OBITUARIES PUBLISHED 8/21/2017

 

Ruth Sparkman

COLUMBUS — Ruth Sparkman, 98, died Aug. 20, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cockrell Funeral Home. read more

 

Hester Nason

MACON — Hester Nason died Aug. 20, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cockrell Funeral Home. read more

 

LOCAL OBITUARIES

 

Bessie Johnson

Bessie Johnson

Published: 8/20/2017

Bessie Mae Johnson “Tootsie”, age 57, passed away August 2, 2017 at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, FL. She was born July 3, 1960 in Starkville, MS to the late Lester Edmonds... read more

 

 

Renee Daniel

Published: 8/20/2017

Tupelo- Renee Harcrow Daniel, 59, died Monday, August 14, 2017, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Ms. Daniel was born March 30, 1958, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Martha Garner Toupous... read more

 

 

Earle Hudson

Published: 8/19/2017

COLUMBUS — Earle Hudson, 89, died Aug. 17, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Carter’s Funeral Services of Columbus. read more

 

 

Johnny Fisher

Published: 8/19/2017

COLUMBUS — Johnny Fisher, 68, died Aug. 18, 2017, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Carter’s Funeral Services of Columbus. read more

 

 

Francis Troskey

Published: 8/19/2017

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Francis Thomas “Frank” Troskey, 92, died Aug. 18, 2017, at his residence. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Annunciation Catholic Church with Father Jeffrey Waldrep... read more

 

 

Sarah Brown

Published: 8/19/2017

COLUMBUS — Sarah O. Brown, 83, died Aug. 18, 2017, at Aurora Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lowndes Funeral Home. read more

 

 

William Whitson

Published: 8/19/2017

KENNEDY, Ala. — William Larry Whitson, 76, died Aug. 17, 2017, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services are at 2 p.m. today at Dowdle Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour... read more

 

 

Bruster Minor Sr.

Bruster Minor Sr.

Published: 8/18/2017

ALICEVILLE, Ala. — Bruster “Bee” Minor died Aug. 14, 2017. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Canaan MB Church. Burial will follow in Sandfield Cemetery. Visitation is from 4-6... read more

 

 

Lyndia Easter

Published: 8/18/2017

KATY, Texas — Lyndia Byrde Harrison Easter, 52, died Aug. 8, 2017, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Southside MB Church. Burial... read more

 

 

Johnnie Davis

Johnnie Davis

Published: 8/18/2017

MACON — Johnnie “Bruh” Davis, 65, died Aug. 10, 2017, at his residence. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Noxubee High School with the Rev. Sammie Lyson officiating. Burial... read more

 

 

WC Martin Jr.

Published: 8/18/2017

ALICEVILLE, Ala. — W.C. “Bill” Martin Jr., 94, died Aug. 16, 2017, at his residence. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Aliceville First Presbyterian Church. Skelton Funeral Home... read more

 

 

Robert McKnuckle

Published: 8/18/2017

WEST POINT — Robert Earl McKnuckle, 63, died Aug. 12, 2017, at West Point Community Living Center. Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Union MB Church in Monroe... read more

 

 

NEW YORK TIMES OBITUARIES

 

Jerry Lewis, a Jester Both Silly and Stormy, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, a Jester Both Silly and Stormy, Dies at 91

Mr. Lewis rose to fame as Dean Martin’s comedy partner but went on to a major solo career with films like “The Bellboy” and “The Nutty Professor.”

 

Dick Gregory, 84, Dies; Found Humor in the Civil Rights Struggle

Dick Gregory, 84, Dies; Found Humor in the Civil Rights Struggle

A black satirist who gave white audiences a deeper feel for the nation’s shameful racial history, Mr. Gregory was a national sensation in the early 1960s.

 

Leo Hershkowitz, 92, Dies; Unearthed New York City History

Leo Hershkowitz, 92, Dies; Unearthed New York City History

Professor Hershkowitz’s salvage operations earned him a reputation as a highly regarded archival scavenger.

 

Sonny Burgess, Rockabilly Wild Man, Is Dead at 88

Sonny Burgess, Rockabilly Wild Man, Is Dead at 88

Mr. Burgess, who recorded for the storied Sun label, was a full-tilt rocker capable of whipping audiences into a frenzy.

 

An Appraisal: For Jerry Lewis, Few Statuettes but Lots of Influence

An Appraisal: For Jerry Lewis, Few Statuettes but Lots of Influence

The comic and filmmaker, who died Sunday, may not have collected many showbiz laurels, but his work shaped the comedians who came along after him.

 

Arthur Finkelstein, Innovative, Influential Conservative Strategist, Dies at 72

Arthur Finkelstein, Innovative, Influential Conservative Strategist, Dies at 72

He fundamentally transformed political polling and financing and perfected virulent campaigns that toppled liberal incumbents.

 

Stuart J. Thompson, Award-Winning Broadway Producer, Dies at 62

Stuart J. Thompson, Award-Winning Broadway Producer, Dies at 62

Mr. Thompson, whose productions were nominated for 20 Tony Awards and won six, helped mount hits like “The Book of Mormon.” “He elevated me,” said Patti LuPone.

 

Edward Allcard, Solo Sailor on the High Seas, Dies at 102

Edward Allcard, Solo Sailor on the High Seas, Dies at 102

Mr. Allcard was said to be the first to sail across the Atlantic and back singlehandedly (the stowaway aside). He also circled the globe on a solo trip.

 

‘At a Dark Time in My Life, He Brought Me Joy’: Comedians Mourn and Celebrate Jerry Lewis

‘At a Dark Time in My Life, He Brought Me Joy’: Comedians Mourn and Celebrate Jerry Lewis

Generations of comics paid their respects to Mr. Lewis after news of his death broke on Sunday.

 

Jo Walker-Meador, 93, Dies; Raised Country Music’s Profile

Jo Walker-Meador, 93, Dies; Raised Country Music’s Profile

Mrs. Walker-Meador was the first employee of the Country Music Association and its longtime executive director.

 

Bruce Forsyth, 89, Cheeky Fixture of British TV, Is Dead

Bruce Forsyth, 89, Cheeky Fixture of British TV, Is Dead

Known for his toothy smile and crowd-pleasing charm, Mr. Forsyth was recognized by Guinness World Records as the male entertainer with the longest TV career.

 

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