Obituaries 05-18-23

May 17, 2023

WILLIE LEE DANIELS

Feb. 14, 1943-May 13, 2023

Memorial services for Willie Lee Daniels, 80, of Waynesboro, were

conducted on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 from Calvary Baptist Church. A

private burial was conducted by the family at Waynesboro Cemetery.

Born in Yellow Pine, Ala., on Sunday, Feb. 14, 1943 to the late Herman

W. Odom and Julia Ann Cartwright, she was a member of Calvary Baptist

Church. She retired as Manager at First Family Financial Service.

She died on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at Brookwood Villa Personal Care Home

in Waynesboro, surrounded by her loving family.

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

Walters of Waynesboro; her brother, James W. Odom of Waynesboro; her

sister and brother-in-law, Virginia Odom and Thomas Toney of Batesville;

her grandson, Brady Scott Walters of Waynesboro; her granddaughter,

Breanna S. Walters of Ridgeland; her sister-in-law, Vickie Odom of

Waynesboro; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman W. Odom and Julia Ann

Cartwright; her husband, Mack Daniels; her brother, Homer C. Odom; and

her sister-in-law, Carol Odom.

The family wants to thank Renee Grimes and her staff at Brookwood Villa

Personal Care Home, along with thanking Freeman Funeral Home.

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

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

MAZELL D. WEST

Feb. 16, 1947-May 13, 2023

Funeral services for Mazell D. West, 76, of Waynesboro, were conducted

on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 from Harvest Temple Church, with Rev. Edward

Bean and Rev. W.E. Hutcherson officiating.

Interment followed at White House Cemetery in Waynesboro.

Known to everyone as Mae, she was the sixth of seven children born ot

John D. and Lillie Mae Dennis on Feb. 16, 1947. She was a Homemaker for

most of her life and, upon retirement, she kept her grandchildren and

enjoyed living life with her husband, children and grands. She was a

wife, mother, nana, daughter and sister who everyone loved dearly.

She died peacefully on Saturday, May 13, 2023.

She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Dalton L. West; two

daughters and a son-in-law, Angela West and Ashley and Anthony McGinty;

two grandchildren, Bryston and Briana; two sisters and brothers-in-law,

Willie and Jim Myers and Linda and Don Cochran; her twin brother and his

spouse, Dezell and Margaret Dennis; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Pearlie Busby

Brown and Johnnie Mae Douglas; and her brother, L.D. Dennis.

Pallbearers were Keith Dennis, Kevin Dennis, Ron Cochran, Jeff Williams,

Trent Williams and Elvis Dearman. Honorary pallbearers were Chris

Cherry, Josh Wood, Doug Wood and Shawn Dearman.

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

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

GLADYS "BETTY" JONES

July 2, 1932-May 11, 2023

Funeral services for Gladys "Betty" Jones, 90, of Vinegar Bend,

Ala., were conducted on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 from Burbank Pentecostal

Church in Vinegar Bend, with Rev. James Bice and Brother Jacob Jones

officiating.

Interment followed at Burbank Pentecostal Cemetery in Vinegar Bend.

Born in Salisbury, Md., on Saturday, July 2, 1932 to the late Garland

Lee Wright and Viola Wright, she retired from the Alabama Forestry

Commission as a Fire Watcher.

She died on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at her residence, surrounded by her

loving family.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Sara Jones of

Vinegar Bend; three daughters, Leila Ann Riles of New Port, Ala., Linda

Strickland of Waynesboro and Dianna Walker of Grand Bay, Ala.; and a

host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and

great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Jones; her father,

Garland Lee Wright; her mother, Viola Wright; her son, Aubrey Garland

Jones, Sr.; and her brother, William Wright.

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

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

JAMES E. "JIM" WAITES

March 24, 1948-May 9, 2023

Funeral services for James E. "Jim" Waites, 75, of Waynesboro, were

conducted on Friday, May 12, 2023 from the Chapel of Freeman Funeral

Home, with Rev. Chris Cooper officiating.

