Online Obituaries

William Robert Richardson --Madison
Sat, March 28th

William Robert Richardson passed away March 26, 2015 at his home in Madison, MS. after a lengthy

was born December 17, 1931 in Trail Lake, MS. to William Fred Richardson and Florence

McKenzie Richardson and grew up in Arcola, MS.  He graduated from Arcola High School in 1949, attended Delta State University, served in the US Air Force from 1951-1955, then returned to college

And graduated from Mississippi College in 1957.  He began his career in sales and retired as a

Contractor with the US Postal Service.  He was active in service organizations in Jackson, MS., including

A founding member and past president of the Southern Sertoma Club; past president of the Capitol

Boys’ Club; founding member of the University Medical Center Lions Club, and a member of the

Antique Vehicle Club.  Bob had a great love for cars.  He owned four antique automobiles and was

Known for his Christmas display of Santa in an antique car filled with presents.  He was a long time

Member of Broadmoor Baptist Church on Northside Drive in Jackson, then became a member of Truitt

Memorial Baptist Church in Pearl, where he served as a deacon until his death.  He is survived by his

Wife of 57 years, Bebe Reeves Richardson; his son, Scott (Dana) of Ridgeland, MS.; his daughter, Jan

Sims of Madison, MS.; his grandchildren, Tara Martinez Lewis (Christian), Kristen Ingram (Brandon),

Christy Sims and Austin Sims, and his great grandson, Connor Martinez.  Bob’s family will always

Remember him as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather (BobBob), cousin, brother-in-law, and uncle.  A memorial service was held   Saturday, March 28, 2015 at  6;00 pm at Truitt Memorial

Baptist Church in Pearl, MS.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Truitt Church Youth Ministry of the Center for Pregnancy Choices.

Donald Wayne Balthis---Brandon
Sat, January 10th

Donald Wayne Balthis, 84, died Friday, January 9, 2015 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. A private graveside service will be held Monday, January 12, 2015 at Lakeland Place Garden Park Cemetery in Brandon.


Mr. Balthis was born on October 2, 1930 in Bristol, TN; the son of the late Wilburn A. Balthis and Rosa Lee Balthis. He served his country for 40 years in the USAF, serving first for 4 years on active duty and 37 in the civil service.


Survivors include: his wife of 60 years, Mary Balthis of Brandon; daughter, Patsy Balthis Cobb and husband Jimmy and their children, Corrie and Derek Cobb all of Steen, MS; daughter, Doni Balthis of Flowood and her son Douglas Shannon both of Brandon; son, David Balthis and wife Bunny and his children, Ashley Balthis, Megan Stokes and Mandy Balthis all of Jackson, MS; daughter, Lenora Balthis of Ridgeland; son, Michael Balthis and wife Robin and son Grayson Balthis all of Columbus; son, Andy Balthis of Flowood; sister, Gerry Baker of Bristol, VA; sister, Janet Brown and husband Doug, brother, Larry Balthis and wife Ginny, sister, Norma Smith all of Bristol, TN; brother, Randall Balthis of Atlanta, GA; sister, Linda Booker and husband Eddie of Bristol, TN and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mon, January 5th

Kathy Murray Smith Stamey, 57, died January 3, 2015 peacefully at home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2014 at Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland with burial following in Natchez Trace Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Stamey was born on December 31, 1957, in Jackson; the daughter of the late Charles Walter Smith and Mary Jeane Echols Smith. A longtime resident of Jackson, she served for 15 years as the manager of the Van Mark Apartment in Ridgeland. She was a cherished wife, a beloved mother, a devoted grandmother. Mrs. Stamey enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. Mrs. Stamey touched the lives of many people, from her lifelong friends and colleagues to residents, she always selflessly gave to others. She will be missed but remembered for her unconditional love and support.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Smith. Survivors include husband, Robert Stamey of Madison; daughter, Audree Posey Torrez and husband Carlos of Naples, FL; son, Rob Stamey and wife Angela of Madison; son, Brad Stamey of Madison; grandchildren, Bella Torrez, Harry Torrez, Jacob Torrez, Alexa Stamey, Christiaan Stamey and sisters, Kim Beasley of Madison and Karen Perrett of Pelahatchie, MS. Donations can be made in her name to The Kira Foundation at which sends buckets of love to childhood cancer patients and cancer research.

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Barbara Jane Van Hooser Muncy
Fri, January 2nd

Barbara Jane Van Hooser Muncy

Barbara Jane Van Hooser Muncy, 80, died peacefully at her home in Jackson, MS, on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.  A memorial service, celebrating her life, will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at All Saints Episcopal church, located at 147 Daniel Lake Boulevard in Jackson and will be followed by fellowship for family and friends.

With her passing, Barbara is reunited with her parents, Robert Edward Van Hooser and Inez Russell Van Hooser, her husband James Paul Muncy, and her sister Elizabeth Van Hooser Barton.  She is survived by her brother, Robert Edward “Buddy” Van Hooser, Jr. (Jo), her children Nancy Muncy Beacham, Melissa Ann Nelson (Scott Essex), James Paul Muncy, Jr., and John Eric Muncy (Darlene), and her grandchildren Haley Jennings Bradley (Eric Moore), Emily Clair Bradley, Rebecca Ann Beacham, Barbara Alyson Muncy Jack (Kevin), Alexander Dylan Bradley, Christopher Russell Beacham, and James Andrew Muncy.

The family wishes to express deep gratitude to her kind and patient friends at the Sykes Park Senior Center, the loving congregation of All Saints Episcopal Church, and Latoria, Brenda, and all the staff of Sta-Home Hospice who worked so hard to keep her comfortable during her final months.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church of Jackson, MS. 

Kenneth Rowan Kerr, Jr. --- Clinton, MS
Tue, June 10th

Kenneth Rowan Kerr, Jr., 79, died on May 30, 2014, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. His memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Clinton, MS, with visitation beginning at 2 p.m. Ken was born on November 4, 1934, in Glendale, CA, the son of the late Kenneth R. Kerr, Sr., and Janet B. Kerr. He grew up in Wilmette, IL, and graduated from New Trier High School. After his family moved to Florida, he completed his education at Florida Southern College. Several years later, he married the love of his life, Carolyn Bailey, of St. Petersburg, FL. After several job-related relocations, they decided to make their home and raise their two daughters in Jackson, MS. Following his retirement from the insurance industry, he worked part-time for a local hobby store and then a local florist. He enjoyed playing tennis and gardening until his health prevented him from doing so. He was a long-time member of Epworth United Methodist Church in Jackson until it closed several years ago, and then he became a member of First United Methodist Church in Clinton. He will be remembered for his friendly and outgoing personality and his giving spirit. Ken was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Thomas B. Kerr. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn B. Kerr; his daughters, Kathryn K. Burgess (Greg) of Clinton and Karen K. Land (David) of Brandon; and his four grandchildren, Brendan and Andrew Burgess and Ryan and Megan Land. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest memorials be made to Parkinson's research foundations and/or to any local or national animal shelters/charities. Visit for online guestbook.


