OBITUARIES

James Wyatt, Jr.

James Wyatt

Eddy Aldo Wheat

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Nessie Gore

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Joel Douglas Raspberry

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Steve Whitten 

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Jane Dannel

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Edna Kate McRaney

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David Dean

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David Logan Cook

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Ricky Stokes

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James Wyatt, Jr., 63 of Caledonia, MS passed away at his residence on Monday, July 15, 2024. 

Visitation for Mr. Wyatt will be Saturday, July 20, 2024, from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at Immanuel Baptist Church, Columbus, MS.  A Celebration of Life will follow at 2:00 PM. Lowndes Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Mr. Wyatt was born May 12, 1961, in Frostproof, FL to James “Jim” Wyatt and the late Katherine Blackwelder Wyatt.  He was a member and deacon of Immanuel Baptist Church, Columbus, MS.  Mr. Wyatt was employed at Eka Chemical and TVA in Steens, MS as a Maintenance Coordinator.  In addition to his mother, Mr. Wyatt was preceded in death by his daughter Jennifer Fox.

 Mr. Wyatt is survived by his wife – Leslie Farthing Wyatt; sons – Jeremy (Jenna) Fox, Evan (Taylor) Fox, Grant (Brooklyn Fulgham) Wyatt, Elijah Wyatt, and Noah Wyatt; father – James “Jim” (Lane) Wyatt; sister – Kathy (Bill) Wade; nephew – Justin Davis and niece – Angela Murphy.

Memorials may be made to Life Choices, 1124 Main Street, Columbus, MS 39701,  www.mslifechoices.org/donate or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105, www.stjude.org/donate.

Eddy Aldo Wheat, 71, of Columbus, MS, passed away Monday, July 8, 2024.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 14, 2024, from 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

Ed was born on September 22, 1952, in Trieste, Italy to the late Zelbert and Yolanda DeCasperi Wheat. Ed graduated from New Hope High School in 1971.  Ed worked as a mechanic for 30 + years, was the owner of E&D Trucking, and was a Past Master for Masonic Blue Lodge #5 in Columbus. Ed enjoyed trying new hobbies from cooking to making items with his hands. He could diagnose a problem with vehicles and then repair them. He could build R/C Planes to making beautiful copper flowers with his eye to detail. Ed loved to talk and enjoyed having long conversations overall on any topic. He enjoyed speaking to the staff at Fresenius Kidney Care and appreciated their care for him.

Ed is survived by his wife of 48 years – Thresa; son- Daniel E. Wheat (Kristie Townley); best friend- Rodney Glover of Columbus; brother- James Wheat (Rhonda) of Columbus; nephew- Jay Wheat (Stephanie) of Florida; niece- Angela Wilcox (Jonathon) of Columbus; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Dateline (City): Steens, MS

Name of Deceased:  Nessie Gore

Age:  71

Date of DeathJuly 6, 2024

Place of Death: North Mississippi Medical Center – West Point, MS

Funeral Home and Location: Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS- 1131 N. Lehmberg Road, Columbus, MS 39702

Visitation / Service:

INTERMENT:  

Preceded in death by: In addition to her parents, Nessie is preceded in death by her husband- Thomas Gore; sisters- Betty and Linda; brother- James.

Survivors:   Nessie is survived by her daughter- Heather (William) Reed; son- Thomas (Shawnya) Gore; grandchildren- James Alexander (Laura) Reed, and Mikayla Reed; great grandchild- Auburn Reed; sister- Teri Hart; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Nessie was born December 9, 1952, in Oklahoma. She was a housewife for many years.

No services are scheduled at this time. 

In addition to her parents, Nessie is preceded in death by her husband- Thomas Gore; sisters- Betty and Linda; brother- James.

Nessie is survived by her daughter- Heather (William) Reed; son- Thomas (Shawnya) Gore; grandchildren- James Alexander (Laura) Reed, and Mikayla Reed; great grandchild- Auburn Reed; sister- Teri Hart; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joel Douglas Rasberry, 82, of Columbus, MS, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2024, at home surrounded by family.

Born in Fayette, AL, Doug was the 7th of 8 children born to Arlington Washington Rasberry and Velma Hindman Rasberry. Following high school, he joined the Navy and served his country faithfully. After leaving the Navy, he began a 41-year career in maintenance at various facilities, retiring from Omnova in 2003. He was the loving father of three girls- Lisa, Lori, and Leslie. In 1996, he married the love of his life, Mary Alice, and became affectionately known as “Pops” to her sons, Matt and Brad. Pops, as he was called by family and many friends, was an Alabama fan who enjoyed flying, water skiing, NASCAR, working outdoors, building model airplanes, and loving on his pets among other things. However, there was nothing Pops loved more than his Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a faithful member of Fairview Baptist Church, where he served on many teams, including the usher, security, and bereavement teams. Pops was a kind, humble, and selfless man who sought to bring joy to everyone he met. All who came in contact with Pops immediately fell in love with him because of his servant nature. Pops faced his almost 5-year cancer battle with bravery and positivity, never once complaining about his suffering. During this time, Pops formed many friendships, not the least of which was a deep relationship in which he became a father figure to Corette Sanders Lashley, who provided him excellent care in his final days.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. He is survived by his wife-Mary Alice, daughters- Lisa Nance, Lori Manley (Ben), and Leslie Kendrick  (Ken), and sons- Matt Haines (Alison), and Brad Haines. He is also survived by his sister Malinda Bobo, 10 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be on Wednesday, July 10th, at 12:00 P.M. at Fairview Baptist Church, with a visitation preceding from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Bro. Tommy Gillon, Bro. Sammy Crawford and Dr. Matt Haines will officiate.

 Pallbearers will be Brad Haines, Ken Kendrick, Tyler Kendrick, Chase Ethridge, Nathan Haines, Drew Haines, John David Haines, and Josh Haines. Honorary Pallbearers will be Mark Jordan, Coretta Sanders Lashley, David Dees, Dylan Dees, the Sandy Sanders Sunday School Class, and Tom Younger and the New Hope Class of 1959.

Special thanks go to those who provided care for him over the years, Dr. Karissa Boyd and her staff, Dr. Bart Williams and his staff, and Dr. Robert Jones and his staff.

Memorials can be made to Columbus Lowndes Humane Society, 50 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702, or Fairview Baptist Church, 127 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702.

Steve Whitten, 67, of Ethelsville, Alabama, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Monday, July 8, 2024, from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Memorial Service will be Monday, July 8, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS, with Billy Ferguson officiating.

Steve was born on May 17, 1957, in Columbus, MS, to the late Clarence Whitten, Jr. and Bettye Jean Cook Whitten. Steve was a previous member of the Forest Volunteer Fire Department. He worked at Ceco Building Systems for 48 years. Steve was a member of Columbus Church of Christ and loved to travel with the Primetimers at the church. Steve was greatly loved by the children who sat in the pews around him in church.  He was an avid Alabama Fan. Steve loved to ride his tractor, do yard work, and had the ability to fix anything.

Steve is survived by his wife- Donna Allsup Whitten; “Children”- Austin Allsup, Ashley Allsup (Brayden) Smith, Allie Allsup, and Samuel Allsup; brothers- Mike ( Mary Lynn) Whitten, and Gary (Linda) Whitten; sisters- Clarice Herron, and Glenda (Larry) Burns; brothers-in-law- Bruce (Stephanie) Allsup, and Brice (Linda) Allsup; sister-in-law- Dena Allsup Taylor, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jane Dannel, age 91, left this world on July 2, 2024, at Trinity Healthcare in Columbus, MS. Visitation will be Friday, July 12, from 3:00 – 5:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home. There will be no formal funeral service, as she requested.

Born April 14, 1933, in New Albany, MS, to the late James Goodman Armstrong and Thelma Reid Armstrong, Jane graduated from W. P. Daniel High School (renamed New Albany High School) in 1951. In 1955, she earned her bachelor’s degree from the Mississippi State College for Women (now Mississippi University for Women), where she formed lifelong friendships.

Jane lived a full, fun-loving, and adventurous life. She flew to Canada in an open cockpit plane with her husband, Dan, an accomplished pilot. She camped in the Tennessee mountains, hiked in Austria and Romania, and snowshoed in Colorado. Closer to home, she was a regular at The Fitness Factor exercise classes for many years and treasured the friendships she made there. She was an active member of Fairview Baptist Church for over 50 years and particularly enjoyed assisting with the Sunday School records and participating in the 55+ Ministry. Her Fairview friends and the church staff provided invaluable support throughout her years in Columbus.

Jane had an incredible work ethic. She served as an executive secretary for a variety of organizations early in her career. When her family moved to Columbus in 1970, she joined Golden Triangle Regional Medical Center (now Baptist Memorial Hospital) as a medical transcriptionist. In 1972, she began her 27-year career with the Columbus Pathology Laboratories as a medical transcriptionist and medical secretary. Jane also valued being of service and volunteered for numerous causes, including the Hurricane Kathrina cleanup organized by the Fairview Baptist Church Disaster Relief Ministry.

Devoted to her family, Jane attended countless horse shows, band concerts, softball games, and beauty pageants. She was selected as the Columbus “Mother of the Year” in 1974 based on an essay by her daughter, Kathy.

The birth of her grandson, Chase, in 1994, brought a new level of joy to her life as his “Nan.” During his school years, she could often be found on area golf courses watching his golf tournaments.

In addition to her parents, Jane is preceded in death by her husband, A. Baugh “Dan” Dannel; her sister, Christine Kulinski; and brother James Sherrel Armstrong. She is survived by her four daughters, a step-daughter, and their husbands: Kathy Dannel (Steve) Vitcak; Mimi (Thomas “Walter” Gardner) Dannel; Patty (Bobby) Taylor; Debbie (Mark) Rigdon; Lynn (Barry) Morgan; and by her grandson, Chase Taylor.

The family is very grateful to the staff at Trinity Healthcare for their care in Jane’s final years. Memorial donations may be made to Fairview Baptist Church, Disaster Relief Fund, 127 Airport Blvd, Columbus, MS 39702; the Alzheimer’s Association, Mississippi Chapter, 207 W. Jackson St., Suite F, Ridgeland, MS 39157; or a charity of your choice.

Edna Kate McRaney, 85, of Columbus, MS, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2024, at her residence.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 3, 2024, from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.  Graveside will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Petal, MS on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 3:00 P.M. with Lowndes Funeral home directing.

Mrs. McRaney was born on May 21, 1939, in Mississippi, to the late John Calvin Long and Matilda Beech Long.  Mrs. McRaney worked at the horse racing track in Hot Springs, Arkansas, as a cashier and she loved boating. She was of Mormon faith and she attended Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In addition to her parents, Mrs. McRaney is preceded in death by her husband- Johnny McRaney, and her daughter-in-law- Cherie McRaney.

Mrs. McRaney is survived by her sons- Michael (Yvette) McRaney, and Marty McRaney; 16 grandchildren- Rachael Udy, Becki Udy, Heather Udy, Danielle (Pool) Jean, Jaimi Pool, Jimmy Pool, Dalton Pool, Josh DeRosia, Tiffany Bowen, Brianna DeRosia, Sariah DeRosia, Eveyaunce Sokolowski, Kate (Austin) Fleming, D.J. (Bradley) Thompson, Becca (Will) Booker, and Reed (Tameria) Tanner; sister – Kathy (Danny) Blackledge and nephew Ricky (Dana) Blackledge with 2 great nephews and niece Pam (Harris) Tapp with one great neice and 1 great nephew..

Memorials may be made to LDS Perpetual Education Fund, phone # 1-801-422-4444 or give.ldsp.org/memoriam.

David Dean began his journey on February 14,1932 in Sycamore, GA and made it home on June 25, 2024. Mr. Dean was born to the late J.L. Randolph Dean and Lula Mae Mauldin Dean Shehee.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Dean is preceded in death by his sisters- Caroline Rodgers, Myrtle Dean, and Irene Mcleod; and brother- Eddie Dean.

Mr. Dean is survived by his wife- Vera Richardson Dean; daughters- Sherry Dean (Michael) McReynolds, Tammie Sue Dean (Dan) Johnston, and Shawnna Dean (Chris) Hansen; grandchildren- David Sean Johnston, Caleb Dean Stratton, Halie (Kyle) Frazier, Jessica Paige (Sam) Ansel, Casey  (Greg) Wilkins, Joshua Colby Comer, Caden Lee (Jill) Comer, Will (Ashley) McReynolds, Jerran Hansen, Jesse (Lela) Hansen; twelve great-grandchildren; sister-in-law- Kay (Bob) Johnston; nephews- Brian McLeod, Dane McLeod, Chad (Victoria) Richardson, Thomas (Betsy) Johnston, Bill (Jennifer) Johnston, and Bruce (Callie) Johnston.

David proudly served as a Fireman in the United States AirForce for 22 years and dedicated 34 years at Microtek Medical as a manager before retiring. His professional life was characterized by unmatched integrity and the pursuit of excellence.

David loved serving his country and was a friend to all. He was an avid golfer and a jack-of-all-trades. His commitment to his nation was only superseded by his dedication to his family. He was married to his beloved wife, Vera, for 68 years.

His faith and his family served as the cornerstone of his life. David will forever be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great- grandfather. His wisdom, stories, and quick wit will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 30, 2024, from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. The Funeral Service will be held Sunday, June 30, 2024, at 3:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Sam Vaughn officiating. Interment will be at Memorial Gardens in Columbus, MS.

Pallbearers will be- David Sean Johnston, Caleb Dean Stratton, Joshua Colby Comer, Caden Lee Comer, Robert Thomas Johnston, and William David Johnston. Honorary Pallbearers will be- Dan Johnston, Mike McReynolds, Chris Hansen, Bobby Johnston, Bruce Johnston, Kyle Frazier, Sam Ansel, Greg Wilkins, Will McReynolds, Jerran Hansen, Jesse Hansen, Michael Stratton, Dane McLoed, and Brian McLeod.

David Logan Cook, 28, of Columbus, MS, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2024.

Visitation will be Friday, June 28, 2024, from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

Logan was born on January 17, 1996, in Columbus, MS, to Terri Leigh Robertson and David Michael Cook.  Logan was a hard worker and was employed at GCF Concrete Contractors in Fort Walton, Florida. Logan was a dedicated father who loved spending time with his family and loved to cook, play with his son, and play on the beach.  He was an awesome, selfless brother and was always there to talk to anyone who needed him. He never met a stranger and was loved by all that knew him. Logan’s smile would always light up any room, he walked into.  Logan is preceded in death by his sister- Autumn Cook.

Logan is survived by his mother- Terri Leigh Robertson; father- David Michael Cook; brothers- Taylor Robertson, Michael Cook, Colton Robertson, and Bruce Cook; son- Holt Cook; step-son- Hunter Garrison; step father- Carl Robertson;  and grandparents- John and Marty Harper and Joe and Faye Cook; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Ricky Stokes, 66 of Columbus, MS passed away Friday, June 21, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS.

A graveside service will be on Thursday, June 27, 2024, at 9:00 AM at Memorial Gardens, Columbus, MS with Bro. Anthony Miller officiating and Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Stokes was born December 31, 1957, in Goshen, IN to the late Virgil Eugene Stokes and Lillian Maxine Rea Stokes.  He was a veteran of the United States Army, and a member of Living Faith Tabernacle, Columbus, MS.  Mr. Stokes was a truck driver with Royal Trucking for 40 years.  He enjoyed fixing automobiles in his spare time.   In addition to his parents, Mr. Stokes was proceeded in death by his sister Sherry Kay Richardson.

Mr. Stokes is survived by his brothers – Kenneth Rex Stokes, Caledonia, MS and William Ronald Stokes and daughter Harley Lynn Stokes.

Sylvia J. Pridmore

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David Pascal Harper, Jr.

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Sylvia J. Pridmore, 79, of Columbus, MS  passed away at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS.

A small graveside gathering will be Monday, June 24, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. at Memorial Gardens, Columbus, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Ms Pridmore was born February 11, 1945, in Caledonia, MS to the late James Lloyd Mansell and Trazzie Dove Mansell.  She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family especially her great-grandson, Jason.  In addition to her parents, Ms Pridmore was preceded in death by her son – Tony Ray Pridmore, brother – Shelby Mansell, and sister – Shirley Howard.

Ms Pridmore is survived by her daughters – Theresa Kidder and Teri Renee Price; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

On this day June 19, 2024, Davis Pascal Harper, Jr., affectionately known as Dave, went to his heavenly home. He was born on April 27, 1958, to Davis Pascal Harper, Sr and Dean Warren Harper Threet.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 23, 2024, from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Service will be Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 3:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Bro Rob Dowdle and Bro. Ben Yarber officiating.

Dave was known as a son, brother, friend, musician and many other titles, but his most important role was a Child of God. Dave worked in the electrical wholesale supply business all of his working years. He succumbed to his long hard fight with cancer after being diagnosed in 2015. Dave had a small biological family and many many friends that stayed by his side and supported him during his long illness. When his friends gathered, Dave was always the comedian who entertained with true stories from his younger days. He had a colorful and fun past from racing motorcycles to playing music and beyond. Once Dave surrendered his life to living Christian life, he could always be found on Sunday mornings playing guitar in the Worship band at his church. Dave was a member of the Worship team at Immanuel Baptist Church for many years.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father and sister, Alice Perkins Hemby. He is survived by his sister Pam Harper Valentine.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to – Dream Center Golden Triangle, 2494 East Church Hill Rd, West Point, MS 39773, or Life Choices Pregnancy Care Center, 1124 Main St., Columbus, MS 39701.

Anna Maria Cantrell

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Dateline (City): Columbus, MS

Name of Deceased:  Anna Maria Cantrell

Age:  58

Date of Death

Monday, June 17, 2024

Place of Death:  Baptist Memorial Hospital GT, Columbus, MS

Funeral Home and Location: Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS- 1131 N. Lehmberg Road, Columbus, MS 39702

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Visitation will be Friday, June 21, 2024 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

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Preceded in death by:

Husband – Mark Cantrell

Parents – Ted Kinard, Sr. and Mildred Frances Miller Kinard

Survivors:   Sons- Mark Cantrell, Rob (Jennifer) Owens, Bradley Cantrell, and Steven (Heather) Cantrell; grandchildren – Kaitlyn Cox, Weston Cantrell, Raelyn Cantrell, Bryson Owens, Leila Cantrell, Brantley Cantrell and brother- Teddy Kinard.

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Anna Maria Cantrell, 58, of Columbus, MS passed away Monday, June 17, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- GT in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Friday, June 21, 2024 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

Mrs. Cantrell was born in Starkville, MS, on November 30, 1965, to the late Ted Kinard, Sr. and Mildred Frances Miller Kinard. Mrs. Cantrell was a retail manager for many years. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Cantrell is preceded in death by her husband – Mark Cantrell.

Mrs. Cantrell is survived by her sons- Mark Cantrell, Rob (Jennifer) Owens, Bradley Cantrell, and Steven (Heather) Cantrell; grandchildren – Kaitlyn Cox, Weston Cantrell, Raelyn Cantrell, Bryson Owens, Leila Cantrell, Brantley Cantrell and brother- Teddy Kinard.

Michael Angelo Otts

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Dateline (City): West Point, MS

Name of Deceased:  Michael Angelo Otts

Age:  52

Date of DeathSunday, June 9, 2024

Place of Death:  Residence

Funeral Home and Location: Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS- 1131 N. Lehmberg Road, Columbus, MS 39702

Visitation / Service:

NO Services at this time

INTERMENT:  

Preceded in death by:

His parents- Jackie Kidd Otts and Robert Otts, and brother- Jody “Jo” Otts.

Survivors:   sister- Lisa Otts, son- Michael Troy Otts; nieces- Hanna Otts Columbus, MS, Bridget Otts- Houston, TX, Lauren Otts- Columbus, MS

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Michael Angelo Otts, 52, of West Point, MS, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2024, at West Point Community Living Center in West Point, MS.

Rosenda Moore

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Rosenda Moore, 82, of Columbus, MS, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Baptist Memorial Hospital on Sunday, June 2, 2024.

Visitation to honor and celebrate Rosenda’s life will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2024, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

Mrs. Moore was born on March 1, 1942, in Santiago, Hidalgo, Mexico, to the late Modesto del Villar and Rosa Reyes. She was a wonderful wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was loved by many and the light in any room. Mrs. Rosenda lived a life filled with love, laughter, and kindness. She was known for her gentle demeanor, sassy wit, and always a safe place.

Mrs. Rosenda worked at Mississippi University for Women and the University of Southern Mississippi as a secretary, teacher, and mentor. She touched the lives of so many children and young adults. In her free time, Mrs. Rosenda enjoyed family trips, yard sales, and coloring. She was passionate about her family and cooking.  In addition to her parents, Mrs. Rosenda is preceded in death by her beloved husband- Charles Moore; brothers- Pepe del Villar, and Artuno del Villar.

Mrs. Rosenda is survived by her siblings- Ignacia Torres, Dominga Sanchez, and Alejandro del Villar; sons-Edward (Misty) Moore, and Charles Moore; grandchildren- Christina (Austin) Yoakum, Bradley Moore, and Caitlyn Moore; and great-grandchild- Jesse Yoakum.

Mrs. Rosenda may have left this world, but her love and legacy will continue to live in the hearts of all who knew her.

“Broken Chain” by Ron Tranmer

“Little we knew that morning

 God was going to call your name.

 In life, we loved you dearly,

 In death, we do the same.

 It broke our hearts to lose you.

You did not go alone.

For part of us went with you,

The day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories,

 Your love is still our guide.

 And although we cannot see you,

You are always at our side.

 Our family chain is broken

And nothing seem the same,

 But as God calls us one by one,

The chain will link again.

Ricky Charles Nevin

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Ricky Charles Nevin, 71, of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at his residence.

