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Estelle Phillips Stegall, 1937 – 2020

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Estelle Phillips Stegall, 81, of Crystal Springs, Miss., was born May 7, 1939, and died Thursday, May, 7, 2020.

She is survived by her daughters, Sue Worrell McCool (Randall) of Vicksburg and Melody Worrell of Crystal Springs, and son, John Stegall, of Wesson; her grandchildren Drew Boleware of Crystal Springs, Ashley Mclaurin (Joseph) of Richland, Miss., Brittney Huffty (Bryan) of Vicksburg, Madison McCool of Alabama and Devin Bishop of Vicksburg; five great grandchildren; sister, Bonnie Sue Williams, of Copperas Cove, Texas; and a brother, Arthur Phillips (Marita) of Pontotoc, Miss., and her faithful best friend, Freckles.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Melton J Stegall; her parents, Huey Lee Phillips and Geneva Estelle Phillips; brother, Andrew (Bo) Phillips; great granddaughter, Harper Grace Huffty. And her first husband, William Thomas Worrell.

A Scott County native, she was a 1957 graduate of Morton High School and went on to finish business school in Jackson. She worked at Waterways Experiment Station, first at its original location in Clinton and then in Vicksburg, primarily in the Structures (Concrete) Laboratory. She earned qualifications as a certified professional secretary and served as an officer in local and state chapters of Professional Secretaries International. Upon retirement from Waterways, she was awarded a civilian service achievement medal for her decades of service to the Corps of Engineers. She taught children’s Sunday School for many years and served as the Nursery Preschool director. She was also active in the Gideons International Auxiliary as well as Women in the Church at her church.

Due to COVID-19, a private family service will be held at Crystal Springs City Cemetery May 12, 2020. Stringer Family Funeral Home in Crystal Springs is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Gideon International or to First Presbyterian Church, P O Box 769, Hazlehurst, MS 39083.

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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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