OBITUARIES PUBLISHED 8/17/2018

 

Latoshia Brown

Latoshia Brown

COLUMBUS — Latoshia Leann Brown, 39, died Aug. 5, 2018, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Zion Hill M.B. Church in Macon with Rene Reed officiating. Burial will follow... read more

 

Clara Green

Clara Green

COLUMBUS — Clara Will Tucker Green, 68, died Aug. 8, 2018, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Gate M.B. Church with the Rev. Dr. James A. Boyd officiating.... read more

 

Johnnie Bell

Johnnie Bell

COLUMBUS — Johnnie Mae Bell, 89, died Aug. 7, 2018, at Windsor Place. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at United Christian M.B. Church with the Rev. Steven James officiating. Burial will follow at Union... read more

 

Charlie McCarthy, Jr.

BROOKSVILLE — Charlie McCarthy Jr., 83, died Aug. 9, 2018, at Noxubee General Hospital. Services will be at noon Saturday at Harrison Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. Billy Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow at the... read more

 

Harold Long

Harold Long

MACON — Deacon Harold Long, 81, died Aug. 11, 2018, at Noxubee General Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Macedonia M.B. Church with the Rev. Johnny L. Moore officiating. Burial will follow at... read more

 

Terrence Townsel

STARKVILLE — Terrence Michael Townsel, 36, died Aug. 12, 2018, in Starkville. Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m.... read more

 

Charlie Conner, Sr.

Charlie Conner, Sr.

MACON — Charlie Conner Sr., 66, died Aug. 13, 2018, at his residence. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Charity Mission Full Gospel Baptist Church in Crawford with the Rev. Willie J. Ivy officiating.... read more

 

Gus Robinson, Sr.

Gus Robinson, Sr.

COLUMBUS — Gus Robinson Sr., 72, died Aug.9, 2018, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle.. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Baptist Cluster. Visitation will be from noon-5 p.m. Friday at Lee-Sykes Funeral Home of Macon.... read more

 

Calvin McGee

DETROIT, Mich. — Calvin D. McGee, 52, died July 31, 2018, in Detroit, Michigan. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethel M.B. Church in Starkville. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will... read more

 

Lorraine Blount

STARKVILLE — Lorraine Mary Blount, 96, died Aug. 9, 2018, in Starkville. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Peter’s Rock C.O.G.I.C. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Friday at West Memorial Funeral Home. West... read more

 

Robert Rice

STARKVILLE — Robert Lewis Rice, 68, died Aug. 11, 2018, in Tupelo. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pine Grove M.B. Church. Burial will follow at Memorial Garden Park. Visitation will be from 2-6... read more

 

Jarrel Ward

STARKVILLE — Jarrel D. Ward, 24, died Aug. 1, 2018, in Columbus. Services will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Beth-el M.B. Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. West Memorial Funeral Home is in... read more

 

Earnest Coggins

WEST POINT — Earnest Coggins, 81, died Aug. 9, 2018, at Vineyard Court Nursing Home in Columbus. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel with Dr. Willie B. Lairy officiating. Burial... read more

 

Ruthie Williams

Ruthie Williams

COLUMBUS — Ruthie Marlowe Gunn Williams, 72, died Aug. 10, 2018, in Columbus. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fifteenth Street Church of God of Christ with the Rev. Marion C. Bonner. Burial will... read more

 

Shirley Jones

MILLPORT, Ala. — Shirley Jones, 79, died Aug. 16, 2018, at West Alabama Hospice in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Dowdle Funeral Home. read more

 

Joe Webber

WEST POINT — Joe Webber, 82, died Aug. 12, 2018, at his residence. Services will be at 3:30 p.. Saturday at House of Life Freedom Ministry in Starkville with the Rev. Maurice Williams officiating. Burial will... read more

 

Homer Swain

COLUMBUS — Homer Swain, 79, died Aug. 16, 2018, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Gunter Peel Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel, College Street location. Burial will follow... read more

 

Lois Owens

BANKSTON, Ala. — Lois Maxine Owens, 79, died Aug. 13, 2018, at her residence. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kathy Griffith officiating. Graveside services will follow... read more

 

Barbara Jernigan

SHUQUALAK — Barbara Ann Young Jernigan, 82, died Aug. 16, 2018, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shuqualak Baptist Church with James E. “Jim” Prince and Gerald... read more

 

David Humbers

NETTLETON — David Humbers, 18, died Aug. 16, 2018, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Memorial Gunter Peel Funeral Home and Crematory, College Street location. read more

 

LOCAL OBITUARIES

 

Alice Edmondson

Published: 8/16/2018

COLUMBUS — Alice Christine Edmondson, 72, died Aug. 15, 2018, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lowndes Funeral Home. Mrs. Edmondson was... read more

 

 

Thomas Hubbard

Published: 8/16/2018

NOXUBEE — Thomas Hubbard, 66, died Aug. 15, 2018. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Carter’s Funeral Services of Macon. read more

 

 

John Jones

Published: 8/16/2018

STARKVILLE — John Wilie Jones, 62, died Aug. 10, 2018, in Starkville. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Hill U.M. Church with the Rev. Nelson Forrest officiating. Burial... read more

