NORMA JEAN HUDSON COWAN (BMC 1945, Euzelian) Norma Jean Hudson Cowan passed away on January 12, 2016, in Roseville, California. She was born on November 21, 1923, in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, to Dr. J. Manning Hudson and Norma Dunn Hudson and grew up in New Albany, Mississippi. She graduated from Blue Mountain College; after which she met and married Doc Cowan of Shelby, Mississippi. They had three children, Carolyn, Claire, and George. They lived for 8 years in Maracaibo, Venezuela, after which they returned to Houston, Texas, where she lived for the next 31 years, teaching junior high in the Spring Branch ISD for 21 years of those years. She was a congregant of the Chapelwood Methodist Church. Norma spent the years after 1998 in California, where she lived close to Claire and her family. Norma is survived by her sister Carolyn Hudson Harrison, of Milan, Tennessee; her children Carolyn Cowan, of Concrete, Washington, Claire Cowan Fredette (Gerry), of Granite Bay, California, and George Cowan (Lin), of Hong Kong; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Norma loved to travel, garden, read, and play bridge, but mostly she loved her friends and family. Her sweet and happy nature touched the lives of those who knew her. Norma Jean will be deeply missed by her family and her friends mourning her loss.
Barbara Bray (BMC 1952, Euzelian)Barbara Bray died peacefully Friday, January 15, 2016, at John Knox Village Care Center, Lee's Summit, Mo. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Fellowship Greenwood, 1601 W. Main Street, Greenwood, Mo. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, Mo., and at 9 a.m. Wednesday, prior to service at the church. Burial will follow service at Knob Noster, Mo., Cemetery. The family suggests memorial gifts to the MO WMU/Gilpin Fund to support Woman's Missionary Union and other mission efforts. Barbara was born May 17, 1931, in Hutchison, Kan., to Kenneth and Harriette Birt. She had one brother. She graduated from Blue Mountain College in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was an accomplished singer, pianist, choir director, teacher, writer and speaker. Barbara married Tom Bray on June 2, 1953, and together they began a 50-year partnership of love and ministry serving in 13 full-time and interim pastorates in Missouri, Kentucky and Arkansas. From 1981-1986, she served as Missouri WMU President and lived a lifetime fulfilling her passion for missions by leading conferences, writing for WMU magazines and two books for WMU. She was a member of Fellowship Greenwood. Apart from being a model pastor's wife, she loved her family and was the epitome of hospitality. Barbara was preceded in death by husband, Tom and both of her parents. Barbara is survived by children, Martha and Dennis Green, Blue Springs, Mo., Sarah and Larry Jacobs, Nixa, Mo., Becky and BJ Moyer, Lee's Summit, Clark Bray, Bowling Green, Ky., and Dave Hitchcock, Independence; her grandchildren, Amy and David Jacoby, Adam and Kristi Hitchcock, Nathan and Kala Jacobs, Rachel and Matt Canady, Julia Moyer, Kathryn Moyer, Jason and Laura Bray, Jeremy and Amber Bray, Stephen and Sophy Bray; 13 great-grandchildren, Addie, Violet and Cooper Jacoby, Trey Dayaw, Ava and Noah Hitchcock, Peyton Lyons, Brinley Jacobs, Susan, Sarah and Joseph Bray, Mallory Bray, and Saylah Bray; her brother, Ken and Pat Birt and many "adopted" children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her caring spirit will be missed by all who loved and admired her. She left her earthly body confident in the words of 2 Timothy 4:7-8, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing." Her family rests in the assurance that the Lord met Barbara at the entrance of her eternal rest saying, "Well done thy good and faithful servant.”
Cyreal Sneed Ford (Attended BMC 1968)Ripley, MS - Cyreal Sneed Ford, 89, wife of the late Dr. Ralph D. Ford and a person active for many years in the church and community activities of Tippah County, peacefully departed this life Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at MyKales Residential Living Center in New Albany. A service celebrating the life of Mrs. Ford will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home with burial in Tippah Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A native of Union County, Mrs. Ford was born Feb. 16, 1926, the daughter of the late William Edward Sneed and Rebecca Dillard Sneed. She was a graduate of Ingomar High School and continued her education at Blue Mountain College. A devoted member of Ripley First United Methodist Church, Mrs. Ford served as secretary for the church for more than 20 years. She was married for more than 60 years to Dr. Ralph D. Ford, well known Ripley physician who died in 2010. An active person who enjoyed the friendships of many, Mrs. Ford found much pleasure in Bridge games with friends, participating in the Ripley Young At Heart Senior Group, and competing in the Senior Olympics of North Mississippi. A visitation for Mrs. Ford will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 11, at Ripley Funeral Home and will continue on Tuesday two hours before services. She is survived by her son, Ralph ""David"" Ford (Amanda) of Ripley; two brothers, Dean Sneed of Olive Branch and Billy Sneed of Hurricane Community; and her grandson, Parker Manning Ford. She was also preceded in death by a son, Dwight Jay Ford; and two sisters, Imogene Mills and Sara Nolen. Memorials are requested to Ripley First United Methodist Church, 145 South Main St., Ripley, MS 38663.Psalms 121:8 ""The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forever more.""
