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 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
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



 Gara Malesky BMC Class of 1962

Gara Vinson Malesky was born on December 4, 1940 in Lee County, Mississippi. She died peacefully, surrounded by family, on June 4, 2017 in her home in Fairfax City, Virginia. Gara valued education and instilled this value in her children. She graduated from Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi in 1962. Gara then joined the Peace Corps and served in one of the first Peace Corps classes in Cameroon, West Africa. Upon returning to the United States Gara presented to various groups regarding her experiences overseas including attending tea with “Lady Bird” Johnson at the White House. After serving in the Peace Corps Gara worked as a public school teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina in the mid-1960's. Her husband at the time, Lann Malesky, was a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department. As a result, Gara and her family lived in multiple locations around the world including: Algiers, Algeria; Geneva, Switzerland; London, England; Bamako, Mali; Istanbul, Turkey; and Manama, Bahrain.

While valuing her travels and the considerable time she spent overseas Gara welcomed the opportunity to establish roots in one place during the latter part of her life. She was a 33 year resident of Fairfax City, living in the same house the entire time. Both of her children graduated from Fairfax High School and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Gara is survived by her two sons, Alvin Malesky of Asheville, NC and Lowell Malesky of Fairfax, VA, Lowell’s wife Katy and their three children Kendall, Kelsey and Joshua, and Gara’s younger sister, Brenda Hare of Tupelo, Mississippi, and her husband Billy. Gara will be missed tremendously by her family.
A gathering of family and friends was held on Thursday, June 8th from 3 p.m., until time of service at 4 p.m. at Demaine Funeral Home, 10565 Main Street Fairfax, Virginia 22030. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Environmental Defense Fund ( or her wish would be to simply plant a tree in her memory.
Alvin Malesky (son) 38 Mildred Ave Ashville, NC 28806
Lowell (Katy) Malesky (son) 9785 Maple Trace Cir Fairfax, VA 22032
Brenda (Billy) Hare (sister) 493 Mt Vernon Rd Tupelo, MS 38804


 Billie Jewel Guyton BMC Class of 1948

Funeral Services for Billie Jewel (BJ) Guyton, age 90, of Picayune, MS, who passed away Saturday, September 2, 2017, will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, September 4, 2017, at Roseland Park Baptist Church. Rev. Dan Young will officiate. Visitation will be Monday, September 4, 2017 beginning at 10:00 am at Roseland Park Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, C.R. Guyton; parents, William Albert Carnell and Mossie Jewell Gregory Carnell; brother, Leonard Milton Carnell.

She is survived by her children, William R. Guyton and wife Cindy of Maryville, TN, Janice Guyton Sharp and husband Covington of St. Petersburg, FL, and Linda Guyton Jopes and husband Sam of Picayune, MS; four granddaughters, Jennifer, Savannah, Emily, and Ellen; eight great grandchildren, Leah, Carsyn, Anna, Ally, Seth, Holden, Sadie, and Charlie.

A native of New Albany, MS, she and her husband moved to Picayune in 2004. Affectionately called Ms. Billie, Ms. B.J., Bibbs, Mom, Nan and Nannie, she made many new friends in Picayune through the Daughters of the American Revolution, Pearl River County Republican Women, Historical Society, Friends of Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library and Cultural Center and Roseland Park Baptist Church.

A graduate of Blue Mountain College and a member of the Euzelian Society, she taught at Tippah County School in the early 1950s and had a 21 year career as a social worker for the State of Mississippi.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Roseland Park Baptist Church in Picayune or Canon Hospice, 1520 Broad Avenue, Suite 500, Gulfport, MS 39501.
William (Cindy) Guyton (son) 1233 Centenary Rd Maryville, TN 37803
Janice (Covington) Sharp (daughter) 719 21st Ave N St Petersburg, FL 33704
Linda(Sam) Jopes (daughter) 1009 Woods Rd Picayune, MS 39466

Marlene Griffin Michael BMC Class of 1951

Under the care of family and her doctors, Mrs. Marlene Griffin Michael of Pontotoc, MS died on Monday, August 28, 2017. She was 88 years old.

