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NATHAN WOOTEN

DENNIS, MS – Earnest Nathan Wooten, 73, died Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at his residence. He had worked in maintenance at Golden Manufacturing for twenty-five years and served in the U.S. Army and National Guard.

Memorial services will be Saturday, December 4, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Donnie Wooten officiating. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two grandchildren – Casey Pardue and LeeAnn Hicks Adams Posey (Derek); one great-granddaughter – Cora Lee Posey and four brothers – W.D. Wooten (Mable), Jimmy Wooten (Peggy), Donnie Wooten (Teresa) and Larry Wooten (Linda).

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jan Osborn and his parents, Nim and Nellie MaeWooten.

Visitation will be Saturday, December 4, 12-1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

 

JUDY FANCHER McCREARY

BELMONT, MS – Judy Fancher McCreary, 77, passed away Thursday, November 25, 2021 at Sanctuary Hospice, Tupelo, MS. She was born in Corinth, MS and taught first grade for over forty years. Judy was a member of Belmont United Methodist Church.

Services will be Saturday, November 27, 2 p.m. at Belmont United Methodist Church with Bro. Dallas Culver, Bro. Jerry Ginn and Bro. Mark Nail officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters – Lisa Stockton (Mike) and Lauren Sparks; six grandchildren – Philden Stockton (Leigh Anne), Greta Weatherford (Clay), Brooks McCreary, Alex Sparks (Bailey), Kirk Sparks and Beth McCreary; six great-grandchildren – Olivia Stockton, Presley Stockton, Cruze Weatherford, Carter Weatherford, Kyson Sparks and Saylor; her twin brother – Jerry Fancher (Judy); nephews, Matthew Fancher (Leigh Anne) and Michael Fancher (Meredith); son-in-law-Greg Sparks and special friend and caregiver, LaVaughn Overton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dale and Mary Pauline White Fancher, a son, Phil McCreary and her nephew, Mark Fancher.

Pallbearers will be Michael Fancher, Micky Holloman, Richard Babb, Joe Yarber, Robert Cashion and Dicky Sparks. Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Twitty and Tommy Clark.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital at www.lebonheur.org or Belmont United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 516, Belmont, MS 38827.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 27, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Belmont United Methodist Church.

NATHAN WOOTEN

DENNIS, MS – Earnest Nathan Wooten, 73, died Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at his residence. He had worked in maintenance at Golden Manufacturing for twenty-five years and served in the U.S. Army and National Guard.

Memorial services will be Saturday, December 4, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Donnie Wooten officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery, Dennis, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two grandchildren – Casey Pardue and LeeAnn Hicks Adams Posey (Derek); one great-granddaughter – Cora Lee Posey and four brothers – W.D. Wooten (Mable), Jimmy Wooten (Peggy), Donnie Wooten (Teresa) and Larry Wooten (Linda).

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jan Osborn and his parents, Nim and Nellie Mae Wooten.

Visitation will be Saturday, December 4, 12-1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

PEGGY C. SPARKS ADAMS

DENNIS, MS – Peggy C. Sparks Adams, 81, passed away Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Belmont, MS and worked in phone sales.  Peggy was known for her love of music, being an encourager and providing to others. She was very strong in her faith and was a member of Allen Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Dennis, MS. She played music with her family for over fifty years.

Services will be Thursday, November 18, 2 p.m.at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. David Gould and Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Allen Cemetery, Dennis, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband – Jake Adams; four children – Daris Wells (Lisa), Rachel Gould (David), Mark Wells (Terri) and Margie Baggett (Anthony); eleven grandchildren– Amber Kennedy (Stephen), Hannah Kemp (Michael), Brooke Stanphill (Josh), Delah Tidwell, Devin Wells, Mark Hunt (Amanda), Cody Bennett (Janna), Terah Gould, Micah J. Gould, Asianna Bren Wells and Isaac Gould; thirteen great-grandchildren– Cassidy, Peyton, Paisley, Deacon and Ezra Kennedy, Tidus Stanphill, Falyn and Jaxyn Wells, Kaylin, Knox and Kolbie Tidwell, Eli and Ava Kemp; brothers and sisters-in-law– Dawsy Adams (Janet) , James David Adams (Sue), Greg Adams (Betty), Danny Adams (Sharon), Marie Adams, Ann Slaughter and Violet Adams and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Isabelle Scott Sparks and her brothers and sisters, Ross Sparks, Reba Henley, Hautis Sparks, Melton Sparks, Dalton Sparks, Audrey Nunley, Maurece Sparks, Ruth Ollie Sparks, Willie Joe Sparks, Billy Wayne Sparks, Bryan Sparks, Myra Sparks, Kellus Sparks, James Sparks and Elaine Sparks.

Pallbearers will be Michael Kemp, Josh Stanphill, Cody Bennett, Devin Wells, Micah J. Gould, Isaac Gould and Mark Hunt.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 17, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

JENELL POOLE TAYLOR

TISHOMINGO, MS – Ruby Jenell Poole Taylor, 88, died Friday, November 12, 2021 at her residence.  She was born in Belmont, MS to the late John Wallace and Annie Mae Poole.  She married the love of her life in 1949, Sidney Albert “June Bug” Taylor.  They were married for 51 years.  She was a loving mother who loved her family with all her heart.  She was seamstress for Blue Bell and H.I.S. for years and was well known for her sewing, quilting and making those apple and peach pies.

Funeral services will be Monday, November 15, 2 p.m. at Forest Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Dwight South and Bro. Frankie Smith officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Grove Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She leaves behind her two children, Kathy Taylor Rosser (Dexter) and Jerry Taylor (Linda); four grandchildren, Kristy Rosser Hutcheson (Kenn), Regina Rosser Ware (Ricky), Jason Taylor (Valerie) and Michelle Taylor Goddard (Randy); eight great grandchildren, Taylor and Marlin Hutcheson, Jay and Breanna Taylor, Brantley Goddard (Marissa), Stephen Moore, Trish Hudson and Jacob Moore (Sarah); four great-great grandchildren, Tristin Pounders, Greyson Hudson, Atalie Hudson and Jude Hudson; one brother, Charles Poole (Linda) and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, June Bug Taylor; her parents, two grandchildren; five brothers and four sisters.

Pallbearers will be Jason Taylor, Jay Taylor, Marlin Hutcheson, Kenn Hutcheson, Ricky Ware, Stephen Moore, Randy Goddard and Kelvin Hammock.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 14, 6-9 p.m. at Forest Grove Baptist Church.

JERRY ALLEN

TUPELO, MS – Jerry Allen, 74, passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Belmont, MS and was a truck driver. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of Parkway Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be Sunday, November 14, 2 p.m. at Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, MS with Bro. Paul Young officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-four years – Karen Allen; two sons – Jeremy Allen (Stephanie) and Jason Allen (Jackie Dee); three grandchildren – Kirbie Pearl, Jonathan Clark and Melanie Anne; one sister – Lourie Stanford (Thomas); sister-in-law – Christine Allen; brother-in-law – Stanley Hutson and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arris and Lala Rinks Allen, a brother, Charles Allen and a sister, Carolyn Hutson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Parkway Baptist Church, 1302 Lee Street, Tupelo, MS 38804 or Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801 in lieu of flowers.

PAUL SOLBERG

BELMONT, MS – Paul Solberg, 81, passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Southern Magnolia Estates, Golden, MS. He was born in Coryell County, Texas and worked for Bell Helicopter for twenty-five years.

Services will be Saturday, November 13, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Wayne Bumgart officiating. Burial will be in Old Burleson Cemetery, Vina, AL.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife – Katherine Ballard Solberg; step-daughter – Marlo Credille (Gary); step-granddaughter – Briana Wood (Shane) and two step-great-grandchildren– Charli and Tay Wood.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Selmer and Pauline Prescher Solberg and a daughter, Christy Solberg.

His family will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 13, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

SHARA SUE HOLLEY

BELMONT, MS – On November 10, 2021 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, MS, Shara Sue Holley Swords passed from this earth to her heavenly home to be with Jesus and loved ones who had gone before.

She was born on April 21, 1943 to Loyal and Ora Sparks. She married the love of her life, Hoyt Holley, on August 19, 1964. She and Hoyt were married forty-seven years when he graduated to heaven on May 15, 2011. Shara lived most of her life in Belmont, MS. She graduated from Belmont High School and began her working career in the office at Blue Bell, Inc. where she worked for twelve years. She finished her career at the Belmont Public Library where she served as the librarian for twenty-six years. She loved her work, the people she worked for and her patrons. She knew her patrons and their preferences so well that she would often gather reading material for ones that were sick, and a spouse or friend could just pick it up. She would sometimes even deliver to their homes. She had a servant’s heart. She was most happy when she was helping someone. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Freewill Baptist Church.

Services will be Friday, November 12, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Tommy Winders officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memorial Gardens, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

Shara leaves one daughter – Tanya Wright; one son-in-law – Timmy Wright; one grandson – Collin Wright and one granddaughter – Katie Wright, who were the light of her life. God graciously allowed Shara to meet a second companion and love, Charles Swords. They were married on March 3, 2018. She gained more family through his children and grandchildren, especially Jimmy and Missy Swords. She is also survived by a brother-in-law – Jerry Thompson, two nephews – Todd Thompson and Tony Thompson (Ashley) and a great-niece, Lily. She had several other nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Holley, her mother and father, her mother and father-in-law, Johnny and Freddie Holley, a sister, Cheryle Thompson and many brothers and sisters-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, to honor her love of God, serving others and books, the family asks that donations to be made to the Gideons or Sanctuary Hospice House, Tupelo, MS.

Visitation will be Friday, November 12, 10-11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

DONNIE DOYLE SPARKS

BELMONT, MS – Donnie Doyle Sparks, 67, died Monday, November 8, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Tishomingo County, MS and worked in manufacturing.

Services will be Friday, November 12, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three children – Steven Lee Sparks (Amber), Scott Elliott Sparks (Briana Michele) and Felecia Nicole Schafer Sparks; his friend and caregiver – Charlotte Sparks; four grandchildren – Tara Brooke Sparks, Salem Rainn Sparks, Nora Mae Norigehna and Magnolia Blaire Sparks; five brothers and sisters – Jimmy Sparks (Rita), Barbara Jarnigan, Paul Sparks, Charlotte Hester (Jess) and David Sparks (LaVonda) and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Willard and Florene Newell Sparks and two brothers, Kelly Sparks and Phillip Sparks.

Pallbearers will be Josh Mitchell, Steven Sparks, Scott Sparks, Ben Guin, Bill Pardue, Anthony Malone and Jessie Hester.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, st.jude.org.

Visitation will be Friday, November 12, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

FRANCES ALLEN

BELMONT, MS -  Born on February 23, 1929, Frances Bonnell Allen went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 7, 2021. Frances was born on Red Bud Road in Golden, MS. She devoted her life to serving Jesus Christ and worked in numerous positions within the Church of God of Prophecy beginning in 1951. Frances worked for the church ranging from youth secretary to camp director and in various offices from youth ministries to camp director and Sunday School director. Her work took her from Mississippi to North Carolina, Georgia to Texas, Florida and Alabama and finally settled in Cleveland, TN in 1971. Frances retired in 1995 and moved back to Red Bud Road to be a good member at the Church of God of Prophecy at Chapel Hill. Her testimony is “I have kept the faith.”  Frances was never married but was a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews and was loved by each.

Services will be Wednesday, November 10, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bishop Duke Stone, Bishop Wayne Hall, Bro. Charlie Summerford and Bro. Billy West officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two sisters – Lera Mae Allen Howell Rogers and Johnnie Faye Allen Hollingsworth and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon Algene Allen and Ida Mae Clement Allen Fuller.

