Linda Edwards Lewis BMC Class of 1970

Linda was born on January 20, 1949 and passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
Linda was a resident of Holcomb, Mississippi at the time of passing.
Linda graduated from Blue Mountain College, and received a Masters Degree from Delta State University.
No other obituary information listed….source: Clarion Ledger, Jackson, MS

Bro. Joe D Herndon BMC Class of 1980

Bro. Joe D. Herndon, 79, passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a graduate of Pontotoc High School and Blue Mountain College. He attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He faithfully preached the gospel for over 50 years. He was a faithful witness for Jesus Christ whether at home, in the pulpit, as he visited parishoners. in the woods or on the water. He pastored at Shiloh Baptist Church in Chickasaw County, MS, Rocky Springs Baptist Church in Monroe County, MS, Liberty Baptist Church in Monroe County, MS, East Booneville Baptist Church in Booneville, MS, Cherry Creek Baptist Church in Ecru, MS, Estes Park Baptist Church in Estes Park, CO, Truett Memorial Baptist Church in Denver, CO, Ingram Baptist Church in Baldwyn, MS, Fredonia Baptist Church in Ingomar, MS, Furrs Baptist Church in Pontotoc, MS, Shiloh Baptist Church in Chickasaw County, MS, Harmony Baptist Church in Pontotoc, MS, County Line Baptist Church (Interim) in Randolph, MS, Locust Hill Baptist Church (Interim) in Pontotoc, MS and In Good Faith Church (Interim) in Pontotoc, MS. He made missions trips to South Dakota, Honduras and Africa. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and was a custom knife maker. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Services will be Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 2PM at West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc, MS. Bro. George Steward and Dr. David Hamilton will officiate. Burial will follow in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors: his wife of 60 years-Annette Lindsey Herndon of Pontotoc; 2 sons-Steve Herndon(Judy) of Weatherford, TX and Bro. Greg Herndon(Beverly) of Pontotoc; 3 grandsons-Joshua Herndon(Megan) of Mooreville, Chad Herndon of Memphis, TN and Evan Herndon of Pontotoc; step grandson-Heath Elliott(Lindsey) of San Angelo, TX; step granddaughter-Heather Johnson(Trey) of Westherford, TX; 2 great grandsons-Gunnar Herndon and Gibson Herndon; 4 great granddaughters-Chloe Powell, Rylee Elliott, Olivia Elliott and Abigail Elliott; several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: his son-Tim Herndon; parents-Lon and Ethel Herndon; brothers- J.L. Herndon and Johnny Herndon; sister-Mattie Lou Edwards 6 half brothers-Glover, Cliff, Bill, Clarence, Ollie and Harold; 3 half sisters-Clara Osborn, Mabel Inmon and Lena May McCain.

Pallbearers: Josh Herndon, Chad Herndon, Evan Herndon, Heath Elliott, Donald Barefield and Jason Watts.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 8, 2017 5-8PM at West Heights Baptist Church and Wednesday, August 9, 2017 11AM until service time at West Heights Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to Baptist Children's Village.
Annette Herndon-wife-334 Gideon Bend Pontotoc, MS 38863
Steve (Judy) Herndon-son 3333 Thompson Rd Weatherford, TX 76087
Greg (Beverly) Herndon-son 86 Pontotoc Pkwy W Pontotoc, MS 38863

Emily Teague Crabb BMC Class of 1986

Emily Teague Crabb, 53, of Ramer, TN, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Methodist Hospice in Memphis, TN. She was born in Corinth, MS on November 29, 1963 to Benny and Brylene Teague, graduated from McNairy Central High School in 1982 and from Blue Mountain College in 1986. Emily was a member of Chewalla Baptist Church and served the McNairy County School system for 30 years as a teacher. She will forever be remembered in the hearts of those she loved. Visitation is scheduled for 5-9 PM Friday, August 4, 2017 and from 10 AM till service time Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Magnolia Funeral Home. A celebration of Emily’s life will be held at 11 AM Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories officiated by Bro. Richard Doyle and Dr. Charles Fowler. Interment will follow in Indian Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers include Phillip Hollingsworth, Jim Harrison, Jesse Harrison, Nathan Howell, James Howell, Van McMahan, Chris Whitten, and Keith Rinehart. Magnolia Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Those left to honor Emily’s memory include her husband of 13 years: Terry Crabb of Ramer, TN; her children: Hannah Sims and husband Brandon of Michie, TN, Jordan Gillentine and wife Caroline of Starkville, MS, Thomas Jacob Prather of Ramer, TN, and Mary Beth Prather of Memphis, TN; her parents: Benny and Brylene Teague of Ramer, TN; her grandchildren: Carter Sims, Hayley Sims, and Haddon Gillentine; her brother: Bart Teague and wife Audra of Humboldt, TN; her sister: Delise Teague of Ramer, TN; a niece, two nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents: Cecil and Lou Teague and by her maternal grandparents: Bryant and Earlene Hardin.
Terry Crabb-husband- 2243 Butler Chapel Rd, Ramer, TN 38367
Hannah (Brandon) Sims daughter 3821 New Hope Rd, Michie, TN 38357
Jordan (Caroline) Gillentine-son- 187 Stone Ridge Rd, Starkville, MS 39759
Thomas Prather-son-
Mary Beth Prather-daughter-
Benny and Brylene Teague-parents-3646 Hwy 57 West, Ramer, TN 38367
Bart (Audra) Teague-brother-176 Rolling Oaks Drive, Humboldt, TN 38367
Delise Teague-sister-76 Ball Park Rd, Ramer, TN 38367

Jeffie Dee Carter BMC Class of 1937

Miss Jeffie Dee Carter, 101, passed from this life to the next on August 4, 2017. She was born June 6, 1916, in Attala County, the last of seven children of William and Mollie Carter. She attended grammar and high school in Attala County. She graduated from Blue Mountain College and later received her M.A. from the University of Mississippi. After teaching in the Mississippi Delta for a short time, she moved to Jackson where she taught for over 50 years. During her span of teaching, most of which was done in the second grade, she touched the lives of hundreds of children and their parents. Teaching was a true calling for her, and both the students she taught and their parents can attest that she did it well.

Until her death, Jeffie was extremely involved in many organizations in Jackson and received numerous awards and recognitions for her hard work. She was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, where she was active in the 3-M program. After she retired from teaching, she volunteered with the pre-school program at Covenant. She was also active in both the AARP and retired teachers programs, frequently going to the capitol to lobby the legislators for programs for the elderly and for retired state employees.

She served as secretary, treasurer, and legislative chairman of the AARP, where she organized a day of service for AARP members to visit community nursing homes with small gifts for the patients. She enjoyed politics and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1984. At the time, she was featured in a newspaper article showing her at the age 68 standing on a chair and cheering. She was a faithful member of the Salvation Army Auxilary and participated in many of their projects. She holds the distinction of being one of the few 100 year olds to ring the bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas. She and her sister, Pauline Carter, were named Goodwill Salute volunteers of the year in 2006. Because of her appreciation of the arts, Jeffie volunteered for the Palaces of St. Petersburg, Splendors of Versailles, and Glory of Baroque Dresden exhibits. She enjoyed both her years teaching and her years in retirement, and whatever she did, she had a good time doing it.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by her sisters, Annie Lee Jackson and Sudie Crosthwait, and her brothers Garland Gay Carter, Ray Carter, and T.J. Carter. She is survived by her sister, Pauline Carter, along with numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her devoted caregivers, Jennifer Stokes and Peaches Watts.

Services will be at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, on Monday, August 7, 2017,at 2:00pm, preceded by visitation from 12:30-2:00 pm. Burial will be in Parkway Memorial Cemetery.

Instead of sending flowers, please consider making a contribution to your favorite charity; or if you prefer, honor Jeffie's memory by providing school supplies for a child in need. Realizing the importance of every child's having appropriate school supplies, Jeffie, during her long teaching career, purchased supplies for hundreds of at-risk children
Pauline Carter (sister) 1636 Pine Ridge Pl, Jackson, MS 39211 (BMC Class of 1934)


Bonnie Howard Brooks BMC Class of 1946

Bonnie Lou Howard Brooks was born on Sunday, June 7, 1925 in Post, Texas and passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in Springdale, Arkansas. She moved to Pleasanton as a young girl and spent much of her life living in the area. She moved to Springdale, Arkansas in late 2014 to live with her daughter Sarian Grider and son-in-law, Gary.
Bonnie graduated from Pleasanton High School in 1942 and Blue Mountain College in 1946. The college, a small Baptist girl’s school in Blue Mountain, Mississippi was a place that she loved. In 2016, she attended the 70th reunion of her class and was thrilled for the opportunity to share it with her family.
Bonnie also obtained a BA in Education from Northwestern State College in Alva, Oklahoma, in 1981. She moved to Poteet, Texas and taught 5th grade for 19 years. Bonnie loved children and spent her life teaching them in both church and school settings.
Bonnie was a member of First Baptist Church of Pleasanton. While in Arkansas, she really missed her friends in the churches senior programs and such as Young at Heart.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, HG and Pearl Howard; a brother, HG Howard, Jr. and by her late husband, O. Leslie Brooks of Poteet. She is survived by daughters, Sarian (Gary) Grider of Springdale, Arkansas and Miriam Williams of DeMotte, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to South Texas Children’s Home in Beeville, Texas or to a charity of your choice.
Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church, 400 N. Reed Street in Pleasanton at 10:00 AM Monday, July 10, 2017. Interment will follow in Pleasanton City Cemetery in Pleasanton
Sarian (Gary) Grider (daughter) 2146 Waverly Ave Springdale, AR 72762
Miriam Williams-(daughter) 10315 Serenity Drive DeMotte, IN 46310

Jerry Wilkins Kemp BMC Class of 1954

Jerry was born on September 20, 1933 and passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017.Jerry was a resident of Columbia, Mississippi at the time of passing. She was graduate of Blue Mountain College with a degree in education. She is survived by her sons; Kevin Kemp (Ginny), Christopher Kemp, daughter; Carol Kemp Simpson (Dr. J.D.), brother ; Jesse Ray Wilkins, Jr., grandchildren; Kevin Lee Kemp, Jr.(Catherine), Kailey L. Kemp, Robert Logan Kemp (Cameron), Chelsea E. Kemp, Christina L. Kemp, James Robert Simpson, Caroline Grace Simpson, Dawson Kemp Simpson, Anne Walker Simpson, Harrison W Miller, great grandchildren; Logan Holmes , Keaton George, brother-in-law; Dr. Russell L. Bourquein, Jr., nephews; Russ Bourquein, Robert Bourquein, David Bourquein, Jesse Ray "Tres" Wilkins, III, Clay Eugene Wilkins, and longtime friend and caregiver ; Phylesia Ates, In Lieu of flowers the family ask that memorial donations may be made to Camp Garraway 312 Camp Garraway Rd Clinton, MS 39056, Lottie Moon, or Annie Armstrong.
Kevin (Ginny) Kemp –son too many possibilities
Christopher Kemp-son too many possibilities
Carol (Dr. JD) Simpson-daughter too many possibilities
Jesse Wilkins Jr-brother too many possibilities

Joyce Simpson Oglesby BMC Class of 1956

82, died Saturday, July 22, 2017, following a brief illness. We celebrate her life, her faith in Jesus, and her impact on those around her.

