James Ray ‘Sonny Boy’ Bridges

James Ray “Sonny Boy” Bridges, 54, passed away Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at his home in Guin, Ala. He was a member of Bridge of Faith Apostolic Church. He enjoyed singing, playing his guitar, driving fast, spinning his wheels, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in the Booneville Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Wayne Bridges and Bro. Scotty Downs officiating. Burial was in the Crossroads Cemetery.

James Ray is survived by his wife, Cindy Bridges of Ala.; his son, Derrik McDuffa of Ala.; his daughter, Vanna Franklin (John) of Ala.; his brother, John Daniel Bridges (Shelia) of Corinth; his sisters, Annette Hall (Max) of Tenn., Chrissy Walthers (Kenny) of Booneville and Shannon Jones (Chris) of Jumpertown; his father, Ray Bridges of Jumpertown and his mother-in-law, Betty McDuffa of Ala., and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Wanda Faye Bridges; his grandson, Kamden Franklin; his brother, Billy Leon Bridges and his grandparents, Johnny and Cora Bridges and Clara and Herman Eaton.

Pallbearers were Jamie Swinney, John Franklin, Travis Eaton, Dexter Johnson, Tony Bridges and Douglas Tollison.

Honorary pallbearers were Casey Eaton, Josh Bridges, Nicky Stephens, Rick “Poppy” Nunley, CJ Greene, Raylee Norris and Hunter Norris.

Condolences to the family may be made online at www.keslerfuneralhome.com

Michael R. Curtis

Michael R. Curtis, 63, passed away Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Unit in Tupelo. He enjoyed playing board games, hauling scrap, fishing, raising dogs and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, at New Harmony Cemetery in Blue Springs.

Michael is survived by his sons, Tim Long (Tiffany) of Ark., and Jeremy Roberts of New Albany; his sisters, Vickie Harrison of Texas, and Tamlyn Pickens (Gary) of Blue Springs and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Herman Curtis and his mother, Marion Curtis.

Condolences to the family may be made online at www.keslerfuneralhome.com

Billy James ‘Bill’ Tennison

Billy James “Bill” Tennison, 81, of Alapaha, Geo., died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at his residence.

He was born January 23, 1940, in Marietta, to the late Robert Kelly Tennison and the late Stella Avo Holley Tennison. He was a farmer and adored his family. He was a member of Burton Baptist Church in Burton, and attended Flat Creek Church. He was preceded in death by two sons: Mickey Adam Tennison and James Bradley Tennison; grandson: Tanner Tennison; son-in-law: Glen Pounds; sister: Margaret Swindol; two brothers: Robert Tennison and Gerald Tennison.

He is survived by three daughters: Janet Pounds of Marietta, Norma (Jim) Foster of Baldwin, and Darlene (Johnny) Collins of Cecil, Geo.; son: Eric (Adelle) Tennison of Alapaha, Geo.; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at 2 p.m., in the Nashville Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Clarence Luke officiating.

Lovein Funeral Home, Nashville, Ga.

Billy Hayden Ward

BOONEVILLE — Billy Hayden Ward, 71, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Billy was the son of MD and Charlene Ward. He was a retired school teacher and a farmer and he put his heart into both. He loved working the land with his dad when growing up, and then with his own son, William Chance Ward. Billy loved his students and often had them work on the farm in the summer. He was always willing to listen to their concerns and give them guidance. He was a jokester, loved to cut up, but was firm when he had to be, and most importantly he treated everyone the same. Billy was well known in the community and will be greatly missed, especially by his loving family. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at 10 a.m., in Meadowcreek Cemetery with Bro. Mark McCoy officiating. Waters Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife. Miranda Ward whom he married on April 15, 2000; his son, William Chance Ward; daughter, Alyssa Brooke Moore all of Booneville; host of nieces, nephews and cousins; his in-laws, Randy and Vicki Hickox; his dog, Bruno.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Martha Ray Ward and Mary Faye Ward and his brother, Harold “Curly” Ward.

Pallbearers were James Lytal, Timmy Boren, Joseph Miller, Hunter Arnold, Logan Boren and Buck Ward.

