William C. "Snooks" Gentry

Funeral services for William C. "Snooks" Gentry, 78, of Greenville will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 9 at Mars Hill Pentecostal Church, Philadelphia. He died Friday, January 5 at his home after losing his fight with lung cancer. Burial will be in Mars Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville. 

William was born in Cleveland, MS on November 25, 1939 to William Carroll and Georgia Lee Gentry. He was in the U. S. Navy from 1959-1963 seeing very little of the Vietnam War. After his discharge from the Navy he came to Greenville where he met Linda Ruth Sorrels and they married on August 16, 1966. 

He worked on the towboat for a few years then worked for 18 years at Greenville Republic Terminal. He retired in September 2005 after working with Dixie Tobacco and Candy Company. 

Before William got sick he loved whittling and playing rummy with Linda, whom he always beat most of the time. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Woodard, James "Hap" and Clinton Gentry; sister-in-law, Dorothy Gentry and nephew, Scott Pounds. 

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda; three sons, David Wayne Gentry of Greenville, William "Bo" Gentry (Jamie) of Southaven and Dale Everette Gentry of Dallas, TX; two brothers, John Gentry (Sue) of Kosciusko and Bobby Gentry (Kay) of Kosciusko; three sisters, Helen Allday of Philadelphia, MS, Hilda Myers (Bob) of Philadelphia, MS and Patricia Pounds of Clarksdale; five wonderful grandchildren, Jeremy Gentry Atchley, Meghan Gentry, Kaitlyn Gentry, Damien Gentry and Nicholas Gentry and one step granddaughter, Frankie Holley. He also leaves a faithful companion who was his guardian up to the end, Roxie Samantha "Sam" Cody, David's fiancé. 

There will be a visitation from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, January 8 at Boone-Smith Funeral Home, 1580 S. Colorado Street.


Edward Maxwell Fore, Sr.

Memorial services for Edward Maxwell Fore, Sr., 82, of Hattiesburg will be at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 10 at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg. He died Saturday, January 6 at Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg. 

He was born on June 24, 1935 in Brookhaven, MS to the late J.W. and Helen Maxwell Fore. Max graduated from Hollandale High School in 1953. He attended Holmes Jr. College and Ole Miss where he was an active member of the band.   

Before beginning his career as a business owner in Hollandale Max served his country in the United States Army as a cryptographer in Korea. He and his wife Bettie moved to Southaven, MS, in 1987. There Max worked in Quality Control for a subsidiary of General Electric.  In 2007, Max and Bettie retired to Hattiesburg.

Max is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bettie Allen Fore; two sons, Edward Maxwell Fore, Jr. (Janet) of Cumming, GA, and Stuart Douglas Fore (Shawna) of Spanish Fork, UT; one brother, Michael David Fore (Kathy) of Williamsburg, VA; one sister-in-law, Mary Francis Allen of Houston, TX; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the third floor staff of Merit Health Wesley and everyone at Asbury Hospice House for the wonderful care provided. Memorials may be made to Homes of Hope for Children, P.O. Box 18496, Hattiesburg, MS, 39404.


Lynette Nylander Blocker

Funeral services for Lynette Nylander Blocker, 68, of Greenville will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 4 at Boone-Smith Funeral Home, 1580 S. Colorado St. She died Tuesday, January 2 at Delta Regional Medical Center. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville. 

She was born in Greenwood where she received her education. Lynette married Buddy Blocker, Sr. and they made their home in Greenville where she was employed with JC Penney until her retirement. 

She was preceded in death by her husband and son, Buddy Blocker, Jr. 

She is survived by son, Larry J. Miller (Pam) of Greenville; three daughters, Lisa Blocker of Greenville, Tina Blocker of Greenville and Marilyn Gail Blocker King of Vicksburg; brother, Bobby Stone, Sr. of Rosebud, MS; 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home.


Jimmy Ray "Bubba" Hollingsworth

Funeral services for Jimmy Ray "Bubba" Hollingsworth, 59, of Greenville will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Calvary Baptist Church. He died Tuesday, January 2 at St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson. Arrangements are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville. 

Mr. Hollingsworth was born in Minner City, MS moving to Greenville where he received his education. He married Karen Bennett making their home in Greenville where he was a auto mechanic before becoming supervisor for the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services. 

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he sang in the choir. He loved the outdoors spending time with his horses and dogs. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. 

Mr. Hollingsworth was a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Karen Hollingsworth of Greenville; daughter, Amy H. Manning (Dale) of Greenville; son, Lee Hollingsworth of Greenville; father, James Hollingsworth of Greenville; four sisters, Paula Reed (Warren) of Greenville, Donna Nichols (Bobby) of Jackson, Sandra Winter of Biloxi and Brenda Starks (Wally) of New Mexico and one grandson, Parker Manning. 

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


Otho Neal Williams

Funeral services for Otho Neal Williams, 86, of Greenville will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 4 at Boone Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Sunday, December 31 at his home. Burial will follow in the Indianola City Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville. 

He was born May 11, 1931 to Oliver (Dock) and Ada Lee Williams in Dockery, MS. He graduated from Skene High School, Skene, MS in 1949 as valedictorian of his class. He attended Delta State University with a scholarship to play baseball as catcher. In 1950 he joined the Navy to serve in the Korean War and served until 1953. He retired from Spear and Jackson Saw Company as manager of the tool and die department. He was a disabled veteran and member of the American Legion and Mason Lodge. 

Otho’s pride and joy in his life was his family. He cherished the times they were together and was so proud of all their accomplishments. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodwork, but his greatest passion was fishing. Otho was probably one of the greatest fishermen of Lake Lee, Lake Washington and Lake Ferguson. Family, friends and even strangers benefited from his times of fishing. 

He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 64 years, Polly. He leaves a daughter, Tina Gilder (Gary) of Cleveland and a son, Gary Williams of Athens, GA; two granddaughters, Jennifer Berryhill (Anthony) of Olive Branch and Jessica Grace (Dave) of Atlanta, GA; grandson, Neal Williams (Mary Beth) of Spartanburg, SC; two great granddaughters, Shelby Neal Berryhill and Abigail Williams; and 3 sisters, Osway Gilchrist of Greenville, Audrey Allen of Fordice, AR, and Jo Gilchrist of Collierville, TN. He also leaves many loved nieces and nephews. 

There will be a visitation one hour prior to services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Gideon’s or to a charity of your choice.


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