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Ragland, Velma B.

Ratliff, Mildred Kornegay

Ray, Robbie Sue Jean Robertson

Rayford, Elmarco Darmon

On Friday, December 1, 1995, at Quitman County Hospital, the Lord called a loving young soldier home.  Elmarco Darmon Rayford, 16, was a senior at Quitman County High School.  He was loved by everyone as an outgoing and fun-loving person.  Elmarco was born December 22, 1978, at Coahoma County Hospital.  He attended and served faithfully in many capacities at Allen Chapel Bethel AME Church, Mitchell Chapel, as well as Holly Grove M. B. Church.  He will be sadly missed, but still loved by his family and friends.

Services were held at Wesley United Methodist Church at Birdie where Rev. M. Gipson is pastor with Rev. Lawrence officiating on Wednesday, December 6, at 12 noon.  Delta Burial Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.  His active pallbearers were Anthony Harris, Samuel Jordon, Carl Whitehead, Corey Hentz, Bobby Robinson, Jacquil Wright, and Manuel Killebrew.  His honorary pallbearers were uncles and cousins, flower bearers were the senior class and teachers of Quitman County High School.  Music was by Rev. Houston Potts and interment was at Wesley Cemetery at Birdie.

He leaves to cherish his fun-loving memories his parents, Rev. Jeffrey and Shelia Williams of Marks; Jeffrey Briscoe of TX; one sister, Sherita Williams; grandparents, Dave and Mary Rayford who were so loving and devoted; godmother and aunt, Donna (Charles) Benson and Dorothy (Tyrone) Webb, both of Memphis; Georgia (Austin) Rayford of TX; Annie (N. L.) McNeal of Sledge; Loraine (Robert) Roberson of TX, Dorothy Carter of Milwaukee, WS; Olivia (Louis) Jamison of Marks; Shirley (Kenny) Hester of Chicago; Marietta (William) Caldwell, Deleatha, Mary and Crystal Williams of Marks; uncles, Donnell (Shirleen) Rayford, Sammie (Annie) Rayford of Sledge; Earnest (Mary) Rayford of Los Angeles; David (Gertrude) Rayford of Sledge; James (Bobbie) Rayford of Memphis; Danny, Dennis and Terry Rayford of Marks; Morris and Donald Williams of Marks; and a host of great aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, and a special friend Katheleen Staten.

Quitman County Democrat, December 14, 1995

Raymond, Hannah Worton

Redd, Frank

Reid, Thelma Skeen

Redmond, Henrine

Regel, Carl F.

Reid, James Lloyd

Respess, Hubert Lee

Respess, Sr., Ralph G.

Richmond, Martha Mae

Martha Mae Richmond of Darling, 91, a resident of the Quitman County Nursing Home, died Wednesday, January 26, 2000.

Services were held at Unity Baptist Church on Tuesday, February 1, at 11:00 a.m. Marks Burial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Born December 24, 1908, in Columbus, Mrs. Richmond moved to Quitman County and married the late Benjamin Richmond, a noted photographer, painter, and carpenter.  She will be remembered for the delicious hamburgers with her special sauce that she cooked and served for twenty years in her business at Darling.

Mrs. Richmond leaves to cherish her loving memories two sisters, Earline McClain of Marks and Sallie Moore of Jackson; one brother, George Washington of Chicago; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Quitman County Democrat, February 17, 2000

Robertson, Lillian Mattie

Robinson, Annie Mae

Annie Mae Robinson, 84, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006.

Her services were Saturday, June 10, at 12:00 noon at First Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church at Crowder, with the Rev. Charlie McBride, Sr. officiating. Interment was in First Oak Grove Cemetery.  Family Mortuary of Memphis had charge of arrangements.

Born September 12, 1921, to the late Ivory and Mary Johnson, she confessed hope in Christ at an early age at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. J. W. Wright.  She was preceded in death by her eldest son, Fred McBride, Jr.

She leaves to take joy in her remembrance, one daughter, Doris A. Robinson of Marks; seven sons, Willie Edward (Hattie Mae) McBride of Marks, Rev. Charlie (Lena) McBride, Sr. of Memphis, Rev. Allen (Emma) Johnson of Horn Lake, Rev. Angelo (Betty) McBride of Memphis, David (Emma Jean) Johnson of Chicago, IL, Russell (Earnestine) McBride of Los Angeles, CA, and Sylvester McBride of Oakland, CA; one sister, I. V. Brown of Chicago; 37 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Pallbearers were Antwanne L. McBride, Timothy D. McBride, Rev. Charlie McBride, Jr., Lamont Green, and Fred McBride, Jr.

