Brown Funeral Home

Gloster & Liberty

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.  

 


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..

 

 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, native of Gloster, MS. and longtime resident of Denham Springs, LA, 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. She was a retired nurse.
Survivors include three  daughters, Barbara Bolinger and her husband Jerry; Brenda Weather, and Billie Laird;  one son Marvin L. Smith Jr.;   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;  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;  great-great-grandchildren, Bryton Clardy, Brantley Clardy, Silas Smith, Jeremiah St.Romaine, and Blaze Upton.
She is preceded in death  by her parents, Jasper and Nonice Way Whittington, her husband Marvin L. Smith…
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, officiated by Rev. Danny Cook..  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.


​James Davis Nettles, 73, of Gloster, Mississippi, passed away Friday, December 29, 2017 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La.
He was born July 30, 1944, the son of Charles M Nettles and Ina M. Robertson Nettles.  James worked as a Dredgeboat operator for many years.
James is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Betty Griffin Nettles; two sons, Bobby Nettles and Jamie Nettles; one daughter  Patricia Nettles Fourrier;   five grandchildren, Hollie Quebedeaux,  Adam Fourrier, Kali Nettles, Dakotah Nettles, and Daltyn Nettles; 3 great-grand children  Lyla Quebedeaux,  Elijah Quebedeaux, and Aiden Fourrier.                                    He is preceded in death by four brothers, John Nettles,  B.J. Nettles,  Virgil Nettles, and Charles Nettles Jr.;   three sisters, Mildred Simpson,  Agnes Townsend, and Gloria Jean McElwee.
Visitation is Tuesday, January2, 2017, at Spirit Life Church, 605 Sterling St., Gloster, MS.39638,  from 2:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.   Also Wednesday January 3, from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. at the church, officiated by Rev. Jackie Moulder.  Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery.  

 


Gloria  Jean  “Jeannie”  Cavin
A native of Crosby, Mississippi,  passed away Wednesday December 27, 2017 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La.  She was 62, born August 30, 1955,  the daughter of Freddie Gene Jackson and Martha Piersa Jackson.
She was a medical assistant at Catchings Clinic in Woodville, MS for over twenty-five years.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two sons Lev Keith Cavin and Brad Lev Cavin; and one Sister, Merrie Rowe.
She is survived by her husband Lev Cavin:  two sons Michael Chris Cavin and Jack “Britt” Cavin and wife Desiree; one Brother Otis Jackson; four Sisters; Nancy Payne, Theresa Clayton, Carolyn Floyd, and Linda Russell; four grandchildren; Danielle Cavin, Reva Cavin, Jack Cavin,  and Leah Cavin.
Visitation  is Saturday,  December 30, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS.,  from 10 am until time of funeral services at 12:00  Noon Saturday, at Brown Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Union Cemetery on Highway 563 near Crosby, MS. officiated by Rev. Warren Whitaker.
Pallbearers will be John Reason, Ronald Haney, Rusty Bonds, Dale Floyd, Bo Robertson, Ben Crochet, Pat Conerly and Donny Stokes.
In Lieu of Flowers the Family request that you make donations to Back Bennett’s Act of Christian Kindness @ P.O. Box 1739 Woodville, MS 39669.​


Emma Demaris “Dee” Gardner Schamberger                                                                                                                                     “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”    2 Timothy 4:7
Dee Schamberger of Baton Rouge, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2017 at Liberty Community Living Center in Liberty, MS. after a brief illness.
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, MS. from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.   Visitation will resume Thursday at Liberty Baptist Church from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, at the church. Interment will follow in Liberty Cemetery.
Dee was born on January 18, 1929 at home in Liberty to Prentiss and Laura Gardner. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She had a servant’s heart and a passion for helping others. Before retiring she was a hair stylist and owned her own salon. She handled her less than perfect life with humor, dignity and grace.
Dee was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George Schamberger, her former husband and her children’s father, Smith McDaniel;  four brothers, Paul, Maurice, and Walter (Preacher) Gardner of Magnolia, MS. and  Roy Gardner of Natchez, MS. ; one sister, Mildred Mauroner of Hammond.
She is survived by her daughters, Tommie Dee McDaniel Otts, Terrie McDaniel Kirkland and spouse Charles (Smiley) of Liberty, MS. and Betty McDaniel Prestridge and spouse John of Baton Rouge;  one step-son George Edward Schamberger and spouse Jean of Ocean Springs, MS.  She had nine grandchildren,  Kelle and Ben Prestridge, Robin Otts Parker, Deana Cupid Dunaway, Katie Cupid , Clay Kirkland, Katherine Schamberger Schroeder, George and Scott Schamberger; fifteen great-grandchildren, and numerous  nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be John Prestridge, Smiley Kirkland, Cris Dunaway, Randy Parker, Brendan Parker, and Clay Kirkland.  Honorary pallbearers are Ben Prestridge and Nick Prestridge.
She was a long-time member of New Life Church in Baton Rouge, LA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in her memory to New Life Church, 365 Staring Lane, Baton Rouge, La. 70810 or Liberty Baptist Church, P.O. Box 73, Liberty, Ms. 39645.

 

Robert Lucius Morgan, 91, of Liberty, MS passed away peacefully Friday December 15, 2017 at Liberty Community Living Center.  
Mr. Morgan was born on March 11, 1926 the son of  Charles “Charlie” Morgan and Margaret Edna Smith Morgan.  In 1944 Mr. Morgan joined the United States Navy and fought fearlessly in World War II.  He was a retired electrician.
Mr. Morgan was married to Mildred Morgan and is survived by her and  their two daughters and their spouses, Verna Jackson and  Mark, and Donna Gurney and Ikey;  three grandchildren and their spouses,  Yantzie Jackson and Melissa, Kyle Jackson and Jana, and April Roberts and Jimmy; five great grandchildren and their spouses: Christopher Jackson and Jordan , Emma Jackson, Ethan Jackson,  Olivia Jackson, and Madeline Roberts. Mr. Morgan is also survived by his special cousin Johnny Morgan as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and a countless number of friends.
Mr. Morgan is preceded in death by his parents Charles “Charlie” Morgan, Margaret Edna Smith Morgan, and his only brother Roy Lee Morgan.
Visitation will be Sunday December 17, 2017 from 4 to 7pm, at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, MS., and again Monday December 18, 2017  10am until service time at 11am at Brown Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Liberty Cemetery with full Military Honors.

 


Barbara Ann Tessier, 83, of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Monday December 4, 2017 at Liberty Community Living Center. She was born February 11, 1934 in Liberty, the daughter of Emmitt Kirkland and Mattie Smith Kirkland.
She was a seamstress at Carters Garment Factory,  a member of Bethel Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her son Thomas Harvey and his wife Deirdre; two grandchildren, Ryan Harvey and wife Heather, and Alex Harvey;  eight  great-grandchildren,  Alaya,  Haley,  Weston , Hunter,  Brianna,  Payton,  Isabelle, and Jacob.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Emmitt Kirkland and Mattie Smith Kirkland; her husband Tommy Tessier;  three brothers, Aubrey Kirkland, Wallace Kirkland, and Buddy Kirkland; and one sister, Edna Earl Simpson.
Visitation is Thursday, December 7, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, MS., from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. And Friday from 12:00 noon until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. James Sadler.  Interment will follow in Bethel Cemetery.

 

Beverly Jo Forman, of Liberty, MS., passed away Saturday December 2, 2017, at St. Dominick Medical Center in Jackson, MS.   She was 60, born May 18, 1957, the daughter of Hilton and Ira Mae Freeman.
Beverly was a Licensed Practical Nurse and attended Royal Chapel Church.
She is survived by her husband, Bennis Forman Jr.;  her daughter, Carrie Delaney and her husband Robert; her brother, Ken Freeman and his wife Susan;  five grandchildren,  Brandon Delaney, Anna Delaney, Taylor McKey, Madison Delaney, and Davie Delaney;   her sister-in-law, Theresa Freeman; nephew Matt Freeman; niece Alicia Randall; and nephew Devin Freeman.
She was preceded in death by her parents,  Hilton Freeman and Ira Mae Campbell Freeman, and her brother, Gary Freeman.
Visitation is Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M..  Visitation Wednesday is from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Lonnie Case and Rev. Burnett Carroway. Interment will follow in New Hope Cemetery.



Willian “Bill” Hargrove, 69, of Crosby, Mississippi, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the Veterans Administration Regional Medical Center in Jackson, MS. He was born November 2, 1948 in Norfolk, Virginia, the son of the late Russell Richard Hargrove and Martha Ann Cooke Hargrove.  Mr. Hargrove was a retired  U.S. Navy veteran with twenty years of service.  He was self employed in his retired years.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Bradley Blackwell Hargrove; two children, Brian Blackwell and Kasey Blackwell;  two grandchildren, Kayley Blackwell  and Karys Blackwell;    seven  brothers, Russell Hargrove, Larry Hargrove, Marty Hargrove, Jerry Hargrove, W.J. Hargrove, Robert Bradley, and David Bradley; four sisters, Sharron Pickett, Raye Lynn Harris, Mary Bradley, and Betty Lou Edmondson.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ethel Hargrove Dorman;  and two brothers, Tony Hargrove and John Bradley.    Visitation is Monday, December 4, 2017, at  Crosby Baptist Church in Crosby, MS. from 2:00 P.M. until time of  funeral services are at 4:00 P.M. Monday at the church, officiated by Rev. Bart Houston and Rev. Brad DeLaughter.


Lee E. Causey, 70, native of Amite County, MS. and resident of Denham Springs, La., passed away Monday,  November 27, 2017 at Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La.  He was born June 3, 1947 in Liberty, MS. the son of the late Ambrose and Leila Causey.  Mr. Causey was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Air Force. He later was employed by and retired from Exxon Chemical Company as a Truck Driver.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Smith Causey:   two daughters,  Stacie Bujol and her husband Barry, and Missy Causey.   One grandson, Byron Bujol and one granddaughter Kayla Bujol.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ambrose Causey and Leila Wilkinson Causey.
Visitation is Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, MS. from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Saturday,  at the funeral home.   Interment will follow in Bethany Cemetery with military honors.

 

Charles E. “Mr. Buddy”  Sansing, 86 , lifelong resident of Gloster, Mississippi, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at his residence.  He was born February 18, 1931, the son of the late Alvin and Minnie Sansing.  Mr. Buddy was a millwright and a member of Galilee Baptist Church in Gloster.
He is survived by his wife Hilda Havard Sansing:  three children, Chuck Sansing and his wife Debra, Melissa Daniel and her husband Barry, and Dee Sansing;  six grandchildren;  Elizabeth Barnes and her husband Shane,   Renee Sullivan and her husband Keith, Ray Jenkins, Darby Nevels, Brandon Howell, and Hailey Trim;  four great grandchildren; Luke Hubbard, Zach Hubbard, Emilee Sullivan, and Aurora Polisso.
Visitation will be Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Galilee Baptist Church in Gloster, MS., beginning at 1:00 P.M. until time of  services;  a celebration of the life of Mr. Buddy;  at 2:00 P.M., officiated by Rev. Brian Malone.
The family requests: please do not send flowers:   but make donations to St. Jude’s Children Hospital or a charity of your choice.

 ​Carl Joseph Melitos
was born October 29, 1972 in Lafayette, LA.  He was 45 years old a resident of   Houston, TX and Gulfport, MS.   Carl died due to injuries sustained in automobile accident on November 11, 2017.
He is preceded in death by his Grandparents (Nanny) Jacqueline and (Butchie) Edward Berthelsen, Laplace, LA; James (Jim) Wheeler Sr. Woodville, MS,  Ioannis and Margarita Melitos Paleokomi, Serres, Greece; Aunt Loretta Scott Walker, LA.; Dimitrios Melitos Paleokomi, Serres, Greece; Barbara  Elkhan (godmother) New Iberia, LA.
He is survived by his Parents, Marjorie Wheeler Melitos Marcel and CLYDE Marcel Gulfport, MS; Christos I. Melitos of Gretna, LA and Grand-Mother, Gaylon Wheeler of Woodville, MS.
He is also survived by and DEEPLY LOVED BY HIS FOUR CHILDERN Christos N. Melitos Savannah, GA; Isabella, Nicholas and Matthew Melitos of Gulfport, MS.   Sisters Eva Rivas and husband, Wilmer of Gretna, LA;   Nicke Ernst & husband David Belle Chasse, LA; Brothers John Melitos and Renee Abbenante Gulfport, MS; Sley Sanchez of New Orleans, LA;  Alex Sanchez and wife Cameron New Orleans, LA; CJ Marcel of Gulfport, MS; Amiee Belanger and husband Linwood Houma, LA; Kristi  LaBiche Abbieville, LA.  Uncles and Aunts: James (Jimmy) Wheeler JR and wife Phyllis of Gloster, MS;  Barbie Foster and husband Johnny Debary, FL; Helen Wheeler Clavier & Sandy Wheeler Walker, LA; Thassos Melitos and Wife Rodia Paleokomi, Serres, Greece.   Nieces and Nephews: Athena Rivas of Gretna, LA; Emma and Evan Ernst of Belle Chasse, LA; and Jacob Sanchez New Orleans LA; Grace Belanger Houma, LA.
He is also survived by numerous cousins, aunts and uncles in America, England, Australia, & Greece.  His former wife, Tami Melitos, and Brooke Melitos Rosiere and Missy Melitos the mothers of his Children.
PALL BEARERS ARE  1st Matthew Melitos,   2nd Nicholas Melitos,  3rd Isabella Melitos.  4th Christos N Melitos.                     


A.J. Clark, 76, of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Southwest Regional Medical Center in McComb, MS.  He was born June 21, 1941 in Amite County, MS., the son of Odis Leroy Clark and Lula Whittington Clark.  He worked for Texaco in production as a mechanic  on off shore oil rigs, and worked his farm and cattle.   
He is survived by his daughter, Robin Buchanan and her husband Mike: his two sons, Tony Clark and his wife Debbie, and Paul Clark;   eight  grandchildren, Haley Etheridge, Mallory Buchanan, Taylor Buchanan, Jordan Clark, Kason Clark, Jonah Clark, Alex Luce, and Aubrey Cowart;  one great grandchild, Ryleigh Russell; two sisters, Mildred Jenkins and Janie Hodges.  Preceded in death by his parents; his wife Linda Sue Phipps Clark;  one brother Bill Clark, and one sister, Anna Freeman.
Visiting at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, MS., Thurday, November 16, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. , and Friday, 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. at Brown Funeral Home. Officiated by Rev. Burnette Carraway.   Interment will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery in Centreville, MS.

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J.C. Rollins, 82, lifelong resident of the Oxford community near Gloster,   passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017. He was born January 22, 1935 in Amite County, the son of Curtis Rollins and Nessie Wilkinson Rollins.
Mr. J.C. was a crane operator for Kaiser Aluminum  for 42 years and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church..
He is survived by one daughter Kathy  Rollins Calhoun and her husband Randy;
Two grandchildren, Donnie Harvey and his wife Heather, and Kacie Calhoun Lea and her husband Jason.  Six great grandchildren, Carter Smith,  Jace Lea,  Halle and Tucker Harvey,  Drake and Isabel Barton;  two sisters, Mae Tynes and Juneau Rollins Winfree and her husband Floyd.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Pauline Rollins, one daughter, Theresa Rollins,  one son Jamie Boyd, and one great grandson Cole Harvey.
Visitation is Monday, November 13, 2017at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church,  from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Monday, at the church, officiated by Rev. Blaine Stafford and Rev. Ellis Hollingsworth.
Pallbearers are Donnie Harvey, Jason Lea, Carter Smith, Drake Barton, Barry Price, and Kenny Tynes.   Honorarary pallbearers are Jace Lea and Tucker Harvey.

 

Janice Evelyn Gallman,
89, of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017. She was born July 28, 1928, the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Wilson and Maggie Griffith Wilson.    Mrs. Gallman worked in the Ladies Auxlilary at Lane Memorial Hospital; she was  a homemaker and a member of the Liberty United Methodist Church in Liberty, MS.
She is survived by four children, Beverly Fite and her husband Richard,  Jeff Gallman and his wife Dena, Kay Wilkinson,  and Joan Lumpkin and her husband Billy Joe;    grandchildren, Heather Wilkinson, Chris Wilkinson, Andy and Kasey Lumpkin, Lisa and Kris King, Bill Lumpkin and friend Amanda Baker, Logan Gallman, Anna Snider, Rachel Snider, Richie Fite; five great-grandchildren; two nieces, Shirley Hall, Marilyn Rothwell; and one nephew Billy Wilson.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Emmett Kenneth Gallman Sr., one son Emmett Kenneth Gallman Jr., one son-in-law Joe Wilkinson, one grandchild, Ashley Fite; siblings, Robert Earl Wilson, Bufford T. Wilson,  Versie Wilson, Mignonne Wilson, and Marjorie Wilson; three nephews, Bobby Wilson, Larry Wilson, and Ronnie Wilson.
Visitation is Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, MS. from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.    Graveside services will be held Monday, November 13, at Greenoaks Cemetery in Baton Rouge, La. at  12:30 P.M., Monday,  officiated by Rev. Megan Reed.
Pallbearers are Chris Wilkinson, Logan Gallman, Andy Lumpkin, Bill Lumpkin, Kris King, Billy Joe Lumpkin, and Jeff Gallman.   Honorary Pallbearers are Richard Fite and Richie Rite.

