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Bettie Nance

Date of Birth: July 28, 1948

Date of Death: March 29, 2024


Friday, April 5, 2024 | 10:00 am

Rescue Mission M. B. Church

Gulfport, Mississippi

Funeral Service

Friday, April 5, 2024 | 11:00 am

Rescue Mission M. B. Church

Gulfport, Mississippi

Betty Keys Nance, at the age of 75, transitioned home to be with the Lord on March 29, 2024, at her daughter’s home in Long Beach, Mississippi. She was born on July 28, 1948, to the late Amos Keys Sr. and Earlene Keys of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She was married to the late Rev. Jimmy Lee Nance Sr. She confessed Christ at an early age and is currently a member of Rescue Mission Baptist Church in Gulfport, Mississippi, under the pastorage of Rev. Charles Johnson. She served as a Sunday School Teacher at Rescue Mission Baptist Church.

Betty K. Nance received her High School Diploma at Rowan High School. Prior to her retirement she served as a Unit Secretary at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Betty K. Nance leaves to cherish her memories four daughters and one son, Veronica Nance of Gulfport, Mississippi, Lavenia Arceneaux, married to Tico Arceneaux of Long Beach, Mississippi, Zabrina Nance of Long Beach, Mississippi, Jimmy Nance Jr., married to Erica Nance of D’Iberville, Mississippi, and Rozina Nance of Biloxi, Mississippi; five brothers, the late Willie Keys, Rickey Keys of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Billy Keys of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Amos Keys Jr., of Gulfport, Mississippi, and Kenny Keys of Los Angeles, California and three sisters, the late Gloria Keys of Los Angeles, California, the late Catherine Keys of Los Angeles, California, and Linda Keys of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; nineteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and dear friends.


Stephanie Renee Jones

Date of Birth: January 16, 1965 

Date of Death: March 29, 2024

Memorial Mass

Saturday, March 16, 2024 | 11:00 am

Our Lady of the Lake Church

On February 29, 2024, Stephanie gained her wings. Stephanie was born at St Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, La in 1965. She was baptized at Our Lady of the Lake Church on February 7, 1965. Stephanie was the daughter of Mildred Simon Jones, Calvin Williams SR. and Henry Lawrence Jones. She went to school in Mandeville until her senior year of high school, she graduated from Joseph S. Clark High School in 1983 with her brother Calvin Williams Jr. She attended UNO in New Orleans and studied Finance. She worked at First NBC Bank until her Multiple Sclerosis would not allow her to work anymore. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1992. Stephanie always had a “glass half full attitude” despite her situation. She always knew what was going on in the world and kept up on the newest things. She loved to talk about recipes, kitchen gadgets and loved to read. She was very particular about everything.

She is preceded in death by her parents. One brother Calvin Williams Jr.

Stephanie is survived by her son Ross N. Jones. Three brothers: Kimball L. Jones of Philippines, Travis(Karen) Williams of New Orleans, Cy(Torrie) Williams of Prairieville, La. One sister, Stacie Williams of New Orleans. One nephew Kimball S. Jones. Two Godchildren Robert J. Brown and Elizabeth Spicer.

She also leaves to cherish her memory: her aunt Earline S. Barron, her loving caregiver Erika Lasjon, her special friend Carl Jenkins, cousins and good friends.

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Kay E. Schmitz

Date of Birth: January 20, 1947

Date of Death: January 30, 2024

Kay E. Schmitz, 77, of Biloxi, passed away on January 29th 2024 peacefully at her home. She was born on January 20th 1947 in Detroit, Michigan to Wally and Phyllis Innes.

She loved traveling and enjoyed visiting the countryside and the Smoky Mountains.

In her younger years she loved to go for rides on Illinois Country roads on the back of her husband Chuck's motorcycle.


She loved flowers and gardening and could often be found enjoying the results of her hard work in her back yard with her beloved dog Scrapples. She especially loved to watch the sunset.

Kay is survived by her daughter Kelly Bagwell and her grandson Elijah Bagwell. She was preceded in death by her husband Chuck Schmitz, and her parents Phyllis & Wally.


In lieu of flowers, if you'd like you can make a donation to the Humane Society- her favorite charity.


Sandra B. Levin

Date of Birth: July 17, 1943

Date of Death: December 31, 2023

Memorial Service

Wednesday, January 3, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Temple B'nai Israel

3700 N. Rodney Parham Road

Little Rock, AR

Sandra Blackard Levin died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 31, 2023. Sandy was born in Kansas City, Missouri on July 17, 1943. Raised primarily in Topeka, Kansas, she eventually moved to Little Rock in 1969 where she enjoyed working for Twin City Bank. She then met Dr. Frederick Levin, the love of her life, and they wed in 1971 as she stepped into her most cherished role as mother and wife.

Besides devoting herself to raising her family and supporting her husband's passion for pediatrics, Sandy spent her years in Central Arkansas serving as a member of the Junior League of North Little Rock and in the sisterhood at Temple B'nai Israel in Little Rock. She was fiercely loyal to both family and friends that were family alike, and she also had a soft spot for the underdog. Her generosity knew no bounds for those she saw in need, and she always wanted to lend a helping hand.

Sandy was bold, charismatic, independent, feisty, and always authentic. Her favorite place was near the water, and she always looked forward to summers on their houseboat at Lake Ouachita or time at her beloved beach condo at Palm Island. She was an avid fan of Alabama football and Rod Stewart, she loved NCAA basketball, and was always ready to try her luck at a good slot machine or two. She loved to travel and explore new places, making countless memories with loved ones through her adventures abroad. Sandy was always easy to spot in her bright colors and sparkly accessories, and she never met a stranger.

Sandy is survived by her devoted husband of 50 years, Dr. Frederick Levin; her children Kirsta Nigro (Keith), Stefanie Levin, Dr. John Levin (Corbin), Mark Levin (Krysten), and Alexis Levin (Seth); her grandchildren Jeffery Bolts, Jennifer School (Nathan), Hallie Pingel, John Austin Levin, Alice Levin, Philip Levin, and Samuel Levin; her great-grandchild Eleanore School.; her brother Mark Blackard (Peggy) and sister Portia Ortale (Pat); and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and close family friends. She is preceded in death by her mother and stepfather Alice and William Lichtenstern; stepmother and father John and Joyce Blackard; and one son David Levin.


Samuel C. Lewis, Jr.

Date of Birth: April 23, 1968

Date of Death: October 31, 2023


Tuesday, November 21, 2023 | 9:00 am

Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

255 Delauney Street

Biloxi, MS  39530

Funeral Service

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 | 10:00 am

Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

255 Delauney Street

Biloxi, MS  39530

Samuel Clarence Lewis Jr., also known as Boo, passed away on October 31, 2023, in Gulfport, MS, at the age of 55. He was born on April 23, 1968, in Gulfport, MS, to Mary Lewis and the late Samuel C. Lewis Sr. Boo was a selfless, loving, kind-hearted, fun, and supportive individual. He had a heart of gold and was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Boo had a magnetic personality and never met a stranger. To know him was to love him.


Boo is survived by his mother, Mary Lewis, and his children: Joshua Ball, Tevin Ball, Whitney Ball, and Brittany Ball. He also leaves behind his granddaughter, Ke'Mani, and grandsons Jasani, Dasani, and Z'Yaire. He is also survived by his sisters, Chennette Lewis and Francois Lewis, and his brother, Damion Lewis, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Boo was preceded in death by his father, Samuel C. Lewis Sr., his grandfather, Rev. Moses Pace, his grandmother, Versie Pace, and his nephew, Jeneation Lewis.


Boo worked at Landshapers in Gulfport, MS, for over 15 years, where he dedicated his time and skills. He took great pride in his work and was a valued member of the team.


In his free time, Boo enjoyed fishing, detailing cars, and spending quality time with his family. These hobbies brought him joy and allowed him to create lasting memories.


Boo's departure has left a void in the lives of those who knew and loved him. His selflessness, love, and kindness will be deeply missed. May his soul rest in eternal peace.


Hung Van Tran

Date of Birth: September 4, 1968

Date of Death: October 25, 2023

Private Memorial


Shirley M. Franklin "Peewee"

Date of Birth: January 15, 1955

Date of Death: November 2, 2023

Funeral Service

Friday, November 10, 2023 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Star of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
2214 Harmony Street
New Orleans, Louisiana


Stephanie Walker

Date of Birth: November 16, 1961

Date of Death: October 10, 2023


Wednesday, October 25, 2023 | 9:00 a.m

Main Street M. B. Church

321Main Street | Biloxi, MS 39530

Funeral Service

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 | 10:00 am

Greater Mt. Carmel Baptist Church
3721 N. Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117


Providence Cemetery
Metairie, Louisiana


Cecil Burrell Reid Jr.

Date of Birth: March 5, 1943

Date of Death: October 10, 2023


Tuesday, October 17, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m

Main Street M. B. Church

321Main Street | Biloxi, MS 39530

Funeral Service

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 | 11:00 am

Main Street M. B. Church

321Main Street

Biloxi, MS 39530

Dr. Luther Fairley, Sr.


Crestlawn Memorial

Ocean Springs, MS

Mr. Cecil Burrell Reid, Jr. was born March 5, 1943 in Biloxi, Mississippi to parents the late Mr. Cecil B. Reid Sr. and Mrs. Bernice Bilbo (Reid) Polk.

Cecil accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at an early age and later joined the Main Street Missionary Baptist Church. Cecil married Anna Jean (Mitchell) Reid on October 30. 1964. To this marriage, two sons, Cecil Burrell Reid 111 and Curtis ED Reid were born in Chicago, Illinois,

Cecil attended early elementary school in Vancleave, Mississippi and later attended Magnolia High School. He graduated from Magnolia High School in Moss Point, Mississippi and later attended Mary Holmes Jr. College in West Point, Mississippi.

After moving to Chicago, Illinois, Cecil was employed at Republic Steel. He returned to Biloxi, Mississippi in 1973 and was employed at Ingalls Shipbuilding where he retired in 2000.

Cecil was preceded in death by his father, Mr. Cecil Burrell Reid Sr., mother, Mrs. Bernice (Reid) Polk, step-father, Mr. Charles Polk, and brothers, Ollie Reid and Donald Reid.

Cecil was a faithful member of the Main Street Baptist Church and served as a member of the Brotherhood and wherever he was needed before he became ill.

Cecil organized the Bass Unlimited  Fishing Club and served as president for many years until he became unable to serve.

Cecil leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Mrs. Anna Reid, two sons, Cecil Burrell 111 (Belinda) Reid and Curtis ED ( Lashonda) Reid both of Grand Prairie, Texas; one daughter, Debbie (Albert) Grafton of Detroit, Michigan; one sister, Mrs. Elberta Wright of Desoto, Texas; grandchildren, Stephen Mitchell Reid, Joshua Reid, Jordan Reid all of Grand Prairie, Texas; Crystal Wilson of Detroit, Michigan; Craig Peters, Jacqueline (Brian) Percosky and Dadrien Prestwood of Texas; great -grandchildren, Aaliyah Wilson of Grand Prairie, Texas; Ashjia and Craig Peters of Michigan; and Jacob and Shanessa of Texas.


Domonique D. Breaux

Date of Birth: September 12, 1998

Date of Death: September 15, 2023


Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 9:00 am to 9:55 am

Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church
3721 N. Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana  70117

Funeral Service

Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 10:00 am

Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church
3721 N. Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana  70117
Pastor Jonathan Smith


Remembering Domonique D. Breaux of new Orleans, Louisiana. Son of Roshaunda Rue and the late Felton Breaux Sr. We extend our sympathy to the Breaux family, relatives, and friends.


Kevin Alexander Izaguirre

Date of Birth: May 23, 2003

Date of Death: August 28, 2023

Memorial Service

Friday, September 1, 2023 | 5:00 pm 

Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home

255 Delauney Street

Biloxi, MS 39530


Due to Covid-19 rising masks are recommended for the safety of the family and staff.


Debra Tillman

Date of Birth: September 9, 1952

Date of Death: July 7, 2023


Charlie Franklin

Date of Birth: September 1, 1997

Date of Death: March 31, 2023


Saturday, April 8, 2023 | 9:00 am

Israelite Baptist Church

2100 Martin Luther King

New Orleans, LA

Funeral Service

Saturday, April 8, 2023 | 10:00 am 

Israelite Baptist Church

2100 Martin Luther King

New Orleans, LA


Providence Cemetery

Metairie, LA


Charlie Franklin, age 25, was born September 1, 1997 to Ms. Keysean Franklin and Mr. Charles Smith. He was educated in the Orleans Parish School System and completed his studies at West Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas. Charlie also furthered his education at Cisco Junior College where he pursued Business Administration. Charlie was an outstanding athlete, he played football for Mesquite High School. During his earlier years he was a double threat in both football and baseball. He was apart of The New Orleans Monarchs where he played in The Home Run Derby and attended the World Series in 2007. He also played for the infamous Harrell Rams where he received several accolades for his performances. He bought much laughter to others, and happiness to his loving family.

On March 31, 2023 Charlie was summoned to be with our Lord. Charlie will be missed and never forgotten by his parents Ms. Keysean L. Franklin and Mr. Charles Smith, Stepmother Yoshika, brothers Michael Jefferson III and Roshawn Cunningham, sisters Chariane Williams, Taylor Smith and Skylar Smith.

Grandparents Shirley Franklin, James Washington and Every Jean Smith. Aunts Leann and Latoya Franklin, Pam Williams, Leslie Smith, and Sharone McPherson. Uncle Saul Smith. God Parents Andrea Johnson and Sean Pierre.

He will also be missed by his dog Bella Franklin, who he adorned. He was preceded in death by his uncles Katrone "Roni" Franklin and Charlie Smith, Grandmother, Lubertha Franklin, Grandfather LC Smith, Great uncles Arthur Ageous, Leroy Smith, Clayton Franklin, Herman Franklin, Hudson Franklin and Roland Franklin.


