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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

Melinda Ann Doss 
HOUSTON -   Melinda Ann Doss, 54, died at the Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona, Sunday, November 13, 2016. She was born October 1, 1962, in Tupelo, to the late Herman and Linda Byars. She had worked many years with MPI as a security guard. She attended New Wine Church in Houston. 
  Her funeral service will be Monday, November 14, at 2 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Brother Kenneth Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Concord Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from noon until service time at the funeral home.
  She is survived by her three sons, Michael Byars & Cassie and Mitchell Byars all of Houston, and James Doss of Pontotoc; her brother Tommy Byars & Donna of Houston; her Aunt & Uncle Virginia & Doyle Young of Nettleton; her grandchildren Haylee Byars, Gabryel Byars, Jase Byars, and Carrie Byars. 
  She was preceded in death by her parents Herman & Linda Byars.

Melinda Ann Doss 

HOUSTON -   Melinda Ann Doss, 54, died at the Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona, Sunday, November 13, 2016. She was born October 1, 1962, in Tupelo, to the late Herman and Linda Byars. She had worked many years with MPI as a security guard. She attended New Wine Church in Houston. 

  Her funeral service will be Monday, November 14, at 2 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Brother Kenneth Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Concord Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from noon until service time at the funeral home.

  She is survived by her three sons, Michael Byars & Cassie and Mitchell Byars all of Houston, and James Doss of Pontotoc; her brother Tommy Byars & Donna of Houston; her Aunt & Uncle Virginia & Doyle Young of Nettleton; her grandchildren Haylee Byars, Gabryel Byars, Jase Byars, and Carrie Byars. 

  She was preceded in death by her parents Herman & Linda Byars.


 


Mark Hollowell

Caledonia ? Mark Hollowell, 55, died Friday, November 4, 2016, at his home following an extended illness.  He was born September 6, 1961, in Yalobusha County to William Alfred and Bobbie Jean Hollowell.  After years working at different jobs to include furniture manufacturing, he became a trucker and spent more than 15 years on the road.  He was a Baptist.

The funeral service will be held Sunday, November 6, at 2 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Tony Rooks officiating.  The family will receive visitors from noon until the service.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Hollowell, his son Matthew Dewayne Hollowell of Caledonia; his sister Dottie (Mark) Harmon, and brothers Billy (Donna) Hollowell and Larry (Lynn) Dunn all of Houston; his grandchildren  Emily Grace Hollowell, Alivia Faith Hollowell, Dewayne Lee Hollowell, and Matthew William Hollowell all of Caledonia; special nieces Philesa DeSmidt of Caledonia and April Walters of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents William Alfred Hollowell and Bobbie Jean Dunn, a sister Rebecca Jean Dunn and his grandparents Dollie and Robert Pipkin.

Thomas Ed Hanley

Houlka -   Thomas Edward Hanley, 77, passed away at Sanctuary Hospice on Saturday, October 29, 2016 after an brief illness. He was born on February 15, 1939 in Calhoun County to Levi Hanley and Idean Mooneyham Hanley. He had served in the U.S. Army. He had worked in the timber industry and retired from furniture manufacturing. He attended Schooner Valley Baptist Church and was a member Bradford Chapel Baptist Church in Calhoun County.
   Funeral services will be at Schooner Valley Baptist Church in Houlka on Monday, October 31, 2016 at 2:00 with Brother Linn Hughes and Brother Junior Ritchie officiating. Burial will follow in the Collums Cemetery . Visitation with the family will be Sunday, October 30 from 4:00 until 8:00 at Schooner Valey Baptist Church. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
   He is survived by his wife, Jimmie Collums Hanley of Houlka, his daughter, Sherry Reynolds (James) of Houlka; grandaughters; Summer Reynolds and Deanna Reynolds; great-grandsons; Nathan Moore and Acavis Moore all of Houlka, a sister, Lucille Collums of Gore Springs and several nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Idean Hanley, two brothers and three sisters.

 

 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.
 
 
 

 

Elizabeth Dye Vance

Houston - Elizabeth Vance passed away at her home, Sunday, July 10, 2016.  She was born January 31, 1957, in Houston, to Laderle and Lora Weeks Dye.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Houston.  

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 13th at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Brother Rex Wilburn officiating.

  Elizabeth is survived by her husband Willie J. Vance; her children Thyshan Vance of Houston, Lee Walls of Pontotoc, and Robert Walls; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her siblings John Allen Dye and Ricky Dye both of Houston, Travis Dye and Patricia York both of Bentley, Wessie Williams of Okolona, Janie Criddle of Houlka, and Lora K. Garret of Racine, WI. 

