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Frederick (Fred) Henderson Thompson, of Madison, died on June 21, 2016, from complications related to lung cancer. Fred was born on May 13, 1943, in Jackson, Miss.
He was the only child of Zachary Henderson Thompson and Theresa P. Letwinger. He attended Jackson Public Schools and graduated from Murrah High School in 1961. Fred attended the University of Mississippi where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.
Mavis Tatum, 92, of Madison, died on June 19, 2016, at Merit Health in Canton, Miss.
She was born on January 11, 1924 to the late Otis and the late, Mary (Gibson) Ellis in Kilmichael, Miss. Mavis is survived by daughter, Melanie Whittington of Madison, Miss.; brother, Otis Malcolm Ellis (Shirley); six grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Verna Mae Tabb O'Leary
Verna Mae Tabb O'Leary, of Ridgeland, was born on July 31, 1926 in Iota, LA. She died on Monday June 20, 2016 at Chateau Ridgeland where she and her husband, James O'Leary resided.
Margaret Lewis McMillan, 88, of Canton, died on Friday, June 24, 2016.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 26, 2016 in the chapel of the Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, MS. Interment followed in Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Pearl, MS.
Donald ‘Bucket’ Joseph
Donald "Bucket" Joseph, 83, of Ridgeland, died on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
A memorial service was held on Friday, June 24, 2016, in the chapel of the First Baptist Church of Vicksburg. Mr. Joseph was the son of the late, Malick Joseph and Grace Webb Joseph.
Billy D. Johnson
Billy D. Johnson was born December 19, 1934 in Noxapater, MS, and was the son of Tommie and Gladys Johnson.
He graduated from Noxapater High School and attended E.C.J.C. in Decatur, MS where he played football.
Marion Walter Hammack was born June 3, 1936, and died June 22, 2016, at St. Dominic Hospital following an extended illness.
Marion was a longtime resident of Canton, Mississippi. He was the son of Marion Columbus Hammack and Pansy Bates Hammack.
Jean Pemble DeLashmet
Jean Pemble DeLashmet, of Ridgeland, died on June 20, 2016 at home. She was born in Shelby, Miss., on Octo. 3, 1928.
Her parents were Wilbur and Pauline (Herrington) Pemble. Raised in the Delta she graduated from the local high school and went immediately to Ole Miss for college.
William (Bill) Harvey Crawford III
William (Bill) Harvey Crawford, III, 69, of Flora, died on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at his home after a 6 year battle with Multiple Myeloma.
Bill was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi on December 13, 1946, to Harvey and Gladys Crawford. He grew up in Vicksburg and attended H.V. Cooper High School, graduating in 1965. He received a track scholarship to Mississippi State University, after setting the state record for the 100 yard dash.
Christa Elizabeth Caldwell
Christa Caldwell, 74, of Madison, died on June 18, 2016, at her home. A memorial service for her will be held at a later date. Chris was born in Germany and moved to the United States.
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