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.
Houston - Sharon Elizabeth Dendy, 70, passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 31 2015. She was born on October 10, 1944 in Baton Rouge, LA to Robert Magner and Eleanor McCoy Magner. She held a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She was a homemaker and a dedicated mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Vardaman Church of Lord Jesus Christ.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 3 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bennie Randolph and Rev. Glenn Dendy officiating. Burial will follow in Houston City Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 2 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
She leaves behind her husband, Jimmy Dendy of Houston; her sons, Glenn Dendy (Sonya) of Ripley and Doug Dendy of Houston; her daughters, Evelyn Tedford (James Jr.) of Pontotoc and Christy Dendy of Houston; her grandchildren, Hunter Dendy, Ethan Dendy, Austin Dendy, Kaitlyn Dendy, Charity Tedford, Kimberly Tedford and Heather Tedford; her sisters, Mildred Pittman of Gulfport and Patricia Magner of Metairie, LA.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Katherine Magner.
Samuel Thomas "Sammy" Dodson
VICTORIA - Samuel "Sammy" Thomas Dodson, 64, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Methodist Healthcare Hospice Residence in Memphis, TN, after a sudden illness. He was born on October 30, 1950 in Houston, MS to the late James Ardell Dodson and Mary Lou Criddle Dodson. He served two years in the United States Army.
For the past eight years he was employed by Terry Ronald's Construction Company. Previously, he worked for Lehman-Roberts Paving Company. He loved traveling, being outdoors, sports and his pet dogs. He especially enjoyed spending time with his son and the road trips they took together.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving, devoted wife, Maria Aguayo Dodson of Victoria; sons Samuel (Max) Dodson of Babb, Mont. and Jeff Finch of Columbus; daughters Maria Pennington (Robert) with two grandsons, Corey and Chase of Caldonia, Misty Toler (Todd) with two grandsons Gavin and Tylar of Hamilton; Crystal Austin with granddaughter Jessy of Horn Lake, and Tiffany Wyers with three granddaughters Brittany, Brooke, and Brylee of Columbus; a brother James Dodson of Houston, and sisters Peggy Pettit of Houston, Maxine (Bill) McFall of Bentley, Dolly Allen of Amory, Wonder Dodson of Houston, Annette (Donald) Morris of Anniston, AL, Debbie (Paul) Chandler of Vardaman; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who loved and cared for him. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Jimmy Dale Dodson and Otis Gore Dodson, and a sister Everriese Dodson Ruth.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Methodist Alliance Hospice, 6416 Quince Rd., Memphis, TN 38119.
Charlotte A. Barnett
Houston - Charlotte A. Barnett, 72, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015, at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born August 21, 1942, to Ervin and Lizzie May Buford. She was a housewife, and a member of Thorn Church of God.
Services will be Sunday, May 17, at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Paul Whitt officiating, and burial will follow in Ellzey Cemetery in Calhoun County. There will be visitation with the family at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, from 5 to 8 pm Saturday, May 16.
Mrs. Barnett is survived by two sons Andy Barnett & Vickie, and Chris "Pud" Barnett, all of Houston, and a daughter Lucy Barnett also of Houston; two brothers Robert Buford of Molene, Ill and Jerry Buford of Tupelo; three sisters: Treacer Pettit & Prentiss, Alice Strickland & John, and Martha Nell Conner all of Houston; five grandchildren: Adam Barnett & April of Una, Juli and Jana Barnett of Red Bay, AL, Jonathon Barnett & Blair of Connecticut, and Jacob Barnett & Gina of Red Bay, AL; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Irvin and Lizzy May Buford, her husband Sidney "Boo" Barnett, a son Richard Glenn "Scurf" Barnett, a brother Sammy Buford and two sisters, Virgie Rucker and Jean Buford.