 

Elsie J. Sumrow,
85, longtime resident of Gloster, Mississippi, passed away peacefully Thursday, November 9, 2017.  She was born November 30, 1931 in Jefferson County, MS. the daughter of John Jackson and Nellie McDonald Jackson.  She married Joe Sumrow and had three children, Debby, Libby, and Joey.     
Mrs. Elsie was a legal secretary in the office of Walker J. Carney,  Attorney in Gloster;  and was co-owner, with her late husband Joe, of the Thrifty Mart in Gloster.
She was a member of Galilee Baptist Church for over 60 years; she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school for many years.
Mrs. Elsie is survived by two daughters, Debby Biediger  and her husband Douglas, Libby Eastwood and her husband Jeff, and Joe A. “Joey” Sumrow Jr. and his wife Amy;  four grandchildren, Jared Eastwood, Grant Eastwood, Brady-Anne Sumrow, and Hattie Sumrow; two sisters, Nina Lee Jacksobn Foster and Glenda Kay Jackson Nelson.
She is preceded in death by, her parents, her husband, Joe A. Sumrow Sr., and one sister, Ruby Nell Jackson Ford.
Visitation is Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Galilee Baptist Church beginning at 2:00 PM until time of funeral services at 3:00 PM at the church, officiate by Rev. Brian Malone.   Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery.

 


Thomas H. Whitehead, 83, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson, La.   He was born January 20, 1934 in Amite County, MS, the son of Elbert Nathaniel Whitehead and Ruby Dillon Whitehead. 
Thomas retired from the U.S. Navy as a Master Chief, after twenty years service.  and was later employed by the Valley Wholesale Garden Supply Company.  He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
He is survived by five children, David Whitehead and his wife Rhonda of Springfield, La., Tina Grooms and her husband Rickie of Whitsett, NC.,   Dee McNeall of Charlotte, NC., Delaine Rawlings and her husband Joseph of Dade City, Fl., and Ruby Aline Whitehead of Shreveport, La.:  one brother, Doyle G. Whitehead and his wife Barbara of Gloster, MS.,  one sister, Jennie Livingston of Summit, MS.;  10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two children, Louis Whitehead and Marion Whitehead; four siblings Gladys Hollingsworth, Walter Whitehead, Johnnie Lee Whitehead, and Nathaniel Whitehead.
Visitation is Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Friday from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, at the church, officiated by Rev. David Whitehead and Rev. Blaine Stafford.  Interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Cemetery with Military Honors.
Pallbearers are John Causey,  James Carruth,  Brad Boyd,  Curtis Livingston,  Derrick Whitehead, and Zach Whitehead.  Honorary pallbearers are Billy Whitehead, Wayne Livingston, Mike Whitehead, Ronnie Whitehead, and Glenn Livingston.

 


Wilbert Louis”Tommy” White, passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at his residence in Liberty, MS.  He was born in Baton Rouge, LA.,  September 26, 1944 to Wilbert O. and Bessie M. White.
Tommy, also known as PAW T. to his grandchildren, was a cross country truck driver for many years. He met his true love, Jan, in Denver, Colorado on one of his many trips. After marrying August 10, 1974, they moved to his home town of Gonzales, La. to live.  He retired from  Vulcan Chemical in Geismar, LA. after 20 plus years of service.
Tommy was a hardworking country boy who loved his land and especially working with his cattle.  He was very generous to his family and friends, but almost always spoke his mind. You always knew where you stood with him.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 43 years, Jan; his son, Michael Todd White and his wife Sherete of Lutcher, LA.; his beloved grandchildren, Allen James, Abby Sherete, Jenna Michelle, and Jesse Paul White.  PawT would do almost anything for his grandchildren.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert Oliver White and Bessie Marie White; his maternal grandparents, Oliver Rufus White and Vesta Ursula Broussard White; paternal grandparents, Joseph Louis White and Alma Broussard White: and his in laws, Allen and Lucille Lard.
Memorial Services will be held  Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS. with visitation beginning at 10:00 A.M.,  followed by services at 11:00 A.M., officiated by Rev. Danny Cook: music provided by Diane Manuel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the charity of your choice.

Myrtle Auline Phipps Arnold Nicholas, 83, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  She was born and raised in the Buffalo Community,  she was retired from Angola State Penitentiary,  and was a mother of seven children.
She is survived by one daughter, Jeannie Arnold:  five sons, Gene A. Arnold Jr., Grady M. Arnold,  Clifford Dean Arnold and his wife Phylis,   Roger D. Arnold  and his wife Angela,  and Lenny D. Arnold:  numerous grandchildren and  great-grandchildren:  one sister, Mary Olwen Taylor and her husband James.
She is preceded in death by her  two husbands,  Gene Alton Arnold Sr.,  and Raymond Nicholas:  her parents, Grady W. Phipps and Vallie Mae Wisner Phipps:   one son Barry L. Arnold:  one brother William Levell Phipps:  and  two grandchildren, Wesley Arnold and Shellie Auline Arnold.
Visitation is  Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Corinth Church of Christ from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.  Funeral services are Friday at 3:00 P.M.  at the church, officiated by Rev. Warren Whitaker and Bro. Bernard Waites.  Interment will follow in Phipps Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Devin Arnold,  Brandon Edwards,  Robbie Arnold,  Billy  S. Hembree,  Dallas Arnold,  and  Quentin Williams.

 
Lorena Whittington,
91, longtime resident of Amite County, MS., passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Liberty Community Living Center in Liberty, MS.
She was born March 5, 1926 in Winnsboro, Louisiana, the daughter of Herbert and Gilly Freeman Hodges.  She married Richard Whittington in   and raised six children.  She was a wife, mother and homemaker.  She was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Gloster,.
Mrs. Lorena is survived by six children: Donald Whittington and his wife Carolyn, Joyce Waugh,   Genenne Smith,  Jackie Whitaker and her husband Joe,  David Whittington and his wife Lee Anne,  and Ricky Whittington:   twelve grandchildren,  numerous great grandchildren,  and several great-great grandchildren. 
She is preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Gilly Freeman Hodges, her husband, Richard Whittington:  two sisters, Mildred Etheridge and Bertha Brabham: and one brother, Herbert Hodges.
Visitation is Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.  also Monday from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Monday at Brown Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Lonnie Case. Interment will follow in Talbert Cemetery.


Florine Travis, 84, of Liberty, MS., passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017 at her residence in Liberty.  She was born September 20, 1933 in Amite County the daughter of the late Marcus and Tennie Etheridge.  She was a housewife and homemaker.                                                                                                                                                                            She is survived by three sons, Glen Travis,  Kenneth Travis and his wife Connie, and Darren Travis and his fiancée Angela Estes; one daughter, Deloris Holden and her husband Doyle:    grandchildren, Wendy Blalock, Christopher Travis and his wife Jenny, Heidi Travis, Stephanie Travis, Oliva Travis, Terrell Travis, Kayla Travis, Lisa Holden, Doyle Holden Jr. and his wife Lisa, Olivia Lomas and her husband Malcolm, Alison Holden, Travis Holden, Cody Holden, Oliver Travis and his fiancee Nikki, Krista Keller and her husband Justin, Ericka Taylor, and Austin Taylor:  24 Greatgrandchildren, and 6 great-greatgrandchildren: two sisters, Geneva Bateman and Avis McDowell and her husband J.H.
She is preceded in death by  her parents, Marcus and Tennie Etheridge, her husband Oliver Travis, two sisters, Maxine Smith and Mary Ann Tarver, one brother Dalton Etheridge, and granddaughter Jessica Travis.
Visitation begins Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS. Funeral services are Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Brown Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Hollywood Cemetery in McComb, Ms.

 

 

Elgin Louis Caston Sr. , 80, of Ethel, Louisiana, passed away Thursday October 12, 2017 at Baton Rouge General Mid-City in Baton Rouge, La.   He was born April 1, 1937 in Liberty, Mississippi, the son of Wesley K. Caston and Winnie Haygood Caston.  Mr. Caston left high school and went into the military, serving in the U.S. Navy.  He married Effie Johnson and worked as a Unit Supervisor at Cos-Mar Chemical Plant.   They lived in Ethel, LA,  for many years and were members of Bluff Creek Baptist Church.  Mr. Elgin was an avid outdoorsman.
He is survived by his wife, Effie Caston:   his son, Elgin Louis Caston Jr. and his wife Deborah:  his daughter, Elisa C. Campbell-Messina and her husband Brad:  five grandchildren, William Caston, Eleanor Caston, Amelia Caston, Colin Campbell, and Bradley Messina:  one great-grandchild, Liam Messina:  one brother, Kenny Caston: three sisters, Sue Roubique and her husband Robert, Lydia Lanius and her husband Bubba, and Grace Trim and her husband Mike.
He is preceded in death by his parents, W.K.  and Winnie Haygood Caston: one brother and his wife, Donnie Caston and Cissy Caston: and one sister-in-law, Patty Womack Caston.     
Visitation is Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, MS., from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M.  Also Visitation Monday, 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. at Brown Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. James Sadler.  Interment will follow in Liberty Cemetery with Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Dementia and Alzheimer’s Organization of your choice.  



A caring and loving husband, father, and  grandfather, Ray Franklin Coody, 77, of Walker, LA.;   passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at North Point Health Care in Baton Rouge, LA. He was born January 30, 1940 in Albertville, Alabama, the son of Homer L. Coody and Corine Allen Coody.  He was a retired auto mechanic and attended the Bible Missionary Church.
He is survived by his wife Judy Forman Coody; four daughters, Rebecca Slaughter and her husband David, Sheila Ramieza and her husband Danny, Debbie Ramieza and her husband Paul, and Angie Roubique;   Grandchildren, Honor Hamrick,  Nathan Slaughter, Byran Slaughter, Shyann Slaughter, Patrick Ramieza, Bulk Ramieza, Curly Ramieza, Christy Ramieza, Paulette Ramieza, Maria Ramieza, Bubba Ramieza, Austin Newsom, Tiffany Newsom, and Hannah Roubique;  two brothers, Jim Coody and his wife Vivian, and Ken Coody.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Homer L. Coody and Corine Allen Coody;  one grandson, Chuck Hamrick;  one brother, Jack Rogers; and one sister, Daphine Bradley.
Visitation is Monday October 16, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS. from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 1:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. John McKim. Interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Cemetery near Gloster.

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Mr. Audrey E. “Geneo”  Tatum, 56, of Natchez, Mississippi, passed away Monday, October 9, 2017 in Baton Rouge, LA.  Geneo was born February 26, 1961, the son of Audrey E. Tatum Sr. and Frances King Tatum.  He had worked in the oil fields most of his life.                                                                                                                                                                                                 He is survived by his wife, Sue Tatum;  one son, Steven Tatum;  three daughters, April Seals and her husband Roger Jr.,  Dianna Seals and her husband Robert; and Jessica Havard and Nick Guerin:  three sisters, Terry Tatum of Montereay, La., Rebecca Tatum McHand of Winnsboro,La., and Candy Hendry of Winnsboro, La.;  one brother, Michael Kitchens and his wife Caroline of Vicksburg, MS.;  and multiple grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Audrey E. Tatum Sr. and Frances King Tatum.
Visitation is Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS. from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Steve Pickering.  Interment will follow in the family Cemetery near Gloster.​


Bessie Eunice, 82, of Gloster, MS., passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017 at her residence near Gloster. 
She was born January 13, 1935 in Knox County, Virginia, the daughter of Fred Sloan and Fannie Gunther Sloan.   Bessie married Earl Eunice and raised three sons,  Patrick, Jonathan, and Michael.
She is survived by two sons, Patrick Earl Eunice Sr.  and  Jonathan Fred Eunice:    daughter-in-law,  Vicki Eunice:  two grandchildren, Edward Earl Eunice and Patrick Earl Eunice Jr.  and one sister, Hattie Mae Scenard.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Fred Sloan and Fannie Gunther Sloan; her husband, Earl  Eunice;   and one son, Michael Eunice.
Visitation is Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS. from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, at Brown Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Greg Touchstone.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville, MS.


Tracie Mauree Vanderford, 23, of Gloster, Mississippi, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at Oschners Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA.  She was born November 8, 1993, the daughter of William and Trinity Vanderford Jr.  Tracie was a sales clerk for Kay Jewelers in Baton Rouge, LA.
Tracie is survived by her parents, William “Bill” Vanderford Jr. and Trinity Whetstone Vanderford;  two children, Braxton Cage Conleay and Raelynn Mauree Conleay;  three brothers, Chad Vanderford, Kane Vanderford, and Jake Vanderford;  one sister, Jessica Vanderford;  paternal grandparents Bill and Arlene Vanderford;  maternal grandmother, Donna Whetstone; two nephews, Ryan Vanderford and Beau Moore; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.
She is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Glen Whetstone and one uncle, Chad Vanderford.
Visitation is Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS. from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.  Visitation Sunday, will be at Galilee Baptist Church in Gloster from 2:00 P.M. until time of funeral services at 3:00 P.M. at the church, officiated by Rev. Brian Malone.  Interment will follow in Macedonia  Church Cemetery.


Robert Murray Causey Jr. 82, of Liberty, Mississippi, went to his eternal home on Monday September 18, 2017 at his home
Mr. Causey was born December 15, 1934, the son of Robert Murray Causey Sr. and Nona Seale Causey.
Robert was stricken with polio at the age of three, leaving him with a cripple foot and leg. This never prevented him from doing anything, and with sheer determination accomplished much, always giving the glory to God.  He was a lifelong member of Liberty Baptist Church,  becoming a Christian in November of 1947.
He worked in the propane gas business for thirty-four years, and then as an independent logger until his health failed him. He loved hunting and fishing along with all kinds of sports. In later years,  he became an avid rabbit hunter.  
Robert married Bettye Wheeler in 1961, and they were blessed with  two wonderful sons; Robert Dale Causey of Liberty, and William “Will” Joseph Causey and his wife Eileen of Brookhaven,Ms.; and six wonderful grandchildren, Aaron Sterling and wife Megan, Kaleb Sterling Causey and wife Tristen, Clayton Murray Causey, Cheyanne Causey, Samantha Causey, and Lacey Causey; three great-grandchildren, Macie Marie Sterling, Sadie Rae Sterling, and Brody Miletello: one brother James Allen Causey and his wife Patsy of Liberty,Ms.; two sisters, Margaret Causey Duck of Baker, La.  and Linda Tiller of Liberty, Ms.  two brothers-in-law, Leroy “Butch” Wheeler and his wife Geneva of Centreville, Ms. and Roddis Wheeler and his wife Barbara of Crosby, Ms.; three sisters-in-law; Mildred Wheeler, Gaylon Wheeler, and Betty Kay Wheeler.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Murray and Noma Causey,  his sister, Jane Causey Weatherford and her husband Poe Weatherford;  sisters-in law Ethel Wheeler Kelly and her husband Mack Kelly and Kathleen Seal Wheeler;  brothers-in-law, L.S. Duck , William Tiller, Herman Ray Wheeler, Corbert Earl Wheeler, James Cecil Wheeler, and Charles Wheeler.
Visitation will be Wednesday September 20, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Brown Funeral Home in  Liberty, MS. Funeral services will be Thursday September 21, at 11:00 AM at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty Ms., officiated by Rev. Stan Weatherford and Rev. Bradley Geno.  Interment will follow at Terrell Cemetery on Highway 567 near Liberty, MS.
Pallbearers are Pat Talbert, Glenn Talbert, Carl Terrell, Steve Brady, Darden Brady, Brad Wooley, Jessie Mabry, and Will Caston.
Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Caston, Jack Terrell, Hoyt Terrell, Andy Terrell, Allen Terrell, and nephews Blaine Tiller, Byron Tiller, Patton Causey, Jimmy Wheeler, Chuck Wheeler, Dwayne Wheeler, Keith Wheeler, Stacey Wheeler, Ronnie Kelly, Reggie Kelly, Scott Weatherford, and David Weatherford.

 Thaddeus John Babski  lll,
46, of Ellisville, Ms.,  passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017.  Tad was born January 8, 1971 in Georgetown, Maryland,  the son of Thaddeus John Babski Jr. and Linda Tomlinson Babski. 
Tad is survived by his mother, Linda Havard;  ; his finance Lindsey Pell Wilson;   four children, Monique Babski, Susan Babski,  T.J. Babski,  and Jacob Wilson ; his sisters, Kari Reeves,  Wendi Case,  Jessica Hafer,  Kelly Quinn,  and Traci Everett;  and many cousins,  nieces,  nephews,  aunts  and  uncles.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Raymond and Betty Tomlinson, and Buster and Peggy Babski;   and his father, Thaddeus John Babski Jr.
Visitation is Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Ms. from 1:00 P.M. until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, officiated by Bro. Kermit Hudson.