Pallbearers will be Michael Howell, Allen Hollingsworth, Ken Patterson, Jason Howell, Lee Johnson and Brooks Italiano. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Mac Johnson, Tucker Italiano, Ricky Roberts, Guy Italiano III, Jody Patterson, Eric Roberts, Matthew Hollingsworth, Easton Underwood, Titus Stamper, Asa Stamper, Cory Willis, Chad Gober, C.J. Howell, Mike Stamper, Joel Hargett, Allen Howell and Mac Johnson.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 10, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

MR. RONALD LEE GASSAWAY

BELMONT, MS – Mr. Ronald Lee Gassaway, 49, died Saturday, November 6, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Red Bay, AL and worked as a greeter. He attended Crystal Springs Chapel in Hope Mills, NC.

Services will be Wednesday, November 10, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Tony Brown officiating. Burial will be in Dempsey Cemetery, Russellville, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by five sisters- Melba Bohannon, Mayburs McKinney (Dony), Joann Gassaway, Phyllis Gassaway and Lisa Whitfield (Michael); three brothers – Horace Gassaway (Sandra), Earl Gassaway and David Gassaway and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Faye Hughes Gassaway, five brothers, Thomas, Billy, Gerald, Glenn and Danny Gassaway and one sister, Christine Barksdale.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Bohannon, Tommy Williams, Ricky Brown, Jon Brown, Daniel McKinney, Houston McKinney and Hayden McKinney. Honorary pallbearer will be Derek Whitfield.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 9, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

DUNCAN LEE POWERS

DENNIS, MS – Duncan Lee Powers, 86, died Saturday, November 6, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Fairmont, West Virginia and was an airline pilot with Delta Airlines for thirty years. He was a member of Christian Motorcycle Association and Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Allsboro, AL. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS assisted the family.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-two years – Mary Lee Powers; two children – Alisa Joseph (Bill) and Beverly Henson; five grandchildren – Stephane Dow, Stephen Dow (Sara), Michael Dow, Jeremy Conley and Danielle Henson; six great-grandchildren; one sister – Joyce McVicker and one brother – Michael Powers (Linda).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Ester Brown Powers and a grandson, Russell Henson.

MARGARET TIMBS PITTS

GOLDEN, MS – Margaret Timbs Pitts, 74, passed away Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at her home in Golden, MS. She was born in Red Bay, AL and had worked at Wrangler and in the cafeteria at Belmont High School.

Services will be Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Larry Marshall officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery, Belmont, MS.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband – David Pitts; two sons – Charlie Timbs (Shana) and Danny Timbs (Wendy); one daughter – Angele Timbs (Joe); two step-daughters – Patricia Newman and Betty Pitts; one step-son – David Pitts, Jr.; seventeen grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Troy Timbs, her parents, Nolan and Annie Lee White, one brother, Billy White, one sister, Barbara White and three step-children, Mary Nash, Kathy Boyd and Johnny Pitts.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Timbs, Clint Timbs, Chad Timbs, Cory Timbs, Kole Timbs, and Joe Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Timbs, Thomas Tyler and Kade Elrod.

Visitation will be Friday, October 29, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

ROSA YEARY JOHNSON

BELMONT, MS – Rosa Yeary Johnson, 68, died Tuesday, October 26, at Magnolia Regional Health Center, Corinth, MS. She was born in Fort Worth, TX and worked in garment manufacturing. She was a member of Hamilton First Baptist Church, Hamilton, AL.

Services will be Friday, October 29, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Tony Darracott officiating. Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery, Tishomingo, MS.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one daughter – Ginny Gray (Jason Rhodes); three grandchildren – Kyle Osborn, Kade Rhodes and Konnor Rhodes; three sisters – Billie Frasher, Rhonda Godsby and Peggy Grotberg (Jerry); one brother – Steve Yeary and special friends – Lynn Hardin and Jackie Mays.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Scotty Gray, a daughter, Melissa Gray Smith, her parents, William “Bill” and Virginia Lee Mills Yeary and a brother, Tommy Yeary.

Pallbearers will be Wesley Parks, P.J. Underwood, Anthony Hardin, P.J. Cleveland and Jason Rhodes.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 28, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

KEVIN STEVEN MONTGOMERY

BELMONT, MS – Kevin Steven Montgomery, 39, passed away Monday, October 25, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Jackson, MS and worked in the shipping department at TMI. He attended Old Bethel United Methodist Church, Golden, MS.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS assisted the family.

He is survived by his parents – Steve and Lou Ellen Montgomery; one brother – Jeff Montgomery (Holly); one sister – Molly Rutledge (Chris) and five nieces and nephews – Sawyer, McCoy, Spencer and Posey Rutledge and Teddy Montgomery.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gilbert and Mary Montgomery and Hugh and Bet Horn.

MAEDEAN ALLEN

BELMONT, MS – Maedean Allen, 74, passed away Monday, October 25, 2021 at Southern Magnolia Estates, Golden, MS. She was born in Tishomingo County, MS and worked as a beautician. She was a member of Liberty Church of Christ, Dennis, MS.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, October 27, 1 p.m. at Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, MS with David Conley officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband – Pat Allen, Jr.; four children – Angelia Wigginton, Debbie Yarber (Robert), Cindy King (Randal) and Ben Davis (Deb); eight grandchildren– Olivia Hill (Jay), Michaela Wigginton, Evan Yarber, Wesley Austin Yarber, Marissa Yarber, Joseph Howell, Brody Howell and Julia Davis; three step-grandchildren - Addison Donahoe (Jared), Garrett King and Makayla King; son-in-law – Rich Wigginton; brothers – Lee Hamm and Telford Hamm (Alice); sister-in-law – Carolyn Hamm and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Clettie and Vera Almedia Russell Hamm and three brothers, Clyce Hamm, Clovis Dewrell Hamm and Vinson Hamm.

Pallbearers will be Mark Chumbley, Joseph Howell, Brody Howell, Wesley Austin Yarber, Evan Yarber and Rich Wigginton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tn 38104, www.st.jude.org or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, www.cancer.org/donate.

A walk-through visitation will be Wednesday, October 27, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

BRENDA KAY LEATHERWOOD

DENNIS, MS – Brenda Kay Leatherwood, 71, died Thursday, October 21, 2021at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. She was born in Arkansas and was a homemaker. She was a member of Maud Church of Christ but attended Tishomingo Church of Christ.

Services will be Sunday, October 24, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. James Joyce and Michael Hodgin officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three children – Angie Belue (David) Dennis, MS, Kim Bascomb (Greg) Glen, MS and Kirk Leatherwood (Tanya), Iuka, MS; five grandchildren – Keshia Senkbeil, Zachary Bascomb, Joshua Bascomb, Hannah Maddox (Chris) and Macy Leatherwood; four great-grandchildren – Paisley Bascomb, Blaine Senkbeil, Maverick Senkbeil and Emma Senkbeil;  one sister – Kathryn Sullivan and  two brothers – Buddy VanWinkle (Maggie) and Ricky VanWinkle (Linda).

She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-three years, J.W. Leatherwood, her parents, Ines and Irene Knight VanWinkle, two infant sisters and a brother, Wayne VanWinkle.

Pallbearers will be Zack Bascomb, Josh Bascomb, Chris Maddox, Sam Hampton, Bobby Gresham and Michael Hodgin.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 23, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

MARY M. SMITH

GOLDEN, MS – Mary M. Smith, 92, died Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Generations of Red Bay, AL. She was born in Elaine, AR and worked thirty years as a seamstress for Blue Bell and Wrangler. She was a member of New Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Services will be Sunday, October 24, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Jerry George officiating. Burial will be in Dennis Memory Gardens, Dennis, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three daughters – Linda Monroe (David), Joan Dill and Mary Ann Fisher; ten grandchildren – Cressoline Cummings (Greg), Melinda Garrison, Carl Garrison, Elise Speegle (Randolph), Nicole Mason (Jonathan), Chris Monroe, David Dill (Jennifer), Greg Dill (Stephanie), Joby Dill (Tiffany) and Jeremy Dill; sixteen great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one sister – Jean Johnson (Dick) and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Blake Smith; a daughter, Nancy Garrison and her parents, Bob and "Dell" Nancy Gassaway and a son-in-law – Carlton Garrison.

Pallbearers will be Skylor Dill, Trae Dill, Chris Monroe, Randolph Speegle, Chris Adams and Christian Speegle.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

ANTHONY WAYNE "TONY" STRICKLAND

TISHOMINGO, MS – Anthony Wayne “Tony” Strickland, 63, died Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. He was born in Tupelo, MS and worked in oil exploration for thirty-five years. During his career he worked in, traveled through and visited sixty-four countries. He loved to fish, watch college football with friends and try out new places to eat and traveling. He was an avid MSU fan. He attended Forked Oak Missionary Baptist Church, Paden, MS.

Memorial services will be Saturday, October 30, 2 p.m. at Forked Oak Missionary Baptist Church, Paden, MS with Bro. Ralph Culp officiating. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of twenty-seven years – Cindy Strickland; his beloved pet – Big Boy; one sister – Patty Hackett and brothers & sisters-in-law – Jean Sipes, Jimmy and Hilda McDougal, Shelia Price and Tommy and Tammy McDougal.

He was preceded in death by his parents, R.C. and Neutrene Deaton Strickland and three brothers-in-law, Robert Hackett, Johnny McDougal and Sammy McDougal.

Pallbearers will be Reed Sparks, Joey Price, Jerry Gray, Buzz Blauvelt, Jamie McDougal, Cole McDougal and Albert Castell. Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Starkey, Kent McClung, Tim Wright, James Belue, Jerry Pannell, Clayton Luttrell, Eddie Nunley, Jim Southward, Jason Jackson, Billy Page and Ronnie Green.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 30, 1-2 p.m. at Forked Oak Missionary Baptist Church, Paden, MS.

RANDY EARL JAMES

BELMONT, MS – Randy Earl James, 62, passed away Monday, October 18, 2021 at Magnolia Regional Health Center, Corinth, MS. He was born in Tupelo, MS and worked as a brick layer. He was a member of Paden Baptist Church.

Memorial services will be Friday, October 22, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by a sister – Kathy Robinson and her husband, Mike Robinson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney Earl and Betty Quay Harp James, an infant brother, Ricky James and his grandparents, John Earl and Kate James and Charlie and Letha Harp.

GARY M. WRIGHT

BELMONT, MS – Gary M. Wright, 75, passed away Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Courtyards Community Living Center in Fulton, MS.  He was born in Ashland, KY to James E. and Nellie Ferguson Wright.  He was retired from the US Postal Service.  After retirement, he was an Art teacher at Belmont High School and then worked with the residents at Courtyards Community Living Center in art therapy.  He was a member of Belmont United Methodist Church and a veteran of the US Air Force.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 19 at 3 p.m. at Belmont United Methodist Church with Bro. Earl McAnally, Bro. Jason McAnally and Bro. Mark Nail officiating.  Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joan Wright; two children, Kristi Sartin and Shawn Wright (DeAnna); five grandchildren, Karis Sartin, Nathan Sartin, Daniel Sartin, Taryn Greene and Brayden Greene; four great-grandchildren, Ayden Sartin, Avery Sartin, Bronson Davis and Winnie Sartin; one sister, Naomi Twinam and one niece, Misty Triplett.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew, Rob Triplett.

Pallbearers will be Brayden Greene, Ayden Sartin, James McAnally, Ricky Hopkins, Daniel Sartin and Nathan Sartin.  Mike Montgomery will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will be Monday, October 18, 5-8 p.m. at Belmont United Methodist Church.

