Montez Brown Robertson (BMC 1937)

Montez Brown Robertson, 99, beloved teacher, poet and long time Sunday school teacher, passed away on December 10, 2014.She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Joe Robertson. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Valine Gilmore; her nieces, Linda Cooper and Sandra Johnson and their families, along with her cousin, Darlene Mihelcic. Montez graduated from Blue Mountain College for Women in 1937, and immediately began her teaching career. She taught in Blue Mountain, MS before moving with her husband to Pensacola. She taught at Pensacola High School and various other schools in Pensacola and throughout the state. They eventually were transferred back to Pensacola where they both retired. As an educator, she loved history and literature, especially poetry, and could recite difficult pieces of poetry until her death. She impacted the lives of thousands of students in her forty years of faithful service. Her teaching also included many years of teaching children at First Baptist Church in Pensacola, where she was the oldest living member .She lived at the Haven of Our Lady of Peace since 2012 and was most appreciative of their care and kindness. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm, Tuesday, December 16, 2014 in Pleitz Chapel, First Baptist Church, with Dr. Barry Howard officiating. Visitation will be one-half hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritan Hands Ministries, First Baptist Church, 500 N. Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32501

Nancy Lau (Attended BMC 1969)

Nancy Lau, 66, met her beloved Lord and Savior on December 9, 2014 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014 in the Fellowship Hall at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison, MS. Visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. Saturday at the church. Nancy was born on August 23, 1948, in Clarksdale, the daughter of the late Fook How and Helen Chan Lau. She graduated from Coahoma County High School and continued her education at Blue Mountain College. A resident of Jackson for 29 years, she was retired from the State of Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission where she served as Director of Personnel and Finance. Nancy was active with the Earth Team and served as the Vice President for the Hinds County Soil and Water Conservation Commission. She was awarded numerous awards for her volunteer service, including in 2012 the Hinds County Earth Team Volunteer Award and again in 2013 the USDA NRC Earth Team volunteer of the Year for the State of Mississippi. She was instrumental in starting the Be Loved Card Ministry. She was an active member of Broadmoor Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Marsha Lau. Survivors include: sister, Carolyn Joe (Maury) of Pine Bluff, AR; brother, UN Wing of Auburndale, FL; sister, Linda Sue Wing of Horn Lake, MS and uncle and aunt, Sam and Ann Lou of Collierville, TN. Memorials may be made to the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital, 2500 N State St., Jackson, MS 39216 or Broadmoor Baptist Church Missions, 1531 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison, MS 39110.

Jane Allen Morson (Attended BMC 1946)

GUNTOWN – Jane Allen Morson, 86, of the Camp Creek community passed away December 6, 2014, in Birmingham, Alabama. She was born on January 6, 1928, in Tupelo to Jesse Eugene McGee and Clifford Mitchell McGee. She was married to Philip Hull Morson Jr. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, Eugene McGee, and her grandson, Benjamin T. Morson. Jane is survived by her two sons, Dr. Philip Hull Morson III and Jesse McGee (Mac) Morson (Jan); nine grandchildren, Dr. Andrew E. Morson (Kendal), Kevin A. Morson, Sally A. Morson, Julie L. Morrow (Chris), Clark A. Morson, Philip D. Morson, John O. Morson, Daniel L. Morson and Annie L. Morson; and great-granddaughter, Emma Jane Morson. Jane attended Camp Creek Elementary School, Cedar Hill Junior High, Baldwyn High School, Blue Mountain College and Mississippi State University. At Mississippi State she was in the Zeta Tau Omega sorority. Jane retired from being a teacher's aide in special education at the Guntown School. She was a member of the Camp Creek Baptist Church where for much of her adult life she sang in the choir and served as a children's Sunday school teacher, church clerk and member in the Women's Missionary Union. Jane also was a leader in the Camp Creek Home Demonstration Club an adult leader in the 4-H Club and den mother in the Cub Scouts. Also, for many years Jane and her husband, Phil, were in charge of the culinary booth at the Mississippi Alabama Fair in Tupelo. Funeral service for Jane Morson is scheduled for Sunday, December 14, at 2 p.m. at the Camp Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Jacks and the Rev. Wayne Fredrick officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn and burial will be at the Camp Creek Cemetery. The deacons of Camp Creek Baptist Church will serve as the pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Camp Creek Baptist Church building fund. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at


