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Manuel Sturghill

Oct 31, 1958 - Nov 26, 2023

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Jackson, MS

Manuel David Sturghill, 65, of Jackson, MS, died November 26, 2023, in Jackson, MS. He was born on October 31, 1958. To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of Manuel David Sturghill, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Manuel David Sturghill, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Robert "RB" Gardner

Aug 15, 1936 - Feb 26, 2024

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Jackson, MS

Robert "RB" Gardner, 87, a resident of Forest, passed away on February 26, 2024, in Jackson, Mississippi. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery beginning at 11 AM. Bro. Tony Fortenberry and Bro. Billy Gibbs will officiate. Pallbearers will be DJ Monk, Jack Hamm, Jacob Hamm, Cole Barnes, Chuck Brown, Mason Shelley, Amon Shelley, and Jerry Johnson.Brother Gardner was born in Forest, MS on August 15, 1936, to John Samuel and Dolly Gardner. He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Raven Gardner; and his sister, Claude Lee Tadlock. He is survived by his wife, Linda Darrell Shelley Gardner, or as he called her, "Mama"; two daughters, Joann Whittington, and Sarah Hamm (Daniel); one son, John Gardner (Shelley); four grandchildren, Jacob Hamm (Kathyleen), Jack Hamm, DJ Monk (Brooke), and Cole Barnes; two great-grandchildren, Annie Kaye Monk and Hannah Grace Monk; and a host of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends. Brother Gardner was a Baptist Minister, who served the members of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church until the time of his retirement. He dedicated his life to spreading the word of God. He was a skilled carpenter and could build just about anything he set his mind to. He loved to work in his garden, loved his church, he loved Mama, but most of all, he loved the Lord. He spent the past 60 years of his life married to Mrs. Darrell, and his love for her was deep. Brother Gardner was a joyous soul, his hearty laughter resonating through the hearts of those in his presence. His wife lovingly describes him as a "big jolly man." He had a knack for spinning tales about his childhood and always had a story to tell. Every day for him was an adventure, and he always brought back stories to share with his children at the end of the day. He never met a stranger. His humor, banter and quick wit endeared him to everyone he encountered. He loved to pick with everyone and was always equipped with a witty comeback. As we remember Brother Robert Gardner, let's hold onto the laughter, the tales, and the love he freely shared. May he find eternal peace in the arms of the Lord, and may his memory continue to warm our hearts.Brother Gardener's wishes were to have no flowers at his funeral, so in lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Fund.

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Angie Stewart

Dec 09, 1966 - Feb 15, 2024

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Jackson, MS

Angie Stewart, age 57, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at MS Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Her visitation will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM and Sunday, February 18, 2024, from 12:00 PM until 1:45 PM at Wolf Funeral Services Morton, MS. Her services will be held at 2:00 PM in our Funeral Home Chapel. Her burial will take place at Faith Baptist Cemetery in Lena, MS. Bro. John Goodhue and Bro. Wayne McKee will officiate under the direction of Wolf Funeral Services. Angie was born on December 9, 1966, to Charles Woodie Roberts and Barbara Ann Salers in Leake County, MS. She was a lifelong resident of Scott County, MS. Angie was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Lena, MS. She loved gardening, cooking, watching tv, especially the Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints. Angie was preceded in death by her father, Woodie Roberts; her grandparents, Lewis and Dorothy Hardy; her step-father, Douglas Turner and her grandson Owen Christian. She is survived by her husband of twenty-eight years, Audie Stewart of Forest, MS; her mother, Barbara Ann Taylor of Forest, MS; her five daughters, Nichole Stewart of Forest, MS, Christi Griffin (Chris) of Forest, MS, Jennie Stewart (DeWayne) of Forest, MS, Kimberly Stewart (Kellie) of San Antonio, TX and Amber Davidson (Jordan) of Forest, MS; her two sons, Shannon Davidson (Abby) of Forest, MS and Joshua Davidson (Keri) of Puckett, MS and her thirteen grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Steven Benton, DeWayne Burkes, Christopher Levy. Devon Weems and Jordan Starling. Honorary pallbearers will be Jax Griffin and Easton Burkes.

