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Obituaries 12

Obituaries for Wednesday, May 1, 2002 
 

JUDY MARIE KILLEBREW PARKER 

Mother 
 

Services for Judy Marie Killebrew Parker will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Russell Baptist Church, with the Rev. Clay Chancelor officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Parker, 46, of Meridian, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. 
 

She was a loving mother and a member of Russell Baptist Church. 
 

Survivors include her parents, Floyd and Ruth Killebrew Sr., a brother, Floyd Killebrew Jr., her daughter, Janet McDonald, and a son, Daniel Pinson, all of Meridian; a niece, Christy Alston, a nephew, Bryant Killebrew and Deb Killebrew, all of Montgomery, Ala.; and several other relatives and friends. 
 

Pallbearers will be Bryant Killebrew, John Mimbs, Doug Stephens, David Holifield, Mike Holifield and Shane Callahan. 
 

Visitation will be today from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

MARY ELIZABETH THOMPSON JENKINS 

Retired executive secretary 
 

Services for Mary Elizabeth Thompson Jenkins was held Tuesday at James F. Webb Funeral Home with the Revs. Bob Null and Francis Vlok officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Jenkins, 90, of Meridian, died Sunday, April 28, 2002, in her home. She was a retired executive secretary for several former directors of East Mississippi State Hospital. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church. 
 

Survivors include five daughters, Junice Moody-Mitchell, Ann Wimberly-Plowman, Carol Killam and her husband, Mark, of Texas, Joan Leslie Jenkins, Faye Ethridge and her husband, Thomas, of Petal; 18 grandchildren, Steve Moody, Michelle Blood, Leigh Barber, Julie Mitchell, Belynda Bramlett, Sheryl Powell, William "Rusty" Powell, Michael D. Powell, Lauren Clay, Janis Overby, Cynda Wimberly, Bud Wimberly, Jada Freeman, Suzanne Kiesling, Gregory Killam, Jason Killam, Tammy Ethridge and Thomas Ethridge III; 37 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lesley Harvey Jenkins, her parents, Hiram H. and Lurah Thompson, a daughter, Jean Powell, a grandchild, Gina Wimberly and a son-in-law, Jerry Plowman. 
 

Pallbearers were Steve Moody, Rusty Powell, Thomas Ethridge, the Rev. Mark Killam, Jimmy Bramlett, Bruce Clay, John Overby, Jeff Freeman, Bud Wimberly, Caleb Clay and Richie Bailey. 
 

Mrs. Jenkins dedicated her life to serving God and her family. She was untiring in her acts of kindness through serving and giving. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 
 

DR. JOHN J. KLUCK 
 

DENVER, Colo. -- Services for Dr. John J. "Jack" Kluck will be held Thursday in Denver. 
 

Dr. Kluck, 57, a former resident of Meridian, died Saturday, April 27, 2002. 
 

Survivors include his wife Linda; three daughters, Melanie, Larissa and Tiffany; two grandsons; a sister, Anne Copeland Mattrick of Harrisburg, Pa., formerly of Meridian; two nieces and three nephews. 
 

The family requests that memorials be made to a favorite charity. 
 

MITTIE THEO PETTEY 

Retired restaurant owner 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Mittie Theo "Jo" Pettey will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Enon Baptist Church, with the Revs. Barron Pilgrim and Bowman Giles officiating. Burial will be in Golden Grove Cemetery in Union with McClain-Hays Funeral Service in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Pettey, 90, of Union, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

Survivors include a sister, Odessa Dean Lemon of Pascagoula; brothers, Clarence Skinner of Pascagoula, Louis Merodith Skinner, Raymond Skinner and Rudolph Skinner, all of Union. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Pettey. 
 

Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

ELLA LACKEY TEMPLE 
 

Services for Ella Lackey Temple will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James A. Ruffin officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Temple, 99, of Meridian, died Monday, April 29, 2002, in her home. She was a member of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and decorated the church for years for each Sunday service. She loved flowers and grew most of them for the church services. 
 

Survivors include a son, Arlo Temple and his wife, Carolyn, of Meridian; daughters, Helen T. Smith Newell and her husband, Ralph, of Meridian and Alice Sue McLeob of Venice, Fla.; grandchildren, Max McLeob and his wife, Susan, of Birmingham, Ala, Debrough Beers and her husband, Mike, of Montgomery, Ala., Mike McLeob and wife, Pam, of Birmingham, Cindy Perala of Venice, Judy Herring and her husband, Jim, of Palatka, Fla., Margaret Toland and her husband, Don, of Atlanta, Kathy Weaver, Dianne Galoz and Scotty Temple, all of Meridian, Stewart Temple and his wife, Andra, of Greenville, Chet Vernardelli and his wife, Kelly, of Syracuse, N.Y., Anthony Smith and his wife, Kay, of Stilwell, Okla., Bobby Smith of Stilwell, Jimmy Smith and Bill Temple and his wife, Joellyn, all of Meridian, Dr. Mack Temple and his wife, Sandy, of Jackson, Susie Temple of Memphis, Tenn., and the Rev. Tommy Temple and his wife, Brenda, of Atlanta; 38 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. 
 

Pallbearers will be Bill Temple, Mac Temple, Tommy Temple, Stewart Temple, Mike McLeob and Max McLeob. 
 

Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

JOHNNY M. HARRIS 

Retired chicken farmer 
 

UNION -- Services for Johnny M. Harris will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tony Linley officiating. Burial will be in Eastern Cemetery in Forest. 
 

Mr. Harris, 72, of Philadelphia, died Sunday, April 28, 2002, at Neshoba County Nursing Home in Philadelphia. 
 

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Ellis of Philadelphia; a son, Thomas Harris of Forest; a sister, Lora Belle Fleming of Pascagoula; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
 

Visitation will be today 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

DAWN HOBSON CULPEPPER 
 

Services for Dawn Hobson Culpepper will be Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Malcolm Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Culpepper, 36, of Meridian, died Sunday, April 28, 2002, in her home. She was a loving wife and mother, and a friend to all. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Glenn Culpepper, a daughter, Dalas Steele, her parents, Dale and Nell Hobson, two brothers, Dennis and Daryl Hobson, and a sister, Daphne Hobson, all of Meridian. 
 

Pallbearers will be Rick Ferguson, Ed Jones, David Culpepper, Alan Nabors, Allan Terrell and Jason Wiggins. 
 

Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

ROBERT P. WATKINS 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Stephens Funeral Home of Union for Robert P. Watkins, 83, who died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at Leake Memorial Hospital in Carthage. 
 

Obituaries for Thursday, May 2, 2002 
 

JUDY MARIE KILLEBREW PARKER 

Mother 
 

Services for Judy Marie Killebrew Parker will be held today at 2 p.m. at Russell Baptist Church, with the Rev. Clay Chancelor officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Ms. Parker, 46, of Meridian, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. 
 

