Gloster & Liberty
Nena Colleen Sterling, 86, native and lifelong resident of Gloster, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at her residence. She was born in Gloster, April 3, 1932, the daughter of Grover Cleveland Corban and Lois Willis Whittington Corban. She was a homemaker and a member of the L.D.S. Church in Liberty, MS. She married Wesley Paul Sterling who precedes her in death.
Along with her parents and her husband, she is preceded in death by three children, Paulette Perry, Malcolm Sterling, and John Paul Sterling; two grandchildren, Bryan Perry and Amanda Perry; eleven siblings, John Corban, Robert Corban, Alton Corban, Lucien Corban, Joel Corban, Billy Corban, Lucille Zeigler, Earnestine Seale, Hazel Foster, Emma Bennett, and Eleanor Tallarico.
Mrs. Nena is survived by five children, Judy Zion, Janice McCurley, , Lesa Whitehead, Deidra Jackson, Nena Anderson; eighteen grandchildren, Wesley Zion, Ricky Zion, Crystal Anderson, Larry McCurley Jr., David Sterling, Nena Havard, Wesley Sterling Jr., Christopher Sterling, Tara Huff, Douglas Whitehead, Robert Jackson, Colton Jackson, Sydnee Anderson, Haylee Anderson, Theresa Sterling, Connie Johnston, Wesley Sterling, and Larry Sterling; and one sister Patsy Helmly.
Visitation is Friday, March 8, 2019 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, from 1:00 P.M. until time of funeral services at 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home, officiated by Bro. Bert Blalock. Interment will follow at Mary Springs Cemetery.
Leah Denise Havard, 57, of Clinton, Louisiana, passed away Monday, March 4, 2019 at her residence. Leah was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was born September 26, 1961, the daughter of Ecton Barrios and Dorothy Mae Floyd.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother James Darryll Floyd.
She is survived by her husband, Virgil Dale Havard; two sons, Elvis Havard of Walker, La., and Julius Havard and wife Ashley Fruge of St. Francisville, La.; two daughters, Ruby Freeman and spouse Justin of Clinton, La., and Kendra Soileau and spouse Anthony of Norwood, La. Grandchildren, Wesley Morgan, Angel Bendily, Mason Bendily, Seth Havard, Ruby Freeman, Aaron Soileau, Alissa Soileau, Kelsey Solieu, Shelby Dunaway, and Kamdyn Fruge; sisters Tanya Klien Heinz and spouse Phil, and Dawn Ellender; brothers Carlos Floyd, Dwayne Barrios and spouse Terry.
Funeral services are , Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Mississippi, with visitation from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 12:00 Noon at the funeral home.
Interment will follow in Smith Cemetery near Gloster.
Estelle McKey McGehee, 91, of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2019 at her residence in Liberty.
Mrs. Estelle was retired from the Amite County Department of Human Services where she served in Liberty and Gloster as a food stamp clerk among other duties during her 30 years of employment.
In addition to her devotion to family, she was an active member of Liberty Baptist Church, serving as director of the shut-in program for many years, and especially enjoying her time with the Sweet Spirit Singers; she also enjoyed longtime service with the Amite County American Legion Auxillary, Chapter 77 of the Order of the Eastern Star; and the Liberty TOPS Club.
Mrs. Estelle was preceded in death by her parents, Troy Lee McKey, Sr. and Winnie Tumey McKey; one son, Gerald McGehee; two sisters, Tessie Davis and Dorothy Rowe; one grandson, Brian Brecheen and one son-in-law, Hilton Pittman.
She is survived by her husband, Tate McGehee: four children, CliAnn Pittman Griffin and husband Thomas, Bernell McGehee and wife Susan, Mary Brecheen and husband Nathan, and Winnie Brecheen and husband Orland; and daughter-in-law Delphine McGehee; eleven grandchildren and their spouses, Brina Leroux and Gilles, Amy Pittman and Patrick Reeves, Geoffrey Pittman and Alexandra, Page Goff and Mickey, Mandy Scarpulla and Stephen, Cary McGehee and Jennifer, Scott McGehee and Mindy, Candice Burkes and Cole, Idalia Sterling and Brad, Clay Brecheen Jr. and Mallory, Meloanie Nettles and Cory; eighteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Gertrude Pemberton, one brother, Troy Lee McKey Jr., and one brother-in-law Paul McGehee.
Visitation is Friday, March 8, 2019 at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MS. from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. then continuing from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at Liberty Baptist Church. Officiated by Rev. James Sadler. Interment will follow in Liberty Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Clay Brecheen Jr., Cary McGehee, and Geoffrey Pittman; and grandsons-in-law, Mickey Goff, Cole Burkes, and Brad Sterling. Honorary Pallbearers are grandson, Scott McGehee and grandson-in-laws Stephen Scarpulla, Cory Nettles, and Patrick Reeves.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made in memorial, to Youth Fund, Liberty Baptist Church, P.O. Box 73, Liberty, MS. 39645, or to Girls Camp Fund, Amite County American Legion Auxiliary, P.O. Box 512, Liberty, MS. 39645.
Margie Neyland Baker, 64, of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019 at her home. She was born April 4, 1954 in Magnolia, MS. She was a lifelong resident of Liberty, MS., and an active member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband of forty-three years, John P. “Johnny” Baker of Liberty; two daughters, Megan Baker of Mobile, Al., and Lara (Wesley) Tew of Mathis, TX; one granddaughter, Margaret Tew; two sisters, Carolyn (Jackie) Wooley and Terry Hays, both of Liberty; one aunt, Janie Neyland of Baton Rouge, La; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. Dean “Pop” and Mrs. Margaret Fleming Neyland.
Following her graduation from Amite School Center, Southwest Mississippi Community College, and Louisiana State University, Margie went to work for ExxonMobil in Baton Rouge where she made many lifelong friends. She retired from ExxonMobil after thirty-eight and a half years of service.
Beginning their relationship in high school, Margie and Johnny built a life together that most people only ever hope they will have. They enjoyed traveling everywhere, as long as they were together. She loved the Christmas season and decorating her entire home with things she collected over the years. She served as the pianist for Ebenezer Baptist Church for over forty years. She will be remembered as a joyful soul by everyone blessed to know her.
Visitation is Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, MS. from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Visitation Wednesday, 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Officiated by Rev. Wesley Tew. Interment will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Walter Cross Forman, of Gloster, Mississippi, passed away Sunday, February 10 2019 at his residence. He was 90 years old, born March 19, 1928 in Amite County, Mississippi, to Edward James Forman and Myrtle Mae Poole Forman. After high school , he served in the U.S. Army, and was an Auto Mechanic for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Webb Forman; three sons, Walter D. Forman, Jerry D. Forman, and Kirk E. Forman; 12 grandchildren and 15 Great-grandchildren; and one brother, Oshea Forman.
Mr. Walter is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Mark Q. Forman; two brothers, Polk Forman and Banie Forman; and one sister, Evelyn Forman Svetich.
Visitation is Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Union Church near Gloster, from 12:00 noon until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, at the church, officiated by Rev. Reggie Forman. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery.