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Ms. Mae Ella Spann

Oct 22, 1957 - Feb 11, 2024

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Jackson, MS

Ms. Mae Ella Spann was born on October 22, 1957, in Clinton, MS to Ms. Geneva Spann and Mr. Dank Davis. She was the second oldest of her mother’s children. Both parents preceded her in death. Mae Ella began her education at Capers School for the Deaf and after the closure of the school she became a student at MS School for the Deaf. Mae Ella was a Jehovah Witness for many years. Later, before her health began to fade, she was a studying member at Philadelphia Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Stacy Brown. Mae Ella loved talking about her daughter Yolanda F. Spann, who preceded her in death. She was such a cheerful and loving giver. If she could give you anything, it made her smile just to see people smile. Her daughter and grandchildren were her world. She loved to communicate with everyone no matter if they could sign or not. She loved talking and collecting pictures. Fishing and working on fishing poles were her relaxing time, but most importantly she loved reading and highlighting her bible. On Sunday, February 11, 2024, around 4:30 a.m. at UMMC Ms. Mae Ella Spann heard the Master’s voice saying, "I’ve went and prepared that place for you, come home my child to joy and no more sickness and pain." Mae Ella leaves to cherish her memories: one daughter, Allison Spann (Maurice) of Jackson, MS; three granddaughters, Wil’Asia Esco, Eriyal Spann, and Charisma Bruce of Jackson, MS; one grandson, Eran Spann of Jackson, MS; one sister, Mary Spann of Jackson, MS; one brother, Joseph Spann of Jackson, MS. She was preceded in death by: her mother, Ms. Geneva Spann; sister, Connie Spann; two brothers, Earl Spann and Joe C. Spann; and her ever so loving daughter whom she missed so much, Ms. Yolanda F. Spann.

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William Harvey Merritt Sr.

Nov 05, 1933 - Feb 12, 2024

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Jackson, MS

Retired Colonel William Harvey Merritt Sr., 90, moved to his heavenly home Feb. 12, 2024, in Jackson, Miss. Harvey was born on Nov. 5, 1933, in Magee, Miss. to parents William Thomas Merritt and Doris Evelyn Brooke Merritt. He had a heart for service and is fondly referenced as a distinguished military service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and as a traditional guardsman in the Mississippi Army National Guard with a military career that spanned nearly 36 years. Harvey served his country with honor and distinction as an active-duty Airmen in the U.S. Air Force from March 1951 until March 1955, achieving the rank of Airman First Class. He continued his military service by joining the Mississippi Army National Guard in November 1955, achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class before attending Officer Candidate School at Camp Shelby, Miss. After returning home from the Air Force, Harvey worked for his father in the soil testing lab for the City of Jackson. In December 1958, while he was still working for the City of Jackson, Harvey began his career as a fireman with the Jackson Fire Department. His first assignment was at Fire Station #14, known to most as "the Old Central Fire Station," achieving the rank of District Chief before accepting a transfer to Allen C. Thompson Airport and Hawkins Field Fire Station and Crash Station. He served there until his civil service retirement in June 1980. Harvey was a member of the Inaugural Class of the Mississippi Army National Guard Military Academy’s Officer Candidate School, graduating on Aug. 22, 1959, and commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant in December. Merritt retired at the rank of Colonel and received the honorary Mississippi state promotion to the rank of Brigadier General at his retirement May 8, 1988. Harvey served in various units and positions during his prestigious military career including the 815th Food Service Squadron, Forbes Air Force Base Topeka, Kansas; 86th Fighter-Bomber Wing, Germany; the Army Reserve National Guard Personnel Center, Pentagon, Washington D.C.; and many units within Jackson, Mississippi including the 31st RECON Company; 31st Aviation Company; 114th Military Police Company; 134th Surgical Hospital (Mobile Army); Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 213th Medical Brigade; and Headquarters, State Area Command (STARC) Mississippi. During Harvey’s military service, he completed a variety of military education courses including the Mississippi Military Academy’s Officer Candidate School, Infantry Officer Orientation Course, Military Police Officer Course, National Security Management Course, Medical Officer Advanced Course, Theater Medical Operations Course, U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences Command and Staff Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course. Col. Merritt’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army of Occupation Medal – Germany, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with a Gold Hourglass, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Mississippi Magnolia Cross, Mississippi Magnolia Medal, Mississippi War Medal, Mississippi Emergency Service Medal with 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Mississippi Service School Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Mississippi Longevity Medal with 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. Harvey was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and a Charter Lifetime Member of the 31st Infantry "Dixie" Division. He was an active Master Mason, York and Scottish Rite, and a member of Wahabi Shrine Temple. He was also a 50-year Lifetime member of the Mystic Shrine and a devout member of Epworth United Methodist Church. Col. Merritt is survived by his beautiful wife of 67 years, Marinelle Merritt. He is preceded in death by his parents William Thomas Merritt and Doris Evelyn Brooke Merritt of Magee, Miss., his son William Harvey Merritt Jr., of Gallatin, Tenn., and his daughter Cynthia Lea Merritt Mangum of Byram, Miss. Rest in Peace Soldier. Thank you for your patriotism and service to our country. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so brightly and its citizens live so freely. You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

