; brother, Hutch (Natalie) Breithaupt of Hattiesburg, MS; nieces and nephews; one great niece; one great nephew; cousins; aunts and uncles.

Visitation was held Sunday, January 21, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., at Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni. The funeral service began at 2:00 p.m. A private burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.
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JACK STANLEY HOKE

Jack Stanley Hoke, age 69, passed away at his home in Belzoni, on January 15, 2024.
He was born in Moorhead, MS on November 04, 1954, to Warren Earl Hoke, Sr. and Mildred Luster Hoke. Jack, known to many as Red Man, grew up in the Gooden Lake Community of Belzoni and was a retired equipment operator.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Warren Earl Hoke, Jr., Jerry Wayne Hoke, and Mike Hoke.

He is survived by his best friend, Roxie Hoke; nieces, Lori Verhage (Craig), Robin Toler (Kent), and Mandy Champagne (Clinton); great niece, Anna Street Toler; great nephews, Warren Toler, Woods Toler, and Cash Champagne; sister-in-law, Diane McMinn; numerous aunts and cousins; and his chocolate lab, Pearl.

Visitation was held Friday, January 19, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 pm, at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. The funeral service began at 2:00 p.m. at Burton Funeral Home with Rev. Linda Malone officiating. A private burial will follow in Hickory Grove Cemetery in Inverness. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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MARTY HARDIN

Marty Hardin was born April 4, 1954 to Treva C. Hardin and Hulon “Bunk” Hardin. Marty passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023, peacefully at his home surrounded by his family, after a short battle with lung cancer.

Marty had a public servants heart. If you lived in Humphreys County, Marty most likely helped you in someway or another. Whether changing your oil, washing your car, fixing a cracked windshield, or even unlocking your car door at 2 a.m., Marty felt like he was here to help. He served Humphreys County proudly as a constable for just shy of 36 years.

If you can’t tell by now, Marty was a workaholic. He spent the last several years as a delivery driver for Southern Industrial Supply where he served “his” customers proudly, only retiring a few short months ago. Marty was also an avid music lover. He played several different instruments with many different bands over the years. Marty’s most prized possession was his family and his six grandchildren. He loved hard, he loved deep, and he loved often and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Marty is preceded in death by both parents; Colleen and Bunk Hardin. He leaves behind 3 children Brandon (Haley) Hardin and their children, Sam and Sutton of Woodland, MS; Ryan (Karly) Hardin and their son, Brady of Grenada, MS; Carly (Warwick) Meaker and their children, Harper, Noah and Winter of Cleveland, MS; older brother, Ronnie Hardin of Dardanelle, Arkansas and younger sister, Brenda (Jerry) Kilpatrick of Columbia MS; Girlfriend, Christine Minyard of Belzoni, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was from 12:00 - 1:00, Monday, December 4, 2023 at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni, with a memorial service immediately following, with Rev. Richard Wiman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, Marty asks that you make a donation to St. Jude Children’s hospital.

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LOIS NICHOLS MICHELLI

Funeral services for Lois Nichols Michelli, 95, of Lafayette, LA were held at 2:00 p.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home, Belzoni on Monday, November 20, 2023. She passed away in Lafayette, LA on November 12th, 2023. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service. Mortimer Funeral Home, Belzoni, is entrusted with the arrangements.

Lois was raised in Belzoni, MS, along with her siblings, Roy Nichols, Elizabeth Stewart, and Loretta Jeter who have predeceased her.

Having achieved recognition during her school years in sports and academics, she graduated in 1945 from Belzoni High School. After leaving home, Lois continued to earn recognition while attending Miss. State College for Women, being chosen to appear in the 1948-49 Edition of "Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges", ultimately earning her Bachelor of Science in 1949. From her memoirs it has been heart-warming to see the love she had for Belzoni, and for her fellow students at MSCW. Upon embarking on her career, Lois earned her MA in Government at LSU followed by being selected to participate in further government studies at UC Berkeley.

Beginning to serve in her vocation took her to work in Washington DC for the US National Security Agency. This was followed by a life-long career in government, first with the Louisiana Legislative Research Council, and finally for the Louisiana Board of Elem & Secondary Education editing policy making. In addition, Lois, as an entrepreneur, opened a successful business in her community, Lois's Hallmark Shop.

During her life, Lois was generous with her time and talent in participating in social and civic affairs, having participated with the Baton Rouge Symphony Auxiliary, and many others. Also, she served as House Mother @ the LSU Fraternity, Kappa Sigma, during her retirement years.

She was married to Andrew ("Jay") Michelli. Together they joyfully nurtured and raised daughter, Karen Michelli, and had the extra joy of helping to nurture and raise Karen's son, John Thomas Scott.

Hers was a life well-lived with beauty and grace, but most importantly with deep love in her heart for community, family, and friends.

Lois was born in Memphis, TN on July 30th, 1928. She is preceded in death by her parents Estelle Carson Nichols and Roy Anderson Nichols, Sr, Siblings, Roy Anderson Nichols, Jr, Elisabeth Nichols Stewart, and Loretta Nichols Jeter.

