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 hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net

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


 

Edna Epting Cowan BMC Class of 1947

Edna Erlene Cowan, 90, of Hattiesburg, died peacefully on March 13, 2017, at Brookdale Care Center. Visitation will be Friday, March 17, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg, with graveside services immediately following at 11:30 a.m. at Roseland Park Cemetery.Mrs. Cowan was born on January 12, 1927, in Baldwyn, Mississippi and grew up on a farm there. She graduated from Baldwyn High School and was Salutatorian of the Class of 1945. After graduation, she attended Blue Mountain College. Erlene later married and made her home in Hattiesburg. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, fully devoted to the care of her family. She was a faithful member of Main Street Baptist Church for over 65 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Edward L. Cowan; her parents, John and Mabel Epting; and two sisters, Josephine Grisham and Nannie Lee Davis. She is survived by one daughter, Judy (Cecil) Chambliss of Hattiesburg; two sons, Tom (Barbara) Cowan of Hattiesburg and Micky (Becky) Cowan of Ridgeland; nine grandchildren, Chad Chambliss, Matt Chambliss, Ashley Chambliss, Rachel Nix, Jason Cowan, John Cowan, Charles Cowan, Laura Leone, and Haley Dawkins; and 13 great grandchildren.

Judy (Cecil) Chambilss (dau) 70 Franklin Pl. Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Tom (Barbara) Cowan (son) 5230 W 4th St. Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Micky (Becky) Cowan (son) 157 Richardson Rd, Ridgeland, MS 39157

Dorothy Norwood Stone BMC Class of 1956

Dorothy (Dot) Norwood Stone, age 79 of Bentonville, Arkansas, and formerly of Malvern, died Saturday morning, April 8, 2017 at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. She was born on November 11, 1937 in Malvern to the late Connie Shuffield and Ozee Prince Shuffield. Reared and receiving her early education in Malvern and Hot Springs, she later attended Blue Mountain Women's College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. As a college student, she drew upon her creativity and majored in art. She was very adept at sewing and loved crafts. Dot was a homemaker and reared three daughters with her first husband, Larry Norwood. He preceded her in death in 1989. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Centerton, Arkansas.
She is survived by her husband, David Stone of Bentonville, to whom she was married on November 14, 1992; by her children, Lara Biles (Roy) of Centerton, Arkansas, Lisa Bell (Stuart) of Seattle, Washington, and Lynn Hills (Jamie) of Rogers, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Ryan Biles (Natalie), Randi Weigle (Tim), Emily Tyler (Matt), Lucas Bell (Kyla), Drew Hills, and Taylor Hills; and five great-grandchildren, Graham, Grayson, and Grady Biles, and Robby and Charlie Weigle.
A graveside service was held in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Malvern, Arkansas, on Monday morning, April 10, 2017, at eleven o'clock with Reverend Stuart Bell officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home of Malvern.
Memorials are requested to First Baptist Church, 351 W. Centerton Blvd., Centerton, AR 72719.
Larry Stone (husband) 307 Augustus Hot Springs Nat’l Park, AR 71913
Lara (Roy) Biles (dau) 730 Sienna Dr Centerton, AR 72719
Lisa (Stuart) Bell (dau) 2515 4th Ave Apt # 507 Seattle, WA 98121
Lynn (Jamie) Hills (dau) 4639 W Pleasant Grove Rd. Rogers, AR 72758

Betty Nail BMC Class of 1969


Starkville, Ms. - Betty Allen Nail was surrounded by family when she died at her home in Starkville, Ms., following an extended illness. Betty is survived by her husband of nearly forty nine years, James Bert Nail, her son, David Victor Nail of Starkville, Ms., her daughter Carole Allen Nail (James) and two grandchildren, Zoe Allie Nail and Malcolm Sheppard Nail, all of San Antonio, TX one brother, Sidney Clayton Allen (Linda) of Eupora, Ms., one sister, Cecelia Allen Middleton (Harold) of Benton, Ms. and numerous nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Stamps Allen and Blanche Doler Allen of Slate Springs, Ms., and her brother, William Wray Allen of Jacksonville, NC. Betty was born November 16, 1947 as the youngest of four children. She always loved the outdoors, and particularly flowers and butterflies and birds. She taught second grade in the Starkville School District for 22 years, and delighted in instilling a love of nature in her school children.
Betty felt especially blessed that she and "Papa" were able to be a part of their grandchildren's lives. She never took a moment of that time for granted, and was a genuinely devoted "Nana". Betty loved to laugh, and always said "laughter causes endorphins, and endorphins are good for you". Betty loved music and enjoyed playing the piano at Longview Baptist Church, where she was a member. She will be missed so much by all her friends and family.
The family wants to extend special thanks to OCH and Baptist Memorial staff, Dr. Amber Borden and staff, the physical therapy group of Kindred Home Health, the nurses and aides of Kindred Hospice and the caregivers of Generations Care.
A Memorial Service for Betty will be held 2:00PM Saturday 2/11/17 at the First Baptist Church in Eupora, Ms. Visitation will be Noon until 2:00PM Saturday at the church. Bro. Jon Doler, Bro. Larry Yarber and Bro. Travis Gray will officiate.

