Mr. Joe E. Hooks

Mr. Joe E. Hooks, 74, passed away on July 5, 2013, at his residence in Louisville, Mississippi.  Visitation will be Sunday, July 7, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, Mississippi.  Graveside services will be held at 2: 00 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery on Monday, July 8, 2013, with Rev. Hubert Yates officiating.

Mr. Hooks was born on July 24, 1938, to Joseph and Doris Smyth Hooks.  He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and was a mechanic for the Brunt-Ward Chevrolet dealership for more than 35 years.

Mr. Hooks is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann Yates Hooks of Louisville; four daughters, Helen Ann Hood of Crestview, Florida; Dawn Marie Bidigare ; Diana Lee Hooks both of Michigan; and Debbie Jo Howard of Louisville; and by five sons, Joseph Edwin Hooks, Jr., of Wisconsin; Arthur George Russey of Texas; Bill Hooks of Michigan; Lewis Russey of Sebastopol; and Dennis Hooks of Louisville.  He is also survived by five sisters, Nell Boydstun of Louisville; Rhonda Carbury; Doris “Dot” Bushman ; Margaret Stalakis all of Michigan; and Callie E. Alexander of Louisville; and one brother, James H. Hooks of Michigan.  Mr. Hooks also has a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers will be Duane McDaniel, Shane McDaniel, David Calvert, Jeremy Yates, Wade Mills and Gene Ammons.  Serving as honorary pallbearer will be Wayne McDaniel.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Nowell-Massey Funeral Home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 N. Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS.  Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at


Mr. James Morris Edwards

Funeral services for Mr. James Morris Edwards were held at 2 PM Friday, July 5, 2013 at John E. Stephens Chapel with Rev. Lawrence Pool officiating. Interment was in Union Ridge Cemetery with military honors. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Edwards, 86, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Mississippi, but moved to Michigan and later made his home in Noxapater, MS. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He worked for General Motors.

Mr. Edwards is survived by his daughters, Beth Combs of Noxapater, MS, Glenda Jolliff of Grand Blanc, MI, Donna Skaggs of Flint, MI and Terry Flores of Davison, MI; sons, Ronnie Edwards of Noxapater, MS, Barry Edwards of Navarre, FL, and Tony Edwards =of Noxapater, MS; sisters, Myrtle Moss of Germantown, TN, and Mary Barham of Cabot, AR; (18) grandchildren; (24) great-grandchildren; (1) great-great-grandchild; host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were James Edwards, Chris Edwards, David Edwards, Vinnie Edwards, Joe Edwards, Jacob Shoens, Jordan Shoens and Matthew Edwards.


Mrs. Kathy Crowley McKnight

Funeral services for Mrs. Kathy Crowley McKnight, age 55, were held at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman, MS on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Roger Griffith officiated. Burial followed at South Union Cemetery near Ackerman, MS.

A resident of Ackerman, Mrs. McKnight was a Homemaker. Mrs. McKnight passed away in San Antonia, Texas on July 6, 2013.

Survivors include her husband, Robbie McKnight of Ackerman, MS; her son, Adam Bright of Ackerman, MS her daughter, Amanda Armstrong (Christopher) of Ackerman, MS; her brother, Howard Crowley of Ackerman, MS; her sisters, Margaret Kent and Sue Kyles, both of Ackerman, MS; six Grandchildren, and 1 Great Grandchild.

Memorials may be made to South Union Cemetery Fund.

Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman, MS was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie Williams

Funeral services for Mr. Willie Williams, 85, were held on July 8, 2013 at the First Unity United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Burkey Thomson officiated. Burial followed at Hemphill Cemetery.

Mr. Williams was retired from Bellwood of Ackerman, MS. He was also a member of Mt. Salem U.M. Church of Weir, MS. Mr. Williams passed away on July 3, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS.

Survivors include his daughters, Deborah Parish of Greenville, MS; Mary Winters and Willie Hall of Weir, MS; Mary Beck of Kosciusko, MS; and Mertis Williams of Chicago, IL; his sisters, Lorine Hill of Eupora, MS; Ella Mae Bell of Greenville, MS; and Sarah Knighton of Chicago, IL; his sons, John W. Williams of Greenville, MS; and Will Williams JR. of Kosciusko, MS; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends.


