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Gloster & Liberty

James Lloyd Taylor, 77, of Crosby, Mississippi, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 at A.M.G. Specialty Hospital in Zachary, LA.  He was born December 3, 1940 in Oberlin, Louisiana,  the son of  the late Joseph Leo Taylor and  Ena Manuel Taylor.  He retired from Angola Louisiana State Penitentiary as a Correctional Officer.  He was a U.S. Army veteran and worked with the fire department.
He is survived by his wife  Mary P. Taylor; one daughter Kim Fontenot Taylor, and one son  Steve Taylor;  one sister Barbara Murray and husband Lee;  nephew Ross Murray,  niece Jennifer Leon; and 3 grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother Earl Taylor.
Visitation is Monday, April 16, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS, from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Warren Whitaker.   Interment will follow in Enloe Cemetery on Silver Creek Road near Crosby, MS.

Darren Keith Travis, 53, a resident of Kentwood, LA., and a native of Liberty, MS., passed away Friday, March 30, 2018. He was born in Natchez, MS., October 24, 1964, the son of Oliver and Florine Travis. He was a EMT with AMR ambulance service for many years. 
He is survived by his loving wife, Angela;  one son, Oliver Travis and wife Nikki of Vidalia, LA;   three step-children, Krista Keller and husband Justin of Kentwood, LA.,  Ericka Taylor of Greensburg, La. , and Austin Taylor of Kentwood, LA.;
five grandchildren; Trae Wilson,  Makynna Keller, Scott Keller,  Annalee Keller, and Brendon Broussard; three brothers, Glen Travis of Roseland, La.,  Kenneth Travis and wife Connie of Liberty, MS.,  and Buddy Travis and wife Delores of Port Washington, Wisconsin;  one sister, Deloris Holden and husband Doyle of Denham Springs, La.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joe and Margaret Estes of Kentwood, La. ; and numerous nieces and nephews.  
Preceded in death by parents, Oliver and Florine Travis; two brothers, Dwayne Travis and Bobby Joe Travis; and one sister Beverly McKee.
Visitation is Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Taylor Creek Baptist Church in Kentwood, La., from 6:00 P.M. Tuesday until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 4, officiated  by Rev. Don Meadows. Interment will follow in New Zion Cemetery. 


Paul L. Poole, 67, of Liberty, MS., passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018 at his residence in Liberty, MS.  Paul was born July 4, 1950 in Metairie, LA. the son of Kenneth M. Poole and Nannie Bordelon Poole. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a specialist 4,  was a retired drilling rig superintendent, and a member of Liberty Baptist Church.  
He was preceded I death by his parents, Kenneth M. Poole and Nannie B. Poole; and two brothers, Ken Poole and John Poole.
He is survived by his wife, Pam Poole; two sons, Jacob Poole and wife Tiffany of Liberty, and Micah Poole and wife Kayla of Bay Springs, MS.; six grandchildren, Luke Melancon, Anna, Sydney, Camryn and  Minor Poole, and Lydia Melancon.
One sister, Melinda Burnes; and a special cousin Wilda Butler.    Paul was a beloved member of a large family of in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation is Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, MS., from 5:00 P.M. until  8:00 P.M..  Visitation Sunday, March 18, will be at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, from 1:30 P.M. until time of funeral services at 2:30 P.M. Sunday at the church, officiated by Rev. Avery Dixon and Rev. Bradley Geno.  Interment will follow in Liberty Cemetery in Liberty, MS.
Pallbearers will be Jacob Poole, Micah Poole, Tommy Harvey, Tyler Harvey, Adam Hays, and Bill Baggett.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Baptist Children’s Village

