HOULKA - John Clinton "Red" Washington, 46, passed away at his home on Monday, August 15, 2016. He was born in Pontotoc on March 25, 1970 to Clinton Washington and Louise Carter Washington Johnson. He was owner of Washington's Construction and worked at Carnes Frames in Pontotoc. He was a member of Schooner Valley Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 18 at 1:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Linn Hughes and Bro. James Taylor officiating. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, August 17 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
He is survived by his daughter, Sonya Red (Chad), his mother, Louise Johnson (John), grandchildren, Clark and Chloee Red all of Houlka, his sisters, Lynette Peden (Van) of Bruce, Pamela Faye Washington of Houston and Loretta Chunn (Ronnie) of Palmetto; and step-daughter, Kim Brown (Matt) of Houlka.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clinton "Red" Washington, step-son Michael Blanton and special uncle, IT Washington.
HOUSTON - James W. Carter, 88, died at his home in Thorn, Thursday, August 11, 2016, surrounded by family and friends. He was the youngest of nine children born, January 26, 1928, to Seaborn Nox and Lillie May Carter. He married Jean Higginbotham on August 2, 1947, and they were owners of Carter Lumber Co., Inc. until their retirement in 1997. He was an active member of Thorn Church of God.
Services for Mr. Carter will be held Saturday, August 13th, at 2 o'clock p.m. at Thorn Church of God, with Brother Arnold Amason officiating. Burial will follow at Ellzey Cemetery. There will be visitation with the family on Friday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at the church. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his son Edwin Alan Carter of Houston, and his daughter Marla Anderson (Drew) of Vicksburg; grandchildren Jackie Suggs (Danny) of Houston, Laurie Washington (Dennis) of Woodland, Shawn Carter (Shannon) of Houston, Consuella Moore (Wayne) of Houston, Misty Hall of Houston, Dustin Carter (Stefanie) of Tupelo, Mitch Earnest (Shani) of Ecru, and Vikki Necessary (Brian) of Ark.; great-grandchildren Chad Suggs, Caitlyn Carter, James Alan Moore, Ryan Washington, Christanne Carter, Curstyn Carter, Jessie Wayne Moore, Brandon Washington, Kelsie Hall, Julie Moore, Tyler Washington, Ashley Earnest, Chance Earnest, Jon Major Earnest, Hunter Necessary, and Brianna Necessary; three great-great-grandchildren; his caregivers Bobbie Jean Wright and Justin, Willie Jones, Wanda Moore, and Joyce Marie Williams his niece; and his special friend Carolyn Skelton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jean Carter, and two brothers, six sisters, and his son-in-law Woodrow Earnest.
Elizabeth Dye Vance
Houston - Elizabeth Vance passed away at her home, Sunday, July 10, 2016. She was born January 31, 1957, in Houston, to Laderle and Lora Weeks Dye. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Houston.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 13th at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Brother Rex Wilburn officiating.
Elizabeth is survived by her husband Willie J. Vance; her children Thyshan Vance of Houston, Lee Walls of Pontotoc, and Robert Walls; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her siblings John Allen Dye and Ricky Dye both of Houston, Travis Dye and Patricia York both of Bentley, Wessie Williams of Okolona, Janie Criddle of Houlka, and Lora K. Garret of Racine, WI.
She was preceded in death by her parents Laderle and Lora Dye, a daughter Brenda Harris, and a brother Charles Dye.
Charles Ray Young
Houston - Charles Ray Young, 84, passed away at the North Mississippi Medical Center of Pontotoc, Monday, June 27, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was born July 29, 1931, to Benny F. and Mary Dail Goodman Young, in Lee County. He was a Marine Corps Veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal with 2 stars, and the United States Service Medal. He had worked at Super Sagless of Tupelo for 18 years serving as field manager, and he retired after 22 years from Franklin Corporation where he was a Quality Control Manager and a Product Development Manager.
Mr. Young is survived by his wife Altha Jean Beaty Young; his children Dale Young, and Alan Young & Tina, all of Houston; his grandchildren Blake McClendon & Victoria of Mathiston, Tyler Young and Tayla Young of Houston; his great-grandchildren Ashton Stage, Kenzie Stage, Aiden Stage, and Klaire Stage; his nieces Sandra Gaskin, Melinda Wells, Tammy Baughman & Dewayne, and Becky Young.