VISITATION: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at Wade Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington.

SERVICE: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, at Wade Funeral Home, with interment following at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Metroplex Women's Clinic, 5150 S. Collins, Arlington, TX 76018.

Joyce was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, cared for as an infant by her grandmother, Mary Helen Simpson, before she grew up at the Mississippi Baptist Orphanage in Jackson, Mississippi. She graduated from Central High School in Jackson and received her degree in Bible and Commerce from Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi. Throughout her life, she excelled at everything she was a part of. She served faithfully in several churches as a pastor's wife, taught many Sunday School and Bible study groups, spent her career as an elementary and middle school teacher where she impacted countless children both in Mississippi and Texas, and volunteered in many capacities in her church, Fielder Church, and at the Metroplex Women's Clinic in Arlington. Joyce loved Jesus and everyone she met. She leaves a legacy of her faith to her family and others who will greatly miss her as wife, mom, aunt mom, meme, and friend.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother and two sisters.

SURVIVORS: Joyce is survived by her husband of almost 29 years, J.D. Oglesby; Son, Chris Smith (Trudy); Daughters, Angela Joyce Snyder (Tony) and Beth Smith Marble (Ken); Stepdaughters, Susan Oglesby Hynes (Rick) and Janet Oglesby Staggs (Neil); Stepson, Robert Wade Oglesby (Theresa); Fifteen grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

JD Oglesby (husband) 6 Grant Place Arlington, TX 76013
Chris (Trudy) Smith (son) unable to locate
Angela (Tony) Snyder unable to locate
Beth(Ken) Marble unable to locate

Charla Walters Smith BMC Class of 1950

Charla Walters Smith, 87, passed away peacefully at Forrest General Hospital on Sunday, July 16, 2017, surrounded by her family.
Born January 19, 1930, in Laurel, MS, she was the daughter of the late Charles T. Walters and Mary Lewis Walters. Raised in Laurel, she graduated from George S. Gardiner High School (1946) and later graduated from Blue Mountain College, where she earned a B.A. degree with a double major in Social Science and Bible (1950). After teaching for a year, she married her high school sweetheart, Philip Eugene Smith, also from Laurel.
Charla was a devoted and beloved wife to Philip for 66 years. Together they served at Parkway Heights United Methodist, where they were members of the Wesley Club, and where she faithfully taught and loved the Friendship Sunday School Class. They also were loyal supporters of the University of Southern Mississippi, where they began their married life living on campus in 1951.
Charla was a real estate broker for Ryan Realty in Picayune, MS, for 10 years and worked at First United Methodist Church, Picayune, as the Director of Children’s, Youth, and Adult Choirs for 17 years. She expressed her love for her Lord in the way she wholeheartedly served people.
Her first and foremost job role was that of homemaker, as she and Philip lovingly raised their three children: Robin Smith Moody (Buddy) of Poplarville, Gene Smith (Maria), and Kay Smith Ficken (Karl) both of Hattiesburg. Attending sports events, band concerts, and church programs of all sorts, they continued supporting their family as the grandchildren came along. They felt blessed to enjoy seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Charla’s life will be celebrated on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., with visitation beforehand beginning at 9:00 a.m., at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church, 2420 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Edwards Street Fellowship Center, 1919 Edwards Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.
Robin (Buddy) Moody (daughter) P O Box 14 Poplarville, MS 39470 (BMC 1975*)
Gene (Maria) Smith (son) 400 Mistletoe Crossing Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Kay (Karl) Ficken (daughter) 113 Kirkwood Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39402


Patricia Bessinger BMC Class of 1949

Patricia Ann Hicks Bessinger returned to her heavenly home on July 3, 2017 at the age of 89. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God were the cornerstones of her life and legacy. She was a blessing to all who knew her.

Pat was born to the late Grace B. Hicks and Patrick Elgain Hicks on August 10, 1927 in Eutaw, Alabama. She grew up close by in Macon, Mississippi. She was an excellent student who learned to play the piano and the French horn in high school. She graduated from Blue Mountain College with a degree in English in May of 1949 and moved to Mobile, Alabama to take a position as the pastor's administrative assistant at the Dolphin Way Baptist Church. Later she moved to Gainesville, Florida where she met and married Albert Russell Bessinger in 1953 who was working for Lance snack foods. They moved to Charleston, South Carolina so that Al could finish his degree from the Citadel, and she took a second grade teaching position. They ultimately moved to Shreveport, Louisiana in 1959 when Al was promoted to Branch Manager of the North Louisiana/East Texas area with Lance.

Pat and Al were active in the church wherever they lived. Especially important to Pat was the music ministry. She served as the church pianist at Temple Baptist in Shreveport for 17 years. She continued to sing in the choir in the years that followed. She held many other positions at various churches over the years including Director of Christian Education, Director of Vacation Bible School, Director of Outreach, and Director of the Women's Missionary Union (WMU). She was always willing to serve. Pat and Al were active at Brookwood Baptist church for over 20 years where she taught Sunday School. She especially enjoyed getting to know and love the people in her class.

Pat was a sweet, gentle person who always made time to help others. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and loved by family and friends. She was a strong Christian woman who lived her faith every day. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Pat is survived by a large family including, son Fred Bessinger and wife Melissa; son David Bessinger and wife Marti and their sons Nick and Alex; son Glenn Bessinger and wife Anne and children Patrick, Matt, Lauren and Michael; sister-in-law Dorothy Bessinger and her sons John and Gene; niece Charme Tate and husband Ken; nephew Wilbur Pearson Jr. and wife Barbara; and nephew Dennis Pearson. She is preceded in death by her parents Grace B. and Patrick Elgain Hicks; husband Albert Russell Bessinger; sister Elise Pearson and husband Wilbur; brother Fred Hicks; and brother-in-law Ben Bessinger.

Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. through 8:00 P.M. at Rose Neath Funeral Home Southside on Friday July 8th, and the funeral will be Saturday July 9th at 1:00 P.M. at Brookwood Baptist Church in Shreveport. Interment will follow in Centuries Memorial Park.
Fred (Melissa) Bessinger (son) 8319 Cabrera Drive Dallas, TX 75228
David (Marti) Bessinger (son) 1425 Chisholm Trl, Weatherford, OK 73096
Glenn (Anne) Bessinger (son) unable to locate




Alice O. Callicutt BMC Class of 1950

Alice Oliver Callicutt, (87) died July 7, 2017 at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford, MS. A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, July 10th at 2:00 pm at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford, MS with Dr. Robert Allen officiating. Visitation will be in West Hall at Waller Funeral Home on Monday from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

Mrs. Callicutt was born on February 23, 1930 in Kosciusko, MS to the late Felton O. Oliver and Ruby Dendy Oliver. She graduated from Kosciusko High School before attending Blue Mountain College. She went on to receive a degree in History and Bible from Mississippi College. After graduation, she moved to Jackson, MS and became office manager for The Burroughs Corporation. In 1960, she married her husband of 46 years, K. Hayes Callicutt. Together, they established the Jackson School of Law, where she served as Registrar for many years. She and her husband were active members of First Baptist Church in Jackson, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and member of the WMU. Since moving to Oxford in 1998, Mrs. Callicutt has been an active member of First Baptist Church, Oxford and was also a member of the Woman's Forum. She had a lively personality and always had a story for every occasion. She was a friend to many and cherished the many friends who touched her life over the years.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, K. Hayes Callicutt, her sister, Tannie Lawshe, and one brother, William O. (Billy) Oliver. She is survived by her sister, Louise Brigance, of Birmingham, AL and a brother, James D. (Buster) Oliver of Pearl, MS as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Callicutt's honor may be made to either the First Baptist Church Missions Program, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655 or to the K. Hayes Callicutt Memorial Law Scholarship, University of Mississippi Foundation, 406 University, Oxford, MS 38655.

