Jean Sproles Hamilton BMC Class of 1951

Monroe - Jean Sproles Hamilton was born in Ruston, Louisiana March 28, 1930. At
a young age she moved with her parents to Delhi, Louisiana. She remained in
Delhi until graduation from high school when she entered Blue Mountain College
in north Mississippi. The motto for Blue Mountain was "Enter to learn,
depart to serve" which was very fitting for the life of Jean.

Jean was a piano music major graduate from Blue Mountain College in May of 1951
and in August of that same year she married Dr. Doyle R. Hamilton, Jr. They
began their married life in Belzoni, Mississippi and eventually came to live in
Monroe in 1952.

Gigi, as she was known to all who knew her, always said her daddy taught her
"to love myself and other people, and to laugh at myself and with other
people." She did indeed love to laugh! She was a joy to be around. Jean
was a strong woman of faith and loved the Lord.

Gigi loved traveling with Doc and dressing him to match her outfit!!! Anyone
who knew her knows she had a love for jewelry and shopping! They spent many
years traveling all over the world. She was a "cheerleader" for all
the things Doc was involved in throughout their marriage and for her children
and grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Gigi was a member of Junior League of Monroe, Monroe Garden Club, Zeta Tau
Alpha (honorary initiate), Monroe Symphony, Masur Museum, Parkview Baptist
Church, Covenant Presbyterian Church and P.E.O. Chapter AZ. She loved playing
bridge and hosting parties for anything! She was also Delhi Livestock Show
Queen. She always made us put our hands over our hearts when we would pass by

The most important thing in Jean's life was being a wife, mom, grandmother and
great-grandmother. She loved to celebrate ANYTHING.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Henry Franklin Sproles and Eva
Slayton Sproles, her husband Dr. Doyle R. Hamilton, her daughter Debbie
Hamilton Pope and her grandson Justin Keith Christ.

She is survived by her children Brenda Hamilton Bonin and husband Keith of
Monroe, and Dr. Doyle R. Hamilton, III (Trey) and wife Salley, of Marietta,
Georgia; grandchildren, Holly Campbell and husband Brian of Monroe, Lindsey
Braddock and husband Brett of Monroe, Dr. Amy Christ of Monroe, Henry Bonin and
wife Dr. Beth Piazza-Bonin of Denver, CO, Becky Flemister and husband Tyler of
Monroe, and Erin Marx and husband Josh of Decatur, GA; great-grandchildren,
Will Campbell, Stella Braddock, Thomas Campbell, Tarver Braddock, Sophia Bonin,
Eva Christ, Jackson Christ, Madelyn Flemister, and Molly Flemister.

The family wishes to extend grateful appreciation to Shannon Newton and St.
Joseph Hospice, Americare, especially Brittney Burnett, Jeanett Greenwood,
RoShonda Daniel, Irene Cureington and Jennifer Goodson. They were all so loving
in their care of our Gigi.

Visitation will be at the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home Chapel 10-11 am
Saturday, November 3, 2018. A private family burial will be held following.

Memorials can be made to the Doyle R. Hamilton scholarship fund at the
Louisiana Baptist Children's Home, 7200 Desiard, Monroe, LA 71203 or a charity of your choice in memory of Gigi.

Thank you, God, for the gift of Gigi. "May the Lord watch between me and
thee when we are absent one from the other" Genesis 31:49

Brenda (Keith) Bonin (daughter) 215 Country Club Dr. Monroe, LA 71201
Dr. Doyle (Salley).
Hamilton, III (son) 1834 Jackson Creek Dr. #BL, Marietta, GA 30068


Marie McAlpin BMC

Class of 1970/Trustee
Brandon, MS - Frances Marie Cox McAlpin, 70, passed away
Sat. Oct. 27, 2018 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, MS. Visitation will be
held on Tues. Oct. 30, 2018 from 10am-11:45pm at First Baptist Church Brandon,
MS West Campus. Funeral Services will be at 12pm on Tues. Oct. 30, 2018 at First
Baptist Church Brandon, MS West Campus. Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon,
MS is handling arrangements.

