OBITUARIES PUBLISHED 12/16/2017

 

Betty Brewer

WEST POINT — Betty Estell Mason Brewer, 79, died Dec. 9, 2017, at Hospice Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mt. Hermon M.B. Church with Rev. Timothy Brinkley. Burial will... read more

 

William Maddox

COLUMBUS — William D. Maddox, 85, died Dec. 15, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-GT. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Memorial Gunter Peel Funeral Home, College Street. read more

 

Lee Eatmon

MILLPORT, Ala. — Lee C. Eatmon, 89, died Dec. 14, 2017, at his residence. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Holly Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Richard L. Hood, Sr. and Rev. Kelvin Dixon... read more

 

Betty Richardson

COLUMBUS — Betty Richardson, 83, died Dec. 14, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-GT. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Wiggins officiating. Burial will follow in Living Faith Tabernacle... read more

 

William Butler

BROOKSVILLE — William “Bill” Butler, 65, died Dec. 14, 2017, at Regency Hospital in Meridian. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Brooksville United Methodist Church with Curtis Bray officiating. Visitation will be one hour... read more

 

LOCAL OBITUARIES

 

Jean Graham

Jean Graham

Published: 12/15/2017

Jean Mathis Graham passed away peacefully on December 13, 2017 at Crestpark Retirement Center in DeWitt, Arkansas following a lengthy illness with Parkinson’s disease. Services will be held Saturday December 16,... read more

 

 

Jimmie Howard

Published: 12/15/2017

Jimmie Hemphill Howard, age 86, of Columbus, MS, passed away December 13, 2017, at Windsor Place. Graveside services will be Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 11:00 AM at Friendship Cemetery... read more

 

 

Grozena Sanders

Published: 12/15/2017

NOXUBEE — Grozena Sanders, 87, died Dec . 11, 2017, at Noxubee County Nursing Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Springhill Primitive Baptist Church with Rev. Walter Lowery,... read more

 

 

Carl Nelson, Sr.

Published: 12/15/2017

COLUMBUS — Carl Edward “Pete” Nelson, Sr., 72, died Dec. 3, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-GT. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northside MB Church with Rev. Leon Williams,... read more

 

 

Johnny Lashley

Johnny Lashley

Published: 12/15/2017

KOSCIUSKO — Staff Sgt. Johnny William Lashley, 71, died Dec. 4, 2017, at MS State Veterans Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Carter’s Funeral Services of Columbus with... read more

 

 

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

Published: 12/15/2017

NOXUBEE — Maggie Lee Smith, 83, died Dec. 13, 2017, at her residence. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hopewell MB Church in Brooksville with Rev. Jack Vaughn. Burial... read more

 

 

Minerva Hollis

Published: 12/15/2017

VERNON, Ala. — Minerva Henry Hollis, 76, died Dec. 5, 2017, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Grove Baptist Church in... read more

 

 

Sammy Gosa

Published: 12/15/2017

SULLIGENT, Ala. — Sammy Gosa, 70, died Dec. 11, 2017, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services were at 2 p.m. Thursday at Otts Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in... read more

 

 

Tony Chandler

Published: 12/15/2017

PHEBA — Tony Anthony Chandler, 59, died Dec. 8, 2017, at his residence. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hopewell MB Church in Cedar Bluff with Dr. Henry L.... read more

 

 

Louis Virges

Published: 12/15/2017

HOUSTON — Louis Curtis Virges, 70, died Dec. 10, 2017, at his residence. Services are at 11 a.m. today at New Prospect MB Church in Woodland with Rev. Leroy Bragg officiating.... read more

 

 

Robert Brown

Robert Brown

Published: 12/15/2017

COLUMBUS — Robert Brown, 77, died Dec. 2, 2017. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lee-Sykes Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation is from 1-6 p.m. today at the funeral home.... read more

 

 

Jesse Gregory

Jesse Gregory

Published: 12/15/2017

STEENS — Jesse Will Gregory, 70, died Dec. 7, 2017. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at New Zion MB Church with Rev. W.C. Talley officiating. Burial will follow in... read more

 

 

NEW YORK TIMES OBITUARIES

 

Model, Countess, Author, Spy: Aline Griffith Is Dead

Model, Countess, Author, Spy: Aline Griffith Is Dead

An American espionage agent in Madrid in World War II, she went on to recount daring adventures (embroidered or not) in a raft of books.

 

Marina Popovich, Record-Breaking Soviet Test Pilot, Is Dead

Marina Popovich, Record-Breaking Soviet Test Pilot, Is Dead

Ms. Popovich broke the sound barrier in 1964. But despite speculation, she did not become the first Soviet woman to travel in space.

 

Howard Gottfried, 94, Producer of ‘Network,’ Is Dead

Howard Gottfried, 94, Producer of ‘Network,’ Is Dead

Mr. Gottfried was a calming, levelheaded influence on the talented but ornery screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky for more than a decade.

 

Kevin Robinson, Soaring BMX Star, Dies at 45

Kevin Robinson, Soaring BMX Star, Dies at 45

He was the first BMX rider to land an incredibly difficult move called the double flair. He also set two world records.

 

Vincent Nguini, Guitarist With Paul Simon, Dies at 65

Vincent Nguini, Guitarist With Paul Simon, Dies at 65

Mr. Simon called the Cameroonian-born Mr. Nguini, a member of his band for 30 years, “the most creative musician I’ve ever worked with.”

 

Stuart Evey, a Founding Force at ESPN, Is Dead at 84

Stuart Evey, a Founding Force at ESPN, Is Dead at 84

Mr. Evey persuaded his bosses at Getty Oil to invest in the start-up sports network and then helped manage it as it took wing.

 

Sunny Murray, Influential Free-Jazz Drummer, Is Dead at 81

Sunny Murray, Influential Free-Jazz Drummer, Is Dead at 81

In his work with Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler, Mr. Murray treated the drum set as a palette of textures more than a percussion instrument.

 

Vera Katz, Mayor Who Oversaw Portland’s Flowering, Dies at 84

Vera Katz, Mayor Who Oversaw Portland’s Flowering, Dies at 84

A feminist force and lawmaker in Oregon, she served three terms in Portland as it grew into a liberal bastion of visionary urban planning.

 

Frank Lary, Pitcher Known as the Yankee Killer, Dies at 87

Frank Lary, Pitcher Known as the Yankee Killer, Dies at 87

A two-time American League All-Star, he earned his nickname for his success against one of baseball’s hardest-hitting lineups.

 

Tommy Nobis, Star Linebacker and the First Falcon, Dies at 74

Tommy Nobis, Star Linebacker and the First Falcon, Dies at 74

Nobis, the Atlanta expansion team’s No. 1 pick, had a stellar career playing for a losing franchise. He was cognitively impaired in later years.

 

Pat DiNizio, Singer and Songwriter for the Smithereens, Dies at 62

Pat DiNizio, Singer and Songwriter for the Smithereens, Dies at 62

He and three others from New Jersey formed the group in 1980 and attracted a loyal following with songs like “Blood and Roses” and “A Girl Like You.”

 

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