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Dale Taylor Webb
Dale Webb, 74, of Houston, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the North MS Medical Center, Pontotoc. He was born March 1, 1943, in Durant, OK, to John and Viola Webb. He worked with Southern Pacific Rail Road in Bakersfield, CA, as a Breakman and Conductor. He was a Baptist.
There will be a graveside service honoring Mr. Webb at Concord Cemetery, Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 10 a.m. with Brother Tim Jones officiating. The family will receive visitors at their home following the service.
Mr. Webb is survived by his wife Patricia Webb; his daughter Karen Webb of Rattan, OK; his brother Jerald Webb of Bakersfield, CA; his grandchildren Ashley Naron and Robbie Naron, both of Houston, and Sarah Crow of Rattan, OK; his great-grandchildren Eli and Miley Naron, and Abigail, Isabelle and Zoey Crow.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Cassie Webb Naron, and his brothers Ralph, David, Raymond, Johnny and Cletus Webb.
Serving as pallbearers will be Justin King, Jimmy Lee Wheeler, Ryan Jones, John Cameron Moore, Paul Crow, Robbie Naron, Eli Naron, and Tim Jones.

Althea Brand
Sparta -
  Althea Lee Scott Brand, 87, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Floy Dyer Nursing Home in Houston. She was born on August 9, 1930 in Clay County to Rev. Bryant Scott and Eula Carpenter Scott. She was a member of Amity Baptist Church.
   Funeral services will be Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 at Amity Baptist Church in Sparta with Brother Scott Griffin and Brother Eddie Brock officiating. She will lie in state from 1:00 until 2:00 at the church. Burial will follow in Amity Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Saturday, November 11 from 5:00 until 7:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston.
   She is survived by her children, Ralph Brand (Libby) of Mantee, Jimmy Brand (Ann) of Sparta, and Sandra Dozier (Mackey) of Tupelo; her siblings, J.B. Scott of Sparta, Helen Forrester of Pheba, and Kenny Scott (Georgia) of Houston; her grandchildren, Peggy Stuckey (Richard), Jennifer Winter (Dwyatt), Ken Gann, Lindsey Gann Gore, Jana Brand Earnest (Josh) Amanda Brand Mahan (Justin) and Taylor Brand; and 8 great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John E. Brand, a daugher Trish Brand Gann, and two sisters, Thelma Scott Morgan and Ruth Scott Reeves.
Laura Gann
Houston -
  Laura Helen Eaton Gann, 75, passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at home. She was born on April 15, 1942 in Woodand to Lonnie Floyd Eaton and Bertha Arlita Mixon Eaton. She worked various jobs but her most enjoyable was being "Granny Gann" to the many children she babysat over the years. She was a member of South Jackson St. Church of Christ.
   Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 7 at 11:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Jon Mark Smith, Brother Randy Rinehart and Brother J.R. Eaton officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Monday, November 6 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
   She is survived by her children, Glenda Jernigan (Curtis), Kenneth Scott (Annelle), Floyd "Rooster" Gann (Rena), and Donald "Duck" Gann (Alison) all of Houston; sixteen grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren; her sisters Betty Jean Durham of Houston, Claudia Huffman (Robert) of Houston and Louise Bigham of Pheba, her step-children, Mitch Gann (Sarah), Robin King (Russell"Wolfie"), Linda Stroupe (Thomas) and Ned Gann (Teresa) all of Houston; and her many loved nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by her parents Lonnie and Bertha Eaton; her husband, William "Bud" Gann; her sisters, Beulah Scaife and Thelma Henderson, her brothers Buddy Eaton, Billy Ray Eaton, Lloyd Eaton, and Floyd Eaton; step-children, Donnie Gann and Kathy Paden, grandson, Christopher Thomas Scott and great-grandson, Richard Gann.
Richard "BoDick" Eaton
SPARTA - 
  Richard "BoDick" Leon Eaton, 71, died Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the North MS Medical Center Hospice, following a prolonged illness. He was born in Chickasaw County on November 2, 1946, to Calvin Leon Eaton and Dorothy Mae Thompson Eaton. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era and was stationed in Germany. 
  Funeral services will be held Monday, November 6, at 1:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Brother Walter Bulter officiating. Burial will follow in Amity Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Sunday, November 5 from 5:00 until 7:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
  He is survived by his children Regina Bullock (David) of Houston, and Rock Eaton of Sparta; his mother Dorothy Mae Eaton of Sparta; his sisters Pat Vaughn (Dan) of Mantee and Peggy Bennett (Larry) of Sparta; his grandchildren, Ty Bullock (Liz), Tanner Bullock, and Jordan Welch; great-grandchildren Addison and Tate Bullock; and the mother of his children, Virginia Langley.
   He was preceded in death by his father, Leon Eaton; two sisters, Barbara Doss and Faye Huffman; and a special cousin, Buddy"Little Bud" Eaton.
Serving as pallbearers will be Ty Bullock, Tanner Bullock, Lonnie Eaton, O.L. Melton, Wayne Gregory and Ricky Doss.
Tommy Gene Black
Houston -
  Tommy Gene Black, 63, died on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. He was born April 11, 1954 in Vardaman, to Elvis and Dot Black. He had worked as a truck driver until ill health rendered him unable to continue.
  He is survived by his wife, Nina Burgess Black; his children Marty Black, Tony Black & Nikki, Chance Black and Hope Black, all of Houston; his mother Dot Black, also of Houston; his sister Lisa Mahan & Charles of Vardaman; his brother Stephen Black & Heather of Charleston, SC; his grandchildren Danyelle Black, Peyton Black, Kristen Black, Gage Black, Drew Black, and Ella Grace Russell; and one great-grandchild Brooklynn Black.
  He was preceded in death by his father Elvis Black and one brother Timothy Black.
  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Joe Robbins officiating. Burial will follow in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Monday, October 23 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.

