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MANGLE, Flora Stringer
CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI: Flora Stringer Mangle, 78, died February 12, 2007. She was born September 1, 1928 to Jake Stringer and Elizabeth Jones Stringer. She was a member of Silent Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by three sons, Charlie Earl Mangle and Warren Mangle, both of Clarksdale, and George Mark Mangle of Memphis; four daughters, Madge Harris, Mozetta Williams and Flora Lee Williams, all of Clarksdale, and Judy Lee Hooper of Hernando; and two brothers, Joe Hayes of Greenwood and Will Issac Hayes of Memphis. She was preceded in death by a son, Bailey Benford. Services were held at Silent Grove Baptist Church. Interment was at Heavenly Rest Cemetery in Lyon by Stringer-Redmon Funeral Home.

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MANN, Moree M.
SKENE, MISSISSIPPI: Moree M. Mann, 97, passed away September 24, 1998. She was born November 16, 1900 to Johnson Manning and Abigail Gaddy. She was a member of Skene Baptist Church, Skene's Saturday Club, the Home Demonstration Club and the Rose Club. She is survived by a daughter, Leah Mann Thorton of Cleveland; a son, W.J. "Billy" Mann of Skene; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, S. Albert Mann, Sr.; and a son, Albert R. Mann, Jr. Services were held at Skene Baptist Church with Rev. Ed James and Rev. James Burrell officiating. Burial was at New Cleveland Cemetery with arrangements by Thweatt-King Funeral Home of Cleveland, MS.

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MANUEL, Monnette
D'IBERVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Monnette Moates Manuel, 64, died February 8, 2005. She was born in Ardmore, OK and was a longtime coast resident. She was a former member of numerous community organizations in the D'Iberville area. Survivors include a daughter, Monet and her husband Warren C. Perry, Jr. of D'Iberville; a son, Sherwood "Kevin" Manuel and wife Laura of D'Iberville; her grandchildren, Laura Dianne Manuel and Daniel C. Perrya, and a great-grandchild, all of D'Iberville; longtime companion Jim E. Smith of Diamondhead; and a brother, Max Moates of Tuscon, AZ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherwood K. Manuel, her parents, Fred and Edith Moates; and a brother, Larry Dale Moates. Interment was at D'Iberville Memorial Park by Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Home.

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MARKHAM, Jessie Mae
BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI: Jessie Mae Markham, 80, died April 22, 2006. She was born December 8, 1925 to Samuel David Markham, Sr. and Rosie Markham. She was retired, and attended Galilee AME Church. She is survived by a sister, Velma Lee Hunter and husband S.Q. of Brookhaven; her aunt, Louada London of Los Angeles, CA; her nieces, Robin Dianne Hunter of Brookhaven, Ella Faye McCall of Chicago, IL, Patricia Markham of Toledo, OH, and Mary Merchant of Oakland, CA; her nephews, David Markham of Indianola, Samuel Markham, Jr. of Toledo, and L.C. Markham of Gary, IN; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Samuel David Markham, Jr.; and an infant sister. Services were held at Galilee AME Church in Caseyville. Burial was at the church cemetery with arrangements by Williams Mortuary.

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MARTIN, Byron
OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI: Byron D. Martin, 76, died December 30, 2004 at his residence. He was a member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, and was a Mason. He is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Garrott (Rev. John) of Ocean Springs, and Marie Martin Simpson of Little Rock, AR; and a son, Mike Martin (Jeannette) of Oxford. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jan Uth Martin; and his parents. Services were held at At. Andrew's United Methodist Church. Interment was at St. Peter's Cemetery in Oxford under the direction of Coleman Funeral Home.

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MARTIN, Guy C.
PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI: Guy C. Martin, 90, passed away November 3, 2003. He was a farmer, welder and mechanic, and served as an elder in his local Jehovah's Witness congregation. He is survived by his wife, Frances Martin; a daughter, Sharon Kurtsberg of Atlanta, GA; four stepdaughters, Carolyn Crone of Garland, TX, Sherry Taylor of Corinth, TX, Sylvia Shumack of Henderson, TX, and Donna French of Herculaneum, MO; three stepsons, James Alvin Younger of Weaver, TX, Mark Younger of St. Louis, MO, and Ronny Younger of Las Vegas, NV; 3 grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; 11 step great-grandchildren; a brother, Hays Martin of Carthage; a sister, Shirley Winstead of Laurel Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Interment was at Eastlawn Cemetery under the direction of McClain-Hays Funeral Home.

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MASK, Donald G.
CRENSHAW, MISSISSIPPI: Donald Glenn Mask, 46, died June 23, 2002. He was a truck driver and a member of Fairhaven Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Cody Mask of Memphis; his parents, Mary Sanders Mask and Harvey E. Mask of Crenshaw; two sisters, Delores Chrestman of Hernando and Diane Smith of Nesbit; five brothers, Delace Mask of Pontotoc, Wayne Mask of Senatobia, Dick Mask of Summitt, MO, Billy Mask of Sarah, and Perry Mask of Holly Springs. Services were held at Kimbro Funeral Home in Marks. Burial was at Longtown Cemetery.

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MASON, Esther Gunnell
RAYMOND, MISSISSIPPI: Esther Gunnell Mason, 74, died November 15, 2000. She was a retired kindergarten teacher who taught at the Little Red School, Colonial Heights Baptist Kindergarten, and Raymond Baptist Kindergarten. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Sam Mason; a son, Sam Mason III of Jackson; a daughter, Janice A. Mason of Pelham, AL; two sisters, Marie Brabe of Venice, FL, and Nickle Rials of Jayess; and 2 grandchildren. Services were held at the First Baptist Church of Jackson with burial at Raymond Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home.

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MASON, Jimmie Lee
GREENVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Jimmie Lee Mason, 58, died December 9, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Mason; a daughter, Jammie (Darryl) Stewart of Greenville; two sons, Derrick (Mary) Garrett of North Carolina, and Vanielle Williams of Greenville; 3 grandchildren; 10 step-granchildren; five brothers; five sisters; his nieces and nephews; and his friends. Burial was at Captain Simmons Cemetery in Benton by Shaffer and Collins Funeral Home.

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MASON, Winston W.
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI: Winston William Mason, 85, died October 23, 2006. He was born March 12, 1921, in Brookhaven, MS. He was a retired security officer for the Mississippi State Hospital. He attended Oak Forest Baptist Church. Survivors include a sister, Martha Mason Goble; three nieces; and his special friends, Mrs. Rosemary Speir and her daughters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Mason; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Mason; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Mason of Brookhaven. Burial was at Lakewood Memorial Park with arrangements by Lakewood Funeral Home.

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MASSEY, Ann
FLORENCE, MISSISSIPPI: Ann Massey, 61, died March 6, 2009. She was a longtime employee of Massey Machine, and was a member of Sharon Baptist Church in Raleigh. She is survived by her husband, Louis Ray Massey; a son, Dennis (Dianne) Massey of Florence; a daughter, Donna (David) Dessert of Pearl; her mother, Doris Burns of Pulaski; a sister, Rose Winstead of Luling, LA; four brothers, Mack Burns of Baton Rouge, LA, Mike Burns of Soddy Daisy, TN, Bill Burns of Boutte, LA, and Wayne Burns of Pearl; her nieces and nephews; and her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, John Harvey Burns. Interment was at Garden of Memories Memorial Park under the direction of Chancellor Funeral Home.

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MASSEY, Deanna
PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI: Deanna Barney Massey, 60, died May 23, 2004. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Massey; a stepdaughter, Christina Massey of Newton; two stepsons, Wayne Massey and Doug Massey, both of Newton; 2 grandchildren; two sisters, Ada Cook and Adella Muse, both of Salt Lake City, UT; one brother, Neal Barney; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Doyl Barney. Services were held at the chapel of Milling Funeral Home in Union with Rev. Herb Boyles and Rev. Mike Pilgrim officiating. Interment was at Sand Springs Cemetery.

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MAZE, Jacob
CLINTON, MISSISSIPPI: Jacob E. Maze, 84, died October 1, 2005 at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. He was born October 5, 1920. He is survived by his Wife of nearly 64 years, Mary Louise Maze; a son, Rev. Gary L. Maze (Kathy) of Madison; two daughters, Donna M. Robbins (Rob) of Clinton, and Sandra Perkins (Arlie) of Aberdeen; a brother, James C. Maze of Charleston, SC; and 6 grandchildren. Interment was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home.

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MAZERAT, Odessa
BAY ST. LOUIS, MISSISSIPPI: Odessa N. Mazerat, 85, died September 22, 2005. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Andrew S. Mazerat, Jr.; two sons, Thomas Mazerat and his wife of New York, and Marcel Mazerat and his wife of Bay St. Louis; a granddaughter, Andrea Mazerat of New York; her cousins; her nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Carrie Smith; five brothers; and six sisters. Interment was at St. Mary's Cemetery.

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McBRIDE, Purvis, Sr.
GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI: Purvis L.G. McBride, Sr., 75, died October 2, 2008. He was born March 21, 1933 to J.B. and Ecelner Moncrief McBride. He was a member of People's Mission Baptist Church. He is survived by his daughters, Diana McBride, Marie McMillon, Sheila Hall, and Jenetta Dalcour, all of Gulfport, Lydia Easterling of Riverdale, GA, and Kenyetta Johnson of Stafford, MA; his sons: Purvis McBride, Jr., Ricky McBride, and Michael McBride, all of Gulfport, and Aaron McLaurin of LA; seven sisters; seven brothers; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Dawson McBride; a daughter, Gayle; his parents; five brothers; and two sisters. Services were held at the First Missionary Baptist Church of Hansboro. Interment was at Monroe Memorial Park under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home.

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McCARVER, Annie
PONTOTOC, MISSISSIPPI: Annie Juanita McCarver, 80, died November 16, 2004 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born March 11, 1924 to William P. and Emily Elizabeth McCarver. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. She is survived by two brothers, James Lewis McCarver of Pontotoc, and William Ross McCarver of Tupelo; a sister, Jean Loftin of Pontotoc; and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Kenneth Wayne McCarver; and a brother-in-law, Ed Loftin. Interment was at the Ecru Cemetery under the direction of Browning Funeral Home.

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McCLATCHY, Hugh
OLIVE BRANCH, MISSISSIPPI: Hugh R. McClatchy, 76, died August 11, 2008 at his residence. He was a farmer. He was a former resident of Red Banks, and was a member of Red Banks United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Ann Stone McClatchy; a daughter, Pam McClatchy of Memphis, TN; two sons, Dr. Billy McClatchy of Southaven, and Walter McClatchy of Brookings, OR; a sister, Sarah Thomas Lilly of Beaumont, TX; and 6 grandchildren. Interment was at the Red Banks Cemetery with arrangements by Holly Springs Funeral Home.

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McCURLEY, Mildred
HAZLEHURST, MISSISSIPPI: Mildred Lee Stephens McCurley, 80, died March 19, 2009. She worked as a nurse's aide and a ward clerk at Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital for over 35 years. She attended Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, John Riley McCurley, Jr.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Lynn and Terry McCurley and Delton Wayne and Lavern McCurley of Hazlehurst; two daughters and sons-in-law, Billie Sue and Henry Mayes of Walker, LA, and Barbara Ann and Tommy Miller of Soso; two brothers, Roy Sherwin Stephens of Lorman and John Garrett Stephens of Tuscaloosa, AL; three sisters, Jean Brown of Natchez, Elaine Rutland of Brookhaven, and Jessie Locke of Dothan, AL; 10 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, John Riley McCurley III; and a sister, Lucy May Stephens. Interment was at Pleasant Valley Cemetery by Stringer Family Funeral Services.

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McDAVITT, Charles
BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI: Charles E. McDavitt, age one year, died November 14, 1878. He was the son of J.D. and Eliza McDavitt. Services were held at Friendship Baptist Church. Burial was at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.

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McDONALD, Myrtle
CARTHAGE, MISSISSIPPI: Myrtle Troy Pettigrew McDonald, 94, died January 27, 2009. She attended Good Hope Baptist Church. She is survived by a brother, J.E. Pettigrew; and a sister, Mary Ella McDonald. Burial was at McDonald Cemetery by Wilcox Funeral Home.

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McDONALD, Sallie Kimble
PASCAGOULA, MISSISSIPPI: Sallie Kimble McDonald died April 10, 2009. She was born December 5, 1940 to the late Mack and Annie Lou Kimble. She was a longtime member of Union Baptist Church. She is survived by a daughter, Joy McDonald McCann; 4 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; three sisters, Maxine (Willie) Times of McDonough, GA, Pastor Jeanette Martin of Gautier, and Lenda Kimble of Pascgoula; a sister-in-law, Bobbie Mathes; five brothers-in-law, G.H. Hoye, Curtis Shanks, James Martin, Lester Washington, and Lennox Valley; her nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willie McDonald; five sisters, Tressie Washington, Dersena Palmer, Audrey Valley, Annie Grace Brooks, and Jimmie Nell Hoye; and a brother, Roosevelt Sanders. Services were held at Union Baptist Church. Interment was at Gabriel Cemetery.

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McGEE, J.D.
MAGNOLIA, MISSISSIPPI: J.D. McGee, 100, died August 9, 2004. He was born July 3, 1904 to Wallace McGee and Mary Conerly McGee. He was a retired construction worker, and a member of Sweet Home Baptist Church. He is survived by a daughter, Delores McGee of Chicago; five sons, Paul McGee of Rockland, IL, Peter McGee of Phoenix, AZ, Clarence McGee and Wilbur McGee, both of Magnolia, and George McGee of Springfield, MO; 17 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maude McGee; a daughter; two sons; and a brother. Services were held at Sweet Home Baptist Church in McComb. Burial was at the church cemetery under the direction of Craft Funeral Home.

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McGINNIS, Freeman
STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Freeman McGinnis, 77, passed away March 6, 2005. He was a barber at McGinnis Barber Shop. Interment was at Oktibbeha Memorial Gardens Park with Rev. Lawrence Runnels presiding.

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McGOWAN, Elnora
RULEVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Elnora McGowan, 85, died December 19, 2005. Among the survivors are her sons, Albert McGowan and Robert McGowan, both of Chicago, John Henry McGowan of Los Angeles, and Eugene McGowan of Alligator; daughters, Ruby Lee McGowan and Annie Cook, both of Davenport, Iowa, Roseatt Johnson of Merigold, Gloria Jean McGowan and Thelma Lee McGowan, both of Chicago, and Gussie Johnson of Drew; sisters, Jessie Blair of Ruleville, and Louise McGowan of Chicago; 50 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; and 100 great-great-granchildren. Services were held at Chrisitian Union in Drew with Elder Davis Walker presiding. Burial was at Pilgrim Rest in Ruleville with arrangements by Byas Funeral Home.

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McGREW, Deloris Buck
PORT GIBSON, MISSISSIPPI: Deloris Buck McGrew, 58, of Port Gibson, died July 25, 2002 in Vicksburg. She was born Nov. 25, 1943 in Claiborne County, the daughter of James and Carrie Nash Buck. She was a housewife, and attended Springhill Baptist Church. Mrs. McGrew was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Andrew McGrew of Port Gibson; eight daughters, Gail Owens, Carla Houston, Angela Porter, Tammy McGrew, Kutinia Clark, Anitria McGrew, Juantika McGrew and Clancy McGrew, all of Port Gibson; 19 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a number of other relatives and friends. Services were held August 3, 2002 at First Baptist Church, Rev. James Dorsey officiating. Burial was at Springhill Cemetery in Port Gibson with arrangements by Rollins Funeral Home.

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McKIBBEN, Prentice O., Sr.
WEST POINT, MISSISSIPPI: Prentice Owen McKibben Sr., 91, died July 24, 2011 at his residence. He was born September 21, 1919 in Vardaman to the late Ernest McKibben and Edna Griffin. He worked an automobile salesman for 35 years for Bishop Chevrolet and Larry White Chevrolet, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He attended Calvary Baptist Church. He is survived by two sons, Prentice O. McKibben, Jr. and Tim McKibben, both of West Point. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel E. Higgins McKibben; his parents; and a sister, Polly Byars. Interment was at Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point under the direction of Calvert Funeral Home.

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McKINNEY, Bertie Lee
PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI: Bertie Lee McKinney, 98, died April 21, 2009. She attended McClain's Chapel Church. She is survived by three sons, Norman Ray McKinney of Dekalb, and James Hubert McKinney and John Henry McKinney of Philadelphia; 3 grandchildren; and sseveral nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Henry Eakes and Callie Tolbert Eakes; her husband, William C. McKinney; and two sons, Edward Lamar McKinney and Marshall McKinney. Burial was at McClain's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of John E. Stephens Funeral Home.

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McLAURIN, Geraldine
BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI: Geraldine Gaston McLaurin, 80, died March 3, 2006. She was born August 2, 1925 to Will Gaston and Katie Kelly Gaston. She was a retired head cook at Lindsey Headstart Center. She attended Second Baptist M.B. Church, where she served as an usher. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Louis and Gloria McLaurin of Jackson, and Irby and Phyllis McLaurin of Brookhaven; a daughter and son-in-law, Earlene and Ralph Washington of Jackson; a sister, Luvenia Jackson, of Fayette; 5 grandchildren; her nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Janie Mae Kelly, Lula Banks, and Lucretia McArthur; and two brothers, J.W. Gaston and Minyon Gaston. Services were held at Second Baptist M.B. Church. Burial was at Carver Heights Cemetery by Williams Mortuary.

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McLAURIN, Will T., Jr.
OCEAN SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI: Will Toby McLaurin, Jr., 82, died September 21, 2008. He was born July 16, 1926 to the late Will McLaurin, Sr. and May House McLaurin. He was a mechanic. He is survived by a brother, Clarence Karin of Boston, MA; two sisters, Jane and Judia McLaurin, both of Ocean Springs, MS; and many nephews, nieces, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara McLaurin; a son, Paul McLaurin; his parents; a brother, Fred McLaurin; his stepbrothers, Curly, Arny and Bill McLaurin; and a sister, Ruby Mae McLaurin. Arrangements were handled by Marshall Funeral Home.

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McLEOD, Leroy
MOSS POINT, MISSISSIPPI: Leroy McLeod died February 26, 2009. He was born May 14, 1945. Services were held at St. Paul Methodist Church with Rev. Elijah Henry, Sr. officiating. Interment was at Machpelah Cemetery under the direction of Millender's Funeral Home.

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McMAHON, Ance C., Jr.
PURVIS, MISSISSIPPI: Ance C. McMahon Jr., 69, died October 30, 2003. He retired from the U.S. Air Force, and was also the retired superintendent of Mac's Construction. He attended Calvary Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Alma I. McMahon; his mother, Belle McMahon; two sons, Terry McMahon and Sam McMahon; a daughter, Judie Carr; three sisters, Thelma Lott, Theresa Warren, and Lottie Vance; three brothers, Charles McMahon, James McMahon, and Winnie McMahon; 7 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Ance C. McMahon, Sr. Services were held at Hulett Winstead Purvis Chapel. Burial was at Coaltown Cemetery.

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McMANUS, Alice
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI: Alice G. McManus, 94, died May 18, 2009. She had worked for J.C. Penney, Shaineberg, and the Tarrymoore Motel. She was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by a son, J.B. McManus of Jackson; a daughter, Tina McManus Dobson of Henderson, TN; a sister, Irene McManus of Crystal Springs; a half-sister, Jemmie Nell Rodregis of Picayune; 2 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Hopewell Cemetery with arrangements by Stringer Family Funeral Services.

