Betty Potts Gifford

Betty Potts Gifford of Booneville, Mississippi passed away on April 19, 2022, at the age of 82 years. She was the beloved wife of the late Eugene Burton Gifford, Jr.

Betty Potts was born in Union County on December 14, 1939, to Milburn and Virgie Mae Morris Potts. During her childhood, she helped her parents tend to a farm and dairy cattle. She enjoyed spending time playing church with her cousins, especially Annette Long Brownlee, whom she regarded as a sister. An avid pianist from an early age, Betty served as pianist for gospel quartets in the Union County area. She attended Macedonia High School and graduated in 1957. An active member of her community and well-loved by her peers, she was crowned Miss Macedonia and Miss Pinedale as well as the Dairy Queen of New Albany. During high school, Betty served the Macedonia School FBLA as Miss FBLA.

After high school, Betty attended Blue Mountain College to study business education. During her time at Blue Mountain, Betty served as a member of the Eunomian Society and president of the Inter-Faith Club. During college, she worked full-time in the university library where she enjoyed getting to know many of her peers. During her junior year, Betty was crowned May Queen at Blue Mountain’s annual May Day event.

After graduation, Betty began a career as a business education teacher at Macedonia High School. Later, Betty worked for the American Seating Company as an accountant. She helped hundreds of people in the community file their taxes over the years.

Betty met the love of her life on a blind date at the Catfish Hotel. The two became inseparable and were married on December 23, 1960, at Friendship Methodist Church. After marrying, Eugene built a house for Betty in the Thrasher community. Throughout their marriage, they attended Gaston Baptist Church.

In 1963, Betty and Gene welcomed their eldest daughter, Sharon Dianne. Three years later, they welcomed their second daughter, Tracey Lynn. In 1974, Gene and Betty’s set of “Gifford girls” was complete with the birth of their third daughter, Ginger Gayle. Betty enjoyed rearing their three daughters in their Thrasher home and treasured the friendship of neighbors Billy and Edith McCoy.

Betty was an active member of the Gaston Baptist Church, and served as a pianist, Acteen leader, and helped with Vacation Bible School. Betty was a devoted member of the local Home Extension Club. During her daughters’ teenage years, Betty and Gene welcomed an exchange student from Japan, Takako Arakawa, into their home for a year. Betty and Gene enjoyed cheering their daughters on as they participated in the Thrasher High School band, cheer and basketball teams, science fairs, and beauty pageants. Gene and Betty enjoyed attending Ole Miss sporting events with their daughters and loved ones. Later in her years, Betty was a devoted caregiver to her ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild, her mother, and her husband.

She knew how to make magic out of the ordinary, a trait that she passed along to all three of her girls. Her nieces and nephews speak fondly about her ability to make a picnic lunch to the likes of Mary Poppins and her grandchildren recall fond memories of helping prepare meals in her kitchen, oftentimes with fresh vegetables from her garden. She loved interior design and learning about new flowers. Some of her happiest memories were spent tending to her expansive garden and entertaining those she loved over a freshly cooked meal in her home.

Those closest to Betty appreciate her generous spirit, kind nature, willingness to help, sunny disposition, and how she embodied the fruits of the spirit.

Betty is survived by her children Sharon Gifford Cheek (Jeff) of Booneville, Tracey Gifford Smith (Tim) of Corinth, and Ginger Gifford Kizer (Brandon) of Oxford. She was the loving grandmother of Lauren Cheek Watts (Jordan), Megan Grace Carpenter, Gracie Cheek Pratt (Brooks), Savannah Grace Smith, Annalyn Faith Carpenter, Houston Gifford Cheek, Victoria Smith Fox (Tucker), Olivia Hope Carpenter, Nyles Gifford Smith, Lillian Faye Kizer, and great-grandmother of Vivian Grace Pratt.

Besides her loving husband Eugene Gifford, Betty was predeceased by her parents Milburn and Virgie Mae Potts.