Ms. McAlpin is survived by her two sons, Nathan McAlpin and Justin McAlpin
(Amanda); two grandchildren, Claire and Jax McAlpin and a brother, Warren Cox
(Ann). She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry McAlpin; parents, Retus
and Abbie Cox and a brother, Dan Holland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Brandon,
MS Kitchen Ministry or Student Ministry Scholarship.
Nathan McAlpin (son) 275 Hebron Hill Dr. Brandon, MS
Justin (Amanda) McAlpin (son) 2628 Allerton Cir SW
Decatur, AL 35603
Warren (Ann) Cox (brother) too many possible addresses

Martha Brown McKnight BMC Class of 1947

Martha Brown McKnight, 93, of Evans, passed away on October 13, 2018 in Evans, Georgia. A private memorial service will be held at Brandon Wilde in Evans on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 2:00 PM with Chaplain Mike Riddle officiating. A graveside service will be held in Louisville, KY at a later date. Martha was born in Louisville, KY to Herbert and Wanda Brown on July 28, 1925. She graduated from Blue Mountain College, and earned a master's in education from the University of Louisville. Her professional teaching career spanned more than 40 years at locations in Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Kentucky and American Samoa. She retired from the faculty of the University of Louisville in 1988 where she was highly regarded in the area of early childhood education. Martha moved to Brandon Wilde in Evans, GA in 1998. She embraced her time at Brandon Wilde and served in a variety of leadership positions over the 20 years she lived there. Martha was a member of First Baptist Church of Augusta. Following retirement, she continued to teach Sunday school and English as a second language at First Baptist, and taught bible study at Brandon Wilde. Martha was predeceased by her husband of over 46 years, Robert L. McKnight, Jr. and her son, Robert L. McKnight, III. She is survived by her daughter, Carole McKnight Hanes (Philip), and her granddaughter, Sarah M. Hanes. Martha was a beloved sister-in-law, aunt and great aunt to family members in KY, IN and FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Augusta, English as a Second Language program. 3500 Walton Way Extension, Augusta, GA 30909. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Brandon Wilde and Windsor House for their care and support during Martha's 20 years of residence.
Carole (Philip) Hanes (daughter) 3512 Granite Way, Augusta, GA 30907


Camille Fulton BMC Class of 1946

Mrs. Camille Holman Fulton, 94, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018, at her home in Louisville.
Camille was born June 25, 1924, in Noxapater, MS. She was a graduate of Louisville High School, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Blue Mountain College. She taught junior high school for many years, and was a member of First Baptist Church. She was the last surviving founder of the Nanih Waiya chapter of the DAR. She was preceded in death by her parents, Josie Worthy and William Bruce Holman, Sr; and her brother, William Bruce Holman, Jr.
She is survived by her daughter, Maryjo Pride of Madison, MS; a son, Glen Jeff Fulton, Jr. of Louisville; and two grandchildren, Claire Pride and Aimee Pride.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Blue Mountain College, P. O. Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS, 38610.
Marijo Pride (daughter) 129 Trace Cove Drive, Madison, MS 39110
Glen Fulton, Jr (son) 242 Metts St, Louisville, MS 39339


Golda Stubblefield BMC Class of 1935

Jackson - The funeral service for Golda Thompson Stubblefield, age 103, will be
held on Monday August 27, 2018 at 2:00pm at First Baptist Church Jackson
following her interment in a family ceremony at Lakewood Memorial Park.
Visitation will be 12:00pm - 2:00pm Monday. She passed from this world to her
eternal reward in the early morning hours of August 25, 2018. Golda was born in
Prentiss, Mississippi on February 11, 1915 the child of Claudius Earl Thompson
and Pearl Walden Thompson. She had one sister, Nettie Earl Garvey, who died in
her 40's following surgery for a broken hip.

At age 21 Golda had graduated from Blue Mountain College and married Charlie
Dale who was also from Prentiss. Charlie had recently had appendicitis and,
about six weeks after they married, infection returned and antibiotics were not
available in that era so six weeks later she was widowed.

Golda subsequently went to business school in New Orleans and moved to Jackson
where she met, fell in love with and married Graves Crawley Stubblefield.
Together they had four sons and shared a faith filled life until Crawley's
death in 1978.

