Linda Faye Dotson

Mrs. Linda Faye Dotson passed away at her home on July 16th, 2017. She was 58 years old. She was born in Louisville, MS on September 24th, 1958.

Mrs. Dotson is survived by her Father, Oscar Dotson; Sister, Evelyn Steele of Louisville; 4 Brothers, Cardenus Dotson, Rufus Dotson, and Luke Dotson all of Louisville, as well as Terry Dotson of Meridian. She is also survived by a host of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

Funeral Services and gravesite burial for Mrs. Dotson were held at Mt. Sinai Church on July 20th at 11am. Evangelist Essie Glass officiated.

Beck Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of arrangements.


Ezra Baker, Sr.

Mr. Ezra Baker, Sr. passed away at Winston County Medical Center on July 16th, 2017. He was 103 years old. He was born in Louisville, MS on November 14th, 1913.

Mr. Baker is survived by his daughter, Victoria Glass of Louisville; 3 sons, Walter Dale Baker, of Louisville, Ezra Baker Jr., of Columbus, and DeAngela Baker of Brandon, MS; 2 sisters, Myrtle Thompson of Louisville and Erie Triplett. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 18 great grands, 12 great great grands, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mr. Baker was a member of Mount Moriah M.B. Church in Louisville. Funeral services for Mr. Baker were held at the church, with burial at Memorial Gardens. Dr. Benjamin Pittman officiated.

Beck Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of arrangements.


Cozy Lee Hudson

Mr. Cozy Lee Hudson passed away at Louisville Health Care Center. He was 70 years old. He was born in Noxapater, MS on December 19th, 1946.

Mr. Hudson is survived by his daughter, Shequia T. McDonald, of Forest, MS; Son, Cozy Lee Hudson of Meridian, MS; sisters, Leola Gregory and Debra Fay Dawkins both of Noxapater; brother, Lamar Hudson of Noxapater; as well as 2 grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Mr Hudson’s funeral was held at Beck Funeral Home on July 22nd, 2017 at 2pm with Elder Tonino officiating. The burial was held at Mr. Vernon Cemetary.

Beck Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of arragements.

Ronald Dwight Coleman

Ronald Dwight Coleman (“Bulldog”), 64 years old, of Sturgis, MS, passed away on July 20, 2017 at his home with family by his side.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 26, 2017, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church in Sturgis, Mississippi.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Dan Robertson, Junior Davis, and Charles Smith officiating.  Interment will follow in Craig Springs Cemetery.

Ronnie was born in Sturgis to Bilbo and Estelle Coleman on February 5, 1953.  He was a graduate of Sturgis High School and had attended Hinds Jr College.  He married Diane Warner on August 26, 1978 in Louisville, MS.  He was the assistant foreman at Mississippi State University, Physical Plant, where he was a welder/plumber for approximately 28 years before retiring.

Ronnie is survived by wife Diane Coleman, daughter Nicole Coleman (Sturgis), siblings Jean McCarthy and Bill (Florida), Travis “Bud” Coleman and Martha Lynn (Sturgis), Peggy Wallace (Louisville), and several nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Coleman, Scott Coleman, Stan Coleman, Tommy Coleman, Sterling Lewis, Ronnie Massey, Daniel Peacock, and Ricky Scarbrough.

Memorials may be given to Kindred Hospice at

Services are under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS.

Mrs. Mordean Haynes Triplett

July 11, 2017

Funeral services for Mrs. Mordean Haynes Triplett, 90, were held on July 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm at Beck Funeral Home in Louisville. Dr. W. J. Coleman, Jr. officiated memorial services. Cremation services were held Saturday, July 22 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Simmons officiating.

Native of Louisville, Mrs. Mordean Triplett was a homemaker and a member of Hopewell United Methodist Church of Louisville. She was born on November 23, 1926 and died on July 11, 2017 at her home in Louisville.

Survivors include daughter, Shawn M. Triplett of Louisville; 2 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Beck Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of arrangements.


Sylvia Jeannine Smyth

Raven Clark

Sylvia Jeannine Smyth

Raven Clark passed away on

July 20, 2017 at her home.

Sylvia was the daughter of the

late Ruby Vanlandingham

Smyth and Sylvester Hays

Smyth and was born in

Louisville on March 26, 1929.

She graduated from Louisville

High School in 1947. Upon

graduation, Sylvia began

working at Taylor Machine Works as personal secretary to

W.A. Taylor, Sr., and was in charge of accounts receivable.

She was employed there for 14 years. Sylvia married

James Harold (Happy) White on November 18, 1949. In

1961 she began working with her parents and her aunt and

uncle as Secretary of Lake Tiak O’Khata and was an integral

part of the growth and success of the family business.

Sylvia retired from the business in 1996. She was a founding

board member of Winston Academy and served on the

board for 10 years. Sylvia was very instrumental in the

creation and early stages of the school. She was a member

of First Presbyterian Church.

Her three children were her proudest accomplishment.