Houston - Woodrow Hailey, 98, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at NMMC in Tupelo. He was born on December 2, 1916 to Richard L. Hailey, Sr. and Laura Barham Hailey in Tennessee. He was a long time resident of Grenada before moving to Houston. He was a World War II veteran and a retired surveyor. He enjoyed gardening and giving away his vegetables to others. He was a member of the North Jackson Street Church of Christ where he was an example to others in his faithful attendance, rarely missing a service.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 16 at 3:00 at Roxie Cemetery in Roxie, MS with Brother Matt Long officiating. Visitation will be Friday, May 15 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston.
He is survived by his sons, Festus Hailey (Ruth) of Tillatoba, Mike Hailey (Rhonda) of Houston; a daughter, Donna Vaughn (Eddie) of Wren; grandchildren, Amanda Hailey of Tillatoba, Debra Long (Matt) of Blue Springs, Karen Benson (Jamie)and Michael Hailey both of Houston, Matthew Mangrum of Nashville, TN, Erin Mangrum of Southaven; 5 great-grandchildren; and special caregiver, Alice Strickland of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Margaret Essex Hailey, his siblings, Alton Hailey, R.L. Hailey, Jr., Festus Hailey and Pauline Blalock.
Houston - Mildred Washington Foster, 69, passed away May 12, 2015 at her home. She was born to Ivey Washington and Julia Funderburk Washington on July 1, 1945 in Marks, MS. She had worked as a heavy equipment operator in road construction and in the furniture industry. She was of the Baptist faith. Funeral services will be Friday, May 15 at 10:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Glenn Washington officiating. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, May 14 fro 5:00 until 8:00 at the funeral home.
She leaves behind her husband, Jimmy Pointer; her children, Joy White (William) and Lynn Byars (Tim) both of Houston, Darrell Ward (Tracy) of Oak Ridge, TN, Missy Ward of Jamestown, TN, Penny Poyner and Jay Poyner both of West Memphis, Ark grandchildren, Josh Mixon, Jimmy Ward, Nickie Ward, Tracy White, Timothy Porter, Curtis White, Jerry Ward, Hope Byars Reed, and Shelby Bryant; a sister, Patricia Langford; a brother, Jerry Dale Washington; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceeded in death by her father, Ivey Washington, her mother, Julia McCammon, her step-father, James McCammon, her first husband, Jimmy E. Ward, her brothers, Ray Washington, Mack Washington, and Eddie Luther.
HOULKA - Samuel H. "Sammy" Wilkerson, 66, died at his home Friday, May 8, 2015. He was born August 13, 1948, in Shaw, MS, to Lee and Louise Wilkerson. He had worked as a furniture factory employee all his life.
Funeral services will be Monday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at Schooner Valley Baptist Church in Houlka, with Brother Linn Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in Ellzey Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 8 pm at the church. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Michelle Clair & Randy of Houlka a son, Sam Wilkerson & Galyn of Flora; seven grandchildren: Hope Wingo & Jake of New Market, AL, Brenda Wilkerson, Channing Clair, Josh Clair, Destiny Wilkerson, and Karen Wilkerson all of Houlka, and A.J. Medina of Flora; one great-granddaughter Adalynn Wilkerson of Houlka; two sisters, Liz French of Derma and Linda Roberson of Bogue Chitto, and two brothers David Wilkerson of Summit and Jimmy Wilkerson of Chatham, LA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Linda Moss Wilkerson, a brother, Donald Wilkerson and sister Shirley Diel.
Houston - Zaine Kevon Worthey was born on April 15, 2015 in Tupelo to Jamie Shelton Worthey, Jr. and Diane Elizabeth Worthey. He went to his heavenly home on May 3, 2015. In his short time on this earth, he brought joy to those around him and was a very much loved son, brother, and grandson.
A graveside service was held on Wednesday, May 6 at Wesley Chapel Cemetery with Brother James Crutcher officiating. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston was in charge of services.
He leaves behind his parents, Shelton and Diane Worthey; his siblings, Axel, Alex, and Zachariah all of Houston; his grandparents, Jamie and Samita Worthey, Vickie Heair, and Tommy Lee Bowen all of Houston; and several aunts and uncles.
