Rev. Ricky Allen Peebles

Rev. Ricky Allen Peebles, 66, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 8, 1955, to the Reverend Billy Allen Peebles and Earlene Edwards Peebles. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree, in Pastoral Ministry, from Southwestern Assemblies of God in Waxahachie, Texas. Ricky was an Ole Miss Football fanatic and a Louis L’Amour connoisseur. He enjoyed traveling with family/friends and doing his Sudoku puzzles. He had a joy for living. His passion was sharing the gospel message and helping others. He loved his family with all his heart.

Rev. Peebles served as pastor of Canaan Assembly of God in Booneville for the last 19 years. During that time, he was also employed as a deputy/deputy jail administrator for the Prentiss County Sheriff’s Department. While at the Sheriff’s Department, he received numerous awards. Prior to his dedicated service at Canaan, he pastored at First Assembly of God in Greenville, for 12 years. In 1986, Rev. Peebles founded and pastored Dekalb Assembly of God in Dekalb. Before answering his call to preach, Ricky was a butcher at Peebles Brothers Slaughter House in Philadelphia.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., with Rev. Bob Wilburn, Mr. Arthur Rhodes and Missionary Jimmy Dearman officiating. Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

A second funeral service was held on Jan. 8, 2022, at 1 p.m., at West Philadelphia Baptist Church “God’s House” located at 256 Gum Street, in Philadelphia with Rev. Scott Boatner, officiating. Burial was in the Oak Ridge Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Sarah McNair Peebles of Booneville; daughters, Erica Peebles McElhenney (Justin) of Decatur and Rachel Peebles of Philadelphia; brother, Mark Peebles (Stephanie); sisters, Martha Lewis (Ronnie); Mitze Evans (Mike); granddaughter, Katie McElhenney and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Michael Darnel Peebles.

Pallbearers for the Booneville location were Larry Hughes, Ed Laswell, Victor Hoedemaker, J.E. Wheelington, James Gargus, and James Taylor. Honorary Pallbearers were the Deputies of Prentiss County Sheriff’s Department.

Pallbearers for the Philadelphia location were Justin Allen Lewis, Benjamin Darby Evans, Daniel Darby Evans, Kyle Peebles, Chase Lewis, Cody Allen Lewis, Bobby McNair, Brad McNair, Chad Vance, and Bob Peebles.

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Merita Kaye Mann Kuertz

Merita Kaye Mann Kuertz, 57, died unexpectedly at her home in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021.

Merita is survived by her daughter Heather Lytle, DeJuan, of Jacksonville, Fla., Maggie Kuertz of Cincinnati Ohio, and her son Michael Kuertz of Cincinatti Ohio. She is also survived by two sisters that adore her, Brenda Burcham, Wesley, of South Carolina and Cindy Moore, of Mississippi. Merita had two special nieces, Amber Moore and Lesleigh Cauchela and two nephews Stephen Burcham and Brent Burcham. She also had a special fur baby Jack.

Merita loved her family and brought laughter and joy wherever she went. She loved the beach and loved living in Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Peggy (South) Mann. and her grandparents, Herman and Ester Mann and Luther and Ruth South.

A private memorial will be announced at a later date.

Elder Benny Lee Burcham

Elder Benny Lee Burcham, 74, passed away on Jan. 4, 2022, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born on Aug. 22, 1947, to Dewey Lee Burcham and Mildred Henderson Burcham. Benny loved watching sports, studying science, nature, and technology, spending time with his work buddies, his family, and serving his church flock.

Elder Burcham was a minister of New Hope Primitive Baptist Church of Booneville. He retired as a telecommunications specialist at TVA. He attended Booneville High School where he played basketball under his beloved Coach Lindsey. Benny was educated at Northeast Mississippi Community College and joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, eventually teaching apprentice programs for Northeast. He worked with Burcham Electic on projects from wiring new buildings at Northeast to the Tenn Tom Waterway.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Booneville Funeral Home. Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Beverly Lowrey Burcham; daughters, Dr. Angela Burcham and Amanda Burcham Garvin (Derek); brother, Jimmy Burcham (Joyce); sister, Judy King; grandson, Aidan Garvin; granddaughter, Audrianna Garvin; a host of beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Glenn King.

Pallbearers were Brad Smith, Jonathan Pannell, Jeff Burcham, Jeff Williams, Kenny Jackson and Robby King. Honorary pallbearers will be friends of IBEW and TVA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Hope Primitive Baptist Church via Renasant Bank, 213 West Market Street, Booneville, MS 38829.

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Emily Frances Faulkner Adams Swiney

Emily Frances Faulkner Adams Swiney, 91, went to be with the Lord and her loved ones that have gone on before her on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. She was born in Prentiss County on Aug. 16, 1930, to Curniss Faulkner and Mary Melinda Neeley Faulkner. She enjoyed puzzles, reading, traveling, and crocheting baby blankets for new moms. She was a charter member of the Vineyard Church and served as a Sunday school teacher for 25 years.