Michael Allen Necaise (Mike)

Date of Birth: March 5, 1967

Date of Death: February 22, 2023

Private Memorial

Michael Allen Necaise (Mike), a Hancock County native, passed away on February 22, 2023, in D'Iberville, MS.

Mike, commonly known as "Red," a nickname coined by his bright red hair,  was the third child to be born to the late Shirley Faye (Kennedy) and the late Robert Joseph Necaise. Of seven children, he was the first to be called home. 

Mike dedicated his life to being "one of the good ones" and he lived his life unapologetically, with strong values and high integrity. He worked hard to instill that same morality in his one and only daughter, Meagan Necaise, or May as he called her. For the last several years of his life, Mike could be found, on any given day, in a small-town mechanic shop locally known as Goody's, either working on cars or reminiscing (and maybe a tad bit of griping) with "Goody" and his pal, "Big Al," about the "good, ol' days" when they too could work on cars. He may have been a little rough around the edges, but at his core, Mike Necaise was a good man and this loss is a tragedy.


Oscar James, Jr.

Date of Birth ​July 15, 1981

Date of Death February 18, 2023

Memorial Services:

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Floyd Williams Funeral Home

Dorchester, MA



Saturday, March 11, 2023| 9 am to 11 am

Memorial Service:

Saturday, March 11 |11am

Main Street Missionary Baptist Church

321 Main Street| Biloxi, MS

Oscar L. James, Jr. of Jackson, Mississippi, passed away unexpectedly on February 18, 2023, in Dorchester, MA.

Oscar was born July 15, 1981 as the second child and only son of Oscar Sr. and Adonna James. He leaves behind his two siblings, Melva and Aleia James; great uncle, Eddie Fox; aunts, Marsha Lynette Friels and Gloria Jean Jones; and cousins, Kimberly Texada, Lytle Evans, Elisabeth Evans, and De’Kendrea Stamps. He is also cherished and survived by his ‘2nd mother’, Ruby Butler, and her children, Patrick and Jennifer Butler.

Oscar grew up in the Presidential Hills neighborhood of Jackson, Mississippi. He and his best friend, Jason Johnson, spent countless days playing in the loop where Presidential Drive cornered Franklin D Roosevelt to stay in Adonna’s sharp eyesight.

Oscar first explored his love of music while learning the snare drum in the Northwest Jackson Middle School band. While attending Callaway Sr. High School, he sang baritone in the school choir and played the Bass drum in the “Charger Band.” Oscar was a member of Callaway High School’s Class of 1999.

Oscar attended college at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), earning his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. The friendships he gained while at USM proved to be life-long, where he is affectionately referred to as “Big O”.

After college, he moved to Biloxi, MS, where he began his career working in the public school system as a Behavioral Facilitator. Oscar had a genuine heart for children, exemplified through his work with special needs students and those with autism.

In 2016 Oscar moved to Boston, MA, for a fresh start after experiencing the politics of the educational system and the pain of losing his parents, friends, and some of his students. Over time he healed from the depression and grief he faced and began to explore his path to happiness and fulfillment. While in Boston, he worked as a courier for the Salvation Army. His career began to truly flourish as he made a name for himself in the Boston Medical Cannabis Industry. At the time of his passing Oscar was employed at ZYP Run, where he had plans to grow with the company.

Beyond all else, and most importantly, Oscar was a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. His smile, laughter, and sense of humor were infectious. There was nothing pretentious about him. His insights and ability to distill the complex to the comprehensible helped others feel safe, seen, and heard.

To Oscar, his family and friendships were everything, and he was fiercely loyal. It is strange and unreal to know that Oscar’s journey here is now finished. As his family, we trust that God’s hand, which guided Oscar throughout his life, was with him through his transition. We pray that God will heal the sadness in our hearts and help us rejoice in our memories.

Two memorials will be held to celebrate Oscar’s life: . Oscar will be cremated in honor of his wishes to be “sprankled” around the world.

Donations can be made to Venmo: DrMTJames, and cards can be mailed to 358 Watertown St., Apt 3L, Newton, MA 02458. If you wish to send flowers, please send them to one of the two funeral homes for his services.

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Howard D. Flateland

Date of Birth ​May 9, 1955

Date of Death February 23, 2023

Funeral Service

Saturday, March 18, 2023 | 11:00 am 

Gully Hall

Gully, MN


Mt. Olive Cemetery

Trail, MN


Howard (Rocky) Flateland, 67, of Gulfport, MS passed away peacefully Thursday, February 23, 2023 at his home.

Howard (Rocky) Dean Flateland was born May 9, 1955, to Howard & Sylvia (Voeltz) Flateland in Fosston, MN.  He was the oldest of 8 kids.  He was baptized & confirmed at Sand Valley Lutheran Church, Trail.  Rocky attended Trail School through the 6th grade.  He attended Gonvick-Trail School, graduating with the class of 1974. 

Following High School Rocky enlisted in the United States Navy.  He served for 5 years working with the Seabee’s.  He continued with the Reserves for 3 years following.  While  stationed in Gulfport, MS, Rocky met Dorothy (Jean) Arbuckle.  They were married on August 23, 1978 at Sand Valley Lutheran Church, Trail.

The couple lived in Trail, Holt & Thief River Falls.  While in Minnesota Rocky attended Thief River Falls AVTI for Auto Mechanics.  He worked for Les’s Sanitation, Arctic Cat, Uncle Bens, Rausch Dairy and owned a mechanic shop.

In the mid 80’s they moved back to Biloxi, MS.  Rocky worked various jobs and owned a lawn care business.  They welcomed Kelvin into their family after returning to Biloxi.

Rocky is survived by his son Kelvin of Mississippi, mother Sylvia Flateland of Trail, MN. Sisters and brothers, Joyce Sather of Gonvick, MN, Judy (Jerry) Seyller of Trail, MN, Gordon Flateland of Billings, MT, Janet Flateland Mueller of Long Prairie, MN, Wesley (Lynn) Flateland of Clearbrook, MN and Roxann (Roger) Coan of Goodridge MN; Sister-In Law Ginger Flateland of Trail, MN; Aunts, Shirley Voeltz of Twin Valley, Kathleen Larson of Trail, Annette (Gerald) Nelson of Trail; Uncles, Vernon (Joanne) Voeltz of Trail, Bradlee (Margaret) Flateland of Foley, Olin (Ole) Flateland of Fosston and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Rocky was proceeded in death by his wife Jean Flateland, father Howard Flateland (2009), Brother Marvel Flateland (2022), Brother-In-Law Larry Sather (2017), Grandparents Grace & John Ratkovec, Otto Voeltz, Etta & Knute Flateland; Aunts & Uncles; Deloris & Steve Lopez; Arley (Ordean) & Stella Flateland, infant Keith Flateland, Allen (Butch) Flateland, Ernie Larson, Cousins Ronnie Voeltz, Steve Lopez, Douglas Sheppard, Merle Sheppard.


Lawrence Magee

Date of Birth ​January 31, 1949

Date of Death February 26, 2023



Friday, March 3, 2023 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Faith Missionary Baptist Church

3050 19th Avenue | Gulfport, MS  39501

Funeral Service

Friday, March 3, 2023 | 11:00 a.m.

Faith Missionary Baptist Church

3050 19th Avenue | Gulfport, MS  39501

Masks are required!

Bro. Lawrence Magee was born to the Late Reuben P. Magee and Jessie Lee Walker in Gulfport, Mississippi. Lawrence attended North Gulfport School and 33rd High School and left to go to Job Corp. He worked several jobs but worked twenty-seven years at Bayou Concrete and retired.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Reuben P. Magee and Jessie Lee Walker; 2 sisters: Patricia Magee and Willie Earl Patton; and a grandson Sean Pierre Draughn.


He was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church.

Bro. Lawrence Magee is survived by his wife, Caroline Magee; two grand-children, Leambria Otis of Houston, TX and Dwight King Jr. of Gulfport, MS; a son Lawrence Bryant Magee of Gulfport, MS; daughters Ruby Williams of Gulfport, MS; daughters: Alicia Stover of Naples, Italy, Elandra Stover of Waco, Texas, and Ingrid Weissenfluh of Slidell, Louisiana. Two sisters: Annie Laurie Boquet of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Myrtle Beatrice Cambridge of Columbus, Georgia, along with all the children he raised, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, family and friends.


Evelyn Jackson Smith

Date of Birth ​August 24, 1962

Date of Death February 6, 2023


Evelyn Jackson Smith was born on August 24th, 1962. Vancleave, Ms to Annette Jackson (Née Cunningham) and Willie “Sweet” Jackson.  She  loved to fish, listen to music, and watch football. She was a big Roll Tide fan. 


She is proceeded in death by her mother, Annette Jackson, father, Willie “Sweet” Jackson, brothers, Jesse Lewis, Scottie Jackson,  and Kenneth Joe Walker. 


She is survived by her husband, Steve Smith, son, Eric Smith, daughter Khadiya Smith, and  her grandchildren Bri’Anna, Arianna, John, June, Lauren, and Adalee. She is also survived by her Brothers, Gerald , Melvin (Lori)  Leroy, Patrick (Lori) and her Sister Tomesha. 


She had friends who sincerely cared about her, Katrina, Yvette, Keitha, Debbie, Keke, and Candy. She had a young lady, Elaine who was like a daughter to her

Private Memorial


Pham Van Khach

Date of Birth ​May 5, 1936

Date of Death January 15 19, 2023


Ricky Paul Herston

Date of Birth ​August 26, 1973

Date of Death December 19, 2022


Ricky Paul Herston son of Paulette Herston and Ricky Donald Herston.  Siblings were Christopher Lee Fretwell (deceased) Matthew Herston, Michael Herston, and one sister Lacey Wright.

Private Memorial


Paul J. Dobrilovic

Date of Birth ​June 4, 1949

Date of Death October 28, 2022


Western Reserve National Cemetery

Rittman, Ohio

Paul Dobrilovic, 73 of Biloxi, Mississippi passed away on October 28, 2022, following a long illness.  Paul was born in Ravenna, Ohio, graduated from Ravenna High School, and proudly served in the U.S. Air Force reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.  After retiring from the military, and his last duty station being Kessler Air Force Base, he remained in Biloxi.  Paul loved landscaping, working in his many flower gardens, and enjoyed woodworking.


He is survived by his daughter, Christina Painter (Lee), his stepson Richard Best (Jana), grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, as well as, his sisters, Anne Moneypenny, Mary Dorflinger (Roger), and Nancy Holt.  He was preceded in death by his wife JoAn, his parents Paul and Betty Dobrilovic, and brothers-in-law Rillis Moneypenny and Chris Holt.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Pamela Dickey for all her help in handling Paul’s arrangements.


Christopher Fridia

Date of Birth ​February 28, 1956

Date of Death November 12, 2022

Memorial Service

Monday, November 21, 2022 | 11:00 am 

Living Word Family Worship Center

1118 Stump Blvd.

Gretna, Louisiana

On November 12, 2022 at approximately 9:41 pm, the Lord released Christopher (Chris) Sebastian Fridia from his suffering and called him to his new home. Christopher rededicated his life to the Lord on October 5, 2022. 


Christopher was born on February 28, 1956 in San Francisco, California.  


Christopher attended El Cerrito High School and graduated in 1974. After graduating high school Christopher attended Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas where he studied Chemistry and became a proud member of the Phi Bata Sigma Fraternity. It took long hours of studies, volunteering and his witty personality to become a part of the Chevron family in the state of California. 


 A few years later, Christopher was transferred to New Orleans, Louisiana where he met and married Christine Williams. As he started aging Christopher decided that after 35 years, it was time to retire and the place to be was Mississippi. Christopher and Christine built their home in Mississippi and kept their home in Louisiana to be close to family and friends. 


Christopher loved to talk. He never met a stranger and always liked being center of attention. A single word could become a whole topic for hours. Christopher was also an entertainer because loved to perform his Michael Jackson moves whenever he could. Christopher was a big fan of the Pittsburg’s Steelers. 


Christopher is preceded in death by his mother; Florence Rosetta Fridia, father; Earnest Fridia, brother; David Fridia, mother-in-law; Joyce Williams, father-in-law; Paul Williams Sr. and brother-in-law; Paul Williams Jr. 


Christopher’s life will be cherished and remembered by; his wife Christine Williams Fridia, sister; Yvonne Williams, step-daughters; Shabrielle Adams and Britney Adams Taylor (Michael), sister-in-law; Elaine Shelton (Steve), Joyce Nicholson (Johnny), Betty Williams (Clyde), Cynthia Williams Bocage and Diann Williams, brother-in-law; Kenneth Williams, grandchildren-in-law; Zen, Blu and Salem Taylor and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Due to COVID guidelines Face masks are required, and Social Distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.


Sedonia Baker

Date of Birth ​December 19, 1948 

Date of Death November 4, 2022 

Funeral Service

Saturday, November 12, 2022 | 11:00 am 

New Jerusalem Baptist Church 

152 E 6th Street Edgard, LA 70049 

Officiating: Pastor Maurice Tillman 


Interment at St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

Sedonia Baker was born on December 19, 1948 in Killona, LA to the late Irma Lee and Livingston Baker, Jr. She was the second of three children. She departed this earthly life on Friday, November 4, 2022 at the age of 73. Sedonia was a lifelong resident of Edgard until her illness, where she then resided with her daughter in Laplace.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Walter Baker, a daughter Angela Baker, a son-in-law Jordae Grows Sr., and her companion Emile Willams.

Sedonia is survived by three daughters: Yolanda (Darrin Scott), Sonya (Aubrey Borne III), and Rita Baker; and one son, Demond Baker Sr.; seventeen grandchildren: Joyell, Breyanne (Joshua), Asia (Aaron), Asianee (Marcus), Dashia (Aaron), Ireail, Alfreana, Pernell Jr., AnJanel, ReSean, Sh’Rita, Jordae Jr., Jordan, Jadore, Demond Jr., Demonte, and Angel. Fourteen great grandchildren; and one sister Rita Isaac. She is also survived by one godchild Tyrone Woods, Jr. and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She will be greatly missed by many.

