Dr. Melton Mason, Jr BMC Class of 1963

Dr. Melton Mason, Jr. of Paducah, KY passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, May 14, 2018. He entered into the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and reunited with his loved ones in heaven. He was born March 19, 1938 in Pontotoc, MS and grew up in the Bissell community outside of Tupelo, MS.

He married Delores Mason on December 18, 1960 and they shared 57 years together in marriage and partnered in ministry and raising five children. They were blessed to have 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Mel graduated from Belden High School and then served in the U.S. Navy. While in the navy, he surrendered to the ministry in 1957 and was a Southern Baptist pastor at more than 15 churches for 60 years. He received his BA in English at Blue Mountain College, MRE at New Orleans Theological Seminary in Religious Education and then his Doctor of Theology from Luther Rice Seminary. He also served on various state Baptist committees within MS, TN, and KY as well as committees for the Southern Baptist Convention and was a member at Bellview Baptist Church in Paducah, KY.

There are many names associated with Melton Mason Jr. which include Sonny, Red, Mel, Dad, Bro. Mel, Dr. Mason and Big Daddy. His greatest joy came from his family and witnessing the conversion of souls to believers and followers of Jesus Christ. As many of you know, he enjoyed fellowship with his brothers and sisters in Christ, pranks, ice cream, banana pudding, playing rook and watching old western movies.

Mel is survived by his wife Delores Mason; his son Garry Mason (Marie) of Tupelo, MS; his daughters Belinda Wooten (Craig) of Paducah, KY, Beverly Barnes (Doug) of Smithland, KY, Bridget Shepherd (Jeff) of Gallatin, TN, Bonita Cobb (Deron) of Richmond, KY; his grandchildren Jana Mason of Scottsdale, AZ, Luke Mason of Corinth, MS, Rachel Eichberger of Louisville, KY, Ruth Wooten of Cold Springs, KY, Steven Wooten of Louisville, KY, Nathaniel Dean of Pontotoc, MS, Neel Dean of Belden, MS, Nicole Land of Monongahela, PA, Nicolas Dean of Charleston, SC, Mason Shepherd of Nashville, TN, Anna Grace Shepherd of Huntsville, AL, Joshua Cobb of Richmond, KY, Joanna Slater of Richmond, KY, and Joseph Cobb of Richmond, KY; his brother, George Mason of Tupelo, MS; and his sisters Nina Fleming of Mission, TX and Mary Park of Belden, MS. He is preceded in death by his brother, Terry Mason and his parents Susie Mae Mason and Melton Mason, Sr.

Visitation will be at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM with services following on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Bellview Baptist Church, 4875 Old Mayfield Rd., Paducah, KY with burial at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church 9320 Hopewell Rd., Boaz, KY. Memorials may be made to Bellevue Baptist Church, Paducah, KY and we thank you for your prayers and condolences.

Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah, Ky. is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.lindseyfuneral.com

"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
Delores Mason (wife) 3035 Lovelaceville Florence Sta W# Flore, Paducah, KY 42001
Garry (Marie) Mason-(son) 5314 Chesterville Rd, Tupelo, MS 38801
Belinda (Craig) Wooten (daughter) 261 Duncan Drive, Paducah, KY 42003
Beverly (Doug) Barnes (daughter) 825 Tiline Rd, Smithland, KY 42081
Bridget (Jeff) Shepherd (daughter) 1244 Overton Cir, Gallatin, TN 37066
Bonita (Deron) Cobb (daughter) 219 Eric Drive, Richmond, KY 40475
Nina Fleming (sister) 2409 Sunset Ln #BL, Mission, TX 78572
George Mason (brother) 2306 Lynette Cir, Tupelo, MS 38801
Mary Park (sister) 348 Pound Lane, Belden, MS 38826

Jannetta Faires Johnson BMC Class of 1945

Jannetta "J. J." Faires Johnson, age 93, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, went home to be with her Lord & Savior on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 after developing pneumonia and having congestive heart failure. She is survived by her two sons & daughters-in-law, Tom & Nancy Clack Johnson and Rick & Tommie Ann Wages Johnson all of Lawrenceville, GA; five grandchildren, Thomas & Taylor Johnson of Cumming, GA, David Alan Johnson and fiancee, Lauren Franklin of Atlanta, GA, Matthew Wages Johnson of Lawrenceville, GA, Kathryn Marie Johnson of Atlanta, GA, and Samuel Joseph Johnson of Sandy Springs, GA; two great grandsons, Parker and Peyton Johnson both of Cumming, GA; other relatives and a host of friends. Jannetta was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. R. F. Faires and Ethel Williams Faires, sister & brother-in-law, Marie and Bob Hornbuckle; brother and sister-in-law, Boyce and Linda Faires; Rick & Tom's paternal grandparents Thomas Jackson "Shug" Johnson, Sr. and Ora Cooper Johnson and their father, T.J. Johnson, Jr. Jannetta Johnson was born on October 28, 1924 in Selmer, TN. She graduated from Blue Mountain College in Corinth, MS and received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Florida State University. She retired from the Georgia Department of Family & Children Services after 35 years of service. Jannetta worked in Waycross, Georgia two different times and finish her career in Gwinnett County being responsible for five different counties. She served as Bailiff for the Gwinnett County Courts and was a devoted member at First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville. She authored several books. Jannetta was a liberated woman before her time. She was committed to her beliefs, could be strong headed and opinionated. You always knew where you stood with "J.J." She had a heart of gold for those less fortunate and was devoted to her Lord and Savior. Jannetta will be deeply missed by those that loved her, especially Tom & Nancy and Rick & Tommie Ann...her church family and her friends at Garden Plaza. The Service Honoring the Life of Jannetta Johnson will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Rev. Inman J. Houston and Rev. Thomas Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 27th from 4pm-8pm at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville in memory of Jannetta Faires Johnson. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A Family Company", Lawrenceville Chapel (770-963-2411) has been entrusted with the arrangements. c
Tom (Nancy) Johnson 211 Leila Ct, Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Rick (Tommie) Johnson 781 Candler Ct, Lawrenceville, GA 30046


William Gray (Bill) Dowdy BMC Class of 1976

Rev. William Gray (Bro. Bill) Dowdy, 85, entered into God's glory on Monday evening, April 16, 2018, surrounded by his devoted wife of 65 years and his children. He was a 22 year veteran of the U.S. Army and the MS National Guard. Bro. Bill was a retired Baptist minister having pastored Toccopola, Liberty, Mt. Olive, Furrs, Gaston, White Oak, Cliff Temple, Concord, Faith, and Cairo Baptist churches.

Bro. Bill is survived by his wife, Fannie Garner Dowdy, his children Rev. Billy (Lynette) Dowdy of Laurel; Darlene (Larry) Clark, Olive Branch; Pam (Jeff) Hobby, Madison; and Tim Dowdy, Ridgeland; grandchildren Becky (Owen) Fleming, Wiggins; Jackie (Mary Virginia) Bost, Madison; Katie (Jacob) Latch, Ocean Springs; Sarah (Evan) Prisock, Madison; Rachel Hobby, Madison; Jen (Jay) Powell, Olive Branch; Jac (Mark) Szafranic, TX; John (Sally) Long, Meridian; Chris (Sylvia) Long, CA; Tami (Steve) Turo, FL; great grandchildren Avery, Oli, and Finley Latch; Jack, Betsy, and Henry Bost; Kendall and Drew Fleming; June and Grady Powell; Laci Long; Christopher Long; Owen and Ethan Turo; and a host of close friends and extended family.

Bro. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Lavell and Lucille Dowdy; his infant children, Mary Elizabeth and David Garner; and daughter-in-law, Vicky.

Bro. Bill grew up in Pontotoc County and was the oldest of 8 children. He was known by many different names in various roles in family, church and community. He was a true and loyal friend to many through the years. Most importantly, Bro. Bill was a believer, a follower of Christ.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 18, 6-8PM at West Heights Baptist Church and Thursday, April 19, 10-11AM. The service will be at 11AM at West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc. Burial will follow in the Ecru City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Fannie Dowdy (wife) P O Box 5 Ecru, MS 38841
Rev. Billy (Lynette) Dowdy (son) unable to find address
Darlene (Larry) Clark (daughter) 8660 Windersgate Dr, Olive Branch, MS 39110
Pam (Jeff) Hobby (daughter) 104 Cedar Woods Dr, Madison, MS 39110
Tim Dowdy (son) 831 Rice Rd #1117, Ridgeland, MS 39157


Helen Pauline Carter BMC Class of 1933

Miss Helen Pauline Carter, 104, passed from this life to the next on April 22, 2018. She was born October 14, 1913, in Attala County, the sixth child of William and Mollie Carter. She attended grammar and high school in Attala County, graduating from high school at age 14; however, her parents insisted that she wait to attend college until her younger sister, Jeffie, could go with her. She graduated from Blue Mountain College with a double major in English and math. In 1941, she received an M.A. degree in English from the University of Alabama. She also completed a Masters of Education in guidance and counseling from the University of Mississippi.