Mary Beth Beck Pearson (1938)

Hattiesburg, MS

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday at Canebrake Club House for Mrs. Mary Beth Beck Pearson, 96, of Hattiesburg.

She died Monday, September 15, 2014 at her residence.

Mrs. Pearson was a musician and engaged citizen of her community. She was a member of University Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dr. Clifford Beck and Dr. Glen Pearson and one grandson, Dr. Jacob Jaffurs.

She is survived by two sons, Dr. Keith Beck of Manhatten Beach, CA and Dr. Jon Beck of Kirksville, MO; two daughters, Dr. Mary Beck of Starkville and Barbara Beck of Whangerei, New Zealand; one step-son, Dr. Glen Pearson of Dallas, TX; two step-daughters, Pricilla Pearson of Jackson and Anne Hurt of Hattiesburg; two half-sisters, Nina Compton of Florida and Gene Everitt of Clinton; two half-brothers, Stuart Lassetter and John Lassetter, Jr. both of Clinton and nine grandchildren.


Lynne (Whitehurst) Furr, 92, died Saturday, July 5, 2014 in Salem, Oregon. A memorial service will be held July 31, at First United Methodist Church in Salem, Oregon with interment at Ebenezer Cemetery in Hickory Flat, Mississippi. Mrs. Furr was born February 19, 1922, to William Sydney and Arelia (Sweat) Whitehurst in Sheffield, Alabama. After she finished high school, she attended and graduated from Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, Mississippi in 1943 with majors in music and English. Mrs. Furr was a faithful alumna to BMC and generous donor. As a teenager she became active in choir in her school, church, and community, where she was frequently a soloist. Her love of music and singing continued throughout her life, even when she was no longer able to perform. During World War II she worked in New York City and the Panama Canal Zone for the U.S. Civilian Postal Censorship Department. In 1946 she married Howard L. Furr in Dallas, Texas. Three sons blessed their family. During their 67-year marriage they lived in Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, and Texas; and in 1996 they moved to Salem from Bryan, Texas. Mrs. Furr was employed by Texas A&M University as the Theses and Dissertations Editor at the Graduate College from October 1969 to October 1979. She was a member of the Methodist Church and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She served as a Stephen Minister in her Bryan church and was a Hospice volunteer for 12 years in Texas and Salem. She is preceded in death by her husband, Howard L. Furr; sister, Elizabeth Hillman; and brother, Laney Whitehurst. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, David and Anne Furr of Salem; sons, Laney of Salem and Paul of Portland; grandson, Luke Furr of Salem; granddaughter, Sarah Golomski and her husband, John, of Salem; and many loving nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please consider an offering to First United Methodist Church in Salem, Oregon or, to the charity of your choice, in her honor.


Hernando MS - JANE WHEELER HENDERSON, widow of Charles Pennington and Ben Henderson, passed away May 1, 2014. She was born to mother, Verona Dunbar Shackelford Wheeler and father, Harry Stone Wheeler on September 15, 1917 in Love Station, MS. Mrs. Jane has been an active member of the Fellowship Baptist Church and Woman's Club in Hernando. Following graduation from Blue Mountain College in 1939, where she was a member of Delta Kappa Society, and remained an active alumna, she taught school in Hernando for 39 years and was named to Outstanding Leaders in Elementary and Secondary Schools for her work in education. In addition to being known as Ms Pennington, when she was teaching, there were other accomplishments that she was known for that included Chairman of The Cancer Society for DeSoto County for many years, served as a Delegate to the Mississippi National Democratic Convention and was Secretary and Treasurer for Memphis Amateur Field Trails for 39 years. In addition to her compassion for her hometown, she leaves behind many relatives and friends who know her as a very giving person plus innumerable students whose lives she has touched. The family received friends at a catered reception Saturday, May 3 from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. at Hernando Funeral Home. Interment was in Hernando Memorial Cemetery.