Interment followed at West Family Cemetery in Waynesboro.

Born in Waynesboro on Wednesday, March 24, 1948 to James William Waites

and Zera Lola Waites, he retired as a Truck Driver.

He died on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at the State Veterans Home in Collins.

He is survived by his wife, Sheba Waites of Waynesboro; his daughter and

son-in-law, Kim and Eric Black of Ellisville; his brother, James R.

"Buster" Waites of Waynesboro; his sister and brother-in-law, Edna

Jane and Moose Buckley of Waynesboro; a granddaughter and her husband,

Erica and Ronnie Pilgrim of Ellisville; and a great-grandson, Drew

Pilgrim.

He was preceded in death by his father, James William Waites; and his

mother, Zera Lola Waites.

Pallbearers were Chris Cochran, Lamar Beasley, Lonnie Bunch, Kenneth

Beasley, Kenneth McCurley and Brent Graham.

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

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

RAY CHARLES COOLEY

March 20, 1945-May 2, 2023

Funeral services for Ray Charles Cooley, 78, also known as "Big Daddy

Ray," were conducted on Friday, May 12, 2023 from Altair Baptist

Church.

Interment followed at Altair Baptist Church Cemetery.

Born on March 20, 1945 to the late C.L. Cooley and Mary Lee Satcher

Cooley, he accepted Christ at an early age and joined the Lightsey

Church of God in Christ.

He attended Shirley Orange School and Riverview High School. After high

school, he went to work at Wayne Poultry in Laurel and Monticello

Hardwood in Bay Springs.

He died on May 2, 2023 at Covington County Hospital in Collins.

He is survived by two daughters, Shelia Cooley of Troy, Ohio and Shannon

Clark of Laurel; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Darrie and Shenease

Cooley of Englewood, Ohio, and Frankie Lee Milsap of Heidelberg; four

sisters and two brothers-in-law, Zella and Tuson Taylor, Lutricia Magee

and Laura Pope, all of Collins, and Rebecca and Eric McDougal of Ocean

Springs, a special niece, Temerial Waters-White; a special cousin,

Roberta Lacey; nine grandchildren, four aunts, an uncle and a host of

niecews, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Cooley; a son, Mark Milsap;

and two brothers, Johnny Ray Cooley and Albert Ray Cooley.

McDonald and Sons Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of

arrangements.

KAYE GATLIN TUTTLE

Sept. 27, 1933-May 10, 2023

Funeral services for Kaye Gatlin Tuttle, 89, of Waynesboro, were

conducted on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from the Chapel of Freeman Funeral

Home, with Dr. Steve Smith officiating.

Interment followed at Serenity Gardens Cemetery.

Born in Sandersville on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 1933 to M.S. Gatlin and

Lotis Gatlin, she was a member of First Baptist Church of Waynesboro.

She retired as a Secretary with M.S. Gatlin Building Supply.

She died on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at Brookwood Villa Personal Care

Home in Waynesboro.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Daphne Tuttle and Dave

White of Mary Esther, Fla., and Cynthia T. and Johnny Burnett of

Navarre, Fla.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Martha and Luther

Walley of Waynesboro and Linda Clark of Waynesboro; three grandchildren

and their respective spouses, Melissa Marsa' and Jeff Aston of Auburn,

Ala., Gary Cone of Birmingham, Ala., and Brittny and Aaron Jones of

Birmingham; four great-grandchildren, Taylor Janousek, Jackson Janousek,

Connor Jones and Daphne Alice Jones; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny H. Tuttle; her father,

M.S. Gatlin; her mother, Lotis Gatlin; two brothers, Talmadge Gatlin and

Shelby Gatlin; and two sisters, Dorothy Miller and Carolyn Palmer.

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

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

JAMES THOMAS "JIMMY" KITTRELL

July 20, 1954-May 7, 2023

Funeral services for James Thomas "Jimmy" Kittrell, 68, of State

Line, were conducted on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 from the Chapel of

Freeman Funeral Home, with Dr. Terry Williams, Brandon Bollinger and

Preston Raines officiating.