Due to COVID guidelines Face masks are required, and Social Distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.


Emma Lee Dunn

Date of Birth December 14, 1937

Date of Death October 19, 2022


Saturday, October 29, 2022 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Second Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church

2616 St.Andrew Street | New Orleans, LA. 70113

Funeral Service

Saturday, October 29, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

Second Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church

2616 St.Andrew Street | New Orleans, LA. 70113

Officiating, Pastor Winston B. Ricks

Emma Lee Dunn was born on December 14, 1937, in Gloster, Mississippi, to the late Vernon & Hattie Chapman Matthews. She was the second oldest of twelve children. She departed this earthly life on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at the age of 84, in Mobile, AL. She moved to New Orleans, where she resided for many years. Emma was married to the late John Henry Dunn. To this union, three children were born.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister Mary Beatrice Brown and her brother Stanley Matthews. 

Emma is survived by her three daughters: Angela and Daphne Dunn and Valarie D. (Clarence Luden); four grandchildren: Lakeisha Christmas, Lance, Alicia, and Britney Dunn; four great-grandchildren: Kyla Christmas, Ta’Liyah Hardy, Dhmani and Deffery Hollis, Jr.; three sisters, two brothers-in-law: Ruthie Burgess of Chicago, IL, Minester (Rev. David) Veals and Wilma (Joseph) Williams, both of Gloster, MS. Six brothers, two sisters-in-law: Edwin Matthews and Alphonse Matthews of Gloster, MS, Samuel Matthews, Melvin (Mattie) Matthews and James (Gail) Matthews, all of Chicago, IL, and Vernon Matthews of Gonzales, LA. She is also survived by three godchildren: Keryatti Lacy, Jowanda Stewart, and Tanya Dickerson, and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, friends, and church family.

She will be greatly missed by many. Everyone is invited to attend a funeral service honoring the life of Emma Lee Dunn at Second Morning Star Missionary Baptist, 2616 St. Andrew Street, New Orleans, LA 70113, on October 29, 2022, at 10:30 AM. Pastor Winston B. Ricks will serve as the Officiant. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM. Interment at the Mount Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum. There will be a repass at The Wisdom Reception Center.

Due to COVID guidelines Face masks are required, and Social Distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.


Jannie Mae Chester

Date of Birth September 27, 1941

Date of Death October 16, 2022


Sunday, October 23, 2022 | 4:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
First Missionary Baptist Church
658 Esters Blvd. | Biloxi, Mississippi 39530

Funeral Service

Monday, October 24, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.

Pine Valley Baptist Church
924 SCR 8 A | Taylorsville, Mississippi 39168


Pine Valley Baptist Church Cemetery

Jannie Mae Page Chester was born September 27, 1941, in Covington County, Mississippi, to the late Daniel Page and Annie Mae Page. She was one of five children, three brothers and one sister. During her early years, her family moved to the Summerland Community. She then joined the Pine Valley Missionary Baptist Church where she served in different areas of the church and dedicated her time to her church community. She relocated to Biloxi, Mississippi, where she married her late husband John Chester, where they both reared their eight children.

Jannie Mae graduated in 1960 from Smith County Training School. She worked in several careers, but her most satisfying and beloved job was a Police Front Desk Clerk at the Biloxi Police Department. She retired in 2006.

Jannie Mae always gave loving, caring and kind words to her family, friends and co-workers and spoke often of how she served as a “rock,” to those who needed her.

Jannie Mae visited her home church, Pine Valley Missionary Baptist Church regularly, however, while living on the Gulf Coast she also attended First Missionary Baptist Church of Biloxi.

Jannie Mae departed this life in her Biloxi, Mississippi, home on Monday, October 16, 2022. She was preceded in death by her father, Daniel Page; mother, Annie Mae Page; three brothers, Earlie B. Page, Willie J. Page, O. B. Page, sister, Noble Ruth Page and one daughter, Shirley Jean Page.

She leaves to cherish her memory are: four sons, Charles Chester (Patricia) of Mobile, Alabama, Claude Chester (Joyce) of Homosassa, Florida, Billy Page (Revita) of Biloxi, Mississippi, and Carl Chester (Maggie) of Hopewell, Virginia; three daughters, Glendora Gross (Jerome) of Detroit, Michigan, Tina Johnson of Aurora, Colorado and Jackie Barnes (Terry) of Taylorsville, Mississippi; one God child Suhajda Pringle; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren, great grandchildren and other relatives and close friends.

Due to COVID guidelines Face masks are required, and Social Distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.


Rubenetta Eleanor Dicks Francis

Date of Birth August 7, 1958

Date of Death August 22, 2022

Private Memorial


Bonnie Kline

Date of Birth March 26, 1964

Date of Death August 15, 2022

Bonnie was born on March 26, 1964 in Minot, North Dakota. Being a military kid, Bonnie moved around a lot before eventually settling down in Biloxi, MS. Bonnie graduated from Biloxi High School and, later in life, graduated from MGCCC with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa. In 2014, she was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic Neuroendocrine Carcinoma Cancer. Unable to receive chemo or radiation, Bonnie’s teams at MD Anderson and the Ocean Springs Cancer Center found a treatment to make her comfortable for 8 years. With new ailments starting, on August 15, 2022, Bonnie’s fight came to an end. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, Audrey Baker and Ted Warman, and her sister, Karen Warman. She was survived by her children, Mari Davis (Louis), Julia Cantrell (Britt), Lisa Kline (Ashley), and Ryan Walker; her siblings Cheryl Case (John), Christopher Warman, and Dyana Warman-Cramer (Dan Sr); and 10 beautiful granddaughters that she talked about all the time.

A memorial service will be determined at a later date and in lieu of flowers the family has asked for donations to be made to cancer research.


Leslie Martin Reddix

Date of Birth November 14, 1982

Date of Death August 14, 2022

Arrangements pending

Leslie Reddix was born November 14, 1982 to Ruby Nell Martin and Lester Jones Sr., later raised by her “Aunt Ann” June Hayes and the late Grandfather Willie D. Martin. On August 14, 2022, Leslie Martin, of Moss Point, Mississippi at the age of 39. She graduated from
Moss Point High School in 2001. Later she received an Associates Degree in Childhood Development. Leslie later moved to Biloxi, Mississippi. In her spare time, she loved to cook. Also she always had a passion to be around kids and never met a stranger.

She is survived by her husband, Derek Reddix; oldest daughter, Nykeria Martin; only son, Key’Vonte Arrington; youngest child, K’morea Martin. She also leaves behind her two precious grandchildren, Kaysin Martin and Sienne Martin. A host of other relatives and friends.


Renard Thomas Brooks

Date of Birth June 18, 1957

Date of Death August 6, 2022


Monday, August 15, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
10587 Automall Parkway | D’Iberville, MS 39540

Funeral Service

Monday, August 15, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church

10587 Automall Parkway | D’Iberville, MS 39540


Biloxi National Cemetery
400 Veterans Avenue
Biloxi, MS 39531

Renard (Ray) Thomas Brooks was born June 18, 1957, in Mobile, Alabama, to the late Robert and Mattie Brooks. He was a native of Mobile, Alabama, but a resident of Axis, Alabama. Upon graduation from Satsuma High School in 1975, Ray enlisted in the United States Army. After an Honorable Discharge, he moved to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and later returned to Axis, Alabama. After returning home, Ray worked at Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula, Mississippi as an electrician for twenty-three years. He retired in May 2022. He married the former Janice Stewart Brown on May 28, 2002.


He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Robert and Mattie Brooks; grandmothers, Lillie Mae Davis and Ida Thrash; a brother, Donnis Brooks.


He is survived by his loving wife of twenty years, Janice Brooks of Gautier, Mississippi, two children, (Kimberly (Tywan) Brooks-Gates and Jason Arnell Marshall Brooks, both of Mobile, Alabama; six step-children, Talishia Stewart of Columbia, South Carolina; Rodney Stewart, Kenyetta Brown, LaKendra Brown, Colin Brown, and Nacosha Brown all of Biloxi, Mississippi; four grandchildren, Sadie LianeyMarshall Brooks, Marcus Renard Jackson, Cameron Darnell Brooks, and Madison Marie Portis; ten step-grandchildren, Yazmin Cooper, Xander Cooper, Rodney Stewart Jr., Liam Stewart, Kadren Magee, Gabreanna Magee, Kaniya Jackson, and Miriam Morris, Jakai Brown, Sanyi Brown, Gregory Boyden, and Jayden Boyden, A host of other relatives and friends.

No Flowers, No Repass

Due to COVID guidelines Face masks are required, and Social Distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.


Charles Burney

Date of Birth October 30, 1944

Date of Death June 26, 2022


Saturday, July 9, 2022 | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

New Light Baptist Church Family Life Center

5120 Burney Road | Vancleave, Mississippi

Funeral Service

Saturday, July 9, 2022 | 11 a.m.

New Light Baptist Church Family Life Center

5120 Burney Road | Vancleave, Mississippi

Charles Edward Burney was born on October 30, 1944, in Vancleave, MS to Benjamin and Earnestine Burney. Charles graduated from E. H. Keys High School in Ocean Springs, MS. After completing high school, he enlisted in the Navy, and fought in the Vietnam War. Upon his return, he was employed with Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS for 50 years. He also

taught welding classes at MGCCC (Jackson County campus) for a brief period. Charles served on the Deacon board at New Light M. B. Church and later became a Trustee and Cemetery Overseer. Outside of his love for God, he loved hunting, horse riding, and spending time with family and friends.

Charles passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at Ocean Springs Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents Earnestine Burney and Benjamin (Cloree) Burney, Brothers- Earl Leon Burney, Benjamin Burney Jr., Stepbrother- Clarence Washington, Son- Aldridge O. Burney, Grandson- Ethan T. Burney, Aunts- Helen, Geraldine, Edna, Yvonne, as well as other

aunts, uncles, and friends.

Charles is survived by his wife Minnie Burney, children- Carmanie Burney, Tanita (Don) Polk, Earnestine Burney, Edward Burney, Charlene Burney, Courtnay (Chris) Vereen-Johnson, Rachelle (Jamie Bell) Johnson, brother- Clifton (Doris) Burney, Aunt- Louise Gossett, Sister-in-law- Louverta Burney, a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins,

and friends.

Due to COVID guidelines Face masks are required, and Social Distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.


Annette Jackson

Date of Birth April 2, 1938

Date of Death June 18, 2022


June 29, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

New Light Baptist Church Family Life Center
5120 Burney Road | Vancleave, MS 39565
Rev. Ellis Reddix, Pastor

Funeral Service

June 29, 2022 | 12:00 Noon

New Light Baptist Church Family Life Center

5120 Burney Road | Vancleave, MS 39565


Cedar Grove Cemetery
Vancleave, MS 39565

"When I've gone the last mile of the way, I shall rest at the close of the day, for I know there is joy awaiting. When I've gone the last mile of the way."
Sister Annette Jackson entered eternal rest on June 18, 2022, at the Singing River  Hospital in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. 
A time to be born: She was born April 2, 1938, in Butler, Alabama, to the late Rand Cunningham and the late Lula Lot. She was preceded in death by her brother, Nathan Brown, sister, Myra Jean Walker, and sons, Jesse Lewis and Kenny Joseph Walker.
A time to live: Sister Annette was an active member of the New Light Missionary Baptist Church until her health began to fail her. She was a past member of the Women at Work and the Senior Women Ministry. She was employed at Keesler AFB for many years, where she retired. She loved her family, pastor, and and church family.
A time to mourn: She leaves to cherish her memories, her children: Evelyn Smith, Patrick Jackson, Leroy Walker, Gerald Jackson, and Tomesha Bass; Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Bell Thomas and Josephine Coleman; two Aunts, Willia Mae and Patricia Buxton, A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Special thanks to Katrina German.

Due to COVID guidelines Face masks are required, and Social Distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.


Michael Risher

Date of Birth November 7, 1989

Date of Death June 18, 2022

Private Memorial


Shirley Jean Page

Date of Birth July 8, 1958

Date of Death June 1, 2022


June 10, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Dickey Brothers Funeral Home Chapel
255 Delauney Street | Biloxi, Mississippi

Graveside Service

June 11, 2022 | 10:00 a.m

9:00 a. m. Viewing
10:00 a. m. Graveside
Pine Valley Baptist Church Cemetery
924 Smith County Rd 8 | Taylorsville, Mississippi 39168
Rev. Sam McDonald Jr., Pastor

On June 1, 2022, the sweet spirit of our dear sister, Ms. Shirley Jean Page, went to join the Savior in that home not built with hands, but whose maker and builder is God. Ms. Shirley Jean Page, daughter of the late Mr. John Chester and Mrs. Jannie Mae Chester, was born July 8, 1958, in Jones County. She departed this life on June 1, 2022, in the comfort of her home, Biloxi, Mississippi, at 6:20 p.m.

She joined the Pine Valley Baptist Church, Taylorsville, Mississippi, at a very early age. She later moved to Biloxi, Mississippi, but always visited regularly what she called her home church, Pine Valley.

She loved cooking and food, the color red, laughing, music, stuffed animals, her family, friends, and her faith. Knowing Shirley Jean is to have laughed with or shared a kind word, whether a close friend or stranger. Being humbly social was a gift she had, and those around her were drawn to her infectious, kind personality. Shirley Jean was a wonderful older sister to her siblings. "As a daughter, she has spent a generous amount of love and care for her mother. She became a loving confidant and strong shoulder for her mother during times spent." Selflessness and generosity were two traits that highlighted her personality. She touched the lives of many people.

Shirley Jean had an unassuming and disarming smile that could put anyone at ease, from newborns to the elderly. Her sense of humor was second to none, and she was as compassionate as she was funny. Even when ill, Shirley Jean was never angry or sad. Instead, she could find the silver lining to keep pushing forward in any situation. Shirley Jean was so special. She represented the good that we all need every day in our lives. We are proud to have been able to call Shirley Jean our daughter, sister, cousin, auntie, TeTe, and our friend.