Pauline began her teaching career at West High School in West, Mississippi, where she taught English. While she was teaching at West, she was awarded a summer scholarship to study with John Dewey at the University of Cincinnati, an opportunity given to one educator in each state. Although she had never been out of the South, she boarded a train by herself and left to spend the summer studying in Ohio. She later described the summer as an amazing experience. She was always eager to experience new adventures, especially if they involved learning. Pauline and her sister Jeffie moved to Jackson in 1942, where she worked in public education for many years. She first served as a teacher and part-time counselor at Central High School. When Murrah High School opened in 1957, she was hired as a counselor and served in that capacity until her retirement in 1980. She was especially skilled at encouraging her students to excel in every way and in assisting her students in applying for college scholarships. Both during and after school hours, she was available to her students, always providing a sympathetic ear and words of encouragement. Her students did not want to disappoint her and knew that she would accept no less than their very best. Pauline had a beautiful gift of bringing out the best in those with whom she associated.

Pauline was not only an educator but also a proud member of the U.S. Navy. She interrupted her teaching career to volunteer during World War ll. She served as a WAVE officer from 1943-1946, with part of her duties being to compute trajectory tables for naval battleship guns. After 23 years of committed service to her country, Pauline retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Pauline was always an avid member of her community and dedicated much time and effort to helping others. She volunteered for Stewpot Kitchen, and she was a member of the Salvation Army Auxiliary, Goodwill, and United Way. When she was 96, she was still ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas. She was a hard-working member of many organizations in Jackson: Friends of the Library, Hinds County Mental Health Board, Retired Officers Association, local education associations, AARP, Democratic Women. A few of her numerous awards include Career Contributor Award from Mississippi Guidance Association, Counselor of the Year Award from the University of Southern Mississippi, Goodwill Salute volunteer of the year in 2006, Distinguished Hinds County Democrat of 2012. But the best award for her was always when a former student told her about successfully completing college and having a fulfilling career. She kept track of many of her students for well over 50 years, rejoicing with them in their successes.

Pauline was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church where until her health failed, she was treasurer and moderator of Church Circle. She helped with the Meals on Wheels program and served on the Covenant Church Cupboard. After she retired from teaching, she volunteered with the Covenant pre-school program.

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

Instead of sending flowers, consider making a contribution toyour favorite charity; or if you prefer, honor Pauline's memory by providing school supplies for a child in need. Funeral services will be at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Jackson on Saturday April 28, 2018 at 3:00pm with visitation from 2:00-3:00pm.



Dot Parker Kerr BMC Class of 1947

Ridgeland - Dot Kerr died Sunday, March 25, at the Rose Garden in Ridgeland , MS. She was born August 20, 1925, to Willie and Myrtle Parker of Sumrall, MS, where she spent her early years . She graduated from Jones Community College and Blue Mountain College. Following graduation, Dot was a secretary at Calvary Baptist Church in Jackson where she met her future husband, Horace Kerr , a student at Mississippi College. After school, she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for various businesses and professional groups in Fort Worth, Tupelo, Jackson, and Nashville. She retired in 1988 and moved with her husband back to the Jackson area.
Dot was an active member of First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS, from 1959-1976 and again from 1989 until the present. She was known as a delightful hostess who enjoyed having guests in her home, and as a caring person who served her Lord in ministering to the needs of friends and family in many ways, especially with her cooking. Dot was a long-time member of the Castlewoods Ladies, Jackson Ladies, Jackson Senior Ladies and Mississippi Ladies Golf Associations.
Dot was predeceased by her parents; her husband Horace; two sisters, Lucille Parker and Vivian McBride; and four brothers, Martin Parker, Travis Parker, Jack Parker, and Carl Parker. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-
law , Sandra and Tommy Jarrett of Madison and Gail and Eddie Maynard of Lynchburg , Virginia ; son and daughter-in-law , David and Sally Kerr of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Alan, Scott, and Laurie Jarrett; Jennifer (Chris) Cowan , Paul (Jenny) Maynard , and John (Kelsey) Maynard ; and Mary Jane Kerr; and great grandchildren , Jordan, Noah, and Cassidy Cowan, and Bryce Maynard. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Lucy Parker of Sumrall and a host of nieces, nephews , and friends.
Visitation with the family will be held at First Baptist Church, Jackson, at 10:00 on Wednesday, March 28, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 in the chapel at First Baptist Church of Jackson.

Memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church Library, 431 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39201 or a charity of one' s choice

Sandra (Tommy) Jarrett (daughter) 221 Oak Park Drive, Madison, MS 39110

Gail (Eddie) Maynard (daughter) 1290 Glenbrooke Dr, Lynchburg, VA 24503

David (Sally) Kerr (son) too many possibilities



Bettye Allen Moore BMC Class of 1970

Bettye Lynn Moore, a long-time resident of the Dennis area, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018 at North Mississippi Medical Center.

Born in 1946 to the late Bluford and Adraine Allen of Booneville, MS.
Bettye Lynn received a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Blue Mountain College in 1970.

Bettye Lynn worked as a Family Community Worker for Mississippi Action For Progress, Inc. at the Belmont Head Start from 2004-2018.

Bettye Lynn loved good food, live shows, and traveling; along with spending time with family and friends. She had the innate ability of bringing counsel and joy to people's lives. She had a very gentle nature and soul.

She is survived by her husband, Terry Moore; daughter, Amy Lynn Moore; son, Eric Moore; and brother, Jerry Allen. She is preceded in death by her parents.

There will be a private graveside service at Old Bethel United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 25, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Lymphoma Research Foundation. Those that wish to contribute may visit www.community.lymphoma.org. Please select Tribute to donate. Or call 212-349-2910.
Terry Moore (husband) 337 CR 4301 Dennis, MS 38838


Mary Ellen Sandifer Young BMC Class of 1944

Crystal Springs - Mary Ellen Sandifer Young, 93, passed away at home on March 10, 2018. Graveside services will be 11am Wednesday at Crystal Springs Cemetery. Stringer Family Funeral Home in Crystal Springs is handling arrangements.

Mrs. Young was born in Gatesville, MS, on August 23, 1924 to Leland and Judy Weeks Sandifer. She attended Blue Mountain College and Louisiana State University. Her life was dedicated to caring for others in her family. She was a former secretary at First Baptist Church, Crystal Springs. She enjoyed vegetable gardening and was a landscape and floral painter.

She was preceded in death by her husband Hubert C. Young and brother, Buddy.

She is survived son, Carl Young of Jackson and brother, Jerry Sandifer of Crystal Springs.

We would like to thank faithful caregivers, Brenda Thomas, Brenda Davis, and Jacqueline Thomas.

Memorials may be made to CARA, 960 Flag Chapel Road, Jackson, MS 39209 or First Baptist Church, Crystal Springs.MS.
Carl Young (son) 941 Belhaven St Jackson, MS 39202
Jerry Sandifer (brother) P O Box 123 Crystal Springs, MS 39059


Rosemary Huffstatler BMC Class of 1973

Rosemary Gatlin Huffstatler, was born July 21, 1952, to Curtis and Edna Gatlin. Age 65, Deceased February 4, 2018.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at United Funeral Service with Bro. Bobby Butler officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service will be in charge of the arrangements.

Rosemary was a devoted mother, friend, and educator. She taught for 34 years in the Union County school district. She taught 5th grade, 6th grade, Special Education, and 4th grade at Myrtle School. She also taught gifted at Myrtle School and West Union. She received the Union County teacher of the year award in 2007 and was regarded as a teacher whose students always performed well on state tests. She is well known for keeping the books at the Myrtle Hawks Basketball games as their score keeper. She had a special passion for each individual student she taught and treated them with respect. Her students will always remember how she loved and cared about them. She was also an active member of Old Oak Grove Baptist Church in Myrtle, MS. She was the organist for many years, as well as the pianist. She leaves a wonderful legacy to all friends, family, and students who knew her simply as "Miss Rose." The example she set in the classroom truly reflected the love Jesus has to his children.