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Richard Neal

Aug 20, 1938 - Feb 25, 2024

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Jackson, MS

Richard Neal went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 25, 2024, in Jackson, MS. Born on August 20, 1938, to Walter and Laura Neal in Monticello, MS. Richard’s life was a devoted man with a strong love for his family, and a passion for golf and dominos where he placed 2nd in the World Championship Tournament. He was a member of Briar Hill Baptist church where he served the Lord as an ordained deacon.Richard's career at Coca-Cola showed his commitment to excellence and his charismatic nature. Outside of work, Richard found joy in the simple pleasures of life. Whether spending time on the golf course, engaging in friendly dominos matches or coaching baseball and football in the rec leagues, he approached every moment with a zest that was truly infectious. He also had a soft spot in his heart for stray animals.Richard is survived by the love of his life and wife of 68 years, Sue Neal of Florence; son Don Neal (Carol) of Florence; daughter Vicki Sitton (Donnie) of Humble, TX; grandchildren Rebecca Tharp (Ben), Sarah Lee (Robert), Rachel Neal, Rick Neal, Matthew Sitton (Casey), Michael Sitton (Davra), and Melissa Haynes (Jay); as well as 20 great grandchildren.He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Laura Neal, and his eight siblings. In their time of grief, Richard's family finds solace in the memories of a kind-hearted man who touched so many lives during his time on Earth.Visitation will be held at Briar Hill Baptist Church in Florence on February 28, 2024, starting at 10:00 AM, followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 PM. The Interment will take place at Briar Hill Community Cemetery at 1:00 PM.Richard Neal will be deeply missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace knowing that he was cherished and loved by many.Online guestbook may be signed at www.chancellorfuneralhome.com.

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Joseph A. Blair

Mar 14, 1961 - Feb 23, 2024

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Jackson, MS

Graveside services for Joseph A. Blair, 62, of West Monroe, LA, will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, March 3, 2024, at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe, LA, with Jimmy Wayne Williams, Jr. officiating. Joe was born March 14, 1961, in Erie, PA, and passed away February 23, 2024, in Jackson, MS. Joe served in many different roles to many different people. He was a Police Officer, Firefighter, and a Soldier in the Army. If you had asked Joe what his favorite and most important role was, he would have said, being a dad. His greatest desire was to be the absolute best dad he could be. If you ask anyone who knew Joe, they will tell you he greatly succeeded in that desire. Joe was the type of person to always have a smile on his face and a joke for everyone he met. Joe loved nothing more than to serve people in whatever capacity he could. Whether it was a word or a deed, he truly loved helping people. To know Joe was to love him, and he will be deeply missed by all who did. Joe was preceded in death by his father, Donald Blair. Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Kay; son, Christopher; siblings, Don (Minna), Dennis, Donna, and Denise; and his loving partner in life, Kathy. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to Walking in the Sun Rescue.

