Rita Coleman

Dec 05, 2016 (date of funeral)
Rita Coleman, 83, of Yazoo City passed away Friday December 2, 2016 at The Yazoo City Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center. Most of her life Ms Rita was a homemaker, but she had also worked as head cashier at Freds Department Store, she was also a member of Eden Baptist Church.

Survivors are her son; Jeff (Teresa) Johnson and grandson David Johnson both of Olive Branch, MS, survivors also include her sons; Jimmy Alten of San Diego, CA, David Alten of New Holstein, WI, and Mike Alten of Sheboygan, WI, several grandchildren, nieces and nephews in Michigan & California.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; Johnny Coleman, Ray James Johnson, and Fritz Alten, sister; Shirley House, and her mother: Ora Wieland.

Services will be at Stricklin-King Funeral Home with visitation Sunday December 4th 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. And Monday December 5th beginning at 12:00 P.M. Until the 2:00 P.M. Service. Rev. Gary Henderson & Rev. Matt Clark will officiate. Internment will follow in Short Creek Cemetery.


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Frederick "Fred" William Merrill

Dec 03, 2016 (date of funeral)
Frederick (Fred) William Merrill of Yazoo City went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Fred was born in Colon, Panama on December 16, 1939 to the late Colonel Philip William Merrill and Caroline Tute Merrill. As his father was a career army officer, Fred had the opportunity to live in many places, including Wisconsin, Georgia, England, Germany, Indiana, and Alabama. He attended Hope Place School in London for primary school, Kemper Military Academy in Indianapolis, Indiana, and graduated from Coffee High School in Florence, Alabama. He then continued his education at Braden Prep School on the Hudson in Cornwall, New York, and West Point Military Academy. While attending West Point, he decided not to make the military his career as his father had. Instead, he returned to Alabama and graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in business management and English literature.

As a young man, Fred lived in New Orleans and worked in several fine-dining establishments, where he developed a love for the food industry. Upon moving to Jackson, Mississippi, he established his career in the hospitality industry as manager of the Capital City Petroleum Club, serving as president of the Club Managers Association of America. Fred and his wife, JoDale, retired to Yazoo City, where he was actively involved in the First Presbyterian Church and faithfully served as a deacon.

Fred was a well-read and talented man. He had a deep love for literature, could quote many pieces of poetry and converse about many subjects. He was also a gifted storyteller. He was creative and loved working with his hands – building, repairing and making things right again. A few of his many passions and hobbies included antique sports cars and windsurfing, which he enjoyed into his sixties.

Fred was beloved by his family who cherished spending time with him. He is survived by his wife, Josephine (JoDale) Fisher Merrill; his stepchildren, Paula Jennings Hood and her husband Jimmy, Jack Stewart Jennings, Jr. and his wife Sherri; seven grandchildren: James Wilson Hood, Jr. and his wife Carter, Harrison Barksdale Hood and his wife Jeannie, Stewart Jennings Hood and his wife Betsy, Alexander Warren Hood, Jack Stewart Jennings III, Molly Jennings Ames and her husband Daniel, and Sarah Selby Jennings; three great grandchildren: Harrison Barksdale Hood, Jr. (Harry), William James Hood, and James Wilson Hood, III (Trey); and three sisters: Mary Katherine Grosbeck of Winter Park, Florida, Ann Merrill Jordan and husband Don of Denver, Colorado, and Patricia Merrill McKnight and husband Craig of Sacramento, California.

Visitation will be in the chapel of First Presbyterian Church of Yazoo City, Mississippi, on Saturday, December 3, from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. with the funeral following at 2:00 p.m. His five grandsons and Kip Carroll will serve as pallbearers. Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church of Yazoo City or French Camp Academy. The family wishes to express our love and deep gratitude to Renee Ward and Lisa Caston for their wonderful care.


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Margie Strain Downs

Dec 02, 2016 (date of funeral)
Margie Strain Downs, 73, of Vicksburg formerly of Yazoo City passed away at her residence Tuesday November 29, 2016. A homemaker she was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors are her sons; Kenny Downs & John Downs both of Vicksburg, daughter; Susan Lewis of Abita Springs, LA, 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and sister; Johnnie Mascagni of Greenville, MS.