Louise Brigance (sister) 3328 Overton Road, Birmingham, AL 35223

James D Oliver (brother) 110 Shadow Lodge Cir. Pearl, MS 39208



Olivia Roark BMC Class of 1957

Olivia Caldwell Roark, "Libby Lou," passed away June 26, 2017 in the comfort of her own home at the age of 81. She was born in Ecru, Mississippi, on August 14, 1935 to Bessie Stephens Caldwell and L. Dalton Caldwell. Graduating from Ecru High School and Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, Mississippi, she earned a degree in Elementary Education. She taught at Eglin Air Force Base, Annette P. Edwins Elementary School, Fort Walton Beach, and at the overseas teaching placement in Turkey. She was a member of the Gulf Area Garden Club, Junior League of The Emerald Coast, and enjoyed her cherished birthday groups and her Bunco family. As a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, her strong faith reflected God's love. One of her greatest joys was evident in her 40 plus years of teaching first grade Sunday school.
Olivia is survived by her husband Kelly Roark of 54 years and her three daughters, Laurie (Brad) Biddle of Albertville, Alabama; Julie Roark of Birmingham, Alabama; and Kelly Anne (Ross) Binkley of Destin, Florida; grandchildren Mary Beth and Brock Biddle and Graham, Will, Allen, and Dalton Binkley. She is also survived by her sister Carmen Haynes of Starkville, Mississippi, nephews Randy (Tammye) Haynes and Jack (Myra) Haynes, great nephew and nieces all of Starkville, and cherished in-laws, nieces and nephews in Tennessee. Her life was much like her garden; full of color and beauty. She had an adventurous nature and enjoyed travelling to different parts of the world with family and friends. Olivia lived life joyfully, generously, and lovingly. She welcomed everyone with her warm southern cordiality. Her vibrant, energetic and delightful spirit remains in our hearts always and forever. Memorials may be made to Children in Crisis, 1000 Luke Avenue Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 or Senior Citizens Ministry, First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, 21 First Street, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., July 8, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach with a reception for all guests immediately following in the church fellowship hall. At a future date, ashes will be interred at Brooks Memorial Cemetery during a private family ceremony.

Kelly Roark (husband) 612 Mooney Rd NE, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547
Laurie (Brad) Biddle (daughter) unable to find address
Julie Roark (daughter) 1044 Sunset Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35213
Kelly Anne (Ross) Binkley (daughter) 434 Benning Dr #205, Destin, FL 32541
Carmen Haynes (sister) 676 Country Club Road, Starkville, MS 39759



Janice Crull Flemming BMC Class of 1949

Services for Janice Crull Flemming of Cruger will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Wilson & Knight Funeral Home in Greenwood, MS. She passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, June 26, 2017 surrounded by her family and beloved pets after a lengthy illness.

Janice was born to Mittie Nene Young Crull and Charles Phillip Crull on March 22, 1928, in Greenwood, Mississippi. She attended First Baptist Church of Greenwood. She graduated from Greenwood High School in 1945. She graduated from Blue Mountain College in 1949 where she was a member of the Euzelian Society. As a member of Blue Mountain's theatre department, she enjoyed performing operettas throughout North Mississippi. After graduation she returned to Greenwood where she worked for Mr. Will Garrard, General Manager of Staplcotn

In 1950, Janice married the love of her life, Henry Forrest Flemming of Cruger, Mississippi. She was a member of the Cruger Methodist Church where she taught the Young People's Sunday School Class. She later became a member of the Cruger Independent Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and was a member of the Ladies' Missionary Society. She was a member of the Holmes County Library Board and served as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

Janice, affectionately known as Jan.-Jan was a homemaker, who took great pride in rearing her children and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She exemplified her love of God and being a devout Christian by her actions of thought, word, and deed. For years, she would "adopt" residents of the Golden Age Nursing Home who did not have family. She treated them as members of her own family by spending time with them during their later years in life.
Janice was known by her family and friends as an avid lover of her pets and all of God's beautiful birds and other animals in nature. She loved and pampered the menagerie of pets she had during her time on earth. Any pet of hers was a lucky animal indeed.
She is survived by her five children and their spouses, Laine Flemming Hutton (Sam), of Tchula, Dr. Forrest Flemming (Sharon), of Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. David Flemming (Elaine), of Cruger, Steve Flemming (Lee Ann), of Cruger, and Sarah Flemming-Upchurch (Chip) of Greenwood; 11 grandchildren, Emily Hutton Porter, Samuel Hutton, Rachel Hutton Halbert, Elizabeth Flemming Stutz, Forrest Flemming III, Madeleine Flemming, Thomas Flemming, Rebekah Flemming LaFoe, Steven Flemming, Hunter Upchurch, and Callie Shaffer; and 18 great grandchildren as well as her sister Carolyn Crull Harper (Bobby) of Natchez.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Henry Forrest Flemming, her parents, Mittie Nene and Charles Crull, her brother, Charles Crull and her granddaughter, Catherine Anna Hutton.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Wilson & Knight Funeral Home in Greenwood, Mississippi. Burial will be in Pinecrest Cemetary in Tchula, Mississippi.

Pallbearers will be Mrs. Flemming's four grandsons, Samuel Hutton, Thomas Flemming, Steven Flemming, and Forrest Flemming III; Dr. Chris Waterer, Rob Farmer, Bruce Edwards and Bob Darden.

Honorary pallbearers will be H. L. Gordon, Thomas L. Gordon, H. C. Waterer, Vernon Lehman, Bobby Hugh Spivey, Jimmy Wooten, and members of the Holmes County Hunting Company.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Bubba Nause and Dr. Tammy Young for their care of Janice during her illness. Also a special thanks to her very loving caregivers: Ida Pearl Outlaw, Geraldine Pate, Diane Glover, Vonna Collins, J.D. Randle and also to Halcyon Hospice. Thank you to Dr. Andy Johnson and Dr. Adrian Whittington for their care of her beloved pets.

Memorials may be made to Blue Mountain College, PO Box 160 Blue Mountain, MS 38610, Blair E. Batson Hospital, 2500 N. State Street Jackson, MS 39216, or the Humane Society of Leflore County, 601 Ione Street Greenwood, MS 38930
Laine F Hutton (Sam) daughter 540 Hutton Road Tcula, MS 39169
Dr. Forrest Flemming (Sharon) son 6501 Wynwood Pl Montgomery, AL 36117
Dr. David Flemming (Elaine) son 139 Harbortowne Rd, Ridgeland, MS 39157
Steve Flemming (Lee Ann) son 14386 Main St Cruger, MS 38924
Sarah Flemming-Upchurch (Chip) daughter 214 W Market St. Greenwood, MS 38930




Dr. Jeanette Phillips BMC Class of 1953

Oxford Dr. Jeanette Collier Phillips, 85, died June 13, 2017. A celebration of her wonderful life will be held Friday, June 16, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Oxford with Dr. Robert Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 11:00 a.m. until service time in the area adjoining the atrium at First Baptist Church. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A native of Kewanee, east of Meridian, Mississippi, Dr. Phillips was valedictorian of her high school class at Dixie Highway High School. Thereafter, she attended Blue Mountain College. Following her graduation in 1953, Phillips received a scholarship at the University of Mississippi where she began work on her master's degree in Home Economics which she earned in 1954, followed by her doctorate degree from Ole Miss in 1973. Dr. Phillips began her teaching career at Hurricane High School in Pontotoc County in 1954. From there, she joined the staff at University High School in Oxford and three years later joined the Department of Home Economics at the University of Mississippi where she taught nutrition, marriage and family life and related courses. She devoted her life to teaching and improving nutritional programs throughout Mississippi and across the nation. Foremost, she was a beloved and gracious teacher who touched the lives of thousands of students and was a steadfast confidant to peers, friends, family and faculty. From 1974 to 1982, Dr. Phillips was involved in research in Women's Studies, Fun Way to Teach Nutrition, The Role of Women in Business, The Relationship between Nutritional Knowledge and Eating Habits of Selected College Students, and Nutritional Education Curriculum Materials. During her distinguished career at the University of Mississippi, Dr. Phillips served in all professional ranks as well as chair of the Department of Home Economics. During her tenure at Ole Miss she received numerous honors, including Outstanding Teacher Award, the University of Mississippi; Outstanding Teacher Award, School of Education; Magnolia Award; Mississippi Dietetics Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession of Nutrition; Leston L. Love Award for Outstanding Service in the Area of Students; Teacher of the Year Award; and Mortar Board. She also was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa, an honorary fraternity which recognizes the highest degree of service, leadership and scholarship at the university. In 1991, Dr. Phillips and others accepted the challenge and responsibility of building an institute for child nutrition professionals. Through her tenacity and vision, she led the lobbying effort to locate the National Food Service Management Institute at the University of Mississippi. In honor of her years of service and her accomplishments, the street that passes in front of the Institute was named Jeanette Phillips Drive to create a lasting reminder of her contributions to the University of Mississippi, the State of Mississippi and our nation's children. In 2013, Dr. Phillips was honored with a distinguished service award for her accomplishments at the Centennial Celebration of the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management at Ole Miss. Beyond her teaching career, Dr. Phillips was the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors for the Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce from 1974-77. Along with her husband, Jesse, she owned and operated Jeannie's Hallmark Shoppe and Rebel Press Office Supply Co. for decades, while balancing her teaching career. As a faithful and loving member of First Baptist Church in Oxford since 1954, Dr. Phillips was a co-founder of the Sunflower Department in Sunday School which continues to minister to special education clients at the North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford. She was also an accompanist for the church choir, served as Director of the Vacation Bible School for several years and served on the Baptist Student Advisory Board. Dr. Phillips was one of two Mississippi representatives on the Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1975-84.Survivors include two sons, Tim Phillips and his wife, Terri, and Andy Phillips, both of Oxford; six grandchildren, Margaret Goodwyn Bankston, Mary August Shivers, Collier Phillips, Pittman Phillips, Drew Phillips, and Grace Turner; and two great-grandchildren, Daniel and Ava. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Jessie P. Phillips, and by a son, Dan Phillips. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Daniel M. Phillips Memorial Scholarship at University of Mississippi Foundation, 406 University Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655 –
Tim Phillips (Terri) son 916 Jackson Ave E Oxford, MS 38655
Andy Phillips son 113 Fern Cove Oxford, MS 38655



Willie (Billie) Hicks Morrow BMC Class of 1944

Billie was born on June 9, 1923 and passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017.
Billie was a resident of Mississippi.
She was a graduate of Blue Mountain College.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 14, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., at Webb-Sumner United Methodist Church in Webb. A graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Winona on Thursday, June 15, at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Jerry Wages officiating.
Memorials may be made to Webb-Sumner United Methodist Church, Hwy 49 North, Webb, MS 38966; and to the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 224 Monroe Street, Sumner, MS 38957.

