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Obituaries 16

Obituaries for Thursday, July 11, 2002 
 

KAROL OTTO KOCOUREK, P.E. 

Retired 
 

Memorial services for Karol O. Kocourek, P.E. will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at The Church of the Mediator, with the Revs. Ann L. Whitaker, Mike Dobrosky and Eddie B. Cryer officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Garden Cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Kocourek, 69, of Meridian, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He was retired from Georgia Pacific Corporation (formerly Fort James, James River, and American Can Company). 
 

He was born in Ruzomberok, Czechoslovakia. He was a member of the high school basketball team which was able to win a competition against the Czechoslovakian National Team. More than 30 years later he was still recognized on the streets of Ruzomberok for those famous basketball games. 
 

He was a graduate of the University of Slovakia in Bratislava, Slovakia, specializing in pulp and paper engineering. He was selected to advise Fidel Castro on that industry and left Czechoslovakia for Cuba in 1962. 
 

He formulated a plan to escape by boat to Miami, but the Communists suspected his plans. Robert Lipa, Karol's childhood friend and basketball teammate, warned Karol that the Communists were suspicious and helped Karol to formulate an alternate escape plan. 
 

Karol tried to gain additional time to accomplish his escape by eating chalk so that he would be too ill to travel. This did not work, so he met a doctor in an alley and received typhoid injections, but he never even broke a fever. Karol had no alternative but to board the plane back to Czechoslovakia as ordered by the Communists. Knowing that the plane would have to stop to refuel before crossing the Atlantic, Karol decided to walk off the plane wherever it stopped. The stop was in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, and Karol walked off the plane and asked for political asylum. 
 

From Canada, Karol eventually found his way to the United States and worked in the paper industry with the American Can Company which subsequently became James River, Fort James, and Georgia Pacific. He became a United States citizen on May 16, 1980. He was the Director of Major Projects at Naheola Mill in Pennington, Ala., when he retired in 1998 after more than 33 years of service. 
 

Karol's favorite leisure pastime was travel, and he went to many interesting places including a trip to India with Jwala Gupta, a co-worker originally from India, who gave him an insider's tour. 
 

When the Communists finally left Czechoslovakia in 1989, Karol was able to travel back to his home country to visit his mother, relatives and friends whom he left behind when he escaped. 
 

He spent several weeks in his hometown every year, most recently in April through June 2002. Karol also traveled broadly elsewhere in Europe and South America. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, but enjoyed visiting other churches, including First Union Baptist Church, New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church and Fifth Street Baptist Church. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Springer Kocourek, his stepsons, Kyle Doherty and Colin Doherty, all of Meridian; his mother, Eva Kocourekova,of Ruzomberok, Republic of Slovakia, as well as his parents-in-law, Paul and Mary Jean Springer of Meridian; many close friends in the United States and overseas, all of whom will sorely miss their wonderful friend. 
 

He was preceded in death by his father, Karol Kocourek. 
 

Memorials may be made Wesley House Community Center, 1520 Eight Ave., Meridian, MS 39301. 
 

Visitation will be Friday 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the church. 
 

KEN E. SHARP SR. 
 

VICKSBURG -- Services for Ken E. Sharp Sr. will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Gordon Sansing officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Sharp, 57, died Monday, July 8, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. He was the owner and operator of M and S Cabinet Shop. 
 

Survivors include a son, Ken Sharp Jr. of Vicksburg; a daughter, Tonya Taylor of Gilbert, Ariz.; his mother, Gladys S. Sharp and a sister, Carolyn Prince, both of Tallulah, La.; four grandchildren and a special friend, Jeanette Whitten of Preston. 
 

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

VERNICE ODELL MILLER 

Homemaker 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Vernice Odell Miller will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at John E. Stephens Chapel with the Revs. John Stephens and Wayne Hill officiating. Burial will be in Spring Creek Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Miller, 80, of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at Neshoba County General Hospital in Philadelphia. 
 

Survivors include her daughters, Glenice Fulton and her husband, Morris, of Philadelphia, Ollie Carlene Foster and her husband, Marion, of Colleoka, Tenn.; sons, James K. Miller of Moss Point, Billy W. Miller of Detroit; a sister, Eileen Hollingshead of Lucedale; a brother, Glen Grantham of Gulfport; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie Miller. 
 

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

MARY CATHERINE JONES CREEKMORE 

Retired 
 

Graveside services for Mary Catherine Jones Creekmore will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Lynville Methodist Church Cemetery in Preston with the Revs. John Kramer and Randy Caldwell officiating. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Creekmore, 88, of Meridian, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, in Meridian. She was a member of Lynville Methodist Church and retired from East Mississippi State Hospital. 
 

Survivors include her three sons, Earl Creekmore and his wife, Pat, Robert Creekmore and his wife, Cynthia, and Virgil Creekmore; a stepdaughter, Rubye Massey; four brothers and one sister; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Johnson Creekmore; four sons, Jack Jr., Clifton, Clyde and Johnnie Creekmore; her parents, Tom and Gertrude Jones; three brothers and two sisters. 
 

Pallbearers will be Andy Creekmore, Chris Creekmore, Buddy Massey, Irvin Sharp, Jackie Branning and James Branning. 
 

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

MILDRED BOSHERS 

Retired 
 

Services for Mildred "Kitten" Boshers will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Thad Moore officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Pine Bluff, Ark. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Boshers, 76, of Meridian, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, in her home. She was a retired administrator and member of Southside Baptist Church in Pine Bluff. 
 

Survivors include her cousins, Brandi Goodman and her husband, Kerry, and London Goodman, all of Meridian. 
 

Memorials may be made to Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church. 
 

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

EVA JOHNSON CASTLE 

Homemaker 
 

RIDGELAND -- Services for Eva Johnson Castle will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery in Meridian. Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Castle, 90, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at The Home Place in Madison. Mrs. Castle was born in Meridian on March 9, 1912, she was a graduate of Meridian High School and a private business college in Meridian. She was formerly employed by the Soil Conservation Service and by Social Security Administration. Her joy in life was found through her family, her many friends and her spiritually. 
 

In Meridian, Mrs. Castle was active in various clubs and civic activities. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Order of the Eastern Star. An active member of the Meridian Junior Auxiliary, she was made the first lifetime member. She also enjoyed reading and was often requested to present book reviews. 
 

Throughout her life her greatest love and dedication outside her family, was her church. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church and it was there that she began her 50 years of teaching Sunday School. She was active in United Methodist Women and was awarded special life membership awards for her service in all three churches where she belonged. 
 

In 1967, the Castles moved to Hattiesburg. While in Hattiesburg, she served on the Board of Directors for the Y.M.C.A. and was active in Main Street United Methodist Church. She and Mr. Castle formed a Sunday school class for young married couples. This was a very fulfilling time of ministry in her life as she saw the class grow greatly in size as well as in their individual relationships with God. It brought her great joy to share their lives. 
 

After retirement, the Castles moved to Jackson to be closer to family members. She once again became active in church at Christ United Methodist Church. She taught the J.T. Griffin Sunday School class until she was asked to start a class to meet during the later service. The membership elected to call this class the Castle Class. Additionally, Mrs. Castle was named an honorary member of the board of stewards, and also served on the Conference Committee working to establish a retirement home for seniors in the area. She became an active part of the Monday Morning Ladies Sharing Group and was its leader. She was especially fond of the Mondays spent at The Home Place where she spent the last years of her life. 
 

