James M. Smith, Mendenhall, MS

1/21/47 TO 3/23/15
Loving Father, Husband, Grandfather and Brother.
James was better known to us all as Jim or “Cadillac” which was his CB handle for truckers but the nick name followed him even off the road as well.  

Eugenia Dickinson, Braxton, MS

Eugenia Kelly Dickinson, 80, of Braxton, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015, at her residence.  She was born on March 15, 1935 to Rev. Eugie A. and Meddie Love (Sinclair) Kelly.

Eugenia was a homemaker, wonderful mother and grandmother.  She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Braxton where she was a member of the United Methodist Womens Group.  She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. She was a teacher in Natchez, Southaven, Magee, and Mendenhall MS School Districts before retiring. While attending college, she was a Millsaps Singer. She was a Cub and Girl Scout leader and a Methodist Youth Fellowship Leader in Yazoo and Southaven. Eugenia played the piano at Bethany United Methodist Church. She loved baking, gardening and crafts.

Eugenia is survived by one son, Rhuel Peyton Dickinson, Jr. (Fonda); daughters, Kelly Love Dickinson Trinkner (Al)  and Sharon K. Ewert Williams (Al); seven grandchildren, Rhuel Trey Dickinson, III, Dean P. Dickinson, Kalee Nicole Trinkner, William Peyton Trinkner, Daniel Alan Williams, Kenneth Glen Williams and Suzanne Elizabeth Williams. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rhuel Peyton Dickinson, Sr.

Visitation will be from 5-8 pm, Friday, March 20, 2015, at Tutor Funeral Home in Mendenhall.  Services will be Saturday, March 21, at Bethany United Methodist Church in Braxton, with an hour of visitation prior to the service starting at 10:00 am. Rev. Adri Bullard-Rogers and Rev. Glen Cain will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.tutorfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, C/O Lynn Marie Thompson, 155 Phillips Lack Rd., Braxton, MS 39044 or to the Gideons International.

Patsy C. Windham, Mt. Olive, MS

Patsy Cruise Windham, 72, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015, at MS Baptist Medical Center surrounded by loving family at her side.  She was born on December 1, 1942,  to the parents of Jim and Ona (Harvey) Cruise.  

Patsy is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jerry Windham; son, Marty (Twila) Windham; daughter, Karen Windham Hampton; four grandchildren, Sara Craft, Matt Boyd, Ryan Hampton, Josh Boyd and seven great grandchildren.   

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Olan Cruise; sister, Katie Cruise Robinson and one grandchild, Carl Lewis Pittman.

The visitation is from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Tutor Funeral Home in Magee. Services will be Monday, March 16, at Maranatha Baptist Church in Mize, MS with an hour of visitation prior to the funeral at 11:00 AM.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  Online condolences may be made at www.tutorfuneralhome.com

Pastor Gene Ware Amason, Magee, MS


Pastor Gene W. Amason departed this life February 27, 2015. Pastor Gene was born to R.O. and Verna Jewel Amason of Mt. Olive April 28, 1947.  He grew up in the Sanford community, Shady Grove (Laurel) and Harrisville.

On August 10, 1969, he married his sweetheart, Anne Magee Amason of Magee. Pastor Gene was a graduate of Harrisville High School and William Carey College. After graduating from college, he taught junior high history and science before entering the business world, working with hospitals in Orlando, Florida. In 1993, he left the world of business and accepted the call of God to plant Church Alive in Magee, Mississippi. In 2011, he went on to plant a second campus of Church Alive in Pearl, Mississippi. As a true “pastor”, Pastor Gene’s strengths were pastoring people lovingly and teaching the Word.  Pastor Gene was energized by passion for the ministry, seeing souls come into the Kingdom, and loving his children andgrandchildren.

Pastor Gene is survived by his wife, Anne Magee Amason; his two children, Angela Joy Kjellstrom (Kurt) and Gene Ware Amason II (Regina); four grandchildren, Kiley Bree Kjellstrom, Macy-Kate Kjellstrom, Finley Joy Kjellstrom and Cash Gates Amason; his sisters, Kathy Whittington (Mark), Jeanette Ballard (Bo); many nieces and nephews and spiritual sons and daughters.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Alisha Anne Amason; father, Rufus Odell Amason; mother, Verna Jewel Amason, and father-in-law, Robert S. Magee.

As a husband, father, grandfather, family man, pastor, and friend, Gene Amason daily demonstrated in real and practical ways a love for God with all his soul, mind, and strength.  He had a love for others regardless of their station in life or ethnic background. As a servant of Christ, he exemplified serving others. 

"Well done, Pastor Gene, good and faithful servant."

Visitation will be Monday, March 2, 2015 from 6-8:00 pm at Church Alive in Magee.  Services are Tuesday, March 3, at 11:00 am also at the church. Final resting place will be in Sharon Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Magee.  Arrangements are entrusted to Tutor Funeral Home of Magee. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Church Alive Renovation Fund in memory of Pastor Gene.    

Church Alive

P.O. Box 768  

Magee, MS  39111

Online condolences may be made online at www.tutorfuneralhome.com


Tommy B. Tanner, Brandon, MS

Tommy Benjamin Tanner, 98,  passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at his residence.  A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at Tutor Funeral Home in Magee with burial following in the Fairmount-Waco Cemetery in Mize, Ms.