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Sylvester Watts, 71, of Drew

Sylvester Watts, 71, of Drew died Saturday, October 14, 2017, at his home.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Christian Union in Drew with Rev. Anthony Pitts officiating.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017, at Byas Funeral Home in Ruleville.

Survivors include wife Willie Watts of Drew; sons Sylvester Watts Jr. of Memphis and Derrick Watts of Drew; daughters Linda Willis, Candice Ables and Brenda Ingram, all of Drew; brothers James Watts, Roosevelt Watts, Robert Lee Watts, L.W. Watts and Andrew Watts, all of Nashville; sister Rosie Mae Watts of Nashville; 15 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Online guestbook may be signed at www.byasfuneralhomes.com.

Daisy J. Morgan, 55, of Ruleville

Daisy J. Morgan, 55, of Ruleville died Friday, October 13, 2017, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Ruleville Central High School with Elder Lemar Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Galilee Cemetery in Ruleville.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017, with family hour from 4-6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home in Ruleville.

Survivors include husband James Morgan of Ruleville; daughters Starshema Shipp and Charshayla Morgan, both of Ruleville, and Chiquita Bracey of Drew; brothers Alvin James of Ruleville, Jessie James of Indianapolis, IN, and Davis James of Belzoni; sisters Mildred Robinson of Marron, IN, Linda Allen, Billy James, Annie Laura Carter and Vera James, all of Ruleville, and Dorothy A. Carter of New York; and 4 grandchildren.

Online guestbook may be signed at www.byasfuneralhomes.com.

Joyce T. Marble, 58, of Drew

Joyce T. Marble, 58, of Drew died Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland.

Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Holly Grove Church in Drew with Rev. William Blackmon officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Galilee Cemetery in Ruleville.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Byas Funeral Home in Ruleville.

Survivors include son Adam Marble of Drew; daughter Alisha Marble of Drew; brother Tony Towers of Chicago; and sisters Kathleen Edward and Judy Johnson, both of Chicago.

Online guestbook may be signed at www.byasfuneralhomes.com.

Wilma Jean Weeks Moody, 76, of Pontotoc

Mrs. Wilma Jean Weeks Moody, 76, of Pontotoc passed away on October 17, 2017, in Tupelo.

Visitation will be 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Ray Funeral Home.

Celebration of Life Services will follow beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Ray Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Lynn Allred. Interment will be in New Cleveland Cemetery.

Wilma was born on January 6, 1941, to Buster Vernon Weeks and Eva Mae Walpole Weeks in Bolivar County. On October 6, 1956, she married Abner Carroll Moody in Cleveland. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, and gardening in her flowerbeds. Wilma never met a stranger that she did not take in to show complete compassion and kindness. When she took someone in, she immediately considered them family and treated them as so. Everyone that crossed her path also loved her dearly.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Abner Carroll Moody; parents, Buster Vernon Weeks and Eva Mae Walpole Weeks; children, John Randall Moody, Michael Lee Moody, and Larry Wayne Moody; and siblings, Maggie Williams, Alice Kirkland, Francis West, Birdie Shaeffer, Virginia Knight, Bill Weeks, Lawrence Weeks, Tommy Weeks, and Richard Vernon Weeks.

Mrs. Moody is survived by her children, Teresa Norris (Craig) of Pontotoc, Richard Vernon “Ricky” Moody (Roylene) of Merigold, and Elizabeth Ann “Beth” Roberson of Pontotoc; grandchildren, James Johnathan Kimble (Bridgett), Joann Terry (James), Jamie Norris, Joseph Moody, Melissa Moody Shaffer (Joshua), Tim Baker (Lacy), Lucas Baker, Hunter Baker, William Lynn “Bill” Dixon (Rachel), Bobby Lynn Allred (Gana), Lauren Moody, Tim McKnight (Terri), Richard Vernon Moody Jr., James Randall Moody, Sonya Abels (Chad), Timothy Roberson, and Anthony Roberson (Sharlene); 29 great-grandchildren; 5 great great-grandchildren; siblings; Shirley Cloud (Jimmy) of Orange, TX, and Nell Cooper of Gladewater, TX; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be John Earl Moody, James Earl Kelly, Mark Kelly, James Terry, Todd Falletta, Danny Fewell, and Johnny Roberson.

