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  • 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.
  • Ericka Johnson Myers, 54, of Madison passed away Friday February 17, 2017.  Funeral services were held February 20 at Parkway Funeral Home.

    Burial followed in Parkway Memorial Cemetery. Ericka was a native of Madison where she was born and raised and spent the rest of her days. She is survived by her Husband Phil Myers, Son Eric Myers, Step-Daughter Jennifer Myers, Grandson Austin Minton, Brothers Rodney Johnson and Marv Johnson and Aunt Betty Defibaugh (Terry). Memorials may be made to Harbor House, Jackson, MS.


  • Miriam "April" May Cooper, 90, of Ridgeland, died on Thursday February 9, 2017.

    A memorial service was held on Sunday February 12, 2017 at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland.  April was born April 14, 1926 in Lombardie, MS to James (Jim) and Gladys (Jack) May.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Trevor Reid Tyner
    Trevor Reid Tyner was born on January 22nd, 1998 in Jackson, Mississippi to Kim Echols Tyner and Lewis Tyner; both of Madison. Trevor walked into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 19, 2017 at the age of 19.  Trevor was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Lloyd Lamont Echols, step-grandfather, Robert James Emmett (Bob Bob) and paternal grandmother Ann McMillin Tyner.
  • Robert Neal Slater, 67, of Madison, died on February 13, 2017.  Services were held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at Stringer Family Funeral Home Chapel in Crystal Springs.   

    Burial followed at Crystal Springs Cemetery. Mr. Slater was a native of Crystal Springs and was a resident of Madison since 1998.
  • 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.
  • Mary Holder Tew, 86, of Ridgeland, former resident of Laurel, died Saturday, February 4, at St. Dominic Hospital after a brief illness.  

    A graveside service was held Monday, February 6, 2017 at Lake Park Cemetery in Laurel.  Mary was a member of First United Methodist Church in Laurel and attended Highland Presbyterian Church during her years in Ridgeland. 
  • 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.
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