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Obituaries 35

 
MELBA JANICE CHAMBLEE EZELLE 
 

UNION -- Services for Melba Janice Chamblee Ezelle will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Milling Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Morrow and Artie Grimes officiating. Burial will be in Erin Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Ezelle, 54, of Union, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, in her home. She was born on Sept. 22, 1947 to the late Ned and Christeen Rushing Chamblee in Union. Janice will be missed by so many friends, family and co-workers. Her strength and love for life and nature was an inspiration for so many people. She never met a stranger and all who met her were drawn to her by a charismatic personality and generous nature. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Robert W. "Buddy" Ezelle; children, Rena, David and Christopher and daughter-in-law Erin Ezelle; a brother, Wayne Chamblee; a sister Janell Slaughter and her husband, Dinines, and a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Lula Mae Ezelle Harrison and several nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ned and Christeen Rushing Chamblee; a brother, Randy Chamblee and her in-laws, Robert Davis and Etoile Shealy Ezelle. 
 

Visitation will be today from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 
 

BONNIE MAE SMITH 

Retired 
 

Services for Bonnie Mae Smith will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Ruffin officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Smith, 88, of Meridian, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. She was self employed with Stanley Home Products before she retired. She was a member of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church and T.E.L. Sunday School Class. 
 

Survivors include a daughter, Sarah DuBose, of Maitland, Fla.; three sisters, Bertie Moore, of Bailey, and Annie Bell Motley and Kay Chaney, both of Union; four brothers, John C. Hughes, of Jackson, James W. Hughes, of Alexandria, La., and Stennis Hughes and Robert Hughes, both of Bailey; six grandchildren, Harold DuBose Jr., of Russell, Patricia Wilson and Gregory DuBose, both of Maitland, and Vicki Smith, Lisa Berdami and Robert Smith, all of Meridian; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lavelle "Shorty" Smith, and a son, Norris Smith. 
 

Pallbearers will be Stan Wilson, Justin Woodard, Adrian Woodard, Larry Townsend, Gerald Townsend and Howard DuBose. 
 

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

HELEN JORDAN 

Rexall Drug Store employee 
 

PADUCAH, Ky. -- Services for Helen Jordan will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Milner and Orr Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Jim Calhoun and Fred French officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Marshall County, Ky. 
 

Mrs. Jordan, 83, of Benton, Ky., died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at Medco of Paducah, Ky. 
 

Survivors include two daughters, Dee Minter of Symsonia, Ky., and Julie Jordan Butler Brazell of Paducah; a son, retired Col. William Henry Jordan of Alexandria, Va.; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Henry Jordan, a grandson, Randall Gaza and her parents, Harold Harland Sanders and Julia Mae Armstrong Sanders; three brothers and three sisters. 
 

Memorials may be made to Calvert City United Methodist Church Building Fund, 540 Oak Park Blvd. Calvert City, Ky. 42029 or McCracken County Senior Citizens, 1400 H.C. Mathis Dr. Paducah, Ky. 42001 or Lourdes Hospice, 2855 Jackson St. Paducah, Ky. 42001. 
 

Visitation will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. 
 

THEOTIS CROSS 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at E.E. McDonald Funeral Home for Theotis Cross, 51, of Scooba, who died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at his home. 
 

UHLMA WATSON 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Stephens Funeral Home for Uhlma Watson, 92, of Meridian, who died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at Kings Daughters and Sons Rest Home. 
 

Obituaries for Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002 
 

RAYMOND L. ROBERTS 

Retired 
 

Graveside services for Raymond L. Roberts will be held today at 3:30 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery with the Rev. Harold Quinnelly officiating. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Roberts, 62, of Meridian, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, in his home. He was a retired retail clothing salesman. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Beddingfield Roberts of Meridian; a daughter, Tina Peters of California; a son Shannon Roberts of Meridian and two grandchildren; sisters, Susan Jordan and Lois Bishop, both of Meridian. 
 

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Lee Roberts, Lloyd Roberts and Wayne Roberts. 
 

Pallbearers will be Chris Beddingfield, Richard House, Bill Sisson, Robert Roberts, Charlie Hoffer, Richard Barrett, and Gene Tolbird. 
 

UHLMA SHUMATE WATSON 

Homemaker 
 

Graveside services for Uhlma Shumate Watson will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Quitman with the Rev. Claude Fleming officiating. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Watson, 92, of Meridian, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. 
 

Survivors include her sister, Elizabeth Williams; brothers, William C. Shumate, both of Meridian and Jack B. Shumate of Panama City, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bennett W. Watson. 
 

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

ELOISE VIRGINIA CARMICHAEL HAILES 

Retired civil service employee 
 

QUITMAN -- Services for Eloise Virginia Carmichael Hailes will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Center Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Manning officiating. Burial will be in Center Ridge Cemetery in Clarke County. Wright's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Hailes, 70, of Shubuta, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, in her home. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Francis "Frank" E. Hailes of Schertz, Texas; a son, Steve Hailes; a daughter, Sherri Hailes Little, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two brothers, Oscar Carmichael and Burt Carmichael, both of Shubuta; and four grandchildren. 
 

Memorials may be made to Center Ridge Baptist Church. 
 

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. 
 

MELVIN DWIGHT HODGES 

Machine Operator 
 

GREENVILLE -- Services for Melvin Dwight Hodges will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Boone-Wells Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Greenville Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Hodges, 57, of Greenville, formerly of Meridian, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville. 
 

He was born in Marianna, Fla. moving to Meridian at an early age. He graduated from high school and made his home in Greenville for the past 28 years where he was employed with Modern Lines in Indianola, retiring in 2000 due to ill health. He was an avid fisherman. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Hodges of Greenville; three daughters, Kathy Havens of Wardingville, W.Va., Vickie Kimbriel, of Lake Village, Ark., and Kriss Keeling of Greenville; three sons, Mitchell Stevens, Mark Stevens and Todd Stevens, all of Greenville; a sister, Sheryl Easterling of Meridian; four brothers, David Hodges of Pensacola, Fla., Donnie Hodges of Meridian, Larry Hodges and Danny Hodges, both of Brandon; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 
 

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

SENIOR MASTER SGT. JAMES A. ADDY 

Retired 
 

UNION -- Services for Senior Master Sgt. James A. Addy will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Billy Owen officiating. Burial will be in Decatur City Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Addy, 72, of Harrisville, formerly of Decatur, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. He was a Senior Master Sgt. in the U.S. Air Force and retired after more than 22 years of service. He was retired from Southern Lumber Company. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Mary Addy, of Harrisville; three sons, James Joseph Addy of Prescot Valley, Ariz., Michael David Addy of Mendendhall and Tim Addy of Flora; a step-daughter, Joyce Stephens of Albuquerque, N.M.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and a sister, Vetta Lavender of Tuscaloosa, Ala. 
 

Pallbearers will be the Military Honor Guard of Columbus Air Force Base. 
 

Visitation will be Sunday beginning at noon until service time at the funeral home. 
 

JANET HENRY 

Homemaker 
 

INVERNESS, Fla. -- Graveside services for Janet Henry will be held Sept. 7, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Meridian Memorial Park. Hooper Funeral Home chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Henry, 58, of Inverness, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, in Tampa. 
 

She was a member of Lakeside Country Club and a volunteer at Lake Regional Library. She was a Baptist. 
 

She was born in Meridian, the daughter of Thomas Clark and Virginia Armstrong Jones and lived for a time in Clinton, Miss. before moving to Inverness. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Willard Henry Jr. of Inverness; a son, Thomas Earn Brannan of Easley, S.C.; a step-son, Gary Henry of St. Francisville, La.; daughters, Christine Snyder of Brandon, Miss. and Judy Lynn Dear of Morton, Miss.; step-daughter, Patti Henry of Baton Rouge, La.; a brother, Robert Jones of Missouri; a sister, Mary Ruth Cullum of Decatur, Miss.; and a very special niece, Teresa Dearing and 12 grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by a son, Clarence David Brannan in 1988. 
 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 
 

FERN HENSON 

Homemaker 
 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Services for Fern Henson will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Church of the King in Corpus Christi with graveside services and burial to be at Seaside Memorial Park Cemetery. Seaside Memorial Park and Cemetery is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Henson, 87, of Corpus Christi, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002. She was born in Meridian on Dec. 2, 1914 and lived most of her life here. 
 

Survivors include her son, Charles Gerald Henson and his wife, Nancy, of McAllen; her daughter, Kay Lindley and her husband, Jim, of Corpus Christi; and eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded by her husband, Charles Blackwell Henson. 
 

Memorials may be made to Church of the King, 1012 Annapolis Dr., Corpus Christi, Texas, 78412, in memory of Mrs. Henson. 
 

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

JAMES HAROLD ODOM 
 

JACKSON -- Services for James Harold Odom will be held Monday at 9 a.m. at Lakewood Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery in Meridian at 1 p.m. 
 