Elizabeth “Ann” Stevens 69, of Liberty, MS. Passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on Monday February 11, 2019. “Ann” was the daughter of the late Robert Earl Carraway, and Ivy Nona Whittington. She was raised in Amite County Ms and attended business school after graduating high school. She was an Administrative Assistant with the US Department of Agriculture.
“Ann” is survived by her husband John Stevens, her son Chad Stevens and wife Darri, daughter Chandra Bryan and husband Jeremy, and daughter Amanda Brabham and husband Brad. 8 grandchildren, Charli, Olivia, Dylan, Emma, Bryce, Annsley, Giles, and Alison.
The family would like to express their deepest thanks to the Staff of Hospice Compassus.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her memory to Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund 2153 Bethel Road Liberty, Ms. 39645.
Visitation will be at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty Tuesday February 12, 2019 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Visitation will continue at Bethel Baptist Church Wednesday morning February 13, 2019 at 9 am until time of service at 11 am. Interment at Bethel Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jason Daniel, Billy Haygood, Greg Haygood Kyle Haygood, Bert Thornton, Jeff Thornton.
Joseph E. “Blue” Foreman, 93, of Gloster, MS., passed away at his home February 8, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born March 11, 1925 in Franklin County, MS., the third of eight children of Henry Burley Foreman and Trudy Bass Foreman.
He grew up in the Homochitto area and attended school there. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War ll, seeing action in five major battles including Utah Beach on D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.
He was married for 68 years to his loving wife Mary Agnes Brown Foreman who preceded him in death.
Blue and Mary Agnes made their home for many years in Hull, Texas where they raised their children, and he served his community as a member of the school board, Lions Club, Hull Masonic Lodge and was a Cub Scout leader.
After his retirement from Entergy of Texas, he and Mary Agnes retuned to the Homochitto Community where they spent many happy years.
His Hobbies included hunting, fishing, gardening, and cutting lumber on his portable sawmill. He mostly enjoyed sitting on his front porch, having a cup of coffee with family and friends sharing the stories of his past.
He was loved and admired by his family and will be greatly missed.
Those preceding him in death are his parents Burley and Trudy Forman, his wife Mary Agnes, daughter Clarise Workman, granddaughter Stacy Workman, three sisters, Bonnelle Bohall, Nadine Arnold, and Betty Rose Campbell, and two brothers Bryant Foreman and Bennis Foreman.
Survivors are his son Dale Foreman and wife Melanie, of Huffman, Texas; daughters Jody Etheridge and husband Tommy of Gloster, MS and Crystal Ford and husband Warren of Hull, Texas; eleven grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; brother Billy Foreman of Gloster, MS. and sister Mary Nell Borel of Meadville, MS.
Visitation is Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Funeral Services are Monday, February 11, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Royal Chapel Church officiated by Rev. Max Foreman. Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster with military honors.
Martin Lee Shorey, of Centreville, Mississippi, passed away Monday, February 4, 2019 at his residence. He was born June 14, 1950, in West Fir, Oregon, the son of Larry Shorey and Pearl Osterhout Shorey.
His family moved to Ruston, La. and then to Gloster, MS. with the Georgia Pacific Plant. Martin worked for Georgia Pacific in Gloster as plant manager, and in Wiggins, MS. with Hood Industries as Plant Superntendant.
He is survived by his wife Suzanne Vines Shorey; three daughters, Michelle Knight and husband Russ, Miranda Shorey and Robert Casielle, and Melissa Hebert and husband Josh: grandchildren, Brodie Lafontaine and wife Kayla, Ian Ball, Sophia Kruger, Hazel Pearl Shorey, Tanner Shorey, Brennan Knight, Derrick Knight, and Neely Hebert; great-grandson Ledger Lafontaine; two sisters, Susan Hawes and husband Steve of Eugene, Orgeon and Kaye Rollman and husband Steve of Lincoln, Colorado; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Allen Shorey and Larry”Buz” Shorey, and one sister, Carol Strunk.
Visitation is Friday, February 8, 2019 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS., from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.. Also Visitation Saturday, from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Eric Green of Thompson Presbyterian Church in Centreville, MS. Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster.
Rupert Rodney Toler, Jr, (Rip), a native of Gloster, Mississippi, went home to be with his heavenly Father and family, Saturday, February 2, 2019. He joined the US Navy after graduating from Gloster High School in 1945. He served as an air traffic controller during World War ll, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, retiring in 1965. He also worked in numerous mills around the area until his retirement.
He served as a deacon at Crosby Baptist Church which he considered a great honor. He was a dedicated member of Galilee Baptist Church. His mission in life was to bring people to God by passing out baseball caps and aprons with the message, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it”, which is how he lived his life. He enjoyed working and singing in the church as well as fishing, hunting, and woodworking.
He is survived by three daughters, Janelle Toler Fitzpatrick and husband Michael of Carlise, PA. , Janie Newman Robertson and husband Bill, of Baton Rouge, La., and Ruby Newman Smith and husband Larry of Livingston, La.; one son Rupert Rodney (Rod) Toler lll of Gloster, MS.; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren; two brothers Charles Toler and wife Maxie and Ben Toler and wife Linda; one sister Anne Gibson; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a very special niece Amy Pigott, whom he adored and considered his sunshine; she made his day; and a very special friend who he considered one of his children, Dorothy Mae Hunt.
Visitation will be at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Wednesday, February 6, 2019, from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Brian Malone. Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery with military honors.
Pallbearers will be Donald Jones, Mike Newman, Michael Toler, David Toler, Kevin Harvey, Tommy Kennedy, and Joe Toler.
Robert Louis Thompson, of Gloster, Mississippi, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at University Medical Center in Jackson, MS.
Robert was born August 4, 1952 in California, the son of Robert Louis Thompson Sr. and Opal Lee Mortimer Thompson. He was a contractor and a Master Carpenter.
Robert is survived by three sisters, Becky Thompson Hinojosa, Debbie Nelson, and Jo Anna Jones: two step-daughters, Tracie Hawkins and Heather Werner; four step-grandchildren, Colton Hawkins, Kristina Johnson, Bailey Werner, and Dalton Werner.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Terri Hawkins Thompson; two sons, Kevin Thompson and Allen Thompson; and one step-grandson Cody Hawkins.
Visitation is Monday, February 4, 2019 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS., from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Monday at Brown Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Brian Malone. Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery.
Jonathon Fred Eunice, 54, of Gloster, Mississippi, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at his residence. He was 54, born January 13, 1965 in New Orleans, LA., the son of Earl and Bessie Slone Eunice. He was an Iron Worker with the Local 623 in Louisiana.
He is survived by one brother, Patrick Eunice Sr.; two nephews, Edward Eunice and Patrick Eunice Jr.; sister-in-law Vickie Eunice; and cousin Frankie Brown.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Bessie Eunice, his wife, Linda Eunice, and his brother Michael Eunice.
Visitation is Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS. from 2:00 P.M. until time of funeral services at 3:00 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Greg Touchstone. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville, MS.
Surrounded by her family, Canetti Blanche Whittington O’Brien, of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
She was 76, born on January 4, 1943 in Amite County, Mississippi.
