Obituaries, Week of Nov. 16, 2017


Jerry Ozbirn

Jerry Ozbirn, 71, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born on October 28, 1946 in Mississippi to the late B.E. and Ileene Walker Ozbirn. He grew up in Baldwyn where he was a member of the BHS Band. He spent his adult life working in maintenance at FMC Technologies in Saltillo for 42 years and raising his family. He enjoyed gardening with his father and hunting with his son-in-laws and friends.

He was well known for his service to his community, state and country. He served many years in the National Guard, he was a Mason, and held many roles over the years. He was a member of First Christian Church in Baldwyn where he served as a deacon and elder. He loved his family, church, and friends all very deeply.

Much of his life was devoted to the service and wellbeing of the Baldwyn Fire Dept. He joined in 1963 and his heart was truly devoted to the success of the department. After serving many years, he became Fire Chief on 2006, a title he took very seriously. He will be remembered for his work to better our community.

Funeral services were held Nov. 11, 2017 at First Christian Church in Baldwyn with Bro. Kelly Carmichael officiating. Burial was in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Waters Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ozbirn; Daughters, Melissa Turner (Ray) of Canton and Angela Murphy (Craig) of Baldwyn; (3) grandchildren, Mady and Macy Murphy of Baldwyn and Ashley Turner of Canton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, B.E. and Ileene Ozbirn; his wife of 45 years and mother of his children, Sherriel; grandson, Cody Ozbirn.

Pallbearers were the men of First Christian Church in Baldwyn.

Honorary pallbearers were the men and women of Baldwyn Fire Department.

Glen Shelton

Glen Shelton (86), a United States Army Veteran died November 9, 2017. Services were held Sunday November 12,2017 at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Pete McCoy and Bro. Johnny Hamblin officating. Burial was in Bridges Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include: (3) daughters: Lelia Ann Tollison (Harold) of Wheeler, Mattie Burcham (Joe) of Booneville and Shelia McDonald (James) of New Albany; (1) son: Rowland Shelton of Wheeler; (11) grandchildren; and several great- grandchildren;

He was preceded in death by his parents; David & Myrtle Shelton and (3) brothers.