She attended Booneville High School and at age 14 got married. At age 18 she went to work at Blue Bell. She also worked at Prentiss Manufacturing, Brown Shoe, and North Mississippi Manufacturing. She then went to Kelwood and worked for 28 years. She loved working, sewing, and crocheting. After 51 years of working she had to quit due to her health.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, at 2 p.m., at Booneville Funeral Home with Bro. William Copeland and Bro. Anthony Copeland officiating. Visitation will be Saturday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughter, Frances Darlene Gumm and special friend, Danny Jones, of Booneville; granddaughters, Angela Adams-Kastner and husband, Steve, of Eads, Tenn., and Clarissia Adale Gumm of Booneville; grandson, Anthony Dale Smith and his wife, Tiffany, of Independence; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 48 years, James Henry Adams; second husband of 17 years, Albert “RB” Swiney; a son, William Roger Adams; sister, Burblee Copeland; and two brothers, Robert Lee Faulkner and Curniss Faulkner, Jr.

Pallbearers were her nephews.

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Mary Madgelene ‘Madge’ Crowell

Mary Madgelene “Madge” Crowell, 84, passed away Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at Ruleville Nursing and Rehab in Ruleville. She was born Jan. 5, 1937, to Beary Franklin and Willie Odele Knight. She graduated from Jumpertown High School. She was a member of Emmanuel Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed church, drawing, playing games, dancing, and spending time with her family.

A celebration of life service was held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Callahan officiating. Burial was in Jumpertown Cemetery.

She is survived by one son, Mike (Sandra) Crowell; two daughters, Vicki Crowell Thornton and Angie Crowell; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Greg Crowell; her parents; one brother, Paul Junior Knight; and an infant sister, Katie Knight.

Pallbearers were Ashton Stephens, Grady Berryhill, Chad Thornton, Ethan Hutcheson, Michael Thornton and Drew Thornton.

Honorary pallbearers were Avery Stephens, Michael Thornton, Jr., Bronson Berryhill, Shane Eaton and Andrew Perry.

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Johnny Hamilton

Johnny “JD” Darrell Hamilton, passed away on Jan. 5, 2022, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was a mechanic and a strong-willed man. JD enjoyed cooking, motorcycles, raising peacocks, fishing, hunting, working in his flowers and rose gardens, and just riding the roads. JD loved his grandchildren and he was non-denominational.

Funeral services were held at Waters Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at 11 a.m. with Bro. Anthony Hatch officiating. Graveside services and burial were in Bethel Springs, Tenn. at 3 p. m.

He is survived by his son, Jovin Hamilton (Patricia) of Guntown; daughter, Rhonda Hamilton (Michael) of Guntown; sister, Donna Bjorkland of Albert Lea, Minn.; brothers, Trent Hamilton of Eugene, Ore., and Darren Hamilton of Jugfork; grandchildren, Jolee Hamilton, Tripp Hamilton and Kaylea Hamilton; girlfriend of eight years, Peggy Sue Swader and her grandchildren, Colby and Dylan Livingston and Kaley Swader; nephew, Casey Harris; former wife, Mona Hamilton; host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hershel and Bobbie Henry Hamilton; sister, Rhonda Ann Hamilton.

Pallbearers were Jerry Henry, Yogi Henry, Cameron Presley, Austin Presley, Tripp Hamilton, Richard Dunaway, Fred Anderson, Robbie Gumm and Dakota Livingston.

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Sandra Tapp Lilley

Sandra Tapp Lilley, 79, of Cherokee, Ala., died Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at The Hospitality House in Iuka. Mrs. Lilley was a member of the Iuka Church of Christ. She was retired from Wal-Mart in Iuka where she worked as a department manager. She loved camping with her friends and spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed fishing and crocheting.

She is survived by one daughter, Kim McDuffy (Tracy); two grandchildren, Kasey Huggins (Jordan) and Katlin McDuffy; and one great-grandchild, Ryder Myrick. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Lilley; her parents, Denver and Alma Rogers Tapp; a brother, Freddie Tapp; and a sister, Marie Handzlik. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka was entrusted with arrangements. Funeral services were scheduled for 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka, officiated by Lance Foster. Interment was in Barton Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Barton Cemetery Fund. An online guestbook can be accessed at

James Alvin Owens

James Alvin Owens, Jr., 60, passed away on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born Oct. 29, 1961, to James Alvin Owens, Sr. and Shelby J. Northcutt Owens. James enjoyed collecting coins and working on cars. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Thorn Community.

Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Booneville Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at 3:00 PM at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Bro. Charlie Hamblin will be officiating. Booneville Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

James is survived by his two sons, Jamie Owens (Carrie) of Booneville and Jordan Owens of Houston, MS; one daughter, Magen McCusker (Mike) of Madison, MS; his mother, Shelby Owens of Booneville; brother, Keith Owens of Booneville; sister, Cindy Chase of Corinth, MS; two granddaughters, Maryann Owens and Sophia Owens both of Booneville; and the mother of his children, Martha McVey Owens of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Ann Shockley.

