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John Estis Johnson, 60, of Greenville

 John Estis Johnson, 60, of Greenville passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Delta Regional Medical Center.

Visitation will be held Monday, May 28, 2018 from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM with a Celebration of Life service immediately following at 11:00 AM in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the North Cleveland Cemetery. Rev. Robert Haney will officiate the services.

John was born on January 5, 1958 to Edward and Willie (Estis) Johnson in Memphis, TN. He graduated from Quitman County High School and attended Delta State University. John married Dorothy Jean Leopard on March 4, 1983. John worked on several farms for 40 years. He was a member of the Shaw Volunteer Fire Department. John loved to watch Westerns and War movies, hunting, fishing and playing bingo, but he loved his family even more. He was always there when anyone needed a helping hand. He loved to reminisce with friends and family. John was a great husband, father and grandfather

John was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Willie Louise Johnson; his son, Robert Lee Vanderford; his brothers, Donald Edward Johnson and William Robert Johnson; his step-father, Billy Ray Dykes.

John is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Dorothy Jean Leopard Johnson of Greenville, MS; Son, Michael(Peggy) Johnson of Cleveland, MS; Son, Mark Estis (Brandi) Johnson of Greenville, MS; Daughter, Cynthia Marie (Terry) Lewis of Greenville, MS; Granddaughter, Brandy Nicole (Chris McCleese) Johnson of Cleveland, MS; Granddaughter, Jasmine Marie Lewis of Greenville, MS; Grandson, Shawn Michael Johnson of Cleveland, MS; Grandson, John Allen Lewis of Greenville, MS; Grandson, Cameron Cole Lewis of Greenville, MS; Granddaughter, Leah Johnson of Cleveland, MS; Granddaughter, Carlee Elizabeth Johnson of Greenville, MS; Grandson, Gage Estis Johnson of Greenville, MS; Great-grandson, Oliver McNeer of Cleveland, MS; Grandson, Cody McCleese of Cleveland, MS; Granddaughter, Kate McNeer of Cleveland, MS.

Pallbearers will be Mark Johnson, Michael Johnson, Shawn Johnson, Chris McCleese, Terry Lewis and Jerry Irby. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Irby, Sr., Dennon Wood, Dustin Irby, John Lewis and Cameron Lewis.

Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online guest register may be viewed and signed at

We Remember

The Flag flutters in the breeze and we Remember.
A trumpet plays its mournful tune across a silent field and we Remember.
A baby wails, while a mother and wife stoically weep and we Remember.
Men and women risk their lives crossing a street in foreign lands and we Remember.
Remember that today is not just the end of a three-day weekend.
Remember that today is not just an opportunity to hit the beach or grill outside.
Remember that for over two hundred years Americans have fought on our soil and foreign soil to keep people free from tyranny.
Today we Remember that there is hardly a family in our country which has not had a son, husband, brother, father, uncle, aunt, mother, sister, wife or daughter serve in the military.
Today we Remember that some of these service men and women died while performing their duties.
We Remember they died believing they were serving a noble ideal and protecting those they hold dear at home.
We Remember all those — equine, canine and civilian — who struggle to serve and protect the soldiers who are in service to their country.
We Remember, from watching on television or videos, the screeching brakes of the plane as it stops on the airport tarmac and the synchronized movements of the detail as it removes each flag draped coffin.
Today we Remember those who have fought and died for us as the American Flag flutters in the breeze.
Today we Remember as communities, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legions and others, listen to a mournful trumpet playing Taps.
Today we Remember as a baby wails, a wife weeps and a mother’s heart breaks for those will no longer share with them a three-day weekend or summer vacation.
Today we Remember and thank all of those who are gone but not forgotten.


Douglas Jackson Allen Jr., 64, of Boyle

Mr. Douglas Jackson Allen Jr., 64, of Boyle passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at his home. 
Douglas was born on December 2, 1953, in Ft. Louis, WA, to Douglas Jackson Allen Sr. and Lorraine Johnson Allen. On October 17, 2002, he married Joy Madeline Love in Lake Village, AR.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Douglas Jackson Allen Sr. and Lorraine Johnson Allen; and brother, Jim Allen.
Douglas is survived by his wife, Joy Love Allen; son, Douglas Jackson Allen, III (Jenna) of Oxford; daughter, Johnnie Allen of Greenville; step-daughters, Shay Muns Tatum (Rob) of Hattiesburg and Carrie Muns Williams (Richard) of Boyle; one grandchild; seven step-grandchildren; siblings, Sheila Neergaard (Ralph) of Tazewell, TN, Shirley Summer Allen (Ron Kucera) of Columbia, MO and Michael Keith Allen (Kim) of Stuart, Fl; niece, Darian Denman (Larry) of Tazewell, TN; and nephew, Devin Allen of Tampa, FL.
In Memory of Mr. Allen, the family requests donations made to the Palmer Home for Children.