She was a loving mother and a member of Russell Baptist Church. 
 

Survivors include her parents, Floyd and Ruth Killebrew Sr., a brother, Floyd Killebrew Jr., her daughter, Janet McDonald, and a son, Daniel Pinson, all of Meridian; a niece, Christy Alston, a nephew, Bryant Killebrew and Deb Killebrew, all of Montgomery, Ala.; and several other relatives and friends. 
 

Pallbearers will be Bryant Killebrew, John Mimbs, Doug Stephens, David Holifield, Mike Holifield and Shane Callahan. 
 

DANNY EARL WILLIS 
 

Services for Danny Earl Willis were to be held today at 11 a.m. at New Beginning Tabernacle Church with the Rev. A. Spencer officiating. Burial was to be in Hillcrest Cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Willis, 40, of Meridian, died Thursday, April 25, 2002, in West Palm Beach, Fla. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Emma Jean Willis, two daughters, Adelia S. Willis and Bryanna D. Willis, all of Meridian; a brother, Eddie Willis of Chicago; five sisters, Vickie Willis, Viola Willis, Lisa Willis and Angela Dubose, all of Meridian, and Diana "Tolly" Goree of North Carolina. 
 

EDWARD EVAN PUGH 

Self-employed 
 

WAYNESBORO -- Services for Edward Evan Pugh will be held today at 2 p.m. at Freeman Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. E.C. Roney and Thurston Harris officiating. Burial will be in Boyles Chapel Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Pugh, 78, of Shubuta, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, in his home. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Marie Pugh of Shubuta; daughters, Faye Brady, Diane Stallings and Pamela Gardner, all of Shubuta, June Monroe of Gulfport, Patty Whittington of Silas, Ala., and Bobbie McGee of Stringer; brothers, Mallard Pugh of Waynesboro and Travis Pugh of Shubuta; sisters, Flossie Street of Shubuta and Rae Jones of Millry, Ala.; a beloved friend, Katherine McKee of Texas; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 
 

He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Evan Pugh; brothers, J. Willard Pugh and George Pugh; and his parents, Vernon Pugh and Lillian Horton. 
 

ELLA LACKEY TEMPLE 
 

Services for Ella Lackey Temple will be held today at 2 p.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James A. Ruffin officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Temple, 99, of Meridian, died Monday, April 29, 2002, in her home. She was a member of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and decorated the church for years for each Sunday service. She loved flowers and grew most of them for the church services. 
 

Survivors include a son, Arlo Temple and his wife, Carolyn, of Meridian; daughters, Helen T. Smith Newell and her husband, Ralph, of Meridian and Alice Sue McLeob of Venice, Fla.; grandchildren, Max McLeob and his wife, Susan, of Birmingham, Ala, Debrough Beers and her husband, Mike, of Montgomery, Ala., Mike McLeob and wife, Pam, of Birmingham, Cindy Perala of Venice, Judy Herring and her husband, Jim, of Palatka, Fla., Margaret Toland and her husband, Don, of Atlanta, Kathy Weaver, Dianne Galoz and Scotty Temple, all of Meridian, Stewart Temple and his wife, Andra, of Greenville, Chet Vernardelli and his wife, Kelly, of Syracuse, N.Y., Anthony Smith and his wife, Kay, of Stilwell, Okla., Bobby Smith of Stilwell, Jimmy Smith and Bill Temple and his wife, Joellyn, all of Meridian, Dr. Mack Temple and his wife, Sandy, of Jackson, Susie Temple of Memphis, Tenn., and the Rev. Tommy Temple and his wife, Brenda, of Atlanta; 38 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. 
 

Pallbearers will be Bill Temple, Mac Temple, Tommy Temple, Stewart Temple, Mike McLeob and Max McLeob. 
 

MARTHA JEAN DUNN 

Mental health counselor 
 

YORK, Ala. -- Graveside services for Martha Jean Dunn will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Old Gainesville Cemetery, with the Rev. Carl Sudduth officiating. Bumpers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Dunn, 71, of Gainesville, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. She was a mental health counselor and a teacher. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Robert Gene Dunn of Gainesville; two sons, Craig Dunn of Eclectic, Ala., and Steve Dunn of Montgomery; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Eugene Dunn Sr. 
 

Visitation will be today 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 

ROBERT P. WATKINS 

Farmer 
 

UNION -- Services for Robert P. Watkins will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. William Tucker and Thomas Samson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Watkins, 83, of Union, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at Leake County Memorial Hospital in Carthage. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Floyce Watkins of Union; his sister, Betty Lou Tucker of Brandon; several nieces and nephews. 
 

Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

THEODORE DUBOSE 

Retired from Fairbanks Scale 
 

Services for Theodore Dubose will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Prospect Baptist Church, Highway 11 Savoy. The Revs. Odell Hopkins and Charles Ray Thomas Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Dubose, 62, of Meridian, died Sunday, April 28, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Willie L. Dubose, three daughters, Nina Charlette Trotter and her husband, Marcus, Tiffany V. Dubose and Kimwanna Dubose, all of Meridian; three sons, Adrien Dubose, Anthony Dubose and his wife, Tony, of Meridian, and Terrance Moffite of Springfield, Mo.; a brother, Charlie Dubose of Meridian; two sisters, Evia Whitlock of Meridian and Everlyna Burns of Chicago; and seven grandchildren. 
 

Visitation will be Friday 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

ROY LEE STOKES 

Chevron production engineer 
 

QUITMAN -- Services for Roy Lee Stokes will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Congregation Church of God in Quitman with Sister Carrie Sterling officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Stokes, 49, of Slidell, La., died Friday, April 26, 2002, at Slidell Memorial Hospital. 
 

Survivors include his stepmother, Willie Mae Stokes of Jackson; two daughters, Rozetta Stokes of Newton and Gabrielle Stokes of Slidell; sisters, Louise Stokes of New York, Belphina Gaines and her husband, Bobby, Karen Chambers and her husband, Anthony, Maureen Williamson and her husband, Milton, and Anita Fortner and her husband, Frederick, all of Meridian, and Jenny M. Stokes of Jackson; brothers, Bobby G. Stokes, Jeffrey Stokes and his wife, Karen, of Massachusetts, Alonzo Stokes Jr. and his wife, Thersa, and Sylvester Stokes, all of Pachuta. 
 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 
 

Visitation will be Friday 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home in Quitman. 
 

J.L. HUMPHREYS 
 

NEWTON -- Services for J.L. "Sonny Boy" Humphreys will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Lawrence Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Humphreys, 88, died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at Newton County Hospital. 
 

Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

JAMES MONROE HAYWOOD 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen for James Monroe Haywood, 82, of Aberdeen, who died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, in his home. Final arrangements will be announced at a later date by Wright's Funeral Home in Quitman. 
 