Interment followed at County Line Cemetery in State Line.

Born in State Line on Tuesday, July 20, 1954 to Louis Nathaniel

Kittrell, Sr., and Doris Kittrell Douglas, he was retired as a

Consultant in the oil field industry. He was a graduate of Buckatunna

High School and a lifelong resident of State Line.

On a beautiful day, Oct. 27, 1980, he married the love of his life, his

best friend and confidant, June Kittrell. Their love grew stronger as

they welcomed two beautiful girls into the world --- Jaime and Jennifer.

No one could deny that these girls would have Jimmy's heart. The girls

blessed him with two grandsons --- Jaxson and Fin --- share his passion

of raising cattle, farming, hunting, fishing and, of course, ball games.

Many fathers, especially those with only daughters, long for a son. They

hope the men their girls marry will want to spend time with them and

develop a friendship. Jimmy was blessed with his sons-in-law, Darren and

Casey. With Casey came two more grandsons --- Chase and Jarret --- that

Jimmy was so thankful that Jaxson had two brothers to help watch over

him. Jimmy also was honored to have a son he never had, Shawn, which

also blessed him again with another daughter, Jeanene, and three boys,

Cade Cole, Blake and Michaela.

He died on Sunday, May 7, 2023 at Wayne General Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, June Kittrell of State Line; two daughters

and sons-in-law, Jaime Kittrell and Darren Welch of Hattiesburg and

Jennifer Kittrell and Casey Goff of Wade; a brother, David Kittrell;

four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Sue and Waynis Henderson of

Fruitdale, Ala., Sissy and Fred Carr of Buckatunna, Alice Lott of Oak

Grove and Cynthia Sparks of Petal; a sister-in-law, Pauline Kittrell of

State Line; two brothers-in-law and their respective spouses, Benny and

Judy West of Waynesboro and Gary and Theresa West of Greensboro, N.C.;

and four grandchildren, Jaxson Kittrell, Finley Welch, Chase Goff and

Jarrett Goff.

He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Nathaniel Kittrell, Sr.;

his mother, Doris Kittrell Douglas; and three brothers, L.N. Kittrell,

Jr., Dewey Kittrell and Charles Kittrell.

The family would like to thank Wayne General Hospital, Wayne General

Ambulance Service and K.P., Josh, Jeremy, Kerney, NeNe, Shane and Mark.

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

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

RICHARD ANDERSON "FAT BABY" MCLAIN

July 7, 1969-May 7, 2023

Graveside services for Richard Anderson "Fat Baby" McLain, 53, of

Waynesboro, were conducted on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 from Boyles Chapel

Cemetery, with Rev. Aaron Cooley and Rev. Curtis Pitts officiating.

Born in Waynesboro on Monday, July 7, 1969 to Dion and Lois McLain, he

was a member of Evergreen Baptist Church. He worked as a Truck Driver

with G B Boots Smith.

"Fat Baby" will always be remembered by his family for his love as a

truck driver and wonderful provider. He had a great love for his

grandchildren, with whom he was known as "Poppa" and "Pop Pop."

He died on Sunday, May 7, 2023 at Wayne General Hospital.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Christa Dawn McLain of

Waynesboro; his mother, Lois Waller McLain of Waynesboro; his son,

Tucker Anderson McLain of Waynesboro; his daughter, Maygen McLain of

Waynesboro; his daughter-in-love, Katelyn McLain of Waynesboro; his

brother, Shad McLain of Waynesboro; and six grandchildren, Kaydence

Andrews, Kyndal Andrews, Sayge McLain, Blayke Pitts, Landri McLain and

Ellis McLain.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dion McLain; and his

grandparents, John and Myranda (Nicholson) Waller and Ellis and Clyde

(Overstreet) McLain.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dying to Live, 1301 North

2nd Ave., Laurel, MS 39440 or in care of Pastor Je Stephens by calling

601-543-4744.

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

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.



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