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Monday, 27 November 2017 10:33

Dennis Grady Hollingsworth

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Services for Mr. Dennis G. Hollingsworth will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 11:00am

at Riverwood Family with interment at Mt. Zion Church of Christ Cemetery.

Visitation will be held prior to the service, Wednesday, November 29, 2017 starting at 10:00am also at Riverwood Family.


Dennis G. Hollingsworth, 89, of Burleson, TX, formally of Baton Rouge, LA, passed away at his residence on

November 25, 2017. He was born in Brookhaven on March 4, 1928

to Grady W. Hollingsworth and Sarah Laird Hollingsworth.


Preceding him in death was his parents and his brother, Carl Hollingsworth.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife of 67 years, Yvonne Hollingsworth;

son, Rick Hollingsworth and wife Alice all of Burleson, TX; two sisters, Janice Magee and June Fisher.

Friday, 24 November 2017 08:16

Mrs. Betty Joe Kennedy

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 Funeral services for Betty Joe Boyte Gillis-Kennedy, of Brookhaven, are

Monday, November 27, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Riverwood Family Funeral Service

in Brookhaven with burial at Easthaven Cemetary. Reverends Bendon Ginn and

Greg Warnock will officiate the services.

     Visitation will be Sunday, November 26, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. at

Riverwood Family Funeral Service in Brookhaven.


Mrs. Betty Joe, 86, passed away peacefully at her home and surrounded by her family,

early Friday morning, November 24, 2017. She was born February 25, 1931, to Versie and

Mary Jane Boyte. She graduated with honors from East Lincoln High School and received

a certificate in interior design from the University of Mississippi. She served as Worthy Grand Matron

two of her sixty-one years in Chapter No. 1, Order of the Eastern Star.

She was also an active member of First Baptist Church.

     My sweet grandmother touched every soul she ever met, whether she was taking

food to the elderly, square dancing with the Dixie Dancers, eating lunch at her favorite

restaurants, Georgia Blue and Golden China, or waiting for you to jump when you see

the plastic spider she strategically placed on your seat. If she were there, you knew she

would leave you smiling. She was caring, compassionate, witty, and fun. She loved her

puppy, Princess, loved her daughter, Diane, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and

family and precious friends. She loved life and you could always feel that love around her.

I know that what she could only love more now is her life with the Lord.


  Preceding her in death were her parents; sister, Mattie Pearl Jordan; husband,

Billy M. Gillis; husband, Dee Kennedy; son-in-law, Nick Vesa.


   Survivors are her daughter, Diane Gillis Vesa; step-son, David Kennedy; niece

and nephew, Rodney & Debbie Jordan; grandchildren, Micky & Telci Vesa and

Kevin & Angel Vance; four great-grandsons, Rigby, Ruger, Cooper, & Sharps and

two great-granddaughters, Layla and Elise. Two special persons in her life,

Melissa Boyte Martin, who she considered one of her own, and Jack Smith, a loving

companion always at her side.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in honor of Mrs. Betty Joe to the

Nick Vesa Memorial Scholarship Endowment. Checks should be made payable to

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation and mailed to

118 College Dr. Box 5210, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001. Please reference

in the memo/notes section: Nick Vesa Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

Gifts are tax-deductible.

Friday, 24 November 2017 08:15

Mr. Dannie W. Smith

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 Funeral services for Mr. Dannie W. Smith, will be 10:00 a.m., Monday,

November 27, 2017 at Riverwood Family Funeral Service with interment

at Mt. Zion Church of Christ Cemetery. Visitation is from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.,

Sunday November 26, at Riverwood.

Dannie Willard Smith, 65, of Brookhaven, passed from this life on

November 23, 2017. He was employed with Shell Oil Company as

a Production Curriculum Advisor and served his country in the United States Army Reserve.

