Area Obituaries

Malcolm T. Blackwell

Malcolm T. Blackwell, 90, of Monticello, passed away on April 11, 2021, at his residence. Malcolm was born Aug. 30, 1930, in Lawrence County to Johnny and Cassie Lambert Blackwell. Visitation will be held from noon until service time at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 at Wilson Funeral Home in Monticello, with graveside services…

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Brandy Michelle (Smith) Fredette

Brandy Michelle (Smith) Fredette, 43, quietly passed away on April 5, 2021, at her home in Wesson. A graveside service was held April 8 at Riverwood Memorial Park, with Dr. David Millican officiating. Riverwood Family handled arrangements. Brandy was born April 25, 1977, in McComb. She was the daughter of Sandra and Ron Guest, of…

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Ladonna Machell Haynes

Funeral services were held April 5, 2021, at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel for Ladonna Machell Haynes, 55, who died March 30 at Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg. Dr. Scott Hanberry officiated, with interment following in Rose Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Silver Creek. Johnson Funeral Home handled arrangements. Miss Haynes was born to Ellis and Vivian Haynes…

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John Markette Reid

John Markette Reid, 85, of Jayess, passed away on April 4, 2021, at Lawrence County Nursing Center in Monticello. Mark was born Nov. 30, 1935, in Jayess to Elmo and Bertha Eaton Reid. Graveside services were held April 8 at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery. Bro. Larry Eickenloff officiated the services, with Wilson Funeral Home handling…

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Verrunia LaShae Brent

Memorial services were held Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel for Verrunia LaShae Brent, 41, who died March 17 in Dallas, Texas. Johnson Funeral Home handled arrangements. Miss Brent was born to Cassie Brent Jr. and Geneva Brent in Jefferson Davis County. She joined New Zion Baptist Church and received her education…

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Robert Earl Davis

Funeral services were held March 31, 2021, at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel for Robert Earl Davis, 83, who died March 26 at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Rev. Calvin Foxworth officiated, with interment following in Springhill Baptist Church in Silver Creek. Johnson Funeral Home handled arrangements. Mr. Davis was born to the late Joe…

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Johnnie Ray “Butch” Dear

Johnnie Ray “Butch” Dear, 74, of Monticello, passed away Nov. 25, 2020, of cardiac arrest. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10 at Bethel Baptist Church in Monticello. Butch was a Navy Vietnam veteran, band director, church worship leader, and college instructor. He was an alumnus of Hazlehurst High…

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Pete Hartzog

Graveside services for Manford “Pete” Hartzog were held April 1, 2021, at Cliburn Cemetery in Silver Creek. Mr. Hartzog, 84, passed away March at his residence in Silver Creek, with his family at his bedside. Rev. Mike Grenn officiated. Saulters-Moore Funeral Home handled arrangements. Pallbearers were John Rowells, Rusty Rowells, Bryce Hartzog, Garrett Thornton, Nick…

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Mack T. Hedgepeth Jr.

Mack T. Hedgepeth Jr., 82, of Monticello, passed away on April 2, 2021, at his residence in Monticello. Mack was born July 3, 1938, in Monticello to Mack Sr. and Beulah Polk Hedgepeth. Funeral services were held April 6 at Carmel Baptist Church in Monticello, with graveside services following in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in…

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Johnnie Bernard McDuffey

Graveside services were held April 2, 2021, at North Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in New Hebron for Johnnie Bernard McDuffey, 74, who died March 24 at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg. Rev. Moses Johnson officiated, with Johnson Funeral Home handling arrangements. Mr. McDuffey was born to the late Hope and Maybell Moore McDuffey in Lawrence…

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