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Franklin DeWitt Bassett
A memorial service for Franklin DeWitt (Frank) Bassett will be held Friday, December 9, 2016, at 1 p.m. from First Baptist Church in Philadelphia with Dr. Dan Howard officiating. Visitation will be held from 12 noon Friday until service time at the First Baptist Church. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
William F. Roberts
William Francis Roberts, beloved husband and father passed away November 30, 2016.
He was born March 26, 1945, to William Cooper Roberts and Dorothy Crawford Roberts of Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Oliver N. King
Oliver N. King, 91, died November 30, 2016. He was born in Jefferson Davis Co on Sept. 25, 1925. He retired from the VA Med Center after 33 years of service and was active in the Credit Union. He actively served the credit union for over 50 years and was serving on the Board of Directors of Magnolia CU at the time of his death. He served at the local, statewide, and national level. He was inducted into CU Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Credit Union House in Washington in 2012. He served as deacon and in numerous leadership positions at Calvary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents Molly Deen and Carlie King, Jr., step-father, Joe Walker, his beloved wife of 59 years, Diane King, brothers Gerald King, Ray King, Billy King, Charles Walker, Carl Walker, Lester Walker, and sisters Louise Robinson and Olene Garris. He is survived by his children Sylvia Haver (Sam), Peggy Whitmire (Don), Doug King (Ginny), brother Ed Walker (Falba), sister-in-law LaVerne Walker, grandsons Eric Haver (Kathryn), Matthew Haver (Heather), Adam Haver (Aleasha), Brian Whitmire, Paul Whitmire and Mark Whitmire, and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held December 3, 2016 at Calvary Baptist Church. Burial followed in Lakewood Memorial Park.
John Charles Gill
John Charles Gill, of Ridgeland, was born November 14, 1953 and died on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. He is survived by his brother, Ken Gill; sister-in-law Shirley Gill; and niece Holli Gill.
James Gaillard Walker, Jr., 57, of Canton, died on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. A funeral service was held on Saturday, November 26 at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Interment followed at Terry Cemetery.
William B. Jenkins
William Banks Jenkins, 78, of Ridgeland, passed away on November 28, 2016 at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The son of the late Walter Jenkins, Sr. and Gladys Upshaw Jenkins, William was born on June 11, 1938 and was a native of Pickens, MS. He was in the US Air Force Reserve and worked until retirement as an Engineer designing water and sewer infrastructure. He was a self taught musician and a license pilot and aviator.
Dr. Elzberry ‘Bud’ Waters, Jr.
Dr. Elzberry "Bud" Waters, Jr., 83, of Madison, died on November 18th at St. Catherine's Village in Madison of complications from Parkinson's disease.
Until recently a life-long resident of the Washington, D.C. area, Bud served in the Air Force and the Air Force Reserves.
Jacqueline Ann Kemper Hill
Jacqueline Ann Kemper Hill, 83, of Madison, Mississippi went home to glory on November 21, 2016. She was born on September 16, 1933 in Houston, Texas to the late Ward and Emma Kemper. She grew up there and Maricaibo, Venezuela. She graduated from San Marcos Academy in San Marcos, Texas as Valedictorian and received her teaching degree from Baylor University where she met and married the love of her life. She had a long career in teaching PE, both at the high school and elementary level. Outside the classroom she was a drill team sponsor and Jump Rope for Heart coach for many years.
Samuel ‘Sammy’ Shute
Samuel Gregory (Sammy) Shute, 54, of Ridgeland, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson MS.
Visitation will be held in the Broadmoor Baptist Church Chapel, Madison, from 12:30 - 2 p.m. Thursday, December 1, with funeral services to follow at 2 p.m. Doctors Jim Futral and Rob Futral will officiate. Interment will follow at Parkway Memorial Park in Ridgeland. Arrangements are by Parkway Funeral Home.
Edward L. Watts
Edward L. Watts, age 75, of Flora died November 8, 2016.
He was born in Columbia, MS, on September 25, 1941 to the late, Harvey and Evelyn Watts. Edward served in the Navy from November 19, 1958 to December 7, 1962.
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