Max Edwin Harrison---Jackson, MS
Thu, March 27th


Max Edwin Harrison, 89, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Hospice Ministries. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, March 28, 2014 at Sebrell Funeral Home with burial following in Rosemont Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday and 12 Noon Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Harrison was born on June 2, 1924 in Florence, the son of the late William B. Harrison and Lucy Shack Harrison. A graduate of Terry High School, he entered the U.S. Navy in 1943. A World War II veteran, he served in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of Operations. Honorably discharged in 1946, Mr. Harrison moved to Clarksdale to assist his brother, Milton with his trucking business. He joined the U.S. Army in 1949 and served until 1952 when he joined the U.S. Air Force. He began his Air Force career stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi. On January 1, 1953, he married the former Alice Voncile Barlow. While serving his country in the Air Force, he was stationed in Eielson AFB in Fairbanks, AK; Barksdale AFB in Bossier City, LA and Westover AFB in Springfield, Mass where he retired after 20 years of service to his country in 3 different military branches.  After returning home, he graduated from barber school at Hinds Community College. Mr. Harrison worked for 20 years as barber, owning and operating his own barber shop on Terry Road. He served as a mission leader at Way of Grace Baptist Church, which started under the ministry of L.R. Shelton, Sr, of the First Baptist Church of Algiers, New Orleans, LA.  Mr. Harrison was an avid vegetable gardener, cherished spending time with his grandchildren and loved to read. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by 2 sisters and 2 brothers. He will be remembered most as a beloved husband, a devoted father, a cherished grandfather and loving brother and friend. Survivors include: his wife Alice Voncile Harrison of Jackson; daughters, Barbara Lynn Moore (Steve) of Patterson, LA and Lucy McAdory (George) of Madison, MS; grandchildren, Dustin Ray Porter of Morgan City, LA and Taylor Harrison of Madison. He is also survived by brother, Ralph Harrison (Joy) of Picayune; sister, Mildred Lewis of Byram; and brother, Ted Harrison (Mary Alice) of Crystal Springs.

Ronnie “Cowboy” Coley---Jackson, MS
Fri, March 14th


Ronnie “Cowboy” Coley, 60, of Jackson, died Thursday; March 13, 2014 at home. Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. Sunday followed by a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland. Ronnie was born on November 9, 1953, in Jackson; the son of the late Charles Nolan Coley and Mildred Wade Coley. He attended Hardy Junior High School, where he played football, Provine High School, Mississippi Baptist High School and McCluer High School. Ronnie began his rodeo career with calf roping as a member of the 4H Club and continued as a member of the Mississippi High School Rodeo Association where he became an award winning bull rider. Ronnie was also a member of the Mississippi Quarter Horse Association and the McCluer Riding Club. An avid outdoorsman, Ronnie loved camping. In his younger years, he coached little league baseball at Oak Forest. Ronnie was a Boy Scout in Troop 19. He was a former member of Van Winkle Baptist Church. He loved country and bluegrass music and taught himself to play the guitar. He enjoyed playing in numerous bands throughout his life and attending outdoor concerts. Ronnie previously worked for PRI Productions, a concert promoter in Georgia. He also drove over the road trucks and worked as a carpenter. Ronnie was known for his outgoing personality and his ability to never meet a stranger. He will be remembered most as a loving father, a beloved grandfather, a cherished brother, friend and entertainer to all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his son, Richard Coley of Byram; daughter, Chasidy Andrews and husband Joe of Braxton; son, Nolan Coley of Pearl; grandson, Wyatt Andrews of Braxton and brother, Wayne Coley and wife Holly of Pearl.

Charles Joseph Hannan, III --- Jackson, Mississippi
Sun, March 9th

Charles Joseph Hannan, III, 78, died March 6, 2014 at UMC. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Lakewood Memorial Park. A veteran, he served his country in the USMC and worked as a truck driver. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; children, Charles, Sylvia, Alesia and George; 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and sister, Carol.


Patricia Anne Windham---Pearl, Mississippi
Sun, March 9th

Patricia Anne Windham, 71, died March 6, 2014 at UMC. A private famil service will be held Monday. Patricia was born on August 13, 1942, in Port Sulphur, LA, the daughter of the late Nile Sandford and Helen Lopez. She is also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Treadway.   Survivors include: son, Kirk Jones of Denham Springs, LA; Jerry Windham (Crystal) of Pearl; grandchildren, Zoey Marie Windham and Jerry D. Windham, Jr. and brother, Richard Cox of Pearl.


Ruben Thurman (R.T.) Hollis
Mon, December 16th

Ruben Thurman (R.T.) Hollis, 83 of Carthage, MS went to be with our Lord on December 14, 2013. He was surrounded by his family and friends. Visitation will be at Trinity Baptist Church in Carthage, MS on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. The funeral service will begin at 1 P.M. and will be followed by a graveside service at Leake Memorial Gardens. R.T was born on September 8, 1930 in Edinburg, MS. He grew up in that area attending Edinburg High School and for the most part making Carthage, MS his hometown. He was an active member at Trinity Baptist Church, where he spent many hours serving in many different capacities. R.T was loved by many and will always be remembered as a "considerate soul" who loved his family and friends, but most of all he loved the Lord. He was an avid fisherman and spent many hours catching fish and cooking them. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Gleva Hollis; Sister, Billie Jean Phillps Westerhold (Walter) of Starkville, MS; sister Betty Sue Kea (Wendell) of Huntsville, AL; brother Jimmy Dale Hollis (Frances) of Edinburg, MS; sister Sammie Russell (William Lee) of Carthage, MS; son Randal Hollis, of Brandon, MS; daughter Brenda Latham (Bobby) of Forest, MS; daughter Gina Hollis of Philadelphia, MS; son Terry Hollis (Becky) of Brandon, MS; and son Jon T. Hollis (Sherry) of Cypress, TX. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, Shannon Hollis; Christopher Latham; Jennifer Hollis; Jay Hollis(Tonya); Brandon Latham; Maneka Jones (Dustin); Ashley Hollis; Lauren Riviere (Anthony); and Hannah Burnham, five great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Opal Hollis; brother Grady Hollis and granddaughter Sheena Crumbley. Pallbearers for the service will be Chris Bilbro, David Hayes, Christopher Latham, Jay Hollis, Brandon Latham, and Bradley McNeece. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church Transportation Fund, 208 Oakhill Drive, Carthage, MS 39051. A very heartfelt thanks goes to Shannon Hollis for the loving care she has given to her grandfather during the past months.


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Governor William A. (Bill) Allain
Tue, December 3rd

FormerMississippiGovernorBillAllaindiedMonday,December2atSt.DominicMemorial HospitalinJacksonattheageof85. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 Noon Saturday, December 7, 2013 at St. Mary Basilica in Natchez with burial at the Natchez City Cemetery. Gov. Allain will lie in state in state on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Mississippi State Capital. A state memorial service will begin at 3:00 p.m.