He was preceded in death by his parents Benny and Mary Dail Young, his brother Benny F. Young, Jr., sister-in-law Gena Young, his sister Martha Ann Conwill Eckersley and brothers-in-law Billy Conwill and Art Eckersley, and a nephew Steve Young.
Services will be held Wednesday, June 29, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston at 11 a.m. with Brother Jason Brassfield officiating. Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Verona, with Military Honors. There will be visitation with the family Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.
Houston - Samuel Glenn Marks, 64, died Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Sanctuary Hospice at Tupelo. He was born March 12, 1952 in Vardaman, to Samuel T. and Doris Marks. He had worked for years as a self-employed mechanic until his failing health forced retirement.
Services for Mr. Marks will be held Tuesday, June 28, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston at 2 pm, with Brother Sam Yarbrough officiating. The family will visit with friends from 1 until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Ellzey Cemetery.
Glenn is survived by his significant other, Shirley Davis; his brothers Roger Haire of West Point, Jerry Haire of Vardaman, and Steve Haire of Memphis; his sisters Judy Rogers of Big Creek and Barbara Criddle of Vardaman; his daughters, Samantha Strickland of Ecru, Wanda Gurley of Devall Bluff, Ark., Barbara Dunlap of Ark., and Rose Hunter of Montana; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents S.T. Marks and Doris Haire.
Oliver Henry Wiggs
HOULKA - Oliver Henry Wiggs entered this world June 16, 2016, waking in the arms of Jesus. Oliver is mourned by his parents Jessica Sykes Dendy and Mason Wiggs of Houlka; his grandparents Kevin & Faye Doss of Houston, Ronnie Sykes of Van Vleet, Joyce Wiggs of Algoma and Jerry Wiggs of Houlka; and his brothers Alec Long and Lucas Dendy both of the home. Oliver was welcomed in heaven by his cousin Chance Cook who preceded him in death.
Family and friends will gather Monday, June 20, 2016 at Southern Funeral Chapel at 1 pm, and will proceed to Rose Hill Cemetery for a graveside service led by Brother Jason Brassfield at 2 pm.
Houlka - John Alfred "Johnny" Huffman, 61, passed away Monday, June 6, 2016 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born in Houston on November 1, 1954 to Alfred "Buddy" Huffman and Leila Faye Gann Huffman. He retired from Astro Lounger in Houlka as plant manager after more than 28 years of service. He was an avid Harley Davidson rider.
He is survived by his four sons: Brand Huffman (Amanda) of Houston, Michael McVay (Candice) of Houlka, J.J. Huffman (Coree) of Houlka, and Dustin Huffman (Kerri) of Pontotoc; his mother, Leila Faye Huffman of Houlka; his three brothers: David Huffman of Hubert, N.C., Bobby Huffman of Van Vleet, and Jimmy Huffman of Pontotoc; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Pam Grzyb.
He was preceded in death by his father, Buddy Huffman and a nephew, Derek Huffman.
Funeral services will be Thursday, June 9 at 2 o'clock at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Brother Joe Coggins officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, June 8th, from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.
Woodland - Barbara Sims, of Woodland, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016, at the North MS Medical Center Hospice. She was born November 26, 1944 to John Henry and Thedie Dye. She had lived most of her life in Vardaman, but had also called Houston, and most recently Woodland, home. She was a retired factory worker and a member of Jesus is Lord Church of Vardaman.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 2nd., at 2 pm at the Jesus is Lord Church in Vardaman, with Brother Johnny Davidson officiating. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Sunday from 6:30 to 8 pm at the church.
Barbara is survived by her husband David "Jughead" Sims of Woodland; her daughter Pamela Stahl (Mark) of Smithville; her brother Ricky Dye of Houston; 9 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and her son-in-law, Jerry Black of Houston.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Vickie Black; 3 sons: John Randy Coleman, Doug Coleman, and Nat Sims; 1 grandson, Peyton Lee Sims; 4 sisters, Ruthell Cooper, Johnnie Faye Westmoreland, Louise Baker, and Shelby Jean Dye; and a brother, LaDerle Dye.
Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.com.
Willie Lee Skelton
Houlka-Willie Lee Skelton, 72, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Shearer Richardson Memorial Nursing Home in Okolona. He was born on February 14, 1944 in Houlka to Joe Skelton and Nannie Lou Watson Skelton. He was retired farmer.
Funeral services will be Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 11:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Johnny Davidson officiating. Burial will follow in Robbs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 9:00 until 11:00 Thursday, April 28 at the funeral home.