James Nail (husband) 6756 New Light Road Starkville, MS 39759

Unable to find daughter, son or sister’s addresses

 

Dot Holaday BMC Class of 1947

Dot" Holaday, 91, died peacefully on February 12, 2017 at St. Catherine's Village in Madison, MS. She was the daughter of W.E. Smith and Anna Dick Smith of Carthage. She graduated from Carthage High School in 1943 and from Blue Mountain College in 1947. She was a science teacher in Shaw MS and later at Bailey Junior High School in Jackson. She was happily married to Howard Holaday for 42 years. They had two children, Howard Jr. and Virginia Ann, and raised them in Atlanta, GA, Acton, MA, and Raleigh, NC. In Atlanta, Dot was active in the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, PTA, and the Druid Hills Garden Club. She loved cooking, travel, and entertaining. She was an avid bridge player. In NC, after a 20 year hiatus, she resumed teaching high school chemistry at Wake Forest High School. After retirement, Dot and Howard returned to Mississippi.

Dot was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; her infant brother, Wayne Emmette Smith; and her sisters, Ima Peoples and Mary Elizabeth Waggoner. She is survived by her sister, Emily Moore, by her children, Dr. Howard Holaday, Jr. and Virginia Ann Holaday, and by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her family sincerely appreciates the dedicated home care she received from Ms.Pam Bailey, the outstanding nursing care she received at Baptist Medical Center and St. Catherine's Village, and the compassionate medical care she received from her physicians: Drs. Holland Addison, Frank Criddle, and Tauqeer Yousuf.

A memorial service will be held in celebration of her life on Wednesday February 15 at 2 P.M. at Wilcox Funeral Home in Carthage, preceded by visitation from 12 noon to 2 P.M.
Emily Moore-sister-too many listings
Dr Howard Holaday, Jr-son-310 Northwind Drive Brandon, MS 39047
Virginia Holaday-daughter- 310 Northwind Drive Brandon, MS 39047

Mary Eleanor Braddock Kong BMC Class of 1950


HONOLULU, HAWAII - Mary Eleanor Braddock Kong, 87, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Maui, Hawaii. She was born on April 24, 1929, to Tom ""T.N."" and Verdi Welch Braddock in Ripley, Mississippi.
A resident of Honolulu, Hawaii, for almost 60 years, she worked alongside her husband, Dr. Daniel ""Danny"" Kong at Olivet Baptist Church and the Hawaii Baptist Academy.
She is survived by four daughters, Danette Kong, Verdine Kong, Edna Marie Kong, Betty Jo Kong Defries, all of Hawaii; one brother, Dr. T.N. Braddock Jr. of West Point; two sisters, Betty Jo Braddock Henry of Canyon, Texas and Emma Marie Braddock of Ripley.
Preceding her in death were her husband; her parents, and an infant daughter, Tommye Kong.
A memorial service is planned in Hawaii for a later date.

