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



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



June Hope (Ward) Hudson, age 78, passed away peacefully on the evening of October 12, 2016 after a battle with Leukemia. She was surrounded by her family. A native of Portsmouth, VA, June also resided in Suffolk and Fairfax, and was a Poquoson resident for the last 37 years. She was a graduate of Churchland High School in Portsmouth, VA and earned her BA degree in Music from Blue Mountain University in Mississippi. June was a very talented musician, and she used that talent to bring joy to others. She taught piano to hundreds of students of all ages over a 45 year span, and she willingly served the Lord by being the pianist for several churches she attended. These included Jackson Memorial Baptist Church and Emmaus Baptist Church, where she was currently a member. June also served on various church committees and taught Sunday school. Known as "June Bug" to most of her friends, she enjoyed being around others and she treasured her special times with her family and friends. She had a way of touching every heart around her and she always had a way of lighting up the room with her smile. June was preceded in death by her parents, Eunice and Charlie Ward, and her brother Charlie Ward, Jr. She is survived by her best friend and loving husband of 56 years, C. Wayne Hudson; her three children, Melody, Morris and Keith Hudson; her grandchildren, Christina Morgan, Timothy Morgan and wife Kristina, Nicholas Hudson, Gabriel Hudson, Stephanie Rodriguez and husband Josh; and four great grandchildren, Alexas, Annabell, Amira and Paxton. The family will receive friends at the Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. There will be a celebration of life service at Emmaus Baptist Church in Poquoson on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a private inurnment. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Emmaus Baptist Church Building fund.

C Wayne Hudson (husband) 5 Rue Degrasse, Poquoson, VA 23662



 Alene Johnson Dabbs Obituary BMC Class of 1944

Mrs. Alene Johnson Dabs was born June 16, 1922, to John H. Johnson and Eva Sexton Johnson in Tippah County, Mississippi. She departed this life on October 9, 2016.
Mrs. Dabbs graduated from Chalybeate High School. She was always an outstanding student. During her senior year in High School, she received the DAR Award, which recognized scholarship, character, service and leadership. She graduated from Blue Mountain College with degrees in Bible and English. During her summers while in college, she worked on the staff at the Baptist Assembly in Ridgecrest, North Carolina the native state of her father.
After graduation from college, she taught 8th grade for one year. She accepted a position with the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board Training Department. She taught Study Courses and Bible Schools all over the state of Mississippi. Later, she was employed by the Mississippi State Welfare Department. She returned to graduate school at Louisiana State University and earned a Masters Degree in Social Welfare. Her next years were spent working with families and children in foster care as well as adoptive homes. She worked with handicapped children in a medical setting.
In 1970, she married David Prude Dabbs, who was a sanitation supervisor for the Mississippi Department of Health. He assisted her in evaluating foster and adoptive homes. One of her fondest memories was of sitting in the white swing on the Dabbs home porch in Shannon, listening to Dr. R. G. Dabbs tell story after story of how he ministered to the medical needs of families in Lee County. During his practice times, the medical facilities were limited to one small hospital in Tupelo.
Mrs. Dabbs attended seven Baptist Churches during her lifetime. She was active in all phases of church work. She taught Sunday School (children as well as adults), was active in Women's Missionary Union, and was an active participant in Vacation Bible School. She was in charge of "Mission Emphasis" at Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church Shannon when she was nearing 80 years of age. She and her husband contributed greatly to the D. P. Dabbs Family Life Center at the First Baptist Church of Shannon. She was a member of Bissell Baptist Church.
Mrs. Dabbs was active in Shannon Woman's Club. She served as president of the Tupelo Pilot Club. In 1972 - 1973, she was recognized by Who's Who in America for her work with children.
Her greatest joy and fondest memory was the smiles of many children she helped. She loved the Lord, her family, and people less fortunate than herself. She found many ways to help people in need. She loved animals and pets. When she lived in Shannon, she had several pet dogs. She was a supporter of the Humane Society.

She loved politics, being active and informed in all elections. She enjoyed her travels to the Holy Land and Greece and particularly loved taking Communion at the Tomb in the Holy Land.
She spent the last part of her retirement years at Traceway Manor, where she participated in all daily activities, such as Bible study and worship. She loved everyone there and all the staff who cared for her so well.
She is survived by her two brothers, John C. Johnson (Hortense) of West Point, Walter Johnson of New Albany; niece, Jan Johnson Provenza of New Albany; nephew, John Johnson (Susan) of Shannon; three great nephews, Morgan Johnson (Kellie) of Shannon, Jake Johnson (Katy) of Memphis, Tennessee and Troy Neal Johnson of Shannon; and special friends, Colita and Sonny Corder of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David P. Dabbs; parents, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Johnson; and brother, James Ray Johnson.
Services will be held Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at W. E. Pegues with Rev. Mark Cayson and Bro. Roger Smith officiating. A graveside service will be at the Shannon Cemetery on the Dabbs family plot.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday October 11, 2016, at W. E. Pegues, Tupelo.