Honorary pallbearers were Randy Jackson and Eddie Murphy.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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

Dana McKinney

Dana McKinney, 49 of Booneville, met her Heavenly Father on Sept. 28, 2021, after a year-long battle with breast cancer. A loving daughter, sister, mother, mamaw, and friend, she enjoyed watching her favorite films, making memories with her family, and laughing every chance she had.

Born on December 23, 1971, her life was filled with joy, fun, and grace. She was always a giver, as is evident with her nursing and medical field career. She was an advocate for mental health and breast cancer awareness.

A devoted mother, she and their father raised four children and were more than proud of their accomplishments. She loved loafing with her mother and mother-in-law, traveling with her sister, and holidays with her family. Her grandchildren were the apples of her eye. Some of her favorite memories included her long-term friends from school, who she cherished dearly. Always the life of the party, the family asks that you celebrate in honor of her.

Services were 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in the Booneville Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home. Burial was in the Jumpertown Cemetery.

Dana is survived by her sons, Jansen McKinney and Tristen McKinney of Ala.; her daughters, JaAnna McKinney of Booneville and Savannah McKinney of Ala.; her brother, John-David Brown of Ripley; her sister, Kim Cayson (Jackie) of Pontotoc; her father, David Brown of Jumpertown; her grandmother, Johnnie Carpenter of Ripley; her grandchildren, Aubree McKinney, Carson McKinney and Kinsley Hyde; the father of her children, Jay McKinney and her nieces, Ali Grace, Kinsey and Hadley Cayson.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Brenda Brown and her grandparents, Newell & Gladys Brown and Fagin Carpenter.

Pallbearers were Greg Windham, Charlie Smart, Butch Essary and Sam Michael.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to defray the cost of funeral expenses or make a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Rutherford ‘Ford’ Blanchard

GUNTOWN — Rutherford “Ford” Blanchard, passed away at the family hunting camp on Oct. 2, 2021. Ford enjoyed hunting, fishing and fantasy football along with many other outdoor sports and activities. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, son Maxus and girlfriend Lakyn. Ford worked in maintenance for Ashley Furniture and was a member of the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at Waters Funeral Home on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at 3 p.m., with Bro. Sims Meredith, and Bro. Gary Dawson officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

He is survived by his parents, Phillip and Mimi Blanchard; son, Maxus Harrison Blanchard; girlfriend and mother of his son, Lakyn Strawn; brothers Matt and Ben Blanchard.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Everett and Martha Swann, John and Bobbie Blanchard

Pallbearers were Brent Duncan, Brett Davis, Caleb Turner, Miles Beasley, Rett Swann and Will Swann.

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

James Matthew ‘Matt’ Lindsey, IIJames Matthew “Matt” Lindsey, II, 36 died on Sept. 29, 2021. Matt was a devoted husband, father, and son. A devout Christian, strong in his faith for his Lord. Matt was a beloved member of Thrasher Baptist Church, and friend to so many. He was a 2003 Booneville High School Hall of Fame graduate and had an Associate’s Degree in Business from Northeast Community College. Matt married Layne Pettigrew, his high school sweetheart in 2006. From a young age, Matt shared a passion for classic cars with his father, working side by side at their family business, Booneville Auto Sales. He had a passion and knowledge like no other for classic cars. In 2019, he started The Vintage Vault, using his talents to restore classic cars. Matt’s interest in the Acura NSX lead him and friend Charles Brown into a side venture, NSX Rack Repair. Together they rebuilt racks for NSX owners all over the world. He was an avid guitar collector and enjoyed teaching his daughter how to play. Matt’s motto has always been “If you love what you do, then you will never work a day in your life.” He truly loved what he did, and had so many friendships all over the world. His greatest blessing in life was his daughter, Jordana. They had a true bond, and thought the world of each other.

A celebration of his life was held Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at 1 p.m., at Booneville Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Bryan and Dr. Danny Rowland officiating. Burial was at Liberty Cemetery, Booneville, MS.

