Ross ‘R.T.’ Scott, Jr.
BALDWYN — R.T. Scott, Jr., 77, passed away on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at the NMMC.
He was a truck driver and enjoyed doing mechanic work on trucks. He enjoyed watching westerns and he loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of First Independent Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at Waters Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 2 p. m., with Bro. Toby Mears and Bro. William Copeland officiating. Burial was in Zion Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by five daughters; Barbara McKim, Carolyn Cox (Jerry), Charlotte McAnally (Mark), Margie Coggins (Bobby) and Wendy Nanney (Jason); sister, Pat Neeley (Pete); sister-in-law, Liz Scott; grandchildren, Mikaela McKim, Jeremy Cox, Anna Kate Cox, Josh McAnally (Meagan), Brandon McAnally(Laney), Danielle Hopkins, Rossi Hopkins, Jace Michael and Jorja Michael; great-grandchildren, Audrey Anna and Troy James “TJ”; four special nieces that were great caregivers, Kim Neeley, Sarah Wilbanks, Cheyenne Wilbanks and Brooke Wilbanks; host of other nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross T. Scott Sr. and Margaret Hamm Scott and two brothers, Charlie Scott and Jesse Scott.
His grandsons served as his pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers were his special friends, Robin Conwill and Carl King.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family @www.watersfuneralservice.com
WHEELER — Billy J. Johnson, 78, passed away on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at his home.
He enjoyed drag racing, dirt track racing, and especially spending time with his children. He was a truck driver and he was of the Church of God faith.
Funeral services were held at Waters Funeral Home on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at 1 p.m., with Bro. Jim Mooney officiating. Burial was in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nadine Fair Johnson of Wheeler; three daughters, Stephanie Gorskey (Marty) of Wheeler, Teresa Rainer and Susan Rodgers; son, Randy Johnson (Susan) of Wheeler; brothers, Johnny Johnson (Martha) of Nettleton and Jerry Johnson of Tupelo; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; host of other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow W. and Mattie Mae Alexander Johnson; one sister; two grandchildren; one brother.
Pallbearers were; Ray Fair, Carl Fair, Jeff Kelly, Adam Lindsey, Andrew Johnson and Jacob Gorskey.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watersfuneralservice.com
Mary Christine LaRoe Weeks
Mary Christine LaRoe Weeks died Tuesday, May 24, 2021, at Tupelo Nursing & Rehab. She was 93 years, one month, and four days old. Christine was born in Corning, Ark., to I.B. and Monette Essie Hughes LaRoe.
It was in Corning, in the spring of 1948, that she met and married a roving, Massachusetts born, rodeo cowboy, Carl James “Jim” Weeks, Jr. For 69 years they shared life, roving from Texas to Massachusetts, and points in between, eventually making Baldwyn the home where they raised their children, continuing their shared life until his passing in 2017.
For years to come, Christine’s influence will live in the many lives she has touched. She loved working with youngsters as a Cub Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader. She provided childcare services in her home. She frequently recalled that the youngsters lovingly called them “Daddy Jim” and “Miss Tine”. An accomplished pianist who played regularly for her home church, Baldwyn First Christian Church. She especially enjoyed being a member of the High Five gospel group along with Jim, Howard Heddings, Lunelle Miller and Jeanette Shackelford. After Jim’s ordination into the ministry, Christine became a pastor’s wife, working with him in church ministries in Mississippi, Florida and Georgia and serving as visiting missionaries in Mexico on numerous occasions. After returning again to Baldwyn in their later years she worked in Baldwyn’s senior ministry.
She is survived by her children; Sheila Ann Hancock (Billy) of Baldwyn, Carl James “Sonny” Weeks, III (Mary) of Baldwyn and Melanie Ruth Welch (Scott), of Pensacola, Fla.; grandchildren Molly Simpson (Joey) of Olive Branch, Wes Hancock (Cheyenne) of Ft. Meyers, Fla., John Hancock (Jenny) of Oxford, Dawn Moore (Joey) of Baldwyn and Jason Weeks of Baldwyn; four great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; sisters Eloise Kimble of St. Louis, Mo., Aline Magee of Doniphan, Mo., and Corrine Hudson of Nappende, Ind.