Graveside will be at Forest Cemetery in Ethelsville, Alabama on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 2:00 P.M.

Mr. Nevin was born on April 21, 1953, in Columbus, MS, to the late Charles Nevin and Elois Price Nevin. Mr. Nevin worked as a stocker at Kroger for 48 years. He was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Ethelsville, Alabama. He enjoyed working in the yard and loved collecting trucks, cars, and model cars. Mr. Nevin was married to his precious wife (Nella) for 46 years.

Mr. Nevin is survived by his wife- Nella Dean Nevin; brothers- Gary Nevin and Todd (Linda) Nevin; and nieces and nephews – Henry, Michelle, Angel, and Noah.

The family wants to thank Legacy Hospice for all their care and compassion during his illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Mary Obit

Mrs. Mary Francis Nickoles, age 69, of Temple, Georgia (formerly of Columbus, Mississippi) passed away on Monday, May 13, 2024.

A memorial service will be Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 10:00 AM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, Mississippi. A graveside service will follow at Egger Cemetery in Caledonia, MS.

She was born in Columbus, Mississippi on January 1, 1955 to the late Rafael Alomar and Thelma (Honnel) Alomar. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Nickoles was preceded in death by her brother.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband – Randy A. Nickoles of Columbus, Mississippi; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Elizabeth Nickoles of Columbus, Mississippi; daughter – Lisa Nickoles and her spouse Christopher Cinnamon of Temple, Georgia; grandchildren – Henry James Nickoles, Destiny Nickoles, and Oscar Boyd; great-granddaughter – Liniyah Nickoles; and a number of other relatives.

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James Cumberland, 81, of Columbus, MS, passed away Monday, May 27, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, GT in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 1, 2024, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Service will be Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 12:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral home, Columbus, MS. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens, in Columbus, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Cumberland was born in Philadelphia, MS to the late Helen Ruth Hendrix Cumberland and Thomas Alvin Cumberland. Mr. Cumberland worked at Columbus Glass and later retired at  Columbus/Greenville Railroad and then later worked at American Glass. He was a member of Living Faith Tabernacle  in Columbus, MS., and was also a member of Odd Fellows Lodge in Columbus, MS.  Mr. Cumberland enjoyed fishing and he loved to play music in his free time. In addition to his parents, Mr. Cumberland is preceded in death by his wife- Delta Kennedy Cumberland; daughter- Martha Sharp; sister- Ann Palmer; brothers- Darnell Cumberland; Thomas Cumberland, and David Michael Cumberland.

Mr. Cumberland is survived by his Spouse- Jean Jaynes;  son- Dwight (Anita) Cumberland; grandchildren- Jonathan (Lyndsay) Cumberland, Whitney Sharp, and Daniel Sharp; great-grandchildren- Olivia Cumberland and Elizabeth Cumberland; and sisters- Linda Glass and Nita (John) Moore.

Special Honorary Pallbearer- Waylon Porter Bailey.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Baptist Memorial Hospital- GT in Columbus, MS.

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Charlene T. Brownlee, 82, of Columbus, MS, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Windsor Place in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Friday, May 31, 2024, from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Friday, May 31, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel, Columbus, MS, with Bro. Kenny Gardner officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens, in Columbus, MS, Lowndes Funeral Home will be directing.

Mrs. Brownlee was born on August 4, 1941, in Columbus, MS, to the late Ruby Belle Thweatt Richardson and John Richardson. Mrs. Brownlee was the Co-owner of Brownlees Auto Repair in Columbus, MS. Mrs. Brownlee loved the Lord, loved singing gospel music, and loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Brownlee is preceded in death by her husband- Robert Brownlee, and grandchild- Dustin Carley.

Mrs. Brownlee is survived by her son- Tony (Tarron) Carley; daughter- Angie (Jim) Ayers; grandchildren- Brooke (Kirk) Adams, Christen (Tug) Fosberg, Brad Carley; and 4 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be- Kirk Adams, Les Wozniak, Jeff Honnoll, Larry Richardson, Tug Fosberg, and Tim Crabey. Honorary Pallbearers will be Darius Lancaster, Terry Lancaster, Bobby Barksdale, and Sammy Barksdale.

Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, PO Box 2174, Columbus, MS 39704.

Joyce Williams

Joyce Ann Williams, 86, passed away on Tuesday, May 21st, 2024, at Roper Hospital in Charleston, SC.

Joyce Ann Williams was born on April 12th, 1938, in Columbus, MS, to the late Phillip and Elma Burgess. Joyce had a lifelong passion for gardening and a deep love for flowers. She co-owned the Austin and Williams Flower Shop in Columbus, where she shared her green thumb and brightened the community for several years.

She married Robert “Bunky” Williams on September 17th, 1953, and together they had two children. Robert preceded her in death in 2015, as did their daughter, Pamela (John Hansford) Hoffman, in 2023. Joyce is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Fred) Schaffer, of Charleston, SC; her grandchildren, Jennifer (Scott) Devereaux of Hattiesburg, MS, Jon (Kelly) Comer of Mildenhall, England, and Benjamin Schaffer of Charleston, SC; and her great-grandchildren, Savannah and Clover Whitefoot of Charlotte, NC, Lux Devereaux of Hattiesburg, MS, and Charlotte Comer of Mildenhall, England.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Gideons International in honor of Joyce Ann Williams.

Services will be held at a later date.

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Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Woodard, 95, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Trinity Healthcare in Columbus, MS.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. in the Graham Memorial Cemetery in Reform, Alabama, with Rev. Glenn Miller officiating. Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS will be directing.

Betty was born July 22, 1928, in Brooksville, MS to the late Tommy Joe (TJ) Spivey and Ollie Henderson Spivey. After completing the first grade in Brooksville, her family moved to Columbus, where she attended Franklin Academy and SD Lee High School, graduating in 1946. During these years she and her family were active members of the First United Methodist Church, where she was very involved with UMYF.

Betty graduated from Mississippi State College for Women (MSCW) with a degree in bacteriology in 1950, and began working as a medical technologist in the lab at Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield, MS. After working there for 1 year, she moved back to Columbus and began working in the lab at the Columbus Hospital. On June 7, 1952, she married the late Charles Woodard of Reform, Alabama, and began her teaching career at Pickens County High School in Reform. In the spring of 1953, she was hired as the first lab technician for the new Hill-Burton hospitals in Reform and Aliceville and held this position until 1956, when she returned to Pickens County High School to teach chemistry and biology which she taught for more than 20 years. One of her biggest thrills was visiting with former students and hearing how well-prepared they were for their college chemistry and biology courses. After retiring from the classroom she returned to healthcare and worked in the lab at the Pickens County Medical Center in Carrollton until her retirement in the early 1980s. Betty was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Reform for many years and served as pianist and organist for over 30 years.

Betty is survived by her sons- James (Sandra) Woodard and Chuck (Kathy) Woodard; grandsons- Dusty Woodard, John (Rachel) Woodard, Alex (Whitney) Woodard, and Jake Woodard; great-grandchildren- Charleigh Woodard, Eli Woodard, Shepherd Woodard, Noah Woodard, and Maddie Woodard; sister- Janice Bond; sister-in-law-Joyce Woodard; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Gracie Brown, Qualla Brown, and the staff at Trinity Healthcare for their exceptional care over the past several months.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to the Good Samaritan Medical Clinic, 520 College Street, Columbus, MS 39701, or The Last House on the Block, 206 Tuscaloosa Road, Columbus, MS 39702.

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Linda Strickling, 58, of Columbus, MS, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- GT in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Friday, May 24, from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

Mrs. Linda was born in Ware, MA, on June 9, 1965, to Ronald Buskey and the late Barbara Ann Bonn Becker. She was a homemaker for many years. Mrs. Linda loved spending time with her grandchildren, having parties for them, and having them race for prizes. She enjoyed collecting gnomes. In addition to her mother- Barbara Ann Bonn Becker, Mrs. Linda is preceded in death by her brother- Eddie Buskey.

Mrs. Linda is survived by her husband- Larry Strickling; father- Ronald Buskey; sons-Matthew Perrigin, and Eric (Charissa) Perrigin; step daughters- Bonnie (Ashley) Heath, and Amy (Andrew) Dawley; grandchildren- Jade Heath, Chance Perrigin, Collin Dawley, Caden Perrigin, and Brody Dawley; brother- Philip Buskey; and sisters- Susan (Dale) Richardson, and Deborah (John) Ewing; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Lona T. Rice, 62, of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at her residence.

Visitation will be on Sunday, May 19, 2024, from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Service will be on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at 3:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS, with Joe Fondren officiating.

Ms. Rice was born on May 13, 1962, in Greenwood, MS to Regina Colvin Lollar and the late John Lindsay Tennent, III. Lona worked as an administrative assistant for many years. She was a member of Mt. Vernon Church in Columbus, MS.  Lona was an avid MSU football fan, she loved 80’s music, especially Bon Jovi, and she loved reading.  Lona loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren. In addition to her dad- John Lindsay Tennent, III, Lona is preceded in death by her brother- John Lindsay Tennent, IV; and grandson- Jacob Reid Fosberg.

Ms. Rice is survived by her daughters- Caitlin (Hayes) Baker, Lindsay (Tyler) Hankins, Hannah Rice, and Miranda Eads Dale; mother- Regina Colvin Lollar; grandchildren- Connor Fosberg, John Ross Dale, Kanaan Price, and Colvin Baker; and The Colvin family and numerous friends.

Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 2524 North State Street, Jackson, MS, 39216 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Waymon Pratt “Jack” Price, 86, of Columbus, MS passed away Saturday, May 11, 2024, at his residence.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 15, 2024, from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 2:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Bro. Melvin Mordecai officiating. Interment will be at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery in Reform, Alabama with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Jack was born on September 30, 1937, in McShan, Alabama, to the late Emitt Price and Mary Edna Hollinger Price. Jack was a welder at Glenn Machine Works for 33 years and retired in 1999. He also worked as a mechanic and helped anyone he could. When he wasn’t working, he loved bass fishing. In addition to his parents, Jack is preceded in death by his wife – Minnie Laverne Price; numerous brothers and sisters; and daughter- Tina Marie Price.

Jack is survived by his daughter- Pamela (Richard) Bohon; grandchildren- Tiffany (John) Davidson, and Savannah (Matt) Perkins; great-grandchildren- Mima Perkins, Merritt Perkins, and Magnolia Davidson.

Pallbearers will be Jason Price, Cody Owens, Matthew Perkins, John Patrick Davidson, Wade Hampton, and Michael Wyers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Larry Abrams, Paul Atkins, and Tuscaloosa VA Community Care Team.

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Ronald Edward “Ronnie” Hankins, 73, of Columbus, MS, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at his residence.

Visitation will be Friday, May 17, 2024, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

Ronnie was born October 14, 1950, in Birmingham, Alabama, to the late Chester Collins Hankins and Edna Grace Allen Wells. As a child, his family relocated to Detroit, Michigan, where he grew up and lived until 1975, when he returned to Columbus, MS.  Ronnie was a carpenter for many years. He loved carpentry work and woodworking. He could build anything. He just picked up painting in the last couple of years and enjoyed it very much. Ronnie enjoyed fishing, watching Alabama football, and spending time with his dogs. In addition to his parents, Ronnie was preceded in death by his son- Johnny Hankins; brothers- Jimmy Hankins, Randy Hankins, and Sam Hankins.

Ronnie is survived by his son- Ronnie (Nikki) Hankins; daughter- Sarah Hankins; daughter-in-law- Emily Hankins; grandchildren- Aimee Hankins (Jonathan) Kellum, Andrew Hankins, Emilee Hankins, Dylan Hankins, Presley Hankins, Benjamin Akins; great grandchildren- Lynnleigh Kellum, Sydney Kellum, and Sam Barns; siblings- Jerry Hankins, Diane Hankins (Lynn) Westmoreland, and Allen Hankins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer 1515 Holcombe Blvde. Houston, TX 77030 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Anita Carol Peek, 65, of Caledonia, MS, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, MS.

Visitation will be Monday, May 13, 2024, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Private graveside will be at Eggers Cemetery, Caledonia, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Peek was born December 3, 1958, in Columbus, MS, to the late Lois Smith Honnoll and Aubrey Leon Honnoll. Mrs. Peek was a member of Athens Baptist Church.  She graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a bachelors in nursing. She was a registered nurse for many years. She enjoyed attending church, helping others, and fishing.

Mrs. Peek is survived by her husband- Willis Peek; daughter- Aubree (Jacob) Greggs; grandchildren- Riley Greggs, and Braden Greggs; and brother- Stephen (Cecelia) Honnoll.

Memorials may be made to Columbus Lowndes Humane Society, 50 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702.

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Infant Jacklyn Elizabeth Faye Cockrell, passed away on April 29, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, GT in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Friday, May 10, 2024 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Friday, May 10, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Bro. Steve Blaylock officiating.

She is survived by her mother- Gabriela Petersen Cockrell, father- Chance Cockrell; grandparents- Stacy and Ric Petersen and grandparents Rodney Cockrell and Christy Guin; godmother- MaeMae; as well as numerous great grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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Pamela Renae Faris, 52, of Steens, MS, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, GT in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 12:30 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Graveside will be Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 2:30 P.M. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Columbus, MS with Bro. Michael Shelton officiating. Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS entrusted with directing.

Mrs. Faris was born May 1, 1972, in Fayette, Alabama to Colon Johnson and Kathy Pratt Cash. She was a secretary for Heating/ Cooling. Mrs. Faris loved to be called Grammy and loved spending time with her husband, boys, and grandchildren. Mrs. Faris was preceded in death by her sister- Debbie Johnson, and her grandparents- Hubert and Frances Johnson and Katherine and Troy Pratt.

Mrs. Faris is survived by her husband- Isaac “Ike” Edward Faris, Jr., sons- Tyler Edward Faris, Chase Faris, and Hunter Lee Morrison; mother- Kathy Pratt (Marty) Cash; father- Colon Johnson; sister- Joyce (James) Robbins; grandchildren- TJ Faris, Tessa Jade Faris, CJ Faris, and Harlow Faris; Nieces- Nicole Holmes, and Ashley Alexander; nephew- Drew Alexander; numerous other nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and other family and friends; mother-in-law- Peggy Ferguson; brothers-in-law- James Faris, Bryan Faris, and Sherman Faris; sisters-in-law- Penny South and Anita Turner.

Pallbearers will be Denny Rutherford, Tyler Faris, Chase Faris, James Robbins, Doug South, and Luke Turner. Honorary Pallbearers will be Nursing Staff at Baptist Memorial Cancer Center, nursing staff at Radiation Oncology, nursing staff at Baptist Hospice, and employees of Refrigeration Supply.

Memorials may be made to Cedar Hill Animal Sanctuary, 144 Sanctuary Loop, Caledonia, MS 39740, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Ernest Lee Jacobsen, age 77, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, May 5 after a sudden decline in his health.

His wild generosity, sense of humor, and passionate spirit leave a tremendous hole in the hearts of all who knew him. Ernie is survived by his spouse, Donna; children Matt (Kellie) Jacobsen and Niki (Patrick) Torres; grandchildren Maya, Charis, Zain, and Story; younger sister, Reba (Bob) Triplett, nieces Gina (Cory) Fremont and Jill (Johan) Kinberg; devoted life partner, Tonya VanNoy; her children Anna and Kyle VanNoy; Tonya’s parents Kenneth and Janiece Moore; Tonya’s siblings Greg Moore, Sonia (Chris) Chastang; Christi (Mike) Franks, a host of nieces and nephews, and a multitude of loyal friends.

He is predeceased by his father and mother, Clyde and Betty Jacobsen; and beloved grandparents, Joe and Fern Johnson. Ernie was born on May 4, 1947, and grew up on farms in Idaho and Washington. Even as a young person, he had that ‘Ernie spark’: One time, while walking through a field of cheatgrass, he tried to light a match on his jeans “like the cowboys on TV”, and he started a fire that almost burned down all the crops surrounding his small town.

In fifth grade, Ernie sold his beloved horse in order to have the money to buy his first motorcycle, and he never looked back. Ernie attended Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho, where he excelled as a wrestler and jokester. He graduated in 1965, and after spending only a couple of years teaching history to high schoolers, he blazed a path of entrepreneurship that he would follow the rest of his life. Ernie was a part of many business ventures, selling everything from lipstick to condos to fertilizer. In 1975, he took an opportunity to move to Columbus, Mississippi and try his hand at a fast food chain he had never heard of called Sonic Drive-In.

Over the next 50 years, this area became home, as well as a springboard for his many exploits and adventures. Ernie was an avid hunter and biker. He cared deeply about his family, often checking in on them to make sure they had what they needed. He loved hearing and telling funny stories and took tremendous joy from being surrounded by friends and family, as well as being close to the water. No one could have a good time like Ernie, and he loved giving those around him a good time as well. In 2019, these passions came out in a new way as a dream of building a tiny house compound began to materialize over a meal: He wrote his vision on a napkin, like so many of his dreams before. Over the last five years, he has loved bringing friends and family together at the tiny houses for boating, parties, holidays, and all sorts of get-togethers.

They have been a source of solace and fun, allowing him to make new friends and host so many loved ones. Ernie has gone to be with the Lord and until we see him again, we’re sure he’s saying, “I’ll just wait right here.” A celebration of life service will be held for Ernie on Thursday, May 9 at Plymouth Bluff at 2200 Old W Point Road in Columbus, MS. Visitation is from 2:00-3:00pm with the service to follow.

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Dennis Wayne Sudduth, most known as “Dadoo” or “DenDen” 70, of Columbus, MS, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, May 5, 2024.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Memorial Service will be Thursday, May 9 at 6:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Mike Rogers and Gary Seay officiating.

Mr. Sudduth was born on April 30, 1954, to the late Stenson and Willette Ford Sudduth. Dennis graduated in the New Hope Class of 1973, and worked with Conn Construction and Weathers Construction until he retired. He was a simple and quiet man that was loved by everyone that knew him. Dennis enjoyed spending time with his poodle- Roxie, feeding and watching the birds and ducks, hunting, fishing, loved the outdoors and spending time with his kids and grandkids. Dennis disliked rainy days that hindered his quality time mowing grass everyday. If you ever wanted a good laugh, just try taking pictures with him. You would always get a surprise. Our guy will be missed, but we will see him again! In addition to his parents, Mr. Sudduth is preceded in death by his sisters- Patricia Scott and Mott Knowles.

Mr. Sudduth is survived by his wife- Tami Sudduth (Millport, AL); Children- April Alexander (Brad) of Caledonia, Keri Fortner (Bryan) of Millport, Teri Larmour of Caledonia, and Tera Smith (Curt) of Millport; Kophen Sudduth (Jana) of Vernon, Stacey Glasgow (Shane) of Vernon; beloved pet – Roxie; grandchildren- Keller Smith (Mattie), Ty Smith (Kylee), Kadence Butler, Brody Alexander, Addison Butler, Jade Fortner, Reese Smith (Parker), Logan Alexander, Luke Larmour, Case Fortner, Layken Larmour, Landri Larmour, Mason McDaniel, McKinley Parker, Brodie Glasgow (Katie), and Big Glasgow, sister- Shirley Stockman (Larry); brothers- Mike Sudduth (Grace), Bill Sudduth (Brenda); and a host of nieces and nephews, and other family.

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Gregory Marshal Malone, 56, of Columbus, MS, passed away on April 28, 2024, at his residence.

Memorial Service will be Thursday, May 2, 2024, at 4:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church, Columbus, MS.

Mr. Malone was born March 30, 1968, in Aberdeen, MS, to Bill Malone and Ruby Dell Roebuck Malone. Greg’s greatest mission was to make sure everyone knew Jesus as their Savior. He lived out his testimony by being a faithful husband, a loving father, deacon, and active church member. He was active in the community through the American Legion and Last House on the Block. He was also a member of the Rick and Bubba Fan Club. He served the best cup of coffee and fresh donuts at First Baptist each Sunday. He was glad to have served his country in the Navy. He was a hard worker and a dedicated employee throughout his life – the latest being at Dutch Oil for 7 years. He loved target shooting and watching numerous sports, but his favorite teams to watch were the MSU Bulldogs and Dallas Cowboys.  He leaves behind a legacy of love for his family, friends, and pets. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor. He would encourage you to talk to someone today about your salvation. He would want you to know Jesus loves you.

Mr. Malone is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather – James Roebuck; and paternal grandparents – Marshal and Clara Bacon Malone.  He is survived by his wife- Diane Paterakis Malone; sons- Marshal (Chelsea) Malone and Anthony (Mallory) Malone; daughter- Madison Malone; grandchildren- Amory Bleu Malone, Sophia Grey Malone, and Charles Gregory Malone, both soon to come; parents- Bill and Dell Malone; brother- Ken (Sonya) Malone; maternal grandmother – Ruby Boyd Roebuck; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 3000 Bluecutt Rd, Columbus, MS 39705.

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Ms. Patricia H. Lee, 83, of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at Trinity Healthcare Center in Columbus, MS.  She battled dementia for the last 9 years of her life.

The visitation will be Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Lowndes Funeral Home.  A memorial service will follow at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Reverend Prentiss M. “Bud” Gordon Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow at First Methodist Church in a private ceremony for family.  Craig Joseph McElroy will serve as urn bearer. Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS is directing.

Ms. Lee was born September 9, 1940, in rural Clarke County, Mississippi, to the late Joseph Wendell Hudson and Irene Goldman Hudson. Ms. Lee attended Stonewall High School, where she was the Secretary of her class and graduated in 1958.  She joined AT&T at age 18 and began her career as a switchboard operator working in Jackson.  Over the next 10 years, she moved to various locations across the state, including Meridian, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Tupelo and Starkville.  In 1968, she transferred to Columbus, her final duty location.  Ms. Lee worked in various roles over the latter half of her career and finished with 40 years of combined service across AT&T and BellSouth. She joined Central United Methodist Church in 1970 and was a faithful member of the congregation until 2016 when her illness no longer allowed her to attend independently.