BOBBY ROOKER

DENNIS, MS – Bobby Wayne Rooker, 73, passed away Friday, October 8, 2021 at his residence. He was born on September 18, 1948 to Joel Curtis and Pauline Henry Rooker. He was a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. He was retired from Motor Convoy and C F Trucking. He was a truck driver for forty-five years.

Services will be Sunday, October 10, 3:30 p.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Glen Bridgmon officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of forty-eight years - Gale Gentry Rooker; three sons- David Wayne Rooker, Jeff Rooker (Stephanie) and Joel Rooker (Erica Smith); eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two aunts- Ruth Gardner (Bill) and Earlene Little and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Billy Hugh Rooker and Johnny Curtis Rooker.

Pallbearers will be Alton Hester, Ransel Sparks, Eddie Wright, Allen Holcomb, Duke Wood and Steve Bostick.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Belmont, MS.

VIRGIL A. MOSS

BELMONT, MS – Virgil A. “Little V.O.” Moss, 84, died Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Tishomingo County, MS and was a truck driver for forty-two years. He was a member of Gospel Lighthouse Church and had served in the National Guard.

Services will be Friday, October 1, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Bill Burcham and Bro. Duane Burcham officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife – Reecie Moss, Belmont, MS and his Gospel Lighthouse church family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harley and Bertha Mae Dial Moss.

Pallbearers will be Marty Tennison, Duane Burcham, Logan Vaughn, Lane Parker and Kohlten Parker.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 30, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

JOAN DAVID SPARKS

GOLDEN, MS – Joan Rene David Sparks, 60, went to her heavenly home on September 22, 2021, surrounded by her husband and children. She was born November 16, 1960 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to Edward and Deverle Fancher David. She spent the early years of her life in Kansas, where she built playhouses out of tumbleweeds and was adored as the only child of her parents. She moved to Georgia, where her mother was a teacher and her father a principal, until they returned to her mother’s hometown of Belmont, MS, when she was a freshman in high school. It was there that she met the love of her life, Dicky, while having class favorite photos made for the yearbook – both were voted “Most Polite.” She was the valedictorian, STAR Student and homecoming queen of her class. She graduated from Belmont High School in 1978 and married her sweetheart that August. They attended Northeast Mississippi Community College and the University of North Alabama together, and she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in elementary education in 1982. She taught everything from kindergarten through sixth grade. She was certified in gifted education and also taught remedial reading, as her mother had. Her extraordinary patience and kindness made her well-suited for her calling. Most of all, she was a devoted wife and adoring mother. She retired in 2013 to care for her grandchildren.

Joan was a born encourager and devoted her life to the care of others. She opened her home and heart to her extended family, church, and her children’s friends. She provided a safe haven to many. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, she showered other chemotherapy recipients with gifts in the infusion room. She handmade Valentines for women in recovery at the Lovelady Center while residing at UAB for radiation therapy. She was always looking for someone to serve and care for, including her family, church community, many friends, and students. She was a defender of the innocent, from the countless children in her life who adored her, to stray animals in need of care.

She is survived by her husband of forty-three years – Dicky Sparks; her daughters – Jessica Lilley (Smith) and Julie Russell (Ryan); her son -John Sparks (Whitney); her granddaughters - Emelyn Lilley, Abigail Lilley, Alexis Lilley, Mary Margaret Russell, and Sarah Sparks; her grandson – John Howard Sparks; her step-grandsons – Walker Russell and Lewis Russell; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law – Maxanne and David Graham and Jeffery and Alicia Sparks; six nephews; her special cousins; her uncle and aunt – Evone and Bobbie Newell; great-nieces and nephews and a host of devoted friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Alyssa Rene Sparks and her granddaughter, Mary Love Russell.

Services will be held at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, September 25, at 2 p.m. with Revs. Smith Lilley, Glenn Bridgmon, Brian Weems and William McClellan presiding.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Clark, Robert Cashion, Richard Cashion, Joe Yarber, Jerry Fancher, Harry Green, Ted Sparks, Nicky Newell, Jeff Sparks and David Graham. Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews, Matthew Graham, Stephen Graham, Timothy Graham, Jordan Graham, Nathaniel Sparks and Isaac Sparks.

The family respectfully asks that attendees wear masks and practice covid safety precautions.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the American Cancer Society, Make-a-Wish Foundation or your local animal shelter.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 25, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

NEDA JOE “JODY” CLEVELAND

GOLDEN, MS – Neda Joe “Jody” Cleveland, 85, passed away peacefully on September 22, 2021 at her home in Golden, MS.  Jody was born on February 26, 1936 to Erastus Levi Pardue and Ethel Wilson Pardue. She married James C.D. Cleveland, son of Dolphus Armstrong Cleveland and Cora Ethel Taylor Cleveland, on June 15, 1963. Together they raised three children, Bonita, Ben and Gay. Jody enjoyed tending to her flowers and had what her family called a “green thumb.” She was a member of Salem Baptist Church, loved gospel and country music, vegetable gardening, quilting with her friends at The Center, fishing at the Weavers’ pond and deeply loved her husband and family. Jody never met a stranger, had a quick wit, and always kept her family laughing. She made many beautiful quilts that will be forever be treasured by all her girls. Jody was an amazing cook and her family enjoyed gathering at her table to share stories with her. Jody’s presence and humor will be greatly missed.

The celebration of Jody’s life will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021, 12 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church, Golden, MS with Bro. Kerry Lee Peden officiating and music by Ronnie Gholston. Burial will be in Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

Jody is survived by her husband of fifty-eight years – James C.D. Cleveland, her daughter – Gay Cleveland; her son-in-law – Mike Steele (Linda) all of Golden; her granddaughters – Shandi Foster (Lance) of High Point, NC, Cassie Howard (David) of Fulton, and Mikki Steele (Luke Johnson) of Golden. She also has two great-grandchildren – Bella Foster and L.J. Howard; sisters-in-law – Maxine Pardue, Hilma Pardue, Coreese Pardue and Bertyce Cleveland, along with a host of nieces and nephews.

Jody was preceded in death by her son, Benjamin Cleveland; daughter, Bonita Cleveland Steele; grandson, Anthony Steele and brothers and sisters, Willard Stidham, Zelma Horn Holcomb, Verada Ware, Vadron Pardue, Dexter Pardue, Ray Pardue and Skip Pardue.

Pallbearers will be Chad Weaver, Stuart “Harvey” Weaver, Keith Cleveland, Rickey Ware, Phillip Horn and Patrick Horn.

Visitation will be Friday, September 24, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS and she will lie in state Saturday, September 25, 10 a.m. – 12 at Salem Baptist Church.

THERESA ANN CHILDRESS

DENNIS, MS – Theresa Ann Childress, 62, died Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. She was born in Red Bay, AL and worked as a receptionist for twenty-five years. She served in the U.S. Army.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 23, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS. There will be no funeral services. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS assisted the family.

She is survived by two sons – James Childress (Madelynn) and Justin Childress (Ashley Brewer); four grandchildren – Riley, Gage, Seras and Sydney; three sisters – Mendy Kilgore (Mike), Judy Parham (Arthur) and Angelia Gonzalez; one brother – Doyle Townsend (Julia) and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Martha Wilson Townsend.

GLORIA D. CREDILLE

BELMONT, MS –Gloria D. Credille, 87, died Friday, September 10, 2021 at Tishomingo Manor, Iuka, MS. She was born in Mississippi and was a homemaker.

Services will be Sunday, September 12, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Roger Wood officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one daughter – Donna Tramel (Travis); one granddaughter – Brandy Waddle (Justin); one brother – Jimmy Daniel; three sisters – Lila Dill, Tilly Edmondson and Joan Turner (Harold Wayne) and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bro. Billy Credille, her parents, Brad and Lela Black Daniel and a sister, Carolyn Daniel.

Pallbearers will be John Daniel, Justin Waddle, Bob McCalpin and Greg Pharr.

Visitation will be Sunday, September 12, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

DONITA SEARCY TROTTER

BELMONT, MS – Donita Searcy Trotter, 66, passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. She was born in Booneville, MS and was  owner of an insurance agency. Donita was a member of Liberty Church of Christ, Dennis, MS.

Services will be Friday, September 10, 1 p.m. at Liberty Church of Christ with Bro. David Conley and Daniel Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband – Mike Trotter; one son – Tyler Burton (Brittany); a step-son – Scott Trotter (Ashley); six grandchildren – Lawson, Kaki, Tryce, Cash, Natalie and Brinley; two brothers - Harold Searcy (Mary) and Gene Searcy (Deb); one niece – Jacqulin Deaton; one nephew – Anthony Searcy (Anna) and great-nieces and nephew – Tonna Smith, Taylor Gardner and Miller Searcy.

She was preceded in death by a son – Bret Burton and her parents, Jack and Mittie Harris Searcy.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Searcy, Kerry Moody, Jimmy Moody, Don Mitchell, Don Hall and Greg Collier. Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Burton, Ghannon Burton, Tommy Moody, Robert Cashion, Jerry Crowe and Steve Ratliff.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 9, 6-9 p.m. at Liberty Church of Christ.

LINDA LOU IVEY

BELMONT, MS –Linda Lou Ivey, 78, died Monday, September 6, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. She was born in Belmont, MS and was a homemaker. She was of the Baptist faith.

Services will be Thursday, September 9, 10 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Donnie Wooten officiating. Burial will be in East Prentiss Cemetery, New Site, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one son – Garry Ivey (Paula); four grandchildren – Laken Ivey (Zach), Jayde Ivey, Hannah Sartin (Nathan) and Olivia Ivey; five great-grandchildren – J.D. Higginbottom, Terry Lee Massengill, Hunter Higginbottom, Pypir Ivey and Winnie Sartin; one sister – Diane Wigginton; one brother – Donnie Wigginton (Judy); one niece– Sandy Bruce (Brad) and one nephew – Casey Wigginton (Emily).

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Ivey; a son, Thomas Dewayne “Shotgun” Ivey; a granddaughter, Audrey Ivey and her parents, Earnest and Ollie Mae Stanphill Wigginton.

Pallbearers will be Garry Ivey, Jeremiah Anderson and Axel Cortez.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 8, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

STACY LEE ROBERTS

BELMONT, MS – Stacy Lee Roberts, 51, died Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Columbus, MS. He was born in Ardmore, AL. Stacy was an auctioneer in Burnsville, Booneville and Dennis, MS and had worked at Tiffins for nineteen years and Ace Hardware. He attended Cross Way Church in Corinth, MS.

Services will be Friday, September 3, 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife – Becki Kemp Roberts; four children – Lydia Slayton (Jason), Adrienne Estes (Mikie), Selena Roberts and Montana Roberts; grandchildren – Kohlyee Estes, Kylei Estes, Ryan Slayton, Becca Slayton and Kayleh Mauldin; his mother – Laverne Mitchell; his step-mother – Joan Roberts; four sisters – Sandy Carol Donohue (Daniel), Tammy Shook (Robert), LaKota Kern (Josh) and Jasmine Roberts; three brothers – Scott Roberts (Debby), Clint Roberts (Hailey) and Daniel Roberts (Kim) and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Roberts; his step-father, Larry Mitchell, two brothers, Steve Roberts and Dakota Joe Roberts and an infant son, Cody Lee Roberts.

Pallbearers will be John Giles, Mikie Mauldin, Jason Slayton, Tim Richardson, Chuck Brunes and Steve Robinson. Honorary pallbearers will be Kohlyee Estes, Kylei Estes, Ryan Slayton and Nick Roberts.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 2, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

LARRY ANDY BYRD, SR.