She was a very loving and caring mother passionate

about her son and two daughters. Her children’s health

and happiness were what mattered most to her throughout

her life. As a single working mother of three, she made

the best of her situation and always managed to be an exceptional

parent. After working all day and into the night

she would be there for her children. She was the best listener

a child could ask for. Her children loved her deeply

and will miss her very much.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands,

James Harold White, of Louisville; James Everette

Raven of Seattle Washington; and Henry Lamar Clark of

Louisville; her brother, Bobby Van Smyth; her uncle,

Thomas Benjamin Smyth and wife, Catherine all of

Louisville. She is survived by her three children: son

James Steven White (Christy) of Louisville; her daughters

Lisa White Burgan (Paul) and Susanne White Galtney both

of Houston, Texas; her sister-in-law, Vera Yvonne Smyth

of Louisville; nieces, Jennifer Smyth Tillman of Tucson,

Arizona and Lou Ann Gaulding of Atlanta, Georgia;

nephew, Harold Hays Smyth of Ft. Pierce, Florida; and her

cousins, Bennie Jean Kelleghan and Charles Thomas

Smyth, both of Louisville. Grammy is survived by many

grandchildren, great grandchildren and step-grandchildren

who she loved and adored: Lauren Allyn White, Katy Rose

Cooper (Fowler), Steven Lucas White (Anne Jordan),

Robert Fields Galtney (Kirsten), Benjamin Hays Galtney,

John Kinsman Galtney, Andrew Smyth Galtney, Ross

Ogilvy Burgan, David Smyth Burgan, Hailey Peterson

Williams (Phillip), Madelyn Peterson Monk (Regan), and

Johnathan Blake Peterson; and her great grandchildren,

Ellie Fields Galtney, Jack Robert Galtney, Annistyn Elise

Williams, and Camryn Joy Williams and her two surviving

step-children Gloria Raven Harris of Portland, Oregon and

Dan Raven of Seattle, Washington; two step-grandchildren,

Maria Riler Green and Gary Riler of Portland, Oregon;

her step-niece, Dana Carroll of Scotia, New York and

step-nephew, Hank Carroll of Miami, Florida.

Sylvia’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation

to her loyal caregivers; Frozene Frazier, Bonnie

Jones, Dorothy Eichelberger, Dot Papalambros, and Linda

Mills.Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 22nd at

2:00 P.M. at First Presbyterian Church with Reverend

Scott Phillips of Louisville officiating. Interment was in

Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to: First Presbyterian

Church, P.O. Box 61, Louisville, MS 39339 or Palmer

Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701

or Winston Academy P.O. Box 545, Louisville, MS 39339.

Pallbearers were Luke White, Ross Burgan, Dave

Burgan, Blake Peterson, Rob Galtney, Ben Galtney, John

Galtney, and Drew Galtney.

To sign the guestbook, please go to www.porterfuneralhome.


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Imogene Bledsoe Gambrell

Imogene Bledsoe Gambrell, age 86, daughter of the

late James F. and Emelia (Mella) Chancellor Bledsoe,

passed July 17, 2017, at Open Arms Hospice in Simpsonville,


Mrs. Gambrell was born in Louisville, MS, and

moved with her family to Greenville, SC, in 1942. She

was a 1949 graduate of Greenville High School where she

was an honor student and member of the Greenville High

School Band and Orchestra. She was an avid genealogist,

tracing the Bledsoe and Chancellor families back to the

year 1050.

Her love of music and lessons began at an early age.

She learned piano, violin and flute. Her desire to teach

others to appreciate their God-given talents began at age

14. She was involved in music education wherever she


While living in Burlington, NC, with family, she

was an active member of the Burlington NC Woman’s

Club. She was chairman for several years of the Sallie

Southall Cotton Scholarship Awards Program. She was a

member of the NC Watercolor Society. Her paintings hang

in several homes.

After her husband’s death in 1992, she returned to

Greenville, SC. She was an active member of the Music

Club of Greenville, whose primary goal is to furnish instruments

and award advanced music scholarships to deserving

students. She supported Southside Christian high

school band and orchestra. She was a member of the Board

of Directors of Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra.

She was predeceased by her husband, Clyde Harper

Gambrell, Jr., her parents, five brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by sons: Gary Clyde Gambrell and wife

Mary Robin of Bonita Springs, FL; Joel Harper Gambrell

and wife Wanda of Knoxville, TN; Kyle Lee Gambrell and

wife Summer of Tampa, FL; daughter Susan Gambrell

Leek and husband William of Genoa, NY; eight grandchildren

and six great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 22,

2017, at 11:00 am at Bethesda United Methodist Church,

516 Piedmont Road, Easley, SC 296452.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to

Bethesda United Methodist Church and Music Club of

Greenville, 8 Badger Drive, Taylors, SC 29687.

Condolences may be made to the family by visiting

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown

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Sallie Pearl Griffith Vowell

Mrs. Sallie Pearl Griffith

Vowell, 63, passed away Sunday,

July 23, 2017, in

Carthage, MS. Funeral services

were held at 2:00 P.M. on

Tuesday, July 25th, at Porter

Funeral Home, with Rev.

Wayne Hill officiating. Interment

was in Memorial Park

Cemetery. Porter Funeral

Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Vowell was born October 29, 1953 in Winston

County, MS. Sallie was the owner and operator of Vowell’s

Country One Stop for over 27 years. She was preceded

in death by her parents, Willie Pearl Smith Griffith

and Joseph Bryan Griffith.

She is survived by her husband, Travis Vowell of

Louisville, MS; her daughter, Daphne (Haley) Ward of

Louisville, MS; her son, Taylor (Tiffany) Vowell of Brandon,

MS; one granddaughter, Laura Katherine Ward; and

four brothers, Horace Griffith of Meridian, MS, Richard

Griffith of Oxford, MS, J.B. Griffith of Starkville, MS,

and Joe Griffith of West Point, MS.

Pallbearers were Ricky Miller, Bradley Miller, Eric

Reed, Ricky Tanksley, Thomas Hindman, and Mike

Ethridge. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Hillhouse,

Barry Vowell, Ricky Vowell, Barry Parker, and Dan


Memorials may be made to the charity of your


Memorials may be made to Winston County Library, 100 West Park St, Louisville, MS,  39339.

To sign the guest register, go to www.porterfuneralhome.

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