Gregory Lamar Mayo

Gregory Lamar Mayo, 58, passed away Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. He was born Dec. 15, 1962, to Randall and Betty Sue Mayo. He worked for SCP Polymers. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to concerts, watching ballgames, racing, his job and spending time with his grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Daniel Jones officiating. Burial was in Little Brown Cemetery.

He is survived by one son, Casey (Anna) Mayo; two daughters, Heather (Dustin) Binger and Felicia Mayo; his father and step-mother, Randall and Gayle Mayo; three sisters, Selena (Donald) Scott, Beverly Mayo and Amanda (Ben) Dodds; four grandchildren, Kalee Mayo, Kooper Mayo, Mattie Mayo and Ellison Binger; the mother of his children, Barbara Grosser; his fiancée, Janice Moore, her children, Adam (Theresa) Moore and Amber Moore, and grandchildren, Levi, Brody, Mattie Rose, Carrigan, Cameron, Chandler and Brandon.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Sue Mayo and one sister, Tina Mayo.

Pallbearers were Stevie Allen, Kevin Allen, Adam Moore, Bryson Meeks, Brentyn Meeks and Devin Scott.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Janean ‘Nena’ Jones

Janean Adair Pruitt Jones, affectionately called Nena, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Dec. 2, 2021, at North Mississippi Medical Center, Iuka, after a lengthy illness. Janean was born Aug. 14, 1945, to Perry Joe and Janice McDermott Pruitt in Tuscumbia, Ala. Janean graduated from Iuka High School in 1963 and married Iuka native, Charles Jones, on March 5, 1965. She was of the Baptist faith and a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. While they were living in Memphis, Janean began her career in medical records and insurance for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee. She retired in 1998 after working for the Iuka Clinic and the Segars Clinic. Janean was blessed to be able to pursue her God-given artistic talents and passions over the years. A completely self-taught artist, she enjoyed teaching art to her pupils and commissioning select artwork, particularly watercolor and oil portraits. Janean’s intense love of history, art and community collided in her now renowned montage depiction of “Chief luka – Mineral Springs Legend.” The original oil painting would hang on display for many years in the Iuka City Hall lobby. Her “Chief luka – Mineral Springs Legend” limited edition and numbered reproduction prints continue to be on display in countless homes, businesses and classrooms both near and far. Some of her career highlights include having her collection on exhibit at the Iuka Public Library and being juried into The Commercial Appeal Art Exhibition.

She leaves behind her beloved family including her husband of 56 years, Charles F. Jones, Sr. of Iuka; her daughter, Jan Young of Corinth; her son, Chuck Jones (Tracie) of luka; three grandchildren, Miles Young, Bailee Jones Pruitt (Jake), and Chase Jones; her great-granddaughter, Avery Kate Pruitt; a special friend, Londee Kent of Iuka; and a host of special cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her infant son, Charles Joseph Jones; her parents, Perry Joe and Janice McDermott Pruitt; her grandparents, Oscar C. and Carlyn Williams Pruitt (Iuka), and Ivanhoe Dorn and Blanche Harrington McDermott (Blytheville, Ark.); her brother, Michael Pruitt; and a sister, Beth Pruitt Deatherage.

Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka was entrusted with arrangements. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Dec. 12, 2021, graveside at Oak Grove Cemetery, officiated by Bro. Donovan Cain and Buddy James. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Buddy Pruitt, Volley Bivins, Miles Young, Chase Jones, Jake Pruitt, and Keith McNeely. Honorary pallbearers were the Iuka High School Class of 1963, Ricky Timbes, Don McNeely, Bob Pannell, Benny Shackelford, Buddy James, and Lawrence Barkley.

To honor her memory, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Alzheimer’s Association or the Tishomingo County Archives & History Museum. An online guestbook may be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Ygondine Taylor Baygents

Ygondine Taylor Baygents, 88, of Jumpertown, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2021 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born February 19, 1933, to George Willis and Ruby Taylor. She was a member of Spring Hill United Methodist Church. She was a school teacher for 20 plus years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and arts and crafts.

A celebration of life was held at Noon, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2021, at Spring Hill United Methodist Church with Bro. J.B. Burns officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Services were under the direction of McMillan Funeral Home.

She is survived by two sons, James Robert Baygents and Willis H. “Bill” Baygents both of Jumpertown.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Robert Baygents and her parents.

