Alona Mae Hines Smith, 87, of Blanton, Miss., passed away Saturday, Feb. 22 at Sharkey Issaquena Community Hospital with her family by her side.
She was born to the late Curtis and Edith Hines on Nov. 6, 1932, in Pike County, Illinois. She was married to Darrell Smith of Winchester, Illinois on Jan. 21, 1957. They relocated to the Mississippi Delta in 1959 where they raised three children. Together they farmed for 60 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Rolling Fork Garden Club for many years and worked tirelessly for the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee for more than 25 years.
She is survived by her husband, Darrell J. Smith of Blanton; her daughters, Lola Edwinna (Winnie) Avery ( Russell) of Pearl and Cindy Mae Cole (Joe) of Redwood, and one son, John Curtis Smith (Angie) of Hollandale; five grandchildren Melissa Avery Sines (Thomas ) of Denton, Texas, Christina Avery Morehead (Brian) of Pearl, Natasha Smith of Oxford, Dixie Gaul (Tim) of Biloxi and John Robert Smith (Kaely) of Yazoo City. She leaves behind seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was immensely proud of her family and leaves many beautiful memories.
Funeral services will be held at Rolling Fork First Baptist Church on Wednesday, Feb. 26 with visitation at 10 a.m. and funeral services following at 11 a.m. The service will be officiated by Bro. Britt Williamson, Bro. Robert Gilliland and Bro. Ron Harrison. Burial will follow at Mound Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be John Robert Smith, Brian Morehead, David Campbell, Ray Watson, Roger Gilliland and Ron Morgan. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Walker, Russell Avery, Burt Darden, Jeff McClendon, Frank Corban, Thad Virden and Dennon Melton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the First Baptist Church in her memory.
Randy Eugene Sorrels, 1960 – 2020
Randy Eugene Sorrels passed away Friday, March 27, 2020. He was 59 years old.
Randy was born April 19, 1960. He lived in Pattison, Miss., and was formerly from Brookhaven, Miss. He retired from Entergy, Grand Gulf Power Plant with 35 years of service. He was a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church.
Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Sam Sorrels and Clara Sorrels, and his wife, Penny Sorrels.
He is survived by his daughter Cody Sorrels (fiancé – Ben Norwood), son Travis Sorrels (Kayla); brother Darrell Sorrels (Barbara); stepmother Alice Sorrels; grandson Tucker Sorrels; niece Sonya Jones (Corey) and her children Gracie, Sophia, and Sam; Nephew Michael Sorrels (Whitney) and his son Harrison.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at Serepta Cemetery in Claiborne County. Casey Sorrels will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Michael Sorrels, Ike Cooper, Emmett Roan and Ben Norwood.
Eleanor Ruth Moss, 1936 – 2020
Eleanor Ruth Moss passed away surrounded surrounded by family Friday, March 27, 2020, after a short illness. She was 83 years old.
Eleanor was born on June 17, 1936 in Vicksburg. She attended Vicksburg city schools and was voted homecoming queen her senior year at Carr Central High School in 1954. She attended Mississippi State College for Women for one year and returned to Vicksburg. She married her high-school sweetheart, Barger Moss, and they were married 56 years until he passed away in 2011. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Vicksburg for many years until her health prevented her from attending church. She always appreciated and treasured visits from Brother Matt Buckles.
She was preceded in death by her parents, several brothers and sisters, husband Henry Barger Moss, Jr. and daughter Judith Love Moss Farris.
She was the proud mother of five children: Judith Love (deceased 1999), Jerry Barger (Gina), David Wayne (Robin), Daniel Eugene (Beth) and Jennifer Love.; 15 Grandchildren and 12 Great- Grandchildren who she loved and adored and enjoyed spending time with, especially when they were camping.
A grave side service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2020, at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery with Dr. Matt Buckles officiating.
Dovie Linda Heggins, 1945 – 2020
Dovie Linda Heggins died Thursday, March 26, 2020, in the Greenwood Leflore Hospital. She was 75.
A native of Water Valley, Miss., she had made her home in Vicksburg for 20 years before moving to Greenwood 20 years ago. She was a former member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Vicksburg and currently was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Greenwood.
Survivors include her husband of 40 years, John M. ‘ Johnny” Heggins, of Greenwood; her daughter, Wanda Mathes of Kilgore, Texas; her sons, Terry Miles of Greenwood and Robert Miles of Cuero, Texas; her brother, Jimmy Dale Hawkins of Water Valley; six grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2020, in the Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery with Rev. Mitchell Long officiating. Visitation will be 1 p.m. Monday at Glenwood Funeral Home until the service.
Pallbearers will be David Heggins, Donnie Heggins and Lyman Greer.
Glenwood Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
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