John Paul Fox
Houston-John Paul Fox departed this life on December 19, 2017, at his home in Houston, Mississippi. John was born December 31, 1933, in Wetumpka, Alabama, to John Frank Fox and Orpha Blackerby Fox.
John attended school in Columbiana, Alabama, and graduated from Shelby County High School. While in high school, he was involved in all sports and earned the rank of Eagle as a Boy Scout. After school and during summers, John worked at a local drug store and did odd jobs for attorney “Handy” Ellis. John’s association with Mr. Ellis inspired him to ultimately seek a profession in law.
Upon graduating from high school, John received a football scholarship to the University of Alabama. While John’s football career was short lived, he graduated from the University of Alabama in 1956 with a business degree, appropriate for his entrepreneurial spirit. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.
After college, John entered the U.S. Army and completed officer candidate and ranger school. Later he worked as an adjuster for USF&G in Birmingham and then enrolled in law school at the University of Mississippi. Shortly before moving to Mississippi, he met his wife Marion Miller. They married in 1959, while John was still in law school.
Upon graduation from law school in 1961, John and Marion moved to Houston where he embraced being a small town lawyer, enjoying the people aspect as well at the technical intrigue of law. As a young attorney, he carried an umbrella and wore a hat to appear as a seasoned counsel.
While in law school and as a young attorney, John was a member of the National Guard in the Pontotoc division. He spent six weeks defending James Meredith on the Ole Miss campus and enjoyed telling his children of the foxhole he dug in the law school dean’s yard.
John practiced law at the Fox Law Firm until the day prior to his death. At various points in his career he also served as Houston’s city attorney, the attorney for the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors, the attorney for the Chickasaw Development Foundation, and legal counsel for the State Jaycee President. He was the first chairman of the Chickasaw Republican Party.
Those who knew John best will treasure their memories of his ready smile, quick sense of humor, abundant kindness, extreme generosity, and above all, his complete devotion to his family.
John is survived by his wife of 58 years Marion Miller Fox; his children Elizabeth Fox Ausbern of Houston, Grant Moncrief Fox of Brandon, and Blakely Fox Fender of Jackson; his son-in-law Terry Keith Ausbern, his daughter-in-law Sara Martin Fox, and his son-in-law Ronald Joseph Fender. He was the loving grandfather of Allen Gray Crosthwait, Wilkes Edward Crosthwait, John Martin Fox, Luke Rivers Fender, Marion Elizabeth Ausbern, and William Fox Fender.
A service for the family will be held Wednesday, December 20, 2017. There will be a visitation on Thursday, December 21, 2017, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the home of Elizabeth and Terry Ausbern, 587 East Madison Street, Houston, Mississippi 38851. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity or the Boy Scouts of America at 206 Martin Drive, Houston, MS 38851.
SHERMAN - Raymond Lindsey Cross, 57, died at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Saturday, December 16, following a short illness. He was born September 6, 1960 in Calhoun County to Rudy Franklin and Mary Lois Cross. He worked most of his life as a factory worker, but had most recently worked for the city of Houlka in Public Works. He was a wonderful son, a forgiving brother, a loving uncle and a true friend.
A funeral service will be held Monday, December 18, at 3 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Brother David Blackwell officiating. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home Monday, from 1 until the service at 3.
Mr. Cross is survived by his sisters Glenda Shallock of Pontotoc and Deborah Hamby (Stanley) of Houston; his brothers Rudy Wayne Cross of Houlka, Danny Cross of Calhoun City, and Dean Cross (Jo) of Calhoun City; his stepchildren Jamie Brooks of Tupelo, Nicholas and Tawana Earp of Houlka; his step-grandchildren Gavin, Gage, and Garren Earp; and several nieces and nephews, and his loyal companion, Brody.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters: Janice Cross, Gayle Cross Hamby, Brenda Cross Chandler, Marlene Cross Byars and Jacqueline Cross; two brothers Truman Randell Cross and James Cross; and a step-son Jesse Brooks.
Larry David Florek, Jr., 53, passed from this life at the North MS Medical Center in Tupelo, on Thursday, November 30, 2017. He was born October 23, 1964, in Blue Island, Ill. He worked at International Paper for about 12 years, and he served 22 years in the Army National Guard, with multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a member of Houlka Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 2, at 2 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Bill Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m.