GEORGE R. FAIRCHILD 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Stephens Funeral Home for George R. Fairchild, 68, of Meridian, who died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

Obituaries for Friday, May 3, 2002 
 

EDWIN M. ROBBINS 

Farm market reporter 
 

TUPELO -- Services for Edwin M. Robbins were held Thursday in the W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors Jefferson Street Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Box officiating. Burial was in Lee Memorial Park. 
 

Mr. Robbins, 81, of Shannon, died Monday, April 29, 2002, at Beverly/Broadmoor Healthcare in Meridian. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. 
 

Survivors include two sons, John Robbins of Belgium and Richard Robbins and his wife, Rebecca Youngblood Robbins, of Meridian; a brother, Doc Robbins of Tupelo; and one grandson. 
 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Tera Robbins. 
 

The family requests memorials be made to the Shannon United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Shannon, MS 38868. 
 

JAMES L. HUMPHREYS 

Retired 
 

NEWTON -- Services for James L. "Sonny Boy" Humphreys will be held today at 10 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel of Newton County with the Rev. Sarah Windham officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Humphreys, 88, of Lawrence, died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at Newton Regional Hospital. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Melba Humphreys of Lawrence; his children, Mary Everett of Decatur, Barbara Haralson and her husband, Billy, of Conehatta, Benny Humphreys and his wife, Lois and Jerry Humphreys and his wife, Betty, all of Lawrence, Thomas Humphreys and his wife, Sylvia, of Newton and Jimmy Dale Humphreys and his wife, Voncille, of Hattiesburg; a brother, Leonard Humphreys and his wife, Mildred, of Pineville, La.; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. 
 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ander and Pauline Craven Humphreys; and a grandson, Danny Haralson. 
 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 
 

JAMES MONROE HAYWOOD 
 

QUITMAN -- Services for James Monroe Haywood will be held today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Stonewall with the Revs. John Merck and Albert McMullen officiating. Wright's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Haywood, 82, of Aberdeen, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at his home. Mr. Haywood was born to Wesley Monroe and Susie Maude Buckalew Haywood in Stonewall in Clarke County on April 6, 1920. He lived most of his life in Stonewall. In the Stonewall Baptist Church he was a deacon and served as choir leader and substitute teacher. He also served Calvary Baptist Church in Quitman as choir director. He was mayor of Stonewall for eight years, being the first elected mayor of the town. Prior to World War II he was a professional baseball player in the Texas League from 1939-1941. Following his military service in the Pacific theater in the 699th Signal Corps, 5th Army Air Corps from 1941-1945, he returned to his much-loved Stonewall. Following more than 50 years as a barber in Stonewall, he retired and moved to Aberdeen. He was a Mason, a member of the Lions Club, a former school board member for Stonewall schools, past president of the PTA and he served on various appointed committees for governors Waller, Finch and Winter. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Pope Haywood; a son, Larry S. Haywood and his wife, Faye, of Aberdeen; a grandson, Stephen Haywood and his wife, Nancy, of Mobile, Ala.; a granddaughter, Katherine Haywood of West Chester, Penn.; and several nieces and nephews. 
 

The family requests memorials be made to a church or favorite charity of choice. 
 

Visitation will be held today at the church one hour prior to the service. 
 

HURTIS F. VICK 
 

DEMOPOLIS, Ala. -- Graveside services for Hurtis F. Vick will be held today at 11 a.m. at Demopolis Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Don Smith officiating. Kidd-Robbins Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. 
 

Mr. Vick, 71, of Demopolis, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at his home. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy K. Vick of Demopolis; a daughter, Marie V. Singleton and her husband, Louie, of Demopolis; a son, Larry E. Vick Sr., and his wife, Carla, of Meridian; a stepsister, Noleen Tucker of Tallahassee, Fla.; two brothers, Bennie E. Vick of Fredricksburg, Va., and Delano Vick of Sims; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 
 

The family requests flowers and memorials be made to Rangeline Baptist Church, 5805 County Road 19, Linden, AL 36748. 
 

EXO EDWARD JOHNSON 

Retired farmer and carpenter 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Graveside services for Exo Edward Johnson will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Johnson Family Cemetery in Neshoba County with the Rev. Charles Barnett officiating. McClain-Hays Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. 
 

Mr. Johnson, 87, of Philadelphia, died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Navies I. Johnson of Philadelphia; a daughter, Sylvia Franklin of Philadelphia; two sons, Daniel Johnson of Philadelphia and David Lawrence Johnson of Florence; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a brother, Coleman Johnson of Jackson. 
 

Visitation will be held today from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

GEORGE R. FAIRCHILD SR. 

Retired truck driver for Standard Oil 
 

Graveside services for George R. Fairchild Sr., will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Fairchild Cemetery with the Rev. Chuck Overby officiating. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Fairchild, 68, of Meridian, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

Survivors include three sons, George R. Fairchild Jr., and his wife, Peggy, William Fairchild and his wife, Angela and Prentiss White, all of Meridian; nine grandchildren; and two brothers, John Ross Fairchild and Charles Henry Fairchild, both of Meridian. 
 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat Fairchild; and his parents, Joe B. and Ruby Fairchild. 
 

Visitation will be held today from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

JERRY SHANKS 

Self-employed laborer 
 

QUITMAN -- Services for Jerry Shanks will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Center Ridge Baptist Church in DeSoto with the Rev. Lorenzo Carter officiating. Burial will be in Center Ridge Cemetery. Turner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Shanks, 91, of Shubuta, died Monday, April 29, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Lula Mae Shanks of Shubuta; two sons, Jesse Shanks of Aberdeen, Md., and John Shanks of New Orleans; six daughters, Mary Bryant, Pearl Bradshaw, Lillie Davis and Sarah Shanks, all of Chicago, Anne Pickens of Flint, Mich., and Ida L. Heard of Cincinnati; a sister, Kate Carr of Sacramento, Calif.; 30 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. 
 

He was preceded in death by a son, Otis Shanks; and a daughter, Diane Edwards. 
 

The family requests memorials be made to stroke or cancer societies in his honor. 
 

Visitation will be held today from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

Obituaries for Saturday, May 4, 2002 
 

LEON JOSEPH POSEY 

Retired game warden and farmer 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Leon Joseph Posey will be held today at 10 a.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Gilbert Allan and Malcolm Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Neshoba County. McClain-Hays Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Posey, 80, of Union, died Friday, May 3, 2002, at his home. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Posey; and a daughter, Rita Page both of Union; two sons, Mike Posey of Philadelphia and Scott Posey of Ridgeland; a sister, Vennie Lee Clark of Meridian; and five grandchildren. 
 

EDNA EARL LITTLE 

Homemaker 
 

CLINTON -- Services for Edna Earl Little will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery in Meridian. 
 

Mrs. Little, of Clinton, died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at the Clinton Health and Rehabilitation Center. 
 

Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Langston and her husband, Tommy; a granddaughter, Christie Cotten and her husband, Todd; and a brother, Herman Heitman of Lake Villa, Ill. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles O. Little. 
 

