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Martha Jean Pepper, retired homemaker, died Tuesdsay, June 21, 2016 at UMMC-Holmes County following a lengthy illness.
She is survived by her spouse Louis Pepper, III; children, Jeannie Pepper Sample (Kim), Butch Pepper (Paula) and Tommy Pepper (Fran); four grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Services were held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Oregon Memorial in Lexington at 10:00 a.m.


Beverly Claire Montgomery Hebert of Lake Worth, Texas age 76, formerly Beverly Claire Montgomery of Ebenezer and Pickens, Mississippi, went to be with Jesus on Friday, June 10, 2016 at Baylor Scott and White Vitas Facility.  
She was born on March 1, 1940 to Patrick Logan Montgomery and Laura Irmie Zeigler Montgomery who preceded her in death.  Beverly was a member of Grace Communion International Church in Euless, Texas.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and keeping in touch with her sisters who live in Mississippi.
She was a loving wife to Norman Allison for 9 years and a strong, caring mother of four, Donna Claire Felts Grogan and her husband, Marc, Barry Keith Felts and his wife, Emily, Laurie Frances Felts Demel, and Patrick Hill Felts and his wife, Dena. She has been blessed with four grandchildren, Daniel Charles Adams (Rachel), Lauren Amber Felts Kilgore (Bryan), Steven Felts Grogan and Shelby Claire Grogan and five step-grandchildren, all of Texas. She has two sisters, Jacqueline Montgomery Holleman and her husband H.W. of Brandon and Florence Montgomery Morphis and her husband James of Madison and four nieces and one nephew. Her grandchildren will be her honorary pallbearers.  A family service will be held at the Montgomery family farm in Ebenezer, in July. The family has requested that memorials be made to Vitas Hospice Attn:  Sherry Jones, 6100 Western Place, Suite 800, Fort Worth, TX  76107. Please specify for the Family Kitchen. 


Christine Clark, 89, of Kosciusko, MS, formerly of Durant, MS passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 of natural causes in Chicago, IL. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016 at Durant First Baptist Church in Durant with burial in Bunker Hill Cemetery in Sallis, MS. Winters Funeral Home in Kosciusko is in charge of arrangements.

Graveside services for Carolyn Maxine Levy Stein, 95, of Ridgeland and formerly of Greenville were held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 21 at the Greenville Jewish Cemetery in Greenville.  She died Saturday, June 18 at The Blake in Ridgeland.  Arrangements are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville.
She was born on February 27, 1921 in Lima, OH and she attended Connecticut College and University of Illinois.  She married Bernard Stein in June 1948.
Carolyn was an accomplished musician and artist.  She loved animals, especially her special cats and dogs.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years.  She will be missed by her family: Sally and Phil Cohen of Lexington, MS, Bob Stein and Carol Emerson of Greenville, MS, Nancy Stein of Nashville, TN, Judy Stein of Jackson, MS, and Emily and Charlie Boyle of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Jeffrey and Stephanie Cohen of Charlotte, NC, Samuel Cohen of New Orleans, LA, Sarah Maxine Cohen of Tel Aviv, Israel, and Sara Boyle and Charlie Boyle of Houston, TX; great grandchildren, Asher Cohen and Emery Cohen of Charlotte, NC and beloved cat King Williams.
There was a visitation at 9:45 a.m., on Tuesday, June 21 at Boone Funeral Home, Greenville. Memorials may be made to Hebrew Union Congregation, Greenville, MS; Beth Israel Congregation, Jackson, MS; Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Jackson, MS or to the charity of one’s choice.


Marie Smith Wideman, 35, was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven on Sunday afternoon June 5th.  A private graveside funeral was held on Wednesday, June 8th in Ebenezer, MS.
?Marie was born in Jackson, MS on February 17, 1981.  She was the daughter of Patricia Smith Wideman of Flowood, MS and Yandell Humphrey Wideman of Ridgeland, MS.  She is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Thomas E. Smith, Jr. of Arkabutla, MS, and paternal grandparents, Posey and Yandell Wideman of Jackson, MS.
?Marie was a devoted daughter to her parents.  Marie demonstrated extreme compassion to those in need.  She was very generous to ministries close to her heart, especially orphans, handicapped persons, and others with special needs. She created Christian videos that reached people all around the world. Even soldiers in Afghanistan have listened to Marie's compilation of Christian music while on the battlefield.
?Marie is survived by her parents, Patricia Wideman and Yandell Wideman;  her identical twin sister Posey H. Wideman of Flowood, MS; maternal grandmother Marie Smith of Madison, MS; Sandra Smith Holleman (Matt) of Madison, MS and Nan Copeland (George) of Ebenezer, MS;  and a host of cousins and extended family.
Marie bravely battled cancer at the end of her life. She was ultimately healed and is rejoicing in Heaven today.  The family wishes to express its special thanks to Baptist Hospital, Lee Dawkins, Brittany and Jason in the ICU unit for their kindness and compassion during her final days of life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Sunnybrook Children’s Home in Ridgeland, MS. 


