Margaret Walden Norman

Jul 26, 2014 (date of funeral)
Margaret W. Norman, 75, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014 at St. Dominics in Jackson. She was a florist and a homemaker. Mrs. Norman was a member of Westwood Baptist Church.
Mrs. Norman is survived by her sons; Major Norman, Jr. of Crown Point, ID, and Melvin P. "Minor" Norman of Madison, MS, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great grands, and sisters; Shirley Shelton of Dallas TX, and Betty Nobriga of Pearl, MS.
Services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Stricklin-King Funeral Home in Yazoo City. Visitation will be from 9-11 before the service. Elder Eugene Norris, and Rev. Jerrod Muller will officiate the service.

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Samuel Clayton "Clay" Hanna

Jul 26, 2014 (date of funeral)
Samuel Clayton “Clay” Hanna , 46, of Yazoo City passed away at his residence Thursday July 24, 2014.
He was a member of 1st Baptist Church.
Survivors are his parents; Sammy & Kathaleen Hanna of Yazoo City, Sisters; Traci Hanna Pickett of Brandon, & Dee Hanna of Byram, maternal grandparents Walter & Delia Johnson of Yazoo City. Niece; Kara Pickett & Nephews Mac & Sam Pickett.
Visitation will be at Stricklin-King Funeral Home Saturday July 26 12:00 -2:00 P.M. followed by services at 2:00 P.M. Internment will follow in Fletchers Chapel Cemetery.
Rev. Bryan Abel will officiate.

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Billy W. Miller

Jul 26, 2014 (date of funeral)
Billy W. Miller, 65, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Miller was a long time employee of AMCO. He was also a Army Veteran. Mr. Miller is survived by his daughter Lisa Saxton "Ty" of Gulfport. grand daughters; Jessica Corrin "Michael" of Gulfport, Heather Miller of Gulfport, and Haley Saxton of Gulfport, grandson Jonathan Miller of Yazoo City, sisters; Liz Callihan of Pelahatchie, Debbie Collins of Yazoo City, Teresa Ables of yazoo City, and Ruthie Wilcher Pelahatchie, brothers; Jamie Martin of Pelahatchie, Buddy Garrett of Pelahatchie, Tom Garrett of Pelahatchie and Sam Miller of Yazoo City, great grandchildren Callie Lovett, and Joseph Miller. Funeral services for Mr. Miller will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM at Stricklin-King Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 3-4 before the service. Gary Henderson will officiate the service.

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Maurice "Buddy" Hatchett

Jul 25, 2014 (date of funeral)
Maurice Alexander “Buddy” Hatchett, Jr.

Maurice Alexander "Buddy" Hatchett, Jr., (95), of Holly Bluff, Mississippi, died on July 23, 2014 at
1 :35 p.m. at Martha Jo Leslie Veterans Home in Kosciusko, MS.

Services will be held at Stricklin King Funeral Home in Yazoo City. Visitation will be 9:30-11:00 Friday, July 25, 2014 with funeral at 11:00.Burial will follow the funeral at Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City.

Mr. Hatchett was born in the Spanish Fort community, Holly Bluff, Mississippi, on February 19, 1919,
to Maurice Alexander "Morris" Hatchett, Sr. and May "Mrs" Hollis Hatchett. Mr. Hatchett married
Prevaughn Fairris Martin on December 18, 1948. Mr. Hatchett was engaged in farming until 2007
when he retired at the age of 88.

Before the outbreak of World War II Hatchett enlisted in the United States Army in August, 1941, and
completed his basic training at Camp Shelby. Because of his superior hunting abilities and
marksmanship he was selected to train with an elite group of eight soldiers from different countries to
carry out special operations during WWII. On D-Day Hatchett landed 26 minutes before the first wave
on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France as part of the 29th Division, 116th Infantry, 2nd Battalion,
Company E. Hatchett rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant and received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze
Star for his brave actions on the battlefields.

Hatchett was the last charter member of Perry Hunting Club, served as trustee on the Board of Trustees
of Holly Bluff Line Consolidated School District, past president and member of the Fifteen Mile
Drainage District of Yazoo County, past president of Carroll Gin Company of Holly Bluff, a member
of Yazoo County Conservation League, a member of 29th Division Association, Inc. and a lifetime
member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his sister, Odeal Hatchett Singleterry, all from Holly
Bluff, MS and his brother, William Russell Hatchett of Jackson, MS.

He is survived by two daughters, Joyce Ann Perkins of Yazoo City and Nancy Hatchett Maranto of
Anguilla; three grandchildren, Joe Frank "Jody" Carson, III of Yazoo City, Anne Maranto Mize of
Senatobia, William Hatchett "Chett" Maranto of. Houston, Texas, four great-grandchildren; Cody
Alexander Carson and Jack Carson of Yazoo City, Anna James Mize and Emily Vaughn Mize of

Pallbearers will be Jody Carson, Chett Maranto, Cody Carson, J.H Mize, Skip Horton, Wix Crawford, Smith Stoner, and Jimmy Huff. Honorary Pallbearers will include Mike Rist Charles Smith, Oscar Goodman, Rachel Riley, and Son Coghlan.