Dr. T N Braddock-brother-218 East Street West Point, MS 39773
Emma Braddock-sister-701 S Commerce Ripley, MS 38663
Betty Jo Henry-sister-17 Village Dr. #4517 Canyon, TX 79015
Danette Kong-daughter-1258 Koko Head Ave Honolulu, HI 96816
Verdine Kong-daughter- no address found
Edna Marie Kong-daughter-160 Kono Place Kahului, HI 96732
Betty Jo Defries-daughter 2140 Kuhio Ave #607 Honolulu, HI 96815


 

 

Elsie Myers Drane BMC 1940

Elsie Myers Drane, 97, accepted her Angel Wings and took the hand of Jesus on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Highland Home in Ridgeland, MS. She was a native of Durant, MS and longtime resident of Cleveland, MS. She had been a resident of Ridgeland for 24 years. Born July 13, 1919, she was the daughter of Charles William Myers, Sr. and Sallie Weeks Myers of Durant. Her parents and four siblings preceded her in death. Elsie graduated at Whitehaven, TN high school in 1937. She attended Hillman College in Clinton, MS and Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, MS and graduated at Delta State College, Cleveland, MS. At Hillman she was president of the freshman class. Hillman, originally Central Female Institute, was founded in 1853 and operated during and survived the Civil War and in 1942 was purchased by and became part of Mississippi College in Clinton. At Blue Mountain Elsie was Defense Attorney for the Student Council and Vice President of the Baptist Student Union. She flew to Puerto Rico in 1943, during WWII to marry her childhood sweetheart who was stationed there as an Air Force officer, and she worked there at Borinquen Field Air Force Base as a secretarial supervisor for a year during the war. She was a charter member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Cleveland where she founded and taught at the church kindergarten. She was also a former member of Cleveland Woman's Club and The Bolivar County Hospital Auxiliary. Elsie taught first grade and retired from A.W. James Elementary, Drew, MS. She served as a hospital volunteer in Cleveland and at River Oaks, Flowood, MS for 13 years until she was in her nineties. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Colonel Richard Bankhead Drane of Cleveland. Surviving Mrs. Drane are her son, Don Drane (Carol Ann) of Madison, MS, granddaughter Scottie Drane Ellis (Shane), of Hernando with children Austin and Cooper and grandson Richard W. Drane of D'Iberville, MS. Other family members include Richard Drane and his wife of South Carolina; their children Meredith, Margie, Barry and Emily and eight grandchildren of the Carolina Dranes and a number of other nieces and nephews. Mother was a dedicated reader of the Memphis Commercial Appeal and the Jackson Daily News, a longtime fan of the puzzles, frequent contributor to Lydel Sims and Jack Sunn, and often chuckled at some of the obituaries. As her son, she would scold me if I did not put in her obituary that she told me right up to the end to mind my own business and stop tending to hers. One of her favorite quotes, when asked a question that was none of the questioner's business was, "If you will forgive me for not answering the question, I will forgive you for asking it." She would remind us all that it applies still. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no visitation or service. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Don (Carol) Drane-son 147 W Hoy Road Madison MS 39110
 

 

Myrt Majure BMC Class of 1944


Myrt Majure, beloved mother of Janie Peet Thompson, Thea (Susu) Majure, both of Los Angeles, Jenny Markow (son in law, Pete), grandmother of John Peet of Vail Valley, Colorado, Mark (Michele) Markow, Majure (Amanda) Markow, and great grandmother of John, Elizabeth, and Manning Markow, sister and lifelong best friend of Janie Gore of Clinton, Mississippi, and aunt to many nieces and nephews, died peacefully Wednesday March 8, 2017, at Baptist Hospital. Myrt was affectionately known and loved as "Tut" by her family and many friends of the family.
Myrt was born January 22, 1925, in Newton, Mississippi, daughter of "Dear Mother and Dear Daddy," the late Myrtle and Phillip James. Myrt's high school sweetheart Toby left for WWII and Myrt pursued her passion for music at Blue Mountain College. Upon Toby's return in 1945, Myrt and Toby married and began their life together in Oxford, Mississippi. Following Toby's graduation from Ole Miss they lived in Tupelo, Mississippi, before making Jackson their home in 1960. Their love of the Lord and dedication to service led them to First Baptist Church Jackson where she was a member of the choir for many years.
Myrt loved the game of golf. She played for many years and ultimately became Chairman of the Rules Committee for the Southern Women's Golf Association. She passed her love of the game on to her three grandsons while teaching them all to play. In addition to golf, she enjoyed the game of bridge, playing with her friends at the Country of Club of Jackson and Jackson Bridge House up until days before her passing.
A celebration of Myrt's wonderful life will be held Monday, March 13, 2017, at First Baptist Church Jackson. Visitation at 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium, followed by the service at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Lottie Moon Offering, First Baptist Church Jackson, 431 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39201 or to Mind Center University Medical Center c/o Melissa Robinson, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216.