Mr. Odom, 46, of Clinton, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at St. Dominic Hospital. He was born in Meridian to the late Joe W. Odom and Bonnie Hurst Odom in 1956. He had lived in the Clinton area for 18 years and was a former resident of Jackson. He was a sports enthusiast and an avid fisherman. He was Baptist. 
 

He is survived by a loving family: his mother, Bonnie Lucile Odom, of Clinton; a son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy L. Odom and Ginny, of Raymond; a brother, Johnny Odom of Florence; a sister, Diane Odom McManus, of Ward, Ark.; a grandson, James Sidney Odom; four nieces; and four nephews. 
 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation. 
 

Visitation will be held Sunday from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

ALGENE LAMAR TINSLEY 

Retired 
 

Services for Algene Lamar Tinsley were held Saturday, Aug. 17, at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bob Null officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Tinsley, 82, of the Damascus Community, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002, at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson. He was retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture after more than 35 years. He was a native of the Damascus Community and was a veteran of World War II, and served in the U.S. Air Force in the 48th Fighter Squadron. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Renia Lewis Tinsley of Damascus; one daughter, Doretta Tinsley Ocampo of Damascus; three sons, Ricky Tinsley and his wife, Deborah, of Mira Loma, Calif., Billy Tinsley of Damascus and Johnny Tinsley of Bailey; nine grandchildren, Joshua, Charla and Jacob Tinsley, Tanya, Jessica, and Shawna Ocampo, Jeremy, Jason, and Amber Tinsley; seven great-grandchildren, Kelton Ocampo, Kylah Hope Ocampo, Mariana Ocampo and Detra Ocampo, Brandon Tinsley, Eleiana Tinsley, and Mia Hope Ocampo; and a sister, Blanche Mozella Tinsley Gunter, of Meridian. 
 

ROBERT LAMAR COLLINS 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Robert Lamar Collins, 57, of Waggaman, La., who died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at his home. 
 

Obituaries for Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002 
 

UHLMA SHUMATE WATSON 

Homemaker 
 

Graveside services for Uhlma Shumate Watson will be held today at 2 p.m. at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Quitman with the Rev. Claude Fleming officiating. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Watson, 92, of Meridian, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. 
 

Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Williams of Meridian; two brothers, William C. Shumate of Meridian and Jack B. Shumate of Panama City, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bennett W. Watson. 
 

ROBERT LAMAR COLLINS 

Retired 
 

Services for Robert Lamar Collins will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frankie Boyette officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Collins, 57, of Waggaman, La., died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at his home. 
 

Survivors include two sons, Robert Collins of Bay St. Louis and Michael Wayne Collins and his wife, Cheryl, of Waggaman; a daughter, Tina Marie Collins Preaze and her husband, Brian, of West Wego, La.; four grandchildren, Mandy Collins, Brian Preaze Jr., Michael Collins Jr., and Casey Collins; a brother, Bill Collins of Meridian; and two sisters, Jewell Stewart and her husband, Ralph and Kay Griffin and her husband, Glen, all of Meridian. 
 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Miles Collins. 
 

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

ELIZABETH CARROLL HOSCH 

Homemaker 
 

Services for Elizabeth Carroll "Bee" Hosch will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Alan Randall and Lannis May officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery in the Zero community. 
 

Mrs. Hosch, 75, of Meridian, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at Guardian Angel Hospice. 
 

Early in her adult life she was employed with an insurance agency and later for Western Union. Most of her life was devoted to being a good mother and a wonderful homemaker for her loving family. Throughout her many illnesses for many years, she never stopped trusting in God and seeking Him. She used every opportunity to witness to God's love, His amazing grace and healing power. While residing in South Florida she was active in a leadership role of Christian Woman's Club of Broward County and was instrumental in organizing and supporting the Rare Disease Association. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Taylor W. Hosch of Meridian; a son, Michael Edward Hosch and his wife, Sylvia Nell Hosch of Meridian; a brother, Ellis Eugene Carroll of Modesto, Calif.; a sister, Mary Frances of Muskogee, Okla.; two grandsons, David Michael Hosch and his wife, April, of Meridian and Richard Edward Hosch of Gautier; a granddaughter, Lisa Diane Stanley of Dallas; a great-grandson, Taylor Michael Hosch of Meridian; special friends, Carl and Nell Linton, Opal and Laverne McDonald, Diane Nester, and all the friends of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church; and a very special friend, Jessie Bonner. 
 

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rita Diane Hooks; and her parents, Henry and Virginia Carroll. 
 

The family requests memorials be made to the Oschner Foundation in New Orleans. 
 

Pallbearers will be David Hosch, Richard Hosch, Keith Frey, Fred Frey, David Bonner and Rusty Bonner. 
 

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

CLYDE HARRELL WIGGINS 
 

QUITMAN -- Graveside services for Clyde Harrell Wiggins will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Center Ridge Church Cemetery. Wright's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Wiggins, 68, of Meridian, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at Riley Hospital. 
 

Survivors include a brother, Darrell Wiggins of Meridian; and several nieces and nephews. 
 

Visitation will be held today after 5 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

EZRA LEE ADAMS 

Construction worker 
 

DEKALB -- Graveside services for Ezra Lee Adams will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at New Hope United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Bass officiating. E.E. McDonald Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Adams, 53, of Detroit, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at his home. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Alice Faye Adams of Detroit; four children, Carlos Taylor and Shawn Taylor, both of Detroit and Charles Kemp and Nakia Kemp, both of Virginia Beach, Va.; two grandchildren; five sisters, Mary A. Temple and her husband, Robert, Billy Adams and Dianne Adams, all of DeKalb, Dorothy A. Grady and her husband, James, of Ocean Springs and Earlene Adams of Chicago; three brothers, Ben Adams and his wife, Clara and Clark Adams, all of DeKalb and Fletcher Adams of Chicago; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
 

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother. THEOTIS CROSS 

Construction 
 

DEKALB -- Services for Theotis "Baby" Cross will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Sunflower Baptist Church in Scooba with the Rev. James Granger officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. E.E. McDonald Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Cross, 52, of Scooba, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at his home. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Ida "Princess" Cross of Scooba; two daughters, Amelia Yates and Patricia Yates, both of Scooba; four sisters, Katie C. Bender of Mobile, Ala., and Deloris Evans and her husband, the Rev. William Evans of Montvello, Ala., Elizabeth Baylor and her husband, Leo, of DeKalb and Christian Lancester and her husband, Felton, of Birningham, Ala.; two brothers, Alfonzy Cross and his wife, Doris, of Gainsville, Fla., and Tommie Lee Cross of Montvello; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. 
 

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

OLA SULLIVAN 

Homemaker 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Ola Sullivan will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Bluff Springs Baptist Church in Kemper County with the Revs. Ernest Harold Allen and Allen Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Bluff Springs Cemetery. McClain-Hays Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Sullivan, 80, of Collinsville, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. 
 

She was born and raised in Kemper County but had lived in Lauderdale County for the past several years and was a member of Pine Grove Church in the MArtin community. 
 

Survivors include two daughters, Gladys Allen and Mary Tubby, both of Meridian; four sons, Conner Odell Sullivan of Decatur, Jimmy Dell Sullivan of Meridian, Richard Wayne Sullivan of DeKalb and Johnny Lee Sullivan of Collinsville; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, James Clyde Wright of Meridian; and several nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, R.T. Sullivan in 1969; a son, R.C. Sullivan in 1996; and a daughter, Bobbie Nell Sullivan in 1948. 
 

Pallbeares will be Charles Allen, Steve Wright, Clyde Wright, Michael Wright, Harvey Wright and Ellis Denton. 
 

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

JONATHAN WEBB MAY 

Truck driver 
 

Services for Jonathan Webb May will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Stephens Funeral Home with the Revs. Carl Stephens and Larry Joyner officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Methodist Cemetery. 
 

Mr. May, 24, of Collinsville, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, in Collinsville. 
 

TERESA JOAN BOYD 
 

Teresa Joan Boyd, formerly a longtime resident of Meridian, was taken from us suddenly in a tragic accident near her home in Herndon, Va., on Friday, Aug. 16, 2002. 
 

Teresa Joan graduated from Meridian High School, where she was active in marching and symphonic bands. 
 

She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern Mississippi, studying geology, mineralogy, cartography and music. During her schooling at USM she studied in Wyoming and spent summers with the Army Corps of Engineers, mapping a 300-year history of the Mississippi River. 
 

After college she worked with the Defense Mapping Agency in Rhode Island, St. Louis and Washington D.C., helping create accurate map products used by shipping, airlines and NATO. The products her team created were directly responsible for the accurate targeting in wartime first witnessed in the Gulf War. 
 