She is survived by her son, Curt Huffstatler; her sister, Nancy Lynn Gatlin; her other sisters, Kennie Foley, Penny Hurd, Ann Pernell, and Daphnia McMillen. She is also survived by her in-laws; Charlie Huffstatler, Betty Jo Hill, and Bill Huffstatler; and Mike Huffstatler's wife, Malinda Huffstatler. Her nieces and nephews include Chuck Huffstatler, Kim Singletary, Angie Maupin, Chad Hill, Mitzi Jo Wilbanks, Samantha Gregory, Kari McManus, Mandy Douglas, Mikey Huffstatler, Mallory Tillery, Julie McCullough, Will Foley, Carrie Foley, Megan Foley, Breanna Hurd, Will Denton, Peyton Denton, Callie Grace Denton, and Adam Fitts. Her honorary grandchildren are Stella and Deacon Foley. She is also survived by many great nieces and nephews, to include Griffen Andrew Wilbanks. Her legacy will live on not only through her family, but also her many friends, church members, and former students.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Sammy Huffstatler.

Pallbearers will be Adam Fitts, Thomas Cain, Alex Rowland, Bruce Peters, Chuck Huffstatler, Chad Huffstatler, Mikey Huffstatler, Will Foley, Preston Boatwright, and Dr. Johnny Mattox,

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 6, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00p.m. and again Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. until service time at United Funeral Service.
Curt Huffstatler (son) 1678 Hwy 178 Myrtle, MS 38650 BMC 2014
Nancy Gatlin (sister) 12675 Pine Crest Rd, Olive Branch, MS 38654
Kennie Foley (sister) 1159 CR 218 Blue Springs, MS 38828 BMC 1982
Penny Heard (sister) 1672 Hwy 30 Myrtle, MS 38650 BMC 1983
Ann Pernell (sister) 1744 CR 7 Myrtle, MS 38650

Donna Alexander Durham BMC Class of 1985

Donna Ann Alexander Durham, 53, passed away Saturday, February 03, 2018, at her home in Jumpertown. Services will be on Tuesday at 3pm at the Jumpertown Gymnasium. Visitation will be on Monday from 5-8pm at Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn and Tuesday from 1:30 pm until service time at Jumpertown Gymnasium. Burial will follow at Jumpertown Cemetary.


Clyde Whiteside Hathorn BMC Class of 1948

Mrs. Clyde Marie Whiteside Hathorn, 94, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 28th, at 3:00 P.M. at First United Methodist Church of Louisville with Rev. Mike Childs, Rev. Bob Whiteside, and Rev. Rob Gill officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 P.M. until the service time at the church. Interment will be in Flower Ridge Cemetery.

Mrs. Hathorn was born November 16, 1923 in Hickory Flat, MS, to Dewitt and Rethie Taylor Whiteside. She graduated from Blue Mountain College prepared to teach English, which she did in Hickory Flat, Myrtle, Calhoun City, and Okolona following graduation and again later in Houston. While working in Hispanic outreach during the summers of her college years, she believed that she was called into ministry and planned to pursue international mission work. When she married her husband, Rev. Howard Hathorn, on December 22, 1950, she accepted a different calling and found her ministry serving alongside him in Methodist congregations while living in Derma, Egypt, Verona, Inverness, Macon, Houston, Aberdeen, and Louisville, where they retired. Her love for music and for children were the significant influences in her ministry, but in no way was the limit to the ways she gave herself to the people and the churches she and Howard faithfully served. After the passing of her husband, she continued living in Louisville, MS until moving to Avonlea Assisted Living in Tupelo, MS, where the people of St. Luke United Methodist Church made it possible for her to be in relationship with them through worship, Sunday school and senior adult events. At the time of her death, she remained a member of First United Methodist Church in Louisville.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Rev. Howard Hathorn, her parents; and her three sisters, Vivian Whiteside, Earline Moorehead, and Marjorie Simmons.

She is survived by her daughter, Dana Leigh (Wallace) Norman of Houston, MS; her son, Rev. Dale (Jean) Hathorn of Shannon, MS; five grandchildren, Johnna Garner (Andy), Blair Lukasik (Adam), Samuel Hathorn (Kate), Michael Hathorn (Bailee), and Hannah Hathorn; 9 great grandchildren; and one brother, Jimmy Whiteside (Lavern).

Pallbearers will be Samuel Hathorn, Michael Hathorn, Andy Garner, Adam Lukasik, Blake Peterson, and Hugh Hathorn.
Dana (Wallace) Norman (daughter) 872 Hwy 389 Houston, MS 38851
Rev. Dale (Jean) Hathorn (son) no address found
Jimmy (Lavern) Whiteside (brother) no address found


David L Turner BMC Class of 1970

Services will be held on Saturday, January 27th at 11AM at Lascassas Baptist Church, 4750 E Jefferson Pike, Lascassas TN, with Reverend Bob Riddle officiating, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Nashville. There will be no graveside service.

David was the son of T.V Turner Jr. and Helen Turner nee Rea both of Pontotoc MS., where he spent his youth and is the grandson of T.V. Turner Sr. and Addie Turner and William ("Daddy Jack") Phoenix Jackson and Mala (Griffin) Jackson.

David Graduated with a BA from Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain , MS and later received an honorary Doctorate from there.

David was a Baptist Minister and served at the following churches:

Chalybeate Baptist Church, Chalybeate, MS, Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church, Saltillo, MS, Plank Road Baptist Church, Slaughter , LA,FBC Centerville, Centerville, IL, FBC Mascoutah, Mascoutah, IL, Lafayette Park Baptist Church, St Louis, MO, FBC Holly Spring, MS, North Prospect Baptist Church, Ypsilanti, MI, Lascassas Baptist Church, Lascassas, TN and Lebanon Campground Church, Bell Buckle, TN and was active in Service To Servants, a ministry to Liberia, West Africa. He also worked for 14 years as a software technician and trainer with HMIS Software Company.

He is survived by his sister. Mary Margaret Miles nee Turner, of Baytown TX and her children USAF LT. COL Angela Stepp stationed in the Netherlands, Jennifer, Matthew, Martha and Valarie as well as his son, Michael Turner-Hicks (Randy) and Michael's mother Beverly Cox nee Heberer. He is also survived by several Cousins including Don Zimmerman of Mount Eagle, TN.

In lieu of flowers the family asked that any tributes be donated to Service To Servants, David Turner Honorarium, PO Box 771, Murfreesboro, TN 37133.

Mary Margaret Miles (sister) 409 Willow Ln, Baytown, TX 77520
Michael Turner-Hicks (Randy) (son) unable to locate


Elizabeth Langa BMC Class of 1947

Mrs. Elizabeth Kelly Langa transformed from this life to the life everlasting on Monday, January 15, 2018 from her residence at Brookdale Assisted Living in Oxford, where she had resided the last several years. Born on August 27, l925 in Plantersville to pioneer families, she was the daughter of the late Earl Kelly and Pearl Biggers Kelly. She grew up in Plantersville, attended the public schools and graduated from Tupelo High School. At an early age, she developed a love and appreciation for music. So talented and gifted was she that she began teaching music at age 15 even before graduating from Tupelo High. Being raised in a strong Baptist heritage, she was a member of the Plantersville Baptist Church and her parents insisted that she attend Blue Mountain College where she received her initial degree in music. She remained for a few years as a faculty member at Blue Mountain before advancing her music education at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She was later accepted for advanced training at the prestigious Julliard School of Music in New York City. Following her graduation from Julliard, she accepted a faculty position at the University of Kansas. She married Dr. Stephen Langa, a college engineering professor at Memphis State University. Elizabeth taught for years in the Memphis City Schools and later taught private lessons from her home. Her years in Memphis were happy for her. She was involved in all things musical in the City and was especially active in the music ministry at Bellevue Baptist Church, her Church of over 50 years, as a first chair choir member and often soloist. Among her many honors was being chosen from thousands of music teachers nationwide to participate in the world famous Academia Nationale in Rome, Italy where she performed with the world's leading vocalists. She loved animals, international travel, was fond of her lifelong relationship to her birth town of Plantersville and enjoyed returning to the First Baptist Church, Plantersville, to visit and perform. Elizabeth was a lifelong patron of the ministries of Adrian Rogers and Billy Graham.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 11 AM Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Danny Balint officiating and Steve Holland delivering the eulogy. Private burial will be in the Plantersville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 AM-service time Saturday only at Holland, Tupelo Chapel, 5281 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS. 38801. Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net The service may be viewed via www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Livestreaming.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Pearl Kelly and her husband, Dr. Stephen Langa in l988. She is survived by her daughter by marriage, Valeria Fisher of Green Valley, Arizona and her children, Paul Fisher and Dr. Deborah Fisher and their families, cousins, Elizabeth Blanton Stephens(Jim) of Oxford; Ann Matthews (Heidt) of Plano, Texas and Phillip Williams (Frances) of Plantersville and other distant cousins.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 252 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38501.
Valeria Fisher (step daughter) 2665 E Genevieve Way #WA E Green Valley AZ 85614