Janie Thompson (dau) 11687 Bellagio Rd #15 Los Angeles, CA 90049

Janie Gore (sis) 120 Caribbean Cove Clinton, MS 39056

 

 

 

Dorothy Mackey BMC Class of 1955

Dorothy J. Mackey, 82, of Springfield, IL, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. She was born April, 8, 1934 in Laurel, MS, the daughter of Roy and Lois Slaughter. On Nov, 24, 1956, Dorothy was married to her husband of 60 years, William E. Mackey by Dr. Sever in Mobile, AL.
She was a first grade teacher, and a winner of the Golden Apple Award for being an excellent teacher. She received her Master's Degree in Education. She also attended Blue Mountain College in Mississippi. Dorothy enjoyed singing, playing the piano, and painting and was a great seamstress. She enjoyed making clothes and even made her own wedding dress.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, William; one son Brad (Mary) Mackey; two granddaughters Kali and Elysia Mackey; One sister Dr. Janelle (Dr. Bill) Dodson, and four nieces Karen Ladd, Tammy Morehead, Donna Brown and Brenda Pike.
Graveside services will be held at Centralia City Cemetery, in Centralia Mo. at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017.
Wilson Park Funeral Home, 200 East Main Street Rochester, IL 62563, is in charge of arrangements.

William Mackey (husband) 137 Exmore Drive, Springfield IL 62704
Brad (Mary) Mackey (son) 6322 Laurel Cherry Dr, Rockford, IL 61108
Dr. Janelle (Dr. Bill) Dodson (sister) 200 Wesley Dr, Wilmore KY 40390 (BMC 1951)

 

 

Dorothy Townsend BMC last class year 1940

Dorothy "Dot" Townsend was born February 28, 1921, in Sherman, to Rev. H. G. West Sr. and Ethel Pitts West. She passed from this earthly life to her heavenly reward on February 19, 2017, at NMMC Hospice in Tupelo.
She was predeceased by her parents and her five siblings: three sisters and two brothers. She was also predeceased by her husband James Charles Simmons in 1964, and her husband Dr. George G. Townsend in 1976.
Dot graduated from Ecru High School and attended Blue Mountain College for two years, studying elementary education. She then taught school in Sherman, where she met and married James "Jim" Simmons. Their marriage was blessed with two children, James Michael "Mike" Simmons and Dorothy Susan "Susie" Simmons. The family was living in West Helena, Arkansas, at the time of Jim's death, but Dot later moved back to Jackson where she had many friends and several family members. During that time, she met and married Dr George G. Townsend from Forest, and moved there with him in 1971. After his death in 1976, she returned to Jackson where she remained until she moved to Traceway Retirement in Tupelo.
Affectionately called "Mama Dot" by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, she was a devout Christian from an early age, a devoted wife and mother who deeply loved her family and treasured her friends, of whom there were so many. She was a gracious hostess, a competitive bridge player, and an avid golfer. She loved to watch sports on television, and was a devoted Mississippi State fan.
Dot was always active in the Baptist faith, since her father was a Baptist minister. She worked in Sunday school, missions groups, and taught kindergarten in several Baptist churches over the years. As a young woman, she was selected as Miss Ecru in the local beauty pageant; however, her father, with his stern Baptist roots, would not allow her to participate in the next level of the state pageant, because she would have to wear a bathing suit on stage! That was always one of the lighter things that her family kidded about! At the time of her death, Dot was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo, the place where her father served as the second church pastor in the 1930's. During her life, Mama Dot touched the lives of many children and adults in a positive way. Through her example, she shared her love of life and her love for God with her family and her many friends.
Those who remain to cherish her memory are: son, Mike Simmons (Kay) of West Point; daughter, Susie Begly (Russ) of Ephrata, Pennsylvania; grandchildren: Jay Simmons, Cheryl Simmons Barnett (Steven), Jon Simmons (Holly); Bill Eberle (Carissa); and Jennifer Eberle Bower (Brian); nine great-grandchildren: and one great-great grandson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be conducted from Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc, at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017. Rev. Steven Barnett will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park in West Helena, Arkansas, later that day.
In lieu of flowers, and to honor Dot's life, memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, Grace Ministry, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS, 38801; or to Gideons International, P O Box 661, West Point, MS 39773.
Mike (Kay) Simmons (son) 1794 E Main Street West Point, MS 39773
Susie (Russ) Begly (daughter) 322 Constitution Drive Ephrata, PA 17522