Houston - Micah Cade Harrell, born June 29, 2001, passed from this life Saturday, May 2, 2015. He was the cherished 13 year old son of Scotty and Brooke Harrell, adored big brother to sisters Penelope and Bronwyn, and brothers Lux and Jai. He was also loved by his grandparents Mitch and Jill Caples and David and Sandra Harrell all of Houston. He will be sorely missed by his church family at South Jackson Street Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Marla Caples Morris.
A private graveside service will be held Sunday, May 3rd, at Amity Cemetery, with Brother Luskey Green officiating.
Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at: www.southernfuneralchapel.com.
Edward Smith "Shag" Martin
HOUSTON - Edward Smith "Shag" Martin, 63, died Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo following an extended illness. He was born in Vardaman on August 11, 1951, to Jesse Benton "Jake" Martin and Virgina Duncan Martin. He had retired as a supervisor from International Paper after 40 years of service.
He is survived by his wife Anne Williams Martin; two sons Scott West of Louisville, and Luther Ryan West (Ashley) of Columbus, Ohio; his mother Virgina Martin of Thorn; two grandchildren Mason and Makena West; two brothers Calvin Martin (Denise) of Houlka, Jesse Martin of Thorn; one sister Joyce Washington (Sammy) of Houlka; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Jake Martin and his parents-in-law Helen and Luther Williams.
Funeral services will be held at Southern Funeral Chapel Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1 pm with Brother Rufus Martin and Douglas Langley officiating. Burial will follow in Georges Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be held Monday, from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.
John Allen "Pap" Moore
HOUSTON - John Allen "Pap" Moore, 83, of Houston, died Saturday, March 28 2015, at Trace Regional Hospital. He was born in Chickasaw County on September 9, 1931 to Ezebiel and Sevella Moore. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving as a radio operator during the Korean War. He owned and operated Moore's Restaurant in Houston over 30 years. He served Chickasaw County as Supervisor for four terms and the City of Houston as Mayor for two terms. He was a member of Thorn Church of God.
Services will be held Monday, March 30, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel, with Brother Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will follow in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held Sunday, March 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Ann "Chicken" Moore; his sons: Ricky Moore (Mary Garth) and Tim Moore all of Woodland, and Jeff Weaver (Kathy) of Houston; his daughters Ann Smith of Madison, and Julie Hollingsworth (Jeff) of Houston; thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ezekiel and Sevella Moore, one son John Weaver, one son-in-law, Lane Smith and nine siblings.
Houston - Laura Allen Box, 90, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015 at Floy Dyer Manor. She was born in Vardaman on January 24, 1925 to Allen Enox Berry and Mable Dye Berry. She worked at Houlka Glove Factory in her younger years before becoming a nurse. She received her RN degree at age 55, finishing 4th in her class. She retired from Trace Regional Hospital where she was charge nurse. She was a member of Houlka Baptist Church.
A private family viewing will be held at Southern Funeral Chapel with burial in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. There will be a memorial service at Houlka Baptist Church on Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 PM with Brother David Blackwell and Brother Brian Gann officiating. Visitation with the family will begin at 1:30 until service time at Houlka Baptist Church.
She is survived by her sons, David A. Box (Peggy) of Blue Springs and Joseph A. (Joe) Box (Barbara) of Houston; one sister-in-law, Beanice Hardin of Houlka; seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Albert Box; her siblings, Herman Berry, James Berry, Margaret DeLaughter, and Clyde (Shifty) Berry; and one great-grandchild.
The family request in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Houlka Baptist Church or to the Resident's Fund at Floy Dyer Manor.
Betty Lorene Nabors
HOUSTON - Betty Lorene Nabors, 88, died at her home Friday, February 27, 2015. She was born June 1, 1926 in Chickasaw County to George Wheeler and Modera Ann Carter Wheeler. She loved her family, and considered herself blessed to be able to know and love even her great-grandchildren. She was of the Baptist faith.
Funeral services for Mrs. Nabors will be held Monday, March 2, 2015 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, at 2:30 pm, with Brother Linn Hughes officiating. Visitation with the family will be held Sunday, from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.