A celebration of life was held at 2 p.m., on April 23, 2022, at Gaston Baptist Church (1908 Gaston Road; Booneville, MS 38829) with Brother Ben Parman officiating the service and her eulogy was presented by Kim Eubank. Sam McCoy, Kevin Eubank, Houston Cheek, Brooks Pratt, Jordan Watts, and Tucker Fox served as her pallbearers. Jeff Cheek, Tim Smith, Brandon Kizer, Nyles Smith, and Justin Dial served as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gaston Baptist Church and Blue Mountain College.

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Vicki Lynn White

Vicki Lynn White, 63, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2022, at her home in Booneville. She was a member of Liberty Methodist Church. She drove a bus for Hills Chapel School and worked in the cafeteria. She enjoyed camping, boating at the lake with her friends and family, traveling with her “sisters”, having gatherings at the shop and taking family vacations. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at noon, Saturday, April 23, in the Booneville Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Jack Whitley and Kevin Eubank officiating.

Vicki is survived by her husband of 41 years, Mark White of Booneville; her son, Dudley White (Tiffany) of Booneville; her daughter, Brandi Reese (Corey) of Booneville; her brother, Ricky Jo Downs (Karen) of Dry Creek and her grandchildren, Tyler Michael, Hunter White, Ryley Ray White, Case Clark, Coley Reese and Axel White.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Author and Betty Jo Downs; her in-laws, Jimmy and Martha White and her brother, Jimmy Dale Downs.

Ed Moore

Edwin Dwight Moore, 58, of Iuka, departed this life on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Guys, Tenn., as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Ed was born May 5, 1963, in Monticello, Ark., to Paul and Sallie Roberts Moore. While growing up with his siblings in Arkansas, Ed cultivated a love for farming that stayed with him throughout his adult life. Ed attended the University of Arkansas – Monticello and was the store manager at Wal-Mart #268 in Savannah, Tenn. Ed worked hard to manage a well-run store and took pride in having an efficient store and hard-working employees. Ed’s love for farming followed him to Mississippi and he could often be found working on the farm. He loved to garden, raise cattle, and plant a variety of crops. Ed also loved hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He also enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, going to the horse races, going “junking” with his wife, and going on family vacations to the beach. Ed worked hard at everything he did.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Amy Moore; five children, Cecelia Rosendahl (Tyler), Corey Moore (Ivy), Gregory Moore, Josh Moore, and Katelynn Moore; a brother, Robert Moore (Carol); a sister, Debbie Gerard (Robert); six grandchildren, Preston, Ayden, Connor, Cameron, Avett, and June; a sister-in-law, Deborah Morales; and six nieces and nephews, Amanda, Kellie, Jamie, Angie, Steven, and Christopher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Edwin and Sallie Jo Roberts Moore; his daughter, Farrah O’Toole; and his brother, James Cockrell.

Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka was entrusted with arrangements. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 24, at the Iuka Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Ron Norvell. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Corey Moore, Greg Moore, Josh Moore, Tyler Rosendahl, and Ayden Cockerham.

Honorary pallbearers were Charlie Rinehart, Jimmy Moore, David Moore, Michael Moore, Clark Wilmeth, his Wal-Mart Market Team including Tim Criswell, Sean Kelly, Melissa Prosser, Alma Talley, Leila Petty, and Kim Gilliam, his fellow Wal-Mart Store Managers including Ronda Turner, Trever Ramsey, Brant Wilson, Michael Seiber, Monica Hill, Cheryl Doyle, Chrystal Agent-Smith, Ryan Harrison, Cabe Sala, and Amanda Miller, and the Store 268 Management Team including Janet Waggoner, Karen Franks, Dan Cottrell, Regena Bullington, Cody Edwards, Helen Logan, Greg Wright, Jeannie Coffman, Jeffrey Morelock, Nicole Stone, Sonya Baker, and Charlotte Brittner.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife and Parks. An online guestbook can be accessed at

Bo Lancaster

Bo Lancaster, 68, passed away Monday, April 18, 2022, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He enjoyed playing dominos, darts and cards. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and spending time with his friends.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at Oak Lawn Cemetery with Bro. David George officiating.