Stephen Robert Stubblefield, their third son was intellectually handicapped and
preceded Golda in death at the age of 56. She is survived by sons: Dr. Graves
Crawley Stubblefield, Jr. (Judy) of Jackson, Dr. Earl Thompson Stubblefield
(Ann) of Madison, and Alfred Gary Stubblefield (Mary Lee) of Pensacola, Florida
eleven grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

Golda's life was totally consumed by her amazing faith and Christian witness
both verbally and through her actions. She taught Sunday school and Bible
studies at First Baptist Jackson for over fifty years. Both she and Crawley
were involved in the church and with organizations to help intellectually handicapped
children and adults. After Crawley's retirement they spent several summers
working with small Baptist churches in Montana and, with Steve along, traveled
much of the country towing their travel trailer.

At the age of 76, Golda decided it would be less traumatic for Steve if he was
already situated in the best possible environment where he could socialize and
be safe and loved in the event her health should take an adverse turn. She
moved him to the Mustard Seed where he thrived for fourteen years until he
became ill.

When it was determined that Steve had a malignant bone marrow disease with a
life expectancy of nine months, Golda, at age 90, promptly got in her car
picked Steve up and moved him back home. At home with her he was treated like
royalty until he went to join his earthly and heavenly fathers nine months

A great testimony to her faith was that, even as her memory slipped away, she
continued to be able to recite long scripture passages when someone provided
the first few words for her. On her birthday at age 102 after reciting
Philippians 4:4-7 from memory, she pointed to her head and said: "I didn't
know that was stored up there".

Memorial gifts may be made to The Mustard Seed, 1085 Luckney Road, Brandon, MS
39047-8786 or to Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, First Baptist Church of
Jackson, P.O. Box 250, Jackson, MS 39205-0250.
Dr. Graves
(Judy) Stubblefield, Jr (son) 1804 Piedmont St, Jackson, MS 39202
Dr. Earl
(Ann) Stubblefield (son) 550 Lake Cavalier Rd, Madison, MS 39110
Alfred (Mary
Lee) Stubblefield (son) 4691 Bohemia Pl, Pensacola, FL 32504


Jean McCarthy Kittrell BMC Class of 1947

Kittrell, E. Jean Jeannie (nee McCarty) died peacefully on August 14, 2018 at the age of 91. Hospice was of great benefit to her and her loved ones. She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and studied music theory at Blue Mountain College. She married Ed Kittrell and became the proud mother of Rebecca (deceased) and loving daughter Camille and son-in-law Tom Bryant.
In the 60's Jean and Ed formed their first band, toured Germany and the Netherlands to great success, all while earning her Master’s Degree in Philosophy. She continued her studies at SIUE, then received her Ph.D. from SIUE in British Literature, where she served as Professor and Chair in the English Department for many years. So, Professor by day, and Jazzy Jeannie by night! Playing piano and singing red-hot Dixie and Blues in her signature fringe dresses! She formed, led, and managed 3 bands and played Europe, Japan, and numerous US Jazz Festivals. Most weekends were spent aboard the Robert E. Lee on the Landing. She retired in 2008. Jeannie: a wonderful Mother, Professor, Entertainer and Friend! Memorials appreciated to SIUE Foundation, Jean Kittrell Archives & Scholarship.
Camille (Tom) Bryant (daughter) too many possibilities