During her tenure at DMA, later renamed the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, she completed two master's degrees, one from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport News (the only civilian and only female in her class) and the second at Salve Regina College. She held security clearance six levels above "Top Secret." 
 

She instructed NATO F-16 pilots in Denmark; snow skied in Canada, Montana and Idaho; toured active underground mines in Montana; mined for gernets in Idaho; and actively "dived" a nuclear submarine in the Atlantic at the controls. 
 

She enjoyed playing piano, starting at an early age. She studied brass in high school and violin in college. She was an avid antique furniture enthusiast and a gardener. 
 

Surviving family include her mother, Peggy G. Boyd of Reston, Va., and Ft. Walton, Fla.; a brother, James E. "Jimmy" Boyd of Ft. Walton; and the Boyd family of Missoula, Mont., including her brother, Greg Boyd, sister-in-law Laurie Boyd and nephews Daniel and Joey. 
 

Contact Greg or Laurie Boyd for memorial information at (406) 721-5145. 
 

RON COLEMAN 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Ron Coleman, 56, of Meridian, who died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. 
 
 
 

Obituaries for Monday, Sept. 2, 2002 
 

FLOYD JOSH COODY 
 

GILBERTOWN, Ala. -- Services for Floyd Josh Coody will be held today at 10 a.m. at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Fred Wiley and Clovis Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Mosley Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Coody, 87, of Gilbertown, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, in Meridian, Miss. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Vernie Coody of Gilbertown; three sons, Loyl Coody of Gilbertown, Roy Coody of Toxey and Raymond Coody of Weslaco, Texas; two daughters, Rachael Coody and Ruby Sellers, both of Gilbertown; two brothers, Dennis Coody of Gilbertown and Mathey Lee Coody of Toxey; two sisters, Abeline Downing of Toxey and Mary Adams of Butler; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. 
 

He was preceded in death by a son, Wilford Coody. 
 

EZRA LEE ADAMS 

Construction worker 
 

DEKALB -- Graveside services for Ezra Lee Adams will be held today at 1 p.m. at New Hope United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Bass officiating. E.E. McDonald Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Adams, 53, of Detroit, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at his home. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Alice Faye Adams of Detroit; four children, Carlos Taylor and Shawn Taylor, both of Detroit and Charles Kemp and Nakia Kemp, both of Virginia Beach, Va.; two grandchildren; his mother, Birdie L. Adams of DeKalb; five sisters, Mary A. Temple and her husband, Robert, Billy Adams and Dianne Adams, all of DeKalb, Dorothy A. Grady and her husband, James, of Ocean Springs and Earlene Adams of Chicago; three brothers, Ben Adams and his wife, Clara, and Clark Adams, all of DeKalb and Fletcher Adams of Chicago; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
 

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

OLA SULLIVAN 

Homemaker 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Ola Sullivan will be held today at 2 p.m. at Bluff Springs Baptist Church in Kemper County with the Revs. Ernest Harold Allen and Allen Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Bluff Springs Cemetery. McClain-Hays Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Sullivan, 80, of Collinsville, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. 
 

She was born and raised in Kemper County but had lived in Lauderdale County for the past several years and was a member of Pine Grove Church in the Martin community. 
 

Survivors include two daughters, Gladys Allen and Martha Tubby, both of Meridian; four sons, Conner Odell Sullivan of Decatur, Jimmy Dell Sullivan of Meridian, Richard Wayne Sullivan of DeKalb and Johnny Lee Sullivan of Collinsville; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, James Clyde Wright of Meridian; and several nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, R.T. Sullivan in 1969; a son, R.C. Sullivan in 1996; and a daughter, Bobbie Nell Sullivan in 1948. 
 

Pallbearers will be Charles Allen, Steve Wright, Clyde Wright, Michael Wright, Harvey Wright and Ellis Denton. 
 

RON L. COLEMAN 

Retired 
 

Services for Ron L. Coleman will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ with the Rev. Allen Shortridge officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Coleman, 56, of Meridian, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam war and a member of Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Adele Coleman of McKinney, Texas; four sisters, Marsha Villarreal and her husband, Fermin, of Lubbock, Texas, Marilyn Coleman of McKinney, Debbie Brock and her husband, Jerry and Lana King and her husband, Newell, all of Garland, Texas; three stepchildren, Nancy Price and her husband, Jimmy, and Charles Martin Jr., all of Meridian and Tammy Martin of Alabama; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews and sisters and brothers-in-law. 
 

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Coleman and a grandson, George David Minor Jr. 
 

The family requests memorials be made to the cost of the funeral. 
 

Visitation will be held Tuesday two hours prior to the service at the church. 
 

HUGH AARON YATES 

Farmer, carpenter 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Hugh Aaron Yates will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at John E. Stephens Funeral Services Chapel with the Revs. Howard Herring and Ray Luke officiating. Burial will be in Cedarlawn Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Yates, 95, of Philadelphia, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at Neshoba County General Hospital. 
 

Survivors include three daughters, Kathleen Mitchell of Jackson, Janette Williamson and Rebecca Ann Yates, both of Little Rock, Ark.; two sons, James William Yates of Denton, Texas and Lynn Yates of Philadelphia; a sister, Louise Parker of Philadelphia; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 
 

Visitation will be today from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

TOMMY CLEMMONS 
 

SEBASTOPOL -- Services for Tommy Clemmons will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Bogue Chitto Baptist Church with the Rev. Calvin Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Bogue Chitto Community Cemetery Number Two. Milling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Clemmons, 66, of Choctaw, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

Survivors include a daughter, Claudine Bell of Philadelphia; two sisters, Josephine Tubby and Mary Bell, both of Philadelphia; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
 

LAWLESS COOKSEY 
 

UNION -- Arrangements were incomplete at Milling Funeral Home for Lawless Cooksey, 79, of Decatur, who died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian. 
 

Obituaries for Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002 
 

RON L. COLEMAN 

Retired 
 

Memorial services for Ron L. Coleman were to be held today at 10 a.m. at Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ with the Rev. Allen Shortridge officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Coleman, 56, of Meridian, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Coleman of Meridian; his mother, Adele Coleman of McKinney, Texas; four sisters, Marsha Villarreal and her husband, Fermin, of Lubbock, Texas, Marilyn Coleman of McKinney, Debbie Brock and her husband, Jerry, and Lana King and her husband, Newell, all of Garland, Texas; three step-children, Nancy Price and her husband, Jimmy, of Meridian, Tammy Martin of Alabama, and Charles Martin Jr. of Meridian; three grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, a sister and brother-in-law. 
 

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Coleman; and a grandson, George David Minor Jr. 
 

Memorials may be made to the family to defray funeral costs. 
 

Visitation will be today noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

JEFFERY EARL DEVINE 
 

UNION -- Services for Jeffery Earl Devine will be held today at 2:30 p.m. at Milling Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. James Warren and William Walker officiating. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery in Lake. 
 

Mr. Devine, 27, of Lawrence, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at Newton Regional Hospital. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Devine and a son, Dillon Devine, both of Lawrence; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Earl Devine of Decatur; maternal grandparents, Pete and Lelar Davis of Decatur; several aunts, uncles and cousins. 
 

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Early Lee Devine and Ottie Smith. 
 

VERA MAE DONALD 

Woolworth employee 
 

Services for Vera Mae Donald will be held today at 3 p.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Raymon Leake officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Donald, 84, of Meridian, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, at Benchmark Health Care Center. She was a member of Arrowood Baptist Church. 
 

Survivors include her sister, Estelle Austin of Raleigh; her sister-in-law, Adeline Bouligny of Meridian; several nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph B. Donald. 
 

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

L.H. WILLIAMS 

Welder 
 

Services for L.H. Williams will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Whitner officiating. Burial will be in Sand Springs Cemetery in Newton County. 
 

Mr. Williams, 58, of Picayune, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at Crosby Memorial Hospital in Picayune. He was a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church. He was a welder with Riley-Buird in Shreveport, La. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Williams, a daughter, Kenya Lowry and her husband, Wayne, two sons, Sean Williams and Greg Williams, all of Shreveport; a sister, Sandra Williams of Picayune; four brothers, Ottis, Allen, Devon and Danny Williams; and a grandson, Timothy Michael Lowry. 
 

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

JOSEPH HUDSON WILLIAMS 

Retired heavy equipment operator 
 

BUTLER, Ala. -- Graveside services for Joseph Hudson Williams will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Womack Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Don Whigham officiating. Bumpers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Williams, 74, of Silas, Ala., died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, in his home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Margie S. Williams of Silas; sons, Joseph V. Williams, Russell A. Williams and Frederick H. Williams, all of Silas, Jimmy R. Williams of Millry and Willie V. Williams of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; a daughter, Rebecca Williams Carney of Chatom, Ala.; a brother, Thomas J. Williams of Donaldsville, Ga.; a sister, Mary E. Leblanc of Homer, La.; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
 

JOANNA HENRY 

Dental assistant 
 

SEBASTOPOL -- Services for JoAnna Henry will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Bogue Chitto Baptist Church with the Rev. Calvin Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Bogue Chitto Community Cemetery with Milling Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Henry, 56, of Philadelphia, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Dobie Henry all of Philadelphia; three daughters, Allison Henry and Rebecca Henry, both of Philadelphia, and Meagan Henry of Wisconsin; a grandchild; two sisters, Audrey Sam and Ardie York, both of Philadelphia; three brothers, D.C. Phillips of Wisconsin, John Robert Phillips of Chicago and Kenneth Phillips of Philadelphia. 
 