 

Lucy Lee Barnett-Attended BMC 1942-1944


Lucy Lee (Owen) Barnett was born in Memphis, Tennessee on October 4, 1924 and died on Monday, February 13, 2017 in Jackson, Mississippi, where she grew up. She was 92 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband, Judge James Arden Barnett, whom she married on March 4, 1945 when he returned from duty in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Her "Barney" passed away on December 5, 1988.
Lucy was the first of three daughters born to Dr. George W. Owen and Ruth Seavey Owen of Jackson. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her oldest daughter, Ruth Elizabeth "Betsy" Barnett. She is survived by her son, Rear Admiral James Arden Barnett, Jr., his wife Celia Grisham Barnett, and by her youngest daughter, Susan Barnett Perry. Lucy had four grandchildren, Wesley Susanna Perry, Carlee Barnett Perry, Elizabeth Reid Barnett, and Dr. Owen Barnett Arden and his wife, Caroline Fletcher Arden. She had one great-granddaughter, Margaret Anne Arden.
She is also survived by her sisters Nina Owen Kilgore and Shirley Owen Stodard and by her brother-in-law William Margrave Barnett and his wife, Barbara Easom Barnett, and her sister-in-law Rae Ragsdale Barnett. She is survived by six nieces Bitsy Kilgore Argo, Cindy Kilgore Rosato, Melissa Stodard Key, Laurie Barnett Hughes, Melissa Barnett Wyatt, Jennifer Barnett Harchenko, and six nephews Thomas Kilgore, George Kilgore, Dr. Michael Stodard, Paul Stodard, Arden Margrave Barnett, and Guy Glenn Barnett and their families.
Lucy expanded her family to include many people, including Barbara Neal Selby, Don Sawvel Neal, and Emily Hewitt Abraham, their spouses and families. She also incorporated her daughter-in-law's family, including JoAnn Grisham Bell, Irwin Bell, Rev. Lowell E. Grisham, Jr., Kathy McKellar Grisham, Allison Grisham Burkepile, Lawrence Gray Grisham, their spouses and families.
Lucy graduated from Central High School, attended Blue Mountain College and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was a Phi Mu and President of the YWCA.
Lucy was a dedicated citizen and volunteer. She was twice Regent of the Ralph Humphreys Chapter of DAR, twice President of her chapter of Colonial Dames XVII Century, State President of Daughters of Founders & Patriots of America, and served three consecutive terms as Board President of the Clinton Community Christian Corporation, serving on the board for over 30 years. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 27 years, and she served as a volunteer docent for four international exhibits. She was a volunteer greeter at the Natchez Trace Visitors Center until just two months before her death.
She was an active member and secretary of the Navy night fighter squadron CVLG(N) 41 reunion group, which met regularly from WWII until recently; she was one of the last surviving members.
Lucy was a member of First Baptist Church of Clinton for over 67 years, where she was a Sunday school teacher and leader and member of the choir and WMU. She loved to entertain her friends and was a prolific bridge player, her last game just three days before her death.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 4 to 7pm at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Clinton. Services will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11am at First Baptist Church of Clinton with a visitation one hour prior to service. Graveside services will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park.
Lucy loved flowers, but contributions to First Baptist Church of Clinton in her memory would be appreciated.
Rear Admiral James Barnett (Celia) son 2406 S Arlington Ridge Rd Arlington, VA 22202
Susan Barnett Perry (daughter) 15 Parkwood Road Clinton, MS 39056