Annette Cook Redden BMC Class of 1945

Bonita Springs, FL - Annette Cook Redden, 93, passed away January 15, 2018 in Bonita Springs, FL. She was born December 22, 1924 in Turrell, AR, and was reared in Blue Mountain, MS. She was a graduate of Blue Mountain College and taught high school English for 30 years in Florida and Memphis, TN. She was a volunteer in the Mississippi Governor's Mansion for 30 years and was a member of Riverwood Bible Church.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years Walter Redden, Jr., and son Walter Stewart Redden III and wife April Redden of Ave Maria, FL, and granddaughter Alexandria Marie Redden of Ft. Myers, FL.

Graveside services will be 11:00am Saturday January 20, 2018 at Lakewood Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blue Mountain College, 201 W Main St, Blue Mountain, MS 38610

Walter Redden (husband) 5066 Canton Heights Dr Jackson, MS 38211
Walter (April) Redden III (son) unable to locate



Dr. Neola Lee Hollingsworth Cleveland BMC Class of 1972

Dr. Neola Lee Hollingsworth Cleveland died January 12, 2018, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville. She was born April 30, 1926, in Golden, MS, to Herbert Owen Hollingsworth and Flossie Magdalene Hale Hollingsworth. After graduating from Belmont High School, Belmont, MS, as valedictorian in 1944, she went to Decatur, AL, to live with and care for her elderly grandparents, Oscar Owen and Minnie Lee Fant Hollingsworth. While there she received temporary employment in the engineering department of Ingalls Shipyard. When Ingalls failed to receive an expected contract, she found permanent employment at Decatur Transit and affiliates. Her title was Office Manager, but duties stretched in every direction including transporting Werner Von Braun to Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL, on his arrival to Alabama.

She remained there until she married Dr. Webster Cleveland, Jr., in Belmont in 1956. They moved to Booneville where she became employed by the old Prentiss County Home Bank. She remained there until the birth of her first child. As a favor to the People Bank and Trust Company, she trained a bookkeeper for them in the interim.

In 1968, she attended Northeast Mississippi Junior College for two years and then earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Blue Mountain College. She started working on a Master's degree at the University of Mississippi and unexpectedly entered the elementary teaching field at Wheeler Attendance Center. She taught school for a total of twenty-three years at several schools including Booneville and Thrasher and also served as a school administrator. In the meantime, she earned a Master's degree and a Doctorate in School Administration in 1978.
She was active in community affairs, being a charter member of the Booneville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Booneville Town and Country Garden Club, and the Booneville Golf and Country Club. She was an original member of the board of directors of the Westside Community Center and served in all offices in the Intercivic Club Council. During that time, she was the director of the local Miss Hospitality pageant many years. She was a lifetime member of the George Ed Allen Library. She helped her husband charter the Brice's Crossroads Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the William Gray Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution. She was a girl scout leader for many years and a cub scout leader.

Neola was a member of the First Baptist Church where she served in the nursery for many years, served as the youth department chairman, a Sunday School teacher, a Bible School worker, a class secretary, helped organize the first couples' class, a committee member of several committees, and recently a receiver of Samaritan Purse Shoeboxes.
She was an active member of the Booneville Pilot Club since January, 1957, and was proud of her perfect attendance record until her death. She held all local offices and had served seven years as president. She was a Woman's Club member since 1960 and held local offices, in addition to being district secretary. She earned the title of Clubwoman of the Year one year. She was a member of Gamma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota, held all local offices, and served as Mississippi President. She was an active member of Natchez Trace Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution having served as regent several years, held many other offices, and most recently as Registrar. She was a member of D.T. Beall Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and had served as president many times, other local offices, and additionally in each state office other than the presidency. She was a member of U.S. Daughters of 1812, Chapter Major General Thomas Pinckney, Tupelo, MS, and served as President many years. She was a member of the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, Hernando de Soto Chapter, Tupelo, MS, and served as President many years. She had been a member of the North Mississippi Medical Auxillary for many years. She was selected Prentiss County's Outstanding Citizen in 2012.
She enjoyed traveling, genealogy, working jigsaw puzzles, walking, needlecrafts, reading, and bridge. She loved her family and a good laugh.
She is survived by her three children, Dr. Craig Webster Cleveland (Donna) of Booneville, Candace Lee Cleveland Forbes (Tom) of Tomball, TX, and Dr. Kerry Owen Cleveland, Olive Branch, MS; seven grandchildren: Cameron Webster Cleveland, Constance Lee Cleveland, Anna Lee Forbes, James Callahan Forbes, Bailey Elizabeth Forbes, Lily Marisa Cleveland, and Daisy Rivana Myers; two sisters, Rebecca Jewel Hollingsworth Parrish Harrell, Brandon, MS, and Patricia Ruth Hollingsworth Herring, Lakeland, FL, one sister-in-law, Johnnie Faye Allen Hollingsworth, Brandon, MS, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, parents-in-law, five siblings, and an infant son.

Pallbearers will be C.L. Davidson, Bobby Griffin, Mark McAnally, Trent Moore, John David Price, David West, Jason White, Billy Williams, and Don Williams. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Berea Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church. Visitation will be 11:00 AM January 15, 2018, followed by services at 1:00 PM at Booneville First Baptist Church with Dr. Lynn Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to each person's choice.

Dr. Craig Webster Cleveland (Donna )(son)202 N 2nd St Booneville, MS 38829
Candace Cleveland Forbes (Tom) (dau.) 22919 Trailwood Ln Tomball, TX 77375
Dr. Kerry Owen Cleveland (son) 5100 Wedgewood Dr, Olive Branch, MS 38654
Rebecca Harrell (sister) 1202 Gerrits LNDG Brandon, MS 39047
Patricia Herring, (sister) 5151 Athenia Dr Lakeland, FL 33813


Rev Gene Hudson BMC Class of 1978

Gene Franklin Hudson, 77, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at his residence. He was born July 1, 1940 in Myrtle to the late Wilford Duncan and Marjorie Fowler Hudson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was a retired pastor and carpenter. He was a member of Toxish Baptist Church, where he pastored for fifteen years.

He enjoyed woodworking and loved watching his grandsons' basketball games.

Funeral services will be 1:00p.m. Monday, January 8, 2018 at United Funeral Service with Dr. Kara Blackard and Dr. Tommy Vinson officiating. Burial will be at Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara A. Hamblin Hudson; two sons, Philip Hudson (Sun) and Scott Hudson (Jennifer); two sisters, Patsy Dunahue and Darlene Moore (Billy); three brothers, Travis Hudson, Kenneth Hudson and Don Hudson; and five grandchildren: Gina, Lana, Ethan, Will and Jack. Honorary pallbearers will be the American Legion Post #72.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Murphy, Dennis Hamilton, Brad Hamblin, Rick McKay, Billy Moore and Jimmy Franklin.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 5:00p.m until 8:00p.m.at the funeral home.

In honor of Bro. Hudson's service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Navy flag during his visitation and funeral service.