Lynda Walker BMC Class of 1979*

Lynda Carol Walker was born Lynda Carol Moore on May 6, 1960 in Memphis Tennessee. She was affectionately nicknamed “Lou Lou” by her father. She was raised in and spent most of her life in Memphis. She was a graduate of White Station High School of Memphis. She attended Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and The University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. Lynda gave her heart to Jesus and was saved at a young age. She was baptized at Cherokee Baptist Church in Memphis. Lynda loved going to church and she loved singing. but she loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ first and foremost. Lynda worked in office management most of her life. Lynda was a great gardener. She was most fond of roses and loved growing them.
. Lynda moved to Sarasota Florida a few years ago and lived with her son Daniel. They had a house on a lake and she loved the serenity and the peacefulness of sitting on the back porch in the afternoons. Lynda is survived by her parents, Jerry and Zana Moore of Abbeville, Mississippi; a son, Samuel Young and his wife Laura, her grandson Paul and a soon to be granddaughter, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; a son, Daniel Young of Sarasota, Florida; a sister, Melanie Murry and her husband Lee of New Albany, Mississippi and a brother, Jay Moore and his wife Kristi of Oxford, Mississippi. She also is survived by a whole host of aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Lynda succumbed to a very short battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away on July 17, 2018 in Sarasota, Florida. She was surrounded by the love of her closest family members. Lynda chose to be cremated. She also wished that any memorial service not be filled with sorrow and tears. Thus, the family is holding a Celebration of Life at New Prospect Baptist Church in Oxford, Mississippi at 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

Jerry and Zana Moore (parents) 217 CR 108 Abbeville, MS 38601

Samuel (Laura) Young 10660 Toulon Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45240

Daniel Young (son) 1221 Magellan Dr., Sarasota, FL 34243

Melanie (Lee) Murry (sister) no address found

Jay (Kristi) Moore (brother) 743 Hwy 30 East, Oxford, MS 38655



Nadine Smith BMC Class of 1952*

Louisville - Mrs. Nadine Capwell Smith, 85, died Sunday, July 22, at her daughter's home in Columbus, Mississippi. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, July 27th, at First Baptist Church in Louisville. Visitation will be Friday at the church from 12:00 noon until service time. Interment will be in Pittsboro Cemetery in Pittsboro, MS. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born at home in Pittsboro, Mississippi, to Glen Allen Dorsey Capwell and Alice Riddle Capwell, the second of four sisters. She got a teacher's degree from Blue Mountain College, and taught first at Bruce and later in Louisville for many years. She married the late Sam Ellard Smith, Sr., of Pittsboro, in 1956. Mrs. Smith leaves four children: Bridget Smith Pieschel (Steve), Sam Ellard Smith, Jr. (Kate), and Susan Smith McAdory (Jim). She also leaves nine grandchildren, Nicholas John Pieschel, Laura Pieschel Rose, William Dorsey Pieschel (Saki), Alexander Smith Pieschel, Alice Pauline Pieschel, Cortney Marie McAdory, Margaret Capwell Smith, Mary Eleanor Smith, and Samuel Steinriede Smith. Finally, she is survived by four great-grandchildren: Thomas Carter Rose, Eliza Katherine Pieschel, Toma Jimbo Pieschel, and Oliver John Pieschel. She also is survived by two sisters: Patricia Capwell Cannon, and Hazel Christine Russell, plus a host of nieces, nephews and friends who loved her and who will miss her.

She was a gifted and influential teacher. Many, many of them have recently contacted her children saying "Your mother saved my life," "Your mother made me love school." "Your mother never had a favorite child. She loved everybody, and she believed everyone could learn." She was good. She was kind. She made differences in lives. As described by poet Paula Fox, she was that teacher who "when asked which subjects she liked to teach,/She answered this way and smiled.../It's not the subjects that matter.../it's all about teaching the CHILD."

Memorials may be made to Winston Academy or First Baptist Church or The MIND Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center,
Bridget (Steve) Pieschel (daughter) 1413 College St, Columbus, MS 39701
Sam (Kate) Smith, Jr (son) 511 Carlisle Circle, Madison, MS 39100
Susan (Jim) McAdory (daughter) 925 E John Stennis Dr Louisville, MS 39339
Patricia Cannon (sister) unable to locate
Hazel Russell (sister) unable to locate



