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Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:27

Mary Esther Sherman

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A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church.


Mary, age 67, went to be with her Lord on Monday, October 9, 2017 in Jackson, MS. She was born on February 3, 1950

to J.O. and Maguerite Wallace Warren. Mary was a Vietnam Veteran and proudly served in the United States Navy.


Mary is survived by her sons, Richard Kenneth Sherman of California and James Overton Sherman of Brookhaven;

brothers, Jesse Warren and wife Mavis, Larry Warren and wife Lynn, and John Warren; sister, Alma Laird and husband James;

grandchildren, Zackery George Sherman and Lilanna Lee Sherman.


She is preceded in death by her infant son, Warren Sherman; parents; and brother, Robert Lee Warren.



Tuesday, 10 October 2017 08:34

James H. "Jimmy" McMorris

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Services for Mr. James H. “Jimmy” McMorris will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 2:00pm

at Riverwood Family Funeral Service with interment at Rushing Cemetery in Tylertown, MS.

Visitation will be on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 10:30am til service time at 2:00pm also at Riverwood Family.

James H. “Jimmy” McMorris, 61 went to his Heavenly Home on October 10, 2017.

He was born on January 24, 1956 to Richard Harry McMorris and Martha Ann Rhodus McMorris.

Jimmy loved serving and ministering to families as a Funeral Director at Riverwood Family Funeral Service. 

His family was everything to him and loved being with them.

Preceding him in death were his father, Richard McMorris; Father and Mother-in-Law, JC

and Doris Pierce; Grandparents, Curtis and Louise Rhodus and sister-in-law, Kathy Martin.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 42+ years, Gail Lavern Pierce McMorris; mother, Martha McMorris;

daughters, Cindy Courtney and husband Rob and Tracy Payne; brothers, Stan McMorris and wife Carol Ann,

Clay McMorris and wife Stephanie and Tommy McMorris and wife Lisa. He is also survived by his grandchildren whom he adored,

Kie Gatlin, Chloe Gatlin, Abigail Courtney, Ashlynn Courtney and Landon Courtney along with brothers

and sisters-in-law, Jim and Vondal Pierce, Gerald and Vicki Wall, Randal and Lynn Bankston, Earnie and Karen Pierce

and numerous nieces, nephews and other close family friends.

Monday, 09 October 2017 13:39

Dudley Eugene "Pete" Allen

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Services for Mr. Dudley Eugene (Pete) Allen of Brookhaven are 1:00 pm Wednesday, October 11, 2017

at Mt Olive Church of Christ with burial at the church cemetery.


Visitation is from 10:00 am until time of service on Wednesday at the church.



Mr. Dudley Eugene (Pete) Allen, 83, was born on July 2, 1934 in Brookhaven, MS

to Jim Allen and Grace Smith Allen.


He passed away at Silver Cross Nursing Home on October 9, 2017.


He was a retired truck driver and a member of Mt Olive Church of Christ.



Preceding him in death were his parents and his brother, L.J. Allen.


Those left to cherish his memory are his sisters, Elaine Black and her late husbands, Ronald Vidrine and Cloy Black;

and Nancy Landry and husband Wayne, all of Baton Rouge, LA. He is also survived by his nephews,

Steve, Jimmy and Terry Vidrine and Michael and Devin Landry and Kevin Allen and niece, Janet Halford and a host of relatives and friends.


With gratitude the family would like to thank Keith and Dale Allred and Pam Moak.


Friday, 06 October 2017 15:01

Thomas Bailey

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Services for Mr. Thomas L. Bailey will be held on Monday, October 9, 2017

at Meredith Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale, MS, with the visitation from 12:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

A graveside service will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.


Thomas L. Bailey, 67, of Wesson, went to be with the Lord on October 27, 2017.


He was born on December 24, 1949 to James and Verdie Mae Bailey.


He was retired as a Quality Control Technician from Cooper Tires and was a member of Lyons Baptist Church.


Preceding him in death were his parents and brothers, Gary and Barry Bailey.


Those left to cherish his memory are his sisters Nancy Falvey and husband Doug and Alicia Regal and husband Jimmy.



Friday, 06 October 2017 15:00

James Kelvin Chandler

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Visitation for Mr. James Kelvin Chandler of Wesson are from 6:00-8:00 pm Saturday, October 7, 2017

at Riverwood Family Funeral Service.



James Kelvin Chandler, 56, passed away on October 6, 2017 at his residence.


He was born on January 26, 1961 to Alvie and Betty Chandler.


He worked in the oilfield and was a member of Central Baptist Church.


Preceding him in death were his parents.


Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Susan Mignon Woolley; son, Kelvin Herbert Reason Chandler

and step-son, T.J. Dunn; step-daughter, Stevie Dunn Jackson and husband Michael; brother, Ernest Chandler and wife, Lisa;

sisters, Dwana Barkman and husband, Dr. Gary Barkman and Misti Chandler Coleman and husband Cody.