Barbara Hudson (wife) 1447 CR 73 Myrtle, MS 38650
Philip (Sun) Hudson (son) Unable to find address
Scott Hudson (Jennifer) (son) Unable to find address
Patsy Dunahue (sister) 1449 CR 73 Myrtle, MS 38650
Darlene (Billy) Moore (sister) 1443 CR 73 Myrtle, MS 38650
Travis Hudson (brother) 1010 Rolling Hills Dr, New Albany, MS 38652
Kenneth Hudson (brother) unable to find address
Don Hudson (brother) 1453 CR 73, Myrtle, MS 38650


Tina Phillips Bennett BMC Class of 1981

Margaret Christine “Tina” Bennett-59- passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at her home in Bruce. She was born March 5, 1958 in Lancaster, Ohio.
Tina was a homemaker and devoted mother to her family, an artist, and art Teacher. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and also previously attended Blue Mountain College.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, Billy Thomas Phillips and Coreena Rose Phillips, a daughter, Katelyn Bennett and a sister, Debora Phillips.
Those left to honor her memory are a daughter, Mindra Bennett, Bruce, MS, a son, Seth Bennett, Bruce, MS, two sisters, Billie Jo Rardin “Gary”, New Albany, MS and Nancy Bennett “Ronnie”, Bruce, MS, a brother, Tom Phillips “Sharon” Glenford OH, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation and funeral services will be Saturday, January 6, 2018. Visitation will be 12:00 pm until service time at 2:00 pm in Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Greg Bray Officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dean Bennett, Jeremy Bennett, Jerry Brasher, Andrew Griffin, Josh Hughes and Jay Prewett.
Funeral Services entrusted to Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce, MS. online Condolences may be left at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com
Mindra Bennett-(daughter) 215 CR 130 Bruce, MS 38915
Seth Bennett (son) 215 CR 130 Bruce, MS 38915
Billie (Gary) Rardin (sister) unable to locate
Nancy (Ronnie) Bennett (sister) 371 CR 130 Bruce, MS 38915
Tom (Sharon) Phillips (brother) unable to locate



Lucille Travis BMC Class of 1963, Former Faculty

Lucille Travis, 87, longtime resident of Blue Mountain, went to be with the Lord Thursday, December 28, 2017, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born in Los Angeles, California February 10, 1930, to Henry and Martha Regier Wall. She was reared in Oklahoma and was a 1948 graduate of Stilwell High School. On June 17, 1950, she married Dr. James L. Travis. Lucille was a 1963 graduate of Blue Mountain College and later obtained her Master's Degree in Library Science from The University of Mississippi. She demonstrated a missional lifestyle as a minister's wife and wonderful homemaker. At BMC she worked as a librarian and teacher. After moving to Tupelo, she was a church hostess at Calvary Baptist Church. She was a church pianist at numerous churches for over 50 years. She was also a Sunday school teacher for a number of years and had just recently retired. She along with her husband heavily invested themselves in the students, faculty and staff at BMC. When she was not devoting time to the church or college, she thoroughly enjoyed reading books checked out from the local library and working crossword puzzles. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include one daughter LuAnne Ford (Ricky) of Booneville; three sons, Dr. James L. Travis III (Carra) of Dumfries, Virginia, Dr. Philip Travis (Karen) of Mobile, Alabama and
Dr. John Travis (Ruth) of Clinton; one sister, Nadine McPherson (Frank) of Moore, Oklahoma; twelve grandchildren, James L. Travis IV (Joselyn), Elisabeth Howe (Lance), Bethany Benton (Chris), Daniel Travis (Ashley), Mary Claire Jackson (Dr. William Jackson), Dr. Aaron Ford (Kristy), Lauren Whitson (Josh), Suzanne Ford, Ben Ford (Lindsey), Anna Kate Travis, Sarah Grace Zetterholm (David), and Laura Joy Travis and twelve great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one infant son, Stephen and one brother, Stanley Wall.
Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. Ronald Meeks and Dr. Jim Futral officiating. Burial will be in Blue Mountain Cemetery.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. until service time at the church.
Pallbearers will be James L. Travis IV, Lance Howe, Chris Benton, Daniel Travis, William Jackson, Aaron Ford, Josh Whitson, Ben Ford, and David Zetterholm.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of her Calvary Senior Adult Sunday School class and past and current faculty and staff at Blue Mountain College.
Memorials may be made to the Travis Scholarship in c/o the Mississippi Baptist Foundation at 515 Mississippi Street Jackson, MS 39205 or the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
LuAnne (Ricky) Ford-(daughter) 514 Dogwood St, Booneville, MS 38829
James (Carra) Travis III (son) 2467 Conqueror St, Dumfries, VA 22026
Phillip (Karen) Travis (son) 114 Jordan Lane, Mobile, AL 36608
John (Ruth) Travis (son) 607 Lakenridge Ln, Clinton, MS 39056


Bobbie Carter Jennings BMC Class of 1952

Bobbie Nell Carter Jennings entered her heavenly home on December 9, 2017. She was a beloved wife, mother, "Mamaw" and great-grandmother. Her warm smile, friendly personality and gift of encouragement will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

"Bobbie Nell," as she was affectionately known, was born in Wheeler, MS, on February 25, 1930. She was a graduate of Wheeler High School and Blue Mountain College (1952). In 1953, she married her loving and devoted husband of over 64 years, John William ("J.W.") Jennings of Booneville, MS.

During the early years of their marriage, Bobbie and J.W. lived in Georgia (Rossville and Chatsworth). In 1962 they moved to Brandon, MS, where they raised their family. In 1998, they returned to Booneville, MS, for retirement. They were blessed with loving and caring friends in each locale.

Bobbie taught freshman high school English and literature for over 19 years, primarily instructing students at Brandon High School. Her students always knew that she genuinely cared for them, and over the years, many have expressed appreciation for her tutelage. She was a former member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Mississippi Retired Teachers Association, and the Mississippi Federation of Women's Club, Inc. Bobbie will also forever be remembered for her gifts of cooking and hospitality which she shared with so many.

Bobbie was passionate about her faith in Jesus Christ. She read her Bible daily, even during most of her "forgetful" years. She was a member of First Baptist Church Booneville. Over the course of her life, Bobbie taught ladies' Sunday school classes and Vacation Bible School and was involved in choir, WMU and the Joymaker's Club.

Bobbie was predeceased by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Carter; R. Horace Carter (brother), Sidney C. Carter (brother), and Drue Carter Tyson (sister). She is survived by her husband J.W. Jennings of Booneville, MS; daughters Joy Jennings Lurate (Yerger) of Madison, MS, and Kathy Jennings Brent (Joey) of Hattiesburg, MS; grandchildren Lindsey Brent McClemore (Brent), Preston A. Brent, and William Y. "Will" Lurate; great-grandchildren Felicity and Tessa McLemore; brother George Max Carter (Katherine) of Woodland Park, CO; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held 9:30am - 11:00am on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville (702 West College Street). A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to First Baptist Church Booneville or to Blue Mountain College.
J W Jennings (husband) 1602 9th St, Booneville, MS 38829
Joy (Yerger) Lurate (daughter) 11 Plum Tree Ln Madison, MS 39110
Kathy (Joey) Brent (daughter) 60 Lamplighter Ln Purvis, MS 39475
George (Katherine) Carter (brother) 1221 Ponderosa Way, Woodland Park CO 80863


Judy Orman Ward BMC 1971

With her loving family by her side, Judy Ormon Ward, 66, resident of the Gravestown Community and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away peacefully Monday morning December 4, 2017 at the Tippah County Hospital.

Funeral Services honoring the life of Judy will be at 11 AM Wednesday December 6 with Minister King McCarver officiating. Burial will follow at the Beech Hill Cemetery in Benton County. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home.

Born December 14, 1950 in New Albany, she was the daughter of the late S. E. and Margaret Crum Ormon. Judy was a 1968 graduate of Hickory Flat High School and continued her education at Mississippi State University where she received her degree in Elementary Education. On August 6, 1971 she married her beloved husband, Greg Ward, a former Mississippi State Representative, who survives.

A member of Beech Hill Church of Christ, Mrs. Ward was an elementary school teacher for 25 years beginning in the Benton County School System and later at Ripley Elementary School before her retirement in 2003.

Judy will be remembered as an extraordinary woman whose major interest in life was her large family and timeless hours painting and creating beautiful works of art. Judy's generous spirit and enduring faith have left her family and friends with a legacy that they will forever cherish.

Visitation will continue today until 11 AM at The Ripley Funeral Home.

In addition to her husband of 46 years, those left to treasure her memory include her children, Stephanie Clifton (Richie) and Kelly Ward (Roxanne) both of Ripley and Stacie Holloway (Keith) of Springhill, TN, three sisters, Gail Mills (Clinton), Louise Stanton (Jacky) and Jane Steele (Robbie) all of Hickory Flat, four brothers, Charlie Ormon (Kay) of Collierville, TN, Mark Ormon (Teena) and Clark Ormon (Miriam), both of Hickory Flat and Paul Ormon (Maria) of New Albany, her eight wonderful grandchildren, Sarah Ann Evans, Caleb Clifton, Bradley Holloway, Caroline Evans, Mary Alice Clifton, Kate Ward, Mia Ward and Landon Clifton, a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces , great nephews and a very special friend, Linda Rutherford.