Robert Edward (Bob) Haygood
Tue, October 29th


Robert Edward (Bob) Haygood, 92, of Madison, MS and Columbus, MS went to be with our Lord while at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, MS on October 28, 2013.
Visitation will be at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson on Wednesday, October 30 at 1:00 p.m.  The funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm and will be followed by a graveside service at Parkway Memorial Cemetery on Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS.
Bob was born September 12, 1921 and grew up in Florence, AL. He attended Auburn University until he joined the Army.  He was proud to have served his country in World War II as part of the 12th Armored Division. He worked in communications under General George Patton in Germany, France and other European countries. He then returned to Auburn and was graduated with a BS degree in Vocational Agriculture.  In 1947 he married Virginia Robbins Andress from Monroeville, AL and they began their life together in Carrollton, AL where he taught Vocational Ag. He then accepted a position in Public Relations with Kraft Foods in Columbus, MS and was later transferred to Frankfort, KY.  He took early retirement in 1968 and returned to Columbus, MS where he owned and operated Bob’s Nursery for over 25 years.  While in Columbus, Bob was an active member of First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the choir and the Lewis Fellowship Sunday School Class, where he was the song leader for many years. 
He and Virginia retired to Madison, MS in 1995 to be near family.  They became active members of Christ United Methodist Church where they made many friends in the Griffin Sunday School Class and in their Growth Group.  Bob was a member of the Madison County Industrial Development Authority for many years. Bob and Virginia moved to independent living at the Orchard in 2005 where he was Virginia’s primary caregiver until her death 2 ½ years ago. While at the Orchard he led the singing for the Sunday morning church service. He most recently resided at Chateau Ridgeland.
Bob was loved by all and will be remembered as a “cheerful soul” who loved his family and friends but most of all he loved the Lord.  He was a living example to his children and grandchildren to be active in your church, do what is right and no matter what you do, do it well!  He worked hard but he loved life and having fun. He loved watching football, attending Auburn football games, playing tennis, gardening, fishing, boating at Smith Lake, touring other countries and traveling with Virginia and their children throughout the United States and Canada in their motor home. Throughout the years, he enjoyed staying in touch with friends and family from all avenues of his life. He especially enjoyed attending his Army reunions. He always loved meeting and talking to people. He enjoyed telling stories from World War II and “carrying on foolishness” with everyone. He often said that life isn’t worth living if you can’t laugh every day. Bob had a loving heart and was happiest when doing something for others. Even at age 92, he enjoyed staying busy and began each day asking what he could do to help someone else.
He was preceded in death by Virginia, his loving wife of 64 years. Survivors include daughter Janice Guckert and husband, Christopher, of Jackson, MS; son Bobby Haygood and wife, Laura Lee, of Collierville, TN; son Gary Haygood and wife, Helen, of Madison, MS; grandchildren Jennifer Guckert  of Baton Rouge, LA; Natalie Guckert of Charleston, SC; Kimberly Guckert Long and husband, Cameron, of Miami, FL; Andy Haygood and wife, Becky, of Richmond, VA; Lauren Haygood of San Francisco, CA; Reid Haygood of Starkville, MS and Will Haygood of Madison, MS; great-granddaughter Claire Haygood of Richmond, VA;  sister Faye May and husband, Clyde; sister-in-law Frances Haygood of Florence, AL  and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Mary Killen Haygood, brother James Haygood, sisters Leola Haygood, Willie Tee Haygood, and Ida Mae Wilson, all of Florence, AL.
Pallbearers include Christopher Guckert, Andy Haygood, Reid Haygood, Will Haygood, Cameron Long,  Haley Fisackerly, Richard Crowder and Ret. Brigadier General Roger Shields.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Ministries, 450 Towne Center Boulevard, Ridgeland, MS 39157 or Christ United Methodist Church, 6000 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS 39211.

Phyllis Lynn Fox Britt
Wed, July 17th

Phyllis Lynn Fox Britt of Jackson, MS went to be with her Savior Jesus Christ on July 14, 2013 at the age of 62.  She was born to the late Stacy Jordan Fox and Ida Grace Watkins Fox of Northeast Jackson.  She was born at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS on Feb. 2, 1951, during the Great Ice Storm.  They were members of First Presbyterian Church, P.C.A., where she was baptized.  She attended St. Andrews Pre-School and her remaining school years at Jackson Public Schools, where she graduated at Calloway Senior High as Class Favorite, Best in Art, Best in Drama.  She loved to paint and act, which were her fortes.  Upon graduating from Calloway, she received her B.F.A. from the Memphis College of Arts and then returned to Jackson to teach art in the Quarter’s Fox Art Studio.  She subsequently worked as paste-up artist at the Northside Sun newspaper and Hederman Brother’s Printing Company.  She married George Steven Britt of Brookhaven in 1979, and they were blessed with one daughter, Cameron Grace, born at Baptist Hospital in Jackson.  The family lived in Brookhaven for all of Cammie’s school years.  They loved being members of Faith Presbyterian Church, P.C.A., where Phyllis taught primary children’s Sunday School and sang in the choir for many years.  Cammie was baptized at Faith Presbyterian Church by Dr. Shelton Sanford.  Rev. Rob Oates was also instrumental in their family.  Phyllis was a lifetime member of Brookhaven’s Junior Auxiliary and was active for six years.  She loved being part of such a phenomenal group of women, and favorite memories included the “Peel ‘Em and Eat ‘Em Shrimp Dinner” fundraiser, the R.I.F. reading program and acted in many plays for children. Phyllis and Steve returned to Jackson in 1999 where she worked several years as a substitute teacher for Jackson Public Schools.  Phyllis first received a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2003 and has been fighting this horrendous disease in addition to lung cancer and eventual brain cancer ever since then.  Survivors include her daughter, Cammie Grace Bullock (Derek) of Gulfport; her granddaughter Kate Taylor of Gulfport; brother Dr. John Steven Fox (Deb) of Boise, ID; her husband George as well as his brothers and sister and numerous nieces and nephews that she loved. She was fully loved by her close family of aunts, uncles and cousins that are all part of the Watkins family. Being a member of the Watkins family has been an encouragement, inspiration and blessing her entire life and she has adored every minute being part of such a gracious, caring family.  Special thanks extended to all of her many doctors in Jackson and the staffs of Baptist Hospital who gave her many more days to see all the beauty of the world.  Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ley, Dr. Shumaker, Dr. Wahl, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Runnels, Dr. Ingram, Dr. McVey, and her favorite dentist, Ed Redding, D.D.S., who has been a friend and inspiration all her life. Her only surviving aunt, Mrs. Ann Sudduth, 86 years old, has been an important inspiration and comfort to her.  Aside from Cammie and Kate Taylor, her love has been with Gracie, a special daschund from Mississippi State, who has been her constant companion and loyal guard dog for 12 years.  Her two cats, Soxie and Travelor have entertained her so much and made her laugh in her darkest days. Visitation will be held Friday, July 19th at Sebrell Funeral Home in Jackson from 12-2 pm.  A graveside service will be held at Lakewood Memorial Cemetery at 2:30 pm.  Longtime family friend Ben McClain, an ordained elder in the P.C.A., will present the message of our only hope in Christ at the graveside service.  She loves flowers, especially pale pink roses, but if you’d like to leave a memoriam in her name, please send it to “Domestic Violence Jackson Women’s Shelter for Battered Families”, 200 N. Congress St., Suite 100 Jackson, MS 39201 or First Presbyterian Church of Gulfport, 10885 O’Neal Road, Gulfport, MS 39503.

James Forrest Cagle
Tue, July 16th

James Forrest Cagle, 72, died July 14, 2013, at home surrounded by his family. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the chapel of Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland. A Masonic graveside service will follow at Jessamine Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and will continue at 1:00 p.m. Thursday.

Mr. Cagle was born on November 18, 1940, in Louisville, MS, the son of the late Forrest and Fleda Cagle. A graduate of East Central Community College, he worked for over 30 years for Entergy (MP&L) as a lineman in the Rankin and Madison county offices. Mr. Cagle was an avid Mississippi State fan. He was a member of the Wahabi Shrine and was active in the clown unit, serving numerous times as Captain of the unit. Mr. Cagle assisted transporting many children to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children in Shreveport, LA, and Galveston, TX. He was a member of the Leavell Woods Masonic Lodge # 620, where he is a Past Master. He was a Member of Local IBEW #605. He was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and was recognized as a true grandson of confederate hero, Private James Pinkney Cagle.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Deane Cagle.

Survivors include: son, Louis Daniel Barksdale (Nancy) of Brandon; son, Herchell Byron Roebuck of Scott, LA; daughter, Regenia Roebuck Johnson of Gluckstadt; son, Mark Everette Roebuck (Becky) of Meridian; son, William Kelly Hyde of Ocoee, FL; daughter, Renae Cagle Grissett of Ridgeland; 14 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; brother, Steven Gage Cagle of Louisville; sisters, Sara Cagle Crawford of Marion, AR; Rebecca Cagle Carson of Louisville; Dorothy Cagle McDaniel of Marion, AR; numerous nieces and nephews and special friend Donna Beatty of Pulaski.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospitals for Children, c/o Wahabi Shrine, 4123 I-55 South, Jackson, MS, 39212.

