Billy Sims

Billy Perry Sims, 94, passed away Monday, January 4, 2021, at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka.

He was born December 13, 1926, to Jesse Leonard and Clemmie Sims. He was a farmer. He was a member of Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church, Farm Bureau, Prentiss County Soil and Water Conservation District and the VFW. He enjoyed quail hunting and fishing

A Celebration of Life service was at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 7, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Cecil Woodruff and Bro. Earl McAnally officiating. Burial was in Forked Oak Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Marian Sims; two sons, Perry (Judy) Sims and Kerry (Debbie) Sims; one sister, Sammie Nell Gill; one sister-in-law, Mae Sims; five grandchildren, Corey (Tamara) Sims, Jamey Sims, Jeremy Sims, Eric Sims (finance´ Meggie) and Andrew (Brooks) Sims; and three great-grandchildren, Kylie, Kelsey, and Blake Sims.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and five brothers, J.L. Sims, Robert Sims, Jack Sims, Joe Sims and Tommy Sims.

Pallbearers were Corey Sims, Jeremy Sims, Eric Sims, Andrew Sims, Lenny Sims, and Jared Sims.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Memorials Processing, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959

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Kenneth Lee Long

Kenneth Lee Long, 91, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021, at his residence in Houston, Texas.

He was born May 11, 1929, on Crowders Mountain in North Carolina to Richard and Alma Whiteside Long. Ken lived in North Carolina until he joined the United States Army and began an adventure that took him to many continents. While stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he came to Booneville on leave with an Army buddy, where he saw Willie Mae crossing the street in front of his car and told his friend he had to meet her. He did, they fell in love, and he married the love of his life some months later.

To protect all loved ones, a live stream funeral service was hosted by McMillan Funeral Home on Saturday, January 30, 2021, Bro. Carter Smith will officiate. Burial was in the Booneville Cemetery.

Ken had a distinguished 30-year military career in the United States Army, where he was awarded the Legion of Merrit, the Bronze Star, the Korean Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, numerous Battle Star Medals, and many additional recognitions for exemplary service and valor. He attained the highest rank possible for a non-commissioned officer, that of Command Sergeant Major. He had planned to retire in Booneville with his wife Willie Mae, who unfortunately passed away from cancer before that dream could ever be realized. Ken then retired to his hometown of Pageland, South Carolina, where his mother was still living. He later met and married Mary Joines. They were married and lived in the Carolinas until her death in 2018.

Ken is survived by two daughters, Nancy Riley and Wanda Bonilla; one son-in-law, Tony Bonilla; one brother, Tom Long; and two sisters, Elizabeth (Lib) Naffziger, and Mary Nell Stafford; one brother-in-law, Phil Naffziger; two sisters-in-law, Brenda Long and Mildred Sherrill Wilson; three grandsons, Joey Berger, Brandon Bonilla, and Blake Bonilla; seven great-grandchildren, Rett Berger, Mila Berger, Nora Bonilla, Brayden Bonilla, Eleanor Bonilla, Jay Bonilla, Baby Bonilla due in March; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Mae Sherrill Long and his second wife, Mary Joines Long; his parents, Richard and Alma Long; his mother-in-law Maudie Hare; three brothers, Delton Long, Claude (Buck) Long, Raymond (Ott) Long; three brothers-in-law, Lee R Sherrill, Larry Wilson, and Ray Stafford; and four sisters-in-law, Louise Sherrill, Becky Long, Grace Long, and Shirley Long.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you spend a little extra time with your loved ones and share a good story about Ken.

Kenneth Sims

Kenneth Hugh Sims, 79, passed away Monday, January 25, 2021, at Stone Ridge of Farmington.

He was born April 25, 1941, to J.R. and Geneva Sims. He was a farmer, Foreman for TVA, a member of Clausel Hill Independent Methodist Church and a Mason. He enjoyed fixing things, camping, spending time with his family and his dog, Buster.