 
Harris Wayne Chambers,
72, of Centreville, Ms., passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Field Health Systems in Centreville, Ms. 
Wayne was born December 19, 1944 in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, the son of the late William Harris Chambers and Janie Carpenter Chambers.   He served in the U.S. Army from August 1965 to August 1967; one year in Vietnam;   and in the reserve until 1971.  In his lifetime, he worked as a carpenter,  a pipe fitter for many years, and as a cross country truck driver.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Pritchard Chambers; one son, Ernest Wayne Chambers; one step-son, Charles Hutchings; and one sister, Joyce Doubleday and her husband Leslie. 
He is preceded in death by his parents,  and one step-daughter, Connie Wade.
Visitation is Sunday, September 10, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Ms. from 12:00 Noon until time of funeral services  at 2:00 P.M.Sunday at Brown Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery in Centreville, Ms.

 

 
Funeral services will be held for Huldah Massey, 90, of Bullard, on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Woodville Baptist Church in Woodville, Mississippi, with visitation beginning at 10:00am, the same church in which she and the love of her life, the late Joe Massey, were married 65 years ago. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Mrs. Massey passed away Friday, August 29, 2017 in Bullard, Texas.
Huldah was born in Woodville, Mississippi on February 9, 1927, the fifth of nine children. Growing up on a farm in a big family taught her how to pinch a penny and do a lot with what she had. She graduated from Mississippi Southern College and then taught elementary school for several years. She married Joe Massey in 1952 and had with him the most love-filled life imaginable. They were inseparable during their 60 years of marriage. She and Joe spent most of their adult lives living in the southern parts of Mississippi and Louisiana, primarily in the New Orleans and Mandeville areas.
She was a phenomenal cook, an excellent seamstress, and quite the decorator. She absolutely loved any form of handiwork that involved a needle and thread – cross-stitch, needlepoint, etc -but hand quilting was her favorite. Her homes were always decorated with her beautiful handiwork. Not only did she make beautiful clothing, but also gorgeous quilts, and even taught one of her sitters to hand-quilt during her latter years.
Huldah loved to laugh and have a good time until the very end of her life. Even at 90, her never-ending quick one-line comments and responses were hysterical. She was a great hostess and always made folks feel very comfortable around her - probably because she was always so happy and kind. It’s been often said by those who knew her that “there wasn’t a mean bone in her body.”
She was blessed with excellent sitters after moving to Texas. Sincere, heartfelt thanks to Frances Tilley, Vickey Johnson, Sandra Horne, and Kathy Loeffler for all the tender loving care they provided her over the last ten years. Her at-home hospice care during her last seven weeks was wonderful, thanks to Alvie Vickers, RN.
She is survived by her daughter Jo Dobbs and husband Gary of Bullard, TX; her son Mark Massey and wife Beth of Whitehouse, TX; and her son Gary Massey and wife Cindy, of Pensacola, FL. Grandchildren include Wayne Massey of Pensacola, FL; Jodi Massey Johanson and husband Brandon, of Port St. Joe, FL; Amanda Moyer and husband Scott of Houston, TX; April Massey of Dallas; and Lara Massey of Dallas. Great-grandchildren include Kylie and Tye Moyer of Houston, TX and Charlie Kate Johanson of Port St. Joe, FL.
 Memorials can be made to The Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701; to the Tyler Sunrise Rotary Foundation (Sunrise Paw Park), PO Box 8383, Tyler, TX 75711; or to the Woodville Baptist Church, 234 Natchez St., Woodville, MS 39669.

 
Tracy “Ricky” Ramirez,
passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017.
Ricky was born August 23, 1952, the son of the late Jesus A. Ramirez and June Floyd.
He is survived by his wife Kippy Rayburn Ramirez; one son, Marlowe Ramirez; three daughters, Kelli Ramirez Martin, Tiffany Mallette, and Brittany Rice; one sister, Donna Whetstone; nine grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces, nephews,  cousins, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents,   one sister, Deborah West; one brother Terry Ramirez;  two sons, Michael Ramirez and Cody Ramirez.
Visitation is  at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Ms., Friday,  Sept.8, 2017, from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M..   and  Saturday, Sept. 9,  from 1:00 P.M. until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral Home. Interment will follow in Floyd Family Cemetery near Gloster.

 

 Mrs. Yvonne Cruise Rice, 82,  
of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Cedar Park, Texas. Mrs. Rice was a lifelong resident   of Liberty up until January 2017.                                
Yvonne  was born January 20, 1935, the daughter of Delta D. Cruise and Reda Dell McGehee Cruise.  She married Paul Eberdt Rice on February 12, 1955. They had two children and lived for a while in Natchez, Ms. where Yvonne worked for the International Paper Company. The family returned to Liberty in 1969 where Yvonne assisted her brother Willie Joe Cruise in his grocery business for many years.
She was an active member of the Liberty Baptist Church, sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, and greatly enjoyed touring with the church’s Sweet Spirit Singers  senior adult choir. Yvonne was always ready and willing to help others and enjoyed greatly her five grandchildren and three great grandchildren to whom she was known as “Nana”. Nana traveled to Texas too many times to count to visit her children and grandchildren, and was always there when someone was sick or needed help. She was also quick to help with homework questions via the phone.
Mrs. Rice is survived by her son Kester Rice and her daughter Paula Rice Hughes, their spouses, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother.
Visitation will be Friday, September 1, from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Liberty Baptist Church. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Liberty Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery. Reverends Bradley Geno and Gary Bowlin will officiate.   Brown Funeral Home of Liberty is in charge of arrangements. 
Pallbearers are Michael Hughes, Kyle Hughes, Jacob Rice, Steven Sheets, Don Cruise, and Lee White.


​​Charles C. Laird, 73, longtime resident of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the V.A.  Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.  He was born September 4, 1943 in the East Fork Community, the son of the late Troy Laird and Donnis Tarver Laird.   He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 until 2003,  and in the McComb National Guard  155th regiment, where he served in Desert Storm, 1990 to 1992.  He retired from the Army Corp of Engineers.
He is survived by his two sons, John Laird and his wife Cheryl, and Richard Laird;    two brothers, Leroy Laird and Albert Laird; one sister, Imogene Laird; 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.                                                                                                He is preceded in death by his parents and  four  brothers,  Tommy Laird, James Alfred Laird, Felix “PH” Laird, and Jerry Laird.
Visitation is Friday, August 25, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, Ms., from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.  Also visitation Saturday, from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at Brown Funeral Home. Interment will follow in East Fork Cemetery.

 

Samuel N. Perkins “Nat”, born September 16, 1924, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.  He was 92 years young.  He was a faithful member of Life Tabernacle Church for many years.  When asked, he could tell you the exact years/months/days since he received the Holy Ghost – March 7, 1964.  Anyone who knew “Bro. Perkins” knew of his great love and faith in Jesus. He loved to share the Word of the Lord with everyone and to encourage others to fight the good fight.  He loved everyone with the love of Jesus; unconditionally.  It was his heart’s desire that everyone would come to know Jesus through the infilling of the Holy Ghost and that was the driving force that gave him his longevity.  He was very active until his final morning.  He was greatly loved by all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Deidra L. Perkins, three sons; Roger D. Perkins, Larry W. Perkins (Monty), Richard L. “Rickey” Perkins (Kim), stepson Marshall Woodard, Jr. (Nikki), and stepdaughter, Heather Deville.  Grandchildren; Tracey Whitaker, Terri Mut, Roger D. Perkins, Jr., Kelcy Perkins, Dustin Perkins, Leann Perkins, Joshua Perkins, Jeana Peterson; step grandchildren Emily Mayfield, Joe Woodard, Lauren Woodard, Jessica Deville, Anna Deville, Ethan Deville, grandchildren in love Jayson Varela, Joseph Varela; 14 great grandchildren, 1 step great grandchild, 8 great-great grandchildren. Sister-in-law Patsy Babers (Ronnie). Father-in-law and Mother-in-law Jimmy and Elaine Landry; Sisters-in-laws Diana Little (Bill), Edress Landry, Terry Self (Alan), Daphne LeMaire (Buff), Brothers-in-law Philo Landry(Leslie), Robert Landry (Elaine); and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Donis Eloyce Perkins; daughter, Patsy Ann Perkins; parents, Charles N. and Lula Annie Belle Barker Perkins; brothers Alfred, Norman, and Ray Perkins; sisters Ruby P. Morgan and Annie P. Anderson; sister-in-law Alice “Tennie” Roberson.
As a young man he worked as a truck driver and then a heavy equipment operator.  He retired as a machinist and supervisor for Cargill, Inc. after 28 years of faithful service.
The family would also like to thank Dr. Gene Thompson for his many years of caring for “Mr. Sam”. Also, we wish to thank Dr. Kenneth Blue, Jr. and Dr. Kenneth Blue, III.
Visitation will be at Life Tabernacle Church, 9323 Hooper Road, Baton Rouge, LA on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.  Visitation will continue on Friday morning August 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM with funeral service at 10:00 AM officiated by his Pastors, Eld. B.A.Spell and Rev. Tony Spell; and grandson Rev. Roger D. Perkins, Jr.  Burial will be in Gloster, MS in Roseland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Perkins, Garrett Perkins, Joshua Perkins, Kelcy Perkins, Gary Perkins, Glen Peterson

Mildred Aileen Green, 95, of Baton Rouge,  passed away Sunday, August, 13, 2017, and has gone on to Glory to receive her reward. She was born August 7, 1922 in Lincoln County, Mississippi, the daughter of the late Hiram Case Allen and Mary Smith Allen.  She was retired from Illinois Central Railroad as a Telegraph Operator and Station Agent.

 
Mildred Aileen Green, 95, of Baton Rouge,  passed away Sunday, August, 13, 2017, and has gone on to Glory to receive her reward. She was born August 7, 1922 in Lincoln County, Mississippi, the daughter of the late Hiram Case Allen and Mary Smith Allen.  She was retired from Illinois Central Railroad as a Telegraph Operator and Station Agent.
She is survived by two sons, Gary Green and Phillip Green of Baton Rouge, La., and  one granddaughter Damie Leigh Green;   three  sisters,  Margaret Dunn,  Monelle McCaffery, and  Frances Moseley. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Winford  L. Green.
Funeral Services are Wednesday,  August 16, 2017, at  Brown Funeral Home  at 10:00 A.M.
Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery  Gloster, Mississippi



Sarah Whittington McKey, 77, native of Summit, Mississippi, and resident of Lake Charles, Louisiana, passed away Saturday, August 19, 2017.  She was born April  21, 1940 in Summit, the daughter of the late Frank Whittington and Ola Martin Whittington.   Sarah was retired from the Department of Social Services of the State of Louisiana.
She is survived by her husband Kenneth Roy McKey;  her daughter Carolyn Rene Colson and her husband Lee; her son Gregory Lane McKey and his wife Mary Whitaker; two foster children Jason Douget and Nikole Woodruff;  four grandchildren, Jonathan Douget, Jennifer Eccles, Ashley Nettles, and Dencil Powell lll ; and 7 Great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, one granddaughter Leslie Henry; two brothers Allen Whittington and Frank Whittington, and two sisters, Jo Thornhill and Joy Caston.
Visitation is Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, Mississippi, beginning at 12:00 Noon until time of funeral services at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, at Brown Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Whittington Cemetery.

 
Rose Evelyn Tynes,
86, of Beaumont, Texas, died Thursday, August 10, 2017. She was born on February 20, 1931, to Tate and Mary Rushing in Walthall County, Mississippi. Rose was retired as a marriage and family counselor. She enjoyed reading, tennis, teaching Sunday school, and was a member of the Junior Forum for many years.
Survivors include her husband, Lannis Tynes; her son, Lee Tynes and his wife, Susan, of Lafayette, Louisiana; her daughter, Mary Tynes of Plano, Texas; her grandchildren, Bryce and Brynne Tynes, both of Lafayette, Louisiana; one brother, Donald Rushing of Pensacola, Florida; and one sister, Pat Odenwald of Gloster, Mississippi.
A gathering of Mrs. Tynes’ family and friends will begin at 12:00 p.m. with her funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 13, 2017, at Broussard’s Mortuary, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas.
Visitation will continue at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, Mississippi, Tuesday, August 15, from 1:00 P.M. until time of services at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Zion Hill Cemetery near Liberty, Mississippi.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Beaumont’s First Baptist Church, 3739 North Major Drive, Beaumont 77713.


​Brent Bateman, 51, of the Mt. Pleasant community near Gloster, Mississippi, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017. Brent was born March 31, 1966, the son of the late Curtis Linus Bateman and Doll Lynell Bateman.  He worked as a land surveyor  with Evans and Graves Engineering in Baton Rouge, La.  
Brent is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 30 years, Kim Bateman;   his son Brandon Bateman and wife Elizabeth; two brothers, Jeffery “Scooter” Bateman and wife Jennifer; and William “Bill” Bateman and wife Lisa;  two grandchildren Ella and Emma;  six nieces and seven nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Linus Bateman and Doll Bateman.
Visitation is Sunday, August 13, 2017, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.  Also visitation Monday, from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Monday, at the church,  officiated by Rev. Blaine Stafford.      Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Dustin Temple, Trevor Bateman, Keith Steele, Jason Steele, Ken Cupit, and Sammy Kirkland.



Bob Keller Greer, 89, of Rosetta, Mississippi, passed away Tuesday August 8, 2017, at his residence.  Mr. Keller, or B.K. as he was known,   was born August 12, 1927, in Rosetta, Ms.,   son of the late George and Jane Rymer Greer.  He was a heavy equipment operator, retired from I.P. and a veteran of the U.S. Army.                                                                                            He is survived by his son, Cavin Greer and his wife Susie;  two Grandchildren, Briana Greer and Jennifer Greer.                              He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife  Lois “Neicie” Greer;  and seven brothers and sisters,  Maurice “Red” Greer, Billy Greer, Raymond Greer, Gordon Greer, Jeanette Greer Havard, Margaret Greer Klar, and Jack Greer.
Services will be held at a later date                                                                                                                                               
 

Samuel Murry Tumey of Liberty, Mississippi died at his home on July 31, 2017.  Brown Funeral Home in Liberty is in charge of the arrangements.  Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, and from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Thursday. The funeral service will be at Brown Funeral Chapel in Liberty on Thursday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. James Sadler and Rev. Walt Gaston officiating.  Interment will follow at Midway Cemetery in Meadville, Mississippi.
Sam was born on June 26, 1948 in Kosciusko, Mississippi to Ben R. Tumey and Frances Adalene Weeks Tumey, both professional educators who moved several times during his youth.  He was raised a Baptist and graduated from Greenville High School in 1966 and then entered Ole Miss where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1971.  Facing the likelihood of the draft, Sam enlisted in the U. S. Air Force and served from 1972-1976, primarily in Thailand as an Electronic Warfare Technician.  After his discharge, he re-enrolled at Ole Miss and received his Master of Science in Pharmacognosy in 1978.  He continued his education thereafter by enrolling in Law School and received his Juris Doctorate from Ole Miss Law in 1981.
Sam returned to his father’s childhood home in Liberty, Mississippi when he was admitted to the bar in 1981, spending more than fifteen years practicing with T. F. Badon.  Afterward he continued his practice solo in the old family home in rural Amite County until his retirement.  He was admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Mississippi; the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (1991); and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1999).  A learned advocate for the protection of veterans’ rights, Sam briefed more than fifty cases for the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and served as the Amite County Veterans Services Officer from 1984-2004.  In additional to a well-rounded law practice in both civil and criminal matters, Sam served his community as Amite County Youth Court Prosecutor from 1981 to 1990 and as Youth Court Referee (Judge) from 1991 to 2004. 
Ever the Renaissance man, Sam spent his leisure time in activities other than the law.  Satire coming naturally to him, he entered the prestigious Faux Faulkner writing contest sponsored by Ole Miss at least three times, winning first place in 1994 and 1999 and placing second in 1998.  On the family lands adjoining his country office, he maintained a vast array of native ferns that he carefully cultivated to re-establish them to the area.  Reliving the enjoyment of his high school band days, he often listened to instrumental music and went to concerts when the opportunity presented itself.  Most enjoyably, he taught his young protégé and neighbor, Ben Weathers, everything he knew about baseball and traveled to watch Ben play in all of his games.  Sam was truly an example of a life well-lived.
Sam is survived by his loving wife of almost thirty-three years, Gayle Halford Tumey; his mother-in-law, Mamie Halford; his brother-in-law, Bill Halford, Jr. and wife Debbie, niece, Morgan Halford Poore (Dain), and nephew, Will Halford, all of Meadville;  and his special friend, Ben Weathers, who he considered a son, together with Ben’s wife Candace and their four sons.  Pallbearers will be Dr. Gordon Cliburn, Dr. Pat Larkin, Brad Weathers, Max Weathers, Bernell McGehee, Benny Stevens, Reggie Jones and Wayne Smith.  Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Southwest Mississippi Bar Association.

 
Marilyn Sue Cobb
, 66, of Crosby, Mississippi, passed away Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was born May 31, 1951, the daughter of the late James Corbet Pritchard and Frances Christine Pritchard. She was an antique dealer and a member of Perrytown Church of Christ.
Sue is survived by her husband Kenneth Cobb Sr.;   two sons, Kenneth Cobb Jr. and Christopher James Cobb.  She has one grandson, Payton Lane Cobb; and one brother, James Ross Pritchard and his wife Judy.
Visitation is Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Corinth Church of Christ, from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 12:00 Noon Thursday, at the church., officiated by Rev. John Bryant.  Interment will follow in Hopewell Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Carl Walker, Jimbo Cobb, Daryl Pritchard, Adrian Cobb, Jonathan Johnson, and Shelton McGraw.    Honorary Pallbearers are Dewayne McGraw.