She leaves to mourn:  Her mother, Mrs. Jannie Mae Chester of Biloxi, MS; four sisters, Mrs. Glendora (Jerome) Gross, Detroit, MI; Ms. Tina Johnson, Aurora, Colorada; Mrs. Jacquelyn (Terry) Barnes, Taylorsville, Mississippi, Mrs. Dorothy Ruth (John) Dixon, Redford, Michigan; six brothers, Mr. Billy (Revita) Page. Biloxi, Mississippi, Mr. Charles (Patricia) Chester, Mobile, Alabama; Mr. Claude (Joyce) Chester, Homohassa, Florida; Mr. Carl (Maggie) Chester, Chesterfield, Virginia; Mr. Jerry (Sherri) Gillum, Taylorsville, Mississippi, and Mr. James (Sherry) Gillum Taylorsville, Mississippi; Two God children, Mr. Michael Martin, Biloxi, Mississippi, and Ms.  Zyuna Ross, Taylorsville, Mississippi, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Due to COVID guidelines Face masks are required, and Social Distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.


Erice Williams

Date of Birth September 7, 1963

Date of Death May 8, 2022


Saturday, May 28, 2022 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Beulah Baptist Church

1125 S Salcedo St. | New Orleans, LA

Funeral Service

Saturday, May 28, 2022 | 10:00 a.m

Beulah Baptist Church

1125 S Salcedo St. | New Orleans, LA


Green Street Cemetery

New Orleans, Louisiana

Erice Williams, son of Ethel Tennesee and Robert L. Williams, died in Jackson, Louisiana, on May 8, 2022.

Due to COVID guidelines Face masks are required, and Social Distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.


Patricia Ann Williams

Date of Birth February 4, 1947
Date of Death April 14, 2022


Friday, April 22, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home

255 Delauney Street | Biloxi, Mississippi

Funeral Service

Saturday, April 23, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

Warren Hill By Grace Church

105 Warren Hill Road | Puckett, Mississippi


Warren Hill Cemetery

105 Warren Hill Road | Puckett, Mississippi 39042

Patricia Ann Williams was born February 4, 1947 to Tonsey and Willie M. Reuben. She went home to be with our Savior on April 14, 2022. She was preceded in death by both parents, her ex husband Travis Williams, four brothers David Reuben, Sidney Reuben, Mack Reuben, and Randall Reuben, Four sisters, Brenda Stapleton, Emma Allen, Esther Williams and Margaret Dear and her best friend Priscilla Johnson.

She grew up in Puckett, MS but later moved to Chicago where she spent a good part of her adult life. She would later move back to her home state in the city of Biloxi to be closer to her family. She was employed with Gayfers which later became Dillard's where she later retired.

She enjoyed going to church, spending time with family and friends, and shopping. She loved to talk on the phone and would do so every night with her family.

She leaves to cherish her memories two children, Derrick Reuben (Bridget) and Lakeshia Walker (Robert). Six grandchildren Ashley, Jasmine, Julian,  Chasity, Tajh and Tariq. Six great grandchildren , Samir, Princeton, Lauren, Riley, Zoey, and Noah and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.


Due to COVID guidelines Face masks are required, and Social Distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.


Eartha L. Brown-Willis

Date of Birth August 29, 1928
Date of Death March 28, 2022


Thursday, April 7, 2022 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

H. A. Brown United Methodist Church

200 N. Azalea Drive | Wiggins, Mississippi 39577

Funeral Service

Thursday, April 7, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

H. A. Brown United Methodist Church

200 N. Azalea Drive | Wiggins, Mississippi 39577


Willis Cemetery
Wiggins, Mississippi

A woman of many titles, Mrs. Eartha Willis was a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother. But she was also an educator, teacher, woman of God, caretaker, and friend. Her smile was infectious, her spirit was invigorating, but her love was everlasting. This is the story of a woman who blessed us with 94 years of love, laughter, and light.

Mrs. Willis’ story begins on August 29, 1927. She was born an only child to the lateRev. Foster and Sis Erie McIntyre Brown of Hattiesburg, MS. She was introduced toChrist at a young age as a member of Antioch Baptist Church and was a graduate ofEureka High School in Hattiesburg, MS.

Mrs. Willis had many passions, but teaching was her first love. Following high school, she went on to Tennessee State University where she obtained a degree inPolitical Science - she never missed an opportunity to brag on an HBCU. Her love for education did not stop there. Mrs. Willis then studied at Jackson State University and obtained an endorsement in Elementary Education.

The trajectory of her story would soon change course, as she would eventually meet her husband, John. Their love blossomed in Stone County where Mrs. Willis was called to lead the dance team at Locker High. Her passion for educating led her to teach 37 years in the Stone County School District as a Social Studies instructor for4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.

While she was stern about her students focusing on their studies, Mrs. Willis’ role as an educator extended far beyond the four walls of a classroom. She was an educator on life. A noble guide to prosperity. A light in a sea of unwavering darkness. She had a way of effortlessly inspiring, empowering, and encouraging those around her to do better and be better. She led, so we followed - the best we could.

Her grandchildren are arguably her proudest accomplishment. Whether she was schooling them on a lesson, saving them from a spanking, or cooking them a meal,Mrs. Willis was their voice of reason. They called her, Muh Muh. It was a title she wore with honor.

She was a woman the community looked to for advice and wisdom. Although she was too humble to boast about her accomplishments, she was never too proud to give her neighbor. An angel sent from heaven, her pulse radiated from a servant heart.

Mrs. Willis is preceded in death by her husband, John Willis Jr. and son, Vincent.She is survived by 3 sons: Carl (Doris) Lithonia, GA , Herman Wiggins, MS, and Larry (Maria) Daphne, AL; 2 daughters: Yette (Darryl) Hattiesburg,MS and Jondena (Stevon) Gulfport,MS; a plethora of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a great- great grandchild along with her God-sent sister LillieMae Grady. 


Due to COVID guidelines Face masks are required, and Social Distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.

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Ronald Van Steenis

Date of Birth November 13, 1954
Date of Death February 9, 2022

Private Memorial 

Ronald Ray Van Steenis was born the 13th of November, 1954, and passed the 9th of February, 2022. Ronald lived a life of travel and adventure. During his career, he logged thousands of hours as a commercial pilot – flying both people and cargo. As a father, he instilled a thirst for adventure and a love of the outdoors to his children.


Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Van Steenis and Katherine Van Steenis (Prater). Ronald was survived by his older sister, Deborah Demaro (Van Steenis) of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and his brother, Richard Van Steenis of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was also survived by two children, Matthew Van Steenis of Traverse City, Michigan, and Skylar Van Steenis, of Gaylord, Michigan. A native of Michigan, Ronald relocated to the Gulf Coast in the mid 2010’s.


Harmony Sierra Palode-McDaniel

Date of Birth July 15, 2016
Date of Death February 17, 2022



March 2, 2022 | 5 PM to 7 PM

Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

255 Delauney Street

Biloxi, Mississippi 39530



March 3, 2022 | 9 AM to 11 AM

New Bethel Baptist Church

255 Delauney Street

Biloxi, Mississippi 39530


Private Funeral | 11:00 a.m.



Biloxi National Cemetery

Biloxi, Mississippi


Service live on Zoom: ID: 381-472-8635 | Password 496936

Facebook Live: Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home, LLC

Until we meet again

A bright ray of love that has filled all of our hearts with harmonious laughter and joy, has left to join our heavenly Family. What human can know or understand the time, day, or hour when our father calls for us to return to our home country. For in accordance to Ecclesiastes 12:7 it
says, and dust returns to the ground it came from and the Spirit returns to God who gave it.


Though no one was prepared or imagined that this day would come, God who knows all made no mistake when He called our princess home. He allowed us to share the blessing in her life. He allowed us the privilege to raise her and see her change into a beautiful flower that exudes
warmth, joy, and love enough for everyone to feel.

Since we were blessed in abundance and given the honor of having such sweet precious time with our beautiful baby girl, we must be thankful to our creator and find a way to still keep the joy of her memory alive in our hearts.

None of it is easy, and it may feel very hard to bear, as we all mourn her in our own way. However, if you truly remember Harmony; you would know that she would not want us to be sad, and instead, she would like us to be happy for that was who she was.

Family and friends, as you can imagine, we did not see this day coming so soon, and we were not prepared for the time in which our precious baby would have to be put to rest. Nevertheless, never forget the memory of her love and the joy she brought to our hearts. For every hug, laughter, smile, and spoken word will now be a precious gem to treasure forever.


In unity, let us send a combination of simultaneously sounded chords with words of love that are pleasing to the the soul that reaches the heavens as we say our last goodbye

Until we meet again...


Love you always infinity x infinity your God- sister


Pamela Kennedy Parish

Date of Birth February 1, 1956
Date of Death February 13, 2022


Thursday, February 24, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home

255 Delauney Street | Biloxi, MS 39530

Private Memorial

Pamela Kennedy-Parish was the second born of three children, to the late Francis Perryman and Jimmie De Perryman Bender, in Gulfport, Mississippi, on February 1, 1956. She was immersed in the Christian community that would be her lifelong support. At a young age, she joined Progressive Baptist Church. After graduating from Gulfport High School, she enrolled at Xavier University. She graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1979 with a degree in Business Administration. In New Orleans, she met and married Harry Kennedy, to whom three children were born. She later relocated back to Gulfport, Mississippi, where she met and married her Kater Parish Jr, blending their families. She had a successful career as an accountant, receiving tenure from Gulfport, where she worked for eighteen years. She ultimately retired from the City of Biloxi in 2019.


Pamela was a respected community member and received many awards and accolades. She was a Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, a past member of the Bennett-Johnson Golden Circle, and the Xavier University Gulf Coast Alumni Association. In addition, Pamela was a loving and strong person who could solve any problem. Her loved ones will dearly miss her. Pamela is preceded in death by one child, Harrison Kennedy, her uncle Lee Daniel Spearmon and her parents.


Pamela leaves to cherish her loving husband, Kater; her daughters Rachal Kennedy and Whitney Hampton (Kalan Hampton); her grandchildren Kohen Hampton and Kobi Hampton; her sisters Kathleen Perryman and Toni Adams (Lamar Adams), her step-children Deidra Parish-Doyle, Arlanderia Jones Bank, and Bertran Parish; one niece, one great-niece, two sisters-in-law, and three brothers-in-law.


Cormeal Scott

Date of Birth July 17, 1948
Date of Death February 7, 2022


Friday, February 18, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church

3721 N. Claiborne Avenue | New Orleans, Louisiana

Graveside Service

Saturday, February 19, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

Scott Cemetery

Woodville, Mississippi

On February 7, 2022, the heavenly gates opened and welcomed our beloved mother, sister, aunt, and friend. Cormeal Scott, 73, was reunited with her parents, Isdora Conic (nee Wright) and Charlie Conic, Brother Charlie (Bill) Conic, Jr., and grandmother Luvinia Wright. She is survived by her daughter, Zelda Scott, sisters; Mary Jean White, Sara Lane, Francis Lane, brothers; Charles Conic, Dallas Lane, and a host of family and friends.


Face masks are required, and Social Distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.


Kimberly Konczyk

Date of Birth March 18, 1970
Date of Death February 6, 2022

Private Menorial Service at a later time.


Norman & Linda Selvog

Norman Selvog: Date of Birth November 5, 1944
                           Date of Death February 7, 2022

Linda Selvog:     Date of Birth September 14, 1947

                           Date of Death February 7, 2022

Private Menorial Service at a later time.


Tyrone Tillman

Date of Birth October 14, 1951
Date of Death December 12, 2021

Tyrone Phillip Tillman was the son of Rev. Jetson  and Thelma Tillman He was born on October 14, 1951. He departed this life on December 12, 2021 at Canon Hospice in Gulfport, MS.


 Tyrone attended Valena C. Jones High School.  He served in the United States Navy. Tyrone lived in Los Angeles, California for many years.  He moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, where he became a renowned Barber and HairStylist. Tyrone opened a barber shop on the corner of Old Spanish Trail and Washington Street in "The Bay." He was advertised and known as the "Cut Doctor."


Tyrone attended church faithfully until his health began to fail. He knew the scriptures from both the Bible and the Koran. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He loved his family, always sharing words of wisdom for them to live by. He was also a praying man.


Tyrone leaves behind two sisters, Dr. Joanne Tillman of Atlanta, GA and Minister Karen Craft of Bay St. Louis, MS; three daughters, Roshanda Tillman and Tyronza Tillman residing in Los Angeles, California, and Rachel Stone, Long Beach, California; a Godchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.


We will miss his radiant smile, his corny sense of humor, and his infectious laugh. Rest in peace "Toky."  No more more suffering. We love you.

Private Menorial Service


Darrell Gibson

Date of Birth September 18, 1942
Date of Death January 8, 2022


Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 9 a.m.

Funeral Service

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

Corpus Christi-Epiphany Catholic Church

2022 St. Bernard Ave.

New Orleans, LA


Providence Memorial Park

Metairie, LA

Darrell Anthony Gibson entered into eternal rest on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at the age of 79.  Mr. Gibson was a graduate of Joseph S. Clark High School and Southern Automation College.  He also attended Southern University of New Orleans.  Mr. Gibson was a retired business owner, having owned and operated The Showcase Night Club in New Orleans, and Fat Albert’s Restaurant, in Westwego, LA.

Mr. Gibson was preceded in death by his parents Marguerite Johnson Gibson Young and Raymond Gibson, and two brothers, Larry Gibson and Lloyd Johnson.  Survivors include his four children: Dr. Monique Gibson Cola, Darrell Gerard Gibson, Dr. Kimberlyn Gibson Negret, and Anniqua C. Gibson and one daughter-in-law, Lesette Gibson; one uncle, Bernell Johnson; three brothers,  James Johnson (Christy), Brian Johnson, Carlie Young;  three sisters,  Barbara Johnson Young, Pecola Young King, and Cheryl Young Stern;  six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews,  cousins and friends.


