Jo Ann Fortner
Houston - Jo Ann Woodruff Fortner, 76, died suddenly at
her Houston home, Saturday, April 29, 2017. She was born April 2, 1941 to
Robert Roy and Lucille Blue Woodruff. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Brother Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. The family will receive visitors Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
She is survived by her husband Travis Leon Fortner; three sisters: Mackie May & Thomas of Houston; Dora Woodruff of Houston, and Margaret Nelson & David of Woodland; her two brothers John Robert Woodruff & Sara, and Frank Woodruff & Brenda, all of Houston; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Sara Dendy & Helen Pate.
HOUSTON - Myra Kay Fisher Cook, 48, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. Myra was born on November 30, 1968 to Waymon Fisher and Jimmie Doss Fisher in Houston. She was a member of Faith Outreach Church in Okolona. Church and family were most important to her.
Funeral services will be Sunday, April 9 at 3:00 at Faith Outreach Church in Okolona. Brother Jimmy Bryan will officiate and burial will follow in Wake Forest Cemetery in Dancy, Webster County. Visitation with the family will be Sunday, April 9 from 1:00 until 3:00 at Faith Outreach. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arraignments.
She is survived by her daughter, Kayla Fisher of Egypt, MS, her brothers, Tommy Swindle and David Fisher both of Houston; her sisters, JoAnn Brock and Donna Anderson both of Houston; her grandchildren Kingston Fisher and Aaliyah Doss; and a special friend that was like a daughter, Ashley Doss of Houston.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Coleman Cook, and a sister, Lora Galvin.
Kristi Lee Hood Nix passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 in Chickasaw County. She was born on September 5,1985 in Houston to Kevin Lee Hood and Robin Jody Clark Hood. She was working at Floy Dyer Manor as a CNA and at Franklin Chair Corporation. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Houlka.
She leaves behind a daughter, Amber Nix of Houlka; her parents, Robin Jody and Kevin Hood of Houlka; one brother, Adam (Kala) Hood of New Site; a niece Brynlie Hood of New Site; grandfathers, Thomas Hood and Wayne Clark, both of Houlka; grandmother, Hazel Marie Jones of Indianapolis, IN; and many aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Dorothy Hood, her uncles, Mark Hood, Gary Hood, Christopher Freeman, Tony Clark, Jamie Clark; and a cousin, Derek Huffman.
Funeral services will be Friday, April 7 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Brian Gann officiating. Burial will follow in Oddffellow Cemetery in Okolona. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, April 6 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel
Houston - Lela Mae Razor Martin, 32, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017 in Chickasaw County. She was born in Missouri on March 10, 1985 to James Razor and Tonia Matthews Prewitt. She was a homemaker and attended Fellowship Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be Monday, March 13, 2017 at 3:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Danny Worsham officiating. Burial will follow in Houston City Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Monday, March 13 from 1:00 until 3:00 at the funeral home.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Shane Martin of Houston; her children, Ethan Razor, Cameron Razor, Thomas Heair, Edgar Heair, Dante Martin, Nikki Martin, Devin Martin, and Dustin Martin; her step-father, Richard Prewitt of Houston; her brother, Matthew Razor of Kosciusko; her sisters, Debra Razor of Houston, Jessica Fikes of Fulton, Genny Wofford of Kentwood, LA, Amy Townsend and Hailey Razor both of Dexter, MO; a special niece, Jocelynn Burton and special nephew, Richard Sanchez.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Tonia Prewitt.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations toward funeral expenses
PONTOTOC - Marlene "Sissy" Byars, 61, passed from this life Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, surrounded by family. She was born in Chickasaw County, February 17, 1956, to Rudy Cross and Lois Lindsey Cross. She had worked in furniture manufacturing, and she adored her family.
She is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth "Bubba" Byars of Pontotoc; her two children Angie Moore & Bobby, and Michael Byars all of Houston; her grandchildren MaKayla and Haley Moore and Lakelyn Melton; and her great-grandson Ethan Melton; her brothers Danny Cross of Pittsboro, Dean Cross of Big Creek, Raymond Cross of Sherman, and Rudy Cross of Houlka; her sisters Glenda Shallock, and Deborah Hamby & Stanley, all of Houston, one sister-in-law Jo Cross of Houlka, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters: Brenda Chandler, Gayle Hamby, Janice Cross, and Jacqueline Cross, and two brothers Truman Cross and James Cross.