Mrs. Downs was preceded in death by her daughter; Lynn Frazier, husbands; Kenneth Downs & William White, parents; Johnny & Lorene Maxwell Strain, sister; Inez McPhail and brothers J. T. Wood & J.D. Pierce.

Services will be at Stricklin-King Funeral Home in Yazoo City Friday December 2nd with visitation starting at 11:00 A.M. Followed by services at 1:00 P.M. Rev. Bobby Joe Hawkins will officiate with internment in Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City.

Pallbearers are her grandchildren; Justin Brown,Gordon Downs, Taylor Wade, Dalton Downs, Corey Frazier and Cameron Lewis.

Honorary pallbearers are Reece Mascagni, & Chase Childers.


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Hannah B Kelly

Nov 29, 2016 (date of funeral)
Hannah Beeks Pitts Kelly passed away on Saturday, November 26,2016, at The
Blake Assisted Living Facility in Oxford, MS. Known as Hannah to most of her friends
and affectionately called "Beeks" by her late husband Kelly, Mrs. Kelly was born
November 4, 1926, in Ecru, MS, to Edd H. Pitts and Laura Phifer Pitts.
A 1944 graduate of Ecru High School and a 1948 graduate of the University of
Mississippi, Hannah played on the Ole Miss tennis and golf teams throughout college.
She met and married the love of her life, Harold Kelly, and they both had a great passion
for Ole Miss athletics, a devotion that continued for the rest of their lives. Hannah was
the Yazoo City Country Club Golf Champion for as long as she played, and her love for
the sport led her to organize and run the Ace Parker, Jr. Golf Tournament for many
years, an event in which she touched many young lives. While living in Yazoo City,
Hannah was employed at Mississippi Chemical Corporation for many years.
Last, but not least, Hannah was a beloved and devoted member of First United
Methodist Church in Yazoo City for 64 years, where she first served in the Chancel Choir
and was a pianist and then organist for 40 years. She was also a member of the church's
Hand Bell Choir as well as a member of the music program for the youth there.
Mrs. Kelly was preceded in death by Harold C. Kelly, her husband of 63 years;
her sister Laura Ruth Pitts Nesbit; and her parents. She is survived by her nephew Mike
Nesbit (Nancy) of Ecru; her niece Carol Clendenon of Clinton; her grand-nephews Ben
Nesbit (Judy Lynn) of Oxford, and Clay and Casey Clendenon of Katy, TX; and her
grand-niece Kelly Waggoner (Marcus) of Denver, CO. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 29,2016, from 12:30-2:00 pm at First
United Methodist Church of Yazoo City with the funeral service to follow at 2:00.
Reverend Bill Poole will preside over the funeral service. Burial will be Wednesday,
November 30, at 1 :00 pm at the Ecru Cemetery with Reverend Jimmy Criddle presiding.
All services are under the direction of Stricklin- King Funeral Home of Yazoo City. In
lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to the First United Methodist
Church of Yazoo City or to the Ole Miss Foundation.


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Thomas E. "Tug" Sullivan

Nov 28, 2016 (date of funeral)
Thomas E. “Tug” Sullivan, 51, of Wolf Lake, Yazoo City passed away at a deer camp in Sharkey County Wednesday November 23, 2016. Employed in farming he was of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors are his son; Tommy H.(Haley) Sullivan of Bentonia, daughter; Shelly R. Sullivan of Mayersville, MS, 6 grandchildren, brother John Sullivan of Straight Bayou, and sister Dawn Courtney of Louise.

Services will be Monday November 28 at Straight Bayou Baptist Church in Sharkey County with visitation starting at 9:30 A.M. Followed by services at 11:00 A.M.. Internment will follow in Straight Bayou Cemetery under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home of Yazoo City. Rev. Tommy Burns will officiate.

Pall Bearers are; Cody Sellers, George Sellers, Trey Lomax, Billy Hodnett, Fred Humphreys, & Britt Overby.


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