Cage Ashley Jr., lifelong resident of Crosby, Mississippi, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Field Health Systems in Centreville, Ms.  Known as C.J.; he was 89, born April 5, 1928 in Wilkinson County, the son of Cage Ashley Sr. and Lucy Evelyn Ogden Ashley.  He was retired from National Supply Company of Natchez, Ms.,  and from his own oil field supply company, A. and  P. Supply in Natchez, Ms.  C.J. was a member of Perrytown Church of Christ.
He is survived by three sons, Thomas Ashley and wife Jackie; Tim Ashley and wife Sonia; and Patrick Ashley and wife Ruth Ann; daughter-in-law, Diane Ashley;  sixteen grandchildren, John Michael, James Christopher, Emily, Erin, Eli, Hannah, Kristina, Dawn, Kayla, Diana, Alyssa, Cage, Phillip, Nathan, Andrew, and Jessica;  twelve great grandchildren;  one sister, Virginia McFatteer and one brother John Kermit Ashley.
C.J. is preceded in death by his parents Cage Ashley Sr and Lucy Evelyn Ogden Ashley; his wife Dorothy Pecanty Ashley; two sons Edward Gene Ashley and Cage Phillip Ashley; one great-granddaughter Charlee Estis;  one brother William Norris Ashley  and  one sister Frances “Mutt” Whitehead.
Visitation is Friday, July 21, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Ms. from 6:00 P.M. until 8: 00 P.M. and Saturday, from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, at the funeral home.  Interment will follow in Ashley Family Cemetery.  
Pallbearers are John Michael,  Phillip, Nathan, Andrew, Cage, Eli , Brandon Aldridge, Dane Hogan,  Joe Molnar, Greg Stokes, Mathew Perkins, and Jordan James.

Ollie Coleen Atkinson, 79, resident of Rosetta, Mississippi, passed away July 18, 2017.  She was born March 17, 1938 the daughter of Owen Kidd Bolton and Ollie Caroline Netterville Bolton. 
She is survived by her children; Michael Donaldson,  Steve Donaldson,  Elmer Atkinson,  Sarah Vine , and Ellen Klar.
Funeral Services will be held at a later date. 

Hiram Paul Whittington, age 76, passed from this world and went to be in the presence of his Lord and Savior on July 15, 2017. 
He was born on December 30, 1940 to Raiford Whittington and Trudie Arnold Whittington.  He was a lifelong resident of the Busy Corner community in Amite County.  After high school, he chose to join the U.S. Army where he served his country from 1963-1969 during the Vietnam War.  During his service, he was stationed overseas in Germany and later at the 8th Field Hospital – NhaTrang in Vietnam.  In 1966 he ranked as a Sergeant (E-5).
In 1970, he married and started a family.  He was a faithful Christian husband and father who always cared and provided well for his wife and two children.  He was a dedicated employee at Georgia-Pacific Gloster Plywood for 35 years.
 In the 1980s, he used his musical talents as a bass guitar player and performing with the southern gospel quartet group, Mt. Pleasant Boys, sharing love and the gospel message of Jesus Christ through song.
He served as a deacon and played bass guitar during Sunday services at his home church, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, for many years.  He enjoyed giving to and serving others.  He also enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, woodworking, playing cards, watching old Westerns, sharing his love of music and spending time with his family.  Most importantly, he loved the Lord and spending time in His Word.  He truly understood the gift of grace freely given through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 46 years, Minnette Freeman Whittington; his beloved son, Ted Wilburn Whittington and wife Amanda; six wonderful grandchildren, Shelby Lynn Adams, Adelynn Grace Whittington, Rebecca Lynn Neese, Caleb Grant Whittington, Amelia Rose Whittington  and Joshua Nathanael Whittington; one new great grandchild; his loving and caring sisters, Genny Wilkinson and husband Don and Lila Rae Allgood and husband Tom; one niece and four nephews.  
He is preceded in death by his father Raiford Whittington; his mother Trudie Arnold Whittington; his beloved daughter, Trudy Lynn Whittington Glidden; and his brother, R.J. Whittington.
All services will be held at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Gloster on Saturday, July 22, 2017, with visitation from 1:00 P.M. until time of funeral services at 3:00 P.M. at the Church.  Rev. Blain Stafford and Rev. Ellis Hollingsworth will officiate.  Interment will follow at the old Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Caleb Whittington, David Smith, Robert Smith, Bryan Smith, Prentice Thomas, Casey Kelton and Corey Kelton.  Honorary Pallbearers are Ron Woolley, Bob Waymire, David Jackson, Tom Allgood, Don Wilkinson, Vernon Felder and Robert Johnston.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Cemetery Fund. 
Special thanks to St. Luke Home Health and Hospice of McComb, Mississippi and Hospice Ministries Inc. of Ridgeland, Mississippi 

Shelton “Phil” Felix McGraw Jr. age 61 of Rosetta passed away Sunday July 9, 2017 at Meadville Convalescent Home in Meadville, Ms. Shelton was born on October 18, 1955 to Shelton F. McGraw Sr. and Bobbie Caston.
He was a Diesel Mechanic and a Volunteer Fire Fighter.  
Shelton is survived by his wife Marilyn Nettles McGraw, one son DeWayne McGraw, 2 Grandsons Shelton Dewayne McGraw Jr., and Alexander McGraw.
2 Sisters Barbara McGregor and husband Mike, and Lois Smith and husband Billy, and One Brother Roger McGraw and wife Barbara.
He is preceded in death by his parents Shelton and Bobbie McGraw
Funeral Services are visiting Wednesday July 12, 2017 from 10 am until time of Funeral Services at 12 pm at Hopewell Methodist Church near Buffalo. Officiant will be Rev. Bryce Dobson. Interment will be at Hopewell Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Lyle Johnson, Johnny Longmire, Chris Cobb, Kenny Cobb, Wesley Forman, and Jonathan Johnson.


Gerry Dale Buckles, 69,  of Norwood, Louisiana,  passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017.  He was born September 30, 1947 in Natchez, Mississippi, the son of Woodrow and Corine Buckles.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in Vietnam, and worked as a deck hand on an oil rig.
He is survived by his wife Lydia Buckles;  three daughters, Krysti Walker, Monica Hill, and  Chasity Jordon;  two sons, Michael Buckles and Gerry Dale Buckles Jr.;  and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at a later date.

 

Eva Lois “ Neicie” Greer, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017 at her home. She was born September 10, 1931  the daughter of Douglas Cavin and Mattie Felter Cavin.  She was a beautician in Crosby, Mississippi for many years.
Neicie is survived by her husband , Keller Greer;  her son Cavin Greer and his wife Susie;  two grandchildren, Briana Greer and Jennifer Greer; five sisters, Lilian Cothren, Mary Frances Havard, Pat Craft, Audrey Hazlip, and Carolyn Foreman.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one sister, JoAnn Stockton.
Graveside services will be Friday, July 7, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. at Mars Hill Cemetery in Wilkinson County.

 

Evelyn Marie Whittington, 92,   passed away Monday, July 3, 2017 at her home in Liberty, Mississippi, after an extended illness.  She was born October 31, 1924 in Liberty, the daughter of Fred Lilly Sr. and Fannie Jones Lilly.  “Ree-Ree” as she was affectionaly known, ran a daycare for 10 years where she and Jewell Lee spoiled many a child.  She also worked at Kellwood Garment Co. in Liberty for 25 years, until the factory closed. She was member of Enterprise Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Jewell Lee Whittington, her son Amos Louis Whittington, her son-in-law Jerry Laird, and three granddaughters, Linda Kay, Lynn Gay, and Marcia Lee Laird; one brother Fred Lilly Jr., four sisters, Edna Crosby, Lillian Grubbs, Juanita Adams, and Donnis Lilly.
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Laird.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, Ms. from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.  Visitation will resume on Friday, July 7, from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, at the funeral home; officiated by Rev. Shan VanNorman.    Pallbearers will be Tee Johnson, Joe Johnson, Sidney Cruise, Jennings Freeman, Sonny Rider, and Jerry Toler.    Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Johnston and Jack Whittington.  Special thanks to St. Luke Hospice staff and care givers; Rose Farrar, Ruby Mitchell, and Virginia Dillon, who took care of her during this time of illness.

 

Lorraine Maltby, 81, native of Wilkinson County, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017.  She was born June 27, 1936 in Wilkinson County, the daughter of Haynes Bartholomew Netterville and Helen Floyd Netterville.  She was retired from the U.S. Forrest Service where she worked in budget and accounting.
She is survived by one son, Daryl Smith and his wife Lacy; one daughter, Denice Day and her husband Rob;  one brother, S.L. Netterville and his wife Myrtle;   7 grandchildren, Russell Barlow, Kimberly Barlow, Bradley Barlow, Kelly Reksten, Michael Smith, Bebe Smith, and Daryl Ward; and 6 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband Winfred Lamar Smith and one daughter, Debra Barlow.
Visitation is Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Hopewell Methodist Church, begining at 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. at the church, officiated by Rev. Jackie Moulder. Interment will follow in Hopewell Cemetery.

 

Brad Lev Cavin,  37, of Crosby, Ms., passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017.  Brad was born January 11, 1980, the son of Lev and Jeannie Jackson Cavin. He was an electrician and a member of Mars Hill Baptist Church.
Brad is survived by his father and mother, his brothers, Michael Chris Cavin, and  Jack “Britt” Cavin and his wife Desiree; his nephew “his little buddy” ,  Jack Cavin;  three nieces Reva Cavin, Leah Cavin, Danielle Cavin; and a host of Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.  He is preceded in death by grandparents, Lev and Lucille Cavin, Freddie Gene and Martha Jackson; one brother Lev Keith Cavin.
Visitation is Friday, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster,Ms.,  from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.  and continues Saturday, from 2:00 P.M. until time of funeral Services Saturday at 4:00 P.M. at the funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Warren Whittaker.  Interment will follow in Union Cemetery.
Pallbearers are B.J. Robertson, Bruce Norwood, Ronald Haney, Pat Robertson, Bo Robertson, Sam Stevens, Gavin Robertson, and Dale Floyd.  Honorary pallbearers are David McGraw, Robert Lewis, Don Edelston, Mike Day, and Uncle Snooks Robertson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to BACK, Bennett’s Act of Christian Kindness,  P.O. Box 1739 Woodville, Ms. 39669


John Aubrey Sterling, 65, passed away at his residence Tuesday June 27, 2017. He was born October 9, 1951 to John E. Sterling and Ravanell Taylor Sterling. He was a Logging Contractor and operated his own business for many years. He was a devoted husband and father and avid outdoorsman. He loved his children and grandchildren and he also loved hunting and fishing,
He is survived by his wife Brenda Rider Sterling;  one son Adam Sterling and wife Kelli;  one daughter Nicole Womack and husband Brian;  five grandchildren: Kayley Womack, Colton Womack, Cainan Womack, Lexlea Sterling, and John Austin Sterling;  his mother Ravanell Sterling;  three  sisters: Phyllis Dahl and husband Derrick,  Kathy Sterling,  Niece Mabry and husband Bobby, and a host of nieces and nephews and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his father John E. Sterling.
Funeral Arrangements are Visitation Thursday June 29, 2017 from 5 pm until 8 pm at Mary Springs Church of God of Prophecy. Visitation continues Friday June 30 from 12 pm until time of funeral services at 2 pm at Mary Springs Church of God of Prophecy. Rev. Danny Cook  will officiate the services. Interment will follow at the Mary Springs  Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jason Knight, Ronald Dale Sterling, Brian Sterling, Robbie Hollingsworth, Les Graves III, Gerald Etheridge, Freddie Windham, and Jimmy Whitehead.
Honorary Pallbearers are Hilton Hollingsworth, Dale Sterling, Billy Coleman, Hansel Knight,  Bo Knight,  Paul Knight,  Dennis Lindsey,  and  Les Graves.


Clifton “Quin” Castonwas born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on November 22, 1952 and peacefully passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Monday June 26, 2017 at 3:00pm. He was a 1970 graduate from Istrouma High School. There he was introduced to his high school sweetheart Virginia Catherine Lacoste. They were happily married on June 12, 1971.  He proudly served in the Mississippi National Guard for 6 years. Quin was retired from the Entergy Willow Glenn Power Plant after 38 years of service. He also served on the company fire brigade. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Watson Station in District 4 for over 20 years helping serve his local community. He had a passion for being outdoors and thoroughly enjoyed hunting, fishing, Mingo’s (Krewe of Konfusion), running after his babies (grandchildren) and spending time with his beloved family.                                                       

Quin is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Virginia Caston and three daughters, Dana Caston-Mills and husband Shawn Mills, Ginger Ory and Husband Jason Ory, Holly White and Husband Joshua White, He also leaves behind his grandchildren Katelynn Barton, Zachary Barton, Rileigh Barton, Zackary Ory, Emilie White and Piper White. His sister Beverly Milioto and husband Tommy; nephews, Tommy Milioto, Caston Milioto, and Brad Milioto. He was also survived by his mother-in-law Violet K. Lacoste, along with many other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Pete and Janie Caston.                                                                                                                 Visitation will be held at Seale Funeral Home 1720 S. Range Ave. Denham Springs, Louisiana 70726, on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Interment will take place in Liberty, MS on Friday at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, 865 Hatchell Lane Denham Springs, LA 70726.


Thomas Gregory Talbert,  49,  of Pensacola, Florida, passed away Friday , June 16, 2017, at his home.  Gregg was born February 16, 1968, the son of Glenn and Theresa Talbert.    Gregg was Director of Human Resources in Pensacola. Gregg is survived by his parents, Glenn and Theresa Talbert, a sister Leigh Talbert Moore and husband Richard Moore;  two nieces, Catherine Grace Moore and Laura Carroll Moore. An uncle Pat Talbert and wife Marsha Jones Talbert, cousin Lindsey Talbert Hudson and Aiden and Walker, Shannon Drew Holley and wife Michelle Cook Holley and Canaan, Shaw and Sawyer.  An aunt Lori Talbert Bell and husband Benny Bell, cousins Jessica Bell and Christopher, Kai and Brendan, Betsy Mayfield and husband Jared Mayfield daughters Rivers and Piper, cousin Peyton Bell. An uncle Kelly Butler and wife Darlene Butler, cousins Calvin Butler and wife Hannah Butler and Gabby, CK and Krissy, Odessa and husband Marius Toma, Kelly Jean, Isabel and Paul. An uncle Jabez William Butler and family.
Gregg was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Tommie and Louise Dixon Talbert, and an uncle William Thomas Talbert, Maternal grandparents step-grandfather Gene Butler and grandmother Gloria Jean Aaron Butler; and many other caring family members.
Visitation is Friday, June 23, 2017, at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, Mississippi,  from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services Friday at 10:30 A.M. at the church.  Interment will follow in Terrell Cemetery.

 Mamie L. Bonnette,61,  passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017 at her residence near Crosby, Ms.  She was born January 29, 1956 in Bastrop, La., the daughter of the late Jasper “Jabo” Sowyers and Dollie Lee “Runtsy” Crenshaw Sowyers.
She is survived by her husband Todd Bonnette; ;  two sons,  A.J. Foy Jr. and Jasper Foy; one daughter, Pamela Foy Tupper;   two sisters, Bertha Bays and her husband Billy, and Sheila S. Eppinette;  two brothers, Henry Sowyers and his wife Dianne, and Raymond Sowyers;   grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters; Willie Jo Boyer, and Melissa “Missy” McGhee, and two brothers, Arthur Will Sowyers and James Sowyers. Memorial Services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Ok. 73123, or online at American Cancer Society honor and memorial giving;  In honor of Mamie Bonette and in memory of her sister Missy.


Jimmie Dale Steele, affectionately called Burrhead, of Liberty, Ms., peacefully left this earth Monday, June 12, 2017 at the age of 54.Mr. Steele was born November 16, 1962 to Joe and Ruby Gordon Steele. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church where he gave his life to Christ at the age of nine. He took great pride in being a lifetime resident of Liberty, Amite County, Mississippi. There he enjoyed supporting Amite School Center in any way he was needed. He also coached the younger girls’ softball team. He loved Ethel Vance Park, where he was employed, and he strived everyday to make the park a beautiful and desirable place to visit.  Jimmie’s friends were his special treasures he kept tucked inside his big, loving heart. Mr. Steele was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Gordon Steele and a stepsister, Karen Whittington Waldrop.  
Survivors include his father, Joe Steele and his wife, Charlotte;  and his sister, Theresa Steele Duck and her husband Clayton.  He has three nephews, Clay Duck and his wife Haley; Dan Duck,  Will Waldrop and one great Nephew, Bryston Duck and soon to be Baby Duck.  Also a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation  is Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, Mississippi, from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral services Thursday at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral Home , officiated by Rev. Clay Duck and Rev. Blaine Stafford. He will be laid to rest in Liberty Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Jimmie loved children and would appreciate contributions to the Baptist Children’s Village or a facility of your choice that will benefit children.  A special thanks to Aston Court and Hospice Compassus for the excellent care they gave Jimmie during his illness.