Preceding her in death was her husband, her parents and grandparents, a sister Melina Mobley and a much-loved daughter-in-law Kay Walker Weeks (Sonny).
The family wishes to express the greatest appreciation to the staff of Tupelo Nursing and Rehab for their care of our loved one, to her nursing home roommates Mary Sandifer and Jessie Echols for the friendship they shared and to the loving and tender care provided by the staff of Encompass Health – Hospice.
Christine’s life was celebrated on Friday, May 28, 2021, at Waters Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Conducting the service was First Christian Church Pastor Kelly Carmichael.
Pallbearers were; Wes Hancock, John Hancock, J.T. Hancock, Joey Simpson, Brady Simpson and Joey Moore. Honorary pallbearers were; Robert Palmer and Kevin Cole.
Hilton ‘Popcorn’ Moore
Hilton Lee “Popcorn” Moore, 82, passed away on May 27, 2021, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
A fixture in the community, known far and wide and beloved by many, he will be sorely missed. He was the owner of Moore’s Body Shop and Wrecker Service. He was also a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Linda Whitehurst Moore; and two daughters, Tracey Moore Hall and husband, Michael, and Sherrie L. Moore.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard Hardy Moore and Ruby Lee Wright Moore; his siblings, J. H. Moore and Judy Essary; his brothers-in-law, Lee Lindsey, Roy Daniel, Tody Vandiver, and Clayton Earl Whitehurst; and his sister-in-law, Lila Daniel.
Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at New Prospect Church Cemetery in Iuka, officiated by Bro. Jimmy Rich with remarks by Dr. Al Flannery.
Interment was in New Prospect Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Hall, Terry Barnes, Mack Phifer, Johnny Nunley, Lenny Johnson, and Johnny Bivins.
Honorary pallbearers were Herbert Booker, Don McNeely, and the rest of the regular morning crew at Jack’s.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, or to a charity of your choice. An online guestbook may be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
James Adrian Edge
BOONEVILLE — James Adrian Edge, 87, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021 at his home in Booneville.
He was a former employee of Oakley’s Country Store, Liberty Cash Store, Walden’s Supermarket, Brown Shoe Manufacturing, Quartet Manufacturing, and Liberty National Life Insurance. He was awarded agent of the year award with Liberty National Life Insurance, he was a member of the Booneville Civitan Club where he recruited over 300 members into the organization. During his lifetime he served in multiple offices both local, district and international. He enjoyed playing golf and on his 70th birthday, he got a hole-in-one. Adrian had a servant’s heart and he enjoyed helping others in need, going to church and spending time with his family and friends. He was an active and faithful member of Booneville Church of Christ and a veteran of the United States Army and Mississippi Army National Guard. Adrian served as treasurer for the Mississippi Veteran and Family Honors, Corp. where he assisted with honoring all deceased veterans making sure they received military honors for their service.
Funeral services with military honors will be held at Booneville Church of Christ on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at 3 p.m., with Bro. Jim Estes, Bro. Jeffery Edge, Bro. Cliff Cartwright and Bro. Doug Greenway officiating. Graveside services were held in Zion Rest Cemetery with Bro. Tony Brown officiating. Waters Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Connie Edge of Booneville; son, Jeffery Allen Edge (Pat, daughter-in-law); grandchildren, Haley Leah Edge Aycock (grand-son-in-law, Justin), Bryson Jeffery Edge and Jonathan Allen Edge; great-grandson, Hunter Allen Aycock; host of other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Monroe and Leah Ann Woodruff Edge, and a stepmother, Olivia Edge.
Pallbearers were Bryson Edge, Jonathan Edge, Justin Aycock, Brian Horn, Chris Beard, and Rosendo Rosas.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Veteran and Family Honors, Corp c/o Clarice Parker, 21 CR 333, Corinth, MS 38834.
Margaret Ann Wilhite Blythe
Margaret Ann Wilhite Blythe, 87, died on May 28, 2021, at Diversicare in Amory.
She was born February 7, 1934, in Union County, to Grover Cleveland Wilhite, Sr. and Flora Ada Butler Wilhite.