A Celebration of Life Graveside Service for family and close friends was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 28, 2021, at New Lebanon Cemetery with Bro. Mike Moak officiating. Service were under the direction of McMillan Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Sims; his son, Kenny (April) Sims; daughters, Becky (Mike) Moak, Patsy Sims, Sandy Dalton and adopted daughter, Wanda Driscoll; two sisters, Lotese Henry and Louise Sims; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son-in-law, Mike Dalton; and two brothers, Harold Sims and Lowell Sims.

Honorary pallbearers were Mark McAnally, Matthew Stephens, Daniel Stephens, Seth Burns, Chris Burns and Eddie Henry.

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William Hayden Kennedy

William Hayden Kennedy, 86, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at his home in Wheeler.

He enjoyed making music, going to church, attending Wheeler basketball games, Ole Miss athletics, watching Westerns and spending time with his grandchildren. He traveled singing gospel music for 35+ years. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Services were 2 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2021 in the Baldwyn Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Gasaway and Bro. Ray Guin officiating. Burial was in the Kirkville Cemetery.

Hayden is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Kennedy of Wheeler; his sons, Mitchell Kennedy (Pam) of Wheeler and Johnny Kennedy (Debbie) of Booneville; his daughter, Terri Lynn (Troy) of Florida; his brothers, Jackie Kennedy (Shirley) of Jumpertown and Larry Kennedy (Sherry) of Blackland; his grandchildren, Matt Kennedy (LeAnn) of Virginia, Shane Kennedy (Michelle) of Ripley, Charity Dunn (Cody) of Booneville, Jeremy Kennedy (Courtney) of Saltillo, Megan Walker of Booneville, Craig Eaton of Texas, Jonathon Nelson of Florida and Katie Gentry of Marietta and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Earl and Gladys Kennedy; his sister, Alma Kennedy and his brother, Houston Kennedy.

Pallbearers were; Jeremy, Matt and Shane Kennedy, Thomas Bridges, Stanley Barnett, Randy Moore, Jakob Prater and Cody Dunn.

Honorary pallbearers were his great-grandchildren.

Sammy Junior Bunch

Sammy Junior Bunch, 74, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

He enjoyed fishing and being a mechanic.

Services were 2 p.m., Thursday, January 28, 2021, in the Baldwyn Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Anthony Copeland officiating. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Sammy is survived by his daughter, Melissa “Missy” Leathers (Gary) of Baldwyn; his grandchildren, Candance Copeland (Anthony) of Baldwyn and Shane Gordon (Megan) of Wheeler and his great-grandchildren, Gavin, Saylah and Hastin Copeland and Eli Tate and Makenna Gordon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Audrey Bunch.

Elton L. ‘Punk’ Johnson

Elton L. “Punk” Johnson, 86, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc.

He was a retired truck driver. He enjoyed music, singing and having a good southern meal with his family.

Services were 2 p.m., Saturday, January 30, 2021, in the Baldwyn Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Toby Mears and Bro. James Strange officiating.

Elton is survived by his daughters, Jeanice Spain Pounders (Mitchell) of Booneville, Connie Barnes (Randy) of Nettleton and Michelle Kelly of St. Louis, Mo.; his brothers, Andy Johnson (Sue) of Wisconsin and Gerald Johnson (Doris) of Baldwyn; his sister, Juanita Gamble (Arthur) of Geo.; his grandchildren, Jennifer Williams (Troy) of Birmingham, Ala., Jessica Taylor (Justin) of Booneville, Hunter McKee of St. Louis, Mo., Brad Barnes (Kaitlin) of Dry Creek, Courtney Barnes of Dry Creek and Jeff Barnes of Nettleton and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jewel Johnson and his grandson, William Guy Spain.

Pallbearers were; Hunter McKee, Brad Barnes, Jeff Barnes, Tripp Barnes and Tryce Barnes.