  She was preceded in death by her parents Laderle and Lora Dye, a daughter Brenda Harris, and a brother Charles Dye. 

 

 

 

Charles Ray Young 

Houston -   Charles Ray Young, 84, passed away at the North Mississippi Medical Center of Pontotoc, Monday, June 27, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was born July 29, 1931, to Benny F. and Mary Dail Goodman Young, in Lee County. He was a Marine Corps Veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal with 2 stars, and the United States Service Medal. He had worked at Super Sagless of Tupelo for 18 years serving as field manager, and he retired after 22 years from Franklin Corporation where he was a Quality Control Manager and a Product Development Manager.
  Mr. Young is survived by his wife Altha Jean Beaty Young; his children Dale Young, and Alan Young & Tina, all of Houston; his grandchildren Blake McClendon & Victoria of Mathiston, Tyler Young and Tayla Young of Houston; his great-grandchildren Ashton Stage, Kenzie Stage, Aiden Stage, and Klaire Stage; his nieces Sandra Gaskin, Melinda Wells, Tammy Baughman & Dewayne, and Becky Young.
  He was preceded in death by his parents Benny and Mary Dail Young, his brother Benny F. Young, Jr., sister-in-law Gena Young, his sister Martha Ann Conwill Eckersley and brothers-in-law Billy Conwill and Art Eckersley, and a nephew Steve Young.
  Services will be held Wednesday, June 29, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston at 11 a.m. with Brother Jason Brassfield officiating. Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Verona, with Military Honors. There will be visitation with the family Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.
 

 Glenn Marks 

Houston -   Samuel Glenn Marks, 64, died Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Sanctuary Hospice at Tupelo. He was born March 12, 1952 in Vardaman, to Samuel T. and Doris Marks. He had worked for years as a self-employed mechanic until his failing health forced retirement.
  Services for Mr. Marks will be held Tuesday, June 28, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston at 2 pm, with Brother Sam Yarbrough officiating. The family will visit with friends from 1 until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Ellzey Cemetery.
  Glenn is survived by his significant other, Shirley Davis; his brothers Roger Haire of West Point, Jerry Haire of Vardaman, and Steve Haire of Memphis; his sisters Judy Rogers of Big Creek and Barbara Criddle of Vardaman; his daughters, Samantha Strickland of Ecru, Wanda Gurley of Devall Bluff, Ark., Barbara Dunlap of Ark., and Rose Hunter of Montana; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
  He was preceded in death by his parents S.T. Marks and Doris Haire.
 

Oliver Henry Wiggs

HOULKA - Oliver Henry Wiggs entered this world June 16, 2016, waking in the arms of Jesus.  Oliver is mourned by his parents Jessica Sykes Dendy and Mason Wiggs of Houlka; his grandparents Kevin & Faye Doss of Houston, Ronnie Sykes of Van Vleet, Joyce Wiggs of Algoma and Jerry Wiggs of Houlka; and his brothers Alec Long and Lucas Dendy both of the home. Oliver was welcomed in heaven by his cousin Chance Cook who preceded him in death. 

Family and friends will gather Monday, June 20, 2016 at Southern Funeral Chapel at 1 pm, and will proceed to Rose Hill Cemetery for a graveside service led by Brother Jason Brassfield at 2 pm.

 

 
 
Johnny Huffman 
Houlka -   John Alfred "Johnny" Huffman, 61, passed away Monday, June 6, 2016 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born in Houston on November 1, 1954 to Alfred "Buddy" Huffman and Leila Faye Gann Huffman. He retired from Astro Lounger in Houlka as plant manager after more than 28 years of service. He was an avid Harley Davidson rider.
   He is survived by his four sons: Brand Huffman (Amanda) of Houston, Michael McVay (Candice) of Houlka, J.J. Huffman (Coree) of Houlka, and Dustin Huffman (Kerri) of Pontotoc; his mother, Leila Faye Huffman of Houlka; his three brothers: David Huffman of Hubert, N.C., Bobby Huffman of Van Vleet, and Jimmy Huffman of Pontotoc; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Pam Grzyb.
  He was preceded in death by his father, Buddy Huffman and a nephew, Derek Huffman.
  Funeral services will be Thursday, June 9 at 2 o'clock at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Brother Joe Coggins officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, June 8th, from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home. 
 