Memorials may be made to Spring Hill Cemetery Fund, 613 Hubbard Branch Rd, Iuka, MS 38852.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Peggy Gray

SALTILLO — Peggy Gray, 76, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at her home. Peggy was born in 1945 in Lee County where she spent her life in the Birmingham Ridge Community. She was brought home by her parents, Ralph and Oneita Wood to meet her big brother, Charles. He approved of her so they kept her. Peggy and Charles spent long summer days playing in the dirt and riding their bikes with their niece and nephews, Ralph, Juanita and Johnny and winter months playing in the snow and riding sleds. They also enjoyed watching TV and yes, there were TVs back then. Peggy married Troy Gray in 1964 and they were blessed with three children. She graduated from Saltillo High School and after her children were grown she went to NEMCC and received her nursing degree. She worked as an RN at the NMMC until she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Peggy enjoyed trips to the beach and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her daughters, Carrie Gray (Pam Gray) and Sherry Hill (Richard); son, Woody Gray; grandchildren, Nikki Robinson (Breeze), Courtney Gray, Ashley Gray, Logan Gray and Kirsten Mayhan; great-grandchildren, Braxton Gray and Rosie Gargus; sister-in-law, Cheryl Wood; two special nieces, Charlotte Baldwyn and Leslie Monaghan; special childhood friend, Alice Bailey; host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Oneita Wood; husband, Troy Gray; son, Jimmy Gray; brother, Charles Wood; sister, Mavis “Sissy” Littlejohn.

Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Bruce, Richard Hill, Cole Baldwyn, Tyler Baldwyn, Robert Wood, Milton Haddon and Les Robinson.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Unity Hospice or Sanctuary Hospice House.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watersfuneralservice.com.

Rhonda Pannell

JUMPERTOWN — Rhonda Kay McVey Pannell, 62, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born on March 9, 1959, to Jasper and Betty Tigrett McVey. She was a member of Jesus Name House of Prayer in the Blackland Community. Rhonda was a homemaker and enjoyed going to church where she loved to worship the Lord and she also loved spending time with her family.

Funeral services were held at Jesus Name House of Prayer Chapel on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at 2 p.m., with Bro. Scotty Downs and Bro. Thomas Wade officiating. Burial was in the Jesus Name House of Prayer Church Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Gary Wayne Pannell of Jumpertown; son, Michael Pannell (Shannon) of Booneville; daughter, Amy Pannell Bullock (Lamont) of Booneville; five grandchildren, Madison, Kylee, Chloe, Zadie and Garrison Bullock; three sisters, Donna McVey (Eddie) of Water Valley, Brenda Ford (Billy) and Wonda Jeter all of Booneville; two brothers, Scottie McVey (Kim) of Fulton and Stevie McVey (Mary Ann) of Booneville; best friend, Carolyn Whitehead; host of special nieces, nephews and other family and friends;

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Jackie McVey and his wife, Theresa McVey; sisters, Carolyn McVey and Katherine McVey; brother-in-law, Jim Jeter.

Pallbearers were Tim Ford, Kenneth Ford, Logan Ford, Tim Garrett, Lamont Bullock, Chase Koon, Christopher Robinson, Tim Franks, Jr. Downs and Jason Moore,

Honorary pallbearers were her nephews and the men of the church.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to Jesus Name House of Prayer Church, in care of Scotty Downs, 18 CR 8361, Rienzi, MS 38865.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watersfuneralservice.com.

Noel C. ‘Red’ South

Noel C. “Red” South, 92, of Iuka, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. Mr. South was a member of the Iuka Baptist Church and was retired from the Dana Corporation in Corinth. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and his dog, Jake. He also enjoyed gardening and yard work, as well as helping others.

He is survived by one daughter, Nancy Stripling (Bobby) of Iuka; three grandchildren, Evan Stripling, Ethan Stripling, and Heather Marks (Doug); and three great-grandchildren, Noah Marks, Peyton Marks, and Levi Marks. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Edmondson South; his parents, Estes and Audie Belue South; a son, Sammy South; six brothers, J. T., Wallace, Bobby Joe, Mackey, Charles, and Truman South; and two sisters, Earnestine Trimble and Melvoline Walker.

Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka, was entrusted with arrangements. Funeral services were scheduled for 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka, officiated by Bro. Johnny Hancock. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Evan Stripling, Ethan Stripling, Dwayne Walker, David Walker, D. J. Walker, Taylor Walker, Rudy Cordoba, and Mark Baldwin. Honorary pallbearers were Kyle Wimberly, Bobby Paden, Mack Lloyd Wadkins, Joe Walker, Donnie Williams, Garvin Walker, Rodger Trimble, and Anthony Edmondson.