   Ronald Allen Jenkins BMC Class of 1990

Bro. Ronald Allen Jenkins, 59 died on Monday, December 5, 2016, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City, MS.
Born Saturday, July 13, 1957 in Memphis, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Rupert Jenkins and Bernice Sutton Jenkins. He graduated from Raleigh Egypt High School in Memphis. He received his Masters from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastored New Hope Baptist Church and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
Surviving are his mother Bernice Sutton Jenkins of Bruce, MS. brother, Dr. Richard Anthony (Pam) Jenkins of Memphis, TN, sisters, Patsy Lynn (Howard) Jones of Memphis, TN, Phyllis Bain of Grenada, MS, Betty Sue (Michael) Rogers of Gadsden, AL and Renee Aline (Joe) Ragon of Milan, TN. Host of Nieces and Nephews and Grand Nieces and Nephews.
He was predeceased by sister, Rebecca Joan Jenkins.
Funeral service will be held at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel at 3 PM on December 7, 2016 with Dr. Anthony Jenkins officiating. Interment will be in Rocky Branch Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Nephews.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home, 476 Hwy 9 N, Bruce, Mississippi.

Bernice Jenkins (mother) 408 CR 235 Bruce, MS 38915

Dr. Richard (Pam) Jenkins (bro) 503 Chalmers Rd Memphis, TN 38120

Patsy (Howard) Jones (sister) 2101 Old Oak Drive Memphis, TN 38119

Phyllis Bain (sister) no address found

Betty Sue (Michael) Rogers (sister) 415 Turrentine Ave Gadsden, AL 35901

Renee (Joe) Ragon (sister) 11023 Fields Dr Milan, TN 38358

Margaret Crum Ormon BMC Class of 1981

Margaret Louise "Margie" Crum Ormon, 93, of Hickory Flat, MS, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 20, 2017 at her home.

She was born November 10, 1923, in Benton County, MS to William and Josie Welch Crum. She graduated from Hickory Flat Attendance Center and married her high school sweetheart, S. E. Ormon, in 1941. Margie was an active member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and a Head Start teacher while remaining very active in the family farm operation. After raising eight children, she graduated with honors from Blue Mountain College with a B. S. Degree in Education in 1980. then, she taught for ten years at Ashland Elementary School and Hickory Flat Attendance Center. She was a faithful follower of Christ, and she lived her life and raised her family based on her Christian beliefs. Margie was the epitome of a Proverbs 31 woman. Her deep devotion and love for her family was shown daily as she spent her days supporting them in all of their endeavors. Margie was loved and respected by all who knew her.She was known, not only to her family, but by all who loved her as 'Granny."

Margie is survived by her loving family, which includes her children, Charlie Ormon (Kay) of Colliverville, TN; Gail Mills (Clinton) of Hickory Flat, MS; Mark Ormon (Teena) of Hickory Flat, MS; Clark Ormon (Miriam) of Hickory Flat, MS; Judy Ward (Greg) of Ripley, MS; Louise Stanton (Jacky) of Hickory Flat, MS; Paul Ormon (Maria) of New Albany, MS; and Jane Steele (Robby) of Hickory Flat, MS. She will be remembered and missed as Granny by her grandchildren, Lisa Terry, Clint Mills, Stephanie Clifton, Stephen Ormon, Jennifer Coker, Stacie Holloway, Whitney Lovelace, John Mills, Wesley Stanton, Cliff Ormon, Angela Ormon, Allison Rakestraw, Kelly Ward, Justin Ormon, Matt Ormon, Lauren Simpson, Blake Ormon, Olivia Thompson, Erica Crotts, Clay Ormon, Rob Steele, and Michael Steele as well as her 36 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews and two special caregivers/friends, Dorothy Allen and Debra Britt.

Margie was preceded in death by her husband, S. E. Ormon, her parents, and her three brothers and five sisters.

There will be a visitation Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 10 am at Pine Grove Baptist Church with services starting at 11 am. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements
Charlie (Kay) Ormon (son) 1805 Penhurst Dr. Collierville, TN 38017
Gail (Clinton) Mills (dau) 1871 Beck Springs Rd. Hickory Flat, MS 38633
Mark (Teena) Ormon (son) 818 Beck Springs Rd. Hickory Flat, MS 38633
Clark (Miriam) Ormon (son) 1749 Beck Springs Rd. Hickory Flat, MS 38633
Judy (Greg) Ward (dau) 670 W 4tj St #Apt A Ripley, MS 38663
Louise (Jacky) Stanton (dau) 1874 Beck St. Hickory Flat, MS 38663
Paul (Maria) Ormon (son) 300 Magnolia Drive, New Albany, MS 38652
Jane (Robby) Steele (dau) 1985 Beck Springs Rd. Hickory Flat, MS

C.P. Winters BMC Class of 1961

Clara “C.P.” Winters 78 of Hurley, MS passed away Friday May 19, 2017. C.P. was born in Eupora, MS on Feb. 2, 1939. C.P. was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She retired from the Pascagoula School District after 34 years, where she worked as a counselor, spent 10 years working with the Homes of Grace and did family and marriage counseling until her illness. C.P. served on the Board of Promise, was a Master Gardener, President of The Daylily Club and a member of Arlington Baptist Church. C.P. was an inspiration, mentor and hero to her family and friends.
C.P. was heralded into heaven by her parents, Rad Raymond & Clara Powell Simpson.
Left to cherish her garden of memories is her husband of 56 years, William O. Winters, Jr. a son “Willie” William O. Winters III, (Cyndi Peden), a daughter & son in law, April W. & Michael Bass, a granddaughter Darby Ladnier, a grandson Dalton Ladnier, two brothers: John (Cathy) Simpson, Don (Evette) Simpson, two sisters: Martha Lou (Larry) McQuary, Vera (Gary) Gaines, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and family.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sat. May 27, 2017 at Wade Baptist Church at 12:00pm, with a visitation from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Bro. Ben Carlisle will be officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Community Care Network, 7400 Fountainbleau Rd. Ocean Springs, MS 39564, in memory of C.P. Winters.
William Winters, Jr (husband) 22017 Ellis Hamilton Rd Moss Point, MS 39562
Martha (Larry) McQuary (sis.) 1590 State Rd #30 W Myrtle, MS 38650
Vera (Gary) Gaines (sis.) 455 Gwen Rd Senatobia, MS 38668
Below can be sent to: Heritage Funeral Home 9721 Hwy 63 Moss Point MS 39562
William (Cyndi) Winters III (son)
April (Michael) Bass (daughter)
John (Cathy) Simpson (bro.)
Don (Evette) Simpson (bro.)



Louise Balch BMC Class of 1947

Minnie "Louise" Horton Balch, age 90, died Friday, 12 May 2017, at Cedars Health Center in Tupelo. She was born November 3, 1926 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Marshall and Ora Williams Horton. She was a toddler when her family moved to the family farm near Chalybeate, Mississippi. She grew up attending Chalybeate Baptist Church where she was converted and baptized. In 1944 she graduated from Chalybeate High School and enrolled at Blue Mountain College where she earned a B.A. in history and English. Later, as a working mother with three children, she commuted to the University of Mississippi at Oxford and graduated with a Master's Degree in Library Science and Media.

Her professional career spanned 41 years. It began in her hometown of Chalybeate where she taught English and tended the library at Chalybeate High School. Following her marriage to Charles Balch on May 6, l949, she lived in Tupelo and taught at Belden High School and Lawhon Junior High School, tending the library in both locations. She spent the last 27 years of her professional career as librarian at Tupelo High School. Louise always treasured memories of her colleagues in education, as well as beloved students of all stripes, from the "model" scholars to those who, like Mark Twain, were determined not to let schooling interfere with their education.

Since November 2015 Louise had lived at Mitchell Center of Traceway Retirement Community, where she leaves behind friends new and old among residents and caregiver staff. She enjoyed calls and visits from relatives, neighbors and former students, from Harrisburg Baptist Church where she was a member, and from fellow retirees of the Tupelo Public School System.

Survivors include one son, Charles "Chuck" L. Balch, III, Walnut; two daughters, Mary Kathryn Tri (Bob) of Lexington, Kentucky and Dr. Patty Balch of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; one brother, Marshall "Buddy" Horton (Louise), Walnut; three grandsons, James M. Montgomery of Washington, D.C., Lt. Charles C. Montgomery (Taylor Sorenson) of Birmingham, Alabama, and Lt. Marshall G. Montgomery stationed in Fort Zama, Japan; three granddaughters, Claire Bryn Tri Jones (Brett) of Nashville, Tennessee, Lee Balch of Madison, Mississippi and Sara Balch of Rochester, Minnesota; three great-grandchildren, Darcie Sorenson-Montgomery of Birmingham, and Cody and Olivia Jones of Nashville, Tennessee. In addition, she is survived by nieces Louann (David) White of Tupelo and Judy (Dean) Carone of Frisco, Texas; nephews Jimmy Nance of Collierville, Tennessee and Marshall Horton (Jane) of Hixon, Tennessee; and their children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by Charles Balch, her husband of 49 years on March 4, 1998; her parents; and her sister Mary Nance of Ripley, Mississippi.