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BETTY EVANS ABLES

Betty Evans Ables went to her Heavenly Home on November 12, 2023, while a patient at Saint Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, after a fall and a short illness.

Betty was a life long resident of Isola, Mississippi. She was born on January 7, 1935 to John Washington Evans and Annie Lee Dees Evans. She was a faithful and dedicated member of Bible Believers Church. She will be remembered as a Godly woman who showed and lived her faith in God daily. She and her husband who worked hard to provide for their family. Together they ran a dry cleaning business for a number of years in Belzoni before retiring.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Henry Ables, her parents, John and Annie Evans, sisters; Leona Bailey, Mary Berry, Ella Ruth Hawkins, brother, James Evans and several half brothers and sisters

Betty leaves behind to cherish their memories; her daughter, Glenda Householder of Corning, Arkansas, sons, Darrell (Cathy) Ables, Paul(Maria) Ables both from Isola, Mississippi. She also leaves 9 grandchildren, 6 Great grands and 2 great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews as well as many loving friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, November 16, 2023 at Mortimer Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will began at 10:00 a.m. followed the service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Caile Cemetery in Caile, Mississippi.

Jamey Bland will officiate. Pallbearers are; William Ables, Cody Ables, Doug Householder, Walker Dunn, Joseph Vielma and David Vielma. Honorary Pallbearers; Jerry Pate and Freddie Pate.

Mortimer Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of the arrangements.

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RICHARD EDWARD “RICKY” WILLOUGHBY

Richard Edward “Ricky” Willoughby, 76, of Cruger, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2023, at Humphreys County Nursing Center in Belzoni.

Ricky was born June 27, 1947, in Humphreys County, to James Edward and Dannie Lee Houston Willoughby. His love for fishing led to his career as a commercial fisherman and he and his father operated a fish market in Grenada for many years. Ricky’s love of being on the river fishing led to his friends giving him the nickname River Rat which was shortened to Rat.  He also enjoyed hunting, picking on and agitating people.  Ricky also loved a good cigarette and a cold Dr. Pepper. He was a simple man that enjoyed the simple things in life.

Ricky was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Edward Willoughby, Jr.; and two sisters, Barbara Sue Breazeale and Ann Willoughby Gilmer.

He is survived by his daughter, Christy Willoughby Bell of Belzoni; sister, Mary Joyce McCarty (Jimmy) of Pascagoula; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, October 28, 2023, at Mathena Cemetery in Belzoni. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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HARRY TRUMAN BLAKELY

Harry Truman Blakely, 75, of Belzoni, passed away Friday, October 13, 2023, at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital in Jackson.

Harry was born December 2, 1947, in Avalon, to Calvin Eugene and Ruby Lee Lyles Blakely. He worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Jackson for 17 years prior to his retirement. Harry enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He loved his family more than anything. Harry and his family made many happy memories while on the boat fishing or in the woods hunting. He was a member of Beulah Baptist Church. Although dementia took many of his memories from him, the words of all his favorite gospel songs were always with him, and he loved to listen to them and sing.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Marion Blakely, Robert Earl Blakely, and Billy Blakely; and two sisters, Ruby Lillian Baker and Annie Mae Goss.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Mary Jane Hawkins Blakely of Belzoni; son, Randy Lee Blakely (Kristie) of Kosciusko; daughter, Angela Faye Shaw (Zelie) of Kosciusko; three brothers, David Blakely of Oxford, Dean Blakely of Wisconsin, and Larry Blakely of Alabama; eight grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Monday, October 16, 2023, from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm, at Beulah Baptist Church, 5249 Four Mile Road, Inverness, MS 38753. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm at the church with Rev. Lee Kirk officiating. Burial will follow in Methena Cemetery in Belzoni. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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EARNEST ROY (BUSTER) CRUM III

Earnest Roy (Buster) Crum III, 83,went to his Heavenly home on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Services will be held Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni. The family will receive visitors from 10 AM to the start of the service at 11AM. Interment will follow at Greencrest Gardens on Highway 12 West, Belzoni.

Buster was born on November 28, 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Earnest Roy Crum Jr. and Jean Upchurch Crum. He spent most of his life in Humphreys County where met and married his wife of 60 years, Jerri Crum. Buster graduated from Belzoni High School. He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church. Most will remember as a mechanic for John Deere, but he was a mechanic since he served in the U.S. Navy. He was very active in the community. He served as a Auxiliary Policeman, Volunteer Fireman, County Civil Defense director, a member of old J.C. Club and a HAM Radio Club. He will be missed by a host of friends.

Buster was preceded in death by his parents; Earnest Roy and Jean Upchurch Crum; sister, Sandra Moon.

Left behind with their memories of him are; wife, Jerri, sons Michael Roy (Rowena) Crum of Brandon, Mississippi, Jason (Amanda) Crum of Belzoni, grandchildren, Christopher O'Brien, Kaitlin Turner, Emma Crum, two great grandchildren, sisters; Joyce (Willis) Coker of Pearl Mississippi, Lisa Ramsey of Florida, Bob Crum of Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Brother Sam Riddell will be in charge of the service. Pallbearers; David Harrison, Jimmy Duke, Pepper Roberts, Ronnie Ferrell, Harold Pepples and Glenn Helms.

