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Gene Harris Presley, 1940 – 2020

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Gene Harris Presley

Gene Harris Presley, local businessman, peacefully departed this life on May 17, 2020, just two weeks short of his 80th birthday.

Gene was born May 30, 1940, in Philadelphia, Mississippi, to Joe Talmadge Presley and Judy Gilmore Presley both of Carthage, Mississippi. He attended Mississippi State University majoring in Business Administration. He served as Company Commander with the rank of captain in the Mississippi Army National Guard. For more than 15 years, Gene was an owner and operator of Presley’s Truck Stop in Vicksburg. Later, he and his wife Jean owned Velchoff’s Corner Restaurant and Miller’s Still Lounge for 11 years. In 1997, Gene started another family business, Southern Style Publications. He and his wife moved to Eagle Lake in 2014 and fully retired in 2018.

Many lives were touched by Gene’s kindness and generosity through the years, and he will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. He was a friend to many and always had that wonderful smile and a twinkle in his eye. Known for his passion for hunting, especially turkey hunting, Gene was an avid outdoorsman. He was the founder of St. John’s Land Company and St. John’s Hunting Camp.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Joe and Judy Presley, and his daughter Kelly Denise Presley.

He will be missed by many, especially Jean, his loving wife, of 39 years; his sons, Mark Presley (Angie), Vicksburg; Michael Presley (Melissa), Bentonia, Mississippi; Kacy Presley, Vicksburg; Tryon Rosser (Denise), Atlanta, Georgia; his daughter, Lauret Jarvis (Robert), Crested Butte, Colorado; and one brother, Don G. Presley (Jane), Pensacola, Florida. He leaves six grandchildren, Madison Taylor Cochran (Carter), Chattanooga, Tennessee; Weston and Brayden Presley; Gage Rosser; Alec Kitchens; and Rob Jarvis; and two great granddaughters; one nephew and three nieces.

Funeral service will be Friday, May 22, at the Glenwood Funeral Home Chapel under the direction of Rev. Geoffrey Joyner of Eagle Lake Methodist Church at 11 a.m. and burial at Greenlawn Cemetery immediately after.

Pallbearers will be Weston Presley, Brayden Presley, Gage Rosser, Alec Kitchens, Rob Jarvis, Woody Hanks and Alex Stevens.

Honorary Pallbearers are Buddy Hanks, David McDonald, Bill Burford, T Martin, Buddy Bates, David Browman, Sonny Jones, Ronny Taylor, Carl Stokes and members of St. John Hunting Club.

The family requests donations in lieu of flowers be made to Eagle Lake Methodist Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Please go to GenePresley.com and share your memories of Gene.

Social distancing regulations will be followed for those who are able to attend.

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Floyd Henry Coghlan Sr., ‘Son,’ 1927 – 2020

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Son Coghlan with his last game hunted by crossbow.

Mr. Floyd Henry Coghlan Sr., “Son,” 93, peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in his home, surrounded by family, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Born Aug. 18, 1927, Son was one of 8 children to Ethel Estelle Screws and Edgar Floyd Coghlan of Spanish Fort, Mississippi, (Holly Bluff) where Son was raised and spent the majority of his life as a Delta farmer (Coghlan & Sons Farm). Prior to farming, Son also worked in oil fields in Texas and Mississippi and was employed at Mississippi Chemical in Yazoo City.

While working oil fields in Laurel, Mississippi, Son met his loving wife, Ozzie Coghlan (married 1956), with whom he loved and raised five children, later blessed with 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. A Korean War Veteran, Son served his country proudly in the U.S. Army.

Known affectionately by his family as “Pawpaw,” Son was an avid fishermen and hunter, gardener and even mud-truck racer. He enjoyed spending time with his family and employees on the farm and sharing his love of the great outdoors.

Son was preceded in death by his daughter Deborah Carter and grandson Dudley Carter; brother Jean Coghlan; sisters Clara Mae Screws, Louise Templeton, Ethel Cliburn and Geneva Millwood.

Son is survived by his wife Ozzie (Lampkin) Coghlan; children Charles Graham (Kathy), Sandra Coghlan Coleman, Henry Coghlan (Yolanda), Ike Coghlan (Angie); grandchildren  Jeanna Wood, Abby McPhail and Brelan Yelverton, Kallie Ketchum and Billy Carter, Jay Coleman and Deborah Luke, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Crystal Massey and Floyd Coghlan, Megan Coghlan, Blake Coghlan, Alex Madesclaire, Taylor Dean and Katie Dean; great grandchildren Hanna Cearnel, Thadius Cearnel, Tucker Wood, Mason Wood, Sarah Kate Mcphail, Brantley Yelverton and Turner Yelverton, Coleman Miller, Jodi Luke and Breanna Luke, John Hagen Ketchum, Carter Ketchum and Maizey Ketchum, Carson Massey, Carolina Massey and Caleb Massey, and Lawson Hogue; sisters Mary Dorris and Sylvia Coghlan. Son is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of family and friends.

Services are postponed until further notice due to COVID-19 precautions. The family is requesting donations in Son’s memory to Holly Bluff Baptist Church.

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Nona Ford, 1937 – 2020

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Mrs. Nona Ford passed away at Merit Health River Region in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on Nov. 30, 2020, at the age of 83.

Nona was born on Feb. 11, 1937. She was married to her late husband, William B. (Sonny) Ford, for 63 years. Nona and Sonny moved to Vicksburg in the 1950s. Nona was a loving wife and a supportive mother. She spent her younger life raising her children. Later in life, Nona took pleasure in enjoying her grandchildren and being outside. Nona had a deep love for the Lord.

Visitation for Nona will be Wednesday Dec. 2, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg. A memorial service will begin at noon. A graveside service will follow directly after the memorial service.

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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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