Joseph David Wallis, Jr.

Joseph David Wallis,Jr., 55, passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at his home in Baldwyn.

He enjoyed fishing, riding horses, reading western books, shooting guns and spending time with his grandchildren, which he dearly loved.

Services were 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in the Baldwyn Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. J.D. Agnew officiating. Burial was in the Lebanon Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Sheila Wallis of Baldwyn; his daughters, Hailey Ross (Keenan) of Booneville, Courtney MyHand (Jake), Ali Foster Green (Channing), and Nikki Foster Reese (Wesley) all of Baldwyn; his sisters, Martha Speck and Lynn Miley (Darren) both of Baldwyn, Myra Webb (Doug) of Nettleton and Amy Wallis of Saltillo; 16 grandchildren and special friends, Chris Kimbrough (Janet) and Tony Lansdell.

David was preceded in death by his parents, David and Betty Wallis; his nieces, Britney and Ashley Roberts and his close friend, David Blackwood.

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Sara Davis

Sara Davis, 96, of Booneville, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehab in Booneville. Sara was a 1943 graduate of Booneville High School and attended Mississippi University for Women. She was a member of the First Methodist Church in Booneville, a lifetime member of the D.A.R., and loved sewing and playing bridge. She was the owner of the original Grace Shop in downtown Booneville and considered her customers and fellow merchants to be a part of her family.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Sisk and Rev. Bobby Hankins officiating. Burial was in the Booneville Cemetery.

She is survived by her daughters, Jama Smith (Mark) and Julie Oliver (Joe); her grandchildren, James Peyton Chambers and Sarah Grace Dorris (Mark); her great-grandchildren, Rivers Davis Dorris and Sanders McNeil Dorris; her nephew, Tim McCary (Penny) and her great-niece, Abagail Washington (Phillip).

Special thanks to special friends and caregivers, Odesser Perrin and Martha Grizzard.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy Lee Fugitt and Amanda Grace McDonald Fugitt; her husband James Luther Davis and her sister, Barbara Fugitt McCary.

Pallbearers were Bill Gullett, Stan Herren, Thomas Rakestraw, Coy Livingston, Ellis Long, and Mark Cartwright. Honorary pallbearer was Bobby Goddard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Booneville.

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Charles K. Johnson

Charles K. Johnson, 80, of Tishomingo, left this earth on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at NMMC in Iuka, after an extended illness. He was born Sept 14, 1941, to Homer and Zellar Johnson. He enjoyed watching westerns, fishing, and building birdhouses. He was a retired master carpenter and handyman. He was a born-again follower of Jesus.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Howard Johnson

Charles is survived by his life partner Frances West; two sons, Davie and wife Angela of Cheyenne, Wy.; and Derrick and wife Camilla of New Albany; two sisters, Shirley Timbes of Burnsville, and Shelia Sutton and husband Rick of Tuscumbia, Ala.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

Waters Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

A private graveside ceremony will be held at Fairview Community Church Cemetery at a later date.

The family request in lieu of flowers that a donation be made to the charity of their choice, in his honor.

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Kenneth W. Dean

Kenneth William Dean, 60, of Iuka, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Kenneth was a 40-year veteran of both the U. S. Army and the Mississippi National Guard. While in the National Guard he was part of the 223rd Engineering Battalion and served twice in Iraq during Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was retired from Caterpillar in Corinth and enjoyed traveling to the mountains, hunting, and fishing. He also enjoyed boating, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his mother, Jewel Dean; one son, Joseph Dean; one daughter, Kendra Dean; and one sister, Vicki Bunch (Thomas), all of Iuka; four grandchildren, Jada Elizabeth Dean, Alaska Diane Tensley, Anniston Rain Tensley, and Aden Brooke Osborn; a special friend, Donna McDonald; and his “other son”, his dog, Theo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lisa Pickle Dean; and his father, Henry William Dean. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements. Funeral services were scheduled for 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, at Fifth Street Baptist Church, officiated by Dr. Tony Curtis. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Joseph Dean, Willie Ray Huggins, Joey Wayne Pickle, and James Ray Huggins, Junior Ross, and Jerry Holly.

