Freddie Louise Clayton Kolb

Freddie Louise Clayton Kolb, 92, departed from this life Sunday, June 21, 2020, at her home in Blue Springs.

She was born in the Liberty Community on December 23, 1927, to Walter F. Clayton and Fannie I. Wilder Clayton. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Harmony Baptist Church.

Funeral services were 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at New Harmony Baptist Church in Blue Springs, with Rev. Randy Kolb officiating. Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughter, Janie Kolb-Vinson of Blue Springs; a son, Randy Kolb (Betty) of New Albany; two granddaughters, Brandy Kolb of Tupelo and Rachel Kolb Murphree (Shane) of New Albany; three great-granddaughters, Reagan Vinson, Rachel Katherine Smith, and Molly Caroline Murphree; and one great-grandson, Clayton Murphree.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 70 years, Ralph E. Kolb; sisters, Mattie Lee Clayton Littlejohn and Dorothy Mae Clayton Freeman; and a grandson, Brad Vinson.

The family would like to thank Home Care Hospice for their kindness and caring of Freddie during her last days and in particular Farrah Hawkins, Brandon Beck and Annie Leseuer. They were a Godsent.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The Baptist Children’s Village, P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060-0027.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalms 116:15

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Jeffrey Powell

TISHOMINGO — Jeffrey Powell, 44, died Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo.

Jeffrey was a networker and dreamer. In his position as Educational Technology Specialist, he created his own niche in connecting all offices in a technology initiative to help Northeast Mississippi Community College become an Apple Distinguished School and a Top 10 Digital College.

Jeffrey was recognized for the Olan E. Ray Leadership and Innovation award for his work in furthering technology in Mississippi Community Colleges. As an Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2013, Jeffrey loved pushing the boundaries of what was possible in education and always promoted the student-first mentality. His work with Career Development Academy, an after school program, helped to guide young minds to better themselves in academics. Jeffrey’s leadership and drive helped a team of students win the first in web design, third in spirit and sportsmanship and ninth overall in the BEST Robotics competition last year.

Jeffrey was also on the Executive Board for the northeast district and the Booneville Board for Boys and Girls Club. He was a member of Carter’s Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Tishomingo.

Graveside services were Friday, June 26, 2020, at 12 p.m. at Carter’s Branch Cemetery, Tishomingo, with Rev. Tyrone Southward officiating. Burial was in Carter’s Branch Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his parents – John and Gernice Powell of Tishomingo and one brother – Allen Powell.

Pallbearers were Marcus Robinson, Tyrone Southward, Byron Southward, George Powell, and Doug Nunley.

Alma Irene Dye Evans

Alma Irene Dye Evans, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020, at the Mississippi Care Center in Corinth.

She was born in Pontotoc, on August 29, 1927 to Melvin B. Biffle and Della Sanford. She enjoyed gardening and her flowers. Most importantly, she loved to cook and spend time with her family.

Services for Alma were held at Jones Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, in Booneville, on Monday, June 29, 2020, at 11 a.m. Pastor Ryan Smith and Laron Dye officiated. Burial was in Highland Memorial Gardens in Jackson, Tenn. Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her three sons; Laron L. Dye (Kathy); Gary L. Dye (Barbara) both of Booneville and Billy Neal Dye of Brownsville, Tenn.; a sister, JoAnn (Biffle) Besser of Memphis, Tenn. Alma is also survived by seventeen grandchildren, thirty-three great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death her first husband and father of her children, George W. Dye; her second husband, Edell Evans; a son, Harold Wayne Dye; daughter, Claudia Jean Dye Strong; and two brothers, J. Marlin Biffle and Morris Biffle.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Gideons International and The ALS Association.

Martha Ruth Sansom White

Martha Ruth Sansom White, Wife, Mother, G-Mama, Sister, Aunt, and Friend, departed her Earthly life surrounded by her family in her home of forty-five years.

She was born on April 18, 1940, to her loving parents and teachers, Russell Tilden and Idelle Gray Sansom. She was the first born of three girls. She traveled around with her family was well loved by all who knew her.