She is the daughter of Andrew and Myrtis “Beedie” Jones Whittington.
She was a retired school teacher, MEd from Louisiana State University.
She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Julius Chancey O’Brien; one son, Charles Mitchel O’Brien and wife Donna R; two daughters, Andrea Carol O’Brien Wiltshire and husband Santos, and Toni Lynn O’Brien; two granddaughters Chancee Marie O’Brien and Carol Maya Wiltshire; one sister Patricia Ann Whittington Walters and husband Luther; and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Canetti was a devout Christian and a member of Liberty Baptist Church.
Graveside services were Friday, February 1, 2019 at the family Whittington Cemetery.
Julia Elaine “Toby” Haygood Stevens, 92, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Field Memorial Community Hospital. She was born December 15, 1926 to Marvin W. and Nettie “Mamie” Sanders Haygood in Liberty, MS where she resided her entire life.
She was a homemaker and was known for her wonderful cooking skills. She was a lifelong active member of Bethel Baptist Church, Liberty, MS.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John C. Stevens, Sr., sisters, Doris “Tiny” Daniel and Martha Perkins and one nephew Kregg Haygood.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie Stevens and wife Brenda of Zachary, LA. And Johnny Stevens and wife Ann of Liberty, MS; one daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte Thornton and husband Bert of Liberty, MS; six grandchildren, Jeff Thornton and Eric Thornton of Liberty, MS, Chad Stevens, wife Darri of Centreville, MS, Chanda Bryan, husband Jeremy of Vidalia, LA, Amanda Brabham, husband Brad of Hattiesburg, MS, and Kathy Hendrick, husband Neal of Baton Rouge, LA; fourteen great-grandchildren, Dent and Ridge Thornton, Chandler, Hunter, Alexandra and Gabriella Hendrick, Charli and Olivia Stevens, Dylan Carter, Emma Bryan, Allison and Giles McDaniel, Bryce and Annsley Brabham: three brothers and sisters-in-law, Bobby and Betty Haygood, Sammy and Corene Haygood and Billy and Billie Gail Haygood all of Liberty, MS and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 2 until 5pm at Brown Funeral Home, Liberty, MS. Visitation will resume Monday, January 21, 2019 at 9am until services at 11am at Bethel Baptist Church, Liberty, MS. Burial services will follow in Bethel Baptist Church cemetery, Rev. James Sadler officiating.
Pallbearers will be grandsons: Jeff and Eric Thornton, Chad Stevens, Brad Brabham, Jeremy Bryan and Neal Hendrick. The family would like to express their deepest thanks to the staffs of Wilkinson Senior Care Center and Field Health Systems.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her memory to Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 2153 Bethel Rd., Liberty, MS 39645.
Nora S McGee born May 1934, in Ebbervale South Wales, Great Britain, passed away on December 30, 2018 in Spring Branch Texas. Nora, was preceded in death by her parents Mathew and Violet Scanlon, sister and brother in law Pat and Ken Smallcomb and brother Matthew Scanlon and in-laws Geneva, Jack, Alvin, CJ Havard and grandson Jon McGee. Nora was a native of Baton Rouge Louisiana for 59 years, she worked for Rabenhorst Life Insurance Company for years and retired from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff office after 20 years of service in 1999.
Nora loved her family, and is survived by her husband Avon Mc Gee of 63 years, daughters Yvonne Denise Buxton, Jenny Kim Landry, Shirley Quintela and her husband Michael: sons, Johnny McGee and wife Lynn, Robert McGee and wife Jill: 14 grandchildren: 14 great grandchildren: 2 great great grandchildren: and in laws Donald, Marie, Sadie, and Betty Havard.
Visitation is Friday, January 4, 2019, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS., from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Funeral Services are Saturday, January 5, at 11:00 A.M. at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS. Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Harold Wayne Mason, 72, of Centreville, MS., passed away Saturday, November 24, 2018 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born November 10, 1946 in Harrisonburg, Louisiana, the son of Frank Ollie Mason and Lota Mae Havis Mason.
He was a diesel mechanic , he was known as the diesel doctor, and a truck driver for many years. He loved the Lord ; he was a faithful servant, and a member of Union Church.
He married Mary Beth Black on February 22, 1969, and is survived by her after 49 years; he is also survived by two daughters, Dana Jackson and her husband Robert, and their children, Olivia and Sara Beth; and Lea Anne Nevels and her husband Johnny Wayne, and their children, Jamie Lee, Justin Lee, Samantha Tarver and Cassie Nevels; one son, Steven Mason and his wife Mindy, and their children, Drake and Ridge; three sisters, Cheryl, Carolyn, and Marylin; four brothers, Billy, Bobby, Frank, and Dalton.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Lavon Mason.
Visitation is Sunday, November 25, from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS. Visitation also Monday, from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services Monday, at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Reggie Forman. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery near Gloster.
George Marlin Zion passed away at his residence Friday November 23, 2018. He was 72, born in Liberty, MS on July 28, 1946 to Charles L. Zion and Mary Avis Foreman Zion. He was retired as an operator at Timbec in St. Francisville, LA.
He is survived by his wife Judy Zion: three children, Stacy Zion, Wesley Zion and his wife Nichelle, and Ricky Zion; two Grandchildren; Marlin Zion and William Harris; two sisters Carolyn Zion Payne, and Patricia Zion LaFontaine.
He is preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren, Kayla Dawson and Seth Zion.
Visitation is Sunday, November 25, 2018, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS., from 1 pm until time of funeral services at 3 pm Sunday, at Brown Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Mary Springs Cemetery, officiated by Bro. Reggie Foreman.
David G. Mann,69, of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Friday, October 12, 2018 at Southwest Regional Medical Center in McComb, MS. He was born September 11, 1949 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, the son of the late Gerald Mann and Julia Ester Doty Mann. He was a Heavy Equipment Operator for Southern Aggregates.
Mr. David is survived by his daughter, Danielle Hopper and her husband Matthew; two grandchildren, Susanna Hopper and Jackson Hopper; one sister, Sara Wilson; his sister-in-law Marilyn Harvey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Georgina Ravencraft Mann, his parents, Gerald Mann and Julia Ester Doty Mann, and one sister, Susan.
Graveside services will be Monday, October 15, 2018 at Oaklawn Cemetery in Centreville, MS., at 11:00 A.M. officiated by Rev. Meghen Reed.
Edward Jerry Waller, 83, of Crosby, MS, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 20, 2018, at his home after losing his battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was comforted by his loving family members who were at his bedside and by others who were with him in sprit and prayer. Born on December 31, 1934, in Amite County, Mississippi, he was the third of four children born to Delos Clinton and Cola Pugh Waller. Jerry lived the majority of his life in his beloved Amite County, Mississippi. He attended Oxford School but left prior to graduation to work and help support his family. He later earned a GED. Jerry proudly served for several years in the Mississippi Army National Guard and was considered by all who knew him to be an American patriot.