Shelia McClellan

Shelia McClellan, 56, passed away Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was a member of New Life Church of Christ. Shelia enjoyed singing, playing the piano in church and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in the Booneville Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Melvin Harrison officiating. Burial was in the Liberty Cemetery.

Shelia is survived by her husband; Steve McClellan of Glen, her sons; Michael McClellan (Jennifer) of Corinth and Steven McClellan (Chasity) of Glen, her grandchildren; Brooke Mitchell (DK) of Corinth, Tanner McClellan of Spanish Fort, Ala., Austin McClellan of Corinth and Alijah Kane McClellan of Glen, her great-grandchildren; Aiden and Kreed Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her parents; Tommy and Inez Strange, two brothers, one sister.

Pallbearers were Greg Moore, Jeffery Windham, Anthony, Bradin, Nathan and David Harrison.

Billy Joe Robbins

Billy Joe, known as “BJ” Robbins, 69, passed away on Jan. 8, 2022, at the NMMC. He was born in Hughes, Ark., on Aug. 19, 1952, to Marvin and Clara May Malone Robbins. He retired from Garan Ind. and was a manager of overseas cutting apparel. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and gardening. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a Baptist.

Funeral services were held at Waters Funeral Home on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at 2 p.m., with Bro. Bobby Robbins officiating. Burial was in Eggville Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Barbara Ann Robbins of Baldwyn; daughter, Tammy Walton (Jessie) of Sumrall; sons, Joey Robbins (Vanessa) of Killen, Al and Brian Martin (Leslie) of Baldwyn; brother, Merle Ferguson (Mary) of Pontotoc, Bobby Robbins (Ann) of Guntown, Terry Robbins (Karen) of Guntown and Randel Robbins (Kelly) of Henderson, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Mitzy Robbins of Blue Springs; special brother-in-law, Kenneth Keith; grandchildren, Amanda Harrison (Leslie), Jessica Walton, Ashley Walton, Katie Robbins, Noah Thornton, Daniel Robbins, MaKayla Thornton, Amber Jones (Clint), Hunter Martin and Brianna Martin; great-grandchildren, Brinley Miller, Harper Miller and Case Jones.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dale Robbins; in-laws, Leo and Lenaree Keith.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

Tammy Lee Johnson

Tammy Lee Johnson, 55, of Booneville passed away on Dec. 20, 2021, at her home. She worked for the Prentiss County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy for many years and she loved fostering animals.

She is survived by one daughter, Cheyene Kemp; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and several other family members.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Larry Jones and Josephine McLardy; and her step-mother, Marsha Elder Jones.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2021, at Booneville Cemetery. Burial was in the Booneville Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Arnold Lynch

Arnold Lynch, 54, passed away Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was a Mason at the Booneville Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, NASCAR, football and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at the Booneville Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Mike officiating. Burial will follow in the Sandy Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 am until service time on Thursday at the funeral home.

Arnold is survived by his wife, Melissa Lynch of New Site; his son Shawn Lynch of Houston; his daughter, Alicia Gaudes of Wisconsin; his stepsons, Michael Barron (Bobbie Jean) of Marietta and Brandon Hilburn (Tiffany) of Rienzi; his stepdaughter, Tiffany Hopkins (Coley) of Booneville; his parents, Tim and Janice Lynch of Florida; one brother, two sisters and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Michael Barron, Coley Hopkins and John Miller.

Larry Dale Yates

Larry Dale Yates, 72, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, going to truck shows and spending time with family. He retired from repairing ships at Pearl Harbor.

Services were held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at the Booneville Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Melvin Harrison officiating. Burial was in Jumpertown Cemetery.

Larry is survived by his sons, Brenton Yates (Sarah) of Seattle Wash., and Roddy Yates (Julia) of Seattle, Wash.; his daughter, Kortney Yates of Booneville; his stepdaughter, Melissa Burkhart (Scott) of London Ky.; his grandchildren Jerrol, Kalina and Lyric Yates and Jake Burkhart.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Audie and Hazel Yates and his brothers, Melvin and Marty Yates.

Larry Truman Stoop

Larry Truman Stoop, 88, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at his home in Booneville. He enjoyed fishing, boating and just being on the water at Mills Creek. He was a United States Marine veteran.

He is survived by his son; Nick Stoop (Sherry) of Booneville, his daughter; Lisa Yates Rowell (Gary) of Pine Grove, his brother; Tommy Stoop (Carolyn) of Dalton, Ga, his extended daughter-in-law; Cathy Stoop, his grandchildren; Christopher and Zachary Yates of Blackland, Stacie Yates of Pine Grove, Mary Yates of Tupelo, Toni and Genna Stoop (Tristyn) of Booneville, Sam Stoop of Oxford, Josh Spivey of Frankstown and Haley Spivey Pounds of Blackland, his great-grandchildren; William and Eric Yates, Roy (Leroy) Richardson, Clara Rae, Liddy Kate and Jax Pounds and Mason Spivey.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Sam & Edith Stoop, his sister; Louise Coker, his brother; Jimmy Stoop

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