Beth Louise Arline (BMC 1965, Euzelian)Beth died of Melanoma on Jan. 1, 2016. No obit at this time. She was living in Mexico at the time of her passing.
Sara Ann Coleman Kintz (BMC 1955, Euzelian)Sara Ann Coleman Kintz passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on December 28, 2015. Born on June 2, 1933 in West Point, MS, where she resided until she attended and graduated from Blue Mountain College, also located in Mississippi. She taught elementary school on Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, FL where she met her husband, James P. Kintz. Together they moved to the City of Atlantis in 1961, where they raised five children. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and good friend to many. She was a longtime member of PEO Chapter EZ in Lake Worth, a former board member of the Caridad Center in Boynton Beach, and member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lantana. Survivors include her husband James P. Kintz; children Kerrie Schandelmayer (Charles), Julie Kintz, Paul Kintz (Jennifer), Leslie Leckrone (Todd), Christopher Kintz (Linda), brother William G. Coleman, Jr. and eight grandchildren Clifton, Sara, Stephen Schandelmayer, Kristin and Coleman Kintz, Brittany and Brennan Leckrone, and Maggie Powell. Calling hours Sunday, January 3rd from 4:00PM - 6:00PM at Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Funeral Home, Kirk Rd., Lake Worth. A funeral mass will be held Monday, January 4th at 11:00AM, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Lantana. Interment will be held at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, 3:00PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Caridad Center.
Perrin Turner Croy (attended BMC 1951, Eunomian)Perrin T. Croy of Memphis, TN, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at Signature Health Care in Memphis ,TN. Perrin was a native of Marks, MS, but lived for more than 50 years in Johnson City, before moving to Memphis. Perrin attended Blue Mountain College and was a graduate of the University of Mississippi. In Johnson City she worked as an assistant librarian at Science Hill High School before moving on to the Admissions Office of East Tennessee State University. She was a long time member of First Presbyterian Church in Johnson City. She was preceded in death by her husband of over fifty years Kermit Lee Croy, her parents Lee and Edith Turner, and her sister Lucy Turner. She is survived by her sister Edith West of Brandon, MS; her three children Laura Croy Burgess and husband Chad of Memphis, TN, Ellen Croy Civera and husband Glenn of Memphis, TN, and Lee Croy and wife Sheryl of Duluth, GA; seven Grandchildren, Joshua Burgess and wife Tracey of Southaven, MS, Jesse Burgess and wife Brittany of Ann Arbor, MI , Jared Burgess of Fort Collins, CO; Matthew Civera and wife Rebecca of Denver, CO, and Emily Civera of Memphis, TN; Caroline and Walt Croy of Duluth, GA; two Great Grandchildren Jacob and Lucy Burgess of Southaven, MS. A graveside service will be conducted on Saturday, January 2, 2016, at 12:30 p.m. in the Monte Vista Memorial Park in Johnson City, TN. The family will receive friends at the Morris-Baker Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday
Elizabeth Kirkland McLendon (BMC 1935)Elizabeth Kirkland McLendon, born March 9, 1913, in Quitman, Mississippi, to Ada Dabbs and Stuart Benson Kirkland, Passed away peacefully at her home on December 24, 2015 at the age of 102.As a lifelong resident of Quitman, Mrs. McLendon was affectionately known to those in her community as Miss Elizabeth. She and her brother, J.K., grew up helping in the family hardware store, J.K. Kirkland Hardware and came to love all the customers she met through the years, especially on those busy Saturdays. She was a member of First Baptist Church, of which she enjoyed attending almost every Sunday morning until her death.Mrs. McLendon graduated from Quitman High School in 1931, Blue Mountain College in 1935 and was a member of the Hill Society. After graduation, she returned to Quitman where she married a local friend Franklin Amos McLendon, in 1941. Miss Elizabeth was a beacon of light to the community opening her home to many, especially the friends of her daughter, Gage. Miss Elizabeth entertained with ease and always made visitors feel welcome. Her gift was that of hospitality and compassion.She was a member of the Quitman Woman's Club and the Pushmataha Chapter of the DAR in Meridian, MS. She became a lifetime member of DAR in January of 1996 and honored in 2011 as a 70 year member.