He is survived by his son, Michael Joe (Bridget) Skelton of Houston, one sister, Earnie Hamblin of Houlka; two brothers, David Skelton and Willie Eugene Skelton both of Vardaman; two grandchildren, Anthony Skelton and Shelby Nichole Skelton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Nannie Skelton and one sister, Annie Lois Earnest.
Houston-Robert Jerrell Samuell, Jr., 73, passed away at Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville, KY on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. He was born on October 30, 1942 in Rosedale, MS to Robert J. Samuell, Sr. and Geraldine Harding Samuell. He was a navy veteran and a retired river boat captain.
He is survived by his sons, Mark Samuell (Judy), Scott Samuell (Pam), both of Houston, and Keith Samuell (Tina) of Tupelo, one sister, Starlette Varnelle of Vicksburg, one brother, Lee Roy Samuell of Holly Springs, ten grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 16 at 1:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
Okolona- William Delane Whittington, 59, passed away at his home on Sunday, March 27, 2016. He was born in Jackson, MS on January 16, 1957 to Willy Whittington and Clara Wilson Whittington. He had worked as a painter at the ship yard in Biloxi before becoming disabled. He was a Baptist.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 29 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Brother James Crutcher officiating. Burial will follow in Cooke Memorial Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 12:00 until 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
He is survived by his mother, Clara Savell of Okolona; one son, Roy Lee Whittington of Tremont and 2 grandchildren, Devon and Dominick.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willy Whittington and one brother, Willy Jean Whittington.
Houston - Ruth Esther Randall, 82, passed away at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford on Monday, March 14, 2016. She was born in Houston on March 5, 1934 to Eugene Smith and Lula White Smith. She had worked at Kellwood in Calhoun City as an inspector. Mrs. Randall was a member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Funeral services will be Thursday, March 17 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Elkin Heair officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, March 16 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Randall; her children Martha Lewis of Aurora, MO, Glenda Patterson of Derma, Thomas L. Randall of Opelika, AL, and Betty Walters of Neosho, MO; 16 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; her brothers, David Smith of Houston, Silas Smith of Collins, Joseph Smith of West Memphis, Ark.; and one sister, Becky Gates of Memphis, TN.
Mrs. Randall was preceded in death by her parents; her daughters, Mary Jo White and Sarah Louise Randall; grandaughter, Jennifer Kelly, brothers, Franklin Smith and Paul A. Smith, one sister, Rachel Tunnell.
Houlka - Martha Jeanette Alexander, 85, died at the home of her daughter in Pontotoc, Friday, March 4, 2016. She was born June 10, 1930 in Calhoun County to Durrell and Maybell Nolan. She was a retired factory worker and a member of Schooner Valley Baptist Church. Services for Mrs. Alexander will be Sunday, March 6th at 2 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Linn Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery of Houlka. Visitation with family is Saturday from 5 to 8 pm and Sunday from 1 until service time at the funeral home.
She is survived by her husband Ray Alexander of Houlka; one son, Gary Castle of Pontotoc; two daughters, Wanda Taylor (Tommy) of Pontotoc and Renea Free (Scott) of Biloxi; six grandchildren: Al Fallin, Kerri Huffman (Dustin), Chad Taylor (Krissy), Amanda Pearson (Trey), Stephanie Duncan (Stevie) and Christopher Free; and eleven great-grandchildren; her sisters Helen Castle of Houlka and Corrine Smith of Pontotoc, and a brother Sherman Nolan of Bruce.
She was preceded in death by her parents Durrell and Maybell Nolan, a sister Jimmy Dell Vance, a granddaughter Kacey Janae and a great-granddaughter Cassie Danielle.
Roger Dale Grimes
Houston - Roger Dale Grimes, 71, died at his home, Sunday, February 14, 2016, of an extended illness. He was born in Houston, January 11, 1945, to Pervie Lee Grimes, Jr. and Virginia Lee Long Grimes. He served in the United States Air Force for four years and was retired from Carpenter Co. after 28 years of service. He was a hero in the fight against cancer. Gardening was his passion. He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, and he enjoyed spending Thanksgiving on the coast with his family.
Services will be held Monday, February 15 at Southern Funeral Chapel at 2 o'clock p.m. with Brother Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Houston. There will be visitation with the family from noon until service time at the funeral home Monday.
