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Neshoba County Obituaries





Mr. George Baxter Neshoba Democrat Philadelphia Mississippi






Submitted by Joan Agent Warren




Stewart, Margie L. Benson (8 Nov 1927-30 Apr 2012)

Margie L. Stewart, 84, passed away Monday, April 30, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Visitation will be Friday, May 4, 2012 from 6-8pm at Baldwin- Lee Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral services will be at 10am Saturday, May 5, 2012 in the funeral home chapel with interment to follow at 3pm at Bloomfield Cemetery in Philadelphia. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/clarionledger/obituary.aspx?n=margie-stewart&pid=157423257#sthash.lpFanDKO.dpuf

Richard E Beason
Italy, Texas




Newspaper Articles were given by a family member, Winston Williams, the articles below have been retyped verbatim from the newspaper article.  Submitted by: H. R. Kennedy

J. B. Roberts 
                 Passes Away
     John B. Roberts, an old citizen Of this county, passed away at His home in the Herbert Community, after a brief illness. 
     Mr. Roberts was in his seventy-Ninth year.  His wife and children were at his bedside at the time of his death.

Death Comes to
         Mrs. J. B. Roberts 
Mrs. J. B. Roberts, age 79, died at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr & Mrs. J. M. Williams in .the-Shady Grove Community, on May 11, 1939, from the infirmaties of old age. 
She was widely-known, a devoted christian. and a faithful member of New Hope Methodist church.

She, is survived by six daughters: Mrs. C. A. Caldwell, Bailey; Mrs. T. S.' Gal1oway, DeKalb; Mesdames W. S., J.M. and R. E. Wi11iams of Philadelphia,; Mrs. Ollie' Posey, ,Ackerman; " three sons, C. B.' Roberts, Perkinston; J. E. Roberts, Isola; and J. M. Roberts, 'of Co11insvil1e. She has sixty-one grand-children and fiftythree great-grandchildren. She
is also survived by one sister, Mrs. J. J. Doran, Oklahoma City.

    Funeral services and internment Were at Hester  cemetery.   The Rev. G. E. Treat, F. M. Herring- and R. C. Gray held services.
Pallbearers were Howard Farrow, 'George Breland, Colemam Willians, Earl Boykin,  Curtis Chisolm and George Smith.

(Note: 1926 - John Bethel Roberts by Madie Peden.)  
In Loving Memory of Mr. John Roberts 
On Nov. 11, 1926, the death angel came and took from our midst our friend and neighbor, Mr. John Roberts.
He had only a short illness, during which time his wife, children, neighbors and friends did all that was possible to restore him to health, but they fought a losing fight, God needed him most and called him home.  He was laid to rest in Hester’s Chapel Cemetery, B. Culpepper officiating. 
Mr. Roberts was one of the truest Christians I ever knew.  I spent five months with Mr. and Mrs. Roberts, three years ago, during which time I never saw him the least vexed about anything.  He was always kind and considerate of others and never forgot to do some little act of kindness for me each day.
He leaves a wife and nine children and a large number of grand children and friends to mourn his loss.
I extend my sympathy to one and all of you, but dear Mrs. Roberts, I know your grief is greater and you will miss him more than anyone else.
You have lived together almost fifty years, and both of you have lived a Christian life, and I know you will meet him again in heaven.  We all know he is safe with Jesus, and he will never return to us, but with God’s help we can go to him.

“One by one the saints are going Over to the Other shore.  Safe at home with God forever, They’ll return to us no More; Friends we loved have gone before us To those Mansions of the blest, Where the wicked cease from troubling,
And the weary are at rest”
Written by a friend, Madie Peden Light.