Barbara Ann Jones Turner, 70, of Sunflower

Ms. Barbara Ann Jones Turner, 70, of Sunflower, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at her home. 
A Memorial Celebration with friends and family will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Sunflower Baptist Church 309 Sunflower Rd. Sunflower.
Barbara was born November 9, 1947, in Shaw to Amzie Alvin Jones and Vernell Purvis Jones. Throughout her life, she worked diligently as an Insurance sales agent for numerous companies. After forty years in sales, she decided to retire and spend her time in the town she loved surrounded by her friends and neighbors. She greatly enjoyed going to the beach, painting, dancing and having a good time, gardening and caring for her flowers, and taking in every moment of life in the Delta. More than anything, she loved her family especially her granddaughters.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Amzie and Vernell Jones; and brother, Stanley Alvin Jones.
Barbara is survived by her son, Joseph Tate Turner of Ridgeland; granddaughters, Brianna Blanton (Zachary), Courtney Turner, and Lexi Turner all of Ridgeland; great-granddaughter, Zelda Blanton of Ridgeland; and sister-in-law, Pam Jones of Linn.
To view and sign the online guestbook, go to

Joseph Dewayne Thompson, 40, of Shaw

Joseph Dewayne Thompson, 40, of Shaw died Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Shaw.
Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018, at St. Peter Church Of God In Christ in Shaw with Elder Jessie Williams officiating.
Burial will follow in Northwest Shaw Memorial Gardens under the direction of W.S. Brandon Mortuary of Cleveland.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2018, at W.S. Brandon Mortuary.
He leaves to cherish his memories his mother Trussie Thompson, of Shaw; sister Tamiku Thompson of Atlanta GA; brothers Twaun (Kianna) Thompson of Batesville and Corlis Ray Thompson of Shaw; nieces Jalinica Hicks, Yari Thompson, Selah Thompson and niece Rimi Thompson.

Letha Cheryl Jackson Cummins, 51, of Cleveland

Mrs. Letha Cheryl Jackson Cummins, 51, of Cleveland passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Leland.
Cheryl was born in Grenada on July 15, 1966, to James Kellum Jackson and Esther Fay Orrell Jackson. After graduating high school, she furthered her education by receiving a Bachelor’s in Education from Delta State University in 1988, as well as a Master’s of Education in 1989. On July 7, 1990, she married John Mark Cummins in Holcomb. In 1996, she decided to advance her skills and knowledge, and she obtained her Doctorate in Education from the University of Mississippi in 1996. With a passion to teach others, she began her career as an educator by teaching elementary school for several years before becoming a devoted member of the Delta State University Staff in 1996. 
In her time at Delta State, she wore many hats. She was the Director of Field Experiences and a Professor in the College of Education and Human Sciences; and she gave her all in assisting numerous students over the years, especially during their student teaching.  She also stayed active as an alumna in Kappa Delta Sorority. In 2016, she was honored to receive the Joe Garrison Loyalty Award from Delta State University after 20 years of dedication to the school. Students and colleagues have described her as genuine, patient, and kind; more than anything, she was humble.
In addition to serving the university, she also gave back to her community. She was a member of the Cleveland Rotary Club. She also gave her all to the St. Luke United Methodist Church congregation, where she led the Children’s Ministries for many years, as well as taught Sunday School and delivered the children’s message each Sunday. 
Most importantly, Cheryl was a devoted and loving wife and mother, whose main focus was the happiness of her family.
Cheryl is survived by her beloved husband J. Mark Cummins of Cleveland; daughters Kellie Cummins and Hayley Cummins, both of Cleveland; mother Esther Fay Jackson of Holcomb; father James Kellum Jackson of Holcomb; brother Gary Jackson (Penny) of Holcomb; brothers-in-law Ken Cummins of Memphis, TN, and Teddy Cummins (Suzanne) of Summerfield, FL; niece, Reagan Jackson; and nephews, Chris Cummins of Vicksburg and Nicholaus Cummins (Whitney) of Natchitoches, LA.
In memory of Cheryl, the family requests donations be made to the St. Luke United Methodist Church Major Upgrade Fund and/or the Cheryl Jackson Cummins Memorial Scholarship Fund at Delta State University.
A private family burial will be held, as well as a public Celebration of Life Memorial Service which will be announced at a later date. For updates and to view and sign the online register book, go to

JFK graduates

 Seniors at John F. Kennedy Memorial High School will participate in commencement activities at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 27, 2018, at Jimmie L. McKnight Gymnasium in Mound Bayou.

Planters Bank promotes Whalen

Planters Bank announces the promotion of Andrew Whalen to Assistant Vice President for the Cleveland office.
He is a graduate from Cleveland High School and received his B.B.A. in Finance from Mississippi State University.
Whalen graduated from the Mississippi School of Banking and is currently attending the LSU Graduate School of Banking.
Whalen is an active member in the community and is currently serving as Vice President of the Cleveland Noon Lions Club, Treasurer for the Mississippi State University Alumni Chapter for Bolivar County and Campaign Chairman for the United Way.
He is also serving as the county chairman for the Mississippi Young Bankers Association.
Andrew is married to the former Emily Snellgrove of Oxford, and they are members of First Baptist Church in Cleveland.



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