Roger is survived by his wife Cynthia Nell Grimes of Houston; his son Mickey Wayne Grimes & Melissa of Calhoun City; his daughter Jessica Lee Rooker & Steve of Houston; his grandchildren Sabrina Karel Grimes Weaver & Ryan, Brandon Lee Grimes all of Calhoun City, Blake Rooker of Hattiesburg, and Isaac Rooker of Houston; his great-granddaughter Isabella Nabors; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Roy Wayne Grimes, and a nephew, Hunter McGregor.
Nellie Mae Washington
Tupelo - Nellie Mae Washington, 67, passed away Saturday, January 30 at North MS Medical Center. She was born on February 7, 1948 in Pontotoc County to John P. Washington and Mary Viola Lewelling Washington. Nellie Mae was a member of Thorn Church of God. She was a loving sister and special aunt to her many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at Thorn Church of God on Tuesday, February 2 at 2:00 with Brother Arnold Amason officiating. Burial will follow in County Line Cemetery in Pontotoc County. Visitation with the family will be Monday, February 1 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Thorn Church of God. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of services.
She is survived by her sisters, Faye Reel of Tupelo, Mary Leona (Luther Sr.) Murphree of Houlka, Gail (Tommy) Osteen of Hoboken, GA and Kay Moss of Houston; her brothers, William (Betty) Washington of Fulton, Brooks (Pam) Washington of Montague, TX and Joe (Nancy) Washington of Okolona; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, I.T. Washington, Clinton Washington, and Keith Washington.
Pallbearers will be Billy Newsom, Royce Andrews Jr., Keith Washington, Lane Murphree, Sammy Joe Washington, John Washington, Luther Murphree, Jr. and Paul Washington
Houlka - Carlton Jesse Shempert, 93, died at Golden Living Nursing Home in Amory, Tuesday, January 26, 2016, surrounded by family. He was born May 4, 1923, in Pontotoc County, to Zatch and Martha Tackett Shempert. He was a World War II veteran, serving with honor as an MP at Oak Ridge, TN Installation in the Manhattan project, where he met and married the love of his life, Miss Erline "Peggy" Pogue.. He was a retired furniture factory worker, a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, and he was a precious husband, brother and uncle to many nieces, great nieces, nephews and great nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services with military honors will be held Saturday, January 30 at 2:00 at Shiloh Baptist Church with Brother Sammy McMillen and Brother Bobby Long officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. There will be visitation with family from 1:00 until service time at the church. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of services.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Bethel Erline "Peggy" Pogue Shempert, formerly of Knoxville, TN; his sisters Betty Holder & Gerald of Houlka, and Josephine Mixon & Bob of Woodland, and a brother Billy Shempert & Daphna of Houlka.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers William Cloise Shempert, Boyd Shempert, Marvin Shempert, and Odis Lamar Shempert, and a sister Mary Byars.
Pallbearers will be Paxton McCoy, Terry James (T.J.) Holder, Chris Shempert, Joe Lofton, Zack Mixon and Matthew Mixon
Houston - James Eugene "Gene" Byars, 79, of Houston, passed away at his home Saturday, January 23, 2016. He was born in Vardaman, May 12, 1936, to Ruben Forrest Byars and Polly McKibben Byars. He had served in the US Air Force and in the National Guard. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1976, and had retired from Shannon Chair Company formerly in Houston. He was a member of Faith Bible Church.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, at Southern Funeral Chapel, at 3 o'clock p.m., with Brother Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 1 until service time at the funeral home. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Byars is survived by his wife, Sue Langford Byars of Houston; one daughter, Lee Norris and Alan of Mooreville; his grandsons, Joby Byars and Sawyer Byars, both of Houlka, a granddaughter, Victoria Norris of Huntsville, AL; his daughter-in-law Sonja Byars of Houlka; a brother Paul Byars and Erma of Oxford; his sister-in-law Mary Ann Byars of North Augusta, South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Jimbo Byars, and one brother Forrest Byars.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in his memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
HOUSTON - Johnny Evans Allen, Sr., 54, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2015 at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born on April 16, 1961 in Houston to James Oscar Allen and Margaret Sue Heair Allen. He was a self-employed mechanic and of the baptist faith.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 23 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Randy Rinehart and Bro. Greg Moss officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 22 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Hughes Allen of Houston, his children Johnny Evans Allen, Jr., and Frances Marie Allen both of Houston; his sisters Judy Barnett (Joe) and Janice Duncan (David) both of Houston; his brother, James Allen of Houston; his mother-in-law, Mary Hughes and brother-in-laws Linn Hughes (Darlene) and John Hughes all of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Margaret Allen, his father-in-law, Gus Hughes and special sister-in-law, Glenda Hughes.