(Note: 1928 – John Bethel Roberts by his daughter Susan Virginia "Virgie" Roberts, wife of Josiah M. Williams.) 
In Memoriam
In memory of J. B. Roberts, who departed this life Nov. 11, 1926.
Twas on the eleventh of November it has been two years ago, But oh! How well I do remember God called and papa had to go.
How we miss our precious father since he left this earthly home. But he’s with the Heavenly Father never more on earth to roam. 
God has called our father dear, to receive his great reward. His faith was great, he had not fear.  He now is living with the Lord.
And by faith we’re looking upward to that land where comes no night, Jesus leads us safely onward.  As he ever leads us right.
Father’s gone but not forgotten.  We can never forget the care, of a loving Christian father as he taught us while down here.
Grant dear Lord that we as papa be submissive to thy will, And thy footsteps gladly follow ‘till we too go shouting home to live.
Written by his daughter, (Mrs.) J. M. Williams.      Submitted by: H. R. Kennedy



Submitted by Joan Agent Warren

Lee Breland Hill

Neshoba Co. Democrat

May 2, 1963 

Breland Hill Dies Suddenly

Lee Breland Hill, age 54, died suddenly April 25.  Mr. Hill was a native of Neshoba Co.  He was the son of the late  Mr. & Mrs. M. L. Hill.  At the time of his death he had been a teacher in Arlington School for 18 years and he died while in his classroom.  Mr. Hill in addition to being a leader in the educational circles of Neshoba Co, was also prominent in his church work.

 He held membership in Oak Grove Baptist Church where he had served as clerk and treasurer and superintendent of the Sunday School.  He was director of the B.T.U. and had served as deacon for many years.  He held membership in the Miss. Educational Association.

 His funeral was held at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Dr. Woodrow Clark and the Rev. Ethel Bell officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.  Daws Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 Suvivors include his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Hill, two daughters:  Mrs. Phillip Hardy of Jackson, and Mrs. Kellis Madison, student at Miss. Southern.  Four brothers:  Elmo Hill, Belzoni, Miss., Wilson Hill, Greenville, Miss., Edgar Hill, Gloster, Miss., and John W. Hill, gulfport, Miss.   Four sisters:  Mrs. Jean Agent, Mrs. Margaret McDonald both of Jackson, Miss.  Mrs. Iola Patten, Princess Ann, MD and Grace Lane of Columbus, Miss.   Four grandchildren:  Patricia, Phil, Debbie and Cindy Hardy of Jackson, Miss.



Submitted by Joan Agent Warren

John Thomas (Tommie) Hill, Sr.

Neshoba County Democrat

August, 1974      

Submitted by:  Joan Agent Warren 

Funeral services for J. T. (Tommie) Hill, Sr., age 91, were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday from the Oak Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Ray Fulton and the Rev. E. C. Tucker officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of Mc-Clain-Hay Funeral Home.

 Mr. Hill died Friday afternoon in the Neshoba County General Hospital.  He was a lifelong resident of Neshoba Co and resided in the Oak Grove Community.  He was a member and deacon of the Oak Grove Baptist Church.

 Suvivors include two daughters:  Mrs. Ruby Bell of Forest, Miss. and Mrs. Ozie McCown of Philadelphia, Miss.

Six sons:  Irma C. Hill, J. T. Hill, Jr.. Mack L. Hill, all of Philadelphia, Miss.  Willard Hill, Burnard Hill and Doyle Hill all of Gulfport, Miss.  He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were:  Kenneth  Hill, Keith Hill, Logan Hill, Peter Gawda, Terry Lott, and Doyle Hill, Jr.



Submitted by Joan Agent Warren

Obit notice for:

Martin Luther Hill

Neshoba Co. Democrat

July, 1952

Martin Luther Hill, age 71, passed away Monday evening in the Neshoba County Hospital. He had been in ill health for about two years. He was a lifelong resident of Neshoba Co. He was also a lifelong member of Oak Grove Baptist
Church. He was one of the first people to believe in improving Educational opportunities for all. He was one of the first to realize the need for consolidation of the small schools.

In times past he was owner-operator of a saw-mill and also a farmer.
He was a member of the Woodmen of the World.

Survivors include: Wife, Mary A. Crosby Hill, five sons: Elmo Hill, Belzoni, Miss., Edgar Hill, Gloster, Miss., Wilson Hill, Kosciusko, Miss., M-Sgt. John W. Hill, Keesler Field, Biloxi, Miss, and Breland Hill, Philadelphia, Miss.