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McMEANS, Pearl Lee
IUKA, MISSISSIPPI: Pearl Lee McMeans, 106, passed away April 17, 2009. She was born August 24, 1902 to L.P. "Seat" and Lizzie "Sally" Barnett Morris. She is survived by six grandchildren, LeeEtta Davis of Iuka, Richard Davis (Sandy) of Iuka, Billy Davis (Terri) of Boerne, TX; David McMeans (Patsy) of Collierville, TN; Betty McGaughy (Bill) of Corinth, MS; and Connie Frazier (Greg) of Shelbyville, TN; a granddaughter-in-law, Lupe Davis Bowers; 19 great grandchildren; 21 great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Elmer McMeans; a son, James Clinton "J.C." McMeans; a daughter, Bonez McMeans Davis; a daughter-in-law, Laura Cummings McMeans; a son-in-law, Albert J.Davis; two grandchildren, Shirley Gail Davis Bourland and James Everett Davis; three sisters, Bulaha Honeycutt, Bea Young, and Lula Johnson; and three brothers, Dossie, Millard, and Olen Morris. Services were held at Fairview Community Church. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Cutshall Funeral Home.

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MEADOWS, Romie McLain
WIGGINS, MISSISSIPPI: Romie McLain Meadows, 90, died July 12, 2007. She was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, J.B. and Lucresia Meadows of Bond, and Marvin and Shirley Meadows of Wiggins; two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and George Farmer of Gulfport, and Sharon and Jake Gilmore of Sewickley, PA; a brother, Preal McLain of Sand Hill, MS; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Van Meadows. Interment was at Bond Cemetery under the direction of Moore Funeral Home of Wiggins, MS.

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MEANS, Alice Goldsmith
PASCAGOULA, MISSISSIPPI: Alice Goldsmith Means, 85, died January 15, 2006. She was born September 28, 1920 to the late Henry and Mary Goldsmith. She attended the Church of the Living God in Pascagoula. She is survived by a daughter, Molly (Robert) Taylor; a daughter-in-law, Martina Means; 14 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren; a brother, Willie Goldsmith of Birmingham, AL; four sisters, Margaret Myers of Louisville, KY, Annie Sheffield of Birmingham, AL, Nancy McReynolds of White Hall, AL and Frances (Otha) Anderson of Moss Point; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie Means, Sr.; and a son, Bennie Means, Jr. Services were held at the Church of the Living God. Interment was at Gabriel Cemetery in Pascagoula with arrangements by Millender's Funeral Home.

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MEANS, Ruthie
CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI: Ruthie Means, 80, died December 19, 2007. She was born November 8, 1927. She was a Baptist. Survivors include a brother, Sam Means, Jr., of Memphis; and her sisters, Pearlie M. Herrin, Lillie M. Dean, Louise M. Cooper, Florence M. Shaw, Ina M. Means and Lucille Means, all of Clarksdale. She was preceded in death by a sister, Florine Means Noah; and two brothers, Willie Means and Jessie Means. Services were held at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Jonestown with Rev. E.L. Marshall presiding. Burial was at Heavenly Rest Cemetery under the direction of Delta Burial Corporation.

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MEETER, Anna Cammack
COLLINS, MISSISSIPPI: Anna Cammack Meteer, 93, passed away February 22, 2005. She was a retired postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service in Peidra, CA, and was a Baptist. Survivors include a son, W.N. Meteer of Collins; two sisters, Sylvia Duckworth of Collins, and Dorothy Berd of Mont Rose, CO; and 5 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Cameron Meteer; a son, Wayne Luther Meteer; and her parents, Luther E. and Anna Herring Cammack. Services were held at Billy M. King Colonial Chapel Funeral Home. Burial was at the Collins City Cemetery.

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MELTON, Berlon
CORINTH, MISSISSIPPI: Berlon Euther Melton died October 13, 2010. He was born September 24, 1923 to the late Will and Myrtle Ross Melton. He was a farmer and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He had his own group, Berlon Melton and the Moonshiner Band, and enjoyed yard work. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Melton; five daughters, Ginger Bray, Amanda Schaefer, Marissa Blackwell, Lisa Goff, and Julia Melton; three sons, Jonathan and Robert Rrice and Nocolo Riselvato; 18 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Caroline Stavely; his parents; and a grandson, Jagger Bray. Interment with military honors was at the Corinth National Cemetery under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home.

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MENNER, Henry, Jr.
CARRIERE, MISSISSIPPI: Henry Menner, Jr., 83, died July 25, 2010 at his residence. He was born December 10, 1926 in New Orleans, LA. He worked as a foreman at Kaiser Aluminum, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He relocated to Carriere from Slidell, LA 23 years ago. Survivors include a daughter, Linda Lazarus of Picayune; a son, Henry (Amanda) Menner III of Eight Mile, AL; two sisters, Rosemary Mamanelli of Chalmette, LA, and Nora Julian of Texas; 3 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ann Menner; and a brother, Fredrick Menner. Services were held at the First Baptist Church of Carriere. Burial was at the Carriere Cemetery under the direction of Picayune Funeral Home.

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MENZIE, Ellis
BATESVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Ellis Menzie, 91, died August 18, 2000. Survivors include three sisters, Siller Bell Menzie of Batesville, Lottie James of Sardis, and Ever L. Warren of Memphis; his niece, Carrie Riley of Batesville; his nephew, Charles Riley of Batesville; eight grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and a host of great-great-grandchildren. Services were held at Mt. Evia M.B. Church in Batesville. Interment was at Macedonia Cemetery in Batesville, MS.

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MERRELL, Magnolia
CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI: Magnolia Merrell, 62, died December 5, 2005. She was born June 2, 1943. She was a member of the Shiloh Church of God in Christ. She is survived by her father, Dorsey Merrell, Sr. of Crenshaw; seven daughters, Patricia Merrell of Tutwiler, Carol Merrell, Jacqueline Merrell and Stephanie Merrell, all of Crenshaw, Daphne Merrell and Lula Allen, both of Clarksdale, and Chashonda Davis of Horn Lake; and three sons, Fredrick Merrell and Kerry Merrell, both of Crenshaw, and Brian Merrell of Batesville. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lula S. Merrell; two brothers, Alzie Merrell and L.C. Merrell; a sister, Brinda Merrell; and a daughter, Brinda Merrell. Services were held at Rose Chapel Church of God in Christ in Crenshaw. Interment was at Askew Grove Cemetery in Longtown with arrangements by Delta Burial Corporation in Marks, MS.

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MERRITTE, Troilus
CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI: Troilus Merritte, 22, died September 17, 2006. He was born November 21, 1983. He was a Baptist. He is survived by his sister, Dyleshia Merritte of Clarksdale; his mother, Lisa Merritte of Clarksdale; and his father, David Harvey of Clarksdale. Services were held at True Light Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Theodore Strong officiating. Interment was at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Woolf Funeral Home of Clarksdale, MS.

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MEUCCI, William J., Sr.
SENATOBIA, MISSISSIPPI: William J. Meucci, Sr., 86, died on June 30, 2000. Survivors include his wife, Viola H. Meucci; two daughters, Victoria M. Lewis of Senatobia and Diane E. Meucci of Arlington, Tenn.; two sons, William J. Meucci, Jr. of Sarah and Robert J. Meucci of Senatobia; a brother, Arturo Meucci of Medicina, Italy; seven grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Services were held at St. Gregory's Catholic Church in Senatobia with Fr. Jim Schifano officiating. Interment was at the Bethesda Cemetery.

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MIDDLETON, Dolores
HARRISVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Dolores Ann Middleton, 59, died November 8, 2006. She was born September 11, 1947 to Johnny V. Maniscalco and the late Josephine C. Oltermari. She was a Catholic. She was a former longtime resident of Jackson, and had been a Harrisville resident for nine years. She enjoyed crafts, reading, flower arranging, yard work, and collecting birdhouses. She is survived by her husband, Richard Middleton; a daughter, Ashley Middleton of Harrisville; a stepdaughter, Alicia Payne of Frisco, TX; her father, of Memphis, TN; three brothers, Jerry Maniscalco of Jackson, Joey Maniscalco of Tupelo, and Johnny M. Maniscalco of Memphis, TN; 2 grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Interment was at Lakewood Memorial Park South under the direction of Lakewood South Funeral Home.

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MIKOVILJE, John N.
KILN, MISSISSIPPI: John Nicola Mikovilje, 93, died March 22, 2009. He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church. He is survived by three children, Gene Mikovilje, June Herron and husband Gordon, and Dale Mikovilje and wife Denise, all of Kiln; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Etha Cuevas Mikovilje; his parents, Nicola and Aimee Mikovilje; three sisters, Mary Pearl Mikovilje, Hilda Cuevas, and Martha Cuevas; a granddaughter, Tracey Herron; and a great-granddaughter, Jenny Herron. Interment was at the Mikovilje Family Cemetery in Diamondhead under the direction of Riemann Family Funeral Home.

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MILSTEAD, Howard M.
HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI: Howard M. Milstead, 77, died October 4, 2003. He was a retired employee of the City of Hattiesburg, and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include a daughter, Brenda M. Housley of Hattiesburg; a brother, Billy Milstead of San Antonio, TX; a granddaughter, Lisa Maxwell of Hattiesburg; and 3 great-grandchildren. Services were held Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home. Burial was at Highland Cemetery.

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MINGER, Marcus Caven
GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI: Marcus Caven Minger, age 3 months, of Gulfport died Wednesday, January 26, 2005 in Gulfport. He was preceded in death by a grandfather, John Wayne Moran. He is survived by parents Jonathan Minger and Misty Wagner of Gulfport; a sister, Hayleigh Christine Dunn of Gulfport; grandparents, Dan D. and Pamela J. Plath of Biloxi and Mary Dayle Minger of Caldwell Parish, LA; and a great-grandmother, Nancy Wagner of Biloxi; an aunt, Tara Wagner; and 5 uncles, William Winnie, Derrick Minger, Zachary Minger, DeShaun Moran, and Petie Plath. Arrangements by Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Gulfport. Burial at Evergreen Gardens.

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MINNIECE, Josephine
MERIDIAN, MISSISSIPPI: Josephine Minniece, 84, died June 15, 2005. She was a retired bookkeeper for Medical Arts. She was a member of the Meridian Garden Club and the Heritage Literary Club. She served as president of the Junior Auxiliary and was a board member of Meridian Community College. She attended Grace Fellowship Baptist Church. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Dr. Hollis Landrum of Vicksburg; a sister, Rose Arinder of Clinton; a niece, Melanie McCoy of Clinton; a great-niece, Emily McCoy of Memphis; and several other relatives and friends, including Sara Emmons and Millie Jeffres, both of Meridian. Services were held at Grace Fellowship Baptist Church in Meridian with Dr. Wayne Riley presiding. Burial was at Magnolia Cemetery under the direction of Stephens Funeral Home.

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MITCHELL, Georgia
INDIANOLA, MISSISSIPPI: Georgia Mitchell, 83, died February 23, 2009. She is survived by five sons, Perry Taylor of Columbus, OH, and Leon Mitchell, Milton Mitchell, Donald Ray Mitchell, and Clyde Mitchell, all of Shaw; five daughters, Florida Hutchins and Vivian Woods, both of Indianola, Linda Segars and Michelle Williams, both of Colorado Springs, CO, and Alice Turner of Chicago, IL; 33 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren. Services were held at Mount Pleasant Church in Indianola with Rev. Amos Gilmore officiating. Burial was at Stephenville Cemetery with arrangements by Byas Funeral Home.

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MITCHELL, Vonnie Stewart
WINONA, MISSISSIPPI: Vonnie Stewart Mitchell, 85, died November 4, 2009. She was born January 27, 1924. She was a member of Vaiden Baptist Church. She is survived by a son, Bernard Mitchell of Byram; 2 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert Eugene Stewart and Cecilia Ann Greenlee Stewart. Interment was at Old Plank Cemetery under the direction of Oliver Funeral Home.

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MIXON, Ernest L.
McCOMB, MISSISSIPPI: Ernest Lloyd Mixon, 85, died July 20, 2005. He was born July 20, 1920 to the late Ernest T. and Eva Mixon. He was a retired electrician, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by four sons and three daughters-in-law, Earl and Kathy Mixon of Oregon, Garland and Sue Mixon of Sandy Hook, Bobby and Stephanie Mixon of Richland, and Jackie Mixon of Louisiana; five daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Dick Waldrop, and Shearlean and Gary Phelps, all of Texas, Judy and Robert Moss of California, Kay and Michael Grubbs of Tylertown, and Janet and Roy Boykin of Terry; a sister, Nell Martin of Fernwood; a special friend, June Williams; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and five sisters, Hazel Brumfield, Pearl Townsend, Leslie Weir and Bea Williamson and Lois Durio. Arrangements were handled by Hartman Funeral Home of McComb, MS.

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MOMENT, Cleastrial
RIENZI, MISSISSIPPI: Cleastrial Moment, 88, died January 30, 2005. She was a retired insurance agent for Grayson Funeral Home. Services were held at Hopewell M.B. Church with Rev. V.L. Cummings officiating. Burial was at Rienzi Cemetery with arrangements by Grayson Funeral Services. Survivors include her husband, Henry Moment of Rienzi; two daughters, Fronnie Rudd and husband, Robert, and Willie Mae Davis and husband, James, all of Rienzi; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bennie Hill and Rodie McCray; a sister, Claudia Mae Hill; and a great-granddaughter, Alyssa Caroline Davis.

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MONK, Robert M.
CARTHAGE, MISSISSIPPI: Robert Marshall Monk, 86, died January 7, 2009. He was a member of Carthage First Apostolic Church. He is survived by five daughters, Brenda McWilliams, Charlene Foster, Gayle Cockroft, Pat Monk, and Faye Ingram, all of Carthage; four sons, Richard Monk, Everette Monk, Charles Monk, and Jimmy Monk, all of Carthage; a sister, Odessa Goolsby of Walnut Grove; 17 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Damascus Cemetery under the direction of Wilcox Funeral Home.

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MONROE, Florence Murray
McCALL CREEK, MISSISSIPPI: Florence Murray Monroe, 94, died March 2, 2006. She was born August 12, 1911 to John F. Murray and Alice Conniff Murray. She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Meadville. She is survived by her husband, Charles H. Monroe, Sr.; two sons, John William Monroe of Palo Alto, CA, and Charles H. Monroe, Jr., of Boston, MA; a daughter, Alice Monroe Methvien of McCall Creek; and 5 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and three sisters. Arrangements were entrusted to Harrigill Funeral Home.

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MONTGOMERY, Catherine
BRANDON, MISSISSIPPI: Catherine Carter Stephens Montgomery, 75, died January 18, 2006. She was a retired school teacher. Survivors include her husband, A. Doug Montgomery; a son, Scott Stephens of Memphis, TN; a brother, Joe Carter of Booneville; three step-children, Amy Burrow of Clinton, Julia Burg of Petal, and Arthur Montgomery of Brandon; a grandson; 7 step-grandchildren; and 2 step-great-grandchildren. Interment was at Bethesda Cemetery with arrangements by Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home.

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MONTGOMERY, Rob Roy
STRAYHORN, MISSISSIPPI: Rob Roy Montgomery, 78, died October 4, 2010. He attended Strayhorn Baptist Church. He is survived by three sons, Kenneth Wayne Montgomery of Holly Springs, and Robert Lamar Montgomery and William Preston Montgomery, both of Sarah; and 2 granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Nell Montgomery; and a son, Richard Doyle Montgomery. Interment was at Senatobia Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Pate-Jones Funeral Home.

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MOORE, Carretta
SARDIS, MISSISSIPPI: Carretta Moore was born May 5, 1968, and died August 5, 2010. A wake was held at Henderson Funeral Home. Services were held at Cistern Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Como. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery.

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MOORE, Jacqueline Jones
GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI: Jacqueline Jones-Moore, 53, died January 10, 2004. She was a graduate of Alabama A&M University, and was a case manager for the Area Agency on Aging. She attended Forrest Heights Baptist Church. She is survived by a son, Walter (Demetis) Moore III of Gulfport; 3 grandchildren; her father, Andrew (Kathryn) Jones of Chicago; her grandmother, Ophelia Woodard of Belleville, IL; two sisters, Emily Smith-Costello of Belleville, and Lydia Cowart-Moses of Bogalusa; three brothers, Andrew (Barbara) Cowart of New Orleans, Victor (JoAnn) Cowart of Severn, MD, and Jacob (Candy) Barr of Calumet Park, IL; and her nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother, Olevia W. Jones; a daughter, Karimah Olevia Moore; her grandfathers, Willie Woodard and Dave Jones; and her paternal grandmother, Ethel Jones. Services were held at the Second Baptist Church of Laurel. Interment was at Nora Davis Cemetery in Laurel, MS under the direction of Malone Funeral Home.

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MORAN, Walter
PICAYUNE, MISSISSIPPI: Walter F. Moran, 70, died March 4, 2011 at his home. He was born September 2, 1940 in Picayune to the late Charles J. Moran, Sr. and Mable Moran. He had worked as a waiter, and was of the Catholic faith. Survivors include two sisters, Mae Carver Rochuba of Pass Christian, and Yvonne Romagossa of Diamondhead. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Lela, Dorthey, and Doris; and three brothers, Charles, Jr., James, and J.C. Moran. Arrangements were entrusted to Picayune Funeral Home.

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MORGAN, Bernice
HAZLEHURST, MISSISSIPPI: Bernice Hodges Morgan, 78, died April 4, 2006. She attended Westside Baptist Church. She is survived by her sisters, Pearl Hamilton of Hazlehurst, Joe Smith of Houston, TX, and Jean Ross of Lander, WY; and a brother, John Barlow of Myrtle Point, OR. Burial was at Wesson Cemetery under the direction of Stringer Family Funeral Home.

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MORGAN, Flowaase
CALHOUN CITY, MISSISSIPPI: Flowaase Austin Morgan, 61, died January 28, 2005. She was born June 16, 1943. She was a retired factory worker. She is survived by her mother, Christine Walker Austin of Columbus; a daughter, Sonya Gann Criddle of Biloxi; three sons, Joey Criddle of Denver, CO, Eddie Noel Criddle of Meridian, and Dana Austin Criddle of Hattiesburg; a sister, Jewel Robinson of New Albany; and two brothers, Jackie Austin of Columbus and Danny Austin of Tillatoba. Services were held at County Line Baptist Church. Burial was at County Line Cemetery with arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home.

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MORRIS, Omie
IUKA, MISSISSIPPI: Omie Morris, 86, died April 29, 2009. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, flowers, and raising animals. She was a member of Pickwick Church of Christ. She is survived by three sons, Roy Thacker (Sherry), Jerry Thacker (Annette), and Keith Morris, all of Iuka; five daughters, Janie Keele of Iuka, Cleda Whitaker of Burnsville, MS, Linda Crumbley (Danny) of Cullman, AL, Martha Clark of Iuka, and Brenda Smith (Gerald) of Counce, TN; four sisters, Eula Newcomb and Esther Burns, both of Iuka, and Flaudie Bullard and Annie Faye Meteer, both of Corinth, MS; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two husbands, R.G. Thacker and Alford Morris; her parents, James and Martha Lambert; a son, Travis Thacker; two sisters, Virgie Robinson and Mable Parsons; three brothers, Lawrence, Luther, and Albert Lambert; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter. Services were held at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ. Interment was at Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the supervision of Cutshall Funeral Home.

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MORRIS, William Sherry, Jr.
CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI: William Sherry Morris, Jr., age 51, passed away May 2, 2005. He was born Aug. 13, 1953 in Clarksdale. He was a retired factory worker, a graduate of Coahoma Agricultural High School and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his mother, Emma Morris, and by his grandmother, Deborah Cunningham. He is survived by three sons, Robert Lee Jackson of Clarksdale, Tommy Irons of Crawley, Texas and Eric Shaw of Detroit, Mich.; two daughters, Jacqueline Carter of Clarksdale and Alisha Irons of Desoto, Texas; two brothers, Kenneth Morris of Biloxi and Michael Morris of Clarksdale; three sisters, Mary Harrell and Majorie Morris of Clarksdale and Shirley Watson of Austell, Ga; and seven grandchildren. Services were held at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Lacy Harrell officiating. Burial at Heavenly Rest Cemetery in Lyon. Arrangements by Stringer-Redmon Funeral Home, Clarksdale, MS.