Memories may be made to The Gideon or Eastside Baptist Church Missions.

Mortimer Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of the arrangements.

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MABEL MOORE SMITH

Mabel Moore Smith, 83, of Belzoni, MS, passed away peacefully with family by her side, October, 2, 2023, at Indywood Personal Care in Indianola, MS.

Mabel was born January 26, 1940, in Yazoo City, MS, to Mr. and Mrs. James H. Moore.

After graduating from Delta State with a degree in Library Science, she started her 29 year career at Humphrey County Public School system. Soon after starting, she met a young man who would later become her husband, and their story began.

Mabel was very dedicated to her family and her church. She was involved with many activities in the church such as youth group, directing the Singing Little Angels choir, playing in the handbell choir and playing the piano in church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James H Moore, her husband Walton D Smith Jr, one brother Harrison Moore and brother in law Robert Pepper.

She is survived by one son, Walton D Smith III "Trey" (Tracey) of Terry MS; one daughter Lisa Stricklen (Steve) of Inverness, MS; two granddaughters, Hanna Morgan Stricklen of Nashville, TN, Jordan Stricklen of Inverness, MS; three brothers, William Moore (Linda); Dr. John Moore (Jo Ann) and Larry Moore (Teresa) all of Vaughan; two sisters, Mary Agnes Westbrook ( Hilary) of Vicksburg, Joan Pepper of Vaughan and a host of nieces and nephews .

Visitation was Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 10:00 with funeral immediately following at 11:00 at First Baptist Church in Belzoni, MS. Interment was at Ellison Methodist Church cemetery in Vaughan, MS.

Pallbearers were her nephews Brian Westbrook, David Moore, Daniel Moore, Jimmy Moore, Clark Moore, and John Robert Pepper. Honorary pallbearers are Royce Steed, Adam Moore, Kent Moore, Dr. Hugh Moore and Mark Moore.

Mortimer Funeral home is entrusted with the arrangements.

The family would like to thank Indywood of Indianola, the late Dr. Patterson, Grace Hospice, and Dr. Donahoe for taking care of their mom.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Belzoni, the Alzheimer's Association, or Ellison Cemetery Fund.

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RICHARD PRESTON AUST III

In the wee hours of the morning of September 29th, 2023, Richard Preston Aust III, 70, of Belzoni peacefully fell into the arms of his savior while surrounded by his family.

Ricky was born on December 27th, 1952, in Greenwood, MS to Richard Preston Aust, Jr. of Inverness and Ruby Dell Aust of Swiftown. His grandparents were Preston and Francis Leo Aust and I.T. and Oma Dell Gardner, all of Swiftown. He was a graduate of Humphreys County High School and received his B.S. degree from Delta State University in Physical Education. Ricky married Brenda Rodgers Aust, the love of his life, on his 18th birthday and he loved her for 52 years. They made their home in Belzoni and Ricky worked for Columbia Gulf in Inverness for 27 years. He was a godly man and served as a deacon, as well as many other roles at Eastside Baptist Church over the years. Ricky loved deeply with his whole heart and all he encountered knew it. He loved his family, especially his seven GRANDS, his church family, and all of his community friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Ricky is survived by his wife, Brenda Rodgers Aust of Belzoni, two daughters: Hope Lang (Garrott) of Inverness and Ann Carol Tirey (Eric) of Belzoni, one son , Preston Aust (Emily) of Belzoni, one princess, Neeli Aust of Belzoni and seven grandsons: Will and Wade Lang of Inverness, Grant and Aust Minor Tirey of Belzoni, and Preston and Leo Aust of Belzoni and Jarvis Billingsly as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other special children that affectionately called him "Papaw Ricky".

Visitation was held Monday, October 2, 2023 from noon until 1:30 p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni and the service will begin at 1:30. Bro. Wayne Kimbrough and Rev. Richard Wiman officiated. Serving as pallbearers were Ricky's cousins: Mac Abernathy, Richie Abernathy, Barry Gardner, George Gardner, Jerry Gardner, Kevin Gardner, Paul Gardner, Stevie Gardner, Bobby Wade Maxey, and Jerry Maxey. Interment followed the service at Belzoni Cemetery. Mortimer Funeral Home was honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. Memorials in Ricky's name can be made to Humphreys Academy in Belzoni.

Register online and express condolences at www.mortimerfh.com

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FARRELL “LANE” McLELLAN

Farrell “Lane” McLellan, 17, of Belzoni, passed away on September 22, 2023.

Lane was a beloved senior at Humphreys Academy who loved to tinker around. He was a quiet, but devoted friend who you could count on to help you.  He was the best big brother anyone could ask for. He may have been a bit bigger than his sister, Rainey, but she definitely had him wrapped around her pinkie finger. He may have been just a kid, but he was the best partner his PaPa ever had, willing to be right beside Randolph working on whatever job the day brought. What Lane lacked in your typical teenage temperament, he made up for in heart.