Barbara Sims 
Woodland -   Barbara Sims, of Woodland, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016, at the North MS Medical Center Hospice. She was born November 26, 1944 to John Henry and Thedie Dye. She had lived most of her life in Vardaman, but had also called Houston, and most recently Woodland, home. She was a retired factory worker and a member of Jesus is Lord Church of Vardaman.
  Funeral services will be held Monday, May 2nd., at 2 pm at the Jesus is Lord Church in Vardaman, with Brother Johnny Davidson officiating. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Sunday from 6:30 to 8 pm at the church.
  Barbara is survived by her husband David "Jughead" Sims of Woodland; her daughter Pamela Stahl (Mark) of Smithville; her brother Ricky Dye of Houston; 9 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and her son-in-law, Jerry Black of Houston.
  She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Vickie Black; 3 sons: John Randy Coleman, Doug Coleman, and Nat Sims; 1 grandson, Peyton Lee Sims; 4 sisters, Ruthell Cooper, Johnnie Faye Westmoreland, Louise Baker, and Shelby Jean Dye; and a brother, LaDerle Dye.
  Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.com.
 
 
 
Willie Lee Skelton
Houlka-Willie Lee Skelton, 72, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Shearer Richardson Memorial Nursing Home in Okolona. He was born on February 14, 1944 in Houlka to Joe Skelton and Nannie Lou Watson Skelton. He was retired farmer.
   Funeral services will be Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 11:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Johnny Davidson officiating. Burial will follow in Robbs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 9:00 until 11:00 Thursday, April 28 at the funeral home.
   He is survived by his son, Michael Joe (Bridget) Skelton of Houston, one sister, Earnie Hamblin of Houlka; two brothers, David Skelton and Willie Eugene Skelton both of Vardaman; two grandchildren, Anthony Skelton and Shelby Nichole Skelton.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Nannie Skelton and one sister, Annie Lois Earnest.
 
Robert Samuell
Houston-Robert Jerrell Samuell, Jr., 73, passed away at Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville, KY on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. He was born on October 30, 1942 in Rosedale, MS to Robert J. Samuell, Sr. and Geraldine Harding Samuell. He was a navy veteran and a retired river boat captain.
  He is survived by his sons, Mark Samuell (Judy), Scott Samuell (Pam), both of Houston, and Keith Samuell (Tina) of Tupelo, one sister, Starlette Varnelle of Vicksburg, one brother, Lee Roy Samuell of Holly Springs, ten grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
  A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 16 at 1:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
 
 
 
Delane Whittington
Okolona- William Delane Whittington, 59, passed away at his home on Sunday, March 27, 2016. He was born in Jackson, MS on January 16, 1957 to Willy Whittington and Clara Wilson Whittington. He had worked as a painter at the ship yard in Biloxi before becoming disabled. He was a Baptist. 
   Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 29 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Brother James Crutcher officiating.  Burial will follow in Cooke Memorial Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 12:00 until 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
  He is survived by his mother, Clara Savell of Okolona;  one son, Roy Lee Whittington of Tremont and 2 grandchildren, Devon and Dominick.
  He was preceded in death by his father, Willy Whittington and one brother, Willy Jean Whittington.
 
 
 
Ruth Randall 
Houston -   Ruth Esther Randall, 82, passed away at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford on Monday, March 14, 2016. She was born in Houston on March 5, 1934 to Eugene Smith and Lula White Smith. She had worked at Kellwood in Calhoun City as an inspector. Mrs. Randall was a member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
   Funeral services will be Thursday, March 17 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Elkin Heair officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, March 16 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
   She is survived by her husband, Richard Randall; her children Martha Lewis of Aurora, MO, Glenda Patterson of Derma, Thomas L. Randall of Opelika, AL, and Betty Walters of Neosho, MO; 16 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; her brothers, David Smith of Houston, Silas Smith of Collins, Joseph Smith of West Memphis, Ark.; and one sister, Becky Gates of Memphis, TN.
   Mrs. Randall was preceded in death by her parents; her daughters, Mary Jo White and Sarah Louise Randall; grandaughter, Jennifer Kelly, brothers, Franklin Smith and Paul A. Smith, one sister, Rachel Tunnell.
 