Dannie enjoyed hunting and fishing but loved his family above all things,

he will be missed by all who loved him. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Pentecostal Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Willard and Margie Smith and his birth mother Janie Havis Smith.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Gail Hudson Smith; son,

Logan Payne Smith and wife, Alicia; daughter, Jessica S. Griffin and husband,

Lance; brothers, Randall Lofton and wife, Patricia and Stan J. Smith; sisters, Susan L. Keys

and husband, Mike and Helen L. Ratcliff and husband, Johnny. He is also survived by

five grandchildren, Sidney Griffin, Judson Griffin, James Aiden Griffin, John Avery Griffin

and Jack Hagan Smith; brothers-in-law, Terry Hudson and wife, Judy, Marcelle Hudson

and wife, Gail, Tony Hudson and wife, Pam; sister-in-law, Tammy Means and husband,

Joey; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Thursday, 23 November 2017 07:51

Mary Wallace

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Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Wallace will be 1:00 p.m., Sunday,

November 26, 2017 at Powell’s Grove Pentecostal Church with burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation begins at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the church.

Mrs. Mary Quejette Wallace, 92, of Jayess, went to be with her Lord on

November 22, 2017 at her residence. She was born on March 8, 1925 in

Lake Cormorant, MS to James David Sexton and Ada Donis Sexton. She was a loving wife,

mother, grandmother, and friend. She will be greatly missed to all who loved her.

Those preceding her in death are her husband, Plez E. Wallace; her parents; brother, Harold Sexton;

and two sisters, Troye Looney and Patricia Riley.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, Wayne Wallace and wife Brenda, Denby Wallace

and wife Pam all of Jayess, MS, and Tim Wallace and wife Robin of Ruth, MS; daughter, Beverly Anthony

and husband Charles of Warner Robins, GA; brother, Marvin Sexton and wife Marsha of Nesbit, MS;

seven grandchildren, Sherita Daniels, Maleah Dooley, LaRon Wallace, Labreeska McCullough,

Wendy Thornton, Blair Wallace, and Jessie Wallace. She is also surived by 13 great grandchildren.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:10

Ruby Harvey

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:08

Elroy Warren

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Graveside Services for Elroy Warren, age, 83, of Brookhaven, MS, formerly of Picayune, MS,

who passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017 will be held Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

at Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery, under the direction of Riverwood Family Funeral Service.


A native of Pearl River County, MS, he served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Estes. Elroy was member of Philadelphia Baptist Church.

He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, who will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nathan Thomas Warren, Jr. and Sarah Elizabeth Spiers Warren; his wife of 56 years, Yvonne Deer Warren;

his daughter, Amy Warren; and his sister, Gwen Warren (George) Seal.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Randall (Christine) Warren and Kathy

(Dean) Sanders; 4 grandchildren, Nathan ( Rebecca) Warren, Kayla (Justin) Chafin, Matthew Sanders, and Kim (Ray) Lubke;

5 great grandchildren, Elijah Warren, Rosemary Warren, Aimee; Lubke, Presleigh Lubke, and Joseph Lubke; his sister, Carol (Alvin) Dillard;

and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017 13:23

Herman L. Greer

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Visitation:5:00-9:00 pm Friday, November 24, 2017 at Union Church Baptist Church

Service: 10:00 am Saturday November 25 at Church

Interment: McBride Cemetery


Herman L. Greer, 80, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Sunday, November 19, 2017, just in time to go home for Thanksgiving.

Born and raised in Pattison, MS, Herman moved to Morgan City, LA, after high school graduation, working in the oil industry. He later moved to Lafayette, LA,

founding Holiday Pipe in 1975, and transferred to Pasadena, TX, in 1977.

Herman has a large family waiting for him in heaven: son Darrell, parents Ruby and Delmar, brother Cleve (and wife, Sue) and brother Bill Greer; his in-laws,

Patsy and Joseph Turner and Michael Alexander; plus brothers-in-law Edward McKinney and Rayford Varnado.

Toni, his companion, entertainment director and wife for 41 years, survives him, along with his beloved furry friend, Buddy.


Their blended family numbers more than 50 direct descendants: son Randy and wife Patrice Greer, children Kirby, Joshua, Sharee (Matt) and grandchildren

Kaden and Morgan; daughter Trudy and husband James Durham, children Kristin (Erik), Lindsey (Brian), Jamie (Ben),

and grandchildren Kasey, Presley, Brady, Liam and baby Carter; son Todd and wife DeAnna Greer, children Devyn (Colin), Ty (Cara), Blake (Brandy), Devin (J.C.),

Brandi (Ethan) and grandchildren Coy and Parker; daughter Tracy and husband Jason Jones, children Brandon, Lauren, Benjamin and London;

son Teron and wife Michelle Greer, children Destiny, Jacob, Haley and Cathan.