DOROTHY HOLADAY- BMC CLASS OF 1947

Dorothy Smith Holaday "Dot" Holaday, 91, died peacefully on February 12, 2017 at St. Catherine's Village in Madison, MS. She was the daughter of W.E. Smith and Anna Dick Smith of Carthage. She graduated from Carthage High School in 1943 and from Blue Mountain College in 1947. She was a science teacher in Shaw MS and later at Bailey Junior High School in Jackson. She was happily married to Howard Holaday for 42 years. They had two children, Howard Jr. and Virginia Ann, and raised them in Atlanta, GA, Acton, MA, and Raleigh, NC. In Atlanta, Dot was active in the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, PTA, and the Druid Hills Garden Club. She loved cooking, travel, and entertaining. She was an avid bridge player. In NC, after a 20 year hiatus, she resumed teaching high school chemistry at Wake Forest High School. After retirement, Dot and Howard returned to Mississippi. Dot was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; her infant brother, Wayne Emmette Smith; and her sisters, Ima Peoples and Mary Elizabeth Waggoner.
She is survived by her sister, Emily Moore, by her children, Dr. Howard Holaday, Jr. and Virginia Ann Holaday, and by many loving nieces and nephews. Her family sincerely appreciates the dedicated home care she received from Ms.Pam Bailey, the outstanding nursing care she received at Baptist Medical Center and St. Catherine's Village, and the compassionate medical care she received from her physicians: Drs. Holland Addison, Frank Criddle, and Tauqeer Yousuf.A memorial service will be held in celebration of her life on Wednesday February 15 at 2 P.M. at Wilcox Funeral Home in Carthage, preceded by visitation from 12 noon to 2 P.M.
Emily Moore-sister-unable to get address
Dr. Howard Holaday, Jr-son 5903 Ridgewood Rd Suite 101, Jackson, MS 39211
Virginia Holaday-dau- 310 Northwind Drive, Brandon, MS 39047

Helen Hamilton Pitts BMC Class of 1961


Helen Sue Hamilton Pitts, age 96, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at her residence. She was born February 21, 1920 to Luther Martin Hamilton, Sr., and Mary Essie Moody Hamilton. She attended Memphis State, University of Mississippi and received her teaching degree from Blue Mountain College. She taught at Beckham, Ingomar, Macedonia and North Pontotoc, retiring after 31 years of teaching. She was a member of Ecru Baptist Church, the "Goodtimers", Woodmen of the World, and the Pontotoc County Retired Teachers. She was very passionate about maintaining her yard and flower gardening.

Services will be at 11 AM Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Ecru Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Lassett and Bush Hamilton officiating: burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Catherine "Cathy" Duncan and husband Albert Ray Duncan of New Albany, MS; a brother, Luther Hamilton, Jr., of Jackson, MS; a daughter-in-law: Rita Pitts Biffle of Biloxi, MS; two grandsons, Ben Pitts and wife Sasha of Sherman, MS and Len Pitts and wife Melinda of Randolph, MS; three great-grandchildren, Alexis Pitts, Elizabeth Pitts and Benjamin Pitts and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 65 years, Sam Gates Pitts, Sr., a son, Sam Gates Pitts, Jr., and a sister, Margie Ann Hamilton.
Pallbearers will be Donald Andrews, Bush Hamilton, James Farris, Johnny Mounce, Justin McMillen, Chad Stubblefield and Jimmy Young.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM Friday and from 10 to 11 AM Saturday. All the visitation will be at Ecru Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Ecru Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 467, Ecru, MS 38841.
The family would like to express special thanks to the caregivers who gave loving care, Mary Coker, Dianna Cobb, Brenda Cobb, Sandra Parker, as well as NMMC Hospice and Home Health Care

Mary Catherine (Albert) Duncan (dau) 118 S Glenfield Rd. New Albany, MS 38652
Luther Hamilton, Jr (bro) 1245 Winnrose St, Jackson, MS 39211

 

FLORETTA CLARKSON MCGEE BMC CLASS OF 1953


Floretta Clarkson McGee, 85, of The Groves in Independence, Mo., passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

She was born March 4, 1931, in Botetourt Co.Va. She was the daughter of the late Cuba T. and O'Neal Baker Clarkson. She was preceded in death by her husband, John James McGee in 1996, and her brother, Lyden Clarkson in 2007. She graduated from Blue Mountain College in Mississippi, where she met and married John James McGee. She returned to Virginia in 1957 and was a school teacher for 27 years in the Roanoke City School System before retiring in 1986.

After retiring, she moved to Independence, Mo., to be close to her daughter. Since then, she has traveled extensively in the U.S. and has contributed her time as a volunteer for The Shepherd Center and Centerpoint Hospital. She was a member in good standing of the Order of the Eastern Star from 1955 to 2013, serving as Worthy Matron of the Botetourt Chapter in 1966 and as Grand Esther for the Virginia State Grand Chapter in 1969.

Her health began to decline in 2014 and she was admitted to The Groves Nursing Home in 2015.

She is survived by her daughter, Maria C. McGee of Independence, Mo.; and her son, Edward L. McGee and wife, Shearin, of Fuquay Varina, N.C., and their son, Joshua.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Oakey's North Chapel, 6732 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, Va.540-362-1237. Interment to follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, followed by a Celebration of Life reception until 4:30 p.m. at the Plantation on Sunnybrook, 7342 Plantation Road, Roanoke. All family and friends are invited.