HOUSTON - Dallas Hayden Cole Martin, 19, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, December 6, 2015. He was born on June 4, 1996 in Tupelo to Frankie "Boo" Martin and Cathy Cole Martin. He worked at Weaver's Auto Parts and was a student at ICC in Fulton. Dallas was a young minster at West Pontotoc Pentecostal Church. He was a talented musician who enjoyed playing in churches on the local, district, and national levels. He was a dedicated camper, counselor and musician at Camp Yadah in Walnut, MS for the past 11 years where he recieved the Holy Ghost at the age of 8. Dallas was a fan of superheroes and was considered "everyones favorite martian."
Services will be held Wednesday, December 9, at 11 a.m. at West Pontotoc Pentecostal Church, with Brother Eugene Taylor and Brother Jerry Swatley officiating along with other ministers of influence. There will be visitation with the family Tuesday evening beginning at 5 pm. He will lie in state at the church from 10 o'clock Wednesday morning until service time at 11. Burial will follow at Ellzey Cemetery in Calhoun County. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
He leaves behind his parents Frankie and Cathy Martin of Houston, his sister Emily Martin Nooner & Daniel, and their children Cole, Mia, and Paige, of Lepanto, Ark, his brother Dustin Martin & Sara, and their child Lily, of Oakland, TN; and his grandmother Lucille Martin of Houston; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alma Cole, Alfred Cole, and Harold Martin.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the GoFundMe account for the Dallas Martin Family to assist with final expenses.
Paul Ray Moss
HOUSTON - Paul Ray Moss, 80, passed away Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at North MS Medical Center. He was born
..in Chickasaw County on December 15, 1934 to Barney K. Moss and Inez Gore Moss. He was a truck driver before his retirement. Paul Ray loved to dance and was a talented musician who could play many instruments. He enjoyed spending time at 341 Music Hall and Sparta Opry, where his piano playing will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be Thursday, December 3 at 2:00 at New Hope Church of God in Thorn, MS. Officiating will be Bro. Greg Moss, Bro. Hayward Burcham, and Bro. Scott Samuell. Burial will follow in Ellzey Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, December 3 from 10:00 until 2:00 at New Hope Church of God. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of services.
He is survived by his sons, Tommy Moss (Diana) of Angleton, TX, David Moss (Debbie) of Manvel, TX, Bobby Moss of Houston, MS, Rodger Moss of Brazoria, TX, and Anthony Moss (Morgan) of Houston, MS; his sisters, Alice McGehee and Sue Burkeen of Houston, Brenda Payne of Houlka; his brothers Leonard Moss of Guys, TN and Hershel Moss of Oxford; 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and special friend, Layla Westmoreland of Houston.
Mr. Moss was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Martha Williams Moss, his siblings, Barney Gene Moss, Aubrey Wayne Moss, Linda Wilkerson and Shirley Faye Shopher; and 2 grandsons.
Shirley Faye Shopher
HOUSTON - Shirley Faye Shopher, 74, of the Thorn Community, died Sunday, November 29, 2015, at the Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo after an unexpected illness. She was born June 7, 1941, to Barney K. and Inez Gore Moss. She was a homemaker and a member New Hope Church of God.
Funeral services will be held at New Hope Church of God in Thorn, Monday, November 30, at 2 pm, with Brother Greg Moss officiating. Interment will follow in Ellzey Cemetery in Calhoun County. Visitation with the family will be from 10 am until service time.
Mrs. Shopher is survived by her children Mark Samuell (Judy) and Scott Samuell (Pam) all of Houston, and Keith Samuell (Tina) of Tupelo; her brothers Paul Ray Moss of Houston, Hershel Moss of Oxford, and Lenard Moss of Corinth; her sisters Sue Burkeen and Alice McGehee of Houston, and Brenda Payne of Houlka; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerry Shopher, two brothers Wayne Moss and Barney Gene Moss, and one sister Linda Wilkerson.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the charity of your choice.
Houston - Mrs. Inez Dotson, 82, of Houston passed away at Floy Dyer Nursing Home, Sunday, November 22, 2015, after a brief illness. She was born in Thorn, MS to Elliott Gilfoy and Ida Blansett Brassfield on January 7, 1933. She was a factory worker during her working career, a homemaker, and a member of the Assembly of God.
Funeral services will be held Monday, November 23, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, at 2 pm with Brother Bobby Brock officiating. Visitation will begin at 11 am Monday until service time. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Houston.