Anna Kate Marion Wessels

Anna Kate Marion Wessels, age 100, passed away at her home on Longstreet Drive in Columbia, Tennessee on Sunday, March 16, 2014. Anna was born on May 19, 1913, in Houlka, MS to the late Robert Marion and the late Kate Patterson Marion. She was married to Ernest Wessels on June 19, 1938 and they had two children together. She graduated from Blue Mountain College in 1934; a Euzelian, Anna Kate was active in the BMC Alumni Association throughout the years.

She worked as a school teacher in Memphis, Tennessee for many years. She was a long-time member of Union Avenue Baptist Church in Memphis, serving more than 50 years in the Nursery Sunday School. On moving to Columbia in 1997, she joined Highland Park Baptist Church and was active as long as her health permitted. A life-long bird watcher and gardener, Anna was a member of various clubs and took trips to Europe, South America, Alaska and Hawaii to see new birds and gardens.

Mrs. Wessels is survived by her children: Anna (Ed) Wilson of Columbia and Robert (Eileen) Wessels of Big Sandy; grandchildren: Keeli Lonas, Kurt Wessels, Linda (Jeff) Frantom and Chris (Jim) Patrick. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. The family would like to extend a special thank you to caregivers: Christina Cummings, Tammy Adamson, Elizabeth Richardson, Maureen "Mo" McCormick and Bridget Collins.

Patsy Clark Pace, BMC 1949

Patsy Clark Pace, 84, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at her residence in Aberdeen. She was a retired educator in both the public and private schools, and a graduate of Blue Mountain College and the University of Mississippi. A published author, she was a former president of the Mississippi Poetry Society. Also, she was a founding member of the Chief Tishomingo Chapter of the DAR in Iuka. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Aberdeen. Graveside services were held Saturday at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Kenneth Corley officiated.

Mrs. Pace is survived by two children, Missy Pace Callero (Chris) of Irvine, Calif., and T. W. Pace (Cindy) of Amory; a sister, Janette Clark Pike (Izzy) of Fairhope, Ala.; and four grandchildren, Caden Callero, Finley Callero, Wilson Pace and David Pace. She is also survived by a step-granddaughter, Tracy Callero Hertstein; two great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; and a longtime family friend, Chris Carter, as well as several other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Julius E. Clark of Iuka and her husband William (Billy) M. Pace. Patsy, originally from Paden MS, was a Euzelian, an English and Mathematics major, and a faithful, supportive member of the BMC Alumni Association.

Mary Elizabeth McCarthy Atkinson - BMC 1942-44

Mary Elizabeth Atkinson, 89, of Covington LA, a faithful alumna of Blue Mountain College passed away January 23, 2014. Pastor Steven Younger of Emmanuel Church conducted the funeral services. Interment was in Lafayette Memorial Park. Survivors include a daughter, Rosamary A. Chotin of Covington, La.; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Hart of Lafayette, Alison C. Peace of Mandeville, La., Carter E. Chotin of Covington, La., Rachel C. Lincoln of San Antonio, Tx., and Hannah C. Macgowan of New Orleans; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ellis Atkinson; parents, Zelle and Marion McCarthy; two sisters, Marion Odell Caldwell and Joan McCarthy; and one daughter, Elizabeth A. Tarver.

Mary was a native of Baldwyn MS, and formerly a longtime resident of Lafayette LA. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and gardening; but most of all, she loved playing piano. She was an avid sports fan, especially of football and basketball, and was a member of Emmanuel Church in Lafayette and Church of the King in Covington.