Funeral service for "Sissy" Byars will be held Tuesday, March 7, at 2 o'clock p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. The family will receive visitors Monday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Allie Frank Smith, Jr.
Houston - Allie Frank Smith, Jr.,87, passed away peacefully at his lifelong homeplace completely surrounded by the love of his wife of 65 years, Bernice Faye Dulaney Smith, his beloved four legged companion, Kandi, and all of his children. Allie Frank was born on September 18, 1929 in Chickasaw County to Allie Frank Smith, Sr. and Ella Ray Smith. He retired from International Paper in Houston where he worked for over 30 years and was a supervisor. He lived a good life and left a legacy of memories and love for everyone lucky enough to see him smile.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 11:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Steve Lampkin and Brother Keith Carter officiating. Burial will follow in Concord Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, Feburary 15 from 10:00 until funeral time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Concord Cemetery Fund, Macedonia Cemetery Fund or St. Jude Hospital.
Frank leaves behind those he loved the very most to mourn his passing, his wife, Bernice Smith; and his three children, Allie Frank (Margaret) Smith, III, Nola (TJ) Colburn, and Wanda (Dub) Collums all of Houston. His grandchildren, Allie Frank "Al" (Brandi) Smith, IV, Tonya (Keith) Carter, Rannie (Buddy) Baughman, Eric (Cobern) Smith, Zakory (Teresa) Collums, Shelia (Brandon) Montgomery, and Dulaney Collums; sixteen great-grandchildren, two great-great granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Paul Ray Smith and T.R. Griffin; four sisters, Burkett Blue, Christine Yeager, Beatrice George and Earline Smith; and one grandchild, Madison Bryant.
The family is grateful for the care of Camellia Hospice which made it possible for Frank to remain with loved ones, where he wanted to be, until going onto his forever heavenly home. They are also grateful for all those who helped during the good days and the bad days with prayers, hugs, support, and always love.
David Lee Tutor
James Bryan Moore
VARDAMAN - James Bryan Moore, 43, passed away in Calhoun County on Thursday, October 20, 2016 as the result of an automobile accident. He was born on June 10, 1973 in Bruce to E.D.. Moore and Virginia Chrestman Moore. He worked with Allen Murphree Farms.Funeral services will be Sunday, October 23 at 3:00 at Popular Springs Baptist Church in Reid with Bro. Robert Earl Alexander, Bro. Benny Hill and Bro. Jim Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Popular Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Saturday, October 22 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Popular Springs Baptist Church
He was preceded in death by his father, E.D. Moore, a brother Pete Chrestman and a sister, Sherry Jean Moore.
Paul Wayne McGraw
HOUSTON - Paul Wayne McGraw, 53, died Thursday, October 20, 2016 as the result of an automobile accident. He was born September 28, 1963, in Houston, to Eugene McGraw and Mary Adams. He was a carpenter by trade skilled in cabinetry and painting. He was a member of Pearson Chapel Church of the Nazarene.Funeral services will be Saturday, October 22 at 4:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Scott Samuell officiating. Visitation with the family will be Saturday, October 22 from 1:00 until 4:00 at the funeral home.
He was preceded in death by his father Gene McGraw, a son Jacob Wade McGraw, his brother Jamie R. Adams, Jr., and an uncle Johnny Brooks.
Dinah Moss Hamblin
Houston - Dinah Hamblin, , 63, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family and friends. She was born on May 28, 1953 in Chickasaw County to Barney Jean Moss and Adell Davis Moss. She was a licensed minister and homemaker. She was a member of New Hope Church of God of the Apostolic Faith.
Jessie Cory Gann
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Jessie Cory "Wolf" Gann, 31, died Monday, October 10, 2016, at the Imperial Point Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was born April 22, 1985, in Tupelo, and was working as an Associate Massage Therapist in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
He is survived by his mother and step-father Billie & Danny Moore of Thorn; his brother Wes Gann of Houston; his two nieces: Bailey Gann of New Albany and Gracie Gann of Thorn; his nephew David Ethan Gann of Tupelo; his aunts Wilma Barnett of Houlka and Linda Manuel of Orlando, FL; and many cousins and friends who loved him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother Dorothy McKinney Gann and his grandfather Millard Deaton.
Services will be held Saturday, October 15, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, at 2 p.m. with Brother Frank Sample officiating. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Saturday from noon until the service, at the funeral home.
William Barnett, Jerry Barnett, Ethan Gann, Bobby Barnett, Brad Collums, Marty Brassfield and Terry Reeves will serve as pallbearers.