He is also survived by his cousin, Nancy Mason Spillman; niece, Betty Chandler Brown; nephew, Hayden Chandler

and special friends, Mark Lilly and John and Melissa Hogan.



Memorials can be made to Hospice Ministries in Brookhaven.



Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:24

Flora Ballard

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Services for Flora Mae Ballard of Meadville are 11:00 am Friday, October 6, 2017

at Riverwood with burial at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.


Visitation is from 10:00 until time of service on Friday at Riverwood.



Flora Mae Ballard, 78, passed away October 3, 2017 and was born on January 19, 1939.


She worked as a Clerk at Franklin County Health Department, Secretary for

Dr. Shelby W. Mitchell of Mississippi State Board of Health, District Clerical Supervisor Mississippi State Board of Health

and was a Sunday School Teacher at First Baptist Church in Bude, where she was a member.


Preceding her in death were her parents, Brevard Proby Ballard, Sr and Edna Mae Byrd;

brother, Brevard Proby Ballard, Jr. and sister-in-law, Jimmie Marie Griffin Ballard.


She is survived by her niece Lisa Ballard and special friends, Philip and Evelyn Godbold.


Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church in Bude


235 Bude Baptist Rd


Bude, MS 39630


Tuesday, 03 October 2017 15:47

Ruby E. Harveston

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Services for Mrs. Ruby E. Harveston of Brookhaven are 2:00 pm Thursday,

October 5, 2017 at Riverwood with burial at Riverwood Memorial Park.


Visitation is from 5:00-8:00 pm Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Riverwood.



Mrs. Ruby E. Harveston, 67, passed away October 3, 2017 at her residence.


She was born on July 21, 1950.


She was a homemaker and loving wife and mother.


Preceding her in death were her father, Edward Glenn Wallace; mother, Lucille Hester Wallace;

sisters, Jane Leonard, Nettie Ann Wallace, Nan Adams and Karen Lambert.



Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Freddie Harveston, Sr.;

son, Freddie Harveston, Jr. and wife Lisa of Brookhaven;

daughter, Shannon Branning and husband Dennis of Bogue Chitto;

brother, Glenn David  "Sonny"  Wallace of Meadville and sister, Gail Lott and husband Jerry of Biloxi.

She is also survived by her 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Along with a host of nieces and nephews.




Monday, 02 October 2017 16:12

Johnny Warren Womack

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Services for Mr. Johnny Warren Womack will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

at Riverwood Family Funeral Service with the visitation from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral service at 11:00 a.m.

Bro. Jeff Cupit will officiate and interment will follow in New Sight Baptist Church Cemetery.



Mr. Johnny, age 77, went to be with his Lord on Monday, October 2, 2017 in Brookhaven, MS. He was born on July 11, 1940

to Colon and Sarah Douglas Womack. He was a loving, caring man that will be missed by all who knew him.


Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kellie Wilemon; son, Timothy Womack; daughters, Tammy Hobbs and husband Fintan,

and Dena Brotzman; sister, Gussie Ashley; grandchildren, Amanda Hohm, Natalie Womack, Maegan and Lindsey Ramasocky;

as well as one great-grandchild, William.



He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Emma Faye Britt; brother, R.E. “Buddy” Womack; and wife, Faye Womack.


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


Monday, 02 October 2017 11:04

David Earl Bailey Sr.

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Memorial Gathering for Mr. David Earl Bailey, Sr. will be 1:00- 3:00 pm Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Riverwood Family Funeral Service.



David Earl Bailey, Sr., 69 of McComb passed away, October 1, 2017 at his home.


He was born on February 1, 1948.


He was a longtime member of NRA, OOIDA-Owner Operator Independent Driver Association.

He enjoyed fishing, yard work and spending time with his grandchildren and his pets.


Preceding him in death were is parents, Wiley Jackson Bailey and Nola Mae Adams Bailey;

brother, Wiley Junior Bailey; paternal and maternal grandparents; son-in-law, Daniel E. Burns and numerous aunts and uncles.


Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Christene Elaine, P. Bailey; son, David E. Bailey, Jr.;

daughter, Melissa Burns Roberts; Don E Bailey; sisters, Erma Jean Posey and husband, Gene and Louise Davis and husband Sherman.

He is also survived by his 9 grandchildren, Paul Bailey and wife Sonia, R.J. Elliott, Blaine Roberts,

Jonathan Burns and wife Summer, Kris Bailey and wife Ivy, Brice Roberts, Blayze Burns, Eden Bailey and Emily Bailey.