DENNIS, MS – Larry Andy Byrd, Sr., 76, died Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Tishomingo Manor, Iuka, MS. He was born in Memphis, TN and was retired as a maintenance mechanic at Carrier Air Conditioning.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS assisted the family.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-one years – Sheree Byrd of Dennis, MS; three children – Larry Byrd, Jr. (Teri) of South Carolina, Stephen Hutchens of Dennis, MS and Tony Hutchens (Lisa) of Arkansas; six grandchildren – Dillyn Hutchens, Sam Byrd, Paige Hutchens, Aaron Hutchens, Abby Hutchens and Paxton Wilbanks; two great-grandchildren and one brother – Charles Byrd of Tupelo, MS.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Lottie Skelton Byrd and eight brothers and sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Bethany Christian Church Cemetery Fund, 421 Bethany Road, Eads, TN 38028.

"MAGGIE LEE" POWELL

TISHOMINGO, MS – Myrtis “Maggie Lee” Powell, 76, passed away Saturday, August 21, 2021 at her residence. She attended Carter’s High School in the Carter’s Branch Community. She was retired from Golden Manufacturing Co. in Golden, MS. She joined Carter’s Branch Missionary Baptist Church at an early age where she served faithfully as a choir member and chairperson over the Mothers’ Day Programs. She also loved Sunday School and participating in class programs when all classes re-assembled in the sanctuary (if she didn’t make you laugh, she definitely made you do a self-examination).

The family will have private funeral services. A walk-through visitation will be Friday, August 27, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS. Burial will be in Carter’s Branch Cemetery, Tishomingo, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Charlotte Powell; four brothers-in-law – George Powell (Luevenia), Ezekiel Powell (Edna), John Powell (Gerniece Powell, deceased) and Bobby Powell (Mildred); six sisters-in-law – Christine Southward (Rev. Jimmy Southward, deceased),Virginia Bennett (Hubert Bennett, Sr., deceased), Ila Powell, Margarete Robinson (Willie), Marvelene Selby, Earnestine Southward, deceased, (William); two sister-cousins – Mary (Floyd Brock) and Martha Fugua (Robert); a god-son – Tre’ Grizzard and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Evan and Bessie Southward; her beloved husband, Tommie Lee Powell and two brothers-in-law – Ben Powell, Jr. and Willis Powell (Lousie).

Pallbearers will be Randall Southward, Greg Brock, Gwen Powell, Derrick Brock, Derrick Southward, Doran Bennett, Timothy Southward, Deshun Powell, James Thorne, David Southward, Eric Powell, Craig Powell, Jonathan Powell, Jason Powell, Stephen Powell, Byron Southward and Jarvis Southward. The deacons of Carter’s Branch Missionary Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers – Houston Southward, Leonard Brock, Flyod Brock, Bobby Powell, Marcus Robinson, Cleveland Southward, Willie Robinson, Jimmy Southward and Tommy Williams.

RUTHEL COMER

BELMONT, MS – Ruthel Comer, 95, died Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Tishomingo Manor, Iuka, MS. She was a teacher for thirty-five years and was a member of Mississippi Association of Educators. Ruthel was a member of Belmont United Methodist Church.

Services will be Thursday, August 26, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Mark Nail and Bro. Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two sons – Danny Comer and Jeff Comer, M.D.; four grandchildren – Allison Cox, Clint Comer, Julia C. Comer, M.D. and Katie Comer; two great-grandchildren– Miles Cox and Carley Harding (Hayden) and one brother – Royce Robinson (Edna).

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie “Scoot” Comer; her parents, Ed and Vonnie Dulaney Robinson and her Cutah Robinson.

Pallbearers will be Danny Comer, Jeff Comer, Miles Cox and Hayden Harding.

MYRA SPARKS

BELMONT, MS – Myra Geneva Sparks, 79, passed away Friday, August 20, 2021 at her residence surrounded by her family.  She was born in Belmont, MS to Willis and Isabelle Scott Sparks.  Myra loved working in the food service industry for many years where she catered banquets and receptions as well as prepared meals for many occasions for her friends and family.  She most enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and especially lighting up when her great-grandson Major came for a visit.  Her favorite past time was going the Sparks Family home place on Thursday night for singing and fellowship with her family.

Funeral services will be Sunday, August 22, 3 p.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Haskell Sparks officiating.  Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two children, Vance Ramsey (Mitzi) and Farron Gilley; eleven grandchildren, Sabrina King, Benji King, (Jennifer), Nathan King (Micki), Emily Gilley, Austin Ramsey (Brooke), Morgan Gilley, Carly Faulkner (Phillip), Ty Ramsey, Erica Gilley, Devan Gilley and Chris Barnett; a host of great-grandchildren: one sister, Peggy Adams (Jake) and a daughter-in-law, Valerie Wallis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two children, Vince Gilley and Sissy King and several brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Joe Sparks, Keith Henley, Daris Wells, Kenny Sparks, Ted Sparks and Greg Robinson.  Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Sparks, Scott Nunley, Steve Nunley, Mike Clark, David Sparks and Tony Sparks.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 22, 1-3 p.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

AMANDA FAYE MILLSTEAD

BELMONT, MS – Amanda Faye Millstead, 44, passed away Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at DCH Regional Hospital in Tuscaloosa, AL. Amanda was born April 8, 1977 in Tupelo, MS. She lived in Belmont, MS where she worked at the Belmont Medical Clinic fifteen years for Dr. Don Ratliff. She was of Baptist faith and loved her family and friends whole heartedly. Amanda always had a big smile and hello for anyone she ever met. Watching her favorite television shows and spending time with her great-niece, Kylee Grace, were her favorite things to do.

Services will be Saturday, August 21, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Dennis Memory Gardens, Dennis, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her mother – Alice Millstead of Belmont, MS; one sister – Lana Ernest (Larry) of Northport, AL; two nephews – Drake Giles (Haley) and Tanner Giles, both of Northport, AL; two step-nephews – Bill Ernest (Vanessa) of Chattanooga, TN and Randy Ernest (Amy) of Melrose, FL; one great-niece – Kylee Grace Giles of Northport, AL; one step-great-niece and nephew – Kayla and JJ Ernest of Melrose, FL.

She was preceded in death by her father, J.C. Millstead and her grandparents, James and Jewel Millstead and Johnny and Luna Gann.

Pallbearers will be employees of North MS Medical Center Ambulance Service in Belmont, MS.

 

Visitation will be Friday, August 20, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, August 21, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

JERRY LEE WARE


BELDEN, MS – Jerry Lee Ware, 82, died Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at Sanctuary Hospice, Tupelo, MS. He was born October 11, 1938 to Edgar Ray and Flora Ware in Maud, Al where he was raised alongside his twin sister, Jane Gray, sister, Nancy Ware and brother, Floyd Ware. After graduating high school he began working on various construction jobs and began iron working in 1957. He spent his years iron working on such construction sites as Red Stone Arsenal, Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant and Reynolds before winding up his more than sixty years as a member of the Local Union #477. He was instrumental in forming the First Apprenticeship program for up and coming welders in Sheffield, AL. In his later years he enjoyed farming and showing quarter horses. Jerry raised his family of three alongside his wife, Eunice, in Decatur, Al and they later relocated to Tishomingo, MS. Jerry was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Corinth, MS. He was an ordained deacon and devoted member of Tishomingo Baptist Church.


There will be private graveside services with Bro. Robbie Crane officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Tishomingo, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.


He is survived by three children – Tammy Sparks (Stan Patterson),  Judy Rivers and Jeff Ware (Cheryl); six grandchildren – Jamie Sparks, Ginger McDowell (Erik), James Rivers, Jenny Ware, Jessica Ware and Jared Ware and nine great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Jane Gray and Nancy Ware, a brother, Floyd Ware and a son-in-law, Phillip Sparks.


Pallbearers will be Jared Ware, James Rivers, Trey Sparks, Eli McDowell, Jamie Sparks and Adam Noland.


HELEN LARUE ROUSE

 

DENNIS, MS – Helen Larue Rouse, 91, died Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. She was born in Belmont, MS and worked in garment manufacturing. She was married to N.R. Rouse in 1948 and was married for forty-three years until his passing in 1991. She was a member of Chapel Hill Church of God of Prophecy where she served in several capacities in the church and served the Lord whole heartedly. She was a prayer warrior and a kind, loving soul with a huge heart. She loved so deeply her children, grandchildren, family and friends. She enjoyed her flowers, playing games and doing puzzles.

 

Services will be Friday, August 20, 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Billy West and Bro. Charlie Summerford officiating. The family requests masks and social distancing. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

 

She is survived by three children – Alan Rouse (Betty), Don Rouse (Donna) and Lavonia Rouse Dickerson; seven grandchildren – Ronnie Rouse II (Erika), Michelle Rouse Hopkins (Ricky), Alan Rouse II (Alison), Chasten Rouse (Vanessa), Kalen Rouse, Emily Dickerson Bell (Hayden) and Ben Dickerson; five great-grandchildren – Quentin Rouse, Gavin Rouse, Conner Rouse, Cayson Rouse, Bella Grace Rouse and two others on the way; three sisters – Jean Henderson, Bonita Oswalt and Carolyn Sanders and one brother– Gary Lee Fuller.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, N.R. Rouse, two sons, Ronald Lee Rouse and Timothy Glen Rouse and her parents, Calvin Lee and Violet Pharr Fuller.

 

Pallbearers will be Chasten Rouse, Ricky Hopkins, Alan Rouse II, Ronnie Rouse II, Quentin Rouse and Gavin Rouse.

 

Visitation will be Friday, August 20, 10-12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

 

GARY DALE KEETON

 

FULTON, MS – Gary Dale Keeton, 67, died Monday, August 16, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Itawamba County, MS and was a factory worker. He was a member of Fairview Holy Church of Christ.

 

Services will be Thursday, August 19, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Kevin Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

 

He is survived by his wife – Marsha Rogers Keeton; two children – Damion D. Keeton and Kim Carpenter (Gary); five grandchildren – Samantha Steele (Daniel), Austin Carpenter, Ashelyn Keeton, Avery Keeton and Caysen Keeton; three great-grandchildren– Luke, Ella and Cole Steele; eighteen nieces and nephews; a host of great-nieces and great-nephews; one brother – Billy Keeton (Barbara) and his caregiver – Tracy Taylor Carnathan.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hester and Monie Lu Farris Keeton, one grandson, Zack Carpenter and four brothers, Vernon, Jackie, Richard and Leburn Keeton (Sharon).

 

Pallbearers will be Damion Keeton, Austin Carpenter, Gary Carpenter, Barry Rogers, Brody Rogers and Tom Rogers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Keeton and Caysen Keeton.

 

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 18, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

 

LARRY QUINTON SARTAIN

 

DENNIS, MS – Larry Quinton Sartain, 72, died Sunday, August 15, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Booneville, MS and was owner of Sartain’s Brickyard. He was a member of Liberty Church of Christ where he served as a deacon and song leader.

 

Graveside services will be Monday, August 16, 6 p.m. at Joel Cemetery, Dennis, MS with David Conley officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

 

He is survived by one son – Quint Sartain (Alexandria); two grandchildren – Quinton Gray Sartain and Sutton Grace Sartain and his mother-in-law – Ruth Harris (Jimmy).

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Aldridge Sartain and his parents, F.Q. and Beatrice Sartain.


HAROLD SEGARS

BELMONT, MS – Harold Dexter Segars, 81, died Monday, August 9, at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. He was born in Mississippi and was a used car dealer for more than thirty years. He had served in the National Guard.

Services will be Wednesday, August 11, 5 p.m. at Old Path Missionary Baptist Church, Belmont, MS with Bro. Lee Smith and Bro. James Segars officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery, Belmont, MS.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two daughters – Ginger Poole (Donny) and Rhonda Segars; two grandchildren – Dustin Poole (Morgan) and Madison Fancher (Harrison); one great-grandson – Maddix Poole; one brother – Ray Cain (Michelle); one sister – Joyce Murley (Harold); sister-in-law – Rhonda Cain and a special cousin – James Segars.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Oswalt Segars; his parents, Gratis Segars and Lalla Cain (Lester); a brother, Ralph Cain and a nephew, Justin Cain.