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Franklin Amos McLendon; her stepmother, Marguerite Mullett Kirkland: brother, J.K. Kirkland (Betty) of Quitman; Granddaughter, Beth Roberson of Greenwood; and stepbrothers, Dick Mullett of Kansas City, Missouri, Bill Mullett of Dunedin, Florida, and son-in-law Thomas Upton Black, Jr. of Greenwood. Mrs. McLendon is survived by her loving daughter, Gage M. Black, of Greenwood, Mississippi; a grandson, William Marion Roberson II and his wife Ann; great-grandchildren Maggie, Farrell, Annie, and William Roberson, all of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Step-grand-children include: Jan Stokes and T.U. Black III of Dallas, Texas; Ashley B. Daves (Mike) and step-great-grandchildren: Michael, Meagan, and Patrick Daves, all of Fairhope, Alabama. She also leaves a step brother, Bob Mullett of Overland Park, Kansas and a step sister-in-law Ann Mullett of Prairie Village, Kansas; Niece Julie Rowell (George) of Quitman, Mississippi; nephews John Kirkland (Carolyn) of Quitman, Mississippi and Jere Kirkland (Phyllis) of Tupelo, Mississippi, and Dr. Dewey Myers of Jackson, Mississippi. Visitation will be on Monday, December 28, 2015, from 9:30am to 11:00 am. Services will follow at 11:00 am. Both will be held at Wright's Funeral Home in Quitman, Mississippi, with Rev. Gene Neal officiating. Pallbearers will be: John Hammack, Al Vowell, Freddie Blackledge, George "Buddy" Williams, Harvey Shirley, Anthony Cran, Robby Daniels, Chad Daniels, Mike Daves, and William Roberson. Honorary pallbearers will be: Dr. Mark Allen, Hal N. Dabbs Jr., Ray Smith, and Guilliam Graham.A special thank you is given to Patsy Brock and Johni Daniels for their kindness and friendship .The family would also like to thank the lovely ladies that spent many hours loving and caring for our Miss Elizabeth. These include: Fannie Ransom, Mary Windham, Jessie Wallace, Essie Hall, and Candy Smith. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 720, Quitman, Mississippi 39355
Pat (Patsy Lou) Gregory Washington (BMC 1984)NEW ALBANY – Pat Washington, 70, passed away Thursday, December 24, 2015, at her home from an extended illness, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), with family and friends by her side. She was a member of Poolville Baptist Church. She was born November 1, 1945, in New Albany to the late Alvie (Stem) Gregory and the late Gladys Whitehead Gregory. She was married for 50 years to John Washington. After being a hairdresser for 20 years and an active 4-H Leader for seven years, Pat earned her Bachelor's degree in Education and then a double Master's degree in Special Education at Blue Mountain College. She spent 23 years of dedicated service to the Union County School District at both Myrtle and Ingomar. Teaching students was her passion. She enjoyed accompanying her students on field trips to NASA in Huntsville, Ala. and the Special Olympics in Biloxi, among many other events. She treasured time with her family; and she loved singing and writing stories and poems, where several of her writings were published. She was a volunteer at BMH-UC for several years and would also go sing to the residences at nursing homes, as well as many churches. She is survived by her husband, John Washington; one daughter, Deanna Washington Gregory (Tom); one sister, Shelby Bagwell (Thomas); two brothers, Bobby Gregory (Ann) and Wilburn Gregory; two granddaughters, Amanda Porter Stewart and Alison Porter Johnson; and one great-grandson, Corbin Wayne Stewart. She was predeceased by her parents; and brother, Willis Gregory (Linda).Visitation will be today, December 26, from 5 to 8:00 p.m. at United Funeral Home, and services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 27, with the Rev. Larry Harrison and Rev. Junior Richey officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers will be Bobby Baird, Les Darling, Matt Gray, Jason Gregory, Will Gregory, and Zach Verrell.