Honorary pallbearers include Steve K. Smith, Keith Davis, and Thomas Bunch.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Mary Ann Richmond Hester

Mary Ann Richmond Hester, 81, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at her home in Booneville. She was born in Dyess, Ark., on July 29, 1940, to Eligh Richmond and Eva Milligan Richmond. She loved singing gospel songs and writing gospel songs. Mary Ann enjoyed talking to everyone, gardening, and fishing.

A celebration of her life was 2 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, at Booneville Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Cannon officiating. Burial was in Piney Grove Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, O.D. Hester; sons, Michael Hayden (Patricia) and Mitchell Hayden (Debbie) all of Booneville; daughters, Karen Michael (Danny) of Rienzi, Donna Davis (Drexel) of Booneville and Brenda Wright (Randy) of Missouri; granddaughters, Tasha Hayden of Columbus, Miranda Kyle of Booneville, and Wendy Rickman of Rienzi; grandson Dakota Wright (Leigh Ann) of Missouri; step-grandchildren, Jason Ramer and J.J. Eaton, both of Faulkner; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and four step great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by two grandsons, Tony Hayden and Robby Michael, five brothers, and two sisters.

Pallbearers were Bobby Cole, Cecil Hicks, Bob Grisham, Steve Richmond, Shelby Rickman, and Landen Michael.

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Clydene Lindsey Yates

Clydene Lindsey Yates, 86, passed away Oct. 9, 2021, at her home in Jumpertown. She was born Oct. 19, 1934, to the late Clyde and Zera Lindsey of Booneville. She attended school in Jumpertown where she played basketball and most importantly met and married the love of her life, Anthony Yates on April 3, 1953. Their love has sustained the family for 68 years. She was an active and faithful member of Jumpertown United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cooking, gardening, embroidering, canning and enjoyed watching cardinals and hummingbirds (especially one she named “Bossy”) from her front porch. She loved baking cakes, breads, and pies and sharing them with her friends and family.

Services were 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, at Jumpertown United Methodist Church with Bro. Jim Petermann, Bro David English and Bro. M.J. Pope officiating. Pastor Dan Perryman is her Honorary Pastor (her deceased son-in-law). Burial will follow in the Jumpertown Cemetery.

Clydene is survived by her husband of 68 years, Anthony Brandon Yates; her children, Ronald Yates (Teresa) of Sherman, Texas, and Donna Yates Perryman of Knoxville, Tenn.; her sister, Pauline Lindsey Scott of Baldwyn; her brother, Buddy Lindsey of Booneville; her sisters-in-law, Hazel Lindsey of Ecru, Ruth Lindsey of Booneville and Amy Lindsey of Booneville; her brothers-in-law, Franklin and David Yates of Jumpertown; her grandchildren, Brandon Yates (Michele) of Dallas, Texas, Darrin Perryman (Sheila) of Knoxville, Tenn., Kathryn Yates Anderson (Eric) of Plano, Texas and Carolyn Whitney Yates of Sherman, Texas; her great-grandchildren, Jackson Perryman, Wyatt Yates and Bryson Perryman and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Larry Lindsey of Ecru and Joe Lindsey of Booneville; her brothers-in-law, Willard Yates of Jumpertown and Jimmy Scott of Baldwyn; her sister-in-law, Alice Yates Eaton of Jumpertown; her son-in-law, Dan Perryman of Knoxville, Tenn., and her nephew, Clay Lindsey of Booneville.

Pallbearers were Brandon Yates, Darrin Perryman, Kathryn Anderson, Carolyn Whitney Yates, Jim Yates, Kent Geno, Danny Jumper and Dr. Sean Reynolds.

Honorary pallbearers were Michael Hodgin and her great-grandsons, Jackson Perryman, Wyatt Yates and Bryson Perryman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Clydene Yates to Jumpertown United Methodist Church Building Fund, 888 HWY 4 West, Booneville, MS 38829.

Rita Lynn Martin

Rita Lynn Martin, 60, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. She was a member of Prospect Church. She enjoyed riding horses and spending time with her friends and grandchildren.

