Floyd Wallce Walker
Jan 23, 2021 (date of funeral)
FLOYD WALLACE WALKER
Wallace died on January 18, 2021 at his home in Vaughan Mississippi.
Wallace fought a journey of cancer for almost five years. He fought this disease as a tough-minded optimist from beginning to end.
Wallace was born December 27, 1940 to Floyd and Mary Walker.
Wallace and Peggy Walker were married and had three children: Floyd “Petey” Walker Jr. (Cindy) of Cartersville Georgia, Crystal Newquist (Jimmy) of Madison Mississippi and Kevin Berry Walker.
Grandchildren: Chad Walker (Rachel), Sonny Walker (Morgan), Drew Newquist (Theresa), Hallie Perry (Tre’) and Kaitlyn Walker.
Great Grandchildren: Haven Grace-Dallas-Tripp and Jackson Walker, Margaret June and Karis Walker, Decker James Newquist and Mary Charles Perry.
Wallace is predeceased by his parents, his wife Peggy Wilkinson Walker, his son Kevin Berry Walker, his brother Charles “Sonny” Berry Walker and his sisters Mary Alice Reese and Katherine Beene.
Wallace’s career was in sales with the same company for 50+ years. He also pursued life with a passion in farming. He absolutely loved the outdoors from sunrise to sundown.
The family is so thankful for Mae Moorehead (caregiver and friend) as she took such amazing care of Wallace and Peggy.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions a private graveside services will be held at a later date.
“ To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
“In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider a donation to Black Jack Baptist Church, 1914 Black Jack Road, Vaughan, Mississippi. 39179.
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Jan 18, 2021 (date of funeral) Dennis Burrell, 63, of Bentonia passed away at his residence Friday January 15, 2020. Dennis was a driver for Waste Management for 40 years and of the Southern Baptist Faith.
Survivors include his son Gary Reid (Tara) Burrell of Bentonia, grandchildren Austyn & Kausee Burrell, sisters; Vicki Lancaster, of Bentonia, Hope Nelson of Yazoo City, and Joy Warren of Warner Robbins, GA.
A time of visitation will be held at Stricklin King Funeral Home Monday January18th 11:00 A.M. Until 1:00 P.M. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Vada Lee Ashley Wilson
Jan 16, 2021 (date of funeral) Vada Lee Ashley Wilson was born near Satartia Mississippi in the south Delta on August 1, 1920. She was the second of four children born to a stave cutter from Hot Springs, Arkansas, Dave Ashley and a piano player and cook, Becky Ann Anthony of Carrolton.
When Vada was 14 her father Dave Ashley was killed in a fire and the family moved into a dirt-floored one room deer camp donated by a relative. The tiny shack had no plumbing, electricity, or road access. Surviving on little food and on water carried in containers, walking a great distance to school bus access, and reading by the light of kerosene lamps, Vada graduated from Bentonia High School where she played on the intramural basketball team.
She married William Alexander “Acey” Wilson after his return from the European theatre of World War II. Vada worked as a switchboard operator for Southern Bell Telephone in Yazoo City for 17 years until the connecting function was antiquated by remote electronic switching.
In the final decades of her working life she was a van driver for Yazoo Community Action, continuing to transport those in need to medical appointments in spite of the Social Security penalty from working past eligible retirement age. She loved animals and flowers, and she worked many days until dark after driving all day. She lost her husband to a vehicle accident in 1986. She believed that consistent hard work is the default that could make a better world.
Vada taught her strong work ethic to her single child, Guy Rufus Wilson (Daisey), who received several academic scholarships and a graduate engineering fellowship, was a state government branch director, an officer of several corporations, and has been an engineer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Reservation for the past 30 years.
Vada became wheel-chair dependent upon falling and breaking her hip 10 years ago. She spent the past decade confined to a nursing home in Tennessee where she endured with very limited mobility. From near starvation in the Great Depression, over a century of precipitous change and millions of lives lost to ideological wars, and into the isolation and depression driven by the ongoing COVID Pandemic Vada kept her sense of humor, love of God, and faith in the good of people. She lost her life to pneumonia and other COVID-related respiratory complications Wednesday January 6 at age 100.
Vada was preceded in death by her parents, by her three siblings: Geneva Ashley Cadenhead, Guy Woodley Ashley, and David Louis (D.L) Ashley and by most of her many lifetime friends.
For decades she was close to friends Mary Lee Corley, Ruth Neely, Barbara Hogue, Hugh Mathews, and Otesia Harper (last friend living) all of Yazoo City.
Along with her only son, Vada was survived by her two nieces: Sheila Ashley Richardson and Alice Ann Ray, by her three nephews: David Louis Ashley, William Samuel Ashley, and Timothy Joseph Ashley, by two grandchildren: Angela Rebecca Wilson and Guy Andrew Wilson (Toree), and by two great grandchildren, twins Olivia Grace Wilson and Hadley Rose Wilson. She is also survived by eight great nephews and two great nieces. One great niece is deceased.
She will have a graveside service under the direction of Stricklin King Funeral Home at Glenwood Cemetery by Rev. Roger Richardson at 1:00 PM on Saturday January 16 limited to invitation-only due to COVID restrictions.