After surrendering his life to Christ, Jerry spent much time studying the Bible and enjoyed hearing the message of Christ preached. He was a member the Gloster Assembly of God Church. Jerry worked for Brown Funeral Home at one time but was most well known as a manager of several local service stations in those days when attendants really did take care of their customers. For several years he and his two older brothers owned and operated Waller Brothers Service Station in Gloster.
Jerry was a very outgoing person and had a great love of bluegrass music and art. He was a talented acoustic guitar musician and often played the guitar at church and taught many people how to play their first few chords. Jerry enjoyed the comradery of singing favorite country music songs with his brother Wren and other community musicians. He was a talented landscape artist and creative sign painter. His love of music and art lives on in his children and grandchildren— many of whom play musical instruments and pursue artistic talents. Spending quality time with family and friends and enjoying the company of his little dog, Sassy, were favorite entertainments in later years as his illness progressed.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Delos and Cola Waller, his eldest brother, Earl Waller of Gloster, his maternal grandparents William Samuel and Marry Emma Guy Pugh of Yazoo City, and paternal grandparents, Henry W. and Sheddie Rollinson Waller of Liberty, MS.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Deborah Davis Waller of Crosby, MS. Also mourning their loss are: his daughter Cindy Lou Bridges (Billy) of Brandon, his daughter Susan Desiree Hart (Keith) of Wesson, his son, Edward Alan Waller of Gloster and two step-daughters, Stephanie Lopez of McComb and Michelle Hastings of Gloster. Jerry was blessed to have ten grandchildren. They are: Candace Caston, Paige Caston Corona, Anthony Lopez, Adrian Lopez, David D. Owens IV, Jerry Kyle Owens, Lyndsay Caston Powell, Anna Caston Robinson, Edward Waller,Jr., & Kathryn Waller. He also cherished eight great-grandchildren. They are: Benjamin Alford, Jolie Bergman, Zaxton Carona, Liam Craft, Jolie Robinson, Lauren Robinson, Madeline Robinson, & Ava Waller. Jerry also leaves behind an older brother Wren Waller (Evelyn), a younger sister Jean Waller McIntyre (Donald), a sister-in-law Lena Bell Waller, all of Gloster. Several nieces, nephews, cousins and a multitude of friends also mourn his passing.
Jerry will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. His influence on our hearts and lives will not be forgotten. Our sad loss is Heaven’s eternal gain.
Visitation was Friday, September 21, 2018, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS., from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Glenn Ellington and Rev. Warren Whitaker. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Cemetery.
Annie Pearl Hodges White Brooks Blalock, 67, longtime resident of Liberty, MS, was born June 17, 1951 to Herbert and Ruby Hodges of Liberty, MS., passed from this life to her eternal home August 23, 2018 at 3:29 A.M.
She is preceded in death by her first husband James Edward White Sr, four sisters, Maxine Hodges, Janice Mason, Helen Blalock, and Ethel Voight.
She is survived by her children, Tonya (Bob) Cockerham of Summit, MS, Cindy (Red) Howard of Decatur, IL, Jamie (Ashley) White of Bogue Chitto, MS., and Amy Miller of Liberty, MS.: five sisters, Edna Blalock of Liberty, MS., Lucille (Varnell) Israel of Moss Point, MS., Elsie (Barney Jr.) Pittman of Foxworth, MS., Polly (Robert) Stinson of McComb, MS. and Beverly (Terry) Oliver of Kentwood, La.: one brother David Hodges Jr. of Osyka, MS.: twelve grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.
Annie Pearl enjoyed spending time with her family, cleaning her house, cooking, and tending to her flowers. She loved her truck and Christmas time.
Visitation will be at Liberty Apostolic Church, 388 W. Freedom Drive, Liberty, MS. Friday, August 24, from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Funeral services are Saturday August 25, at 1:00 P.M. at the church, officiated by Rev. Lance Torrey. Interment will follow in Lilly Cemetery in Liberty, MS.
Pallbearers are Bob Cockerham, Corey Cockerham, Vernon Cockerham Sr, Vince Guy Jr., Red Johnson, and Greg Hodges. Honorary pallbearers are Barney Pittman Jr., Robert Stinson, and Terry Oliver.
A special thank you to Rev. and Mrs. Lance Torrey, and to Hospice Compassus.
Paul Douglas Lofton, 64, of Natchez, MS., passed away Monday, July 30, 2018 at his residence.
He was born August 11, 1953. He was an auto mechanic and worked at Great River Chevrolet and Nissan in Natchez, MS.
He is survived by his wife, Eddye Faye Murray Lofton; two sons, Elvin Perry lll and Ashley Perry; and five grandchildren.
Visitation is Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS., from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Ashley Cemetery.
James Leon Whittington, 78, of Gloster, Mississippi, began his eternal life with Christ, July 31, 2018.
He was a lifetime resident of Amite County where he worked in sawmilling and logging. His favorite pass times were gardening and helping people in what ever way he could. He was a member of New Salem Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, James Clinton Whittington and Katherine Hollingsworth Whittington; three sisters, Paulette Whittington, LaVonne Bedford, and Kay Francis Hays; and one step-son, Charles Rider.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Beatrice Whittington; one son and daughter-in-law David L. Whittington and his wife Pamela Whittington; one step-son and daughter-in-law, Euley Cazzle “Sonny” Rider lll and his wife Lena Rider; three grandchildren, Euley Cazzle “Lee” Rider lV and his wife Tammy, Stephen Patrick Rider and his wife Jamie, and Brandon Dixon and his wife Ammie; and numerous greatgrandchildren, nieces and nephews; two sisters, Christine Sterling and husband Dale , and Lynette Plunkett; two brothers, Lemuel Whittington and wife Elizabeth, and Donald Gene Whittington and wife Beverly.
Visitation will be Saturday, August 4, 2018, at New Salem Baptist Church, from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, at the church. Interment will follow in New Salem Cemetery.
Charles Henry Rider, 55, of Liberty, Mississippi, went to be with the Lord July 25, 2018 at his residence. He is preceded in death by his father, Euley C. Rider Jr. and his granddaughter, Ryleigh Layne Dixon.
He is survived by his mother, Evelyn Beatrice Swearingen Rider Whittington of Gloster; his step-father, James L. Whittington of Gloster, MS; his son, Brandon Dixon of Bay St. Louis, MS.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Euley C. Rider , lll and wife Lena Rider of Liberty, MS, and David Leon Whittington and wife Pam Whittington of Liberty; two grandsons, Cahen and Noah Dixon of Bay St. Louis, MS.
A memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at New Salem Baptist Church, 3634 King Road, Liberty, MS. with visitation from 9:00 A.M. Saturday until time of services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday.
Joe Steele, 86, lifelong resident of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Southwest Regional Medical Center in McComb, MS.
He was born March 23, 1932, the son of V.O. Steele and Claudie Wilkinson Steele. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church near Gloster, MS. Joe loved deer and turkey hunting and watching football games. He worked out of town as a heavy equipment operator and then returned to Liberty and operated a backhoe service, and worked for the Town of Liberty.