Also, great grandchildren, Tristan and Addie Nobles, Londyn and Marly Bailey, Gavin Jackson and Gracie Myles Bailey

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


Saturday, 30 September 2017 10:04

William Owen Mayfield

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Funeral services are scheduled at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

on 230 West Monticello Street, in Brookhaven, Tuesday, October 3 at 2:00, with

visitation before the service set for 1:00. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery in

Brookhaven. Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer,

P.O. Box 804, Brookhaven, MS 39602, or to the Mississippi School of the Arts,

P.O. Box 229, Brookhaven, MS 39602.  


William Owen Mayfield, Jr. passed from life to death at the age of 89 on Friday,

September 29, 2017 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Owen was born in

Greenwood, Mississippi on April 27, 1928. He was the son of William Owen Mayfield,

who died on July 5, 1943, and Myrtle Fulgham Mayfield, who died on December 26, 1975.

A younger sister, Sara Ann Mayfield Rankin died on April 29, 1997. Owen spent his boyhood

and early youth in Brookhaven. He attended the Roman Catholic parochial school

of St. Francis of Assisi through the eighth grade where he was taught by the Sisters of Notre Dame.

A member of the parish, he was an altar boy who often served Mass celebrated by Father Martin McHale,

the town's popular priest. He then attended Brookhaven High School, graduating in the Class

of 1946. This Class received brief national notoriety when Time Magazine reported in its weekly

column, "Miscellany", the "smelly performance" of the senior class play when a watchman-chased

skunk abruptly joined the audience on opening night. Owen had fond memories of classes in

English literature and grammar, taught by Theresa Abshagen; in American history, taught by

Josie Burns; and, in algebra and geometry, taught by Principal Steve Renfro. At Brookhaven High,

Owen lettered in football, basketball and track, and played center on the successful football team

of 1944 which, during the regular season, lost only to the State Champion McComb team, and

had two post-season victories, including the Lions' Bowl game of 1944 against Newton High in Jackson.


Following graduation from Brookhaven High School, Owen was admitted into a naval

aviation program of the United States Navy which allowed attendance at the college

of choice before entrance into flight training at Pensacola, Florida.


He attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana from September 1946

to May 1948. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. At Tulane, he particularly

enjoyed the French language classes of Professor Ditchy; the classes in Greek and Roman

history and culture of Professor Geer; and, the creative writing class led by Professor Husband

with Roark Bradford as author in residence.


Entering Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida in June 1948 as an Aviation Midshipman,

Owen completed this training in Corpus Christi, Texas on March 17, 1950 when he was

designated a Naval Aviator. He was assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet, and joined

Patrol Squadron Twenty-Six, an anti-submarine squadron, in Port Lyautey, French Morocco

where he was commissioned Ensign USN in June 1950. During the transfer of this squadron

to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, on June 25,1950, the Korean War began. In August 1951,

Owen returned to Port Lyautey, joining Transport Squadron Twenty-Four which had

frequent flights to the capitals of Western Europe in logistical support of NATO, and to the

Mediterranean seaports of the Sixth Fleet of the U.S. Navy.


In December 1952, Owen was released from active duty in Washington, D.C. Later,

he continued active reserve service until 1969 by joining Naval Air Reserve Squadrons

located in Brooklyn, New York and Memphis, Tennessee, while living in those vicinities.


In January 1953, Owen entered Columbia University in New York. He was a member

of the Bicentennial Class of 1954 in the undergraduate school for men, Columbia College, obtaining

a Bachelor of Arts degree. At Columbia College, he was privileged to attend some of the classes taught

by the school's great faculty which included Mark Van Doren, Jacques Barzun, Lionel Trilling,

Gilbert Highet and C. Wright Mills. In 1955, he entered the School of Business at Columbia University

where he received a Master of Science degree. A lasting memory was his attendance in a class taught

by Professor Phillip Dodd, co-author with Benjamin Graham of Security Analysis, the seminal

text in this field, which, through the years, has had many updated editions.


Owen returned to Mississippi in the summer of 1955 and entered the School of Law

at the University of Mississippi. He was a member of the Law Journal and Moot Court Board,

and was nominated to Omicron Delta Kappa. He graduated in the Class of 1958, obtaining the

degree of Bachelor of Laws in June 1958, and, later, the degree of Juris Doctor in May 1968. At

Law School, the faculty included Dean Robert Farley, John Fox, Joel Bunkley, Hector Currie

and William Murphey.


After Law School, Owen married in July 1958 and lived briefly in McComb, where

he practiced law, before moving to the Mississippi Delta where he lived with his wife and family,

first, in Tutwiler and then in Clarksdale. When the marriage ended, he moved to Jackson in 1990.

At the time of his death, he was a resident of Ridgeland. He is survived by three children,

William Owen Mayfield, III, (Stephanie), of Seattle, Washington; Julia Mayfield Ott, (Paul),

of Ridgeland, Mississippi; and Laura Mayfield, of Clarksdale. He is a proud grandfather of

Paul Vegas Ott, Jr. and Charlie Ott; and step-grandfather of Ted Langlie and Arthur Langlie.




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