HYRUM RAY REYNOLDS 
 

Graveside services for Hyrum Ray Reynolds will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Springhill Cemetery with the Rev. Chuck Overby officiating. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Reynolds, 53, of Meridian, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. 
 

Survivors include five brothers, Johnny Reynolds and his wife, Judy, Will Reynolds and his wife, Libby, all of Toomsuba, Kenny Reynolds and his wife, Helen, of Collinsville, Robin Reynolds of Meridian and Tommy Reynolds and his wife, Peggy, of Athens, Texas; sisters, Caryol Santos and her husband, A.J., Sandy Scott and her husband, William, all of Meridian, Ruby Lou Diaz and her husband, Eddie, of Atlanta, and Mary Winters and her husband, Art, of Charleston, S.C.; a special cousin, Sharon Gibson of Meridian; and several nieces and nephews. 
 

Pallbearers will be Kenny Reynolds, Jimmy Reynolds, Joseph Reynolds, Johnny Reynolds, Brandon Reynolds, Jacob Reynolds, Alfredo Santos and Robert Knowles. 
 

Visitation will be Wednesday 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

BENNIE LACEY 

Wayne County School District employee 
 

Graveside services for Bennie Lacey will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Pentecostal Memorial Gardens with Elder Keith Tisdale officiating. Berry and Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Lacey, 48, of Waynesboro, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at Forrest General Hospital. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Roberta Lacey of Laurel; three sons, Thomas Lacey of Orlando, Fla., Bennie G. Lacey and his wife, Katrina, and Timothy Lacey, all of Waynesboro; five daughters, Shirley Lacey, Dinah Lacey, Stacy Lacey, Cassandra Lacey and Jennifer Lacey, all of Waynesboro; his mother, Rhoda Lacey of Waynesboro; brothers, Gary Lacey and his wife, Terri, of Cincinnati, David Lacey and his wife, Betty, Charles Lacey and his wife, Christine, and Lamont Lacey, all of Buckatunna; sisters, Gloria Ford and her husband, Terry, of Daphne, Ala., Mattie Land and Georgia Chambers, both of Meridian, Betty McGill and her husband, Clyde, Alice Lacey and Girtha Williams and her husband, Wilie, all of Buckatunna, Stella Bender and her husband, George, of Laurel, Mary Stevens and her husband, John, and Felecia Lacey, all of Waynesboro; and 15 grandchildren. 
 

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

ANNIE GENE STENNIS KING 

Homemaker 
 

DEKALB -- Graveside services for Annie Gene Stennis King will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Pinecrest Cemetery with the Revs. Sam Hull and Julian Stennis officiating. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. King, 85, of Starkville, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at Starkville Manor. She was a longtime resident of DeKalb and a member of the Presbyterian church. She was active in the Civic League and Business Women Circle. 
 

Mrs. King enjoyed traveling, gardening, painting, interior decorating and was an avid antique collector. 
 

Survivors include her children, George Gilbert Stennis and his wife, Beth, of Windsor, Colo., Earl A. Stennis and his wife, Mary, of Starkville, William L. Stennis of DeKalb and Christy Stennis Ball and her husband, Richard, of Marshall, Texas; grandchildren, Mary Ann Berry, Gil Stennis, Alex Stennis, Richard Stennis, George Stennis, James Stennis, Brandy Ball, John Stennis and Cody Ball; great-grandchildren, Brandon Berry, Trey Stennis, Kaleb Stennis, Jamison Stennis and Jordan Stennis; and her sister, Mary Clair Harbour. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husbands, George Locker Stennis and Chris H. King; a brother, Ronnie Earl Bounds; and a sister, Armette Sorrels. 
 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Palmer Home for Children in Columbus or a favorite charity. 
 

Pallbearers will be Gil Stennis, Alex Stennis, Richard Stennis, James Stennis, Cody Stennis, Bobby Berry, Ronnie Bounds and David Sorrels. 
 

Visitation will be Wednesday 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home in DeKalb. 
 

VALLIE M. BUNCH 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Vallie M. Bunch, 64, of Meridian, who died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

ROBERT EARL PRATT 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Stephens Funeral Home for Robert Earl Pratt, 69, of Jackson, who died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, in Jackson. 
 

Obituaries for Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002 
 

ROBERT EARL PRATT 

Retired salesman 
 

Services for Robert Earl Pratt will be held today at 3:30 p.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Carl Pruitt and R.C. Rice officiating. Burial will be in Gumlog Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Pratt, 69, of Jackson, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2002, in his home. He was a veteran. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Verna Pratt; three daughters, Betty Phillips, Linda Johnson and Jeanita Rainey, all of Jackson; four sons, James Pratt, Glenn Pratt and Dale Pratt, all of Jackson, and Randy Pratt of Brandon; a sister, Thursalene Barney; three brothers, Roy Pratt, O.V. Pratt and R.L. Pratt, all of Meridian; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
 

VALLIE M. CHARLTON BUNCH 
 

Services for Vallie M. Charlton Bunch will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Williams officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Bunch, 64, of Meridian, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

Survivors include her husband, L.V. Bunch; two sons, Van Stephens and Michael Bunch, all of Meridian; two daughters, Ann Hall of Meridian and Martha Kylo of Ellensburg, Wash.; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Stephens. 
 

Pallbearers will be John Slayton, Chris Slayton, Marion Payne, Mark Joyner, Tyler Wiggins and Doug Weathers. 
 

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

PAULINE GILMORE 

Assistant manager 
 

SEBASTOPOL -- Services for Pauline Gilmore will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Milling Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. C.M. Jinkerson officiating. Burial will be in Old White Plains Cemetery in Sebastopol. 
 

Ms. Gilmore, 61, of Conehatta, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at Laird Hospital. She was an assistant manager of Kentucky Fried Chicken. 
 

Survivors include her mother, Flora Williams of Sebastopol; sons, Jess Gilmore of Forest and Richard Williams of Sebastopol; daughters, Darlene Graham of Decatur and Fay Davis of Sebastopol ;and a sister, Myrtis Jinkerson of Sebastopol. 
 

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

JONATHAN WEBB MAY 

Truck driver 
 

Services for Jonathan Webb May will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Carl Stephens and Larry Joyner officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery. 
 

Mr. May, 24, of Collinsville, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, in Collinsville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines. 
 

Survivors include his mother, Cheryl May of Collinsville; his father and step-mother, Gene and Debbie May of Meridian; and a sister, Joanna Bearden of Collinsville. 
 

Pallbearers will be Jerry May, Mickey May, Brian May, Mack Culpepper, Sonny Russell and Richard Dickerson. 
 

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

MARY ANN GALLÉ SCARBROUGH 
 
 
 

BILOXI -- Graveside services for Mary Ann Gallé Scarbrough will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Biloxi National Cemetery. Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Scarbrough, 71, of Biloxi, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, in Biloxi. 
 

Survivors include her children, Cecil Ann Nash, Weldon Orey Gallé and David Lee Gallé, all of Biloxi, Ella Mae Simpson of Stonewall, Mary Margaret Allen of Collinsville, Larry Dudley Thomasson of Clinton, Joseph Scarbrough of Biloxi and Cindy Marie Dearman of Meridian; a sister, Fanny Breton of Lewiston; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Cecil Warren Gallé and Archie Hines Scarbrough; and two grandchildren. 
 

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

CLINTON RYAN HARPER 
 

FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- Services for Clinton Ryan "Clint" Harper will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church North Mobile in Saraland with the Rev. Ed Litton officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. at Memory Gardens of Fairhope on Greeno Road. Fairhope Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Harper, 22, of Fairhope, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, in Highlands-Cashiers, N.C. 
 

Survivors include his mother and step-father, Carolyn and Jimmy White of Fairhope; his father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald James Harper of Meridian; a sister, Claire Green of Fairhope; two brothers, Chase and Dylan Harper of Meridian; a step-brother, Justin Thomas of Meridian; his maternal grandmother, Hazel Mathis of Waynesboro; his maternal great-grandmother, Jewel Bryce of Waynesboro; his paternal grandmother, Dollie Roper of Meridian; several uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives and friends. 
 

Memorials may be made to Campus Outreach Ministries, Gulf Coast Inc., Sigma Chi Fraternity of the University of South Alabama Chapter or First Baptist North Mobile Missions. 
 