Other relatives are Herman’s sisters, Martha McKinney and Bertha Varnado; youngest brother Leslie and wife Margaret Greer; sister-in-law Jay and wife Kristi Linscombe;

brother-in-law James Turner; mother-in-law Ginny and husband John Acton; Jean Woods and family.

Friends and extended family include Gay Smith (mother of Randy, Trudy and Darrell), who was at his bedside; Tracy Greer (mother of grandchildren Devyn, Ty and Blake);

Keith Sharpe (father of grandchildren Brandon and Lauren); long-time friend (also known as “Wife #2”) Donna Thomas and her family; fishing partner Dr. Victor Kimble,

and Angela Harkleload (mother of Jacob).

A Mason for more than 50 years, Herman loved fishing, hunting, playing cards and family traditions. He spent 20 years celebrating New Year’s

(and many vacations) with his special nephew and best friend Eddie McKinney. He believed that his large family was his biggest and best accomplishment. 
 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: McBride Cemetery, Attn: Emily Abbott Secretary/Treasurer, 1068 Brown S. Wells, Wesson, MS 39191, in memory of Herman Greer.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 10:03

Donnie Jean Lambert

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Mrs. Donnie Jean Lambert, 58 of Brookhaven, went to be with the Lord on November 21, 2017.

She was born on March 5, 1959.

She was a member of First Church of Nazarene and was an avid LSU and Saints fan.


Preceding her in death were her mother, Maggie Callender; husband, Gordon Lambert and son, Jamie Cartrette.


Those left to cherish her memory are her father, George Callender; son, Glen Owens, Jr.; daughter, Shameka Boyd;

brothers, George Callender, Jr., Russell Callender and sisters, Connie Coffman, Sheri HoKamp Kay Smith

also 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.


In lieu of flowers family ask that you make donations to Riverwood to help with the funeral arrangements


Friday, 17 November 2017 14:44

Leonard Willie Foster

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Services for Mr. Leonard Willie Foster are 2:30 pm Sunday, November 19 at Riverwood Family Funeral Service

with burial at Riverwood Memorial Park

Visitation is from 12:00 until time of service on Sunday.


Mr. Leonard Willie Foster, 90, of Brookhaven went to be with the Lord on November 17, 2017.

He was born on September 6, 1927 to the late Quinnie and Viola Foster.

Mr. Foster retired from MDOT after 23 years. He worked offshore and with Stahl Urban. He also loved to fish.


Preceding him in death were his parents; son, Lance Foster, son-in-law, Mike Butler, sister, Margarite Warren,

brothers, Smith Foster and Houston Foster.


Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 66 years, Deleathea Foster, son, Mitchell Foster and wife Tammy;

daughter, Jenny Butler; 5 grandchildren, Jason Butler and wife Erica, Allen Butler and wife Tarah, Taylor Foster,

Brye Foster, Kline Foster, and great grandson, Rowan Butler.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 16:24

Cindy Smith Warren

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The visitation for Cindy Smith Warren will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017

from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Riverwood Family. The visitation will resume on Friday

at Philadelphia Baptist Church from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral service at 11:00 a.m.

Bro. Bendon Ginn will officiate and interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Cindy Smith Warren, age 62, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

She was born on August 26, 1955 to the late Smylie and Charlene Callender Smith.

Cindy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew her.


She is preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Vickey Baker.


Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Ray Warren; son, Jason Warren and wife Lana;

daughter, Michelle Laird and husband Chad; grandchildren, Lily Warren, Brook Laird, Wednesday Warren,

Allie Rae Warren, Brantley Laird, Aubrey Warren, MayLee Warren, and Jaxon Warren.

She is also survived by her nieces, Kristy Cline and Kelly Jordan, as well as a host of other nieces, nephews, and friends.

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