Mary Ellen Jones Vinson - BMC 1954

Obituary Services for Mary Ellen Jones Vinson "Bimby" were held Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home, with Dr. John Temple officiating. Burial will be at Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Sardis, MS.

Mrs. Vinson, 82, passed away on January 11 at Anderson's Hospital. Mrs. Vinson was a Modenian, and Commerce/Elementary Education major from the BMC Class of 1954. She was a faithful member of the BMC Alumni Association. She was the aunt of Mr. Jerry Conner, of Phoenix AZ, who served as the head coach of the first intercollegiate men's basketball team of Blue Mountain College.

Mary Ellen enjoyed a 33 ½ year career as a schoolteacher in Jackson, MS. During her summers off, she worked at Jackson Paper Company. She loved sewing, gardening, and writing poetry. She was also a very talented artist, particularly with life-like charcoal drawings. She adored her daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her third grade students. Mrs. Vinson is survived by her daughter, Mary Beth Sanders (Jimmy); grandchildren Chad Elliott Shedd (Randi Danielle), Brandon Dale Shedd, and Sara Beth Shedd; great-grandchildren Azlynn Leis Shedd and Hunter Jase Shedd; brother Martin Emanuel Jones (Hazel), and sister Annie Jones.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George William Vinson; brothers and sisters, Heskel Butler, Travis Jones, Faye Jones Conner, Ross Jones, Russell Jones, Leland Riales, Thomas Lee Jones, and Martha Jones Lewis.

Carolyn Cox Thompson - BMC 1937-38

Carolyn Cox Thompson, 94, of Dallas passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at a local Dallas Hospital. She will always be remembered as a faithful Christian, loving mother, and friend to all that knew and loved her. Her hugs will be missed at Presbyterian Village North, her home in recent years. She was born in Saulsbury, TN on June 28, 1919 to Charles Ellis Cox and Allice Crum Cox.

She graduated from Grand Junction (TN) High School and attended Blue Mountain (MS) College, where her family was well remembered. Her grandmother, Lillie White Crum; mother, Allie Crum Cox; and sister, Frances Cox Hollahan (BMC Class of 1950) were cherished alums. She married Raymond L. Thompson (deceased) on June 14, 1939 and during their 54 years of marriage they lived in Shelby, MS; Blytheville, AR; Jackson, MS; New Orleans, LA; San Antonio, TX; and finally starting in 1970, Dallas, TX.

Carolyn was a member of the Hugenot Society and of DAR and was a faithful member of Park Cities Baptist Church. Survivors include her son, Lee Thompson and his wife Susan of Dallas, TX; grandson, Bradley of Dallas and grandson Wesley, wife, Amy, great granddaughters, Harper, Gillian, and Nina all of Libertyville, IL., and nieces, Susan McCarthy and husband, Kelly, of Chicago, Carolyn Steinhouse, husband James and family of Brentwood, TN, and Alice Gallimore, husband Kim and family of Highpoint, N.C.

A Memorial Service was held December 16, 2013 with Dr. Jack Martin officiating. A private family Graveside Service was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Park Cities Baptist Church, 3933 Northwest Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75225 and The American Heart Association . Online condolences can be made at www.Sparkman-Hillcrest .com.


ZENONA FAUST HARRIS of Jefferson City, Tennessee, peacefully passed away on December 22, 2013, at the age of 101. She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas James Harris; grandson, Hal Harris; her parents, James George Faust and Mary McCord Faust of Paris, Tennessee; brothers, Basil, Atril, and John Thomas Faust; sisters, Cordie Mae Faust Dublin and husband O.O. Dublin, Orieta Faust Faidley, and Sarah Faust Faughn and husband G.W. Faughn. Always the faithful alumna, Zenona, a Eunomian, was an active member of the BMC Alumni Association, and supported the College with gifts to the Annual Fund and the J.E. Buchanan Scholarship.