David Marshall Walker
Mr. Walker died at his home, Rosebank Plantation, in Saint Francisville, LA Tuesday morning.  He was preceded in death by his Father, Phillip James Walker Sr., his Mother Taffie Anderson Walker, and his Brother Phillip James Walker Jr.
He is survived by his wife Beverly Anderson Walker, of Saint Francisville LA, and Children, Marshal MacDonald Walker of Saint Helena, CA, David Anderson Walker of Houston TX, Juneann “Sonnie” Anderson Walker and Reuel Lacy Anderson Walker, of Saint Francisville, LA and Grandson Westley MacDonald Walker.
Born in Alexandria, TN September 30th 1936, Mr. Walker grew up the son of a Baptist minister  in Mississippi.  He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and received advanced degrees from LSU. He began his career at the accounting firm of Peat Marwick in New Orleans as a CPA, and later moved to Baton Rouge becoming treasurer of Commercial Securities and Audubon Insurance.  He was instrumental in the medical industry in Baton Rouge and Saint Francisville.  A member of the Woman’s Hospital Foundation and chairman of the board of Woman’s Hospital and West Feliciana Hospital; health care  was his passion. He brought the first MRI into Louisiana with Digital Diagnostics, and helped develop the Our Lady of the Lake Hospital campus. He created Hammond Aire Auto Spa and finished his career in commercial real estate with Saurage-Rotenberg in Baton Rouge.
His funeral will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in St Francisville, LA., Tuesday, March 20th.
Visitation begins in the church between 1pm-3pm; the funeral will follow at 3pm with internment on the grounds of Grace. A reception will follow at his home, Rosebank Plantation, 10900 Tunica Trace, St Francisville.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Grace Episcopal Church, PO Box 28, Saint Francisville, LA 70775.


Bobby Glenn Cummings, 67, of Meadville, MS., passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at his residence.  He was born December 26, 1950, the son of  the late Samuel Lee Cummings and Cecilia Newcomb Cummings.  Bobby  was a supervisor at Georgia-Pacific Plywood Plant in Gloster for many years.  
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Cummings; two sons, Jason Cummings and wife Brandi, Glenn Cummings and wife Shana; one daughter, Michell Tynes and husband Lee;  seven grandchildren,  Christopher Cummings,  Brandan Cummings, Jordan Cummings, Adyn Cummings, Tommy Tynes, Brady Cummings and Korbyn Cummings; one great-grandchild Brooklyn Cummings;  One brother Jerry Cummings and wife Francis; two sisters, Judy Johnson and husband Tee, and Martha Leahey and husband Dickey “Coon”.  

Visitation is Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Mary Springs Church, from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Saturday at the church, officiated by Rev. Danny Cook and Rev. Woody Rimes.

William Albert Felder, 92, of Liberty, MS., passed from this life on March 14, 2018 at his home.  Mr. Felder was a lifelong resident of Liberty, born on March 28, 1925 to Herman H. Felder and Bertha Wall Felder.   
Visitation will be Friday, March 16, 2018, at Liberty Baptist Church from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and again Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. until funeral services at 11:00 A.M. at the church, officiated by Reverend Bert Felder and Reverend Bradley Geno.  Interment will be in the Town of Liberty Cemetery.
Mr. Felder was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, a U.S. Army Veteran, and a dairy farmer.  He served in the Pacific Theater in WW11 with the 169th Infantry Regiment, 43rd Division, in the Philippines.  He received the good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon,  Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, WWII Victory Ribbon, and the Army Occupation Medal.  After returning from military service, Mr. Felder and his brothers established the Felder Brothers Dairy on Gillsburg Road. The dairy stayed in continuous operation until 2004. Mr. Willie drove a school bus for many years. He transported many students from the Gillsburg area to and from school during the 60’s and 70’s.      Mr. Felder was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Trudie Whittington Felder;  brothers James Howard, Roderick, Ray, and Truett Felder; sisters Marguerite Felder Minks and Pauline Felder Brantley.    
Survivors include his son Keith and wife Shawn of Liberty, his daughter Pamela Jean Felder of Liberty, his sister Janie Felder Neyland of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, two grandchildren, Alex Felder of Liberty and Ashley Felder of Hattiesburg, a sister in law Virginia “Sue” Felder of Liberty, and numerous nieces and nephews.    
Pallbearers will be Barry Felder, Hal Sterling, Greg Wall, John Wall, Scotty Whittington, and Joey Wall.
The family would like to express its sincere gratitude to the nurses and staff at Hospice  Compassus, as well as caregivers Shirley Anderson, Teresa Brumfield, Lora Martin, Christine Jackson, and Barbara Savage

