Virginia Dale Stubblefield Dixon

Apr 26, 2017 (date of funeral)
Virginia Dale Stubblefield Dixon,82, of Vaughan passed away Monday April 24, 2017 in Ridgeland. She was the daughter of James Dale and Virginia O'Reilly Stubblefield. She was a member of Ellison United Methodist Church and was employed for many years at Benton Academy as teacher and Guidance Counselor.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband; Sim James (S. J.) Dixon and her son; William Dale Dixon.

Survivors are her daughters; Linda Dixon (Steve) Heath and Diane Dixon, grandchildren; Virginia Heath (Chris) Creel, Robert Dixon Heath, Patrick Dale Dixon, and Daughter-in-law Lauren Taylor Dixon. Also surviving are her great grandchildren, Canon Wayne Creel, Christopher Hayes Creel, and Annie James Creel as well as her sister; Beverly Stubblefield Ragland.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday April 26 at Ellison United Methodist Church in The Vaughan Community of Yazoo County at 2:00 P.M. With visitation from 1:00 P.M. Until the service. Burial will follow in Blackjack Cemetery. Stricklin-King Funeral Home of Yazoo City will handle the arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers will be Virginia's nephews; Andy Dixon, Charlie Dixon, Cham Blain, mRush Mosby, Sim Mosby, Doug Ragland, Bob Ragland, and Will Alexander.

The family request memorials be made to Ellison United Methodist Church or Blackjack Baptist Church.


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Lecil Lystra Lee

Apr 25, 2017 (date of funeral)
God, Family, AMCO—Lecil Lystra Lee gave his heart and soul to each one without reservation. Coming from a long line of Christians, his love of God and willingness to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ came naturally and wholeheartedly.
Born to Otis and Clemmie Jones Lee in 1927, strong Christian parents
Lecil describes getting his first and only job in 1948: “I went to Alexander Manufacturing Company in Picayune and talked to Alvin Lingenfelter, plant manager.” A large man (6’ 2”, 200 lb.) Lingenfelter was somewhat dubious, but told Lecil to go on in the shop and sweep it out. So, 5’ 3”, 110 lb. Lecil picked up a broom and started work. “I don’t reckon that he ever assigned me to a particular job…I was a flunky. I picked out jobs (in the shop) that I thought I could do, (mastered them), and they advanced me. I realized that Mr. Lingenfelter had the job I really wanted.” He achieved that goal and much, much more at AMCO during his 63-year career.
Enter the love of his life: Joria Janice Miller. Daughter of Ralph and Hester Smith Miller of Flat Top community, she, too, grew up surrounded by strong Christians, and shared the same values as Lecil. It was a match made in Heaven, and they were married on September 23,1949. They established their home in Picayune, both going to work each day and to church ‘just about every time the doors were open.’

Meanwhile, things were booming at AMCO. Management decided to relocate the plant closer to its customers in the Delta, and chose Yazoo City for their new home. Deciding that his future lay with AMCO, Lecil looked forward to being a part of this new phase of his company and career.
While the move was emotionally hard—after all leaving family and friends is never easy—the family quickly adapted to life in their new town. Of course, as soon as the boxes were unpacked the search for a new church home began. Although very different from Union Baptist in size and congregation dynamics (Lee kinfolk dominated at Union Baptist.), First Baptist Church welcomed the Lees with open arms, and all members of the family were immediately involved in a variety of activities. Lecil and Joria both served the Lord at FBC in many capacities. Willing workers, they shared their faith as teachers, mentors and through mission work. Lecil worked in many areas throughout his life: Deacon, Usher, Baptist Men Director, Men’s Prayer Breakfast, and service through the Missions, Prison Impact, Bus, Security, and Stewardship Committees.
“Well done thou good and faithful servant…”

The family has special thanks for Halcyon Hospice, Autumn Reeves, Gladys Neely, and Rhonda Lee.

