Oct 10, 1939 - Nov 24, 2023
Fannie Ruth Payne
Aug 01, 1946 - Feb 25, 2024
Fannie Ruth Payne, age 77, departed this life into God’s presence on Sunday, February 25, 2024. She was born in Covington County, Mississippi on August 1, 1946 to Lorna and James Wallace. She was a very loving wife and a devout Christian, who was kind, caring, and sweet also very strong minded. She was a nurse in her earlier years. She enjoyed her roses and gardening and loved the outdoors. Fannie had a passion of ordering jewelry and various items from QVC! Fannie and her husband, Charles had a passion for equines and ranching that led to the conception of the Three P3P Ranch in Poplarville, Mississippi, where they raised Angus Cattle and overtime cultivated champion Paint Horses. Their favorite, “Blue” was honored as World Champion in 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. This accolade was the pinnacle of their journey of ribbons and awards in their equestrian pursuits. Fannie and Charles were avid travelers, they traveled throughout the United States on their Harley Davidson and BMW Motorcycles, meeting and making lasting friendships with people they encountered along their way, including celebrities. She is preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband of 34 years, Charles Luther Payne, Sr. Fannie leaves to cherish her memory to many special friends who loved her dearly like family. Family and friends are invited to attend her Celebration of Life Funeral Service on Friday, March 1, 2024 at White Funeral Home, 315 Hwy 11 South, Poplarville, Mississippi for 11:00 am. Services will be officiated by Dr. Ray Spence II. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am. Burial will follow in Enterprise Cemetery in Enterprise, Mississippi.
Anthony Joseph Gendusa, Jr.
Apr 09, 1932 - Feb 18, 2024
In Loving Memory of Anthony Joseph Gendusa, Jr. With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Anthony Joseph Gendusa, Jr., a cherished member of New Orleans and Poplarville, MS communities, beloved family man, and respected Architect, who departed this life at the age of 91 on February 18, 2024, in Poplarville, Mississippi. Born in New Orleans on the 9th of April,1932, Anthony’s early life as a boy was rooted in Algiers. He attended Behrman High School and played football at Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA. As a young boy Anthony was fascinated with flying and created balsa wood & tissue paper planes and kites. He joined the United States Air Force and served during Korean War times. He was assigned to Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska where he became a Link Trainer instructor teaching pilots about instrumentation and flying at the arctic circle, which he absolutely loved. After being honorably discharged Anthony attended Louisiana State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture in. He said, “God was the greatest of all Architects” and drew many pieces of art from his spiritual dreams. Anthony returned to New Orleans to lay down the foundations of a career and start Anthony J. Gendusa, Architect AIA, Inc. With fifty-five plus years in the field his work was expansive and diverse, with projects that included elementary schools to Sea-Saint Recording Studio, Brake tag and Fire Stations, the Airport, Performing Arts Centers, Federal Court building, Stadiums and residences. Along with his son Stony & daughter Anne the trio composed a design team that would help restore, rebuild and expand new projects for Orleans and Jefferson Parish after Hurricane Katrina. Anthony’s work leaves a lasting imprint on the city’s landscape and surrounding areas. Anthony, a member of the American Institute of Architects, served on the City of New Orleans Planning Commission, The City of New Orleans Housing Authority. As an Architect for West Jefferson Hospital he was very proud of the design for the massively thick structure which it took to house the Cyberknife. He received multiple awards for projects, including being featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. His personal homes often featured signature plexiglass floors with tall windows spanning two stories, often with views among the oak trees. Anthony was loved by many, and he felt the same in return. Numerous individuals speak of him as their mentor and someone who made a positive impact on their life and career. A common word used when describing Anthony was “honest.” He truly was the hardest working, kindest, most unique, humble, generous individual who was always supportive and positive. He rallied success and ambition in others. Beyond his professional achievements, Anthony was a man of diverse interests; It would not be unusual for him to be at kickboxing one night and opera the next. He took pleasure in running, weightlifting and skiing in Vail, Colorado. Powerful music was a part of his life and home. The sounds of Simon & Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, Enya & Yanni to the Godfather and Luciano Pavarotti could be heard when visiting. He appreciated greatly designer clothes with Gianne Versace and Prada being favorites. He served as a float Lieutenant in Bacchus and was an avid enthusiast of sports cars. At one point, having a dragster driven by his son kept in the driveway at his home in uptown New Orleans. He liked looking at the moon, drawing his signature trees, a good cup of “joe” with chicory, a steak from Ruth Chris, and a big pot of red beans and sausage. Left to honor and remember Anthony are his beloved Lisette Copping, his loving daughter, Anne O’Neill Gendusa Smith (Michael T. Brown), his sister, Gertrude May Gendusa his grandsons, River Smith, Seth Smith, and his daughter-in-law, Shelley High Gendusa (Stony). He was predeceased by his parents, Anthony J. Gendusa, Sr., and Gertrude Beck Gendusa, and his beloved son, Anthony Joseph "Stony" Gendusa III, his sisters Mary Barbara Yokum of Amarillo, Tx, Mary Louise Morrison of Akron, Ohio and brother Salvador Gendusa II. Anthony is survived by other special family and dear friends, including Brittney Smith Brown, his nieces and nephews in Texas and New Orleans, as well as their children, their spouses and in-laws. His presence and daily texts are already greatly missed. Funeral services will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home (5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., NOLA, 70124) on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends and have visitation from 11:00 am until services, Tuesday at the funeral home. A burial will take place at Lake Lawn in the near future. A celebration to honor Anthony’s life will be held this spring in Mississippi. In lieu of customary remembrances, memorials may be directed to the Anthony J. Gendusa, Jr. Scholarship at Pearl River Community College Foundation. To view and sign the online guest book, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com