Michael John Caines

Date of Birth
Date of Death December 11, 2021


Saturday, December 18, 2021 | 2 p.m.

Celebration Of Life

Saturday, December 18, 2021 | 3 p.m.

First Evangelist Baptist Church

1801 Willow Street

New Orleans, Louisiana

Michael John Caines, 63, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at the Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, surrounded by his family. On Saturday, December 18, 2021, a Celebration of Life will be held at First Evangelist Baptist Church, located at 1801 Willow Street in New Orleans. Rev. Reginald Landry serves as the pastor. A viewing will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the service at 3:00 p.m.


Mother Myrtle Ann Davis Abbott

Date of Birth November 22, 1934
Date of Death November 26, 2021


Saturday, December 18, 2021 | 9 a.m.

Celebratory Services

Saturday, December 18, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

Star of Bethel Baptist Church

2217 Harmony Street

New Orleans, LA 70115

Mother Myrtle Ann Davis Abbott answered Jesus's call to rest for eternity on November 26, 2021. She was born November 22, 1934, to the union of the late Valonise and Robert Davis Sr. in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was educated in the New Orleans Public School System. Mother Abbott was baptized at the Mount Rock Missionary Baptist Church. She was a lifelong member and served as the Mother’s Board leader for thirty-six years.


Myrtle was the devoted wife of the late Ferdinand Abbott, first marriage with the late Alfred L. Dyer; beloved mother of Londa and Linda Dyer and stepmother of  Carl, Alvin, and  Debra Abbott.  Myrtle was a laborer for Jesuit High School, Loyola University of New Orleans, DePaul Hospital, St Elizbeth Children’s Hospital, Milen Boys Home, and the Local 689. She was well known throughout the  Greater New Orleans Holly Grove area.


Myrtle is preceded in death by her parents, Valonise and Robert Davis, Sr.; her husband Ferdinand Abbott; four brothers, August, Robert, McKinnley, and Frank Davis; three sisters, Thelma Solomon, Janie Davis-Luckett, Alma Davis, and one granddaughter Myneka Dyer.


Myrtle leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters, Londa Sias and Linda Dyer;  step-children, Carl and Alvin Abbott, and Debra Todd; Sons-in-law, Greg Sias, Cedrick Todd, and George Row, champion of Linda Dyer; Nine grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, and one sister, Gloria D. Green; and a host of step-children, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


Family and friends are invited to attend celebratory services

Note: Due to COVID-19, everyone must wear a mask or a proper facial covering.


James A. Ruffin aka "Booza"

Date of Birth June 6, 1944
Date of Death November 22, 2021


Saturday, December 4, 2021 | 9 a.m.

Funeral Services

Saturday, December 4, 2021 | 11 a.m.

New Jerusalem Baptist Church

Edgard, Louisiana

James A. Ruffin aka "Booza"was born June 6, 1944 to Mabel and Oscar Antonio. He passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021 at Ormond Living Facility. He was seventy-seven years old. James was one of thirteen children; Oscar J., Albert. Alvin, Edgar, Evelyn, Harry, Marie, Walter, Lillie, Isiah, Joseph, and John. He was baptized at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church of Edgard, Louisiana under the late Rev. Johnson and currently Pastor K. Maurice Tillman was a member for over twenty five years until his death.He served as a deacon until his illness. James loved going to church, talking with women, hitch-hiking, and eating up everything. He always smiled and made others laugh.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel and Oscar Antonio Sr.; grandparents, Charity and Walter Ruffin and Lillie Mae and Oscar Nahtall Antonio; his siblings, Albert, Harry, Oscar Jr., Alvin, Isiah, Walter, Edgar, Evelyn, Marie, Lillie, and Joseph


He leaves to cherish his memories; brother, John Ruffin and half-brothers, Frank, Bertrand, Leroy, and Simoneaux Landry; God-children, Chiquita Bailey and Darien Antonio.  A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.


Gladys Mae Fairley

Date of Birth August 16, 1940
Date of Death November 14, 2021

Memorial Services will be held via ZOOM. Saturday, November 27, 2021 @ 1pm.

Moss Point Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses

Meeting ID: 648 059 5971

Password: 585057

Gladys was born on August 16, 1940, to J.R. Fairley and Letha Bell Fairley. She passed away on November 14, 2021. For over 40 years, Gladys was a devoted Christian of her God Jehovah. She was full of hospitality and generosity to all.  As a diligent student of Jehovah she applied those principles to her everyday life and spent numerous hours teaching the Bible to others.  She always strived to be an example to others around her. Gladys loved to spend her free time doing what she was widely known for; baking Red Velvet cakes, German Chocolate cakes, and making Sweet potatoes pies.

She met and married Isaac A. Fairley, whom she was married for thirty-eight years until his untimely death on June 2, 1996. Because of Gladys's fine Christian spirit, she will be truly missed by all that knew her as she sleeps and awaits her day of resurrection.

Gladys leaves to treasure her memories five children-Mildred Maria Fairley-Ducksworth of Gautier, Mississippi; Shirley J. Fairley of Topeka, Kansas; Ivan A. Fairley of Lucedale, Mississippi; Effie J. Fairley of Colorado Springs, Colorado;  Ronald L. Fairley (Pamela) of Lake Charles,  Louisiana; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Della Mae Fairley-Hampton, Rabelle Johnson, and Christina Galloway Fairley, one brother-in-law, Herman Lee Fairley, long life friend and cousin, Gloria Humphreys,  and a host of nieces and nephews.

“O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.” Job 14;13-15

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure... unknown
The family would like to thank EVERYONE for the many acts of kindness: prayers, calls, cards, food, monetary value, and many other thoughtful and warm gestures of friendship extended by everyone.  We sincerely thank you.  Also, a special thanks to River Chase Facility, Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home,  and Moss Point Kingdom Hall Congregation.


Mrs. Phyllis Marie Innes

Date of Birth May 1, 1926
Date of Death October 10, 2021

Private Memorial at a later time.


Bertha Elizabeth Parker

Date of Birth June 5, 1928
Date of Death September 7, 2021


Tuesday, September 21, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.


Biloxi National Cemetery

400 Veterans Avenue | Biloxi, MS 39530


Due to the CDC guidelines and Covid-19, face masks are required. Social distancing will be strictly enforced to ensure everyone's safety.


Emmanuel Joseph “Manny” Smith

Date of Birth December 19, 1994
Date of Death September 16, 2021

Celebration of Life Service

Thursday October 7, 2021
Viewing: 9:00 a. m.  -  10:00 a. m.
Service: 10 a. m.

Fisher Community Church 
1737 L B Landry Ave 
New Orleans, La  70114

On September 16, 2021 at approximately 8:45pm, The God that creates the rainbows escorted Emmanuel Joseph “Manny” Smith to his new home of freedom.

Emmanuel was born on December 19, 1994 at Meadow Crest Hospital in Gretna, Louisiana. 

Emmanuel attended elementary school in Gulfport, MS., Acadiana High School in Lafayette, La. for his junior year, then moved to Astell, GA and graduated from South Cobb High School. To further his education, he enrolled in Chattahoochee Tech School in Marietta, GA, and later decided to enlist in the US Marine Corp.

Emmanuel enjoyed the outdoors, skateboarding, meditating, yoga, art, drawing, music, eating healthy foods and last, but not least, he loved the Lord. Emmanuel was free spirited and fun-loving, and he possessed a playful sense of humor, so he would always have reasons to laugh. He never met a stranger. His charm and wits certainly were his strengths.

Emmanuel is preceded in death by his aunt, Angelique Carre Smith (raised as his sister), and grandmother; Mary Grace Dural. Emmanuel’s cherished memory shall live in the hearts of his mother, Leslie “Michele” Smith, his father, Dalton R. Dural (Kimberly), and his grandparents, Betty P. Williams (Clyde), Marvin J. Smith, and Harold Dural; his siblings Matthew Paul Smith, King Josiah Smith (cousin raised as his brother), Terence Young, Darby, Nicholas, Joie Dural, and Courtney Simmons Dural; his uncles and aunts, Marvin Christian “Chris” Smith (Katelyn), Elijah Green, Shella Dural-Coleman(Quency), Phillip (Trena), Thetis, Glen, Nelda, and Andrea Dural; and a host of great aunts, great uncles, cousins and friends. 

Emmanuel was the godson of Sir Earl Toon, Dejeunee “Dej” and Shantee “Shant” Darensburg, aka “The Twins.” He had a two for one special. 

Along with family members and friends, he was loved by all.


Caroline Sherrell

Date of Birth July 17, 1967
Date of Death August 19, 2021

Caroline Sherrell passed away August 19, 2021 at her home in Biloxi. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Sherrell. She is survived by her parents, Bruce & Gail Rowland; two sisters, Dana Bell and Susanne Peterson of Arkansas; two brothers, Tony Rowland of Arkansas and Bruce Rowland of Washington State. Services will be at the Biloxi National Cemetery September 20, 2021 at 11 a.m.


Silvana Santiago

Date of Birth May 12, 1984
Date of Death August 20, 2021


Saturday, September 4, 2021 | 9:30 a.m.


Saturday, September 4, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church

2090 Pass Road | Biloxi, MS 39531


Finley Cemetery 

Saucier, MS


Due to the CDC guidelines and Covid-19, face masks are required. Social distancing will be strictly enforced to ensure everyone's safety.


Juan Andres Bacilio

Date of Birth August 26, 1977
Date of Death August 20, 2021

Private Memorial


Leianna Ishler

Date of Birth November 27, 1975
Date of Death August 19, 2021

Private Memorial


Ruth McKay

Date of Birth October 30, 1962
Date of Death August 19, 2021

Private Memorial


Victor Jose Alba, Jr.

Date of Birth May 30, 1964
Date of Death August 17, 2021

Private Memorial


Willie Louis White, Sr.
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Date of Birth January 23, 1951
Date of Death August 20, 2021


August 27, 2021 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.



August 27, 2021 | 12:30 p.m.


St. Paul United Methodist Church

696 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Biloxi, MS 39530



Biloxi National Cemetery

400 Veterans Avenue

Biloxi, MS


Due to Covid 19 and CDC guidelines, face masks are required. Social distancing will be strictly enforced. Please adhere to these guidelines for your safety and our staff.

Willie Louis White Sr., was called home suddenly on Friday, August 20, 2021, at the age of seventy. He was the second eldest son born to Roosevelt White Sr. and Lillian (Shelton) White in West Point, Mississippi on January 23, 1951. The following year, the family relocated to Kansas City, Missouri where he was raised. Willie had one sister and four brothers: Deloris White who passed away just shortly after birth; David Collins Hogan (1993); Roosevelt White Jr (2017); Mitchell White (1997); and Raymond White (Shirley), his last surviving sibling. Willie was survived by his life partner Venora Bryant with whom he conceived his eldest son Michael Jerome Bryant (Erica) of Gulfport, MS, and his ex-wife Pok Sun White Garrison whom he conceived Salynda Crystal Owens (Michael) of Houston, TX; Tamika La’Neese White of Midwest City, OK; Willie Louis White Jr. (Benita) of Kansas City, MO; Chae Joseph White Sr. (Chyna) of Memphis, TN; and Jay Cee White (Margo) of Kansas City, MO. He was also blessed to have twenty-three grandchildren: Malik A. White; A’lexious S. Ayers; Adrian L. Armstrong; Aaron L. Armstrong (2015); Andrew L. Shaver; Victoria S. Owens; Anthony L. Davis Jr.; Koralee Shaver; Andre L. Ross; Za’Tavia S. White; Marita L. Davis, Maiya R. Henson, Jaylyn M. White, Mykiah J. Bryant, Mary J. Bryant, Willie L. White III, Jayden M. White, Ajia M. White, Rylie D. M. White, Michelle J. Bryant, Chae J. White Jr, Kylan B. White, and Za’Bella M. Jones. Willie also had two great-grandchildren: D’Marion Ayers and Journee Ayers. Willie still has one surviving uncle Lamar Shelton, and one aunt Bessie White. He has several nieces, nephews, cousins and much extended family.

Willie graduated from Lincoln High School in Kansas City, MO and attended the University of Kansas (KU). He served in the United States Armed Forces until he discharged in 1973 as a veteran of the United States Air Force. The majority of his civilian career, he was involved in the telecommunication industry where he served as an electrician. His pride and joy has always been his family. Everyone and anyone who knew him, knows he is a connector of people. He made it his business to reach out to everyone in the family and was intentional about talking to his children daily. Willie needed at least three or four baptist preacher closes to end a phone conversation. If you know, then you know!

Throughout his life, music (especially old school) was in his veins and played the saxophone in a band for many years. He had a great sense of humor and loved to fellowship with people while playing dominos, chess and video games (Zumba was his favorite). He was a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan. Willie really enjoyed barbequing and knew how to clear a plate too. In his final days, he enjoyed working on various projects at his home. More than anything, Willie, affectionately known as “Chilly Willy,” “Willie Louis,” “Big Will,” and “Pops” was a joy to be around. He never met a stranger, nor was he a stranger to anyone.

In his later years, he always found a way to remain objective and would provide sound advice to anyone who had an ear to hear. He was a major encourager, influencer, and solution provider. He worked hard and was full of wisdom. He instilled many strengths into his children, to include endurance, resilience, and perseverance (a spirit of never giving up, to always push forward). The biggest legacy he left for his family was to always remember to make your family a priority and to keep them close. He impacted us all different-ly but treated us all with great love and tender care. He always said he wanted to return home to Mississippi and he did just that and enjoyed the rest of his days exactly where he wanted to be. There will never be another Willie White Sr. in the world. He will be truly missed. 


Joseph William Santora

Date of Birth September 13, 1952
Date of Death August 16, 2021

Private Memorial


Fanessa Ealey

Date of Birth April 28, 1954
Date of Death August 3, 2021

Fanessa (Franklin) Anderson Ealey was born April 28, 1954 to Louis Franklin Sr. and Vivian Ambrose. She was called home by God on August 3, 2021. She met the love of her life Robert (Earl) Hayes Ealey in Columbus, GA whom she was married for 31 years until his untimely death in August 2015. She leaves to cherish her memories, three children, Anthony Allen, Lisa Catrina, and Robert Hayes Ealey Jr. Interment will be August 16, 2021 at the Alabama State Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort, AL. Arrangements entrusted to Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home in Biloxi, MS.