 
Jeanette Alexander 

Houlka -   Martha Jeanette Alexander, 85, died at the home of her daughter in Pontotoc, Friday, March 4, 2016. She was born June 10, 1930 in Calhoun County to Durrell and Maybell Nolan. She was a retired factory worker and a member of Schooner Valley Baptist Church.  Services for Mrs. Alexander will be Sunday, March 6th at 2 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Linn Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery of Houlka. Visitation with family is Saturday from 5 to 8 pm and Sunday from 1 until service time at the funeral home.

  She is survived by her husband Ray Alexander of Houlka; one son, Gary Castle of Pontotoc; two daughters, Wanda Taylor (Tommy) of Pontotoc and Renea Free (Scott) of Biloxi; six grandchildren: Al Fallin, Kerri Huffman (Dustin), Chad Taylor (Krissy), Amanda Pearson (Trey), Stephanie Duncan (Stevie) and Christopher Free; and eleven great-grandchildren; her sisters Helen Castle of Houlka and Corrine Smith of Pontotoc, and a brother Sherman Nolan of Bruce.

     She was preceded in death by her parents Durrell and Maybell Nolan, a sister Jimmy Dell Vance, a granddaughter Kacey Janae and a great-granddaughter Cassie Danielle.

 

 
Roger Dale Grimes 
Houston -   Roger Dale Grimes, 71, died at his home, Sunday, February 14, 2016, of an extended illness. He was born in Houston, January 11, 1945, to Pervie Lee Grimes, Jr. and Virginia Lee Long Grimes. He served in the United States Air Force for four years and was retired from Carpenter Co. after 28 years of service. He was a hero in the fight against cancer. Gardening was his passion. He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, and he enjoyed spending Thanksgiving on the coast with his family.
  Services will be held Monday, February 15 at Southern Funeral Chapel at 2 o'clock p.m. with Brother Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Houston. There will be visitation with the family from noon until service time at the funeral home Monday.
  Roger is survived by his wife Cynthia Nell Grimes of Houston; his son Mickey Wayne Grimes & Melissa of Calhoun City; his daughter Jessica Lee Rooker & Steve of Houston; his grandchildren Sabrina Karel Grimes Weaver & Ryan, Brandon Lee Grimes all of Calhoun City, Blake Rooker of Hattiesburg, and Isaac Rooker of Houston; his great-granddaughter Isabella Nabors; many nieces and nephews.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Roy Wayne Grimes, and a nephew, Hunter McGregor.
 
 
 
 Nellie Mae Washington 
Tupelo -   Nellie Mae Washington, 67, passed away Saturday, January 30 at North MS Medical Center. She was born on February 7, 1948 in Pontotoc County to John P. Washington and Mary Viola Lewelling Washington. Nellie Mae was a member of Thorn Church of God. She was a loving sister and special aunt to her many nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services will be at Thorn Church of God on Tuesday, February 2 at 2:00 with Brother Arnold Amason officiating. Burial will follow in County Line Cemetery in Pontotoc County. Visitation with the family will be Monday, February 1 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Thorn Church of God. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of services.
   She is survived by her sisters, Faye Reel of Tupelo, Mary Leona (Luther Sr.) Murphree of Houlka, Gail (Tommy) Osteen of Hoboken, GA and Kay Moss of Houston; her brothers, William (Betty) Washington of Fulton, Brooks (Pam) Washington of Montague, TX and Joe (Nancy) Washington of Okolona; and several nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, I.T. Washington, Clinton Washington, and Keith Washington.
  Pallbearers will be Billy Newsom, Royce Andrews Jr., Keith Washington, Lane Murphree, Sammy Joe Washington, John Washington, Luther Murphree, Jr. and Paul Washington
 
 
 Carlton Shempert
Houlka -   Carlton Jesse Shempert, 93, died at Golden Living Nursing Home in Amory, Tuesday, January 26, 2016, surrounded by family. He was born May 4, 1923, in Pontotoc County, to Zatch and Martha Tackett Shempert. He was a World War II veteran, serving with honor as an MP at Oak Ridge, TN Installation in the Manhattan project, where he met and married the love of his life, Miss Erline "Peggy" Pogue.. He was a retired furniture factory worker, a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, and he was a precious husband, brother and uncle to many nieces, great nieces, nephews and great nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
  Funeral services with military honors will be held Saturday, January 30 at 2:00 at Shiloh Baptist Church with Brother Sammy McMillen and Brother Bobby Long officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. There will be visitation with family from 1:00 until service time at the church. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of services.
  He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Bethel Erline "Peggy" Pogue Shempert, formerly of Knoxville, TN; his sisters Betty Holder & Gerald of Houlka, and Josephine Mixon & Bob of Woodland, and a brother Billy Shempert & Daphna of Houlka.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers William Cloise Shempert, Boyd Shempert, Marvin Shempert, and Odis Lamar Shempert, and a sister Mary Byars.
  Pallbearers will be Paxton McCoy, Terry James (T.J.) Holder, Chris Shempert, Joe Lofton, Zack Mixon and Matthew Mixon
 