Mrs. Dotson is survived by her daughters Glenda Bailey (Clyde), and Linda Bailey (Odie) all of Houston, and Marilyn Atkins (Ray) of Columbus; a son Phillip Dotson of Vaiden; one sister Mable Gann (Bill) of Houston; 11 grandchildren, and Many great-grands and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by he parents, her husband Dorse Dotson, her brothers Jim, Rex, Claude, and Elliott "Bud" Brassfield, and a sister Lizzie Buford, and her step-daughter Dorothy Harris.
Rufus Gene Walters
Houlka - Rufus Gene Walters, 82, passed away at his home on Friday, October 30, 2015. He was born in Chickasaw County on May 29, 1933 to Henry Perryman Walters and Husie Viola Clark Walters. He served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict with stations including Austria and Germany. He was a member of the USFA. He lived in Memphis and Millington for 45 years where he was a member of the Range Hills Baptist Church in Memphis and owner of Globe Siding and Construction Company along with various other business. He was an avid golfer. He returned to Chickasaw County after his retirement, living in Houlka.
Visitation with the family will be Saturday, October 31 from 5 pm until 7 pm at Southern Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Brother Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Sue Lancaster Walters; his children, Debra Kay Moore (Troy) of Hamilton, AL, Michael Gregg Walters (Ranae) of Drummends, TN, Mark Lancaster Walters of Millington, TN, and Lakita Dene Peek (Michael) of Atoka, TN; grandchildren, Kristen Walters, Kayla Walters, Dustin Peek, Allie Grace Peek, John Moore, Matthew Moore, Amber Hines, and Brittany Hines; great-grandchildren, Serenity Harper, Timothy Harper, Jr., Bailey Moore, Natalie and Avery Moore, Ayden, Landon, and Delilah Hines.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Husie Walters, and his brothers, Haskell "Hack" Walters and Van Walters.
Pallbearers will be Mike Walters, Mark Walters, Mike Peek, Timothy Harper, John Moore,and Matt Moore.
Edward Lee Breland
Clinton- Edward Breland, 74, passed away October 1, 2015 at Vicksburg Convalescent Home. He was born on March 26,1941 in Philadelphia, MS to Lee Elton Breland and Burneradett Roberts Breland. He was a business owner in the construction industry before his retirement.Graveside services will be held at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Houston, MS on Saturday, October 3 at 3:00. Speakers will be Angie Breland and Russ Roberts. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his son, John Breland (Angie) of Atoka, Tn; his daughter, Debra Pepper Stanley (Wrenn) of Clinton; his sisters, Kate Barrett and Mable Galloway both of Philadelphia, grandchildren, Darik Stanley (Michelle) of Baton Rouge, LA, Dustin Stanley (Katie) of Brandon, and Coen Breland of Atoka, TN; and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Elton Breland and Burneradett Seals and his wife, Carolyn Ray Breland.
Mildred "Sissy" Russell
WOODLAND - Mildred "Sissy" Ruth Russell, 52, passed away after an extended illness at her daughter's home on Monday, September 14, 2015. She was born in Calhoun County to Elbert McQuary and Jesse Bullard McQuary on July 2, 1963. She had worked as a dispatcher for the Chickasaw County Sheriff's Department. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 16 at 2:00 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Anchor community with Brother Wade Mathis and Brother Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Ridge Church Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, September 15 from 6:00 until 8:00 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughters Allison McGee of Woodland and Lexie Russell of Mantee; her sons, Jeremy Russell of Mantee, and Justin Eaton (Kayla) of Woodland; her grandchildren, Madelyn McGee, Levi McGee, Molly Shoemaker, Emma Eaton, and Bella Eaton; her sister, Donna Hood (Jerry) of Woodland.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elbert and Jesse McQuary.
The family request in lieu of flowers donations be made toward funeral expenses.
Mary P. Berry
MANTEE - Mary P. Berry, 80, died at her home September 11, 2015 after an extended illness. She was born in Texas to James Leroy Treadwell and Lilly Mae Luke Treadwell on February 19, 1935. She was a waitress and a member of Crossroads Baptist Church in Mantee.
Services for Mrs. Berry will be held Sunday, September 13, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston at 2 pm, with graveside service to follow at Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery in Webster County, with Brother Buddy Pepper officiating. There will be visitation with the family Saturday from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.