Marlene is survived by her devoted husband, Carl Michael; her sister, Wilma Chittom of Pontotoc, MS; her stepchildren, Linda Engholm of Elizabethtown, KY and Lisa Racine of Arnprior, Ontario, Canada; her ten grandchildren; her ten great-grandchildren; and her many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Marlin Kellon "M.K." Griffin and Sue Stanford Griffin; two brothers, Max Griffin and M.K. Griffin, Jr.; sisters, Clarice Duff, Velma Long, Grace Dandbridge, Estelle Henry, and Elsie Blank; and stepson, Mark Michael.

Marlene was born on July 20, 1929 in Pontotoc, MS to Sue and M.K. Griffin. After graduating from Blue Mountain College in 1951, she began her teaching career in Houston, MS before deciding to pursue her Master's in Education at the University of Mississippi. Once completed in 1970, Marlene resumed her career as a teacher at Pontotoc Elementary School. She was a respected educator of influence, earning distinction as an Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America in 1965.
During this time, she was active in her church, First Baptist of Pontotoc. She also traveled, earned her pilot's license, and even once flew the Goodyear Blimp. It was from this period of her life that Marlene would reflect often and share with pride the stories of her students and experiences with her family and friends.
After 31 years of teaching, she retired in 1987. However, she continued her dedication to public service by working as the inaugural secretary for the Pontotoc Chamber of Commerce. It is there that she met Carl, whom she wed in 1995.
At the age of 66, Marlene's life took on a new period of travel with Carl and her sisters, including memorable trips across the United States and devotion to family as she welcomed its increases through the marriage of grandchildren and the birth of many great-grandchildren, for whom she demonstrated particular affection.

In 2015, after several years of struggling with Alzheimer's, Marlene and Carl relocated to Elizabethtown, KY. And it is there that she passed away peacefully. According to Emerson, the purpose of life is "to make it have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." Marlene will be missed but also remembered for having lived well.

A visitation is scheduled for 5-8pm on Thursday, Aug. 31 at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with a funeral to follow at 11am on Friday, Sept. 1 at First Baptist of Pontotoc. Dr. Ken Hester of First Baptist of Pontotoc will officiate the ceremony, and Rev. Rob Chittom will deliver the eulogy.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Marlene's life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Marlene's name to First Baptist of Pontotoc or Alzheimer's Association at

Pallbearers will be Walter Chittom, Sam Long, Randy Long, George Duff, Al Duff and Don Russell.

Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Carl Michael (husband) 51 Boatwright Cir Pontotoc, MS 38863
Wilma Chittom (sister) 154 Highland Drive Pontotoc, MS 38863
Linda Engholm (step daughter) 209 Ivy Pointe Drive Elizabethtown, KY 42701


Linda Edwards Lewis BMC Class of 1970

Linda Edwards Lewis, 68, of Holcomb, Mississippi, passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Baptist Reynolds Hospice Residence in Collierville, TN.
Linda graduated from Blue Mountain College, and received a Masters Degree from Delta State University. She first taught in the Charleston public school system for 13 years before becoming the head of the biological sciences department at Holmes Community College in Grenada where she retired at the age of 62. Linda was an accomplished pianist and vocalist, and spent much of her time serving in the church and travelling to share her love of God through music.
She was preceded in death by her parents Durell and Geneva Edwards of Holcomb and her husband, Gary Lewis.
Survivors include her son, David Lewis, his wife Tara and granddaughters Caroline and Kate; her daughter Leslie Lewis and granddaughter Amelia Ferguson; her brothers Larry Edwards (Sarah), Ronald Edwards (Judy), Donald Edwards (Margaret), and her sisters Becky Long (Johnny), Lori Lance, and Rhonda Bailey (Tim).
Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, August 8th at Holcomb Baptist Church, in Holcomb, MS. Funeral services will also be held at Holcomb Baptist Church at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 9th. Interment will follow in the Holcomb Cemetery.