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Mary Frances Cotten

Jul 24, 2014 (date of funeral)
Mary Frances Wooten Cotten, 70, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. Mrs. Cotten was a retired Beautician.
She is survived by her husband James Michael Cotten, Sr., daughter Tracey Cotten Griffith, step son Robert Harris Cotten, and James Michael Cotten. Funeral services for Mrs. Cotten will be Thursday, July 24, 2012 at 11:00 at Stricklin-King Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5-7 Wednesday evening at the funeral home. The Rev Ken Lynch will officiate the service.

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E. O. "Buddy" Passons

Jul 19, 2014 (date of funeral)
E. O. “Buddy” Passons, 72, of Bentonia went to his Heavenly Home on July 13, 2014.
He served on the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol for 26 years retiring in 1992, as Sheriff of Yazoo County for a term, & on the corrections board for 2 years. A member of Concord Baptist Church, he was also an avid hunter.
He is survived by his loving family & many friends.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents Buster & Lorene Passons, his loving wife Rose, brothers; W.A. & Preston Passons.
He leaves as survivors his children Michelle (Wayne) Haley of Crystal Springs, MS.,Lana (Billy Joe) Isonhood of Bentonia, MS., & Sondra Passons Farrish of Bentonia, sisters Cornelia (Lloyd) Passons of Bentonia, Sarah Irwin of Bentonia, MS.,& Carolyn (Bill) Cotton of Birmingham, AL, & a host of nieces & nephews.
Visitation will be Friday July 18 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Stricklin-King Funeral Home in Yazoo City as well as 9:00 – 10:00 A.M. Saturday July 19 followed by services at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home with internment in Central Holmes Cemetery in Yazoo County with full Highway Patrol Honors.

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Miller Payne Holmes

Jul 18, 2014 (date of funeral)
Miller Payne Holmes, 94, retired banker, died July 16, 2014 at his home in Ridgeland, MS. Services will be at noon Friday, July 18, 2014 at St. Peter’s-by-the-Lake Episcopal Church, 1954 Spillway Road, Brandon, MS 39047. Visitation will be at 11:00 a.m. in the Church. Burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery, Yazoo City, MS under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mr. Holmes was born September 14, 1919 in Yazoo City, MS to Herbert Holmes and Ethel Payne Holmes. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was a member of the Yazoo City High School Band. He was selected as ‘Mr. Yazoo High’ and graduated in 1937. He attended the University of Mississippi, graduating in 1941. While at Ole Miss he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and led ‘The Mississippians’ dance band, playing in many venues around the state. After college he joined The Delta National Bank of Yazoo City, but his career was interrupted by service in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He participated as an artillery officer in several campaigns in the Pacific with the Fourth Marine Division, including Saipan and Iwo Jima. After the war, he returned to Yazoo City with his family to continue his banking career, which spanned over 40 years. He served as president of Delta National from 1972 until its merger with Deposit Guaranty National Bank in 1981. He continued with Deposit Guaranty for a time, serving on the bank’s board of directors and as chairman of the advisory boards for the branch banks in Yazoo City and Vicksburg. After a brief period of retirement, he served from 1989 until 1994 with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in New Orleans. It was said that, if you visited him there, he would show you the town as if he had discovered it himself.
Miller Holmes was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Yazoo City until moving to Brandon in 1982. He then joined St. Peter’s as it grew from mission to parish status. He served in leadership positions in both churches and as a delegate to Annual Council of the Diocese of Mississippi. His civic activities included service as president of the Yazoo County Chamber of Commerce and Delta Council, member of the Yazoo County Port Commission and Greater Yazoo Growth and Development Foundation, and supporter of Boy Scouts of America and Yazoo County United Givers Fund. He enjoyed playing golf and traveling as long as his health permitted.
While at Ole Miss he met his bride, the former Jean Barksdale of Jackson, MS. They enjoyed more than 72 remarkable years together with her extraordinary support of his business and civic activities. He said, “All it takes for a marriage to be successful is for one partner to be completely unselfish, and that is Jean.”
Mr. Holmes was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Herbert Payne ‘Herbie’ Holmes and his wife, Nancy; sister, Katie Holmes Donavan and her husband, George; nephew, Herbert H. Holmes; niece, Kathy Holmes; and daughter-in-law Vicki Smith Holmes. He is survived by his wife; son, Miller P. Holmes, Jr. (Bonnie); daughters, Dale Holmes Simmons (Jim) and Ethel Holmes Moak (Keith). He is also survived by three granddaughters; Blair H. Nelson (Howard), Posey Simmons McGraw (Brian), and Jacqueline Moak Vinson (Wynn); and three grandsons, Lt. Col. Andrew “Drew” Holmes (Bridget), Jason Moak (Michelle), and James Robert (Rob) Simmons, III (Anne), and fourteen great-grandchildren, William Logan Nelson, Anne Miller Nelson, Mary Lauren Nelson, Lucas Payne Holmes, Sophie Leighann Holmes, Lilla Riede McGraw, Katie Bell McGraw, Mamie McGraw, Hudson Simmons, James Robert Simmons IV, Madison Moak, Braleigh Moak, Lydia Vinson, and Moak Vinson.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers of Orchard Care and Sta-Home Health. In lieu of flowers please consider memorials to St. Peter’s or Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 145, Yazoo City, MS 39194, or to a charity of your choice.

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