Mrs. Lottie Drexel McClure

Funeral services for Mrs. Drexel McClure, 82, were held at Chester Baptist Church near Ackerman, MS on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Rob Faulk officiated. Burial followed at Chester Baptist Cemetery near Ackerman, MS.

A resident of Ackerman, MS, Mrs. McClure was a Church Secretary. Mrs. McClure died Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at her home near Ackerman, MS.

Survivors include her husband, James McClure of Ackerman, MS; her sons, Larry McClure and Terry McClure, both of Ackerman MS; her sister, Carolyn Bright Norman of Clinton, MS; four Grandchildren, and 13 Great Grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Coleman Funeral Home Obituary of Ackerman, MS was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Michael Allen Stewart

Graveside services for Mr. Michael Allen Stewart, age 52, were held at Chester Baptist Cemetery in Ackerman, MS on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 3 pm. Reverent Rob Faulk officiated.

A resident of Ackerman, MS, Mr. Stewart was a carpenter. He was also a member of Chester Baptist Church. Mr. Stewart passed away on June 24, 2013, at his residence near Ackerman, MS.

Survivors include his wife, Melinda Dickerson Stewart of Ackerman, MS; his son, Colton Michael Stewart of Ackerman, MS; his brothers David Stewart and Roger Stewart, both of Ackerman, MS; and his sisters Betty Burton and Linda Wood, both of Ackerman, MS.


Mr. Clay Wesley, Sr.

Funeral services for Clay Wesley, Sr. will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Crystal Ridge Gym in Louisville, MS with Rev. John Frazier officiating. Burial will follow in the Dancing Rabbit Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5 PM Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 179 Indian Road.

John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Wesley, 57, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Winston Co. Medical Center in Louisville, MS. He served for 12 years on the MBCI Tribal Council and had also worked as the Coordinator of Recreation and Facility Coordinator. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and socializing with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Wesley; step-daughters, L’Ree Thompson, Marie King and Gina Thompson; sons, Zechariah Wesley and Clay Wesley, Jr.; step-son, Jon Thompson; former wife, Mary Wesley; sisters, Earline Willis, Elaine Denson, Sammie Lou Cotton and Geraline Jeanguneat; brothers, Benjie Wesley and Joseph Wesley; 10 grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: Kinsey Henry, Anselm Henry, Bracey Bell, Chris Denson, Jeremy Mingo, Eddie Joe, Benjamin Bell, Leon Wesley, Houston Cotton and Willie Cotton.


Dr. Harry W. Gay Jr.

July 3, 2013

Dr. Harry W. Gay Jr. passed from this earthly life to his eternal home on July 3, 2013. He was born in Montgomery, West Virginia to Harry W. Gay and Mary Suzie Massey Gay. The beautiful scenery of the Mountaineer State has always held an important place in his heart.

Dr. Gay graduated from the West Virginia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. He worked for several years with a chemical company in West Virginia. However, music had always been his calling, such that he made the decision to return to school, receiving a Master of Music degree in Organ performance and a Master of Music degree in Sacred Music from Indiana University. He continued his education by graduating from Indiana University summa cum laude with the first Doctor of Music in Organ Performance degree issued in the United States and a Doctor of Sacred Music degree. He also earned a Doctor of Theology in Practical Theology degree, a Doctor of Divinity degree, and a Ph. D. of Philosophy in Biblical Studies degree. He served as organist/choirmaster at Old Stone Church and Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as Buntyn Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee. He joined the faculty of the University of Memphis as a professor of organ and sacred music and served as the Director of Graduate Studies for several years. He retired to Louisville, Mississippi, where he taught music privately, taught at Winston Academy, and served as local pastor of the Sturgis-Big Creek United Methodist Churches for eight years. He has been published in numerous music magazines, authored the book Four French Organists, was an accomplished composer, and can be heard on numerous recordings.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Fulton Gay; his son, Hugh Gay (Angela); daughter, Mary Margaret Crowson (Josh); and two granddaughters, Morgan Gay and Cara Crowson.

Memorials may be made to Rocky Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Albert Moore, 389 Rocky Hill Road, Louisville, MS 39339. Arrangements are under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 N. Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at