Susan Ellen Schultz Ward
Fri, July 12th

Susan Ellen Schultz Ward, age 71of Jackson, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. She was born to the late Sudie Godwin and Jack Locke Schultz on June 29, 1942. Suellen attended St. Andrew's Episcopal School, graduated from Murrah High School in 1960, before attending Millsaps College where she was a member of Kappa Delta. She was an active member in the community and was a longtime member of the Junior League of Jackson and the Debutant Club of Mississippi, making her debut in 1961. She was a parishioner of St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral where she sang in the choir in the early 2000s. Before she left full time work to raise her children, she worked at her family's landmark clothing stores Sudie's and Hardwicks, both located in the Woodland Hills Shopping Center in Fondren. Suellen is survived by her children Gayden "Locke" Ward (Melanie) and Ellen Ward Gomila (Lawson), grandchildren Mary Pender Ward and Henley Hodges Gomila. She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends. Visitation will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in the Parish Hall from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Services will follow in the cathedral at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to The National Psoriasis Foundation.


George Reames Rogers
Sun, July 7th

George Reames Rogers, 59, died Saturday, July 6, 2013 at home. A private memorial service will be held. George was born on February 3, 1954 in Jackson, the son of William and Lavine Rogers. A graduate of Calloway High School, George served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He was an avid fisherman and excellent leather craftsman. He cherished spending time with his family and friends. George attended First Baptist Church of Madison. He is preceded in death by his father, William Reames Rogers and sister, Cynthia Ann White.

Survivors include: daughter, Amanda Rogers of Atlanta, GA; mother, Lavine Rogers of Madison; sister, Terri Smith and husband Rick of Madison; brother, Matthew Rogers of Orange Beach, AL; niece Kristen Smith and nephew John S. White both of Madison. Memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 106 Riverview Dr., Flowood, MS 39232.


Robert D. (Buddy) Ellis
Fri, July 5th

Robert D. (Buddy) Ellis, 65, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at home. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland with burial following in Brownsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013 and 12 Noon Saturday at the funeral home. Mr. Ellis was born on September 8, 1947, in Bolton, the son of the late Charles and Martha Ellis. A veteran, Mr. Ellis retired from the US Army. After retirement, he worked for J.E. Carter of Clinton. He was a member of the Pocahontas Baptist Church. Mr. Ellis enjoyed fishing, camping and cooking. He cherished spending time with his family and friends. He will most be remembered as a beloved husband, a loving father, a devoted grandfather, brother and friend. Survivors include: his wife, Lisa of Bolton; daughter, Toni Killens (Larry) of Bolton; son, Robby Ellis (Ashley) of Jacksonville, NC; daughter, Mandy Forrest (Matt) of Bolton; son, Danny Ellis of Bolton; grandchildren, Ayden and Rylee Ellis both of Jacksonville, NC; Avery Sullivan of Bolton; sisters, Elaine Bates (Curtis) of Jackson; Nona Frost of Pearl; Penny McElvoy of Polkville; Denise Machost of Brookhaven; brother, Rusty Ellis of Bolton and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Pocahontas Baptist Church, 4200 Kickapoo Road Jackson, Mississippi 39209.

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Michael Anthony Camardelle
Wed, January 16th

Michael Anthony Camardelle, 49, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at home. A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2013 at St. James’ Episcopal Church.  Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Fowler Hall

 Michael was born on September 14, 1963 in Marrero, LA, the son of Donald R. Camardelle and the late Ruth “Pee Wee” Camardelle. He graduated from John Ehret High School in 1981 and continued his education at (Southwestern) USL in Lafayette, LA from 1981-1983. Michael was a former employee of K&B and Rite Aid and served as the Mississippi Regional Supervisor.
Along with his mother, he is preceded in death by his grandparents, Edna and Sam O'Quain and Landry R. and Bernice M. Camardelle
He is survived by his partner, William Allen Barnes, Jr.; father, Donald R. Camardelle and step mother, Patricia F. Camardelle;  sons, Beau Camardelle and wife Genetha; Kyle Camardelle and wife Melissa; grandchildren, Hunter Beau Camardelle, Kylie Brook Camardelle and Victoria & Chris Westlake. Michael is also survived by a sister, Katherine C. Smith; nephews, Brett J. Smith, Jr., Cole J. Smith, nieces, Brittany Gregg and Caitlyn A. Camardelle.   
Memorials may be made in Michael’s honor to Grace House, P.O. Box 68924, Jackson, MS 39286. Online condolences may be offered at

William David (Bill) McAdam, Sr.
Sat, January 5th

William (Bill) David McAdam, Sr., 70, passed away at Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland on December 29, 2012 after a brief fight with cancer and related complications. Visitation will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church, 399 Barrow Street, Pearl, MS on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 p.m., with a Funeral Mass beginning at 1:00 p.m. A private burial service will be held at a later date. Bill was born in West Palm Beach, FL and grew up in Pensacola, FL where he graduated from Pensacola High School. He later moved to MS and has since resided in Madison and Rankin County.  He is survived by daughter, Laura McAdam Pickel, (son-in-law, Paul Pickel) of Pearl, Mississippi; son, William David McAdam, Jr., (daughter-in-law, Nicole McAdam) of Mobile, Alabama; and daughter, Susan McAdam Morgan, (son-in-law Jonathan Morgan) of Slaughter, Louisiana. He is survived by five grandchildren, Caleb Bradford, Alec Pickel and Jessica Pickel of Pearl, MS; and Cade and Elise Morgan of Slaughter, LA. He is also survived by his brother, Thomas W. McAdam, (sister-in-law Francis McAdam) of Danbury, Texas and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Major Edward Haywood McAdam and Jean Welles McAdam, along with his brother, Edward Haywood McAdam, Jr. Bill loved his friends and family. He enjoyed being a member of the MS Peacemakers Single Action Shooting Society and deep sea fishing. In his earlier years, he earned his pilot’s license to fly single engine planes, and flying was one of his passions and favorite pastimes.  Our family wishes to thank the staff of Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland, Dr. Rebekah Moulder and her staff and Mid Delta Home Health and Staff.

Lucy Rees Baker
Sat, January 5th

Lacy Rees Baker, mother, grandmother, sister, teacher and devoted friend to so many, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Baptist Medical Center from heart failure at the age of 81. She was surrounded by family, friends and dedicated health professionals who had worked with her the past few years as she struggled with complicated health issues.

 A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Wells Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson, followed by a visitation.

Ms. Baker, a long-time teacher in the Jackson Public School system, was born Dec. 5, 1931, in Hattiesburg, Miss., to John Lacy and Myrna Rees. She was the first grandchild on her mother’s side and was showered with love and affection by numerous doting aunts and uncles, mostly in the family hometown of Brooklyn, Miss.

The Rees family moved to Jackson in 1948 where Ms. Baker graduated from Central High School and attended Millsaps College.  She met Lee Baker at Millsaps, and the two married in 1952 and conceived two children.  Although divorced in 1981, the two were lifelong friends until Mr. Baker’s death in 2003.

A graduate of Shurtleff College in Alton, Ill., Ms. Baker received a master’s degree from Mississippi College in 1971. She started teaching at the old Forest Hill School when it was a 1-12 complex, and moved to Timberlawn Elementary in 1971. She spent her entire career teaching second graders and was also very active in the professional organizations for teachers before retiring in 1996.


She loved to travel and saw much of the United States by car.  She was also an avid sports fan, attending thousands of games during her lifetime. Although her former husband was considered the writer in the family, it was actually Lacy who was published in Sports Illustrated when a letter she wrote to the editor was included in the January 10, 1955, issue.  At the time, the publication was in its second year of existence and Ms. Baker was confronting magazine leadership about the elaborate story it did on coaches’ wives.  Although she held nothing against them, she just wanted to point out that sportswriters’ wives had a much harder road since their husbands were never out of season.

