Eddie Jean Holmes (BMC 1961)

Eddie Jean Holmes, 75, of Pensacola, FL passed away, Thursday, December 25, 2014. She was born on June 13, 1939 in Tupelo, MS, the third of three girls of Edward C. Holmes and Louise (Jane) Steadman. She graduated from Tupelo High School and Blue Mountain College for Women in Blue Mountain, MS. She received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education. Her summers were spent in Girl Scout Camps as a camp counselor. She met many staff members who became life-long friends. After graduation from Blue Mountain College, she began her teaching career in Detroit, MI. She also taught in Memphis, TN, Atlanta, GA and New Mexico. She worked as a professional Girl Scout executive. Once she moved to Pensacola and she worked for 29 years for the Escambia County School District teaching 5th grade at Olive Elementary (now Lincoln Park) and West Pensacola. She also taught GED classes. Eddie Jean's students did well under her strict discipline and fair ways. She had a caring personality and communicated well with parents. She also played her guitar on Friday for good behavior and the students participated in the singing. She used her guitar as a teaching tool. While teaching full time, she completed her Masters in Administration and Supervision from Troy State University, Troy, AL. Eddie Jean volunteered and shared her musical talent every Monday morning at United Ministries. She was a soloist at First Presbyterian Church of Pensacola, singing for funerals, memorials, weddings and singing weekly as a tenor in the adult choir. She wrote songs for special friends for special occasions. Saint Jude Hospital was very special to her. She was a long time donor to their cause. She also was a tither in her church. Eddie Jean is preceded in death by her parents; Edward C. Holmes and Jane Holmes McDonald and by her sister, Emma Holmes Ware. Survivors include her sister, Delores Holmes Burton of MI; two nephews, Ed (Julie) Burton and Mike (Laurie) Burton; niece, Carla (Tom) March; great niece, Rachel; great nephew, Luke; many cousins in West Point, MS, the home of her late mother; a favorite cousins, Ed Love II (Sylvia) and Ed Love III; and special family friend, Mary Jean Miller. A memorial service will be held at 1st Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 4:00pm with Dr. Randon Jackson officiating. Visitation will be immediately after the service in the church parlor. Eddie Jean's ashes will be placed in the columbarium at the church at a later time (Niche No. C-22). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eddie Jean's name to First Presbyterian Church - Music fund. She will be missed by every person she touched.

Jenny Staggs (BMC 1969)

Virginia Pennebaker Staggs, 87, died Friday, December 19, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born on July 25, 1927, in Memphis to the late John Edwin and Ruby Barkley Pennebaker.
She graduated from New Albany High School, attended MSCW and holds degrees from Blue Mountain College and Ole Miss.
She was a retired elementary school teacher. She really enjoyed when people would say to her, "You taught me in first grade."
Jenny was a devoted wife, a great cook and enjoyed family gatherings as well as entertaining friends, especially her bridge foursome. She talked fondly about trips up the river, mountain camping, hiking and RV-ing. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of New Albany and the Marjorie Houston Sunday School Class.
Visitation was Monday, December 22, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Wesley Hall of First United Methodist Church with funeral services following at 2:00 p.m. in the church with Rev. Barry Male and Rev. John Staggs officiating. Burial will be at New Albany City Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Wallace Howard Staggs; a son, Rev. Dr. John Howard Staggs (Lou Ann); a daughter, Susan Penny Ray (Roger); a granddaughter, Christy Lou Hill (James); three grandsons, John Nathan Staggs, Edwin Drew Carter (Beth) and Jon Travis Carter; and great-grandchildren, Matt and Mallory Hill.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Staggs, Travis Carter, Drew Carter, James Hill, John David Pennebaker and Dr. Tommy Barkley.