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Vitta Lata Valentine

Aug 21, 1978 - Feb 21, 2024

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Jackson, MS

Vitta passed peacefully from this life the afternoon of February 21st from unexpected illness. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family and friends. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend to many, and we are comforted in her peace and in her soul being forever at rest with the Lord. In this peaceful rest, she joins her father Ivory Washington, stepfather Jessie Mallard, sister Kimberly Smith, brother Derrick Mallard, and grandmother Lilly B. Washington Vitta was born to Dorothy Marie Mallard (Valentine) & Ivory Lee Washington on August 21, 1978, in Isola, MS. She resided in Jackson MS most of her life. The simplest pleasure in life brought great joy to Vitta. She loved spending quality time with family and friends. She had an uncanny ability to find happiness in her daily activities. Her pleasant personality was contagious to everyone she met. She had a heart that kept everything in perceptive. Vitta was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her son and embraced every moment with him. She especially loved her role as Nana. She had a vivacious personality and always made people around her laugh. The core of Vitta’s spirit was being a loving and caring supporter of others. Vitta is survived by her son ZaDauris Valentine, grandchild Elijah Houston, mother Dorothy Mallard, sister Ekesha Valentine, brothers Jessie (Bianca Taylor), Christopher, Peewee, Marcus (Cameron Scott), Travis (Alesha), & Quinnterries Mallard, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. To celebrate the remarkable life of this extraordinary woman, a services will take place on March 2nd , 2024 @ 12PM Location: Lakewood Memorial Park, 6000 Clinton Blvd Jackson, MS 39209 Memories sharing/Repass @ 1PM Location: Hideaway Venue Rental 5100 I – 55 North Frontage Rd Jackson, MS 39211 Let It Be Said: Vitta’s departure is a loss felt deeply by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. May her memory continue to inspire us to live life with passion, humor, and an unwavering commitment to our loved ones. As we say goodbye to this remarkable woman, let us remember her infections laughter and loving spirit that brightened our lives in immeasurable ways. Rest in peace, Vitta; you will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Vitta was truly an inspiration who spread love and positivity, consistently providing hope and joy. She remains our guardian angel! Acknowledgment Thank you sincerely for your kind expression of sympathy, thoughtfulness, support, and love. It is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered by the family of Vitta Lata Valentine Scripture: Psalm 73:26 “My Flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