Mrs. Nabors is survived by one son, Glenn Nabors of Tupelo; two daughters Linda Myers (Jimmy) and Shirley Taylor (Robert) all of Houston; one sister, Jeanette Hyde of Campbell, MO; six grandchildren: Teresa Taylor, Ed Myers, Joy Smith, Tristan Nabors, Nathan Nabors, and Miles Morgan; and two great-grandchildren: Amber Smith and Mallory Myers.
She was preceded in death by her husband Cecil Nabors, who died in 1995, and one son, Sam Hill.
The family would like to thank Southern Care Hospice and staff for their excellent care, with special recognition of Allison and Vickie.
James Phillip Long
HOUSTON - James Phillip Long, 53, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015. He was born on July 7, 1961, to James and Maxine Long, and was a life-long resident of Houston.
Visitation with the family will be held Friday evening beginning at 5 pm, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with a memorial service following at 8 pm.
Mr. Long is survived by his mother Maxine Clark Long of Houston; one daughter, Brandy Long of Houston; three brothers: Mike Long of Houston, Keith Long (Barbara) of Walnut, and Mark Long (Regina) of Houston; three grandsons: Calum and Jarod Vanlandingham, and Tanner Williamson; two nephews Chris and Scott Long, and one great-nephew Anthony Long.
Victoria, TX - Barbara Ann Langley, 73, died January 21, 2015. Visitation is 10 am. until 1 pm. Wednesday, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, MS. A graveside service and burial will follow at Ellzey Cemetery in Calhoun County.
Ms. Langley was born September 1, 1943, to the late Lola Summers and Morris Langley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Kenny Stafford; one daughter, Joy Stafford; one brother, Gayle Langley; and two sisters, Joynelle Pearson and Jean Gordon. She is survived by sons, Ricky Stafford and Sean Stafford, both of Victoria; and six grandchildren.
Victoria, TX - Barbara Joy Stafford, 53, died January 21, 2015. Visitation is 10 am. until 1 pm Wednesday, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, MS. A graveside service and burial will follow at Ellzey Cemetery in Calhoun County.
Ms. Stafford was born in Columbus, September 15, 1961, to Emmett Stafford and the late Barbara Langley. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by one brother Kenny Stafford. She is survived by two brothers, Ricky Stafford and Sean Stafford, all of Victoria.
Houston-Hattie Jeanette Hood Dendy, 90, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Trace Regional Hospital. She was born in Augusta, Georgia on April 15, 1924 to Marcus David Hood and Annie M. Humphrey Hood. She had spent time working on farms and in a factory. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother that was greatly loved by her family. She enjoyed going to yard sales, working in her garden and sewing. She was a member of Rhodes Chapel Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held at Southern Funeral Chapel on Sunday, January 18 at 2:00 with Bro. Mike Childs and Bro. Roger McGrew officiating. Burial will follow in Rhodes Chapel Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Saturday, January 17 from 5:00 until 8:00.
She is survived by her daughters, Ruth Ann Cook, Vera Rowlett, Helen Benefield (Jeff), and Lucy Washington; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Ann Harper, her sons, Jim Hewitt (Linda), Charlie Carter, Arthur Carter (Frona), Perry Carter (Liz), Billy Dendy, Bobby Dendy (Martha) and Cecil Dendy; over a 100 grand, great-grand and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marcus and Annie Hood; her husband, Will Dendy; her children, Joe Hewitt, Freddie Harper, Virginia Blaylock, and John Carter; and 9 siblings.
JAXSON GREY HUGHES
WOODLAND - Jaxson Grey Hughes was delivered at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point, on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, and passed from this life the same day. He is survived by his mother, Whitney Hughes, his grandparents, Katherin and Tom Hughes, and his sister, Hollie.
Graveside services will be held at Amity Baptist Church Cemetery, Sunday, January 4, 2015, at 2:30 pm. with Brother Scott Griffin officiating.