David James

Date of Birth July 2, 1956
Date of Death July 24, 2021

Public Viewing | 9am - 11am

Wednesday August 4th, 2021

Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

255 Delauney St.

Biloxi, MS 39530

Graveside Service | 12pm Noon

D'iberville Memorial Park

11041 Gorenflo Rd.

Diberville , Ms 39540

Due to the recent rising cases of the Delta Variant of Covid cases and the

CDC guidelines, masks are required at all times and social distancing will

strictly be enforced during the viewing.

David James, was born July 2, 1956 ,age 65, formerly of Biloxi, Ms, transitioned from labor to reward, Saturday, July 24, 2021. David first attended school at A.E Perkins Elementary and later M.F Nichols High School located in East Biloxi. The youngest of seven kids from the late Robert “ Bobby” James & Imogene James both of Tylertown, Ms, David took after his father and became a top tier concrete finisher along the Gulf Coast. At a young age David took his skills to work at companies such as The Dupont plant in DeLisle, Ms and other companies such as Chevron, and cities like Austin, Tx, and all over the southern regions of Louisiana and Alabama. David truly enjoyed the skills he owned, as he utilized them to make adjustments and improvements on his own homes. David was also known to be a great cook, and very avid fisherman.

On August,5,1978 David was united by holy matrimony to the former Yvonne Williams, daughter of the late Maxwell C. Williams & Louise Williams. For 42 years David and Yvonne journeyed through this land together, side by side, as members of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, located 10587 Automall Parkway, D’Iberville, Ms.


David was preceded in death by his parents, Robert James Sr & Imogene James, his brothers,Richard James, Samuel “SJ “James, his sisters Geneva Wallace, Dorothy Williams,& Sophie Dickey.


David's life will forever be cherished in the lives of : his wife, Yvonne James (Biloxi, Ms) , his children whom he loved,starting with his oldest, Anthony Greene (Leonna) of Macon, Ga; his only girl , Sharonda Kenan (Ahamad Sr.) and his youngest son Derek James all of Biloxi,Ms.


David leaves behind memories with brothers , Robert “ Toe “ James Jr. (Betty) of Michigan, and JL “ Boobie “ James of Biloxi, Ms, and sister; Brenda Stewart (Arizona). David also was a grandfather of 10, LeAsia Kenan, Alyssa Kenan, Jaylen Kenan, Ahamad Kenan Jr, Kayden Kenan, and Musiq Carter Kenan, all of Mississippi, Cari, Kyla, Zariah & Asha all of Macon, Ga; Nephews; Rodney James (Pauline), and Joe Foster, and Valdez James as well as nieces Marilynn Bullock(Gabriel), and Anne James, of Montgomery, Al. Long time friend Mr. Glenn Johnson,of Biloxi, as well as friend, and fellow concrete finisher Jr. Boy Peyton, a host of cousins, great-nieces and nephews.


Dr. Weymoth T. Crowell

Date of Birth September 3, 1951
Date of Death July 17, 2021

Memorial Service

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Davenport Harris Funeral Home

301 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Birmingham, Alabama 35211


Elmwood Cemetery

Birmingham, Alabama

A beloved Father, Grandfather, Physician, Musician and Great Friend left this world unexpectedly on July 17, 2021.  Born in Inkster, Michigan on September 3, 1951 to Toussaint L. and Ruth (Hutchins) Crowell, Weymoth “affectionately known as T.W.” grew up in Birmingham, Alabama where he attended Ramsey High School.  He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he was a member of the “winning” football team.  He is also a graduate of the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Medicine, and specialized in anatomic pathology and family medicine.  At the time of his death, he was a physician for Coastal Family Health and Digestive Health Centers.  Weymoth was well-loved by his patients, and never met a stranger with his kindness and harmonious demeanor.  He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  


He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Peggy F. Crowell, PhD, whom he was married to for over 30 years.  During this union, Weymoth “Alex” Crowell was born, and he is their pride and joy.


He leaves to cherish his loving memory, son, Weymoth “Alex” Crowell; daughter, Marva James; grandson, Austin James; sister, Lonya Burgess; and a whole host of devoted nephews, cousins and friends.  Special thanks to our “Village.”  You are loved and appreciated!


Christopher Reed

Date of Birth March 30, 1969
Date of Death July 1, 2021

Private Memorial at a later time.


George Daniel Stevenson

Date of Birth January 11, 1949
Date of Death June 26, 2021


Monday, July 12, 2021

Biloxi National Cemetery

400 Veterans Avenue

Biloxi, Mississippi 39530


Laura B. Johnson

Date of Birth July 27, 1947
Date of Death July 2, 2021


Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.


Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | 11 a.m.

New Bethel Baptist Church

255 Main Street 

Biloxi, Mississippi 39530



Biloxi National Cemetery

400 Veterans Avenue

Biloxi, Mississippi

Laura B. Johnson, 73, of Biloxi, MS was born to the late William and Luereaner Butler, Sr. on July 27, 1947, in Columbus, MS. She passed away suddenly on Friday, July 2, 2021.


She was a member of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church (TMBC) of D’Iberville, MS and an active participant of the Senior Women Anointed and Appointed by God (SWAAG) Ministry, where she enjoyed fellowshipping with the sisters of SWAAG at the TMBC Activity Center.  


After retiring from a 29-year career as a Senior Accounting Clerk for General Motors Acceptance Corporation, she served a 20-year tenure as a Board Member of the Biloxi Housing Authority and Biloxi Community Development Corporation Board of Commissioners, where she also presided as Chair for the last five years. Those who had the pleasure of knowing her quickly understood her greatest pride and joy was spending time with her daughters, and especially with her grandchildren.


Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband Elijah Marshall Johnson of almost 47 years and daughters Tracey Friley (Jerry) of Jacksonville, FL, and Leslie Neal (Reginald, Sr. “Reggie”) of Starkville, MS. She had five grandchildren (listed from oldest to youngest): Sydney Friley, Morgan Neal, Jeremy Friley, Reginald “RJ” Neal, Jr., and Madison Neal; three siblings: Willie Mae Smith and Reanir Mae Stokes (James) both of Columbus, MS, and William Butler, Jr. (Jane) of Birmingham, AL; six sisters-in-law: Jane Butler (William, Jr.) of Birmingham, AL, Anna Johnson, Bernice McMillon, Crystal Johnson, and Leona Johnson (Wayne) all of Mansfield, TX, and Shelia Johnson (Robert) of Augusta, GA; one sister-in-love: Ruby Butler; four brothers-in-law: James Stokes (Reanir) of Columbus, MS, George Johnson, Jr. of Jackson, MS, Robert Johnson (Shelia) of August, GA, Wayne Johnson (Leona) of Mansfield, TX, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In lieu of flowers and food for memorial contributions, the family has requested donations to the TMBC Activity Center on her behalf. Final arrangements entrusted to Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home.

Due to COVID 19 

Masks must be worn at all times.

Social Distancing guidelines will be strictly followed to ensure everyone's safety.


Note: Please adhere to the COVID 19  guidelines and the instructions of the New Bethel Ushers upon entering the sanctuary for seating arrangements.

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Charles P. Hale, V

Date of Birth May 6, 1958
Date of Death June 27, 2021

Private Memorial at a later time.


James Hagadorn

Date of Birth January 12, 1949
Date of Death June 28, 2021

Private Memorial at a later time.


Kim Nanette Haywood-Arnold

Date of Birth May 3, 1965
Date of Death June 11, 2021


Saturday, June 26, 2021 | 10:00 A.M.

Funeral Service

Saturday, June 26, 2021 | 11:00 A.M.

Faith Missionary Baptist Church

3050 19th Avenue

Gulfport, MS 39501

Due to COVID 19

Face masks must be worn at all times

Social Distance Guidelines will be strictly enforced.

Kim Nanette Haywood-Arnold was born on May 3, 1965, at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi, to the parents of Retired CMSGT Willie E. and Roma Haywood. Kim was a member of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church of D’Iberville, Mississippi. On Friday, June 11, 2021, Kim passed away at Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley, Florida.

She was a military brat who traveled throughout many countries and states, including Tinker AFB, Oklahoma (1966-1969), Air Force Academy, Colorado (1969-1973), Keesler AFB, Mississippi (1973-1976), Randolph AFB, Texas (1976-1979), Sembach AFB, Germany (1979-1982) and Tinker AFB, Oklahoma (1982-1984).

Kim was a 1983 graduate of Midwest City High School in Oklahoma City. She also attended Rose State Junior College in Midwest City, Oklahoma. She was employed with the Department of Defense as a Store Checker for more than twenty-six years at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, and later Gulfport Naval Base. She greeted her customers with a warm, friendly smile and never met a stranger. She was loved by many near and far. She was an active member of the Red Hat Society Women’s Club of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Kim loved her “bling.”

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Myrtis Burton of Franklinton, Louisiana, and her fraternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Willie Haywood, Jr. of Lawton, Oklahoma, three aunts, and seven uncles.

Kim leaves to cherish her memories two sons, Kristofer and Kourtney of Biloxi, Mississippi; her parents, Retired CMSGT Willie E. and Roma Haywood of Gulfport, Mississippi, one brother Reginald and one sister Tammy Haywood both of Houston, Texas, an aunt/sister Cynthia Smith of New Orleans, Louisiana.  Three grandchildren Kameron, Lillias, and Keirsten Williams; Two special grandchildren that she cared for as her own Chad and Corbin; two special twin cousins, Alayzia and Ayzia Smith; a special daughter, Cassandra Arevalo of St. Martin, Mississippi; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.


George Weslie Bush

Date of Birth May 18, 1934
Date of Death June 15, 2021


Monday, June 28, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Monday, June 28, 2021 | 12:30 p.m.
Biloxi National Cemetery
400 Veterans Avenue
Biloxi, Mississippi

Due to COVID 19 Masks must be worn at all times.
Social distancing guidelines will be enforced for the safety of everyone.


John Anthony Little

Date of Birth July 6, 1966
Date of Death June 10, 2021

Private Memorial Service

Mr. John Anthony “Ant” Little, a lifelong resident of Biloxi, passed away in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at the age of 54. He was born on July 9, 1966, one of four children born to Flora B. Williams of McAdams Mississippi.

Mr. Little was also affectionately known to his family as “Ant” and loved people, especially children. He has a passion for cooking, and you could always find him around a grill or stove. He was employed in the construction and shipbuilding industries for many years until he transitioned.

He leaves to cherish his memory his mother: Flora B. Williams, siblings: Michael (Michele) Little, Gulfport, Mississippi, Fredrick (Mary) Little, Daytona Beach, Florida, Lisa (Luis) Collazo, Richmond Hill, Georgia and Courtney Harveston, Biloxi, Mississippi. five nephews and nieces: Fredrick (Shaune) Little, Fredrick (Lil Fred) Little, Camron Little, Mason Little, Maya Little, Camron Harveston, Mikal Harveston, Rylen Harveston, and Camorra Harveston: stepchildren: Antonio Villanueva, Michelle (Charles) Schuler, Esther Villanueva, Andres Villanueva, Jacob Villanueva, Erica Villanueva, and Jason Villanueva: his grandkids: Ainjel Schuler, Estevan Villanueva, Nicholas Schuler, Ainjelina Villanueva, Leilani Villanueva, Jason Villanueva Jr, Malakai Villanueva, Xavier Villanueva, Declan Schuler, and Elijhjuan Curseen.


Canasta Robinson

Date of Birth December 16, 1955
Date of Death June 8, 2021

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Viewing 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Funeral Service 11 a.m.

Faith M. B. Church

3050 19th Avenue

Gulfport, Mississippi



Monday, June 14, 2021

10:00 a.m.

Biloxi National Cemetery


Masks must be worn at all times

Social distancing guidelines will be enforced

Pericles said, “What you leave behind is not what is engraved on the stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”  On December 16, 1955, two tiny footprints entered the sands of life.  Canasta Robinson was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, to the late Albert Robinson Sr. and Dessie R. (Bland) Robinson.  His parents may not have known it at the time, but the child that they were raising would establish a blueprint for a life well lived and deserving of earthly and heavenly accolades.

Canasta graduated from Biloxi High School in 1973. During his school years, he was an exemplary athlete who played basketball, football, and baseball.  Although his ability to physically participate in sports waned over the years, his love for sports continued to blossom.  He was an ardent fan of the Las Vegas Raiders and New Orleans Saints football teams.

 Following commencement, Canasta served in the United States Navy from 1974-1976, during the Vietnam War Era.  God’s favor was upon him during his time of service because he was not called to active combat.  Canasta continued to take advantage of his experiences to further his education.  In 1976, he started at the College of Alameda in Oakland, California, and graduated in 1980.

Canasta was gainfully employed throughout his life.  After returning to Mississippi, he enjoyed working in the Harrison County School District.  Later, his veteran status helped him obtain employment at the Naval Service Battalion Center in Gulfport, MS.

While working at AT&T, Canasta met Jackie, who became the love of his life.  They were married in a beautiful, intimate ceremony on December 17, 2005.  Together, they settled into a blissful life full of unwavering companionship and love for each other.  Jackie often expressed her adoration to and for Canasta and sincerely appreciated him for giving her unadulterated happiness.  He knew what it is like to be married to a fine, wonderful woman, so he treasured her beyond bearing with the sure knowledge that she loved him in the same manner. In his early years, Canasta accepted Christ and was a member of the Greater Grace Apostolic Church under the leadership of Bishop Ricky August. Together, Canasta and Jackie faithfully attended Tabernacle M.B. Church. They also enjoyed traveling together and often found themselves at beach destinations so that Canasta could relax and take pleasure in his blessed life.