Mildred Lisa McKenzie Robertson
, of Woodville, Ms. passed away Monday May 29, 2017. Lisa was born October 6, 1956, in Corpus Christi, Texas, the daughter of Winnic O’Neal McKenzie and Vivian Juanita Cockrell. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jimmie O’Neal McKenzie; and a sister, Vivian Darlene McKenzie.
She is survived by a daughter Samantha Michele Robertson; a son, Daniel Joshua Robertson; a sister, Virginia E. Boyd; a brother, Howard Keith McKenzie; And two grandchildren, Hadley and Levi Robertson.
Services will be Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, Mississippi.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the Lisa Robertson Memorial Page at giftfunds.stjude.org/Lisa Robertson.


Marilyn Dianne Hays, 70,  passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017 after a long battle of cancer. Marilyn  was born October 12, 1946 in Wilson, Louisiana,   the daughter of the late Albert Sidney Hays Sr. and Johnnie Mae Wilkinson Hays.  She grew up in Liberty, Ms., where she was a member of Berwick Baptist Church and attended Liberty High School.  After high school,  she attended Spencer Business College in Baton Rouge, La., and then  moved to Jackson, Mississippi,  where she worked for 10 years at Bancroft Paper Company and then retired in 2016 from the Mississippi Department of Transportation after 30 years of service.   Marilyn was an accomplished seamstress and for many years enjoyed sewing her own clothing, as well as gifts for family and friends.  She loved spending time with her family, especially her niece, Lindsey.
She is survived by her sister,  Barbara Hays Sieger and her husband Don of Fayetteville, Ar.; her brother, Albert Sidney “Sid” Hays Jr. and his wife Jimmie Ann of Liberty, Ms.;  her niece Lindsey Hays and fiance,  Chris Legrand of New Orleans, La.; along with numerous cousins and her “bonus” family, The Martha Perkins Family.
Visitation is Friday, June 9, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, Mississippi, from 8:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, at the funeral home.   Interment will follow in Bethany Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Ariel, Ms.


Malcolm Gerald (Mac) Shaw, 81, of Liberty’s East Fork Community, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 2, 2017.
Mac was born June 13, 1935 in Liberty, the son of Gambrel Shaw and Lillian Ashley Shaw. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1955 and was a retired meat inspector for the Mississippi Department of Agriculture.  Until his recent illness, Mac was an avid quail and turkey  hunter and was fondly known by many as “Mississippi one-legged bird hunter.”  As a farmer, he raised beef cattle, Hay and watermelons. Mac never met a stranger and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, G.R. Shaw Jr. and Earl V. Shaw;  as well as a niece, Deborah Shaw Johnson.   Survivors include his sister, Lorraine S. Crawford;  his brother M.L.Shaw;  and nephews Jim Leahey, Dickey (Coon) Leahey, Rodney Shaw, and Rusty Shaw.  Although Mac never married, he is also survived by his longtime companion, Tommie Dee McDaniel Otts, her daughter Robin Otts Parker and her family. 
Visitation will be 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Sunday,  June 4, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, Mississippi, and will resume Monday, June 5, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. until services at 11:00 A.M. Monday, at Brown Funeral Home.  Brother Burnett Carroway will officiate.  Burial will follow at the East Fork Baptist Church Cemetery where he was a member.
Pallbearers will be Gary Austin, John Newman, Robert (Brother) Newman, Brian Moak, Pat Causey, Ira Gene Causey, Elton Perry,  Smiley Kirkland, and Heath Leahey.     Honorary Pallbearers will be Dennis Wilson and Don Vine.
The family would like to thank a few people who helped Mac keep his farm going during his illness; Gary Austin, Katie Cupit, Smiley Kirkland, Elton Perry, and Dennis Wilson. Also a special thank you for the loving care provided by the staff of St. Luke’s Hospice, especially his nurse, Sonya Thibodeaux.

 


Minnie Lockwood Bruss, 93, of Centreville, Mississippi, passed away Wednesday May 31, 2017 at her residence.  She was born January 31, 1924 in Wilkinson County , Mississippi, the daughter of Clyde and Emma Adams McCurley.   She was a L.P.N. and worked at Field Memorial Hospital in Centreville, Ms. and retired from Villa Feliciana Hospital in Jackson, Louisiana.
Mrs. Minnie is survived by six grandchildren;  William Ashley Jr.,  Kimberly Templeton and her husband John,  Julia Strong Fortenberry, Marian Strong, Frankie Ashley, and Minnie McCaffree;  one sister-in-law Christy Bruss; and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death  her parents Clyde McCurley and Emma Adams McCurley;  her husband Harold Peter Bruss;  four children  Dewey Joe Ashley, Minnie Bell Ashley,  William C. Ashley Sr.,  and Frank Ashley;   one grandchild Charles Ashley; and one sister Cathy Flowers.
Visitation is Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Mississippi from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, at Brown  Funeral Home, officiated by Dr. Dennis Johnsey.  Interment will follow in Homer Hill Cemetery.


Frank Darwin “Butch” Hagan, entered into eternal rest after a long battle with cancer, May 25, 2017.   He was born May 23, 1955 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was a long time member of local 198. Butch lived his dream on earth in Centreville, Ms. where he raised his loving family.   
He is survived by his wife  of 39 years, Angela Whittington Hagan;    his daughters, Christina Cavin,  Hannah Hagan, and Rebecca Hagan;  son-in-law Jay Cavin;  his  grandchildren,  Elizabeth and Cain Cavin;   his  brothers and sisters,  Brad Bradford,  Jean Sharp,  Penny Young,  Bill Hagan,  and Amanda Hagan;  numerous nieces,  nephews,  great nieces,  and great nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Darwin  Hagan and Virginia Hagan.
Visitation is  Monday, May 29, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Ms. from 5:00 P.M. until  8:00 P.M. Visitation continues Tuesday, May 30 from 12:00 Noon until time of religious services at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, at the funeral home.  Interment will follow in Hagan  Cemetery.
The family requests donations be made to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital  in Baton Rouge, La.

 



Beverly Ann Rollins Beasley, 69, went to be with her Lord on May 25, 2017 at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb, Mississippi.  on May 24, 1948, she was a long time resident of the Oxford Community near Gloster, Mississippi. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.   She taught first grade for some 43 years, loving each child that passed through her care as if they were her own. She attempted to nurture both mind and spirit and shine the light of Christ into each life.  She spent her life serving her Lord with her extraordinary musical talents singing and playing the piano with numerous gospel groups.  She has served as pianist at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Liberty, Mississippi for the first 20 years.
     She is survived by her loving husband Tommy Charles Beasley;     two grandchildren,  Kyleigh Claire Beasley and Brock Kadyn Piner and  daughter-in-law  Ashley Renee Beasley, all of Ellisville, Mississippi;   one sister Carolyn Jo Rollins Toney of Busy Corner, Mississippi;  as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
     She is preceded in death by her dear son, Charles Brent Beasley; two brothers, Jerry Lane Rollins and Sidney Derwood Rollins; a nephew, Robert Toney; and her parents, Maunita Whittington Rollins and Sidney Derwood Rollins.
     Visitation is Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Zion Hill Baptist Church from  6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.  Also visitation Sunday, May 28 from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Sunday at the church.  Officiated by Rev. Alton Foster and Rev. Kevin Dixon.  Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery.  Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Mississippi is in charge of Arrangemen
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​James Howard  Murray, 46, lifelong resident of Wilkinson County, Ms. passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at University Medical Center in Jackson, Ms.  He was born November 21, 1970 in Centreville, Ms. the son of Nolan and Beverly Murray Jr..  He worked as a cutter operator in the logging business.
     James is survived by his wife, Laura Ann Nichols Murray;  one sister, Belinda M. Mann;  two brothers, Tommy Joe Murray and Paula, and Nolan Murray lll and Danielle;  two nieces, Rosanna Michelle Seals and Randy, and Brooke Lea-Anne Murray;  three nephews, Nolan Cole Murray, David Shane Murray, and Blake Ellis Murray;  one great nephew, Billy Thomas Jr.; and James’s favorite horse Shorty.
    He is preceded in death by his parents, Nolan Murray Jr. and Beverly Rose Rodgers Murray.
    Visitation is Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Hopewell Methodist Church from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.  Also Wednesday, from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, at the church, officiated by Rev. Bryce Dobson.  Interment will follow in Hopewell Cemetery



Vivian Roberts Partin, 87, of Crosby, Mississippi, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully Monday, May 15, 2017 at Field Health Care in Centreville, Ms., with her family near her. She was born December 16, 1929, the daughter of Joe and Eva Brown Roberts. She was a housewife and homemaker.
     She is survived by two sons, Donald Partin and his wife Tammie, of  Zachary, La., and Willie Partin of Crosby, Ms.; seven grandchildren, Jessica Partin Sonnier, Jason Partin, Lesli Partin Harrell, Randy Partin, Billy Edmonston, Travis Voss, and Jeremy Voss.  
    She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 51 years, Donald Partin of Crosby,Ms.; one son, Joe Partin of Zachary, La.; and her daughter, Dona Partin Voss of Angleton, Tx.
    Visitation is Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.    Visitation Wednesday will be at Corinth Church of Christ from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday at the church, officiated by Bro. Bernard Waites.  Interment will follow at Partin Family Cemetery. 
Pallbearers are Jason Partin, Randy Partin, Travis Voss, Jeremy Voss, Chris Harrell, and Stuart Sonnier. Honorary pallbearers are Keith Partin, Johnny Voss, Billy Edmonston, Carl Walker, and Jennings Nettles.
    Special thanks and appreciation  to the nurses and staff at Field Health Systems, Dr. Nimo and staff for their kindness , compassion and dedication.   Our Church Family at the Corinth Church of Christ, for the kind words, prayers, cards, flowers, food, and so much more. 
    In lieu of flowers, give donations to the non-profit foundation Back A Christian Organization,  dedicated to helping those in need. (Go on facebook for information.)
 


Betty Ann Howard , 81, of Crosby, Mississippi, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017,  at Mesun Hospice Home in Lawrenceville, Georgia.  She was born March 23, 1935 in Rosetta, Mississippi, the daughter of Will and Nina Hazlip Sturdivant. Mrs. Betty graduated Crosby High School and attended Hinds Jr. College, and married Marlin John Howard of Winnsboro, Louisiana on July 2, 1954. She was a housewife and secretary, retiring from Entergy Corporation in 1999.
      She has three children, Sabrina Howard Collins of Meridian,  Ms.;  Marlin Dean Howard of North Ogden, Utah;  and William Seth Howard of Dacula, Ga.;  eight grandchildren, Briana Collins Nelson of Brandon, Ms.; William E. (Will) Collins ll of Youngsville, La.; Elaine Howard Treutlein of Salt Lake City, UT.; Griffin Daniel Howard of Creve Coeur, Mo.; Seth Thomas Howard, Nathan John Howard, and Lydia Anne Howard all of Dacula, Ga.;  seven great grandchildren, Briley Claire and Jonah Michal Nelson; William Daniel (Liam) and Vivi Mae Collins; Luna Lynn, Ansel Edwards, and Franklin Eugine Treutlein;  one sister, Dorothy Sturdivant Cavin Thompson of Natchez, Ms.; one brother, William Russell (Billy) Sturdivant of Brookhaven, Ms.
      She is preceded in death by her father and mother, two brothers Raymond and Maxwell Sturdivant, and three sisters, Thelma Sturdivant Johnson, and two who died in infancy.  
      Funeral Services are as follows; visiting May 17, 2017 from 12:30 pm until time of Funeral Services at 2 pm at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS. Interment will follow at Rosetta Cemetery.



Charlee Elaine Estis,  four month old daughter of  Kenneth and Erin Ashley Estis, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Merit Health Care in Natchez, Ms. Along with her parents, her family includes  one sister, Emory Estis;   grandmother, Phyllis Estis;    grandparents,  Thomas and Jackie Ashley;   two uncles,  Dennis and Noeli Estis,  and Eli Ashley;   two aunts,  Emily Ashley,  and  Hannah and Brandon Aldridge:  great-aunts,  Donna and Mike Carraway,   Diane Ashley,  and Mona Carraway;  great uncles,  Pat and Ruth Ann Ashley  and  Tim and Sonia Ashley;   Great grandmother  Maxine Carraway;  great grandfather Cage  Ashley, and numerous nieces , nephews, and cousins.
      Preceded in death by her grandfather,  Dennis Estis,  her great grandfather Charles Ray Carraway, and her great grandmother Dorothy Ashley. 
      Funeral services are 10:00 A.M. Monday, May 15, 2017,  at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Mississippi, officiated by Bro. Don Tate and Bro Bernard Waites.    Interment will follow in Ashley Cemetery.
 

Nellie Rae Andrews,  
native of Franklin County, Mississippi,  passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Wilkinson County Senior Care in Centreville, Ms.   She was 84, born July 26, 1932,  the daughter of Gordie and Fannie Temple Cothren who preceded her in death along with her husband Tom Andrews, and eight brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Nellie worked at the Movie Star Garment Factory in Magnolia, Ms. for 20 years;  she also worked as a cashier at Jitney Jungle Grocery Store in McComb, Ms.  In between work, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and a member of Middleton Creek Primitive Baptist Church.
     She is survived by three sons, Randy Andrews and his wife Sue of Jayess, Ms., Jimmy Dale Andrews and his wife Edna of Greensburg, La., and Ray Andrews and his wife Cathy of Smithdale, Ms.; two daughters, Charlotte Moore of Mobile, Ala. And Janis Gunn of Summit, Ms.;  eleven grandchildren, Brandi Sharit, Rachel Newman, Brittany Ball, Amanda Sellers, Tracy Brumfield, Josh Andrews, Jeremy Andrews, Cassie Woodall, Ashley Stockton, Kayla Gunn, and Dillon Gunn;  and numerous great grandchildren.  
     Visitation is Friday, May 12, 2017 at Middleton Creek Primitive Baptist Church
from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.  Visitation Saturday is from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 1:00 P.M. Saturday  at the church,  officiated by  Elder Tom Griffin. 
Interment will follow in Middleton Creek Cemetery.Pallbearers are Josh Andrews, Jeremy Andrews, James Woodall, Jeremy Stockton, Jason Newman, and David Travis.



Allie B. Felter Wisner, 97, of Crosby, Ms., passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017, at her home. She was born August 15, 1919 at Sicily Island, Louisiana, the daughter of Ellison S. and Allie Metcalf Felter.    Mrs. Allie was a retired Nurses Aid  at Villa Feliciana Hospital  and a member of Corinth Church of Christ.
      She is survived by four sons, Dennis (Jiggs) Wisner and his wife Nancy of Crosby, Ms., Jerry Wisner and his wife Frances of Crosby, Ms.; Danny Wisner and his wife Angie of Crosby, Ms.;  and Johnny Wisner of Crosby, Ms. 17 Grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren,  and 18 great-great grandchildren.
      She is preceded in death by  her parents Ellison S. and Allie Metcalfe Felter, her husband of 40 years Buell Wisner,  7 brothers,  Jesse Felter,   Thomas Felter, Lloyd Felter,   Ellison “Buddy” Felter,   Dick Felter,   Lamar “Mutt” Felter,  and Marvin Felter.   5 sisters, Vivian Young,  Doris Havard,  Nannie Felter,  Bernice Lanehart Nettles, and Jennie Caston.   2 sons, Linell Wisner and Douglas Wisner, and 3 daughters, Shirley Bonnette Wells, Jean Netterville McGehee, and Susie Ashley Grantham.  3 grandchilden, 2 great-grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. 
      Visitation is Monday, May 8, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Ms. from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.   Visitation continues Tuesday at Corinth Church of Christ from 12:00 noon until time of funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday at Corinth Church of Christ.  Interment will follow in Enlow Cemetery.

 


Ruby Eileen Ferrebee age72 and a life long resident of Crosby, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 at her home. She was born June 19, 1944 in Crosby, the daughter of William Walton Arnold and Eunice Irene Sturdivant Arnold. She was Supervisor of Security at several plywood and pulpwood  plants in the area.
     Mrs. Eileen is survived by two sons, Earl Ferrebee Jr. and his wife Shannon and Bruce Dendy and his wife Rhonda.   Four grandchildren, Zachary Ferrebee and his wife Victoria, Hunter Ferrebee, Wyatt Ferrebee, and Samantha Ferrebee; and two step-grandchildren, Chris Accardo and Haley Bourgoyne and her husband Jared, and numerous nieces and nephews.
     She is preceded in death by her parents, William Walton Arnold and Eunice Ierene Sturdivant Arnold,  two brothers, Arlee Arnold and Jackie Arnold, and one sister, Verna Mae Harveston.
     Visitation is Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Ms. from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.   Also Friday, 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral Services at 10:00 A.M. Friday at Brown Funeral Home, officiated by Bro Bernard Waites.