A service celebrating her life will be Tuesday, May 16, at 12 Noon at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel with Dr. Jack Bennett officiating. Visitation begins at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday only. A committal service will follow at 2 PM Tuesday in Union Cemetery at Chalybeate. Condolences may be e mailed to

Memorials may be made to Blue Mountain College, P. O. Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS. 38610, Harrisburg Baptist Church, 46745 Cliff Gookin Blvd, Tupelo, MS. 38801 or Chalybeate Baptist Church, 2460 Hwy 354, Walnut, MS. 38683 or through your gifts of time, money, and prayer to communities and missions of your choice.
Charles “Chuck” Balch (son) P O Box 195, Walnut, MS 38683
Mary Kathryn (Bob) Tri (dau) 743 Kirkland Dr, Lexington, KY 40502
Dr. Patti Balch (dau) 896 Buttonwood Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Marshall “Buddy” (Louise) Horton (bro) 330 Commerce St Walnut, MS 38683


Jean Burks Scott Wright BMC Class of 1958

Jean Burks Scott Wright Memphis, TN Jean Burks Scott Wright, May 3, 1937 – May 1, 2017. Daughter of Eugene Scott and Virginia Burks Scott passed away peacefully on May 1, 2017.Graveside service will be 3 p.m., Friday, May 5 in Memorial Park Cemetery. She was a graduate of Humes High School, Blue Mountain College, and Memphis State University where she earned her Master’s Degree in early childhood education. She was a teacher for thirty-one years and taught at Raleigh Bartlett Meadows Elementary School, Chicago Park Elementary School, and Memphis State University. She leaves two sons, James William "Jim" Wright Jr. and Jonathan Triplett "Jon" Wright and a granddaughter, Natalie Anne Wright. She was a kind and gracious lady. The family requests, that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in her memory to The Wolf River Conservancy.
Jim Wright (son) and Jon Wright (son)
Funeral Home would not give any information on survivors, just to send sympathy cards to the funeral home, C/O Jean Scott Wright family.
Send cards to Bartlett Funeral Home, 5803 Stage Road, Bartlett, TN 38134



Bro. Ray Newcomb BMC Class of 1963

Bro. Ray Newcomb, 77, of Counce, TN, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Baptist Reynolds Hospice – Collierville, TN. He was born in Alcorn Co, MS on September 12, 1939 to the late Azure and Mary Emma Cummings Newcomb. Bro. Ray served for 60 years as a Southern Baptist Minister with 33 of those years serving as the Minister at Millington First Baptist Church. He was ordained at South Corinth Baptist Church by Bro. Harris Counce and began his ministry before he graduated high school. During his years of service, he had the honor to serve as President of the Tennessee Baptist Convention and President of the Tennessee Baptist Pastors Conference. He served as President for one year at the North American Mission Board and for many years as a Trustee. He was also Chairman of the Board at Union University and had various responsibilities within the Mid-South Baptist Association. He retired in May 2009 from First Baptist Millington but continued to serve as Interim Pastor to many churches until 2016. He was a member of First Baptist Church – Counce, TN. He will be forever remembered in the hearts of his family and friends. Visitation is scheduled for 2 – 6 pm, Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Magnolia Funeral Home. A celebration of Bro. Ray’s life will be held at 11 am Monday, May 1, 2017 at Oakland Baptist Church officiated by Bro. Gary Watkins, Bro. Bob Sorrell and Bro. Randy Davis. Interment will follow in Holly Cemetery. Pallbearers include Larry Mitchell, Brad Mitchell, Ricky Newcomb, Dave Shanklin, Andy Moore, and Marcus Moore. Honorary pallbearers include Jackson Blaine Mitchell, Mitchell Shettles, and Braden Shettles. Magnolia Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Those left to honor Bro. Ray’s memory include his son: Brent Newcomb and wife Nicole of Dallas, TX; his grandson: Ridge Newcomb of Tulsa, OK; his sisters: Evelyn Moore of Rock Hill, SC and Barbara Mitchell and husband Larry of Corinth, MS; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years: Carolyn Newcomb; his brothers: James and Loyd Newcomb; and by his special niece: Marla Mitchell Shettles. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to your local church, missions, and or the Gideon’s,
Brent (Nicole) Newcomb (son) 10706 Odair St Dallas, TX 75218
Evelyn Moore (sister) no address found
Barbara (Larry) Mitchell (sister) 1043 E 2nd St Corinth, MS 38834



Ruth Johnson Crawford BMC Class of 1940

Ruth Johnson Crawford, 96, lifelong resident of Aberdeen, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 at Personal Place. She was born April 11, 1921 to Adelbert and Ruth Vesey Johnson in Aberdeen. She attended Blue Mountain College for two years and transferred to MSCW, where she graduated in 1942. She did secretarial work at the Gulf Ordinance Plant until WWII ended. She then worked at Monroe Banking and Trust Co. (later Bank of Mississippi), until she married George H. Crawford Jr. following him on his military assignments and starting their family. Ruth returned to work at Monroe Bank until her retirement in 1983 as Asssistant Cashier. She played the organ for 44 years at 1st Baptist Church where she was a lifelong member. She was a member of Tombigbee Chapter of DAR.

Services will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Aberdeen First Baptist Church with Bro Dave Dowdy and Bro David Harrell officiating. Burial will follow at OddFellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of sixty-seven years; one daughter, Rebecca C Higgins (David) of Bushnell, Fl., and one son, George H Crawford III of Starkville; two grandchildren, Christopher (Linda) Higgins and Elizabeth Athey (T.J.); two great-grandchildren , Ashley Christine Higgins and Brantley George Athey; two sisters-in-law, Frances C. Wilemon of Aberdeen and Shelloy Crawford of Norfolk, Va. She was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time at the Aberdeen First Baptist Church

George Crawford (husband) 403 W Monroe St. Aberdeen, MS 39730
Rebecca (David) Higgins (dau.) 11234 Summer Star Dr. Riverview, FL 33569
George Crawford III (son) 108 Old West Point Rd #20 Starkville, MS 39759


Edna Epting Cowan BMC Class of 1947

Edna Erlene Cowan, 90, of Hattiesburg, died peacefully on March 13, 2017, at Brookdale Care Center. Visitation will be Friday, March 17, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg, with graveside services immediately following at 11:30 a.m. at Roseland Park Cemetery.Mrs. Cowan was born on January 12, 1927, in Baldwyn, Mississippi and grew up on a farm there. She graduated from Baldwyn High School and was Salutatorian of the Class of 1945. After graduation, she attended Blue Mountain College. Erlene later married and made her home in Hattiesburg. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, fully devoted to the care of her family. She was a faithful member of Main Street Baptist Church for over 65 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Edward L. Cowan; her parents, John and Mabel Epting; and two sisters, Josephine Grisham and Nannie Lee Davis. She is survived by one daughter, Judy (Cecil) Chambliss of Hattiesburg; two sons, Tom (Barbara) Cowan of Hattiesburg and Micky (Becky) Cowan of Ridgeland; nine grandchildren, Chad Chambliss, Matt Chambliss, Ashley Chambliss, Rachel Nix, Jason Cowan, John Cowan, Charles Cowan, Laura Leone, and Haley Dawkins; and 13 great grandchildren.

Judy (Cecil) Chambilss (dau) 70 Franklin Pl. Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Tom (Barbara) Cowan (son) 5230 W 4th St. Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Micky (Becky) Cowan (son) 157 Richardson Rd, Ridgeland, MS 39157

Dorothy Norwood Stone BMC Class of 1956

Dorothy (Dot) Norwood Stone, age 79 of Bentonville, Arkansas, and formerly of Malvern, died Saturday morning, April 8, 2017 at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. She was born on November 11, 1937 in Malvern to the late Connie Shuffield and Ozee Prince Shuffield. Reared and receiving her early education in Malvern and Hot Springs, she later attended Blue Mountain Women's College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. As a college student, she drew upon her creativity and majored in art. She was very adept at sewing and loved crafts. Dot was a homemaker and reared three daughters with her first husband, Larry Norwood. He preceded her in death in 1989. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Centerton, Arkansas.
She is survived by her husband, David Stone of Bentonville, to whom she was married on November 14, 1992; by her children, Lara Biles (Roy) of Centerton, Arkansas, Lisa Bell (Stuart) of Seattle, Washington, and Lynn Hills (Jamie) of Rogers, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Ryan Biles (Natalie), Randi Weigle (Tim), Emily Tyler (Matt), Lucas Bell (Kyla), Drew Hills, and Taylor Hills; and five great-grandchildren, Graham, Grayson, and Grady Biles, and Robby and Charlie Weigle.
A graveside service was held in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Malvern, Arkansas, on Monday morning, April 10, 2017, at eleven o'clock with Reverend Stuart Bell officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home of Malvern.
Memorials are requested to First Baptist Church, 351 W. Centerton Blvd., Centerton, AR 72719.
Larry Stone (husband) 307 Augustus Hot Springs Nat’l Park, AR 71913
Lara (Roy) Biles (dau) 730 Sienna Dr Centerton, AR 72719
Lisa (Stuart) Bell (dau) 2515 4th Ave Apt # 507 Seattle, WA 98121
Lynn (Jamie) Hills (dau) 4639 W Pleasant Grove Rd. Rogers, AR 72758

Betty Nail BMC Class of 1969

Starkville, Ms. - Betty Allen Nail was surrounded by family when she died at her home in Starkville, Ms., following an extended illness. Betty is survived by her husband of nearly forty nine years, James Bert Nail, her son, David Victor Nail of Starkville, Ms., her daughter Carole Allen Nail (James) and two grandchildren, Zoe Allie Nail and Malcolm Sheppard Nail, all of San Antonio, TX one brother, Sidney Clayton Allen (Linda) of Eupora, Ms., one sister, Cecelia Allen Middleton (Harold) of Benton, Ms. and numerous nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Stamps Allen and Blanche Doler Allen of Slate Springs, Ms., and her brother, William Wray Allen of Jacksonville, NC. Betty was born November 16, 1947 as the youngest of four children. She always loved the outdoors, and particularly flowers and butterflies and birds. She taught second grade in the Starkville School District for 22 years, and delighted in instilling a love of nature in her school children.
Betty felt especially blessed that she and "Papa" were able to be a part of their grandchildren's lives. She never took a moment of that time for granted, and was a genuinely devoted "Nana". Betty loved to laugh, and always said "laughter causes endorphins, and endorphins are good for you". Betty loved music and enjoyed playing the piano at Longview Baptist Church, where she was a member. She will be missed so much by all her friends and family.
The family wants to extend special thanks to OCH and Baptist Memorial staff, Dr. Amber Borden and staff, the physical therapy group of Kindred Home Health, the nurses and aides of Kindred Hospice and the caregivers of Generations Care.
A Memorial Service for Betty will be held 2:00PM Saturday 2/11/17 at the First Baptist Church in Eupora, Ms. Visitation will be Noon until 2:00PM Saturday at the church. Bro. Jon Doler, Bro. Larry Yarber and Bro. Travis Gray will officiate.