Four daughters: Mrs. Grace Lane, Purvis, Miss., Mrs. Iola Patten, Laurel, Miss., Mrs. Jean Agent, Mrs. Margaret McDonald both of Jackson, Miss.

Three brothers: Tommie Hill and Sigmond L. Hill, both of Philadelphia, Miss. and Cleveland Hill of Carthage, Miss.

Mr. Hill was buried in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Daws Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Submitted by Joan Agent Warren





Mrs. Mary A. Crosby Hill, age 73, a former resident of the Arlington Community died Sunday, December 31, 1962, at the Baptist Hospital in Jackson, Miss. after a short illness.

Mrs. Hill was born in Winston Co, and lived in the Arlington community for a number of years. She was the widow of the late Martin Luther Hill, and a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 1, 1963 at Oak Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Tarpley, Pastor of the Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss. Interment followed in Oak Grove Cemetery. Daws Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hill is survived by five sons: Elmo Hill, Belzoni, Miss, Breland Hill, Philadelphia, Miss, Edgar Hill, Gloster, Miss., Wilson Hill, Greenville, Miss., and John W. Hill, Gulfport, Miss. Four daughters: Mrs. Jean Agent, & Mrs. Margaret McDonald both of Jackson Miss., Mrs. Grace Lane, Columbus, Miss. and Iola Patten, Princess Ann, MD. Fifteen grandchildren and six great- grandchildren.

Two brothers: Ferd Crosby, of Philadelphia, Miss. and Fred Crosby of Gulfport, Miss. and one sister: Orra Johnson of Philadelphia, Miss.


Submitted by Grayson England

Isaac Clinton Fortenberry
The Neshoba Democrat
January 04, 1951
Page Three
Death Comes to Prominent Phila. Resident Friday

Isaac Clinton Fortenberry, one of Philadelphia's most prominent citizens passed away at his home on North Byrd Avenue Friday, following an extended illness. Mr. Fortenberry who was 69 years of age was a retired rural mail carrier. Mr. Fortenberry was a native of the Edinburg community, where practically all of his life was spent. He had served as a mail carrier for 39 years and upon his retirement he and Mrs. Fortenberry moved to Philadelphia where they have since resided. He was a member of the First Baptist church, this city and also a member of the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Fortenberry always took an active interest in the affairs of his church and community and did this as long as health permitted. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mattie Beckham Fortenberry, a daughter, Mrs. Donald Cooper, wife of Dr. Cooper, Jackson physician and a son, Troy Fortenberry, Edinburg. He is survived by four grandchildren, four sisters, Mrs. Carl Karr, Natchez, Mrs. Varman Stevens, Mrs. Irvin Kelly and Mrs. V. T. Beckham, Sr.; four brothers, W. Y., Henry, Buford and Alvin Fortenberry. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Edinburg church with Dr. Lavon Moore, Dr. Norris Q. Geer, Rev. J. L. Neill and Rev. J. V. Cobb, officiating. Interment was in the Edinburg cemetery. Masonic rites were given at the graveside and members of the lodge served as pall bearers.

Luther Lucas Barrett
The Neshoba Democrat
April 15, 1949
Page 4 - Section 1
Life Long Resident Zion Comm. Dies
Funeral White Oak
Luther Lucas Barrett passed away at the Louisville hospital Monday afternoon following an operation. He had been ill only a short time. Mr. Barrett was a life long resident of Neshoba county and spent the greater part of his life in the Zion community where he was a successful farmer. He was married to the former Mollie Blount who survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Ples, and Louie, Edinburg; one daughter, Mrs. Jessie Ferguson, Edinburg; two brothers, Gene Barrett, and Charlie Barrett. Funeral services were held at White Oak Baptist church Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 with Rev. Ethel Beall, officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pall bearers were Charles Barrett, Earnest Agent, Lester Browning, J. C. Agent, Winford Pope, and Cobert Agent.

