OBITUARIES

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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.

Porter Obit

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.

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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.

Ruth Michelle Carpenter

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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

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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.

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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