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MORRISON, Gloria Lee
PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI: Gloria Lee Morrison, 61, died April 18, 2003. She was a Jehovah's Witness. She is survived by a daughter, Laurie Massey of Union; two sons, James Massey of Fort Walton Beach, FL, and Michael Massey of Decatur; 6 grandchildren; four sisters, Catherine Smith of Union, Deona Doyle of Newton, Lynda Wilkerson of Meridian, and Helen Daly of Breaux Bridge, LA; and two brothers, Terry Tims of Metairie, LA, and Jerry Tims of Dickinson, TX. Services were held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses with William Nickerson officiating. Burial was at Eastlawn Cemetery with arrangements by McClain-Hays Funeral Home.

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MUHAMMAD, Fredrick D.
FAYETTE, MISSISSIPPI: Brother Fredrick Darne Muhammad, 49, died October 6, 2000. He was born December 23, 1950 to Mae Della Benbow. He was a self-employed carpenter and a member of the New Nation of Islam. He was preceded in death by his mother. Survivors include his wife, Shannone Anderson Muhammad of Phoenix; a son and daughter, Malik Muhammad and Shamina, both of San Francisco; two grandchildren; six brothers, Michael Jackson of Las Vegas, Eddie Hall of San Diego, Ricky Hall of Kansas, Keith Hall of San Francisco, Ronald Hall of San Francisco and Frankie Hall of Los Angeles; brothers of the New Nation of Islam; and a number of other relatives and friends. Services were held on October 12, 2000 at Rollins Chapel with Brother Marvin Muhammad officiating. Interment was at East Mount Olive Cemetery in Red Lick, MS with arrangements by Rollins Funeral Home.

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MULLENS, William G., Sr.
VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI: William Grant Mullens, Sr., 79, died January 16, 2006. He was a retired sales manager in the aerospace industry. He was a Baptist. He is survived by three daughters, Rita Gassen of Vicksburg, Eileen Leinwand of Franklin, TN, and Ann Snow of Sister, OR; two sons, William Grant Mullens, Jr. of Culver, OR and Richard Mullens of Quincy, MA; a sister, Marlyn M. Persley of Berkeley, CA; 10 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Fisher Funeral Home with Rev. Terry White officiating. Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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MURPHY, Lula Hood
EUPORA, MISSISSIPPI: Lula Hood Murphy, 84, died November 20, 2004. She was a member of West Shady Grove Baptist Church. She was survived by a daughter, Janice Griffin of Philadelphia; two grandchildren; and a brother, Zane Grey Hood of Birmingham, Ala. Services were held at the chapel of Wise Funeral Home of Eupora with Rev. Curtis Reese officiating. Burial was at West Shady Grove Cemetery in Eupora, MS.

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NATHANIEL, Iola
PASCAGOULA, MISSISSIPPI: Iola Nathaniel, 73, passed away January 11, 2006. She was born October 3, 1932 to the late Robert and Artea Floyd. She attended the Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Pascagoula, where she was an active member of the Usher Board, Pastor's Aid Board, and the Mission Auxillary. She was also a member of the Emma V. Kelly Temple #995 Elks Lodge in Moss Point, MS and the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by four sons, Manford (Alma) Howard of Mobile, AL; Willie (Ann) Howard of Escatawpa, MS; Russell Geater of Angola, LA and Ephriam (Erica) Nathaniel of Pascagoula, MS; three daughters, Shirley Morris of Reading, PA; Faye (Michael) Moore of Pascagoula and Joyce Morgan of Moss Point, MS; three brothers Clarence (Reba) Howard of Mobile, AL; Tommy Howard of Evergreen, AL and Robert (April) Floyd, Jr. of Mobile, AL; four sisters, Lena Lawrence of Babylon, NY, Hollis (Walter) Bradley of Omaha, NE; Minnie (Effie) McDougle of Omaha, NE and Minister Rosemary (Jeff) Robbins of Pensacola, FL; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; a grand-daughter/daughter, Wykesia Geater; 4 goddaughters; two special nieces, Rena' Andrews of Pensacola, FL and Deleice Lott-Sykes of Mobile, AL; a close friend, Johnnie Mae Bristol of Pascagoula, MS; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a son, William "Esaw" Howard; and her husband, Ephriam Nathaniel, Sr. Services were held at the Greater Antioch Baptist Church. Interment was at Machpelah Cemetery with arrangements by Millender's Funeral Home.

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NAVE, Patricia
BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI: Patricia Alice Nave, 71, died January 27, 2005. She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Victoria. She is survived by three sons, Joe Allen Nave of Bartlett, TN, and Carl Nave and Neil Nave, both of Byhalia; four daughters, Clara Moses of Victoria, Cathy Cain of Georgia, Teresa Armstrong of Byhalia, and Debbie Nave of Victoria; a brother, Bill Webster of Tucson, AZ; a sister, Grace Moreshead of Tucson; 15 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Nave. Burial was at Byhalia Cemetery under the direction of Holly Springs Funeral Home.

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NECAISE, Ted Paul
LONG BEACH, MISSISSIPPI: Ted Paul Necaise, 54, died October 8, 2004. He was born August 30, 1950. He was a former employee of the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, and worked in retail management for over 30 years. He enjoyed fishing and barbecuing, and was a devoted family man. He attended St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Long Beach. Among the survivors are his wife, Julia Necaise of Long Beach; two sons, Joseph Edward Necaise of Bay St. Louis, and Timothy Paul Necaise of Long Beach; four brothers, Ray Necaise and his wife, Ann of Long Beach, Bruce Necaise of Waveland, Roy Necaise of Pass Christian, and Walter "Butch" Necaise and his wife, Dianne of Gulfport; three sisters, Marie Nicholas of Gulfport, Agnes Carey and her husband, David of Silver Creek, MS, and Linda Crose of Gulfport; father-in-law, Houston Brentz of Long Beach and brother-in-law, Rick Brentz of Diamondhead. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary P. Necaise; his father, Walter S. Necaise; and three brothers, Delmah, Duane, and Charles Necaise. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Interment was at the Long Beach City Cemetery with arrangements by Riemann Funeral Home.

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NELSON, Geneva
LIBERTY, MISSISSIPPI: Geneva Pray Nelson, 91, died June 26, 2003. She was born June 29, 1911 to Fred G. Pray and Bessie Robinson. She was a retired telephone operator, and attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Jewel and D.M. Hawkins of Brookhaven; two stepdaughters, Billie Gayle Crum of Crosby and Pat Blackford of Pine Bluff, AR; 2 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and a sister, Conelia Roberts of Liberty. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Bennie Lee Tarver; her second husband, Freeman Nelson; a stepdaughter, Freddie Smith; and a sister, Mildred Hudson. Burial was at Liberty Cemetery with arrangements by Brown Funeral Home.

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NETTLES, Clarence L.
MERIDIAN, MISSISSIPPI: Clarence L. Nettles, 77, died November 30, 2005. He was a retired automotive repairman. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and served in the Korean War. Services were held at New Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Willie Thompson officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery with arrangements by Berry and Gardner Funeral Home.

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NETTLES, Elizabeth
SARDIS, MISSISSIPPI: Elizabeth Petty Nettles, 72, died July 27, 2002. She was born June 29, 1930 to the late L.V. and Mary Petty. She attended Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by a brother, Isiah "Pete" Petty of Sardis. Services were held at Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. James Buchanan officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery with arrangements by Cooley's Mortuary, Inc.

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NETTLES, Lula McManus
MEADVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Lula A. McManus Nettles, 98, died September 27, 2000. She was born July 1, 1902. She attended Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church. She is survived by her sons, Douglas Nettles of Clinton, and Ernest Jewell Nettles of Lake Charles, LA; 7 grandchildren; 4 foster granddaughters; 8 great-grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elder Henry Lee Nettles, Sr.; two sons, Henry Lee Nettles, Jr. and James Harrell Nettles; a foster daughter, Emily Wicker; and ten siblings. Services were held at the chapel of Franklin Funeral Home. Burial was at Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

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NEWELL, Luther M.
BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI: Luther M. "Tump" Newell, 75, died December 15, 2000. He was born August 20, 1925 to the late Luther Prentiss and Susie Helen Britt Newell. He was a retired oil field worker, and a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Hamil Newell; a son, Prentiss Newell, both of Wesson; a daughter, Vickie Case of Brookhaven; a sister, Audell Hinniant of Texas; and 2 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a grandson, Nicholas Newell. Services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Red Star, followed by burial at the church cemetery.

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NEWSOME, Rosia
HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI: Rosia Lena Newsome, 84, died December 22, 2009. She was a member of the Mississippi Teachers' Association, the NAACP, the Mississippi Minister's Spouses Association, and the Missionary Society. She was one of the founders of Cottrell Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. She is survived by a son, Rev. Frank Joseph Newsome, Jr. of Petal; a daughter, Rosia Yvonne Newsome-Benjamin of Hattiesburg; 7 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Cottrell Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Burial was at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Hall-Fairley Mortuary.

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NEWTON, Connie Pinion
CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI: Connie Pinion Newton, 32, died July 6, 2003 from injuries received in an automobile accident. She was born October 30, 1970 to Billy Fred and Bonnie Pinion. She was a graduate of Mississippi Delta Junior College, where she was a drum majorette and a member of Gateway Baptist Church-Lu-Rand. Survivors include her parents; a daughter, Marley Marteen Newton of Clarksdale; a brother, B. Freddie Pinion, Jr. of Oxford; and her fiance, Keith Johnson of Inverness. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Marilyn Marteen and J.W. Willis, Jr., and Dave and Elsie Pinion. Burial was at Forrest Hill Memorial Cemetery by National Funeral Home.

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NGUYEN, Dinh Thi
BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI: Dinh Thi Nguyen, 86, passed away July 15, 2005. She was a Catholic. She is survived by three daughters, Nu Nguyen and Lua Nguyen of Biloxi and Thoa Nguyen of Morgan City, LA; four sons, Cu Nguyen of Biloxi, Thanh Nguyen of Virginia, Thanh Nguyen of Meridian, MS and Binh Nguyen of New Orleans, LA; 25 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dinh Van Nguyen. Services were held at the Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church. Burial was at the Biloxi City Cemetery with arrangements by Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home.

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NICKSON, Alberta
TUNICA, MISSISSIPPI: Alberta Nickson died July 20, 2008. Services were held at New Zion Baptist Church. Burial was at the church cemetery under the direction of Henderson Funeral Home.

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NICKSON, Richard, Sr.
FRIARS POINT, MISSISSIPPI: Richard Nickson, Sr., 59, died March 30, 2004. He was born May 5, 1944 in Frankfort, MI. He was a construction worker. He is survived by his wife, Betty M. Nickson of Friars Point; a son, Richard Nickson, Jr. of Denver; and a sister, Mary Stroba of Watervliet, MI. Services were held at Royal Funeral Home with Rev. Marva Joe Sawyer officiating. Burial was at Friars Point Cemetery.

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NOAH, Florene M.
CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI: Florene M. Noah, 58, died April 25, 2005 in Clarksdale. She was born March 16, 1947. She worked for Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, and was a member of St. James Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Willie Means and Jessie Means. Survivors include her husband, Roosevelt Noah of Clarksdale; three sons, Michael Noah, Roosevelt Noah Jr. and Shun Hall of Clarksdale; two daughters, Carnetha Noah of Jackson and Vernice Scott of Harvey, Ill.; brother, Sam Means of Memphis; seven sisters, Lucy Means of Shaw, Florence Shaw, Lillie Dean, Pearlie Herron, Ruthie Means, Ida Mae Means and Louise Cooper, all of Clarksdale; and seven grandchildren. A wake service was held at Century Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Jonestown, Rev. E.L. Marshall officiating. Interment at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Arrangements by Century Funeral Home of Clarksdale, MS.

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NOBLE, Lizzie Graham
PORT GIBSON, MISSISSIPPI: Lizzie Graham Noble, 82, died April 12, 2000. She was born January 26, 1918 to Will Graham and Cordelia Boyd Graham. She was a retiree of Verneer Box Factory, and attended the Second Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Noble Sr.; and by her parents. Survivors include four sons and their wives, Samuel and Maxine Noble of Port Gibson, Thomas James and Birdie Noble of Chicago, Alfred Charles Noble of Chicago and Willie Lee Windom of Indianapolis, Ind.; three daughters and spouse, Mary C. Wilson of Port Gibson, Bobbie and Lee Dell Buck of Port Gibson and Gloria Noble of Port Gibson; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends. Services were held at Second Baptist Church, with Rev. Leon Nelson Jr. officiating. Burial was at McCay Cemetery with arrangements by Rollins Funeral Home.

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NOBLIN, Betty LeNoir
PETAL, MISSISSIPPI: Betty LeNoir Noblin, 56, died November 16, 2003. She attended Lynn Ray Road Baptist Church, and worked for Moore Funeral Homes in Hattiesburg. She was the daughter of Sterling LeNoir, Jr. and the late Louie Bell Childress. Among the survivors are her husband, Murray "Buddy" Noblin, Jr.; two daughters, Anita Taylor and Jennifer Schultz of Petal; two sons, Jimmy Dewayne "Bo" McKee of Maben, and Murray Noblin III of Summrall; 7 grandchildren; her father, Sterling LeNoir, Jr. of Gulfport; and three sisters, Jane Byrd and Frances Waldrep of Cedar Bluff, and Carolyn Foster of Gulfport. She was preceded in death by a brother, John E. LeNoir. Services were held at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Mickey Steele and Earl Cooper officiating. Burial was at Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point, MS.

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NOEL, Larm
COLDWATER, MISSISSIPPI: Larm Noel, 68, died July 1, 2003. He was a retired welder. He is survived by four daughters, Marilyn McGee of Coldwater, Angela Merritt of Coldwater, Carolyn Mack of Osborne, WI, and Ida Mae Reed of Memphis; two sons, Stanley Noel of Como, and Arnzia Lee Merritt of Senatobia; three sisters, Josephine Walker of Milwaukee, WI, Sally Mae Shaw of Senatobia, and Leora Hardin of Memphis; a brother, Gene Noel of Milwaukee, WI; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret C. Noel. Services were held at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in Senatobia. Burial was at Spring Hill Cemetery.

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NOLAN, Donza L.
PASCAGOULA, MISSISSIPPI: Donza Lee Nolan, 65, died August 16, 2007. He was born July 29, 1942 to the late Lonnie and Lessie Nolan. He was retired. He attended Union Baptist Church. He is survived by a son, Charles L. Washington of Moss Point; two daughters, Vickie Washington of Lithonia, GA and Sharon Whitehead of Havelock, NC; five sisters, Lillian Nolan, Rev. Esther Johnson, Fretta Johnson, Shelia Johnson, and Susan Morris; two devoted sisters-in-law, Linda A. Washington and Brinda Johnny; a brother-in-law, Langston Washington, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Nolan. Services were held at Union Baptist Church in Pascagoula with Rev. Larry G. Hawkins presiding. Interment was at Machpelah Cemetery under the direction of Millender's Funeral Home of Moss Point.

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NORRIS, Fronie
CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI: Fronie Norris, 75, died October 8, 2010. She was born June 25, 1935 to Ed Carr and Matilda Black Carr. She was retired. She attended Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, where she served as an usher, trustee, and mother of the church. She is survived by five daughters, Mamie Lou Mullins of Clarksdale, Johnnie Mae Mitchell of El Paso, TX, and Rosie Lee Norris, Shirley Ann Carr, and Dorothy Jean Williams, all of Huntsville, AL; four sons, Fredrick Norris and Phillip Norris, both of Clarksdale, and Wallace Norris and Isaac Norris, both of Huntsville; two sisters, Dessie Lindsey of Clarksdale, and Beatrice Adair of Detroit, MI; 30 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son; her parents; a brother; two sisters; a niece; 3 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services were held at St. James Temple Church of God In Christ. Interment was at Heavenly Rest Cemetery by Stinger-Redmon Funeral Home.

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NORWOOD, Bonner Lee
MABEN, MISSISSIPPI: Bonner Lee Norwood died on March 15, 2006. He was the retired owner of Norwood Barber Shop in Maben, where he worked for 47 years. He is survived by a daughter, Crystal Norwood Reed and Keith of Maben, MS; his sons, James Bonner Norwood and Cathy of Philadelphia, MS and Kenneth Wayne Norwood and Leslie of Maben, MS; a sister, Elaine McMinn of Louisville, MS; a brother, Glenn Norwood of Oxford, MS; 9 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. He was precedd in death by his wife, Kathleen Norwood. Services were held at the Midway Church of Christ in Maben. Burial was at Maben Memorial Gardens with arrangements by Welch Funeral Home.

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NORWOOD, Mary Claire
CLEVELAND, MISSISSIPPI: Mary Claire Sugg Norwood died August 16, 2010. She was born May 13, 1929 to John Minor Sugg, Sr. and Claudia Roberts Sugg. She taught music at Delta State University and Drew Elementary School, and also taught piano lessons from her home. She was an organist at the First Baptist Church of Cleveland. She is survived by a daughter, Stephanie Champion (Jeff) of Madison; two sons, Mark Norwood of Hattiesburg, and Bill Norwood (Cecelia) of Yazoo City; a sister, Carolyn Nau of San Antonio, TX; and 6 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Malcolm M. Norwood; her parents; a brother, John Minor Sugg, Jr.; and a daughter-in-law, Suzanne Norwood. Services were held at the First Baptist Church of Cleveland. Burial was at New Cleveland Cemetery by Ray Funeral Home.

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NOWELL, Genece Hunt
KOSCIUSKO, MISSISSIPPI: Genece Hunt Nowell, 82, passed away March 19, 2005. She was the retired owner of Nowell Funeral Services Inc. and Southern Security Life Insurance Co. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kosciusko. Survivors include her husband, Harold B. Nowell Sr.; three sons, H. Bernard Nowell, Jr. of Clarksdale, Dr. Gary Nowell of Clinton, and Joseph Gwen Nowell of Thomasville, GA; two daughters, Cindy Neal of Clinton and Janet Massey of Noxapater; two brothers, Jerry Hunt of Starkville and George Boyd Hunt of West Point; 13 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sherman Eldon Hunt and Mary Emaline Busby. Services were held at the First Baptist Church. Burial was at Attala Memorial Gardens with arrangements by Culpepper Funeral Home.

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NUNNERY, Annie
LIBERTY, MISSISSIPPI: Annie L. Nunnery, 45, died June 19, 2009 in Amite County. She was born February 28, 1964 in Liberty to Louis Wells and Shirley M. Nunnery. Services were held at Winding Chapel Church of God in Christ. Arrangements were handled by Craft Funeral Home.

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OAKMAN, William O.
RICHLAND, MISSISSIPPI: William Otha "Buddy" Oakman, 80, died November 8, 2009. He was born July 1, 1929 to Robert and Katie Dennis Oakman. He was a data analyst for the State of Mississippi. He held a degree in accounting from the University of Mississippi, and was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Dr. John Gibson of Rosedale; a sister-in-law, Jean Oakman of Clarksdale; and his nieces and nephews. Burial was at Stoneville Cemetery in Leland, MS under the direction of Cleveland Funeral Home.

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O'DELL, Fonta
HOLLY SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI: Fonta Woodson O'Dell, 88, died December 24, 2005. She was an educator with the Holly Springs School District. She was one of the original members of the Library Board, and a member of the Humane Society. She is survived by a son, Charles Denton O'Dell of Perry, GA; a daughter, Margaret O'Dell of Holly Springs; a sister, Martha Stewart of Sunnyside, WA; 5 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lee O'Dell; a son, Robert Woodson O'Dell; and a grandson, Robert Dee O'Dell. Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial was at Hill Crest Cemetery under the direction of Holly Springs Funeral Home.

