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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. 


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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.

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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


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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


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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.


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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.

 

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 is survived by his mother Virginia Moore of Okolona, his brothers, Jim Moore (Lena), Bud Moore (Cathy), Tony "Homer" Moore (Mary) all of Vardaman, Tommy "Bo" Moore of Okolona, Richard Moore (Melinda) of Bruce, and Elvy Moore of Robbs; his sisters, Donna Sue Bray and Wanda Moore (Henry) both of Vardaman, Debra Sanders of Sentobia and Nicole Kendrix (Houlon) of Banner; and several nieces and nephews.

   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 is survived by his wife Cathrine Mary Clark McGraw of Houston; his sons Jared McGraw & fiance Blayden Roncali, and Joshua Wayne McGraw,; his mother Mary Adams & James Sr.; his grandson Nathaniel Wade Mcgraw all of Houston; his brother Michael Todd McGraw & Susan of Houston; step-siblings Ronnie Lewis & Susan of Bremerton, WA, Debbie Parker of Robinsville, and Kathy Lewis Espy of Auburn, WA; his step- mother Kathy McGraw of Harrison, Ark.; Nephews Dillon and Justin Adams and several nieces and nephews in Texas; and many cousins, aunts and uncles.

  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.

   Funeral services will be Friday, October 21 at New Hope Church of God in Thorn at 2:00 with Brother Jimmy Earl Criddle and Brother Timothy Gann officiating. Burial will follow in Schooner Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, October 20 from 5:00 until 8:00 at New Hope Church of God. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
She is survived by her husband, Charlie Hamblin of Houston; her mother, Adell Moss of Cleveland, TN; sisters, Yvonne Shumpert (George) of Houston, Sonia Johnson (Timmy) and Karen Cawood both of Cleveland, TN: brothers, Greg Moss (Carol) and Herman Moss (Anita) both of Houston; nine nieces, ten nephews, eighteen great-nieces, twenty great-nephews; numerous great-great nieces and nephews; and special friend Carla Weaver (Larry).
   She was preceded in death by her father Barney Jean Moss.

 

 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.

 

Carl Junior Reeves
Houlka -   Carl Junior Reeves, 76, passed away at the North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice, Tuesday, October 4, 2016, after an extended illness. He was born December 15, 1939 in Chickasaw County. He had worked for over 20 years at MP Industries, and he retired as a truck driver with R & R Lumber, Inc. of Houlka. He attended Bent Knee Cowboy Church.
   Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 6, at 2 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Jacob Samuells and Brother Cody Childress officiating. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. There will be visitation with the family Wednesday, October 5 from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.
   He is survived by his wife Janice Reeves; his children Carl Tyler Reeves & Jessica, Randy Reeves & Rachel, Bradley Wayne Collums & Holly, David Carl Reeves & Cheryl, and Pam Gregory & Tim, all of Houlka, and Terry Lynn Reeves & Lori of Pontotoc; his sisters Billie Moore & Danny of Houston, Wilma Barnett of Houlka, Linda Manuel of Orlando, FL; eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
  He was preceded in death by his parents Millard Deaton and Effie Reeves Deaton, his brother Winford Deaton and sister Pat Ely.
   Serving as pallbearers are Frank Hodges, Larry Edington, Mike Luther, Tony Pullen, Steve Hamblin, and Kenny Coleman. Honorary pallbearers are Timmy Brassfield and Tim Berry.
 

 IRA DELANE "BUBBA" MORGAN
WOODLAND -   Ira Delane "Bubba" Morgan, 70, of Woodland, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2016, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice following an extended illness. He was born September 12, 1945 to Pervis A. and Thelma Scott Morgan. He had worked as a welder, retiring from B&W after more than twenty years, and he was a Baptist.
  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 13, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston at 11:30 am with Brother Jamie Brown officiating. There will be visitation with the family from 9:30 until service time at the funeral chapel. Interment will follow at Amity Cemetery in Woodland.
  Survivors include his siblings William Arnold Morgan and Charline of Pensacola, Fla, Judy Fountain and Steve of Maben, and Dennis Morgan and Sandra of Woodland; and a host of nieces and nephews.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Jo Ellen Kennedy, and a beloved nephew Terry Martin.
 

"Red" Washington 

 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.
 
 
   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. 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.
James W. Carter 
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.