Special thanks to David Horn and Sunshine Health Care Team in Pontotoc for their wonderful and compassionate care during Mr. Elton’s tenor there and to Ashley Shell and Missy with Home Care Hospice.

Michael Wayne Ramsey

Michael Wayne Ramsey, 61, passed away Monday, February 1, 2021 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed watching football and NASCAR, fishing, cooking and spending time with his family.

A Memorial Service was at1 p.m., Wednesday, February 3, 2021, in the Baldwyn Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Dean Warren officiating.

Michael is survived by his daughters, Mallory Thomas (Justin) of Baldwyn, Sarah Ramsey of Saltillo, McKenzie Ramsey of Saltillo and Kristen Ramsey of Indiana; his stepson, Jeremy Newman; his sister, Debbie Weant of Saltillo; his grandchildren, Brayden Stacy, Addisyn Eaton and Skylar Fisher; his niece, Carrie Anne Horton and his nephews, Will Horton and Brian Kace Newman.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charlie and Margarette Ramsey; his parents, Charles and Phyliss Tomlinson Ramsey and his sister, Sandy Ramsey.

James H. Vanderford

James H. Vanderford, 86, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2021, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.

He was born March 25, 1934, to Winston Jasper “Wink” and Ella Vanderford. He was a member of Snowdown Church of Christ. He worked for the Mississippi Forestry Commission for 40 years, and served with the Cairo Volunteer Fire Department for several years. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing pool, playing dominoes, and anything outdoors.

A Private Graveside Service was at 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at Snowdown Church of Christ Cemetery with Minister Keith Sanders officiating. Services were under the direction of McMillan Funeral Home.

He is survived by his son, Wayne Vanderford; three sisters, Waynona Davis, Hazel Vanderford and Nelda Woodard; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Faye Vanderford in 2020, and his parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Association or to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

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Tommie Waters

Tommie Waters, 85, of Oxford, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family members on Thursday, January 28, 2021.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

Tommie was born to Thomas and Bessie Carter. She graduated Booneville High School where she played basketball and was crowned Homecoming Queen. Tommie attended Northeast Junior College.

Her course work involved medical secretary skills which she used for several years working in doctor’s offices. In addition, she served in secretarial positions at Oxford Church of Christ and Mary Kay. She also worked at Oxford Fabric Center.

“Sweet Ms. Tommie,” as everyone referred to her, was a very active member of Oxford Church of Christ where she taught two year olds, worked in the nursery, served as a greeter, hosted showers, and started the food program. Tommie was a very active worker in the World Bible School program. She also worked at the Pantry and had her own personal card ministry.

Family was very important to her. Of all the things she enjoyed doing, making a home was the most important to her. Her church, her girls, and her grandsons were her world. She made many dresses for her girls, but the most gorgeous dresses she ever made were both their wedding dresses.

She loved celebrating every special day in their lives and every accomplishment they had. Beverly and Elizabeth will always remember many girl’s trips with just the three of them. She loved serving as their Brownie troop leader when they were younger. Tommie assisted and encouraged Wade, Beverly, and Elizabeth until all three had completed their college educations and earned their degrees.

When grandchildren came along, she loved being a part of audiences anytime they were performing.

Tommie was a very artistic seamstress, mastering French hand sewing and smocking.

She also enjoyed toll painting and ceramics. Tommie was quite an entertainer, and many have enjoyed sitting at her table.

She was an amazing cook. She also enjoyed her membership in University Dames for many years.

Tommie was loved by everyone who knew her, and she was never seen without that big smile on her face. She will be deeply missed. She leaves a legacy of faith, unconditional love, and extreme patience to her daughters, grandsons, and her son in law that she loved like a son.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Wade Waters; two daughters, Beverly Waters and Elizabeth (David) Coon; and three grandsons, Sean Nichols, Russell Coon, and Walker Coon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Bessie Carter.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the Pinevale Children’s Home (1872 County Road 700, Corinth, MS 38834) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950).

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