Dr. Betty Sue Drake, 95, was born Nov. 16, 1924, and died Feb. 23, 2020, in Hattiesburg, Miss. She was the only child of Russell and Queenie Sue Drake. She was born and raised in Haleyville, Ala.
At a time when it was rare for women to attend college, Betty graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and a master’s in secondary education from Auburn University. She earned a master’s degree in library science from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and a doctorate in library science from North Texas State University.
In many ways, Dr. Drake was a trailblazer, a woman before her time. She was determined to serve her country during World War II and was extraordinarily proud to be one of few women to serve as a United States Marine. Dr. Drake was a prime example of the “Greatest Generation.”
Dr. Drake was the periodicals librarian at the University of Southern Mississippi until her retirement and then went on to serve as the curator of the Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby. She also wrote a column regarding genealogy for the Hattiesburg American newspaper entitled, “Meet Your Ancestors.” She had a passion for genealogy and helped numerous families trace their ancestry.
She is survived by her three sons, Mark (Robyn Lea) Posey and Eric Posey of Vicksburg, and Seth (Pat) Posey of Hattiesburg. She is also survived by her granddaughters, Lauren Posey (Mark) Different of Vicksburg and Alice Legg of Hattiesburg; and two great-grandchildren, Caroline Different and John Different of Vicksburg as well as a cousin, Melissa Wilson Smith of Huntsville, Ala.
Betty Sue Drake will long be remembered for her sharp intelligence, quick wit and adventurous spirit. She was an avid, voracious reader her entire life. She was a wealth of information; possessed vast knowledge and was well equipped to intelligently discuss most any topic, geographical location or political situation on a moment’s notice. Never losing her inquisitiveness, she continued to read just about anything she could get her hands on, even when doing so required the aid of a magnifying glass and lots of light. She was a determined, focused person who lived her life to the fullest and always in her own way.
Visitation will be Monday, March 2, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. and until the hour of service at 10:30 a.m. at Moore Funeral Home, 805 Hardy St., Hattiesburg, Miss. The service will be officiated by Rev. Kevin Bradley. Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Biloxi National Cemetery, 400 Veterans Avenue, Biloxi, Miss., where Dr. Drake will be laid to rest with military honors.
Members of the Marine Corp League will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Warrior Bonfire Program, a 501c3 organization committed to providing opportunities that improve the lives of Purple Heart recipients: www.warriorbonfireprogram.org
Semper Fi, Dr. Betty Sue Drake. Semper Fi.
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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