Until her death she remained active in ministry to all who crossed her path. Her sweet spirit and her love of the Lord remained intact, and she continued to spread His love. 
 

Survivors include her daughters, Cille Horner and her husband, Jerry, of Jackson, Kay Beard and her husband, Tommy, of Snellville, Ga.; a son, Bob Castle and his wife, Ann, of Georgetown, Texas; eight grandchildren, Gene Horner and his wife, Andrea, Steve Horner and his wife, Alison, and Sheila Horner Pinson, of Jackson, Tom Beard of Asheville, N.C., Leigh Ann Beard of Hattiesburg, Rob Castle and his wife, Christi, of Dallas, Chris Castle and his wife, Jennifer, of Houston, Texas, and Cindy Castle Weathers and her husband, Doug, of Decatur, Ala.; six great-grandchildren, Heather, Abby, Price and Jill Horner, and Wesley Pinson, of Jackson, and Anna Claire Weathers of Decatur, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Martha Johnson of Meridian; a niece, Beth McSweeney and her husband, Mike, of Meridian; a nephew, Dr. John R. Castle and his wife, Genia, of Atlanta. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, R.M. Castle. 
 

Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 5301 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS 39211 or The Home Place, P.O. Box 720, Madison, MS 39130-0720. 
 

Pallbearers will be Gene Horner, Steve Horner, Rob Castle, Chris Castle, Doug Weathers, Tom Beard, W.C. Noblin Jr., Dean Gebhart, Robert A. Bailey and Doug Ferris. 
 

Visitation will be today at 4 p.m. 6 p.m. at the church fellowship hall in Jackson. 
 

EDWARD G. WILLIAMS 

Disc jockey 
 

Services for Edward G. "Big Ed" Williams will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at E.E. McDonald Community Chapel with the Rev. Chester Davis Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Church Cemetery in Collinsville. E.E. McDonald Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Williams, 46, of Meridian, died Friday, July 5, 2002, at Biloxi Community Living Center. 
 

Survivors include his mother, Rebecca L. Williams of Meridian; a brother, Raymond Ruffin and his wife, Melva, of San Diego; five sisters, Rita Hendrix and her husband, Larry, of Mitzpe Ramon, Israel, Loretta Burrage of Lake, Rosa McQuirter and her husband, Eugene, Edie Nicholson and her husband, Victor, and Leatrice Madison and her husband, Henry, all of Meridian; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
 

He was preceded in death by his father and a sister. 
 

Visitation will be Friday 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at E.E. McDonald Community Chapel. 
 

MARY R. HOUSTON 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at E.E. McDonald Funeral Home for Mary R. Houston, 77, of DeKalb, who died Monday, July 8, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. 
 

JACQUELYN M. MAULDIN 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Stephens Funeral Home for Jacquelyn M. Mauldin, 79, of Enterprise, who died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at Heartfelt Hospice. 
 

Obituaries for Friday, July 12, 2002 
 

KAROL OTTO KOCOUREK, P.E. 

Retired 
 

Memorial services for Karol O. Kocourek, P.E. will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at The Church of the Mediator, with the Revs. Ann L. Whitaker, Mike Dobrosky and Eddie B. Cryer officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Garden Cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Kocourek, 69, of Meridian, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He was retired from Georgia Pacific Corporation (formerly Fort James, James River, and American Can Company). 
 

He was born in Ruzomberok, Czechoslovakia. He was a member of the high school basketball team which was able to win a competition against the Czechoslovakian National Team. More than 30 years later he was still recognized on the streets of Ruzomberok for those famous basketball games. 
 

He was a graduate of the University of Slovakia in Bratislava, Slovakia, specializing in pulp and paper engineering. He was selected to advise Fidel Castro on that industry and left Czechoslovakia for Cuba in 1962. 
 

He formulated a plan to escape by boat to Miami, but the Communists suspected his plans. Robert Lipa, Karol's childhood friend and basketball teammate, warned Karol that the Communists were suspicious and helped Karol to formulate an alternate escape plan. 
 

Karol tried to gain additional time to accomplish his escape by eating chalk so that he would be too ill to travel. This did not work, so he met a doctor in an alley and received typhoid injections, but he never even broke a fever. Karol had no alternative but to board the plane back to Czechoslovakia as ordered by the Communists. Knowing that the plane would have to stop to refuel before crossing the Atlantic, Karol decided to walk off the plane wherever it stopped. The stop was in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, and Karol walked off the plane and asked for political asylum. 
 

From Canada, Karol eventually found his way to the United States and worked in the paper industry with the American Can Company which subsequently became James River, Fort James, and Georgia Pacific. He became a United States citizen on May 16, 1980. He was the Director of Major Projects at Naheola Mill in Pennington, Ala., when he retired in 1998 after more than 33 years of service. 
 

Karol's favorite leisure pastime was travel, and he went to many interesting places including a trip to India with Jwala Gupta, a co-worker originally from India, who gave him an insider's tour. 
 

When the Communists finally left Czechoslovakia in 1989, Karol was able to travel back to his home country to visit his mother, relatives and friends whom he left behind when he escaped. 
 

He spent several weeks in his hometown every year, most recently in April through June 2002. Karol also traveled broadly elsewhere in Europe and South America. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, but enjoyed visiting other churches, including First Union Baptist Church, New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church and Fifth Street Baptist Church. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Springer Kocourek, his stepsons, Kyle Doherty and Colin Doherty, all of Meridian; his mother, Eva Kocourekova,of Ruzomberok, Republic of Slovakia, as well as his parents-in-law, Paul and Mary Jean Springer of Meridian; many close friends in the United States and overseas, all of whom will sorely miss their wonderful friend. 
 

He was preceded in death by his father, Karol Kocourek. 
 

Memorials may be made Wesley House Community Center, 1520 Eight Ave., Meridian, MS 39301. 
 

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

GERTRUDE VIVERETTE RISHER 

Retired 
 

Graveside services for Gertrude Viverette Risher will be held today at 2 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery with James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Risher, of Vicksburg, formerly of Meridian, died Monday, July 6, 2002, in Vicksburg. She was retired from Riley Hospital. She was a member of Jones Memorial Presbyterian Church. 
 

Survivors include her daughter, Penny Risher; sons, Charles A. Risher and Thomas D. Risher. 
 

LESSIE MAE MOSLEY 

Homemaker 
 

Services for Lessie Mae Mosley will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Snell Church of God in Clarke County, with the Revs. James Fleming and Ronny Cooper officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Mosley, 89, of Meridian, died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Snell Church of God. 
 

Survivors include her sons, Clyde Mosley and his wife, Faye, and Donald Mosley and his wife, Barbara, all of Meridian; grandchildren, Shirley Jay and her husband, Gene, Patricia Lucas and her husband, Charles, Chuck Mosley and his wife, Mary, Keenum Mosley and his wife, Edie, and Donnette Mosley; three great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; a sister, Mary Blanch Robinson of Meridian; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thornton Mosley. 
 

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Don Lucas, Ryan Lucas, Darius Mosley, Shelby Mosley, Jeff Jay and Billy Joe Jay. 
 