Jewell Breazeale Brown (attended BMC 1945)

SALTILLO – Jewell Breazeale Brown passed away December 1, 2014, at her daughter's home in Saltillo. She was born March 28, 1924, to Charlie and Lula Burchfield Breazeale in Ethel. After graduating from Ethel High School, Jewell attended Blue Mountain College. She then moved to Jackson and met William Thomas Brown Jr., formerly of Sherman, upon his return from World War II. They married on August 25, 1946, and made their home in Jackson.
Jewell was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed traveling with her husband after his retirement, especially in the New England area. She was a genealogy enthusiast, took great pleasure in fishing with a cane pole, and was a passionate Ole Miss Sports fan. As a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Jackson, she was active in the WMU and served in the preschool ministry.
Survivors include her daughter, Paula Brown Carter of Saltillo; sons, William Thomas Brown III (Sally) of Jackson and Robert Osborne Brown (Jan) of Metairie, Louisiana; eight grandchildren, who lovingly called her Jewella, Presley Carter Walters (Kris) of Hattiesburg, Holly Carter McCoy (Neal) of Saltillo, Ray Carter (Stacey) of Madison, Bonnie Brown of New York City, Shellie Brown of Jackson, Claire, Bobby and Catherine Brown of Metairie, Louisiana; eight great-grandchildren, Wes, Ann Elise, and Bankston Hays Walters, Mac, South and Carter Cate McCoy and Mary Claire and Thomas William Carter; and her only surviving sibling, Clara Childress of Roswell, Georgia. She is also survived by a host of beloved nieces and nephews.
Jewell was preceded in death by her husband in 1985; her parents; four brothers, Everette, Ed, Grady and Robert Breazeale; and four sisters, Lillian Love Byrd, Zula McCormick, Beatrice Bailey and Ludie Wardlaw.
The family will gather with friends on Thursday, December 4, 2014, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the stateroom at W.E. Pegues, Tupelo. A graveside service will follow at 11 a.m. at Sherman Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Parker, her nephew-in-law, officiating. W.E. Pegues, Tupelo is entrusted with the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Ray Carter and Bobby Brown; her grandsons-in-law, Kris Walters and Neal McCoy; and nephews, John McCormick, Gerald McCormick, Steve Breazeale, Buz Wardlaw, and Brad Childress. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Love, Thomas Milton Breazeale, Mickey Breazeale and John Benton Love.
Memorials may be made in her honor to French Camp Academy or a charity of one's choice

Martha Ann Wilson (BMC 1951)

Martha Ann Wilson, 85, of Owensboro passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at her home. She was born on April 8, 1929 in Henderson, KY to the late Willis & Linda Butler. She was a graduate of Blue Mountain College in Mississippi. Martha lived her life in service to others as a homemaker and was a very active member of First Baptist Church, where she was a former W. M. U. Director, was involved with many mission activities and was a member of the Beacon Sunday School class. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Martin G. Wilson; two sons, Robert L. Wilson and Samuel C. (Nancy) Wilson; one daughter, Mary Martha (Dan) Reynolds; six grandchildren, Kyle Reynolds, Kari Beth (Bart) Adams, Bennett, Olivia, Susan, and Sarah Wilson, and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be 11:30a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Rosehill Cemetery with Dr. Paul Strahan officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00p.m. until 8:00p.m. on Friday and from 10:00a.m. until 11:00a.m. on Saturday at James H. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to First on Missions at First Baptist Church, PO Box 904, Owensboro, KY 42302 or Hospice of Western Kentucky, 3419 Wathens Crossing, Owensboro, KY 42301.

