Amanda Erin Dale Roncali

Funeral services for Amanda Erin Dale Roncali, age 42, of Greenville will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 18 at Boone-Smith Chapel, Greenville. She died Sunday January 14 at her home. Burial will follow in the Leland-Stoneville Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville. 

Amanda was born in Grenada, Mississippi and moved to Greenville at an early age. She attended the Leland Public Schools, T.L. Weston in Greenville, and Milton High School in Roswell, Georgia. She returned to Greenville and was employed with Jimmy Williams Insurance Agency as a Life, Health, and Accident agent. 

Amanda was preceded in death by her father, Patrick Lee Dale and brothers, Christian Lee Dale and Lynwood Earl Dale. She is survived by a daughter, Destin Rochelle; 2 sons, Daniel Roncali and Lake Roncali; mother and father, Beverly Crowder Jones and Darry Jones; fiance, Jamey Smith; and brother, Jonathan Dustin Dale all of Greenville; and a lifetime friend, Cheslie Edwards. 

A visitation will be held one hour before services Thursday at Boone-Smith Chapel, Greenville.


Vivian Sievers Piltz

Funeral services for Vivian Sievers Piltz, 99, of Greenville will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 17 at Hebrew Union Temple. She passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 14. Burial will be in the Greenville Jewish Cemetery under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville. 

Vivian was born March 30, 1918 to Charles and Laura Bernard Sulke Sievers. She was the youngest of four children and the only girl. She was a lifelong resident of Greenville and a graduate of Greenville High School in 1936. Vivian married Julius Piltz in 1953 and they were married for 56 years until his death in 2010. Together they owned and operated J's Hub for over 40 years. She served as a civilian clerk-typist at the Greenville Air Force Base during the Second World War. Vivian was a member of Hebrew Union Congregation for her entire life and served as organist and as president of the Congregations' sisterhood. She was a former member of Greenville's Junior Women's Club. 

Vivian was a very talented and creative true southern lady. She loved playing the piano and entertained countless listeners from junior high school, the Air Base, and on through later life. She created many beautifully decorated and delicious cakes, having followed in her mother's footsteps. 

She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt. 

Besides her beloved husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Melville B. Sievers, C. Aubrey Sievers and Laurance J. Sievers.

Vivian is survived by her son, Barry Sievers Piltz, grandson, Austin (Emalee) Sievers Piltz, nieces, Susan (Gerrold) Piltz Pinsker and Peggy (Donald) Sievers McCallie, and nephews, Larry (Tammy) Sievers and Larry (Grace) Piltz. 

The family is so eternally grateful for the attention, care, friendship, and love of her caregiver, Bertha Jackson; words cannot express our true appreciation. Thanks also to Ida Conway as well as nurses and staff of DRMC's hospice. 

There will be a visitation one hour prior to the services at the temple. Rabbi Debra Kassoff will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Hebrew Union Congregation, P. O. Box 1333, Greenville, MS 38702.


James Lamar Palmer

Funeral services for James Lamar Palmer, 88, of Greenville will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 18 at Boone Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Saturday, January 13 at his home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville. 

He was born on August 2, 1929 in Humphreys County, MS to Ernest E. and Mattie Foy Palmer. He attended school there and in Greenville where he moved to in 1945. In November 1947 he married Wynell Seymore, and they would of celebrated 70 years of marriage last November, but Mrs. Palmer died in October. He was in the construction business, being a carpenter, licensed electrician and plumber. James was associated with Abide Lumber Company for 30 years. In 1989 he became the building inspector for Washington County. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and Cornerstone Baptist Church. He was a faithful husband and father. 

He is also preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law, Trevette Palmer, son-in-law, Billy Chandler and sister, Mattie Weaver. 

He is survived by two daughters, Carole P. Chandler and Lynne P. Moorman; a son, Randy L. Palmer (Marilyn); 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. 

There will be a visitation one hour prior to services at the funeral home.


Weston Joseph Abshire

Funeral Mass for Weston Joseph Abshire, 90, of Leland will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 17 at St. James Catholic Church in Leland. After a period of illness, Weston was called to his eternal home and into the loving arms of Christ our Lord on January 13, 2018. Entombment will be in the Leland-Stoneville Cemetery under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Leland. 

Weston, known by his friends as Red, was born and raised in Kaplan, Louisiana, and graduated from Kaplan High School in 1945. He enlisted in the Army Air Force (AAF) on June 20, 1945, at the end of World War II. He reached the rank of Sargent and his duty was to operator a teletype and other telegraphic equipment to transmit and receive messages. He was honorably discharged on December 12, 1946. Weston returned home to farm with his father in Louisiana. 

He began his life’s career as a rice farmer in 1957, when he moved to the Mississippi Delta. With other families from Cajun country, he helped establish rice as a prominent crop, utilizing innovative methods to make it easier to farm rice and increase crop production. While continuing to farm, Red also owned and operated Volkswagen and Mazda dealerships in Greenville. Because of his work ethics, he was well respected and was an inspiration to his family and peers. Weston also opened a catfish restaurant (Cajun Catfish/DeCajun’s) between Greenville and Leland, serving catfish he raised in ponds beside the restaurant. He was well known for his Cajun cooking by friends and family. He was a lifelong baseball fan, having played semi-pro ball in his youth, and supported his Atlanta Braves through good seasons and rough seasons. He was a proud member of the American Legion, had been active with the Yacht Club in Greenville, and was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church in Leland. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Noela Abshire. He is survived by his loving wife Nancy; three daughters, Drusilla (Charlie) Fratesi of Leland, Donna (Rick) Kelley of Wasco, CA, and Doretta Abshire of McPherson, KS; one son, Tony (Bobbie Jo) Abshire of Lakeland, FL; one step-daughter, Cristy (Ernest) Stone of Lake Village, AR; and one step-son, Edward Jackson of Greenville, 8 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. 

There will be a visitation one hour prior to services at the church.


Mamie Catherine Rodgers Lashley Mascagni

Funeral services for Mamie Catherine Rodgers Lashley Mascagni, 90, of Greenville will be at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 14 at The Greater Faith Tabernacle. She passed away quietly surrounded by her family on Tuesday, January 9 at her home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville. 

Mamie was born in Pontotoc, MS to Grandon Preston and Mattie Rodgers on May 10, 1927. She married James Jefferson Lashley in 1942. He preceded her in death on May 22, 1988 and twenty-three years after his death she married Elmo Mascagni on February 12, 2011 in Greenville. He preceded her in death on June 15, 2017. 

Her personal interests included attending her church, reading the Bible and visiting the sick. She loved visiting the hospital where she was a compassionate listener and encouraging caregiver. Until her death she was an active member of The Greater Faith Tabernacle located at 1876 Burning Bush Drive in Greenville. 

Mamie was also preceded in death by her parents, all her siblings, uncles and aunts. She is survived by three sons, James Jefferson Lashley, Jr. (Alice) of Peoria, IL, Jerry Wayne Lashley (Sheela Rose) of Greenville and Carl Dennis Lashley (Shelia Ann) of Greenville; four daughters, Mary Cathren Ellard (Wesley) of Greenville, Linda Jean Long of Clarksdale, Peggy Ann Kennedy (Art) of California and Wanda Diane Odom (Jimmie Earl) of Richland, MS; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. 

There will be a visitation from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 13 at The Greater Faith Tabernacle. The Reverend James Lashley (her eldest son) will officiate and Pastor Charles Fisher will assist.


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