James Nail (husband) 6756 New Light Road Starkville, MS 39759

Unable to find daughter, son or sister’s addresses


Dot Holaday BMC Class of 1947

Dot" Holaday, 91, died peacefully on February 12, 2017 at St. Catherine's Village in Madison, MS. She was the daughter of W.E. Smith and Anna Dick Smith of Carthage. She graduated from Carthage High School in 1943 and from Blue Mountain College in 1947. She was a science teacher in Shaw MS and later at Bailey Junior High School in Jackson. She was happily married to Howard Holaday for 42 years. They had two children, Howard Jr. and Virginia Ann, and raised them in Atlanta, GA, Acton, MA, and Raleigh, NC. In Atlanta, Dot was active in the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, PTA, and the Druid Hills Garden Club. She loved cooking, travel, and entertaining. She was an avid bridge player. In NC, after a 20 year hiatus, she resumed teaching high school chemistry at Wake Forest High School. After retirement, Dot and Howard returned to Mississippi.

Dot was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; her infant brother, Wayne Emmette Smith; and her sisters, Ima Peoples and Mary Elizabeth Waggoner. She is survived by her sister, Emily Moore, by her children, Dr. Howard Holaday, Jr. and Virginia Ann Holaday, and by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her family sincerely appreciates the dedicated home care she received from Ms.Pam Bailey, the outstanding nursing care she received at Baptist Medical Center and St. Catherine's Village, and the compassionate medical care she received from her physicians: Drs. Holland Addison, Frank Criddle, and Tauqeer Yousuf.

A memorial service will be held in celebration of her life on Wednesday February 15 at 2 P.M. at Wilcox Funeral Home in Carthage, preceded by visitation from 12 noon to 2 P.M.
Emily Moore-sister-too many listings
Dr Howard Holaday, Jr-son-310 Northwind Drive Brandon, MS 39047
Virginia Holaday-daughter- 310 Northwind Drive Brandon, MS 39047

Mary Eleanor Braddock Kong BMC Class of 1950

HONOLULU, HAWAII - Mary Eleanor Braddock Kong, 87, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Maui, Hawaii. She was born on April 24, 1929, to Tom ""T.N."" and Verdi Welch Braddock in Ripley, Mississippi.
A resident of Honolulu, Hawaii, for almost 60 years, she worked alongside her husband, Dr. Daniel ""Danny"" Kong at Olivet Baptist Church and the Hawaii Baptist Academy.
She is survived by four daughters, Danette Kong, Verdine Kong, Edna Marie Kong, Betty Jo Kong Defries, all of Hawaii; one brother, Dr. T.N. Braddock Jr. of West Point; two sisters, Betty Jo Braddock Henry of Canyon, Texas and Emma Marie Braddock of Ripley.
Preceding her in death were her husband; her parents, and an infant daughter, Tommye Kong.
A memorial service is planned in Hawaii for a later date.

Dr. T N Braddock-brother-218 East Street West Point, MS 39773
Emma Braddock-sister-701 S Commerce Ripley, MS 38663
Betty Jo Henry-sister-17 Village Dr. #4517 Canyon, TX 79015
Danette Kong-daughter-1258 Koko Head Ave Honolulu, HI 96816
Verdine Kong-daughter- no address found
Edna Marie Kong-daughter-160 Kono Place Kahului, HI 96732
Betty Jo Defries-daughter 2140 Kuhio Ave #607 Honolulu, HI 96815



Elsie Myers Drane BMC 1940

Elsie Myers Drane, 97, accepted her Angel Wings and took the hand of Jesus on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Highland Home in Ridgeland, MS. She was a native of Durant, MS and longtime resident of Cleveland, MS. She had been a resident of Ridgeland for 24 years. Born July 13, 1919, she was the daughter of Charles William Myers, Sr. and Sallie Weeks Myers of Durant. Her parents and four siblings preceded her in death. Elsie graduated at Whitehaven, TN high school in 1937. She attended Hillman College in Clinton, MS and Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, MS and graduated at Delta State College, Cleveland, MS. At Hillman she was president of the freshman class. Hillman, originally Central Female Institute, was founded in 1853 and operated during and survived the Civil War and in 1942 was purchased by and became part of Mississippi College in Clinton. At Blue Mountain Elsie was Defense Attorney for the Student Council and Vice President of the Baptist Student Union. She flew to Puerto Rico in 1943, during WWII to marry her childhood sweetheart who was stationed there as an Air Force officer, and she worked there at Borinquen Field Air Force Base as a secretarial supervisor for a year during the war. She was a charter member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Cleveland where she founded and taught at the church kindergarten. She was also a former member of Cleveland Woman's Club and The Bolivar County Hospital Auxiliary. Elsie taught first grade and retired from A.W. James Elementary, Drew, MS. She served as a hospital volunteer in Cleveland and at River Oaks, Flowood, MS for 13 years until she was in her nineties. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Colonel Richard Bankhead Drane of Cleveland. Surviving Mrs. Drane are her son, Don Drane (Carol Ann) of Madison, MS, granddaughter Scottie Drane Ellis (Shane), of Hernando with children Austin and Cooper and grandson Richard W. Drane of D'Iberville, MS. Other family members include Richard Drane and his wife of South Carolina; their children Meredith, Margie, Barry and Emily and eight grandchildren of the Carolina Dranes and a number of other nieces and nephews. Mother was a dedicated reader of the Memphis Commercial Appeal and the Jackson Daily News, a longtime fan of the puzzles, frequent contributor to Lydel Sims and Jack Sunn, and often chuckled at some of the obituaries. As her son, she would scold me if I did not put in her obituary that she told me right up to the end to mind my own business and stop tending to hers. One of her favorite quotes, when asked a question that was none of the questioner's business was, "If you will forgive me for not answering the question, I will forgive you for asking it." She would remind us all that it applies still. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no visitation or service. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Don (Carol) Drane-son 147 W Hoy Road Madison MS 39110


Myrt Majure BMC Class of 1944

Myrt Majure, beloved mother of Janie Peet Thompson, Thea (Susu) Majure, both of Los Angeles, Jenny Markow (son in law, Pete), grandmother of John Peet of Vail Valley, Colorado, Mark (Michele) Markow, Majure (Amanda) Markow, and great grandmother of John, Elizabeth, and Manning Markow, sister and lifelong best friend of Janie Gore of Clinton, Mississippi, and aunt to many nieces and nephews, died peacefully Wednesday March 8, 2017, at Baptist Hospital. Myrt was affectionately known and loved as "Tut" by her family and many friends of the family.
Myrt was born January 22, 1925, in Newton, Mississippi, daughter of "Dear Mother and Dear Daddy," the late Myrtle and Phillip James. Myrt's high school sweetheart Toby left for WWII and Myrt pursued her passion for music at Blue Mountain College. Upon Toby's return in 1945, Myrt and Toby married and began their life together in Oxford, Mississippi. Following Toby's graduation from Ole Miss they lived in Tupelo, Mississippi, before making Jackson their home in 1960. Their love of the Lord and dedication to service led them to First Baptist Church Jackson where she was a member of the choir for many years.
Myrt loved the game of golf. She played for many years and ultimately became Chairman of the Rules Committee for the Southern Women's Golf Association. She passed her love of the game on to her three grandsons while teaching them all to play. In addition to golf, she enjoyed the game of bridge, playing with her friends at the Country of Club of Jackson and Jackson Bridge House up until days before her passing.
A celebration of Myrt's wonderful life will be held Monday, March 13, 2017, at First Baptist Church Jackson. Visitation at 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium, followed by the service at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Lottie Moon Offering, First Baptist Church Jackson, 431 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39201 or to Mind Center University Medical Center c/o Melissa Robinson, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216.

Janie Thompson (dau) 11687 Bellagio Rd #15 Los Angeles, CA 90049

Janie Gore (sis) 120 Caribbean Cove Clinton, MS 39056




Dorothy Mackey BMC Class of 1955

Dorothy J. Mackey, 82, of Springfield, IL, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. She was born April, 8, 1934 in Laurel, MS, the daughter of Roy and Lois Slaughter. On Nov, 24, 1956, Dorothy was married to her husband of 60 years, William E. Mackey by Dr. Sever in Mobile, AL.
She was a first grade teacher, and a winner of the Golden Apple Award for being an excellent teacher. She received her Master's Degree in Education. She also attended Blue Mountain College in Mississippi. Dorothy enjoyed singing, playing the piano, and painting and was a great seamstress. She enjoyed making clothes and even made her own wedding dress.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, William; one son Brad (Mary) Mackey; two granddaughters Kali and Elysia Mackey; One sister Dr. Janelle (Dr. Bill) Dodson, and four nieces Karen Ladd, Tammy Morehead, Donna Brown and Brenda Pike.
Graveside services will be held at Centralia City Cemetery, in Centralia Mo. at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017.
Wilson Park Funeral Home, 200 East Main Street Rochester, IL 62563, is in charge of arrangements.