Clifton Wright, Jr., 74, of Kosciusko, MS passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Lexington Manor Nursing Center in Lexington, MS.  Funeral services were held at 12 noon on Saturday, June  4, 2016 at Winters Funeral Home in Kosciusko.  Burial was in Durant Community Cemetery in Durant, MS.

Madeline Grace Gallagher, 20, of Durant, MS went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 12, 2016.
Madeline excelled in softball as a child. Her passion was animals, especially horses. Greg and Betty Bermond of Bermond Performance Horses in Kosciusko took Maddy under their wing. They saw her natural gift and love of horses. They nurtured her desire and Maddy went on to place in the State Championships in Western Pleasure.
Maddy was a beautiful, free spirited, loving person. She was fiercely devoted to her brother Bryan, her family and fiance Kentwain Mosley.
She is survived by her mother Shannon Gallagher; brother Bryan Gallagher; grandmother Wanda Gallagher of Kilmichael, MS; fiance Kentwain Mosley; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather John L. Gallagher.
Visitation was held at Southern Funeral Home Chapel in Durant from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. Funeral services were held on Monday, May 16 at Immanuel Church of God in Durant at 10:00 a.m. Interment was held at Brister Cemetery in West, MS. Rev. Will Lott and Rev. Joel Smith officiated the services.
Pallbearers were the officers of the Durant Police Department, deputies of the Holmes County Sheriff Department and volunteer firemen of the Durant Fire Department.
The family wishes to thank everyone for the food, flowers, donations, calls, cards, prayers, visits and words of comfort. We love you and God bless you. 


Mary Ann Mayo Zeigler, 81, died Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church in Lexington on Friday, May 6, 2016 with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Mrs. Zeigler was employed with First National Bank where she was an assistant vice president and with Bank Plus for a total of 50 years.  She was a member of First Baptist Church where she served on the pastor search committee, building committee, budget committee and sang in the choir.
Survivors are her husband of 62 years William L. “Billy” Zeigler, Jr.; son Mike Zeigler (Brenda) of Brandon; grandchildren, Stephen Zeigler (Emily) and Lee Ann Zeigler Hales (Mark); and great grandchildren, Ansley and William Zeigler.
Mrs. Zeigler was preceded in death by her son Ricky Lee Zeigler in 1987; great grandson Luke Edward Hales in 2013; brothers, Reese Mayo and Jimmy Mayo; and sister Janie R. Williamson.
Please send any memorials to The First Baptist Church, 200 Tchula Street, P.O. Box 237, Lexington, MS  39095.


Mrs. Lura K. Burrell, 84, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS.  Visitation was held from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 at Southern Funeral Home in Durant. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 at the funeral home.  Burial was in Bowlin Cemetery in Durant.
Mrs. Burrell was a retired seamstress at Durant Sportswear and a member of Bowlin Baptist Church.
She is survived by: sons, Leonard (Anne) Keith of Goodman, MS and Calvin (Angela) of Florence, MS; daughters, Patsy Blaylock (William) of Kosciusko, MS, Barbara Shelton of Kosciusko, Kathy King of Durant and Sue Thornton (Charles) of Durant; brothers, Willie Lee Keith of Kosciusko and Jimmy Clayton Keith of Sallis, MS; sisters, Lillie Mae Cochran of Durant, Sara Jane Roberts of Vaiden, MS and Daisy Ann Guess of Durant; 21 grandchildren; and 34 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Keith is preceded in death by her first husband J. O. Keith in 2002, her son Tommy Keith in 2005 and her second husband Eugene Burrell in 2012.


Daniel Rawlins, 74, of Durant, MS passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 of natural causes in Hinds County. Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Winters Funeral Home in Kosciusko with burial in Damascus Cemetery in Durant.