Rachel Kester, 64, of Liberty, MS., passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018 at her residence.  She was born October 29, 1953 in Gloster, the daughter of the late James Canler Brooks and Gladys Larimore Brooks.   Mrs. Rachel worked for many years with D. and J. Development   in management. 
Mrs. Rachel was married to the late Gary Lee Kester.    He was born July 9, 1948 in Ottawa, Illinois, the son of Arthur F. Kester and Eva Grace Mulkey.  Gary worked in St. Francisville Country Manor  in  maintenance for twenty years.
Mrs. Rachel is survived by two children, Rachel Victoria Forman and husband Kirk, and Sheila Renee Sartin and husband Joey;     seven grandchildren, Alexander Kirk Forman and wife Adrienne,  Katie Victoria Smith and husband Adam,  Shannon Hope Forman,  Elizabeth Celeste Morrison and husband Micah,  Zachary Canler Forman,  Kevin Mitchel Clause,  and  Brooklyn Renee Barragan  and husband  Armando;  one great-grandchild Alayah Marysol Barragan; one sister Pauline Brooks Wilkinson, one brother, Donald Ray Brooks and wife Allie Rae
She is preceded in death by her father,  James Canler Brooks;  her mother Gladys Larimore Brooks;   her husband Gary Lee Kester;   two brothers, Canler Brooks and Leslie “Bo” Brooks;  three sisters,  Esther  Paretti,   Sylvia Holland, and  La Faye Mullins;   one daughter,  Shannon Kay Nunnery.                   
Visitation is Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS., from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Larry Edwards and Rev. Lee Miley.  Interment will follow in Byrd’s Chapel Cemetery in Meadville, MS.
Pallbearers are  Adam Smith,  Micah Morrison,  Kevin Clause,  Armando Barragan,  Zachary Forman, and Joel Foster.
Honorary pallbearers are Donald Ray Brooks, Don Sartin, and Alexander Kirk Forman.
Psalm 91:2    I shall say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in whom I shall trus

​Clavis Etheridge, of Liberty MS.  went to his Heavenly home Saturday March 3, 2018 at his residence with his loving family by his side. Mr. Etheridge was born February 28, 1945 in Liberty, MS., the son of Charlie and Mildred Hodge Etheridge.  He was a retired road foreman for Amite County Districts 1 and 5. He enjoyed raising a garden, and spending time with his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Etheridge and Mildred Hodge Etheridge; his brother Cecil Etheridge of Liberty, and son-in-law Andy McNichols.
Clavis is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 51 years, Carolyn Dunaway Etheridge of Liberty;  four daughters and son-in-law’s,  Sandy and Barney Stevens,  Sherry and Shorty Simmons,  LaWanda and Thomas Chapman Sr.,  and Melinda and Jim Morris, all of Liberty;  eight grandchildren Lottie McNichols and fiancée Josh,  Drew McNichols and fiancée  Jessica,  Cheyanne,  Devin  and Thomas Chapman Jr.,  Cole Stevens,  Chase and Kade Simmons and one great-grandchild,  Cade McNichols all of Liberty. He is also survived by five brothers, Charles Etheridge and wife Ruby of Summit, MS., Levon Etheridge of Gonzales, LA., Bob Etheridge and wife Evanell of Gloster, Robert Dale Etheridge of McComb, and Charlie Wayne Etheridge of Liberty; three sisters; Josephine Arnold and husband Homer of McComb, Dorothy Cain of Summit, and Margaret Bass of Liberty, one brother in law Hiran Dunaway and wife Ruth of Gloster, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin Tuesday March 6, 2018 at Clay Hill Church of God at 5:00 P.M. until funeral services at 2:00 P.M.; Wednesday March, 7 2018, all at Clay Hill Church of God.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, officiated by Bro. Corey Morris, and Dr. Dennis Johnsey.  Brown Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Chapman, Shorty Simmons, Jim Morris, Thomas Chapman Jr., Drew McNichols, and Cole Stevens.
Honorary pallbearers will be Devin Chapman, Chase Simmons, Kade Simmons, Barney Stevens, and Cade McNichols                

Michael Wayne Seay, 65, of McComb, MS. passed away Thursday March 1, 2018.   He was born January 23, 1953 in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Cecil and Mary Seay. 
He is survived by his daughter, Hollie Seay,  his son Duane Seay and  wife Alana;  four grandchildren, Tyler Breland, Sarah Breland, Nathaniel Seay, and Charles Seay;  his mother, Mary Ellen Rushing Seay; two brothers, Curtis Seay and wife Dee Dee, and Michael Seay; and numerous nieces and nephews.   
He is preceded in death by his father, Cecil Seay, and his great-granddaughter Abigail Breland.      
Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Brown Funeral Home.    
Pallbearers are Tyler Breland, Landon Knight, Chris Seay, and Ronald Rushing