Pallbearers will be Scott Cain, Reggie Segars, Bill McDonald, Stanley Page and Ronnie Cook.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 11, 3-5 p.m. at Old Path Missionary Baptist Church, Belmont, MS.

VIRGIE MALONE WADDLE

BELMONT, MS – Virgie Malone Waddle, 87, passed away Sunday, August 8, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. She was born in Mississippi and was a factory worker for more than twenty years.  She was a member of Eastside Church of Christ, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Wednesday, August 11, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Jerry Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three daughters – Lynn Hardin (Anthony), Nancy Waddle (Christy) and Charlotte Webb (Andy); three grandchildren – P.J. Cleveland (Nikki), Gentry Cleveland (Stephanie) and Loni Crane Duffie (Joshua); thirteen great-grandchildren; one sister – Rachel Bruton (Elton) and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Dean Waddle, her parents, E.C. and Lucy James Malone; seven brothers and five sisters.

Pallbearers will be Randy Malone, Stan Malone, Mike Haney, Tim Posey, Grant Hastings, Matthew Hastings, Brian Malone and Isaac Johnson.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 10, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

CINDY COGGINS

BELMONT, MS – Cynthia Diane Coggins, 52, passed away Thursday, July 29, 2021 in Colbert County, AL.  She was born in Iuka, MS on January 13, 1969.  She was a caregiver to her mother.

Funeral services will be Sunday, August 1, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Hal Holt and Haskell Sparks officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Grove Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her mother, Sandy Grissom; two daughters, Kendra Scruggs and Makaylee Wagner (Bryce); three grandchildren, Lathan Rogers, Novaleigh Evetts and Ian Wagner; two sisters, LaShy Melton and Lisa Grissom; special cousins, Jennifer Heatherly (Perry) and Kasey Cagle; five nephews, Dustin Farris (Jenny), Brodi Pounds (Mary), Gregory Blanton, A.J. Blanton and Will Calhoun; one great-niece, Oakleigh Jo Pounds and a host of special family members and friends that she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her special dads, Ronnie Coggins and John Grissom; her father, Hollis Rhodes; her grandparents, Dempsey and Berlene Cagle and Lee and Lucina Rhodes; a special uncle, Dale Cagle and a cousin, Gregory Cagle.

Pallbearers will be Chris Holland, Bryce Wagner, Allen Coggins, Jamie Deaton, Jamie Scruggs and Greg Dill.  John Maxwell will serve as honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 1, 2-4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

MARTHA RAYE CARR

BELMONT, MS – Martha Raye Carr, 83, died Thursday, July 29, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. She was born in Tupelo, MS and was a seamstress. She was a member of Liberty Church of Christ, Dennis, MS.

There will be a private funeral service with David Conley officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters – Gay Rowland (Brian) and Joy Joyce (Brian Hill); five grandchildren – Kayla Allen (John), Molly Rowland, Austin Rowland (Shannon), Ben Joyce and Erin Joyce; three great-grandchildren – Sutton Ellis Allen, Eliza Roy Allen and Edith Austin Rowland and special friends – Catherine Mitchell and Betty Rowan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Carr, a great-grandchild, Judson Lee Allen, her parents, Benjamin Clarence and Zella Gertrude Hill Moore and four brothers, Harold, Max, Johnny and Charles.

CLAUDY WESLEY DEATON

DENNIS, MS – Claudy Wesley Deaton, 71, died Friday, July 16, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Mississippi and was a logger for more than twenty-five years. He was a member of Landmark Baptist Church, Tishomingo, MS.

Memorial services will be Thursday, July 22, 2 p.m. at Landmark Baptist Church. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS assisted the family.

He is survived by his wife – Judy McVay Deaton, Tishomingo, MS; one daughter – Tonya Long (Dickey) Red Bay, AL; two sons – Jamie Deaton (Nerissa and children) Tishomingo, MS and Matthew Loveless (Jennifer) Cherokee, AL; two sisters – Margaret Robinson, Tishomingo, MS and Sarah George, Belmont, MS; grandchildren – Justin Pounders, Tyler Deaton, Cole Deaton (Kim), Ben Loveless, Taylor Loveless, Kaeleigh Loveless and Torie; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chamlis and Earline Deaton, a son, Jason Loveless, two brothers-in-law, Riley George and Charles Robinson and an infant nephew, Claudy Wesley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 st.jude.org or Landmark Baptist Church.

MARILYN HOLCOMB CUNNINGHAM

BELMONT, MS – Marilyn Holcomb Cunningham, 75, died Sunday, July 11, 2021at her residence. She was born in Belmont, MS to William Brooks and Eula Allen Holcomb. She had worked as a supervisor in garment manufacturing. She was a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

Services will be Tuesday, July 13, 1 p.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Belmont, MS with Bro. William McClellon and Bro. David Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband – Ronnie Cunningham; three children – Tony Collum (Michelle), Lynn Leathers and Jennifer Cox (Kevin George); six grandchildren – Emilie Sartin (Daniel), Myranda Milam, William Leathers, Sarah Vinson (Corey), Cody Gray and Stacy Cox; three great-grandchildren – Dean and Joanna Vinson and Jaxn Milam; a sister – Carolyn Horn (Charles) and a brother – Allen Holcomb (Geraldine).

She was preceded in death by her parents, a step-daughter, Kim Cunningham and a sister, Louise Adar.

Pallbearers will be Charles Horn, Cody Gray, Alex Ewing, Corey Vinson, William Leathers, Steve Horn and Kevin George.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 13, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Belmont, MS.

GARRY WAYNE MAXWELL

GOLDEN, MS – Garry Wayne Maxwell, 75, died Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. He was born in Dennis, MS and worked in management in the garment industry. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Chapel Hill Church of God of Prophecy.

Funeral services will be Sunday, July 11, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. James Herman Gray and Bro. Charlie Summerford officiating.  Burial will be in Dennis Memory Gardens, Dennis, MS.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years – Cletra Maxwell; two daughters – Crystal Timms (Jeremy) and Hope Shewbart (Adam); one granddaughter – Layla Jade Timms; two grandsons – Trager and Traysen Shewbart; two brothers – Larry Maxwell (Reba) and David Maxwell and one sister – Janice Rea.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Flaves and Eula Ivey Maxwell; his mother-in-law – Rena Harris Gray and her husband, Herman Gray and a special brother-in-law, Bobby Rea.

Pallbearers will be Adam Shewbart, Jeremy Timms, Chuck Oaks, Ellis Cromeans, Brent Harris and Brad Harris. Honorary pallbearer will be Trager Shewbart.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 11, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

DOUG ENLOW

BELMONT, MS – Doug Enlow, 77, died Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Iuka, MS. He was born in Belmont, MS and worked as a welder. He was a member of Old Union Baptist Church.

Services will be Saturday, July 3, 2 p.m. at Old Union Baptist Church, Belmont, MS with Bro. Jerry Ginn and Bro. Dwight South officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-one years – Sherry Enlow; a son – Jamie Enlow (Becky); two daughters – Cindy Aldridge (Peanut) and Linda Enlow; six grandchildren – Chasity Adams (Jake), Frank Aldridge (Santana), Kennedy Enlow, Paige Enlow, Joey Enlow and Shyanna Wade (Logan); six great-grandchildren; two sisters – Montez Bowling (Bill) and Lourie Epps (Walter); two brothers – Wayne Enlow (Shelia) and Ronnie Enlow and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James A. and Cleo Enlow, two brothers, Tommy and Paul Enlow, a grandson, Logan Putnam, a great-granddaughter, Amethyst Wade, his father and mother-in-law, Jesse and Helen Smith and three brothers-in-law, Roger and J.D. Smith and Otis George.

Pallbearers will be Alan Enlow, Bill Bowling, Frank Aldridge, Jake Adams, Joey Enlow, Skylar Ray and Billy Daniels. Honorary pallbearers will be D.J. Enlow, Austin and Ashton Adams, Zachary Aldridge, Kaydence Lambert, Audrianna Enlow, Peanut and Hopper Aldridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 3, 12-2 p.m. at Old Union Baptist Church.

CLYNE MARSHALL BATES

BELMONT, MS – Clyne Marshall Bates, 87, died Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Belmont, MS and was retired from the U.S. Air Force after thirty-three years.

There will be no funeral services. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS assisted the family.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-three years – Helen Bates; two children – Linda Barnhill and Philip Bates and four grandchildren – Valerie, Kristen, Haley and Kyle Sparks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Emma Holcomb Bates and six siblings.

The family wishes to thank everyone in the community for the love shown to their family.

PEGGY JEAN HUGHES

TISHOMINGO, MS – Peggy Jean Hughes, 76, passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Red Bay, AL and worked at General Motors. She was a member of Word Outreach Ministry.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m. at Carter’s Branch Cemetery, Tishomingo, MS with Rev. Elworth Mabry and Jerome Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Carter’s Branch Cemetery, Tishomingo, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by four children – Phyllis Smith, Darwin Wright, Marie Wright and Edwin Wright; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her ex-husband, Robert Wright, Jr.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.A. and Luevia Anderson, a son, Dwayne Wright and a brother, Jimmy Anderson.

JERRY W. JERDEN, SR.

TISHOMINGO, MS – Jerry W. Jerden, Sr., 74 passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021 at his daughter’s residence.  He was born in Memphis, TN to Avery and Dorothy Jerden.  He was a carpenter for many years and was of the Baptist faith.

Graveside services will be Monday, June 14, 11 a.m. at Belmont City Cemetery with Bro. Roger Wood officiating.  Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Byram Jerden; three children, John Jerden (Maria), Jerry Jerden, Jr. (Teresa) and Julie Jerden Scruggs; ten grandchildren, Jessica Scruggs (Fiancé-Travis), Kyle Scruggs (Briana), Emily Norwood (Cory), Avery Jerden, Josephine Jerden, Alexander Jerden, Victoria Jerden, Jared Jerden, Sarah Jerden and Peyton Jerden; four great-grandchildren-James Scruggs, Destiny Scruggs, Kendrick Norwood and Ameliakate Scruggs and one sister, Susan Brannon (Chuck) of Memphis, TN.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Juanita Jerden.

WILIESE GOODWIN CAIN

OLIVE BRANCH, MS – Wiliese Goodwin Cain, went to be with her Lord and Savior June 9, 2021. She was born August 23, 1937 in Belmont, MS. Dementia took over her mind and body at the age of 83. Sam and Wiliese Cain moved to Whitehaven in 1962 where they met the sweetest couple, Pastor Roy and wife, Laverne Westmoreland. They invited them to church at Bethel Baptist where they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, joined the church and were baptized. They would go on to be members for fifty-nine years where they taught five year old boys Sunday school and were involved in many other activities. Wiliese was a stay at home mom for twenty years before going to work at the Southland Mall in the postal service booth. She worked there for thirty-five years until she retired.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carson and Inez Goodwin of Belmont, MS; step-mom, Mabel Keeton Goodwin of Belmont, and husband, Claudie Lilburn Cain, Jr. "Sam" of Olive Branch, MS. Our fondest and most cherished memory of our mom and dad was their love for one another. Their affection was contagious until the day our dad left this earth. If everyone could experience love like theirs the world would be a better place.