Ms. Lee started each day with reading of scripture from her Bible and inspirational stories about the power of prayer from The Upper Room.  Ms. Lee loved to work outside in her yard and growing tomatoes in her vegetable garden; having her “hands in the dirt” was an activity she found happiness in throughout her lifetime.  During her retirement years, she started birdwatching and enjoyed playing Bejeweled on her computer.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Lee is preceded in death by her sister – Shirley Hudson Hunt.  Ms. Lee is survived by her son – Terry Wayne Lee, II; daughter – Janna Lee (Bruce) DeMotts; and nephew – Craig Joseph (Tansy) McElroy.

The family would like to recognize the staff of Trinity Personal Care and Trinity Healthcare Center for the care of our loved one. Thank you for your support over the last 5 years.  Thank you to the faithful staff at Enhabit Home Health and Hospice: Lisa Dooley, Anita Peek, Christen Thomas, Rachel Crowder and Jerry Mitchell – we appreciate you all so much.  The family would also like to express gratitude and appreciation for all the caregivers who supported Patricia with their love and daily individual care: Carolyn White, Latanya Lawrence, Mary Ellen Knepp, Hannah Knepp Estes, Annie Smith, Shanara Smart, Octavious Stower, Kenyatta Wells, Celia Bankhead, Rosie Hinton and Temiria Jones.

Ms. Lee will be remembered as a mother, a daughter, a sister, a niece, an aunt, a classmate, a neighbor and as a friend.  She had love in her heart for all – and she is already missed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider charitable donations to The Sunday Fund, supporting elders who reside at Mississippi Senior Services.  Memorial donations can be mailed to: Mississippi Senior Service Development Office, Post Office Box 1567, Tupelo, Mississippi 38802-1557.

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Candice Denise Crews Kaiser, of Steens, MS, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at her parent’s residence in Aberdeen, MS.

Memorial Service will be Sunday, April 28, 2024, at 2:00 P.M. at  Caledonia Open Door Worship Center in Caledonia, MS.

Ms. Kaiser was born October 27, 1976, in Columbus, MS, to Donnie Gene Crews and Brenda S. Blackston Crews. Ms. Kaiser attended Caledonia School in her early years. She worked at DynCorp at the Columbus Air Force Base for 10 -12 years as a T-37 Servicer. Ms. Kaiser had many hobbies, she loved riding her boat on the river, loved her dog Zeus, loved to cook, and most of all loved her son- Landon Scott Kaiser, and family. Ms. Kaiser is preceded in death by her grandparents- Pawpaw Red and Grandma Kathryn Blackston, and Pawpaw Willie and Grandma Lalon Crews.

Ms. Kaiser is survived by her son- Landon Scott Kaiser; parents- Donnie Gene Crews and Brenda S. Blackston Crews; brother- Michael “Brian” Crews and wife (Tina); nieces and nephews- Michelle Denis Tomlinson and husband (Cody), Hannah Marie Elliott and husband (Tyler), Donnie Allen Crews, and great nieces and nephews- Abigail Tomlinson, Ainsley Tomlison, Kamden Elliott, and Alexander James Crews.

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Jeannette Van Valkenburg 91, of Columbus, MS, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Trinity Health Care, Columbus, MS.

Graveside Service will be Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at 10:00 A.M. at Memorial Gardens in Columbus, MS with Rev. Luke Lawson officiating. In case of inclement weather, please check www.lowndesfuneralhome.net for any change of service location.

Mrs. Van Valkenburg was born and raised in Laurel, MS. She was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. She attended Jones County Community College and then married her husband, Neal Van Valkenburg, who was active duty/ retired military. For 30 years she traveled the world with him and raised their 4 children.

Mrs. Van Valkenburg was a member of 1st Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Columbus, MS. She was very active in serving at her church. She loved being with friends, playing cards, cooking, riding her bike and was an avid lover of all animals.

Mrs. Van Valkenburg was a very special caring kind- spirited person, devoted to helping and serving others. She touched all who knew her. She is loved and sadly missed but we know heaven rejoices and our Lord is there to greet her.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Van Valkenburg is preceded in death by her husband- Neal S. Van Valkenburg.

Mrs. Van Valkenburg is survived by her daughters- Neala (Jeffrey) Weber, Angela (Karey) Atkins, and Carla (Michael) Formel; son- Neal A. (Sherry) Van Valkenburg; grandchildren- Cassie Atkins Hester, Taylor Atkins, Vonnie Formel Moody, Rachael Formel, Tyler Weber, Kalyn Weber, and Jenna Van Valkenburg; and 9 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Columbus Lowndes Humane Society, 50 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702.

Special thanks to the Comfort Keeper caregivers and the nurses and staff at Trinity Healthcare for all their loving care.

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In loving memory of our dear Mom, Shirley Butler, whose laughter filled our days and love warmed our hearts. Our mom passed away at 73 years old on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at her residence in Columbus, MS.

Shirley Butler was born April 22, 1950, in South San Francisco, California. Her birth mother, Marian Crist, was young and placed her up for adoption. She was adopted by Marcella and Roy Stalker at 4 years old. In 2019, we found Shirley’s brother, Tim Blanchard. Connecting with her brother was truly one of our mom’s most cherished memories.

Shirley Butler moved to Columbus, MS in 1997. She was a dedicated member of the Annunciation Catholic Church. One of her greatest joys was volunteering at church. Shirley was also a lot monitor at Carl Hogan for many years. In addition to her parents, Shirley Butler was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Butler; daughter Sarah Clark; son James Clark; and brother Pat Stalker.

Shirley Butler is survived by her daughters – Katherine McCraw; Rebecca Faudree and husband Brian Faudree; grandchildren – Andrew McCraw and his wife Kaiya McCraw; Samantha McCraw, Gabe McCraw, Crosby Faudree, Rose Wind and Jaden Wind. She is also survived by her brother and his wife – Tim and Debbie Blanchard – and her sister-in-law, Rosemary Clarke.

Our mom brought joy to everyone she met, she was kind, giving, and her spirit will forever shine bright in our memories. Rest in peace, Mom, knowing you are cherished beyond measure.

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Emily Ann Windle, 83, of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

Visitation will be Friday, April 19, 2024, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. at Fairview Baptist Church, Columbus, MS with Bro. Tommy Gillon and Bro. Sammy Crawford officiating.  Private family graveside will follow at Franconia Cemetery in Aliceville, Alabama with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing.

Mrs. Windle, better known as Mrs. Ann, was born on March 28, 1941, to the late Alton Holliman and Nell Eatman Holliman. Mrs. Ann was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus, MS, where she was a devoted Christian and loving preacher’s wife for over 60 years. Mrs. Ann loved to sing and when she did, she had the voice of an angel.  Mrs. Ann worked in the nursing field her entire life. Mrs. Ann loved her family and was a strong prayer warrior and she enjoyed sending notes of encouragement to others. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Ann is preceded in death by her husband- Bro. Ralph Windle and brother- Jerry Holliman.

Mrs. Ann is survived by her daughter- Leigh Ann (Shaun) Pearson of Sulligent, Alabama; grandchildren- Sam (Blair) White and Ashleigh (Christopher) Bailey; great-grandchildren- Paxton White, Samantha Bailey, and Violet “Annabelle” Bailey; and brother- Thomas J. Holliman.

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Gary Lee Conquest, 80, of Columbus, MS, passed away on April 16, 2024 at his residence.  The visitation will be Sunday, April 21, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

The funeral service will follow at 3:00 PM at the funeral home with Tim Childs officiating.  Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Conquest was born on July 12, 1943 in Seattle, WA to the late George Deamer and Maude Fortune Conquest.  He started a newspaper route in Seattle, WA when he was 5 years old.  At age 12, he moved to the country and started living with different families while working on their various farms.  When he was 16, he moved in with and started helping Al and Marilyn Walker on their dairy farm in Stanwood, WA.  They helped him attend college, until he decided to join the Navy, where he spent the next 4 years.  He then married Patsy (Wright) of York, AL after knowing her for only 2 months, and they were married for over 58 years.

Mr. Conquest was an electrician and worked at American Can Saw Mill in Bellamy, Alabama.  Then, he worked at General Tire for over 42 years.  He previously was a deacon at Columbus Church of Christ, and was a current member of Caledonia Church of Christ.  He was a former member of the East Columbus Lions Club, and was a former member of the Caldwell Sports Boosters, and drove the bus for the Caldwell Band and Soccer Team.  He loved to help people however he could.  Mr. Conquest was a great father who raised his sons to be hardworking men.  He loved playing with his grandchildren, as well as all the children in the neighborhood.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Conquest, Bryant Conquest, Zac Conquest, Will Conquest, Nick Smithey, Bryan Cox, Bryan Elmore, and Blake Koenigsberger.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Walter Bolton, Joyce Edgeworth, Dorothy Banks, Tim and Betty Childs, Danny Weathers, Russ Taylor, Mary Perkins, Kenneth and Jackie Smith, and Jerry and Melanie Werner.

Special thanks to Dr. Rincon-Prieto and Joy Murphy, N.P, for their loving care.

Gary is survived by: his wife Patsy Luanell Wright Conquest; his children: Greg (Akiko) of Zushi, Japan; Jeff (Suzanne) of Amana, IA; Richard (Melissa) of New Albany, MS; and Billy (Mindy) of Vinemont, AL; his grandchildren: Andrew of Atlanta, GA; Bryant of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Pam (Nick) Smithey of New Albany, MS; Zac of New Albany, MS; and Will of Vinemont, AL. He is also survived by his siblings: Florence Childs of Kent, WA; Janet (TL) Cannon of Seattle, WA; George Conquest of Seattle, WA; Howard (Pat) Conquest of Seattle, WA; and Sharon Bosteder of Auburn, WA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Caledonia Church of Christ Youth Fund, P.O. Box 9, Caledonia, MS 39740.

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Ronald Budd, 85, of Steens, MS, passed away April 17, 2024, at his residence.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

Mr. Budd was born March 18, 1939, in Marshall, MI, to the late Walter Budd and Rissie Watson Budd. Mr. Budd was a truck driver for many years.

Mr. Budd is survived by his wife Luzcilyn Budd; children- Keith Budd, Vincent Budd, Gaylene Budd, Timothy Budd, Marissa Budd, and Tyron Budd; and numerous grandchildren.

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Joan Reeves McCullough, 85, of Columbus, MS passed away Saturday, April 13, 2024, at her residence.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 18, 2024, from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Mark Frady and James Nevins officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens in Columbus, MS, with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. McCullough, was born November 11, 1938, in Stration, MS, to the late J.D. Reeves and Lillie Mae Gardner Reeves. Mrs. McCullough was a member of Magnolia Church of Christ. She worked in accounting for 24 years and had worked at J.C. Penny. In addition to her parents, Mrs. McCullough is preceded in death by her husband- Hildon “Mac” McCullough; daughter- Cindy Dodson; brothers- Alton Reeves, and Jerry Reeves; and sister- Helen Ruffin.

Mrs. McCullough is survived by her son- Mitchell (Jenn) McCullough, son-in-law- Rick Dodson; grandchildren- Shay (Heather) Dodson, Mae Hatter, Reese McCullough, and Raegan McCullough; great-grandchildren- Austin (Mary Grace) Dodson, Isla Brown, and Hayden Dodson; great-great-grandchild- Briar Dodson; and sister – Pam Wright.

Pallbearers will be – Will Teague, Shay Dodson, Austin Dodson, Hayden Dodson, Rick Dodson, Richard Christopher III, and Richard Christopher IV. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dave May, Mississippi Home Care, Baptist Hospice, Denise Sanders, Annie Rush, Janet Williams, Teresa Aqlan, and Members of Magnolia Church of Christ.

Memorials may be made to the Magnolia Church of Christ Building Fund.

Nancy Gschwendtner

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Nancy Gschwendtner, 61, of Caledonia, MS, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle Hospital, Columbus, MS.

No services are scheduled at this time. Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS, entrusted with arrangements.

Linda Mogel

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Linda Mogel, 82, of Columbus, MS, passed away Friday, April 12, 2024, at Trinity Health Care in Columbus, MS.

No Services are scheduled at this time. Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS entrusted with arrangements.

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Kenneth Dale Easley, 49, of Columbus, MS, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2024.

A visitation will be Friday, April 12, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at Lowndes Funeral Home.  A memorial service will follow at 10:00 AM at the funeral home.

Mr. Easley was born December 29, 1974, in Columbus, MS to Wendalyn Ballentine Cantrell and the late Roger Dale Easley, Sr. In addition to his father, Mr. Easley is preceded in death by his twin brother- Roger Dale Easley, Jr.

Mr. Easley is survived by his son- Alex Blaylock; mother- Wendalyn Ballentine Cantrell; sisters- Angela Walker, Lisa Brasfield, Diane Gilliam, Vera Shaw, and Cindy Morgan; brother- Keith Brasfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Monroe Franklin Beaird, 86, of Columbus, MS, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- GT in Columbus, MS.

The visitation will be Friday, April 12, 2024, from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Columbus, MS.

Mr. Beaird was born April 15, 1937, in Darlove, MS to the late Wiley Beaird and Mavis Mildred Keith Beaird. Mr. Beaird was a United States Air Force Veteran and served as a Medic from 1955 to 1959 in Italy and Thule, Greenland. After serving in the military, Mr. Beaird went to Hinds Junior College, where he met his future wife – Beverly.  He then went to Mississippi State University, where he graduated with a Specialist Degree.  He was an advocate for education and always encouraged people to further their education.  Later, Mr. Beaird was the Director of the Vocational Center at EMCC and retired after 33 years. Mr. Beaird was an awesome grandpa who loved his grandchildren dearly. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners. Mr. Beaird enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working in his garden. In addition to his parents, Mr. Beaird is preceded in death by his grandchild, Bradley Briggs.

Mr. Beaird is survived by his wife- Beverly Beaird; daughter- Bobbye (Jeff) Chism; son- Bart (Gina) Beaird; grandchildren- Bailey Beaird, and Tyler Beaird; brother – Keith (Pauline) Beaird; sister-in-law – Patricia Calloway; and numerous nephews and niece.

Pallbearers will be Harry Fulton, Larry Fulton, Lee Frith, Guy Wilcox, Rick Rigdon, and Mike Carter.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33607.

Stanton Rector

Stanton “Stan” Selvin Rector, 68, of Columbus, MS, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- GT in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Friday, April 12, 2024, from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Friday, April 12, 2024, at 11:30 A.M. at Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus, MS with Bro. Sammy Crawford and Bro. David Bartimus officiating. Interment will be in Ashbury Cemetery in Millport, Alabama, with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing .

Mr. Rector was born February 12, 1956, in Columbus, MS, to the late Selvin Pressly Rector and Frances Atkins Rector.  Mr. Rector graduated from New Hope High School in 1974.  He was the proud owner of Stan Rector Construction for 25 years. Mr. Rector was known by his friends as “Stan the Man”, but his favorite people called him “Pepaw”. He was a follower of Christ and a member of Fairview Baptist Church, where he was vice president of the choir, associated with Living Pictures Leadership Team, Columbus Emmaus Men’s Group, and Crawley/ Rector Sunday School Class.

Mr. Rector is survived by his wife- Lisa Williams Rector; son- Ashby Hayes (Kristi) Rector; daughter- Amber Rector (Cole) Brazil; grandchildren- Bryant Rector, Brynley Rector, Braxton Rector, Brantley Brazil, Presley Brazil; and sister- Gwen Rector (Bob) Gaston.

Pallbearers will be Chris Crawley, Craig Barfield, Greg Noland, Gene McCool, Jerry Lavender, John Haggard, Mike Smith, and Tommy Taylor. Honorary Pallbearers will be Larry Long, Cindy Morgan, Terry Cline, Crawley/ Rector Sunday School Class, Columbus Emmaus Men’s Group, Cash and Carry Staff, David Darby D-Group, and New Hope Class of 1974.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Sharon Lee Peralto, 64, of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-GT in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 7, 2024, from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Memorial Service will be Sunday, April 7, 2024, at 3:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Rob Dowdle officiating.

Mrs. Peralto was born June 29, 1959, to the late JoAnn Barnes Brewer and Thomas Dee Brewer. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed artistry with mix media, jewelry making, beading, and was a rug hook artist. Mrs. Peralto loved her husband dearly, he was her childhood sweetheart. Mrs. Peralto loved her family unconditionally and her pups. Mrs. Peralto was a 3 time cancer survivor and she helped many newly diagnosed cancer patients with their journey. She was an avid reader and enjoyed reading the Bible and journaling.

Mrs. Peralto is survived by her husband- James” Bubba” Peralto; sisters- Debrynda Brewer Davey and Robynn Brewer Ross; sister-in-law- Faith (Marty) Stillman; brother-in-law- Dickie (Penny) Peralto and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Dudley Waldrop, 76, of Starkville passed away Easter morning.  

Firstborn of three boys to the late Odessa Cooper Waldrop and Delbert Dever Waldrop, his family sharecropped near Drew after WWII before buying a Starkville farm in 1965. Dudley, a Mississippi State University graduate, spent his working life on this family farm, dairying, row cropping, and grazing beef cattle, among other ventures. He was kiddingly known by nicknames, including Matt Dillon and Rhinestone Cowboy.

Dudley had two marriages, the first to Susan Owings, now Johnson, who is the mother of his children, and the second to Pamela Warnken, who coordinated his caregivers until his death. His children are Sara Clark (Charles), Banks Waldrop, and Reed Waldrop (Locke) and a granddaughter, Winnie Waldrop.

He is also survived by his brother, D.D. Waldrop Jr. but his other brother, Dr. Rodney Waldrop, predeceased Dudley. Private services will be at a later date. Please visit www.lowndesfuneralhome.net to leave remembrances. Memorial donations are welcomed in honor of Dudley’s Aussie dog Cheyenne, seen with him often around town, to

Grassroots Animal Rescue: www.grassrootsanimalrescue.com/donate, or via mail at P.O. Box 225, Starkville, Ms 39760.

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Lera Allbritton, 82, of Columbus, MS passed away Monday, April 1, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 3, 2024, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. at  Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Columbus, MS with Bro. Ty Danielson officiating. Interment will follow.

Ms. Lera was born on October 26, 1941, in Columbus, MS, to the late Lola Hannah Richardson and Robert Richardson. Ms. Lera was of Baptist faith and was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Columbus, MS. She was a seamstress for many years and retired from Red Kap Industries.She loved her family and friends dearly. In addition to her parents, Ms. Lera is preceded in death by her son-in-law Dan Brownlee.

Ms. Lera is survived by her daughter- Phyllis Brownlee; grandchild- Magen (Chris) Page; son- Brian (Amy) Allbritton; and sister- Patsy (Ottis) Tilley.

Pallbearers will be Chris Atkins, Guy Wilcox, Paul Moore, Chris Page, Bill Delk, Sr., Billy Strickland, and Hebo Pritchett. Honorary Pallbearers will be David Quick, Rex Gilliam, Mt. Zion Baptist Church Chrysalis Sunday School Class, Carolyn Willoughby, Barbara Ibarra, and Former employees of Red Kap.

Memorials may be made to Donor’s Choice.

Eddie Butler

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Eddie Butler, 60, of Columbus, MS, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2024, at his residence.

Mr. Butler was born on October 1, 1963, in Columbus, MS, to the late James A. Butler and Mattie Hollingsworth Butler. Mr. Butler worked in maintenance most of his life. In addition to his parents, Mr. Butler is preceded in death by his brothers- Bill Butler, Charlie Butler, Roger Butler, and Ronald Werner.

Mr. Butler is survived by his brothers- Jerry (Bess) Butler, Donald (Gwen) Werner, Pete (April) Floyd, and Billy Floyd; sisters- Mary Mayne, Cassandra Teem, Donna (Roger) Coleman, Beth Skelton, and Susan Rivers.

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Melinda Carol Sams Harrison, 60, of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at her residence.

Mrs. Harrison was born March 16, 1964, in Memphis, TN, to the late Helen Virginia Boykin and Todd Dean McGonagill. Mrs. Harrison was a hairdresser for 40 years and she worked at Melinda’s Beauty Salon. She loved being outdoors, flowers and dragonflies, old antiques, cash registers, and decorating. Mrs. Harrison loved her family, children, and grandchildren dearly.  She loved celebrating the holidays especially Christmas and she loved the residence at Trinity Retirement Community.

Mrs. Harrison is survived by the love of her life- Ernest Lewis; son Todd Blake Williams, daughter- Heather Renea Pohlmann, son- John Thomas Sams; and 8 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Alethea Williams 89, of Columbus, MS, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- GT in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Monday, April 1, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Mt. Vernon Church, Columbus, MS. Service will be Monday, April 1, 2024, at 11:00 AM at Mt. Vernon Church, Columbus, MS. Interment will follow.

Mrs. Williams was born on November 16, 1934, in Columbus, MS, to the late Thames “Timmy” Crayton Bonner and Mamie Lou Holliman Bonner. Mrs. Williams worked as an accountant for many years. She was a member of Mt. Vernon Church in Columbus, MS. She was the most Godly woman anyone has ever met and a treasure to her family for so many years. Mrs. Williams is now enjoying the reward she earned! Mrs. Williams is preceded in death by her husband- David Harold “Shorty” Williams; son- David Harold “Sonny” Williams, Jr.; daughter- Julia Ann “Sissy” Richards; sister- Evelyn Tilley; and brother- Willis Bonner.