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ODOM, Jamaal
FAYETTE, MISSISSIPPI: Jamaal LaAntius Sherell Odom, 18, died August 13, 2000. He was born June 18, 1982 to Carl Bailey and Marilyn Odom Williams. He was a graduate of Port Gibson High School and was scheduled to attend Hinds Community College in the Fall. He was a member of Christian Chapel Church. Survivors include his parents, Marilyn and husband Jimmie L. Williams Odom of Port Gibson and Carl Bailey of Fayette; maternal grandparents, Kenneth Odom, Sr. and Octavia Odom of Port Gibson; paternal grandparents, Robert and Ruth Bailey of Lorman; four brothers, Jibri A. Odom, Damion Jones of Port Gibson, Carlos Rankin, and Laringa Rankin of Fayette; two sisters, Kitwanga L. Wilson and Germany S. Odom of Port Gibson; four uncles, Warren Odom, Kenneth Odom, Jr., Devel Odom of Port Gibson and Tony Ray and his wife, Diane Bailey of Fayette; four aunts and their spouses, Barbara Willis of Lorman, Alberta and James Howard of Fayette, Beatrice and Jesse James of Ozark, AR and Joyce and Charles King of Shreveport, LA; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Joanna Hedrick; an uncle, Robert Bailey Jr.; and a great-uncle, James Odom, Sr. Services were held at A.W. Watson Elementary School with Rev. Leonard Walker officiating. Burial was at Scott Cemetery with arrangements by Rollins Funeral Home.

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OLDHAM, Frances
SENATOBIA, MISSISSIPPI: Frances Crawford Oldham, 84, died January 21, 2008. Survivors include two daughters, Pat Jamison of Independence and Brenda Carmon of Hernando; a son, Billy Oldham of Eudora; three sisters, Peggy Woolfolk and Sue Woodard of Senatobia, and Polly Green of Enid; a brother, Dick Crawford of Senatobia; 6 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Bethesda Cemetery with arrangements by Pate-Jones Funeral Home.

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OLLIVIER, Virginia Stiles
STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Virginia Stiles Ollivier, 88, of Starkville, passed away September 19, 2004. She was a retired piano teacher and attended the First United Methodist Church. She graduated from Mississippi State College for Women, and earned a Master's Degree in Music from Northwestern University. She was a member of the Nocturne Music Club and the Oktibbeha Audubon Society. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Ollivier. Survivors include her cousins, John Castles of Tupelo and Dr. James Long of Starkville. Interment at Oddfellows Cemetery, with Rev. Dr. Prentiss Gordon officiating. Arrangements by Welch Funeral Home. Donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, or to the Methodist Children's Home.

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ONIDAS, Classie
COMO, MISSISSIPPI: Classie Loveberry Onidas, 54, died August 9, 2002. Services were held at Howard Chapel C.M.E. Church in Como. Burial was at Como Cemetery with arrangements by Felix Cauthen Funeral Home. She was the daughter of William and Robbie Loveberry, and was a housewife. She was a member of Howard Chapel C.M.E. Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mary D. Onidas of Senatobia and Karen J. Robertson of Como; two sons, Robert Loveberry of Memphis, Tennessee, and Christopher Onidas of Como; a step-son, Cottrell Onidas, Jr. of Memphis; five sisters, Maggie Loveberry and Barbara Loveberry Steel, both of Memphis; Classie Farmer, Mary Loveberry and Sharon Loveberry Covington, all of Como; four brothers, William Loveberry, Jr. and Dannie Loveberry, both of Memphis, Dallas Loveberry and James Loveberry, both of Como; and 8 grandchildren.

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ORANGE, George W.
SENATOBIA, MISSISSIPPI: George Wallace Orange, 88, died March 3, 2003. He was a retired construction worker, and attended Askew Grove M.B. Church in Longtown. He is survived by a brother, R.V. Orange of Senatobia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judie Orange. Services were held at Askew M.B. Church with Rev. Walter Newson officiating. Interment was at the church cemetery.

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ORANGE, George Wallace
COLDWATER, MISSISSIPPI: George Wallace Orange, 50, died July 7, 2003. He was a truck driver, and attended the Gospel Temple Church of God in Christ. He is survived by his parents, Lottie Mae and R.V. Orange of Senatobia; his wife, Deloise Orange of Coldwater; a daughter, Jennifer Vernita Jones of Senatobia; a son, Marcus Dewon Orange of Sardis; four sisters, Stella Evans of East St. Louis, IL, Josephine Miller of Senatobia, Mary Webb of Horn Lake, and Dianne Baker of Senatobia; two brothers, Mack Arthur Orange of Senatobia, and R.V. Orange, Jr. of Cahokia, IL; and 6 grandchildren. Services were held at Gospel Temple Church Of God In Christ in Senatobia. Interment was at Askew Grove Cemetery.

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ORANGE, Rufus
SENATOBIA, MISSISSIPPI: Rufus Orange, 82, died January 31, 2001. He was employed in retail sales. He is survived by two brothers, R.V. Orange and George Orange, both of Senatobia. Services were held at the Askew Grove M.B. Church in Sarah, followed by interment at the church cemetery.

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OSWALT, Grover Cleveland
ACKERMAN, MISSISSIPPI: Grover Cleveland Oswalt, 66, died March 1, 2006. He was born April 2, 1939. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and attended Covenant Baptist Church. He was self-employed. Among the survivors are his wife, Hazel R. Oswalt of Ackerman; two daughters, Dadena Cox and Gail Martin of Ackerman; a brother, Paul Oswalt of Weir; four sisters, Ruth Gazaway of Sturgis, and Mary Higgins, Wilma Seawright and Bonnie Sledge of Weir; five grandchildren; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Annie Oswalt; a brother, Larkin Oswalt; a sister, Nancy McKnight; and several half-brothers and sisters. Services were held at Coleman Funeral Home, followed by burial at Mt. Airy Cemetery.

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OUTLAW, Mildred L.
CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI: Mildred L. Outlaw, 59, died July 27, 2006. She was born December 5, 1946, and was a retired factory worker. She was a graduate of Coahoma Community College. She is survived by her husband, Rommie Lee Outlaw of Clarksdale; three daughters, Mildred Thomas of Clarksdale, Sarah Bradley and Chantel Adams, both of Jackson; stepmother, Susie Smith of Chicago, Ill.; three brothers, Napoleon Collins of Glendale, Ariz., Samuel Collins and J.W. Price, both of Chicago; six sisters, Christine Little, Mary Ann Walls, Lena Sanders, Cal Whitley, Terri Smith and Sarah Price, all of Chicago, Diane Mitchell and Helen Stringer, both of Clarksdale; 9 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. L.C. Tyler officiating. Interment was at Heavenly Rest Cemetery under the direction of Royal Funeral Home of Clarksdale, MS.

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OVERSTREET, G.W.
PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI: G.W. Overstreet, 81, died July 21, 2005. He was preceded in death by a daughter and a granddaughter. Services were held at Ivy Street Church of Christ with Rev. Herb Boyles officiating. Burial was at Donald Rest Cemetery with arrangements entrusted to E.E. McDonald Funeral Home.

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OWENS, Dorothy Bailey
CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI: Dorothy Bailey Owens, 75, died December 15, 2000. She was born June 7, 1925 to Vence Bailey, Sr. and Irma Greenlee Bailey. She was a retired ceramic artist, and worked for the city of Jackson in the parks division. She was a Baptist. She is survived by her daughters, Janet O. Bourne of Crystal Springs and Patsy O. Kirkwood of Montgomery, TX; her brothers, Vence Bailey, Jr. of Brookhaven and Robert Earl Bailey of Washington state; a sister, Pauline Moak of Brookhaven; 3 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Riley Owens. Burial was at Riverwood Memorial Park by Harrigill Funeral Home.

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OWTEN, Lois Estella
CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI: Lois Estella Owten died June 22, 2004. She was born May 8, 1919. She was a retired school bus driver, and a member of Mount Horeb Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher Board. Survivors include six sons, James Owten of Chicago, Lacy Owten and Matthews Owten, both of Clarksdale, Hubert Owten of Marks, Jimmy Owten of New Orleans, and Tommie Owten of Chattanooga, TN; three daughters, Louise Owten and Mae Ollie Mosley, both of Clarksdale, and Charlene Webb of Bakersfield, CA; three sisters, Irene Jackson, Willie Ruth Reese, and Mildred Leflore, all of Milwaukee; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Services were held at Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Edgar L. Marshall officiating. Burial was at Mount Eagle Church Cemetery at Dublin.

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PALMER, Edna Jarvis
PRESTON, MISSISSIPPI: Edna Jarvis Palmer, 92, died July 13, 2005. She was an Avon representative for 25 years. She was survived by two daughters, Sara Fox and Nancy Haggard, both of Brandon; a son, Elliot Palmer of Shell Point, FL; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and a brother, H.T. "Bud" Jarvis of DeKalb. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Clinton O. Palmer; and by a grandson. Services were held at Salem Baptist Church in Kemper County with Rev. Jerry Jones officiating. Burial was at Salem Cemetery with arrangements by McClain-Hays Funeral Home.

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PALMER, Ola M.
OLIVE BRANCH, MISSISSIPPI: Ola M. Palmer, 100, passsed away January 16, 2002. She attended Broadway Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Baptist Women's Association. Among the survivors are four daughters, Ola May Finety of Birmingham, AL, Marian P. Thompson of Olive Branch, Eveyln P. Gregory of Memphis, TN, and Ruth Goodnight of Southaven; 21 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis M. Palmer. Services were held at Broadway Baptist Church. Burial was at New Hope Cemetery in Como, with arrangements by Forest Hill South.

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PARISH, Mildred Carithers
CHARLESTON, MISSISSIPPI: Mildred Carithers Parish, 87, passed away on October 6, 2005. She was born February 27, 1918 to Blanton Edward and Dottie James Carithers. She attended the Charleston First United Methodist Church, and was active in Wesley Service Guild and M'Ladies. Survivors include two daughters, Dottie Parish Seymore of Tutwiler and Pam Parish Tribble of Charleston; son, Tandy Parish of Apache Junction, Ariz.; two sisters, Christine Carithers of Charleston and Peggy Russell of Pendleton, Ore.; brother, John E. Carithers of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Barry Nash Parish. Services were held at Charleston First United Methodist Church, followed by burial at Charleston Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Womble Funeral Home.

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PARKMAN, Tommie Louise
RIDGELAND, MISSISSIPPI: Tommie Louise Parkman, 88, died February 6, 2010. She was born March 5, 1921 to Mark Anthony and Jewel Bridges George. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Crystal Springs. She is survived by two daughters, Carol Podbielski of Las Vegas, NV, and Marcia Sue Parkman; a brother, M.A. George, Jr. of Canton; 6 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Parkman; and a daughter, Mary Ann Fruella. Arrangements were handled by Chancellor Funeral Home of Byram, MS.

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PATTERSON, Ardelia
VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI: Ardelia Patterson, 79, died April 3, 2005. She was a retired domestic worker, and was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. She is survived by three sons, Louis Davis Jr. and Leon Davis, both of Edwards, and Eddie Davis of Port Gibson; three daughters, Thelma Irving and Willie Mae McCroy, both of Vicksburg, and Leretha Ann Davis of Los Angeles; a brother, Eddie Johnson of Vicksburg; another relative, Jorena Moore of Edwards; 12 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roosevelt Patterson; a son, James Davis; and two brothers, Louis Johnson and Willie Carter. Services were held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Burial was at Shiloh M.B. Church Cemetery in Edwards with arrangements by Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home.

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PAVLOV, Frank, Sr.
BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI: Frank "Buffalo" Pavlov, Sr. died February 8, 2005. He served in the United States Coast Guard, and was a WWII veteran. He was the owner of Frank's Barber Shop on Howard Avenue for over 60 years. He attended St. Michael's Catholic Church. He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Ann Pavlov of Tomball, TX and Jean Pavlov of Jacksonville, FL; a son, Frank "Bud" Pavlov, Jr. and wife Regina Mills Pavlov of Biloxi; a sister, Marguerite Kuluz of Biloxi; a brother, Peter Pavlov, D.D.S. of Ocean Springs; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter Pavlov, Sr. and Anna Pavlov; his wife, Hilda Pavlov; a brother, George Pavlov; and two sisters, "Flossie" Frances Touchet and Danica Garbin. Services were held at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Arrangements were handled by Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home.

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PAYNE, Aneice
CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI: Aneice Payne, 85, died December 28, 2009. Services were held with Rev. James Jackson officiating. Arrangements were handled by Royal Funeral Home.

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PEARSON, Freddie G.
WIGGINS, MISSISSIPPI: Freddie G. Pearson, 84, died July 10, 2007. He was a retired supervisor for Stone County District 1, and also owned Pearson Trucking. He was a World War II veteran. He attended Vardaman Street Baptist Church. He is survived by wife, Lois Pearson; three sons, David Ray Pearson, Freddie Michael Pearson, and George Allen Pearson all of Wiggins; three daughters, Betty Crowder of Huntsville, AL, Clarice Coker of Silver Run, and Fredna Reinoehl of Spring, TX; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Donnie Gene and Bobby Wayne Pearson. Services were held at the chapel of Moore Funeral Home. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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PEARSON, Julia
MADISON, MISSISSIPPI: Julia Estell Pearson, 99, died December 19, 2000. She was a retired clerk for Virilia Grocery Store with over 30 years of service. She is survived by a daughter, Joy Phillips of Wesson; 6 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jo Roberts. Interment was at Montgomery Cemetery under the direction of Nowell-Flippen Funeral Home.

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PEDDICORD, Terry
LAUREL, MISSISSIPPI: Terry Lynn Peddicord, 62, died March 21, 2008. He worked in quality control for Howard Industries, and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He attended the First Baptist Church of Sharon. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine (Jerri) Peddicord; two sons, Mike Windham of Wiggins, and Robert Windham and friend Jody Honaker of Pensacola, FL; a sister, Shirley Miller of Spring City, TN; two brothers, Ricky Peddicord of Atlanta, GA, and Gary Martin of Spring City, TN; a granddaughter; and his nieces and nephews. Interment was at Lake Park Cemetery under the direction of Memory Chapel Funeral Home.

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PEEPLES, Levonzel
GREENWOOD, MISSISSIPPI: Levonzel Peeples, 69, died January 19, 2006. Survivors include three sons, Augusta Peeples of Vaiden, Willie Douglas Turner of Roseville, MN, and David Jerome Turner of Montgomery; four sisters, Eddie Mae Ellis of Carrollton, Ethel Peeples of Vaiden, Jerrylean Peeples of Canton, and Marie D. Phillips of Jackson; three brothers, Eddie Howard Peeples, Cottrell Peeples, and Robert Peeples, all of Vaiden; and 3 grandchildren. Services were held at Great Southern Funeral Home with Elder James Bias officiating. Burial was at Mount Nebo Cemetery in Black Hawk.

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PENTER, Virgie Lee
CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI: Virgie Lee Penter, 78, died February 8, 2007. She was born July 2, 1929. She was a member of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by two brothers, Joseph Amos and Freddie B. Moore, both of Chicago, IL; and a sister, Murty Garner of Chicago, IL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wylie Penter, Jr.; and her parents, Will and Annie B. Collins. Services were held at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. L.C. Tyler officiating. Interment was at Heavenly Rest Cemetery with arrangements by Delta Burial Corporation.

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PENTER, Wylie, Jr.
CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI: Wylie Penter, Jr., 78, died February 6, 2007. He was born January 4, 1929 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Wylie Penter. He was a farmer, and attended Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Virgie Lee Penter; two brothers, F.C. Penter and Percy Lee Penter, both of Chicago, IL; and two sisters, Lucille Penter and Clara Mae Brown, both of Chicago. Services were held at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. L.C. Tyler officiating. Interment was at Heavenly Rest Cemetery under the direction of Delta Burial Corporation.

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PEPPER LaNita C.
BELLEFONTAINE, MISSISSIPPI: LaNita C. Pepper, 70, died August 14, 2004. She was a homemaker. She was the daughter of Harold and Aurie Cook, and attended Bellefontaine United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Rev. "Jeep" Pepper of Bellefontaine; a daughter, Jennifer Ramsey of Cicero, IN; two sons, Rev. Doug Pepper of Batesville, and Jeff Pepper of Vancouver, WA; a sister, Jeannene Massey of Olive Branch; and a grandchild. Services were held at Lebanon United Methodist Church with Rev. Doug Pepper officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery with arrangements by Wise Funeral Home.

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PEPPER, Susie
COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI: Susie Higgins Pepper, 88, died February 16, 2010. She is survived by her husband, Granville Pepper; a son-in-law, John Sexton of Lebanon, OH; two sisters-in-law, Faye Pepper of Mantee, and Joan Pepper of Quitman; a niece, Lynn Pepper Shea of Mantee; and a nephew, John Robert Pepper of Flowood. Burial was at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Mantee by Houston Funeral Home.

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PERKINS, James M.
STANDARD, MISSISSIPPI: James Monroe Perkins, 77, died January 17, 2005. He was born November 23, 1927 to the late Charlie Woodward Perkins and Ella Rester Perkins. He is survived by a sister, Vera Anderson of Wiggins; and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Margaret Yvonne Perkins, Edith Mae Perkins, Bernettie Ladner, and Roberta Saucier; and two brothers, Albon Perkins and Hildon Perkins. Services were held at Wolf Creek Baptist Church. Interment was at Wolf Creek Cemetery in Standard under the direction of Riemann Funeral Home.

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PERNICIARO, Adrian O. Curet
BAY ST. LOUIS, MISSISSIPPI: Adrian Orelee Curet Perniciaro, 80, died March 7, 2006. She belonged to the Moose Lodge of New Orleans, the American Legion Auxillary, and the Italian Society. She enjoyed dancing, karaoke and traveling. She attended St. Clare Catholic Church. Survivors include her children, Ronnie Joseph Perniciaro, Sr. of Waveland, MS, Charles X. Perniciaro, Sr. of Bay St. Louis, MS, and Geraldine P. Necaise of Chalmette, LA; her brothers, Huey Curet of Kiln, MS, Otis Curet of Leetown, MS; a sister, Faye Elrod of Long Beach, MS; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Perniciaro, Sr.; a son, John J. Perniciaro, Jr.; a daughter, Lynette Perniciaro; her parents, Xavier & Aline Necaise Curet; and a brother, Joseph E. Curet. Interment was at St. Mary's Cemetery in Bay St. Louis, MS with arrangements by Edmond Fahey Funeral Home.

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PERSON, Elizabeth
HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI: Elizabeth Person, 69, died February 19, 2005. She was a homemaker and a member of Hattiesburg Crusade Baptist Church. Survivors include four sons, Percy Smith of Seminary, Herman Smith and Van Smith, both of Hattiesburg, and Victor Smith of Cleveland, Ohio; eight daughters, Pamela Coleman, Deborah Reedy, Tammy Holmes, April Franklin, Paulette Person-Brown, Laura Suails and Faye McMickle, all of Hattiesburg, and Catherine Jones of Ocean Springs; 86 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Hattiesburg Crusade Baptist Church with burial at Highland Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Owens & Sons Funeral Home.

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PETERSON, Estolia
GREENVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Estolia M. Peterson, 82, died December 10, 2010. She is survived by two daughters, Rosie (Tony) Fields of Frisco, TX, and Essie Mae Caddell of Alabama; a sister, Lillie B. Royal of Greenville; a brother, Richard (Louise) Muse of Las Vegas, NV; her cousins; her nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. Services were held at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was at Lakewood Cemetery with arrangements by Byas Funeral Home.