Honorary Pallbearers will be her grandsons Johnathan Kimble, Joseph Moody, Richard Vernon Moody Jr., James Randall Moody, Anthony Roberson, and Timothy Roberson.

To view and sign online guestbook, go to http://www.rayfuneralhome.net/

Mary Jane Vaughan Bullock, 84, of Merigold

Mrs. Mary Jane Vaughan Bullock, 84, of Merigold passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Joy Health and Rehab.

Visitation will be 2-3 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017, at Morrison Chapel Baptist Church.

Celebration of Life services will immediately follow beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017, at Morrison Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. John Thomas officiating. Interment will be in Delta Heights Memorial Garden Cemetery.

Mrs. Bullock was born in Ruleville on February 18, 1933, to Norman Washington Vaughan and Marie McCool Vaughan. On September 24, 1952, she married Robert Carlton “Pete” Bullock at Morrison Chapel Baptist Church where they were both members. Mrs. Bullock worked for 25 years at Baxter Laboratories. Having a passion for gardening and flowers, she opened Bullock’s Greenhouse and happily operated it for over 30 years. She was also a great cook who could make delicious biscuits from scratch every morning.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Carlton “Pete” Bullock; parents, Norman Washington Vaughan and Marie McCool Vaughan; and sister, Virginia Vaughan.

Mrs. Bullock is survived by her sons, Norman Bullock (Lisa) of Pace, Dennis Bullock of Merigold, Kenny Bullock (Laura) of Greenville, and Steven Bullock (Martha) of Merigold; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Norma Caldwell of Hardy, Billy Vaughan of Horn Lake, Thomas Vaughan of Duck Hill, Jerry Vaughan (Becky) of Grenada, Patricia Ann Ingram (James) of Grenada, David Vaughan (Dale) of Sweatman, and Brenda Davis (John) of Grenada; and a host of beloved nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Levi Bullock, Jacob Bullock, John David, Colvis Caldwell, Donald Gant, and Jimmy Alford.

The family would like to send out a special thank you to the entire staff of Joy Health and Rehab for their kindness, care, and dedication.

In memory of Mrs. Bullock, the family requests donations made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

To view and sign the online guestbook, go to www.rayfuneralhome.net

Mary Frances Costanzi, 86, of Rosedale

Ms. Mary Frances Costanzi, 86, of Rosedale passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Bolivar Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rosedale.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rosedale with Father Tom Mullally officiating. Interment will be in Beulah Cemetery.

Ms. Costanzi was born in Rosedale on August 29, 1931, to Armando Costanzi and Matilda Formigoni Costanzi. She graduated from Rosedale High School in 1950, and spent the rest of her life in this town she loved. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper with Rosedale Bank retiring in 1986. With a strong faith, she was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Her family was most important to her, and she greatly enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Armando and Matilda Costanzi.

Ms. Costanzi is survived by her siblings Elizabeth Lewis of Rosedale, David A. Costanzi of Rosedale, and Nancy Herndon of Franklin, TN; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Marshall Herndon, Chris Herndon, Kelly Herndon, Ronnie Lewis, and David Lewis.

In memory of Ms. Costanzi, the family requests donations made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or to the charity of your choice.