The family requests memorials be made to Baptist Children's Village, P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060, or to the Clinton Community Christian Corporation, P.O. Box 21, Clinton, MS 39060. 
 

Visitation will be held today from noon until service time at the funeral home. 
 

HUBERT HILL 

Ceramic tile mason 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Hubert Hill will be held today at 3 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with the Revs. James Young and Larry Joyner officiating. Burial will be in Hester Cemetery in Collinsville. 
 

Mr. Hill, 78, of Collinsville, died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at his home. He was a veteran of World War II. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Joyce Hill of Collinsville; three daughters, Faye Bell of Waycross, Ga., Lisa Bates of Philadelphia and Brenda Talbert of Collinsville; six sons, Herman Hill of Waycross, Jimmy Hill of Mershon, Ga., Randy Hill of Alma, Ga., Mark Joyner, the Rev. Larry Joyner and Ed Joyner, all of Collinsville; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Dorothy Burman and Ruby Cole, both of Nicholls, Ga. 
 

He was preceded in death by a son, Eugene Hill. 
 

FINIS TUBBY 

Retired EMT 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Finis Tubby will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Pearl River Community Facility Building with the Revs. Travis Willis and W.D. Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Hope Indian Baptist Church Cemetery in Philadelphia. McClain-Hays Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Tubby, 73, of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at his home. He was a retired Emergency Medical Technician for Choctaw Health Center. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Bertha Willis Tubby of Philadelphia; six daughters, Darlene Patrick of Sebastopol, Rita Faye Jones of Ridgeland and Sandra Kay Tubby, Brenda Stephens, Gloria White and Bernita Reynolds, all of Philadelphia; a stepdaughter, Julia Yazzie Tubby of Philadelphia; two sons, Kevin Tubby and Bobby Tubby, both of Philadelphia; two brothers, W.C. Tubby of Philadelphia and Eugene Tubby of Carthage; 21 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 
 

He was preceded in death by two sons, Melvin Tubby and Jerry Tubby. 
 

ANNIE KATE BARHAM COBB 
 

Services for Annie Kate Barham Cobb will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Rocky Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Jeremy Howard and Owen Eubanks officiating. Burial will be in the Rocky Creek Cemetery in Lucedale. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Cobb, 90, of Lucedale, died Friday, May 3, 2002, at Brookwood Nursing Home in Leakesville. She was a member of the Rocky Creek Baptist Church. 
 

Survivors include three daughters, Jerolyn Williams of Leakesville, Henra Ann Clark of Mason, Ohio and Lynn Tierney of Seattle; a sister, Mattie B. "Pat" Jones of Decatur; four brothers, Pete Barham of Columbus, Dwight Barham of Hattiesburg, Jairus Barham of Decatur and O.C. Barham of Meridian; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry H. Cobb. 
 

Pallbearers will be Barry Williams, Richard Sutherland, Kendal Simmons and Brad Emerson. 
 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. 
 

CHARLES E. THORNTON 

Retired coal miner 
 

MADISONVILLE, Ky. -- Services for Charles E. "Charlie" Thornton will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Barnett-Strother Funeral Home with the Revs. Tom Webster and Rachel Nance officiating. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery in Hanson. 
 

Mr. Thornton, 61, of Madisonville, died Friday, May 3, 2002, at St. Thomas Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He was a retired coal miner with the P&M Coal Company where he was employed with Colonial Mines. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Glenda G. Thornton; a son, Clayton Evans "Clay" Thornton; his mother, Nell Nicholson Thornton; and a brother, Ed Thornton, all of Madisonville; and a sister, Judy Thornton Wells of Princeton. 
 

The family requests memorials be made to the First Christian Church or to Boy Scout Troop 528 in care of Madisonville First United Methodist Church. Envelopes for donations will be available at the funeral home. 
 

Visitation will be held Sunday from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and on Monday beginning two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. 
 

WILLIE P. LIVINGSTON 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at James F. Webb Funeral Home for Willie P. Livingston, 83, who died Friday, May 3, 2002, at Riley Hospital. 
 

OMA MCKEE 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Stephen's Funeral Home for Oma McKee, 80, of Meridian, who died Friday, May 3, 2002, at Benchmark Healthcare. 
 

Obituaries for Sunday, May 5, 2002 
 

JOHN HENRY UNDERWOOD 
 

QUITMAN -- Services for John Henry Underwood will be held today at 3 p.m. at Wright's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Willie Lee Pearce officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Underwood, 76, of Quitman, died Friday, May 3, 2002 at H.C. Watkins Memorial Hospital. 
 

Survivors include five daughters, Patsy Holloman and Gina Griffin, both of Quitman; Peggy Cunningham and Sue Dykes, both of Citronelle, Ala.; and Linda Holley of Houston; three sons, Jimmy Whitaker Jr. of Quitman; Walter Underwood of San Antonio; and Anthony Underwood of Laurel; a sister, Lenora Robinson of Bay Springs; three brothers, Harvey Underwood and Bobby Underwood, both of Quitman; and George Underwood of Stonewall; 32 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. 
 

WILLIE P. LIVINGSTON 

Retired from Bell South 
 

Graveside services for Willie P. Livingston will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Edsol Wells officiating. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Livingston, 83, of Meridian, died Friday, May 3, 2002, at Riley Hospital. She was a member of Eighth Avenue Baptist Church where she served as Treasurer and secretary. She also served as an officer at state and local levels of the WMU, and was active in the telephone pioneers. 
 

Survivors include Helen Webb, and her husband, William, of Cuba, Ala.; a granddaughter, Sandra Webb-Thompson of Collinsville; and several cousins. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Temple Livingston, her father, Taylor Pagan, and her mother, Lillie M. Hailey Pagan. 
 

Visitation will be today from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

HAZEL H. BETTERTON 

Retired Beautician 
 

Graveside services for Hazel H. Betterton will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Chamberlin Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Jones officiating. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Betterton, 68, of Toomsuba, died Saturday, May 4, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Kellis Store Baptist Church. 
 

Survivors include her sister, Jean Allen of Beaufont, S.C.; a nephew and two nieces. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Betterton, her father, Grady Haskins, and her mother, Esma Duncan Haskins. 
 

Visitation will be Monday from 10 a.m.-noon at the funeral home. 
 

BETHANY KRISTINE HAMILTON 

Student at Northeast High School 
 

Services for Bethany Kristine Hamilton will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Pastor Paul LaBlanc officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. 
 

Ms. Hamilton, 19, of Bailey, died Friday, May 3, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Meridian path finder club and active in church and school. 
 

Survivors include her mother, Lisa Strauser and her husband, Terry, of Bailey; her father, Larry Hamilton and his wife, Eileen, of New Orleans; her fiance', David Vidal of Bailey; two sisters, Amy and Elizabeth Hamilton of Bailey; two brothers, Todd and P.J. Hamilton, of New Orleans; grandparents Joseph and Carolyn Swistek of Bailey; her grandfather, Marvin Hamilton of Freeport, Maine; a step-sister and brother, Denise and Steven Strauser of Pearl; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends and relatives. 
 