 
"Gene" Byars 
Houston -   James Eugene "Gene" Byars, 79, of Houston, passed away at his home Saturday, January 23, 2016. He was born in Vardaman, May 12, 1936, to Ruben Forrest Byars and Polly McKibben Byars. He had served in the US Air Force and in the National Guard. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1976, and had retired from Shannon Chair Company formerly in Houston. He was a member of Faith Bible Church.
  Funeral services will be held Sunday, at Southern Funeral Chapel, at 3 o'clock p.m., with Brother Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 1 until service time at the funeral home. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  Mr. Byars is survived by his wife, Sue Langford Byars of Houston; one daughter, Lee Norris and Alan of Mooreville; his grandsons, Joby Byars and Sawyer Byars, both of Houlka, a granddaughter, Victoria Norris of Huntsville, AL; his daughter-in-law Sonja Byars of Houlka; a brother Paul Byars and Erma of Oxford; his sister-in-law Mary Ann Byars of North Augusta, South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Jimbo Byars, and one brother Forrest Byars.
  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in his memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
 
 
 
 
 
 Johnny Allen 
HOUSTON -   Johnny Evans Allen, Sr., 54, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2015 at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born on April 16, 1961 in Houston to James Oscar Allen and Margaret Sue Heair Allen. He was a self-employed mechanic and of the baptist faith.
   Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 23 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Randy Rinehart and Bro. Greg Moss officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 22 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel
   He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Hughes Allen of Houston, his children Johnny Evans Allen, Jr., and Frances Marie Allen both of Houston; his sisters Judy Barnett (Joe) and Janice Duncan (David) both of Houston; his brother, James Allen of Houston; his mother-in-law, Mary Hughes and brother-in-laws Linn Hughes (Darlene) and John Hughes all of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Margaret Allen, his father-in-law, Gus Hughes and special sister-in-law, Glenda Hughes.
 
 
Dallas Martin 
HOUSTON -   Dallas Hayden Cole Martin, 19, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, December 6, 2015. He was born on June 4, 1996 in Tupelo to Frankie "Boo" Martin and Cathy Cole Martin. He worked at Weaver's Auto Parts and was a student at ICC in Fulton. Dallas was a young minster at West Pontotoc Pentecostal Church. He was a talented musician who enjoyed playing in churches on the local, district, and national levels. He was a dedicated camper, counselor and musician at Camp Yadah in Walnut, MS for the past 11 years where he recieved the Holy Ghost at the age of 8. Dallas was a fan of superheroes and was considered "everyones favorite martian."
  Services will be held Wednesday, December 9, at 11 a.m. at West Pontotoc Pentecostal Church, with Brother Eugene Taylor and Brother Jerry Swatley officiating along with other ministers of influence. There will be visitation with the family Tuesday evening beginning at 5 pm. He will lie in state at the church from 10 o'clock Wednesday morning until service time at 11. Burial will follow at Ellzey Cemetery in Calhoun County. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
  He leaves behind his parents Frankie and Cathy Martin of Houston, his sister Emily Martin Nooner & Daniel, and their children Cole, Mia, and Paige, of Lepanto, Ark, his brother Dustin Martin & Sara, and their child Lily, of Oakland, TN; and his grandmother Lucille Martin of Houston; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alma Cole, Alfred Cole, and Harold Martin.
   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the GoFundMe account for the Dallas Martin Family to assist with final expenses.
 
