Donald “Tootsie” Mize

October 4, 1932 – September 7, 2021

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Donald L. “Tootsie” Mize

Amory – Donald L. “Tootsie” Mize, 88, met his Savior face to face on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. He was born on October 4, 1932 in the Quincy Community to the late Elzie Lee and Edna Easter Mize.

Tootsie grew up in Monroe country in a large family and was a graduate of Amory High School. He went to work at an early age and worked many jobs, some of them included a position at Tubb Printing, a car salesman for a Ford dealership, and job at a propane gas company. Despite these many jobs, his favorite lifetime career was working as a conductor for Frisco Railroad, which later became Burlington Northern. He loved his position as conductor as he traveled many the miles in the southeast as well as met many great people. He was an organized man whose work ethic helped provide a great life for his family.

He was blessed by God with a daughter, whom he cherished. He was a member of the Amory First United Methodist Church and knew the Lord as his Savior. He was unique and had a heart of gold for others. Tootsie enjoyed contributing to the church’s building fund, he was faithful in tithing, and was always eager to give hugs to those that needed a lift. His family and close friends, such as James Tate, Otis Cowan, Douglas Crook, and Larry Clark meant the world to him. In his down time, he liked to listen to old style country music and work outside. His hobby of landscaping landed him the award of yard of the month several times. Tootise just enjoyed the simple things in life, God, his creations, family and friends.

Many memories were made through the years with Tootsie and his family and friends will cherish them forever. They all have peace knowing that he is with God.

Left behind to treasure his memories are his daughter, Donna Lynn Anthony, Huntsville, AL; sisters, Joan Mize Hodges, Hoover, AL, Martha Lafaye Flaherty (Pat), Memphis, and Katherine Bowling, Laurel, MS; nieces and nephews, Morris Hodges, Lisa Donahoo, Molly Nelson, Leanne Hodges, Nancy Byrd, Allan and Lee Bowling; Patrick and Lee Flaherty; and several great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Schumpert; brother, Tommy Mize; nephew, Thomas Mize; brother-in-laws, Morris Clifton Hodges, Sr., Dale Bowling, and George Schumpert.

A graveside celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 10:30 am at Amory Historical Society Cemetery, Amory, MS, with Rev. Wesley Pepper officiating. Pallbearers will be James Tate, Odis Cowan, Morris Hodges, Donnie Donahoo, Mason Donahoo, Chanse Nelson, and Jacob Hodges. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Burlington Northern Railroad Employees.

Visitation for family and friends will be held at the graveside from 10:00 am until the service hour at the cemetery in Amory.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Amory First United Methodist Church.

Memories and condolences may be shared with his family at EEPickle


SEP 11.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Amory Historical Society Cemetery

A Avenue

Amory, MS 38821

Graveside Funeral Service

SEP 11.
10:30 AM

Amory Historical Society Cemetery

A Avenue

Amory, MS 38821

1 thought on “Donald “Tootsie” Mize”

  1. Tootsie and were classmates at Amory High School. I counted him as a friend.
    We will miss him at our class gatherings (1954). I knew him to be a good man.
    Family, you have my concern and prayers.

    James Leo Segars


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