Bobbie Langley 

Houston -  Bobbie Jo Langley, 90, passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017, at her home with family at her side. She was born April 22, 1927, in Chattanooga, TN, to Charlie and Louise Payne. She had worked at Rice Sticks and Ceramic Tile, but spent most of her life as a homemaker. She was an active member of Houston First United Methodist Church.
   Funeral services will be Monday, October 23rd., at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Brother Rex Wilburn, Brother Johnny Cherry and Brother Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will follow at the Houston Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston.
   She is survived by her daughter Becky Dallas & Gene of Houston; one grandson, Wayne Baird & Cynthia, and one granddaughter, Jennifer Williams & Heath all of Houston; two sisters Jane Langley, and Judy Goodner & Boyd, ; and two brothers Bill Payne & Nina, and Charles Payne, all of Chattanooga, TN; two great-granddaughters Khloe Baird and Alyssa Towery; her step-grandsons Frank Dallas & Crystal, and Robert Dallas of Okolona, and their children Brittany Morgan & Marty (and daughter Charlie Beth), Cade & Conner Dallas.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 55 years, Cecil Ray Langley, a sister Emalyne & Alvin Taylor, a son-in-law Jerry Baird, brother-in-law John Lesley Langley, and a sister-in-law Diane Payne.
 Dorothy Faye Huffman 
SPARTA -   Dorothy Faye Huffman, 74, passed from this life Wednesday, October 18, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. She was born April 22, 1943 in Chickasaw County to Calvin Leon and Dorothy Mae Eaton. She spent her working years at PEP/Alcoa Industries, but she was devoted to the Sparta Opry where she served on the board of directors. She was an active member of Amity Baptist Church and played piano for services. She was a devoted mother and caregiver to all who needed her loving touch.
  Funeral service for Mrs. Huffman will be Sunday, October 22, at 2 p.m. at Amity Baptist Church with Brothers Walter Butler, Scott Griffin and Butch Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in the Amity Church Cemetery. The family will receive visitors Saturday from 5 until 8 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston.
  She is survived by her mother, Dorothy Thompson Eaton of Sparta; her three daughters: Dorothy Medders & Mark "Spanky" Doss, Dawn Johnson & Mitchell, and Rendie Melton & O.L. all of Sparta; her brother Richard "Bodick" Eaton of Sparta; her sisters Pat Vaughn & Dan, and Peggy Bennett & Larry all of Sparta; her five grandchildren: Crystal Winter & Stephen, Ericka Criddle & Paul, Brian Samuell & Whitney, Laken Yeatman & Bo, and Brandon Samuell; thirteen great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
  She was preceded in death by her husband Willie Gene Huffman, her father Leon Eaton and one sister, Barbara Doss; and special cousins Joe & Esther Eaton, and Buddy "Little Bud" Eaton.
  In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Amity Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
  Serving as pallbearers will be Rock Eaton, Craig Vaughn, Jay Sterkel, Cal Sterkel, Ricky Doss, Amp Doss, Tebo Huffman, Keith Samuell, and Colton Foster. Honorary pallbearers will be the Sparta Opry Board Members and the HHS 2018 Senior Football Players.