She attended the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) where she met and fell in love with the love of her life, Bill White. They were married on May 12, 1962. They were blessed with two children, Rusty and Kristy. Bill and Martha happily lived together for 58 years.

She worked various jobs until she began teaching at Itawamba Community College and then Northeast Community College. She retired after teaching 37 years from Northeast Community College.

She is survived by her loving husband, William “Bill” Dyke White of Booneville; a son, John Russell White (Elizabeth) of Iuka; a daughter, Kristy Moore Gibson of Starkville; two sisters, Amye Fugate (Clyde) of Jackson, Tenn., and Shirley Mize of Thompson Station, Tenn.; 7 grandchildren, John Andrew White (Susie) of Ft. Benning, Ga., Kathryn Moore Jordan (Matthew) of Eupora, Kimberly Elizabeth Barker of Oxford, Jonathon Carnell Moore (Laiken) of Brandon, Alexander Reed White of Oxford, Spencer James White and Henry Ellis White both of Iuka; 4 great-grandchildren, Ryan and Mason White of Fort Benning Ga., and Bryson and Olivia Barker of Oxford; one niece, Rachel Nanney (Jason) of Jackson Tenn.; two nephews Leland K Mize (Amanda) and Lance A. Mize (Ary) both of Thompson, Station, Tenn. and many loving friends.

Due to the current health concerns, a private family service was held at Carolina United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, send memorials to Carolina UMC 2000 9th Street Booneville, MS 38829, Shriner’s Hospitals, Gideon’s, or St. Jude.

Wanda Hughes

BELDEN — Wanda Faye Hughes, 65, went to be with Jesus on Friday, June 26, 2020.

She was a long time employee of the Tupelo High School cafeteria and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She was an avid music lover and a collector of Beatles memorabilia. Wanda lived an active lifestyle as her favorite hobbies included swimming and dancing to her favorite music, especially Elvis Presley. A devoted wife of almost 40 years, Wanda genuinely loved her life and the people in it. She was best known for her infectious laugh and her compassionate and gentle spirit.

She is survived by her mother, Reba Bourque of New Albany, her daughter and best friend, Angela Palmer (Chris) of Saltillo, a sister, Carolyn Wiggs of Pontotoc; two brothers, Johnny Simmons (Tammy) of Tupelo and David Simmons (Linda) of Shannon,three grandchildren, Peyton, Bennett, and Raegan Palmer. All of these she loved and touched deeply.

Pallbearers were Bobby Betts, James Simmons, Mitchell Hughes, Cliff Yates and Mark Hughes.

Wanda was preceded in death by her father, George Simmons, and her beloved husband, Ronnie Hughes. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery in Belden.

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Gerald E. Morgan

RIENZI — Gerald E. Morgan, 80, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at his home.

He was born May 5, 1940. He served in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He owned and operated Booneville Shoe Store for 28 years. He attended Mt. Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church. He was a member of the William Gray Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and Col. William P. Rogers Camp of The Sons of Confederate Veterans. He enjoyed working in his yard, flowers, horses (especially Tango), spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and his great-granddaughter, Mia.

A Celebration of Life service was 1 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 2020, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Glenn Jones officiating and Roy Gray delivering the eulogy. Burial was in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Morgan; one son, Jerry Morgan; two daughters, Karen (Tim) Tucker and Susan (Mike) Bugg; six grandchildren, Kayla Tucker (Fiancé, Robin Corlett), Hunter Mooney, Mallory (Chase) Settlemires, Tyler Tucker, Alli Mooney (Fiancé, Blake Scott) and Justin Morgan; one great-granddaughter, Mia Morgan.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Morgan.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneral

Elton Rayburn Burress Sr

MEMPHIS — Elton Rayburn Burress Sr., 83, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020, at his home.

He was born March 26, 1937, to Leander and Ocie Burress.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a supervisor for CCA for many years. He enjoyed patiently working on lawnmowers and kids bikes, and fishing.