Donita Dixon, of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018 at her residence.  She was 83, born May 23, 1934 in Hardesty, Oklahoma, the daughter of J.T. and Donie Brinkley.   Mrs. Donita  married Carl Dixon and has lived most of her life in Liberty. She was a faithful Christian servant, never asking for any praise. She was a Pink Lady at Southwest Regional Medical Center in McComb, MS.
She was a devoted Mother, MiMi, Daughter, Sister and referred to as the favorite Aunt.;  very passionate about her relationship and card games. Her quote was; “My children, grand- children,  great-grand- children are the love of my life. “ Even at 83 years young, she was still a little spitfire with quick wit that could come back at you even before you could finish your sentence. You always knew where you stood with her for she always spoke her mind.
Her hobbies included listening to good music, dancing, riding horses, travel and when she was able, watching her children and grandchildren playing their instruments, singing, playing sports, and dance recitals.
Her warm and generous heart, spunky self,  and contagious smile will be greatly missed by so many, but we will rejoice in the fact that one day, we will see her again. 
A heartfelt thank you to her special nurse Cindy  Vertrand,  and also to Compassus Hospice Nurse Cory  Morris and aide Ms. Dorothy.
She is survived by one son, Larry Dixon,  two daughters, Becki Baker and her husband David, and Donna Dixon;  two brothers,  L. Dean Brinkley  and  Kenneth Brinkley;   ten grandchildren,  Jason Kirkland,  Jamie   Kirkland,  Avery Dixon, Dean Dixon,  Levi Dixon,  Laura Dixon,  Caleb Dixon,  Josh Dixon,  Chanse Ciolino,  and Chelsie Ciolino;  and fifteen great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by parents, J.T. and Donie Wallace Brinkley;   her husband, Carl Dixon;   three children, David Dixon, Piper Dixon, and Steve Dixon;   two grandchildren, Justin Kirkland and Cade Ciolino;  and one brother, J.C. Brinkley.

Visitation is Monday,  March 5, 2018, at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MS., from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 10:30 A.M. at the church, officiated by Bro. Avery Dixon, Bro. Bradley Geno, and Bro. James Sadler.
nterment will follow in Dixon Cemetery near Liberty with Brown Funeral Home in charge.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to the Gideon’s Association or Liberty Baptist Church Children’s Fund.

Hilda Walker Etheridge passed away on February 26, 2018 in the arms of her loving husband. Hilda was born on December 23, 1947 in Woodville, Mississippi the daughter of Curtis Walker and  Mittie Owens Walker.     
She was Christian woman who loved the Lord. She loved her family with her whole heart and never met a stranger. She would adopt the friends of her children and grandchildren as if they were her own. She was loved by many. Hilda was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Mittie Walker, one brother Billy Owens, and her mother and father-in-law, Virgie and Russell Etheridge.
She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years R.G. Etheridge;  a son Rusty Etheridge and daughter-in-law Julie Etheridge of New Blaine, AR; a daughter Tammy Smith and son-in-law Keith Smith,  and daughter Suzie Etheridge all of Vicksburg, MS. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Cyndal Smith, Cody Smith, and Asia Etheridge all of Vicksburg, MS; Kristine Etheridge, Megan Etheridge, and Joseph Etheridge all of New Blaine, AR.; one great grandson Blaise Kistler of Vicksburg, MS; a niece Diane Dipietro of Athol, MA; and a nephew Curtis Walker of San Diego, CA., along with so many nieces and nephews and “adopted” grandchildren and children that she loved so dearly.
Her warm and generous heart, caring and nuturing soul and contagious smile will be missed so dearly, but we will rejoice in the fact that one day we will see her again.
“Swing low, sweet chariot, coming forth to carry me home.  A band of Angels coming after me,  coming forth to carry  me home 