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

SADIE ALICE RALEY WILLINGHAM 

Retired 
 

Services for Sadie Alice Raley Willingham will be held today at 3 p.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Charles Miles officiating. Burial will be in Long Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Willingham, 88, of Meridian, died, Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. She was a longtime employee of Red Hot Truck Stop. She was a member of Long Creek Baptist Church. 

Survivors include her daughter, Mevelyn Raley Ross of Meridian; a sister, Ruth Gamblin of Meridian; three grandchildren, Dena Patterson and her husband, Joey, of Meridian, Sherry R. Truesdale and her husband, Sonny, of Albany, Ga. and Jimmy Ross and his wife, Donna, of Birmingham, Ala.; six great-grandchildren and a special niece, Ann Boswell of Meridian. 
 

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Miller and Fronie Dearman Miller and her husbands, Melvin Raley and Willie Willingham. 
 

Pallbearers will be Zach Truesdale, Adam Truesdale, Jim Ross, Sonny Truesdale, Joey Patterson, and Bob Raley. 
 

JACKIE MAULDIN 

Retired 
 

Graveside services for Jackie Mauldin will be held today at 3 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery with the Rev. Andy Murry officiating. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Mauldin, of Meridian, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at Heartfelt Hospice. She was a retired counselor at Weems Mental Health Center. 
 

Survivors include her son, L.C. "Rick" Mauldin and his wife, Sallie, two grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland O. Mauldin. 
 

DANIEL GRADY PHILLIPS 

School Administrator 
 

LINTON, Ind. -- Services for Daniel Grady Phillips will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel with the Rev. Mike Douglas officiating. Burial will be in Bluegrass Cemetery in Evansville. 
 

Mr. Phillips, 63, of Linton, Ind.,formerly of Meridian, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was School Administrator for Linton-Stockton High School, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director from 1974- 1981 and Junior High Principal from 1980-1998. He was a teacher, and coached football during the past 35 years. He was a member of Saron United Church of Christ, Linton Rotary Club, where he served twice as president. He was also a member of Elks BPOE #866 and worked with Hoop Shoot Program, and was in the Association of Secondary School Principals. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann Goerges Phillips of Linton, Ind.; his son, Daniel Grady Phillips II and his wife, Patricia, of Vincennes, Ind., a daughter, Kimberly Ann Robison and her husband, Tom, of Linton, Ind.; grandchildren, Kyle McKee, Olivia Robison and Madeline Robison; and his father, Grady Eugene Phillips of Linton. 
 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bertie Page Phillips. 
 

Memorials may be made to the Elks Scholarship Fund. 
 

Visitation will be today from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
 

DAVID O. LEWIS 
 

UTICA -- Services for David O. Lewis will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Utica United Methodist Church in Utica with the Revs. Rob Hill and Sue Michaels officiating. Burial will be in Mobley Cemetery in Utica. Glenwood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Lewis, 49, of Utica, died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Mr. Lewis was born in Philadelphia and has been a resident of Utica most of his life. He was employed by Reedtown Water Association and a member of the Utica United Methodist Church. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Mary F. Lewis, of Utica; two daughters, Stacy Jean Bryan of Philadelphia and Tatum O'Neal Hester of Utica; a step-son, Samual Todd Pitman of Jackson; his mother, Annie Opal Mobley and step-father, Robert E. Mobley, of Utica; a sister, Brenda Kirkland of Palm Bay, Fla.; and a brother, Robert E. Mobley Jr. of Pearl; and three grandchildren. 
 

Memorials may be made to Utica United Methodist Church. 
 

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

RUTH OLIVER PRICE 

Retired businesswoman 
 

Services will be held for Ruth Oliver Price Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. at Russell Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Keith Thrash officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Price, 94, of Meridian, died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

Survivors include two sons, Gregg Price and his wife, Jeanette and Jimmy Price; a brother, Sgt. Maj. Jack Oliver, and wife, Jacki; and grandchildren, Lucas Price, Tabitha Price, and Brandy Price Tiller, all of Meridian. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Langford; her parents Oliver and Ossie Oliver; and a nephew, Sgt. James T. Oliver. 
 

Mrs. Price was a long-time member of Russell Baptist Church having served as secretary/treasurer for approximately 40 years. She was an active member of Russell Baptist Church since 1928. An active businesswoman, she was employed by F. W. Williams State Agency and USF&G for a span of 35 years. She had an avid love for bowling and travel. Pallbearers will be T. W. Calcote, John Harper, Butch Harper, Ted Sellers, Perry Sims and Willie F. Thompson. 
 

Visitation will be held at the church one hour before services. 
 

VIRGIE JONES 

Homemaker 
 

Services for Virgie Jones will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at New Prospect Baptist Church in Savoy. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery in Savoy. Berry & Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Ms. Jones, 88, of Meridian died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at her home. 
 

Survivors include sons Billy Joe Jones and wife Mary, Ollie Jones and wife Eva, Calvin Jones and Rene, and Lester Jones, all of Meridian; son, Robert Jones, of Kileen, Texas; step-daughter, Peggie Jean Jones, of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Francis McDade, of Meridian; and 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents. 
 

Visitation will be held Friday, July 12, from7-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

SYLVIA A. STEPHENS 
 

Arrangements are incomplete for Sylvia A. Stephens at James F. Webb Funeral Home. Mrs. Stephens, 55, of Meridian, died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at Queen City Nursing Center. 
 

Obituaries for Sunday, July 14, 2002 
 

JAMES WILLIAM MCDOWELL JR. 

Welder/machinist 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for James William "Mack" McDowell Jr. will be held today at 3 p.m. at McClain-Hays Chapel in Philadelphia with the Revs. Jerome Fedrick and Jerry Garcia officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery in Neshoba County with McClain-Hays Funeral Service, Inc. in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. McDowell, 47, of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at his home. 
 

Survivors include daughters Rhonda McDowell and Jessica Culpepper of Philadelphia; step-father, Alex Chipley, of Philadelphia; sister, Gerladine Turner, of Carthage; a grandson; two great nieces and two great nephews. 
 

He was preceded in death by his parents Jimmy and Marie McDowell. 
 

LEE EDWARDS 

Machinist 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Lee Edwards will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Smith Chapel Church of God in Neshoba County with the Rev. James Young officiating. Burial will be in Hester's Cemetery in Neshoba County with McClain-Hays Funeral Service, Inc. in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Edwards, 45, of Collinsville, died Friday, July 12, 2002, at GV Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson. Mr. Edwards served in the U.S. Air Force and was a machinist at a steel company. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Edwards; daughters Amy Marie Davis and Krystal Lee Edwards; his parents, Harley Lee and Glenda Sue Edwards, all of Collinsville; a sister, Susan Faith, of Milton Fla.; and two brothers Steven Edwards, of Brandon, and Gregory Edwards, of Collinsville. 
 

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

NELLIE LEE HERRINGTON 

Retired 
 

Services for Nellie Lee Herrington will be held on Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Wallace Terry officiating. Burial will be in Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Herrington, 71, of Oneonta, Ala., died Saturday, July 13, 2002 at home. 
 

Survivors include her husband, W.L. "Buddy" Herrington; daughter, Renee H. Gladden and her husband, Johnny; a son, Ted Herrington; two sisters, Bobbie L. Ethridge and her husband Bill, and Francis L. Herrington and her husband Mack; a brother, Andrew "Bud" Lee and his wife, Edna. 
 