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PETTY, Louis Milford
PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI: Louis Milford Petty, 79, died November 20, 2004. He owned Petty Tire Service, and was a World War II veteran. He belonged to the Philadelphia VFW, and attended the Philadelphia Church of God. Among the survivors are his wife, Edith Petty of Philadelphia; two daughters, Diana Sue Flemmons of Mattawan, MI, and Shirley Bozeman of Philadelphia; five sons, Danny Petty, Louis Patrick Petty, Raymond Scott Petty, and Regie Allen Petty, all of Philadelphia, and Terry Petty of Columbus; 20 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a sister, Ruth Petty of Texas; and two brothers, Floyd Petty of Vienna, IL, and Louis T. Petty of Carbondale, IL. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Edith Darlene Beckham; and a son, Jackie Eugene Petty. Services were held at the Philadelphia Church of God with the Rev. Oliver A. Robbins officiating. Burial was at Eastlawn Cemetery with arrangements by McClain-Hays Funeral Home.

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PEYTON, Velma
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI: Velma Peyton, 95, died January 13, 2009. She was the daughter of Lula Wilson Stover and Robert Stover. Services were held at Pearl Street AME Church in Jackson. Burial was at Garden Memorial Park under the direction of Collins Funeral Home.

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PICKENS, Roosevelt
PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI: Roosevelt Pickens, 94, died February 23, 2005. He was born July 1, 1910 to the late Charlie and Lottie Nash Pickens. He is survived by three sons, Harvey Pickens of Meridian, Clem Pickens of Gary, IN, and Deno Pickens of Farmington, MN; three daughters, Mary Robinson and Lottie Kate Pew, both of Tampa, FL, and Flora of Mobile, AL; a stepson, Otha Lee McClinton of Moss Point; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Annie Lee Latimer of Philadelphia; two brothers, Ezekiel Pickens of St. Louis, MO, and A.C. Pickens of Union; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held at Jones Temple Church of God In Christ. Burial was at Donald Rest Cemetery with arrangements by Latimer Metropolitan Funeral Home.

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PICKLER, Jeanne
CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI: Jeanne Pickler, 46, died January 1, 2009. She is survived by a daughter, Kayla Pickler of Crystal Springs; three brothers, Edwin Earl Pickler of Jackson, Russell Wayne Pickler of Indiana, and Joe Pete Pickler of Indiana; and two sisters, Ginger Renee Bishop of Crystal Springs, and Mary Jean Morrison of Indiana. Services were held at Highland Baptist Church. Burial was at Bethesda Cemetery under the direction of Stringer Family Funeral Services.

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PIGGS, Wilson
GREENVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Pastor Wilson Piggs, 68, passed away June 18, 2005. He is survived by his wife, Almeta Piggs; eight daughters, Bobbie (Bobby) Gates, Laverne (Robert) Patton, Betty Reed, Gloria Piggs, Estella (Willie) Collins, Michelle Piggs, Patricia (Marvin) Collins and Nakeya (Michael) Ducksworth; two sisters, Willie Mae Jones and Annie Piggs Lee; one daughter-in-law, Ethel Thomas; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six sisters-in-law; five brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends. Services were held at Pine Grove Baptist Church. Interment was at Autumn Woods Cemetery. Arrangements by Jackson Memorial Funeral Home.

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PILIHOS, Andrew A.
BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI: Ret. CMSgt. Andrew A. Pilihos, 71, died October 13, 2002. He was born April 1, 1931. He was a retired air traffic controller for the U.S. Air Force. Following retirement, he was a senior permanent agent for Academy Life Insurance. He served on the board of directors for Gulfport Regional Airport, and was a board member and president of Sunkist Country Club. He was a life member and past Grand Knight for the Noncommissioned Officers' Association. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Hilda; three sons, Andrew, George and Theodore; two daughters-in-law, Rosemary and Dee; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandsons. Interment with military honors was at Biloxi National Cemetery with arrangements by Riemann Memorial Funeral Home.

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PINNIX, Joe
MATHISTON, MISSISSIPPI: Joe Pinnix, 87, died August 10, 2009. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and attended Fellowship Baptist Church. He is survived by daughters Rhonda Crowley and Sheila Huffman, both of Mathiston; sisters Opal McAdams and Annetee Shipley, both of Memphis; brothers Hulon Pinnix of Mathiston and Jim Pinnix of Grenada; 5 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Fellowship Baptist Church. Burial with military honors was at the church cemetery under the direction of Oliver Funeral Home.

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PIPKIN, James C.
HOLLY SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI: James Clyde Pipkin, 62, died May 13, 2009. He was born October 5, 1946 to James C. and Mamie Hudson Pipkin. He worked in sales at American R.V., and was a member of Heritage Apostolic Church. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Cooper Pipkin; a son, Michael Jay Derryberry of Potts Camp; two daughters, Vickie Lambert of Iuka, and Kristy Hudspeth of Abbeville; a brother, Scooter Pipkin of Holly Springs; a sister, Tricia Teachnor of Elwood, IN; and 5 grandchildren. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Holly Springs Funeral Home.

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PITCOCK, Ralph
BATESVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Ralph Pitcock, 80, died January 23, 2007. He was born February 10, 1926 to the late Willie Earl and Osie Lee Walker Pitcock. He was a machinist, and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He attended Liberty Hill Baptist Church. He is survived by two daughters, Brenda Pitcock Williams of Pope, and Melanie Pitcock Perry of Clarksdale; a sister, Mary Edna Bevell of Augusta, GA; a brother, Cecil Pitcock of Pope; 7 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Gloria Pitcock and Donna Pitcock Robison; and a great-grandson, Will Robison. Services were held at Liberty Hill Baptist Church. Burial was at Liberty Hill Cemetery by Wells Funeral Home.

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PIZZI, Lady Belle
OCEAN SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI: Lady Belle "Kay" Pizzi, 66, died January 24, 2005. She was born May 26, 1938. Survivors include a son, Anthony "Tony" (Lynn) Pizzi of Ocean Springs; two daughters, Jackie (Frank) Cookingham of Ocean Springs, and Cathy (Jerry) Boney of Wiggins; four brothers-in-law, John "Jack" (Greta) Pizzi of Woolmarket, Charles W. Pizzi of Gulfport, John J. (Anna) Pizzi of Phoenix, AZ, and Dennis King of Boston, MA; two sisters-in-law, Catherine (Mac) McChesney of Marion, IL, and Muriel (Roger) Sullivan of Boston, MA; 11 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Ocean Springs businessman Mauro "Buddy" Pizzi; a brother-in-law, George T. Pizzi; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Pizzi. Arrangements were handled by Marshall Funeral Home.

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POOLE, Virginia Poole
BATESVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Virginia Eva Strong Poole, 73, died January 15, 2007. She was born May 16, 1933 to the late William Wright and Ida B. Strong. She was a member of New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by nine daughters, Ella Poole, Lillie Henderson, Gennie Smith, Anna Poole, Yvette Poole, and Patricia Fletcher, all of Batesville, Johnnie Jackson and Jacqueline Henderson, both of Memphis, and Earmera Thompson of Oxford; seven sons, Clyde Poole, Lawrence Strong, Larry Poole, Prince Poole and Solomon Poole, all of Batesville, Robert Poole, Jr. of Sardis, and Rev. Jesse Poole of Crenshaw; two sisters, Mary Nickles of Memphis and Bernice Walton of Batesville; three brothers, Tommie Strong, Cleo Strong, and Johnny Ray Strong, all of Batesville; 73 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Services were held at New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was at New Bethlehem Cemetery under the direction of Cooley's Mortuary.

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PORTER, Historia
COLDWATER, MISSISSIPPI: Historia Porter, 62, died October 30, 2006. Survivors include two daughters, Vickie Porter and Evelyn Porter of Coldwater; five sons, David Porter and Kellis Porter, both of Coldwater, Bruce Porter of Chicago, IL, Darrick T. Porter of Robinsonville, MS, and Dabos Marcus Porter of Memphis, TN; two sisters, Delois Wootin and Mary Nell Porter, both of Chicago; and five brothers, Lee Wallace, Elbert Porter, and Billy Porter, all of Senatobia, Floyd Porter of Omaha NE, and James Porter of Chicago; 25 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. Services and burial were held at Independence-Tyro Missionary Baptist Church.

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PORTER, Milda Quaye
BRANDON, MISSISSIPPI: Milda Quaye Porter, 69, died June 27, 2005 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was a member of the Mississippi State Archery Association, and attended Bethel Baptist Church in Brandon. She is survived by her husband, A.C. Porter of Pearl; a daughter, Lawana Ainsworth of Brandon; and two sons, Ronald A. Porter of Clinton and Timothy E. Porter of Brandon. Services were held at Bethel Baptist Church. Interment was at Morton Memorial Gardens with arrangements by Ott and Lee Funeral Home.

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PORTER, Zebedee
HERNANDO, MISSISSIPPI: Zebedee Porter died September 25, 2008. Services were held at Fredonia Baptist Church in Coldwater. Interment was at the Fredonia Church Cemetery under the direction of Henderson Funeral Home.

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POUNDS, Howard L.
INDIANOLA, MISSISSIPPI: Howard Lloyd Pounds, 85, died April 5, 2006. Graveside services were held at the Indianola City Cemetery with arrangements handled by Boone-Card Funeral Home of Indianola, MS.

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POWELL, Nina
FLORENCE, MISSISSIPPI: Nina May Jewel Griffin Powell, 89, died October 9, 2006. She was born September 4, 1917 in Prescott, AR to Walter Ralph Griffin and Odessa New. Survivors include two children, Bobbie Lively of Florence, and Bill Powell of Franklin, TN; a brother, Jack Griffin of Arkansas; 3 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Herbert Powell; and her parents. Interment was at Rest Hills Memorial Park in North Little Rock, AR with arrangements by Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home.

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PRATT, Annie L.
EUPORA, MISSISSIPPI: Annie L. Pratt, 53, died March 11, 2009. She was a member of Mount Union Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by a daughter, Sonya Pratt. Services were held at Mount Union Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was at Calahan Cemetery under the direction of Eddie Robinson Funeral Home.

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PRESTRIDGE, Claude
LIBERTY, MISSISSIPPI: Claude Henry Prestridge, Jr., 66, died March 3, 1985 at Field Memorial Hospital in Centreville. He was born July 10, 1918 in Baton Rouge to Claude Henry Prestridge, Sr. and Lillian McGehee Prestridge. He was a retired supervisor for the Ethel Corp. in Baton Rouge. He was a Presbyterian, Mason, and a member of the Ethel Management Club. Survivors include his wife, Inez Lambert Prestridge; a daughter, Molly (Harvey) Gast of Liberty; a son, Lynn M. Prestridge of Liberty; three sisters, Elaine Caston of Liberty, Elise Noble of Baton Rouge, and Rose Hays of Baker, LA; three brothers, Ralph Prestridge of Liberty, Charles Prestridge of Baton Rouge, and Jimmy Prestridge of Triangle, VA; and 4 grandchildren. Interment was at the Liberty Cemetery under the direction of Hartman Funeral Home.

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PRICE, Judge, Jr.
EDWARDS, MISSISSIPPI: Judge Price, Jr., 64, died January 24, 2006. He worked as truck driver for Hinds County District #3, and attended Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Price; two daughters, Nita Price and Sharon Kelly, both of Edwards; three sons, Patrick Thomas Price of Atlanta, Antonio Harvey of Sacramento, and Judge Price III of Oklahoma; three brothers, Ulysses Singleton of Michigan, Ernest Price of Detroit, and James Calvin Price of Edwards; six sisters, Margie Price Williams and Louise Price, both of Edwards, Beatrice Lewis of Jackson, Ozie Price Turner of Picayune, Helen Mosley of Champagne, IL, and Stella Price of Southfield, MI; and other relatives and friends, including Camille Williams and Monterrio Jefferson, both of Edwards. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother. Services were held at Bonner Campbell College in Edwards. Burial was at Mount Moriah Church Cemetery with arrangements by Lakeview Funeral Home of Vicksburg, MS.

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PRIEST, Joy
NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI: Joy O. Priest, 75, died November 1, 2004. She was born July 4, 1924 to the late Luther and Effie Givens Priest. Survivors include four children, Diane Holloway-Bihm of St. Francisville, LA, Ernest R. Priest of Tampa, FL, Brian K. Priest of Natchez, and Kary Lynn Johnson of Walker, LA; her sisters, F. Laverne Rabb of Woodville, and Sue Chancelor of Alabama; a brother, Robert Blount of Walker, LA; 6 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Laird Funeral Home Union Street Chapel with Rev. Steve Pearson officiating.

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PRINCE, Harmon L.
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI: Harmon Lee Prince, 86, died September 29, 2005. A native of Greenwood, he had lived in Jackson for the past 52 years. He was a loving husband and father. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Mary Saline Prince of Jackson; one daughter, Nancy Bush and husband Billy of Brandon; three sons, Bishop L. Prince and wife Emily of Clinton, Kenneth W. Prince and wife Linda of Brandon, and Danny Lee Prince and wife Frances of Madison; two sisters Sidalia Acy and husband Alvin of Pearl , and Martha Ann Holly of Pearl; two brothers, Neal Prince and wife Ruth of Greenwood, and Charles Prince and wife Jane of Jackson; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. Services were held at Lakewood Funeral Home followed by interment at Lakewood Memorial Park.

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PRINE, Blanche
WIGGINS, MISSISSIPPI: Blanche Prine, 79, died August 26, 2006. She was a homemaker and attended Ten Mile Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Lois Lee of Wiggins; a son, Chuck Prine and daughter-in-law Sharon of Wiggins; 3 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Services were held at Ten Mile Baptist Church with interment at the church cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Moore Funeral Home of Wiggins, MS.

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PURYEAR, Willie
SENATOBIA, MISSISSIPPI: Willie Puryear, 88, died December 30, 2003. He was a retired farmer. He attended Lewers Chapel M.B. Church in Senatobia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Tolbert Woody Puryear. Survivors include three daughters, Clara M. Wooten, Shirley Townsend, and Georgia Mae Boyd, all of Memphis; one step-son, Eugene Reed of Detroit; one sister, Clyde Hicks of Senatobia; one brother, Lucious Puryear, Jr. of Senatobia; 24 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Lewers Chapel M.B. Church, followed by interment in the church cemetery.

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PUZZ, Donald L., Sr.
BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI: Donald Louis Puzz, Sr., 76, died January 3, 2005. He was lifelong resident of Biloxi. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War and a retired civil service employee at Keesler Air Force Base. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church in D'Iberville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Puzz, Sr. and Gertrude Anglada Puzz; a sister, Dale Mansi; and a brother, Andrew Puzz, Jr. Among the survivors are his wife, Betty Randolph Puzz; four sons, Donald Puzz, Jr. and his wife, Karen; Keith Puzz, Sr. and his wife, Peanut; Barry Puzz, Sr. and his girlfriend, Monica, and Greg Puzz and his wife, Susan, all of Biloxi; three sisters, Margaret Rosetti, Violet Bowen and Iris Vierling; a brother, Larry Puzz and 9 grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by the Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes in Biloxi. Interment was at the Biloxi National Cemetery.

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QUEEN, Gertrude Baptiste
FAYETTE, MISSISSIPPI: Gertrude Baptiste Queen, 75, died November 14, 2004. She was born June 2, 1929 to Edward Baptiste and Charlena Robinson. She attended Locust Grove Baptist Church, and was a member of the choir. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Queen; and a brother, Edward Baptiste. Survivors include Elouise Scott and husband, Robert, of Fayette, Georgia Ann McDonald and husband, Kurt, of Moss Point, Marvel Ann Wheeler and husband, Andrew, of Baton Rouge, La.; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Services were held at Locust Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jesse Brown officiating. Burial took place at the church cemetery with arrangements by Rollins Funeral Home of Fayette, MS.

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QUILLEN, Maudie
DENNIS, MISSISSIPPI: Maudie Eloise Quillen, 81, died January 1, 2009 at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born December 29, 1927 in Hodges, AL to Fred and Lilly Scott Dill. She retired from the Iuka Shoe Factory, and attended Landmark Baptist Church. She is survived by five children, Jacky Quillen of Dennis, Jimmy Quillen (Teresa) of Tishomingo, Jerry Morgan (Barbara) of Bowie, TX, June Wilbanks (Jimmy) and Gail Wilbanks (Marvin), both of Walnut; a brother, Scotty Dill (Alba) of Belmont; a sister, Marie Pike of Belmont; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James William Quillen; her parents; two brothers, Hubert Dill and Oneal Dill; and two sisters, Faye Sparks and Mossie Simmons. Burial was at Joel Cemetery with arrangements by Deaton Funeral Home.

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QUINN, Josiephine
GREENWOOD, MISSISSIPPI: Josiephine Quinn, 91, died April 2, 2006. She was a homemaker, and was a member of the NAACP. She enjoyed cooking, watching television and visiting with friends. She attended McKinney Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Rev. Frank D. Willis of Greenwood; a sister, Zazire Gilland of Greenwood; and 2 grandchildren. Services were held at McKinney Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Ray A. Jackson officiating. Burial was at Hudson Park Cemetery with arrangements by Century Funeral Home.

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RAINEY, Patsy Ann
HOLLY SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI: Patsy Ann Rainey, 55, died December 29, 2004. She was formerly employed by Burdett's Cleaners, and attended Rossville Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Billy Gene Rainey, Sr.; two brothers, Perry Foster and Robert Foster, both of Sulligent, AL; and six sisters, Shelia Taylor, Sue Mayberry, Nell Holiday, and Mary Blaylock, all of Sulligent, AL, Neltha Foreman of Senatobia, and Odell Lambert of Cherry Valley, AR. She was preceded in death by a son, Billy Gene Rainey, Jr. Burial was at Carey Chapel Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant under the direction of Holly Springs Funeral Home.

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RALPH, Fred
RIPLEY, MISSISSIPPI: Fred Ralph, 88, died January 30, 2005. He was a Baptist and a retired farmer. Services were held at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Onnie Ralph and Rev. Harold Richardson officiating. Burial was in Tippah Memorial Garden. Survivors include four daughters, Beatrice Heavener and husband, Billy, and Shelby Brock and husband, Donald, all of Ripley, Fredlene Redding Baker and husband, Jimmy, of Myrtle, and Sally Richardson and husband, Harold, of Winona; two sons, J.R. Ralph and wife, Linda, of Ripley, and Roy Ralph and wife, Elizabeth, of Blue Mountain; a foster son, Dan Ralph and wife, Debbie, of Potts Camp; a brother, Jim "Dib" Ralph of Dumas; 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Era Newby Ralph; his parents, Roscoe and Emma Taylor Ralph; two brothers, Claude Ralph and Loyd Ralph; two great-granddaughters, Haley Brook Stroupe and Madison Hope Wright; and a son-in-law, Lyndall Redding.

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RAMBO, Stella Thomas
CLINTON, MISSISSIPPI: Stella Thomas Rambo, 76, died March 6, 2008. She was born April 13, 1931 to Tom and Susie Hayles. She attended Calvary Baptist Church in Vidalia. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Harvey Fielder of Clinton; a son and daughter-in-law, Glen and Karen Thomas of Florence, MS; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a brother, Bobby Hayles; three sisters, Elizabeth Givens, Noralene Johnson, and Bonita Johnson; and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy Rambo; a son, Kenny Thomas; three brothers; and two sisters. Burial was at Greenlawn Cemetery by Laird Funeral Home.

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RANSON, Walker
CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI: Walker Ranson, 59, died January 18, 2007. He was born February 26, 1947 to Arthur Brown Ranson, Sr. and Bobbie Lee Richardson Ranson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by two daughters, Sonya Ranson and Angela Ranson, both of Clarksdale; a special friend, Angela Griffin of Clarksdale; seven sisters, Mary Ranson of Milwaukee, WI, Bobbie Ranson of Detroit, MI, Gladys Ranson, Susie Ranson, and Reola Ranson, all of Clarksdale, and Dorothy Ranson and Ruby Yarbrough, both of Chicago, IL; three brothers, Willie Ranson of Lincoln, NE, Arthur Ranson of Detroit, MI, and Jimmy Ranson of Boston, MA; and 3 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father. Burial was at Heavenly Rest Cemetery under the direction of Stringer-Redmon Funeral Home.