William Mackey (husband) 137 Exmore Drive, Springfield IL 62704
Brad (Mary) Mackey (son) 6322 Laurel Cherry Dr, Rockford, IL 61108
Dr. Janelle (Dr. Bill) Dodson (sister) 200 Wesley Dr, Wilmore KY 40390 (BMC 1951)



Dorothy Townsend BMC last class year 1940

Dorothy "Dot" Townsend was born February 28, 1921, in Sherman, to Rev. H. G. West Sr. and Ethel Pitts West. She passed from this earthly life to her heavenly reward on February 19, 2017, at NMMC Hospice in Tupelo.
She was predeceased by her parents and her five siblings: three sisters and two brothers. She was also predeceased by her husband James Charles Simmons in 1964, and her husband Dr. George G. Townsend in 1976.
Dot graduated from Ecru High School and attended Blue Mountain College for two years, studying elementary education. She then taught school in Sherman, where she met and married James "Jim" Simmons. Their marriage was blessed with two children, James Michael "Mike" Simmons and Dorothy Susan "Susie" Simmons. The family was living in West Helena, Arkansas, at the time of Jim's death, but Dot later moved back to Jackson where she had many friends and several family members. During that time, she met and married Dr George G. Townsend from Forest, and moved there with him in 1971. After his death in 1976, she returned to Jackson where she remained until she moved to Traceway Retirement in Tupelo.
Affectionately called "Mama Dot" by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, she was a devout Christian from an early age, a devoted wife and mother who deeply loved her family and treasured her friends, of whom there were so many. She was a gracious hostess, a competitive bridge player, and an avid golfer. She loved to watch sports on television, and was a devoted Mississippi State fan.
Dot was always active in the Baptist faith, since her father was a Baptist minister. She worked in Sunday school, missions groups, and taught kindergarten in several Baptist churches over the years. As a young woman, she was selected as Miss Ecru in the local beauty pageant; however, her father, with his stern Baptist roots, would not allow her to participate in the next level of the state pageant, because she would have to wear a bathing suit on stage! That was always one of the lighter things that her family kidded about! At the time of her death, Dot was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo, the place where her father served as the second church pastor in the 1930's. During her life, Mama Dot touched the lives of many children and adults in a positive way. Through her example, she shared her love of life and her love for God with her family and her many friends.
Those who remain to cherish her memory are: son, Mike Simmons (Kay) of West Point; daughter, Susie Begly (Russ) of Ephrata, Pennsylvania; grandchildren: Jay Simmons, Cheryl Simmons Barnett (Steven), Jon Simmons (Holly); Bill Eberle (Carissa); and Jennifer Eberle Bower (Brian); nine great-grandchildren: and one great-great grandson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be conducted from Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc, at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017. Rev. Steven Barnett will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park in West Helena, Arkansas, later that day.
In lieu of flowers, and to honor Dot's life, memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, Grace Ministry, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS, 38801; or to Gideons International, P O Box 661, West Point, MS 39773.
Mike (Kay) Simmons (son) 1794 E Main Street West Point, MS 39773
Susie (Russ) Begly (daughter) 322 Constitution Drive Ephrata, PA 17522


Lucy Lee Barnett-Attended BMC 1942-1944

Lucy Lee (Owen) Barnett was born in Memphis, Tennessee on October 4, 1924 and died on Monday, February 13, 2017 in Jackson, Mississippi, where she grew up. She was 92 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband, Judge James Arden Barnett, whom she married on March 4, 1945 when he returned from duty in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Her "Barney" passed away on December 5, 1988.
Lucy was the first of three daughters born to Dr. George W. Owen and Ruth Seavey Owen of Jackson. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her oldest daughter, Ruth Elizabeth "Betsy" Barnett. She is survived by her son, Rear Admiral James Arden Barnett, Jr., his wife Celia Grisham Barnett, and by her youngest daughter, Susan Barnett Perry. Lucy had four grandchildren, Wesley Susanna Perry, Carlee Barnett Perry, Elizabeth Reid Barnett, and Dr. Owen Barnett Arden and his wife, Caroline Fletcher Arden. She had one great-granddaughter, Margaret Anne Arden.
She is also survived by her sisters Nina Owen Kilgore and Shirley Owen Stodard and by her brother-in-law William Margrave Barnett and his wife, Barbara Easom Barnett, and her sister-in-law Rae Ragsdale Barnett. She is survived by six nieces Bitsy Kilgore Argo, Cindy Kilgore Rosato, Melissa Stodard Key, Laurie Barnett Hughes, Melissa Barnett Wyatt, Jennifer Barnett Harchenko, and six nephews Thomas Kilgore, George Kilgore, Dr. Michael Stodard, Paul Stodard, Arden Margrave Barnett, and Guy Glenn Barnett and their families.
Lucy expanded her family to include many people, including Barbara Neal Selby, Don Sawvel Neal, and Emily Hewitt Abraham, their spouses and families. She also incorporated her daughter-in-law's family, including JoAnn Grisham Bell, Irwin Bell, Rev. Lowell E. Grisham, Jr., Kathy McKellar Grisham, Allison Grisham Burkepile, Lawrence Gray Grisham, their spouses and families.
Lucy graduated from Central High School, attended Blue Mountain College and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was a Phi Mu and President of the YWCA.
Lucy was a dedicated citizen and volunteer. She was twice Regent of the Ralph Humphreys Chapter of DAR, twice President of her chapter of Colonial Dames XVII Century, State President of Daughters of Founders & Patriots of America, and served three consecutive terms as Board President of the Clinton Community Christian Corporation, serving on the board for over 30 years. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 27 years, and she served as a volunteer docent for four international exhibits. She was a volunteer greeter at the Natchez Trace Visitors Center until just two months before her death.
She was an active member and secretary of the Navy night fighter squadron CVLG(N) 41 reunion group, which met regularly from WWII until recently; she was one of the last surviving members.
Lucy was a member of First Baptist Church of Clinton for over 67 years, where she was a Sunday school teacher and leader and member of the choir and WMU. She loved to entertain her friends and was a prolific bridge player, her last game just three days before her death.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 4 to 7pm at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Clinton. Services will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11am at First Baptist Church of Clinton with a visitation one hour prior to service. Graveside services will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park.
Lucy loved flowers, but contributions to First Baptist Church of Clinton in her memory would be appreciated.
Rear Admiral James Barnett (Celia) son 2406 S Arlington Ridge Rd Arlington, VA 22202
Susan Barnett Perry (daughter) 15 Parkwood Road Clinton, MS 39056


Dorothy Smith Holaday "Dot" Holaday, 91, died peacefully on February 12, 2017 at St. Catherine's Village in Madison, MS. She was the daughter of W.E. Smith and Anna Dick Smith of Carthage. She graduated from Carthage High School in 1943 and from Blue Mountain College in 1947. She was a science teacher in Shaw MS and later at Bailey Junior High School in Jackson. She was happily married to Howard Holaday for 42 years. They had two children, Howard Jr. and Virginia Ann, and raised them in Atlanta, GA, Acton, MA, and Raleigh, NC. In Atlanta, Dot was active in the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, PTA, and the Druid Hills Garden Club. She loved cooking, travel, and entertaining. She was an avid bridge player. In NC, after a 20 year hiatus, she resumed teaching high school chemistry at Wake Forest High School. After retirement, Dot and Howard returned to Mississippi. Dot was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; her infant brother, Wayne Emmette Smith; and her sisters, Ima Peoples and Mary Elizabeth Waggoner.
She is survived by her sister, Emily Moore, by her children, Dr. Howard Holaday, Jr. and Virginia Ann Holaday, and by many loving nieces and nephews. Her family sincerely appreciates the dedicated home care she received from Ms.Pam Bailey, the outstanding nursing care she received at Baptist Medical Center and St. Catherine's Village, and the compassionate medical care she received from her physicians: Drs. Holland Addison, Frank Criddle, and Tauqeer Yousuf.A memorial service will be held in celebration of her life on Wednesday February 15 at 2 P.M. at Wilcox Funeral Home in Carthage, preceded by visitation from 12 noon to 2 P.M.
Emily Moore-sister-unable to get address
Dr. Howard Holaday, Jr-son 5903 Ridgewood Rd Suite 101, Jackson, MS 39211
Virginia Holaday-dau- 310 Northwind Drive, Brandon, MS 39047

Helen Hamilton Pitts BMC Class of 1961

Helen Sue Hamilton Pitts, age 96, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at her residence. She was born February 21, 1920 to Luther Martin Hamilton, Sr., and Mary Essie Moody Hamilton. She attended Memphis State, University of Mississippi and received her teaching degree from Blue Mountain College. She taught at Beckham, Ingomar, Macedonia and North Pontotoc, retiring after 31 years of teaching. She was a member of Ecru Baptist Church, the "Goodtimers", Woodmen of the World, and the Pontotoc County Retired Teachers. She was very passionate about maintaining her yard and flower gardening.

Services will be at 11 AM Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Ecru Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Lassett and Bush Hamilton officiating: burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Catherine "Cathy" Duncan and husband Albert Ray Duncan of New Albany, MS; a brother, Luther Hamilton, Jr., of Jackson, MS; a daughter-in-law: Rita Pitts Biffle of Biloxi, MS; two grandsons, Ben Pitts and wife Sasha of Sherman, MS and Len Pitts and wife Melinda of Randolph, MS; three great-grandchildren, Alexis Pitts, Elizabeth Pitts and Benjamin Pitts and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 65 years, Sam Gates Pitts, Sr., a son, Sam Gates Pitts, Jr., and a sister, Margie Ann Hamilton.
Pallbearers will be Donald Andrews, Bush Hamilton, James Farris, Johnny Mounce, Justin McMillen, Chad Stubblefield and Jimmy Young.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM Friday and from 10 to 11 AM Saturday. All the visitation will be at Ecru Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Ecru Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 467, Ecru, MS 38841.
The family would like to express special thanks to the caregivers who gave loving care, Mary Coker, Dianna Cobb, Brenda Cobb, Sandra Parker, as well as NMMC Hospice and Home Health Care

Mary Catherine (Albert) Duncan (dau) 118 S Glenfield Rd. New Albany, MS 38652
Luther Hamilton, Jr (bro) 1245 Winnrose St, Jackson, MS 39211



Floretta Clarkson McGee, 85, of The Groves in Independence, Mo., passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

She was born March 4, 1931, in Botetourt Co.Va. She was the daughter of the late Cuba T. and O'Neal Baker Clarkson. She was preceded in death by her husband, John James McGee in 1996, and her brother, Lyden Clarkson in 2007. She graduated from Blue Mountain College in Mississippi, where she met and married John James McGee. She returned to Virginia in 1957 and was a school teacher for 27 years in the Roanoke City School System before retiring in 1986.