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Joey H. Fuller; three sisters, Roxie L. Martin, Jo L. Herrington Blackwell, Willis L. McKee; and three brothers, W.O. Lee, J.A. Lee and Louie Lee. 
 

Pallbearers will be Buck Fuller, Wayne Montgomery, Ronald Ellard, Billy Jack Ethridge, Hal Herrington and Wylie Hodges. 
 

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

RANDALL TODD HENLEY 
 

UNION -- Graveside services for Randall Todd Henley will be held today at 2 p.m. at Golden Grove Cemetery in Neshoba County, with the Rev. Bill Hall officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Union is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Henley, 40, of Waynesboro, died Thursday, July 11, 2002. 
 

Survivor include his wife, Regina, of Waynesboro; a daughter, Brittney Nicole Henley, of Petal; and a brother, Scott Henley, of Pensacola, Fla. 
 

He was preceded in death by his parents William G. and Mable Henley. 
 

SAMUEL C. FIELDER 

Retired auto body repairman and farmer 
 

MACON -- Services for Samuel C. Fielder will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Cockrell Funeral Home Chapel in Macon with the Revs. Raymond Robinson and James Ivan Hall officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery with Cockrell Funeral Home Inc. in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Fielder, 79, of Macon, died Saturday, July 13, 2002, at Winston County Medical Center in Louisville. Mr. Fielder was born in Vance and spent most of his early years in Winona. He attended school at Kilmichael and served in the U.S. Army Corps and Infantry from Dec. 1942 until Jan. 1946. He attended Church of Christ in Aliceville, Ala., and was a member of Garden Baptist Church in Aliceville, Ala. He was a carpenter, auto body repairman, painter and general contractor. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth Fielder, of Macon; his sister, Chloe Lavon Fielder, of Winona; brothers Delano Fielder and Edsel Fielder, of Winona, and Rev. Burnette Fielder, of Calhoun City; and a number of nieces and nephews. 
 

He was preceded in death by his parents Rufus Allen and Lela Mae Greenlee Fielder. 
 

In lieu of flowers, memorials my be made to your favorite charity. 
 

Visitation will be Monday from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

SYLVIA ANNETTE STEPHENS 

Homemaker 
 

Services for Sylvia Annette Stephens will be held on Monday at 3 p.m. at Jones Chapel Church of God with the Revs. Roy Dabbs and Ron Leonard officiating. Burial will be in the Jones Chapel Church of God Cemetery. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Ms. Stephens, 55, of Clarkdale, died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at the Queen City Nursing Center. She was formerly employed in sales at Soule Steam Feed Works in Meridian. 
 

She was a member of Jones Chapel Church of God. 
 

Survivors include a daughter, Tammy K. Stephens Smith, of Meridian; a son, Tommy C. Stephens Jr. and his wife, Polly, of Cuba, Ala.; four grandsons, Eliot and Luke Smith of Meridian, and Gage and Justin Stephens of Cuba, Ala.; two brothers, Mike Collier and his wife, Nancy, of Meridian, and Sonny Collier, and his wife Pat of Texas; her father, Leroy Collier of Texas; five aunts; two uncles; numerous nieces and nephews; a special companion, Jackie Pickard; and many true friends. 
 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Beatrice Thomas Lee, and her grandparents O.T. "PaPa" and Bessie "MoMo" Thomas. 
 

The family expresses their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the entire staff of Queen City Nursing Center, Hometown Hospice and Dr. John C. Clay. 
 

Pallbearers will be James O. Thomas, Ray Thomas, Scott Adcock, Wade Miles, Orville Anderson, and Dusty Hinson. 
 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the American Cancer Society in Ms. Stephens' name. 
 

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

DIANE BALL NATALE 
 

Services for Diane Ball Natale will be held Monday, July 22, with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Ms. Natale, 50, of West Palm Beach, Fla., died Monday, July 8, 2002, at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. 
 

GERTRUDE VIVERETTE RISHER 

Retired 
 

Graveside services for Gertrude Viverette Risher were held Saturday at Magnolia Cemetery with James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Risher, of Vicksburg, originally from Meridian, died Saturday, July 5, 2002, in Vicksburg. She was retired from Riley Hospital and was a member of Jones Memorial Presbyterian Church. 
 

Survivors include her daughter, Penny Risher and her sons, Charles A. Risher and Thomas D. Risher. 
 

Obituaries for Monday, July 15, 2002 
 

Q.V. SYKES 

Retired educator 

District 4 supervisor 
 

Services for "Coach" Q.V. Sykes will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Zachary Finley officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Sykes, 68, of Meridian, died Sunday, July 14, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

He was supervisor for District 4 supervisor and a retired educator and coach. He was a veteran of the Korean War. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Laura D. Sykes of Meridian; a son, Dr. Reggie Sykes of Gulfport; two daughters, Kaye Williams and her husband, Jack, of Martinez, Calif., and Barbara Scott and her husband, Jerry, of Meridian; four brothers, Billie Sykes and his wife, Ollie, of Meridian, James Sykes and his wife, Naomi, of Chicago, Robert Sykes of Newark, N.J., and O.W. Sykes and his wife, Ludie, of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; a sister, Henrietta Johnson of Grenada, Ind.; three grandchildren, Jack Collins Williams III and Samantha Williams, both of Martinez, and Jared Scott of Meridian; a special brother-in-law, Larry Lucas and his wife, Camille, of Washington, D.C.; several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 
 

Visitation will be Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m. at the church. 
 

NELLIE LEE HERRINGTON 

Retired 
 

Services for Nellie Lee Herrington will be held today at 11:30 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wallace Terry officiating. Burial will be in Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Herrington, 71, of Oneonta, Ala., died Saturday, July 13, 2002, in her home. 
 

Survivors include her husband, W.L. "Buddy" Herrington; a daughter, Renee H. Gladden and her husband, Johnny; a son, Teddy Herrington, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Frances L. Herrington and her husband, Mack, and Bobbie L. Ethridge and her husband, Bill; a brother, Andrew "Bud" Lee and his wife, Edna. 
 

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Joey H. Fuller; three sisters, Roxie L. Martin, Jo L. Herrington Blackwell and Willis L. McKee; and three brothers, W.O. Lee, J.A. Lee and Louie Lee. 
 

Pallbearers will be Buck Fuller, Wayne Montgomery, Ronald Ellard, Billy Jack Ethridge, Hal Herrington and Wylie Hodges. 
 

WILLIE IDELL SMITH KILLEN AINSWORTH 

Retired sewing machine operator 
 

UNION -- Services for Willie Idell Smith Killen Ainsworth will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Golden Grove Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Ainsworth, 57, of Edinburg, died, Saturday, July 13, 2002, in her home. 
 

Survivors include her daughters, Norma Ainsworth of Louisville, Brenda McNeil of Pineville, Linda Collins of Rankin County and Martha Ogletree of Edinburg; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a stepson, Jamie Ainsworth of Louisville; and a sister, Velma Hamilton of Jackson. 
 

She was preceded in death by a son, James Lee Pierce; and a brother, Jimmy Smith. 
 