Michael E. Moore, 61, resident of Smithdale, MS., passed away Thursday February 22, 2018 at University Medical Center in  Jackson, MS. He was born October 17, 1956 in Kenner, La., the son of the late  E.J. Moore and  Jeannett Wroten Moore. Mr. Moore was a carpenter by trade; he especially enjoyed his grandchild, fishing, and spending time with all of his loved ones.
He is survived by his wife, Becky Brooks Moore; his daughter, Courtny Sharp and her husband John;   one granddaughter, Scarlett Sharp;   his brother, Junior Moore and his wife Sandy;   his sister, Norma Jean Westbrook and her husband Will;    his Father and Mother-in-law,  Donald and Allie Brooks;  his sister-in-law, Stephanie McDaniel and her husband Dicky;   brother-in-law Don Brooks and Stephen Fenn and his wife Bertie;  and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. 
He is preceded in death by his parents, E. J. Moore and Jeannett   Wroten  Moore.
Visitation is Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Pleasant Valley Church from 5:00 P.M. until  9:00 P.M.,  and Monday, 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Monday at Pleasant Valley Church, Rev. Jack Whittington will officiate.  Interment will follow in Wroten Cemetery.

Reverand Ray Burnett Carraway, 76, of Smithdale, Mississippi, passed away after a short illness and went to his eternal home with God, on Friday, February 16, 2018.  Burnett was born June 13, 1941 in Smithdale, MS., the son of Ray Carraway and Lois Whittington Carraway.
Burnett was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who always had a smile on his face.  He was an avid quail hunter and a gardener,  he was always involved in his great-grandson’s activities, and loved to plant watermelons with the aid of his nephews,  Duke and Jeremy Carraway. He loved his family, and loved to minister the word of God to everyone he met; he never met a stranger.
Burnett was a Master Carpenter who spent many years re-modeling Antebellum Homes in Louisiana and Mississippi using the original methods to repair the structures.  He served in active duty in the National Guard for six years.
Burnett was ordained as a Deacon in 1971 and as a Minister in September 1980.   He was a minister for many years at a number of churches , including, Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Eddiston,  Oak Grove Baptist Church in Smithdale, New Zion Baptist Church near Liberty,MS. and most recently at New Salem Baptist Church since November of 1994.  He performed  many weddings  which somehow never were started on time, and Baptisms which he was joyous
about having that individual find the Lord;  and officiated at many funerals during his ministry.  He loved his church family with all his heart and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Burnett is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife of 52 years Ruby Beasley Carraway and his son Bobby Glen Carraway, both of whom he has missed dearly.
Those left with cherished memories are his brother, Jackie Carraway and wife Regina of McCall Creek; granddaughter Magean Saucier and husband Tyler of Smithdale; and Britney Eberhart and husband Wayne;  and great-grandchildren who were the light of his world, Connor,  Raelynn,  Lawson, and  Adalynn;  and his  much loved nieces and nephews.
Visitation is Monday, February 19, 2018, at New Salem Baptist Church, beginning at 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 1:00 P.M. Monday, at the church,  officiated by Rev. Russ Stephens, Rev. Jack Whittington, and Rev. Mike Alexander. Interment will follow at Oak Grave Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Alan Jackson, David “Moses” Whittington, Jason Ford, Andy Tynes, David Earl Whittington,  and  Bill Baggett.    Honorary pallbearers are his nephews and grandsons.   XXXX

Mary Elizabeth Sterling Temple died peacefully at her home in Liberty, MS on February 12, 2018 at the age of 52. Mary is preceded in death by her parents George Barney and Mary Odeil Sterling of Liberty, MS and sibling George Paul Sterling of Liberty, Ms.    Mary is survived by her husband, Nathan Temple;           son, Jonathan Temple;  daughter, Micaela Andrus; son-in-law Brock Andrus; siblings, Shirley Toney; Barney Kelvin Sterling, husband of Paulette; Eddie Melvin Sterling, husband of Peggy; Glenda Whittington, wife of Tommy; and Patty Rollins, wife of Woody. Mary is an aunt to numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
Mary was born on February 19, 1965 in McComb, MS to George Barney Sterling and Mary Odeil Sterling (Melton). She graduated from Amite County High School in 1983 as valedictorian. She obtained her associates degree in data processing at Southwest Mississippi Community College and returned later to receive her master’s degree in Elementary Education. She married Nathan Temple, her high school sweetheart, on June 22, 1985. The couple welcomed two children into their home, and Mary set about teaching them to stay determined and always rely on God. She worked for Amite County Elementary School as a school teacher for 28 years when she retired.
Mary had a talent for teaching and loved children. She was the vacation bible school director each year along with being a Sunday school teacher at Tower Hill church where she was active member. She was passionate about teaching and education. Many children loved Mary and knew her by Mrs. Temple.
Funeral services scheduled for Friday, February 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Tower Hill Church.  Brother Douglas Akins will officiate the ceremony along with the assistance of Tommy Whittington.  Visitation will begin Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. until  9:00 p.m. and Friday, February 16, 2018 at  9:00 a.m. until funeral services at 11:00 a.m. at Tower Hill Church.   All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mary’s life.                                                                             The family would like to thank the caregivers, hospital staff, Compassus hospice staff, family, and friends who prayed and offered support during this difficult time.