Ms. Baker also loved to read, work in the garden and spend time with friends. She looked forward to Fridays, when her maid and close friend of 55 years – Earlene Ainsworth – would come.  Many times, Earlene’s husband John Earl would accompany his wife to work in the yard, and Lacy loved them both for their lifetime of friendship and service.


The family is especially grateful for Lacy’s long life since 27 years ago, she had a brush with death when her heart stopped while walking her dog on Riverside Drive. A local oral surgeon, Dr. Donald Seago, was driving by, saw her fall and rushed back to administer CPR. She is survived by a brother, Terry Dalton Rees and his wife Greta Bo of Dallas, Texas; a daughter Lacy Lee Baker and her husband Jay Miller of Louisville, Ky., and their daughter Nikki Miller, a senior at Lake Forest College; a son John Bailey Baker, his wife Marty Gloyna, and their son Thelonius (9) of Bozeman, Mt.; and Lacy’s friend and caregiver Craig Cullum of Jackson.

In addition, Lacy is survived by her loving church family.  She was known for her beautiful smiles and her gift of encouraging words. To honor her church and its continuing work, please send donations to Wells Church, UMC, in lieu of flowers, located at 2019 Bailey Avenue, Jackson, Miss., 39213.



Mary Nell Herrington Creel
Fri, December 14th


Mary Nell Creel slipped away peacefully on December 13th, 2012 at 4:25 a.m. to join her husband Joseph Thomas Creel and her Savior in Heaven. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Franklin Baptist Church. A graveside service will immediately follow at Bethel Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland and 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the church. Mary Nell is preceded by her husband and her parents, Jesse and Flora Herrington, sisters, Margaret Bailey, Sarah Herrington and brother Charles Herrington. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, daughter, Linda Carver, and son-in-law Barry Carver of Ringgold, Ga., son, Joe Creel and daughter-in-law Debbie Creel of Flora, son, Mark Creel of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., son, Russell Creel and daughter-in-law Alana Creel of Flora, Ms., grandchildren, Brandon Carver of Birmingham, Al., Jessica Layman and her husband Michael Layman of Franklin, Tn., Adam Carver of Denver, Co., Joseph Creel of Clinton, Ms., Caleb Creel of Madison, Ms., Maggi Creel of Madison, Ms., Madelyn Creel, of Flora, Ms., a multitude of of nieces, nephews and loving friends. The family would like to thank Dr. Addison for his many years of care and Drs. Billy Williams and Dr. Murphy Martin, all of the caregivers in ICU, 3rd floor cardiac, wing 6A and all the support staff of Baptist Hospital for the wonderful care she received, and also the nurses and staff of Hospice Ministries, and Beverly Coleman for the sweet medley of hymns she sang in our mother's final moments. Also our thanks to Rev. Donnie Parker for his many visits. We are also thankful of the love and support of our many friends, and for the grace of our Savior for his gentle hand in her passage.

Elizabeth Ann (Liz) Thomas Mills
Mon, December 3rd

 Elizabeth Ann Thomas Mills, 76, died Sunday, December 2, 2012, at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson after a brief fight with cancer and related complications. “Liz” was born, raised and lived for most of her life in Greenville, Mississippi. Born to Lebanese immigrant and dry goods, real estate, and cable company businessman William Thomas, Sr., and Mehiba Solomon Thomas on May 24, 1936, she was graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1954. Socializing at the age of 18 with high school friends on the Mississippi River levee, this stunning young lady met Lowell Price “Tommy” Mills of Richmond, Indiana, who was stationed at Greenville Air Force Base. She never let him return home.  At first explaining slyly to her parents that the 21 year old Air Force Cadet Mills - controversially not of Lebanese descent - was her “tutor”, Liz and Tommy were soon married on August 1, 1954 at St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville. They were later stationed in Great Falls, Montana, Del Rio and Lubbock, Texas and Glendale, Arizona before returning home in October, 1956 with two baby daughters in tow.

While rearing three children and helping Tommy establish himself as one of Mississippi’s finest architects, Liz opened up the Cotton Patch women’s clothing store in 1969 and for 26 years was a Delta icon for the latest in ladies fashions. No customer entered the Cotton Patch without coming out with a smile on their face, not only proud they had purchased the ‘perfect outfit’ but happy to have spent time with Liz and her daughters Pam and Suzie, who with their sincere, loving social skills made them feel very special. Later she was especially proud and supportive of her son William joining his father to form Mills & Mills Architects of Greenville/Oxford/New Albany.
She was a member of the Junior Woman’s Club, the Highland Club, the Lebanese-American Club, Delta Diners Dinner Club and the Coterie Club, and was a life-long member of St. James Episcopal Church, among many other activities. Liz loved her friends and enjoyed dancing the Memphis two step in her early years. She especially loved weekends spent at the family lake house on Lake Ferguson. After her brother and sister and all of her children matriculated to Ole Miss, she became an ardent follower of the Rebels; however, only concerning herself with bottom line wins or losses and not all of the details.
It is said by many that “Noni”, as she was tagged by her grandchildren, ‘broke the mold’. You could literally hear her coming, adorned with portions of her extensive jewelry collection, a hint of her significant love of shopping and the ‘high’ she received in buying for and giving significantly to others. She held a commanding presence and was clearly a matriarch in the Thomas/Mills clan, speaking to and ‘coaching along’ her children in multiple phone calls every single day. She clearly stated to anyone – in her distinctive gravelly voice - her opinion on most any personal, social, religious or political matter leaving absolutely nothing for speculation as to where she stood. Liz was strong in mind, heart, and spirit, so much that she was able to courageously survive a near fatal automobile accident in April, 2011. It can certainly be said that she lived her life “her way”, and she was especially grateful for that in her last days.
She summoned her entire extended family to her home every Christmas where everyone was showered with countless gifts literally piled to the ceiling that she had begun buying in the summer and ‘requiring’ attendance at the annual St. James Christmas Eve service where she enjoyed singing the special Christmas hymns with her family. Likewise every summer, for 32 years, the Mills clan convened at their other home – their “piece of heaven” – at Jetty East in Destin, Florida.  Noni lavished a uniquely special love on her children and grandchildren, all of whom held her on the highest pedestal. The family will hold in their hearts forever Noni’s special stamp on their lives.
Liz Mills is survived by her husband of 58 years, Tommy Mills of Greenville, daughter Pamela Ava Mills Turner (Jon) of Jackson, daughter Suzanne Elizabeth Mills Adcock (Jeff) of Jackson and son William Thomas Mills (Donna) of New Albany and five grandchildren Raney-Mills Turner Kiely (Sean) of New Orleans, David Thomas Adcock (Anna) of Jackson, Mark Newman Adcock of Memphis, Mary-Crosby Turner of Nashville and William Thomas Mills, Jr. of Jackson. She is also survived by her twin brother William Thomas, Jr. of Germantown, Tennessee and her sister Betty Jean Thomas Slade of Madison and a beloved extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. in Greenville Cemetery at 1000 South Main Street, immediately followed by a gathering celebrating Liz’s life at St. James Episcopal Church directly across the street. The Rev. Susan K. Crawford will officiate the graveside service. Sebrell Funeral Home in Jackson is handling arrangements. An online guestbook is available at  Memorials may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 1026 S. Washington Ave, Greenville, MS 38701.