Greg Ward (husband) 670 W 4th St Apt. A, Ripley, MS 38663
Stephanie (Richie) Clifton (daughter) 1122 City Ave N, Ripley, MS 38663
Kelly (Roxanne) Ward (son) 320 CR 441 Ripley, MS 38663
Stacie (Keith) Holloway (daughter) 1024 Cantwell Pl Spring Hill, TN 37174
Gail (Clinton) Mills (sister) 1871 Beck Springs Rd, Hickory Flat, MS 38633
Louise* (Jacky) Stanton (sister). 1874 Beck Springs Rd, Hickory Flat, MS 38633
Jane *(Robby) Steele (sister) 1985 Beck Springs Rd Hickory Flat, MS 38633
Charlie (Kay) Orman (brother) 1805 Penshurst Dr, Collierville, TN 38017


Frances Geraldine 'Gerry' Bowen BMC 1957

Miss Frances Geraldine 'Gerry' Bowen of Olive Branch, MS, went to be with her Lord on November 16, 2017, after a long illness. Gerry was preceded in death by her parents, B. W. and Lorean Bowen. She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Charlotte Vanderveer, of Westminster, SC, and her niece and nephew.

Gerry earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Blue Mountain College and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She earned the Diploma in Nursing from Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Memphis, TN, and while there was selected "Miss BMH." She earned a Masters in Nursing degree from Emory University, majoring in Teaching Medicine-Surgery.

Gerry's 26 year career in nursing spanned four states, from South Carolina to Georgia, Texas, and Tennessee. She was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as Captain in the United States Air Force at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Following her nursing career, Gerry served three terms as a missionary with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. She served for four years in The Gaza Strip, Israel, as Chair of Medical-Surgery Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing at the School of Health Care Sciences, and four years in the Peoples Republic of China as nursing lecturer and English teacher. Her final term with the IMB was in Wiesbaden, Germany, as a consultant and coordinator of medical-surgical care for Central-Eastern Europe.

Gerry was a long time member of Bellevue Baptist Church. In lieu of a funeral, Gerry willed her body to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Gerry will be remembered by her love and devotion to, and bold witness for her Lord Jesus Christ.

"Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then said I, "Here am I; send me." Isaiah 6:8

Charlotte Vanderveer (sister) 968 Tokeena Rd Westminster, SC 29693


Audrey Evans Rummel BMC Class of 1955

Audrey Rummel, born May 8, 1935 in Albuquerque New Mexico, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, peacefully in her sleep, on Thursday morning, November 23, 2017. Audrey graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1952. Then, three years later, in 1955 she graduated from Blue Mountain College, in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, with her BS. In 1977 she earned her Master’s in Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She was in education for thirty three years, teaching and serving in many different capacities ranging from 3rd grade through college. Audrey also served for eight years as Copperas Cove’s first woman principal. Her time as principal was served at Halstead Elementary School. Though she retired from education, in 1986, she continued to serve, this time in the capacity of Volunteer Chaplin at the Gatesville Woman’s Correctional Facility and as Administrator for the Gatesville Christian Academy.
Audrey faithfully served and attended First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and dear friend to many. Audrey would always lend a listening ear and offer words of comfort, compassion and wisdom. Audrey was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Vera Evans, her sister Thelma Evans, and brother John Clayton Evans. She is survived by her husband, of 59 years, Gus; her children, LeVera Braswell, of Killeen, TammyFern and her husband Chris Reininger of Hutto, Lanny Rummel of Canyon Lake , and Stanley Rummel of Liberty Hill; her grandchildren, Rachael and her husband Mercy, Cody, Cory, and Cacy; great grandchildren, Ethan, Eric, Kate , and Nina.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday November 28, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church Copperas Cove on Wednesday, November 28, 2017 at 10:00 am followed by a grave side service at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen at 12:00 noon.
Gus Rummel (husband) 1147 Cedar Drive Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Levera Braswell (daughter) (BMC 1982) 2812 Daytona Dr Killeen, TX 76542
TammyFern (Chris) Reininger (dau.) 107 Bennett Cove Hutto, TX 78634
Lanny Rummel (son) 1035 Park View Loop Canyon Lake, TX 78133
Stanley Rummel (son) no address found


Frances Purvis Bailey BMC Class of 1948

Madison, MS - Frances Purvis Bailey, 93, of Madison, MS passed away at Ridgeland Hospice Ministries on November 20, 2017. Now she is rejoicing in Heaven at being reunited family and friends and seeing Jesus face to face.

Frances was born in Newton, MS in 1924 to Clarence and Clytee Purvis. She graduated from Blue Mountain College.in 1948.

Frances married James Wiley Bailey and together they had 2 children, Warren and Nancy. Over the years, they lived in several locations in Mississippi including Houlka, Water Valley, Grenada, Batesville, Tupelo, Jackson, and Madison.

Frances loved being a teacher and taught English, Literature, and Business classes for many years. She also taught Sunday school for most of her adult life.

Frances is survived by her children and her grandchildren - Ron, Keeley and Steven (Nicole) Tatum. She is also survived by her sister - Jean (Morley) Costner, her sister in law Loyce, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her son-in-law Ken, her brother - Enoch Purvis, and her sisters - Faye (Gus) Merritt and Mildred (Willie) Roberts.

Funeral services will be held at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland, MS on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 1:00pm with visitation at 12:00pm. A short memorial service will be conducted on Saturday November 25, 2017 at 1:00pm at Ellistown Baptist Church Cemetery.

SEND SYMPATHY CARDS TO: Parkway Funeral Home, 1161 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS 39157
Warren Bailey (son)
Nancy Bailey (daughter)
Jean (Morley) Costner (sister)


Sara Renshaw Southard BMC 1950

SARA SOUTHARD Sara Alice Renshaw Southard passed away peacefully October 1, 2017. She was born November 8, 1931, to George Kavanaugh Renshaw and Bertha Reese Renshaw, in Tupelo, Mississippi. She attended Blue Mountain College and Mississippi College and graduated from the latter with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. She later taught high school mathematics before beginning a career in civil service at Elgin Air Force Base in Florida. Her first position was a mathematician and a computer programmer, writing programs for ballistic trajectories and aircraft flight maneuvers. Sara was later selected by the U.S. Air Force for a graduate study program where she earned her Masters of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Arizona. In 1966, she transferred to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas as a Mathematician and an Operations Research Analyst for the Tactical Fighter Weapons Center. During these years, she experienced flying Mach 2 in the F-4 aircraft and evaluated new combat weapons systems while on a tour to Vietnam and Thailand. After 25 years of civil service, Sara qualified for early retirement as the senior ranking civilian woman in the Tactical Air Command with a rating of GS-14. Sara married the love of her life, William Wilson Southard, a successful businessman and a civic leader, in 1978, in Las Vegas. After retirement, she joined the Las Vegas Mesquite Club, where she served as President in 1986-87. It was while in the Mesquite Club that she forged many dear friendships. She also was a past president in the Las Vegas P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter G, Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and a Charter member of Canyon Ridge Christian Church. She lived her last remaining years close to her family in northern Nevada. Sara is survived by her two stepsons, Scott Southard (Mendy) of Gardnerville, and James Southard (Kelly) of Reno; two grandchildren, Amanda and Ryan; and one great-grandchild, Kyson. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 5, at Palm Mortuary, 1600 S. Jones. Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146. Memorial Donations may be made to the Salvation Army in Las Vegas at www.salvationarmysouthernnevada.org
Scott (Mendy) Southard (stepson) 995 Farrier Ct Gardnersville, NV 89410
James (Kelly) Southard (stepson) 1913 Rolling Dunes Ct, Las Vegas NV 89117



