Bryant O’Dare Hammett, Sr.

A memorial service for Bryant O’Dare Hammett, Sr., 85, of Ferriday, who passed away on October, 23, 2017 at Plantation Oaks Nursing Home in Wisner, were held Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church in Ferriday with Bro. Clyde Ray Webber officiating. Interment followed at Harrisonburg Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Ferriday.

O’Dare was born November 27, 1931, in Ferriday to parents Alma Warren Hammett and Horace Hugh Hammett. He spent most of his life in Ferriday. He graduated from Ferriday High School in 1951 and Northwestern State College in Natchitoches in 1957. He taught school and coached for 32 years before retiring. He taught and coached basketball at Monterey High School, then taught business and math at Ferriday High School, where he was in charge of the Distributive Education Program. He also had an accounting, tax and real estate business in Ferriday for 43 years. O’Dare was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ferriday, where he served many years as an Elder.

He served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War as a Medic.

He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying duck and deer hunting and fishing.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Charles Lee Hammett and his wife Rilla of Lancaster, California; and brother-in-law Dexter Byrd of Natchez, Mississippi.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lollie May Caskey Hammett; one daughter, Diana Gayle Hammett McIntosh of Oak Grove; two sons, Bryant O’Dare Hammett, Jr. and wife Susan Cotton Hammett of Baton Rouge and Albert Clayton Hammett and wife Diane Ellis Hammett of Carencro and one sister, Gayle Hammett Byrd of Meadville.

He had seven grandchildren, John Robert McIntosh III (Trey) and wife Julie, Caskey Lee McIntosh Schexnyder and husband Brant, Virginia Lee Hammett Martinez and husband Pete, Dorothy Elizabeth Hammett Tanner and husband Paul, Laura Danielle Hammett Bourgeois and husband Benton, Bryant O’Dare Hammett II (Boh) and Albert Clayton Hammett, Jr. (Bert); nine great-grandchildren, Alyssa Dru and Cullen Brown McIntosh, Catherine Elizabeth, Evangeline Clare and Elenanor O’Dare Martinez, Steven McIntosh and Major Dare Schexnyder, Wesley Hammett Tanner, and Cameron Blair Bourgeois.

The family wants to specially thank all family and friends for all their help and prayers during O’Dare’s lengthy illness. Also, many thanks are due to Camilla Hospice and Plantation Oaks for their loving care. Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Ferriday or to the organization of donor’s choice.

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Evelyn Wall Turner

Graveside services, for a Celebration of 100 years of life for Evelyn Wall Turner, of Ferriday, formerly of West Monroe, were held Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Father Riley officiating. Interment followed under the direction of Young's Funeral Home-Ferriday.

Evelyn was born on February 19, 1917 in Monroe, and passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Madison Parish Hospital in Tallulah. Evelyn was an active charter member of Grace Episcopal Church in Waterproof, where she taught Sunday school, and was also a member of the PTA. She was a homemaker and helped run the family farm. She enjoyed horseback riding, traveling, and was an avid marksman. She was an “Expert Gameshow Viewer”, who had a love for trivia. Even at the age of 100, she could solve the puzzle on Wheel of Fortune, before the contestants. She served as maid on the homecoming court and was also a beauty at Louisiana Tech University. Evelyn enjoyed spending time with her family, entertaining friends, and playing Bridge with her Bridge Girls at Panola Woods Country Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Charles Gray Wall and Rose Fields Gonzales Wall; her husband, Harry Arch Turner, Jr.; one son, Harry “Sonny” Arch Turner, III; one brother, C.G. Wall, Jr.; and two sisters, Joycelyn Wall Garrett and Laura Bell Wall Alexander.

She is survived by one daughter, Charlaine Yerger of Tallulah; one son, Charles Edward “Bo” Turner and wife Melody of Chattanooga, TN; one daughter-in-law, Jane Rogers Turner of Ferriday; one son-in-law, William Yerger, Jr. of Vicksburg, MS; six grandchildren, Blakely Arch Turner and wife Elizabeth of Natchez, Jill Turner Clark and husband Roger of Rogers, AR, Nina Charlaine Yerger of Tallulah, Jason Arch Yerger and wife Robyn of Vicksburg, J.T. Turner and Rachel Turner, both of Chattanooga; six great grandchildren, Megan Elizabeth King, Brittany Ann Rogel, Brooks Elizabeth Turner, Jackson McGehee, Jay Schaaf, and Arch Turner Yerger; three great-great grandchildren, Camp, Collins, and Kaylee; two sisters, Rose Marie Wall Kern and Annie Mae Wall Rhodes; close family friend and companion, Victoria Taylor of Smiths, AL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Natchez Children’s Home Services, 806 N. Union, Natchez, MS 39120.

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Bessie Nell Belcher

Funeral services for Bessie Steele Belcher, 74 of Pride, were held Wednesday October 25, 2017, at Young's Funeral Home in Ferriday with Bro. Tony Ganey officiating. Interment followed at New Era Baptist Church, under the direction of Young's Funeral Home.

Bessie Nell Belcher died peacefully at home on Sunday, October 22, 2017 surrounded by her loving daughters and husband, Dennis. She was born on Friday, January 1, 1943 in Pineville. Bessie was loved dearly by friends and family and never said no if someone was in need. She loved working in the garden and keeping up her flowers. When she visited family, she always wanted to look at the yard before going inside. The first conversation would be about what cuttings she wanted or what flowers she could share to make something prettier. She spent most of her early years as a hair dresser and ended her work life caring for others. There was no challenge too great if she set her mind to it, and she would not take no for an answer-she always found a way. Her older siblings share stories of her as a young girl pitching a fit to get her way. She was the baby of the family and was loved by everyone. Bessie loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren beyond measure.