Bo is survived by his brother, Gerald Lancaster (Therisa) of Rienzi; his sisters, Nancy Greene (Don) of Rienzi and Teresa Nash (Jackie) of Rienzi; his special niece, Amanda Cantrell (his Pudgy) of Rienzi and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orlander and Hazel Lancaster; his daughters, Michelle and Amber Lancaster; his sister, Wanda Cantrell and his brother-in-law, Jr. Cantrell.

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Mernie Smith Guthrie

Mernie Smith Guthrie, 92, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2022, at her home in Blackland. She was a member of Tuscumbia Baptist Church. She worked at Cobden National Bank in Illinois for 25 years and later moved back home to be with her family in 1999. Her biggest passion was her flowers. She loved to raise them and tend to them as needed. She also loved spending time with her family.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 24, 2022, in the Booneville Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Jason Pilcher officiating. Burial was in the Smith Cemetery.

Mernie is survived by her daughter, Donna Cartmell (Michael) of Ashland; her sisters, Barbara McCoy of Cairo and Genella Holmes (Lester) of Southaven; her step-daughter, Earline Cyrill of South Carolina; her special friend, Jo Ellen Dodds of Hills Chapel; her grandchildren, Jimmy Brown (Leah), Scott Brown (Nina), Shawn Brown, Tim Adams, Jamie Adams, Andrea Oliver, John Cyrill and Frank Paul Cyrill; her great-grandchildren, Ashley Ward, Vince Brown, Landon Brown, Shelby Brown, Kindell Brown and Jeremiah Brown and several great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Guthrie; her parents, Daisy and Uless Smith; her brothers, Ezra “Buck” and James “Samp” Smith; her sister, Madge Brooks and her step-daughter, Bobbie Adams.

Pallbearers were Landon Brown, Vince Brown, Kass McCoy, Drew Copeland and Spencer Clement.

Robert Eugene Freeman

Robert Eugene Freeman passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at his home in Baldwyn. He loved to play video games and watch WWE wrestling and movies. He also enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Mets.

Robert is survived by his wife, Dawn Brigham Freeman of Baldwyn; his brother, Bill Freeman of Fla.; his sisters, Dotti Platt of Fla., Margaret Kur of Fla., and Katherine Troy of N.C., and his sisters-in-law, Tracy Roth (John) of Ill., and Lisa Kettman (Daniel) of Ill.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Freeman; his mother, Dorothy Garman; his in-laws, Lester and Diane Brighum and his special niece, Tiffany Brighum.

There are no services scheduled at this time.

Denise Suzanne Phillips

Denise Suzanne Phillips, 62, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at her home in Booneville. She was a member of Marietta Church of Christ. She enjoyed riding horses, fishing, hunting, gardening, doing construction work and tending to her animals.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in the Booneville Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Clyde Hicks officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Denise is survived by her son, Paul Phillips (Lacie) of Booneville; her sisters, Cindy Pharr of Pontotoc and Denise Hunt of Tenn.; her special friend, Tommy Green of Booneville and her grandchildren, Erica McCoy (Jake), Kayla Grimes, Presley Pitts, Amber Pitts, CJ Pitts, Clark Phillips and Everly Phillips.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Phillips; her parents, Hollis and Ann Pharr; her daughter, Samantha Pitts and her brothers, Andy and Blaine Pharr.

Missy Cheeks

Missy Cheeks, 56, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. She enjoyed fishing, shopping and spending time with her friends and family. She thoroughly enjoyed being with her grandchildren and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 21, 2022, in the Baldwyn Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Sims Meredith officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Missy is survived by her son, Adam Cheeks (Ashley); her daughters, Brandi and Megan Cheeks; her mother, Carolyn Floyd; her brother, Anthony Floyd (Lisa); her sister, Sherry Anderson (Jimmy); her grandchildren, Kaylee Zepada, Emma Kate Jaynes and John Curtis Jaynes; her nieces and nephews, Casey Anderson (Missy), Michael Stanton (Mandy) and Ashley Burns (Alan); her great-nieces and great-nephews, Autumn & Hagen Stanton and Raylan, Ryder and Ava Burns and her special friends, Lisa, Linda, Shanda & Betsy Pace, Sonya Pettigo and Kim Tyler.

