Rena Beth Burton, also known as “MeMe,” went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo at the age of 64.
Rena Beth was born March 19, 1956, and raised in Kilmicheal, Mississippi. In 1977, she moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi, after marriage. She graduated from Kilmichael High School in 1974. Four years later, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Education and in 2002 earned her master’s degree in Secondary Education through Alcorn State University. She received her National Board Certification for Counselors in 2005. She was a member of Highland Baptist Church.
She was an extraordinary woman whose love for her husband, children, grandchildren and family was evident by all those around her. With a contagious spirit, she was living life to the fullest and ensuring each day was filled with happiness. She had an extensive professional career as a dedicated and compassionate educator, working for the Vicksburg-Warren School District. She recently retired from Warren Central High School, where, as a guidance counselor, she made an everlasting impact in the lives of each student she mentored. Throughout her career, she developed and maintained enduring friendships with numerous colleagues. During her 40-year career, her pride and commitment to her job were evident to all those around her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest William and Katherine Pyron Rucker, and her sister Beverly Rucker Braswell.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Glenn Burton; son, Justin Burton; daughter, Alaina Bingham (Matt); brothers, Percy Rucker (Liz), Bill Rucker (Connie) and Richard Rucker (Mary); sister Linda O’Bannon (Chuck); and grandchildren Payton C. Lipe, Jr., Gavin Burton, Cameron Bingham and Taylor Burton.
A special thanks given to the staff of North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo CCU.
A drive through visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at Glenwood Funeral Home. Due to COVID-19, the family will have a private memorial service officiated by Bro. Brian Ivey. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Burton, Rodger Hopkins, Eddy McDonald, Randy Dees, Paul Cummings and Joseph Quimby.
While her family grieves her loss, they are choosing to remember her in a way that honors her passion and love of teaching by creating the Rena Beth Burton Scholarship. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the scholarship fund at BancorpSouth.
Dannie Ezell Emrick, 1948 – 2020
Dannie Ezell Emrick went home to be with our Lord and savior Jesus Christ Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, at 7:19 p.m. surrounded by all of his loved ones. For all that knew him knew he absolutely loved fishing and his kids, grandkids, great grandkids and great-great grandchild, in addition to all of the bonuses that came along with them.
Mr. Emrick was preceded in death by his parents, Julian Ezell Emrick and Virginia Mildred Dobbs, and two sisters, Kitty Fay Hunt and Teresa Nowell. He is survived by two sons, Danny Emrick Jr. and Trinity Emrick (Nikki); five daughters, Lisa Kapp (Robert), Christie Emrick, Lee Moulder (Jason), Mistie Davis and Destiny Emrick (Kurt); two sisters Shirley May and Debbie McDaniel; 20 grandchildren, April Johnston (David), Robert Kapp Jr., Stacia Guider (Peyton), Caleb Baker (Chanci), Lexi Baker, Shane Emrick (Laurin), Dillion Nevels, Ethan Moulder, Abigayle Davis, Emma and Lyndon Davis, Raina and Jordan Emrick, Angel Hunt, Hayden Hinson, Connor Emrick and Jordan, Lilly, Skyla and TJ Shamblin; 10 great grandchildren, Corbin Hart (Jacie Redditt), Taylor Palmer, Conley Johnston, Lanie Johnston, Shane Michael Emrick Jr., Brayden Kapp, Kenzie Brewer, Colby Baker, Ayden Thomas and Greyson Guider; and one great-great-grandchild, Laken Hart.
Services will be held at Glenwood Funeral Home with visitation from 10 a.m. until noon and service to follow. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Beautiful Deliverance Ministry.
Phyllis Wilson Mobley, 1939 – 2020
Phyllis Wilson Mobley, 81, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020.
Phyllis was born June 24, 1939, in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She graduated from Carr Central High School in 1957. After graduating high school she married Luke Mobley, and they moved to Hattiesburg where Luke attended University of Southern Mississippi. Phyllis held several different professions but what she loved most was owning her day care, where she raised many children in Vicksburg. Phyllis also left her mark on downtown Vicksburg with the “Turkey Supreme.”
