Area Obituaries

Maxine B. Smith – Leakesville

Graveside services were held Thursday, Jan. 9, at McLeod Magnolia Cemetery for Maxine B. Smith, who passed through those pearly gates when her Lord and Savior called her home Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Beaumont at the home of her niece, Raenita Sims, surrounded by family and loving caregivers, Raenita, Sylvia Cannon and Heather Meeler.…

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John Charles Ruffin – New Augusta

Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 4, at New Augusta United Methodist Church for John Charles “Mater” Ruffin, 80, of New Augusta, who passed from this life Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at his residence. Ruffin is survived by his sister, Sara and brother, Danny. He leaves behind a legacy with children, Terri (Mike) Nyman, Jim (Angie)…

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James Carlton Gardner – Leakesville

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 31 at Freeman Funeral Home for James Carlton Gardner, 69, of Leakesville, who passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at his home with his family by his side. Gardner retired as a supervisor for Total Safety Company. He had a passion for football, especially the Alabama Crimson Tide and…

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Charles H. ‘Chuck’ Burhorn

Leakesville­ A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 3, at Sweetwater Missionary Baptist Church in Leakesville for Charles H. “Chuck” Burhorn, 73, of Leakesville, who passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at Greene County Hospital. Burhorn was born in Jackson on April 24, 1945, to Leonard and Evelyn Burhorn. He graduated from Amory High School…

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Joshua Eugene Dodge

Irvington, Ala. Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 29, at Odd Fellows Hall in Bayou La Batre, Ala. for Joshua Eugene Dodge, 29, of Irvington, Ala., who passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Since getting out of school, he was a commercial fisherman. Known for being loving and kind, he was loved by many and…

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James ‘J.T.’ Travis Dement

Richton Services were held Friday, Nov. 30, at Jones and Son Chapel for James “J.T.” Travis Dement, 76, of Richton, who passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at Asbury Hospice in Hattiesburg. Dement was a member of the Richton Freewill Baptist Church and a Vietnam Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Dement…

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Benjamin Farquhar McLeod

Leakesville Services were held Saturday, Dec. 1, at Freeman Funeral Home for Benjamin Farquhar McLeod, 60, of Leakesville, who passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. He was known as “Gentle Ben” for his infectious smile, laugh and personality. He was a dairyman and his passions included hunting, sports, music,…

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Services to be held Saturday, Sept. 29, for John Alton Pierce

John Alton Pierce Leakesville A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, at Leakesville United Pentecostal Church in Leakesville, beginning at 11 a.m., for John Alton Pierce, 52, of Leakesville, who passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at George Regional Hospital, after losing his battle to cancer. John Alton was born on August 23,…

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