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  • Dr. John Davis Handley, 58, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at his home in Madison, after a brief battle with cancer. John was born on November 1, 1958 in Picayune, to Jane Anne and Donald Handley. He attended Picayune Memorial High School, the University of Mississippi, School of Pharmacy and University of Mississippi Medical Center.
  • At 6'7" tall, Taylor Yates stood out in a crowd. Taylor was a reserved and fun loving young man whose smile and wry wit could light up a room. His optimism and will to live helped in his battle against lymphoma which finally took its toll on July 9, 2017, at age 26.  

    A native of Ridgeland, Taylor lived a full life surrounded by friends and family who loved him.
  • Otto B. Browning, Jr., 70, of Madison, died on Thursday July 6, 2017 at St. Catherine's Village.

    Retired from farming, he was a member of First Baptist Church- Yazoo City, and a U. S. Army Veteran of The Vietnam War.
  • Betty M. McNair, 84, of Ridgeland, died July 8, 2017, after a lengthy illness. Born in Decatur, Mississippi on September 28, 1932, Mrs. McNair was a Newton County native who had lived in Jackson for thirty-seven years before moving to Ridgeland.

    She graduated from Stratton High School in Union, MS and East Central Community College in Decatur, MS. After graduating from college, she worked as a Secretary to County Agent in Decatur, MS.
  • Arnold Dyre, 71, of Madison, died on Monday, June 12, 2017 after a heart attack and automobile accident.  Arnold was born in Kilmichael, MS, and lived in Madison, MS, where he   practiced law.  Arnold was the author of numerous writings and five published books.  

    Educated at the University of Mississippi, he served in the Seventh Fleet of the United States Navy aboard the U.S. Destroyer U.S.S. Ernest G. Small.   From 1967-1970, Arnold served as a Radioman RM2 on the "Small" with tours of duty including Anti Submarine Warfare exercises in Guam, the Philippine Islands, Japan, the Coral Sea, China, Asia and Vietnam.
  • Richard "Dick" Poole Noel, Jr., 69, of Madison, died on July 4, 2017.  A funeral  service was held at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church on Saturday, July 8, 2017.  

    Dick was born in Jackson, MS, on March 8, 1948, to Lorene and Poole Noel.
  • Patricia Hope Quinton Farris, 76, of Ridgeland, affectionately known as "Honey" to all who knew her, died on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Mississippi Baptist Hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents, Inez and Truman Quinton.

    Honey is survived by her loving husband of 22 years, Joe P. Farris; her sons, Everett Watkins of Key West, Florida and Thad Watkins (Anne Cassell); grandsons, Thad Jr. and Allen, all of Hoover, Alabama.
  • Fr. Patrick Joseph Noonan, of Canton, died on  July 4th after a short battle with cancer. He was born in Kilcoora, Broadford, Co. Limerick, Ireland on January 23, 1937, son of the late Michael and Johanna Noonan.  He was the fourth of five boys raised on a dairy farm. He attended the local school, Raheenagh National School, after which he went on to St. Munchins College in Limerick. From there, he moved to major seminary at Clonliffe in Dublin, and later transferred to St. Patrick's Seminary in Thurles where he began to study for the diocese of Natchez-Jackson.  Fr. Noonan
  • Ken Joseph Fortenberry, 54, of Canton, died on July 6, 2017 at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS.  

    He was born on December 3, 1962, in Canton, MS. He was a friend to many and loved by all who knew him.  He is survived by his children Joseph Lovelle Musgrove of Columbus, MS,
  • John Morris Griffing, 69, of Canton died Monday, July 3, 2017. Funeral Services were held July 7, 2017 at Breeland Funeral Home.  

    Burial followed in the Canton Cemeter
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