Mrs. Williams is survived by her son- Kevin (Qian) Williams; grandchildren- Jonathan Williams, Danielle Williams, Abbye Williams, brother- Wayne (Cissie) Bonner, and granddog- Alfred.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Williams, Tim Bonner, Tyler Bonner, Mike Williams, Ben Williams, Richard Bonner, James Zhou, and Jimmy Johnson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bruce Stokes, Wayne Bonner, Butch Edmondson, Wayne McKellar, Hubert Pridmore, George Burchfield, and previous members of her 7th grade Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to Children of Hope, P.O. Box 5237, Columbus, MS, 39704, Destiny Rescue, 10339 Dawsons Creek Blvd. Suite C, Fort Wayne, IN 46825, or Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 2174, Columbus, MS 39704.

William Thomas Burchfield

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William Thomas Burchfield, 91, of Columbus, MS, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Windsor Place in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 28, 2024, from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Fairview Baptist Church, Columbus, MS. Memorial Service will be Thursday, March 28, 2024, at 2:00 P.M. at Fairview Baptist Church, Columbus, MS with Bro. Tommy Gillon and Alan Burchfield officiating.

Mr. Burchfield was born on April 2, 1932, in Drew, MS, to the late Thomas D. Burchfield and Carrie McDaniel Burchfield. He was of Baptist faith and was a member and usher at Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus, MS. Mr. Burchfield worked for Dyncorp as an aircraft mechanic and retired after 44 years. Mr. Burchfield enjoyed spending time with his family, whom he loved dearly.

Mr. Burchfield loved sports, especially the Braves and Ole Miss Football. He attributes his longevity in life to being an Ole Miss fan. He was nicknamed “Coach” by the many men and women he trained at Columbus Air Force Base in Aircraft Maintenance.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Burchfield is preceded in death by his daughter- Penny Joanne Burchfield; 3 sisters, and 5 brothers.

Mr. Burchfield is survived by his wife- Joan Keeling Burchfield; sons- Keith Alan (Lisa) Burchfield, Thomas Kevin Burchfield, and William Russell (Katie) Burchfield; 6 sisters; 10 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Fairview Baptist Church- Missions, 127 Airline Rd., Columbus, MS 39702.

Bro. Samuel Ralph Windle, Jr.

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Bro. Samuel Ralph Windle,Jr., 82, of Columbus, MS, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- GT in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Friday, March 29, 2024, from 10:00 A.M to 12:00 P.M. at Fairview Baptist Church, Columbus, MS. Service will be Friday, March 29, 2024, at 12:00 P.M. at Fairview Baptist Church, Columbus, MS with Bro. Tommy Gillon officiating.

Bro. Windle, commonly known as Bro. Ralph, was born October 22, 1941, in Alabama, to the late Ruby Parker Windle and Samuel Ralph Windle. He was of Baptist faith and a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus, MS. Bro. Ralph graduated from Howard College and later went on to Southwestern Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas and achieved his Masters in Theology. Bro. Ralph loved the Lord and preached according to God’s word. He was a Godly servant that practiced what he preached. Bro. Ralph was a loving husband, father, and grandfather to his family.

Bro. Ralph is survived by his wife- Ann Holliman Windle; daughter- Leigh Ann (Shaun) Pearson; grandchildren- Sam (Blair) White, and Ashleigh (Christopher) Bailey; great-grandchildren- Paxton White, Samantha Bailey, and Violet “Annabelle” Bailey; sister- Emily (W.O.) Kirk; and brother- Dennis (Sandra) Windle.

Larry Andrews

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Larry Andrews, 84, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2024, at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson, MS.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 29, 2024, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Community Baptist Church. Memorial service will be Friday, March 29, 2024, at  2:00 PM with Pastor Markus Thomas and Rev. Wes Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Columbus, MS.

Mr. Andrews was born on April 22, 1939, to the late Lucian Pascal and Margaret Evelyn Lancaster Andrews. After graduating from New Hope High School in 1957, Mr. Andrews served in the United States Army, fulfilling his military obligation. He was employed as an electrician with City Electric and later Omnova Solutions, where he retired in 2003. Mr. Andrews was well known as a faithful man of God. He served Community Baptist Church as a deacon and member of the choir. Mr. Andrews cherished time spent with his sons. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, classic movies, and college sports. He was an avid Mississippi State fan. Mr. Andrews is preceded in death by his wife of fifty years, Becky Andrews; his parents Lucian and Evelyn Andrews; sister in –law- Ann Andrews; and brothers- Joe and Billy Andrews.

Mr. Andrews is survived by his sons Shane and Spence Andrews of Columbus; brother- Dwight Andrews of Columbus, MS; sister- Regina Miller of Columbus; sister- Elaine Eaves (Wayne) of Columbus; sister-in-law- Wanda Andrews of Columbus; granddaughter- Megan Rushing (Jonathan) of Kennedy, Alabama; and great-granddaughter- Milayva Elesse  Rushing of Kennedy, Alabama. Mr. Andrews is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Pallbearers will be George Coleman, Jonathan Rushing, Bill Delk, Joe Owen, Max Porter, and Larry Taylor.  Honorary Pallbearers will be members of Community Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions be made in honor of Larry Andrews to the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society, 50 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702.

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Clarence (C.J.) King Nabors, Jr., 73, of Columbus, MS, passed away Monday, March 25, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – GT in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 28, 2024, from 5:00 PM -7:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

Mr. Nabors was born on April 28, 1950, in Columbus, MS, to the late Clarence King Nabors, Sr. and Miriam Edwards Nabors. Mr. Nabors worked for Ceco for 43 years and was a welder for many years. He was a Veteran for the United States Army, and served in Vietnam. In addition to his parents, Mr. Nabors is preceded in death by his sister- Jean Moreau.

Mr. Nabors is survived by his Children- Amanda (Christopher) Turner, Michael Andrew (Leigh Ann) Nabors, Aimee (Eric) Yarbrough, and Whitney Nabors Hurd; 10 grandchildren; and a special friend- Betty Adair.

Mark Douglas Turner

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Mark Douglas Turner, 69, of Columbus, MS, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2024 at Windsor Place in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 27, 2024, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Graveside Service will be Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at 1:00 PM at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, MS with Kevin Cuthbertson officiating. Interment will follow.

Mr. Turner was born June 30, 1954, in Columbus, MS, to Sue Turner (Shelton) and the late Jack Douglas Turner. Mr. Turner was a computer systems analyst and worked for Ceco for 47 years. Mr. Turner attended First Baptist Church of Columbus, MS. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time in the yard and being on his tractor. Mr. Turner enjoyed spending time with his family, especially loved watching his granddaughters play softball. In addition to his father, Mr. Turner is preceded in death by his son- Ryan Douglas Turner, and his sister- June Turner Baird.

Mr. Turner is survived by his wife- Anita Faris Turner; daughter- Kala Turner (Eric) Blakely; son- Luke Turner; grandchildren- Shelby Blakely, and Ella Blakely; sisters- Susan (Greg) Noland, and Gail Pounders; mother- Sue Jones (David) Shelton; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; mother-in law- Peggy Ferguson; and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Pallbearers will be Greg Noland, Sherman Faris, Bryan Faris, Jakob Baird, Doug South, and Nick Cunningham. Honorary Pallbearers will be Steve Shackelford, Kelly Carter, First Baptist Church, Employees of Ceco Metal Buildings.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Columbus, 3000 Bluecutt Rd. Columbus, MS 39705 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Joseph King

Joseph Robert King, age 86, of Columbus, MS, passed away on March 17, 2024, in Waveland, MS. 

The visitation will be Friday, March 29, 2024, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at First Christian Church, Columbus, MS.  The memorial service will be Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 10:00 AM at First Christian Church, Columbus, MS with Pastor Lavelle Smith officiating.  Lowndes Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Mr. King was born on July 11, 1937, in Wilmington, North Carolina to the late James Carlton King, Sr. and Evelyn Mildred Dukes King.  He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Mississippi State University and worked for many years as a Loan Officer at First Federal Bank.  Mr. King also was an Air Force veteran.  He was a member of First Christian Church in Columbus, MS.  Also, he was a member of numerous organizations, including Green Oaks Golf Club, Emmaus, Gideons International, American Legion, and Kiwanis.

In addition to his parents, Mr. King is preceded in death by his son – Steven Scott King; and siblings – James C. King, Jr., Albert E. King, Virginia E. Mintz, and Rodney W. King.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years – Mary Jo King; daughter – Kathy (Ronnie) Good; grandchildren – Katelyn (Nick) Peters, Mary Katherine (Nate) Saint, Haley (Jared) Overby, and Steven (Celia) Good; and great-grandchildren – Caleb Saint, Noah Saint, Eden Saint, Raelynn Overby, Andrew Peters, and Lincoln Peters.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Box, William Box, Ronnie Good, Steven Good, Nate Saint, Jared Overby, Nick Peters, Mark Box, Chuck Box, and the Deacons and Elders of First Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Gideons International, PO Box 2174, Columbus, MS 39704, or First Christian Church, 815 McCrary Road, Columbus, MS 39702.

Peggy Ann Brown

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Peggy Ann Brown, 90, of Caledonia, MS, passed away on March 18, 2024 at Windsor Place.

There will be a private family graveside.

Mrs. Brown was born on March 7, 1934, in Columbus, MS to the late Huey P. and Gussie Adair Richardson.  She was a believer in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and attended Kolola Springs Baptist Church.  As an avid gardener, she loved working in the yard and growing flowers.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Brown is preceded in death by her husband – Duward Brown; son – Jeffrey Lloyd Brown; and sister – Mary E. Mordecai.

Mrs. Brown is survived by her children – Teresa Ann (William H.) Fowler, Beth (Jerry) Lavender, Robert Gregory Brown, and Duward Stacy (Anita Douglas) Brown; grandchildren – Matt (Emily) Fowler, Ben Fowler, Elizabeth Ann Lavender, Leigh (Clint) Loudermilk, Stephanie (James) Hays, Steven Lavender, Jake (Whitney) Brown, Parker Brown, Bailey (Brandon) Dorsett, Hays Brown, Seth Brown, Sawyer Brown and Ansley Brown; and 16 great grandchildren.

Patrick McCormick, Jr.

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Patrick McCormick, Jr., 80, of Columbus, MS, passed away Friday, March 15, 2024, at his residence.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 19, 2024, from 1:00 P.m. – 2:00 P.m. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Memorial Service will be Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at 2:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Father Jeffrey Waldrep officiating.

Mr. McCormick was born November 19, 1943, in Hartford, CT, to the late Patrick McCormick, Sr., and Mary Jane Leveque Fournier. Mr. McCormick was a pipe fitter for many years. He enjoyed woodworking. Mr. McCormick attended Annunciation Catholic Church. In addition to his parents, Mr. McCormick is preceded in death by his brothers- John McCormick, and Robert Fournier; and sisters- Jane Olivera, and Elaine Comstock.

Mr. McCormick is survived by his wife- Nelda Langston McCormick; sons- Scott (Shelia) McCormick, and Keith (Suzanne) McCormick; brother- Leo (Leslie) McCormick and grandchild- Holden P. McCormick.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Rebecca Ann Spencer, 73, of Columbus, MS, passed away Friday, March 15, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- GT in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be on Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM at CrossPoint Church, 2274 Yorkville Road, Columbus, MS. Service will be on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at 2:00 PM at CrossPoint Church.

Mrs. Spencer was born March 30, 1950, in West Point, MS, to the late William B. Melton, Jr. and Hazel R. Speakes Compere. Mrs. Spencer worked in the medical field for over 30 years. She was a nurse for many years and was a massage therapist in Columbus, MS. Mrs. Spencer attended Living Faith Tabernacle and enjoyed playing the organ. She was an avid animal lover. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Spencer is preceded in death by her husband-Chris Spencer; adopted mother- Mae Crane; sisters- Louise Hall and Glenda Scallions; and brother- Larry Melton.

Mrs. Spencer is survived by her sons- Cory (Amy) Richardson, Bobby (Amy) Richardson, Denver (Lyndsi Blair) Wartes; sister- Deborah Kay (David) Harrington; grandchildren- James “Robby” Richardson, Austin (Randah) Richardson, Taylor (Madison) Richardson, Laurel Richardson, Garrett Richardson, Kacie Blair; great-grandchildren- Landyn Richardson, Easton Richardson, Maxton Richardson, and Hailey Richardson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Columbus Lowndes Humane Society, 50 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702.

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Laura Jean Boman Mason, 91, of Columbus, MS, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at her residence.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 10, 2024, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Sunday, March 10, 2024, at 2:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Bobby Richardson officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Columbus, MS, with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing.

Mrs. Mason, also known as Sweet Sue, was born February 17, 1933, in Lowndes County, Mississippi, to the late Perry Boman and Era Boman. Mrs. Mason worked 44 years in the Dietary Department at Lowndes General Hospital, currently Baptist Memorial Hospital- GT. She was a hardworking mother of 10, great grandmother and great- great grandmother. Mrs. Mason was a loving wife for 71 years.  She spent most of her life cooking and caring for her family. Later in life she enjoyed playing BINGO and slots.  In addition to her parents, Mrs. Mason is preceded in death by her husband- John Mason, Sr.; daughters- Linda Burns and Joyce Knight; brothers- Dale Boman, Perry Boman, and Bill Boman; sisters- Shirley Cox, Elwanda Payne, and Hilda Brooks.

Mrs. Mason is survived by her children- Brenda Junkin, Loretta (Lamar) Harper, Frances (Patrick) Perrigin, Rebecca Both, Imogene Towery, John Mason, Jr., David Mason, and Judy Lane; 18 grandchildren, an abundance of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and brother – Thad Boman.

Pallbearers will be Jake Mahan, Dale Morrow, Ethan Perrigin, Caide Woods, Anthony Perrigin, Herman Junkin, Jr., and Zackary Morrow. Honorary Pallbearers will be Nurses and Staff of Legacy Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 in honor of Laura Boman Mason.

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Joan Moore, 70, of Columbus, MS, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2024, at her residence.

No services are scheduled at this time. Lowndes Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Mrs. Moore was born March 13, 1953, in Jackson, MS, to the late Steve Bullock and Ruby Lewis Bullock. Mrs. Moore was a bookkeeper for various businesses for 30 years. She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Mendenhall, MS. Mrs. Moore enjoyed fishing, birdwatching, growing flowers, and spending time with her furbaby, Bo. Mrs. Moore enjoyed going to the beach and making memories with her loved ones most of all. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Moore is preceded in death by her brother- David Bullock.

Mrs. Moore is survived by her husband- Billie Moore; son- Jason Crutchfield, grandchildren- Aricia Irodel and Jason McClure, Jr.; sisters- Carolyn Sue Allen, and Lawanna Walker.

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Gary Stovall, 75, of Columbus, MS, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2024, at his residence.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 6, 2024, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Service will be Thursday, March 7, 2024, at 10:00 AM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Bro. Armondo Adams officiating. Interment will be at Crawford Oaklimb Cemetery, Crawford, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing.

Mr. Stovall was born February 3, 1949, in Hart, MI, to the late James Floyd Stovall and Julia Marie Verschueren Stovall. Mr. Stovall was of Baptist faith and a member of Fairview Baptist Church, Columbus, MS. He was a Staff Sergeant and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Mr. Stovall worked as a machinist in maintenance. He was a tool and die maker, cabinet maker, and woodworker. Mr. Stovall loved to fish and hunt. In addition to his parents, Mr. Stovall is preceded in death by his mother-in-law- Maybell Taylor.

Mr. Stovall is survived by his wife- Donna Vicki Taylor Stovall; daughter- Taylor (Tim) Massey; son- Darby (Tina) Stovall; grandchildren- Riley (Kayla)Massey, Bridger (Brittney) Massey, Levi Massey, Kallie (Jake) Pieri, Aaron (Emily) Stovall, Alexis (Tyler Hodnett) Ragsdale, and Brady Ragsdale; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers- Rod (Judy) Stovall, and Mark Stovall; and Father-in-law- Dan Taylor, Sr.

Pallbearers will be- Riley Massey, Bridger Massey, Levi Massey, Aaron Stovall, Jake Pieri, Brady Ragsdale, Scott Stovall, and Randy Stovall. Honorary Pallbearers will be -Sonny Yarbrough, Jimmy Gibson, Dean Outlaw, Beau Taylor, Kenneth Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Dr. Bart Williams, Dr. Horsley, nurses and staff at Columbus VA Clinic.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Martha Elizabeth Rye

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Martha Elizabeth Rye, 89, of Caledonia, MS, passed away on February 29, 2024, at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 5, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Service will be Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 11:00 AM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Eddie Finch officiating. Interment will follow at Egger Cemetery, Caledonia, MS, with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS, directing.

Mrs. Rye was born on September 16, 1934, in Calhoun City, MS to the late Minyard Davidson and Myrl Burt Davidson. Mrs. Rye was a Librarian at Caledonia Elementary School for around 22 years. She was a member of Vernon Church of Christ. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Rye is preceded in death by her husband- Jesse Rye.

Mrs. Rye is survived by her daughters- Donna (Steve) Volz, Martha (WV) Hutcheson, and Kathy (Eddie) Finch; son- John Rye, step daughter- Susan (David) Meador; 7 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be – Steve Volz, Christian Volz, John Rye, Jess Hutcheson, Josh Keeton, and Michael Dorough.

Clinton Lawrence Walters

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Clinton Lawrence Walters passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at the age of 81.

He was born on March 26, 1942, to the late Henry Clinton Walters and Gladys Lawrence Walters. Graveside services will be at Beersheba Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery on Saturday, March 2 at 11:00 A.M.

Clint graduated from Caledonia High School in 1960, East Mississippi Junior College in 1962, and Mississippi State University in 1964 with a degree in History Education. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for over 30 years and served in the Mississippi Air National Guard for 26 years.

Clint was an avid Mississippi State fan and, even in his last days, followed his beloved Bulldogs in all sports.  He loved spending time in his garden and gifting the plentiful bounty it produced. Passionate about animals, he spent many hours taking care of his farm pets and fostering for local humane societies and animal rescues.  In addition, he was passionate about watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in activities and play sports. He loved travelling with family and making life-long memories with them.

Clint is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Ina Webb Walters. He is survived by son Mark Walters (Denise) of Columbus, daughter Melissa Price (Mike) of Columbus, son David Walters (Elizabeth) of Mobile, AL; sister Suzanne Talbert of Caledonia, sister-in-law Gabie Smith (Greg) of Columbus, brother-in-law Jack Webb (Marie) of Northport, AL; grandchildren Blaine Walters (Corie), Webb Price (Anna Grace), Hannah Miller (James), Jackson Walters, Macy Walters, Clay Walters, Garrett Walters, Isabelle Walters, Sarah Goad, Spencer Goad; great-grandchildren Ella Miller, John Webb Miller, Vivian Miller, Connor Price, South Walters, Darling Walters, Jordy Miller, Kara Price; niece Jessica McDill (Brad), great-nephew Jacob McDill and great-niece Piper McDill. He will also be deeply missed by his special friend, Linda Delchamps Bobbitt.

In lieu of flowers, Clint’s family wishes to honor his love for animals by asking that donations be made to the Columbus Lowndes Humane Society, 50 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702 or www.clhumanesociety.org.

Michelle Gay Parnell

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Michelle Gay Parnell, 57, of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at her residence.

No arrangements have been made at this time, Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS entrusted with arrangements.

Mrs. Parnell was born June 9, 1966, in Port Smith, VA, to the late Jack Dinger and Diane Voice Dinger. She was a book keeper for many years. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Parnell, is preceded in death by her daughter- Monique Spohn.

Mrs. Parnell is survived by her husband- Jonathan Parnell; grandchildren- Jaylen Williams, and Kash Mandell; sister- Donna (Jim) Hays; and niece- Tuesday Hays.

Tommy Earl Clark

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Tommy Earl Clark, 72, of Ethelsville, AL, passed away Monday, January 15, 2024, at his residence.

The visitation will be on Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 1:00-2:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.  The memorial service will follow at 2:00 PM in the chapel at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Rev. Prentis Gordon, Jr. officiating.

Tommy Earl Clark was born in Macon, Mississippi to Ollie Nick Clark and Mollie Vernice Higginbotham Clark in February of 1951.  His life consisted of telling story after story with his wit that so defined his personality.  Tommy Earl left his story telling behind on January 15, 2024 and hopefully this obituary will try to tell of his life story in a few short words.

Tommy Earl graduated Noxubee High School.  He played football and baseball, batting third in the line-up on the baseball team.  His Coach, Joe Brashaw, always called Tommy Earl “a natural” during these high school years.  After Noxubee High, he attended Scooba, as he called it, but which is East Mississippi Community College if you want to get formal.  Tommy Earl graduated Delta State in 1973 and started his coaching and teaching careers.

He took his first job at Central Academy as a history teacher and football and baseball coach under the watchful eye of head coach, David Butler.  Next, you would have found him at Heritage Academy, teaching and assisting Ray Wooten with the Patriot’s football team and golf team.  A few years at Oak Hill Academy in West Point, Mississippi and back to New Hope High School here in Lowndes County where he always touted his experience with Dale Hardin, who was the football coach of the Trojans. Tommy Earl taught and coached for 42 ½ years, retiring in December, 2015.  A life he felt was well spent and the students that he taught and coached would agree.

Tommy Earl was one of those fellows that can only be describe as “what you see is what you get”.  There were no frills or fanfare with him.  The only luxury he gave himself was a pedicure every six weeks with Tiffany Chesser Graves.  Like most old women (and now we know, old men too) you had better not mess with his appointment with Tiffany.  Their discussions of Alabama football were legendary and were not to be missed.

Tommy Earl could talk for hours about Alabama and the football season.  All one had to do was just ask him.  He lived to see the end of the Saban era and would see the new coach touch-down in Tuscaloosa.  Of course, he would have gladly entertained you with what was about to happen in T-Town!