HOUSTON - Leslie Terrell "Terry" Norris, 63, died Sunday, December 21, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 30, 1951, in Vardaman, to Leslie Lavell and Sara M. Norris. He had worked at Franklin Mfg. in Houston for the past 41 years, presently as Production Manager, and he was a member of Houlka Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 23, at 2 pm, at Southern Funeral Chapel, with Brother Bill Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Arbor Grove Cemetery. There will be visitation with the family Monday from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.
He is survived by his wife, Lela Norris of Houston; his children Ben Norris of Houston, Terri Norris of Kentucky, and Morgan Moss (Anthony) of Houston; his mother Sara Norris of Houston; his sister Sheila Doler of Calhoun City; his grandchildren: Kyler Norris, Tatum McWhirter, Jaxon Moss, and Ashton Moss.
He was preceded in death by his father Lavell Norris, his brother Phillip Norris and two sisters Karen Norris and Lynn Norris.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to French Camp Academy, at One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745, or to Palmer Home for Children, at 912 11th S. Ave., Columbus, MS 39701.
Houston - Bobbie F. Malone, 70, went to be with her Lord Sunday, November 30, 2014. She was born in Chickasaw County on April 17, 1944, to Bill Blansett and Maylene Stafford Blansett. She was a member of Pearson Chapel Nazarene Church and Rhodes Chapel Methodist Church. She taught the mature adult Sunday School class along with Betty Clark and Jimmie Faye Knox. She was retired from Franklin Mfg.
She is survived by her husband Larry Malone; her sons Larry Shane Malone (Alisha), Jason Malone (Traci Akins), her daughters Sherri Gail Bevels (Gaylon), Melissa Gregory (Wayne) and Michelle Malone (Glenn Willis)all of Woodland her sister Sue Ray (Sonny) of Houston; her brothers Billy Dean Blansett (Shirley) of Houston, and Harvey Wayne Blansett (Diane) of Cleveland; her grandchildren: Amber Gregory (Bradley), Blake Lofton, Allie Hillhouse-Gregory Kendall (Kyle), Gayla Bevels, Lindsay Bevels, Brandon Bevels, Caleb Bevels, John B. Malone, Jacey Ann Malone, L.J. Malone, and Melissa Ella Jayde Harrell; her great-grandchildren: Karlee Alexis Malone, Kaleigh Grace Malone, Landon Lee Love, Mallie Kate Kendall and Addison Lynn Ball.
She was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Maylene Blansett, her parents in-law Elmer and Pearl Malone, her grandmother Mary Hill and an infant son Larry Richard Malone.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Scott Samuell and Sister Jane Houser officiating. There will be a visitation with the family beginning at 12 noon at the funeral home and will continue until the service. Burial will follow in Rhodes Chapel Cemetery.
Bobbie Dale Martin
Houston - Bobbie Dale Martin, 56, passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at her home. She was born on September 28, 1958 in Racine, WI to Harold "Pappy" Dunlap and Pauline Franks Dunlap. She grew up in Houston, MS and recently returned to Houston after living in Racine, WI for the past 20 years.
She is survived by her husband, Johnny Martin of Houston; her father, Harold "Pappy" Dunlap of Racine, WI; her sons, Billy (Sarah) Martin of Houston, David Martin of Racine, WI; a daughter, Shirley Martin of Racine, WI; her sisters, Shirley King and Shelby Schite of Racine, WI; brother Jerry (Alice) Dunlap of Escanaba, MI; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Pauline Dunlap.
Funeral services will be Monday, December 1, 2014 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Frankie Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation will be at Southern Funeral Home Monday, December 1 from 12:00 until 2:00.
Houston - James J. Haygood, 82, died at his home on Monday, November 10, 2014. He was born on September 8, 1932 in Pontotoc County to John Haygood and Alice Hughes Haygood. He retired from Goose Hollow Furniture as sales manager.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Johnson Haygood, a daughter, Ruthie (Wayne) Walters; granddaughter, Hannah Walters and grandson, David Walters all of Houston; a brother, Forrest A. (Norma) Haygood of Sierra Vista, AZ; special "daughter" Janice James of Houston, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alice Haygood and one brother.