Jimmie McKenzie Humphreys BMC Class of

Jimmie McKenzie Humphreys, 92, of Collierville, passed from this life Monday, November 20, 2017 at the Baptist Reynolds Hospice House in Collierville. Mrs. Humphreys was born June 22, 1925 in Jackson, TN to the late Bailey Peyton and Ruby Justice McKenzie. She grew up in Greenwood, MS and graduated from Blue Mountain College. She married the love of her life, Robert Hughes Humphreys, on December 31, 1948 and they made their home in Collierville. She was a School Teacher for the Shelby County School System and retired as Secretary for the Collierville Elementary School. Mrs. Humphreys was a member of Collierville First Baptist Church where she served as the pianist for 37 years. She loved playing music for nursing homes, weddings and funerals. In later years, she continued playing piano while a resident at The Village at Germantown. Jimmie and Robert both enjoyed travelling, especially on church trips.
Mrs. Humphreys is survived by her husband of 69 years, Robert Hughes Humphreys; son, Robert A. Humphreys, MD (Suzanne), daughter in law, Donna Robinson Humphreys; sister, Lottie McKenzie Moore (Bill), three grandchildren; Robert C. Humphreys, JD (Brittany), Alan F. Humphreys, DVM, (Mary Elizabeth), Alison Humphreys Nenon (Russell) and one great grandchild, Kennon L. Humphreys. She was preceded in death by a son, John Peyton Humphreys.
The family would like to Thank, Martha Myles, the Staff at The Village at Germantown and The Baptist Reynolds Hospice House for the excellent care they provided for Mrs. Humphreys.
The family will receive friends at Collierville First Baptist Church at 9:00am Saturday, November 25, 2017 with Funeral Services beginning at 10:00am. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Collierville. Memorial contributions can be made to Collierville First Baptist Church or Blue Mountain College.
Robert Humphreys (husband) 138 W White Rd Collierville, TN 38017
Robert (Suzanne) A Humphreys (son) 5220 Park Ave Suite 100 Memphis, TN 38119
Lottie (Bill) Moore (sister) *(1948 BMC) 4494 Quick Rd Peninsula, OH 44264


Betty Clark Petteway BMC Class of 1955

Betty Anne Petteway, age 81, passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at NMMC in Tupelo. She was born July 16, 1936 to Gladys Geneva Nixon Clark and Clarence Caldwell Clark. Betty attended Blue Mountain College where she studied music. She was a member of Cherry Creek Baptist Church and lived in the Cherry Creek community most of her life, except for the years her husband, Mark served in the Air Force. Those who knew her would say that she had an outgoing and fun loving personality. She loved antiquing, working in her yard and cooking for her family.

Services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Browning Funeral Home with Rev. J. R. Ray officiating; burial will follow in the Cherry Creek Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth A. Black (Tom) of Charleston, SC; two sons, Mark E. Petteway (Patty) of New Albany, MS and Charles F. Petteway of Tupelo, MS; and three grandchildren, Elizabeth C. Black, Thomas M. Black and Laura Leigh Petteway.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mark Austin Petteway; a sister, Peggy Bean and a brother, David Clark.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Black, Tom Black, Chuck Petteway, William "Buddy" Kidd, Harold Cooksey and Shane Montgomery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 PM Friday and from 10 to 11 AM Saturday at the funeral home.
Elizabeth (Tom) Black (daughter) 735 Clearview Drive, Charleston, SC 29412
Mark (Patty*1981 BMC) Petteway (son) 1040 CR 131 New Albany, MS 38652
Charles Petteway (son) 150 Dry Creek Apt #1572 Tupelo, MS 38801


Madge Cromeans Shaw BMC Class of 1942

Madge Cromeans Shaw (our MeeMaw) moved into eternity with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 7, 2017 surrounded by her children. The daughter of Dr. Claude and Eva Cromeans was born October 17, 1921 in Dennis, Ms. She grew up in Belmont, attended high school there, and graduated from Blue Mountain College in 1942. After working in Memphis for several years, she moved to the Mississippi Delta to teach school. There she met and married her husband, James Arnette Shaw, Jr. She raised her family and taught elementary school in Webb for 29 years.
She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three brothers (Battle, Bill and Joe) and one sister, Janlou Willson.
She is survived by her son, James Arnette Shaw, III (Susan) of Jackson and Jane Tackett (Doug) of Starkville. There are 6 grandchildren who will truly miss their MeeMaw. They are Sherry Shaw Gleason (Mike) of Jackson, Jay Shaw (Kate) of Jackson, Shawn Tackett Marchant (Brett) of Cleveland, Jenny Tackett Voyles (Mark) of Hernando, Molly Shaw Carlsen (Ron) of Birmingham, Mary Tackett Coats (Jason) of Starkville, and devoted niece, Betty Bradshaw of Starkville. She has been mightily blessed with 13 great-grandchildren.
Words alone cannot express our gratitude to Lena Overstreet, Ophelia Green and Ashley Perkins for the gentle loving care given to MeeMaw. While we are sad that she is no longer with us, we are even happier that she is now with the lover of her soul, Jesus Christ.
Services are scheduled for Thursday November 9, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Starkville, with the Visitation starting 10:00a.m -11:00a.m with the funeral service at 11:00a.m.
A graveside service is scheduled for 4:00p.m. at the Wood Lawn Cemetery in Sumner, Ms.
Memorials can be made to Starkville First United Methodist Church (P.O. Box 2585, Starkville, 39759) with attention directed to the television ministry that she so enjoyed herself in her later years, Palmer Home for Children (P.O. Box 746, Columbus, Ms. 39703), or, the charity of your choice.

James (Susan) Shaw III (son) 116 Upper Windrush Dr Flowood, MS 39232
Jane (Doug) Tackett (daughter) 104 Pear Lane Starkville, MS 39759



Natalie Jackson BMC Class of 2010

Natalie Dianne Jackson, 31, lifelong resident of the Falkner Community , passed away Sunday morning October 29, 2017 at her residence.

Funeral Services honoring the Christian life of Natalie will be at 2 PM Wednesday November 1 at Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church with church pastor and longtime friend, Bro. Richie Lockhart officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home.

Born May 9, 1986, the daughter of Benny and Wanda Garrison Jackson of Falkner. Natalie was a 2004 graduate of Falkner High School. She received her Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Biology from Blue Mountain College.

Natalie will be remembered for her love of her family, her friends, her church and her community.

These words were spoken from the heart by her loving family...

"Natalie Dianne-

Tough. Genuine. Spunky Real. She was honest and lived a vibrant life for Christ. She loved her Savior and wanted others to love and believe in Him also. Her struggles were real and she attacked them with the quiet determination that most missed.

Until we meet again sweet sister, until we meet again!"

A Visitation for Ms. Jackson will continue today until service time at Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents, those left to cherish her memory include her sister, Hannah Marie Jackson of Falkner, her maternal grandparents, Harold and Margaret Garrison of Ripley, her aunts and uncles, Stan and Paula Childs, Bobby and Nancy Bailey and William David Garrison, her cousins that she loved dearly, Beau Childs, Cole Childs (Jessica), Lukas Garrison (Marcy), Autumn Stone (Stephen), Lance Garrison, Nicole Garrison, Anna Hardin (Anthony), Matt Bailey (Liz), Chloe Noe (Drew) , Aaron Bailey and her fiancee, Kevin Jones of Corinth.

Natalie was also preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, J.C. and Callie Gaillard Jackson, her great grandmother, Ana A. O'Connell and an uncle, Richard Eugene Garrison.
Benny & Wanda Jackson (parents 2201-B CR 410 Ripley, MS 38663
Hannah Jackson (sister)
Harold and Margaret Garrison (grandparents) 440 CR 743 Ripley, MS 38663
Kevin Jones (fiancée) 16 CR 521 Corinth, MS 38834



Peggy Gill Thompson BMC Class of 1953

It is with deep sadness that we share with you the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend Peggy Gill Thompson, a resident of Kenai for almost 50 years. She passed on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at the Pioneer Home in Anchorage after a lengthy illness.

Peggy Gill was born Aug. 2, 1931 to Earl and Kay Gill on her parents' cotton farm near Hayti, Missouri and was the third of five children. This was where she grew up and it was always her home to return to.

Peggy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Blue Mountain College in Mississippi. After BMC she earned a Marine Corps commission upon completion of her training at Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. Her duty was Education Officer at Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California. In 1962 she received a Master of Arts degree in education at George Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee.

Having been hired to teach in Kenai, in August 1963, Peggy Gill Collins moved to Alaska with her 6-year-old daughter Laura Lee Collins from the Missouri Delta. Moving from a southern culture to that of a frontier lifestyle was a true culture shock. She taught social studies at Kenai Central High School for 20 years.

