Obituaries 11-24-22

November 22, 2022

MELVIN JAMES NAYLOR

April 16, 1946-Nov. 13, 2022

Funeral services for Melvin James Naylor, 76, of Laurel will be at 12

p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 from the Chapel of Freeman Funeral Home,

with Evangelist Al Figgers officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.

until 12 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 from the Chapel of Turner Funeral

Home.

Following the funeral service, interment will take place at Waynesboro

Cemetery.

Born on April 16, 1946, he was a Retired Truck Driver.

He died on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022 at Forrest General Hospital in

Hattiesburg.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Naylor; his stepson, Steve Cole; two

stepdaughters, Connie Lindsey and Shelia Cole-Jones; his brother, Willie

Naylor; and three sisters, Carolyn Keyes, Barbara Hayes and Alice

Robinson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

An online guestbook can be signed at www.turnerfuneralhomems.com.

Turner Funeral Home of Waynesboro is in charge of arrangements.

VERNON ALLEN GRAY

Nov. 15, 1942-Nov. 8, 2022

Funeral services for Vernon Allen Gray, 79, of Cordova, Tenn., and

formerly of Waynesboro, will be at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022

from St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Donald E. Miller

officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022

from the Chapel of Turner Funeral Home.

Following the funeral service, interment will take place at Waynesboro

Cemetery.

Born on Nov. 15, 1942, he was a Retired Police Officer with the

Waynesboro Police Department, a United States Army Veteran and a Retired

Officer with the Wayne County School District.

He died on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 at Applingwood Health Care in Cordova.

An online guestbook can be signed at www.turnerfuneralhomems.com.

Turner Funeral Home of Waynesboro is in charge of arrangements.

ADAM JAYCE GREEN

Feb. 12, 1983-Nov. 17, 2022

Graveside services for Adam Jayce Green, 39, of Purvis, were conducted

on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022 from Waynesboro Cemetery, with Rev. Kyle Naylor

officiating.

Born in Meridian on Saturday, Feb. 12, 1983 to James Jason "Jay" Green

and D'Lee Hutchison, he was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He

worked as a Warehouse Operations Manager with Southern Pipe and Supply.

He died on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 in Purvis.

He is survived by his mother and her spouse, D'Lee and Fred Hutchison of

Toomsuba; his son, Knox Green of Hattiesburg; his daughter, Kadence

Green of Hattiesburg; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dr. Alyse Green

and Tyler Blackwell of Meridian and Heather and Derek McGuire of

Madison; his grandfather, Mike Cooke of Ozark, Ala.; his grandmothers,

Rachel Stanley of Waynesboro and Romona Northam of Meridian; his

grandparents, Everette and Doris Hutchison of Kosciusko; and several

aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Jason "Jay" Green; his

grandfather, Jack Frasier Green; his grandmother, Elaine Reynolds Green;

and his grandfather, Tommy Northam.

An online guestbook can be signed at www.freemanfh.com.

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

GLORIA MARIE SHELTON

Jan. 26, 1948-Nov. 16, 2022

Funeral services for Gloria Marie Shelton, 74, originally of Cullman,

Ala., were conducted on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 from the Chapel of

Freeman Funeral Home, with Rev. Mark Ferguson officiating.

Interment followed at Buckatunna Baptist Cemetery.

Born in Macon on Monday, Jan. 26, 1948 to the late Larry Lawrence Conner

and Anita (Bateman) Conner, she was a member of Ole Time Way Baptist

Church in Cullman. She was retired as a Contract Truck Driver alongside

her late husband.

She died on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022 at Falcon Ridge Rehabilitation in

Hutto, Texas.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Stephenne and Scott

Nations of Pflugerville, Texas; two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen

Michael and Jennifer Shelton, Jr., and Johnny and Deborah Shelton, all

of Cullman; her brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Michelle Conner of

Shuqualak; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Patricia Boykin of

Louisville, Sandra and Dean Poag of Cullman and Christie and William

Sabinson of Shuqualak; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Larry Lawrence Conner and

Anita Conner; and her husband, Stephen Michael Shelton.

An online guestbook can be signed at www.freemanfh.com.

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

LESANDA TERRELL GREEN

Jan. 22, 1977-Nov. 13, 2022

Graveside services for Lesanda Terrell Green, 45, of Waynesboro, were

conducted on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 from Mt. Nebo Cemetery in State

Line, with Rev. Donald Miller and Rev. Keontae Carter officiating.

Born on Jan. 22, 1977, she was a Homemaker.

She died on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022 at Forrest General Hospital in

Hattiesburg.

She is survived by her son, Dexter Estes of Houston, Texas; two

daughters and a son-in-law, Shondreka and Jemarko Johnson of Battles and

Dexteranna Estes of Waynesboro; three brothers, Thomas Young of Silas,

Ala., Telly Savalas "Kojak" Green of Mobile, Ala., and Lucas Green

of Waynesboro; five sisters and two brothers-in-law, Lisa and Robert

Pittman, Lora and Victor Gray and Genease Loper, all of Waynesboro,

Denease Loper of Leakesville and Isabelle Lundy of Birmingham, Ala.; a

grandson and her mother, Ola Mae Green.