Memorials may be made to the Iuka Baptist Church Vacation Bible School or Senior Adult Program. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Billy J. Young, Sr.

Billy James Young, Sr., 88, of Burnsville, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at his residence. Mr. Young was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was of the Christian faith and was retired from LaRoche Industries in Cherokee, Ala. Following retirement, he continued to work part-time at Bonds Construction. He loved being outdoors and working on his tractor. He also enjoyed yard work and watching Westerns on TV.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Shirley E. Wiginton Young; two sons, Billy J. Young, Jr. (Darlene) and David W. Young (Diane); two daughters, Patricia Gattis (Danny) and Theresia Brumley (Mike); one brother, James Ray Young; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Eldridge and Sarah Ellen Johnson Young; and one grandson.

Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements. Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen, officiated by Bro. Jimmy Daniel. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Nick Young, Adam Gattis, Quintin Crabb, Dee Vaughn, and Ethan Young.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memorial and Honor Program, by phone (901) 578-2805; or online at www.stjude.org/donate.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Judith ‘Judy’ Nichols

Judith “Judy” Nichols, 69, went to her Heavenly home on Dec. 8, 2021. She was born July 25, 1952 to the late Thomas Horton and Rubenia Prater Horton. She was a Christian who loved the Lord. She was a RN, BSN, and was working on her Master’s Degree when she retired. She worked at North Mississippi Medical Center for 30 years until her retirement in 2012 due to her health. While working at NMMC, she made many life long friendships and made a positive impact on everyone who knew her. She loved her family with all her heart as they loved her. She will be missed immensely, but the precious memories we have of her will remain in our hearts until we see her again.

A memorial service remembering her life was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in the Baldwyn Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Toby Mears officiating.

Judy is survived by her daughters, Sharon Kennedy (Sam) of Tupelo and Michelle Harper of Pontotoc; her son, Michael Nichols of Baldwyn; her brother, Tommy Horton (Glinda) of Tupelo; her sister, Linda Horton (Jerry) of Tupelo; her grandchildren, Braxton Harper, Jenna Adams (Cody), Karlee Harlow (Hunter), Kimberly Hughes (Nathan), Kaitlyn Nichols (Malcom), Scott Nichols, Tiffany Johnson (“Chico”) and Adam Johnson; 17 great-grandchildren, six bonus grandchildren and 16 bonus great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Becky Johnson and Mary Nix and her grandson, Brett Harper.

Lenetta Joan Forsythe

Lenetta Joan Forsythe, 79, passed away Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was a beautician for 46 years and she loved going to her beauty shop and seeing all her customers. She also enjoyed doing yard work, taking care of her flowers and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in the Booneville Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Tim Horton and Chris Denson officiating. Burial was in the Booneville Cemetery.

Joan is survived by her daughters, DeAnna Arnold (Bob, Jr.) and Elisha Lindsey (Steve); her sisters, Queda Denson (Bobby) and Danice Ryan; her grandchildren, Amanda Temple, Joshua Null, Monica Porterfield (Patrick), Erika Robertson (Dewayne), Cory Arnold (Kadyn) and Brooke Lindsey and her great-grandchildren, Alyssa Forsythe, Jay Hamm, Carson Null, Brayden Daniels, Case Null, Iva Robertson, Ada Robertson, Ona Robertson, Lilly Porterfield and Ethan Porterfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents, W.K. and Ona Wallace.

Pallbearers were Cory Arnold, Brayden Daniels, Carson Null, Case Null, Dewayne Robertson, Patrick Porterfield, Jay Hamm and Joshua Null.

Tammy Brooks

SAN PIERRE, Ind. — Tammy Sue Brooks, 50, passed away Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at her home in San Pierre, Ind. She was born July 27, 1971, to Charles Ray and Jo Ann Brooks. She was loving, caring, self-less, quick-witted, and spoke highly of those she cared about. She loved her sons very much and devoted herself to raise them right. She was a homemaker, enjoyed arts and crafts, and was full of love for animals and for her family. She loved music, cooking, making people laugh, and spoiling her grandkids.

A celebration of life was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Chester Harrison officiating. Burial was in Jumpertown Cemetery.

She is survived by three sons, Nikolas Brooks, Joey Guajardo, and Christian Guajardo; her mother, Jo Ann Brooks; three sisters, Wanda (William) Kolar, Debbie (Hank) Lilley and Donna Brooks; and two grandchildren, Nikolas Brooks, Jr., and Ariana Guajardo.

She was preceded in death by her son, Dillon Ray Guajardo; her father, Charles Ray Brooks; and her brother, Jimmy Ray Brooks.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

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