Tommy Earl Clark leaves behind his wife, Judy Lawrence Clark, whom he loved dearly for 30 ½ years.  Their children Brandi Blackley (Brian), Brooke Manning (Warren) and Rich Brandon (Angela) along with their children Erin Knoll (Austin), Lauren Blackley, Reese Manning, Anna Manning, Maggie Manning and Ada Brandon and Ruby Brandon will not travel back home without missing Tommy Earl’s tales! All of these children and grandchildren came home every summer to attend Tabernacle Campground which Judy’s family had been a part of too many years to name. Fond memories were made with Tommy Earl swinging on the porch of their family cabin during the hot summer nights.

Nick Clark (Jane) was Tommy Earl’s brother.  Nick and Jane still live on the family land in Noxubee County and will miss him along with Nick’s sons, Jay (Julie) and Connor (Betsy) with their children Mary Morgan, Laura Beth and Benjamin and Caroline.

Honorary Pallbearers – Dr. Robbie Godwin, Valerie Brown-DNP, Sara Veazey Brewer- Medical Asst., Kala White Wilson- DNP; Betsy Waters Hicks, David Butler, Ray Wooten, Yandell Harris, Blake Prescott- former SRO at New Hope High School, G.T. Thames-deceased, Dale Hardin, Michael Bradley, All athletes and former students.

A very special “Thanks” has to be given to the following:  Mike & Brandy Coleman, Dalton, Larry & Kay Manzillio, Bobby Bain, Butch Hill, Forest Fire & Rescue Squad and the Alabama Hospice Care of Tuscaloosa-Tracey, Britanni, Braxton, Amy & Stacey. All of your loving and compassionate care could never be forgotten.

Roll Tide, Tommy Earl, we will keep on cheering!

Peggy Elaine Wooten

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Peggy Elaine Wooten, 68, of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 12:00 PM -1:00 PM at Bread of Life Church. Memorial will be Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 1:00 PM at Bread of Life Church.

Mrs. Wooten was born October 29, 1955, in Aliceville, Alabama, to the late A.C. Scarbrough and Mary Neill Walker Scarbrough. Mrs. Wooten worked in manufacturing for many years as a banner. She attended church at the Salvation Army. Mrs. Wooten enjoyed fishing, games, and spending time with her grandkids and family. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wooten is preceded in death by her brother- Sammy Scarbrough, and sister- Pat Cook.

Mrs. Wooten is survived by her husband- William Earl Wooten; son- Robert (Samantha) Wooten; daughter- Christie Wooten, and Stacy Quick; grandchildren- Breana Wooten, Ashley Wooten, and Charles Quick; great-grandchildren- Faith Quick, Marshall Bowles, Maliki Bowles, Xena Bowles; and sister- Cindy Reed.

Steven Floyd Knight

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Steven Floyd Knight, 64 of Columbus, MS passed away Thursday, February 22, 2024, in Ethelsvlle, AL.

A visitation will be on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, Pickensville, AL. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 AM with Bro. Tim Jones officiating.  Lowndes Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Mr. Knight was born October 23, 1959, in Demopolis, AL to Betty Joyce Dixon Knight and the late Thomas Earl Knight.  He was a member of First Baptist Church, Pickensville, AL, and retired in 2021 from Gulf Coast Marine Supply.  Mr. Knight loved rabbit hunting, was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed making fishing lures.  In addition to his father, Mr. Knight was preceded in death by his brother – Thomas Scott Knight.

Mr. Knight is survived by his wife – Candace Hood Knight, sister – Vanessa (Joe) Hicks, Nephews – Steven Todd (Haley) Hicks and Michael Hood, nieces – Nikki Hood and Kristen (Brandon Weir) Hood, great nephew – Oliver Hicks; great nieces – Anna Grace Hicks and Davina Hood, mother – Betty Joyce Dixon Knight and his In-laws – Mike and Barbara Hood.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MDM Honduras, P.O. Box 241485, Little Rock, AR  72223, or at https://mdmhonduras.org/don.

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Long time Columbus/Lowndes county resident, Alfred Conway (Al) Dobbs passed away Sunday, February 11, 2024.

Al was born on September 23, 1931, in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi. He was the youngest and last surviving of four sons born to Reuben (Dick) N. and Edna Allsup Dobbs.

The Dobbs’ moved to Lowndes county in 1943 and operated a Columbus Co-Op grade “A” dairy farm West of Columbus on Old West Point Rd. near the Old Plymouth settlement, now the West Bank of Columbus Lock and Dam.

Al attended Franklin Academy and, then, Stephen D. Lee High School in Columbus where he graduated from the later with the class of 1949. After high school, Al enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and was stationed in Los Angeles, California. He served from 1951- 1953 as a Airframe mechanic. It was while being stationed there in Los Angeles the he met and married his longtime wife and partner, June Annabel Palm. June and Al married on June 26, 1955, and initially resided in Orange County, California before moving to Lowndes County in late 1955. They resided in Lowndes county at the family farm until 1958, when they returned to Orange County, California where they remained until 1965 living in La Habra and Anaheim, CA respectively. The couple returned to Columbus in 1965 where they remained until the present time.

Serving in the Air Force as an Airframe mechanic garnered AL the skill of metal finishing, which he put to good use later in civilian live. Mr. Dobbs may be remembered by many in the community as an Instructor at Columbus/Lowndes Vocational/Technical School at Mayhew, MS, where he taught Machining and Metal Finishing.

Al wore many vocational “hats” during his lifetime, from farmer to business owner and educator. He owned and operated a sheet metal shop on Old West Point Rd. in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. He was part-owner and manager of Columbus Plastics Plant which manufactured Styrofoam products (Ceiling tile). He was also a gifted craftsman; those who knew him would agree the he could design and create most anything he set his mind to. He designed and held a patent for a component used in Geiger counters by mining companies. He also designed several of the machines used in the processing of plastic beads to produce Styrofoam.

Mr. Dobbs was a longtime member of the Seventh Street Church of Christ in Columbus where his parents were among the founding members. He is preceded in death by his parents, Reuben N. and Edna Allsup Dobbs, his three elder brother, Richard, Robert and Harold Dobbs and his nephew, Nathan B. Dobbs.

He is survived by his loving wife, June A. Dobbs, his sister-in-law, Sally (Mrs. Harold) Dobbs and his nieces and nephews: Melyssa Dobbs Rodriguez (Rick), Harold Dallas Dobbs (Jerri), Randy Dobbs (Lynn), James Dobbs, and Sallie Dobbs Griffeth (Kent) and all of their many children and grandchildren.

A private family remembrance gathering is planned as per Mr. Dobb’s request.

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Tommy Lamar Crowley, 89, of Columbus, MS passed away peacefully on February 14, 2024, at Windsor Place.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Meadow Branch Cemetery in Kennedy, Alabama, at 3:00 PM with Bro. Melvin Mordecai officiating. Lowndes Funeral Home and Crematory in Columbus is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be at Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, February 19, 2024, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Tommy was born to Henry and Ada Crowley in Kennedy, Alabama on September 22, 1934. He and his twin were the 10th and 11th children of 13 but his twin sadly passed when they were only a couple of days old. He moved to Columbus in 1960, and lived the rest of his life here but traveled back to Kennedy on an almost daily basis for as long as he was able. He retired from Omnova Solutions after 22 years of service in 1991, when he suddenly lost his hearing. He was affectionately known as the “lawnmower man” and worked on small motors in his spare time and after retirement.

He was the last living of his siblings and besides his parents was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe Lee, Henry Benjamin, Bennie D, Raymond Benjamin, Len Dalton, and his twin truck and his sisters, Linnie Lucille, Melba Mae, Lillie Jean, Sylvia Mae, Eva Ruth, and Ada Katherine.

He is survived by his daughter, Charlotte Phillips of Columbus, and the loves of his life his grandchildren, Christina Spann and her husband Will of Columbus and Michael David Patterson of Steens, and his great granddaughters who he loved so much Mary Catherine and Eva Rose Spann.

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Phillip Ramond Lovell, 51, of Columbus, MS, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2024, at UAB in Birmingham, Alabama.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 10:00 Am -12:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Service will be Saturday, February 17, 2024, at 12:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Bro. Kevin McDaniel officiating.

Mr. Lovell was born September 15, 1972, at Patrick Air Force Base in  Florida to Phillip Ramond Lovell, Sr., and Marjorie Ann Hardesty Lovell. Mr. Lovell managed multiple hotels in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, his latest being the Comfort Inn and Suites in Columbus, MS. He was a computer whiz and jokester. Mr. Lovell loved to read all kinds of books and loved watching movies. Mr. Lovell is preceded in death by his grandparents- Argus and Ozella Lovell, and Ruth Hardesty, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Mr. Lovell is survived by his father- Phillip Ramond Lovell, Sr.; mother- Marjorie Ann Hardesty Lovell; brother- Brian Thomas Lovell; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends; long-time friends – Jeff and Susanne Cunningham and their family; and the staff and employees at Comfort Inn and Suites.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Columbus Lowndes Humane Society, 50 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702, or to the charity of their choice.

Joan Fowler

Joan Virginia Fowler, 82, of Columbus, MS passed away Thursday, February 8, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – GT in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Monday, February 12, 2024, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1211 18th Avenue North, Columbus, MS. Service will be Monday, February 12, 2024, at 1:00 PM at Our Savior Lutheran Church, with Pastor David Hartung officiating. Private family interment will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery, with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Fowler was born July 23, 1941, in Detroit, MI, to the late John Stuart Hewitt and Margarethe Evelyn Henrietta Fisher Hewitt. Mrs. Fowler received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Potsdam State University of New York and a Master of Music in Music Education at Ithaca College. Mrs. Fowler was a music teacher in Michigan and New York State. She played the organ at numerous churches throughout her life – the latest being Our Savior Lutheran Church in Columbus, MS, where she was also a member. She was also a member of New Hope Silver Seniors. Mrs. Fowler loved God first, her family, and also loved cooking special meals and desserts. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Fowler is preceded in death by her husband- Bruce Owen Fowler.

Mrs. Fowler is survived by her son- John (Dawn) Mushtare of Oneonta, NY; daughters- Malena Mushtare of Columbus, MS, and Carisa (Dan) Duston of Columbus, MS; grandchildren- Erin (Cailey Bardwell) Mushtare of Buffalo, NY, Jackson Mushtare of Fredonia, NY, and Danica Duston of Columbus, MS; brother- Martin (Janet) Hewitt of Spokane, WA; sister- Kathleen Hewitt of San Ramon, CA; first husband- Donald (Jan) Mushtare of Brooksville, FL, and step-son- Richard Fowler, of Ypsilanti, MI.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1211 18th Ave. N. Columbus, MS 39701.

Tommy Earl Clark

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Tommy Earl Clark, 72, of Ethelsville, AL, passed away Monday, January 15, 2024, at his residence.

The visitation will be on Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 1:00-2:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.  The memorial service will follow at 2:00 PM in the chapel at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

Tommy Earl Clark was born in Macon, Mississippi to Ollie Nick Clark and Mollie Vernice Higginbotham Clark in February of 1951.  His life consisted of telling story after story with his wit that so defined his personality.  Tommy Earl left his story telling behind on January 15, 2024 and hopefully this obituary will try to tell of his life story in a few short words.

Tommy Earl graduated Noxubee High School.  He played football and baseball, batting third in the line-up on the baseball team.  His Coach, Joe Brashaw, always called Tommy Earl “a natural” during these high school years.  After Noxubee High, he attended Scooba, as he called it, but which is East Mississippi Community College if you want to get formal.  Tommy Earl graduated Delta State in 1973 and started his coaching and teaching careers.

He took his first job at Central Academy as a history teacher and football and baseball coach under the watchful eye of head coach, David Butler.  Next, you would have found him at Heritage Academy, teaching and assisting Ray Wooten with the Patriot’s football team and golf team.  A few years at Oak Hill Academy in West Point, Mississippi and back to New Hope High School here in Lowndes County where he always touted his experience with Dale Hardin, who was the football coach of the Trojans. Tommy Earl taught and coached for 42 ½ years, retiring in December, 2015.  A life he felt was well spent and the students that he taught and coached would agree.

Tommy Earl was one of those fellows that can only be describe as “what you see is what you get”.  There were no frills or fanfare with him.  The only luxury he gave himself was a pedicure every six weeks with Tiffany Chesser Graves.  Like most old women (and now we know, old men too) you had better not mess with his appointment with Tiffany.  Their discussions of Alabama football were legendary and were not to be missed.

Tommy Earl could talk for hours about Alabama and the football season.  All one had to do was just ask him.  He lived to see the end of the Saban era and would see the new coach touch-down in Tuscaloosa.  Of course, he would have gladly entertained you with what was about to happen in T-Town!

Tommy Earl Clark leaves behind his wife, Judy Lawrence Clark, whom he loved dearly for 30 ½ years.  Their children Brandi Blackley (Brian), Brooke Manning (Warren) and Rich Brandon (Angela) along with their children Erin Knoll (Austin), Lauren Blackley, Reese Manning, Anna Manning, Maggie Manning and Ada Brandon and Ruby Brandon will not travel back home without missing Tommy Earl’s tales! All of these children and grandchildren came home every summer to attend Tabernacle Campground which Judy’s family had been a part of too many years to name. Fond memories were made with Tommy Earl swinging on the porch of their family cabin during the hot summer nights.

Nick Clark (Jane) was Tommy Earl’s brother.  Nick and Jane still live on the family land in Noxubee County and will miss him along with Nick’s sons, Jay (Julie) and Connor (Betsy) with their children Mary Morgan, Laura Beth and Benjamin and Caroline.

A very special “Thanks” has to be given to the following:  Mike & Brandy Coleman, Dalton, Larry & Kay Manzillio, Bobby Bain, Butch Hill, Forest Fire & Rescue Squad and the Alabama Hospice Care of Tuscaloosa-Tracey, Britanni, Braxton, Amy & Stacey. All of your loving and compassionate care could never be forgotten.

Roll Tide, Tommy Earl, we will keep on cheering!

Carolyn White

Carolyn Dean White, 71, of Columbus, MS, passed away at her residence.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 28, 2024, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Living Faith Tabernacle Church, Columbus, MS. Service will be Sunday, January 28, 2024, at 3:00 PM at Living Faith Tabernacle Church, Columbus, MS with Anthony Miller officiating. Interment will follow.

Mrs. White was born February 9, 1952, in Kosciusko, MS, to the late Billie Sue Jordan Hutchison and Billy Dean Hutchison. Mrs. White was a nurse for 46 years. Mrs. White loved to read. She was honored as Who’s Who Among American Nurses and several other nursing awards.    She was a great cook and was known for her lasagna and always having biscuits for anyone who came by the house. Mrs. White was a mother to many people throughout her life and touched so many lives. Mrs. White was a devoted follower of Jesus and was able to lead many people to Christ.  She was previously a member of North Columbus Church of God and media member of Family Worship Center Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In addition to her parents, Mrs. White was preceded in death by her two sisters- Shelia Hutchison and Susan Munn.

Mrs. White is survived by her husband- Glenn White; daughters- Carol Suzanne (Steve) Lindsey, and Heather Suzette (Timothy) Parish; son- Billy Scott (Wendy) Sanderson; grandchildren- Dustin Tre (Anna Marie) Pitts, Alexa Brianna (Terry) Taylor, Jordan Taylor (Ethan) Monahan, Kory Madison Fields, Landon Scott Sanderson, Isaac Brady Shurden, Chris Blanton, Collin (Ashleigh) Haase, Britleigh Parish, and Bradlee Parish; 13 great greatgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Dustin Pitts, Landon Sanderson, Terry Taylor, Kelvin Robinson, Ethan Monahan, and Walker McCullough. Honorary Pallbearers will be Isaac Shurden, Timothy Parish, Collin Haase, Mark Hawkins, Doug Wiggins, Bradlee Parish, and Brian Rosamond.

Special Thanks to her friends for their help, especially Donna Wiggins and Penny Finch, Fred and Susan Gould. The family would also like to thank, Enhabit Hospice for all their loving care, especially Anita Peek, Darlene Potter, and Chaplain Stan Johnson.

Memorials may be made to Living Faith Tabernacle Church, 26 Shelton Road, Columbus, MS 39702, or LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, PO Box 41817, Memphis, TN 38174.

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Charlotte Nell Williams Browning, 72, of Steens, MS, passed away Monday, January 22, 2024, at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital- Jackson, MS.

Visitation will be on Saturday, February 3, 2024, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

Mrs. Browning was born on May 28, 1951, to the late Arthur Quinn and Juanita Jewel Moore Williams in Clarksdale, MS. She married Danny Browning on November 10, 1967, and was a member of Yorkville Heights Church, Columbus, MS. Mrs. Browning made a career in the banking and finance industry having worked for Sunburst Bank, Unisouth Bank, Citizens National Bank, Trustmark Bank, and retiring from Renasant Bank in Columbus, MS. She was a well-loved mother, grandmother and by all that knew her. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister- Linda Goad.

Mrs. Browning was survived by her husband of 56 years- Danny Browning.; daughter- Darla  Short; sons- Danny “Bubba” Browning, Jr., Greg Browning; grandchildren- Jerran Hansen, Jesse Hansen, Mac Duncan, Triston Short, Nick Browning, Andrew Browning, Brayden Browning, Taylor Browning, Savannah Browning, Arleigh Browning, Hutson Larmour, Trey Browning; great-grandchild- Declan Milner; sisters- Cheryl Pugh, Martha Williams, Debbie Alderson, Silvia Tharp, Shirley Ellis; and brother- Buddy Williams.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org.

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Alexa Dayle Britt, 31, of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 27, 2024, from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Service will be Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 2:30 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS, with Pastor Mike Ezelle officiating.

Ms. Britt was born September 27, 1992, in Columbus, MS, to Suzette Britt and Dale Britt. Ms. Britt worked at Sweet Magnolia Boutique, where she met many friends and loved every minute of it. Ms. Britt never met a stranger, and she loved Jesus. Ms. Britt is preceded in death by her Nona, Linda Niven; grandfather- Leslie Britt; grandmother- Ruby Jewell Britt, and aunt- Kamille Niven.

Ms. Britt is survived by her mother- Suzette Britt; father- Dale (Pat) Britt; daughter- Peyton Britt, sisters- Julie Davis, Kimberly (Jody) Reeves, and Chazz (Colby) Bishop; nephews- Jaiden Robles, Gavin Robles, Gunner Robles, Trent Davis, Jhett Bishop, and Brenston Bishop; grandfather- Charles Niven; special cousin- Alecea (Walt) Harrington; numerous cousins and other family members; beloved service dog- Titan; and many special friends whom she loved very much.

Memorials may be made to Methodist University Hospital, 6th floor, 1265 Union Ave, Memphis, TN, 38104.

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Sara Lynn Henry, 37, of Steens, MS, passed away Friday, January 19, 2024, at St. Dominics in Jackson, MS.

Visitation will be Friday, January 26, 2024, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Friday, January 26, 2024, at 3:00 PM in the Chapel at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

Ms. Henry was born September 14, 1986, in Shreveport, LA, to Tracy Jones Henry and Troy Wade Henry. Ms. Henry loved to fish with her pawpaw. She loved supporting live entertainment and was an international traveler. Ms. Henry loved everyone she came in contact with. Ms. Henry is preceded in death by her brother- Vincent Hawthorne; paternal grandparents- C.A. and Helen Blackston; uncle- Jon Michael; and aunt- Cecilla Hawthorne, and Vicki Barnes.

Ms. Henry is survived by her mother- Tracy Jones Henry; father- Troy Wade Henry; brother- Christopher Wade Henry; grandparents- DeRhonda Jones, and Cecil Jones, and grandmother – Mary Grimm; nephew- Xander; nieces- Alanna Henry, and nephew- Xaylynn Henry; half brothers- Cody Hawthorne, Robbie Hawthorne, and Bruce Hawthorne; half-sister- Samantha Hawthorne; life partner- Louis “Mario” Vazquez; aunts- Regina( Dennis) Jones, Amanda(Cayla) Grimm, Ammelia (Matthew) Jones, and Julie Henry; uncles- Cecil (Angie) Jones, Jody Jones, Billy (Anna) Jones, and Cody (Chrissy) Jones and a host of cousins; and friend- Raymond Matthew Reeves.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Aberdeen High School Class of 2005.

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On January 17, 2024, MSGT. Warren W. Wolfe, Jr. known as Chris, at the age of 72, passed away at UAB Hospital in Birmingham,  Alabama, with his family by his side.

The memorial service will be Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 12:00 PM at Concord Independent Methodist Church, 1235 Concord Road, Columbus, MS 39702.

MSGT. Wolfe, Jr., was born on February 2, 1951, in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Warren W. Wolfe Sr. and Rose Lee Evans Wolfe Edwards. He was raised in Jamaica, Queens, NY, until he joined the United States Air Force on December 10, 1973. He served in the US Air Force until December 31, 1993. During that time, his Air Force career included quartermaster, air traffic controller, and jet engine mechanic over his 20 years served. He was able to advance from Airman (E-1) to Master Sergeant (E-7).

After his passionate career in the US Air Force, MSGT. Wolfe continued to work as a Senior Propulsion Systems Inspector for Royal Saudi Air Force for 5 years, 4 years of employment at Kerr McGee, and final employment before retiring at DynCorp International for 10 years.

Outside of work on his off time, MSGT. Wolfe enjoyed chess, playing cards, reading books, board games, dominos, and video games like Zelda and Monopoly Go. In all, he enjoyed family gatherings and having fun with family.

MSGT. Wolfe, Jr., was preceded in death by his father Warren Wolfe, Sr., mother- Rose Lee Evans Wolfe Edwards, stepfather Fletcher Edwards, Sr., three brothers – Travis Wolfe, Keith Edwards, and Fletcher Edwards, Jr., one sister Margo Strachan, and one grandson Xavier Dixon.

