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Anne Elizabeth Bailey Culpepper, 1929 – 2020

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Anne Elizabeth Bailey Culpepper passed away in the early morning of Nov. 2, 2020, at her home in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, with her family by her side. She was 91 years old.

She was born Sept. 20, 1929, In Coronado, California, to William Rufus (Bill) and Grace Andrews Bailey. Being the only child of a Navy Chief Petty Officer, she spent her childhood traveling extensively around the United States living in port cities from California to Florida, up the Eastern Coast through Boston as well as the Panama Canal. Following World War II, her family settled in Pleasant Grove, Florida, to be near her mother’s relatives.

Following her graduation from Pensacola High School in Pensacola, Florida, in 1947, she attended Mars Hill Junior College in Mars Hill, North Carolina, from 1947 to 1949. During her summers she worked with the Florida State Baptist Training Union in Central Florida teaching Bible study at night and Vacation Bible School during the day.

After completing her studies at Mars Hill, she was accepted to Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. During the summers of 1950 and 1951, while at MC, she served as a summer missionary in Southern California leading VBS in Salinas, Monterey and Carmel. She also served as an usher during the National Southern Baptist Convention held in San Francisco.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education from Mississippi College in 1951, she worked at Jones Junior College serving as the Director of the Baptist Student Union for two years.

In 1953 she began her studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, earning her master’s degree in religious education.

Anne moved to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1955 to serve as the director of the BSU at Baptist Hospital where she began the first student nurses BSU program.

In 1955, Anne met Charles Herschel Culpepper, and they were married in March 1956. She continued her work in education and religion as their marriage took them from Jackson to Clarksdale and then to Vicksburg. They eventually settled in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, in 1967 where they made their permanent home in the Mississippi Delta.

Through her years in education, she taught junior college, kindergarten, high school, and junior high English and speech. She completed her master’s degree in guidance from Mississippi College in 1971 and became the guidance counselor at Rolling Fork High School, serving 28 years in the public-school system. Following her retirement, she continued her career at Sharkey Issaquena Academy as guidance counselor for six additional years. Anne’s compassion for her students was evident by her devotion to each and every one. She was always an advocate for her students, guiding them in college selection, career pathways and military service.

Through the years, Anne continued to remain faithful to the service of the Lord, Jesus Christ. She was active as the Young Adult Sunday School teacher for more than 40 years and Sunday School superintendent at First Baptist Church Rolling Fork. She served as youth leader and minister of music for more than 20 years and was active in the Sharkey Issaquena Baptist Association. She was a member and served as president of the Women’s Missionary Union and a member of the church’s Mission Committee.

In recent years she has served on short term mission trips to New Jersey helping with VBS and to the Mississippi Gulf Coast following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. She also traveled with the Mississippi State Baptist Convention as a member of the Missions Executive Committee to Vancouver, Canada, in 2009.

Anne Culpepper’s commitment to missions is quite evident in her lifetime of service throughout North America. Her love of mission work has been passed on to her grandchildren who have served on various missions to the Gulf Coast, New Jersey, Indonesia, Africa, New England, Wales, Eastern Europe and Nicaragua.

In retirement, Anne Culpepper was also active in the Rolling Fork community where she helped in attaining a grant for the local hospital in the 1900s. She also helped in the establishment of the Rolling Fork Visitor’s Museum where she volunteered her services as long as she was able. She enjoyed volunteering with local celebrations such as the Deep Delta Blues Festival as well as the annual Great Delta Bear Affair. She was a member of the Rolling Fork Garden Club, serving as president for two terms. She was awarded the Cary Christian Center Delta Lights Award in 2013 honoring her commitment to the people of Sharkey and Issaquena counties. In 2015 she was named grand marshall for the Rolling Fork Christmas Parade.

Anne Bailey Culpepper was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Charles Herschel Culpepper.

She is survived by her two daughters, Celeste Hankins (David) and Tracye Anderson (Andy). She leaves behind four grandchildren, Haley Hankins Bush (Jason), Tyler Hankins (Lacy), Ryan Anderson and Marlee Anderson; and six great-grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church Rolling Fork with graveside services immediately following at Mound Cemetery in Rolling Fork. Rev. Britt Williamson will be officiating the services. The family asks that all visitors please wear masks while attending either service.

