Obituaries for the week of September 5


James L. Boone

69, of Moselle

James R. “Jim,” “J.R.” Boone died Aug. 26, 2019. Services were Aug. 31 at Moselle Memorial Baptist Church with a private burial scheduled at a later date.

Mr. Boone was born March 1, 1950, in Poplarville to Roy Boone and Margaret McKissack Boone.  He attended schools in Poplarville and graduated from Stone County High School in 1968. He was an outstanding football player and as a high school player, he scored the first touchdown ever scored in Dobie Holden Stadium on the campus of Pearl River Community College. He played football for PRCC and Samford. He served in the United States Army in Vietnam from 1971-1972. He received the National Defense Service, Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Sharpshooter (Rifle) designation. He worked offshore for more than 45 years.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Beverly Williams Boone of Moselle and their children, Lauren Hilbun of Moselle, Josh Boone of Laurel, Jeff Boone of Ovett; siblings, Charlie Boone and Beth Boone of Poplarville; nine grandchildren.

Martha Catherine Butler

95, of Ellisville

Martha Catherine “Cat” Butler died Aug. 27, 2019, at Magnolia Gardens in Ellisville. Graveside services were Aug. 30 at Big Creek Cemetery in Soso.

Mrs. Butler was born Jan. 3, 1924, to S.B. and Bertha Jefcoats Jefcoat in Jones County. She worked as an inspector with the USDA for 15 years. She was a member of West Ellisville Baptist Church and a member of the Joy Seekers Sunday School Class.

Survivors include her daughters, Patsy Bynum and Jeannie Howard, both of Ellisville; three grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren and one great great-grandchild; sister-in-law, Lanell Moore of Ellisville.

Lauren Rene Clark

64, of Richton

Lauren "LuLu" Rene Clark died Sept. 2 at her home after a battle with cancer and epidermolysis bullosa. Services will be held at 1 pm Sept. 28 at Hewlett-Winstead Chapel in Purvis.

Survivors include her parents, Melissa & Tony Clark; three sisters, Mallory, Meaghan and Emily and other family members.

Bob Clark

64, of Petal

Bob Clark died Aug. 26, 2019, at Forrest General Hospital. Services were Aug. 29 with burial in Runnelstown Cemetery.

Mr. Clark was a member, deacon and trustee at First Baptist Church in Runnelstown and worked for Mike’s Tire for 25 years.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Clark; one daughter, Amy and Chris Thornton; three brothers, Larry Clark, Billy Clark and the Rev. Jimmy Clark and one sister, Susie Martin ;two grandchildren.

Dudley W. Grantham

90, of Hattiesburg

Dudley W. Grantham died Aug. 20, 2019. Services were Aug. 30 with burial in Highland Cemetery.

Mr. Grantham was a life-long resident of Hattiesburg. He was a 1947 graduate of Hattiesburg High School and attended the University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Grantham retired as a laboratory tester with Hess Refinery in Purvis, after 38 years of service and was a member of Wesley Southern Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Juana Grantham of Hattiesburg; one daughter, Cindy Roddy of Moss Point; one sister, Janie Tan of Hattiesburg; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law,  Delfina Grantham of Hattiesburg.

Shayna Ra’Shell Hanks

26, of Hattiesburg

Shayna Ra’Shell Hanks died Sept. 1, 2019. Visitation will be 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 at Forrest Funeral Home with a memorial service to follow at 6pm.

Miss Hanks was born Aug. 21, 1993, in Hattiesburg.

Survivors include her mother, Stephanie Hanks; father, Billy Joe Yawn; two sisters, Lori Yawn and Tess Beard; paternal grandmother, Patricia Yawn.

Gwendolyn Marlene Hoeflich

81, of Richton

Gwendolyn Marlene Hoeflich died Aug. 31, 2019, in Richton. Services were Sept. 4 in Richton with burial in the Sunset Cemetery.

Mrs. Hoeflich was born on September 14, 1937, to Albert and Alice Cooper Moore. She was a member of the County Line Freewill Baptist Church in Richton.

Survivors include her daughter, Renee Elaine Hoeflich Newell of Richton; sons, Richard Edward Hoeflich of Memphis, Albert Scott Hoeflich of Leakesville and Samuel Andrew Hoeflich of Richton; brother-in-law, Andrew Douglas Hoeflich of Rocky Creek; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Frances Laverne McCrory

84, of Hattiesburg

Frances Laverne McCrorhy died Aug. 23, 2019. Services were at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church.