He is survived by his mother, Becky Harrison of Houlka; his sister Rena Mixon (Bobby) of Woodland, and his brother Michael Brown (Carla) of Iuka; three nieces, Rebecca Ann Green, Terry Kayla Rebstock, Caitlyn Johnson; two nephews, Zachary Warren Mixon and Matthew Garrison Mixon: special friends Lane & Kim Murphree; two that were like his own children, Craig Loftin and Jessica Loftin; and a host of cousins and friends who loved him deeply.
He was preceded in death by his Pop, Orville Harrison, his sister Judith Lucretia Rebstock and a niece, Lucretia Breanna Rebstock
Vardaman - Virginia Orene
Chrestman Moore, 86, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 at Calhoun City
Nursing Home. She was born in Chickasaw County on August 1, 1931 to Ellie
Chrestman and Vannie Clark Chrestman. She was a member of Poplar Springs
Baptist Church in Vardman. She loved gardening and listening to harp singing.
She is survived by her sons, Jim Moore (Lena), Bud Moore (Cathy), "Homer" Tony Moore (Mary) all of Vardaman, Tommy "Bo" Moore (Sandy) of Okolona, Richard Moore (Melinda) of Bruce, and Elvy Moore of Robbs; her daughters, Donna Sue Bray and Wanda Moore (Henry) of Vardaman, Debra Sanders of Sentobia and Nicole Kendrix (Houlon) of Banner; her brothers, Leroy Chrestman of Houlka, Melvin Chrestman of Oxford and Jack Chrestman ( Anita)of Calhoun City; 20 grandchildren, approximately 30 great- grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, E.D. Moore; sons, Pete Chrestman and James Bryan Moore, a daughter, Sherry J. Moore, and 2 brothers, Emmitt Chrestman and Laderle Chrestman.
Funeral services will be Friday, November 24 at 11:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Robert Earl Alexander, Bro. Benny Hill and Bro. James Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Poplar Springs Cemetery in Vardaman. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, November 23 from 5:00 until 7:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel.
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.
Bobbie LangleyHouston - 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.
Jo Ann Fortner
Houston - Jo Ann Woodruff Fortner, 76, died suddenly at
her Houston home, Saturday, April 29, 2017. She was born April 2, 1941 to
Robert Roy and Lucille Blue Woodruff. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Brother Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. The family will receive visitors Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
She is survived by her husband Travis Leon Fortner; three sisters: Mackie May & Thomas of Houston; Dora Woodruff of Houston, and Margaret Nelson & David of Woodland; her two brothers John Robert Woodruff & Sara, and Frank Woodruff & Brenda, all of Houston; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Sara Dendy & Helen Pate.
HOUSTON - Myra Kay Fisher Cook, 48, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. Myra was born on November 30, 1968 to Waymon Fisher and Jimmie Doss Fisher in Houston. She was a member of Faith Outreach Church in Okolona. Church and family were most important to her.
Funeral services will be Sunday, April 9 at 3:00 at Faith Outreach Church in Okolona. Brother Jimmy Bryan will officiate and burial will follow in Wake Forest Cemetery in Dancy, Webster County. Visitation with the family will be Sunday, April 9 from 1:00 until 3:00 at Faith Outreach. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arraignments.
She is survived by her daughter, Kayla Fisher of Egypt, MS, her brothers, Tommy Swindle and David Fisher both of Houston; her sisters, JoAnn Brock and Donna Anderson both of Houston; her grandchildren Kingston Fisher and Aaliyah Doss; and a special friend that was like a daughter, Ashley Doss of Houston.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Coleman Cook, and a sister, Lora Galvin.
Kristi Lee Hood Nix passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 in Chickasaw County. She was born on September 5,1985 in Houston to Kevin Lee Hood and Robin Jody Clark Hood. She was working at Floy Dyer Manor as a CNA and at Franklin Chair Corporation. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Houlka.
She leaves behind a daughter, Amber Nix of Houlka; her parents, Robin Jody and Kevin Hood of Houlka; one brother, Adam (Kala) Hood of New Site; a niece Brynlie Hood of New Site; grandfathers, Thomas Hood and Wayne Clark, both of Houlka; grandmother, Hazel Marie Jones of Indianapolis, IN; and many aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Dorothy Hood, her uncles, Mark Hood, Gary Hood, Christopher Freeman, Tony Clark, Jamie Clark; and a cousin, Derek Huffman.