Miriam Preston Collins (BMC 1951) Eunomian

Miriam Preston Collins, 85, died at home on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Born on November 13, 1929, in Memphis, Tennessee to Nancy Roebuck Preston and Dr. William Hall Preston, Miriam grew up in Nashville, graduating from Hillsboro High School in 1947. She attended Blue Mountain College, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in History and Speech and received her Master's degree in English and Education from Vanderbilt University in 1952. Miriam's father, Dr. Preston, was instrumental in establishing Baptist student ministry on college campuses and from an early age, Miriam often joined her father in his work with college students, travelling both nationally and internationally. Thus began Miriam's lifelong love and passion for ministry to college students. After graduating from Vanderbilt, Miriam accepted a job as Baptist Student Union director at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Upon her move to Houston in 1952, she joined South Main Baptist Church where she met Perryman Collins, then a student at Baylor College of Medicine. They married in the summer of 1955, and moved to Maryland where Perryman would complete his surgical training at Johns Hopkins and the National Institutes of Health. In 1963, Perryman and Miriam returned to Houston with their four children. Perryman established his surgical practice, and Miriam served as his office administrator and support. Their family rejoined South Main Baptist Church where Miriam taught Sunday school for 50 years. This included decades of teaching college students, singles and more recently her senior adult class, Koinonia. In addition, Miriam taught international students for over 20 years in SMILE, South Main's English language program. In 1983, she was elected a deacon at South Main and chosen as an Honored Deacon in 2013. Miriam and Perryman were married for 58 years, until his death in August 2013.Miriam shared Perryman's love of the Davis Mountains and Paisano Baptist Encampment, which lies halfway between Alpine and Marfa, Texas, near the base of Paisano Peak. She was first introduced to the area when Perryman took her there on their honeymoon in 1955. Miriam quickly became part of Perryman's Paisano family, and Paisano remained an active part of Miriam and her family's lives for almost every summer thereafter. She served on the Board of Directors of Paisano for over 20 years. Paisano is a place where all the things that really mattered to Miriam and Perryman are taught and engrained year after year, decade after decade, generation after generation – love of God, family and friends; cultivating old and new friendships; Bible study, hymn singing and preaching; cowboy cooking, especially extended breakfasts with family and friends; and cool nights, big skies and mountain air. Miriam and Perryman made their last trip to Paisano in 2012, some 57 years after their honeymoon there. Miriam's faith was her core, and strongly influenced everything that she did. She wanted everyone to know the love of Jesus that she had experienced, and she shared her faith openly. Any overnight visitors to their home would receive a wonderful home-cooked breakfast, but only after Miriam had opened her dog-eared and underlined Bible and read a few verses of scripture and explained why those scriptures (whichever ones they were) were the most important scriptures to her. Miriam’s passions included a love for God and the Bible, a deep love and loyalty to her family, and a strong calling to be a friend to many and a stranger to none. Perhaps no one has ever had more "best" friends, because to know Miriam was to be considered her dear friend. Miriam was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 58 years, Perryman. She is survived by her children and grandchildren who she loved so deeply: Beth Collins Wray of Houston, Texas; Perryman Collins, Jr., M.D., of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and wife Paula, and children, Daniel and Emily Collins and Blake Meyer; Bill Collins of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and wife Phyllis, and children, Cole and Cordell Collins; and Lainie Collins Cline of Houston, Texas, and husband Wade, and children Kenneth, Andrew and Abby Cline; her brother William Preston of Booneville, Mississippi, and wife Jane; her brother John Preston of Farmington, New Mexico, and wife Sara; her brother-in-law, Stephen Collins of Colleyville, Texas, and wife Jane; her sister-in-law, Ruth Collins Wilkerson of Lubbock, Texas, and husband John; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to thank Mercy Pesculado and Dorothy Wong, Miriam's caretakers, as well as her many friends and fellow residents of The Forum, and its staff. Friends were cordially invited to a visitation with the family from four o'clock until six o'clock in the evening, Sunday, the 4th of January, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. The memorial service was conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Monday, the 5th of January, at South Main Baptist Church, 4100 Main Street in Houston, where Dr. Steve Wells, Pastor, officiated. Immediately following, all were invited to greet the family during a reception held in the fellowship hall. Prior to the service, the family gathered for a private interment at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts, if desired, be made to either Paisano Baptist Encampment, c/o Buddy Baldridge, Vice President, Finance, 6725 Highway 380, Snyder, Texas 79549, South Main Baptist Church, Attn: Brad Jernberg, 4100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002, or Blue Mountain College, Office of Institutional Advancement, P.O. 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