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

EVELYN JOYCE WILKINS 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home for Evelyn Joyce Wilkins, 35, of Meridian, who died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, in her home. 
 

MICHAEL DRAKE 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Michael Drake, 27, of Meridian, who died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at Lackey Memorial Hospital in Forest. 
 

Obituaries for Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002 
 

FELTON BULLOCK 
 

LAUREL -- Services for Felton Bullock were held today at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Laurel with the Rev. Dr. Randy Turner officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Lakewood Memorial Cemetery in Jackson. Memory Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Bullock, of Laurel, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, in her home. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth E. Bullock of Laurel; her children, Kenneth E. Bullock Jr. of Jackson, Gregory Neil Bullock of Loganville, Ga., and Linda Carol Bullock of Port Orchard, Wash.; three grandchildren, three brothers and four sisters. 
 

She was preceded in death by a son, James Randall Bullock. 
 

PAULINE GILMORE 

Assistant manager Kentucky Fried Chicken 
 

SEBASTOPOL -- Services for Pauline Gilmore were to be held today at 10 a.m. at Milling Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. C.M. Jinkerson and H.L. Rhodes officiating. Burial was to be in Old White Plains Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Gilmore, 61, of Conehatta, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at Laird Hospital in Union. 
 

Survivors include her mother, Flora Williams of Sebastopol; a son, Jess Gilmore of Forest; daughters, Darlene Graham of Sebastopol and Fay Davis of Decatur; a brother, Richard Williams of Sebastopol; a sister Myrtis Jinkerson and four grandchildren. 
 

Pallbearers will be David Hillman, Marty McKee, Pete Graham, Charles Knight, Chuck Brown and Charles Graham. 
 

GEORGE M. CATO 

Retired pipeline construction worker 
 

Graveside services for George M. Cato will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Chunky Cemetery with Olen Hull officiating. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Cato, 53, of Chunky, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, in Jackson. 
 

Survivors include his daughter, Georgia Hart of Houston, Texas; a son, John Cato of Jackson; three grandchildren and one sister. 
 

JAMES E. BILLUPS 

Employee of Chrysler Corp. 
 

Graveside services for James E. Billups will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at White Cemetery in Topton with the Rev. Thomas Howell officiating. Berry and Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Billups, 55, of Detroit, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2002, in St. John Hospital in Detroit. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Averlen Billups of Detroit; three daughters, two sons, one brother, one sister and six grandchildren. 
 

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

DOROTHY E. CHESNEY KISER 

Retired 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Dorothy E. Chesney Kiser will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Barron Pilgrim officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Kiser, 71, of Union, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at Alliance-Laird Hospital in Union. She was a retired machine operator for Midland Shirt Factory. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Wilbur W. Kiser of Union; and a son, Wayne Kiser of Philadelphia. 
 

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

FANNIE DEMMER 
 

Services for Fannie Demmer will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Matthews Baptist Church in Shubuta with the Rev. McKenzie officiating. Burial will be in Shubuta. Latimer Metropolitan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Demmer, 90, of Meridian, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, in Meridian. 
 

Survivors include her daughters, Dorothy McDonald of Shubuta and Mary Carter of Meridian; sons, Tyree Wilborn of Lubbock, Texas, Wendell Wilborn of Las Vegas, Nev., and Hearley Wilborn of Denver; sisters, Gladys Newton of Tuscon, Ariz., Cleo Sayles of Denver, Clemmie Sanders, Helen Bishop and Othella Walker, all of Lubbock; brothers, Charles Kendrick of Kansas City, Kan., Lumas Kendrick and Paul Kendrick, both of Denver. 
 

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

JOHNNY EZELL 
 

Services for Johnny Ezell will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Anthony Brown officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery in Savoy. 
 

Mr. Ezell, 58, of Meridian, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, in Saginaw, Mich. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Katie Ezell of Meridian; four sons, Toby Ezell and Tracy Brown, both of Meridian, Clyde Kelly of Hattiesburg and Jamie McWilliams of Cincinnati; two daughters, Brenda Ezell and Jackie Leggett, both of Meridian; a brother, Ollie Moody of Meridian; and a sister, Maude Clayton of Meridian. 
 

Visitation will be Friday 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

MICHAEL DRAKE 

Construction company employee 
 

Services for Michael Drake will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Love City Fellowship with Elder Barnes officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Drake, 27, of Meridian, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at Lackey Hospital in Forest. 
 

Survivors include two sons, Antonio Williams and Devion Jones, both of Meridian; a daughter, Quintessa Clayton of Birmingham, Ala.; his parents, Solomon and Peggy Brogan of Meridian; four sisters, Tammy Drake Lenzie, Toryer Drake Walker and Sheila Drake, all of Meridian, and Nicole Drake of Houston, Texas. 
 

Visitation will be Friday 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

TAMMATHA STARKEY 

Homemaker 
 

Services for Tammatha Starkey will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Odell Hopkins officiating. Burial will be in Blanks Cemetery in Daleville. 
 

Mrs. Starkey, 32, of Meridian, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Milton Starkey Sr.; two sons, Milton Starkey Jr. and Samuel Starkey; and her mother, Bonnie Blanks, all of Meridian; her father, Donnie Dukes of Lafayette, La.; two sisters, Kimberly Dukes and Ashley Dukes, both of Decatur; two brothers, Robert Blanks of Meridian and Kaltino Caples of Philadelphia. 
 

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

ETHEL JANET HENRY 
 

Graveside services for Ethel Janet Henry will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Henry, 58, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. 
 

JAMES SHIRLEY 

Retired 
 

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Graveside services for James "J.T." Shirley will be held Monday, Sept. 16 at Florida Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Spring Hill, Fla. Trinity Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Shirley, 90, of Lorida, Fla., formerly of Meridian, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, in his home. He was retired from Reliable Chevrolet in Meridian as the body shop foreman. He was a member of the Shriner's Club and a 32 degree Mason with the Grand York Rite Bodies of Mississippi, both in Meridian. He was born in Riderwood, Ala., and came to Lorida from Meridian in 1995. 
 

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Shirley and Sandi Deschaine, both of Lorida; and a brother, Paul Shirley of Forest. 
 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virgie Wommack Shirley. 
 

JAMES R. HARTMAN 

Retired 
 

FORD CITY, Pa. -- Services for James R. Hartman were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Christian Missionary Alliance Church with the Rev. Peter Sears officiating. Burial was in Ford City Cemetery with Welch Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Hartman, 58, of Kittanning, Pa., died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in Vietnam. He was retired from Penelec. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Hannah Elizabeth Smeltzer Hartman; his children, James Michael Hartman of Enterprise, Miss., Jennifer Scholl and her husband, Milton, of Reading, Pa., Margie Meyer and her husband, Robert, of Kittanning and Edward P. McGrady of Vandergrift, Pa.; sisters, Faith McKain of Kittanning, Linda Hartman and Margaret Hartman, both of Ford City; a brother, David Hartman of Ford City; and seven grandchildren. 
 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 
 

PATSY BUTLER 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at James F. Webb Funeral Home for Patsy Butler, 60, of Union, who died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, in Newton County. 
 

ORA L. WILKINS 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home for Ora L. Wilkins, 68, of Meridian, who died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, in her home. 
 

Obituaries for Friday, Sept. 6, 2002 
 

HENRY D. MORGAN 

Retired 
 

NEWTON -- Services for Henry D. Morgan will be held today at 11 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ron Gilstrap officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Parkway Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kosciusko. 
 

Mr. Morgan, 72, of Newton, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. He was a retired county agent and a member of First Baptist Church in Newton. He was a charter member of Briars Hunting Club, a 4-H youth leader, former secretary/treasurer for the Mississippi Holstein Association. He was a Sunday school teacher for youth for many years. He was an associate agent and county agent for Newton County and he was an avid hunter and fisherman. 
 

Survivors include his sons, Doug Morgan of Brandon and Kenny Morgan of Newton; one daughter, Suzanne Willis of Clinton; five grandchildren, Ken Morgan, Lauren Morgan, Taylor Morgan, Morgan Willis and Evan Willis; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernice Boney of Madison; a special friend, Lucy Buckley of Newton and several nieces and nephews. 
 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 
 

Pallbearers will be Bruce Bradley, Bill Goodwin, J.W. Thrash, Durward Vance, Jim Hollis, and David Evans. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Prince, Johnny McMillan, Robert Kelly, and Price Miller. 
 

JOHN ROY JORDAN 

Salesman 
 

Services for John Roy "Bud" Jordan will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Hal Bates and David Sellers officiating. Burial will be in the First Baptist Church of Collinsville Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Jordan, 61, of Collinsville, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Collinsville and a route salesman for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Nadine S. Jordan of Collinsville; a daughter, Amy Jones and her husband, Terry, of Shreveport, La.; a son, Roger Jordan and his wife, Belinda, of Meridian; a sister, Mary Jane Arledge and her husband, Jimmy, of Meridian; and two grandchildren, Rankin and Brelanne Jordan. 
 