Visitation will be held at Bethel Baptist Church, Walls, MS on Monday, June 14, 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 15, at 11a.m. with Bro. Ron Westmoreland and Bro. John McFarland officiating. A graveside service will follow at 4 p.m. in Dennis, MS at the Lindsey Cemetery with Bro. Josh Westmoreland officiating. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two children - Carol Taylor of Olive Branch MS and Mark Cain and his wife, Cindy Cain of Collierville, TN; four grandchildren - Holli Taylor, Stephanie, Matthew and Rachel Cain; one new great-grandson- Delcan Cain Taylor; sister-Sara Palmer; niece- Tracey Lewman (Randy Lewman) of Okolona, MS; nephew-Casey Palmer of Tupelo, MS; many precious cousins and a very special caregiver, Maxine, who was diligent in the care she gave to her.

RANDY NORTHINGTON

GOLDEN, MS – On Thursday, June 3, 2021 Randy Northington, loving husband, father, papa and brother passed from this life at age 63 to be with his Lord and Savior and a host of family and friends on heaven’s bright shore. He was born on May 11, 1958 to Willorene and LeRoy Northington. He was a faithful member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church where he loved his church family. He was retired from Tishomingo County Schools after thirty-two years where he was a teacher, coach, and bus driver and was the Technology Director for twenty-two years. He received three degrees from Mississippi State University and was a diehard Bulldog fan. He was a member of The Tishomingo County Amateur Radio Club, call sign N5ML.

Services will be Sunday, June 6, 4 p.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Belmont, MS with Bro. Glenn Bridgmon officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-nine years – Cindy; three sons and daughters-in-law – Chris (Keshia), Blake (Jessica) and Byron (Erika); five grandchildren – Davis Northington, Alma Leigh Northington, Amelia Northington, Sloane Triste and Tallin Triste; brother – Jimmy Northington (Brenda Irwin); mother-in-law – June Wood; sister-in-law-Gail Scott; brother-in-law-Alan Wood (Debra) and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Joey Lee and an infant sister, Kara Madge.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Rogers, Ronnie Cook, Terry Cox, Richard Wigginton, Wayne Stanfield, Shane McDonald and Eric McDonald. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Burcham and Phil Leonard.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 6, 1:30 – 4 p.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

PAULINE “POLLY” POUNDERS

BELMONT, MS – Pauline “Polly” Pounders, 88, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at her great-niece’s home in Aberdeen, MS. She was born April 17, 1933 to Alex and Cordelia Ozbirn Pounders. She began working at an early age in the manufacturing business and worked until her retirement. She was a charter member of Calvary Family Worship Center for fifty-two years, where she served as primary Sunday School teacher. She served as church clerk for forty-eight years. She also loved singing on the worship team for some time.

Services will be Friday, June 4, 3:30 p.m. at Calvary Family Worship Center, Golden, MS with Bro. Curtis Silcox, Bro. Toby Allison, Bro. William Shelton and Alex Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by nieces and nephews – Laverne Cornelius, Beverly Weaver, Barbara Perry, Janice Kennedy (James), Lynn Boyett (Gary), Larry Pounders (Carolyn), Jimmy Pounders (Robin), Jerry Pounders (Lenneth) and Roger Pounders (Connie); several great- and great-great-nieces and nephews and her caregiver, Barbara Eskew.

She was preceded in death by six brothers and one sister.

Pallbearers will be Ricky McGee, Johnny McGee, Greg Denson, Larry Ivy, Kenneth Enis, Billy Ray Horn and Alec Hogan.

Visitation will be Friday, June 4, 1-3:30 p.m. at Calvary Family Worship Center, Golden, MS.

CHARLES EDGAR MONROE

DENNIS, MS- Charles Edgar Monroe left Sanctuary Hospice House June 2, 2021 for his heavenly home. He was born June 15, 1932 in Tishomingo County to Rev. Edgar Lee and Elizabeth Isabella Flurry Monroe. He graduated Tishomingo High School in 1951. On December 13, 1952, he married his high school sweetheart, JoAnn Byram in Dennis, Mississippi by Rev. J.A. Blunt.

Six weeks following the wedding he was drafted. He served in the U.S. Army February 1953-February 1955 in the Korean War and was stationed in Germany in 1954. He then attended NEMCC and graduated from Mississippi State University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He served as postmaster in Dennis, MS for twenty-six years. He was a founding member and served as President of the Dennis Water Association. He served on the board for both the Tishomingo County Farm Bureau and the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation for many years. He also served on the NEMPDD board. He loved his community and his family. He was lovingly known as “Papaw” to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He leaves behind three sons – David Monroe (Linda) of Killen, AL, Jeff Monroe (Ellen) of Florence, AL and Scotty Monroe (Susan) of Golden, MS; a daughter – Tammy Wood (David) of New Site, MS; an honorary son – Stephen Sartain (Deb) of Idaho; twelve grandchildren – Elise Speegle (Randolph), Nicole Mason (Jonathan), Chris Monroe, Michael Monroe (Holly), Candi Upton (Matt), Chondra Russell (Lee), Monica McDonald (Eric), Hayden Monroe (Kaitlin), Cassie Monroe, Roman Wood (Maria), Dustin Wood (Ali) and Hunter Wood; sixteen great-grandchildren; two sisters – Zora Lee Hill and Nelda Mann; sister-in-law – Becky Monroe and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of sixty-four years, a sister, Louise Blunt (Herb) and a brother, George Monroe.

Services will be held Saturday, June 5, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS. Visitation will begin at 12 p.m. with the service to follow at 3 p.m. officiated by Bro. Jerry Ginn. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery in Dennis, MS with the grandsons serving as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or www.sanctuaryhospicehouse.com.

ANN NUNLEY

CHEROKEE, AL – Ann Nunley, 71, passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, AL. She was born in Dennis, MS and worked in garment manufacturing. She was a member of Jordan Hill Church of God of Prophecy.

Services will be Thursday, June 3, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Robert Wood and Bro. Donnie Wooten officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery, Dennis, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband – Vernon Ray Nunley, Sr.; five children – Randy Ruple (Michelle), Jamie Ruple, Jennie Poole (Johnny), Amy Washington and Ray Nunley (Lisa); brothers - W.D. Wooten (Mable), Jimmy Lee Wooten (Peggy), Nathan Wooten, Larry Wooten (Linda) and Donnie Wooten (Teresa); a host of grandchildren with three that she raised – Ashley Nunley, Jonathon Nunley and Shae Nunley; a host of great-grandchildren; seven brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Ruple, a son, Ritchie Nunley, a grandson, Nathan Nunley and her parents, Nim and Nellie Mae Leathers Wooten.

Her grandsons will be pallbearers – Dexter, Andrew, Alex, Brandon, Patrick, Blake, Shawn, Matthew, Dylan, Devon, Jordan and Josh. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael, Dustin, Curtis Lee, Vernon Ray, Jr. and Jonathon.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 3, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

BRENDA SUE HARRIS

TISHOMINGO, MS –Brenda Sue Harris, 77, died Friday, May 28, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Belmont, MS and was retired from Abbott Laboratories.

Services will be Wednesday, June 2, 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Joseph Jones officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a son – Jamey Jones; a brother – Jimmy Harris (Ruth); two step-daughters-Victoria Frontzak (Bruce) and Sandra White and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Verlon Deaton Harris.

Pallbearers will be Larry Harris, J.W. Harris, Tommy Guinn, Terry Aldridge and Lilburn Harris.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 2, 10-12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

AUDREY LEE IVEY

BELMONT, MS – Audrey Lee Ivey, 36, passed away Sunday, May 16, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. She was born December 17, 1984 to Wendy Smith and the late Dwayne Ivey. She attended Belmont High School. She was a homemaker, enjoyed fishing before becoming disabled and she loved her boys immensely.

Services will be Wednesday, May 19, 4:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Nathan Hodum officiating . Burial will be in East Prentiss Cemetery, New Site, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her beloved three sons – JD, Terry Lee and Hunter Shane; their guardian, Audrey’s dear friend, Kacey Cagle and her sons, Gregory and A.J.; her mother– Wendy (Danny); her sisters – Victoria (Matt) and Cassie; her step-father – Terry Borden (Jennifer); grandmothers – Linda Ivey and Sue Edick (Bob); grandfather – Leon Smith; uncle – Garry Ivey (Paula); aunt – Shannon Huffman (Greg); nephews – Carson, Jace, Ben, Asher and Archer and cousins – Blake, Shelby (Cameron), Madalyn, Hannah (Nathan), Jayde, Laken and Olivia.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dwayne Ivey and her grandfather, Tommy Ivey.

Pallbearers will be JD, Terry Lee, Hunter Shane, Garry Ivey, Terry Borden, Anthony Stokes and Dawson Britton.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 19, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

STEVEN DOUGLAS THORNE

DENNIS, MS – Steven Douglas Thorne, 53, died Monday, May 17, 2021 at his sister’s residence in Belmont, MS. He was born in Fulton, MS and was a longtime resident of Tishomingo County. He was employed with Sun-air Products for thirteen years and was loved by his co-workers. He was of the Baptist faith, served in the National Guard and loved to hunt and fish. He was friendly and never met a stranger.

Services will be Wednesday, May 19, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Wayne Bumgart and Bro. Scott Bridges officiating. Burial will be in The Family Brimingham Cemetery, Glen, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his father – Melvin Thorne (Judy); his sisters – Charlotte Ann Slayton and Renee Dees (Randy); two step-daughters – Necole Ramey (Jake) and Dectony Thompson (T.J. Thompson, Jr.); seven grandchildren – Kameran, Christian, Keylee (Izzy), Jaylen, Timothy, Skylar and Neveah; special brother  -Ray Paden (Loretta); father-in-law – Bill Brimingham;  mother-in-law – Inez Brimingham and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of seven years, Tabitha Thorne; his mother, Peggy Joyce Upton Thorne; two brothers – Johnathan Patton Thorne and Robert Lee Thorne; brother-in-law – Phillip Wayne Slayton; grandparents – Elmer Lee Thorne and Rival Thorne Davis and Jack and Idora Upton and step-grandparents – Roy Davis and Ruby Allen Upton.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Ruple, Chancellor Paden, Kasey Paden, Chase Paden, Wade Hutcheson and Johnothan Thorne. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Slayton and Andrew Ozbirn.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 18, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

WILLIAM “RC” ROBBINS

BOONEVILLE, MS – William “RC” Robbins, 100, died Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Magnolia Regional Health Center, Corinth, MS. He was born in Red Bay, AL and was a photographer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and attended Union Chapel Church of God.

Services will be Monday, May 17, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Deene Rodgers, Jimmy Wayne Russell and Diane Rodgers officiating. Military graveside services and burial will be Monday, May 17, 1 p.m. at National Veterans Cemetery, Corinth, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by one brother – Dexter Clinton Robbins; three nephews – Shearl Pardue, Harry L. Robbins and David N. Dunnagan and three nieces – Phyllis Diane Godsey, Patricia Irene Teuton and Elaine Wilson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Alonzo and Oda Davis Robbins, a brother, James Hoyle Robbins and four sisters, Lucille Pardue, Opaline Pardue, Verladean Robbins and Jewel Wilson.

Visitation will be Monday, May 17, 10-11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

DOTTIE WANNER LINN

On Sunday, May 9, 2021, Dottie Wanner Linn, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away at age 74.

Dottie was born on August 31, 1946 in Tishomingo, MS to Helen and A.M. Wanner. Dottie had a passion for making things grow. An avid gardener, Dottie loved canning, cooking, and sharing with family and friends. She also enjoyed sewing and created beautiful quilts.

At the time of her death, Dottie was residing in Clinton, AR with her husband Harvie. She is being brought home to rest in Tishomingo county.

Dottie was preceded in death by her parents, A.M. and Helen, her sister Sue, and brother Ronnie. She is survived by her husband Harvie, her children, Tammy and Tony, her brother Donnie, aunt Nell, and several grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held at 4 o'clock p.m. on Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 at Forest Grove Church, funeral service will follow at 5 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital (www.lebonheur.org).