John (Hortense) Johnson (brother) 817 David St West Point, MS 39773
Walter Johnson (brother) 501 Hillcrest Drive New Albany, MS 38652



 Deborah Smith (Chapman, Leach) Gullick BMC Class of 1979

Deborah Smith Gullick, 62, a well-known resident of Blue Mountain, Mississippi, and an active teacher in the surrounding communities for many years, passed peacefully at her residence surrounded by her loved ones on October 9, 2016. Deborah was born on June 27, 1954, the beloved daughter of the late Harold Anderson and Ollie Gaillard Smith. She was a graduate of Pine Grove High School and received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Blue Mountain College. Deborah worked as a teacher for over thirty years. She taught at Falkner, Pine Grove, and recently retired from Ashland Middle School where she taught twenty years. She was an active member of Mississippi Association of Educators and also attended the Chapman Church of Christ.
She was active in preserving older homes, enjoyed antique shopping, and singing; however, her true joy was spending time with her family. Deborah will be remembered for many things; her unselfish and unwavering love for her family, her ability to spread laughter to those around her, and finally, her devout courage and bravery while battling terminal illness.
Services will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, October 12, 2016, in McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley, MS., with Dr. Patrick Chapman and Minister Mark Lindley officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Mountain Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 11, 2016, from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Wednesday, October 12, 2016, from 7:00 A.M. until service time at McBride Funeral Home.
Deborah is survived by Jimmie Gullick; her three children and their spouses, Brian Chapman (Melissa); Stephanie Chapman McAlister (Brad); Bowen Chapman (Amy), all of Ripley; five grandchildren, Mason McAlister, MiKayla Chapman, Parker McAlister, Klancie Chapman and Wicky Chapman; her siblings, Greg Smith of Ripley, Patricia Crews of New Albany and Johnny Smith of Ripley; her nieces and nephews; her family and friends.
Preceding were her former husband, James David Leach; her parents, two brothers, Jerry and Jackie Smith.
Pallbearers will be Tracy Spears, Benny Jackson, Sam Gullick, Jock Smith, Jeff Crews, Roger McAlister, Dalton Beard, Eric McAlister.
Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Smith and Brandon Smith.

Jimmie Gullick (husband) 604 West Main, Blue Mountain, MS 38610
Brian (Melissa) Chapman 3781 CR 615 Ripley, MS 38663
Stephanie (Brad) McAlister 101 Wildwood Drive Ripley, MS 38663
Bowen (Amy) Chapman 3731 CR 615 Ripley, MS 38663
Greg Smith (brother) 206 East Bankhead New Albany, MS 38652
Pat Crews (sister) 1010 CR 3625 New Albany, MS 38652 (BMC alum)



Joan Prosch Marston BMC Class of 1949

Joan Prosch Marston of Wilmington, NC passed away at Bradley Creek Health Center at Carolina Bay on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Born in Birmingham, Alabama on May 6, 1929, she was the daughter of Gus Joseph Prosch and Irene Grace Prosch. Joan grew up in Birmingham, attended Birmingham Southern College and later graduated from Blue Mountain Women's College in Mississippi. The summer before graduation, she attended summer school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she met Richard Henry Marston, Jr. Richard had recently returned to Chapel Hill to finish his degree after serving in the Navy in the South Pacific during WW ll. After their respective graduations, Joan and Richard married in June 1949 and moved to Wilmington where Richard was employed by the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company. Joan was married to Richard for 67 years and resided in Wilmington for the remainder of her life. While raising their four children, she was involved in various church and civic activities. However her focus always remained on her family and her faith in God. Joan was predeceased by her husband, Richard Marston, Jr. She is survived by her children, Katrina Marston Morton (Robert), Richard Henry Marston III, Julie Marston Garrison (Michael), and Michael Randolph Marston. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Robert Glenn Morton (Erica), Kathryn Morton Hardin (James), Jamie Marston Bass (Brad), Karen Grace Garrison, David Michael Garrison, Wesley Stephen Garrison (Ashley), Russell Eugene Garrison and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Polly Prosch Walton of Birmingham, Alabama, a sister-in-law Hilda Marston Langley of Frederick, Maryland and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Wednesday evening, September 28, 2016, from 6:00 pm until 8:00pm at Andrews Mortuary on Market Street. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 29, 2016, at Oleander Memorial Gardens Chapel with Reverend David Robinette officiating. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Administration and Caregivers at Bradley Creek for their kindness to our Mother during her stay. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to Bible Baptist Church, 5420 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC. Condolences can be made to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com. Andrews Market Chapel Service
Sister-Polly Prosch Walton 1218 Riverhaven Drive Birmingham, AL 35216
Daughter-Katrina and Robert Morton 608 Lumina Ave S Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Son-Richard H Marston III 6442 Quail Run Road Wilmington, NC 28409
Son-Michael R Marston 312 VFW Rd # Lot 3B Swansboro, NC 28584





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