 

 

Roy Strong-Mateen

Published: 8/16/2018

STARKVILLE — Roy F. Strong-Mateen, 69, died Aug. 13, 2018, in Columbus. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Century Hairston Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows... read more

 

 

Robert Pruett

Published: 8/15/2018

STEENS — Robert Lynn Pruett, 65, died Aug. 14, 2018, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lowndes Funeral Home with Greg Renfroe... read more

 

 

Charlotte Barnette

Published: 8/15/2018

WEST POINT — Charlotte Lillian “Lil” Barnette, 78, died Aug. 13, 2018, at Dugan Memorial Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James... read more

 

 

Ricky Martin

Published: 8/15/2018

COLUMBUS — Ricky Edward Martin, 58, died Aug. 11, 2018. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Carter’s Funeral Services. read more

 

 

Martha Thompson

Published: 8/15/2018

COLUMBUS — Martha Thompson, 70, died Aug. 14, 2018, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Carter’s Funeral Services. read more

 

 

Nancy King

Published: 8/15/2018

STARKVILLE — Nancy Higdon King, 65, died Aug. 13, 2018. Services will be at noon Friday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Whiteside officiating. Burial will follow at... read more

 

 

Infant Valkyrie Holley

Published: 8/15/2018

GUIN, Ala. — Infant Valkyrie Raidyn Holley died Aug. 12, 2018, at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Otts Funeral Home Chapel... read more

 

 

Bonnie Sessum

Published: 8/14/2018

Bonnie Mae Shoemake Sessum, age 91, died Friday, August 10, 2018, at her residence in Caledonia. Services were held Monday, August 13, 2018, at 11:00 AM at New Salem Baptist... read more

 

 

Robert C. Wyers

Robert C. Wyers

Published: 8/14/2018

Robert Charles Wyers, age 65, of Columbus, MS, passed away Thursday, August 9, 2018, at Baptist Princeton Hospital, Birmingham, AL. Visitation was held on Sunday, August 12, 2018, from 6:00 –... read more

 

 

NEW YORK TIMES OBITUARIES

 

Kofi Annan, Who Redefined the U.N., Dies at 80

Kofi Annan, Who Redefined the U.N., Dies at 80

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001, he projected himself and his organization as the world’s conscience and moral arbiter, despite a series of failures and scandals.

 

John Glines, Who Helped Bring ‘Torch Song’ to Broadway, Dies at 84

John Glines, Who Helped Bring ‘Torch Song’ to Broadway, Dies at 84

Mr. Glines was a producer who was committed to plays with gay themes and instrumental in bringing them into the mainstream.

 

Louis Gignac, Whose Styles Took the Fuss Out of Hair, Dies at 89

Louis Gignac, Whose Styles Took the Fuss Out of Hair, Dies at 89

Mr. Gignac, promoting wash-and-wear styles, ran a New York salon that attracted clients like Gloria Vanderbilt, Elizabeth Taylor and Catherine Deneuve.

 

Isamu Shibayama Dies at 88, His Quest for Reparations Unfulfilled

Isamu Shibayama Dies at 88, His Quest for Reparations Unfulfilled

His family was deported from Peru to an American wartime internment camp, setting him on a mission to have the wrongs redressed. He died still waiting.

 

Miriam Nelson, 98, Golden Age Dancer and Choreographer, Dies

Miriam Nelson, 98, Golden Age Dancer and Choreographer, Dies

A Broadway hoofer who went to Hollywood to tutor William Holden, Kim Novak, Ingrid Bergman, Jerry Lewis, Tuesday Weld and Jane Fonda, to name a few.

 

David Rothenberg, Whose Father Set Him on Fire in 1983, Dies at 42

David Rothenberg, Whose Father Set Him on Fire in 1983, Dies at 42

Encouraged by Michael Jackson, Mr. Rothenberg became an artist known as Dave Dave promoting positivity. His burning was the basis of a TV movie.

 

Johnny Kline, Globetrotter Turned Advocate, Is Dead at 86

Johnny Kline, Globetrotter Turned Advocate, Is Dead at 86

After overcoming heroin addiction, he became a drug abuse counselor and founded an organization to help long-forgotten black basketball players.

 

Aretha Franklin, Indomitable ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, Indomitable ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

With hits like “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” she defined a female archetype: sensual and strong, long-suffering but ultimately indomitable.

 

An Appraisal: Aretha Franklin Had Power. Did We Truly Respect It?

An Appraisal: Aretha Franklin Had Power. Did We Truly Respect It?

The Queen of Soul sang the most empowering popular song ever. But even though she was brimming with it, we don’t think of her as an artist with swagger.

 

When Aretha Franklin Brought Down the House at the Kennedy Center

When Aretha Franklin Brought Down the House at the Kennedy Center

Her rendition of “Natural Woman” in December 2015 was unforgettable. Performers, guests and others who were there talk about the soaring performance.

 

Aretha Franklin Reigned as Queen, in Voice and in Image

Aretha Franklin Reigned as Queen, in Voice and in Image

Yoking her formidable vocal powers to a brilliant sense of self-presentation, Ms. Franklin made herself a model of empowerment and pride.

 

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