HOUSTON -   Dallas Hayden Cole Martin, 19, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, December 6, 2015. He was born on June 4, 1996 in Tupelo to Frankie "Boo" Martin and Cathy Cole Martin. He worked at Weaver's Auto Parts and was a student at ICC in Fulton. Dallas was a young minster at West Pontotoc Pentecostal Church. He was a talented musician who enjoyed playing in churches on the local, district, and national levels. He was a dedicated camper, counselor and musician at Camp Yadah in Walnut, MS for the past 11 years where he recieved the Holy Ghost at the age of 8. Dallas was a fan of superheroes and was considered "everyones favorite martian."
  Services will be held Wednesday, December 9, at 11 a.m. at West Pontotoc Pentecostal Church, with Brother Eugene Taylor and Brother Jerry Swatley officiating along with other ministers of influence. There will be visitation with the family Tuesday evening beginning at 5 pm. He will lie in state at the church from 10 o'clock Wednesday morning until service time at 11. Burial will follow at Ellzey Cemetery in Calhoun County. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
  He leaves behind his parents Frankie and Cathy Martin of Houston, his sister Emily Martin Nooner & Daniel, and their children Cole, Mia, and Paige, of Lepanto, Ark, his brother Dustin Martin & Sara, and their child Lily, of Oakland, TN; and his grandmother Lucille Martin of Houston; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
   Online condolences may be left for the family at the Southern Funeral Chapel website: www.southernfuneralchapel.com. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the GoFundMe account for the Dallas Martin Family to assist with final expenses.
Paul Ray Moss 
 HOUSTON -  Paul Ray Moss, 80, passed away Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at North MS Medical Center. He was born
..in Chickasaw County on December 15, 1934 to Barney K. Moss and Inez Gore Moss. He was a truck driver before his retirement. Paul Ray loved to dance and was a talented musician who could play many instruments. He enjoyed spending time at 341 Music Hall and Sparta Opry, where his piano playing will be greatly missed.
   Funeral services will be Thursday, December 3 at 2:00 at New Hope Church of God in Thorn, MS. Officiating will be Bro. Greg Moss, Bro. Hayward Burcham, and Bro. Scott Samuell. Burial will follow in Ellzey Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, December 3 from 10:00 until 2:00 at New Hope Church of God. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of services.
   He is survived by his sons, Tommy Moss (Diana) of Angleton, TX, David Moss (Debbie) of Manvel, TX, Bobby Moss of Houston, MS, Rodger Moss of Brazoria, TX, and Anthony Moss (Morgan) of Houston, MS; his sisters, Alice McGehee and Sue Burkeen of Houston, Brenda Payne of Houlka; his brothers Leonard Moss of Guys, TN and Hershel Moss of Oxford; 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and special friend, Layla Westmoreland of Houston.
   Mr. Moss was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Martha Williams Moss, his siblings, Barney Gene Moss, Aubrey Wayne Moss, Linda Wilkerson and Shirley Faye Shopher; and 2 grandsons.
 Shirley Faye Shopher
HOUSTON - Shirley Faye Shopher, 74, of the Thorn Community, died Sunday, November 29, 2015, at the Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo after an unexpected illness. She was born June 7, 1941, to Barney K. and Inez Gore Moss. She was a homemaker and a member New Hope Church of God.
  Funeral services will be held at New Hope Church of God in Thorn, Monday, November 30, at 2 pm, with Brother Greg Moss officiating. Interment will follow in Ellzey Cemetery in Calhoun County. Visitation with the family will be from 10 am until service time.
  Mrs. Shopher is survived by her children Mark Samuell (Judy) and Scott Samuell (Pam) all of Houston, and Keith Samuell (Tina) of Tupelo; her brothers Paul Ray Moss of Houston, Hershel Moss of Oxford, and Lenard Moss of Corinth; her sisters Sue Burkeen and Alice McGehee of Houston, and Brenda Payne of Houlka; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerry Shopher, two brothers Wayne Moss and Barney Gene Moss, and one sister Linda Wilkerson.
  In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the charity of your choice.
 
 
Houston -   Mrs. Inez Dotson, 82, of Houston passed away at Floy Dyer Nursing Home, Sunday, November 22, 2015, after a brief illness. She was born in Thorn, MS to Elliott Gilfoy and Ida Blansett Brassfield on January 7, 1933. She was a factory worker during her working career, a homemaker, and a member of the Assembly of God.
  Funeral services will be held Monday, November 23, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, at 2 pm with Brother Bobby Brock officiating. Visitation will begin at 11 am Monday until service time. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Houston.
  Mrs. Dotson is survived by her daughters Glenda Bailey (Clyde), and Linda Bailey (Odie) all of Houston, and Marilyn Atkins (Ray) of Columbus; a son Phillip Dotson of Vaiden; one sister Mable Gann (Bill) of Houston; 11 grandchildren, and Many great-grands and great-great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by he parents, her husband Dorse Dotson, her brothers Jim, Rex, Claude, and Elliott "Bud" Brassfield, and a sister Lizzie Buford, and her step-daughter Dorothy Harris.
 

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