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RATLIFF, Nancy Stripling
OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI: Nancy Jo Stripling Ratliff, 69, died December 15, 2007. She was a former manager of the University Shell Station. Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Dotty and Lamon Kelley of Memphis, TN, and Lisa and Larry Fitzgerald of Winthrop Harbor, IL; three sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Betty Cook of Horn Lake, MS, Lloyd and Patricia Cook of Lakeland, TN, and Gregory and Mary Cook of Memphis, TN; and 7 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael John Ratliff; and a brother, George Robert "Bobby" Stripling III. Services were held at the chapel of Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ken White officiating. Burial was at Springhill Cemetery.

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REDDEN, Jorene Jodie
NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI: Jorene Jodie Redden, 92, died November 2, 2004. She was born October 31, 1912 to the late Joseph James and Mollie Louise Martin Pender. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, James and Marie Humphrey of Rockford, IL; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Henry Sanders of Natchez; her grandchildren, Susan Marie Saudi of Natchez, Carol Angel and husband Allan of Poplar Grove, IL, Jeanie Anderson and husband David of Lake in The Hills, IL; 7 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eunice Barrineau of Atlanta, GA and Vivian Morehead of Daytona Beach, FL; a brother, Ralph Pender of Georgetown, SC; several nieces and nephews; and her special friends, Robbin and John Cain, Frances McKinley, Della Woods, and Della Bradshaw. She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Herman Gore Humphrey and Garland A. Redden; a grandson, James G. Humphrey; a granddaughter, Rhonda Christine Humphrey; four brothers; and three sisters. Services were held at Washington United Methodist Church with Rev. Diane Woodall officiating. Burial was at Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

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REED, John H.
EDWARDS, MISSISSIPPI: John H. Reed, 76, died October 1, 2007. He retired from Cooper Lighting, and attended the United Missionary Baptist Church in Edwards. He is survived by his wife, Lucille Reed; three sons, Phillip Reed of Los Angeles and Harry Martin and Larry Martin, both of New Orleans; a brother, James Reed, Jr. of Jackson; two sisters, Ruby Mae Jennings of Greenville and Mary Polk of Chicago; three grandchildren, including his caregiver, Antonia Flaggs Jones of Vicksburg; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Eddie Bell Reed. Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home.

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REESE, Rockford E., Sr.
PASCAGOULA, MISSISSIPPI: Rockford E. Reese, Sr., 80, died February 5, 2009. He was born April 29, 1928. He is survived by his wife, Ada T. Reese; five sons, Bobby L. (Stella) Reese of Ocean Springs, Rockford (Angela) Reese, Jr. of Moss Point, Dena Clifton (Demetrice) Hawkins of Gulfport, Rocky D. Pickens of Jackson, and Shad K. (Tomekia) Reese of Moss Point; five daughters, Alice N. (James) Smith of Moss Point, Annie Mae (Willie) Harris of Gautier, Barbara Pickens of Pascagoula, Alicia E. (Vencent J.) Holloway of Gautier, and Felicia E. (Bruce L.) Ricks of South Bend, IN; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Patterson Reese; his mother, Margarite Elizabeth Bilbo; his former wife, Sarah Reese; and two daughters, Eugenia Reese and Debbie Ann Pickens. A memorial service was held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Pascagoula. Interment was at Scranton Cemetery in Pascagoula under the direction of Millender's Funeral Home.

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REITER, Mary
VANCLEAVE, MISSISSIPPI: Mary S. Reiter, 83, died November 3, 2007. She was born May 11, 1924. She attended Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church. She is survived by a daughter, Mary (David) Mohr of Vancleave; a brother, Frank Villegas of Fairfield, CA; 5 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; her nieces and nephews; and a special friend and caregiver, Ruby Tanner of Vancleave. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Edward Lee Reiter, Sr.; a son, Edward Lee Reiter, Jr.; and her parents, Frank and Frances Villegas. Burial was at Crestlawn Memorial Park by Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Home.

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RICKS, Juanita
PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI: Funeral services for Juanita Ricks were held at Jerusalem Temple Church in Philadelphia. Interment was at Donald Rest Cemetery on October 6, 2005 with arrangements by Crain-Jones Funeral Home.

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RICKS, Lesper Bradshaw
NEWTON, MISSISSIPPI: Mrs. Lesper Bradshaw Ricks, 86, died November 30, 2005. She was a retired seamstress for Meridian Manufacturing, and attended Eighth Avenue Baptist Church. Among the survivors are her daughters, Clara Williamson of Longview, TX, and Louise R. Everett of Newton; her brothers, James Bradshaw of Neshoba County, and Otis Bradshaw of Smithville; her sisters, Lois Joyner of Dallas, and Odessa Blackman of Madden; 9 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Ricks; her parents, Newton and Mary Hudson Bradshaw; 7 sisters; a brother; and two daughters. Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Allen Gibson officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to James F. Webb Funeral Home.

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RIDDLE, Willie James
PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI: Willie James Riddle, 74, died December 12, 2003. He was a former employee of Molpus Lumber Company and U.S. Electrical Motors. He is survived by his wife, Marthis Riddle; five daughters, Vanessa Peebles of Detroit, MI, Sharon Clemons, Renee Riddle, Laura Holloway, and Edie Clay, all of Philadelphia; three sons, Jimmy Riddle and John Riddle, both of Philadelphia, and Derek Riddle of Atlanta; 14 grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Davis of Philadelphia; two brothers, Paul Riddle of San Antonio, TX and J.C. Riddle of Colorado Springs, CO; and his nieces and nephews. Burial was at Donald Rest Cemetery under the direction of Crain-Jones Funeral Home.

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RILEY, Willie George
PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI: Willie George Riley, 66, died July 8, 2005. He was born April 18, 1939. He was a graduate of Rust College with a degree in mathematics, and held a master's degree in mathematics from Jackson State University. He worked toward his doctoral degree at the University of Kansas. He taught high school and university classes. He was a musician who played multiple instruments, and was the drummer for the Rhythm Kings. He is survived by five daughters, Carolyn Riley, Suzette Hill, Mary Kay Rush, Eleana Riley and Enid Riley; two sons, Doug Jones and Chad D. Riley; and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby May Riley and Hebron Rowzee. Burial was at Donald Rest Cemetery under the direction of Crain-Jones Funeral Home.

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RIPPY, Luther Ray, Sr.
CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI: Luther Ray Rippy, Sr., 53, died November 1, 2008. He was born June 10, 1955 to Bob Rippy and Helen Jenkins Rippy. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Trudy Lee Ann Berger Rippy; a daughter, Angelia Estrada of Crystal Springs; two sons, Luther Ray Rippy, Jr., of Abilene, TX and Jonathan Ray Rippy of Crystal Springs; two sisters, Shirley Kendrall and Kathy Thornhill; six brothers, Charles, Bobby, Billy Ray, Glenn, Donnie, and Jackie Rippy; and 5 grandchildren. Interment was at Mount Olive Church of Christ Cemetery in Brookhaven with arrangements by Brookhaven Funeral Home.

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RISHER, Helen Leggett
HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI: Helen Leggett Risher, 93, died October 25, 2003. She was a retired bookkeeper for the Hattiesburg Police Department, and was a member of the First Baptist Church. She is survived by a daughter, Mary Helen West; 2 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Risher. Interment was at Roseland Park Cemetery.

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ROBBINS, Shawn David
OCEAN SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI: Shawn David Robbins, 30, died January 29, 2005. He was a pipefitter for Northrop Grumman Shipyard. He was a car racer and sports fan. Survivors include his father, Mark Robbins and wife Karen of Ocean Springs; his mother, Karen Bynum and husband Don of Nederland, TX; a sister, Jessica Marie Robbins of Ocean Springs; a brother, Shane Christopher Robbins of Port Neches, TX; his grandparents, Dorothy Robbins of Port Neches, TX, Edward T. and Ann Robbins of Silsbee, TX, Youell and Ruth Hebert of Nederland, TX, Mary and Greg Mizell of Bridge City, TX; Bobby Oliver of Vidor, TX; his aunts and uncles; his cousins; and his dog, Smokey Joe. Services were held at St. Charles Catholic Church with Rev. Shane Baxter officiating. Burial was at Oak Bluff Memorial Park.

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ROBINSON, Easter Wise
SUMMIT, MISSISSIPPI: Easter Wise Robinson, 96, passed away May 14, 2005. She was born October 29, 1908 to Felix and Cretie Robinson Wise. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Curtis and Claudette Robinson of Summit; a sister, Minnie Cochran of Detroit; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Robinson of Dallas; 11 grandchildren; her great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; her nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin D. Robinson; her parents; five sisters; two brothers; four sons, Clyde, Carlton, Harold and Felix Robinson; and two daughters, Shelon Robinson and Shirley R. Hughes. Services were held at Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ with Elder Rufus Rawls officiating. Interment was at Greenlawn Cemetery with arrangements by Peoples Undertaking Co. of McComb, MS.

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ROBINSON, L.C., Sr.
BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI: L.C. "Daddy L" Robinson, Sr., 93, died October 17, 2006. He was born November 20, 1912 to Memphis Robinson and Florence Mitchell Robinson. He was retired, and attended Damascus Missionary Baptist Church. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Clara Robinson of Brookhaven; a sister, Lillian Brown of Compton, CA; a brother, Oran Robinson of Los Angeles, CA; 3 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maggie Robinson; a son, L.C. Robinson, Jr.; a brother, James Robinson; and two great-grandsons, Byron Robinson and James Thomas Robinson. Services were held at Damascus Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery by Williams Mortuary.

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ROBINSON, Mary
TYLERTOWN, MISSISSIPPI: Mary Robinson, 78, died December 28, 2007. She was born May 11, 1929 to Clint Taylor and Leola Dunn. She is survived by her children, Alma Jean Spivery and Terry Robinson, both of Gulfport, Martha Strong and husband Sammie of Chicago, Jessie Lee Robinson and Armstead Robinson, both of Leland, and Pearlie Mae Richardson of Tacoma, WA; two sisters-in-law, Pearl Henly of Greenville and Elizabeth Parker of Detroit; two nieces, Jessie Lee Kin of Leland and Alma Joy McMullian of Greenville; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and two others she reared, Sherman and Charlette Sims of Gulfport. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Armstead Robinson; two sisters; and two grandchildren. Services were held at St. Pete's Baptist Church in Leland with Rev. Clifford King officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.

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ROBINSON, Namen
PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI: Namen Robinson, 42, died December 11, 2004. He is survived by his mother, Janie Robinson of Philadelphia; three brothers, Phil Robinson, Leo Robinson and Edwin Robinson, all of Philadelphia; a sister, Hilda Bell of South Carolina; two nieces; and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his father, Teach Robinson and wife, Jill Mingo Robinson; a brother, Jennie Robinson; and a sister, Mary Jane Robinson. Services were held at Bogue Chitto Baptist Church. Burial was at Robinson Cemetery with arrangements by Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol, MS.

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ROBISON, Pearly E.
McCOMB, MISSISSIPPI: Pearly Edward Robison, 96, died November 21, 2000. He was born March 19, 1904 to James Robison and Mary Rippy Robison. He was a retired farmer, and attended Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Trudy Mae Rollins Robison of McComb; his son, Jerry J. Robison of Summit; and his grandchildren, Jill Havard, Dawn Barnhill and Chad Robison. He was preceded in death by his parents; and by a daughter, Betty Louise Bryant. Interment was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery by Harrigill Funeral Home Chapel.

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ROBY, Annie Lee
INDIANOLA, MISSISSIPPI: Annie Lee Roby, 92, died December 14, 2010. She is survived by her daughters, Ollie Reece of Webb, Aslean Bailey of Summer, and Mary Lawson, Ermalean Howard, and Demetrius Ross, all of Indianola; her sons, Dexter Roby of Indianola, Junior Lee Callaway of Webb, and Henry Champion of Kansas City, MO; 33 grandchildren; and her great-grandchildren. Burial was at Riverside Memorial Gardens with arrangements by Byas Funeral Home.

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ROPER, Mary
CLEVELAND, MISSISSIPPI: Mary Roper, 74, died September 29, 1998. Survivors include a son, Eddie Clark of Kansas City, MO; four sisters, Martha Ingram of Shaw, Melzena Stovall of Kansas City, MO, and Juanita Thomas and Pinkie B. Clark, both of Cleveland; five brothers, W.C. Clark and Timothy J. Clark, both of Kansas City, MO, and Samuel Clark, Willie Clark and Andrew Clark, Jr., all of Cleveland; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her husband, Cecil Roper; and a sister, Helen Lollis. Services were held at Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church in Shaw with Rev. B.T. Moore officiating. Burial was at Westlawn Memorial Garden Cemetery in Cleveland with arrangements by Byas Funeral Home.

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ROSE, Wilma Key
OLIVE BRANCH, MISSISSIPPI: Wilma Key Rose, 78, died February 26, 2009. She was a former manager for GMAC. She attended Lewisburg United Methodist Church, and was active with the Olive Branch Food Pantry and Thrift Shop. She is survived by a son, Steven L. Pryor (Dianne) of Olive Branch; a stepdaughter, Carla Martz of Bartlett, TN; a brother, Joe L. Key of Athens, GA; and 2 granddaughters. She was preceded in death by a son, Randolph H. Pryor; and her husband, Harley Rose. Interment was at Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of Brantley Funeral Home.

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ROSEBOROUGH, Leonard
BATESVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Leonard Roseborough, 75, died August 6, 2002. He was born on February 2, 1927 to the late Zacherey Roseborough and Ada Baker. He was a retired railroad worker, and attended Concord Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Dennis Roseborough of Harvey, IL; three daughters, Zelethia Roseborough of Batesville, Sharice Young of Chicago, IL, and Angela Riley of Los Angeles, CA; two sisters, Maggie McGowan of Harvey and Zelethia Wright of Phonix, IL; and 2 grandchildren. Services were held at Concord Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Solomon Miller officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery with arrangements by Cooley's Mortuary, Inc.

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ROSENKRANS, Doris
WEST POINT, MISSISSIPPI: Doris McCluskey Rosenkrans, 61, died September 24, 2009. She was born April 15, 1948 to Robert Lee McCluskey and Myrtle Wright. She attended West Point First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her husband, Bob Rosenkrans; a son, Robert Rosenkrans of Vicksburg; a daughter, Stephanie Stanley (Craig) of Rockland, CA; a brother, Tommy McCluskey of New Orleans; a sister, Bessy Barnette of Houston; and 2 grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by Robinson Funeral Home.

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ROSS, Russell E.
BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI: Russell E. Ross, 70, died October 31, 2000. He was born on January 24, 1930 to Wayne and Gladys Carver Ross. He was a Lutheran. He is survived by his wife, Rose Van Den Bossche of Brookhaven. He was preceded in death by his parents. Services were held at the Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel followed by burial at Rose Hill Cemetery.

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ROWE, Mildred
LIBERTY, MISSISSIPPI: Mildred Bruss Rowe, 90, died September 10, 2009 at Field Memorial Community Hospital in Centreville. She was born November 19, 1918 in Centreville to Frank and Augusta Bruss. She attended Liberty Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a son, Lamont Leake (Margaret) of Natchez; a daughter, Imogene Leake of Liberty; 6 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, E.M. "Shorty" Rowe; her parents; seven brothers, Alonzo, Arnold, Edwin, Melvin, Raymond, Harold, and Ralph Bruss; and a son-in-law, Clyde Leake. Services were held at Liberty Presbyterian Church. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville under the direction of Brown Funeral Home.

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RUSH, Helen
YAZOO CITY, MISSISSIPPI: Helen Johnson Rush, 83, died April 20, 2007 at King's Daughters Hospital in Yazoo City. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She is survived by a son, Pat (Lisa) Rush of Yazoo City; two daughters, Emily Biggers of Yazoo City, and Brenda (Curtis) Lynch of Madison; three brothers, Elbert Johnson, Walter "Dub" (Lou) Johnson, and William Johnson; two sisters, Margaret (Bill) Terry and Christine Cannizaro; 6 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; a great-grandson; and 3 step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas H. Rush, Jr.; a daughter, Kay Carol Rush; her parents, Henry Hugh and Willie Mae Johnson; and a brother, Hubert Johnson. Interment was at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Philadelphia, MS by Stricklin-King Funeral Home.

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RUSHING, Arlon
IUKA, MISSISSIPPI: Arlon Rushing, 98, died October 30, 2007. He was a dairy farmer and merchant, and was of the Primitive Baptist faith. He is survived by two sons, Warner Rushing (Simone) of Santa Rosa, CA, and Gene Rushing (Donna) of Lafayette, IN; two daughters, Barbara Sweeney (Charles) of Iuka, and Brenda Robbins of Birmingham, AL; two sisters, Merle LeBlanc (Nick) of Iuka, and Montrey Rountree of Republic, MO; 9 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Quay Timbes Rushing; his parents, George and Maggie Rushing; four brothers, Kermit Rushing, Milton Rushing, Herman Rushing, and Leslie Rushing; three sisters, Thelma James, Melba Mounts, and Maureen Johnson; and a grandson, Stevie Rushing. Services were held at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial was at New Lebanon Cemetery.

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RUSHING, Stella
BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI: Stella Rushing, 93, died December 20, 2000. She was born October 7, 1907 to Aaron Rushing and Ruth Farmer Rushing. She was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church. She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Roy and Gail Rushing of Vidalia, LA, and Charlie Rushing of Brookhaven; her daughters and son-in-law, Mildred McCaffery of Bogue Chitto, and Helen and Dudley Barlow of Hurley; her sisters-in-law, Loney Sykes of Brookhaven and Billie Rushing of Mount St. Helen, OR; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene H. Rushing; her daughters, Eloise Stanley, Thelma Anderson, and Hazel Rushing; and her sons, Bobby Joe Rushing, E.H. Rushing, Jr., Troy Rushing, and William Rushing. Burial was at Ramah Baptist Church Cemetery with arrangements by Brookhaven Funeral Home.

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RUTHERFORD, Wheeler Harris
IUKA, MISSISSIPPI: Wheeler Harris Rutherford, 79, died April 16, 2009. He retired from Ford Motor Company. He was a Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. He is survived by two sons, Fred Rutherford (Cheryl) of Tupelo, and Richard Rutherford of Iuka; two daughters, Corinne Smith (Jimmy), and Donna Ramsey (Jimmy), both of Iuka; a brother, Lamar Rutherford (Evalena) of Iuka; 5 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; and 4 step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Rutherford; and his parents, Fred and Effie Rutherford. Interment was at Rutledge Salem Cemetery under the direction of Cutshall Funeral Home.

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RYAS, Ollie, Jr.
INDIANOLA, MISSISSIPPI: Ollie Ryas, Jr., 74, died February 23, 2009. Survivors include his wife, Lueiretta Ryas; three sons, Ollie (Romona) Ryas III and Willie (Monica) Ryas, both of Indianola, and Patrick A. Ryas of Greenville; six daughters, Betty Thomas of Ohio, Mollie (Jimmie) Hurst, Gail R. Ross, Maggie (Ronnie) Williams and Mary L. Ryas, all of Indianola, and Lanesha Deon Ryas of Jackson; a son-in-law, Bruce Ross of Indianola; a sister-in-law, Lela Mae Davis of Chicago, IL; a brother-in-law, Jessie (Elise) Reed of Chicago, IL; 17 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Pleasant Green M.B. Church in Indianola with Rev. Melvin Walker officiating. Burial was at Riverside Memorial Gardens with arrangements by Byas Funeral Home.