Patrese Clarkson Stewart
Thu, November 29th


Patrese Clarkson Stewart, Adjunct Professor at Mississippi College and retired Clinton Teacher, leaves a legacy of love, laughter and joyous exuberance. She was a kid at heart who never lost the awe and wonder of life. She enjoyed every day, everywhere, with everybody. She loved to dance even when she was by herself. She was the party and we joined her in progress.
At Forest Hill High (73) she distinguished herself by being selected Homecoming Queen, Ms Forest Hill, Who’s Who, a Beauty, Head Cheerleader, and was chosen Ms. Congeniality in Junior Miss. Her love of horses led to competing in shows and performing tricks on her pony. With the greatest of ease, she captured the hearts of humans, horses and dogs and leaves her 2 dogs, Nip and Tuck. She was trained in dance, played softball and water skied with grace.
In college she was on the Competitive Gymnastics Team, teaching gymnastics later, and in the Performing Singing Group “The Meh Ladies” where she sang at the Super Dome and traveled extensively. She was selected to the Prestigious Jester Club at the W. She earned a Masters and Specialist Degree after graduating from Ms. University for Women
She was the award-winning National Board Certified 6th grade reading teacher who put the world into the palms of her students' hands, bringing more life to the printed word than TV, movies or internet ever could. She even painted the whole hallway at school with dozens of beautiful murals to engage students and improve the surroundings. People loved visiting at her beautiful home because she had the gift of hospitality, was a wonderful cook, painter, maker of ceramics, and interior decorator. She loved the outdoors and used the porches and decks to view the Southern Living inspired oasis that she solely created. This was a gal who loved beauty in art, nature, clothes, jewelry. Traveling was another passion as her sister’s adventure seeking travel buddy.
She is survived by one sister, Chris Clarkson Weems (Larry), her loving companion Freddy Sligh, cousin Jean Suddith (Frank), sister in law Carol Robertson (John), Kathy Mashburn (Walter), Marilyn Hetrick (Bill), brothers in law Mike Stewart (Kay) Joey Stewart. Nieces and nephews, Clarke Weems (Amanda), Ty Weems (Aly), Lori Weems Davidson (Sheaford), Elizabeth Ronie (Joey), Sara Miller, Stephen Stewart (Lacey), Matthew Stewart,Kassy Patrick (Kevin), Krista Stewart, Erin Soto (Daniel), Risher Robertson (Amy), Mary Anne Stewart, and great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Tommy Stewart, parents Bob and Jimmie Clarkson, father in law Joe Stewart, and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. E. Clarkson and Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Lollar.We request you wear bright colors to honor her vivacious spirit, Saturday December 1, at Holy Savior Catholic Church in Clinton, Ms. Visitation at 10, Service at 11 with Celebration for all to follow immediately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lovett Elementary School, Patrese Stewart Reading Fund (2002 Northside Drive, Clinton, MS 39056) or your favorite charity.

Jewel Bridges Odom
Tue, November 20th

 A precious wife, mother and grandmother, Jewel Bridges Odom went to be with our Heavenly Father on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at University of Mississippi Medical Center. Jewel was retired from the U.S. Postal service where she worked for 20 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Flora where she shared her beautiful voice with her church family for many years. Jewel received a bone marrow transplant and fought multiple myeloma for four years. Her life was a living testament for Jesus and she wanted that to shine so others could see His grace through her life. Jewel loved her family. She lived and breathed for her husband, children and grandchildren. Jewel was preceded in death by her parents, Kermit and Christine Bridges. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Tommy Odom of Flora, her son Michael Odom (wife Christy) of Madison, daughter Allyson Odom Mize (husband Bubba) of Oxford, 3 sisters, Linda Williams (husband Larry), Ruth Hammack (husband Lee), Robin Prestage (husband Bill), and sister-in-law Betty Clifford all of Flora, 5 grandchildren, Mary Blair Odom, Brady Odom, Meredith Odom, Trustin Mize, Kruse Mize, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Flora at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Joe Cole officiating. A visitation will be at the church from 9:30a.m. - 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. A graveside service will follow at Flora Cemetery. Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of Flora at P.O. Box 163, Flora, MS 39071.

John Edward Tilton, Jr
Thu, November 15th


John Edward Tilton, Jr., beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed from this life on November 13, 2012, leaving behind scores of dear friends and colleagues, and a lifelong record of service to his country and his community. Born into a family legacy of military service, John attended Georgia Military Academy and The Citadel before completing his degree at Georgia State University in 1970. He enlisted into the United States Army that same year and spent over 20 years serving his country as a pilot and officer, both in the active Army and the Army Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.   John received over a dozen decorations and service badges, including the coveted Bronze Star Award and the Master Aviator Badge. After an illustrious career in the military, John turned his service to his community through the Civil Air Patrol, where he held the rank of Colonel and served in a variety of leadership roles including Alabama Wing Commander, Southeast Region Commander, National Safety Officer, a member of the Board of Governors.   John’s exceptional skills as a pilot and a teacher were well known to colleagues and family, who were often heard to say “if it flies, John can fly it.” His love of the air led him to pilot gliders, helicopters, prop planes, jets, float planes, and hot air balloons. He was a Certified Flight Instructor and a corporate pilot for companies such as Energy Helicopters, Magic Express Airlines, and The Southern Company, from which he retired. Over his military and private careers, John accumulated over 18,000 flight hours.Within this talented professional man lived a kind, gentle, and loving spirit who was at his happiest when he was helping and supporting others. Quick with a joke, John was equally quick to make everyone he touched feel special, valued, and unconditionally loved. In 2007, he met his soul mate, Becky, and after their marriage in 2008, devoted himself to their life together and love for one another. In today’s world, it is rare to find what used to be called a “renaissance man” – one whose interests and talents are diverse and profound. John Tilton was such a man, as comfortable researching his family’s genealogy as he was tending his roses. Everything about John was positive, patient, and uplifting, and his spirit was as light as the hot air balloon he so loved and piloted in his later years.John’s life and love lives on in those he loved and who loved him, including his beloved wife, Becky, his daughters, Allison Gale Tilton Clark (Ray), Natalie Anne Tilton Lloyd (Brandon), his son, John Edward Tilton, III, his stepdaughter Larissa (Lacey) Greer Bran Hughes (Heath), stepson, Gregory Joseph Brand, II, grandchildren, Layne and Shelby Clark, Niko Lloyd, Ava Greer, Layla Westyn Hughes, and Tabatha Baum, his sister Connie Bryant (Jack), nephew Johnny Bryant and niece Kim Bryant, brother in law Sonny (R.E.) Dyer, and mother in law Sara Ferguson. John was predeceased by his parents, John Edward Tilton, Sr., and Ruby Tilton.A memorial service celebrating John’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Raymond Road Baptist Church in Jackson, MS, with visitation from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Church. In keeping with his extraordinary life of service to country, family, and community, John’s last resting place will be Arlington National Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be made to The Salvation Army of Central Mississippi, Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice.