Survivors include son, Karl Douglas Harris and wife Thelma Dodd of Savannah, Georgia; great grandchildren, Julia and Sarah Harris, of Savannah, Georgia; son, Kim Bradford Harris and wife Lois Anne Hartsock Harris, of Liberty, Missouri; grandson, Kyle Harris and wife Hillary Estner; and great grandson, Marlowe-Estner Harris of Denver, Colorado; daughter, Paula Harris Wolfe and husband Gary Wolfe of Jonesville, Virginia; grandson, Gregory "Chuck" Wolfe and wife Charlene Wolfe; and great grandchildren, Autum, Ariel, and Michael Wolfe, of Galveston, Texas; granddaughter, Donna Wolfe Miller and husband James Miller; and great grandchildren Isaac, Sawyer, and Leahnees Miller of Jonesville, Virginia. She is also survived by much loved nieces and nephews and their families.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 30, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, Tennessee, with interment at Westview Cemetery. By request of Zenona, donations can be made to her alma mater, Blue Mountain College, P.O. Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS 38610. Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, Jefferson City, TN.

Floriene Williams Byrd - BMC 1945

Floriene Williams Byrd, 88, of Nashville, Tenn., was a member of the BMC Class 1945 and a Euzelian. She passed away on Dec. 22, 2013, surrounded by loved ones. She was a true example of a loving, Christian wife and mother. She was born and raised in Prentiss, Miss. and graduated from Prentiss High School before attending Mississippi College.

She graduated from Blue Mountain College and went on to obtain her Masters in Religious Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. A faithful alumna, Floriene was active in the Blue Mountain College Alumni Association, and supported the College with gifts to the Annual Fund.


Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Hicks Wiggins, lover of life, family and music, age 82, of Stone Mountain, GA, passed away on Wednesday, May 08, 2013. She is survived by her daughters and sons in law: Suzanne and Sidney Simmons of Stone Mountain, GA; Paula and Walt Bartlett of Athens, GA; and Martha Wiggins of Athens, GA, sister, Billie Hicks Morrow, BMC 1946, of Webb, MS, grandchildren: Nicholas Simmons, Ryan Simmons, Jonathan Bartlett, and Rachel Bartlett, several nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin E. Wiggins, parents and 3 sisters, Helen Hicks Caperton, BMC 1940; Martha Hicks Delgadillo, BMC 1944; Ethelyn Hicks Dear, BMC 1949. Betty was born in Sledge, MS and as was a tradition among the Hicks Sisters came to Blue Mountain College. A faithful alumna, Betty served the BMC Class of 1952 as president. She was a long time, faithful servant and member of Smoke Rise Baptist Church and Choir, Prime Time, and the Hi-Lo's Singing Group. She had a sweet and loving soul that touched everyone she met. A service Honoring the Life of Betty Wiggins was celebrated at Smoke Rise Baptist Church on May 11, 2013.

Mrs. Thelma Vance Gabucci Cox - BMC 1943-45

With the return of a mail piece, the Blue Mountain College Office of Alumni Affairs was saddened to learn of the death of one of BMC's faithful alumni, Mrs. Thelma Vance Gabucci Cox, 86, who passed away in April 2012. Mrs. Cox, an active Modenian was at BMC 1943-1945. She was a retired beauty control consultant of 36 years, an avid musician, she enjoyed playing piano and singing at Grace Bible Church, where she was a member, and her time singing in the Riggs Manor Choir was very special to her as well. She was also a devoted animal lover, having a particular interest in cats.

Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Gabucci; and by her sister, Theresa Vance. She was survived by her husband of 43 years, Terrell Cox of Raymond; son, Jimmie Gabucci (Allyn) of Kingwood, TX; daughter, Toni Linda Sims (Donovan) of Mobile, AL; step-daughters, Nancy Lucille Cline (JW) of Clinton and LaShell Killen (Joe) of Byram. She was also survived by 14 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. The Alumni Association expresses sympathy to the family and will miss the enthusiastic support of this faithful alumna.


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