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As a result of a Monday morning accident in Rankin County on highway 49 near Star Road, two young people have died: William “Matthew” Ham of Mize and Jamie “Blake” Powell of Raleigh.

Brandon E. Doyle of Taylorsville and Alexis Taylor of Pinola were both transported to UMMC as was the driver of the other vehicle, Shemiah E. Arbuthnot of Woodville.

Prayers are needed for these families. Our hearts are broken for the family and friends.

Mathew Ham was 21 years old and a graduate of Mize High School. His parents are Tammy Green (works at Magee Courier) and Jerry Robin Ham of Mize.    Matthew Ham

William Matthew Ham, 21, died from injuries he suffered in an auto accident on Monday, November 18, 2018. He was born on December 26, 1996, to his parents, Jerry Ham and Tammy Lowery Green.
Matt was born in Collins and raised in Mize. He attended school there and made lifelong friends. The sudden death of Matt has caused a huge emotional crush on the whole community. He had a loving personality and always made anyone around him laugh. He made friends everywhere he went and if you ever needed a helping hand, you had one with Matt. His pipeline family said of Matt, if they ever needed anything just ask “Porkchop”. He leaves a deep void in the lives of many.
He is survived by his parents, Jerry Robin Ham (Charlotte), Tammy Lowery Green (Jeff); brother, Jordan Ham (Jasmine); sisters, BreAnna Stephens, Lauren “Red” Stephens, Casey Stephens; grandmothers, Margaret Lowery, Carolyn Ham; nephew, J. D. Ham; aunts, Leann Warren (John), Deanna Nick (Howard); close friend, Danielle Ponder along with many beloved family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jerry Ham, Connie Gray and William Lowery.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at Tutor Funeral Home in Magee, MS from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Services will be on Wednesday, November 21, at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with interment following in Fairmont Waco Cemetery. Rev. Rudy Jackson will officiate.
Arrangements are entrusted with Tutor Funeral Home of Magee.


Blake Powell of Raleigh:       Blake Powell

Jamie Blake Powell, 19, of Raleigh, Mississippi, died Monday, November 19, 2018. He was born Tuesday, June 22, 1999.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Raleigh in Raleigh, Mississippi.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Union Baptist Church in Mize. The burial will follow in Double Church Cemetery. Bro David Hays will officiate. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Raleigh is in charge of arrangements. (601) 782-4544
Blake was a member of Union Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by Grandfather James Ray Powell, Great-grandfather, Dewin McDonald, Great-grandmother, Dorothy McDonald and Great-grandfather Levi Stringer.
Survivors include his Mother, April Graham and step-father Woody, Father, Jamie Powell, Brylen Powell (Brother), Adalyn Graham (Sister), Lexie Powell (Sister), Joe Graham (Kaelyn) (Brother), Brandon Graham (Brother), Dakota Rogers (Sister), Grace Graham (Sister), Mike McDonald (Grandfather), Rita McDonald (Grandmother), Amanda McDonald (Grandmother), Louise Stringer (Great-grandmother), Carlie Bowen (Grandfather), Charlotte Bowen (Grandmother), Ava Graham (Niece), Greg McDonald his wife Ashley (Uncle), Kyle McDonald his wife Kayla (Uncle), Brandon Powell his wife Katherine (Uncle), BoBo Bowen his wife Lindsey (Uncle), Brittney Williamson her husband Ben (Aunt), A host of Great aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Jordan Arender, Jimmy Martin, Rashad Smith, Dakota Fortenberry, Brice Vanderford, Brian Vanderford, Triston Shirley, Nathan Sims. Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Arender, Josh Chisholm, Dalton Sizemore, Foster Kelly, Griffith Kelly, Kodey Swain, Austin Knotts, and Haedyn McNeil.
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Alexis Taylor’s mother is Brandy Pope and her dad is Scooter Taylor. Alexis Taylor


Brandon Doyle: apprentice lineman at Great Southwestern Construction; graduated from Taylorsville High Schools and lives in Laurel, Ms.   Brandon Doyle

Information from Facebook

Brandon Doyle has been a tremendous asset to the organization for the past two years. He started working with Danny Fyffe in North Dakota and has since transferred to Joe Mathis’s crew in Texas. He is currently working on the hot-stick/bare-hand crew and is nearly complete with the extensive training to be able to safely and effectively perform hot work.

Unfortunately, Brandon experienced some car troubles and his friends from Jackson, MS traveled to Texas to tow his truck back home.  On the trip back to Mississippi, the driver fell asleep around midnight and collided into the back of a dump truck, taking his own life as well as the passenger in the front seat (both close friends of Brandon). Fortunately enough, Brandon and the other back seat passenger survived the horrible accident, in which they were trapped inside the vehicle for over an hour and extracted with the ‘jaws of life’.

Brandon will be recovering for the next 2-3 months, before he will be able to return back to a light duty work program. Brandon will be missed, not only on the crew, but within the organization until he can fully recover. Any donation that you can provide will greatly lift the burden when he is able to return to work. Brandon is 20-years old and will be enrolling in the apprenticeship program once he turns 21 and is able to obtain his CDL.


Both Alexis and Brandon remain in UMMC.


No picture or information is available for Shemiah E. Arbuthnot of Woodville


If anyone has updates, please send to Sue

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