John D. "Buddy" Smith

Jun 27, 2016 (date of funeral)
John D. “Buddy” SmithYazoo City, MSJohn D. “Buddy” Smith, 69, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016, in Yazoo City. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Phyllis Smith; his daughter, Suzanne Deaton of Madison; his son, Shane Smith of Yazoo City; his granddaughter, Ana Deaton of Madison; his sisters, Mary Elizabeth Smith of Yazoo City and Elaine Glisson of Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Edward Smith, and his sister, Mildred Ann Myers.Buddy, a lifelong Mississippian, was born to John S. and Mattie Belle Smith in Yazoo County on January 14, 1947, the youngest of five children. He received his A.A. from Holmes Community College, where he played basketball, and his B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. He began his career as the head basketball coach and social studies teacher for Bentonia High School, his alma mater. For part of that time, he also served as coordinator for the Yazoo Community Action Summer Youth Program and as the Drug Education Specialist for the Yazoo County School District. His basketball teams at Bentonia won the State Championship Title in 1982 and 1984. He later earned his M.Ed. in Education Administration from Mississippi College and then served as principal of Bentonia High School and Yazoo County High School for 12 years. After serving two years as Technology Director for the Yazoo County School District, he was elected Superintendent of Yazoo County, serving until his retirement in 2006. He returned briefly as Interim Superintendent for the year 2010. Buddy had an easy way with people and became a trusted friend to many. He will be remembered for a life of loving his family, cherishing his friends, and serving his community.A memorial service will be held at Parkview Church of God in Yazoo City at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 27. A visitation will precede the service at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Buddy’s memory to Friends of Children’s Hospital ( or 601-936-0034)

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Pauline Duncan Jackson

Jun 20, 2016 (date of funeral)
Pauline Jackson, 100, of Yazoo City, died on June 17, 2016 at her home surrounded by family.
Funeral services are Monday, June 20, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Yazoo City with Rev. David Bryant and Rev. Lewis Kalil officiating.
Visitation will be held prior to the services, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mrs. Jackson was born April 12, 1916 in Ashland, MS to Jim and Mattie Duncan. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Yazoo City since 1950. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend.
Mrs. Jackson was preceeded in death by her husband, Charles J. Jackson, Sr., her parents, and siblings.
Survivors include her children, Joan Atkinson, Jean Thomason (Ralph), and Charles Jackson, Jr. (Elizabeth), fifteen grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Yazoo City.

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