Shirley Anderson 
Houlka -   Shirley Frances Cupp Anderson, 86, passed away Friday, July 21, 2017 at Floy Dyer Nursing Home in Houston. She was born on June 29, 1931 in Odessa, Texas to O.D. and Leona Cupp. She was a member of Houlka Pentecostal Church.
   She is survived by her grandchildren Rhoda Kay Anderson and Devin (Sarah) Anderson both of Austin, TX and Matt Spencer Anderson of Abilene, TX; her daughter-in-law, Sue Thompson Anderson of Abilene, TX; her great-grandchildren, Aikman and Pippa Anderson; and sister-in-law, Nancy (David) Vance of Houston.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George W. Anderson and a son, Larry Dale Anderson.
   Funeral services will be Sunday, July 23 at 1:30 at Southern Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Visitation with the family will be at Southern Funeral Chapel on Sunday, July 23 from 12:00 until 1:30.

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 faith.
  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. 


Myra Cook

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 Nix

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


Lela Martin

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


Sissy Byars

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.


Odie Bailey
Houston -
  James Odies "Odie" Bailey, 76, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born on February 17, 1940 in Calhoun County to John Benny Bailey and Mary Ellen Chambers Bailey. He retired from Shannon Chair Company and then worked for Houston Monument until his health failed.
   Funeral services will be Friday, February 17 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Bobby Brock officiating. Burial will follow in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, February 16 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
   He is survived by his wife, Linda Dotson Bailey, one son, David Bailey of Houston; two brothers, Clyde (Glenda) Bailey and Eddie Bailey both of Houston; grandchildren, Khloe Bailey and Aiden Bailey both of Houston.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, John Bailey and a sister, Earlene Williams.

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 Donald "Ben" Alexander
HOULKA -   David Donald "Ben" Alexander, 74, went into restful peace with his Lord at North MS Medical Center, Wednesday, February 1, 2017, following a brief illness. He was born December 20, 1942 to Mark and Silvia Alexander in Calhoun County. He loved animals and enjoyed gardening, and was a hard worker who loved and supported his family as a furniture manufacturer, working until the day of his illness.
  Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 4, at 2 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Brian Gann officiating. Burial will follow at Schooner Valley Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home Friday from 5 until 8 p.m.
  He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Peggy Alexander of Houlka; his daughters Kimberly Gann & Brian, and Kristin Alexander & Robbie Peden, all of Houlka; his son Keith Alexander also of Houlka; his sisters Ruth Hall & David of Pontotoc, and Darthie Galloway & Harlan of Houlka; his grandchildren Steven Lee Alexander & Sara, Rebecca Ann Gann, and John Ryan Gann, and his great-grandson Byron.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother William Paul Alexander.
  Lee Alexander, John Gann, Mark Hall, Hunter Graves, Blake Galloway & Robbie Peden will serve as pall bearers.