Maria McGee (daughter) 1919 S Ash Ave Independence, MO 64052
Edwin (Shearin) McGee (son) 5200 Highlandcroft Pl Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

 

Shirley Sappington BMC Class of 1967

Shirley Jean Sappington Olive Branch, MS Shirley Jean Sappington, 70, of Olive Branch, MS, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in Cordova, TN. Mrs. Sappington was a 50 year member of First Baptist Church of Olive Branch. She was retired from Olive Branch High School as an English teacher. Her children and grandchildren were her greatest pride and joy. Mrs. Sappington was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. M.L. Swinney and Minnie V. Swinney and her loving husband, Don Sappington. She is survived by her sons, Donnie Sappington (Paula) and Will Sappington (Lorena), her "son" John Jones, her sister, Betty Duke (Bill), and her five grandchildren, Colby, Ellie, Mia, Eva, and Owen Sappington. She also leaves several nieces, a nephew, and other extended family members. The family will receive friends Friday, December 2, 2016 from 9am until the funeral service begins at 11am, all at First Baptist Church of Olive Branch. Interment will follow in Blocker Cemetery.

Donnie (Paula) Sappington-son- too many listed
Will (Lorena) Sappington-son-too many listed
Betty (Bill) Duke-sister- 309 B 16th St Oxford, MS 38655

 

Jane Hathorn Cotton BMC Class of 1957


Jane Cotten died peacefully in her son's home surrounded by family on 12/3/2016. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Woodland Hills Baptist Church with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Lakewood Memorial Park. She was born 4/3/1935 in Louisville, MS to the late Percy Bryant Hathorn and Canzada Wade Triplett. She was little sister to Malissa Ann "Tut" Gordon. She graduated from Blue Mountain College and during her first year of teaching math at Bailey Jr. High met her forever soulmate, the history teacher, Jimmy Cotten. They married in 1958 and had two children, Joy and Bryant. Jane had a fulfilling career teaching math at Central, Bailey, Chastain, Woodland Hills and MS School for the Blind. She was active at Woodland Hills Baptist Church and The Jackson Garden Club. She was heartbroken over the loss of her beloved, Jimmy who died on November 22nd, less than two weeks ago. She is survived by her two children, Joy (Larry) Roessel and their son, Lawrence; Bryant and his daughters, Jane Alexander Cotten and Krista (Russell) Lea and their daughter, Addison; many nieces and nephews and good friends. The family would like to say special thanks to Pat Gordon (niece) and best friend, Sue Berry, and Merry Heart Sitting Service. Memorials may be made to Woodland Hills Baptist Church.
Joy (Larry) Roessel- daughter 133 Sherwood Trail, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Bryant Cotten-son 5465 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS 39211

 

JOHN WAYNE KING BMC CLASS OF 1976

Bro. John Wayne King, 75, native of Tippah County, retired Baptist Pastor and beloved husband of Gladys Thomas King for 52 years, passed away Thursday morning November 17, 2016 in Sevierville, TN. Services honoring the life of Bro. King will be at 2 PM Saturday, November 19 at Middleton First Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Waddle, Bro. Samuel Cox and Bro. Paul Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Falkner. The Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements Born May 29, 1941 in Luxora, AR, Wayne, as everyone knew him, was the son of the late John Franklin and Mamie Vandegriff King. Moving to Tippah County with his family, Wayne was a graduate of Center High School, served in the US Army and earned his Bachelor's Degree from Blue Mountain College. On February 21, 1964, Wayne married Gladys Ruth Thomas, a native of Union County. Bro. King pastored churches in Mississippi and Tennessee for over 32 years before his retirement. He loved traveling, especially in the mountains, and enjoyed time with his family cherishing the moments with his wife that he loved dearly, his girls and his grandchildren, getting into mischief with them. He will be remembered for his generous spirit and always wanting everyone to feel welcomed and loved. Visitation will continue today from 12 noon until service time at Middleton First Baptist Church. Those also left to honor his memory are his daughters, Missy Davis (Paul) of Meridian, Bobbie Cox (Sam) of Middleton and Sherie McDowell (Keith) of Falkner, a brother, Calvin King of Ripley, 6 grandchildren, Katie Davis, Sarah Cox Blair (Jacob), Jonathan McDowell, John Michael Davis, Joshua Cox , Cindy McDowell, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. The family request that memorials be directed to Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214.The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the King family at www.ripleyfuneralhome.com
(wife) Gladys Thomas King 102 Rose St Ext Middleton, TN 38052
(dau) Missy and Paul Davis-8014 Cook Road Meridian, MS 39305 (BMC Class of 1985)
(dau) Bobbie and Sam Cox-507 North Main Middleton, TN 38052 (BMC Class of 1989)
(dau) Sherie and Keith McDowell-6031 CR 200 Falkner, MS 38674 (BMC Class of 1992)
(bro) Calvin King -768 Cooper St Ripley, MS 38663
(granddau) Sarah and Jacob Cox 7385 Odom Way, Apt. 202 Cordova, TN 38018 (BMC Class of 2013)
(grandson) Joshua Cox-507 North Main, Middleton, TN 38052 (current BMC student)

