Maness Bartlett

July 24, 1921September 12, 2013

Milton Maness Bartlett, 92, of Booneville, passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was a former Jackson County supervisor and entrepreneur in the fields of furniture manufacturing and construction, among other ventures.

Mr. Bartlett was often described as a man who could walk into any room and own it. Anyone who crossed his path knew this to be true. He had an amazing sense of humor and a contagious laugh. He never met a stranger and could find something in common with just about anyone. Mr. Bartlett was known for his storytelling abilities, and he had lots of life adventures that kept his audience captivated while he spoke. No one dared get in a political argument with him, unless he wanted to end up in agreement with him. He was a feisty man with a loving heart who loved his family dearly. His legacy will live on in the hearts of his sons, as well as in the heart and soul of his “partner,” his beloved grandson, Braxton.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 PM Monday, September 16, 2013 at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Greg Pollock officiating. Burial will be in the Camp Creek Cemetery.

He is survived by 2 sons, Buddy (Leigh) Bartlett of Madison, MS and Tyler Downs Bartlett of Wheeler, MS: 1 grandson, Braxton Bartlett of Madison, MS and the mother of his son Buddy, Darlene Tillman of Canton, MS.

He is preceded in death by his parents; 1 sister, Mary Blanch Sheffield and 2 brothers, Gerald Gray Bartlett and Ted Bartlett.

Visitation will be from 12-3 on Monday, September 16, 2013 at the funeral home.


  • Visitation Monday, September 16, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 16, 2013

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Jennifer G. Brown

November 20, 2013

Buddy - I am so sorry to hear about your father. He truly was one of a kind and was so very proud of you. My father was so upset when I told him. I pray you and your family is doing well.

Tina Wood

October 2, 2013

Goodbye dear friend! I will always remember all of the stories you used to tell. And that every story had the politician in you behind it. I wish I would have known so I could have come to say a last goodbye. You will never be forgotten.
Buddy, I am so sorry for your loss. The last time I saw him he was bragging about you and Braxton. He loved you guys very much.

September 24, 2013

My sincere sympathy to you, Buddy, Tyler, and to Jackie & Debbie & all your children & extended families.

I have fond memories of the Bartlett family years ago in Pascagoula when we lived in the same neighborhood. His wife, Nina, was my Sunday school teacher and his daughters and I played together as children.

May God bless you all!

Alan Bush

September 22, 2013

Buddy and Family,
I am sorry for your loss. I have nothing but great memories of Maness and the wide swath that he cut. His wry, self-deprecating sense of humor added volumes to his stories. He must be remembered because he will never be replaced.

DeAnna Fugitt-Dorman

September 17, 2013

Buddy, I am so sorry about Maness. He was a special fella. My granddad sure thought a lot of him. I'm sure they are catching up right now. Much love to your family.

Stephen Bethea

September 16, 2013

Dad and I send our most sincere condolences. Mr. Maness was a dear friend and we cherish our time with him.

Alice Strange Hawkins

September 16, 2013

I never met Mr. Maness but over the years, I have heard nothing but praise for him as a boss, from my momma Katherine Strange. Sorry for your loss but hold on to all the good memories that you have shared, till you meet up again someday.