He was a rare gem, for he was a teenager with a lot of heart and he loved his baby sister, his baby brother, his EE & PaPa, Deuce & Pops, his Uncle Randy and his Uncle Dave.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the 2:30 p.m. service at First Baptist Church in Belzoni, Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

Lane is survived by his mother, Dawn; his father, Robbie; his brother, Jack; his sister, Rainey; grandparents, Liz and Randolph Rainey and Robbie and Diane McLellan; uncles, Randy Rainey, David(Tracy) Rainey, James “Bubba” Tullos; aunt, Casey Jones, as well as his dog and best friend, Delta, and a host of cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be JT Walker, David Rainey, Bryton Manna, Michael McGee, Randy Rainey, Ben McGee, Joey Manna and Mark Wiggins.  Honorary pallbearers will be James Michael Beckwith, Ethan Higgs, Briar Turner, Chandler Courtney, Joseph Rodgers, Toryee Bateast, James Forbes, Lee Haire, Charlie Schuman and Nolan Nichols.

 Mortimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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ANITA ROBERTS PAXTON

Anita Roberts Paxton, 60, of Caile, passed away peacefully Monday, September 25, 2023, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Anita was born January 20, 1963, in Moorhead, to David and Bonita Mullen Roberts. She was raised in Moorhead and was a graduate of Indianola Academy. Anita married Jim Paxton on November 20, 1982, and together, they made their home in Caile. She worked for Toler Real Estate in Inverness for 16 years prior to her illness, forcing her to retire. Anita was a gifted piano player and played for many churches in the Delta. She loved flowers and gardening. Anita was a member of Inverness Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, David Roberts.

Anita is survived by her mother, Bonita Roberts of Indianola; her husband of 40 years, Jim Paxton of Caile, two sons, Will Paxton and Justin Paxton both of Caile; and one sister, Angela Dowell (Wade) of Indianola.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 28, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Inverness Methodist Church. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Linda Malone and Rev. Richard Wiman officiating. Burial will follow in Caile Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

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CHIEF RICHARD “RICKY” LYNN MCMILLIAN

BRANDON, MS

Chief Ricky McMillian, native of Belzoni, 56, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 16, 2023. He served as Flowood Chief of Police since 2018, a dedicated officer of thirty-five years, and was an honored member of the Flowood community.

Chief McMillian’s passion for helping others began early in his life. He is a second generation law enforcement officer, following in his father’s footsteps.

His work within law enforcement was unprecedented. In Belzoni he started his career in 1988 as a patrolman and expanded his service to a narcotics detective, constable, MDOC parole officer, and finally Chief of Police for the Belzoni Police Department, providing three years of leadership to his hometown.

In 2004, McMillian and his family relocated to Brandon, MS, where he had a career reset and served in the role of patrolman for the Flowood Police Department. He soon moved to the motorcycle unit of the traffic division, an exciting and fun opportunity for him. For Flowood, he again served as a narcotics investigator and was later promoted to Lieutenant over the Criminal Investigations Division. In 2018, he was bestowed the honor of being promoted to Chief of Police for Flowood. During his thirty-five year career, he developed lifelong bonds with those he served with.

Chief McMillian consistently worked to better himself in his career. Throughout his service, he attended multiple training classes and became a certified investigator, accident reconstructionist, and instructor. He was a member of Leaders Helping Leaders Network and was excited to be a part of this program. Chief McMillian believed that being a police officer required a warrior’s mindset with a servant’s heart: working as an officer, to him, was all about serving the community, and he would host classes to help officers develop this perception of compassion while protecting and serving. He will be remembered not only for his leadership but also for his humility, integrity, Christian values, and passion for intentional servanthood.

He was a man of many sayings, and a few that stand out are “Welllll, good,” “It ain’t funny when the rabbit has the gun,” “Help me help you,” and a special family quote was “Sho do love you, make good grades, and don’t forget you’re a McMillian.”  He loved watching movies and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He developed a love of reading and would often choose books that helped him grow in his spiritual maturity. He was a dedicated member of his church and always looked forward to Sunday school.

While he was passionate about his work within the community, his true heart centered around spending time with his wife and children. He loved special moments with his grandson, surprising family members with thoughtful gifts and hand-written cards, and playing cards around the family table. He would often take his family to dinner or host a movie night. He always prayed for his children and their future, which he held as a priority. He was a devoted husband, father, and “Big Daddy” to his grandson.

Chief McMillian is survived by his wife of thirty-one years, Donna, his two children, Katan McMillian Holder (Tyler) and Rustin Lynn McMillian and his grandson, Maverick Lee Holder. He is also survived by his brother Michael Ray McMillian (Mary Etta) of Isola and a host of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Melva “Sonny” Lynn McMillian and Bonnie Katherine McMillian, and his brother, Robert “Bobby” Cline McMillian.

Visitation was Tuesday, September 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, MS, and on Wednesday, September 20, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Fannin. A chapel service will be on Wednesday, September 20, at 11:00 a.m. after visitation at First Baptist Church of Fannin, followed by a graveside service at Fannin Baptist Cemetery.

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WILLIS ALOZO “BILLY” ABNEY

On September 18, 2023 our precious husband, father, and PawPaw was called peacefully home to be with our Lord and Savior. He was 10 days shy of being 86 years old. Billy Abney was born September 28, 1937 in Sunflower county to the late Lallie Lou Abney and late Bill Abney of Inverness.