Funeral services will be Thursday, November 13 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Randy Rinehart and Brother Cody Childress officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 12 from 5:00 to 8:00 at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Linn Hughes, Patrick Card, Russell Card, Paul Johnson, Dale Westberry, Preston Walters, Eric Walters and David Walters. Honorary pallbearers are Buddy Donahue, John Hughes and Heath Soden.
RIcky Dale Watkins
Houston - Ricky Dale "Speck" Watkins, 59, passed away on November 10, 2014 at his home. He was born on January 22, 1955 in Carthage, MS to Douglas Watkins and Katherine Sistrunk Watkins. He worked as a truck driver until becoming disabled. He was a member of the Church of God.
He is survived by his father, Doug Watkins of Houston; his children, Ashley (Keith) Doss of Pontotoc, Brooks Watkins (Tammy McNeil) of Houston and Samantha (Fred) Betts of Tupelo; two brothers, Freddie (Amy) Watkins of Houlka and Doug (Christy) Watkins, Jr. of Houston; seven grandchildren, Gena, Eddie, and Luke Doss, Abbigail Watkins, Cristin, Aubrey and Gracie Betts.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Katherine McCain and his grandparents.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 12 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Arnold Amason and Scott Samuell officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
The family request in lieu of flowers donations toward funeral expenses.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Doss, John Langley, Little Billy Watkins, Stanley Watkins, Tony Watkins and Dale Woodard.
Patricia "Pat" Ely
Tupelo- Patricia "Pat" Ely, 66, passed away Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at her home. She was born on March 6, 1948 in Forrest City, Ark. to Millard and Christine Deaton. She had worked most of her life as a beautician. Her hobbies included painting portraits and writing poetry. She enjoyed getting together with family and cooking. She was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her husband, Ray Ely of Tupelo; her daughter, Patty (Tim) Holcomb of Trebloc; three sons: Bubba (Chanda) Taylor of Fulton, Brian Ely of Houston, and Michael (Tonya) Taylor of Iuka; grandchildren: Brandon (Toni) Taylor, Lance Dendy, Spencer Taylor, Jett Taylor, Lauren (Alex) Holmes, Alex and Kennedy Ely, Xavier, Alex, and Jasmine Taylor; great-grandchildren: Brennen, Austin and Preston Taylor, Faith Holmes, Hunter Huffman, and Brittany Dauzat; three sisters: Wilma Barnett of Houston, Linda Manuel of Orlando, FL, and Billie Moore of Bruce; one brother, Junior Reeves of Woodland.
She was preceded in death by her father, Millard Deaton, her mothers, Christine Deaton and Effie Deaton; one brother, Winford Deaton.
Funeral services will be at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston on Friday, November 7 at 2:00 with Brother Mark Ely and Michael Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 Thursday, November 6 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
Flowers of Pontotoc (662-488-9999) will be handling family flowers. The family request casual dress for services.
Pallbearers will be Ken Wilson, Wayne Byars, Robert Wayne Lovvorn, Sammy Lovvorn, Ryan Lovvorn and Kenny Scott.
Houlka-Charles Younger, 80, died Sunday, September 21, 2014 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born on October 4, 1933 in Illinois.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Rocky Mount Cemetery in Calhoun County. Brother John Flippin will be officiating.
He is survived by a brother-in -law, Sid Murphree of Houlka and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters.
Carolyn Ray Breland
Clinton - Carolyn Ray Breland, 71, left this life of pain and suffering on September 19, 2014 at her daughter's home in Clinton after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born in Houston, MS to Lora B. Ray and Maude Northam Ray on March 6, 1943. She worked as a beautician for over 20 years with Goldie Harrington at Goldie's Beauty Shop in Houston. She retired to provide care for her mother until her mother's death. She was a loving mother and grandmother that was the "rock" of the family.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, September 21 at 3:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Houston. Visitation will be Sunday, September 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 at the funeral home.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Edward Breland of Clinton, a daughter, Debra Pepper Stanley and Wrenn Stanley of Clinton; a son, John Breland and Angie Breland of Atoka, TN; grandchildren, Darik and Michelle Stanley of Macon, GA, Dustin and Katie Stanley of Brandon; and Coen Breland of Atoka, TN and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Twana Joyce Pepper, and her parents, Lora and Maude Ray.
