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Nancy Winstead Craven

Nancy Winstead Craven, 86, of Magee, Mississippi, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2018, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. She was born Monday, December 28, 1931.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Magee.

Dr. Audrey Berry

Dr. Audrey Berry passed away at her residence on Friday, October 12, 2018, at the age of 80, in Scooba, MS.  She was born on September 28, 1938, to her parents, the late Robert and Esther Ellen (Wear) Partain, in Spiro, OK.

Dr. Berry, along with her late husband, had a long- time Chiropractic Clinic in Magee for many years.

Cornelius Jerome Jones

Today we mourn the passing of long time Simpson County resident and community leader Mr. Cornelius Jerome Jones (Aug. 12, 1944 - Oct. 11, 2018), beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and Civil Rights Veteran.  Mr. Jones passed on Thursday, October 11, in Mendenhall, MS.  He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife Esta P.

Bobby Carroll Grantham

Bobby Carroll Grantham, 76, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the University of MS Medical Center in Jackson. Visitation was Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. with the funeral service at First Baptist Church of Braxton. Burial followed at Braxton Cemetery.

Mary Nell Grantham

Mary Nell Grantham, 74, of Harrisville passed away on October 9, 2018.

Visitation was held on October 11, 2018, at the New Covenant Church in Harrisville.  Funeral services were held  October 12, 2018, at New Covenant Church with  burial following in Harrisville Cemetery.

Juanita Parish

Juanita Parish, 74, of Mount Olive, died Friday, October 12, 2018, at Hattiesburg Health and Rehab.

Visitation was held on Sunday, October 14, 2018, from 5 p.m. until 8p.m. at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Mt. Olive.

Vida Whitley

Vida Whitley, 87, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2018. She was born Friday, March 27, 1931.

Visitation was held on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home Magee.

Diane Spikes

Diane Spikes, 72, of Pinola, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at Magee General Hospital. She was born on April 7, 1946, to the late Cecil A. and Irene C. (Sullivan)  Spikes. 

Diane was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family and her church family. 


Betty J. Higgs

Betty J. Higgs, 87, of Mendenhall passed away Wednesday Sept. 26, 2018, at Strong River Villa in Mendenhall. She was born Monday, August 3, 1931.

Visitation was held on Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Mendenhall.

Versie Lee Mangum

Versie Lee Mangum, age 65, departed this life on October 4, in her home in Magee. Services for Ms. Mangum will be Saturday, October 13, at 11 a.m. at Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Magee. Public viewing for Ms. Mangum will be Friday, October 12, 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The family repast will be at the Westhaven Banquet Hall. Ms.

Lewis Prewitt Jr.

Funeral services for Mr. Lewis Prewitt, Jr., 72, Collins, were held on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at 1p.m. from  the Chapel at Reeves Funeral Home, Mount Olive.  Reverend Jessie McGee officiated the services.  Interment was in the Biloxi National Cemetery, Biloxi, MS.  Reeves Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.

Lecy Purvis

On Thursday, September 18, 2018, Lecy Bridges Purvis, mother of five children, passed away at the age of 92. Lecy was born in the Old Pearl Community in Simpson County and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. She was an award-winning gardener.

Johnny May

Johnny May departed this life on October 5, 2018, at Hospice Ministries, Ridgeland. Services for Mr. May are Saturday, October 13, at 11am. New Hymn, M.B. Church, Pinola. Mr. May’s final resting place will be in the church cemetery. Viewing will be Friday, October 12, 9:30 am until 4 p.m. at Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home.

Mildred Lou Herchenhahn St. John

Mildred Lou Herchenhahn St. John, 88, of Magee, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. She was born Tuesday, March 11, 1930. Mildred was affectionately known by her friends and family as Mamma, Gran, and Mil, and spent her life serving the Lord through her service to others.

Polly Harvey

Polly Harvey, 84, of Union, Mississippi, went to Glory Land on Tuesday, Sept 25, 2018. She was born Thursday, July 19, 1934.

Visitation was held on Friday, September 28, 2018, from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton.


School board delays election

After years of complying with restrictive hiring practices, the Simpson County School Board has issued payment to the law firm of Adams and Reese in conjunction with settlement of the court ordered consent decree from which the county has finally been released.