Frederick Lamar Jones Jr.

LAGRANGE GEORGIA — Frederick Lamar Jones Jr. of LaGrange, Ga., passed away on March 19, 2021. He was 91 years old.

Fred was born in Booneville, on July 22, 1929, to Fred L. Jones Sr. and Bess Miller Jones. At Booneville High School he met Sammie Nell Fugitt, the love of his life. They were married on September 11, 1950. Sammie passed away in 2016.

Fred, like his father, was a graduate of Georgia Tech Institute of Technology. He received his degree in Industrial Engineering in 1951 and was a lifetime patron and supporter of his alma mater.

He was with the General Electric Company for 37 years, holding assignments in Schenectady New York, Lynn Massachusetts, DeKalb Illinois, Fort Wayne Indiana and Atlanta Georgia. He served his country during the Korean War as 1st Lieutenant in the US Army. He returned to GE after service and spearheaded GE’s drive into expanded sales internationally. Fred traveled extensively to Europe, South America, Australia and the Middle East. His last assignment was Regional Manager for Motors and Controls in Atlanta, covering an area from Philadelphia to Miami and Memphis to New Orleans.

After retirement he and Sammie moved to the family farm in Harris County Georgia where they lived for almost thirty years. They then moved to the Vernon Woods Retirement Community in LaGrange. After Sammie passed away Fred moved to an apartment at the Gables in Historic Hillside LaGrange. While living in Harris County they were both active in Harris County and LaGrange affairs. Fred was President of the LaGrange Rotary in their 75th year and he and Sammie were members of the First Methodist Church and Highland Country Club as well as many other civic organizations. Fred was recognized as an Honorary Alumni of LaGrange College after he and Sammie helped create the Fred and Sammie Jones Scholarship. Fred was also an avid classic car enthusiast. He restored Model T Fords and a Thunderbird while he was a member of the local car club.

He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 66 years, Sammie Nell Fugitt Jones, and his loving daughter Louanne. Fred is survived by his son, Lamar, and wife, Mary, and grandson, Christopher Woliver, and his fiance, Abby Jones, of Atlanta.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 27, 2021 in the Sanctuary of the LaGrange First United Methodist Church with Reverend Dr. John Beyers officiating. A private burial service was held at the Union Baptist Church Cemetery at Jones Crossroads after the Memorial Service.

Memorial gifts may be made to the LaGrange United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice in memory of Fred L Jones.

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Arrangements were by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, Ga.

Larry Gentry

Larry Gentry, 82, passed away Monday, March 22, 2021, at NMMC in Tupelo.

Services were held on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Antioch Church of Christ in Jug Fork. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery.

Jennifer Johnson Arriola

Jennifer Lynn Johnson Arriola, 44, of Iuka, died Thursday, March 18, 2021, at her residence.

Jennifer was a member of Unity Baptist Church and was an animal lover. She loved drawing and collecting arrowheads. She also enjoyed cooking and fishing. She is survived by her mother and father, Nellie White Shadburn and James Calvin Johnson, Sr., both of Iuka; one daughter, Keely Surratt of Counce, Tenn.; one son, Casey Gurno of Iuka; her spouse, Hector Arriola of Iuka; two brothers, J. C. Johnson and Casey Johnson, both of Iuka; two sisters, Emma Rhodes of Burnsville, and Amanda Largent of Iuka; and one grandchild, Carter Surratt. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Emer Gene White.

Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka, was entrusted with arrangements. Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Friday, March 26, 2021, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka.

Memorials may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at An online guestbook can be accessed at www.

Emma Francis Holland

RIENZI — Emma Francis Cartwright Holland, 88, passed away at her home on March 25, 2021.

She enjoyed going to church, listening to gospel music and she loved spending time with her family. She was a member of Jesus Name House of Prayer Church.

Funeral services were held at Waters Funeral Home on Friday, March 26, 2021, at 2 p.m. with Bro. Terry Vuncannon and Bro. Scotty Downs officiating. Burial was in Jumpertown Cemetery.

She is survived by three daughters Linda Rone, Amanda Graham and Sandy Yates (Greg); son, Jimmy Holland (Sandy); daughter-in-law, Missie Holland; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Verlin Leo Holland; parents, Renzy Lee and Mary Maude Knight Cartwright; sons, Sammy Dean Holland, Gary Bryan Holland and Jackie Holland and his wife, Pat; great-grandson, Kason Daniel Umfress; five brothers and four sisters.

Her grandchildren and Orvil Hicks and Timmy Bullock served as her pallbearers.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family

Lisa Woodruff

GULFPORT — Lisa Woodruff, 86, formerly of Baldwyn passed away on March 23, 2021, at her daughter’s home in Gulfport.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Funeral services were held at Waters Funeral Home on Friday, March 26, 2021, at 11 a.m. with Bro. Melvin Harrison officiating. Burial was in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.