Many will cherish his memories! Among them are his devoted wife, Beatrice Wolfe, 3 daughters – Ms. Tyesha Wolfe of Sumter, SC, Mrs. Tamara Holman (Garrick) of Jackson, MS, and retired Sgt. Tiffany Trice (Todd) of Dallas, GA, 3 sons – retired CPO Jerry Lowe (Angel) of Woodbine, GA, Mr. Cameron Peters (Katrina) of Caledonia, MS, and Mr. Christopher Wolfe (Brittani) of Columbus, MS, one sister – Ms. Dotty Edwards of Bronx, NY, two sisters-in-law – Ms. Helen Foster (George) of Crawford, MS, and First Lady Dorothy Hamilton (Pastor Robert) of Columbus, MS, 19 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Kenneth Wright

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Kenneth Wright, 69, of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at his residence.

The family will have a private memorial service at later date,

Mr. Wright was born on December 14, 1954, in Columbus, MS to the late Franklin Wright and Betty Cooper Shaw. Mr. Wright worked many years working inside and outside sales.

Mr. Wright is survived by his sisters- Donna Fields and Sandra Youngblood; nieces- Deborah Frasher, Nikki Rowland, and Kelli King.

Marsha Ann Barber

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Marsha Ann Barber, 79, of Ethelsville, Alabama passed away, Friday, January 19, 2024, at Forest Manor Health.

Graveside Service will be Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at 10:00 AM at Forest Cemetery in Ethelsville, Alabama with Bro. Kenny Gardner officiating.

Mrs. Barber was born April 13, 1944, in Dothan, Alabama to the late Janie Irene Riley Neal and Howard Neal. Mrs. Barber was a Homemaker. She was of Baptist Faith and a member of Canaan Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Barber is preceded in death by her son- William Goff, sister- Omega Little, and husband- Lewis Dunnam.

Mrs. Barber is survived by her Husband- Dean Barber and sister- Janie Bascal.

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Quilla Faye Everett, 75, of Columbus, MS passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at Trinity Health Care in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 17, 2024, from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Columbus, MS. Service will be Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at 12:00 PM at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Columbus, MS with Bro Ty Danielson and Bro. Steve Lammons officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Mrs. Everett was born February 6, 1948, in Newton, MS, to the late Simmons Dean and Grace Montgomery Dean. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Columbus, MS where she was much involved and volunteered to help and cook for all functions. Mrs. Everett was a genuine Southern lady. She loved everyone like family and everyone who knew her loved her in return. Mrs. Everett was always busy taking care of not only her 3 girls, sons-in-law, husband, and 4 grandkids but everyone she knew. Mrs. Everett loved crocheting and cooking. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Everett is preceded in death by her brother- John Dean.

Mrs. Everett is survived by her husband- Charles Everett, daughters- Becky (Keith) Hayes, Carol (Patrick) James, and Christy (Doug) Cox; grandchildren- Cooper James, Katie Hayes, Molly James, and Marley Cox; brother- Mark (Tina) Dean; nieces- McKenna Dean, and Kelly Dean; and nephew- Michael Dean.

Pallbearers will be Doug Cox, Patrick James, Keith Hayes, Cooper James, Greg Uhl, Chris Bray, Scott Kinard, and Steve Little. Honorary Pallbearers – Lamar Smith, Emanuel Betros, Henry McQueen, Billy Holley, Boyd Hill, and Buddy Blaxton.

Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, PO Box 2174, Columbus, MS 39704, or Mt. Zion Baptist Church Children’s Ministry, 1791 Lake Lowndes Road, Columbus, MS 39702.

Dwaine S. Clark

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Retired Master Sgt. Dwaine S. Clark, 87, passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at UAB Palliative Care in Birmingham, Alabama.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 16, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at 11:00 AM at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Hurt officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Columbus, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Clark was born May 14, 1936, in Steens, MS to the late Julius E. and Vesta Mae Clark. Retired Msgt. Dwaine Clark, served 20 years in the Air Force, serving 8 years overseas in Germany, Taiwan and two tours to Vietnam with the remaining years served in the States. He also was retired from Clark & Clark Trading Co. Inc. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and attended Bob Talley’s Sunday School Class. In addition to his parents, Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his first wife- Gladus Clark, second wife – Kam Clark, and brother – James Earl Clark.

Survivors include his wife- Betty Foley Clark, son – Tony Clark (Diane), Caledonia, MS. daughter- Diane Clark McCullough (Herb), Navarre, Florida, sister- Brenda Pennington (Don), nine grandchildren, and many friends.

Pallbearers will be the Mr. Clark’s Family. Honorary Pallbearers will be Don Pennington, Dan Harris, Jerry Nickoles, Gary Nickoles, Terry Nickoles, Randy Nickoles, Larry Austin, Gary Smith, Ricky Cowart, Darryl Pulliam, and Scott Perkins.

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 1383 Pleasant Hill Rd., Columbus, MS 39702.

Martha Slawson

Martha Jane Slawson, Janie, passed away under hospice care at Trinity Healthcare at the age of 93 on January 7, 2024 in Columbus, MS.

She was born Martha Jane Reeves to Bertie and Clara Reeves on August 16, 1930 in Ecru, MS.

Janie was raised and educated in Gunnison, MS and moved to Rosedale, MS where she married Paul T. Slawson in 1950. They moved to Columbus, MS in 1960. Other places they lived included Leland and Starkville before moving back to Columbus.

Janie worked several jobs to help support her family: telephone operator, retail clerk, Baskin Robbins manager, but her favorite job was as a clerk in the Oktibbeha County Chancery Clerk’s office in Starkville.

She loved traveling with her husband to insurance conventions and with church missionary trips. She also served Fairview Baptist Church as a greeter for years.

Janie is survived by her children: Tom Slawson (Debbie), Cindy Slawson, Amy Wehr (Rob), and Kenneth Slawson (Tracey), grandchildren: Steve Carmichael (Erin), Lindsay Arevalo (Gil), Josh Carmichael (Brittney), and Maggie Wehr,, and five great grandchildren.

Janie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother: Bud Reeves, her sister: Anne Masterson, her son: John Paul Slawson, and her daughter: Penny Carmichael.

A grave side service was held at Memorial Gardens of Columbus. Funeral arrangements were by Lowndes Funeral Home.

Robert Wayne Trent

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Robert Wayne Trent, 65 of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Friday, January 12, 2024, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Service will be Friday, January 12, 2024, at 1:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Bro. Tommy Gillon officiating.

Mr. Trent was born August 9, 1958, in Hawaii, to  Eleanor Jean Dudley Horning and the late James Elton Trent. Mr. Trent was a commercial over the road truck driver for many years. He is survived by his mother- Eleanor Jean Dudley Horning and stepfather- Mark Horning.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the Hospice Staff of Baptist Memorial Hospital- GT.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.

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Shirley Jean Smith, 87 of Caledonia, MS passed away Monday, January 8, 2024, at Windsor Place, Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Friday, January 12, 2024, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.  Mrs. Smith will lie in state one hour before the funeral service on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 1:00 PM with Bro. Robert Moore officiating.  Interment will be in Memorial Gardens, Columbus, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Smith was born February 15, 1936, in Martin, TN to the late Gay Arthur Hester and Helen Mary Brown Hester.  She moved to Columbus in 1962 and made Lowndes County her home for the past 61 years.  Mrs. Smith was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for 60 plus years where she was a Sunday School teacher for the Home Makers Sunday School Class, she was involved with Vacation Bible School,  a member of the choir and various activities.  She worked for the City of Columbus as a meter maid for 4 years and provided childcare in her home for 22 years.  In addition to her parents, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband – James O. Smith; sisters – Gail Lynn Gilmore, Nancy Crenshaw, and Elizabeth Anne Bowens and brothers – James Michael Hester and David Hester.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughters – Michele (Tony) Fahhoum, Southaven, MS, Deborah Smith, Fort Lauderdale, FL and Pamela Burns, Powhatan, AR; Brothers – Hardy Hinton Hester, and Arthur Leon Hester; 4 grandchildren – Kayla Shinholt, Holly Novay, Chad Burns and Arian Burns and 4 great-grandchildren – Braxton, Roman, Sammi, and Bobbi.

Pallbearers will be Tony Fahhoum, Chad Burns, Kenny Crenshaw, David Hester, Bryan Hester, Hardy Hester and Ryan McKinstry; Honorary pallbearers will be Steven Hester, Chuck Hester, Art Hester and Michael Crenshaw.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 295 Dowdle Drive, Columbus, MS 39702.

Margaret Hinds

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Margaret Hinds, 80, of Columbus, MS, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2023, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle.

The visitation will be Sunday, January 14, 2024 from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.  A graveside service will be Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton, Mississippi.

Mrs. Hinds was born March 7, 1943, in Augusta, GA to the late James Lester Watson, Jr. and Martha Catherine Sides Watson.  Her father was in the Army and served in the China Burma India theater and her mother returned to her family home in Fairfield, Alabama.  Later, when she was twelve years old, the family moved to California.  In June of 1966, she met her future husband in Alameda, CA, while he was serving in the Navy. They were married on August 6, 1966. While in the Navy, they lived in San Diego, CA, Washington, D.C., and Hawaii.  Since then, they have lived in San Diego, CA, and Bogalusa, LA.  In December 1981, they moved to Columbus, MS.

Mrs. Hinds was a dedicated mother, who loved being at home with her children.  She worked at a youth sports writer while they lived in Bogalusa, LA.  She was a passionate sports fan.  She was an avid Alabama football fan, as well as a fan of the Oakland Raiders.  Then there was baseball.  She would even miss school to watch the World Series games on TV.  In later years, she became an Atlanta Braves fan and many family events were planned around Braves baseball games.  She also loved watching the boys participating in sports and was always present at their games.

Mrs. Hinds is survived by her husband – Lucious Berry Hinds; sons – Russell Hinds, and James (Angela) Hinds; grandchildren – Sarah (Garrett) Stancil, C.J. (Leah) Hinds, and Scotty Hinds; step-grandchild – Grace Fannin; great grandchild – A.J. Hinds; brother – James (Susan) Watson, III; niece – Jessica Watson; and nephew – Robin Watson.

Pallbearers are Scotty Hinds, Garrett Stancil, Columbus Jones, Robin Watson, and Jamie Simpson.  Honorary pallbearers are the Baptist Golden Triangle Hospital Emergency Room Nurses and Doctors.

Memorials may be made to Columbus Lowndes Humane Society, 50 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702.

Natasha Embry

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Natasha Embry 43, of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2023, at her residence.

Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, January 6, 2023, at 1:00 P.M. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Columbus, MS.

Mrs. Embry was born on April 6, 1980, in Tacoma, Washington. She was a homemaker for many years. Mrs. Embry was of Baptist faith and was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Columbus, Mississippi. Mrs. Embry loved art, home décor, and being outside with her pets, and she enjoyed trips to the beach and ocean. Her children were her everything and her world revolved around them.

Mrs. Embry is survived by her husband- Scott Embry; daughters- Morgan Flanagan, Sierra Green, and Vision Embry; son- Brighton Embry; mother- Debbie Hale; grandmother- Carol Vaillancourt; uncles- Dwayne Vaillancourt, and David Vaillancourt and aunt- Lisa John.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Murdell Baswell

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Murdell Baswell of Columbus, MS passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Ms.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS entrusted with arrangements.

Funeral Home and Location: Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS- 1131 N. Lehmberg Road, Columbus, MS 39702.

Beatrice Ward

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Beatrice Ward, 92 of Maylene, AL passed away Friday, December 29, 2023, at Health Care Center at Buck Creek, Alabaster, AL.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 4, 2024, at 11:00 AM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.  A funeral service will follow at 12:00 PM in the Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Green officiating and Bro. P.J. Mortensen assisting.  Interment will be at Egger Cemetery, Caledonia, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Ward was born October 24, 1931, in Hamilton, AL to the late Early and Mary Williams Winsett.  She was a member of Becker Baptist Church where she was in the choir.  Mrs. Ward loved the Lord and her church.  She was a beautician and loved to garden and grow her beautiful daylilies.  Mrs. Ward enjoyed quilting and made quilts for everyone in the family, she also loved to cook.  In addition to her parents, Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her husband – Edwin Honnoll, and grandchild – Kelly Ryan Honnoll.

Mrs. Ward is survived by her sons – Harold (Suzette) Honnoll, David (Evon) Honnoll, and Daniel Honnoll; daughter – Kimberly (William) Holmes; 8 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother – James Winsett, nephew – Jimmy Winsett and niece – Aronda Doom.

Pallbearers will be Jason Honnoll, Derek Honnoll, William Holmes, Brian Wilemon, Miles Wilemon, and Ben Wilemon; honorary pallbearers will be Taylor Jones, Clay Jones, Shane Honnoll, Dustin Holmes, Robert Huddleston, and Michael Pittman.

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Harold “Wayne” Taylor, 90, passed away at his son’s residence in Columbus, MS on Friday, December 29, 2023, after a brief illness.

The visitation will be Tuesday, January 2, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.  The funeral service will follow at 10:00 AM at the funeral home with Bro. Markus Thomas officiating.  A graveside service will follow at 2:00 PM at Parkway Cemetery in Kosciusko, MS with Bobby Taylor officiating.

He was born on September 2, 1933, to Edgar and Irene Taylor. Wayne married Betty Williams Taylor in 1953 and she preceded him in death in 1979. He lived most of his life in Kosciusko and attended Kosciusko schools. He enjoyed working around the family farm. He worked as a welding instructor at Holmes Community College for many years prior to his retirement.  Also, he was a charter member of Parkway Baptist Church. After moving to Columbus to be near his family, he attended Community Baptist Church. While in Columbus, he enjoyed attending events of Golden Triangle Outdoors and eating “John Deere” ice cream while visiting with those attending.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife – Betty Taylor, wife – Lily Taylor, brothers – Edgar Taylor, Jr. and Robert Taylor; sisters – Lavelle Massey, Myrtis Bailey, Thelma Grantham, and Virginia Coleman;  grandson – Nick Taylor; and great-grandson – Clay Taylor.  He is survived by one son – Larry (Debbie) Taylor; one grandson – Chris (Amanda) Taylor; and one great-grandchild -Madison Taylor.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the team that helped provide for his care in the home – housekeepers Teresa Wyers and Christine Butler, his sitters – Sandra Bush, Cindy Beckwith, and Gloria Lowery, his Legacy Hospice family – Janet Beall, Karen Barrett,  Trae Miller, Tyler Hunt, and all other Legacy employees. You all have been a true blessing!

In lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to Parkway Baptist Church – 1020 South Huntington St., Kosciusko, MS 39090; Community Baptist Church-2490 Yorkville Road East, Columbus, MS 39702 or Golden Triangle Outdoors-224 State Line Road, Columbus, MS 39702; or to the church or charity of the donor’s choice.

Robert Iria Brownlee

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Robert Iria Brownlee, 75, of Columbus, MS, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2023, at the Care Center of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, MS.

Visitation will be Friday, December 29, 2023, from 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Friday, December 29, 2023, at 2:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home with Bro. Anthony Prestage officiating.  Interment will be in Ethelsville Baptist Church Cemetery in Ethelsville, Alabama with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing.

Mr. Brownlee was born February 4, 1948, in Columbus, MS, to the late Pearl Moore Brownlee and Ira Brownlee. Mr. Brownlee was a mechanic for 51 years. He was Pentecostal of faith. Mr. Brownlee enjoyed hunting, and especially coon hunting. He also enjoyed raising quarter horses and fishing.

Mr. Brownlee is survived by his wife- Charlene Brownlee; sons- Robert (Vickie) Brownlee, Randy (Annette) Brownlee, and Robby Shrimp, step son- Tony (Tarron) Carley, stepdaughter- Angie (Jim) Ayers, 7 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister – Mary Ann Brownlee.

Pallbearers will be Charles Ray, Jay Harris, Eddie Shaw, Bo Harris, Merle Young, and Tom Holliday.

Memorials may be made to Donor’s Choice.

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Charles Avon Forrester, 83, of Columbus, MS passed away Sunday, December 24, 2023, at Noland Hospital- DCH in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 28, 2023, from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.  Service will be Thursday, December 28, 2023, at 1:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Bro. Mike Dalton officiating and Mr. Ray Crane assisting. Interment will be at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Columbus, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing.

Mr. Forrester was born June 17, 1940, in Columbus, MS.  Mr. Forrester was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend who lived his life for Christ and to make his family smile.  Mr. Forrester was Baptist Faith and was a faithful member of McBee Baptist Church and also was a deacon.  Mr. Forrester was a truck driver for many years and also was a veteran. Mr. Forrester is preceded in death by his parents Dora Marie Webb Forrester, Bennie Wilford Forrester, and Ola Mae Sansing Forrester.

Mr.Forrester is survived by his wife – Betty Enlow Forrester; son- Ricky Forrester; daughter- Tammy Frasher; grandchildren- Brandon (Kristen) Forrester, Adam (Monica) Forrester, Mallory Forrester, Layton Forrester, Tori Frasher, and Teri (Josh) Vandiver; great-grandchildren- Ty Forrester, Lilly Forrester, Avery Forrester, Asher Forrester, Aiden Forrester, Cooper Vandiver, Charlie Vandiver, and Clay Vandiver; brothers- Doug (Shirley) Forrester, and Larry (Sonja) Forrester; sister- Faye Bush.

Pallbearers will be- Brandon Forrester, Adam Forrester, Josh Vandiver, Craig Barham, Cameron Olsen, Tony Vaughn, and Layton Forrester. Honorary Pallbearers will be- Men of McBee Baptist Church, Ty Forrester, and Cooper Vandiver.

James Douglas Reeves

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James Douglas Reeves, 68, of Columbus, MS, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2023, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Friday, December 22, 2023, from 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

Mr. Reeves was born November 3, 1955, in West Point, MS to the late James Tilton Reeves and Nelorue Cox Reeves. He worked in construction as a foreman for many years. Mr. Reeves was a Veteran of the US Marines and retired as a Combat Engineer Captain.

Mr. Reeves is survived by his wife- Anita Hall Reeves; sons- James Derek (Michelle) Reeves, John David Reeves, and Jacob Daniel Reeves; brother- Terry (Teresa) Reeves; and 8 grandchildren.

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

Dora Robertson

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Dora Robertson, 75, of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at her residence.

Visitation will be Friday, December 15, 2023, from 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Memorial Service will be Friday, December 15, 2023, at 2:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Bro. Kenny Gardner officiating.

Mrs. Robertson was born on November 19, 1948, in Columbus, MS, to the late Edora Wooten Bradley and Edward Lee Bradley, Sr. Mrs. Robertson was a beautician for many years. She loved her dog Ladybug and she loved spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Robertson is preceded in death by her daughter- Kimber Lee Honeycutt; brother- Edward Lee Bradley, Jr., and Evelyn Rast.

Mrs. Robertson is survived by her husband- Cecil Lamar Robertson; son- Jimmy (Laura) Honeycutt; daughter- Kristy (Larry) Swearingen; grandchildren- Jonathan (Chloe) Rowe; Kayla Rowe; stepdaughter- Robbye McCoy; and step son- Kevin (Lynn) Robertson.

Memorials should be made to the American Diabetes Association, 200 Office Park Drive, Suite 303, Birmingham, AL 35223.

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Evelyn Diane Rast 58, of Columbus, MS passed away Monday, December 11, 2023, at her residence.

Memorial Service will be Thursday, December 14 at 2:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Bro. Kenny Gardner officiating.

Ms. Rast was born December 19, 1964, in Columbus, MS. Ms. Rast loved taking care of her flowers, loved her dog Blazer, and loved spending time with her grandchildren.  Ms. Rast is preceded in death by her parents- Edward and Ida Edora Bradley and brother- Edward Bradley, Jr.

Ms. Rast is survived by her daughter- Torie Danielle (Charles Maddox) Morgan, mother- Lela Ruth Wooten Nabors grandchildren- Ashley Morgan, Jerrell Ulmer, Peyton Ulmer, Zachary Rast; sisters- Dora Robertson,  Rhonda Reyes, and Jennifer Nabors; brothers- Rayford Nabors, Ray Nabors, Jimmy Nabors, and Randy Nabors;  numerous of nieces and nephews; friend- Clifford Keith; and ex-husband- Danny Rast.

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Elsie M. Brownlee, 94, of Columbus, MS passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at her residence.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 12, 2023, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. A visitation will be Wednesday, December 13, 2023, from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Mineral Springs Baptist Church.  The Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the church with Bro. David Blakney officiating. Interment will be at Mineral Springs Cemetery, McShan, Alabama with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Brownlee was born on August 24, 1929, to the late Rosie Nell Harcrow McDaniel and Wilburn Henry McDaniel. Mrs. Brownlee was a homemaker. She was a God fearing woman, who was a lifelong active member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church in McShan, Alabama. Mrs. Brownlee was an expert seamstress, loved reading, gardening, and loved spending time with her family and church family. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Brownlee is preceded in death by her husband- Henry Clay Brownlee, Sr.; sons- Henry Clay Brownlee, Jr., and Daniel Elias Brownlee; brothers- Henry Oneal McDaniel, Herbert McDaniel, Harrell McDaniel, and Jerry McDaniel; sister – Ann McDaniel.

Mrs. Brownlee is survived by daughter-Gail (Robert Sieffert) Brownlee, daughter-in-laws- Melinda Brownlee, and Phyllis Brownlee; grandchildren- – Kristopher Clay Brownlee, Ashley Nichole (Christopher) Hall, and Magen Danielle (Christopher) Page, great grandchildren- Azriella Hall and  Adeline Hall; brother- Bobby McDaniel and John E. McDaniel; sister- Sarah McAteer, and Tammy Gilliam; sister-in-law- Barbara (Bill) Strickland and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Kristopher Brownlee, Billy Strickland, Dennis McDaniel, Timmy McDaniel, Philip McDaniel, Luke McDaniel, Mike McDaniel, Ken Shirley, and Jesse Reece.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Sallie Murray, Charles Carter, Hershel Abrams, Larry Abrams, Earl Jr. Featherston, Keith McAteer, Mitchell McAteer, and Hammond Brownlee.