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

GERTRUDE VIVERETTE RISHER 

Retired 
 

Graveside services for Gertrude Viverette Risher were held Saturday at Magnolia Cemetery with James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Risher, of Vicksburg, originally from Meridian, died Friday, July 5, 2002, in Vicksburg. She was retired from Riley Hospital and a member of Jones Memorial Presbyterian Church. 
 

Survivors include her daughter, Penny Risher and her sons, Charles A. Risher and Thomas D. Risher. 
 

BARNEY TUCKER 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Barney Tucker, 86, of Meridian, who died, Sunday, July 14, 2002, at Heartfelt Hospice. 
 

Obituaries for Tuesday, July 16, 2002 
 

FRANCIS KENMORE CROSBY 

Retired truck driver 
 

QUITMAN -- Graveside services for Francis Kenmore Crosby were held today at 11 a.m. at Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. David Mills officiating. Wright's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Crosby, 70, of Enterprise, died Sunday, July 14, 2002, at Lakeside Living Center in Quitman. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Jessie M. Crosby of Enterprise; two sons, Eddie Crosby of Enterprise and Jimmy Ainsworth of DeKalb; two daughters, Sue Adkins of Union and Donna Boykin of Quitman; his brother, Danny Crosby of Lake Charles, La.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
 

BARNEY TUCKER 

Retired sheet metal worker 
 

Graveside services for Barney Tucker will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery with the Rev. Sephus Garrett officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Tucker, 87, of Meridian, died Sunday, July 14, 2002, at Heartfelt Hospice. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in World War II. 
 

Survivors include his sons, Tim Tucker and his wife, Evelyn, and Jerry Tucker and his wife, Ruth, all of Meridian; five grandchildren, Jeff Tucker and his wife, Sharon, of Philadelphia, Timothy Tucker of Meridian, Terri Rainer and her husband, Charlie, of Meridian, Susan Baggett and her husband, Steve, of Decatur, and Jerry Tucker Jr. of Meridian; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Lottie Dearman and her husband, Cliff, and Josephine Heblon Carter and her husband, Melvin, all of Meridian; a special friend, Lenard Percell and his wife, Wilma, of Meridian; and several nieces and nephews. 
 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethrine Tucker. 
 

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

JAMES GARRETT CULBERSON 
 

MONTEVALLO, Ala. -- Services for James Garrett Culberson will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Charter Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Harper officiating. Burial will be in Moores Cemetery at Moores Crossroads. 
 

Mr. Culberson, 20, died Saturday, July 13, 2002. He was a 2000 graduate of Thompson High School, where he was active in the U.S. Army R.O.T.C. for four years. He was employed by McCain Engineering and a member of Siluria Baptist Church. 
 

Survivors include his parents, James Edward and Lisa Walker Culberson, two brothers, Eric Lain Culberson and Adam Grey Culberson, a sister, Lisa Elizabeth Culberson, all of Montevallo; his grandparents, Dewain and Liz Walker, and great-grandparents, A.J. and Marie Davis, all of Meridian. 
 

He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Alene Burt of DeKalb; and his grandparents, James T. and Ouida Culberson of DeKalb. 
 

Pallbearers will be Jared Kato, Derek Smith, John Donaldson, Jeremy Mize, Jared Lawley and Brandon Hawkins. 
 

Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

WENDELL RAY WILKERSON 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Wendell Ray Wilkerson will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with the Revs. Jerry Wilkerson and James Burrell officiating. Burial will be in Herbert Cemetery in Neshoba County. 
 

Mr. Wilkerson, 46, of Neshoba County, died Monday, July 15, 2002, at Hospice in His Hands in Madden. 
 

Survivors include his sisters, Peggy Watkins and Mary Sullivan, both from Philadelphia; brothers, Clyde Wilkerson of Moss Point, Billy Wilkerson of Bellwood, Ala., Curtis Wilkerson of Meridian, Jimmy Wilkerson of Union and Charles Wilkerson of Jackson. 
 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Nannie Wilkerson. 
 

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

Obituaries for Wednesday, July 17, 2002 
 

CATHY DARLENE MILLER MCLEMORE 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Cathy Darlene Miller McLemore will be held today at 4 p.m. at John E. Stephens Chapel with the Revs. Greg Johnson and Voltan Douglas officiating. Burial will be in Mars Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Leake County. 
 

Mrs. McLemore, 48, of Helena, died Monday, July 15, 2002, in Pascagoula. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Ronney McLemore of Helena; a son, Chris McLemore and his wife, Sylvia, of Philadelphia; a daughter, Amy Moore and her husband, Donnie "Scooter" Moore Jr., of New Orleans; a brother, Ronnie Miller and his wife, Kathy, of Carthage; her mother, Edrith Hardy Miller of Carthage; one grandson and one granddaughter; several aunts, uncles and other relatives. 
 

Visitation will be today beginning at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

LOLA ROBERTS LAMB 
 
 
 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Graveside services for Lola Roberts Lamb will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Jeffrey B. Hampton officiating. Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth Custom Funerals and Cremations is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Lamb, 88, of Little Rock, died Saturday, July 13, 2002. She was born Sept. 3, 1913, in Meridian to Lucius and Minnie Roberts. She was a member of Hunter Methodist Church during her active years and later of First United Methodist Church. 
 

Survivors include her two sons, Don Lamb and his wife, Kathy, of Little Rock, and John Lamb and his wife, Kathleen, of Mt. Ida; a brother, Malcolm Roberts of Commerce, Ga.; and three grandchildren, John Scott Lamb, Jayson A. Lamb and Jennifer A. Lamb. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack; a son, Robert Bruce Lamb; two sisters and one brothers. 
 

Visitation will be today noon-5 p.m. at the funeral home. To sign the online guestbook visit, www.griffinleggett.com. 
 

ROBERT EARL BARFIELD 
 

Services for Robert Earl Barfield will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church with the Rev. James McDonald officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Lauderdale. Latimer Metropolitan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Barfield, 38, of Meridian, died Thursday, July 11, 2002, in Moultrie, Ga. 
 

Survivors include a devoted friend, Kisstiana Chapman of Moultrie; his mother, Ella Hudson, of Meridian; his father, John T. Barfield of Moultrie; daughters, Indian Barfield of Toomsuba, Abreya Barfield of Moultrie and Latoya Weir of Cuba, Ala.; sisters, Brenda Barfield and Terrie Barfield, both of Meridian and Shavon Barfield of Moultrie; brothers, Obie Barfield of Meridian, Frankie Barfield, Milton Barfield and Kevin Barfield, all of Moultrie, and Afonzo Barfield of Tallahassee, Fla. 
 

Visitation will be Friday 2 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

Obituaries for Thursday, July 18, 2002 
 

MELVIN L. SMITH 

Retired 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Graveside services for Melvin L. Smith will be held today at 1 p.m. at McLain Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Billy Sodders officiating. McClain-Hays Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Smith, 78, of Philadelphia, died Sunday, July 14, 2002, in his home. He was a retired machine operator for Molpus Lumber Company. He was a veteran. 
 

Survivors include his sisters, Helen Dearman of Meridian and Rachel Yates of Semmes, Ala. 
 

Visitation will today beginning at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. 
 

BRIDGET COGHLAN 

Homemaker 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Bridget Coghlan will be held today at 2 p.m. at John E. Stephens Funeral Services Chapel with the Rev. Scott Boatner officiating. Burial will be in Emmanuel Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Coughlan, 94, of Pearl, formerly of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at River Oaks Hospital. 
 