She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Woodruff Beene of Gulfport; son, Ronnie Woodruff of Wheeler; four sisters; four brothers; five grandchildren, Jamie Lee Beene, Michael Beene, Joey Woodruff, Brad Woodruff and Dawn Speece; seven great-grandchildren; host of friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Eunice Tharp Harrison.

Pallbearers were Scott Shook, Brad Woodruff, Nathan Harrison and Michael Beene.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family

Sherry Dean Whisenant

Sherry Dean Whisenant, 61, passed away at home in the Altitude Community on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

She was born on September 7, 1959, to Theron Elam Johnson and Mildred Lucille Miller Johnson. Sherry was a nursing assistant and home health provider. She loved basketball, family, and her friends. Sherry Dean never met a stranger. She loved everyone.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of Booneville Funeral Home. Burial was in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her son, Kyle Whisenant (Amanda) of Marietta; daughter, Courtney Whisenant of Booneville; two brothers, Gene Johnson (Martha Davis); and Dennis Johnson (Nema Reed) all of Booneville; sister, Donna Page (David Vandergriff) of Booneville; sister-in-law, Frances Johnson; four grandsons, Justin Heavener, Jaxon Graham, Rylan Whisenant, and Paxton Whisenant; one granddaughter, Braylee Whisenant; a host of nieces and nephews; special friends, Shirley Johnson, Diana Coker, Tulon Coker, Jaylen Ashcraft, Mike and Barbara DuBoise.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Bobby Dale Johnson and Gary Wayne “Bones” Johnson.

Pallbearers were; Donald Miller, Mike DeBoise, Michael Jackson, Patrick Stricklen, Logan Durham, and Brandon Caldwell.

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Dorothy Googe Robbins

SOUTHAVEN — Dorothy Googe Robbins, age 93 of Southaven, went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 25, 2021, surrounded by her family at home.

She was born September 10, 1927, in Tremont, to Horace A. Googe and Helen Womack Googe. Dorothy is preceded in death by her late husband, Charles Robbins. They were married for 62 years. She was survived by her two daughters, Deborah Robbins and Donna (David) Bohannon of Southaven. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Ashley (Patrick) Carter of Keller, Texas, and Wesley (Leslie)Bohannon of Walls. She also leaves behind five beautiful great-grandchildren, Alexis Nicole Bohannon, Bailey Kate Bohannon, Caleb Reid Carter, Kaspar William Carter, and Keagan Helen Carter.

Dorothy and her late husband Charles were members of Boulevard Baptist Church located in Southaven. She graduated from Marietta High School in Marietta, and attended Mississippi State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Later Dorothy returned to college and attended Memphis State University where she received a Master’s Degree in Education – Administration and Supervision. She taught with the Prentiss County School District, Turrell School District and Memphis City School District for a total of 34 years before retiring. After retiring, Dorothy loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her smile, giving heart and kind spirit will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

A private memorial graveside service will be held for the family Monday, April 5, 2021 at the Booneville Cemetery at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Boulevard Baptist Church located at 885 Church Road East, Southaven, Mississippi, 38671.

Ruby Ellen Williams Magers

Ruby Ellen Williams Magers, 90, passed away Monday, March 29, 2021, at NMMC in Tupelo.

Services will be on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 3 p.m., at Waters Funeral Home. Visitation will be on noon until service time at Waters Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Friendship.

Ruby Glenne Lewellen

Ruby Glenne Lewellen, 85, of Booneville, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehab.

She was a Baptist, and she loved cooking, reading and working in the yard.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Friday, March 26, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home with Blake Hatfield officiating. Burial was in the Booneville Cemetery.

She is survived by two sons, Danny Lewellen of Rienzi, and Jack Lewellen of Booneville; one brother, Harold Hatfield (Suna) of Memphis, Tenn.; one sister, Barbara Hester (Tommy) of Rienzi; four grandchildren, Michael Lewellen (Jessica), Jessica Emerson (Jamie), Laura Rose Finley (Ryan) and Mark Lewellen (Megan); four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Opal Hatfield; one daughter, Terri Krawczykowski, one brother, James Daniel “Pete” Hatfield; son-in-law, Tom Krawczykowski, two sisters-in-law, Elouise Hatfield and June Hatfield.

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JD Moreland

JD Moreland, 74, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2021.

He was a member of Pleasant Valley Church of Christ. He enjoyed farming, dealing with cattle, riding and working horses, cutting and baling hay and squirrel hunting. He thoroughly loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Pleasant Valley Cemetery with Bro. Elbert Ray Bennett and Bro. Haskel Sparks officiating.