Joe is survived by his wife, Charlotte Steele; his daughter, Theresa Steele Duck and her husband Clayton; one brother John Steele; two sisters, Darnell Causey and husband Weslie, and Esther Rowell; three grandchildren, Clay Duck and wife Haley, Dan Duck, and Will Waldrop; two great grandchildren, Bryston Duck and Keegan Duck, and a host of Nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Ruby Gordon Steele, a sister, Elouise Tynes, a son Jimmie Dale Steele, and a daughter Karen Whittington Waldrop.
Visitation is Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, MS. from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Blaine Stafford and Dr. Dennis Johnsey. Interment will follow in Liberty Cemetery.
Sandra Patterson, 80,, longtime resident of the Oxford Community in Amite County, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2018 at her residence.
She was born June 1, 1938, the daughter of Earl and Marie Whittington Rollins. She worked as a secretary at Kellwood Garment Factory in Liberty for many years.
Sandra is survived by three children; Jeannie Murray, Deannie McCurley, and Barry Patterson; one sister, Cheryl Wilson, and four grandchildren, Kerry Murray, Lindsey Patterson, Haley Patterson, and Alalina Patterson.
She was a founding member of New Hope Church.
Visitation is Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at New Hope Church from 9:30 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. followed by graveside services in New Hope Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Ellis Hollingsworth.
Gerald Malone McGuire, 88, died Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb, MS. following a life well lived.
Mr. McGuire was born August 4, 1929, in Memphis, TN to Thomas L. and Willie McGuire. Gerald was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, storyteller, friend to many, and stranger to no one. He leaves behind a loving family saddened by his loss, but grateful for the time they had with him. He had a lifelong love of fishing, big family cookouts, spoiling his grandchildren, Ole Miss, and New Orleans Saints football. Gerald joined the service at age 16, having his parents sign permission to serve his country in Army Engineers following WWII. Returning from the service he became a long haul truck driver and could recount every town and city he had traveled to, and how to get there. With a wonderful sense of humor, a passion for storytelling, and his experiences in life and on the road, he made people laugh and feel at ease. Most recently, he was also known as the Mayor of Liberty Community Living Center, serving as their Disc Jockey, master of Bingo, and many other fun activities for the residents.
He leaves, the love of his life, his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Campbell McGuire; sons, Mickey McGuire (Brenda) and Gerald Malone McGuire II (Kim); daughters, Charlotte McGuire Reynolds (Ronnie) and Sandra McGuire Guest (Ron); grandsons, Michael McGuire, Brian McGuire, Ron Reynolds (Tanya), Will McGuire (Gina), and Sam Guest; granddaughters, Brandy Fredette and Claire Guest Lowe (Jody); great-grandsons, Troy Fredette, Christopher McGuire, Matthew McGuire, Joshua McGuire, Luke Fredette, Wyatt, Terry Lee, and William Thomas McGuire, Jr; great-granddaughters, Leigh Claire McGuire, Jamie Claire Fredette, Madi Kate Wallace, Ember, Mary Hollis Lowe, and Mila Auden McGuire; sisters, Marceline Johnson and Martha Finnan (Dan); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas L and Willie McGuire; brothers, William Thomas “Mickey” McGuire and James F McGuire; sisters, Mary McGuire DePoister, Willie McGuire Blaylock, June McGuire Spieghts, and Neva McGuire Smith.
Visitation will be Friday from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, MS and again on Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at Liberty Baptist Church on Main Street until services begin there at 11:00 A.M. Dr. David Millican and Reverend James Sandler will officiate. Burial services will follow at East Fork Cemetery.
Grady M. Arnold, 59, of Crosby, Mississippi, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the Adams County Nursing Home in Natchez, MS. He was born November 7, 1958 in Wilkinson County, the son of Gene Alton Arnold Sr. and Myrtle Auline Phipps Arnold.
Grady Arnold is survived by six children, Mathew Gavin Holly, Grady Arnold, Fargo Arnold, Jonathan Hill, Carl Arnold, and Shawn Arnold; one sister, Jeannie Arnold; four brothers, Gene Arnold Jr., Dean Arnold, Roger Arnold, and Lenny Arnold; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Gene Alton Arnold Sr. and Myrtle Auline Phipps Arnold Nicholas; and one brother, Barry Arnold.
Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, July 13, 2018, at Phipps Family Cemtery near Crosby. MS., officiated by Rev. Warren Whitaker.
Betty Nevels Stevens Wilkins, 77, of Gloster, Mississippi, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her beloved family, on Friday July 6, 2018. Born into this world on February 14, 1941, Betty was one of nine children blessed to parents Marlin and Ruth Nevels of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
She is survived by her husband Archie Wilkins, sons Glenn Stevens and wife Rachael, and Ricky Stevens; grandchildren Dan Stevens and wife Dearing; DeLacy McLachlan and husband Michael; Slade Stevens; Willie Louviere and husband Sam; Holt Stevens and wife Allie; great-grandchildren Toby Grace and Emery Lynn Stevens, Rylie Ann and Brooks McLachlan, Logan and Addie Claire Louviere, Holton Breaux, Londyn Albarado, and Aiden, Chandler, and Jordan Montet; step-children Bridget LeBlanc, Wayne Wilkins, Dale Wilkins, Leah Jones, Doug Bennett, Dwayne Bennett, Tara Hough; and three siblings, Wilma Brownell, Sadie Hewitt and Marvin Nevels, along with numerous nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, James, Wren, and Joseph; her sisters, Edith Adcock, Eva Ivy, and her step-son, Mark Wilkins.
Betty was a born entrepreneur who successfully owned and operated a variety of businesses including Betty Stevens Real Estate for over 30 years where she was named Realtor of the Year in 1989 by the Southwest Mississippi Board of Realtors, a consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics for over 25 years, Betty’s Attic which featured antiques and gifts, Dixieland Fried Chicken, and Diamond Enterprise Inc.
Betty prided herself through her public works, serving as past President of the Gloster Chamber of Commerce, founding member of the Wilk-Amite Lions Club, and a devoted supporter of Pines Hills Academy.
Betty was a member of First Assembly of God in Gloster.
Visitation is Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Monday, July 9, from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Monday, at the funeral home. Interment in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster
Graveside Services by Rev. Kevin Dixon
Pallbearers are Dan Stevens, Slade Stevens, Ricky Stevens, Ron Ivey, Marty Ford, and Wayne Wilkins
It is with a heavy heart and great sadness the passing of a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Woody Carter went to meet our heavenly father on June 27, 2018, after battling a lengthy illness.
Funeral Services for Woodrow “Woody” Carter, age 67, will be held at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS on Saturday, June 30, 2018, with the Rev. Reggie Foreman officiating. Visitation is from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. with funeral services to follow at 3:00 P.M. Woody will be laid to rest at Roseland Cemetery in Gloster, MS.
Woody was born in Gloster, MS. to Herman and Mabel Zimmerman Carter.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene Carter of Welsh, LA. and their three children, Shannon (Steve) Nicholson of Albany, Oregon, Christopher Carter of Portland, Oregon, and Shawn Carter of Maui, Hawaii; four grandchildren Hailey, Hayden, Hadlee, and Isaac Nicholson of Albany, Oregon; his sister, Elizabeth Ann (Charles) Havard of Simes, Al.; two brothers, Talmadge (Bertha) Carter of Gonzales, La. and Robert (Ann) Carter of Gloster, MS., and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather; a friend to many. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Herman Sims “Boots” Carter.
