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PLANTERSVILLE – Brenda Joy Maxey Adair, 61, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. Born on June 23, 1952, in Amory to Thomas Maxey and Claudine Goodwin Maxey, she graduated from Hatley High School in 1970 and from Mississippi State University with a degree in mathematics and secondary education. She was a public school teacher for 19 years until her health failed. Her teaching career was diverse, first teaching at Greenwood Springs School, then at Shannon, with her teaching career culminating at Plantersville School. She taught elementary and secondary levels in math, received certifications in elementary education and special education. Before retirement, she taught first grade which became a passion for her. She was beloved by her students and took great interest in their educational as well as personal well-being. A United Methodist, she was a member at her death at Nettleton United Methodist Church, where she was faithful in many activities including choir and leading the children's message each Sunday. She loved music, especially church music. She was a faithful volunteer and supporter of the Nettleton Food Pantry. Her hobbies included reading, knitting, vintage movies, baking and spending time with her family and friends. An avid conversationalist with a pleasing personality, she was loved and revered by all who knew her. A service celebrating her life will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Nettleton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Cecil Locke and Bro. Tom Monts officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to service time Monday only at the church. Holland Funeral Directors, Nettleton Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements. Survivors include her husband, Doug Adair of the Union community south of Plantersville; her only daughter and her husband, Angela Adair Fowler and Heath of Auburn, Ala.; her mother, Claudine Maxey of Amory. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Maxey; her brother, Tommy O'Neal Maxey and his wife, Carolyn; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Frances and Lawrence Adair; and her brother-in-law, Ken Adair. The family requests that memorials be made to the Nettleton Food Pantry, 389 Road 452, Nettleton, MS 38858. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net . Read Obituary
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SHANNON – Joseph ""Joey"" Bass, 44, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He was born Sept. 10, 1969, to Bayward Talmadge and Carolyn Codelia Halcomb Bass. He was employed as a framer at United Furniture Company and was proud to be working again. His work history included janitorial, construction and furniture work. He loved fishing, camping, outdoor events and loved to draw. He loved his family, wife, friends and God, and he was especially loved by his grandbabies, who called him Papaw. He was a prankster that loved to joke and cut-up. When you met him, you could not help to love him. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with the Rev. Christopher Stacks officiating. Survivors include his wife of three years, Letitia Bass; his stepchildren, Rosebud, Amelia, Elizabeth, Samantha, Della, Ruvel and Ray; three sisters, Bridget Spencer (Ray) of Shannon, Barbara Luna (Robert) of California and Silvia Reeves (Mike) of California; one brother, James Bass II of Shannon; and his mother, Carolyn Taylor, and his stepfather, Allen Taylor, of Saltillo. He was preceded in death by his father, Bayward Talmadge Bass; two brothers, Bayward T. Bass Jr. and Ottis Bass; maternal grandparents, Silvia and Thomas Halcomb; paternal grandparents, Rev. James C. and Mary Katherine Bass; paternal aunt, Agnes Tipton; paternal uncles, Ottis and James Bass; maternal aunts, Marilyn Eastman and Patricia Ann Stewart; and maternal uncle, George Halcomb. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to his funeral account in care of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors, P.O. Box 1488, Tupelo, MS 38802. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. Read Obituary
SHANNON – Ottis Eugene Bass, 49, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He was born Jan. 21, 1965, to Bayward Talmadge and Carolyn Codelia Halcomb Bass. He was employed as a frame builder at United Furniture and was known for being a hard worker. Previously, he worked for both Ashley Industries and Lane Furniture. His hobbies included fishing and hunting. He was a proud father who loved his son. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He was Baptist by faith. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with the Rev. Christopher Stacks officiating. Survivors include one son, Donald Lance Bass (Patience) of Shannon; three sisters, Bridget Spencer (Ray) of Shannon, Barbara Luna (Robert) of California and Silvia Reeves (Mike) of California; one brother, James Bass II of Shannon; five grandchildren, Zoey, Kolton, Payton, Raiden and Ragelynn; his mother, Carolyn Taylor, and his stepfather, Allen Taylor, of Saltillo; and his sister-in-law, Letitia Bass of Shannon. He was preceded in death by his father, Bayward Talmadge Bass; two brothers, Bayward T. Bass Jr. and Joseph Bass; maternal grandparents, Silvia and Thomas Halcomb; paternal grandparents, Rev. James C. and Mary Katherine Bass; paternal aunt, Agnes Tipton; paternal uncles, Ottis and James Bass; maternal aunts, Marilyn Eastman and Patricia Ann Stewart; and maternal uncle, George Halcomb. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to his funeral account in care of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors, P.O. Box 1488, Tupelo, MS 38802. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. Read Obituary
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