Billy was one of 5 boys and I sister. He was preceded in death by Douglas (Duck) Abney of Inverness, Ms., Jim Abney (Betty) of Flint, Michigan, and Danny Abney of Moorhead, Ms.

He is survived by a brother, Bobby Abney of Inverness, Ms. and sister, Joyce Abney Williams of Indianola, Ms. He leaves behind the love of his life of 66 years; Annie Lois Abney, two children, Tim Abney(Sandra), Cissy Abney Lee (Scott); three grandchildren: Brandon Abney of Madison, Ms. and Brittany Abney Eaton of Brandon, Ms. and Dustin Bailey(Lauren) of McComb, Ms.; three great grandchildren; Dawson James Bailey and Jules Ryan Bailey, of McComb, Ms. and Layne Marie Eaton of Brandon, Ms. and a host of nieces and nephews.

Billy grew up on the farm in Sunflower County. He attended Inverness School. He left the farm and took a job as a farm equipment mechanic with L & B for many years. He went into business for himself in Belzoni, Ms. "Billy's Repair Shop". He worked as a mechanic for over 50 years. Later in life he took a job for the City of Belzoni as a Shop Supervisor. He retired after 12 years. Billy was a member of Eastside Baptist Church, Belzoni, MS. If you knew Billy you knew he loved his God, family, and fishing.

Services will be Friday, September 22, 2023, at Eastside Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to start of service at 2:00 p.m Interment will follow at Greencrest Gardens on Highway 12 in Belzoni. Brother Steve Painter will officiate. Serving as pallbearers are, Steve Grisham, Jim Grisham, Dale Bailey, Dustin Bailey, Brandon Abney, Michael Williams and Jerry Smith. Mortimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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BECKY RUTH FERRELL

Rebecca Ruth Hartness Ferrell known as Becky Ruth by family and friends passed away Thursday September 14, 2023 at her residence at the age of 78. She was born August 25, 1945 in Columbus to the late Homer Billups and Nellie Ruth Ellis Hartness. She graduated with a BS Degree in Education. She taught Business Education to High School students for several years. She was a pig farmer then she sold seed for Mississippi Farmers Association before retirement. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Funeral Services were at 5:00 p.m. Monday, September 18, 2023 at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Brandon Bates officiating. Interment services followed at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Starkville. Serving as Pallbearers are Cecil Ferrell, Ben Ferrell, Tim Ferrell, Thomas Allen, Marty Goff, Clark Hartness. Honorary Pallbearers are Richard Keith Ferrell, Ronald Curt Ferrell. Visitation will be 4-5 p.m. Monday at the church.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Cecil Ferrell of West Point, her sons; Cecil Hartness Ferrell (Shanna) of West Point, Benjamin Colin Ferrell (Adrienne) of MO; daughter; Kendra Ferrell Goff (Marty) of FL; brothers, Clark Hartness of Starkville, Wayne Hartness of AL; sister, Barbara Dennehey (Pat) of VA; son-in-law, Thomas Allen of West Point; 8 grandchildren, Tim Ferrell, Logan Goff, Loranna Goff, Hartleigh Jo Ferrell, Riley Creed Ferrell, Charleigh Ferrell, Adalyn Ferrell, Teague Ferrell; 2 great grandchildren, Ashleigh, Paxton Ferrell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her daughter, Katherine Dawn Allen.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church PO Box 366 West Point, MS 39773 or Palmer Home for Children PO Box 746 Columbus, MS 39701.

Robinson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Friends may leave an online condolence and order flowers at robinsonfh.net.

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DANIEL THOMAS MANSEILL

Daniel Thomas Manseill passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2023, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center while being surrounded by his wife, daughters, Daddy, Momma, family and friends.  Daniel was born on December 1, 1980.  Daniel was the perfect definition of a family man.  When you saw Daniel, you always saw three others, his wife Samantha, and his daughters, Allie and Megan.  Daniel was the hardest working and most honest man anyone could ever meet.  He was the most dedicated and loving husband and Daddy.  Other than being with Samantha at every basketball game, softball game, football game or any other event Allie and Megan had at school, Daniel enjoyed hunting, fishing and helping anybody with anything they ever needed.  Loyalty was one of Daniel’s most profound attributes.  Daniel put all of his efforts into being the most loving husband, Daddy, son, brother and Pop Pop he could ever be.  To have met Daniel was to have been truly blessed.  We love you, and we will miss you always!

Daniel is survived by his wife, Samantha Manseill, daughters, Allie Claire Manseill, Megan Lee Manseill, and Andrea Nicole Manseill.  He is also survived by his granddaughter, Raeleigh Nicole Manseill and his grandson, Jax Dawson Manseill.  He is preceded in death by his son, Cole Manseill.  Daniel is also survived by his Daddy, Danny (Lori) Manseill, his Momma, Brenda Manseill, his brother, Cody Manseill, his sister, Gail Uthoff, and another brother, Silas Manseill. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and more friends than any person could count.

Memorial services for Daniel will be held Saturday, September 9, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Belzoni.