A Celebration of Life service was 2 p.m., Monday, June 29, 2020, at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Tony Brown officiating. Burial was in Piney Grove Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Tucker Burress; two sons, Phillip (Frances) Burress and MIke Burress; one daughter, Mary (Kelly) Burress; one sister, Evelyn (Bobby) Bucannon; and one grandson, Phillip Burress Jr.

He was preceded in death by one son, Elton Burress Jr.; his parents; one brother, James Burress; and one sister, Louise Heddy.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneral

Bull Bullock

BOONEVILLE — Grover Lavaughn “Bull” Bullock, 79, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020, at

Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

He was born August 23, 1940, to Grover and Virginia Bullock. He attended Tuscumbia Baptist Church and was a member of the Booneville Masonic Lodge. He was a mechanic, had a saw shop, worked for NAPA, and operated Bull’s Bar BQ. Part of Bull’s life was eating breakfast at Deb’s Diner so he could aggravate people and going on Sundays to China Buffet with Kaylee (the second love of his life). He also enjoyed fishing with Jayce, hunting, cooking, and NASCAR.

A Celebration of Life Graveside Service was 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Tuscumbia Cemetery with Bro. Rex Bullock and Bro. Ben Parman officiating. Services were under the direction of McMillan Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Bullock; one daughter, Cristy (Jayson) Tankersley; two brothers, Elton (Margie) Bullock and Danny (Annette) Bullock; one brother-in-law, George (Betty) Goodin; and two grandchildren, Kaylee Tankersley and Jayce Tankersley.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ronnie Bullock.

Pallbearers were Horace Huddleston, Denny Richardson, Jackie Kennedy, Ray Miller, Eddie Green and Derrick Blyth.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneral

Margaret Swindol

BOONEVILLE — Margaret Tennison Swindol went home to be with her Lord on June 27, 2020, at the New Albany Nursing Home.

She was born on June 15, 1931, in Prentiss County.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kel and Stella Tennison, husband Ralph Swindol, son Jerry Swindol, brothers Gerald and Robert Tennison, and granddaughter, Jennifer Swindol.

She is survived by her son Donald Joe Swindol of Bryan, Texas, two daughters-in-law, Renee Swindol of Arlington, Tenn. and Lorraine Swindol of Bryan, Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren Dawn (Ken) Todd of Rochester, N.Y.; Jeff Swindol of Arlington, Tenn.; Jason (Jordan) Swindol of Iola, Texas; and Ashleigh Swindol of Arlington, Tenn. and eight great-grandchildren. Margaret is also survived by sisters Sue Moore of Alapaha, Ga.; Yvonne Moats of Shepherdsville, Ky.; Anita White of Booneville, and brother, Bill Tennison of Nashville, Ga. as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Margaret was married to the love of her life, Ralph L. Swindol for 58 years. Together they raised two sons. Their love for the Lord and each other is an example and inspiration for their family and friends. She loved her family and was a true friend to many. She will be greatly missed.

The family appreciates the devoted care of the Home Care Hospice North group during her last days.

Services were Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 2 p.m. at McMillian Funeral Home. Burial followed at Prentiss Memorial Gardens in Frankstown.

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Jennifer Dees Grisham

Jennifer Dees Grisham died on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 after battling cancer for almost 6 years. She died in her home with her loving parents and adoring husband by her side while her friends and ever-present dogs and cat paced nearby.

Jennifer was born on September 28th, 1977 to Jimmy and Sue Dees. She graduated from Tishomingo County High School in 1996 and from the University of Alabama Birmingham in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Marketing. She also obtained her Mississippi Real Estate License in recent years.

After living in Florence, Ala. and Birmingham, Ala, Jennifer returned to Iuka in 2007. She reconnected with Seth Grisham in 2014, and after decades of friendship, they were married in 2017. This loving, respectful, and attentive relationship has been witnessed by all those that have been lucky enough to have seen them together. When discussing what makes their marriage so strong, “True Love” is often brought up. The phrases “Soul Mate,” “Meant to Be,” and “Written in the Stars” are often used. Others say that Seth is just smart and strong enough to do what Jennifer said. Those closest to them know it was a good mixture of all those things with a healthy dose of trust and complete devotion.