She was preceded in death by her step-grandfather, Jeffrey Richardson and her grandmother, Hattie Hamilton. 
 

Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

EMMA JEAN SANDE THORNTON 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Emma Jean Sande Thornton, 60, of Bailey, who died Saturday, May 4, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. 
 

ANTHONY BARTLETT 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Anthony Bartlett, 36, of Meridian, who died Saturday, May 4, 2002, at his home. 
 

GLENN D. WALKER 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Stephens Funeral Home in Union for Glenn D. Walker, who died Friday, May 3, 2002, in Kosciusko. 
 

Obituaries for Monday, May 6, 2002 
 

L B. NIX 
 

BUTLER, Ala. -- Services for L.B. Nix were to be held today at 10 a.m. at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jim Wallace officiating. Burial was to be in Edgar Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Nix, 81, of Silas, died Saturday, May 4 , 2002, in Butler. 
 

Survivors include his brother, Grady Nix of Silas; and several nieces and nephews. 
 
 
 

RAY CLARKE JOHNSON 

Auto repairman 
 

UNION -- Graveside services for Ray Clarke Johnson were to be held today at 10 a.m. at Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery in Decatur with the Rev. William Walker officiating. Milling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Johnson, 74, of Decatur, died Sunday, May 5, 2002, at Veteran Memorial Hospital in Jackson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in World War II. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Ellen Uldine Johnson of Decatur; a daughter, Mary Ellen Hopson,of Pearl; two sons, Ron Johnson of Brandon and Tim Johnson of of Simpsonville, S.C.; sisters, Bernice Ashley of Madison and Josie Mae Jones of Meridian; brothers, Doris Johnson of Brandon and Elmer Johnson of Decatur; a granddaughter, Misty Lowery of Hattiesburg; and a grandson, Caleb Johnson of Simpsonville, S.C. 
 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtie Johnson and Bud Johnson; sisters, Allie Everett and Annie Scott; brothers, Cook Johnson, Lee Johnson, William Johnson and Arnold Johnson. 
 

The family requests memorials be made to the Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or the American Cancer Society, 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson, MS 39213. 
 

LUCILLE BECKHAM WARD 

Homemaker 
 

Services for Lucille Beckham Ward will be held today at 11 a.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Jay Murphy and Charles Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery in the Stephenstown Community of Neshoba County. 
 

Mrs. Ward, 70, Philadelphia, died Saturday, May 4, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

Survivors include her daughters, Wanda Chaney of Little Rock, Kathy Addy of Decatur and Julie Richardson of Preston; sons, Edward Beckham and Otis Beckham, both of Philadelphia; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Nettie Mae Higginbotham of Hattiesburg and Hettie Ruth Cutrer of Philadelphia; brothers, Mack Dunn of Canton and Laverne Dunn of Louisville. 
 

She is preceded in death by her husbands, Hersel Beckham and John Ward. 
 

ANTHONY BARTLETT 
 

Services for Anthony Bartlett will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel. 
 

Mr. Bartlett, 36, of Meridian, died Saturday, May 4, 2002, in his home. 
 

Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

GRACIE PEARLEY GRIMES MCILWAIN 
 

GILBERTOWN, Ala. -- Services for Gracie Pearley Grimes McIlwain will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Barlow United Methodist Church with the Revs. Malcomb Parker and Charles Albrook officiating. Burial will be in Barlow Cemetery with Phillips Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. McIlwain, 71, of Millry, died Saturday, May 4, 2002, in Millry. 
 

Survivors include her sons, Tony McIlwain of Millry, Danny McIlwain of Bessemer, Glenn McIlwain of Atmore, Gene McIlwain of Stateline and Louie McIlwain of Mobile; daughters, Loretta Sullivan of Copeland, Paulette Beasley of Millry, Rebecca Woods of Buckatunna, Connie Beasley of Copeland, Debbie Reed of Silas and Tammy Henson of Frankville; a brother, Daniel Grimes Jr. of Copeland; a sister Marie Harrel of Pascagoula; 36 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore James "TJ" McIlwain. 
 

Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

LT. GEN. GLENN D. WALKER 

Retired U. S. Army 
 

UNION -- Services for Lt. Gen. Glenn D. Walker will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Union Methodist Church, with the Rev. Tom Samson officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Walker, 86, of Kosciusko, died Friday, May 3, 2002, in Kosciusko. Lt. General Walker of Union and Forest was born Jan. 21, 1916, in Rapides Parish, La. His family moved to Morton in 1926. He graduated Morton High School in 1934 and attended East Central Junior College in 1934-35. While attending ECJC he began his military career by joining the Mississippi National Guard in Decatur. He later attended the University of Mississippi in 1935-36 and Mississippi College in 1937-39. Upon earning his bachelor's of arts degree from Mississippi College, he joined the MC faculty and became a member of the coaching staff. 
 

General Walker entered active military service in February 1942 and was assigned to the 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. In January 1944, he went to England with the 22nd Infantry as a Company Commander. He participated in the "D-Day" Normandy Landings, going ashore at Utah Beach. He rose to battalion commander during the Saint Lo Breakout, but after being wounded during the bitter fighting in the Huertgen Forest, he was evacuated to the U.S. 
 

Upon release form the hospital in June 1945, now a lieutenant colonel, he became an instructor in the Tactical Department at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. General Walker joined the Army Advisory Group in Nanking, China, in the summer of 1947 where he remained until the fall of 1948 when he joined the Far East Command Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. 
 

General Walker was assigned as a student at the Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in 1950 and remained on the faculty there as an instructor. 
 

From 1955-56 he attended the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. After his graduation from the Army War College, General Walker was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G2 at 7th Army Headquarters in Germany until he became Commanding Officer of the 6th Infantry Regiment in Berlin. 
 

In the summer of 1958 he was transferred to the Pentagon to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations Department of the Army and later served as a staff member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 
 

Between August 1962 and February 1965, General Walker attended the National War College and went on to serve as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, G1 with the 8th Army in Korea and later as Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, G1 with U.S. Army, Pacific in Honolulu. 
 

In February 1965, he was assigned as Assistant Division Commander, 25th Infantry Division. He departed with the initial elements of the division to the Republic of Vietnam in December 1965. Between April and October of 1966 he commanded the third Brigade Task Force, which later was to be designated the third Brigade, Fourth Division. 
 

In October 1966, he was reassigned as Assistant Division Commander of the 4th Infantry Division at Pleiku, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. He returned to the U.S. In August of 1967 and was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Continental Army Command. 
 

In November 1967, he was promoted to the rank of Major General and became the Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operations and Reserve Forces, Headquarters U.S. Continental Command, Fort Monroe, Va. 
 