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Rosanna Grossman Beckham

Rosanna Grossman Beckham, 88, of Belzoni, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Rosanna was born July 31, 1935, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was the daughter of Clifton and Lola Templin Grossman. She grew up in Oklahoma City and attended Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, Rosanna was selected a campus beauty and proudly served as president of her sorority. She met and married her husband, Joe Beckham, and they moved to Belzoni, where they raised their children. Rosanna was smart, funny, witty, and a great conversationalist. A lover of life, she was always joyful and fun. Rosanna was very caring and always eager to help others, but never sought recognition for herself.

Known by many names (Mama, Nana, Nana Cane), Rosanna was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who eagerly shared her life’s experiences with those she loved. She was truly one-of-a-kind.

Rosanna was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Joe Edward Beckham. She was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church of Belzoni.

Rosanna is survived by two children, Debbie Beckham Gantz of Inverness and Don (Roy Anne) Beckham of Houston, Texas; brother, Glen (Sarah) Grossman of Edmond, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Julia St. Clair Gantz, Sarah Katherine (Stephen) Pannel, Henry Herr (Shelby) Gantz, IV, Alexandra Louise Beckham, and Sydney Ballard Beckham; and three great grandchildren, Anabelle Rose Pannel, Charlotte Kate Pannel, and Beckham Gray Pannel.

The family wishes to express their grateful appreciation to Rosanna’s caregivers Ramona Hampton, Linda Williams, Caroline Harris, Joann Williams, and Boby Redmond.

Visitation will be held Sunday, September 3, 2023, from 1:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm with Reverend Richard Wiman officiating. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Belzoni or Oklahoma City University Department of Mass Communications.

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CLARENCE "PETE" RUTLEDGE

Clarence "Pete" Rutledge, 72, passed away on August 24, 2023 in Jackson, Mississippi, after a short illness. He was born to Clarence and Vira Rutledge on June 29, 1951 in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

Pete spent most of his life in the Humphreys county area. He was an electrician by trade. His loved to hunt more than anything else.

Pete was preceded in death by; his parents, Clarence and Vira, brothers, Bud Rutledge, Lewis Rutledge, Walter Rutledge, Bill Rutledge, and sisters, Margie Rutledge, Mary Busby and Beatrice Stillman. He leaves behind: brothers, Joe (Mary) Rutledge, Randy (Diane) Rutledge, sisters; Ada O'Neal (Eddie), and Dorothy Johnson (Art) as well as a host of nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

A visitation and memorial service will be held Saturday, September 2, 2023 starting at 2 PM at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni.

Mortimer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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JAMES DANIEL "JIMMY" KNOTT

James Daniel "Jimmy" Knott, 86, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his love ones, on August 21, 2023 at Saint Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi after a short illness.

He born on July 19, 1937, in Humphreys County where he lived most of his life. Jimmy's parents were Amos and Janie Hampton Knott who preceded him in death as well as wife, Sue Knott; sister, Lucy Knott Wood and son, James A. Knott. He leaves behind his children; Calvin (Cathy) Knott, Madison, Mississippi; Brendia (Kenny) Carver, Collierville, Tennessee, and Bobby Knott of Belzoni; sisters; Doris McMahen, Doll Rodgers and Christine Minyard. Jimmy also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

James was a hard working man who loved his family. He worked many years as a plumber and pipe fitter. In his spare time he loved to work with wood in his shop. He would spend time watching birds and gardening. We cannot leave out his love for hunting and fishing.

Visitation will be held at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni, Saturday August 26, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by graveside services at 1:30 p.m. at Edgefield Baptist Church Cemetery at 2864 Attala County Line Road, McCool, Mississippi 39108.

Mortimer Funeral Home Belzoni, is in charge of the services.

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BETTIE TEMPLETON

Bettie Templeton, age 90, retired educator, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 16, 2023. Visitation was held August 21, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Belzoni, MS with a service to celebrate Bettie’s life at 11:00 a.m. in the church sanctuary. Following the service, Bettie was laid to rest beside her husband, Don, at Greencrest Gardens in Belzoni, MS.

Bettie was born May 9, 1933, in Ethel, MS. She graduated from Ethel High School in 1950 and received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Mississippi University for Women in 1954. She held teaching positions in Satartia and Kosciusko before accepting a position as home demonstration agent in Senatobia, MS.  This is where, in 1960, she met and married Don Templeton.  They settled in Belzoni where they raised 4 children.  She worked most of her life as a respected schoolteacher, specializing in home economics and science.  One of her greatest joys was teaching young girls to sew and cook.   She was also an excellent seamstress and enjoyed sewing for many local friends. Bettie was a faithful member of the First Baptist

Church, teaching Sunday school for many years.  She retired from teaching in 2000 and moved to Ridgeland in 2011 to be closer to family.

