Irma "Lavelle" Talkington

November 14, 1932June 11, 2021
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Irma “Lavelle” Talkington, 88, formerly of Booneville passed away surrounded by her family on Friday, June 11, 2021 at her home in Southaven, MS. She was a devoted wife for 59 years, a Mom and MamMaw, who loved taking care of her family, gardening and cooking, who always put others before herself. She worked many years as a loving house parent at the Baptist Children’s Village before retiring.

Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie Randolph officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service.

She is survived by three daughters, Pam Keeton (James), Pat Swindoll and Kay McEntyre (John); one brother and five sisters; six grandchildren, Mechell Brunes (Charlie), Kelly Carper ( Ricky), Jennifer Barton (David), Shawn Keeton (Rebecca), Tommy Swindoll II (Jennifer) and Kim Manues; twenty great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Annie Pugh; her husband Wesley Talkington; son-in-law, Tommy Swindoll; two brothers, two sisters and one great grandchild, Alli Kelly.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Swindoll II, Charlie Brunes, Tyler Downs, Dylan Downs, Jordan Fox and Caleb Chisholm. Honorary pallbearer will be Ezra Keeton.

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  • Pam Keeton (James), Daughter
  • Pat Swindoll, Daughter
  • Kay McEntyre (John), Daughter
  • Mechell Brunes (Charlie), Grandchild
  • Kelly Carper (Ricky), Grandchild
  • Jennifer Barton (David), Grandchild
  • Shawn Keeton (Rebecca), Grandchild
  • Tommy Swindoll II (Jennifer), Grandchild
  • Kim Manues, Grandchild
  • One, brother
  • Five, sisters
  • Twenty, Great Grandchildren
  • Eight, great great grandchildren
  • Claude Pugh, Father (deceased)
  • Annie Pugh, Mother (deceased)
  • Wesley Talkington, Husband (deceased)
  • Tommy Swindoll, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Alli Kelly, Great Grandchild (deceased)
  • Two, brothers (deceased)
  • Two, sisters (deceased)

  • Tommy Swindoll II
  • Charlie Brunes
  • Tyler Downs
  • Dylan Downs
  • Jordan Fox
  • Caleb Chisholm
  • Ezra Keeton, Honorary


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • Burial

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021


Irma "Lavelle" Talkington

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Carolyn (CJ) Peterson

June 14, 2021

Lavelle you were a loving caring giving and helpful person in the world, you are truly missed but I now one day we will unite again , but until then give all our loved ones a big hug! We will take care of the girls for you ..

Linda Gaines

June 14, 2021

Lavelle you will be truly missed. You were such a loving caring person, also willing to help out if you were needed. I love you so much. See you one day!!!



      In the song of life, Irma "Lavelle" Talkington was surely the composer. A very observant woman who would rather spend her time creating than talking, Irma preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around her made sense. In fact, she depended on her sensory world to provide her with concrete data. A free spirit, Irma believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. She seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything she did. Irma perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to her, yet she lived with a definite sense of purpose. She was a woman who was always ready to share her creations with those around her.

      Irma was born on November 14, 1932 at at home in Attala County, MS. Her parents were Claude and Annie Pugh. Irma was raised in Attala County, MS. As a young child, Irma was optimistic in her outlook. She sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply her creative energies. Irma rarely calling attention to herself, but when she did speak out, her message was clearly understood by those around her.

      Early on in her family relationships, Irma showed that she was a tolerant and flexible person, and she got along fairly well with everyone. She was raised with ten siblings. She had one older sister, Louise, three younger brothers, Bobby, John and Tommy, six younger sisters, Nellie, Charlotte, Sarah, Carolyn, Linda and Claudia. She was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation.

      As she was growing up, Irma developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things, and she took pleasure in using her hands in order to create. Whether it was drawing pictures, working with building kits, or even just tapping out a rhythm to play by, Irma liked concrete things. She was a member of the Eastern Star. In her spare time she liked gardening. Irma's memorable achievements included. However, to Irma, the most fun she had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

      Those who didn’t know Irma well might not view her as being an outgoing person, those who called her their friend knew differently. Irma was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced her opinions and values on others. Close friends knew that her kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Irma’s, you understood how true a friend she could be. Later in life, she became friends with Jimmie Faye Benner, Bobbye Ivy and The Swindoll Family.

      A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Irma had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned. On Aungust 21, 1953, Irma exchanged wedding vows with her life partner Charles Wesley Talkington, Jr. at the Methodist Church of Lula, MS.

      Irma was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to her children. These emotional bonds made her as much playmate as parent. She gave her family unconditional love and kindness, sharing her artistic nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Irma was blessed with three daughters, Pam, Pat and Kay. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Mechell, Tommy II, Jennifer, Kim and Shawn.

      Irma found ways to enjoy what she did for a living. She worked hard and did her best to succeed every day. Her primary occupation was Kroger for 8 to 10 years. She was worked for Baptist Children's Village for 20 plus years and worked for the Cotton Gin during ginning season. Irma tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing her will on others.

      Irma enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were reading and gardening. Irma was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others. She was relaxed in her approach to her leisure time because she wanted to savor the present moment.

      Irma’s faith was important to her. She was a member of the Methodist Church for serveral years and then joined Baptist Church and was Baptist for 60 plus years. Irma's passionate commitment to upholding her values placed her at home in her religion, where she took comfort in the company of others who believed as she did.

      Because she loved the world around her, Irma enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for her to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Irma put her personal trademark on any leisure planning that she undertook. Favorite vacations included going to the beach, camping and hiking.

      Irma was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Irma’s favorites was Sadie her mixed terrier. They were best friends for 8 plus years. Her family was rounded out by lots of other dogs before.

      When Irma’s retirement finally arrived in 2000, she was well prepared. Her new life involved relocating to Moon Lake, MS. In retirement, she found new pleasure in having her garden, spending time with family, and attending her church in Lula. Even in retirement, Irma continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. In these later chapters of her life, she became active in the community, feeling fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her and simply enjoying what she had worked so hard to attain.

      Irma passed away on June 11, 2021 at Southaven, MS. She is survived by her children, Pam, Pat and Kay, grandchildren, Mechell, Tommy II, Jennifer, Kim and Shawn. Services were held at McMillan Funeral Home. Irma was laid to rest in Booneville Cemetery, Booneville, MS.

      Irma was a good woman, a kind woman, and a practical woman who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. She leaves behind her a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Irma always had much to give and was able to make those connections in her life where her gifts were appreciated. Irma was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Irma "Lavelle" Talkington.