Although Canasta was a hard worker, he was a pillar of support for his family, especially his mother and children. He took pride in being a great father, husband, son, brother, and friend. He was very honored by his children and often spoke of their accomplishments with pride in his voice.  He was a man who virtuously wore patience and calmness as cloaks that enveloped all who had the pleasure of encountering him. Canasta was a gentle soul who epitomized compassion and tenacity.  He was a modern-day superhero who saved his family from floodwaters during Hurricane Katrina while always looking for ways to help, inspire, and encourage others.

On June 8, 2021, at the age of 65, Canasta departed this life as he lived this life: with peace and dignity.  Canasta’s spirit was released from his worn-out shell of a body to his new home after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was constantly surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest.  Canasta is reunited with his earthly father, Albert Robinson Sr., and was predeceased by his three brothers: BeArtis Robinson, Albert Robinson Jr., and Michael Anthony.


Although Canasta’s life has concluded, the love from the ones left behind has not ended. He leaves to cherish his memories; a devoted wife, Jacqueline Denise Robinson; his dear mother Dessie R. Oselen of Biloxi, MS; two sons, Ricky Darden and Kelvin Darden, both of Gulfport, MS; two daughters Daria Keys-Taylor (Nick) of Mt. Healthy, OH and Deedra Keys of Charleston, WV: Two siblings Alberta Floyd of Biloxi, MS. and Yaqui Oselen of Atlanta, GA; one grandchild Keyontae J.  Darden; one niece, and many extended family and friends too numerous to list but not forgotten.

Although Canasta has physically departed this realm, his memory and spirit will continue to survive and flourish.  It is impossible for him to no longer exist because he resides in the souls of the people who knew him. His kind words and valuable lessons are forever implanted into our minds. His loving nature is entrenched in our hearts, his genuine smile is embedded in our memories, and his legacy will continually endure and grow throughout his generations. Knowing and loving each one of you was the success story of Canasta’s life, and you will meet again on the other shore.

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Markita Keyon McIntyre

Date of Birth March 27, 1987
Date of Death May 6, 2021

Arrangements pending.

In Loving Memory of Markita Keyon McIntyre. As we mourn the loss of our loved one, who passed away much too young at the age of 34. We ask readers to remember Markita's beautiful spirit and remember to live life to the fullest, quite like Markita, because it's much too short. 


A beloved daughter, sister, niece, cousin, and friend, Markita, left this world unexpectedly on May 6, 2021. Markita was born in Mobile, Alabama, on March 28, 1987, to Billy Charles Rodgers and Brenda (McIntyre) Parrott where; she grew up in Biloxi, Mississippi. 


Since Markita was a little girl, she has always been a lover of arts and enjoyed singing, dancing, and listening to music. In addition, Markita was a self-made Left-handed make-up artist (MUA), with a strong focus on leaving many feeling beautifully confident within themselves. Markita was funny, outgoing, determined, and did exactly what her heart desired. Her beauty, charm, and graceful spirit would light up your world; let's not be deceived; she was fiercely loyal to her family and close friends. Furthermore, she was a huge positive influence on the community.


When you think of Markita, celebrate her life, reminisce, and indulge in all those beautiful, silly moments you had with her. 


She is preceded in death by her grandmother Essie Mae Rodgers and father Billy Charles Rodgers. She leaves behind her husband Crisslar Manuel and their three (3) children, Serenity, KJ, and Deshawn; mother and step-father Brenda and Rufus Parrott; sister Marshall and husband Darick Thompson; sister Kizzy Reed (KP) with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  


A Celebration of Life will be held at 5 p.m., Monday, May 17, 2021, at Point Cadet Splash Pad in Biloxi, Mississippi. 


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in Markita's name to her GoFundMe page.


Robert B. Peterson

Date of Birth May 19, 1947
Date of Death May 06, 2021

Arrangements pending.


Marattia Rayborn Boggan

Date of Birth September 26, 1951
Date of Death March 22, 2021

Private Memorial.


John Robinson Jr.

Date of Birth December 1, 1962
Date of Death April 20, 2021


Friday, April 30, 2021 | 3:00 p.m.  -  7:00 p.m.

Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

255 Delauney Street

Biloxi, Mississippi

Face covering required

Maintain Social Distance



Saturday, May 1, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.

Mean Cemetery 

Letohatchee, Alabama

John Robinson  Jr. was the second child of Sister Clarese and the late John Robinson Sr. He was born on December 1. 1962, and he attended Biloxi High School. He worked for six years at the Casino Magic as a chef. He was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Dr. A. A. Dickey. For the past twenty-seven years, Dr. Kenneth M. Davis served as John’s pastor. He is preceded in death by his father John Robinson Sr, his grandfathers, Archie Stewart and Tom Robinson;  his two grandmothers, Eula Mae Stewart and Annie Mae Robinson. Older sister, Annette Ash,  and a granddaughter, Delilah Thorton. Also, numerous important Aunts and Uncles.


He leaves to cherish a daughter Drema Thorton and two grandchildren, Troy Thorton and Xanae Mcghee. He also leaves his devoted mother, Clarese Robinson of Biloxi, Mississippi, two brothers, Chis Robinson of Gainesville, Florida, and Joseph Robinson of Biloxi, MS. A host of beloved family, including Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.


John Robinson Jr. will truly be missed. He always knew how to put a smile on your face with a simple joke or saying to make you feel at ease. He was famously known for his nickname “John Boy” and could be seen smiling ear to ear if you called this name out to him. He will be cherished by his family and friends.


Scharlottie Ann Smallman

Date of Birth December 1, 1961
Date of Death March 14, 2021


Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Funeral | 2:00 p.m.

St. Paul United Methodist Church

696 Dr. Martin Luther King Ave.

Biloxi, Mississippi


Family and Friends can view the service on Facebook Live via St. Paul United Methodist Church

Masks are required and everyone will maintain the social distance quidelines.

Scharlottie Ann Smallman, affectionately known as Lottie or Feather, was born December 1, 1961, in Biloxi, MS. to Jimmie R. Smallman and George Woods. Lottie attended Ruby Green Kindergarten and Biloxi Public Schools.

Following her beloved grandmother Ruth Smallman's death, Lottie moved to Philadelphia, PA, with her aunt and uncle at the tender age of six. Scharlottie attended school in Philadelphia at John Greenleaf Whittier Elementary and E. Washington Rhodes Middle School. She attended University City High School and continued her education at Mansfield College in Upstate, Pennsylvania.

Lottie married Edward J. Droughn III in 1985. Lottie and Eddie had two children; Jessica D. Jackson and Edward Droughn IV. Her employment opportunities would include receptionist, bank teller, and AIG as a claims adjuster.

She enjoyed music, theatre, and reading as hobbies. She accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Devereux United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir and was an intricate part of the music ministry.

Sharlottie was preceded in death by her father, George Woods; her maternal grandparents, Cecil Smallman and Ruth Stephens Smallman; great aunt, Ruby Stephens Spillers; and a nephew, Desmond Smallman.

She leaves to cherish her memories, a daughter, Jessica E. Droughn Jackson(Keniesha Jackson); son, Edward J. Droughn IV, both of Philadelphia, PA. Her mother, Jimmy Ruth Smallman of Gulfport, MS. sisters; Monica J. Smallman, of Philadelphia, PA and April Barton of Brockton, MA; brother, Benjamin Nolan III of Boston, MA; beloved granddaughter, Skylar Jackson of Philadelphia, PA; aunts; Clarise Nolan, of Philadelphia, PA, Delores Smallman of Gautier, MS and Sheila Smallman of Mobile, AL; uncle; Caesar Smallman of Gautier, MS; devoted cousin; Stevonne Murdock Doughty of D’Iberville, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


Samuel Woodrow Jeffords

Date of Birth August 17, 1962
Date of Death March 9, 2021


Thursday March 25th | 10am - 11:45am

Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home


Sam will then be transferred to the Biloxi National Cemtery for Graveside Service with military honors.

Samuel Woodrow Jeffords was born August 17, 1962 in Mobile AL. He passed away in his home in Moss Point MS on March 9, 2021. Sam was preceded in death by his mother,  Allie Mae Dunn and father, Leo Eugene Jeffords.

He will be lovingly remembered by brothers.  Frank Lloyd of Slidell,LA, Thomas Earl Jeffords of Biloxi,MS, Kevin Curley Davis of Jay,FL, and surviving sisters, Dorothy Ellen Baker of Rome,GA, Patricia Ann King of Paris,TN, Patsy Lloyd Kirkland of Pace,FL, and Joanie Bishop of Galveston,TX. His children and their spouses Stephanie Marie Butler of Millbrook,AL married to Kellen Michael Duryea, Thomas Wayne Jeffords of Tampa,FL married to Kaitlin Jeffords, Jo Anna Mae Jeffords of Phenix City,AL married to Steve Zorn. His grandchildren, Trenton Delmar Butler, Jaden Elliott Harvey,Kason Robert Duryea,Fiona Rose Marie Zorn, Theodore Wade Jeffords as well as many cousins and nieces and nephews.

Sam served the United States Marine Corp for six years. He has been working at the Gator Ranch in Moss Point,MS for years giving tours on the air boats. He loved to entertain people. He also loved to talk about the history of his Indian heritage and family. Sam was loved by many people.


Edward Thomas Henderson

Date of Birth April 7, 1944
Date of Death March 7, 2021


Graveside Memorial 

Monday, March 22, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

Biloxi National Cemetery

400 Veterans Avenue

Biloxi, Mississippi


Stanley George Toney

Date of Birth July 5, 1953
Date of Death February 27, 2021

Private Military Burial.


Wayne Humphrey

Date of Birth December 30, 1970
Date of Death February 28, 2021


Saturday March 13, 2021

9 am to 11 am

Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

255 Delauney Street 

Biloxi, Mississippi

Funeral Service

11:00 a.m.


Biloxi City Cemetery


Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, these guidelines will be strictly enforced. Face masks will be required. Maintain social distance.


Respectfully, please enter, pay your respects, and exit the building. There will be no fellowshipping with the family. 


Michael Green

Date of Birth February 11, 1962
Date of Death February 21, 2021

Private Memorial at a later time.


Reginald Michael Johnson

Date of Birth January 27, 1972
Date of Death January 15, 2021

Private Memorial


Barbara Ann Binns

Date of Birth February 13, 1951
Date of Death January 16, 2021


January 23, 2021

9:00 a. m. - 11:00 a . m.

Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

255 Delauney Street

Biloxi, Mississippi  39530

Funeral 11:00 a. m.


Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, all CDC guidelines will be strictly enforced.

Face masks will be required. Maintain social distance. During the visitation, respectfully enter, pay your respects, and exit the funeral home. There will be no fellowshipping with the family. These guidelines keep our family and staff safe.


Bannon Canty

Date of Birth January 5, 1971
Date of Death January 11, 2021

Private Memorial.


Sgt. Luther C. Cooper

Date of Birth August 15, 1932
Date of Death January 1, 2021

11:00 a.m.
Biloxi National Cemetery
400 Veterans Avenue
Biloxi, MS 39530

Sgt. L.C. Cooper, a Korean and Vietnam Veteran, was from Purvis, Mississippi.   He was retired from the United States Army Special Forces.


He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of over 35 years, Sonia Cooper,  brother Orea Cooper of Kentwood, Louisiana, children, Nancy Elizabeth Cooper Porter of Kingsland, Georgia; Luther Melton Cooper of Port Arthur, Texas;  Michael Lee Cooper of Apple Valley, California; Jerry Duane Cooper of Gulfport, Mississippi; Larry Cotner Cooper of Nederland, Texas; Jon David Cooper, of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; and Lewis Edward Cooper of Norcross, Georgia. He had fifteen grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

L.C. loved his family very much... He spent his whole life caring for his children and his family and their children.

He was always trying to make sure that his family never went without.  He was very devoted to his faith in God.


We truly loved him, and he will be dearly missed by all.


Paula Bengochea

Date of Birth March 4, 1951
Date of Death December 13, 2020

Private Memorial. Immediate Family Only.

December 17, 2020

Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home Chapel


Adrian Orlandes Walker

Adrian Orlandes Walker was born in Los Angeles, CA to Tracey O and Judy A Walker.

He graduated from Biloxi high school and attended Copiah Lincoln junior college at the time of his death Adrian was employed at  Amazon through Surge Staffing in Louisville Kentucky.

He was a member of the new Bethel Baptist Church Biloxi Dr. Kenneth E. Hollins pastor.

He  was preceded in death by a Daughter, baby Amyah Janae Walker, his maternal grand mother Jean Smallman and paternal grandmother Sadie Mckenzie.

He leaves to cherish fond memories his parents Judy and Michael Jackson, his love Montanna Cecil and her son Maron Collins Louisville Kentucky, a sister Arnessa P Smallman, his grandparents Ceasar R. Smallman and Angela Burney-Smallman Riley North Carolina, A host of Uncle’s, Aunts cousins, relatives and friends.

Date of Birth June 2, 1992
Date of Death November 19, 2020

November 28, 2020 |10 a. m. - 12:00 p. m.
New Destiny Ministries
306 Main Street
Biloxi, Mississippi

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, all CDC guidelines will be strictly enforced.
Face masks will be required. Maintain social distance.

Respectfully, please enter, pay your respects, and exit the building.

There will be no fellowshipping with the family.

Graveside Service
November 28, 2020 | 1:00 p. m.
Biloxi City Cemetery 
(North of railroad tracks)
1166 Irish Hill Drive
Biloxi, Mississippi


Mary Lou Mullen

Date of Birth February 2, 1929
Date of Death November 16, 2020

Private Memorial


Robert Wayne Goudy

Date of Birth March 2, 1960
Date of Death November 2, 2020

Private Memorial


Steven Joseph Moran

Date of Birth April 5, 1957
Date of Death September 23, 2020

Steven Joseph Moran was born in Gulfport on April 5, 1957 and was a life long resident. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was preceded in death by his father Joseph P. Moran and mother Dorothy Ivy Moran. He left this world too soon and will be missed by his brother, Glenn E. Moran, his sister-in-law Susie Moran as well as his nephews, nieces and friends.