Throughout her life, Bettie was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, friend, Sunday School teacher, sister, aunt and seamstress. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis Fellows Mitchell and Ethna Thompson Mitchell, her husband, Donald Cleveland Templeton, and her siblings, Annie Jane Mitchell, Sudie Mitchell Bell, and Robert Allison Mitchell. She is survived by her four children, Robert (Lori) Templeton of Sikeston, MO, Linda Templeton of Jackson, MS, Jim (Elizabeth) Templeton of Madison, MS, and Paul (Jennifer) Templeton of Madison, MS, and her four grandchildren, Mitchell (Rebekah) Templeton of Memphis, TN, Jake Templeton of St. Louis, MO, Price Templeton of Memphis, TN and Clark Templeton of Birmingham, AL. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Baptist Church, 302 Pecan St. Belzoni, MS 39038.

Register online at Mortimerfh.com

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WILLIAM GLANTON FITTS

William Glanton Fitts, 82, of Belzoni, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 13, 2023, at his home.

William was born December 12, 1940, in Moorhead, to Parker William and Ola Neoma Spivey Fitts. He was raised in Moorhead, where he graduated from Moorhead Agricultural High School. After high school, William joined the Mississippi Army National and would go on to serve over 30 years prior to retiring as a First Sergeant. William taught Air Conditioning and Refrigeration at Mississippi Delta Community College for over 30 years and operated Fitts HVAC for many years. He had a long career in the industry and received many certifications. William loved the Lord with all his heart and if you didn’t know it from meeting him, he was proud to tell everyone. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved being at his cabin. William was known for making wonderful Brunswick stew. He loved his four children dearly and enjoyed being a father figure to other children who needed one. One of those children said, “Pop set the perfect example of how to walk in faith with God. William was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He attended Silver City Methodist Church.

William was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Shirley Fitts Pilgrim and Sylvia Fitts Peacock (Venice).

He is survived by his beloved wife, Marvie Jennings Fitts of Belzoni; two sons, William G. Fitts, Jr. (Megan) of Canton and Richard Morgan Beckham (Mindy) of Grenada; two daughters, Teresa Ann Fitts of Greenwood and Mari-Chris Beckham Savage (Sam) of Nashville, Tennessee; six grandchildren, William Parker Fitts, Riley Morgan Beckham, Nola Jennings Beckham, Samuel Field Savage, William Turner Savage, and John Beckham Savage; brother-in-law, Mark Pilgrim of Moorhead; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Visitation was held Tuesday, August 15, 2023, from 10:00 am until 11:00 am, at Silver City Methodist Church in Silver City. The memorial service began at 11:00 am with full military honors following. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beacon Harbor, 2712 Highway 82, Greenwood, MS 38930 or Silver City Methodist Church, PO Box 28, Silver City, MS 39166.

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RONALD (RON) L DUNN

Ronald (Ron) L Dunn of Ocean Springs, MS found at peace on August 5, 2023 in Jackson County, Mississippi. He was born September 11, 1973.

Ron is survived by his mother Karen J Newman of Kiln, MS and two Children, Jane Abner Dunn and Walker Dunn (Seirra) of Belzoni.

The services for Mr. Dunn will be private.

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LUCIUS LEE RAY

Lucius Lee Ray, 86, made his final flight to his Heavenly Home to his Savior and his loving Mavis who he has missed, on August 15, 2023 surrounded by his family.

Lucius was born in Belzoni to William Franklin and Susie Alma Milner Ray on December 26, 1936. He was a life long resident of Humphreys and Gooden Lake. He became a AG pilot in 1960 and started Ray's Flying service in 1964 which he ran until his retirement in 1996. He was one of the best around and worked hard at it. Lucius loved hunting and fishing in his spare time He was a quite man who loved his family dearly and had numerous friend who will miss him. Mr. Ray was a life long member of Gooden Lake Baptist Church where he was a deacon for many years. His faith and love of his Heavenly Father was known by many.

Lucius was preceded in death by his parents, William and Susie, sister Susie McClendon and his loving wife of 57 years, Mavis Braswell Ray.

His leaves behind his son Timothy (Kim) Ray, granddaughters, Emily Ray Pickell (Heath) and Kristi Ray, great grandchildren, Hannah, Paul and Brewer Pickell, as well as sisters, Ollie Ruth Hampton, Lulu May Baker, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Services will be held at Gooden Lake Baptist Church on Friday, August 18, 2023. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until services time at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend David Blackwell officiating. Interment will follow at Belzoni City Cemetery.

Severing as pallbearers will be; Bubba Braswell, Denon Braswell Jr., Blake Braswell, Steve Grisham, Ken Rodgers, Bob Turner and Franklin Hampton.

Mortimer Funeral Home -Belzoni , is honored to handle the arraignments.

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DR. BENNIE DEAN FITTS

Graveside services for Dr. Bennie Dean Fitts, age 87, were held at 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 8, 2023, in Dublin Memorial Gardens with Rev. Jerry Axtell officiating.

Dr. Fitts was born on February 4, 1936, in Moorhead, Mississippi, to the late Lois E. and Evelyn Gertrude Melton Fitts. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He graduated from Delta State University and later graduated from the University of TN College of Dentistry in 1962. He became a Licensed Dentist in the state of Mississippi in 1962, opening his private practice in Belzoni, Mississippi. He later became a dentist with the V.A. Medical Center in Huntington, WV. He was later transferred to Marion, IL and from there on to Dublin, GA. He moved to Dublin in 1977, where he was the Chief of Dentistry at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center until he retired in 1996.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, family member, and friend. He was intelligent and quick-witted, and stayed busy after retirement working the family blueberry farm, watching history documentaries, reading books, working puzzles, playing cards with his buddies, traveling with his wife, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Betty Sue Gibson Fitts; infant daughter, Cindy Fitts; and son, Gary D. Fitts. Dr. Fitts passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2023, at his residence.