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RYNCARZ, Pauline
OCEAN SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI: Pauline Raynal Ryncarz, 83, died June 14, 2009. She was born June 20, 1925. She attended St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband, Frank Ryncarz; three daughters, Sandra Kay Smith, Brenda Anne Haskell, and Priscilla Lynn Brunke; two sons, Frank Ryncarz and Daniel A. Ryncarz; a sister, Jeanne Hill; two brothers, Joseph Stevens and Jack Stevens; 9 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother; and a granddaughter, Melissa. Services were held at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Arrangements were handled by Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home.

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SALLY, Walter, Jr.
GRENADA, MISSISSIPPI: Walter Sally Jr., 77, died March 7, 2009. He was born November 20, 1932 to the late Walter Sally, Sr. and Lyla Elye Sally. He was a business entrepreneur who served as Vice-President of the Democratic Party and the NAACP of Grenada. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association and Thunder on Water. He enjoyed restoring cars and boating. He is survived by three daughters, Monica Jean of Hammond, IN, Leona Maria of Chicago, and Renna Jeanine of Willow Springs, IL; and five sons, Waltero of Sumter, SC, Walter Sally III of Turlock, CA, Jerome Eli of Columbia, MO, and Ausarean Trement and Tevaun DeWitt, both of Joliet, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Jacquelyn Sally. Services were held at First New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was at Heaven Rest Cemetery under the direction of Clark-Williams Funeral Home.

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SAM, John Elton
PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI: John Elton Sam, 34, died October 4, 2002. He was a contractor. He is survived by his partner, Nannie Lewis; two daughters, Alexandra Hope Sam and Sequoyah Sam; four brothers, Victor, Lewis, Roger Dewitt and Stephen Jim, all of Philadelphia; three sisters, Yolanda Sam of Tennessee, Leigh Jonas Willis and Susan Sam of Philadelphia; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held at the Pearl River Facility Building with Rev. Calvin Gibson officiating. Burial was at the Simon Isaac Cemetery with arrangements by Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol, MS.

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SARTIN, Hershel
BATESVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Hershel Sartin, 77, died December 12, 2002. He was born April 27, 1925 to the late William and Florence Roberson Sartin. He was a heavy equipment operator. He was a decorated veteran of World War II. Among the survivors are four sons, John Sartin, Carl Sartin, Clinton Sartin and Glenn Sartin, all of Batesville; a daughter, Sue Tubbs of Water Valley; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services were held at Dickins Chapel with Rev. Steve Cannon officiating. Burial was at Curtis Union Cemetery under the direction of Dickins Funeral Home.

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SAUCIER, Vada M. Barrett
PASS CHRISTIAN, MISSISSIPPI: Vada Mae Barrett Saucier, 83, died January 16, 2005. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Edgar & Miranda Elizabeth Barrett, three husbands, George E. Switzer, Sr., Burton Patton, Sr., Francis Saucier, daughter, Georgia O'Connor, 3 grandchildren, Russell Howard, Vivian Ishee, Joey Switzer, brother, James Barrett, 2 sisters, Katie Barrett, and Martha Harris. Survivors include her companion of 30 years, Ronnie Hartsell of Pass Christian, 5 sons, Roy Switzer of Pass Christian, Aaron Patton of Houma, LA, Frank Patton of Gulfport, Steve Hartsell, Gene Hartsell both of Nashville, TN, 4 daughters, Judy Cuevas of Pass Christian, Linda Thurman of McHenry, MS, Beth Armstrong of Pass Christian, Christine Miller of Gulfport, 3 brothers, Clarence Barrett of Billings, MT, Delcie Barrett of Lumberton, MS, Ben Barrett, 2 sisters, Eva Reynolds of Long Beach, Hattie Barron of Hattiesburg, 29 grandchildren, and 44 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Coalville Cemetery with arrangements by Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral home in Gulfport.

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SAUL, Joyce Wedgeworth
PURVIS, MISSISSIPPI: Joyce Wedgeworth Saul, 67, died December 31, 2004. She was a seamstress, and attended Corinth Baptist Church. She was the widow of O.C. Saul. Survivors include four daughters, Alis Saul of Hattiesburg, MS, Buffy Saul of Purvis, MS, Gail Peacock of Brooklyn, MS and Diane House of Saucier, MS; one son, Cleo Saul of Sumrall, MS; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; six sisters, Ruth Greeley of Mobile, AL., Elizabeth Warden of Belton, Texas, Lillie Torries of Saucier, MS, Myrtle Woodward of Mobile, AL., Ernestine Thompson of Carnes, MS, Virginia Butler of McHenry, MS; three brothers, Robert Wedgeworth of Ocean Springs, MS, Ross Wedgeworth of Saucier, MS, Leon Wedgeworth of Montgomery, AL. Interment was at Corinth Cemetery with arrangements by Moore Funeral Home Chapel of Purvis, MS.

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SAXTON, LaVerne Young
MONROE, MISSISSIPPI: LaVerne Young Saxton, 82, died March 7, 2003. She was the daughter of Elmer and Elizabeth Young. She had served in the WAVES auxiliary unit of the U.S. Navy during WWII. She was a freelance writer and a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Winfield Carey Saxton of Madison, MS; daughters, Becky Doyle of Belzoni, MS, Beth Searles, Carrie Didlake and Josie Saxton, all of Asheville, NC; her sons, Billy Saxton of Jackson, MS, and James Saxton of Madison, MS; and 8 grandchildren. Graveside services were held at Natchez Trace Memorial Park and Cemetery in Madison with arrangements by Mark Seepe Funeral Home.

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SCHELL, Brother Canisius
BAY ST. LOUIS, MISSISSIPPI: Brother Canisius Schell, 92, the oldest member of the New Orleans Province of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, died October 14, 2002. A resident of Bay St. Louis, MS for 40 years, he taught and coached tennis at St. Stanislaus. He was Born Regis Martin Schell in Pittsburgh, PA to William Joseph Schell and Stella Kessler. In 1924, he joined the Brothers of the Sacred Heart at Metuchen, NJ. He took his final religious vows in 1932. In 1927, he began his extensive teaching career. Since the 1950s, Brother Canisius sponsored a wide array of charitable and educational projects, including working for the disadvantaged, caring for the elderly, working at day-care centers and bringing meals to shut-ins. He also founded the Grandpas, a group of elderly men who volunteered to work with preschool children. He did volunteer work among the Navajo Indians of Arizona. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Mary Schell; and several cousins, nieces and nephews, and other relatives. He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Sr. Agelia Schell; and three brothers, William, Paul and Eugene Schell. Interment was at Brothers' Cemetery in Bay St. Louis with arrangements by All Faiths Funeral Home of New Orleans and Edmond Fahey Funeral Home of Bay St. Louis.

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SCHMIDT, Emile John
BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI: Emile John Schmidt, 83, died April 3, 2006. He was born September 14, 1922 to Emile Schmidt and Margurite Roberson Schmidt. He retired from American Standard, and was U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He attended St. James the Major Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Rita Noble Schmidt; a son and daughter-in-law William and Patricia Schmidt of Albuquerque, NM; a daughter and son-in-law, Joy Ann and John Chandler of Brookhaven; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers. Burial was at Riverwood Memorial Park under the direction of Riverwood Family Funeral Service.

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SCOTT, Cornelia
ARKABUTLA, MISSISSIPPI: Cornelia Modine Scott, 90, died March 24, 2011 at Regional Medical Center in Memphis, TN. She was born October 1, 1920. She attended Arkabutla Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, James L. Scott; a son, Dennis Scott of Horn Lake; a daughter, Jewel D. Chrestman of North Little Rock, AR; 14 grandchildren; her great-grandchildren; and her great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert M. Persinger. Interment was at Surrette Cemetery under the direction of Pate-Jones Funeral Home.

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SCOTT, Mary
CARTHAGE, MISSISSIPPI: Mary Ersline Scott, 91, died January 5, 2009. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Congregational Church. She is survived by two sons, Richard Scott and Joseph Randall, both of Ellisville; a sister, Sarah Grantham of Madison; 2 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Goshen Cemetery under the direction of Wilcox Funeral Home.

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SCOTT, Paula Lee
CLINTON, MISSISSIPPI: Paula Lee Scott, 55, passed away on September 25, 2005. She served as a Nacy air traffic controller, the first woman ATC to serve on board a ship. She attended Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church. Survivors include a son, Joshua of Meridian; two sisters, Elizabeth Coleman Rohrig and husband Paul of Clinton, and Ronie Coleman Walker of Raleigh, N.C.; one brother, Allan Coleman and wife Vera of Madison; two aunts, Anice Powell of Sunflower and Mrs. Rayma Haley of Natchez; nephews, nieces, cousins, a host of friends; and her two faithful Dachshunds, Daxter and Reese. Services were held at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton. Interment was at Lakewood Memorial Park with arrangements by Lakewood Funeral Home of Jackson, MS.

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SEALES, Queen Ester
PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI: Queen Ester Seales, 70, died July 25, 2005. She was a member of Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, and sang in the choir. She is survived by two sons, Ricky Seales and Ray C. Seales, both of Flint, MI; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Moore, Annette Roberts, Viola Whidbee, all of Flint, MI, and Pauline Clemons of Philadelphia; six brothers, Henry Kirkland, Jr., Finest Kirkland, Raymond Kirkland, Jerome Kirkland, Joe Kirkland, all of Flint, MI, and Grady Lee Kirkland of Philadelphia; and several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Lottie Kirkland; her husband, Rayford Seales; a daughter, Shirley; and three brothers, Tarries Kirkland, Willie J. Kirkland, and Roy C. Kirkland. Services were held at Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was at Donald Rest Cemetery with arrangements by Crain-Jones Funeral Home.

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SEALS, Promise, Sr.
PASCAGOULA, MISSISSIPPI: Promise Seals, Sr., 81, died May 24, 2004. He was born August 4, 1922, and was a resident of the Gulf Coast for 52 years. He retired from Ingalls Shipbuilding with over 30 years of service. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II, and was a member of the East Pascagoula Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. He is survived by his wife, Ola M. Seals; a son, Promise Ben (Wanda) Seals, Jr. of Pascagoula; three daughters, Ida S. Williams of Lawrenceville, AL, Tempy J. (Richard) Poole of Moss Point, and Carolyn S. (Frederick) Baxter of Ocean Springs; 11 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. Internment was at Jackson County Memorial Park with arrangements by O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home.

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SEBASTIAN, Hazel Lofton
PASCAGOULA, MISSISSIPPI: Hazel Louise Lofton Sebastian, 78, passed away July 14, 2005. She was born July 31, 1926. She was a former secretary for Ingalls Shipbuilding, and attended the First Baptist Church of Pascagoula. She was a voting precinct volunteer, and had worked as a sales associate at several department stores. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Melissa and Robert King of Houma, LA, and Donna and John Fleming of Ocean Springs; 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and a sister and brother-in-law, Verna and Bob Smith of Pascagoula. She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin F. Sebastian; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. (Emma) Lofton; a brother, Earl Lofton; and a sister, Nell Patterson. Arrangements were handled by O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home of Pascagoula, MS.

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SESSER, Jewell L.
NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI: Jewell Leo Sesser, 93, died August 23, 2003. Services were held August 25, 2003 at the Laird Funeral Home Chapel in Natchez with Dr. Judson W. Hunt presiding. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville, MS with arrangements handled by Laird Funeral Home.

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SEYMOUR, Jewel Mae
D'IBERVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Jewel Mae Seymour, 78, died February 3, 2009. She is survived by her children, Debbie Duckworth (Jerry), Steve McNair (Carolyn), and Donna Parker (Danny); 8 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four brothers; and two sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reginald L. Seymour. Interment was at the Biloxi National Cemetery under the direction of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home.

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SHAW, Nellie Wells
MARKS, MISSISSIPPI: Nellie Wells Shaw, 90, passed away October 19, 2003. She was a homemaker. She was born June 12, 1913. She is survived by eleven daughters, Mattie Jackson, Nellie Johnson and Ethel Shaw, all of Detroit, Minnie Johnson, Daisy Morris, Jean Jackson and Velma Taylor, all of Marks, Terecie Young and Laura Shaw of St. Robert, Mo., Annie Galmore of Minneapolis and Emma Moten of Tutwiler; two sons, Willie Shaw of Detroit and Henry Shaw of Houston, Texas; and two sisters, Thelma Jordan of Utica and Roberta Neal. Services were held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Marks. Burial was at Booker Cemetery with arrangements handled by Delta Burial Funeral Home of Marks, MS.

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SHEARS, Margaret Bishop
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI: Margaret Bishop Shears, 84, died September 25, 2005. She was a homemaker. Services were held at Seven Star Missionary Baptist Church in Utica. Burial was at Seven Star Cemetery under the direction of Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home of Jackson, MS.

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SHELTON, Mary Lynn
PATTISON, MISSISSIPPI: Mary Lynn Shelton, 80, died May 29, 2009. She worked for Edward Hynman for over forty years, and was a member of Brandywine Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Samuel Shelton; a son, James Leon Shelton and wife Doris of Pattison; her brothers, Willie Fred Smith of Brookhaven, Leon Smith of Dentville, Russell Smith of Crystal Springs, and Earnest Smith of Dentville; her sisters, Minnie Clark and Mattie Sue King, both of Dentville; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, Samuel Edwin Shelton, Jr.; and two brothers, Randall Smith and Owen Smith. Burial was at Shelton Cemetery under the direction of Stringer Family Funeral Services.

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SHINGLER, Albert L.
VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI: Albert Lee Shingler, 77, died Febuary 24, 2005. He was the son of the late Percy T. and Ida Smith Shingler. He was a retired butcher, and attended the First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Catherine P. Shingler; a daughter, Barbara Lee Nixon of Vicksburg; a son, John Hampton Shingler of Germany; three sisters, Laura Hester, Martha Redding and Margaret Barnes, all of Vicksburg; two brothers, Charles Shingler of West Monroe and Ronald Shingler of Vicksburg; 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Arrangements were handled by Fisher Funeral Home.

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SHIREMAN, Jesse James
BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI: Jesse James Shireman, 75, of died January 9, 2007. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and attended Our Lady Of Fatima Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Shireman; his daughters, Jane Meriwether and husband John, Judy Gifford of Gulfport, Mary Beth Gillespie and husband Eric of St. Paul, MN, Dianne Purser and her husband Tom, of Biloxi, and Jody Riley and husband Steve of Panama; a son, Steve Shireman and wife Susan of Biloxi; a brother, Warren E. Shireman and wife Reba of Gulfport; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Interment was at Biloxi National Cemetery under the direction of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home of Biloxi, MS.

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SHIREMAN, Warren E.
GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI: Warren Edward Shireman, 72, died March 21, 2009. He was the son of the late Jess and Clarice Shireman. He was a retired painting contractor, and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Reba Wigington Shireman; two granddaughters, Mary Jolene Piper and husband James, and Jacqlyn Smith; a great-grandson, and an expected great-granddaughter; and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Shireman Smith; his parents; his brothers, Jesse, Fred, and Frank Shireman; and his sisters, Mary and Tudy. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens under the direction of Riemann Family Funeral Home.

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SHIVERS, Polly
FLORENCE, MISSISSIPPI: Polly Shivers died April 18, 2007. She was born July 22, 1922 to the late Bessie and Newton Harrison. She and her husband owned the original Florence Telephone Company, and she also worked for Merle Norman Cosmetics. She attended the First Baptist Church of Florence. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Webb Shivers; her daughters, Elizabeth Shivers Frohse and husband Thomas W. Tischer of San Antonio, TX, and Carolyn Shivers Katterjohn of Florence; a brother, James Harrison of Vicksburg; 4 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, John Carl and Robert Lynn Harrison; and a sister, Edna Harrison Byrd. Services were held at First Baptist Church in Florence. Burial was at the Florence City Cemetery under the direction of Chancellor Funeral Home of Florence, MS.

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SHOCKLEY, Jacob
INDIANOLA, MISSISSIPPI: Jacob "Jake" Shockley, 80, died June 9, 2003. He was a WWII Army veteran. Among the survivors are three sons, Robert Shockley of Vislia, Calif., Jim Shockley of Bakersfield, Calif., and Herman Harkins of Indianola; two sisters, Ruby Barkham of Fresno, Calif., and Mary Ratliff of Yakima, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lura Gordon Shockley. Interment was at the Indianola City Cemetery under the direction of Card Funeral Home of Indianola, MS.

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SILLS, Dr. Kent
STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Dr. Kent Sills, 72, died May 3, 2006. He held a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also held a Master of Music degree and Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi. In 1996, he received an award as an "Outstanding Contributor to Bands to the State of Mississippi" by Phi Beta Mu, and in 2000 was selected for the Mississippi Bandmasters Hall of Fame. From 1954 through 1960, he toured with a swing band, "Kent Sills and His Southernaires." He was also a U.S. Army veteran, and performed with the U.S. Army Reserve Band. Throughout his career, he served as an adjudicator and conductor at numerous band festivals and clinics. He taught at Lumberton High School and Clarksdale High School. He joined the faculty at Mississippi State University as Assistant Director of Bands, and in 1983 was appointed director. He served as Director of Bands and Professor of Music Education at Mississippi State until his retirement. He founded the MSU Stage Band, established the MSU Jazz Band Festival, the MSU Junior High Band Festival, and directed the "Famous Maroon Band" at MSU football and basketball games. He also served as Manager and Director or the Mississippi Lions All State High School Band. Under his leadership, the band won seven international championships and never finished lower than second place in any competition, performing in Asia, Australia and across North America. Survivors include his wife, Nora Sills; a son, Dr. Allen Kent Sills, Jr. of Collierville, TN; and 2 grandchildren. Services were held at the First Baptist Church of Starkville. Arrangements were handled by Welch Funeral Home.

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SIMMONS, Cagie, Sr.
COLDWATER, MISSISSIPPI: Cagie Simmons, Sr., 89, died April 28, 2001. He was a retired factory worker. He attended Beulah Church. He is survived by three daughters, Bobbie Jean Stitts of Memphis, and Dorothy M. Redd and Rosie M. Simmons, both of Coldwater; four sons, Cagie Simmons, Jr. and Willie Simmons, both of Coldwater , Johnny Simmons of Memphis, and Asberry Simmons of Hernando; 36 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Services were held at Beulah M.B. Church in Como, followed by interment at the church cemetery.

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SIMMS, Lurley Henderson
YAZOO CITY, MISSISSIPPI: Lurley Loraine Henderson Simms, 103, died September 24, 2007. She was born May 2, 1904 to Rev. Warren Avery Henderson and Mattie Roman Henderson. She studied at Alcorn A&M College, Jackson College, and UCLA, and received a degree in English from Tougaloo College. She was an active member of the Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by a son, Ross Earl (Barbara) Simms of Jackson; two daughters, Mabel (Frank) Wedlaw and Mattie Simms, both of Los Angeles; a brother, Roman Henderson of Yazoo City; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; and many other friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Ross Simms; a son, Oscar Simms; and her siblings, Clarence, Elbe, Andrew Ira and Marie. Services were held at Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Dennis officiating. Burial was at Glenwood Cemetery under the direction of Century Funeral Home.

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SIMPSON, Loraine
TCHULA, MISSISSIPPI: Loraine Veazey Simpson, 70, died August 22, 1960 at Greenwood Leflore Hospital. She was born November 7, 1889 in Attala County. She was a member of the Tchula Baptist Church. She was survived by a son, James Simpson of Tchula; and four brothers, E.H. Veazey, R.W. Veazy, E.E. Veazey, and W.J. Veazey. Services were held at Liberty Chapel Church in Attala County. Interment was at the church cemetery under the direction of Southern Funeral Home.