Betty Butler Stringer BMC Class of 1953

Mrs. Betty Butler Stringer, 87, passed away on July 15, 2018, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. Mrs. Betty was born June 16, 1931, in Starkville, the daughter of the late Oscar Hartford and Sadie Eugenia Hammond Butler. Mrs. Betty was Valedictorian of her graduating class at Brooksville High School in 1949, where she was a star athlete in basketball and track. During her high school years she played the piano for worship services at her church. After high school, she attended Blue Mountain College where she graduated with honors. Mrs. Betty graduated from the Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. She married Henry Kirvin Stringer on August 21, 1965, in Grand Island, Nebraska, and he passed away May 24, 2015. Both she and Henry spent their married life traveling on the mission field spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While on the mission field, Betty was an elementary school teacher. After retiring back to Starkville, Betty was a member of First Baptist Church in Starkville, but attended Adaton Baptist Church near their home. In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by her 2 Sisters: Sarah VonKanel and Ruth Yeates and 3 Brothers: Eugene, John, and Al Butler. Memorial services will be Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. at Adaton Baptist Church in Starkville with Reverend Clifton Curtis officiating and assisted by Reverend Tom Daniel. Burial will follow in Delhi Cemetery in Delhi, Oklahoma. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. Survivors include Her Two Step-Daughters, Kay Watson (Skip) of Denver, CO and Susan Heinrichs (Bob) of Austin, TX; Two Sisters-in-Law: Joan Taylor (Clay) of Starkville and Selma Woodring of Baton Rouge, LA; Her Niece and Caregiver over the last several years: Charlotte Simmons Aultman of Starkville and a host of other Nieces and Nephews and Great Neices and Great Nephews. Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 661, West Point, MS 39773. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:30 – 3:00 P.M. at Adaton Baptist Church in Starkville.
Kay (Skip) Watson (stepdaughter) 1801 California St Ste 500, Denver, CO 80202
Susan (Bob) Heinrichs (stepdaughter) 4301 Rum Runner Rd Austin, TX 78734
Charlotte Aultman (niece/caregiver) 26 Yeates St #EX Starkville, MS 39759



Jane Evans Young BMC Class of 1948

Jane Edna Evans Young, 89, died Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, 300 yards from her place of birth on September 7, 1928, to Elmar and Pearl Williams Evans. She was a charter member and seed family of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, AL., and Lawndale Presbyterian Church in Tupelo, and was a current member of New Albany Presbyterian Church. She graduated from Tupelo High School and attended Blue Mountain College, with further studies at the University of Alabama. She was a retired partner in Sunflower Cleaners.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at the New Albany Presbyterian Church with Rev. William Everett and Bro. David Smith officiating. Burial will be in New Albany City Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years: William L. 'Bill' Young; her children: SuAnne Thornton Young and Louis Young (Kathy); grandchildren: Bonnie Kicker (Sam), Kari Chandler (Jason), Chase Young, and Janie Young; great-grandchildren: Brennan Kicker, Josie Kicker, and Paisley Chandler; sister: Betty Evans Wilbanks; and various nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Marlin Evans and Horace Evans; and her first husband: Leon Thornton.

Pallbearers will be Carl Patterson, Curt Hayes, Eddy Prescott, Joe Fennell, Chase Young, Brennan Kicker, Delmer Watson, and Larry Treadaway.

Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at New Albany Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Bill Young (husband) 608 Cleveland St, New Albany, MS 38652
SuAnne T Young (daughter) no address found
Louis (Kathy) Young (son) 606 Bay St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Betty Wilbanks (sister) too many possibilities



Claudie Pettigrew BMC Class of 1948

Claudie Loftiss Pettigrew died peacefully on June 15, 2018. Claudie is survived by her only sister, Nancy Williams, niece, Christy Meyer (husband, Richard Meyer), and Christy's son, Zachary Kurek. Claudie was born July 23, 1928 to Orie and Ochal Lofitss of Cordell, Oklahoma. Claudie lived in Cordell until graduating from high school and then attended Blue Mountain College in Mississippi. After two years at Blue Mountain she wanted to concentrate on Theater and transferred to the University of Iowa and completed her B.A. She later earned her Masters of Library Science at the University of Texas.
Claudie's professional highlights include serving the Department of the Army in Germany as a librarian in for 8 years from the mid 60's to early 70's. Upon returning stateside she became the Head Librarian for the Amarillo Texas Public Library for several years before returning to her beloved city of Houston. She finished her career as the Library Director in Friendswood, Texas where she retired after many years of service.
Claudie had a passion for the theater and was active in amateur theater groups wherever she lived. She loved acting as well as directing. Literature and the arts were a very important part of her life. During her time overseas, Claudie traveled all over Europe and regaled the family with tales of her adventures when she came to visit. Claudie was also extremely in involved in local and national politics campaigning diligently for her candidates and political change. She was an active member of AAUW and Northwest Democrats for many years. Above all Claudie had a special place in her heart for animals and rescued many throughout her lifetime.
The family would like to thank the staff of NE Baptist Hospital, with special thanks to Dr. Khawer Khadimally who oversaw her care from the time she entered the E.R. until her passing at Parklane West. We would also like to thank the staff at Parklane West and all of the staff at Compass Hospice who were there to comfort and care for Claudie during the last months of her life.
There will be a celebration of Claudie's life for immediate family only.
Anyone wishing to make donations in memory of Claudie, please make them to:
Animal Defense League of Texas 11300 Nacogdoches Rd. San Antonio, TX 78217
Nancy Williams (sister) too many possibilities