Patricia L. Johnson, 85, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Wilkinson County Senior Care in Centreville, MS.  She was born September 5, 1932 in Michigan, the daughter of Herbert and Dortohy Fredrick Long.   Patricia held many jobs including a sales clerk and care giver to the elderly.
She is survived by five children;  Kurt Spohr and wife Anita,   Diana Laroe,  Jenise  Fischer and husband Frank,  Cris Spohr,  and  Larry Spohr  and wife Sherry:  16 grandchildren,  25 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild; an one brother Fred Long.   
She is preceded in death by her parents, Herbert Long and Dorothy Fredrick Long;  and one brother Bob Long. 
Services will be announced at a later date.

Sarah Aveyonne Whetstone Arnold, 59, of Gloster, Mississippi, passed away Friday February 2, 2018 at her residence.  Sarah was born June 17, 1958 in Centreville, MS., the daughter of the late Robert Oscar and Nellie Netterville Whetstone. She graduated from Centreville Academy in 1976, and attended Southwest Mississippi Community College and Mississippi University for Women.   She married Robert L. (Rob) Arnold on June 27, 1980; and worked at Super-2 Foods in Centreville, MS.
She is survived by her husband, Rob Arnold;  2 sons, Jacob Aaron Arnold and his wife Aslee Blanchard Arnold, and Ruston Luke Arnold;  1 daughter, Mandie Jenkins and her husband Kenny Jenkins;    3 sisters, LaRue Whetstone Shows and husband James V. Shows, Lola Campbell, and Lora Mullins and husband Charles Mullins;  4 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 12 nephews , and 7 nieces.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one infant sister, Rogeria Whetstone.
Visitation is Monday, February 5, 2018, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints  in Liberty, MS. from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.  Visitation Tuesday, from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, at the church, officiated by Bert Blalock,  Bishop Max Weathers, and Frank Harris. Interment will follow in Blalock Cemetery  in Liberty,
Pallbearers are Grant McCurley, Adam Shows, Robert Caulfield, Justin Williams, Ian Lambert, and Landon Creel..

David Douglas Anderson,

David considered himself a gentleman farmer. He said not to do this at all, but nobody ever said that life is fair. He had an extreme distaste for clutter, wild pigs, boarding schools, and mumbling. In turn, he loved starting new projects, trains, raising ducks, the Bulldogs, black label Jim Beam, winding his grandfather clock, fire pits, good rock-n-roll, Starkvegas, hardwood bottoms, the resonance of a gobble at sunrise, Tank, blue cheese olives, and exploring Africa: three times. Most days he could be found on the tractor. He was an excellent friend, and, in turn, attracted incredible well-beloved friends, and found delight in gathering them together. 
After his father (Fred) died, when David was 12, he was reared by his mother (Polly), with a great deal of help from Mandy Roberts, Edna Bates, Rosie Dixon, and Bee and Newt Terrell in Gloster.  He was the youngest of four children, with three siblings (Miss Polly, Mary Petty, and Fred.) After finishing Mississippi State (Hail State!), he came home and worked on Longleaf Farms with cattle, farming operations, and timber. He built Homestead, and his first marriage produced his much-beloved daughter Cassie.
His expertise was in land management and conservation, where he instantly fell in love with the dirt. He watched over the wildlife and created abundant habitat, making it his business to leave things better than he found them, bringing order from chaos and beauty from the ordinary.
He had a fancy for smart, beautiful women, and while rearing Cassie, he found Page McClendon, whom he adored, on a blind date.  After pursuing her for four years, they married in 2001 and began an adventure together. 
He completely enjoyed his life: from father, to farmer, to woodworker, to traveler, to husband, to collector, to hunter of wild things. He ever sought knowledge, found wonder in the night sky, and was lucky to have always loved what he was doing when he was doing it, telling good stories, surrounded by a handful of dogs. 
David lived this life with the heart of a lion and didn’t pull the trigger when he had the chance to shoot one. He was generous beyond measure and walked with an abiding faith.  
Among the untold number who love him, standouts are the loyal and loving folks (particularly Bobbie Sue) who work at Homestead and on the place, and a slew of nieces and nephews who were close to his heart. 
All friends are invited to attend his memorial service on Saturday, February 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at the Anderson Family Cemetery on Longleaf Farms, 2172 South Greensburg Road, Liberty, Mississippi. Instead of sending flowers, the family asks that you contribute to the Polly Anderson Memorial Scholarship at Mississippi State University, in care of Jeff Little, P.O. Box 9680, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762, or to Mediator Episcopal Church, McComb, Mississippi.