He was preceded in death by his parents, John E. and Jeanette Jordan. 
 

Pallbearers will be Jim Miller, Ray Hedgepeth, Jerry Walker, Carey Williamson, Jerry Crenshaw and Bill Gunn. 
 

Honorary pallbearers will be Rod Hitt, LaDalton Edwards, Hollis Calvert, Mark Sharp and the Adult Men's Sunday School Class. 
 

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

PATSY BUTLER 

Dina Care courier 
 

Services for Patsy Butler will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Dr. Malcom Lewis and Gilbert Allen officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Butler, 60, of House, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, in Newton County. She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church in House and she loved painting as a hobby. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Felix Butler of House; two sons, Chris Butler of House and Eric Butler of Starkville; her mother, Edna Truette White Hailey of Preston; and her step-father, J.C. Hailey of Preston; a brother, Raymond White of Meridian; a sister, Kimberly Truette White Williams of Jackson; grandchildren, Joshua C. Butler, Alicia D. Butler and Charlotte R. Butler; and several nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond M. White. 
 

Memorials may be made to MADD in Patsy Butler's name at MADD, P.O. Box 97845 Pearl, Ms. 39288, phone number for MADD, 1-800-368-6233. 
 

Pallbearers will be Gary Smith, Murry Munn, Roger Neil, Jason Fowler, Jake Duke, David Winstead, Dave Edwards, and Tommy Joe Truette. 
 

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

ORA LEE WILKINS 
 

Services for Ora Lee Wilkins will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Billy Thornton officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. 
 

Ms. Wilkins, 64, of Meridian, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, in her home. 
 

Survivors include her sons, Antonio Wilkins of Tyler, Texas, Jeffery Wilkins of Dallas and Leroy Wilkins of Meridian; two sisters, Lela Roberts of Meridian and Odie Mae Dean of DeKalb, one brother, Aaron Wilkins of Meridian and 12 grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Evelyn Joyce Wilkins and her parents, Aaron Wilkins and Eva McClinton. 
 

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

EVELYN JOYCE WILKINS 
 

Services for Evelyn Joyce Wilkins will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Billy Thornton officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. 
 

Ms. Wilkins, 35, of Meridian, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, in her home. 
 

Survivors include her four children, Montavis Wilkins, Margo Wilkins, Timothy Wilkins and Travis Wilkins, all of Meridian; three brothers, Antonio Wilkins of Tyler, Texas, Jeffery Wilkins of Dallas and Leroy Wilkins of Meridian. 
 

She was preceded in death by a grandchild, Deosha Wilkins. 
 

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

JANET HENRY 

Homemaker 
 

Graveside services for Janet Henry will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Sawyer officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Henry, 58, of Inverness, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. She was born on Sept. 21, 1943 in Meridian, to Thomas Clark and Virginia Armstrong Jones. She moved to Clinton in June 1982. She was a member of Lakeside Country Club and a volunteer at the Lakes Region Library and she was a Baptist. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Willard Henry Jr. of Inverness; a son, Thomas Earl Brannan of Easley, S.C.; a step-son, Gary Henry of St. Francisville, La.; two daughters, Christine Snyder of Brandon, Judy Lynn Dear of Morton; a step-daughter, Patti Henry of Baton Rouge, La.; a brother, Robert Jones of Missouri; a sister, Mary Ruth Cullum of Decatur; and a very special niece, Teresa Dearing and 12 grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by her son, Clarence David Brannan in 1988. 
 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 
 

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JOHN ROY JORDAN 

Coca Cola Bottling Company employee 
 

Services for John Roy "Bud" Jordan will be held today at 10 a.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Hal Bates and Dr. David Sellers officiating. Burial will be in First Baptist Church Collinsville Cemetery. 

Mr. Jordan, 61, of Collinsville, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Collinsville. 

Survivors include his wife, Nadine S. Jordan of Collinsville; a daughter, Amy Jones and her husband, Terry, of Shreveport, La.; a son, Roger Jordan and his wife, Belinda, of Meridian; a sister, Mary Jane Arledge and her husband, Jimmy, of Meridian; grandchildren, Rankin and Brelanne Jordan of Meridian, Corp. Jeremy Jones of Camp Green River, N.C., and Heather Jones of Petal. 

Pallbearers will be Jim Miller, Ray Hedgepeth, Jerry Walker, Carey Williamson, Clyde Walker Jr., and Bill Gunn. Honorary pallbearers will be Rod Hitt, LaDalton Edwards, Hollis Calvert, Mark Sharp, A.J. Wedgeworth, Jerry Crenshaw and the Adult Men's Sunday School Class. 
 
 
 

JANET HENRY 

Homemaker 
 

Graveside services for Janet Henry will be held today at 2 p.m. at Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Sawyer officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Mrs. Henry, 58, of Inverness, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. She was born Sept. 21, 1943, in Meridian to Thomas Clark and Virginia Armstrong Jones. She returned to Meridian from Clinton in 1982. She was a member of Lakeside Country Club and a volunteer at Lakes Region Library. She was a Baptist. 

Survivors include her husband, Willard Henry Jr. of Inverness; a son, Thomas Earl Brannan of Easley, S.C.; a step-son, Gary Henry of St. Francisville, La.; two daughters, Christine Snyder of Brandon and Judy Lynn Dear of Morton; a step-daughter, Patti Henry of Baton Rouge, La.; a brother, Robert Jones of Missouri; and a sister, Mary Ruth Cullum of Decatur; and a very special niece, Teresa Dearing and 12 grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her son, Clarence David Brannan in 1988. 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 
 
 
 

JOSEPHINE S. SHELBY 

Retired 
 

Services for Josephine S. Shelby will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church with the Rev. Rodney Ward officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Mrs. Shelby, 82, of Toomsuba, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at Heartfelt Hospice. She was retired from the Burnley Shirt Factory. She was a member of Salem Baptist Church in the Kewannee Community. 

Survivors include her children, Thomas Shelby and his wife, Susanne, of Toomsuba, and Wanda Shelby Rainer and her husband, Rodney, of Toomsuba; grandchildren, Daricek Shelby and his wife, Crystal, of Meridian, Jennifer O'Brien of Alabama, Lamar Shelby, Michelle and Trisha Rainer all of Toomsuba; sisters, Hazel Shelby and Evelyn Shelton, both of Toomsuba; several nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Henry Moore of Quitman. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Shelby. 

Memorials may be made to Heartfelt Hospice or to a favorite charity. 

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

SYBIL DUNN 

Homemaker 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Sybil Dunn will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at John E. Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Mack Carney and Henry Cupstid officiating. Burial will be in Dunn Cemetery at Burnside Baptist Church. 

Mrs. Dunn, 83, of Philadelphia, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, in her home. 

Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Dickson of McLain; a son, Miller Dunn of Philadelphia and a sister, Lois Forbes of Chunky; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice South. 

Visitation will be today at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 
 
 

L. M. DUNN 

Painter 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for L.M. "Jack" Dunn will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at John E. Stephens Chapel with the Revs. Mack Carney and Henry Cusptid officiating. Burial will be in the Dunn Cemetery at Burnside Baptist Church. 

Mr. Dunn, 82, of Philadelphia, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, in his home. 

Survivors include his daughter, Deborah Dickson of McClain; a son, Miller Dunn of Philadelphia; a sister, Louise Phillips of Oregon and brothers, Buddy Dunn and Horace Dunn both of Philadelphia; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice South. 

Visitation will be today at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 
 
 

VELMA LUCILLE PRESLEY MOSLEY 

Retired 
 

BUTLER, Ala. -- Services for Velma Lucille Presley Mosley will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bumpers Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Anthony Dykes, Curtis Morris and Junior Long officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Toxey, Ala. 

Mrs. Mosely, 81, of Chatom, Ala., died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Mobile, Ala. She was a retired seamstress for Choctaw Manufacturing. 

Survivors include her sons, James Gibson of Selma, Ala. and Jerry Gibson of Buckatunna; and a daughter, Janice Mosley of Millry,Ala.; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. STELLA MARTHA WRIGHT JAMES 

Homemaker 
 

Services for Stella Martha Wright James will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church with the Revs. Jim Rickles and Jimmy Sanders officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Mrs. James, 84, of Meridian, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at Riley Hospital. She was a former employee of Rush Foundation Hospital. She was a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, a WMU worker, Willing Workers Sunday School Class and a former Sunday School teacher. 

Survivors include her sister, Mary Knight of Meridian, two sister-in-laws, Agnes Fincher of Arley, Ala., and Mildred James of Bailey; five nieces and nephews, Inez Duett, Brian Knight, Ernestine Williamson, Kay Hodge and Bubba Knight; and 10 great-nieces and great-nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Commar Wright, her mother, Zoie Roberson Wright and a sister, Ruth Wright McMullen. 