Peggy married M.W. "Tommy" Thompson in 1966 in Kenai's United Methodist Church. They remained Kenai residents until Tommy's passing in 2006 and Peggy's move to the Pioneer Home in Palmer in 2012.

Peggy had a passion and a love of art. She became a charter member of the Kenai Art Guild in 1967 and she served in every executive office. She was also a charter member of the Kenai Potters Guild and served over 20 years as secretary. Peggy was president of the Kenai Arts and Humanities Council for four years. In addition to her love of art, she was an accomplished seamstress, making many of her stylish dresses and coats. She was a "Daughter of the Confederacy, Shiloh Chapter 371" and a "Daughter of the War of 1812."

Peggy enjoyed producing clay art and computer desktop publishing. She produced two Thompson Family Reunion books, but her proudest desktop publishing production was preparing her mother's poetry to be printed in a bound book, "Kay's Expressions."
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, a step-son, two grandchildren, and her beloved husband Tommy.

She is survived by her daughter Laura Lee Collins of Honolulu, Hawaii; step-children Elaine Snyder (Bill) of Newbury Park, California, Ken Thompson (Jean) of Thousand Oaks, California, and Linda Weaver of Modesto, California; step-grandchildren, Dean Thompson (Marlys) of Anchorage, Todd Jordan (Olga) of Pt. Hueneme, California, and Lynn Duffy (Scott) of San Diego, California; five step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren; brother, Wesley Gill (Maria) of Sacramento, California; sister, Mary Kay Gill of Beech Bluff, Tennessee; and sister Marla Ann Gill of Montgomery, Alabama.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the Kenai Senior Center, 361 Senior Court, Kenai, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the "Friends of the Kenai Community Library," P.O. Box 656 Kenai, Alaska 99611.

Laura Collins-(daughter) 830 Punchbowl St Honolulu, HI *96813
Elaine (Bill) Snyder (stepdaughter) 62 Cloverwood Ave Newbury Park, CA 91320
Ken (Jean) Thompson (stepson) 961 Camion #Flores Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Linda Weaver (stepdaughter) 2620 Riverbend Dr Modesto, CA 95351
Wesley Gill (brother) 6 Pumice CT Sacramento, CA 95823
Mary Kay Gill (sister) 4579 Beech Bluff Rd, Beech Bluff, TN 38313
Marla Ann Gill (sister) 2210 Country Club Dr, Montgomery, AL 36106



Ruth Woodruff Cook BMC Class of 1952

Ruth (Woodruff) Cook, age 87 of Rockwall, TX, passed away September 16, 2017. She was born December 16, 1929, in Houston, MS, to Earl and Lena (Park) Woodruff. Ruth graduated from Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, MS, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree. She married the love of her life, Buddy Cook in 1953. They traveled and raised their children with love and respect. Ruth was a woman of faith, and a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Rockwall, since the 70’s. She worked for a travel agency in Memphis, TN, before moving to Texas. She then worked for a travel agency in Rockwall before venturing into a business with close friends. Ruth was one of the founding partners that owned and operated Dove Travel agency for over 25 years in the Rockwall community. She loved to travel the world. She was also a huge Mississippi State fan and loved to follow college sports.

She will be loved and remembered by her daughter: Janet Wilson; son: Jeff Cook and wife Rae; and grandchildren: Rachel, David, Michelle and Richard; along with other relatives and close friends. Ruth was greeted in Heaven by her parents: Earl and Lena; husband: “Buddy” in December 2001; son: Dan Cook; and sisters: Earlene Woodruff and Colleen Woodruff.

Funeral services will be held 1:00pm Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Rest Haven Funeral Home – Rockwall Chapel with Pastor Steve Swofford officiating. Interment will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Memorial donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Rockwall Building Fund at 610 S. Goliad St., Rockwall, TX 75087.
Janet Wilson (daughter) 1174 Lake Breeze Drive Rockwall TX 75087
Jeff (Rae) Cook (son) 164 Oxford Drive Rockwall, TX 75032



Jo Beth Young BMC Class of 1959

Jo Beth Young, the wife of Pastor Dr. Ed Young, has died, Second Baptist Church officials said in a release. She was 80 years old.
Young was described by the church as a woman of substance and of service.
In a statement the church wrote:
“Jo Beth was the model 'pastor's wife,' always supporting Dr. Young's ministry and encouraging him. She was indeed that 'great woman' behind the 'great man.' She never wanted to be up front. Instead, she made an impact behind the scenes, extending the arms of our pastor and church to the membership and surrounding community.”
For Christians, every Sunday is a celebration of Easter, and on Sunday, September 17, at 3:50 AM, our pastor’s beloved wife, Jo Beth, joined the Easter Parade. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8
Jo Beth was the consummate Christian woman, whose gifts of teaching, hospitality, and encouragement so blessed this church family. A genuine lover of people, Jo Beth knew no strangers. From her smile, her laugh, and her wink to her expressions of concern or empathy, to speak with Jo Beth was to connect to a woman who always had time to listen.
As a gifted teacher of God’s Word, Jo Beth faithfully taught Bible study classes, often on multiple campuses. From her charges to the wives of deacons and pastors at ordination services to the fun and inspiring lessons at Women’s Retreats or Mother’s Day Services, Jo Beth modeled grace, dignity, and faithfulness in all things.
She was the proud “Mom” of her sons Ed, Ben, and Cliff, all of whom serve in the ministry. Ed is the pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas. Ben and Cliff serve as pastors here at Second. She was the beloved “Mimi” of her eleven grandchildren: LeeBeth, E. J., Landra, Laurie, Nicole, Claire, Rachel, Susannah, Benjamin, Bekah, and Samuel, and great grandmother to Sterling.
Most of all, she was the beloved “Joby” of her husband, our pastor, Dr. Ed Young. “Edwin,” as she called him, and Jo Beth were married for 58 years. Whenever asked how they first met, they would answer with a smile on their faces, “We met in the church nursery.” Natives of Laurel, Mississippi, they both attended First Baptist Church with their families and dated throughout high school and college. Jo Beth attended Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi.
Our love, prayers, and expressions of gratitude go to our pastor and all the Young family. We love you and thank you for leading us in such a selfless way to make a difference in this world for Jesus Christ and to stand up for Him at all times. The family invites you to her graduation which will take place Thursday, September 21, at 1:00 PM in the Woodway Worship Center
Dr. Edwin Young (husband) 615 Voss Road Houston, TX 77024
Ed Young (son)’ 429 Bluebonnett Dr Grapevine, TX 76051



Enoch Purvis BMC Class of 1966

Enoch J. Purvis, 98, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, September 9 at Magnolia Personal Care Home in New Albany. A celebration of his life will be 2 p.m. Thursday, September 14 at Hillcrest Baptist Church, New Albany. Visitation will be at United Funeral Service Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Hillcrest preceding the service. Burial will be Vista Memorial Gardens.
Born August 15, 1919 in Union County, he is the son of Clarence and Clytee Parker Purvis. He graduated from Buena Vista High School and attended Blue Mountain College. Enoch and Loyce were married in Blue Mountain July 4, 1946--71 years!
Prior to answering the call to ministry, Bro. Purvis served during World War 2 in the Army Air Corp in North Africa and Italy. He was a Master Sargent. Following the war, he was a farmer and was employed by Futorian. He served as pastor of churches in Union, Tippah, and Calhoun Counties. Other areas of pastoral service: Chaplain at Baptist Health New Albany, Chaplain of the local American Legion, and as nursing home volunteer for 25 years. Brother Purvis loved people as demonstrated by his presence in their lives as a pastor.

A member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, he is survived by his wife and partner in ministry, Loyce Reed Purvis, three children: Tommy Purvis, Judy Mengel, and Mike Purvis, 8 grandchildren, 14 great- grandchildren, and sisters: Frances Bailey and Jean Costner.

In honor of Mr. Purvis’ service to his country United Funeral Service will fly the U. S. Army flag during his visitation and service.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Hillcrest Baptist Church Building Fund.

Loyce Purvis (wife) Assisted Living Magnolia Place New Albany, MS 38652

Tommy (Carla) Purvis (son) 3740 Ballardsville Rd Smithfield, KY 40068

Judy Mengel (daughter) 1817 State Road 83 #506 Millersburgh, OH 44654

Mike Purvis (son) 1221 CR 121 New Albany, MS 38652

Frances Bailey (sister) 227 Timber Mill Dr, Madison, MS 39110 (BMC 1948)

Jean Costner (sister) unable to locate




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