She retired after 31 years from East Union Attendance Center, where she was a cafeteria worker. She was a member of Jericho Baptist Church. She was so much to those who loved her. She was a proud military wife who followed her husband to Texas, Maine, Puerto Rico; back to Maine and then to Louisiana before his retirement from the United States Air Force in 1972. She lovingly cared for her children singlehandedly while her husband was stationed overseas or on other military assignments. Her family was her treasure and she had a true servant’s heart. She loved us through our troubles first and asked the tough questions later. The important thing was to first know that nothing could make her love us less. She showed us Jesus’s love through her actions and deeds on a daily basis. She was known throughout the community as a fabulous cook. She was often asked to make the dressing for the annual thanksgiving dinner at church. Even after she retired from the cafeteria; she was still asked to come back every year to help make the dressing for the entire school. Her family will especially miss her enchiladas!
Services were held at Jericho Baptist Church. Her son, Rev. Rickey Blythe officiated the service. Burial was in the Jericho Baptist Church Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn was in care of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Maxdale Blythe of Baldwyn, sons Ronnie Blythe (Donna) of Baldwyn, Rickey Blythe (Reta) of Madison, a daughter, Gail Wood (Kenny) of Guntown. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Kelly Miller (Nathan) of Madison, Brooke Williams (Blake) of Knoxville, Tenn.; Robbie Blythe (Angela) of Flora; Josh Blythe (Tara) of Blue Springs; Whitney Andrews (Scotty) of Ingomar; Katie Blythe of Brandon; Hannah Dunaway (Coty) of Baldwyn; Bailey Herring (Auston) of Amory. She is survived by 17 great- grandchildren; Ivie Taylor (Corey), Lexe Morris, Gage Morris, Sami Kate Miller, Halle Jo Blythe, Sawyer Jane Blythe, Arleigh Herring, Finley Herring; Saylor Blythe, Knox Blythe, Layton Blythe, Aubrey Andrews, Case Andrews, Jacie Dunaway, Connor Dunaway, Reece Dunaway, Livvy Dunaway, sister Jean East of Germantown, Tenn. and brother Wayne Wilhite(Patricia) of Baldwyn.
She is preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Obera Hall, Charlene Letson, Ruth Smithey, Juanita Little, Helen Thornton and four brothers, Loyd Wilhite, Carl Wilhite, Merle Wilhite and Grover Wilhite, JR.
Pallbearers were: Robbie Blythe, Joshua Blythe, Nathan Miller, Scotty Andrews, Coty Dunaway, Auston Herring and Blake Williams.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family @www.watersfuneralservice.com
Janie Louise Whitley
BOONEVILLE — Janie Louise Whitley, 91, of Booneville, passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at her home.
She was born on December 12, 1929, to Willie and Mamie Livingston. She was the oldest member of Mt. Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church. She was the owner and operator of the Big V Grocery and Service Station for over 30 years. She loved sewing, crocheting and reading. She was a collector of antiques, dolls and cookie jars.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 11 a.m., McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Jack Whitley and Bro. Glenn Jones officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
She is survived by her children, Danny Whitley (Alice), Davey Whitley (Jan) and Kim Bingham; her grandchildren, Jeremy Whitley, Kelley Penney, Lori Sims, Marcie Whitley McCafferty, Britney Whitley, Misty Whitley DeVaughn, Colt Bingham, Catlin Bingham and Whitley Bingham Alford; her great grandchildren, Kaylee Sims, Ruthie McCafferty, Maggie McCafferty, Webb DeVaughn, Will DeVaughn, Callie James Alford, Claire Alford, Hadleigh Moore and Ava Carter; her sister, Sue Scroggins and her caregiver Bootsie Holland.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Tommy Whitley, a son, Gary Mike, her sister, Jackie Livingston, and two brothers, Doyle Livingston and Jimmy Livingston.
The family would like to thank, Bootsie Holland, Dr. Cliff Cartwright, Kindred Home Health, and Kindred Home Hospice for their loving care of our mother.
Pallbearers were: her grandsons and great-grandsons, Colt Bingham, Catlin Bingham, Dustin McCafferty, Derek DeVaughn, Caleb Alford, Webb DeVaughn and Will DeVaughn.
