Visitation was held for Mrs. Guynell Hailey Duncan on Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Stephens Funeral Home of DeKalb.

Mrs. Duncan, 86, of Preston, passed away at her residence on Sunday.

Mrs. Duncan held several masters degrees from the University of Mississippi and taught many years in the state of Louisiana until her retirement when she returned to Kemper County and became the manager of the Northwest Kemper Rural Water Association. She also served as president of both the Mississippi Rural Water Association and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Board.  During her life she was well respected and was presented many awards in her chosen careers as well as many local and statewide achievements. She was an avid outdoorsman, loving to hunt, fish and enjoy being outdoors.  Mrs. Duncan was passionate about her yard, caring for her numerous plants including her roses and azaleas.  She was a member of Pleasant Springs Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her grandchildren Jason Duncan, Jon Duncan and wife Kate, Roger Matthew Duncan, James Michael Duncan; great grandchildren Skylar Duncan, Cage Duncan, Harper Duncan, Braylee Cooper and Layla Cooper.

She was preceded in death by her parents J.W. and Hessie Hailey; husband Roger E. “Bill” Duncan; son David Albert Duncan; daughter Donna Duncan and one sister.  

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Funeral Service for Ms. Gladys Tanksley were held Saturday April 28, 2018 at 12 noon at Simmons Chapel M.B. Church in Collinsville with Pastor Obedian Clemons officiating. Interment followed in the Church Cemetery with E.E. McDonald Funeral Home in Charge of arrangements. Ms. Tanksley, 78, of Meridian passed on Friday April 20, 2018 at her residence.

Cherishing her legacy are five children: Frances (W.B.) Burrage, James (Sheila) Tanksley, Billy (Nannette) Tanksley, Betty Tanksley, and Glynnis Tanksley; thirteen (13) grandchildren, (Twenty-seven) great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; two special nieces Dorothy Jackson and Amelia Devoy; a good friend, Ezie Barham; a very close friend and sister, Mrs. Eliza W. Simmons; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and close friends.