Sumter County


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Lizzie M. Guy
Lizzie M. Guy, 104, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at New Bethel Baptist Church in Gainesville with Rev. Glenn Harris officiating. Burial followed in New Bethel Cemetery in Gainesville with McInnis Mortuary of Livingston directing. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 24, 2017 at the Mortuary. The body lay in state at the Church one hour prior to service time.

Benny J. Hardy
Services for Benny J. Hardy, 57, were held Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Millwood Primitive Baptist Church with Rev. Marvin Johnson officiating. Internment followed in Woodall Cemetery.
Benny was born on September 7, 1959 to the late Willie James and Celia Hardy in Choctaw County. He departed this earthly life on July 13, 2017 at the home of Dewayne and Betty Ezell. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Willie Jean Hardy; one great niece, Jayla McIntosh; and one great nephew Tremaine Wells.
Benny is survived by two sisters Betty (Dewayne) Ezell of Pennington, Ossie Bell Hardy of Mobile; one brother Bobby (Patrina) Hardy of Pennington; five nieces; three nephews; five great nieces; six great nephews; one aunt Olivia Pigford of Hattiesburg, Miss.; one uncle Zebdee Pigford of Los Angeles, Calif.; one devoted cousin Ann Thomas of Butler; two devoted friends Micheal Tillman and Tommy Chaney; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The Celebration of Life services were rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler. To post condolences to the family, please log onto our website at

William H. “Bill” Locke
Mr. William H. “Bill” Locke, 84 of Columbus. Miss. on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Visitation will be Thursday, July 27, 2017, 1-6 p.m. at Lavender's Funeral Service. Graveside services will be Friday, July 28, 2017 at Noon at Cook Temple Cemetery in Carrollton. Rev. James C. Wright, pastor of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church will officiate.
Survivors are the Locke, Temple, and Jones familie. Lavender's Funeral Service, 11233 Hwy. 17 S., Aliceville, in charge of arrangments.