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John Rayford (Johnny) Killebrew, 1947 – 2020

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John Rayford (Johnny) Killebrew passed away at his home on Feb. 20, 2020. He was 73.

A native of Durant, Miss., he served in the National Guard for several years and worked in the railroad industry for 41 years. He began his career in 1965 with the Illinois Central Railroad and retired in 2006 from the Kansas City Southern Railway Company. He was a member of Crossway Church. Johnny was an Ole Miss Rebel fan and enjoyed attending games with his son-in-law, grandson and friends.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, Ben W. Killebrew, Jr. and Eva Hamilton Killebrew, and brother-in-law, Kenneth Wayne Helms.

Johnny is survived by his wife, Betty Moore Killebrew, a daughter, Traci Killebrew Hoofman and her husband Scott Hoofman and one grandson, Cameron Scott Hoofman.  He is also survived by two brothers, Mike Killebrew (Melody) of Vicksburg and Jackie Killebrew (Doralyn), of Durant, Miss., and three sisters: Linda Helms of Chattahoochee, Fla., twin sister Jean Hudson (Charlie) of Kosciusko, Miss., and Gaye Broyles (Mike) of Madison, Miss.

Johnny was a wonderful family man and was a loving husband to his wife of 53 years.  His daughter was his pride and joy, and he spent many happy hours with his treasured grandson. His son-in-law was like a son to him. He was sincerely loved by his family, in-laws and friends, and he loved all of them. Each one has cherished memories of time spent with him. Johnny will be truly missed.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in the chapel of Glenwood Funeral Home with Rev. T. J. Tennison officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to the hour of the service. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Scott Hoofman, Cameron Hoofman and nephews: Wade Broyles, Chad Darby, David Hudson, Brandon Killebrew and Shane Wigley.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. James Valentine, Wayne Patrick, Don Hollowell, Johnny Sanders, Jimmy Gray, Dudley Maynord, Doug White, Alfred Rawls, Jerry Eakin and the men of the Adult 4 Sunday School Class of Crossway Church.

The family would like to express appreciation to Dr. Paul W. Pierce, III and Dr. Steven Zachow and their staffs for the compassionate care given to Johnny over the past several years; and recently Dr. Elizabeth Herrington and her staff and Encompass Hospice.

 

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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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