Survivors include her children Marlo Albert (Timothy) of Mantee, David B. Smith of Houston, Danny Smith of Houston, and Mona Griggs (Michael) of Mantee; her grandchildren Joshua Criddle, Caleb Criddle, James Andrew Ball, Kristi Holcomb, Jason Smith, James Wesely Smith, and Brian D. Graham; six sisters, four brothers, a multitude of great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Vernon Berry, four sisters and two brothers.
WOODLAND - Charles Lee Gaskin, Sr., 78, died at his home Wednesday, September 9, 2015. He was born January 25, 1937 in Calhoun County to Leroy and Effie Gaskin. He served his country in both the US Army and in the US Air Force, first as a paratrooper, then as a medic and a nurse, retiring as an Air Force Staff Sergeant. Following his military retirement he worked as a restaurateur operating many different restaurants including The Fish Barn in Houston. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Funeral services with military honors will be held Saturday, September 12, at 11 o'clock a.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brothers Don Brady and J.F. Dancer officiating. Interment will follow at Concord Cemetery. There will be visitation with the family Friday from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife Ingeburg Gaskin of Woodland, his children Robert Assmann (Andrea) of Heidleburg, Germany, Charles Gaskin, Jr. (Debbie) of Okolona, Jimmy Gaskin (Jean) of West Point, Angelica Smith (Robert) of Houston, and Manuela Melton (David) of Hernando; four sisters Dot Ware of West Point, Ann Ayres of West Point, Cathy Mitchell of Calhoun City, and Judy Northington of Gattman; fifteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Leroy and Effie Gaskin and a daughter Lora Galvin.
LAKE WORTH, FL - Robert Cleve “R.C.” Wheeler, Jr., 87, formerly of Houston, MS, went to be with the Lord, August 28, 2015 in Lake Worth, Florida.
He was born March 26, 1928 in Sparta, MS to Robert Cleve Wheeler and Maydie (Harbin) Wheeler. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years; Monola (Moore) Wheeler; his parents; Sisters Modera Ann Horn and Alvis Barnett; brothers Jona “Robert Wayne” Wheeler and Randle Wheeler.
He was an auto mechanic by trade and a faithful, dedicated, and loving husband, father, brother, and friend. A servant of God who worked tirelessly at the church and took every opportunity to tell others about Jesus and invite them to church. He was a member of the Houston Fellowship Church of the Nazarene in Houston, MS where he served as usher and greeter.
Services will be held at 2 pm on Friday, September 4, 2015 at Houston Fellowship Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Cody Childress officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Rev. Terry Wheeler and wife Marquel of Lake Worth, FL; one daughter, Penny Borbon of Tucson, AZ ; four sisters, Ruby Lucius and Martha Faye Lee both of Nashville, TN, Peggy Cole of Sherman, MS, Brenda Phillips of Alberta, AL; four brothers, Bob Wheeler of Baldwin, MS, Jeral Dwight “J.D.” Wheeler of Comanche, TX, Jimmy Dale Wheeler of Weslaco, TX, David Wheeler of Millport, AL; Five grand-children, Robert Wheeler, Keith Wheeler, Gary Wheeler, Kristopher Benevidez, Antonett Benavidez; and one great- grandchild, Lance Wheeler.
Visitation will be Thursday September 3, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm at Southern Funeral Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Houston Fellowship Church of the Nazarene
HOUSTON -Teresa Elizabeth Kilgo, 59, passed away on August 25, 2015 at NMMC in Tupelo. She was born on July 6, 1956 in Alabama to Daycel and Ida Carlee. She had worked several different jobs during her life, including a substitute teacher, insurance salesperson, and a factory worker. She was a member of Egypt Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be Friday August 28 at 11:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Tony Rooks officiating. Burial will follow in the Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, August 27 from 6:00 until 8:00.
She is survived by her sons, Brandon Griggs (Stacy) and Christopher "Bubba" Griggs (Debbie) both of Houston, her brothers, Benjie Carlee of Mobile, AL, and Charlie Carlee of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Trey and Taylor Griggs, McKenzie, Ethan, and Brooke Griggs all of Houston and the father of her children, Roy Clint Griggs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Howard Kilgo; one son, James Clinton Griggs,; brothers Allen and Tommy Carlee,; and sisters, Elaine Morrison and Marie Griggs.
Nettleton - Margie A. Kilgo, 72, died, Friday, August 21, 2015, at her home in Nettleton, MS. She was born February 5, 1943 in Chickasaw County to Hubert J. and Mary Maggielene Nabors. She was a retired factory worker and homemaker and very loving mother.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 24, at 11 a.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Billy Henderson officiating. There will be a visitation Sunday, from 2 to 4 pm at the funeral home. She will be interred in Macedonia Cemetery.