Survivors include two daughters, Katherine Flint and Betty Morrow, both of Pearl; a son, Clifton Coghlan of Ocean Springs; a sister, Geneva Stuart of Meridian; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry Coghlan and a son, Johnny Coghlan. 
 

Visitation will be today beginning at noon at the funeral home. 
 

ANITA JEANNINE FULTON 
 

PRATTVILLE, Ala. -- Services for Anita Jeannine "Jean" Fulton were held July 2 at 1 p.m. at Bethesda Baptist Church with the Revs. Bert Tippitt and Charles Barnes officiating. Burial was in Bethesda Cemetery. Ridout's Prattville Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Fulton, 72, of Prattville, died Saturday, June 29, 2002, at Montgomery Hospital. She was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church and a Red Cross nurses aide at Clark AFB in the Phillipines during the Vietnam War. 
 

Survivors include her husband of more than 55 years, Robert Fulton of Prattville; her children, Cynthia Tullo of Prattville, James R. Fulton of Fayettville, N.C., Shirley Fulton Crumley of Birmingham and Kenneth Fulton of Montgomery; sisters and brothers, Sara Richardson of Pachuta, Ann Jackson of Stonewall, Emily Bigelow of Quitman, Betty Bryant of Griffin, Ga., and the Rev. Charles R. Barnes of Annapolis, Md.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Madonna Raines of Houston, Texas. 
 

Pallbearers were James DeBardelaben, Paul Tullo, James Crumley Sr., James Crumley Jr., Victor Joganic and Mike Romanowski. 
 

Honorary pallbearers were the church deacons. 
 

Obituaries for Friday, July 19, 2002 
 

ANNIE RUE GILMER VANCE 

Retired 
 

UNION -- Services for Annie Rue Gilmer Vance will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Erin Cumberland Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charles Morrow officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Vance, 92, of Marietta, Ga., died Wednesday, July 17, 2002, in Tranquility Hospice in Marietta. She was a retired shirt factory trimmer. 
 

Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Ewald and her husband, Ron, of Marietta, and Linda Huey and her husband, Johnny, of Jasper, Ala.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Marie Lott of Byhalia, Hester Billups of Birmingham, Ala., Audine Sells of Eight Mile, Ala., and Wynette Futral of Dothan, Ala. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Sharp Vance, sisters, Hazel Morrow, Ruby Barrett and a brother, Carlton Gilmer. 
 

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

ELIZA STENNIS COLE 
 

ENTERPRISE -- Services for Eliza Stennis Cole will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Enterprise Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Devertis Savage officiating. Burial will be in Pinegrove Cemetery in Bailey. 
 

Mrs. Cole, 100, of DeKalb, died Monday, July 15, 2002, at Kemper Home Place Nursing Facility in DeKalb. 
 

Survivors include a son, Levore Kinard, of Bailey; a daughter, Leuretha Gordon, of Bailey; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. 
 

She was preceded in death by her parents Sylvester and Amelie Stennis. 
 

Visitation will be held Saturday from noon-1 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

THOMAS H. COPELAND SR. 

Retired engineer 
 

Services for Thomas H. Copeland Sr. will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Webb Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. David Meadows officiating. Burial will be in Concord Methodist Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Copeland, 87, of Meridian, died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at his home. He was a retired engineer with Southern Railway, a member of Fifth Street United Methodist Church and belonged to Woodmen of the World. 
 

Survivors include his daughters, Clarice Stahl, of Meridian, and Peggy Ramage, and her husband, Bill, of Meridian; his son, Thomas Copeland Jr., of Meridian; his sisters, Ruth McDonald, Inez Keller and Louise Cox; brothers Sonny Copeland and James Copeland; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 
 

He was preceded in death by his wives, Alma Copeland and Orlena Copeland. 
 

Visitation will be held Friday from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. 
 

DIANNE BALL NATALE 

Professional keyboard instructor 
 

Graveside services for Dianne Ball Natale will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Ms. Natale, 50, of West Palm Beach, Fla., died Monday, July 8, 2002, at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach. She was Director of Music at Bobb's Pianos and Organs in West Palm Beach, and had been a professional keyboard instructor for more than 15 years. 
 

She was a graduate of Meridian High School, class of 1969 and Mississippi State University with a bachelor's of arts degree in music. While in high school, she was a member of the school band, Choralaires, Lamplighters, Phi Kappa little sister and the Dusty Social Club. While attending Mississippi State University, she was a member of Phi Mu Sorority, Pi Kappa Alpha little sister and a member of the University marching band and orchestra. While living in Meridian she was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. 
 

Survivors include her two children, Kimberly and Steven Natale; a sister, Deborah Ball Lau and her husband, Dr. Glenn Lau; a brother, Timothy Ball and his wife, Becky; a nephew, Jeffrey Ball; and a niece, Rosey Lau. 
 

She was preceded in death by her parents Jimmy and Jeanette Ball and a brother, Phillip Ball. 
 

ALMA MCINTOSH 

Homemaker 
 

UNION -- Services for Alma McIntosh will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church in DeKalb with Pastor John H. House officiating. Burial will be in Depot Hill Cemetery in DeKalb with E.E. McDonald Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. McIntosh, 100, of DeKalb, died Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at Mississippi Care Center of DeKalb, LLC. She was a homemaker. 
 

Survivors include three daughters, Birdie Johnson and her husband, Gilford, of Glen Carbon, Ill., Minnie Jewel Love, of Baltimore, Md., Irene Edwards and herm husband, Sylvester, of East St. Louise, Ill.; seven sons, Henry B. McIntosh and his wife, Helen, of Norfolk, Va., Johnnie C. McIntosh and Charlie and his wife Cathryn all, of East St. Louis, Virgil McIntosh and wife, Ella, Shumpter McIntosh and his wife, Ruth, and Jimmie McIntosh and his wife Frances, all of Erie, Pa., Willie McIntosh and wife, Joyce, of DeKalb; a sister, Minnie Reyes, of Los Angeles; a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; five sisters-in-law, Mattie Mae McIntosh, of Vaiden, Cozette McIntosh of East St. Louis, Helen McIntosh, of Preston, Lillie McIntosh, of St. Louis, Ina Jean Robert and her husband, Marcellus, of East St. Louis, two brothers-in-law, Melvin McIntosh Sr. of Meridian, and Leslie McIntosh and his wife, Joyce, of Albany, N.Y. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband and a son. 
 

Visitation will be held Saturday from 7 p.m.7-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

MRS. WILLIE KNOX 
 

Services for Mrs. Willie Knox are incomplete. 
 

Mrs. Knox, 98, of Meridian, died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at Kings Daughters and Sons Rest Home. 
 

Obituaries for Saturday, July 20, 2002 
 

THOMAS H. COPELAND SR. 

Retired engineer 
 

Services for Thomas H. Copeland Sr. will be held today at 10 a.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Meadows officiating. Burial will be in Concord Methodist Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Copeland, 87, of Meridian, died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at his home. He was a retired engineer with Southern Railway, a member of Fifth Street United Methodist Church and belonged to Woodmen of the World. 
 