Honorary pallbearers were the Lindsey brothers, H.B., Jackie, Mac and Jobie
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com
Jimmy Earl Reece
IUKA — Jimmy Earl Reece, 59, of Iuka, died Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Tabitha Reece of Iuka; his parents, Carner and Louise Keenum Reece of Booneville; one son, Franklin Reece of Iuka; one daughter, Tiffany Walls of Iuka; two brothers, Charles Reece and Ben Reece, both of Booneville; four sisters, Glenda Finley, Rita Stanley, and Debbie Grisham, all of Booneville, and Connie Wright of Walnut; and three grandchildren, Sadie Grace Reece, Bobby Ray Walls, and Isabella Marie Walls.
He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Phyllis Lynn Thorn. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka, was entrusted with arrangements. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
IUKA — Martha Sybil Hodge, 87, of Iuka, died Saturday, May 29, 2021, at her residence.
Mrs. Hodge was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was a member of the Midway Homemakers Club and was also a supporter of the Friends of the Iuka Public Library.
She is survived by one son, Steve Hodge of Iuka; one daughter, Sharon Kinder (Stuart) of Austin, Texas; and three grandchildren, Luke Kinder, Sam Kinder, and Hannah Kinder.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Hodge; two sisters, Naomi Johnson and Montez Bryant; and a brother, Raymond Turner.
Cutshall Funeral Home, is entrusted with arrangements. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment was in New Prospect Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Luke Kinder, Sam Kinder, Reid Hodge, Larry Simmons, Glen Hodge, and Anthony Cooksey.
Memorials may be made to the New Prospect Cemetery Fund. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE — Robbie Bryson, 33, passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at his home after a two year battle with colon cancer.
He loved fishing, music, musical instruments and especially speakers to amplify the sound of the instruments. He was a self-employed landscaper and construction worker and he was a Baptist.
Funeral services will be at Waters Funeral Home on Thursday, June 3, 202,1 at 2 p.m., with Bro. Ben Kimbrel and Bro. Omar Torres officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by his wife of nine years, Rebekah Kimbrel Bryson of Booneville; daughters, MaeLynn Marie Bryson, Stella Reigh Bryson and Sadie Rose Bryson all of Booneville; sons, Brantley Edward Bryson and Noah Alexander Bryson of Booneville; sister, Ashley Shelton of Pontotoc; two brothers, Joey Otto (Leah) and Eric Bryson (Amanda) all of Pontotoc; host of other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Linda Deuderstadt Brysonand a brother, Donnie Otto.
Pallbearers will be: Joey Otto, Eric Bryson, Justin Kimbrel, Aaron Luna, Calvin Estes and Tim Cole.
Visitation will be at Waters Funeral Home on Thursday, June 3, 2021, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family @www.watersfuneralservice.com
Bernard Scott, 82, passed away Sunday, May 30, 2021, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
He attended Martin Hill Freewill Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, watching New Site basketball and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 31, 2021, at Martin Hill Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. David Harper officiating. Burial was in Little Brown Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Scott of Marietta; his daughter, Cristy Morgan (Brad) of Marietta; his son, Bruce Scott (Lori) of New Site; his grandchildren, Brandon Scott (Haley), Brett Morgan (Lauren), Brinten Morgan, Blake Scott (Alli), Bryson Scott (Cori), Bryan Scott and Briley Scott and his great-grandchildren, Aubree Scott, Mikenlee Scott and Brandi Scott.
He was preceded in death by his mom, Mary Scott; his dad, Otis Scott; his mother-in-law, Coraene Rogers and his father-in-law, Bolivar Rogers.
His grandsons served as pallbearers.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.keslerfuneralhome.com
Ronnie Lee Chittom
Ronnie Lee Chittom, 67, passed Sunday, May 30, 2021, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
He was born November 30, 1953, to Forrest and Modena Chittom. Mr. Chittom enjoyed fishing, spending time with his friends, and spoiling his grandson, Cole.
A celebration of life was held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Keith Sanders officiating. Burial was at Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.
He is survived by one son, Charles Chittom; one daughter, Miranda Chittom; and one grandson, Cole Thomas.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers were: Ricky Thrasher, Len Thrasher, Joe Childs, and Wesley Thrasher.
Condolences and memories may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.