Anthony "David" Williams
Thu, November 15th


Anthony “David” Williams, 69, of Madison, MS passed away on November 13, 2012, after a private aircraft accident. He was born in Laurel, MS to the late H.F. and Annelle Williams on January 18, 1943. David graduated from Ellisville High School in 1961, received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1965, and graduated from US Air Force Pilot Training in 1966. He is survived by his wife of 46 years and love of his life, Carol, of Madison, MS; and a sister, Jan Taylor, and her husband Frank, of Laurel, MS. He is also survived by a son, Chad David Williams and his wife, Carla, of Marietta, GA; and a daughter, Gina Williams Boykin and her husband, Paul, of Madison, MS, and five grandchildren: Reed, Catherine, and John David Williams of Marietta, GA ; and Lauren and Claire Boykin of Madison, MS. David worked full-time for 38 years for Mississippi Power Company in various engineering and executive roles until he retired in 2004. His longest tenure was as District Manager in Hattiesburg, MS, from 1981 to 1995. David was well regarded as a leader who deeply cared for both his employees and customers. He received many corporate awards for his district's exemplary level of customer service. David served part-time as an officer in the Mississippi Air National Guard in Meridian, MS, from 1966 to 1975, where he piloted both RF-84 and RF-101 fighter jets. In 1975, he transferred to the Air Force Reserve at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS, where he flew the WC-130 aircraft as a Hurricane Hunter until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1991.  He served an active role in the US Civil Air Patrol as a former squadron commander of the Singing River Squadron. Most recently he was a certified FAA flight instructor and Chief of   standardization/Evaluation for the Mississippi Wing. David was a past President of the following organizations:   Mississippi Industrial Development Council, Forrest County Industrial Development Council, Forrest County Industrial Park Commission, Hattiesburg Rotary Club, Meridian Jaycees, and Ocean Springs Optimist Club. David served as a Deacon at Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, MS (including Deacon Chairman), and First Baptist Church in Gulfport, MS. He was most recently an active member and Sunday School teacher at Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Ridgeland, MS. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Building Fund of Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Ridgeland, MS. A visitation will be held from 5 PM to 8 PM Friday and at 11:15 AM Saturday at Colonial Heights Baptist Church. The memorial service will be held at Colonial Heights Baptist Church at 12 Noon Saturday, followed by a graveside service at Roseland Park Cemetery in Hattiesburg, MS, at 3:30 PM.

Paul Varnado
Tue, November 6th

Paul Varnado, 76, of Raymond took his final flight Sunday, November 4, 2012, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center surrounded by his family. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012, at Jackson First with graveside services following at Raymond Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday and 11:00 am Thursday all at the church.   Paul was born to Wilma (Saucier) and Elijah Varnado on June 23, 1936, in Poplarville, Mississippi. He graduated from Savannah High School and joined the U.S. Navy shortly thereafter.  Paul moved to Jackson and began work in the consumer finance business opening his own business, ABC Finance Corp., in 1967, which he still owned and managed at the time of his death. Paul earned his pilot’s license in 1960; flying was his passion and favorite pastime. He owned several airplanes over the years, but his favorite was his prized Cessna 180. He was the Southeast Director for the International Cessna 180/185 Club. He accepted the Lord as his Savior in 1980 and was a member of Jackson First Assembly serving faithfully as a board member for many years. Pastor Otis Moore was not only his pastor, but he was one of Paul’s dearest friends. Paul is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kathy (Eisenhauer); three sons and one daughter-in-law: Dennis and wife, Pam of Bossier City, LA; Jason of Raymond; and Eric of Gulfport. His youngest son, Tyler, went to Heaven on October 22, 2007, and we are certain there was a joyous reunion on Sunday morning. Other survivors include a granddaughter, Sarah Varnado; grandsons, Blake Miley and Reece Varnado; and a great-granddaughter, Sophie Grace Miley. Paul is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law Janet and Larry Damme, Mike and Lorraine Eisenhauer, Judy and Arlin Brinkman, and Dean and Maria Eisenhauer; godson, Callum Cerny; spiritual godmother, Frances Langley; his dog, Greta; and many, many nieces, nephews and friends.  Paul loved to laugh, and he loved life. He was a success at everything he pursued, building his own underground house, airport, and hangar. But his biggest acomplishments in life were his relationships with God, his wife, and his children. Paul served them with his entire heart. He leaves a legacy of love, devotion, friendship, humor, wisdom and wit that were his and his alone.  To say that Paul will be missed is an incredible understatement. He took a portion of all of us with him. But, if we live our lives with a fraction of the passion he had for God and family, we will join him for all eternity. And, THAT DEFINES A SUCCESSFUL LIFE.

Gerald (Doc) Brent
Thu, October 18th

Gerald "Doc" Brent passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at his cousin's home. Doc worked for over 30 years as a Respiratory Therapist at the Baptist Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi.He is preceded in death by his parents; Hugh and Velma Ward Brent and two brothers; Johnny and Jacky. Doc is survived by his sister, Laurie Epps and husband Steve of Greenville South Carolina, and a cousin C. J. Cooper and her husband Larry of Clinton, Mississippi, and God children; John and Jessie Bailey. A memorial service honoring Doc will be held on October 18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the chapel of Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorials to be sent to the
American Cancer Society .


William Leon (Bill) Eubank
Thu, October 18th

Bill was an accountant for 50 years, 42 of which were at Eubank, Betts, Hirn, and Wood. He's been a member of FBC-Jackson since 1969 where he served as Chairman of Deacons, Life Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and he also chaired and served on numerous committees. He also served in the community on several boards and civic organizations including Baptist Hospital where he just finished serving as Chairman of the Board. He also received numerous awards and recognitions for his service and commitment to the Metro Jackson community. But above all else, Bill was not a fan but a completely committed follower of Jesus Christ. He is survived by his wife of 45 years whom he loved with all his heart, Sandra; his son Brett Eubank (Denise) of Nixa, MO; his son Brad Eubank (Rebecca) of Petal, MS; his son Bryan Eubank (Cyndi) of Madison, MS; and granddaughters Gracie Eubank, Lila Eubank, Anna Sloan Eubank; and grandsons William Eubank, Matthew Eubank, Bryan Eubank and Jackson Eubank. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and cousins.There will be a burial ceremony for close friends and family in the Parkway Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 17, from 3:00 until 7:00pm, at First Baptist Church in Jackson.A Celebration of Life Service for Bill Eubank, Jr., 72, of Madison, will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at First Baptist Church in Jackson. If you choose to honor the life and legacy of Bill, please do so in an eternal investment of one of the following instead of flowers: JA Athletics Booster Club (4908 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211), Petal FBC (where Brad is pastor - 992 Hwy 42, Petal, MS, 39465), Grace Hill Church, Nixa, MO (where Brett is pastor - 1006 West Pembrook, Nixa, MO, 65714), and Jackson College Ministry Mission Scholarship Fund, Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Our family wishes to thank the staff of the Hederman Cancer Center, Dr. Bobby Graham and his staff at Jackson Oncology Associates and all of the amazing staff of Nursing Unit 6C as well as the Administration and Board of Baptist Hospital.


William R. (Bill) Trout
Thu, October 11th


William R. (Bill) Trout, 72, died October 6, 2012 at home. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 15, 2012 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Monday t the church.
Bill was born in Shelby, Ohio, the son of the late William and Catherine Trout. He received a football and baseball scholarship to the University of Wyoming where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree. Bill retired as a Regional Sales Manager in the propane gas industry. A longtime resident of Brandon, Bill, an avid golfer and sportsman, was a member of Castlewoods Country Club and worked in the golf pro shop for 6 years. He was a communicant of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Brandon.
He will be most remembered as a beloved husband, a loving father, a cherished grandfather, brother and friend.
Bill is survived by his wife Veronica (Roni) Trout of Brandon; daughter, Jacqueline Trout Sixbey and her husband Ely of Lander, WY; grandson, Parker Jackson Sixbey of Lander, WY; brother, James T. Trout and his wife Karen of Shelby, OH; brother, David A. Trout and his wife Donna of Shelby, OH; sister, Kay Reustle and her husband Al of Dover, PA and nieces; Julie Reustle, Tammy Fellows and husband Brian, Tiffany Hall and husband Roger, Vicki Trout, nephews:  Albert Reustle Jr and wife Christina, Tom Trout, Larry Trout and wife Jen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bill’s honor to Hospice Ministries, 450 Towne Center Blvd., Ridgeland, MS 39157.