Active pallbearers are John Abney, Todd Heigle, Eddie Holcomb, Bill Newsom, Marlon Nichols, Alvaro Rodriguez, Thad Virden and Phillip Byrd.

Honorary pallbearers are Frank Corban, Gary Hays, C.O. Kynerd, Rev. Reese E. Kyzar, Jimmie Magee and Jimmy Walker.

The family is extremely grateful to the wonderful sitters who helped care for her at home, Adorations Home Health of Rolling Fork and Adorations Hospice of Yazoo City.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Rolling Fork Missions Fund.

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Jessie Jones, 1942 – 2020

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Jessie Jones passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. He was 78 years old.

Mr. Jones was born in Eupora, Mississippi. He was a welder at Bechtel Nuclear power plant. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence G. Jones and Lucie Dewberry Jones; siblings Betty Jean Kirksey, Curtis Jones, Louise Sanders, Shannon Jones, Daisy Miller, George Jones, David Jones and Shirley Holman.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Jones; four sons Jessie Jones, Jr., Greg Jones, Christopher Jones and Clarence Jones; two daughters Samantha Morgan and Lisa Jones; a sister Bonnie Fortner; and 11 grandchildren.

A graveside service will be Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at noon in Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Glenwood Funeral Home.

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Kenneth Ray Davenport, 1954 – 2020

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Kenneth Ray Davenport passed away Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at his home. He was 66.

Kenneth was born July 27, 1954, the son of Jesse B. Davenport and Florence Nelson Davenport. After he graduated from Florence High School, he worked for Foam Packaging his entire working life, retiring in 2017. He loved hunting, fishing, farming, tractors, cows, cowboy hats and boots.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Evelyn Davenport.

He is survived by his son, Samuel Anderson (Angie); daughter, Tammy Dunn; brothers Jesse Davenport, Jr. and Joseph Thompson Davenport (Evone); sisters Martha Oswalt, Liz Owens and Patricia Bozeman; grandchildren Olivia Hamme and Emily Ashley (who took especially good care of him during the last weeks of his life), Haley Wells, Hannah Hasty, Baylen Warnock, Karley Keyes, Woods Anderson and John Hayes Anderson; and eight great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Pearl, Mississippi.

Honorary pallbearers will be David Conerly, Jay Hearn, best and lifetime friend Larry Gentry, Wayne Muirhead, Jerry Lee Edmondson, Dewitt Edmondson, employees of Foam Packaging, his sitter Lakeisha Montgomery and the nurses of Encompass Hospice Care.

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Carla Louise Weeks, 1962 – 2020

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Carla Louise Weeks passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, at her home. She was 58.

Carla was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Oct. 8, 1962, the daughter of Carlos and Rubye Brassfield Blackmon. Everyone who knew Carla knew she was a very fun- loving person. She believed in family, friends, peace, love and tie-dye. Carla said she wanted all her family, lifetime co-workers and customers to know how much she loved them.

Carla is preceded in death by her parents, Carlos and Rubye Blackmon, her sister, Anne Bolls, and her niece Angela Bolls.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Weeks; her two brothers Bobby Blackmon and Bill Blackmon (Betty); nieces Elizabeth Bolls-Kumar (Rajesh), Amber Whitley (Matt), and Sonya Loveless; nephews George Bolls (Eileen), James Blackmon, Bobby Blackmon (Melissa), Joshua Birdno and Anthony Birdno; great nieces and nephews Sheila, Jennifer, Jessica, Hagan, Tyler, Abby, Austin, Noah, Kenya, John, Jacob and Lawson; and her special friends, Katie Wimberley and Sandra Duckworth.

A visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home followed by the service at 2 p.m. Brother Dwight Sibley will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Antioch Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Nickalus Romano, Joshua Birdno, Matt Whitley, Steve Loposser and Jonathan Rundles. Honorary pallbearers are Tommye Romano and Stephanie Weeks.

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