Obituaries 12-28-23

December 26, 2023


June 8, 1946-Dec. 7, 2023

A private memorial service for M.L. Pitts, Jr., 77, of Waynesboro, will

be conducted at a later date by his loving family.

Born in Waynesboro on Saturday, June 8, 1946 to the late Martin Leonard

Pitts and Annie Merle Pitts, through the years he worked as a Furniture

Salesman/Sales Manager for several local furniture stores.

He died on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023 at Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Linda Sue Pitts of

Waynesboro; two daughters and sons-in-law, Renee and David Mills of

Eatonton, Ga., and April Pitts and Jamie Heathcock of Waynesboro; his

granddaughter and her husband, McKynlee and A.G. Stanley of Eatonton;

his grandson and his spouse, Luke and Mattie Mills of Athens, Ga.; two

great-grandchildren, Grayson and Ross Stanley, both of Eatonton; his

brother-in-law, Tommy Reynolds of Columbus, Ga.; and a host of nieces

and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin Leonard and Annie Merle

Pitts; his brother, Cecil Pitts, Sr.; and his sister, Linda Merle


An online guestbook can be signed at

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro is in charge of arrangements.


June 22, 1955-Dec. 18, 2023

Funeral services for Marvin Lee Bell, 68, of Waynesboro, were conducted

on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023 from New Rock Baptist Church in Millry, Ala.,

with Rev. Johnny Hartfield officiating.

Born on June 22, 1955, he was a former employee with Hood Industires.

He died on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023 at Forrest General Hospital.

An online guestbook can be signed at

Turner Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.


Nov. 17, 1930-Dec. 14, 2023

Juanita Dearman Holyfield, 93, died on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023.

Born in Millry, Ala., on Nov. 17, 1930 to Nezzie and James "Jim"

Dearman, she graduated from Buckatunna High School and married her high

school sweetheart, Elbert Holyfield.

She was mother to Charles E. Holyfield, Marsha J. Wilson, Amy H.

Dunaway. Called "Momma" by her children, "Grandmother" by her

grandchildren and "Nita" by her siblings and friends, she raised her

children in Natchez with love and devotion.

She was a wonderful mother who was always there when they needed her.

She had many friends and was a well-loved member of the Natchez

community. She was a long-time member of Highland Baptist Church.

She was a Cook in the Dietary Department at Natchez Community Hospital.

Her hobbies included reading, embroidery, quilting, sewing, gardening

and solving puzzles.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Marsha J. and Larry

Wilson of Crane Hill, Ala., Amy H. and Chris Dunaway of Natchez; her son

and daughter-in-law, Paul E. and Lisa Holyfield of Selha, Wash.; her

daughter-in-law, Nilda J. Holyfield of Fairbanks, Alaska; her sister,

Sybil D. Taylor of Buckatunna; her brothers and sisters-in-law, James V.

"Buddy" and Rhonda Dearman of Buckatunna and Omer and Rexanna Dearman of

Saraland, Ala.; her brother-in-law and his spouse, Edward and Yvonne

Holyfield of Waynesboro; her grandchildren and their respective spouses,

Kenneth and Gattyle Holyfield of Monk's Corner, S.C., Kevin and Jamie

Holyfield of Las Vegas, Nev., David R. Stokes of Muscle Shoals, Ala.,

Kyle W. Dunaway of St. Francisville, La., Daniel A. and Jendry Dunaway

of Ocean Springs, Amanda and Chris Wiehl of Palmer, Alaska, Tabitha

Holyfield of Wasilla, Alaska and Rhonda and Roger Mallison of Little

Rock, Ark.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's

Hospital or the charity of your choice.