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CHARLIE PATTON THORN

NEW SITE, MS – Charlie Patton Thorn, 76, died Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at his daughter’s residence in New Site, MS. He was born in Belmont, MS. He worked as a carpenter for over forty-five years and was retired from Oswalt Construction. He attended Liberty Church of Christ, Dennis, MS.

Services will  be Sunday, May 9, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Tony Brown officiating. Burial will be in East Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery, New Site, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by a daughter – Cristina Brooks (Gary); four grandchildren – Jeffery Brooks, Harley Brooks, Whitney Brooks and Ashleigh Brooks; one great-granddaughter– Paisleigh Grace; two brothers – Paul Thorn (Margaret) and Melvin Thorn (Judy); one sister – LaRue Crouch a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of twenty-five years, Marie Hester Thorn, a daughter, Georgia Ann Thorn; his father, Elmer Lee Thorn and his mother, Rival Woods Thorn.

Pallbearers will be Scott Bridges, Nathan Bridges, Bradley Frederick, Andy Paul Wooten, Scotty Wooten and Cory Wooten.

Visitation will be Saturday, May 8, 4-8 p.m. and Sunday, May 9, 1-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

TANIA SHURDEN JENKINS

GOLDEN, MS – Tania Denise Shurden Jenkins was born September 14, 1972 in Tupelo, MS and departed this world May 5, 2021. Tania worked many years at Schnadig until the plant closed. She then went back to college and worked at Magnolia Regional Hospital in Corinth, MS as a lab technician until her illness. She fought her illness up until she drew her very last breath. She had a spirit of a true warrior. She loved the family pets, Rufus & Lilly, flowers, shopping with her girls, family vacations, talks with her friends and get-togethers with relatives.

Services will be Friday, May 7, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Merlin Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

Tania is survived by her beloved husband of twenty-eight years – Paul Jenkins; two children whom she adored – Tessa and Aubrey Jenkins; a brother she helped raise – Dustin Shurden; her father – Keith Shurden; an aunt – Sandra “Mawmaw Nanny” and a host of relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Johnnie Shurden and her grandparents, Noble and Pauline Reynolds.

Pallbearers will be Terry Reynolds, Mike Reynolds, Shawn Guin, Jeff Kilgo, Perry Kilgo, Brandon Kilgo, Bubby Raines, Kaleb Felks and Steven Walkley.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 6, 5-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

PATSY DAVIS CLEMENT

BELMONT, MS – Patsy Davis Clement, 76, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. She worked at Blue Bell Manufacturing and later as office clerk and retired from McAnally Insurance Services. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Belmont, MS. She enjoyed flower gardening, working in her yard and all-day shopping trips. She loved spending time with her siblings, their children and grandchildren annually at family reunions in the Great Smokey Mountains. Her greatest passion of all was her family, especially spending time and playing games with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her little dog Sassy.

Services will be Saturday, April 24, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Belmont, MS with Bro. Ray Burks and Clay Clement officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-nine years – J.C. Clement, Jr.; two children – Tammy Bostick and Clay Clement (Karla); four grandchildren – BreAnna Hendrix (Jared), Torrey Bostick, Caitlyn Clement and Kylie Clement; three great-grandchildren – Kingston, Larkin and Mila Claire Hendrix; one sister – Peggy Rouse (Billy); a host of nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law – Joyce Thompson and Jo’el Thompson and one brother-in-law – Jack Clement.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Dezzie Davis and brothers and sisters, Francis Barton, Dorothy White, Eugene Davis, Betty Huntley and Harold Davis.

Pallbearers will be Jared Hendrix, Kingston Hendrix, Torrey Bostick, Brooks Davis, Phil Byram, Jack Alexander, Jerry McAnally and Boyd Lee Tidwell.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 24, 12-2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Belmont, MS. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First Baptist Church, Belmont, MS.

BEAUTON FARRIS PATTERSON

GOLDEN, MS – Beauton Farris Patterson, 95, died Tuesday, April 13, at Southern Magnolia, Golden, MS. She was born in Itawamba County, MS, was a graduate of Red Bay High School and had worked as a clothing retail salesperson. She helped to establish the Ridge Cemetery Fund and was active in helping with this for many years. She was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church.

Services will be Thursday, April 15, 3 p.m. at Golden Central Baptist Church, Golden, MS with Bro. Mickey Trammel officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters – Judie Moore and Janie Brown (Ronnie), all of Golden, MS; four grandchildren – Chris Moore (Kim) and David Moore (Kim) all of Belmont, MS, Kassi Rushing (Mark) Madison, MS and Julianna Bostrom (Zach) Decatur, GA; nine great-grandchildren – AnaLise, Ceely, Houston, Austin, Ameslee and Afton Moore, Nora Grace, Hutson and Lewis Rushing; three sisters – Reba Prestage Coppedge, Arlene Dickson and Jean Hall and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lelon Patterson, her parents, Francis Otto and Carrie Kent Farris, a brother, Fred Farris and a son-in-law, Roger Moore.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Brown, Chris Moore, David Moore, Mark Rushing and Zach Bostrom. Honorary pallbearer will be Houston Moore.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 15, 1-3 p.m. at Golden Central Baptist Church.

TOMMY HAMMOCK

GOLDEN, MS – Tommy Arle Hammock, 80, died Thursday, March 25, 2021 surrounded by his family at North Ms. Medical Center, Iuka, MS. He was born in Red Bay, AL and was a maintenance technician at Mueller Brass & Furnace for forty years. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, Golden, MS.

Services will be Sunday, March 28, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Dean Warren officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years – June Hammock; three children – Mark Hammock (Tammy), Angela Thomas (Marty) and Christopher Arle Hammock; six grandchildren – Zoe Hammock, Chloe Jones (Chase), Mathew Taylor, Rhiannon Clark, Benjamin Taylor and Krista Thomas; four great-grandchildren – Cole Clark, Cannon Clark, Sabella Zabarevska and Abby Taylor; three sisters – Pat Couch, Susan Johnson (Jerry) and Mary Hammock and one brother – Phillip Hammock (Patsy) and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Audie Williams Hammock.

Pallbearers will be Joel Horn, Jeremy Clark, Tony Grady, Dale Swindle, Matthew Taylor and Cole Clark. Honorary pallbearer will be Ben Taylor.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 28, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

TROY BROWNING

DENNIS, MS – Troy Browning, 90, died Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Southern Magnolia, Golden, MS. He was born in Tishomingo County, MS to Henry and Mary Etta Crane Browning. He was a truck driver and a member of Highland Baptist Church, Tishomingo, MS.

Graveside services will be Friday, March 19, 11 a.m. at Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, MS with Bro. Mark Daily officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two children – Jerry Browning (Betty) of Southaven, MS and Barbara Browning (Mike) of Dennis, MS; three grandchildren – Daniel Browning, Tyler Browning (Paige) and Dylan Browning; one great-granddaughter – Mabry Elizabeth Browning and a sister-in-law – Rosa Nell Young.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Young Browning, two grandchildren, Kevin and Tiffany Browning, his parents, three sisters and one brother.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.

JOE MASSEY

TISHOMINGO, MS -  Joe Massey, 79, died Sunday, March 14, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Iuka, MS. He was born in Tishomingo County, MS to James Isom and Rosa Mabel Jackson Massey. He worked at Falcon for thirty years and was a security guard for Tiffin Motor Homes for fifteen years.  He was a member of Forrest Grove Baptist Church, Tishomingo, MS.

Services will be Tuesday, March 16, 4 p.m. at Forrest Grove Baptist Church, Tishomingo, MS with Bro. Dwight South officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Grove Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by five children – Teresa Cranford (Ray), Lesa Judd (Mike), Macky Massey (Toni), Ricky Hicks (Debra) and Jeff Wilemon (Tonya); grandchildren – Samantha Thomas (Chris), Andy Bolding, Jackie Cranford, Skye Judd, Tyler Massey (Kendra) and Sydnee Wilemon; great-grandchildren – Ariana Bolding, Jaden, Brooklee and Cullyn Thomas and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Massey, sons, Bo and Terry Massey, his parents, a sister, Clynese Franks (Jimmy) and a brother, Kenneth Massey (Gertrude).

Pallbearers will be Kelvin Hammock, Joey Taylor, Phillip Shaw, Brady Hammock, Jeff Wilemon, Ray Cranford, Terry Lindsey, Terry Enlow and Noah Enlow. Honorary pallbearers will be Royce Hutcheson, Bo Lawrence, Glen Perry and Wayne Enlow.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 16, 2-4 p.m. at Forrest Grove Baptist Church.

HERBERT DEAN PHARR

BELMONT, MS – Herbert Dean Pharr, 65, died Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Red Bay Hospital.  He was born in Zion, IL to Herbert Green Pharr and Laverne Taylor Pharr.  He was a logger.

Private family services will be held at a later date.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS assisted the family.

He is survived by one son-Casey Pharr (Fiancé-Kayla Sue Pruitt); two brothers-Dennis Pharr (Melinda) and Dale Pharr (Sandra) and several aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife-Sharon Kay Pharr and his son-Christopher Dean Pharr.

SUSIE J. MASSEY

TISHOMINGO, MS - Susie J. Massey, 83, died Thursday, March 11, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. She was born in New Site, MS and was retired from Golden Manufacturing after thirty years. She was a member of Forrest Grove Baptist Church, Tishomingo, MS.

Graveside services will be Sunday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. at Forrest Grove Cemetery, Tishomingo, MS with Bro. Dwight South officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Grove Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband – Joe Massey; four children – Ricky Hicks (Debra), Teresa Cranford (Ray), Lesa Judd (Mike) and Macky Massey (Toni); grandchildren – Samantha Thomas, Andy Bolding, Jackie Cranford, Skye Judd and Tyler Massey; great-grandchildren – Ariana Bolding, Jaden, Brooklee and Cullyn Thomas and one brother – Joe Hisaw.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Foster Hisaw and Bessie Lindsey Hisaw, two sons, Bo and Terry Massey and a sister, Nell Luker.

Pallbearers will be Kelvin Hammock, Brady Hammock, Andy Bolding, Terry Lindsey, Randy Hickey, Galon Haithcock and Jeff Wilemon. Honorary pallbearer will be Phillip Shaw.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 14, 11-11:30 a.m. at Forrest Grove Cemetery.

RALPH POSEY MONTGOMERY

BELMONT, MS – Ralph Posey Montgomery, 70, died Thursday, March 11, 2021 at his home. He was born in Tupelo, MS to Gilbert and Mary Montgomery. He loved playing golf and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a retired Mississippi Highway Patrolman. After his retirement he served as a State Fire Marshall and was a security officer at ICC. He was a member of Old Bethel United Methodist Church.

Services will be Saturday, March 13, 2 p.m. at Old Bethel United Methodist Church, Golden, MS with Bro. Wayne Napier and Bro. Steve Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years – Marilyn Montgomery of Belmont, MS; four children – Natalie Coker (Jason), Monte Montgomery (Tracie), Marc Montgomery (Missy) and Emily Roberts (Justin); twelve grandchildren – Jenny Lynn (Todd), Jake, Laura Beth, Payne, Parker, Larkin, Keeton, Mary Kate, Cole, Maggie, Miley and Posey; and one brother – Steve Montgomery.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Jake Coker, Cole Means, Todd Smith, Payne Montgomery, Justin Roberts and Jason Coker.

Visitation will be Friday, March 12, 6-9 p.m. at Old Bethel United Methodist Church.