 

Faye Vaughn Sanders BMC Class of 1942

After successfully completing her earthly work, Faye Vaughn Sanders, 94, went to be with her Lord on October 13, 2016. She was the widow of C. A. Sanders, to whom she was married for 50 years. The only child of William Ivor and Blanche Campbell Vaughn, Faye grew up in the Ecru community. Faye traveled by train to Seattle, Washington, to marry C. A. on April 2, 1943, who was on leave from the U. S. Navy. After the war ended, and C. A. surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, the couple moved to the Slayden Community in Marshall County, MS. There they were partnered with his cousin Simpson Hurdle and his wife Louise in the Hurdle & Sanders Clover Farm Store for the next 40 years. During this time, Faye also taught English at the Marshall County Agricultural High School which later became Slayden School. Faye was a loyal and "faithful daughter" of Blue Mountain College, where she graduated in 1942, and was honored as its Alumna of the year in 2004. She has also served BMC as Alumni President, a college trustee from 1996 to 2002, and served on the search committee for the seventh BMC president, Dr. Bettye Coward.

Faye has been a member of Slayden Baptist Church since 1946 and has faithfully taught Sunday school there for a number of years. She was recognized there in a special church-wide program for her years of dedication and work. A passionate supporter of missions, Faye held many positions in the Woman's Missionary Union, both on local and state levels. She was honored with a "Servant of the Year" plaque from the Marshall Baptist Association receiving this one-time award in 1997. She, along with three others, was instrumental in starting the LIFT ministry (Ladies in Fellowship Transition) in the Slayden area. This is an organization of white and black Christian women who meet monthly to worship and pray together, and from which developed a jail ministry to inmates.

We would not fail to mention her love and support of Marshall Academy in Holly Springs, where seven of her nine grandchildren graduated. We're sure she has personal stats on almost every game they played there! She was honored there with the same medals that were given to the players for various tournaments won.

This sweet lady "cut a wider path" than can be contained in a few words. She's been a mentor for so many. She leaves one daughter, Kitty King (Charles) of Slayden, three sons, Charlie Sanders (Diane) from Senatobia, Dick Sanders (Deborah) and Carl Sanders (Karen) both from Slayden; eleven grandchildren, Shelby Folk (Roger), Carrie Carpenter (Ryan), Jeffrey King (Rosie), Robin Cole (David), Adam Sanders (Tabatha), Kurt Sanders (Emily), John David Sanders (Sarah Jane), Justin Sanders (Dayna), Tyler Sanders (Erica), Tommy Schull (Jamie) and Sharme' Perucchini. 22 great grandchildren. To

God be the Glory.

Services will be held Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 11:00am at the Slayden Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Slayden Cemetery. A Visitation will be held at the church Friday from 5 - 8:30pm. a Second visitation will be held Saturday at the church from 10:00am until service time.

Memorials may be given to Slayden Baptist Church for the Missions, 2534 Hwy 72, Lamar, MS 39642, or to Blue Mountain College, PO Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS 38610, or to the donor's choice.

Holly Springs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Kitty (Charles) King (dau) 2998 Hwy 72 Holly Springs, MS 38635
Charlie (Diane) Sanders (son) 110 Keestone Dr Senatobia, MS 38668
Carl (Karen) Sanders (son) 104 Barry Rd Holly Springs, MS 38635
Dick (Deborah) Sanders (son) 3057 Hwy 72 Holly Springs, MS 38635

 

 


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