Paul Bearers are Andrew Dillard, Neil Dillard, Brian Thomas, D.L. Ashley, Will Ashley, and Miles Ashley.
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Jerry Simmons Burton
Jan 15, 2021 (date of funeral) Jerry Simmons Burton, 78, of Bentonia passed away Tuesday January 12, 2021 at ST Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital. Retired as a Carman with Canadian National Railroad, a Veteran of the U S Army, and a member of Central Baptist Church.
Survivors include his son; Jay Burton of Bentonia, daughters; Reshawn Saxton of Bentonia and Kim Creel of Flora, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, and a brother Frankie Burton of Bentonia.
Jerry was preceded in death by his wife; Linda Gail Simmons Burton, and a granddaughter Veda Garner.
Services under the direction of Stricklin King Funeral Home will be held Friday January 15th at Central Baptist Church with visitation starting at 1:00 P.M. follow by the funeral service at 2:00 P.M. Rev. Scotty Smith will officiate. Internment will follow in Central Holmes Cemetery.
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Frances Louise Sponberger McBride
Jan 14, 2021 (date of funeral) Frances Louise Sponberger McBride, lovingly known as “Boots” to her friends and family, went to be with her Savior peacefully in her home on January 12th at the age of 94 surrounded by family.
Services will be held at Stricklin King Funeral Home on January 14th with visitation from 12:00-1:00 pm with services following. Pastor Gary Henderson officiating the service with the burial following at Brister Cemetery in West, MS under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mrs. McBride was born January 28, 1926 in Mercer, Pennsylvania, and moved to Mississippi in 1945 with her parents at the age of 22. Shortly after, she met her husband of 49 years, George McBride. They wed just after three days of courtship. Together they were blessed with seven children, including three sons and four daughters, 19 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. Mrs. McBride spent her life devoted to her Lord and her family as a homemaker. She had a love for music and was quite talented, playing any instrument with strings and had the voice of an angel. She also enjoyed songwriting, sewing, gardening and cooking. When she was not doing any one of those things, she was found reading or offering anyone she met with a kind word and was always the counselor when she met someone in need.
Mrs. McBride was a member of Short Creek Baptist Church and a lifelong active Christian.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Eva Marie Steigar, and father, John Henry Sponberger, of Durant; her husband George Louis McBride, of Yazoo and her sons, Johnny Louis McBride, of Tupelo; David Lee McBride, of McCool. She was the last sibling of one brother and four sisters.
She is survived by her children, Leroy McBride (Ann), Janie Wynne, Rose Potter (Bill) and Anna McBride, all of Yazoo City; Margie Fowler (Jerry) of Madison, Ala.; and stepson, Eddie Hoover (Kendra) of Vicksburg.
The pall Bearers are Leroy McBride II, David McBride II, Rob Cotten, Tre Cotten, Jacob Potter and Lynn Olive.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of gratitude be made to Eden Baptist Church.
The family would like to thank the Martha Coker Greenhouses and their staff for their care, as well as the amazing compassion and care provided by Adoration Hospice during her journey to be with the Lord.
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Lela Karen Bridges Tyer
Jan 14, 2021 (date of funeral) Lela Karen Bridges Tyer transitioned to Jesus on January 10, 2021 at St. Dominic’s Hospital due to complications of a massive stroke. Graveside services will be held at Central Holmes Cemetery in Little Yazoo on Thursday at 11am under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home. Please wear a face mask and respect social distancing guidelines.
Karen ( Kay-ren) was born on August 19, 1957 in Rolling Fork, MS to Delma and Mary Ann Bridges. She grew up in Bentonia and attended Benton Academy where lifelong friendships were made. Her only child, Lt. Colonel Howard Vandevere, was her pride and joy. As nieces and nephews entered her life she became known as “KK” to many family and friends. Arguments ensue over each one claiming “they are her favorite “. She adored being called KK by her three grandchildren and she never missed an opportunity to show them how much she loved them. Her newest gift from God is a great-grandson who she finally got to meet only two days prior to her stroke. God blessed KK in 2001 with a soulmate, Chuck Tyer and a daughter Collyne, and he chose to call her “Lela”, a name she loved because it was her mamaw’s name. KK and Chuck honored God daily and loved to study their bible together. KK loved her feline fur babies and rescued many to become her baby.
Karen is survived by her husband, Chuck Tyer of Bentonia, son, Lt. Col. Howard Vandevere and wife Jamie of San Antonio, TX and step-daughter Collyne Tyer of Pensacola, FL. Grandchildren Tanner Vandevere (Jordan) and Banks of Spring, Tx, Palmer and Reese Vandevere of San Antonio, TX. Her siblings include Andy Bridges (Sheila) of Yazoo City, Donna Johnson (Mike), Marsha Burton (Jeff) and Tim Bridges all of Bentonia. Nieces and nephews include Del Bridges, Kale Johnson (Erin), Khara Horn (Dan), Cameron Brown (Ron), Will Bridges (Kristen) Tiffany Bridges, Mallory Davis (Wade); Laura Hines (Matt), April, Ross Bridges and fourteen great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and nephews Blake & Chandler Burton.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to everyone extending their love during her brief illness.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Mississippi Animal Rescue League or First Baptist Church of Flora.
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