Obituaries for week of December 12


Charles Paul Anderson

66, of Hattiesburg

Charles Paul "Charlie" Anderson died Dec. 8, 2019. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 13, at Main Street Baptist Church with burial in Mineral Springs Cemetery.

Mr. Anderson was a superintendent for Hunt Southland Refinery for more than 24 years and was a member of Main Street Baptist Church. 

Survivors include one son, Matthew Scott Anderson of Hattiesburg; four daughters, Terri Golladay, Christi Cummins and Melanie Walters, all of Hattiesburg; one sister, Kathleen Goss of Hattiesburg; three brothers, George Anderson of Spanish Fort, Ala., Othel "Andy" Anderson and Harry Anderson, both of Hattiesburg; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mary Martha Clements

91, of Hattiesburg

Mary Martha Clements, formerly of New York, NY, died Dec. 3, 2019, at Forrest General Hospital. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Trinity Episcopal Church with a private burial  in Highland Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 14, in the Parish Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Clements was a homemaker and member of Trinity Episcopal Church and Saint Ann's Guild at the church. She was a life member of the Lacey Kelly VFW Post 3036 and a member of the DMA of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Survivors include her son, Joseph Christopher Clements and his wife, Samantha of Hattiesburg.

Joe Mack Clearman

72, of Sumrall

Joe Mack Clearman died Dec. 8, 2019, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Collins.

Born December 23, 1946,

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2at Bellevue Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.

Mr. Clearman was a lifelong resident of Sumrall and a long time member of Bellevue Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. He was a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After his time of service, he had a lifelong career in sales.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Susan Carter Clearman of Sumrall; two sons Kevin Clearman of Hattiesburg and Casey Clearman of Fleming Island, Fla.; his brother John Clearman of Sumrall; his sister Nancy Hickman of Hattiesburg, his five grandchildren.

Burkett “Buck’ Haddox

89, of Sumrall

Burkett Haddox died Dec. 7, 2019. Services were Dec. 11 with burial in Highland Cemetery.

Mr. Haddox was born June 22, 1930, in Columbia. He served in the United States Army. Following his active duty service, he worked at Camp Shelby before beginning a career in auto body work. He ended his career as a security guard for Resinall Corporation and the VFW Post 3036.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Irma Haddox of Hattiesburg; daughter, Theresa Haddox of Warner Robins, Ga; stepsons, Michael Mcknight, Elijah Landrum, Scott Landrum, and Mark Landrum; brother, Herbert Haddox of Sumrall; two grandchildren; and numerous step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and numerous step-great-grandchildren.

Herbert C. Harper Jr.

50, of Purvis

Herbert C.  “Herb”  Harper Jr. died Dec. 7, 2019, at Forrest General Hospital. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Coaltown Baptist Church with burial in the  Coaltown Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 12 noon Thursday at the church.

Mr. Harper was a member of Coaltown Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Tina Harper of Purvis and one son, Cody Harper of Purvis.

Angela Juanelle Hession

59, of Hattiesburg

Angela Juanelle Hession died Dec. 8, 2019, at her home. Services were held Dec. 11 at Union Grove Assembly of God with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery. 

Mrs. Hession was a member of Union Grove Assembly of God, where she taught Sunday School for many years and was active in the music department.

Survivors include her husband, Mike "Bo" Hession of Piave; son, Michael "BoBo" Hession; daughter, Melanie Juanelle "Lannie" Smith; father, James Ezell; sisters, Annette and Arlene.


Yvette L. Huestis

59, of Hattiesburg

Yvette L. Huestis died Dec. 7, 2019, at her mother’s residence. A visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday Dec. 13, at Grace Chapel Baptist Church in Brooklyn. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

Mrs. Huestis was born Nov. 30, 1960, to the Rev. John and Margaret Cutrer.  She was married to Steven G. Huestis and they served as missionaries in Brazil for 35 years with Baptist International Missions, Inc. of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Survivors include her husband, four children, her mother, five sisters, and four grandchildren.

Evelyn Minshew Jordan

91, of Hattiesburg

Evelyn Minshew Jordan died Dec. 4, 2019, at Asbury Hospice House. Graveside services were Dec. 10 at Roseland Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Jordan retired from BellSouth after 30 years and was a member of 28th Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, James B. Jordan Jr. of Ponchatoula, La; two daughters, Jennifer Zahn of Marine, Ill. and Denise Denson of Hattiesburg; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Karen Keith

77, of Purvis

Karen Keith died Dec. 3, 2019. Services will held Dec. 5 at Clear Branch Landmark Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Clear Branch Cemetery.