Barbara N. Langkopp, 71, of Metairie, La. passed away Friday, January 26, 2018 at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie.  She was born January 7, 1947 in Amite County, Mississippi, the daughter of the late Wiley Gordon Netterville Sr. and Carrie Josephine Holden Netterville.   
She is survived by her husband,  Andrew B. Langkopp;  her daughter, Kristine Mox and husband Kyle;  her son, Derek Balderrama;  three grandchildren,  Kristen Klotz,  Derah Gilliam, and Jackson Mox; one sister, Sandra Adams.
She is preceded in death by her parents,  one brother, Gordon Netterville Jr.,  and one sister, Betty Ford. 
Visitation is Friday, February 2, 2018 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS. from 9:00 A.M. until  time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, at the  funeral Home, officiated by Bro. Frank Harris. Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster.

2 Timothy 4:7  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.
Velma Eliza Spillman,  passed from this life into her eternal home Tuesday,  January 23, 2018 at her home. She was born in Franklin County, MS. the daughter of the late Robert Spillman and Mary Mattie Sterling Spillman.    She was a longtime resident of Woodville, MS.
Velma was an active member of Macedonia United Methodist Church in Woodville, MS., and was the owner and operator of Velmas’ Dress Shop in Woodville for many years.  Velma was loved by many and will be missed by all her friends and family.
She is survived by one brother, Frank Spillman and wife Sybell of Fayette, MS., three sisters, Mildred Williams of Liberty, MS., Francis Jones of Liberty, MS., and Johnnie Jones of Zachary, La.;   and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents;   six brothers,  Jewell  Spillman,  Otis Spillman,  Robert Spillman Jr.,  Delmar Spillman,   J.W. Spillman,  and  Joe Spillman;    two sisters, Inez Spillmam Rider and  Ora Spillman Varnado.
Visitation is Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS., from 6:00m P.M. until 8:00 P.M.;  and Friday, from 12:00 Noon until time of funeral services at 1:00 P.M. Friday, at the funeral home, officiated by Dr. Wayne Barnes. Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster

Treace W. Smith, 94, was a native of Gloster, MS. and longtime resident of Denham Springs, LA.  She passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Kentwood Manor Nursing Home in Kentwood, LA.  She was born September 14, 1923 in Gloster, the daughter of Jasper Whittington and Nonice Way Whittington.  Her father died when she was a small girl, and her mother married J.C. Bowman, who raised her as his own.  She was a retired nurse.
Tereace married Marvin L. Smith and they had four children, Barbara Bolinger and her husband Jerry; Brenda Weather, Billie Laird; and Marvin L. Smith Jr.; 11 grandchildren, Sammie Clardy and husband John, Larry Cowart, Tina Cowart, Shalesa Robbins, Jennifer Jenkins and husband Tony Sullivan, Jessica St. Romaine and husband Joseph, Tanya Foster and husband Dwayne,  Tommy Laird Jr., Ciera Smith,  and Aslinn Smith; 18 Great grandchildren, Travis Clardy and wife Kristi, Trevor Clardy, Jamie Nicholas,   Eric, Heather, Crystal, Jonathan Jenkins, Billie Jenkins, Orealean Pitre,  Cheyenne St. Romaine,   Peyton St. Romaine,   Kyle Smith,  Tommy Laird lll,  Darrell Laird, Rebekka Laird, Tiffany Laird, Samantha Laird, and Kayla Laird;  5 great-great-grandchildren, Bryton Clardy, Brantley Clardy, Silas Smith, Jeremiah St. Romaine, and Blaze Upton.
Numerous nieces and nephews, including Jackie Whittington and his wife Sue, Diane Santella,  and Twana  Whittington.

