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  • Dorothy Elizabeth Courtney Rule, 85, of Ridgeland, died on Feb. 6, 2017. Mrs. Rule was born in Bassfield, MS, as the youngest of ten children born to L.L. and Elizabeth Courtney.

    She was valedictorian of her graduating class at Bassfield High School and was also a graduate of Clarke College She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Madison.
  • Charles Mars, died on February 10, 2017.  He was born in New Orleans, LA on February 8, 1925. He was raised in Philadelphia, MS where he is a member of The First United Methodist Church, where he and his wife Sue Anne raised their four children.  

    From working at his family's Mars Bros. Wholesale Grocery, to becoming an entrepreneur, he believed in the value of good work. Likewise, he believed in the value of pursuing your interests.
  • Dr. John Rhett Presley ,64, of Madison, died on February 5, 2016. Born on March 18, 1952 to John Hearst Presley and Ora Lavon Cahoon Presley, Rhett resided in Pickens until he graduated from Lexington High School in 1970. While at The University of Mississippi, he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Ole Miss, he attended the University of Tennessee where he received a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1979.
  • Gazelle Jones, 90, of Ridgeland, died on February 4, 2017, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, MS.  

    A funeral service was held at Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ followed by burial in Garden Memorial Park.  Gazelle was born October 16, 1926, in Bude, Mississippi to Percy and Sadie Gibson. The family soon moved to Jackson, MS. Gazelle worked in the field of cosmetology for many years.
  • Mr. James Benford Allen, 85, of Ridgeland, MS, died on February 05, 2017.  A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday February 08, 2017 at Natchez Trace Funeral Home in Madison, MS.  Mr. Allen was born on January 29, 1932 to the late Ocie Lee & Emma Odessa Allen in Leake County, MS.

    Jim graduated from Edinburg High School, East Central Community College, Ole Miss, MS State, & LSU. He held 2 masters' degrees. Jim also served in the United States Armed Forces in 1955. He was a math professor, but was in the insurance business most of his career.
  • Vera Thomas Herbison, 75, of Canton, was a retired school teacher who loved serving her church and teaching children.  

    A Memorial Service for Vera was held on January 24, 2017 at First United Methodist Church of Canton. 
  • Mildred Elizabeth Harkins Wilkinson died on Thursday, January 19, 2017. A funeral Mass was held  on January 21, 2017 at the Carmelite Monastery followed by Interment at Parkway Memorial Park.  

    She is survived by her husband, Roy Winston Wilkinson of Madison; daughters, Catherine Patrice Wilkinson of Madison, Roseanne Sakata of Atlanta, Melanie Vetrano of Knoxville; sons, Joel Wilkinson and David Wilkinson of Dallas, Timothy Wilkinson of Atlanta, Kevin Wilkinson of Blairsville, GA, Christopher Wilkinson of San Francisco, Wayne Wilkinson and Michael Wilkinson of New Orleans; 17 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.  Mildred was born in Carthage, MS to the late Joseph Thomas Harkins and Mary Anne Burns Harkins. 
  • Margaret Ann Duck Gilliland of Madison died on Thursday, January 26, 2017. She was born on October 9, 1951 in Vicksburg Mississippi. She is preceded in death by her father, Harold Hamilton Duck and her mother, Margaret Louise Hays Duck
  • Katharine Elizabeth Hurt Waggener, 63, of Ridgeland, died peacefully at her home in Ridgeland, MS on January 24, 2017, with her loving and loyal family at her bedside.  A Memorial service was held at Madison United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  

    The Reverends Barry Male, Sr. Pastor of Madison United Methodist Church and Dr. Dax Summerhill officiated.  Kathy was born in Pontotoc, MS to Ben and Mable Hurt and grew up at the Agricultural Experiment Station. Kathy was at her happiest out in the country, where she loved exploring the outdoors, learned about gardening, and developed her passion for animals.
  • Katherine Earline Barham McNair of Ridgeland died on January 24th, 2017.  She was born August 29, 1920, to Lydia and Robert Rush Barham. She is survived by daughter, Pat Palmer, and sons Leslie J. McNair, and Robert (Bo) McNair. She was blessed with seven grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 11 great, great grandchildren.  

    A service of thanksgiving and celebration for her life was held at Parkway Funeral Home, Ridgeland, MS, on Saturday, January 28th, 2017.
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