JD is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marie Moreland of New Site; his sons, Josh Moreland (Tracey) of New Site and Ethan Dees of New Site; his daughter, Rea Moreland (Anthony George) of New Site; his brother, James Harold Moreland (Janice) of Marietta; his sister, Kathryn Chaffin of Marietta; his brother-in-law, Roy Green of Marietta; his grandchildren, Jake, Molly, Eva and M.J. “Monroe” Moreland and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Dallas and Mary Rea Moreland; his daughter, Tammy Marie Moreland; his sister, Brenda Green and his grandparents, Monroe and Dora Ben Moreland.

Pallbearers were; Richard Nunley, Mark Pounds, Lloyd Williams, Jake Moreland, Anthony George, Steven Dees and Hunter Dees.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pleasant Valley Cemetery Fund at Farmers & Merchants Banks in Marietta.

Joretta Thompson

Joretta Thompson, 59, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She enjoyed gardening, working in her flower beds and spending time with her grandchildren.

Joretta is survived by her husband, Charlie Thompson of Booneville; her daughters, Elizabeth Coleman (Benjamin) of Booneville and Lisa Thompson of Booneville; her brothers, Daryl Sharp of La., Gene Sharp of La. and John Miller of Ala. and her grandchildren, Aiden Coleman, Christin Coleman and Cadence Coleman.

There are no services at this time.

Kenneth Jones

Kenneth Jones, 76, passed away Sunday, March 28, 2021 at his home in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Carolyn Gilmore

Carolyn Gilmore, 67, passed away Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.

She was a member of Crossroads Full Gospel Church. She enjoyed fishing, cooking, her flowers and spending time with her grandchildren. Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in the Baldwyn Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Shook officiating. Burial was in the Pratts Cemetery.

Carolyn is survived by her son, Terry Newcomb (Emily) of Baldwyn; her daughters, Misty Phillips (Tim) of Booneville and Carrie Hopkins (Nathan) of Booneville and her grandchildren, Katie Hopkins, Brandon Hopkins, Abigail Hopkins, Joseph King Phillips, Brian Phillips, Andrea Newcomb, Alex Newcomb and Kaylee Grace Newcomb.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arther and Mytrice Conaway Henry; her special friend, Larry Glass and 2 sisters.

Pallbearers were; Joseph Phillips, Tim Phillips and her grandchildren.

Marty (Big Daddy) Cooksey

Marty (Big Daddy) Cooksey passed away Friday, March 26, 2021, at St. Vincent Hospital East in Birmingham.

He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, wrestling, dirt car racing, and traveling.

Services were 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at the Hilltop Church of God with Bro. Jeff Jones and Bro. Donald McCoy officiating. Burial followed in the Jacinto Cemetery.

Marty is survived by his son, Chad Dees (Clarissa) of Rienzi; his daughters, Jessica Brown (Justin) and Tiffany Carrington (Dalton) both of Burnsville; his mother, Norma Morgan (Gary) of New Site; his brother, Benny Cooksey (Sherry) of Booneville; his grandchildren, Montana Brown, Maddison Dees, Brantley Brown, Olivia Dees, Lilly Ann Carrington, Aiden Carrington and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, L Q Cooksey; his brother, Richard Burcham and his grandparents, Levi & Nellie Cooksey and Jewlis & Ida May Burcham.

Pallbearers were; Timmy & Mike Davis, Matt Cooksey, Royce & Raylon Williams, Ricky Willis, Michael Robinson, Marty Russell & Johnny Barnes.

Elese Hinds

Elese Hinds, 92, passed away Saturday March 27, 2021 at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

She was member of Gilmore Chapel Methodist Church. Mrs. Hinds enjoyed working in her flower beds and spending time with her grandchildren & great-grandchildren.

Services were 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in the Baldwyn Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Douglas Kitchens officiating. Burial was in the Friendship Cemetery.

Mrs. Hinds is survived by her son, Bill Hinds of Marietta; her daughters, Diane Houston of Tupelo, Kaye Lyle of Tupelo and Sandy Pressley of Booneville; her grandchildren, Matt Hinds (Jennifer) of Iuka, Clay Hinds (Amber) of Hamilton, Ala., Kayla Tutor (Jon) of Tupelo, Sarah Edge (Roy) of Tupelo, Webb Lyle (Paige) of Tupelo, Amanda Williamson (Nate) of Meridian, Brad Pressley (Laura) of Tupelo and Blake Pressley of Booneville; 18 great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren and her special friends; Rebecca Sue White and Virginia Farmer.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, W C Hinds; her parents, Noonan & Mattie Farrar; 11 brothers and sisters.

Her grandsons served as pallbearers.

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