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Mrs. Louise R. Butts, Madison, died on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Madison, MS. A graveside service was held on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Lakewood Memorial Park. Mrs. Butts was born on January 20, 1924 to the late Marlin Lamar Rogers and Ruby Taylor Rogers. She was a member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church. Mrs. Butts is preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley Butts; her parents; brothers, Marlin Lamar Rogers, Jr. and John W. Rogers. She is survived by her children, Ladene Strong (Jim) and Johnny Butts; brothers, William, Hugh and Roy Rogers; grandchildren, Mandy Hilsmier (Brad), Richard Strong (Melissa) and Douglas Strong (Erika) and eight great grandchildren.
Polly Jo Morgan Martin
MADISON - Polly Jo Morgan Martin, age 81, of Madison, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday April 25, 2017 at her home.
Graveside service will be held Thursday, April 27th at 2:00 PM in the Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland, MS.
Polly was born February 15, 1936 to Mart and Pauline Morgan in Petal, MS. She was a former real estate and insurance agent.
Peggy Messick Hamilton
Peggy Messick Hamilton, 84, of Madison, died on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Peggy was born to Edward Bennett Messick and Anne Bordelon Messick on October 14, 1932 in Marksville, La. She was a graduate of Louisiana State University and worked as a teacher in TX, AL, and MS. She returned to school later in life and graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She retired from UMC after 25 years as a cytotechnologist. Her devout faith acted as a light for her,family and friends. She was a long time volunteer for Birthright of Jackson, where the founder encouraged volunteers to talk to God about the girls, not talk to the girls about God. She joined the Secular Order of St. Joseph and St. Therese of Lisieux OCDS in 1958.
Ben Tullos, of Ridgeland, died on April 19, 2017. Ben, twin to Jon, was born on May 2. 1936 in Magee, Mississippi to Marshall and Evelyn Tullos. Ben accepted Christ as his personal savior when he was eleven years old at Well's Memorial Church in Jackson, Mississippi. Ben was raised in Jackson, Ms. where he attended Galloway Elementary, Bailey Junior High, and Central High. In 1958 he graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and moved to Birmingham, Alabama to work. There he met and married Sylvia Nix on October 17, 1959, at Woodlawn Methodist Church. Ben's work years were spent in the agricultural chemical business traveling the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.
Katherine Virginia Irwin Harrell, 89, of Ridgeland, MS, died on April 19, 2017. Katherine was born in Yazoo County in 1927 to Erma and Velma Irwin. She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Guy Clarke Harrell, Sr. and her brother Vernon "Dick" Irwin. She is survived by her brother, James Irwin, her son, Guy Harrell Jr., her daughter Virginia Harrell, her granddaughter Wendy Purvis, and her great grandson Samuel Hopkins. Funeral services were held at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland on Friday April 21, 2017. A graveside service was held at Goshen Cemetery in Carthage. Memorial donations may be made to St. Luke's Methodist Church, Jackson, MS.
Mary Merlene Ivey
Mary Merlene Ivey, 88, of Madison, died on April 21, 2017. Funeral services were held on Monday, April 24th at Culpepper Funeral Home Chapel in Canton; Burial followed at Lakewood Memorial Park. She is preceded in death by her parents, Leroy and Jimmie Ulmer Sims; husband, William E. "Jack" Ivey; son, Eddie Ivey; brother, James Harrison Sims; sisters, Lizzie Cooley and Verlon Wiles. She is survived by daughters, Teresa (Ric) Schweitzer, Patsy (Larry) Stephens; son, Ronnie (Regina) Ivey; sisters, Eleanor Cochran, Melba (William) Taylor; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
George "Darrell" Pitts
George "Darrell" Pitts, of Madison, went to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday, April 16th, 2017. He was surrounded by his family. Darrell was born May 31st, 1955 in Mobile, AL. Darrell graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was employed as an electrical estimator with AZZ Calvert. Darrell was a member of Madison United Methodist Church where he formerly served on the Board of Trustees, was a former choir member, and was a long time member of the "Good News" Sunday school class. Darrell was also involved with the Mississippi Methodist Cursillo. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his son Josh, his brother Daron, his son in law Chris, and his grandson Mills. Darrell enjoyed spending time with his friends and family at "deer camp.”
Daniel F. Tueth
Daniel F. Tueth, 79, of Ridgeland, died on April 15, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary Alice Tueth of Ridgeland, MS; daughters, Colleen Tueth, Mary Ann (Larry) Rouse, Kathy (Randy) Rich and Aleace (Bob) Dillon; brother, Father Michael Tueth; and 7 grandchildren. A Memorial Service was held at St. Richard Catholic Church, Jackson, MS on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017.
Bethany Stockett Boone
Bethany Stockett Boone, 76, died peacefully at home on April 14, surrounded by her family.
She is survived by her husband, Howard; son, Chris (Beth); daughter, Beth Brown (Steve), all of Madison; grandchildren Carley Boone Corbin (Seth) of Birmingham, Bailey Boone, and Ian Brown of Madison, and Ben Brown of Colorado Springs; brothers Richard Stockett, Jr (Carol) and Marvin Stockett (Pat), and many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews. The daughter of Richard C. Stockett, Sr. and Beth Enochs Stockett, Bethany grew up in the Belhaven area of Jackson. She attended the Jackson Public Schools and was a member of the first graduating class of Murrah High School in 1958.
James Leroy Branch
James Leroy Branch, 93, died Thursday, April 6, 2017.
Funeral services were held at First United Methodist Church of Ridgeland on April 15, 2017. Burial followed in Jessamine Cemetery. A native of Attala County, Mr. Branch had lived in Ridgeland since 1968.
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