Survivors include his daughters, Clarice Stahl, of Meridian, and Peggy Ramage, and her husband, Bob, of Meridian; his son, Thomas Copeland Jr., of Meridian; his sisters, Ruth McDonald, Inez Keller and Louise Cox; brothers Sonny Copeland and James Copeland; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and special caregivers, Dwayne and Cathy Fisher. 
 

He was preceded in death by his wives, Alma Copeland and Orlena Copeland. 
 

ISABELL WAHL 

Retired 
 

DEKALB -- Services for Isabell "Bell" Wahl will be held today at 2 p.m. at Lynville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Lampkin officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Ms. Wahl, 89, of Preston, died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at Mississippi Health Care Center in DeKalb. She was a retired housekeeper. 
 

Survivors include her daughter, Elaine Landrum and her husband, Rufus, of Preston; two granddaughters, Lisa Lovorn and her husband, Richie, of Louisville and Terri Williams, of Oregon; one grandson, Michael Landrum, of Louisiana; three great-grandchildren, Jordan Lovorn, and Kayla Lovorn, both of Louisville, Delta Williams of Oregon; and one great-great- grandchild, Alexa Williams, of Oregon. 
 

She was preceded in death by her son, Fredrick Ford. 
 

Visitation will be today from 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

Pallbearers will be Gerald Landrum, Herbert Ray Peden, H.P. Gully, William Hailey, Jimmy Shults, and William Strait. 
 

LILLIAN LOWERY MOSLEY 

Retired 
 

Services for Lillian Lowery Mosley will be held today at 2:30 p.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Toby Lofton and Clay Satcher officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Mosley, 85, of Collinsville, died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at The Specialty Hospital of Meridian. She was retired from May Webb Hosiery Mill after more than 54 years of service. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Charlie Mosley of Collinsville; a daughter, Carol Bateman and her husband, Harold, of Marion; three sons, Roy H. Smith and his wife, Susan, of Sturgis, Charles "Chuck" Mosley and his wife, Gail, of Meridian; and Howard Mosley and his wife, Sue, of Collinsville; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 
 

WILLIE FOUNTAIN KNOX 

Retired 
 

Graveside services for Willie Fountain Knox will be held today at 3 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery with the Rev. Gerry Copeland officiating. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Knox, 98, of Meridian, died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at King's Daughters and Sons Rest Home. She was a retired manager of Smart and Thrifty Dress Shop, Eleanor Shop, and Diana Shop for years. She was a member of Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church and was secretary for many years at Aldersgate Sunday School Class. 
 

Survivors include her daughter, Katherine Knox Ghiglieri and her husband, Bud, of Meridian; grandsons, Fred Knox and his wife, Kelly, of Fairhope, Ala., Andy Ghiglieri and his wife, Connie, of Ovieda, Fla., Fred Ghiglieri of Albany, Ga.; granddaughter, Vicky Knox Ethridge and her husband, Joe, of Birmingham, Ala.; seven great-grandsons; three great-granddaughters; three great-great-grandsons; and three great-great-granddaughters; several nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lamar Knox and a son, Frederick Lamar Knox. 
 

IRVADEAN JONES 

Homemaker 
 

Services for Irvadean Jones will be held today at 4 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Toby Lofton officiating. Burial will be in Hamrick Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Jones, 92, of Collinsville, died Friday, July 19, 2002, at Guardian Angel Hospice. 
 

Survivors include a brother, Charles Moore and his wife, Christine of Collinsville; two sisters, Sadye Snowden and her husband, Wilbur, of the Centerhill Community; and Christine Small of Collinsville; and several nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband J. D. Jones. 
 

Visitation will be today from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

Pallbearers will be Lesley Harwell, Ronnie Dallas, Wayne Buckhannon, Don Ishee, Keith Moore and Joey McMullin. 
 

BARBARA SUE BRAGG 

Homemaker 
 

YORK, Ala. -- Services for Barbara Sue Bragg will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bumpers Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Albert Creel officiating. Burial will be in Shorts Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Bragg, 51, of Cuba, died Friday, July 19, 2002, at her home. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Parker Bragg of Cuba; two sons, Michael Bragg of Eufaula; and Dennis Bragg of Cuba; her mother, Syble Simmons of Bellamy; three sisters, Carol Robinson of Preston, Miss.; Debbie Carney of Ward; and Jane Mazingo of Eufaula; and six grandchildren. 
 

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

JAMES EARL HOLMES 

Retired from Peavey 
 

Services for James Earl Holmes will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Methodist Church with the Rev. Lannis May officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Holmes, 58, of Meridian, died Friday, July 19, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Methodist Church. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Becky Holmes of Meridian; two daughters, Cathy Smith and her husband Dudley and Christy Roberts and her husband, Troy; a son, David Holmes and his wife, Michelle; three step-sons, Allan Litchfield and his wife, Sheri, Scott Litchfield and his wife, Tania, and Mark Litchfield; two sisters, Joyce Eaves and Carol Thompson; and his grandchildren, Margaret Litchfield, Dustin Litchfield, Johathan Smith, Chelsea Litchfield, Susan Rietzke Holmes, Christopher Holliman, Heather Litchfield, Tyler Makayla Roberts and Zackary Roberts. 
 

He was preceded in death by his father, Martin Holmes, his mother, Evelyn Bolton, and his step-father, Vaughn Bolton. 
 

Pallbearers will be Michael Litchfield, Jeremy Litchfield, Steven Litchfield, Randall Roberts, Paul Jones, Don Hopkins, Jimmy Doggett and Raymond Sims. 
 

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

ALMA MCINTOSH 

Homemaker 
 

DEKALB -- Services for Alma McIntosh will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church in DeKalb with Pastor John H. Rouse officiating. Burial will be in Depot Hill Cemetery in DeKalb with E.E. McDonald Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. McIntosh, 100, of DeKalb, died Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at Mississippi Care Center of DeKalb, LLC. She was a homemaker. 
 

Survivors include three daughters, Birdie Johnson and her husband, Gilford, of Glen Carbon, Ill., Minnie Jewel Love, of Baltimore, Md., Irene Edwards and her husband, Sylvester, of East St. Louise, Ill.; seven sons, Henry B. McIntosh and his wife, Helen, of Norfolk, Va., Johnnie C. McIntosh and Charlie and his wife Cathryn all, of East St. Louis, Virgil McIntosh and his wife, Ella, Shumpert McIntosh and his wife, Ruth, and Jimmie McIntosh and his wife Frances, all of Erie, Pa., Willie McIntosh and wife, Joyce, of DeKalb; a sister, Minnie Reyes, of Los Angeles; a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; five sisters-in-law, Mattie Mae McIntosh, of Vaiden, Cozette McIntosh of East St. Louis, Helen McIntosh, of Preston, Lillie McIntosh, of St. Louis, Ina Jean Robert and her husband, Marcellus, of East St. Louis, two brothers-in-law, Melvin McIntosh Sr. of Meridian, and Leslie McIntosh and his wife, Joyce, of Albany, N.Y. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband and a son. 
 

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

DIANNE BALL NATALE 

Professional keyboard instructor 
 

Graveside services for Dianne Ball Natale will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Ms. Natale, 50, of West Palm Beach, Fla. died Monday, July 8, 2002, at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach. She was Director of Music at Bobb's Pianos and Organs in West Palm Beach, and had been a professional keyboard instructor for more than 15 years. 
 