Woody enjoyed gardening, reading, listening to his music (Swamp Pop and Country). He enjoyed watching movies and quiet evenings at home with his family and his pets, Piper, Skipper, Little Bit, and Pepper.
He worked thirty plus years as a water waste operator and supervisior for various town and cities in both La. and MS. He was a master plumber and pipefitter having worked at the local 198.
He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army and was proud to be an American, defending our freedoms that we are allowed to enjoy.
We would like to thank the V.A. Clinic in Jennings, LA. , the staff of our Lady of Lourdes in Lafayette, La., Camelot Place in Crowley, La., and Louisiana Hospice Paliative Care in Jennings, La.
Richard L. Halford Sr., 90, of Gloster, Mississippi, passed away Thursday June 21, 2018 at Southwest Regional Medical Center in McComb, MS. He was born June 11, 1928 in Amite County, MS., the son of Willie Redden and Willie Mae Halford. He was employed at Kaiser Aluminum in Chalmette, La. for 31 years.
Richard enjoyed fishing, hunting, and particularly fox hunting. His favorite thing was to go to the fox pen with PaPa D where they would stay up all night and listen to the dogs run.
Richard is survived by one daughter Debra Ard and her husband Mike; two grandchildren, Amanda Ard and Ryan Ard; three great-grandchildren Alissa Carter, Brennan Knight, and A.J. Ard; one great grandchild, Kylin Carter; and one sister, Emma Jane Jackson.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one son Richard “Shorty” Halford; five brothers and two sisters.
Visitation is Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Mississippi, from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 1:00 P.M. at the funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Kevin Dixon. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff at Wilkinson County Nursing Center in Centreville, MS. for their kindness over the last several years.
“One day you will hear I died. Don’t believe a word of it. I will be more alive than I have ever been.”
Mary L. Partin, 70, of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Thursday June 14, 2018 at Wilkinson County Senior Care in Centreville, MS. She was born May 26, 1944 in Lake Village, Arkansas, the daughter of Preston Henry and Dorothy Louise Blissitt.
Mary was married to Seith Partin Jr. for 56 years and was a member of Tower Hill Church in Liberty, MS. She was a homemaker, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved being with her family and enjoyed the outdoors. After living with dementia for several years, she is now whole again and walking with the Lord.
Mary is survived by her husband Seith Partin Jr.: two sons, Seith Eugene Partin and wife Abby, and James Edward Partin and wife Kelly; three daughters, Mary Elizabeth Hopkins and husband Eric, Teresa Lynn Collier and husband Rodney, and Tonya Lynette Beatty and husband Toby; 13 grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren; and two brothers, Major Henry Blissitt and Kenneth Edward Blissitt.
She is preceded in death by two brothers, James Estes Blissitt and Gerald Eugene Blissitt; and one sister, Lena Pearl Hall.
Visitation is Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, Mississippi, from 1:00 P.M. until time of religious services at 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Doug Akins.
Nelma Lea Murray a lifelong residence of Crosby, MS passed away on June 13, 2018 at her home. She was born June 2, 1931 to Hiram Judson Ashley and Mary Juanita Wisner Ashley. . She was a Homemaker and a Life Time member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by one son Robert D. Murray, two daughters Nelwyn Wilkinson and husband Thomas, and Eddye Faye Lofton and husband Paul; grandchildren Kerry Murray and wife Michelle, Elvin Perry III and wife Mandy, Ashley Heath Perry, and Mackenzie Wilkinson; great grandchildren Miranda Perry, Sean Perry, Dylan Perry, Emma and Emily Perry, and Connor Murray; one brother, Arlie Vernel “Stumpy” Ashley; numerous nieces, nephews: and special friend Sandra Sturdivant
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Eddie Murray, one Sister Katheryn McManus; four Brothers Kennon, W.J., Buddy, and Billy Wayne Ashley
Visitation, Friday, June 15, 2018 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Mississippi from 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.and Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Perrytown Church of Christ From 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, at the church, officiated by Bro. Bernard Waites. Interment will follow at Ashley Cemetery
Pallbearers are Elvin Perry III, Sean Perry, Kerry Murray, Bobby Johnson, Wayne Johnson, and Shannon Ashley.
Honorary Pallbearers are Harold Ashley, Ashley Heath Perry, Tim Ashley, Wayne Ashley, Dan Perry, Adam Perry, and Butch Thurman.
Vera M. Prestridge, 89, of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, MS. She was born June 15, 1928 in Simmesport, Louisiana, the daughter of Samuel R. Norwood and Maude Bordelon Norwood. She was a bookkeeper, and a member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church in Liberty. Vera is survived by her daughter, Kit Prestridge of Ridgeland, MS. one step-daughter Jean Chappell, one step-son Charles Prestridge, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Vera is preceded in death by her parents, Samuel R. Norwood and Maude Bordelon Norwood, and her husband Ralph M. Prestridge.
Visitation is Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Liberty Presbyterian Church in Liberty, MS. from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. at the church, officiated by Rev. Walt Gaston and Rev. John Evans. Interment will follow in Liberty Cemetery, Liberty, Mississippi.
Pallbearers are Greg Barron, Aubrey Blalock, Ricky Stratton, Randy Caston, Derrick Dahl, and Charles Prestridge.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to Liberty Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 219, Liberty, MS. 39645 or Amite County Historical and Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 2, Liberty, MS. 39645.
Dorothy Elaine Anderson Netterville, 82, longtime resident of Gloster, Mississippi, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018, at her residence near Gloster. She was born September 16, 1935 in Centreville, MS., the daughter of James B. Anderson and Dorothy White Anderson.
She married D.M. “Sonny” Netterville Jr., July 1, 1955, and was a devoted wife, homemaker, and mother. Her hobbies were cooking, baking, and reading. She was a faithful member of Centreville United Methodist Church and was most famous at their fellowship lunches for her pineapple casserole and chicken pot pie.
She is survived by two daughters, Karen N. McCartney and husband Robert; Cindy N. Etheridge and husband Dale; one son James D. Netterville; two grandchildren, Samantha McCartney Pellichino and husband Matthew, and Jousha Etheridge and wife Jordan; one great grandson Mason Cole Pellichino; and two sisters, Elizabeth Ann Anderson and Sharon A. Dooley.
She is preceded in death by her parents, James B. Anderson and Dorothy White Anderson, her husband D.M. (Sonny) Netterville, and one son D.M. “Buddy” Netterville lll.
Visitation is Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS., from 9:30 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, at the funeral home, officiated by Bro. Chelsae Knight. Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Centreville United Methodist Church or American Heart Association.
John Dudley Ashley, former resident of Wilkinson County, Mississippi, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama. John was born December 27, 1929, in Buffalo, Mississippi, the son of John Wesley Ashley and Juanita Netterville Ashley.