Jennifer can be described as strong, driven, tenacious, intelligent, capable, and fiercely loyal. She will always be known for her contagious smile and giggle, her free spirit, her love of the lake, and a lover of all dogs. She enjoyed writing and journaling but mostly loved being surrounded by her family and friends…and her dogs, of course.

Jennifer is survived by her loving husband, Seth Grisham and Step-Daughter, Effie Claire Grisham of Iuka along with her parents, Jimmy and Sue Dees of Iuka. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Noah and Stella Hearn Dees and Lewis and Lucille Swearengin Cornelison.

Donations and Memorials can be made to Tishomingo County Animal Foster Rescue, PO Box 444, Iuka, MS 38852.

A private ceremony for family and close friends will be held at a later date.

Melissa ‘Missy’ Arnold

Baldwyn — Melissa “Missy” Arnold, 50, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the NMMC.

She was a homemaker and she enjoyed fishing and watching television. She was an avid Nascar and Mississippi State Fan. She loved spending time with her son and she was a member of Meadow Creek Methodist Church.

Funeral services were at Waters Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 11 a.m. with Bro. Ricky Bishop and Bro. Ronald Michael officiating. Burial will be in Meadow Creek Cemetery.

She is survived by her son, Hunter Arnold of Baldwyn; parents, Wade and Wanda Arnold of Baldwyn; grandmother, Marie Miller of Baldwyn; aunts, Brenda Presley and Garnette Wilemon of Booneville; uncles, Jackie Arnold (Sandra) of Burnsville, Matthew Arnold of Baldwyn and Benny Miller (Karon) of Corinth; special friend, Robert Thompson; host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by grandfather, Arnold Miller and grandparents, Betheline, and James Arnold.

Pallbearers were Matthew Arnold, Larry Dale Joyner, Robert Thompson, Junior Burns, Jason Taylor, Jamey Wilemon, Brandon Wilemon, and Jerry South.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family

Jean Bryant Creel

Jean Bryant Creel, 79, died Friday, June 26, 2020 surrounded by her family, at her home.

She was born in Hawkinsville, Ga., September 6, 1940 to Jesse Henry and Dorothy Senter Bryant. As a young child, her family relocated to Tampa, Fla., where she graduated from Plant High School. While working as pastoral secretary in Tampa, Fla., she met her husband, Johnny Creel.

After living in several locations including: Louisville, Ky., Houston, Texas, Dothan, Ala. where they owned Ron’s Krispy Fried Chicken and Columbus, where they served as house parents at Palmer Home for Children. They then settled in Northeast Mississippi, living more than 20 years in Booneville before settling in Saltillo. Though she held many positions of employment early in her life, she found her true calling teaching music to children and was able to share her talent and love of music within the church and at various schools.

Jean was a loving mother and grandmother to her family and considered it a great privilege to care for and nurture the children she taught along with all those she loved who knew her as “Momma Jean”. She dedicated her life to serving Christ in any capacity and as He commanded, she never failed to offer genuine love to all those she encountered. She had a true missionary’s heart and invested herself into the lives of many to help guide them to the Lord. Despite relocating many times throughout her life, she always made it a priority to find a church home. She was most recently a member of Booneville First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Johnny Creel of Saltillo; four daughters; Jan Holmes and her husband Mike of Gardendale, Ala., Joy Creel of Saltillo, Jeri Carter and her husband, Geoff of Saltillo and Jodee Newell and her husband, Kerry of Canton, Ga.; nine grandchildren, Reagan and Zachary Holmes, Jonathan Weaver and his wife, Kaylen, Austin Weaver, Brooks Weaver, Bremen Carter, and Bailey, Taylor and Grayson Newell; and two sisters, Jackie Hardin of Palm Harbor, Fla. and Bettye Whiteside and her husband, Dicky of Tampa, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Gerry Bryant and Rosemary Bryant; aunt, Ruby Roden; and brother-in-law, Henry Lee Hardin.

There will be a private celebration of Jean’s life.

Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746 Columbus, MS 39703.

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