Additional notes:

From: Our Links to the Past
Edited by: Theresa J. Ridout

White Oak Cemetery
Page 475
Barrett, Luther L.
22 Nov 1874 - 7 Apr 1949

Mary Frances Ellis
The Neshoba Democrat
April 15, 1949
Page 4 - Section 1
Beloved Burnside Matron Dies, Rites Sunday Afternoon

Last rites were held Sunday afternoon from the Salem Baptist church, for Mrs. Mary Frances Ellis, one of the most beloved matrons of the Burnside community. Mrs. Ellis died after only a few days illness, she suffering a stroke at her home and died in a local hospital, after being rushed here for treatment. Mrs. Ellis who was the wife of Clay Ellis was prior to her marriage, Mary Frances Beall, a member of one of the county's most prominent families. She was born and reared in the Burnside community and had spent her entire life there. Mrs. Ellis was a devout member of the Salem Baptist church, and a regular attendant, taking part in the affairs of her church and her passing is greatly mourned by that group, as well as friends and relatives throughout the country. Mrs. Ellis is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Marvin Walker and Mrs. Thomon Jones, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is also survived by a sister Mrs. Otha Agent. Services were held from the church, with Rev's. Walter McCraw and Ethel Beall, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pall bearers were Marvin Walker, Jr., J. W. Pope, Amon Tolbert, Paul Jones, J. W. Warren and John Henry Ford.
Additional notes:

From: Our Links to the Past
Edited by: Theresa J. Ridout

Salem Baptist Church Cemetery
Page 424
Ellis, Mary F. Beall
24 June 1879 - 9 Apr 1949
Wife of H. C. Ellis

W. W. McCullough
The Neshoba Democrat
January 03, 1957

W. W. McCullough Dies At Canton Hospital Monday
William Walter McCullough, Canton, age 70, died at the King's Daughters Hospital in Canton, December 31, after a long illness. Mr. McCullough was a native of Neshoba County, and was a retired farmer. He held membership in the North Mission Baptist Church. Services were held at 1:00 p.m., January 2, from the Stallo Baptist Church, with burial following in Cedarlawn cemetery. Reverend Rudolph Larson, Canton assisted by Rev. Ethel Beall officiated. Survivors of Mr. McCullough are his wife, Mrs. Mabel Neal, McCullough; three sons, Claiborne McCullough, Houston, Texas; A/1c Byron W. McCullough, Korea; and Jasper Talmadge McCullough, Canton. Other survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Ward, Stallo, Mrs. Kenneth Agent, of Texas and eight grandchildren. Daws Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Additional notes:

From: Our Links to the Past
Edited by: Theresa J. Ridout

Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Block 1
Page 80
McCullough, W. Walter
3 Jan 1886 - 31 Dec 1956

Andrew Thomas Rainey
The Neshoba Democrat
January 03, 1957
Services for A. T. Rainey At Mars Hill
Andrew Thomas Rainey, Route 1, Philadelphia, age 82, died at his home in the East Neshoba Community on December 26, after an illness of long duration. He was a native of Kemper County, but had been a farmer in the East Neshoba Community for some years. Mr. Rainey was a Methodist, holding membership in the Mars Hill Methodist church. Funeral services were conducted December 28, at 10:00 a.m. from the Mars Hill Methodist Church, with Rev. E. W. Thornton officiating. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Minnie Lee Mars Rainey, and one son, Carl Rainey. One daughter also survives, Miss Mary Lee Rainey, as well as two grandchildren; two brothers, J. A. and Will Rainey, and one sister, Mrs. Will Phillips. Pallbearers were: Howard Harbour, Johnnie Williamson, L. J. Warren, H. F. Lowry, E. E. Lowry, Curtis McDaniels, Andrew Williamson and Curtis McKee. McClain-Hays Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Additional notes:

Married to a Mars family descendant: http://us.geocities.com/princessgrayson

Mars Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery
Surveyed by: Grayson Mars England
A. T. Rainey
September 27, 1875 - December 26, 1956





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