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SINCLAIR, Tena
HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI: Tena Sinclair, 87, died October 6, 2003. She worked for thirty years at Triangle Food Store. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she was a former member of the Altar Society. She is survived by a son, Robert L. "Bob" Sinclair of Hattiesburg; a daughter, Marie Wellisch of Miami, FL; a brother, Joe Forte of Hattiesburg; two sisters, Delores Greenlee of Jackson and Mary Edwards of Long Beach; and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Sinclair; two brothers, Jack Forte and Vincent Forte; and three sisters, Selina Forte, Frances Williams and Marguerite Kemper. Services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. George Murphy officiating. Interment was at Highland Cemetery.

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SINGLETON, Ina Ray
GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI: Ina Ray Cagle Singleton, 90, died March 16, 2009. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Della Beasley Cagle. She was a retired vital records registrar for the State of Mississippi, and attended the First United Methodist Church of Gulfport. She resided in the same home in Gulfport from the age of six years until Hurricane Katrina. She is survived by a son, Rivers Singleton III of Bay St. Louis; a daughter, Kathy Johnson of North Carolina; 3 grandchildren; and her special friends, Doris and Bob Moody. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hiram Rivers Singleton; her parents; and a son, Hiram Rivers Singleton II. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of Riemann Family Funeral Home.

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SIPP, Samuel
PASCAGOULA, MISSISSIPPI: Samuel Sipp, 94, died October 11, 2008. He was born January 17, 1914 to Rosie Mikel and Wilmon Sipp. He was a retired first class painter for Ingalls Shipbuilding. He is survived by seven sons, Eugene (Willie Bell) Sipp, Herman Sipp, Sr. and Sammy Sipp, all of Moss Point, MS, J.Z. Sipp and Leroy Sipp, both of Pascagoula, MS, Fred Sipp of New Orleans, LA, and Jerry Sipp of Mobile, AL; nine daughters, including his extended daughter, Peggy (Robert) Boatman of D'Lo, MS, Rosie (Lee) Smith, Cathrene (William) Cassidy, Carolyn (Bobby) Nettles, Sr., and Evon Easterling all of Moss Point, Helen (Michael) Kirland of Perkerington, OH, Jeannette Richardson of Roxie, MS, Darlene Sipp of Pascagoula, MS, and Sabreana (Michael) Montgomery of Gautier, MS; a daughter-in-law, Wanda Rankins Sipp of Pascagoula; a sister-in-law, Celess (Rev. Luther) Barnes McEwen of Magnolia, MS; his nieces and nephews; his many friends; 58 grandchildren; 93 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rosie M. Craft and Wilmon Sipp; his stepfather, Matt Craft; his wife, Inez Barnes Sipp; a brother, J.Z. Brewer; and two sons, Samuel Sipp, Jr. and Lawrence Sipp. Services were held at Greater Antioch Baptist Church. Interment was at Scranton Cemetery.

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SLAY, Douglas
CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI: Douglas Slay, 92, died March 17, 2009. He was a retired commercial construction superintendant for Howie Construction and Barlow and Plunkett Construction. He attended Harmony Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Waldyne Barlow Slay; two sons and daughters-in-law, Barlow and Jo Ann Slay of Pearl, and Phillip and Joyce Slay of Crystal Springs; 4 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; and a sister. Burial was at Harmony Cemetery by Stringer Family Funeral Services.

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SMITH, Clem
RULEVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Clem Smith, 70, died May 4, 1999. He was a retired business owner. Survivors include one son, Lester Couey of Merigold; one brother, Berry Smith Jr. of Corinth; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was at Lehrton Cemetery in Ruleville with arrangements by Williams & Lord Funeral Home of Ruleville.

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SMITH, Joy
INDIANOLA, MISSISSIPPI: Joy Smith, 56, died February 8, 2011 at her residence. She was born June 16, 1954. Survivors include a son, Mark Smith of Indianola; two sisters, Shea Danna of Indianola, and Melinda Creel of Greenwood; and four brothers, Mike Singleton of Yazoo City, Rookie Creel of Sunflower, and T.J. Smith and Bryan Smith, both of Indianola. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion Thomas Smith and Betty Sides Ingraham. Arrangements were handled by Burton Funeral Home.

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SMITH, Lessie Shaw
POPE, MISSISSIPPI: Lessie Smith, 101, died January 20, 2003. She was born March 6, 1902 to the late Edward Shaw and Addie B. Metcalf Shaw. She was a retired school principal. She was a member of Pope Chapel AME Zion Church in Pope. She was a church trustee, deaconess, and church secretary. She was a member of Victory Star #121, the National Educators' Association, and the Panola County Homemaker Club. Survivors include her grandchildren who cared for her, Juanita Smith of Oakland, CA, Lawrence Smith of Los Angeles, CA, Deborah Fennie of West Palm Beach, FL, Tommy E. Smith, Jr. of Fremont, CA, Jill White of Atlanta, GA, and Paul Smith of Hayward, CA; and 9 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Pope Chapel AME Zion Church with Rev. William Bailey officiating. Interment was at Pope Chapel Cemetery with arrangements by Cooley's Mortuary Inc.

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SMITH, Martha Ruth
HERNANDO, MISSISSIPPI: Martha Ruth Smith, 74, passed away July 11, 2005. She retired from the Southland Corporation, and was a member of the Hernando Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Survivors include three daughters, Becky Hall of Horn Lake, Janie Ables of Southaven, and Carolyn H. Carter of Olive Branch; three sons, Michael Higdon of Florence, SC, Frederick Higdon of Memphis, TN, and Kenneth Higdon of Southaven; 7 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Alfred Smith. Services were held at Forest Hill South Funeral Home, with interment at Forest Hill South Cemetery.

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SMITH, Mattie Lee
TUNICA, MISSISSIPPI: Mattie Lee Smith, 81, died September 8, 2001. She is survived by a daughter, Geneva Hodge of Kosciusko; two sons, W.T. Smith of Drew, MS and John R. Smith of Senatobia; two sisters, Montez Moore of Stantonville, TN and Inez Miller of Tunica; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Russell Smith. Services were held at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with interment at Parkwood Cemetery.

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SMITH, Romeo R.
BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI: Romeo Rohan Smith, died December 5, 2008. He was born June 15, 1978 to Herrin Smith and Eileen Hickey in Manchester, Jamaica. He came to the United States in 2002, and worked as a chef with the Gulf Coast Gaming Commission. He was also a certified electrician, and was employed by Edwards Electric Inc. He is survived by his parents, Herrin Smith and Eileen Hickey; two brothers; and seven sisters. His only child, four-month-old Savaan Shenice Smith, died December 5, 2008. Services were held at Faith Tabernacle Of Praise. Arrangements were handled by Marshall Funeral Home.

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SMYERS, Juno B.
VANCLEAVE, MISSISSIPPI: Juno B. Smyers died February 18, 2007. She was the daughter of the late S.C. and Evelyn Bilbo Smyers. She retired from the Ocean Springs Hospital. She attended New Light Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as the Vice President of the Pastor's Aide Committee. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Heroines of Jericho. She is survived by a sister, Ida Bickham of Vancleave; an aunt, Mary Lou Williams of Jackson; a lifelong friend, Betty Brown of Vancleave; Mississippi; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; and six sisters. Services were held at New Light Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Nathaniel Smith officiating. Interment was at ll Cedar Grove Cemetery in Vancleave with arrangements by Millender's Funeral Home.

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SOCKWELL, Elnor Sanders
TULA, MISSISSIPPI: Elnor Ruth Sanders Sockwell, 67, died June 7, 2009. She was a retired mortgage closer. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Bernadette Sockwell of Paris, MS, and Tony and Wanda Sockwell of Oxford; her mother, Bronnie Sanders of Plymouth, FL; two sisters, Jean Stucker of Plymouth, FL, and Sandi Nelson of Apopka, FL; 6 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Services were held at New El Bethel Baptist Church. Burial was at New El Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Waller Funeral Home.

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SONTAG, Adam Bruce Douglas
BATESVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Adam Bruce Douglas Sontag, 19, was killed in a vehicle accident in Batesville, MS on July 7, 2003. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on April 25, 1984, and was the son of Robert B. Sontag. Services were held July 10, 2003 at the chapel of Ashby Funeral Home in Benton, AR. Burial was at Butler Cemetery in Alexander, AR with arrangements by Ashby Funeral Home.

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SPEARS, George W.
MOUND BAYOU, MISSISSIPPI: George W. Spears, 93, a farmer, passed away on March 6, 2004. He is survived by two sons, Reginald Spears of Jackson, MS and Willie Horton of Mound Bayou, MS; a daughter, Audron Robertson of Little Rock, AR; two sisters, Geneva Pickens of Sacramento, CA and Earnestine Williams of Port Gibson; 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Wesley United Methodist Church in Mound Bayou. Burial was at Herron Cemetery in Mound Bayou with arrangements by Byas Funeral Home.

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SPELL, Annie
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI: Annie L. Spell, 88, died September 11, 2007. She was born June 12, 1919 to the late Carl and Fannie Johnson. She retired from General Electric following 20 years of service, and also worked as a property manager. She was a disaster volunteer and CPR instructor with the American Red Cross. She was a member of New Life Apostolic Church, and had been a Jackson area resident for over fifty years. She loved nature, animals, and birdwatching. Survivors include a son, Frank Spell (Toni) of Clinton; a brother, Eugene Johnson (Sarah) of Conway, AR; a sister, Lanora Johnson of Clinton; a sister-in-law, Ruby Johnson of Vicksburg; 2 grandchildren; a step-granddaughter; 2 great-granddaughters; her nieces and nephews; and her friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey F. Spell, Sr.; four brothers, William Johnson, Herman Johnson, James Johnson, and Johnny Johnson; and a sister, Lilly Johnson. Interment was at Lakewood Memorial Park under the direction of Ott and Lee Funeral Home.

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SPIVEY, Wilbert F.
MOSS POINT, MISSISSIPPI: Wilbert Frank Spivey, 60, died January 30, 2006. He worked for Gulf Concrete Products. He is survived by his wife, Ida Mae Spivey; three sons, Joseph (Brenda) Spivey, Terrance (Tracie) Spivey and Marvin Terrell (Delena) Clark of Pascagoula, MS; three daughters, Laguna (Charles) Bailey), Tameka (Abron) Sipp and Patricia Spivey, all of Moss Point; 21 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lula Maude and J.C. Spivey; a brother, Willie Spivey; and two sisters, Louise Johnson and Mildred Lee Griffin. Services were held at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. James O. Magee, Jr. officiating. Interment was at Scranton Cemetery in Pascagoula with arrangements by Millender's Funeral Home.

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SPURLOCK, Harold C., Jr.
MOSS POINT, MISSISSIPPI: Harold C. Spurlock, Jr. , 83, died August 20, 2007. He was born August 23, 1923. Services were held at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Moss Point with Pastor James O. Harris presiding. Interment was at St. Paul Cemetery in Pascagoula under the direction of Millender's Funeral Home of Moss Point, MS.

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STARR, Allen
GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI: Allen Starr, 73, died May 3, 2004. He attended Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Gulfport, and was a retired civil service employee of Keesler Air Force Base. He is survived by his wife, Annie Ruth Starr; two sons, David Smith of Huntsville, AL and Larry Starr of Gulfport; a daughter, Linda Smith of Long Beach, MS; two sisters, Catherine Brown of Gulfport and Lillie Mae Hatten of Cleavand, OH; 5 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Lee Starr, Sr. and Ruth McDonald Starr; a brother; John Lee Starr, Jr.; and two sisters, Tressie Collins and Magalene Smith. Services were held Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was at Pine Ridge Gardens with arrangements by Lockett-Williams Mortuary, Inc.

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STEPP, Hilda Jean
CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI: Hilda Jean Stepp, 76, died February 25, 2009. She was a retired waitress, and attended Harmony Baptist Church. She is survived by two daughters, Shelia Henderson-Gill of Pickens, and Barbara But of Hazlehurst; three sisters, Ruth Miles, Janet Bryant, and Audrey Dear, all of Crystal Springs; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Nelson Stepp. Services were held at Harmony Baptist Church. Burial was at Crystal Springs Cemetery under the direction of Stringer Family Funeral Services.

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STEWART, Marcus
VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI: Marcus Troy Stewart, 84, died November 5, 2005 at River Regional Medical Center in Vicksburg. He was born in Pelzer, SC to the late Marcus Daniel and Marvin Louiza Stewart. He worked for Westinghouse Electric Company in Vicksburg, and was a member of Wayside Baptist Church. Survivors include three sons, Kenneth W. Stewart of New Orleans, LA, and Daniel W. Stewart and Melvin R. Stewart, both of Vicksburg; two daughters, Sandra S. Clark of Vicksburg and Lynda J. Stewart of Charleston; 8 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel May Stewart. Interment was at Cranridge Cemetery.

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STEWART, Woodrow
BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI: Woodrow W. Stewart, 51, died December 10, 1965 at the Veterans Hospital in Biloxi. He was born December 25, 1913. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include a daughter, Martha J. Stewart, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Stewart; a brother, James F. Stewart; and four sisters, Mrs. Jewell Hearn, Mrs. Alice McAlarney, Mrs. Elnora Carter, and Mrs. Barbara Dilmore. Interment was at Oakie Ridge Cemetery in Washington County, Florida with arrangements by Blackburn Funeral Home.

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STIGGER, Josie
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI: Josie Stigger, 68, died May 29, 2009. Services were held at Johnson Chapel Missionary Baptist Chuch, followed by burial at Autumn Woods Cemetery.

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ST. JOHN, Mary
BATESVILLE, MISSISSIPPI: Mary Marie St. John, 81, passed away December 6, 2003. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Water Valley. She is survived by three daughters, Laurel Horton of Batesville, Della Griffin of Auburn, AL, and Pat Moore of Grand Isle, LA; two sons, Lee Jones of Bellingham, WA, and Ronnie Jones; 6 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie St. John. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Garden in West Helena, AR with arrangements by Waller Funeral Home.

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STOCKE, George E.
SENATOBIA, MISSISSIPPI: George Emmett Stocke, 54, died January 9, 2006. He retired from All-Star Chevrolet in Olive Branch. He was a former member of the Mississippi Army National Guard and a former Boy Scout leader. He attended Senatobia Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Becky Carter Stocke; and a stepdaughter, Claire Brents of Senatobia. Interment was at Senatobia Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Pate-Jones Funeral Home.

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STOCKTON, Henry D., Jr.
McCOMB, MISSISSIPPI: Henry D. Stockton Jr., 73, died July 29, 2006. He was born June 26, 1933 to Henry D. Stockton, Sr. and Vannie Belle Johnston Stockton. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service, and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Johnston Station Baptist Church and McComb City Lodge #382 F&AM. Survivors include his wife, Hilda Lou "Tootsie" Howell Stockton; a son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Carleen Stockton of Summit; a sister, Bessie Stockton Reeves and husband John of Summit; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Lee Howell and wife Kathy Marie of Mandeville; a sister-in-law, Nell Marie Price of McComb; 2 granddaughters; and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Aline Stockton, Norma Cobb and Eunice Ratcliff. Burial was at Hollywood Cemetery by Catchings Funeral Home.

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STOLIBY, Melvina
WALNUT GROVE, MISSISSIPPI: Melvina Stoliby, 54, died November 5, 2004. She is survived by her husband, Fred Stoliby of Walnut Grove; a daughter, Pam Stoliby of Walnut Grove; a son, Abe Stoliby of Walnut Grove; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Peggy Thomas of Texas, Evelyn Weldy of Philadelphia and Lynn Johns of Clinton; three brothers, Elvis Anderson of Singleton, James Anderson of California and Belvin Anderson of Carthage; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held at Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Emett Denson presiding. Burial was at Choctaw Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with arrangements handled by Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol, MS.

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STOXSTILL, Gregory A.
JONESTOWN, MISSISSIPPI: Gregory A. Stoxstill, 50, died February 19, 2009. Services were held at Saint Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Jonestown with Rev. Charlie Sykes officiating. Burial was at Heavenly Rest Cemetery under the direction of Delta Burial Funeral Home of Clarksdale, MS.

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STRANGE, Frances
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI: Frances B. Strange, 77, died May 27, 2006 at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. She was raised in Meridian. She attended Mississippi State University. She served as past president of the Mississippi Claims Associations Auxiliary, and was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, where she was active with the United Methodist Women and the Joy Group. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth T. Strange; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson. She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Wayne Strange. Services were held at Central United Methodist Church. Interment was at Trinity Mausoleum in Parkway Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home.

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STRICKLAND, Gertrude
GLOSTER, MISSISSIPPI: Gertrude Hebert Strickland, 71, died December 22, 2000. She was born August 25, 1929 to the late Ferdinand and Marie Breaux Hebert. She was a clerk for the senior citizens' program of the U.S. Forest Service, and attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Gloster. She is survived by a son, Orris J. Strickland of Houston, TX; her daughters, Vesta Lachney of Gloster and Lydia Engolio of Houston, TX; a son-in-law, Richard Lachney of Gloster; a brother, Fred Hebert of Chalmette, LA; 2 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard I. Strickland; a brother; and a sister. Burial was at Roseland Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home.

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STUBBS, Jimelle Brock
RAYMOND, MISSISSIPPI: Jimelle Brock Stubbs, 92, died May 4, 2006. She was born January 19, 1914 to Mark and Pearl Brock. She was a graduate of Hinds Junior College. As a youth, she was an outstanding member of the 4-H Club, having won trips to Washington, DC and Chicago. She worked for various businesses in Jackson, including Bell Telephone and MS Federated Coop. She also owned and operated Jimelle's Store on Highway 18 south of Raymond. She attended Salem Baptist Church, and provided flowers for the Sunday worship services for almost twenty years. She was an avid genealogist. She was married for over 50 years to James P. Stubbs. Survivors include a daughter, Louise Stubbs Smith, of The Woodlands, TX; her grandchildren, Sandra Taylor and husband Bill of Longview, TX, Mike Smith and wife Paula, and Scott Smith of The Woodlands, TX; 2 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Rosemary Brock of Ridgeland, MS; two nieces, Dot Bittick and husband Martin of Brandon, MS, and Linda Moore and husband Clark of Huntsville, AL; a niece-in-law, Charlene Brock of Rayrnond, MS; great-nieces Lea Brock Kilby and husband Tim of Flora, MS, Amanda Brock Warren and husband Spencer of Raymond, Lisa Moore of Birmingham, AL, and Tami Bland of Knoxville, TN; great-nephews, Collin Brock and wife Charlis of Charlotte, NC, Warren Moore of Gainesville, FL, Kevin Bittick of Dallas, TX, and Stephen Bittick and wife Cassie of Brandon, MS; 4 great-great nieces; and 5 great-great nephews. Services were held at Salem Baptist Church. Burial was at Salem Cemetery by Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home.

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SUMRALL, Shirley Gibson
CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI: Shirley Gibson Sumrall, 74, died November 14, 2008. She was a member of the Floral Club and the Art Association. She attended Crystal Springs United Methodist Church, where she served as treasurer of the Jerry Lamar Sunday School class, and played piano for the Jerry Lamar and Dorothy Alford Sunday School classes. She is survived by her husband, Wayne Sumrall; her sons, Bill Sumrall of Alexandria, LA, and Glynn Sumrall of Biloxi; a daughter, Penny Minton of Strong Hope; and 3 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Ann Sumrall. Burial was at Poplar Springs Cemetery by Stringer Family Funeral Home.

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SZOT, Carolyn Joyce
CLEVELAND, MISSISSIPPI: Carolyn Joyce Szot, 54, died April 9, 1999. She worked for Douglas & Lomason for twenty years, and then retired from Jubilee Casino. She is survived by her mother, Martha Russell of Sumner; a son, Ralph Szot, Jr. of Bremton, WA; a daughter, Anna Roberson of Cleveland; four brothers, Jimmy Russell of Merigold, Billy Russell of Hattiesburg, Joey Russell of Sumner, and Barry Russell of Fort Worth, TX; and two sisters, Linda Stanley of Plantersville, and Lynn Brown of Saltillo. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher-Nowell Funeral Service.

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