Pallbearers will be Louis Ross, Timmy Duett, Robbie Gilmer, Brady Rushing, Joey Knight, William Rouse, E.B. "Pap" Culpepper and Roger Harper. 

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

NANNIE LOUISE DIXON 

Community Center employee 
 

SEBASTOPOL -- Graveside services for Nannie Louise Dixon will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Nanih Waiya Mennonite Church with the Rev. Ethan Goode and Mark Roth officiating. Burial will be in Dancing Rabbitt Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Ms. Dixon, 45, of Philadelphia, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 

Survivors include her sons, Luke Allen Jr., Teddy Allen and Dakota Hicks; her mother Rosie Thompson; a brother Erskin Dixon; two half brothers, Gilbert Thompson, and Gabriel Thompson; a half sister, Norma Willis; a close friend, James Hickman; 12 grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Bemon Dixon. 
 
 
 

DELORIS "DEE" R. GRESSETT 

Housewife and devoted mother 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Deloris "Dee" R. Gressett will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Sandtown United Methodist Church with the Revs. Dave Wilkinson and Rodney Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Sandtown Cemetery. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements. 

Mrs. Gressett, 61, of Chunky, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. She was a house wife and devoted mother. 

Survivors include her husband, Donald Ray Gressett, of Chuncky; two daughters, Cindy Diane Gressett and Carla Jo Martin, both of Chunky; a son, David Glenn Gressett, of Navarre, Fla.; two sisters, Odessa Whitehead, of Ridgeland, and Marvel Crawford, of Philadelphia; four brothers, James "Sock" Robertson, of Philadelphia, Bobby G. Robertson, of Jackson, Alton "Hootie" Robertson, of Madison, and Charley Robertson, of Philadelphia; seven grandchildren and two great-grand children. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, Medric "Med" Robertson. 

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

RUBY NELL DARDEN 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at E.E. McDonald Funeral Home for Ruby Nell Darden, 66, of Meridian, who died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at Riley Hospital. 
 

THOMAS WILLIAM THRASH 
 

NEWTON -- Services for Thomas William Thrash will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Decatur United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Newton County Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Barham Funeral Home of Newton is in charge of arrangements. 

Mr. Thrash, 64, of Decatur, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at Specialty Hospital. 

Visitation will be held Sunday from 5 p.m.- 6 p.m. at the funeral home in Newton. 
 

WILLIAM GRAY SNOWDEN 

Retired 
 

COLUMBUS -- Services for William Gray Snowden were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Ralph Windle officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery. Lowndes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Mr. Snowden, 87, of Columbus, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, at Trinity Healthcare in Columbus. 

Mr. Snowden was born on Nov. 5, 1914, in Lauderdale County to the late James Ranson Snowden and Emily Rissie Snowden. He lived in the Columbus area for 49 years moving from Collinsville and the Martin Community. Mr. Snowden was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, a Mason, and an avid outdoorsman and was retired from United Technology. 

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Venie Byrd Snowden of Columbus; daughters, Barbara Snowden Underwood, Dell Snowden Willcutt, both of Starkville, and Georgia Snowden Sheffield of Columbus; sisters, Retha Snowden Deal of Waynesboro, Sarah Snowden Harrison of Meridian, Julia Snowden Crenshaw of Columbus; brothers, Hailey Snowden of Meridian, and Virgil Snowden of Collinsville; grandchildren, Mitzi Sheffield Younger, Russell Sheffield, Valerie Sheffield Morgan, Rick Underwood, Vicki Underwood Frizzell, Sherry Underwood Taggart, James William Willcutt and Gregory Scott Willcutt; and 20 great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers will be Jim Willcutt, Scott Willcutt, Rick Underwood, Russell Sheffield, Criss Taggart and Curtis Younger. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Trinity Healthcare, Dr. Michael Duckworth, Dr. Lance Busch and Dr. Doyle Sumrall. 

Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church Stained Window Fund, 1791 Lake Lowndes Road, Columbus, Ms. 39702 or Palmer Home for Children, 912 11th Ave. South, Columbus, Ms. 39702. 
 

Obituaries for Monday, Sept. 9, 2002 
 

HUSTER GILMORE 

Homemaker 
 

SEBASTOPOL -- Services for Huster Gilmore will be held today at 11 a.m. at High Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Hugh Martin and Ray Files officiating. Burial will in the church cemetery. Milling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Gilmore, 91, of Union, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at Madden Memories. 
 

Survivors include her husband, J.W. Gilmore of Union; brothers, Dewayne Brewer of Jackson and Dink Brewer of Philadelphia; sisters, Charlene Wilson of Washington and Henry Jo Woods of New Jersey; several nieces, nephews and friends. 
 

Pallbearers will be Bennie Brewer, Billy Paul Davidson, Bert Gilmore, Carl Wayne Gilmore, George Gilmore and Richard Graham. 
 

FLOYD DAVIS WADE SR. 
 

NEWTON -- Graveside services for Floyd Davis Wade Sr. will be held today at 11 a.m. at Union Cemetery. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Wade, 85, of Newton, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, in Meridian. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Wade and was raised in Newton County and knew Mississippi well as a timber man. 
 

He spent a large part of his adult life in Georgia, where he was co-founder and director for AFLAC. He contributed to many community efforts by funding parks and baseball fields in Douglas, Ga., as well as the City Park in Newton. He was also honored to be part of the Mississippi State University football stadium expansion. 
 

Survivors include his four children, John E. Wade II of New Orleans, Floyd D. Wade Jr. and his wife, Christine, of Newton, Paul D. Wade of Meridian and Nell B. Wade of Jackson; grandchildren, Miriam W. Wade of Alpharetta, Ga., F.D. "Buck" Wade III and his wife, Kelly, of Anniston, Ala., Rebecca Wade Banzhaf and her husband, George, of Starkville; and a great-grandchild, Simon Banzhaf of Starkville. 
 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Minter E. Wade. 
 

Pallbearers will be Jerry Wade, John Boulware, Wilmer Whittle, Richard Thoms, George M. Banzhaf and F.D. "Buck" Wade III. 
 

Honorary pallbearers will be Judge Lester Williamson and Cullis Wade. 
 

TRUMAN JUNIOR TOWNSEND 

Retired logger 
 
 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Truman Junior Townsend will be held today at 2 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Lawrence Pool officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery in Neshoba County. 
 

Mr. Townsend, 68, of Philadelphia, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, in his home. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Dorthy Townsend of Philadelphia; a daughter, Vickey Smith of Philadelphia; sons, Mickey Townsend, Nickey Townsend and Dickey Townsend, all of Philadelphia; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sisters, Peggy Duckworth of Pearl, Bobbie Jacobson, Frances Stuber and Mildred Powers, all of Carthage; brothers, Jerry Townsend of McCool and Billy Townsend of Philadelphia. 
 

He was preceded in death by a son, Rickey Townsend. 
 

MARVIN HARRISON RUSHING 

Paper carrier for The Meridian Star 
 

Services for Marvin Harrison Rushing will be held today at 3:30 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with the Revs. Michael Wells and Wendell Fortenberry officiating. Burial will be in Sand Hill Cemetery in Neshoba County. 
 

Mr. Rushing, 50, of Philadelphia, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, in Kemper County. 
 

Survivors include his parents, Junious and Beth Rushing and a sister, Kathy Williamson, all of Philadelphia. 
 

MARGARET ANDERSON DAWS 

Homemaker, school teacher 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Margaret Anderson Daws will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Bluff Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. Clarence Qualls and Bill Housley officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McClain-Hays Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Daws, 97, of Madison, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, in Madison. She was born in Meridian on March 16, 1905, to Charles Atterberry Gartin and Geneva Jackson Gartin. 
 

She was a school teacher and then a homemaker. Later she touched many lives through her years of work with the Mississippi Welfare Department. In her community, she was known as one who could be counted on to offer a helping hand to anyone in need. Her sense of humor brightened the day wherever she went. She was active in her church, where she served as pianist for years. 
 

She loved God, her family, her host of friends, and of course her cats. Truly she was a beautiful person inside and out, a beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend. 
 

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Anderson of Madison; three nieces, Rebecca Overstreet of Starkville, Janette Richardson of Houston, Texas, and Beverly Busching of Jackson; several great-nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond Gartin of Jackson, Robert Gartin and Carroll Gartin, both of Laurel. 
 

Visitation will be today 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

KIM EDWARDS 

Homemaker 
 
 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Kim Edwards will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Duvall officiating. Burial will be in Longino Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Edwards, 41, of Philadelphia, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Mitchell Edwards, a daughter, Monica Edwards, two sons, Josh Edwards and Bobby Edwards, all of Philadelphia; her parents, Aron and Sylvia Parker of Cherokee Village, Ark.; a sister, Carole Heldreth of Barstow, Calif.; and a granddaughter. 
 

Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

GEORGIA D. WHITAKER 

Retired radio dispatcher 
 

Graveside services for Georgia D. Whitaker will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church Cemetery with the Rev. Ervin Mooney officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Whitaker, 71, of Meridian, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at Heartfelt Hospice. She was retired from the University of West Alabama after serving 12 years as a radio dispatcher for the campus police. 
 

Survivors include a son, Tim Whitaker and his wife, Peggy, of Jasper, Ala.; two daughters, Lynn Ford and her husband, Billy, of Meridian and June Miller and her husband, Johnny, of the Russell Community; a sister, Kathleen Daniels of Meridian; a brother-in-law, James Canterbury of Meridian; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carleton L. Whitaker; her parents, Joe Thomas and Plummie Raybon; sisters, Dicie Canterbury and Betty Joe Swancey; and a great-grandson, Carleton Ray Ivy. 
 

Pallbearers will be Jeff Hood, Mike "Radar" Spencer, Josh Ivey, John Skinner, Wade Ivy and Tony Margadonna. 
 

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

MARY WALKER 

Retired 
 

Services for Mary Walker will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Lauderdale with the Rev. Obadiah Clement officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Walker, 65, of Norfolk, Va., died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, in Norfolk. 
 

Survivors include five sons, Johnny Jones of Vossburg, Evion Walker, James Earl Walker and David Naylor, all of Norfolk, and Nathaniel Naylor of Hattiesburg; four daughters, Rosie Lee Reed, Maggie J. Lee and Josephine Fairley, all of Norfolk, and Mary J. Williams of New Haven, Conn.; two sisters, her twin sister, Martha Pack and May L. Cook, both of Lauderdale; two brothers, Johnny B. Jones of Meridian and Willie Jones of Covington, La.; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. 
 

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

Visitation will be Tuesday 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

Obituaries for Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002 
 

BOBBIE ELOISE PINSON 

Homemaker 
 

UNION -- Services for Bobbie Eloise Pinson were to be held today at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Little Rock with the Revs. Steve Moon and Lynn Chesney officiating. Burial was to be in the church cemetery with Milling Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mrs. Pinson, 67, of Little Rock, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at University Medical Center in Jackson. 
 

Survivors include her husband, Devon Pinson of Little Rock; three sons, Rodger Pinson and his wife, Vickie, of DeKalb, Jerry Pinson and his wife, Rosann, and Darryl Pinson and his wife, Dottie, all of Little Rock; one sister, "Jo" White and her husband, Ned, of Pelahatchie; one brother, Kent Montgomery and his wife, Gayle, of Morton; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
 

BOBBIE FAYE MASON MOORE 

Pineview Nursing Home employee 
 

GILBERTOWN,Ala. -- Services for Bobbie Faye Mason Moore will be held today at 11 a.m. at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lester Pope officiating. Burial will be in Smith Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Moore, 59, of Gilbertown, Ala., died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, in Mobile, Ala. 
 

Survivors include her mother, Atlee Covington Mason of Barrytown, Ala.; her husband, Raybon Moore; a son, Leonard Ray Moore, both of Womack Hill, Ala.; daughters, Melissa Faye Adams of Needham, Ala., Linda Abston of Gulf Shores, Ala., and Alondra L. Harris of Lakeland, Fla.; a brother, Thomas Don Mason of Barrytown, Ala.; sisters, Vermell Jetke,Kathy Chaffin, both of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Joyce Phelps of Mobile, Ala., and seven grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by her father, David N. Mason and a brother, Oscar David Mason. 
 

LUCILLE M. STRICKLAND 

Homemaker 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Lucille M. Strickland will be held today at 2 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Marcus Finch officiating. Burial will be in Neshoba Cemetery in Neshoba County. 
 

Mrs. Strickland, 78, of Philadelphia, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, in her home. 
 

Survivors include her daughter, Margaret Peacock of Union; sons, Larry Strickland of Philadelphia and Lance Strickland of Pasco, Washington; and sisters, Elnora Rigdon of Union, Viola Matrone of Linderwold, N.J., Dot Lamb of Clinton and Alice Blackburn of Union; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, L.V. Strickland and a son, Garnett Starnes II. 
 

WILMA ZELL CUMBERLAND 

Retired 
 

UNION -- Services for Wilma Zell Cumberland will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Frank McGaugh and Timothy Lott officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Church of God in Linwood. 
 

Mrs. Cumberland, 70, of Union, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. She was retired from Midland Shirt Company in Union. 
 

Survivors include her mother, Ida Lott of Forest; a daughter, Sheila Chesney and her husband, Lavell, of Decatur; a step-daughter, Sylvia Langdon and her husband, Raymond, of Philadelphia; sisters, Onie D. Marble of Sebastopol, Tommie Stroud of Jackson, Genell Cox,Ruby Brantley, Betty Dickerson, all of Forest, and Sue Lejune of Bossier City, La.; brothers, Hubert Sistrunk of Jackson and Larry Sistrunk of Popeville; one grandchild; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. 
 

She was preceded in death by her two sons, Charles Wayne and James Michael Ladd. 
 

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

DR. JAMES PATRENOS 
 

YORK,Ala. -- Services for Dr. James Patrenos will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church with the Father Richard Losch officiating. Burial will be in Myrtlewood Cemetery. Bumpers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Dr. Patrenos, of Livingston, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, in his home. 
 

Visitation will be today 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

DANNY LEE HOPKINS 

Maintenance Specialist 
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Services for Danny Lee "Hook" Hopkins will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at White Oak Baptist Church with the Revs. Mark Hamilton and Larry Smith officiating. Burial will be in White Oak Cemetery. McClain-Hays Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mr. Hopkins, 57, of Carthage, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at the V.A. Medical Center in Jackson. He was a former maintenance specialist for Choctaw Maid in Carthage. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Penny Hopkins; a daughter, Dannie Lea Hopkins; sons, Ian Radale Hopkins all of Carthage and Keith Hopkins of New Orleans, La.; mother, Willie Earl Vaughn of Meridian and father, Warnie Hopkins of Quitman. 
 

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

LINDA HENRY BURSON 

Retired 
 

UNION -- Services for Linda Henry Burson will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Marcus Finch officiating. Burial will be in Union City Cemetery. 
 

Mrs. Burson, 59, of Union, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. She was retired from East Central Alternative School in Decatur. She was a loving and dedicated public school teacher for 35 years, a member of First Baptist Church in Union and a very faithful friend to youth in all areas. 
 

Survivors include her sons, Jeremy Burson of Brandon and Cory Burson of Union; a sister Nelda Kennedy and her husband, Otha D., of Union. 
 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Eugene and Elender Stamper Henry. 
 

Pallbearers will be Matthew and Tim Barnett, Tyler Hancock, Joseph Dollar, Billy McCune and Gerald Rigdon. 
 

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

CHRISTOPHER MABRY 
 

MARSHALL, Texas-- Services for Christopher Mabry will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Travis Street Colonial Chapel of Sullivan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Colonial Gardens Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Mabry, 44, of Marshall, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, in Marshall. He was born March 23, 1958, in Meridian. He attended school in Ackworth, Ga. He married Jean Stinson on Sept. 22, 1984 in Newton County. He attended Crossroads Baptist Church and was a member of the DAV. He was employed with General Motors Corporation. 
 

Survivors include his wife, Jean Mabry of Marshall; his parents, Ernest Mabry of Duffee and Pauline Mabry of Easley, S.C.; his children, Matthew William Mabry, Gary W. Mitchell, and Jessie A. Mitchell; three grandchildren, Baileé Mitchell, Seth Alexander Mitchell and Christian Goodwin; brothers, Chester Mabry of Centralia, Wash., Craig Mabry of Duffee and Corey Mabry of Easley, S.C.; a sister, Charlotte Allen of Easley, S.C. and five nieces and three nephews. 
 

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

LEATRICE NEWANA WOODS 

Bookkeeper and homemaker 
 

Services for Leatrice Newana Woods will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Howard McKee and Mel Sanders officiating. Burial will be in York Cemetery in York, Ala. 
 

Mrs. Woods, 80, of Meridian, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Sageville United Methodist Church. 
 

Survivors include her sisters, Maurice Askew, Annie Ruth H. Buck, Vera Jeanette Hale Hill,and her mother-in-law, Uldine Woods of Lake City, Fla. 
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Woods, brothers, James Robert Hale, Willie Eugene Hale and Aubrey Carr Hale. 
 

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

SIBYL WOOTEN 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at James F. Webb Funeral Home for Sibyl Wooten, 81, of Meridian, who died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. 
 

MANLEY E. GREEN 
 

Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Manley E. "Buck" Green, 90, of Meridian, who died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. 
 

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