Mrs. Keith was a homemaker and  member of Clear Branch Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jake Keith of Purvis; two sons, Mike Keith and Chris Keith, both of Purvis; two daughters, Penny Keith of Purvis and Jackie Clark of Hattiesburg; one sister, Cheryl Siccone of Purvis; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Bonnie Moss

58, of Petal

Bonnie Moss died Dec. 1, 2019, at Asbury Hospice House. A memorial service will be held at later date.

Mrs. Moss was born in New Orleans on April 8, 1961.She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, James Moss of Petal; daughters, Shelly Boatner of Petal and Michelle Lee of Ellisville; two grandsons.

Mariamne Young Richardson

36, of Sumrall

Mariamne “Amne’ Young Richardson died Dec. 4, 2019. Services were Dec. 7 at Heritage United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg with burial at First Baptist Church Cemetery in Sumrall.

Mrs. Richardson was born in Greenville to Mariamne and Harper Young. She graduated from the University of Mississippi where she was a Kappa Delta and later graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s dental hygiene program. She worked as a dental hygienist at Kool Smiles and the Pediatric Dental Group. She was a  member of Heritage United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband of nine years, Andrew; her son, Prewitt and daughters, Graham and Liza; her mother, Mariamne Young of Oxford; her father, Harper Young of Oxford; her brothers, Mathis Young of Memphis and Council Young of Oxford; her mother and father-in-law, Willie and Mary Anne Richardson of Clinton; a brother-in-law, Edward Richardson of Clinton.

David Edward Shelby

30, of Beaumont

David Edward Shelby died Dec. 7, 2019, at his home. Services were Dec. 10 at Jones and Son Chapel with burial in Terrel Cemetery. 

Survivors include his sons, Benjamin Shelby, Conner Shelby, Darren Shelby, all of Petal; daughter, Trinity Shelby of Petal; mother of children, Brittany Kirby of Beaumont; parents, Thomas and Loretta Shelby of Petal; brother, James Curry of Beaumont; sister, Karen Clark of Hattiesburg; paternal grandmother, Margie "LaLa" Shelby of Beaumont; maternal grandfather, Gavin Guy of New Augusta.

Brenda Lee Wilson Speights

55, of Prentiss

Brenda Lee Wilson Speights died Dec. 2, 2019, in Hattiesburg. Services were Dec. 6 at Saulters Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Sure Anchor Baptist Church Cemetery in Bassfield.

Mrs. Speights was born Sept. 24, 1964, in Prentiss to James Clyde Wilson and Shirley Ruth Brown Wilson. She received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Jones Junior College and worked as a Registered Nurse for 33 years. She was a member of Sure Anchor Baptist Church.

 Survivors include her husband, Charlie Speights of Columbia; her mother, Shirley Ruth Wilson of Columbia; three sons, Benjamin Speights of Baxterville, Justin Speights and Jacob Speights, both of Columbia; one daughter, Carlie Windham of Seminary; three sisters, Sandi Thames of Seminary, Dorothy Koch of Petal and Belinda Wilson of Hazlehurst; a sister-in-law, Cheryl Wilson of Prentiss; six grandchildren.

Frances Jordan Williamson

69, of Runnelstown

Frances Jordan Williamson died Dec. 8, 2019, at Forrest General Hospital. Services were Dec. 11 with burial in Runnelstown Cemetery.

Ms. Williamson was an active member of Bible Baptist Church of Petal. She worked for 29 years in the Mississippi Department of Human Services in Forrest County before becoming the Director of Social Services in New Augusta where she worked until her retirement in 2013.

Survivors include a daughter, Amy Keyes Hyland of Mobile, Ala.; her sister, Debra Ross of Runnelstown; a brother, Thomas Jordan of Hattiesburg; five grandchildren.

Thomas L. Pace

79, of Brandon

The Rev. Thomas L. Pace died November 26, 2019, at his home in Johns.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. December 21, 2019, at Crossgates UMC in Brandon.

The Rev. Pace was a retired United Methodist minister who served churches throughout the state for more than 40 years.

Survivors include his wife Faye of Johns; his son Ken Pace of Hattiesburg; his daughter Kimberly Pace (David Furse) of Nashville, Tenn.; and his grandsons, Brent Pace of Nashville, and Andrew Pace of Hattiesburg.