In November 1969, he returned to Vietnam to become the Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division. 
 

General Walker was assigned to the Department of the Army on Aug. 1, 1970, and assumed the position of Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operation. 
 

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Keith Harold Walker, James Windfred Walker and Holt Waker Jr.; and his parents ,Holt and Birtie Walker. 
 

Visitation will be today 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

CARRIE MAE FRENCH SHEALY 

Homemaker 
 

Services for Carrie Mae French Shealy will be held Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Erin Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Newton County with the Rev. Charles Morrow officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Shealy, 99, of Meridian, died Sunday, May 5, 2002, at Beverly HealthCare-Broadmoor. She was a member of Erin Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a honorary member of Jones Memorial Presbyterian Church in Meridian. She was well known for her famous fried apple pies, her quilting skills, her loving sweet smile and being a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. 
 

She was a Christian who truly loved her Lord and worshiped faithfully at Erin Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She joined the church in September 1918. The last 14 years of her life she lived with her devoted daughters in Meridian and under the love and faithful care of the Beverly HealthCare facility. 
 

Survivors include two daughters, Angeline Vance, Mary Elois Taylor Godeaux and her husband, Joe, all of Meridian; half-sisters, Juanita French Brewer of Hattiesburg and Claudine French Taylor of Virginia; eight grandchildren, Betty Lynn Vance Harpe and her husband, E.C., of Florence, Dianne Vance Waldron and her husband, Charles, of St. Louis, Mo., Nancy Shealy Harveston and her husband, Bruce, of Natchez, Ruben Shealy and his wife, Kelly, of Covington, La., Patsy Shealy Bradley of Hattiesburg, Jimmy Taylor and his wife, Jenny Lynn, Rita Taylor Flint and her husband, Alan, and Pat Taylor and his wife, Danita, all of Meridian; 22 great-grandchildren, Spencer Harpe of Ohio, Tracy Harpe of Florence, Phillip Vance, Adam and Carrie Waldron of St. Louis, Lew Harveston of Hattiesburg, Lance and Mark Harveston of Natchez, Kyle, Mason and Ethan Shealy of Covington, Jake and Jesse Bradley of Hattiesburg, Olivia Taylor of Meridian, Jeremy Flint and his wife, Jana, of Homewood, Ala., Matthew and Alana Flint of Meridian, Patrick, Melissa, Austin and Brian Taylor of Meridian; and several nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sylvester Festus "Vester" Shealy; a son and daughter-in-law, Adolph and Carrie Gordon Shealy of Natchez; two sons-in-law, Alfred "Bill" Taylor and Royce Vance, both of Meridian; and a grandson-in-law, Jeff Bradley of Hattiesburg. 
 

The family requests memorials be made to Erin Cumberland Presbyterian Church or a favorite charity. 
 

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Taylor, Pat Taylor, Ruben Shealy, Alan Flint, E.C. Harpe, Bruce Harveston and Charles Waldron. Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandsons. 
 

Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home and Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church. 
 

EMMA JEAN PHILYAW THORNTON 

Retired from Roadway Express 
 

Services for Emma Jean Philyaw Thornton will be held Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Bethel Southern United Methodist Church with the Revs. Jesse Long and Lane Busbee officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Thornton, 60, of Bailey, died Saturday, May 4, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. She was employed with Roadway Express for 30 years and won several awards while working there. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Guy O. Thornton of Bailey; three children, Cindy Morgan and her husband, Tony, of Meridian, Rhonda Heartsill and her husband, Charles, of Sawyerville, Ala., and Scott Sanderford and his wife, Juanita, of Northport, Ala.; stepchildren, Jimmy Thornton and his wife, Angie, Lisa Phillips and her husband, Tim, and Lois McDonald and her husband, JR, two sisters, Patricia Knight, Phylis Wright and her husband, Russell, all of Bailey; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. Otis and Dorothy Philyaw; and a sister, Barbara Thornton. 
 

Pallbearers will be Russell Wright, Travis Knight Jr., James Thornton, Doyle Thornton, Guy McRae and Jeremy Harper. 
 

Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home and 30 minutes prior to the service on Tuesday. 
 

DORA HELEN MOREE 

Retired lab technician 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Dora Helen Moree will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. David Moree officiating. Burial will be in Carolina Presbyterian Church Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Moree, 64, of Byram, died Saturday, May 4, 2002, at Whispering Pines Hospice Hospital in Ridgeland. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Clois Moree of Jackson; daughters, Shelia Harlow of Jackson and Darlene Oliver of Tupelo; three grandchildren; a sister, Offie Oakes of Kosciusko; and a brother, Delbert McDonald of Houston, Texas. 
 

The family requests memorials be made to Hospice Ministries, 450 Towne Center Blvd., Richland, MS 39157. 
 

Visitation will be today 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

BETHANY KRISTINE HAMILTON 

Student at Northeast High School 
 

Services for Bethany Kristine Hamilton will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Paul LaBlanc officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. 
 

Ms. Hamilton, 19, of Bailey, died Friday, May 3, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Meridian Path Finder Club and active in church and school. 
 

Survivors include her mother, Lisa Strauser and her husband, Terry, of Bailey; her father, Larry Hamilton and his wife, Eileen, of New Orleans; her fiancé, David Vidal of Bailey; two sisters, Amy and Elizabeth Hamilton of Bailey; two brothers, Todd and P.J. Hamilton of New Orleans; grandparents, Joseph and Carolyn Swistek of Bailey; her grandfather, Marvin Hamilton of Freeport, Maine; a step-sister and brother, Denise and Steven Strauser of Pearl; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends and relatives. 
 

She was preceded in death by her step-step-father, Jeffrey Richardson; and her grandmother, Hattie Hamilton. 
 

Pallbearers will be employees of Metro Ambulance Service. 
 

Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

NATHAN HODGES JR. 

Owner of Hodges Funeral Home 
 

OXFORD -- Services for Nathan Hodges Jr. will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery with Hodges Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Hodges, 78, of Oxford, died Friday, May 3, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. He was a native of Meridian and a veteran of the U.S. Army. 
 

Survivors include six daughters, Cora Williams of Atlanta, LaVera Hodges, Meta Anderson, Tonya Woods, Diane Young and Lisa Corrothers, all of Oxford; a sister, Elnora Cole of Chicago; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 
 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie A. Hodges. 
 

Obituaries for Tuesday, May 7, 2002 
 

ANTHONY GLENN BARTLETT 

Nurse 
 

Services for Anthony Glenn Bartlett were to be held today at 10 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Jason Bird and Dr. Bob Simmons officiating. Burial was to be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Bartlett, 36, of Meridian, died Saturday, May 4, 2002, in his home. He graduated from Lamar High School in 1984 and received an associate's degree in nursing from Meridian Community College in 2000. He also earned an associate's degree in electronics from MCC. He was vice president of Bartlett Casters and a member of Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Kristy Leigh Bartlett, daughters, Kasey Williams and Karli Bartlet, his parents, Albert W. and Walterine Bartlett, all of Meridian; sisters, Dale Plowman and her husband, Alex, of Hurley and Trisha Bagley and her husband, Tony, of Columbia, Tenn.; a special uncle, Thomas R. Bartlett of Baton Rouge, La.; mother and father-in-law, Richard and Kay Barrett; several nieces and nephews, cousins, uncles and aunts. 
 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Terry Bartlett. 
 