The family wants to express special gratitude to Dr. Gerri Houston, Kevin Tucker, RN and Lashaunda Haymon CNA all of Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland.
Barbara Ann Hamby Reeves
Pontotoc - Barbara Ann Reeves, 60, died Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born in Chickasaw County, May 15, 1954, to Stanford Ford Hamby and Jeanette Higginbotham Hamby. She worked as a home health assistant.
Services will be held Saturday, September 20, at 2 pm, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Jacob Samuell officiating. Burial will follow in Ellzey Cemetery in Calhoun County. Visitation with the family will be Friday, September 19, from 5 until 8 pm at the funeral home.
She is survived by her children Greg Reeves (Tina) of Wren, and Jennifer Reeves of Pontotoc; her grandchildren Lexie Reeves, Tony Gray, Tyler Gray and Justin Gray; her sisters Janice Reeves (Carl), and Brenda Adams (Roger) all of Woodland; her brothers Stanley Hamby (Deborah) of Houston, Jerry Higginbotham (Cheryl) of Okolona, and Bobby Hamby (Barbara) of West Point, and her step-father Marvin Leon Reeves of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her parents Stanford Ford Hamby and Jeanette Higginbotham Reeves, and her husband Larry Reeves.
Houston - Jamie Randal Adams, Jr., 41, died Wednesday, September 3, 2014 as the result of an automobile accident. He was a native of Houston and was born in Tupelo on September 18, 1972 to Jamie Randal "Randy" Adams, Sr. and Mary Brooks Adams. He worked in construction before becoming disabled. He was a member of Pearson Chapel Nazarene Church.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 5 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Scott Samuell and Brother Brian Gann officiating. Burial will follow in Arbor Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, September 4 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Southern Funeral Chapel
He is survived by his wife, Amy Melton Adams; his parents, Randy Adams, Sr. and Mary Brooks Adams; his sons, James Dylan Adams and Justin Adams; a daughter, Robin (Will) Fallin of Alabama; 2 brothers, Paul (Cathy) McGraw and Todd McGraw; and his grandmother, Naomi Doss, all of Houston; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jamie Mullins Adams, Kirkham Brooks and Annie E. Brooks.
Pallbearers will be Josh McGraw, Jared McGraw, Scotty Adams, Shane Adams, Josh Mixon, Steve Melton, Curt Brooks, and Brandon Westmoreland.
Mary E. Marion
Houston - Mary E. Marion, 90, died at North MS Medical Center August 24, 2014. She was born in Chickasaw County on July 11, 1924 to H. Grady Hall and Maggie Byars Hall. She had worked as a seamstress and store clerk before her retirement. She was a member of Van Vleet Baptist Church. She was a wonderful wife and mother.
She was proud to live to see four generations from each of her children, daughter, Mary Opal Peacock of Winona, a son, William David "Bill" Marion of Houston; four grandchildren, Christopher Todd Peacock of Dallas, TX, Mary Opal Beckworth of Shreveport, LA, Jesse Thomas Peacock of Flowood, Lori Marion Smith of Houston; four great-grandchildren, Emma Gayle Smith, Mikey Beckworth, Meredith Opal Beckworth, and Jesse Peacock, Jr.; and one brother, Earnest Hall of Cleveland, OH.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Maggie Hall; her husband, McConnell Marion, and one sister, Annie Ethel Valenti.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 27 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Steve Griffin officiating. Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery. Visitation will be at Southern Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, August 26 from 5:00 to 8:00.
Houston-Marla Morris, 52, was born July 11, 1962 and died at home, Wednesday, August 20, 2014.
