Online Obituaries

Tue, April 26th

 JoAnn Swekosky Dreiling, 74, passed away on April 24, 2016, at her home in Madison surrounded by her loving family. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, JoAnn was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where she graduated from the St. Louis City Hospital School of Nursing. It was there she met her husband, Dr. Bernard Joseph Dreiling. In 1969, they made their home in Jackson following a three-year tour of duty at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston.  JoAnn loved to travel and was always up for an adventure. She was very active in her community and her church, and often said she was "going about my Father's business" as she touched the lives of many in need. This was readily apparent during her many years as a nurse at UMC Children's Rehabilitation Center. JoAnn was a dedicated friend and caring mother who loved her husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends with all her heart, just as they all loved her. Lifelong friendships were made in the St. Michael's Church Circle, the Pinola Playmates, the Aqua Bubbles Water Aerobics, the Natchez Trace Village Bunko and the Red Hat Ladies groups. She also led the "Soldiers of the Lord," a group of friends of her grandson, Jeffrey Andrew Rucker, Jr. Her influence on these individuals, who are now in their early twenties, will last their lifetime and "Nandy Stories" and "Nandy's Rules" will surely be passed on to their children. JoAnn served as a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the M&M Bible Study group at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dr. Bernard Joseph Dreiling; her two daughters, Karen Dreiling Barnes (Greg) of Madison and Elizabeth Dreiling Hontzas (Tim) of Birmingham, Alabama; and her two grandchildren, Jeffrey Andrew Rucker, Jr. and Athena Grace Hontzas. She is also survived by her brother, Frank Swekosky (Janet) of The Villages, Florida; as well as many nieces and nephews.  JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Francis Joseph Swekosky and Eone DeShazo Swekosky.  The family would like to thank all of the caring physicians who treated JoAnn throughout her illness. A special thanks goes to Hospice Ministries and Assisting Angels for the wonderful care they provided during her final months. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Madison with a recitation of the Rosary scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Another visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Saint Francis of Assisi immediately followed by a celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial. Internment will follow at Jessamine Cemetery in Ridgeland. Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities Inc., 200 North Congress Street, Suite 100, Jackson, MS 39201 or to Eternal Word Television Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210

Tue, April 26th

 Guy Davis passed away at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Jackson, MS on April 24, 2016 at the age of 81.He is survived by one son, Steve Davis (Teresa) of Brandon, MS  and a granddaughter , Taylor Davis of Brandon, MS.  In addition, he is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.Mr. Davis was born and raised in Lumberton, MS where he graduated from high school and was a 1959 graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in forestry.  He enjoyed spending time on his farm and had a passion for Mississippi state Football.A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 11 AM at the Davis family cemetery on County Farm Road near the Gum Pond community, Lumberton, MS. Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. at the graveside. Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland is handling arrangements. 

Fri, April 15th

 Kenneth Wayne Massengale, Ken/Kenny, 68 of the Ross Barnett Reservoir area in Brandon, MS passed away peacefully into Heaven surrounded by his family on April 7, 2016.

Ken was born on June 26, 1947 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Mary G. White Massengale (deceased) and Kenneth R. Massengale (deceased). He has a sister, Trudy (Kenneth) Ratcliff of Texas, a brother, Dennis Massengale of Texas, and a sister, Patti Massengale (deceased). 
Kenny  graduated from Brookhaven High School in 1966  and attended Ole Miss.  He was drafted into the Army and served his country proudly in Vietnam as a CWO2 helicopter pilot. He flew all of his life, and was employed by B&S Air, Inc in Lumpkin GA on March 1, 1997 as acting chief pilot. Ken was in on ground zero of the company's incorporation. Ken's expertise at his craft and  his way of connecting with customers made him invaluable to B&S's operations. His 19 years of input and dedication contributed to much of the growth and success of B&S, and he will truly be missed by his co-workers and peers.
He enjoyed flying, his four grandchildren, spending time with his family, fast older model sports cars, racing remote control cars, and shooting guns. He was a member of National Rifle Association and the Mississippi Agricultural Aviation Association. Ken was honest to a fault, fearless, committed and very loyal to his family and friends.
Chief Warrant Officer Ken Massengale served his country proudly and honorably as a helicopter pilot in the United States Army.  Ken’s service included a tour in Vietnam where he valiantly served as a combat helicopter pilot progressing from pilot to aircraft commander to instructor pilot.  While in Vietnam, Ken flew over 1000 hours of combat time with the 128th Assault Helicopter Company, 11th Combat Aviation Battalion, 12th Group, 1st Aviation Brigade at Phu Loi Army Airfield, III Corp.  Ken’s Combat Awards include the Bronze Star, multiple awards of the Air Medal, the Army Commendation medal, Vietnam Service Ribbon, 2 Overseas Bars and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm Device.  After return from overseas, Ken attended the Department of Army Methods of Instruction Course at Ft. Rucker, AL, to become an Instructor Pilot while serving at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.  His last active duty assignment was with the 25th Infantry Division, Tropic Lightening, Schofield Barracks, HI.
He married Linda Blackburn Bruno of Milton, FL in 1979 at the Ross Barnett Reservoir in Brandon, MS.
 He is survived by his wife Linda Massengale of Brandon, MS, his daughters Lisa Bruno Davis (Billy) of Gulf Breeze, FL, and Jennifer Bruno Stites (John) of West Monroe, LA, sister Trudy Ratcliff (Kenneth) of Van Alstyne TX, brother Dennis Massengale of Hideaway, TX, nephew,  Christopher Ratcliff of Houston, TX, and neice, Tammy Reiter of McKinney, TX, four grandchildren Gavin & Gracie Davis of Gulf Breeze, FL, Natalie & Chance Stites of West Monroe, LA, as well as, cousins and other relatives.
A service will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 12:00pm at Sebrell Funeral Home, 425 Northpark Dr, Ridgeland, MS.