After retiring, she moved to Independence, Mo., to be close to her daughter. Since then, she has traveled extensively in the U.S. and has contributed her time as a volunteer for The Shepherd Center and Centerpoint Hospital. She was a member in good standing of the Order of the Eastern Star from 1955 to 2013, serving as Worthy Matron of the Botetourt Chapter in 1966 and as Grand Esther for the Virginia State Grand Chapter in 1969.

Her health began to decline in 2014 and she was admitted to The Groves Nursing Home in 2015.

She is survived by her daughter, Maria C. McGee of Independence, Mo.; and her son, Edward L. McGee and wife, Shearin, of Fuquay Varina, N.C., and their son, Joshua.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Oakey's North Chapel, 6732 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, Va.540-362-1237. Interment to follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, followed by a Celebration of Life reception until 4:30 p.m. at the Plantation on Sunnybrook, 7342 Plantation Road, Roanoke. All family and friends are invited.

Maria McGee (daughter) 1919 S Ash Ave Independence, MO 64052
Edwin (Shearin) McGee (son) 5200 Highlandcroft Pl Fuquay Varina, NC 27526


Shirley Sappington BMC Class of 1967

Shirley Jean Sappington Olive Branch, MS Shirley Jean Sappington, 70, of Olive Branch, MS, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in Cordova, TN. Mrs. Sappington was a 50 year member of First Baptist Church of Olive Branch. She was retired from Olive Branch High School as an English teacher. Her children and grandchildren were her greatest pride and joy. Mrs. Sappington was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. M.L. Swinney and Minnie V. Swinney and her loving husband, Don Sappington. She is survived by her sons, Donnie Sappington (Paula) and Will Sappington (Lorena), her "son" John Jones, her sister, Betty Duke (Bill), and her five grandchildren, Colby, Ellie, Mia, Eva, and Owen Sappington. She also leaves several nieces, a nephew, and other extended family members. The family will receive friends Friday, December 2, 2016 from 9am until the funeral service begins at 11am, all at First Baptist Church of Olive Branch. Interment will follow in Blocker Cemetery.

Donnie (Paula) Sappington-son- too many listed
Will (Lorena) Sappington-son-too many listed
Betty (Bill) Duke-sister- 309 B 16th St Oxford, MS 38655


Jane Hathorn Cotton BMC Class of 1957

Jane Cotten died peacefully in her son's home surrounded by family on 12/3/2016. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Woodland Hills Baptist Church with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Lakewood Memorial Park. She was born 4/3/1935 in Louisville, MS to the late Percy Bryant Hathorn and Canzada Wade Triplett. She was little sister to Malissa Ann "Tut" Gordon. She graduated from Blue Mountain College and during her first year of teaching math at Bailey Jr. High met her forever soulmate, the history teacher, Jimmy Cotten. They married in 1958 and had two children, Joy and Bryant. Jane had a fulfilling career teaching math at Central, Bailey, Chastain, Woodland Hills and MS School for the Blind. She was active at Woodland Hills Baptist Church and The Jackson Garden Club. She was heartbroken over the loss of her beloved, Jimmy who died on November 22nd, less than two weeks ago. She is survived by her two children, Joy (Larry) Roessel and their son, Lawrence; Bryant and his daughters, Jane Alexander Cotten and Krista (Russell) Lea and their daughter, Addison; many nieces and nephews and good friends. The family would like to say special thanks to Pat Gordon (niece) and best friend, Sue Berry, and Merry Heart Sitting Service. Memorials may be made to Woodland Hills Baptist Church.
Joy (Larry) Roessel- daughter 133 Sherwood Trail, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Bryant Cotten-son 5465 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS 39211



Bro. John Wayne King, 75, native of Tippah County, retired Baptist Pastor and beloved husband of Gladys Thomas King for 52 years, passed away Thursday morning November 17, 2016 in Sevierville, TN. Services honoring the life of Bro. King will be at 2 PM Saturday, November 19 at Middleton First Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Waddle, Bro. Samuel Cox and Bro. Paul Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Falkner. The Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements Born May 29, 1941 in Luxora, AR, Wayne, as everyone knew him, was the son of the late John Franklin and Mamie Vandegriff King. Moving to Tippah County with his family, Wayne was a graduate of Center High School, served in the US Army and earned his Bachelor's Degree from Blue Mountain College. On February 21, 1964, Wayne married Gladys Ruth Thomas, a native of Union County. Bro. King pastored churches in Mississippi and Tennessee for over 32 years before his retirement. He loved traveling, especially in the mountains, and enjoyed time with his family cherishing the moments with his wife that he loved dearly, his girls and his grandchildren, getting into mischief with them. He will be remembered for his generous spirit and always wanting everyone to feel welcomed and loved. Visitation will continue today from 12 noon until service time at Middleton First Baptist Church. Those also left to honor his memory are his daughters, Missy Davis (Paul) of Meridian, Bobbie Cox (Sam) of Middleton and Sherie McDowell (Keith) of Falkner, a brother, Calvin King of Ripley, 6 grandchildren, Katie Davis, Sarah Cox Blair (Jacob), Jonathan McDowell, John Michael Davis, Joshua Cox , Cindy McDowell, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. The family request that memorials be directed to Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214.The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the King family at
(wife) Gladys Thomas King 102 Rose St Ext Middleton, TN 38052
(dau) Missy and Paul Davis-8014 Cook Road Meridian, MS 39305 (BMC Class of 1985)
(dau) Bobbie and Sam Cox-507 North Main Middleton, TN 38052 (BMC Class of 1989)
(dau) Sherie and Keith McDowell-6031 CR 200 Falkner, MS 38674 (BMC Class of 1992)
(bro) Calvin King -768 Cooper St Ripley, MS 38663
(granddau) Sarah and Jacob Cox 7385 Odom Way, Apt. 202 Cordova, TN 38018 (BMC Class of 2013)
(grandson) Joshua Cox-507 North Main, Middleton, TN 38052 (current BMC student)


Faye Vaughn Sanders BMC Class of 1942

After successfully completing her earthly work, Faye Vaughn Sanders, 94, went to be with her Lord on October 13, 2016. She was the widow of C. A. Sanders, to whom she was married for 50 years. The only child of William Ivor and Blanche Campbell Vaughn, Faye grew up in the Ecru community. Faye traveled by train to Seattle, Washington, to marry C. A. on April 2, 1943, who was on leave from the U. S. Navy. After the war ended, and C. A. surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, the couple moved to the Slayden Community in Marshall County, MS. There they were partnered with his cousin Simpson Hurdle and his wife Louise in the Hurdle & Sanders Clover Farm Store for the next 40 years. During this time, Faye also taught English at the Marshall County Agricultural High School which later became Slayden School. Faye was a loyal and "faithful daughter" of Blue Mountain College, where she graduated in 1942, and was honored as its Alumna of the year in 2004. She has also served BMC as Alumni President, a college trustee from 1996 to 2002, and served on the search committee for the seventh BMC president, Dr. Bettye Coward.

Faye has been a member of Slayden Baptist Church since 1946 and has faithfully taught Sunday school there for a number of years. She was recognized there in a special church-wide program for her years of dedication and work. A passionate supporter of missions, Faye held many positions in the Woman's Missionary Union, both on local and state levels. She was honored with a "Servant of the Year" plaque from the Marshall Baptist Association receiving this one-time award in 1997. She, along with three others, was instrumental in starting the LIFT ministry (Ladies in Fellowship Transition) in the Slayden area. This is an organization of white and black Christian women who meet monthly to worship and pray together, and from which developed a jail ministry to inmates.

We would not fail to mention her love and support of Marshall Academy in Holly Springs, where seven of her nine grandchildren graduated. We're sure she has personal stats on almost every game they played there! She was honored there with the same medals that were given to the players for various tournaments won.

This sweet lady "cut a wider path" than can be contained in a few words. She's been a mentor for so many. She leaves one daughter, Kitty King (Charles) of Slayden, three sons, Charlie Sanders (Diane) from Senatobia, Dick Sanders (Deborah) and Carl Sanders (Karen) both from Slayden; eleven grandchildren, Shelby Folk (Roger), Carrie Carpenter (Ryan), Jeffrey King (Rosie), Robin Cole (David), Adam Sanders (Tabatha), Kurt Sanders (Emily), John David Sanders (Sarah Jane), Justin Sanders (Dayna), Tyler Sanders (Erica), Tommy Schull (Jamie) and Sharme' Perucchini. 22 great grandchildren. To

God be the Glory.

Services will be held Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 11:00am at the Slayden Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Slayden Cemetery. A Visitation will be held at the church Friday from 5 - 8:30pm. a Second visitation will be held Saturday at the church from 10:00am until service time.

Memorials may be given to Slayden Baptist Church for the Missions, 2534 Hwy 72, Lamar, MS 39642, or to Blue Mountain College, PO Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS 38610, or to the donor's choice.

Holly Springs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Kitty (Charles) King (dau) 2998 Hwy 72 Holly Springs, MS 38635
Charlie (Diane) Sanders (son) 110 Keestone Dr Senatobia, MS 38668
Carl (Karen) Sanders (son) 104 Barry Rd Holly Springs, MS 38635
Dick (Deborah) Sanders (son) 3057 Hwy 72 Holly Springs, MS 38635



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