Donations may be made to Mineral Springs Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 176 T.B. Woodard Road, Reform, AL 35481.

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Wanda Elaine Hoopes, 87, of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at Montgomery Gardens Assisted Living in Starkville, MS.

Visitation will be Friday, December 8, 2023, from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Friday, December 8, 2023, at 11:00 A.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Graveside will follow at Memorial Gardens, Columbus, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Hoopes was born on February 19, 1936, in Carlisle, AR to the late James Alfred Nichols and Clara Handy Nichols. She was a teacher for 35 years and taught at many schools. Mrs. Hoopes was a devout Catholic and attended Annunciation Church.  She enjoyed painting, needlework, reading, coloring, and going to thrift and antique stores. Mrs. Hoopes loved her dogs- Emma, Cootie, and Prissy. Mrs. Hoopes was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hoopes was preceded in death by her husband- James Hoopes; sons- Jon Michael Hoyt, and William Edward Hoyt; grandmother- Arkie Hicks, and brothers- Jimmy Nichols, and Roger Nichols.

Mrs. Hoopes is survived by her daughters- Theresa (Dale) Pendley, Barbara (Jeff) Hoopes, and Ellen (Shannon) Bowles; grandchildren- Richard (Erin) Ammerman, Valerie Hoopes, Angela Collins, Drew Hoyt, and Russell Pendley, great grandchildren- Austin James Collins, and Michael Collins; and her sister- Judy Morris.

Pallbearers will be Shannon Bowles, Dale Pendley, Drew Hoyt, Richard Ammerman, Austin James Collins, and Michael Collins. Honorary Pallbearer will be Russell Pendley.

Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society, Po Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD, 21741 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

John Allen Cantrell

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Mr. John Allen Cantrell, 57, of Columbus, MS, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2023, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS.

Service will be Friday, December 8, 2023, at 7:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel, Columbus, MS, with Bro. Steve Blaylock officiating.

Mr. Cantrell was born August 1, 1966, in Columbus, MS to Helen Faye Cantrell and the late YZ Cantrell. Mr. Cantrell worked as a machinist for many years. Mr. Cantrell had two dogs that he loved very much- Meathead and Daisy. In addition to his father, Mr. Cantrell is preceded in death by his grandparents – Buster and Adelle Merchant as well as Morris and Lizzie Cantrell; brother- Earnest Cantrell; sisters- Carlene Cantrell, and Shelia Cantrell.

Mr. Cantrell is survived by his Mother- Helen Faye Cantrell, Brother- James Ronnie (Wanda) Cantrell, Sisters- Brenda Faye Trimm, and Barbara (Dennis) Jackson; Nephews- William Trimm, Jamie Cantrell, Thomas “Woody” Cantrell; Nieces- Patty Cantrell, Erin Handley; Uncles- Pete Cantrell, Lewis Cantrell, and Willie Merchant; Aunts- Tance Cantrell, and Sybil Thomas; numerous great nieces and great nephews, and numerous other family and friends.

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Harold Edwin Barton, 85, of Columbus, MS. passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at his residence.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 3, 2023 from 1:00 P.M. -2:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Service will be Sunday, December 3, 2023, at 2:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Bro. Kenny Gardner officiating.

Mr. Barton was born November 6, 1938, to the late Walter E. Barton, and Nellie Harrell Barton. Mr. Barton attended school at Pleasant Hill in Vernon, Alabama and New Hope School. He worked for 2 years in Mollina, Illinois then 9-1/2 years at MUW, and then retired from General Tire after 30 years. Barton was a race promoter at Columbus Speedway for 5 years in Columbus, MS. He attended dirt races throughout the southeast. Mr. Barton loved to cut his yard, loved growing tomatoes, and loved traveling to country and gospel concerts and cruises to Niagara Falls, and Canada and Grand Canyon and the TN Mountains.   He also loved the supper clubs, the Junction, Tags, Gatlinburg, Branson, and Longview Opry. In addition to his parents, Mr. Barton is preceded in death by his wife- Shirley Moore Barton and step son – D.J. Jennings.

Mr. Barton is survived by his loving wife of 13 years- Olive Anne Barton; son- Michael Edwin (Cheriee) Barton; daughter- Cindy (Daniel) Westmoreland; step daughter- Lisa Ulmer; brother- Eddie (Judy) Barton, grandchildren- Alan Smith, Amanda Prince, Haley (josh) Reynolds, Joanna (Preston) Hall, Summer (Noah Shackelford) Barton, Alaina (John) Gilbert; great grandchildren-Ivy Reynolds, Sutton Reynolds, Briar Shackelford, Wyatt Gilbert; nephew- Joey Barton, and James “ Scooter” Barton.

Pallbearers will be Hunter Carroll, Josh Reynolds, Joey Barton, Preston Hall, Glenn Barton, and Lee Ray. Honorary Pallbearers will be Eddie Smith, Melvin Moore, Bill Bryant, Doug Gray, Bobby Ray, and Wayne Studdard.

Special Thanks to Gentiva Hospice Care Team, especially Holly St Angelo, Amanda Brownlee, and Shania for their help. You all are amazing!

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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James Larry Porter, 65, of Columbus, MS, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at his residence.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 5, 2023, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 10:00 A.M. at North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Kilmichael, Mississippi with Bro. Robert Gillis officiating.

Mr. Porter was born on July 4, 1958, in Columbus, MS, to the late James Harry Porter and Jewel Howard Porter. Mr. Porter worked at Valmet as an IT for many years in Columbus, MS. He was a member of the State Line Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, finance chairman, and sound and media director. Mr. Porter was a loving husband for 17 years to his wife, Wendy. He also loved his puppies Foxy and Buddy. Mr. Porter retired from the US Army National Guard as Sergeant First Class.

SFC Porter was instrumental in developing the Automation NCO Course and being the primary instructor for the first and second sources held at PEC. By working with the RRNCO, ARRNCO, and gathering feedback from RRAC III Automation NCOs, SFS Porter seeks ways to improve the ARISS program for the Strength Maintenance Team. Along with his nationally recognized automation skills, SFC Porter was a master badge RRNCO. The knowledge he attained those 3 years was instrumental in his development of ARISS applications and in assisting new RRNCOs with any questions they may have on recruiting tasks.

Mr. Porter is survived by his wife- Wendy Owens Porter; brother- David (Wendy) Porter; sisters- Martha (Tommy) Augustinowitz, Linda (Larry Wayne) Kee, and Francis Blanton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, and Columbus Lowndes Humane Society, 50 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702.

Bobby Bowen

Bobby Bowen, 83, of Ackerman, MS, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at North Mississippi Medical Center, in West Point, MS.

Visitation will be Monday, December 4, 2023, from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Memorial Service will be Monday, December 4, 2023, at 3:00 PM, at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Rev. Walter Butler officiating.

Mr. Bowen was born on November 21, 1940, in Ackerman, MS, to the late J.D. Bowen and Ida Mae Cummings Bowen. He worked in construction for many years as a Brick Mason. In addition to his parents, Mr. Bowen is preceded in death by his sons, Jeffie Dewayne Bowen and Bobby Gene Bowen; and daughter, Sandy Atkins.

Mr. Bowen is survived by his wife, Shirley Linn Bowen; son, Jason (Brittany) Bowen; daughters, Brenda (Tim) Golden, Lisa Bowen, and Lynda (Gerald) Wilder; 7 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO BOX 6704, Hagerstown, MD, 21741.

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Anne Earl Stanley Hendrix passed from this life onto her eternal reward on November 24, 2023.

She was born on November 20, 1925 to Perry B. Stanley, Sr and Willie Mae Smith Stanley. She lived her whole life in Columbus, MS except for five years she lived in McAllen, TX. Mrs Hendrix worked at Mission Air Base as an administrative assistant. After returning to Columbus, Mrs Hendrix worked at Columbus AFB  and then Ceco as an erector coordinator for 18 years.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 29, 2023, from 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Service will be Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at 2:00 P.M. at Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, MS, with Bro. Tommy Gillon officiating. Graveside will follow after service.

Mrs. Hendrix was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Joseph A Hendrix, Jr, brother, Perry Stanley, Jr, sisters, Mary Kline, Margaret McReynolds, and Dorothy Cole, granddaughter, Emily Hendrix, and great-grandson, Harrison Hendrix.

Mrs Hendrix was a devoted wife and mother. She loved God, her family, and her friends. She is survived by two sons, Joseph A Hendrix, Jr and Perry Hendrix (Nancy) both of Columbus, MS, grandchildren, Sarah Kate Epperson (Walt) of Midland, TX, John Hendrix (Lindsay) of New Orleans, LA, Abbey Hendrix (Micah Boyd) of Orlando, FL, and Hannah Smith (Carl) of Amory, MS, and great-grandchildren, Tilden Epperson, Emily Epperson, AnnElise Epperson, Henry Smith, Claire Smith, and Jack Hendrix.

Honorary pallbearers will be Vic Clark, Aletha Williams, Walt Epperson, and the Pat Wallace Sunday school class. Pallbearers will be John Hendrix, Carl Smith, Jimmy McReynolds, Bobby McReynolds, and David McReynolds.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Karen Louise Bland Weathers

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Karen Louise Bland Weathers, 67 of Columbus, MS, passed away Thursday, November 23, 2023, at her residence.

No service at this time. A private graveside will be held at a later date. Lowndes Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Mrs. Weathers was born on Friday, September 17, 1956, in Lowndes County, MS to the late Garvis and Louise Logan Bland. She lived in Columbus, Mississippi, her whole life. Mrs. Weathers worked as a preschool teacher at First Baptist Church. She loved Jesus, her children, and her grandchildren with all her heart. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Weathers is preceded in death by her son- Jeremy Daniel Vandeavender.

Mrs. Weathers is survived by her daughters- Meredith Harper Durard (Terry) of Joelton, TN, and Leah Harper Ketchum (Bryce) of Flora, MS; stepdaughter- Brittani Weathers Brown (Robby) of Columbus, MS, son- Derek Harper (Kaitlan) of Cookeville, TN, stepsons- Marc Stanley Weathers of Columbus, MS, Taylor Furie Weathers (Tristan) of Arrlington, TN,  brother- Wayne Bland (Debbie) of Starkville, MS, and grandchildren – Makinzie Harper of Joelton, TN, Jd Boyd of Joelton, TN, Macy Durard of Joelton, TN, Jack Johnson of Joelton, TN, Tripp Johnson of Flora, MS, Wes Ketchum of Flora, MS, Bryce Harper of Cookeville, TN, Laine Harper of Cookeville, TN, Ellington Brown of Columbus, MS, Rollins Brown of Columbus, MS, and Alfred Weathers of Arlington, TN.

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Frances Fivecoat Benton, 94, of Columbus, MS passed away Saturday, November 18, 2023, at her residence.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 22, 2023, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Steens First Baptist Church, Steens, MS. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 PM with Bro. Michael Carney officiating and Bro. Danny Avery assisting. The interment will be in Halbert Family Cemetery, Columbus, MS.

Mrs. Benton was born August 15, 1929, in Houston, TX to the late Ernest and Clara Mae Shaffner Fivecoat. She married the late Walter Bryant Benton, Jr. on December 9, 1955, in Houston, TX. She worked for Biehl and Co. in Houston, TX, and the Social Security Administration in Columbus, MS. She  was a member of Steens First Baptist Church for many years.  Mrs. Benton was a faithful wife to her husband who was a Baptist minister. She was his helpmate through his years of service in addition to teaching Sunday School and serving as Vacation Bible School director for many of those years. Frances shared her beautiful artwork with her family and church family and was known for her murals that were used at VBS. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her brother- Ernest “Ernie” Fivecoat, Jr.

Mrs. Benton is survived by her son- Keith (Cindy) Benton; daughters- Ellen (Reese) James, Karen (Mitchell) Thornton, Lynne (Mike) Carney; grandchildren- Bryan (Becca), Justin (Carley), Melissa, Michael (Jana), Kyndal (Justin), Sean, T.J., Matthew (Grace), and Katie; great-grandchildren- Martin, Olivia, Beckett, Tatum, Dani, Bowen, Emma, Patrick, Mary Alice, Betty Brooke, and Blakney.

Pallbearers will be Bryan Benton, Justin Benton, Michael Thornton, Timothy Carney, and Matthew Carney. Honorary Pallbearers will be Sean Carney, Mitchell Thornton, Reese James, and the Men of Steens First Baptist Church.

The family would like to thank all of the “staff” who has been part of “Benton Hill” over the years. We love and appreciate all of you for your love and care for our parents. A special thank you to Sheila and Sharon for their care during our mother’s final days.

Leverette

Mathew Dalton Leverette 33, of Steens, MS, passed away November 9, 2023, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle, in Columbus, MS.

Memorial Service will be Friday, November 17, 2023, at 1:00 P.M. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

Mr. Leverette was born August 15, 1990, in West Point, MS,. Mr. Leverette was a Repairman. He always made the most of life and enjoyed every minute of it. He was full of adventure and always along for the ride. Mr. Leverette was an avid golfer, loved playing drums, and loved as hard as he lived.

Dalton is survived by his mother- Kimberly York Cook; step-father- David Cook; father- Rick  Leverette; step-mother- Lisa Leverette; brothers- Jared Leverette, Luke Leverette, Rick Leverette, II; sister- Grace Leverette; Uncles- Mark (Amy ) York, Ted (Angela) Leverette, and Patrick (Jana Hargis) York; Aunt- Jamie Moon; Special Friends- Austin York, Tara Lollar, Ken Schroeder, and Kevin Forrester; and Special Family – Art Johnson, Matt Cook, John Allen Jones, Mike Boyle, and Mike Thompson.

Memorials may be made to Al Teen Challenge, P.O. Box 270, Lincoln, Al 35096.

Bolin

Linda Joyce Bolin, 63, of Steens, MS, passed away November 10, 2023, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Friday, November 17, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Friday, November 17, 2023, at 11:00 AM at Lowndes Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Pounders, Jr. officiating. Interment will be at Furnace Hill Cemetery, Vernon, Alabama with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Ms. Bolin was born April 2, 1960, in Columbus, MS to the late Ruth Bolin and James King Bolin. Ms. Bolin was a surgical tech for many years at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle in Columbus, MS. In addition to her parents, Ms. Bolin is preceded in death by brothers- Junior Bolin, Troy Wilson, Roy Franklin, and Donald Eads.

Ms. Bolin is survived by her daughter- Auburn Daniel,  life partner- Greg Hall; granddaughter- Cole Turner; sisters- Brenda Boals, Martha Bolin Juneau, Kay Watts, Shirley Gilmore, and Yvonne Hearn; brothers- Harold Bolin, and Richard Wilson.

Pall Bearers will be – Lance Hearn, Cole Turner, Lucas Culver, Michael Watts, Richard Wilson, and William Hall.

Memorials may be made to United Way of Columbus, 223 22nd Street, Columbus, MS 39701.

Bobby Coggins

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Bobby Coggins, 82, of Columbus, MS, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2023 at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Golden Triangle in Columbus, MS.

No arrangements have been made at this time, Lowndes Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

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Kenneth O. Canida, 86, of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, GT in Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Monday, November 6, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.  Funeral Service will be Monday, November 6, 2023, at 1:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS, with Bro. Tommy Gillon officiating.  Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens in Columbus, MS, with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Canida was born April 11, 1937, in Bear Creek, Alabama to the late William A. Canida and Myrtice Goodwin Canida. Mr. Canida was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus, MS. He was a car salesman all his life. Mr. Canida was an Air Force and Army Veteran. In addition to his parents, Mr. Canida is preceded in death by his daughter- Paige Canida, and numerous brothers.

Mr. Canida is survived by his wife of 63 years- Rubye Sanford Canida; daughter- Suzanne (Steve) Daquilla; son- Todd Canida; grandchildren- Ashley (Gunnar) Canida- Clark, Lexus Canida, Lauren Canida, Lezlie Canida, and Kenneth Canida.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fairview Baptist Church, 127 Airline Road, Columbus, MS, 39702 or Columbus – Lowndes Humane Society, 50 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702.

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Michael Edwin O’Bryant, 58, of Columbus, MS, passed away Monday, October 30, 2023, at his residence.

Visitation will be Friday, November 3, 2023, from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Friday, November 3, 2023, at 11:00 AM  at Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, MS.

Mr. O’Bryant was born on February 25, 1965, in Minot, North Dakota. He worked many years at Valero in instrumentation. He is preceded in death by his mom- Margaret Hill O’Bryant.

Mr. O’Bryant is survived by his wife- Lana Camp O’Bryant; parent- David O’Bryant, O’Bryant; two children- Zachary O’Bryant, and Jacob O’Bryant; two sisters- Patricia Jones (John), Debbie Hunt (Kenny), and two brothers- David O’Bryant (Rhonda), and Scott O’Bryant (Christy), three grandchildren- Sullivan O’Bryant, Jackson O’Bryant, and Ireland O’Bryant.

Pallbearers will be John Jones, Jared Jones, Jenny Howell, Caleb Hunt, and Lane Hunt. Honorary Pallbearers will be – Sullivan O’Bryant, Jackson O’Bryant, and Ireland O’Bryant.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, and Michael O’Bryant Memorial Fund, Lowndes Funeral Home.

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Christopher “Clay” Taylor, 16 years old, passed away from complications of Hunters Syndrome on October 27, 2023 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, MS.

The visitation will be Monday, October 30, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Columbus, MS.  The Celebration of Life will follow at 2:00 PM at the church with Bro. Steve Lammons and Bro. Ty Danielson officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing.

Clay was born on October 16, 2007 to Christopher Wayne and Amanda Ruffin Taylor. He enjoyed watching football games, spending time with his family and friends, and being in the outdoors. Clay also spent time participating in events with Golden Triangle Outdoors. Golden Triangle Outdoors was the organization that sparked Clay’s love for Challenger Ball, which gave him the opportunity to play baseball and an opportunity to play on Dudy Noble field with the Mississippi State Baseball players last fall. This organization granted Clay with special friendships, and so did Pediatrust, as he was their first client. Clay never met a stranger and loved his people, especially his sister. He was known for his infectious smile and pretty, blue eyes. He never let a struggle defeat him and his personality always stayed true.

In addition to his parents, Clay is survived by his sister, Madison Taylor; grandparents, Jimmy and Jane Ruffin, Debbie and Larry Taylor; uncles, Jason (Charlsey) Ruffin, Erik (Amber) Ruffin, Greg Culpepper, and Steven Culpepper; cousins, Cole Ruffin, Justin Ruffin, Emma Ruffin, Maddox Ruffin; great grandfather, Wayne Taylor; and great grandmother, Betty Shumaker.  He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Gayle Culpepper, and his uncle Nick Taylor.

Pallbearers will be Jason Ruffin, Erik Ruffin, Cole Ruffin, Justin Ruffin, Maddox Ruffin, and Brady Stewart. Honorary Pallbearers will be Lamar Harper, Mark Rixie, Dr. Ski, and the District 3 Volunteer Fire Department.

The family would like to say thank you to everyone that has helped us care for Clay over the years. A very special thank you to the Pediatrust staff, Brittany Schrock, Dr. Collins, and the ER staff at Baptist Memorial Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to the National MPS Society, P.O. Box 14686, Durham, NC 27709-4686, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1791 Lake Lowndes Rd, Columbus, MS 39702, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Billy Darryl Lopoka Livingston

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On October 12, 2023, Billy Darryl Lopoka Livingston of Columbus, MS, passed away after a short illness.

He was born at Ft. Rucker, AL, on May 12, 1965, to the late Billy W. Livingston and Gwendolyn G. Livingston of Columbus, MS. A service for family and friends will be held Sunday, October 29, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at Furnace Hill Chapel located at 128 Furnace Hill Road in Vernon, AL.

Darryl was a general contractor and spent his early career as a chef and radio DJ “Crazy Bob Kasey.” He was an excellent cook and enjoyed sharing dishes with friends. He adored his dog Molly, and loved spending time with friends and family. Darryl devoted the last few years of his life helping and inspiring others as they walked the road to recovery. He was considered by one friend as an “icon” for recovery. His belief in Jesus and his selfless, caring, and thoughtful ways helped so many in their times of need.

Darryl was predeceased by his father in 2016. He is survived by his mother Gwendolyn Livingston, son Kasey (Heather), daughter Kaleigh (Kelby) and three grandchildren, Natalie and Brooks Livingston and Wyatt Wall. He is also survived by his brothers Dwayne Livingston and David (Laura) Livingston, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lowndes Funeral Home and Crematory in memory of Billy Darryl Livingston at www.lowndesfuneralhome.net.

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Laura Mitchell Thomas, affectionately known to many as Nanny, passed away October 23, 2023, at the young age of 74. Nanny was born August 13, 1949, to Margaret Mills Mitchell and the late Rev. J.C. Mitchell.

Nanny was a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church for 43 years where she was also a member of the choir and spent most of her time active in church, helping with things like Vacation Bible School, GA’s, and Sunday School. She loved to travel and go on adventures with her college friends, to sew, to play hymns on the piano, and to spend time in the church and with her family and friends. She was gracious and kind, always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone that needed one. She spent joyous days with her two great-grandchildren, who kept her young. Piper loves her Nanny, and Nanny loved Piper. But above all, Nanny loved Jesus and stayed strong in her faith, always sharing with others when given the opportunity.

In her own words, “On a Sunday night during revival service, I felt the Holy Spirit strongly tugging my 8 ½ year old heart. At that moment, I knew I needed Jesus. I actually think I did that when I felt/heard him speaking to me, and I started walking toward the revival preacher. That was when I said yes. That was 65 years ago. I was baptized the following Sunday on March 30 by my daddy. That was such a special time for me. As I started up the steps out of the water, my daddy leaned over and kissed me on top of the head.”

