Howard Thomas Choate, Taylor Davis Litten, Charles Ray Williams

Howard Thomas Choate

A graveside funeral service for Mr. Howard Thomas Choate, 88,  of Meridian, formerly of Duck Hill, was held Friday at the North Mississippi  Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Kilmichael.
Mr. Choate died Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Rush Hospital in Meridian.  He was born in White Bluff, Tenn., on Oct. 7, 1931, to William Thomas and Mattie Thomas Choate.
Mr. Choate was a retired general contractor and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He attended Duck Hill Baptist Church and was a member of the VFW.
Mr. Choate is survived by his wife Trudy Blakely Choate of Meridian; daughters, Cindy Lewellian of Tampa, Fla., and Patsy Ann Jaskela of Edgewater, Fla; one son Michael Charles Choate of Duck Hill; one brother Raymond Choate of Nashville; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.
An online guestbook is available at

Taylor Davis Litten

Taylor Davis Litten, formerly of Petal, passed away on his family’s farm on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.
Those closest to him called him GussGuss, a nickname given by a childhood friend that stuck, and one that he grew to embrace and prefer.
Taylor was raised in Petal and attended schools in Petal School District. He grew up attending the University of Southern Mississippi’s Golden Eagle home football games with his family, where he was able to learn and grow to appreciate the art of a tailgate. His professional team of choice was the Oakland Raiders. He was an avid gamer and reader; full of knowledge about the latest releases for movies and video games and enjoyed sharing both his knowledge and collections with family and friends. At the time of his passing, Taylor was employed as a factory worker by Ashley Furniture Industries.
He is survived by his parents, Ralph and Connie Litten, Water Valley (formerly of Petal and Grenada), and his sisters, Meghan Marae’ Litten, Boston, and Madison Mackenzie Litten, Water Valley, along with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Ralph and Ruth Litten, and Bryant Harbin, all of Grenada; his great-grandparents Robert and Billie Rotenberry, Coffeeville, and by his beloved labradors, Precious Jewel Litten and Lucy Belle Litten.
Taylor will be greatly missed by both his family and friends. He will be remembered for his kindness and loyalty. He was most happy making those around him laugh. His distinctive laugh is one that will not be forgotten by those who knew and loved him.
Services were Dec. 2. In lieu of flowers, the family request for a donation to be made in Taylor’s name to the University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Foundation or The University of Mississippi’s The William Magee Center for Wellness Education. The center opened in September with the purpose of becoming a national model for substance misuse prevention, support, and research in a collegiate environment. Donors can mail a check, with the center’s name in the memo line, to the University of Mississippi Foundation, 406 University Ave., Oxford, MS 38655; or give online at

Charles Ray Williams

Charles Ray Williams, 72, of Grenada, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, at his home.
Celebration of Life Funeral Service was Saturday in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial was in Delta Heights Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Cleveland,. Brother Rick Milan will officiate the services.
Charles Ray was born on May 3, 1947, to George Marshall and Myrtle (Tunberg) Williams in Tutwiler. He attended Dublin Schools, Mississippi Delta Community College and Delta State University. Charles Ray was a carpenter by trade and then became an Occupational Instructor at the Mississippi Department of Corrections in Parchman for 17 years. After his retirement, he continued with his construction business, renovating many homes. Charles Ray enjoyed anything outdoors hunting, fishing, and on occasion, frying up some catfish for his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, nine siblings, Robert Williams, Irvin Williams, Eli Williams, George Williams, Geneva Sims, Mildred Atcher, Ruth James, Mary Woods and Faye Cook.
He is survived by wife of 45 years Sandra Yarbrough Williams of Tutwiler; son Charles Ray (Rosemary) Williams Jr. (Rosemary) of LaPorte, Texas; son Robert Wesley Williams of Tutwiler; daughter Laquita W. Sandifer (Timbo) of Boyle,  and daughter Avonda Carpenter (Harvey) of Grenada. He also leaves four grandchildren, Megan Williams, Charles Williams III, Hope Sandifer, Ethan Sandifer, and a host of nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.
Pallbearers are C. J. Williams III, Bobby Williams, Tommy Pugh, Parker Pugh, Ethan Sandifer.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Organization.
Cleveland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Friends may leave online condolences at