Mrs. McCrory obtained her bachelor of arts degree and masters in education from William Carey University and taught business and typing in Hattiesburg public schools from 1967 to 1997. She was active in the Future Business Leaders of America.  She was also a cheerleader sponsor and bus driver. 

She was a member of Parkway Heights Methodist Church, owned and operated a beauty shop and movie rental business and was an active residential real estate broker for 10 years.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. J.V. McCrory; sons, Brian Ray McCrory and Charles Barry McCrory; her sister, Anne Gullette Flowers, and brother, Alan Gullette; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Curtis L. Reed Jr.

64, of Petal

Curtis L. Reed Jr. died Sept. 1, 2019, at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. Services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Moore Funeral Home in Petal with burial in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Moore Funeral Home in Petal.

Mr. Reed was a member, deacon and Sunday school teacher at Macedonia Baptist Church. He was on the board of directors for the Jucan Foundation. He was the owner of Reed Construction Inc.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Bice Reed; his four children, Heather Young, Andrea McAtee, Curt Reed, and Quinten Williams, all of Petal; his sister, Anita O’Neal of Robersonville, N.C; his brother, Richard Reed of Chocowinity, N.C; and 10 grandchildren.

Freddie Smith

64, of Richton

Freddie Smith died Aug. 31, 2019, in Hattiesburg.Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at County Line Baptist Church in Ovett with burial in the County Line Cemetery.

Mr. Smith was born Sept. 22, 1954, to Charles West and Mary Frances Cole Smith. He worked as brick mason in the construction business.

Donna Merle Ladner Trotter

71, of Hattiesburg

Donna Merle Ladner Trotter died Aug. 26, 2019, at her home. Services were Aug. 31 at McLaurin Baptist Church followed with burial in the Trotter Family Cemetery.

Mrs. Trotter was a member of McLaurin Baptist Church. She was a Work Orders Clerk at Camp Shelby for 20 years before retiring in 2007.

Survivors include her husband, Lewis Alexander Trotter of Hattiesburg; three daughters, Ladonna Denise Waits of Jackson, Melissa Karen Landry of Ocean Springs, and Lisa Anet Mapp of Hattiesburg; one son, Kyle Alexander Trotter of Edmonton, KY; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Danny H. Wheat

66, of Purvis

Danny H. Wheat died Sept. 2, 2019. Services were Sept. 4 at the Pine Grove Baptist Church in Picayune with burial in the church cemetery.

Mr. Wheat was a native of Bogalusa and a lifelong resident of Picayune. He retired after 34 years of service from the Stennis Space Center as a mechanical technician and quality assurance technician for the Space Shuttle main engines.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Wheat of Purvis; two daughters, Danielle Whittington of Columbia, Nicole Terry of Memphis; a sister, Brenda Davis of Purvis; three grandsons.

Sylvia Janice K. McDuffie

78, of Petal

Sylvia Janice Kirkland McDuffie, devoted wife, loving mother, sister, aunt, nana and friend of so many, departed this life on August 28, 2019 after a year long battle with cancer. Sylvia was born on September 1, 1941, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Van and Kate Kirkland. She was preceded in death by her parents, father-in-law, Joseph Franklin McDuffie and mother-in-law, Mildred Myrtle (Windham) McDuffie.

She is survived by her husband, Robert E. McDuffie, Sr., her sister, Judy Street of Brandon, Mississippi, three children: Robert E. (Bobby) McDuffie, Jr., (wife Carol) of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Michael S. McDuffie of Brooklyn, NY and Jon Christopher “Chris” McDuffie also of Moselle; four grandchildren: Rachel McDuffie and Joseph McDuffie (Bobby), Christina and Kirkland McDuffie (Chris), one great grandchild, Amelia Kate (Christina), a nephew, Alex Street and his wife Amanda (Judy) their children: Carter and Alex Ann, a niece, Miranda Sudduth and husband Dillon(Judy) and their infant son, Van Walker Sudduth as well as several cousins.

Sylvia attended Forrest County Agricultural High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. She was employed for over 40 years with the Credit Bureau of Hattiesburg where she retired as a manager. She was a member of the Hattiesburg chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and Moselle United Methodist Church.  During her retirement years, she enjoyed traveling with Robert, camping, food, and she especially enjoyed spending time with her family. We will certainly miss her in this life, but will someday be reunited.

Visitation will be on Monday, September 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Jones and Son Funeral Home in Moselle, Mississippi. Funeral services will follow visitation, also at Jones and Son Chapel in Moselle at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial at Moselle Memorial Cemetery in Moselle, Mississippi.