Robert Sharkey Withers, III.
Sun, October 7th

Robert Sharkey Withers, III, 69, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 5, 2012 after a brief battle with cancer. A native of Jackson, MS he was born on Christmas Day, 1942. He graduated from Murrah High School in 1960, attended Mississippi State University and served in the United States Army. During his career in Jackson he was active in the residential construction and mortgage lending business. He moved to Arlington, Texas in 1985 where he managed a builder's warranty program. He lived in Granbury and Clifton, TX until he retired in 2005. He returned to Mississippi in 2006 and purchased acreage and a home in Monticello where he was able to live out his passion for the outdoors. He loved gardening, training and taking care of his horses and dogs, hunting, fishing, and playing golf. He was an active member at the Monticello United Methodist Church where served as a greeter and usher. He was committed to attending the Men's Sunday School Class. He was an active participant in the Old Coots and Goobers Breakfast Club. Bob is preceded in death by his father Robert Sharkey Withers, Jr. He is survived by his mother Letitia C. Withers of Jackson, sister Tish Fiet of Jackson, brother Bill Withers of Ridgeland, daughter Chris Whitton of Clinton, grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and special friend, Gina Rogers of Fort Worth, TX. Funeral services will be held at Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Ridgeland, MS on Monday, October 8, 2012 at Noon. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Lakewood Memorial Park. The family would like to thank Dr. Brantley Pace for his compassionate, Christian care since the onset of Bob's illness.Memorials may be made to Monticello United Methodist Church, 130 E. Broad Street, Monticello, MS 39654.


Charles L. Burckel
Thu, October 4th


Charles L. Burckel, III, 70, was reunited with the Lord on October 2, 2012 at home. A private Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated.

A native of New Orleans, Mr. Burckel graduated from LSU/UNO and served his country in the United States Marine Corps. An accomplished club manager of 45 years, Mr. Burckel was a member of CMAA (Club Managers Association of America). He achieved the status of Certified Club Manager and was a member of the Honor Society. Mr. Burckel retired from the Country Club of Jackson after 25 years of faithful service.
A devoted Catholic, he was a parishioner of St. Richard Catholic Church where he served as an usher.  He was also a former member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church serving both as a Eucharistic Minister and as a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Charles traveled throughout the United States and Europe extensively and particularly enjoyed Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland and England and vacationing with family and friends in Destin. . He loved spending time outdoors fishing, hunting and entertaining at “Big Moose Lodge”.
He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Louis Burckel, II.
Charles will be most remembered as a cherished husband, a beloved father, a loving grandfather and friend.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Regina Burckel of Jackson; daughters, Chantal Stribling (John) of Madison and Charla Nelan (Jim) of Longwood, FL. Charles is blessed with 4 grandchildren including: Ashley McKenzie, Alex and Charles Stribling and Callie Nelan and 1 great grandchild, Mason Rosell; mother, Yvette Burckel Hinkle of Slidell, LA;  brother, Gerald Burckel of Slidell, LA; brother, Pat Burckel of Hammond, LA; sister, Giselle Daniels of Lafayette, LA; brother, Craig Burckel of New Orleans, LA and numerous nieces and nephews.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Mid- Mississippi Chapter, 4830 McWillie Circle Jackson, MS 39206 or to St. Richard Catholic Church, 1242 Lynnwood Drive Jackson, MS 39206.


John Reed Hubbard
Thu, October 4th


John Reed Hubbard, 77, died October 4, 2012 at Hospice Ministries in Jackson, Mississippi.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Mr. Hubbard will be held at 11:00 Saturday morning October 6 at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Ridgewood Road. Interment will be in Hopewell Presbyterian Church Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Friday, October 5, located in the Jaynesville Community near Magee, MS. The family will receive friends in the sanctuary at Covenant Presbyterian Church from 9 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the memorial service.
A native of Jefferson Davis County, Mr. Hubbard moved to Jackson from Prentiss at an early age and graduated from Central High School. He graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He served as president of the Senior Class of 1956, and president of the Inter-fraternity Council. He graduated from the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University, and the American Society of Association Executives Advanced School at the University of Santa Clara in Santa Clara, CA.  
For seventeen years he served as executive director of the Mississippi Bankers Association. He also held senior officer positions in Banks in Jackson and Meridian. In recent years he thoroughly enjoyed organizing and operating Hubbard Insurance Services, LLC during which he served clients throughout the state.  
He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Mr. Hubbard formerly served as chairman of the board of trustees of the School of Banking of the South, president of the Southern Conference of State Bankers Associations, president of the board of trustees of Jackson Academy, president of the Capital City Petroleum Club, president of the Friends of Educational Television and Public Radio in Mississippi, a member of the advisory board of St. Dominic Memorial Hospital,  a member of the board of directors of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, a member of the board of directors of The Salvation Army, a member of the board of directors of the Mississippi Museum of Art, and a member of the Newcomen Society in North America.
He was a longtime member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Jackson, and was honored to serve as an elder there.
Mr. Hubbard was preceded in death by his parents, W.J. Hubbard and Josie Polk Hubbard, and brother William J. Hubbard.
He is survived by his wife, Jamie Rowsey Hubbard; his son, John Reed Hubbard, Jr. and wife Jo of Brandon; his son, James Samuel Hubbard of Madison; his daughter, Virginia Ann (Ginger) Newsom and husband Les of Oxford; four grandchildren, Maggie Hubbard and Anna Grace, Caroline and Luke Newsom; his sister, Bobbye and brother-in-law Billy Shaw Howell of Davidson, NC; sister-in-law Joy Hubbard of Baton Rouge, LA and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Reformed University Ministries, 1700 N. Brown Road, Suite 104, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 or Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4000 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211.    

Sun, February 26th

David Allen Mapp of Brandon died Friday after a long, courageous fight with cancer. He was 57. Visitation services will be held today from 4-6 p.m. at Sebrell Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mark's Methodist Church in Brandon, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Lumberton City Cemetery. David is survived by two sons, Justin Mapp, 27, and Christopher Mapp, 39; two grandchildren, Michael Mapp, 12, and Anna Katherine Mapp, 3; two parents in-law, Merrill and Gloria Baker of Lumberton; a brother in-law and sister in-law, Keith and Cindy Mercer of Hattiesburg; first cousins Jimmy Mapp and Danny Mapp of McLaurin; several nephews and nieces; and his loving companion, Arlene Pettus of Brandon. He is preceded in death by his wife, Janet Baker Mapp; his mother and father, Doug and Mildred Mapp; his sister, Betty Mapp Pinkert; and three brothers: John, Dennis and Joseph Mapp.Born in Hattiesburg, David traveled the world as a child as an "Air Force brat." His journey included stops in far-flung places like Morocco before he returned to the Pine Belt to finish high school at Forrest County AHS, where he played football. He received a criminal justice degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. There he met his wife, Janet, who also received two degrees from Southern Miss, including a master's degree in microbiology. After a brief career in law enforcement, David moved to Brandon, went to work in finance and started a loving family. A valued employee at Smith, Rouchon and Associates for more than 10 years, he was also an active member of St. Mark's Methodist Church for more than 25 years. As the odometer on the family minivan can attest, he was a devoted supporter of youth soccer at the Reservoir, where his son Justin, now a professional with the Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer, played. When he wasn't at a soccer field, David was usually at a Southern Miss sporting event, where he could always be counted on to give his beloved Golden Eagles an extra lift. He was generous to a fault. But for a man who would give you the shirt off his back, he relished getting the best of his gang of poker buddies. From these weekly gatherings, he formed lasting friendships with many good men whom he held dear, and many of those same men repaid the favor in his final days when David's "chips were down." A talented wood-worker, David also took up painting and enjoyed giving away seascapes and portraits of marine life. This flowed from his greatest passion, the ocean. An avid angler, David loved nothing more than getting his boat out on the open seas with friends and family in search of fish. David was a courageous man, a tough fighter who didn't know the word "quit a loving husband, a caring father, a devoted fan and a loyal friend. Except for the fish who can rest easy now that he's not hot on their trail, he will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know him .In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society at


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