Jun 17, 1938 - Feb 20, 2024
Robert Jackson, age 85, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, peacefully departed this life to enter God's eternal presence on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. He was born on June 17, 1938, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to James and Dorothy Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James Jackson. Left behind to forever cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 44 years, Mona Jackson, his brother Harold Jackson, his six children: Robert Jackson Jr., Beryl Coote (David), Rebecca Lozada (Pedro), Tammy Kinchen (Tim), Steven Bourgeois (Susie), Michelle Keith (William), twelve grandchildren: Kristen, Jessica, Kasey, Steven Jr., Jeffrey, Robert, Holly, Anna, Mark, Caleb, Jacob, Joshua, and six great-grandchildren: Layla, Ashlyn, Trey, Rowan, Michaela, and Camille. In his youth, Robert served his country proudly in the US Air Force. Upon returning home, he dedicated himself to serving his community, joining the New Orleans Police Department. After his retirement from the police force, he continued his commitment to safety and security as the Director of Security at Methodist Hospital. For 35 years, Robert was a faithful resident of Poplarville, Mississippi, where he was an active and devout member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He was also a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, receiving the esteemed Lumen Christi Award for his unwavering dedication to his faith and community. Known for his warm sense of humor, Robert brought joy to those around him. He had a passion for learning and exploring new places, and he treasured the time spent with his family above all else. His love knew no bounds, and his legacy of kindness, love, and laughter will forever live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him. In honoring Robert Jackson's memory, let us celebrate a life well-lived, a man deeply loved, and a soul now at peace in the embrace of God's eternal grace. May his spirit continue to shine brightly in the lives of all who knew him. Family and friends are invited to attend Robert's visitation on Monday, February 26, 2024 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am at St Joseph Catholic Church, 12 Bilbo Hill Drive, Poplarville, Mississippi. His Funeral Mass will begin at 11:00 am. Burial to follow at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Cemetery, 379 W Seneca Road, Lumberton, Mississippi.
Helen Jean Hammack
Jun 25, 1945 - Feb 21, 2024
Memorial Services for Helen Jean Hammack, age 78, of Poplarville, MS who passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2024 will be held, March 3, 2024 at 2:00 PM in Oak Hill Pentecostal Church.Graveside Memorial Services will be held, March 3, 2024 at 3:00 PM at Oak Hill Cemetery.Services are under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home.Bro. Larry Head will officiate at the service.A native of MS, she was a former Avon Representative and a member of Oak Hill Pentecostal Church. Nana was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother who loved her family and enjoyed cooking her signature dishes for them. She was quite a character who enjoyed playing jokes on her friends and loved ones and listening to her favorite country music. She had an amazing green thumb and could grow anything and everything. She never met a stranger-she spoke to everyone. We will all miss her terribly but we know we will see her again.She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Louis Hammack; parents, Guy Underwood and Grace Rogers Underwood; son, Ricky Hammack; granddaughter, Monica Holmes; all of her siblings.Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Rhonda (Larry) Head; granddaughters, Morgan (Adam) Smith, Mallory (Tyler) Krutzfeldt, Macey Head, Tricia Weigel, and Lisa Featherston; great-grandchildren, Chanley, Cale, Callee, Kayla, Taylor, and Tristan; numerous nieces and nephews.
Ruth Eleanor Lomerson
Jul 26, 1930 - Feb 20, 2024
Ruth Eleanor Lomerson, age 93, departed this life into God’s presence Tuesday, February 20, 2024. She was a member of the Woman’s Soroptimist Club. At the young age of 14 she would write vmail letters to 15 young military men overseas in World War II and she kept all the letters she received from them, and held them dear to her heart. She attended Otterbein University in Westerville Ohio, which was one of the first colleges to accept women to study the same classes as men in 1949. Ruth was a manager of a travel agency where she had many opportunities to travel. She was an excellent cook and cake decorator. She loved babysitting the little ones. Her favorite pastime was riding in the car with her beloved husband, Gerald. Ruth loved spending time at the cabin that her dad built in Michigan, where she enjoyed water skiing, snowmobiling and entertaining huge crowds. She was very involved with her churches, the first being Palm Harbor Methodist Church in Florida. She volunteered in the nursery, office and in the Braille Ministry at First United Methodist Church, in Poplarville, Mississippi. Left to forever cherish her memory is her beloved husband of 57 years, Gerald Lomerson; seven children, Carol Beyett, Susan Starke, Nancy Bickum, Jim Lomerson, Catherine Lomerson, David Lomerson and Ronnie Lomerson; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Her family also included many dogs she raised from puppies. Her last baby was her Border Collie, Dixie. Family and friends are invited to Ruth’s Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, March 2, 2024 for 11:00 am at The First United Methodist Church, 708 South Julia Street, Poplarville, Mississippi. In Lieu of flowers the family wishes for you to make donations to Blueberry Hill Nursing Home, 1005 S. Shivers St., Poplarville, MS, 601-403-8177 or an organization of your choice.
Hazel Ernestine Smith
Oct 03, 1926 - Feb 11, 2024
Hazel Ernestine “Stine” Smith lived a full life of more than 97 years—born October 3, 1926, as the first-born of three daughters to Herbert Ernest and Juanita Harv