Mon, February 29th

 Earl Kenneth Wright, 81, died Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the VA Medical Center. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Sebrell Funeral Home with burial following in Rocky Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Louisville. Visitation will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm Wednesday and 10 am Thursday at the funeral home. 

Mr. Wright was born on December 23, 1934, in Louisville, the son of the late Earl and Bernice Wright. He worked as a licensed plumber for over 35 years for Buford Plumbing, Wrights Plumbing and the Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant. In retirement he worked as the transportation coordinator for the DAV for 12 years. 
Survivors include: his wife of 31 years, Ouida Bloom Newton Wright of Brandon; step children, Jeremy Eric Smith (Casey) of Brandon; Timothy Newton (Susan) of Pearl; Llew Newton (Frances) of Lena; Bob Newton (Brenda) of Terry; Wanda Johnson (Fred) of Jackson; Gilda Knight (Les) of Northport, VA; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Smith, Jeremy EriK Smith,  Justin Bentley Smith of Brandon; brothers, Timothy Mack Wright, M.D. (Susan) of Madison; Thomas Terry Wright (Carla) of Memphis, TN; William Kerry Wright (Katherine) of Southaven; Jeffrey Wright of Louisville; sisters, Debbie Luke (Frank), Delores Nowell, Julie Carter (Kenny) all of Louisville; numerous nieces and nephews and caregiver, Holly Schultz of Brandon.     

Mon, February 22nd

 Terry Reid Johnson passed from this place and on to his eternal home on February 20, 2016 after succumbing slowly to the ravages of frontotemproral dementia. Terry was born on October 3, 1953 to James (deceased) and Frances (Buntin) Johnson in Fulton, Kentucky. Terry had two sisters, Carole (Johnson) Dallas  (deceased) and Kay (Johnson) Hardy. 

Terry married Bonnie Sullivan, his high school sweetheart, on August 17, 1974. They lived and loved life together until his death. Together they had two children, Kathleen (Johnson) Drake (Mike)and Reid Johnson (Paula). Terry also enjoyed seeing three grandchildren come into this world, Logan and Sarah Drake, and Zachary Johnson. 
Terry lived in South Fulton, Tennessee until his early teen years. There he was active in the Boy Scout Program and received the rank of Eagle Scout before moving  from Tennessee to West Point, MS. While in West Point he went on to work on Arrow awards and took a trip to the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM. After graduating from West Point High School in 1971 he went to Mississippi State University and received a degree in Chemical Engineering in May of 1975. From there, Terry worked for PPG industries in Lake Charles, LA for 6 years. In 1981, Terry moved to Yazoo City, MS and went to work for Mississippi Chemical Corporation. He continued to work there as the plant changed hands to Terra Chemical and then to CF Industries, until his illness forced him to leave in January 2013. Besides his rewarding career at “the plant” Terry was active at  First United Methodist Church. 
We will celebrate the life of Terry Johnson in a service at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at First United Methodist Church, Yazoo City, MS with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. 
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 203 N. Washington St (P.O. Box 444) Yazoo City, MS 39194 or to the The Alzheimer’s Association, MS Chapter, 196 Charmant Drive, Suite 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157.  

Sun, February 21st

 Suzanne Myers Carmody was born on November 13 1966. She passed away on February 19, 2016. She attended and graduated from Mississippi State University in 1991. She was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Pat Myers. 