Nanny was born in Poplarville, MS, and raised in Saltillo, MS. In her senior year of high school, her and her family moved to Pontotoc, MS, where she graduated from Pontotoc High School. She went on to get her Bachelor’s degree in Biology, with a minor in French, at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS, and also received her Teaching Certification from Delta State. She used that degree for many years as a Medical Technologist at Columbus Pathology Lab, Hemotology/Oncology, and Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Nanny and her former husband and lifelong friend, Dan Webb, had two daughters before Nanny remarried Harold Thomas in 1985, and they spent many happy years together before he passed away in February 2007. She is survived by her mother – Margaret Mills Mitchell, Lucedale, MS; daughters – Dana (Randy) Jones, Pontotoc, MS;  Kimberly Conn, Columbus, MS; her grandchildren – Dalton Capps, Flowood, MS; Madison Aycock, Columbus, MS; Jillian Dutcher, Starkville, MS; Mollie Conn, Maggie Conn, and Mills Conn; her great-grandchildren – Piper Jane Aycock and John Russel Barrett all from COlumbus, MS; her siblings – Marcia Mitchell, Phoenix, AZ; Ralph (Pat) Mitchell, Ponototoc, MS; and Dr. Tommy (Andrea) Mitchell, Lucedale, MS.

Pallbearers will be Dalton Capps, Randy Jones, Drew Mitchell, Presley Langford, Robert Mitchell,Phillip Mitchell, James Fults, and Rob Hunt.

Visitation will be at Lowndes Funeral Home on October 27, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 PM officiated by Dr. Tommy Mitchell. Interment will be at Memorial Gardens, Columbus, MS, with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Esther 4:14. “I am where I am today for something greater than just today.”

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Paige McAllister, 54, of Hamilton, MS passed away on Friday, October 20, 2023, at her residence surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be Monday, October 23, 2023, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. A funeral service will follow at 1:00 PM in the Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Allen Martin officiating. Interment will be at New Prospect Cemetery, Lackey, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing.

Paige graduated from Vernon High School in 1986. She worked in medical clinics most of her adult life and was employed with Allegro Family Clinic until her death. Paige spent most of her time on this earth being a devoted Christian, devoted wife to Joe “Bubba” McAllister, a loving mom, grandmother, sister, aunt and an amazing friend. She was everyone’s friend and made everyone happy. Paige loved spending time with her family and friends. The world was a better place with her in it and heaven is very fortunate to have gained such an angel to sing in the heavenly choir.

Paige is survived by her parents- Ray and Judy Oglesby; grandmother- Frances Garnett; husband- Joe “Bubba” McAllister; sons- Matthew Barnes and Trey McAllister; daughter- Kasey (Willie) Bowling; sister- Angie Stockman; brother- Swane “Bubba” Angle; grandson- Will Bowling; granddaughter- Mahayla Bowling; special nieces- Callie Johnston, Lexie Angle, Brodie Angle, Nikki Hanna and Chasity Sullivan- who loved her dearly; and her “ride or die best friend”- Jennifer Tilley also known as Louise of Thelma and Louise and we all know who Louise is; and her sweet companion- Izzy.

Pallbearers will be Larry Slosky, Jason Lucas, John Sullivan, Lucas Boyd, Shane Oglesby, Matthew Barnes. Honorary Pallbearers will be Porky Russell, Justin Lucas, Robby Tilley, Keith Pennington, Bryan Windle, Brody Snider, Bruce Johnston, Employees of Allegro Family Clinics, Chris Crawley’s Sunday School Class.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Oncology of Tupelo and the late Dr. Montgomery; Baptist Hospice and her special nurses Candace and CNA Janeen.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude in memory of Mitzi Michels at stjude.org.

David Earl Shields

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David Earl Shields, 65, passed away Monday, October 16, 2023 in Macon, GA.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 22, 2023 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.  The graveside service with military honors will follow at 2:00 PM at Friendship Cemetery. Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS is directing.

Mr. Shields was born on March 7, 1958 in Memphis, TN to the late Fred Warren and Betty Joyce Shields.  He retired in 2000 after working 21 years as an aircraft electrician for Boeing.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother – Jimmy Warren Shields; and sister – Vicki Diane Shields.

Mr. Shields is survived by his sons – John David (Stephanie) Shields, Richard Jason (Valerie) Strom, and Daniel Shields; 10 grandchildren – Kirstyn Arianna, Kaelyn Victoria, Karleigh Marie, John Nolan, Ashley Marga-Rebecca, Angel Louis, Sara Joann, Paisley Brianne, Makayla Elizabeth Joyce, and Daniel Joseph; 3 great grandchildren – Elijah, Atlas, and Azure; and brother – Richard Alan Shields.

Jerry T. Fitch

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Mr. Jerry T. Fitch, 75, of Ethelsville, Alabama, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2023, at his residence.

NO services at this time. Lowndes Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Mr. Fitch was born in Ethelsville, Alabama on February 28, 1948 to the late Twant Fitch and Mildred Britt Sanders.

Mr. Fitch is survived by his wife- Wanda Fitch.

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Ruth Michelle Carpenter, 68, of Columbus, MS passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at her residence.

No services are scheduled at this time. Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS entrusted with arrangements.

Ms. Carpenter was born on March 31, 1955, in West Point, MS to the late Mildred Ruth Moore Carpenter and LaFrinia Fain Carpenter. Ms. Carpenter was a switchboard operator for many years. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother- Sandy Carpenter.

Ms. Carpenter is survived by her Sisters- Cheryl (Casey) Carpenter Bush, Cathy Carpenter Moss, and Pam Carpenter Williams; Son- Britt (Amy) Glenn; 5 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; nephews- Leif Carpenter, Ryan Bush, Trey Williams, Justin Moss; nieces- Amber Bush Hall and Jana Moss.

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Harolyn Joyce Quick, 81, of Columbus, MS, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at her residence.

 Known as “Hallie” by all her friends and family, she lit up every room she walked into with laughter.

Visitation will be Monday, October 16, 2023 from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral Service will be Monday, October 16, 2023 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Columbus, MS.

Hallie was born July 18, 1942, in West Point, MS to the late Earlene Griffin Smith and Harold “Slim” Smith. She graduated with the Class of 1960 and was voted “Class Clown” of the Senior Class at New Hope High School. Hallie worked as. secretary for many years at Dresser Atlas but spent the majority of her time on earth being a home maker, devoted wife, quirky and loving mom, overworked grandmother, and an amazing friend.

Hallie was everyone’s best friend. She was the person you could count on for advice anytime day or night. She made everyone happy when they had the privilege to spend time with her. The world was a better place with her in it and Heaven is lucky to have gained such an angel.

Hallie was married to David Quick for 60 beautiful years. He was her everything until her last breath. They raised a beautiful family together, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 14 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.

Hallie is survived by her husband of 60 years- David Quick, Sr.; sons- David Quick, Jr., Robert Quick, and Steven Quick; daughters- Pam Guyton, Amy (Brian) Albritton, and Pennye (Derek) Hudson; 14 Grandchildren; 3 Great Grandchildren; and sister- Faye (Ted) Conn; her lifelong best friend, Sharon “Sport” Chaney, and 1 bonus daughter, Holly Atkins Rogers.

Pallbearers are David Quick, Sr., David Quick, Jr., Robert Quick, Steven Quick, Brian Allbritton, Derek Hudson, Trey Guyton, & Griffin Guyton.

Honorary Pallbearers are William “Bill” Everett Quick, Lewis Ray Quick, and James Rogers.

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Lt. Col. Robert T. “Bob” Green, age 90, Retired USAF, took his final flight on October 7, 2023.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 pm Friday, October 13, 2023, at Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge, TN. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 pm with Rev. Andy Tentoni and Faith Lodge officiating.

Interment and military honors will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 15, 2023, at Piney Grove Cemetery in Steens, MS. Lowndes Funeral Home is directing.

He lived a full, 90-year life starting in Detroit, Michigan. As a young child, Bob’s parents moved to Columbus, Mississippi. He graduated from Lee High School and Mississippi State College where he was a member of the ROTC and earned an accounting degree. Bob served in the USAF as a navigator on SAC B-52’s & later for the 134th refueling group in the ANG, accumulating 21 service years. He owned his own CPA accounting firm, working for over 30 years in Oak Ridge, TN. After his second retirement, Bob relocated to Seymour, TN.  He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and was a member of Faith Lodge #756 F&AM, Oak Ridge Bodies of the York Rite & the Shriners Kerbela Temple, where he was a past potentate. In his last years, Bob reveled in philanthropic giving, all while fighting a 25-year battle with prostate cancer.

Bob was preceded in death by parents, Durwood G. & Louella R. Green; wife, Patricia C Green; daughters, Nancy L. Green & Abby G. Glover; granddaughter, Dawn Marie Riggs; & great-granddaughter, Haley Kate Green. Survivors include daughter, Melinda York of Charleston, SC; son, Robert T. Green, Jr (Lisa) of Oak Ridge, TN; son-in-law, Walter Glover of Lancing, TN; grandchildren, Ashley Rose Martin, Robert Austin Green (Amber), Emily Lynn Green & Amanda Van Norstran; special friends, Mike & Cathy Dennis, Greg & MaryAnn Lach, & Ron & Debbie Moody.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children at shrinerschildrens.org/en/giving or a charity of your choice.

Dorothy Eugenia Kemp

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Dorothy Eugenia Kemp, 86, of Columbus, MS passed away on October 7, 2023 at Trinity Health Care, Columbus, MS.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Ms. Kemp was born October 31, 1936 in Lewisburg, MS to the late John J. and Maggie Sneed Johnson.  She received her nursing degree from Rio Hondo College.  She retired from nursing after working over 20 years at Mercy Hospital.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sisters – Jessie Boutin and Jackie Harwell.  She is survived by her children – Katherine Velez and Sean Kemp; grandchildren – Shelby Kemp, D.J. Velez, Rachal Velez, Sydney Smith, and Spencer Kemp; and great grandchildren – Korbin Smith, Kolby Smith, David Velez III, Henry Velez, and Ethan Velez.

Martha Burns

Martha Burns, 69, of Columbus, MS passed away Saturday, October 6, 2023, at her residence.

Visitation will be Friday, October 13, 2023, from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.  A memorial service will follow in the Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel at 6:00 PM with Bro. Ray Williams officiating.  Lowndes Funeral Home is directing.

Mrs. Burns was born on March 15, 1954, in Columbus, MS to the late Jack and Dorothy Nickles Smith.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and loved them dearly.  She also enjoyed working in the yard and being with her animals.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother – Ted Smith.

She is survived by her husband – Allen Williams; son – Matt Burns; grandchildren – Carley Burns and Chris Burns; and brother – Jack Smith.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Whitecar, Zyman McCranie, Dan Bryan, Scott Williams, and Robbie Taylor, Michael White.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Columbus – Lowndes Humane Society, 50 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702

Hodges

Cliff Hodges passed away peacefully at his daughter’s residence in Columbus, MS on Sunday, October 8, 2023, after a brief illness of Alzheimer’s disease.

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 11, 2023, from 10 AM – 11 AM at Verona United Methodist Church, Verona, MS. A funeral service will follow at 11 AM with Bro. Jim McClurken officiating. A graveside will be Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at 3 PM at Community Baptist Church Cemetery, Columbus, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing.

He was born on February 18, 1932, to Steve Ellison “Eddie” and Mada West Hodges. He attended Itawamba Agricultural High School and Itawamba Junior College. He married Jennie Beth Ray Hodges on February 24, 1951.  He was an active member of Verona United Methodist Church while living in Verona. At VUMC, he was a charter member of the Challenger Sunday School class. He and Beth lived in Verona for over 65 years, only moving to Columbus with their daughter when their health required it. After the death of his wife, he attended Community Baptist Church with his family.

Cliff served from 1952 to 1954 with the United States Army Signal Corp. He was stationed in Germany as a cryptographic repairman during the Korean Conflict. He worked for TKE Drug Store for 12 years before moving to Long’s Uniform Rental Service, which later became White Rose Rental Laundry. He worked there for 33 years, with the last 13 being as Branch Manager of the Tupelo Branch before retiring in May of 1997.

He always had a servant’s heart and truly enjoyed doing for others. He loved his church and served in many capacities over the years, some of which included local Lay Leader, Sunday School teacher, United Methodist Men President, Chairman of the Board, and Chairman of the PPR committee. He enjoyed helping maintain the churchyard. On the district level, he served as Lay Leader for the Tupelo-New Albany District and on the Conference Leadership team. He was a certified Lay Speaker and a member of the Annual Conference.

He was instrumental in getting a route for Meals on Wheels established in Verona. He coordinated the volunteer effort for this route for many years, as well as he and Beth helped deliver meals as well. He was a member of the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club where he and Beth volunteered as ushers at the Bancorp South Coliseum, as well as helping with fish cookings that the Civitan group cooked for. He served on the Flag team to display flags throughout town for holidays. When his grandson Nick would visit, they always included him in these activities. Cliff was one who taught his daughter and family to serve by example. He loved his family and was always available to help in any way that he could. He insisted on carrying his load as he grew older and lived with Debbie. Until June of 2023, he would run the weed-eater and keep limbs and debris picked up from the yard.

He is survived by one daughter, Debbie (Larry) Taylor; one grandson, Chris (Amanda); and two great-grandchildren, Madison and Clay Taylor. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Troy Hodges, his sister Georgie Young, his grandson Nick Taylor, and his wife of 70 years, Beth.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the team that helped provide for his care in recent weeks – his sitters – Sandra Bush and Nettie Harkins, and our Legacy Hospice family – Ashley Yarbrough, Tameika Williams, Karen Barrett,  Trae Miller, and all other Legacy employees. You all have been a true blessing!

In lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to Verona United Methodist Church, PO Box 370, Verona, MS 38879; Meals on Wheels, c/o Methodist Senior Services, 2800 W. Main Street,  Tupelo, MS 38801 or to the church or charity of the donor’s choice.

Stephen C. Delk

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Stephen C. Delk, 72 of Columbus, MS passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at his residence.

No services are scheduled at this time.  Arrangements entrusted to Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS.

Mr. Delk was born May 3, 1951, to the late Avery Delk and Martha Adele Butler Atkins in Aberdeen, MS.  He graduated from New Hope High School and attended Mississippi State University.  Mr. Delk was a veteran of the United States Navy.  He retired in 2018 from Adventurebuilt Hat Company where he was employed as a Millinery – Hatmaker for 13 years.  He made the hat worn by Harrison Ford in the 2008 movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  He enjoyed making hats, listening to music, playing guitar, reading, and history.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Delk was preceded in death by his brother – Billy Wayne Atkins, and brother-in-law – Kenneth Cox.

Mr. Delk is survived by his wife 14 years – Kay Delk; daughters – Kristin (Johnny) Melcher and Ashley Delk; grandchildren – Austin (Shae) Melcher, Sydney (Kyle) Linton, Samuel Melcher, Zachary Melcher, Ruby Lowe, and Link Lowe; brothers – Bruce (Beverly) Delk and Glenn (Betty) Delk; sister – Beverly Cox and sister-in-law – Maggie Atkins.

Daniel T. Haley

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Daniel T. Haley, 82 of Columbus, MS passed away Monday, October 2, 2023 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS. 

A memorial service will be Monday, October 9, 2023 at 11:00 AM in the Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel, Columbus, MS.

Mr. Haley was a Retired Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force.  He was preceded in death by his parents – Ashby Haley and Nettie Bradley Haley.

Mr. Haley is survived by his loving wife of 60 years – Christine Burrows Haley; daughter – Julia (John) Riley; son – Edward (Heidi) Haley; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren;  and a host of numerous other family members and friends.

Memorials may be made to any animal shelter/humane society of your choice.

Freddie Jones

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Freddie Jones, 77 of Columbus, MS, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2023, at VA Hospital in Decatur, Georgia.

Visitation will be Friday, October 6, 2023, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. A funeral service will be on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 12:00 PM at Charity MB Church, Crawford, MS. Interment will be at Memorial Gardens, Columbus, MS.

Freddie Howard Jones, 77, was born on November 26, 1945 in Columbus, MS to Sallie Mae Jones and William Lafayette Swoope.

Freddie, affectionately known as “Ten” confessed his belief in Christ at an early age and became a member of Canaan Baptist Church where he served on the deacon board, taught bible school, sang in the Male choir and served as President of the Brotherhood.

He was educated in the Columbus Municipal School district and was a 1965 graduate of R.E. Hunt High School.  He also attended Mississippi State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing and Master’s Degree in Education.  Freddie Jones served in the U.S. Marine Corps where he earned the National Defense Service, Vietnam Campaign and Vietnam Service Medals.

Freddie Jones’ love of education and entrepreneurship was displayed throughout his life and career paths as a teacher at Caldwell High School and Founder of Jones & Daughters Enterprise, LLC.

Freddie Jones loved spending time with his family and he served as the Founder and President of the annual Jones Family Reunion.

Deacon Freddie Jones transitioned into eternal rest on October 1st, 2023 in Decatur, GA.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Sallie Mae Jones, father William Lafayette Swoope, sister Annie Louis Petty, brother Willie Lee Jones, sister Daisy Jones, sister Dorothy Jones, brother John Wesley Jones and sister Catherine Wilson.

He leaves to cherish his loving memories: his beautiful daughters, Tammy Stevenson (Donald), Mesina Jones-Alvarez and Freda Jones-Stewart (Andrew), grandsons Quinton Bell, Tyler Stevenson, Taylon Stevenson, Alvin Henry, Zachary Bolden and Jackson Stewart, granddaughters Ashley Henry and Sydney Stewart and sisters Helen Karriem, Connie Brooks and Laura Chalmers. Great-Grandchildren – Skyler Bell and Kayden Bell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

Obit

Robert Von Morgan Jr, 71 of Aberdeen, MS, passed away Sunday, October 1, 2023, at Monroe Regional Hospital in Aberdeen, MS.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 5, 2023, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS

Mr. Morgan was born May 7, 1952, in Camp Lejuene, NC to the late Dorothy Mink Morgan and Robert Von Morgan, Sr. Mr. Morgan was a truck driver for many years.  He was known to his brothers as BMF. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Mr. Morgan loved his dogs, taking care of his yard and his motorcycle.

Mr. Morgan is survived by his wife of Aberdeen, MS – Lorene Deaton Morgan; sons- Chris (Lacie) Morgan, Von (Christine) Morgan, David (Sharon) Miller, and  Shawn (Melanie) Reese; daughter- Dorrie Lynn; 22 grandchildren; brothers- Bucky (Cindy) Morgan, Danny Morgan, and Red and Gold Brothers and sister- Linda Vice.

Memorials may be made to D.A.V. Chapter No. 6, 164 Harris Drive, Columbus, MS 39705.

Keith Sanders

Keith C. Sanders, 79 of Columbus, MS, passed away Monday, October 2, 2023, at his residence.

Visitation will be Friday, October 6, 2023, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Graveside will follow at 12:00 PM at Walnut Grove in Millport, Alabama with Lowndes Funeral Home directing. Mr. Sanders was born September 28, 1944, in Fernbank, Alabama, to the late Renzo Sanders and Celia Gilliam Sanders. Mr. Sanders was an Army Veteran and served in Vietnam.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. Sanders loved to garden. He had gardens in the Spring and Fall every year. Mr. Sanders was always a hard worker. In addition to his parents, Mr. Sanders is preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Mr. Sanders is survived by his wife- Margaret Ann Sanders; daughters- Rená (Keith) Coleman, Lynn Sanders, and Kathy (Jeremy) Dunn; grandchildren- Lainey Goodin, McKenzie Allen, and Travis Allen; great-grandchildren- Everleigh Jones, and Weston Allen; sisters- Cleo Spalding, Detrice Callender, Mavis Wheeler, and brother James E. Sanders.

Pallbearers will be Marty Pennington, Corey Hall, Chris Spalding, Ty Wyckoff, Travis Allen, and Lad Coleman.

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Mattie Lee (Mack) Ray Price was called to Paradise on September 27, 2023. She died peacefully at Garden Hill Assisted Living where she was dearly loved.

Visitation will be Friday, October 6, 2023, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Service will be Friday, October 6, 2023, at 2:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with  Bro. Rob Dowdle officiating. Interment will follow at Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Upon her passing, Mrs. Price was reunited with the love of her life A.J. Price. They were married on July 3rd, 1971 and they were blessed to share 46 years together. They both would tell you that the success of their marriage was that they loved Father God first and then each other. She was 93

Mrs. Price was born January 28, 1930, in Sturgis, MS to J.D. and Claudia Lee Carpenter Ray. She graduated from Sturgis High School in 1948 and was the Salutatorian of her class. Mattie was employed by NBC, now Cadence Bank. She started working as a bank teller and worked her way up to becoming a branch manager. She retired from Cadence after 40 years. Mrs. Price was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Steens, MS. She served in several capacities as a faithful member. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, AJ Price, her daughter, Patrice Singler, and her son, Gary Hartness.

She is survived by her children, Darryl Hartness, Columbus, MS, and Candi Vezina (Ralph Estes) Columbus, MS. She has 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who always made sure that we knew how much she loved us.

Pallbearers will be-Jeff Hartness, AJ Vezina, Reggie Wilburn, JaVon Wilburn, Ken Brewer and Jason Minga. Honorary pallbearers will be Lance Brown, Jason Hartness, Wyatt Hartness, Teresa Brewer, Lisa Dooley, and Edith “Bertie” Via.

The family would like to thank the nurses, aides, and staff of Garden Hill and Enhabit Hospice for the love and care they have given to our mother. She loved them very much.

Memorials can be made to Immanuel Baptist Church Food Pantry, 6342 Military Rd., Steens, MS, 39766

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