Dr. Fitts is survived by his son, Keith Alexander Fitts (Sandra) of Byron; grandchildren, Betsy Sue Fitts Whitt (Ellison), Marilynne Fitts, Kristina Fitts Bush (Nick), and Emily Fitts Allen (Peyton); and great grandchildren, Avery Drake Spires, Aurora Lynne Whitt and Ella Sue Whitt.

Pallbearers will be Marilynne Fitts, Ellison Whitt, Nick Bush, Peyton Allen, and Wayne Roberson. Honorary pallbearer will be Avery Spires.

Stanley Funeral Home and Crematory/Dublin Chapel in charge of the funeral arrangements. To sign the Online Register Book please visit www.stanleyfuneralhome.com.

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PURVIS BARRY SWITZER

Purvis Barry Switzer, 67, of Brandon, MS, passed away August 4, 2023, at his home surrounded by family.

Barry was born April 10, 1956, to Purvis and Rachel Switzer. After graduating from Humphreys Academy, he went on to get his Bachelors of Business from the University of Mississippi. He returned home to farm with his father until he became a rural mail carrier for 35 years. Barry retired 8 years ago and made his home in Brandon, MS, with his wife Cora. Barry is preceded in death by his father and mother, Purvis and Rachel Switzer. He is survived by his wife Cora Switzer; daughters Nicole (Ashley) Millican, Charla (Jon) Turner, Erica (Jason) Smith, and step-daughter Toni (Aubrey) Lucas, and 9 grandchildren.

Graveside services were at 10:00 Monday, August 7, 2023 at Southside Cemetery in Inverness, MS. Stricklin King Funeral Home in Yazoo City MS handled the arrangements.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Humphreys Academy, Humphreys County Country Club, or First United Methodist Church

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JAMES MILTON WALKER, JR.

James Milton Walker, Jr., (74), of Hermitage, TN, passed away on July 13, 2023.

James, fondly known as Jimmy, Dad, and PaPaw, was born to James and Effie (Mikell) Walker, on March 22, 1949, in Silver City, Mississippi. After graduation from university, he worked in everything from NASA to acting as an extra in several television series. As an avid music lover, he spent time playing guitar along with other various instruments, writing song lyrics, and attending shows performed by his abundance of musically talented friends. Jimmy enjoyed almost every genre of music and was especially fond of bluegrass, country, old R&B, and of course Elvis.

Jimmy was immensely proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and would share their accomplishments with exuberant love any chance he was given. He never met a stranger and made friends with anyone he encountered. Jimmy was the most stubborn and loving human any individual had the privilege to know and we all love him for it. He did things his way and lived an amazing, adventure filled life.

Jimmy is survived by his brother Johnny (Jeanie) Walker; four children Danny (Margaret) Walker of Collierville, TN, Scarlett (Scott) Hinkle of Greer, SC, Josh (Stacy) Walker of Cottontown, TN, and Adam (Kate) Walker of Hendersonville, TN; eight grandchildren Jeremy Walker, Channing (Megan) Myers, Leslie Myers, Carson Oswalt, Riley Walker, Tristan Winters, Zoe Walker, and Addison Walker; and four great-grandchildren Adelynn, Kirkland, Maverick, and Aubreigh. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, James and Effie.

Jimmy’s family will host a Celebration of Life on Sunday, September 3, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Red Barn at Crafton Farms located at 209 Crafton Road, Portland, TN 37148. Visitation with the family will begin at 2:00 p.m. with a story sharing service following at 3:30 p.m. If you would like to share a story or song at the service, please feel free to contact a family member. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to your local VFW or enjoy a night out to support a local musician.

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RONNIE YOUNG SR,

Ronnie Young Sr, went to be with the Lord on July 29, 2023 in Belzoni, Mississippi at the age of 72.

Ronnie was born on April 24, 1951, Bakersville, California, to John and Rita Young. He moved his family to Belzoni in 1976. He loved to follow his boys in all their sporting activities, attending as many games as possible. Ronnie loved his community and helped others when he could. He and his family was active members of Eastside Baptist Church. Most folks through out the Delta will remember him as the Frito Lay man where he worked for 30 years. Ronnie was friends to many and will greatly be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Michael. He leaves behind, to cherish their memories of him; wife, Pam Young, son Ronnie Young Jr. (Leisa); grandchildren, Skylar, Chelcie, Darby; great grandchildren Mary Ann, Odin, JJ, Ezra, Kallie and Daisy; sister, Judy and brother Ty Thorpe.

Services were at Eastside Baptist Church, Belzoni, Mississippi on August 2, 2023. Visitation began at Noon with the service starting at 1:00 p.m.. Interment followed at 3:00 p.m, for the immediate family, at Memorial Garden, Clarksdale, Mississippi.

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