 

Mary Agnes Foreman age 89, longtime resident of the Homochitto Community near Gloster, Mississippi, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 at her home. She was 89, born March 5, 1928 in Amite County, the daughter of Ernest and Mattie Poole Brown.  She was a homemaker and a custodian at the school.
    Mary Agnes is survived by her husband, Joseph “Blue” Foreman;  two daughters, Crystal Ford and her husband Warren  and Jody Etheridge and her husband Tommy; one son Dale Foreman and his wife Melanie.   11 grandchildren, Jennifer Sherouse, Melissa Carpenter,  Cristine Wells, Daniel Ford, Cody Foreman, Casey Jones, Cade Foreman, Russell Etheridge, Ron Etheridge, Ryan Etheridge, and Laura Smith; 17 great grandchildren ,  2 great- great grandchildren, and one sister Dianna Breaux.
    She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Mattie Poole Brown, one daughter Clarise Workman, son-in-law Jeff Workman,  one granddaughter Stacy Workman, two brothers Gene Brown and Dale Cassels, and two sisters, Carolyn Boden and Patsy Brown.
    Visitation is Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Royal Chapel Church near Gloster, from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. at the church, officiated by Matthew Brown and Ron Prosch. Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster, Ms. Pallbearers are Russell Etheridge,  Cody Foreman, Ron Etheridge, Ryan Etheridge, Cade Foreman, Clay Sherouse, Tyler Wells, and Conner Sherouse.


Wendy Waynette Haney,44, native of Crosby, Mississippi, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Boswell Regional Medical Center in McGee, Ms. She was a resident of the Boswell Group Home in McGee for many years.
     Wendy is survived by her mother, Linda Gale Haney of Crosby, MS; two brothers, Ricky Haney and his wife Danielle, of Natchez, Ms. and Pete Haney of Crosby, MS; one sister, Sissy Halford and her husband Odell of Crosby, MS;  4 nieces: Kayla, Kaitlyn, Abigayle, and Bailey. 4 nephews: Joshua, John, Ricky Paul, and John Dylan. One great niece Liddy and One great nephew Logan
     Wendy is preceded in death by her father, Richard E. Haney Sr. and Step Mother Peggy Joyce Haney
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Ms. from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. It will be officiated by Rev. Warren Whitaker ll. Interment will follow in Hopewell Cemetery near Crosby, Ms. Pallbearers are Joshua Feltenburger, John Halford, Dylan Haney, Ronald T. Haney, Ricky Paul Haney, and Thomas Perry.


Martha Lilly Stancil age 67 of Walker, La., passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017, at her residence.  She was born January 13, 1950, the daughter of  Lonnie  and Eva Lilly.  Mrs. Martha was a Senior Insurance Claim Rep.
    Martha is survived by her husband Mervin “Sonny” Stancil Jr of Walker, La.;  one son Wesley Shane Terrell ,  one daughter Sara Myrick and her husband Allen;     three grandsons, Dakota Terrell, Cooper Myrick, and Corbin Myrick;  one granddaughter Savanah Terrell; one great granddaughter, Ella Claire Terrell:  One brother Robert Lilly and his wife Freda of New Augusta, and one sister Louise Reynolds of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. 

    She is preceded in death by her father, Lonnie Lilly and her mother Eva Nevels Lilly.
    Visitation is Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty,  Mississippi from 9:00 A.M. until  until time of Funeral Services at 11:00 A.M. Officiated by Bro. Merrell Blalock and Interment will follow in Blalock Cemetery Liberty, Ms.


Joe Benjamin Spillman, 81, lifelong resident of Amite County, Mississippi, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017 at Southwest Regional Medical Center in McComb, Ms.  He was born July 25, 1935 in Amite County, the son of John Robert Spillman and Mary Mattie Sterling Spillman.  He served in the U.S. Army and was in the logging business most of his life.
     Joe is survived by his wife of thirty-four years, Deb Spillman; one son Daryn Spillman and his wife Danielle; four daughters, Carla Ortigo and her husband Charles; Tina Whittington and her husband Marty; Natalie Jones and her husband Trey; and  Holly Cothren and her husband Tanner.   Eight grandchildren,  Kari Kleinpeter, Chase Whittington, Paige Whittington, Segen Ortigo, Chelsea Spillman,  Anniston Cothren,  Allie Amberly Jones and Addison Jones.  One great greatgrandchild Aubrey Whittington.  One brother, Frank Spillman; four sisters, Velma Spillman, Mildred Williams, Frances Jones, and Johnnie Ruth Jones.
     Joe is preceded in death by his parents,  John Robert Spillman and Mary Mattie Sterling Spillman;  five brothers, Jewell Spillman, Otis Spillman,  J.W. Spillman, Robert Spillman,  and Delmer Spillman,  and two sisters; Inez Rider and Ora Varnado.
     Visitation is Monday at Mary Springs Church of God of Prophecy on Busy Corner Road near Gloster, from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Monday at the church, officiated by Rev. Danny Cook. Interment will follow in Mary Springs Cemetery with Military Honors.
Pallbearers are Al Jones, Hilton Hollingsworth, Dale Sterling, Aubrey Sterling, Hansel Knight, and Jason Knight.  Honorary pallbearers are Gene Walters and Winborn Sullivan


Henry  Leroy “Dude” Nettles, 69, lifelong resident of Woodville, Mississippi, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Jackson, Ms. He was born May 23, 1947  the son of James H. Nettles and Hazel Vines Nettles.  He was a Vietnam Veteran and a millwright with Georgia Pacific.
He is survived by his wife Penny Nettles of Woodville, Ms.;  his son Jason Nettles and his wife Tracie of St. Francisville,  La.; two step sons, Edward Dearing and Martin Dearing;  grandson Hunter Nettles; granddaughter Graycee Nettles;  one brother Dennis Nettles,  and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his father, James H. Nettles; his mother Hazel Vines Nettles Vance; one son Henry Nettles Jr.; two brothers Malcolm “Bub” Callender and Douglas Nettles, and two sisters, Hazel Ann Callender and Helen Virginia Rowell.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Pioneer Baptist Church from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 1:00 P.M. at the church, officiated by Rev. Warren Whittaker II. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville, Ms.


Sally Jean “Jeannie” Felder, 58, of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017 at her home in Liberty. She was born February 8, 1959 in Liberty, Mississippi to Mary Ann Harvey and Eugene Whittington.
Jeannie married Barry Felder on April 1, 1978. They were happily married for 39 years.
Jeannie is survived by her husband Barry Felder of Liberty,  Ms., and their three sons, Ryan Felder of Monroe, La., Logan Felder of Liberty, Ms., and Lucas Felder of Satsuma, La. and  his fiancee Jessica Creel.   Also her brother Randy Whittington   and his wife Marilyn of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She is also survived by three lovely aunts and numerous cousins.
Jeannie had a passion for life. She loved her family and  friends dearly. She also loved planting her flowers every  spring and watching them grow. Christmas was her favorite holiday, she loved everything about it.  She had a collection of Santas that she cherished. Jeannie was so excited about becoming a grandmother for the first time. She had planned a beautiful shower welcoming her first granddaughter. Jeannie was already in love with her precious little princess.
Visitation will be at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, Mississippi, Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and will continue on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 2:00 P.M. until time of funeral services at 3:00 P.M. Sunday at the Church, officiated by Rev. James Sadler and Rev. Bradley Geno.  Interment will follow at New Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jerry Maxwell, Randy Whittington, Bobby McKlemurry, Sammy Carraway, Hunter Wall, and Keith Hux.   Honorary Pallbearers are Clay Caston, Ronnie Taylor, and Corey Whittington.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for the funeral expenses


Richie went home to be with the Lord on the morning of March 29, 2017. He loved to cook and in the past was a short-order cook. He also was a wonderful carpenter and talented tattoo artist.
Richard was the son of Sandra Terluin Maltese and Wayne Maltese. Siblings were Michael  and Gage Maltese and Heather Couture, who survive him. Richard is also survived by his longtime soulmate, Arlene Morrison, and his children; Gage, Kole, Miah, Aidan, Anqiya;  and his step-children, Melody, Aleana, Skyler, and his future baby who is due in September.
He also leaves behind his  niece Emily and nephew Rose Couture. He will also be missed by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family, Maternal grandparents Patricia Terluin and the late John Terluin,  and paternal grandparents, the late Audrey and Pete Maltese.
A piece of Richie will live on in all his children and through all his tattoo work.


John Everett Wilson, 93, longtime resident of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Camelia Estates Assisted Living Center in McComb, Ms., with his loving family by his side.  Mr. Everett was born May 23, 1923 in Copiah County, Mississippi, the son of Walter Lee Wilson and Lena Crawford Wilson, in the home in which he lived along with his identical twin brother, Emmett “Lit” Wilson. 
He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War ll from 1943 to 1946 in the European theater. After returning home, he enrolled at Mississippi State in the fall of 1946 and graduated in the spring of 1948. While there he was a sprinter on the State track team. Upon graduation, he accepted a position with the USDA in Liberty, Mississippi as County Executive Director where he stayed until his retirement in 1980. In September 1949, he married Claudine Whittington from Crystal Springs, Ms. They moved to Liberty and have made their home in Liberty their entire married lives. Mr. Everett was an active member of Liberty Baptist Church all during his lifetime there. He taught Sunday school in the boy’s junior classes for 15 years and was an active member of the Liberty Masonic Lodge.  After his retirement from USDA, he was elected to three terms on the Liberty Board of Aldermen.
Mr. Everett is survived by his wife of 67 years, Claudine; his son Lee of Magnolia, Ms.; three grandsons, ,Landon Wilson and his wife Raven of Tylertown, Ms; Ron Wilson and his wife Keri of Summit, Ms.; and Chet Wilson of Auburn, Alabama. One Great-grandson Mason Everett Wilson of Tylertown, Ms. and one great-granddaughter Claudia Rose Wilson of Summit, Ms.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister Mildred Harland, his twin brother Emmett “Lit” Wilson, his niece Joy Cliburn, and his nephew Louis Harland.
Visitation is Monday, April 3, 2017, from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Liberty Baptist Church , and will continue there Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday at the church, officiated by Rev. Bradley Geno, Rev. James Sadler, and Rev. Alton Foster.  Interment will follow in Spring Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Martinsville, Ms. with military honors.  
Pallbearers are grandsons  Landon Wilson, Ron Wilson, Chet Wilson, and nephews Bobby Wilson, Jimmy Palmer, and Donald Palmer.. Honorary Pallbearers are Winborn Sullivan, Steve Ward, Jack Terrell, and his Sunday School Class.The family would like to express their thanks to the nurses at St. Luke Hospice: Sonia Thibidaux, Vicky Brown, Patty Venderslice, Michelle Tadlock, Brittney Meyers.​​​​


Lucretia Evelyn Forman Svetich, Born April 12, 1920 in the Homochitto Community, Gloster, Amite Co MS; passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Valparaiso Porter Co IN from complications from surgical recovery at age 96. She was the daughter of Edward James Forman and Myrtle Mae Poole. Sister to Willis Oshea Forman (wife: Retha), Tallahassee, FL and Walter Cross Forman (wife: Beatrice Webb).She was the beloved mother of Stefania G. Svetich Hogg and son-in-law John Malcolm Hogg. Loving grandmother of John Edward Hogg, Shorewood, IL, and Robert John Hogg (wife: Lindsey Speer)of Valparaiso, IN. Proud Great grandmother of John Maxwell Hogg, of Shorewood, IL, whom she adored Many nieces and nephews and beloved cousin, Julia Mae McIlwain, her children and extended relatives in Natchez MS.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Peter Svetich; loved and cherished parents Edward James Forman and Myrtle Mae Poole; brothers  of Gloster, James Lantis  (Bain) Forman and wife, Margaret Louise Lundberg; William Polk Forman and wife Lorraine McCurley. 
     As a young woman, she worked at Camp Van Dorn in Centreville during WWII in the PX.  She also worked at Montgomery Ward in Merrillville, Indiana over 20 years and upon retirement, returned to her beautiful Mississippi to live in retirement. Some of the things she cherished most were her family. She was a devoted mother and grandmother/great grandmother.  She was a Christian and loved to go to church; a devoted Methodist and a member of the Union Methodist Church and the Gloster Methodist Church. She read the Bible through several times. She loved to crochet, sew, watch birds, grow flowers and count the horse trailers going by her house. She loved to play the piano her father gave her when she was a child and played at the Union Methodist Church as the pianist. Independence was important to her. She loved her family home and cherished memories that were made there. She could tell you about people many years before her and was a great family genealogist. Her proud heritage came from many Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots, who settled the Mississippi Territory. Among them were Edward James Forman, Abraham Roberts II, Richard Curtis Sr., John J. Robertson, Joseph B. May, Jacob Curry and many others. She was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, William Henry Harrison Chapter, Valparaiso, Indiana. She always was grateful to the men and women who served our country and thanked them.
    Visitation is Friday, March 24, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster. Also Saturday, from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at Brown Funeral Home, Officiated by Rev, Reggie Forman. Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Gloster Methodist Church, Gloster, MS or Union Church, Gloster, MS
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Jacqueline Jones Wheeler Berthelsen, a resident of LaPlace ,La. and Gretna, La., passed away March 18, 2017 in Gulfport, Mississippi. She was born October 3, 1933 in London England. She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward “Butch” Berthelsen; her parents John Samuel and Gladys May Jones; her brother Bob Walker; her sister, Peggie Williamson of London , and her brother Peter Phillip of Australia.
She is survived by her daughter, Marjorie Wheeler and husband Clyde Marcel of Gulfport, Ms.; her son, James “Jimmy” and wife Phyllis Wheeler Jr. of Gloster, Ms.;  her daughter Barbie and husband Johnny Foster of DeBary, Florida.; her sister, Marjorie Timmis of London, England, and sister-in-law Pure Phillip of Australia.
Eleven grandchildren, Eva and husband Wilmer Rivas of Gretna, La. ; Nicke and husband David Ernst of Belle Chasse, La.; John Melitos and Renee’ Abbenante of Gulfport, Ms.; Sley Sanchez of New Orleans, La.; Alex and wife Cameron Sanchez of New Orleans, La.; Carl Melitos of Houston Tx.; CJ Marcel of Gulfport,Ms.; Tristan Wheeler, Thomas Wheeler of Gloster, Ms.; Amiee and husband Linwood Belanger of Houma, La.; and Alyssa Foster of Debary, Fl.  Fourteen Great grandchildren, Christos Melitos, Athena Rivas, Emma and Evan Ernst, Jacob Sanchez, Bradin Wheeler, Isabella, Nick and Matthew Melitos, Grace Destiny Belanger, Taylor and Alexus Foreman, and Caitlin and Laini Bellais. Lifetime friends; Debbie Jenkins, Kim Innerarity and her daughter Chrystal Hubbard. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews in England, Australia, and Mississippi.
Pallbearers are John Melitos, Sley Sanchez, Alex Sanchez, Thomas Wheeler, Wilmer Rivas, and David Ernst.
Honorary Pallbearers are Tristan Wheeler, Christos I Melitos, and Christos N Melitos.
Visitation is Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Ms. from 12:00 noon until time of funeral services at 1:00 P.M. Services will be Officiated by Rev, Warren Whitaker. Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster.


Bryan "Ben" Allen Anders passed away early Monday, March 13, 2017 at Lane Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Ben was born on April 4, 1927 to Henry and Carrie Reeves Anders in Amite County, Mississippi. He graduated from Gloster High School in 1946 after returning from military service.  He was a proud World War II veteran serving in the U. S. Navy preparing Corsair Airplanes for takeoff in Green Cove Springs, Florida.  He was discharged from the Navy in 1946. Ben married Sara Jo Barkdull of Liberty, Mississippi in December 1951 after they met while they worked together at Crawford Corporation. The couple had four sons: Mike (Starkville, MS), Rick (Deadwood, SD), Dave (McComb, MS), and Bill (Ridgeland, MS) raising them on Second Street in Gloster. He lived his entire life in Amite County, Mississippi, except for his military service and a short time in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ben worked in several different jobs during his lifetime including Crawford Corporation for 15 years and for 16 years at William Carter Company in Centreville, Mississippi. He was a long time member of Galilee Baptist Church in Gloster and a Deacon Emeritus of Galilee. In addition to being proud parents Ben and Jo were the very proud grandparents and great grandparents to eleven grandchildren: Courtney, Matt, Davy, Griffin, Candice, Jonathan, Parker, Curtis, Carrie, Karli, and Casey and six great grandchildren: Haley, Taylor, Jaxon, Scarlett, Oliver, and Benny.
Ben was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sara Jo, his parents, his brothers Alton, Grady, Raiford, Roddis, Thomas, and his sisters Edna, Maxine, and Merle. He is survived by his sister Adine Wilson of northwest Arkansas and numerous nieces and nephews.  
The family would like to thank the community and especially Doris Robinson for their many acts of kindness and support over the last year to keep Ben in his home in Gloster, the place he wanted to be. 
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Mississippi Baptist Children's Village or Galilee First Baptist Church. Visitation is Wednesday March 15, 2017,  at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Ms. from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Brian Malone.   Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery with military honors.


