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Obituaries

Donald Roy Curtis

A graveside service for Donald Roy Curtis was held Jan. 6, 2023, at Spring Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Curtis, 87, of Wesson, passed away Jan. 2. He was born Sept. 22, 1935, to Welby and Ruby Curtis in Hazlehurst. Donald served in the Army during Peace Time. After serving in the military, he returned…

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James Edward Killingsworth

James Edward Killingsworth, 66, passed away Dec. 30, 2022. A funeral service was held Jan. 8, 2023, at Fair Hill M.B. Church in Monticello, with interment at the church cemetery. Hazlehurst Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Survivors include his wife, Ethel Killingsworth; daughters, Sandra Sandifer, Jamie Cooley, Jamie Bridges, and Jessica Watts; sons, Kelvin Travis,…

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Karen Sue Schubert Koon

Karen Sue Schubert Koon, of Crystal Springs, most beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away in her loving husband’s arms peacefully on Jan. 1, 2023. This extraordinary woman was a devoted and powerful force in so many lives. After a remarkable 46-year marriage, her spirit and soul have found a place to rest forever. Always…

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Grady Carl Merchant

Grady Carl Merchant, 94, of Crystal Springs, passed away at his residence Jan. 7, 2023. A funeral service was held Jan. 11 at Gatesville Baptist Church, with burial in the Gatesville Cemetery. Stringer Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Merchant was born on Feb. 9, 1928, to Grady and Ruby Merchant. He…

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Joaquin O. Miller Sr.

Joaquin O. Miller Sr., 43, passed away Dec. 17, 2022. A funeral service was held Jan. 7, 2023, at Antioch Baptist Church in Hazlehurst, with interment at Hazlehurst City Cemetery. House of Peoples Funeral Home handled arrangements. Survivors include his wife, Niyoshi Queen Miller; sons, Joaquin Miller II and Joaqeem Miller; mother, Sharon Armstrong; father,…

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Everett Alston Mitchell Jr.

Everett Alston Mitchell Jr., 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Virginia Beach, Va., on Jan. 5, 2023. Born and raised in Crystal Springs, he was a Southern gentleman with a huge heart. Joining the Navy in 1955, he dedicated 20 years proudly serving his country. He met, fell in love, and married Kaye…

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Tommy Courtney

Tommy Keith Courtney Sr., 75, of Crystal Springs, went home to be with the Lord peacefully in the early hours of Dec. 26, 2022, after being admitted to Baptist Hospital. His passing followed a long life of miraculous healings. We rejoice for him that he gets to leave his damaged body behind and is now…

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Georgia L. Loyd

Georgia L. Loyd, 88, passed away Dec. 25, 2022. A funeral service was held Dec. 31 at House of Peoples Funeral Home Chapel in Hazlehurst. Survivors include a brother, Carlos L. Loyd.

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Billy George Lynch

Billy George Lynch, 96, passed away Dec. 18, 2022. Graveside service was held Dec. 29 at Hazlehurst City Cemetery, with House of Peoples Funeral Home handling the arrangements. Survivors include his children, Herbert Lynch, Samuel Lynch, Billy Lynch Jr., Michael Lynch; brothers, Harold Lynch and Alonzo Lynch; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

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Carol Alford Moore

Carol Alford Moore, a retired instructor of English at LSU, passed away in Lafayette, La., on Dec. 17, 2022, at the age of 89. The only child of Earl and Dorothy Alford, Carol grew up in the small town of Crystal Springs. Attending Belhaven College (now Belhaven University) in Jackson, Carol studied English and French,…

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