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Dr. Betty Sue Drake, 1924 – 2020

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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.

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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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Donald Kaufman

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Surprised I lived this long, but was beginning to think I’d never go! If you’re reading this, it’s because I’ve met my maker; read fast, as I have tomatoes to plant. The soil up here is cool and rich, and guess who came running when I was finally able to utter a word? Snowman! That boy is somethin’ else…still remembers the tricks we learned together. So many puppies here, at first I thought I went to Dog Heaven until I hugged my momma and she said my daddy is here (whew!), but still hiding from her. Found my twin, Ronnie, yesterday, he still looks like me, handsome devil (oops, probably a bad expression here). I’ve missed him! I’m on the hunt for the rest of my brothers, because I hear them taunting this little brother in the distance, sons o’ b*tches. To my loved ones on Earth, I want you to know I suffer no more. My two beautiful sisters, Jerlene and June, my little brother David, our love is thick, no matter the distance or the disagreement. Take care of each other, please. Mark, my only son, I am so very proud of you, I miss you being my hunting sidekick, my golfing partner, my fishing buddy, but thank you for being my caregiver when I was down. You’re a loyal son, I love you…and I’m sorry those Cowboys suck right now. Chelle….look up! I’m here and forever in your heart. Be encouraged, and know I’m whole, happy and busy again. All the things you wanted for me. You are my sunshine, I love you, take care of everyone. My grandkids…Josh, Colby, Ashlee, Mary Katherine, Allen Dale, and Cali-bug, and greats Maverick and Michael, I enjoyed making you laugh over the years and proud to be your pawpaw. Each of my grandkids, and greats, hold a special place in my heart. Y’all grow up strong and don’t be sissies, ya hear?  PS…just met my favorite gameshow host, Alex Trebek, “I’ll take Paradise for a thousand, please!”

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