Pallbearers were Tony Bagley, Alex Plowman, Richie Bagley, Todd DiPalma, Billy Beddingfield, Aaron Watson, Mark Watson and Kevin Ross. 
 

Honorary pallbearers were Randy Martin, Brad McNair, Doug Williams, Jeff Collum and Herb Bruister. 
 

EDWARD LAMAR TAYLOR 
 

QUITMAN -- Services for Edward "Dude" Lamar Taylor will be held today at 11 a.m. at Wright's Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Pete Pearson and Nathaniel Broadhead officiating. Burial will be in Stonewall Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Taylor, 61, of Quitman, died Sunday, May 5, 2002, at Lakeside Living Center in Quitman. 
 

Survivors include his brothers, James Robert "Wimpy" Taylor and his wife, Glinda, Raymond Lee Taylor and his wife, Dianne, a niece, Shanna Little, nephews, Robbie Taylor and John Taylor, all of Stonewall. 
 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Edward Taylor and Pauline Elizabeth King. 
 

TILDA FRANCES REEVES 

Seamstress 
 

UNION -- Services for Tilda Frances Reeves will be held today at 2:30 p.m. at Ireland Baptist Church with the Revs. Kevin Meador and Randy Edgar officiating. Burial will be in Union City Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Reeves, 88, of Union, died Sunday, May 5, 2002, at Laird Hospital. She was a factory seamstress and a member of New Ireland Baptist Church in Union. 
 

Survivors include her daughters, Othella Copeland of Saraland, Ala., and Joann Myers of Union; a stepdaughter, Gaye Townsend of Jackson; six grandchildren, Kathy Ferguson, Sherry Stewart, David Copeland, Wayne Withers, Randy Copeland and Mark Withers; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.T. Reeves; her brothers, Loyal Thrash and George Thrash. 
 

FRED BAUCOM ROBBINS 

Retired 
 

YORK, Ala. -- Graveside services for Fred Baucom Robbins will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at York Cemetery, with the Revs. Richard Losch, Grant McLain, Dr. Larry Teasley officiating. Bumpers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Robbins, 83, of York, died Monday, May 6, 2002, at Sumter Health and Rehab Center in York. He was a retired lineman with the Alabama Power Company working 45 years with the company. He retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve as a chief petty officer and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Irene Hays Robbins of York; one niece and two nephews. 
 

The family requests memorials be made to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers. 
 

Visitation will be today at the family home 6 p.m.-7 p.m. 
 

JOHNSTONE W. COPPOCK 

Engineer 
 

Services for Johnstone W. "John" Coppock were held Friday, May 3, at New Lebanon Baptist Church, with the Rev. Hoyt St. John officiating. Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Coppock, 58, of Springville, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002. He was a radio and television engineer. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Shirlee Martin Coppock; his mother, Sara E. Pearce of Meridian, a sister, Sara C. McDaniel; a brother, Samuel H. Coppock of Chandler, Ariz.; and his dog, lady. 
 

KWANZA K. GOODWIN 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Kwanza K. Goodwin, 25, of Meridian, who died Friday May 3, 2002, in her home. 
 

LEON PLUMMER 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Leon Plummer, 63, of Stonewall, who died Sunday, May 5, 2002, at H.C. Watkins Memorial Hospital. 
 

LEON THOMPSON 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Leon Thompson, 60, of Meridian, who died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at Riley Hospital. 
 

Obituaries for Wednesday, May 8, 2002 
 

GEORGE ALBERT THOMPSON SR. 
 

SYLACAUGA, Ala. -- Services for George Albert Thompson Sr. were to be held today at 11 a.m. at Curtis and Sons Funeral Home Chapel North Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Glenn Conner officiating. Burial was to be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Thompson, 89, of Sylacauga, died Monday, May 6, 2002. He was a life long member of First United Methodist Church in Sylacauga and a member of Deedie Craddock Sunday School class. He was a member of the Order of Eastern Star number 209, Masonic Lodge number 200, Metro York Rite, Scottish Rite and the Zamora Shrine. 
 

Survivors include his son, George Albert Thompson Jr. of Montgomery; his daughter Edith Thompson Romano and her husband, Don M., of Vestavia Hills; six grandchildren, Ashley H. Romano of Atlanta; Candice D. Thompson of Scottsdale, Ariz., Don Michael Romano Jr. of Hollywood, Calif., Tara A. Thompson, George Albert Thompson III and B. C. Romano all of Tuscaloosa. 
 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Gibson Thompson. 
 

The family appreciates prayers during this time of sorrow. Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church in Sylacauga. 
 

KWANZA KEICHELL GOODWIN 

Weems employee 
 

Services for Kwanza Keichell Goodwin will be held Thursday, at 1 p.m. at Greater Calvary Baptist Church on 29th Avenue with the Rev. J. W. Perrien Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Ms. Goodwin, 25, of Meridian, died Friday, May 3, 2002, in her home. She was an employee of Weems Community Mental Health Center. 
 

Survivors include her parents, Raphall and Barbara Goodwin; a brother, Raphall Goodwin Jr., all of Meridian; a paternal grandfather and her maternal grandmother. 
 

Visitation will be today 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service at the church. 
 

LEON PLUMMER 
 

Services for Leon Plummer will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church in Quitman with the Rev. Washington McKenzie officiating. Burial will be in Stonewall Cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Plummer, 64, of Stonewall, died Sunday, May 5, 2002, in his home. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Joyce Plummer; a son, Leon Plummer Jr. both of Stonewall; three daughters, Octeria Mack of Wis., Patricia Mack and Angela Moore, both of Stonewall; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
 

Visitation will be Thursday 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the church. 
 

DAVID B. STANLEY 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home Newton for David B. Stanley, 63, of Newton, who died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

JAMES L. NAYLOR 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for James L. Naylor, 69, of Meridian, who died Monday, May 6, 2002, in Meridian. 
 

MARVALEAN SIMEIN 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Marvalean Simein, of Stonewall, who died Tuesday, May 6, 2002, at the Speciality Hospital of Meridian. 
 

Obituaries for Thursday, May 9, 2002 
 

DAVID BURNS STANLEY 

Retired 
 

NEWTON -- Services for David Burns Stanley will be held today at 11 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Bryan Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Newton County Memorial Gardens. 
 