Mildred Upshaw Ward, 91, died Friday, April 19, 2016 at her residence in the Cameron Community.
She was born January 28, 1925 in Holmes County. Her parents were Hiram Upshaw and Lucille Byrd Upshaw. She was the widow of John L. Ward and a member of Rocky Hill Methodist Church.
She had many talents which included sewing, quilting, crocheting, and until she became disabled she raised gorgeous flowers of every kind and color. Her greatest talent was painting beautiful pictures. You can find many of them in the homes of her family and friends.
She is survived by her children, Sherry Branch (Charles), Guy Ward (Lee) and David Ward (Linda). She is also survived by many grandchildren and great children.
Preceding her in death were her brothers, James Pinnix and Hiram Upshaw, Jr.; sister Dorothy Edwards; granddaughter Suzanne McCrady; and great granddaughter Payton Sierra Netherland.


James L. Busby, 80, of Durant died Friday, April 22, 2016 at the University Medical Center in Jackson. Funeral services were held at A3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Durant United Pentecostal Church with burial in Bowlin Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Danny Smith, Richard Jones, Craig Davis, Charles Roby and Gary Walton.  Bro. John Fortenberry, Bro. Lyn Nations and Bro. Richard Holt officiated. Services were directed by Southern Funeral Home.
Mr. Busby was a retired factory worker and a member of Durant United Pentecostal Church.
Survivors are his wife Diane Busby; sons, Jimmy Busby of Natchez, Joe Busby of Natchez, Emerson Lee Busby of Jonesboro, AR and James Edward Grant of Gulfport; daughters, Mary Lee Arnold of Lawrenceburg, TN and Annie Lou Floyd of Natchez; ten grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son Ronnie Lee Busby in 1971.


Joyce Hudson, 66 of Jackson, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Graveside services were held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at West Baptist Church Cemetery.
Roberts & Sons Mortuary of Winona was in charge of the arrangements.


Melvin Landfair, 88, of Lexington, MS passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS. Funeral services will be held at Greater Union Outreach Ministry on Highway 17 North in Lexington at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
Porter & Sons’ Funeral is in charge of arrangements.


Memorial service for Royce Lee Ezell of Durant, MS will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the College Park United Methodist Church on Highway 19 North in Meridian, MS with Bro. Joe Reynolds presiding.  We welcome all that would like to come and celebrate this wonderful man’s life. He would hope that you come away with great memories and being blessed. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Royce Lee Ezell was born on December 9, 1937 on B Street in Meridian, MS to George Kelly Ezell and Addie Reeves Ezell Ward. Growing up in Meridian he graduated from Meridian High School and later joined the Navy where he was a loadmaster with MATS. When he returned to Meridian in 1963 he joined and became an eternal and vital member of the Oakland Heights Methodist Church family. He met the love of his life and his future wife, Mary Ann Scott, there and they married in 1964.
He was a wonderful provider, working at the Naheola paper mill at Pennington, AL for almost 35 years. He was a loving and caring father to his two children and a wonderful husband to his wife, all of whom he loved unconditionally. As a grandparent, his grandchildren soon became the “apple of his eye”, because he was just a kid who refused to grow up.
He left Meridian for only the second time in his life when he retired and moved to Durant/Kosciusko area; but for Royce Lee Ezell, Meridian was and will always remain his home. For over 51 years he and Mary Ann traveled the wonderful journey known as life together. They supported each other, and loved the other without reservation. Royce could often be heard saying to people, “It takes the two of us to make a whole.”
Royce went home to be with those who had gone before on Friday, April 8, 2016. He left behind his wife Mary Ann Ezell; his son Lee Ezell (Christa) of Quitman; his daughter Suzy Ezell Lambert (Hank) of Stafford, Missouri; five grandchildren, Rachel Vossler of Jacksonville, FL, Daniel Vossler of Pullman, WA, John Corey Lambert (Brianna) of Wiggins, MS and Julian and Erin Perkins of Quitman, MS; a brother Bill Ezell (Doloris) of Dalewood; a sister Ann Lewis (Carroll) of Chattanooga, TN; and a number of nieces, nephews and close cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father as listed above; a sister Imo Jewel Ezell and a brother, Rudolph Ezell and Rudolph's wife Billie Jean.
He loved animals and throughout his wondrous life, he owned so many that he nurtured and loved with all his heart. Family and pets are rejoicing at being reunited with Royce.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Blair Batson Children’s Hospital, Wounded Warriors Project, or College Park United Methodist Church.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at
He will be missed by all that knew him for he was such a gentle loving soul.
Visitation will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the church.