Services were 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, at Prospect Church, 15 CR 5211 Booneville, MS 38829, with Bro. Johnny Hamblin officiating. Burial was in the Prospect Cemetery.

Rita is survived by her sons, Jeffery Scott Kelly of Shannon and Richard Anthony Lloyd of Verona; her brothers, Kenneth Martin of Wilton Manors, FL, Michael Martin of Mooreville, Billy Wayne Brasel of Wheeler, Perry Brasel of Saltillo and John Brasel of Baldwyn; her grandchildren, Montanna Byars of Verona, Austin Lloyd of Shannon and Harper Lynn Kelly of Nettleton and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Daisy Cupp Brasel; her father, James Alvin Martin and her step-father, Billy Brasel.

Cathy Denise Moore Berryhill

Cathy Denise Moore Berryhill, 64, passed away Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Desoto. She was born Oct. 12, 1956, to John William Moore and Edith Marine Short Moore.

Cathy worked as a Managing Agent at Direct Insurance for 29 years. She loved helping people and cooking. She was a loving aunt and great aunt. Cathy loved her family. She was of the Baptist faith.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at 1 p.m., in the Gaston Baptist Church Cemetery. Due to COVID, a Celebration of Life will held at a later date. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Tim Berryhill of Lake Cormorant; two brothers, Johnnie Moore (Tracie) of Millington, Tenn., and Mickey Moore (Kim) of Hernando; two sisters in law, Debbie Moore of Arlington, Tenn., and Shirley Moore of Jumpertown; and a host of nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Billy Moore of Arlington, Tenn., and Joe Moore of Jumpertown.

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Tamri Barnes

Tamri Barnes, 52, passed away Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born January 11, 1969, to Larry Don and Dorothy Rhoads. She earned her LPN certificate and Associates Degree in Education from Northeast Mississippi Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of North Alabama, and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Mississippi. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church and the Mississippi Education Association. She enjoyed traveling to new places, animals and drawing.

Tamri started her career as a nurse and always had a deep compassion for others, but 14 years ago she answered her heart’s true calling and became a teacher. At Marietta Elementary she was known for being firm, but fair-setting high standards for her students and working hard to help them reach their potential. In her classroom, she taught her students not only how to solve math problems, but life problems as well. She tried to be an example in determination, strength, and perseverance.

A celebration of life service was held at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Ray Bennett and Bro. Kevin Balius officiating. Burial was in New Site Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Jeff Barnes; sons, Brice (Makayla) Barnes and Avery Barnes; her mother, Dorothy Rhoads; and brother, Jerry (Debbie) Gann.

She was preceded in death by her father, Larry Rhoads; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Rhoads; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Bethune; and brother Larry Gann.

Pallbearers were Dr. Laurence Dennis, Rusty Slack, Jason Potts, Neil Moss, Jeremy Hare, Matthew Kelly, Nathan Rhoads, Bryan McVey and Mark Barnes.

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Joyce Keeton

Joyce Keeton, 90, of Booneville passed away on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehab in Booneville. Joyce was born on Oct. 1, 1931, and married her husband James Lindsey Keeton, Jr. on December 16, 1951. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Booneville. Joyce worked at the Phone Company, Medical Clinic and later got her LPN degree. She was a member of the Homemakers Club and a Volunteer at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She loved going shopping and eating out in Tupelo. She was always taking care of someone, and she dedicated many years to taking care of her husband. She loved dogs and cats especially her own.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home with Dr. Lynn Jones and Bro. Josh Westmoreland officiating. Burial was in the Booneville Cemetery.

She is survived by her son, James Keeton (Pam); her grandchildren, Mechell Brunes (Charlie), Kelly Carper (Ricky), Jennifer Barton (David), and Shawn Keeton (Rebecca); sixteen great-grandchildren and four great great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James Luther West and Mauvoline Brown West; her husband, James Lindsey Keeton, Jr.; her brother, Jack West and her great grandchild, Alli Kelly.

Pallbearers were Shawn Keeton, David Barton, Dylan Downs, Tyler Downs, Ezra Keeton, Caleb Chisholm and Jerry Wayne Copeland.

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