She was preceded in death by her father Manuel Ernest Flaherty; mother Vera Pruitt Flaherty; husband Wesley Steele; son Richard "Ricky" Steele Sr.; brother W.L. Adams and sister Marilyn Laborde.

She is survived by her husband Dennis Belcher of Pride; two daughters, Patricia Steele of Pride and Rhonda Hotard and her husband Bennett of Convent; step-daughter Catherine Nations of Branch; step-son Edward James Belcher; three grandsons, Wesley Rabb, Richard Steele Jr, and Jordan Hotard; four granddaughters, Wendy Steele, Linsey Edwards and her husband Tony, Hanna Steele and Jessica Hotard; five step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren, Aja and Neiko Assad, Layla and Kenny Edwards, and Lauren Rabb; brother Winston Flaherty and his wife Connie of Bossier City and a sister Nelda Burnette and her husband Bobby of New Era.

Pallbearers were Leighton Lipsey, Gerald Flaherty, Dean Burnette, Daron Burnette, Glenn Laborde and Trey Burnette. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jordan Hotard, Wesley Rabb, Tony Edwards, Richard Steele Jr. and Bennett Hotard.


Major Alexander Sr.

Funeral services for Major Alexander, Sr., 67, of Vidalia, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017 from Zion Baptist Church in Vidalia. Burial will follow at the Sunset View Memorial Park Cemetery in Natchez, MS. Mr. Alexander, a retired janitor for Concordia Parish Schools died October 19, 2017 at his residence. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Concordia Funeral Home.


Mickie Nasif Brown

Funeral services for Mickie Nasif Brown were held Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Jonesville, with Bro. Clyde Ray Webber officiating. Interment followed at Heard Cemetery in Manifest under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville.

Born in Monroe on March 5, Mickie Nasif Brown was the eldest child of the late Dr. and Mrs. N.G. Nasif. A devoted wife, mother and daughter, she passed away peacefully on October 19, 2017 in Baton Rouge. She is preceded in death by her husband, Durward Edward “Dee” Brown, Jr.; her father, Norman George Nasif; and her mother, Marie Ellis Nasif.

She is survived by a son, Zane N. Brown; a daughter, Brittain Brown Thomas and husband Schoeny Thomas; a brother, George Nasif; three stepsons, Durward Brown III, William Brown, and Michael Brown; a niece, Chessi Nasif; and a nephew, Naum Nasif. She is also survived by seven step-grandchildren and two great-nephews.

Pallbearers were J.S. Fairbanks, Buddy Davis, Glen Tiser, Robert Lee Swayze, Craig Edwards, Jason Tiser, Burch Pierce and Kyle Neal.

Honorary pallbearers included Catherine Jones, Roxie Riggs, Margerette Tucker, Susan Bean, Myrtle Ann Collins, Mary Posey, Sue Fairbanks, Janice’ Weems, Ann Womack, Jackie Rouse, Dot Lazarus, Sue Avery, Lynda Deniger and Candy Young.

Mrs. Brown was a long-time resident of Jonesville and a faithful member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. She also lived in Shreveport; New Orleans and El Monsif, Lebanon. A graduate of Block High School, she attended college at Louisiana Tech, LSU, Ole Miss and Northeast Louisiana and was a member of Phi Mu sorority.

She dedicated her entire professional life to teaching, and she began her career as a public educator in Orleans Parish. She eventually made her way back to Catahoula Parish, where she became a member of Delta Kappa Gamma honorary teacher’s society.

Founder and Co-Owner of Pageant World magazine, she was an active member of numerous clubs and civic organizations. These included Jonesville Jubilee Club, Catahoula Parish Garden Club, Jonesville Woman’s Club, United Daughters of the Confederacy, First Families of Mississippi, United States Daughters of 1812, Jonesville Junior Guild and Jonesville Golden Girls.

An avid gardener, she enjoyed reading, writing, watching football and playing tennis, and upon retirement, she traveled frequently with both friends and family. She will be greatly missed by her family and remembered by all those whose lives she touched.

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Troy Dale Sanders

Graveside services for Troy Dale Sanders, 41, of Ferriday, who died Saturday October 21, 2017 at his residence, were held Monday, October 23, 2017 at Natchez City Cemetery.

Burial followed at the cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Mr. Sanders was born February 9, 1976 in Baton Rouge, the son of Michael Lane Sanders, Sr. and Irma J. Norris Sanders.

He was a member of Abundant Life Church in Natchez. His main activity was his children and was disabled from Natchez Ford Lincoln Mercury, Arthur’s Tire, Forrest Foster, and Natchez Cooper Tire. He was great mechanic and loved it. He loved his family, liked to fish, nascar, the Dukes of Hazard, and the Young and the Restless. He was a simple man.

He is preceded in death by his beloved step father, Billy “Hugh” Buckles.

Survivors include three children, Blake Arin Sanders and his wife, Tabitha, Caleb Turnage Sanders, and Brock Allen Sterling; mother: Irma J. Buckles; two brothers: Jamie Sanders and his wife, Amy, and Michael L. Sanders, Jr. and his wife, Nancy; nieces: Dasia L. Sanders, Danerika. L. Williams Sanders, Crystalynn Holoman, Dashia R. White, Valorie L. Newman, Kelli L. Newman, Jonna M. Newman; one grandchild: Asher Hayes Stewart; and the mother of his children: Chrissy Wood Sanders Stewart.

Pallbearers were Timothy Day, Glen Ashley, Taylor Mitchell, Eric Turnage, Al Watson, Robert Day, and Joey Reid.

Honorary pallbearers were Paris White, Danny Ray Knapp, Clint Augustine, Jeremiah Ewing.

Memorial Donations may be made to Laird Funeral Home, 408 N. Union St., Natchez, MS 39120.

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