Mr. Stanley, 63, of Newton, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He was a retired sheet metal worker and welder from Delco Remy Corp. He was a Methodist, a shriner and a mason. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Mary W. Stanley of Newton; his mother, Mary Burns Stanley of Mobile, Ala.; several nephews, cousins, five great-nephews and three great-nieces. 
 

WILMA POUNDS 

Homemaker 
 

YORK, Ala. -- Services for Wilma "Mrs. Johnnie" Pounds will be held today at 3 p.m. at Bumpers Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Coy Miller and Ernie Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Clay Memorial Cemetery in Cuba. 
 

Mrs. Pounds, 80, of Cuba, died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian. 
 

Survivors include her daughter, Joyce Doten of Roswell, Ga.; a son, Jack Pounds of Tampa, Fla.; sisters, Nola T. Stewart of York and Eula Mae Stallings of Cuba; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
 

Visitation will be today one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 
 

DANNY HARRISON 

Civil engineer 
 

VICKSBURG -- Services for Danny Harrison will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Chip Starnks officiating. Graveside services will be at 4:30 p.m. in Beulah Cemetery in Little Rock. 
 

Mr. Harrison, 54, of Vicksburg, died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at River Region Hospital in Vicksburg. He was a native of Newton County and lived in Vicksburg for the past 32 years. 
 

He was a graduate of Mississippi State University and worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a civil engineer. He was a member of Highland Baptist Church in Vicksburg. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Dollie Harrison, daughters, Gina H. Channell and Gina Frances Hull, all of Vicksburg; his son, John David Harrison of Mathiston; his parents, Buford E. Harrison and Evelyn Harrison of Meridian; a sister, Shelia H. Miller of Meridian; grandchildren, Carra Channell and Steven Channell, both of Vicksburg. 
 

Memorials can be made to Bovina Baptist Church Building Fund. 
 

Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

CLARENCE SMITH 

Retired 
 

Graveside services for Clarence Smith will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Meehan Cemetery, with the Rev. Wayne Campbell officiating. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Smith, 71, of Chunky, died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, in his home. He was retired from Barber and Son Plumbing. 
 

Survivors include his former wife, Bonnie White; his daughter, Sandra Galloway and a grandson, Christopher Heiser, both of Lauderdale; brothers, Thomas Smith of Chunky, Hansel Smith and Dee Smith, both of Jackson and Robert Earl Smith of South Carolina. 
 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie and Gertrude Smith. 
 

Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

JAMES L. NAYLOR 

Retired truck driver 
 

Services for James L. Naylor will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Hope Blackwater Church with the Rev. Roosevelt Clark officiating. Burial will be in Blackwater Cemetery with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Naylor, 69, of Meridian, died Monday, May 6, 2002, in Meridian. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Edna Naylor, step children, William L. Johnson Jr., Frederick L. Johnson, John Johnson, Linda Kelly and Charles Johnson, his sister, Annie Pearl Gathright, brothers, Williams B. Naylor, Charles Naylor and Luke Naylor, all of Meridian. 
 

Visitation will be Friday 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

JAMES ALTON EMBREY SR. 

Retired 
 

JACKSON -- Memorial services for James Alton Embrey Sr. will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Chunky with Mark Seepe Funeral Home and Crematorium in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Embrey, 68, of Chunky, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veteran Administration Medical Center. Mr. Embrey was a lifelong resident of Chunky,and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. 
 

He entered the U.S. Navy in June of 1941 where he served until 1954. After the service, he was a maintenance mechanic and retired form St. Louis Blow Pipe of Meridian. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Carol Sue Embrey of Chunky; daughters, Beth Stokes and her husband, Chris, of Meridian, Tami Burke and her husband, Jerry, of Little Rock, and Debbie Olds and her husband, Ray, of Reno, Nev.; a son, James Alton Embrey Jr. and his wife, Eva, of Chunky; a sister, Janice Erickson of Chunky; brothers, Alfred Embrey and William Embrey, both of Chunky, Bill Embrey of Bloomington, Calif., Charlie Embrey of Newton and Don Embrey of Big Bear, Calif.; and nine grandchildren. 
 

KENNETH L. BROWN 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Stephens Funeral Home for Kenneth L. Brown, 69, of Meridian, who died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

Obituaries for Saturday, May 11, 2002 
 

JACKIE R. GIBSON JR. 
 

Services for Jackie Ray Gibson Jr. were held Thursday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Lewis Bridges officiating. Burial was in New Salem Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Gibson, 46, died Sunday, May 5, 2002, after a sudden illness. He was self-employed as a painter before becoming disabled and was a Baptist. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. 
 

Survivors include his mother Faye Ellen Booker Yarbrough of Tupelo; a step-father, Bill Yarbrough of Tupelo; father, Jackie Ray Gibson Sr. of Meridian; a son, Joshua Houston Gibson of Tupelo; a daughter, Danielle Gibson; a sister, Julie Coleman of Tupelo; a half-brother, Benjamin Gibson of Meridian; an aunt, Carrie Ann Booker Harris and her husband Donnie of Tupelo; four uncles, Thomas Sidney Booker and his wife, Jenny, of Fulton, Glenn and Buddy Gibson, both of Meridian, and Billy Gibson of Lake Charles, La.; a niece, Amy Lyle and her husband Phillip of Saltillo; a nephew, Matthew Coleman of Tupelo; a great-niece, Anna Claire Lyle of Saltillo; and a special friend, Stephanie Kelly of Marietta. 
 

Pallbearers were Matthew Coleman, Phillip Lyle, Tommy Roberts, Alan Childers, Henry Jenkins, Mark Henderson and Jason Morrow. 
 

KENNETH L. BROWN 

Businessman 
 

Services for Kenneth L. Brown will be held today at 10 a.m. at Stephens Chapel with the Rev. Hal Bates officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Brown, 69, of Meridian, died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

Brown was the former owner of Brown Welding Service. In the U.S. Navy, he served on board the USS Iowa and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a Mason and member of St. John Lodge 507 and a member of the Silver Star Hunting Club. 
 

Survivors include his two daughters, Vicki Mowdy and her husband Tim of Meridian, and Linda Shirley and her husband Jimmy D. of Heidelberg; three grandchildren, Marie and Hanna Shirley, both of Heidelberg, and Jason Mowdy of Meridian; three sisters, Ida Vick and her husband Irvin, Edna Earl Moore, Juanice Evans and her husband Sam, all of Meridian. 
 

He was preceded in death by his parents, R.L. (Bud) Brown Sr. and Vivian Coker Brown; his brother, R.L. Brown Jr.; and twin sisters, Annette and Jeanette Brown. 
 

Pallbearers will be Greg Freeman, Marcus Herrington Jr., David Case, Rusty Hanna, Wendall Hostetler, Greg Donald and Jason Mowdy. 
 

Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Slay, Gene Jay, Marcus Herrington Sr., Lee Shumate, Ray Swann, James Hanna and Buddy Rainer. 
 
 
 
 

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