She was preceded in death by her father and her paternal and maternal

grandparents.

An online guestbook can be signed at www.turnerfuneralhomems.com.

Turner Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

KEITH DEVAIR "SPOON" WEATHERS

March 2, 1959-Nov. 9, 2022

Funeral services for Keith Devair "Spoon" Weathers, 63, of

Waynesboro, were conducted on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 from St. Luke

Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Larry Pickens officiating.

Interment followed at Waynesboro Cemetery.

Born on March 2, 1959, he was a Veteran of the United States Navy and

worked as a Transmission Mechanic.

He died on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 at Forrest General Hospital in

Hattiesburg.

He is survived by three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Vincent and

Deborah Payton of Waynesboro, Victor and Tomecia Payton of Waynesboro

and Thomas Payton of Waynesboro; four sisters and two brothers-in-law,

Latonia and Arthur Lacey of State Line, Lawanda Davis of Atlanta, Ga.,

Angela and Roderick Gray of Jackson and Valise Payton of Shubuta; and

James and Cassandra Payton of Waynesboro.

He was preceded in death by his mother, his maternal and paternal

grandmothers, a sister and three brothers.

An online guestbook can be signed at www.turnerfuneralhomems.com.

Turner Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

ROBERT LOUIS GRAY

May 27, 1934-Nov. 2, 2022

Funeral services for Robert Louis Gray, 88, of Shubuta, were conducted

on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 from Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church,

with Rev. Larry Pickens officiating.

Interment followed at the Robert & Armatha Gray Family Cemetery in

Waynesboro.

Born on May 27, 1934, he was a United States Air Force Veteran and the

Former Owner of Gray Oil Company.

He died on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 in Shubuta.

He is survived by his brother, O.B. Gray; and his sister, Vera McDonald.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a stepson, a

step-grandson, four brothers, a sister and a nephew.

An online guestbook can be signed at www.turnerfuneralhomems.com.

Turner Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

REV. PATRICK BERNARD JOHNSON

July 26, 1970-Oct. 31, 2022

Funeral services for Rev. Patrick Bernard Johnson, 52, of Waynesboro,

were conducted on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 from New Vision Baptist

Church, with Rev. Walter B. Johnson officiating.

Interment followed at New Rock Cemetery in Millry, Ala.

Born on July 26, 1970, he was a Bus Driver and Custodian with the Wayne

County School District.

He died on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022 at Diversicare in Moss Point.

He is survived by his wife, Bronica Johnson of Waynesboro; three sons,

Patrick LaDale Johnston of Shubuta, Aaron Miller of Waynesboro and

Kornelius J. Johnson of Waynesboro; three daughters, Kanesha McCann of

Starkville, Jessica Miller of Waynesboro and Cierra Johnson of

Waynesboro; a brother, Timothy Ramey of Waynesboro; a sister and

brother-in-law, Sharmanita Ramey and Keith Knight of Quitman; a

grandson, Messiah Johnson; and a special mother figure in Della Ramey.

He was preceded in death by his mother, his brother and an uncle.

An online guestbook can be signed at www.turnerfuneralhomems.com.

Turner Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

NIKITA MARTELL STONE

Sept. 17, 1965-Nov. 4, 2022

Graveside services for Nikita Martell Stone, 57, of Natchez and formerly

of Waynesboro, were conducted on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 from Sunset View

Memorial Park Cemetery in Natchez, with Rev. John Scott officiating.

Born on Sept. 17, 1965 to the late Johnnie Stone and Leola Seals, he was

raised in Natchez then moved to Dallas, Texas, where he began his law

enforcement career. He started to work with the Dallas County

Sheriff's Department in 1986, serving for 15 years. He then moved back

to Mississippi, where he worked for different agencies, including the

Mississippi Department of Corrections, Waynesboro Police Department,

Natchez Police Department and Adams County Sheriff's Department. His

law enforcement career totaled 37 years. He also did security details

for various events.

His hobbies including hunting, fishing and horseback riding.

He died on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Stone of Waynesboro; his son, Nikita

Stone, Jr., of St. Paul Minn.; a stepson and his spouse, Quoterrious and

Candace Worsham of Gulfport; three daughters, Leola Catrice Stone of

Dallas, Amber Stone of Dallas and Steshannacey Blakely of Waynesboro; a

stepdaughter and her spouse, LaShayla and Fred Wimberly of Dallas; two

sisters and a brother-in-law, Europonda Stone of Columbus and Melody and

Douglas Lembke of Katy, Texas; two brothers, Kenyatta Stone and Andre'

Stone, both of Minneapolis, Minn.; two grandchildren and two

step-grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins

and friends who will miss him dearly.

Pallbearers were the Natchez Police Department and the Adams County

Sheriff's Department. Honorary pallbearers were Nikita Stone, Jr.,

Rayford Worsham, Henry Johnson, Quoterrious Worsham, Leroy Barnett and

Fredrick White.

West Gate Funeral Home of Natchez was in charge of arrangements.



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