Verna Mae Harveston age 77 and a longtime resident of the Rosetta Community, passed away Thursday March 9, 2017 at her daughters home in McComb, Ms. She was born July 11, 1939 to Walton Arnold and Eunice Sturdivant Arnold.  
Mrs. Verna Mae is survived by her children Daniel Lopez, Rhonda Lopez, Nancy Whitaker, Tony Lopez and his wife Stephanie, Alton Harveston, and Lynn Jordan and her husband Billy. Grand children Misty Lafontaine, Tabitha Vanderford, Carrie Delaney, J.R. Whitaker, Chris Whitaker, Anthony Lopez, Adriane Lopez, Chasity Harveston, Jacey Harveston, Kelsey Codding, Kayla McDowell, Kymberli McDowell, and Karli McDowell, 10 Great Grandchildren, and 1 sister Eileen Ferrebee. She was proceeded in death by her parents, 2 brothers Arlee and Jackie Arnold and 1 son Glynn Harveston.
Visitation for Mrs. Harveston will be Saturday March 11, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Ms. from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M. and continue on Sunday  March 12, 2017 from 1 P.M. until time of service at 3 P.M. at Brown Funeral Home. Officiated by Rev. Max Foreman. Interment will follow in the Rosetta Cemetery near Crosby, Ms.

 
Gavin Boykin, 79, lifelong resident of Amite County,  passed away  Wednesday, January 11, 2017  at his residence near Gloster, Mississippi. He was born November 19, 1937 in Amite County, the son of Elwood and Vasser Dawson Boykin.   He was retired  from Amite County District Three.
Gavin is survived by two daughters, Krystal Hayden and her husband Brandon, and Kim Swain and her husband Michael,   one son Clay Boykin,  5 grandchildren, Dent Thornton, Ridge Thornton, Celeste Smith, Michael Swain Jr., and McKenna Swain.    Two brothers,  L. H. Boykin, and Jerry Boykin. Six sisters, Mary Carol Bonck,  Retha “Tealo” Toney, Veronica Plasiance, Scarlet Collier, Terry Boykin, and  Lenda Freeman, and numerous nieces and nephews, and cousins. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elwood and Vasser Dawson Boykin,  his wife, Patsy Dianne Kirkland Boykin, and one brother, Kermit Boykin.
Visitation is Monday, January 16, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 12:00 Noon Monday, at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Doug Akins.  Interment will follow in Bethel Cemetery near Liberty, Ms. Pallbearers will be Jerry Boykin, Patrick Morrison, Brandon Hayden, Murray Toney, Wayne Freeman, and Jerry McKey



Margie Dean Simmons, 77, of Gloster, Mississippi, passed away Tuesday January 10, 2017 at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb, Ms.  She was born January 30, 1939 in Wilkinson County, in Mississippi, the daughter of Acie Metcalfe and Ellen Floyd Metcalfe. She was a housewife.
Margie is survived by her husband; Harper Simmons Sr.;   2 sons; Harper Simmons Jr. and his wife Karen, and Acie Lamar Simmons and his wife Brenda.
1 daughter; Carolyn Sue Tatum and her husband Gene.   Seven Grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.   One brother; Kenneth Nettles, and numerous nieces, nephews, Great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. 
She is preceded in death  by her parents,  and one son Larry Eugene Simmons.
Visitation is Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.   Visitation Friday is from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Friday at the funeral home, officiated by Bro. David Stump.  Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery near Gloster.
Pallbearers are Gary Box, Roger Seals Jr., Nick Guerin, Robert Seals, Gene Tatum, and Roger Simmons. 


Michael Edgar Varnado,  69, of Gloster, Mississippi, passed away Friday, January 6, 2017, at his residence in Gloster.   He was born September 19, 1947.
Mike was a veteran of the U.S. Army and Peace Corps. He received his Bachelor of Science  Degree at Mississippi College.  He also had over thirty years of service at various parks around Mississippi with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife – Fisheries and Parks.  Most of his service  with the department was as Park Manager at Percy Quin State Park in McComb with 24 years.
Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Omer and Ora Spillman Varnado.
He is survived by three daughters, Abby Varnado Gomez and husband Eli, of Flowood, Ms.,   Rebecca Varnado Shutze of Brandon, Ms.  and Erin Varnado McKenzie and husband Derek, of McComb, Ms. 5 grandchildren, Reece and Camille Gomez,  Addison Shutze, and Piper and Emersyn McKenzie. One sister, Angela Varnado of Columbia, Ms., and numerous Aunts Uncles, Cousins, and Friends.
Visitation is Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Mississippi, from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, at the funeral home, officiated Rev. Butch Simmons.  Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster.


Mary Ruth Wilkinson, 83, a resident of the Winnona Park Community for over 51 years went home to be with the Lord, November 25, 2016. Her faith has become sight and she worships her Lord and Savior now with her beloved husband of 51 years, Ben and her third son, Manford. Thanksgiving was the one time each year the entire family would gather for Mary Ruth’s cooking and the sweet fellowship of just being together. For Mary Ruth to wait until the family assembled is a sweet reflection of the importance of that time. Mary Ruth was born to Lucius and Ruth Pittman in Biloxi, Mississippi. She had one brother Bill of whom she was always proud. She grew up in Gloster and that is where she met her husband. Her beauty was obvious outwardly and if you took the time to talk with her you found her beauty came from within. She was named Miss Amite County in 1950. Her father forbid her to pursue any other pageants. She married the man who led her to the Lord and sought her entire 61 years to be the wife, mom and homemaker who reflected Christ. Mary Ruth loved being Ben’s wife, she enjoyed being our mom and Mamaw to our children. She had an ability to make anyone feel welcomed in their home. Her degree came from life, with its sorrows her faith grew; with its joy her faith grew. She was willing to share, pray and encourage women who were married to men in full time Christian vocations, she understood the loneliness but she also felt it her duty to help them understand their responsibility to make their home a peaceful refuge. She could fix almost anything; eventually. She could take a simple meal and make you think you partaken of a feast. The last 25 years of her life Mary Ruth assisted Ben in ministering to the homeless, to those struggling, broken and confused. After the homegoing of her husband she struggled to find her purpose. Her sweet church family and her neighbors were a source of delight. She enjoyed watching the children in the afternoon with their parents and often had an ice cream sandwich to offer them as they walked home. In His mercy, He allowed the loneliness to end and we who were humbled to call her mom. “Arise and called her blessed,” rejoicing through our tears that she is home at last.
Her children who are left and who seek to live as followers of Christ are: Evangeline and her husband, Dr. Rick Light; their children, Rev. Joshua Light; Victoria and her husband Justin Rodda; Nathan and his wife Beth Light. 
Dwight Wilkinson and his wife Stacey; their children, Evangeline and her husband Mark Watanabe; Autumn and her husband Bryan Bennett; Avonlea, Caleb and Micah Wilkinson. Glen Wilkinson and his wife Amy; their children Devon and Leighton Wilkinson. Mary Ruth leaves behind her great-grandchildren Kylie Rodda, Titus Light and one on the way, Carla Light.
Mary Ruth is survived by two sisters in laws Norma Wilkinson  and Patty Ruth Wilkinson and several wonderful nieces and nephews. She also had two childhood friends whom she loved dearly, Patricia Simmons and Hilda Sansing. . We want to say thank you to the shalom Home Care, a special group of ladies. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10:00 AM at the Grace Church of All Nations,
Stone Mountain, GA. The Wilkinson family was kindly serviced by Brown Funeral Home, Gloster, MS.

 

Carlene Hughey Terrell of Liberty, Ms., 78, passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Liberty Community Living Center. Carlene was born August 27, 1938 in Amite County, Ms. She was the daughter of Carl and Doris Nunnery Hughey. She graduated Liberty High School in 1956 and that same year married Robbie Maurice Terrell, also of Liberty. She was a homemaker.
Carlene is survived by her sons, Alan (Delane) Terrell of Crosby, Ms. and Andy (Chris) Terrell of Sumitt.
3 Granddaughters, Ellen(Jesse) Golden of Hoover, Al.., Katie(Robert) Thomas of Philadelphia, Ms. and Kelli-Anne Terrell of Ridgeland, Ms. One Great-Grandson, Thomas Alan Golden of Hoover, Al.
Sister, Jo Ann (Ronald) Price of Waggaman, La; Brother, James Hughey of Liberty, Nephew, Dale Price.
2 Brother-In-Laws, Hoyt (Sharon) Terrell and Carl (Sandra) Terrell all of Liberty. She is Preceded In Death by her parents and her husband, Robbie Maurice Terrell.

Visiting at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, Ms. Friday, December 16, 2016, 9:00 AM until time of Funeral Services Friday at 11:00 AM, also at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty. Services Officiated by Rev Shane Pourciau.
Interment to follow in Terrell Cemetery near Liberty.
Pallbearers are Carl Terrell, Will Terrell, Dale Causey, Danny Edwards, Lane Boler, Don Tumey, Robert Thomas and Jesse Golden.
The family would like to thank the staff at Liberty Community Living Center and Camilla Hospice for their care.
The family request that memorials be made to Liberty United Methodist Church.


Patsy Elaine Smith Adam, 64, of Gloster, Mississippi, passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, Illinois.  She was born in Centreville, Ms. on November 18, 1952, the daughter of Robert and Elaine Wilkinson Smith.
She was member of the Plymouth Primitive Baptist Church near Liberty, Ms. She was kind, giving, and devoted to her church. She mentored many people including  students entering the medical technology field.
Patsy was a good Mother and Grandmother, and made many sacrifices for her children. She was affectionately refered to as Nat by many. She liked  to cook, cross-stitch, and was an avid reader. Patsy also loved to research and discuss family history.
She is survived by her Mother, Elaine Smith of Gloster, Ms., her children, Michael  Adam and wife Tammie of Starkville, Ms., and Robert Adam and wife Elizabeth of Highland, Il. Grandchildren, Lily, Jeremiah, Susannah, Ruth, and Joanna. Her sister Judy Matte of Gloster, Ms., one brother, Bobby Smith of Gloster, Ms.. Nieces, Nephews, and Great-nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her Father, Robert Harold Smith.
Visiting Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Ms. 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Visiting Friday, Dec. 16, 2016
at Plymouth Primitive Baptist Church near Liberty, 9:30 AM until time of Funeral Services Friday at 10:30 AM at the church.
Interment will follow in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster.
Memorials may be made to the Patsy Adam Memorial Scholarship to benefit her community. Please send to  24 Red Oak Drive, Highland, Il. 62249.

 
Sister Dorothy Dean Nunnery Wilkinson, 72, longtime resident of Liberty, Mississippi, and Baton Rouge, La., passed away December 10, 2016 at her residence due to health complications.   She was born March 19, 1944 in Liberty, Ms. the daughter of Barney B. Nunnery and Irene Tarver Nunnery-Starkey.
She had nine brothers and sisters. She was married in 1963 to Don Wilkinson. They had two children, Donnie and Rhonda. She graduated from Liberty High School in 1962. She received her Nursing Degree from SWCC in 1985. She was an ordained minister through the Church of God. She ministered throughout the state of Mississippi. He favorite Bible verse that she loved was Ephesians 3:19. “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”
She is survived by her ex-husband Don Wilkinson and wife Genny of Liberty, one son Donnie and wife Rachel of Macon, Ga., and one daughter Rhonda W. Hough of McComb, Ms. 6 grandsons, Trent Wilkinson and Kristina,  Hunter and Sarah Wilkinson of Macon, Ga.  Daniel Hough and wife Paige of Ackerman,Ms.  Josh Hough of Starkville,Ms., Jake Hough of Ackerman,Ms.,  and Joshua Daniel of Macon Ga.  Three Great-grandchildren, Kyler and Trenton Golder, and Paisley Grace Wilkinson of Macon, Ga.  She is also survivd by five brothers and four sisters, one great aunt  Mrs. Helen Carraway and her husband Bobby of Madison, Ms. and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.  One brother in Christ, Rev. Lester Miles and his wife Susan of Decatur, Ms. and  one sister in Christ, Doris T. Adams of Baton Rouge, La.
She was preceded in death by her grand parents, parents, uncles, aunts,, and three neices.
Visitation is Thursday at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Ms. from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at the funeral home.   Services Officiated by Bro. Lester Miles and Bro. Jackie Trice.
Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Memorial Cemetery near Gloster.
Pallbearers will be the grandsons and Bro. Jackie Trice
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Sam “A.” McNeil Jr.,  of Gloster, Mississippi, a retired United States Navy Electricians Mate Chief and
Georgia Pacific- Gloster employee, passed away Saturday December 3, 2016 at Liberty Community Living Center in Liberty, Ms. 
He was 82, born June 7, 1934 in Gloster, the son of Sam A. McNeil Sr. and Edna Brown McNeil.
A native and resident of Gloster, Sam proudly served his country from 1953 to 1973 during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. During his service he served as an electrician on both destroyers and ammunitions ships and was stationed on both the east and west coasts. During his last tour of duty, he served as an instructor at the Naval Training Center in Orlando, Florida, which he was very proud of. Sam retired from the U.S. Navy in 1973 and returned home to Gloster where he worked as an electrician at GP for 20 years. He was an avid reader and also enjoyed woodworking and tinkering in his shop.
He is survived by his daughter, Debra McNeil Cowart;  his son, Charles McNeil Sr. and wife Jennifer: grandsons Charles McNeil Jr. and fiancée Carley McAbee and Damon Griman;  granddaughters Samantha Cowart LeCroy and husband Kenneth and
Nanci Cowart Brioso and husband Walter; great-grandson Jameson McNeil, and great-granddaughters; Summer Rose McNeil and Rosalie Grace LeCroy. Two brothers, Thomas McNeil and wife Gwen and Robert McNeil and wife Martha.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Nell Terrell McNeil of Liberty; his parents, Sam A. McNeil Sr. and Edna Brown McNeil; three sisters, Sadie Pearl McNeil Ravencraft, Edna Earl McNeil McFarland, and Linda Ruth McNeil, one son-in-law, John Van Kevin Cowart.
Visitation will be at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, Mississippi   Wednesday, December 7, 2916 from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. at Brown Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Blaine Stafford and Rev. James Sadler.
Burial will follow in Roseland Cemetery with Military Honors.
Pallbearers will be Charles McNeil Jr., Rodney Toler, Kenneth LeCroy, Shane Harvey, Grant McCurley, and David McFarland.

 
Arie Jean Smith, longtime resident of Liberty, Mississippi, passed away Thursday. December 1, 2016 at Baptist Medical Center East in Memphis, Tennessee.   She was 80, born September 12, 1936 in Liberty, Mississippi the daughter of Julius Theodore and Bertha Hodges Brabham.  Mrs. Arie Jean was a  homemaker and loving mother, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In Liberty, Ms.
She is survived by 3 daughters,  Dianne Cooperman and her husband Jack of Memphis, Tenn.,   Tammy Smith of Liberty, Ms. and
Sally Smith of Liberty, Ms. 7 Grandchildren,  Dustin Steele,  Cessna Whittington,  Pinchas Cooperman,  Jerri Burris,  Kirk Whittington,  Shannon Reagan,  and Joe Price. 14 great-grandchilden. 2 brothers, James Dewitt Brabham  and  Oliver Brabham,  2 sisters,  Alexzene Banker  and  Patricia Meyers. he is preceded in death by Her parents,  her husband,  Howard Daniel Smith.
3 brothers, J.T. Brabham,  Sonny Brabham, and Quinn Brabham,  and 2 sisters, Julia Mae Morgan and Gerlene Naquin.
Visitation is Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, Ms. from 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.  Visitation continues Monday at the Latter Day Saints Church in Liberty, beginming at 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Monday  at the Church.  Interment will follow in Liberty Cemetery.

 
Cecil Zay Floyd, 78, resident of Centreville Ms. and longtime resident of Gloster, Ms., passed away at his residence in Centreville Thursday, November 24, 2016. He was born July 30, 1938 in Wilkinson County, Ms., son of James Elmer Isaiah Floyd and Edith Metcalf Floyd. Mr. Floyd was a retired Green End Superintendent with Georgia-Pacific Corp. in Gloster, Ms.
Mr. Floyd is survivied by his wife Thellis Marie Blackmon Floyd; 2 Daughters, Pam McLean and Lisa McNabb; 1 Son, Gregory Floyd. 9 Grandchildren, Kandice Kinabrew, Misty LaFontaine, Tabitha Vanderford, Allison Malina, Jessica Longmire,  Rich McLean, Brittian Floyd, Mattie Grace Floyd and Zachary Floyd;  20 Great-Grandchildren.
2 Step-Grandchildren, Sue Ellen Parrish and Earl Guy McNabb, Jr.
2 Brothers, John Floyd and Jimmy Floyd and Numerous Nieces and Nephews. He was Preceded in Death by his Parents, James Isaiah and Edith Metcalf Floyd.

Visiting at Mt.Carmel United Methodist Church near Gloster, Ms.
Saturday, November 26, 2016, 10:00 AM until time of Funeral Services Saturday at 12:00 Noon at the church.
Services Officiated by Rev. Brian Malone and Bro. Johnny Blackmon.
Interment following at Homer Hill Cemetery near Crosby, Ms.