Maggie Lou Reynolds
HOUSTON -   Maggie Lou Reynolds, age 70, died at her home Thursday, January 5, 2017. She was born July 6, 1946, to Bryant and O.B. Dotson Criddle in Pontotoc County. She was a cosmetologist, and she had been employed by PEP Industries. She was a Nazarene.
  Funeral service will be held Sunday, January 8, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, at 3 p.m. with Brother Scott Samuell officiating. Burial will follow in Concord Cemetery. There will be visitation with the family at the funeral home from 1 o'clock until service time.
  She is survived by her three children Edward Eugene Smith, Jr. of Reform, GA, Frankie Lane Smith of Houston, and Angel Dawn Smith of Houston; her grandchildren Sean D. Smith, Deanna Smith, Frankie Smith, Jr.. Hank Smith, Jr., Joseph Varela, Jose Varela, Aubri Smith, and Brandon Cook; a great-granddaughter Paisley Smith; her sisters Sally Watson, Gladys Criddle and Sue Voyles all of Pontotoc.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings Jimmy Dale Criddle, Bud Criddle, William Criddle, Effieleen Walls and Jewel Partain.


Jerry Criddle
HOUSTON -   Jerry D. Criddle, 74, died at his home Sunday, December 25, 2016, following an extended illness. He was born September 20, 1942, in Chickasaw County, to Clayton and Maylorene Criddle. He was retired from the Mississippi Forestry Department .
  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 27, at 11 a.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Bobby Brock officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the service.
  He is survived by his wife, Janice Criddle; his children Barry and Lisa; his grandchildren Jonah Jackson, Jordan S. Jackson, and John E. Criddle; and his brother Tommy Criddle & Teresa of Houston; .
  He was preceded in death by his parents Clayton & Maylorene Criddle.


Dawn Langford

Houston -   Dawn Marie Clark Langford, 52, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. Dawn was born in Waukegan, Illinois to Ronald and Janice Clark on February 23, 1964. She worked as a school bus driver for Houston Public Schools for several years.
   She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Langford of Houston; her children, Gary Langford, Josh Langford (Angie) and Cheryl Capps (J.R. ) all of Houston; her mother, Janice Clark of Houston; one brother, Todd Clark (Penny)of Pontotoc; and nine grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Clark and a daugher-in-law, Marie Langford.
   Visitation with the family will be Monday, December 26 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel. There will be no public funeral service.
   In lieu of flowers, donations toward funeral expenses may be made to Southern Funeral Chapel.
Carlton "Jabe" Dover
Vardaman -
  Carlton "Jabe" Dover, 73, of Vardaman, died Monday, December 12, 2016, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, following a sudden illness. He was born November 9, 1943, in Randolph of Pontotoc County, to Elton and Bessie Dover. He was a self-employed mechanic, and he attended the Thorn Church of Christ.
  Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 14th, at 2 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Benny Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Carey Springs Cemetery in Randolph.
  He is survived by his children Carlyn Jenkins & Ron of Banner, Seth Dover & Talana of Tupelo, Dana Ninnemann & Andy of Ocean View, Delaware, Luke Dover & Ashley of Vardaman, and Chester Dover & Beth of Houlka; and fifteen grandchildren.
  He was preceded in death by his parents Elton and Bessie Dover and his son Carlton "Tiger" Dover, Jr.
  Visitation with the family will be Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel.
  Serving as pallbearers will be Kenneth Scott, Tony Pullen, Michael Dover, Mark Dover, Andy Ninnemann, and Brad Crestman.
Wilburn Johns
Houston-Wilburn Johns, 69, passed away Monday, December 5, 2016 at North MS Medical Center Hospice Unit after an extended illness. He was born in Chickasaw County on January 30, 1947 to Arthur Evan Johns and Susie Duncan Johns. He was plant manager of Ceramic Tile until it closed. He assisted at Southern Funeral Chapel and was owner of Johns and Associates Insurance until his health failed. He was a devoted Christian and devoted to his family. He was a member of North Jackson Church of Christ.
He is survived by his devoted wife of forty-seven years, Wynonda Melton Johns of Houston; his children, Wendy Brummett (Dean) of Pittsboro and Brian (Tracey) Johns of Houston; grandchildren, Tyler and Brandon Davis, Zack, Blake and Jaden Johns; step-grandchildren, Tyler and Tanner Brummett, two great-grandchildren, Adalie Kate Falkner and Rylee Davis; one brother, Charles Johns of Okolona and one sister, Fannie Lee Ward of Pickens, MS.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaugher, McKayla Davis; his siblings, Pauline Pounds, James Earl Johns, Leroy Johns, and Aruther Johns Jr.
Funeral services will be Thursday, December 8 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Don Brady officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, December 7 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
Serving as pallbearers are Tyler Davis, Brandon Davis, Zack Johns, Blake Johns, Jaden Johns and Hunter Gore.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Bruce Longest, Dean Brummett, Alberto Davis, David Coleman, Thomas Howell, Eric Kimbrough, Andy Kimbrough, Brian Crump and Eric Lancaster.
Carolyn Dianne Gann
Houston -
  Carolyn Dianne Gann, 58, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2016 at her daughter's home in Randolph. She was born on April 15, 1958 in Vardaman to Rex Brassfield and Bertha Mae Clemons Brassfield. She loved children and helped take care of many, in addition to her own, during her life. Carolyn also enjoyed cooking, talking on the phone and playing cards.
   She leaves behind her children, Tina Boyle (Louis) and Adam Rowlett both of Randolph, and Jamey Rowlett (Jayme) of Houston; her step-children, Patricia Gann, Mandy Gann, and Steve Gann all of Calhoun County; her brothers, Stevie Brassfield and David Brassfield of Houston; her sisters, Virginia Gregory of Pontotoc, Wanda Atkinson and Katherin Hughes both of Woodland, Jo Cross of Houlka; twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Rex and Bertha Brassfield; her husband, Ray Gann Jr.; four brothers, one sister, one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
   Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 23 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.. Burial will follow in Amity Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, November 22 from 5:00 until 7:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.