To view and sign the online guestbook, go to www.rayfuneralhome.net

Letter to the Editor — Tim McCarter

Dear Editor,

A few weeks ago a notice was published in this paper that the practice of the city of Cleveland providing trash bags to its residents would be abolished. It is my understanding that the price of these trash bags has always been included in the city's garbage collection fees. I'm well aware that all kinds of misinformation about such things can be easily acquired and I hope that the information given to me fits into that category. It is my understanding that this practice is being discontinued due to some local merchants complaining to the state Attorney General, claiming that their businesses were being negatively impacted due to the city's involvement in "retail sales" resulting in an injunction against this practice being issued by the Attorney General. I don't know if this is true or not. If it is I have a few questions:

1) Why has it taken so long for this issue to be addressed? I have lived in Cleveland for almost 10 years and the city has been issuing these trash bags for as long as I have lived here. Why is this just now a problem?

2) If this practice is being discontinued due to local merchants' complaints, who are these merchants? I would like to know and I think the public has a right to know. If I knew I can guarantee that I will never purchase a trash bag from that merchant.

3) Since the issuance of these trash bags is being discontinued will our garbage collection fees be reduced accordingly? If not, why not?

I know that this may seem a small thing to some, and in reality it is. However, if it is true that one or more of our local merchants is being so petty as to make an issue of this practice we, as the tax paying public ought to know who this merchant (or merchants, as the case may be) is. Furthermore, if, as a merchant, your business is so dependent on the sale of a few trash bags then you obviously are in far more trouble than those few sales will remedy.

I believe these are valid questions and would be a good thing for the intrepid investigative reporters of the venerable Bolivar Commercial newspaper to pursue.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Tim McCarter

Cleveland

No general election for county

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Bolivar County will not have a general election in November.

The election on Nov. 7 would have been for one seat in each of the county’s three school districts.

Jewel Williams, 80

   Jewel Williams, 80, died October 10, 2017, at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland.

   Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Mount Olive M.B. Church with Pastor Bobby Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Westlawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Brinson Funeral Home in Cleveland.

   Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017, at the church.

   Survivors include sons Larry Williams of Seattle, WA, Calvin Williams of Cleveland and Tyrone Williams of Horn Lake; daughters Cris Miller, Fannie Holmes and Gloria Williams, all of Cleveland; stepsons Richard Washington of Minnesota, I.D. Williams Jr. of Chicago, IL, Dennis Johnson of Merigold, Charlie Cleveland of Hattiesburg and Tyrone Usry of Springfield, IL; stepdaughters Eva Mae Williams of Greenville and Jessie Cleveland of Hattiesburg; brothers Charlie Augustus of Houston, TX, Robert Augustus of Warner Robins, GA; sisters Nancy Moore of East St. Louis, IL, Nettie Augustus and Doris Damper of Goefrey, IL, Bertha Augustus of Castleberry, FL, and Alice Augustus of Warner Robbins, GA; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Troy L. Wesley Jr., 22, of Arlington, TX, formerly of Mound Bayou

   Troy L. Wesley Jr., 22, of Arlington, TX, formerly of Mound Bayou, died Sunday, October 15, 2017, at his home.

   Funeral service will be at noon Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Beautiful New Hope Church in Mound Bayou with Rev. Andrew Hawkins officiating. Burial will follow in Merigold Cemetery.

   Visitation will be from 1-5:30 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017, at T.L. Redmon Funeral Home in Cleveland.

   Troy was born on June 27, 1995. He resided in Mound Bayou, where he attended Issac T. Montgomery Elementary. Later he moved to Metcalfe where he attended O’Bannon Elementary School until he moved to Arlington, TX in 2005. He graduated from Fort Worth Can Academy in Fort Worth, TX, and was attending Tarrant County Community College in Arlington, TX.

   He is survived by his mother Sherry Washington; father Troy Wesley Sr.; stepmother LaQuanna Wesley of Greenville; sisters Rasheeda Horn of San Marcos, TX, Bianca Wesley and Kalan Lockett of Greenville; brothers Tyler Wesley and Kaleb Lockett of Greenville; grandmother Ella Denise May of Waynesboro; and grandfather Rivers James of Texarkana, TX.

   Online guestbook may be viewed and signed at www.tlredmonfuneralhome.com’