Miriam Fitzpatrick (BMC 1957, Euzelian)Miriam Fitzpatrick passed away December 17, 2015. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, James F. Fitzpatrick. They met at Mount McKinley National Park (Denali), Alaska, as college summer employees in 1956, before Alaskan statehood. Born in Myrtle, MS on November 12, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. Frank H. Cox and was predeceased by her brother, Frank Cox, Jr. and her sister, Sarah Grace Elder. She was a graduate of New Albany, MS schools; Blue Mountain College, MS (B.S.); and Western Kentucky University (M.A.). She taught school in Bowling Green, KY; Knoxville, TN, and Memphis (Oakhaven High). While living in Lake Oswego, Oregon, she was a realtor. Upon their return to Memphis, Miriam assisted her husband in his consulting business. She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter F. A founding member of Trinity Baptist Church in Cordova, she was a Bible teacher, served on many committees, and promoted missions through WMU. Her fondest memories include years teaching young adults at church and a mission trip to South Brazil. She loved her church family and her pastor, Dr. Richard S. Hipps. Miriam was characterized by hospitality. It was her joy to welcome people into her home, and she loved introducing people to one another so that friendships could multiply. She maintained friendships from preschool days, high school, college and every city where she and Jim lived: Bowling Green, KY; Knoxville, TN; Norman, OK; Lake Oswego, OR; and Memphis, TN. She leaves behind her precious daughters, Millicent Adney of Cordova, TN and Amy Grace Hinrichs (Kurt) of Alexandria, VA. She is survived by her grandchildren Sarah Jane Dunn and Lindsay Beth Dunn of Cordova, and their father Shane Dunn of Jakarta, Indonesia; Martha Grace Hinrichs of San Francisco, CA; William James Hinrichs of Clearwater, FL; and Joseph Tegegn Hinrichs of Alexandria, VA. Miriam is also survived by her nephew, Rev. Dr. Ernie Elder, Jr. (Angela) of Lafayette, IN. Services will be held on Sunday, December 20 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church. Please send any memorials to Trinity Baptist Church, 8899 Trinity Road, Cordova, TN 38018
Dr. Kermit D. McGregor (BMC 1960)
ALGOMA – Dr. Kermit D. McGregor, pastor of Cooke Memorial Baptist Church, entered heaven on December 10, 2015, while in Hospice care at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo. Kermit, a lifelong Southern Baptist Minister, began preaching at age 16 and served for 60 years. He was married to Phyllis McCoy in 1955, and they began their ministry in Pontotoc County while still in high school. Kermit was a graduate of Algoma High School; he and Phyllis were the first married couple to graduate from Blue Mountain College. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and was awarded two honorary Doctorate degrees from William Carey University and Blue Mountain College. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2001. He has served as Pastor of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Thompson Baptist Church, Ingomar Baptist Church, First Baptist Bruce, First Baptist Winona, Temple Baptist in Hattiesburg, Morrison Heights in Clinton, First Baptist Mendenhall, Daniel Memorial Baptist in Jackson, and Cooke Memorial in Pontotoc County. After retiring from full-time pastorate, Kermit served as Transitional Pastor for First Baptist Starkville, Poplar Springs Baptist Meridian, Calvary Baptist Tupelo, and Hillcrest Baptist New Albany. During the mid-1980s, Kermit served as the first Director of Public Relations for the Mississippi Baptist Children's Village. He has served as President of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, as a Trustee for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, Chairman of the Education Commission for the Mississippi Baptist Convention, and most recently as a Trustee for William Carey University. Kermit received a heart transplant in June 1994 at Emory University Medical Center in Atlanta. God provided an extension of life for over 21 years through this medical procedure and His divine wisdom. Thousands of people throughout the state have come to know Jesus as their Savior because of the life and ministry of Kermit both pre- and post-transplant. Kermit and Phyllis have two children, Lisa Williamson (Jimmy) of Pontotoc and Dale McGregor (Tina) of Cabot, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Kristen Williamson Bishop (Matthew), Nolon Saucier (Tiffany), Les McGregor, Madison McGregor (Kelcie), Lane Willliamson, Courtney McGregor, Maggie Williamson; and two great-grandchildren, Matthew Grayson Bishop and Asher Barron McGregor. Kermit was preceded in death by his parents, Lesley Guy McGregor and Opal Ard McGregor; and sister, Kallie Sue McGregor. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Keith C. McGregor of Oxford; and sister, Brenda Kay Franklin (James) of Tupelo. Public visitation is Sunday, December 13 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center and Monday, December 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary at West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc. Services will be Monday, December 14 at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements. Expressions of love can be made to William Carey University or Blue Mountain College.
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