Soon after his marriage to his “sweetheart from the first grade”, Bobbye June Carter, John began four years of military service at Keesler Air Force Base. After his discharge from the Air Force, he began a forty-year civil service career in electronics and missile systems, working in Mississippi, Kentucky, South Korea, retiring from Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.
John was an avid bird hunter, gardener, and fixer of everything! His passion for knowing the Bible and sharing his deep belief in God was evident to all who knew him. Like his mother, John was a serious Bible student and admired others who were honest students. Every family member anticipated his Bible questions and were always challenged.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years, Bobbye Carter Ashley: two sons, Tim Ashley and wife Pam and Mark Ashley and wife Sarah; brother Billy Joe Ashley and wife Patsy; five grandchildren, Ty Ashley and wife Brittany, Katy Ashley Orr and husband Lucas, Amber Ashley, David Ashley and wife Katie, and Elizabeth Ashley Peregrin and husband Daniel; and eight great-grandchildren, Sam, Silas, Smith, Lilly, Anna, and Abby Ashley; Carter Orr, and Luke Peregrin.
John was preceded in death by, his parents, John W. Ashley and Juanita Netterville Ashley.
Visitation is Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Corinth Church of Christ from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at the church. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville, MS.
Pallbearers are Ty Ashley, David Ashley, Jerry Geter, Austin Cavin, Charlie Netterville, Justin Cavin.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of John Dudley Ashley to the His Way, Inc., 582 Shields Road, Huntsville, Alabama, 35811.
Connie Terrell Travis, 46, a resident of Liberty, MS., passed away on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018. She was born in Centreville, MS March 21st 1972. She’s the Daughter of Carl and Sandra Terrell.
She is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth Delynn Travis, her sweet parents Carl and Sandra Terrell, her precious children and grandson, three daughters, Stephanie Nicole Travis and fiancé Justin Lloyd Sullivan, Olivia Carlene Travis, Kayla Lynn Travis and boyfriend Phillip Bryce Miller: one son; Terrell Delynn Travis: Grandson Kameron Lee Simmons, all of Liberty, MS. Two Brother-In-Laws; Glen Oliver Travis of Roseland, LA. and Buddy Travis and Wife Delores of Port Washington, Wisconsin. Two Sister-In-Laws, Deloris Travis Holden and husband Doyle of Denham Springs, LA. and Angela Estes Travis of Kentwood, LA. nephew Josh Terrell and wife Kristin of Liberty, MS and other numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her Grandparents, Robert “Bob” Terrell and Muriel Smith Terrell, Gordon Wroten and Magdalene Wroten; her Brother Christopher “CT” Terrell, uncles Robbie Maurice Terrell and Bobby Hoyt Terrell; In laws; Oliver and Florine Travis, and Brother-In-Law Darren Travis.
She was known for her caring heart, her beautiful contagious smile and her love for others. She was truly a wonderful and amazing wife and daughter, mother and grandmother. Her proudest accomplishments were her children and grandson and her first granddaughter on the way that she was thrilled for. She loved spending time with her family, playing with her dogs and pigmy goats every afternoon with her parents and children, spending time and going places with her husband who she loved so very much and her children, watching her grandson play baseball and spoiling him before she sent it home. She worked at Hood Container in St. Francisville, LA for eight years, she was known as “Aunt Connie” and she loved her Hood Family dearly. She was a huge LSU football fan, every Saturday she was in front of the TV. She would say she “bleeds purple and gold”. She had a great sense of humor and she would light the room up with her laughter. She would do anything for everyone and she had great Faith and she taught her kids to be the same and had the strongest bond with all of them. She will be so very missed by so many but she will never be forgotten of the wonderful and strong woman she was.
Visitation is Friday, June 1, 2018 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, MS. from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. and Saturday, from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Terrell Cemetery.
Dale R. Anderson, 80, of Liberty, MS., passed away Monday, May 28, 2018 at Wilkinson County Senior Care in Centreville, MS. He was born December 15, 1937 in Perry, Iowa, the son of Olaf Anderson and Evelyn Gustafson. He was an underwater welder .
He is survived by his wife Judith A. Anderson of Liberty, MS., one son, Barton Anderson, one daughter, Krystina Anderson, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, two brothers, and son Wendell Ray Anderson.
Visitation is Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, MS. from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. and Friday, June 1, 2018, from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. Burial will follow in Incognito Cemetery at his home near Liberty.
Sherry Jeannine Arnold, 64, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at her residence near Gloster. She was born January 22, 1954, the daughter of Grady and Margaret Arnold. She was a Registered Nurse.
Sherry is survived by two grandsons, Bradley Hastings and Wesley Hastings; granddaughter in law, Tiffany Hastings; four great grandchildren, Alissa Hastings, Makayla Hastings, Lailah Hastings, and Avery Hastings.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Margaret Arnold, her husband Gene Arnold, and her daughter, Stacy Hastings.
Visitation is Friday, May 18, 2018 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M., and Saturday, 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster.
Pallbearers are Donald Hastings, Michael Watts, Daniel Easterly, Kory Cafaro, John Dykes, and Hayden Mitchell.
Morris Jackson "Precious in the sight of The Lord is the death of His saints." Psalm 116:15 Morris Allen Jackson (PawPaw) was born on April 14, 1931, in Amite County, Mississippi to Ernest and Lena Jackson. On May 14, 2018, surrounded by his family, he went to be with His Savior, Jesus and his beloved bride, Georgene Perry Jackson. He made it just in time to celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary on May 25th.
He was a husband, daddy and a very much adored PawPaw to not only his biological grandchildren, but to many, many others who knew and loved him. He was the sweetest and definitely the cutest PawPaw you ever did see.
Although he had many jobs along the way, two were very dear to his heart; owning the Zachary Texaco Service Station, and driving a truck for Amoco Oil Co. He loved to reminisce about his days on the road and he was known for sporting that bright green trucker hat.
PawPaw is survived by his brother Bobby Saucier, his children and their spouses; Adrian and Brenda Jackson of Prairieville, La and Marcia (Marc as he lovingly called her) and Jimbo Howard, of Zachary, La; his grandchildren and their spouses; Kelly Jackson, Amy and Ricardo Agra, Lacey and Todd Lobell, Blaine and Jim Imhoff, Laryn and Jeremy Rayburn, Laremy and Brittany Howard; and the light of his life and bright spot in his days, his great-grandchildren; Ella and Addison Kriger, Landon Glascock, Juliette and Ricardo Agra, Beau, Cavin and Georgie-Drew Lobell, Tucker Cox, Ethan Rayburn, J.P. and Whatley Imhoff and Rylan Kimble.
PawPaw was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and his siblings; Jack, Hazel, Myrtle, Jewel, Nita , Paul and David. Pall Bearers will be Laremy Howard, Todd Lobell, Greg Perry, Steve Perry, Mike Perry, Shannon Boykin and Dale Boykin. The arrangements are as follows: Visitation on Thursday, May 17 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and again on Friday May 18, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with the service beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Ms., officiated by Rev. Les Colvin and Rev. Paul Ballard. Burial will be at Mars Hill Church in Perrytown, MS.