Frederick Charles Keller, 83

Date of Birth June 2, 1937
Date of Death September 22, 2020

Long Beach MS

Private Memorial


Bertha Lillie Joseph McClain

Date of Birth May 13, 1946
Date of Death August 15, 2020

Mrs. Bertha Lillie Joseph McClain 74, of Vancleave, MS passed peacefully on August 15, 2020 surrounded by her devoted son Leo McClain, Jr.

Lifelong resident of Vancleave, MS. Attended E. H. Keys High School. Member of the A.O.H. Church of God until illness. Worked for the four prominent doctors in the Ocean Springs community. Her joy and peace was the love of family especially her mother, she was her caregiver until the day she passed.


Bertha Lillie was one of 12 born to Lillie Mae and Sidney Joseph Sr. of New Orleans, LA and was the proud mother of four children and 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Bertha Lillie is proceeded in death by her parents Lillie Mae and Sidney Sr., and 10 of her sisters and brothers. Ardell Gaddis, Carrie Belle Goff, Sidney Joseph II, Arthur Lee Joseph, Irvin Joseph, Marion Joseph, Phala Jones, Isaac “Big Time” Joseph, Earie Steele “Strawberry” Joseph, and Blancha Parker.

Bertha leaves to cherish her only surviving sibling, Isiah “Cauliflower” Joseph. Her four children; Sheila Joseph Rucker, LeArthur Joseph, Angela “Chic” McCorvey, and Leo McClain Jr. 5 grandchildren, Delray Antwan Johnson, Dominic Tevin Powe, Dominique Johnson, India Josettee Magee Joseph, and Keenen McCorvey. 5 great grandchildren, Khloe Tiara Powe(Tevin), Jahmari Johnson(Dominique), Laken Johnson(Delray), Blake Johnson(Delray), and Mikael Jacobi Antoine(India).


“The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.” – Isaiah 57:1-2


Blancha Mae Joseph Parker

Date of Birth August 17, 1950
Date of Death August 16, 2020

Mrs. Blancha Mae Joseph Parker 69, of Vancleave, MS passed peacefully on August 16, 2020.

Lifelong resident of Vancleave, MS. Graduated E.H. Keys High School. Married Vince Parker after high school graduation. Member of the A.O.H. Church of God and hold the choir and secretary position. Worked at the American Printing Company in Ocean Springs for 15 years, Salvation Army for 5 years, and the Ocean Springs Hospital Cafeteria for 10+years.

Blancha Mae was one of 12 born to Lillie Mae and Sidney Sr. of New Orleans, LA and was the proud mother of three children and 6 grandchildren.

Blancha Mae is proceeded in death by her parents Lillie Mae and Sidney Sr., and 10 of her sisters and brothers. Ardell Gaddis, Carrie Belle Goff, Sidney Joseph II, Arthur Lee Joseph, Irvin Joseph, Marion Joseph, Phala Jones, Isaac “Big Time” Joseph, Earie Steele “Strawberry” Joseph, and Bertha McClain.

Blancha leaves to cherish her only surviving sibling, Isaiah “Cauliflower” Joseph. Her 3 children; Sharron Parker Jackson, LaToya Parker, and Kimber Parker. 6 grandchildren, Darian & Breonna Jackson(Sharron), Jerren & Anthony Parker(LaToya), DaZiya & Dynasti Jackson(Kimber).  



“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”-Isaiah 41:10


Lillie Mae Joseph

Date of Birth August 1, 1919
Date of Death August 10, 2020



August 15, 2020 | 11 am

A.O.H Holiness Church

Vancleave, MS

Graveside | 12 noon

Cedar Grove Cemetery 

Vancleave, MS


(All persons must wear a mask or face covering due to COVID-19 guidelines)


Harold T. Rice

Date of Birth September 6, 1959

Date of Death July 26, 2020

Private Memorial


Betty Jean Alexander

Date of Birth October 17. 1948

Date of Death July 23, 2020

Private Memorial


Marie Antonio Isaacs

Date of Birth January 17, 1933

Date of Death July 22, 2020

Marie Antonio Isaacs passed away on July 22, 2020 at Oschner Hospital in Kenner, LA at the age of 87.  She was one of thirteen children; Edgar, Isiah, Albert, Alvin, Walter, John, James, Harry, Joseph, Oscar Jr., Evelyn, and Lillie.  She was a native of Taft. LA.  She later moved to New Orleans, LA until her death.  She retired from the Royal Sonesta Hotel after 35 years.

Marie was the mother to Sam, Marguerite, and Patricia Isaacs.  She leaves to cherish her memories to all those that knew her and loved her best.  Her grandson Rodney Isaacs and seven grandchildren.  A host of niecs, nephews, cousins, and friends.


July 30, 2020 

Greenville Cemetery 

Taft, LA 


Travis Lorenzo McClain, Jr.

Date of Birth June 13,1981

Date of Death July 20, 2020


Edna Wright

Date of Birth April 6, 1934

Date of Death July 17, 2020

Private Memorial


Mrs. Mary Buie

Date of Birth May 20, 1943

Date of Death July 3, 2020

Mrs. Mary Buie was born May 20, 1943 in Union Church, MS to the late Lumar and Maetrice Coleman.


Mary was a member of Macedonia MB church under the leadership of Rev. O. D. Evans until his departure. Mary was then under the leadership of Rev. L. C. Williams.  Mary was a faithful member until she moved to Jackson, MS. Mary accepted Christ as Lord and Savior of her life.

Mary was a God fearing woman that was always lending a helping hand to people in need.  Mary soon became known as (Granny) by a lot of friends and family.

On July 3, 2020 at Baptist Medical Center, she gave her earthly body to God so her soul could rest with her Heavenly Father and her Savior Jesus Christ.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Henry Buie, her son Glen Buie, her step son Marshall Buie, her granddaughter Victoria Stapleton and her brothers: Willie Lee and David Coleman and Sister Gladys Gray.

Mary memories will be cherished by her son, John (Diane) Buie of Jackson, MS two daughters: Mary Barnes and Ashley Buie of Jackson, MS. two step sons: Charles Washington of Union Church, MS, Melvin Washington of California, four sisters: Dorothy, Geneva & Curley of Saginaw, MI, Beatrice (Charles) of Bloomington, IL, two brothers Lumar (Dollce) of Shreveport, LA, Charles (Schwann) of Fayette MS, ten grandchildren, ten(step) great-grandchildren. A host of great grands, nieces, nephews and friends.


Louis Ray Morrison

Date of Birth Jan. 20, 1961

Date of Death June 2, 2020

Private Service


Kinzy Greenleaf, III

Date of Birth August 28,1972

Date of Death April 5, 2020

Funeral and Burial will be held in Harvey, IL

Final Arrangements entrusted to W W Holt Funeral Home Harvey, IL


Howard Lee, Jr.

Date of Birth February 25, 1964

Date of Death May 31, 2020

Private Service


Tony Nguyen

Date of Birth January 19, 1959

Date of Death June 1, 2020

Private Memorial Service | June 6, 2020

Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home Chapel


Jamal Lydie

Date of Birth March 12, 1997

Date of Death May 7, 2020

Viewing will be  May 16, 2020

9:00 am to 11:00 a.m.

Dickey Brothers Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

255 Delauney Street Biloxi,MS


Graveside Service 12:00 p.m.

Finley Cemetery

19424 Hwy 53

Gulfport, MS 39503


Due to the COVID-19 precautions there will be no more than 10 at a time entering and exiting the funeral home. Social distancing will be strictly enforced All persons must wear a mask. Please respect these guidelines to keep you and our staff safe.


Annie Dillon Tillman

Date of Birth September 9, 1941

Date of Death April 9, 2020


Annie Dillon Tillman was the first born of the late Felo and Viola Washington Dillon on September 9, 1941 in Brookhaven, MS.  Being the first born of seven children, Annie united with the Greenwood Church in September 1947 at the age of six years old.  Accepting Christ April 1978, she continued to attend occasionally during college.  While in college, she attended Pearl Street AME in Jackson, MS.  After returning home, she continued with the choir, which she joined beginning in 1953.  In addition to the choir, Annie was a member of the Junior Mission, Singles Ministry, Mother Board, Program Committee Chairperson, Sunday School Teacher and Assistant Financial Secretary.  Annie’s secular activities included JSU Alumni, Anointed Praise Choir, Alexander High School Alumni, a Hospice Volunteer, and many educational organizations.

Annie’s education began at Pilgrim Rest Elementary School, Alexander High School at eighth grade and then graduated from Jackson State in 1962 and attended other Colleges and Universities, such as Alcorn A & M, University of Southern, William Carey College and Mississippi College.

Annie worked in the following School Systems, Lawrence County Schools, Lincoln County Schools, McComb Public Schools, Amite County Schools, Hazlehurst Public Schools, and finally Brookhaven Schools until retirement in 2004.  Her teaching career spanned 32 years and her motto in teaching was “be firm, be fair and be friendly”, and we believe she was all three.  She loved helping to prepare children for the future and it hurt her deeply when they refused to see that they needed an education.

March 11, 1966 Annie gave birth to her first child, Jeffery Monte Dillon and later in July 1970, Annie married George Tillman, and to this union two children were born, Kelvin Maurice Tillman and Erica Denene Tillman.  Preceding Annie in death, in addition to her parents, was one sister, Betty Jean Dillon, one sister-in-law, Mary Thrasher Dillon, one step-daughter, Stacy Tillman; one adopted son, Andrew Johnson; one nephew, Julian Dillon, maternal grandparents, Ernest Washington, Sr. and Dezzie Clark Washington Smith, step-maternal grandfather, Walter Smith, paternal grandparents, Felix and Annie Huff Dillon, and numerous other relatives.

She leaves to remember her, her children, Jeffery (Rachel) Dillon of Lexington Park, MD, K. Maurice (Treniesa) Tillman of LaPlace, LA, Erica Patton of Brookhaven, MS, and Keith (Kenya) Tillman of Corona, CA; four sisters, JoAnn (Alex) Robinson, Charlestine (Nathaniel) Waterman, Maxine (Donnie) Dillon all of Brookhaven, MS and Patricia Dillon of Denver, CO; one brother, Levi Dillon of Brookhaven, MS; nine grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; one god-child, Darren White; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Annie loved her family and her church family and always wanted the best for them.  She wanted you all to know that she loved every one you.


Jennifer Harges Westover

Date of Birth February 15, 1972

Date of Death March 27, 2020

Jennifer Harges Westover was born in Gulfport, Ms, on February 15, 1972, to Mrs. Elnora Harges and the late Nathan Harges.


Jennifer was a 1990 graduate of D'Iberville High School and later attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. She was employed at Casino Magic Biloxi as a Marketing Representative for many years. She was also formerly employed by The Sun Herald, Hancock Bank, Family Dollar Store and Hobby Lobby.

In 2001, she was married to the late Michael E. Westover. She was a loving mother, sister, daughter and friend and a member of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, where Dr. Kenneth M. Davis was her Pastor.

She was also preceded  by a sister, Linda Marie Millsap.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Janine (Ray) McIntyre and Jastinn “J.J.” Westover; her mother, Elnora Harges; sisters, Diann, Katrice, Janine and Sharon; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.


James Turner, Jr.

Date of Birth July 28,1960

Date of Death February 23, 2020


Saturday, February 29, 2020 | 11:00 a.m.

Tabernacle M. B. Church

10587 Automall Parkway

D’Iberville, Mississippi

James Turner, Jr. was born July 28, 1960 to James Turner, Sr. and Marjorie Turner in Biloxi, MS. He was a 1978 graduate of D’Iberville High School. JR as he was affectionately called joined the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church and was baptized under the leadership of the late Dr. A. A. Dickey. JR followed in the footsteps of his father and became a brick mason and cement finisher, in his younger years he enjoyed working alongside of his father. James joined the army and was honorably discharged after serving for 2 years. James has a smile that could light up any room, he was truly the life of the party. James loved his friends and family. In 1990 he met the love of his life Cassandra “Pinky” Austin, they were joined in matrimony on March 29, 1991. He was an excellent husband, father and provider for his family. He exemplified a true work ethic. James was made whole on Sunday, February 23, 2020 and told his family on Thursday February 20, 2020 that he was ready whenever God called him. 


James is preceded in death by his father and mother, a sister Darlene Turner, a brother Larry Turner, his in-laws Jessie and Lois Austin.


He leaves to cherish his loving memories his wife of 30 years Cassandra Turner, a son, Keath Austin, a daughter Keana (John) Kinnard, sisters, Patricia (Claudis) Johnson, Cynthia Turner, Ganece Darden; aunts Mattie Watson and Henri Ola Rogers, uncles Alphonso Lewis Walton, Jessie Earvin Walton and Carl Turner, brother-in-law, Jessie (Shavon) Austin Jr., sister-in-law Cynthia (Howard) Stewart, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Richard Clark, Jr.

Date of Birth May 14,1964

Date of Death February 8, 2020

Private Memorial in Sacranento, CA at a later time.


Carl Schmitz, III

Date of Birth March 1, 1951

Date of Death February 7, 2020


Private memorial


Nerino Dosé

Date of Birth March 10, 1946

Date of Death January 1, 2020


Private memorial


Eugene & Calsue Moody

Visitation 9 am 

Funeral 11 am


January 26, 2020


Bethlehem Baptist Church

552 Magnolia Drive

Wiggins, MS 39577

Rev. Leonard Galloway, Pastor


Eugene Moody

October 29, 1955 - January 15, 2020​

Bethlehem Baptist Church

552 Magnolia Drive

Wiggins, MS 39577

Rev. Leonard Galloway, Pastor


Linda White

53 of Long Beach, MS 


Private Memorial at a later time.


Edward Pierce

Edward Pierce of Mize, MS


Private Memorial at a later time.


James Calvin Williams, Jr.

March 3, 1956 - December 20, 2019


Family Hour & Visitation

January 2, 2020

Antioch Baptist Church

1100 John Street

Hattiesburg MS 39401