She is preceded in death  by her parents, Jasper and Nonice Way Whittington Bowman,  her step-father J.C. Bowman, her husband Marvin L. Smith, two brothers, William Whittington and Jasper Whittington, and one sister Grate Harrington.
Visitation is Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS., from 1:00 P.M. until time of services at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral Home. Interment will follow in Whittington Cemetery near Liberty. MS

Eva Elanie Van Norman Dixon, 86, of Liberty, Mississippi, went from this life to eternal life with her Lord on  Friday, January 12, 2018, surrounded by her family at her son’s residence in Liberty, MS.   She was born October 22, 1931 in the Street Community of Liberty,  the daughter of Boyd and Iris Wall Van Norman.
Prior to moving to Liberty, she was long time member of Zoar Baptist Church of Central, La.  Since moving, she is a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church of Liberty, Ms.
She is survived by two sons, Kevin Dixon and wife Donna of Liberty, MS., and Kyle Dixon and wife Jerry of Liberty, MS.;  ten Grandchildren;   twenty-three  great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren;  one brother, Jerry Van Norman and wife Gayle of Liberty, MS.;  four sisters, Joyce Simpson and husband RC of Vidalia, LA,  Patsy Dunaway and husband Bobby  of Liberty, MS.,  Sanna Warner and husband Barry of Walker, LA., and Angie Bateman and husband Darryl of Gloster, MS.;  one son-in-law, Rene Ortlieb of Baton Rouge, LA:  longtime friend, Vandal Mercier of Baton Rouge, LA.; special friend, daughter-in-law , and caregiver,  Jerry Dixon of Liberty, MS., and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family and many friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Boyd and Iris Wall Van Norman, one daughter, Pamela Kay Dixon Ortlieb, and one son, Van Keith Dixon.
Visitation is Saturday, January 13, at Zion Hill Baptist Church of Liberty, form 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.    Visitation also Sunday, from 1:00 P.M.  until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. at the church, officiated by Rev. Kevin Dixon. Interment will follow in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Chuck Van Norman, G.W. Partridge, Cole Partridge, Joel Fleming, Jyles Fleming, Todd Partridge, Armando Barragan, and Noel Wroten.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Sandra Faye Townsend, 68, of Wesson, MS., passed away January 4, 2018, at her residence surrounded by family and friends. Mrs. Townsend was born March 18, 1949, in Baton Rouge, La., the daughter of Col. Lee R. Smith and Wanzie Faye Pickett Smith. They moved to Gloster, MS. when she was around seven years old. Sandra was a graduate of USM Nursing School and worked as a Registered Nurse for Field Memorial Hospital for more than 30 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hazlehurst, MS.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Melvin Townsend;   two sons and daughter-in-law,   David and Jeneane Townsend of Purvis, MS.,   and Karl Townsend of Naples, Fl.; her brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Jackie Smith of Meadville, MS.; Six Grandchildren, Allyson Gillespie and her husband Doug of Ferriday, La., Hunter Townsend of Natchez, MS., Dakota Townsend of Vidalia, La., Kennedy Townsend of Naples, Fl., Austin Brown of Centerville, Ms., and Amanda Brown of Centreville, Ms.  and one great-granddaughter, Adalynn Gillespie.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Col. Lee R. Smith and Wanzie Faye Pickett Smith.
Visitation is Sunday, January 7, 2018, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS., from 12:00 Noon until time of funeral services at 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home,
Services will be officiated by Rev. Butch Simmons, Roy SmIth, and  Rev. John Mathews. Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster.
Pallbearers are Butch Graves, Glen Gautreaux, Ellis Stewart, Edward Russ Sr., Corwayne Townsend, and Jerry McDaniel. Honorary pallbearers are Bodie Miley,  Dr. Rich Field,  Dr. Ricardo Nimo, Dr. Ronert Lewis,  Bro. Rick Munn, and Jerry Keith Foster.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Vidalia Church of Christ or Butch Simmons Ministries.Type your paragraph here.