She is survived by her daughter Caroline Fairfax Carmody; brother, Lee (Kelly) Myers of Terry; sister, Barbara (Rob) McBeth of Brandon; sister, Kathy (Monty) Hilton of Brandon and six nieces and nephews. 
Memorial services will be held at 12::00  PM Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Sebrell Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m.  

Sat, February 20th

 Edwin A. Batte went to spend eternity with his Lord and Savior on February 20, 2016, six days after celebrating his 86th birthday. When first diagnosed with a fatal lung disease, he shared with family that he was only concerned with the process and not the end result because the surety of Christ's work that gave him the gift of eternal life. His faith was evident by his lifestyle and his example will continue to serve his family and friends. He loved his church, where he served as an Elder, and church family until his death. 

Edwin was born in Jackson, MS on February 14, 1930 to John Carlisle and Edith Madolin Batte. He attended school in Jackson and graduated from Central High School after serving as Student Body President in his senior year. He went on to earn a business degree at The University of Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida. He then started Edwin A. Batte Company, an insurance and real estate business, and spent the end of his working career with The Wellington Association after they purchased his business. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Madolin Megginson and Cordelia McMullan; and brother, John Carlisle Batte. He is survived by wife, Doris McAbee Batte; daughters Carol Ann (Johnny) Franklin and Jamie Goodwin; son, Eddie (Madonna) Batte; seven grandchildren; and eight great  grandchildren. 

Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 22, 2016 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church followed by a memorial service.  

Memorials should be sent to Redeemer Church Jackson or French Camp Academy.


Tue, February 16th


2:00 PM Thursday 
Graveside Service 
Lakewood Memorial Park 

Tue, February 16th

 John Richard Thames, 70, born October 23, 1945, passed away at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson, MS. A Lafayette, LA  native,  he was raised in Laurel, MS, the eldest of three children born to K.H. and Marietta Marsiglia Thames. He attended Laurel public schools and was a proud graduate of R.H. Watkins High School in Laurel. He also attended Jones County Community College, the University of Southern MS, and The University of Mississippi. An avid supporter of Ole Miss athletics, his blood ran red and blue.

After a whirlwind three months courtship, he married Nita Babb Thames on September 28, 1970.                                                                                       Known by his family as “JT”, “Dad”, and “Granddaddy”, he was most proud of his wife, Nita; his children, daughter, Brandon Thames Bransford of Atlanta, GA, son, Wade Thames of Oxford, MS, and daughter, Reagan Thames Spreafico (John a.k.a. Coonie), of Oxford, MS, as well as his precious grandchildren, Olivia, Lilah, and Mary Laine. He is also survived by brother, James Thames (Claire) of New Roads, LA; and sister, Mary Denise Thames of Baton Rouge, LA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, K.H. and Marietta Marsiglia Thames of New Roads, LA.

Visitation will be Friday, February 19th from noon until 2 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church, Madison, MS, with funeral services following at 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at the Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Madison.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church, Madison, MS.


Sat, February 13th

Kelly Truitt Page of Terry MS passed from this life into Heaven on Feb 12, 2016 in his home.  He was surrounded by his loving, devoted wife Anita Ann Page and son Kevin Page and other friends and family.

Kelly was born on May 28, 1959 in Pascagoula, MS weighting only 2 lbs. and 7 oz.  He attended Magnolia Speech School and MS School for the Deaf in Jackson, MS.  He was employed at the MS. State Fire Fighters Academy for 20 years.  He will be remembered as a kind, loving person who was always willing to help.  He was a member of Pine Lake Baptist Church in Flowood/Brandon and was an avid University of Alabama and NASCAR fan.

He is pre-ceded in death by his grandparents Clifton and Erma Lee Hawthorne and Harvey and Euna Mae Page all of Pascagoula, MS.  Survivors include his wife Anita and son Kevin of Terry, MS, brother Kerry C. Page (Jana) of Oxford, MS mother Geraldine Warden (Melvin D.) and father Harvey T (Nonnie) of Pascagoula, MS  father and mother in law Eugene and Rebeca Pickering of Terry brother and sister in laws Lanny and Amber Pickering.  He leaves a host of friends and relatives including Megan Barber, Shirley Thornton, Lori Reed, Janis Blackledge and Bobbie Cole.

Services will be Tuesday, Feb 16 at Pine Lake Baptist Church in Brandon with visitation at 12 noon and services at 1:00 pm.  Interment is at Rosemont Memorial Garden in Jackson, MS.  Sebrell Funeral Home  in Ridgeland, MS is in charge of the service.


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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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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