She was a graduate of Meridian High School, class of 1969 and Mississippi State University with a bachelor's of arts degree in music. While in high school, she was a member of the school band, Choralaires, Lamplighters, Phi Kappa little sister and the Dusty Social Club. While attending Mississippi State University, she was a member of Phi Mu Sorority, Pi Kappa Alpha little sister and a member of the University marching band and orchestra. While living in Meridian she was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. 
 

Survivors include her two children, Kimberly and Steven Natale, a sister, Deborah Ball Lau and her husband, Dr. Glenn Lau, a brother, Timothy Ball and his wife,Becky, a nephew Jeffrey Ball, and a niece, Rosey Lau. 
 

She was preceded in death by her parents Jimmy and Jeanette Ball and a brother, Phillip Ball. 
 

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

ORA T. SMITH 

Retired from Office Supply Co. 
 

Services for Ora T. Smith Will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Coker's Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. Jesse F. Long III and Edward O'Conner officiating. Burial will be in Coker's Chapel Cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Smith, 95, of Meridian, died Friday, July 19, 2002, at King's Daughters & Sons Rest Home. Mrs. Smith played basketball for Vimville High School as did all of her sisters and several cousins. In 1931, 1932 and 1933 the Vimville girls team won the state basketball championship, the only team to win the title three years in a row until Houlka duplicated the feat in the late 1970s. 
 

Mrs. Smith then moved to Jackson to become a nurse. She remembered travels during that time back and forth to Jackson when sections of Highway 80 were unpaved and the state highway department provided the services of a team of oxen for travelers stuck in the mud flats at Hickory. 
 

In the 1940s, Mrs. Smith began her career with the Office Supply Company -- a division of Mississippi School Supply -- serving as a sales manager in Jackson, Greenwood and Gulfport before retiring in 1970 from the Meridian store. 
 

Mrs. Smith's return to Meridian with OSCO ultimately enabled her to build a home for retirement on part of the old Thompson home place near Vimville established by Alfred Augustus and Rachel Thompson. 
 

An avid traveler, in the 1930s, Mrs. Smith and several brothers and sisters traveled to the White River to fish, then ventured on into the Ozarks of Arkansas and Missouri. In the late 1960s, she traveled with a niece and nephew to see the rose gardens of Oregon. There, she and her niece sampled the wonderful produce of the Pacific Northwest, especially tart pie cherries. 
 

As she passed the age of 90, Mrs. Smith limited her travels to the roads and highways of southeast Lauderdale County where her 1977 silver gray Chevrolet Nova V-8 was a familiar daily sight. 
 

We all shall miss her gentle thoughtfulness and many kindnesses. She was a dear soul. 
 

Survivors include a sister, Doris Thompson Wacaster of Meridian; five nieces and nephews, Linda Wacaster Hannah of Covington, Ga.; Joyce Thompson Stewart of Columbus; and Betty Carol Thompson Flanagan, Gerald Wayne Thompson and Cecil Thompson "Tom" Wacaster, all of Meridian; and several grandnieces and nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews, many of who live near Vimville. 
 

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Alfred Augustus Thompson and her grandmother, Rachel Thompson, her father, Clayton Mills Thompson and her mother, Margaret Irby Thompson, all of Vimville; and seven brothers and sisters, Lester Thompson of Lexington; Cecil Thompson, Bob Thompson, Kathleen Thompson Irby, Brown Thompson and Woodie Thompson, all of Vimville; and Bill Thompson of Meridian. 
 

Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Hannah, Randy Thompson, Gerald Wayne Thompson, Chris Thompson, John Flanagan, Warren Stewart and Tommy Wacaster. 
 

Visitation will be Sunday from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the church. 
 

WILLIE B. WALKER 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home for Wilie B. Walker, 72, of Meridian, who died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at Rush Specialty Hospital. 
 

LARKIN TY'KEEM FAISON 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home for Larkin "Javeon" Ty'Keem Faison, seven months, who died Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. 
 

BARBARA BRIDGES 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Barbara Bridges, 32, of Meridian, who died Friday, July 19, 2002, at Riley Hospital. 
 

Obituaries for Sunday, July 21, 2002 
 

THERMER LEE TOWNSEND 

Homemaker 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Thermer Lee Townsend will be held today at 3 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Martis Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery in Neshoba County. 
 

Mrs. Townsend, 83, of Philadelphia, died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at Neshoba County Nursing Home in Philadelphia. 
 

Survivors include her daughter, Frances Daniels, two sons, Jimmy Townsend and Billy Tom Townsend, all of Philadelphia; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jackie Drake and Mavis Sims and two brothers, Hickman Massey and Willis Massey, all of Philadelphia. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Franklin Townsend and her daughter, Tommie Charlotte Fleming. 
 

DIANNE BALL NATALE 

Professional keyboard instructor 
 

Graveside services for Dianne Ball Natale will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Daniels officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Ms. Natale, 50, of West Palm Beach, Fla. died Monday, July 8, 2002, at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach. She was Director of Music at Bobb's Pianos and Organs in West Palm Beach, and had been a professional keyboard instructor for more than 15 years. 
 

She was a graduate of Meridian High School, class of 1969 and Mississippi State University with a bachelor's of arts degree in music. While in high school, she was a member of the school band, Choralaires, Lamplighters, Phi Kappa little sister and the Dusty Social Club. While attending Mississippi State University, she was a member of Phi Mu Sorority, Pi Kappa Alpha little sister and a member of the University marching band and orchestra. While living in Meridian she was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. 
 

Survivors include her two children, Kimberly and Steven Natale, a sister, Deborah Ball Lau and her husband, Dr. Glenn Lau, a brother, Timothy Ball and his wife,Becky, a nephew Jeffrey Ball, and a niece, Rosey Lau. 
 

She was preceded in death by her parents Jimmy and Jeanette Ball and a brother, Phillip Ball. 
 

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

BARBARA BRIDGES 
 

Graveside services for Barbara Bridges will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Hickory Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Sephus Garrett officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Ms. Bridges, 32, of Meridian, died Friday, July 19, 2002, at Riley Hospital. She was a member of Christian Fellowship Independent Methodist Church. 
 

Survivors include three brothers, Jessie Bridges and Johnny Bridges and his wife, Cassy, all of Meridian; and David Bridges and his wife, Sabrina, of Brandon; two nephews and one niece. 
 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Mary Bridges. 
 

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

Obituaries for Monday, July 22, 2002 
 

JOSHUA CALEB MILLER 

Student 
 

Services for Joshua Caleb Miller will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clarence Tilgham officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. 
 

Joshua, 11, of Meridian, died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. He was a student and attended Evangel Temple. 
 

Survivors include his parents, George T. and Stephanie R. Miller, a brother, Scott Miller, his maternal grandparents, Earline and H.L. Prewitt, his paternal grandparent, Ada Miller, all of Meridian; aunts and uncles, Crystal Prewitt, Renae and Michael Warren, Deborah and Dewayne Boykin, Lee and Brandee Prewitt, David and Linda Miller, Sammy and Sherry Miller, Nora and Trent Wallace, Mark Miller and Ricky McDonald, all of Meridian; and Dennis and Elaine Miller of Enterprise; his special cousins and friends, Charlie and Leigh Ann Kernot of Meridian. 
 

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

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