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William B. Porter

Oct 24, 1940 - Feb 25, 2024

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Jackson, MS

William B. Porter, “Bill,” went home to be with the Lord on February 25, 2024 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease almost 3 years ago. He was born on October 24, 1940 in Jackson, MS to Virgil Ewing Porter of Bowling Green, KY and Eleanor McCuan Porter of Dresden, TN. When Bill was 18 months old, his mother entered his picture in the annual Clarion Ledger Baby Photo Contest. “Billy Ben” was chosen from hundreds of entries. As the Grand Prize Winner, “Billy Ben” was featured in a fall page picture in the paper and $5.00 in war saving stamps. Bill’s family moved to Newton, MS where his father was in the lumber business. Young Bill enjoyed his time fishing and hunting. His father owned prize winning Angus cattle that Bill often showed at the MS Livestock Exhibitions. Bill was a member of the Boy Scouts, too. After living in Newton for many years, the family returned to Jackson in time for Bill to start school at Central High. He played on the baseball and football teams. Bill participated in ROTC and was chosen Cadet of the Week 2 years in a row by the Jackson Daily News paper. Bill went on to graduate from Mississippi State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering. While at State, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was also in the Maroon Guard, which was an honor company of the Army ROTC Cadet Corps. After graduation, Bill got a job with Mississippi Chemical in Yazoo City, MS. By now, he had a wife, Jane Moon, and a young daughter, Holly. It wasn’t too long before Bill took a job with Petro-Tex Chemical Corporation in the Houston area. Several years later, he was hired by Nipak Fertilizer Plant near Corsicana, TX. Eventually, Bill moved to Memphis, TN in 1974 after being hired by WR Grace Company. He retired after 25 years in the AG-Chem Division. Bill continued doing consulting work for GRACE for 8 years until his second wife, Jerrie Salemi, got sick. After Janie passed away, Bill moved back to Jackson, MS to be close to his daughter and grandsons, Austin and Harrison. He was so happy to have found a home only 2 doors away from his brother, Virgil Porter. They would walk over to visit each other on a daily basis. Since both lived on a back bay of the reservoir, they went bass fishing, riding on Virgil’s pontoon boat, or relaxing on the deck watching all the wildlife. Bill loved having his grandsons come over to fish off his deck and grill burgers. Bill found love once again after meeting Pat Johnson in a popular manner—online. They married on March 15, 2015 and would have celebrated 9 years next month. Bill and Pat were members of Pinelake Church where they enjoyed being a part of the Double Blessings Sunday School Class along with his brother and sister-in-law. What Bill loved the most was his family and extended family. He was proud of his grandchildren and came to watch Austin play in the band and in karate tournaments. He attended baseball and football games that Harrison was in. Bill enjoyed watching videos of his step granddaughter, Maddie, playing piano. Good times were had attending MSU football games with stepson, Chris Wicher, or Holly and Todd Rose. Bill was a True Maroon Bulldog and football season ticket holder. Hail State! Bill will be dearly missed by all who loved him. We look forward to a joyful reunion in Heaven one day! Bill is survived by his wife, Pat Johnson; daughter, Holly Rose (Todd); stepson, Chris Wicher (Cleo); grandsons, Austin Rose and Harrison Rose; step granddaughter, Maddie Wicher; nephew, Ray Jordan; niece, Jennie Jordan; niece, Pam Glover (Jeff); niece, Paige Whitman (Marcus); stepchildren, Ginny McCrary (Robert); Jeff Johnson (Berry); Patrick Johnson (Jennifer); Catherine Hicks (Brian) and more step grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Eleanor Jordan Golenpaul; brother, Virgil E. Porter, Jr.’ sister in law, Niece Haddad Porter; and wife, Jerrie Salemi Porter. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of The Arbor for their wonderful care of Bill. Also the kind people at Arden Hospice. Finally, to Pastor Tim Black, for being the familiar face that we needed to see at a very sad time. It was a God thing! Services will be held Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland with visitation starting at 1pm, followed by a celebration of Bill’s life at 2pm in the chapel.

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Earnestine Smoot

Sep 17, 1940 - Feb 21, 2024

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Jackson, MS

Earnestine Smoot, 83, of Jackson, MS was born September 17, 1940 to Eddie James Powell and Irene Wolfe in Crystal Springs, MS. Earnestine passed February 21, 2024 at Pine Forest Nursing Home.Visitation Friday, March 1, 2024 at Westhaven Funeral Home - Jackson Branch from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.Funeral services Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 11:00 a.m., Mount Helm, 300 East Church St., Jackson, MS 39202 with burial in Autumn Woods Cemetery, 4000 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, MS 39209.

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Nellie Colleen Garcia

Mar 15, 1966 - Feb 27, 2024

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Jackson, MS

Nellie Colleen Garcia, 57, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Nellie was a native of Natchez and lived in California before moving to Jackson. She worked as a nurse for the V. A. Medical Center in Jackson before working police dispatch for the hospital. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Julie Ann Bourke, Mary Kathleen Bourke, and Martha Clare Bourke. Survivors include: daughter, Emma Louise Garcia; brothers, James Russell Bourke, Jr. and Joseph Lawrence Bourke; sisters, Carrie Doreen Raymundo, Rose Marie Smith, Polly Elaine Farrar, Jane Asta Bourke, and Sherry Louise MacDonald; and her best friend, Nancy Moroni. To to the family or in memory of Nellie Colleen Garcia, please

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