She was preceded in death by her father, Carl Wayne Floyd; her grandparents, Curtis & Clara Hutcheson and her great-niece, Ivalynn Claire Burns.

Pallbearers were Brent Lindsey, Billy Roberts, Chad Watson, Michael Stanton, Casey Anderson and Alan Burns.

Stanley ‘Lapdog’ Langford

Stanley “Lapdog” Langford, 71, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2022, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a retired truck driver. He enjoyed fishing, grilling and playing solitaire. He loved his dogs.

He is survived by his daughters, Brandi Langford of Saltillo and Lesa Coe (Jeff) of Texas; his brothers, Kenneth Langford (Alice) of Texas and James Langford (Gail) of Arkansas; his special friend, Christina Harp of Saltillo; his grandchildren, Lacy Tull and Zeke Coe; his great-grandchild, Pippen Tull; his step-children, Nicholas Bell and Monica Hawkins and his nephew, Trevor Ray.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Patricia Langford; his son, Gene Langford and multiple siblings.

An old fashion Irish wake will be held at a later date.

James ‘Jimbo’ Walters

James “Jimbo” Walters, 63, passed away Friday, April 22, 2022, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a brick mason by trade. He enjoyed fishing and singing karaoke.

Services were held at noon, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in the Baldwyn Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home. Burial was in the Campbelltown Cemetery.

Jimbo is survived by his sons, James Eric Walters of Saltillo and Adam Eugene Walters of Blue Springs; his daughter, Angela Joyce Easter of Aberdeen; his brothers, Michael Hubert Walters of Blue Springs and Walter Gregory Walters of Shannon; his sisters, Shawna Jean Ryals of Guntown and Sharon Leigh Walters of Mantachie and his grandchildren, Aaron, Destiny and Danielle Walters and Preston and Jayce Culver.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Joyce Walters and multiple siblings.

Pallbearers were Brian Simms, James Simms, Cory Powell, Steven Hailey, Buddy Simms and Jacky Hall.

Betty Joe Dobbs

BALDWYN — Betty Joe Dobbs, 89, passed away on April 19, 2022, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church for sixty-plus years.

Funeral services were held at Waters Funeral Home on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at 2 p.m., with Bro. Bryan Horner officiating. Burial was in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.

She is survived by her children, Cresada Barnett (Ken), Candy Dobbs, and Skip Dobbs (Wendy); grandchildren, Jeb Barnett (Tamara), Kaleigh Bixler (Amber), Jacob Dobbs (Elaine) and Mason Dobbs; great-grandchildren, Gracie and Grady Bixler; brother, Hayden Burns; host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Iona Mason Burns; husband, Harold Dobbs; daughter, Jo Annice Dobbs; sisters, Fay Bennett and Moneca Downs; brothers, Laurence, Berwyn, and Harold Burns.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Jeb Barnett, Jacob Dobbs, and Mason Dobbs, and nephews, Rhondie Burns, Cadley Burns, and Bentley Burns.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Dobbs Family Scholarship.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

Gregory Holland

BOONEVILLE — Gregory Allen “Pace” Holland, 59 passed away on April 17, 2022, at his home. He was a self-employed auto body repairman and he enjoyed, fishing, collecting coins, metal detecting, working on cars and making knives. He was a Baptist.

Funeral services were held at Waters Funeral Home on Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m., with Bro. Kenneth Gentry officiating. Burial was in Kirkville Cemetery.

He is survived by his sons, Jody Holland (Julie) and Blake Holland all of Booneville; sister, Linda Parmer of Mantachie; brothers, Tim Holland of Marietta and Lanny Holland (Anita) of Houston Community; grandchildren, Robert Holland, Charles Holland and William Holland; host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James “Cotton” and Vernell Hall Holland; his brother, Chris Holland.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

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