Josie Mabry Newsom, 84, died Sunday, March 27, 2016 in Grenada.  Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at First Baptist Church in Durant.  Burial was in Mizpah Cemetery in Durant.

Funeral services for Lois Hobson Weems, 93, formerly of Lexington were held Friday, March 25, 2016 at Southern Funeral Home in Lexington.  Burial was in Hebron Cemetery.  Bro. Jerry Guess officiated. Pallbearers were Trent Johnson, Paul Hollingsworth, Jeremy Hobson, Nicholas Hobson, Wilson Harvey and George Bell.
Mrs. Weems was a member of Hebron Church, a retired nurses aide at the Holmes County Hospital and also did private duty sitting.
Survivors are her son Jerry Hobson (Lynda) of Lexington; daughter Joyce Humphrey of Euless, Texas; grandchildren, Laura Johnson (Trent), Jeremy Hobson (Christi), Kelly Burleson (Greg) and Nicholas Hobson (Amanda); and seven great grandchildren.
Mrs. Weems was preceded in death by her son Lee Roy Hobson; her granddaughter Carrie O. Hobson; her grandson Matthew S. Hobson; and her husbands, Raymond Hobson and Douglas Weems.


Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
Tyrone (Bean) Lacy was born October 22, 1973 at Holmes County Hospital in Lexington, MS to the late Annelle (Honey) and George (Gee) Lacy who proceeded him in death along with a niece Shaneka Lakeshia Motley.
He attended Jacob J. McClain High School and was a member of the Mustang Basketball Team. He graduated with the Class of 1992. Sports was his passion. He furthered his education at Mary Holmes Junior College in Westpoint, MS, Holmes Jr. College in Goodman, MS and later Jackson State University, Jackson, MS receiving a business degree.
He was raised in Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church under the direction of the late Pastor Jesse Crockrett. Later on he rededicated his life to Christ as his Lord and Savior and attended New Jerusalem Church in Jackson, MS under Pastor Dewayne Pickens until his death.
Tyrone was united in holy matrimony to Yavoka Johnson on December 31, 2011. He had many jobs. He was employed at Fleetwood Homes, Lexington, MS, Stanley Department Store in North Park Mall, Sports Academy on County Line Road and the Coca Cola Company in Jackson. He later was employed at Nissan North America where he became a general manager and was admired by his co-workers as a diligent and devoted worker until his death.
Bean was a quiet spirit who always helped anyone who was in need.
Bean is survived by his wife Yavoka Johnson Lacy of Jackson; two sons, Avonte Clay of Madison, WI and Gabriel Walker of Jackson, MS; three daughters, Chantez Head, Zoie Walker and Gia Lacy, all of Jackson, MS; mother-in-law Rogerene Johnson of Tchula, MS; six sisters, Florestine Lacy of Calumet City, IL, Linda (Roy) Giles of Carthage, MS, Catherine and Bunny Lacy, Jeanette (Eugene)Clerk, Brenda (Calvin) Davis, all of Lexington, MS; three brothers, Darnell Lacy of Tchula, MS, George Lacy, Jr. of Lexington, MS, and Arthur Lacy of Jackson, MS; sister-in-law Tonya Johnson of Memphis, TN; two brothers-in-law, Cedric Johnson of Tchula, MS and Sammuel Johnson of Memphis, TN; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Carolyn Watkins, 79, passed away on Monday, March 21, 2016 at MS Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016 at Southern Funeral Home.  Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Lexington. Rev. Jimmy Hodges officiated.  Pallbearers were Greg Watkins, Jr., Will Watkins, Hugh Gilliland, Ty Watkins, Preston O’Neal and Robby Horne.
Mrs. Watkins was a homemaker and a member of Grace Fellowship Church.
Survivors are sons, Gregory Vance Watkins (Tabatha) of Columbus and James Mitchell Watkins (Hollye) of Madison; daughter Sara Beth Gilliland of Carrollton; 15 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Mrs. Watkins was preceded in death by her husband Hugh Vance Watkins and a daughter Sondra Kay Watkins.


Christine Covington, 89, teacher, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the Attala Nursing Center in Kosciusko.  Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Southern Funeral Home in Durant.  Burial was in Seneasha Cemetery in Goodman.
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