MARTHA ANN PHARR

DENNIS, MS - Martha Ann Williams, 75, passed away February 27, 2021. She was born on June 8, 1945, the fourth child of Ora Cecil and Mary Williams.  She became an exceptional homemaker and a seamstress in her times of youth.  She loved her parents and her siblings very much and even cared for them in later years.  She was a graduate of Mooreville High School.  On September 1, 1967, Martha Williams became Martha Pharr as she married her husband Edwin.  When they married, she became a wife of a minister, and later a pastor’s wife.  Not long after they had married, she became the mother of twin boys, Richard and Rodney.  Just a few years later, Malcolm was born and soon after, Phillip.  She loved her family very much and they were the light of her life.  In later years, she became a grandmother, and she loved her grandchildren very much. Martha was a talented seamstress and worked in many factories for many years.  She was a hard worker, and it was evident with the work she accomplished.  She loved her co-workers and they loved her.  She was well-respected in all the places that she worked. Martha was a member of Pearly Gates Church of God of Prophecy.  She was a pastor’s wife that was beloved by all congregations that she served.  She was generous, kind, and loved all the members of the congregations to whom she ministered.  She was a caring pastor’s wife and was known to be the first to do what was necessary in the church, as well as anonymously.  In many instances, she would anonymously give to church members in need.  She sacrificed her own personal time, gave money, and cooked food for the benefit of the Church and its people whenever called upon.  She would pick up children as Edwin studied for his sermon, she would lead the singing, and she would visit and care for the church membership with Edwin.  She served the Church of God of Prophecy congregations of Piney Grove Church, south of Tremont, MS; Smith’s Chapel in Philadelphia, MS; Mount Carmel, north of Tremont, MS; Amory Church in Amory, MS; Chapel Hill in Belmont, MS; McComb Church in McComb, MS; Liberty Church in Liberty, MS; Pearly Gates in Tremont, MS; Bethany Church in Okolona, MS; and again, presently at the Pearly Gates Church.

She is survived by her husband, Edwin Pharr; her children, Rodney Pharr (Ponda), Tremont, MS, Malcolm Pharr, Hamilton, AL and Phillip Pharr (Galen) of Charleston, MS; six grandchildren, Leah Pharr, Taylor Pharr (Fallyn), Jacob Pharr, Olivia Pharr, Ellie Pharr and Jon Issac Pharr; one sister, Della Faye Walton of Ballardsville and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Pharr; her parents; her sisters,Johnnie Reynolds and Mary Green and one brother, Cecil Williams.

Funeral services will be Monday, March 1, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bishop Billy West officiating.  Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday, 12:30-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.  Social distancing and masks are required.

Pallbearers will be her sons and grandsons, Rodney Pharr, Malcolm Pharr, Phillip Pharr, Taylor Pharr, Jacob Pharr and Issac Pharr.  Honorary pallbearer will be Jimmy Gattis.

FLOIE MAE POOLE

DENNIS, MS – Floie Mae Poole, 77, passed away Friday, February 19, 2021 at the Red Bay Hospital.  She was born in Tishomingo County, MS to Johnny and Annie Mae Wells Slayton.  She was a seamstress and was a charter member of Fairview Holy Church of Christ.

Funeral services will be Sunday, February 21, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Robert Wood and Scott Bridges officiating.  Burial will be in Belmont Memorial Gardens.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by six children-Sharon Smith (Billy), Johnny Poole (Jennie), Janie Congdon (Michael), Jennifer Fair (Donald), Kenny Poole (Kary) and Amanda Bridges (Scott); ten grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; two brothers-J.W. Slayton (Janice) and Gary Slayton (Debra) and two sisters-in-law-Debbie Slayton and Charlotte Slayton.

She was preceded in death by her husband-Kenneth Poole; her parents; four brothers-Phillip Slayton, Ricky Slayton, Billy Doyle Slayton and infant brother and three sisters-Jetty Lee Slayton, Bobby Nell Slayton and Joe Nell Slayton; a great-granddaughter-Virginia Pennington and a great-grandson-Miles Branham.

Pallbearers will be Cody Congdon, Nathan Bridges, Ben Bullard, Brian Speers, Justin Slayton and Jason Slayton.  Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremy Gentle and David Shumaker.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 20, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

MARGARET ANN HODGES

TISHOMINGO, MS – Margaret Ann Hodges, 91, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Sanctuary Hospice, Tupelo, MS. She was born in Iuka, MS to Hamp and Henrietta Brown Boyd and was a caregiver. She was a member of Ekklesia Ministry Church.

Graveside services will be Saturday, February 13, 1 p.m. at Carter’s Branch Cemetery, Tishomingo, MS with Daniel Alexander and Pastor Kobe Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will be in Carter’s Branch Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by four children – Nana Cobbs, Lena Swinney, Earnest Hodges and Debra Spence; nine grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; brother-in-law – Walter Hodges and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Hodges; six children, Tommy Gene Butler, Perry Boyd, Robert Hodges, Mary Ann Boyd, Kenneth Hodges and Mary Jean Boyd, her parents and brothers and sisters – Hamp Boyd, Gene Boyd, Willie Timblen, Arthur Boyd, Betty Sullivan and Rosie Alexander.

Pallbearers will be Anderson Martin, Lawrence Neal, Phillip Allen, Johnny Southward, Jerry Taylor and Michael Luster. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Southward, Kirby Bogan, Robert Williams and Donald Martin.

Visitation will be Friday, February 12, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, February 13, 11-12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

RAYMOND PAUL BRYANT

BELMONT, MS –Raymond Paul Bryant, 77, passed Friday, February 5, 2021 peacefully at home. Paul was born in Sheffield, AL in 1943. He retired from General Motors as a screw machine operator.  Paul was an avid tinker always working with his hands. He loved woodworking, working on his motorcycle, metal working and was a jewelry maker.  Paul, as most knew, was ahead of his time with computer electronics as he had the first personal computer years ahead of his family and friends.  He was a member of the Liberty Church of Christ, Dennis MS and a member of the Woodmen of the World.

Services will be held Wednesday, February 10, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with David Conley and Bro. James Herman Gray officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of sixty years – Marquetta Bryant; four children – Nancy Tanner, (Aaron Schroeder), Robert “Bobby” Bryant and Sheila Story (Richard ); six grandchildren – Mark Tanner, (Kristi) James Tanner, (Rhonda) Janie Story, Lilah Story, Hailey Bryant, Karen Zack; eight great-grandchildren – Elijah Tanner, Ashton Tanner (Brenna ) Keegan Tanner, Ariana Tanner, Vaydha Tanner, Marquetta Tanner, Genevieve Tanner and  Everett Tanner and a cousin – James Herman Gray.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Reece & Sarah Pauline Bryant and his oldest son, Jeffery Paul Bryant.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 10, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

PHILLIP WAYNE SLAYTON

BELMONT, MS – Phillip Wayne “Red” Slayton was born in Red Bay, AL on March 27, 1961 and passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. Phillip was a loving husband, father, son and brother. He was a hard working man, a truck driver and had worked at Sanderson Ready Mix for over twenty years. He was a jack of all trades. His hobby was trading but his passion was taking care of his family. He will truly be missed. He was a member of Fairview Holy Church of Christ, Belmont, MS.

Services will be Sunday, February 7, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Wayne Bumgart and Scott Bridges officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Holy Church of Christ Cemetery, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He leaves behind his wife of thirty-nine years – Charlotte Slayton; two wonderful children – Justine Allen (Kevin) and Justin Slayton (Kelsey); one wonderful grandson – Trevin Allen; one sister – Floie Mae Poole; two brothers – J.W. Slayton (Janice) and Gary Slayton (Debra); sister-in-law – Debbie Slayton and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Annie Mae Slayton, three brothers, Richard “Ricky” Slayton, Billy Doyle Slayton and an infant brother and three sisters, Jetty Slayton, Bobby Nell Slayton and Joe Nell Slayton.

Pallbearers will be Jason Slayton, Timothy Smith, Kenny Poole, David Shumaker, Scott Holland, Michael Congdon and Jonathan Thorne. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Poole and Terry Slayton.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 6, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

CAROL WOOD

BELMONT, MS – On January 28, 2021, Mary Carol Clement Wood, took her last breath on Earth and woke up in Glory. She was born February 2, 1954 in Iuka, MS to Edward and Auvaline Clement. Carol grew up in Belmont, MS and attended Belmont Schools where she made life-long friendships. Carol was a beloved pastor’s wife, daughter, mother, grandmother and friend to many.

Services will be Sunday, January 31, 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Dennis, MS with Bro. Jerry George, Bro. Matthew Haney, Bro. Dave Pruitt and Bro. Rick Thorn officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of forty-nine years – Bro. Roger Wood; two loving daughters – Carissa Haney (Matthew) and Jodi Pruitt (Dave). She was the proud grandmother to seven grandchildren – Cari Beth Solomon (Tanner), Case Haney (Mattie), Stone Pruitt, Cali Brooke Haney, Cade Haney, Gunner Pruitt and Trace Pruitt; three great-grandchildren – TessLeigh Solomon, Ella Solomon and Reid Solomon and one special sister/cousin – Deborah Nelson.

She was preceded in death but re-united in heaven with her wonderful parents, two great-grandchildren and a host of loved ones gone on before her.

Pallbearers will be Case Haney, Stone Pruitt, Cade Haney, Gunner Pruitt, Trace Pruitt and Tanner Solomon.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 31, 12-2 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Carol was larger than life and loved by so many and our loss is Heaven’s great gain. We would like to thank everyone for their love and prayers during this time.

HELEN MARIE GASAWAY

GOLDEN, MS – Helen Marie Gasaway, 68, died Sunday, January 17, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. She was born in Arkansas and was retired from housekeeping at the Iuka Hospital. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, January 19, 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Cemetery, Tishomingo, MS with Bro. Ray Guin, Bro. Keith Thomas and Bro. Doug Kitchens officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, Tishomingo, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband – Gordon Gasaway; three sons – Hugh Parsons, Robert Lee Borden (Diane) and Bobby Joe Borden (Jeanette); three step-sons – William Gasaway (Liz), Terry Borden (Wendy) and Michael Borden; four grandchildren; ten step-grandchildren; thirteen step-great-grandchildren and one brother – Larry Barrett (Julie).

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Hugh Alford Parsons, Sr. and Johnny Lee Borden, one sister, Pat Barrett and three brothers, Jim Barrett, Clyde Barrett and Gene Barrett.

Pallbearers will be Bill Sheffield, Bill Jones, Gary Gasaway, James Gasaway, Roy Adams and Korey Gasaway. Honorary pallbearers will be Elton Warren, Larry Jones, James Thomas, Donnie Gasaway and Scotty Gasaway.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 19, 1:30-2 p.m. at Bethlehem Cemetery.

RACHEL ARMSTRONG

BELMONT, MS – Rachel Armstrong, 95, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at her son’s home surrounded by loving family. Rachel was born on March 4, 1925 in Golden, MS, the daughter of Robert and Victoria Byram Epps. She was educated in the schools of Mississippi. She married James Armstrong on June 8, 1946 in Mississippi. Rachel was a homemaker most of her life. Her hobbies included quilting, gardening, canning and spending time with family and friends.

Graveside services will be Sunday, January 17, 2 p.m. at Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, MS with Bro. Clinton Barnett officiating. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her children – Gary E. (MariAnne) Armstrong of Kenosha, WI and Jeffrey (Lori) Armstrong of CT; grandchildren – Carrie (Shaun) Berry, Daryl Armstrong, Charles (Elise) Armstrong and AJ (Stephanie) Armstrong; great-grandchildren – Rachel, Sarah, Elise and Ayla; great-great-grandchildren – Emma and Reagan and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers, Clayton, Lester, Pat, Woody, Archie and Owen and sisters, Shellie, Essie and Exie.

 

 

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