Survivors are his wife; Joria Miller Lee, daughter; Kathy Lee (Dwight) Dyess of West Point, sons; Wallace Keith (Deborah) Lee of Madison, Kerry Don (Tammy) Lee of Madison, and Kendall Otis (Tondra) Lee of Yazoo City, sisters; Faye Lee of Picayune, and Jackie Lee Rowell of Brandon, grandsons Brian K. Lee of Madison, Daniel O. Lee of Lexington, Jeffery K. Lee of Canton, Walker Lee Dyess of West Point, and David K. Lee of Nashville, TN, granddaughters; Kelsey Lee of Yazoo City, and Laura Lee Hale of Clermont, FL, great grandchildren; Ayden Cole White, Noah Alexander Salter, Madison Elizabeth Salter, Collin Michael Lee, Nicholas Conner Lee, Alice Elizabeth Hale, Elijah Lee Hale, Christian Jeriah Lee, and Kerry Otis Lee.

Lecil was preceded in death by his parents; Otis M. and Clemmie Jones Lee, brothers Coyt and Garland Lee, and a sister Mabeline Lee Bridges.

Services will be held Tuesday April 25, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Yazoo City with visitation beginning at 11:00 A.M. Followed by Funeral Services at 1:00 P.M., internment will follow in Glenwood Cemetery. Rev. Clint Richie will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Brian Lee, Daniel Lee, Jeffery Lee, Walker Dyess, David Lee, Neal Miller, Robert Rowell and J. T. Rowell
In Lieu of Flowers the family request that memorials be made to; Gideons International, Yazoo Humphreys Camp, P.O. Box 1111, Yazoo City, MS 39194 or First Baptist


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Elizabeth Powell Helms

Apr 21, 2017 (date of funeral)
Her children rise up and call her blessed! Elizabeth Powell Helms born April 11, 1922 passed away on April 15th at the age of 95 at her home in Crystal Springs, MS. For most of her life she was a stay-at-home mom. She loved children and after her own children were grown she went to work at the First United Methodist Daycare in Yazoo City. She rarely went anywhere without those children calling “hey MS Elizabeth” and coming to give her a big hug. After she moved to Crystal Springs she kept up with all of her “kids” from daycare by subscribing to The Yazoo Herald.

She loved her Lord and Savior and instilled in all her children and grandchildren how important it was to love and serve God. She faithfully served God and lived a life of service for Him.

Survived by children Myrna Tilghman, Jean Berch (Jerry), Judy Griffin, Szalay (John), and Carole Grantham, 25 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and 17 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, who considered her their second mother.

Preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, H.A. “Arnold” Helms, SR, daughter Gwendolyn Helms, son; H.A. “Buddy” Helms, JR, 2 sons-in-law, Corbin Griffin and Gerald Tilghman, 4 grandchildren; Melissa Helms, Joseph Vandevender, Christy Griffin, and Michael Griffin, also her parents Henry & Lou Ella Powell, 6 brothers and 4 sisters.

Services will be at Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel Friday April 21. 2017 with visitation 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. With services at 12:00 P.M. Rev. Bill Powels will officiate with internment to follow in Caile Cemetery in Sunflower County.


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J.R. "Ray" Jones

Apr 21, 2017 (date of funeral)
Jessie Ray “J.R.” Jones, 89 of Yazoo City died Tuesday April 18, 2017 at The State Veterans Home in Kosciusko. A U. S. Navy Veteran he was a member and Deacon at Short Creek Baptist Church, and a retired Electrician.

Survivors are his wife Billie Jones of Yazoo City, daughters; Evelyn (Don) Corley of Yazoo City, Margaret Pickett of Pearl, MS, and Glenda (Carl) Rayfield of Hernando, MS, 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and a sister Vivian Waasser of Ridgeland, MS

Services will be held at Short Creek Baptist Church Friday April 21 with visitation starting at 1:30 P.M. Until the funeral service at 3:00 P.M. Rev. Jerry File will Officiate. Internment will follow in Shortcreek Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Russ Allen, Buddy Callihan, Leslie Metcalfe, Tim Manor, William Jones, & Johnny Williams.


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