Marie Gary Yates BMC Class of 1940

Eupora - Mrs. Marie Gary Yates, 98, piano teacher, died 6/16/18 at her residence in Eupora, MS. Funeral Services will be 2:00PM Tuesday 6/19/18 at Eupora First Baptist Church with burial in Eupora City Cemetery. Visitation will be 1:00PM until time of services at 2:00PM Tuesday at the Eupora First Baptist Church.
She attended Blue Mountain College where she was President of the Student Body and graduated in1940.
Marie is survived by a daughter; Rebecca "Becky" Yates, Jackson, MS. and a son; William H. "Bill" (Joyce) Yates Jr., Eupora, MS., three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all arrangements.

Rebecca Yates (daughter) 16 Eastbrooke St Jackson, MS 39216
William (Joyce) Yates, Jr. (son) 343 W Fox Ave Eupora, MS 39744

Totsy Fuller James BMC Class of 1957

Totsy Wall Fuller James passed away peacefully in her home in Columbia, Mississippi on June 14, 2018. She was born on October 28, 1935 to James Franklin Wall and Lovie Cagle Wall in Blue Mountain, Mississippi. Visitation will be at First Baptist Church on Sunday, June 17 in Starkville at 2:00 PM with service immediately following at 3:00 PM. A family burial service will follow at Memorial Gardens. Pastors Chip Stevens and Clifton Curtis will officiate.
She spent her childhood in Blue Mountain Mississippi, graduating from Blue Mountain High School and continuing her education at Blue Mountain College. She received her B.S degree in Education and devoted her life to teaching, first at New Albany schools and then at Starkville Public Schools until her retirement in 1990.
While growing up in Blue Mountain, she met Joseph Franklin Fuller and he became her childhood sweetheart. They married on December 23, 1955 and they enjoyed 16 years of marriage prior to his death in 1972 after a lengthy illness. Together they had three children. They moved to Starkville in 1967 where he was employed with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and she devoted her time to caring for her children until his death. She then started her career at Armstrong Middle School, first as an English teacher and then starting the first gifted education program in the district. She was a member of First Baptist Church with a love for volunteering in the church nursery. She moved to Columbia in the fall of 2017 to be close to her daughter. She was always ready to share a story about her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed life to the fullest and left a legacy of bringing smiles to her family and friends with many lasting stories.
Totsy Fuller James is preceded in death by her first husband, Joe F. Fuller, second husband Billy James, her parents, James Franklin Wall and Lovie Cagle Wall, and one sister, Frances Wall Childs. She is survived by two sons, Dr. Marty J. Fuller (Lisa), Greg H. Fuller (Sheri), both of Starkville, one daughter, Rene' F. Dungan (Jeff) of Columbia, grandchildren Brad Fuller(Sara) and Drew Fuller, Will Fuller and Rachel Fuller Shamoun (James), Forrest Dungan (Abbie) Parker Dungan and three great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank caregiver Carla Miller of Starkville. While in Columbia for the past several months, she found a new friend in her caregiver, Phylesia Ates.
Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons Brad Fuller, Drew Fuller, Will Fuller, Forrest Dungan, Parker Dungan and nephews Heath Childs and Todd Childs.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to the Mississippi State University Foundation Joe and Totsy Fuller Memorial Scholarship Fund, Palmer Home for Children or a charity of your choice.
You can go online and leave the family a condolence at:
Marty (Lisa) Fuller (son) 828 W Briar Lake Dr Starkville, MS 39759
Greg (Sheri) Fuller (son) 25 Lottie Lane Starkville, MS 39759
Rene’ (Jeff) Dungan (daughter) 1415 Broad St Columbia, MS 39429