William  DeWitt  Craft, 85, longtime resident of Liberty, Ms. passed away Monday, November 21, 2016 at his residence in Liberty.  He was born January 1, 1931 in Summit, Mississippi,  the son of Kenna  and Flora Simmons Craft. 
Mr. Craft obtained his Master’s Degree from Mississippi State University and was a county agent with the Miss. State Extension Service and  served in the U.S. Army.  He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, Ms., where he was an active Deacon.
Mr. Craft served as a short term missionary to the country of Belize. He also served with Campers Home Missions.
He is survived by his wife; Lois Margaret Craft of Liberty, Ms.; 2 daughters;  Kathy L Garner and her husband Richard of Huntington, Texas:  and Charlotte D. Nelms of Starkville, Ms. One grandchild,  Sarah K. Bruce of Winfield, La. 3 great-grandchildren;  Maggie, Natalie, and  Mollie.  2 Step-sons, Alton Phelps and his wife Kimberly;  and  Michael Parker and his wife Tammy;  2 step-daughters, Rose Starks and her husband Trent;  and  Marie Phelps and her husband Lamar Morris.  
2 Brothers,  Jessie Craft and his wife Pat; and Jerry Craft and his wife Jonnie. 2 sisters, Elizabeth Reed and her husband Parley;  and Ann Wilkinson.   And numerous nieces and nephews.  
Mr. Craft is preceded in death by his parents, Kenna  and Flora Simmons Craft;  first wife, Kathryn B. Craft;  one daughter, Marianne C. Holley;   one brother-in-law, Clarence Wilkinson; and three step-daughters,  Jeanette Horne,  Gloria Faye Phelps, and Sandra Stansbury.
Visitation is Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at Brown funeral Home in Liberty, Mississippi, 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.  
Also Wednesday, at Liberty Baptist Church  from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. at the church.
Services officiated by Bro. Clay Caston.  Interment will follow in Liberty Cemetery in Liberty, Ms.



Glenn Douglas Netterville, 84, lifelong resident  of Wilkinson County, MS, passed away Thursday, November, 17, 2016 at Wilkinson County Senior Care in Centreville, MS. He was born July 2, 1932 in Wilkinson County, MS, son of Ike and Mable Leake Netterville. Mr. Netterville was a tire builder with Armstrong Tire and Rubber Company and Armstrong Pirelli in Natchez, MS, where he retired with 28 years of service. He was also a member of Corinth Church Of Christ near Woodville, MS.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary Haney Netterville. One daughter and son-in-law, Glenda Morris and William Morris.
One son, Calvin Netterville. Devoted granddaughter and her husband, Heather Crum and Jay Crum.
Three grandsons, Trey Netterville, Sean Netterville and Heath Boggs. One great-grandson, Kaleb Crum. One great-granddaughter, Rhiannon Nettles. One great-great-grandson, Colin Sanders. Two nieces, Linda Reed and Creig Irwin. One great-niece, Julie Lea.
One brother-in-law, R.W. “Red” Haney. Mr. Netterville was preceded in death by his parents, Ike and Mable Leake Netterville.
Infant Daughter, Carolyn Joyce. Great-granddaughter, Samantha Gentry. One Sister and brother-in-law, Delsa and Brumfield McCurley. Two brothers, Buddy and Hilton Netterville. Four brothers-in-law, Jewel, Dick, Jerry and Silas Haney. Two nephews, Gary McCurley and Gary Reed.
Visiting at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS. Monday, November 21, 2016, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM and Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 10:00 AM until time of Funeral Services Tuesday at 11:00 AM at Brown Funeral Home Chapel in Gloster.
Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville, MS. Services officiated by Bro. Bernard Waites.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Trey and Sean Netterville, Kaleb and J. Crum, and Ronald Haney and Eric Morris.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Rogers Reed, John Lee Cavin, W.H. McCarty, Johnny Smallwood, Silas Netterville and R.W. “Red” Haney.

 
Rodney “Red” Murray, Sr., 69, native of Crosby, MS, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Field Health Systems in Centreville, MS. He was the son of Lucian Murray and Eunice Pritchard Murray. Red retired from Georgia-Pacific Corp. in Gloster, MS with 29 years of service. His favorite things to do was gardening, fishing, hunting and restoring his Blue Ford Tractors.
Red is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Cathy Felter Murray; One son, Rodney “Tater” Murray, Jr. and wife Loretta of Liberty, MS; One daughter, Rachel Murray Ross and husband, Michael of Crosby, MS;
Two grandsons, Jeremy Murray and Justin Murray; Three brothers, John Wesley Murray and wife, Carol of Yucaipa, CA; Lucian “Ben” Murray and wife, Linda of Liberty, MS and Malcolm Murray and wife, Becky of Jayess, MS;
Five sisters, Rose Murray Odell and husband, Bill of East Bend, NC; Barbara Murray Coleman and husband, Kenny of Mt. Pilot, NC;
Jackie Murray Lambert and husband, Lester of Liberty, MS; Debby Murray Weaver and husband, Jeff of Gloster, MS and
Margie Dean Murray. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and special friends. The family also would like to express a special thank you to Dana, Lori, Sadie and Ashley of Camellia Home Health and Hospice and the nurses of Field Health Systems. He is preceded in death by, his parents, Lucian and Eunice Pritchard Murray. Two brothers, Gus Murray and Grady Murray. One Sister, Eunice Lanham and two brother-in-laws, Tom Croft and Charles Lanham.
Visiting at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS. Monday, November 7, 2016, 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM and Tuesday, November 8, 10:00 AM until time of Funeral Services Tuesday at 11:00 AM at Brown Funeral Home Chapel in Gloster.
Services officiated by Rev. Toby Jones. Interment will follow at Hopewell Cemetery near Crosby, MS.
Pallbearers are Johnny Odell Halford, Michael Watts, John Halford, Pete Johnson, Kenneth Felter and Roger “Shorty” Simmons, Jr.
Honorary Pallbearers are Jeremy Murray, Justin Murray, Dusty Watts, John Lee Dover and Burlyn McLemore
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William Lucien Steele, 97, a native of Franklin County, MS, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Liberty Community Living Center in Liberty, Ms. He was born June 25, 1919, the son of Barney and Velia Freeman Steele. Mr. Steele is a veteran of World War ll, serving  in North Africa,  Italy,  and Northern Ireland.  He received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a bridge builder in civilian life, and built many bridges in southwest Mississippi including the bridge at SWCC across the lake. He loved gardening and sharing with friends and neighbors. He was a member of Middleton Creek Primitive Baptist Church in
Franklin County, MS.
Survived by 2 daughters, Joyce Brashier and husband Frank of Brandon, MS, and Shirlene Priest  of Liberty, MS;  his son Allen Steele and his wife Nelda of Magnolia, MS;   4 grandchildren,  Adam Steele and wife Laurie of Magnolia, MS, Karsen Wilford and her husband Patrick of Birmingham, AL,  Jamie Priest of Jackson, MS  and  Judy Carraway and husband Jason of Hammond, LA;  7   Great-grandchildren; Madeline,  Liam,  Seamus,  Slade,  Sawyer,  Charlie, and  James. 3  Brothers;  Adrain Steele and wife Jean of Tylertown, MS,  Clem Steele and wife Helen of Walker, LA, and  Raybon Steele and wife Mary of Summit, MS and 1 sister, Ada Lee Huff of Brookhaven, MS
He is preceded in death by his parents;  his wife Grace Whittington Steele;   his daughter Drewnette Steele;  3 sisters, Birtie Brown, Wonzie Jackson,  and  Audrey Bass,   1 brother, Loyd Steele.
.Visitation is Friday, October 28, 2016, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS  from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, at Brown Funeral Home, officiated by Elder Tom Griffin.  Interment will follow in Steele Family Cemetery in Amite County with  military honors.

 

Martice Brown Travis, 93 longtime resident of Gloster,, died Sunday, October 23, 2016 at The Grove in Columbia, Mississippi. 
Mrs. Travis was born in Gloster, Mississippi on November 16, 1922.  She and her husband, Troy Travis, owned and operated
Travis Drug Store on Main Street, Gloster.  They purchased the store after Mr. Travis returned from World War II in 1945. 
After the death of her husband in 1979, Mrs. Travis continued its operation until the early 1980s.    
She is survived by two daughters: Ann Travis Livingston (Phil) of Columbia, Mississippi, and Karen Travis Smith (Larry) of Marietta, Georgia; one grandchild, Amy L. Oberschmidt (Hans) and one great grandchild, Nate Oberschmidt of Hammond, Louisiana; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Everett Travis; her parents, Thomas Wesley “Wes” and Florence Cavin Brown; three brothers, Lewyl, Wensel and W. J. Brown; two sisters, Vivian Brown Norwood and Ethlyn Brown Cassels; and one grandchild, Lacy Ann Livingston.
Graveside services and burial will be Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at 11:00 A.M. in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster, Mississippi.  Brown Funeral Home is in charge of services.
In lieu of flowers,  the family would like to suggest memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P. O. Box 50, Memphis, TN  38101-9929,  the Mississippi Baptist Children’s Village, P. O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060., or the  
Lacy Ann Livingston Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 10703,  Hammond, La. 70402. 

 

Thomas J. Perry, 75, of Crosby, MS, passed away Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at Merit Health of Natchez, MS. He was born August 22, 1941 in Wilkinson County, MS, son of George Verlis Perry and Myrtis Vines Perry. He was a retired millwright with Georgia-Pacific Corp. in Roxie, MS and a farmer. Mr. Perry was also a member of Perrytown Church of Christ near Crosby.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Perry. One son, Gregory Wayne Perry and his wife, Becky. One daughter, Dana Michelle Perry. One sister, Judy Shell. Numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great- nephews.
Mr. Perry is preceded in death by his parents, George Verlis and Myrtis Vines Perry. Two sisters, Georgene Jackson and Charlotte Boykin. One Brother, Ronald Perry.
Visiting at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, MS. Monday, October 17, 2016, 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM and Tuesday, October 18, 10:00 AM until time of Funeral Services Tuesday at 11:00 AM at Brown Funeral Home Chapel in Gloster.
Services officiated by Bro. Bernard Waites.
Interment to follow at Mrs Hill Cemetery near Crosby.

 

John Robert Toney, III, 46, of Busy Corner, went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 11, 2016 at Field Memorial Hospital in Centreville, MS. Robert was born April 18th, 1970 to John R. “Bob” Toney, Jr. and Carolyn Jo Rollins Toney. . He is survived by his mother, his loving wife of 13 years, Shannon Forman Toney, his son, Airman First Class Cameron Cole Toney, daughter, Calli Toney Ngo and husband LCpl Matthew Dean Ngo, granddaughter Hadlee, sisters Julia Kay Campbell and husband Mitch, Mary Ann Toney Swindle, sisters-in-law, Kimberly Ann Toler and husband Scott, Tanya Dale Berryhill and husband Allen, nieces and nephews, Trevor Reed Campbell, Jacob Logan Campbell and wife Keri, Julia Caroline Campbell, Elizabeth Hope Guillory and husband Rhein, Mark Steven Swindle, Jr, Kailee Ann Swindle, Anthony Slade Toler, Annalee Scott Toler, Katelyn Joy Berryhill and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, and grandparents, John Robert “Jake” and Lola Hazel Toney and Sidney Derwood and Julia Maunita Rollins He was employed by Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for 17 years and was pastor at Royal Chapel Church in Gloster, MS. Robert was a 1988 graduate of Amite School Center, a 1992 graduate of Mississippi College and a 1999 graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s Degree In Christian Education.  He loved singing southern gospel music, pastoring, working with the inmates at Angola and sharing his love for the Lord.
Visitation is 6:00 PM until 8:00PM tonight at Zion Hill Baptist Church and continues 1:00 PM Friday until services at the church Friday at 2:00 PM.   Rev. Whitney Alexander and Rev. Gary Bowlin will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt Pleasant Memorial cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Trevor Reed Campbell, Jacob Logan Campbell, Mark Steven Swindle, Jr, Gary Sterling, Warden Darrell Vannoy,
Dr Trinity McKenzie, Jason Ballard and Matthew Brown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. 




Merle Mavis Ravencraft Estess
Ms. Estess was born September 21, 1923 to Walter A. Ravencraft and Bonnie Eva Smith Ravencraft. She passed away peacefully in Baytown, TX, October 10, 2016 at the Cedar Bayou Nursing Home and Rehabilitation. Ms. Estess was a graduate of Liberty High School, class of 1942. She graduated from Spencer Business School in Baton Rouge, LA and returned to teach night classes part time.
She worked at Stone and Webster Engineering Firm in Baton Rouge, retired from the East Baton Rouge Fire Department after twenty-five years of service.  She also worked part-time and retired from Sears.  Ms. Estess was married to Raymond M. Estess for fifty years and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  She gave her heart to the Lord at an early age at Bethel Baptist Church, Liberty, MS and loved Him during her life time. She was a member of Parkview Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law Eleanor R. Swayze Moses and Charles Moses of Baytown, TX, one son Ray Edward Estess, Sr. and wife Charmion of Prairieville, LA.  Grandchildren: Susan and husband Paul Griggs, of Denham Springs, LA, Rachel and husband Paul Hurtevant, of Baton Rouge LA, Jeff and wife Claudia Swayze of Vernon, WA, and Ryan Swayze of Vancouver, WA, Shannon Means and husband Bill, Tracy Colvenback, Amanda Martinez and husband Donny and Ray Edward Estess, Jr. Great- Grandchildren Ashton, Austin, Addy and Ary Griggs, Ciara and husband Chase Nelson, Anthony Hurtevant, Chris Lee and Jewel Swayze, Lydia and Helen Swayze.  One Great-Great- Grandchild, Cameron Elle Nelson.
Ms. Estess was preceded in death by her parents,  Raymond Estess,  three sisters; Gladys Ravencraft Hawkins, Hazel Ravencraft Smiley, and Wilma Ravencraft Durbin.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 15, 2016.  Viewing will be at 12:30 PM, at the Graveside. Graveside service will start at 1:00 PM at Bethel Baptist Cemetery near Liberty, MS.  Pastor Dusty Rhodes will officiate the service.
Pallbearers; Jeff Swayze, Paul Griggs, Austin Griggs, Jordan Imhoff, Jessie Tullos, and Charles Moses.
In lieu of Flowers you may make a donation to the Alzheimers Foundation in Mother’s name or Charity of your choice.
Take the time to spend with family members and make it a good day.  

 
James Samuel Smith (Sam) was born January 21, 1924 in Liberty Mississippi, the son of Carey Samuel and Mamie Gerald Smith. He attended school in Liberty, Mississippi, and made a good record in high school, taking part in all activities, both scholastic and social.  Sam graduated in 1941 and went to Baton Rouge to work, planning to enter college and prepare for the profession of a medical doctor. .Sam was brought up in the church and loved its rights and privileges. He was a member of the Liberty United Methodist Church.  In physical stature Sam developed fast and became the largest of the family. This energy and size found a good outlet in high school athletics, where he became a star football player.  This high ambition was never realized as our great country found itself involved in World War II and he hastened to offer himself for service. Turning down opportunities to enter the Air Corps and other branches of the service, he purposely chose the Marine Corps, for which he had a great admiration, realizing its strict discipline and dangerous undertakings. On August 3, 1942, he left for San Diego, CA, and at the end of nine weeks, sailed with the Second Marines for the South Pacific.

 In the early days of the Japanese conflict he saw plenty of action with a Special Weapons Battalion. Finally reaching New Zealand he enjoyed a rest period before going into the bitter days of the Solomon Island campaign. On October 10, 1943, he wrote his last letter to his family, stating he was going back to the front. This time to Tarawa of the Gilbert Islands, the bitterest battle recorded in the annals of Marine history:  Sam went ashore with the first wave of the invasion and this small party held the beachhead against impossible assaults until their reinforcements finally landed.
In November 1943, PFC James Samuel Smith was assigned to Company C, 2nd Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, which had landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, to secure the island from the Japanese.  PFC James Samuel Smith (Sam) was killed in action during the assault on Beach Red 2 on the first day of the battle, November 20, 1943. He was buried on the island; his remains were found and identified in 2012. He is being returned to his home town, Liberty, Mississippi, to be interred in the family plot in Liberty Cemetery with full military honors:   Awards and Decorations: Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon (World War II), Presidential Unit Citation Award, Marine Corps Good Conduct, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, and World War II Victory Medal.

Family who passed away after his death include parents Carey Samuel and Mamie Gerald Smith, one sister:  Minnie Lee Smith,  6 brothers; Charles Smith, Edward Smith, Rev. Aubrey Smith, Leslie Daniel Smith, Carl Gerald Smith, Bobby Joe Smith and 3 nephews: Floyd E. Smith, Frances E. Smith, and Joseph L. Smith.

Living today are 14 nephews and nieces; Ann Smith Fenn, Charles Bo Smith, Carey Samuel Smith, James G. Smith, Margaret Sideris, Aubrey Bryan Smith, Debbie Smith Mabry, Becky Smith Bailey, Leslie Daniel Smith, Carey Smith, Carl Smith, Michael Smith, Janice Phelps, and Kathy Comeaux,, and numerous nieces,  nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews

Visitation is Monday, October 17, 2016 at Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, Mississippi 10:00 until 11:00 A.M. Funeral services are at 11:00 AM, at Brown Funeral Home with interment to follow in Liberty Cemetery with full military honors .Type your paragraph here.