Visitation with the family will be held Friday, August 22 from 5:00 to 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston. A graveside service will be held Saturday, August 23, at 10:00 AM at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Highway 8 East, Houston.
She is survived by her husband, Ronnie Morris of Houston; her three children: Brandy (Steve) Melton of Brandon, Blair (Marlo) Lee of Springhill, TN and Brooke (Scotty) Harrell of Houston; her grandchildren: Brad Gill, Brice Melton, Vada Lee, Micah Harrell, Penelope Harrell, Bronwyn Harrell, Lux Harrell, Jai Harrell, and Steven Melton.
Gloria Reeves Hardin
Houston-Gloria Hardin, 64, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born on April 23, 1950 in Chickasaw County to Vernon "Slim" Reeves and Levada Blissard Reeves. She was a bookkeeper for Houston Funeral Home for over 20 years before retiring. She was the secretary/treasurer for Poplar Springs Baptist Church. She was a regular performer at Sparta Opry, singing and playing her guitar. She was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Calhoun County.
Funeral services will be Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:00 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Calhoun County. Officiating will be Brother Benny Hill, Brother Robert E. Alexander and Brother Joey Hamilton. Burial will follow in Poplar Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church from 5:00 until 8:00.
She is survived by her husband, Kenny Hardin of Houston; her sons, Neal (Lisa) Washington of Houston and Michael Hardin of Jackson; one sister, Glenda (Russell) Cothran of Houston; her grandchildren, Chloe and Bentley; a host of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Vernon "Slim" and Levada Reeves.
Pallbearers will be Terry Tunnell, Lance Tunnell, Kevin Tunnell, Darrin Vance, Jon Hardin, and Brian Hicks.
Bobby Gene Long
Bobby Gene Long, 54, died Monday, July 14, 2014 as the result of an automobile accident. He was born September 19, 1959 in Vardaman, to Bobby R. Long and Ruby Higginbotham Long. He was employed by Insulation Refractor Systems of Memphis, TN, and he attended Adonai Church in Water Valley.
He is survived by his three children: Tara Long of Foristell, MO, and Michael and Hailey Long of Oxford; one sister, Melissa Cooper (Tommy) of Houston; two grandchildren: Malia Loos and Alana Freese of Foristell, MO; the mothers of his children: Tammy Long of Oxford and Tracy Killian of MO; his girlfriend, Sandy Wheeler of Houston; one niece, Mitzi Pickens, and two nephews, Tommy Cooper and James Cooper.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, Bobby R. and Ruby Long and a brother, Jackie Long.
A memorial service will be held at 5:30 on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Eugene Howell officiating.
Peggy Taylor Williams
Houston-Peggy Taylor Williams, 71, died Wednesday June 11, 2014 at her home. She was born on April 9, 1943 in Calhoun County to Edward Lewis Taylor and Vannie Marene Stewart Taylor. She was a former security guard for Dynamic before becoming disabled. She was a member of New Liberty Baptist Church in Calhoun County.
Funeral services will be Friday, June 13, 2014 at 3:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Glenn Washington officiating. Burial will follow in New Liberty Cemetery in Calhoun County. Visitation will be Friday, June 13 from12:00 to 3:00 at the funeral home.
She is survived by her 2 sons: Richard Wayne Williams of Houston and Robert Edward Williams of Columbia; 4 grandchildren: Jonathan Lewis Williams (Laura) of Tremont, Teresa June Murillo of Houston, Robert "Robby" E. Williams, II of Dekalb, and Bradley Keith Williams of Columbia; 13 great-grandchildren: Miranda, Gabriella, Dakota, Catherine, Olivia, Jaxon, Vivian, Rosa, Mark, Dora, Luis, Kameron and Grayson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Williams; her parents, Edward and Marene Taylor, and a grandson, Adam Williams.
Pallbearers will be Robert James, Brandon Williams, Kelvin Crawford, Tony Williams, Adam Sharp, and Anthony Buchanan; Honorary pallbearer: Early Bynum