She is survived by her children Sharon Keith (Terry Lee Whitlock) of Okolona, Robbie Kilgo (Ruby) of Peaceful Valley, and Melinda Kilgo (Eugene) of Nettleton; one sister Alice Pettigo (Stoney) of Tremont, one brother Buddy Nabors of West Point; her grandchilden Christy Kilgo, Anna Keith Ray, Trent Huffman, Hannah Keith, April Rodgers, Paul Red, and Brandon Kilgo; eleven great-grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son Van Kilgo, one sister Grace Sullivan, and a special grandson Joshua Lee Red.
SPARTA - George Gus Hughes, 71, passed away at his home on Thursday, August 20, 2015. He was born on January 5, 1944 in Calhoun County to Leonard B Hughes and Frances L Holloway Hughes. He had worked as a feed mill operator and a farmer until his retirement. He was a member of New Hope Church of God.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 22 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Brother Linn Hughes and Brother Greg Moss officiating. Burial will follow in the Hughes Family Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Friday, August 21 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Johnson Hughes of Sparta, his children, Linn Hughes (Darlene) of Sparta, Ellen Allen (Johnny) of Houston, and John Hughes of Sparta; one brother, Billy Hughes (PeJay) of Sparta; grandchildren, Andy Hughes (Amanda) of Oklahoma City, OK, Josh Sansing (Sarah) of Faulkner, Kimberly Johnson (Jamie) of Jacksonville, FL, Malachi Hughes of Sparta, Johnny Allen and Frances Allen of Houston; great-grandchildren, Zoey Annabeth and Kalee Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, James Hughes; 2 sisters and 3 brothers, a grandaughter, Gracie Hughes, and daughter-in-law, Glenda Hughes.
TUPELO - James Frank Reel, 80, formerly of Houston, passed away at his home in Tupelo, Monday, July 20, 2015. He was born July 28, 1934 to John Henry Reel and Betty Mosell Sanders Reel in Winston County, MS. He was a farmer and a member of the Thorn Church of God.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 23rd. at 1 p.m. at the Thorn Church of God, with Brother Arnold Amason officiating. Burial will follow at County Line Cemetery, Calhoun/Pontotoc County. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 22 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Thorn Church of God.
Mr. Reel is survived by his wife Faye Reel of Tupelo; his children Frankie Reel (Brenda) of Saltillo, Kennie Reel of Lake Chico, Ark., Ronnie Reel (Brenda) of Greenville, Dewayne Reel (Dorothy) of Horn Lake, Renia Bennett (Bruce) of Ridgeland, Robbie Reel of Pearl, Royce Andrews (Angie) of Henderson, KY, and Billy Newman of Grandbury, TX; his brothers Marvin Reel, Charles Reel, Joe Reel, Phillip Reel and Sonny Reel; and sisters Gladys Howell, Shirley Williams, Bobby Wolf, Kathy May, and Betty Joyce; his grandchildren Ashley Waldon, Blake Reel, Kenny Reel Jr., Kasie Gilbert, Felicia Reel, Nitin McAdory, David Reel Jr., Stacey Lickteig, Rhonda Camp, Austin Blauer, Haiden Blauer, Alex Reel, Joseph Reel, Annarose Bennett, Audrey Bennett, Brent Gilbert, and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Junior Reel, Jerry Reel and Janie Harvey.
Aria Raine Heair
HOUSTON - Aria Raine Heair, newborn, passed from this life on the day of her birth, Saturday, June 20, 2015. She was the tiny infant of David and Tiffany Heair, of Houston. Her loss is mourned not only by her parents, but also by her extended family, including her grandparents, Steve and Linda Huffman, Mike and Danielle Brassfield, and Vickie Heair, her great-grandparents Florence Tharp and Alice Jo Farr, her aunts and uncles Ty Heair, Diane Worthey, Derrick Brassfield and Dana Sorrells.
Waiting to meet her in heaven were her uncle Wesley Brassfield, her cousin Zaine Worthey, her great-grandfather John Tharp, Sr., and her great-uncles John Tharp, Jr. and Justin Tharp, Sr.
A graveside service will be held Monday, June 21st. at Kimmel Memorial Cemetery in Enon, at 4 pm, with Brother Jason Brassfield officiating.
Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arrangements.