He is survived by his wife, Layne Pettigrew Lindsey; daughter, Jordana Lindsey; mother, Lafonda McCreary Bell of Booneville; father, Mac Lindsey of Booneville; parents-in-law, Kent and Nancy Dees of Tupelo and Jeff and Jennifer Pettigrew of Plantersville; grandparents, Layne and Syble Dees of Booneville and Fred and Brenda Pettigrew of Plantersville; brother-in-law, Taylor Dees and wife Samantha of Petal; sisters-in-law, Alix and husband Andrew Stockman and Holli Anna Pettigrew of Plantersville; nieces, Claire Dees and Aria Stockman; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by grandparents: Herbel and Annie Lou Lindsey, Fred and Lea Illa McCreary, and Doris Bryan.

Pallbearers were Eric Jones, Charles Brown, Robbie Woodard, Shaun McAnally, Eric McAnally, Jonathan Lindsey, Reed Lindsey, and Richard Shook.

Honorary Pallbearers included his Vintage Vault Team: Richard Asher, Jessie Bennett, Eric Goldsmith, Joe Dixon, Tim Morton, Mitchell Sample, Channing McGee, and Michael Smith.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Noel ‘Boots’ Carson

Noel Leonard “Boots” Carson, Jr., 83, of Iuka, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. Boots was a former ironworker and was a lifetime member of the Iron Workers Local #477 in Sheffield, Ala. He was also a National Guard veteran. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and coin collecting.

He is survived by one daughter, Jill Malone (Brett); one brother, Donnie Carson (Janie); and one granddaughter, Olivia Malone, all of Iuka.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cletus Nichols Carson; a son, Stevie Carson; and his parents, Noel Leonard, Sr. and Mary Wright Carson.

Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka, was entrusted with arrangements. Funeral services were scheduled for 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, graveside at Campground Cemetery, officiated by Stacy Stepp. Interment was in Campground Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Campground Cemetery Fund, c/o Barney Hudson, 1609 N. Pearl St., Iuka, MS 38852, or by calling (662) 423-6715.

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

William Joe Coggins

GUNTOWN — William Joe Coggins, passed away at NMMC Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, after a brief illness. Joe was retired from Lee County Solid Waste Department. He enjoyed fishing, being outdoors and working on cars in his free time and he was a Baptist.

Funeral services were held at Waters Funeral Home on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, at 11 a.m. with Bro. Kevin Jenkins officiating. Burial was in Unity Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years Nora Coggins; son, Joey Coggins (Courtney); step-daughter Mindy Laird (Heath); sister Carolyn Harlow; grandchildren Summer, Mason, Ethan, Dylan-Lester Coggins, Aidan Tarry, Lawson, Austin, and Dawson Laird.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Lena Bishop Coggins.

Pallbearers were Mason Coggins, Aidan Tarry, Austin Laird, Dawson Laird, Heath Laird, and Chris Robbins.

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

James Johnson

James, JJ, Binky, grandpa, papaw or Dad, 78, passed from this earth into eternal rest on Sept 27, 2021, in Ruleville. He was born Sept 19, 1943, to Lee and Vell Johnson. He paved a wide path of hard work, working in factories, keeping a garden, and various construction jobs. He was an electrician by trade. He was also an inventor, acquiring a patent for his invention the “squarer square” on June 18, 1996. After retiring he enjoyed building things with his hands: rockers, porch swings, a rope bed, a fountain for his church (Gilmore Chapel), and other things. He could usually be found on his back porch, whittling or shelling pecans. He loved his family and church. He liked when all would gather to enjoy a meal together.

Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at 4 p.m., at Ozark Baptist Church with Chris O’Daniel and Douglas Kitchens officiating. Burial was in the Ozark Methodist Cemetery.

He leaves behind three children: Brenda Beard of Mantachie, Scott Johnson (Beth) of Mooreville, and Chris Johnson of Tupelo. He leaves behind four grandchildren: Mollie Beard, Emmalee Johnson, Tyler Estes, & Madison Swindle. Three sisters; Eva Smith (Tootsie), Agnes Shields (Clifton), and Virginia Peters (Danny). His brother Bobby Johnson (Margaret).

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters; Audrey Haggard and Ava Talent. His brothers, Jessie Johnson, Eddie Lee Johnson (Sonny), and Rex Johnson.

Pallbearers were Mitchell Smith, Jaden Peters, Joseph Johnson, Jason Peters, Shannon Johnson, and Michael Lee Johnson (Boo).

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