Charles Rodgers BMC Class of 1977

Charles Allen Rodgers, 70, died Monday, June 4, 2018, at his home at Cotton Plant. He was born August 10, 1947, to the late Rev. Ben Rodgers and Mrs. Ruby Wood Rodgers.

Charles was a member of FBC New Albany. He was also a Baptist minister having served as Pastor of Amaziah Baptist Church in Union County, Algoma Baptist Church in Pontotoc County, Bel Aire Baptist Church in Gulfport, Mississippi, and East Philadelphia Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He served as Associate Pastor at Grace Memorial Baptist Church in Gulfport, Mississippi, First Baptist Church of McComb, Mississippi, and Leawood Baptist Church of Memphis, Tennessee. He served as Director of Missions for the Jackson County Baptist Association in Pascagoula, Mississippi and had recently retired as Director of Missions for the Union County Baptist Association in New Albany, Mississippi. He spent time serving as interim pastor at several local churches, as well. Charles was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Charles had a great love for his family, as well as for his churches and fellow pastors. He loved Southern Gospel music and was a member of the Master's Quartet early on in his ministry. Over the years, he had continued to sing with family members, most notably his wife, Debra, and daughter, Aimee.

Visitation will be Friday, June 8, 2018 from 4-6 pm at United Funeral Service with the funeral service at 6 pm. Brother-in-law, Rev. Dennis Smithey, will officiate.

Charles is survived by his wife, Debra Cousar Rodgers; his son, Bradley Allen Rodgers (Christina); and daughter, Aimee Rodgers Bogitsh (Josh); sisters: Frances Byrd (Bob), Marie Pilcher (Johnny), Pat Wilhite (Wayne); his brother, Hal Rodgers (Martha); four grandchildren: Isabella Rodgers, Elle Bogitsh, Brody Rodgers, and Tyler Bogitsh.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Ben Rodgers; his mother, Ruby Woods Rodgers; and his brothers: Bobby Rodgers and Hugh Thomas Rodgers.

In honor of his service to our great nation, United Funeral Service will fly the United States Air Force flag for the duration of his services.
Debbie Rodgers(wife) 1722 CR 81 Blue Mountain, MS 38610
Bradley (Christine) Rodgers (son)
Amie (Josh) Bogitsh (daughter) 2400 Lisa Lane Columbia, TN 38401
Frances (Bob) Byrd (sister)
Marie (Johnny) Pilcher (sister) 1126 CR 117 New Albany, MS 38652
Pat (Wayne) Wilhite (sister) 1633 Hwy 9 N Baldwyn, MS 38824
Hal (Martha) Rodgers (brother)



Ruth Hines Cook BMC Class of 1949

Ruth Hines Cook, 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

Ruth was born on August 21, 1927, to Frank Leslie Hines and Ammie Daniel Hines of the Hopewell Community in northern Benton County, MS. On August 23, 1953, she married the love of her life, M. H. (Haywood) Cook. They established their home in Ripley and were the parents of three children, David H. Cook (Linda) of Ripley, Karen Cook Sterchi (Charlie) of Knoxville, TN, and Barry H. Cook of Ripley.

Ruth was a genuinely compassionate southern lady who was a devoted long-time member of Ripley Presbyterian Church. She retired after a 34-year teaching career, with the last 25 years as a 3rd grade teacher in Ripley. Generations of young people are better because she was a part of their lives and education.

She was predeceased by four siblings, H.D. (Dan) Hines, Alva Powell, Earlyne Burton, and identical twin Edith Martin.

Additional survivors are her brother: Curtis W. Hines; four grandchildren: Jenny Cook Thompson (Justin), Anna Cook Luster (Justin), Emily Sterchi (Vince Price), and Charlie Sterchi IV. Her cherished great-grandchildren are Anderson and Eden Thompson and Ann Hines Luster.

