Rueben Thomas “Tom” Carney

Rueben Thomas “Tom” Carney was born January 13, 1953 and passed away January 21, 2019 after a long, hard fought, fierce battle with cancer. He was 66. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Laird Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Chase Weeks officiating. Burial will follow at the Natchez National Cemetery in Natchez, MS under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

After serving his country in the Air Force, Tom became a very successful business man and, to most, a local celebrity. His legacy will be unfading as his life was lived in a way that continually contributed to the betterment of those around him and within his community. He truly possessed a special gift as Tom loved everyone and everyone loved Tom.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard M “RM” Carney; his mother Mary Sue Carney Miller; sisters Sandra Carney Davis, Betty S Ferrington, Brenda D Miller; brothers, Richard “ Ritchie” M Carney, Jr. and Barry W Carney.

He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Deborah S. Carney of Vidalia; a sister, Camille Kyzar (Paul) of Natchez, MS; sons, Chris Carney (Jessica) of Natchez, MS, Kyle Holzhalb (Haley) also of Natchez, MS; daughters, Stephanie Carney Wheeler of Morgantown, MS, Ann Carney of Ferriday and Carlee Holzhalb of Houston, TX, as well as several nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. tomWednesday, January 23 at the funeral home and from 10:30 a.m. until service time on Thursday, January 24.

Pallbearers will be Walter Brown, Bubba Crofford, Steve Weeks, Tyler Wheeler, Scotty McCommons, Sonny Lees, and Ricky Rowlin.

In lieu of flowers please make memorials to MD Anderson Cancer Center or the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Mary Delois Estis Chambers

Funeral services for Mary Delois Estis Chambers, of Pineville, formerly of Ferriday, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Young’s Funeral Home-Ferriday officiated by Bro. Keith Dickens. Interment will follow at Heard Cemetery in Manifest, under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends on Thursday at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until service time.

Delois was born to Nancy Netherland Estis and Jack Estis on December 3, 1952 and passed away January 18, 2019 at Rapides Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jarrell Estis and Jackie Estis; three sisters Barbara Kirby, Nancy Brown and Faye Douglas.

Delois is survived by her son, Craig Sikes and wife Kristie of Pineville, son, Danny Sikes of Pineville, and daughter Kimberly McGlothlin and husband Daniel of Pineville; 11 grandchildren, Jacob Sikes, Heather Sikes, Damon Sikes, Rhiannon Sikes, Allison Sikes, Madelyn Sikes, Abby Gail Sikes, Molly Thiels, Austin McGlothlin, Isabella Sikes, and Emma McGlothlin; three great-grandchildren, Michael Powers, Maddox Sikes and Laylani Sikes; two brothers, David Estis and wife Sheryl of Jackson, MS and Rufus Estis and wife Brenda of Houston, TX. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephew, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers will be Wesley Douglas, Pat Estis, James Brown, Damon Sikes, Jacob Sikes, and Buddy Kirby.

Honorary pallbearer is Wade Kirby.

To leave an online condolence visit


 Christopher Lee Gannon

Funeral arrangements for Christopher Lee Gannon, 48, of Jonesville, are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by Young's Funeral Home, Jonesville.

Chris Gannon was born on Sunday, July 26, 1970 in Stuttgart, AR and passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Riverland Medical Center in Ferriday.  


Johnnie Lee Scott

Funeral services for Johnnie Lee Scott, 85, of Ferriday will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2019, at Rose Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Eddie Schiele officiating. Burial will follow at Ferriday Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home.

Ms. Scott was born January 13, 1934 and passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.


Allie E. Watson

Funeral services for Allie E. Watson, 84, of Vidalia, were held Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Comer Funeral Home with Rev. George Guy and Rev. Ben Pounds officiating. Interment followed at Highland Park Cemetery in Sicily Island, under the direction of Comer Funeral Home.

Mrs. Watson was born on June 12, 1934 in Louisiana and passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in Jonesville.

To leave an onlione condolence for the family please visit


Roice Young Whittington, Sr.

Roice Young Whittington, Sr, passed away on January 8, 2019, at the age of 86. Services were held Friday, January 11, 2019 with the Reverend Ralph Webber and the Rev. Matt Duff officiating. Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Mr. Whittington was born April 29, 1932, in Gloster, MS. Son of William Lonnie Whittington and Dolly Whittington. He was a lifelong member of Vidalia and loved his community. Mr. Whittington was very active in Vidalia serving as an Alderman for over 20 years, where he helped bring the Hydroelectric Power Plant to the area. He was also active with Vidalia High school football team, serving as President of the Quarter Back Club and was part of the team that was instrumental in getting the stadium and bleachers built. Mr. Whittington was a member of the Concordia Masonic Lodge 305 and was raised as a Mason on April 28, 1963. Upon his death Mr. Whittington was a Master Mason and a Shriner. He served in every office as well as being a Grand Master. He worked at Armstrong Tire and Rubber for over 30 years and Fidelity Tire where he served as the Union President. After retiring, Mr. Whittington owned and operated his own business and served his community to his fullest. His faith led him to First Baptist Church in Vidalia where he had been a member for over 60 years. He served his church in every aspect. Mr. Whittington was also an United States Air Force Veteran. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his friends and family or any other member of his community. In recognition for his service to this community and its residences, the City of Vidalia honored Mr. Whittington by naming the access street to the Riverfront, Roice Y Whittington Drive.

Mr. Whittington was preceded in death by his parents, as well as two brothers, John Wesley Whittington and James Edward Whittington and three sisters, Colleen Lemay, Betty Joe Givens, and Dorothy Lynn Partridge.

He is survived by his wife Betty Fern O’Neal Whittington; two children, Deborah Whittington Betts and her husband Jon, and Buddy Whittington and his wife Lisa; four grandchildren, Scott, Bryan, Ethen and Spencer; four great-grandchildren, Sean, Seth, Sydney, and Adalyn Grace; four sisters, Barbara Ann May, Mary Agnes McGuffie, Faye Causey, and Rebecca Nevels. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Mike O’Neal, Sonny Causey, Ethen Whittington, Spencer Whittington, Scott Dupuis, James Nevels, and Bryan Betts.

Honorary pallbearers were his brothers of the Concordia Masonic Lodge 305.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.