Funeral services will be Friday, April 7 at 2:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Brian Gann officiating. Burial will follow in Oddffellow Cemetery in Okolona. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, April 6 from 5:00 until 8:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel
Houston - Lela Mae Razor Martin, 32, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017 in Chickasaw County. She was born in Missouri on March 10, 1985 to James Razor and Tonia Matthews Prewitt. She was a homemaker and attended Fellowship Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be Monday, March 13, 2017 at 3:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Danny Worsham officiating. Burial will follow in Houston City Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Monday, March 13 from 1:00 until 3:00 at the funeral home.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Shane Martin of Houston; her children, Ethan Razor, Cameron Razor, Thomas Heair, Edgar Heair, Dante Martin, Nikki Martin, Devin Martin, and Dustin Martin; her step-father, Richard Prewitt of Houston; her brother, Matthew Razor of Kosciusko; her sisters, Debra Razor of Houston, Jessica Fikes of Fulton, Genny Wofford of Kentwood, LA, Amy Townsend and Hailey Razor both of Dexter, MO; a special niece, Jocelynn Burton and special nephew, Richard Sanchez.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Tonia Prewitt.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations toward funeral expenses
PONTOTOC - Marlene "Sissy" Byars, 61, passed from this life Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, surrounded by family. She was born in Chickasaw County, February 17, 1956, to Rudy Cross and Lois Lindsey Cross. She had worked in furniture manufacturing, and she adored her family.
She is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth "Bubba" Byars of Pontotoc; her two children Angie Moore & Bobby, and Michael Byars all of Houston; her grandchildren MaKayla and Haley Moore and Lakelyn Melton; and her great-grandson Ethan Melton; her brothers Danny Cross of Pittsboro, Dean Cross of Big Creek, Raymond Cross of Sherman, and Rudy Cross of Houlka; her sisters Glenda Shallock, and Deborah Hamby & Stanley, all of Houston, one sister-in-law Jo Cross of Houlka, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters: Brenda Chandler, Gayle Hamby, Janice Cross, and Jacqueline Cross, and two brothers Truman Cross and James Cross.
Funeral service for "Sissy" Byars will be held Tuesday, March 7, at 2 o'clock p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. The family will receive visitors Monday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Allie Frank Smith, Jr.
Houston - Allie Frank Smith, Jr.,87, passed away peacefully at his lifelong homeplace completely surrounded by the love of his wife of 65 years, Bernice Faye Dulaney Smith, his beloved four legged companion, Kandi, and all of his children. Allie Frank was born on September 18, 1929 in Chickasaw County to Allie Frank Smith, Sr. and Ella Ray Smith. He retired from International Paper in Houston where he worked for over 30 years and was a supervisor. He lived a good life and left a legacy of memories and love for everyone lucky enough to see him smile.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 11:00 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Steve Lampkin and Brother Keith Carter officiating. Burial will follow in Concord Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, Feburary 15 from 10:00 until funeral time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Concord Cemetery Fund, Macedonia Cemetery Fund or St. Jude Hospital.
Frank leaves behind those he loved the very most to mourn his passing, his wife, Bernice Smith; and his three children, Allie Frank (Margaret) Smith, III, Nola (TJ) Colburn, and Wanda (Dub) Collums all of Houston. His grandchildren, Allie Frank "Al" (Brandi) Smith, IV, Tonya (Keith) Carter, Rannie (Buddy) Baughman, Eric (Cobern) Smith, Zakory (Teresa) Collums, Shelia (Brandon) Montgomery, and Dulaney Collums; sixteen great-grandchildren, two great-great granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Paul Ray Smith and T.R. Griffin; four sisters, Burkett Blue, Christine Yeager, Beatrice George and Earline Smith; and one grandchild, Madison Bryant.
The family is grateful for the care of Camellia Hospice which made it possible for Frank to remain with loved ones, where he wanted to be, until going onto his forever heavenly home. They are also grateful for all those who helped during the good days and the bad days with prayers, hugs, support, and always love.
David Lee Tutor