Quitman County Democrat, June 15, 2006

Robinson, Frances

Robinson, James D.

Robinson, Sr., Loyd

Robinson, Mamie Burks

Rodgers, Ariel Bliss Mitchell

Rodgers, Early Frank

Rodgers, Jimmy E.

Jimmy E. Rodgers of Florence, 58, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center.

Services were at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon with burial in Mountain Creek Cemetery in Rankin County.  Rev. Clifford Nelson, Dr. Gene Henderson, and Rev. Farley Earnest officiated.

A native of Marks and longtime resident of Rankin County, he was a member of First Baptist Church of Brandon.  After he received his call from the Lord in his late teens, Jimmy continued to serve until he entered the gates of heaven.  He was the elementary and middle school principal at Capital City Alternative School in the Jackson Public School System, where he served as a mentor and role model in everyone his life touched.  Jimmy believed very strongly in this vision statement, “I love life, and I live each and every day to its fullest.”

Survivors include his wife, Linda Rodgers of Florence; a daughter, J’Linda Abel and her husband, Dwayne of Florence; two sons, Jason Rodgers and his wife Tina, of Bartlett, TN and Jamie Rodgers and his wife, Lisa, of Madison; his mother, Sadie Rodgers of Hurley; three grandsons, Jordan Rodgers of Bartlett, TN, Jonathan Abel of Florence and Peyton Rodgers of Madison; a sister, Rhonda Summerlin of Florence; a brother, Ricky Rodgers of Dallas, TX; nieces and nephews, Wesley and Heather Summerlin and Leslie and Josh Statham of Florence.

He was preceded in death by his father, Son Rodgers.

Quitman County Democrat, June 20, 2002

Rodgers, Lucille Walls 

Rodgers, Ruben Edward “Son”

Rollins, Janie B.

Ross, Sr., Dr. John D.

Ross, Jr., George Lee

Rotenberry, Maguerite M.


Rowland, Cody Ray

Cody Ray Rowland, 67, of Natchez, retired after 36 years in the LP gas business, died Monday, October 20, 1997, at his home.  Services are scheduled for Thursday, October 23, at 2:00 p.m. in Memphis at the Forest Hill Funeral Home with interment in the Forest Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Rowland was born November 12, 1929, in Faulkner and was the son of the late Edgar Franklin and Sally Virginia Cross Rowland.  He was a member of the West Marks Baptist Church and the Natchez Moose Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Cossitt Rowland of Natchez; three daughters, Beverly A. Mulloy of Sardis, Pat R. Sullivant of Batesville, Shirley R. Priest of Natchez; two sisters, Lelia Pearl Roberts of Memphis and Frances Kinard of Louisville; one brother, Robert M. Rowland of Bay Minette, AL; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Central MS, Inc. or a charity of your choice.

Quitman County Democrat, Thursday, October 23, 1997


Roy, Rosa Edith Powers

Rucker, Reginald Martin

Russell, Billy Doyle

Russell, Loretta Elliott

Russell, Willie Ray

Ruth, Lucille

Lucille Ruth of Clarksdale, 92, died Sunday, October 5, 2003, at Clarksdale Nursing Center of heart failure.

Services are Thursday, October 9, at 2:00 p.m. at National Funeral Chapel in Clarksdale with burial in Lambert Cemetery at Lambert.  Dr. Jeff Holland will officiate.  National Funeral Home of Clarksdale had charge.

Born February 27, 1911, in Pleasant Grove, she was a graduate of Columbia, MS High School and attended Jones County College.  She was a retired saleslady for Graber’s Department Store in Clarksdale.  Mrs. Ruth was a member of Oakhurst Baptist Church where she belonged to the Rolling Along Klub and the Ruth Sunday School class.

The widow of A. M. Ruth, she is survived by three daughters, Bettye L. Beam of Rena Lara, Linda Peeples of Midland, TX, and Dottie Hawkins of Marks; one step-son, Fred L. “Pat” Ruth of Grenada; a sister, Mildred Tippit of Memphis, TN; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Quitman County Democrat, October 9, 2003

Ryals, Elmo Lee

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