Visitation will be held at Ripley Presbyterian Church from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Friday June 1, 2018 and Saturday morning from 7:00 AM until time of service at the church.

A celebration of Ruth's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday June 2, 2018 at Ripley Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to Ripley Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 556, Ripley, MS 38663; Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 2309 Saulsbury Rd, Walnut, MS 38683; Blue Mountain College, P.O. Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS 38610.
David (Linda) Cook (son)12331 W 4th St Ripley, MS 38663
Karen (Charlie) Sterchi (daughter) 4042 Alta Vista Way SW Knoxville, TN 37919
Barry Cook (son) 646 E Walnut St Ripley, MS 38663
Curtis W Hines (brother) 3017 Saulsbury Rd Walnut, MS 38683



Angela Branyan Craig BMC Class of 1949

Angela Branyan Craig, 88, of Memphis TN was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on May 29, 2018 with her family by her side. She was born in Memphis on January 11, 1930 to the late Claude V. and Jettye Gullett Branyan. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 43 years, William Blair Craig, her brother, Ronald Branyan, close friend, Jim DeCrow, and son-in-law, Jerry Daniel. Angela is survived by: her son, Dennis Branyan Craig (Fran), Diane Craig Daniel, and William David Craig (Elcira); grandchildren, Angela Caroline Craig, Lisa Craig Rauschenbach (Ben), Elaine Daniel Savell (Will), Craig Neal Daniel (Missy), William Jeffrey Craig (Ginger), and Jessica Craig. She also was blessed with great-grandchildren Caroline and Colin Rauschenbach; Emma, Jack and Ally Savell; Lindley Belle and Dottie Grace Daniel; Mason Craig; and 3 more on the way! Angela was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many. She graduated from Southside HS, attended Blue Mountain College, and graduated cum laude from Memphis State. She retired after 32 years as a Memphis elementary school teacher, teaching fourth grade at Willow Oaks and sixth grade at Newberry Elementary schools. Angela was active in church her entire life, growing up and marrying at Boulevard Baptist, and lastly a faithful member at Bellevue Baptist. She loved singing in the choir and in a ladies trio. Angela lived the last nine years of her life at Kirby Pines Retirement Community. She loved living there, making new friends and participating in the activities. The last 3 years she was in The Manor at Kirby Pines, and her family deeply appreciates the loving care she received there.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m., and a celebration of her life will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at Forest Hill Funeral Home, 2440 Whitten Rd, Memphis TN 38133. A private burial will be held in the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the Memphis Union Mission, 383 Poplar Av, Memphis 38105, or The Gideons International, P.O. Box 382361, Germantown, TN 38183-2361.

Dennis (Fran) Craig-(son) 1896 Wycliffe Blvd Collierville, TN 38017

Diane Craig Daniel (daughter) 2323 Lansingwood Dr Germantown, TN 38139

William (Elcira) Craig (son) 5784 Rensslaer Dr Memphis, TN 38135


Dr. Melton Mason, Jr BMC Class of 1963

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jannetta Faires Johnson BMC Class of 1945

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


William Gray (Bill) Dowdy BMC Class of 1976

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

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

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

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

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


Helen Pauline Carter BMC Class of 1933

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Dot Parker Kerr BMC Class of 1947

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

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

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

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

David (Sally) Kerr (son) too many possibilities



Bettye Allen Moore BMC Class of 1970

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mary Ellen Sandifer Young BMC Class of 1944

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

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

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

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

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

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


Rosemary Huffstatler BMC Class of 1973

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donna Alexander Durham BMC Class of 1985

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


Clyde Whiteside Hathorn BMC Class of 1948

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

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

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

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

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


David L Turner BMC Class of 1970

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Elizabeth Langa BMC Class of 1947

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

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

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

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



Annette Cook Redden BMC Class of 1945

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

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

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

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

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



Dr. Neola Lee Hollingsworth Cleveland BMC Class of 1972

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to each person's choice.

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


Rev Gene Hudson BMC Class of 1978

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tina Phillips Bennett BMC Class of 1981

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

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









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