Marvin Leon Reeves
Houston -   Marvin Leon Reeves, 81, passed away at Floy Dyer Manor on Saturday, November 19, 2016. He was born on December 1, 1934 to Author Marvin and Lucille Reeves. He worked most of his life doing farm labor.
   He is survived by his children, Sarah Sullivan, Tony Reeves, and Lamar Reeves all of Pontotoc, Janice Reeves of Houlka, Brenda Adams (Roger) of Woodland, Stanley Hamby (Deborah) of Houston, Jerry Higginbotham (Cheryl) of Okolona and Bobby Hamby (Barbara) of West Point; one brother Truman Earl Reeves of Wren; twenty grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughters, Nancy Coggins, Sue Sullivan and Barbara Reeves; his brothers Howard Reeves and Pearlies Reeves.
   Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 22 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Jacob Samuell officiating. Burial will follow in Ellzey Cemetery in Vardaman. Visitation with the family will be Monday, November 21 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel

 

 David Lee Tutor 

HOULKA -   David Lee Tutor, 43, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, following extended illness. He was born in Bruce to Cynthia Tutor Bailey, December 14, 1973, and was a member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Vardaman. 
  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Robert Earl Alexander and Brother Patrick Black officiating. Burial will follow in Poplar Springs Cemetery in Calhoun County. Visitation with the family will be held Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
  He is survived by his mother Cynthia Bailey of Houlka; his sister Cindy Haire & David, and brother Gary Hester, and 2 nieces Megan and Monica Haire, all of Houlka; his aunts Cindy Voyles of Vardaman and Maggie Haire & Joe of Houlka; his uncles James Tutor & Twilene of Pontotoc, Jimmy Tutor, Thomas Tutor, Bobby Tutor and Chester Tutor all of Houlka; and his eight cousins.
  He was preceded in death by his grandparents Bob and Audie Tutor, his uncles Harrison Tutor and George Tutor.