David (Tara) Lewis (son) 5757 Burlington Lane Olive Branch, MS 38654
Leslie Lewis (daughter) 5288 Hwy 35 S Holcomb, MS 38940
Larry (Sarah) Edwards (bro) 959 CR 158 Coila, MS 38923 wife BMC
Ronald (Judy) Edwards (bro) no address found
Donald (Margaret) Edwards (bro) 43 Fielder Rd Holcomb, MS 38940
Becky (Johnny) Long (sister) 5990 Hwy 35 S Holcomb, MS 38940 BMC 1972
Rhonda (Tim) Bailey (sister) no address found

Suzi Carter Phelps-BMC Class of 1990

Suzi Carter Phelps, 50, resident of the Ripley Community and retired Counselor for the South Tippah School District, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon August 9, 2017 at the North Mississippi Hospice Center in Tupelo following an extended illness.
A visitation and gathering of family and friends will be from 10 AM until 12 noon Saturday August 12 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home. A private family interment is planned. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home.
Born March 26, 1967 in El Paso, Texas, Suzi was the daughter of Sue Shirley Carter of Ripley and the late Warren Gilfoy Carter. She was a 1985 graduate of Eastwood High School in El Paso, Texas, received her BA Degree in Psychology from Blue Mountain College and her Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi. Suzi moved with her family to Tippah County in 1987 and became a familiar figure with the South Tippah County School System where she served as a counselor and friend to many students in the local area schools. Her life was devoted to helping people and students as they hopefully matured into productive adults.
A Christian and a member of The Ripley Church of Christ, she was known for her love of people. Her entire career was dedicated to serving others. Suzi was full of kindness, a free-spirited firecracker and the most loyal friend you could find. She was a vibrant and sassy woman who cared deeply, loved greatly and will be sincerely missed by all those who knew her.
Many will remember Suzi for her love of music with her favorite song "Purple Rain". Playing the piano, singing and a good card game with family and friends were favorite pastimes.
In addition to her mother, Suzi is survived by her children, Chris Van Slyke and Summer Phelps both of Ripley and Ashley Phelps (Kyle) Hampton of Corinth, two brothers, Charles "Bucky" Carter (Shery) of Georgetown, TX and Barry Carter (Kathy) of San Antonio, TX and two grandchildren, Sophie and Oliver Hampton.
The family request that memorials be directed to The Ripley Middle School, 718 S Clayton St. Ripley, MS 38663 or LeBonheur Children's Hospital, 848 Adams Ave., Memphis, TN 38103.
The Ripley Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Suzi Carter Phelps and invites you to share memories with the family at
Chris Van Slyke (son) 106 Mary Ellen Dr Ripley, MS 38663
Summer Phelps (dau) 106 Mary Ellen Dr Ripley, MS 38663
Ashley (Kyle) Hampton (dau)
Charles (Shery) Carter (bro) 211 John Thomas Rd Georgetown, TX 78628
Barry (Kathy) Carter (bro) 5630 Thunder Oaks San Antonio, TX 78261


Linda Edwards Lewis BMC Class of 1970

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

Bro. Joe D Herndon BMC Class of 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emily Teague Crabb BMC Class of 1986

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


Jeffie Dee Carter BMC Class of 1937

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bonnie Howard Brooks BMC Class of 1946

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

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

Jerry Wilkins Kemp BMC Class of 1954

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

Joyce Simpson Oglesby BMC Class of 1956

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charla Walters Smith BMC Class of 1950

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


Patricia Bessinger BMC Class of 1949

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

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

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

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

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

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




Alice O. Callicutt BMC Class of 1950

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

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

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

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

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

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



Olivia Roark BMC Class of 1957

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

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



Janice Crull Flemming BMC Class of 1949

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Dr. Jeanette Phillips BMC Class of 1953

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



Willie (Billie) Hicks Morrow BMC Class of 1944

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

   Ronald Allen Jenkins BMC Class of 1990

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

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

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

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

Phyllis Bain (sister) no address found

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

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

Margaret Crum Ormon BMC Class of 1981

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

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

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

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

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

C.P. Winters BMC Class of 1961

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



Louise Balch BMC Class of 1947

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jean Burks Scott Wright BMC Class of 1958

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



Bro. Ray Newcomb BMC Class of 1963

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



Ruth Johnson Crawford BMC Class of 1940

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

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

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

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


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