Phyllis spent her life serving The Lord in all aspects of the church, but she had a special calling for children’s ministry. She served as a Sunday School teacher, puppet ministry director, children’s choir director, and in recent years she was a part of The Good News Club. She touched many lives through her service in the children’s ministry. Phyllis was an active member of the Steele Magnolias of Bovina Baptist church.
Phyllis enjoyed spending time with her family and loved being a part of her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s lives. She is better known as Gammie or Meme to the family. Gammie was always excited to attend sporting events, choir concerts and other activities that the kids were involved in. She loved having girls’ nights and getting together as often as possible. She was the life of the party, and you were guaranteed to laugh hearing one of her wonderful stories.
Phyllis was proceeded in death by her parents, Pete and Louise Wilson, and her husband, Luther Edwin Mobley Jr.
Phyllis is survived by her four children Nancy Melancon (Ray), Geni Fulcher (Bill), Luther E Mobley, III (Adrienne) of Laurel and Allyson Collins (Bryan) of Clinton; her 10 grandchildren Desi Melancon Goodson, Emily Melancon Muirhead, Anna Melancon Tillotson, Ryan Adam Fulcher, Ansley Fulcher Hinton, Zac Collins, Abi Collins, Megan Collins, Trip Mobley and Gage Mobley; nine great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Martha Mobley; one niece, Terry Brumfield; and one nephew, Bill Mobley Jr.
The service will be held at Bovina Baptist Church Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the hour of service at 11 a.m., with the Rev Dwight Sibley, Rev. Kent Campbell and Rev Brian Parker. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Adam Fulcher, Bill Mobley Jr., Casey Clark, Dan Muirhead, John Hinton, Neil Tillotson and Zac Collins. Honorary Pallbearers will be her grandsons Trip Mobley and Gage Mobley.
The family would like to thank Claudette King for her dedication to Phyllis and the family.
Memorials can be made to the children’s ministry of Bovina Baptist church and the Mississippi Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Ladye Barnard Carpenter, 1920 – 2020
Ladye Barnard Carpenter was born Nov. 23, 1920, to Harry Gordon Carpenter and Annie Watson Barnard in Rolling Fork, Mississippi. She was named after an aunt who had a winning personality and pure gentle influence. She was 20 months old when her sister was born. While trying to say, “My Little Baby,” she said, “My Little Bebe,” which became her sister’s nickname. Her life philosophy was “Ain’t Misbehaving, Just Having Fun.” As an example, she convinced a friend in her Sunday white dress to go for boat ride. When Ladye got to the middle of the creek, she sank the boat.
She attended Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation, she worked for the FBI as a decoder of German messages. Her German professor loved hearing her speak German with her southern accent.
Her minister in Washington, D.C., was Peter Marshall, who preached that sermons should last no longer than 20 minutes. Ladye believed in this philosophy for all her adult life. She even pushed a real stop sign, which had been fitted with wheels, into the aisle of a Southern Baptist Church to let the minister know when his sermon was longer than 20 minutes.
She moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she met Walter Freitag while she was working for Standard Oil of Louisiana (later Exxon). They were married June 25, 1949. Her father was a dairyman, and one of the cows got loose and attended her outside wedding reception. In January 1953, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky. While in Louisville, Ladye taught Sunday School, held several jobs in Garden Club, delivered Meals on Wheels and led a Brownie troop.
After her husband died in 1985, she returned to Rolling Fork. She has served as regent, secretary and program chairperson of the Daughters of the American Revolution; director of the young adults Sunday School department; and chair of several cancer drives in her community. For many years, she traveled on about 20 trips a year, including trips to foreign countries. Her favorite trip was an African Safari.
In 2016, she moved to the Georgetown, Texas, area to be near her kids. She enjoyed all the restaurants in both Georgetown and Austin. Her son loved to have theme parties, which she was invited to. He had an ugly shirt party, and attendees voted who had the best “ugly” shirt. Her blouse had multiple pom-poms on the front. When she won, she stood up and shook her pom-poms, which became her signature move at her retirement communities.
She died Sept. 21, 2020, about two months shy of her 100th birthday. As with her namesake, “at the golden portal, she will greet us one by one.” She is survived by her daughter, Ladye Harriet, and her son, Walter.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to religious or charitable organizations of your choice.
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