To know our PawPaw was to love him, and he was oh so very loved. We are eternally grateful to the staff at Grace Rehab in Slaughter for the wonderful care they provided him over the last year and a half. We are especially grateful to Jess Stott, Lakesha Dunn, Jeania Jackson, Maria Anthony, Erica Carr, Janice Jackson and Shawanda Powell for not only taking excellent care of him, but for truly adopting him as their very own "PawPaw."
We would also like to thank all of the Dr.'s, nurses and CNA's at the Carpenter House of Baton Rouge for the sweetest care during his final days. The peace of Jesus, that surpasses all understanding was with us the entire time, and for that we are forever thankful.
In lieu of flowers, please hug a loved one and take a moment to express the value they bring to your life.
Melissa “Tiny” Wilkinson, 52, of Liberty, MS. passed away Sunday May 13, 2018 at her residence near Liberty. She was born April 19, 1966 in Liberty, of Ray and Lorraine Wilkinson.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Lorraine Wilkinson; her grandparents, Floyd and Sadie Wilkinson and Rev. Mace and Jenny Caston.
She is survived by her father Ray Wilkinson; two brothers, Allen “Rusty” Wilkinson and Howard “Rock” Wilkinson; one sister, Betty Arnold all of Liberty; one niece Amber and James Bedford; one nephew Larry Arnold; a great niece Heartly Bedford; and one great nephew Floyd Bedford.
Visitation is Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at New Salem Baptist Church from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M., and Wednesday 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, at New Salem Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Mike Alexander. Interment will follow in Jackson-Wilkinson Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Austin Wilkinson, Jacob Wilkinson, James Bedford, Terry Temple, Jason Latham, and Brodi Russell.
Harlan Matthew Hill, 29, of Gloster, MS. passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Livingston Parish near Denham Springs, La. He was born May 20, 1988 in Baton Rouge, La., the son of Harlan Ross Hill and Pamela Barbee Hill.
He is survived by his parents: Harlan Ross and Pamela Hill; his grandparents, Glancy and Mary Hill, Linda Vercher and Johnny “Peanut” Barbee; his sister, Lacie Hill; his fiaince Jamie Barrilleaux; and five children, Carson Barrilleaux, Harlan Matthew Hill Jr., Hadley Hill, Emily Grace Johnson, and Armani.
Visitation is Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS. from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 12:00 Noon Tuesday, at the funeral Home. Interment will follow in Resting Hills Cemetery.
Bobby Hoyt Terrell, lifelong resident of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Saturday May 5, 2018 at his residence near Liberty. He was born January 11, 1937 in Liberty, the son of the late Robert Newton “Bob” Terrell and Muriel Carolyn Smith Terrell.
Bobby Hoyt was a lifelong member of Liberty United Methodist Church and a graduate of Liberty High School class of 1956 where he played football in high school. He was a member of Liberty Lodge #37 F and Am and was retired from James River Paper Corporation in St. Francisville, La.
His later loves in life were fishing and watching his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren play football, basketball, baseball, and softball.
He is survived by his wife Sharon Byrd Terrell; his daughter, Bobbie Lucinda “Cindy” Terrell Edwards; two sons, Warren Hoyt Terrell and wife Marilyn and William Robert “Will” Terrell; one brother Carl Jennings Terrell; granddaughter, Carolyn Naomi Edwards; three grandsons, Hugh Daniel “Danny” Edwards Jr., William Brandon Terrell, and Robert Blake Terrell; special adopted children, Brent Albritton, Linda Hart; special adopted grandchildren, Kyle Cobb, Trevor Coleman, Madison Breaux, and Taylor Slocum; four great granddaughters, Naomi Marie Callender, Emmalyn Allyse Edwards, Britton Grace Edwards, and Evangeline Grace Terrell; three great grandsons, Jakob Brian Callender, Hayden Daniel Edwards, and Ian Andrew Edwards; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his twin brother Robbie Maurice Terrell, nephew Christopher “CT” Terrell, and son-in-law Hugh Daniel Edwards Sr.
Visitation will be Monday, May 7, 2018 at Liberty United Methodist Church from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Tuesday from 12:00 Noon until time of funeral services at 1:00 P.M. at the church, officiated by Rev. Megan Reed and Rev. Bruce McKenzie. Interment will follow in Nunnery Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Wayne Byrd, Trevor Coleman, Kyle Cobb, Brent Allbritton, Josh Terrell, Blake Terrell, Brandon Terrell, and Danny Edwards.
Honorary pallbearers are Alan Terrell, Andy Terrell, Bobby Byrd, Russell Byrd, Darren Byrd, Charles Byrd, Douglas Byrd Jr., Michael Byrd, Richard Byrd, Eric Byrd, Jakob Callender, Hayden Edwards, and Ian Edwards.
Bernal Peter Bacon, native of Louisiana, and resident of Amite County, Mississippi, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Wilkinson County Nursing Home in Centreville, MS. He was born June 26, 1931 in Plaucheville, La. the son of Oscar Bacon and Eunice Kimbal Bacon.
He was a maintenance supervisor with Louisiana Department of Corrections, a member of Enterprise Baptist Church, and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Raye Wilkinson Bacon; son; Darrell Bacon and wife Patty; daughter, Debbie Staples and husband Doug; son; Bruce Bacon and wife Mary; son Mike Hudson; daughter Robin Deville and husband Bubby; son Mark Hudson and wife Angie; grandchildren, Ricky, Daniel, Jennifer, Devon, Tiffany, Ryan, Justin, Kaycie, Diana, Danielle, Jean, John; great grandchildren, Zoie, Zachary, Seth, Dakota, Kylar, Christian, Gracey, Destini, Brycen, Kymber, Hayden, Aubree, and Ava.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Eunice Bacon, one grandson Brad Bacon.
Visitation is Monday, May 7, 2018 at Enterprise Baptist Church near Liberty, MS.,
from 5:00P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Tuesday, at Greenoaks Funeral Home in Baton Rouge, from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 12:00 Noon. Officiated by Rev. Shan VanNorman, Interment will follow in Greenoaks Cemetery in Baton Rouge, La. All of his grandsons will be pallbearers.
Alton Perry Sr., 79, of Crosby, Mississippi, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018 at his residence near Crosby. He was born October 25, 1938 in Adams County, MS., the son of Jessie Mitchell and Eva Rae Oaks Perry.
Alton was a Welder by trade, a member of First Pentecostal Church of Natchez, U.S. Army Veteran, and an avid fisherman.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Margie Freeman Perry; two children Melissa Darlene and Gary Alton Perry Jr. and Nancy. Seven grandchildren, Elizabeth, Daniel, Christina, Catherne, Calvin, Misti, and Delia; twelve great grandchildren; two nephews; one special sister-in-law, Rachel Dennison; and two brother in laws, Robert and Clayton Freeman.
He is preceded in death by his father Jessie Mitchell Perry: his mother, Eva Rae Oaks Perry; two sisters, Frances Joyce and Yvonne Renee; and grandson Michael James.
Visitation is Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS., from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Visitation Monday, May 7, is from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. James Johnson. Interment will follow in Hopewell Cemetery.